Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Akshay Kumar - I am extremely excited about BHOOL BHULAIYAA

Bollywood's leading man, Akshay Kumar, breaks controversial new ground in his latest film offering, BHOOL BHULAIYAA. In a role that challenges centuries of superstitions and beliefs that are held widely in India and across the globe, the affecting psychological thriller, BHOOL BHULAIYAA, releases in cinemas internationally on 12th October 2007 through integrated media and entertainment company and leading global distributor of Bollywood cinema, Eros International.

As Akshay Kumar's career unstoppably reaches ever greater heights, the thespian of Bollywood cinema continues to display a fearlessness in mastering film roles that not only push his own boundaries as one of Bollywood's most accomplished actors, but also in challenging the norms and conventions of filmmaking, as well as societal belief systems. Such ambitions are perfectly observed by his role in BHOOL BHULAIYAA.

Under the directorship of the award-winning Priyadarshan and produced by Bhushan Kumar, who hails from one of the Indian film industry's most respected dynasties, BHOOL BHULAIYAA teams Akshay Kumar with a host of other stars from the cr�me of Bollywood's new brat pack.

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Filmed against the sumptuous backdrop of Jaipur, BHOOL BHULAIYAA is set in a small village in Rajasthan, which is steeped in superstition and conservatism. Badri (Manoj Joshi) heads a Brahmin family whose ancestral palace is believed to be possessed. On returning from America, Badri's son, Siddharth (Shiney Ahuja) and daughter-in-law, Avni (Vidya Balan) decide to spend a month in the palace, despite familial objections. As unnatural events start to unfold and demons begin to surface within the psyche, a motley crew of black magicians and witch doctors are called in to perform an exorcism of the evil spirits. These age-old conventions are challenged by the arrival of a psychiatrist from America, Dr Aditya Shrivastav (Akshay Kumar), and friend of Siddarth, who uses modern analytical techniques to find a resolve.

Within the traditional conventions of Bollywood filmmaking BHOOL BHULAIYAA intelligently challenges ancient and deep rooted belief systems that continue to influence large parts of India and the developing world. It astutely blends thrill with humour as it reveals undiscovered dimensions of human psychology, and introduces the arguments of reason v/s emotion and science v/s superstition. Fuelled high with entertainment factor, but also coercing the audience to question pre established moral, social and psychological codes, BHOOL BHULAIYAA is sure to spark debate and controversy, as it argues that there is no such thing as spirit possession, but rather that this is a manifestation of schizophrenia within the human psyche.

In relation to what has been one of Akshay Kumar's most challenging roles to date, that required a sensitive balance of humour, with the challenging of deeply entrenched belief systems, Akshay comments, "I am extremely excited about this film project. From a filmic perspective, I feel we have done a wonderful job of creating something that will appeal to faithful and regular cinemagoers, as well as drawing audiences who are interested in seeing how the film opens the floodgates to a whole new dimension of thought and rationale about the human condition and psyche. It challenges pre-conceived notions about sensitive issues and brings into question society's perceptions of faith, superstition, science and reasoning."

Karisma Kapoor on the sets of JAB WE MET!

The cast and crew of the forthcoming romantic comedy, JAB WE MET, were in for an unexpected but pleasant surprise while shooting for a colourful dance sequence in Manali (a hill station in North-India).

Actress Kareena Kapoor's star sister, Karisma, dropped in with her daughter, Samaira.

The gorgeous actress in a touching gesture prayed to a camera unit and bonded well with everyone from Kareena to lead actor Shahid Kapur, director Imtiaz Ali and even her mentor (into dancing) and ace choreographer, Saroj Khan. Karisma even saw all of Kareena's scenes on the monitor with a smile on her face!

The keenly awaited JAB WE MET releases internationally on October 26 by Studio 18.

Bollywood Hockey Coach Now Cheers for Cricket


It’s not new for the stars to witness a cricket match.We have always seen their craze for Cricket with their presence in many cricket matches. King Khan will be attending the Twenty20 Cricket final. The Twenty20 match will be played today by India and Pakistan. Shah Rukh Khan will be joining hands with the Indian fans and cheer team India when Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men take on Pakistan in the final of the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup in Johannesburg in South Africa. SRK had earlier made a surprise visit to the India-England third Test at The Oval (England), last month. So King Khan will Support India and surely convey one message to all the players CHAK DE INDIA !

Rani and Abhishek Shake A Leg Together

Its good news for all Rani-Abhishek fans, the duo is back again with their new movie Laaga Chunari Mein Daag. Just three weeks to go and we can see then shaking a leg together in LCMD. The movie is a woman oriented film and Rani Mukherjee and Konkona Sen hold the main role. Kunal Kapoor and Abhishek also have an important role to play but the centre stage is definitely played by the actresses. The promos are creating much hype about the movie and the latest song featuring in the promos is ‘kachchi kaliyan’ which is picturised on Rani and Abhishek. The song which is sung by Sonu Nigam Shreya Ghoshal and Sunidhi Chauhan is a fast moving peppy track with slight mix of pop and rap. Just appropriate for today’s crowd.

