Bollywood News

December 30

Welcome breaks records in UAE, UK and Ireland

The keenly awaited leave-your-brains-at-home comedy, WELCOME, appears to have stolen the march over competition, taking a rocket opening in the UAE. On 29 prints, the big Indian Films-Studio 18 Eid release is said to have opened to an unprecedented AED 450,000 (approx) - implying that in just one day flat, it has done close to half the lifetime gross of a successful Akshay Kumar comedy in the UAE! If the initial reports are anything to go by, the audience has most certainl

December 29

What Bollywood stars are planning for New Year

As New Year's Eve rolls in, the Bollywood brigade is planning to whoop it up in different ways. While Priyanka Chopra, Suniel Shetty and Sonam Kapoor plan to make it a family affair, Bipasha Basu, Malaika Arora will entertain their fans with performances and others like Tusshar Kapoor are going to welcome the New Year with work. Priyanka Chopra: I'm shooting till the Dec 30. Then I have one day to spend with my family. After the New Year, I am off to Bangkok to shoot a commer

TZP, Chak De top directors' pick in 2007

Fifteen Bollywood directors list their favourites movies in 2007. Farhan Akhtar: "After much deliberation, my favourite film of 2007 will have to be Anurag Kashyap's 'Black Friday'. It is a great adaptation of the book. The theme is relevant and poignant. The screenplay is tight and taut with an amazing insight into the day of the Mumbai bomb blasts and what happened thereafter, and a powerful message. The performances were well-etched and the camera work was absorbing." Raj

Benazir Bhutto offered a Bollywood role in 1972

Years ago, when a shy, 18-year-old Benazir visited India for the first time, she was bowled over by an unusual proposal. Well-known Bollywood comedian, the late I.S. Johar, offered her the lead role in a Hindi movie. "The incident happened in 1972 when Benazir had accompanied her father Z.A. Bhutto for the historic Shimla talks in the wake of the India-Pakistan war the previous year," recalled Bollywood historian Amar Solanki Friday. A veteran Gujarati film director himself,

Preity Zinta will welcome the new year in Thailand

She is taking a well-earned vacation. After shooting as the derelict NRI wife in Deepa Mehra's "Heaven On Earth", Preity Zinta is off to Phuket, Thailand with her friends to bring in the New Year. Last year at this time Preity had injured herself during a vacation. "The year has been a tough one for me," groaned Preity. "Not only did I suffer a serious injury, it has also been a year of tough challenges for me as an actor." "In 2007, I went into another

Bollywood heroes fall in love with older women

Remember Farhan Akhtar's "Dil Chahta Hai" where the veteran actress Suhasini Mulay played a distressed mother who watches in dismay as her son, played by Akshaye Khanna, falls for an older woman? In Naseeruddin Shah's "Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota", Suhasini played a woman who becomes the object of adoration of a much younger man, played by Irrfan Khan. There have been films like "Dil Chahta Hai", "Anmol" and "Being Cyrus" - all featuring Dimple Kapadia - where a 40-plus woman has f

December 27

Chak De Yaara with Sachin, Sohaib and Shahrukh

On this New Year's Eve STAR Plus is all set to entertain and enthrall its audience with a very special evening. For the first time on India television, STAR has brought together the awesome threesome - 'master blaster' of cricket - Sachin Tendulkar, Pakistani 'tufan express' - Sohaib Akhtar and 'Bollywood badshah' - Shah Rukh Khan on CHAK DE YAARA . Further, the show will bring together cricketers of India and Pakistan, who will dance and sing together all through the evening. The starry night

BIG 92.7 FM's Chipak Ke Jeeto to attempt entry into prestigious Limca Book

Living upto its brand-line Suno Sunao, Life Banao! BIG 92.7 FM, India’s No.1 FM Station has announced its application to the Limca Book of Records for their greatest endurance test aptly titled ‘Chipak Ke Jeeto’ in association with Hyundai Motors’ newly launched i10. On successful completion of the contest, Limca Book officials will certify the winner of Chipak Ke Jeeto and enter his/her name into the record books. One winner will be selected from across the 5 metros of Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore,

December 26

Deepika Padukone will not star opposite Hrithik Roshan

Deepika Padukone who has made her debut in Om Shanti Om opposite Shahrukh Khan was being considered for a role opposite Hrithik Roshan in a film to be directed by Anurag Basu. However the actress will not be a part of the film as she does not fit the role. Rakesh Roshan who is producing the film confirms this saying "We may work with Deepika for some other film." Deepika made a commendable debut in Om Shanti Om and after working with Shahrukh, she was no doubt looking forward to work opposi

Sholay producer G. P. Sippy passes away

G.P. Sippy, who passed away Tuesday night at 93, wore many hats and had many names. Dilip Kumar called him "General" and Dev Anand spoke of him as "our leader". But he would be most remembered as the author of a new Bollywood chapter - as producer of "Sholay". Born into an aristocratic Sindhi family, Sippy began his professional career as a lawyer in the Sindh province of undivided India. Before he was sucked in by the glamour of the tinsel town, Sippy was a builder in Mumbai

Hrithik turns item boy with 'Krazzy 4'

Hrithik Roshan, who is recuperating from a knee surgery, is all set to appear in the comedy "Krazzy 4", his father's first production without him as a hero. Hrithik, who has just returned from two weeks in Singapore, now leaves for Australia for further recuperation. He will return to perform an intricate item number for "Krazzy 4". To be directed by Raja Sen, the film is a comedy and stars Arshad Warsi, Irrfan Khan, Suresh Menon and Rajpal Yadav. "Well, people always wondere

Salman Khan celebrates his 42nd birthday with family and close friends

Salman Khan turns 42 on 27th December and last evening the actor decided to bring in his birthday with family and close friends at his Panvel farmhouse. There have been rumours surrounding the Sallu-Kat relationship , but he put all the buzz to rest as Katz was also seen by his side having a good time. Salman also follows a different policy and does not accept any gifts on his birthday, but instead is oft

Star Plus clarifies Rakhi-Abhishek's allegations

Mr. Keertan Adyanthaya, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Star Plus: "This is just a publicity stunt. This jodi is using the media for their own nefarious purposes. They are making allegations against Star Plus without any basis or a shred of evidence. It's a ploy for them to remain in the news. They have still not contacted the channel or the producers directly with any issues they have, but are using the media. These are all just hollow allegations. They are nothi

December 25

Is Akshay Kumar on Facebook?

