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This time it's a parrot!

Vickey Lalwani | May 29, 2003 22:23 IST

Sooraj Barjatya seems to have a fascination for animals. Maybe he believes they are the lucky charms that bring his projects extraordinary success.

Sooraj BarjatyaIn his debut film Maine Pyaar Kiya (Salman Khan, Bhagyashree), a pigeon played an important role. It even featured in a song -- rememberKabutar ja ja ja? The film was a huge success.

His second film Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (Salman Khan, Madhuri Dixit) starred afriendly Pomeranian called Tuffy, whohad as much screen time as the film's leadstars. He even played a pivotal rolein theclimax. HAHK was an even bigger success.

In his third film, Hum Saath-Saath Hain (Salman, Saif Ali Khan, Mohnish Behl, Karisma Kapoor, Tabu, Sonali Bendre), Barjatya decided to give theanimal kingdom the go-by.Going bythe director's track record, you could say the filmjust about did well.

This time around, Barjatya has decided to take no chances. In his forthcoming Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor), he's cast a parrot, and a talking one at that!

The parrot patters 'Prem, Prem' constantly, but you are not sure where its loyalties lie -- you see, both Hrithikand Abhishek are called Prem in the film.

Bobby refuses Mani Ratnam

Bobby DeolMani Ratnam's next Hindi film willstar Abhishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgan, Vivek Oberoi, Rani Mukherji and Kareena Kapoor.

But Ajay, apparently, was not Mani's first choice. The ace director originally wanted Bobby Deol for the role.

Bobby had once told Manihe was in such awe of the director that he would not charge him a fee if he were signed on for one of his projects. But when push came to shove, the actor demanded his full market price.

A minor argument followed and Bobby refused the film.

Zoyawants Hrithik

Hrithik RoshanZoya Akhtar, daughter of writer-director Honey Irani and ex-husband Javed Akhtar, will direct her first venture for producer Ritesh Sidhwani.

The film will go on the floors soonafter her brother Farhan Akhtar'sLakshya (Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta) is complete.

Hrithik, whoseems to beafavourite with the siblings, will play theprotagonist in Zoya's film as well. His leading lady is yet to be finalised.

Ritesh, who produced Farhan's debut film Dil Chahta Hai (Aamir Khan, Saif, Akshaye Khanna, Preity, Sonali Kulkarni, Dimple Kapadia) is also producing Lakshya.

Aamir in music video

Aamir Khan, Gauri KarnikCinematographer Baba Azmi (Rishtey, Ishq) is theproud sonof a talented father. Which is why heis soon planning to release an album and its music video, Pyar Ka Jashan, in memory of the late Kaifi Azmi.

The album will focusonhis father's poetry andwill starAamir Khan and Gauri Karnik, who debuted in Tanuja Chandra's Sur.

Roop Kumar Rathod will lend voice to Kaifi's songs. According to the late poet's daughter, actress-MP Shabana Azmi, her father had discussed the idea of releasing a musicvideo with Aamir and had even asked the actor to suggest someonewho would perform in it. Aamir had then volunteered to do sofree of cost.

The album is expected to be released soon.

Santoshi signs Sampat

Rajkumar SantoshiRajkumar Santoshi has signedcomposerRam Sampat for his film Khakee (Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgan, Aishwarya Rai, Tusshar Kapoor, Jaya Prada).

Sampathas scored the music for nearly 5,000 ad films. But he is better known for creating the tunes for Shaan's Tanha Dil and Shiamak Davar's Mohabbat Kar Le, both Indipop albums.

He has also composed the music for adman Ram Madhvani'sLet's Talk.

Interestingly, Khakee is produced by horror specialistKeshuRamsay, of Ramsay Brothers fame.

Vipul Shah --fifth time lucky

Vipul ShahDirector Vipul Shah (Aankhen) had a tough time finding someone toproduce his film Waqt: Race Against Time (Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal).

As many as four producers --Amitabh's production company ABCL, Vashu Bhagnani, B S Shaad and A Poornachandra Rao -- turned him down. Finally, Manmohan Shetty, Kishore Lulla and Sunil Lulla agreed to produce the film.

According to the grapevine, Amrita Rao (The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Ishq Vishk) will play the female lead in the film.

Juhi refuses to bare

Juhi BabbarRaj and Nadira Babbar's daughter Juhi(Kaash... Aap Hamare Hote) has refused the lead role in an Indo-French film because it would require her to expose a lot.

Despite Bollywood'scurrent fascination with international projects, Juhi -- who was not comfortable with the idea of exposing -- even refused the services of a body double.

Yet another accident

A couple of days back, a mishap occurred on the sets of Rohit Shetty's Zameen (Abhishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgan, Bipasha Basu). The film is being produced by N Pachisia. Luckily, no one was hurt.

An accident also occurred on the sets of Imtiaz Punjabi's Fun2shhh (Iqbal Khan, Netanya Singh, Anuj Sawhney, Paresh Rawal). Fun2shhh is also beingproduced byPachisia.

Thisaccidentoccurred at Mumbai'sFilm City, when a part of Fun2shhh's sets caved in. Three people suffered from fractures as aresult,while 27 others were mildly injured.

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Sub: Parrot

I am sure parrot will bring some good luck to next venture of Suraj Barjatya MPKDH. Parrot saying Prem prem...hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm....quite interesting! But what can any ...

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