Bollywood News

November 30

Akshay Kumar: Welcome is a laugh-riot

Having gone through a super successful year with three top-ranking comedies, Namastey London, Heyy Babyy and Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Akshay Kumar is gearing up for the release of Welcome, his next big laugh-out-loud comedy, releasing on December 20 worldwide. Welcome, being touted as the biggest release of Eid and Christmas, marks the return of the Akshay-Katrina pairing for a third time, besides assembling the biggest ensemble cast comprising Paresh Rawal, Anil Kapoor, Feroz Khan, Nana Patekar &

Amitabh's 'Last Lear' premieres at IFFI

The Big B may have been missing, but tickets for all 1,300 seats in the Inox multiplex in the heart of Panaji were taken as Rituparno Ghosh's first English-language film, "The Last Lear", starring the redoubtable Amitabh Bachchan as a Shakespearean actor who is drawn into the world of the movies, was unspooled simultaneously on four screens at the 38th International Film Festival Friday evening. Excitement was palpable all through the day even though it was already known that none of the ma

Court extends Aamir's brother's custody with father

A Mumbai court Friday extended the custody of Faisal Khan, brother of Bollywood megastar Aamir Khan, to their father Tahir Hussain till Dec 15. The Bandra 9th Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Shah, while extending the custody, also waived the condition requiring Faisal to report to a local police station every alternate day. Shah ordered Faisal to undergo a check-up at the state-run J.J. Hospital in south Mumbai next Friday and submit the doctor's report at the next hearing on

Mahesh Bhatt walks out of 'Jhoom India' episode

Mahesh Bhatt and Shabana Azmi go back a long way. So when during a recording of Sahara One's reality show "Jhoom India" earlier this week, a couple of contestants including singer Sanjeevani were openly rude to her, the director couldn't take it any longer. Bhatt got up and left the recording as a shocked Shabana tried to pacify the incensed moviemaker. Recounting the incident Mahesh says: "They weren't rude to me. But some of the contestants were rude to Shabana and our thir

Koena Mitra to play a vital role in Anant Mahadevan's adaptation of 'Rebecca'

Upcoming actress Koena Mitra is thrilled to be part of "Anamika", a Bollywood remake of "Rebecca", saying she will be able to make her presence felt as it has only a handful of characters. With adaptations being the order of the Friday, Ananth Mahadevan's take on Daphne du Maurier's "Rebecca" would surprise the late British author as much as Ram Gopal Varma's "Sarkar" would have jolted Mario Puzo. In "Anamika", the sultry Koena has been cast in a role that never exist

Dev Anand attends tribute to filmmaker brother Vijay Anand at IFFI

Legendary actor-director Dev Anand Thursday inaugurated a retrospective of films by his brother Vijay Anand at the 38th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) and said a tribute to the late filmmaker was a homage to a great master. Dev Anand got a standing ovation at the launch function that was also attended by Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat and film festival director Neelam Kapur. "Paying tribute to Vijay Anand is like paying tribute to a great master. I'm

Satyajit Ray's 'Pather Panchali' and 'Aparjito' in list of 99 best movies

Satyajit Ray's "Pather Panchali" and "Aparjito" feature in the list of the 99 best films of all time, according to a forthcoming book on world cinema by an American of Indian origin. "Pather Panchali" (1955), a simple tale of a rural Bengal family, which won the Best Human Document prize at Cannes Film Festival in 1956, is ranked 43rd and "Aparjito" (1956) takes the 81st position. "99 Remarkable Films of the World", excerpts from which were released Wednesday, ranks

November 29

Saif Ali Khan to star with Deepika Padukone in Imtiaz Ali film

Deepika Padukone who made her debut opposite Shahrukh Khan in Om Shanti Om seems to have a deluge of film offers coming her way after her successful debut. Deepika will be doing a film opposite Akshay Kumar and there are quite a few other offers too for this pretty lass. The latest one seems to be that Deepika will star opposite another Khan hunk, Saif Ali Khan in his second home production. The film will supposedly be directed by Imtiaz Ali.

Salman Khan mistaken for Shahrukh Khan

Recently Salman Khan and girlfriend Katrina Kaif were in Austria shooting for Subhash Ghai’s film Yuvraj. While shooting for an outdoor shoot, some Europeans tourists saw Salman and began chanting Shahrukh Khan’s name. At first Sallu ignored the mistaken identity. However several times at different places, people kept mistaking Salman for Shahrukh. Later even his girlfriend Katrina began teasing him about the mistaken identity. An irritated Sallu then told the bystanders who were chanting S

Sanjay Dutt walks out of Yerawada Jail

A visibly happy Sanjay Dutt walked out of the Yerawada Jail here at 9.50 a.m. Thursday with his friend Yusuf Nalwala after 22 days in prison. The Supreme Court had Tuesday given bail to the Bollywood star. Dressed in a white kurta and a pair of blue jeans, Dutt -- sentenced to six years in jail for possessing illegal arms just before the Mumbai blasts that killed 257 people in 1993 -- chose not to talk to media persons but waved to the crowd while getting into a Toyota Innova. Howev

Madhuri's youngest son chose 'Aaja Nachle' title

Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit's two sons enjoy their mother's work so much that when it came to selection of her much awaited comeback vehicle "Aaja Nachle's" title song, her youngest son Ryan gave the final nod. "I had gone to the studio with my two sons -- Arin and Ryan -- to select the title song among various options. As soon as both my sons heard the number they were mesmerised and Ryan started dancing," Madhuri told IANS. "We all looked at each other and said

Ramgopal Varma's 'Sarkar Raj' to release in April 2008

Ram Gopal Varma's "Sarkar Raj" will be released in April 2008, a source close to the director said. "The film was never to be pitched against 'Jodha-Akbar'. We had zeroed in on April because that's how long the post-production work would take. Clashing with another Aishwarya Rai film was never a problem. In 'Jodha-Akbar', Aishwarya plays a historical character. In 'Sarkar Raj' she's a contemporary woman," said the source. Although Aishwarya's two films have stalwarts

Preity Zinta's gutsy roles and life

Look at it this way. Preity Zinta must be the only woman actor in the world who has played the unwed mother twice, once at the beginning of her career in "Kya Kehna" and then again in the middle of her career...presuming "Salaam Namaste" and "Jhoom Barabaar Jhoom" are the midriff of her body of work. Preity has always made it clear she would never stay on after marriage. "Once I'll be out, I'll be out," she has told me a number of times. That's one thing about

I'm not part of the numbers game: Madhuri Dixit

Bollywood has never been very kind to comeback heroines. However, actor Madhuri Dixit, who is all set to return to the silver screen with "Aaja Nachle", says she is not bothered about whether she will make it to the top or not. "I have never been a part of the numbers game. We are not racing horses, who should be numbered. Either the work you do is good or bad," Madhuri told IANS. "I have come back not because I missed being written about or media arc lights...it's secondary.

Mira Nair's Aids film appreciated at IFFI

Forget those drab, dreary documentaries on the AIDS epidemic. Four of India's finest filmmakers have put their individualistic stamps on four short fiction films that travel into the very heart of the human dimensions of the deadly epidemic. And do these films connect? You bet they do. The response of the audience to the four films at the 38th International Film Festival of India Tuesday was just as overwhelming as the impact that these films had on a completely different gathering

November 28

Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra bury the hatchet

Salman Khan is known to have made many enemies in bollywood, especially with those that have rubbed him the wrong way. Amongst a few are John, Shahid, Bipasha, Priyanka etc. However Sallu and Priyanka were friends earlier, but due to some misunderstandings, the two were miffed with each other. However now according to sources recently Sallu and Priyanka talked over things and sorted out their differences. So now they are back to being friends. Recently Salman and Priyanka landed up at the s

Rumours claim Salman-Katrina have split

In bollywood, where relationships are extremely fragile one more couple seems to be on the verge of a split. Salman Khan and his ladylove Katrina Kaif have been having problems for quite some time. It seems that Katrina is fed up with Salman’s over possessiveness. Salman on his part is upset with Katrina making her own career decisions without even consulting him. Recent rumours claim that Salman and Katrina are headed for splitsville. According to sources, trouble began between the two ear

Nana Patekar - Mallika Sherawat caught in the act!

While Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Anil Kapoor and Paresh Rawal will be up to their comic shenanigans in the eagerly awaited Christmas & Eid release, "Welcome", the rather unusual pairing of Nana Patekar and Mallika Sherawat, both excitingly controversial personalities in their own right, has tickled the curiosity of many. While the Kiya Kiya song, currently on air, sees both Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar wooing Mallika, here's an exclusive peek at what the Nana-Mallika pairing looks like in

November 27

Sanjay Dutt granted bail by Supreme Court

It is surely a happy occasion for actor Sanjay Dutt, his family and fans as the actor has been granted bail by the Supreme Court. Sanjay Dutt has received six years imprisonment under the Arms and Ammunition Act by the TADA Court in the 1992-93 blasts case in Mumbai. Sanjay Dutt has been granted bail and will be home with his family soon. Sanjay Dutt along with 16 other convicts in t

November 26

Why WELCOME has three music composers?

With the soundtrack of the eagerly awaited multi-starrer, "Welcome", officially out in the market, the fact that there as many as three heavyweight music composers credited, has not gone unnoticed. According to the director of "Welcome", Aneez Bazmee, Himesh Reshammiya was the original choice especially after he delivered a hit score for the producer Firoz Nadiadwala's earlier film, "Phir Hera Pheri." But after Himesh could not give the film sufficient attention because of h

PNC to make Pyar Ke Side Effects sequel

In this extended era of sequels and remakes, it's no surprise that "Pyar Ke Side Effects" - a sexy romantic comedy with a deliciously open ending - is ready to find its next level. Pritish Nandy Communications (PNC) is all set to continue the next chapter of the movie showing Rahul Bose and Mallika Sherawat's on-screen urban romance, which became one of the highest grossers ever for PNC. There's only one hitch. Apparently, Rahul Bose has expressed no interest in doing

Kareena eager to work with SRK in a film

Kareena Kapoor's ultimate dream is to do a romantic movie with Shah Rukh Khan. The actress can't seem to stop gushing over her favourite actor. "Very frankly I did the 'Yeh mera dil' song in 'Don' because of Shah Rukh. My ultimate wish is to do a full-on love story with him," said the actress whose latest movie "Jab We Met" is a box-office hit. "When Farhan Akhtar offered me the song I wondered if making a guest appearance was right for me. However, the temptation of doing a

Ritesh Deshmukh enjoyed doing action in 'Cash'

Riteish Deshmukh, who is known for his perfect comic timing on screen, is happy with his first action film "Cash" even though it didn't do well at the box office. "The kind of action that we got to see in 'Cash' was never seen before. Me, Ajay Devgan, Zayed Khan, Suniel Shetty, Shamita Shetty, Diya Mirza and Esha Deol had a whale of time. We didn't even realise when the shooting got over," said Riteish. For him, acting in buddy Sajid Khan's unusual comedy "Heyy Babyy"

Amitabh Bachchan to play 'cool dude' god in God Tussi Great Ho

The legendary Amitabh Bachchan will soon be seen as a cool, dude-like god in writer-turned-director Rumi Jaffrey's new film "God, Tussi Great Ho". Big B plays a spunky, funny, doughty and dude-like god, not your average god-in-costume but a very funky character, who has this on-going dialogue on life with Salman (Khan)," said well informed sources. "In fact, all of Bachchan saab's scenes are with Salman, an actor he really enjoys working with after 'Baghban' and 'Baab

Pakistani film, Khuda Ke Liye appreciated at IFFI

"Khuda Ke Liye", the first Pakistani movie screened at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), turned out to be a huge hit here Sunday with veteran filmmakers, actors and critics making a beeline for it. Touching upon contemporary themes like fundamentalism as well as discrimination of Muslims in the West post 9/11, director Shoaib Mansoor's film was shown amid tight security. Renowned director M.S. Sathyu, filmmaker Sudhir Mishra, TV actress Kavita Chaudhar

Kamal Haasan's daughter to debut opposite Madhavan

Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan and Hindi actor-director Sarika's daughter, Shruti, is all set to make her debut as an actor opposite matinee idol Madhavan in a Tamil movie not titled as yet. Shruti, with special interest in music, has sung and written songs for films, after completing her course from the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. She has done a playback number for a dance item by Mallika Sherawat in "Dasavataram", a film being made by Kamal Haasan.

Aaja Nachle’s story similar to Brazilian film

Aaja Nachle is the comeback vehicle of actress Madhuri Dixit and this Yash Raj musical will be releasing soon. However there is talk that Aaja Nachle is strangely similar to that of a Brazilian film Xuxa Requebra. However director Anil Mehta refuses to be drawn into any controversy about his film, he claims that they did not deliberately set out to do a remake. But he claims that if his film is similar to another film, he has no qualms. The Brazilian film Xuxu Requebra is based on an ex-stu

November 25

Shahid reportedly refuses film offer as he is currently busy

Shahid Kapur is riding high after the super success of his film Jab We Met. Although Kareena’s role was meatier in the film, Shahid too managed to hold his own in it. Shahid is currently shooting for his film with co-star Vidya Balan. However it has been reported that recently Shahid turned down a film offer from Jab We Met producers Ashtavinayak as he claimed that he was too busy with his other films. Shahid turning down a film from Ashtavinayak especially after the success of Jab We Met d

Akshay Kumar receives flak for his turbaned look in Singh is King

Vipul Shah is currently shooting in Australia for his film Singh is King along with his entire cast and crew. Akshay Kumar as well Katrina Kaif having been shooting out there for a long shooting schedule. In the film, Akshay plays a Sikh and a lot of prominence has been given to his bejeweled turban. However recently while shooting in Australia, the makers faced a lot of problems. Firstly, the paparazzi media out there landed on the sets and began clicking exclusive pictures of Akki in his turba

Anil Kapoor keen to produce and act as legendry Raj Kapoor

Anil Kapoor made his debut as a producer with the film Gandhi My Father and though the film may have received a luke warm response, it has not deterred the actor turned producer from going into his next project. Sources claim that Anil is keen to produce another biopic on the life of legendry actor, producer and director Raj Kapoor. It has also been reported that Anil is himself keen to essay the role of the late Raj Kapoor. Anil Kapoor himself as an actor cum producer has b

Amitabh, Ash, Abhi starrer Sarkar Raj based on real life Nandigram issue

Ramgopal Varma has not had a hit film in a long time and soon his next film Sarkar Raj with the three Bachchans, Amitabh, Ash, Abhi will be releasing. This film is the sequel to Sarkar which starred the father-son duo of Amitabh-Abhi and now in its sequel Sarkar Raj, Ash too has been roped in . Sarkar did quite well and now with three Bachchans in the sequel there are hig

Shahrukh Khan, the sexiest Asian man

SRK has been basking in the glory of his hit film Om Shanti Om which received good reviews and now even before all the hype has settled down on this one, he has now been voted the ‘sexiest Asian man’ by a British Asian newspaper. Amongst several hundreds of other nominees, Shahrukh Khan has been voted as the number one sexiest Asian man. Last week actress Bipasha Basu won the title of sexiest Asian woman and now bollywood badshah SRK has been selected as the sexiest Asian man. Shahrukh has

Hrithik Roshan may dub for English version of Hanuman Returns

Hanuman, the animation film for children was quite a hit with the little ones and now the makers will soon release the sequel to it, titled Hanuman Returns. The film will be released in six different languages and Hrithik Roshan has been approached to dub for the film’s English version. The film will be dubbed in Hindi, English, Bhojpuri, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada. Percept Picture Company which is producing Hanuman Returns is very keen to have Hrithik Roshan dub for the voice in the Englis

SRK innaugrates 38th IFFI event at Goa

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was unquestionably the star attraction at the opening ceremony of the 38th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here Friday at which it was decided to give the life time achievement awards to two living legends - thespian Dilip Kumar and India's nightingale Lata Mangeshkar. Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, making the announcement of the two awards, said in a year when India is celebrating 60 years of independence,

Arshad admits his character went haywire in Goal, but claims he is satisfied

Arshad Warsi admits he plays the second lead in Vivek Agnihotri's "Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal" but denies that he is boycotting the promotional campaign because his co-star John Abraham has got a meatier part. "I was in bed for two weeks. I had terrible allergy attack. My face was completely swollen. It started with a viral fever. But after two days I started getting itchy and swollen. I had kept time aside for the 'Goal' promo. Thank god I wasn't the only actor in the project. That would

Salman has never interfered: Santoshi

Director Raj Kumar Santoshi is baffled by reports that Salman Khan insisted on getting Shahid Kapoor out of a love story starring the latter and Katrina Kaif. "I really don't know when and where these stories come from. I'm currently in the pre-production stage of my 'Ashoka' film with Ajay Devgan and Bipasha Basu. But the Katrina-Shahid film is not shelved. We're on the lookout for another script," Santoshi said. Speaking about Salman, he said: "I've been fond of Sal

