Friday, November 30, 2012

Movie Review: Talaash a nail-biting thriller

Star Cast : Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Kareena Kapoor, Nawazuddin Sidhiqui 

Direction: Reema Kagti

Dialogues: Farhaan Akhtar

Story: Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti 

Duration: 2 Hrs 19 Min

Rating * * * *

Undoubtedly, Aamir is one such acting titan of of Bollywood who is known for challenging the rules of conventional cinema. This time Mr Perfectionist has returned to BO with his much talked about suspense thriller, Talaash starring Rani Mukherjee, Kareena Kapoor, Nawazudin Sidhiqui and Jineet Rath.

This much awaited suspense cine tale of Aamir opened with an average occupancy of 70% at the multiplexes ( why not after all it's Mr Perfectionist prevailing legacy that precedes his movie releases). 

Another key traits which precedes Aamir's style of cinematography is uniqueness of his cine concepts and his novel promotional strategies. Be it 3 Idiots or Taare Zameen Par, every time Aamir has succeeded in setting up a remarkable benchmarks, but contrary to his signature style of promotion this time he created a very conspicuous suspense around the promotions of his suspense drama, Talaash by maintaining an extremely low key affair. 
Before proceeding further with the dissection of movie, let me brush aside all the rumors which stated that, Talaash is suspense thriller similar to Kahaani or is an inspired suspense slice which has borrowed its premise from a novella called "Act Of Providence". Talaash has got a thoroughly original premise drafted by Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti.

Talaash is a suspense thriller with its roots embedded in the the gray lanes of Mumbai, where a cine star dies in a car crash, subsequently leading to the stepping of an investigative officer who himself is trying to maintain an equilibrium between his personal and professional world and how he comes across a a spectrum of situations, where a hooker helps him in getting the murder mystery resolved.

Talaash takes-off with the accident of cine star Armaan Kapoor (Vivan Bhatena), whose car nose dives into sea on the Sea face road of Mumbai, subsequently leading to the stepping in of Inspector Surjan Shekhawat ( Aamir Khan) for investigating the case.

As the tale proceeds, Shekhawat finds a murky case of blackmailing which may have a connection with the accident. The case turns into a life altering chase for Inspector Shekhawat, when he is forced to reel under the repercussions of a disturbed married life with his wife Roshni (Rani Mukherji) and come face to face with his suppressed grief (of loosing his son). 
While being on his investigative quest, Inspector Shekhawat has a rendezvous with a hooker Rosy (Kareena Kapoor), who further adds shades of mystery to this ongoing puzzle. 

With the moving ahead of investigation, things start getting complicated as investigations show many anomalies stringed to the death of the Armaan Kapoor. While investigating the case Inspector Shekhawat has a tryst with Temur (NawazuddinSiddiqui) a small time pimp who further adds to the complexity of investigation.

So did Inspector Shekhawat succeeds in revealing the mystery behind accident and manages to free himself from the demons of his past and what happens to Rosy, to find watch Talaash.

When the buzz pertaining to Talaash made it news arena, at the same time arena also got flooded with the gossip about its being a rip off of a novella called "Act Of Providence", the latest rumor that crowded the gossip aisles stated that Talaash has got a plot somewhat similar to that of Vidya Balan starrer suspense thriller Kahaani. But believe me none of the three tales share similar ground.
As far as story of Talaash is concerned then it unquestionably is one such absorbing tale which keeps you captivated through out the run time of the movie. From the very first frame it's the curiosity that takes you to a thrilling ride for next two hours. And the best feature that makes Talaash a marvelous tale is its outstanding showcasing of conspicuous secret without leaving any space for predictability.

Be it professional world of a cop or his crevice ridden personal life, everything in the movie is knitted in such an adroit manner, that it nowhere compels you to get divorced from the onscreen proceedings. The onscreen offerings of Talaash is so much attention-grabbing that it makes viewer a participant of sorts.

Whereas on rhetoric front Talassh once has got an edge, with transfixing dialogues of Farhaan Akhtar, which never get inflated to showcase the protagonists in larger than life shades.
I guess nobody will have any apprehensions about the fact that when it's Mr Perfectionist Aamir on the celluloid, then everything is bound to be perfect. From the very first sequence where a luxury sedan is furiously tossed and swallowed within no time by the magnificent waters, the stupendous screenplay of the movie takes off.

In the subsequent frames things keep on getting even better. One thing which can be quoted with a firm backing is that through out the run time of the movie, Kagti has thoroughly succeeded in keeping every minutest details under the tab. From suspense inducing sequence to, nervousness and emotional unease of the protagonists, every minutest detail has got a thorough detailing attached to it.