According to industry sources, Akshay Kumar is the latest B-town biggie to have turned web-savvy and joined the growing Facebook community. It seems his facebook id is Raju Bhatia (Akshay's real name is Rajiv Bhatia) and a poster image of his latest comic blockbuster, 'Welcome' is his display picture. The profile appears to have been created post the successful release of 'Welcome', which has been his biggest overseas opener to d

Aishwarya is the epitome of grace: Vidya Balan

"Parineeta" girl Vidya Balan is impressed with Aishwarya Rai's grace and elegance and is full of praise for the way she conducts herself. "I don't think glamour is about taking off clothes. If it were so, Madhubala, Rekha or Sridevi wouldn't have been glamorous. Rekha in all her finery and jewellery is so glamorous. And Aishwarya Rai... she's the epitome of grace. I truly admire the way she conducts herself. Even her sneeze is written about. That can't be easy," Vidya told IANS in

Celina Jaitley latest victim of Mumbai hotel's 'racism'

Three Marathi actors recently denied entry into a restaurant in a suburban Mumbai 7-star hotel isn't an isolated case. Celina Jaitley had a nightmarish experience at the same establishment. Recalling the incident, Celina told IANS: "I went into the sports lounge of this hotel with a gay foreigner friend of mine for just 10 minutes. I saw a tall imposing middle-aged German guy making obscene gestures at me. At first I ignored him out of embarrassment. Then he got bolder and came up

Mahesh Bhatt locks horns with media in 'Showbiz'

Veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt thrives on controversy. This time, he has chosen to cross swords with the media in his latest film, "Showbiz", produced by his brother Mukesh Bhatt. What prompted him to pick a bone with the media? Bhatt senior said that it was high time that the media was shown the "mirror" to have a fresh look at its ugly mug. "This will help it to climb down from the moral high ground on which it conveniently and pompously perches itself," Bhatt told IANS.

Kamal Hasan and Amitabh Bachchan are the kings: Govinda

He is not doing full time politics anymore but big screen's gag bag Govinda, who had people in splits in "Partner", says that he hasn't quit politics permanently. "I've severed all relations with undesirable elements. I met (Congress chief) Soniaji and told her I wanted to work towards improving my own constituency. Now I want to restrict myself to my constituency. Now I find the clouds around me dispersing. I want to get as close to nature as possible," Govinda told IANS in an in

Arbaaz Khan's big break opposite Priyanka, Kangana

After years of playing marginal characters in Priyadarshan's comedies and languishing in sundry supporting roles, things are finally happening in Arbaaz Khan's career. He has just been signed to play the main lead opposite Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut in Madhur Bhandarkar's "Fashion". "When Madhur offered me the role I was least worried about the space I'd have in the film. Even though two beautiful ladies, Priyanka and Kangana, were already signed, I'm handsome enough

December 23

Aamir & Sanjeeda win Nach Baliye 3 trophy!

"I cannot believe it!" was the first expression on Aamir & Sanjeeda's stunned faces, as they danced their way to winning the 3rd season of the pioneering dance reality show on Indian television – Star Plus' NACH BALIYE! With stiff competition from the top most celebrities of the Indian Television and Bollywood industry, Aamir and Sanjeeda captivated the audiences for the past 14 weeks and created a dance rage. Nach Baliye 3 reached a crescendo with an exciting 4-hour Grand Finale that saw the f

Kareena opts out of show due to ex-boyfriend Shahid's presence

Shahid Kapur recently claimed that he is still in touch with ex-girlfriend Kareena, but Kareena claims that although they are in touch it is on a superficial level. Well obviously the ex-couple did not part on very good terms. Now Kareena has moved on and is dating Saif Ali Khan, hence she has perhaps decided to stay clear of her ex-Shahid. Recently Kareena who was almost about to do a show, decided to opt out of it at the last minute as she came to know that her ex-boyfriend Shahid Kapur was al

Ranbir and Sonam Kapoor dating each other

Ranbir Kapoor may have smitten many female fans with his debut towel dance in Saawariya. But it seems the lad himself has now been bitten by the love bug and is said to be dating his Saawariya co-star and Anil Kapoor's daughter Sonam Kapoor. Some time back Ranbir had claimed that it was easy to romance Sonam on-screen as she was extremely pretty. Sonam and Ranbir have even been spotted together holding hands. Sonam and Ranbir shared really great on-screen chemistry in Saawariya, but this on

December 21

Teji Bachchan passes away

Superstar Amitabh Bachchan's mother Teji Bachchan passed away at Lilavati hospital due to multiple organ failure. Teji had been hospitalized for the past one year and during the last one month her condition had deteriorated and she was shifted to the ICU. She was even put on a life support system since quiet some time. Teji Bachchan was 93 years old. Teji's sons Amitabh and Ajitabh rushed to the hospital after hearing of their mother's deteriorating condition along with grandson Abhishek an

Aamir's film Taare Zameen Par facing problems in Gujarat

Aamir Khan's directorial debut Taare Zameen Par is already facing problems I Gujarat even before its release. Protestors of an organisation in Vadodara have staged a demonstration outside a theater in the city and have threatened to ban Aamir's film in Gujarat if he does not apologise for his remarks on the Narmada dam issue which he earlier supported. The protestors have even burnt posters of Aamir and his film Taare Zameen Par. Members from the organization 'Hind Rakshak Samiti' demonstra

