Dutta dubious about deep sea diving role
BLUE is Bollywood’s first underwater adventure thriller. It cost a whopping R183 500 000 and features Australian singer and actress KYLIE MINOGUE in a cameo role.
The film also features LARA DUTTA and SANJAY DUTT and is directed by Anthony D’Souza, who said it was inspired by Hollywood films The Deep and Jaws.
Dutta was shocked that her role meant that she would have to do deep sea diving and went on an intensive training pro-
gramme to get up to speed. PRIYANKA CHOPRA is riding a wave of success, with a string of endorsements, and recently became brand ambassador for environmental awareness organisation Greenathon.
Getting involved in the Save The Children campaign, she said, “We have all been criticising the government for not providing services to underprivileged children. Every citizen must take responsibility for their welfare.
She has also joined the Make A Wish Foundation. AMRITA RAO made her debut with a simple girlnext-door appeal in the film Ishq Ishq and maintained this look in films such as Main Hoon Na and Vivah. Now she has gone for a glamour as depicted on the cover of Maxim magazine.
“I like my new look. I think it works well for me,” she said. “The girl-next-door image worked well for a while, but I wanted to make people stop and notice me. I think my new sexy image worked.” SHILPA SHETTY and her fiancé, Raj Kundra, surprised locals and tourists at the Taj Mahal in Agra recently when they walked in, surrounded by security guards.
“They looked so much in love,” said a tourist. “They held hands and walked around the Taj Mahal. They seemed to be deep in conversation, never taking their eyes off each other. They spent a few hours at the Taj Mahal, enjoying the beauty and romance of the place.”
Shetty and Kundra are BIPASHA BASU will not star in Mani Rathnam’s Raavana – by mutual agreement.
Her role as Mandodari would have overshadowed AISHWARYA RAI BACHCHAN and Rathnam had no option but to cut Basu out.
“Mani felt he couldn’t do justice to my role. Whatever he had promised me would be in conflict with the actual story,” said Basu. “So we talked about the role and decided not to get involved, to avoid mbarrass-
tipped to marry early next year.
ment when the film’s released.” The seventh International Film Festival, organised by the Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation (Icaf), will be held in Chennai from December 16 to 24 with a Tamil film category for the first time.
Films from Europe, Israel, China and Taiwan will also feature.
“The smaller countries roll out amazing films with offbeat stories,” said event organiser Thangaraj. SURESH, famous in the 1980s, is to make a comeback as a villain in Asal, produced by Sivaji and also starring AJITH.
Suresh told media he was excited about his return. “It is refreshing to work with a much younger team. The director, Saran, has given me a new look and I like it.
“I feel re-energised and I am enjoying working with Ajith. He is experienced and easy to work with.
Recalling his Tamil film debut, Suresh said that his father, filmmaker Gopinant, encouraged him to get into the movie business.
“I started as an editing and dance assistant. My first film was Panneer Pushpangal, which turned into a big hit.”
He has played more than 200 romantic roles in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. Bollywood glamour girl KASHMIRA SHAH has been roped in for Shaam’s new film, Agam Puram, directed by Thirumalai.
The actress was in Chennai recently to perform a sexy dance sequence “at a specially constructed pub”, according to a source, who added, “the song Oru Mani Rendu Mani sung by Venkat is sure to be a hit.”
Other stars include Mumbai models SONA KHAN, POOJA CHOUDHARY and DEEPIKA PANT.
SOURCES: www.deeperblue.com www.timesofindia.com www.bollywood-stars.com