Bollywood News

January 26

2000-2008- Different brands of Patriotism in bollywood

A WAVE of patriotism began sweeping across Bollywood in the 2000's. And seasoned actors including Sunny Deol, Shatrughan Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan and Nagarjuna were lining up to woo the die-hards with their brand of celluloid patriotism in 2000. However, although it was ``I love my India'' campaign at work here. Instead, it was time not just to love your own country, your own people but also to hate others, to beat the living daylights out of the enemies. At least on the silver screen.

January 25

How deep is Saif's love for Kareena?

Saif and Kareena were busy shooting for Yash Raj film Tashan in Greece. The duo were happy to spend time together with each other. A few of their friends were also sitting around them, when they began teasing Saif to prove his love for Kareena. Sources claim that in order to prove how much he loved Kareena, Saif took a knife lying nearby and slit his palm. This left Kareena as well all the others around them shocked. Kareena and Saif have been seeing each other for a few months now. And alr

From 70's subtle war films to 90's more aggressive war films

As we all know, since its advent, the Hindi film medium has developed not only as a mode of entertainment but as an alternative form of chronicle as well. So in all these years, not only it has entertained the masses, but championed the social and political issues of the time as well. And along the way, it has become fairly successful in playing the role of an alert watchman, hollering 'Jagte Raho' in regular intervals. Hence not only during freedom struggle but during India's other wars as well

January 24

Priyanka Chopra needs to lose 8 kgs for anorexic look in Fashion

Priyanka Chopra may have one of the fittest bodies in the film industry, but in the fashion world it does not seem so. Priyanka was signed on for a role in Madhur Bhandarkar's film Fashion and everyone is well aware that the director likes to make his films as realistic as possible. Hence recently Priyanka was asked to shed 8 kgs for her role in the film. Unfortunately Priyanka did

Shahrukh wins Kolkatta team while Preity, Ness win Mohali team for IPL

Bollywood and Cricket, two of the countries biggest passions have now officially come together. Some of bollywood's biggest stars have bid mega bucks and won at an auction of city franchises of the Indian Premier League, the BCCI's (Indian cricket board) mega-hyped Twenty-Twenty competition. Superstar Shahrukh Khan bid $75.09 million and won the Kolkatta team. Many Industrialists as well as superstars placed their bids for different cricket teams from different states which will then play

Fardeen Khan to be charged only for possesing 1 gm coke

In major relief for Bollywood actor Fardeen Khan, a Mumbai court Thursday allowed his plea that he be charged for possessing only one gram of cocaine, for which the maximum jail term is six months. The court also ordered the police to frame charges against Khan for possessing the banned narcotic drug. Fardeen was booked under the Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act after he was arrested outside a bank ATM in Juhu on May 5, 2001, while allegedly attempt

Amitabh to build girl's school on daughter-in-law Ash's name

Film actor Amitabh Bachchan's urge to acquire farmland in this district could surely give script writers some ideas for a Bollywood movie. The superstar seems to be giving a new twist to his intention of buying land after the Allahabad High Court decided to condone the alleged fraud and forgery through which 2.5 bighas (about 70,000 sq ft) of government land was allotted to him during the Mulayam Singh Yadav regime. The court had cancelled that allotment last year. No

Hrithik Roshan wants a baby girl

Hrithik Roshan and his wife Sussanne are expecting their second child in May and the actor says he would like to have a daughter this time. "I don't want to say much about this. But, yes, we're very excited. I thought my excitement level would be lower the second time around, but it's as high," Hrithik told IANS. Would Hrithik like his second child to be a baby brother for Hrehaan? "No," he says firmly. "I want a girl this time." Hrithik, who will be se

Patriotic 60's portray martyrs while 80's have films associated with terrorism

Few can contest Indian cinema’s, particularly Hindi cinema’s, unmatched contribution to strengthening the bonds of national integration, countering divisive feelings, educating the people about our shared national history. As an art form that strikes the chords of both emotion and intellect, the power of cinema is unmatched. Naturally, Indian cinema has contributed immensely to the cultivation of this uniting and uplifting feeling of nationalism. Patriotic films, as a special and much-admired ge

January 23

Preity rubbishes rumours of split with boyfriend Ness

Preity Zinta is currently concentrating on changing her image in bollywood, she has now moved to doing more serious roles as she has reached a different stage in her career. However there have been rumours that Preity has lately been very busy with work and hence she hardly has time for boyfriend Ness Wadia. Some sources had claimed that the two were even having problems in their relationship. But Preity claims "We are happy and there are no problems between us." Preity Zinta is making a co

