Thursday, November 26, 2009

Bipasha, priyanka or Kangana - Bollywood Dress code!

It is often said that the trendy clothes that the film stars wear are not what the ordinary folk on the street can afford to wear.

Yes, that could have been true ten years from now. But the rate at which.

The gals of the majority public are going now, everyone wants to wear what the silver screen goddesses are wearing.

The magic lies in selecting the right cut and colour which should be decided in the type of body structure that a person has.

Like, if one has a perfect figure to flaunt like Bipasha Basu or Priyanka Chopra or Kangana Ranaut, Genelia D’Souza, etc then it would be advisable to go for a dress that is a little tight fitted at the sides with a good fit to show the hip line that is perfectly toned. The idea should be to give more volume at the top and make it tighter at the waistline.

If one has a body frame which is slightly broader at the hips than the upper part side like Sameera Reddy, Neha Dhupia etc, then the trick would be to wear a dress which fits at the top and has a loose fit at the waist and hip. The attention should be drawn at the shoulders and the entire upper part. However, a common problem is with the fuller and curvaceous figure that most women develop as years pass by.

There is nothing to worry about; if you happen to fall in this category then you have more good news than you think you can actually have. The reason being that most of our bollywood beauties right from the yester years to this modern clan fall into this category.

The modern ones are actresses like Katrina Kaif, Aishwarya Rai, Raima and Ria Sen, Chitrangda Singh, etc. If one happens to fall into this category of body structure then the right fit would be the one which has the bust line separated from the lower portion with a piping running in between. The bust line should be subtly accentuated so as to make it appear soft and feminine.

The basic idea is to draw the attention at the good qualities and take away the gaze from the not so perfect areas. So gals go ahead and plan for a whole new wardrobe based on these guidelines, and if not you can at least buy one for the new years celebrations.

Who made Amir Khan angry?

The numero uno of Bollywood Mr. Amir Khan, who is known for his thorough professionalism, recently, got miffed over a co-star for showing unprofessionalism.

The veteran actor reprimanded the amateur Pratik Babbar for not turning up on the sets on time.

The lesser-known son of yesteryears’ stars Raj Babbar & Smita Patil should consider himself extremely fortunate to be sharing the screen with the most-sought after Amir.

But, unquestionably, Mr. Perfectionist is not going to tolerate any of his tantrums. Pratik, who is only one-film old in the showbiz, must set his priorities right if he desires to propel forward in this cut-throat industry.

He is working in Amir’s wife Kiran Rao’s debut film ‘Dhobi Ghat’ and is starring along with Amir. Recently, not only did he make the entire crew (including Amir) wait endlessly on the sets, but also didn’t turn up the whole day. It goes without saying, that the shooting for the day was stalled & a furious Amir walked away home angrily.

The scene that was, supposedly, to be filmed at Masjid Bunder, had to be suspended as it was an integral scene that necessitated Pratik’s presence. “Frantic efforts to trace Pratik were made, but to no avail. Repeated calls to Pratik’s mobile yielded no results,” says a source.

Before long, it came to everyone’s knowledge that Pratik had gone away to Goa & so shooting couldn’t materialize for the next two days. We wonder what urgent reason could he have for ruffling up Amir’s feathers.

Shilpa increases gold prices in India!

There is a joke going on around at the Dalal Street, that gold prices are soaring because of Shilpa Shetty.

The Bollywood actress seems to have purchased half the gold in India for her marriage.

Jokes apart, Shilpa seemed to have bought a lot of the precious yellow metal and got designer Tarun Tahiliani to fashion a dress out of it.

If her wedding dress had make the world take a note of it, Shilpa was in no mood to take it easy during the wedding reception.

Shilpa set ablaze the banquet hall when she arrived hand in hand with hubby Raj Kundra.

The sizzling Shilpa donned a contemporary styled ghagra choli sexily draped around her awesome figure.

Tahiliani made sure that Shilpa's outfit shone and onlookers had to hide their eyes behind shades!

If the gold in her outfit wasn't enough matching jewellery from Anmol jewels captivated the guests. After all, Shilpa had to sparkle among the who's who of the tinsel town.

Akshay wants Katrina to recover quickly

Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif has been struck by jaundice at a wrong time Katrina has been forced indoors missing the promotional events of her upcoming movie De Dana Dan. She was rushed to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai and has been advised complete bed rest for a while. Katrina had been feeling weak for quite a while but she couldn't go for treatment due to hectic work schedule.

Akshay Kumar for whom Katrina serves as a lucky charm has wished her a speedy recovery. He said that the entire De Dana Dan team was missing her during the promotional events and wanted her to quickly recover and be back in action. This will be their fifth movie in a lead role after Hum Ko Deewana Kar Gaye, Namastey London, Welcome and Singh Is Kinng. The Priyadarshan directed De Dana Dan also stars Paresh Rawal, Suniel Shetty and Neha Dhupia.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Shilpa and Raj's grand reception rocks

Shilpa Shetty now Shilpa Kundra and Raj Kundra threw a lavish reception for their guests at the Grand Hyatt, Mumbai on Tuesday evening.

The who's who of Bollywood was present on the occasion to wish the newly married couple.

There was a huge buzz in the banquet hall when she Shilpa and Raj arrived hand in hand.

Shilpa donned a golden outfit designed by Tarun Tahiliani and with matching jewellery is from Anmol jewels. Raj Kundra sported a impressive black Sherwani.

The impressive guest list included Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan and his wife Gauri.

Hrithik Roshan and Sussanne Roshan, Rani Mukherjee, Fardeen Khan, Vivek Oberoi.

Sameera Reddy, Amisha Patel, Kangana Ranaut, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Manish Malhotra, Karan Johar, Vivek Oberoi, Govinda, Rekha and Jaya Pradha among others.

IPL boss Lalit Modi and Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel and Gujarat CM Narendra Modi were also present on the occasion.

Shilpa and Raj made sure that their guests could have no complaint about the food. The menu included a selection of Indian, Western (Italian) and Asian (Thai and Chinese) cuisine served at live counters. The big attraction of.

The evening was the nine-tier wedding cake weighing over 80 kgs consisting of chocolate, candied fruits, fruit peels and nuts. The decoration chosen by Shilpa and her sister Shamita Shetty, consisted of flowers and butterflies. RDB and Rishi Rich performed free of cost during the reception.

'Kurbaan' fails to impress audiences

The entire film industry is in a state of shock. Believe me, I was inundated with calls all wanting to know one thing: Why didn't ‘Kurbaan’ fetch an initial?‘Kurbaan’ had everything going in its favour... Karan Johar has.

An impeccable track record as a film-maker. Every film produced by Karan has had a potent start at the ticket window. Saif Ali Khan's status, after ‘Love Aaj Kal’, has been at an all-time high. The Saif - Kareena combo had hit headlines since the time they made their relationship public.

The combo looked great. UTV, the global distributors of ‘Kurbaan’, had promoted the film extensively. Solo release status. ‘Kurbaan’ had no major opposition to contend with. Naturally, everyone expected ‘Kurbaan’ to start with a bang for the above-mentioned five reasons.

But the opening weekend numbers were shockingly low. Despite glowing reviews from critics who matter, ‘Kurbaan’ showed no signs of pick up after a weak Friday. So what went wrong? A section of the industry feels that moviegoers aren't interested in watching serious/intense stories.

Another viewpoint is that a big chunk of movie-going audience stayed away from the film. Yet another opinion is that the common man had already exhausted his budget after watching ‘Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani’ and ‘2012’.

A section of the industry also feels that UTV shouldn't have released ‘Kurbaan’ extensively [approx. 1700 screens globally]. ‘Kurbaan’ is not a mass appealing film like ‘Ghajini’ or ‘Wanted’, so why such a wide release?

I disagree. UTV had paid a fabulous amount for its global rights and with ‘De Dana Dan’ slated for release next Friday, UTV knew ‘Kurbaan’ had just one week to score and the only way to do so was to have a wide release.

Had ‘Kurbaan’ fetched a thunderous start, the same decision would've been hailed by the industryfolk. As things stand today, UTV will lose a substantial chunk of their investment, for sure. Truly, box-office can be most unpredictable!

Overseas performance Karan Johar's much-awaited 'Kurbaan' was expected to fetch a flying start in the international markets, but it didn't. The film has under-performed in the three key markets - U.K. [strictly average, due to the 15 certificate], U.S.A. [quite good] and Australia [ordinary]. The combined total from these three markets is approx. Rs. 3.50 crores. Disappointing! U.K. BOX-OFFICE

'Kurbaan' has debuted at No. 11 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected £ 1,64,468 [approx. Rs. 1.27 crores] on 44 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 3,738. Incl. Thursday previews.

