Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Shahid Kapoor set for rugged action

Shahid Kapoor set for rugged action

He has largely been known as the chocolate boy in Bollywood. But Shahid Kapoor is set to undergo a transformation for UTV’s Hindi remake of the Tamil action venture, Vettai. Released this January, The Arya-R Madhavan starrer was produced by the same banner. Shahid is  likely to play the part

originally portrayed by Arya.
When contacted, Siddharth Roy Kapoor, UTV Motion Pictures’ CEO confirms: “Yes, we are in advanced discussions with Shahid, but till we make a formal announcement, I wouldn’t like to say much about the cast.” N Lingusamy will apparently direct the Hindi remake too, while Madhavan may also reprise his role.

Vettai revolves around two brothers — the younger one played by Arya, and the older, by Madhavan. While the latter is sensitive to violence, Arya is a jobless rogue. After being beaten up by goons, Madhavan becomes stronger, thanks to the training he receives from his younger brother. The two then get back at two goons and protect their family.

“Vettai is essentially an action film, but like other south Indian films, it also has a dose of masala entertainment including humour, stunts, dance, songs and romance. But in terms of genre, it’s an action –  rough and rugged kind – film,” says Kapoor, adding that the production house has had a “fantastic start” to 2012. “The last few months have been very good for us.

Starting with Vettai, our big release on Pongal, we have had a great run with Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya, and now, Paan Singh Tomar,” he says, adding, “Everything boils down to making the right creative choices. Thankfully, we’ve managed to do it.”

Two heroines for Shahid Kapoor

Two heroines for Shahid Kapoor

The makers of the actor's next rom-com are apparently looking for two new faces opposite him

The makers of Shahid Kapoor's next are not just looking for one but two new girls opposite the actor. 
After launching Anushka Sharma in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Aditya Chopra has decided to cast new faces in the Maneesh Sharma rom-com that starts later this August.

According to sources associated with the movie, the Chopras are on the look out for two, very diverse girls.
"Keeping in mind the kind of story it is, with two female leads, the Chopras want to ensure that the casting is right. 

More so because one is a sizzling, oomphy girl while the other is a demure damsel," reveals our source associated with the movie. Considering that Maneesh is currently recuperating from a slipped disc and has been advised rest for a few months, the shoot is scheduled to start only in August. 

"So the team has considerable time to shortlist the probable girls before the Chopras and Maneesh take the final call," says our source, adding that after finalising the female cast, the girls will also be groomed accordingly.

The spokesperson of Yashraj maintains, "Casting is still in progress and we're looking at all options. We will make an announcement when we finalise the cast."