The stage was set, the emotions tense and there was palpable excitement in the air as BIG CBS LOVE announced the winner to the first season of India’s Glam Diva…none other than Bollywood siren – Priyanka Chopra!
India’s Glam Diva saw the coming together of exceptional women Diva’s from across the Indian entertainment industry who have created a mark for themselves across the fields of Bollywood, Television, Sports, Corporate and more. The show, which saw inputs from eminent guru’s from the industry – Shiamak Davar, Shaina NC and Rajeev Masand, selected India’s Glam Diva purely through audience votes making it truly INDIA’S GLAM DIVA –selected by the people, of the people and for the people of India. In keeping with the selection procedure, Priyanka Chopra was crowned by none other than her biggest fan and an avid viewer of BIG CBS Love – Siddhi Singh a Mumbai girl, working, competitive, independent and loves her kind of entertainment on TV!
Competition was stiff and fans from across the metros voted in high numbers ensuring their favorite Diva stayed above the rest! With the Glam Diva’s making for the who’s who from the industry, the likes of Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Vidya Balan, Aishwariya Rai Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Sonam Kapoor, Sunidhi Chauhan, Bipasha Basu, Ekta Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Sania Mirza, Freida Pinto and Shruti Hassan, no one could predict the winner! The criteria of judging the contenders on the basis of mind, body and soul is what makes the show stand out from the rest!
Priyanka Chopra will be seen at her best during the finale-episode where she will share her ambitions and desires as an actress and woman! The feedback from the guru’s and the stupendous support of her fans, ensured Priyanka was ahead of all competitors.
If everything goes well then very soon we will get to see a unique pair romancing each other on-screen. In this successful journey, Katrina Kaif has been paired opposite many rocking stars of Bollywood but this time she is paired opposite such an actor working opposite whom is said to be a lifetime opportunity. Yes, it is right we will get to see Katrina Kaif romancing Amitabh Bachchan on-screen.
‘Patiala House’ and ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ director Nikhil Advani has approached the diva and the megastar to star opposite each other for a highly unconventional role in his next film ‘Mehrunnisa’.
Nikhil Advani has approached Kat to play this challenging role. If she accepts the offer then it would be a challenge for the diva whose acting caliber always questioned.
Throwing light on the role that the actress will be portraying, it is learnt that she will be playing a 20 year old woman whose life will be followed till she turns 60.
A source said, “Nikhil is adamant on having Katrina on board. He even flew to London just to be able to narrate the film to her. The final call will be taken when Kat returns to Mumbai.”
First time Kat will be cast opposite an actor much older to her but Big B already experienced to romance a young girl. He was cast opposite Jiah Khan in ‘Nishabd’.
Ram Kapoor and Sakshi Tanwar’s lovemaking news aired on March 12 is still hitting the headlines. Audiences, critics expressed their views to the first ever smooch scene on Indian television. Some liked it and some highly criticized the bold scene aired on the prime time. However, Jeetendra and Tusshar Kapoor defended Ekta Kapoor for taking such bold steps.
Defending his daughter, Jeetendra said, “Actually, I really liked that romance. People might have considered it too much but I found it subtle. If a husband and a wife meet after six months, then it is bound to happen. But whatever happened was subtle. There was nothing vulgar in it. I found it alright.”
Ekta Kapoor’s brother Tusshar Kapoor defended his sister saying, “I don’t think people really like decent serials because people point fingers at decent serials as well. I think it is important to break certain norms; only then people will appreciate decency. Critics are never happy and whatever people like and appreciate is within limits.”
However, Ekta has broken the tattoo of the TV which has received mixed reviews.