The highlight however is a celebration song with a flashy set in the background, the track merges the sensibilities of producers Yash Raj Films and director Pradeep Sarkar, as can be witnessed in the picturisation. It’s good to see Rani and Abhishek together, they look really wonderful and their pair has also been one crowned as one of the best leading pair in the industry according to a public poll. Well, any guesses what does Ash has to say about this?

Kahani Poori Filmi Hai – Jab We Met

The love birds Shahid and Kareena are back with their new movie ‘Jab We Met’. The stars are very excited about their movie and have lot of expectations from it. The story is very very filmy. It is mainly a sweet and cute love story. The story is about a character Geet played by Kareena who is a Sikhni from Bhatinda- a town in Punjab. She meets Aditya (Shahid Kapoor) on a train journey and the romantic journey starts with all possible twists and turns and finally ends with a happy note.The movie has a very filmi story line but seems to interesting because of the Punjabi style highlighted in the movie. There was lot of confusion regarding the title of the movie. Three tittles were selected for the movie ‘Jab We Met’, ‘Ishq Via Bhatinda’and ‘Punjab Mail’ and the decision was taken in accordance with the audience poll and the audience voted for Jab We Met so the title was chosen on public demand.


Shahid and Kareena have lot of hopes from this movie let’s see if they are able to create the same magic that they created in Fida. Though the movie seems to be soft and slow it has lot of hilarious dialogues. So all we can do is just wait for the release. The movie is set to be released on October 26.

Shahrukh Khan takes Munna Bhai’s Place

Rajkumar Hirani goes for a change from Sanjay Dutt to Shahrukh Khan. Who can forget the rediscovery of Gandhian views in Lage Raho Munna Bhai, it was one of the finest movies of Sunjay Dutt and now it will be Shahrukh Khan creating the same magic for us. Hirani has decided to take Shahrukh Khan for his next project. Hirani was always interested to work with SRK and Sharukh khan was his first choice for Munnabhai MBBS but things didn’t work out with him so Sanjay Dutt got the role.


The SRK-Hirani project is based on Chetan Bhagat’s book on the IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) culture, ‘Five Point Someone’. The story revolves around three friends, who are unable to cope with the pressures of being in the premier institution. it is said that the script is being reworked and some changes have been made. lets see if the magic of Munna Bhai and Lage Raho is seen in Hirani’s next project and how well does Shahrukh Khan deal with it. Another point to think about is that if there are three people in the lead wonder who the other two can be apart from SRK? Any Guesses who it might be?

Saawariya’s Music Release A Grand Hit

The year’s most awaited movie had its big bang music release. The two debutant stars were finally unveiled by the director of the movie Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The two star kids were seen at the music release in Mumbai’s JW Marriott hotel. Ranbir Kapoor (son of Rishi kapoor) and Sonam (daughter of Anil Kapoor) were kept under wraps by the director because he was worried that media’s adoration would affect their innocence which is what he wanted to capture in the movie. The music launch was a grand success and the whole Kapoor family was present. Rishi and Neetu and Anil and Sunita were the proud parents who enjoyed the attention their kids got.Rani Mukherjee and Salman Khan were also present, as they are also a part of the movie. Salman Escorted Sonam to the dais and Rani escorted Ranbir.


The two leading stars looked lovely together. Lets see how their on-screen chemistry turns out, and how much they are liked by the people.

Kareena Desperate To Work with Shah Rukh Khan


Kareena Kapoor is desperate to work with Shah Rukh Khan. Why? She desperately needs a hit.she has not been doing well in her career and she hopes a movie with Shah Rukh will give her a solo hit. She wants to be a part of Shanker’s SRK starrer Robot. And she also paid a personal visit to SRK to convince him that she is right for the is said that when Kareena heard that SRK is playing the lead role in Robot she has been keen on doing the film.the film was originally planned to take Kamal Hassan in the lead but Shah Rukh got lucky and the role went to him. The story of the movie is kept a secret but the insiders have revealed that it’s a futuristic and Stylish movie so it that the reason why Kareena wants to do the film. May be its because Shah Rukh and style go hand in hand.

Aneek’s love for Sumedha is a publicity stunt?

