Thursday, March 7, 2013

Jay promises Mahi a proper Hindu wedding

TV actors Jay Bhanushali and Mahi Vij have had a court marriage. Now Jay has promised his wife a wedding with Hindu rituals on their 25th anniversary.

The couple, who is participating in Star Plus's dance reality show "Nach Baliye 5", became emotional in an episode of the show.

Jay confessed to Mahi and said how she meant the world to him and her presence always makes him complete.

Jay also added that he didn't opt for a Hindu wedding for them because he doesn't like to sit in one place for a long time.

Mahi became highly emotional when Jay promised her that they will marry with 'saat pheras' on their 25th wedding anniversary.

Wharton Rejects Narendra Modi, Welcomes Shabana-Javed

The Wharton School Of The University Of Pennyslvania has said no a lecture by Narendra Modi. However Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar are proceeding to the prestigious forum for a lecture.

But before that, the couple are currently at Cambridge University in London and the London School Of African & Asian Studies this week to address students.

Speaking from London Shabana said, We're here to lecture at the two prestigious universities. At the London School Of African & Asian Studies we're addressing students on the topic of, can cinema be used as an instrument for social change with special emphasis on the portrayal of women in our films. At Cambridge University we are lecturing on women, cinema and poetry. I am also getting an honorary fellowship at the students wing of the London School Of Economic.

At the London School Of Economics Shabana and Javed will be honoured for the inspirational work done in films and as agents of social change.

The cherry on the icing would be the lecture at Wharton later in the month.

It's a good time for us to feel happy with our lives,  jokes Shabana.

Ajay Devgn's Junior fans in Himmatwala's Bum Pe Laat song!

Trust Sajid Khan to come up with fun wacky ways to entertain the multitudes of movie lovers out there...we hear that after the amazing response which the 1st song 'Naino Mein Sapna' got from the audiences, the next song from his upcoming 80's retro fiesta 'Himmatwala' is interestingly titled `Bum Pe Laat` and what's more, it features little munchkins who are fans of superstar Ajay Devgn!

Choreographed by Ganesh Acharya and music by Sajid Wajid, the entertaining song has around 50 children dancing with Ajay Devgn and lead actress Tamannaah. And some of these children are none other fans of Devgn who often come to visit the star on the sets!

Well, news is that a group of kids happened to visit Devgn while he was shooting for the song and while they were sweetly interacting with him, it struck Director Sajid to actually feature them in the track!!

A source close to the team said, `There was a different kind of spark when we saw Ajay interacting with those kids, and that's when we thought of asking the kids to dance with him in the song to bring out the same magic onscreen. And we are sure everyone would absolutely love it.`

Well, 'Bum Pe Laat' releases this weekend, so get all geared up to watch Ajay Devgn grooving with his junior fans in the song!!

Himmatwala' is directed by blockbuster director Sajid Khan, starring Superstar Ajay Devgn & Tamannaah.

Imran Khan's Bangalore connect

Actor Imran Khan, who is shooting for "Gori Tere Pyaar Mein" in Bangalore, says the city will always be special for him as that is where he spent some of his childhood years.

The 30-year-old studied at a boarding school in the city at a very young age. Being back in the city for a film makes him quite excited.

"I have spent a lot of my childhood in Bangalore and thus this city will always be very special to me," Imran said in a statement.

He has also been sharing his childhood memories with the crew.

"When he got the news that the movie shoots were going to happen in Bangalore he was thrilled and shared his childhood tales with us. He was more than happy to leave for the shoots," said a source.

"Gori Tere Pyaar Mein" is directed by Punit Malhotra, and also features stars Kareena Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor and Sainath Dukkipati.

Dhanush to produce brother's next film

Southern actor Dhanush is set to produce his brother Selvaraghavan's next Tamil directorial venture under his home banner.

"Very proud to announce that Selvaraghavan will be directing his next film for my production house Wunderbar Films. Cast to be decided soon," Dhanush posted on his Twitter page.

