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October 2006
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Irrfan Khan has ‘Jolie' good luck!

The usually reticent and serious actor Irrfan Khan turns eloquent when he begins to talk about his latest film, and he has a good reason for being so. You see, his co-star in the movie is none other than Hollywood star Angelina Jolie. Irrfan has a pivotal role in a Hollywood movie, an adaptation of the book The Mighty Heart, based on the life of Daniel Pearl, an American reporter who was kidnapped and killed by terrorists in Pakistan in early 2002. Angelina plays Mariane, wife of Daniel. Irrfan's role is that of Captain, who was part of the investigations. The movie will be shot in Pakistan and South East Asia. But since Irrfan was denied a visa to go to Pakistan, Angelina will be flying down to India to shoot portions of the film with Irrfan.

Kukunoor's Dor ready for release

If you thought Nagesh Kukunoor was taking a sabbatical after Iqbal, you were wrong. The talented director was silently working on his next movie, which is now all set for release. Titled Dor (String), the film is based on a true incident revolving around the lives of two women in Kerala, Zeenat and Meera, who lead parallel lives but come across each other through a catalyst played by Shreyas Talpade of Iqbal fame. The idyllic locales, the spectacular cinematography and the soulful music all add up to make it larger than life, says the director about his new offering. And the surprise package of Dor? Well, it's Ayesha Takia who, adds Kukunoor, will be seen for the first time in a de-glamorized role. Former Miss India Gul Panag also stars in the movie.

Rekha is the kudi of this new age

As the most famous recluse of our time, Rekha is, for a change, enjoying the company of three women. But hold it, it's only for a movie. Titled Kudiyon Ka Hai Zamana, the film is a loose adaptation of Sex and the City. It is a spunky story of four women living in a metro who share a warm camaraderie and discuss everything about each other, even their innermost fears. The threesome playing Rekha's friends are Mahima Choudhary, Kim Sharma and Vasundhara Das. But it is Rekha's character, that of a four-times married woman, which is the highlight of the film.

Incidentally, the evergreen diva is all set to make a comeback as a nautch girl in Gautam Ghose's Yatra, a role she perfected about 20 years ago in Umrao Jaan and Muqaddar ka Sikandar.

Hrishida is no more

Veteran filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee who directed memorable films like Satyakam, Anand, Golmaal, Chupke Chupke and Abhimaan, passed away in Mumbai on August 28 following a protracted illness. He was 84. Hrishida, as he was fondly called, understood the nuances that characterized the middle class of the 1970s like no one else and depicted it with a skillful blend of pathos, sarcasm and objectivity. His 45-odd films, which steered clear of mindless sex and violence, captivated audiences through simple storytelling interspersed with melodious songs. His cinematic range was amazing. He could make you cry and laugh with equal ease. Those who knew him well say, in real life, Hrishida was just like his movies – gentle and cultured. A tearful Dharmendra who had a long association with him, said: "Dada was like my elder brother, besides being a splendid human being. His passing away is a great personal loss for me."


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