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BOLLYWOOD BUZZ December 2004

December 2004
BOLLYWOOD BUZZ December 2004

You can ?dub' it Shah Rukh's family affair

Shah Rukh Khan will not be seen in his latest role, rather he'll be heard. And it won't be for a Hindi film. Yes, you heard right! The superstar is the voice of Mr Lajawaab, the hunky superhero of Disney's Hindi version of the animated action adventure The Incredibles, due for release in December. This the first time that an Indian star is dubbing for a Disney character and SRK is quite excited about the ?toonturn' his life has taken. In fact, you can ?dub' it a family affair as Shah Rukh's son Aryan too is lending his vocal talent for the film. Craig Nelson is Shah Rukh's counterpart in the English version while Aryan's match is the 11-year-old debutant Spencer Fox. Bob Parr, popularly called Mr Incredible, Mr Lajawaab to us Indians, is a huge guy over 6 ft 9 inches weighing over 350 lbs.

With this, SRK joins the hall of fame with Hollywood superstars Mel Gibson, Sharon Stone, Sylvester Stallone and Woody Allen, who did the voice-overs for Antz and Chicken Run.

Kareena, Preity to boogie together

Wanna see Kareena Kapoor and Preity Zinta boogie woogie together on screen? Well, wait awhile as Bollywood's most loved designer Manish Malhotra gets his exciting project going. Manish is planning the Hindi version of the epic dance and sex flick Dirty Dancing which became a cult classic about young sexual awakening and coming-of-age starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze, when it was released in 1987. "It'll be Dirty Dancing Indian style," grins the designer Malhotra about his yet untitled debut film, part of which is to be shot in Spain. The movie will also star Akshay Kumar, Tusshar Kapoor and Amrita Rao.

Meanwhile, Salman Khan's sister-in-law Malaika Arora Khan is playing one of the angels in a Hindi film version of Charlie's Angels. A take off on the original Hollywood flick on three sexy, crime-fighting women, the film will go on the floors in February next year.

Koi Mil Gaya again!

Hrithik Roshan is set to cast his jadoo all over again on the silver screen and bring his state of "voluntary unemployment" to a befitting end! (After Lakshya, all the guy has been doing is going through scripts and holidaying in exotic places with his wife). Yes, it's official now. After rumours and denials galore, dad Rakesh Roshan has at last confirmed that he will be directing his son in a follow-up to the sci-fi blockbuster Koi Mil Gaya. "I wouldn't call it a sequel to KMG but an extension," clarifies Roshan senior. But kids are in for a disappointment as this one will not feature that lovable, blue-eyed blinking alien, Jadoo. The director remains tight-lipped about whether any other kind of extra-terrestrial being would come visiting Planet Earth in his new project. So we'll just have to wait and watch. And yes, another change. According to insiders, Priyanka Chopra will star in the new film and not Hrithik's favourite co-star and his wife Suzanne's best friend, Preity Zinta.

Mahima struggles to write

After playing a film star in Tanuja Chandra's film (which has yet to see the light of day), Mahima Choudhary will play a struggling writer in another movie simply called The Film, which claims to show Bollywood as it really is. So Zoya Akhtar has competition ? she makes the same claim about her debut film Luck By Chance. The Film is the story of seven friends with just one dream ? to find their calling in tinseltown. "So you have an aspiring director, a comedian, singer, lyricist, musician, actress and scriptwriter who are all driven by the magic of the movies," says Mahima. The actress plays the role of Sushmita, a woman who has tremendous belief in her own abilities and will not even change a word in her writings to suit the producer or director. Bollywood, admits Mahima, can be very unkind to the average struggler, but she hopes The Film will inspire real-life strugglers to keep their dreams alive for just another day.

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