John woos his ladylove Bipasha with a song

Of late John Abraham and Bipasha Basu have been having a lot of fun on television, promoting their new film. But the fun peaks this Friday on STAR's "Voice Of India" (VOI) when John actually jumps off his chair to sing on stage for Bipasha. Says a member of the VOI team, "John was reluctant. But when the participants and the audience insisted he just got into the mood and burst into the super-romantic 'Dil keh raha hai'. He was surprisingly in sur. "It

Filmmaker Subhash Ghai chats about bollywood

Prolific director Subhash Ghai, who is introducing a new hero in his forthcoming film "Black and White", believes there is a dearth of fresh talent in Bollywood. "The Mumbai film industry is definitely starved of new talent, especially for the main roles," Ghai told IANS in an interview. He feels that corporate houses, which pay exorbitant amounts of money to established actors, aggravate the problem. "Though the industry is expanding rapidly, the high

Underprivileged children get to see Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal with John Abraham

Purple Ribbon, the social cause initiative from FAME Multiplexes in collaboration with UTV, hosted a fun-filled afternoon for the underprivileged children of 'Make a Wish Foundation' at FAME Adlabs on November 23 2007. A special screening of the movie 'Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal' with the ever so hot bollywood sensation John Abraham was organized by Fame for these children thus giving them a reason to smile. The highlights of the afternoon included a special screening of the much-awaited movie

November 23

Hrithik may star alongside Hollywood actress Penelope Cruz in Hollywood flick

Hrithik may finally be seen in a Hollywood flick opposite Hollywood star Penelope Cruz. Hrithik Roshan’s production house, Film Kraft will supposedly produce nine films along with another Hollywood production house. One of the Indo-Hollywood productions will star Hrithik and Penelope and the film will be a romantic thriller. The joint venture of the Hollywood Production house along with Hrithik’s production house will be producing huge lavish, international films. The budget for these films

Kareena Kapoor set to act in family banner, RK film

Kareena Kapoor’s film career only seems to be looking up after Jab We Met clicked at the box-office. Kareena is working with some of the best film banners; she is already shooting for Yash Raj film Tashan. Recently she has also signed Sajid Nadiadwala’s film Kambhakt Ishq and now the pretty actress will for the first time be doing a film with her family banner. Kareena is all set to do a R

‘Welcome’ Music releasing on Friday!

After three consecutive smash hits, 'Namastey London', 'Heyy Babyy' and 'Bhool Bhulaiyaa', Akshay Kumar's fourth release of 2007, 'Welcome', is finally at the door. Releasing theatrically on December 20, the club-thumping music of the eagerly awaited comedy, 'Welcome', the most star-studded release of 2007, will release worldwide this weekend. The soundtrack features six commercial tracks shot in South Africa and Dubai, scored by as three heavyweight music composers, Sajid

My voice suits only buffaloes: Nana Patekar

Nana Patekar is all set to woo audiences with a not-to-be-missed jazzy rap number by him and Sudesh Bhosle in the comedy "Horn Ok Pleassss", which hits the screens in February next year. "Initially, I was very reluctant. I even told my director Rakesh Sarang that my voice is only suited to give playback to buffaloes," Nana told IANS. However, when music director Lalit Pandit of the famed Jatin-Lalit duo persisted, Nana agreed to sing. The situation and his role of a b

Dubai lucky for me, says John Abraham at 'Goal' premiere

Actor John Abraham believes Dubai is a lucky place for his films to be launched. "It is good to be back in Dubai. It is a lucky place for me to have my films launched. I was here last for the premiere of 'Taxi 9211' and it worked," he said at the premiere of UTV Motion Pictures' "Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal" here Wednesday evening. He was accompanied by Bipasha Basu, who also stars in the film, and director Vivek Agnihotri on the red carpet at the Grand Cineplex here.

Amrita and Shahid a much sought after pair

Last year's hit film "Vivah" has made a major difference to its lead actors Shahid Kapur and Amrita Rao. If individually they are now in a position to pick and choose, as a team they're even more in demand. After delivering a hit with their first film "Ishq Vishk", they got an unexpected bonanza with "Vivah". And if director Sooraj Barjatya had his way he would probably get them back together in his next film. In fact, the director once said he never felt the absence of his favourite hero S

Dino turns villain for home production

Dino Morea, who is all set to launch the Morea-Desai Company to produce films regularly, says he will play a villain in his home production. The first movie made by Dino's company will cast five heroes, four of them in negative roles. "I'll play one of the bad boys in my own film. I've never played a baddie before," Dino told IANS. But in real life Dino, who entered Bollywood with "Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi", isn't quite the bad guy. He has invited his US-based brother Santino t

Sushmita plays good Samaritan for staffer's family

Trust Sushmita Sen to do the unexpected - the actress has taken up the responsibility of the upkeep of her deceased staffer's HIV positive wife and two sons. "The one good thing that came out of this whole experience was my rapport with my former staff Ashutosh (name changed) and his wife Namrata (name changed) and their two sons. I'm full of admiration for this woman of 29. She's younger and far less urbane than me, but her wisdom and her acumen in the face of such imminent tragedy

I'm reviving my old 'Time Machine': Shekhar Kapur

After making a mark in the West, Shekhar Kapur is eager to make films in Mumbai again and will re-start his Bollywood journey by reviving "Time Machine". But he says the bigger reason for shifting base is his seven-year-old daughter Kaveri. "I long to make all those films that I wanted to make in Mumbai years ago and was stopped by well-wishers who said, 'You think much ahead of time.' When I made 'Mr. India', I was told, 'Who'd see 'Invisible Man' in India?' But it was very success

November 22

Aamir Khan chats about his directorial debut Taare Zameen Par

Aamir Khan’s debut directorial venture Taare Zameen Par will be releasing soon and the actor is extremely nervous about taking care of last minute details. Aamir is so nervous that he has started smoking once again. Aamir, who has always maintained a distance from cell phones, has now started carrying one to keep in touch with his core team for last minute details of the film. Aamir maintains that he is generally nervous prior to the release of his films; however this time he is even more

John Abraham invited as chief guest for inaugural I League

Bollywood actor John Abraham's latest flicks in the movie 'Goal' had made him a perfect role model for soccer. The actor has been invited by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) as the chief guest for the inaugural I League, which starts in Goa Saturday. The tournament will kick-off with the Goan derby, Dempo playing Salgaocar at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Margao. An avid soccer fan himself, John plays the role of an aspiring football player in the f

'Ore Kadal' to open Indian Panorama at IFFI

Director Shyama Prasad's "Ore Kadal", starring Mammootty and Meera Jasmine, will open the Indian Panorama section at the 38th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2007, staring Nov 23 in Goa. The film is the screen adaptation of famous Bengali writer Sunil Gangopadhyay's novel "Heerak Deepthi". It revolves around Mammootty, a globetrotting economist who does not believe in love, and a housewife, Meera Jasmine, who is tired of the monotonous middle-class life. What happens to

Gandhian body to honour Sanjay for Munna Bhai role

Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt may be in jail in the 1993 Mumbai bombings case, but a Gandhian institution here has decided to honour him for promoting the Mahatma's ideals through his role in "Lage Raho Munna Bhai". A three-member team of the Gandhi Vichar Andolan, an organisation led by 93-year-old freedom fighter Mewa Lal Gupta, will felicitate the actor at Yerawada Jail in Pune on Nov 24 for what has been described as his "unparalleled contribution" to promote Gandhian values.