She has given every Indian a reason to be proud. Hers is the face that launched a thousand products both in India and in the international circuit. Her beauty and popularity crosses geo-political boundaries. That’s Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, the Queen of Hearts, the new celebrity mother in town, and one of the contenders on BIG CBS Love’s India’s Glam Diva who is basking in her new challenging role.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan continues to be the most watched & talked about star in the industry. Her marriage, pregnancy, motherhood, first public appearance post motherhood… every move has the entire nation wanting to know more. There’s nothing about Aishwarya that is a secret from her admirers. Yet we bring some excerpts from some commonly asked questions to her:
On why she participated in the Miss World Pageant in 1994:
For me, it went beyond being a beauty queen. For me, it was about being the 20-year-old girl from India on international platform and a lot of people actually would assume that I wasn’t even educated in India because of the way I’d speak. And they’d be like, ‘Have you studied in India? Do you actually speak English out there?’ and, I was like, ‘This is so interesting that so many people know so little about my country.’ and this is exactly what I wanted to do when I set out on this little mission in my head.”
On her moving from architecture to films:
I was studying to be an architect. I wasn’t plotting to join movies. Films were just another career option. I took acting up with the same school girl enthusiasm as I had for examinations. Acting is a job and I take it seriously.
Playing UMRAO JAAN:
It was a demanding emotional journey. When a story takes that course it is following an entire arch, it goes through all possible emotions. The process was satisfying, inspiring and challenging. It forced me to deliver my best.
On her character in DHOOM: 2:
It’s the kind of character I have never essayed before. Sunehiri, my character in the film, is distinctly different from any other character you have seen me play. That’s what makes her exciting to me. For the first time in my life I went through a bit of a fitness regime. Contrary to popular belief, right since modeling, to the (Miss World) title, to films, I have never been a fitness freak or exercised.
On donating her eyes:
I’m just average woman with average concerns. People know me more because of my eyes. So, I decided to donate my eyes. But before that, I acquired all the information about the campaign. Within what time after death one has to donate eyes, and all other information. Only then I decided to donate my eyes. It’s not that just for doing something, I donated my eyes. I found that useful so I did it. I like to do social service from my heart. Whatever is possible I do, but I don’t speak about that. However, I would like to give more time to it in the near future.
On being on the list of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world:
It’s undoubtedly an honor. It feels great that I was a part of this remarkable group.
On being voted as the most beautiful Bollywood star in Hollywood:
Wow! The most bankable Bollywood star in Hollywood! Thank you. I must confess that any acknowledgement of hard work makes me feel content. In all humility I want to thank all those who feel I am bankable.
An FIR against Genelia D’Souza and five others has been ordered by Hyderabad court following a complaint lodged by Mr. Tirupataiah. In his complaint, Mr. Tirupataiah said that he has paid Rs. 54 lakhs to construct a duplex house at Maheswaram mandal on the outskirts of the city to the five directors of a real-estate firm as well as its brand ambassador- Genelia.
Mr. Tirupataiah paid the money for the construction of his duplex house in 2008 but till date it has not been done. “Being the brand ambassador of the firm, Genelia also made false promises through advertisements and brochures and cooperated with other accused in cheating,” the plot buyers Tirupathaiah’s counsel Balaji Vadera claimed.
Following the complaint, the court directed Saifabad police to inquire the matter and also to register a case against Genelia and five others for cheating under relevant sections of IPC. The court has asked all the five to submit a report by March 27.
The scam is reportedly of a whopping Rs.250 crores. There has been no reaction from Genelia’s side.
Director Vikram Bhatt started his career with clean entertaining films like JAANAM, FAREB etc. and then moved to all out commercial ventures such as AAP MUJHE ACHHE LAGNE LAGE, GHULAM, AWARA PAGAL DEEWANA, and was pretty successful here too, but he soon changed tracks and shifted his attention to a genre that is as safe as a house, horror and suspense/thriller.
With his last directorial venture, HAUNTED 3D, going on to achieve a blockbuster status, all eyes are now focused on his latest production venture, HATE STORY, directed by Vivek Agnihotri and starring Gulshan Devaiya, Nikhil Dwivedi and above all the hot and sensational Paoli Dam. Her daring bare back act and no holds barred dialogue delivery as well as spontaneity and confidence, and a figure to die for, remind many of Bipasha Basu‘s early days of JISM and RAAZ.
