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Bolly-Tolly

Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif

buddy talk: Katrina Kaif reportedly called up Anushka Sharma at 3 in the night last week! No, the two heroines aren’t B-Town’s best buddies yet, but Katrina apparently called the younger heroine after being told that Anushka was upset at not being a prominent part of the Jab Tak Hai Jaan trailer, the Yash Chopra-directed Diwali release in which the two leading ladies share screen space with Shah Rukh Khan.

“When Katrina heard that Anushka was upset, she didn’t want to be portrayed as the villain of the piece and so she decided to pick up the phone — even though it was 3am! — to set the record straight,” reveals an insider. Anushka, who turns in quite early, was shocked to see Katrina calling at that hour. “Kat cleared the air, saying that she hadn’t meddled in the promotional and marketing strategy for the film and the two ended up speaking for the next two hours!” adds the source.

But ask Anushka about the incident and pat comes the answer: “Talks for the movie promotions haven’t yet begun, so such an incident is highly unlikely.”

Well, we know better!

Aamir Khan in Talaash

Promo pull: With the tremendous response to the trailer of his upcoming film Talaash, Aamir is heaving a sigh of relief that the audience has at last realised that it is in no way similar to Vidya Balan’s Kahaani.

“Talaash was earlier set to release in June, but some mischief-mongers had started spreading rumours that it was similar to Kahaani. Parallels were also being drawn between each of the principal characters from the two films,” reveals a source.

Aamir pushed back the release date and there were also rumours that he had requested producer Farhan Akhtar and director Reema Kagti to re-shoot the film’s climax.

And it seems to have paid off, considering the reception that the promo has received. “The promo now reveals that the film is about some mysterious accidents that take place at one common spot and Aamir is investigating that case. Kareena Kapoor’s character helps him in this quest and Nawazuddin Siddiqui (who played cop Khan in Kahaani) has the part of a small-time crook,” said the source. Talaash hits screens on November 30.

bengal goes to mumbai fest: Two Bengali films have been selected for this year’s Mumbai Film Festival — Suman Ghosh’s Shyamal Uncle Turns Off The Lights and Pratim D. Gupta’s Paanch Adhyay. While Suman’s film has been picked in the India Gold section, Pratim’s directorial debut has been selected in the New Faces in Indian Cinema section.

Shyamal Uncle Turns Off The Lights is a 70-minute feature about a man obsessed with turning off the streetlights every morning in a neighbourhood in Calcutta. “It was made with non-actors and initially I wasn’t quite sure how it would turn out, but to be selected at a festival like Mumbai Film Festival is quite an honour, especially sharing space with directors like Girish Kasaravalli in the same category,” said Suman on phone from Miami.

Paanch Adhyay, on the other hand, is a romantic drama starring Priyanshu Chatterjee and Dia Mirza as two people going through five chapters of a relationship, with music by Shantanu Moitra. “There are quite a few songs in the film and so it isn’t a so-called festival-friendly film; the selection came as a surprise,” said Pratim, busy finishing the film for a Puja release in Bengal.

Leading lady Dia is ecstatic about Paanch Adhyay’s selection at the 14th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival to take place between October 18 and 25. “I am very happy! For a first-time filmmaker, Pratim has made a very nuanced relationship story and Ishita is one of the most complex parts I have played! Even though this is a Bengali film, I believe the language of cinema is universal and I hope this film crosses many borders. Paanch Adhyay contributed to my growth as a human being and actor. And I pray that it continues to enrich many more,” said Dia.

Shyamal Uncle Turns Off The Lights and (right) Paanch Adhyay