December 20

Sanjay Dutt claims that Maanyata is not making his career decisions

Sanjay Dutt recently received bail from the Supreme Court for his six year imprisonment term in the 1992-93 bomb blasts case. After a short vacation with ladylove Maanyata in Goa, the actor has got back to shooting for his film Easy Monthly Installments (EMI). However there has been recent talk that Sanju baba's girl Maanya is an active part of his career and professional decisions. Sanjay refutes this statement saying "It's mere speculation that Maanya is making decisions in my professional lif

December 19

Welcome opens today in UK and UAE to coincide with Eid

"Welcome", the most keenly awaited commercial bonanza of the season, is releasing today in the UK & UAE. This was following a last-minute decision made by the distributors, Studio 18 and exhibitors to coincide the release of the magnum opus with Eid. Select Cine World sites in London, Bradford and Birmingham will open "Welcome" later this evening, as will the independent cinemas in London. In sharp contrast, "Welcome" will release this afternoon across full shows in Dubai,

Subhash Ghai to say 'Hello Darling'!

Subhash Ghai the maverick director is thrilled to announce his new project under the banner of Mukta Arts titled 'Hello Darling'. The movie is based on the lines of Hollywood blockbuster series Charlie's Angels. 'Hello Darling' is an out an out comedy revolves around three heroines and a villain. Celina Jaitly, Gul Panag and Ishaa Koppikar are in the lead characters and Jaaved Jaffrey is in villainous role along with Rajpal Yadav, Divya Dutta , Chunkey Pandey and Sunny Deo

John Abraham set to launch JA accessories and innerwear

John Abraham had two releases, No Smoking and Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal this year which did not do too well at the box-office. However John seems unfazed and the actor who recently celebrated his, 35th birthday on 17th December has already moved on. John had earlier launched his brand of John Abraham (JA) jeans. Now it seems he is all set to launch JA accessories and innerwear.

Sanjay Dutt and Urmila together in Easy Monthly Installments

Sanjay Dutt has been granted bail by the Supreme Court in the 1992-93 bomb blasts case. After his release from prison, Sanju baba then went off on a trip to Goa with his ladylove Maanya to relax and rejuvenate. Now he's back to shooting on the sets for his film Easy Monthly Installments (EMI) along with Urmila Matondkar. Sanju baba will also be heard singing a song in the film. Sanjay Dutt is bac

Katrina wants to move on from comedy to more meatier roles

Actress Katrina Kaif has had a blast doing comedy films but now thinks it's time to move on. Having got herself what she calls "a body of hits", Katrina is now looking for more meat in her roles. "Enough is enough, otherwise audiences would start to believe that being a prop in comedy films is all I can do. I need to progress from playing the sweet simple girl in comedy films," Katrina told IANS. Though she isn't complaining she does protest about the lack of space fo

Salman sketches co-star Aseem merchant

Actor Aseem Merchant, who's shooting in Hyderabad for producer Boney Kapoor's yet untitled action film, got the surprise of his life from his co-star Salman Khan. "He made a sketch of me. It's so beautiful, so life-like and professional, I feel Salman can shape into one of our best artists," Aseem told IANS. The shooting of the Prabhu Deva-directed film is nearly over. "In the night we would get together for drinking sessions. So it was on Monday night. We sat together at 9

SRK may be a guest at your wedding for Rs.10 million

Want your favourite celebrity to shake hands with guests, dance or sing at your wedding? All you need to do is to burn a hole in the pocket - that is, to shell out anything up to Rs.10 million (Rs.1 crore). Shah Rukh Khan may not agree to do a jig, but he might happily be a guest for Rs.10 million. Bollywood actors and item girls like Celina Jaitley, Malaika Arora Khan, Dia Mirza, Isha Koppikar and Rakhi Sawant charge nearly Rs.1 million each to perform. Koena Mitra, Shefali

Director Anil Mehta talks about his film Aaja Nachle and Madhuri

It wasn't easy to direct Madhuri Dixit in her comeback film, but director Anil Mehta thanks the actress for making it a smooth ride for him. "She's such an easygoing person. She never let me get stressed about making Madhuri Dixit's comeback film. She was willing to give all of herself," Mehta told IANS in an interview. "She's still in equally splendid form. And she's bridging eras. She not only represents the kind of films that were made in the 1980s, but also cinema of tod

Amitabh, John, Preity in a video against human trafficking

Some of Bollywood's biggest stars have joined the efforts of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to curb human trafficking in India. Amitabh Bachchan, John Abraham and Preity Zinta feature in a two-minute video, "One Life, No Price" - aiming to raise awareness of this form of modern-day slavery and spur action to prevent and combat this practice. It will be shown before the new Hindi comedy film, "Welcome", releasing this Friday throughout India. Stars of "W

Amitabh versus Shahrukh as Don

It looks like the senior and junior Don, Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, will battle it out at the box office. While Farhan Akhtar prepares to plunge into a sequel to his 2006 hit "Don - The Chase Begins Again", with Shah Rukh in the lead, the family of Nariman Irani, who made the original "Don" in 1978 with Amitabh Bachchan, is all set to do their own take on the film with the Big B again. Speaking on the subject for the first time, the Big B told IANS: "Yes, they (Nar

December 18

Amitabh and Aamir still at loggerheads

The fracas between two top bollywood stars Amitabh and Aamir began when the latter commented on Amitabh starrer Black. Ever since then Amitabh and Aamir have been embroiled in a war of words. Recently though, Aamir tried to make peace with Amitabh by making a truce call to the latter . Amitabh though seemed in no mood to forgive or talk to Aamir. In fact recently when the two were shooting at t

