Katrina Kaif spills the beans on Salman Khan

>> Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Katrina, Salman

It has been a long time coming, but Katrina Kaif has finally broken her silence about her relationship with boyfriend Salman Khan and cleared the air for all those who are under any misconceptions.In the latest issue of People magazine, the Bollywood beauty stated categorically that she is very much in love with Salman and is very happy with him.

Katrina also revealed that she carries a picture of the Bollywood bad boy with her at all times. Coming to the most important question of marriage, Katrina was frank and said that she is not ready to get married for another year at least even though Salman is eager to settle down with her. And what of Salman’s new ‘interest’, namely Claudia Ciesla?

Katrina made it clear that Salman has merely a professional interest in the German model and nothing else is going on between them.


Kareena Kapoor buzz upsets Love Aaj Kal director

Kareena Kapoor

The much-awaited film Love Aaj Kal has been in the news ever since it was launched. Interestingly, people are talking more about Kareena Kapoor’s exclusion than the film itself. Director of the film Imtiaz Ali is not happy with the Kareena buzz. It all started with the people expecting Kareena to act in Love Aaj Kal for the simple reason that it has her boyfriend Saif Ali Khan in the lead role. Moreover, it is Saif’s first home production.

What came as a surprise was the selection of Deepika Padukone as the female lead. So, many started buzzing why Kareena was ignored.This divert in attention has upset Imtiaz Ali, the director of Love Aaj Kal. He said that it is unfortunate if some people make more news than the film itself. He added that it doesn’t make him proud to know that Kareena has been the fodder for rumour mills. All he wants now is to sell his film.

Well, the buzz around Kareena would end once Love Aaj Kal hits the theatres on 31st July.


Party time for Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma

Bangalore girl Anushka Sharma, who is currently shooting for a film with Shahid Kapoor, got a chance to dash to her hometown for a day recently. She was there for some filmi event… but was ecstatic to learn that her friends, whom she had studied with, were down in the city as well.They study abroad now, so it was a great coincidence that they were in Bangalore at the same time. We had a girl’s night out — chatted, ate pizzas and stayed up all night.

It was a blast, but the trip was too short,” complained Anushka.About her friends’ reactions on her first movie with Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka said, “They’ve all seen Rab Ne… and loved it. Apparently, Anu’s dosts watched back to back shows on the first day itself, and that, too, from row one, as all the tickets were sold out. So have they asked for an introduction to the charming SRK, as yet?They love him, but have never asked me to set up any meeting. Thank God for that. They’re now more excited about my next release than I am,” she said.

So Anushka and her gang of girls will probably munch on some popcorn and watch her second flick together… again from row one, because Anushka, of course, wishes that this time, too, the movie runs houseful.


Bipasha’s Hollywood dream comes to an end


Just few days back there were tabloid reports about Bipasha Basu’s first Hollywood project starring Titanic villain Billy Zane, going on floors. But now news has trickled in that the project is being scrapped. It was supposed to begin shooting on July 25th. It is learnt that producer Smita Thackeray had backed out with reasons being cited as personal and professional. This yet to be titled film was to be directed by David Silverman and was to feature Bipasha in Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft avatar. It was supposed to be shot in Kodaikanal and had actor Rajvirr of Kaise Kahen (2007) fame playing Bipasha’s second love interest.

The film was to have Bipasha doing some intense love making scenes with both Billy and Rajvirr. Rumour mills suggest- the choice of Rajvirr as the male lead wasn’t appreciated but Smita Thackeray was adamant about him playing the role. However now that Smita has backed out from the film, it only means that for now Bipasha’s dream of going international has come to a standstill, at least for now. Though for a long time both Bipasha and her boyfriend John Abraham have been trying to go international, they haven’t succeeded.


Salman Khan’s mother reveals his secrets

Salman Khan

You must be wondering why Salman Khan isn’t getting married and why the actresses who were involved with him finally didn’t marry him. It’s not just his over possessiveness that irks the ladies involved with him but his mother revealed what it is on Farah Khan’s chat show.It was a Salman Khan’s show but gradually his mother Salma stole the show. Her candid nature almost gave the entire show a touch of one being at home. And it was then when she revealed so much about her son. At various points Salman got embarrassed and even the audiences were surprised.It’s Farah who later said, “Salman’s father Salim Khan had taped his byte in which he said that Salman always falls in love with actresses but then wants them to give up everything and stays at home much like the most special woman in his life … his mother.

He went on to say that Salman had been spoilt silly by his mother.Salman’s mother said that she wanted Salman to settle down soon, He will make a very good father,” said Salma. With such facts Salman might have to wait more beware Katrina.


Saif Ali Khan watches his film at 2 am!


A little birdie tells me that Saif Ali Khan has been so excited about his home production that Chotey Nawab arranged for the film to be screened in the middle of the night.I am told that Saif was very nervous about how Love Aaj Kal had turned out to be.

The first copy of the film was still being processed when our man had been pacing up and down like an expectant father. So when Saif finally heard that the copy was ready, he along with business partner Dines Vijan arranged for a special screening to be arranged at 2 am!

It seems both the men have loved the film. As for me, I am dying to watch it for myself.


How Akshay Kumar found Life Partner!

Akshay Kumar

According to reports Akshay Kumar was initially approached to play Govinda’s part in Life Partner. Though Akshay Kumar couldn’t do the film as he was busy with 8×10 Tasveer, he was constantly in touch with the makers through the scripting of this film.When Abbas-Mastan and Rumi Jaffery explained that they were at a loss for the movie’s title – Akshay helped them out. After listening to the climax Akshay suggested Life Partner as an appropriate title for the film.

A unit member said, “All these rumours of a rift between Rumi and Akshay are false. Both parted ways amicably”.Director Rumi Jaffery confirms, “It is really funny. I couldn’t believe it. During our conversation, Akshay came up with such a simple title.

We all just loved it”. Life Partner is a story of two couples and their journey through their relationships; while one takes the route of love marriage and the other arrange marriage.


Kareena-Katrina’s girl bonding


With Kambakkht Ishq and New York earning big bucks at the box office, the race for Bollywood’s top slot has just got hotter. But instead of making sarcastic jibes, tinsel town’s leading ladies seem to have formed a mutual admiration society.In a recent interview Katrina Kaif said she was ‘nowhere near Kareena Kapoor as a performer’. Katrina’s act of diplomacy seems to have gone down very well with Miss Kapoor.The usually frank Bebo who has in the past rubbed many actresses the wrong way, acknowledged all the flattery from Katrina.

On Monday afternoon Kareena spoke at the launch of a new line of diamond jewellery in the Mumbai.Incidentally Katrina Kaif also endorses another line designed by the same company. When asked about Katrina she said, “I am very grateful and thankful to Katrina for all the nice things she has said about me”. Bebo said she was in no way envious of Katrina and the host of endorsements in her kitty.

Now we are not sure what has sparked off this newfound admiration between the two beauties. But if the two decide to do a film together, the Kareena-Katrina combo can certainly set the box office on fire.


