Thursday, October 19, 2006

Aishwarya says she had ‘fun’ with Abhishek

Diplomatic to the core, Bollywood diva Aishwarya Rai set aside questions about her marriage and said that she had left everything to fate. "Marriage will be an eventuality for sure but only God knows about the time," she said,
interacting with the media persons on the sidelines of the launch of a new watch collection of
Longines. Aishwarya is the ambassador for the brand.
She was poker-faced while answering questions on her relationship with Abhishek Bachchan with
whom she is starring in three movies. "Abhishek is a friend for sure. He is a fantastic colleague
and I had a fabulous time working with him this year," she said.
When she spoke of the 'fun' she had with Abhishek, she was quick to add, "It was obviously on the
sets as we get along very well professionally."
Aishwarya's forthcoming movies with Abhishek include Umrao Jaan, Dhoom-2 and Guru.
Speaking about the recent string of Bollywood hits like Lage Raho Munnabhai, Rang De Basanti,
Khosla ka Ghosla, she said it was great to see good cinema being appreciated by audiences.
"Moviemakers would get confidence from the success of different genres of movies recently," she
Talking about her stint in Hollywood, she said her two movies Provoked and Last Legion will be
released shortly.
Provoked would be dubbed in various Indian languages.
Aishwarya said she was actively considering a script to act with Hollywood actor Will Smith.

John, Aishwarya to sizzle onscreen

Producer Gaurang Doshi has roped in John Abraham and Aishwarya Rai for his mystical romantic musical Happy Birthday and says 'they look like Adonis and Venus together'.
They have not been paired before. "But if you close your eyes you can see how good John and Aishwarya look together," Doshi told IANS.
To be directed by Sriram Raghavan, who earlier did Ram Gopal Varma's Ek Hasina Thi, Happy Birthday starts shooting in January.
"We had signed John about a year back. But we needed a strong charismatic and popular leading lady because Happy Birthday isn't about just the male protagonist. When Ash said yes, everything fell into place. She has never been seen with John before," said Doshi.
John is on the lookout for new leading ladies. In Water he's paired with Lisa Ray, in Baabul with Rani Mukerji and in Salaam-e-Ishq with Vidya Balan for the first time.
"The catch-line for Happy Birthday will be, 'Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.' We needed a magical pair. John and Ash have the quality."
"I think Aishwarya and I will make a good team. It's a great script. Sriram is a super-director, and we're excited," said John.
The music score is by Vishal-Shekhar.
Source :HT

Sunday, October 08, 2006

'Ash no longer likes my style'

Saroj Khan Has Donned A New Cap. ….She Has Finished directing a Bhojpuri film named Dil Diwana Tohar Ho Gayil. The film, shot in the UK and Mumbai is ready for release.
The star-choreographer is at home with her new vocation. "Why not direction? When the opportunity to direct a Bhojpuri film came along I agreed. Bhojpuri cinema has become massive. And the language isn't a problem.
I'm really enjoying this new job. Directing a film is like choreographing without the song. Sure, you don't have the music, but all the movements, emotions and story are there in my dances."
The fact that she has worked closely as a choreographer with some of the top filmmakers helps. "Often as I take a shot I'm reminded of Subhash Ghai or Sanjay Leela Bhansali…
I'm a good student and I never forget what I've observed the great directors doing…And Ravi Kishan and Nagma who star in the Bhojpuri film were very dedicated students. They took my instructions as director and choreographer very seriously."
Besides directing the film, Saroj Khan has also choreographed ten songs filmed on Nagma and Ravi Kishan. "All situational….Not that I don't do item songs.
In fact they started with me in Tezaab's Ek do teen…But I don't have to resort to gimmicks to get my audience. Even my soft romantic songs like Dhak dhak karne lagaa had the audience glued to their seats."
She's extremely dishearted by recent choreographic trends. "I feel dancing in our films is going down the drain. Earlier audiences watched film dances with their mouths open. Now saliva falls out of their mouths.
Film dances are no longer art. They've become too commercial. Now my children have grownup. I've grandchildren. I'm only interested in doing selected films like Yashraj Films' Fanaah."
She doesn't much care about the trend of multiple choreographers for one film. "If they all know what they're doing it's okay. But often the dances look patchy. In Fanaah I've done all the songs except one which was shot in Poland. My doctor forbade me from going into the snowy country. I think Vaivabhi Merchant did that song."
She disapproves of the trend of choreographers allowing their assistants to compose dances. "I never did that. Farah Khan and Vaivabhi Merchant adopt any movement from their assistants that catches their fancy. If an assistant choreographs a number what right does Farah Khan have to take the award?
It's good that her assistant Geeta Kapoor has branched out on her own. When I go to collect an award I do with the pride of knowing that it's rightfully mine. I never forget I've graduated from P.L. Raj-ji's school of choreography. This is the man who composed the dance for Hothon pe aisi baat. How can I let him down?
Today I don't feel like putting the tv on to watch the dances. My grandchildren watch the cartoon network rather than the film songs. I liked Aishwarya's songs. But of late even they look very strange. I was supposed to do Umrao Jaan with Aishwarya Rai. But something happened between me and Mr J.P.Dutta. So I walked out."
Why has Aishwarya stopped working with Saroj Khan? "I don't know. Maybe she no longer likes my style. I'm sure she has found better choreographers to work with…But I must say Kajra re didn't impress me much as a dance number.
Still it took away all the awards….I took all the awards for Aaj-kal mujhko hai intezaar although the film Sailaab had flopped…Now they say Bunty Aur Babli worked because of Kajra re. I feel like laughing at some of the awards juries.
They found some of my movements vulgar and gave me awards for the same movements in another song. My fans feel Main vari vari in Mangal Pandey should've been nominated for every popular award."
But Saroj Khan isn't moving out. "I'll keep choreographing until the end of my life. But I won't get into a rut. I wouldn't do dances just to earn money. Nor will I seek out work. I never did that during Sridevi and Madhuri. Why should I do it now? I feel the younger stars feel I belong to the older generation.
Like Abhishek with whom I worked in Refugee and Kuch Na Kaho, prefers Vaivabhi or Remo. Maybe they feel I'm part of the past. But I like choreographing Aishwarya Rai. I like the way Priyanka Chopra dances. "
She's open to more directorial ventures. "It's an enjoyable job. And I want to continue direction."
Source :Santabanta