In nutshell the marvelously fine production design and pictuarisation of Talaash is so absorbing that you don't afford to take off your gaze from the celluloid even for a moment.
Though it will be wrong to say that Talaash has got tons of on-the-edge of the seat moments, but inspite of that the dexterity with which every situation and sequence of the movie has been shot keeps on enveloping you with its thrill coefficient.

In all Reema Kagti keeps a consistent direction throughout the film, and succeeds in giving viewers a feel of assimilation with the onscreen tale. Super fine cinematography of KU Mohanan is another glittering gem in the casket of Talaash, which lends a magnificent look throughout the run time of the movie with the colours, focus and the weirdest locales of southern Mumbai.
Music and Background Score:
Despite the absence of those foot thumping numbers, music of Ram Sampath is a soothing aural delight which thoroughly compliments the theme of the movie. Tracks like Jee Ley Zara and Jiya Laage Naa very well animates the emotion of the protagonists and gets inculcated in your conscious with in no time. 

By his impeccable acting dexterity as a troubled cop-father Surjan Shekhawat, Aamir Khan has once again proved that why he is called as Mr Perfectionist of tinsel town.

As a troubled father who is captivated within the confines of thoughts and keeps on regretting about the things that he could have done to save his son , Aamir showcases the sorrow of guilty conscious father with utmost dexterity.
Besides Aamir, Rani too have succeeded in leaving a thorough impact as a sorrow ridden mother and has very well carried the role of Aamir's wife. As usual Kareena has looked classy and has very comfortably slipped under the skin of mysterious hooker Rosy. 

However, in supporting cast, Nawazuddin Siddiqui manages to grab the attention of the fans in the shoes of Temur and manages to charm you with his giddy yet impressive facets. In nut shell entire supporting cast of Talaash has very well complemented the performances of leading protagonists to toss out a captivating mystery saga.

BO Potential: 
As far as BO Potential of Talaash is concerned then it's the legacy of Aamir which will surely pull the masses to the theatres. Where as on the commercial front the movie is expected to gross good amount on the BO but may fall short of the previous BO benchmarks set by Aamir.
To sum up Talaash is a captivating suspense thriller, which despite showcasing a conspicuous secrets keeps your attention glued to the screen and subsequently present you with a beyond expectation climax.

Manisha Koirala has cancer

Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala, famously remembered for her roles in 1942: A Love Story and Khamoshi, has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

The 42-year-old reportedly fell unconscious, leading to her hospitalisation at Jaslok Hospital. 

Recently, the actress, who was in Kathmandu redoing her house, had also suffered a bout of food poisoning. 

According to reports, she was unwell for the last few days and had mentioned it on a social networking platform. After this she fell unconscious and was immediately flown to Mumbai with her mother for further check-ups. 

When asked about her diagnosis, a reliable source confirmed the news saying, Manisha has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and is undergoing treatment at Jaslok Hospital. Her family is by her side.
Commenting on Manisha's condition, Krishnakant Dasyam, Jaslok Hospital PRO, said, All these reports are merely speculation. Her check-up is still not complete and her tests are being carried out. She is fine and is undergoing treatment. There has been no diagnosis as such.

On being asked what tests had been carried out, he said, We can't reveal what tests are being conducted as the patient has requested us to maintain confidentiality

Manisha made her debut in 1991 in Saudagar and recently made her comeback in Ram Gopal Varma's Bhoot Returns. 

Watch: Veena Malik in sex clip?

Controversy queen Veena Malik seems to have done it again. This time, it's a raunchy video clip

Looks like Pakistani starlet Veena Malik, who was recently involved in a topless picture controversy, has done it again. 

This time, it's a steamy video that is doing the rounds of the internet. The clip that shows a couple passionately making out is sure to send temperatures rising. 

Veena is no stranger to controversy. Be it her link-up with a certain director or her not so politically correct remarks, she provides enough fodder for gossip mongers. 

As for this raunchy video clip goes, over to Veena.

Are Student Of The Year co-stars a couple?

Something's cooking between the 'Student Of The Year' co-stars Sana Saeed and Sahil Anand 

Sana Saeed is best remembered as Shah Rukh Khan's daughter Anjali from Karan Johar's 1998 film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. She even featured in KJo's recent film Student of the Year. The audience may still remember her as the eight-year-old Anjali but she's all grown up now!

And there's buzz about her and her Student of the Year co-actor Sahil Anand who featured as one of the friends of the lead stars in the film. The two seem to be getting along like a house on fire.