This will be Dhanush's third Tamil film as producer. He has earlier produced "3" and "Ethir Neechal", which is yet to release.

Dhanush and his brother were last seen working together in Tamil romantic-drama "Mayakkam Enna". While Dhanush acted in the film, Selvaraghavan directed it.

Selvaraghavan is currently busy filming upcoming Tamil-Telugu romantic-drama "Irandam Ulagam".

Meanwhile, Dhanush is busy juggling two Tamil projects - "Mariyaan" and "Naiyaandi". He recently completed filming for upcoming Hindi romance "Raanjhnaa".

Opening scene of original Chashme Buddoor my favourite: Divyendu

Divyendu Sharma, who plays one of the friends in "Chashme Baddoor" remake, says the first scene of the original film is his favourite one.

Director David Dhawan has revisited 1981-cult buddy film "Chashme Buddoor", which had a fair dose of romance and comedy. Farooque Sheikh had played the central character in it.

In the remake, hitting theatres April 5, Divyendu will reprise the role played by Rakesh Bedi, the poet, while Siddharth steps into Ravi Baswani's shoes. Ali Zafar is the main lead and Taapsee plays the role essayed by Deepti Naval in Sai Paranjpye's directorial venture.

"My best moment of the original one is the first scene where a cigarette is being passed on without seeing each other. Farooque Sheikh is reading a book, the other two are also doing their work and without seeing each other they are passing the cigarette," the 29-year-old said here Tuesday at a college where he was promoting the film.

"Farooque Sheikh gets it last. He is sitting in a manner that the cigarette is put between his toes, the feet goes up and he picks it up and takes a drag. That tells you so much about the chemistry in the very first shot of the film. You get to know what kind of friends they are, you don't need to explain anything," he added.

Not under pressure of Saraswatichandra grandness: Gautam Rode

Actor Gautam Rode, currently seen in "Saraswatichandra", says the grandness of the show doesn't put any pressure on him -- he just concentrates on his performance. Also, he doesn't worry about the future, and believes in living in the present.

"To be honest, there is no pressure of the show being so big. We are professionals and this is our bread and butter. I don't think about it. I just try and concentrate to do my best," Gautam told in an interview.

But the actor admits that he is "blessed" to be part of the show, which has been produced by well-known filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

"In the beginning, I never thought it would become so big. Now let's see the numbers we get," he said.

Will "Saraswatichandra" boost his film career?

"I have stopped thinking about how this will help me get films? I don't know what will come my way," said Gautam, who has done movies like "Annarth" and "Agyaat".

"If you start planning these things, then you are putting all your energies into the future zone and not concentrating on what you are doing now. I live in the present," he said.

Aired on Star Plus, the show is the small screen adaptation of Govardhanram Madhavaram's Gujarati novel by the same name. Earlier, in 1968 director Govind Saraiya had adapted the novel to the big screen and the film starring Nutan and Manish in the lead roles was a huge success.

There are many factors that attracted Gautam towards the show in which he is paired with Jennifer Winget.

"It was the title, the role. I had heard about it before. I have not seen the film, but my parents had, and they had liked it. Everyone around me has even read the novel or seen the film. I knew how big the character is and how well it is written. And also, Mr. Bhansali and Star Plus being the number channel got me going," he said.

Talking about the "positive response" for the few episodes that have been aired, he said: "But then no one says anything bad to your face except your parents and friends."

"If my parents don't like something, they tell me on my face. You get real feedback from them. As of now, they are positive and are liking it," he added.

Meanwhile, he is also hosting dance reality show "Nach Baliye" and said that even though it gets hectic, he enjoys it.

"It does take a lot of time. But this is the best kind of work any actor can do on TV. I am not saying it is easy. You have to adjust your time. I am compromising on sleep and workouts. For one month, it would be hectic," he said.

Both the shows are as different as chalk and cheese, he admits.