KARAN JOHAR MOVIES IN U.K. 'Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani' [last weekend: No. 13, this weekend: No. 17]: In its third weekend, the film has collected £ 26,408 on 16 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 1,651. Total: £ 4,06,974 [approx. Rs. 3.14 crores].

'Heer Ranjha' [Punjabi film; last weekend: No. 19, this weekend: No. 22]: In its second weekend, the film has collected £ 11,968 on 10 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 1,197. Total: £ 49,034 [approx. Rs. 37.86 lacs].

'Tum Mile' [last weekend: No. 21, this weekend: No. 35]: In its second weekend, the film has collected £ 2,656 on 6 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 443. Total: £ 38,005 [approx. Rs. 29.35 lacs]. 'Aladin' [last weekend: No. 60, this weekend: No. 48]: In its fourth weekend, the film has collected £ 1,527 on 13 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 117. Total: £ 1,07,116 [approx. Rs. 82.74 lacs].

'London Dreams' [last weekend: No. 28, this weekend: No. 60]: In its fourth weekend, the film has collected £ 994 on 3 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 331. Total: £ 2,56,375 [approx. Rs. 1.98 crores]. 'Kurbaan' has debuted at No. 20 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected $ 4,03,678 [approx. Rs. 1.88 crores] on 83 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 4,864.

AUSTRALIA BOX-OFFICE 'Kurbaan' has debuted at No. 14 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected Aus. $ 77,325 [approx. Rs. 33.17 lacs] on 12 screens, with the per screen average working out to Aus. $ 6,444.

Katrina Kaif in Farah's Next?

The fact that Farah Khan has signed Akshay Kumar instead of her favorite friend and actor Shah Rukh Khan in her next film "Tees Maar Khan" surprised many in and outside of Bollywood.

However, the fact that Farah wants to cast the ever gorgeous Katrina Kaif opposite Akshay comes as no surprise!

Akshay-Katrina, a sizzling couple onscreen, have their fans counting in the thousands! This couple is currently the most super hit and sought couple in Bollywood.

Every filmmaker wants to work with them, and Farah is no exception. The rumor is that Farah wanted to work with Katrina since a long time.

As the matter of the fact, she had Kat in mind while getting the script of "Happy New Year" ready, but due to SRK-Salman clashes, she was a bit apprehensive to sign Kat for her film.

The news is that now Farah wants to sign the gorgeous Katrina for "Tees Mar Khan" opposite Akshay.

The final announcement is yet to come from Farah, but we hope the ever amazing couple Akshay-Kat and super hit director Farah Khan will give Bollywood another blockbuster in the coming year!

I'm extremely happy to be Priyanka and Katrina's mentor: Akshay Kumar

He worked with them when they were new to the film industry and gave back-to-back hits.

But Akshay Kumar refuses to take credit for Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra's success.

The actor says he will always lend a helping hand to newcomers if they need it.

"I am extremely happy to be their (Katrina and Priyanka) mentor but then they are free agents. They owe nothing to any one.

They got where they are because they are talented. I saw it in them and that's why I wanted to work with them.

I am no guru, " Akshay told in an interview. "I don't make it a hobby to help heroines. I wait and I watch and I will of course be there to guide any damsel in distress. However, a 'Katrina' doesn't walk by a film set everyday. They are one in a million for a reason, " the star said.

Together, Akshay and Katrina have given super hits like "Singh Is Kinng" and "Welcome". While "Namastey London" was also successful, their first film together "Hum Ko Deewana Kar Gaye" was a decent box office grosser.

On the other hand Akshay has a cent percent success rate with Priyanka as well with hits like "Mujhse Shaadi Karogi", "Waqt - Race Against Time", "Aitraaz" and "Andaaz". The latest Akshay and Katrina starrer "De Dana Dan" is now ready to hit the screens. The actress has time and again said that she consented to act in a film by Priyadarshan mainly due to Akshay.

"Yes, I know about that. 'De Dana Dan' isn't going to better her career. But yes, it is just good for her to work in different environments. A movie like this is a first for her. She still needs to touch every aspect of her audience and she knows it, " said Akshay.

"I know when Katrina says she's doing it for me, it means she respects me enough to say yes to something without question. There aren't any questions around the script etc... It's a plain and simple talk of 'Yes Akshay, when do you need me?'."

Both Katrina and Priyanka have given hits with other actors too. In 2009, Priyanka teamed up with Shahid Kapoor in the successful dark thriller "Kaminey". Katrina, on the other hand, was seen with John Abraham in "New York". Directed by Kabir Khan, the film was a huge hit.

And recently she teamed up with Ranbir Kapoor in the successful romantic comedy "Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani". But now she is back with Akshay in "De Dana Dan". "In any case, the year wouldn't be complete without me chasing after her (Katrina) in one of my movies, " Akshay said jokingly.

Deepika Padukone in Krrish sequel ?

Currently Bollywood is going through an era of sequels, so why should the Roshan's stay back?

The recent buzz around town is that Rakesh Roshan has started to map out the sequel to Krrish.

The venture is anticipated to hit the silver screen in about 9 months time.

The male lead will obviously be played by the super hot, Hrithik Roshan.

However, the female lead of this sequel is still in jeopardy. In Krrish we saw Priyanka Chopra romancing around with Jr. Roshan however.

This time around Piggy Chops is not being considered. In fact, Rakesh Roshan is considering.

Om Shanti Om fame, Deepika Padukone to play the female lead. Furthermore, if sources have it true, Sr. Roshan is planning.

On making Hrithik's character a bit gray especially after seeing Hrithik's mesmerizing performance in Dhoom 2. As of now, Hrithik has completed the shooting for Kites and he is currently shooting for Sanjay Leela Bansali's Guzarish starring the beautiful and elegant Aishwariya Rai Bachahan. Will Deepika be the ideal choice for the female lead? Well we wishes Sr. Roshan all the best is deciding his female lead!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Genelia to pair with Dhanush

After the success of her Telugu movie Ready, Genelia D'Souza is back to Kollywood again. This time she is doing the Tamil remake of her Telugu hit movie Ready opposite to Dhanush. Genelia seems to be much excited about the film and says that she is happy to do the Tamil version too.

Genelia expect the same result for this attempt too. Earlier she got noticed with her Tamil movie Boys. So she hope that her Tamil fans will accept her the same way they did earlier. She guarantees that it won't be a monotonous performance of her. Actor Ram played opposite to her in Telugu.

Shruti to be the talk of the town

Shruti Hassan, after the failure of her movie Luck, is presently the talk of the town. She has been spotted many times with.

The Rang De Basanti fame Siddharth for lunch, dinner meetings, have been seen at parties dancing till night.

Hey both look comfortable with each other. Although her father Kamal knows about his daughter's interest, he keeps silence.

It seems he has no problem with their relationship. After the failure of his affair with Soha Ali Khan, Sid took one year to recover from that.

Soha is said to be dating with Kunal Khemu presently. Shruti and Sid were introduced in a party at Chennai. Shruti denies the talk about her affair with Sid.

Interview - Soha Ali Khan

Whether one loves her or not, after her strong performance in TUM MILE, no one can ignore Soha Ali Khan.

The actor chats up with correspondent on why she relented to do kissing scene with Emraan Hashmi and the kind of films she is looking for

Unlike your contemporaries, you mostly choose character-based roles (like in RANG DE BASANTI), rather than hero-heroine type.

Is it a conscious decision?
Yes, very much. I am more keen on doing substantial lead roles with some meat in them; not necessarily the hero-heroine types.

I am too choosy when it comes to picking my kind of script. KHOYA KHOYA CHAND was my first lead contemporary role and now it's TUM MILE. In fact, TUM MILE is the most beautiful film in my entire career...I had to triple my efforts to play 'Sanjana' in the film. It's the most challenging role I have got to do so far.

You are new to the Bhatt camp. How was the experience like?
This is the first time I worked for the Bhatts-Vishesh Films. I have always been a fan of Mahesh Bhatt because of his sensible yet exciting films; especially his romantic films-they are so electrifying and realistic. And I don't know how, the music of all his films is always superb. So what more can an actor ask for! I hope this is a start of a long association with them.

What was your first reaction when you heard that Emraan has been cast opposite you?
(Laughs) I know what you mean... I was slightly apprehensive because I know what it means to sign a film opposite Emraan. I was aware that when you do a film with him there are things that go hand-in-hand, or rather lip-to-lip. But I relented. The story was so good that I said to myself -'If I have to kiss him for this film I will do that'.

Were you comfortable kissing him? Honestly, the kiss didn't register at was so natural. I myself was pleasantly surprised that it happened so smoothly. It was more my type of kiss than the ones Emraan is famous for (giggles).

The film is about live-in couples and their problems. What will you go for in personal life-live-in or marriage? I would like to live in with the person I want to marry before taking a final call on the decision; because it is one thing to fall in love and another thing to stay in love.