The bold theatrical trailer of the film has created quite a stir, and has evoked contrasting reactions from cine goers. Some have been mighty impressed by the bold and sexually explicit scenes and dialogues in the film, others feel quite revolted by the ‘in your face’ erotic thriller.
However, one thing is clear from the promo and that is that Vikram Bhatt has another winner on hands. And the reason is that the film looks like an ‘edge-of-the-seat’ erotic thriller, with a powerful story and a highly engaging screenplay, one that never slackens pace. Additionally, it also has power packed performances from its lead stars, as is evident from the trailer, and the latest Bengali beauty from Tollywood, Paoli Dam, looks smoking hot and highly confident.
Well, as we have seen in the past, bold thrillers like JISM, MURDER and MURDER 2 have been lapped up by the audience, and so there is no reason why the same cannot happen with HATE STORY. In fact trade is very upbeat about its box-office performance and it’s just a matter of a month, April 20 to be precise when the film releases all over!
Event- Kahaani Success Party
Date- 17th March 2012
Guests of honour- Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Vikram Malhotra
By ARYEMAN RAJ
The cast and crew of Kahaani along with Viacom got together last night to celebrate the success of Kahaani. Vidya Balan, who plays the role of Vidya Bagchi, and Parambrata Chattopadhyay, the earnest cop in the movie, looked thrilled to be there.
Viacom 18 COO ,Vikram Malhotra addressed the media and stated that it has been an important development to do a film in this genre, and that is an encouraging sing for the industry.
Vidya who looked stunning in her black saree, said she feels blessed to have been a part of Kahaani and thanked everyone for their support. Candidly she confessed that, “the success of Kahaani lies in the kahaani. It is once again proved that content is king. Yes, I am taking a breather for 3 months before I start shooting for Ganchakkar and NO am not getting married. I want to spend some quality time on doing things which I have missed out on like reading, watching some good movies, spending time with friends.”
While grapevine is abuzz that she is getting offers to work with most of the HIT KHANS, Vidya clarified that, “it all depends on the script and all the Khans are equally talented.”
The party kicked off, and everyone seemed to have a great time at the end of the night. All in all, it was a good Kahaani.
By ARYEMAN RAJ
Bollywood film Shootout at Wadala has been in the news right from its mahurat launch. Be it the invitation hand-out fiasco or the more recent incident of John Abraham hurting himself in a fight sequence. Must say Ekta and Sanjay Gupta do have a passion for spice and their recent joint venture will surely continue to catch eye-balls till the time the film is ready for release.
Barely a fortnight since the film started shooting and Balaji Telefilms and White Feather Films kicked off their venture, “Shootout at Wadala” with a party held at Mumbai’s suburban nightspot Escobar.
The party was hosted by Mr Suresh Mehta and Mr Sanjay Gupta, the director of the film.
The party was attended by the cast of Shootout at Wadala namely John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Tushar Kapoor,Sonu Sood and the petite Kangana Ranaut. Producer and head honcho of Balaji Telefilms, Ekta Kapoor was also present at the event.
With such an impressive star-cast and hot, burning subject and the whiz minds of Ekta Kapoor and Sanjay Gupra one can’t just wait for the film to be complete.
Malika Sherawat’s hot, sizzling lingerie shoot pics
Mallika Sherawat has sour up the temperature once again. She heats up the cover page of men’s popular magazine Maxim in white lingerie. Mallika’s seductive photo shoot has a killer look. It has all the elements to make you go crazy.
Mallika again flaunt her well toned body in the lingerie. The photo shoot of Mallika for the Maxim cover has been named “The Baddest babe in her goodest shoot ever.” She is looking absolutely hot and sexy. This is not the third time that Mallika has posed in a sexy manner for any magazine. The photo shoot shows Mallika leaning beside a window with curtains drawn wearing sexy lingerie.