Aishwarya Rai is ageing!

Aishwarya Rai

Sonam Kapoor might have upset her calling her ‘Aunty Ji’ but Aishwarya Bachchan is now herself donning a old age make up. The former Miss World is doing this for her Vipul Shah directed movie Action Replay. Aishwarya is working with make up artist Paul to get the perfect old age look on her face for the movie.

A source on the sets has disclosed that when the make-up was done for the first time it did not work out. Paul then took six hours to get her the perfect old age look. The movie also star Akshay Kumar, Ranbir Kapoor and Neha Dhupia.

Well seems like Sonam Kapoor wasn’t wrong in saying Aishwarya appeals to the older women!


Katrina Kaif finally beats Aishwarya Rai


Google has come out with the list of celebs that have topped their search engine all over India and it turned out that Katrina Kaif has pummeled Aishwarya Rai. Katrina’s angelic face, gorgeous smile and down-to-earth attitude makes her the hot favourite among netizens. Katrina Kaif will be back with a bang in a meaty role in Prakash Jha’s Rajniti and dabbles with comedy in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani and is paired opposite her best co-star Akshay Kumar in De Dana Dan.Meanwhile former beauty queen and an international face, Aishwarya Rai, holds the second position.

Now busy with the shooting for the film Raavana with her hubby Abhishek Bachchan, she has a string of films with big directors like Vipul Shah, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Rituparno Ghosh. Katrina recently took a shot at Kareena Kapoor. Katrina, the more successful of the two let Kareena take one below the belt as she criticised Bebo’s preference of showing more skin to male audiences rather than acting on screen. This was in direct reference to Kareena’s latest disaster ‘Kambakkht Ishq’ where she pranced around half naked for most of her running time with limited expressions.

Katrina Kaif said in an interview that she doesn’t need to wear short skirts or show off skin to get people to love her or her films.


Maria allows Arshad to kiss Vidya

>> Friday, July 24, 2009

Maria, Arshad

Arshad Warsi and Maria had gone through a worst phase of their life recently and now Arshad Warsi wanted to play safe. Maria really gets upset whenever Arshad has to perform any intimate scene with his co-star. Therefore in order to avoid any sort of confusion, Arshad took permission from his wife before kissing Vidya Balan in Vishal Bharadwaj’s untitled film. On looking at the situation, the not so happy Maria allowed Arshad to kiss Vidya.Maria usually does not feel happy when Arshad gets into any sort of hot stuff with his co-star but as Vishal is a realistic story teller, she permitted him to kiss Vidya.

But in spite of getting green signal from Maria, Arshad was not happy. He fears that the kiss might not put his marriage again at the edge of the sword. He feels like dying from within. But as it is the demand of the script, he cannot step down.Fortunately, the scene ended well but Arshad vowed that as far as possible he will stay away from any onscreen kisses.


Amitabh-Ramu friendship is over

Amitabh, Ramu

Controversial film director Ram Gopal Varma and Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan were inseparable at one point of time but their friendship has taken a beating of late. Ramu has decided to stop working with Amitabh.The debacle of Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag seems to have made these combo lost trust in each other. Adding more salt to the wounds, Sarkar Raj, the sequel to their hit film Sarkar, failed terribly at the box office. Following these turns of events, Ramu has decided to drop the idea of making another sequel to Sarkar.

It was earlier reported that Ramu would let Aishwarya Bachchan take over the mantle of running the family along with Amitabh in the next sequel. But now, it’s history, as the director has decided to scrub the project.Ramu said that his relationship with the Bachchan family is still close but admitted that he is keeping a distance from them professionally. He revealed that his screen relationship with the Bachchan family is over for the moment.

Well, there seems to be a little ray of hope to Ramu-Amitabh friendship, as their controversial film Rann could work magic to their relationship. Watch out!


Asin caught playing with Dhoni

Asin, Dhoni

Ghajini girl Asin Thottumkal recently shot the new Big Bazaar TV Commercial with Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni at a studio in Filmcity, Mumbai. Asin had been signed up as Big Bazaar brand ambassador just few months back, but had only done a print ad campaign with them since then. This is her first TV ad shoot for the brand.It is learnt that this recent ad shoot featuring Asin and Dhoni took an entire day and saw many clothes changes for both of them.

In fact, during the breaks, both Asin and Dhoni even indulged in playing games. Dhoni seems to be fast gaining popularity amongst brands, as he has recently an ad with Bollywood hottie Bipasha Basu for an international shoe brand.This new Big Bazaar ad will be seen on TV from mid-August. Dhoni is presently on a break since no cricket is happening till the tri-series in Sri Lanka in September.

Meanwhile, Asin is shooting for London Dreams starring Salman Khan and Ajay Devgan and her Indo-Japanese venture.Anything sprout out of this friendship, as both Asin and Dhoni are big names in their profession. Above all, both of them are single and ready to mingle.


Neha Dhupia goes to Hollywood

Neha Dhupia

Actress Neha Dhupia has bagged her first international assignment, a US TV show, which will see her sharing screen space with Hollywood A-listers like Keanu Reeves and Drew Barrymore.In the show Bollywood Hero, which spoofs the Mumbai based industry, Dhupia will play a demanding Bollywood star ‘Lalima’, who is more famous for the controversies surrounding her rather than her acting talent.The show, which has been shot in Mumbai and Los Angeles will have cameo appearances by Speed actor Keanu Reeves and Charlie’s Angels star Drew Barrymore.It’s spoofy and comical. It also has elements like how talent does not always get priority in showbiz. We shot in and around Mumbai. Cameos by Keanu Reeves and Drew Barrymore were shot in Los Angeles,” Dhupia said.

The mini-series also stars American comedy actor Kris Kattan. The show, which spoofs the Mumbai based industry, Dhupia will play a demanding Bollywood star ‘Lalima’, who is more famous for the controversies surrounding her rather than her acting talent.”My character is overbearing, typical Bollywood heroine who is known more for controversies than her acting skills. The story revolves around an American, who wants to come to India to become a Bollywood star. His dream is to work opposite ‘Lalima’, quoted Neha.Bollywood Hero also stars American comedy actor Kris Kattan. The story is about Kris wanting to come to India and star in a Bollywood movie with Neha.

“We shot in and around Mumbai. Cameos by Keanu Reeves and Drew Barrymore were shot in Los Angeles,” she said.”The series was shot in a very professional manner. Noorani is the line producer of Slumdog Millionaire. The crew did not throw any attitude. There was no time wasted,” she recalled.Neha said she will crossover to Hollywood only if she gets a good offer adding her hands were full in Bollywood.


Media annoys Aishwarya


The former Miss World and the Bachchan’s ‘Bahu’ Aishwarya Rai has always been linked with rumours about her personal and professional life.Even after marriage she has film offers piped with some of big film-makers like Mani Ratnam, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Vipul Shah in her kitty. And this would obviously balance her personal and professional life.But the beauty queen is annoyed with media who have attributed quotes like, “My career is more important to me than my family” to her. Known for her arrogance you can know how badly she is angry with media who is giving all sorts of statements about her which she hasn’t uttered.

