Bond in India, Bachchan in Hollywood and Pitbull in Mumbai

September 9, 2011 1:20 pm by

Pitbull has a pet sound.

• A substantial part of the still-to-be-named 23rd James Bond movie will be filmed in India, with Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Goa confirmed as shooting locations. Daniel Craig is set to go where Shah Rukh Khan and Rajinikanth have been before. “Most of Bond’s sequences in India will be shot around trains,” says Pravesh Sahni, the line producer of the film. The Sabarmati railway yard in Gujarat, the Dudhsagar waterfalls on the border between Karnataka and Goa, and a portion of the Mumbai-Konkan railway line are all possible spots. In Mumbai, V. T. station, Crawford Market and Mohammed Ali Road are being considered, after director Sam Mendes and production designer Terry Bamber did a recce in the city in April this year. [Hindustan Times]

Pitbull—you know, the American rapper who has made a entire career out of essentially one song—is “in talks” to perform a “one night only” gig in Mumbai sometime in December. This news comes courtesy the Bombay Times, the same people who got legions of stupid journalists to believe that Imogen Heap is the frontwoman of Massive Attack. So before you “grab somebody and tell them ‘Hey!’”—as R&B singer Ne-Yo implores you on Pitbull’s hit single “Give Me Everything”—we suggest you wait for official word of his arrival. [Bombay Times]

Amitabh Bachchan will make his Hollywood debut, albeit a cameo, in Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrman’s $125 million-budget 3D movie adaptation of American author F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 literary classic The Great Gatsby, scheduled for release in 2012. Bachchan will reportedly play the character of Meyer Wolfsheim, a business associate of Jay Gatsby, who will be played by Leonardo DiCaprio. [Mumbai Mirror]

• A WikiLeaks cable quotes CEO of UTV Motion Pictures, Siddharth Roy Kapoor stating the obvious—that Bollywood stars are hugely over-paid. Their fees amount to nearly 50 per cent of a film’s budget, as opposed to Hollywood, where the leading stars’ pay cheques make up only 10 to 15 per cent of the production cost, Kapoor is quoted as saying. Akshaye Widhani, the CEO of Yash Raj Films, is also named in the same cable, in which he is quoted as saying that if the Hindi film business is to survive in the long term, it needs to trim expenses by at least 40 per cent. Actors’s fees will become more realistic only after one of the major production companies goes bankrupt, Widhani supposedly said. [DNA]