Himesh Reshammiya did it before with Vineet and now it’s Aneek

.If your wondering what I am talking about, it’s the popular TV show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa challenge 2007. The show has another love bug from Himesh Reshammiya’s gharana. Aneek Dhar from his gharana has been in news for all wrong reasons. He says he has a secret crush and that person is one among the co-participants.Himesh makes it very obvious that he is supporting Aneek to get his love, but it is said that this is another publicity stunt that Himesh is trying?? Do you think this is true? Well, why not- we all remember what happened with vineet and his love, we still know nothing about it and that’s because there was no such secret love existing! I feel even though Aneek is not much interested Himesh is encouraging him to proceed further without realizing if Aneek is serious about his Love.


Recently Aneek said that ‘it is true Himeshji is trying to make me a groom for Bappiji’s gharana, but I have no such intention right now.’ What? He has no such intension? Does that mean Himesh is just Exaggerating things? Do you think Aneek Is serious about Sumedha or its just another publicity stunt by his mentor????????

Shah Rukh Khan looks just too hot in the song dard-e-disco from the movie Om Shanti Om. The secret behind his super hot look and the six- pack abs is

Shah Rukh Khan looks just too hot in the song dard-e-disco from the movie Om Shanti Om. The secret behind his super hot look and the six- pack abs is just to keep his promise to his close friend and director Farah Khan. She wanted him to do a item song in Main Hoon Na but due to his back pain he was unable to do it but he had promised her that if he would ever remove his shirt it would be for her and that’s what exactly he did.


The movie is getting great response even before its release and the main focus of attention on the Music launch of the film was…………….. What else Shah Rukh’s perfect body. I seriously feel Shah Rukh looks toooo hot. What say?

‘Heyy Babyy’ Proves to be Better Than ‘Chak De India’

It’s a big surprise to see that a Shahrukh khan movie Chak De India is swept away by an Akshay Kumar starrer. The UK box office has been getting tremendous response for Heyy Babyy than Chak De.


Chak De India has still to break the $1m barrier in the UK while Heyy Babyy is nearing $1.5m. In it’s 7th week of release, Chak De India’s collections stand at $867,265, while Heyy Babby is at a staggerring $1,382,988.For the past weekend, Heyy Babyy has raked in just over $24,000 (per screen average at $1,217) and Chak De India $2,731 (per screen average $390).
Though Heyy Babyy has done well overseas but in India surely Chak De India will take the lead.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Arshad claims to be a lesbian?


Arshad Warsi, after being widely appreciated for his performances in Munnabhai MBBS and Lage Raho Munnabhai, has been on a hit spree with his recent films. Whether it was Golmaal or Anthony Kaun Hai even, the audiences and critics alike are having a ‘Dhamaal’ watching him perform on screen as well as off screen.

Be it tele-shows to popular award function, his absolute amiable character has made him give ‘Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal’. But what we see in the above pic (Arshad sporting a tee at one of his movie Premieres that reads “Nobody Knows I am a lesbian’) is a little too hard to believe and makes us wonder if his ‘Kabul Express’ journey made him change his mind ya phir “Circuit ka biological Locha ho gaya hai?”

What say Maria? Are you happy or gay?

Ab Tera Kya Hoga Ramu?


Before the release of his much awaited and talked about film RGV Ki Aag , Mr. Varma definitely must have had ‘Butter- flies’ in his stomach. Moreover, since it was not just any usual copy or remake heard of but was a remake of the legendary film, Sholay . Well the film did release and as expected ( especially by Ramesh Sippy) Varma did get his share of flaks pelted at him, but what was really unexpected was that people who usually butter him up too melted away. So when we have the famous and popular ‘Butter ad’ take a dig at him saying, “Ab tera Kya hoga Ramu” one cannot help but be the mean Gabbar Singh to him.

Saawariya Song brings tears to Rishi

rishi1_01Rishi Kapoor knows how emotional he can get. He therefore avoided watching his son on screen for as long as he could…until last week when he was forced to watch his super-talented son Ranbir on screen for the first time. Rishi broke down and wept.

That Saawariya solo will be screened for 30 selected guests and around 150 media persons at the music release of the Saawariya music tomorrow in Mumbai.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali who skipped attending the National Awards in Delhi on Friday (he won an award for Black) in favour of the music event in Mumbai tomorrow has personally supervised every detail of the lavish function which will be attended by the entire cast including Salman Khan and Rani Mukherjee who have very special roles in Saawariya.

The film's eagerly awaited lead pair Ranbir and Sonam are as nervous as hell about their first public appearance. When I spoke to them on Friday neither had chosen their clothes for the occasion but were sure that it would be the event of their lives.

Friday, September 14, 2007

First Look at Last Lear

It has become the most talked about film of Mr. Bachchan after Black! Rituparno Gosh’s “the Last Lear” has been doing its rounds in 2007 Toronto Film Festival and the film has already received rave reviews about it. The film is based on Utpal Dutt’s play and has an impressive starcast which includes Amitabh Bachchan, Arjun Rampal and Preity Zinta.


