Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Katrina was looking forward to romance SRK in Switzerland

Katrina Kaif, who was looking forward to romance her 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' co-star Shah Rukh Khan in a song sequence to be shot in Switzerland for their upcoming film, is disheartened after Yash Chopra's demise and feels she would be bereft of the iconic moments lent by the director to his leading ladies

A portion from the unfinished song was to be shot in Switzerland, a country whose scenic beauty has been the captured in so many of Chopra's films. He was to travel to Switzerland this month but had to hospitalised for dengue fever on October 13. 

He passed away on October 21. Katrina was to wear a white chiffon sari, designed by Manish Malhotra for the song. "It is sad that we did not get to shoot it (the song). We had zeroed in one a sari out of the 12 that were designed. 

I remember him (Yash Chopra) saying that it will be a party when we shoot in Switzerland, " Katrina told reporters here during the press conference of 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan'. 

"We had planned the sequence for the song as in how it will be shot in cold water and all of that. It is unfortunate that I won't be able to do it, " she added. 
SRK, who has worked with Chopra in several films like 'Darr', 'Dil Toh Pagal Hai', 'Veer Zaara' and others, says a small portion of the song that is remaining to be shot will not happen as it would not anyway match the vision of Chopra. "

Just a minute and a half portion of the song was to be shot in Switzerland which we all wanted to have. 

For doing that portion of the song we don't have the heart. We will make it impure if we had to shoot... We have enough material for the song, " Shah Rukh said. 

The film is directed by Yash Chopra and star Shah Rukh, Katrina and Anushka Sharma, It will hit theatres on November 13.

Is Emraan Hashmi the next Salman Khan?

The actor talks about being audience-friendly, leading by example and being always available for the Bhatts

Emraan Hashmi is probably one of the very few actors in Bollywood who choose not to turn their backs on a delayed film. Probably at the best phase of his career, the actor talks about why he chose to promote late Shamin Desai's film, his equation with the Bhatt camp and his production plans...

Your standing in the masses is second only to Salman Khan...
Well for me, I always wanted to do films that are commercial and have an entertainment quotient. It is something that has been built over the years and my audience looks forward to it in my films. I always wanted to be honest with them and give them what interests them.

The tag of the serial kisser refuses to die!
I have stopped reacting as far as this association is concerned. These tags don't fail to amuse me but whatever works for people, I am cool with it. The film should work in totality.
You chose to promote a three-year-old film. Why?
I know generally people don't touch delayed projects. I think as a person you have to lead by certain principles and films are not just about money. 

Some actors completely disown a film but I don't believe that one can have a long lasting career only because of wise business decisions. There's got to be some emotions involved. My producers had a rough patch and then Shamin passed away. I would not have been able to live with myself if I had disowned the film.

You are no longer available to the Bhatt camp. True?
Actually, we are looking for a great subject to work on. Also after certain successful associations, it becomes very important to be doubly sure about a script. There are no announcements as of now but when I get a good script, I will always be available to Bhattsaab and his productions.
You are all set to start your production venture now...
I am pretty much committed till the end of next year. So, I am aiming at 2014. I also don't intend to be behind the camera. I can supervise and I need to learn certain technical aspects of filmmaking, which will take more time. 

I am not getting back with my ex-wife: Vikram Bhatt

The filmmaker talks about riding the roller coaster and making his way back to the Bhatt camp with

A hit, a flop, a rumoured reunion and dissolution Vikram Bhatt has had a mixed year so far. But with his upcoming production, the filmmaker seems to be excited. Here he speaks about rumours of him getting back to his wife, his company getting dissolved and his daughter Krishna..

Haunted a hit, Dangerous Ishhq a flop and then Raaz 3 a big hit. How has it been?
Exactly like a roller coaster! The phone rings like mad and then it goes silent and then rings like mad again! After a hit, people want you to repeat the magic and after a flop people don't want to be anywhere around you but I am on the top of my game now!

After seven years away from the Bhatt camp, your comeback film with them Raaz 3 made a lot of moolah...
My intent to go back was to give back what I owed to my guru and my friend. I had left over petty issues and I had to right the wrong. I thank God that the movie is a success because the mere intention of repaying my debt would never be enough.
How much truth is there in the news that you and your business partners at ASA (his banner) are separating?
That's nonsense! I owe my partners as much as I owed Bhattsaab and Mukeshji. They came to a man who was down and out before 1920 and put their faith in him. 