Currently, the ‘Murder’ actress is busy shooting ‘Kismat Love Paisa Dilli’ with Vivek Oberoi. The film has stored some intimate scene between Mallika and Vivek Oberoi. In the movie, she is playing a Haryani girl.
Actor Saif Ali Khan says the character of a spy essayed by him in yet-to-be-released Agent Vinod reflects contemporary India unlike the James Bond movies where the protagonist was essentially the representative of “capitalist society”.
Though Agent Vinod has all the essential ingredients–cars, guns and of course women, with lot of action–of a typical Bond movie, Saif says the spy is entrenched in Indian society.
Saif, who is also producer of the spy thriller, says if Agent Vinod could garner even a fraction of popularity of any Bond movie, he would be more than happy.
“…If then it is a big thing for us. James Bond is very iconic in this field. James Bond is a British hero against Russia…If we understand the significance of Bond thing then it is very political thing, Western society is capitalist where drinking and smoking is not bad thing…He is hero,” Saif told reporters in Mumbai.
Drawing a line between typical Bond series and the spy thriller, the 41-year-old actor says the protagonist is contemporary and does not carry the baggage of past.
“India it seems is no more influenced by Russia. Agent Vinod is not philosophical in the same place. India has also changed and I feel this is the right time to send the agent to London and can be proud of him, he does not look like a 70s hero,” he said.
Agent Vinod, written and directed by Sriram Raghavan, features Saif along with Kareena Kapoor in lead roles and is releasing on March 23.
“I play the role of Indian RAW Agent. The film opens in the eastern Europe. Agent Vinod’s partner in the film has joined hands with LeT or Russian mafia and he passes them all information but he is caught and killed, but he leaves a clue behind before he dies,” the actor said.
However, like a typical Bond movie, the mission for the desi spy seems to prevent nuclear war from happening.
“Agent Vinod is on a mission. Then a rollercoaster ride begins where he goes to Moscow and then to Pakistan to India to London to Capetown. And he saves nuclear war that was to happen in Delhi,” he said.
Rajnikanth had earlier sung the song ‘Adikuthu Kuluru’ for the film MANNAN in 1992.
Produced by Eros International and Media One Global Entertainment Limited, KOCHADAIYYAN – a 3D film with performance capturing technology, is directed by Soundarya Ashwin Rajnikanth. Also starring R. Sarathkumar and Deepika Padukone, the film is scheduled to release later this year.
Every great director has a back-lash coming his way once he is successful. Being a strong supporter and ardent fan of Anurag Kashyap’s films, it’s hard to accept the unsavoury and malicious gossip circulating about him. Read on, and you will realize there is no truth to it.
It is him who has been proclaiming this from every available forum. A few years back while imparting valuable and treasure-worthy gyan to a film festival crowd he disclosed this important guru-mantra. He repeated the same thing again in one of the sessions on the second day of FICCI Frames 2012 that was also addressed by the other ‘new-age’ star directors of Bollywood Imtiaz Ali, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, and Amol Gupte.
Kashyap’s modus-operandi is very simple. He tells his producers the story that they like and goes ahead and makes the film he likes. This probably was the reason Kumar Mangat, the producer of NO SMOKING, believed the film was against the lethal cancer-causing habit. It finally turned out to be Kashyap’s existential magnum opus, incomprehensible and intractable even by a learned film reviewer like the late Nikhat Kazmi. And probably this could be the reason the ace director has not been able to get around Aamir Khan who tends to leave nothing to chance while doing a film and has the meticulous habit of interviewing and hand-picking even his production crew.
Some years back Kashyap had prematurely announced that Aamir would do his Danny Boyle produced film BOMBAY VELVET. It did not happen and the film, according to reports, is finally being made with Ranbir Kapoor in the lead. One wonders if Kashyap has some surprises in store for Mr. Boyle too.
