SRK US detention shows cold war with Big B continues

>> Thursday, August 20, 2009


Shah Rukh Khan, who returned to India after being detained by the US officials at the Newark airport for over two hours for security check- up, has slammed Amar Singh (read Bachchan camp, Singh is a close family friend of Bachchans) for saying that it was all meant to promote his upcoming flick ‘My Name Is Khan’. King Khan went on to thrash Amar Singh, the politically powerful friend of Amitabh Bachchan, by saying that such mean things could have come only from a mean mind, and he(SRK) was certainly above all such petty things. Shah Rukh Khan’s reasoning was simple that he was too big a bollywood icon to need such cheap publicity, and in any case being held at any airport was never a matter of pride for any individual.

Earlier, Amar Singh, who is being taken care of by Amitabh Bachchan in Singapore after his kidney transplantation, had said that Shah Rukh was making detention an issue to promote his latest flick ‘My Name Is Khan’.The industry observers see the whole development of Shah Rukh Khan slamming Amar Singh as a clear proof of ongoing cold war between Amitabh Bachchan and King Khan. The industry insiders feel that Amar Singh could not have made such a statement without the consent and knowledge of Amitabh Bachchan, who is staying with him in Singapore. In fact, while slamming Shah Rukh Khan for making the whole thing miserable, Amar Singh had even quoted the instance of Amitabh Bachchan that how he submitted to the scrutiny of US officials without any complaints or grouse.

Amar Singh had also thrashed Shah Rukh Khan for considering himself above the law of a country.Shah Rukh Khan’s retaliation to Amar Singh’s comments is likely to create further tension between Bachchans and King Khan camp, and all the efforts of reconciliation being made by the likes of Karan Johar would come to naught.Earlier, at Karan Johar’s birthday bash, Shah Rukh Khan-Gauri and Abhishek-Aishwarya were seen conversing animatedly, and it was conjectured that there had been a visible thaw in the cold war between Bachchans and Shah Rukh Khan. But after the latest incident, the cold war seems to be very much on and getting hot under the collar too.In the mean time, Shah Rukh Khan has been invited by Hollywood star and current Californian governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to have dinner with him at his residence.

This invitation came to Shah Rukh Khan after the incident made headlines in the world media, but he chose to return to India. It is not clear if Shah Rukh Khan is willing to travel back to the US so soon to attend the dinner after being humiliated in such a manner. However, the date of dinner has been extended now to September 20, so that Shah Rukh Khan can make up his mind in this regard. It may be recalled that after the humiliating US detention, Shah Rukh Khan had said that he would like to limit his travel to the US, and would prefer going to other countries for shooting of his films etc.


Hrithik Roshan offers help to paraplegics

Hrithik, Ash

Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan was so moved after meeting people affected with paraplegia while researching for his role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Guzaarish” that he has decided to help them in whatever way he can. Hrithik is playing a paraplegic in “Guzaarish” and met patients to be able to get under the skin of his character. While meetings the patients helped him understand his character better, it also left a deep impact on his mind.

Hrithik is taking his role very seriously and has been reading a lot on paraplegia and watching videos to understand and study their mannerisms and behaviour. In fact, he even visited several people affected by the disease to get a first hand account of their experiences,” said a source close to the actor.The intensive study and frequent interactions with people suffering from the disorder have moved Hrithik to a great extent.

He came across some young, talented people who were left incapacitated due to paraplegia and he immediately decided to do his bit to help them,” added the source. Aishwarya Rai is playing female lead in the film.


No more USA for Shahrukh Khan?

Shahrukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan was frisked at the Newark airport and we have been hearing about it ever since. The media has spoken about it. SRK’s friends and ex-friends have spoken about it. Cricketers have given their opinion. And even the Governor of California, Mr Arnold Schwarzenegger has invited Khan for dinner at Washington DC. So I was really not surprised when I heard this one.

