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Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan could be part of India’s first 4D bollywood historical film

Director V Ganesh Kumar who is busy preparing for India’s first mainline Bollywood 4D film would like Salman Khan and Hrithik Roshan to play the lead roles in the film.

Says the veteran director Kumar openly voicing his opinion, “This is a historical film based on true incidents, wars and conflicts as recorded in history books that will appeal to kids as well as adults. It has a great educational value for kids as well and has a huge audience both in India and abroad – in the Gulf and other Middle East countries. My first choice for the lead roles is Salman and Hrithik and I have made my preferences clear to my producer. It is up to the producer to take a call depending on budgets and schedules. The film will also be released in a normal cinema-scope version and a 3D version, as there are not many 4D equipped screens in the country.”

The film is produced by a Pune-based production house Ganesh Saraswati Films and directed by a well-known director from the south V Ganesh Kumar. Ganesh Saraswati Films is a tie-up between V Ganesh Kumar and Anand Saraswati Films of Pune owned partly by an NCP politician from the city.

Dismissing reports that the film which has a projected budget of Rs 120 crore is a low-budget film, Kumar said, “I am not at liberty to discuss the budget, you have to speak to the producer. But we have a decent budget. Who says Rs 120 crore for the making of a film is a low-budget? Many production houses inflate their budgets – everyone knows that even the big banners make their films at almost half the budgets they claim or project. It depends on the star cast which is not yet finalized. We are still casting and talking to various actors. This film has a huge cast and we will have 2-3 well-known male actors preferably in a super-star category as part of this project. It depends on dates and availability. We have a projected release time frame of April 2015 or November 2015 for the film and have to juggle shooting schedules accordingly. The film is expected to go on floors in April or May 2014.”

Deliberating on the budget issue Kumar explains, “Don 2 was made with a budget of Rs 70 crore, Devdas was reportedly produced with a budget of Rs 50 crores. Jodhaa Akbar was made with a budget of Rs 40 crore. Ra One was made on a whooping budget of Rs 125 crore with a further Rs 52 crore spent on promotion. My Name is Khan was made with Rs 40 crore and Rs 150 crore was reportedly spent on the Rajnikant-starrer Robot. You can call our project a medium-budget film, but whoever says it’s a low-budget film has gone bonkers,” Kumar fumed.

The film “The Last Emperor” has a projected making budget of Rs 120 crore and will be shot pre-dominantly in Maharashtra, but will also have schedules in Andhra Pradesh and other parts of South India. The film also has a mention of the Nizam of Hyderabad and a huge set is being planned on the outskirts of Hyderabad to replicate and old 17th century fort.

Afghanistan-born, Bhopal-educated model and actress Arshi Khan has been finalized for this project though Kumar is reluctant to give further details. “We will officially announce the entire star cast at one go and not in bits and pieces,” Kumar says adding, I will not comment on one or two actors. We have finalized a part of the cast, but casting is still on.”

The well-endowed and voluptuous Arshi Khan who has now made Mumbai her home says, “It’s a pleasure to be part of this project. The film covers a historical era and will portray the historical chronology of events in the late 16 and early 17th century in Maharashtra and south India. Maharashtra was ruled by the Mughals till the early 17th century after which the Marathas were the predominant power in the region. The film will portray the rule of the Nizamshahi of Ahmadnagar, Adilshah of Bijapur and the Qutubshah of Golkonda as well as the emergence of the Maratha kingdom in the mid 17th century as seen by British soldier. It also covers the death of the last Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1707 after an exhausting 27 years of futile war against the emerging Maratha power.”


Priyanka Chopra’s dines with the President Of India, Sonia Gandhi, PM Manmohan Singh at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Owing to her body of work and other accomplishments, actress Priyanka Chopra is easily counted amongst one of the most powerful celebs of India and this was recently reiterated when the actress was invited by none other than Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India for a special dinner event at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on the special request of the German President owing to her huge popularity internationally and especially in Germany courtesy her reach through music and movies.

At the event, Priyanka interacted with. dignitaries like the President of the Federal Republic of Germany-Joachim Gauck, Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, veteran actress Sharmila Tagore, entrepreneur Nandan Nilekani and other guests.

Talking about the experience, Priyanka said, “It was a huge honor to dine be invited to be a a part of. Such august company. It was a great experience and very humbling.”


Dharma Productions & Phantom Films‘ Hasee Toh Phasee wows critics.

Dharma Productions & Phantom Films’ cucking frazy Hasee Toh Phasee released nationwide yesterday only to meet with unanimously rave reviews .

Says Taran Adarsh,” HASEE TOH PHASEE is a bright-and-breezy, charming and refreshing rom-com that makes you smile, laugh and gets you moist-eyed at regular intervals. A qualitative film that warms the cockles of your heart. Go for it!-“.

