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Mumbai, Dec 12 (IANS) The remake rights of “Jatt & Juliet”, the biggest hit in Punjabi cinema of all times, has been secured by producers Himesh Reshammiya and Rakesh Upadhyay — the team that has just released the comic romp “Khiladi 786″.
It, therefore, comes as no surprise to hear that Akshay Kumar is likely to play the lead in the Hindi adaptation of the film.
The all-time blockbuster of a Punjabi romance starred Diljit Dosanjh and Neeru Bajwa as a rustic Punjabi and a sophisticated fashion designer who keep bumping into one another in Canada.
The Punjabi film has been itching for a Bollywood interpretation. We now hear that following “Khiladi 786″, Reshammiya and Upadhyay have joined hands to do “Jatt & Juliet” in Hindi.
The Hindi remake would be directed by Anurag Singh, who directed the Punjabi smash hit.
Upadhyay, while admitting that the “Jatt & Juliet” remake would start early next year, refrains from commenting on the cast.
“At the moment, I wouldn’t like to comment on the cast. But yes, Himesh and I are going ahead with two projects. One of them is a thriller and the other is the remake of ‘Jatt & Juliet’. The Punjabi film was also produced by Himesh and me. We’ll do the remake on a much more lavish scale. But the basic plot of ‘Jatt & Juliet’ is so endearing it needs no embellishment in Hindi.”
Press him about Akshay Kumar’s presence in the remake, and Upadhyay laughs: “We’ve just delivered a film that has been immensely liked. So Himesh, Akshay and I would definitely not like to break the team. Like I said, until all the formalities are completed it would be unwise to talk about the casting.”
Reshammiya and Upadhyay intend to continue producing films together.
“After Khiladi 786, Himesh has 10 hardbound scripts ready. We’re both workaholics. We’ll continue to collaborate on mass-entertainment films. We want to make the kind of films that make people smile and laugh.”
Mumbai, Dec 12 (IANS) Actor Anil Kapoor, who is bringing the Indian adaptation of award-winning American TV series “24″ to the small screen, hopes his attempt bridges the gap between TV and films in the country.
Anil wants to bring in the same level of efficiency in the Indian version of “24″ as the original.
“But is that possible? I wonder,” says Anil.
“I had the privilege of observing the original team at work for eight months in Los Angeles. So I know what level of professionalism I need to exercise on ’24′. Working on the original ’24′ was a great learning curve for me. I absorbed as much as I could.
“Now I want to replicate whatever I saw them trying to achieve. The television industry in our country is still in its infancy. In the US, there are top actors who do television. Look at Keifer Sutherland or Ashton Kutcher.
“In India, television stars don’t get the same recognition and money as movie stars. Hopefully after my show, the gap between Indian television and Bollywood would be bridged,” he added.
“24″ is an American television series that started in 2001 and ran till 2010, with a total of 192 episodes.
Anil featured in the eighth season of the show as Omar Hassan, president of the fictional Islamic Republic of Kamistan.
Anil will start shooting for the Indian version in 2013.
“I’ve set aside all my other work for 24. But it’s not a big sacrifice. I am giving it a year. That’s the time an average feature film takes. I’ve already planned my films after the first season of ’24′. But for now, I’m fully into ’24′.
“I had to be all there with the team more for myself than for the team. Television is a new ballgame for me. The first season needs more careful nurturing. After the first season, the series would be on auto-pilot. We don’t know how many seasons we’ll do. Right now we’re focusing only on the first season,” he said.
While Anil plays the protagonist in the show, the casting of other roles has been left entirely upon the “24″ team.
“I know I am playing the protagonist. The rest of the cast, I’ve no idea of. And please, there’s no role for my daughter Sonam in ’24′. At the media meet I was asked if I’d cast her in the show. The next thing I know there’s talk of her being in ’24′. Blessedly I have a fine team.
“Everyone knows his or her job, Rensil d’Silva who heads the team of writers, had his own film ‘Unglee’ to write. But he never let that come in the way of his work on ’24′,” said Anil.
Mumbai, Dec 12 (IANS) Actress Parineeti Chopra, who is set to add her spunk at Glitterati 2013 this New Year’s eve, will dance to popular songs from her movies and she is looking forward to it.
“I will be performing on my own songs like ‘Jigar ka tukda’, ‘Jhallah wallah’, ‘Main pareshan’ as they have done well. Arjun Kapoor is also performing the songs with me and Sanjay Shetty has choreographed it,” Parineeti told IANS.
The actors, along with Anjana Sukhani and singer Mika Singh, will jazz up the New Year’s Eve for several people who will attend the Glitterati 2013 at Aamby Valley.
Parineeti, who made her acting debut with “Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl”, and was later seen in “Ishaqzaade”, had also taken to the stage at the People’s Choice Awards this year. Now she is upbeat about her second performance.
“I am very excited. I will be performing at Aamby Valley. Even though I have been here for three years, I haven’t had a chance to go to Aamby Valley. I am very excited. Also New Year is a time when you can make more money than normal,” quipped the actress, who is Priyanka Chopra’s cousin sister.
