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Hollywood star Josh Hartnett is shooting in Bhopal for his upcoming epic time travel adventure film ‘Singularity

Hollywood star Hugh Jackman’s flight has probably not even landed in the US and another Hollywood celebrity has touched down in India. Pearl Harbor star Josh Hartnett will reportedly be shooting in Bhopal for 30-days for acclaimed director Roland Joffe’s (City Of Joy [1992]) new film, Singularity. The film’s leading lady is the dusky Bipasha Basu, who with her captivating looks has proved her acting prowess in films like Corporate (2006), Omkara (2006) and Sob Choritro Kalponik (2009) (an off beat Bengali film).

According to sources, Josh Hartnett plays a British officer in 1780′s India who will be performing some deadly stunts along with love interest Bipasha who plays a Maratha warrior. As is the custom with every Hollywood star India visit, Josh will visit the Taj Mahal with director Roland Joffé after the shoot. However, Bipahsa will be unable to join her crew due to the slated release of Dum Maro Dum.

It seems that Bipasha is making up for her absence by buying miniature gifts for the entire team of Singularity. A disappointed Bipasha said, “I was planning a big party for them, but the cast leaves soon after the shoot. This time I can’t host a bash for them, but I will surely do so closer to the release of the film in India”.

Currently, Josh Hartnett is getting accustomed to the Madhya Pradesh temperature. The shoot begins on April 1st, 2011. Singularity is being produced by Paul Breuls’ Corsan NV and Dale G. Bradley’s Limelight International Media Entertainment. The cast includes Scream actress Neve Campbell, Bond girl and Olga Kurylenko. The film also stars a host of Bollywood actors like Abhay Deol, Milind Gunaji, and Atul Kulkarni.

source: Chakpac

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Comment by paula on April 9, 2011 at 3:51am

Hollywood’s tryst with the cricket bug

Actress Bipasha Basu was not able to cheer the men in blue from the stands at Wankhede in the city, as she was away in Occhra shooting for her Rolland Joffe directed flick Singularity during the recent cricket World Cup finals, but she insists that she didn’t miss out any of the action.

The film, that also stars Hollywood star Josh Hartnett (of Pearl Harbour fame), is currently being shot in the interiors of Madhya Pradesh. However, gauging the mood, the unit had apparently decided to call off the shoot on the day of the finals and instead, caught the action on the big screen back in the palace where they had been put up. And it wasn’t only the Bolly guys cheering —Bips also got the Hollywood unit rooting for Team India, as they swept the Cup home.

“Well, cricket’s not exactly an American game, but I think we managed to get both Rolland and Josh hooked to cricket. They even watched our boys beat Pakistan and by the time they watched the finals, they understood the game even better,” reveals Bips.

Talking about the evening of the historic win, she recalls, “One of our unit members even arranged for big blue bindis for all of us and we were sporting it all through the game.” What made it all the more amazing, she adds, is the fact that here was a group of phirangs cheering for the team like it was their own. “I think sports and films are truly universal in that sense.”

Of course, the actress does admit to helping out Josh understand the finer nuances of the game, but according to her, “Josh got a pretty good hang of it. In fact, I think they will follow the game even after they return back home. It’s hard not to fall for the charms of the game,” she adds.

Unfortunately, the actress hasn’t been able to celebrate the success with her own friends or members of the team and it seems like that will have to wait for a few more weeks. “Yes, I’m on a rather tight schedule. Within a few days of wrapping up Singularity, I have to leave for a rather gruelling shoot in Russia, where we will be shooting for Players in sub-zero temperatures,” she reveals. From shooting in 44 degrees plus weather in MP to minus zero in Russia? “Yes, it’s going to be crazy for my health, I think, but it’s going to be a real challenge shooting at such an interesting place where no Bollywood film has ever been shot before,” she





Comment by paula on April 6, 2011 at 11:40pm

"The actor's currently busy shooting for her Hollywood flick 'Singularity' in Occhra a small town in Madhya Pradesh and despite the non-availability of the gym facilities that she's used to, she's not missing out her work-outs at all. "We swim, do yoga, and use the trampoline. You don't need to hit the gym to stay fit," she clarifies.

So, is she getting Hollywood star Josh Hartnett (her co-star in the film) hooked on to her fitness regime too? "Oh he is very health conscious himself. In fact, he's got a rather super-fit bod. And he loves playing badminton. Yes. I think that's his secret!" she smiles."