Says a source, They first met on the sets of SOTY after which they have become close. They have been spotted hanging out together at parties and events.
Both even walked the ramp together at Neeta Lulla's recent fashion show to pay homage to the 26/11 victims. Earlier they were also on the catwalk at designer Manali Jagtap's show for an NGO. 

Sana who featured in television soaps like Babul Ka Aangann Chootey Na and Lo Ho Gayi Pooja Iss Ghar Ki is keen to make it as an adult as well in B-Town. She has always stated that she would love to romance her screen dad SRK on the big screen!
Engineer-turned-actor Sahil featured in the reality show Roadies 4 after which he began modelling till he got a break in SOTY. 

Sahil's spokesperson maintains, They are just friends.

O Baba! Sanjay spotted chewing paan masala at a cancer foundation event

Sanjay Dutt was spotted at an event for the Nargis Dutt Memorial Trust established in the memory of his late mother to help the needy. 

This Trust is an offshoot of the Nargis Dutt Cancer Foundation that dedicates a large part of its resource to medical aid, especially in the field of cancer.

Ironically throughout the event, Dutt could not refrain from chewing paan masala! He kept on opening the sachet and stuffing it in his mouth. Tch, tch..

Maanayata and sisters Namrata and Priya with hubby Owen Roncon 
His wife Maanayata and sisters Namrata and Priya (with hubby Owen Roncon) were also present.

Teary-eyed over mother's fight against cancer

Actor Sanjay Dutt, who announced the collaboration between the Nargis Dutt Memorial Cancer Foundation and Britain-based NGO Healing Little Hearts here, became emotional as he recalled how he lost his mother, veteran actress Nargis Dutt.

Sanjay, who attended the launch with his sisters Priya and Namrata, almost shed a tear or two at the event. 

"In the year 1981, when my mother came back from Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital, she had a liver failure and she was taken to a hospital. I don't want to name the hospital, " Sanjay recalled. 

"The team of doctors who took care of her for one-and-a-half to two years flew down to India - the doctors, nurses, everybody who took care of her and they were not allowed to enter the hospital, and we lost our mom the next day. They came to save a life, " a teary-eyed Sanjay said.
Talking about the charity work which the Nargis Dutt Memorial Cancer Foundation has been doing for the past 30 years, Priya said it is a quality that she and her siblings have imbibed from their parents - father Sunil Dutt, and mother Nargis. 

"We have got it from both of them. I have always seen them doing charitable work. They used to be there for every good cause. So I think we have imbibed it from them, " Priya said here. 

Nargis Dutt died due to cancer a few days before the release of Sanjay's debut film "Rocky" in 1981. 

Don't call females a prop: Asin

Bollywood actress Asin says it is unfair to call anyone, let alone a heroine, a prop in a male-oriented film. She says whatever the role may be, a heroine plays a part only she can essay in a movie.

"I don't think anybody is a prop (in a film). You need a female protagonist and only she can do the role. So it is not very fair to call anybody a prop," Asin told. 

After making her mark in the southern film industry, Asin made her Bollywood debut with "Ghajini" in 2008. Since then, she has been a part of many successful films like "Ready", "Bol Bachchan" and "Housefull 2".

"I think I am satisfied with the roles which I have got. They have become hit also. It is not easy to come from south to the north. Both audiences want different (types of) heroines. So it is not like it is an easy task. Otherwise, everyone would be doing it," she said. 

Even if any of her films don't manage to do too well, Asin knows how to take it in her stride.

"Only two of my films have had an ensemble cast. I am proud and happy that I did those films as I formed many professional relationships with many stars. I am sure that there are better films ahead," she added. 

Mostly all her Hindi films have generated success at the box office success. But she laughs it off and says her presence in a movie doesn't guarantee moolah.
"I don't give any guarantee. But it has all been a success so far, thanks to god's grace. But I have no set formula. I work with teams who I like to work with. I think that is the formula. Generally I select universally appealing and fun scripts," she said. 

Asin's new film ""Khiladi 786", co-starring Akshay Kumar, will hit the screens Dec 7. This is her second film with the star and Asin says she shares a comfortable rapport with him.

She is playing the role of a Marathi girl in the film. 

"I am playing a Marathi character for the first time. It is not a delicate character. It is a bit rough. The girl is very confident, and the experience was fun," she said.

Lot to learn from Ali Zafar: Yami Gautam

Actress Yami Gautam, who will be be seen with Ali Zafar in "Aman Ki Aasha" says she is eagerly waiting to work with the actor-singer as she feels there is a lot to learn from him.

