Films are all about chance

At a time when he is doing a film called Chance Pe Dance, Shahid's thoughts naturally turn to the capricious nature of fame in films and the all-important element of chance.

Says Shahid: “The film business is one of the most speculative ones in the world. While travelling, I meet businessmen who wonder at the manner in which films are made and their chances of running. Here, it is just a matter of chance. Every Friday is a chance.” Shahid feels, “With every new film, people forget your last release and you have to prove yourself all over again.”

Let's see if the wheels of fortune turn in Shahid's favour this year.

Friends with Chetan Bhagat?

Sharman Joshi is that rare actor who has done two films based on books written by Chetan Bhagat — Hello and 3 Idiots.

Ask Sharman about the kind of rapport he shares with the writer, and he says: “We know each other really well. I have known Chetan for a long time now, right from when we began work on Hello.”

Do we see Sharman starring in the film adaptation of Chetan's latest, “Two States”?

Third time together

Rohan Sippy's film with childhood friend Abhishek Bachchan is finally on the sets. This will be the actor-director team's third film together after Kuch Naa Kaho and Bluffmaster. Their last film together was the well-received Bluffmaster, released four years ago.

Meanwhile, Abhishek is fast becoming the busiest actor in Bollywood, one of the rare actors today who still believes in doing multiple films in a year. Besides Rohan's film and Mani Ratnam's Raavan, he is working on Ashutosh Gowariker's Khelenge Hum Jee Jaan Se, the Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani-produced Crooked, Karan Johar's Dostana 2, Abbas-Mastan's next and Neeraj Pandey's Special Chabbis. Phew! No wonder even Priyadarshan has to wait for Abhishek's dates for his next venture.

Dil Hai Hindustani

Oye Lucky Lucky Oye girl Neetu Chandra is a true patriot. Neetu says, “I was flying to Dubai recently and I met this dashing young Indian steward. I was shocked to see that though he spoke fluent English, he couldn't say more than a Namaste in his mother tongue, Hindi. I told him it was a shame that he couldn't speak his mother tongue. He was so embarrassed that he promised to take lessons in Hindi. And the next time I flew on the same flight, I met him again and was touched to see that he actually was taking pains to learn the language and had improved considerably.”

An elated Neetu, who will be seen next in Anees Bazmee's No Problem, adds, “I take great pride in being an Indian and I am happy that I can motivate people to connect to their roots.”