Comment by paula on April 5, 2011 at 3:08am

All arrived in Orchha hotels are full because there was a Hollywood movie set (Singularity, with Josh Hartnett !!!). A child has grabbed my arm and taken to a guesthouse where still a room was free. That turned out to be the chamber of the casting directors of the supporting cast of that movie. Two brothers and a sister from Khajuraho, where I just came from. When I asked if she had a small role for me they were completely entausiast and they gave me the stars of heaven promised. They have taken me to the director but ultimately had no time to see me. Since then they (Lata, Amit and Dinesh) a sort of adopted me and treated me like a god. They show me the town, took me to set me up and put down the best places, made me not hungry ...definitely a strange event. They even have an illegal private meeting with one of the locals a chicken from his farm house they had oral sex and gives purchased (which in India is not really normal because of the faith).When I said I just prefer my beer from the bottle instead drank a glass of it at all layers Dual haha.
Am finally one week left to get a little help with the dressing of the actors and iedeen from the village / the movie knew me. Myself with the big boss that talked of the film offered me a job as an accountant until the end of April! But here, finally got to travel and not the office all day to sit so I thank you kindly. My friends do have a casting roll for me managed to decorate. On 8 and 9 April, the recordings so I decided to first a week to travel and come back later for the role. She would hardly let me go! But again comittee a swing at the station.

So is now in Sanchi, a small village in the middle of Madhya Pradesh where I like a real Dutchie a bike I rented on the familiar two wheeler all the beautiful things around venture out! 

 ps The photos will later duuuuuuuurt langggg"


Comment by Olivier on April 4, 2011 at 3:18pm
<br /><a href="http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xhtimu_bipasha-basu-sued-for-going-backless_fun" target="_blank">Bipasha Basu sued for going BACKLESS</a> <i>par <a href="http://www.dailymotion.com/bollywoodbackstage" target="_blank">bollywoodbackstage</a></i>
Comment by paula on April 4, 2011 at 11:54am

Josh Hartnett likes Indian curries

Indian food is not for everyone. But Josh Hartnettwho is currently in Bhopal for the shooting forSingularity, is loving the desi cuisine. 

He has been trying all the rich curries and kebabs churned out by the chefs at his hotel. Not just him, the entire cast and crew of the Hollywood production have been relishing the mouth watering delicacies being prepared for them. 

Meanwhile, Bipasha Basu has become his language teacher and teaching him basic Hindi, and he attempts to talk in the language to the local crew. In his few days in the country, he is already soaking in the Indian culture. Who's impressed? 
Comment by paula on April 4, 2011 at 5:08am

Singularity: Bollywood beauty Bipasha Basu next Josh Hartnett

Love film with Bipasha Basu, Olga Kurylenko, Claire van der Boom and Simone Kessell ..

Besides all the gossip from Bollywood and the prominent actress Bipasha Basu one could almost forget that the amazing actress her film project next to such an actress as Josh Hartnett is to see his first international in the near future.

In the movie "Singularity," the talented director Roland Joffe is not only a wonderful, romantic plot, but next to Bipasha Basu and Josh Hartnett appears in this film production on the actors like Olga Kurylenko, Abhay Deol and Simone Kessell and of course Claire van der Boom.

For the Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu does the first international feature film with "Singularity" probably a lot, where you will experience the famous and attractive actress Basu in the film as a fighter of the Marathas. Josh Hartnett will appear next to Bipasha Basu as a British soldier and certainly make a good impression.

The kingdom of the Marathas in the 18th reached Century in central India, almost the status of a superpower, and that again today, the influence of the Marathas in some areas of India may feel that time yet. The plot of the movie "Singularity" is used here in the not yet independent India , and thus could play almost radical, and the love story between the Maratha warrior Bipasha Basu and British soldiers Josh Hartnett think the.

But thanks directed by Roland Joffe and the screenwriter, which is to be very successful, this film will certainly surprise a while Bipasha Basu recently raved himself from the story, love story and all the romance of this story.

To that effect, said the Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu is not only that it was a beautiful film, which was peppered with romance in every frame, but that it simultaneously plays a noble warrior. Bipasha Basu On top of that praised the chemistry between her and her Hollywood colleagues Josh Hartnett during the filming of "Singularity".

After this little praise for the actor Josh Hartnett Bipasha Basu was also full of positive words for their director Roland Joffe, which, thanks to films with titles like "The Mission" and "The Killing Fields" knows well.

