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August 31, 2010

salman clash with big b on small screen.

It seems that after Salman left a channel high and dry on  Dus Ka Dum, Season 3  , they are quite miffed with the actor. The channel is now planning to put their tried-and-tested trump card  Kaun Banega Crorepati 4  on air on the same date as the launch of  Bigg Boss 3  by a competing channel.

This head-on collision between the two channels is a consequence of the fact that the channel that aired Dus Ka Dum is ostensibly wanting to get even with Salman after he crossed over to Bigg Boss .

According to a source, the fallout between Salman and the channel did not happen only over money. “Salman shocked the channel by saying that he was interested in doing Kaun Banega Croreopati 4 ,” adds the source, “For this, Salman had sent feelers to the channel via the production house. This was when the channel was in advanced talks with Mr Bachchan.”

We knew that both Kaun Banega Crorepati 4 and Bigg Boss 3 were to be launched end of this year. But now, both shows will be aired on the same date and the same time in mid-October.

In a startling revelation, a top source from the television industry told Mumbai Mirror, “ Kaun Banega Crorepati 4 will lock horns with Bigg Boss 3 . It will be an interesting battle.” Apparently, the channel in question will wait for the Bigg Boss 3 date to be announced by its counterpart, and then announce the date when they are launching Kaun Banega Crorepati 4 .

Won’t that divide viewership and hence reduce the channel’s TRPs? “We are confident of Kaun Banega Crorepati 4 . The KBC brand is a tried and tested one,” adds a source from the channel airing KBC.

Undoubtedly, both Salman and Amitabh are seasoned hosts of popular television programmes. While Bachchan’s baritone voice and grand style is unmatchable, Salman’s connectivity with the viewers is a huge bonus.

News travels very fast in the glamour world, and we hear that the broadcaster of Bigg Boss is already aware of the competitive channel’s game plan. The battle lines are clearly drawn, unless, of course, one of the rivals develops cold feet and takes a step back. Ajit Thakur and Ashwini Yardi, the head honchos of both the channels in question, chose to remain silent on the matter. Guess it’s the lull before a big storm...

August 30, 2010

SRK is the most unfashionable actor?

shah rukh khan recently revealed his style funda. “White t shirt, blue jeans without belt, white socks without holes, innerwear without an ego and smile on the face is my style” said the actor. However, we wondered if he was actually as unfashionable as he claimed he was.

Shah Rukh Khan is loved by millions across the globe. SRK loyalists have no qualms in admitting that they adore his style. Be it the way he says ‘Inshaallah’ whenever someone compliments him or the way he throws kisses to his fans every time he waves at them. SRK may not be as big a trend-setter as David Beckham or even heartthrob Robert Pattinson in terms of making a fashion statement on red carpet or otherwise but he surely is a trend setter.

The chequered scarves he sported during Om Shanti Om or even the designer sling that he wore on his left arm after he underwent a surgery to repair a tear in his shoulder muscle went on to become fashion accessories!

Talking about SRK fashion how can we forget the Polo Tees, friendship bands that his films made popular and those trademark eye glasses he wears daily.

“My glasses are by Tag Heuer. I have them in many colours, even a pink one” said SRK once after he was asked by his fans as to where does he get his cool eye glasses from.

He made stubble popular post Chak De and Allen Solly formals fashionable post Swades. SRK, we do think you are a trend setter in every way, after all even stammering became stylish post Darr!

Prabhu and Nayantara will enter wedlock in December.

For quite a long time, rumors of choreographer cum actor cum director dating south Indian actress Nayantara was doing the rounds. Though the couple has been denying the truth, now it is almost confirmed that they are seeing each other and marriage is in the cards. Prabhu and Nayantara will enter wedlock in December.

Nayan is not signing any new project and is quickly wrapping her pending project. Career has become backseat for Nayantara and she is looking forward to her marriage to Prabhu Deva.

"Nayan has given up her career as her priority is to marry Prabhu Deva. They are made for each other and are just waiting to legalise their relationship the moment Prabhu's divorce from his wife comes through," a source close to Nayantara was quoted as saying.

Prabhu Deva’s family has accepted Nayantara and the couple is said to have exchanged garlands during a big homam performed by Prabhu's dad Sundaram Master.

"Last Tuesday, they were spotted at a Vadapalani theatre holding hands and watching Karthi's Naan Mahaan Alla," a source added. Prabhu Deva also took Nayan to Paris during the shoot of Jayam Ravi's Ich, which he's directing.

