Tuesday, October 21, 2008


No no, we are not talking about our own Rajendra Ganotra, this is a news item we have received with regards to Anant Narayan. BTW, Rajendra Ganotra, popularly known as Raj Journalist has just got a new portfolio that you can see at our Film Star Bazaar blog. He alleges that Shahrukh Khan, Hritik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan and other top stars are trying their best to stop him but now nothing is going to stop him from his chosen path.

We're extremely proud to announce that entertainment journalist turned Bollywood actor Anant Narayan is all set to make his silver screen debut with a Bengali/English film tentatively titled Anirbaan.

It will be directed by first time film director Rajeshwari Dasgupta. Anirbaan will be an adaptation of a Shakespearean play in which Anant will essay the role of Anirbaan, the lead protagonist. Apart from him, the film stars a Bengali model turned actress Aromicca Bose, who is also making her debut with this film as well. She will play Anant's love interest in the film Anirbaan is slated to go on floors in Feburary 2009 and is right now at its pre production stage. Apart from Anant and Aromicca, the rest of the cast is yet to be finalised Anirbaan will be dubbed and released both in Bengali and English. As for Anant's Bollywood debut, he is currently in talks with some of the biggest filmmakers in Bollywood. It may also be remembered that Anant had also been offered a soon to be released big banner Hindi film which he declined because the role demanded him to play a journalist in his debut film which Anant did not want to portray since he believed it would have typecast him.


Anant Narayan is a popular Indian celebrity journalist turned upcoming Bollywood actor. He features among the A-league of Entertaiment and Cinema experts in India. After a fabulous four-year stint in freelance entertainment journalism, Anant started receiving Bollywood film offers in mid-2008. He then decided to cut down on his freelance film writing and concentrate on chalking out a full-time acting career. Though acting is certainly not all that he intends to do. Apart from his ardent interest in pursuing other creative aspects of filmmaking, Anant also has a series of long term business plans that he plans to realise on his road towards becoming a star and one of India's leading icons. He is currently browsing through some interesting film scripts and courting a tirade of controversies (even before becoming a star!). He hasn't yet accepted or denied the film offers that he has received. In the market, indubitably, he is being touted as the film industry's next big thing. He will surely be someone to watch out for...

TRIVIA AND CONTROVERSIES 1. RAB NE BANA DI JODI CONTROVERSY - JUNE 2008 - A certain section of the media in New Delhi was abuzz with wild rumours that Anant is all set to make his silver screen debut with Aditya Chopra's much-talked about directorial next Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Jodi. It is also speculated that Aditya will launch not one but two newcomers. Though Yash Raj Films insisted that the film is a love story between 19-year old model from Bangalore Anushka Sharma and superstar of romance Shahrukh Khan, the grapevine suggested Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi was actually not a pure and simple love story but a love triangle in which Anant essays the part of the third romantic lead and Anushka's love interest in the film. Anant was inundated with calls and messages and was quoted in the press saying, "My phone hasn't stopped ringing for the past few days. I've been receiving calls from all kinds of people congratulating me on my big break with the Yash Raj banner. My inbox has been flooded with some messages congratulating me on my 'dream role' in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, while some requesting me to send my pictures across. One even demanded my autograph! It has all been pretty bizarre! There are all kinds of other rumours doing the rounds too. I allegedly met up with Mr. Aditya Chopra and pleaded him to give me a break in his film. He then took my screen test following which I was finalized for his film. I find it all extremely amusing because the truth is that I'm not starring in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. I haven't even met or spoken to Aditya Chopra; forget about approaching him to give me a break. There is no doubt that I have received some interesting film offers, but I haven't said yes to any as yet. And even if I have, I'm not allowed to talk about them at this point', Anant had set the record straight putting the controversy to rest. 2. JULY 2008 - ANANT MISTAKEN FOR RANBIR KAPOOR! - At the concluding ceremony of The Osian Cine Fan Film Festival in Sirifort, New Delhi, Anant was mobbed by some fans who mistook him for the current heartthrob of the nation - Ranbir Kapoor. Onlookers said that people thought Anant beared a fleeting facial resemblance to Ranbir and thus, mistook him for the good looking actor. They even demanded his autograph leaving Anant helplessly amused. Anant later clarified that he was indeed not Ranbir and then made a hasty exit from the festival. He made a brief apperance at the do to attend the screening of Joymoti, the first assamese film along with his close friend who happens to be the great grandson of the first assamese filmmaker - Jyoti Prasad Agarwala

3. CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA - CLARIFICATION - From August 14 to August 24, 2008 -Anant was Beijing, China attending the Beijing Olympic Games 2008 as a representative of India. However, the buzz in the industry was that he has a brief cameo opposite Deepika Padukone in Nikhil Advani's Chandni Chowk to China, and that's the 'real' reason behind his China tour, but this news was completely untrue and baseless. Anant was in China only to attend the Beijing Olympic Games. He had an awesome stay in China and post his return, Anant is very charged up about doing something radical and dynamic for Sports in India. He is all set to be an official volunteer and maybe even a mascot, for the Commonweath Games 2010 to be held in New Delhi in Oct 2010. He wants to connect with India's youth and moblise them to come forward and do their share to put up a spectacular show for the 2010 Games.
PREVIOUS WORK PROFILE AS AN ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST Previously, Anant has been a regular contributor to several of India's leading publications – The Times of India, Hindustan Times, L'Officiel (India), Hello! Magazine (India), Man's World, Discover India to name a few. In July 2004, Anant embarked upon a career in freelance journalism with Hindustan Times' daily youth-paper HT Next at an impressionable age of 17. After contributing a series of opinion pieces, film features, book reviews, music reviews and celebrity interviews to Hindustan Times, he was appointed the official Film Critic of HT Next. Around the same time, he also started contributing travelogues to Hindustan Times CITY (in the Footloose and Weekend Travel sections) encompassing a wide range of exotic destinations across India and abroad. Expanding his horizons further, he also contributed some prominent stories on educational awakening, innovative career options and the critical state of the Indian education system in HT Horizons. He then made his foray into the second largest selling newspaper in the world – The Times of India by contributing stories on changing societal trends and pressing social issues to Times 'Plus' supplements – Gurgaon Plus and South Delhi Plus. Though within a year of freelance writing in New Delhi, Anant had covered an eclectic mix of genres in his writings, he was undeniably destined to cover Entertainment and Bollywood, things he has always been feverishly passionate about. His vivacious celebrity interviews and path-breaking cover stories in Xplore and Rouge (Times of India's only national woman's supplement) were much appreciated. Week after week, Anant's articles were a regular feature in the Quicktake section of Xplore and the On Top, Eye Covet, Yin and Yang, Vanities, Style Quotient, Celeb Tip sections of Rouge. Once Xplore was terminated, Times of India decided to launch a piping hot weekend lifestyle tabloid titled What's Hot and inevitably, Anant was roped in as the tabloid's only entertainment and cinema expert.

3rd of November, 2006, Anant launched his own celebrity page titled Hot Stuff in What's Hot. His weekly celebrity page was an instant hit with readers across Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata and the feedback was overwhelmingly good. He also briefly contributed to the 'Explore Delhi' section of What's Hot and unraveled some of Delhi's lost treasures and world heritage sites. On a weekly basis, excerpts from his celebrity page were carried in Bombay Times, Times of India's leading entertainment newspaper. Those articles were then featured nationally. In September 2007, Anant was signed on as a freelance entertainment contributor to Delhi Times, Times of India's daily entertainment newspaper in Delhi. He enjoys a terrific track-record for breaking several exclusive entertainment stories to Delhi Times. The same stories have been carried nationally in other Times of India news supplements such as Bombay Times, Calcutta Times, Bangalore Times, Ahmedabad Times, Lucknow Times, Hyderabad Times, Pune Times, Mangalore Times, Chandigarh Times and Nagpur Times. Anant, also breify wrote for Mumbai Mirror – Mumbai's leading daily tabloid published by The Times fo India. By early 2008, when Anant was only 21, his kitty of articles and entertainment stories crossed an astonishing count of 300, which was another first to his credit. His fabulous body of work comprising numerous nationally acclaimed cover features on prominent A-list Indian actors (Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Vidya Balan, Deepika Padukone to name a few) catapulted him to the A-league of film journalists and entertainment specialists in India. Now he's ready to take on the Indian Film Industry by storm! PUBLICATIONS ANANT HAS WRITTEN FOR - 1. The Times of India – Delhi Times, Bombay Times, Calcutta Times, Bangalore Times, Ahmedabad Times, Lucknow Times, Hyderabad Times, Pune Times, Mangalore Times, Chandigarh Times, Nagpur Times, Mumbai Mirror, What's Hot, Rouge, Xplore, Gurgaon Plus and South Delhi Plus 2. Hindustan Times – HT NEXT, HT CITY, HT Horizons 3. Hello! Magazine (India) 4. L'Officiel (India) - He was the only Indian Cinema (Bollywood) expert for L'Offciel 5. Man's World magazine 6. Celebrating Vivaha 7. Discover India 8. Swagat (in-flight magazine of Indian Airlines) 9. In Touch with Fashion 10. G2- The Global Gujarati. 11. Haute Wheels