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April 30, 2013

Income Tax sleuths search Ekta Kapoor, family`s premises

Around 100 sleuths of the Income Tax Department carried out search operations at the offices, residences, studios and other properties of top officials of film production house Balaji Telefims here Monday, an official said.

The operations started simultaneously at the Balaji Telefilms offices in Andheri, studios, residences of top officials in Juhu and their offices on Linking Road, Andheri.

Balaji Telefilms, one of the well-known production houses, is owned by Ekta Kapoor who is facing the probe, besides her actor brother Tusshaar Kapoor, and their father, yesteryears star Jeetendra.

Though officials remained tight-lipped, reliable sources said that the search operations pertain to alleged concealment and reported mis-declaration of income and profits.

Aamir Khan Continues 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak' Charisma

Aamir Khan, who is fondly known as 'Mr Perfectionists' in the industry, has completed 25 years in Bollywood and still feeling young at 48. The actor is currently working on two big projects i.e. 'P.K.' and 'Dhoom 3'. Many other actors of the industry hold all praises for the phenomenal actor.

Arshad Warsi, who will be seen portraying a key role in 'P.K.' with Aamir says, "Our industry is in much need of such actors-filmmakers like Aamir Khan, who marked his presence here 25 years ago on the same date."

Aamir bagged the fame in the industry with 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak' where he was featured opposite Juhi Chawala in 1988.

"Our industry is in the desperate need of such actors like Aamir Khan. His passion for his work makes his a great one. We need more actors who have the dedication for the films like Aamir. This is the only way how we will be able to match the international standards of filming," said Arshad while praising Aamir at the sideline of launching of Samsung's latest smartphone 'S4'.

Vievek Oberoi also poured praising words for Aamir Khan saying, "Aamir is a phenomenal actor and I am a huge fan of him. I don't only like his acting skill but also his professionalism in the industry."

Vivek hasn't shared screen space with Aamir yet, but says that his working style is an inspiration for every newcomer and all of us as well.

Aamir has delivered many blockbusters in his sublime career and his fans are expecting many more from him. We are sure that a huge group of audiences is going to hit the theaters once his upcoming films 'P.K.' and 'Dhoom 3' release. team congratulate Aamir Khan on completion of his 25 years in Bollywood and wish him a splendid career ahead.

Just like father Shakti, Siddhanth Kapoor likes bad guys

Newcomer Siddhanth Kapoor, son of actor Shakti Kapoor, says that he is fascinated towards negative characters

"I am fascinated towards grey and negative characters. I like bad guys. I feel they are more challenging. These characters do get highlighted and catches one's attention, " Siddhanth told here.

Siddhanth had earlier hit the headlines in 2008, though for the wrong reasons, as he was held at a rave party in Mumbai.

Now, he is back in news for his debut release, 'Shootout At Wadala'. "I don't care if the role is negative or positive. Today there is nothing like hero, heroine and villain... Rather it is all about character actors.

I am happy to be part of this film as I really liked the character a lot, " he said. It was the first instalment, 'Shootout at Lokhandwala' that captivated Siddhant so much that he was keen on doing the prequel 'Shootout at Wadala'.

"I was fascinated by characters played by Vivek Oberoi, Tusshar Kapoor and others in 'Shootout at Wadala' so much that I wanted to be part of 'Shootout at Lokhandwala', " Siddhant said. He told director Sanjay Gupta about it.

"I told him I would love to do this film if he has any role for me in it. I wanted to be part of this huge film as I liked the concept, " he says. "I don't shy away from meeting filmmakers for work. I don't mind asking for work and showing my interest to work with the filmmakers. I don't have an ego problem, " he added.

He plays the character of Gyanchod, a sharpshooter in the film. He is part of Manya Surve's (John Abraham) gang. "I always wanted to become an actor... Coming from a filmy background, so films and acting was always on my mind, " he said. The newcomer also did a course in acting at Lee Strasberg in New York and a filmmaking course in London.

After coming back, he assisted filmmaker Priyadarshan for two years in films like 'Chup Chup Ke', 'Bhagam Bhag', 'Dhol' and 'Bhool Bhulaiya'. Siddhanth was offered to do the remake version of 'Satte Pe Satta' but the film never took off. But now he looks quite excited about 'Shootout at Wadala' as it releases on May 3. His other upcoming film is Anurag Kashyap's 'Ugly'.

The actor was longing to work with the critically acclaimed director and finally managed to get a role. Kashyap's upcoming film 'Ugly' has been selected at Cannes film festival's Directors' Fortnight sidebar. "Unfortunately, I can't talk about my role. The film is going to Cannes and I am quite excited about it. It is like a dream, did not imagine my second film will go to Cannes, " he said.

The film revolves around an alcoholic who reunites with her ex-husband when their child is kidnapped. Reportedly, Siddhant will be seen playing a dark character, who is into drugs. The film stars Ronit Roy and Tejaswini Kolhapure.

Shilpa Shetty’s son Viaan makes debut on Hello magazine cover

Shilpa Shetty’s son Viaan makes his debut into showbiz with his first ever magazine cover for Hello!.

Now that Viaan Raj Kundra is about to turn a year old, mom Shilpa Shetty has introduced him to the glam world. The little one posed with mom on the cover of the May issue of Hello!. The cover almost looks like a testimony to Shilpa’s regained svelteness less than a year after Viaan’s birth.

In the magazine, Shilpa Shetty recalls how she almost became a subject of ridicule for some because she weighed 83kgs months after Viaan’s birth.

“Now imagine when you’ve had an image as a fitness icon -- pompous as it may sound -- and you walk around 83 kilos, the pressure to lose weight is tremendous. You know there have been film song lyrics like Shilpa sa figure Bebo si ada, etc. People were sneering behind my back, challenging me to ever go back to who I was. People can be very, very mean about such things… particularly if you want to head back into the limelight. Just look at the way they were hounding Ash! But c’mon, stars are human too!” Shilpa Shetty tells Hello!.

Shilpa also revealed that it was her mom who prodded her into losing weight.

“I was painfully aware that a pregnancy after 35 was going to be a very different experience from what my mum might have known. And strangely, it was my mum who started nagging me five months after Viaan was born. She said, ‘I got back into shape six months after having you!’ And I reminded her she was just 23 when she had me!” Shilpa laughed.

Big b to play Feroz Khan's Role in John's 'Welcome Back'?

Anees Bazmi confirms that the sequel to his 2007 hit comedy Welcome would feature Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor along with John Abraham who contrary to reports, does not replace Akshay Kumar.

Explains Anees, `John Abraham is playing the lead in Welcome Back. He joins Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor who were part of the Welcome cast.

But John is not stepping into Akshay Kumar's role, as reported. We've eliminated Akshay's part and created a new hero's role. So John's role is completely new. As for Nana and Anil, they'll reprise the roles of Uday and Majnu. `

Apparently producer Feroz Nadiadwala's fall-out with Akshay Kumar put Anees in a dilemma as he shares a warm rapport with the star. Initially the plan was to bring in John to replace Akshay. But when Anees felt that Akshay would be affronted if replaced by another actor, the role was scrapped and an entirely new hero's track was written into the sequel Welcome Back.

A far more irreplaceable character is that played by Feroze Khan. In what turned out to be his last screen appearance the most stylish Khan on the block had played a super-powerful underworld don named RDX in Welcome.

We have it from reliable sources that the Big B Amitabh Bachchan replaces Feroz Khan in in the Welcome series.

Says Anees, `Feroz Bhai played the kind of imposing don whom even Nana and Anil bowed down to. Unfortunately for us Feroz Bhai is no longer with us. I can only think of one actor who can play that role. And that's Bachchan Saab. `

The Big B's schedule is now being looked into. God and date-diary willing we'll see the Big B step into Feroz Khan's role.

'Epic' to release in India before US

 Hollywood film "Epic", a 3D animated adventure comedy, will hit Indian screens May 17, a week before it opens in the US.
The Fox Star Studios' fantasy movie is based on William Joyce's book "The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs". It has voiceovers by Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Christoph Waltz, Aziz Ansari, Pitbull, Steven Tyler and Beyonce Knowles.

After the success of the studio's "Rio", which was also released a week earlier, this is said to be the second foreign animation film ever to release first in India over the international territories, said a statement.

"Epic" tells the story of an ongoing battle between the forces of good, who keep the natural world alive, and the forces of evil, who wish to destroy it.