Amitabh Bachchan shooting in snow covered Manali

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan is presently in this picturesque tourist resort shooting for Sujit Sircar's "Shoe Bite". Bachchan arrived here late Tuesday by road from Chandigarh, as his plane could not land due to bad weather in Kullu Monday. The resort town of Manali received heavy snowfall this year and sources said Sircar has short-listed a host of locations here to shoot for the film. Actor Diya Mirza is also joining the unit in a couple of d

Sanjay Dutt shoots a music video for 'Woodstock Villa'

Sanjay Dutt has discovered several musical bones in his personality. After crooning for the album "Asha & Friends" and the film "Zinda", he now features in a music video for the movie "Woodstock Villa". In the debut vehicle of Kirron and Anupam Kher's son Sikandar and Neha Oberoi, Sanjay enacts a song performed by the band Aryan. Sanjay Gupta, who has directed the musical piece, says the song has turned into one of the film's highlights. "When Sanju p

Govinda wants to lie low in his political career

Actor-politician Govinda, who is going through a rough patch, says that he'd prefer being a good actor on screen to being a real life hero. "Let's not even discuss it any longer. I've much more important decisions to make about my future in films and politics," Govinda, whose last film "Partner" worked wonders for him at the box office, told IANS in an interview. His plans to become a political hero have gone down the drain, his colleagues have turned into foes and recently h

Is Maanyata Mrs. Dutt already?

Recently there was a greeting in the Shiv Sena mouth piece 'Saamna', wishing the Shiv Sena Chief 'Happy Birthday.' The greeting was apparently given on the names of Sanjay Dutt and Maanyata Dutt. There was the Dutt surname added to Maanyata's name too. Naturally this sent the media in a frenzy and every one was speculating whether Sanjay Dutt had already married Maanyata. However Sanju baba chose to remain silent on the issue and refused to clarify the issue. Maanyata has been a constant s

Saif Ali Khan enthrals with his rock performance in Mumbai

Saif Ali Khan recently performed with rock band Parikrama at the Seagram's Royal Stag Mega Music concert in Mumbai. Saif also crooned a few numbers along with strumming the guitar. Saif's daughter, Sara was amongst the audiences cheering her dad on, unfortunately ladylove Kareena could not be by his side as she was busy shooting out of the country. Saif joined the lead guitarist and vocalist of Parikrama band and crooned a few numbers along with them. He played 'Smoke on the Water' by Deep

January 22

SRK to be honoured with French distinction

Many Hollywood celebrities have been conferred with this French distinction and now bollywood's King Khan is all set to join the league. Shahrukh Khan has been chosen by the French government to be honoured with the distinction of Officer dans l'Ordre des Arts et des letters (Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters). SRK has been honoured with this distinction for his outstanding contribution to bollywood as well as his influence all over the world. A special ceremony will be held where SR

Salman essays the role of a Sardar in Heroes

For the first time ever, actor Salman Khan will look and play the part of a Sardar in the film Heroes. Salman has grown a short beard and has worn a turban in the film and looks like an authentic Sardar. So is Salman going the way of many seasoned actors like Aamir, Amitabh etc who change their looks according to their characters? Well for Heroes, Sallu has definitely got into character. Samir Karnik who is directing the film admits that Sallu has the look of a Sardar in the film; he says "

Sanjay and Maanya keen to buy a new apartment

Sanjay Dutt is currently busy shooting for his film EMI. Meanwhile he and ladylove Maanya are also hunting for a place in Bandra. Currently Sanju and Maanya live at Imperial Heights in Bandra. However sources claim that one of the main reasons that Maanya wants Sanju to buy another flat is that his sisters Priya and Namrata who also live in the same building do not get along well with her. Maanyata has had a strong influence on Sanjay's life recently. She has been supporting him through his

January 21

SRK, Lara set to gyrate with tele-stars at Balaji awards function

Bollywood's biggest star who made his acting debut on television, Shahrukh Khan is all set to perform live at the Global Indian TV Honours presented by Balaji. SRK will also be seen performing with some of television's most popular bahus. Apart from that actress Lara Dutta will be seen performing with the tele-males at the award's function. The event will be held on 1 Feb 2008. Sources claim "The finale starts with SRK’s solo performance and then moves on to his dance with 11 TV actresses."

