Nicole Kidman and Slumdog Millionaire

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I tried to keep it quite and hush hush, but it’s all over the news papers today in any case. I am at the Taj Lake Palace Hotel shooting with Nicole Kidman, Arjun Rampal and little Rubina from Slumdog Milionaire. Fascinating cast, even for a commercial !

23 thoughts on “Nicole Kidman and Slumdog Millionaire

  1. It’s like being away on an island…far away from harsh realities. From the moment you step into the boat that whisks you toward the grandeur of the Lake Palace….to the “royal” welcome at its palatial doorstep…with the trumpets and showering flowers…. to the exquisite suites and royal decor…to the invigorating Rajasthani music/dance performances on its open terrace…under a moonlit sky with touches of the cool evening breeze…overlooking the calm lake and grandeur of the Udaipur skyline….it’s all a somewhat surreal (or call it royal) experience!
    Nevertheless, within the palace courtyard, or in the modest dwellings of a local carpet weaver, or in the noisy & narrow bylanes of the city, the quintessential Rajasthani warmth and hospitality is omnipresent.

  2. aha! so you did take this nicole kidman assignment after all:)
    glad you did:) Look fwd to its telecast

  3. Can i be jealous of you? The location is beautiful and you are with Arjun Rampal and little Rubina…how nice 🙂

  4. Dear Shekhar Kapur,
    Since it´s been hard to reach you through agents and a “professional” way all over the last years, I´m trying to contact you through this interesting blog! I am the literary agent of Anita Delgado’ s biographer, Spanish author Elisa Vázquez, authorized by the Spanish and Indian families (Anita and the Maharaja of Kapurthala’s). It seems you may become the director of INDIAN PASSION, an adaptation of Javier Moro´s book. And I would be glad to get in touch with you about it!! I would really appreciate if you could get in touch with me at or +34 93 218 22 12 (Barcelona time)!
    Thanks in advance and best wishes,
    Anna Soler-Pont

  5. This is a beautiful picture of the hotel and surroundings.
    Perhaps it would have been better if you had included Nicole Kidman in it, at least I would have seen her. Of course this is not to say though that it would have enhanced the beauty of the picture, picture is already picture-perfect if it means something lol.

  6. Great …
    Admire you …
    Good to read :
    … for an ad film being produced by Sir Ridley Scott and directed by Shekhar Kapur
    ad film for a carbonated water and ginger ale
    Enjoy the best

  7. Oh I really want to go to this Taj.
    I did read about it in the newspaper. BTW, Deepak Chopra is in Mumbai and I am going to attend his seminar tomorrow. I kind of really wanted to meet him.
    Actually you are also someone, who is on the list of people I want to meet. 🙂

  8. Hi Shekhar,
    Its irresistable to catch up with you, knowing that you are shooting in INDIA.
    Its business:
    Do not have your official email so chose to sneak in through your website.
    My earnest apologies for that.
    Well, the point is:
    I am sure you know that Panavision exists in India through the Prasads. Interested shooting with us?
    Would like to approach with a proper presentation, demonstration of Panavision Cameras, plan your visit to our Service Center at the same premises that of Prasad Lab – Andheri East.
    And when is it possible? A request to take that slice of time from your schedule.
    Do please contact.
    Or let me know when should I contact?
    Business Sourcing Executive
    Prasad Panavision – Mumbai
    Hand Phone: 9867008029

  9. Waaaa mujei bhi waha janaaaaaa
    okie this is for folks who have requested …have opened my blog
    Shekhar is this fair??????? aap waha aur hum janta yaha?
    Peth (tummy) dard hoga aapka shaam ko eh ehh ‘Evil’

  10. Shekhar,
    R u really working on some project or just talking… i am not talking about commercial or short films.. but a full length movie. what about all the gyan you talk about. Can you show that in a movie ??? or its just fancy talk… its more than 100 years i am listening about paani. Then u set out to make bhudha. And to add on that time machine which never happened. I guess either you are lazy or your risk appetite has greatly reduced. In an interview you said that you want to make a bollywood masala movie and sometimes you said a spiritual movie. But neither happened. i said so because it is just intolerable to see a director of ur caliber wasting lot of time between his releases. Please fix this bug.

