Vidya didn’t want to do Sujoy’s KAHAANI

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Vidya Balan may be the most easily approachable person thanks to her amiable nature however it takes lot to convince the arguably numero uno actress of Bollywood when it comes to signing her for a film.

In fact even Sujoy Ghosh had to match up to Vidya’s expectations to sign her for the film. Sujoy had to even redraft the script until Vidya said yes to the film.

Vidya reveals, “Initially Sujoy came to me with the script which I didn’t want to do. So, I told him we’ll work on something else. But he was firm and said I will keep coming to you till you say yes. I’ll keep bringing ideas for you. I thought Sujoy will never come back but to my surprise he actually came back with an altogether different script. And this time I was really interested in doing it as it was a story of a young woman on her way to become a mother.”

The actress further added, “It’s probably the biggest transition in the life of a woman. And when her husband goes missing at such a stage, how do you reconcile to the fact that someone who is so close to you has gone missing? Suddenly people around you are saying there is no such person. Then you begin to question a whole lot of things, but you know that this person is there because you are carrying the biggest proof of his existence i.e. his baby. I found it very interesting and that’s how I gave my nod to Sujoy.”

Even for her most successful film THE DIRTY PICTURE, in the recent past, Vidya was apprehensive taking up the project. It took director Milan Luthria to convince the actor. Recalling about how Milan convinced her for THE DIRTY PICTURE Vidya says, “I always used to ask Milan why he selected me for THE DIRTY PICTURE. And he would only say I’ll answer your question post release. And when the film released and opened to humungous response, Milan said ‘The reason I casted you because I thought you will bring respectability to sleaze’.”

Well now we know the success KAHAANI of Vidya Balan!

Genelia D’Souza in Limca Book of Records

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Bollywood actress Genelia D’Souza, according to reports, has entered the Limca Book of Records for creating a unique record of delivering four back to back hits.

The actress has reportedly given four hits in four different languages – Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Hindi.

Genelia who recently got married to her long time boyfriend actor Riteish Deshmukh has earned praises for her latest release TERE NAAL LOVE HO GAYA.

Madhur’s publicity stunt now targets Manisha Koirala for his film Heroine?

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Former actress and Nepali beauty Manisha Koirala, who achieved immense success in the 90’s, saw failure in her career and personal life apparently in the last ten years. The actress was spotted in an inappropriate state, probably drunken, couple of times and speculations were also doing the rounds about her frequent relationships and their failures. If rumours are to be believed, Manisha is also going through a tough patch in her married life.

Now, the grapevine suggests that director Madhur Bhandarkar‘s significant project HEROINE‘s plotline is inspired from the former actress’ personal and professional life. The female protagonist in the film will be played by Kareena Kapoor. Earlier, it was believed that the film is inspired from the life of the Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe.

However, the director has denied the reports saying that though HEROINE revolves around the life of a once successful film actress, as the film title suggests, but it’s not inspired from Manisha Koirala’s life.

 

Success mantras from Mahesh Bhatt

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Top amongst the debated theories with regard to film business is the attrition/trending theory, wherein a film in question is said to attain a hit status if it sustains well after release in the following weeks.
Topping the list of such films are 3 IDIOTS and ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA. The theory is based on the point that such films are well liked by the audience and have repeat value. While this theory was quite prevalent in the past, where we saw films crossing the silver jubilee, golden jubilee mark with ease. However, in recent times such films are far and few in between and the dynamics of film business has undergone a sea change.

With piracy threatening to engulf the business, it is now a weekend phenomenon and a movie is declared a hit on the basis of just its opening. If it opens well and has a within limit budget like MURDER 2, the film even goes on to achieve a blockbuster status. Even expensive films cover their cost and are declared hits on basis of their earthshaking starts (READYRA.ONE), despite the fact that they crash steeply in the second week. Seeing this, filmmakers and distributors are going in for a huge number of prints in the first week so that they can rake in the moolah in the first week itself, and not worry about sustaining or even word of mouth.


Last week, we caught up with veteran filmmaker and director Mahesh Bhatt and spoke to him about film business and he said, “Bro, we have to sell films in a bazaar. It’s now a three day (weekend) game. Film business is now like a parachute, if it opens you are saved, if it doesn’t you are dead. What I mean is that if the film does not get a good opening, it receives a death sentence from the audience on the very first day itself.”

Well, no one could have elucidated the dynamics of film business in such an easy and matter of fact manner other than highly accomplished, Mahesh Bhatt.

Sanjay Dutt lends helping ‘gloves’ to Shilpa Shetty!

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Sanjay Dutt is known in the industry for his generosity, the actor who has lent a helping hand to many in the past has taken his generosity streak one notch above. This time Dutt plans to help his good friend Shilpa Shetty‘s charitable foundation, ‘Shilpa Shetty Foundation’ via Super Fight League (SFL).

SFL which will include both international as well as Indian fighter will have its first fight night on March 11 in Mumbai and sources close to SFL claim that fighters’ gloves will be autographed by Sanjay Dutt and will be up for auction. For the uninitiated, SFL is the latest business venture of Sanjay Dutt and Raj Kundra which aims at popularising Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in the country.

A source close to SFL throws further light on the same, “Sanju and Raj both thought that it would be good if they could do something for the needy. Sanjay then suggested that they could auction the fighters’ gloves post the fight night. He also said that he would personally sign the gloves and put them up for auction, proceeds of which will go to ‘Shilpa Shetty Foundation’ charity.”

Raj Kundra is also seeing if it would be possible for Shilpa to attend the event despite her pregnancy.

Shekhar Suman back with a bang with Movers and Shakers

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By Aryeman Raj

He’s been a live-wire on the small screen, he’s enthralled zillions with his fall-till-you-drop-from-your-chair humour. Shekhar Suman who had wooed the audiences with his starry line-up of not just Bollywood celebrities but even political clout on Sony TV in 1997, is back with his show on SAB TV.

A strong believer of destiny, a trend-setter of sorts who gave a new dimension to the thanda chat shows, Shekhar was a delight and got the audiences glued to their TV sets every night. His guffaws at the topical scams, no mincing for words and articulate verbose and spontaneous glib talk were the trademarks of his show. This time he promises to get some unusual celebrities on board, maybe even a Anna Hazare for the first launch show. That’s yet to be seen if he can manage to get the revolutionary to make a public appearance on the show. Shekhar vows that the show will be on air till the time there is news, scams and politicians amassing wealth with their wrong doings.

Shekhar Suman, speaking about Movers and Shakers said, “I’m extremely excited to be back with Movers and Shakers. It’s a cult show and a great platform to reconnect with the people as well as be the common man’s voice. The show this time will be incisive, irreverent, endearing and entertaining all at the same time!”

Movers and Shakers, this season, will see Shekhar focusing more on the human aspects of the celebrities and their stories along with a set of ‘must see elements’, ‘street segments’ and a ‘common man’ segment at the end of each segment.

Watch Movers and Shakers – Exclusively On SAB TV- Monday to Friday at 10:30 p.m.

Madhushree loves item songs!

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Most singers trained in pure classical music look at many of the current film songs with utter disdain. This is especially true when it comes to item songs, without which no mainstream Bollywood film seems to be complete. But refreshingly, playback singer Madhushree begs to differ. Brought up and trained in the hoariest tradition of pure Hindustani classical music, the singer is all praise for item numbers which set the pulse racing. “I have nothing against item songs. Every situation demands a different type of song. Earlier, we had Lataji (Mangeshkar) singing only for the heroines, who would never do a cabaret. Those roles were reserved for actors like Helen or Bindu. And their songs were reserved for other singers. Now, even the topmost stars do not hesitate to do such songs. So people have to move with the times. And I think many of these songs are very catchy compositions. There is a certain element of mischief in them and it takes skill to sing those numbers convincingly. Only a really versatile singer can do that. Besides, foot-tapping songs have always been loved by the people even earlier. There’s nothing wrong with that,” she avers. Incidentally, those who are clued in to South Indian film music already know that Madhushree herself has sung a number of hot item songs for those movies. Well, now we know why she is one of the legendary A. R. Rahman’s favourite crooners and whose duet, Sharminda Hoon with the legendary Rahman is a current chart buster!

SAB TV adds Zing with the revival of Shekhar Suman’s Movers & Shakers

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After teasing people with a campaign, Shekhar Ab Dobara Karega,  today SAB TV put an end to all speculation by announcing the return of  Shekhar with “MOVERS AND SHAKERS”. The show marks the comeback of Shekhar in a new avatar. Shekhar Suman will have his trademark wit in store but, will also bring on board the experiences gathered over last 10 years to tickle audiences funny bone in this fresh season of Movers & Shakers. Starting March 12th the show will be on air every Monday-Friday at 10:30 p.m. on SAB TV..

Shailesh Dave producer of Movers and Shekhar,Anooj Kapoor, executive vice president and business head, Sab TV, Shekhar Suman and NP Singh COO, Multi Screen Media pvt ltd

Mr. Anooj Kapoor, EVP and Business Head SAB, speaking about the venture said, “Shekhar is an icon as far as the television industry is concerned. He has essayed many diverse roles and has a huge fan following. Movers and Shakers is making a comeback after a decade but people have still not forgotten it primarily due to Shekhar’s trademark style and wit. The second season is going to be a new challenge for Shekhar because the audience he is speaking to this time is the entire family. However, given his versatility we are sure that he will be able to carry it off successfully.”

Movers and Shakers, this season, will retain the basic elements of topicality, freshness, variety and unpredictability but, the differentiator will be a more mature Shekhar Suman. He will offer his incisive comments on all things concerning us, ‘the common people’ based on the collective wisdom gained from his journey through the rough and tumble of the country’s issues.

The show is being produced by Sailesh Dave from Runaway productions.

Tanu Weds Manu Music director KRSNA parties hard on winning awards

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The success party by music director of Tanu Weds Manu after receiving Filmfare and stardust turned out to be a grand celebration and tinsel town residents attended and added glamour to it.

The grand event was held in Sea Princess, Juhu and the guest of honour was Krsna’s godfather Jawahar P Chavda, MLA, Congress as the music director owes a lot to Mr. Chavda and seeks for his support in his success. Krsna’s wife, Chitra Sharma has also been a strong pillar and both of them have managed to stand strong in thick and thin during his career.

The Prominent personalities Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik, Kailash Kher, Raj Shekhar, Anand Rai, Ravi Rai, Arshad Warsi,  Nikhil Dwivedi, Anjum Rizvi, Eric Pillai, Shailesh Singh , Himanshu Sharma, Ash king , Kavitaa Seth, Sunil Pandey, zoeb springwala, subhash kapoor, sanjay gadhvi, keerthi sagathia, keerti kulhari, shivam Nair, Irshad kamil, Neelesh Misra, kiran Janjani, Rajat nagpal, swaroop khan, Neha Bhasin , Vishal singh graced the event. While the other one seen enjoying the evening. Krsna is overwhelmed by the support B’town is showing towards his talent and assures full dose of entertainment in his forthcoming projects.

Kailash Kher was seen in the party and when asked about Krsna, he quickly said, “I wish Krsna all the best and also wish that the talented music director also maintains the purity of the music. His music has a soul which is pure and wish him all the best for his future projects.”

Director of Tanu Weds Manu Anand L. Rai asserts, “Initially we wanted A R Rehman to do the music but since that could not work, we wanted someone who understands the script as it was a romantic comedy. When I met Krsna for the first time I realised he would do his job well and he had done an excellent work for Tanu Weds Manu

CM couldn’t attend the success party, but did send lot of blessing to Krsna. With the media presence and supporter the evening was successfully turned into a party with astonishing moments to cherish.

There was live dhol played along with the TWM tracks by the Dj. Cake cutting was done midst of his well wishers in the industry.

 

Vidya Balan will be the Brand Ambassador for Victoria’s Indian Film Festival

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Premier Ted Baillieu and Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business, Louise Asher today announced that Mind Blowing Films has secured the contract to deliver the Indian film festival in Melbourne – a key initiative by the Victorian Government to strengthen screen industry ties between Victoria and India.

Speaking at an Indian film industry event in Mumbai, Mr Baillieu said the Victorian Government is supporting an annual Indian film festival in Melbourne, presenting the best contemporary Indian cinema to Victorian audiences.

Mr Baillieu also announced that Bollywood star Vidya Balan will be the Brand Ambassador for Victoria’s Indian Film Festival.

Ms Balan said “I am delighted to be named as the Brand Ambassador for the Indian Film Festival in Melbourne. I love the format of the festival and the wide range of films screened. It not only showcases the best of Indian cinema but also provides a platform for young upcoming film makers through its short film competition.”

“When I was in Melbourne I was smitten by the city and its love for films from all parts of the world and its multi cultural spirit. I am sure the Indian Film Festival will contribute greatly to add to that spirit,” Ms Balan said.

 

Diary of a Butterfly team gets threatening calls from Pakistan

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Anil Dalmia and Manoj Nandwana getting threatening calls from Pakistan to not release film in India

Anil Dalmia who is the producer and Manoj Nandwana who is distributor of film Diary of a Butterfly are getting threatening from various numbers from Pakistan for last four days.They have also done NC against the caller at Oshiwara police station.The caller is also sending bad sms to them also.
The film is based on Nira Nadia 2G scam. It may be reason of these calls as told by Manoj Nandwana.

Was Ranbir supposed to groove on Saif’s ‘Pyaar Ki Pungi’?

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That Mallika Haydon bagged another item number Pyaar Ki Pungi in Saif Ali Khan‘s much touted film AGENT VINOD after the overwhelming response to I’ll Do The Talking is something we all know. However, not many are aware that the catchy number ‘Pyaar Ki Pungi’ was to become a part of Dharma Productions’ upcoming film.

According to reports, Dharma Productions was supposed to have the song ‘Pyaar Ki Pungi’ in their next venture YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone. Nevertheless, (for reasons unknown) the song ultimately was acquired by Saif Ali Khan for his dearly made film.

The said song ‘Pyaar Ki Pungi’ from AGENT VINOD has Mallika Haydon, sister of Lisa Haydon, grooving with Chhote Nawab.

Five women in John’s life

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Reliance Entertainment’s co-production in association with Rose Movies and Pollen Entertainment I, ME AUR MAIN starring John Abraham is slated to release on 27th July, 2012.

Set against an urban backdrop, this slice-of-life film marks the directorial debut of Kapil Sharma, son of noted astronaut, Rakesh Sharma.

I ME AUR MAIN is based on the protagonist played by John Abraham and his relationship with the 5 women in his life, the roles of which are essayed by actresses Chitrangada SinghPrachi DesaiRaima SenMini Mathur and Zareena Wahab.

Sanjeev Lamba, CEO, Reliance Entertainment says, ‘I ME AUR MAIN is a fun and refreshing film. It’s a feel good story about a self obsessed man’s relationship with the five most important women in his life, he takes for granted. We are very pleased with the way the film has shaped up and are excited about its release on 27th July.’