How much your mother (Sharmila Tagore) and brother (Saif Ali Khan) interfere when it comes to choosing films? They don't interfere at all. But they are very sharp critics and always give tips, especially my mother. No matter how much I give to the character, she always has something or the other to say. Thankfully after watching TUM MILE she had only good things to say about my acting.

You are also doing a film with your mother... Yes, it's called LIFE GOES ON...and I am learning a lot from her. What about a film with your brother? I don't mind doing a film with him. But I don't want to play Saif's sister in the film.

Are you a partyholic? I am not a partyholic or a nightclub person. But I am often dragged there by friends. What do you do when not shooting? I love listening to music...any form of rock with a lot of acoustics. We don't find you in elaborate designer wear very often... That's because, I generally prefer wearing casual, urban leisure wear.

Bips' big bucks on small screen

Bipasha Basu looks all set to create a new record on television. The buzz is that.

The Bong bombshell will host an upcoming reality show, Female Model Hunt, for a whopping Rs 65-70 lakh per episode.

If the deal comes through, Bipasha will become the highest-paid woman celebrity on Indian television.

Female Model Hunt will be produced by Shah Rukh Khan's TV software production company Red Chillies Idiot Box and is based on popular US show America's Next Top Model.

Red Chillies has started inviting applications from contestants on its website, though they are yet to finalise which channel will air the show.

Bipasha's paycheque will be fatter than those of other Bollywood actresses.

In the 30-plus bracket, including Preity Zinta, Sushmita Sen and Rani Mukherji. "Older filmstars have an emotional connect with TV viewers.

Plus, actresses such as Bipasha, Preity, Rani and Sushmita stand to gain from TV because younger faces are taking over the big screen. It also helps them stay in touch with their big fan base," says Manish Porwal, CEO of Percept Talent Management.
Says ad guru Prahlad Kakkar:

"Money is obviously the biggest driving force for Bipasha. Who wouldn't agree to do a show if she is offered Rs 60-70 lakh per episode? Plus, actresses like Bipasha, Preity and Rani aren't really busy with films these days." Preity is believed to have signed The Preity Zinta Show, a celebrity chat show. The actress is reportedly set to receive Rs 60 lakh per episode.

Sushmita might have no new films in hand after the debacle of Do Knot Disturb recently, but the former Miss Universe is believed to have been offered almost Rs 50 lakh for an appearance in one episode on NDTV Imagine's upcoming show, Raaz Pichlay Janam Ka. Rani, too, is creating a buzz with her debut television stint as celebrity judge on Sony's Dance Premier League. Although her last film Dil Bole Hadippa flopped, she is earning Rs 50 lakh per episode for doling out a few comments on the contestants' moves.

"There are a lot of audiences who don't visit the theatre, but enjoy getting entertained in their homes. So, this is a very good medium to connect with millions of my fans," Rani said. "After Amitabh Bachchan's successful stint with Kaun Banega Crorepati, Bollywood stars realised they can easily go back to films after making big money on TV. Also, the small screen is witnessing a lot of innovation, which gives the stars various opportunities," says Porwal.

In the past, Madhuri Dixit and Shilpa Shetty made their debuts on the small screen. While Madhuri hosted the flop matrimony-based TV show, Kahin Na Kahin Koi Hai, Shilpa was the host of Bigg Boss season 2 last year.

Shilpa's wedding dress copied from Aishwarya!

There is a belief that Bollywood actresses make sure not to dress similar to their counterparts. But Shilpa Shetty did it just the other way while tying the knot with Raj Kundra. Believe it or not Shilpa's wedding attire was an inch by inch copy of Aishwarya Bachchan's wedding dress two years ago. What's more surprising is that Shilpa did not even spare Aishwarya's jewellery and took inspiration from there as well.

Shilpa Shetty looked stunning in a red designer lehenga-saree but a close look at her reminded us of Aishwarya two years ago. Like Aishwarya who had sported a Kundan to go with her golden sareer on her D-Day, Shilpa too wore a Kundan with her red saree. Even her hair was done taking inspiration from Aishwarya Bachchan. Seems like Miss Worlds can any day inspire the Big Brother winners to take a cue from them.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Shahid and Vidya clash

Expect some fireworks at the very beginning of the year as festivities and celebrations continue from New Year celebrations to the entire month of January.

There are number of movies lined up for release with massive battle in.

The happening ever since Karan Johar announced 12th January.

As the D-day for the arrival of Shah Rukh Khan starrer MY NAME IS KHAN.

There is an around frenzy amongst movies to arrive in January since no big film is risking competing with one of the first huge films of 2009. Two such films are CHANCE PE DANCE and ISHQIYA that have pencilled in 15th January for their arrival on the big screen. Incidentally, the central protagonists of these films are Shahid Kapoor and Vidya Balan respectively, both of whom were seen together as a pair in KISMAT KONNECTION.

Both films were originally meant to arrive in 2008. However, Shahid Kapoor had two back-to-back releases in the form of KAMINEY and DIL BOLE HADIPPA and it made sense for him to space out his film. On the other hand ISHQIYA had to keep it’s release on hold since there was a flurry of releases in the last quarter of 2009.

What surprises most about the release of ISHQIYA is the fact that it was originally contemplating a 22nd January arrival. While 12th February too was being thought of (due to the relevance of bringing the love story over the Valentine weekend), confirmation of MY NAME IS KHAN resulted in change of plans. While 22nd January had appeared to be a confirmed day of arrival, a sudden pre-poning by a week looks more than just a coincidence, considering the fact it clashes with Shahid’s CHANCE PE DANCE.

However, to be fair to the decision of the makers, 22nd January is anyways crowded with RANN and VEER arriving on the same day. In comparison, 15th January looks much lighter with only CHANCE PE DANCE looking probable so far. Confirms Vidya, “Yes, I was told over the weekend that 15th January is final for ISHQIYA. Beyond that, I don’t have any knowledge about the reason behind the fixing of the release date.”

Starring Arshad Warsi and Naseeruddin Shah in the lead roles, ISHQIYA is directed by first timer Abhishek Chaubhey and is a co-production of Vishal Bhardwaj and Shemaroo’s Raman Maroo. On the other hand IT’S MY LIFE is a UTV production, features Genelia D’Souza as the leading lady and has film maker Ken Ghosh at the helm of affairs.

Did Bipasha lie about her role?

BIPASHA BASU MAY scream from the rooftops that it was Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s insecurity that got her ousted from Ravana but industry insiders are refusing to believe her

In fact, a source tells us that Bipasha was never considered to be a part of Ravana, in the first place.

Director Mani Ratnam likes having item numbers in his movies - like he did in Dil Se (Chaiya Chaiya) and in Guru (Maiya Maiya) and was toying with.

The idea of having something similar in Ravana as well. Sources from the set of the film say Mani was planning to introduce the character of Mandodari, Ravana’s beautiful wife into the film.

This character was to do a seductive item number and a few scenes and then exit, an exact seven minute role.

When news spread that Mani was scouting for an actress to do an item number and a guest appearance in his film, Bipasha was one of the first actresses to push herself for this role.

“The character of Mandodari called for someone sexy and seductive, and many actresses were being considered. Bipasha wasn’t even on the top of Mani’s list. But Bipasha went ahead and told the press that she was offered a supporting role in Ravana,” says the source.

Unfortunately for her Mani had second thoughts about this item number. When Bipasha heard this she got nervous. She was worried that she would become a joke in the industry. A source close to her reveals, “Bipasha had announced to all and sundry that she was playing the parallel lead in a Mani Ratnam film.

This would definitely add to her market rate. But when she heard that the role was non-existent Bipasha realised she would become the laughing stock of the industry. “Bipasha flew to Kerala and pleaded with Mani Sir not to talk to the press that she was never the first choice for the film. Initially angry at her behaviour Mani, later, understood her plight and obliged her.”

However, Mani was later shocked when he heard from the grapevine that Bipasha was claiming that Aishwarya had used her friendship with his wife to oust Bipasha from the film. The source reveals, “Mani Sir doesn’t pay attention to gossip. He just laughed it off and remarked ‘if I let my wife and my heroines decide the cast of my film, I might as well let them direct the whole film’. Bipasha, apparently, has now become a joke on the set of the film.

Lara Dutta & Mahesh Bhupathi in London

Reports of an affair between Lara Dutta and tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi have been doing the rounds for some time now.

Lara, who recently split from Dino Morea, has been dismissing the link-up as rubbish.

Saying Mahesh’s celebrity management company handles her portfolio and this is the only connection she has with him.

Mahesh has also denied the relationship though his marriage to model Shveta Jaikishan is said to be on the rocks.

However, Lara and Mahesh have now been spotted in London. They have checked into JW Marriott hotel and are reportedly staying in the same suite.

