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Bollywood actors to play journalists

Navdeep Kaur Marwah, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 30, 2012
First Published: 18:05 IST(30/11/2012) | Last Updated: 01:17 IST(1/12/2012)

Media and Bollywood have always gone hand in hand. Now, thanks to the ever increasing proximity between the two, the film industry seems quite fascinated with depicting scribes on the celluloid. Famous media-based characters that have been seen on the silver screen in recent times include Madhvi Sharma (actor Konkana Sen’s character in Page 3), Romila Dutta (actor Preity Zinta’s character in Lakshya) and Meera Gaity (actor Rani Mukerji’s character in No one killed Jessica), to name a few. And now, we look at the actors who will soon be essaying the role of journalists on the big screen.

Amrita Rao
Film: Singh Saheb the Great
The petite actor, who is known for her roles in Main Hoon Na, Vivah and Welcome to Sajjanpur, is busy preparing for the character of a scribe in filmmaker Anil Sharma’s next film, titled, Singh Saheb the Great. In the film, which also stars actor Sunny Deol, Amrita will be reportedly sporting a de-glam look and will be seen sporting kurtas and denims.

Nargis Fakhri
Film: Madras Café
She shot to fame as Heer in filmmaker Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar. And now, the 33-year-old, who was born to a Czech mother and a Pakistani father, is reportedly playing a journalist from UK. Also, according to sources, her role is modelled on the life of award-
winning journalist, author and documentary filmmaker Anita Pratap.

Jackie Shroff
Film: Cover Story
Actor Jackie Shroff will be playing a journalist in Dutch filmmaker Laurens Postma’s Bollywood debut flick — Cover Story: The Ultimate Interview. In the film, Shroff’s character will be seen exploring the life of a glamorous actor, played by debutant Anjum Nayar. “I have faced a lot of journalists in the last 30 years and have faced all kinds of questions. In fact, my father was a journalist. So, for me, it was not very tough. Also, I have a lot of journalist friends, so it was not a big issue doing this role,” says Jackie.

Kareena Kapoor
Film: Satyagraha
Actor Kareena Kapoor will be playing the role of a political journalist for filmmaker Prakash Jha’s next. Interestingly, Bebo’s character in the film is inspired by that of veteran CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour, who is famous for her reportage from war zones. Jha was quoted as saying, “I wrote Kareena’s character thinking only of Amanpour. I love the deep connectivity she establishes with the viewers.”

Other filmy scribes
In the recent past too, there have been lot of onscreen journalist characters that are still remembered. For example, who can forget Konkona Sharma Sen in Page 3, Rani Mukerji’s character in No One Killed Jessica, Preity Zinta’s role of a war correspondent in Lakshya or Emraan Hashmi’s role of a crime journalist in Rush.

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