BOLLYWOOD BUZZ September 2005
Big B plays Gabbar in Sholay remixed!
Who can forget Amjad Khan as the inimitable Gabbar Singh in Ramesh Sippy's all-time classic Sholay. Well, after all these years, Gabbar is coming back to stalk us and it's none other than Amjad's one time buddy and colleague Amitabh Bachchan, who will play the legendary character in Ram Gopal Varma's remixed version of Sholay. "The ultimate hero will play the ultimate villain," exults Ramu. And guess who will enact the role of Veeru, played by Dharmendra in the original ? Aby's baby! Yes, the current darling of the box office Abhishek Bachchan will step into Garam Dharam's shoes and take on daddy cool. As for Jai, played by Big B in the original, it's newcomer Mohit Ahlawat, Ramu's discovery who will do the honors. According to the star-maker, Mohit has a brooding intensity that is reminiscent of the senior Bachchan. Mohit of course, can't believe his luck. " What a role to bag so early in my career", he gushes. So now we'll have Abhishek and Mohit crooning yeh dosti?
Ash to rub shoulders with Jackie Chan
Mallika Sherawat will not like to hear this but Aishwarya Rai will share the dais with Jackie Chan in November. The two, along with Former U.S. secretary of state Colin Powell, are expected to address issues related to ethnicity at the 'Next Step For The Next Europe Conference'. The occasion will certainly be special for Aishwarya as the British government will confer the Next Step World Diversity Champion Award on her. The award has been instituted to honor individuals who have encouraged pride in being a member of the ethnic minority community as well as a stronger sense of personal fulfillment. Says the actress: "I hope this silences my critics?.I hope people stop labeling me giggly and frivolous." Ash, by the way, is a great admirer of Angelina Jolie: She's "so gorgeous... and so real."
While on Ash, she has inspired a new range of the fabled Barbie dolls. The dolls, due to hit the British market soon, have been modeled on the looks and costumes of the hazel-eyed beauty and have been imported to the U.K. from India by Mir Media ? a noted designer house in Britain.
Bobby pair in love all over again
Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia may no longer be the teen heartthrobs that they were, but the charming couple continue to be in love! Only, there is a twist in their love story. Surprised? Well, actually, the two are set to recreate their legendary Bobby romance in a new film titled Pyar Mein Twist that sees them as a couple deciding to get married in the autumn of their lives. What's more, they decide to take the bold step at a time when their respective children are about to tie the knot themselves. Soha Ali Khan plays Dimple's daughter while Sammir Dattani plays Soha's progressive boyfriend who is openly supportive of his fianc�e's mother's decision. After Bobby, Rishi and Dimple set the screen afire in Ramesh Sippy's Sagar in 1985. Pyar Mein Twist sees them teaming up again after a hiatus of 20 years. Rishi's take on this: "Well, Dimple has mellowed down like fine wine and it's lovely working with her again." We couldn't agree with him more.
The End is the beginning here
Have you ever wondered what would have happened if classic movies Casablanca and our very own Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam had not ended the way they did? Would Ajay Devgan have lost Aishwarya to Salman Khan in the end? Well, actor and director Manan Katohora has wondered about this to the extent that he's made a semi-autobiographical film titled The End. This psychological romance explores the relationship between two filmmakers Aman and Sonya and their analyses of the ending of these two films. Interestingly, Manan who hit the headlines with his directorial debut Arya, penned The End's script a month after he called off his own wedding. Manan who has acted in Indian Fish in American Waters and Arya has a prominent role in The End also.
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