Filmfare Award Winners & Nominations

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BEST FILM
SR. NO. NAMES
1 DELHI BELLY
2 DON 2
3 NO ONE KILLED JESSICA
4 ROCKSTAR
5 THE DIRTY PICTURE
6 ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA
BEST DIRECTOR
SR. NO. NAMES MOVIES
1 ABHINAY DEO DELHI BELLY
2 FARHAN AKHTAR DON 2
3 IMTIAZ ALI ROCKSTAR
4 MILAN LUTHRIA THE DIRTY PICTURE
5 RAJ KUMAR GUPTA NO ONE KILLED JESSICA
6 ZOYA AKHTAR ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA
BEST ACTOR (MALE)
SR. NO. NAMES MOVIES
1 AJAY DEVGN SINGHAM
2 AMITABH BACHCHAN AARAKSHAN
3 HRITHIK ROSHAN ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA
4 RANBIR KAPOOR ROCKSTAR
5 SALMAN KHAN BODYGUARD
6 SHAH RUKH KHAN DON 2
BEST ACTOR (FEMALE)
SR. NO. NAMES MOVIES
1 KATRINA KAIF MERE BROTHER KI DULHAN
2 MAHIE GILL SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER
3 PRIYANKA CHOPRA 7 KHOON MAAF
4 VIDYA BALAN NO ONE KILLED JESSICA
5 VIDYA BALAN THE DIRTY PICTURE
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (MALE )
SR. NO. NAMES MOVIES
1 ABHAY DEOL ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA
2 FARHAN AKHTAR ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA
3 NASEERUDDIN SHAH THE DIRTY PICTURE
4 PITOBASH TRIPATHY SHOR IN THE CITY
5 VIR DAS DELHI BELLY
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (FEMALE )
SR. NO. NAMES MOVIES
1 JUHI CHAWLA I AM
2 KALKI KOECHLIN ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA
3 PARINEETI CHOPRA LADIES VS RICKY BAHL
4 RANI MUKERJI NO ONE KILLED JESSICA
5 SWARA BHASKAR TANU WEDS MANU
BEST MUSIC DIRECTOR
SR. NO. NAMES MOVIES
1 A.R.RAHMAN ROCKSTAR
2 RAM SAMPAT DELHI BELLY
3 SHANKAR-EHSAAN-LOY ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA
4 SOHAIL SEN MERE BROTHER KI DULHAN
5 VISHAL-SHEKHAR RA.ONE
BEST LYRICS
SR. NO. NAMES SONG MOVIES
1 GULZAR DARLING 7 KHOON MAAF
2 IRSHAD KAMIL NADAAN PARINDEY ROCKSTAR
3 IRSHAD KAMIL SADDA HAQ ROCKSTAR
4 JAVED AKHTAR SENORITA ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA
5 VISHAL DADLANI & NIRANJAN IYENGAR CHAMMAK CHALLO RA.ONE
BEST PLAYBACK (MALE)
SR. NO. NAMES SONG MOVIES
1 AKON & VISHAL DADLANI CHAMMAK CHALLO RA.ONE
2 MOHIT CHAUHAN JO BHI MEIN ROCKSTAR
3 MOHIT CHAUHAN SADDA HAQ ROCKSTAR
4 RAHAT FATEH ALI KHAN TERI MERI BODYGUARD
5 SHAFQAT AMANAT ALI DILDAARA RA.ONE
BEST PLAYBACK (FEMALE)
SR. NO. NAMES SONG MOVIES
1 ALYSSA MENDONSA KHWABON KE PARINDEY ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA
2 HARSHDEEP KAUR KATIYA KARU ROCKSTAR
3 REKHA BHARDWAJ & USHA UTHUP DARLING 7 KHOON MAAF
4 SHREYA GHOSHAL TERI MERI BODYGUARD
5 SHREYA GHOSHAL SAIBO SHOR IN THE CITY
CRITICS’ AWARDS
BEST ACTOR MALE
NAMES MOVIES
RANBIR KAPOOR ROCKSTAR
BEST ACTOR FEMALE
NAMES MOVIES
PRIYANKA CHOPRA 7 KHOON MAAF
BEST FILM
ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA

The 57th Idea Filmfare Awards 2011 Year of the diamond studded 2500th Black Lady

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Mumbai, 29th January, 2012: The stars came down in all their glory. It was a night to be remembered as everyone looked on with pride and admiration at the coveted Black Lady that was presented to the deserving winners. A true celebration of excellence in Indian Cinema, the 57th Idea Filmfare Awards 2011 held at the Reliance MediaWorks Studios, Film City, Goregoan on the 29th of January, 2012 was a larger than life spectacle, a glorious representation of its legacy of over five decades.

Through the years, Filmfare has become the most awaited event while the film fraternity as well as the audience look forward to this night of nights. With a slew of performances by the biggest names in filmdom, the annual Idea Filmfare Awards is now an extravagant gala of glitz, glamour, excitement and entertainment.

This year’s Idea Filmfare Awards held a special significance as the 2500th trophy was presented at the award ceremony. The figure includes awards presented till date across ceremonies through the years. The 2500th Black Lady was studded with 4000 diamonds weighing 47 carat of IJ colour and VSSI clarity. It took 27 skilled karigars approximately 225 man hours to craft these diamonds on the glorious Black Lady. Coincidently, the Indian film industry has entered its 100th year thus all celebrities and dignitaries in attendance at the award ceremony were eager to know who would be the lucky winner of this exclusive trophy. Filmfare was honoured and thrilled to award the 2500th Black Lady to the music maestro of our industry, AR Rehman for Rockstar.

The 57th Idea Filmfare Awards was hosted by the kings of cool – the very suave Shahrukh Khan and charming Ranbir Kapoor, who brought the house down with their wit and humour. The performances were power packed as the vivacious Kareena Kapoor unleashed her magic and held the audience spellbound while she grooved to hits like Teri Meri, Desi Beats, Criminal and Bhare Naina from her blockbuster films of last year. The ravishing Priyanka Chopra raised the temperature a good few notches as she performed the ‘Junglee Billi’ act on the title track of Don 2. Bollywood’s cutest couple – Riteish and Genelia re-created their romance on stage as they danced to evergreen hits like Pehla Nasha, Chand Chhupa, Teri Ore, Mehndi Laga ke and more. The sultry and sexy Deepika Padukone had the crowd tapping their feet as she rocked the stage with ‘Dum Maro Dum’ and ‘Tu Mera Hero’.

And finally, the King Khan stole the show with his ‘Chammak Challo’ moves and captivated the entire atmosphere as he performed on ‘Katey Nahi Kat Te’ and ‘Dreamgirl’.

The Coke Studio – Shaan with Chinnaponnu, Javed Ali with Sourav Moni, Leslie Lewis and Bondo gave a tribute to Dev Anand and Shammi Kapoor with a musical performance of their super hit songs through the years.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to ­­­­­­­­­­­­the hottest vamp and glamourous item girl of yester years – Aruna Irani, who received the honour amidst accolades and praise for her outstanding contribution to Indian Cinema as an actor, director and producer.

The 57th Idea Filmfare Awards 2011 will be telecast on the 19th of February 2012 exclusively on Sony Entertainment Television.

 

Vidya Balan creates havoc at Khar railway station

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Vidya Balan looks for missing husband at railway station

It seems mere music launches and interviews won’t suffice a film’s promotion. Now-a-days film marketing has evolved to such an extent that reel characters come to life in the real world to create a buzz about their film.

As per sources, Vidya made an appearance in her pregnant look from the filmKAHAANI at one of the railway stations in Mumbai. And like in the film, where Vidya goes searching for her husband at every nook and corner, she probed the people present at the site about her husband as a part of the promotional campaign.

As Vidya Balan arrived the crowd went berserk watching their favourite actress. She then went ahead to the platform and even boarded a local train.

Vidya previously stepped out in a pregnant look at the trailer launch of the film. While unveiling the trailer, Vidya said it in style, ”I am six months pregnant and I have come all over from London to search my missing husband. Will you help me out in finding my husband? But that has to be really quick as my delivery is on 9th March 2012 (hinting about the release date of the film).”

Looks like after tantalizing the audience with her THE DIRTY PICTURE, Vidya is all set to enchant with a new KAHAANI!

Did Saif force Kareena to do a Mujra?

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In today’s time when hot item numbers are in great demand and add sparkle to films, Saif Ali Khan is treading a different route with his upcoming film AGENT VINOD. Saif is reiterating the magic of ‘Mujra’ in this film, which seemed to have vanished from Hindi cinema. Saif’s beloved and co-star Kareena Kapoor will be seen doing her first Mujra song in the Sriram Raghavan directed film.

When we probed the actor-cum-producer about the idea behind having ‘Mujra’, Saif unequivocally said, ”We haven’t seen a classic Mujra happening on-screen for a long time. We had enough discussions over it – like should we do an item? Should we get another big star and do a hot number? As most Hindi films have hot songs. Hot in terms of outfits and the presentation of the camera. And finally we thought we would go slightly different and make it interesting in terms of expressions and music.”

Not just Saif even his business partner at Illuminati Films, Dinesh Vijyan wanted to have a Mujra than a raunchy item number in the film.

Saif divulges, ”Even Dinesh was also pushing for Mujra rather than a raunchy kind of nightclub song.”

He further asserts, ”In AGENT VINOD raunchy night club song is there in the background and that’s happening most of the time. We needed to make our item little more different.”

AGENT VINOD commences his mission on 23rd March 2012.

Veena Malik’s Channo deleted for Anna Hazare!

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Buzz is that controversial babe Veena Malik‘s item song Channo from the upcoming film GALI GALI CHOR HAI has been deleted. But wait before you to jump to any conclusion.

It so happened that the makers of the film recently organised a special screening for social activist Anna Hazare at Ralegan Siddhi. Probably, keeping Anna in mind the makers decided to tentatively edit the item song for the special screening.

The song has Veena as the face of a political party. And during the election time Veena’s character has to perform to gather votes for the party.

Directed by Rumy Jaffry, the Akshaye KhannaMugdha Godse and Shriya Saranstarrer releases on February 3, 2012.

AGNEEPATH collections crash on second day

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Even while the AGNEEPATH team was celebrating its Republic Day box office performance, which was marginally better than BODYGUARD‘s first day, and apparently exulting over it, the second day (Friday) collections had registered a dramatic and abnormal drop of approximately 50% to 60% across the board. It’s not that BODYGUARD’s collections had not taken a beating after the bumper Eid day, but they had dropped by a mere 15%. AGNEEPATH producer Karan Johar must have been aware of this development while he was talking to the press on Friday evening. The media persons who were in the know of things chose to keep mum, and preferred not to play a spoilsport. Was it a deliberate move by the producer to stem the tide of impending disaster by keeping the positive buzz going in the media?

This is a bolt from the blue for everyone, including the trade pundits. The exhibitors who have paid exorbitant MGs will be a worried lot now. Everything hinges on the box office scenario on Saturday and Sunday. The collections should have as dramatic a rise as the fall on Friday. It will be disastrous for the film otherwise, signifying its wholesale rejection by the audience and a strong undercurrent of negative word of mouth, enough to seal the film’s box office fate. There were stray reports that over-dramatised violent scenes were found repulsive by family audiences.

Even if the distributors break even in the final analysis, which is certain since there are no important releases next week, it will be extremely disappointing news for the film trade that had pinned big hopes on the star-studded extravaganza and theChikni Chameli… item number to pull in the crowds and revive the sagging industry morale after the abject debacle of Abbas-Mustan’s PLAYERS in the beginning of the year.

Nikhil Dwivedi has donned a new Avatar

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For his next under production film “Tamanchey” he has almost doubled up as an Executive Producer, helping out the first time Producer Suryaveer Singh.

Since the director of the film is also a first timer, Nikhil has been personally involved in assembling a worthy Technical Crew and
especialists for the film. So much so that many corporate honchos are now taking note and talking of how “Tamanchey” is being shot with precise planning and looking like an A-List film despite a modest budget.

“Tamanchey” also boasts of a visual director from Hollywood. A visua director is a principal technician in Hollywood Films but it ll
perhaps be the first time that such a technician has been appointed for a Hindi Feature film.

In addition to the Camera Crew which is from Hollywood as well, the film has a ‘Song Director’ who is leaving no stone un-turned to make the songs look visually appealing.

Sources say in “Tamanchey”, which is an intense Love-Story set against the backdrop of crime, Nikhil Dwivedi (who after the success of ‘Shor in the City’ is suddenly back in the solo lead bracket), plays a character loosely inspired from the Underworld Don Abu Salem, though the producer vehemently denies any such inspiration or association.

Anil Ambani owned Reliance DreamWorks garners 11 Oscar Nominations for 3 films

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Anil Ambani owned Reliance DreamWorks garners 11 Oscar Nominations for three films- War Horse, The Help and Real Steel. This is the first time an Indian owned company has been nominated in such a big way at the Oscars.

The most prestigious Best Film category that nominates 9 films has two films from the Reliance DreamWorks stable- War Horse and The Help.

Steven Spielberg directed War Horse has been nominated in 6 categories that include The Best Picture, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Original Score (John Williams), Art Direction and Cinematography. War Horse releases in India on 10th February.

The Help has been nominated for The Best Picture, Best Actress (Viola Davis), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer).

Hugh Jackman starrer sci- fi thriller Real Steel has been nominated for Best achievement in Visual Effects.

ANUPAM KHER’S BOOK CREATES A SALES RECORD IN INDIA

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350 copies of Anupam Kher’s ‘The Best Thing About You Is You’ were sent to Jaipur for the Lit Festival. Reports say that the bookshop at the festival grounds sold the entire lot and book orders had to be placed in large numbers. ‘The Best Thing About You Is You’, thus becomes the highest selling title at the Jaipur Literature Festival. A recently conducted AC Neilsen survey reports that the book in its first week was on number 250. In the second week it was number 34 and now in the third week, it is number 18. Success of the book has been talked about on Facebook, Twitter as well as by Penguin Publication. Next week onwards, contests and other schemes for readers and book buyers will be part of the promotion for the book.