Two title tracks of Anjaana Anjaani

Ranbir Kapoor-Priyanka Chopra starrer Anjaana Anjaani, which is set to hit theatres next month, would have two title tracks. "We have composed two title songs for the movie. While the first is slow one, the second is a fast club song," its music composer, Shekhar Ravijani told PTI.

Anjaana Anjaani is story of two individuals who decide to commit suicide after several failed attempts at love. They come to the same bridge to do so and the ironic encounter becomes the starting point of a long-term friendship.

Anjaana AnjaaniPart of the Vishal-Shekar duo, Shekhar is noted for composing peppy numbers for movies like Jhankaar Beats, Om Shanti Om, Bluffmaster, Dostana and I Hate Luv Storys.

"The sound track depends upon the script given to us. We follow the brief given to us by the director. We have also done movies like 'Shabd' which was a mature love story and demanded a similar music," he said.

On how judging a music reality show helps him as a composer, Shekhar said it was a good medium to explore new talent. "Only a show like Sa Re Ga Ma Pa travels throughout the country to hunt for hidden talent," he said.

"We require a lot of new voices, with new talent," he said. Shekhar, along with Vishal, Sajid-Wajid and Daler Mehndi, is currently judging Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstars.

August 26, 2010

Rakhi Sawant in a new reality show "Rakhi Ka Insaaf",

Mumbai:  Rakhi Sawant is big-mouthed, they say. The celebrity item girl, who will soon play agony aunt in a new reality show "Rakhi Ka Insaaf", claims she has better solutions to Mumbai's growing migrant population than Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray.

"Come to my show, I'll even solve that. I'll solve it better than our friend Raj Thackeray," she said when asked about a solution to the growing number of outsiders coming into Mumbai.

The 31-year-old, who was speaking at an event held to launch her new show on Imagine TV where Rakhi will solve issues of the common man, says she has raised her voice for many issues in Mumbai. She is a Maharashtrian herself.

"There are a lot of issues in our society. I have been raising my voice from day one. No one knows me better than the media. I have barged into BMC's (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) office to get road construction done.


"There are no problems that I haven't solved. The media knows it. Name me one celebrity who has barged into BMC commissioner's office to ask them to mend your road," she said.

Rakhi is appalled with the governance in the city and is particularly against Thackeray's resistance to migrants from other states residing and working in the financial and entertainment capital of India.

"Angoothachaap log baithhe hain wahaan (Uneducated people are sitting at the helm of affairs). There are so many people who know nothing. They don't use their brain even.

"I don't think like Raj Thackeray...that anyone from Uttar Pradesh or Bihar or anywhere who comes to Mumbai is an outsider. This country, as well as this state, is of the god and the people living in it are all god's children. I don't believe in differentiating between Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christian - we are all one, and Mumbai is for everyone. Everyone can earn their living here," Rakhi told IANS in an interview.

Rakhi is seldom in a serious mood, and is known more for her outrageous publicity stunts. But this time round, she is serious.

The glamour girl, who has been seen in films like "Main Hoon Naa" and "Dil Bole Hadippa", item numbers such as "Dekhta hai tu kya" and in reality shows "Nach Baliye", "Rakhi Ka Swayamvar" and "Pati, Patni Aur Woh", is also up in arms against certain issues which she feels must be solved by Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.

"If I meet Ashok Chavan, I will ask him - when the rains come, why do the roads get flooded? Despite spending so much money and taking so much tax from the citizens, why? Throughout the year roads are being made...sometimes they are made 10 times, then why is there waterlogging? What is the problem?

"Secondly, why so much tax? Why are people paying huge taxes? Rich people will still survive with their black money, but where will the poor go? Those who earn Rs.50 or Rs.20 per day...where will they go? Should poor people be removed from this country? Should they die? Should only the rich live? Don't poor have a right to live?" she said in angst.

She is extremely excited about being given a platform like "Rakhi Ka Insaaf" to offer solutions to the common people for their personal problems like extra-marital affairs, alcoholic husband, atrocities by in-laws and wife beating.

Rakhi said she will give solutions to people in her unique style, which is bold, honest, and forthright.

"I have lived a very tough life. I have seen 'dukh', 'sukh', 'kathinaayi' (sadness, happiness and difficulty) and overcome it all. I have always fought for my right and that too honestly. So I feel I will be able to connect very well with the victims of such problems, and provide solutions through my heart," she said.