"There is a lot to learn from Ali. He is such a fabulous actor. He is an all-rounder. He is a singer, music composer, actor and what not. I am really looking forward to work with him," Yami told.

Yami will play a Hindu girl in the film.

"Ali is playing a Pakistani boy and I am playing a Hindu girl. I am not allowed to talk about the film, so that is all I can say. But this film is going to be completely different from 'Vicky Donor'. It is a very interesting role," she said.

The film will be directed by E.Niwas, who has earlier helmed "Shool", "My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves" and "De Taali".

Aamir urges fans not to reveal Talaash suspense

Superstar Aamir Khan, whose new film "Talaash' releases Friday, has urged his fans not to reveal the suspense of the film in public. 

"Hey Guys, 'Talaash' is releasing. Hope you like it. One request to those of you who see the film, please don't let out the suspense. Thanks! Lots of love, " Aamir wrote on his Facebook page. 

"Talaash" is a crime thriller and it is Aamir's first release after "3 Idiots", which released in 2009. The movie is directed by Reema Kagti and features Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukerji.

Aamir is known for his innovative promotions, but this time actor opted for a more quieter way of promoting the new film. He felt extensive promotions could bring out the suspense of the film.

Hype around 'Talaash' proof it's well-promoted

Low-key promotions for "Talaash" have worked in its favour, the movie's lead actor Aamir Khan believes. He says the hype around the film shows it has been marketed well.
"I think what we had planned for the marketing was a good plan and we have moved according to the plan," the 47-year-old said here Thursday at a special screening of the film.

"Now when the film releases, the hype that I see around the film indicates that the hype is not low it is very high actually. I am very happy with the promotions," he added. 

As part of the promotions, Aamir made an appearance on TV show "C.I.D." and also on a Star Plus special. 

"Both ideas were mine. 'C.I.D.' also and the interaction with Star Parivaar. I really enjoyed talking to them," Aamir said.

Aditi Rao roped in for Akki's Boss

Actress Aditi Rao Hydari, who was last seen in "London, Paris, New York" with Ali Zafar, has now been roped in to be part of Akshay Kumar-starrer "Boss".

The film's director Anthony D'Souza told: "Aditi is finalised for the film, but we can't talk exactly which character she will be playing in the film. You will have to wait till Dec 15 for an official announcement."

D'Souza, who helmed "Blue" in 2009, says the first schedule of the film has already been shot in Delhi.

"We have just finished the first schedule for the film in Delhi with Akshay Kumar. It was a very small schedule. We are planning to release the film in the middle of next year, " he said.

Asked what the film is about, he said: "It is too early to talk about the film. All I can say is that it will be a typical masala entertainer."

If reports are anything to go by, the movie is a remake of Malayalam film "Pokkiri Raja".

Yash Raj Films to produce Shekhar Kapur's Paani

Acclaimed filmmaker Shekhar Kapur has finally found a producer for his long-pending, ambitious project 'Paani' in the well-known banner Yash Raj Films. He says it is a 'perfect' association 

"I have been preparing for this film for a long time, but always wanted an Indian partner that has the same passion for the film as I do and in Adi (Aditya Chopra), I have finally found that," Kapur said in a statement. 

"It is a huge production that demands futuristic sets and large action pieces. With YRF, I have found a perfect home for 'Paani'," he added. 
The film is based in a future world where wars over water have broken out. Water is now owned by international corporations who use thirst as a weapon of control. 

In one such future city, a young love story breaks all the rules and in the ensuing war, water flows back to its people. 

'Paani' is said to have a strong Indian and western cast, headed by a young leading actor from India and a young leading actress from the west, the statement read. It was reported that Hrithik Roshan will essay the male lead. But no confirmation has been made on that front. 

The movie, which will go on floors mid-2013, will be shot in India and overseas. It will have music by the Oscar-winning A. R. Rahman.

Mahie will shock everybody with her image makeover in Zanjeer

Designer Pria Kaataria Puri, who is making her foray into Bollywood with styling up actresses Priyanka Chopra and Mahie Gill for the remake of 1973 film "Zanjeer", says she is doing the project just for director Apoorva Lakhia, who is "a very dear friend".

"I am finally stepping into Bollywood with this film and I am very excited. I have been approached long back to do Bollywood movies but I was not interested. Apoorva Lakhia is a very dear friend and he literally hounded me and convinced me do this film, " Puri told on the sidelines of the second day of the India Resort Fashion Week (IRFW) Thursday. 

Amit Mehra is producing the film, which was originally made by his late father Prakash Mehra in 1973 with Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role.