The actress who is busy for a shooting in Kerala jungles for ‘Ravana’ with husband Abhishek has conveyed her feelings through her spokesperson who said, “Aishwarya Rai is not just a star. She is also a daughter, a wife, a daughter-in-law and a symbol of true Indian tradition. She has always believed and practised values that govern our society. “Previously Aishwarya preferred to remain silent. Even when she was married off to a tree, she chose not to speak because she truly felt better sense would prevail.

However, her silence should not be misconstrued as a sign of weakness,” the spokesperson added.


Shahid Kapoor exhibits his respect for elders

Shahid Kapoor

The chocolate boy Shahid Kapoor may be evolving an actor in bollywood industry with good offers lined up but he hasn’t forgotten the moral values he received during his childhood. And we can see him, the respect he holds for elders. A small impromptu press conference was called for his upcoming film ‘Kaminey’. But the number of journalists who came were in big numbers then expected such that there was no space on the set to accommodate them as the shoot was still on. So, it was decided the conference be conducted in his van.

Some chairs were put in the van and one especially for the actor by his staff member. But again when the journalists entered in there were not enough chairs for everyone. So, the actor offered his chair and sat down on the floor. He also made a request with other junior journalist to vacate the chairs and settle down on the floor so that the senior journalists can be seated comfortably.

Once everyone had settled, for the next hour he answered all the questions cheerfully.


Imran should learn inter-personal skills from his GF


Luck star Imran Khan might be running out of luck with certain members of the industry because of his haughty attitude. He was at a shoot for a fashion magazine recently as part of the promotion leading up to his film’s release. However, he didn’t seem interested in the shoot or what was happening. He was grumpy and irritable the entire time, complaining either about the clothes that were brought to him, or his make-up. His sour mood made it quite a task for the photographer to get the right frames for the magazine.

Soon, the photographer himself was at the receiving end of Imran’s fire because the star was upset with the photographer for taking too long to finish. His girlfriend Avantika, meanwhile, patiently sat through his tantrum, talking to everybody in the studio from the hairstylist to the assistants, being very cordial and friendly. Clearly, he should learn some skills from his girlfriend


Deepika Padukone is down with malaria

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone is down with malaria. The actress who was shooting in London for Housefull hadn’t been keeping well for the past few days. The Om Shanti Om girl was initially though to be under a viral attack but tests have now confirmed malaria. On Wednesday Deepika was in no condition to face the camera and the shooting had to be called off.A day earlier Deepika had enough courage to shoot a sequence with Akshay Kumar despite of having high fever. Producer Sajid Nadiadwala and director Sajid Khan have temporarily called off the shoot till Deepika completely recovers.

The actress has been suffering ever since she had landed in London and had been under the regular does of painkillers and other drugs.The fever however showed no signs of subsiding and then she was taken to a doctor who confirmed malaria after conducting tests. Beau Ranbir Kapoor is extremely worried and is regularly keeping in touch with her. Deepika was scheduled to complete her shooting of Housefull and return to the country and promote her upcoming movie Love Aaj Kal.


Kareena Kapoor gets hooked to the internet


It seems social networking sites have become the latest fad with Bollywood celebrities who love to keep in touch with their fans on round the clock basis. Be it blogs or other social utilities, interaction of Bollywood actors with their fans has become quite common these days, all thank to the internet and plethora of social networking platforms.With Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Mallika Sherawat already making waves on internet, news has it that B-town lissome beauty Kareena Kapoor has been hooked to computers, courtesy Saif Ali Khan! Speaking to a news daily, Kareena said, “It was Saif who introduced me to the computer. He does practically all his work on the internet.

He coaxed me into understanding the basics.The actress maintained, “And then I got hooked, though not to social networking because I’m too private a person to share my day-to-day movements and activities even with my closest friends.For Kareena, she is simply amazed by the internet as, “I now realize it’s a whole large global community out there on the computer. I can’t blog about my life. But I need to understand and connect with the internet community. I’ve been repeatedly told that I’ve the maximum number of fans and well-wishers on Facebook. I could never find the time to connect with them.

The waiflike lass further added, “Imtiaz said the number of people on Facebook who put up my pictures and messages about me had to be seen to be believed. I’ll now be going on Facebook in a few days to interact with my friends there. Well, internet has found a new fan in Kareena!


Aishwarya-Abhishek Reft


The rift between Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan is increasing by the day. Abhishek Bachchan wants his wife to get into the family mode, but the beauty queen in more interested in her acting career. She even spelled out at one of her interviews recently that career is more important for her than family.

Ash is already 34 and a further delay of motherhood means that the chances are diminishing and this has Abhishek worried, but the actress feels that she is slim and fit as yet and so can carry it off to motherhood even two years from now.

All this difference of opinion is causing the rift between the couple, though the couple is appearing friendly in front of the media in reality they are fighting among themselves!


Asin and Sonam are friends

>> Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sonam, asin

If Salman Khan dumped his rivalry with Shahrukh Khan and Aishwarya shook hands with Sonam Kapoor then Bollywood new brigade Asin and Sonam Kapoor also finds a true friend on one another. Both bonded over parties and spend quality time at one another’s home. After making her base in Mumbai, Asin has found a good friend in Sonam and she accepted her friendship with Anil’s daughter even in an interview.

Sonam’s presence in Asin’s life is a great relief for her as she is new in Bollywood and yet to understand how the glamour industry works. Asin believes that Bollywood actresses are not only involved in cat-fights but they can also be good friends.

Well, we can see some new friendship coming up but let’s see whether it is long lasting or will get faded away with upcoming professional commitments.


Salman-Shahrukh’s rivalry come to an end


Akshay Kumar is a master orator in HindiNumber of times Salman Khan might hinted that he wanted to end up rivalry with Shahrukh Khan and wished to have him on his show but finally he has turned his words into deeds by signing Yash Raj film which is a pro-SRK production house. Salman is the one who first put forward his hand of friendship to SRK after the fight at Katrina Kaif’s birthday.After the ugly spat, the two almost stopped talking. It is said that the reason behind Salman’s breaking off his arrogance is his back to back flop.

Due to professional reason, he joined the camp which has some big names of the industry like YRF, Farah Khan, Karan Johar and many more.Yash Raj has supposedly signed him for a comedy which will go on floor later this year. The new Yash Raj project of Salman has been written and directed by Victor (Acharya). R Madhavan will play an important role and the lead actress is yet to be finalized.It is not the first time that Sallu miya has been approached by the Yash Raj banner. Earlier also he was approached for ‘Chak De’ but for some silly reason, Salman rejected and finally it went to the lap of Shahrukh Khan.