Chris Wedge of "Ice Age" fame has directed the film.

Nawazuddin's brother to direct commercial film

Nawazuddin Siddiqui says his brother Shammas Siddiqui is set to make his debut in filmdom as a director with a crime-based saga and adds that it will be in the commercial zone.

"Unlike me, he believes in commercial dramas. His film will release on a commercial level. We are extremely different when it comes to films. I don't believe in any formula. I believe only in strong scripts, " Nawazuddin told.

"My brother had earlier directed TV series 'Crime Patrol', so he has a fair idea about crime-based subjects. He wants to explore the crime genre in the commercial zone, " he added.

The actor of films like "Miss Lovely" and "Kahaani" says that his brother's film will go on the floors by year end.

"He is writing two scripts and the initial draft isn't ready, so the film will take some time. The film will go on the floors by the end of the year. His first film will be a crime-based film based in western Uttar Pradesh."

When asked whether he will feature in his brother's directorial debut, Nawaz said: "I don't know whether he will approach me for his film. Let's see how things fall in place."

QSQT should not be remade says Imran Khan

 Imran Khan, who cried after wathcing the climax of his uncle Aamir Khan's debut film "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak" (QSQT) at a special screening to mark 25 years of the hit movie, says it should not be remade.
"The film is still fresh and very enjoyable. To tell you the truth, I cried during the climax of the film. Yes, I was seeing it on the big screen for the first time and it was a lot of fun," the 30-year-old told reporters post screening.

Juhi Chawla and Aamir starrer "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak" completed 25 years Monday and a special screening was organised to celebrate Mansoor Khan's first directorial venture's silver jubilee year.

Imran believes the film is too special to be remade.

"This film should not be remade. I believe this is a very special film and in my opinion I don't think anyone can remake it," Imran said.

Meanwhile, Aamir shared that his children saw QSQT for the first time.

"My children have not seen the film. Junaid and Ira have also come and they are seeing it for the first time," Aamir said and added that he is missing those team members who are not alive anymore.

"A very happy moment for all of us. We are all meeting after a long time. We are also missing those who were part of the film but are not there with us today. Nasir saab (producer Nasir Hussain), Majrooh saab (lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri), Suresh Bhatt, who was the choreographer - they all are not with us today," the 48-year-old said.

Shilpa Shetty and Raj impeached of fraud case

The IPL points table is giving Rajashtan Royals every possible reason to cherish as they are in the top four teams for now but the owners-Shilpa Shety and Raj Kundra could be drawn into a big legal trouble.
Anand Singh, who runs a private cricket academy named Jaipur Cricket Academy, has alleged the RR co-owners and Manager of duping Rs. 8 Lakh under the disguise of a talent hunt show titled Cricket Star Rajasthan 2012.

Initially, Anand Singh was approached by the manager of RR to organize a talent hunt Cricket Star Rajasthan, 2012 and assured him to pay Rs 250 per participant. From November 16-18, 2012 Singh accomplished the given job and managed to rope in 3,220 young brigades out of which an 18-year-old boy from Pali named Kumar Boresa was declared winner of the talent hunt and was allowed to join as team member for the current IPL season.

Singh said, "When the complainant approached the owners and manager of RR for getting his due amount of Rs 8.05 lakh, they kept on making false promises but later refused to pay the assured amount and thus committed offence of cheating and forgery with him".

On his plea the court here has ordered Singh to depose before the court and get his statements recorded in a complaint alleging fraud and cheating committed by the Rajasthan Royals co-owners and Manager Rajeev Khanna

It has been alleged by the complainant that the owners of RR kept on giving false assurance but a written agreement was never made.

The court of metropolitan magistrate No. 9, Jaipur, has now directed the complainant to appear before the court on May 14 and deposed on oath before any action is initiated against the accused persons.

Anand Singh is also the same person who has previously filed complaints against Sharukh Khan and Irrfan Khan for smoking in public places.

April 29, 2013

Saif paired opposite Ileana D'cruz in his next

Saif Ali Khan who is busy promoting his upcoming zomcom - Go Goa Gone will be paired opposite the Barfi! actor Ileana D'cruz in his next.

Saif, who was recently shooting for Tigmanshu Dhulia's Bullet Raja in the city of Nawabs was approached by the directors of Go Goa Gone, Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK who handed him the idea of a romantic flick and ended getting a red signal from the Nawab Of Pataudi.

A source confirmed the news, "It was during the making of Go Goa Gone that directors Raj and DK had spoken about their next project. Saif loved the idea of a romantic film."

The makers have defined the locations and finalized on the shooting script.

A source said, "It will be shot in the USA and Saif agreed to produce the film under his banner. However the leading girl was not finalized and everyone at the production house was of the opinion that they needed a fresh pair with Saif after Cocktail. The audience had loved Diana Penty with Saif. One of the crew members suggested Ileana's name."

We wishes Saif all-the-best for his upcoming ventures.

SRK and politics!

Shah Rukh Khan – who puts his heart and soul into whatever he does – feels that it is best to leave politics to professionals.

“I can`t become a politician all of a sudden. It`s a professional field and you have to educate yourself for that,” a leading daily quoted the Baadshah of Bollywood as saying.

However, the 47-year-old was quick to clarify that he doesn’t think badly of politics as a profession.

“I don`t I look down on politics. Asking me whether I`ve thought of entering politics is as good as asking me if I`ve given a thought to becoming an astronaut,” he said.

Shah Rukh concluded by saying that as far as he is concerned, acting suits him best.

“It`s what I`ve done all my life. I think I should try and do what I do best, which is also questionable at times. Honestly, I`ve no inclination towards politics,” Shah Rukh added.

Well said Shah Rukh!

Excited about Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak reunion

Waving aside plans of remaking the iconic Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (QSQT), which completes 25 years this April, the film's leading lady Juhi Chawla said she and Aamir "will do it again" if a remake is done.

"We don't have any plans of doing a remake. It was released on the 29th (of April) and the whole cast and crew has been invited for a screening on that day. I am very excited and looking forward to it.

"It is a foundation stone of my career so I am very emotionally attached to it. If it is made again then I and Aamir will do it again," Juhi said here on Friday on the sidelines of inauguration of the fertility clinic Genome.

Directed by Mansoor Khan and written by his father Nasir Hussain, QSQT saw the debut of Hussain's nephew Aamir Khan and actress Juhi Chawla, who went on to become stars.

The entire cast is gearing up for a reunion on April 29 in Mumbai where the landmark film will be screened again. "Not only were we nobodies at the time... I know while we were making it... because it was so different from the films that were happening at the time, the crew would snigger and say what are they making.

"Nobody really knew was magic which just happened," Juhi Chawla added.

Released on April 29, 1988, the love story drama broke through the norm of formula films that essayed violence. QSQT's music also stood out from the 1980s' predilection towards disco tracks.

"He (Mansoor Khan) is the one who called us all for it. I am so thrilled because everybody kind of fell out of touch and we will be coming together after a long time," said Juhi.

QSQT made the debutant pair a hit with with the masses, following which Aamir and Juhi were paired in Love Love Love, Tum Mere Ho, Daulat Ki Jung, Hum hain Rahi Pyaar Ke and Ishq.

I'd like to thank my audience who tolerated me for 25 years: Aamir Khan

Recently Mr.Perfectionist Aamir Khan thanked everyone including his fans and family on completion of his 25 years in Indian Cinema. The actor also expressed his views on Indian Cinema which also celebrates it's 100 years.

"I am feeling very happy about me completing 25 years in Indian Cinema. It feels like it was just yesterday when my first debut film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak met it's release. It seems the time has moved fast.

When i was new, I had no idea if i would become a star as we used to hear that actors life is for just 5 years. There were lot of insecurities in my heart when i started out. But today our Indian film industry is completing it's 100 years and i complete my 25 years here." said Aamir Khan.

Aamir Khan who is presently busy shooting Dhoom 3 and Peekay further added with thanking everyone "First of all i would like to Thank my Writers and Directors who worked with me and gave me good films.

I would like to thank Nasir Sahab (Nasir Hussain) who is my uncle and who gave me my first break.

I would like to thank Mansoor Khan who directed my first film. I would like to thank every actor who worked with me. I would like to thank my Audience who tolerated me for 25 years. They saw my films, Respected me. I

am very thankful to my Audience for showering their love on me. And i would like to thank my family who always stood by myside." 