Priyanka is playing the female lead in the film that also stars Mahie and southern star Ram Charan Teja who is stepping into Big B's shoes.
Giving a brief idea about what she is styling for both the female characters, Puri said that Priyanka will be seen in a modern avatar and Mahie will shock everybody with her image makeover in the film. 

"Priyanaka is playing a modern Mala so we put things together keeping in mind the director's vision for her. For Mahie, the audience will be quite surprised and shocked to see her because this film is a total makeover for her. You will not recognize the old Mahie, " she said. 

The designer travelled a lot to source the clothes for Priyanka. 

"I sourced Priyanka's clothes from everywhere around the world. From Geneva, Paris, Italy to Kuwait, I travelled a lot, " said Puri. 

Talking about the experience working with both the actresses, she said it was lovely. 
"Priyanka is a seasoned style icon, also she is now an international celebrity. She is someone who is not only glamorous but also strong from inside. She knows what she wants and that for me, was a bigger challenge... to work with someone who knows what she wants. Mahie, on the other hand, was very easy to design for. She gave me the creative freedom, " she said. 

For IRFW, the designer showcased a collection that was inspired by Picasso's paintings. There were lot of bright colours used on the garments that varied from kaftans and tunics to dresses.

Inkaar uncut dialogues available online

Bold and uncensored dialogues of Arjun Rampal and Chitrangada Singh-starrer "Inkaar" have been made available through online teasers.

Some of the film's dialogues were deemed to be explicit and were removed from its theatrical trailer. However, the makers have decided to release these lines online as teasers.

Directed by Sudhir Mishra, "Inkaar" talks about sexual harassment on workplace. It releases Jan 18.

When Dalai Lama blessed Sonam and Anil Kapoor

Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor says he was once blessed by the Dalai Lama -- during a chance meeting on an airplane.

Anil spoke of his meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader on the sidelines of an event on the occasion of World Compassion Day.

"I met him many years ago on a flight. I was going through one of my scripts and I was preparing for my role and the role required me to be kind, tolerant of religions and above all compassionate.

"I was reading my script and preparing, I just looked up and I saw a few monks sitting in front of. In the midst of them, I saw the Dalai Lama, " the 52-year-old actor said here.

"I thought I should not miss the opportunity. So I went up to him, knelt down and said 'Sir, please give me your blessings and please sign the script'. And of course, he readily obliged."

At the event, the Dalai Lama spoke on the importance of non-violence and vegetarianism.

Vida Samadzai goes ethnic in Rajasthan

Vida Samadzai was recently in Rajasthan where she visited the most authentic places for the local fare 

She was more than happy to be sitting in ethnic settings and enjoying the cuisine. She also took a snapshot of hers with a pagdi! When in Rajasthan, do as the locals do. 

Paresh Rawal can't get enough of the Angry Birds

Such was Paresh Rawal's addiction to his computer game that director Aditya Dutt had to put it away to meet their shoot deadline

Paresh Rawal is not exactly known to be very technology-savvy. In fact till recently, the senior actor wouldn't even carry a cell phone. However on the sets of his next film in Fiji, he surprised the rest of the cast and crew when he just couldn't tear himself away from his tablet computer game.

A unit member says, After every shot Pareshji would run towards his van in a hurry and pick up his tablet and start doing something. He was so involved with it that we started wondering what actually he was up to.

Apparently, Paresh just couldn't stop playing Angry Birds on his computer. And it was causing unnecessary delay in completing the shoot schedule. As a remedy, director Aditya Dutt decided to hide the tablet so that Paresh wouldn't get distracted anymore.

One fine day, Pareshji just wouldn't stop playing. The team got exasperated and Aditya decided to hide it. Next Day, Pareshji was very upset We all pretended we didn't know anything and the shoot was completed on time.

Aditya states, He got the latest tablet during the shoot. He was hooked on to it. I actually had to hide it from him during a scene. After all, I wanted him to be in an intense mood for the sequence.

Later, the unit returned Paresh his tablet computer.

British singer-actress Milli Moonstone in a Bollywood film

British singer-actress Milli Moonstone makes her debut in Harish Sharma's upcoming film

He says it was the girl's dedication more than anything that got her this role. Apparently on the sets everyone gives her a lot of attention, much to the chagrin of the rest of the cast! The tall, leggy lass stands out!

Akshay Kumar is Rahul Singh's godbrother!

Rahul Singh who features in Akshay Kumar's Khiladi 786 is on cloud nine.

The actor who was seen in films like Zubeidaa, Tere Bin Laden and Jalpari had the Khiladi guiding him through the action sequences. Akki also recommended him for another film with him.

