Bollywood News

June 30

Shahid Kapur questioned by Customs Department

Shahid Kapur’s recent film36 China Town has done fairly well and his pairing opposite girlfriend Kareena Kapoor has been appreciated. Shahid and Kareena were also a part of the ‘Rockstars’ worldwide concert. Shahid has quite a few other films on hand and the actor is slowly and steadily climbing the ladder in bollywood. Nonetheless Shahid has already seen a fair share of controversies, one of them being the recent tiff with Salman Khan. And just as things seem to be returning to normal, Shahid h

John Abraham’s starry attitude

John Abraham has recently returned from his ‘Rockstars’ worldwide concert and since then he has been plagued by several controversies. Everyone was talking about John’s tiff with Salman Khan. However John has denied and dismissed these as rumors. Rumours are also circulating that John and Bipasha have split. Even in the bollywood industry it is being said that John has become too selective and is developing a starry attitude. John had turned down several movies and that too with some big ba

Witness turns hostile in Salman Khan’s hit and run case

In September 2002, actor Salman Khan lost control of his car near the American Express Bakery, Bandra which led to the death of one person and caused injury to four people. Salman Khan was charged and booked but was later released on bail. The case was left hanging due to several problems, like Salman’s driver absconding and witnesses too who had not appeared in court. However recently some of the witnesses appeared before the court and unfortunately one of the main witnesses who was also injure

June 28

Rekha was Amitabh Bachchan’s first wife according to Past Life Researcher

No this is definitely not a joke, but a seriously researched possibility according to researcher of past lives, Dr Walter Semkiw. Amitabh Bachchan had been linked to a plethora of beautiful actresses during his hey days and one of them was the sensuous Rekha. However according to Dr. Walter, Amitabh was a Victorian actor known as Edwin Booth during the 1860’s. And according to the researcher, Rekha is the reincarnation of Booth’s first wife, Mary Devlin Booth. Dr Walter Semkiw is a member

Bollywood buzzing with the Bipasha-John split

Bipasha Basu and John Abraham have always been very open about their relationship; they have never denied that they are seeing each other. They are one of the most popular and happening couples in bollywood as both are smart, sexy and successful. There have been many rumours about them splitting before, however this time things seem to be pretty serious. Rumors are rife that the couple is seriously heading for splitsville. While John and Bipasha continue to deny rumours of their split, acco

Health Minister wants Shahrukh, Aamir, Aishwarya and John to stop endorsing soft

Some of the biggest bollywood stars have been endorsing soft drinks for a long time now. And now even the rising stars in bollywood are joining the bandwagon. Shahrukh Khan has been endorsing Pepsi for a long time, Aamir has been seen in several Coca-Cola ads, Aishwarya Rai too has begun to endorse Coca-Cola and John is now doing several ads for diet Pepsi. Well the list of celebrities endorsing soft drinks is endless and they also receive a good price for these endorsements. However those relat

June 27

Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan spending time together in Chennai

Are they or are they not seeing each other couple Ash and Abhi seem to be enjoying their shooting stint in Chennai for Mani Ratnam’s Guru. Recently Ash attended the IIFA premiere of her film Provoked in Dubai; however Abhi chose not to be present at the premiere but later attended the awards function. Well the two may be trying to stay out of the way of the media elsewhere, but back in Chennai they seem to be least bothered about the media or anybody else. The two are not only spending time with

June 26

Saif Ali Khan upset with girlfriend Rosa

The Chote Nawab, Saif Ali Khan seems to be making his presence felt everywhere be it in his films, advertisements and even the recent IIFA event held at Dubai. Saif received due appreciation for his performance at the IIFA which paid a tribute to yesteryear actor Rishi Kapoor. Saif has also recently been seen alongside girlfriend Rosa in an advertisement. The beautiful Italian model Rosa has been offered quite a few ad films; unfortunately Saif does not seem too happy about his sweetheart gettin