Sonam Kapoor's 'Khubsoorat' is going to be 'chic flick'

The camera will start rolling for Khubsoorat during monsoon and its lead actress Sonam Kapoor says the story has been completely changed while retaining the spirit of the characters.

"I will start shooting this August," she told IANS.

The Hrishikesh Mukerjee-directed 1980 family drama, which won the Filmfare award for the best film, was about a young fun loving girl who falls in love with a doctor, played by Rakesh Roshan. How she wins the hearts of everyone in her beau's family that revolves around his mother's strict regimen is the story all about.

If Rekha had wowed everyone with her happy-go-lucky performance, Deena Pathak as a strict family head added the right contrast to the story.

"The whole point of the film is to capture the spirit of the character. The story is completely changed. So, I want to capture that spirit. Rekha did it so beautifully... even if I can do 10 percent of that, it is great."

Making her character more contemporary is what Sonam aims at.

"I am scared before getting into any character. I hope to make it more current and how young girls are right now... more vibrant," she said,

She is convinced that girls will appreciate the new version of Khubsoorat and added: "It will be very Mills and Boonish. I make movies for girls. It is a chic flick."

Kunal Kohli: Don't commercialise art

Filmmaker Kunal Kohli rues how people have started viewing art as an investment rather than appreciating it as art itself. The son of art curator Yash Kohli says people should focus more on real art and not commercialise it.

"Nowadays, what happens is that art has become more of an investment. Now people don't look at art as art, they look at art more as an investment. This has become a big thing today. So, I think people should start looking at art more as art once again and not more just as an investment," Kunal said at the launch of an art gallery, named Gallery.

He believes people see "which artist is selling (his paintings), so let me buy that".

"The commercialisation of the art should be less focussed upon and the real art should come back in the foreground," he added.

Kunal, an ardent lover of art himself, further said: "We all enjoy art. We have a rich culture and heritage of art and architecture in our country."

Kunal's last Bollywood directorial was Teri Meri Kahaani in 2012.

Preity Zinta's big secret!

Actress Preity Zinta is keen on making a big announcement to her fans but has her lips sealed until April 30.

"A very long day comes to an end! Exhausted and super excited because I'm dying to tell you all something but have to keep my mouth shut till Tuesday," Preity posted on Twitter.

The 38-year-old is expected to hit the silver screen with her production venture " Ishkq In Paris", in May.

Directed by Prem Raj, the movie was supposed to release in September 2012, but got delayed.

Ali Zafar reveals his weakness for guitars

If there's one thing singer-actor Ali Zafar loves splurging on, its music instruments, with an envious collection that occupies a huge part of his private studio.

"Ali loves collecting music instruments when he travels across the globe on tours or on his other professional commitments� often hear of celebrities splurging on lavish holidays or top-end automobiles but Ali loves adding to his impressive collection of studio equipment and music instruments," said a source.

"I am not too big on spending on clothes, cars, expensive rings or watches. But I can�t help myself when it comes to my studio gear. Vintage guitars are my weakness," said Zafar.

Ranbir is very special for the Kapoor family, says Shammi Kapoor's son

Bollywood's famed Kapoor family has made a lot of contribution to the film industry, and it is keeping up with the times, says late superstar Shammi Kapoor's actor son Aditya Raj Kapoor, awaiting the release of his project Parents.

"I just saw Raj Kapoor's Chori Chori and that film is still young. Shammiji's Kashmir Ki Kali is still young. Shashiji's Sharmilee also. So these people have contributed a lot to the film industry," Aditya said here at the mahurat of Parents, when asked about his views on his family's role in Indian cinema's 100 years.

Parents, co-produced by Kishore Jangid and Deepak Jangid, is being directed by Hanif Chhipa. The movie's music is composed by Shravan Rathod of former Nadeem-Shravan duo. It goes on floors on May 19.

Aditya went on to describe how his father Shammi Kapoor, as well as uncles Raj Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor, worked their magic.

"Raj saab said a lot even without saying anything. Shammiji just moved a bit and a song got over. Shashiji's style made a lot of women's hearts flutter. There is really (a lot of) what these three people have contributed," he said.

"All three of them have come from a man (named) Prithviraj Kapoor. Watch my grandfather's early films like Sikander. He was a handsome man," he added.

From the current generation, he is particularly happy for his cousin Rishi Kapoor's son Ranbir, one of the most popular commercial actors of Bollywood today.

"Ranbir is very special. He is making big efforts and he has moved out of his family tradition and done some tough roles. He is making a lot of effort and at such an age. He has everything and doesn't need to, but still he is doing such a lot of work," said Aditya.

April 26, 2013

Now, Ranbir Shakes A Leg With Madhuri Dixit

This is the first time Ranbir will be sharing screen space with his childhood idol-cum-crush Madhuri Dixit. Dancing diva Madhuri Dixit will be seen matching footsteps with Ranbir Kapoor in his forthcoming flick, Ye Jawani Hai Deewani.

The song choreographed by Farah Khan will have Madhuri familiarizing the character played by Ranbir in the film. Madhuri has shot an item song for the Ayan Mukherjee directed film. A source told, "Ayan, Karan Johar, Ranbir want to ensure that Madhuri's debut in Dharma Productions would be just right."

"He had a crush on her when his dad worked with Madhuri in Sahibaan, Prem Granth, and Yaraana. He would go on the sets simply to watch her. They have to make sure the number turns out just the way audiences expect it to," the insider adds.

The song will reunite Farah and Madhuri, who had worked together in Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam, way back in 2002.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani also stars Deepika Padukone, Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapoor in pivotal roles and is panned to release on May 31.

I am not a one-film wonder, says Ayushmann

"Nautanki Saala" opened to a mixed response, but actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who made a roaring debut with "Vicky Donor", is unperturbed as he believes he has "evolved as an actor".
"I think I've evolved as an actor. My performance was appreciated. People are saying I am not a one-film wonder. That's the best part of being in this film," said Ayushmann.
"Some people presumed I was just being myself in 'Vicky Donor', a Punjabi boy trying to find my bearings in life. I had to work much harder on this character in 'Nautanki Saala'. I had to get into a different skin. And the bromance between me and Kunal Roy Kapoor is immensely liked.

"I was lucky to have him as my co-star. Just like Annu Kapoor, who was such a help in 'Vicky Donor', Kunal gave my character a perspective and a concentrated energy. Beyond that, I never have any expectation from life," he added.

The one good thing that has come out of the "Nautanki Saala" experience is Ayushmann's friendship with Kunal.

"He is a terrific guy, and an experienced actor. He has been doing theatre for 15 years, so he's my senior. (He is) a very down-to-earth guy. It was fun working with him. You know, I've never experienced any viciousness in the industry, or in my life. That way, I've lived a sheltered life.

"During my growing-up years in Chandigarh, or even in Mumbai, I've never come across nasty people. I've only heard of it but never seen the bad side of the film industry. Of course I was rejected many times over in auditions. But I wouldn't call that rude," said the 28-year-old.

Today, Ayushmann has acquired the reputation of being picky about his roles.

"Every actor has to be careful about the work he does," Ayushmann said in defence.

"I want to make sure the characters that I do give me a chance to broaden my horizon as an actor. But my first two films were quirky. I'd also like to do conventional parts. Every role can't be out-of-the-box. I'd like to do something in the box now. In fact, the Yash Raj Films' movie that I am doing with Sonam Kapoor is far more conventional than my first two films," he said.

Ayushmann's wife lives in Chandigarh with their one-year old son Virajer. In Mumbai, the actor misses them acutely even as his post-debut film fetches him a fresh crop of accolades.

"I do wish my wife Tahira and my son were here with me in Mumbai. But she is doing her Phd in our home town Chandigarh. I don't get to see my son much. The past year has been the busiest time of my life," sighs Ayushmann.

Ayushmann visited his wife and son in Chandigarh for three days recently.

"I'd love to have them with me permanently. But I'd like my son to grow up in Chandigarh," he said.

Whatever the audience response may have been, Ayushmann was thrilled to get his wife's approval for his performance in "Nautanki Saala".

"She's my most honest critic. I constantly try to get a compliment out of her when we're together. I was thrilled when she saw 'Nautanki Saala' and said I've improved as an actor," he said.

