The Tribune - Spectrum

Sunday, March 5, 2000
Bollywood Bhelpuri

Sultry Namrata all set for stardom
By Madhur Mittal

SHE may not have won any award so far, but, mark my words, Namrata Shirodkar is going to be a leading lady to watch out for in the very near future.Namrata Shirodkar: The smile of success If you’ve seen some of her starrers Mere Do Anmol Ratan, Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai, Vaastav — you’d simply have to concede that this young woman has a terrific screen presence with acting ability, to boot. As a matter of fact, Namrata has been quite a surprise packet in the recent release, Pukar. Considering that this Boney Kapoor offering was virtually scripted for (his long time favourites) Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit, the narrative left little or no scope for a third actress to make much of an impact, right? And yet, Shirodkar has done precisely that! With her admirable interpretation of a small role in a big, beautiful way!

Picking the new assignments with care, Namrata says she’s more secure, more confident today, about tomorrow. And yes, certainly more optimistic — a personal quality that she believes is a tremendous professional asset for success.


Worried Warsi’s next step

They say Arshad Warsi is "a worried man" today. For, ever since he (officially) married girlfriend Maria Goretti sometime ago, his career graph has been showing a marked downward trend!

Alarmed, though he tries his best not to let it show, Arshad is probing around for an alternative by way of making a decent living. I’m told that he is very seriously planning to turn choreographer full time, the field in which he has received his basic training! Actually, that’s not too surprising, since he must be literally fuming watching today’s filmland dance directors (aged generally between 18 to 25) making oodles of money merely by watching Hollywood hits, videos and simply copying the steps! Yes, for Arshad, it’s time to ‘step’ on it, I guess!

Shah Rukh-Juhi antics

Ever since the dreamers, Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla were knocked into a daze by the debacle of Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, they’ve been trying desperately to attract attention by resorting to one gimmick or the other in the fervent but mishplaced hope that their off screen, non-filmi stunts might pull their production from the pits. So pathetic, yes?

The latest newsbit is that an American rock group has actually named a song after the heroine of PBDHH! And, after spotting a poster of the film in a downtown, Chicago store!!! Sounds impressive?

Not to me, it doesn’t. I mean, I’ve never heard of this "popular band" called 6 Feet Over. Nor have I (yet) heard their "sensational number" titled: Juhi Chawla. Suppose they sing off key, and end up drawling "Joohiii Chowlah"? EEKS!