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Raima, Shahana and Konkona get ready to sizzle

Spice girls

It is a dull, dull week and a movie called Mirch with all these ladies (Raima Sen, Konkona Sen Sharma, Shahana Goswami and Mahi Gill) is the only glimmer of hope. After all, the clunky press releases are creating enough confusion by calling this the first Indian film in the erotic genre. And director Vinay Shukla (who made Godmother) raises the bar by calling it unashamedly lusty and sophisticated and saying that it was inspired by the Panchatantra. Should we raise our expectations to have them cruelly dashed on the rocks of reality? Oh, why not!

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Trial by error

GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEOL

A while ago, a young Bollywood filmmaker was heard bemoaning the good-intentioned interference of the Deol men in their home production. “What do you say to them? Some people should not make movies!” These days when every star has his finger in the production game, the Deols might be the least of everyone’s problems. That said, hear this tale of second-guessing. Yamla Pagla Deewana, a film starring Dharmendra, Bobby and Sunny, was recently screened to the family. The Deols felt a distinct lack of that loving feeling, hired a new action director and reshot the climax. Wait till January to see the results.

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RIP MANISH

“It takes a couple of seconds for a perfectly healthy man in his early forties to fall off a horse and die, like filmmaker Manish Acharya did. The gadgets still think he is alive.” This is what a friend of Acharya’s wrote actor his tragic death last week in Matheran. The producer-director-scriptwriter-leading man-all purpose dude of Loins of Punjab Presents — the warm-hearted 2007 comedy about a New Jersey NRI singing competition — was only 40 . He leaves behind wife — artist Dhruvi Acharya — and two young sons.

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BOOKED

Mira Nair is rocking the literary adaptation scene right now. She begins work on The Reluctant Fundamentalist later this week. Who are the three Hollywood A-listers starring in the movie based on Mohsin Hamid’s 2007 monologue-novel. She is not telling quite yet. While we continue to clutch our heads in worry about Deepa Mehta and Midnight’s Children debacle potential, this project sounds harmless enough. Far more ambitious and exciting is her ongoing work with Sooni Taraporevala in the adaptation of Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies.

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