‘The Best Thing About You Is You’ has examples from the actor’s own life and experiences. He subtly motivates and inspires you by providing a handy guide to discovering your real self and finding peace of mind and contentment in today’s chaotic times. He feels that the best way to counter the negativity that exists in the world these days, where people are gripped by fear, insecurity, stress, frustration and unhappiness is by acquiring a positive outlook. Citing his own example, he reveals how a humble background need not be an obstacle to attaining the dizzying heights of success, but simultaneously, sounds a warning about the importance of gracefully handling such success. He shares the vital ingredients in his recipe for success as well as no-nonsense methods to get the most out of your life. This volume contains the author’s views on a wide variety of topics such as the anger syndrome, the phenomenon of change, thought control, dealing with relationships, conquering stress, getting rid of fears, coming to terms with failure, realizing the power within oneself, coping with loss and death and much more. Here’s a book you will find yourself turning to for soothing, insightful guidance and practical advice no matter what situation you’re in. You’ll come to realize that the best thing about you is YOU!


I LOVE MY TIRANGA

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Tiranga- the identity of every Indian, the tri color Flag which flies high in the sky and raises the honor of every Indian. This year Mr. Khalid Qureshi senior ticket checker in western Railways Mumbai, starts his 80 days run to get Tiranga displayed in every home and educational and religious institutes which will start from 26thJanuary 2012 @ 8:30am from Gateway of India Mumbai to India Gate of New Delhi. He will run for almost 1,900 KM, Mumbai to New Delhi carrying Tiranga, to encourage, inspire and enthuse every Indian to love Tiranga, and proudly display it every day.

 

Khalid Qureshi as a visionary took the initiative of I LOVE MY TIRANGA once while he was sitting at his home and was checking his medals and achievements boldly kept in the frame with honor. He realized that everything was at his home except for “The Tiranga”.

 

Two years ago, Khalid, conceived a bold vision, to popularize a cause very dear to his heart ‐ The Tiranga. He said, “Why is it that our flag is unfurled only when we win at cricket, or on national day, or during anti-corruption rallies. We Indians should be proud to display Tiranga every day and not just wait for an occasion!”

 

Khalid feels it is highly unfortunate that any Indian will love to adorn his house with all the luxuries of the world, but a simple thought of displaying Tiranga, which is the representation of patriotism, love and respect for the country, will never cross his mind. “How many Indian home can boast of having a Tiranga displayed with pride and honor?” questioned Khalid. His humble motive is to trigger the thought on the minds of every Indian that Indian Flag should be hoisted in every house.

 

Tiranga the national flag of India stands for Indian Culture, Charm, Truth and simplicity of our country’s power, unity and energy.

 

Mr. Qureshi also stated that, “Keeping Tiranga at home will build in character of every Indian.” His initiative ‘I Love My Tiranga’ has been started with a mission to have a ‘Tiranga in Every Indian Home’.

 

Khalid participated in Marathons organized at Goa on 11thDecember and Ahmedabad on 25thDecember, 2012 running with Indian flag in hand. He was invited as Guest Runner at Run Powai Run on 8thJanuary, 2012. He also participated in the Half Marathon at Mumbai Marathon, 2012.

 

 

Launch of Cafe Mangii in Versova

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Saturday night saw the glamour and glitterati from tinsel town basking in the glory of an amazing evening at the newlylaunched *Cafe Mangii in Versova*. Welcoming the guests to an epicurean slice of Italy, hosts Rohit Roy and promoter of Café Mangii, Prashant
Chaudhri greeted and welcomed leading luminaries of the film and television fraternity, to indulge in the warm hospitality and delicious food that Café Mangii is famous for. *The star-studded evening witnessed the launch of Rohit Roy’s film “Shaukeen” – a remake of the 1982 classic by Basu Chatterjee. *

Rohit Roy with wife

Café Mangii opened its doors in the plush locales of Versova in a completely new and luxurious avatar! Well-situated in one of Mumbai’s up-market neighborhoods, the two-storey villa very distinctly catches eyeballs with its artistic furniture, highlighting rustic architecture at its best and a well-illuminated porch, alluring people from all walks of life. Famous for its hand-crafted Napolitana wood-fired oven pizzas and al dente pastas cooked to perfection, the guests enjoyed every bit of what was
served.

Café Mangii is the brainchild of Mumbai-based Prashant Chaudhri, who has a passion and flair for hospitality and good food. With several restaurants already to his credit and the third Café Mangii in Mumbai (after Powai and Khar), Prashant has his hands full with expanding the brand across the country. *Speaking about his new venture, Prashant said*, “Café Mangii has made a name for itself because of its high quality and warm and friendly service, offering its loyal patrons an unmatched culinary experience. With
Versova being the haunt of many foodies, we are sure this multi-level dining destination will be appreciated by one and all. The hand-made wood-fired pizzas enjoy pride of place on our menu and we hope to attract many gourmet lovers here with our little slice of Italy.”

Prashant Chaudhri with Sophie Choudhary

The evening saw eminent personalities enjoying the delicacies and flavors of the restaurant. While lip-smacking food and exotic wines were flown inbetween animated conversations, one could hear soft music blending in with the warm and intimate ambience complimented perfectly by the nip in the air.

 

Shahid Kapoor launches Pioneer new product range

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Pioneer India Electronics unveiled its new range of products for 2012 at J W Mariott. These new models of in-car audio receiver’s featuring Pioneer’s latest technologies were unveiled by actor and brand ambassador, Shahid Kapoor. The new models are designed to take consumer’s audio experience up a notch with a plethora of new and improved functions, delivering a revolutionary in-car audio experience.


As the product range for 2012 was unveiled,
 Mr. Shahid Kapoor, Brand Ambassador, Pioneer India Electronics said, “I believe that music can touch the soul and even more so when you hear it right…I am extremely pleased to be associated with Pioneer as they launch their next innovative line of products equipped with the best technology. I am sure the new portfolio of products will provide a wonderful and dynamic listening experience to all music lovers especially with the MIXTRAX software.”

Kailash Kher inspired by his childhood

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Singer Kailash Kher recently released his new album “Rangeele”. This album which is recorded by his music company “Kailasa” has one conversational song called “Hudkaan mann biti” which is co-sung by Kailash’s 2 year old son Kabir. About this song Kailash says “I remember, when I was 5 years of age, while playing with my friends we had a rule that the person who would lose the game  had to carry the winner on a piggy back and go from one place to another saying “Hudkann mann biti”. So while I was writing the songs for my album “Rangeele” I was reminded of my childhood days and  I thought why not share these memories with my son. And this is how the song “Hudkann mann biti” was born.

 

Sneak peek of supernatural thriller HAI

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SYNOPSIS

Movie – HAI – is a supernatural thriller set in interior Thailand. It is a

mystery that revolves around a flower, a uni-species which blooms once

in 400 years and its miraculous power to freeze age and keep a person

young and beautiful until the next time the flower blooms. It beings

in 389 BC with a saint Mann gifting the flower to his follower

disciple Khwan who has now defied age and has stayed young until the

present time.

Celebrity Guest Nisha Kothari along with entire Cast and crew of HAI

In the current time, Post death of a professor whose research inspires

three young couples while studying at the university, ponder at the

possibility of the existence of such a flower and set out on a journey

in its pursuit. With varying mindsets and different opinions on almost

everything, they still end up going on this long and treacherous

journey together. As they set out, nature begins to give them clues

about reaching there and some dark forces keep them from getting

there.

As they proceed, they discover that they have to cross five stages to

get to the flower and the five stages represent the five elements of

the earth – Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Sky(Moon). How do they

overcome obstacles? Will the ups and downs in their relationships and

their mismatching perspectives keep them together? Who gets to the

flower first?

The answer to these questions forms the rest of the story.

 

 

DOP – Abinandan Ramanujam

Camera man for the song KOLAVERI Di song sung by dhanush in you tube

Gold medalist in L.V.Prasad film academy

Cinematographer for the  national award winning short film post man

DOP for the hindi film Bakra  The divine goat featuring Anshuman jha and asif basra

 

CREATIVE PRODUCER – R.P.Patnaik

Leading south indian music director

Won 3 film fare awards

Now directed an english film AMY

Directed three telugu films in the south

 

DIRECTOR – Kiran Soman

Co director for the award films Muhurtham, Broker

and other films like Face Book,okanokkappudu etc

Editor for the english film AMY

Creative head for the international animation films MOOSHI and GARUDA

 

PRODUCER   – Raja.D 

Gold medalist from Bits-Pilani

 

 

CAST

 

FARHAN KHAN 

FIRDAUS KHAN

SHIVAM SOOD

GUL HAMEED

KUSHBOO GUPTA

NUPUR JHANWAR

 

 

 

Kolaveri Dhanush signed on for a Bollywood film

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B-town’s latest news is that Tanu Weds Manu director Aanand L Rai has signed Tamil actor Dhanush for his upcoming filmRaanjhnaa. The director has been quoted saying that, “For the past six months, I’ve been looking for a simple boy to play the lead inRaanjhnaa. My requirement was a man who could look vulnerable on screen. When I saw Dhanush in the Tamil film Aadukalam (for which he won the National award), I liked him immediately. He looks very ordinary and honest, and that was the demand of the character.”

Apparently Dhanush is not well versed with Hindi, but this won’t pose as a barrier for him working in Bollywood! The actor/singer is keen to explore this part of the industry and learn the local language and culture.

When quizzed about the movie, the director adds, “The film is an intense love story. Just like my film Tanu Weds Manu, the film and its characters will take you to Delhi, Punjab, Chennai, etc.”

 

Dhanush too is very excited about the project. News is that the director had approached him for the movie before Kolaberi Di happened. “It’s a big deal to get a launch like this at the beginning of my career here. Aanand’s script is different from regular cinema; it’s one of those ‘made to make a difference’ kind of films”, quips the actor.

 

The actor who recently visited Banaras with director Anand Rai was amazed with the culture and the traditions in a different part of the country. Buzz is that he is even planning to hire a coach to learn Hindi. He is convinced that by the time the shoot gets over, he will be able to communicate fluently in the local language.

Ajay Devgn spotted at Mumbai Gurudwara with entire family

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B-town’s superstar Ajay Devgn was spotted visiting a famous Mumbai Gurudwara with his entire family and cousins recently!

One of the little known facts about the actor is that he actually is a true blue Punjabi and that he regularly prays at the Gurudwara with his whole family! The actor was seen at the famous Gurudwara at Four Bungalows, Andheri west, along with his parents Mrs Veena Devgn and Mr Veeru Devgn, wife Kajol, children Nysa and Yug and cousins Vikrant and Dharmendra.

Well, now that’s a sweet slice of life revealed of the superstar!

SNEAK PEEK REVIEW – AGNEEPATH – RATING 3.5 / 5

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BY ARYEMAN RAJ

Remakes are in, but seem to be disastrous like the recent Don2. Karan Johar seems to have steered clear with repeating mistakes made by his contemporaries in tinsel town. Agneepath with superstar Hrithik Roshan is not an iota from the original. That’s what sets apart Dharma Productions and KJo’s over-fertile mind and ingenuous brainwave from making it an enjoyable film.

Giving out the storyline before the film has released would be not right on my part. Highlights of the film are the restrained (when required) and intense (moments of sheer delight) acting of Hrithik. He knows that he would be compared to Big B’s persona of play Vijay Dinanath Chauhan. Although the yesteryear superstar got loads of flak for his innovative voice modulation, the audiences never accepted him…this is what Hrithik fortunately didn’t venture into.

The scene stealers are Sunju baba and especially Rishi Kapoor who has given a mind-blowing performance. Priyanka Chopra is just a prop and of course Chikni Chameli Katrina although a highlight has already been blasted all over the channels. So the novelty of the item number doesn’t really seem eagerly awaited on-screen. Commendable performance to be worth mentioned is the sweet little young girl who charms you with her flawless performance.

A must watch for all those Hrithik Roshan fans. Sunju baba seems to have matured and it definitely proves that you need an able director and a strong ghost director like KJo to clinch the soul from this frivolous actor. Music isn’t much worth talking about. The action sequences are worth a dekho. KJo’s shines again with his vengeance to prove to Sanjay Leela Bhansali that he is no bubble-gum hit machine.

Watch it and you will surely vouch what a disaster Don2 is compared to this remake. At least it has a soul and a sensible storyline to boot.

 

SAB TV’s serial Lapataganj completes 500 episodes.

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SAB TV threw a surprise bash for the cast and crew of Lapataganj to mark the completion of 500 episodes. The party held at Red Ants saw entire cast turnout in full force and have a ball at the celebrations!!!

Ashwini Dheer alongwith Preeti Ameen & Shubhangi Gokhale were the first to reach the venue. Mr. N.P.Singh,COO,MSM Network & Mr. Anooj Kapoor,EVP & Business Head ,SAB TV and too joined in the celebrations. Starcast of Chidiyaghar i.e. Debina Bonerjee along with beau Gurdeep,Paresh Ganatra,Jeetu Shivhare ,Rajendra Gupta,Shilpa Shinde too dropped in to congratulate Ashwini Dheer and cast & crew of Lapataganj.

 

Cast of Lapataganj –Abbas Khan, Rohitashv Gaur, Preeti Ameen, Shubhangi Gokhale, Sucheta Khanna, Anup Upadhyay, Ashwini Dheer and Mr. Anooj Kapoor and Mr. N.P.Singh were part of the cake cutting ceremony. After the cake cutting everyone started dancing on some foot tapping numbers.Rohitashv, Preeti, Shubhangi were in their element and showed their dancing skills on the floor. They even did some thumkas and cheered each other and were seen having a whale of a time!!!

 

Party hearty- From left Rakesh,Krishna,Soma, ,Rohitashv,Preeti ameen,Shubhangi Gokhale at Lapataganj party

The party saw everyone in great spirits and entire cast was seen enjoying the evening.

 

About SAB:

SAB is a part of the network of Television channels owned by Mutli Screen Media.SAB is India’s only family comedy entertainment channel with a core brand promise of ‘Asli Mazaa SAB ke Saath Hai’. SAB with its impressive lineup of innovative programs and light-hearted content ranging from daily family comedy to path breaking concepts like Silent comedy is dedicated to promoting an enjoyable “family-viewing” experience. Its programming mix includes Don’t Worry Chachu, Chintu Chinki Aur Ek Badi Si Love Story, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, Chidiyaghar, R.K.Laxman Ki Duniya, Lapataganj, FIR, Sajan Re Jhoot Maat Bolo, Gutur Gu, Sajan Re Jhoot Maat Bolo, Sab Ka evening shows on Saturday’s & features classic films on weekends. For its differentiated programming and healthy entertainment SAB has also won the Brand Leadership award in Media & entertainment space.

