Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Farah Khan was all praise for Prithviraj’s performance in Aiyya

Farah Khan’s directorial venture Happy New Year has been in the news for a very long time now and speculations about the film’s casting are still on. While Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek Bachchan are the only two actors who have signed on the dotted line, there were rumours that John Abraham might enter the fray. However, there was no confirmation from the director’s end.

But now, it seems the makers have made some progress. Word has it that Malayali superstar Prithviraj has been roped in by Farah to play the third lead in her film. “HNY is a film about three friends. So, SRK, Abhishek and Prithviraj will be playing the key characters. But the makers are yet to zero in on a heroine,” says our source. A while ago there were loud whispers about Priyanka being considered for the part but Farah and her team have denied it. The film tells the story of three friends who participate in a dance competition without realising the gravity of the consequences.

Sources close to Farah say that she was all praise for Prithviraj’s performance in Aiyya. “To be able to justify yourself in a frame with SRK and Abhishek, you need to have a certain screen presence and Prithviraj is capable of pulling it off. Moreover, even the YRF camp has been raving about his performance in Aurangzeb,” says our source. Now let’s hope he makes the most of the king-sized chance.

Prithviraj's Celluloid on January 25!

Happy news for all Prithviraj fans. His upcoming film Celluloid directed by Kamal of Khaddama fame, is expected to hit screens on January 25. The film also stars Mamta Mohandas, Sreenivasan, Nedumudi Veni and Siddhique in lead roles.

The film is a biopic of J.C. Daniel, the first film maker of Malayalam cinema. He directed the first Malayalam film Vigathakumaran released in 1928. Prithvi plays the role of the director Daniel in the flick.

Lal Jose's one of those few people who I could call at 2 am, says Prithviraj

Working with Lal Jose has always brought out the best in Prithviraj and the two movies, Classmates and Ayaalum Njanum Thammil, have been landmarks in the actor's career.

Now, Prithviraj tells us that their offscreen friendship has a lot to do with their onscreen success. "It's definitely got to be more than a coincidence that I've done two films with Lal Jose and both turn out to be my biggest hits," says Prithviraj.

On the team's success, the actor says it's probably the bond they share that translates into the cinema they make. "We're such good friends. He and I share a relationship that is the least publicised in the industry. He's one of those few people who I could call at 2 am and say I'm coming over," says the actor.

Prithviraj also tells us that because they know each other so well, it becomes easy to work with and bring out the best results.

While Prithviraj is making waves in Bollywood, ask him about Malayalam directors, especially Lal Jose, venturing up north and he says, "Everybody knows he is one of the most talented directors in the country and I hope he gets a much bigger canvas to showcase his work."

With the duo scoring two out of two, he says, "It now puts a lot of pressure on our next project together and we've to be really judicious about what we're going to do next."