She said her show is not about giving legal justice to people. It is for those who want to amicably resolve their domestic issues without getting entangled in the web of court proceedings.

"I am no police, I don't even have any educational degree, but I have a degree in life that, and my belief in god will help me suggest the right solutions to those who approach me on the show," she said.

Priyanka haze over Shahid’s closeness to Asin.

 No sooner Shahid Kapoor
patched up with his girlfriend Priyanka Chopra, reports started to flow from every corner that they had a fall out. They had a spat over south sensation Asin. Shahid’s growing closeness with Asin did not go well with Priyanka.

Asin while doing an ad with Shahid in Hindi and Tamil bonded over the Tamil language. Since Shahid does not know Tamil, the ‘Ghajini’ actress was seen teaching him with great interest. They shared a good camaraderie.

"The ad that we were shooting for was in Hindi and Tamil. I could manage it as I know both the languages. But Shahid was struggling with the Tamil part of it, so he took my help in getting the language right. He didn`t know Tamil at all, so the entire exercise turned out to be a fun session," Asin told.

The situation turned worse when Priyanka made a surprise visit to her boyfriend Shahid Kapoor. The color of Piggy Chops changed as soon as she spotted Shahid sharing good rapport with Asin. She didn’t like when she overheard some crew members praising the pair of Priyanka and Shahid.

“Priyanka was not very comfortable seeing Asin and Shahid’s easy camaraderie,” says a source.

Amitabh to romance with hollywood actress Meryl Streep.

According to the latest report, the superstar of Bollywood Amitabh Bachchan is going to share screen sPaace for a romantic flick with Hollywood star Meryl Streep. The film
will be directed by R. Balki who directed Big B in ‘Paa’. The story is about two people passed the time and age of romance.

Balki is keen to cast the Oscar winning star and gearing to approach the actress, "That's the least of my worries. Getting an international star is not half as difficult as it is made out to be. My concern is to make sure that the script justifies the casting," Balki said.

Balki also has a good replacement for the actress. In case, Meryl remains unavailable for the flick, he has decided to cast veteran actress Sridevi. Big B and Sridevi delivered some memorable films in the past which audience remembers even today.

Balki is working on two scripts simultaneously. The other script is about a cross-cultural love story.

I'm lucky to have partner like Saif : Kareena Kapoor

Actress Kareena Kapoor is all praise for her beau Saif Ali Khan, with whom she is shooting for director Sriram Raghavan's "Agent Vinod", and says she is lucky to have him in her life.

"Very few people get love in life and such a supportive partner. Of course, I am very lucky that I have got a partner like Saif. He is a very unique man. His thoughts are much different from others and he always encourages me to work," Kareena told IANS in an interview.

She maintains that Saif is like a Hollywood actor, who is ignorant about what's happening around and enjoys his own world.

"Saif is mostly ignorant about what films are in the making or if I have signed any until I tell him about my upcoming projects. He is like a Hollywood actor who stays mostly in his own world. He wants to do certain films and produce movies like Hollywood star," said the actress who teamed up with him in "Tashan".

Katrina admitted a break up with Salman.

This shocking revelation came after Salman Khan’s declaration that he has broken up with Katrina Kaif. She declares that she is single. "Yes, I am single. But beyond that I don''t think I need to give too much of details...," Katrina said here last night after being named the international brand ambassador of Etihad Airways.

"Sometimes it''s hard enough to take decisions, professional sometimes but mostly personal and wherever the decisions that you have to take, it''s very difficult to take them and if you have to make them in front of everybody, whether it''s media, or the public or the world, I think that''s a little bit more than what I can handle," Katrina said.

The actress thinks that commitment changes with situation.

"If you commit to something, you must stand by. But if you commit to something and the situation changes, then perhaps the commitment also changes," she said.

After dating Salman for six years, she cut ties with Salman. Sallu wants to start his family but Kat wants to build up her career. Currently, Kat is rumored to be dating Ranbir Kapoor and Salman Khan
seeing Kat’s lok-alike Zarine Khan.

August 25, 2010

Salman Khan finalise the gallery for his art exhibition in the city.

