Saturday, June 30, 2012

Ileana plays the sexiest role of her career

While Ileana D’Cruz waits for her Bollywood career to take off with Anurag Basu eagerly-awaited Barfi, she has gone back to Hyderabad to work on Jagannadh Puri’s Telugu film Devudu Chesina Manushulu where she stars opposite the reigning superstar of Telugu cinema Ravi Teja.

In Devudu Chesina Manushulu Ileana moves completely away from the image of the simple uncomplicated girl in Barfi to play the piping-hot seductress in Puri’s film.

Ileana plays a taxi-driver in Devudu Chesina Manushulu. Says a source close to the project, “Ileana plays the sexiest role of her career in the film. The image of the staid sober sedate and shy girl goes out of the window. She has been re-invented as a phataka in this role. ”

Says Puri Jagannadh, “I’ve worked a number of times with Ileana. She will be seen in a completely different avatar in my new film. The title Devudu Chesina Manushulu is tentative. We may soon change it. ”

How Ameesha turned into a producer's delight from being a dud

How Ameesha turned into a producer`s delight from being a dud
Actress has five releases lined up in the coming 12 months and has to juggle her dates to complete them 

Ameesha Patel is on a roll. The actress returned from Istanbul last week where she was shooting for Race 2. She was in Mumbai for five days for the shooting of Superhit Bhaiyyaji with her favourite co-star Sunny Deol. 

It has been tough juggling the dates between her films as Ameesha had to return to Istanbul where she has to shoot till July 2. She then heads back for a huge show in Surat where she will be performing in front of thousands.

After her return from Turkey on July 2, she will immediately leave for Surat from Mumbai airport. Initially her shoot for Race 2 was to end on June 30 but the makers requested two more days. 

Ameesha being a professional immediately went ahead and adjusted her dates since she values what a producer and director can go through, especially in films like these where there are so many stars. 

The actress has always maintained from the beginning of her career that punctuality and humbleness is the key to long-term success.

Ameesha has five releases lined up in the coming 12 months. So much so that her production partner Kuunal Goomer has to wait for her dates till October for their project as her date diary is full! 

Kuunal feels that Ameesha’s life can actually be an example to lots of people who give up in life and are not strong enough to face issues in life. For a while, Ameesha took her time to select the correct scripts that excited her.

Today when she’s mentally ready to experiment, different kind of roles that are coming her way. People are surprised that today Ameesha is back with lots of work in her kitty in such a big way and with so many releases lined up.

As they say people like writing you off but real talent always lasts. Kuunal also feels that it is Ameesha’s inner beauty that is the reason for all this success. 

When she’s on the sets, people actually feel she’s stepping out of the Humraaz set and entering the Race 2 set. These are the words that were said by director duo Abbas-Mustan to Ameesha on the very first day of the Race 2 shoot. 

Meanwhile, Kuunal who has been working on a double role film for Ameesha is very close on script completion and two male heroes will be finalised. David Dhawan’s film Paradise Street is also in the planning. Ameesha is out to shock many in 2013.

Sunny Deol with whom she’s working after years had a great time on the sets of Bhaiyajji Superhit and felt that the chemistry of Gadar cannot be defeated. 

Ameesha, who will shoot for her sunglass endorsement and then immediately back to Sunny’s film, is very happy with the way her career is shaping up. Ameesha always feels that in life, success or no success, being humble and being a producer’s actress is the key to a long-term career and that’s what makes Ameesha the actress she is today.

Vidya Balan's foody confessions

Vidya Balan`s foody confessions
Vidya Balan and her curves have spiced up the 70 mm screen every now and then. And the damsel has no qualms in admitting that she is a foodie and loves binging on Indian food

The Ooh la la girl talks to CS about healthy food, her mother’s kitchen and the best of South Indian food in town:

India aha!
I have always liked Indian food. It is tasty as well as healthy. Generally, everyone has this misconception that anything made with healthier ingredients cannot be tasty. But it is so not true. 

Also if you eat right things in the right quantity on the right time, it won’t harm at all. Anything home-cooked can never harm in any way. I’m all for the Indian woman’s curvaceous body and I’m happy the way I am. I don’t think I’ll ever consciously try and change my body unless I need to for a film.

Mom’s kitchen
I love home-cooked food and if my mother’s made it, it’s heaven. My sister always pulls a joke on me saying that if mom were to serve me salt less food I’d still relish it without complaining. 

I guess, it’s the love that makes all the difference and adds on as the secret ingredient. I am not particularly fond of rice. I like avial, morkootaan, pachadi, etc. And if it is made by my mom then nothing like it. Also I really enjoy Thai cuisine. It is easily available, tasty, and healthy.

Snack time

In this season, chai time with hot crispy snacks is an indulgence. Stuff like kanda bhajiya, wada pav, kerala banana chips, etc. But all of the above are rare indulgences as I have to keep a check on the extra kgs I put on. Anything hot and spicy with a hot cup of tea is an instant mood lifter for me.

Of idlis and dosas
My mother is the best cook. In fact, sometimes my friends come over for a typical South Indian meal. Sunday lunches at home are best. Mom makes it a point to make traditional dishes like the molagootal. 

There are many South Indian joints in the city that have retained their original charm. I often order food home from a Manis or Sunders, or then Hanuman Café. While few restaurants may have altered the food, most of them have tried to retain its originality. 

The meal isn’t only complete and wholesome but also very affordable.The best part about the South Indian cuisine is that it’s untouched by commercialisation.

Are Salman and Abhishek playing the avoidance game?

Abhishek Bachchan has been stationed at Bandra's Mehboob Studios since the past few days giving interviews for his upcoming film with Ajay Devgn

Interestingly, Salman Khan has also been shooting at the studio and that too on the opposite floor.