Just a day or two ago media was rife with news that Aamir Khan has postponed the release date of his upcoming film TALAASH, which was earlier slated to release on 1st June 2012 all over. Now UTV Motion Pictures has announced the release date of their much touted film ROWDY RATHORE starring Akshay Kumar. Quite interestingly ROWDY RATHORE has been scheduled for 1st June 2012
Directed by Prabhudeva, ROWDY RATHORE also stars Sonakshi Sinha. Produced by UTV Motion Pictures and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the film is a remake of the super-hit Telugu film VIKRAMARKUDU, which was also remade in Tamil as SIRUTHAI. Music director duo Sajid-Wajid composed the music for the film.
The film will see Akshay Kumar back in his original action avatar.
Seems like Aamir’s TALAASH has inadvertently paved a way for Akshay’s ROWDY RATHORE!
‘Yes, we are making BOMBAY VELVET with Ranbir Kapoor. The reason why Ranbir is in the film is because he fits the role and has liked the role. Moreover, with Ranbir I can rest easy with the kind of money involved in the film,’ Anurag revealed.
Though, the rest of the details related to the script, the genre and Ranbir’s role have not been divulged yet by the director, we are excited to see the coming together of the extraordinary talents.
Bittoo Boss is a young charming, ingenious and a fun filled wedding cameraman who takes pride in calling himself a “Sesky Video Shooter”. He is the star of all wedding celebrations of Anandpur Sahib, a small town in Punjab.
Bittoo believes in spreading happiness through the beautiful moments he captures, moments, which you can rewind and keep watching for years and smile looking at them thus making them heartfelt experiences which last forever. He falls in love with an educated and strong-headed girl who makes him realize the importance of financial stability and monetary gains in order to gain respect and recognition. Smitten in love and bitten by the one he loves, the smart and righteous cameraman is lured to take a shortcut in order to earn a quick buck and get his life back on track. What follows is a madcap ride.
The movie is directed by debutant, Supavitra Babul and will release on April 13th, 2012.
The sequel to the 2008 blockbuster Race readies for its release, having completed its second schedule last month.
Directed by duo Abbas-Mastan ,the highly-anticipated action thriller from the house of Tips completed its second schedule through the month of Jan-Feb with starcast Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernades, Amisha Patel.
Talking about the film says director Abbas “Race 2 is in the same genre and will be made on as grand a scale as the original. We will be shooting in Turkey and Cyprus next. The story has plenty of twists and turns and every character will have gray shades,”.
Says producer Ramesh Taurani “We shot for the second schedule of the film from 23rd Jan to 24th Feb – It took off smoothly and we are very happy with the way things are shaping up.We are very excited and hope to make Race 2 bigger and better than the original”
Produced by Tips ,the action thriller Race 2 starring Saif Ali Khan,John Abraham,Deepika Padukone,Jacqueline Fernandez,Anil Kapoor and Ameesha Patel is scheduled for a tentative November release.
Switzerland is a country indians love, but only think they know, and we at lonely planet believe indians need to get to know this country better – not just its beauty but its people too. And this red and white event, endorsed by none other than Neil Nitin Mukesh, was a great example of our partnership, showcasing great food, great music, great chocolate and a love for something new, adds Vardhan Kondvikar (Editor Lonely Planet Magazine India).
Mr. Jörg Peter Krubs (pronounced as Yorg), Director IMEA (India, Middle East and Africa), says “India is a very important market for Switzerland tourism as it’s been growing at a rate of 20% per year for the last three years and the Potential for growth of numbers of tourists to India is immense. We decided a Switzerland night with Lonely Planet Magazine as we wanted to bring out the young and trendy aspect of Switzerland to the Indian traveller”.