Watch: Ranbir and Deepika groove to ‘Dilliwaali Girlfriend’

Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone groove to the foot-tapping number ‘Dilliwaali Girlfriend’ from the upcoming rom-com Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.

Composed by Pritam Chakraborty and sung by Arijit Singh, this is a number with a lot of teasing and raillery between the guy and the girl. Ranbir, dressed in a shimmery grey kurta and white pyjama, looks thinner but all the more supple for those dance moves of his.

Deepika Padukone is dressed in a red lehenga and choli. She’s the hard-to-get girl not taken in so easily by Ranbir Kapoor’s wooing.

The lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya are laced with banter. Sample this: “Tere liye hi toh signal tod taad ke, aaya Dilliwaali Girlfriend chod chaad ke,” he sings. She replies, “Teri aakh ka ishara mujhe fraud lagey, tu toh majnu awara by God lagey”.

The song, all in all, is just an average composition, but Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone’s dance moves are indeed worth a watch.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani has Ranbir and Deepika playing former friends who reunite for a trip across India. The film also features Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapur.

Directed by Ayan Mukerji and produced by Karan Johar, the film is slated to release on May 31.

Watch ‘Dilliwaali Girlfriend’ below and leave your comments:

A Day In The Life Of Sonam Kapoor

Bollywood’s most fabulous fashion diva Sonam Kapoor is most excited to be attending the Cannes film festival next month!

The lovely daughter of Anil Kapoor, Sonam is all set to wow International audiences with her keen sartorial sense, at the biggest most prestigious film festival in the world, the Festival de Cannes, which kicks off next month.

Spotted at a Manish Malhotra fashion show for Colgate’s new Visible White range of toothpaste, Sonam
looked effortlessly chic as always, in a stunning blood red lehenga choli. She was accompanied by Bollywood’s latest funny man, Ayushmann Khurrana, who was dapper in a grey bandhgala jacket and trousers.

A source close to Sonam revealed: “Sonam will be attending Cannes next month. The film festival is celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema and Sonam has shot for a special feature with a French team who has come down to capture a day in the life of a Bollywood celebrity.”

The French team is reportedly in town, and have been following Sonam around diligently, capturing her everyday routine and shooting schedules. This is not Sonam’s first French connection, for she has attended the Cannes film festival a few times before, and is even brand ambassador for a French beauty products line.

Big B set to shoot promo of KBC 7

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is geared up to shoot the promos of the seventh season of popular quiz show "Kaun Banega Crorepati" (KBC).

"I have to start shooting for the promos of the next season of KBC!!! Gosh! But it just got over... ah well, life moves fast and furious," Amitabh posted on his Twitter page.

The 70-year-old has hosted five seasons of the show, except for the third edition, which was hosted by superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

The show, based on international show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire", is aired on Sony.

Mala Sinha wishes to be heroine of today

Yesteryear Bollywood star Mala Sinha says she would have loved to be a heroine in present times as the film industry has taken a huge leap technologically since her days.

The 76-year-old actress ruled the marquee in the 50s and 60s with her disarming smile, charm and performances.

"I think the change (in the film industry) is for good. In our times film making process was slow. Today technology has improved a lot. I wish Mala would have been heroine of today's times then it would have been fun. We would have all used to get to jump and fly and do lots of other things," Ms Sinha said here at the press conference of Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards, last night.

Another reason why Sinha wants to be a part of the industry today are the awards.

"I see awards on TV, every week there is some award function happening. We used to get award rarely.. We used to wait to get Filmfare award. But today there are so many awards.. I wish I was heroine today and you all would see me getting award on every channel," she said.

The veteran worked in Hindi, Bengali and Nepali films. Recognised for her talent and beauty, she went on to become a popular leading actress in Hindi films from the early 1950s until the late 1970s.

Mala Sinha has starred in over a hundred films including Pyaasa (1957), Dhool Ka Phool (1959), Dil Tera Deewana (1962), Gumrah (1963), Himalaya Ki God Mein (1965), Aankhen (1968) and others.

She feels fortunate and lucky to be part of the industry which welcomed her with open arms.

"If film industry would not have been there then we all artists also wouldn't be here. This film industry is God to us... It gave us name, fame, love of audience. I feel my talent wouldn't have come out if this film industry did not exist," she added.

Sinha started her journey as a child artist and played an innocent kid in numerous Bengali films namely Jog Biyog and Dhuli.

Walking down the memory lane, she said, "When I went to the studio for the first time I was disheartened. It was like a godown where you store groceries and etc, I was like how can one work here. When I entered a little inside I saw a nice mahal, beautiful furniture... It looked wonderful. On the first day of the shoot, I did not come to know when the camera started rolling and when it all got over."

"I did what directors asked me to do. I worked in a bindaas way, without thinking of camera. I think acting comes naturally no one can teach you," she added.

Sinha will be conferred with the Phalke Icon Cine Artist Award for her devoted services to Indian film industry at the award ceremony on April 30.

"I am feeling great, I am happy that I can't explain. I feel lucky and fortunate to get this prestigious award from Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards Cine and TV association. I am thankful to them," she said.

Ayushmann and Tahira's long distance love-story

"Nautanki Saala" opened to a mixed response, but actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who made a roaring debut with "Vicky Donor", is unperturbed as he believes he has "evolved as an actor".

"I think I've evolved as an actor. My performance was appreciated. People are saying I am not a one-film wonder. That's the best part of being in this film," said Ayushmann.

"Some people presumed I was just being myself in 'Vicky Donor', a Punjabi boy trying to find my bearings in life. I had to work much harder on this character in 'Nautanki Saala'. I had to get into a different skin. And the bromance between me and Kunal Roy Kapoor is immensely liked.

"I was lucky to have him as my co-star. Just like Annu Kapoor, who was such a help in 'Vicky Donor', Kunal gave my character a perspective and a concentrated energy. Beyond that, I never have any expectation from life," he added.

The one good thing that has come out of the "Nautanki Saala" experience is Ayushmann's friendship with Kunal.

"He is a terrific guy, and an experienced actor. He has been doing theatre for 15 years, so he's my senior. (He is) a very down-to-earth guy. It was fun working with him. You know, I've never experienced any viciousness in the industry, or in my life. That way, I've lived a sheltered life.

"During my growing-up years in Chandigarh, or even in Mumbai, I've never come across nasty people. I've only heard of it but never seen the bad side of the film industry. Of course I was rejected many times over in auditions. But I wouldn't call that rude," said the 28-year-old.

Today, Ayushmann has acquired the reputation of being picky about his roles.

"Every actor has to be careful about the work he does," Ayushmann said in defence.

"I want to make sure the characters that I do give me a chance to broaden my horizon as an actor. But my first two films were quirky. I'd also like to do conventional parts. Every role can't be out-of-the-box. I'd like to do something in the box now. In fact, the Yash Raj Films' movie that I am doing with Sonam Kapoor is far more conventional than my first two films," he said. 

Ayushmann's wife lives in Chandigarh with their one-year old son Virajer. In Mumbai, the actor misses them acutely even as his post-debut film fetches him a fresh crop of accolades.

"I do wish my wife Tahira and my son were here with me in Mumbai. But she is doing her Phd in our home town Chandigarh. I don't get to see my son much. The past year has been the busiest time of my life," sighs Ayushmann.

Ayushmann visited his wife and son in Chandigarh for three days recently.

"I'd love to have them with me permanently. But I'd like my son to grow up in Chandigarh," he said.

Whatever the audience response may have been, Ayushmann was thrilled to get his wife's approval for his performance in "Nautanki Saala".

"She's my most honest critic. I constantly try to get a compliment out of her when we're together. I was thrilled when she saw 'Nautanki Saala' and said I've improved as an actor," he said.

Pakistanis ban SRK and Akki's films on Eid

In a rare show of support for the local film industry, a leading Pakistani distributor and exhibitors have decided to shun two big releases --Shah Rukh Khan's 'Chennai Express' and Akshay Kumar's 'Once Upon A Time in Mumbai 2' --this Eid.

Distributor Abdul Rashid told that they have decided not to screen the two Bollywood movie to give a chance to four Pakistani films releasing on Eid.

"The reason is we have four big Pakistani releases lined up for Eid and this time we want to see how they fare at the box office without direct competition from Indian films, " Rashid said.

Both the Indian films were slated for release on August 8 but Rashid said now Pakistani filmmakers will get a chance to screen their films, "Josh", "Waar", "Main Huun Shahid Afridi' and "Ishq Khuda" during Eid.

