** That after watching the 15-minute capsule at a press conference in Mumbai, the Bengal distributor of ESCAPE FROM TALIBAN, who initially wanted 8 prints, has now asked for 35 prints. Meanwhile, producers Ashok Khemka and Vijay Nopany are busy with their next Hindi film, to be directed by Sabyasachi Deb Burman. They have approached Amitabh Bachchan to play the lead role.
** That AD9, the newly set-up division of Mukta Arts Ltd. for production of ad films, music albums and corporate films, has just produced the video of TANGO, a new album by Virgin Records India. Saroj Khan has choreographed the video for the title track and it features two of the three singers, Shweta Pandit and Shraddha Pandit.
** That Percept Picture Company has created two television commercials with Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan and Waheeda Rehman to create awareness about AIDS. Smita Thackeray's Mukti Foundation is also a partner in this endeavour.
** That the lead pair of T.P. Aggarwal's LOVE IN NEPAL, Sonu Nigam and Fllora, recently had a narrow escape while shooting for the film in Nepal. A rafting sequence was being canned in the icy waters of Fishing River, 100 kms. from Pokhra in Nepal. Instead of using a double, the two decided to do the sequence themselves. In the midst of the picturisation, they slipped from the rafting yacht and were swept away in the cold waters. Fortunately, the unit members, with the help of the locals, saved them and averted a serious mishap.
** That to promote the music of a family social (with a devotional title), MAA SANTOSHI MAA, the producers did not host a function in a temple, but in a pub J49 in Juhu. The guests later danced to the tunes of the film. ATM Music is marketing the film's music.
** That actress Krutika Desai is acting in an Israeli film, written-directed by Avi Neshar (from U.S.A.). She is currently in Israel.
That Sharman Joshi, the lead man of STYLE, is acting in a Gujarati play AAME LAYEE GAYA TAME RAHEE GAYA, directed by Vipul Mehta and produced by Sanjay Goradia.
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