Sohail keen for Priyanka, Preity, Deepika to do cameos in Salman starrer

Sohail Khan's next production will be Mr. & Mrs. Khanna for which he has been scouting for the cast since a long time. After roping in brother Salman and then finally settling on Kareena Kapoor as the female lead, he is now looking at roping in big stars to do cameos in his film. Sohail is hoping that Salman will be able to help him get big stars like SRK, Preity, Priyanka and even newcomer Deepika for cameo roles in the film. It has now become a trend to rope in big stars to do cameos in a

Zayed Khan and wife Mallika have a baby boy

Zayed and Mallika have been blessed with their first child, a baby boy. Mallika delivered the healthy baby boy on January 18, 2008. Although the baby was two weeks premature, he is healthy and weighs 6.1 pounds. Mallika had a normal delivery and seems fine after the delivery. The baby was named Zidaan Zayed Abbas Khan, after Zayed's favourite renowned football player. Zayed's parents have become a dada-dadi for the first and are extremely excited. An excited Zayed said "I am on top of the w

January 20

Amitabh Bachchan to take of orphan, abandoned girls

It's not very often that our stars our moved by the plight of the less fortunate. But this time round, things were different when Amitabh heard of two orphan girls being abandoned by their mother. A news channel had brought to light the fact that the girls barely five years and older were left by their mother at a hostel. Amitabh then contacted the required people through good friend and Samajwadi party leader Amar Singh and promised to take care of the girl's education and upbringing. Two

Preity Zinta joins Anupam Kher's acting school

Preity Zinta is working hard on shedding her glamorous image right now as she is in a different phase of her career right now. The actress has not been seen around much as she is busy with her films that portray her in a more realistic and serious light. Preity has also joined Anupam Kher's acting school for a refresher's course in acting as she wants to work hard on her performances and shed her glamorous tag. Preity and Anupam have worked together earlier and hence when the latter heard

Rozza admits meeting Shahid Kapur at coffee shop

Recently Kareena's ex- boyfriend Shahid and Saif's ex-girlfriend Rozza were seen meeting up and chatting together at the coffee shop of a five star hotel. Shahid and Rozza were first spotted together when their ex's Saif and Kareena had got together. In fact it was Rozza who had informed Shahid of Kareena and Saif's growing proximity to each other. Rozza and Shahid were extremely comfortable with each other when they met and chatted incessantly. When Rozza walked into the café, she immediat

Salman Khan keen to write a book on bodybuilding

No doubt Salman is one of the fittest actors in bollywood. He has a well toned body and has always believed in maintaining it. Sallu apparently loves to work out and has given many young rising stars in bollywood tips on working out and developing a fit body. Well now it seems, Sallu wants to give one and all advice and tips on bodybuilding. Salman is toying with the idea of writing a book on bodybuilding. Salman often gets quizzed by media and fans on how to stay fit and hence he thought i

January 19

John upset with delay of film opposite Ash

John Abraham and Aishwarya Rai have been paired together in Sriram Raghavan's romantic film. However the film is yet to take off and this constant delaying of the film has left John extremely anxious. John has not had any box-office hit recently and his films like No Smoking, Goal etc have not set the cash register flowing. Hence he is banking on this film with Ash to give him that much required hit to boost his career again. Raghavan's film is a love story, a genre he will be attempting fo

January 18

Ajay Devgan claims controversial remarks not meant to offend SRK, Aamir

Ajay Devgan has begun the New Year on a good note with Halla Bol. A film with a social message, it was appreciated and Ajay received good feedback for his performance in the film. However a new controversy has been raked up with the film. According to several sources, Ajay has made scathing remarks indirectly in Halla Bol to his contemporaries like Shahrukh and Aamir. It has been reported that Ajay's scathing remarks have irked the Khans. In Halla Bol, some indirect references were made to

Govinda gives miscreant fan one tight slap

Actors are often known to get badgered by fans and the media, and actors are then known to react in different ways. Recently actor turned politician Govinda who was shooting for Kumar Mangat's film Money Hai Toh Honey hai, reacted in an extremely violent way to a miscreant fan's behaviour. Govinda slapped a fan who had got too close to him. However Govinda justifies slapping the fan as he claimed the fan was trying to get too close and misbehave with the female stars and dancers on the sets.

January 17

Ash accompanies hubby Abhi for shooting of Dilli 6 in Rajasthan

Aishwarya was recently seen glowing at the music launch of her forthcoming film Jodha Akbar. However hubby Abhishek Bachchan was not by her side, but father-in-law Amitabh made sure to attend the event to support his daughter-in-law. Abhishek is currently busy shooting for Rakeysh Mehra's Dilli 6 in Rajasthan and since Ash does not have any film projects on hand right now, she too accompanied him. Immediately after her music launch event she joined Abhi and the cast of Dilli 6 in Rajasthan where

January 16

Vikram Bhatt and Ameesha split after five years

Director Vikram Bhatt and actress Ameesha Patel have split after five years. It is rumoured that Ameehsa dumped Vikram for London based businessman Kanav Puri. In fact Ameesha moved out of Vikram's home a few weeks back. The couple did try to work out their problems but unfortunately things did not work out. Vikram does not deny the split and says "Yes I am not denying the fact that the affair is over, but what’s the point of going into the past and talking about why and when it happened?”