They helped me fulfill my ambitions of 3D and backed me on every step. I am committed to make this company the biggest in the times to come.

Are you getting back with your ex-wife, Aditi?
Simply put, no I am not getting back. It was the imagination of an enthusiastic journalist. Aditi and I are the best of friends now and share a beautiful relationship. We have our separate lives and we value them. There comes a time when relationships are not defined by marriage or divorce, they become a comfort zone.

What are you directing next?
Shhhh! It's a secret I can't tell.

A hint?
(Smiles) Okay here goes.... It will have an actress I have done four films with. Go figure!
Will your daughter Krishna work behind the camera or in front?
Krishna has started working with me in earnest. She reminds me of myself when I started all those years back. She is sharp and intuitive which will make for a very good director. I think there is a struggle raging inside her. As for whether she wants to be an actor or a director, I will let her decide.

Beware! Sunny Leone is the most dangerous celebrity

According to a study, Sunny Leone topped the list of celebs who can lure people into clicking on malicious links. 

Former porn star and Bollywood actress Sunny Leone has emerged as the most dangerous celebrity in cyberspace, ahead of Katrina Kaif and Kareena Kapoor, as searching for her on the web is the most risky. 

In a study conducted by McAfee, Leone topped the list with 9.95 per cent chances of luring people into clicking on malicious links. 
Katrina, who was the most risky celeb in 2011, held the second spot this year with 8.25 percentile. The actress was the most dangerous celeb in 2011. 
Katrina was followed by Kareena Kapoor, with 6.67 per cent possibility of making users fall into a trap of malware laden websites. 
Priyanka Chopra and Bipasha Basu rounded off the top five with 6.5 per cent and 5.58 per cent respectively. Others who featured in the list are Vidya Balan, Deepika Padukone and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Poonam Pandey. 
Salman Khan is the only male star to feature in the top 10 list of this year's 'Most Dangerous Celebrities'.

Katrina's sister to make her debut with Sonam's brother

There has been enough buzz about Katrina Kaif's younger sister Isabella making her B-Town debut 

But it looks like the youngster will apparently feature opposite Harsh (son of Anil Kapoor) in a crossover short film. The film directed by Steven Roy Thomas has been written by Erica Stair Reddy and Melanie Easton.
The film has Bollywood elements and is set in New York, although it might be re-written to make it suitable to shoot in Mumbai. 

Harsh has been studying in California and keen to be part of B-Town like his sisters Sonam and Rhea while Isabella also wants to follow in her sister's footsteps. 

Salman, Malaika shoot an Item Song Pandeyji Ceetee Mare

Salman Khan has shot another item song, this one called Pandeyji ceetee mare. It is sung by composer Wajid from the Sajid-Wajid duo. 

This one would have the gorgeous Malaika Arora-Khan joining in with Salman. 

Says Arbaaz, We have already shot the Pandeyji number. It's choreographed by Chinni Prakash. Yes, Malaika makes an appearance with Salman. We thought it would be a nice reference back to the Munni number from Dabangg.

I don't know how you define an item song. If it's just a catchy number then we've three item songs in Dabangg 2. If it's a big-name actress making a guest appearance to dance, then Kareena's Fevicol nmber is the only item song.
Arbaaz says he has almost completed the entire shooting of Dabangg 2. I've a couple of songs, and that's it. There's only ten days of shooting left. We had to make sure we were ready for a Christmas release. By God's grace we're on schedule.

It's cool to wear a dress twice: Priyanka Chopra

Everyone these days are trying to do his or her bit for saving the environment

Priyanka Chopra, who is known to be always dressed to the Ts, has decided to let go of her stringent rules of dressing to show she cares about Mother Nature.

Our source says, Most Bollywood celebs are known to have a change of clothing several times during the day. PC and her stylist Ami Patel want to run a campaign on a social media platform saying it is cool to repeat costumes.

The source adds, Priyanka thinks it's cool to repeat clothes to stay eco-friendly. It's a waste of resources to keep churning out more and more clothes.

The source says that the actress has a special message for her fans through this move. Youngsters usually ape stars or fashion icons. And it is very unfair to have this pressure of not being able to repeat clothes or accessories,  points out the source.

GOW hottie Reema Sen is pregnant with her first child

Gangs of Wasseypur' actress who is married to a restaurateur is going the family way

Reema Sen who recently made news for her role in Gangs of Wasseypur 1 is expecting her first child. Reema married restaurateur Shiv Karan Singh in March this year and incidentally the baby is also due during the same month next year.

