The Star (Nairobi)

1 August 2013

Kenya: 100 Defeats for One Win

The biopic on Olympian Milkha Singh, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, shows Farhan Akhtar in the title role as he is portrayed defeating Abdul Khaliq, a Pakistani athlete. The audience gets a glimpse of behind the scene shots and a hundred 'defeats' are revealed. Intrigued?

The five minute, seat clenching scene which shows Milkha Singh defeating Abdul Khaliq and earning him the title of The Flying Sikh, took 10 days to shoot, with the filmmakers reshooting the scene at least a 100 times and having Farhan run alongside professional athletes to make the scene realistic. So much so, Farhan approached the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and handpicked Bhupender Singh Bhokkar.

The 400-metre track at Punjabi University in Patiala was chosen to enact the event which took place in Pakistan in 1962 when Milkha defeated Pak Olympian Khaliq in the 200-metre race.

"As I was doing it for the first time in front of a camera, I would finish the race amid the director's calls to cut the shot. This was repeated several times. Farhan was very cooperative.

"He jokingly told me this is not a real race and it is he who wins the race in the film," says Bhupender who won gold medals in national championships.

Nargis Fakhri with John Abraham

After showing her talent in Rockstar, Nargis Fakhri will now appear alongside John Abraham who plays a RAW agent in Shoojit Sircar's political spy thriller, Madras Café. When asked how different it was working for Imtiaz Ali, who directed her in her debut film as compared to Sircar, she said, "Both the filmmakers have a crisp thought process but they have separate ways of treating their films, which belongs to different genre.

"Imtiaz handles the scripts as well as the characters in a very fine manner with a smooth approach.Since Rockstar was high on drama, his thrust was more on expressions and emotions of the character along with the visuals, in each scene.

"Shoojit, on the other hand, was far more articulate and would come on the sets totally prepared with what he wants. Though I had several offers I was very clear that I did not want to do six films in a year. I wanted to do roles which help you explore a different character as an actor."

Rishi Kapoor gets angry

He may be deemed an over-protective dad but when it comes to his son Ranbir Kapoor and the negative publicity he attracts, Rishi gets very angry. It's not unknown that Rishi is a tad bit overprotective of his son and has in the past openly taken on Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone publicly after the two girls talked about his beloved son on Karan Johar's chat show, Coffee With Karan.

This time it was the media who was on the receiving end of his backlash as pictures of a shirtless Ranbir holidaying with a bikini-clad Katrina in Spain got released. I think Rishi should probably sit down and have a man to man talk with his son and ask him to be more discreet with his flings, relationships and other private matters.

Veteran cop actor dies

Actor Jagdish Rai held a Guinness World Record for having played the most cop roles ever - 144 to be precise in Bollywood films. We have seen him in Don, Shakti, Silsila, Johny Mera Naam, Deewar, to name but a few. His last film was Meri Biwi Ka Jawab Nahin back in 2004. Jagdish passed away early this week following respiratory arrest and is survived by his daughter Anita Raj, also a Bollywood actress. Jagdish was cremated and Bollywood actors Rishi Kapoor and Suresh Oberoi attended the funeral, among other celebrities.

Sonakshi set to dance in new film

Item numbers were meant for side heroines who earned a quick buck by flaunting their curves in special dance in films. Slowly and surely, it has now become the norm to get leading actresses and have them shake a leg in movies to increase ratings. Sonakshi's latest item number will be for Akshay Kumar-starrer, Boss and is being touted as the most expensive item number ever at a whopping Rs6 crores. The song Party All Night will see Sonakshi shake a leg to the tunes of rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh and will be accompanied by Akshay and most probably dance maestro Prabudeva.

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