Salman has seen the loss of ignoring Yash Raj project and now he does not want to leave the chance of saving his sinking career. and Punjabi but fails to impress with his English. We could notice a concerned effort on his part to sound right while speaking in English in Kambakkht Ishq. But it’s not English which the actor wants to master but other foreign languages like German, Spanish, Italian, so on and so forth.Intimidated by the language spoken in Peurto Rico and Honduras, the places he visited recently, Akshay Kumar now wants to master as many foreign lingos as possible.

He explains, “I like connecting with foreigners, understanding their language. It’s not enough for me any more to speak Hindi, Punjabi, Marathi and English. I want to know foreign languages. The only way for me to grow as an actor is to broaden my horizon.We hear that he’s picked up a few Spanish phrases during his stay in the country and keeps using them in his talks much to the amusement and annoyance of people around him. We just hope they don’t sound forced as his English in Kambakkht Ishq.


Indians and Pakistanis, are the same: SRK


Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan pitched for greater harmony among South Asian people as he accepted an honorary doctorate from a British university, saying governments were best left to their own “agendas”.”We belong to – I know it’s a bit of a cliche but – one world. Specifically I think, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka all of us, we’re the same. I really believe we are the same,” Khan told journalists after being made honorary Doctor of Arts by Bedfordshire University. The doctorate in recognition of his “exceptional achievement as a film actor and producer”, was proposed by an Indian NGO called Routes 2 Roots, which works to bring South Asians together.”My mother is from Hyderabad in India and father is from Peshawar (in Pakistan).

So I do believe in this (cultural unity).”Especially when you come away from India or Pakistan you realise there is no Indian or Pakistani, we’re all together. We are – culturally, as human beings, as friends. These are the aspects that keep us together.”As far as the (government) agendas are concerned, let them go on.”Invited by a Pakistani journalist to visit Pakistan, said: “I also do wish to go there – my family’s there.Earlier, in his acceptance speech, Khan said he was inspired by the doctorate to work for the education of poor children in India.

While this honour is bestowed on me, I wonder if the deserving but poor and underprivileged children from India can also pursue their higher education in such universities and maybe earn a doctorate as well.”This thought has been weighing heavily on my mind and I am hopeful that I would be able to contribute to this cause in the future,” he added.


I am a big fan of Kareena: Katrina Kaif

Kareena, Katrina

Not long after taking an apparent potshot at Kareena Kapoor, Bollywood A-lister Katrina Kaif on Sunday claimed to be a “big fan” of the Kambakkht Ishq actress.Katrina had recently said in an interview that she doesn’t need to wear a short skirt or show her legs to get audiences to go for her film.Speculations have been rife that the comment was pointed at Kareena for her skimpy outfits in Akshay Kumar starrer Kambakkht Ishq.

However, Katrina has said that she a huge admirer of Kareena’s work and enjoyed her performance in the film.Asked whether she had seen the film and liked it, Katrina said, “I saw the film at a private screening organised by Akshay. He is an entertainer and I have always been a big fan of Kareena Kapoor.”Katrina is riding high on the success of her film New York and the actress ecstatic over the accolades she received for her work in the film.

New York was a special film because of its amazing story. I am happy for the director Kabir Khan because he is one of the nicest persons I have met,” Katrina said on the sidelines of the launch of a new logo for ‘Nakshatra’ jewellery brand.


No shaadi, Bebo tells Saif, Sharmila


Now that Saif is almost 40 (he’ll be 39 next month) Saif’s mother Sharmila Tagore, never known to interfere in her children’s lives,has expressed concern about Saif’s marriage. For the first time she has come out in the open expressing the wish to see Saif and Kareena married.So far Sharmila has never commented on her son’s relationship, though it is no secret that Kareena is a favourite in the Khan household.Says a source, “Both Sharmila and Mansoor Pataudi have taken to Kareena in a big way. They’ve never seen their son happier in any other relationship. And they know Kareena is the r i g h t girl for their son. They also know that Kareena gets along famously with Saif’s children.

Now when Saif is on the threshold of 40, Sharmila has for the first time made a statement on her son’s private life.” The marriage matter has now reached a stage where the ball is entirely in Kareena’s court. Saif’s and Kareena’s mothers have met and expressed a mutual joy in the union. Kareena’s and Saif’s respective dads are all for the marriage too, though unlike the mothers, the two fathers have left the decision to the two people concerned. But Kareena is not ready yet. “I’ve to consolidate my career right now,” she says. “And I know I can perfectly balance out my marriage with my career.

I’ve Saif’s mom’s example in front of me. She did all her best films after marriage. More recently Aishwarya Rai Bachchan too has stuck a perfect balance between home and studio.For Kareena it’s not that simple. “I know once I get married I’d like to devote myself completely to that. When it comes to my emotions I’m not a multi-tasker. So at the moment, specially after Kambakkht Ishq, I need to work. These are the best years of my working life. And Saif is with me, neither of us are running away from a full commitment to one another. So no marriage for another three years.

Apparently after Sharmila Tagore’s uncharacteristic comments on her son’s marriage, Kareena was put in a quandary as neither Saif nor she could ever say no her. However Kareena has convinced Saif once again that marriage must wait.Says Saif, “Amma loves Kareena and of course wants us to be together always. But we both need and want to focus on our work and we’ll think of taking our relationship to the next level when the time is right. Right now, things are beautiful the way they are.”


Ness a closed chapter: Preity Zinta

Ness, Preity Zinta

A smiling Preity Zinta returned to India after a month long tour across Europe and the US. She said that she followed her heart and had a nice time with her friends abroad. The bubbly actress was in news for her breakup with Ness Wadia. Preity admitted that she had parted ways with Ness and said life was filled with unpredictable twists and turns and she has come out of the relationship smiling. She added that these experiences in life help us grow.

Preity said she was completely at peace even though the media was writing about her broken heart and calling her a home breaker. She said she wanted to concentrate on her work so people discuss her professional life rather than her personal one. On the question of being media shy she said she was open to inviting people to her home but definitely not her bedroom as she had to preserve a certain amount of privacy in her life.

Meanwhile Ness seems to have found his new ladylove. The business tycoon is dating Ayesha Thapar, the heiress of Thapar Industries. The two were recently spotted mingling like a love struck couple at a party. The two have been close to each other for a few months now but their proximity gained momentum once Ayesha announced separation from her foreigner husband Engin Yesil. Well Preity surely has a reason to close the chapter on Ness Wadia.


Salman Khan and Sonu Sood to show off body

Salman Khan

Arbaaz Khan has invited Sonu Sood to step outside the shower and show his ripped body alongside Salman Khan’s in his first home production Dabangg.The idea came after Arbaaz struggled to find a match to give the original six-pack star a takkar in the film. He wants to show a bare-bodied fight between the two and this seems to be working well.Both Salman and Sonu are Biharis in the film, but Salman plays a corrupt cop, perhaps his first negative role.

Their roles require them to speak with Bihari accents, which should be a challenge for Salman, he being notorious for an American twang in his dialogue delivery. Sonu, fortunately, had the bright idea of visiting his friend, Bihar’s infamous politician Pappu Yadav, for on-the-spot lessons.The film also marks the debut of Shatrughan Sinha’s gorgeous daughter Sonakshi Sinha opposite Salman.