I do not know the reason of their visit to London, but the couple will be staying in the city until Sunday.

Akshay Kumar foregoes fees for Karate show

In his endeavour to spread awareness about Karate and Martial Arts in general, Akshay Kumar has let go of at least a few lakhs for a TV show.

A special 'making' segment has been created for the Karate Championship sponsored by him. However, the actor didn't talk commercials when the channel expressed its desire to air it.

Says a source attached to the channel Colors that would be airing the program titled 'Akshay Kumar Invitational Karate Event'.

"This is a very special event since Akshay Kumar is sponsoring a Karate Championship for the youngsters. The purpose is to enhance their talent, showcase their skills and represent their country.

This is why he didn't even charge a penny for the program. He is not looking for any money here since he feels very strongly about the relevance of Martial Arts and wants all around awareness to be spread about it."

As the actor has always maintained, through this Championship he is looking at more and more youngsters in the country to come closer to Martial Arts. Just like in Singapore where learning Martial Arts is a must for everyone, he wants India too to wake up to this fact and become an expert in self defence.

"In a country like Singapore where Martial Arts is known by one and all, the crime rate is near to zero. No, it's not because everyone fears the backlash that he may get but the very fact that Martial Arts teaches the virtue of goodness as well as immense patience and mind control.

That helps in further mental and personality development of an individual", says an expert, "In a country as wide as India, it makes sense to introduce Martial Arts much more religiously. It would add quite some value to enhance human endurance."

Katrina Barbie Hits the Stores Next Month

Katrina Kaif is getting excited at the news that the long-awaited Katrina Barbie will ready next month. It will be the first Barbie based upon a Bollywood movie personality.

"I was flattered when I heard this news," she said, "I think this is the best way to get connected to the fans and kids." The doll is a commemorative product to celebrate Barbie's 50th year.

Katrina appears to be focussing on the younger end of her fan base at the moment as she has also agreed to record an album of nursery rhymes in Hindi for A R Rahman.

With Rahman's wizardry, the simple chants she is expecting to perform could turn into something special. "Though I like taking up challenging jobs, this assignment is a bit difficult for me.

As I have never sung in Hindi before," she explained, "Singing in English would have been a bit easier, but I don't let problems bother me."

Both Ajeb Prem Ki Ghazab Kahini and New York have cemented Katrina's position as probably the most popular actress.

In Bollywood and De Dana Dan with old sparring partner Akshay Kumar must surely add to that, but Katrina is not one to get complacent and is already determined to work even harder in 2010. "I won't take things easily. I work towards perfection," she said. The year will kick off with Rajneeti, where she will be paired once again with Ranbir Kapoor.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

I won't mind using human sperms to look younger

According to a latest study a powerful anti-oxidant, Spermine, originally discovered in human sperm, is said to diminish wrinkles and smooth the skin. The substance is now being synthesized in laboratories and sold by a Norwegian drug company as an anti-aging product.

This recent study has reinforced what previous research has said: That a man's semen is a good anti-wrinkle potion. It contains proteins that have a tightening effect on the skin. As the water in it evaporates, the protein gathers to stretching out fine wrinkles.

Recently, a journo stumped Sherlyn Chopra, when she asked that if she'd ever use human sperm as an anti-aging product. Narrating the entire incident Sherlyn write on her blog:

I was with my friends in an open coffee shop of a five star hotel. The table looked beautiful with Italian wine, a cheese platter, some stir fried prawns, baby corn and mushrooms. I was giggling, laughing, drinking, eating – all at the same time. Amidst all this, there was something buzzing that caught my attention.

It was my cellphone! The number flashing on the screen of my phone was not known to me. And so, I did the usual, which is to ignore. The caller kept calling. I assumed it would stop sooner or later. But it did not. At this point in time, I was irritated and curious.

I decided to speak to the stranger who was desperately seeking my attention.

The desperate caller said, ‘Hello’.

I was patiently waiting for the caller to go on. She said, she was a journalist and, requested that I speak to her for a few minutes. I did not interrupt her.

She asked me how the experience of being a house inmate of Big Boss was.

I said, ‘Quite painful’.

She asked me to elaborate. I refused to do so as I did not want to revisit memories filled with hurt, pain, remorse and resentment.

I then took a piece of jumbo prawn from the platter which was staring at me for quite sometime. It felt as though it was saying to me, ‘Don’t just stare at me, try me. I’m worth it’. So, I put the jumbo prawn gently into my mouth.

While the prawn was still in my mouth, the journalist popped her next question, ‘Do you apply the human sperm on your face’?

I did not react. I thought I misunderstood her. I said with my mouth wide open, struggling to chew the prawn, ‘Whaaaaaat’?

She repeated her question. It was the same! How could it be the same!! Maybe, I was hearing strange things. Maybe this is what happens when one lives caged in a house away from civilization.

Just then, the prawn in my mouth slipped into my food pipe. I guess I must have swallowed it. My reaction was involuntary. It was truly beyond my control. Seeing me choke, my friends offered me water, wine, any liquid on the table that they could lay their hands on. I gulped my glass of wine, which was half full. I was feeling better now and was getting ready to continue my conversation with the journalist.

I said to her, ‘Ahhh….what do you mean exactly’?

She said that a new research analysis described the human sperm as the new age cure for acne, wrinkle and ageing problems. I was speechless.

I said, ‘Really’?

She said, ‘That’s right’.

I was clueless. Since when did human sperms become the new age cosmetic cream? Aren’t sperms meant for procreation? And, if the girl doesn’t wish to get pregnant and is not on birth control pills, the guy disposes the sperms in a condom, a trash bin, a toilet or any place else. At least, that's what I thought.

The journalist reminded me of the question again, as though, asking it once was not good enough. I panicked. I didn’t know what to say.

The only two options that were clearly visible to me were – ‘Yes, the research analysis is absolutely right. I have known this for quite sometime. I had severe acne during my teenage years. And I used my ex-boyfriend’s sperms. It worked! Trust me on that’ or, ‘ARE YOU CRAZY?????????’.

I could feel my heart beat faster. I was never, in my whole 25 years on Planet Earth ever asked a question as frightening as this. My hands reached into my handbag to look for some anti-anxiety pills which I seldom carry. There were none. I had to overcome this fear. Fear of what people think.

I said to her in a calm tone, ‘Are you kidding dear’?

Her answer was no. She asked me to be honest.

Honest?????? Didn’t she know honesty was not a virtue any more. Definitely not with something concerning human sperms!

I wanted to hang up on her right away. I had not planned on spending my evening thinking about sperms. That was certainly not why I visited my friends in Delhi.

I realized that I had to give an answer. Dumb, stupid, bold, intriguing, idiotic… … any kind that seemed like an answer. I started composing my thoughts to give an articulate response.

Behold, the words came out, ‘If human sperms are indeed better than any anti-wrinkle and anti-ageing creams or even better than botox, I shall use them; maybe not now, but surely after I cross 40. I hope I have a man in my life then with a healthy sperm count. It’s a great money saving scheme. Thank you’.

The journalist seemed quite pleased with the quote. She wished me good night without bothering me anymore. I was relieved.

I felt like a soldier returning victorious from the battle field. What a victory!! My friends waved at me from the buffet counter not knowing what the human sperms did to me during those fifteen minutes. :)

What's sperm made up of?

It contains at least 3 vitamins: C, B12, and E. It also contains important minerals including calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and phosphor. Two sweeteners, fructose (found in fruits) and sorbitol are in there too. It also contains proteins. Strangely, all this makes sperm an exceptional nutritional supplement (but not one that can ever substitute a balanced diet, experts warn). It also contains a trace of cholesterol and sodium.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Barbie Katrina Kaif coming to India soon

It seems the Barbie war is going to the next level as the vivacious beauty Katrina Kaif is finally getting the honour of being the one.

The toy brand Mattel has decided to design a Barbie with Katrina’s face as a mark of celebration of their 50th year.

Recently on the honour for the same, Katrina was on cloud nine as she said, “I’m flattered when I heard this news.

I think this is the best way to get connected to the fans and kids.” The dolls will be launched in the stores by December this year but the actress won’t be able to see.

The procedure of the making as she is busy finishing her other commitments. “Every girl has grown up playing with Barbie dolls, and so have I. It feels great”, adds Kaif.

Aishwarya Bachchan was first approached with the same offer but due to her other commitments she could not take it. Katrina will be the 1st Indian celebrity to be designed as a Barbie doll and sure everyone is eagerly waiting for these dolls to hit the stores.

Paa Amitabh is an incredible human being - Aishwarya

The Bachchans just can’t ask for a better bahu than Aishwarya Bachchan. The former Miss World has been totally committed to the Bachchan family besides shooting films and commercials without break. She is equally excited about the Family banner ABCL’s Paa, though she is not part of the cast.