Karisma's hubby Sanjay doesn't get along with mom-in-law Babita

Earlier there was talk of actress Karisma Kapoor's marriage being on the rocks, however things have now seemed to settle down and all is fine between the actress and her Delhi based businessman husband. The bone of contention it seemed was that Karisma wanted to live in Mumbai while Sanjay did not want to move out from Delhi. Well it seems that both have reached some sort of compromise. Karisma recently bought her own home in Mumbai as sources claim that hubby Sanjay does not get along too well

Sushmita and Randeep rubbish rumours of patching up

A rumour that Randeep Hooda has not only taught Sushmita Sen horse riding but is also playing a part in the actress' home production "Jhansi Ki Rani" has both of them chuckling in disbelief. "Where do you hear all this? It's complete rubbish," laughs Sushmita. "The casting is still in the preliminary stage. No names have been locked in yet," Sushmita told IANS. Randeep, who's currently shooting for a new film with another Bengali beauty Raima Sen, is even more forthri

Rajkumar Santoshi unafraid to expose corrupt practises and people

In his just released "Halla Bol", director Rajkumar Santoshi has incorporated ideas on how religion is exploited by politicians but is confident that it won't hurt the religious sentiments of people. "I feel if a filmmaker addresses issues from his heart, no one minds it. In a country where we'vehada Muslim president and have Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan as icons, Muslims don't need to feel isolated. Anyone talking about division on a religious basis is creating mischief. And I'm n

Amrita Rao belives that bollywood rarely offfers second chances

Bollywood actress Amrita Rao, who struck gold with her girl-next-door look in "Vivah", is back after a year-long gap with "My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves". She says that she doesn't take any chances while selecting projects. "I was working for the Telugu film 'Athidhi'. Also, my films, which are slated for release this year, kept me occupied," Amrita told IANS. "I have always been very careful about picking up projects because there is no second chance in Bollywood. If

Was Vivek Oberoi keen to do My Name is Anthony Gonsalves

Nikhil Diwvedi had apparently been almost ousted from his debut film "My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves" when a corporate house that director E. Niwas approached to produce the film insisted on signing Viveik Oberoi. When confronted, Nikhil told IANS: "I wouldn't like to name anyone, but an actor who was very hot and happening a few years ago did want to do 'My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves'. "Director Niwas was very clear that the script would only work with a newcomer, and t

Welcome: UK's No.2 grosser of 2007!

Since its release, the Indian Films-Studio 18 released "Welcome" has only moved from strength to strength. In the 2007 round-up in the UK, where the film has done the most business in the overseas market, "Welcome" ranks at No.2 after "Om Shanti Om". "Namaste London", "Partner" and "Salaam-e-Ishq" feature at No.3, 4 and 5 respectively. It follows that "Welcome" is also the biggest of the four Akshay Kumar releases of 2007, and by the end of its fifth weekend, it will have c

Boman Irani meets winner of Mid-day Bollywood Lunch Contest

There was laughter, giggles and delight all around the Tata Sky office in Mumbai as Boman Irani; quiz master in Filmy’s latest show – Bollywood Ka Boss - visited the winner of Mid-day- Make Work Fun - Bollywood Lunch Contest. Bollywood Ka Boss is the first movie based quiz show on Indian television and is hosted by versatile actor Boman Irani. Produced by Siddhartha Basu, The show has 240 contestants from across the country testing their FILMY gyaan to win the title of ‘Bollywood Ka Boss’

January 14

Aishwarya stars in most expensive French film Asterix at the Olympic Games

Aishwarya Rai will star in one of the most expensive French film series of Asterix and Obelix. The film titled, Asterix at the Olympic Games is reported to be one of the most expensive European films at approximately 93 million dollars. Apparently the film is also slated to premiere in India at the prestigious French Film Festival. Ash seems keen to fill her kitty with a number of international films. According to sources, the makers of the Asterix series have written a special role just fo

Saif and Kareena keen to endorse products together

Saif and Kareena have been going around for a few months now and since both of them have hectic schedules, they are always eager to spend time with each other. The two are currently working together in Yash Raj film Tashan and they are shooting in Greece. Hence they are able to also enjoy some time together with each other. The latest buzz is that the couple is keen to work together in commercials and endorse brands together, so that they can spend maximum time together. Since Kareena was e

January 13

Aamir Khan gives Kangana the cold shoulder at a recent event

Aamir Khan is glowing from the success of his directorial debut Taare Zameen Par. He recently attended an event and was his usual casual, charming self until actress Kangana Ranaut decided to greet the actor. Kangana was also at the same event and as she spotted Aamir, she decided to greet him. However Aamir seemed least bothered and merely cold shouldered Kangana. Aamir was earlier considering Kangana for a part in his film Ghajini, but when the actress started making public announcements

