As Ashwin Kumar readies for the theatrical release of his film The Forest (finally!) this May,there are two more people who are possibly counting on the movie to turn around their fortunes. Being offered a platform by PVR as part of their Directors Rare initiative,the film is presented by none other than Vijay Mallya. With Kingfisher airlines in trouble and given his taste for good times with Bollywood beauties,he probably has finally found his calling in the film industry. The other hopeful is Nandana Sen. With her last few films,including Ketan Mehtas Rang Rasiya,still waiting to see the light of the day,The Forest will possibly reduce the number by one. Only that from what we gather,the films real star is the man-eating leopard.
Life of Lee
He came to India last year almost as if on a stealth mission. But internationally renowned Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lees next trip to India will be far from it. Scheduled to arrive in December,Lee has plans to include India in his itinerary to promote Life of Pi. And for good reason. The film,an adaptation of the popular book of the same name,has in the lead three Indian actors,Irrfan and Tabu (by strange coincidence neither of whom use a last name) and Delhi boy Suraj Sharma,who plays the protagonist. Also,a large portion of the film has been shot in Puducherry. The novel,set in Puducherry of the 1970s,narrates the ordeals of a young Indian boy,the lone survivor of a shipwreck,sharing a lifeboat for over 200 days with a hyena,a zebra with a broken leg,a female orangutan and a Royal Bengal tiger. While Lees dates are yet to be fixed,the attempt is to get him together with the two Indian actors for effective promotions sometime in December.