Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Bangkok calling for Nagesh Kukoonoor
Director Nagesh Kukoonoor has launched his romantic comedy film Bombay to Bangkok under the banner of Mukta Searchlight. The film stars Shreyas Talpade and Thai actress Lina Christianson. Actor Shreyas Talpade who won the Star Screen Award for the Best Actor in a Comic Role for Kukoonoor’s Dor this year was “extremely honoured and happy at working with Mukta once again after Iqbal.”
Actress Lina is very excited about the role. “I play a Thai girl who is naturally sexy, but with all innocence,” Lina says.
Nagesh says, “The basic concept of the film is that it’s a romantic comedy….There’s a lot of chaos….And in the end everyone lives happily ever after.”
Producer Subhash Ghai said that he was impressed by Kukoonoor’s ability to direct a comedy after seeing his “Bollywood Calling”. 90% of the movie will be shot in Bangkok and that too on 30 different locations. So, its ‘Bangkok Calling’ for Nagesh now.
In the picture: Nagesh Kukunoor, Lena and Shreyas Talpade
Iqbal makers together again
February 23, 2007 17:00 IST
The Iqbal trio of director Nagesh Kuknoor, actor Shreyas Talpade and producer Subhash Ghai have come together again for their next film, Bombay To Bangkok.
Iqbal, the story of a deaf and dumb villager who aspired to be a cricketer made Shreyas a star overnight.
Speaking to reporters at the new film's launch, Ghai said, "Nagesh and Mukta Arts share a special relation post Iqbal. We hope to recreate the success story of Iqbal."
Bombay To Bangkok is a romantic comedy about a cook who discovers love and life on a flight from Bombay to Bangkok.
Shreyas will be seen romancing Thai model Lena. The film also stars Vijay Maurya, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Vikram Indamdar, Yatin Karyekar and Naseeruddin Shah in a special appearance.
Salim-Suleman will compose the music for the film.
For Nagesh, it was his experience as a tourist in Bangkok that prompted him to make the film. "I realised that though we are different peoplem we're still all the same."
Asked why he was keen on making only small films, Nagesh smiled and replied, "I would love to make big films but no one is giving me that kind of money. I have eight scripts and cameras ready but you need money to make them."
Lena, meanwhile, is happy to be a part of the Bollywood fraternity. "I have grown up on Bollywood films in Thailand and I love the songs and dances in them. To act in one of them now is unbelievable," she said.
However, the model said cannot recollect the names of Hindi film stars because she finds their names difficult to pronounce. "If you show me their pictures, I will be able to tell you about their films. But as far as their names are concerned, I cannot pronounce them!" she exclaimed.
Meanwhile, Nagesh has also signed John Abraham for another film called Aashayein.
Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar
First Look: Nagesh Kukunoor signs John
February 21, 2007 15:41 IST
Well, someone's moving on to high-profile stars.
Nagesh Kukunoor, one of our most indie filmmakers, has finally bagged himself a star.
John Abraham stars in Kukunoor's next, Aashayein.
Produced by Percept Picture Company, the film is about the life and times of a repentant gambler. At a Mumbai media function to announce the film, a jubilant Kukunoor declared the film his dream project.
Promising signs from the man who made Dor.
Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar