Compiled by Poorva Rajaram
The new, New faces
It’s hard to read about the current state of the US economy and government plans to bail it out, without bumping into the phrase “too big to fail” a lot. The same principle can now apply to Dhoom 3. Katrina Kaif and Aamir Khan have officially confirmed their esteemed presence in the forthcoming movie, dispelling rumours that Yashraj was hunting for a new face. We find it a little disconcerting that after racking our brains for many long minutes, we can’t think of anything, anything at all that could hurt the commercial prospects of the movie.
Rascals: Off-Screen Redux
After a fairly public, quasi-legal battle with her Rascals co-star Sanjay Dutt, Kangana Ranaut could do with news that can wash away her recent bad publicity. What better time to reveal the truth about her dating life? Kangana has been with an English doctor for a year. Just a few weeks after Celina Jaitley married an Austrian, Kangana’s news comes almost as a confirmation of a minitrend. However, Kangana may not get too many second chances in an industry that prefers actresses who have only smiley interpersonal relations with everyone.
We won’t lie, we want to see more of Prateik—the only reason Dhobi Ghatmight have a cultural afterlife. We heard he would be his own lead actor in a Hindi remake of the thoroughly enjoyable Tamil movie Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa. The director of both the movies, Gautham Menon, has decided to call this love story between a Syrian Christian girl and a Hindu assistant director Ek Deewana Tha(rejecting the original damp title Prem Katha). Things bode well, especially if you count Prateik’s rumoured real-life love story with female lead Amy Jackson.
The PR team of Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar could not have been happier with one story being churned out of the rumour mill theses days. Apparently, the movie’s female lead, model Nargis Fakhri, has been spotted spending some cordial and possibly fun time with Ranbir Kapoor’s mother Neetu Singh. So, this means that if the frequently denied relationship between Fakhri and Kapoor were to exist, it’s got parental approval. We can’t think of a more palatable spin to put on this relatively unknown actress. Nargis Fakhri: vetted by yesteryear Bollywood stars just for you.
‘I get hit on by both men and women. It’s flattering’
WHO A successful advertising professional and a ramp model, Gaur is currently the face of apparel brand Raymond. He has featured in several ads such as Boro Plus alongside Kareena Kapoor and Lux with Asin. He will soon be seen alongside John Abraham and Genelia D’Souza in the action film Force. He plays an antinarcotics cop who works with Abraham.
How did a pilot end up becoming a model and actor?
After my training in the US, I worked as a pilot in the Caribbean for several years. When I finally came back to India, I was among the many pilots who found themselves out of a job. I sat at home for a long time till I was scouted by fashion coordinators who asked me to walk the ramp. I got my first break with Provogue. The rest just followed.
How do you deal with being the subject of fantasies of both males and females?
Well, it goes with the territory. We live in an open society and men hit on you all the time if you’re a model. I get hit on by both men and women, and I think it’s rather flattering. It’s quite nice to be looked at and to be found attractive by both sexes.
As the face of Raymond, what is your idea of a complete man?
I think the ladies are best equipped to answer this question. Though, if I were to look at someone from my field, I’d say Amitabh Bach chan fulfills my idea of a complete man.
How did you land your role in Force?
I play an anti-narcotics cop with John Abraham. I was trying to get into films for almost a year-and-a-half and was talking to people. I did not want to just jump into any project. When I spoke with Vipul Shah, he mentioned this role to me, after which I did a screen test and director Nishikant Kamat felt that I fit the bill perfectly.
You are making your debut at the age of 35. Do you feel that younger actors have an advantage over you?
It’s great if you can start early, but I think I can get away with playing both a college boy and an adult man because of the way I look.
Sunaina Kumar is a Special Correspondent with Tehelka.com.