The fact is that she is supporting the film by taking up the responsibility as its marketing head. This is her way of reviving the family banner, which went bankrupt a few years ago following a series of flops and incurring a huge loss from organizing the Miss World contest in Bangalore in 1998.

Ash is all praise for her father-in-law and said that he is an incredible human being and a thorough professional. She added that she didn’t need to say these words but the fact is that he is leading an extremely busy life with lots of commitments.

She said that she met Auro, the character played by her father-in-law. She added that she dropped into the sets of Paa and couldn’t believe her eyes that the person sitting next to her hubby Abhishek was paa (Amitabh Bachchan). Well, the much-hyped film Paa starring Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Paresh Rawal and Vidya Balan is scheduled for release on December 6.

Vidya Balan mouths vulgar gaaliyaan

Think of Vidya Balan and the first thing that comes to mind is the picture of.

This demure, elegant, well-behaved, eloquent woman who would never use foul language for anyone, even for foes.

And now imagine her discomfort when she had to mouth.

The choicest of desi expletives for her role of a rural girl in the upcoming movie Ishqiya.

“Oh! I was very apprehensive while using those slangs. I have never used them in my real life but I had to because the script demanded. When you will see this movie, you will understand that it is justified. The movie belongs to a certain terrain where slangs are part of their lingo,” Vidya is quoted to have said in an interview.

‘Ishqiya’ tells the story of two thugs, an uncle nephew duo (played by Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi) on the run. They flee to a village in eastern Uttar Pradesh where they take shelter in the house of a clever village belle, played by Vidya Balan.

Vidya’s character in the film is nobody’s fool. She’s a fiery gal who utters gaaliyaan with fluency. However, mouthing those abuses was so embarrassing for Vidya that she did not even rehearse her dialogues on the sets.

“I never rehearsed on the sets as I used to feel awkward. So I used to come prepared on the sets and once the director used to say action, I used to forget everything and everyone,” Vidya said. In case you’re wondering what expletives Vidya has used in the film, she’s uttered the popular gaaliyaan that begins with ‘Ch…’ and ‘G…’.

Speaking more about her role, Vidya said: “As I am playing a rural girl, my look is very much deglamourised so that I look like my character Krishna. It is an interesting role with many shades.” ‘Ishqiya’ is directed by first time director Abhishek Chaubey and produced by Vishal Bharadwaj. Contrary to rumours, the film is not being re-shot.

Genelia D'Souza, John Abraham starring 'Hook Ya Crook' scheduled for summer release

David Dhawan helmed thriller Hook Ya Crook, starring John Abraham, Genelia D'Souza and Shreyas Talpade, will wrap up by December and is slated for 2010 summer release.

The Rensil D'Silva penned film has been in the news since 2006 and began filming in early 2009. It is stuck over dates from some of the top Indian cricketers.

Cricket is an important part of the film's jail based story. The inmates play a match with the top Indian cricket players.

Indian cricket captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, features in the film. Dhawan says there is only about 10 days of shooting left which is expected to be completed in the month of December.

Post production on the film is in progress alongside. As to why the film took so long, Dhawans says:

John had fractured his foot during a crucial cricket scene when the ball hit his right foot and left him out of action for a month.

David Dhawan got busy with completion of his recent release Do Knot Disturb starring Govinda and Sushmita Sen.

In the meanwhile John went to London to work on Abbas Tyrewala's 1-800 Love and UTV got busy with some of its major releases such as Kaminey, Agyaat, Aage Se Right, What's Your Raashee?, Wake Up Sid. Dhawan says the film doesn't tread the beaten track. It's not a comedy but has little bit of all genres for complete entertainment.

"Essentially, it has been made as a complete entertainment with little bit of every genre. Once we wrap up the film in December, UTV should be coming up with its marketing, promotional and release plans. The design of Hook Ya Crook is such that it qualifies as a summer film. It will certainly arrive in the first half of 2010," Dhawan told Bollywood Hungama.

About the film: The film is a spin-off of Sylvester Stallone starrer Escape To Victory (1981) that starred football superstars Bobby Moore, Osvaldo Ardiles, Kazimierz Deyna and Pelé. It was about Allied prisoners of war who are interned in a German prison camp during World War II.

The 1981 film was in turn based on the 1961 Hungarian film drama Két félido a pokolban ("Two half-times in Hell"). The film was inspired by the true story of Dynamo Kyiv's players who defeated German soldiers while Ukraine was occupied by German troops in World War II. According to myth, as a result of their victory, the Ukrainians were all shot.

The true story is considerably more complex, as the team played a series of matches against German teams, emerging victorious in all of them, before finally being sent to prison camps by the Gestapo. Most of the team were killed there, but a few survived.

Rensil D'Silva says he has adapted the film to suit the Indian audiences, hence cricket replaces football. That brings in Dhoni in the cast. The climax of the film is a full-on cricket match. All the cast has been asked to brush up their cricketing skills.

John had earlier played lead role in UTV's Goal based on soccer. Plot: The film revolves around John Abraham's character who is a cricketer and lands up in jail. John sees the jail inmates playing cricket. He forms a cricket team inside the jail. This team later helps them escape.

Shilpa and Raj will dance on Akshay's song

Shilpa and her family left for Khandala for the wedding and other ceremonies on Thursday evening. The sangeet ceremony will be held on 21st November’s night at Shilpa’s friend and business partner Kiran Bawa’s farm house in Khandala.

Sources inform that Shilpa and Raj dance to Teri Ore song from Singh is Kinng which was picturised on Shilpa’s ex boyfriend Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif.

Sources further add that Shilpa’s family will perform a comedy skit in which they will imitate members of Raj’s family and then dance to Aahun Aahun from Love Aaj Kal.

Choreographer Ganesh Hegde has choreographed all dance sequences and family members have rehearsed for it rigorously. Mood of the Sangeet and mehandi.

Exotic flowers and soft lighting would set the mood at the sangeet. It is learnt that Singer Daler Mehendi will peform at the function and the menu includes Shilpa’s favourite barbecued dishes.A Hawaii-themed mehendi ceremony will precede the sangeet where Shilpa will wear a multicoloured kaftaan dress.

Shaddi mein spa ka anand Shilpa’s wedding will be relaxing experience for the guests, as Spa therapist will be at the venue and they will offer massages and other spa services to the guests. Shilpa and her friend run spa chain named Oasis and staff will be more then happy to offer their services at their bosses wedding.

Though Shilpa is from bunt community, The sehrabandi, chuda and kalire ceremony will be in Punjabi style and Raj will come in a chariot to the wedding venue on Sunday afternoon. The wedding will be solemnized in the traditional style of the Bunt community.

Hyderabadi and Awadhi khana and ice cream from Ahmedabad The lavish buffet at the wedding would comprise Hyderabadi and Awadhi dishes from Mumbai’s Foodlink restaurant. Only 100 to150 close guests would attend the wedding.

Shilpa has ordered ice cream from Ahmedabad’s Havmore ice creams. They specialize in pan flavored ice cream. For this ice cream they have ordered pan from varanasi and specialized ice cream makers were busy completing orders.

Swarovski for shilpa’s dress While designer Tarun Tahiliani has designed Shilpa’s outfits for all four occasions, designer duo Shantanu-Nikhil has designed a chic black sherwani with trousers for Raj for the reception. He wanted subtle bling into the outfit, so the designer duo has added muted swarovski crystals.

Shikpa too is not far behind on bling quotient. Her dress will have vibrant colors, brocade and crystallized Swarovski elements for Shilpa’s wedding dress, which is a stunning sari-drape in red, covered all over in ruby and Swarovski pearls. Shilpa will be covered in uncut diamonds from head to toes. Ishu Datwani of Anmol Jewellers.

The guest list Shilpa’s wedding will be attended by limited number of people. Only 100 invites have been sent for the wedding in Khandala. The Bollywood guest list for Shilpa Shetty marriage includes the Bachchan family, SRK and family, the Kapoors, Rekha, Farah Khan, Salman Khan, Farhan Akhtar, Karan Johar, the Deols and Sushmita Sen. It is said that liquor baron Vijay Malya will also be present.

The marriage will be followed by wedding reception on 24th where biggies of the industry and close friends of the family will be invited on limited basis. It is said that cricketer Shane Warne and Jermaine Jackson will be among them!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Katrina Kaif, the next Miami girl

Katrina Kaif replaces Priyanka Chopra in Tarun Mansukhani's Dostana sequel starring Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham, reports Filmfare. Dostana 2 will be Katrina's second film with Karan Johar's Dharma Productions, and with co-star John Abraham, after the 2009 release of New York.

Priyanka Chopra and Bobby Deol were shown ending up as a happy couple in Dostana so the gay duo, John and Abhishek, move on to a new girl. The film will additionally star Ritesh Deshmukh and Shreyas Talpade.