While both have cleverly avoided bumping into each other, we wonder what will happen when they actually do! 

Salman’s staff meanwhile met Bachchan Junior on Wednesday afternoon.

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man
Director: Marc Webb

Cast: Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, Stan Lee, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Chris Zylka, C. Thomas Howell, Sally Field, Embeth Davidtz, Denis Leary, Irrfan, Kelsey Chow, Annie Parisse, Campbell Scott, Michael Massee

Rating: ****

First, the bad news: The Amazing Spider-Man contains a majority of the elements found in the Sam Raimi film – Peter Parker is a loser school kid in NY, Peter has the hots for his classmate, Peter gets bitten, Peter becomes Spidey, Peter overcomes the school bully, Peter loses his uncle, and Peter fights crime. There is precious little that the reboot brings to the table, some of which includes a glimpse of his parents. The good news is that The Amazing Spider-Man works despite the constant sense of deja vu.

That slightly-okay story finds a young Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) being hurriedly placed by his parents in the care of Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Cut to a grown up Peter working with his late father’s old colleague Doctor Connors (Rhys Ifans) and finding love and a pesky reptilian ruffian with a master plan. The bulk of the film then becomes a series of action scenes and romantic cutaways in which Peter and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) effortlessly make us forget the lame melodrama between Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.

There is no upside down kiss under the rain, but there is an unexpected moment under a starlit balcony and a finale that puts a big twist on the bittersweet climax of the 2002 movie. Despite some clunky dialogue, the melodrama and romance here actually works — thanks mainly to director Mark Webb who brings the matured, assured handling of emotions from his (500) Days of Summer and makes his actors believable. Unlike the case in Spider-Man 3, Webb keeps The Amazing Spider-Man from becoming a string of hastily glued together boring ‘emo’ bits.

Best, however, is the charming Andrew Garfield in the title role —even though he looks hilariously old for a school kid. Garfield is the perfect leading man and has a sunny, winning charisma that audiences (mostly girls) can cheer for.

Peter here is faced with more heartbreak and trauma than in all three previous films put together, yet Spidey is more of the sarcastic wisecracking punk here — it makes for a nice change. Emma Stone is jaw-droppingly gorgeous to look at, and her Gwen is rather courageous instead of ditsy. Sheen and Field here are the Hollywood versions of Alok Nath and Farida Jalal, and they even have those overtly dramatic facial expressions and cringe-inducing lines. Irrfan plays the Token Black Guy of the movie.

Mark Webb seems to understand why we have put on the 3D glasses, and he offers enough immersive scenery to keep us wowed. When Spider-Man swings, he takes you along with him. The downside is that there simply aren’t enough of those scenes. There are some brilliant sequences, including one in a sewer that lasts quite a few minutes. One little scene at Peter’s school where a certain someone makes a cameo is probably the film’s best moment. There is also a 3D jump scare that might scare the hell out of you.

The Lizard is menacing, and very intricately designed but frustratingly there aren’t enough still moments to make us appreciate the work that was put in to create the motion capture GI beastie. When the action isn’t happening, Webb brings in his years of music video experience and throws in some rock music montage, but it sadly makes us yearn for Danny Elfman’s score from the Raimi movies.

Neha is rain-ready

Neha is rain-ready
Actress never really has had a problem on what to wear during the worst of monsoons

While most Mumbaikars struggle with deciding what to wear on the streets during the worst of the monsoons, Bollywood actress Neha Sharma never really has had a problem

After all, the fashionista has been a design student at NIFT, Delhi and she tells us her rules for dressing up for the rains.

On a rainy day
Rain fashion to me is dressing simple. Rains also mean a lot of fun, so I go for vibrant colours and fun silhouettes. I could wear a bubble dress in the rains and feel cool about it. I feel more comfortable in shorts. But the rains do inspire me to wear a pretty dress; a floral one in green or pink that goes with the mood.

Colour is the key
Mumbai is a bit humid and hot and so I go for clothes in cotton and chiffon. I have seen women wearing white kurtas and black inners and when it rains the blacks just pop out. That’s a disaster! Heels too are a no- no.

Wind in my hair
I like to keep it easy. Instead of tying my hair up, I want to feel the wind and the rain on my open hair. I like to wear funky colours on my nails, which I like to keep trimmed. And no dramatic make-up, obviously. And of course, the mascara has to be waterproof or else it runs down all over the face.

Bold and bright
I like vibrant colours for my umbrellas. Bright colours always remind me of the monsoons. But I am not much into raincoats. However, the bright yellow raincoats that people wear have always fascinated me. They add colour to the otherwise depressing mood while it’s pouring cats and dogs.

I would go for plastic handbags instead of leather ones. All my belongings including my wallet and my phone stay safe.

Neha the opportunist?

Actress on why she is seen more at brand endorsement events rather than on the big screen

Of late, Neha Dhupia has been more visible at brand endorsement events than on the big screen. From colas to cell phones and from bathroom fittings to shaving foams, the actress is on an endorsement spree.

The actress is a much sought after name at such events. However, with her new film lined up for release — Kabeer Kaushik’s cop drama with Sonu Sood and Naseeruddin Shah — she has been taking time out for the film’s promotions as well.

Says Neha, “It is not that I am only paying more attention to brand endorsements. I have a film releasing and there are two more lined up. But at the same time I have been getting a lot of offers for endorsements. So when it’s coming my way. Why shouldn’t I make the most of it?”

She adds, “If the people concerned are approaching me with such offers, why should I let go of them? It works both ways; there is a demand for me and when I am available, it’s like why not?”