Last year, Parineeti was busy shooting for “Ishaqzaade”, and so she was not able to do anything specific for New Year’s eve, and she never used to anything special on the day earlier too.
“Last year I was shooting, so I didn’t do anything. Before that I used to sleep early as I was working at that time,” she said.
New year resolutions are not for her, said Parineeti, adding: “I am not able to keep up with them.”
Mumbai, Dec 12 (IANS) A benchmark index for Indian equities markets Wednesday closed 31 points lower following selling pressure in capital goods, metals and public sector undertakings (PSU) stocks.
The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 19,432.54 points, ended the day at 19,355.26 points, down 31.88 points or 0.16 percent from its previous close at 19,387.14 points.
The index touched a high of 19,478.79 points and low of 19,317.23 points intra-day. The BSE midcap index was up 4.17 points, while the smallcap index edged higher by 18.07 points.
The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange was down 10.80 points or 0.18 percent at 5,888.00 points.
The BSE capital goods index was down 110.02 points. The metal index ended lower by 74.93 points, followed by PSU index down 58.33 points, banks index, down 45.92 points, and power index, down by 13.02 points.
The auto index was up by 102.77 points, and so were the consumer durables index, up 76.35 points, and oil and gas index, up 25.67 points.
Among the gainers were Bajaj Auto, up 2.57 percent at Rs.2,055.50; Mahindra and Mahindra, up 2.20 percent at Rs.948.40; Hero MotoCorp, up 1.92 percent at Rs.1,885.15; Reliance Industries, up 1.53 percent at Rs.832.15; and Sun Pharma, up 1.35 percent at Rs.724.70.
The major losers were Hindustan Unilever, 2.65 percent lower at Rs.529.90; BHEL, down 1.98 points at Rs.232.35; Gail India, down 1.67 percent at Rs.348.35; Jindal Steel, down 1.55 percent at Rs.412.85; and ONGC, down 1.44 percent at Rs.259.70.
Among other Asian markets, Japan’s Nikkei was up 0.59 percent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.80 percent. The Shanghai Composite Index also closed higher by 0.39 percent.
European markets were flat. Britain’s FTSE 100 was up 0.23 percent while the German DAX was trading higher by 0.23 percent. The French CAC 40 was down 0.17 percent.
Mumbai, Dec 12 (IANS) Actor Boman Irani believes that while writers are not given much importance in Bollywood, they are the ones who can actually lead the audiences into a theatre.
“In India, especially in our films, we don’t respect the writers, not in the credit titles or anywhere else… we don’t accept the size of their contribution. We believe that a writer eventually does not lead the audience into a theatre,” the 52-year-old said here Tuesday at the launch of author Sanjay Chopra’s book “Talespin”.
“But I feel that if writing is good and effective then the audiences will definitely come to the theatres,” he added.
Meanwhile, when asked if he believes in his hit film “3 Idiots” philosophy of running after efficiency and not success in context of the Rs.100 crore-club, Boman said: “I believe in the thought of ’3 Idiots’ but it would be wrong to say ‘running after Rs.100 crore’ because ’3 Idiots’ also raked in Rs.300 crore… the fact of the matter is this.”
“But if you forget the money equation and work towards excellence, then you will definitely earn even more that Rs.100 crore… ’3 Idiots’ is the greatest example of it,” he added.
Mumbai, Dec 12 (IANS) Actress Bipasha Basu’s New Year resolution is to get more and more people to start caring for their health and fitness.
“My resolution is that I am going to try and get maximum number of people to look after their health and fitness,” the 33-year-old said Tuesday at the Bright Advertising awards function here.
Bipasha is set to launch her new fitness DVD soon.
“I am launching my second DVD and that is my resolution this New Year as I want people to get fitter and more aware about health because, if you will see, there are so many diseases that are killing people at such a young age,” Bipasha said.
“Today if you read the newspapers all you read about is lifestyle diseases, viral, dengue… It’s very important to look after your health and fitness,” she added.
Bipasha was last seen in “Raaz 3″ and is currently shooting for “Aatma”.
She will also start working on “No Entry Mein Entry”, a sequel to her 2005-hit “No Entry”, soon.
Mumbai, Dec 12 (IANS) While there have been a lot of positives in the Indian film industry in the last 100 years, the spirit to just make a film is lost in the race to make money, feels actor Arshad Warsi.
“We have not left the things that our industry is known for – songs, music and a total entertainment film – and that’s a good thing. Other good thing is that technologically we have advanced in these 100 years. Today there is Shah Rukh’s ‘Ra One’, so technologically we have advanced, so it is good,” the 44-year-old said here Tuesday at the launch of author Sanjay Chopra’s book “Talespin”.
“But the bad thing about it is that somewhere we have lost the spirit to make a film. Today it has become a business which is bad. So there has been good and bad in these 100 years,” he added.
Arshad, who was last seen in “Double Dhamaal” in 2011, currently has a lot of films in hand.
“From January next year, I will be doing ‘Jo Bhi Karva Lo’ which is a sweet, romantic comedy, after that I will do ‘Dedh Ishqiya’ then Raju’s (Rajkumar Hirani) ‘Peekay’ and then there is ‘Chambal Safari’,” Arshad said.
