Monday, October 31, 2011
They say two actresses working in the same film mostly spell trouble for the filmmaker in question because they never see eye to eye. Director Nikhil Advani seems to be gunning for mission impossible, because his ambitious project will have not two, not four but eight heroines.

Madhuri Dixit, Shabana Azmi, Dimple Kapadia, Karisma Kapoor, Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta, Deepika Padukone and Genelia D'Souza - if you thought that was the guest line-up for the new season of a hit television chat show, think again! If all goes according to plan, Nikhil will bring the eight divas in his next film, which he plans to make next year.

This would be, of course, Bollywood's first true-blue, chick flick boasting an all-female star cast.
Nikhil - maker of films such as Kal Ho Naa Ho, Patiala House and Chandni Chowk To China - is currently working on the script of his yet untitled project.

"Not much is known about the film yet but Nikhil has indicated it will pay homage to the Indian woman and trace womanhood in all its hues," a source said.

Early buzz coming in indicates the film will capture the changing essence of the Indian woman through four generations. Madhuri, Shabana and Dimple will represent one era while Karisma will define the second. Rani and Preity will feature in the third segment of the story while Deepika and Genelia would stand for the GenNow woman, according to sources.

For Nikhil, the middling success of his latest film Patiala House, released earlier this year, was a respite of sorts after the back-to-back duds Salaame-Ishq and Chandni Chowk To China, which followed his blockbuster debut Kal Ho Naa Ho. While the cast would indeed be a power-packed one if it falls in place, the star who has generated maximum excitement is Madhuri.

Her comeback has been a subject of widespread discussion ever since she made it clear she would be returning to India to settle in Mumbai with hubby and kids.

Meanwhile, Nikhil's wishlist cast has raised curiosity because of a few reasons. First, Shabana would return in a film with Madhuri for the first time in around 14 years after Prakash Jha's 1997 film Mrityudand. Madhuri and Dimple had last worked together in the 1988 film Ram Lakhan. Karisma has worked with Madhuri only once, in Yash Chopra's 1997 blockbuster Dil Toh Pagal Hai.

Elsewhere, Rani and Preity, whose off-screen relationship has often been a tense one, haven't worked together since Karan Johar's 2006 film Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna. It also remains to be seen how Deepika and Genelia, who have never worked together, fit into Nikhil's scheme of things.

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