The actress was recently in New Delhi for her upcoming film’s events. “My character is that of a de-glam wife of a cop. It’s been ages since I was seen in a sari on screen, so I am looking forward to it.”

Neha also has Saurabh Shukla’s rom-com with Ranvir Shorey and another project with Emraan Hashmi coming up soon. Buzz is that she will also feature in Rensil D’Souza’s film with Karan Johar as producer.

Is Imran trying to 'shape up' for Sonakshi?

Imran Khan has been pumping iron for his role in an upcoming sequel could be to look right for his part opposite Sonakshi Sinha

Imran Khan has been busy working out hard in the gym for his role in the sequel of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai.

Word is that it is not to compete with co-star Akshay Kumar in the brawns department; instead it appears that the actor is going all out to make sure he looks absolutely physically compatible opposite his on screen ladylove Sonakshi Sinha.

While Imran has a rather skinny frame, Sonakshi is known for her curvy and slightly broad figure. We overheard the actor telling a friend, “I am getting into bodybuilding, so that I can be seen in the frame with Sonakshi.”

Imran has two months to prepare for his role, as the shooting of the film begins in August.

Sonakshi’s weight issues have been part of dining table conversation ever since her debut with Salman Khan in Dabangg. Also, after working with senior actors like Sallu and Akki, finally Sona is now doing films opposite actors from her own age group.

Four down, three to go

Filmmaker finally gets Madhuri Dixit, Rani Mukerji, Karisma Kapoor and Shabana Azmi onboard for his upcoming project

Nikhil Advani’s ambitious all-female cast project is on track. Though several names have been tossed around for a while, the filmmaker has now confirmed that Madhuri Dixit, Rani Mukerji, Karisma Kapoor and Shabana Azmi will star in the film.

Incidentally, the film will have seven leading ladies. The rest of the cast has yet to be ascertained. Says Nikhil, “I am in Boston currently and will be in Mumbai after a week. I have already spoken to the actresses. Once I am back, I will finalise the rest of the names.”

The producer-director also has another project on hand — an action thriller which apparently stars Irrfan, Huma Qureshi and Arjun Rampal. However Nikhil is taking his time to finalise which project will goes on the floors first.

He says, “I am yet to sign anyone for this film. I am working on several projects and the casting is still on.”

'I am earning money for Aaradhya now'

Having been blessed with a daughter in November last year, doting father Abhishek Bachchan says he is thrilled that little 'Aaradhya' is the focus of everyone's attention

"Right now Aaradhya is focus of everybody's attention. Everybody is fascinated with her. She is little and innocent and everybody wants to be with her. Everyone wants to spend time with her," Abhishek said.

The Bachchans have been fiercely guarding the latest member of their family ever since Aishwarya gave birth to the baby girl on November 16 last year.

Ask him if there is any change in his life after becoming a father, Abhishek says, "I don't know how life changes. There is no rule book as such. You just do what you feel is right. Each parent will discover things themselves. The responsibilities have increased."

"You are willing to do anything for her. I am earning money for her so that I can give her good education and a good upbringing," he said.

Meanwhile, Abhishek is gearing up for his upcoming release 'Bol Bachchan', directed by Rohit Shetty. The film also stars Ajay Devgn, Asin and Prachi Desai. Interestingly, Amitabh Bachchan features in the title song of the film, where he will be seen shaking a leg with Abhishek and Ajay Devgn.

Jimmy plays a prank on Soha and Anjana with his haunted tales

Jimmy Shergill's haunted tales kept the unit of 'Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster' sequel on tenterhooks during the shoot

The cast and crew of Tigmanshu Dhulia’s upcoming sequel which was being shot in Gujarat are now back in Mumbai. Just before the wrap-up, Jimmy Sheirgill decided to play a prank with his co-stars Soha Ali Khan and Anjana Sukhani.

As they were holed up in a palace at Baria, near Vadodara, for a long schedule, Jimmy told the unit members that the surrounding areas were haunted and the presence of wildlife there further added to the eerie feeling. The unit members were used to the unusual sounds in the night of animals so they believed Jimmy’s haunted tales.

Says a unit source, “The whole unit who had the habit of taking walks in the surrounding area after the shoot. But after hearing him they stayed indoors out of fear. Says producer Rahul Mittra, “It was fun when the prank was being played as the entire unit was so scared. Later Jimmy told them the truth.”

First Look: Akshay Kumar's 'Oh My God'

Akshay Kumar plays the modern day Lord Krishna in his forthcoming film "Oh My God" and its first poster shows the star riding a motorcycle through the clouds with a bright colourful sky in the background.

After taking audiences on a laughter ride in "Hera Pheri", Akshay has teamed up with Paresh Rawal in his production venture "Oh My God".

Two posters gives a sneak peak into film and the second one shows Paresh, who plays Kanahaiya, standing with a smile on his face and gods and goddesses surrounding him.

Based on Umesh Shukla's Gujrati play "Kanji Viruddh", the "Oh My God" is about unconventional happenings in normal day to day lives. First time director Ashvini Yardi has wielded the megaphone for the film.

It will release Sep 28.

Forced weight loss for Ravi Kishan

Actor Ravi Kishan is sweating it out literally. The Bhojpuri superstar has shed 4 kg ever since he entered the fifth season of dance reality show "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa". "I have lost 4 kg till now because of the workout I get from rehearsing for my performance.

I am sure I will end up losing much more weight by the time show reaches its finale. But nevertheless I am enjoying this experience. It is much more difficult than acting, but it is fun for sure," said Ravi in a statement. "There is hardly any break in cycle. By the time one performance gets over, we have to start rehearsing for the next episode. It is very tiring sometimes, but a different experience and I am happy that I took this challenge," he said.

