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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) 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 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.
Mumbai, Dec 10 (IANS) The entire schedule of romantic comedy “Ghanchakkar” is said to have been planned in accordance to its lead actress Vidya Balan’s real life wedding plans.
In fact, her work in “Ghanchakkar” is being rush-completed in time for her wedding preparations. She is reportedly tying the knot with Siddharth Roy Kapur, managing director – Studios, Disney UTV, this month.
“It seems Vidya and Mr.Kapoor had chalked out the wedding plans long in advance. The only film that Vidya is currently shooting is ‘Ghanchakkar’. And since it is produced by UTV, it was convenient to co-ordinate her shooting schedule with her wedding date,” said a source.
The sources reveals that director Rajkumar Gupta, who has to be in his hometown Hazaribagh in Jharkhand for his younger brother’s wedding this week, would now have to rush back for last three days of Vidya’s shooting Dec 12-15.
After this, Vidya would take a longish sabbatical before returning to work, the source added.
Vidya’s work in “Ghanchakkar” will be over after the three-day shooting.
“It was all planned well in advance. The director Rajkumar Gupta, who is a very dear friend of Vidya and Emraan Hashmi, whom Vidya gets along with like a house on fire, has fully co-operated in ensuring Vidya completes her work in ‘Ghanchakkar’ before she takes time off,” said the source.
When contacted, Gupta was in the middle of his brother’s wedding festivities.
He admitted he had to rush back to Mumbai for the final three days’ shooting.
“Yes, we’ve to shoot from Dec 12-15. After that I’ve one week-long schedule in January. But Vidya is not required for that,” he said.
Asked if the schedules had to be worked out in-sync with Vidya’s wedding plans, he got evasive, and said: “The schedules were worked out well in advance, so that Vidya’s work was completed by the middle of December. Vidya has been with the project all through, giving a hundred percent of herself.”
Mumbai, Dec 10 (IANS) Filmmaker Subhash Ghai says he is in talks with “Pyaar Ka Punchnama” actor Kartik Tiwari for his upcoming film “Kaanchi”.
“We have not finalised him at the moment, but we are in talks with him,” Ghai told IANS
For now, Kartik will be seen next in Luv Ranjan’s “Akaash Vani”, opposite Nushrat Bharucha. The duo was also paired in “Pyaar Ka Punchnama”.
For “Kaanchi”, Ghai is on the lookout for a lead actress. Even after auditioning several girls, he is yet to find a suitable talent who fits his criteria.
“I have auditioned as many as 400 girls, but have still not finalised the lead yet. If a girl matches the talent, then her face is not ideal. If her face matches, then she doesn’t match the character,” he said.
The character is central to the film and that is the reason why Ghai wants to be careful while selecting the heroine.
“She is playing a very unique character in the film and that is why it is important that we select the best,” he said.
As of now, actors who have been locked for “Kaanchi” include veterans like Rishi Kapoor and Mithun Chakraborty. Ghai wants to start shooting the project in January.
Mumbai, Dec 10 (IANS) He never allowed her to hold his hand in public but 46 years of marriage has changed many things, says Saira Banu lovingly of husband-actor-legend Dilip Kumar who turns 90 Tuesday. The celebrations for the landmark birthday will be quiet given the death of some of their closest friends this year.
“This year was a sorrowful year. We lost many dear friends from the industry. So it will be a small celebration at our place with only close friends,” Saira, 68, told IANS in an exclusive conversation.
The family is grieving the death of friends and associates like Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, former union minister N.K.P. Salve, filmmaker Yash Chopra, and actors Rajesh Khanna and Dara Singh, among others.
The Saira Banu-Dilip Kumar story is what Bollywood films are made of – 46 years of togetherness and getting better with time.
“I fell in love with Dilip saheb when I was 12 years old. Beyond my own romance (with him), I can’t see anything. In real life, he is very loving, very polished and a sophisticated man,” Saira told IANS.
They have a 22-year age gap, and have stood like strong pillars of support for each other through thick and thin.
“Since the day Dilip saheb proposed to me, it’s been great… He is the strongest person in my life. He never allowed me to hold his hand in public, but 46 years of our marriage has changed many things. Now we only live for each other,” added the one-time screen scorcher, who still steals romantic moments like an occasional dinner with her husband.
For his milestone birthday, she wishes him a good, healthy and long life.
“I want him to be healthy and happy forever. He is the best person in this world. Dilip saheb is the golden man that god has created. My effort is to keep him and his family happy.
