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Amitabh Bachchan has worn different-coloured eye lenses in Ram Gopal Varma’s Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag. The colour of the lens in the right eye is blue, while the left one is brown. Though the idea of Bachchan wearing lenses of two different colours in the eyes was conceptualised by director Ram Gopal Varma, it was Bachchan’s family eye surgeon Dr Himanshu Mehta who got the soft lenses made especially for the Bollywood superstar.
Our source tells us that Bachchan tried out lenses of various hues for which he had over 50 sittings with Dr Mehta and finally settled for the brown and blue coloured ones because it went well with the negative character he is playing in Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag. The source also reveals, “Amitabh Bachchan would usually arrive in the morning at the clinic and put on the lenses with the help of Dr. Mehta before leaving for shooting Ramu’s film.”
The source also says that taking into consideration Bachchan’s age, making him wear the soft lenses was a lengthy process and required a lot of skill. “As one ages, it is not only the eyesight, but also the organs connected with the eyes that tend to become weak. It becomes difficult for the eye to hold the lenses for a longer period of time then. It was only super willpower and a drive for perfection that made Amitabh Bachchan sport those lenses for hours,” our source adds.
When contacted Dr Himanshu Mehta admitted that it was he who had designed and worked on Amitabh Bachchan’s lenses in Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag. He said, “Yes I have done Amitabh Bachchan’s lenses and I used to help him put them on too. But I don’t want to talk further about it.”
A bald step?
Will Amitabh Bachchan sport a bald look in Shantaram?
It has been reliably learnt that Mira Nair has convinced Amitabh Bachchan to sport a bald pate in her adaptation of Gregory Roberts’s Shantaram. If he indeed does so, it will be the first time that Bachchan will appear bald on screen. Reportedly, Mira Nair has finally convinced him to do so.
A source says, “Amitabh Bachchan is playing an underworld don Kader Bhai while Johny Depp is essaying the role of Shantaram. Although Bachchan is a little sceptical about his bald avatar, Mira Nair has managed to convinced him. Mira loved the idea of a bald look. The exact look will be decided on soon.”
The film will be shot in Mumbai, Australia and China.
– Kunal M Shah
One man factory….
By Subhash K. Jha, August 21, 2007 – 14:02 IST
Reacting sharply to a report that character-actor Ravi Kale plays a character inspired by Shiv Sena Supremo Bal Thackeray’s nephew Raj Thackeray, Ram Gopal Varma laughs, “I see no reason to unnecessarily politicize Sarkar Raj with speculation. There’s no character even remotely resembling the gentleman you’ve mentioned. And Ravi Kale who is in both the Sarkar films doesn’t play a character similar to any politician, living or dead.”
Ramu stresses that he doesn’t have real-life politicians in Sarkar Raj. “As it is, I’ve personally admitted that Sarkar Raj is my most political film to date. If on top of that I’m constantly accused of planting this or that politician in the plot there’s bound to be an unnecessary stress. Right now my concentration is on releasing Aag and Darling on two consecutive Fridays. Let’s see if Darling ko Aag jhulas legi,” he jokes.
Now it can be told! It was said that the project Ramgopal Varma was supposed to start with Shah Rukh Khan, titled TIME MACHINE, has been scrapped. But it will be made with different stars: It’ll star RGV favorites Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan in lead roles.
RGV confirms the development, “Yes, both Amitabh and Abhishek will star in the film. I haven’t decided on the date [of shooting] yet, since I am pre-occupied with RAMGOPAL VARMA KI AAG, DARLING and SARKAR RAJ at the moment… It’s unfortunate that I couldn’t make the film with Shah Rukh.”
Meanwhile, RGV is working at lightening speed these days. While RAMGOPAL VARMA KI AAG and DARLING are releasing back to back, on 31st August and 7th September, respectively, SARKAR RAJ [the sequel to SARKAR], which is already 80% complete, will hit the screens in December this year. Besides, a number of films, produced by him, will also make it in the intervening period. He sure is a factory!
By Taran Adarsh, August 21, 2007 – 08:52 IST
MUNNABHAI director Rajkumar Hirani has promised Sanjay Dutt that MUNNABHAI 3, titled MUNNABHAI CHALE AMERIKA, will be made with the star only and it would be the best Munnabhai film in the series. “I am going to work extra hard on the script. I want to ensure that it’s my finest Munnabhai film, that’s the promise I’ve made to Sanju. In fact, the idea [of the script] has already taken shape. It’s too exciting,” Hirani tells me.
Meanwhile, Hirani has commenced work on the other project that he plans to make, before MUNNABHAI 3 takes off. This one will star Shah Rukh Khan in the lead. “It’s aimed at the education system. Everyone’s keen on getting the right grades, so that they are assured of a better future. My film will make a comment on this issue. A strong message will be conveyed through humor,” he divulges.
Hirani wants to feature Sanju in this film as well, although there’s no role for the actor in it. “But I’ll try to accommodate him any how. It’s difficult to make a film without him,” he states emotionally.
Tanisha and Uday Chopra
Even as the rumour mills are churning out reports of Neal N Nikki couple, Tanisha and Uday Chopra’s engagement, news is that the two have, in fact, split.
Our source reveals, “It’s rather sad that they have parted ways as they were planning to get engaged sometime soon. But this break-up took place after she got back from Goa recently.”
When contacted, Tanisha chose not to discuss the subject with us, but did not deny the news either. When questioned about her break-up with Uday, she paused for a moment, before replying, “Work has hit me hard and now I’m going all out doing good films. My relationship is a personal matter which I don’t want to talk about at this point in time. Right now, I’m busy with a number of films that I am looking forward to.”
Apparently, things soured between the two because of disagreements about her career. Our source says, “Tanisha and Uday would have endless arguments. Tanisha has been on a signing spree while Uday isn’t. She was out of town for a while, busy shooting for Kumar Mangat’s 123 in Pondicherry and Goa. She got back from her shoot to experience more trouble back home. Apparently, Uday wants more time from her, but Tanisha wants to work on the maximum number of films she can, right now.”
It’s great to see her back in action, but what was the long sabbatical all about? Tanisha says, “I wanted to work with good filmmakers and do better films. But after my last film, I was not happy with the kind of offers I was getting. The roles that were offered to me were rather boring. I decided to take a break till I got quality films.”
And her wait has paid off. Says Tanisha, “I am excited about the films I have signed. There is Kumar Mangat’s big project, apart from 123, another project is in the pipeline and of course, Sarkar Raj where it’s not Ash but me opposite Abhishek, playing a significant role.”
Sanju baba’s out, B-Town’s thrilled
August 21, 2007