Compiled by Poorva Rajaram
Save my wax statue
After a dynamic 10-second trailer, we got to watch a relatively sleepy full-length Ra.One trailer. And Kareena Kapoor is duly present, doing what female leads in superhero movies usually do. She’s free-floating, suspended in thin air, looking unnerved, staring back dolefully at the overdressed man rescuing her. We are thrilled that Kareena could just out-Mary Jane Kirsten Dunst and look even more put-upon by the world. All proof that she deserves her Madame Tussauds wax statue in London.
Running with Dolly Bindra’s Innuendo
There is already a fast accumulating mythology about the new zippy youth ‘anthem’ DK Bose from the upcoming Delhi Belly starring a not-so-saccharine Imran Khan. Aamir Khan predicted music director Ram Sampat’s imminent stardom and then threw a party to celebrate its success. An avid blogosphere attributed lots of profound meaning to the inscrutable lyrics, that is, until the story of how Dolly Bindra inspired the lyrics broke.
We knew Arjun Rampal would take a swipe at being the by-default-overshadowed hero of Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine, but we still didn’t have news of the auxiliary hero. Now, we know: the brawny Arunoday Singh will romance Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. After remarkably imaginative speculation that husband Abhishek Bachchan would play her delectably young fling, we now have continuous whispers about why no “big” male stars would agree to star in the project. Of course, it couldn’t be the disinviting title.
No love lost
After announcing last year that he will direct a Frank Sinatra biopic, we assumed Martin Scorsese’s need to craft gratifyingly fraught real-life stories into movies would be met. Now international news wires have come alive with the news that Scorsese might direct an Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton biopic. One cannot leave speculative casting out of an announcement of this magnitude. Natalie Portman is apparently being considered to play Liz Taylor. All we can do is conjure an inter-galactic Princess Lea romances Richard Burton visual.
‘I would love to be born as Marlon Brando’
By Sahithya Jagannathan
You were known to be quite notorious as a kid. What is the craziest thing you have done?
I was a prankster as a kid and that made me infamous in school. Once, my friends and I went to watch Ghulam and decided to re-enact the famous train scene. So we went to a deserted railway track at night and stood on the tracks waiting for a train. My friends wanted to leave but I convinced them otherwise, saying if Aamir Khan could do it, so could we. As the train sped towards us, we jumped at the last moment.
Did you always want to be an actor?
As a child, I wanted to be an astronaut and travel to space. In retrospect, it was a child’s dream. It changed to acting as I grew up. My career choices have changed but the desire to reach for the skies haven’t (laughs).
What would make for an alternative career choice?
I don’t think I can do anything except acting. Even if I did try, I would be no good. So if films don’t work out for me, I’ll go back to theatre. I want to continue acting till the day I die.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
I don’t believe in the cliché of love at first sight, you can only get attracted to a woman in such a situation. Then I need time to get to know the person. I’m not interested in just the physicality. My kind of girl should be intelligent, have a thing for films and, of course, beautiful. I would prefer it in this order. Then again I have my own notion of beauty. I think Konkona Sen Sharma is very beautiful.
You believe in rebirth. If you had a choice who do you want to be in your next birth?
I would love to be born as Marlon Brando, the greatest actor the world has ever seen. If I had a choice, I would be an actor in each and every one of my seven lives.