Shahid accepts Saif Ali Khan’s apology

>> Wednesday, August 19, 2009

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Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan seem to be burying all the hatchet and moving closer toe ending their unofficial Cold War. A few days back Saif had apologies to Shahid over his claims that he was the first choice for the movie Kaminey and director Vishal Bhardwaj had cast Shahid because he had turned down the film.

In an interview to a television channel Shahid had said that he appreciated Saif’s apology. Trying to sound politically correct the Kaminey star added that he had always believed that Saif was a very talented actor who had delivered a brilliant with his performance in Vishal’s earlier movie Omkara.


Disappointed Amitabh threatens to stop blogging


He is 66 years old but no actor in Bollywood blogs as regularly as him. He keeps connected to his fans and well wishers ever since his blog was launched. But he has threatened to stop blogging if readers continue to post harsh comments. Yes, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan is visibly disappointed with some comments.

A few hospital visits with my friend for routine checks and balances, a stop over at the chemist store en route, to get some tie ups for the back, the gym and the pedometer racing away to near 8,500 steps, to the room to respond to comments and a heavy heart to witness a few familia extendum, using the platform of this medium to get personal and ugly with each other,” wrote Amitabh on his blog.

And each hashed comment that I came across as I scrolled down to the last, that indulged in a slang match, felt like a stab in my precarious rib cage. So here are the options. Either you stop or I stop,” he added. Well, readers should stop posting harsh comments and let the superstar pour his experience and wisdom to his fans. His fans need him as much as he needs them!


Aamir Khan to become India’s Prime Minister

Aamir Khan

Bollywood’s patriotic Hero Manoj Kumar is back in action. Tinsel town’s very own ‘Bharat’ who patronised the flavour of patriotism and unity through his movies Shaheed, Purab Aur Paschim and Upkaar is all set to make a movie on India’s third Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. Manoj is known to have the script ready and finalising the cast.

Manoj had plans to cast Amitabh Bachchan who had acted in his Roti Kapda Aur Makan in the lead role but due to his prior commitments has dropped the idea. If sources close to the legendary actor are to be believed he has zeroed in on perfectionist actor Aamir Khan. The movie will portray the life of Shastri, a key figure in Indian independence moment and one of India’s most dynamic Prime Ministers.

It may be recalled that after the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, Lal Bahadur Shastri asked Manoj to create a film based on the popular slogan ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kissan’. The result was Kumar’s magnum opus directorial debut Upkaar in 1967 where he played both a soldier and a farmer. The film was also noted for the famous song ‘Mere Desh Ki Dharti’.


Abhishek not curving Aishwarya on his arm

Abhishek, Aishwarya

There have been widespread media reports in the last few days about Abhishek Bachchan being the next in line to tattoo his super star actress wife Aishwarya Bachchan’s name on his forearm. It was also reported that Abhishek, who is presently shooting down South for his Mani Ratnam film Raavan, has taken an appointment with the same tattoo artist who did the tattoo for Hrithik Roshan of wife Suzanne.

Reports attributed to “sources close to Abhishek’ further claimed that he wanted to surprise Aishwarya with the tattoo. But we have managed to get official confirmation from Abhishek Bachchan’s spokesperson that these reports floating around are nothing but plain rumours. We were further told that Abhishek is presently shooting for Raavan near Ooty and has not taken any appointment from any tattoo artist and has no such plans either.

The tattoo trend of imbibing one’s partner’s name on one’s most visible part of the body – the forearm had begun with Saif Ali Khan getting the ‘Kareena’ tattoo done. Akshay Kumar too has been sporting his son’s Aarav’s name on his back.


Kangana Ranaut goes light-hearted

Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut is known for playing heavy duty roles in films like Gangster and Fashion, but the actress has now signed on her second light-hearted movie Tanu Weds Manu.The fun film, directed by Aanand L. Rai of Strangers fame, has Kangana paired with R. Madhavan. It was after much deliberation that Kangana was finalised for the role. The character that Kangana would be playing in Tanu Weds Manu is such that it is of paramount importance to get the casting right,” said Rai. Kangana, who has played a traumatised women in most of her films, was signed on for her first comic role by Anil Kapoor for his production No Problem, a comedy directed by Anees Bazmee.Before venturing into comedy, Kangana did a series of serious films.While she was haunted by ghosts in Raaz – The Mystery Continues, Fashion had her playing a supermodel who fell to drugs and abuse.

Life In A… Metro showed her in a turbulent affair with a much married boss (Kay Kay Menon), Woh Lamhe had her play a schizophrenic while in Gangster she played an alcoholic moll to a gangster (Shiney Ahuja).Director Rai, however, is confident that she will pull off the role in Tanu Weds Manu.”Yes, I have studied her filmography quite closely and I know for sure that Tanu Weds Manu would finally showcase Kangana in a different light. There is a definite humour to the film which thankfully is poles apart from life vs death roles that Kangana has played in the past,” he said.Explaining the reason behind finalising Kangana, Rai said: “When I was narrating the film to her, she came across as someone who was very passionate and energetic when it came to films. Moreover, what worked for me was the fact that she was taking a personal view on the subject. Now that’s the kind of girl I wanted for the film since I wanted her to add something of her own to the character as well.

But before Kangana, Rai had approached Konkona Sen Sharma but she couldn’t accept the offer due to date problems.”There were genuine date issues due to which Konkona couldn’t come on board. We are looking at shooting the film in the months of September, October and November but she is unavailable then. However, I’m happy about Kangana now being signed for the film since she and Madhavan coming together would be really special for the film.Rai had earlier made Strangers, a thriller that had Jimmy Sheirgill and Kay Kay Menon.”After working on Strangers, it is nice to be working on a light-hearted entertainer with a sensitive love story at its heart. The film has an interesting soul while going well with the commercial aspects of things. I would be travelling across my locations through the next few days and begin shooting in September,” he said.The filmmaker said his movie would be shot in places like Lucknow, Kanpur, Faridkot, Patiala and New Delhi.