Lata showers praise on Voice of India finalists

It was an evening the two Amul STAR Voice of India (ASVOI) finalists, Harshit Saxena and Ishmeet Singh, won't forget in a hurry. Singing legend Lata Mangeshkar invited them to her home and is so impressed with their dedication to music that she has agreed to grace the grand finale of the show on Nov 24. On Monday evening, Lata invited the two to her residence in Peddar Road for an informal chat, which lasted for nearly an hour, quite a long duration for the progressively reclusive Nightinga

Irrfan's ad equity shoots up

Irrfan Khan's price for an advertisement has shot up after his recent successes, "Life In A... Metro" and "The Namesake". And the big banners are queuing up too. "I've done five ads for Hutch (now Vodafone) and this is my only endorsement. I didn't have to ask them to raise my fee. They did it on their own," Irrfan told IANS. "I definitely feel that if any product or company is making money out of me, I should be paid accordingly. But I'm realistic about my fee. I'd never ove

Poetry gives vent to Kunal Kapoor's inner feelings

The intense "Rang De Basanti" actor Kunal Kapoor, who picks his roles with utmost care, reveals that cinema is only one of his predominant passions. His other interest is writing poetry. The actor says poetry helps him express his inner feelings, which he is unable to do otherwise. "I find it very hard to talk about my relationships, whether it's a girlfriend, sister or just a friend. I can't bring myself to discussing them in public. That's where the poet in me surfa

November 21

Hrithik wants to play villain in 'Krrish 3'

Rakesh Roshan has not announced a sequel of "Krrish", but son Hrithik has let the cat out of the bag by saying that he would love to play villain in the next superhero film of the series. "All I can say at this point is I wish I could play the villain in 'Krrish 3'. I'm really excited about the villain's role. So much so that I feel like giving up the superhero's mantle to play villain. His role is too exciting," Hrithik told IANS. If he's so excited about it he could

IFFI 2007: Pakistani movie to debut, Manipur films back

The 38th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) beginning in the picturesque Goa capital Friday will be a bouquet of several firsts - a Pakistani film, the comeback of Manipuri films after 11 years and advance ticket booking for general movie-goers. The 11-day festival, to be inaugurated by Bollywood badshah Shah Rukh Khan, will begin with the Palme d'Or winning Romanian film "Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days" by C. Istian Mungiu. But the highlight of the fe

Apex court again defers hearing on Sanjay Dutt's bail plea

The Supreme Court Tuesday deferred yet again hearing on the bail plea of Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt, who is undergoing a six-year term in Pune's Yerawada jail for possessing firearms during the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts. A bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, Justice R.V. Raveendran and Justice J.M. Panchal adjourned the hearing on the actor's bail plea, saying it would hear the plea next Tuesday along with that of other convicts in the case who have sought bail.

Documentary on legendary Saroja Devi

The Karnataka government is producing a documentary on veteran multilingual actress B. Saroja Devi, who ruled the roost for more than three decades but is now leading a quiet life here. The recipient of the Padma Bhushan award was a heartthrob of millions, particularly in Karnataka and neighbouring Tamil Nadu, and lit up the screen as a vivacious personality in over 300 films in five languages - Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi. Veteran K.S.L. Swamee is directing t

I could become a one-man band: John Abraham

He learned to play the flute for his role in "Water" and now John Abraham is taking guitar lessons for Imtiaz Ali's "Rock Star" and says he could soon become a one-man band. "Yes, I'm going to get those strings right. No point in strumming senselessly. Nowadays, the audience has got very wise. They can tell when an actor is faking it. In fact, I learnt to play the flute for my role in 'Water'. At this rate I could become a one-man band," John told IANS. "But I didn't

November 20

Shahrukh upset with accusations of promoting OSO at cricket matches

Shahrukh Khan has recently been seen at a number of cricket matches, it began with the World Cup. SRK was seen at the stadium along with his son and was cheering for team India . Later after India’s victory against Australia, SRK even celebrated with the Indian cricketers on field. SRK has attended quite a few matches when India has played since then, and now the actor is bein

Bipasha voted sexiest Asian Woman

Bipasha Basu has already made a name for herself in bollywood, not only is she considered a beautiful actress but she has also proved that she can act. Now Bipasha has a new accolade, she has been voted the sexiest Asian woman this year. Bipasha Basu has displaced actress Priyanka Chopra from the number one position last year and she has been voted the ‘sexiest Asian woman’ this year. A poll conducted by one of the largest selling Asian newspaper’s revealed Bipasha got the most number of v

'Goal' to be premiered in Dubai Nov 21

UTV Motion Pictures' latest offering "Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal", starring John Abraham, Arshad Warsi, Bipasha Basu and Boman Irani, will be premiered here Nov 21. The screening of the movie is being held at the Grand Cineplex with STAR TV Middle East as the host. "Our tie-up with UTV for the launch of their movie 'Goal' is bound to provide the Asian movie enthusiasts the perfect mix of movie magic and soccer," said Saadia Bokhari, vice-president of STAR Middle East, in a press st

Shah Rukh, Sushmita team up for romantic comedy

After "Main Hoon Na" the unanimous opinion was Shah Rukh Khan and Sushmita Sen made a sizzling pair. They are coming together once again in "Dulha Mil Gaya". "Shah Rukh and I are getting together again in 'Dulha Mil Gaya', though Shah Rukh only makes a guest appearance in the film," Sushmita told IANS. The superstar makes a special appearance opposite Sushmita. "That's been organized completely by producer Viveck Vaswani. It has got nothing to do with

Arjun, Katrina for Rituparno Ghosh's 'Debi Choudhurani'

In his quest for unconventional casting, Bengali filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh has gone a step further and cast Arjun Rampal opposite Katrina Kaif for the adaptation of Bankim Chandra Chatterjee's classic "Debi Choudhurani". When doubts were expressed as to how Bankim Chandra would have reacted to two of the most hip actors in Mumbai getting into his literary space, Ghosh told IANS: "I go by the look of the character. I see Arjun fitting the bill as well as Katrina. "In

Ronaldo unable to promote 'Goal', Bipasha disappointed

Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu's plans to get her new friend, Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo, to promote her feisty football flick "Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal" have come a cropper. Explaining the cause of the change in plans, the actress said: "There's a huge problem. I was very keen and so was John (Abraham) and everyone else in the team. But then the sponsors got in the way. "Ronaldo is part of the Manchester United Team whose sponsors are Nike while our film

Rani's character in Saawariya inspired by Rakhi Sawant

Everyone who has seen Rani Mukerji perform as a saucy tart in "Saawariya" is commenting on the similarities between her speech pattern and body language in the film and those of Rakhi Sawant. The decision to incorporate elements of Rakhi's personality into the character was taken on the day Rakhi, who's a huge fan of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's work, was invited to the sets of "Saawariya" when Rani was shooting. "That's when Sanjay Leela Bhansali heard Rakhi speak and dec

November 19

Kareena and Akshay to star together in Kambhakt Ishq

Kareena Kapoor and Akshay Kumar have been paired together for their fifth film Kambhakt Ishq. It is a romantic film with a dose of comedy and it is being directed by Saabir Khan and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. This is the first time that Kareena will be working with Sajid and his production house. Kareena’s last film Jab We Met opposite ex-beau Shahid Kapur was a hit and everyone has been raving about her performance in the film. Now Kareena wants to tread cautiously and Kambhakt Ishq is

Kareena bonds with beau Saif’s kids

It has been a while since Saif and Kareena have officially made their relationship public . Saif and Kareena have been spotted at several events since then and now it is believed that despite this short period of time since the two have been dating, Kareena has already begun to bond with beau Saif’s kids. Saif Ali Khan has two kids Sara and Ibrahim from his earlier

November 18

Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar keen to visit Sanjay Dutt in prison

Sanjay Dutt received a six year long term of imprisonment after he was charged under the Arms and Ammunition Act in the 1992-93 bomb blasts case. Sanju baba as he is fondly called spent around 20 days in prison before he was given bail along with a few other convicts due to a technicality. However Sanju recently received a copy of his judgment and once again had to surrender before the law

November 16

John and Bips on Nach Baliye 3

Several guest judges have already made an appearance on Nach Baliye 3, the ultimate dance competition. Now with four finalists left, the next episode will have John and Bipasha as the guest judges. John and Bips will rate all the jodis on a KHATRA meter as 'Time pass', 'Khatra' or 'Khatarnaak'. With John and Bipasha’s film Goal releasing next week, it’s no wonder that they will be seen making an appearance on Nach Baliye 3. This episode will be a ‘role reversal’ special. While Bips and Joh

Farhan shoots down 'Dil Chahta Hai' sequel rumour

Farhan Akhtar, who will start shooting his new production from Jan 7, denies that the film is a sequel to his directorial debut "Dil Chahta Hai". Abhishek Kapoor is directing the untitled venture in which Farhan plays the main lead. "It isn't really a sequel. The genre of the two films is the same. So the two films resemble one another in some details like the bonding among friends. But the story of Abhishek's film is not an extension of my 'Dil Chahta Hai'," Farhan told IAN

Kareena, Ranbir bring warring Kapoor clan together

What the other Kapoor scions couldn't do, cousins Kareena Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor have done. They've broken the ice between the warring factions - Babita and her two star-daughters on one side and the rest of the Kapoor clan. In fact, so intense was the animosity between the two sides that the two Kapoor daughters-in-law - Babita and Neetu Singh - barely exchanged words even in public. But the scenario has changed considerably lately with Kareena openly making apprec

Madhuri returns to Mumbai to promote 'Aaja Nachle'

Madhuri Dixit who was apparently not satisfied with her comeback film "Aaja Nachle" will nevertheless be in Mumbai to promote it after Yash Chopra persuaded her to do so. The actor, who lives in the US, will be in Mumbai Wednesday to attend the promotional events for "Aaja Nachle" that releases Nov 30, Chopra said here Tuesday during a visit to accept the Zenith Asia award for his contribution to cinema at a ceremony organised by the National Films Archives of India.

