Kailash Kher is fast emerging as a singer who knows how to seize the moment. After composing an anthem for Aam Aadmi Party, he has penned an ode to Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin likes Kailash Kher’s songs and Kailash feels that both Sachin and he have come the hard way. Called the Sachin Anthem, the ‘Ek hai Bhaarat, Ek Bhaarat Ka Sachin...’ and has already gone online.

Kher says the song is his tribute to the master blaster and extols the exploits of Sachin on the field. Kher also wants to collaborate with Sachin after retirement.

Rom com goes rural

Gori Tere Pyar Mein is ready for release but the promos suggest that director Punit Malhotra hasn’t moved beyond the gloss that marked his first film, I Hate Love Storys, which also had Imran Khan in the lead. Punit responds with a no. “The style quotient is high but this time I have worked on the content as well.” He admits the first half is somewhat similar to I Hate Love Storys in terms of fun quotient but the second half is totally different. “The film will connect. It is about an urbane boy who gives up city life to get the girl he loves.” But that was the story of Ramaiyya Vastvaiyya as well? “True. The story of Maine Pyar Kiya also takes a similar turn and there are many other films over the years – like Roti – have a similar twist but to me what you do with the story is more important.” Punit says he has made Imran Khan do a lot of things which a Hindi film hero usually doesn’t do. Let’s wait and watch.

From cocktail to fanny!

After Cocktail, director Homi Adajania is back with a quirky comedy Finding Fanny. This ensemble film brings Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor, together for the first time and is backed by stalwarts Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia and Pankaj Kapur. Set in Goa, Homi calls it a hilarious and heart warming bilingual film about a man’s search for his childhood love, Stefanie (Fanny) Fernandes, and how a group of dysfunctional characters go on a road trip with him to find her. “The journey, riddled with a funny chain of events and life changing moments that impact everyone involved, forms the crux of the film.”

Backed by Fox Star Studios and Illuminati Films, Homi says, “I was offered some big “Cocktail-type” films after the success, but I really wanted to work on my own material and not just direct something for money. Deepika amazes me with her constant growth as an actor and Arjun was a revelation surpassing my expectations. The performances have been selfless and fantastic.” The film is expected to come out by early July.

Slip of tongue

The lead actor of the upcoming movie, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Jennifer Lawrence mistakenly almost sparked rumours of her pregnancy during an interview. The Oscar winner said she was suffering from ‘morning sickness’ instead of ‘motion sickness’, while shooting for film. Thanks to co-actor Josh Hutcherson’s vigilance, Lawrence immediately corrected herself before the rumour could take flight. During an interview, when asked about her toughest stunt in the film, Catching Fire, Lawrence recalled one tumbling scene with Jena Malone, and said, “We had a real spinning cornucopia that was going about 30 miles per hour and Jena and I had our morning sickness bracelets on. So that was hard trying to keep your cookies down during that situation.” Hutcherson interrupted Lawrence and said, “Morning sickness or motion sickness? If there’s something you wanna tell me, maybe now is not the best place!” Lawrence immediately realised what she had said and giggled, “I meant motion sickness.”