Saturday, September 29, 2007

No love lost between John and Bips!

John Abraham is super-thrilled to have the Chhota Nawab out of girlfriend Bipasha Basu's life. Now that Abraham is back with the dhansu Basu, he's spending as much time as he can with her. And when she has to attend an event, he makes sure he's close enough to reach her side the moment she's through with the work.Like when she was gracing a launch at Grand Hyatt on Wednesday night. A source informs that Johnny boy waited for her at the hotel's restaurant China House.And the moment Bips finished the event, she dashed to join Johnny boy, who was waiting with her sister and friends. We're also told that the couple called for prawns since she's so fond of seafood.

Monday, September 24, 2007

SRK to attend Twenty20 World Cup final

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, business tycoon Vijay Mallya and BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla will join hundreds of fans to cheer for Team India when Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men take on Pakistan in the final of the Twenty20 cricket World Cup in Johannesburg on Monday.Shah Rukh, who played a hockey coach in his latest release 'Chak De India', earlier made a surprise visit to the India-England third Test at The Oval last month.Shah Rukh, Mallya and Shukla will leave tonight by the liquor baron's private jet."We will root for the Indian team, which has made us proud by its commendable show. An India-Pakistan match is always a humdinger and we are going to enjoy every bit of it," said Shukla.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Onscreen passion missing between John and Bipasha

While they may claim that there is no love lost between them in real life, there was dearth of passion between John Abraham and Bipasha Basu while shooting a romantic scene.The duo, along with their co-star Arshad Warsi , were shooting a song for their upcoming film Goal , when the lack of chemistry between them became evident before the camera.

The song was choreographed by Saroj Khan .There was a scene in the song that required John and Bipasha to move very close to each other and then be intimate.But sources from the sets are quoted as saying that Saroj Khan was not satisfied with the chemistry (or the lack of it) between John and Bips. Many shots were retaken but the real life lovers could not stoke enough passion. Sources say at last Saroj Khan lost her patience and told John and Bips on their face not to spoil the shot. After many retakes, the couple finally managed to give the expression that Khan wanted.‘Goal’ is directed by Vivek Agnihotri. The movie has John and Arshad Warsi playing two footballers. Bipasha Basu plays their team’s physiotherapist.

'Chak De India' debutants cherish working with Shah Rukh Khan

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan 's co-stars in Chak De India are happy over the critical acclaim the film has received and give credit to the actor for making them feel comfortable.Model-actress Vidya Malvade , who plays the goalkeeper-captain of the Hockey team, says ''It was a fantastic experience working with SRK and the Yashraj banner. We all had a fabulous time and I guess it shows in the film as well. Shah Rukh Khan is a magnificent actor and human being and he really went out his way to remove our nervousness and make us feel comfortable on the sets.''She said she was overwhelmed at the response the film has generated and expressed confidence that she would do better work in future.''We really had a hard training schedule to learn playing hockey and after that I have realised that hockey players work so hard, yet are given such little recognition.I hope the film will inspire people to give our hockey team all the encouragement they need.''Sagarika Ghatge, who plays Preeti Sabrawal, said she was missing hockey practice terribly and so she went ahead and got herself a hockey stick to remind her of the fitness trend that her life had got used to during the shoot.The actress added that 'Chak De India' has changed her life forever, setting her life in the right direction.''''The discipline, training and lifestyle set for us will help each of us go a long way in not just this industry but in life,'' says Sagarika, a national athlete who is back to training post 'Chak De India'.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Aishwarya and John To Pair Up For A Film

Despite John and Abhishek not sharing any warm vibes, Aishwarya has signed a candy-floss romance with the Bollywood hunk.She is in talks with producer Rohan Sippy for a movie that will have John playing her leading man in a romantic story with heavy doses of adventure as well. It will be directed by Sriram Raghavan , the man who directed Ek Haseena Thi .The yet-untitled film will be shot at exotic locations in foreign countries. The locations are being finalized. The movie’s shooting will most likely begin in November this year.Aishwarya is presently shooting for Ram Gopal Varma’s Sarkar Raj in Hyderabad and could not be reached for her comment.John, on the other hand, has also been busy shooting songs for his movie No Smoking and filming for Nagesh Kukunoor’s Aashayein .

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Friday, September 14, 2007

Sawariya is an intense love story: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

You went through some legal trauma in 2006 when a furniture dealer accused you of not paying her dues?

It’s always been important for me to fight for the truth. If a media crazy person attacks me I’ll fight back even more strongly.No matter what film I’ve made so far, I’ve never got involved in any monetary transactions. For Black, it was Applause Entertainment who were my financial partners while I handled the creativity.

Any monetary grievance should have been addressed to Applause. So why were you hounded?

Because the lady in question needed access to the media.. and what better medium of media recognition than a well-known director? So far I’ve kept mum and trusted in our judicial system. In fact I want to thank this lady for making me stronger.

How do you feel about 2006?

Last year started for me with all the awards for Black. All the hard work came to fruition. Awards are important because they endorse your hard work. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re better than the other nominations. But they make me feel very good.