Rani Mukerji in trouble for buying farmland

The district collector of Ahmednagar, Umakant Dangat, Wednesday ordered an enquiry into the reported purchase of agricultural land by Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji. Dangat told IANS: "Rani Mukerji's father had come here a few days ago to have the land registered in their names but the land was already allotted for farming purposes." The district's sub divisional officer has sent an enquiry notice to Rani with respect to the land, which she had allegedly purchased from an ag

Rakeysh Mehra's film Bhairavi with the three Bachchans

Even as Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra prepares to start his next project, the autobiographical "Delhi 6", he is also planning a casting coup for "Bhairavi" - three of the Bachchans. Mehra intends to bring Amitabh, Jaya and Abhishek together in their real-life roles of husband, wife and son in "Bhairavi", which will be set in the world of classical Indian music and carry forward the theme of strife amidst competitive creativity. "It's a project that has been with me for a wh

Shah Rukh among bidders for IPL franchise

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is among the 90 bidders for a franchise from among the teams competing in the $3 million Indian Premier League (IPL) next year, a top Board official said Tuesday. Even as some of the top business names have been mentioned among bidders, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, whose name was also doing the rounds, will not be allowed to bid, as the Board will bar current cricketers from bidding for a franchise. "Shah Rukh Khan has bid for a franc

November 14

Ranbir claims that he can never replace Shahrukh Khan

There have been many stories after the release of Saawariya, about the two main leads next films. While Sonam will be doing Rakeysh Mehra’s film Dilli 6 opposite Abhishek Bachchan, Ranbir too has received lucrative offers. Ranbir will be doing a Yash Raj film, but there were also rumours that he has replaced SRK in Rajkumar Hirani’s film. However Ranbir as well as Rajkumar Hirani deny these rumours claiming that he will not be doing the film. Earlier SRK was supposed to do Hirani’s film whi

Aamir, Shahrukh, Abhi, Ash spend time with kids on Children’s day

It seems like many of our stars decided to bond with little kids on the special occasion of children’s day. Aamir Khan bonded with kids as his first directorial debut Taare Zameen par is based on kids. Shahrukh Khan too took the opportunity to promote his film with the little ones on their big day. Ash who is part of an NGO for young children was also seen attending an event for little children. So whilst some of ours stars were using the opportunity to simply promote their films, it seemed like

Court reserves verdict on Bachchan-related petition

An Allahabad High Court bench here Tuesday reserved its verdict on a petition questioning the state chief information commissioner's (CIC) decision to dismiss a complaint against superstar Amitabh Bachchan. A two-judge division bench comprising Justice U.K. Dhaon and Justice S.S. Chauhan decided to reserve their order. The petition relates to Bachchan's proclamation during the rule of former chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav that Uttar Pradesh was a state with few i

Kareena, Bharadwaj team up again

After "Omkara", director Vishal Bharadwaj and actress Kareena Kapoor will work again in the postponed love story "Mr Singh & Mrs Mehta". The charged actress cannot stop raving about her director. "Yes, I'm going to work with Vishal again. He is such a sweet human being and a fantastic director. His sense of screenplay is outstanding. He's a master at character sketches," Kareena told IANS. "And what a gripping plot in 'Omkara'! He was so focused on his

'Media manipulation won't kill my film': Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Annoyed with critics who have panned "Saawariya", Sanjay Leela Bhansali says prejudiced criticism won't harm his film because people are going to watch it despite the bad reviews. "Media manipulation won't kill my film. I'm open to healthy criticism and debate. But not prejudiced criticism. In the opening weekend we've had massive audiences all over the world connecting with the film," Bhansali told IANS in an interview. "The huge barrage of criticism hasn't prevented

Shyam Benegal gives Yashpal his due

Bored of playing baddies and unhappy with Bollywood's second-hand treatment, actor Yashpal Sharma, who was seen in "Lagaan", "GangaaJal" and "Apaharan", embarks on a new journey with Shyam Benegal's "Chamki". "I play the protagonist's husband. It's a superb script! Apart from Prakash Jha and a few directors I'm not happy with the way Bollywood treats me," Yashpal told IANS. "I'm given neither proper money nor the kind of roles I deserve. In fact, for Prakash's 'Apahar

Asian cinema should be properly recognised: Shabana Azmi

The time has come for Asian cinema to be recognised and represented internationally, says actor and activist Shabana Azmi, who is heading the international jury for the inaugural Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) being held here. "The Asia Pacific Screen Awards is an idea whose time has come both politically and culturally. It is only fair that Asian cinema which comprises nearly three-fourths of world cinema is properly recognised and represented," Shabana told IANS in an interview

New entertainment channel 9X launches today

New Hindi entertainment channel 9X, which began its innings Monday with Ekta Kapoor's drama series "Kahe Naa Kahe", will dish out drama, romance, comedy and kitchen politics in a fresh format, its promoters promise. "Our aim is to make 9X the one-stop shop for fiction and non-fiction entertainment, and our content will be distinctive and compelling. It will have the very best of global production standards customized for the Indian audience," Indrani Mukerjea, founder and group exec

November 12

Salman Khan denies being involved in another hit and run accident

Salman is known to be the bad boy of bollywood mainly due to the number of times that he has got himself into trouble with the law. The many black buck cases against him as well as the one hit and run accident case in Mumbai are just a few of them. However just yesterday there was news that Salman has been involved in another hit and run accident case in Mumbai. However S

Will Abhishek or Ranbir replace SRK in Rajkumar Hirani’s film?

Shahrukh Khan has once again proved that he is the king at the box-office after he received good reviews for his film Om Shanti Om. However recently SRK has also turned down quite a few films. He first turned down South director Shankar’s film Robot after creative differences cropped up between them and recently he even turned down Rajkumar Hirani’s film due to differences between producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra and himself. Now Hirani is supposedly considering Abhishek Bachchan and even Ranbir Kapo

Rituparno Ghosh lauded at film festival in New York

Rituparno Ghosh won the best director award for "Dosar" at the five-day Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council (MIAAC) Film Festival here while his "The Last Lear", which was the closing film of the event, was applauded by the audience. "The Last Year", which has Amitabh Bachchan in the role of an ageing Shakespearean actor, has further cemented Ghosh's reputation as a successor to Satyajit Ray's legacy. The best film award at MIAAC festival went to "Manorama Six Feet U

Showcasing best of Indian music and fashion in US

Live performances by some of India's leading singers and fashion shows by two of the country's top designers will be the highlights of the annual Bollywood Music and Fashion Awards show slated for Nov 17 in New Jersey. Bollywood playback singers Kumar Sanu, Alisha Chinai, Kavita Krishnamurthy and Sukhbir are to serenade the audience at the 5,000-capacity Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City. Manish Malhotra, a designer who works with Bollywood; Suneet Verma, premie

Please watch 'Goal', urges Bipasha

After Madhur Bhandarkar's "Corporate", Bipasha Basu is elated about her forthcoming film "Goal" and says it is different and everybody should watch the movie. "Essentially 'Goal' is my film. It is set against the backdrop of football. The script is very good and entertaining. People demand something different and 'Goal' is a very different kind of sports film. So they must come to see it. I am sure they will like it," said Bipasha. Commenting on the change in the indu

Despite SRK, Deepika makes impact in 'Om Shanti Om'

Although "Om Shanti Om" is an out-and-out Shah Rukh Khan film, newcomer Deepika Padukone shines through. Be it her grace, poise, dignity and class as a '70s diva or as the spunky contemporary girl in the latter half, the actress plays both roles with commendable finesse and elan. The film, released Friday, had a phenomenal opening, thanks to the pre-release publicity. The lovely Deepika, former world badminton champion Prakash Padukone's daughter, literally lights up

Salman got me Ghai's film? Don't be stupid: Katrina

Katrina Kaif is infuriated with reports suggesting that Subhash Ghai has signed her for his new directorial venture "Main Yuvraj" on Salman Khan's recommendation. "It's so stupid to think like that, specially now when I have 'Namaste London' to my credit. Actually, I met Subhashji long before. He had offered me a film. I think it was 'Kisna'. Now for 'Main Yuvraj' he asked Vipul Shah to show him my work in 'Namaste London'. That's how I think he decided on me," Katrina told IANS.