Amitabh Bachchan plays a veteran Shakesperean actor called Harish Mishra, Preity Zinta is plays the role of a bad actor named Shabnam, and Arjun Rampal plays the role of their film director Siddharth. Big B is suppose to have given a path breaking performance in the movie. He has also penned a few Hindi dialogues for the film. The film falls under the genre of Indian, English films.

Kunal Kapoor Back with Back-to-Back

The wait is over for Kumal Kapoor and his fans! He is here for all of us to see with back-to-back releases.


October will see him team with Konkona Sen Sharma in Laaga Chunari Mein Daag and November will have him with Madhuri Dixit in Aaja Nachle. Isn’t that a bonanza for such a long wait after Rang De?

Om Shanti Om soundtrack on television

You must have already got smitten with the clips of Om Shanti Om soundtrack on television…so have a look at what’s in store for from Farah.


Here is the list of the songs in Om Shanti Om. Ah I can’t wait to see the CDs on my shelf!!! How about you guys?

Lyrics: Vishal

2. DARD-E-DISCO — 4:30



Punjabi Lyrics; Kumaar

6. DHOOM TAANA — 6:13


8. DARD-E-DISCO - REMIX — 4:36

9. DEEWANGI [ Rainbow Mix ] — 4:48


11. DASTAAN [The Dark Side Mix] — 6:18


The 70s in Om Shanti Om

When Farah Khan and Shahrukh come together you can sure expect the unexpected! The latest is that Farah has a surprise SFX scene in her film Om Shanti Om. As you know the film is also about Bollywood in 70s, the director and SRK’s technical team has come up with a sequence in which Deepkia Padukone is seen romancing the yester year heroes Sunil Dutt, Jetendra and Rajesh Khanna.


The scene is a requirement because Deepika plays a famous heroine of 70s in the first half of the film. Ah I can’t wait to see the movie!!!

After Pepsi ad, Shahrukh and John team up again

After giving us a hilarious Pepsi ad, the newly discovered combo of SRK and John will be seen on the silver screen for yet another acclaimed director – Rajkumar Hirani’s next film. And believe it or not there is more to the already great combination. The film is based on the famous book “Five Point Someone: What Not to Do at IIT” by Chetan Bhagat.


On the book:

Three hostelmates - Alok, Hari and Ryan get off to a bad start in IIT - they screw up the first class quiz. And while they try to make amends, things only get worse. It takes them a while to realize: If you try and screw with the IIT system, it comes back to double screw you. Before they know it, they are at the lowest echelons of IIT society. They have a five-point-something GPA out of ten, ranking near the end of their class. This GPA is a tattoo that will remain with them, and come in the way of anything else that matters - their friendship, their future, their love life. While the world expects IITians to conquer the world, these guys are struggling to survive. Will they make it? Do underperformers have a right to live? Can they show that they are not just a five-point-somebody but a five-point-someone?’

The film will go on floor in November and will release by summer next summer. Now what needs to know is who will play the third character!!! Hmmm…yet another off beat film with SRK and John for commercial element. I have lots of hopes on this one!!!

Urmila-Sanjay Suri set to create a hattrick with SPEED

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Harry Baweja produced and Vikram Bhatt directed SPEED would finally be arriving the screens on 28th September. Based on Hollywood flick CELLULAR, the films also brings together Urmila Matondkar along with Sajnay Suri who is set to create a hat trick of on-screen pairing.

Eariler, the duo was seen in seen in offbeat films like PINJAR and BAS EK PAL. None of the two films were box office successes though they were critically acclaimed. SPEED is the first instance of the two coming together in an out and out commercial outing.

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View Speed Movie Stills

Sanjay Suri and Urmila Matondkar play a husband and wife in the film as the character of Urmila is shown to be trapped in a situation where she only has a cell phone for company. Her savior in the film is played by Zayed Khan who tries to maintain a contact with her through his cell phone to save her life. Ashish Chaudhary plays a cop while Aftab Shivdasani is the main villain in the film.

With Tanushree Dutta, Sophie Chaudhary and Amrita Arora adding on to the glamour quotient, SPEED is touted to be a high voltage edge of the seat thriller.

Tax-Exemption for NANHE JAISALMER

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The Rajasthan government has exempted K Sera Sera's Samir Karnik directed, NANHE JAISALMER, from payment of entertainment tax in the state. The film is about a camel boy of Rajasthan who is a die-hard fan of actor Bobby Deol (who plays himself in the film).

While on NANHE JAISALMER, Samir Karnik and Bobby Deol are going all out to publicize the film, courting the media to get that extra bit of mileage (that it surely deserves!) before its release. Karnik feels that the producers are not doing enough to create hype about his creation.