HELLO magazine glam-n-racy party

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BY ARYEMAN RAJ

HELLO! magazine, the country’s most widely read celebrity and luxury lifestyle title, hosted the third running of the HELLO! races at RWITC in Mahalaxmi, Mumbai. The afternoon saw thoroughbred racing at its best and a glamorous party on the lawns with the who’s who of the city in attendance, making it one of the most talked about events in this year’s racing season.

With guests dressed to dazzle in their Sunday best, the event spelt fun and fashion as society swans and scions indulged in a spot of betting on their favourite horses. All the guests had their sights set on the race track over delectable sushi and sorbets in HELLO!’s VIP enclosure. To up the fun quotient, HELLO! gave away luxury prizes:

1) Hello! Classic Couple: Michel & Yohaan Poonawala

2) Best Dressed Couple: Gaurav & Protima Bhatia.

3) Best Dressed Man: Raja Dhodhy.

4) Best Dressed Women: Natasha Poonawala.

Ruchika Mehta, Editor, HELLO! played the perfect hostess. The HELLO! Million race was won by  Maple StarOwned by Dr. M.A.M Ramaswamy, Jockey: Imran Chisty. The winners of the HELLO! Million race were presented with the trophy by Tarun Rai, Chief Executive Officer –  Worldwide Media Pvt Ltd.

HELLO!’s partners for this very special occasion were Joss – Food Partern and Signature Premier – Beverage Partner.  The gift partners for the evening were Hermes Amrapali, Infinity Pro Power Bands, Fruitilicious and Runah Salon.

 

Trapped between 2 un’Saif’ Khans, is Kareena Kapoor loving the adulation?

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Kareena Kapoor is caught between Aamir Khan and Imran Khan. And loving it too.

When she is busy with post production of Talaash and when with Aamir he keeps asking her about Imran and teasing her that she only wants to work with Imran.

When she is promoting Karan Johar Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu Imran constantly keeps teasing about Mammu and how she gives him all attention.

SInce the mama bhanja are so busy with their respective films and hardly get the time to meet each other these days.. When she is shooting with Imran.. Imran always asks her about Aamir and when she is with Aamir, he only asks her about Imran

Not that Kareena minds it because she is ver good friends with both Imran and Aamir. And loves attention from both Khans.

Kareena Kapoor’s quote

Kareena Kapoor. Its an absolute pleasure working with Aamir Khan and the young Imran Khan. Both are really very adorable as co stars.

Imran Khan’s quote

Imran Khan. Oh that’s an easy banter… I love to tease Kareena that she has no time for me and giving all attention to Aamir and his film.

Raj Kundra & Sanjay Dutt announce India’s first Super Fight League (SFL)

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Bringing “Sportainment” at its best , entrepreneur Raj Kundra and Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt come together to announce the launch of the country’s first professional organized, MMA – Mixed Martial Arts fighting League, SFL – Super Fight League.

Mixed Martial Arts, a full contact intensive combat sport, stands today not only the fastest growing sport in the world but is also a multibillion dollar industry in the west. With the thought of finding and launching the best fighters in the world ,Raj Kundra & Sanjay Dutt,along with CEO Ken Pavia and COO Daniel Isaac seek to elevate the sport to new heights , bringing to the country “sportainment” at its best with a huge line up of performers, DJ’s and a fight night that you will never forget!

Says Raj Kundra ,Founder – Chairman SFL,”I am a huge MMA fan and knowing it’s the fastest growing sport in the world hate to see Indiaget left behind. Through our professional resources and skills we plan to train and create super fighters out of India. The beauty about MMA is it’s not fixed or staged. The results are unpredictable and the fighters require more skill than any other combat sport in the world. It gives me great pleasure along with my partner Sanjay Dutt to introduce you to The Super Fight League”

Adds Sanjay Dutt, Co-Founder Chairman SFL and Partner  , “I am very passionate about this combat sport and since martial arts was invented in India I will make sure we churn out some real world class super fighters from here. SFLevents will be a great fusion of sports and entertainment while being an extremely important platform for MMA fighter’s in India and the rest of  the world.”

With matches lined up in Mumbai,New Delhi and Chandigarh ,the Super Fight League will have adrenaline junkies asking for more – Starting with SFL1 , Mumbai where six of India’s best fighters in all weights will take on six International MMA fighters followed by a Main Event – Super Heavy Weight Fight between James Thomson (UK) and Bob Sapp (USA).

Harbhajan Singh, Goodwill Ambassador, Ring Ka King on action, sports and entertainment

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After having entertained India with their impressive bouquet of fiction shows, format shows and a number of successful reality shows, COLORS, India’s leading Hindi General Entertainment Channel is all set to introduce a fresh format to its audiences. For the first time ever, the channel is launching the biggest sports entertainment reality show called ‘Tata Prima Trucks Ring Ka King’ which will feature 30 top Indian and international wrestling superstars including Jeff Jarrett, Matt Morgan, Scott Steiner and Monster Abyss; Indian wrestlers who have received international-level training like Jwala, Mahabali Veera, Romeo Rapta, Zoravar and Deadly Danda amongst others. And the Indian cricket superstar Harbhajan Singh has been roped as the goodwill ambassador. The show will bring to audiences a mix of drama and reality by adding some Indian tadka to the good old wrestling matches that we have grown up watching in a grandiose and glitzy manner. Tata Prima Trucks presents Ring Ka King – Wrestling Ka Mahayuddh will go on air on Saturday, January 28th 2012 at 8 PM with subsequent episodes airing on Saturdays and Sundays at 8 PM only on COLORS.

 

Speaking about his association with Tata Prima Trucks presents Ring Ka King, Harbhajan Singh, Goodwill Ambassador, Ring Ka King said, “As a kid, I have always been interested in wrestling. Mein bachpan mein Judo champion hua karta tha. Par uske baad cricket meri life ban gayi. Varna shyaad mein Olympic Judo Champ hota. Being on the cricket pitch has given me the right fighter attitude that is essential to control these wrestlers. I am extremely charged for Ring Ka King. After many years, here’s a mind-boggling reality show that is a perfect mix of action, sports and entertainment that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.”

Sony Entertainment Television cushions itself on No 2 position.

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Commenting on the launch, Mr N.P Singh, COO, Multi Screen Media, said “2011 has been a fantastic year for us.  Sony
Entertainment Television is on an upward curve. The channel stands firm at the No 2 position. With the incredible performance of all our fiction shows we are ready for the next level of growth with a fresh line up of interesting shows. Kyaa Hua Tera Vaada will simply add to the great performance of the channel.”

 


Adds Ms Sneha Rajani, Senior EVP and Business Head, Sony Entertainment Television,‘Kyaa Hua Tera Vaada marks another milestone in our relationship with Balaji. At SET, our endeavor is to pick up shows that are engaging with the characters, language and the environment to which today’s Indian families can relate. We strongly believe in connecting with our audience at an emotional level. We are confident that Kyaa Hua Tera Vaada at 10 pm with a relatable and endearing concept will connect with the viewers and will further strengthen our hold on the prime time slot and also consolidate our position as the second most popular General Entertainment Channel in India.” 

SNEAK PEEK – Sony Entertainment Television and Balaji Telefilms new show Kyaa Hua Tera Vaada

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Guaranteed to showcase Ekta’s new creative streak and sensitive story-telling, Kyaa Hua Tera Vaada will mesmerize the audience. A story of a married couple with three growing children, Kyaa Hua Tera Vaada showcases the celebration of marriage. The show traces the rise and fall of love and togetherness in a typical Indian married couple, whose time and attention for each other survives the vagaries and demands of life’s problems. Mona Singh who catapulted to fame as Jassi from the popular TV serial Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi is set to shine yet again after almost 7 years in a fiction show as Mona Singh. She is paired with actor Pawan Shankar, who is playing the character of Pradeep Singh, Mona’s husband.

Mona is a beautiful woman who loves her family but her primary priority is her three kids. Her life revolves around her children and her husband Pradeep, who knows that Mona’s love for him will never fade away. Both have reached a comfortable zone and the nature of their love is an all-encompassing, understanding and a forgiving one, where the need to rekindle fiery romance is not as important as PTA meetings and the next family holiday.

After the successful run of unique love stories like ‘Kuch to Log Kahenge’ and ‘Bade Acche Lagte Hain,’ Sony Entertainment Television’s ‘Kyaa Hua Tera Vaada’ will hit screens on January 30, 2012. The show will take the audience to an untouched journey of family priorities and love!!

EKTA KAPOOR’S MASALA MANTRA FOR TV CHANGES TO MATURE LOVE AFTER MARRIAGE

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BY ARYEMAN RAJ

Ekta Kapoor – the Lady with the Midas touch, the lady who changed the face of Indian Television, the multi-talented woman of substance who has enthralled millions of audiences with her saas-bahu dramas, changed the mindsets of the Indian audiences is all set to recreate history. Her passion for story-telling with a zing and her fancy for risk-taking has been proved to success stories earlier.

Ekta’s media friendly approach was worth appreciative as she tackled all the media queries with utmost calm and sensible responses. She came across as someone who knows her recipes for success, is well aware of the technicalities. That’s why she has reached that position of high stakes.

THE LAUNCH SHOW DETAILS

After the stupendous success of Bade Acche Laggte Hain, Sony Entertainment Television and Balaji Telefilms join forces once again to present another block buster show Kyaa Hua Tera Vaada that will certainly set the country buzzing.  The show stars Mona Singh and Pawan Shankar who come together for the first time as a married couple trying to re-discover marital love.

Ekta Kapoor – the czarina of Indian television is all set to redefine the splendor and rule the prime time slot once again with the launch of the much awaited and talked about show – Kyaa Hua Tera Vaada, a show poised to break all records on Indian television!

 

Further commenting on the launch Ms Ekta Kapoor, Joint Managing Director, Balaji Telefilms Ltd said, “After Bade Acche Laggte Hai ruling the charts, we at Balaji are all geared up for yet another interesting show – Kyaa Hua Tera Vaada which celebrates marriage after 10 years. Through this show we want to show our viewers how the relationship between a husband and wife changes through time but love remains constant. I am extremely delighted to take the relationship with Sony Entertainment Television to another level with the launch of Kyaa Hua Tera Vaada and hope that we are able to create magic together once again”

 

WHAT MADE SUNNY LEONE’S PORN PORTAL A HIT IN THE WEST?

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Sunny is worth your time, your attention, and your $29.92 a month. You are definitely getting your money’s worth with this girl with killer curves. Besides the sexy exclusive content, the impressive quantity, and the decent quality, there are some additional bonuses that make subscribing to this site a good buy. Sunny has a lot of interaction with her members. She has live camera shows with a schedule to make sure you’re there to meet her. Additionally, you have access to her personal home made videos, and personal appearance schedule. This works perfect in favor of those who are into Sunny the babe and not just Sunny the babe with an awesome set of tits, although she’s a lot of both at the end of the day.

This babe behaves badly with c..ks, dildos, and other babes. Sunny likes to play, and the only thing she likes more than playing is when you watch her play. She likes pu..y, she likes c..k, and she likes it when you watch. So watch away….dats what most of her fans down West have been doing and going gaga and goo-goo over this Desi girl.

 

 

SUNNY LEONE’S series is an “Apprentice”-like show

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Adult film star Sunny Leone wants her run on the new reality show “My Bare Lady 2: Open for Business” to improve the image of folks in her line of work.

“My main goal, since I came into this industry,” divulged Leone, “is I wanted to change one person’s view at a time.”

She gets a chance to do that on “My Bare Lady 2,” which was aired on the Fox Reality Channel.

The series is an “Apprentice”-like show where four adult film actresses – Leone, Brooke HavenCasey Parker and Veronica Rayne – live together and get business guidance from executive coach Mike Mataraza. Together, they’ll rely on what they learn from Mataraza to try to run a business outside of the bedroom. In the first episode, for instance, they try to boost income at a car wash.

The business world is nothing new to Leone.

“I treat my career, my image, as a business already,” she said.

Fact is, it was her business acumen that got Leone, the 2003 Penthouse Pet of the Year, on the show in the first place. When she auditioned last winter, she thought she was trying out for a dating series. But soon the questions turned to dollars and cents and she was cast on “My Bare Lady 2.”

“Sunny is very, very smart,” said Bob Boden, senior vice president of programming and production at the Fox Reality Channel. “When she came into our interview, we knew right away she was right for the show.”

EXPOSED – PEELING THE MASK OFF THE PORN ACTOR CALLED SUNNY LEONE

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Many are unaware that Sunny Leone was also was a reporter for MTV and she appeared for the first time like that in 2005 at the MTV Awards on MTV India. Sunny also had a small appearance in the famous movie “The girl next door”. She was invited at many TV shows and she was there like a guest. It was a very interesting experience for her she enjoyed a lot that period of time from her life. Because she had and still has a beautiful and healthy body she was selected to appear in some fitness commercials and she accepted.

She was invited by many important people at many important shows and events and she was very happy because of that because she wanted to be someone not just because of her career like porn actress.

Although Sunny has confessed that in the near future she wants to be a married woman and to make children and to have a normal and happy family, her relationships have never materialized. Her parents never agreed what she was doing but they hoped one day she will renounce at her career and will be a normal person.

She is a beautiful woman and she deserves a normal life with husband and children and not a career like porn actress. It is not too late and she can stop here her career and start a new life, but this thing depends only of her. Beneath the cute, bubbly smile, there is obviously loads of pain within her. She shies away when probed on why she continues being a porn actor despite having made her share of money in the bargain. Secretive, mystical and not willing to let the cat out of the bag, Sunny Leone surely has some business deals lined up even when she plans to get married.

EXPOSED – SUNNY LEONE’S RELATIONSHIPS WITH MEN WHO MATTER.

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Sunny holds the pot of honey with the men who bring in the money.

Sunny Leone has stated that in ten years time she would like to be married and have started a family, and probably retire from the industry by the time she is 30. Leone was engaged to Matt Erikson, a vice-president of marketing at Playboy Enterprises, but they broke up in 2008 (4 years ago), and is currently dating her business partner Daniel Webber. She definitely knows which side of her bread is buttered…while she holds the pot of honey…………which brings in the money

TRIVIA ON SUNNY LEONE’S FAVORITES

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In Jun. 2006 (6 years ago), Leone became an American citizen, but has plans to be a dual citizen of Canada. Though bisexual, she has stated that she prefers men. In her spare time she enjoys Abstract (51 walls) paintings, horse riding, reading, playing World of Warcraft (20 walls), and enjoys watching The Simpsons (15 walls) (1 walls) and The Discovery Channel. She used to play on a women’s soccer league team in California. Her favorite holiday destination is Hawaii, and her favorite cuisine is Italian.

