Nandana Sen, who settled down in New York after marrying publishing tycoon John Makinson, is getting ready to return to India. This Diwali, she will fly down to promote her much-delayed film Rang Rasiya. Her film co-stars Randeep Hooda and his increasing popularity led Jayantilal Gada to come on board as the presenter of the period drama, which was ready in 2008. Jayantilal gave the green signal to the project on the film’s director Ketan Mehta’s birthday. The film is set to clash with Shah rukh Khan’s diwali release Happy New Year. After Randeep’s recent outings like Highway and Kick got thumbsup from the people, it is a wise move to bring this film out of the can.
Priyanka Dons Literary Avatar
Ever since the biopic of renowned poet-lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi was announced earlier this year, speculation has been rife about the film’s cast. After Irrfan Khan was signed on to play the Urdu poet-lyricist, the question on everyone’s mind was: Who will play Amrita Pritam, literary giant and Ludhianvi’s love interest, on screen. Speculation had been rife that Priyanka Chopra may bite the bait. Now according to a leading tabloid Priyanka has agreed to play the female lead in the film tentatively titled Gustaakhiyaan, which is being helmed by Ashi Dua (Bombay Talkies producer) and is expected to go on floors early next year. The 28-year-old filmmaker started working on the biopic soon after her marriage to hotelier Sunny Sara earlier this year.
Amrita chronicled her affection for Ludhianvi in her autobiography, Rasidi Ticket. The two never married and she found solace in the companionship of renowned artist and writer Imroz. Their relationship lasted 40 years, until Pritam’s death in 2005.
Deepika Is A Workohlic
A couple of months back, we heard how Deepika Padukone collapsed on the sets of her movie owing to exertion. She was suffering from fever yet was working. She was overworked and she still is overworked. After back to back hits last year, she is one of the most sought after actresses. No wonder that she is right now juggling three projects Tamasha, Piku and Bajirao Mastani.
She is already shooting Tamasha, an Imtiaz Ali film with Ranbir Kapoor in France. Post the first schedule, she flew back to Mumbai to shoot for her brand endorsements. She endorses nearly 17 brands including Axis Bank, Coca Cola, Kelloggs K, Van Huesen, Vogue Eyewear among others. She wants to wrap up everything before the next schedule of Tamasha.
Apart from these, Deepika Padukone also needs to do a few patch work for Happy New Year and Finding Fanny which are ready for release this year.
Big B To Be Maharashtra’s Ambassador
Star of the Millennium Amitabh Bachchan has been appointed as the Maharashtra state’s horticulture ambassador. The 71-year-old actor, who is also the face of Gujarat tourism, would be promoting the horticulture sector in Maharashtra. “Horticulture Ministry makes me Brand Ambassador for fruit products.. Jitendra Awhad, Minister promotes. I never knew Maharashtra was the number one state in fruit production of many varieties.. Happy promoting it for Horticulture Ministry!,” he posted on Twitter. The mega star also posted few pictures of himself being the ambassador. While in one photograph, he is dressed in a traditional Marathi attire and holding a basket of fruits whereas in the other picture, the actor is promoting the state’s mangoes. Maharashtra is India`s largest fruit producing state with around two million hectares area covered in fruit orchards.