A Bollywood cocktail with a new ingredient


Isn’t she a beauty?  Diane Penty, a top model in India, is the newest filmi crossover. Luckily for us, Bollywood has never shied away of giving a pretty woman a chance to shine.

And with the substantial yearly output of Indian films, there must be a tremendous demand to discover new talent.  When I started taking the teenage son of my American friend to see Bollywood movies, who had enthusiastically embraced this new cinema experience initially, he started to object after the 10th movie  that he was getting tired to  see the same faces over and over.

Not that it ever bothered me, I like my intimate little Bollywood family, but he had a point. How often can you see the same hero and heroine, film after film in new but similar roles…

It feels good to see fresh faces especially when they are as pretty as Diane’s, who is playing Meera in the upcoming movie Cocktail.

I don’t know if Diana will stick with Bollywood movies.  She is probably making more money in advertisement and in fashion.  She appears in Maybelline and Garnier commercials. She has been in a Virgin Mobile ad with Ranbir Kapoor.  Diana has signed with Elite Model Management where she has worked for prestigious Indian designers, such as Ashish Soni, Sabayasachi, Wendell Rodricks and Rohit Bal.  In the USA she has worked with calibers like Neiman Marcus, Forever21 and Nordstrom.  Who needs movies with that resume? On the other hand, the gratification of becoming a recognizable face or even superstar must be alluring. It certainly makes the heart pump faster of a great many models waiting to get a chance to appear on the silver screen.

The romantic comedy Cocktail sails under the banner of Saif Ali Khan‘s Illuminati Films and stars Saif, Deepika Padukone and Diana Penty.

What gives this movie another interesting angle is the director, Homi Adajania. This is only his second movie venture but he has been hailed as being one of the most brilliant directorial  newcomers who made his debut with Being Cyrus, an off-beat psychological drama in English language starring Saif Ali Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, and Boman Irani.








what’s in the oven

I was just reading in Box Office India about Saif’s next venture:

by Box Office India (January 23, 2012)

There were rumours that Saif Ali Khan would not feature in his next home production Go Goa Gone being directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D K. But here comes news that Khan will shoot for the film in mid-February. The film features Kunal Khemu in the lead.

Mumbai distributor Ajay Bagbai is all set to turn producer. There will soon be an announcement that he’s signed cinematographer Natarajan Subramanian to direct his maiden venture. The cast is yet to be finalised.

(I still don’t know how to work these links…. need to study wordpress A-Z)  anyhow, it got me interested. I like Kunal Khemu since I saw him in Traffic Signal. Subsequent roles weren’t as complex. Kunal and Saif are a little bit alike. Fast moving, edgy,  clever.  I could see these two work beautifully together with the right script.