At the direction of Roland Joffe told the lady Bipasha Basu Bollywood that the shooting would have been for them a completely new experience and it would feel to have made thanks to the director's even a step forward.

The shooting took place in Belgium, Australia and of course India instead of being made of the been thinking about for this year release of the film "Singularity" with Bipasha Basu, Olga Kurylenko, Claire van der Boom and Simone Kessell only because of the actresses should not be missed. .

Comment by paula on April 3, 2011 at 12:26pm


Champagne is being uncorked by more Hollywood movie moguls than ever before at the swishy suites of Rajasthan’s palace hotels. Heavy-duty celebrities are jetting in to break into Bollywood boogies. And Yann Martel’s topselling novel — The Life of Pi — is being filmed by the Oscar-winning Ang Lee in beach-caressed Puducherry.

Whoa, how come the sudden influx of international film crews? Evidently, rules and strictures have been relaxed, a thorough contrast to the bygone decades when the script of every American and European film project was scanned by New Delhi’s dense forest of ministries. The legendary Louis Malle was blacklisted for exposing the harsh reality of Kolkata in Phantom India (1969), a marathon documentary which continues to be inaccessible to this day and age. Bernardo Bertolucci’s Little Buddha (1993) was stonewalled. Martin Scorsese’s Kundun (1997),which studied the politics of Tibet, was denied a go-ahead.

Followed a near-blockade. Hollywood’s honchos were particularly sceptical about shooting in India, opting instead for Sri Lanka locations vis a vis Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Sir Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi (1982) had to jump through hoops for clearances not only from the Central government but also from a group of filmmakers who objected to an Englishman appropriating the Mahatma for a biopic. The very fact that a censor certificate had been denied to Nine Hours to Rama (1963), revolving around Gandhi’s assassination, had fuelled the argument for a clampdown. Sir Richard patiently explained that his intentions were honourable, the rest, of course, is Oscar history.

Indeed, there are countless instances of “access denied”. Perhaps the most quixotic one stretches way back to 1956. George Cukor’s Bhowani Junction narrated the story of an Anglo-Indian woman — portrayed by the drop-dead gorgeous Ava Gardner — at the time of the extinction of the British Raj. The film was situated at the Bhusawal railway junction, but the Indian government would have none of it, fearing that the departing Brits would be eulogised. Consequently, locations in Pakistan were passed off as India. Today, the film has a cult following. Evidently, the fears were absolutely unfounded.

Mercifully, at long last the paranoia has subsided. Currently, at least three major units are filming in India, and many more are on the way. Even Roland Joffe, who had to spar with bureaucratic snafus and hostility from the Kolkata locals while shooting City of Joy (1992), is back in Madhya Pradesh this time to shoot a period piece titled Singularity, featuring Josh Hartnett and Bipasha Basu, as a warrior queen. Advance reports suggest that the plot could have similarities to the life of Rani of Jhansi. Heaven help Joffe if such reports are accurate because the result would ipso facto be matched with the historical records. The unfortunately named director Michael Winterbottom has chosen Jaipur for the retelling of the Thomas Hardy tragedy Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

Over three decades ago, Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the classic had showcased Nastassja Kinski in the eponymous role. Freida Pinto takes over from Kinski. Titled Trishna, the project arouses immediate curiosity for marrying western sensibility to an Indian milieu. Pinto’s Slumdog Romeo, Dev Patel, shows up in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, toplined by the grand dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. Shot in Jaipur, the film promises to be a wry comedy of manners. Obviously, the worldwide success of Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire has underscored the potential of India as a thematic backdrop.

Rightaway, this yielded the extremely disappointing Eat Pray Love with Julia Roberts sleepwalking-talking through an ashram which looked camera-friendly but that’s about it. Winterbottom’s A Mighty Heart, shot in Pune and Mumbai, at best was just passable. Forget quality and all that jazz for the time being though. Forget, too, the thumbs-down given to the periodically-announced biopics on Indira Gandhi and Mrs Sonia Gandhi. The point is that the X-Men hero, Hugh Jackman, is gyrating to the tune of Dhak dhak karne laga, Julia Roberts is declaring that she is bowled over by India’s spirituality. And above all, more international filmmakers are warming up to an area which was once hopelessly equated with darkness.

* Khalid Mohamed is a well-known film critic



Comment by paula on April 1, 2011 at 2:03pm
thank you very much by the update, to oliver

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