The actress has already passed her first trimester and is elated by the news. She is planning to take a short break from cinema to prepare for the arrival of the baby and will resume work after her baby is born.

A source informs, Reema and the entire family is extremely happy with the news. She is busy being pampered by her husband. Reema replied to our SMS confirming the news.

Chic Prachi Desai bags an international ad deal

Thanks to her upped style quotient, Prachi Desai has inked an endorsement deal with an international apparel label

Prachi Desai has been taking great interest in her style quotient and trying to make a fashion statement while stepping out. 

At B-Town and red carpet events, the actress has been, of late, spotted in designer labels and getting noticed - a far cry from her earlier days as a television actress. It appears that this has paid off, as Prachi will ink an endorsement deal with an international brand.

Says a source, An international apparel label which is soon to make a foray in India is in talks with her to be the face of the brand. They feel she is young and appeals to the teenagers as well, so she fits the bill perfectly.

Adds the source, Her recent appearances not only make her look stylish and chic but young and vibrant. Her personal style has evolved over the years. She is keen to be among those B-Town stars who love to dress up and make style statements.
Prachi who features with Sanjay Dutt in K S Ravikumar's remake of a South film also has a film with John Abraham pending.

Though she has done brand endorsements before for a washing powder with Salman Khan as well as for a beauty care brand, she feels a fashion label in her kitty is something that can really work for her.

Sherlyn Chopra's Kamasutra promo to be screened in LA

After posing nude for Playboy, Sherlyn Chopra will be seen in Rupesh Paul's film based on the Kamasutra

The promos will be screened in the American Film Market in Los Angeles on November 4.

Now wonder what poses Sherlyn will strike in the film?

Is something cooking between Sapna Bhavnani and Aseem Trivedi?

Hairstylist Sapna Bhavnani has been bonding with cartoonist Aseem Trivedi in Bigg Boss from the past few weeks

In fact housemates are suspecting that there is something cooking between two contestants as they are constantly seen in each other's company.

It is said that Sapna cannot hear a word against her new friend and is seen holding his hands and taking a walk on the lawn whenever they are alone. Now whether Aseem also has similar feelings for Sapna or not remains to be seen.

Entertainment industry is same everywhere: Tabu

Bollywood films, crossover films and southern films -- actress Tabu has tried her hand at all, and says the entertainment industry follows a similar pattern across the world.

"I think the film experience, acting, actor-director relationship and all the film industries look similar everywhere, be it Bollywood, Hollywood or the southern industry," the 40-year-old said here in an interview.

"There is a pattern of entertainment industry which remains same. For an actor and a performance, I think all are same as we just have to act and do our role," she added.

Tabu's latest film "Life Of Pi", directed by the Oscar-winning Ang Lee, is slated to release Nov 21.

Her last movie was "Khuda Kasam" in 2010. She says she had her reasons for being away from the arclights.

"There's not any specific reason, but there are many reasons, not just a single reason. Sometimes you don't like the role, sometimes the director is not trustworthy or the producer is not reliable. At times the money offered is not good," she said.

But one hopes the versatile actress, who was seen in films like "The Namesake", "Chandni Bar" and "Cheeni Kum", will now be seen on the screen more often.

Electronic flavour rules Talaash soundtrack

Music Director: Ram Sampath

Lyricist: Javed Akhtar; Singers: Suman Sridhar, Vishal Dadlani, Sona Mahapatra, Ravindra Upadhyay and Ram Sampath

Rating: ***

Ram Sampath, who entertained music lovers with the quirky and peppy numbers in "Delhi Belly", has composed for "Talaash" five original tracks and one remix, with the lyrics being penned by Javed Akhtar. 

The album starts with a bang with a jazzy and groovy number "Muskaanen jhooti hai", crooned by Suman Sridhar, the voice behind hit tracks "Hawa hawai" and "Khoya khoya chand" in the film "Shaitan". 

She paints a sexy and suave picture with the track, which features Kareena Kapoor. The composition is neat with some fine experimentation, and the singer gets the number kicking.
Next up is "Jee le zaraa". It is edgy thanks to Vishal Dadlani's distinct baritone and high-pitched voice, which provide the song good energy, duly combined with a technically sound composition with great beats. 

The lyrics, penned by Javed Akhtar, are easy on the ear. It also has a remixed version, with a quicker pace. It tries to reverberate club energy with good techno and thrashing beats. However, when compared to the original, it fails to captivate the listener beyond a point. 