NANHE JAISALMER is all set to release this Friday, along with Siddhi Vinayak Creations' Tusshar, Shreyas and Udita starrer, AGGAR.

AAJA NACHLE -When a new thing comes to a small town!

Jaideep Sahni has brought in a whiff of originality by scripting successful movies like JUNGLE, COMPANY, BUNTY AUR BABLI and not to forget this year's KHOSLA KA GHOSLA. But he has really scooped his way to fame and glory with the globally successful CHAK DE! INDIA. More than the blockbuster worldwide acceptance, it is the critical acclaim and accolades that have made Jaideep a name to reckon with in the film industry.

However life moves on for this creative genius and he is already focused on his next Yash Raj project, the Madhuri Dixit starrer, AAJA NACHLE. Not willing to disclose much about the contents of the movie, he says, it's another script based on personal experiences, this time during his engineering days in Bidar (a small town in Karnataka). On further coaxing Jaideep relents a little and discloses that the movie is about what happens when a new thing (?) comes to a small town!

The much awaited Madhuri Dixit comeback vehicle, AAJA NACHLE, is all set to storm the theaters on 30th November

Dharmendra's JOHNNY GADDAR due to love for Mukesh

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View Apne Movie Stills

While actors like Vinod Khanna and Shatrughan Sinha, who made their debut after him are a passe, Dharmendra (fondly referred to as 'Garam Dharam') is still a name to reckon with in the industry.

In fact, the year 2007 has seen the ageless 'Punjab Da Puttar', getting serious once again, and conquering the box-office with two consecutive successes, LIFE IN A METRO and APNE. But that is not all, as September 28 will see him in another good project, JOHNNY GADDAR, directed by the highly talented Sriram Raghavan (of EK HASINA THI fame).

It may come as a surprise to many, especially those who are not familiar with the golden hearted 'Yamla Jat', that Dharmendra consented to work in the movie because of his association with the one-of-a kind singer, the late Mukesh. Just to make it simpler, JOHNNY GADDAR features the legendary singer, Mukesh's (late Raj Kapoor's voice) grandson, Neil Mukesh, who makes his debut here. And as soon as 'Garam Dharam' (or should we say, 'Naram Dharam') heard about Neil's lineage, he invited the handsome youngster for a dinner and said 'Yes', and spoke to him about his association with Mukesh.

For those who are still not getting it, two of late Mukesh's best songs 'Aaya Hai Mujhe Phir Yaad Woh Zaalim' and 'Baharon Ne Mera Chaman Loot Kar' feature Dharmendra in the 1966 hit DEVAR.

Subhash Ghai's YUVRAAJ rolls

Subhash Ghai launched his mega directorial venture YUVRAAJ with a shoot at Khandala with Salman and Katrina Kaif on a song composed by A R Rahman and lyrics by Gulzaar on 12th September. A marathon 21 days schedule is going to take place in Western Europe next week with the entire star cast.

The 50 crores musical extravaganza is the biggest ever made film by Subhash Ghai and stars Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Boman Irani and has cinematography by Kabir Lall and Art direction by Omung Kumar (Black & Sawariyaan). Shiamak Davar is the choreographer of the film produced under the Mukta Arts Entertainment banner.

Abhay Deol close to hitting a six with MERIDIAN

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SOCHA NA THA, AHISTA AHISTA, HONEYMOON TRAVELS PVT. LTD., EK CHALIS KI LAST LOCAL and now MANORAMA SIX FEET UNDER. 5 films. 5 directors. And each of them being a debutant.

Abhay Deol could well be the first high profile actor from mainstream cinema who has worked with five unique setups with debutant directors in his first five films. While Imtiaz Ali (who is now gearing up with JAB WE MET) made his directorial debut with SOCHA NA THA, Shivam Nair was the man behind AHISTA AHISTA. Even though neither of the two films worked at the box office, Abhay was noticed and appreciated.

Abhay tasted his first success when Reema Kagti, an erstwhile assistant to Farhan Akhtar, came up with HONEYMOON TRAVELS PVT. LTD. Sanjay Khanduri too saw rave reviews and a decent success with EK CHALIS KI LAST LOCAL which is currently doing tremendous in DVD circuits.

For Abhay too, it was a shot in the arm since he got his first solo success and that too in a film which defied stereotypes and redefined the art of film making at many place.

Now Navdeep Singh holds the baton for MANORAMA SIX FEET UNDER which has again received rave reviews wherever it has been screened in festival circuits. Releasing on 21st September, it shows Abhay Deol in a new light altogether.

With MANORAMA SIX FEET UNDER which also stars Gul Panag, Raima Sen, Sarika and Vinay Pathak, Abhay would be approaching close towards hitting a six as his next film MERIDIAN also has a debutant director at the helm. Venod Mitra is the man running the show for this dramatic thriller that has an interesting cast comprising of Abhay, Irfan Khan, Arjun Rampal, Raima Sen and Konkona Sen Sharma.