When Salman Khan is not making news for his reported moody behaviour, it seems he is busy channelising his energies onto canvas. Now, the actor-artist says he plans to organise an exhibition of his latest paintings sometime next year. “I think I will have an exhibition sometime in February,” says
Khan. When prodded on the possible location, he jokes, “Not in Mumbai. Maybe in Paris somewhere?”

Arrangements are currently being made to finalise the gallery for his art exhibition in the city. The actor will also promote his NGO, Being Human Foundation, through his art-works.

That Khan is an avid painter is known to his fans. He had gifted actor Ranbir Kapoor a painting of his grandfather Raj Kapoor on his TV show Dus Ka Dum in 2008. But his recent present to friend and actor Aamir Khan — a picture perfect charcoal painting of Aamir’s character from Ghajini — drew everyone’s attention to his talent once again. Even the legendary artist MF Husain has praised Khan’s canvas skills.

Salman KhanRecalling the instance when Husain gifted Madhuri Dixit a portrait he had made of her after watching Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Salman says, “I was also part of that film and hugely appreciated in it. But I never got any paintings or anything from him (Husain). They said he made a painting of me begging with a bowl and all that. But we met up after, and it’s all okay. He saw some of my works and he quite liked them as well.”

The superstar is known to gift his family and friends works of art and has even faced trouble on that front. In 2007, he had promised to paint sister-in-law Amrita Arora, a version of The Last Supper. Instead of Jesus’s 13 disciples, Arora wanted the painting to portray her family members. When she announced this, the Catholic community threatened to file a police complaint against Salman for hurting their “religious sentiments”.

Akshay Kumar loses his temper at a happy snapper.

The actor loses his temper, destroys the camera of a person persistently taking his pictures without permission

For all the convenience they offer, most celebrities
would agree that cellphones are a nuisance. They have become yet another tool to invade their privacy. Even Akshay Kumar, known to be the most patient man in the industry, lost his temper at a happy snapper outside a five-star hotel on Sunday night.

The incident took place when the actor
and his wife Twinkle left the hotel and were stepping into their car. A man stepped forward from the crowd and started taking their pictures on his cell phone. The actor asked him to stop, as it made his wife uncomfortable, then reprimanded him for not asking permission  before taking his pictures. But the man continued to click the star couple, which caused Akki to lose his patience.

An enraged Akshay walked upto the man, snatched his phone from his hand and threw it on the ground, then crushed it to pieces under his foot. Before the stunned cellphone owner could react, the actor got into his car and drove off.

However, a source close to the Khiladi denies the incident, "Akki would never lose his temper, no matter what the provocation. A guest from the hotel did start taking pictures of Akshay and Tina, and he did get upset, but he could never get angry enough to break someone's phone. He told the man politely that the next time, he should ask for permission before taking pictures and then he left. There was no breaking of phone etc."

"Akshay is very particular about his pictures and he always poses for pictures whenever his fans ask him to do so. He always tells people to ask before clicking his pictures as he's very particular about the angle from which he is shot. He just wants to be prepared, that's all."

He finds it rude when people take pictures when he is dining at a restaurant. No one should be clicked while chewing food, as such photos look bad. It's one of AK's pet peeves. He agrees with an actor he is close to, who likened it to stars being animals in cages and people being visitors to the zoo, who feel it's their right to click pictures at random," added the source.

August 23, 2010

Assistant leaks the secret of deepika

Deepika Padukone turned red hot when one of her assistants leaked the secret of her using the loo. During the shooting of ‘Break Ke Baad’, Deepika almost turned furious when she came to know that one of her assistants made the secret public that she is using the toilet.

According to reports, filmmaker Danish Aslam had assigned few young assistants to keep track on Deepika’s every movement. But they went beyond their job. They monitored every action of the actress
and even conveyed the news of her using the toilet to each other over walkie-talkie. One day during the shooting of the film, she stepped out of the vanity van and excused herself for using the bathroom.

The actress went mad when she came to know that the entire unit came to know about her visit to the loo. Later, she conveyed the same to the filmmaker and the assistants were warned to be careful from the next time.

Dignified lass Deepika was left embarrassed.

Kajol expecting her second child in October

Actor Kajol, who is expecting her second child in October and has a film up for release the next month, says that she is not feeling nervous as the D-day nears. "I am not nervous about both. I do not believe in stressing about things which I cannot change. There is no point in worrying for situations which cannot be changed," Kajol who is busy promoting her next film, We Are Family, releasing in the first week of September, told PTI.

