Roles Stop for Diya

MUMBAI: We will soon see the petite Diya Mirza in an important role for Daylight Productions in a film titled, Stop! Diya, who was last seen playing a mentally challenged girl in Tehzeeb will not be the leading actress in Stop but she has a meaty role in the movie.

The film will be directed by lesser-known Ajai Sinha and stars newcomer Rocky Bhatia, Anupam Kher, Tejaswani Kolhapure, Ishita Arun and Gauri Karnik. There is not much information about the movie but it is said that it will be a romantic thriller with lot of comedy. The film recently went on floors with a 15-day schedule Mumbai, where an item number was picturised.

Salman is back in 2004

MUMBAI: Salman Khan is maintaining a low profile of late, but the actor, who bounced back with Tere Naam last year, is all geared up for an eventful year ahead. To start with, he will have two releases in the coming months — Garv and Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, in which he teams with Akshay Kumar for the first time. Incidentally, Garv is supposed to be the most expensive Salman starrer to date.

Besides these two films, the actor teams up with two of his favourites yet again in their forthcoming films — Sooraj R Barjatya and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. While Sooraj’s project will be a family drama, Bhansali’s film, Bajirao Mastani, will roll soon after the director completes work on Black.

Shah Rukh’s inner world

MUMBAI: “A very quiet profile of a very thoughtful man.” That’s how the commissioning editors at the UK’s Channel 4 responded when they saw filmmaker Nasreen Munni Kabir’s documentary on Shah Rukh Khan. They also said, “he’s much more interesting than his movies”. Titled ‘The Inner World’ of Shah Rukh Khan, the documentary shows the superstar actor as deep, pensive, lonely and loving. The early loss of both his parents, the struggle of moving to Mumbai from Delhi, making it as a hero, caring for his unwell sister, Kabir’s documentary covers it all in 49-minutes. It took Kabir a while to persuade Khan, months in fact, before being allowed to follow him around for two weeks last November.

“It’s silly for me to wear dark glasses when I have worked all my life to be recognised,” says Shah Rukh on film as he drives his car through Mumbai. Much of the film, shot on and off the Main Hoon Na sets, travels with Shah Rukh from home to work and even to Delhi as he visits his old school.

In between shooting and back therapy, Khan consciously sections out time for his family. “It’s great to be married,” he says, “coming back home from the screaming fans is a great leveller.” The documentary ends on Shah Rukh’s birthday, and as he hugs every spot boy and chorus dancer, his voiceover says, “The only way not to feel sad, is to keep working.”

And, when every film star is these days joining a political party SRK does not seem to be even interested in politics. So much so, that King Khan has decided to release his forthcoming home production Main Hoon Na , after the Indian Lok Sabha elections.

Jaya Bachchan’s Samarpan

MUMBAI: It is believed that Jaya Bachchan has consented to act in director Aruna Raje’s next film titled Samarpan: The Real Submission. Known for her meticulous selection of roles, Jaya seems to have heard the narration and expressed her interest to be a part of the project. She, however, is yet to sign up for the film.

Even though Raje’s Tum flopped, the director has moved on to her next project that revolves around the uplift of street children.

No Casanova this B

MUMBAI: Sometimes the media can really be heartless or maybe astute where Bollywood Casanovas are concerned. However, the tag of casanova seems to have got Junior Bachchan really angry.

After splitting from his long time girlfriend Karisma Kapoor, Abhishek has been linked with most of his co-stars, especially Preity Zinta, Lara Dutta and Amisha Patel.

“Doesn’t the media realise that it can be damaging for a heroine’s reputation when she is linked with her co-star. I’m 28, I’m an adult and can date whomsoever I wish to. But I don’t have that kind of time”.He claimed that Preity was just a friend that he went out with and as for Amisha Patel, he has known her since her Boston student days. Then again, he said, “Hey, how is it anybody’s business? I don’t understand this!”