And three of my films Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas and Black won lots of awards.. Then I went through another level of excitement while recording the songs of Sawariya.

You think Sawariya too will make a grand sweep at the awards?

(Laughs) I would love it if it if does. But the intention is never to make films for awards. You make the film you want to.

I’ve had a glimpse at Saawariya. It looks completely different from your other films.
I think it takes me quite a long time to decide the atmosphere and khushboo of a film. That process takes me more than a year. And I need to take a different path every day. The intention isn’t to make money, but to do what comes naturally to me.

What motivated Sawariya?

The concept is unlike anything I’ve done so far. I wanted to move from the deep intensity of Black to the absolute joie de vivre of Sawariya. After Black I wanted to see a flower bloom and the sun shine. Of course it’s an intense love story. But the sparkle of youthful love is so
invigorating. That’s what I wanted to experience.As I make Sawariya I feel very alive. I don’t want to make a ‘popcorn khao, ghar jao’ film. With Sawariya I feel all my senses tingling again.

But the presence of two high-profile star children could colour your film’s profile during marketing.

If I’m making a film about young love I can’t cast veterans. It had to be newcomers. And why not Ranbir and Sonam?

They’re astonishing discoveries. I didn’t make Sawariya to launch Ranbir and Sonam. But yes, it does them give them a chance to prove their worth. Their freshness adds a lot to the love story. They do come from important film families.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

What's cooking between Katrina and Saif?

Can Saif Ali Khan be a threat to Salman Khan’s love life? The cosy equation that Katrina is sharing with Saif these days, is the latest talking point among the industry people.Few people are also smelling romance between chhote nawaab and Sallu's jaan.Further, the news of Katrina and Saif being chess-buddies on the sets of the film Race for hours has given a lot of fodder to the rumour-mongers.
But even these strong rumours have not deterred Katrina to talk all good and positive things about her relationship with Saif.
Says she, "He is a fantastic person. He is such a nice company. He is among the decent actors of the film industry and I like to gel with such people. What makes us very good friends is that we both have lot of things in common besides our interest in playing chess."
"It’s not just a chess connection, he's a nice person and I feel comfortable with him."
But what about the rumours linking her with chhote nawaab? Says she, "Industry has talked about my affair with so many other actors too. So why respond to silly things which don’t even exist? Lots of things are written about my relationships that even I don’t know."
"I don’t have any problem with any of my co-actresses ever. But sometimes it is said that I am not comfortable with Bipasha, Priyanka and many others. I am tired of clarifying all this."
On being asked about the recent jail term of Salman, she says, "I don’t want to share my person issues with media. I don’t want everyone to know about it."

Rani has two releases lined up this year.

Contrary to reports suggesting that Rani Mukerji is quitting movies after 'Laga
Chunri Mein Daag', the actress has already started working in Kunal Kohli's next
production. 'Kunal Kohli's untitled venture brings the 'Hum Tum' pair of Saif Ali Khan and Rani together again. Rani has been shooting for the last two weeks and is totally immersed in the project. She has neither the time nor the inclination to get married or to issue periodical denials about lies that keep appearing in the
tabloids about her,' said a source. For Kohli's film, Saif will join Rani soon. 'I'm currently shooting for Yash Raj's
'Tashan'. Rani has already started shooting for Kunal's film. I will join them in November,' Saif told IANS.

In Pradeep Sarkar's 'Laga Chunri Mein Daag', she has one of the toughest author-backed roles as a Brahmin girl who compromises with her morals to support her family. She is also working in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Sawariya' where she plays an old-fashioned golden-hearted prostitute.
According to Bhansali, Rani's role as the golden-hearted tart is so ebullient and
enchanting that she is likely to prove the scene-stealer of the show. As for marriage, Rani has no man in her life -- right now.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Rishi & Neetu Kapoor wanted to leave their son alone on the sets

Parents of Ranbir Kapoor, Rishi And Neetu Kapoor prefer to watch their son on screen rather than off-screen. So they consciously made every effort not to present on the sets of Ranbir's debut film 'Saawariya'. Once director Sanjay Leela Bhansali called Neetu over for tea, she says, "I had my cup of tea and left. I did not watch Ranbir in action. Rishi and I wanted to leave our son alone on the sets. I didn't want to put any extra pressure on him. I did the same for my husband, never dropped in on his sets ever."

Saturday, September 8, 2007

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Movie Review Of Dhamaal

Dhamaal (comedy) Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffrey Direction: Indra Kumar
FOUR vela friends are afflicted by the get-rich-quick virus and find their fortunes taking a turn after they accidentally pounce upon an accident victim (Prem Chopra) who tells them about a hidden treasure in Goa, before he literally kicks the bucket. The losers begin their winners-take-all journey to the promised land, but find umpteen obstacles in their way: a sleepwalking cop (Sanjay Dutt), a hyper Parsi bawa (Asrani) and a me-myself daku. It’s a banana bunch that finally ends up in Goa, chasing a dream that takes them through sundry silly twists and turns that find you grinning as you jump onto this jolly ride. Don’t go looking for too much sense and you might just enjoy this celebration of nonsense from the director who has given you some cinema ‘masti’ with films like Dil, Ishq and Masti. The highpoint of the film isn’t the script which is a foregone tale. Rather, it is the chemistry between the bunch of chokras, led by Arshad Warsi and his nerdish brother, Jaaved Jaffrey who wields the dungaree with aplomb. Also, the boys whip up such a frenzy of mad capers that you hardly miss the heroines who are notable by their absence. Yes, this is Bollywood’s maiden attempt to completely dispense with the maidens. Go have fun in this all boys affair, even though Sanjay Dutt seems to be sleepwalking through his role, the first after his stint at Yerawada prison.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Cold vibes between Aishwarya and Rani