Salman Khan reprimanded by court for lying under oath

Actor Salman Khan’s travails with the Jodhpur court seem to have no end and the actor continues to face one legal hassle after the other. Recently in the black buck case where Salman was also charged with illegal possession of arms, it was brought to light that the actor had deliberately mislead the court under oath to believe that he had misplaced his weapons license. However the prosecution claimed that Salman’s license was deposited with the Mumbai police. For lying and misleading the

June 25

Rumours are abuzz with Aamir Khan to be ‘Daddy’

After talks that Aamir Khan would be producing a film by Amol Gupte, it is now being said that Aamir will also be producing another film titled Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. The film will launch Aamir’s nephew, Imraan’s acting debut. Abbas Tyrewala will also make his directorial debut with this film. Aamir Khan is known to work with newcomers, be it directors or actors. Aamir Khan found the script of the film extremely interesting when his nephew narrated the script to him. The film was earlier to

Krrish mania injures fan

Theaters were completely packed and tickets were all sold out till midweek for one of the most expensive and most awaited films of the year. Everyone seems to be raving about Krrish’s superhero’s antics onscreen. The special effects and the action sequences have been tremendously appreciated especially by kids. Hrithik has also claimed that he has performed some of the daredevilry stunts himself. Unfortunately a youth decided to follow in his superhero’s footsteps and faced some grave consequenc

June 24

Astrologer predicts bad omen for actress Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra is ecstatic about the opening response of her film Krrish alongside Hrithik Roshan. Unfortunately a recent incident has put a damper on the pretty actress’s spirit. The actress has recently received a telegram from someone who claims to be an astrologer. The astrologer has predicted a bad omen for the pretty lass and being her well-wisher he has decided to forewarn her of the coming events. The financial feud between Priyanka Chopra and her ex-secretary Prakash Jaju is commo

June 21

John Abraham rubbishes rumours of a tiff with Salman Khan

‘Rockstars’ concert has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. At the onset the concert was jinxed when Salman, the star of the show was imprisoned and there was wide speculation whether the show would take place or not. Next in line was concert member and actor John Abraham who had a bike accident and was injured. Finally when things took off and the ‘Rockstars’ worldwide concert began, there were rumours about a major tiff between Salman and Shahid Kapur. Then one of the final shows in Lo

Ash and Sush will play a similar role of historical figure Rani Lakshmibai

Actresses Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai have always been compared with one another, more so perhaps because the two bollywood beauties came into the limelight at the same time. While Sush went on to become Miss Universe in 1994, during the same year Ash won the title of Miss World 1994. Now both the X-beauty queens have set their hearts on playing the historical character of Rani Lakshmibai. However neither Ash nor Sush seem fazed about the other playing the same role. Ash will play the ro

June 20

Bombay High Court petitioned to put a stay order on Krrish

The Roshans are busy gearing up for the release of their 50 crore film Krrish on 23 June. The sci-fi film starring Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra is being touted as one of the most expensive films in the industry with extremely high budget special effects. Hrithik Roshan is also hoping that the film will be a hit at the box-office as this is his only release after a long hiatus. Even while tickets for Krrish are fast being sold, petitioner Suresh Laxmi Garg has moved the Bombay High Court to

Madhur Bhandarkar to be jury head for selection of short films

Sahara One Network has recently launched its creation ‘Filmy’. In its first venture, ‘Filmy’ will have a contest for short films. The channel has chosen filmmaker and National award winner Madhur Bhandarkar as the jury head to shortlist the many entries for short films. Madhur will screen the short films and then shortlist a few of them. Madhur Bhandarkar has made several films that have received critical appreciation like Page 3, Chandini Bar and Satta. The films short listed by Madhur wil

June 19

Music Launch of Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota

Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah will soon release his first directorial venture Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota. Recently Naseer also held a media briefing for his film at the IIFA in Dubai. The entire cast was present for the meet and the media was given a briefing of the film. The music launch of the film was held at Planet M in Mumbai and the entire cast and crew were present to launch the music. Producer Shabbir Boxwala has produced the film under the Cat Films banner. goswamiThe music director o