The Dostana team celebrated the film's anniversary on November 13. They congratulated each other over Twitter with Tarun tweeting: Here's to dostana and looking forward to rocking it again... Dostana 2.. Here we come!!

Filming for the sequel will begin in April 2010. In the meanwhile Katrina Kaif's look-alike Barbie doll has arrived in India attired in a similar pink dress that Kaif wore on ramp during the Lakme Fashion Week celebrating 50th birthday of Barbie. A product of Mattel Toys, the Katrina Barbie is not for sale.

Shahid breaks Priyankas heart

After playing hide and seek with the media for so long, Shahid Kapoor has finally called off his relationship with Priyanka Chopra, leaving the actress heartbroken, sources say.

Buzz is that Priyanka has taken a break from work and has taken off on a spiritual sojourn to mend her broken heart.

An extremely close friend of the actress says, “Priyanka was very serious about her relationship with Shahid. She felt secure and stable with him. At first everything was easy going and happy until Shahid suddenly discovered she wasn’t ‘his type’.”

In the past Priyanka has been linked with Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar and Harman Baweja. While Priyanka herself called off the relationship with Harman after the debacle of Love Story 2050, she was heartbroken when Hrithik and Akshay buckled under their wives’ pressure and dumped her.

Apart from the personal loss Priyanka also had to struggle professionally when both Hrithik and Akshay refused to work with her. So when she fell in love with Shahid on the sets of Kaminey she was delighted and gave the relationship her best.

They lived in the same apartment complex, which brought them closer to each other. Explains Priyanka’s friend, “Priyanka wanted it to work with Shahid, because like her he was successful, good-looking and family-oriented everything she ever wanted. Despite their differences she tried her best to work things out. She went out of the way to keep him happy and even played hostess at his birthday party.

But as time went on they began arguing a lot about her lifestyle. As their fights increased the tension played a toll on her health. She would constantly be drained of all her energy trying to keep up with her love life and career. No wonder when he broke-up with her she was devastated.”

Reportedly, Shahid called off the relationship because he felt that Priyanka’s lifestyle did not suit his. A friend of Shahid’s explains, “Shahid is a very private person and likes to be in control whereas Priyanka is very independent and loves the media.

Shahid wasn’t comfortable with Priyanka’s partying, eating non-vegetarian food and drinking. He wanted a homely girl who would be around when he needed her. Remember how Kareena had completely turned herself around to the extent of giving up drinking and eating non-veg food when she was with him?”

The friend further adds, “Shahid also didn’t like Priyanka’s friendship with male actors; when she was linked with Hollywood actor Gerard Butler, Shahid wasn’t too pleased. He did try to change her just like he did with Kareena but eventually things weren’t working so he called off the relationship.” With her professional career soaring with films such as Fashion and Dostana, it’s a pity that Priyanka’s personal life lies in shambles.

Ready for more?

Genelia D’Souza is as pleased as punch. Her blockbuster Telugu film Ready is set to be remade in Tamil, and she’s definitely got her finger in the pie.

The last time she acted in a Tamil remake (Santosh Subramaniam) of her Telugu Bommarillu, it turned out to be a phenomenal hit. Little wonder, she’s expecting an encore.

“It’s a good film. When I did Ready, I did not anticipate it to be remade in any other language. But, I am very glad it has.

I am also very excited to work with Dhanush as both of us are young,” says Genelia, speaking about the yet-to-be-titled remake.

Her lovable character of Puja is going to be changed, as are some plots of the film that is expected to go on the floors soon. But, that’s not all.

For all those who thought that this effervescent actor has bid adieu to Telugu, Tamil and Kannada films can breathe easy. Genelia is gearing up to work opposite Ram Charan Tejain in the Bommarillu Bhaskar-directed Orange.

“It appears as though I am tied down by Bollywood, but I have always said that I will keep coming back. It is difficult to handle work when you are trying to concentrate on four different film industries, and it’s not like I don’t want to do work here. But, many a time, I’ve had to refuse due to a date crunch,” says Genelia.

Is that why she refused to work in the Kannada remake of the record-breaking Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge? “I may have. Honestly, I don’t even know if I was offered the movie because 90 per cent of the movies that are offered get turned down due to previous commitments. I am happy that I got dates for the Ready remake and Charan’s film,” she confesses.

In the time of remakes, there is one that’s been stuck for a while now — the Hindi remake of Bommarillu. What’s her view on the Anees Bazmee-directed It’s My Life co-starring Harman Baweja? The release has been pushed by another six months, reportedly due to Harman’s poor form at the box office. “I am not aware of the release date yet, but I can understand why.

The multiplex strike has not given any film a good chance at the box office this year, and I think it makes sense to push back the release. I am cool because I learnt with Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na the importance of the right release. We were ready with the film eight months before it finally saw the light of day!” she tells us.

Ask her if she is bored of playing the ‘bubbly’ girl in her films and she immediately counters it with, “When I choose my films, it is a good mix. I will do a Katha, which moves to the offbeat medium and then I come back and do a Ready, which is an out-and-out commercial film. As far as my bubbly image goes, it’s a media creation.

The bubbly Hasini ( Bommarillu) is different from the bubbly Sasirekha (of the Telugu Sasirekha Parinayam). While Hasini knows what she wants, Sasirekha is lost. I have created a slot as a young actress that not many can fit into. In this industry, you can grow old very easily but in my roles I am playing young not a matured older woman.”

It’s a time-tested formula. Make hay while the sun shines. As for Bollywood, Genelia is keeping her fingers crossed for her forthcoming film Dance Pe Chance with Shahid Kapur. “It’s a film about a struggler and a good love story to go with it. After this January-release, Hook Ya Crook with John Abraham will be out, where John plays a crazy con guy and I play a lawyer and his love interest.”

Small screen debut But what’s really got her hooked is her first TV reality show called Big Switch where children from super rich families team up with slum kids to help them achieve their dreams. “It was a reality check for me, and because of the subject and my close involvement with the show, I would break down easily on the sets.

I was given the opportunity to be a friend who reasons and questions rather than be a typical host,” says Genelia, adding that she is open to doing more of television as it helps her connect with her audience better. “My FB page is chock-a-block with positive comments right now,” she smiles.

'Un-Indian' Bollywood promo sparks protests

Promotional posters for a new Bollywood thriller, showing leading actress Kareena Kapoor from behind and apparently naked from the waist up, have got some people's backs up in India.

"Kurbaan" (Sacrifice) hits screens in India and more than 25 countries around the world on Friday.

And has attracted intense interest because Kapoor and leading man Saif Ali Khan are a couple in real life.

But the Shiv Sena, a hardline Hindu nationalist group, have called the poster and the love scene from which it was taken an affront to Indian values.

Activists ripped down posters near the actress's home in north Mumbai and even painted a sari onto her image on one roadside ad, local newspaper reports said. Last month, Shiv Sena offshoot the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) complained about references to Bombay in the comedy "Wake Up Sid", which was also produced by filmmaker Karan Johar.

The Shiv Sena, which like the MNS claims to champion the rights of local people and the Marathi language, changed the name of the city to Mumbai when they held power in the Maharashtra state government in the mid-1990s.

"Kurbaan", which Indian censors have given an adults only or "A" rating because of its partial nudity, is a romantic thriller set against the backdrop of global terror. Kapoor plays a university teacher who moves to New York and meets a professor, played by Khan, 39, whose father, Mansoor Ali Khan, the Nawab (Muslim prince) of Pataudi captained India's cricketers in the 1960s.

In the wake of the protests, the original newspaper advertisements and billboards have been largely replaced with a less provocative image for conservative India. A more demure Kapoor -- who has also raised eyebrows for living with Khan without being married -- is now seen wearing a headscarf. Khan remains bare-chested but in soft focus, with a bloody flesh wound on his torso.

Director Rensil D'Silva said: "The film talks about politics and the impact of Islam on Western countries. At the same time I would say it has romance and thrill elements too." He also said he had no hesitation about picking Kapoor and Khan, who are considered among Bollywood's hottest couples and who have been dubbed "Saifeena" by India's entertainment press.

"I took them because they fitted the roles. You will see the film and believe it because they have incredible on screen chemistry," D'Silva added. Kapoor, 29, told English-language daily The Hindustan Times last week that it was inevitable that the love scene would set tongues wagging.

"I think that has happened because it's Saif and me in the scene. Had it been anyone else, the scenes wouldn't have been talked about so much," she was quoted as saying. "The film overall has a lot more to offer than just that one sequence. It?s a gritty and emotionally rich film. Three minutes into it, you won't feel that the people you see on screen are Saif and Kareena."

She added: "It definitely makes it easier to understand the scene and enact it. The chemistry is far better than it would be with another co-actor. Saif and I are seasoned artistes. We've done all kinds of films in our careers."