The actor is competing for the trophy with 12 other contestants -Gurmeet Chowdhary, Giaa Manek, Pratyusha Banerjee, Jayati Bhatia, Sanath Jayasuriya, Talat Aziz, Ravi Kishan, Isha Sharvani, Archana Vijaya, Shibani Dhandekar, Darsheel Safary and Bharti Singh. The judges panel is Remo D'Souza, Madhuri Dixit and Karan Johar. The first elimination round is Saturday.

I liked Hrithik as actor, dancer in 'Kites': Hollywood director

Indian film industry's song and dance culture has found a fan in "Step Up Revolution" director Scott Speer, who is also impressed with Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan. "Yes, of course, anyone who is interested in dance and music will know about Indian movies. It has a lot of music and dance and colours in them," Speer said in an e-mail interaction.

Praising Hrithik after seeing him "Kites", the Hollywood director said: "I liked Hrithik Roshan as an actor and dancer in the Indian movie 'Kites' and have seen him dancing in 'Dhoom 2'." "Step Up Revolution" is the fourth instalment of dance movie "Step Up". "With So You Think You Can Dance" star Kathryn McCormick in the lead, the movie will release July 27 in both 2D and 3D formats. It also features Ryan Guzman, Misha Gabriel and Peter Gallagher.

Speer is an American music video director and has done several music videos for Mexican singer Belinda. In June 2007, he directed a three-part video series for the "High School Musical" star Ashley Tisdale. "I love music, it brings life in me, it inspires me and when I close my eyes and visualize music, dance is something that completes my vision. Both the entities are inseparable for me and both depict emotions in its respective ways," said Speer.

Saif-Kareena marriage, a Hindu ceremony?

Eagerly awaited Kareena Kapoor – Saif Ali Kahn wedding is surrounded by hype. The bride Kareena has reportedly asked to retain her identity and she will not opt for conversion unlike her mother-in law Sharmila Tagore,

The newly anointed Nawab of Pataudi Saif and Kareena are getting married on October 16 at Pataudi Palace in Pataudi village. She has reportedly favoured for Hindu marriage ceremony and will not covert to Islam.

Although, she will adorn Sharmila’s bridal dress Shararkurti with Dupatta but will not acquire a Muslim name unlike her mother in law. Saif had already shown his positive side to it in a recent interview,” I would never want her (Kareena) to change her religion. That is the trouble with religion really... it expects conversion. I don't buy or believe that. I think it's good that the government, too, has â?unless I'm misinformed about the law amended to include it in the Special Marriage Act. If and when we do get married, no one has to change his or her religion,"

Kareena has number of times maintained that she respects all religions and used to visit church as child. Her mother Babita’s mom was catholic. In earlier inter-faith marriage, Sharmila and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi had Nikah ceremony in 1969. Sharmila, a Benagli from Rabindranath Tagore family had converted to Islam under name of Ayesha Begum. Earlier Saif’s first marriage to Amrita Singh in 1991 was a muslim ceremony. Amrita, a Sikh had converted to Islam and adopted a Muslim name.

Meanwhile, preparations for marriages are in full swing at the Pataudi Palace. According to sources Sharmila is currently in London and is likely to return on July 20 and then the main preparation will take place.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Meet Kangna's UK-based boyfriend

Actress makes her first public appearance with her UK-based boyfriend at 'Maximum' screening

Kangna Ranaut made her first public appearance with her UK-based boyfriend Nicholas Lafferty at the special screening of her friend Sonu Sood's upcoming release

Kangna who had already prior commitments came to wish Sonu for the film and was seen introducing her doctor beau to producers Sanjay Gupta, Vinod Bachchan and others at the special screening.

Kavita Radheshyam re-loads Silk Smitha

Kavita Radheshyam re-loads Silk Smitha
It looks like late Silk Smitha has become the flavor of the season and everybody’s icon this season. Kavita Radheshyam who shocked everyone by going nude for a photoshoot, raising her voice against animal cruelty, has now released yet another shocker! 

Kavita Radheshyam, who is now selected as a Brand Ambassador for Smriti India (Save The Girl Child) has come up with this photoshoot which she dedicates and pays a homage to south Indian actress Silk Smitha who committed suicide in the year 1996. 

According to Kavita, “Silk Smitha was an actress who dared to make a mark of her own in a male dominating film industry. She was never from any filmy background, not a ‘Star’ daughter, never followed any lobby-ism or group-ism. 

Silk started as a small time make up artist in south cinema and went on to become a star in a very short period. I am a big fan of Silk Smitha and would like to salute and tribute my photoshoot to her”.

Kavita further added “I cannot understand why people are trying to talk or show Silk Smitha in a negative way, from what I have heard through my accurate sources from South, Silk was a very down to earth woman who went out of her way to help people in need. 

I met a producer whom I cannot name, he had worked with her and Silk didn’t charge a single penny because the producer was in debt”.

On the shoot, she says, “First of all, my team was looking for costumes for this shoot, Designer Babita Sharma worked for 15 days and she came up with this idea of wearing just a white shirt and getting the pictures done. If you search Silk on the internet, you will find her mostly in a white shirt or a saree.

My photographer Reena Khan and Creative Eswar both were kind enough to show me Silk Smitha’s cult Tamil hit film “Playboy”. After some long discussions, I could feel that my designer Babita Sharma and my photographers Reena Khan and Eswar were scared if they could do any justice to the photoshoot.

But now, after seeing the results, we all are more then happy. People literally started a comparison. Some of them also said that I can be today’s Silk Smitha, which is an honor for me”. 