EXPOSED – SUNNY LEONE’S STREAK ON BEING A MONEY MAKING ENTREPRENEUR

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Leone at the 2005 (7 years ago) AVN Awards Leone has also built a sizable online presence with her official website, sunnyleone.com, along with affiliate sites sunnysmoney.com and sunnysfriends.com. She has managed to leverage her online popularity by striking deals with firms like PPPcard, AdultPokerParty.com, Brickhouse, Flirt4Free, Totemcash and Imlive to sell and distribute her content over the internet and other media.She most recently updated her website in 2009 (3 years ago) to include high definition audio and video, new hardcore material; and news updates to work in conjunction with her Twitter and Facebook pages. For her online efforts, she won the “Web Babe of the Year” at the 2008 (4 years ago) Xbiz Awards. Her websites and business interests are run under her banner company Leone L.L.C.

REVEALED – SUNNY LEONE’S CAMPAIGN AGAINST PRESIDENT BUSH

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In 2004 (8 years ago), Sunny Leone was part of “No More Bush Girls”, in which she and several other popular adult actresses shaved off their pubic hair in protest of the Bush presidency. In May 2008 (4 years ago), she shot a promotional video for Declare Yourself -a non-profit, nonpartisan voter registration campaign targeting 18-to-29-year-olds.

She indicated that Barack Obama would be her choice in the 2008 (4 years ago) US Election, primarily because she felt he was more business friendly to the adult industry than his opponent John Mccain. She also released a public service announcement on behalf of the ASACP, reminding adult webmasters to protect their sites from children by having an RTA label on it. Smart woman who knows how to play her cards…and continues to hold all the aces.

REVEALED – SUNNY LEONE’S FIRST KISS, HER VIRGINITY, TURNING BISEXUAL …..

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Her parents enrolled her in a Catholic School, where she had her first kiss at 11, lost her virginity to a basketball player at another school at 16, and found out she was bisexual at 18. When she was 15, her family received their green card and migrated to the United States. They first moved to Fort Gratiot, Michigan, then to Lake Forest, California before finally settling down in Orange County, California fulfilling a dream of her grandparents that all of them be together in one place. She graduated from high school in 1999 (13 years ago) and proceeded to enroll in college.

EXPOSED – SUNNY LEONE’S BREAST AUGMENTATION & FIRST SEX ACT WITH MEN FOR HER PORN FILM

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In May 2007 (5 years ago), upon re-signing her contract with Vivid for another six films, Leone agreed to perform for the first time with men on camera, but exclusively with her then fiancé, Matt Erikson. That summer she also received breast augmentation, and shot her first movie under the new contract titled Sunny Loves Matt. The movie led to her to be nominated for three (out of six) AVN awards in 2009 (3 years ago) in addition to being a choice for Female Performer of the Year. She followed up her first boy-girl title with The Other Side of Sunny in Oct. 2008 (4 years ago), which would be the last time she would perform with Erikson.

REVEALED – HAD SUNNY LEONE REFUSED DIRECTOR MOHIT SURI EARLIER? DID MAHESH BHATT THINK HIS MEETING HER WOULD TEMPT SUNNY LEONE?

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It was quite obvious that Sunny Leone wouldn’t finally agree to be launched by the Bhatt camp. Everyone knows how kanjoos the Bhatt’s are, especially Mukesh Bhatt who holds the production strings.

Sunny has indicated that for the right price she would seriously consider a career in Bollywood. Earlier too, she has been courted by Indian directors in the past but has felt uncomfortable with the roles that she would have played. What comes as shocking news is that director Mohit Suri is rumored to have asked Leone to play the lead role in his movie Kalyug, but instead cast Deepal Shaw. Obviously he could not afford her $1 million acting fee. So Mahesh Bhatt’s entry into the Bigg Boss house was just a ploy to pacify Sunny to act in their home production. Bhatt thought that he would be able to sweet-talk her, but definitely this erotic babe is a hard cookie to crack. Leone wouldn’t budge on her price just like she knew how to behave coy, sweet and innocent while shooting for the reality show.

EXPOSED – SUNNY LEONE’S EX-BOYFRIEND LEAKS HER PERSONAL VIDEOS.

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While Sunny Leone is all set to go for an image makeover of sorts with ‘Jism 2’, her ex has leaked the couple’s porn videos online.
Leone’s former fiancé, Matt Erikson has been cashing in on her first straight porn video. The duo had got engaged in 2007. Before meeting Matt, Leone had only featured in lesbian porn films. Post her engagement, she starred in porn films only with her then fiancé. The couple broke up in 2008. Interestingly, their first movie together was a huge success.

The same movie is doing the rounds on the Internet now. Matt has, in fact, uploaded some of Sunny’s other films on his website which can only be viewed on rental on pay per view basis. Owing to her sting in ‘Bigg Boss 5’, Sunny’s popularity has increased in India and there is a renewed interest about the porn star’s work and this perhaps Matt is taking advantage of.

Post her break up with Matt, Sunny opened her own production house and did commercial tie-ups with other porn portals. She was also the first porn star to feature in an approved app for a leading smart phone.

Neil celebrates his birthday with Deepika Padukone

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Bollywood actor Neil Nitin Mukesh turned a year older yesterday, as the actor celebrated his 30th birthday on January 15, 2012. The actor partied with some of his close friends within the industry.
Deepika Padukone with speculated beau Siddharth Mallya, Mugdha Godse, Sophie Choudry, Puja Gupta, and Vikram Phadnis attended the Bollywood actor’s birthday bash.

Vidya Balan to do an item number

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Following the huge success of her last film THE DIRTY PICTUREVidya Balan is preparing to take her ‘Ooh La La’ tag to newer heights with her very first item song in the Rajesh Mapuskar directed FERRARI KI SAWAARI, under the banner of Vidhu Vinod Chopra Films.

Vidya is expected to go ultra-glamorous in the item song. The item song is expected to be a major part of the film. The choreographer is still undecided though the shoots are expected to commence in early February 2012.

The movie FERRARI KI SAWAARI has become the movie of firsts. This is not only Rajesh Mapuskar’s directorial debut, but Sharman Joshi will also play the lead role for the very first time in this movie. And of course, we will get to see Vidya grooving in her very first item number.

Salman or Aamir- who will be cast in PAIYA remake?

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Remakes like GHAJINI, READY, BODYGUARDSINGHAM and WANTED have created history at the box-office. Aamir KhanSalman Khan and Ajay Devgnclimbed greater heights of success with these blockbuster films. Even today, the trend of remakes is in full flow with KICK that stars Salman Khan and SON OF SARDAR, remake of MARYADA RAMANNA, which stars Ajay Devgn.

But there is one film that Bollywood stars seem to have missed. And that is PAIYA, another potential pot of gold for Bollywood with love from the South. The reason behind keeping Bollywood stars away from this big project is because director Linguswamy was waiting for South superstar Surya to play the lead in the Hindi version. However, since Surya is still stuck with his Tamil assignments (he has acted in the original films which were later remade in Hindi- SINGHAM, GAJINI to name a few), Linguswamy has moved on to do four Tamil films with UTV.

But, now that Surya is busy with his Tamil films, Bollywood superstars can make the most of the opportunity. Aamir Khan and Salman Khan have been successful whenever it came to remakes. Ajay Devgn also stands a chance to grab a role in PAIYA, a super hit film that made over Rs. 50 crore business in Tamil with 20 crore overseas and over 20 crore for its Telugu version AWAARA.

Written and directed by N. Linguswamy, PAIYA is about the interesting journey of a young couple. A beautiful young woman who is an IT employee asks a jobless, happy-go-lucky man to escort her from Bangalore to Mumbai. The man incidentally is in love with her. The film revolves around the various obstacles that the couple faces during their trip, some bitter-sweet experiences and the manner in which they bond together during the journey – a typical story that has the potential to become a successful film in Bollywood.

Grapevine has it that Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone were also cast for this film by Director Linguswamy but post their break-up, the on-screen jodiaspirations came to an end as well.

Now, the biggest question that arises is that who will be the next Jodi in PAIYA? It is said that the mighty Khans are said to be potential contenders for the lead role as makers are checking out the film with them in mind as well.

“BloombergUTV Autocar India Awards 2012 honours the Automobile Industry”

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BloombergUTV, India’s premier business channel and Autocar India today
presented the ‘The BloombergUTV Autocar India Awards 2012’ presented by HDFC Bank at a glittering
ceremony in Mumbai. The awards based on the theme “Evolution is Simple. Survival of the Fittest”, saw
a fierce competition amongst the most reputed names in the auto sector. A total of 24 awards were
given away across the two and four wheeler segments.

A Jury Panel comprising of experts like Hormazd Sorabjee, Shapur Kotwal, Renuka Kirpalani, Narain
Karthikeyan, Manvendra Singh, Rishad Cooper, Karthikeya Singhee, Dilip Roger, Rajeev Khanna, Colvyn
Harris, Mahesh Chauhan and Malvika Mehra selected the winners from the top contenders in each
category. The list of award winners is annexed along with.

Aditya Puri- Md, HDFC Bank,Naresh Rattan- VP Sales and Marketing Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India,Tomoaki Nagayama, Director Sales and Marketing,Neil Nitin Mukesh, Deepak Lamba ( R to L )

Maruti Suzuki Swift bagged the Car of the Year (Jury Choice) and Best Compact Car of the Year awards
while the Mahindra XUV500 bagged three awards viz., ‘Viewers’ Choice Car of the Year Award’, ‘Best
Value-for-Money Car’ and ‘SUV of the Year’. The Volkswagen Passat won the ‘Green Car of the Year’
Award.
Honda CBR250R walked away with dual honours winning both the ‘Bike of the Year’ as well as the
‘Viewers’ Choice Bike of the Year Award’.
Mr. Pawan Goenka, President – Automotive & Farm Equipment Sectors at Mahindra & Mahindra was
awarded the ‘Man of the Year’ award for his contribution towards the automotive industry.

”Tutiya Dil” story and synopsis

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“Tutya Dil’ is a story about how different people deal with their heart breaks in a different manner.Though the word heartbreak sounds rather serious , the movie is a fun ride.It’s the story about Rhea Kapoor (Suzanna Mukherjee), her friend Anu (Iris Maity), Rhea’s new boss Karan Oberoi (Nikhil Sabharwal) and Rhea’s colleague Vishal (Siddhant Kapoor).
Rhea is a beautiful, vibrant and an independent girl.She meets her new boss Karan and she falls in love with him.Rhea plans to live with him. Before their relationship go further, Karan dumps her and she is left heartbroken and homeless.later she moves in with a co-worker Vishal and faces further problems.She blames the entire male species for her condition. Now Karan wants Rhea back but she is adamant.what the lesson Rhea learns from this sour relationship is the film all about.
The film is directed by Amit Khanna and it also stars Ankit Gupta, Jyoti Bhardwaj, Angel Farmahan, Darpan Malik and Naveen Kaushik.
The film has cinematography by Shweta Chanda,music by Gulraj singh,lyrics by manoj Yadav,and editing by Archit D Rastogi.

‘Rockstar’ bags 3 awards at the Colors Screen Awards 2012

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The 18th Colors Screen Awards, 2012 was a night full of glitz, glamour and entertainment.

Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision’s ‘Rockstar’, shined at the glittering award show that won three prestigious awards including The Best Actor, Best Playback singer (Male) and Best Music.

While Ranbir Kapoor’s role in the film won him best actor award, composer AR Rahman, who has multiple National and Grammy awards to his credit, was awarded the best music director’s trophy for his chartbusting music in ‘Rockstar’.

Mohit Chauhan won the best male singer trophy for the song ‘Phir se ud chala’ in the musical romantic saga.

The evening was indeed an eventful one for team ‘Rockstar’ and we are sure this is just the beginning to a very successful run at the other award functions to come!

LEGENDS – KAIFI AZMI by Saregama – A MUST BUY FOR MUSIC LOVERS

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“Legends – Kaifi Azmi” is an epic compilation containing immortal songs of Kaifi saheb right from his first film “Buzdil (1951) to Tamanna (1996). Kaifi saheb, the true legend that he was, has penned some of the most immortal songs of all times and this album is our tribute to his genius. His songs have that poignancy because he always drew his inspiration of the art from real life and the colours around him.

 

This prestigious pack is a true connoisseur’s delight with some of the most memorable songs of Indian cinema, of the golden era of great poetry and melody.  Whether it was his soulful lyrics of “Kagaz Ke Phool”, or patriotic songs of “Haqeeqat” or ghazals of “Pyar Ka Jashn” all of them were amongst the best in their genres. Every song has a beautiful depth which is why his work is celebrated till date and has been set to tune by the most famous music composers of his time.

The talented actress, Ms. Shabana Azmi states – “I am delighted that Saregama is presenting Legends on the occasion of his 90th birth anniversary. I have selected these songs myself and hope that it will provide our listeners the same pleasure that it gives me”

Apart from memorable songs, this album is interspersed   with voiceovers of Kaifi saab, Khaiiyaam saab, Melody Queen Lata Mangeshkar,  Waheeda Rehmanji, Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar…..

Some of the songs featured in this album are:

  •  “Waqkt Ne Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam” – Film: Kaagaz ke Phool”
  • “Ye Nayan dare dare” – Film: Kohra
  • “Tum Jo mil gaye ho” – Fim: Hanste Zakhm
  • “Kar Chale Hum fida” Film: Haqeeqat
  • “Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho” Film: Arth

 

Mr. Apurv Nagpal, MD, Saregama India Ltd, speaks- “How do I describe Kaifi saab? He is a legend beyond comparison. I am extremely pleased that Shabanaji & Saregama are releasing his immortal works for his fans in this maestro collection.”

 

Mr. Adarsh Gupta, Business Head – Music, Saregama India Ltd, speaks- “Kaifi saab’s immortal work is a bouquet of soulful songs, patriotic songs, ghazals and nazms and has captured the hearts and minds of listeners for decades…..We, at Saregama, have a rich heritage of music and it was natural for Shabanaji to work with us in compiling his best to present in this offering LEGENDS-KAIFI AZMI, a tribute to the great Legend. We hope our listeners will once again be able to relive the melodious era”

 


Daughter Shabana Azmi’s tribute to her legendary father Kaifi Azmi

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On the occasion of legendary lyricist and poet Kaifi Azmi’s 90th birth anniversary – 14th January; Saregama, India’s flagship music and entertainment Company along with the talented actress and a proud daughter, Shabana Azmi presents handpicked melodies of the maestro as LEGENDS – KAIFI AZMI, a milestone collection.