Says Shrishti Arya, ‘I ME AUR MAIN is a film that every guy will claim is his very own story and every girl will know a man just like John’s character in the film. It is scheduled to release 27th July, 2012 and we couldn’t be more excited.’

Says producer Goldie Behl, ‘The film is an urban commercial genre with a novel concept…It’s a John Abraham you’ve never seen before and the film is sure to strike a chord with today’s youth.’

I ME AUR MAIN produced by Shrishti Arya, Goldie Behl, John Abraham and Reliance Entertainment comes to a theatre near you on 27th July, 2012.

Kangana inks a new tattoo!

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Bollywood diva Kangana Ranaut is one amongst the most known fashion icons in Bollywood. An Actress with unique style statement, Kangana has often been noticed to dress up in diverse and exceptional styles. Interestingly, the fashion diva also has two tattoos inked on her.

The first one as everyone knows is a cross with angels, sword, crown and wings and is engraved on the nape of her neck. The new one is on her ankle. This one is an angel with wings.


Kangana says, “Yes, I have the second tattoo as an angel with wings. I love the concept of having wings, so I got this done and this angel is the one with curly hair!”

Hrithik Roshan: Being gay is not a disease

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The issue of gay rights caused another brouhaha on Thursday, with the home ministry calling gay sex “immoral” and “against social order”, even seeking a fresh ban on it. Additional Social General (ASG) PP Malhotra appeared for the ministry and argued that Indian society is different from other countries, and could not imitate practices prevalent in foreign countries. “There is a high chance of spreading of diseases through such acts,” he contended, opposing the Delhi’s High Court order which had in 2009 decriminalised gay sex as provided in Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

While the home ministry later made it clear that Malhotra’s opposition did not reflect the government’s decision not to take sides on gay sex, gay icon Hrithik Roshan is not ready to sit on the fence. He speaks out against discrimination and more.

“Discrimination against homosexuals is exactly that – discrimination. And ANY form of discrimination is WRONG. It’s taken us hundreds of years to evolve as a society and realize how ridiculous and preposterous discrimination against race/caste is. How many more years is it going to take us to be mature enough and learn to accept individual sexual inclination? Perhaps the starting point is to understand that homosexuality is NOT a matter of choice.”

“You cannot choose to be gay just because your friends are or vice versa. You cannot force someone to be attracted to someone they are not attracted to. It is perhaps genetically encoded. One is basically hardwired to be or not be attracted to the same sex. Which means it is a part of your genetic characteristic. You are born that way. Which means it is a part of and in alignment with the delicate balance of all the nature around us. Also it has existed since the evolution of man, so how can something that is part of nature and has existed forever be considered immoral beats me!”

“I can’t even imagine the extent of mental confusion and frustration inflicted on a young mind that is trying to grasp why he is made different and “not normal” (in terms of the world’s perception). Being gay is NOT a disease we need to fear! It’s ridiculous that there are people trying to stop it from spreading! God has made us same, but different. There are examples of all kinds of people in this world, and they probably exist to teach us tolerance and universal love. There are dwarfs, stutterers, fat people, hairy people, etc. I was discriminated against for a simple thing like a double thumb, which made me feel like an outcast throughout my childhood. How unwanted is that? It is a form of the same madness and it needs to stop.”

“Some of the most artistic, creative, genius, gifted minds in the world have had a similar sexual orientation. Any society that does not offer freedom to human beings to live as they are, to pursue their dreams, to express themselves as part of the human race is basically a society still in the clutches of the dark ages.”

Kareena was wary of making bold choices

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She has millions of fans all around the world and one look at her pretty visage leaves people mesmerized. She has appeared opposite the biggest stars and is loved by one and all. That’s Kareena Kapoor for you!

The BIG CBS show ‘Glam Diva’ contestant who has risen to the heights of superstardom talks about her love, life and career. Since her debut in REFUGEE, Bebo has always been reckoned to be an actress to watch out for. However success did not come easily to this glamorous diva.

After her initial success, Kareena encountered quite a few unsuccessful films. Talking about Kareena, a well known film critic and jury member on the show says, ‘There hasn’t been an actress who has made more bad choices then Kareena’. But it was this initial set back that led the ‘Chammak Challo’ girl to go on and achieve what she has today!


The actress reveals that she was wary of making bold choices earlier in her career. But all that changed when she decided to star as the young prostitute with a golden heart in the movie CHAMELI. Apparently, Kareena had been offered CHAMELI a year before she actually took up the film as she was initially reluctant to do a risque role at the beginning of her career.

It obviously was a good decision as her portrayal of CHAMELI garnered her Filmfare Special Performance Award and the film marked a significant turning point in her career as an actress.

Sunny Leone loses out to Nathalia for DEPARTMENT

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Ram Gopal Varma may have declared his love for films, vodka and women quite publicly, though not necessarily in that order. He may have well advocated porn as well. However when it comes to Sunny Leone, the adult superstar who is making waves on the Indian shores, he hasn’t quite made a proposal. Though there were rumours making round that he was all set to sign her for a sizzling dance number in Sanjay Dutt starrer DEPARTMENT, the fact is that there wasn’t any concrete developments on that so far.

”Ever since Sunny made her intentions clear about making it big in Bollywood, quite a few filmmakers are considering her as a serious contender when it comes to a glamorous outing. While her looks aren’t been debated at all, it’s her acting skills that are yet to be gauged. Expectedly, Bhatts have jumped the fray and already signed her for a leading part in JISM 2. However others are not being adventurous and hence the first step in this direction has been to start slow and rope in for an item number. Ramu too was said to have given it a serious thought since DEPARTMENT is his most commercial movie in recent times,” informs an insider.

This made sense as well since with desi tadka coming in the form of ‘Munnis’, ‘Sheilas’, ‘Chamelis’, ‘Jalebi Bais’ and ‘Shalus’ of the world, Sunny’s moves would have proven to be worth a dekko. Moreover Ramu has a knack of presenting women sensually (remember Urmila’s sensual act in ‘Hai Rama’?) and to witness Sunny dancing to his instructions may well have made for an erotic sight.

However as it has turned out, audience would have to wait since Ramu has actually finalised Brazilian half India-half Brazilian girl Nathalia Kaur for his item number ‘Dan Dan’ in DEPARTMENT. Though rumours were thick around the tossup between her, Sunny and film’s leading lady Madhu Shalini, Ramu has categorically denied ever approaching Sunny, ”Sunny was news to me too. Guess it is imagination of one of your species!”

Species? Well Ramu, we like the way you put it!

I, Me Aur Main to release 27th July, 2012

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Reliance Entertainment’s co-production in association with Rose Movies and Pollen Entertainment ‘I Me Aur Main’ starring John Abraham is slated to release on 27th July, 2012.

Set against an urban backdrop, this slice-of-life film marks the directorial debut of Kapil Sharma, son of noted astronaut, Rakesh Sharma.

‘I Me Aur Main’ is based on the protagonist played by John Abraham and his relationship with the 5 women in his life, the roles of which are essayed by actresses Chitrangada , Prachi Desai, Raima Sen, Mini Mathur and Zareena Wahab.

Sanjeev Lamba, CEO, Reliance Entertainment says, “I Me Aur Main is a fun and refreshing film. It’s a feel good story about a self obsessed man’s relationship with the five most important women in his life, he takes for granted. We are very pleased with the way the film has shaped up and are excited about its release on 27th July.”

Says Shrishti Arya“I Me Aur Main is a film that every guy will claim is his very own story and every girl will know a man just like John’s character in the film. It is scheduled to release 27th July, 2012 and we couldn’t be more excited”.

Says producer Goldie Behl “The film is an urban commercial genre with a novel concept…It’s a John Abraham you’ve never seen before and the film is sure to strike a chord with today’s youth”

‘I Me Aur Main’ produced by Shrishti Arya, Goldie R Behl, John Abraham and Reliance Entertainment comes to a theatre near you on 27th July, 2012 .

Veena Malik celebrates her first birthday in India

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The first to walk in was Rajiv Kashyap who was seen talking about his film and enacting a birthday scene with her next to come was Rajiv Ruia and Rajan verma who were seen in high spirit.

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Hemant Madhukar did a special magic performance for veena where he got the cake from a empty tray, bobby darling was seen bonding with Anand Balraj, while Vijay Bhatia and Rashmi Pitre were seen engrossed among themselves.

Veena Says, “I am so happy that my fans love me so much”.

Ishq Bector was seen rocking at the party. Ishq Bector was seen talking to a Japanese Actress Ayako Sekimoto. Karanvir Bohra walked in late direct from the shoot.
 

Veena Mallik smooched lip-to-lip by Bobby Darling

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BY ARYEMAN RAJ

Veena Malik celebrated her birthday with her friends and co- stars on 26th Feb night. Looking svelte, sexy and charming in a long flowing peach gown, Veena looked younger in real life than she did in Bigg Boss. This glam babe has definitely maintained her looks and revamped her persona.

 

She may have been swarmed with the gossip mills churning out rumours about her lifestyle but Veena surely means business. While one expected her beau Ashmit Patel to be around, his absence wasn’t felt since Veena level-headedly handled the media and gave off some juicy bites. She didn’t even squeal when the paparazzi asked her to blatantly smooch her close friend and confidant Bobby Darling for the lenses. That’s the spirit Veena has and she evidently knows she has all the trappings of making it big in Bollywood.

 

With the reality TV show Swayamwar and a host of other Bollywood films in her kitty, Veena is bang on target and here to stay.

 

Wishing the birthday gal stupendous success in her filmi career.

Tusshar follows Ekta’s footsteps

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Tusshar Kapoor is now following sister Ekta Kapoor’s footsteps – he has turned co-producer with ‘Chaar Din Ki Chandni’.

Tusshar has been quoted saying, I have turned co-producer just for the greed for money as I am not being paid too much for the film. It’s a solo and it’s a huge discount for me as an actor. I agreed because I got to work with a hit director and actor. It makes the two ends meet, so I had to compensate.”

Unlike investing money through his sister Ekta’s banner Balaji Telefilms, Tusshar has pumped in money independently for the promotions.

Directed by Samir Karnik, ‘Chaar Din Ki Chandni’ stars Tusshar and Kulraj Randhawa in the lead roles and it is scheduled to release on March 8.

Tusshar will also take marketing tips from Ekta to promote the film. Promotions strategy will include appearance on Ekta’s TV shows  ‘Pavitra Rishta’ and ‘Bade Achche Lagte Hain’.

Who will be part of the ‘Dhoom’ series?

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Another bluff and bogus doing rounds of the media who just follows blindly. A leading daily reported or rather say announced this project of Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan in Dhoom 4 and 5 respectively after ‘Dhoom 3’ releases…

Well according to sources even the almighty at Yash Raj Aditya, Yashji or even the writer Vijay Krishna Acharya are unaware of this.
A certain section of the media claimed that Yash Raj has already finalized the cast of the Dhoom 4 and 5 series. Dhoom 4 will have Salman playing the baddie… and believe it or not it will release in Eid 2014! And that’s not all; this section of media even announced the dates of Dhoom 5 where SRK will play the bad Guy in 2015-16.
But the fact is.. Forget the banner.. Even the writer of Dhoom Vijay Krishna Acharya has no plans of Dhoom 4 or 5 in his mind..!
Well the idea is indeed mind-blowing but it’s just a figment of imagination. ‘Dhoom 3’ is expected to release in 2013 and our dear perfectionist Aamir Khan is doing all sorts of training like learning Ball dance, French sport and all….
Sorry to disappoint you all Salman and SRK fans… It will be Aamir who will be machooing all his dhoom in ‘Dhoom 3’….

Ashmit Patel goes nude for publicity

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A few weeks ago, Pakistani starlet Veena Malik’s nude photoshoot with ISI tattooed on her arm for the Indian version of FHM magazine was hot fried news. Now, as if taking a cue from his girlfriend Veena, Ashmit Patel has gone nude!

Yeah, the actor in a magazine’s photo is shown hiding his private parts with an undergarment. Lol. What next? Ashmit has shed his clothes for a men’s health magazine to help guys opt for the right underwear.

Before her controversial FHM shoot, Veena Malik gained popularity in India when she got invited on the country’s biggest reality show Bigg Boss because of a controversy with actress Neetu Chandra. On the show, she attracted further notoriety when she cootchie-cooed with Ashmit.

Hmmm these lovebirds sure know how to influence each other professional as well as publicity wise

Manasi Scott moves on to Whitney Houston

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After a supporting act in ‘EK Main Aur Ekk Tu’ as Kareena Kapoor’s elder sister, Manasi Scott is getting back to her first love – ‘singing’. She has now decided to go down the memory lane and present tracks that made her the pop diva that she today is.

Informs a source, “She started her career 11 years ago by singing covers of artists like Whitney Houston, Allanah Myles, Allanis Morrisette and Mariah Carey. Now she is reliving those soulful tracks and is adding zing by singing covers of Adele and Katy Perry as well. While she promises to woo audience with her vocals, the ones backing her up are Gino Banks on drums, Sheldon d’silva on bass, Jarvis Menezes on keyboards, Shanon Perreira on lead, Nigel Rajaratnam on sax, acoustic and keys and Shannon Donald on backing vocals.”

Manasi’s idea is to relive the retro with a dash of the modern day music. Currently juggling between her radio show and live performances, Manasi is thrilled with the way she is managing to strike a balance between her music and film career.

Informs a friend of the actress, “She played an important part in John Abraham’s ‘Jhootha Hi Sahi’ as well. Now after ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’ she has been further noticed. There are a couple of newer announcements with meatier parts in the pipeline. Stay tuned.”

Kolavari D song South actress Arti Puri launches beauty products

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Suresh Bafna organised three events in one day at his new branch of Looks Clinic at Bandra West.He along with the cast of song That’s Kolavari Di  launched five beauty products – hair capsules,hair cream,slimming capsules and under eye cream.
Arti Puri came along with Poonam and Rajeev Kinchi and joined Joeyl and Kirti Shetty and sang the song for media and released the video track which has already crossed 30 lakhs hits on website.
Then all the known doctors – Dr.Nishita Sheth,Ajit Kadam,Prakash and Sunita Vhatkar came together to launch the new venue and launch the products.The event started and finished on time. Doctors also briefed the media about the products and their benefits.

Will Sunny Deol’s double role do the trick at the box-office?

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Industry has stood up and noticed Sunny Deol’s decision to play a double role. After all he hasn’t bowed down to such a temptation despite being a part of the film industry for three decades. However the current developments have actually sprung a surprise since all this while one was led to believe that Sunny was playing a ‘bhaiyya’ gangster from UP who wanted a ‘superhit’ film to be made on his life. Now with the additional part of a Canadian actor that he plays in the film, one truly wonders how the dots eventually join.

Our source spills the beans, “Well, that’s because while one Sunny takes care of the ‘bhaiyyaji’ part, it is the other Sunny who takes it upon himself to deliver a ‘superhit’. It is a mad comedy and Sunny is supercharged about beginning work on the film as he has never played an uproarious part like this before.”