The 35-year-old actress said that she plans to work till the end of her pregnancy.

Kajol"It is good to know that I can work. I was very nervous the first time around. Now I am comfortable because I know what to expect," she said.

We Are Family, is a remake of Hollywood movie Stepmom but Kajol is of the opinion that some films are best not remade.

"There are lot of films that should not be remade. Magic cannot be duplicated," she added.

According to her, if Stepmom was remade in English, it would flop.

"We are making it in a different language and hence the script had to be changed and Indianised. It has become a different movie. The premise is, however, same," she said.

Salman Khan want to be a director

Bollywood’s enfant terrible Salman Khan, who will be seen sporting a moustache in Dabangg, talks about making mistakes, bad movies and fending off the mafia.

A whole lot of people are inspired by your moustache look in Dabangg. What’s the reason behnid it?

No particular reason. The men in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are very dabangg or fearless. Mardanagi ki nishani hoti hai wahan par (it’s a sign of being macho). They have features that carry off the moustache pretty well. They look tougher and braver. Whereas here, everyone wants to be chikna (clean-shaven and fair).

In Tere Naam, when you had long hair, pretty much everyone in certain pockets of India also started wearing long hair?
I used to go to Indore for a few months every year until I was 16. That style came from the way I’ve seen my cousins behave. Even this Chilbul Pandey character from Dabangg, has come from people I’ve noticed at shoots. It’s not me, it’s actually the common man who behaves that way. You might say ‘Kaise ho?’ (How are you), and he would reply ‘Tumko kya pharak padta hai?’ (How does it matter to you?) They have a very twisted way of saying things. Even in Tere Naam, the character was based on the kind of a guy you’d react to by saying Hero banta hai? Iske baal katto (You’re trying to be a hero? Let’s cut his hair!) In small town India, herogiri meant having long hair. Even my father was disappointed when I cut my hair after Maine Pyar Kiya. He said, Hero ki ek nishani hoti hai. Lambe baal hote hai uske (You can recognise heroes by their long hair.)

Salman KhanWhy do people see you in a film and want to copy your style?
They see themselves in me. People used to wonder where Dilip Saab (Dilip Kumar) stays, what he eats, how he talks. There was a curiosity about the stars then. Today, there is no curiosity. I’m here right now, I’m on every TV channel. But I’m just a common man and I would never want to be remembered as a star. Everyone has pretty much done everything there is to do, or perhaps more. I am no different. So when I get screwed for that, they turn around and say, Arre isme kya hai! Humne bhi kiya hai yeh (What’s the big deal? I’ve done that too!)

We’re talking about your influence as a style icon...
But that’s what it is basically. The off-screen image helps the on-screen image develop.

In the mid-thirties, Clark Gable appeared on-screen with his shirt off for the first in It Happened One Night and the undershirt business in America went down. Since you took your shirt off, do you think you’ve lowered the baniyan business in India?
That was accidental. That’s how I’d look at home - bare-chested. If you are alone, you’re gonna be a lot more than that, but you can’t show it on-screen! Especially women (smirks). During Maine Pyar Kiya, I was working out and you can’t work out with a shirt on.

Was there a point when you became a fitness freak?
Most guys would not take their shirt off because they’re shy. Pet dikh raha, sides dikh rahein hai, handles hain (stomach, sides and love handles are exposed) I don’t have that problem yet! And because of me, lots of people don’t have that problem either (laughs).

Was it a conscious decision?
Maine Pyar Kiya was about working out in the house. But it actually became fashionable and everybody started taking their shirts off. Now, some have started showing their butt off, which is too much for me. I’m sure you girls would love to see it, but guys like us don’t want to. It (the bare-chested look) became popular in Oh oh jaane jaana from Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya. I was shooting in Madh Island and in a month’s time, I had put on four and a half kilos of muscle. So the shirt and jacket that I tried on with torn jeans a month before didn’t fit anymore. Now going back to Bandra or Juhu to pick up new clothes would take a whole day. So I told Sohail (Khan) ‘Let’s do it without the shirt.’ Sohail said, ‘Are you mad?’ I said ‘Let’s try it.’ We saw it on the video assist and it looked good, so I said Chalo, kya pharak padta hai? (Let’s do it. How does it matter?) And then every film that I did, they’d say Shirt nikalo, shirt nikalo (take off your shirt). In films where I didn’t do it, they’d say with disappointment Nahin nikala, nahin nikala (He didn’t take it off).