Saif Ali Khan all set to perform live rock concert in Mumbai

Saif Ali Khan proved that he can enthral the crowds not only with his acting but also strumming the guitar when he played at a live rock concert in Delhi. Now our bollywood rock star is all set to enthral audiences in Mumbai where he will perform at a live rock concert with his band Parikrama. The actor will also be performing in Delhi, Kolkatta and Bangalore. However for all of his acting fans there's no need to fret as Saif is not hanging up his acting boots yet. Saif will practise and r

Saif Ali Khan tatoos Kareena's full name on his arm

Saif Ali Khan and Kareena have barely been seeing each other for a few months now and already Saif is ready to take a serious step. Well no, it's not proposing marriage to Kareena yet, but he decided to get a tattoo of Kareena's name. However earlier Saif planned to only get Kareena's first initial 'K' on his arm, but since Kareena turned up at the place where he was getting the tattoo

Big Bazaar launches 'Star Parivaar' Designer Ethnic Wear Collection

Future Group's flagship retail format Big Bazaar in association with Star India Pvt Ltd, today launched a designer collection of Ethnic wear comprising Sarees, Salwars and ready to stitch suits, under the brand 'Star Parivaar'. The Star Group's newly formed Licensing & Merchandising Division has entered into a Licensing agreement with Big Bazaar for the launch of this unique collection. The 'Star Parivaar' collection draws inspiration from the famous soaps on Star and brings together a uni

January 10

Hrithik Roshan celebrates his 34th birthday

Hrithik Roshan celebrates his 34th birthday on 10 January. The actor who made a name for himself in Koi Mil Gaya, Krrish and Dhoom 2 turns 34 today and has received loads of appreciation and good wishes from the film fraternity on this day. Hrithik begins this special day with a havan and puja along with his family at his home. Recently Hrithik had undergone treatment for a severe knee injury and is

Sonam Kapoor to star opposite Hrithik Roshan in Rakesh Roshan's film

Anil Kapoor's daughter Sonam made her debut in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film 'Saawariyaa' opposite Ranbir Kapoor. Although Saawariyaa did not do too well at the box-office, both Sonam and Ranbir were appreciated for their performances. Since then Sonam has bagged quite a few lucrative offers, she will be seen opposite Abhishek in Rakeysh Mehra's Dilli 6. And now sources claim that Sonam will also do a film opposite Hrithik Roshan. Rakesh Roshan will not be directing Hrithik in Krrish 2, but

John dines with pop singer Madonna while Sanjay Dutt drops by

Hollywood pop singer Madonna has been in Mumbai for the last few days after spending New Year's in Rajasthan. Madonna along with her husband Guy Ritchie and adopted son David spent New Year in Rajasthan and now the trio have come to Mumbai for a short vacation. The pop star along with family and friends was seen dining at a five star hotel. Naturally, her table had an assorted mix of people and our very own bollywood boy, John Abraham was one of the privileged few. Meanwhile Sanjay Dutt who is a

Rani plays an angel in Kunal Kohli's film

After playing the prostitute with a heart of gold, Rani Mukerji is set to do a U-turn. In Kunal Kohli's new film, she plays an angel who descends down to look after business-executive Saif Ali Khan's children. Quite a leap of fate for an actress who has always taken grave risks with her career! How does it feel to be playing an angel? "Right now I'm not allowed to talk about Kunal's film. But, yes, any opportunity to surprise yourself and the audience is welc

Priyanka Chopra looks forward to 2008 with Drona,Fashion etc

Priyanka Chopra, Bollywood's new millennium Hema Malini, who has given the industry the maximum number of hits in five years, plans to script a success story in 2008. The year 2007 spelt turmoil for the actress. There were legal and police hassles over financial endeavours. At home, her dad struggled with a serious illness. But she is pleased with the fact that it ended on a positive note. "In 2007 I've just been busy doing commercials. And then there were other probl

Katrina learnt to play the cello for 'Main Yuvraj'

Actress Katrina Kaif has been entering the laughter zone once too often in her career. Currently, she is shooting for Vipul Shah's comedy "Singh Is King". But one non-comedy role that Katrina is shooting is for Subhash Ghai's "Main Yuvraaj". She teams up with Salman Khan and Arjun Rampal in the movie. "And I get to play the cello in Subhash Ghai's film. The thing with the cello is, you can't completely learn to play it all at once, like the piano or the 'sitar

Karan Johar would love to be in a relationship

He makes films on relationships and now multifaceted filmmaker Karan Johar is ready to enter into a relationship in real life. "I hate walking into an empty bedroom at night. There're large lonely moments. Fortunately, I've the best relationship possible with my mother. That makes up for every relationship I don't have. Of course, I'd love to be in a relationship. But it has to be one I completely believe in," Karan told IANS in an interview. "I'm 35 and I'm not here

Shilpa to essay the role of Goddess Sita in 'Hanuman'

Back in town Wednesday after her Europe sojourn, Shilpa Shetty, keeping with her newfound image of an ambassador of Indian values and traditions offshore, will soon essay the role of goddess Sita in an international venture. Shilpa landed in the tinsel town after her much talked about three-month tour to Europe. Last seen in Anurag Basu's hit flick "Life In a Metro", Shilpa would now feature in an international venture "Hanuman" being produced by US-based Uru Patel.

