Sanjay Gupta gifts Rs.600,000 watch to action director (Film Snippets)

November 12th, 2008 - 10:14 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 12 (IANS) Filmmaker Sanjay Gupta has joined the bandwagon of Bollywood stars known for giving exorbitant gifts to their colleagues. He recently gifted a Rolex watch worth Rs.600,000 to action director Tinu Varma for his work in upcoming movie “Acid Factory”.”Sanjay was so impressed with the kind of action sequences Tinu had created for ‘Acid Factory’ that he decided to gift him the watch. It was Sanjay’s way of showing that he admired Tinu’s professionalism and work,” said a source close to Gupta.

“Acid Factory” is Gupta’s latest venture and stars Fardeen Khan, Dia Mirza, Aftab Shivdasani, Irrfan Khan, Dino Morea, Manoj Bajpai and Danny Denzongpa.

Varma was apparently moved by Gupta’s gesture.

“I have always felt White Feather Films (Gupta’s production company) to be like my own production house. I’ve given my heart and soul to it. ‘Acid Factory’ is extremely special to me and I have done every bit to make the action sequences as thrilling as possible,” the action director said.

“Besides innovative action sequences, we have also used every other possible trick. I’m looking forward to the film’s release since ‘Acid Factory’ is my best and biggest film till date,” Varma added.

The movie will hit the screens later this year.


I’ve possibly made wrong choices: Kim Sharma

In her Bollywood career spanning almost eight years, actress Kim Sharma has managed just one hit - “Mohabbatein” - and she has no qualms admitting that it might be a result of her wrong selection of films.

“I have possibly made wrong choices in the films that I’ve done. But I feel as an actor, I can only do my job. I can’t control people’s reactions. And I don’t spend any time wondering why a certain film goes wrong. It’s okay,” Kim said.

After making her debut in Aditya Chopra’s “Mohabbatein” in 2000, Kim followed it up with films like “Tumse Achcha Kaun Hai” (2002), “Fida” (2004) and “Tom, Dick and Harry” (2006). But these were not well received at the box office.

The model-turned-actress is, however, positive about her acting career.

“I’m not unhappy with my career. I am a practical person and I do understand that it is all a part of learning. Whatever I’ve done till now, I’ve done it on my own without anyone’s help and I’m well aware of the mess-ups I have made in my career,” she said.


Sudipto Chattopadhyay shot real puja for ‘Sonagachi’

Bengali filmmaker Sudipto Chattopadhyay shot a scene at an actual Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata to bring a sense of authenticity to his forthcoming film “Sonagachi”, which revolves around the lives of prostitutes working in the maze of back alleys scattered around the city’s red light district.

“After shooting at the actual location, the scene looks so natural. The crowd and the puja have added authenticity to the film,” said Chattopadhyay, who has also made the yet-to be-released “Pankh”.

A source close to the film added: “Durga puja is an important part of the film. Sudipto thought that rather than hiring junior artistes and creating an artificial set that would cost the company a lot of money, why not shoot at the actual location in Kolkata, which will be live and real.”

“Sonagachi”, produced by Sanjay Gupta’s White Feather Films, stars actresses like Indrani Haldar and Rupa Ganguly.

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