  11. Hi Shekhar,
    I like the posters of the ad that you are making. But what intrigued me is that you are actually making an ad for carbonated bottled, water, Paani, that you are so closely associated with. As you very well know that of coke wars on water consumption and unnecessary green energy consumption for the production of plastic bottles that never get recycled esp in India. I don’t see Ginger Ale as any different from other soft drink brands. Different brand, different location, different disguise, different ghost, but nevertheless a ghost. How do you justify that a bottled or canned Ginger Ale is any better than Coke for the cause that you are so passionate about?
    I hope you can comment on that.
    your blogs regular reader,

  12. Hello Sir,
    I am an ardent movie buff but I feel guilty for not being able to contribute this form of art. I feel guilty for being a leecher to this society.
    I do write scripts at my leisurely times. The feed backs of my friends is quite good and they suggest me to forward those who can utilize them.
    The sad part is that I don’t have confidence to send my scripts to a movie maker and also no contacts to pursue.
    Will you mind if I send one script for your feedback and suggestion?

  13. Respected Sir,
    My self Mahendra Prasad, Editor of Oriya Litrature Magazine Bhavana, Sir.I want to take an interview for the comming issue of our magazine. I will take only 30mts. and it will be at Mumbai and what ever the place suitable to you… Please mail me.. with regards… Mahendra …email :

  14. Dear Mr. Kapur:
    I’d love to have your advice before my rep. takes my script to a major LA producer. I like your sensibilities, and your Elizabeth is top of my 10 favorite films, also your comments on the DVD.
    My script is being offered to a major producer here in LA; but before I release it, knowing it can never be re-captured from one so powerful; (The play version described as a “big piece” is also being championed by a playwright’s foundation to Equity Theater in NY and LA) – I’d like your advice as a premier director.
    I do not want to sell outright, though my attorney says I may have to; I’d like to co-produce, to have input on choice of director for the film. If I could get someone I respect, whom I feel could handle this period piece with passion and truth, I would trust to give over to his talent. I admire your instinct in casting, your script improvements, and especially like your chaos style. I also like Fernando Merelles, do you? I have given 6 years of my life to writing this (Also have the novel 1/4 written) I couldn’t bear to have them give it to a director who does not the have the spiritual depth for it.
    I’d relish your, as to whether or not I’m being foolish. If you send me a more direct email or your agent’s, I’ll have my attorney send the pitch and or the script.
    Catherine Collins Campbell
    About me:
    I raised my son under the influence Paramahansa’s Self-Realization and it has stood him in good stead, he’s now an idealistic young filmmaker.
    I once interviewed Deepak Chopra, for a column I wrote on wellness – I asked him how was he going to get the men on board, he agreed his followers were primarily women and that men were resistant. I suggested he take his message to the golf courses. I see he has taken my advice.

  15. Hello Mr. Kapur,
    My new wife, Vidya, and I met you at the Lake Palace Hotel on Thursday, March 19th just as you had finished your breakfast. We were both very, very happy to meet you and will keep the autograph you gave us in a photo frame in our house for all to see. Best of luck for your new film and your future endevours!
    Vinay Yakkundi

  16. Hello Shekhar,
    I know this comes very late and you might not even read it anymore but I just wanted to say thank you for taking care of that beautiful commercial.
    I am not an avid TV watcher but I was dumbfounded to suddenly see Arjun Rampal appear on my screen in France the other day while family was zapping channels.
    My first reaction was “HIM in a French commercial?!!” with a huge smile on my face.
    Lucky you, filming in such a serene and majestic palace. Lovely place.

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