Ash may have received 50 lakhs through hawala – more legal woes


Ash was recently in trouble with the customs department when she received a mysterious package from an unknown sender containing 23 000 euros, but fortunately she was soon given a clean chit. Now however there are more legal woes for her as the Enforcement Directorate is now investigating a case against Ash where she may have allegedly received Rs. 50 lakhs through the sinister hawala system from an event organization in Dubai. Ash along with other bollywood stars like SRK, Akshay Kumar, John, and Bipasha were to do a show which was later cancelled but according to their agreement they were to receive their payment. An official from the ED department claims that the payment was made through hawala.
According to the official a raid was recently conducted at Manun Thakur Talenting, a small firm in Andheri which was the Dubai firm’s Indian agent. According to some documents seized from the company there are indications that the money may have been distributed to Ash and other bollywood stars through hawala channels. However even in Ash’s tax returns there is no mention of any such payments. However neither Ash nor her secretary Hari Singh was available for any comment on the issue. A thorough investigation by the ED is likely to be conducted.

International footballer Andy Ansah will coach John and Bipasha for Goal

John Abraham who is an ardent football fan will now get to play his much loved sport on-screen in his next film Goal. The film will be directed by Vivek Agnihotri and produced by Ronnie Screwvala and it will also star Bipasha Basu, Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani. What is even better is that for the first time a Premier League footballer, one of the highest paid football choreographer’s Andy Ansah will be flown down to especially train the cast in football. Vivek Agnihotri is leaving no stone unturned for his film and says “Getting Andy down was like hitting a jackpot and he is happy to work with an Indian director.”

Vivek plans to shoot the film in UK and has also booked stadiums like the Manchester United Stadium to shoot the matches in the film. Vivek will also make Bipasha Basu train under Andy as she too will be seen playing matches in the film with John. Also the costumes for his cast will be designed by Nikki Carter from Hollywood and a trained cinematographer from UK will be roped in. It certainly looks like Vivek is going all out to make his film as realistic as possible and he surely wants to give a realistic view of football in his film Goal.

Sanjay Dutt is grateful but asks film fraternity to withdraw signature campaign

Sanjay Dutt was recently found guilty under the Arms Act and will soon be given a sentence by the court of law. However in order to show their support for him the film industry has organized a signature campaign on 12 December. Sanjay thanks the film fraternity for their support in his time of need and claims that the film industry has always been like his family. Sanjay is emotionally touched by this magnanimous gesture of the industry.

However Sanjay says “For me the knowledge that members of my film family are there to support me and pray for me is motivation and blessing enough. I humbly thank everyone and request them to withdraw their signature campaign on the 12th December 2006. The rest is in God’s great hands. I have full faith in our Indian judiciary; the law will take its own course. Please Pray for me.”

Shahrukh Khan is a friend in deed

Recently organizer of the GIFA Awards, Suniel Shetty was left in the lurch when two of his star performers Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh had to withdraw from performing at the event at the last minute. Bachchan claimed that he couldn’t attend the event due to his mother’s illness and unfortunately SRK had suffered a hamstring pull while shooting for his film. However Shahrukh did not want to let down his friend Suniel and also his eager fans in Kuala Lumpur and so he decided to attend the event and do a small anchoring bit in spite of his injury. Now that’s what you call a truly good friend.

According to sources “Although Shahrukh’s doctor has advised him not to strain himself, he has gone ahead and agreed for the sake of Suniel Shetty and will now be on stage for 40 minutes anchoring a part of the awards ceremony.” SRK will also be seen in a song for good friend Arjun Rampal’s home production ‘I See You. Shahrukh will also be coming together with actor Jugal Hansraj who will be directing an animation film for Yash Raj Films. Seems like SRK is game to help all of his friends who are trying to make it in the film industry in any way he can.

Salman Khan refuses to shake hands with John Abraham

The Salman-John jhagda took a new turn recently when at a recent event John was completely ignored by Salman. The event was the music launch of Salaam-E-Ishq and all the actors including Salman, John, Akshaye Khanna, Sohail, Priyanka, Isha Koppikar, Vidya Balan, and the rest of the cast were present for the event. John once again tried to make peace with Salman and extended his hand towards Salman for a handshake, but Salman being Salman refused to acknowledge the actor’s hand and looked away with disgust. Salman then went on to hug all his other male co-stars and greet them while poor John sulked and slinked into the background.

When Salman is a foe there’s no changing his mind and he has taken several digs at John time and gain. Recently when Salman was asked to describe the other two Khans of bollywood, Aamir and SRK, he carefully said that he likes SRK a lot and that as he is the only sole earning member in his family, so anything that he did was completely justified. Well we wonder what Salman really means by that? As for Aamir he claimed that Aamir was an extremely honest and dedicated guy who would go all the way if he believed in the cause. Well we wonder if Salman is trying to be politically correct.

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