Salman Khan’s poaching case reframed and appeals against his conviction deferred

There seems to be no end for the trials and tribulations of Salman Khan. Recently before the actor could take off for his ‘Rockstars’ concert, he was sentenced to five years imprisonment for poaching in a black buck case. Salman even spent three days in a Jodhpur jail, before he was released on bail. Now after he’s back from his concert, controversy once again seems to be courting him. Today once again fresh charges were re-filed at a local court in Jodhpur against Salman Khan and other stars li

IIFA 2006 Awards Ceremony

IIFA 2006 awards were held at Dubai on 16 June. The night dazzled with the who’s who of bollywood. The stars attended the awards night in all their splendour. There were some scintillating performances by stars like Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Kumar and Himesh Reshammiya. The stage was resplendent and the entire choreography was done by Shamiak Davar. There was a small skit put up by the stellar cast of the film, Black. Amitabh Bachchan, Ayesha Kapoor and Rani Mukher

June 17

Aamir Khan to play the father of a dyslexic child in his next project

Like everything that Aamir Khan does, his next project too is touted to be different. Aamir Khan is known to be very selective about his work and only agrees to do a particular film, if he is completely convinced about the script and his character. Hence he must be really convinced about his next film, as he not only intends to act in the untitled film, but also intends to produce the film. This will only be his second production after his hit film Lagaan. In the film, Aamir will be seen playing

June 16

Karan Johar, Feroz Khan, Ayesha Takia walk the ramp for charity ‘Fashion Event’

Every year the IIFA organizes a charity event to support the families of needy people who have worked in the film industry. Normally the charity event includes a sports activity like cricket or football amongst celebrities. This year however the organizers of the event decided to come up with a different charity event. So the seventh IIFA event hosted a charity ‘fashion show’ on 15 June which saw celebrities like Feroz Khan, Karan Johar, Ayesha Takia and even choreographer Shiamak Davar walk dow

June 15

Ash and Amitabh at the opening of the IIFA event in Dubai

The seventh International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) event has officially begun in Dubai. The four day event started on 14 June and will continue till 17 June. The event will witness several bollywood stars on a single platform. The first day saw bollywood actor and brand ambassador of IIFA, Amitabh Bachchan address a press conference about the highlights of the event. He was also joined by South Indian superstar Prabhu who was at the event to promote the Telugu and Tamil film industry, which is

June 14

Neha Dhupia plays Naseeruddin Shah’s love interest

Unusual castings seem to be the order of the day in bollywood. After Amitabh Bachchan was paired opposite the young Jiah in a Ram gopal Varma’s film, it’s now the turn of actress Neha Dhupia to play the love interest opposite the much older Naseeruddin Shah. The two actors will be seen in Rajat Kapoor’s film Mithiya. This is the first time that the two actors have been paired together. Neha is pretty excited that she will work alongside such a talented actor as Naseer. Neha who was recently

Unidentified man fires a few shots at filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s office

In a scene straight out of bollywood, an unidentified man enters Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt’s office and fires two shots. However this is not a bollywood scene, but a real-life incident that took place at the producer-director’s office at D.N.Nagar, Juhu. Fortunately, neither of the Bhatts was present at office at the time of firing. Also nobody was injured in the shootout. Mukesh Bhatt is currently in Dubai to attend the IIFA event and Mahesh Bhatt though in Mumbai was not yet at office

June 12

Amitabh Bachchan’s woes with the Income Tax Department

The Income Tax department has been taking a special interest in the earnings of Amitabh Bachchan. Earlier too he was sent notices by the department several times. Even when Amitabh was ill, the Income Tax (IT) department was seen hounding the then sick actor even at the hospital. Now a new notice has been sent to the actor by the IT department, after newspapers in the city reported that Amitabh was wearing a Rs 2 lakhs 70 thousand sunglasses for his film Zamanat. According to media reports this

Music singer Shaan and his new album ‘Tishnagi’

Shantanu or better known as Shaan to one and all in the music world made his mark in the music industry with a remix version of the great R.D.Burman’s song ‘RoopTera Mastana’ along with singer sister Sagarika. At the time Indi-pop was creating a rage in the music industry and Shaan’s style of Indi-pop was well appreciated. He later came out with his album ‘Loveology’. This album reflected his days in college; the album was young, hip, light and fun. The album was definitely appreciated especiall

June 11

Amitabh Bachchan launches wallet365.com

Times Group recently launched its new financial payment service, through TimesofMoney.com financial service provider. It is an electronic payment system which is extremely safe and secure. Amitabh Bachchan launched the product along with Managing Director of Times Group, Vineet Jain. A press conference was held where Amitabh launched the product and spoke about the new and innovative payment service. The product is wallet365.com and has been termed as India’s first ever e-wallet. Wallet365.

