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Percept Picture no more producing Akki's Come on Pappu

The movie was to mark the directorial debut of Rohit, David Dhawan's son, and was announced with much hype a couple of months ago.

entertainment Updated: Apr 07, 2009 20:18 IST
Hindustan Times

Closed door conference
Howdee do my yum dim sums? I'm having the time of my life, curled up in beddy boo with some detective novels. I refuse to be interrupted till I've finished with my Hercule Poirots and Sherlock Holmes. I do so adore men who smoke pipes.. so distinctive.. must get my Vyjjy one.

Rapchik Rajni's call however took me away from my men of mystery. She was calling to drone about how director Rajkumar Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra had a bout of temporary amnesia when they were shooting 3 Idiots at the IIM campus in Bangalore a couple of weeks ago. How else would they forget that when they've committed something to perfectionist Aamir Khan it is patthar ki lakeer?

According to Rajni, the nirmata-nirdeshak duo believed that a particular scene required some alteration.. a little tweaking would enhance its impact multifold. So they rewrote the part and sent it across to Khan so he could prepare for the next day's shoot.

Bas aur kya? Seems Khan reminded Chopra and Hirani of their agreement to complete all mutually acceptable changes before they started shooting.. and not even think of making alterations, however slight, once they went on the floors.

Apparently, he asserted that he too could come up with changes, but that wasn't the way he worked. But if the producer and director didn't stand by their deal, then he wouldn't either.

Chopra and Hirani silently resolved their differences with the actor behind closed doors.. confident that their discussion wouldn't go beyond the chaar deewaari.

But they don't know that hum woh hai jo lifafa dekhke khat padh lete hain. Wah Rajni wah!

Picture this!
Yeh hoh hona hi tha, I tell you. A trade type has just informed me that Percept Picture Company (PPC) won't be producing Come on Pappu with Akshay Kumar anymore. I'm astounded, how could they even think of backing such a project with a title like that!

Anyway, the movie was to mark the directorial debut of Rohit, David Dhawan's son, and was announced with much hype a couple of months ago.

But things were different back then. Jumbo was yet to open in the cinemas.. and Chandni Chowk to China was being touted to be the first big hit of this year. As for 8 x 10 Tasveer, it was supposed to be on Bollywood's Wall of Fame.

Unfortuately for PPC and Akki, all three films fell like nine pins and bechara Rohit is now on a sticky wicket.

Hopefully someone up there has a better plan for him. Tsk, tsk!

Flash forward
Hmm.. lagta hai Harry Baweja is planning to make good for Shove Story 2050.. his son Harman's debut film which was shoved out of the cinemas within a week of its release.

Harryji is now planning to play safe with a commercial multi-starrer that features Harman puttar in the parallel lead. The film in question is a sequel to Qayamat, his 2003 runaway hit, with Ajay Devgan, Suniel Shetty ityadi.

Harman will step into Aashish Chowdhry's role. Now all he needs is a positive nod from good friend Ajay Devgan will get the project rolling.

But Harman in Aashish's role? Really now!

Something fishy
Here's Madhu my Mottu Maid, who, in all her enthusiasm to tell me about Celina Jaitley has forgotten to get my café mocha.
First things first, I order, and she scurries off to do the needful.

I'm sipping my coffee and Mots is telling me that Celina is really worried about her goldfish. Huh?

Seems these two are on each other's friends' list on a social networking site, and that's where Mots has picked up this toddy bitty from.

I'm told the goldfish's year-long pregnancy is the cause of Celina's unlimited chintaa.

Her status message reads: My goldfish has been pregnant for over a year now. When will the babies come out.. or rather 'what' will come. Phew! Now if that's isn't one fishy tale, I tell you.

Hot wheels
Awrite, talk about the global slowdown hitting the industry may not have stopped. But Bunty Walia isn't the least bit perturbed by the gloomy market scenario.

He's sitting on a neat pile of profits earned from selling the rights of his Lamhaa.. and has abundant cash to spare, even after spending a bomb on recreating Kashmir in Goregaon's Film City.

Recently, he bought himself a spanking new Range Rover. I just hope he has enough left to keep fuelling his hot wheels. After all, such is life dearies.

First Published: Apr 07, 2009 17:47 IST