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Meera is here to stay

A section of the media had reported that Meera has moved bag and baggage to Dubai, citing visa problems from her native country.

india Updated: Sep 01, 2005 18:56 IST

News was abuzz that Meera, the Pakistani actress who played the lead in "Nazar", has shifted base to Dubai. But that has proved to be false.

Meera's spokesperson Dale Bhagwagar said: "I hereby clarify that reports about the actress hailing from Pakistan having shifted to Dubai are totally false. Meera has instead made Mumbai her base and, after her debut in Mukesh Bhatt's 'Nazar', continues to pursue an active career in Bollywood."

A section of the media had reported that Meera has moved bag and baggage to Dubai, citing visa problems from her native country.

But Bhagwagar was quoted as saying by Bollywood Trade: "The actress would like to bring it to everyone's notice that though she has bought a house in Dubai some time ago, she is very much staying put in Mumbai and has no plans of leaving this city of dreams."

Meera's forthcoming films in Bollywood include "Kasak" with actor-singer Lucky Ali and Mukesh Bhatt's next.

'Ramji Londonwale' is Madhavan's baby

Sanjay Dayma will be making his directorial debut with "Ramji Londonwale" starring Madhavan.

When asked why he cast Madhavan as the main lead, he said: "In fact you should ask the question why me? 'Ramji Londonwale' is completely Madhavan's baby - right from taking the rights of the story from Kamal Hassan to putting the whole team together, the producer, the technical staff etc.

"In fact, he chose me to direct the film. It's completely his baby. It's a movie close to his heart. In fact, I'm honoured to direct Madhavan. He is a complete actor and really got into the skin of the character of Ramji Londonwale. It was a creatively stimulating experience working with the superstar."

Incidentally Sanjay Dayma was chief writer and associate director of the highly acclaimed "Lagaan", says Bollywood Trade.

Says Madhavan: "Sanjay Dayma has got the right sensibility and I trusted Sanjay to deliver. He is going to be a director to watch out for in the near future."

Ramji's look not a caricature

When asked why the "Ramji Londonwale" dressing style was not a caricature of a typical Bollywood village bumpkin in dhoti kurta, Sanjay Dayma, the director, said: "As a director, I look for drama in reality and did not want Ramji as a caricature but as a character.

"And Ramji with his rural charm, earthy wisdom and golden heart as a character is real. You will find Ramji everywhere, in the towns, in cities. He is cool in his own ways. He wears jeans because it's cool even though it would be seven years outdated," reports Bollywood Trade.

"He wears a ruffled kurta with a sweater on top for comfort. I consciously did not want Ramji's dressing to be over the top. Though he comes from a rural backdrop, there is a sense of dignity in Ramji."

Tanuja's 'Runway' postponed

Filmmaker Tanuja Chandra has decided to re-schedule her ambitious project, "Runway", for next year, reports Bollywood Trade.

According to Chandra, the decision has been taken in view of some complex war scenes in the film, which need detailed planning before the film can go on the floor.

"The subject of the film is very close to my heart and it's certainly happening but I want to organise myself thoroughly before I go ahead with it," Chandra said.

"Runway", which is based on the upheavals of the 1971 India-Pakistan war as witnessed by a woman, was last being planned for shoot in a vibrant village in Kutch. Chandra has signed Sushmita Sen and Jackie Shroff to play the principal roles in the film.

Her ongoing project "Hope and A Little Sugar" is well into its fifth month of post-production and Chandra has no problems with the amount of time being spent by the US-based producers in the post-production phase.

Mallika was not considered for 'Provoked'

Jagmohan Mundhra has clarified that he had never approached Mallika Sherawat for "Provoked" at any point of time, reports Bollywood Trade.

Mundhra's clarification comes in the wake of fresh media reports that Mallika would have probably been in Aishwarya Rai's shoes if she had accepted the prestigious assignment.

"I am surprised how the facts have been misconstrued. Mallika was never considered at any point for the role in 'Provoked". My producers had approached her for an erotic thriller called 'Private Moments'.

"The film was based on an English film, 'Sex in The City'. However, Mallika's secretary told them that she was not available. The film was subsequently made with an actress called Aruna Sheel, and was shown in the Cannes festival last year. That was all there was to it. Mallika would never have fitted into the role of 'Provoked'," Mundhra holds.

First Published: Sep 01, 2005 18:56 IST