Lara Dutta, latest Bollywood entrant on Twitter

Lara Dutta

After Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor and Mallika Sherawat, Bollywood actress Lara Dutta is the latest celebrity to enter the world of Twitter.The former Miss Universe, who is currently shooting for her upcoming film Housefull that also stars Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Jiah Khan and Riteish Deshmukh, was helped by her co-star Riteish in setting up the Twitter account. “Hiya! Just set up my account with help from RD on the sets of Housefull! Very excited!,” Lara wrote in her first tweet on the micro-blogging website.

Riteish also expressed his happiness on Lara’s entry in the world of Twitter.”Guys. just got Lara on twitter.@DuttaLara,” the Hey Baby actor wrote on his webpage.However, Housefull director Sajid Khan was not too happy with the ‘Twitter’ activity on the sets of his film.”Hi guys, this is Sajid Khan. Please do this later as I need Riteish and Lara on the set, Sethji-Akki (Akshay Kumar) is waiting along with Arjuna,” the director wrote on Riteish’s twitter page.

The 31-year-old actress now joins the list of Bollywood celebrities including Karan Johar, Uday Chopra and Gul Panag on Twitter and already has 484 followers just three hours after making her account on the popular networking website.


I don’t need special treatment: Shahrukh Khan

Shahrukh Khan

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, who returned to India today after his rather rocky visit to America, said he was asked strange questions by the US authorities. SRK, who has recently finished shooting in the US for his film My Name is Khan, was detained and questioned for almost two hours at Newark Airport part of what the US calls “racial profiling” to weed out terror suspects.

The actor further said, “I don’t think I need to be treated specially. I respect the fact that rules need to be followed, I don’t think it was a big deal but I felt they were asking embarrassing and irrelevant questions. On a lighter note the actor, who is known for his witty remarks said he is not in favour of tit for tat policy, but if that happens then he should be allowed to “frisk Angelina Jolie and Megan Fox” on their visit to India. In India there has been outrage at the harassment of a man widely considered an international icon.


Celina Jaitley snubs Sambhavana in public!

Celina Jaitley

Everyone knows what a staunch supporter Celina Jaitley is of gay rights. So it wasn’t a surprise that the face of gay movement in Mumbai showed up at the Gay Pride Parade last Sunday. As it seemed, Celina Jaitley was not the only celebrity at the parade. Bhojpuri actress and Bigg Boss 2 star Sambhavana Seth also made her presence felt at the event. However all did not go well for Sambhavana who was walking with a bunch of friends and apparently felt the mob crowding around her. Mid-Day reports a girl then approached Celina Jaitley, who was in the midst of a private security cordon to accommodate Sambhavana Seth too. And Celina refused.

“I am shocked and appalled by Celina’s behaviour. I did not attend the parade to get publicity or hog the limelight. I was there to support my friends and didn’t even bother getting security for myself. I expected Celina to show some respect towards me as woman, if not as a colleague. She denied me entry into her area not once, but thrice,” Sambhavana Seth was quoted by the paper as having said. The Bhojpuri star also claims that after Bigg Boss 2, Celina had once walked up to her and told her how entertaining she was. Interestingly Celina claims to have never known Sambhavana Seth. “I don’t know how she looks like and I didn’t even know she was there so how could I ignore her security.

Also there were enough policemen around to take care of those marching so she could have approached them for help. There was no way any woman could get mobbed or manhandled since it was a gay parade,” she said. Defending her decision to hire security personnel, Celina Jaitley said that she had done so because she had been receiving threats. “If she (Sambhavana) was really concerned about security, she should’ve arranged it for herself,” Celina Jaitley told the paper.


Priyanka Chopra has never been to college


Playing the role of a college student in a new movie ‘Kameeney’, Indian actress Priyanka Chopra said that she had never been a college student in her real life. Becoming the Miss World at the age of 17 years, Priyanka Chopra first due to winning this title and then her film acting, could not go to college and now she said that she would always feel sorry for this.

However, Priyanka Chopra said that she is grateful to film director Vishal Bhardwaj who provided her the chance to experiment the college life.

The 27-year-old filmstar has played in ‘Kameeney’ the role of a girl who studies in a college. Priyanka Chopra said sho would always remember this character.


Aishwarya not having swine flu: Amitabh


One has to pay a huge price for name and fame. Being in the public eyes, celebrities have to watch their every step and spell the right word for the media always tries to create gossip and controversy out of them. The Bachchan family is the latest victim. Amitabh Bachchan’s comment on his blog that his daughter-in-law Aishwarya Bachchan (wife of Abhishek Bachchan) was down with flu was blown out of proportion by the media. Many leading media houses reported that Aishwarya was having swine flu.Now, Amitabh has hit back saying that the media reports were rubbish.

That little mention of Aishwarya’s indisposition has created a media hurricane. Headlines screaming she has swine flu have appeared along with other national news. The paucity of sensationalist material has created a herd mentality towards interpreting that gentle whiff of air into a storm of immense proportions. Getting the news out first has precedence over research and authentication. No, she does not have swine flu. She has improved and is much better and ready to resume work by tomorrow or the day after. I would have kept her home for another week,” wrote Amitabh on his blog.

Now, Amitabh has announced clear and loud that Aishwarya is not having swine flu!


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