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If not Hrithik Roshan, then who else?

Cult film ‘Satte Pe Satta’ director Raj N.Sippy suggests alternate star-names to play Big B’s double-role in rumoured ‘remake’ by Farah Khan

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by  Chaitanya   Padukone

While there has been  frequent speculation  of casting conjectures as regards ‘which ‘A-List stars’ would be playing the main leads in the reinvented-remake of this  cult classic rom-com   Amitabh Bachchan-Hema Malini  starrer ‘Satte Pe Satta’ (SPS) ,  to be directed by Farah Khan and produced by Rohit Shetty,  veteran ‘showman’ director  Raj N.Sippy of the 1982 mega-hit  has never been contacted for his  hypothetical lead casting preferred choices.

Speaking exclusively to CineBlitz,  the outspoken ‘Daddu-jee’  (as Raj is known in film-circles) opened up,  “Had he consented to play Amitabh Bachchan’s double roles of Ravi-and-more importantly Babu’s change-of-heart gripping character,   in the proposed adaptation or remake of  ‘SPS’,  I feel Hrithik Roshan would have been a damn good bet. That’s because, Hrithik is a super-actor, dancer performer, as is evident in all his movies including ‘War’, ” insists veteran dynamic director Raj Sippy.

“But later on  I have read that  Hrithik was apparently unwilling to play the ‘SPS’ lead, the other top-star-hero options, that I feel could do justice to Bachchan-saab’s towering bade-bhai character are either Akshay Kumar or Ajay Devgn . If they wish to cast a much younger actor, then brilliant ‘live-wire’ talent Ranveer Singh, I feel would be an awesome choice.  Frankly, I was fascinated with Ranveer’s negative-shades performance and actually ‘hated’ him on-screen as ‘Khilji’ in ‘Padmavat’. ‘’ Sippy adds

He further says, “since I have worked with Akshay in five movies  including his debut-initial movie ‘Saugandh’ , I know he will do total justice to the demanding character. Similarly, Ajay with his versatile caliber and terrific box-office charisma  as  ‘Tanhaji’  is also a damn good choice, ‘’ shares the suave Sippy in his bass vibrant voice.

In that case, Raj Sippy also indicate his preferences for the female star artistes who should play Hema Malini’s role.  Without even second thoughts,  Sippy responds, “ If Anushka Sharma agrees to play the younger version bhabhi-character, it would be great. But personally I feel, the role requires a slightly mature persona with that ‘bhabhi-maa’ aura. Either super-talented Kajol or Vidya Balan could be  damn good alternate options , provided they are willing, “ he smiles.

Has  Sippy been kept  updated on the ‘SPS’ remake developments from time-to-time  ? With a shoulder-shrug he counters, “Frankly no! Over seven years ago, I had given away the rights of my movie ‘Satte Pe Satta’, to Ashtavinayak Cine Vision , which, as is known, subsequently has closed down. That was the distant past-juncture when even Sanjay Dutt was very keen to play Bachchan-saab’s double-role character and that’s how I had parted with the rights to Ashtavinayak . Later on, there were developments where even Salman Khan was toying with  plans to step into the ‘SPS’ remake lead hero’s shoes and his brother Sohail Khan had even spoken to me. That too didn’t materialize.  Thereafter, believe you-me, I have absolutely no clue, as to who currently officially holds the making rights,” grouses Sippy.

But wasn’t he even informed about the proposed remake.   Reacts Raj, “Since  the past two years or so, I have been getting to know mainly from the media-buzz or sometimes from outsiders that Hrithik Roshan was being approached and  names of top-heroines who were being considered. Now, I hear that Hrithik is no longer keen on doing the ‘SPS’ remake. What I have not been able to figure  out,  is why this rumored project is taking so much time to materialise. But since I have read that producer Rohit Shetty and Farah Khan are expected to be jointly handling the remake, I know for sure it’s in safe hands. Both Rohit and Farah are technically brilliant and competent for this ‘SPS’ subject. They have my full support. Besides they have the great advantage of today’s hi-tech digital technology, which was not there when I made in the movie almost forty years ago.’’

