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Eye-dentity crisis

Amitabh Bachchan sports different coloured lenses in Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag. It was a complicated procedure to fit him with those lenses, given his age

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

“There’s no Raj Thackeray in Sarkar Raj” – RGV

One man factory….
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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.

Bachchans step in SRK’s shoes


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!

Raju Hirani’s vaada to Sanju

Raju Hirani’s vaada to Sanju

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

Tanisha and Uday Chopra are no longer a couple

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

Sanju baba’s out, B-Town’s thrilled
   By: Upala KBR
August 21, 2007

The industry is euphoric over Dutt’s temporary relief from the SC

On July 31, Sanjay Dutt was sentenced to six years rigorous imprisonment in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case.

The actor was then lodged at Pune’s Yerwada Jail, amidst unprecedented protest from friends and fans alike. After three weeks of doing time, there seems some ray of hope for the fallen actor.

He’s now got interim bail from the Supreme Court and B-Town is overjoyed at the prospect of seeing him as a free man again.

Sunil Shetty (Actor)

I was in shock when I heard the news. I couldn’t believe it! I’m very happy and have always maintained that God has mysterious ways of doing things.

Sanjay Gupta (Producer)

Justice prevails and our faith in the judiciary stands vindicated. God bless Sanjay Dutt.

Ekta Kapoor (Producer)

I feel he was being used to make an example. I think justice has been done and a celebrity is not being made a scapegoat anymore.

I hope he gets out once and for all. People get vicarious pleasure from seeing a successful person suffer, and those who condemned him in the name of the law belong to that

Ashok Thakeria (Producer)

Dhamaal is releasing on September 7 and I am very happy for Sanju. He’s not just a star in my film but also a good friend.

I plan to go and meet him when he comes out. We would love to have a premiere for the film but it depends on Sanju and what his state of mind is.

Rohit Roy (Actor)

I am overjoyed. His interim relief has given us all great relief. The very thought of Sanju sir spending any more time in the slammer was a source of discomfort for all of us. Nightmarish actually. So I am happy that he’s going to be home shortly.

Bunty Walia (Producer)

I’m delighted. I’m dying to see him again. Our prayers have been answered. I am mostly going to go and fetch him back.

Karan Johar (Filmmaker)

I am thrilled for Sanju and his family. He has been in my thoughts and I feel a sense of relief. I can’t begin to imagine what he must be feeling today. Sanju is very special to my family. We love him dearly and wish him the best from the bottom of our hearts.

Subhash Ghai (Producer)

It’s the result of millions of prayers that he has got justice. My family and I are extremely happy that Sanju can now breathe easy. He has been punished enough for his mistake, so now we should let him make his late father, family and nation proud.