Akshay Kumar has reportedly signed a Yash Raj film for Rs.12 crores

Akshay Kumar has been on a constant high with his professional life as most of his recent films have been hits at the box-office. The actor is also receiving recognition for his good performances and he has become quiet popular overseas. Naturally Akshay's market price for his films too has increased. According to sources, Yash Raj Films is quiet happy with Akshay's performance in Tashan and hence Aditya Chopra has signed on Akki for another film for Rs.12 crores. Akshay Kumar is finally be

December 17

Vishwajeet Pradhan passed off the opposrtunity to stand in for Sanjay Dutt

He has been around for 15 years struggling, striving, pushing and plodding through the karma of villainy that Bollywood has set aside for him. But Vishwajeet Pradhan says he wasn't kicked about being asked to stand in for Sanjay Dutt in "Alibaug". "When I got a call from Hansal Mehta, the CEO of White Feathers, asking me to come for one of their films, I was very happy. I thought they'd have an interesting role for me. But when I got to know they just wanted me to stand in for Sanjay Dutt f

Rahul Bose shoots for Santosh Sivan's 'Dastaan' in Kashmir

Rahul Bose has just finished shooting in the bitter winter of Jammu and Kashmir for Santosh Sivan's second Hindi film "Dastaan" and predicts that the valley is soon going to be a favourite shooting spot for international cinema. Rahul told IANS: "It was an amazing experience. The army and police were fully cooperative. But we never needed them. My prediction about Kashmir: with the kind of vehicles, hotels, food and tourist infrastructure that it now boasts of, Kashmir, according t

Amitabh, SRK and Ash influential models in history

Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai serve as more influential role models for youngsters than any of the famous figures from history, a new study from the University of Leicester suggests. The research in the University of Leicester Department of Media and Communication examines interest in celebrities and gossip about them. It was carried out by Charlotte De Backer who sought in her study to explain interest in celebrity culture. She said: "Life is abou

Legendry Kannada actor Raj Kumar's three sons to work together

Legendary Kannada actor Raj Kumar's three sons will soon be seen together in a film. Raj Kumar, who passed away in April 2006, had once expressed his desire to see a film starring all his three sons. "I want the film to have a good story with a good role for each of my sons. I hope I can get such a story in my lifetime," he had told the media. It could not happen then, but two years after his death, his wish is being fulfilled. Production house Sammee

Santoshi captures Ajay on real life sets for Halla Bol

Rajkumar Santoshi has always made Ajay Devgan do the unusual. In "Halla Bol", releasing in January, the actor plays a film star and to give a dose of reality to the character, the director had cameraman Nataraj Subramaniam trail Ajay at movie sets and functions. Santoshi told IANS: "The idea is very simple. We needed to capture Ajay's personality as a film star in all its facets. And to do so we needed to see him relaxed and unconscious of the camera. "The best way to get my

Aziz Mirza wanted a younger SRK and chose Shahid Kapur

Aziz Mirza's next project will see him move out of Mumbai and work without his protégé' Shah Rukh Khan. "My new film, for which we've found no suitable title as yet, is set in a foreign city. I made a conscious decision to move out of Mumbai this time," Aziz told IANS. Considerable time has passed since Aziz last wielded the director's baton for "Chalte Chalte". "Since I last made a film, the process of globalisation has been accelerated. I want to see how it affects

John Abraham has a quiet birthday while Ritesh Deshmukh has a blast

John Abraham and Ritesh Deshmukh celebrate their birthday on the same day, December 17. John spent his 33rd birthday having a quiet dinner with family and close friends while Ritesh spent his 30th birthday by throwing a lavish bash and inviting the who's who from bollywood. John also spent his birthday with 200 visually impaired children at an organization called 'Happy Home'. John is the brand ambassador for Fast Track eyewear and hence in collaboration with the brand, he gifted special e

December 15

Rakhi-Abhishek's entry into the Grand Finale of Nach Baliye 3

The moment of truth has arrived! After Aamir – Sanjeeda earned the 1st slot in the glorious Nach Baliye 3 Finale, it's time to reveal the 2 nd! On Saturday, Dec 15, the remaining 3 jodis: Karan – Amita, Rakhi – Abhishek & Kashmera – Krushna battled it out to grab the opportunity to groove in the finals! Whose weeks of hard work could have paid off? The 2 nd finalist is revealed on Saturday, December 15 at 8 pm on Star Plus! In the presence of celebrity guest Dia Mirza , our 3 jodis put thei

December 14

Deepika parties with cricketer Yuvraj and may do Krrish 2 opposite Hrithik

Deepika Padukone is just one film old and already the model turned actress is receiving plenty of offers after her performance was appreciated in Om Shanti Om opposite SRK. Deepika has many film offers and the latest buzz is that she may be seen opposite Hrithik Roshan in Krrish 2. Deepika's personal life too seems to be going quite well and she was recently seen partying with cricketer Yuvraj Singh on his birthday. Deepika's first film was opposite King Khan, Shahrukh and she is also doing

Amol Gupte: I was on the sets, guarding my baby

Shahrukh Khan was earlier supposed to produce and star in South director Shankar’s sci-fi film Robot, however due to creative differences the two parted ways after much deliberation. SRK and Shankar had spent several months discussing the film in detail, but unfortunately things did not fall into place. Now according to sources, Aamir Khan has heard the script and maybe interested

December 12

SRK and wife Gauri generously distribute bonus cheques to employees

Shahrukh is very happy with the success of his entertainment company Red Chillies Entertainment and he wanted to share this success with all his employees. So recently SRK and his wife Gauri threw an impromptu celebration for all their employees and at the event apart from good food and drink, Shahrukh and Gauri gave all their employees bonus cheques. This was indeed an extremely pleasant surprise for all the employees as they were not expecting such a magnanimous gesture from their boss, SRK.