Apparently, producer Viveck Vaswani has taken the entire episode to heart and cancelled the premiere of his SRK starrer film Dulha Mil Gaya in the US.What however shocked me was when I heard about the new destination chosen by Vaswani for the King Khan. A little birdie tells me, the producer has now decided to hold the premiere of his film in Trinidad. The film is set for a November 13 release.But then there’s a reason behind choosing that particular destination.

In the film, Shah Rukh Khan plays the role of a businessman based out of… TRINIDAD!He has been paired with his Main Hoon Na co-star Sushmita Sen in the film.The film is about the SRK-Sush and another couple played by Fardeen Khan and Tara Sharma. It has been directed by Mudassar Aziz.


Deepika Padukone witnessed a shootout in London


Deepika Padukone was in the middle of a shootout in London recently. The actress is presently shooting for Sajid Khan’s Housefull there. During a shopping spree with a friend on the New Bond Street, the OSO girl was witness to chaos in a cops and murder drama.A source reveals, “Deepika was walking with her friend and they entered a store. All they heard the sounds of ambulances and police cars zipping past the store.

The actress and her companion were wondering whether to stay put, or step out of the store when the owner of the shop alerted them about the shootout in the parallel lane. “The store owner advised the girls to sneak out the back exit, as it would be safer. There was too much commotion in the area but they managed to jump into a cab and reach the hotel.

On her way back, she saw the area where the shootout took place and realised how close she was to the scene of crime. The London police had sealed off the narrow alley where the shoot out took place and there was some blood on the streets.


Katrina Kaif is a liar!


Read it to believe it. Bollywood present sensational Katrina Kaif is actually Katrina Turquotte. This astounding revelation has been made by actor Jackie Shroff’s wife Ayesha Shroff who claimed to have introduced Katrina Kaif to Bollywood. Revealing the sensational news, Ayesha said, “Katrina had an English surname, which was not easy to pronounce. She is not Katrina Kaif originally. She is Katrina Turquotte. We wanted to give her a surname which would be accepted by the Indian audience.

First we thought of naming her Katrina Kazi, but then we thought Kazi would have a religious overtone. So we thought of Kaif . Ayesha claimed that Kat’s passport at that time named Katrina Turquotte. What made Katrina to keep her title hidden is not yet known but when Ayesha was asked whether Katrina and she are still in touch, Ayesha replied, “Not really. We met at a party once and just greeted each other.

Now, from Ayesha’s statement two conclusions can be drawn, first she is the actually Katrina’s real mentor and not Salman Khan and secondly, Katrina is not Kaif but Turquotte.


Arnold asks Shahrukh Khan out


California Governor and Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger has invited King Khan Shah Rukh for a dinner date. This comes right after the humiliation Shah Rukh went through at the Newark Airport. The actor was held back as airport authorities were suspicious of his surname. Khan went through secondary interrogation and the entire racial discrimination episode caused a flurry in India. Shah Rukh only yesterday reached Indian shores and was bombarded by the press on the entire situation being a publicity stunt for his upcoming film.

Political Honcho Amar Singh also termed it as a publicity stunt for My Name is Khan which is based on the same lines. While Shah Rukh rubbished the allegations, he was appalled by the type of attention the situation had got. ‘Its not as big as some are making it seem, while I was disappointed with whatever transpired at the airport, its no publicity stunt at all,’ he confirmed with local press. At the time being there is no news whether or not Shah Rukh has accepted Arnie’s invitation and for now it seems that the dinner date has been postponed to September 20th.

Shah Rukh should kiss and make up and maybe even ask Arnie to make a special appearance in My Name is Khan, make him dance to his tunes, what say! That would be payback alright!


Asin gets marriage proposal


South Indian actress Asin Thottumkal, who has entered Bollywood through Aamir Khan’s Ghajini, gets marriage proposals from her admirers and fans too often that she is immune to them. But she just couldn’t ignore the proposal she got from one of her admirers, and she is very secretive about it.Asin can’t forget a marriage proposal from her fan from Chennai, who sent her a solitaire along with an emotional letter.