Kavita Radheshyam is awaiting the release of her upcoming hindi feature film 5 Ghantey Mien 5 Crore which is about to hit cinema’s all over on Eid day. But this could also be a fresh idea of gaining publicity for the film in the name of Silk Smitha?

On this Kavita said "The film is not yet completed. One song and some climax portions are still left to be shot, If this was a Publicity Stunt, I would have done this before the release of the Film".

First a Semi Naked photo shoot on the cruelty on animals in india, Then an over-coat jacket of Brand Ambassadorship of Smriti India (Save The Girl Child) organisation, Now again a sizzling hot full of expose photo shoot in the name of Tribute. If this is not a Film Publicity stunt, Than is this yet another way of grabbing media and public attention?

Only time will tell if this was a Silk Tribute or a walk to the path of (Indian Style) Kim Kardashian.

Esha Deol, Bharat Takhtani tie the knot

Esha Deol, Bharat Takhtani tie the knot
Actress Esha Deol Friday married businessman Bharat Takhtani in a traditional South Indian ceremony at the Iskon temple in the Juhu suburb here. Her mother, Hema Malini, says she is "very happy" for her daughter. 

Bride Esha was glowing in a red lehenga made of three Kanjivaram saris and gold jewellery, while Bharat looked dapper in white sherwani with zardozi work. The wedding outfits were designed by Neeta Lulla. 

The decor at the temple was simple yet beautiful. It was heavily decorated with flowers. 

Hema said she will miss her daughter, adding: "It was a normal South Indian wedding, with just slight changes. I am very happy for Esha, she has found the right person. We all are very happy. I will miss her but she is going to be in Mumbai, so I am happy about that." 

She was talking to reporters after the wedding. 

The dress code for women was Kanjivarm saris and Hema looked elegant in a orange-red hand woven six yard, which she teamed up with a green blouse and kept her hair neatly tied at the the back. Esha's dad and yesteryear star Dharmendra kept it simple.

The ceremony saw the presence of creme da la creme from filmdom as well as politicians and businessmen. 

Amitabh Bachchan came with song Abhishek and said: "My best wishes to the married couple." 

Legendary actress Vyjayanthimala, who attened the wedding, looked evergreen in a purple and orange traditional sari and said that she would have "not missed the occasion".

"Hema is like a younger sister. The wedding has been done in a fabulous way. It is totally traditional. I am here only for Hema, we are like family," she added.

Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha's wife, Poonam Sinha, also came with her twin sons - Luv and Kush. She looked beautiful in a pink and golden sari. 

Hema's niece and actress Madhoo is happy for her cousin and said: "I want to tell her that marriage in beautiful. Marriage is all about what you do for the other person, so you should never fall into any power struggle. She has gone into a good family and I wish her all the best."

Madhoo was wearing a golden and maroon sari.

Vinod Khanna, Manoj Kumar, Anu Malik, Esha's cousin Abhay Deol, Ramesh Sippy, Sandip Soparrkar and his wife Jesse Randhwa were also there to bless the couple. 

Rani Mukerji, looking beautiful in a white sari with red embroidery, was among the guests and said: "I am here to wish Esha on her special day. All the best for her married life." The duo worked together in "Yuva".

Fardeen Khan said he hopes that the couple should go to a nice place for honeymoon. "Lots of congratulations. I am very happy for her. I hope they go on a good honeymoon to get away from this heat."

Sahara's chief Subroto Roy, industrialist Mukesh Ambani's wife Neeta Ambani and Sunil Rane of Atharva Group of Institutes, who is a family friend, were among the other high profile guests.

Top notch Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders too attended the wedding. From Raj Purohit, Mumbai chief of BJP, to party president Nitin Gadkari to national vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi - were seen there.

The family will host a reception Saturday at a prominent five star hotel in the city.

Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa is not a cake walk for Isha

Isha Sharvani's background as a trained dancer left many saying that her participation in "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5" is unfair given the non-dancers on the show. But the actress says there are many dance forms she is not an expert at and her choreographer has to work hard to teach her new styles.

"He (Salman) is teaching me a lot! He is a good choreographer. He has landed up with a girl who is a classical dancer in a show with a format, which doesn't want classical dance. So I'm learning salsa, I am learning western contemporary dance and all these full on shaking shoulders and hips. All that is something I don't do so much, so he is having to work very hard with me," Isha told.

The 27-year-old is trained in traditional forms like Kalaripayattu, Chhau and Kathak. She may know the nuances of dance, but she refrains from dictating the terms during rehearsals.

"Salman is the choreographer - that's respectful. You can't do that with the choreographer," she said.

The actress, who impressed one and all with her dance in movies like "Kisna" and "Luck By Chance", belongs to a family deeply rooted in Indian art and culture. Her mother, Daksha Sheth, runs a dance gurukul, her father is a composer, and her brother is a percussionist.

While Isha was confident she wanted to participate in "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5", her family was concerned, she said, adding: "They were very worried how I would fit in."

But all's good for now, considering the praise and applause she has been receiving on the show.

Ace choreographer Remo D'Souza has already claimed that no one does Mallakhamb better than Isha in India. But he admits the show poses a challenge to her.

"It's a big challenge for Isha. People think she is a fantastic dancer and she has a dance background. But she has a particular dance form which she is good at - not the other dance forms. She has to struggle to get those dance forms correct," Remo told.

On the film front, the actress will be seen in Bejoy Nambiar's "David", which will release towards the end of the year.

True to the "Shaitaan" director's style, it will be an "edgy" film, she added.

When Sonakshi froze during an item number!