She won’t be needing any lessons in how to be a Bihari having picked up mannerisms ever since she was dandled on her father’s knee as a baby… Shotgun Sinha being Bihar’s mouthpiece in Bollywood.


Saif gets to keep Kareena and Bipasha


The race in Bollywood to see which actors get the coveted roles of Mark Wahlberg and Edward Norton in Abbas-Mustan’s official remakeHollywood’s 2003 hit, The Italian Job, is over. Saif Ali Khan Hollywood’s 2003 hit, The Italian Job, is over. And, the winners have been declared: Saif Ali Khan and Neil Nitin Mukesh respectively. The Hollywood film is itself a remake of the 1969 British original by the same name starring Michael Caine. And Abbas-Mastan, Bollywood’s masala-suspense filmmaking brothers, have been considering all our coolest actors from John Abraham to Ranbir Kapoor for the lead roles.

Now, the choice has fallen upon Saif and Neil for this action-crime thriller about thieves planning to pull off the heist of their lives by first creating the biggest traffic jam in LA ever.Saif, actually, was a foregone choice for Wahlberg’s role, because he got on famously with the filmmakers when they worked together on Race. Now he is doing Race 2 also with Abbas-Mustan.It is not known whether the Bollywood version will also be shot in LA like the original, but there is no reason to believe it won’t be. Shooting begins sometime next year.

Abbas said, “We’re changing the original film considerably. There’ll be two important female characters in our version who weren’t there in the original.The Hollywood film had Charlize Theron playing the single female lead. Chances are, Abbas Mastan’s The Italian Job will have Kareena Kapoor and Bipasha Basu.


Saif’s mom wants him to get married soon


Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor are deeply in love but when it comes to marriage, they step back. While their parents are eagerly waiting for the day when the two would come to them and give their consent for marriage. It is also a dream for Sharmila Tagore to see his son get married again and settle down. She wanted her son to get married to Kareena as soon as possible. Says Sharmila, “Saif has not communicated to me anything on marrying Kareena but we (Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila) know that he is very serious about her.We are aware that they both need time before they decide to settle down and we are ready to give them that.

Both have come out of their past relationships and we are waiting for them to tell us when they would like to get married.We know that both are very fond of each other and by God’s grace their marriage should happen soon.I cannot tell you which year or month as that totally depends on them. As parents, we would like Saif and Kareena to settle down as soon as possible.” The duo has already got the blessings of their respective parents and now it is up to them when they will tie the knot.

Regarding discussing marriage with Bebo’s family, Sharmila said, “I know Babita very well and our family and Kareena’s family both know how serious they are about each other.As parents we have spoken nothing about their marriage yet but we both have no objection to their relationship or marriage”.


Neha Dhupia collapsed

Neha Dhupia

On a visit to Pow (Prisoner of War) Camp in Vietnam, Neha Dhupia fainted when she learnt about the torture the people over there are meted. She was on a holiday trip to Vietnam and expressed her desire to visit the POW about which she had heard so much.

On visiting there and on listening to their stories of pain and suffering, Neha could not remain stable and she fainted. A friend of her confirmed the incident, “The truth was so bitter and harsh that Neha just could not digest it.

She just fainted on hearing the people’s gruesome stories. Neha was so disturbed by it that she just remained quiet throughout the day. Neha felt slightly better only the next day.”


Sameera Reddy to quit Bollywood

Sameera Reddy

It’s a sad news for actress Sameera Reddy’s fans. She is all set to bid good bye to Bollywood. Sameera has decided to quit Bollywood due to lack of appreciation. Sameera claims that in spite of delivering good number of hits like ‘Maine Dil Tujko Diya’, Darna Mana Hai’, ‘Musafir’, ‘Taxi No 9211’, ‘Race’ nobody appreciated her performance till date.Sameera even panic that despite giving hits, she is workless.She has no films in her hand at the moment.

She even justified her decision of leaving Bollywood saying that she has worked with topmost filmmakers of Bollywood like Abbas Mustan, Ram Gopal Varma, Sanjay Gupta but never got any accolades.What surprised Sameera the most is that nobody even criticized her acting.According to Sameera, if an actress does not receive good remarks for her performance than there is no reason to stick to it and it is better to quit.

Sameera is leaving Bollywood but she is not quitting acting altogether. South is the new address of Sameera as she will now try her luck in Tamil, Telegu and Malayalam films.


Shahid Kapoor’s shirtless saga

Shahid Kapoor

At a time when the likes of John Abraham and Neil Nitin Mukesh are going full-monty in front of the camera, there are actors like Shahid Kapur who restrict themselves to shirtless appearances only.In his forthcoming film Kaminey, Shahid can be spotted running shirtless in one of the scenes. When asked if he felt comfortable taking off his shirt for the first time, he says, “Yes, I think I am quite comfortable now. The demand of the character is such, so I have gone shirtless, but if I had to do the same role a few years ago, I would not have been so comfortable. It would have been difficult for me to take off my shirt then. No I think I am ok with it.”

Shahid Kapur is in a double role in the film and the story revolves around identical twins, who are born and brought up in slums in Mumbai. In the film they are shown in their twenties chasing their dreams to become big one day. They struggle for a life of prosperity and dignity is the theme of the film.Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, this film has generated a lot of publicity for reasons more than one. Besides his shirtless appearance, Shahid Kapoor stammers in one role and lisps in other. When asked about his two different characters, he says that it was very difficult for him because he had to remember every time for which role he had to stammer and for which he had to lisp.

Says he, “I enjoyed doing it because it was a challenging role for me. It was something very new. Everyday I had to remember whether I had to stammer or lisp because at the same location we spent one day shooting for the character who stammers and on the other day for the character who lisps. So it was really a good fun. I thoroughly enjoyed playing both the characters.”


Mallika Sherawat Tweeting in L.A

mallika sherawat

Trust Mallika Sherawat to take us by surprise every time! She is the first Indian star to be invited to visit Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, California.The sexy siren has a popular Bollywood presence on Twitter via her page ‘@MallikaLA’. She is also apparently one of the most ‘followed’ Bollywood celebrities on Twitter with more than 2500 fans keen on knowing what the sexy actress is up to.Mallika will be visiting the Twitter headquarters on July 14 where she’ll greet her fans, tour the Twitter office and give inspirational remarks to Twitter employees during their lunch break. Mallika has been using Twitter to keep in touch with fans and document her experiences in Hollywood.

Sherawat, who since arriving in Hollywood has garnered awards, celebrity friends and even a Hollywood milkshake named after her, decided to join the Twittering class as a way to keep in touch with fans back home in India. “One of the hard things about spending time in the U.S. was being so far away from my fans in India,” she said. By “tweeting” her experiences in the States, Mallika says she “hopes to also further the connection between Hollywood and Bollywood.The actress has been regularly posting messages on her experiences in Hollywood, along with giving some tips to men on how to impress women! “It can be fun, and can connect people. And when people are connected, amazing things can happen,” she quips.