December 10

Katrina Kaif claims she is single

Recently many tabloids claimed that Salman and Katrina have split and gone their separate ways. However Kats has always refrained from commenting on her personal life with Salman. But a forthright Katrina recently said “If a woman is not married or engaged, she is single.” Katrina also claimed that since she was neither engaged nor married, she too was single. When Katrina was questioned whether her on-

Sanjay Dutt keen to restart shooting and acquiring 8 pack abs

Sanjay Dutt recently received bail from the Supreme Court in his six year imprisonment term under the Arms and Ammunition Act during the 1992-93 Mumbai bomb blasts case. The actor and his family are relieved at least temporarily and Sanju baba seems to be making the most of his free time. He is currently enjoying a short holiday with ladylove Maanyata in Goa. However Sanju claims that he is eager to r

Sonam Kapoor happy to do second film with Rakeysh Mehra

Although her debut vehicle "Saawariya" slumped at the box office, lady luck is smiling on Sonam Kapoor. She has bagged Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's "Delhi 6". "I'm second time lucky. If I had to choose one filmmaker after Sanjay Leela Bhansali, I'd have chosen Rakeysh Mehra. I haven't seen his 'Aks', but I fell in love with 'Rang De Basanti'. I went beyond conventional definitions of the heroine in 'Saawariya'. I hope to do the same in 'Delhi 6'. It's a great follow up," Sonam told IAN

Dino Morea turned 33 years old

For Dino Morea, his birthday Sunday is an especially memorable occasion what with the attention he has got, mainly from women, for his appearance in "Dus Kahaniyaan". "All in all, a great birthday!" a triumphant Dino told IANS after the accolades he has got for his 10-minute appearance in the story "Sex On The Beach" in "Dus Kahaniyaan". "Dus Kahaniyaan" strings together 10 different stories directed by six directors. While on the personal front he remains sing

Randeep Hooda loves playing the saxophone

Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda has got a passionate love interest - his saxophone. And there is nothing the star of "D" loves better than spending hours with his "baby". "Sometimes I can't get two notes right on it, sometimes I play it like a dream...that's my baby. I'm talking about my saxophone. If I'm passionate about anything in life apart from acting, it's my sax," Randeep told IANS. "Why? Because it's a goddamned good-looking instrument. I remember as a child I had seen

Director Sriram Raghavan wants title for John-Ash romantic film

Sriram Raghavan, the director of films like "Ek Hasina Thi" and "Johnny Gaddar", is now directing a love story and he is stuck. He does not have a title for his film and thus cannot get the title song either! "Unless I find a title for my film how can my music composers create a title song which I urgently need for my film?" Sriram told IANS as he prepares for the John Abraham-Aishwarya Rai starrer. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have been roped in to do the title song and some o

Aftab to return to comedy with 'Aankh Micholi'

After trying his hand at serious marital drama in "Ankahee", Aftab Shivdasani has decided to return to the farcical fold with "Aankh Micholi". After two comic hits "Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega" and "Masti" and turning down several offers to get seriously funny, Aftab has decided to swerve back into a familiar lane. "That's right," Aftab revealed. "I'm going back to comedy with Anant Mahadevan's film which is tentatively titled 'Aankh Micholi'. It's a fun film featuring Fard

December 9

Soha Ali Khan and mom Sharmila ignore Saif’s ex girlfriend Rozza

Soha Ali Khan along with her mom Sharmila Tagore attended the premiere of her latest film Khoya Khoya Chand. There was the usual assortment of celebs at the event, however one guest that stood out by her presence was Italian model and ex-girlfriend of Saif Ali Khan, Rozza Catalano. However what was surprising was Soha and Sharmila coldly ignoring Rozza without so much as a polite gesture. Soha Ali Khan was excited as it was the premiere of her film Khoya Khoya Chand in which she stars oppos

Himesh Reshammiya sans his trademark cap with hair transplant in Karzzzz

Himesh Reshammiya is all set to don the role of Rishi Kapoor in the remake of Karz, which has been titled Karzzzz. Himesh will star as the main lead and will also compose the music for the film. Himesh has also gone in for a new look in the film, in 75 percent of the film he will be seen sans his trademark cap as his hair transplant is complete and done with. In his debut film ‘Aap Ka Suroor’, Himesh was seen with his trademark cap for most part of the film. Himesh had a major hair loss pro

Salman Khan has scripted and will now star in Veer

Salman has been working on a film script for almost a year now and he has finally finished it. The film has been titled Veer, it has been scripted by Salman and he will also play the main lead in the film. It will be presented by Eros, produced by Vijay Galani and directed by Anil Sharma. Many producers and directors were eager to produce and direct this Salman scripted film. Salman himself will play the main lead in the film and it will be an action packed big budget film with a budget of

WELCOME title track changed by Akshay Kumar

Those who've heard the soundtrack of Welcome know that the lyrics of the title song go, "Welcome, Welcome To The Party, Welcome...." But on watching the promos on television, one sees the inclusion of the word Christmas: "Welcome, Welcome To The Christmas Party, Welcome...." It was Akshay Kumar's idea to orient the fun-filled number towards the Christmas season when this film is appropriately releasing. After this was discussed with director Aneez Bazmee and producer Firoz N

Shiney Ahuja: "I never do any preparation"

Shiney Ahuja is keeping his fingers crossed. The immensely talented actor hopes his performance in Sudhir Mishra's "Khoya Khoya Chand" will fetch him critical acclaim like it did in "Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi". Although Sudhir Mishra has denied "Khoya Khoya Chand" is based on Guru Dutt's life, Shiney says there're quite a lot of similarities between the character he plays and the legendary filmmaker. "I play a filmmaker of the 1950s and 60s who doesn't follow any set patterns.