 

The album was launched at Hotel Novotel Mumbai by Anil Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor along with Mr. Adarsh Gupta, Business Head, Saregama India Ltd.,  Honoured guests for the evening was Khaiyyaam Saab, Javed Akhtar,Baba Azmi, Tanvi Azmi,  Ila Arun, Farhan Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar, Shaad Ali.

Aryeman Raj

Kangana Ranaut – the next karate kid!

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Actress Kangana Ranaut is in love with the entire KARATE KID series including the recent one with Jaden Smith but confesses she is a fan of Hilary Swank and feels she did an amazing job in THE NEXT KARATE KID.

As recent news suggests, Kangs herself is taking personal training lessons in the artform Hilary looked hot at the same time tough in the movie and Kangana seems to be the perfect blend of both as well, not to forget she is outstandingly gorgeous too.
Talk about her rigorous training sessions before the movie went on floors and she says, “I wanted to be completely prepared physically before we kick started shooting.”

With such growing enthusiasm and zeal, seems like Kangana’s all set to be the first female ever in Bollywood to showcase her karate moves on the Silver Screen.

 

The Number’s game for Kareena, Katrina and Priyanka

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With Kareena leading the pack with as many as four 100 crore plus ventures (GOLMAAL 3, 3 IDIOTS, BODYGUARD and RA.ONE), Asin with two films (GHAJINI and READY), Sonakshi Sinha (DABANGG) and Priyanka Chopra (DON 2) having one each, the competition seems to be rising up!

The audiences numero uno Katrina Kaif has three probable 100 crore plus YRF ventures with the three Khans (DHOOM 3, EK THA TIGER and Yash Chopra’s SRK film) coming up in 2012, but it is our very own Priyanka who after DON2 : THE KING IS BACK, is all set to repeat the feat with Hrithik Roshan‘s AGNEEPATH. Yes, Priyanka will have to thank ‘Chikni Chameli‘ Katrina too for hyping the film, apart from the promotional activities that the film has undertaken.

Well, we not only hope for Katrina and Priyanka to score centuries at the box-office but are even hopeful for Sonakshi’s ROWDY RATHORE and Asin‘s HOUSEFULL 2 to score well at the box-office!

Aryeman Raj

Vivek Oberoi get original – don’t ape newcomer Ranveer at least?

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Shahrukh Khan as ‘Surinder Sahni’ from RAB NE BANA DI JODI and Ranveer Singh as ‘Bittoo’ from BAND BAAJA BAARAAT were liked and praised by many. But, now these characters are also inspiring actor Vivek Oberoi. Vivek, who has been shooting round the clock, has modeled his character in KISMAT LOVE PAISA DILLI on the lines of Singh’s character in BBB and also borrows a little from SRK’s role in RAB NE BANA DI JODI.

Amit Chandrra, the producer of KLPD elaborates, ‘Vivek plays a middle class Punjabi boy from Delhi and it’s a character that is very different from what he has done in the past.’

According to reports, Vivek has also been observing the young crew on the set to get into the skin of his character, ”Today’s youngsters are sorted in their head and have a clear idea of what they want and just observing them makes one learn so much,” says Vivek.

Well, we only hope that Vivek’s efforts get him the desirable results. KLPD also stars Mallika Sherawat as Vivek’s lady love and the film is directed by Sanjay Khanduri.

 

Aryeman Raj

Hrithik’s special medley performance at his birthday bash.

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There was no star-studded guest list. No city nightspot was booked either. The city cops did not have to come down and crash this party, because Hrithik Roshan had decided to be at home with his family for his 38th birthday on January 10, 2012. And the family dinner turned out to be the most exciting birthday of the actor’s life. Thanks to mommy Pinky Roshan and aunt Kanchan.

Pinky and Kanchan wanted to make Hrithik’s birthday special. And for that, they not only made a medley of the actor’s hit dance numbers, but also danced to it. Roshan Jr. needless to say, couldn’t stop smiling after this.

A source close to Hrithik informs, “The entire family was coming together for dinner. Apart from his parents Rakesh and Pinky Roshan, Hrithik’s uncle Rajesh Roshan joined in with his wife and kids Ehsaan and Pashmina. Hrithik’s grandparent J Om Prakash and sister Sunaina had also come over for the dinner.”

But before the dinner could be laid out on the table, Hrithik was in for a surprise. “While the family was catching up before dinner, an announcement was made about a special dance number. And then Hrithik’s mother and aunt walked in to dance on a special medley of his film songs,” added the source.

The performance, which included songs like ‘Senorita’‘Dhoom Machale’ and ‘Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai’, lasted for twelve minutes. “Hrithik was pleasantly surprised. He did not expect to see his otherwise shy mother dancing to his songs. The family started teasing him and told him that finally they knew where he had got his dancing abilities from,” informs a source.

When contacted, Hrithik’s father Rakesh Roshan said, “Yes, it is true. But I would not like to elaborate on it since it was an intimate family gathering.”

Aryeman Raj

Arjun Rampal endorses a perfume brand.

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An ardent entrepreneur with a banner called Chasing Ganessha under him and an extremely successful nightclub Lap in Delhi (the only club which is running into its fourth year) and an escalating career graph, National Award winning actor Arjun Rampal is amplifying his entrepreneurial acumen with the launch of series of Eau de Toilettes for men called alive.

Setting the tone for popular Eau de Toilettes, these aromatic waters with an iconic fragrance is introduced in two variations; “alive white” and “alive Black”. alive White is a fresh fragrance for the day. This is a citrus based fragrance which is a cocktail of Bergamot, Mandarin, and Lemon. alive black is a formal and heavier fragrance for the evening where the citrusy top notes give way to pepper, leather and aquatic notes making the fragrance distinctly masculine in nature.

Priced at Rs.1800 for a 100ml bottle, and manufactured by one of the leading fragrance house in Germany, the products are made in France, and will be available throughout India by one of the leading distributing company’s Baccarose.

Arjun has been an integral part in the development of his nouveau brand in partnership with Rivoli Parfums – involved right from the conceptualization stage, selection of the brand name, designing the packaging, development and selection of the fragrances, brand strategy and future development of the brand.

Taking the brand a notch higher, it will be launched internationally, beginning with Middle East & United Kingdom. The brand’s next expansion will be launching new and various products including Deodorants and men’s Grooming Products. Experiencing the quintessence of aromatic waters as Alive was unveiled at Aurus. The sea breeze, sensual lighting and Alive where elements which enlivened the experience!

Ecstatic over the soon to be revealed brand, Arjun said When you smell nice, it helps you work better and you feel more Alive.

Aryeman Raj

 

Neelam Kothari clears the muck on SRK-Priyanka’s affair

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The rumour mills were agog with the news that former actress Neelam Kothari is spreading the rumours of Shahrukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra‘s alleged love affair.

But it seems the actress is very upset with the gossipmongers and chose social networking platform to clarify the faulty accusations.

Neelam at once twitted, ”Don’t know how to react to a certain article that has come out today, claiming that I am responsible for starting certain rumours. I’m shocked and hurt with these allegations!! This is the first time in the whole of my career I have been dragged into a controversy.”

A distressed Neelam continues with her outburst, ”Not fair at all!! Gauri and Sharukh happen to be my dear friends and will continue to be so.. Would never say anythin derogatory about them”

She adds further, ”As for Priyanka Chopra… No we have never had a fight… Get your facts right people!!”

Aryeman Raj

Kareena – Katrina war for KJo and Ekta Kapoor’s next film. Will Kareena bag it?

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As per earlier reports, producer Karan Johar and Ekta Kapoor have teamed up to make a love story with a twist. Ekta said, ‘The film is an urban take on love – it is quirky, edgy, dramatic and intense.’ They also made an announcement that the casting will be made in few days.
Being among the top filmmakers, the duo wants to cast top actress as their leading lady. Apparently, there are some hindrances due to the differences in opinion between them. While KJo prefers casting Kareena Kapoor, Ekta thinks Katrina Kaifis best suited for the role.

It is obvious that Bebo is Karan’s first choice as they have worked together in KABHIE KHUSHI KABHIE GHAM, KURBAAN, WE ARE FAMILY and now EK MAIN AUR EKK TU. Other than this, they have also been good friends.

On the contrary, Ekta has signed Kareena for ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI 2 and hence wants to see Katrina as her leading lady for the film. Seems, Ekta doesn’t want to be emotional unlike Karan.

Anyways, only time will say who’ll bag the role – Kareena Kapoor or Katrina Kaif.

Aryeman Raj

 

Karan Johar focuses on AGNEEPATH and EK MAIN AUR EKK TU.

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Karan Johar may be the man in news for his two upcoming films AGNEEPATH andEK MAIN AUR EKK TU. The director is keeping himself busy with the promotional activities of both the films and the nearing release date of the Hrithik Roshan –Priyanka Chopra starrer AGNEEPATH is also keeping him on his toes. But, KJO’s busy agenda has affected the schedule of his directorial venture and Dharma Production’s third release of 2012 STUDENT OF THE YEAR.

”The film was launched with much fanfare a year back on 5th January. It was meant to be a high profile launch for Varun Dhawan (son of David Dhawan), Alia Bhatt (daughter of Mahesh Bhatt) and Siddharth Malhotra (who had assisted KJo during the making of MY NAME IS KHAN). It was a wonderful moment for the newcomers but as things stand today, they would have to wait for a much longer time period to see their dreams getting fulfilled,” says a source. 
Apparently, the reason behind the delays in the film’s schedule is due to Karan’s multiple commitments which haven’t allowed him to focus solely on his own directorial outing. While the man at the hot seat had earlier admitted that he won’t suggest any filmmaker to direct a film in the middle of other productions, it seems that Varun, Alia and Siddharth have no other choice but to just go with the tide.

The waiting period is expected to be quite an extended one since 50% of the film is yet to be shot. Despite the film being launched a year ago, the principal shooting kick-started only in August and since then Karan has been busy multitasking.

”Honestly, all focus is currently on these two films. I would get back on SOTY only after these two films have released. So far I have shot for half the film though. But the release date is yet to be locked,” confirms Karan.

Aryeman Raj

Sunny Leone’s sex appeal lampooned for creating mind boggling viewership

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After creating quite a stir on the popular reality show ‘Bigg Boss’, Sunny Leone is once again creating waves on ‘Jay Hind!’, world’s first full format online TV show.

Sunny has been lampooned in Undercover Productions Ltd.’s entertaining late night stand up comedy show. The humorous take on Sunny’s sex appeal and weighty assets on Jay Hind!’s special episode titled ‘Sunny Days’ recorded mind boggling viewership of over 2 lakh. The show by itself has recorded a total of over 11 crore views, averaging a 1 lakh and a half views a day.

“A sarcastic & comical take on the news & current affairs is what our show is all about. The hype around Sunny Leone made her perfect for some tongue in cheek jokes. The popularity of the episode and the segment called ‘Sunny Leone and the power of porn’ proves how sex starved our country is,” says Abhigyan Jha, Creator & Director, ‘Jay Hind!’ and Founder & CEO, Undercover Productions Ltd.

The talented host Sumeet Raghavan cracks quirky jokes on the famous porn star and her profession has apparently left the audience in splits. “Sunny Leone became famous overnight and is very popular in our country. Our bold, honest yet humorous take on everything that is making news connects with our fellow citizens who have similar views,” adds Sumeet Raghavan citing the reasons for the popularity of the Sunny Leone episode and the show in general.

Aryeman Raj

Critical acclaim continues for I AM KALAM

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Wednesday, 11 January 2012 : – ULTRA & SushilKumar Agrawal proudly
celebrated and unveiled the DVD of I AM KALAM, an Iconic film,
directed by Nila Madhab Panda, starring Harsh Mayar (National Award
Winner), Gulshan Grover, Hussan Saad, Pitobash, Beatrice Ordeix,
produced by development organization, SMILE FOUNDATION at Hotel Sea
Princess, Juhu, Mumbai.

Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Gulshan Grover, CEO of Ultra Sushil Kumar Agarwal and director Nila Madhab Panda

Ms. Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Gulshan Grover spoke on the ‘Spirit’
behind the making of the film and officially released the DVD of I AM
KALAM’. Also Puja Batra, Pitobash, Pravin Dabbas, Tannishtha
Chatterjee were the guests of the evening.

I AM KALAM is cinema that inspires, combining education and awareness
on complex and sensitive topics, with the entertaining aspect,
representing cinema that elevates society. I Am Kalam is the Triumph
of the Human Spirit with the core message that ‘Har Chottu’ ban sakta
hain ‘Kalam’. ‘I AM KALAM’ starts with an inspiring line of APJ Abdul
Kalam ‘Great Dreams of great dreamers are always transcendent’ and
Destiny can be changed by Action. I AM KALAM has already won 18
International and National Awards, the highest for any films in a
year, so far. The film has also been nominated for the first
prestigious award of this year SCREEN AWARD 2012, for the Best Child
Actor, Most Promising Director and the Best Story category.

I AM KALAM has also become a movement based on child labour and their
Right to Education. Director Nila Madhab Panda has been acknowledged
as one of the most sensitive and promising director to debut in
Bollywood with this path breaking film. His next mainstream commercial
film  THE DESSERT MERMAID is being considered as another classic in
the making is being produced by ULTRA, the Rs-3-billion film
production, distribution and Restoration Company headquartered in
Mumbai. ULTRA, has also picked up the worldwide Satellite, Video and
other digital rights including the international distribution rights
of “I Am Kalam”

“After watching ‘I Am Kalam’, I was fascinated about the film, message
and the director’s vision and immediately picked up all the rights of
I AM KALAM. ULTRA is proud to be associated with this film which
inspires and elevates society. And when the Director, Mr. Panda,
narrated me the story of his next mainstream film ‘The Dessert
Mermaid’, I was very much confident of his vision and thought that
this is the best opportunity to be socially active through mainstream
cinema since it is a subject told in an adventure thriller format that
has immense market potential both in domestic and international
markets says Ultra group CEO Sushil Kumar Agrawal.
I AM KALAM has become a movement with the efforts of development
organization, SMILE FOUNDATION and has reached out to 1000 Schools and
200 corporate to make a movement out of this film. The reach with this
movement: – 10,00,000 children directly and will be able to sensitize
approx 30,00,000 (Thirty Lakhs) Population indirectly through this.
The Campaign was supported by  Smile Foundation’s CFC  (Child for
Child) Programme Team of 50 members. Bollywood’s most promising and
sensitive director Nila Madhab Panda shares his views on the spirit
and making of I AM KALAM “ I come from a backward village in the
Western part of Odisha state (infamous for the drought prone
Kalahandi-Bolangir-Koraput region), where there are no proper schools,
no proper roads, and no development. The only thing available there
for me without begging, without any cost, was “dreams”. These were not
dreams which I had while sleeping, these were dreams which never made
me sleep till I achieved them. I had seen those dreams and made my
dream come true with true effort and education. And since I strongly
believe in education as a route to success in life, I thought of
making this film to celebrate childhood and dreams.