Shahid-Kareena groove to yet another dance hit?

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Promotional campaign of JAB WE MET had started a fortnight back with unveiling of the film's talkie promo that gathered instant eyeballs. Natural act by Shahid and Kareena seems to be the order of the day in this Imtiaz Ali film which releases on 19th October.

While the soundtrack by Pritam is yet to hit the stands, the first song is already on the air which is titled 'Mauja Mauja'. A rocking dance number choreographed on the two leading stars, 'Mauja Mauja' is aided by lively choreography and some colorful picturisation.

The first look of the song suggests that 'Mauja Mauja' may soon add itself to the list of numerous Shahid-Kareena dance hits like 'Aaja Ve Mahi Let's Do Balle Balle' [FIDA], 'Shabbe Firaq' [CHUP CHUP KE] and '24X7 I Think Of You' [36 CHINA TOWN].

Yash Chopra, Aditya, SRK sit down for their next?

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To celebrate the blockbuster success of their latest release, CHAK DE! INDIA, the father-son duo of Yash and Aditya Chopra recently sat down with their lucky mascot, Shah Rukh Khan. As per the grapevine, the informal meeting was not just about exchanging pleasantries or congratulating each other. Reportedly, they discussed (amongst other things) their next (secret) project together, to be directed by either Yash or Aditya (a mystery that the media is trying to solve for a while!).

While we await an official communique from Yash Raj about their next project, obviously featuring Shah Rukh Khan, their last venture, CHAK DE! INDIA, has netted an amazing 51 crores (in just 4 weeks) from India and grossed nearly 2 million dollars from UK and US.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

First Look: Mr. Black Mr. White

Here’s your sneek peek into Eros entertainment’s forthcoming release, Mr. Black Mr. White.

mr. black mr. white

First Look: Madhuri Dixit in Aaja Nachle

First Look: Madhuri Dixit in Aaja Nachle

Soon the wait will be over, and the Queen of Bollywood will be back where she belongs, on the big screen. Our very own Madhuri Dixit will be seen acting in a YashRaj flick later this year. The film is titled Aaja Nachle and she is being paired opposite Akshaye Khanna. Here is the first look release poster of the flick.

Hrithik injured during Jodha Akbar’s shooting

During the shooting of one of the action sequences in Ashuji’s forthcoming film Jodha Akbar, Hrithik Roshan injured his right knee badly. And the inside story is that Ashuji will have to wait for almost 3 months before his actor can get up and shoot.

Well nothing has been confirmed as yet, but the doctors have advised Hrithik for a complete bed rest for 3 months which means more complication with the finishing of the much-delayed film.

The scheduled date for Jodha Akbar has already been shifted from October to December and might well get delayed further ahead.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

'Dard-e-Disco' with SRKs 6-pack abs!

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The latest song promo from Farah Khan's 35-crore 'Diwali' release, OM SHANTI OM, is basically a tribute to the 80s disco era, aptly titled 'Dard-e-Disco'!

More than the song, what is noticeable is that it is after six long years (ASOKA) that Shah Rukh Khan has bared his body for his home production, OM SHANTI OM. It is obvious that Shah Rukh has worked very hard on his physique before exhibiting his 6-pack abs! Will the girls go weak in their knees watching a more muscular Khan?

While on the much awaited audio album of OM SHANTI OM, it is expected to be released on September 18, at a grand function in Mumbai.

Will DARLING salvage RGV?

With AAG not raising heat at the box office, all eyes are now set on Ram Gopal Varma's other directorial venture DARLING which would be releasing this Friday.

This is for the first time in his couple of decades old career that he would be having two of his films releasing on consecutive Fridays.

Unlike AAG, DARLING comes with minimal expectations. Also, the film hasn't been hyped beyond a certain limit (a good decision by the film's producers -
T-Series), which means if the film turns out to be even a reasonably well-made; it won't be disappointing for the audience.

A question which is on everyone's lips is - "Will DARLING salvage RGV?" At the moment it may seem a little too far fetched but then it may just turn out to be true.

Ritiesh Deshmukh is elated!

Ritiesh Deshmukh is elated. And that comes with a good reason. His HEYY BABYY has been declared as a universal success and the film continues to be the top choice of cine-goers in spite of three films releasing on the Friday gone by.

"HEYY BABYY has seen the biggest opening week collections in my last 5 years at Bollywood", says Ritiesh who has hits like 'Masti', 'Kya Kool Hain Hum', 'Bluffmaster', 'Malamaal Weekly' and 'Apna Sapna Money Money' to his credit.