Hema Malini: "We're not a filmy family"

She is one of the long-standing screen queens and he the macho man. But Hema Malini and Dharmendra in real life are as non-filmi as they can get. On Saturday, Hema brought in Dharmendra's birthday with the minimum fanfare. "We're not a filmy family at all. We don't believe in pomp and show. So we didn't have the typical cake cutting, stuffing one another's mouth with the cake and cameras clicking all the happenings," Hema told IANS. She said her husband is basi

Juhi Chawla: "Shah Rukh and I continue to share a wonderful rapport"

Juhi Chawla, who keeps away from the limelight, says only substantial roles that suit her age can persuade her to step out of her comfort zone. "I don't want to do roles that don't enthuse me. I'd rather be at home because there I've such lovely things happening to my life. I only want to do scripts that touch me. That's why I accepted Onir's 'Bas Ek Pal' and Nikhil Advani's 'Salaam-e-Ishq'," Juhi told IANS. She has just said no to a comedy with Anant Mahadevan.

Hrithik off to Singapore for knee treatment

Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan, who had been neglecting his injured knee to complete work on Ashutosh Gowarikar's "Jodhaa-Akbar", is leaving for Singapore to recuperate. The trouble began when he did some daring stunts in "Krrish" and "Dhoom 2". Hrithik had torn the ligament in his right knee and continued working despite the tremendous pain. He completed the painstaking training, traveling and shooting required for "Jodhaa-Akbar", which releases next month. To

Aishwarya Rai: I am very selective about work

Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who has her bag full of projects along with marital responsibilities to shoulder, says she takes up only those projects which she can handle. "Whether it is films or endorsements, I am - and have been - very selective about my work. I take up work which suits and fits in my schedule," Aishwarya told IANS. "I don't take projects that I cannot handle because I believe in totally fulfilling the commitments made my me," she added.

Soha talks about Khoya Khoya Chand

Soha Ali Khan says she enjoyed working in Sudhir Mishra's "Khoya Khoya Chand" as it has been her most glamorous role till date. "For me personally it was a beautiful and unique experience. The past is always exciting. It was so much fun dressing up for this role. This was my most glamorous role to date," Soha told IANS in an interview. Asked if the film was based on the relationship between Guru Dutt and Waheeda Rehman, Soha said: "Sudhir Mishra is definitely inspired by them

A grand gesture for Feroze Khan on the sets of WELCOME!

It may be recalled that Anil Kapoor and Feroz Khan are reuniting on the silver screen in "Welcome" after 21 years. Anil and Nana Patekar also rekindled their erstwhile camarederie of "Parinda" 19 years back on the sets of the film. Together, the two decided to surprise Feroz Khan, the seniormost actor in the unit of "Welcome", by booking him The Grand Suite at the Hyatt in Dubai. The s

December 8

Sanjay Gupta replaces Vivek Oberoi to please Sanjay Dutt

Sanjay Gupta and Sanjay Dutt were friends and partners in White Feather Films production. However now there are rumours that the two former friends are no longer on good terms and several reasons have been put forth for the rift in their friendship. However now according to sources, Sanjay Gupta is trying his best to appease buddy Sanjay Dutt. Gupta has even replaced actor Vivek Oberoi in his films as Sanju baba is not too fond of Vivek. According to sources, Sanjay Dutt was not very happy

December 6

Indian Idol Prashant Tamang wowing audiences in the US

Reigning Indian Idol Prashant Tamang is midway through a successful tour of the US, which started Dec 1. After performing to packed houses in Washington DC and Boston, the 24-year-old Gurkha from Darjeeling is set to wow audiences with his Hindi and Nepali songs in New York City Dec 8 and in Atlanta the next day. The show at Manhattan's Jacob Javits Centre will also feature the R&B star Raghav. At his first show in DC, a full house audience of over 1,000 asked Tamang

Cheeni Kum director plans film with Amitabh-Abhishek

Ad-maker R. Balakrishnan's first feature film "Cheeni Kum" got resounding critical acclaim and decent commercial success. But Balki, as he is popularly known, is now writing his second film titled "Pa" featuring the Bachchan father-son duo. "After 'Cheeni Kum' I was back in advertising. This is a good time to make ad films, so I've been directing quite a lot of ad films," Balki told IANS. Balki makes ad films for Lintas where he still works in spite of his success as a filmma

Nana Patekar's minor accident leaves him with a broken foot

Nana Patekar is one irrepressible man. Even a severe foot injury while doing a dance number for his forthcoming release "Horn Ok Please" hasn't put him down. "It happens. It was quite a freak accident. I was dancing, twisted my ankle when my feet hit a stone. I heard something crack. I had a torn ligament. I had to go through an operation. It's okay. If you step into the kitchen you're bound to be burnt once in a while," Nana told IANS. But the actor, who is now out of action

Irrfan Khan nominated for Best Supporting Actor category for Spirits Awards in U

The American company Film Independent which honours independent films and filmmakers across the world has announced nominations for its 2008 Spirit Awards. And one of the contenders is Indian actor Irrfan Khan. He is rubbing shoulders in the best supporting actor category with the stalwarts of world cinema like Steve Zahn, Marcus Carl Franklin and Kene Holliday for his performance as Tabu's silently progressive husband in "The Namesake". The Spirit Awards, held a few days pri

Sanjay Suri upset with Kunal Kapoor's off-hand remark

A seemingly off-hand quote attributed in a daily to budding actor Kunal Kapoor has the otherwise-affable Sanjay Suri fuming. Sanjay is angry at "the juvenile behaviour of the new stars of today." The reported remark from Kunal that incensed him - "At this rate (playing so many cameos) I'll become the next Sanjay Suri of the industry." The non-controversial Sanjay, never known to badmouth anyone, was taken aback by this reported attack. Kunal, on his part, was h

