Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Akshaye doing a movie for Santhosh Sivan?

Film-maker Santosh Sivan is currently busy shooting his latest film in the Kashmir valley.

The film, Daastan, is almost entirely shot in Kahsmir and features Rahul Bose and Kashmir-born actor Anupam Kher, who has returned to the valley after 21 years.

The veteran actor was deeply nostalgic.

“There is no place on earth like Kashmir,” he said, quietly. “You cannot get this beauty any where else in the world.

Speaking about Daastan, Kher said, “It’s a film which will change the perception of Kashmir at the international level."

Co-staring Akshaye Khanna and Sarika, along with Rahul Bose, the film’s entire unit has been shooting in Pahalgam for over a month now without fearing any threat from militants.

Rahul Bose, for one, vouches that the valley will be back on top of every film-maker's map soon.

"Here is my prediction: It’s not gonna be just Bollywood, its gonna be international after this film that's being shot,” he promises. “I can guarantee you, this will be one of the places on every single great international films with real scope!”

That is precisely what the state tourism industry is hoping for. J&K’s tourism department is helping provide the best of facilities for the film units including free access to locations to invite more business from film-makers.

Says Sarmad Hafeez,."Kashmir provides the perfect location for film shooting. It’s not just the most beautiful but also the most affordable shooting destination. This is the only place in the country where we are not charging any location fee."

Kashmir has had many old ties with Bollywood and it seems that they just might be renewed.


Is this really true? The same Santhosh Sivan who made The Terrorist? Co-starring Rahul Bose and Sarika, both nice actors? Akshaye finally doing intelligent cinema made by a quality filmmaker which can showcase his talent? To top it all, they have been already shooting for a month! Won't belive it until we know more!


Anonymous said...

What?? Is Akshaye "Khanna" doing a movie with Santhosh Sivan? Hope, it's not a new rumour?! ??? I would be happy if it's true!! Santhosh Sivan always does a fantastic work... And, Akshaye Khanna would be able to be a part of his wonderful direction...All the Best, Akshaye Khanna?

Anonymous said...

Who knows that Akshaye Khanna is just making a small appearance in Daastan like Aaja Nachle?

Anonymous said...

I think it's Rahul Khanna not Akshaye Khanna who is doing Daastan,,, :(

Here's da link:

"Santhosh Sivan starts Dastaan: Cameraman-filmmaker Santosh Sivan is shooting for his second Hindi venture Dastaan said to be on a burning issue. The film has Rahul Bose, Rahul Khanna, Victor Banerjee, Sarika, Anupam Kher, etc. Dastaan is Sivan's second Hindi film after the ill-fated historical Ashoka in 2001. The film is expected to be like Santosh's most celebrated film to date, The Terrorist (1999) starring Ayesha Dharker. The only thing Victor Banerjee is willing to reveal is: "I'm shooting for the film in a volatile part of the country. I haven't done too many Hindi films besides Ram Gopal Varma's Bhoot and more recently Tara Rum Pum. "I've certainly never done a film like Dastaan. It's a powerful theme. And Santosh is a master-craftsman." Sivan has just done a short film Prarambha on AIDS in Kannada for Mira Nair. His recent film Navarasa in Tamil dealt with the grey world of eunuchs."

Anonymous said...

That's Rahul Khanna in the movie, they accidentally wrote Akshaye as the actor.

akshayefan said...

Dang it!