“We know for the fact that the music of this movie is something that the young generation will thoroughly enjoy. Raghav has done a brilliant job and I am very glad that Salman came to encourage us,” said Kumar Mangat. There are seven songs in the album of the movie. Bittoo Sab Ki Lega sung by Mika, Kaun Kenda sung by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal, Kick Lag Gayi (1) sung by Raghav Sachar and Tulsi Kumar, Audi (Tenu Tak De) sung by Raghav Sachar and Natalie Di Luccio, Kabootar sung by Mika, Mann Jage sung by Shahid Maliya and Kaun Kenda (1) sung by Shreya Ghoshal and Shahid Maliya.
“The background of the movie has wedding in it and that’s why the songs are all very foot-tapping wedding numbers. I enjoyed composing and singing for the movie,” said Raghav. The music label of the album is T-Series.
BITTOO SAB KI LEGA IS THE KIND OF SONG THAT SHOULD FEATURE ME – SALMAN KHAN
SAYS THE ACTOR WHEN HE HEARD THE TITLE TRACK OF BITTOO BOSS AT THE MUSIC LAUNCH
“Bittoo sab ki lega is the kind of song that should feature me,” said actor Salman Khan after he heard the title track of Bittoo Boss. The music launch of the movie was done in full band-baaja style on Friday afternoon with Salman as the special guest and giving him company were actors Pulkit Samrat and Amita Pathak, Wide Frame Pictures’ Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak, VIACOM 18 Motion Pictures’ CEO Vikram Malhotra, Music Director Raghav Sachar, T-Series representatives and Director Supavitra Babul.
Salman not just congratulated the young actors, but also mentioned the songs that he loved from the movie. “I loved the song Kaun Kenda and Audi (Tenu Tak De). I think the music of the movie is very well done. I wish the best to this movie,” said Salman. Pulkit thanked Salman for supporting them by being present for the music launch. “The fact that you came is a huge honor. I am thankful to you bhai,” said Pulkit to Salman. Salman quickly quipped jokingly, “Toh job hi kar, lekin meri mat lena… photo.” The crowd joined in cheers and laughter.
The film Ishaqzaade which marks the debut of Sonam Kapoor’s couzin Arjun opposite actor Priyanka Chopra’s cousin Parineeti, has already generated a great deal of buzz on Twitter.
The film narrates the story of two people, “born to hate, but destined to love”, and follows how their “turbulent journey unfolds in the often unrealistic and daunting political confines of rural India”, a statement from YRF said on Sunday.
The film is written and directed by Habib Faisal of Do Dooni Chaar fame. He has also written films like Band Baaja Baaraat.
Amit Trivedi will compose the music for the film, while Rekha and Chinni Prakash will choreograph it.
Sonam and Priyanka both were very excited for the trailer to come out, so much so that even their BB status was to watch out the trailor of ishakzaade and how the promo rocks at sharp 2 pm.
Within two hours of the launch the promo was trending big time on twitter we some of the celeb quotes
“@yrfmovies: Guys… We present to you the OFFICIAL TRAILER of @Ishaqzaade”
Blown away by Arjun Kapoor & @ParineetiChopra just saw da promo of Issakzade – way to go guys-
One of the awesomest trailers from YRF, even if I say so myself check out Arjun Kapoor @ParineetiChopra in Ishaqzaade
Kamaal R Khan
All the very best to Arjun Kapoor and Ishaqzade team. Mind blowing promo.
Adding another feather to her hat, choreographer /director Farah Khan joined the esteemed panel of “Women Changing India” – Barnard College of Columbia University’s Fourth Global Symposium, wherein preeminent women in the country and region-leaders in government, commerce, media and arts shared their success stories and unique perspectives on how they continue to shape and develop India.
Farah Khan joined the likes of other honoraries like reformer and India’s first woman police officer Kiran Bedi ,Teach India founder Shaheen Mistri,Shahnaz Husain – Chairperson ,the Shahnaz Husain Group, Mirai Chatterjee–Director of Social Security at SEWA all who were part of the Barnard University’s “Women Changing India” Symposium.