"I won't lie that we were not confident about the film working very well at the box office", says Ritiesh, "But a success of this kind has made me believe yet again that good cinema always works. Also a subject like this was always meant to get family audiences in hordes. Sajid Khan, the director, wanted to make a film that caters to all segments of audience, whether mass or class", he adds.

What was the team's vision while working on the film? "We didn't want to focus on just a particular age group or gender. It had to have a universal appeal. I am happy to see a film that has worked at single screens as well as multiplexes with children as well as senior citizens patronizing the film," he discloses.

Though pre-release interviews did indicate that he was the official care taker of the baby on sets, it seemed quite apparent in the film too as he had some of the best scenes with the baby Johana. That's a surprise since in real life he hasn't been in a situation where he has been this close to a toddler.

"It was a first hand experience and that too an enriching one. When I look back, it all seems so good. The film's success has only made us recollect all the pleasant moments that we shared during the filming", he says fondly.

Does the success of HEYY BABYY make him crave for a solo lead film now? "I still continue to look out for good scripts and banner. I do not have a mindset of not opting for multi starrers or only looking for solo leads at the moment. I am happy with the way my career is progressing and would continue to be seen in good projects", he says as a matter of fact.

Talking about his forthcoming projects, what does he have in the pipeline? "I should be wrapping up the shooting for E Niwas' DE TAALI soon. After that there is Sujoy Ghosh's ALADIN and THE MYSTERY OF THE LAMPS. Beyond this I am still reading scripts and looking for the best that comes my way," signs off Ritiesh.

Rakhi Sawant to play BALTIDEVI

Rakhi SawantRakhi Sawant has signed a film with Sidhesh Films Pvt. Ltd. to be directed by Aditya Raj Kapoor (Son of Shammi Kapoor) titled BALTIDEVI QUEEN OF SOUTHALL - a musical. The film is produced by Balakumar and Rajeev Agarwal and is set to go on floors in December 2007.

Rakhi is ecstatic about the new film, she said, "The movie is about migrants in London and their lives from rags to riches. It's a women oriented subject and I am lucky to be working with Aditya Raj Kapoor."

Aditya says, "Rakhi is a daring and the 'female Govinda', this film showcases her talent. I always wanted Rakhi for this role and I am happy that my producers Balakumar and Rajeev agreed to it."

It's a musical endeavour that bears resemblance to her own life and we hope that her dream of becoming a recognized actress come true from this author-backed role film.

Amitabh Bachchan not very happy with RGV’s AAG

With Amitabh Bachchan not being happy about the final product of Sholay’s remake ‘Aag’, RGV’s next film Cobra has come to a stand still. As reported earlier, the Amitabh- Abhishek and Ajay Devgan starer Cobra was RGV’s next ambitious project with the Bachchan clan. After the disastrous response from both public and critics, this project had actually become a dream for RGV but Abhishek came to his rescue by suggesting that Cobra should now have either Saif Ali Khan or Salman Khan to make it interesting. And guess what? Papa Bachchan seems very hopeful about this idea and has again taken interest in reviving RGV’s Cobra.


But to come to think of it…will Salman ever be a part of Bachchan films or rather
will Salman be able to do the film because of his imprisonment? And also if Saif or Salman have a slot will Ajay be given any role in the film? God looks like RGV is in real mess, if he convinces one the other will be annoyed…

After Pepsi ad, Shahrukh and John team up again

After giving us a hilarious Pepsi ad, the newly discovered combo of SRK and John will be seen on the silver screen for yet another acclaimed director – Rajkumar Hirani’s next film. And believe it or not there is more to the already great combination. The film is based on the famous book “Five Point Someone: What Not to Do at IIT” by Chetan Bhagat.

On the book:

Three hostelmates - Alok, Hari and Ryan get off to a bad start in IIT - they screw up the first class quiz. And while they try to make amends, things only get worse. It takes them a while to realize: If you try and screw with the IIT system, it comes back to double screw you. Before they know it, they are at the lowest echelons of IIT society. They have a five-point-something GPA out of ten, ranking near the end of their class. This GPA is a tattoo that will remain with them, and come in the way of anything else that matters - their friendship, their future, their love life. While the world expects IITians to conquer the world, these guys are struggling to survive. Will they make it? Do underperformers have a right to live? Can they show that they are not just a five-point-somebody but a five-point-someone?’

The film will go on floor in November and will release by summer next summer. Now what needs to know is who will play the third character!!! Hmmm…yet another off beat film with SRK and John for commercial element. I have lots of hopes on this one!!!