Sherawat’s upcoming film Hissss directed by renowned Hollywood director Jennifer Lynch and co-starring Irrfan Khan is currently in post-production stage and is the first Bollywood film to be represented by a major Hollywood agency (William Morris Endeavor).In October, Sherawat will begin production on a new film in which she will be playing a character inspired by San Francisco Attorney General – Kamala Harris.


Salman Khan to auction his paintings for charity

Salman Khan

Not many people are aware of the fact that Bollywood’s original bad boy Salman Khan has an angelic side too! Always in the news for wrong reasons, be it spat with co-stars or jinxed love life, behind all the tough exterior of a macho actor, Salman is truly a magnanimous human being.Known for his artistic tastes, Salman is an avid painter who loves gifting his creations to his family, co-stars and producers to name a few. News has it that Salman is looking forward to make better use of his paintings and therefore is contemplating an auction of his art works to raise funds for his charity organization – Being Human.With several of his paintings stocked up in his Bandra hub and Panvel farmhouse, Salman is selecting the paintings for auction.News has it that Salman is keen to hold the auction and is chalking out the details for the same.Talking to a news daily, a close source said, “Salman has accumulated quite a number of his paintings.

He`s also gifted them to his industry friends like Aamir Khan, Boney Kapoor, Asin and others. However, he still has a huge collection and he wants to use them to raise money for Being Human.Salman has been asking around for the best way and place to hold the auction.Incidentally, Salman will also be selling ‘Being Human’ watches in order to raise money for his charity organization.The hunk of an actor is eager to come out with ‘Being Human’ merchandise to raise charity money. It is believed that Salman is also planning to start a website to facilitate a real time auction as, “He has fans all over the world.For those who can`t attend the auction, he plans to set up a website where people can bid for his work and raise money accordingly”, added the source.

Well, that’s what we call charity begins at home! Incidentally, Salman will also be selling ‘Being Human’ watches in order to raise money for his charity organization. The hunk of an actor is eager to come out with ‘Being Human’ merchandise to raise charity money. It is believed that Salman is also planning to start a website to facilitate a real time auction as, “He has fans all over the world.For those who can`t attend the auction, he plans to set up a website where people can bid for his work and raise money accordingly”, added the source. Well, that’s what we call charity begins at home!


Off screen couples are boring on screen

Saif, kareena

Not for the couple’s sake, but for the sake of their film I hope Shahid and Priyanka are not together any more. Real-life couples are generally boring and bland on screen. With an over-active media feeding us every detail of star lives, real-life couples come visiting us every evening. After watching John and Bipasha cutting ribbons, they don’t cut ice as a fictional couple. I want to see Bipasha with Saif and John with Kangna Ranaut.I’d rather see Priyanka with someone whom she’s not seeing, like Kareena Kapoor was not ‘seeing’ the aforementioned Mr Kapoor by the time Jab We Met came out.Suppose they had been together when Imtiaz Ali’s film was released. Would their chemistry have suggested the mystery that makes a screen couple appear so credible in their exploration of that magical space on the screen? I doubt it. I’m charged up about Saif’s first home production, because I see Saif with a fresh co-star Deepika Padukone, rather than his girlfriend.

Kareena, I’d rather see with Akshay Kumar. In fact one of Akshay’s basic gyan on career management is to work with a very large spectrum of leading ladies.Star pairings should be completely liberated of personal issues and prejudices.If not, then we’ll be forced to enter the comfort zone with couples who want to spend time together, while playing characters they couldn’t care less about. A majority of Rajesh Khanna’s films were with Mumtaz and Sharmila Tagore. But let’s be forthright. No star-pair today can create the magic that he did with his two favourite heroines. Wisely Ranbir too isn’t doing too many films with the love of his life, Deepika.Barring a Bandhe Haath with Mumtaz and Besharam and Faraar with Sharmila, these two ladies hardly ever worked with Amitabh Bachchan, because of Rajesh Khanna. But Khanna, bless his democratic spirit, worked with every heroine from Mala Sinha to Mala Sinha’s colleague Amita’s daughter Sabiha.

The Bollywood girls today need to break the shackles of ‘shelf’ interest and look at what’s good for them. Very soon their innings will be closing and they would’ve big heroes missing from their account.


Deepika and Ranbir on phone chat

Deepika, Ranbir

That’s what Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor seem to be saying these days.Apparently, there have been talks about the two talking for hours on the phone when they’re not together. Now, we know most lovebirds do that, but Deepika doesn’t take the ‘accusation’ too kindly. She says it mars her ‘professional image.“I am committed to my films once I sign them and I am professional when it comes to my work.

Stories of me talking to Ranbir on the phone for hours together when we are not working together are not true. I don’t get distracted by Ranbir once I am on the sets of my film and vice versa. Both Ranbir and I are professionals and know our responsibilities,” said the miffed actor. But talking on the phone is a symbol of love aaj kal, Deeps.


Anil Kapoor stole movie name

Anil Kapoor

Anil Kapoor is in the US, but trouble has reached him all the way from India.He’s riding the Slumdog wave and enjoying the international recognition that the success of the film has brought him (which includes the serial 24). But his production, Short Kut: The Con Is On, ran into trouble recently, just before its release yesterday. A certain BS Bhullar moved the Delhi High Court, alleging that he had planned a film by the same name and had even approached Anil to play the lead in it. He further alleged that the actor’s production company copied the title in an “illegal and unauthorised” manner.However, the film was released on time, after Anil agreed to pay Bhullar Rs 35 lakh. “Haan, aisa hua tha,” says Anil, over the phone from the US. “But one always faces these hiccups before the release of each film.

This has become a regular practice in the industry. I’d rather call it a malpractice. We sorted out the issue and the film released on Friday morning, as it was scheduled to.Does he think this a way to target celebs – filing notices just before the film’s release? Anil’s film isn’t the first – Rakesh Roshan’s Krazzy 4 and many others have faced similar suits. “Yes, it definitely is. These moves are aimed solely at extorting money and it’s sad that some people have made this their business. It’s just about money,” says Anil.The actor, though temporarily upset because of these glitches, is in a happy bubble otherwise. He is in Los Angeles, busy shooting for 24. “It’s a phenomenal show. It’s out of the ordinary and I feel extra special.

I’ve shot four episodes already and I shoot the fifth and sixth today onwards. It is coming together very well and I am having an absolutely great time in LA,” says Anil.But people back here have started missing him. Shekhar Kapur had even said in an interview to DT that he thought Anil won’t come back to India for the next five or ten years because he’s going to lap up so much work on phoren shores. What happens to the sequel of Mr India, then? It is true that I am spending a lot of time outside the country, but it’s also true that my heart is in India. Mera dil to wahin hai… and in whatever time I get between my shooting schedules, I’m found in India. I’m game for Mr India 2.

It all depends on the script. Shekhar has to write the script, he has promised that he is going to write it. The day the script is in, I’ll be on the project. So, Mr India is on!” adds Anil.