Sonakshi Sinha was ready to sizzle on stage at a recent awards event with

She was quite confident about her performance but all did not seem in her favour. While she was performing and showing off her thumkas to the audience, seated on the first row was her father Shatrughan Sinha.

She was so petrified and anxious about whether he would approve of her dance moves that she literally broke into a sweat!

While her performance was appreciated by all, we are yet to hear what her dad had to say.

Lisa Ray to have traditional Indian wedding in California

Lisa Ray to have traditional Indian wedding in California
Actress Lisa Ray, who is all excited about tying the knot with her American fiance Jason Dehni in California, says she is planning her wedding in typical Indian style 

The 40-year-old 'Kasoor' star will marry the management executive on October 20 at Napa Valley and will have the reception in India. 

"I have never been so happy before in my life. I am nervous and at the same time excited as the wedding is approaching. I am shopping a lot in India. It will be a typical Indian style wedding, " Lisa said. 

"My fiance and I have planned my reception in India for my friends here though we haven't decided the venue yet, " she added. Her wedding gown is being designed by Wendell Rodricks with loads of Indian embellishments in it. 

"I was in Goa few days ago for my fitting session with Wendell. He is a dear friend of mine. He told me that he will use some Indian embellishments in it. In my sangeet and mehendi, I will be wearing Indian dresses, " said Lisa, who was in the Capital last night to launch a Swiss watch brand's avant-garde collection. 

The actress said her fiance loves to learn about Indian culture and films and she is thinking of making him watch Vidya Balan's 'The Dirty Picture'. 

"I have been feeding him about Indian culture and films. He loves Indian food. He has watched many Hindi films and the latest one on his list is 'Dev D'. I am going to show him 'The Dirty Picture' next, " she quipped.

Lisa is now cancer-free after she being diagnosed with multiple myeloma three years ago and said she is enjoying the "second chapter" of life. The Toronto-based actress has signed a couple of movies and will also produce two of them.

"I am enjoying this chapter of my life. I have signed a couple of Bollywood films with young directors. Indian cinema is going through an interesting period. I will also be producing two films and hosting a cookery show in Canada, " she said.

Which director calls Akshay 'uncle'?

Actor Akshay Kumar's former karate student Prateek Chakravorty has turned director with "From Sydney With Love" and the star reveals that the new director calls him "uncle".

"He calls me Akshay uncle. Backstage he asked me if he should call me Akshay uncle or not? I love what comes from the heart," the 44-year-old said here at the music launch of the film.

"This is unfortunate that he (Prateek) did not take me in his first film. I have told Prateek a lot of times that please make a film with me, but he refused. But he has promised me that he will cast me in his second film," added Akshay.

"From Sydney With Love" stars Prateek himself along with Bidita Bag, Sharad Malhotra, Evelyn Sharma and Karan Sagoo and it hits theatres July 27.

Talking about Prateek, Akshay further said: "Will you believe me if I say I used to teach him karate? He was a good student but then he stopped it.

"He always wanted to be a director, an actor and I am proud that he has become an actor, he has directed his first film and he has taken forward his grandfather Pramod Films' name ahead," said Akshay.

I am a very anti-social person: Arjun Kapoor

The success of Arjun Kapoor's debut film "Ishaqzaade" may have turned him into a big name, but the young actor says it has not changed his relationship with his friends. Despite his busy schedules and odd working hours, he manages to spend time with them.

"I am a very anti-social person otherwise, but when it comes to my friends, I always take out time for them," Arjun told.

"My busy schedule has not changed my relationship with them. I am the same with them. And I believe there is no point working so hard that you can't spare time for you friends and dear ones."

Son of filmmaker Boney Kapoor and late Mona Kapoor, who died of cancer recently, the 27-year-old considers himself lucky to have a group of understanding pals.

Praising his friends, he said that he is lucky to have "amazing and understanding" friends.

"They understand that my profession comes with odd timings and long working hours. They are very supportive and understanding.

"Whenever I get time, we meet and do the usual things that friends generally do. We go and watch movies, spend time with each other and watch football together," he said.

Arjun is set to feature on TV show "Fearless", which goes on air on Bindass July 7.

The show will motivate people to face their worst enemy, their deepest fears with the help of their best friends in a fun manner.

"I relate to the fact that your true friends are always there to help and support you. Most importantly, they don't mock you over your fears. The ones who do that are not your friends.

"I don't have any major fears as such but yes, the ones I had, I have overcame. I must say that my friends really helped me with that," he said.

Emraan shoots for 12 hours to complete one scene

It looks like stars are no longer putting their personal needs before their professional commitments

And Emraan Hashmi proved just that. For his next film directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, the actor shot for 12 hours straight to complete one single scene.

Despite being busy with other priorities, Emraan readily agreed to shoot for the stipulated hours.

A source from the sets says, “Yes, Emraan had been really busy but his commitment towards his work is superb.”

Currently the actor is vacationing in Europe.

Seven music wizards in Coke Studio 2

Seven music wizards in Coke Studio 2
Coke Studio@MTV is all set for its second run as it continues to celebrate the spirit of Indian music in all its glory. 

The second season was announced in the national capital on Friday. The event was attended by music wizards Amit Trivedi, Ehsaan-Loy, Karsh Kale, Hitesh Sonik, Clinton Cerejo, Shantanu Moitra and Nitin Sawhney. 

Launched in India in 2011, by Coca-Cola India, in association with MTV, Coke Studio@MTV is a first of its kind music project in India which brings together diverse artists of different genres to create an extraordinary series of medley, giving music lovers across the country an opportunity to enjoy Coke Studio’s signature fusion music.

This year, Coke Studio@MTV will showcase a whole new lineup of artists. In this second season, the focus will be to showcase diversity and innovation through eight episodes, 12 producers and over 200 musicians. 

