In Passing: Out of the box

February 25, 2012 05:54 pm | Updated 06:49 pm IST

Vidya Balan: Diverse roles.

Vidya Balan: Diverse roles.

Actor Vidya Balan does not seem to shy away from experimentation. After the phenomenal success of “The Dirty Picture” and “Ishqiya”, Vidya is ready to try her hand at comedy. “That is one thing I’ve wanted to do for a long time. As an actor all you want to do is reach out to the audience with diverse and entertaining roles,” she said. She added that her selection of roles depended on the director and co-star. “In fact they play a critical role in my deciding to do a film or not,” she added. “If I feel there is no scope to show my skills, I don’t think I need to be part of the project.” Her next film too has her opposite Emmran Hashmi, to which she says, “Teaming up with him again is exciting. This is yet another out-of-the box role I am looking forward to.”

Hockey’s new saviour

Hockey is actually India’s national sport but has been relegated to the sidelines. It may now get the boost it needs with actor Suneil Shetty as brand ambassador. Talking about his new role, Shetty said, “I think it’s a fantastic opportunity to promote the sport. If Indian sport was known in the 1960s and 1970s, it was for hockey.” Shetty and others are working on the revamp of hockey and intend to make it similar to the IPL in cricket. “Featuring international hockey players against each other is what hockey needs; not to mention the glitz and glamour that will inevitably go with it.” Shetty is the only Indian actor to have invested in a hockey team so far. But he is undettered and remarked that he is going to ask friends to invest too. “Hockey is still played in the interiors. This game can be an alternate career for young boys, many of whom are unbelievably good at it.” Who knows? Shetty may be hockey’s much-needed messiah.

What makes a star

Raveena Tandon is all set to don a new hat: as anchor for a television show that will bring to light lesser known aspects of a star’s life. “I remember the earlier show but did not try to do this in the same mould. It may sound similar but actually is not.” Tandon professes to be tired of the chat shows that have sprung up on most channels. “I do not intend to create any controversies. That is not the way a show must be. I’d rather make my guests comfortable and allow free-wheeling conversations. I do not like putting them in a spot,” she said firmly. She is hoping that the first show will be successful enough for a repeat in which she plans to interview sportspersons, businessmen and people from other areas. “I’m curious to know their worlds.”

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