Halla Bol has a social message, it raises its voice against injustice

Different storyline is the common thread that bound most Bollywood blockbusters last years. To cash in on the trend, Rajkumar Santoshi has rolled out "Halla Bol" that has a "strong" social message and the director is quite hopeful about its success. "It is a good film, which discusses important social issues. It has all the elements to entertain the viewers," Santoshi told reporters here Tuesday. Ajay Devgan, who is playing the lead role in the film, added: "Through o

'My Name is Anthony Gonsalves' banned in Bihar due to Mithun Chakraborthy

The ban on Mithun Chakraborty's films in Bihar, due to an ongoing tussle between the actor and a local producer-distributor, has taken its toll on "My Name is Anthony Gonsalves". Its producer E. Niwas is aghast at the film being denied a release in the state. "I had no clue about Mithunda's ban in Bihar. It seems so strange to be kept out of the state where my first film 'Shool' was set. I really wouldn't want 'Anthony Gonsalves' to be kept out of Bihar. But

Ashutosh Gowariker chats about his forthcoming film Jodha Akbar

Young and dynamic director Ashutosh Gowariker, who is ready with "Jodhaa-Akbar", says he was fascinated by the relationship that the two historical figures must have shared after marriage. "I feel if today we make a story about the past, it must be correlated to the present. And 'Jodhaa-Akbar' is as relevant to the present as arranged marriages. Jodha and Akbar shared a perfect arranged marriage. I was fascinated by how their relationship must have grown after marriage," Gowariker told IAN

Bhansali ordered to respond to allegations of setting fire to Back film sets

The Supreme Court Tuesday sought noted Bollywood film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's response on a plea seeking resumption of his prosecution for allegedly setting fire to the sets of his film "Black" in 2004 to claim insurance. A Bench of Justices C.K. Thakker and D.K. Jain issued notice to Bhansali for his response on a plea by antique dealer Farida Husseinally, who had supplied furniture for the film set. Husseinally, who claims to have lost antique furniture m

Shekhar Kapur talks about Bollywood's influence in the West

Bollywood is our new culture and its influence is being felt in the West, eminent filmmaker Shekhar Kapur said. Speaking at the sixth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas here, the director of films like "Bandit Queen" and the Oscar-winning "Elizabeth", said: "Here, people cringe at some of the dresses in the Bollywood movies, but there in Hollywood, I am told that Indian music videos are becoming the best in the world." "We have to accept it, Bollywood is our new culture," Kapur added.

January 9

Himesh Reshammiya refuses to do lovemaking scene in Kajra Re

Many actresses refuse to do love-making scenes or on-screen kisses with their co-stars. Even Shahrukh Khan has refused to do an on-screen kiss, and now it seems another budding star Himesh Reshammiya has refused to a lovemaking scene for Pooja Bhatt's next film Kajra Re. The scene has now been dropped from the film as Himesh is adamant that he won't do it. Himesh Reshammiya will play the main lead role in Pooja Bhatt's next venture Kajra Re. The film is based on a real life story and the sc

January 8

Ranvir, Vinay and Rajat gang up again in Mithya

The terrific trio is back to entertain us, again! After the super success of Bheja Fry, Ranvir, Vinay and Rajat gang up for Mithya . This time, though, the roles are completely different and on a much more ambitious scale. Rajat Kapoor directs his buddies in his third directorial venture, Mithya, which hits the theatres on February 8. The film also stars Naseeruddin Shah and Neha Dhupia apart from the laugh riot team of Ra

A.R Rahman launches his music conservatory on his birthday

While others may bring in their birthdays by throwing a party or spending time with family, A.R Rahman celebrated his birthday in a unique way. Rahman fulfilled his long standing dream of opening a music conservatory which offers training programmes in music and music technology. With his new music conservatory launched in Chennai, Rahman hopes to provide better music technology for students. Rahman launched his K M Music Conservatory on his birthday so that he can give back something to th

Bipasha Basu chills in Goa for her birthday

Bipasha Basu celebrated her birthday yesterday with beau John Abraham in Goa. The actress took a break from work and shootings to spend the day relaxing and rejuvenating herself. Bips spent the day lounging on the beaches and taking in the sun. Bips also plans to have a small get together the next day in Mumbai with family and close friends. Meanwhile another Bong beauty Koena Mitra too celebrated her birthday yesterday. Bipasha and John spent her birthday in Goa and she said "I'll spend th