Rashid is the leading distributor of Indian films in Pakistan and admitted the decision to not release the two Bollywood films during the festive time could result in loss of revenues for exhibitors.

"But this time we want to see what happens because we are accused of not supporting the Pakistani film industry." Rashid said he had been in touch with the production houses of the two Bollywood movies, UTV and Balaji and explained the situation to them.

Nadeem Mandviwalla, a leading exhibitor and partner of the Atrium multiplex in Karachi, said the government also wanted to protect the Pakistani film industry interests.

"The four Pakistani films which want more screens this Eid are good productions but we have to see how the public responds to them.

As far as the Indian movies are concerned their release on Eid would have meant a bonanza for the exhibitors, " he said.

Mandviwalla said there was a suggestion to release the two Bollywood starrers one week later in Pakistani cinemas.

Since the government allowed screening of Indian films in Pakistan the cinema business in Karachi in particular has been revived handsomely with distributors and exhibitors reporting profits in crores from some big releases.

April 25, 2013

Shamshad Begum had sung Katiya Karoon 50 years ago!

Katiya Karoon” from “Rockstar” tugged at music lover’s heartstrings so much that it became one of their favourite songs. But did you know that legendary singer Shamshad Begum, who died on Tuesday, too had sung a song titled “Katiya Karoon” in 1963!

Shamshad Begum was one of the first female playback singers of the Indian film industry, which has turned 100 this year. At 94, she was six years younger than Indian cinema – perhaps the oldest living member of filmdom.

It’s time to revisit her song Katiya Karoon, which not only gives a peek into the era when she mesmerised many with her voice, but also shows her versatility.

A peppy dance number, the folk number was picturised on actress Nishi in the 1963 black and white Punjabi movie “Pind-Di-Kuri”, directed by Baldev R. Jhingan.

Dressed in a knee length skirt and kurti, Nishi danced carefree in the song, which had typical fun loving folk music, not to miss the Punjabi flavour in it.

Composed by Hansraj Behl, its beats were fast and Nishi’s ‘thumkas’ make it an interesting watch even today.

The recent “Katiya karoon” had a similar ‘mukhra’ but a different antara. Sung by Harshdeep Kaur and Sapna Awasthi, it is basically a love song where the girl talks about her feelings for her lover.

In the 1940s and 1950s Shamshad Begum created a benchmark by singing hits like “Kabhi aar kabhi paar“, “Saiyan dil mein aana re” and “Mere piya gaye Rangoon“. Her voice had a slight nasal tinge.

Alia and Randeep's 'Highway' to hit theatres Dec 13

Imtiaz Ali's next film "Highway", starring Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt, will hit the screens Dec 13th. The movie is currently in its second schedule.

Sajid Nadiadwala, who is presenting and releasing "Highway" worldwide, is very excited about the project.

"Come to think of it, it was only last December that we agreed to go ahead with the film. And to start the shoot in March and then stick to the schedules despite being such a tough shoot is quite incredible," Nadiadwala said in a statement.

The movie traverses across the roads of six Indian states and has music by maestro A.R. Rahman, who has been trying to match the film musically to the varied vistas of the film - from Delhi to Rajasthan, Haryana to Himachal, Punjab to Kashmir.

"Highway" is a project very close to Ali, known for movies like "Jab We Met", "Love Aaj Kal" and "Rockstar".

After Kareena Kapoor as Geet in "Jab We Met" and Deepika Padukone as Meera in "Love Aaj Kal", this time Alia Bhatt will be seen as Veera.

Though Ali is said to have had an older character in mind, the moment he met young Alia, he knew she suited the character very well, said a source.

Sonam Kapoor to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema

Actress Sonam Kapoor is gearing up to join the 66th edition of Cannes International Film Festival, where India is the guest country.

A source close to Sonam revealed: "Sonam will be attending Cannes next month. The film festival is celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema and Sonam has shot for a special feature with a French team who has come down to capture a day in the life of a Bollywood celebrity."

In fact, the French team is currently here. They have been spending time capturing Sonam's routine amidst her shooting and promotion schedule. Also, when she spends time with near and dear ones.

The magazine will be available in tandem with the film festival, which is starting May 15 and it will see screening of three Indian movies - Bombay Talkies, Monsoon Shootout and Dabba - in different sections.

Another India connection is actress Vidya Balan, who is member of the Cannes jury this year.

Salman Khan was reminded of Karan Arjun

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan admits that while shooting for an inner wear ad (DixcyScott), he was reminded of his film Karan Arjun.

Directed by Rakesh Roshan, 1995 release Karan Arjun featured Salman and Shah Rukh Khan together, who were among the top actors of that time. Also starring Rakhee as their mother, the film featured Kajol and Mamta Kulkarni as the female leads.

Karan Arjun was a blockbuster.

One of the scenes of blockbuster Karan Arjun where Durga, played by Rakhee, says her sons (Karan and Arjun) will come back, was shot in the Mehboob Studio, the same place where Salman has shot for the inner wear ad.

"It (shooting for 'DixcyScott' ad) reminded me of Karan Arjun. I was shooting for Karan Arjun in Mehboob Studio and there was also the same ambience during my introduction scene in the film. It was the same (ambience for ad film) and I was reminded of the scene, Mere bete aayenge, Karan-Arjun aayenge, dharti ka seena phaadkar aayenge and then I enters the boxing ring," said Salman.

Salman is looking 'fit as a fiddle' in the ad, although he has put on some weight recently, but said: "I am just getting back into shape."

He added: "Arbaaz has the worst body among all of us (Salman, Sohail and Arbaaz) and Sohail is the fittest now."

Salman is currently busy shooting for Sohail's Mental.

Katrina Kaif strikes a funny pose

This candid image of Katrina Kaif during a shoot says a lot

The actress is making a face at someone. Wonder who was on her mind? Was it a certain Ms DP? Or was it a playful time with Mr RK?


Movie Review: 'Aashiqui 2'

Cast: Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapur, Shaad Randhawa, Mahesh Thakur

Directed by: Mohit Suri

Review by: Faisal Saif

Ratings: * *

Trust me Aashiqui 2 doesn't even have the capacity to stand next to 1990's money-spinner Aashiqui. Yes Ashiqui 2 very much reminds you of Hrishikesh Mukherjee's 1973's classic Abhimaan starring Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri (Bachchan). The film also reminds you of Ananth Mahadevan directed long forgotten flick Dil Vil Pya Vyar's track which had R.Madhavan and Namrata Shirodkar (If anyone remembers the film).

Rahul Jaykar (Amitabh Bachchan)! Ooops.. (Sorry, I got carried away). Rahul Jaykar (Aditya Roy Kapur) is a singing star. He falls in love with the voice of Aarohi Shirke (Jaya Bhaduri)! (Sorry again)..

Aarohi Shirke (Shraddha Kapoor) who aspires to be a singer and sings at small joints. Aarohi sings one of Rahul's song in a different but a unique way (This was new in the script, Of course) and this is what hit's Rahul on his heart.

Rahul takes it upon himself and decides to make Aarohi a singing star. He convinces her by building her confidence (Yes! You can do it Types) and even arranges for her audition with the music baron. Rahul proposes Aarohi and they both fall in love.

Aarohi's career takes-off with flying colors. And Rahul's career starts dropping. There comes a point where Rahul starts hating his own identity and Aarohi makes a decision to save her Love-Life! Because that is what both the film's poster said.. Love Makes Life Live!!!

As far as the performances are concerned, Aditya Roy Kapur has already proved that he is a Brilliant Actor and there are no second thoughts about it. Aashiqui 2 is only worth watching for some breath-taking performances by the leads.

Shraddha Kapoor sounds very promising once again. She has done this challenging role at her ease. This actress will go a very long way provided given her good scripts and roles. Other supporting cast including Shaad Randhawa and Mahesh Thakur are good in their respective part.

Director Mohit Suri who has directed Thrillers and Chillers earlier, Tries out a Romantic complex story. He is a good director (No doubts), But the poor writing by Shagufta Rafique ruins his entire hard work.

There is seriously nothing new in Aashiqui 2 which you haven't witnessed earlier in other films, But still Mohit Suri tried real hard to save this show with his amazing Film- making skills.

Music of the film is good. especially the songs 'Tum Hi Ho', 'Sun Raha Hai' and 'Piya Aaye Na'. But unfortunately they won't be remembered in a long listening. The camera work is good.

