So the grand war expected to happen this August 8 has been averted. Deftly, we may add, by some diplomatic thinking by Balaji Motion Pictures and UTV Motion Pictures, producing Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again (OUATIMA) and Chennai Express. Balaji has postponed its OUATIMA starring Akshay Kumar by a week. It’s being said that Shah Rukh Khan made the first move, approaching Jeetendra (father of Balaji’s head honcho, Ekta Kapoor). The veteran actor deemed it fit that his film release later so that neither can cannibalise the other’s profits.
Genius in the making
Independent film production company Camphor Cinema has launched its first film Ramanujan, an Indo-British collaboration. Set in the early 1900s, the film revolves around the life and times of the mathematical prodigy Srinivasa Ramanujan. The film, which stars the legendary Gemini Ganesan’s grandson Abhinay as Ramanujan, also has actors Bhama and Suhasini Mani Ratnam and established British stage and screen actor, Kevin McGowan. The film, directed by Gnana Rajasekaran, will release in English and Tamil by the end of the year.
Going great guns
Aditya Roy Kapoor is the toast of the town. After Aashiqui 2 managed to rake in the moolah for the Bhatts and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani tilted the scales in his favour, this young lad has taken Bollywood by storm. His upcoming project is from the house of Yash Raj. He has been cast opposite Yash Raj girl Parineeti Chopra for Habib Faisal’s (Ishaqzaade, Do Dooni Char) next film. It will go on floors this September and will be ready for release mid-2014.