Do distributors or producers expect you to do it in every film?
It depends on what scene I’m doing and if I’m looking amazingly fit. ‘Apne mood pe depend karta hai’ (it depends on my mood) If you want to be healthy and patao girls, you have to be like that because that is the first attraction. After that, you find out what a jerk he is.

Did you always want to be a movie star?
No. I wanted to be a director. I had started meeting people for scripts. One of them, Veer, was destroyed by a dear friend of mine recently. Everywhere I went, they’d tell me to become an actor. They probably wondered what this 18-year-old boy would direct. I had written Baaghi and Veer at that time. Eventually I got chadaoed (flattered enough). So I went to my dad and told him I want to be an actor since that’s what everyone had been telling me. My dad said ‘Everybody comes here – Ramesh Sippy, Manmohan Desai, Mahesh Bhatt. Nobody has said “Salman beta, next film you’re on.” You see Sanjay, Chunky and Sunny in films. You can’t become a mohawalle ka dada (ganglord), lawyer or police inspector. At best, you’ll do a romantic picture or two. So I started working out and he said, ‘Ye lo, Dara Singh bannana chahta hai’ (he wants to be Dara Singh). But these are the things that got me going. When you guys lagao (pick on) me, I say ‘I’ll show them. I’ll go to their office one day.’

While growing up, were your icons directors?
I didn’t have any. Until five days ago when I saw Expendables. I always liked Sylvester Stallone. But at 67, he’s in ten times better shape than me.

Were you not a movie buff growing up?
Obviously I was. My dad is a film writer. But I never wanted to be an actor. I was very thin, about 48 kilos. I could play sports and learn martial arts, but I didn’t have a screen presence. It took me years to double my weight. Now I’m 78 kilos. But if I go back to the weight I was in Maine Pyar Kiya, people will say ‘Yeh to bimar ho gaya bechara.’ (This poor guy has fallen ill)

Maine Pyar Kiya was in ’89 and you, Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan all debuted together. It’s been over 20 years and the Khan trinity still exists. Very few people have managed to break that. Why?
There’s no explanation and that breach will never happen. I’ve never thought about it. Sholay didn’t do well until four weeks after the film released, and then it ran for five years. What is the explanation? They say ‘Wait wait, the movie will pick up by Monday.’ But the picture doesn’t pick up, the prints get picked up. Akshay Kumar also debuted at the same time. Ajay Devgn is still there. It’s just that we have the surname Khan. If Akki’s name was Khan and I was Kumar, it wouldn’t have made a difference right?

I once read an interview where you said no one can fault your acting because you don’t act. What does that mean?
I can get caught for anything, but not acting. I’m on screen just the way I am in real life. I’ve never played any characters. When you’re acting, you’re basically taking a character from somewhere. With me, it’s like Jo line aya hai, jaisa bolne ka hai, waise bolo, khatam karo. Aage bhado. (Read the line and move on) I’m not one of those who comes on the set and says ‘Give me half an hour, I want to get into character.’

Is it unnerving for your director to know that you’ll land up anytime and do anything?
They are worried about whether I’ll land up at all. Once I’ve arrived, they know I’ll finish the work faster than anybody else.

What about scripts? What is the one thing you definitely look at before signing a film?
The script; and if I like the narration in the first go. If I say I’ll see it tomorrow, I’m a bit confused about it right now – then it’s not happening. That movie will only happen if a friend is doing it and if I have the dates. If he keeps saying ‘Trust me. Let’s do it. Don’t you want to work with me?’ Then the film will happen. But that stopped some time ago.

Do you regret doing those films?
I don’t. But the most important reason for doing a film is the script. You feel the script is outstanding and positive and there is heroism where you come out either laughing or wiping away tears. For example, if you’ve ever watched Bruce Lee movies, you see the skinniest of guys wanting to start fights. They get thrashed outside Gaiety. I’ve seen that. But that is the spirit of the hero – you want to be like him. That is the character that people follow.

What do you make of this multiplex and single screen audience split?
I think multiplex audiences have money and are more conscious of what people will say if they clap and whistle. That’s it. We are trying to change that in Dabangg, get them off their high horses and make them scream and shout. If a film has a good opening, single screen theatres are a lot more expensive than multiplex theatres, because the black tickets average around Rs 500 a ticket. In that much, you can get three tickets in a multiplex. I want the single screen guys to go the multiplexes and teach them how to have a blast. Now the multiplex guys are going to single screens because they’re bored and wondering where the entertainment is.