He elaborates, “ Imagine, in 1981, with a combination of either 07 or even 14 characters on the sets, there was no ‘video-assist-monitor’,  to check what footage had been canned. But then I had blind faith in my ace cinematographer Anwar Siraj,” insists the suave Sippy.

As is known, Satte Pe Satta,  with its evergreen racy songs composed by genius R D Burman (Pancham-da) itself, had its basic flavor and  certain scenes  inspired by the Oscar-award winning American musical film ‘Seven Brides For Seven Brothers’ (1954).    Adds  ‘Daddu-jee’, “As far as music for the remake goes, I would strongly recommend the dynamic duo Ajay-Atul’s names.  Their entire score for ‘Agneepath’ (2012), especially that  soul-stirring Sonu Nigam track which goes ‘ Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin’  is the best testimony that  proves their brilliant potential,” insists Sippy.  Had Raj Sippy who has directed over 30 Bollywood movies in the past,   ever given a thought to direct a contemporary remake of his own cult-classic movie.  “No, never, I don’t wish to ever try making ‘SPS’ again. We never pre-planned ‘SPS’-1982, to be such a  outstanding-benchmark-entertainer-movie, as they call it. It all just happened ! Thanks mainly to the excellent team-work by the fabulous cast and crew and great ‘hero writers’ like Kader Khan and screenplay by Jyoti Swaroop ( who directed the masterpiece-comedy ‘Padosan’). My humble salute to all of them,” he signs off.

( The writer Chaitanya Padukone is a senior entertainment journalist and author of memoirs book R D BurMania )

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Parineeti Chopra to feature in ALTBalaji & ZEE5’s ‘The Test Case 2’?

The filming for ‘The Test Case 2’ will soon begin!

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ALTBalaji and ZEE5 totally won the hearts of the audience with the release of the first season of ‘The Test Case’ featuring Nimrat Kaur, who portrayed the role of an Army officer. The show was a huge hit and the audience and critics alike had highly appreciated the subject and the detailing of every pivotal character.

After such a phenomenal response from the audience, the makers have recently announced the second season of the show, ‘The Test Case 2’, creating huge anticipation and curiosity among the audience, wondering who will play the female lead this time!

Not just that, the announcement has also led to several speculations suggesting names of talented actresses being considered for the show. A source informs, “Since it’s the title role, the makers are looking for someone who could pull off the role with great conviction and responsibility. It’s learnt that they are considering Parineeti Chopra for the same since she is a versatile actor and has great screen presence.”

Well, as of now only time can tell but the fact that the second season is announced has itself created a huge stir amongst the audience. Those who have watched the first season of the show cannot wait for the second one to start.

‘The Test Case 2’ revolves around a woman officer’s journey to prove that she can stand head-to-head in a conflict and combat zone and take on the enemy. And at no point in the mission, will she step back, develop weak knees or crack under pressure.

The second season is all set to get bigger and edgier than the first one. Set in the paradise of India, Kashmir it will be a classic story of a woman’s relentless search for a man whom she has to hunt, or else she will not be able to find redemption. It is a story of belief, loyalty, espionage, and guerrilla warfare.

Produced by the Juggernaut Productions and written by Sagar Pandya, the filming for ‘The Test Case 2’ will soon begin!

This roller-coaster ride is all set to get more thrilling and fulfilling. Hang on tight! More details to be revealed soon and if you haven’t watched the first season, do watch it now!

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Dharmesh shows the highest form of respect for contestant Subhranil on India’s Best Dancer!

This weekend, India’s Best Dancer will welcome mentor Dharmesh, who has carved a niche for himself in the industry.

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Sony Entertainment Television’s popular show India’s Best Dancer is creating the right buzz for its unique content and phenomenal acts by contestants who are battling amongst themselves to win the coveted trophy. These top 11 contestants, along with their choreographers are reviewed by the terrific trio on the judges’ panel – Geeta Kapur, Malaika Arora, and Terence Lewis.

This weekend, India’s Best Dancer will welcome the ace dancer and mentor Dharmesh, who has carved a niche for himself in the industry. While Dharmesh thoroughly enjoyed watching all performances, he was particularly surprised by one of the acts and was left mighty impressed by this dancing duo.