"'Nach...' is more fun... you have fun on the set. In 'Nach...', I go all out, but 'Saraswati...' is an introvert character. The two things are totally opposite," he said.

As of now, the actor is putting all his energies into making "Saraswatichandra" a success.

"Right now I just want to make this show number one," he said.

Chef Kunal Kapoor keen on Nach Baliye

MasterChef India judge Kunal Kapoor is keen on donning a different hat! He wants to take part in the next season of dance reality show "Nach Baliye" with his wife, even though he has two left feet.

Kunal, who has been married for five years and has a year-old son, recently visited the set of "Nach Baliye 5" for the promotion of "MasterChef India".

He even shook a leg with actress Shilpa Shetty, along with other "MasterChef India" judges, chef Sanjeev Kapoor and chef Vikas Khanna, on "Shut up and bounce" during his visit.

"My wife Ekta Kapoor loves dancing and is extremely good at it. But when it comes to me, I find it externally challenging to even do one step in sync. Looking at the way the couples on the show, who have been non- dancers, have progressed, only for the sake of their wife, I am extremely touched," said Kunal.

"The type of bonding and understanding that the couples generate when they work together is wonderful. All the jodis have really inspired me and I will for sure take part in the next season," he added.

The "Nach Baliye 5" episode featuring Kunal will be aired on Star Plus Sunday.

Team Kaanchi does a Harlem Shake on the sets

The Harlem Shake dance has flooded the internet with innumerable number of versions from all across the world. The rage that it is, Kaanchi has gone on to make its own version.

Kartik Tiwari can be seen prominently in the video along with the crew on the sets of Kaanchi. The "Harlem Shake" is when one person dances at a reserved manner while everyone is minding their own business then about 15 seconds into the song, the bass drops and everything changes. In most videos, the camera cuts and all of a sudden everyone is dancing out of control.

Kaanchi is an upcoming Bollywood musical thriller directed by Subhash Ghai, releasing on 15th August 2013. Ismail Darbar & Salim Suleman have contributed to the tunes of the film. The film also stars Rishi Kapoor and Mithin Chakraborty.

Maria Goretti cooks up Women's Day special!

Anchor, actress and now culinary enthusiast, Maria Goretti is set to whip up a special gourmet surprise this Women's Day Friday.

She will don the chef's hat to make a dessert exclusively for food channel India Food Network.

Her special treat will be French pastry 'Paris Brest' to celebrate the day. The ingredients of the sweet delight is said to sum up different moods of a woman - the tangy sweetness of strawberries, warm and fuzzy chocolate, the nutty rich flavour of the almonds and hazelnuts, said a statement from the channel.

I am no more a part of Gulaab Gang, clarifies Kussum Arora

South Indian actress Kussum Arora was shocked with the News circulating in the Press and Trade about she making her Bollywood debut with the much talked about 'Gulaab Gang' that also has veteran Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla in the leads. However the actress says she shot for the film for five days and walked out of the project due to her ill-health.

"I agree that i shot for few days for Gulaab Gang but i was unaware of my role. The director Soumik Sen is a very sweet person, But the production people refused to provide me the script.

I was told it was an important role but later i realized that this is a very tiny part which could have done by any actress who is not that known. Moreover, I was not keeping well and i also requested the Director and the Production Team to replace me." said Kussum Arora.

Insider's also claimed Kussum Arora was told this role to be an Important Role in the film. But, When the actress requested for the script, She was asked to keep quiet and continue shooting. When questioned Kussum about this whole episode, The actress denied any such incident.

The director Soumik Sen, When contacted said "Kussum Arora fell unwell after two days of the shoot. Her mother called me to inform the same. We had to seek a last minute replacement and cast someone else."

Gulaab Gang is a film which almost took 2 years in it's making. The film marks Madhuri Dixit's second come-back to Bollywood. Recently, A major tabloid published the news about veteran actress Juhi Chawla walking out of Gulaab Gang due to her Payment Issues.

We hope all goes well for the entire team of Gulaab Gang and the film get's completed real fast.