In Disco Dancer, Amrish Puri says ‘Creative mind ko destroy karne ke liye, usse dimaagi pareshani deni chahiye. (To destroy a creative mind, you need to trouble it) You’ve had a lot of demaagi pareshani in your life – with the car accident and the poaching case. How have you kept yourself away from all that?
The fact is if you’ve done it, you can’t do anything about it. If you haven’t done it, you still can’t do anything about it! Kharab chal raha hai. Jitni jaldi jhel sakte ho, jhelo (Luck is bad. Deal with it, the faster the better). I was advised to run away. Cops in Umedh Bhawan said, Hum sab idhar udhar dekhe rahein hain. Aap bhag jao. (We’re looking away, you run) I said Pagal hai. Salman Khan kahan bhagoonga? (Are you mad? Where will Salman Khan run away to?) Every villager in every village recognises me. If I go out of here, I will walk out with my head held up high.

Do these things bother you?
You mean like flashes come back to me? (Laughs) No, what bothers me is that half the people in jail are the ones whose term is over. Many can’t see or walk. In the monsoon, people get into small fights, just to go to jail. And our jails are in tip-top condition. If your toilet flush isn’t working, you should go to the jail toilets. Agar mahine ke andar kabz na ho jayein, to mera naam change kar dena (if you don’t get diarrhea in a month, change my name).

There was a time when movies were almost paid for from the underworld. Were you ever paid at any of those times?
There was no money earlier, leave aside black or white. Most of us used to sign a movie for Rs 5 lakhs and this one man used to come home and say, ‘Sethji, that man doens’t have money. Give him a discount. And it happened to me for the longest time! My price would go up to Rs 25 lakhs, and he’s make me forgo Rs 10 lakhs. If it were Rs 30 lakhs, he’d discount Rs 15 lakhs. One day when he came, I asked my dad who he was. He said, pata nahin beta! (I don’t know son).

So this one time, I asked him, Aap price badhane aye ho? (You’re raising my share?) Have you ever pleaded my case or told me that you’ll increase my price. Every producer is making money, why are you doing this to me? Next time you come to this house, I’ll take it for granted that you’ve increased my price by Rs 25 lakhs. After that day, he didn’t come back again. You know who that guy was? It was Hari Sugandh. After that, I made Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam with him and it was all good. I earned all my money for that movie.

But did you fear the mafia at that point?
No. They kept me out of this. They never bothered me because I did say no. They thought I was kind of erratic.

That’s what people think about you generally right?
No, not erratic. If you ask nicely, I’ll listen to you. But if I feel there is any kind of threat or pressure, then there is no chance. It was a big threat and people have been shot in the film industry. Lots of people were targeted, especially producers, like Mr Rakesh Roshan. Not that one didn’t get calls, but there is a way of handling these things. You talk to me with respect, I’ll talk back with respect. You threaten me, I’ll threaten you back.

Talking about your erratic nature....
There is nothing erratic about my nature. I would react the same way as you. It’s just that people in limelight would not react that way. They would go back home and plan their reaction. That’s more dangerous. I forgive and forget very easily.

What are the craziest fan moments that you’ve ever had?
Lots of things! I have this scar on my arm and I see guys who come with scars on their arms. It’s ridiculous. It was an accident. These kids do it on purpose. I’m thinking of getting plastic surgery to remove this myself. I also get a lot of people writing to me with their blood. I have stopped replying to those. Then there is the whole Sallu bhai fan club. My name is not Sallu bhai, it’s Salman. I think Jackie (Shroff) was the only one who called me Sallu.

Do you think about this kind of stardom, of people losing themselves in it?
I never think about this, because your ears get used to it. And when you don’t see that anymore, you start imagining it. Sometimes, they’re screaming for somebody behind you. Then frustration builds up and you become a disgusting human being.

You have a younger sister. Do you think she finds it difficult to date,  with you, as a brother?
Are you mad? She (Arpita Khan) is not scared of anybody. The boyfriend is also not scared. That used to happen with Baby (Alvira). When we were teens, we’d say Maar dalenge, cheer dalenge (we’ll kill and shred them). Then by 20-21, we started wondering what was wrong. Koi toh shaadi karo (Someone marry her). Baby’s boyfriend was Atul (Agnihotri) and she got
married to him.  Poor guy!

