Veena Malik's to shoot new song for Kannada Dirty Picture
Pakistani actor Veena Malik has just finished the talkie portion of her Kannada film Dirty Picture: Silk Sakkat Maga and is now all set to shoot a song for the film.
Veena Malik has proclaimed that she is choosy about her roles and prefers women-oriented themes. So she is happy with the offer from Kannada's director Trishul.
"The role is a challenging one and I have a lot of scope to perform," Veena said.
The film has nothing to do with Vidya Balan's Dirty Picture,she says, but her role in the film will nevertheless be "hot, sexy, stylish and classic".
Director Trishul though says the film is loosely based on Silk Smitha's life as was Dirty Picture.
The film stars Akshay in the lead. The team is all set to leave for Sri Lanka to finish picturisation of the songs.
Image: Veena Malik in Gali Gali Chor Hai
Roopa Iyer's bilingual Chandra in progress
Dancer and actor Roopa Iyer is now busy making the Kannada-Tamil bilingual Chandra that stars Shriya Saran, Prem, Ganesh Venkataraman, Srinath, Sumitra and Ramya Krishna among others.
According to Roopa Iyer, the film is a love story of a princess of an Indian royal family.
She clarifies that it is not a historical film but turns the spotlight on the plight of the royals who once ruled various princely states and are not able to come to terms with their changed status.
"I have been working on this story for a year now. To study the upheavals and disturbances faced by princesses of the last generation, I met some of them in Rajasthan, Travancore, Mysore and Madikeri and also studied their living conditions," says Roopa.
The film is being shot in Bangalore, Mysore, Rajasthan and in the United States too. Chandra is Roopa's second directorial venture. She had directed Mukhaputa (Cover Page) that was about children affected by HIV.
The film won critical acclaim and took the festival route to reach out to people in many countries. Roopa had recently acted in children's films in Kannada -- Chaitanya and Ondu Ooralli. She has participated in dance shows, fashion shows and other cultural programmes.
Image: A scene from Chandra
Shahwar Ali is the new baddie in Kannada films
Following in the footsteps of Sonu Sood, who tasted success with Kannada film Vishnuvardhana, is model-turned-actor Shahwar Ali Khan. He plays the villain in S V Rajendra Singh Babu's film Rebel.
"I always wanted to be an actor. I took up modelling and I should say that my struggle to become an actor became easier because of my modelling experience. Today, Hindi film-makers are always keen to watch south Indian films as the films made here are a lot more sincere and creative," says Shahwar.
Shahwar has played negative roles in Telugu films Rechipo, Golimaar and Naa Ishtam and is not complaining about such roles.
"Sometimes these roles are bigger than the hero's role although language remains a problem that I am beginning to manage," he says
Rebel also stars Aditya, Preetika Rao and Sanjjanna.
Image: Shahwar Ali