Rahul feels Akshay is too fit and young to be burdened with the term godfather, so he prefers to call him a godbrother!

Not influenced by critics: Rana Daggubati

Actor Rana Daggubati, known for movies such as "Leader" and "Dum Maaro Dum", says although he welcomes what film critics write, he never gets influenced by them.

"Critics represent one body of people and I always respect and welcome their criticism. I don't keep track every critics' point of view. I do take the effort to follow select critics, but never get influenced by their views," Rana told.

He further said that irrespective of the number of critics, it all boils down to personal choice.

"We have varied kinds of critics today who provide measured calculation about the performance of a film and the actors in it. It doesn't matter how many critics are present because at the end of day, it is a matter of personal choice," added the 27-year old actor.

Rana, who hasn't had a successful film in a while, has pinned all hopes on his Telugu action-thriller "Krishnam Vande Jagatgurum", which released worldwide Friday.

Musicians lose identity when composing for films: Karsh Kale

"Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom," American musician Charlie Parker once said. But that holds no meaning when you compose for films, feels Indian American musician Karsh Kale, the man behind the music for films like "Pyaar Impossible", "Karthik Calling Karthik" and "Chutney Popcorn". 

A musician or a band loses out on identity while composing music for movies, he says. 

"I think any time you are making music for a film, you are not making your own music any more. You are making music, which a director or a producer is asking you to make. Even if you put your stamp on it, it is someone else's vision. There is a huge difference there," Kale told.

His music is certainly not conventional. He admits there are times when one ends up creating something completely new for a film. 

"It depends on the film. Some of them call for true evolution and you end up doing things which you normally won't do as an artist. And there are films which don't," said Kale, who is a part of the music band Collectiv. 

In the recent past, Bollywood has served as a platform for fusion bands like Indian Ocean and Agnee to bring in new flavour to film music. And they have successfully done so with films like "Peepli Live" and "Aalaap". 

Kale, who has showcased his musical prowess, especially electronic fusion, in shows like "The Dewarists" and "Coke Studio", says such shows that promote raw talent should be encouraged as they create awareness about the hard work that goes behind creating melodious music.
"It is important for the music audience to get to know the life of musicians and see what they go through to make great music. Often, they only see the final product," he said. 

"Shows like these depict the back story, the making and also the struggle of the artists. So, I think people get more interested in the music and artists rather than waiting for the final product," he added.

In times when music aficionados are listening to a melange of tunes - Bollywood, retro, hip-hop, fusion, reggae, trance, rock, pop and even classical - Kale prefers to be open-minded about what he composes.

"I try not to think about styles as there is so much of good music out there in the world. People's iPods have different genres of music and not just one. So when I make music, I pick up everything that influences me. It might be hip-hop, electronica, rock and different styles mixed in one," he added.

Kale, who was raised in New York and studied music production and performance at the New York University, feels the Indian audience needs to be exposed more to fusion music as they are craving to hear something different and unique.

"People must be exposed to new music. This was how fusion became popular in the rest of the world too. We see people thronging music festivals, so that is an indication that people are craving for different music and are asking for it," he said.

Kale recently played with his band Collectiv at the Chivas Studio 2012 in Mumbai. His band will release their new album by early next year, after which they plan to go on a musical tour.

Raveena Tandon's special rendezvous

The actress cancelled all her prior engagements to meet the Dalai Lama

There will be only a few who would pass up on an opportunity to meet the Dalai Lama. To be able to meet the international peace figure, Raveena Tandon cancelled all her prior appointments for her big day.

Ravs was supposed to fly to Kuwait on the same day when the spiritual guru was to give a speech on World Compassion Day in Mumbai.

The actress who has been following him and his ideologies on social networking sites wanted to meet him up, close and personal.

Raveena says, I was going to Kuwait to attend a cultural event where I was invited as the guest of honour. But I did not want to miss this opportunity. I asked the organisers if I could delay my visit for a day and they agreed.

Speaking about her experience of having a tĂȘte-a-tĂȘte with the Dalai Lama, Ravs says, I have met couple of spiritual gurus in the past but meeting them was like a task due to security issues and strict rules. On the contrary, the Dalai Lama is so approachable. What I like most about him is that even at 82, he has a child-like innocence on his face.

Bengali bombshell to set Goa's Konkani cinema on fire

Goa's Konkani cinema is about to get red hot. After scorching the silver screen with a bare-backed performance in "Hate Story", Bengali bombshell Paoli Dam will act in a film directed by up-and-coming Goan director Laxmikant Shetgaonkar, says the actress.

