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6° with Hema Malini

Six Degrees of Separation: from Hema Malini to

6° avec Hema Malini
… Lee Williams  
Hema Malini played a single parent of an illegitimate child, who falls in love with widower in Andaz (1971), which co-starred Simi Garewal (1) as the anaemic first wife of the widower; who dies after childbirth; and Garewal hosted the television talk show, Simi Selects India’s most Desirable (2011), and in the last episode of which, she interviewed actress Priyanka Chopra (2), who starred in 7 Khoon Maaf (2011), in which; New Delhi born, leading Bengali actress of art cinema, Konkona Sen Sharma (3), had a cameo appearance in; who happens to be the daughter of famed Bengali art film director, writer and actress, Aparna Sen (4), who played an Indian Princess who wants to sell ancient Indian miniature paintings to western art enthusiast, in the Merchant/Ivory productions television movie, Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie’s Pictures (1978), where Victor Banerjee (5), played her brother, the Maharajah, opposing the selling of ancient Indian artefacts, and Banerjee starred in Delhi in a Day (2011), about a British tourist who spends one day in the capital of India, looses all his money, and innocent, financially poor, people get accused for a crime actually done by a spoilt rich student, and the protagonist of this movie, the tourist, was played by Welsh actor, Lee Williams (6).

 … Michael Douglas
Hema Malini, who held her own as the lead no.1 heroine in two decades (the 70’s & 80’s), a rarity today, starred along side 70’s & 80’s male superstar, Amitabh Bachchan (1), in many a movies; Malini was one of the few actresses he’s worked with so extensively, whom Bachchan was never romantically linked with by gossip mongers; and the ‘Big B’ (Bachchan) worked with Leonardo DiCaprio (2) in the latest adaptation of The Great Gatsby (2013), and DiCaprio starred in the Titanic (1997), where Kathy Bates (3) played the real life Margaret (Molly) Brown (4), activist, philanthropist and socialite, who had actually survived the Titanic disaster of April 1912, who was later famously known as The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and was portrayed by Debbie Reynolds (5) in, the appropriately titled Hollywood musical, The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964); which was based on a Broadway musical, based on Brown’s life; and Reynolds recently played mother to actor Michael Douglas (6) in Behind the Candelabra (2013).

… Zubeida Begum
Hema Malini’s daughter Esha Deol (1) starred in Yuva (2004), a multi-starrer, which consisted of, besides Deol, many a children of 70’s superstars, including Abhishek Bachchan (2), Vivek Oberoi (3) and Kareena Kapoor (4), and Kapoor’s sister, Karishma Kapoor (5), starred in Zubeidaa (2001), a bio-pic based on the real life, one-film actress and later Princess, the ill fated Zubeida Begum (6).

Hema Malini six degree connections

… Ingrid Bergman
Hema Malini’s husband Dharmendra (1), starred opposite Tanuja (2), in Izzat (1968), who appeared in Masoom (1983), which was directed by Shekhar Kapur (3), and Kapur later directed The Four Feathers (2002), which co-starred Kate Hudson (4), whose mother, actress Goldie Hawn (5) starred alongside the luminary Ingrid Bergman (6) in the comedy Cactus Flower (1969).

… Robert Taylor
Hema Malini, played a teacher in the comedy Do Aur Do Paanch (1980); which literally translated would mean 2 + 2 = 5, which co-starred Shashi Kapoor (1), who starred alongside Felicity Kendal (2) in Shakespeare-Wallah (1965), and Kendal appeared in the movie Valentino (1977), a bio-pic, in which the famed Russian ballet dancer; who defected from the Soviet Union, into the west, via Paris; Rudolf Nureyev (3), played the role of the real life silent film personality, Rudolph Valentino (4), who’s best known for his role of a sheik infatuated with a classy lady, in the silent romantic venture, The Sheik (1921), which co-starred Agnes Ayres (5); as the damsel in distress that gets kidnapped by the sheik, and the object of his desire; and Ayres had a bit role in the talkie, Small Town Girl (1936), which co-starred Robert Taylor (6).