As Dr. Kalam says, “As a child you never failed to follow your dreams.
Why change it now? You are what you dream of”. I believe in that, and
constantly remind myself that “I am Nila Madhab Panda and I dare to
dream”. I changed my destiny by putting hard effort. You can also do
that.

I am a true believer of “Independent cinema” and independent
storytelling. I truly believe cinema is the reflection of the society.
As a child, the biggest entertainment is when you hear a story from
your grandmother or parents. The treatment of “I am Kalam” is simply
like that – it is told like the way our grandmothers used to tell
stories to us. It’s a simple narration.

Quite a few of these awards have been audience choice awards. So, one
cannot dub it art house cinema in that sense. The film has a great
story, and uniqueness in narrating a dark prince-and-pauper story like
a peppy, musical, colourful, entertaining film full of drama. It’s a
true entertaining children’s film for the universal audience, which
has been entertaining people in the 5-100-year age group in countries
as diverse as Taiwan, Poland, Canada and Korea”
Major Celebrities from Bollywood graced the DVD launch of this iconic
film and supported the movement based on Child labour and the Right to
Education.

TV star Avinash Wadhwan double whammy party.

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Avinash with Natasha Wadhwan and son Samraat

Avinash and Natasha looked great together ! It was a relaxed evening, Avinash had organised a great party to celebrate his wife’s birthday and the arrival of his new born son. Big boss returned Amar Upadhayay was first to make an entry. Dolly Bindra Rrohit Verma was dressed in black. With the star turn-out, it surely showed that Avinash has many friends in the industry. Aryeman Raj

Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya crosses the 1 lac + mark on Facebook

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Riding ahead of the competition, Tips Industries Ltd’ Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya surpassed other films in trending on popular social networking site Facebook.

The largest page in comparison to the previous social media campaigns from the production house, Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’souza starrer Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya beat the likes of films like Ek Main Aur Ek Tu which is trending at 60,000 and Jodi Breakers at 13,550 and is higher than all the production’s other pages added up.

Says producer Kumar Taurani ,Tips Industries Ltd “We at Tips are happy to have crossed the 1lac mark on Facebook…we are excited with the curiosity and buzz surrounding the film and its popularity on the social media front is only proof of this”

The romantic-comedy marks the directorial debut of Mandeep Kumar and also marks the reunion of the lead pair, Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza after a gap of 7years on the big screen.

 

Aryeman Raj

Kareena Kapoor – Outshines her peers as Bollywood’s most profitable HEROINE

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Adding another feather to her hat, Kareena Kapoor recently emerged ETC’s Most Profitable Actress at the Bollywood Business Awards.With domestic box office collections of 200 cr+ plus movies under her belt,Kareena emerged the unquestionable money spinner female actor.

The actress in the year 2011,had two 100+ films –Bodyguard (141 crore ) and Ra.One and was honored at the ETC Bollywood Business Awards, on pure basis of box office collections.

On the occasion said Kareena Kapoor  “Receiving an award wherein you are being adjudged considering the economic quotient as a cornerstone for mapping the success gives you a sense of pride. I’ve always maintained that commercial success is as important as the critical success of a movie. A commercially successful movie pays evidence to the fact that viewers loved watching your movie. Thank you, for appreciating and recognizing my work.”

Standing tall amidst an industry ruled by the leading men, Bollywood’s Numero Uno Kareena Kapoor is the first actress to join the much coveted 100 crore club – Having starred in 4 films that have grossed over 100 crore at the domestic box office in less than 2 years,a feat no other Bollywood star has achieved so far, Kareena Kapoor has established herself a force to reckon with. .Kareena in a near 2 year period has delivered four of the top ten grossing films of all time- Starting with Three Idiots which earned Rs 170 crore locally , Golmaal 3 mopping up Rs 108 crore ,followed by the 141 crore grossing Bodyguard, and the VFX magnum opus Ra.One

 

Says trade analyst Amod Mehra “There is no competition to Kareena Kapoor – Talking about numbers and standings in the industry ,she is the entire 1-10 margin .She is the Amitabh Bachchan of her time ,there were constant comparisons with her contemporaries but with her recent films she is here to prove she is her only competition”

 

Aryeman Raj

 

Big Fat Indian Wedding fashion show of Aarti Vijay Gupta

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It was a big, fat Indian wedding with colourful bridal outfits and lots of
embroidery… As Aarti Vijay Gupta displayed her latest wedding collection
with a fashion show at The Wedding Cafe & Lounge, Andheri (West).

 

 

Models of the likes of Aakruti Mistry, Mudasir Ali, Misti Mukherjee, Pooja Misrra,
Gary Richardson, Abhishek Awasthi, Nikita Patil, Leena Dias, Chitra Jain,
Rashmi Pitre, and choreographer-stylist Saajish brought to the fore, Aarti
Vijay Gupta’s exciting wedding collection, walking the ramp in prominent
Indian colours red, gold, green, electric blue, purple and yellow outfits
that comprised of Aarti Vijay Gupta’s colour palette of her collection. The
surface ornamentation and texturisation of the outfits stood out as the
pretty women and handsome men walked the ramp. The audiences including
paitners Varsha Vyas, Renuka, Amisha Mehta, Sonalli Iyengar, actor Vaibhav
Singhvi cheered on. Following that, it was a sumptuous dinner and dance
that kept that night alive. A big fat, Indian wedding indeed!

Hrithik Roshan on being sexy

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Girls drool over his hot torso, boys envy to acquire that fab body. Well we are talking about the greek god of Bollywood Hrithik Roshan.

While the world goes gaga over Hrithik Roshan, who has won the coveted title of sexiest man, for his looks and body, the handsome hunk feels it’s just a matter of effort and nothing else.

When we asked Hrithik what makes him look sexiest at the of 38 the modest actor says, “If you had seen my photograph two and a half months back you would not have said that. Being sexiest is only a matter of effort and will-power. The kind of diet and exercise regime you follow is what matters nothing more than that. It doesn’t make me greater than anyone else at all.”

Indeed Hrithik is a youth icon with a heady mix of a powerful & fit body, great thinker, hardwordking and positive attitude.

Sunny Leone – Will she give the royal ditch to the Bhatt camp?

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Porn-star Sunny Leone may be hogging all the limelight ever since Mahesh Bhatt offered her JISM – 2 at the television reality show Big Boss. However, there is another beginner who didn’t bag much publicity and attention despite finding herself in the good books of the Bhatts. The girl is Esha Gupta who is already working with Emraan Hashmi in yet another franchise, JANNAT 2, and is happy to begin her career with the Bhatts.

‘It is phenomenal to be working with Bhatts since they have a knack of portraying the female protagonists really well in their films,’ says Esha who has been a successful model for quite some time now. ‘They respect the presence of female leads in their films and also ensure that the girls act really well despite being new to the industry. For me, there couldn’t have been a better start than this,” adds Esha.


Mahesh Bhatt not only narrated her character in the film in detail but also assured her about its significance in the film. The renowned filmmaker also shared quite a few observations about her as an actor and a person.

Esha is also excited about JANNAT 2. ”Bhatt saab actually sat down with me and narrated the entire script to me. I guess that was a moment I’ll cherish all my life. I was just so touched to be with a person of his calibre and stature. It isn’t with every film that you would get a senior personality like him to guide you.”

Abhi-Ash plan a secret bash for Oprah

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American chat show queen Oprah Winfrey will be soon visiting India to shoot her new chat show Next Chapter with spiritual guru Deepak Chopra. She even wants to participate in the Jaipur Literary Festival in the country. Oprah tweeted, ‘Never been to India, it’s been on my vision board forever (sic).’



Interestingly, if reports are to be believed, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan are planning to host a party for Oprah when she visits Mumbai during her tour. Both Aishwarya and Abhishek have appeared on Oprah’s show.

Also, Oprah is keen to meet Beti B as per sources.

SRK MEETS BIG B’S GRAND-DAUGHTER

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Shahrukh Khan visited the Bachchan’s residence to meet none other than Beti B. Reportedly, the actor offered his blessings to Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan‘s newborn daughter.

Shah Rukh drops by to meet the ‘little one’, a few others too from the fraternity visit the still in wonder bundle.. and we spend all our time in trying to spend as much time as possible with her !! Simple pleasures of life..!!’ Big B wrote on his blog.


With the arrival of Beti B, it seems that the speculated long time rivalry between the Bachchan parivar and SRK will soon come to an end. Also, Abhishek and SRK were recently spotted having a good time together at photographer Dabboo Ratnani’s 2012 calendar launch.

Preeti Jhangiani is back in Writer ,Director Sneh Tull’s film “YEH HAI MUMBAI”.

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Preeti Jhangiani who debuted with a super hit movie ‘Mohabbatein’ opposite Bollywood giants such as Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan will be seen again in Writer ,Director ,Sneh Tulli’s “YE HAI MUMBAI”. The movie is produced under the banner of SAM productions. The talented actress was last seen in much appreciated Pravin Dabbas’s ‘Sahi Dhande Galat Bande’.

The movie has already completed half its schedule and the rest is being shot and should be done very quickly. A source close to Preeti says, “Preeti is very excited about this film, as it is an heroine oriented film and she has a very interesting role in the film.”  Since the movie is an inspiration of a real life Bollywood character, Preeti has been working extra hard rehearsing to get into the skin of the character, and now that is being paid off very well with the praises she has been receiving not only from her Director but even her co-stars and the entire crew. The movie is being shot at a very good pace and soon will be hitting the theatres. Preeti is very excited and confident that the film will do well at the box office and she won’t let her fans down with her performance.


Other starcast in the Film are-Neeraj Vora,Meghna Patel ,Bijendra Kala,Brijesh Hirji..

Aryeman Raj

London. Paris. New York to release March 2nd,2012

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Fox Star Studios and Rose Movies’ coming-of-age romantic comedy London Paris New York is soon to see its release, scheduled for the 2nd March,2012-

 

Promising to bring the wit back into Bollywood’s romantic comedies ,London Paris New York starring Ali Zafar and Aditi Rao Hydari , mirrors the 3 states of love set in an international scenario ,and also marks the directorial debut of Anu Menon.

 

Capturing the angst of the young twenties, London Paris New York is the story of Nikhil and Lalitha two completely different individuals who are drawn to each other in spite of their differences or perhaps because of it. The film follows their journey of love as they meet in London, Paris and New York for a night in each city.

 

Says producer Shrishti Arya “ The film is completely shot internationally. We are happy to be working with Anu Menon who with her background of London Film School brings to the project the right balance of understanding emotional appeal in an international setting.”
London Paris New York also marks Ali Zafar’s debut as music composer.After proving his mettle at playback singing ,the actor,singer,painter and lyricist is kicked about the music of his forthcoming film, that promises to be anything but conventional. Apart from composing the music for the film,Ali has also penned its lyrics. Says Ali Zafar “ I wanted to create sounds that are fresh and since the film touches on different emotions I could experiment with genres. There are many ‘live’ instruments used to give the songs an organic feel.It’s not going to be conventional”

 

Adds Vijay Singh, CEO Fox Star Studios India “We are happy to announce that London Paris New York is set to release on the 2nd March,2012.This  coming-of-age comedy is a project that we are very excited about..its a step towards bringing something different to the romantic-comedy palette that will appeal to the youth…It speaks their language , reflects their aspirations and the angst and joys of falling in love. The music of the film is very special and will appeal to the heartbeat of the youth .. ”

 

Richard Gere to work with I AM KALAM’s director Nila Madhab Panda

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By ARYEMAN RAJ
Nila Madhab Panda enjoyed rave reviews for his critically acclaimed
film I am Kalam. Looks like he is all set to enjoy positive feedback
all over again with his next yet untitled film, which is based on the
issue of world food insecurity. The director is all set to star none
other than Hollywood actor Richard Gere who he contacted through a
common friend.


Richard was impressed with the script and consented to do the film,
which will also star Harsh Mayar the protagonist of I am Kalam. To be
produced by a company from Netherlands the film’s pre-production work
will begin in January 2012 and Madhab will be shuttling between India,
Amsterdam and Los Angeles for the shooting.

Gere plays a foreigner who visits India and gets involved with the
socio-political set up of a village where he interacts with Harsh
Mayar. Here is some more exciting news – another Hollywood actor Will
Smith has also shown interest in the script and the filmmakers are in
talks with him regarding the modalities of the film. Well, if this
works out too – it will be twice as nice for Nila and the film!

Kailash Kher launches his new album, ‘Rangeele’

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Amitabh Bachchan who has sung a song for the album, formally launching it. Kailash Kher had the media in splits with his amiable style of presence. The first song performed by the band which compiles of Naresh Paresh and of course Kailash KherBaba ji Kailash Kher dedicated this beautiful song to Amitabh Bachchan. This album has various romantic songs with a sufi touch informs Kailash Kher.

He also performed his previous hits like ‘Teri Diwani’ and ‘Saiyyan’ which were demanded by none other than singers Sonu Nigam and Shankar Mahadevan also present from the music industry to show support were Adesh SrivastavAlka YagnikAnu MalikShaanHard KaurHari HaranAkarti KakkarMahalaxmi IyerSanjeevni, Sonal SehgalRaghav Sachchhar andMeet brothers.

Good friends Raju Srivastav and Sunil Pal came in together and were seen thoroughly enjoying the event. Anupam Kher,Prakash JhaRumi JafferyPrashant Narayan and Manmohan ShettyYogesh Lakhani too graced the occasion.