Zayed jumps out of eighth storey, Lakhia petrified

Director Apoorva Lakhia and actor Zayed Khan had a heated argument on location while shooting the espionage thriller "Mission Istanbul" in Turkey because the latter was hell-bent on doing his stunts himself. "He (Zayed) wanted to do a risky stunt himself. I refused. We rehearsed it with a double. But at the last minute Zayed was adamant. He insisted on doing it even as I protested," Lakhia told IANS from Istanbul. As the whole unit in Istanbul watched with mouths open

'Goal' is about triumph of human spirit: director

His second directorial venture "Goal" is about the triumph of the human spirit and also makes it a point not to portray Pakistanis in a bad light, says Vivek Agnihotri. "There is a hero, a champ, in all of us and you just have to discover it. My film 'Goal' is about that. It is about the triumph of the human spirit," Agnihotri told IANS on phone from Mumbai. The film is releasing Nov 23. "Long back I read about the1958 Munich airport tragedy - the plane carrying Manch

Adulation forces Ranbir to change phone number

Ranbir Kapoor is flying high with the rave reviews he has got for his debut performance in "Saawariya". So inundated has the actor been with calls and messages that he has had to change his phone number. A close family member of Ranbir said, "The volume of calls and messages since the promotional clippings went on TV to the time of the film's release has gone up so much that poor Ranbir had no choice but to change his number. "I really didn't want to do that," confess

Is sports Bollywood's newest success formula?

Stars of latest Hindi potboilers - "Om Shanti Om" and upcoming offering "Dhan Dana Dhan Goal" - hobnobbing with hottest sports personalities at every possible opportunity, is not just very sporty to watch but also makes perfect marketing sense. After years of numerous attempts to bring the world of sports and the world of make-believe together, the twain finally met in the year 2007. It is becoming increasing commonplace to find images of film stars splashed across sports page and c

Moushumi's 'no' to award to protest Nandigram

Bollywood actor Moushumi Chatterjee Sunday joined other artistes in their protest against the violence in West Bengal's Nandigram area by refusing an award from a publishing group and hit out at the state's ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M). Chatterjee, who refused a Lifetime Award, told IANS in an interview from Mumbai: "This is not the time to accept Lifetime Awards from anybody. I think the CPI-M should instead start a 'life taking' award there. "I

'Saloni' detests being called dusky beauty

Television actress Rajashree Thakur aka Saloni of "Saat Phere" fame says she hates being called a dusky beauty because it symbolises discrimination on the basis of colour. "Why do people add the adjective dusky and call me a dusky beauty? Why do they differentiate between dark and fair complexions? Beauty is beauty. If they are registering that I am beautiful why add dark to it," Rajashree told IANS. "I am lucky to have this skin tone. It is a wonderful comple

Karan Johar misses 'Om Shanti Om' premiere

The London premiere of "Om Shanti Om" seemed rather incomplete with Shah Rukh Khan's director Farah Khan and his best friend Karan Johar missing the event. Neither could attend the show for personal reasons. Farah is not allowed to travel due to her advanced stage of pregnancy. And Karan, who designed Shah Rukh's clothes in "Om Shanti Om", had to drop out at the last minute due to a family crisis. "My mother's back problem got aggravated and she

Bhojpuri star's gesture for theatre blast victims

Manoj Tiwari, a Bhojpuri film actor, Saturday made a touching gesture as he called on the families of those who lost their lives in a bomb blast in a cinema hall here last month while watching his latest film. Tiwari quietly made his way to this industrial city of Punjab to console the families of victims who lost their lives in the blast Oct 14. Seven people, all of them migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, were killed and several injured in the blast inside the

Bollywood stars add glamour to South African Diwali

Amid a glittering fireworks display, Bollywood stars Dino Morea and Meghna Naidu added a touch of glamour to Diwali celebrations here. Thousands turned up for the Diwali celebrations at a stadium. Security officials had a tough time keeping away many young people, especially scores of expatriate Indians trying to shake Morea's hand or take pictures of him with their mobile phones. The two were guests of the Rameshwar Mandir. The two actors were brought by Sah

November 10

Shilpa Shetty inundated with calls after her private number was disclosed

Shilpa Shetty is currently touring Europe with her Broadway musical play ‘Miss Bollywood’. However the actress was recently flooded with calls from fans on her private number which is known to very few of her close team members. Shilpa started receiving these calls after a fan supposedly published her private number on the net. Shilpa has now filed a complaint against the fan who published her number on the net for harassment. Fans kept calling Shilpa, some wanted to go out with her, some w

Hrithik Roshan may make his Hollywood debut in Stephen Gaghan’s film

International filmmaker Stephen Gaghan who has made films like Abandon, Syriana etc and who has directed Hollywood actors like George Clooney, Matt Damon etc is now very keen to cast Hrithik Roshan in his film which will be based on a global issue. So it seems that Hrithik may finally make his Hollywood debut in a Stephen Gaghan film. The international filmmaker was in India for location hunting for one of his projects when he saw a few Hindi films like Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, Lakshya, Dhoom 2 e

Aamir and wife Kiran sing for Taare Zameen Par

Recently actor Aamir Khan has been keeping a low profile due to his family problems ; however the actor is now concentrating all his effort on his first directorial venture Taare Zameen Par. The music for the film has been composed by Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy and is already out in stores. Recently Aamir visited veteran actor Shammi Kapoor to gift him the first copy of the musi

'Om Shanti Om' beats 'Saawariya' at the box office

The audiences' verdict is out. The box office seems to favour Shah Rukh Khan's "Om Shanti Om" in comparison to Sanjay Leela Bhansali's much-touted magnum opus "Saawariya". While King Khan's film registered 90 percent occupancy across the country on its Diwali release, Bhansali's love story managed 60 percent. "Om Shanti Om" is director Farah Khan's tribute to the colourful and vibrant cinemas of the 70s and it has Shah Rukh is a new avatar, going shirtless an

'Saawariya' opens in 85 theatres in North America

"Saawariya", the first Bollywood film co-produced and distributed by a major Hollywood studio, has opened in 85 theatres in the US and Canada, with press reviews calling it a visually enchanting extravaganza. The New York Times led its movie reviews section Friday with "Saawariya", produced in collaboration between acclaimed director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Sony Pictures Entertainment. "Eye and ear candy for fans of Indian musical cinema, it is 2 hours 11

Rizwanur-Priyanka saga inspires filmmaker

The romance between a poor Muslim youth, Rizwanur Rahman, and a rich industrialist's daughter, Priyanka Todi, that has ended in tragedy will now be made into a film. Kolkata filmmaker Goutam Sen is busy writing the script of the film based on the relationship between the couple, culminating in Rizwanur's death and a near crisis for the West Bengal government. "Though the film is inspired by the Priyanka-Rizwanur case, it will not be a typical love story. It

Rituparno boycotts film fest to protest Nandigram

Bengali filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh followed compatriot Aparna Sen and boycotted the 13th Kolkata Film Festival (KFF) to protest against the violence in West Bengal's Nandigram and the Left government's "inaction". Ghosh communicated his decision through the Forum of Artistes, Cultural Activists and Intellectuals (FACAI). The festival began Saturday. "Ghosh communicated to us that he would not attend the festival to protest the Nandigram violence and the silent role of

Indian, Pakistani cricketers watch 'Om Shanti Om'

Indian and Pakistani cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Shoaib Malik relaxed on Diwali day watching Shah Rukh Khan's latest release "Om Shanti Om" at a multiplex here. Also present were Tendulkar's wife Anjali, daughter Sara and son Arjun. His family arrived here earlier to watch him play the second India-Pakistan one day international at Mohali. "I liked the film. I am a big fan of Shah Rukh. I like all his films," Sourav Gangul

I'm a stronger person than Rishi: Neetu Singh

Neetu Singh prefers to shun the limelight but this yesteryear actress who lit up the breezy musicals of the 1970s, including many with husband Rishi Kapoor, comes across as a candid and no-nonsense person. She can just go on and on about her son Ranbir Kapoor and his debut film "Saawariya". "Both my husband and I were very nervous. But since I'm the stronger person I kept it inside while he was a nervous wreck. He wouldn't even be here for the release of 'Saawariya'. He went off to

November 9

Amitabh Bachchan gives fabulous Diwali gift to Oxfam

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has donated a fabulous selection of clothes from his personal wardrobe to Oxfam, an international aid agency, to celebrate Diwali. The clothes will be sold in an online auction on Dec 1. And in a move designed to involve more of Britain's estimated three million Asians in charity work -- especially during festive times -- the Big B is calling on them to follow his lead. The Bollywood legend was inspired to donate around 50 it

What is Bollywood doing this Diwali?