Wasim Basir, Director, Integrated Marketing Communication, Coca-Cola India, said, “Music has no boundaries and this is the core idea behind Coke Studio@MTV. 

"Some of India’s most talented musicians have come together at a common platform, driven by a common cause, to celebrate the pure joy and happiness of music. Season II is built on the response and feedback to Season 1, and we are hoping that music lovers would relate to this coming together of different genres.”

According to Aditya Swamy, EVP & Business Head, MTV India, “What better way to express our diversity than through the language of music...264 musicians, 40 songs on one single stage. Bringing together genres as varied as classical, rock, folk and EDM, Coke Studio@MTV is an expression of the music of India."

Amit Trivedi said, "For Coke Studio@MTV I had one thing intentionally in mind, that each song should have its distinct identity. I just wanted myaudience to feel great after the episode is over; that sigh saying ‘awesome’ has to come out naturally." 

Karsh Kale said: "I really wanted the audience to see the diversity in the music and that was really my goal in this season’s Coke Studio@MTV."

"There’s never been a time when I haven’t pursued music. Music is not a career, it’s a catharsis. It’s about a process of expression. What we’re doing in Coke Studio@MTV is about unrequited love or desire or feelings of wanting to find something or searching. It’s like life," said Nitin Sawhney. 

Shantanu Moitra said: "The first thought I had while composing music on Coke Studio@MTV was that India is a country which has a great music lineage. Secondly, India’s diversity in instruments, vocals, languages etc makes our music that much more varied and diverse."

"Performing with musicians on Coke Studio@MTV was about breaking my own walls. Music has no boundaries, people from completely different cultural backgrounds can fuse and make beautiful music together and if the audience gets that from my music then I have done my job," said Clinton Cerejo. 

Hitesh Sonik said: "Through Coke Studio @ MTV I have focused and very importantly tried to bring out the element of our Indian culture." 

Ehsaan said: "Coke Studio@MTV is not only about our music, but it’s about every musician that will be seen in the episode. Everyone had something different to offer and that’s the way we wanted it." 

"India’s colour in terms of music is phenomenal! There’s much more beyond Bollywood and I think all this needs to come on to one platform such as Coke Studio@MTV," said Loy. 

The show starts July 7 and will air every Saturday at 7pm on MTV.

Freida Pinto to romance Christian Bale

Indian actress Freida Pinto will be seen romancing Batman star Christian Bale in director Terrence Malick's next - "Kinght of Cups".

The film is a beautiful tale of a man is in search of love and truth, shooting has just started and Bale and Pinto were seen shooting beautiful romantic sequences at the Santa Monica Beach, said a statement.

Also starring Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett, "Knight of Cups" is set to hit the screens internationally next year.

Post "Slumdog Millionaire", Freida has starred in several international projects. "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger", "Miral" and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" are some of them.

Abhishek to do a cameo in Ayushmann's film

Abhishek to do a cameo in Ayushmann`s film
Bachchan Jr to do a cameo in Rohan Sippy's next film; Bhushan Kumar joins as co-producer

Rohan Sippy is all set to begin the production of his next film, a comedy, in July. The yet untitled film co-produced by Bhushan Kumar, stars Ayushmann Khurrana and Kunal Roy Kapoor. Abhishek Bachchan will be seen in a cameo. This will also be the first time that Bhushan Kumar and Ramesh Sippy join hands to co-produce a film.

As reported ‘Next move’ (Hitlist, May 31) Rohan took on Ayushmann after seeing his performance in Vicky Donor. On the other hand, Rohan had worked with Kunal Roy Kapoor as he directed a film for him earlier. 

Says Rohan, “I realised that Kunal has great potential as an actor and that’s why we got him on board as well. Ayushmann and Kunal are new age actors who have a definite connect with today’s audience.” 

He further adds, “We have done many films with Bhushan Kumar and he is an extremely passionate producer. It is amazing to see the kind of clout he enjoys in the industry, but in spite of that, he has the passion to make those kinds of films that he believes in.” 

Speaking about Abhishek’s cameo Rohan says, “He is my goodluck charm and he is doing a cameo. We are trying to shoot before he starts shooting for his upcoming action flick.”

Meanwhile, Bhushan Kumar stresses that he has always wanted to work with people who have a good sense of music and Rohan Sippy is surely one of them. Bhushan says, “Rohan is one director who has a great sense of music. The experience of working on Dum Maro Dum with him was great. And even now, he has given me a lot of freedom to get involved in the music of this film.”

Irrfan's big bash in LA for 'The Amazing Spider-Man' cast

Irrfan, who is in Los Angeles for the premiere of his Hollywood flick, is hosting a bash in Los Angeles after the screening

The entire cast and crew have been invited for the party. A friend of Irrfan says, “He is probably one of the few Indian actors to actually make his mark with his performances in Hollywood.

While other actors have done their bit roles, Irrfan has done major roles in Hollywood films so far. So he decided to hold a special party for the cast and crew apart from friends. Director Marc Webb is extremely happy with his work and has been very supporting.”

Irrfan remained unavailable for comment.

Sonu feels 'Maximum' may not earn Rs.100 crore but will become 'respectable' movie

Sonu Sood starrer "Maximum" has got mixed reviews, but the actor is confident that the film will carve a "respectable place" for itself irrespective of its box office business.

"I don't know if my film will earn Rs.100 crore or not but it will definitely make a place in the category of respectable films," the 38-year-old told reporters.

"Maximum", which hit the theatres Friday, is the story of shootout specialists played by Sonu and Naseeruddin Shah.