"I am in Laxmikant Shetgaonkar's next film. We discussed the project when I met him in Cannes," the actress said of her 2011 meeting in France with the director, whose first film "Poltodcho Munis" won critical acclaim when it was released a few years ago.

The Konkani film revolves around Baga beach, one of the popular beaches in Goa, and involves the slices of lives of tourists coming to the beach.

Paoli plays the role of a north Indian tourist coming to Baga, she told Thursday on the eve of the conclusion of the 43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here.

The actress, whose claim to celluloid fame has been a raunchy role with part lesbian action in "Hate Story", and a nude sequence in another Bengali film, was here to attend the screening of her new film "Elar Char Adhyay" at the Goa festival.

"I want to be part of films with a difference," she said, adding that she liked the director and the idea and her character in the Konkani film.

A true-blue Bengali, who loves her fish, Paoli confesses that she loves the fish in Goa too. "I love the food here. Just can't get enough of it," she says.

Opening of Ritesh, Farhan's preview theatre delayed

Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar's plans of opening Lightbox, a special preview theatre, have been delayed as it is not ready yet.

Both Ritesh and Farhan, who co-own production house Excel Entertainment, were supposed to open the plush private theatre with the screening of "Talaash", but the opening has been shifted to next week.

Situated in Mumbai suburb Santacruz, Lightbox is a luxurious theatre with comfortable seats and state-of-the-art technology.

"Ritesh and Farhan were keen to open the preview theatre called Lightbox before the release of 'Talaash'. Work has been going on for almost a year to get the state-of-the-art theatre opened in suburbs. Unfortunately, it gets operational by next week, " said a spokesperson for Excel Entertainment.

Ugly is strong thriller, yet emotional: Anurag Kashyap

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who is directing the thriller "Ugly", does not want to give out too much about its narrative. However, he says it has its emotional quotient in place.

"It is a very emotional film in the garb of a very strong thriller. It is a very edge-of-the-seat thriller and at the same time, an emotional film. I don't talk much about this film to anyone and I have always wanted to be very quiet about this film, " the 40-year-old said.

"This film is about that point in one's life where a character looks back (at his life) and realises that none of his dreams are fulfilled. Then something happens which makes him realise that he and the morality is so fragile, " he added.

"Ugly" has been shot partly and Kashyap doesn't see the movie hitting the screens before mid-2013.

SOS crosses Rs.100 crore mark in India

Bollywood's Diwali release "Son Of Sardaar" has finally crossed the Rs.100 crore mark at the India box office.

The Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha and Sanjay Dutt starrer movie has managed to mint Rs.100.55 crore, said an official statement.

"Son of Sardar" garnered an opening week collection of Rs.71.53 crore in India.

The action comedy released alongside Yash Chopra's romantic "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" Nov 13. The latter crossed the Rs.100 crore mark in India Nov 23.

"Son of Sardar" is a Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Eros International presentation. Produced by Ajay Devgn Ffilms and YRV Infra & Media (P) Ltd Production, the film is directed by Ashwni Dhir.

Zeenat Aman likes Priyanka Chopra's fashion sense

Yesteryear's beauty icon Zeenat Aman Thursday heaved lavish praise on the dressing sense of former Miss World and Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra.

Aman, who walked the ramp as the showstopper for Riyaz Gangji collection at the ongoing India Resort Fashion Week (IRFW) this evening, said Chopra has a 'rockstar look'.

I like the way Priyanka Chopra dresses. She has got the rockstar look which she manages to carry off really well,  Aman said while responding to a question on who among the present actresses dress well.

Chopra's recently launched international debut album 'In My City' has become popular worldwide and highly appreciated by everyone.

The veteran actress looked resplendent in a gold and pink ensemble with lots of shimmer and glitter. Titled Shimmering Sands, Riyaz's collection included embroidered sarees, kurtas, linen pants, jackets and more.

Commenting on the designer's collection for whom she has already walked the ramp at Aamby Valley Indian Bridal Week, Aman believes he designs clothes keeping in mind various age groups.

Girls of all ages want to look pretty and Riyaz has models of different age groups walking for him. I started off my career as a model, so I am more than happy to do it here at IRFW. Riyaz is a lovely designer and a nice person. I'm really happy to be here for him,  she said.

Asked about her personal style statement, a pat reply was, I believe that you have to be comfortable with anything you wear. When you are comfortable you can carry off anything. If you are uncomfortable then your mind just keeps wandering all over.

Now set to make a comeback on silver screen, Aman has all praises for the IRFW happening on Candolim beach.

It is such a wonderful event. It gives a big exposure for all the fashion people. It also gives me an opportunity to come to Goa,  she said.

Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah will be seen doing some action stunts for his new film "John Day". The film will see the 62-year-old performing a lot of chase and fight sequences after 14 years. He was last seen performing stunts in 1998 film "China Gate". Directed by debutant Ahishor Solomon and produced by Anjum Rizvi along with K. Asif, "John Day" has an ensemble cast of Randeep Hooda, Shernaz Patel, Sharat Saxena and Vipin Sharma.

Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah will be seen doing some action stunts for his new film "John Day".

The film will see the 62-year-old performing a lot of chase and fight sequences after 14 years. He was last seen performing stunts in 1998 film "China Gate".

Directed by debutant Ahishor Solomon and produced by Anjum Rizvi along with K. Asif, "John Day" has an ensemble cast of Randeep Hooda, Shernaz Patel, Sharat Saxena and Vipin Sharma.

Kya Huaa Tera Vaada set for time leap?

TV czarina Ekta Kapoor continues her love for time leaps in her shows. Now her soap "Kya Huaa Tera Vaada" is soon set to be going ahead in time.

The show might witness a leap of nine or 15 years, a source told.

"Kya Huaa Tera Vaada", aired on Sony, features actors Mona Singh and Pawan Shankar in the prominent roles of Mona and Pradeep, respectively.

The current track shows Pradeep being framed by Anushka Sarkar (Mouli Ganguly) for the murder of Shaurya Mitra (Chetan Hansraj), while Mona is trying hard to prove her husband Pradeep is innocent.

Who will remain in the show, and who will exit it post the leap is still unknown.

The news of the leap comes just a day after it was officially announced that Ekta's "Pavitra Rishta", aired on Zee TV, will take a six-month leap next week.

Bejoy Nambiar to produce Pizza in Hindi

Bollywood filmmaker Bejoy Nambiar, known for his movie "Shaitan", has bought the Hindi remake rights of Tamil horror-thriller "Pizza". He will only produce the film.

"I have bought the Hindi remake rights of "Pizza", but I won't direct it. I intend to produce the film under my banner Getaway Films. We are in the process of zeroing in on the cast and director. Once we are done with all that, I'll make the official announcement, " Nambiar told.

"Pizza", which was made at a shoestring budget, was the recent surprise hit in Tamil. It revolves around a pizza delivery boy, played by Vijay Sethupathi, whose life undergoes dramatic changes during on one of his home delivery trips.

The film, which raked in Rs.1.85 crore in its first two weeks, was also picked up for a Telugu version by Suresh Kondeti.

Out of 13 Tamil films released in October, "Pizza", which was directed by Karthik Subbaraj, evolved as the sole winner at the box-office.

Dev Anand's statue to be unveiled in Mumbai

A statue of late Hindi cinema icon Dev Anand will be unveiled at the Bandra Bandstand Promenade here on the actor's first death anniversary Dec 3.

The statue will be unveiled as part of UTV Stars property Walk of the Stars here, and it will join the statues of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor.

Remembered as Bollywood's evergreen hero, Dev Anand died of cardiac arrest last year in London. He was 88.

His life-size statue in brass will be unveiled by yesteryear actress Waheeda Rahman, who made her debut opposite Dev Anand in the 1956 film "C.I.D.". Together, they featured in seven movies.

Dev Anand started his career in the black-and-white era with 1946 film "Hum Ek Hain", and spent 65 years as an actor and filmmaker in Bollywood. He left an indelible mark in the minds of movie buffs with classics like "Baazi", "Paying Guest", "Guide", "Jewel Thief" and "Hare Rama Hare Krishna".

The property, akin to the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, was launched earlier this year with the felicitation of the legendary Kapoor family, by actress Kareena Kapoor and director Madhur Bhandarkar.

The Walk of the Stars features film celebrities' handprints on customised slabs, and brass statues of iconic actors.

Vidyut Jamwal to model designer towel at IRFW

Bollywood actor Vidyut Jamwal, who is basking in the success of his recent Tamil hit "Thuppakki", will walk the ramp at the ongoing India Resort Fashion Week (IRFW) for a leading bed and bath brand.

"Vidyut will walk wearing a Wimbledon towel manufactured by Welspun on the last day of the event. The owners of Spaces Home & Beyond by Welspun will also grace the ramp along with the 32-year-old actor, " a statement released by the company said.

No wonder then that Vidyut's well-toned physique, which was seen in action film "Force", will also be on display during his ramp walk.

Spaces Home & Beyond by Welspun will showcase its products ranging from international toga wraps to exotic bath robes and beach towels, on the runway.

The IRFW, a four-day event, is an amalgamation of fashion and music.