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Salim of Salim Suleman duo congratulated Kailash Kher and the band members of Kailasa for their effort in coming up with the soulful album. The show stealer of the show was none other than Kabir, Kailash Kher’s 2 year old son who just knows how to handle the media! When the paparazzi went gaga over him and asked for a byte, he simply waved at the crowd!

Aryeman Raj

Lootera unit stranded in snowstorm

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By Aryeman Raj
Ranveer is stranded at Jammu airport for last two days.
Ranveer was on his way to the location, Dalhousie, howeverdue to heavy snow fall he is stuck in Jammu. Lootera unit was to start shoot on Saturday at Dalhousie when it startedsnowing heavily. Since Jammu is the closest airport to Dalhousie wherecommercials flights land, Ranveer Singh, has got stuck at Jammu itself as theroads are complete snow laden and he will have to wait till roads get cleared.
Entire highway from Jammu to Dalhousie is buried in 4 feetsnow.
Sonakshi Sinha on the other hand reached Dalhousie onFriday, the day it started snowing and hasn’t been able to step out all.Luckily she is safe and inside the log. She has not been able to get out all.
Vikramaditya Motwane, Mahendra Shetty (DOP) , Aditya Kanwar(Art Director) were out on a recce to the set constructed in Gawar 3 kms fromDalhousie. It has been snowing very hard making the roads very slippery andcars skid. Aditya was worried about the entire set construction team beingstranded there and hence decided to stay back. The location is secluded andprone to snow storms. In case of a snow storm they shall have no heaters, wateror food supply.
Lootera is Balaji’s and Phantom’s first coproduction.  Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane of Udaanfame was to start its schedule in Dalhousie when it started snowing.

Abhishek Bachchan on Awards, accolades and popularity.

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The 57th Idea Filmfare Awards 2011 on January 29 will mark a milestone moment in the history of the award series. The 2500th trophy will be distributed this year, and all eyes are trained to see who the recipient of this honour will be.

Tarun Rai, CEO of WorldWide Media, said the season is doubly special since it also kickstarts the commemoration of 100 years of Indian cinema due in 2013. Meanwhile, in a departure from practice, this year’s ceremony moves away from YashRaj Studio to Film City. Actor Abhishek Bachchan attended Tuesday’s press meet flanked by two families as he said, one being sponsor Idea Cellular which he is brand ambassador of, the other Filmfare that has had a long association with the Bachchans.

Several mediapersons demanded to know whether the three-time winner had felt deprived on certain occasions and also whether he sometimes believed an artiste other than the winner had deserved the trophy.

“Unlike other awards which are jury-based, Filmfare is a popular award based simply on public votes,” Abhishek answered. “It is not a comment on an artiste’s creativity and performance. Some of us in the industry (who complain) are very bad losers.”
He recalled how honoured he felt when he won his first Filmfare for Best Supporting Actor in Yuva. “I remember what I had worn, how my friend Goldie Behl gave me a sloppy kiss when my name was announced and how I got my father to accompany me to the stage. The rest is all a blur,” he laughed. Meanwhile, Himanshu Kapania managing director, Idea Cellular, said this was the first time he was addressing an audience seated beside his brand ambassador. The Filmfare Awards were instituted in 1953 with just four categories. This year 114 films are in the reckoning.
Aryeman Raj

Luke Kenny’s film on Zombies

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Kenny Films is pleased to present the ‘Zombie’ genre horror  thriller
tilted ‘ZOMBIE’, the first feature film in the world that will
showcase the journey to the making of a Zombie, the flesh eating
monster with a strong sense of violence and cannibalism.

Kenny film’s ZOMBIE will showcase the Origin of the primeval  fear and
the terrifying path of a truly deranged mind gone astray.

ZOMBIE is the collaborative artistic vision of Luke Kenny and
Devaki,unabashedly fans of the Zombie genre and experts in this
genre,to introduce and elevate the exposure of Zombies, the scariest
creatures into a cult sensation in Bollywood.

Infact the enterprising duo have already planned two sequels
flicks,even before the release of the original ZOMBIE, since it has
all the potential of a Trilogy. This also showcases the intent of the
production house to take ownership of the genre and grow it in
Bollywood.

Luke Kenny, after the huge success with the cult classic ROCK ON, will
not just be directing but will be involved in all creative roles. Luke
will also have the technical team of Rock On to assist him to make a
truly world class ‘Zombie’ flick for the international audience,beside
the bollywood fans of Horror.

Kenny Films ZOMBIE will be different from other flicks attempted n
this genre since it is not a Zombie comedy, nor a Zombie survival
series, but the journey of the transformation and origin of a ZOMBIE,a
demonic monster, due to unpredictable events, complex back story,into
a contemporary psychological horror with unimaginable Zombie mayhem
that will keep the audience to the edge of the seats.
Says writer –director Devaki “My partner Luke Kenny and I are huge
horror film geeks and we have decided to take this very geekness to
the next level with our film, ‘ZOMBIE? Dying… To Live’ the first
part of the zombie origin saga.

The majority of the Indian audience is not familiar with zombies and I
thought why not get them to discover one.

I wanted to tell the basic story of the origin of a zombie, how a man
turns into one and goes through horrific and heartbreaking changes
both physically, mentally and emotionally and loses himself in an
unknown dark place. So what happen to him, what he does to people,
does he get destroyed, does he survive etc. are questions we will deal
with in the course of our story.Apart from this we are writing and
developing other interesting stories that audiences will look forward to.”

Kenny Films were sure that to remain true to the Zombie Genre needed a
superb Script, stellar music score, haunting atmospherics, brilliant
direction and not starry names that will dilute and lessen the impact
and also to pay a tribute to acclaimed directors of this genre in
Hollywood like Danny Boyle, Peter Jackson,George Romero, Sam
Raimi,Edgar Wright, Robert Rodriguez etc. Who have achieved cult
status.

Luke Kenny along with writer director Devaki Singh, Kirti Kulhari,
Ashwin Mushran, make up artist Ritu Janjani (who has done make up for
Kamla Hassan’s Vishwapuram), Ankur Tiwari, wildlife photographer
Narayan K were present at the event. Luke unveiled the first look of
his film ZOMBIE.

ZOMBIE promises to take horror entertainment in India to the next
level-  Indian brains under threat!….Zombism is the new trend in
Bollywood!!

Aryeman Raj

What’s common between Hrithik & Katrina?

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Apart from being two popular Bollywood stars and having a fan following of millions from across the world, Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif share a unique common feature. Interestingly, these two megastars are geared up to emerge as the role models of children around the world.

In 2009, Katrina Kaif walked the ramp for Barbie and became a true inspiration for millions of girls with the launch of the doll. This New Year 2012, Bollywood icon and captain of Hot Wheels Team Xtreme, Hrithik Roshan will paint the town ‘blue’ with the nouveau chic collection for boys across all ages.


Inspired by the Indian superhero himself, the collection will be showcased at the “Hot Wheels Team Xtreme: Buckle Up!” show at the upcoming Kids Fashion Week on January 17, 2012. The show will be filled with surprises as Team Xtreme takes to the ramp for the first time ever, and is expected to don the racer avatar of its favourite icon and superstar, Hrithik captured by ace photographer Dabboo Ratnani.

So boys of all ages, get ready for the ride of your life as Team Xtreme is zooming your way!

Farhan Akhtar’s star-studded birthday bash

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This man came in limelight and never looked back after his first directorial venture DIL CHAHTA HAI. Star-kid Farhan Akhtar proved his competence to enter Bollywood. But that was not all; he continued to charm the audience with his singing and acting proficiencies as well. Farhan made his acting debut with ROCK ON and even rendered his voice for the film’s songs. Not surprisingly, the songs became popular and his unique voice texture was admired and his acting skills bought him another super hit film ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA. Today, Farhan is an established multi-talented face of the industry. His latest successful project as a director has been DON 2.

Farhan Akhtar keeps great bond with all the stars with whom he had associated in films in the past. And that was witnessed when he recently hosted a birthday party. Farhan’s birthday is on January 9, 2012. Bollywood celebrities like Shahrukh KhanHrithik RoshanPriyanka ChopraKatrina KaifArjun RampalArbaaz Khan,Karan JoharAbhay Deol and many others were present at the party.


Not only has Farhan mastered himself in films, but he also knows to preserve friendship in this competitive industry. We wish he continues to grow and prosper in the same way in the coming years as well.

Balaji Telefilms bags 20 Nominations at Screen Awards

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After ruling the Box-office in 2011, Balaji Telefilms’ head honcho Ekta Kapoor is all set to shine at the much touted and much awaited awards of the season, 18th Annual Colors Screen Awards. As the prestigious production house of the industry, Balaji Telefilms has bagged a whopping 20 nominations, highest ever for any production house, at the coveted Awards.

Films THE DIRTY PICTURE, SHOR – IN THE CITY and RAGINI MMS, all produced under Balaji Telefilms, have been nominated. While Vidya Balan starrer THE DIRTY PICTURE has picked 10 nominations, SHOR IN THE CITY which featuredTusshar Kapoor follows with 9 nominations. However, RAGINI MMS has bagged only one nomination.

Both THE DIRTY PICTURE and SHOR IN THE CITY have been nominated in the Best Film and Best Director categories. While THE DIRTY PICTURE was directed by Milan Luthria, SHOR IN THE CITY was helmed by director duo Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.

Aamir Khan‘s DELHI BELLY is next in the nomination lead. It has bagged 19 nominations. Anurag Kashyap’s SHAITAN, Vidya Balan-Rani Mukherjee starrer NO ONE KILLED JESSICA, Ajay Devgn‘s SINGHAM, Ranbir’s ROCKSTAR, Shahrukh’sRA.ONEKangna Ranaut‘s TANU WEDS MANU and many others have also bagged nomination at the Screen Awards. Surprisingly neither of Salman Khan‘s blockbuster movies of 2011 (READY and BODYGUARD) are missing from the nomination list.

Here’s looking forward to Ekta Kapoor creating SHOR with THE DIRTY PICTURE at the 18th Annual Colors Screen Awards!

Bipasha goes bold post break-up with John

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Bipasha-Madhavan lip-lock in JODI BREAKERS

All these years we saw movies where people tried to get the lovers close or createjodis, now get ready to meet the people, who specialize in breaking the couples! Madhvan and Bipasha play the break up experts in upcoming film JODI BREAKERS.

The first theatrical trailer of R.Madhavan and Bipasha Basu starrer JODI BREAKERS is out. Besides its unconventional pairing the promos have created a good buzz for its hatke concept, Bipasha’s glam quotient, Madhavan’s uber-cool dude look and not to forget a romantic lip-kiss between the duo at the end.

Directed by Ashwini Chaudhary, the film also stars Omi Vaidya and Dipannita Sharma.

Akshay Kumar: ‘Keep your S*%t to yourself’

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Earlier in the year superstar Akshay Kumar displayed his support for the green agenda by reprimanding a litterbug for throwing a cigarette packet and setting a sound example.

And the New Year seems to be no different for Akshay as he continues his cleanliness drive. This time in the wee hours of morning, 5 am to be precise, the actor went out for a walk on Juhu beach with wife when he came across a man taking a dump.

Akshay twitted, ‘There’s literally nothing more disturbing in life than when u take ur wife for a stroll on the beach at 5 in da mornin & some guy who cant be bothered to walk to his own washing facilities decides to take a dump right on Juhu’s finest beach. Poor guy got a shock of his life when my dog’s stick met his rear end. I mean we’d all like to do our morning rituals in the moonlight with da waves lapping our back sides & the wind between our cheeks wouldn’t we? But it just isn’t done. I know many of u may have problems with this & many of u may laugh, but i had no choice than to make him pick it up with his hands & take it to it’s rightful dumping ground, & he honestly did so with nothing but regret on his face, so i ended up buying him breakfast…’


He further went onto say, ‘Juhu Beach is famous for being one of Mumbai’s cleanest beaches, if everyone thought they could take a dump there, we would all be walking around knee deep in CRAP! I actually think the guy is as sorry for doing what he did as i am for making him remove it.’

Akki ended up saying, ‘Moral of the story, ‘Keep ur S*%t to yourself :)’ Happy New Clean Year Everyone!’

All we can say is, Kudos Akki! Salute to your cleanliness thoughts and actions which are always louder than words!

Triple blast from Dharma Productions in 2012

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Dharma Productions’ fans have a lot to look forward to in the year 2012 as the production house is all set to release its three big films like AGNEEPATH, EK MAIN AUR EKK TU and STUDENT OF THE YEAR. While the promos of the Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra starrer AGNEEPATH is already creating a buzz, it seems that people are also looking forward to EK MAIN AUR EKK TU. STUDENT OF THE YEAR, which is supposedly a story revolving around the life of high school students and the third release of Dharma Productions, is also talked about even before the launch of the film’s first look.

Starting with AGNEEPATH, the film is a remake of the 1990 film of the same title. The movie became a huge hit then and all its characters are still alive in the hearts and minds of people. In this modernized version, Hrithik plays the character of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan while Sanjay Dutt portrays the menacing Kaancha Cheena. Priyanka Chopra will be seen in the lead role opposite Hrithik. Rishi Kapoor plays the role of a drug lord Rauf Lala. Karan Malhotra dons the director’s cap for the first time. No need to mention, the theatrical trailer, promos and music has already received people’s thumbs up. Another ultra selling point of the film has been the very popular item song Chikni Chameli which features the very hotKatrina Kaif. The film is releasing on January 26, 2012.

Dharma Productions’ second venture of 2012 is EK MAIN AUR EKK TUImran Khan and Kareena Kapoor, who play the lead roles in the film, have been paired for the first time opposite each other onscreen. This light-hearted comedy is receiving fair reviews for its promos and songs. Imran who plays Rahul and Kareena as Riana get married to each other in a drunken state. The story is about their unusual love story that unfolds as the film evolves. Shakun Batra makes his debut as a director in the film. The film is all set to release on February 10, 2012.

The third release of the year of the production house is STUDENT OF THE YEAR. The movie will gift many fresh faces to the industry. Supposedly, the movie is a high school drama and offers an interesting watch. Karan Johar, the owner of Dharma Productions, himself dons the Director’s hat for the film.

It seems to be a big year for Dharma Productions and we wish all the three releases entertain the audience.

