Mugdha Godse, who made her transition from modeling to acting after winning the 'Ponds Femina Miss India 2004 contest', was last seen in Prakash Jha's Satyagraha in a cameo. While the actress has been copiously missing from the big screen for a while now, we hear that Godse will soon be seen walking the ramp.
Interestingly, Mugdha will feature as the showstopper in India's first condom fashion event. The event which is being organized with an intention to break the barriers of taboo towards condoms will feature 36 teams with 78 students from 11 institutes who will be participating in this event by designing and creating costumes using SKORE condoms.
Speaking about this unique show, Mugdha said that the participating fashion designing students came to her asking her to me model their outfits because they wanted a celebrity to grab more eyeballs and, thus, raise the awareness levels. Since she thought that it was a great effort, Godse gave her nod to walk the ramp. Today, she even tweeted about the same stating "Walking the ramp for HIV/AIDS Awareness Fashion Show today to spread some AIDS awareness :)".
If there is any award for any individual who has many 'firsts' to his credit, then, needless to say that this award will be won unanimously by none other than Shah Rukh Khan. After having launched many a FMCG brands, it was only about time for this super-man to conquer the cyberspace as well. He became the first Indian to have access to and use the newly launched Twitter's Mobile Video Camera app, an online editing experience that lets you capture and share videos up to 30 seconds in an instant and express yourself much beyond 140 characters.
Speaking about SRK's association, Rishi Jaitly, Twitter's Market Director, India and South-East Asia said, "Shah Rukh Khan has always been setting global standards for how not just actors but all public figures connect with their followers using technology. He was the first Indian to use Twitter audio card to send voice messages on Twitter, and is now the first Indian to use Twitter's mobile video camera to delight and connect with his audience in a way they've never experienced before. In fact, he had shared with all Twitter engineers his wish-list of being able to connect with his fans on Twitter using both audio and video, when he visited our Head Quarters in San Francisco. And we were more than delighted to take his suggestion into consideration."
On the other hand, Shah Rukh Khan said, "There's always a scope to go one step ahead where technology is concerned. I am always very happy to take that if it gets me closer to all the people around the world, who give me so much love and support. Twitter has always come up with some very interesting features and I am very glad that they look into the suggestions made to them as well. This Mobile Video Camera of Twitter is something I am definitely going to enjoy using often."
Following closely on the heels of PK, the government of Uttar Pradesh has declared the Ayushman Khuranna starrer Hawaizaada tax free in the state. Presented by Reliance Entertianment, Hawaizaada is inspired from the life and works of Shivkar Talpade who flew the first ever unmanned plane 8 years before the Wright Brothers. Set in 1895 during the British Raj, the film is directed by Vibhu Puri.
Commenting on the development, Sanjeev Lamba CEO, Reliance Entertainment said "We are extremely happy to receive the tax free grant. This will ensure that the film will reach out to a much larger audience base. The achievements of Shivkar Talpade are largely undocumented and even un-credited. This film is our attempt to highlight one of his biggest achievements of flying the first plane ever at Chowpatty, Mumbai, in 1895. We are glad the authorities agreed with us on making the film available as tax free and we hope to follow suit in other states."
Echoing the sentiments Vibhu Puri said, "I am thankful to the authorities for this grant. It took me almost five years to put my vision on the big screen. Now I am sure the film will get its full potential reach in the state of Uttar Pradesh."
Hawaizaada that also features Pallavi Sharda and Mithun Chakraborty is slated for release on January 30, 2015.
They say that 'A lyricist is someone who can make a hungry man feel content with his songs'. Such is the impact of the songs that the lyricist pens. One of the best known lyricists in today's music arena is Irshad Kamil, whose work (read 'songs') became the talk of the town with films like Raanjhanaa, Rockstar, Love Aaj Kal etc...
Irshad, after having released two books on poems, is now all set to release his third one as well, under the title of 'Ek Mahina Nazmo Ka', which will be a compilation of 31 poems. This book will be launched in Delhi around next week by his eternal favorites Ranbir Kapoor and Imtiaz Ali.
Speaking about the book, Irshad said that his book is a result of pressure-free writing and is a straight-from-the-heart compilation of poems. He added that the reason behind him writing this book was because he wanted to bring romance back to the youth. And when his first draft was ready, he sent the same to Imtiaz, who then encouraged him to take it forward. He also added that the idea of a book crossed his mind.
The USP of this 'romantic' book is that it contains 31 poems in all, which means the reader can read one poem every night before going to bed, says Irshad. And by doing so, he felt that, one's thought process will change by the end of the month.
One morning this week director Vibhu Puri who is all set make his directorial debut with the period film Hawaizaada about India's first aviator, woke up to be informed that he was making a film called Chenab Gandhi with Parineeti Chopra and Varun Dhawan to be produced by Mrs Smita Thackeray.
"That was news to me. I have a script called Chenab Gandhi which I was supposed to direct for Mr Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The project didn't happen. I've the script with me. But I haven't approached any producer with it. Right now I am too consumed by the post-production and release of Hawaizaada to even think of any other film," says Puri.
Puri says he hasn't met Parineeti or Varun for Chenab Gandhi. "I met Parineeti two years ago for Hawaizaada and never after that. As for Varun, I've never met him in my life. So I think the stories about Chenab Gandhi are fabrications."
