Dapper does it
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who held his own with Salman Khan in Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Varun Dhawan in Badlapur, is all set to play a golfer in Sohail Khan’s next. Though he has the sophisticated investigative officer in Kahaani under his belt, Siddiqui has mostly excelled in playing rebels from the under-privileged class. Meanwhile, Khan is on the lookout for a “tall, sexy and desirable” heroine. He initially approached Amy Jackson, who begged off using dates as an excuse, and the second choice is Sunny Leone. Last heard, Leone—who isn’t doing too well for herself as a leading lady—was “seriously considering” the offer. We also heard that Siddiqui will be undergoing training in golf for the sports drama.
Building his fanbase
Shah Rukh Khan is unable to get over the experience of shooting for his upcoming thriller, Fan. “Some films you never want to end. Making Fan has been that emotion. It’s sad that all good things have to end too… Like life, love and laughter,” Khan tweeted recently. Directed by Maneesh Sharma, the film, slated to release on April 15 next year, features the actor as Gaurav Chanana, the biggest fan of superstar Aryan Khanna (also essayed by SRK). The film also marks the debut of star kid Shriya Pilgaonkar, daughter of film and television actor Sachin Pilgaonkar and actress Supriya. She will star opposite Gaurav’s character. Sachin, who is thrilled his daughter got such a great learning experience, says, “I am very happy for her. It is not a full-fledged role; it is a cameo. She asked me if she should do the film and I gave her full support.” Produced by Yash Raj Films, Fan also stars Waluscha De Sousa and Yogendra Tiku.
Stunts, Sonakshi & sequels
Director Abhinay Deo is excited about Force 2, starring John Abraham and Sonakshi Sinha. “Sonakshi is shoulder-to-shoulder with John Abraham. We have started shooting the action part with her and almost 50 per cent is done,” says the director. Tahir Raj Bhasin (Mardaani fame) will be replacing Vidyut Jammwal (who was the villain in Force) in this one. Abhinay is directing a film after a gap of four years. “I always take time for my projects. After Delhi Belly, I took two years for my next project, 24,” says the director, who has taken on the TV show and has dedicated time to it as he wants to do “something different and path-breaking”. He is also planning to team up with writer Akshat Verma for a sequel to Delhi Belly. The 2011 hit, produced by Aamir Khan Productions, had Imran Khan, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Vir Das, Poorna Jagannathan and Shenaz Treasurywala in the lead.
Epic to action
Hrithik Roshan is currently shooting the epic love story Mohenjo Daro. But we hear he’s already signed
on his next with Kabir
Khan. Though details are unavailable, the film (rumoured to be an action thriller) will in all likelihood go on the floor sometime next year and will be produced by Sajid Nadiadwala (Khan teamed up with him earlier in Phantom). Currently, Khan and his team of writers are busy working out the final draft of the script,
while the rest of the cast members are yet to