… Kevin Spacey  
Hema Malini’s directorial debut in cinema, came with Dil Aashna Hai (1992), which was based on the novel, Lace by Shirley Conran (1), and the American television adaptation of which, Lace (1984), directed by William Hale (2), starred Phoebe Cats (3), who starred alongside Michael J. Fox (4) in Bright Lights, Big City (1988), and J. Fox starred in The American President (1995), which also saw Annette Bening (5) falling for a United States fictional President, and Bening appeared in American Beauty (1999), which co-starred Kevin Spacey (6).

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Beatle News  #14

 

 Beatle News # 14

 

  • 1940 – Stuart Sutcliffe is born in Edinburgh, UK

To see more news, on this unknown 5th Beatle, Stuart Sutcliffe,  see :-

Beatle News # 9 : Stuart Sutcliffe & The Beatles’ disintegration

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  • 1964 –  The Beatles, play at a concert in Auckland, New Zealand. (A New Zealand tour, that began; after the successful completion of an Australian concert tour; on the 22nd of June 1964, with Wellington, then Auckland on the 24th & 25th, then Dunedin on the 26th, then Christchurch on 27th and finally culminating the tour with Brisbane on the 29th & 30th of  June 1964.)
  • 1965 – John Lennon publishes his second book, A Spaniard in the Works; a book consisting of drawings and nonsensical stories.

Lennon reading his own works

 

This Day,

 

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Beatle News  #13

 

  • 1942 – Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool, UK
  • 1963 – At Paul McCartney’s 21st birthday party, Bob Wooler, the man responisble for introducing The Beatles to their manager, Brian Epstein, is attacked by a drunk John Lennon.  
  • 1964 – On Paul McCartney’s 22nd birthday, The Beatles, play at a concert in Sydney, Australia. (A concert down under that beagan on the 12th of June 1964, with Adelaide, then Melbourne on the 15, and finally in Sydney on the 18 & 20th June 1964.)

This Day,

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Six Degrees of Separation: from Marlon Brando to

Marlon Brando 6°

Diablo Cody  
Marlon Brando played one of the most famously/notoriously loved fictional underworld mafia heads of the big screen, Don Vito Corleone, in The Godfather (1972), where Al Pacino (1) played his youngest son who carries on the family legacy, in the latter two sequels of the Godfather films, and Pacino later played a cocky blind man in Scent of a Woman (1992), where Chris O’Donnell (2) played a paid companion to Pacino, and O’Donnell appeared in School Ties (1992), which saw Matt Damon (3) in a villainous mode, who along with best friend Ben Affleck (4) created Good Will Hunting (1997), by working on the screenplay together, for which they won an Oscar in the ‘Best Original Screenplay’ category; and Affleck is married to actress Jennifer Garner (5), whom we saw in a sophisticated motherly mould, keen on adopting a child, in Juno (2007), which was a farcical entertainment with a fresh take on teen-pregnancy, written by a stripper Diablo Cody (6), who just wrote a brilliant script/screenplay after she completed her memoir on being a stripper, the result being a great movie and well deserved Oscar win for Cody.

James Dean
Marlon Brando starred opposite Vivien Leigh (1), in a movie based on a Tennessee Williams’ (2) play, A Streetcar named Desire (1951), as did the violet eyed Hollywood starlet, Elizabeth Taylor (3), in another film based on another Williams’ play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), and Taylor, alongside Rock Hudson (4) starred in Giant (1956), which was loosely based on the real-life Texan oil-giant, Glenn McCarthy (5), who struck oil 38 times, between 1931 & 1942, and it was young actor James Dean (6) who portrayed this oil-tycoon, in this movie; and Dean died soon after he completed this film from a car crash, aged 23.

… Halle Berry
Marlon Brando played famed Roman General, Mark Antony (1), in the movie Julius Caesar (1953), and Antony was the lover of Queen Cleopatra (2), who was portrayed by Claudette Colbert (3), in Cleopatra (1934), and Colbert appeared alongside Clark Gable (4), in the light hearted romantic comedy, It Happened One Night (1934), and Gable starred in the one of the greatest Hollywood epics ever, Gone With the Wind (1939), for which Hattie McDaniel (5), won an Oscar for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ in 1940, for her portrayal of the likable, strong willed house servant/slave ‘Mammy’, being the first black/Afro-American actress to win a trophy, and the first (and only till date) Afro-American actress to bag the ‘Best Actress’ trophy, at the Oscars, was Halle Berry (6), in 2002, for Monsters Ball (2001).