“There are many more films, also listening to some more scripts. So the next year is very much busy for me,” he added.
Besides these, Arshad is also doing “Bhaiyyaji Superhit”, “Total Dhamaal”, “Jolly L.L.B.” and “Golmaal 4″.
Mumbai, Dec 12 (IANS) Maharashtra Governor K. Sankaranarayanan and Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Wednesday condoled the death of renowned sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, who passed away in a US hospital.
Sankaranarayanan said: “Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar was one of the greatest Indian musicians who popularized Indian classical music at the global level.”
Added Chavan: “The country has lost a great international musician who introduced the Indian classical music to the Western world.”
Mumbai, Dec 10 (IANS) A benchmark index for Indian equities markets Monday closed 14 points lower following selling pressure in consumer durables, oil and gas, and information technology (IT) stocks.
The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 19,442.19 points, ended the day at 19,409.69 points, down 14.41 points or 0.07 percent from its previous close at 19,424.10 points.
The index touched a high of 19,478.01 points and low of 19,362.32 points intra-day. The BSE midcap index was up 46.23 points, while the smallcap index edged higher by 24.10 points.
The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange was down 9.40 points or 0.16 percent at 5,898.00 points.
The BSE consumer durables index was down 123.96 points. The oil and gas index ended lower by 61.54 points, followed by IT index down 50.19 points, capital goods index down 37.52 points, and media, entertainment and technology (TECk) index down by 30.57 points.
The healthcare index was up by 37.13 points, and so were the bank index 25.14 points, and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) index 11.63 points.
Among the gainers were HDFC, up 3.15 percent at Rs.863.35; Dr Reddy’s Lab, up 2.51 percent at Rs.1,884.55; Cipla, up 1.73 percent at Rs.417.30; Tata Steel, up 1.35 percent at Rs.400.25; and Sun Pharma, up 1.10 percent at Rs.707.20.
The major losers were Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), 2.50 percent lower at Rs.1,236.30; NTPC, down 1.91 points at Rs.156.90; Bharti Airtel, down 1.46 percent at Rs.317.80; Maruti Suzuki, down 1.13 percent at Rs.1,492.95; and Mahindra and Mahindra, down 0.90 percent at Rs.928.45.
Among other Asian markets, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was up 0.39 percent, while China’s Shanghai Composite Index closed higher by 1.07 percent.
European markets were flat with Britain’s FTSE 100 down 0.28 percent. The German DAX was trading lower by 0.62 percent while the French CAC 40 index was down 0.68 percent.
Mumbai, Dec 10 (IANS) Shatrughan Sinha, fondly known as Shotgun, is keen on doing a film with Amitabh Bachchan. The two are said to have discussed various possibilities of coming together, and a project is now being designed for them.
“We haven’t worked together since ‘Shaan’ and ‘Kaala Patthar’. It would be really nice to work with him again. He’s a good actor and a fine human being,” said Shatrughan.
“After my heart surgery, (one of) my first social outing was to his 70th birthday party. I told him I wouldn’t have stepped out to such a crowded gathering for anyone else. I broke my golden health rule for a golden human being,” he added.
The veteran actor-turned-politician is very impressed by Akshay Kumar.
“He has been very inspiring in his good-health talk. He came here and very humbly told me how important it is to eat sleep and exercise well. I am now on to a different routine altogether. I wake up very early in the morning, go for a long walk.
“I’ll be resuming my yoga very soon. Late nights are completely out. Not that I partied late anyway,” said the 67-year-old, who underwent surgery earlier this year.
As soon as Shatrughan is back to completely normalcy, he will start a film with Akshay.
“It’s a subject that he has been desirous of doing with me for a long time. Akshay came and told me, ‘Sir, ab to meri baat maan lijiye (Agree to me now at least)’. I’ve agreed. But he has laid down a pre-condition. Akshay says our shooting shifts would be 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. I am game,” he said.
Mumbai, Dec 10 (IANS) Thespian Dilip Kumar’s biography was due to be launched on his 90th birthday Tuesday, but it has been delayed, says wife Saira Banu.
“We will not be launching his biography on his birthday as the book needs some polishing. His biography will be a kind of look into what Dilip Kumar is. This book will not be filled with gossip, but it will be about his journey,” Saira told IANS.
The biography is penned based upon Dilip Kumar’s narration to veteran film journalist Uday Tara Nayar.
It is said to be a two-part book focussing on the actor’s nine-decade-long journey, his love story with Saira, some untold stories as well as rare pictures of the thespian and his family members.
Mumbai, Dec 10 (IANS) The Bombay High Court here Monday rapped national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand for running a private academy in Hyderabad.
According to the court, it is “ethically” wrong for Gopichand to run a training academy. This was in response to a petition filed by Mumbai shuttler Prajakta Sawant in November alleging mental harassment after not being allowed to participate in the national camp.
“Ethically, the coach who also heads the selection panel should not run a private academy. He may be a good coach. We are not saying otherwise. But in the interest of justice and fairness, a national coach, also part of the selection panel, should not run a private camp,” Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice A.V. Mohta said.