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'Dhoom 2' being remade in Kannada

CATEGORY: , | Friday, November 21, 2008

Mumbai, Nov 21 (IANS) Yash Raj Films' super hit action thriller 'Dhoom 2' is being made in Kannada and Aryan Vaid will play Hrithik Roshan's part in the 'unofficial' remake.

It is unofficial because 'Dubai Babu', the Kannada version of 'Dhoom 2', has neither sought not got an official go-ahead from Yash Raj Films. The film is being directed by Naganna.

'My character is as flamboyant, but much meaner and far more cold-blooded than Hrithik's. Ash's character is played by Nikita, while Uday Chopra's character is played by a Kannada actor called Kumar Govind. These are fairly well-known names of the Kannada film industry while Upendra, of course, is superstar and the director Naganna is top name in the Kannada industry,' Aryan told IANS.

Aryan, replicating Hrithik's penchant for masquerades, will be go through a series of disguises in the film.

'My get-ups are almost identical to Hrithik's. They signed me because they wanted a good-looking villain, like Hrithik in 'Dhoom 2',' he added.

This isn't the first 'Dhoom 2' rip off in the South. In Telugu, they made it as 'Dubai Seenu'.

By indiaabroad
Friday Nov 21 5:35 PM

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Aishwarya Rai pays surprise visit to father on his b'day


Mumbai, Nov 21 (IANS) Aishwarya Rai took time off from her busy shooting schedule in Kochi for Mani Ratnam's 'Ravana' to fly back to Mumbai for dad Krishnaraj Rai's 70th birthday.

Krishnaraj got the surprise of his life when Aishwarya showed up for a very special family reunion on his birthday Thursday. Son-in-law Abhishek Bachchan was also expected to attend the occasion, but couldn't do so.

'It's exactly what he (Krishnaraj) wanted. To be with his closest ones. There was no party because he couldn't take it. Only the immediate family and, of course, his daughter's in-laws - Jaya and Amitabh Bachchan - who were expected to drop in to wish him,' a close family friend said.

Abhishek and Aishwarya are in the jungles of Kochi shooting for Mani Ratnam's tentatively titled 'Ravana'.

Abhishek told IANS on phone from Kochi: 'I'd have loved to be there because Aishwarya's parents are not just my in-laws. They're a second set of parents that god has blessed me with. Unfortunately, much as I tried I couldn't get away from here even for a few hours.'

It's a known fact that Ratnam likes to shoot in complete isolation and at a stretch without any interruption. But when the maverick moviemaker came to know that it was Aishwarya's father's 70th birthday, he quickly gave his leading lady the consent to zip back to Mumbai to be with her ailing dad on this special day.

'Although Aishwarya has been her thoroughly professional self throughout the time when her father has been undergoing treatment for a serious sickness, her heart has been in Mumbai with her father. When Mani heard it was her father's birthday, he let her go without a second thought,' said a source.

Aishwarya also took the opportunity to fulfil a long-standing commitment for an endorsement before flying back to Cochin to resume shooting.

By indiaabroad
Friday Nov 21 8:25 PM

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Southern beauty who debuts before Asin

CATEGORY: | Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The way media is going ballistic over the Hindi film debut of South import Asin, it is being widely speculated that she could well be the next Big thing that Bollywood is laying out the red carpet for. Of course, being a part of an Aamir Khan film comes with its own perks and there is no wondering the fact that Ghajini is not just being noticed for the perfectionist Khan but also his latest heartthrob on screen - Asin.

However, even as Asin waits for her Bollywood debut till 25th December, the day when Ghajini releases, another sensation from South, Sada, would be announcing her arrival in Bollywood. Though the pretty girl hasn't been hogging the limelight in a manner similar to that of Asin, Sada too comes with a decent repertoire of films behind her, most notable being Anniyan which has already been released in Hindi as Aparichit. The film had arrived in theaters 2 years back and was a decent grosser even in its Hindi version.
The doors opened for Sada then and soon she went into a signing spree. Of course, not all her choices could be really called smart but out of the four films that she signed and has almost finished shooting for, she is now waiting for her first film to make an arrival at the big screen.

Well, the wait is over for Sada as she would be debuting 10 days from now in Khallballi - Fun Unlimited where she is paired with Nikhil Dwivedi who himself debuted earlier this year in My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves. Though Sada is not featuring in what one may call as a 'heroine oriented role', what cannot be denied is the fact that the film belongs to comedy genre, something that should click with the audience.

Says director Ajay Chandok, for whom Khallballi - Fun Unlimited is his next directorial outing after Nehlle Pe Dehlla (Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Khan, Bipasha Basu), "We were looking at a right face in this film which is mainly dominated by close to three dozen comic actors. She had to be someone who would stand out in the crowd and Sada fitted in the bill perfectly well. As Nikhil Dwivedi's love interest, she gets the glamour quotient on in the film."

After the release of Khallballi - Fun Unlimited on 28th November, Sada would also be seen in Click (opposite Shreyas Talpade), Love Khichdi (with Randeep Hooda) and Raja Bundela's Sirf Romance - Love By Chance.

By Joginder Tuteja

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