"Jiya laage na" brilliantly mixes elements of Indian classical and electronic music. Sona Mahapatra and Ravindra Upadhyay are good behind the mike. 

Despite the positive energy, the song just tries too hard to fit in one particular genre, and in the end, it fails to get a position anywhere. Something's amiss here, a vital ingredient that could have made this track a hit with the listeners. 
Retaining the electronic flavour is "Hona hai kya", which has Ram Sampath himself behind the mike. The song builds up nicely and has a dark kind of feel around it. The lyrics are effective and manage to hook the listener. It would be interesting to see how it has been used in the film. 

Rounding up the album is "Laakh duniya kahe", a rock ballad sung by Ram Sampath. 

It tugs right at the heartstrings with romantic lyrics, coupled with the singer's soothing voice. The chorus too is nice with good use of instruments like drums and the guitar to get the desired result. 
Overall, the soundtrack is not out-of-the-box, but the overdose of electronic music doesn't bother either. Thus, it's an album which may not top the charts, but some songs could definitely make their way into many people's personal playlists.

Eye scare for Bipasha on sets of Aatma

Bipasha Basu's sudden eye allergy and other spooky incidents force the unit of her horror flick to cancel shoot in Panchgani 

Bipasha Basu and Nawazuddin Siddiqui were all set to shoot for the second schedule of Suparn Verma's horror flick in Panchgani recently. A series of developments, however, forced the shoot to be cancelled and the unit had to return to Mumbai. 

Says a source, First, Bipasha developed an eye allergy. It was a cause of concern as it is not something that could be easily hidden by make up. 

The actress couldn't fathom why it had happened. The shoot was postponed for that night and rescheduled for the next day. The allergy, however, did not subside and shooting was not possible.

Confirms Bipasha, I developed a sudden eye allergy. Both my eyes were red and swollen. I had to take strong medication to subside the inflammation. The shoot on that day got cancelled and it was very stressful for me. I felt so bad that the entire schedule went for a toss. I had to keep rubbing ice on my eyes.
Adds the source, While walking at the shoot location in Panchgani, Suparn fell into a pit which he had not seen earlier. Moreover Nawazuddin also hurt his ankle. All these happenings compelled the unit to return to Mumbai and shoot in a set instead.

Producer Abhishek Pathak says, We had to shoot in a graveyard and it required to be done in the nights only. Due to all these happenings, we decided to cancel it. It was as if some force was hindering the shoot. We were all spooked ourselves.

Katrina praises Gentleman SRK for his chivalry

"Gentlemanly behaviour" may be outdated, but Shah Rukh Khan's chivalry is "nice to see", says Katrina Kaif. 

"He is very gentlemanly. He will always open the door for you. If you come in, he'll stand up and he always pays attention to the small things, " Katrina, 28, told reporters Monday at a promotional event of "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" (JTHJ), in which she has teamed up with the superstar.

"When we were shooting the song 'Ishq Shava' (for JTHJ), it was freezing cold. As soon as it was called cut, he would make sure I had a blanket. You don't see that a lot these days. Gentlemanly behaviour has gone out of fashion, so it's nice to see it, " she added. 

However, Katrina is sad that the Switzerland song planned by late Yash Chopra for "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" could not be shot and reveals 12 saris were readied for it. 

"Personally, I think it was a little bit sad, it was a little bit emotional for us that we didn't get to do it. Yashji (Chopra) kept on coming up to me and saying that it's not going to be a shoot, it's going to be a party, we are not working, " she said. 
Plans to shoot the song have been cancelled after Yash Chopra's death. He died of multi-organ failure Oct 21. 

"We had actually done the entire costume fittings, there were 12 saris which Manish (Malhotra) had made, and Yashji saw each one of them. He had also planned a sequence in the water (in freezing cold) and we were laughing about it. He said now we will just go to Switzerland and party, " said the actress.

"Jab Tak Hai Jaan" also stars Anushka Sharma and will hit theatres on Diwali.

Bhansali's Ram Leela to clash with SRK's Chennai Express next Dussehra

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is likely to release his Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone film in Dassera 2013

Shah Rukh Khan's film with Rohit Shetty is also due to release on the same date. Will it be a clash like the 2007 clash of Bhansali's Saawariya and SRK's Om Shanti Om?

Imran Khan's brother-in-law Vedant Malik will make his B-Town debut. His mum Vandana Malik is greenlighting the project. Vedant has done an acting course and worked as an assistant for the Imran-Kareena starrer Ek Main aur Ekk Tu.