Rani Mukherjee may have to pay Rs.2.1 million for Shirdi land

Bollywood actor Rani Mukerji may have to pay Rs.2.1 million to local authorities for the controversial plot of land she has bought near Shirdi in Maharashtra, officials said Tuesday. "An inquiry over the illegal transaction and cancellation of the previous revenue records were made today," Ahmed Nagar Sub-Divisional Magistrate Nandkumar Suryavanshi told IANS over telephone. The star's private secretary and her lawyer Tuesday attended the first hearing of the case rela

December 5

John Abraham may star in Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet

John Abraham’s film ‘No Smoking’ with Anurag Kashyap may have crashed at the box-office, however this has not deterred the two from working together again. Anurag too admits that he and John will be working together again and they have already narrowed down on a script for the film. It has been reported that John will be working on a film titled ‘Bombay Velvet’ with Anurag Kashyap. Anurag has praised John’s performance and he has recommended him to several French filmmakers. In fact recentl

Aamir Khan makes a truce call to Amitabh Bachchan

Aamir Khan has always stayed away from the mud slinging that many of his co-stars in bollywood indulge in; however it seems that he too has unwittingly been drawn into a controversy with none other than the Big B, Amitabh Bachchan. It all began with Aamir criticizing the film Black and the performances of the actors in the film. Amitabh then reacted by claiming that it was Aamir’s personal choice but that perhaps the performances had gone ‘over the top’ of Aamir’s head. Now Aamir has perhaps rea

Sharmila Tagore & Soha Ali Khan on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa

It is one of the most exciting episodes of the popular dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa – Dancing with the Stars . Having reached its penultimate round the contestants are fully aware that it is a do –or-die situation to remain on the show. With only one more Gala round to go before the finals, the contestants are not just putting their best foot forward they are betting their life on it. To add to the excitement the dancing stars had for company veteran actress Sharmila Tagore and daughter So

December 4

Sanjay Dutt’s girl Maanyata manages his home, finances and life

Maanyata has stood by Sanjay Dutt through his recent ordeal of imprisonment and it seems that she is always by his side. The two are always spotted together at all social events and even visit religious places together. Maanyata has also been actively involved with Sanjay’s revival of his home production. Apart from this, Maanya has also been a positive influence in Sanjay’

Rani’s purchase of farmland in Shirdi declared illegal

After Amitabh Bachchan got embroiled in a farmland controversy, recently actress Rani Mukherjee too found herself in a similar situation. Rani had purchased a piece of land in Shirdi, however after authorities checked out the matter they discovered that the farmland could not be sold to Rani as she was not a farmer . The matter has been in court and now the court has declared the purchase illegal.

Anil Kapoor & Feroze Khan in WELCOME after 21 years!

Anil Kapoor and Feroze Khan were first seen together 21 years back in the hugely controversial hit, "Jaanbaaz". This December 2007, they will reunite on the silver screen in the eagerly anticipated laugh riot, "Welcome", also featuring Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Nana Patekar, Mallika Sherawat and Paresh Rawal. For cine buffs who loved the veteran duo in "Jaanbaaz", it will be nostalgic to see them essaying serio-comic dons in "Welcome". Smiles Anil Kapoor, "It was fantastic

Events:Shahrukh, Salman, Saif at Smita Thackeray’s World Aids Day event

Three Khans, Shahrukh, Salman and Saif Ali Khan were seen at Smita Thakeray’s World Aids day event on the 10th year of her Mukti Aids foundation. Shahrukh lit the traditional lamp inaugurating the event and he also danced with the children at the NGO. Salman and Saif, Lara Dutta and even Udita Goswami were seen gyrating and entertaining the audiences. At the event Saif’s ardent fan, little son Ibrahim kept cheering his dad’s performance. 1st December was world Aids day and hence Smita Thack

Brett Lee to star in Bollywood film on cricket

Paceman Brett Lee has long expressed his desire to act in a Bollywood film and now fans of the Australian cricketing legend can look forward to soon seeing him in action on the big screen. Lee will star in "Victory", a film on cricket to be produced by Vivek Aggarwal and Ajit Pal. Starring alongside Lee is Australian cricketing great Allan Border and fellow Australian cricketers Mike Hussey and Jason Gillespie. "I am excited to be making my Bollywood debut in 'Victory' and I

Amitabh all praises for Saawariya stars Ranbir and sonam

A hand-written letter and a beautiful bunch of flowers from Amitabh Bachchan will remain the highest compliment received by "Saawariya" stars Ranbir and Sonam Kapoor. The Big B gets distinctly poetic while describing Ranbir and Sonam. "Have you heard Beethoven's symphony? There's a loud orchestra followed by a thin flute sound...This was the genius composer's interpretation of desire and destiny...The destiny loud and ominous, the desire soft and gentle. It's like the two pro

Controversey has not hyped box-office results for Aaja Nachle

Controversies mostly act as oxygen for films. However, the row over the objectionable lyrics in "Aaja Nachle" that led to a brief ban on the film in some states, couldn't work wonders for it. According to box-office reports, Madhuri Dixit's much-awaited comeback vehicle opened to a poor response of 25 to 30 percent across the country and hasn't set the cash registers ringing yet. "As compared to other Yash Raj movies, 'Aaja Nachle' hasn't got a great opening. Even the hype ha

Bipasha Basu upset with racial discrmination faced in Britain

An incident of racial abuse faced by Bipasha Basu in Britain has left her horrified. The actress says the Asian community should not take these incidents lying down. "It really happened, I'm afraid," Bipasha told IANS. With a shudder, the actress remembers the incident: "During the shooting of 'Goal', Arshad Warsi and I were waiting at a signal at the location. At the red light, two white guys dressed really weirdly leaned out of the car window and started rapping out the mos