Shilpa Shetty to enact real life Big Brother role in 'The Man'

Shilpa Shetty achieved international acclaim after her real life stint in the UK based reality show 'Big Brother'. The Indian actress whose career was dwindling back home received a boost when she was made the butt of racist remarks on the Big Brother show . However after she won the show, her dwindling stardom has risen on the international front. Now Shilpa has also signed her fir

Yuvraj's mom and Deepika bonding together

Cricketer Yuvraj Singh and Deepika Padukone are currently in Australia, the two brought in the latter's birthday together. Sources claim that Yuvi and Deepika are dating each other and are very happy together. However before Deepika left for Australia, she and Yuvi's mom were seen bonding together in Mumbai. In fact the two ladies were spotted house hunting together. Yuvraj seems pretty serious about ladylove Deepika, as he has already introduced her to his mommy dearest. And it seems like

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January 5

Sayali Bhagat on her forthcoming film Good Luck

Former Miss India Sayali Bhagat is in buzz these days not only because of her soon to be released film 'Good Luck' but, also because of her affaire with her co-star Areyman Ramsay. Her previous movie 'The Train' has came and also went like a train without doing much at Box Office. Film Good Luck is all set to be in theaters to entertain which has ingredients like Ranvir Shorey, Lucky Ali, Archana Puran Singh, Sharat Saxena and Mustaq Khan in it, to make a perfect comic recipe. Film Good Luck wil

January 4

Tangerine Digital Entertainment acquires rights for comic thriller 'Mithya'

Tangerine Digital Entertainment, the complete solution provider in the digital media space, marks its entry into the motion picture space by acquiring the worldwide rights of Mithya, the latest production from Planman Motion Pictures. It is set for release on February 8, 2008. Mithya, a comic thriller based on the underworld and directed by noted actor and director, Rajat Kapoor, has a star cast that includes Ranvir Shorey, Naseeruddin Shah, Vinay Pathak, and Saurabh Shukla. Rajat has direc

Shahrukh Khan to perform at Airtel Bindaas Live Concert

Bindass to usher in 2008 with a live concert -Featuring SHAH RUKH KHAN and other Bollywood stars in Mumbai. They say the sky is the limit for everything…and Bindass, a UTV venture, which is India's first local 360-degree entertainment youth brand, brings you a Two hour live and entertaining Airtel Bindass India Concert with Shahrukh Khan and other bollywood stars. The Airtel Bindass India Concert will take place live on 13 January 2008 at the MMRDA grounds, Mumbai and will be telecasted on 26 Ja

Shilpa Shetty finally admits dating married man Raj Kundra

Shilpa Shetty has finally admitted that she is dating married man, Raj Kundra. Earlier the latter's wife Kavita had made a huge cry in the media, holding Shilpa responsible for breaking her marriage. However at the time both Shilpa and Raj denied their relationship. Shilpa states "I'm not denying, it's him (Raj) but I hope when this comes out, it doesn't frighten him off." Raj Kundra is a UK based NRI, he is also a producer and has helped Shilpa to launch and promote her perfume line. Shilp

January 3

Shahid Kapur and Amrita Rao spotted spending time together

According to sources, one of the reasons for long time couple Shahid-Kareena's relationship going kaput was his proximity to co-star Amrita Rao . Shahid and Amrita Rao began their careers together in Ishq Vishq and their on-screen chemistry has been appreciated and hence they were cast together in quite a few films. Since then Shahid has also been linked with another of his c

Events:Bipasha Basu, Tanushree, Koena and Rakhi perform for New Year

New Year Bashes had some of bollywood's hottest femme fatales gyrating and entertaining the crowds. Bollywood gals Koena Mitra and Tanushree Dutta gyrated to many of their hit numbers and charmed the crowds. Tanushree had donned a golden top with a heavy embroidered ghagra and she looked gorgeous and svelte. Koena Mitra too received applauses from the crowds; she had a more casual hip-hop styled attire. Singer Mika too sang many hit songs which made the crowds break out into a frenzy while Yukta

Rani Mukherjee loses Shirdi land case

Bollywood star Rani Mukherjee's dream of owning a house in the temple town of Shirdi in Maharashtra was dashed Thursday with a court refusing to give her the title of the land she had been duped into buying. Sub-Divisional Magistrate Nandakumar Suryanvanshi, passing the final order, said: "The land was taken back by the government. Rani Mukherjee's application to register her name on the form 7/12 (land revenue record) is rejected." "And all the other names registered