Reviewers have given their verdict. One of the reviews said that "Maximum" shows minimum originality thereby making it a plain average attempt, while another says that the film is a case of too much blood and blabber being wasted on a tale that has been flogged to death.

. But Sonu is confident and says a lot of people will identify with the subject.

"There is no message but it talks about an era which most people have seen and they will be able to identify with it," said Sonu.

When it comes to female leads, Sonu is not choosy about working with established actresses.

"Frankly speaking, I can't take one name. Until I know about their role, I can't choose one. They are all brilliant, they are all big achievers. Whoever suits the role, be it a new girl or an established actress, I will always welcome them," he said.

"I have worked with all of them and I think I have worked with most of the established actresses - Katrina (Kaif) in 'Singh Is Kinng' and with Kangna (Ranaut) I have done some southern films. Whoever is good, I would love to work with them," he added.

'Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum' trailer with 'Bol Bachchan'

The excitement around 'Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum' is only building up. Balaji has pushed the envelope by releasing multiple trailers of the film. The first was an announcement attached with 'The Dirty Picture' last year. The second 'U/A' trailer was attached with 'Housefull 2' in April and the 'A' trailer with 'Jannat 2'.

The fourth brand new 'U/A' trailer is now being attached with Rohit Shetty's 'Bol Bachchan', releasing next week. As 'Bol Bachchan' has been given a 'U/A' by the CBFC, the trailer of 'Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum' also had to have the same classification.

Balaji is believed to have deleted three naughty scenes and replaced them with other humorous scenes in order to secure a 'U/A'.

The scenes the CBFC objected to include Anupam Kher's spoof on late Satyen Kapoo's character from 'Sholay', Riteish Deshmukh commenting on the female anatomy, and a spoof on John Abraham's production 'Vicky Donor'.

There's no reason to despair though as the controversial uncensored 'A' trailer will be released on the Net on Monday.

'Big stars come with a lot of baggage'

After proving his mettle with "Rock On!!", Abhishek Kapoor wears the director's cap for "Kai Po Che" again and says he consciously chose newcomers over big stars for the film because he wanted to execute the story without any changes. The director feels the industry needs more fresh talent.

"Kai Po Che", the big screen adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's book "3 Mistakes of My Life", features TV actors Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh and Rajkumar Yadav with Amrita Puri the female lead.

"Big stars come with a lot of baggage. There are things they don't want to do," Kapoor told in an interview.

"This (film) is a story about three young boys and big stars in this bracket are at a stage in their career where they are not sure. They are scared about who will be cast opposite them...they think about all these things. I don't want to do that, I don't want to change my script because I am casting a big star," he added.

"I think our industry can do with young people, we hardly have anyone. There are two or three people who are getting all the work. What would other people do? It is important that new people get a chance. The three actors in my film are fantastic. All the big stars were also newcomers at some time," he said.

Kapoor, who won a National Award for 2008 film "Rock On!!", discloses that Chetan Bhagat had offered him two of his books - "2 States: The Story of My Marriage" and "3 Mistakes of My Life". He chose to go with the latter.

"I thought this had great cinematic potential. I felt if it turns out to be a good film it will be remembered forever. There is so much in it: there's love, friendship, politics and cricket," said Kapoor.

Drafting the screenplay of "Kai Po Che", a victory cry heard during the kite festival in Gujarat, took a lot of time.

"I took some time off after 'Rock On!!', then I chose the book. It took a while for me to draft it. It's not a race, I took my time and developed two new scripts," said Kapoor.

"As a book it goes into different directions, so to make a movie out of it you have to draft it differently. A very serious process goes into adapting a book for a film. We have changed it around 50 percent," he added.

After the stupendous success of "Rock On!!", expectations from "Kai Po Che" are high. But Kapoor is unperturbed.

"This is a completely new film. I have no fear of expectations. I know when you will come and watch the film, you will forget 'Rock On!!'. There is no similarity, it has a different style and I have also learned a lot while working on it," he said.

Celebrities have responsibilities: Big B

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan feels the association of celebrities with social causes is a result of the responsibility that comes with their star status.

"A celebrity has a responsibility, but it also has a great brand marketing at its doorstep. It is expected then, for them to be associated with some cause that is of social and moral nature. And there is a genuine interest taken up by the stars of the popularity charts," Amitabh wrote on his blog bigb[dot]bigadda[dot]com.

"Some talk about it as must they should, or how else would attention be drawn to it from the masses. Some like to be quiet about it. Do their share of work and not allow it to become an exercise in public relations!!" he added.

The 69-year-old is attached to various social causes, one of them being polio eradication. Amitabh is Unicef's brand ambassador against polio.

Parminder Nagra's divorce gets ugly

"Bend It Like Beckham" star Parminder Nagra's divorce case has turned ugly over the couple's joint finances.

Nagra's estranged husband James Stenson has filed a lawsuit claiming he deserves a slice of the British actress' fortune after giving up his job as a photographer to manage their lives when she was cast in the hit TV medical drama "E. R. " in 2004.

According to tmz. com, Stenson is demanding at least $500, 000 in damages and half of the three properties they purchased before they wed in 2009.

He said they made a pact to share their combined wealth during the six years they spent as "life partners" before formally tying the knot.

Nagra filed for divorce in February to end their three-year marriage. The couple have a three-year-old son named Kai.

TV actor Karan Patel to star in 'Shootout at Wadala'

One more TV name Karan Patel will soon be seen in Sanjay Gupta's forthcoming film. The actor plays a sharpshooter

He has completed the shoot and says he has never worked with someone more professional than co-star Anil Kapoor.

Hopefully this will see Karan make his transition from the small to the big screen.