Kareena puts filmmakers in a fix…

When a star is doing well and busy, everyone wants to have a share of the star. And that is what is happening with Kareena Kapoor. Bebo does not lose out on opportunities to star in the best commercial projects, but she had to turn down a biggie – the remake of the south Indian hit Maryada Ramanna.

Maryada Ramanna is the story of a plain-hearted man Ramu who is being chased by factionists for a murder committed by his father. The girl whom he meets on the train reveals she is in love with him and Ramu who until then was running for his life resolves to stand by her and also wins the enemy’s heart.

NR Pachisia who is remaking the Telugu hit with Ajay Devgn; and directed by Ashwini Dheer, wanted Kareena in his film to essay the role played by Saloni in the original.

Kareena was also interested but due to her prior commitments, she had no option but to opt out clearly telling them that her dates just did not match at all. And surely she has not been lying.

She has not been giving dates for her film opposite Saifu Agent Vinod which is as good as her home production. She has been busy with films like Shah Rukh Khan’s Ra.One, Imran Khan’s Short Time Shaadi, Salman Khan’s Bodyguard and Aamir Khan’s yet untitled film.

Kareena has no dates to offer till the next eight months and the makers wanted to shoot before the end of this year when Ajay Devgn is free after the shooting of Bol Bachchan so that they can finish the film by January.

Kareena’s busy schedule also puts a huge question mark on whether her schedule will allow her film Agent Vinod to release on December 9. The Shriram Raghavan film has been on hold because while Bebo will be busy with Bodyguard, Saifu will be busy with Homi Adjania’s Cocktail. Bebo also has to spend time promoting Ra One.

No wonder this heady cocktail of dates is surely making Shriram Raghavan also lose his patience and disappointing other producers who want to sign on Bebo.

Rajini calls Shankar

Rajinikanth is dying to be back in action. The man who was hospitalized and went to Singapore for a well deserved rest putting his shoot of Rana on hold, is now keen to get back.

Rajini is ensuring that he does the best of films now and for that, he even picked up the phone to call up his Robot director Shankar asking him to work on a good subject for him.

Rajini told Shankar that he was keen on making a film with him again and said that he would be back on the shooting floors within two months.

Shankar is currently shooting for his film Nanban and also confirmed that “Rajini Sir spoke about his health and expressed a willingness to be back in action as soon as possible.”

Abhishek goes rural again and again

Even as Abhishek Chaubey is getting his film Dedh Ishqiya readied with Madhuri Dixit and Kangana Ranaut and without Vidya Balan, he is has hired the services of Anjum Rajaballi to pen another film for him which is set in rural India.

Chaubey feels that his strength lies in subjects that have a rustic feel to it and hence will want to make films in the same genre even at the cost of being typecast as a film maker who only makes films on issues in the cow belt of India.

Abhishek is speaking to Vidya Balan to be cast in that film. Vidya’s foot in the mouth dialogue at the FICCI Frames where she had asked Shah Rukh Khan and Hugh Jackman to be a part of Ishqiya 2 backfired with she herself not being present in the sequel.

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