Salman set to unveil his wax statue at Madame Tussauds

Bollywood actor Salman Khan, who has been sentenced to five years in jail for poaching, has been given permission by the Jodhpur High Court to travel to London for the unveiling of his statue at Madam Tussauds Wax Museum, his lawyer said Thursday. Dipesh Mehta, the actor's lawyer, confirmed that he would fly to London Jan 14. "He will unveil the statue the same day and return the next day," Mehta told IANS. Salman's wax statue will join the statues of other B

American pop star Madonna spends New Year in India

After a day at Rohet Garh, the tallest sand dune in a pan-flat desert land 30 km from here, American pop star Madonna Wednesday night is expected to party with erstwhile Jodhpur ruler Gaj Singh at Sardarsamand, 60 km from here. Madonna is likely to stay on in the Sadarsamand Palace, now a hotel, for the night, sources said. The Sardarsamand Palace in Pali is a hunting lodge built Maharaja Umaid Singh built in 1933. The original features of the lodge have been left intact and

January 2

Kareena Kapoor upset with Imtiaz for choosing Deepika

Imtiaz Ali's recent film Jab We Met which starred ex-couple Kareena and Shahid was a hit. Naturally many producers were then keen to have Imtiaz direct their films. In fact both Shahid and Kareena were recommending the director to one and all in the film industry. Kareena too recommended Imtiaz Ali to boyfriend Saif Ali Khan who will be producing his first film. Saif offered Imtiaz to direct a film for his home production and the latter accepted. However

Films set for 2008 release

The year 2007 gave Bollywood a parting hit in "Taare Zameen Par", Aamir Khan's directorial debut about a child with learning disability. The golden run is likely to continue in 2008 too with the New Year releases promising a bouquet of romance, thrillers and period dramas. The first mega release of the year is Sahara One Motion Pictures' "My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves". It will introduce newcomer Nikhil Dwivedi, who is already being billed as a Rs.1 crore star. Directed by Na

Anurag Kashyap on The Return of Hanuman

Anurag Kashyap is coming up with his new directorial venture "The Return of Hanuman", an animation film. After his dark thriller No Smoking, he surprisingly comes up with a children's film. With the film being set in modern day India and Hanuman taking the role of a school boy, it's the funny antics of the kid which involves action, comedy and drama - some of the most loved ingredients of a hardcore Bollywood potboiler - that seems to be clicking well with the film's target audience i.e. childre

Rajkumar Samtoshi's Halla Bol based on politics

Nothing succeeds like success in Bollywood. Here, one is as good as his last movie. So director Rajkumar Santoshi, despite several hits earlier, is not considered hot property at present for obvious reasons. His last movie, "Family", bombed at the box-office even though it had two of the most saleable stars, Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar, heading the cast. But for the director, the past is passé and he wants to move ahead. He preferred to speak about his latest movie, "Ha

Celina goes traditional in 'Phir Golmaal'

Celina Jaitley plays a traditional Tamil housewife in Rohit Shetty's "Phir Golmaal" - complete with a nine-yard sari, flowers in her hair and "aiyyo appas" to boot. She seems to have come a long way from her bikini-in-the-water avatar in Feroz Khan's "Janasheen". "I guess that's true. For a long time, I couldn't find my bearings in Mumbai. I was too busy sorting out my life. And the opportunities just slipped past me. I had to take what was coming my way," Celina told

Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt and Deepika to star in Blue

Bollywood hunks Akshay Kumar and Sanjay Dutt will be seen together for the first time on-screen in a film titled Blue. The film will also star newcomer Deepika Padukone opposite Akshay Kumar. The film will be produced under the Ashtavinayak banner and they are currently looking out for another hero and heroine for the film. It will definitely be a treat to see two bollywood hunks Akshay and Sanjay together for the first time in a film. The film has a unique English title, Blue and the produ

Shabana Azmi may enact the role Benazir Bhutto

Not too many people know that Shabana Azmi was once supposed to play Benazir Bhutto in a film to be directed by noted British-Pakistani author-playwright and filmmaker Tariq Ali. Tariq Ali, who has done a celebrated play "The Leopard & The Fox" on the arrest and execution of Benazir's father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, had readied the screenplay in 1982-83 for his proposed Benazir biopic with Shabana in the lead. Shabana had begun to prepare for the part, studying Benazir's body language and also

Top 2007 actors/actresses: Shahrukh, Akshay, Kareena, Vidya

As 2007 comes to an end, Shah Rukh Khan is the undisputed king of box office and Kareena Kapoor is the "actress number 1". Director Shimit Amin hit the bull's eye with "Chak De! India" and revived the hockey mania. Ranbir Kapoor led the pack of newcomers in 2007. The top actors: Shah Rukh Khan: Undisputed king of the box office with two super hits "Chak De! India" and "Om Shanti Om" oozing star-power in every frame. Next feature is with good friend Karan Johar.