Confession time: Arjun Kapoor has crush on Kareena!

It's confession time for Arjun Kapoor. The actor reveals he has a huge crush on actress Kareena Kapoor and would do anything to grab a chance to work with her.

The actor, who made a successful debut with "Ishaqzaade", made the candid confession during UTV Stars' "Live My Life 2" show, which lets a lucky fan be in the shoes of his or her favourite Bollywood celebrity for a day.

Asked by his fan Amulya, as to who would he like to work with from the industry, Arjun said: ?Kareena Kapoor! I have a huge crush on her and will literally give my right arm to work with her! I really, really want to work with her!?

The episode featuring Arjun will be aired Sunday.

In the meantime, Arjun has projects "Gunday" and "Aurangzeb" in his kitty.

Ragini Khanna to play Sunny's sister

Here is yet another TV actress who is all set to make the leap to the big screen. After watching her in her TV soaps, filmmaker Anil Sharma has offered Ragini Khanna a meaty role in his upcoming project

Sharma says, She is a fine actress and has got a very pretty face. I was also looking for someone who can pull off a strong character. She fitted the bill perfectly.

The filmmaker states that Ragini's role is not a cameo and the actress will play a significant part in the film. He adds, There is a sub- track between the brother and the sister. They will be showcased as sharing a very strong emotional bond.

Ragini is likely to begin shooting for the film by December in Indore and the cast and crew will then move to Bhopal.

I was ahead of time in being multi-talented: Sophie

A video jockey (VJ), singer and actress -- Sophie Choudry can dabble in a lot of things at once, but she feels that she has been "a little ahead of time" in being multi-talented.

"When six years back I was a number one VJ, 'Ek pardesi' was a hit, 'Pyaar ke side effects' was a superhit. Then people used to ask me which one (singing, acting or veejaying) would you choose. But today people like Farhan Akhtar, Ayushmann (Khurrana) are celebrated for being multi-talented. So may be I was a little ahead of time," Sophie said.

She started off as a pop singer in 2000 with her all-girl band Sansara and later became a VJ while continuing with her singing, besides small acting assignments.

Sophie is best known for her songs "Habibi", "Le le mera dil", "Ghar aaya mera pardesi" and "Ek pardesi mera dil le gaya".

She has just launched a remixed version of 1975 song "Hungama ho gaya", originally sung by Asha Bhosle. She says composer duo Vishal-Shekhar convinced her to give it a shot.

"This is a remake of an old song. I was sitting with Vishal-Shekhar and I was complaining about how original songs are not being played much. They said, 'You are so successful with remixes and you should do one more'. I said no, but then they said, 'Everyone is doing it, even in films, so why don't you do it'," the 31-year-old said here at the video launch of the number.

Sophie says she has tried to make it as new age as possible.

"I wrote new lyrics, changed the melody, set up a contemporary arrangement, very peppy, very clubby. If you will compare the song with the original, the chorus is the same, but other things are different," she said.

First look: Stuck in USA due to hurricane Sandy, Mika takes up cooking

While hurricane Sandy is showering her wrath over the east coast of USA, singer Mika unfortunately has been caught in the blitzkrieg

However, the crooner is making the most of the situation by cooking for his team members in the hotel they are currently stuck in. Mika had travelled to the US for his music concert.

According to our sources, Mika and his team are waiting for a clearance from the authorities to depart from the hotel. A source informs, Mika's concert in Washington DC went full house the day before, despite severe warnings of the impending hurricane.

The singer who is in the middle of his world tour's US and Canada leg is now stuck there. The hotel where he is currently staying is out of power. He is known to be a good cook and he has been cooking for his friends and band members who are also stuck with him.

Speaking from DC, Mika says, At the moment we are not allowed to venture out of the hotel and there are power cuts so we have no choice but to stay indoors and stay alert. But if they allow me, I hope I can join the firefighters to help people in distress. Meanwhile I am helping out with the cooking and even prepared chicken for the people here.

Mohit Suri gifts Aditya Roy Kapoor a new Rs 35,000 guitar

Now that's what friends...urrm, directors are for! Mohit Suri was apparently so impressed with Aditya Roy Kapoor's musical skills that he gifted the young actor an expensive guitar.