To cut the entire explanation short, don't even think of comparing anything (Including the Music) of this film with 1990's classic Aashiqui. Those who are die-hard Bhatt-camp movie fans, Please don't care about my Review and proceed to the cinema halls.

Others, Let me warn you there are some people out there who are trying to en-cash their old wine in a new bottle which can give you some digestion problems. Skip it.

Aaradhya Bachchan is already a fashionista

Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan arrived from New York on Tuesday

Their tot Aaradhya seems to be going high on style. The toddler was spotted with animal print pants and boots with fur.

Baby B seems to be a little style icon already!

April 24, 2013

Nawazuddin Siddiqui is Confident about heading in the right direction

On his way to Cannes once again -- with three films Monsoon Shootout, Bombay Talkies and Dabba -- Nawazuddin Siddiqui is confident that his career is moving in the right direction.

"It's a very special feeling for me because three of my films are going to the Cannes International Film Festival. It's a very, very proud moment for me and my family. At least now I am confident that I am heading in the right direction and have not taken the wrong track," said Nawazuddin.

In fact, last year too he had wowed the audience at the prestigious film fest with his work in Gangs of Wasseypur and Miss Lovely, which were screened there.

Success came late to the actor, but he is not buoyed by it and is choosing films with care.

"Frankly speaking, recently I was flooded with offers for the lead roles. I was offered around 200 films, but I have chosen only one film out of it. I am presently shooting for Anwar Ka Ajeeb Kissa in Kolkata. I am happy that I am doing films that I can relate to and not doing it just for fame and money," said the 39-year-old.

For a change, he is now busy and happy too.

"I am happy to be busy because I had seen days when I had nothing to do. I used to sit at home waiting to get some work. Now I am happy that finally my hard work has paid off," he said.

FIRST LOOK: Prabhu Deva’s ‘Ramaiya Vasta Vaiya’

The first look poster of Bollywood’s next big film ‘Ramaiya Vasta Vaiya’ is out now.

The film is directed by Prabhu Deva, written by Shiraz Ahmed and produced by Kumar Taurani. ‘Ramaiya Vasta Vaiya’ is a remake of Prabhu Deva’s directorial debut film in the South titled, ‘Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana’.

The film also marks the debut of producer Kumar Taurani’s son, Girish Kumar. Kamal Haasan’s daughter, Shruti Haasan will star opposite the debutant.

The poster features Girsh Kumar balancing on a wooden horse decorated for a wedding ceremony and Shruti Haasan pulling Girish off of the horse. Shruti looks stunning in a yellow ghagra, red dupatta and a multi-coloured choli.

A romantic drama film, the story is of a boy who falls in love with a village girl. He has to prove himself to be a worthy man by winning a challenge placed by the girl’s brother, played by Sonu Sood.

The film also has a sizzling dance number with Jacqueline Fernandez who makes a special appearance in the film.

‘Ramaiya Vasta Vaiya’ also features Randhir Kapoor, Sonu Sood, Vinod Khanna and Poonam Dhillon in pivotal roles. The film is set to release on July 19, 2013.

Mahesh Bhatt has got a role in Aashiqui 2!

Producer Mahesh Bhatt also will lend his voice to the film Aashiqui 2 which according to him is close to his heart.

Playing the role of lead Aditya Roy Kapur's father , Mahesh Bhatt will not make an appearance in the film but will be seen communicating with Aditya only via phone conversations.

Confirmng the news Mahesh Bhatt said, "I am playing the lead actor's (Aditya) father. But I am not acting in the film; you won't see me. I have given my voice for two scenes. He has a phone conversation with his dad and my voice can be heard."

Directed by Mohit Suri, Aashiqui 2 stars Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor. T-Series & Vishesh Films musical drama Aashiqui 2 is scheduled to release on 26th April 2013.

Karan Johar Announces Two New Releases In 2014

Bollywood newbies Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt are busy shooting for their second project together – titled ‘2 States’. The movie, a Dharma Productions project, will be hitting the silver screen on April 18, 2014. Adding to the thrill is Parineeti and Siddharth Malhotra’s next ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ set to release on January 24, 2014.

The news was confirmed by Karan Johar who tweeted,Based on the novel ‘2 States: The Story of My Marriage’ (2009) written by Chetan Bhagat, where a Punjabi boy falls head over heels in love with a Tamilian girl, and then begins a cultural clash among their families. Directed by Abhishek Varman the film is currently being shot  in Ahmedabad.

Also announcing the release date of another Dharma Production film in the making, film-maker Karan Johar tweeted,

‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ is a romantic comedy film, and describing his role Siddharth said, “It isn’t an over-the-top role. And unlike my previous film ‘Student Of The Year’, where I played a student, I play my age and am shown as a middle-class working man. (While Parineeti) has lot of spunk, energy and there is a good give-and-take with her”. Adding to the description Parineeti said, “My character is quite a difficult one. I deliberately choose roles that make me nervous. I do a lot of homework and until I get it right, I don’t give up.”

TRAILER: Raanjhanaa – A Love Story

The first trailer ofRaanjhanaa starring Bollywood diva Sonam Kapoor and the Kolaveri Di star Dhanush has been unveiled.

Tamil actor Dhanush will make his Bollywood debut with this movie, which is based in Varanasi.
The trailer reveals an intense love story which is followed by riots. The Tamil superstar who is married to Rajnikanth's daughter will promote the film in Hindi.

On the release of the trailer, Dhanush tweeted, "RAANJHANAA official trailer jai bholenath!! Had har mahadev. And its a big day..RAANJHANAA trailer releases tonight at 12. 13 and a half hours to go.aaj mein hindi mein baat karunga."

The film is directed by the Tanu Weds Manu director Anand L Rai, with the music from the Oscar winning AR Rehman.

The film also stars Abhay Deol and is slated to release on June 21.

Have a look at the video:

April 23, 2013

Sonam : I am a novice in front of Dhanush

Sonam Kapoor, who will be seen sharing the screen space with Tamil star Dhanush in Raanjhnaa, says she feels like a newcomer in front of the Kolaveri singer despite her seven-year-old career in Bollywood.

Sonam essays the role of a student from Benaras who comes to Delhi to join Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in the love story, directed by Anand L Rai.

"I am still a newcomer and he has worked a many more years than I have in Indian film Industry. It is his debut Bollywood project but I wouldn't call him a new comer. I think he is one of the most brilliant actors and he is definitely better actor than me. I feel like a novice when I work with him," Sonam told PTI.

Ranjhaana will hit theatres on June 28, 2013. The 27-year-old actress started her acting career with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Saawariya in 2007 opposite Ranbir Kapoor. The film did not do well at the box-office but Sonam was noticed for her screen presence.

Sonam says her goal now is to be a part of interesting projects that would satisfy the actress in her.

"I had lost my way for sometime so I need to do things that I am happy with. It's not about being the number one heroine or money. It's about doing roles that I enjoy. My biggest ambition is happiness," she said.

The actress is quite busy with her back-to-back projects including Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Khubsoorat remake and filmmaker Nupur Asthana's Yash Raj project.

"I don't shoot two films at the same time. I finish one character and get into another character because I change my look for every film. It's difficult but I enjoy doing that," she said.

Sonam would be reprising the role played by Rekha in the remake of Khubsoorat and the actress is ready to face comparisons with the legendary diva.

"I am glad that I got the opportunity to play a character that is so vibrant and alive. I am Anil Kapoor's daughter so I am always compared with legends. It is a part and parcel of my life. The film is not the same story at all. We have just taken the spirit of the girl. It is the spirit of the character that I want to capture," she said.

Ranbir's 'Barfi!' leads IIFA nominations with 15 nods

Ranbir Kapoor-Priyanka Chopra starrer, Anurag Basu's Barfi! leads the nominations for the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards 2013. Movies like Vicky Donor, Gangs Of Wasseypur and Agneepath have scored major nominations too.

The IIFA Voting Weekend was held in March, and the resultant nominations list reflects the diverse and thriving landscape of the Hindi film industry at present.

The maximum 15 nominations have been bagged by Barfi!, about love between a deaf and mute boy and an autistic girl. It is followed by nine nominations for Shoojit Sircar's comedy film Vicky Donor, about a sperm donor. Following closely is Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur - Part I and Karan Johar's action-packed production Agneepath.