“Well, it is a interesting part and something which is very out of the box, especially for an actor like Sunny who comes with a certain image,” says director Neeraj Pathak who had earlier made critically acclaimed drama ‘Right Yaaa Wrong’ with the actor, “However beyond that it would be too early to divulge anything more.”

Sure Neeraj, we are waiting to known more once you feel it’s the right time.

Is Mugdha Godse the new tantrum queen?

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When Mugdha missed her Man Friday…

Mugdha Godse is one perfectionist. And it is this perfection that percolates to even spot boy level. At the Bangkok shoot of Krishan Choudhry and Vipin Jain’s Will You Marry Me, directed by Aditya V Datt, the actor changed six spot boys in one single day before the unit got one who made sense to Mugdha. Says a source from the Ikkon Films unit, “we got all actors spot boy locally as it would bring down shoot costs and we don’t have fly them down. But what happened was that Mugdha seemed to be getting guys who could not understand English. It was funny but she got boys who spoke Thai! And when we did manage to send the right boy, he was just too lazy.”

Grins Mugdha, “at that time, it was irritating as I just could not make the boy understand what I wanted. But looking back now, I did have a hearty laugh. I realized why Robinson Crusoe cherished his Man Friday that day!”

Incidentally, Mugdha ended up having eight spot boys do her work for eight days, since each was a chapter in his own right. Whoever said it is easy to please a heroine!

Is Kareena Bollywood’s highest paid heroine?

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Numero Uno actress Kareena Kapoor recently emerged Bollywood’s Most Profitable Actress at the Business Awards.With domestic box office collections of 200 cr+ plus movies under her belt,Kareena emerged the unquestionable money spinner female actor –

In the list of highest paid actresses in tinsel town, this lady wears the crown! If reports are anything to go by ,the actress was paid close to Rs. 8 crore for Madhur Bhandarkar’s – Heroine, the highest that has ever been paid to any leading lady in the history of Bollywood!

Says Madhur Bhandarkar  “Working with Kareena is a dream come true. She was always my first choice.”

Standing tall amidst an industry ruled by the leading men, Kareena Kapoor who was recentlyimmortalized in wax at the prestigious Madame Tussauds Wax Museum,  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.The actress then went on to put up a note worthy performance in Ek Main aur Ek Tu.

Says acclaimed critic Taran Adarsh “Kareena is the only actress to enjoy the privilege of  being in the 100 crore club – She has the looks and talent and the box office is also backing her. She is going to break her own record with her films to come”

Apart from achieving historic box office success and being the only actress to have worked with all of the industry’s , Kareena Kapoor is also the leading actress in the brand space as per official TAM reports ,with the highest number of brands in her kitty in comparison to her contemporaries ,including biggies like Lakme,Airtel, Hindustan Unilever, Sony,Gitangali, . La vie, Mahindra and ITC to name a few.

Says an agency insider “”Today, actors earn more than 50% of their annual income frombrand endorsements, shows and star appearances. Kareena comes right after the Khans in the list of endorsements, and if you count cricketers, only after Sachin and Dhoni”

On a high note 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”. “Kareena is at the best stage of her career .Its a rare opportunity to work with the younger Gen-X lot of actors as well as the established superstars of the industry and Kareena has films with both in her kitty .She is a complete trendsetter “adds Box Office India’s Vajir Singh.

Clash of the titans – Nasseruddin Shah and Randeep Hooda reunite for film ‘John Day’

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The guru shishya Jodi of Naseeruddin Shah and Randeep Hooda will reunite after the long gap of eleven years for a film titled ‘John Day’. The first film that saw them together was Randeep’s debut film Monsson Wedding where he got an opportunity to share screen space with Naseer Sahab in his first ever scene for a film. 

From there on Randeep who is an ardant fan of Naseer Sahab’s work, got along well with him and have been doing lots of theatre work under him.

Directed by Ahishor Solomon, Produced by Anjum Rizvi (who earlier produced Wednesday) along with K Asif; John Day will be an edge of the seat revenge drama.

Randeep who considers Naseer sahab as his Guru, friend and a confidant is extremely glad to have finally got a script that will do justice to both his character and the character of an actor of Naseer sahab’s caliber.

Says Co- Producer Anjum Rizvi, “Solomon came to me with this great script and he had Naseer Sahab and Randeep in mind for the two lead characters. We approached them and both readily agreed after listening to the script. We are happy to have both of them together in John Day where both have very interesting roles.”

Sony and Zee TV clash on the ‘Vivaah’ theme

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Keeping its promise of continuously innovating and presenting new show concepts, Sony Entertainment Television unveils its brand new fiction show ‘Shubh Vivaah’. A UTV Television production, with Shubh Vivaah launching at 7:30 pm slot, Sony Entertainment Television opens its early prime time slot.

This is the story of every average middle class girl in India. Every girl cherishes a dream since her childhood; the dream about an ideal husband and a picture perfect marriage. And it’s every parent’s dream to find an ideal husband for their daughter; one who has been brought up to adhere to all the values and traditions and will give their daughter every happiness in the world. Yet, as they say, matches are made in heaven and more often than not, the dream of an ideal husband truly remains incomplete. In this imperfection, each girl tries to find love and makes her marriage work.

Set in present day UP, the show will showcase the sights & hubbub of the lanes and by-lanes of Agra and Vrindavan. The mesmerizing backdrop of Taj Mahal and sacred ghats of Vrindavan essentially collaborate to evoke the essence of Uttar Pradesh.

Shubh Vivaah explores the lives of Mr Saxena and his five daughters. The story traces the love these five sisters share, the bonds they cement, the faith they place on each other and the dedication with which they try to face the harsh realities of their lives. Mr Saxena is a doting father whose only dream in life is to get his daughters married into respectable families and to see that they lead happy married lives. Since his wife’s death, Mr Saxena has been both a father and a mother to his daughter.

Like every average middle class girl in India, these five sisters also have been dreaming of a perfect marriage.  They don’t expect much from the man of their dreams. All they are looking for is unconditional love from their future husbands. Finally the time arrives when each of them gets married and with a heavy heart Mr Saxena bids them farewell to them.  How does marriage change the lives of five sisters? Will their picture of a ‘Perfect Husband’ break after marriage or will they find the man of their dreams?

The show which is slated to go on air from 27th February 2012 boasts of an ensemble cast of the who’s who of the telly industry. After wooing millions of hearts through his striking portrayal of a Punjabi boy in blockbuster ‘Tanu Weds Manu’, Eijaz Khan is all set to don the attire of a rustic boy from UP in Shubh Vivaah. Neha Janpandit who was last seen in Sony Entertainment Television’s Chhajje Chhajje Ka Pyaar, is paired with Eijaz. This show also marks veteran actor Rakesh Bedi’s comeback on the small screen.

Zayed Khan: TEZZ is different from BLUE, CASH, DUS

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Zayed Khan has done quite a few adrenalin pumping action films in his near-decade long career so far. While some of the most notable have been BLUE,CASH and DUS, he is now looking at taking things further with TEZZ, which is touted to be one of the biggest action films churned out of Bollywood.

Says Zayed, “I think what is being shot for TEZZ is poles apart from what we have seen in the biggest of action flicks coming out of Bollywood. Based on the portions that I have shot for, I can comfortably say that the action here is far grittier and grungier.”

Since for director Priyadarshan too this is a new genre, he is upgrading himself with the new technology. “Every time he is shooting an action scene, he is totally into it,” informs a source, “He is constantly fiddling around with equipments and assets on the sets. He is particularly fascinated with the cameras that are allowing him to capture things from different angles.”

Shot mainly in London, TEZZ is said to be a remake of Japanese film SHINKANSEN DAIBAKUHA (1975) [BULLET TRAIN in English] and involves high octane action on a speeding train. With a terrorism angle thrown in, TEZZ is a big budgeted affair that also stars Anil KapoorAjay Devgn, Mohanlal, Kangana RanautSameera Reddy and Boman Irani.

Adds Zayed who has worked with Priyan for the first time, “Coming from Sir, I know for sure that TEZZ would be a fresh take on action for all involved. I have worked in action films like BLUE, DUS and CASH in the past but this one is indeed different.”

Hope you really mean it Zayed. Kya karein, everyone says that!

Chitrangada’s biggest regret

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These are thoughtful times for actress Chitrangada Singh. After her critically acclaimed roles in films like HAZAARON KHWAISHEIN AISIKAL – YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW and SORRY BHAI the actress is currently going through a phase of regret.

This phase of regret has to do with her last film DESI BOYZ in which Chitrangada tried to go for some image makeover but did not quite make it.

Now, we hear the actress is going through a low phase for working against her “serious actor” image with her last film DESI BOYZ that did little to help her in any way. While she is trying to get back to doing some serious, hard hitting roles again, meantime her act in the upcoming film JOKER will be another attempt by her to fiddle with her image.

According to reliable sources, “Chitrangada has fully realized the folly of trying to move away from her serious image as an actress. The audiences have not accepted her despite many filmmakers going gaga over her sensuous looks. Now, with JOKER, in which she has a fun loving character too, chances are slim that Chitrangada can look convincing in such a role after being associated for breaking the stereotype with her earlier films.”

While it would be interesting to watch how Chitrangada fares in her item girl image in JOKER, the fact is that going back to doing some serious roles is the best counsel she can take home.

Mahesh Bhatt and RGV fight over Sunny Leone

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Sunny Leone, the famous Indo – Canadian artist, whose claim to fame in India was Big Boss 5, is now very much a part of our Bollywood fraternity. Mahesh Bhatt, known for his keen eye for fresh faces, noticed Sunny on the show, and now the sensuous artist will be making her Bollywood debut in Mahesh Bhatt’s JISM 2.


Sunny Leone has also found a fan in ace director Ram Gopal Varma, who wants to cast her in his movie as well. Expressing this desire to her so called ‘guardian’ Mahesh Bhatt, RGV was requested to go ahead, but on two conditions; that his movie be released only after JISM 2, and to give an equally sensuous role to Sunny in his movie.

Zoom reporters found out that RGV has not taken Bhatt’s demands kindly, and is extremely annoyed with the Bhatt camp. He is now completely rubbishing news of approaching Mahesh Bhatt, to cast the sexy soon to be Bollywood actress!

Looks like Mahesh is definitely looking after Sunny Leone’s best interests. After all, she is his discovery!

Taslima Nasreen: Poonam Pandey wants to get F****d in public

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Strip sensation Poonam Pandey is back in controversy, not by striping her clothes though, but this time it’s a ‘war of words’ on a social networking site.

The Kingfisher model Poonam Pandey received some hard comments from writer Taslima Nasreen when Poonam tweeted, ”Attitude is like your underwear; you must wear it, but never show it.” Further she shared an exposing picture of hers which had caption saying, ”Attitude is like your underwear; you must wear it, but never show it. But then i like Flaunting the right Attitude a lot :P”

Now, unlike other Poonam Pandey fans, the comments on social networking site were not entertained by the writer and she hit back with a tweet saying, ”Poonam Pandey got naked but not satisfied. She wanna do dirtiest things none did before. Wants to get f****d in public!”

Fumed Poonam Pandey tweeted back saying, ”I don’t have an ‘attitude problem’, I have an attitude that you have a problem with. So, yeah BITCH, it`s actually your problem…”

Condemning the fact that women were being objectified Taslima tweeted, ”My protest agnst d objectification is 4 women’s dignity,not 4 publicity. My criticism ws agnst d video u endorsed.”

Trouble brewing between Sanjay Gupta and Ekta Kapoor?

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Now that SHOOTOUT AT WADALA is definitely happening with plans all set to be executed for the film to go on floors, the hand shake between Sanjay Gupta and Ekta Kapoor has turned out to be for real. Close to half a decade after problems were reported between the enterprising producer and the director known for his stylish movie making, all is certainly well between the duo. Moreover, even though the hunt for actors continues with only Anil Kapoor and John Abraham on board with Vivek Oberoi no more a part of the project, Sanjay is confident that with Ekta, he would manage to cross all the obstacles and come up trumps.

“For Sanjay, it is a big win for him and Ekta to come together again since there were a lot of negative forces around him that came as a hindrance in his movie making plans for all these years. After ZINDA, he just couldn’t get started on a new project once his problems with Sanjay Dutt erupted in a big way. Even those who were supposed to be his friends deserted him and there were also reports around him and Ekta having a fall out after working together in SHOOT OUT AT LOKHANDWALA. Monetary issues was said to be the bone of contention and other than Dutt, even Ekta was said to be miffed with him,” says a source.

However the very fact that the same team is now coming together to make SHOOT OUT AT WADALA with the only exception of Dutt has proven to be a shot in the arm for Sanjay who is happy to find himself vindicated.

Says Gupta, “There were never any problems between Ekta and me either professionally or personally. Issues around matters related to money were always speculation and just made a good reading for people. You would remember that never once did Ekta or I say anything on record. Today I think the very fact that we are making this film together should put to rest any doubts about my integrity as a filmmaker or a producer.”

Who’s the mystery girl on Vikram Bhatt’s “Hate Story” controversial poster??

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Hindi cinema is breaking barriers like never before. While few film makers continue to run the tried and tested method, there are few who test the norm!

Stirring up tremendous buzz would be the mystery girl whom we see in this brand new bold poster of Vikram Bhatt’s next ‘Hate Story’ directed by Vivek Agnihotri.

With only her bare back visible, and a tantalisingly placed gun and tattoo, the makers are keeping mum on the identity of the model!

The daring poster has created quite a stir in the industry and trade circles, it has been splashed all over and people are probing the makers to reveal who this sexy back belongs to!!!

Well, any guesses? Watch this space for more updates!

Prestigious ‘Asia’s Leading Woman in Hospitality’ Award won by Dr Jyotsna Suri

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Dr Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson & Managing Director, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group has been honored with the venerated Asia’s Leading Woman in Hospitality Award at the Women in Leadership (WIL) Asia Awards 2012 in recognition of her outstanding performance, initiatives and achievements in the hospitality sectorHer Excellency Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, Wife of the Prime Minister of Malaysia presented the award to Dr. Suri yesterday at the awards ceremony held at The Royale Chulan in Kuala Lumpur. The Women in Leadership Asia Awards invite leading businesswomen and organisations from Asia every year to celebrate and recognise the development of professional women in leadership.

Dr. Suri has been associated with The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group since its inception but took complete charge in 2006 following the death of her husband and the company’s Founder Chairman, Lalit Suri. Besides holding the reins of one of India’s leading and fastest-growing privately-owned hotel companies with its portfolio of deluxe five-star hotels, Dr Suri is the only Indian member on the International Executive Committee of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), and the Chairperson of the Tourism Committee of the Federation of India Chambers of Commerce. She led the launch of The Great Indian Travel Bazaar, a travel exhibition in Jaipur, five years ago and has been relentlessly working to promote the tourism potential of Jammu and Kashmir. She has been the only woman to be honored with the prestigious World Travel Market Global Award in recognition of her leadership of the Group and promoting tourism. Apart from this, Dr. Suri is passionate about education in India and is a patron of art and culture.