Our source says, In Mohit's next film, Aditya plays a musician. During the shoot, he would play some interesting tunes. Mohit was so taken by Aditya's talent that he decided to gift him a new guitar.
The director tells us that the musical instrument costs around R 35, 000 and adds, It is a bit expensive but he deserves it. He is simply magical with his fingers. This guitar is a special edition piece. I asked my friend to ship it from America.

Rajat Tokas to play Akbar in Ekta's new show

Ekta Kapoor handpicks the actor to essay the role of Akbar in her ambitious TV show on the Mughal emperor 

After playing Prithviraj Chauhan in Dharti ka Veer Yodha, actor Rajat Tokas has been chosen by Ekta Kapoor to play Akbar in her upcoming ambitious TV show based on Mughal emperor Akbar and his Hindu wife Jodha. 

A source says, After a long time Ekta is making a historical show based on a warrior. She is very kicked about the show and this time she is starting the shooting in the first week of November, two months before the show actually goes on air.
Rajat Tokas Ekta tells us, I wanted an actor who is a boy-man. Although Rajat has the innocence of a 19-year-old, he is seasoned in terms of maturity. Akbar was someone who became a soldier and a king at the age of 14 and by 17 he had already won a battle on his own. Rajat is an expert in martial arts and horse riding. He was perfect for me. Meanwhile, actress Paridhi Sharma will play Jodha on the show.

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro stood test of time: Om Puri

There was so little money that the film crew would sleep on the ground without any pillow or mattress, remembers Om Puri about the shooting of "Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro". Little did they know that the film would go on to become a cult black comedy and be re-released 29 years later.

The 1983 film releases across theatres Friday. Om Puri, who plays the perpetually inebriated builder Ahuja, says they had never imagined the film would become a classic. 

"We were shooting for the film in Alibaug. Since we had very little money to shoot, we couldn't afford to spend too much. 

"We used to sleep on the ground without any pillow or mattress. But it was really fun working on the film as all the actors and the crew members shared a great rapport with one another," the 62-year-old actor told.

"We never thought that 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro' would become a cult film. I believe the satirical humour, and the social satire on the state of the nation at that time clicked with the audience. The film stood the test of the time because it had a meaningful humour," Puri said. 

He believes the film will be watched again, a different experience this time even for those who had seen it many times earlier. 

"It's great to hear that the film is releasing again. Though most of the people have seen it many times before, I believe it would be a different experience of watching it on the theatre screen."

Made on a shoestring budget, the film featured Naseeruddin Shah and Ravi Baswani as two honest photographers, who witness a murder and are dragged into the murky world of real estate deal with corrupt politicians and bureaucrats working hand in glove with each other. 

Through the protagonists, director Kundan Shah tried to unearth the corruption in the system that time. All these years later, the theme continues to be as relevant. 
Recalling how he worked on his look, Puri said: "While shooting for the film, I asked Kundan Shah if I can wear goggles and he said, 'Why not?' So I got those goggles from a small shop at the place we were shooting at. 

"I wore goggles throughout the shoot, even when the 'Mahabharata' scene was being shot. Kundan Shah felt I was fooling around and angrily said, 'Why are you wearing goggles now?' I told him what's wrong in wearing them during the scene because this is how my character is in the film and it goes with look. He then understood and it came out to be the most interesting part of the entire scene." 

The cast also included creative people like Pankaj Kapur, Satish Shah, Bhakti Barve and Neena Gupta. 

"We used to improvise a lot in between scenes, especially during the 'Mahabharata' scene, though I would say most of it was from the script," he added. 

He misses doing films like "Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro". 

"I really miss such kind of films as they are not being made any longer. Today I don't see any other film that has humour with a meaning."

Giaa Manek thrilled to play genie

actress Giaa Manek is elated about being a part of "Jeannie Aur Juju", inspired by the famous US TV series "I Dream of Jeannie", which she watched as a child.

Giaa, who became popular as Gopi Bahu in "Saath Nibhaana Saathiya", will play genie in the show.

"We are making a show which was a big hit in US. This is the show that I used to watch as a child. I never thought that I will get an opportunity to play the 'Jeannie'," Giaa said here Tuesday at the launch of the show.

"So I am glad I am here, I am glad that the channel and the producer felt that I could play this role with justice. We hope the show works," she added.

Ali Asgar plays the male lead and says it is a refreshing show.

"It's a very refreshing show, it has many ingredients, masti (fun), drama, emotion, love, innocence, it has fairytale-like world with magic and all. Special effects have been used beautifully," he said.

The show goes on air Nov 5 on SAB TV.