I cried when Michael Jackson passed away: Shahrukh


“I cried, it was since long I cried. My wife and kids also cried,”said Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan after hearing about the tragic death of’ King of Pop’ Micheal Jackson. Describing himself an ardent fan of Jackson, Khan said,”I felt very sad. I had met him He was a wonderful creation of God,”

.He was talking to reporters here last night at a ceremony where an Honorary Doctorate was conferred on him by UK&aposs Bedfordshire University.”The only music I knew or heard during the last three four years is that of Michael Jackson. I don&apost have any understanding of other western music,” Khan said.I felt I lost my youth when I heard Michael Jackson pass away,”he added.

The 50-year-old pop icon who died of a suspected cardiac arrest on June 25 was on the verge of making a much awaited comeback in London .The concerts were supposed to be Jackson&aposs first public performance announcing his return to the music world after years of staying in reclusion.


Deepika: I don’t talk to Ranbir for hours


Deepika Padukone is miffed these days, due to the rumors that state that the young love bird talks to her love bird Ranbir Kapoor for hours together on her phone whenever they are apart.

Deepika in her stance says, “I am committed to my films once I sign them and I am professional when it comes to my work. Stories of me talking to Ranbir on the phone for hours together when we are not working together are not true. I don’t get distracted by Ranbir once I am on the sets of my film and vice versa. Both Ranbir and I are professionals and know our responsibilities.”

Deepika you are endorsing a top telecom brand, you should be on phone ‘coz its in aaj Kal.


Sania Mirza gets hooked


Sania Mirza got engaged to her childhood friend Mohammed Sohrab Mirza yesterday.Sania Mirza wore a light golden and emerald green swarovski studded ensemble worth 20 million rupees by designer duo Shantanu-Nilkhil which she wanted to match with her antique jadawi-zewar(Choker). Sohrab sealed the union with a solitaire ring worth a whooping 10 million rupees.

Like it folks?


Katrina goes on dream birthday holiday


Katrina Kaif is all set to go on a holiday to celebrate her latest flick New York’s success.

Katrina says, “Akshay had his party for Kambkakkt Ishq. I want to be here for our party.”

“It’s a very special film for all of us. And I didn’t want to miss the moment for anything. Besides, all my sisters aren’t reaching London until 14th. So I can delay by a day.”

Katrina is going on a 3 month long holiday with her Kaif family and will be celebrating her birthday with them.

She says, “We net-searched, googled and finally found a place we wanted to visit.It was tough because there was no place the entire family would agree on. Or if we all liked a place there was no vacancy. We finally found a place that we all liked.”

“Quite honestly I haven’t been with my whole family for a long time. I’ve been preparing for my holiday for ages. I’ve been working like a mad woman trying to finish all my work on time. It got specially hectic as the time for me to leave approached. I was dubbing for Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani and shooting two songs for Priyan’s De Dana Dan. At one point I thought I wouldn’t finish on time. But I did. And I’m really looking forward to my time with my family.”

Talking about her birthday she says, “I know my sisters and brother have planned something. Let me enjoy the suspense.”

Enjoy baby!


Shahid is like Aamir: Amole


Shahid Kapoor is going to portray the most difficult of his life till now, where he plays the role of twins- one who stammer and other who lisps.

Amole Gupte, who is playing the role of villain in Kaminey says, “When Shahid played Guddu, who stammers, he completely internalized all of the character’s traits, including the stammer, so the character doesn’t end up looking like a caricature.”

Shahid stayed on the sets throughout and did not retreat into his vanity van to keep absorbing the ambience and the sweaty milieu in which Guddu and Charlie had to function in their own separate ways. I know that Pankaj works in the same way. I truly believe that Shahid has inherited his father’s ability and style of performing without appearing to act. It is definitely in his genes. When you’re facing the camera with a co-star, you become compatriots in the canvas of characterization. I was startled by Shahid’s passion for excellence. I saw the same quality in Aamir Khan (Taare Zameen Par).”

So do we see another perfectionist in the making?


SRK bangaya doctor


Check out Shahrukh Khan receiving honorary doctorate for his outstanding contribution in arts and culture from famous University of Berdfordshire situated in London.

SRK says,“My wife is here too. She thinks being a doctor is really serious stuff. Of all my achievements as an actor, this one is a special achievement.”

“I will entertain like Walt Disney where he says I will entertain and help people learn. But if you are asking if I will make films to teach people ABC then I doubt it, you won’t see them. But I will make films that people can go and see for three hours and then come back and study hard for their exams.”

“On one wall, where I have my personal desk, where I keep my scripts, I have the Padmashri, the French honour, the Malaysiann honour and this one will also go there. The Filmfare awards are in front of me so I am like a megalomaniac, self-centered person who likes to be surrounded by his awards.”

Congratulations, Dr.SRK.


Why Akshay wanted to party with SRK?

>> Friday, July 10, 2009

Akshay, SRK

When Akshay Kumar decided to throw his first party in Bollywood to celebrate the opening collections of his Kambakkht Ishq, he made it a point to invite Shah Rukh Khan even though the superstar was far away in San Francisco.Yes, I did call Shah Rukh Khan to invite him. When Kareena and I suddenly decided to have a party, we decided we’d invite the entire industry. This wasn’t a party to celebrate our success alone. It was also a party to celebrate the success of New York as much as my own film.So, apart from me and Kareena, the party’s unofficial hosts were Katrina (Kaif), John (Abraham) and the entire New York team,” said Akshay.Akshay has often accused members of the film industry of trying to sabotage his films but he still wanted everyone to come together for the success of two films following a slump.

I want them to celebrate any success and not be happy when films fail. When New York was released, SMS messages against the film were sent out. The same thing is happening with my film. Why be negative? Specially when I’ve always been happy for all my colleagues’ successes?” Akshay asked.”So yes, I personally called up Shah Rukh and all my colleagues for the party. But he’s shooting in San Francisco.There will be plenty more occasions, I’m sure,” the actor said.The party hosted at the Marriott Hotel Monday night was Akshay’s first ever.”I completely shy away from parties.But this time I think we all needed to express solidarity and happiness over the end of the prolonged slump,” he said.

The impromptu party was Kareena’s idea. “We quickly drew up a list. She invited her friends. I invited mine. Then we began making the calls.Then there was Tina (wife Twinkle) who called her friends. That just about covered the whole industry,” Akshay added.And how was the party?No drinking for me. But a lot of dancing. It was a lot of fun,” the star said.


Shahid Kapoor set to flaunt it too

Shahid Kapoor

Shahid has jumped on the shed-your-shirt bandwagon. Trailers of his latest flick ‘Kaminay’ show the actors well-toned abs and biceps. The recent clothes shedding trend among male actors is definitely roping in a lotta girls who just lap in sight of their favs minus the shirts.Shahid is apparently definitely happy to be gaining popularity among the GenNext as his ratings among the college crowds seem to be peaking.