"It's been a phenomenal year for the Indian film industry and the nominations for this year will definitely reflect this. The growth has been remarkable," Sabbas Joseph, director, Wizcraft International Entertainment and IIFA, said in a statement.

Other films like Cocktail, Kahaani, Paan Singh Tomar and late filmmaker Yash Chopra's last directorial Jab Tak Hai Jaan have also secured themselves a place in the 14th IIFA nominations.

This year's awards ceremony will have directors Anurag Basu (Barfi!), Anurag Kashyap (Gangs of Wasseypur - Part I), Sujoy Ghosh (Kahaani), Tigmanshu Dhulia (Paan Singh Tomar) and Shoojit Sircar (Vicky Donor) vie for the best director trophy.

In competition for the best picture award are Barfi!, English Vinglish, Gangs of Wasseypur - Part I, Kahaani, Paan Singh Tomar, Talaash - The Answer Lies Within and Vicky Donor.

The best performance in a leading role (male) category will see Hrithik Roshan (Agneepath), Ranbir Kapoor (Barfi!), Manoj Bajpayee (Gangs of Wasseypur - Part II), Shahrukh Khan (Jab Tak Hai Jaan), Irrfan Khan (Paan Singh Tomar), and Ayushmaan Khurrana (Vicky Donor), in the run.

Among those vying for the best performance in a leading role (female) are Priyanka Chopra (Barfi!), Deepika Padukone (Cocktail), Sridevi (English Vinglish), Huma Qureshi (Gangs of Wasseypur - Part I), Kareena Kapoor (Heroine) and Vidya Balan (Kahaani).

Composer Pritam has bagged two nominations in the category for best music direction for his work in Barfi! and Cocktail, along with AR Rahman (Jab Tak Hai Jaan), Ajay-Atul (Agneepath) and Sneha Khanwalkar (Gangs of Wasseypur - Part I).

The results of the IIFA Voting Weekend were audited by KPMG. The online voting for the awards will go live on, and audiences will be able to cast their votes starting May 1.

The announcement for the venue and dates for this year's IIFA gala are likely to be announced early next month.

Sonam, Anil come together for a special song in 'Bombay Talkies'

Bollywood's father-daughter duo Anil Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor will be seen together for the first time in a special song in Bombay Talkies.

A compilation of four short films celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema, Bombay Talkies has directorial contributions by Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap and Karan Johar.

The makers have shot one special song for the film that will feature some of the known Bollywood stars including Sonam and Anil, said a statement.

Choreographed by Vaibhavi Merchant, the song will be common to the entire film and may be played either in the opening or end credits.

For the song, the leading ladies will be dressed in golden-colored costumes, while the male actors will be seen in tuxedos.

Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan celebrate sixth wedding anniversary

Popular Bollywood couple Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai completed six years of marital bliss today (April 20, 2013).

Actress Bipasha Basu took to Twitter to wish the much-loved couple a "happy anniversary".

"Happy Anniversary to the beautiful couple Junior Bachchan (Abhishek) and Ash! Happiness forever, together," tweeted Bipasha.

Aishwarya and Abhishek tied the knot on April 20, 2007 as per Hindu rituals at a ceremony at Bachchans' Juhu residence Prateeksha. It was a lavish affair, and attracted media attention from all quarters.

The couple was blessed with a baby girl on November 16, 2011. She was named Aaradhya. Recently, both Abhishek and Aishwarya took the stage individually to perform at the Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA) in Vancouver.

Salma Agha's daughter sings for 'Aurangzeb'

Sasheh, daughter of Pakistani actor Salma Agha, is making her acting debut with "Aurangzeb" and now she sings a song "Barbaadiyaan" in the movie.

"I have learned singing from my mom and I don't plan to give it up because I am very passionate about it," said the newcomer in a statement.

Coming from an illustrious musical family, she informed: "Musicians Sajid and Wajid are my maternal uncles. My stepsister is the famous English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Natasha Khan, who goes by the stage name Bat for Lashes.

"My great grandfather was Jugal Kishore Mehra, who was Raj Kapoor's uncle and married to Anwari Begum, the famous singer. My grandmother Nusrin Agha, was a well-known singer as well. So in a way, I am the fourth generation singer in my family," she added.

Sasha has already recorded the song.

A source close to the film said that producer Aditya Chopra managed to convince Sasheh to sing a peppy number titled "Barbaadiyaan", a club track filmed on Sasheh and Arjun Kapoor.

A spokesperson from Yash Raj Films confirmed the news, saying: "Yes, Sasheh has sung this beautiful track (for the film). Her voice is as melodious as her mother's."

Salma debuted in Bollywood in 1982 with box office hit social drama "Nikaah" and she sang all her songs in the film, including the hit number "Dil ke armaan aansuon mein beh gaye".

SRK may replace Salman as ‘Bigg Boss 7’ host

Hosting television’s most controversial show Big Boss from past three seasons, actor Salman Khan is reported to quit the show this year and what is the bigger news here is that his arch-rival Shahrukh Khan may be roped in for the seventh season.

Salman Khan has a busy year ahead with Sohail Khan’s Mental and medical checkup going parallel which has compelled the producers of the show to approach Shahrukh Khan to host the show.

Shahrukh Khan has already hosted a couple of  shows earlier like KBC and Kya Panchvi pass se tez hai, so all the more it would be a cake walk for the actor.

Meanwhile, the excitement among his admirers would be increasing as they would once again witness the same charm and humour of their favourite star on small screen.

Huma Qureshi delighted to work with Madhuri

Once she was a big fan of Madhuri Dixit and now Huma Qureshi is her co-star in "Dedh Ishqiya" and her happiness knows no bounds.
Known for her bold role in "Gangs of Wasseypur", Huma praised her co-star. "Madhuri is so beautiful. I never thought I will be part of 'Dedh Ishqiya'."

"It's a pleasure to be part of such an ensemble cast. I am very excited to work with Madhuri," the actress told IANS.

Director Abhishek Chaubey and "Dedh Ishqiya" team is currently shooting at Mira Road here.

"I can't reveal much about my look or my role. All I can say is Abhishek is a wonderful director. I was an admirer of 'Ishqiya'. I never thought I will be part of the sequel. For me, it's like a dream come true," said Huma.

A sequel to 2010 black comedy "Ishqiya", the film also stars Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi who were in the original.

April 19, 2013

Sonam's beauty secret

Sonam Kapoor has been guarding a special beauty secret from everyone. Soon she will make it public.

Actress Sonam Kapoor has managed to mesmerise her fans with her stylish avatars at most of her appearances, but there's a special beauty secret that she has been guarding from everyone.

She is said to be hiding the secret in a Mystery White Box lately, and she will reveal it sometime soon.

It is perhaps a new endorsement deal that Sonam Kapoor has bagged for a new beauty product, but details of it are currently under wraps.

Sonam's mystery box is likely to be revealed towards the end of this month.

Meanwhile, it is her style squad -- designer Manish Malhotra and ace photographer Jatin Kampani -- who are ensuring that she looks her best always. They have been giving her fashion and beauty tips.

Actors Saqib Saleem & Huma Qureshi on Acting & Sibling Rivalry

She won the critics with her feisty act as the small-town Mohsina in Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur (GOW) last year. And he won
notice with his spontaneous take as a prankster in Y-Films romcom Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge the previous year. They bonded as kids and now the sister-brother share tinsel dreams — dreams that have already taken flight.

 Like most brothers and sisters Huma and Saqib’s relationship is peppered with teasing banter and leg pulling. Ask them, what kind of a script would do justice to them were they to be featured together and Saqib laughs “A film where within five minutes into it, the sister’s photo is framed and hung on the wall!”

“Of course,” agrees Huma, “Because if I stay longer, I’ll eat up your role.” Huma suggests another story idea, “The brother and sister go on a road trip and the brother kills the sister!” The ribbing continues...

A dramatic childhood
“We’ve always been like this,” smiles Huma. Saqib, who is two years younger, reveals, “When we were kids Humyaji (he addresses her in this manner) had this habit of screaming and crying whenever we had a fight. She wanted our parents to scold me. Her antics surprised me even then!” Saqib adds, “Once we had gone to visit a neighbourhood aunt. Soon all her cosmetics went missing from the washroom. I was believed to have stolen them and was pulled up for it!” The mystery was solved 15 years later. “A few years ago when the same aunt came to our place for dinner, we recalled the incident. I said, ‘I swear aunty; I had not taken your cosmetics’. From across the table, Huma confessed that it was she who had taken them. Huma sheepishly confides, “I was terrified to tell the truth then. That day Saqib had fallen asleep and I had nothing to do. So I fidgeted with her toiletries, spoilt them and threw them out of the window!”