MB 6°

Oscar Wilde
Marlon Brando acted in one of the most controversial films to come out in the 70’s, Bernardo Bertolucci’s (1) Ultimo tango a Parigi – Last Tango in Paris (1972), which brought about a fifteen year rift between Brando and Bertolucci, and three decades later Bertolucci, directed The Dreamers (2003), one of best films made about film buffs, where one of the film buffs was played by French actor Louis Garrel (2), who appeared in the controversial, Ma Mère (2004), about incestuous relationship between a mother and a son, and the mother was played by Isabelle Huppert (3), who starred in the existentialist comedy, I Heart Huckabees (2004), which also starred British actor Jude Law (4), and Law played Sir Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas (5), in the Bio-pic Wilde (1997), and Bosie was the lover of playwright/novelist/poet Oscar Wilde (6), on whose love story and subsequent trial, this movie is based on.

Michelle Monaghan
Marlon Brando appeared in the Charles Chaplin (1) directed comedy A Countess from Hong Kong (1967), an entire film set in the confines of a cruise ship, which co-starred Sophia Loren (2), who appeared in Get Rita (1975), a story about an Italian mafia leader obsessed with Hollywood starlet Rita Hayworth (3), and Hayworth was featured in, and was relevant to the plot of, The Shawshank Redemption (1994), which starred Tim Robbins (4), who appeared in Mystic River (2003), which was based on a novel by Dennis Lehane (5), as was Gone Baby Gone (2007), in which the female lead was played by Michelle Monaghan (6).

… Imran Khan
Marlon Brando starred in the first instalment of the epic Godfather trilogy, The Godfather (1972), directed by the renowned film director, Francis Ford Coppola (1), who directed actress Bridget Fonda (2), in a miniscule role as a newspaper reporter, in the last instalment of the series of films based on this fictional mafia family, The Godfather III (1990), and Fonda starred in Camilla (1994), which was directed by Deepa Mehta (3), who also directed the ‘elemental’ trilogy, of whose the second instalment, 1947-Earth (1998), was based on a novel by Bapsi Sidhwa (4), entitled The Ice Candy Man, and the ‘Ice Candy Man’ was portrayed by Aamir Khan (5) in the film, whose nephew happens to be Bollywoods young blood, Imran Khan (6), whose not much of an actor yet, and whose popularity is solely for his good looks; but considering the fact that he’s been in the film Industry for only six years or so, there’s still scope for improvement.

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Six Degrees of Separation: from Madhubala to

Madhubala, posing for a photo-shoot for LIFE magazine, in 1951

Madhubala, posing for a photo-shoot for LIFE magazine, in 1951

… Vivien Leigh  
Madhubala starred in Kalapani (1958) alongside Dev Anand (1), who acted as a ‘Musicologist’  in Man Pasand (1980), which was credited as being inspired by George Bernard Shaw’s (2) play Pygmalion (the movie was dedicated to Shaw), but was, according to Dev Anand, based more on the Hollywood musical My Fair Lady (1964), which was based on the Broadway stage musical from 1956, based on Shaw’s play, rather than the play itself; and in the 1964 Hollywood movie, the eloquently well spoken Brit, Rex Harrison (3) starred as Professor Higgins, a ‘Professor of Phonetics’; who also appeared in the bio-pic Cleopatra (1963), where Elizabeth Taylor (4) played the historical feminist of a bygone era, known for her beauty as much as for her strength to rule the kingdom of the Nile, the last Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, Cleopatra (5), who was previously portrayed by Vivien Leigh (6) in Caesar and Cleopatra (1945).

… Kumar Gaurav
Madhubala acted in one of the best Bollywood comedies ever, Chalti ka Naam Gaadi (1958), released on New Years Day (1st January 1958), which co-starred her real life husband Kishore Kumar (1), along with Kumar’s real life brothers, Anoop Kumar (2) and Ashok Kumar (3), and Ashok Kumar appeared in Shaukeen (1982), a story about three aging men, in their 60’s (one still married, one divorced and one a widower), who travel to Goa to have some fun, where the trio find themselves in awkward situation whilst trying to impress a naïve friendly young girl, who innocently adores these old men as if they were her Grandfathers, the young girl was played by Rati Agnihotri (4), who came in Star (1982), based on the life of a fictional disco star, alongside Raj Kiran (5) and Kumar Gaurav (6).

