Sonam vs Rekha?
This week sees the release of Sonam Kapoor showcase Khoobsurat in which the actress wears outlandish and garish costumes and overacts in order to portray a misfit in a royal family. The original Khoobsurat (1980) starred Rekha, unforgettable in her frocks and swinging pigtails, as she sang Sun sun sun didi. Kapoor plays Milli, a physiotherapist who rattles the stoic royal family headed by a matriarch, played by Ratna Pathak Shah. Milli falls in love with the royal prince, Vikram, played by Fawad Khan, apparently a familiar face to those who follow Pakistani soaps. Large portions of the fairytale romance were shot in Bikaner Palace. The film has been directed by Shashanka Ghosh (Quick Gun Murugan). Let’s hope that the story and romance stand out above Sonam Kapoor’s costumes!
Making up the numbers
Over the years, a number of films have been announced on the fascinating life of mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. One of them was to be helmed by filmmaker Dev Benegal (Road, Movie) and another to star Siddharth (Chashme Buddoor, Rang De Basanti). In fact, as long back as 2006, Benegal and British actor and director Stephen Fry had announced their collaboration on the life of the genius and his friendship with the Cambridge mathematician, G H Hardy. Well, while none of the other projects seem to have taken off yet, Fry has made his dream come true and was recently in Chennai to shoot The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life Of The Genius Ramanujan, based on the book by Robert Kanigel. Fry plays Sir Francis Spring while Slumdog Millionaire actor Dev Patel headlines the cast as Ramanujan in the film being directed by Matthew Brown. Jeremy Irons plays the Cambridge math don G H.
Taste of things to come
Also releasing today is Habib Faisal’s foodie love story, Daawat-e-Ishq starring Parineeti Chopra as Gulrez ‘Gullu’ Qadir, a Hyderabadi shoe sales girl who is fed up after all her romances have ended badly due to dowry-seeking men; and Aditya Roy Kapoor as Tariq ‘Taru’ Haidar, a charming Lucknawi cook who runs Haidari’s Kabab whose biryani and kebabs are legendary. Playing on the clash of cultures and tastes between Hyderabad and Lucknow, the film comes in a season of ‘tasty’ films from Hollywood with both Chef and Hundred Foot Journey releasing earlier this year. But my hope is that Chopra is able to pull some new tricks out of her hat, because her performances in her last few films are more or less the same, whether it is Shuddh Desi Romance or Hasee Toh Phasee. And going by the first look of her next release, Kill Dill, I fear the typecasting might be continuing.
Second in line
So it seems that after launching Sunil Shetty’s daughter Athiya in the remake of Hero, opposite Sooraj Pancholi, producer Salman Khan has promised to provide as big a launch to Shetty’s son Ahaan, who also harbours dreams of becoming an actor.
Kangana Ranaut, who will be
seen in Katti Batti with Imran Khan, is also all set for the sequel of Tanu Weds Manu. Shooting will commence in Lucknow, mid-October followed by shoots in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Mumbai. Madhavan is expected to join the shoot after he wraps Laal.
— Udita Jhunjhunwala