“He is my sartaaj… as you all say, he is my ‘pati parmeshwar’. I am a traditional woman by heart and Dilip saheb is supreme to me,” she said.
Dilip Kumar, a.k.a. Mohammed Yusuf Khan, started his memorable Bollywood journey with the 1944 release “Jwar Bhata”. Thereafter, he went on to give classics like “Madhumati”, “Shaheed”, “Devdas”, “Andaz”, “Amar”, “Mughal-E-Azam”, “Ram Aur Shyam”, “Karma” and “Saudagar”.
He was crowned the Tragedy King of Bollywood for playing a doomed lover in films like “Andaaz”, “Baabul”, “Mela”, “Deedar”, and “Jogan”. His last film was “Quila” in 1998.
The icon that he is, celebrations for his 90th birthday are being planned the world over, says his wife, but he wants it to be a sober affair in Mumbai.
His birthday will be celebrated in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where he was born before he migrated to India by the Cultural Heritage Council (CHC) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
“In Pakistan, where he used to live, now that place belongs to someone else. But obviously, the people there are very happy and will have a celebration there.
“Not only there, even in London and many other places, people love him and will have a celebration for him. As far as Dilip saheb is concerned, we will have a small get-together with our close family members,” said Saira.
Mumbai, Dec 10 (IANS) A benchmark index for Indian equities markets was Monday trading 28 points lower in afternoon trade following selling pressure in oil and gas, consumer durables and capital goods stocks.
The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 19,442.19 points, was ruling at 19,395.48 points, down 28.62 points or 0.15 percent from its previous close at 19,424.10 points.
The index touched a high of 19,478.01 points and low of 19,379.25 points intra-day. The BSE midcap index was up 30.90 points, while the smallcap index edged higher by 21.23 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 oil and gas index was down 79.80 points. The consumer durables index was trading lower by 67.85 points, followed by capital goods, down 31.81 points, information technology (IT) index, down 27.80 points, and auto index, down by 27.15 points.
However, the healthcare index was up by 37.13 points, bank index was higher by 25.14 points and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) index increased by 11.63 points.
Among other Asian markets, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was higher by 0.39 percent. China’s Shanghai Composite Index was up 1.07 percent.
Mumbai, Dec 10 (IANS) Umesh Shukla, director of “OMG – Oh My God!”, has been approached to helm a family drama with actress Sonakshi Sinha in the lead.
“Talks are on, but nothing is official right now. I have not signed it yet. I am developing a script right now and I am looking forward to it,” Shukla told IANS.
Sonakshi is the daughter of veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha and actress Poonam Sinha. Shukla says he has been approached by the Sinha family’s banner for the movie.
“Sonakhi did an item number for my film ‘OMG – Oh My God!’ and we are very good friends. I share a very good relationship with her family. Sonakshi will play the lead in my film for sure,” he added.
Shukla says the project will be “a family drama and issue-based”.
“They approached me to make a film for them and they are looking for some good content. It will be a light-hearted project,” he added.
But considering that Sonakshi’s brother Luv too is an actor, roping in the entire Sinha family is not on Shukla’s mind.
“I will not do that (rope in all family members). It all depends on the script. Just to get the family together, I will not cast them. It should justify the role. So let’s see how things fall in place,” he said.
Mumbai, Dec 10 (IANS) Popular singer Daler Mehndi’s son Gurdeep makes his Bollywood debut with “Meri Shaadi Karao” and the actor says he is proud of the fact that he is the first original ‘sardaar’ hero in Bollywood.
“This is for the first time that Hindi cinema will see an original sardar playing the protagonist. So far only actors have donned a sardar’s look on screen but it will be great to see an original sardar in the film. I am representing my community and it is a great moment for our community,” Gurdeep told IANS.
The 23-year-old is even more excited about the fact that his entire family has contributed in his debut film.
“My debut film will see my entire family’s contribution. My mom is playing a small role in the film, my sister has sung a song and the film is presented by my father Daler Mehndi. It wasn’t a conscious effort though but things fell in place on its own,” he said.
Though Gurdeep admits music is in his blood, he prefers acting over it.
“Music is in my blood, but I chose acting over it. I have sung four songs in the film but there will always be a comparison with my dad. I can never give competition to my father as he is in a different league altogether,” he said.
Directed by Syyed Noor, ‘Meri Shaadi Karao’ is scheduled for Jan 4 release.