‘Making remakes is a challenge’

Director Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao, known for films such as Sudigadu , Dongodu and Annavaram , feels the art of remaking is challenging and requires creativity as well. “The most common misconception is that remakes need no creativity. But the truth is that the task of remaking is a challenge and needs some level of creativity,” said Rao. .

“All remakes are not merely the art of reproducing content. Films I have remade over the years may have presented the same story, but the film is made keeping in mind different target audiences. An eye for the apt cast is also very important in the case of a remake,” he added.

Seven of 10 Telugu films made by him to date have been remakes. His latest was spoof-comedy Sudigadu , one of the most successful Telugu films of last year.

“As a director, I strive to supersede the original with my remake, which in most cases is tough. But I have been quite lucky,” said Bhimaneni.

Rao’s next venture, which is yet to go on floors, is the official remake of Tamil comedy-drama Sundarapandian .

SRK to perform on V—Day

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan is set to shake a leg in Muscat on the eve of Valentine’s Day.

Shah Rukh will perform as part his Temptations Reloaded tour. He will be accompanied by celebrities like Katrina Kaif, Preity Zinta, Anusha Dandekar, and Pakistani actor- singer Ali Zafar.

Given the 47-year-old’s global popularity, the event is likely to draw a crowd of 25,000.

On the big screen, Shah Rukh was last seen in Jab Tak Hai Jaan .

‘We are friends’

Pakistani actress Sara Loren says there were never any issues between her and Aditi Rao Hydari on the sets of Murder 3 and, in fact, it just upped her challenge as an actor.

“I think when you are playing a role, you are more sincere towards your role more than anyone else around you. If there is a good actor with you, you put in more effort. That challenge is very good for everyone,” said Sara.

“I am very happy that I worked with Aditi and now we are friends. We shared a lot of food and stories,” she added.

Directed by Vishesh Bhatt, Murder 3 also stars Randeep Hooda and hits theatres February 15.

Johar starts shooting

Filmmaker Karan Johar has started shooting for his segment in Bombay Talkies , a bouquet of four stories directed by four different directors.

Johar’s segment stars Rani Mukerji, Randeep Hooda and Saqib Saleem and he has chosen real location in Mumbai to shoot his part.

Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap are also contributing to Bombay Talkies , an ode to 100 years of the Indian film industry.

It will come out on May 3.

Vidyut’s band of ‘eight boys’

F orce fame bad man Vidyut Jamwal loves action. An expert in martial arts, the actor has pulled together a team of eight men who share same passion for action as him. According to sources, Vidyut trains with these men for five-six hours a day. Interestingly, they do not belong to any martial arts academy, they are bus conductors, store keepers and others.

“Vidyut, unlike others, trains with a group of martial artists and fitness enthusiasts, who believe in the craft beyond just a means of fitness. He has been able to put together a team of eight men who may not fit into the ‘traditional’ definition of what you may imagine as the team of an actor,” a source said.

“Vidyut will soon be seen in an action flick Commando-The War Within , which is being helmed by Dilip Ghosh.