Speaking at the occasion, Dr Suri said: “I am deeply honoured to have received the Asia’s Leading Woman in Hospitality Award. With changing times, there are increasing opportunities for women to scale heights in almost every industrial sector. I am glad that Women in Leadership Asia Awards have recognised the achievements and success of prominent businesswomen who have broken new ground in their respective areas of expertise.”

The other winners at Women in Leadership Asia Awards 2012 are Shahnaz Husain- Asia’s Leading Business Woman of the Year, Ming Ming Liu- Asia’s Most Innovative Woman Entrepreneur, Datuk Dr Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria- Asia’s Leading Woman in Public Sector, Khadijah Abdullah- Asia’s Leading Woman in Finance & Investment, Tan Suet Guan- Asia’s Leading Woman in Healthcare, Arunosha Bhanupan- Asia’s Leading Woman in Media and PepsiCo Asia Pacific Region – Asia’s Most Women-Friendly Employer.

Shekhar Suman’s bouncing back with SAB TV

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The entire last week there has been a lot of speculation around the news ‘Shekhar ab dobara karega’ but, there was no clue about what is it that he is going to do?A campaign showing Shekhar trying his hands at Boxing, becoming a Chef and even attempting to stage a Fast for a cause have been seen but again without a clue about his plans.

Alka Suman, Shekhar’s wife, too was totally clueless about what is underway. She said, “I have tried my level best to figure out what’s going on, but Shekhar refuses to share anything. He has been extremely preoccupied and knowing him I can say that whatever he is planning will be something big. He has a reputation to live-up to and I am hoping and praying that all this effort that he is putting in pays-off.”

SAB TV, today, uncovered one layer of the secret when they announced that SAB TV and Shekar Suman are planning something big. They, together, are bringing Shekhar back doing something that only he does the best.

Mr. Anooj Kapoor, EVP and Business Head SAB, speaking about the venture said, “Shekhar is an icon as far as the television industry is concerned, he has essayed many a roles and has a huge fan following. I am sure that when we both team up we shall have an offering that the entire family will enjoy. I can’t reveal much but very soon we shall be making an announcement that will surprise one and all.”

Adhyayan Suman, said that, “I wish I knew what Dad was up to. He has been spending a lot of time with his hair stylist and dress designer trying out new looks and outfits. I even spoke to them, but they are as clueless as we are. He has promised us that he will reveal his plans quite soon and I am eagerly waiting for that day. When I see the kind of efforts he is putting in, I can bet that this is going to be something really big.”


Hitman Hashmi’s star ratings shoot up

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Emraan Hashmi who’s proved time and again that he isn’t far from the big league of actors given his stupendous success at the box office ,is now up on his star rating quotient with the recent string of hits added to this track record.

A turning point in his career ,Milan Luthria’s Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai brought the actor critical acclaim apart from raking in the moolah at the box office. The actor then followed that up with by Madhur Bhandarkar’s comedy Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji, which he then topped with the blockbuster Balaji’s The Dirty Picture.

Moving away from the stereotype he’s normally associated with ,Emraan Hashmi is fast gaining respectability in the industry and is now being considered for roles that score high on family ratings.

Confirms acclaimed critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh  “Emraan’s films with Milan and Madhur have earned him the respectability from the industry that was missing till now and he’s finally crossing over to the A-listers side. His commercial value has shot up for sure,”.

Things are looking up like never before for Hitman Hashmi who has an enviable list of films lined up this year starting with Jannat 2, Dibaker Banerjee’s Shanghai ,Percept Pictures’ Rush and Raaz 3.

Says a source “Emraan has never consciously made an effort to do certain kinds of films.But had managed to give his 100percent to any project he undertook.He is finally coming into his own from the serial –kissing and bad boy tag that he is normally associated with and is now doing films that will tap his true potential as an actor”.

First look of Dibakar Banerjee’s next film SHANGHAI

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Trade reports about SHANGHAI is that it is a gripping thriller. Although a deviation from his usual comedy film genre, Dibakar Banerjee will surely excel with this Abhay Deol and Emraan Hashmi starrer.

Wait and watch for more news on this film.

Mugdha Godse being stalked.

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Krishan Choudhery and Vipin Jain’s Will You Marry Me, directed by Aditya V Datt, may be making waves, but actor Mughda Godse is working very hard to fend off an unwanted stalker, who seems to be not taking No for an answer when it come to marriage.

A little bird  tells us that Mughda is really harassed and that this man first met her when she entered the hotel lobby for Will You Marry Me? at the music launch where he told her he was besotted by her. “Mugdha moved off smiling thinking it is one of those things you encounter as an actor. When she was going back after the event, he was still waiting at the lobby but did not approach me as she was with friends. But he does not seem to take No for an answer.”

Seems, the stalker, a  well-to-do businessman, is chasing Mugdha sending her bouquets and even a Valentine’s Day world Tour offer via sms!

Says she, “I am really stressed with this stalker issue and would like my peace of mind back.”

Though the stalker is after a warning, resorting to blank calls from a private number, Producer Krishan Choudhery in the meantime, has hired two bouncers to be positioned at Mugdha’s residence if she wants the same.

“It is our film and hence, our responsibility, but sinceMugdha said she would handle this first and inform me in case of need, we are waiting for her nod.” he reasons.
As for Mugdha, she prefers that the stalker moves on and lets her peace be.

Riteish and Genelia spend Valentine’s Day promoting Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya

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The very-much in love, real and reel life couple, Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia spent their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple promoting their  upcoming film Tips Industries’ Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya at IIPM Saket.

When asked about their sizzling chemistry on-screen said Genelia “I personally feel chemistry is not between the two actors. It’s between the actor and the director or producer for that matter. It depends on a filmmaker how he portrays the on screen romance in a movie”. Added Riteish  “We started our career together with Tujhe Meri Kasam. And it was interesting to be working together again after eight-years, after having done 20-25 films each. We got to know how we have grown as actors. And I must say Genelia is a great actor. She is definitely better than me,”.

With a whole lot of similarities between their reel and real life story ,the movie promises to be a joy-ride – By their own admission, Riteish and Genelia became friends first, then lovers and now they are married. In the movie, too, the couples do not fall in love instantly.

Confirms Riteish “”The characters in Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya do not fall in love immediately. It was an evolutionary process” .

“We got to spend Valentine’s Day together promoting a film that we both love. And the film is about love.” Added Riteish and Genelia, talking about how they planned to spend the day.

The much-awaited romantic comedy ,Tips Industries Ltd’s Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya is soon to see its release on the 24th of February 2012.

Agent Vinod now the latest addition to PS3 games

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Illuminati Film’s Agent Vinod is readying for its March release and producer-actor Saif Ali Khan couldn’t be more excited.

As part of the marketing and promotions of the spy-thriller, the makers have tied up with fast-food giant McDonald’s to launch an exclusive comic book. If that wasn’t all, Saif also plans to launch a Playstation 3 game, all of which revolve around Agent Vinod.

Talking about the concept of the game says Saif Ali Khan,an avid gamer himself “At each level, the gamer will be provided with clues to nail the bad guy, who could range from a `chaalu’ (street smart) knife-wielding dada (don) from Mumbai’s dark underbelly to an international mafia kingpin. If the baddie is killed in the shootout, the gamer earns points and moves on to the next level.“Adding  “When the first CDs came out, I was hooked. I was lost in this dark virtual space, “.

Ready to bring to Indian audiences slick, fast paced cinema on par international standards Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor starrer Agent Vinod has already created quite a wave in the industry with its breathtaking promo.

“If the film works, we are planning to build Agent Vinod into a brand” adds Saif.

Shot in over 12 countries including  Morocco, Russia and Latvia,the highly anticipated action-adventure Agent Vinod also starring Adil Hussain, Ram Kapoor, Prem Chopra and Gulshan Grover,   is all set to release on the 23rd of March 2012 .

Kahaani to be adapted into a novel

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It’s the day and age where films are made inspired by novels. But this time around, Viacom 18‘s suspense thriller Kahaani is soon to be adapted into a novel.

Advaita Kala, who has penned the script of the film, is soon planning on writing a novel on the same story line, but with a twist and is soon to see its launch at the end of this year.

Says director Sujoy Ghosh  “Advaita is penning the story. She is going to write it a bit

differently and it won’t be like the film. So that will be something interesting to wait and watch out for. Advaita’s thought process is totally different, which is good”

Kahaani tells the tale of Vidya Bagchi who arrives from London in search of her missing husband. Seven months pregnant and alone in a festive city, with nothing to rely on except fragments from her memories about him, Vidya is determined to unravel the truth about her husband – for herself and her unborn child.

Directed by Sujoy Ghosh,Viacom 18’s Kahaani comes to a theatre near you 9th March 2012.

Ali Zafar travels by train post London Paris New York performance

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Lead pair of Fox Star Studios and Rose Movies ‘ London Paris New York -Ali Zafar and co-star Aditi Rao  recently performed  at the Kala Ghoda festival post which the actor wanted to travel by the city’s local trains and spontaneously decided to board  the first class compartment of the train at Churchgate and got off at Andheri.

Quick thinking on Ali’s part ,the singer-actor decided to don a disguise (monkey cap and shawl)and travel  by the local trains to cut the traffic.

Says producer Shrishti Arya “Ali is a very grounded person who has no starry airs. When traveling by train was suggested he jumped at the suggestion. We were a little concerned about his safety but his enthusiasm was infectious and we let him do it only after he got into this get up”

Confirms Ali ““I don’t know why, but I just instinctively decided to travel in the local train and experience this side of Mumbai. Since my friends had warned me of huge crowds during rush hour, I was forced to hide my face. But it was fun travelling by train. It felt real and helped me connect with the city’s energy. I would love to do it again.”

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 MenonFox 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.

Now John Abraham becomes a Lean Machine

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Known for his brawny and perfectly chiseled physique, John Abraham is soon to shed the muscle for his forthcoming film Balaji’s Shootout at Wadala.

The actor who never fails to figure in the list of country’s hottest men has been asked to shed 20 kilos to play the infamous gangster Manya Surve in the film based on the Mumbai Police’s first-ever registered encounter .

Currently on a strict diet of fish, sushi, protein shakes, juices and soups –John Abraham will appear lean in the first half of the film and gradually develop a more muscular build towards the climax.

Confirms John Abraham “Manya Surve has to look really lean in the first 20 minutes of the film, till he gets into jail and starts working out. So there is an actual physical transformation my character goes through in the film.”

As easy as it may appear, John Abraham who underwent an acute muscle malfunction last year is painstakingly keeping to his diet and workout regime ,designed by trainer Vinod Channa. “At times I feel like breaking down. People always talk about losing weight but it is a very difficult process. If not supervised properly, it can go really wrong. But thankfully my trainer Vinod Channa has been religiously working with me on it.” adds John.

Directed by Sanjay Gupta,Balaji’s Shootout at Wadala also starring Anil Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut goes on floors this March,2012.

WHY VIDYA BALAN APES MYSTICAL REKHA AND HER ATTIRE?

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Bollywood divas Vidya Balan and Rekha have lot of things in common. Both hail from south, both have glorified the spirit of women on-screen and finally both share common fashion sensibilities. The duo has a special liking for sarees. At any point of time, you find the twosome flaunting their love for sarees.

When this special connection was brought to Vidya’s notice, she was highly thrilled.

On asking Vidya if she’s following the evergreen veteran actress’ style, she at once replied, “This is a biggest compliment for me. She is who she is. I have always admired her. She’s done varied roles and genres in her lifetime. Not only her body of work even her style statement has always inspired me. Just like Rekhaji even I love wearing sarees (Kanjivaram).”

She further went on to add, “Rekhaji and my mother are the perfect images of a true Indian woman. So when people say I look like her I am thrilled.”

Well we truly adore this connection!

Aishwarya to star opposite SRK in HAPPY BIRTHDAY?

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If you thought that post delivery Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has bid a good-bye to films, then here’s a piece of good news for all her ardent fans out there. Reportedly, the lady will make a comeback with Sriram Raghavan’s next directorial venture HAPPY BIRTHDAY opposite Shahrukh Khan.

If rumours are to be believed, actor John Abraham was initially approached for the male lead. However, now the buzz is that SRK has been finalized for the role.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY is a sci-fi film which will be directed by AGENT VINOD‘s director Shriram Raghavan.

NEW PUBLICITY GIMMICKS – Leaked: Vivek-Mallika’s look in KLPD!

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The capital is abuzz with the crew of Amit Chandrra’s KISMAT LUV PAISA DILLI (KLPD) shooting all across the city.

KLPD is a comic thriller set in Delhi and will for the first time see Vivek pair up withMallika Sherawat. The film is being produced by Amit Chandrra’s invincible Entertainment along with Krishan Chaudhery’s Shrishti Cine Entertainment, a Delhi based firm.

After wrapping their indoor schedule in Mumbai, Amit Chandrra’s film shifted base to Delhi, where they would shoot at locations like the Delhi Metro, Buddha Garden, Qutub Minar, and Saket highlighting the essence of the city. With the shoot taking place at night, Vivek, Mallika and the whole unit has been seen battling the cold dipping temperatures, while shooting on the streets of Delhi.


Delhi being a friendly city, the actors and the whole unit got a warm welcome by the crowd, which was allowed to witness the whole shoot and the production team also interacted with the crowds and let them enjoy watching Vivek and Mallika shooting in their city.

In fact, when the crew was shooting at a mall in the city, the crowds surrounded the set and started calling out to Vivek as ‘Maya Bhai’ and addressing Mallika as ‘Jalebi Bai’ , to which the actors reacted very positively and responded to the adulation with much ease. But a certain sector of the crowd managed to click the actors in their film look, even after they were asked not to, as the makers of the film wanted to wait a while before revealing the look of the film. Not only that, but the shooting stills have been splashed online and in the press.

This has irked the producer of the film and especially because the look of his actors which was a well kept secret in Mumbai got leaked instantly on their shooting schedule in Delhi.

On touching base with Amit, he stated, ”The city has given the crew a warm welcome and we were glad to have them watch the shoot and feel like a part of our film, but at the same time it’s very disappointing that the look of the actors has been leaked.”

Previously, Ranbir Kapoor‘s much kept secretive look of ROCKSTAR was also revealed in the city.

SMART MOVER VIDAYA BALAN WANTS TO WORK WITH GULZAR SAAB NOW

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With Vidya Balan emerging as the numero uno actress of Bollywood post the super-success of THE DIRTY PICTURE; it goes without saying more and more filmmakers are making a beeline to cast her in their films or vying to work with the brilliant actor. However, the lady in demand is eyeing to work with the legendary poet and filmmaker Gulzar saab

Ask Vidya about her wish-list of filmmakers she is seeking to work with and she discloses, “I want to work with Gulzar. I admire his body of work.”