Vibhu Puri is right now undergoing birth pangs of his first baby. He is the first filmmaker to make his directorial debut with a period film. "It was a tough call. I could have easily started my career with a contemporary story. But the story of Bapuji Talpade was something I needed to tell. It took four year of my life. I spent 16 months shooting it. Now when I look at it, all the effort was worth it."
Vibhu hopes to revive the era of the musical with Hawaizaada. "Audiences have forgotten the pleasures of lip-sync songs. Actors are afraid to sing on screen. I was very sure that I wanted my characters to sing. But the songs have a different flavour and spin. Whether it is a mentor-pupil song filmed on Mithun Chakraborty and Ayushmann Khurrana or a romantic duet with Ayushmann and Pallavi, the tone is conversational."
The director gives full credit to his cast for keeping the proceedings real. "Ayushmann surrendered himself to the role. I don't think I could've done the film without him."
At 2 hours 23 minutes of playing-time Hawaizaada clocks a periodicity that the director had to work very hard to create convincingly.
"Our scale and vision were epic. But the budget certainly was not," admits Puri.
The 'Bend-It' Queen Gurinder Chadha is flying down to Mumbai next week to finalize the cast of her next film tentatively entitled The Viceroy's House. The film will chronicle the last six months of Lord Mountbatten's stay in India when the British Raj ended.
Gurinder says she has unearthed an immense amount of hitherto-undisclosed facts about Mountbatten's final days in India. "There are the so-called facts that we grew up reading about Mountbatten's closing months in India. But there are secret documents which I've unearthed. These point to another truth which I'll reveal in my film."
Gurinder, whose last feature film a black comedy entitled It's A Wondeful Afterlife was a bit of a letdown, has bought the rights of two very important books to make her Mountbatten film. "My husband Paul (Mayeda Berges) who has co-scripted the film with me and I have bought the rights of two books Narinder Singh's Sarla's The Shadow Of The Great Game and Larry Colins & Dominiue Lapierre's Freedom At Midnight. These, plus the documents on Mountbatten that we've unearthed, will serve as the basis of the plot."
Gurinder says she comes to India with a clean casting slate. There was talk of casting Colin Firth as Mountbatten, Naseeruddin Shah as Jinnah and Saif Ali Khan as Jawaharlal Nehru. But Gurinder is not willing to reveal the cast at the moment. "All I'll say is, I want actors who fit perfectly into every part. The acting style has changed tremendously in Indian cinema since I worked with Aishwarya Rai in Bride & Prejudice ten years ago. I see a lot of very natural actors in India. And I'm eager to work with them."
Gurinder would also be doing a lot of outdoor location-hunting during her trip to India. "I'll be shooting in and around Jodhpur and Rajasthan. I am really excited about this one because we've never really had a British view of the Partition of India. Interestingly, that British view would come from me, a director whose cultural allegiance to India and Britain are equally strong."
The feisty filmmaker says she would have to work very hard to strike a balance between her dual cultural backgrounds. "My take on Mountbatten has to reach out to both Indian and non-Indian audiences, the way Attenborough's Gandhi did."
Only yesterday, Bollywood Hungama had reported about Ashutosh Gowariker's eagerly awaited period film Mohenjo Daro going on floor. While we all are aware that the film has the Greek God Hrithik Roshan and debutant Pooja Hegde playing the female lead, the latest name to be added to the starcast is Arunoday Singh, who will be seen as Kabir Bedi's son and in a negative role.
Speaking about this, Ashutosh said that they signed Arunoday because they wanted someone who was good looking at the same time, should also be fierce in order to play the young antagonist opposite Hrithik's character. He added that Arunoday will be more believable as Kabir Bedi's son on screen and that he suited the role perfectly.
Meanwhile, an excited Arunoday Singh said that the action scenes will see him and Hrithik Roshan going head-to-head with each other. The icing on the cake, according to him, was that the film's action scenes will be supervised by the well known Hollywood stunt co-ordinator Glenn Boswell.
On Tuesday evening it was a surprise party thrown by filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali's sister Bela Sehgal and his friend producer-dress designer Shabina Khan at a suburban restaurant to celebrate Bhansali's Padma Shri.
But the biggest surprise was the appearance of Shah Rukh Khan at the party held at the eatery Nido in Khar Mumbai. Shah Rukh not only showed up to congratulate his Devdas director, he stayed on for quite a while.
Says a prominent invitee, "It was quite a night. All of SLB's closest friends had been invited by Bela and Shabina at the surprise party. Shah Rukh's appearance was a special surprise. Of course everyone spoke to him only about US President Obama using Shah Rukh's line from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge in his speech."
Interestingly, the Shah Rukh-Bhansali dosti has been brewing for some time ever since Shah Rukh's brotherly bonding with Karan Johar went bust.
The entire industry knows Bhansali and Johar are not the best of friends.
Says a source close to Bhansali, "Shah Rukh has always been fond of SLB. Long after Devdas they kept in touch. Some time ago SRK had gifted SLB with a rare custom-made record player. At the party to celebrate the Padma Shri Shah Rukh was in his element. He even forced a few drinks down SLB's throat, though SLB doesn't drink much."
SLB's Bajirao Mastani actors Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra were present in full force. But SLB's Mastani Deepika Padukone was out of town.
In rare and beautiful gesture, Bela Sehgal and Shabina Khan invited writer-lyricist Prasoon Joshi to join Bhansali at the party, as both of them had won the Padma Shri.
Says a source, "Bela and Shabina wanted to celebrate Prasoon's Padma Shri along with their friend Bhansali's Padma Shri. Prasoon sportingly agreed to be there."