Hema Malini to produce films for daugheters Esha and Ahana

Hema Malini is so worried about daughter Esha Deol's career that she is ready to start her own production house to kick start Esha's and second daughter Ahana's careers. "No one is able to use Esha properly. I want to produce a film where Esha will play the lead and Ahana will get into production. It's time Ahana got a chance to prove herself behind the camera," Hema told IANS. "I must start a production house right now and get both our daughters involved. Even Dharam-ji (Dha

Naseeruddin Shah, Mithun Chakraborthy, Manisha Koirala will attend Dubai Film Fe

Naseeruddin Shah, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Mithun Chakraborty and Manisha Koirala are among a host of eminent Indian film personalities who will walk the red carpet at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) to be held here Dec 9-16. The 2007 edition of DIFF will see a separate section on Indian cinema called 'A Celebration of Indian Cinema' that will showcase lesser-known cinematic traditions from different parts of India. According to DIFF artistic director Masoud

December 2

Madhuri Dixit: I'll do another film if I like the script

With Madhuri Dixit's comeback film "Aaja Nachle" already attracting the crowds - and controversy - there is talk on her next move. Is another film in the offing? "I haven't signed anything new. I haven't planned any new project as yet. And it isn't because I want to see how my so-called comeback is accepted," Madhuri told IANS. "The box office outcome of 'Aaja Nachle' has nothing to do with my future in films. I'll sign another film if I like it," she said. So

Madhuri has 'still got it', says New York Times

Madhuri Dixit's comeback film "Aaja Nachle" proves the actor has retained her considerable sex appeal and dancing skills despite being away from Bollywood for five years, The New York Times says. "Ms. Dixit reminds us that whatever 'it' is, she's still got it. Now stories will have to be found that can show it off," the Times said Saturday in its review of "Aaja Nachle". The Times reviewer writes that Anil Mehta, the director of "Aaja Nachle", doesn't quite know what to do wi

Dino Morea is the face of Asian Style Awards in Britain

Dino Morea has a new job and is absolutely thrilled about it. He is the spokesperson of the Asian Style Awards to honor the South Asian fashion and beauty industry in Britain. "It's a new concept that they're starting now. It's to honor and celebrate Asian talent in Britain, everything from the fashion and entertainment industry," Dino told IANS before leaving for London. "I'm the face for the event representing the entire Asian community. I feel very close to Asians in Brita

Anil Mehta: Did not anticipate the country-wide furore

Anil Mehta, director of the movie "Aaja Nachle", says he did not anticipate the country-wide furore over a line of one of the songs in his movie and clarifies that the film is not about discrimination. "If you look at the spirit of the film, it isn't about discrimination. It's about the participation of people from all walks of life," he said. The Yashraj Films decided Saturday to delete from the film's title song the offensive line "Mohalle mein kaisi maara-mar hai,

Special IFFI screening for Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal

John Abraham-starrer "Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal" will have a special screening on the last day of 38th International Film Festival of India Monday at the request of Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi. Neelam Kapoor, director in the Directorate of Film Festival, announced this at a press meet here Sunday. "Dasmunsi has requested to screen the film for the football lovers here. However, he won't be able to attend it as he is busy with the parliament session

Om Puri finds it hard to play Zia-ul Haq

Veteran actor Om Puri had a tough time getting into the skin of the character of Zia-ul Haq, the late Pakistan president, in the international venture "Charlie Wilson's War" that also stars Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks. The diligent actor that he is, Puri was in a fix. "I didn't know how to play former president of Pakistan Zia-ul Haq in Mike Nichols' 'Charlie Wilson's War'," Puri told IANS. "There's practically no visual document on him, which I could consult. In any case I w

Madhuri praises Konkana, Vidya and Kangana

Madhuri Dixit finds new Bollywood actresses like Konkona Sen Sharma, Vidya Balan and Kangana Ranaut extremely talented and says she sees a part of her in them. "The young breed of actors like Konkona, Vidya and Kangana are extremely talented, chilled out and eager to learn. I see a part of me in them," said Madhuri, who was here to promote her comeback film "Aaja Nachle". Directed by Anil Mehta, the film was released last week. The "Dhak Dhak" girl, as she is fondly called, s

UP, Punjab and Haryana lift ban on 'Aaja Nachle'

The Uttar Pradesh government Saturday decided to lift the ban it had imposed on "Aaja Nachle" following an apology tendered by filmmaker Yash Chopra who has also decided to remove the objectionable portions of the title song's lyrics. The Uttar Pradesh government had Friday banned the screening of the film in the state following objections raised by Dalit leaders who h

Anil Kapoor turns designer for "Welcome"!

Anil Kapoor has designed his own look in the forthcoming multi-starrer comedy, "Welcome". He is essaying Katrina Kaif's serio-comic don brother in the first half after which he falls for Mallika Sherawat's character in the second half of the film. Anil planned and selected his entire look himself. "As there is a complete change in my life once the girl walks in, my clothes change color from black to bright red as well," laughs Anil. He adds, "It's true that

December 1

Salman Khan avoids clashing with ex-girlfriend Aishwarya Bachchan

Since many celebs from bollywood often attend the same parties, they often end up running into each other. However some like Salman Khan go out of their way to make sure that he does not end up running into his ex-girlfriend Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Salman either does not attend the same parties where Ash has been invited or if he cannot avoid it, he makes sure that he comes only after Ash has left the function. Salman gets his people like his bodyguard Shera to co-ordinate with the person i

Madhuri’s comeback film ‘Aaja Nachle’ banned in UP and Punjab

Madhuri Dixit is making her comeback in films after five years with Yash Raj film ‘Aaja Nachle’. However on the day of the release itself, the film has raked up a new controversy. The film has been banned by the Uttar Pradesh government in the state due to the use of derogatory words to a certain section of society in the title song of the film. The words imply a cast and class discrimination and