If talents like Vidya Balan and Gulzar come together for a film, it would be nothing but a visual treat for film buffs. Hope Gulzaar saab is listening.

The Svenska Valentine glow!

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Hosts Wasim Sheikh, Rahat Siddiqui, Khalid Siddiqui, Vasant Bhandari and Zia Sheikh

It is a day when one can get unabashedly mushy and sentimental, a day of roses, candies, cards, and kisses – and of course, a romantic dinner in an ambience that exudes love and care. And if it is the hoteliers themselves who have organized a Valentine’s Day bash, it is but obvious that the experience would be unforgettable. That is precisely what it was when  Rahat and Khalid Siddiqui celebrated Valentine’s Day with their friends Zia Sheikh and Wasim Sheikh at their award-winning Miro & Miro Lounge at Svenska Design Hotel, Andheri (W) on February 14. The trio pulled out all stops as it was also the occasion where Miro had won the prestigious Food Guide Awards, making this special day more memorable for the large number of celebrities who made a beeline for the do.  


The perfect romantic setting including the ubiquitous heart-shaped balloons, the flowing drinks and the divine food that Svenska is known for, saw the guests, like   Aman Verma, Bunty Grewal with wife Caroline, Zulfi Sayed with wife Sheena, Shawar Ali, Mudasir Ali, hosts Wasim Sheikh and Zia Sheikh of Svenska Design Hotel, Rahat and Khalid Siddiqui and Vasant Bhandari enjoying every moment of the warm, loving atmosphere.

 

vasant bhandari, shibani kashyap and wasim shaikh at miro lounge, svenska design hotel,


“Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love. And we also added success to it. We decided to celebrate the love we at Svenska have received from our valued patrons and our success in providing them with the kind of personalized and loving service that they deserve,” said Wasim Sheikh, MD, Svenska Design Hotel.

Rustic rhythm for Ruia and Riya!

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Director Rajiv Ruia’s Zindagi 50/50 actors had a great time with band, baaja and dhol at Film city where they were shooting for a song sequence.

A moment to cherish... rajpal yadav, supriya kumari, choreographer sabina khan, riya sen, rajan verma and director rajiv ruia having a blast on the sets of rajiv ruia's Zindagi... 50 50

Rajpal kept everyone in splits with his antics, and fitness-conscious Rajan Verma even made the director lose calories by joining in the fun and dance routine. Sabina Khan, the choreographer along with Rajiv Ruia made sure the actors enjoyed themselves thoroughly so that it reflected in their mood. “This ia fun, joy and happy sequence,” elaborated director Rajiv Ruia, “and I wanted to see to it that everyone lets his hair down, literally.”

Rajpal Yadav was quick to confess that he was always game for fun, while Rajan made everyone dance to his tunes including composer Vivek Kar. Supriya and Riya bonded over chai, and the camaraderie was evident in the scenes.

No wonder Rajiv Ruia is directing four films. It is his tuning with the actors and his ability to extract performances that works on-screen wonders for him!

Anup Jalota plays Satya Sai Baba

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Padamshri Anup Jalota will be portaying the role of Satya Sai Baba in his debut film Satya Sai Baba produced by A One Creations and directed by Vicky Ranawat.
The Mahurat was at Iskon Auditorium,juhu where Bollywood came to be part of this mahurat.Shakti Kapoor broke the coconut,Anees Bazmi gave the clap and the mahurat shot was directed by Saawan Kumar.Other who came were Lawrence Dsouza,Sahzaad Khan,Mustaaq Khan,Sheetal Shah.Music of film is given by Anchal Talesra and written by Sachindra Sharma.

Pradhuman Singh injured

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The talented actor ,Pradhuman Singh was injured while filming an action sequence in his upcoming movie “LIFE KI TOH LAG GAYI”. It was a difficult shot as he needed to jump above the bar table in a hotel and the bar table was a little high than the usual tables. A source present at the shoot says that, ‘Pradhuman started his action sequence, but unfortunately his hand lands on a bottle kept on the table, further the glass broke and few tiny particles pierced through his hands getting him injured.’ Seeing blood pour profusely from Pradhuman’s hand the whole team got panicky and doctors had to be called at the venue immediately.

The doctor wrapped a bandage on Pradhuman’s hand and advised the actor to take rest and the shoot was stalled and was going to be called off. But  Pradhuman  being the thorough professional that he is wanted to continue the shoot. The whole crew asked  Pradhuman  to rest and not exert with the shoot and wanted to call off the shoot, but on  Pradhuman’s insistence and assurance Director Rakesh Mehta,very nervily called for the shot. A unit member reveals that, ‘ Pradhuman removed his bandage so that it looks like a continuation and gave a perfect shot as if nothing had happened’ The action shot was perfect and once the shot was over everyone rushed to  Pradhuman and put a bandage for him

Director Rakesh Mehta and the entire unit of the film has been singing about his professionalism and his dedication towards his work. Unlike the title of the movie the talented actor decided to take control of his life and not delay the shoot as he did not want the shoot to be interrupted because of his hand injury.

Ahmedabad welcomes Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya

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As Tips Industries’ romantic-comedy Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya closes in on its release, the film received an unprecedented response as the team traveled to Ahmedabad –

After a conference and theatrical trailer screening at Gulmohar Mall , Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia interacted with the crowd at Agora Mall. After saying a few words in Gujarati added Riteish Deshmukh “My Gujarati vocabulary in very limited and I’d love to learn more. I’m happy to be promoting my film here in Ahmedabad where the people are so warm and welcoming”.

Talking about the lead pair said producer Kumar Taurani  “They are committed professionals first and that’s what I realized through the making of Tere Naal…And every time I see the film, I can see how that reflects in their performances .TereNaal… looks refreshing, oozing with romance and mush and yet, fun. And I’m glad that Riteish and Genelia have only value-added to the film”

Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya 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.Those who have caught glimpses of the film,confirm that the chemistry between the two is nothing short of crackling.

Talking about her character in the film said Genelia “I play Mini a free spirited girl who’s always on the run –quite the brat, but I’m nothing like it in reality. The film is a romantic-comedy and something the whole family can enjoy”.

En route Chowki Dani ,the lead pair waved to crowds as they gathered in thousands to catch a glimpse of their favorite stars.

The film’s exclusive party at Shivalik Club had Ahmedabad buzzing as the team partied into the wee hours of the morning with music composers Sachin-Jigar belting out tracks from the movie.

The much-awaited romantic comedy ,Tips Industries Ltd’s Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya is soon to see its release on the 24th of February 2012.

Music of London Paris New York a big hit

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The music of Fox Star Studios and Rose Movies’ London Paris New York, that marks lead actor- Ali Zafar’s debut as music composer, is already a subject of heated discussion and is fast gaining popularity on charts courtesy an unconventional mix of exciting genres that promises to drive your blues away.

Says Ali Zafar “I wanted to create sounds that are fresh and since the film touches on different emotions I could experiment with genres”. So he’s used Pop -Romance in London – Electronic Sufi in Paris – Blues-rap in New York, all blended in true Bollywood style

Promising to bring the wit back into Bollywood’s romantic comedies,London ParisNew 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

With its album launch in the capital city,the music of the film was greeted with much enthusiasm as Ali performed to a live audience with an encore request from the crowds who gathered in numbers .If that wasn’t all ,the film music was received with open arms as soon as it hit airwaves and the viral circuit – Tweeted acclaimed critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh “Watched the title track of #LPNY –Peppy and foot tapping .Imaginative filming makes it stand out”.

Overwhelmed with the response tweeted Ali Zafar “Thank you everyone for the overwhelming response. Humbled and grateful. Can’t stop smiling”

Talking about the music of the film and her fondness for Ali Zafar says producer Shrishti Arya “There is individuality in Ali’s music. He has kept the music simple and melodious and yet so diverse that even a child can sing it. There are modern kinds of arrangements we’ve used. It’s the kind of album you’ll remember for a long time. I couldn’t have asked for better. I’m absolutely thrilled to have Ali Zafar on board for London Paris New York.”

A treat to fans who can’t wait to catch the singer live in action Ali Zafar and co-star Aditi Rao Hydari will also be performing this evening at the Kala Ghoda festival.

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

Mahesh Manjrekar to help John Abraham brush up his Marathi skills for Shootout at Wadala

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In preparation to play a role on the lines of infamous gangster Manya Surve in Balaji’s Shootout at Wadala, John Abraham not only is working on his physique but also brushing up on his colloquial Marathi – And helping John in doing that is Mahesh Manjrekar.

Directed by Sanjay Gupta , the  prequel to the runaway hit Shootout at Lokhandwala is based on the first ever recorded encounter in Mumbai.

Being an ace at the language ,actor-director and close friend of Sanjay Gupta –Mahesh Manjrekar will act as tutor in preparing John for his role.

Confirming the news says director Sanjay Gupta “John till date has never used rough language in his films.I want him to have the basic knowledge of colloquial Marathi as it will help him grasp the minute details of his character . Mahesh is going to help us out.So,he will meet John a few times,by the end of the month to discuss the nitty –gritties of Marathi.We are keeping their interactions at the end of February since the film goes on floors in March.So,things will be fresh in John’s mind by the time the first schedule kicks off.”

If that wasn’t all ,Mahesh may also act in the film on director Sanjay Gupta’s request.“I have asked Mahesh to choose a role for himself..We go back a long way and I wanted to continue the association with Shootout at Wadala.Plus,he is a superb actor .So he will be part of the film for sure”adds Gupta.

The film also marks Shakti Kapoor’s son Siddhant’s debut. Also starring Kangana Ranaut and Tusshar Kapoor ,Balaji’s Shootout at Wadala goes on floors this March.

Nikhil Dwivedi helps ‘Spot boy’ get a role in Tamanchey

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Bollywood is a land of dreams and definitely many aspirants from all across with dreams in their eyes would like to get a break in Bollywood. But what began as a prank, turned out to be dream come true for one lucky spotboy on the sets of Tamanchey.

Whilst packing up for the day, the crew were in a relaxed mood and decided to play a prank on one of the spotboys of Tamanchey. They asked him to audition for the role of a gangster in the film. Maybe the spotboy felt that this was his opportunity in the sun and in all earnestness to create an impact started seriously ‘Acting’ and mouthed his over dramatic dialogues in Bhojpuri.

The whole unit was in splits and started laughing at him, but unnoticed to them, Nikhil Dwivedi was observing it from his vanity van. Nikhil appreciated his ‘Intensity’ and intent and requested he director to give him a role in the film, since the film is based in the interiors and would give authencity to the character. The director too agreed and gave him a role that suited him in the film.Well some dreams are made of these!

TAMANCHEY is an acidic love story, rumouredly based on the love story of Abu Salem and Monica Bedi.

World’s Largest Spiral shell made with Swaronski Zirconia in Mumbai

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Swarovski gemsTM  participated Ltd in IFFJAS organised by Radiant Expositions between 10th to 13th February , presented a unique interpretation of the spritual symbol of india infinite “ Maharudra spiral shell”. The beautiful and innovative art piece is 5 feet 5 inches long with periphery of  3 feet 5 inches spiral circumference and made with 28,000 pieces of Swarovski Zirconia along with thousands of Panchmukhi rudraksh.

The pure brilliance cut for Zirconia, Swarovski Gems TM revolutionary technological innovation is an entirely new dimension of radiance was achieved by applying the ideal diamond cut standards to zirconia for the first time. Zirconia has strictly adhered the standards of Gemological Institute of America for grading diamond cut quality which are exquisitely crafted, intensely brilliant created stones that are a marvel of sophisticated glamour and heady beauty.Every individual  stone features a microspic “Swarovski Zirconia” laser engraving quality seal as special sign of authenticity and quality.

The incredible Maharudra Spiral shell made with Swarovski Zirconia, Which was developed in co operation with Heera Zhaverat Magazine, has been confirmed to register in the Limca Book of Records as the World’s largest spiral shell which has been showcased at the IFFJAS for the general public from February 10th to 13th at Bombay Exhibition Centre.

Bollywood Calling for South sex siren Nayantra

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After tasting success in Tollywood and Kollywood with blockbusters like Chandramukhi, Gajini, and Lakshmi, it is now Bollywood that seeks the Malayalam glam – girl Nayantra.

It is reported that producer director Rajkumar Santhoshi has approached Nayantara to play the lead role in his forthcoming movie, opposite superstar Akshay Kumar. It is not yet confirmed whether she has given a nod to the movie.

Nayantra is a bit on the plump side and she needs to hit the gym as soon as possible to woo the Bollywood audience. Last heard, she is seeking advice from a fitness expert for slimming therapy.

The bubbly actress is sure to go places with her kind of looks.

Vidya Balan joins the item girl brigade..

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After showing her sexy side in ‘The Dirty Picture’, Vidya Balan is now all set to set the screen on fire with her item number.

Now, all the Shielas and the Munnis, the Chamelis and Jalebi Bais are in for a tough for competition as Vidya Balan, is all set to groove to an item song in producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s production‘Ferrari Ki Sawaari.’

It is heard that the item song will break all records of boldness. The song is still in progress and will be finalized in the next few weeks.

When approached by Chopra for the song, the actress immediately agreed to it.

Mallika Haydon gets one more song in Agent Vinod

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Mallika Haydon is surely getting a lot of eyeballs courtesy her sizzling hot number ‘I’ll Do The Talking’ in Saif Ali Khan’s home production Agent Vinod. The half Indian- half Australian beauty has now been offered yet another dance number in the same film.

Apparently, the makers of Agent Vinod were elated with the response to the first song and hence decided to rope in Mallika for yet another special song. The song called ‘Pyaar Ki Pungi‘ has been sung by Mika and will feature Mallika shaking a leg with Saif Ali Khan.
This leggy lass is surely going places!

Sachiin Joshi gets married to Urvashi Sharma

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The pretty girl of Naqaab is a married woman now. Though there was a buzz around Urvashi Sharma being proposed by entrepreneur/actor Sachiin Joshi this Valentine’s Day, here is the scoop. The duo is in fact a married couple already and though their immediate family was aware about it, the wedding was a hush-hush affair.

Confirms our source, “Yes, Sachiin and Urvashi have already taken the vows. It was a very private ceremony where only the parents and siblings were present. Even some of the very close friends of the couple were unaware about their marriage. Sachiin and Urvashi went to a temple, took ‘saat pheras’ and then had a quiet get together. No one else was informed and while Sachiin continued playing at CCL, Urvashi too resumed her other assignments.”