Getting Rude over Indian Fever

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Enchanting Aakruti Mistry stole the show with her catwalk at Aarti Vijay

Gupta’s Indian Fever Fashion show at the Rude Lounge, Juhu. A unique
collection with Indianness weaved into the styling, the embroidery and the
draping, Aarti Vijay Gupta brought to the fore, her exquisite designer
collection of Indians, indo-westerns and western outfits that would not
just suit the pretty, petite models but also be a wearable collection for
the common man.

“With styling that is international, and a touch that is so very Indian,
the collection is named Indian Fever,” elaborated Aarti Vijay Gupta.
Aakruti, who was the first to arrive with Aarti, enjoyed herself thoroughly
as did all the other models. Said Aakruti, “it is heartening to have a
designer whose collection is wearable. I love wearing clothes that it me
right and as an Indian buyer who loves designer clothes, I need not have
an anorexic figure. I love Aarti’s clothes because they cater to women like
me and make me look good and feel good.”

Gary Richardson was the showstopper for the Aarti Vijay Kumar fashion event
that also had handsome Eijaz Khan in white, Abhishek Awasti, Rashmi Pitre,
Leena Dias, Sweetie, Reshman, Swapnila, besides Aakruti Mistry, Su Young,
Renuka Thawani and Misti Mukherjee among others walking the ramp while
Vasant Bhandari and Sabyasachi were the guests along with Shera, Salman
Khan’s bodyguard.

An exciting evening followed by cocktails and sumptuous dinner made for a
polite nite out at the traditional Rude Lounge!

Neil Nitin Mukesh promotes Volkswagen’s Think Blue campaign

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New Delhi, January 07, 2012: Taking the theme of Think Blue. Drive Blue. Campaign to the next level BBC Topgear magazine and Volkswagen, Europe’s leading car manufacturer encourages visitors at the Auto Expo in New Delhi to support a greener environment by distributing seeds.

This initiative has been launched today in association with Volkswagen.

Seeds will be handed over to visitors along with contests on various social media platforms specifically designed to highlight and promote a greener environment.

 

Mr. Tarun Rai, Chief Executive Officer, Worldwide Media concluded by saying, “The ‘Plant-in-a-Magazine’ is an excellent innovation to support Volkswagen’s campaign of Think Blue. Drive Blue. Volkswagen was looking for innovative and impactful ideas to communicate their initiative and we, at BBC Top Gear, were happy to partner them. Both Volkswagen and Top Gear are leaders in their respective fields and we hope we will be partners in many such initiatives through the year.”

 

Neil Nitin Mukesh added “The TopGear & Volkswagen Think Blue ideology is inspiring. It is great to see noble initiatives like Plant-in-a-magazine in association with BBC TopGear Magazine being born out of this philosophy. I would urge everyone to join us in doing our bit for the environment.”

 

Mr. Lutz Kothe, Head – Marketing & PR, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, said, “Our initiatives under the Think Blue. Campaign is to persistently put a conscious effort towards a cleaner and a more sustainable environment not only for ourselves but our future generations as well. Our campaign today is just a small step towards this effort”

Fresh talent at Senorita Milegi na Dobaara!

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The grand finale of Glamour International’s Senor and Senorita, a concept by Soniya Mayer with Raj Suri, took place at Mumbai Police Gymkhana, Marine Lines on Jan 6, at 7.30pm. Over 24 pretty participants were at their best to a judging panel. Sara Khan, the lead actor of Dark Rainbow and Kavita, the lead actor of 5 Ghante Me 5 Crore performed to music, followed by the participant rounds.

The guests at the venue included besides Soniya Mayer’s and Raj Suri, Sayali Bhagat, designers Kanwaljeet, Rehan Shah, Kavita, Vaishnavi Dhanraj, Shresth Kumar, sufi singer Mudasir Ali, Kapil Sharma, Aryan Pandit, Kartar Singh Cheema, DB Chand, Mr Karad – DCP – Navi Mumbai and Prashant Patel – Member Education Dept among others.

Said Soniya Mayer, “There is so much of good talent waiting in the wings. Senor and Senorita is just one way to bring this talent to light.”

Added Raj Suri, “this is the beginning. We are looking at more such youth-oriented events that would give young talent the much-needed opportunity.”

 

Daler Mehendi’s new track “Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi”

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The lyrics of the song are in sync with the feel of the character and goes like “Mein Haryane ka Sher”. Music director Rakesh mehta is happy and thankful to Daler Mehndi that he agreed on doing this song in his film. He adds, “As it is the character played by Manu Rishi is very much a North Indian hence, Daler Mehndi was an obvious choice for the singer.

Daler Mehendi is one of the most heard about singer in North of India, and he is going to be a value addition in the film and his voice is
going to spice up the music of the film.”

Rakesh Mehta is positive about the song and feels that once the song
is out, it will become a rage amongst the north Indian audiences
especially the Jaat community from Haryana.

 

 

PLAYERS Delhi Metro trip

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As Viacom 18 & Burmawala Brothers’s Players ,the official Bollywood remake of the Hollywood crime thriller The Italian Job closes in on its release, the film is receiving an unprecedented response as

Players -Abhishek Bachchan,Sonam Kapoor,Neil Nitin Mukesh ,Bipasha Basu,Bobby Deol,Sikander Kher and Omi Vaidya take the nation by storm.

The team of the Abbas-Mustan thriller went out on a limb and took time out of their busy schedules to promote the film on a pan – India level. As per official Foresight Analytics reports Players moved up from 29 to 32 on FTI. Interestingly, the improvement in FTI numbers of the film comes from Spontaneous Awareness (SA). The jump in SA is about 10.0 per cent points in just one week. With an increase in SA and FTI, Players already expect to open brilliantly with numbers coming from men and women in the 25+ age group.

The Players kick started their tour here in Mumbai with a never-seen-before music launch via an action-packed event with the stars performing stunts in front of a live audience. Followed by Abhishek Bachchan’s trip to Nagpur and Jaipur where he was joined by Abbas-Mustan .Talking about their fast-paced action thriller says Abbas-Mustan “People love the commotion in such films. The way the actors escape through tunnels and drainage pipes makes the film interesting. The double crossing and the scheming and plotting are something which keeps them glued to the screen. This is what we have retained in our film as well”.While in Jaipur ,Abhishek didn’t forget to make a pit-stop at Ajmer Sharif,while Sonam Kapoor and Bobby Deol set temperatures soaring in Chandigarh as they spoke about their characters in the film.

The next day was nothing short of hectic as the Players split to travel to different cities.While Abhishek Bachchan and Neil Nitin Mukesh traveled to Lucknow, Sonam visited Pune and Bipasha took off to Kolkotta. While in the city Bipasha Basu said “Players reflects the present age, and the change in look and feel is apparent and important. I am here in my favorite city at this time of the year and happy to soak in the Christmas-New Year celebrations in Kolkata”.Sonam Kapoor was the cynouse of all eyes at Cinemax,Inorbit Mall,Pune as she waved cheerfully to the crowds.Medical students were sure in for a treat as they were visited by Abhishek Bachchan

and Neil Nitin Mukesh who spoke to them at length and then dropped into radio stations.Said Abhishek Bachchan “It was a wonderful experience working on Players. Abaas-Mustan wrote a brilliant script and have made a lovely movie. Players is a masaledaar entertainer”

The film’s exclusive party at Sheraton had Bangalore buzzing as the Players partied into the wee hours of the morning – The team then took off to Ahmedabad where they visited the Reliance Digital Store to pay tribute to business icon Dhirubhai Ambani on his birthday.

The next city on the cards was Delhi -The capital city was abuzz with the PLAYERS bowling game at PVR Ambience Mall’s Blu-O bowling alley, where Players-
Abhishek Bachchan,Sonam Kapoor, Bipasha Basu and
Neil Nitin Mukesh went head-to-head to win an exclusive all-gold pin. No guesses here, Abhishek Bachchan who made an impressive 78 score, walked away with the coveted trophy as team mate Bipasha Basu cheered on.

The Delhi Metros was the place to be as audiences caught Players –Abhishek Bachchan,Sonam Kapoor and Neil Nitin Mukesh in action ,as they unlocked a vault on the metros in the capital city.As part of the film’s promotions, the Players orchestrated a train heist much to their onlookers delight, in sync with the theme of the film.Post which they boarded the train followed by a friendly media interaction and thrilled their fans with some merchandise from the film.

Confirms Vikram Malhotra of Viacom18 Motion Pictures, “Players has one of the most thrilling and elaborate train heist sequences ever seen in a Hindi film and we wanted to highlight this for the audience ahead of the film’s release. The stunts, the pace, the action of this sequence will blow peoples’ minds when they see it in Players on the big screen.”

The team is pulling out all stops to promote the film and recently also visited Indore ,where Players Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor visited the budding chartered accountants in the city to boost their morale. Leaving behind the cliché red carpet,the Players are also soon to walk the “gold carpet” on the 4th January ,at the special fan screening in Dubai.

Players  is the official remake of the Hollywood crime thriller The Italian Job filmed across India, New Zealand and Russia.Presented by Viacom 18 & Burmawala Brothers ,Abbas-Mustan’s

Players starring Abhishek Bachchan,Sonam Kapoor,Neil Nitin Mukesh ,Bipasha Basu,Bobby Deol,Sikander Kher and Omi Vaidya races to a theatre near you 6th January,2012.

Mallika Sherawat’s New Year pics

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Mallika Sherawat performed at New Year at Tulip Star,Juhu

 


Anil Shetty,Babubhai Thiba,Rajeev Kumar and Uttam Tiwari of Ultimate Tele & Cine Pvt Ltd organised New Year party Fiesta with Senorita 2011 at Tulip Star,Juhu where DJ Sheizwood,Vaidehi and Sunil Grover  along with Mallika Sherawat performed at full house venue.
This time there was Spanish theme to this event with Russian dancers.Dj Sheizwood rocked the party.The event was managed by Chirag Vaishnav and Sanjay Kotadia of ICAN Entertainment.The event went till vee hours.

BIG B SHUNS ANNA HAZARE CONTROVERSY

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BY ARYEMAN RAJ

Bollywood films, theatre and television, celebrated actor Anupam Kher has now turned author with the release of his life-coaching book THE BEST THING ABOUT YOU IS …YOU!!

 

Eminent personalities like Amitabh Bachchan, Pritish Nandy, Kirron Kher, media personalities Arnab Goswami, Nidhi Razdan, Ashutosh and Publisher, Hay House, Ashok Chopra were present to lend support to the actor. As part of the launch every guest was asked to read a chapter from the book.

 

Amitabh Bachchan, who read last, highlighted a chapter wherein Anupam faced some flak from a certain section of the media during his support campaign against corruption. This transpired during the Anna Hazare episode recently. Big B was targeted by the media who sought his comments and feedback on the incident.

In his true charismatic style, Big B deviated from getting further embroiled with fresh controversies. While the pushy media kept persisting, Big B avoided the questions and categorically stated, “I have read a chapter from the book. If I have any comments on the anti-corruption campaign, you will get updates on Twitter”.

 

Hats off to Big B for not capitalizing on this event unlike the younger breed of actors who bask in the glory and try to outshine the purpose of the event launch. Mr Bachchan clearly outlined that his purpose was to be part of the book launch. One couldn’t help but notice his cute, cheeky smile when Kher spoke about him or made a mild goof-up. Bachchan and Kher have always shared a good personal relationship off-screen too. Even wife Kirron shares a close bonding with the Bachchan khaandan. Not to mention their sons Abhishek and Sikander who have taken the family bonding further and been close buddies.

 

THE BEST THING ABOUT YOU IS …YOU!! Is definitely a worth-reading book with some valuable insights from a talented actor.

 


Anupam Kher turns motivational trainer

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BY ARYEMAN RAJ

After essaying many roles in films, theatre and television, celebrated actor Anupam Kher has now turned author with the release of his life-coaching book THE BEST THING ABOUT YOU IS …YOU!! 

 

The book was released at Out of the Blue, Le Sutra Hotel, by Amitabh Bachchan, Pritish Nandy, Kirron Kher, media personalities Arnab Goswami, Nidhi Razdan, Ashutosh and Publisher, Hay House, Ashok Chopra.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Kher said,  “I believe that there are more lessons to be learnt from failure than success and dealing with failure successfully has been my way of combating the vicissitudes of life. I never realised the power of this philosophy till I staged my one-man autobiographical play Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai in 2005 in which I laughed at my reverses. Ironically, it has become my most successful endeavour and was the genesis of the book.

 

My mantra has been that by never trying, we are only ensuring failure. I felt that I should share these thoughts with more people, which is why I took up to speaking about them at some of the most prestigious institutes in the US and before corporate audiences. In the process, I realised that I had unknowingly become a life-coach. I then thought of reaching out to a wider audience and along came the book THE BEST THING ABOUT YOU IS …YOU!! I think it is a book for all seasons, a book for all reasons,” says Kher.

 

Mr Ashok Chopra, said that Mr Kher has led an extraordinary life and was a completely self-made man, who was greatly respected. “It was evident to us that a book by him with his life lessons, insights and anecdotes would be in perfect sync with the Hay House philosophy of publishing books that focus on transforming the self for the better. We’re extremely pleased with how THE BEST THING ABOUT YOU IS …YOU!!  has turned out and are sure  that it’ll be a great source of inspiration to millions of readers round the world. It is being published in various Indian regional languages and also as an ebook by our international offices.”

 

Arnab Goswami, Nidhi Razdan, Anupam Kher, Amitabh Bachchan, Ashok Chopra, Kirron Kher, Pritish Nandy and Ashutosh

THE BEST THING ABOUT YOU IS …YOU!!  contains Kher’s views on a wide variety of topics such as the anger syndrome, the phenomenon of change,  thought control,  dealing with relationships, being detached, conquering stress, getting rid of fears, coming to terms with failure, realizing the power within oneself, the importance of forgiveness, coping with loss and death… and much more.

 

Using examples from his own life and experiences, Kher subtly motivates and inspires by providing a handy guide to discovering your real self and finding peace of mind and contentment in today’s chaotic times! He feels that the best way to counter the negativity that exists in the world these days, where people are gripped by fear, insecurity, stress, frustration and unhappiness is by acquiring a positive outlook. Citing his own example, he reveals how a humble background need not be an obstacle to attaining the dizzying heights of success, but simultaneously, speaks of the importance of handling such success.

 

Here’s a book you will find yourself turning to for soothing, insightful guidance and practical advice no matter what situation you’re in. You WILL come to realize that the best thing about you is YOU!