Be it Priyanka Chopra or debutant Ranbir Kapoor or TV actor Rohit Roy, this Diwali most Bollywood and small screen stars plan to keep it a family affair. Priyanka Chopra: This Diwali I'll be with my family. And can't think of a better way to celebrate. Ranbir Kapoor: Diwali is a huge event in our home. It's even bigger this time because my debut film is being released. There'll be the usual family puja. Diwali day would be the release of my f

Bollywood's underworld connection scared off Sakshi

Popular Kannada and Telugu actress Sakshi Shivanand, who entered Bollywood with Anubhav Sinha's "Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai", says she left Bollywood because of its underworld connection. Three years ago Sakshi left behind a very lucrative career down south to try her hand in Hindi films. Among the movies she signed here was E. Niwas' "Tum" with Saif Ali Khan and Aftab Shivdasani. "I was terrified when the producer turned out to be from the underworld. I had everybody te

I'd love to work with Rani Mukherjee: Gulzar

The inimitable poet-on-celluloid and well-known filmmaker Gulzar is gearing up to direct a film after a long hiatus and would like to team up with Rani Mukherjee in his next project. "I'd love to work with her in my next film. I know she won't say no to me," said Gulzar who loved Rani's performance in "Bunty Aur Babli". The details of Gulzar's directorial venture are yet to be worked out. He has two stories in mind and one of them will finally be his next feature film.

'Om Shanti Om' has global premiere in London

London: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's latest movie "Om Shanti Om" had its gala world premiere here Thursday with the actor saying he hoped it would help bring Hindi films to the doorsteps of the West. "It's a beginning. Every new film helps us to mount the steps," he said after a screening for the press at the downtown Empire Leicester cinema. In London for the gala red-carpet premiere, besides Khan, is the film's debutante female lead Deepika Padukone, co-stars Arjun

Amitabh Bacchan's mother Teji in ICU

Diwali will most probably be a quiet affair for the Bachchan family with the condition of Teji Bachchan, mother of megastar Amitabh Bachchan, continuing to remain "critical but stable". The 92-year-old Teji is in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Lilavati Hospital, Bandra, where she was shifted Wednesday. Teji has been in the hospital for the past 10 months for treatment of age-related health problems. Owing to her poor health, she could not attend the wedding of grandson Abhi

November 8

Om Shanti Om versus Saawariya this Diwali

Diwali day will see two of the most anticipated big films of the year. Biggest superstar of the country Shahrukh and director Farah’s Om Shanti Om and one of bollywood’s best directors Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya will be releasing on the same day. While both sides OSO and Saawariya members maintain that both the films should do well, there is no doubt an underlying nervousness and anxiousness about the other person’s film getting a better response at the box-office. So will it be OSO or Sa

Dwivedi to make 'Prithviraj-Sanjukta'

A replay of the "Bhagat Singh" kind of confrontation between Rajkumar Santoshi and Sunny Deol has been averted. Santoshi has withdrawn his proposed project to make "Prithviraj-Sanjukta" and the coast is clear for Chandraprakash Dwivedi to direct the historical romance with Sunny in the main lead. After several lengthy sessions the director has finalised Sunny for the coveted part in his version of "Prithviraj-Sanjukta". "I first went all the way to Florida to

I'll certainly not let down Bhansali: Ranbir Kapoor

Ranbir Kapoor has a lot riding over his shoulder. As the release date of his debut film "Saawariya" approaches, the newcomer has huge butterflies in his stomach. He however says he won't let down his mentor Sanjay Leela Bhansali. "I don't know where I go from here. But I'll certainly not let down Mr. Bhansali after the high standards he has set for me. Right now all I'm thinking of is 'Saawariya'," Ranbir told IANS. His film is clashing with friend Deepika Pad

Copyright issue quashes Kareena's Katrina connection

Kareena Kapoor was seen waltzing to the song "Walking on sunshine" by the 1980s American rock group Katrina & The Waves in the first promotional clipping of her just released "Jab We Met". But suddenly the song vanished from all promos! Director Imtiaz Ali reluctantly admits the song was pulled off due to copyright issues. "It went perfectly with Kareena's character and the film's mood. In fact, I didn't want to use it in just the first promo but all the promotional c

'Sholay' now on mobile telephones

Cinema buffs can now watch the classic movie "Sholay" on the go, thanks to the telecom revolution, as the blockbuster will now be available preloaded on some mobile phones. Nokia Tuesday unveiled in the capital two new mobile handsets - N81 and N95 8GB - that have the cult movie preloaded. The Nokia N series is a multimedia sub-brand of Nokia. "It is one of the biggest blockbusters that Hindi film industry has churned out. There could have been no better option than t

Hip hop star 50 Cent to rap Mumbai

After Rhythm and Blues (R&B) diva Beyonce Knowles rocked Mumbai with her six-member all-women band late last month, it is the turn of hip hop singer 50 Cent in his true mobster style to rap Mumbaikars. Come Nov 18, rapper Curtis James Jackson, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, will be taking the stage for a show sponsored by Smirnoff at the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) Grounds at the Bandra-Kurla complex in suburban Mumbai. Th

'Roja' on Time magazine's 10 best soundtracks list

Music maestro A.R. Rahman's "Roja" has featured on Time magazine's 10 best soundtracks of all times. Reacting to the news Rahman said that future is unpredictable and you never know what it has in store for you. "You never know what the world has in store for you. Suddenly you find "Roja" being selected as one of 10 best soundtracks in the world by Time magazine," Rahman told IANS. The long wait to see one of our popular musicians go west fina

November 7

Rani Mukherjee denies wedding plans to Aditya Chopra on February 10

Rani Mukherjee has done many films with the Yash Chopra banner; she has worked closely with Aditya Chopra, the elder son of Yash Chopra. Hence there have been rumours that she has been seeing Aditya Chopra for a while now. In fact Rani is considered the reason for breaking Aditya Chopra’s marriage to Payal. However now there are rumours that Aditya and Rani are all set to tie the knot on February 10, 2009, as Adi has managed to get a divorce from his wife. But Rani Mukherjee shoots down all thes

Sonam Kapoor’s second film opposite Abhishek Bachchan in Dilli 6

Sonam Kapoor will be making her acting debut on November 9 in the film Saawariya. Sonam is the daughter of Anil Kapoor and has been launched by one of the best director’s in bollywood, Sanjay Leela Bhansali. However even before her debut film has released, Sonam has already bagged her second film, Rakeysh Mehra’s Dilli 6 opposite Abhishek Bachchan. Sonam will be doing her second film with another talented director Rakeysh Mehra who has given the super hit film Rang De Basanti. Sonam will al

I'm not doing Saif film at Kareena's behest: Imtiaz

Director Imtiaz Ali, whose romantic comedy "Jab We Met" has made a mark at the box office, denies reports that he will direct a film to be produced by Saif Ali Khan on the recommendation of Kareena Kapoor. "That's totally untrue. Saif and I have been in talks about a possible project long before Kareena and 'Jab We Met' came my way. It's one among the many projects that Saif's production house is looking at," Imtiaz told IANS. The director says he was so busy with h

Anupam all set for 'Happy & Gay'

Versatile Anupam Kher is now on to his second directorial venture "Happy & Gay" and says it will be an absolute departure from what he attempted in his first film "Om Jai Jagdish". "The audience is going to have a ball watching this film, and I'm sure I'll have a great time directing it. It is written by Patrick Biswas and me. He also co-wrote my other film 'The Return' (in English), which I plan to direct for Yash Raj Films in New York. Patrick is very talented. But he needs to b

Saakshi prefers playing spunky widow in 'Kahaani...'