Says Meena Iyer ,” Hasee Toh Phasee is for the romantics who like their martinis stirred not shaken. This romantic comedy mirrors the quirks in human nature subtly and provides humour in everyday situations; in the family and amongst friends. If you’re looking to rediscover the magic of goofy love around Valentines, give HTP a shot.”

“Director Vinil Mathew never let the story lose track. Not that scenes highlighting relationships – always tricky – were lost either. Anurag Kashyap did a good job with the dialgoues. Vishal and Shekhar’s music is worth a listen. I would suggest that you do not miss the film. It’s entertaining, youthful, refreshing.” adds Saurabh Dwivedi.

Says Tushar Joshi , “Watch it if you want to see a different take on modern day romance. Hasee Toh Phasee is worth a watch for a solid act put together by its lead pair.”

“The film is both pleasantly surprising and utterly baffling in equal amounts. Though Vinil Mathew’s direction might not be perfect due to his lack of experience, Hasee Toh Phasee will definitely win your heart for the symbiotically arranged, pitch perfect chemistry of Parineeti Chopra and Sidharth Malhotra. It was passionate and compelling, almost to make me wish that they were a real life couple and that alone becomes the winning shot.” says Mohar Basu.

Dharma Productions & Phantom Films’ Hasee Toh Phasee starring Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra hit theaters yesterday.


Unesco Nepal hopes for Ranbir as Educaion ambassador

Ranbir Kapoor, the heartthrob of the nation’s teenyboppers could well don a new avatar. For The National Federation of Unesco Clubs, Centres and Associations of Nepal would like the Kapoor scion to be the Brand Ambassador for the social campaign of ‘Education for All’ in Nepal.

The UNESCO has requested Chief Patron of Education for All, Vinod Khetawat(president of Tirumala seven hills-india) to rope in the young Kapoor as Unesco Nepal’s – International Ambassador for the Education for All campaign.

“We feel Ranbir Kapoor’s words will be taken seriously as Nepal has always held the Kapoor family in high esteem. We have sent him our messages and hopefully he will give the nod,” says Khetawat.

Looks like the young Kapoor scion has a serious educational responsibility coming up!


For the first time in the history of Indian cinema, narration of a script was done with a background score.

Ali Abbas Zafar, the director of Gunday had scheduled a joint narration of the script for Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor.

Ali worked on the music much in advance as he feels music is an important ingredient of a film.

It was a different and interesting experience for both Ranveer and Arjun as it got them more involved with the script.

The background score created the kind of atmosphere in the room which the director Ali Abbas Zafar wanted to convey through his script.

This was also the first time in the history of YRF that two actors got a joint narration.


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He’s cute, he’s lovable, he’s just the type of guy your Mommie would say ‘Yes’ to go out for a date. TV actor Krishna Bharadwaj has a holistic appeal about him and he has charmed not just the audiences but also his co-actors. Despite having done lead and pivotal roles in TV soaps like Jasuben Jatantilal Joshi Ki Joint Family, Kasak, Sukh by Chance and R.K Laxman ki Duniya, success hasn’t gone to his head.

Every actor gets a penultimate kick while performing live on stage. Krishna felt that innate urge to do something really creative and what better opportunity than to work with a stalwart theatre director like Sunil Shanbhag and talented theatre actors who are part of the play series.


ARPANA presents Classics Redux – Scenes of love, longing and loneliness

Classic Redux trawls through some of Indian theatre’s greatest contemporary classics seeking out female protagonists who are confronting love, longing, dignity and loneliness. Accomplished writers like Girish Karnad, Vijay Tendulkar, Ravindranath Tagore, Mahesh Elkunchwar, Mohan Rakesh, Badal Sircar, Varsha Adalja place their protagonists in powerful dilemmas and hold a mirror to our lives.

Written by Sapan Saran

Directed by Sunil Shanbag

Produced by Arpana

With: Nagesh Bhonsle, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Krishna Bharadwaj, Divya Jagdale, Ketaki Thatte, Rajashree Wad, Sapan Saran, Gagan Riar, Karan Pandit, and others.


TV actor Krishna Bharadwaj is playing two characters. He discloses, “I play Devdutt in the play Hayvadan by Girish Karnad. I play an intelligent Brahmin whose wife fancies Devdutt’s friend Kapil for his physique. In a magical series of events, Devdutt’s and Kapil’s heads get interchanged and then the fight and dilemma unfurls.”

Talking about his second play, he elaborates, “Next character is from the play Indrajeet. It’s again a woman’s life span shown that how boring a wife’s life becomes boring after marriage and all the struggle a couple goes through in a marriage. Here I play the character Amal Tagline is Dampati Jampati Jaipati.”

Be part of the glorious trip with TV actor Krishna Bharadwaj if you want to see pure histrionics.


The plays will be held at MC Ghia Hall, Kalaghoda at 5pm on 9th February 2014.


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Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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