Madhuri Dixit bags role of Indira Gandhi in cross-over film

The successful lead actress had returned to Bollywood after marriage and motherhood in the film Aaja Nachle in 2007.Although the film did’nt do quite well currently Madhuri Dixit has a valid reason to be on cloud nine.

She has been chosen to portray Indira Gandhi in a cross-over film that will feature Hollywood actors of great repute such as Tommy Lee Jones and Tom Hanks. Other Bollywood faces that will feature in the film include Nana Patekar and Dharmendra . In addition Abhay Deol will also be seen alongside stalwarts. The film is being produce by production banner Movie Moghuls belonging to Krishna Shah.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Priyanka's 7 husband deal to be EK BATTA SAAT?

From the last week or so we have been hearing about Priyanka Chopra's next film with Vishal Bhardwaj after their super teaming in KAMINEY. We have also been given a 'proposed' title SEVEN for the film that has seven husbands for the former Miss World and top Bollywood actress! So what is the actual deal?

As per sources, after having essayed twelve different roles opposite Harman Baweja in Ashotosh Gowariker's WHAT'S YOUR RAASHEE? it is indeed true that Priyanka Chopra is all set to play a woman with seven husband in Vishal Bhardwaj's next project.

The maverick director has met a number of actors and one of them is Malayalam superstar Mohanlal, for essaying the role of one of the seven husbands! However, the title of the proposed project is not SEVEN but is likely to be EK BATTA SAAT.

Bollywoods seductress - Sushmita Sen

She was eighteen when the svelte, sexy Sushmita Sen walked the ramp for the first time and walked straight into.

The hearts of millions who were smitten by this `sure of herself` little gurl. She bagged the 1994 Miss Universe, becoming the first woman from India to win the title.

The dusky dame has gone through a series of crests and troughs in her Bollywood career. Here’s looking at her ‘not so beautiful` journey in tinsel town.

Sushmita Sen won the recognition one needs to enter the glam world but suddenly disappeared from the universe.

We heard that she had launched her clothes line in New York, but nothing much came of it. She returned to India after two years with.

A Bollywood flick, Dastak. The flick bombed at the box office but the Jadoo Bhari Aankhein Waali managed to steal hearts.

Her next attempt, Zor, will only be remembered for her dance number Main Kudi Anjaani Ho . With two Bollywood flops and one Tamil hit, Ratchagan, down South, it was about time Sushmita did some substantial role to leave a greater impact on the audiences.

This time around, the hot goddess danced her way into hearts with her hot number Dilbar Dilbar , from Sirf Tum where she played a sexy seductress and an item number in Fiza, Mehboob Mere , which made for a drooling watch. Her Chunri Chunri act in Biwi No 1. also made waves and won her several awards.

This was undoubtedly the high in Sush’s career. Offers came her way, big banners, great directors, but all failed and Sushmita was forgotten. Her career as an actress wasn’t working. After a lull, Sush returned, this time in a celebrity mother avatar.

Sushmita adopted a girl child in 2000 who was not in the best of her health. She named her Renee and thus became Bollywood’s first single mom! If anything, this only made her image grow hotter and made people notice.

But, with Sush around, could controversies be far behind? Her ‘alleged’ relationship with industrialist Anil Ambani made headlines in tinsleville. Sush hogged the limelight more for the men in her life than for her movies. It started with Vikram Bhatt, Sanjay Narang, Bunty Sachdev, Randeep Hooda, Manav Menon and the list never ended. Sushmita tried her hand at a variety of roles.

She did comedy film Kyunki Main Jhoonth Nahin Bolta opposite Govinda, when the latter was at the peak of his career. She played the suave corporate woman in Bus Itana Sa Khwab Hai and a thoughtful teacher in Aankhen . It was only in 2002 that she won accolades for her performance in Filhaal and got rave reviews for the convincing portrayal of her character in the film.

She then did a women oriented flick Paisa Vasool , where she was shown chain-smoking and drinking and dancing in films for a living. We hear, the character she played is close to what the real Sushmita is, with her being hooked on to drinking and smoking. Her big chance came in Farha Khan’s Main Hoon Naa with King Khan and once again became the talk of the town for her all new sexy look.

But her glory was short lived. Sushmita’s career as an actress didn’t seem to take off. She was last seen in Zindagi Rocks and Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag . Both the flicks didn’t really rock the box office. Aishwarya Rai, who came into limelight at the same time as Sushmita, has managed to keep her place amongst the most sorted after actresses in Bollywood today.

With actresses like Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Rani Mukherjee and Priyanka Chopra ruling the helm, what Sushmita needs is a good film that will re-establish her. Meanwhile, Sushmita is planning for her dream project Rani Laxmi Bai which she plans to produce and direct. Sush will also star in the film and is right now finalizing the star cast for the movie, which may see her pals Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan and Big B play important characters. But with the film’s humongous budget, chances of Sush finding a financier, are slim.

She came, she conquered and she was forgotten! From ramp to movies, it hasn’t been a cake walk for Sush. She has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Be it her relationships or the miserable flops, her life has been nothing less than a rollercoaster ride.

Sushmita, in the meantime, lost a close friend and gained pounds which an actress just cannot have. In the era of size zero, Sushmita faced a stiff task of keeping up the pace. But she surprised all with her new found sexy self in Govinda starrer Do Knot Disturb. Sushmita has a few key projects lined up; Dulha Mil Gaya starring Shahrukh Khan and Gulel with Ajay Devgn. It remains to be seen if these big banners will help Sush regain her lost glory!

Katrina Kaif - 'My prem kahani is adhura'

Katrina Kaif says she has yet to find the person from whom she will not look any further.

Is that a categorical declaration that she and Salman Khan are not an item? Asked to comment on her own 'prem kahani,' Katrina told TOI:

"My prem kahani is adhura, incomplete. One can't define one's prem kahani until one comes to the end of it.

The end is when you know that you don't need to look any further from the person. That person should be the be all and end all."

Katrina and Salman Khan may not be an item any more but she has his back. The 25-year-old Bollywood star justified Salman's.

Animosity with Vivek Oberoi saying what Vivek "said and did with Salman was wrong."

She reiterated that she will not work with Vivek. "If somebody hasn't done anything wrong, in my opinion, I'd still let them be colleagues with me. But what Vivek did was genuinely wrong. "

Kangna Ranaut has no links with Headley: Father

After Bollywood actress Kangna Ranaut’s name surfaced in connection with the probe into David Coleman Headley.

A man suspected of involvement in the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai Kangna’s father Thursday strongly denied any link.

Pakistani-origin US citizen Headley was recently arrested by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and charged with plotting terror attacks in Denmark.

After his arrest, FBI officials have also alleged that he was involved in last year’s 26/11 attack, and was planning more attacks.

In India at the behest of the Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Toiba. “My daughter (Kangna) has no links with Lashkar aide David Headley. She never met nor spoke to Headley.

We are really disturbed after such allegations were levelled against her,” her father Amardeep Ranaut told IANS over phone. The family of Kangna is settled at Bhambla village near Hamirpur town of Himachal Pradesh, some 200 km from state capital Shimla. “We are consulting lawyers in this regard. We will take legal action against those who are spreading rumours (about her link with Headley),” he said.

Asked about Kangna’s acquaintance with filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s son Rahul, Amardeep said: “She has worked in some of Mahesh Bhatt’s films, but she has never met Rahul.” Rahul has been questioned as a witness in the Headley investigation, as Headley used Rahul’s south Mumbai gym during his stay in the city a few days before the 26/11 attack.

Headley had befriended Rahul and there have been rumours — denied by the Bhats — that Rahul introduced Headley to Bollywood stars Emraan Hashmi, Aarti Chhabria and Kangna Ranaut. “She will meet reporters at the appropriate time,” Kangna’s father said. Kangna these days is in Himachal Pradesh to mourn the death of her great grandfather.

Salman Khan slapped? Sohail Khan rubbished report

Bollywood machoman Salman Khan was allegedly slapped by a girl in a party hosted by fashion Designer Sanjana Jon in the national capital last month, sources said.

However, Salman's actor brother Sohail Khan dismissed the media report and said that there was some chaos created by a drunken girl.

According to the sources, actor Salman Khan along with brother Sohail Khan, Sushmita Sen, Riya Sen and other celebrities were enjoying the success party of Sanjana Jon.

All of a sudden a girl named Monika forcibly entered the party and clashed with Sushmita Sen. When Salman approached her and calmly asked her to leave the party she gifted him a hard slap in return. Interacting with mediapersons, Sohail rubbished the slapping report and said that there was a little brawl with the drunken girl only. Interestingly, Salman didn't reacted to slap.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Katrina turns singer

Self-proclaimed bathroom singer Katrina Kaif is all set to sing professionally...and that too for composer AR Rahman.

