Rohan Sippy to repeat Abhishek in next film ...

Manissha Despaande, Indo-Asian News Service

imageMumbai, (IANS) After the success of "Bluffmaster", director Rohan Sippy is determined to cast buddy Abhishek Bachchan in his next film as well.

The film will have an undercurrent of humour and will once again be a stylised feature, characteristic of Sippy's style of direction, reports Bollywood Trade.

"I cannot make a film and not have Abhishek in it. He's an extremely talented actor, a great friend and he can carry any role effortlessly, whether it is a comedy or a romantic film," says Sippy.

The young director is pleased as punch with the response to "Bluffmaster", which continues to retain its hold in its third week at some places.

"It is among the handful films besides "Garam Masala" and "Apaharan" that brought a smile on the faces of distributors," says Sippy.


'Family', trappings of a great film

Rajkumar Santoshi's "Family - Ties Of Blood", scheduled to hit screens Jan 13, is expected to rake rich returns at the box-office.

The distributors are extra confident about its box-office prospects, reports Bollywood Trade.

According to distributor Ravi Macchar, who has released most of Santoshi films, including "China Gate", "Pukaar" and "Lajja", there are no two ways about the film making its mark. He says "Family" is full of intense emotions and daredevil action, last seen in Santoshi's "Ghatak".

"Amitabh Bachchan has a totally different role in the film and the audiences are looking forward to seeing the Amitabh-Akshay combination once again after 'Waqt'," he says.

Incidentally, "Family" will clash with Sanjay Gupta and Sanjay Dutt's stylised film "Zinda", which also releases the same day.


No rules in this 'Fight Club'

Swashbuckling, stylish, packs a punch and tickles your funny bone. That sums up Vikram Chopra's directorial venture "Fight Club".

The film depicts how juvenile youth start a fight club for fun, but end up fighting injustice, reports Bollywood Trade.

It's about easily incensed youth, out there to prove they are full of vitality, sporting their strengths and being cohesive. A club that has only one rule - 'No Rules'.


Boney Kapoor chosen FFI president

Producer-director Boney Kapoor has been unanimously elected president of the Film Federation of India (FFI).

The elections were held Dec 29 after the 52nd general meeting of the FFI at Mumbai. The Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) pitched Boney from the Mumbai region, reports Bollywood Trade.

As a filmmaker, Boney has always displayed his fondness for experimenting with diverse genres and churned out films like "Woh Saat Din", a sensitive love story, and "Mr. India", a thoroughly entertaining fantasy directed by Shekhar Kapur.

Boney's forthcoming films "Paanch", "Dost - My Best Friend" and "Milenge Milenge" are amongst the most widely anticipated films of 2006 and have obviously garnered huge expectations after the phenomenal success of "No Entry".

He also ventured into television with the serial "Malini Iyer" featuring wife Sridevi in the title role. And now he has taken a big stride forward and his selection as the FFI president marks his entry into industry politics in a big way.