Popular small screen actress Saakshi Tanwar has started enjoying playing a widow in STAR Plus' long running series "Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii" because her character Parvati has acquired more spunk. "I must admit playing Parvati has become a lot more fun ever since the character became a widow. Earlier Parvati was submissive and docile, always eager to please everyone. But now she isn't willing to take anything lying down," Saakshi told IANS. "Parvati has acquired spunk. I

Sushant Singh - a talent perishing in Bollywood

He is one of the truly accomplished actors in Bollywood, but Sushant Singh of "Sehar" and "Jungle" fame isn't doing too much work. He is nevertheless contented and looking forward to "Freekick" in which he plays the main lead. "I play the main lead in T.R. Rajiv Kumar's 'Freekick'. It's a small film about a common man who gets sucked into the medical racket. Our health and medical care institutions are so screwed up. This film is an exposé of sorts on the whole heal

Dream Girl Hema gets her likeness in portrait

Bollywood Dream Girl Hema Malini was thrilled when she was presented with her life-size portrait by noted painter brothers Krishn and Govind Kanhai at a function here Monday evening. "I am absolutely delighted and thrilled by this painting," said a smiling Hema, thanking the Kanhai brothers for the painting. The actress, who is an accomplished dancer and also a member of the Rajya Sab

No more 'Munnabhai' films for now: Raj Kumar Hirani

Though overwhelmed by the response his "Lage Raho Munnabhai" continues to get, director Raj Kumar Hirani has decided to steer clear of the Munnabhai series, for now. His next will be a "serious take" on the education system. The film, which he starts next year, "is a serious take on the education system and how it's screwing up the kids", Hirani told IANS. It will star three young actors - therefore no Sanjay Dutt or Arshad Warsi, the mainstays of both Munnabhai fil

Reality singing talents rock music industry

Have you heard the startling new singing talent evident in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Saawariya"? There's Shail Hada doing the title song, and Parthiv Gohil crooning "Yoon Shabnami", as though they are seasoned stalwarts of the singing world. It cannot be a coincidence. But the old order of singers in the industry seems to be dissolving and a brand new order seems to be emerging. "And the best part of their talent is the originality," said composer-director Vishal Bha

Raveena gears up for a comeback

Raveena Tandon, who took a sabbatical after marriage and motherhood, is planning to face the camera again, tempted by some of the offers coming her way. "One of them is a movie where I've the central role. So far, post-marriage the offers have been rather okay types. But this one is a woman-oriented film. See, if I do a film now it can't be the usual pony-tailed Jill-in-a-drill kind of thing. I'd be happy to do this one film, as long as they don't clash with my daughter's routine,

'Fashion' will be my last woman-oriented film: Madhur Bhandarkar

Madhur Bhandarkar, who is all set to start work on his ambitious project "Fashion" with Priyanka Chopra in the lead role next month, says this might be his last woman-centric movie. His next film, "Jail", will be a dark and gritty drama about three male prisoners. "I think 'Fashion' will be my last woman-oriented film. There are so many male-oriented subjects that I want to make. Actually, after 'Traffic Signal' I wanted to make a prison drama called 'Jail', about three male priso

'Saawariya' to premiere two days ahead of release

In an unprecedented move, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Sony Pictures have decided to premiere "Saawariya" on Nov 7, two days ahead of its actual release. And the team is so confident about the final product that they say negative publicity won't harm the movie. Normally films are premiered on Thursday, 14 hours ahead of release on Friday, so that the chances of negative publicity are minimised. "But we've enough faith in our product not to be bothered by such considera

November 6

Shahrukh Khan given the royal snub by the Bachchans

The cold war between Shahrukh and Amitabh Bachchan has been on for quite some time now, despite the fact that both of them have denied any animosity. Recently one more incident further proved that all is not well between Shahrukh Khan and Amitabh. At the Police Mela show organized by Cineyug Worldwide, Amitabh was present along with son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai. Shahrukh along with the other Om Shanti Om actors also arrived to perform at the event and when SRK tried to greet th

Priyanka’s beau smitten with Deepika Padukone

Newcomer Deepika Padukone will be making her debut in Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om opposite Shahrukh Khan. However it seems like Deepika’s charm and beauty have already managed to catch the attention of many in bollywood. Earlier there were rumours that Ranbir Kapoor who will also be making his debut in Saawariya was smitten by this pretty lady. And recently, even cricketers Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh were vying for Deepika’s attention. And now yet another debutant Harman Baweja, Priyank

November 4

A biography on Sanjay Dutt's problematic life

If there's one person in the film industry who can look back on his life with anger, grief, bitterness and ultimately some satisfaction, it's Sanjay Dutt. And good friend Sanjay Gupta is planning a three-volume biography, which would leave no aspect of the actor's life uncovered. "It's time our big stars had their stories written down. We at White Feather hope to start a new movement towards star biographies," Sanjay's long-time buddy Sanjay Gupta told IANS. "What a

Govinda wants to do 'Mr and Mrs Iyer' in Hindi

"The Jewellery Box" didn't materialise, but Govinda is still kicked with idea of doing a film with Aparna Sen. The comic actor says he is very keen to do a Hindi version of her award winning film "Mr & Mrs Iyer". "The idea of doing the film has been put on hold. Aparnaji feels that role won't do justice to me. But we both would love to work together," Govinda told IANS about "The Jewellery Box". "I'd love to do a Hindi version of Aparnaji's 'Mr & Mrs Iyer'. I even hav

For John Abraham, family comes first

Of late John Abraham has been almost completely out of the public glare. Ask him why and he lets out a deep sigh - one of relief. "It's not as if I'm being a recluse or anything. My father was unwell. We were in and out of the hospital all the time. For that period nothing else mattered to me...nothing at all." "While he was ill I couldn't think of anything else. Even all those rumours of my so-called break-up with Bipasha just passed over my head."

Canadian crew shoots documentary on Anupam Kher

Even as Anupam Kher shoots his 359th film, "The Other End Of The Line" , with producer Ashok Amritraj, an international TV crew has been following him around capturing his life in detail. The Canadian crew has been seen shooting the actor not only at his shoots but also at various other places such as his acting school and the charitable institutions that he works for. Explains Anupam: "This is a documentary that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is making on my l

Esha Deol turns 26 in Tirupati, 'conversing' with gods

Unlike other girls her age, Esha Deol didn't bring in her birthday at a pub with her perky pals. "I'm in Tirupati (Lord Venkateswara's temple) with my mom, conversing with the gods," she said on her 26th birthday Nov 2. "People see me as this 'bindaas' (carefree) girl. But there's this other very quiet and religious side to me. I've had these long conversations with god. So here I am, at Tirupati." Right now Esha wants to change lanes in her car

Ranbir, Sonam win many hearts on reality show

Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor, the lead pair of the much-awaited film "Saawariya", won the hearts of many as they danced and interacted with people on reality dance show "Jhalak Dikhla Ja". "Both the kids just won over everyone with their down-to-earth nature. Everyone from the audience to the contestants to the judges just kept looking at Ranbir and Sonam affectionately all the while that they were there," said a source in Sony TV, which organises the dance competition.

Bollywood sees more misses than hits this year

Diwali is round the corner but the box office is yet to see any fireworks. Bollywood churned out a mixed bouquet this year but the majority flopped with Shah Rukh Khan starrer "Chak De! India" being the only super hit so far. Around 90 films - experimental films, movies with high budgets, comedies and love stories et al - have released in the last 10 months. The year started with the disastrous "Kudiyon Ka Hai Zamana", which promoted Rekha as its high point. This was

November 3

Aamir Khan’s mother, sisters, wife, ex-wife and extended family support him

Aamir Khan and his family are going through a personal crisis, recently Aamir’s brother Faisal Khan claimed that he was being forcibly given medication on Aamir’s insistence, despite the fact that he was not mentally ill. Aamir’s father Tahir Hussain too supports Faisal and has claimed that Faisal is perfectly fine. Recently the matter was in court and since Faisal did not want to be with Aamir, his father Tahir Hussain was granted custody. However son Faisal and father Tahir have been making se

November 1

SRK gets candid on his 42nd birthday

SRK has just turned 42 years, but he has the zest and energy of a teenager, he has spent 18 years as the bollywood badshah and is still keen to remain so. On turning 42 years SRK says “I feel more stronger and enthusiastic today. Age has become merely a number for me now.” However on his birthday, instead of anticipating gifts, SRK has done the reverse and gifted good friend and Om Shanti Om director Farah Khan a Mercedes Benz. SRK and Farah Khan saw the first copy of their