She said that it is a very personal issue involving her fan and so she wouldn’t speak about it.Well, here is a lucky guy who knows how to steal Asin’s heart.Who knows if they end up in marriage. You never know!


What makes Shahid-Priyanka a hot pair?


The lead pair of Kaminey are like cats in the cradle. There is something special about the duo that connects to the audience naturally. The chemistry they share is incredible – looks like real. We are talking about the hot and happening pair Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. No wonder Kaminey has made a great opening.

Shahid and Priyanka get along like a house on fire. They know how to keep their film in the news and managed to keep their real and reel love story in suspense till its release.As the audience watches the film, this question keep popping up – are they or aren’t they in love in real life? Curiosity turns into thrill.

They have denied dating each other though they have been spotted together at hot spots many a time. But they can’t deny the fact that they look great together on screen. They look great together off screen too. This has made them a hot pair, perhaps the hottest pair in Bollywood today


King Khan gives a fitting reply to Amar Singh


Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh’s had criticised Shahrukh Khan’s reaction to his detention in US claiming SRK had blown it out of proportion. He said that Shahrukh was doing this to promote his upcoming movie My Name Is Khan. He added that it former President Abdul Kalam hadn’t complained about the treatment meted out him in India why was Shahrukh making a big issue out of it. When quizzed about Singh’s comments during a press conference, King Khan sarcastically said that he thought Amar Singh was unwell and taking treatment in Singapore.

Adding more to his sarcasm SRK asked if Singh was back in Mumbai and in a physical condition to make such statements. He stressed on the fact that SRK and My Name Is Khan need no cheap publicity. He added that he wished Singh recovers soon with a healthy body and a strong mind Shahrukh and Amar Singh’s tu tu mein mein goes a long way back. Shahrukh had made fun of him during an award function some years back which hadn’t gone down well too well with the UP strongman.

Amar Singh’s closeness with the Bachchan family means Shahrukh always has to be in his firing line. Well a politician even in a hospital doesn’t refrain himself from making controversial statements.


Mallika Sherawat, the un-suitable woman?

Mallika Sherawat

Mallika Sherawat has time and again flaunted her assets. So, understandably one time she wanted to be totally covered up, she faced a huge hurdle. If designer Pria Kataria Puri is to be believed, the actor made a request out of the blue to her to create a demure, smart brown suit for her, giving the strangest of reasons. Pria says, “On August 7, I had participated in a charity event organised by Jagriti wherein I had put together a fashion show. We had quite a few celebrities in attendance and Lisa Ray wore an outfit of mine for this charity event.” Mallika Sherawat too, was supposed to wear one of her outfits for the event.

Mallika asked meto email her my designs in orange and off-white. But a couple of days later she asked me to design her a brown western suit!” Pria says.”She sent me a picture of herself with a a woman lawyer –saying that she wants to wear the kind of suit the lady was wearing, as she would be playing a lawyer in one of her forthcoming films and she wanted to prepare for the role” Pria says in disbelief. Pria refused to meet Mallika’s demands as the outfit “Didn’t fit in my line of work”. This seemed to have irked Mallika. Not surprisingly then, the actor made a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance at the said event. “She came in, spoke for a few minutes and made a dash for the exit,”says Pria.

However, Mallika’s spokesperson has a different story to tell, “Mallika was to speak on behalf of the charity devoted to victims of domestic abuse. She thought it most appropriate to wear an outfit that fit the occasion and did not detract from the message. When it was understood that designer Pria did not and could not make anything for Mallika that complemented the serious issue, Mallika purchased a professional suit from Christian Dior. In any case, Mallika will continue to devote her time and efforts for good causes like Jagriti and she thinks Pria is a talented designer whose clothes she looks forward to wearing in the future.”

Good thing that Mallika kept her commitment, in spite of the differences!

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