Akshay Kumar, star with the Midas touch ...


By Nitin N. Sethi, Indo-Asian News Service

Mumbai, June 11 (IANS) Akshay Kumar has once again proved his hold at the box office with "Phir Hera Pheri" getting an exceptional opening.

He is increasingly proving to be the star with the Midas touch with most of his films proving to be winners for producers. His consistency at the box office can be gauged from the run of super-hit films like "Khakhee", "Aitraaz", "Mujhse Shaadi Karogi", "Waqt-The Race Against Time" and "Garam Masala".

Even his "Humko Deewana Kar Gaye" had a decent opening. He is definitely the only superstar who can match the 'Khan' factor, reports Bollywood Trade.

According to a trade analyst, "Phir Hera Pheri" has had an exceptional opening at the box office of 95 percent. And the icing on the cake is that critics are raving about his performance too.


I didn't have to dub: Kareena

The spirited and sassy Kareena Kapoor, who is known to play fiery characters in most of her films, has now donned the role of a simple mute girl in "Chup Chup Ke", reports Bollywood Trade.

Kareena enjoyed playing this character for two reasons. "It was a challenge to play this role because I had to emote purely through sign language and expressions and, secondly, for the first time in my career I didn't have to go for dubbing!!" she chuckles mischievously.


I want to do direction too: 'Katputhli' producer

Punnu Brar is a young man who has many dimensions. Besides being one of the producers of "Katputhli", made by the production house Bro and Sis Productions, which he has floated in tandem with sister Mink, he has sung two catchy tracks, one in English - "Wild Dreams" - and one in Punjabi - "Mitranu" for the film.

He has also composed three of the songs - "Wild Dreams", "Mitranu" and "Neele Aasman", besides arranging all of them, reports Bollywood Trade.

The music director duo Bapi-Tutul has composed and arranged the remaining two tracks of the film - "Man Mera" and "Rafta Rafta". Brar along with Ishq Bector from Canada composed "Mitranu". The former has also written the story, the script and the screenplay of "Katputhli".

It seems after producing, singing and composing, direction is where Brar wants to go. He says, "I like to give creative inputs in all aspects of our film and the production company Bro and Sis Productions. Not just because it belongs to me, but because I am creatively inclined.

"However the fact is that one cannot bite more than what one can possibly chew, and it being my first production, I prefer to do one thing at a time and tread cautiously step by step and eventually take up direction too."