June 10

Rani Mukherjee is brand ambassador for Titan Raga watches

Titan Raga, a brand which deals exclusively in women’s watches has chosen Rani Mukherjee as their brand ambassador. Rani will promote the exquisite collection of women’s watches in TV, print and outdoor ads. The advertising will be conceived by Ogilvy and Mather. The brand also intends to launch 50 new designs which will be priced at an average of Rs 1500-5000. Titan Raga wants to promote a range of watches that will be affordable to middle class women. Harish Bhatt, the chief operating off

June 9

Strings Zinda Tour 2006 – A rocking event

Hundreds of Pakistanis and Indians came together at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland, California to dance to the melodious tunes of Strings as a part of the ‘Zinda Tour 2006’ concert. This rocking event was organized by CNY Desi. Sentiments Express and Naz 8 were the main sponsors for the event. Faisal Kapadia and Bilal Maqsood of the Strings band shook the audience with great performances on songs from their own albums as well as othe

Salman Khan replaces Shahrukh Khan at the IIFA awards

The ongoing feud between Shahrukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan just got bigger. Shahrukh has declined an invitation for IIFA by the organizers of the event citing personal reasons. Insiders however claim that SRK is trying to get back at Bachchan who was chosen as the lead in two of Ram gopal Varma’s films while SRK’s film with Varma was scrapped. Shahrukh, Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor were to perform at the IIFA event due to their popularity. Unfortunately after this incident, both the leadi

June 8

Fardeen Khan will now face a trial for his cocaine case

In 2001, Fardeen Khan was arrested for purchasing cocaine from drug peddler Nasir Abdul Karim; both were charged with possession of drugs. The police filed a case against the duo and the chargesheet documented by the police showed the amount of nine grams to be found on both of them. The case has been going on for the last five years. But Fardeen Khan and his lawyer Aiyaz Khan recently made an appeal to the court to amend the charge against him as only one gram of cocaine had been found on him p

June 7

Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Karan Johar may not attend IIFA awards

After Ram gopal Varma shelved his film with Shahrukh and went ahead with his other two dream projects with Amitabh Bachchan as the lead, Shahrukh no doubt is upset about the entire situation. However rumours that are doing the rounds of bollywood claim that in an attempt to get back at Big B, Shahrukh will not be attending the prestigious IIFA awards in Dubai this June. Bachchan senior is the global ambassador for IIFA. It is also being said that a few of Shahrukh Khan’s close friends like Karan

On-off couple Ash-Abhi catch up at the airport

Nobody is quite sure if Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan are seeing each other or not. Recently there were rumours about the two heading for splitsville due to their horoscopes not matching and also due to family discord. However rumours may be put to an end after the couple was spotted spending time with each other at the airport while waiting to board a flight. Ash walked into the domestic airport and after she checked in, Abhi, who was already waiting for her, joined her. It was six in th

June 6

Veteran Filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee hospitalized

Veteran Hindi filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee has been ill for quiet some time now. He has been bed-ridden with arthritis for around five to six years now. The veteran director has been suffering from several other complications like renal failure, lungs infection, and artery failure along with pneumonia. On Saturday the 84 year old director took a turn for the worse and had to be admitted to Leelavati hospital. Vaishali Rajpara, administrative officer of Leelavati said “He is in critical conditi

Arbaaz Khan and Vivek Oberoi finally bury the long-standing feud

It is a well known fact in bollywood circles that two prominent filmi families, the Khans i.e. Salman Khan, Sohail Khan and Arbaaz Khan have not been on amicable terms with Vivek Oberoi since the last three years. The rift occurred when Vivek Oberoi went to the press telling all about Salman Khan’s notorious behaviour with him. The fight of course was due to Aishwarya Rai, who was then seeing Salman and later Vivek. However Vivek recently made the first move towards peace between himself and the