Did you grow up in Bandra?
Yes. Bandra was full of cottages. There was a green patch right opposite Shah Rukh’s house, where we used to sit as kids. Now we can’t do that any more. Our childhood was spent between Sea Rock Club and that place- cycling, robbing mangoes and even boating on the floods. St Paul’s Road used to get flooded and the fishermen would get their boats out. Now if we boat, they’ll say ‘Kitna heartless aadmi hai’ (what a heartless man)

'I prayed for Biwi Ho Toh Aisi not to do well, but it ran for 100 days’
A lot of people don’t know that Maine Pyar Kiya was not your first film and that it was Biwi Ho Toh Aisi Ho?
A lot of people know that in fact and I prayed for that film not to do well. But it did 100 days, so just imagine how God doesn’t listen to me.

Why did you make that choice to act with Rekha and Farooq Sheikh?
Arre, I had no choice. It was the first film I got. And I thought it was the best film ever. There was Rekhaji, Farooq Sheikh, Kader Khan. That combination of Kader Khan – Shakti Kapoor was working well in movies at that point of time. And I was playing the young romantic lead with Renu Arya. I met her on a flight recently and I didn’t recognise her. Same thing with Bhagyashree when I met her in Filmistan Sudio. I haven’t met them in 22 years. Ajay Devgn and I were sitting down and this girl walks up to me in heels and says, ‘Hi Salman.’ I say ‘Hey.’ She asks, ‘What’s up?’ and I reply ‘All good. You ok?’ Then she says, ‘A******, you don’t recognise me? I said, ‘Bhagyashree! I’m so sorry! Don’t blame me, apna chehra bhool jaoonga main kabhi! (I’ll forget my own face one day).

‘I’ve only seen Andaz Apna Apna once while dubbing for it’
How many times have you seen Andaz Apna Apna?
I only saw it when I was dubbing for it and then a little bit on TV, about five or six years ago. It was really funny because Katrina (Kaif) was watching a film and she called me, saying ‘Come here and see this guy. There’s this new kid who wants to be you. Just look at him. Poor thing he’ll never make it.’ She was watching Maine Pyar Kiya.

Farah Khan’s son Czar’s fascination for Kat

Katrina Kaif might have huge number of fans but she has got one very special fan who is dam crazy for her. He is a two year old small child named Czar and another information about him is that he is choreographer turned filmmaker Farah Khan’s son. Czar has a huge crash on Katrina and get closer to her during the shooting of ‘Tees Maar Khan’. He accompanies with her mother. Very often Farah Khan
takes her three kids (Czar, Anya and Diva) to the set of ‘Tees Maar Khan’.

Talking about Czar’s fascination for Kat, a source says, "Farah often brings her kids (Czar, Anya and Diva) to the set of her film Tees Maar Khan. Czar is a total brat. Farah often kisses him on his lips and he annoyingly wipes it off most of the time.

However, one day on the set, he was playing with Kat and she offered her cheek to let him plant a kiss. But instead of kissing her on the cheek, he kissed her on the lips. Now, Czar usually wipes off his moms affectionate kisses but he didn't do the same after plating a wet one on Kat."

Recalling the incident, Farah adds that it didn't just happen once, but twice! "The next day at rehearsals, he actually gestured to her with his hands and called her. And aagain planted a kiss on her lips! Till now, only I was allowed to kiss him on the mouth, but now he's taken to Kat. We think something is going on between them!"

Well, Kat need to add a new cute fan in her fan list.

August 20, 2010

John Abraham for Roadies next season in MTV

There is no denying the fact that MTV has been able to create a long-term property out of the reality show Hero Honda Roadies, but the fact of the matter is, gates to hell open once again as Roadies-Season is here with its first leg.

In fact, it is believed that this time, it will be bigger and better and Raghu is back with a bang and the music channel has also included John Abraham a guardian angel. It has been learned that John will play a cameo in Roadies battleground this season and the tasks will be assigned by Raghu Ram and Rannvijay, the ‘undertakers’ for this season.

It may easily be recalled here that the last season didn’t had Raghu and hence, the spunk out of the show was clearly missing.

However, with the backing on the creative mind like him, it is expected that MTV will be able to create the same magic this season. Aditya Swamy, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing - MTV India said that Roadies may have started just as a TV Show but is today engaging with the consumers at various levels.

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