Now that comes as a surprise because though Sachiin and Urvashi never made much noise about their two year long association, it wasn’t discreet either as those in their close circle always knew that wedding bells were not too far away. However this sudden development has ended up surprising quite a few since one expected much more fanfare, especially since Sachiin is a billionaire and hosts various businesses like hotels, constructions companies, mineral water, gym & spa and the energy drink XXX.
“It was in fact a sudden decision”, continues our source, “Though Urvashi was aware that Sachiin would eventually pop the question, his sudden proposal zapped her as well. Though it was a momentary shock for her, considering the fact that she is in the middle of bagging some more acting assignments, it was love that came first and she didn’t take a moment to say ‘yes’.
When contacted, Urvashi did open up after a momentary hesitation. Confirming that she and Sachiin have indeed tied the knot, she also informed that the wedding took place early this month. “Yes, we wanted it to be a private affair. I think that’s the best thing to have happened to me. Being a married woman is such a wonderful thing”, she said. On asked about this being a hush-hush affair, she smiled, “For that you must ask my husband; it was his decision.”
Though wedding was a low key affair, our sources inform that a mega reception is being planned for 29th February in which entire film industry as well as friends and family of the newlyweds would be invited from across the globe.

 

No erotic scenes for Karisma Kapoor in Dangerous Ishq

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In early years of her career, she may have gone ‘Sexy Sexy Sexy Mujhe Log Bole‘ or ‘Sarkaile Lo Khatiya‘ with aplomb. However, Karisma Kapoor is sure that her comeback vehicle would be as clean as possible even though the director at the helm of affairs, Vikram Bhatt, has announced loud and clear that ‘creating sensation’ is the name of the game today in Bollywood. Dangerous Ishq promises to ‘sensationalize’ affairs as well though, the director as well as the leading lady is on the same page that ‘erotica’ won’t have any place for that here.

“In the film, there may be multiple men (Rajneesh Duggall, Jimmy Sheirgill, Ruslaan Mumtaz) in Karisma’s life but none of the episodes would feature anything that would be dare-bare. Karisma would never do anything at this age which would embarrass her or her family”, says a common friend, “She holds her dignity quite high and one of the major reasons for her comeback film to be delayed was the fact that she wanted to do the film on her own terms. Though she can still give any other heroine of today a run for the money, getting into skin show is out of her equation.”
This also means that for Vikram it was a task in hand as his last few films have included erotic elements and he has made no bones about that in his other upcoming projects either.

“His last success Haunted had its fair share of erotica while Red stays on to be one of his most erotic affairs as it featured a three way seduction amongst his protagonists”, says a close associate of Vikram, “Even his earlier films like Raaz, Kasoor and Fareb revolved on erotica and going by the stills of Raaz 3, he is pretty much following suit in his future assignments too. However he has made an exception with Dangerous Ishq as he as well as Karisma felt that it was unnecessary.”
This means that even though the films where he is just a producer, whether it is Lanka, Hate Story or1920 – Evil Returns, have scenes that aid the erotic quotient, when it comes to Dangerous Ishq, it is romance and thrills that take centre-stage.

“That’s true, in fact it is being wrongly reported in some sections that Dangerous Ishq is an erotic thriller. For the records, it isn’t it. Also, contrary to speculations, it doesn’t have any horror element either”, says Vikram. He adds with a smile, “In fact my daughter can’t believe that I have made a film that doesn’t have any such elements. She teases me that I have made a U/A film after a long time.”

 

Riteish and Genelia meet ITABP jawans

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Their marriage was the talk of the town with political as well as film personalities blessing the couple. With their next film Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya up for release, the newlywed couple met the jawans of the Indo Tibetan Border Police recently.
The reason behind this sudden visit was that the jawans celebrated their Golden Jubilee year of guarding the Indo China frontier.
In fact Genelia dressed in a green Anarkali suit and along with her husband Riteish sang songs from their movieTere Naal Love Ho Gaya and dedicated it to the Jawans, who guard the country’s frontier with China.

 

Shakun Batra took suggestions from Mansoor Khan for Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu

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Shakun Batra , the diminutive director of Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is all set to erase his ‘Can’t Dance, Saala’ image.

Remember the guy with Pappu, Imran Khan’s pal in Abbas Tyrewala’sJaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na? That was Shakun Batra. And Shakun can’t dance to save his life.

Laughs Shakun in embarrassment, “People had forgotten my rather brief tryst with acting until my friend Imran Khan brought it up in his interviews. Like Pappu, I can’t dance to save my life.”

Talking about his debut film, Shakun says, “When I wrote EMAET, we were all so young and inexperienced. We thought we’d change the world by changing cinema. We had inflated opinions of our abilities. Now five years later I am different. So whatever I make next would be in a different space…While making EMAET I never thought I was going to change the way the rom-com is made. Break all the clichés, etc. I just did what came naturally to me.”

Incidentally, Shakun Batra took suggestions from Imran’s uncle Mansoor Ali Khan.

“Why not?” asks Shakun defiantly. “I’ve the privilege of knowing him personally. Mansoor’s Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar is one of my all-time favourite films. When I wrote my film I showed it to him. After reading it he asked me if I was a fan of Raj Kapoor’s Bobby . He said the script reminded him of Bobby. But I was too young when Bobby had released.”

Interestingly, Shakun Batra shoots down the critical opinion that his film is a carryover of Jab We Met. “I agree it’s the same introverted-boy-extroverted-girl space. But our script for EMAET goes way back beforeJab We Met was released. I wrote this film five years ago when I was raw and stepping into a career in movies.”

That’s when Shakun assisted Abbas Tyrewala’s Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na and featured in the song ‘Pappu Can’t Dance Saala‘.

About the film’s open ending (Kareena and Imran don’t get together finally) Shakun knocks down the suggestion of a sequel. “A lot of people think I deliberately kept them apart at the end to bring them together in another film. But no. I’m done with Rahul and Rihana. I’ve gone with them as far as I want to. What they do with their lives now is entirely up to them.”

Having a friend playing the lead certainly helped. “Imran was a big support. We go back a long way. So when we both came into EMAET there was a certain comfort level between us. He too gave a lot of helpful suggestions. In the sequence where Sonia Mehra tries to seduce him in the loo, it was Imran’s idea that he be shown brushing his teeth to show his compulsively organized personality, before he’s attacked by her.”

 

John’s gung-ho about ‘Vicky Donor’

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Generally, when an actor sets his/her sights on film production, it’s with the intention of making films that would cement and consolidate his status as an actor. But John Abraham thinks differently. The actor started his first venture, VICKY DONOR, without making any noise whatsoever and as you read this, he is making arrangements for the release of the film on 13 April. Also, like everyone knows by now, VICKY DONOR doesn’t star John, but Ayushmann Khurrana, one of the most popular anchors on Indian television, as the protagonist.

“I fell in love with the script the moment I heard it. It’s a small little gem with a big heart,” John tells me about the film that has been directed by Shoojit Sircar, who made his first film YAHAAN several years ago. Interestingly, John is not acting in the film. “I am glad I cast Ayushmann in the lead. He’s a complete natural, has all the trappings of a fine actor and has delivered a super performance. It doesn’t seem like VICKY DONOR is his first film,” John divulges.

John has decided to back Ayushmann all the way. “I am going to promote him rigorously. He has the potential to hit big time and I think we need to support fine talent,” John adds.

 

Race is still on between Deepika and Taurani

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Deepika Padukone may be currently busy preparing for her part opposite Rajinikanth in Tamil flick Kochadaiyaan. However, her Race 2 producer Ramesh Taurani has not yet lost hopes of pulling her back in his Abbas-Mustan thriller.

“Yes, even though Taurani has been uncharacteristically vocal about his outburst against Deepika, he is still carrying a desire in his heart to rope her back into Race 2. He may have called her ‘unprofessional’ and ‘unethical’ but as a producer he hasn’t let his own emotions come in the way of his business decisions”, informs a source.

As is a known fact, once Deepika decided to walk out of Race 2 citing reasons like ‘her four months had already been wasted waiting for the film’ and ‘now she had to concentrate on her newer projects’, Taurani had filed a case in AMPTPP (Association of Motion Pictures & T.V. Programme Producers) and CINTAA (Cine & TV Artistes Association).

“Many felt that he had done so in order to ‘pull Deepika down’ or ask her to compensate him for the days that she had already shot for the film and monetary losses that he may have to suffer before a new actress is roped in. However the truth of the matter is that he wants these associations to persuade Deepika into joining the cast of Race 2“, the source continues.

Though one waits to see if the decision indeed goes in his favour, if at all this happens it would indeed be a first in the recent history of Bollywood. Reason being that one hardly remembers any actor returning for the shoot of a film after walking out of it, regardless of a project being as big as Race 2 or something far smaller.

“Well, I am looking at both eventualities”, says Taurani, “The verdict could be in anyone’s favour. If it goes in our favour, she would return. We would know that in a week’s time from now.”

He isn’t fretting much about the delay caused in the meantime. “We are already shooting for the film with other actors and the next schedule would begin in April”, he says. It would be perhaps then when Deepika would join the cast all over again if she goes on to lose the case.

 

 

Sanjay Gadhvi to direct Jackky Bhagnani starrer in April

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Producer Vashu Bhagnani’s son Jackky has been struggling to get a project together ever sinceF.A.L.T.U became a freak hit. So far, no luck. First theF.A.L.T.U director Remo D’Souza begged off a sequel. More recently, Raj Kumar Santoshi was all set to direct Jackky in a rom-com. But the paucity of a topnotch heroine who was willing to co-star with Jackky, aborted the Santoshi project.


Now it’s the Dhoom director Sanjay Gadhvi whose career has been under a pall of gloom, who has taken on the task of directing Jackky. Gadhvi is all set to make a rom-com with Jackky, where the comedy element will be very high.

Says a close friend of Gadhvi, “Sanjay has been sorting out his life and career ever since Kidnap bombed and a major production house went legal on him over money matters. Now he is ready to direct again. Sanjay empathizes with Jackky. They’ve both given successes. But are in exile. They will prove themselves as a team.”

Interestingly, Jackky’s character in Gadhvi’s film would be a lot like the one played by Uday Chopra in Gadhvi’s Dhoom.

Says the friend, “Uday Chopra’s Ali is Sanjay’s favourite character in Dhoom. He feels Jackky has a terrific sense of humour and great comic timing. Hence in their romcom, comedy would be more accentuated than the romance. Jackky would be cast as a carefree happy-go-lucky and funny as Uday was in Dhoomand in Sanjay Gadhvi’s Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai.”

As for the crucial question of who plays the leading lady, Gadhvi has decided to launch a new face.

Says the friend, “It’s the practical and sensible thing to do. Looking for an A-lister heroine to co-star with Jackky would be time-consuming and futile. Vashu Bhagnani wants Sanjay to start his film with Jackky immediately. A new girl will be launched with Jackky.”

We asked Sanjay Gadhvi to comment he said, “I am not allowed to say anything at the moment. But yes I am working on a new project. As for Dhoom, I’ve left it behind now. In fact when the Dhoom 3 was announced with Vijay Krishna Acharya as director, I was a relieved man. I rang him up to wish him all the best. I’ve other stories to tell.”

London Paris New York meets Batman

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While shooting at Times Square in NYC ,the cast and crew of Fox Star Studios and Rose Movies’ London Paris New York  managed to get every little work done for the day courtesy the excitement of having Hollywood’s favorite superhero movie being shot adjacent to their sets.

Christopher Nolan was shooting for The Dark Knight Rises, the third film in the Batman series close to the sets of London Paris New York –

Confirms producer Goldie Behl,  “We were on a very tight schedule as we had to travel three countries in 32 days and there was little time to be wasted. But what we saw was very unexpected. We were shooting outdoors and there was a lot of crowd and security around. We made some inquiries and realized that Nolan was shooting for his next. You can imagine how excited we all were.”Adding “We almost forgot our shoot that day as we were so excited. But of course, it was of no use. There were tall barricades and so much security that we couldn’t have imagined getting in.”

Promising to bring the wit back into Bollywood’s romantic comedies, London ParisNew 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.
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.

Haunted Nights

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Sahara One Launches Vikram Bhatt’s Haunted Nights  at 11p.m and Yeh Kali Kali Raatein  at 11.30 p.m From 20th February, Monday to Friday

 

“Lahu Bahega Nahi… Jum Jayega,

Dil Dhadkega Nahi… Tham Jayega,

Kamjor Dilwalon Mat Dekhna”!

 

What happens to us when we die? Do we disappear into nothing… or do we survive in some manner, able to return?

Do you believe in ghosts, in vampires? Can we communicate with our loved ones even when they have passed away? 

Will you ever believe that your most intimate partner, your spouse/beloved for whom your heart beats passionately is a ghost?

Have you ever stayed in a haunted house? Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night sweating, feeling that someone is around you, but there is no one there?

Does the full moon actually have an effect on you? How would you react if you looked in the mirror and saw no reflection?

Many questions, no answers! But trying to find answers between the dusk that signals the end of a day, and the dawn that signifies the start of a new life.

Sahara One on its growth path brings to you a one hour HORROR BAND with Vikram Bhatt’s ‘HAUNTED NIGHTS’, produced by The Entertainment Hub and ‘YEH KALI KALI RAATEIN’ produced by Eagle Films which will offer you quality but ‘Haunted Entertainment’ full of spine-chilling horror and diverse shades of romance, one of its unique kind.

 

Haunted Nights will have star power from the small screen in its various series like Rashmi Desai, Shilpa Saklani, Manini De Mishra, Saakshi Tanwar and the likes.

 

 

“Raat Ke Syah-Daman Se Lipti

Karwatein, Kashish, Hasratein Aur Sannaton Ki Goonj”!

 

Certainly not for the weak hearted,Watch at your own risk.

 

 

Vikram Bhatt’s Haunted Nights at 11p.m

and Yeh Kali Kali Raatein at 11.30 p.m

Arresting move for Percept Pictures’ ?

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Percept Pictures’ ? worked towards bringing  awareness to the common man to exercise his voting rights, keeping their title in mind.  

Promotors dressed as ghosts stood with placards of ? at various locations, urging people to find their own answers to the country’s problems with the right electoral representative.

 

Mudasir Ali and RJ Jeeturaj create voting awaress at Percept Pictures' Question Mark event

It was no easy task, for, in the midst of electoral regulations, the young boys were even whisked away by policemen.

All the same, the socially conscious ones joined in, and the Percept Pictures team of directors Allyson Patel, Yash Dave and Yusuf Shaikh joined hands with sufi singer Mudasir Ali and ace RJ Jeeturaaj and went about still making a difference.


Vidya Balan’s tryst with Urdu literature

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Vidya Balan looked resplendent at the launch of TERA BAYAAN GHALIB – The Letters and Ghazals of Mirza Ghalib with Jagjit Singh and Gulzar which was launched by Saregama, India’s flagship Music and Entertainment Company.

Dressed in a classic golden toned saree, Vidya seems to be taking the Rekha tradition of dressing Indian forward onto the party circuit. While she looked trim and kept flaunting the deep back-cut in her blouse while she aimlessly played with her hair, Vidya was quite nervous on stage. Obviously who could speak on the living legend Gulzar who has been revered by zillions with his superfluous lyrics.