… Sridevi
Madhubala played a woman on the run from a bunch of killers in Gateway of India (1957); a movie set in one long night in the streets of Bombay (now known as ‘Mumbai’), where she runs into various shady characters, and she arranges a rendezvous with each person she comes across to meet her early next morning at the ‘Gateway of India’, a historic arch located on marine drive, Bombay; and amongst the strangers she comes across we see the legendary Om Prakash (1) playing a streetwise cool dude, and Prakash appeared in the comedy Chupke Chupke (1975), where Sharmila Tagore (2) played his sister-in-law, and Tagore’s daughter Soha Ali Khan (3) acted in Midnight’s Children (2012), which also starred Seema Biswas (4), who came in Bandit Queen (1994), which was directed by Shekhar Kapur (5), who also directed the children’s superhero film, about an invisible man who saves day, Mr. India (1987) which starred Bollywood sensation of the 80’s, Sridevi (6).

Madhubala 6° connections

… Tahar Rahim
Madhubala was married to yodelling genius, Kishore Kumar (1), who acted with Nutan (2) in Dilli Ka Thug (1958), and Nutan played a very chic and fashionable mother to actress Rekha (3) in Saajan Ki Saheli (1980), and Rekha played a distressed mother in Koi Mil Gaya (2003), which was a Bollywood copy of Steven Spielberg’s (4) B-movie cult classic, E.T. (1982), and more recently Spielberg directed War Horse (2011), in which French actor Niels Arestrup (5) had a small role, who starred in À Perdre la Raison (2011), where he played an adoptive father to French actor of Algerian roots, Tahar Rahim (6), in this movie inspired by actual events.

… Tony Curtis
Madhubala’s debut lead role, in her pre-teens, in the movie Neel Kamal (1945) was alongside a young Raj Kapoor (1), who starred alongside Zeenat Aman (2) in Gopichand Jasoos (1982) and Aman appeared in Shalimar (1978), which also starred Rex Harrison (3), who appeared in the original Dr. Doolittle (1967), and Eddie Murphy (4) reprised Harrison’s role in the re-make from 1998, and Murphy acted in the hilarious comedy Trading Places (1983), which co-starred Jamie Lee Curtis (5), who happens to be the daughter of Hollywood bad boy of the 50’s & 60’s, Tony Curtis (6).

… Roger Moore
Madhubala was photographed by renowned photographer James Burke (1), for one of the most prestigious photojournalism magazines in the United Sates, LIFE magazine (pictured above), in 1951, and the following year, in the ‘August 1952’ edition of the American magazine, Theatre Arts, Madhubala was featured with a full page picture accompanied by an article, under the title, ‘‘The Biggest Star in the World – and she’s not in Beverly Hills.’’; and at the time, the Italian born, all American, film director Frank Capra (2), had a desire to showcase Madhubala on Hollywood’s silver screen, and went to Bombay to discuss her Hollywood career, but her father intervened and this Hollywood venture never saw the light of day (mainly due to the fact that Madhubala’s life was short lived, as from an early stage in her life, she had discovered that she was suffering from a ‘Ventricular Septal’ defect (i.e. ‘a hole in the heart’), and she died in 1969, just days after she turned 36), Capra previously had directed Cary Grant (3) in one of best comedies to come out towards the end of the second world war, Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), a dark comedy, where two old ladies help depressed people by poisoning them, thus putting an end to their misery; and Cary Grant worked with Alfred Hitchcock (4), in North by Northwest (1959), and Hitchcock later directed Sean Connery (5) in the psychological thriller, Marnie (1964), and Connery was the first actor to star in the Bond franchise in the 60’s, playing the famed 007 spy, starting with Dr. No (1962), and the suave and sophisticated Roger Moore (6) took over the reins as the face of Bond, in the suave and sophisticated 70’s; though Connery still did a few Bond ventures in the 70’s & early 80’s, Moore, the best looking ‘James Bond’ till date, starred in majority of the Bond flicks of the 70’s, and continued to do so in the early 80’s.