Monday, September 3, 2007

She has no hang-ups and will go far!- Pooja Bhatt

Director Pooja Bhatt may not have had a good time with actor Muzamil Ibrahim but she is all praise for her other lead Tulip Joshi in her film DHOKHA. Tulip is looking fabulous and fresh thanks to her different look and Pooja is full of admiration for the actress. "Tulip completely surrendered herself for the film. She has no hang-ups and will definitely go far. She has a lot of guts and courage and her dedication and gorgeous look will definitely take her places," says Pooja.

Tulip says, "Pooja's passion for the film rubbed off and helped her enact all her scenes without much difficulty." And serious roles are not the only thing tulip can carry of... her other films include an 'Untitled' Ashtavinayak film opposite Kunal Khemmu and other lighter films as well.

Well, looks like Tulip will be worth watching out for in DHOKHA!

Akshay to become a 'ganglord'!

The self made superstar, Akshay Kumar is becoming bigger with each passing release, both in India and the Overseas. The actor who is instrumental in establishing new talents in the industry (Abbas-Mustan, Vipul Shah and now Sajid Khan), by giving them their first commercial success, has done it once again. His latest release, HEYY BABYY, has netted an impressive 25-crore plus in the very first week of its run in India (the second best of the year, after PARTNER).

While his detractors have always given pathetic excuses and phrases like, 'only an action star' or more recently 'only a comedy star' for his successes, the man from Delhi's Chandni Chowk (with absolutely no filmy background to boast of ), has succeeded in almost all genres of movies. And that too without big names like the Chopras', Johars' or the �Bhansalis' to back him.

We now hear that Akshay is going to barge into the Ram Gopal Varma (the maker who once said that Akki's emotional acting made him laugh!) territory, the 'underworld'. Yes, in his upcoming Anees Bazmee project, SINGH IS KING (some spell 'KING' as 'KINNG'), Akshay, who initially plays a clean shaven Sikh, later portrays a menacing underworld ganglord.

Seeing Akshay's past record, we are very confident that he will pull this one too!

Esha Deol - simple wife or the hot other woman!

Esha Deol - simple wife or the hot other woman!

Esha Deol, who will soon be seen after CASH in Bhushan Kumar's DARLING, seems to think the role of a paramour will suit her much more than the girl-next-door image. After playing the role of a newly-wed in JUST MARRIED, she's done a volte-face by becoming the other woman in Fardeen's married life in Bhushan Kumar's DARLING. Having a supernatural element in it, Esha plays a pivotal role in providing a twist to the tale.

Word has it that she was totally in her element doing bold scenes with Fardeen in DARLING... looks like mommy's girl is coming into her own. Having now experimented the sati savitri role as well as a hot femme fatale, Esha is more willing to place her bets on the latter!

Its Lara, not Priyanka in Karan Johar's next

View Partner Movie Stills

View Partner Movie Stills

A lot of excitement was generated when Karan Johar announced his project, to be directed by his next assistant (after Nikhil Advani and Soham Shah), Tarun Mansukhani. The lead roles were to be essayed by the hot and happening pair of Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan. Later on they were joined by the 'chote nawab', Saif Ali Khan.

However, Saif soon opted out of the project and in walked Abhishek's DHOOM co-star, John Abraham. Very recently, Aishwarya too left the project, citing personal reasons. The name Priyanka was touted by a section of the media, as Aishwarya's replacement. But that was not the correct information. As per our sources, it�s Lara Dutta who has agreed to replace Aishwarya.

Here is hoping that this is the final cast of the Dharma Production project, so that Tarun can begin shooting for the film at the earliest.

Shooting Dhamaal wasn’t just ‘plane’ funny

Shooting Dhamaal wasn’t just ‘plane’ funny

Sometimes the funniest scenes can turn out to be the scariest ones to shoot is what filmmaker Indra Kumar (Dil, Beta, Masti) experienced while shooting his comic capper Dhamaal.
The mid air sequence which is currently being shown in the Dhamaal promos has Ashish Choudhary and Asrani trying to take control of a plane going berserk.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Shah Rukh Khan in Heyy Baby

Shah Rukh Khan in Heyy Baby

It is highly unlikely that Shah Rukh disappoints his favorites. So when Sajid Khan asked Shah Rukh for a qawalli number in his first directorial venture ‘Heyy Baby’, SRK readily agreed.


So the movie has not just got Akshay, Ritiesh and Fardeen dancing with Bollywood’s sizzling beauties like Malaika and Dia Mirza, but also has Vidya Balan, a cute baby girl and now SRK to take the movie to its highest comic peak. Let us see on 24th August how SRK makes us be a ‘Mast Kalandar’ with the qawalli in the movie!

Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan in Los Angeles

Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan in Los Angeles

Aishwarya Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan with Mani Ratnam, attended a reception at University of California. The reception was before the screening of their film ‘Guru’ at the ‘India Splendor’ celebrations in Los Angeles. The event was a huge success. Enjoy the golden couple’s splendor -
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