Candidly Vidya confessed that, “my knowledge of Urdu literature begins and ends with all what I have heard from Gulzar saab. I find it a great honour to be here with him and launching a brilliant music album on Mirza Ghalib. I have seen portions of the television serial as a kid and loved the treatment given by Jagjit Singh and Gulzar saab.”

TERA BAYAAN GHALIB – Jagjit Singh’s last project completed by Gulzar and Salim Arif

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1987 was the year when Gulzar Saab made a TV serial on Mirza Ghalib, the legendary Urdu poet. Inspite of having several veterans and upcoming composers and singers, Gulzar Saab opted for Jagjit Singh. The inspired composer – singer reached new heights in this serial with his soulful rendition of the master poet. Jagjit Singh provided his unique vocal stamp to become the voice of Ghalib like no one before.

In 2011, Jagjit Singh turned 70 with one of his wishes, which was to revisit Ghalib and create a new album that should be something more than just compilation of his Ghazals.

After several meetings, the stage shows of Salim Arif namely Ghalibnaama provided the answer which is a culmination of portions of Ghalib’s letters and his Ghazals. Salim Arif was invited to conceive and script this album. Urdu Letters of Ghalib written to his numerous friends, pupils andbenefactors became a ready source to provide a glimpse into the personality of Mirza Ghalib. This heritage of Urdu literature constitutes a body of work that documents his times and concerns as well as throws light on his state that leads to his poetic manifestations. Gulzaar saab is the voice of Ghalib in this album.

The album that was to be a celebration of Jagjit Singh’s 70th year – what was conceived as a commemorative album with a concert in Ballimaran house of Ghalib on his birthday in old Delhi in December end 2011,has now become a humble homage and tribute to him.

 

Launch of music album TERA BAYAAN GHALIB

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Saregama, India’s flagship Music and Entertainment Company launchesTERA BAYAAN GHALIB- Letters and Ghazals of Mirza Ghalib with recitation by Gulzar Saab andmusic & ghazals by late Jagjit Singh.

The album was launched at hotel Novotel, and Anup Jalota, Rekha Bharadwaj, Bhupinder & Mitali Singh, Talat Aziz & Raageshwari were present

The album begins with a poem by Gulzar Saab which he wrote as a personal tribute after Jagjit Singh passed away. With Gulzar saab reading portions of letters of Ghalib as preludes to Ghazals, the album is a tribute dedicated to fond memories of Jagjit Singh.

Mr. Adarsh Gupta – Business Head, Music, Saregama states “Mirza-Ghalib is considered to be the father of Modern Urdu prose and the unparalleled icon of poetry. This album has two iconic legends of our times, Jagjitji and Gulzar Saab creating an experience devoted to the legacy of Ghalib. With Jagjitji’s everlasting music and voice and Gulzaar saab reciting Ghalib’s works, TERA BAYAAN GHALIB, is an absolute must for all the ghazal afficandos”

 

Will these 8 heroes survive the giving hits with their solo hero status?

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While veteran actors like Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn haven’t shown any apprehensions about doing multistarrers (Housefull 2, Bol Bachchanrespectively) and Hrithik Roshan struck gold with Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobara last year, it is the newer bunch of actors who are trying to go solo with a vengeance. As many as eight heroes, who have made a career of doing multistarrers in the past, are now trying their luck by going solo.


They are Riteish Deshmukh, Madhavan, Irrfan Khan, Tusshar Kapoor, Sonu Sood, Sharman Joshi and Kunal Kapoor.

Comments an industry expert, “Riteish had once famously commented that it is futile to change the trend by any unnecessary experimenting. He had said so after his solo film Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai had flopped while multistarrers like Housefull and Double Dhamaal were successful. However, he is giving a solo film another shot with Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya. On the other hand, Madhavan had seen a huge success in the form of 3 Idiots but buoyed by the success of Tanu Weds Manu, he is looking at making it two in a row with Jodi Breakers, a solo release.”

Same holds good for Tusshar Kapoor who is known most for his Golmaal franchise but is now doing a solo film with Chaar Din Ki Chandni. Ditto for Sharman Joshi who, after a disastrous Toh Baat Pakki, saw respite coming in the form of 3 Idiots but is back to playing a central lead in Ferrari Ki Sawaari.

“At the end of the day every guy who enters the industry wants to be accepted as a solo lead at the least. Also, if at all any such attempts like these have to be made, they have to be within first 10 years of their career. Otherwise regardless of how talented you are, you do tend to get typecast. Arshad Warsi is a clear example as he is now mostly seen in multistarrers despite being well accepted as an actor”, a veteran shares his thoughts here.

However, there are some who are still trying their luck hard. Irrfan Khan, who has been in the movie making scene for over two decades, is taking yet another shot at going solo with Paan Singh Tomar. On the other hand Sonu Sood, who again has been in the industry for close to a decade now, hasn’t lost hopes especially after his wonderful stint down South. “Maximum may well be a game changer for him”, the veteran continues, “As an outsider he has been doing well for himself. It has been a gradual rise for him and there could be a surprise in store here.”

It is the same surprise factor that Kunal Kapoor is relying on as well. After playing a strong character role inDon 2, he is now leading the charge for the first time ever in his eight year long career with Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. Says a prominent filmmaker on condition of anonymity, “Even if four out of these eight films succeed, it would be good news for Bollywood which is suffering from shortage of heroes. We need more than just the Khans and Kapoors.”

Juhi Chawla deceived over public service campaign

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Juhi Chawla has been conned of her dues for a public service campaign she shot for the Madhya Pradesh government.


It is common knowledge that the actress loves children and always supports child welfare causes. So when Juhi was asked to be part of a public service campaign to save the girl child, initiated by the Government of Madhya Pradesh, she immediately agreed to be a part of the good cause. All Juhi asked for was a nominal fee which she wanted to donated to an NGO she supports.

Juhi requested Rajesh Gupta of Narmada Film, who was communicating to her on behalf of the MP Government, not to issue the cheque in her name but leave it blank so that she could fill the name of the NGO herself. Juhi then gave the cheque to the Asian Cancer Foundation, but after a few days she got a call from the foundation saying the cheque had bounced.

Juhi got her office to follow up with Narmada Films on the issue, but there has been no response from their end.

Aishwarya to act down South??

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Latest buzz has it that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be doing a film down South opposite Pawan Kalyan. The film is said to be directed by

Puri Jagannadh.

Rumors also has it that Puri Jagannadh wants to start filming the movie this summer and wrap it up before the end of 2012. In the film, Pawan Kalyan plays a live TV news reporter. D.V.V.Danayya is producing it on his universal media banner.

However, nothing is yet confirmed.

In her acting career spanning 15 years, Aishwarya Rai has worked in five films down south.

 

Kareena Kapoor, a director in the making!

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Off late, Kareena Kapoor is showing too much interest in film making. The actress had impressed Karan johar with her behind-the-scene skills in his latest flick ‘Ek Mein Aur Ek Tu’ and so Karan is all set to give Bebo her own project to direct.

It all started on the sets of her beau Saif Ali Khan’s production Agent Vinod Kareena got so involved in the off screen developments of the film that she decided to learn more about it. Well, EMAET then gave her a platform to learn about scripting, editing, mixing and background music. The actress literally was like an assistant director on the sets of Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu.

Not just that. The actress also gave many suggestions to improvise Karana’s EMAET and they were incorporated in the script too.

Thus “Karan has asked her to get on board as a formal assistant and then eventually direct a film,” the source tells a tabloid.

Big B to go undergo another surgery

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Superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who went through an abdominal operation last week in Mumbai’s Seven Hills Hospital, may have to undergo another surgery soon..

The surgery went well but Sr. Bachchan did complain of stomach pain. Late Thursday, he tweeted: “Some more tests .. more unpronounceable medication … and … another visit to the OT .. operation theater! Going to be a long stay. I have no idea now how long this will take, but it does look as though it will be long … thank you for your prayers and love ..!!”

He further added, “I refrain from giving greater details of my condition .. in the West patient has the right to not disclose – even to family !!”

Why did SRK call himself stupid?

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We all know that Shahrukh Khan’s role in Devdas, a doomed lover, was initially played by Dilip Kumar in the 1955 film of the same name. Well, SRK feels, Dilip Kumar cannot be imitated.

“You can’t imitate Mr Dilip Kumar. Whoever copies Dilip Kumar, they are idiots like me.” Shahrukh was at the launch of Nasreen Munni Kabir’s book “The Dialogue of Devdas”.

Dilip Kumar was invited to the event too. However, the star couldn’t make it, but he did send a letter and Shahrukh Khan read it out at the event at the Mehboob Studios.

Now, after almost 6 years for the film, SRK feels it was stupidity on his part to do Devdas.

“I am not someone who would like to do something which has been so beautifully crafted. I have a very deep regard for the fact that my parents loved ‘Devdas’. I was very young and stupid that I said yes and did it, but as I am getting mature, hopefully more intelligent, and perhaps would not be able to do it this time,” the 46-year-old actor said.

Shahrukh also reveals that he did not watch Dilip Kumar’s version of Devdas. Had he watched the film, he would have never done the remake.
“Had we seen the film before making it, we would never had the guts to make it. Sanjay, Aishwarya and Madhuri we all felt that first we should finish the film then we should watch it,” he said.

 

“Sajid wants to make a good Indian comedy” – Akshay on Housefull 2

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Sajid Khan was at his confident best when he assured Akshay Kumar that Heyy Babyy and Housefull would be commercial successes. As things stand, this turned out to be true as well. It was due to this confidence in Sajid that Akshay is said to have immediately agreed to do Housefull 2 once the basic idea was narrated to him. 


Informs a source, “In fact it is a known fact that Akshay as well as Riteish Deshmukh read the film’s script just a few days before leaving for London to participate in the first schedule. Both of them carry a blind faith in the filmmaker here.”

Though one wonders whether this was indeed a wise decision since at the end of it all, it is a script that holds paramount importance in making or breaking a film, Akshay has his own reasons.

He says, “I wouldn’t call it just blind faith. You see, Sajid is not a narrator; he’s an explainer. He constantly explained to me for months about exactly how he wanted Housefull 2 to shape up. I was convinced and excited about what Sajid was making based on everything that he had told me. So you could say that I blindly followed him and gladly so.”

No wonder, the team is confident that the tried and tested combination would do wonders with Housefull 2 as well.

“See, the fact remains that Sajid is an audience’s man. He is not interested in making Star Wars. Instead, he wants to make a good Indian comedy that can be loved by everyone, no matter what colour or religion. Truly, I love him whole heartedly for that”, says Akshay.

Another major factor that allowed Akshay to take a plunge was his two decade long association with Sajid Nadiadwala.

“We worked together first in Waqt Hamaara Hai (1993) and haven’t looked back ever since then. Here is to many more films together”, concludes Akshay. 

 

Nana Patekar and Shreyas Talpade in Malamaal Weekly 2

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His forthcoming film Tezz is yet to release but director Priyadarshan is already ready to start his next venture this month. The film in question is Malamaal Weekly 2, sequel to Priyan’s 2006 hit film Malamaal Weekly.

While the original one starred actors like Riteish Deshmukh, Paresh Rawal, Om Puri, Rajpal Yadav and Asrani, the sequel will have Nana Patekar and Shreyas Talpade (who replaces Riteish) this time around.

However like the original one, the sequel too will revolve around a bunch of villagers hoping to become rich overnight by buying a lottery ticket.

Priyan hopes to complete shooting Malamaal Weekly 2in a start to finish schedule in Wai later this month.

Sherlyn Chopra strips her skin off

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Says Sherlyn “I’m glad to be a part of the era which has witnessed a huge revolution in the role and contribution of women at large.Be it politics,cinema,sports,business or any other arena,women across the globe including India are in great form mentally,physically and consciously to undertake greater responsibilities and tougher challenges that are often encountered on paths less traveled.

Having turned into an entrepreneur from having been a pin-up girl feels quite over-whelming.This rapid metamorphosis in my case would not have been possible had the mindsets of the majority of the people in the Hindi film industry continued to be goverened by prejudices.

I look upto entrepreneurs who command respect and attention for daring to think out of the box and act accordingly.They do not have a herd mentality.What they have is unadulterated creativity which is set on fire by courage.

Films such as The Dirty Picture,Erin Brokovich,No One  Killed Jessica,The Black Swan are proof of the fact that great stories are not
gender-biased.For a narrative to be appealing to larger audiences,it does not have to have a ‘Hero’.Content is the king.And this is what intelligent producers such as Ekta Kapoor thoroughly understand.

Unconventionality is no longer a taboo.It is being applauded and celebrated by both the classes and the masses.The pulse of the youth is racing towards liberalization.And I’m truly loving it.”

When asked for what and when did you do this much talked about shoot?

Says Sherlyn: The shoot had taken place earlier this month.It was held to create some imagery content for a make-over of my website and my gift to my fans, on my birthday.

Some are comparing it with Jism 2 look. What do you have to say?

Says Sherlyn : I have pushed the envelope by choosing to cover my nakedness with nothing but pure consciousness. I was born this way!

And Why this particular pose of Britney Spears from the steam room ? Out of all the references for nude imagery on the internet,this seemed challenging and exciting to both the photographer and I.

What’s happening on the work front?
On the work front,I’m currently engaged in the pre-production of my film project as a producer-actor. The screenplay is being written by Mr.Pandey who had earlier written for Sarkar Raj. The music of my film is being composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy.
The lyrics are being written by Gulzar Saab. Talks are on with two A-list film directors. One of the two will shortly be signed after which,the star-cast will be finalized.

Priyanka Chopra’s red carpet trip at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival’s premiere of DON 2

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Priyanka Chopra walked the red carpet at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival’s premiere of DON 2 all by herself sans a male escort to match her ‘leading lady status’. She was in a translucent sari strewn with zardozi trinkets and a border to match, providing the winter-struck Berliners a warm glimpse of her well-chiseled physical assets. She also wore a wide smile, signed autographs, and performed all her duties with as much enthusiasm she could muster in her awkward circumstances. What she could not hide was the fact she was ill at ease and a bit out of place and lonely.

No lead actress of a film would have felt so ignored at a red carpet event ever. She was almost being shunned and shunted, for whatever reasons. She was not even seen in the post-screening party of the film that was briefly attended byShahrukh Khan. The only occasion she was seen with her hero was when she went on stage after the film’s screening. She rarely moved her legs when the King made others perform some signature DON 2 moves. SRK did not even insist on her doing so.

The absence of Shahrukh Khan at the DON 2 press conference had turned it into a non-event thus denying Priyanka a chance to share the Berlin limelight with thebadshah of Bollywood. Berlin does not seem to suit our Ms. World. Last year her film 7 KHOON MAAF was in the Berlinale panorama. She could not make it to the screening that time reportedly because she was not asked by Vishal Bhardwaj to join him. Bhardwaj made a brief appearance during the screening and disappeared. The media largely ignored the film’s screening then.

