MOVIE UPDATE December 2004
The much awaited biggies slated for a December release are Ashutosh Gowarikar's Swades starring Shah Rukh Khan, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Black with Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukherjee, and Subhash Ghai's period drama Kisna starring Vivek Oberoi in the title role of the warrior-poet.
The 1960 classic Mughal-e-Azam has been re-released all over India in a new color print and digital stereo sound.
Aparna Sen's daughter Konkona Sensharma has replaced Rani Mukherjee in the female lead of director Mira Nair's next venture, a celluloid adaptation of Pulitzer-winning writer Jhumpa Lahiri's novel The Namesake. Mira has agreed in principle to cast her in the role of Ashima Ganguli, the young housewife and the mother of the chief protagonist Gogol. However, she will be signed up only when the two settle the issue of dates. The date problem is what saw Rani lose the role to Konkana.
Sharmila Tagore's daughter, Soha Ali Khan makes her Hindi film debut in Dil Maange More, a comedy directed by Anant Mahadevan. The film which scheduled for a December release, also stars Shahid Kapoor.
Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur and new age guru Deepak Chopra may come together soon to make a film on Buddha. India's largest Buddhist group, the Mahabodhi Society of India, is commissioning the film and is in talks with Kapur to direct the $50 million venture that could hit the screens globally by end of 2005. The project has the blessings of the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama has famous Hollywood disciples like Richard Gere, Goldie Hawn, Sharon Stone and Melissa Mathison.
Former Miss World Diana Hayden is to play the glamorous lead role in an upcoming Bollywood venture -- Adaa - Will Kill U. Other actors in the film are Vasundhara Das and Gulshan Grover. Reshmi Ghosh, a former Miss India, is also there in a special role.
Perizaad Zorabian of Joggers' Park fame, is all set to star in a British film titled Exitz. A thriller with the likes of Malcolm Mcdowell starring in it the pretty Perizaad plays a Miss India in the film. Her character is both innocent and that of a temptress.
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