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Six Degrees of Separation:  from Shashi Kapoor to

Shashi Kapoor in the 60's

Shashi Kapoor in the 60’s

… Meryl Streep  
Kapoor produced and starred in the art film, Junoon (1979), which was based on Ruskin Bond’s (1) novella, A Flight of Pigeons, and his short story Susanna’s Seven Husbands, was turned into a Bollywood Blockbuster called 7 Khoon Maaf (2011) which also starred John Abraham (2), who appeared in Water (2005) which was directed by Deepa Mehta (3), who also directed Camilla (1994) which starred Bridget Fonda (4), who happens to be the niece of Jane Fonda (5), who appeared in Julia (1977), which also saw Meryl Streep (6) in her debut performance; though she had very little screen time, her role was crucial to the plot.

… Sushmita Sen
Kapoor, who comes from a great line of Bollywood royalty (he is from the second generation of Kapoor’s, today the forth generation of Kapoor’s is taking the film industry by storm), starred in many a movies with the most popular Bollywood superstar from the 70’s till date, Amitabh Bachchan (1), and they share a great friendship, and  Bachchan is married to actress Jaya Bhaduri (2), and their son Abhishek Bachchan (3), is married to Bollywood’s most famous import into the international market, superstar Aishwarya Rai (4), making the Bachchan’s a modern day Bollywood Royalty, second only to the Kapoor’s, and Aishwarya Rai was the second Miss India to win the Miss World title in 1994, the first being Reita Faria (5) in 1966 (she wasn‘t only first Indian to win the crown, but also the first Asian to do so), and socialite/actress Sushmita Sen (6) was the first Indian beauty queen to win the Miss Universe crown, for her beauty and brains, a rare trait among contestants today, she became Miss Universe in 1994, the same year as Rai.

… Emily Mortimer
Kapoor’s daughter Sanjana Kapoor (1) had a glimpse of a role in the superb Indian art film which ended up being the second Indian movie ever to be nominated for the ‘Best Foreign Film’ category at the Oscars, Salaam Bombay! (1988) which was directed by Mira Nair (2), who later directed the not so great Vanity Fair (2004) in which Tom Sturridge (3) had a small role, who happens to be the son of British actress Phoebe Nicholls (4) who starred in the television mini-series, Brideshed Revisited (1981), which was based on a novel by renowned author, Evelyn Waugh (5), who also wrote the novel Vile Bodies, which was the basis for the film Bright Young Things (2003) which starred Emily Mortimer (6).

Shashi K 6°

… Anouk Aimée  
Kapoor acted in A Matter of Innocence (1967) which co-starred Hayley Mills (1), who happens to be the daughter of actor John Mills (2), who played the ‘village idiot’ taunted by the bullying villagers of an Irish coastline, in Ryan’s Daughter (1970), which was directed by David Lean (3), who also directed Lawrence of Arabia (1962), with Peter O’Toole (4) and Omar Sharif (5), and Sharif starred alongside French actress, Anouk Aimée (6) in The Appointment (1969).

… Natalie Portman
Kapoor’s first English language venture The Householder (1963), was Merchant Ivory productions very first feature film (an Indian English language venture); Merchant Ivory productions was founded by a trio of friends with aesthetically superior taste, the trio comprised of a Producer, Ismail Merchant (1), a Director, James Ivory (2) and a Writer, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (3); and Merchant Ivory productions later were responsible for the British movie, Howards End (1992), which starred Emma Thompson (4), who appeared in the television movie Wit (2001), a unique superbly farcical film which completely focuses on the character, played by Thomson, who is dying of ovarian cancer; beautifully made by director Mike Nichols (5), who also directed the very modernistic British Art Film, one of the best to come out in the noughties, Closer (2004), which also starred Natalie Portman (6), who turned 32 on Sunday (day before yesterday).

… Aparna Sen
Kapoor and actress Hema Malini (1), both looking smart as ever, dressed in very elegantly tailored bellbottom trouser suits et al, are seen playing golf, tennis, romancing and even doing actual yoga, in Trishul (1978), set amongst New Delhi’s elite; for a change set in the capital (New Delhi), unlike most Bollywood films, which are normally set in the streets of Bombay (now known as Mumbai); and Malini did a double role in Sita aur Geeta (1972), which co-starred Sanjeev Kumar (2), who acted with Suchitra Sen (3) in Aandhi (1975), and Sen’s granddaughter, Raima Sen (4) appeared in the Bengali English Language art film, The Japanese Wife (2010), which was based on a short story by Kunal Basu (5), and was directed by Aparna Sen (6), who is unrelated to any other Sen mentioned here.

