Imran goes for a whole new image

Imran Khan is in all-out action mode these days. The actor, who made his debut with a cute, chocolate-boy kind image in Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na is now going for an image makeover. In Kidnap, he will be seen in a negative role. Now it’s heard that Imran is training himself in martial arts for Soham Shah’s film Luck. Imran is back after a gruelling, action-packed 50-day schedule for the film at Cape Town recently. Our source informs, “Imran’s character in action-thriller Luck is supposed to be an expert in martial arts. He has a lot of action scenes with veteran villain Danny Denzongpa.

Imran was supposed to undergo special martial arts training in Mumbai before leaving for the long Cape Town schedule, but he could not do it as Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na had just released and he was busy with the post-release publicity campaigns.” Imran had a special trainer at Cape Town and underwent rigorous weight training exercises. “The next schedule, which begins in December in Cape Town, also includes Sanjay Dutt. ,” says our source.

Soham Shah’s Luck is a multi-starrer and has Kamal Hassan’s daughter Shruti making her debut as the romantic lead opposite Imran. The film also features Mithun Chakraborty and Ravi Kissen, along with Sanjay Danny.The action thriller has also been shot in the Namibian desert and is slated for an April 2009 release.

Naseer or Victor? Dholakia undecided

Director Rahul Dholakia is finding it tough to finalise the cast for his film on militancy in Kashmir, especially for characters based on real-life politicians. He just can’t decide whether to rope in Naseeruddin Shah or Victor Banerjee to play a hardline separatist leader in Lamhaa. Naseer, with his mastery of the Urdu language and the art of oration, would be perfect. But the actor has done several films on militancy and political extremism, including his new release A Wednesday. “Naseer would be perfect. He has the mesmeric presence required to hold large audiences in a political thrall. But he has played the suave radical earlier in Sarfarosh,” Dholakia said.

The other choice is Victor Banerjee, who has shown keen interest in Lamhaa, which also stars Bipasha Basu. “Victor was one of the first actors I sent the script to. He loved it. My only reservation was that Victor has always played soft gentle characters like the ones in Satyajit Ray’s Ghare Baire and David Lean’s A Passage To India,” said Dholakia.

Salman’s loss is John’s gain

Salman Khan has been replaced by John Abraham to endorse an international energy drink brand. Sources reveal that Salman had earlier been approached by this company to endorse their image as the brand ambassador, but suddenly John was taken.

"The energy drink officials came to meet Salman with a lucrative proposal for taking him as their brand ambassador. He met them but did not immediately make a decision. The officials were in a hurry as they wanted to begin the promotional campaign soon. They had already planned two TV commercials with him — one in India and the other abroad," says a source.

"Salman was supposed to leave for London to shoot London Dreams on Monday for a 45-day schedule. He already had a packed schedule. The shooting of his earlier films Yuvraaj and Wanted: Dead and Alive were pending because of his reality show Dus Ka Dum. Salman intended to complete these films as soon as he got back from shooting London Dreams. However, the energy drink officials insisted that he adjust the dates with them first. Salman then quoted a higher price. The officials then told him that they would discuss the matter and get back to him," reveals our source.

In the meantime, Salman decided to reschedule his dates to adjust for the commercial shoots. Salman was stunned to hear that John Abraham had been signed as the brand ambassador. "The officials found Salman’s price very high and decided to meet John Abraham. They even signed him at a much lower price than what they had initially offered Salman. John was more than happy with the deal and he is now about to shoot for the commercials in the following weeks. When Salman heard about it he was irked, not because John had been chosen as the brand ambassador, but because the international brand’s officials showed lack of professionalism," says our source.

Juhi enjoys being Sita

Juhi Chawla, who had earlier missed the chance of portraying the role of Draupadi, will now be lending her voice to the animated version of Sita in Ketan Mehta’s animated film Ramayan. The film is being directed by Chetan Desai. When Juhi won the crown of Miss India in 1985, B.R. Chopra had offered her the role of Draupadi in the epic Mahabharata. Rupa Ganguli eventually played the role. Juhi had in fact shot for two days, but at the same time Mukul Anand offered her the lead in his film Sultanat. Not wanting to miss the golden opportunity of venturing into Bollywood, Juhi then refused to play the role of Draupadi. Recalling the episode, Juhi regrets the fact that she could not do the role of Draupadi. However, she satisfied her instincts by lending her voice to Sita in the animated film. Call it a sort of Kismat Konnection — had Juhi debuted on the small screen, we may have missed her chirpy laughter on the big screen.

Bachna Ae Haseeno set to make a splash in Germany!

The Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Bipasha Basu starrer Bachna Ae Haseeno is all set to make a splash in Germany very soon, premiering in Hamburg on October 2. The film has appealed to critical sensibilities across Europe, and has been nominated for the Art Cinema Award at the Filmfest Hamburg. The first Yash Raj film in a long time to sway both critics and audiences has also been selected for the official programme, and is part of Agenda ’08. The Art Cinema Award was established in 1969 by the Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d’Art et d’Essai (C.I.C.A.E.), or International Confederation of Art House Cinemas. In Germany, the award is given at the Berlinale and at Filmfest Hamburg. What’s more, the confederation’s extensive network will support the distribution of the winning film throughout Europe. Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein is contributing 5,000 euros to the award in support of PR measures by the German distributor. The international jury consists of the cinema directors Daniel Lavaud (France), Dietmar Zing (Austria) and Erdmann Lange (Germany).

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