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Bhandarkar's Calendar Girls to feature a character inspired by Vijay Mallya

Kavita Awaasthi, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, May 05, 2014
First Published: 18:48 IST(5/5/2014) | Last Updated: 13:23 IST(6/5/2014)

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, who is known to seek real-life inspiration for his films, is currently working on his next, Calendar Girls. The film will apparently also feature a character based on industrialist Vijay Mallya.

The plot will revolve around models who gain popularity after featuring in famous calendars. “Mallya is known to launch such girls because he commissions a swimsuit calendar every year. He promotes his brand and gives these models a platform to get noticed, and often helps them get a Bollywood film,” says an insider, adding, “There will be a character who will trace the journey of these girls as well as the character based on Mallya. The flamboyant lifestyle of the latter might also be touched upon.”

In the past, actors Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, Esha Gupta and others have shot to fame after featuring in the calendar promoted by Mallya. Meanwhile, auditions are currently underway to find five fresh faces for this film.“Many examples of real-life model-turned-actors will be a part of the film,” adds the insider. The ­filmmaker remained ­unavailable for comment.

Bhandarkar was slated to begin work on a film with Priyanka Chopra, titled Madamji. However, its shoot has been pushed to October.

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