Subhash Ghai to revive Motherland

Ghai uncle has resolved to revive Motherland. When he had announced it a few years ago he had hyped it as his most ambitious project since it toplined Dilip Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan.
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Updated on Feb 21, 2009 06:21 PM IST
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my shammi kababs! The bright sunny morning seems perfect for a drive in my new Ferrari, gifted to me by Vyjjy. He lives in his bulky Hummer, which I’ve refused to step into. Anyways, why go on and on about our different tastes in hot wheels.. when there’s so much more hot stuff to talk about.

For a change, let me start the day with some taaza taaza khabar about Subhash Ghai, one of my dearest uncles in show town. No you meanie kumars and kumaris, it has got nothing to do with Yuvvraaj. Ghai uncle has moved on and is planning to start his new project this year.

My khabrus from Whistling Woods tell me that uncle has resolved to revive Motherland. When he had announced it a few years ago he had hyped it as his most ambitious project since it toplined Dilip Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan. But somehow the dates didn’t work out as he wanted to shoot in particular locations at a particular time, causing the movie to be postponed. Consequently, it was reportedly shelved.

But now Ghai uncle is all gung ho about Motherland which is being revived with a few changes.. some major and some minor. While Dilip saab still tops his wish list, the filmmaker is contemplating roping in Ranbir Kapoor to replace SRK. Apparently, he is meeting the legend soon, since he needs to shoot with Dilip saab for only a week or so. After the thespian gives him the go ahead, Ghai uncle will meet the Kapoor lad for a narration. Aha, Dilip saab and Ranboo.. now that’s a combo I’m so very eager to see.

Trial guest
Oi oi.. more news from Ghai’s company. I’ve just been informed that the showman had a trial of his next movie, Paying Guests, for Riteish Deshmukh at his.. Ghai’s, not Deshmukh’s sillies.. institute’s auditorium the other evening.

Before you jump to any silly conclusions, let me tell you that the film’s director, Paritosh Painter, wants to cast the actor in his second movie, also to be produced by Ghai. And since his debut as a nirdeshak is scheduled to release only this summer, Deshmukh wanted to have a dekko of this movie before hearing his next script.

Can’t blame RD really. Considering that Paying Guests was in the news only for Painter’s obsession with Riya Sen and the length of her role. Must ask Riteish what he thought of it. Or shouldn’t I bother?

Absent please
Gotta hand it to Shah Rukh Khan. Even though he could not make it to his Chak De! India co-star, Vidya Malavade’s shaadi with Sanjay Dayma, erstwhile assistant of Ashutosh Gowariker, at MIG Club in Bandra on Wednesday, he sent his bodyguard Yasin along to wish the newly weds on his behalf. And apart from the SRK representative, Rapchik Rajani who was there, says there were only four other recognisable faces at the reception.. Vidya’s co-stars from Chak De! Even good friend Shilpa Shukla was missing. Tsk, tsk!

Excuse moi while I check this sms on my kaaliberry. Turns out to be a jasoos who had dropped in at Yash Raj Studios where Lara Dutta is co-judging Knights and Angels with cricketer Sourav Ganguly yesterday afternoon.

I’m told although La Dutta was looking chic in a strapless maroon outfit, she wasn’t too comfortable in it. For reasons best known to her, Lara kept pulling up her outfit every few minutes. And she still refused to slip out of it. Guess maroon is Dino Morea’s favourite colour, chuckeled my sleuth. Does it look like I care?

Where is the time?
Now here’s Madhu my Mottu Maid with my hot cuppa and a little something on Tanushree Dutta. According to Mots, whenever any producer, director or even a show organiser meets Tannu with a kahaani, or an offer to perform at an event, she asks him to meet her after two months because she just doesn’t have the time now. When they plead with her to at least hear them out, she tells them that she has so many scripts to read that she just can’t lend them an ear. Hear, hear! But then, such is life dearies.

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