Aishwarya Rai starrer ‘Provoked’ to premiere at IIFA

Even if Aishwarya Rai is not performing at the IIFA awards ceremony, her bollywood colleagues will definitely get to see her acting in Jagmohan Mundhra’s film Provoked. The film is based on the real life story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia who was subjected to domestic violence. The film will be screened on the night of the awards on 16 June. Recently Mundhra’s Provoked was also screened at Cannes. The film was appreciated at Cannes; now let’s see if bollywood gives the film and Ash good reviews. A

June 5

Supreme Court assures police protection to theater owners in Gujarat

The controversy over the ban of Aamir Khan’s film Fanaa in Gujarat has been in the news ever since the movie released on 26 May. Since then the film industry as well as the various political parties embroiled in the tussle have been verbally badgering each other. The controversy began due to Aamir Khan’s support for the Narmada project affected people. Recently though the entire film industry supported Aamir and his stance on the issue. Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt even filed a Public Interest Litigat

Tere dil mein meri saanson ko panah mil jaaye, Tere ishq mein meri jaan fanaa ho

Films in the Indian Cinema have definitely evolved over the last few years. Everything has changed; this includes new technology used by directors, research done by the director and his team and even the actors’ style and their efforts to portray a role. Scripts have also changed; directors have started dealing with more mature subjects. However unfortunately, just like certain aspects of filmmaking in bollywood have changed for the better, there are also certain aspects that have deteriorated.

June 3

Aishwarya Rai, a thorough professional

Recently while shooting on the sets of Mani Ratnam’s Guru, the beautiful Miss Rai had a minor accident while riding a bicycle for a scene. Even though the lass was advised to take rest, the actress decided to resume shooting after a day’s rest. In her other film which is a remake Aishwarya Rai plays the role of a beautiful temptress immortalized by the beautiful Rekha in Umrao Jaan. While shooting for Umrao Jaan, Aishwarya depicted her complete professional attitude when she shot for a scene in

June 2

Himesh Reshammiya’s song attracts evil spirits

Music director and singer Himesh Reshammiya has been churning out one hit song after the other. He has many fans in all parts of India. However he now also has some new and different kind of fans. The dead and evil spirits are Himesh Reshammiya’s song fans too. In a tiny village called Bhalej in Gujarat, villagers of the town claim that Himesh’s hit number ‘Jhalak Dikhlaja’ from the film Aksar is having a strange effect on the townspeople. The lines ‘ek baar aaja aaja’ when sung by some of the p

Aamir Khan soon to campaign for a new cause

After Aamir Khan lent his support to the Narmada Bachao Andolan campaign, where he voiced support for the rehabilitation of thousands of displaced people, Aamir is now all set to lend his support to Kashmiri Pandits who have been ousted from their own land. In spite of the major controversy that Aamir got himself into when he lent his support for the Narmada cause, the actor will continue to support any cause that he thinks and believes is right. Aamir is a determined person and he will voice hi

June 1

18-year old Jiah Khan plays Amitabh Bachchan’s love interest in Nishabd

Recently director Ram Gopal Varma has been caught in a controversy regarding his scrapped film with superstar Shahrukh Khan. However Varma has not been too bothered about this and has proceeded to complete the shooting of his film Nishabd, in the quiet solace of South India. Varma has been shooting with one of his favourite actors Amitabh Bachchan. Nishabd is the love story of an older man played by Amitabh and a younger woman played by newcomer Jiah. Jiah is the daughter of actress Rabiya

IIFA preparations begin

The seventh annual IIFA (International Indian Film Academy) week is approaching and all the hectic preparations for the event have begun. The event will be held in a grand manner in Dubai from 14-17 June. Amitabh Bachchan has been associated with IIFA for quite some time and he is the global ambassador for them. Bollywood will turn up on a large scale for the event. There will be performances of song and dance. The who’s who of bollywood from veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan to today’s actors