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    Govinda aa gaya
    A Govinda movie has the potential to be an event, just like a Rajnikanth film. So when Aa Gaya Hero releases next month, there is one Bollywood star who is quite likely to slip on a disguise and sneak into a first day first show screening of the Govinda film. Ranveer Singh is a self-confessed fan of the former Hero No. 1, in particular his film Raja Babu! And one thing both Singh and Govinda certainly have in common is swagger.

    Arshad’s jolly busy
    Now that Jolly LLB2 has done well, and without Arshad Warsi, it’s unlikely that the original Jolly will return to the Lucknow or Kanpur court and go head-to-head with the delightful Saurabh Shukla as the quirky judge. But Warsi is keeping busy. His film Irada, an eco-thriller, released last week and next he’s
    beginning work on Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal Again. Then there’s the expected and much-awaited third instalment of the Munna Bhai series in which Warsi owns the character of the sidekick Circuit. While not much more is known about Munna Bhai 3, we do know that Shetty has put together a rather interesting cast for his popular comedy franchise. Joining Ajay Devgn and Warsi in Golmaal Again are Parineeti Chopra, Tabu, Tusshar Kapoor, Kunal Khemu, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Prakash Raj and Shreyas Talpade. Now that’s a jolly ensemble.

    Raving about Rangoon
    Saif Ali Khan respectfully gave Kangana Ranaut the spotlight on last week’s episode of Koffee with Karan. It was not only a treat to watch host Karan Johar squirm as he faced her direct rebukes, but also interesting to see the dynamic between the polar opposite Khan and Ranaut. When I met Saif Ali Khan recently, I did ask him what it was like working with the firebrand Ranaut on Rangoon. His response— “I think she’s a very talented actor and we are quite fond of each other. On day one she walked up to me and said she likes the way I live my life and thinks I am a fairly cool chap. Being a Leo that’s all she had to tell me and I immediately became a strong supporter of hers.” He added that he likes that she is “unconventional, opinionated and emancipated”. And those traits certainly came across when she sat on that couch, prepared to fire her pre-loaded shotguns.

    Box-office pride
    Since last week, distributors have been in a tussle for cinema screens as they push out all the Oscar-nominated films. So this week, Lion, starring Dev Patel, takes on not just Rangoon but also Jackie and M. Night Shyamalan’s Split. While it is indeed a moment of pride that two Indian names are attached with two big
    international films, Lion is the Oscar-nominated one. When director Garth Davis passed through Mumbai a couple of weeks ago, we spoke about his work, adapting Saroo Brierly’s autobiography to screen. When asked about bringing conflict into a story, which seemingly had none, Davis confirmed that he had to go beyond the text of the book to find that dissonance. And he found that in Saroo’s struggle when he decides to find his birth mother. “He’s accepted his fate that he has lost his family and home and it’s only when he meets Indian students at college in Australia that he gets the idea that he could find home using Google Earth.” This thought starts to disturb him and that’s where the conflict comes in. “He is torn by the thought that ‘how could I live this privileged life when my family (in India) might be worried sick about me.’ Eventually, it becomes a choice between the family he has now and the family he has lost, and for how long he can choose the family he has lost without losing the one he has,” said Davis.

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