Taking part in a reality show takes guts: Farah Khan

Reality shows require guts, perseverance and a thick skin, says director Farah Khan, the judge of several reality TV programmes who admits she would participate in one only if it were a cooking contest.

"Taking part in a reality show takes a lot of guts. It's so hard to be judged on a daily basis. You can't take it. Hats off to those people (who do it), " Farah, currently seen as judge on season four of "India's Got Talent" on Colors channel, told in an exclusive interview.

"You have to have perseverance and be thick skinned with a single-minded determination to do this again and again. But probably if there was a cooking show, I would take part in that, " Farah said.

The 47-year-old is a regular face on TV, seen as a judge on reality shows like "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa" and "Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega".

What next for the choreographer-director?

After directing three films, of which two were super hits, Farah has teamed up with her favourite actor Shah Rukh Khan for her next directorial project "Happy New Year".

To be produced by SRK, who also features in it, the film is in pre-production stage.

Farah said: "We will start shooting next year. We are doing pre-production at the moment. We are not ready to announce the cast as of now. We will announce it when Shah Rukh decides to announce."

Direction, she says, is what she enjoys most. It was a dream since she was 20, 21 years old and finally fulfilled it in 2004 with "Main Hoon Na", which turned out to be a super hit.

"I enjoy direction. It encompasses all of it. I choreograph the songs. Then I know how the actors will act and what they will say. Then there is costume designing and set designing. So I am part of every field.

"Though it's not my specialty, I am telling the concerned people what I want and how it should be. So that is the most satisfying part, " she said.

She recently made acting debut with "Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi" with Boman Irani, but facing the camera is not on the cards anymore.

"I know everyone loved the film and that will be it for me, " she said.

Being an actress wasn't easy.

"It was very difficult for me. A lot of time is wasted. When you are an actor, you are just sitting and doing nothing for hours. Whereas when you are a director, you are using that time for creative purposes. So that was tough for me.

"But of course the aftermath of it was very exciting. Clearly actors are getting all the credit. Also, when you are an actor, you realise how much credit is given to you, " she said.

She lost weight after seeing herself on screen.

"I was looking so fat in the movie... Now I am on a weight loss spree. I go to the gym like thrice a week. And then I am on a diet plan where I cheat once in a while. You have to live also, you know!" she said.

After juggling responsibilities of juggling work, family, children, and TV shows, does she find time for herself?

"I am with the kids the whole day. Everyday they have birthday parties... (I) take them to the mall, swimming classes. I only get one hour in the morning when I do my crossword and scan the papers."

I'm not eager to push my son into films: Irrfan

Actor Irrfan Khan's seven-year-old son Ayan has taken his first step into the spotlight, making a cameo appearance in the Hollywood film 'Life Of Pi', but his father insists he is not eager to push him into films

The actor, who stars alsongside Tabu in the Ang Lee-directed 3D film, says this is not the age for his son to act. "He is just doing a friendly appearance as Ang Lee and the casting director wanted it. It was a friendly request so he did it. I thought it will be a different experience for him... just that. I am not eager to push him into films," Irrfan told in an interview.

He felt that given Ayan's tender age, this is not the right time for him to often face camera and start acting, instead he must explore his interest across various fields.

"I don't think he should get this kind of exposure at his age. It is not an age to face the hardships you encounter in cinema, you do things in a way you are asked to do it. Like doing a shot at 3 in the morning... they are too young."

"It is time for exploration and not to decide what they should do. They should explore all fields which interest them," the 45-year-old award winning actor said. As a father, Irrfan said he still does not know if his son has the potential for acting. "I don't know if there is any potential or not in him for acting. He has not shown interest in films."

Based upon the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, 'Life Of Pi' is a story of a young man and his travails at sea. The story revolves around a teenage boy, who is forced to survive on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger after the ship he was travelling in sinks. Considering its content and the story line, Irrfan feels the film will entertain a six-year-old child and a 60-year-old person alike.

"My son is playing my elder brother in the childhood version of the film. So when he grows up he will be amused to see that," Irrfan said. The actor said 'Life of Pi' was a challenging film, but audiences from all age groups will connect to it.

"A six-year-old child and a 60-year-old person will relate to it in the same manner. It was a challenging thing for the filmmaker. It is like a marriage of money and creativity. The challenge is to tell the story with many interpretations so that everybody can connect."

In 'Life Of Pi', Irrfan plays the role of the adult Piscine Molitor Patel known as Pi, while his adolescent version is played by Delhi-based 19-year-old Suraj Sharma, who is making his film debut.

