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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bollywood award shows: expose 'Awards' to Madhur Bhandarkar's

With his thriller Jail canned and awaiting release into October, Madhur Bhandarkar is ready with his next film - Awards - inspired by Bollywood award functions.

Bhandarkar's inspiration for this film comes from Ashutosh Gowariker's comments at IIFA in Macau on Priyanka Chopra being awarded the Best Female Actor award for his directorial venture Fashion, instead of Aishwarya being honored for Gowariker's Jodhaa Akbar.

Interestingly, Priyanka Chopra will also play lead in Awards, to be produced by Percept Pictures at a budget of Rs 40 crore.

Bhandarkar had publicly aired his disappointment at Gowariker's statement.

"It leaves a bad taste in the mouth when someone challenges the entire honor that she (Priyanka) is getting internationally." he said.

"The movie will reveal the behind-the-scenes drama and the inner workings of award functions," a source told Mid-Day.

The movie will also show aspects of how certain award functions bear allegiance to certain camps and also how certain actors manipulate awards." the source added.

The movie will involve incidents from the recent award functions. That might also include Ashutosh's verbal argument with host Sajid Khan." the source added.

"The movie is based on award shows in our Bollywood," said Navin Shah, CEO Percept Picture Company.

It's a typical Madhur genre, where he translates reality into fiction. The star-cast hasn't been finalized as yet," he added.

The pre-production work is likely to begin into October after the release of Jail and filming will begin in November.

Virender Sehwag - Delhi selector joins hands

The crisis in the Delhi cricket fraternity is reaching a point of no return with more voices within the establishment speaking out in favour of Virender Sehwag who had alleged of nepotism in team selection.

A number of senior players from Delhi, including Gautam Gambhir and Ishant Sharma, had already joined hands with Virender Sehwag. DDCA Vice President Chetan Chauhan and former coach and Test star Madan Lal had also supported Sehwag on Tuesday, saying his allegations were correct.

Bantoo Singh who is a selector with DDCA at the moment and played successfully till recently, said Wednesday that a player of Virender Sehwag's stature can not be ignored.

There could be more trouble as Gambhir and Ishant skipped the opening day of the state's Ranji trophy conditioning camp at the Ferozshah Kotla ground on Wednesday.

The absence of Gambhir, Ishant, Rajat Bhatia and Chetanya Nanda among others, is now being linked with the players' recent decision to speak out against the selection policies of the DDCA. Virender Sehwag is recovering from a shoulder injury in Bangalore.