Contestant Subhranil, who hails from Siliguri performed on the track “Tujhe Bhula Diya” along with his choreographer Pankaj. The judges were so happy on seeing their moves that they couldn’t stop praising their novelty factor and entertainment quotient. So much so that even Dharmesh didn’t hold back his excitement and made a special gesture for them, which surprised all the contestants and judges. After their act, Dharmesh sprinted to the stage, removed his jacket, and asked for their autographs on his T-shirt for delivering a fantastic performance. Dharmesh mentioned to both Subhranil and Pankaj, “This is an amazing show. Pankaj, you choreographed the act so well. I’m glad to see Subhranil live. There were many moments in the show, but I liked the switch you made in your act.” This is one of the highest form accolade and respect for an artist, Subhranil was on top of the world. He mentioned, “I don’t follow international artists, I only follow Raghav Juyal and Dharmesh sir. For me, they mean the world.”

Later, Subhranil dedicated the song ‘Tujhme Rab Dikhta Hai’ to Dharmesh and sang it live for him on stage. Walking down memory lane, Dharmesh, who has learnt a lot from Geeta, said, “I had dedicated a dance performance on this song for Geeta Ma and I never knew a moment like this would be presented to me. Subhranil is so talented. It’s a proud moment that my simple steps which I had done 10 years back, have been upgraded and incorporated in current performance.”

Reminiscing old times, a teary-eyed Geeta, who has been a mentor to Dharmesh, said, “When Dharmesh sir came as a guest on Super Dancer Chapter 3, and suddenly he went on stage and performed on the same song for me. I got emotional even then. But today maybe more, because I asked Dharmesh how he feels when people appreciate him. It’s been a wonderful journey. There was a time when he would perform, today he is sitting at the judges panel and people are performing in front of him. I can see that growth and journey. He is who he is because of what he believes in.”

To watch these beautiful moments, tune in to India’s Best Dancer every Saturday and Sunday, at 8PM only on Sony Entertainment Television!

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If you like Baby’s Day Out, here’s what you should watch on Disney+ Hotstar Premium!

Catch all-time favourites like The Toy that Time forgot, Mrs. Doubtfire, 101 Dalmatians, Dr. Dolittle franchise and more

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If you are a person who is in an ever ready mode for watching comedy flicks and can’t get enough of Baby’s Day Out and 90s comedy, here’s your chance to indulge into the world’s best comedy movies. Whether you watch the rib-tickling tale of Mrs. Doubtfire or Jackie Chan’s adventures in Around the world in 80 days, there will be something that tickles your fancy. In the month of July, Disney+ Hotstar Premium added over 100 Hollywood classics in its expansive library of content, varying from family favourites like Baby’s Day Out and the entire original Dr. Dolittle movie franchise; to classical animation movies like 101 Dalmatians and Anastasia; titles from evergreen franchise including Ice Age and Marvel. So, grab your popcorn and snuggle onto your couch to watch these classic comedies on Disney+ Hotstar Premium. Here’s a list that’ll give you a whale of a time

Mrs. Doubtfire

After the divorce of a couple leaves the wife with custody of their three children, the husband dresses up as a proper British nanny so that he can be hired by his ex-wife to watch his kids. Mrs. Doubtfire will give you a barrel of laughs.

Around the World in 80 Days

An eccentric British inventor, beside his Chinese valet and an aspiring French artist, embarks on a trip full of adventures and dangers around the world in exactly eighty days. Jacie Chan’s charm and adventure in Around the World in 80 Days will leave you spellbound.

Doctor Dolittle

Dr. John Dolittle has the world by the tail. But much to his shock and dismay, the good doctor’s long-dormant ability to talk to the animals is unleashed and kickstarting his wild adventures. This Laugh out Loud comedy will give you a whale of a time.

Dunston Checks In

When a guest with an orangutan checks into one of the poshest hotels in the city, the hapless manager tries to keep both the monkey and his finicky boss under control. Witness the crazy adventures of Dunston in this rib-tickling comedy flick.

The Santa Clause 2

Scott Calvin has been a humble Santa Claus for nearly ten years, but it might come to an end if he doesn’t find Mrs. Claus. Buckle up your seat belt to explore the journey of this hilarious Santa Clause.

Watch the magic of the world’s best stories unfold only on Disney+ Hotstar Premium!

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