Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ranbir Kapoor goes under the knife

Apparently, the actor went through a minor surgery recently to get a cyst removed from his chest It was a zip, zap, zoom session from the operating theatre and back for Ranbir Kapoor recently. The actor apparently got a cyst removed from his chest. He was in the hospital for a few hours only and was back to work the next day.

A source says that RK went under the knife on May 12 and is currently sporting a bandage around his chest. However, it has not deterred the star from promoting his upcoming film with Deepika Padukone around town.

An insider says, `Ranbir is also nursing a back injury these days. Ranbir was working till late evening on the previous day and was on leave only for a day. Post the surgery, he has also been doing city tours and visiting show sets to promote his film. It was a minor operation and the actor is now fit and fine to resume his work.`

Looks like it was not the first time that RK was inside an OT. The actor also underwent a minor surgery while he was shooting for Anurag Basu's Barfi!.

While Ranbir was unavailable for comment, the actor's manager confirmed the surgery, without revealing further details. 

Exposed: Did Vindu pump in Big Bollywood stars money for betting?

Bollywood makes its dramatic entry into the cricket-underworld-bookie nexus with the arrest of Vindu Dara Singh, as cops probe his close ties with film personalities

Season 6 of Indian Premier League is in its climactic stages. But it's safe to say that the on-field action has few takers now, as every day new exposes in the spot-fixing scandal make headlines.

With the arrest of actor Vindu Dara Singh, the scrutiny of investigators is likely to focus more prominently on Bollywood. Property Cell of Mumbai Crime Branch apprehended the Bigg Boss season 3 winner yesterday after he was found to be in touch with some bookies.

His call details, retrieved by cops, reveal that the actor knew a lot of cricketers, bookmakers and Bollywood personalities.

`We are investigating to determine whether he has played any role in the spot-fixing controversy. Also, we have a few leads on Vindu's meetings with a superstar and an actor-turned-producer in a five-star hotel, where he was allegedly used as a mediator to place bets on IPL matches,` said a Crime Branch officer requesting anonymity.

The inquest has also revealed that Vindu had 'invested' Rs 20 lakh from his own pockets. There is no account of how much cash other film personalities had supplied for betting and fixing. We have just got his custody and the probe is on,` the officer added. 

Along with Vindu, Crime Branch arrested Alpesh Kumar Bhagwandas Patel alias P Alpesh (39), a resident of Phopalwadi, Bhuleshwar, and Prem Ramchandra Taneja (39), an inhabitant of Karol Bagh, Delhi.

Police said Patel is the hawala operator who used to facilitate transactions of the bookies, and when they raided his premises they found Rs 1,28,74,500 in cash from his Bhuleshwar office. `Cash for betting was moved around by Patel who charged 0.28 to 0.50 per cent as commission for aiding dealings inside and outside India,` said a source from the Mumbai Crime Branch. 

The other accused, Prem Ramchandra Taneja, is a garment manufacturer and also a dealer of automobile spare parts. Sources say Taneja is a well-known figure in Bollywood and has generated controversies in the past.

Following the two arrests, police called Vindu for questioning and he was taken into custody thereafter. Call records show that Vindu was communicating with bookies Pawan Jaipur, Sanjay Jaipur and Jupiter, who are all wanted by Mumbai Crime Branch. He was also in touch with bookie Ramesh Vyas, who has been arrested.

Pacer S Sreesanth's photo was found on Jupiter's laptop. It is suspected that Vindu was also corresponding with the suspended Rajasthan Royals bowler. Sources say some A-list actors, who had invested money with Vindu, will be questioned by Crime Branch in the coming days. Vindu - who has been booked for cheating and forgery - Patel and Taneja will be in police custody till May 24.

When asked whether police would investigate Bollywood's connection to betting in cricket, DCP Satyanarayan Chaudhary, official spokesperson for Mumbai police, said, `We are investigating all possible links into the matter.`

Remember this man?

Vindu made his acting debut in the Hindi film Karan (1994). Following this, he acted in the Punjabi language film, Rab Dian Rakhan (1996), which was directed by his father - wrestler-actor Dara Singh. Since then he has acted in many films, mostly in supporting roles, including Joker, Housefull2 and Son of Sardar.

He has also acted in TV serials, portraying Lord Hanuman in Jai Shri Hanuman, much like his father did in Ramayan. He won Bigg Boss season 3 on December 26, 2009. 

There was only one person in the world for whom I was heart broken: Shruti Haasan

Shruti Haasan is the daughter of South Indian legendary actor Kamal Haasan and actress Sarika. Very few knows Shruti is also a musician. She appeared as a child actor in Kamal Haasan's Hey Ram (2000) where she played Vallabhbhai Patel's daughter.

She started her acting career in Bollywood with Soham Shah's Luck (2010) opposite Imran Khan which sanked at the Box Office. Shruti went on to do South Indian films and also did Hindi films such as Madhur Bhandarkar's serious-comedy Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji.

This year the actress has two Hindi films back to back which is Ramaiya Vastavaiya with Girish Taurani and Nikhil Advani's D-Day. The actress goes candid with Faisal Saif.

How was the journey so far for Shruti Haasan?
It's been a kind of different journey. It is not a conventional journey of a star. I have never been a conventional person. My journey has taught me a lot. There has been success and failure and they both taught me a lot. It's my journey and hopefully, will return more colors.

So you always wanted to be an Actress?
I always wanted to become actress, but I always thought I am too ugly to be an actress. I was always in the sport, in the sun and always running around. I always thought heroines are so beautiful how will I be that beautiful? But I always wanted to be in the entertainment business. I always wanted to act, sing and be a part of it.

What made you sign Ramaiya Vastavaiya?
Actually there were lots of reasons. First of all Prabhu Sir (Prabhudeva) and everyone knows about his work. Kumarji (Kumar Taurani) and the entire Tips team. I was really very excited about working with this team. And on top of it, We had a very good team.

And your experience on working with Girish Taurani?
My experience with newcomer Girish Taurani was extremely wonderful. He is such a sweet person to work with. The whole Ramaiya Vastavaiya process was an enjoyable experience. I hope the audience enjoys the film too like how we did while making it.

This year you have two films releasing..
I am happy that both are polar opposite films. For me, both the characters are so different from each other. In a weird way, it is nice that both the films are coming out on the same day. It just shows the range.

What was your reaction when your parents got separated?
They are only separated but they are still married. From the very young age, I have learnt to accept the people for what they are. And i have always looked up to my parents as individuals. I have always tried to look at life by others point of view. I didn't care if they were together. I just want them to be happy.

But you found yourself as a Heart-Broken?
There was only one person in the world for whom i was heart broken. If a film doesn't do well, You can do another film. If a song is not good, You can make another song. But when you chose somebody, You are at the mercy of that person's love.

Do you feel Independent now?
I was independent from the time i was a kid. I even used to say no to my mother's help during my school home-work. I would always solve my problems my way. I love my family, But i am such a person who would like to sleep and wake up alone. May be this is the only reason why i am devastated at the idea of marriage (Laughs).

Do you believe in God?
My father is an atheist. We never had a 'Puja Room' in our house, But i would sneak out to Church and Temple very often. I get a lot of my answers from the faith that i have in God. I always feel there is some power looking after me.