The latest gossip doing the rounds in tinsel town is the tiff between Aishwarya Bachchan and Rani Mukherji.
Seems this happened when Ash went visiting hubby Abhishek and mom-in-law Jaya Bachchan during the shooting of Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (is about lentil soup or what?) in Switzerland. And the character being played by Rani needed to be overcosmeticised etc.
That's when Ash's none too complimentary remarks were heard by the unit. Neither did Jayaji give Rani a good review.. and was heard saying that Ma'am Mukherji has become too uppity.
For once Rani maintained a dignified silence…clap clap. Seems Ash and Jayaji are qualified critics to make snide remarks.

Shahid-Kareena together forever

Even though they may not have too many films in hand, nothing seems to deter the Shahid-Kareena jodi, including the recent break up rumours. They are more than happy to live up to their mast status and be patient for their almost dormant filmi career to kickstart."It has become like a national crisis that Shahid and Kareena have to have on-screen chemistry. They will take us to gallows otherwise," said Bebo.'Modesty thy name could never be Kareena', but perhaps we can excuse the overstatement. Much has been said about the lack of on-screen chemistry between Bebo and her boyfriend Shahid Kapur, but of course the question is does he still retain the boyfriend status?As the rumour mills rumble just about a month before the release of their new film, Jab We Met, one wonders whether their 'so called' split is another publicity stunt. But during the shooting of the film, they both seemed optimistic not just
about the film but for each other as well. "We have done four films together out of which some were good some were bad. I think an actor shouldn't be blamed for films they do because ultimately lot of things don't turn up the way it has been told to an actor. I think we have not
been given an opportunity to work in a great script," Kareena stated. The often joined at the hip couple relive a simple 'boy meets girl' story in Imitiaz Ali's latest film Jab We Met. Though their career graph may not have been all that smooth, it doesn't seem to worry either of them. Shahid,who has signed two films with UTV could not have asked for more. "I think UTV is a fantastic production house. I am very impressed with the kind of cinema they are making," said Shahid.Kareena sounds very optimistic about her future. "I have been shooting for two films simultaneously. Imtiaz's film is over and I am working on Yash Raj Film's Tushan which has Saif and Akshay in it. I am really excited about it. It is going to release next year."

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Straight from the WIFW ramp!

Shilpa Shetty with an unidentified man minutes before Tarun Tahliani's show on the second day of the Wills India Fashion Week.

Bebo-Shahid still together, says Babita

we’ve all had an overdose of the Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapur love story with its twists and turns including Saif Ali Khan.A new take on their love story now comes. A source informs that mom Babita is sorting out her daughter's life.We're told she’s been calling everyone in her phone book to declare that Bebo and Shahid are very much together and the media is making up stories.This after her own darling daughter Bebo first leaked the news (You must be knowing stars plant stories, don’t you?) about Saifu and then denied it!Just wondering, what happened to those let’s-meditate-together sessions with ancient history Shahid.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Salman Khan to marry and settle down

When Aishwarya Rai got married to Abhishek Bachchan, there were speculations that actor Salman Khan just might marry his long-time girlfriend Katrina Kaif soon - implying that he couldn't get Aishwarya back anymore. Now that the actor has crossed 40, his family members are more than eager to watch him settle down.Girlfriend Katrina Kaif's mom flew down from London recently and had a nice conversation with Salman Khan's family. This had only increased the rumors of a marriage that was soon going to happen. Now that Salman has finally got himself out of all the legal mess that he was involved in, he too is not rejecting the idea.There is only one problem now. The actress is finally being recognized for her work. She is getting plenty of new film offers. You don't suppose that she wants to spoil it all by getting married now, do you?

Hritik To Play Cameo In OM SHANTI OM

The latest addition to the stellar cast of Om Shanti Om is none other than Hrithik Roshan. If sources are to be believed, then Shah Rukh Khan and Farah Khan have already spoken to the actor.
Hrithik will be playing himself in the film. He will be seen gracing an award function in the film alongside Shah Rukh. The sequence will supposedly see both actors vying for the Best Actor Award at the Filmfare Award function. The dates are yet to be decided as the actor is busy shooting for Jodha Akbar in Karjat. He will shoot the sequence once he is back.
Om Shanti Om, set in tinsel town during the Seventies, the film traces SRK’s journey from a struggling actor to a superstar. The award sequence will also see actors Abhishek Bachchan and Akshay Kumar also make an appearance. All the actors will be playing themselves. They will all be nominees at the Filmfare Awards.