The album in question is the Rahman-composed children's album of nursery rhymes and inspirational songs that the composer will release early next year.

Initially, Katrina was only supposed to be part of the music video but now after watching her progress at the box-office, Katrina has been asked to sing a few songs in the album.

It was initially suggested that Katrina sing Rahman's compositions in English but now she will be seen singing in Hindi.

This despite the fact that she has a heavy British accent and is just beginning to learn Hindi. Katrina says, "Why not?

I'm always game for new challenges. Singing in itself was a challenge because I've never sung professionally. Singing in English would've been a convenient challenge. But I'd rather take the uncomfortable route. So why not me singing in Hindi?"

For someone who couldn't speak a line of Hindi when she came entered Bollywood Katrina sure has come a long way. She adds, "Somewhere down the line, I got tired of people commenting on my Hindi. I guess I've been working hard on it." As Katrina gears up to sing for AR Rahman she has already started practicing. Hard.

Bollywood changes its tune with English lyrics

First came offshore locations, then foreign special effects experts, fashion designers and movie titles. Now the songs that drive Bollywood and the country's music industry have gone international.

What was once dismissed as a passing fad has now become the norm, with an increasing number of English lyrics being used in Hindi soundtracks, reflecting the lifestyles and aspirations of more worldly young Indians.

The latest hit song is "Tera Hone Laga Hoon" (I'm Falling For You), from the movie "Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani" ("An Amazing Story Of Strange Love"), starring Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor.

"Shining in the setting sun like a pearl upon the ocean. Come on, feel me. Girl, feel me," the song goes. For Irshad Kamil, who wrote the words, using English is a natural progression given.

The increasingly outward-looking perspective of Bollywood, which is seeking newer, potentially more lucrative, audiences abroad.

Hollywood studios are also looking to tap into the 2.2-billion-dollar industry and its production expertise.

"Bollywood heroes are playing characters that have Western orientation and therefore such words have become essential to write in the lyrics," said Kamil.

"There is a demand for it in the script and therefore as a lyricist we have to give such one liners in Hindi songs and that has become quite popular." Even in the mid-1990s, Hindi-language films still reflected traditional themes of chaste love, hard work and family values, with soberly dressed heroes and heroines overcoming social divides or poverty in stylised song and dance.

Now more contemporary themes are tackled, with plots and characters often owing more to Manhattan than Mumbai, and pulsing rap, hip-hop or rock music driving gyrating, scantily-clad dancers who would not look out of place on MTV.

For Kamil, the changes are inevitable given the outside influences on Indian society after the liberalisation of the country's economy from 1991 -- with Western clothes, food and lifestyle now seen as status symbols.

Call centres and back office operations for Western companies employ thousands of Indians, with English -- the common language of politics, academia, the judiciary and state administration -- the everyday medium.

Even leading actress Katrina Kaif -- Hong Kong-born but brought up in France, Hawaii and London -- struggles with Hindi. "Today, many of the Indian youth use English words in day to day usage," said Kamil.

"When they meet they say, 'What's up?' There is a huge import of English language of late and if you observe carefully, they have a mixture of Hindi and English in their language and therefore we have to write such lyrics.

"Earlier, youngsters used to understand Urdu and Hindi language in depth, but today's youth don't understand that much, so we have to simplify our language and also use English words depending on the character of the film."

Swanand Kirkire has written music for actor-producer-director Aamir Khan's new film "3 Idiots", based on Chetan Bhagat's best-selling novel "Five Point Someone". "Indian society has changed drastically in recent years and therefore English words find their way into Bollywood," Kirkire said.

"Bollywood film titles are in English, like '3 Idiots', so logically songs will also have some English words. One of the songs in our film goes by the name 'All Is Well'. "Society is evolving and so is our film industry. Earlier we had our hero and heroine dancing around trees. That was a common trend of every film, but now they dance at different places like pubs or studios. "Things are changing, therefore language is changing too."

What make Sameera smile!

Sameera Reddy’s smiling these days. Could be because of the compliments flowing her way, since.

She revealed a fitter and trimmer self, but those close to the actress insist that there’s another reason for that glow.

The actress is all excited about her forthcoming film that’ll see her on the Bollywood big screen after quite a while.

And like her outing the last time in Race, this time around too she’s looking forward to tickling the audience’s funny bone.

“I think with Race, I discovered another facet to my acting comedy.

And now with De Dana Dan, I am happy exploring that genre again.

It’s quite a change from the emotional romantic dramas and I really enjoy.

It since comedy comes easy to me,” says sexy Sam about her love for this genre.

But are we going to see her do some sexy hot numbers any time soon? “Yes, very soon,” adds Sameera, refusing to divulge any more details. Well, Sam, comic or sexy, your fans can’t wait to see you scorch the big screen again.

Ranvir gets the superhit tag

With two consecutive success in box office(Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani and Wake Up Sid) the Bollywood’s rising star Ranvir Kapoor seems very happy and excited.

He shared his feelings saying “It feels great. Finally, I have that bonafide superhit tag which I have been waiting for. My best is yet to come. I promise you’ll see more and more and better of me.”

His another big release ‘Rocket Singh - Salesman of the Year’ is awaited and he looked very confident and hopeful about it.

Apart from the box-office success another reason of satisfaction is the appreciation of his parents which lead him to fly higher.”

My parents are extremely proud of me when I do good work. The most important thing for me is to make my parents proud,” he added lastly.

Emraan Hashmi looking forward to fatherhood

Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi is going to enter a new phase in his life when his first child arrives early next year and he says that he is eagerly waiting for this new role."The baby is due in February. People say it`s a completely different dimension and I am eagerly waiting for this new change. I dont know what it is.

But it`s supposedly tough being a dad so let`s see," said Emraan on a visit to the Capital to promote his film `Tum Mile`. The actor, who has done films like `Kalyug`, `Murder` and `Jannat`, among others, married long-time girlfriend Parveen Shahani in 2006.

Shahid-Priyanka in same hotel after break-up

Shortly after their break-up, Chopra and Kapoor find themselves sharing the same hotel in Bangkok. Time heals. Also space. Recently separated couple Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra would've liked distance between them to get over the initial awkward period right after the break-up. When Shahid Kapoor went away to shoot for Yash Raj's untitled next in Bangkok, it seemed like a perfect plan. But that wasn't to be.

Priyanka knew she was to go to Bangkok too, a week later but to her horror, she found herself at the same hotel as her ex-boyfriend. And to make matters more complicated, Shahid is shooting with Anushka Sharma, who he is now being linked with. While Shahid has been shooting in Bangkok for over a week, Priyanka and Ranbir left for the city last night.

Shahid is shooting for Parmeet Sethi's directorial debut for Yash Raj Films while PC is shooting for Sajid Nadiadwala's Anjaana Anjani with Ranbir Kapoor, who has recently ended his relationship with Deepika Padukone. Too many broken (and now single) hearts together under one roof. They are staying at the Grand Sukhumvit Hotel (previously known as Sofitel) in central Bangkok.

Incidentally, while PC and Ranbir are nursing broken hearts Sajid Nadiadwala will be celebrating his 9th wedding anniversary with his wife Wardha by throwing a grand party in the evening where his cast and crew will be invited in the evening. The mahurat of Anjaana Anjani (directed by Siddharth Anand) will also take place in Bangkok on Sajid's wedding anniversary.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Deepika's new boy friend

Post Ranbir, Deepika has become a free bird. She has all the freedom in the world to choose a new boy friend. It was only last week that one had predicted that.

She is going back to Dhoni, but apparently that is not the case. Dhoni does not seem to be in the picture. It is old fame Yuvraj who is the hot favorite.

Deepika and Yuvraj have always been friends even when the Deepika-Ranbir courtship was on, but it is only now that this friendship is taking the shape of love.

Though the new pair is not flaunting off their new found love openly as yet, those who have seen the two together claim that the chemistry is going great guns!

Katrina Kaif bowled over by Parisian romance

A French film has caught the fancy of Bollywood stunner Katrina Kaif so much that she’s turning into.

A producer to remake that film in Hindi and star in it. While Katrina has been keeping tightlipped about the film.

The buzz in the industry is that the flick is the successful 2002 French film ‘He Love Me…

He Loves Me Not’, starring the popular French actress Audrey Tautou (of ‘Amelie’ fame) and Samuel Le Bihan in main roles.

‘He Loves Me…He Loves Me Not’ is a love story told from two different perspectives.

One of a girl who loves a married man but can’t get his full commitment; the other of.

The man who loves his wife but gets embroiled in a crime after a series of misunderstandings.

Katrina is believed to be in talks to acquire the remake rights of the film. Reports say she wants Vipul Amrutlal Shah to direct the remake. It’s not clear who Katrina’s male co-star will be in the film - Ranbir Kapoor? Akshay Kumar? or Salman Khan? The list can go on.