Boman to play a Parsi in 'Little Zizou'

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By Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, Oct 3 (IANS) Versatile actor Boman Irani is upbeat about playing the lead in "Little Zizou", an English film that revolves around the Parsi community.

The movie by writer-turned-director Sooni Taraporewallah also features Shernaaz Patel and Naseeruddin Shah's son Imaad.

"It's an English-language film. And Sooni who's written many of Mira Nair's films is a darling woman. Though it revolves around the Parsi community and I do play a Parsi, I haven't come across any character like the one I play in 'Little Zizou'," says Boman.

"It's an English-language film. And Sooni who's written many of Mira Nair's films is a darling woman. Though it revolves around the Parsi community and I do play a Parsi, I haven't come across any character like the one I play in 'Little Zizou'," says Boman.

The actor has played a Parsi before. "I played an atrocious human being in Homi Adjani's 'Being Cyrus'. Comparatively this time I'm on morally correct ground. My character dances, laughs, has fun and shares his happiness with others," he explains.

"Though it's titled 'Little Zizou' it isn't a football film like 'Goal'..." Boman reveals. "I do hope 'Goal' works. We've all worked so hard on it. It's not just a sports film. But a very rugged film."

Boman is also set to work in Raju Hirani's third 'Munnabhai' film. "It's set in the US and they won't get their visas if they don't take me," he laughs.

This time around Boman plays an entirely different character. "While Munnabhai and Circuit remain the same in every film, my character gets to be a different person each time ... What fun!"

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Boney teams up with Satish Kaushik once more

Boney Kapoor's production plans have a surprise element. He has included Satish Kaushik in his filmmaking bouquet, despite the director having split professionally from his brother Anil Kapoor.

Kaushik parted ways with Anil to join hands with Anupam Kher and create their own production house. And the alliance with Boney interestingly comes at a time when Anil has turned into an independent producer with "Gandhi My Father".

Says Boney: "Yes, Satish is making a film for me. If you remember he started his career as a director with me in 'Prem' and then made the ultimate fiasco 'Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja' for me. I have a very interesting concept in mind for Satish."

Boney has just returned after about a month abroad. "I was in the US and then Russia, hunting for new locations for my new productions and also enlightening myself on various aspects of filmmaking."

Back in Mumbai, he's ready to shoot "Wanted Dead And Alive" with Salman Khan, Ayesha Takia and Aseem Merchant.

And he has many more plans in mind. "I've also signed Anees Bazmi for the 'No Entry' sequel and Harman Baweja for a film to be made next year," he says.

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Ruslaan is accident-prone

Newcomer Ruslaan Mumtaz, who's just about two films old, has already had two nasty falls on the sets.

During the shoot of his first film "Mera Pehla Pehla Pyar", Ruslaan fell straight on his face when his assembled bicycle collapsed under him.

"We had to postpone shooting for a month. My entire face was bruised. I was home-bound for a month," recalls Ruslaan, who is the son of former actress Anjana Mumtaz.

Now while shooting for his second film, Satish Kaushik's "Tere Sang", Ruslaan suffered an even nastier fall when he fell off a racing bike.

"It was pretty bad and I thought I'll be permanently damaged. Fortunately I'm ok now. But my parents are worried. They're wondering if I'll suffer an accident during every film. I keep telling them not to get superstitious. But you know how parents are ... specially moms."

So is he doing a rethink about his acting career?

"No way! It's quite obvious that my two accidents during my two films were just coincidences. Even if I've another accident during my third film I'm here to stay. Maybe I should get myself insured on the sets."