In Passing

March 12, 2011 04:18 pm | Updated 04:18 pm IST

Asha Bhosle

Asha Bhosle

Mum's the word

She has been known for her versatile voice. Now Asha Bhosle will sing for herself as she plays the lead in a Marathi film. The no-nonsense Bhosle told the director that she would only consider a role if it portrayed her as she is. “At 77 if someone is going to ask me to dance around trees and shake a leg, I do not think I'm going to do it.” While she was hesitant, her son reassured her that since she has already appeared in music videos, the film would not be so tough. “The film is about a middle class mother depicting her struggles and emotions. Since I am a mother I could empathise with the character,” said Bhosle. Bhosle also said she is comfortable listening to today's film songs as well as earlier songs. In an interview she remarked that she was not “scandalised by the new songs and dances, instead I am amazed at the rhythm and grace with which they move,” said she.

Experiment with films

Chitrangda Singh caught the fancy of serious movie goers with her debut in “Hazaron Khwaishe Aisi” but vanished soon after leaving many wondering if she was a flash in the pan or only interested in doing “art” films. Singh is back and has announced that she is more than willing to be part of the commercial circuit. “I am willing to experiment with commercial cinema too. After all success in the mainstream makes it easier for actors to do offbeat work.” Singh makes no bones about the fact that she still prefers unusual roles but feels that with the success of “Peepli Live” and “Dhobi Ghat”, actors need not be typified. “People are interested in all kinds of films today, so I do not see myself in a separate space any more. I think there is more scope for lateral movement now. But I will always choose roles that interest and excite me,” said she.

“The monk...” now on stage

It was a book that broke all records. And author Robin Sharma found himself catapulted not only to fame but also literally sainthood. Sharma became a household name and was quoted liberally by industry pandits. People who read his The Monk who sold his Ferrari said their lives changed for the better and credited Sharma with creating a mass awakening. After having sold over a million copies, translated into many languages, Sharma is looking at collaborating with a theatre company to adapt his book into a play. “A theatrical adaptation,” said Sharma, “can bring the book to life and this seems a very exciting prospect for me.” He was looking forward to working with Ashvin Gidwani on the play after having seen his adaptation of Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist. “It was very well done and much appreciated,” remarked Sharma. Given the fact that the play will incorporate music, dance and other forms of multimedia, Sharma is sure it will be a success

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