Kaminey will potray Shahid in an enrtirely different image.The character he plays will be young as Shahid apparently is not interested in playing an older character.Ofcourse going by his chocolate-boy good looks, Shahid playing an older chahrecter would be hard to digest.


A chance to meet Saif and Deepika in Cafe coffee day


In tune with the pulse of the younger generation, the makers of Love Aaj Kal believe, that like the young couple Jai and Meera in the film – most youngsters explore love, life and relationships in café’s and coffee houses across the country.Today any youngster will vouch for the fact that very often love blossoms around coffee and good conversation.Keeping this in, the producers of Love Aaj Kal are now reaching out to their target audience- young coffee and tea drinkers with an exclusive tie up with Café Coffee Day.

As a part of this tie up; Café Coffee Day will run a contest, where the winner gets a chance to meet the stars of Love Aaj Kal; Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone, over a coffee date at one of the Café Coffee Day branches across the city.Says Dinesh Vijan, producer of Love Aaj Kal…”The coffee house in our film The Chowk is a very significant space in Saif and Deepika’s relationship in the film, similar to the role that places like Café Coffee Day play in our daily lives.

The association between love, romance, and coffee houses is extremely strong and this tie up helps brings our target audience closer to experiencing the romance, fun and good times that Love Aaj Kal is all about.”


SRK in Kabir Khan’s love story!


After two back-to-back films with strife-laden, political themes, Kabir Khan is ready to to let his hair down.His next, which he has just started to script, is a fantasy film with a heavy escapist element. Apparently, Aditya Chopra has asked Kabir to pen his next project with Shah Rukh Khan in mind. So it would be Khan and Khan in the next one.Kabir says, “After Kabul Express and New York, I need to unwind. Not that I don’t enjoy making films on serious global political issues.

I do. I enjoy the reputation of someone who identifies with issues that go beyond entertainment. But I also need to prove myself in a more adventurous, escapist space.That’s where Kabir’s next will score. It will be a film with a serious dose of light-heartedness. My next is going to be a thrilling love story. Now that I’m writing it, I’m having fun.

So will it be a hat-trick with John Abraham? “Not necessarily,” comes the guarded answer. “It will depend on who fits into the final script.”


Asin stalked in Singapore


Recently, a stalker managed to get past security to talk to Asin during her trip to Singapore. He took pictures without her permission and followed her everywhere.Asin was in Singapore when a man, who seemed to be in his mid-20s, kept following her everywhere. The drama unfolded at the hotel where she was staying. He approached Asin to talk to her, without paying heed to the security guards surrounding her.A friend of Asin, who was with her, said, “Before she could react, he started taking her pictures. Suddenly, he started behaving even more strangely. He pretended he was her bodyguard and stopped people from going near her.

During the function, he tricked the security guards at the venue and reached the dining room where Asin was having a meal. “He told the guards that he had come from Indore and wanted to talk to her at any cost. He tried every trick in the book to convince them and succeeded,” Asin’s friend said.The man followed her even when she was shopping at a mall. When she reached the hotel, she saw him in the lobby too.Next morning, Asin rushed out of the hotel and headed straight to the airport for her flight to Mumbai. “She feared that he would be waiting outside the airport, but luckily this time, he wasn’t around,” said the friend.

Confirming the unpleasant incident, Asin’s manager said, “Yes, Asin had a problem in Singapore with a stalker.”Meanwhile, Asin has given instructions to the guards in her building to ensure that the unpleasant incident is not repeated.


Preity Zinta still smiling after break-up!

Preity Zinta

Preity Zinta is back in Mumbai after a long time. The actress, who has been out of the film circuit for sometime now, has been travelling and spending time with family and friends across Europe and the US. She said, “How nice to know that I was missed. I feel good when people ask where I have been. No, I hadn’t gone for good. I basically follow my heart. If I want to do something, I go for it, no matter what the repercussions. I had been travelling to America, London and Europe for a little less than a month.Preity spent a lot of time with her brother and his daughter in Los Angeles. “I also spent time with my best friend, Shagun Khanna and her daughter in London. Then I was in Europe for two weeks. Most of the Mumbai girls like Malaika Arora, Seema Khan, Surily Goel and Gauri Khan were in London.She then went to Paris with Surily.Buzz is that Preity went travelling to recover from a broken heart.

She laughed, “I needed a break and I took one. Of course, I’ve gone through a break-up, but that’s personal. The only reason I speak to the press about what’s happening in my life is because I’m linked with the wrong men. Now, I want to work so hard that people discuss my professional life rather than my personal life. You can invite people to your home but you don’t take them to your bedroom. I’ve to preserve a certain part of me away from the limelight. Preity admitted that her break-up with Ness Wadia had invited curiosity, considering that they were together for a long time. “But then that’s life. It’s filled with unpredictable twists and turns. I have come out of the relationship smiling. Every experience in life helps you grow. You preserve the positive and move on. There’s no point dissecting it. Everything is so temporary. Even a Michael Jackson dies,” she said.She is appalled by the posthumous indignity that MJ is being subjected to. “That is really heartbreaking. He was a one-in-a-billion entertainer. Why go looking for skeletons in his closet when he’s gone?

Why not celebrate his genius and enjoy his music? If this can happen to Michael then who are we? He gave so much of himself to his art. Finally, what did he get?”Preity is completely at peace with herself. “Either they’re writing about my broken heart or calling me a home breaker. I don’t care. I’ve to live with my conscience. I’ve to look myself in the eye in the mirror. I need my space. For those who want to know how I am, I am fine,” she added.Is she still closely associated with the IPL? Preity’s candidly admitted that she will now shift her professional focus to acting.I’ll only be there for the matches as opposed to being constantly involved with the IPL activities. The first two years, I gave all of myself to IPL. I’m on the verge of signing two new films with very big banners. But before that, Main Aur Mrs Khanna with Salman will be out. Though I’ve a cameo in the film, it is an interesting role.Currently, Preity’s mother is with her in Mumbai and she’s happy playing mama’s pet. “There’s no place like home, especially with mom in it,” she said delightedly.


Hrithik trying to fly Kites in Hollywood?

Hrithik Roshan

Is Rakesh Roshan developing cold feet over Kites? That seems to be the case as the industry is rife with rumours surrounding the marketing of Kites. If rumours are to be believed then Rakesh is in doldrums ever since Kites failed to leave a mark on the international audience at the Cannes Film Festival.As per our sources, Roshan senior wanted to give his son Hrithik Roshan an international launch by making Kites in English as well as Hindi.

But he found no takers for Kites at the Cannes, as international buyers were not interested in an Indian film.Basically, that’s because Cannes is mainly a major market for Italian, Korean and French films.Not deterred by his canned experience at Cannes, Roshan senior has moved on and is eyeing Hollywood to sell Kites. Now it’s reported that Roshan Sr. has shouldered the responsibility of striking a deal with Hollywood executives, and allotted 20 days from his schedule for this purpose.

With Kites still on the production floor and such rumours afloat, it surely would be very uncomforting for the Roshans to find an overseas market for the Film.


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