Huma and Saqib grew up in the Kalkaji area of New Delhi. Their father Saleem is the proprietor of Delhi’s famous chain of restaurants Saleem’s, particularly known for its delectable kebabs. Their elder brothers, Naeem and Haseen are in the family
business. Though they have no connection with the film industry, the family has been no less filmi. Huma says, “Our dad is from Delhi, but mom (Ameena Qureshi) hails from Kashmir. They had an epic romance. They eloped and got married and for years our nanaji (grandfather) severed relations with them. But after we were born nanaji’s heart melted.” “That explains our acting genes,” laughs Saqib, “In our family, everything is done in extremes. My mother is so dramatic.”

Huma's tale
Though the duo was not allowed to watch films, they’d watch Hollywood movies on TV on the sly. “In my 12th standard, I scored 87 per cent marks but got admission in college through the sports quota,” says Saqib. “Saqib loved cricket. I played basket ball,” says Huma. Saqib stares at her surprised, “Don’t lie, yaar!” Huma claims, “I have the certificates!” They are at it again. I intervene and ask them about how they took to acting. Saqib shares, “At our home in Delhi, you’ll find more than 100 issues of Filmfare. I loved watching films. Huma used to do theatre during her college days. I’d watch her rehearsals.”

Huma was the president of the college theatre group but told her family that she wanted to pursue medicine. Saqib recalls the hungama she created at home one day, “One day I saw mummy distraught saying, ‘My daughter has broken my dreams’. There was Humyaji, sitting on the other side, all melodramatic and saying, ‘Mama, I won’t be able to study medicine. I’ll become an IAS officer instead.”

But the truth was that her heart was in dramatics. Huma even joined Delhi’s prominent theatre group, Act One. When her father asked her what she really wanted to pursue, she said she wanted to become a director. “Because I knew that being a conservative family, they wouldn’t allow me to become an actor,” says Huma. The day she revealed that she actually wanted to be an actor, all hell broke loose. “Dad felt that too much of studying had affected her mind. My parents suggested she go abroad and do her MBA.” Huma adds, “But when I told dad that all my life I’d regret not being able to fulfill my dreams because of him, he became emotional. The very next day, he brought me to Mumbai. He said, ‘If nothing happens in a year, come back to a normal life.” In 2008, Huma came to Mumbai. It was while she was shooting a commercial with Aamir Khan that Anurag Kashyap informed her that she’d be part of his next film.

Saqib's story
Meanwhile, Saqib had begun modeling at his model girlfriend’s insistence. “My girlfriend warned me that if I wanted our relationship to work I’d have to follow her to Mumbai. So, I too shifted to Mumbai in 2010.” And while his relationship broke within two months, he stayed on to live his dreams.

While Huma had her share of struggles in Mumbai, Saqib was luckier. Huma recalls, “I took time to understand Mumbai. Saqib is an extrovert, he quickly became a Mumbaikar.” It was a coincidence that Huma bagged Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur and soon after that Saqib signed Y Films’ Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge. But Saqib’s film released first. “I told him, ‘Whatever is the result, remember that you are just 22 and your dad runs a restaurant. You’ve reached here on your own and this is an achievement!’” says the older sister. Saqib says, “I was keen on her watching my film because whatever acting I’ve learnt is by watching her. I didn’t care what the critics said.” The city of Mumbai has not only given them recognition but also brought them closer. Recently, the two bought an apartment in Oshiwara. “Saqib is mature. I can’t judge people,” says Huma. Saqib agrees, “If you talk to her nicely, she’ll be taken in. I tell her not to take everything on face value. Earlier, we didn’t share our personal lives but after coming to Mumbai; Humyaji and I have only each other to depend on.” By now, I am curious why  he addresses his sister as Humyaji.

“I used to stutter as a child. Instead of calling her Huma baaji (older sister), I used to call her Humyaji. People believed I added ‘ji’ as a mark of respect,” laughs Saqib.

Following her brilliant performance in GOW and the much-loved Luv Shuv Tey Chikan Khurana, Huma has Nikhil Advani’s D-Day and Vishal Bhardwaj-Ekta Kapoor’s Ek Thi Dayan coming up. Saqib, after the release of the film Mere Dad Ki Maruti is excited about Karan Johar’s upcoming Bombay Talkies. “I feel happy when people say, he’s Huma’s brother. After all, she’s a fabulous actor’.” Huma and Saqib have common friends. “Humyaji has no friends,” he teases. Huma retorts, “Yes Saqib thank you. I am alive because of you.” While Saqib is dating someone, about his sister’s choice of a boyfriend he reveals, “In a room, the quietest boy would be my sister’s choice. She likes only pappus!” She darts dagger looks at him. He chortles. The tomfoolery begins yet again...

Sibling rivalry
Saqib on Huma
Like: She’s sensitive about her loved ones. She’s talented, a God-gifted actor.

Dislike: She’s a cry baby and lacks patience. She’ll try hard to get something but by the time she’s almost there, she’ll declare, ‘I can’t do it!’

Huma on Saqib
Like: Saqib is sincere about his work and relationships. He’s caring but sometimes gets hypersensitive.

Dislike: He’s lazy but lucky, which means your vibes are good and you attract good things. He has a great sense of humour.

Movie Review –Ek Thi Daayan

Film : Ek Thi Daayan

Rating: 3.5/5

Cast : Emraan Hashmi, Huma Qureshi, Kalki Koechlin and Konkana Sen.

Music : Vishal Bharadwaj

Direction : Kannan Iyer

Story :

The story of Ek Thi Daayan revolves around folk tales about witches and their witch craft. Emraan Hashmi plays the role of Bobo, best magician in India. Just when he plans to settle down, he is confronted with his old past. He uses hypnosis to find out details of his past where he finds out that a witch who he had killed promised to take him. After so many years he feels that his past has come back to haunt him and cause harm to his family. How he protects them and how he kills the daayan is the remaining par of the story.

Performances :

Ek Thi Daayan stars Emraan Hashmi, Huma Qureshi, Kalki Koechlin and Konkana Sen. Emraan Hashmi who has carried off dark roles easily in his previous films, plays the role of a magician with the same ease. He plays the role of a top magician Bobo. He gives a very mature performance in this film and carries the whole film on his shoulders really well. All the female leads plays their part to perfection. But Konkana as a veteran does the best job out of them. Huma and Kalki fail to do better than Konkana. The best part was played by Vishesh Tiwari who played child version of Emraan Hashmi. The innocence that he bring to role adds a bigger advantage. Sara Arjun who plays Emraan’s sister is very cute.

Technical aspect :

Kannan Iyer brings a gem with the story with ‘Ek Thi Daayan’. The story is based on a short story by Mukul Sharma. Mukul Sharma was assisted by Vishal Bharadwaj on the story and the screenplay. The movie concentrated on the minutest of details. The screenplay of the movie is good but only in parts. The movie lacks a befitting end to this supernatural thriller.  Cinematography is very important for a horror movie. Saurabh Goswami does a wonderful job in it. The movie manages to evoke more spine chilling sequences than expected. Both background music and songs are enjoyable in this movie. Vishal Bharadwaj music and Gulzar’s lyrics are a perfect combination, they manage to create most beautiful songs.

Analysis :

Kannan Iyer has definitely bought back element ‘Daayan’ that has existed in hindi horror movies. With a fresh script, melodious tunes and an awesome performances put up by the cast of Ek Thi Daayan makes this movie very watchable. The film has shrills, thrills, Emraan’s lip lock and of course Daayans, everything that you are expecting from this movie. But the thing that spoils everything is the screenplay and how the movie ends. The first half of the movie is very engaging. It’s mostly the flashback of emraan and is so beautifully directed that the second half doesn’t seem to be directed by Kannan. The ending is so bad that you find it funny (It shows the actors are involved in fist fight ). It follows a long list of hindi horror movies whose endings fall flat to the build up it generates in the first half. Nevertheless, must watch movie for the first half performances and picturisation.

Bottomline : Ek Thi Daayan is full of Chills, Thrills But Ending Spills

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