"The character that I play did not provide me any scope for improvisation because the lines are literary and not spoken language. But I had to make it appear as a spoken language.

Ang Lee has a particular design in his mind because I am setting up the audience in this particular journey and concluding it," Irrfan said.

Ang Lee is clear, particular about scenes: Tabu

Actress Tabu, who will be seen in Ang Lee's "Life Of Pi" says the Oscar winning director is very clear about what he wants and is extremely particular about every scene.

"He is a great person. He is very particular about his scenes and he does not let you go till a shot comes across. He is very clear that if a character is going through some emotion, he wants it to be portrayed in exactly the same way. Whatever you do, but bring it out. Until and unless he doesn't get it, he will keep pushing you," Tabu told.

"Life Of Pi", releasing Nov 21, is a 3D adventure film based on the novel of the same name by Canadian writer Yann Martel. Delhi-based Indian boy Suraj Sharma plays young Pi in it.

Tabu plays mother to Pi. Lee insisted the actors undergo family rehearsals before shooting.

"As a family, we had rehearsals in Taiwan months before we started shooting. We were there for a week because Ang wanted the family to meet and that helped a lot. The set was already put up so we had a bit of familiarity and knew these scenes will be done there," she said.

For Tabu, "Life Of Pi" was her first brush with 3D, and says she had a wonderful journey.

"It was not significantly different. There were three big cameras on the sets and the crew was very big. There were around 25 monitors and there was technically lot of detailing that was done," said the 40-year-old.

"I was observing the entire journey. I was enjoying the process of animation and 3D. It was a wonderful journey," she added.

The movie also features Irrfan.

Tapasya back in Uttaran?

Mean and manipulative Tapasya, who made Ichcha's life hell in TV show "Uttaran", is ready to make a come back in the popular show that will complete 1,000 episodes Wednesday.

The show that went on air December 2008 on Colors has taken two generation-leaps. It started as a story of two girls - slum kid Ichcha and Tapasya, who's born with a silver spoon. It traced the ups and downs their friendship goes through while they grow up together.

The storyline took a 10-year leap forward in 2009 and actors Tina Dutta and Rashmi Desai were introduced as Ichcha and Tapasya, respectively.

After the next generation-leap of 18 years, Tapasya went missing from the show but now the latest promos are hinting at her comeback in the show.

It would be interesting to see the "mean lady" re-entering the show. According to sources, Rashmi is likely to play Tapasya.

Ajay's special step to entertain son now part of SOS

If Ajay Devgn entertains fans with his action and comedy sequences, he also indulges in amusing antics to make his two-year-old son Yug smile. Interestingly, a chest-pumping dance step that he did to make the toddler laugh has been incorporated in his forthcoming film "Son Of Sardaar" (SOS).

One day when Yug visited Ajay on the sets of SOS, he did the same step for him. The filmmakers noticed it and instantly decided to incorporate it in the movie, said a source close to the team.

SOS, also starring Sonakshi Sinha and Sanjay Dutt, is set for release Nov 13.

It is co-presented by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Eros International, and co-produced by Ajay Devgn Ffilms and YRV Infra & Media (P) Ltd Production.

Films rarely considered art in India: Talaash director Reema Kagti

"Talaash" director Reema Kagti feels that Indian films are rarely considered art and they are there to just provide entertainment.

"In India, films are rarely considered art, they are considered entertainment. Through film festivals we are breaking this reductionist view of filmmaking... and I am glad, " she told in an exclusive interview.

She says after making "Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd" in 2007, she never made a conscious effort to direct a commercial or an art film.

"I don't decide if I am going to be making this kind of film or that kind of film. For me, it's about falling in love with the story and then writing a screenplay for that story. And the treatment I give to that story.

"I don't consciously try to make a commercial or a festival film. I just go with the story and wherever that leads me to, " she said.

If her debut movie focused on shades of romance through six couples from different age groups, her next "Talaash" is a suspense thriller. Starring Aamir Khan in the lead role, it is coming out Nov 30.

Why did it take you five years to come out with your second film?

"It was a forced sabbatical. It takes time to get things off the ground, " she replied.

After "Talaash", the filmmaker will try her hand at a drama laced with comedy.

"It's hard to describe what I am trying to do next. It's more drama, but with comedy in it. This one ('Talaash') is more suspense, so the next one will be different. I am waiting to release 'Talaash' and then see, " she said.