Viveik Oberoi skips Prakash Jha’s ‘Rajniti’

May 12th, 2008 - 11:47 am ICT by admin  


Mumbai, May 12 (IANS) Viveik Oberoi, who was to play an important role in Prakash Jha’s next movie “Rajniti”, has opted out of the project. “Indeed, Viveik was offered ‘Rajniti’ and wanted to do the film. But since he had already committed the required dates to a Karan Johar production to be directed by Rensil D’Silva, he couldn’t be part of it,” said his publicist Dale Bhagwagar in a press release.

“However, he has been an admirer of all Prakash Jha movies and is keen to work with the director in future,” he added.

Meanwhile, Popcorn Motion Pictures and Balaji Telefilms Ltd’s “Mission Istanbul”, starring Viveik along with Sunil Shetty, Zayed Khan and Shriya Saran, is nearing release.

The actor sports a very different get-up to go with an intense look in this film where he even flexes a lot of muscle. Apoorva Lakhia directs the film.

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Brandon Routh in Amritraj’s next

Brandon Routh of “Superman Returns” fame will now feature as a private investigator in the US-based Indian producer Ashok Amritraj’s “Dead Of Night”, based on the best-selling Italian comic book series “Dylan Dog”.

Amritraj’s production house, Hyde Park Entertainment, has teamed up with Los Angeles-based comic book company Platinum Studios to co-produce the film.

Created by Tiziano Sclavi, “Dylan Dog” was first published in 1986 and has been translated into 17 languages. Kevin Munroe, who directed last year’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, will wield the megaphone for “Dead Of Night”.

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Sajid Nadiadwala to invest Rs.1 bn in TV channel

After acquiring a noteworthy position as a producer in the film industry, Sajid Nadiadwala now ventures into television. He has cracked a deal and acquired 50 percent stake in a high-profile television channel.

His banner Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, which gave hits like “Mujhse Shaadi Karogi” and “Heyy Babyy”, will invest Rs.1 billion in the channel.

Confirming the news, Nadiadwala said: “This acquisition is an important step from our company towards consolidation in the TV industry. We are confident that this will add immense value to the company and also strengthen our company profile. We have other expansion plans which we will announce shortly.”

“We have created success stories in the romantic comedy genre. But today there is a boom in the market and our new mantra is to diversify and explore business of different genres. Today my company has invested in television, tomorrow it could be the media. The sky is the limit.”

However, he refused to divulge the channel’s name.

Nadiadwala’s company also plans to acquire as many as 100 single screen theatres in India. In fact his company, along with Jagdev Singh, managing director of Khalsa Motors, has just acquired a theatre in Falna, Rajasthan.

“Yes, we are planning to acquire 5 to 10 single screen theatres in Rajasthan alone. The theatres will be renovated with hi-tech digital sound and picture quality. We will also provide other state- of-the-art facilities in the theatre,” said Singh.

Nadiadwala and Singh’s next move is to construct a multiplex called Newplex in Jodhpur.

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