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Casting misinformation plagues Bollywood

Subhash K. Jha, IANS

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Bollywood has seen many a baseless rumour about the cast of high-profile projects.

It happened recently with Kareena Kapoor. The media was full of reports that the actress had agreed to do a Pakistani film when in fact Kareena hadn't even been offered any such film.

Now there's talk of her sister Karisma Kapoor being considered for Zoya Akhtar's debut film.

Says Karisma: "Even I've heard of such rumours. But I've not had any offer from Zoya Akhtar at all. In fact the only female director I've worked with is Shrabani Deodhar.

"I once came close to working with Tanuja Chandra and more recently I was offered Vinta Nanda's 'White Noise'. It'd be a pleasure to be directed by a woman again."

The latest misinformation doing the rounds is that Raveena Tandon is playing a widow in a film called "White Rainbow". Based on the lives of widows in Vrindavan, the film is to be directed by Indian American Dharan Mandrayar.

Even before any tangible shooting plans, the film has got itself into a controversy, with religious leaders reportedly up in arms against what they see as foreign interference in Indian cultural heritage.

The whole set-up and the ensuing controversy seems remarkably similar to what happened with Deepa Mehta's "Water" four years ago when she was in Varanasi with Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das to make a film on the widows there.

But Raveena, who's supposed to play the lead, says she hasn't really confirmed that she will be in "White Rainbow".

Just back from her honeymoon, she said: "True, I was approached by the makers of 'White Rainbow'. But that was a long time ago!

"How can they suddenly announce the film with me in the lead without confirming whether I've the dates, or whether I still want to do the film?

"I was on my honeymoon. And the next thing I know I'm in the middle of a controversy of which I've no clue! I'm really not sure whether I want to play a widow right now," says the new bride.


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