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Six Degrees of Separation: From Priyanka Chopra to

Priyanka Chopra 6°

… Gregory Peck
Chopra starred in one of the best Bollywood commercial films to come out in recent years, 7 Khoon Maaf (2011), which was based on the short story Susanna’s Seven Husbands, written by Ruskin Bond (1), who also wrote the novella, A Flight of Pigeons, which was the basis for the Indian Art house film, Junoon (1979), which was produced, and starred, 70’s superstar, Shashi Kapoor (2), who starred with Claire Bloom (3) in the comedy, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987), and Bloom played the titular character in the television movie Anna Karenina (1961) and Jacqueline Bisset (4) reprised the role in another television adaptation, Anna Karenina (1985), who played a friend to Audrey Hepburn (5) in Two For the Road (1967), and Hepburn appeared in Roman Holiday (1951) which co-starred Gregory Peck (6).

… Uttam Kumar
Chopra appeared as a guest in the television show, Rendezvous with Simi Garewal (1998- 2010), anchored by ‘the lady in white’; so called for her famed unique trade mark elegant white trouser-suits; Simi Garewal (1), who acted alongside the legendary Dev Anand (2) in Teen Devian (1965), who appeared with Bollywood star Hema Malini (3); the only Bollywood actress to hold the reins on the top spot as no.1 heroine for two decades (70’s & 80’s); in Johny Mera Naam (1970), and Hema Malini is married to actor Dharmendra (4), who appeared with Sharmila Tagore in Yakeen (1969), who played a feminist journalist in the Bengali art house movie Nayak (1966), which also starred Uttam Kumar (6).

… Cary Grant
Chopra appeared in Bluffmaster! (2005) opposite Abhishek Bachchan (1), who happens to be the son of the Bollywood legend that refuses to retire and is still no.1 and in top of his game as ever, Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan (2), who has a cameo in the new Hollywood glam sham, The Great Gatsby (2013), starring Leonardo Di Caprio (3), who appeared in The Aviator (2004), where Cate Blanchett (4) played Katharine Hepburn (5), and Hepburn starred alongside Cary Grant (6) in The Philadelphia Story (1940).

… Dominic Cooper
Chopra played twelve characters, each portraying personalities attributed to the twelve varied star signs, in What’s Your Raashee? (2009), similarly, three decades before, actor Sanjeev Kumar (1) played nine roles, representing nine different qualities of man, burrowed from Hindu Mythology of ‘Navras’, in Sanskrit referring to the nine aesthetics of man, in Naya Din Nai Raat (1974), and Kumar acted in Aandhi (1975), which also starred West-Bengal actress Suchitra Sen (2), who appeared in the Bengali Art-Film Saptapadi (1961), where she played a charcter that played the role of ‘Desdemona’ in a staging of William Shakespeare’s (3) famed play Othello in the movie itself, and in the 1965 British Film adaptation, Sir Laurence Olivier (4) played the character of ‘Othello’, and Kenneth Branagh (5), played Olivier in My week with Marilyn (2011), which also co-starred young British actor, Dominic Cooper (6).

… Théo Frilet
Chopra starred in Dostana (2008), where Abhishek Bachchan (1) played a straight man pretending to be gay, and contrasting to this, he played a hit man in Yuva (2004), which also starred Esha Deol (2), whose mother Hema Malini (3) starred in the Bollywood adapatation of the well known Arabian tale of ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves’ titled, Alibaba aur 40 chor (1980), and the more recent French television version, titled, Ali Baba et les 40 Voleurs (2007), starred Leïla Bekhti (4), who appeared in Paris, Je t’aime (2007), which also starred Hippolyte Girardot (5), who came in the television movie Des Gens qui Passent (2009), alongside young French actor Théo Frilet (6).

… Amol Palekar
Chopra played an autistic girl who goes missing in Darjeeling in the 1970’s, in Barfi! (2012), where Ranbir Kapoor (1) plays a deaf-mute; who along with the character of Chopra learns to survive in the streets of Calcutta of the 70’s, on their own; and Kapoor happens to be the grandson of the renowned artiste Raj Kapoor (2), who starred alongside Nutan (3) in Anari (1959), and Nutan co-starred opposite Dev Anand (4) in Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963), who came in Man Pasand (1980), which also starred Tina Munim (5), who came in Baton Baton Mein (1979), which co-starred Amol Palekar (6).

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