Omi Vaidya to play Sanjay Dutt’s youngest brother in SATTE PE SATTA remake

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The progress of Sanjay Dutt‘s much talked about project SATTE PE SATTA remake, which was a bit slow, has now, it seems, gained momentum. Some time back it was held that Karisma Kapoor, who is making her comeback on the silver screen after a hiatus, will be stepping in the shoes of veteran actress Hema Malini for the remake. And now the latest development is that Omi Vaidya of 3 IDIOTS fame is all set to play the youngest brother (Shani) which was essayed by Sachin Pilgaonkar in the original.

Omi confirms about his role in the film, “I have signed SATTE PE SATTA remake with Sanjay Dutt. I’ll play the youngest brother which Sachin Pilgaonkar had played in the original. Hopefully I’ll do justice to the role.”

Omi is super excited about his new role. “It’s a good script with good people on board. They have given me a nice role,” says an elated Omi.

However the shooting of the film is delayed for reasons unknown. Omi reveals, “We were about to begin the shoot however it got delayed a bit.”

The 1982 hit film SATTE PE SATTA, which starred Amitabh Bachchan-Hema Malini in the lead, is a story of seven brothers which was directed by Raj N Sippy. While the original had Amitbah Bachchan playing the eldest brother, in the remake Sanjay Dutt will essay Big B’s role.

It looks like Omi Vaidya is quite ‘Chatur’ in picking up projects!

RISHI AND RANDHIR KAPOOR SHARE SCREEN SPACE

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Filmmaker Sajid Khan has achieved a casting coup of sorts with his upcoming filmHOUSEFULL 2, sequel to HOUSEFULL. For his laugh riot he has managed to get the two Kapoor brothers, Rishi and Randhir in one frame. Interestingly, Rishi and Randhir who have been in the film industry for decades never teamed up before on the silver screen. However, now the duo is all set to share the screen space in Sajid Khan’s HOUSEFULL 2.

Filmmaker Sajid Khan is delighted to bring the Kapoor duo together. ”Everyone in the team was extremely overwhelmed to work with two Kapoor brothers. Yeh jo apney film ke kisse sunate hai to woh sunne main hi bada maja aata tha. All of us took backseat in front of the two Kapoor brothers,” says Sajid.


While Randhir was a part of Sajid’s HOUSEFULL, Rishi is a new entrant in the team. Sajid and Randhir share a great rapport as they have known each other for years. Nevertheless, Sajid reveals that he was quite scared to work with Rishi Kapoor. ”Dabooji is our good friend and we have spent lots of dinners together. But I was really scared of working with Chintuji,” divulges Sajid.

Apparently the Kapoor brothers are also ecstatic to share the screen space for the first time. Randhir says, ”For the first time I had the privilege to work with my younger brother and a great artist, Rishi Kapoor. It was fun to work with the same team again. Sajid Khan and Sajid Nadiadwala are my good friends. I have loved working in this film and I am sure audience will love the movie.”

Rishi says, ”This film has given us a chance to come together on-screen. In the film too we are playing brothers. Interestingly our character names in the film are Daboo and Chintu (Randhir and Rishi’s nick names in real life). Sajid is mad and he has also made us do mad stuffs in the film. I have done many films but enjoyed working on few and HOUSEFULL 2 is one of them.”

HOUSEFULL 2 is slated to release on April 5, 2012.

Udita Goswami & Sofia Hayat visited Reliance Digital in Andheri to promote film Diary of a Butterfly

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Anil Dalmiya of Bhaggyashri Productions and Rakesh Sabarwal of Prince Movies are doing every type of tie up for promoting their debut film Diary of a Butterfly.They planned the event at Reliance Digital in Andheri West where
Udita Goswami and Sofia Hayat came .They met the people and media and told them about film and personnal life.The event started came and finished on time.The film is releasing on 2nd March 2012 all over.

Pooja Gupta bags her second film

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Pooja Gupta, the Char baj gaye girl, is on a high these days. After turning a lot of heads in her first film FALTU, Pooja has now bagged her second film opposite one of the Khans – Saif Ali Khan.

Pooja will be seen in Saif’s zombie flick called Go Goa Gone along with Kunal Khemu and Vir Das.Pooja, along with her other cast members hit the popularity charts with Hard Kaur’s chartbuster, Char Baj Gaye.. And now we hear, that the former beauty queen wants to request the makers of Go Goa Gone to include a song by Hard Kaur in Go Goa Gone.

Pooja Says, “ For all of us in the film Faltu, Char Baj Gaye did wonders. We are all very proud of it. I really like Hard Kaur as a person and a singer. We all know that people really enjoy her songs. “

 

Scorching Mallika’s sensuous photoshoot for World’s Most Beautiful 3D magazine

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Mallika Sherawat recently shot for the second issue of ‘WMB 3D: World’s Most Beautiful’, the world’s first 3D magazine, in which Mallika has a beautiful 11-page feature.

The magazine is available in print and also through the iTunes & Android app stores worldwide (App name is WMB 3D).

Here is a brief description of WMB: ‘WMB 3D: World’s Most Beautiful is the world’s first 3D magazine. It is photographed using the Saglimbeni3D camera system designed by celebrity photographer Nick Saglimbeni. A portion of profits from each issue are donated to charity.

A few quotes from Mallika’s interview that can be of use:

Q: What would you say to your Indian fans about your WMB 3D shoot?

A: Mallika: I’ve never been photographed like this before – the whole concept will completely take them by surprise. The fans will love it. Seventy percent of the population in India is under the age of 30, and this will definitely speak to them. And they love 3D in India!

Q: Do you think the definition of beauty is changing worldwide?

A: Mallika: I think it’s a very good time, not only for Indian actresses, but for all women of color. The world is finally seeing that. Salma Hayek, Halle Berry, these women paved the way. The idea of beauty and the idea of what makes a good leading lady have changed dramatically.

Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

A: Mallika: I would stop all this nonsense with war and greed for material things, which is causing the destruction of relationships, families and the earth. But I would do it all with a really hot costume to keep people’s attention. [laughs]

 

Music of Vidya Balan starrer Kahaani to be launched at Kala Ghoda

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Collaborating with the on-going Kala Ghoda festival ,Viacom 18 ‘s Kahaani will see its music release at the steps of the iconic Asiatic
Library – a location previously graced by performances by music stalwarts.

Says director Sujoy Ghosh “It was Viacom 18’s idea to collaborate with the on-going Kala Ghoda festival. I’m honored to release my film’s music in the presence of such talents,“

Keeping with the theme of the film, lead protagonist Vidya will also  be the cynosure of all eyes as she flags off the event which will
commence with a `dhunuchi’ dance, often seen during the Durga Puja festival. Followed by a song by Javed Bhashir.

The director and actress will also be present to announce the winner of the “48 hour Music Video “ contest, a platform for budding filmmakers to showcase their work.

The title track of the film, the first to be released is already fast gaining popularity. Celebrating the festivities in Kolkatta, the title
track of Kahaani `Ami shotti bolchi” is in the truest sense a virtual tour of the City of Joy. Talking about the album says the director
“Kolkata loves it! Kahaani is my most revered album because the songs don’t just take the narrative forward, the y echo the sentiments of the characters, a city and its people.”

Another treat to listeners is Amitabh Bachchan’s rendition of the iconic Rabindra Sangeet which also happens to coincide with Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary. Says Ghosh “In the narrative Vidya runs out of support in search of her missing husband. To convey her hope I needed a commanding voice that you would listen to and believe in and whose better than Mr Bachchan’s”

Says Amitabh Bachchan “Vishal (Dadlani) and Shekhar (Ravjiani) have done a most inspiring Ekla Cholo… for the  film Kahaani,grateful to be part of Tagore’s master piece”

Directed by Sujoy Ghosh,Viacom 18’s Kahaani comes to a theatre near you 9th March 2012.

 

 

Is Kareena Kapoor first mujra for Agent Vinod a la Kajraa reh?

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 For the first time in her career Bollywood’s Numero Uno actress Kareena Kapoor has performed a mujra choreographed by Saroj Khan in her forthcoming film Illuminati & Eros International’s Agent Vinod starring Saif Ali Khan.

Styled by Manish Malhotra,Kareena is back with all her nazakat and adayein doing a sensuous mujra – a crucial sequence in the film that carries the story forward

Says director Shriram Raghavan “The song, Dil mera muft ka, has been shot as a mujra because it blended well with the plot of the film. Songs should take the film forward, not exist just for entertainment. There is a sequence in Karachi, Pakistan,so I thought if we have to do a song sequence,then let it be a traditional mujra

If sources are to be believed ,Kareena took cues from veteran diva Rekha who had audiences mesmerized in the early 80’s with mujra numbers from her films –Muqaddar Ka Sikandar and Umrao Jaan.

Says a source “Kareena is a perfectionist and was very excited to be doing the mujra song – She discussed the details with Sriram and Saif before shooting the song and even participated in the planning of the entire song right from the concept, to the look and even rehearsed non-stop with Saroj ji until she got the finer nuances of the dance form”

Apart from some heavy duty action, the film boasts of music by maestro Pritam. The highly anticipated action-adventure Agent Vinod also starring Adil Hussain, Ram Kapoor, Prem Chopra and Gulshan Grover,   is all set to release on the 23rd of March 2012 .

Producer Ramesh Taurani files a case against Deepika Padukone

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Not taking it lying down, producer Ramesh Taurani of Tips was prompt to take action against actress Deepika Padukone post her last minute exit from Tips’ ambitious thriller Race 2.
Deepika ‘s impromptu exit from the film after having shot for a week upon being offered a Hollywood project, hasn’t gone down well with the producer who on Thursday filed a complaint with the CINTAA (Cine & TV Artistes Association) and the Association of Motion Pictures & TV  Programme Producer of India (AMPTPP).
The CINTAA was quick to inform the actress about the complaint filed in her name by the filmmaker.

Citing her unavailability to not having dates and being over-committed to other projects, the actress also seemed indifferent to the
developments after having left the film in the lurch. As per procedural norms if an artist fails to respond to a complaint or grievance, the case then passes onto the FWICE (Federation of Western India Cine Employees).If still not addressed, the artist is then liable to face a NCD (Non-Cooperation Directive).

Explains senior producer Pahlaj Nihalani said, “If Taurani has filed a complaint against Deepika, she will have to honour the dates which she had allotted to him. If she has given the same dates to any other producer, she cannot shoot for the other project”

Says an upset Ramesh Taurani “I have been a part of the Hindi cinema industry for 25 years. I have made several blockbusters. But I have never faced a situation like this before. Our directors and the other actors are extremely annoyed with her. Tips as a company in its last 25 years has never had a dispute with anyone in this industry, there is no single case in the association which involves us

Produced by Tips ,the action thriller Race 2 was scheduled for a November release.

 

Balaji Motion Pictures lines up three releases in 2012

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After the super success of Vidya Balan starrer THE DIRTY PICTURE, Balaji Telefilms is gearing up for its future releases. The production house lately announced the release dates of three of their forthcoming films – KYAA SUPER KOOL HAI HUMLOOTERA and SHOOTOUT AT WADALA.

Director Sachin Yardi’s KYAA SUPER KOOL HAIN HUM, sequel to KYAA KOOL HAIN HUM is slated to release on August 3, 2012. The film stars Tusshar KapoorRiteish DeshmukhNeha Sharma, Sarah-Jane Dias, Chunky Pandey and Anupam Kher. However, KYAA SUPER KOOL HAIN HUM was earlier scheduled to release in April.


The Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha starrer LOOTERA, directed by Vikramaditya Motwane (of UDAAN fame) is all set to release on October 26, 2012 on the auspicious Bakri Id day.

Sanjay Gupta’s SHOOTOUT AT WADALA is scheduled to release on December 7, 2012. The film stars Anil KapoorJohn AbrahamKangana Ranaut and Tusshar Kapoor.

Anushka, Aamir to star in Rajkumar Hirani’s PEEKAY?

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Actress Anushka Sharma who is fondly known as Yash Raj Films camp’s favourite girl will be apparently signing Raj Kumar Hirani’s next directorial venture PEEKAY. According to the media reports, Anushka Sharma and Hirani had a couple of meetings probably regarding the film.

Speculations are also doing the rounds that Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan will be playing the male lead in PEEKAY.


Initially, there was also a buzz about the filmmaker signing actor Ranbir Kapoor for the role as Aamir was committed to other films and had no dates.

Sonakshi on Dating in Bollywood

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Actress Sonakshi Sinha has denied the reports of dating Ranveer Singh, her co-star in the film LOOTERA. A mainstream newspaper carried a news story stating that the actress is dating Ranveer Singh. Sonakshi rubbished the news by mentioning that she is not dating anyone.

Sonakshi posted on a micro-blogging site saying, ”I know it makes a good sensational copy to link co-stars and makes for great gossip, but I just want to confirm that I am not dating or in a romantic relationship with anyone.”


Sonakshi even mentioned her hatred for Valentine’s Day. She tweeted, ”Oh ya – AND sorry to burst your bubble but I absolutely loathe Valentine’s Day, so for me to fuss around it, would be most unlikely!”

 

 

 

Masti maza and dance with Zindagi 50 50

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Director Rajiv Ruia sure believes in having fun at work. Post the shoot of a song at Metro Cafe and Club for Zindagi 50 50, the cast and crew got together to have a gala time.Cakes, pizza and soft drinks made the day as the unit had a ball, post dancing at the discotheque during shoot.
Director Rajiv Ruia, actors Rajan Verma, Supriya Kumar, Riya Sen, Arya Babbar, singer Manak-E of Paisa Paisa fame who had flown specially from UK, composer Vivek Kar, choreographer Sabina Khan, and the entire unit had a ball. The actors were fitness conscious though. Rajan Verma was seen talking to Supriya Kumar about how one needs to be conscious and not indulge.
The latter who had followed his tips and lost a good four kilos only seconded his opinion. Elsewhere, Arya Babbar and Riya Sen tucked into healthy salads. Rajiv Ruia was all smiles as he saw the footage and then, the cast and crew let their hair down and had a ball, while Manak-E sang some of his most popular numbers..
The actors could have very well let themselves indulge, for the entire evening was a total calorie-losing experience with the dance floor alive post shoot…
Here is looking forward to more such cool directors who let their work do the talking and believe that where there is work, there should be fun too.

Shobha Khote launched Mansoor Mahmood’s debut album Sabrina

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Mansoor Mahmood has launched his debut album Sabrina with Yellow and Red Music at Raheja Classic club in Andheri West.

This album has nine tracks composed by Mansoor only with lyrics by Aslam Noor .This album is dedicated to my dad late Mahmood , my daughter Sabrina and other kids of the world staying in broken family said by Mansoor.Shobha Khote who has worked with Mahmood in maximum movies was the chief guest who released the audio.The album is made by Naushad and Shubhjyoti of 3rd Dimension.