Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sonam complete antithesis of 'Saawariya' character: Anil Kapoor

Anil Kapoor, versatile actor and father of Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor, says his daughter is the complete antithesis of the soft character she played in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Saawariya'.

'Sonam is very spunky and sporty unlike the role she played in her debut movie. She also has a fantastic dress sense,' a proud Anil beamed after watching Sonam walk the ramp with aplomb for designer Anamika Khanna at the HDIL India Couture Week here.

'I was excited to see her walk down the ramp. It was her first time and it was a completely new experience for me,' Kapoor told IANS in an interview.

'Saawariya' (2007) was a stark love story based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's classic 'White Nights' in which yesterday's superstar Rishi Kapoor's son Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam made their debut.

Sonam played the role of a shy, quiet girl named Sakina whose eyes were always filled with sadness - quite unlike the real Sonam who is bubbly, vivacious and energetic, as her father very aptly pointed out.

After his daughter set the runway on fire, Kapoor said: 'I am amazed, she was looking so gorgeous and the best thing was that she was so comfortable on the ramp.'

Asked about his personal style statement Kapoor replied: 'I do not follow any trends, but my wife and my daughters are so fashion conscious that they make sure I dress up appropriately for the occasion.'

'I believe in comfort. So, I have a black jeans that I find very comfortable, but I can't wear them everywhere,' he said smilingly.

Kapoor, a multifaceted actor, has been in showbiz for almost 30 years and has proved his mettle in movies like 'Tezaab' and 'Beta' for which he got the Filmfare Best Actor award. He has also won a National Award for his performance in 'Pukaar'.

Apart from acting, Kapoor has also donned the producer's hat for movies like 'Badhaai Ho Badhaai' (2002), 'My wife's murder' (2005) and 'Gandhi, My Father' (2007). Though all these movies bombed at the box office this hasn't dampened the actor's spirit.

'I believe in following my heart. Box-office success doesn't matter. Through my movies, I am not looking at commercial success. I want to improve the quality of Indian cinema,' he explained.

Kapoor is currently producing 'Shortcut - The Con Is On' that has Akshay Khanna and Arshad Warsi in the lead roles.

This apart, he will soon be seen in Subhash Ghai's 'Yuvraaj' along with Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in a movie that has music by maestro A.R. Rehman.

Shahrukh khan on the cover of Filmfare

Taare Zammen Par For the Oscars

Aamir Khan's tryst with the Oscars continues. Khan's directorial debut Taare Zammen Par has been selected as India's official entry for the Oscars. Taare Zameen Par released in India on 21 December, 2007 and bagged rave reviews from audience and critics alike. The film has been produced by Khan in association with PVR Pictures.

It stars Aamir Khan, Darsheel Safary, Tisca Chopra, Vipin Sharma and Sachet Engineer. Khan is currently shooting in Ladak for Raju Hirani's 3 Idiots and is expected back in Mumbai tomorrow.

The 81st Annual Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA on 22 February, 2009.

A total of nine Indian movies were contesting this year for the Oscar nomination, of which Bollywood had the highest share with movies like Taare Zameen Par, Ashutosh Gowarikar's Jodhaa Akbar, Neeraj Pandey's A Wednesday, Nishikant Kamat's Mumbai Meri Jaan, Abhishek Kapoor's Rock On and Subhash Ghai's Black & White. The two Marathi movies that were in the running were Tingya and Valu along with one Telegu movie Gamayam.

Producer and director Suneel Darshan led this year's committee for the Oscars nomination as the chairperson. Other jury members include art director Bijon Das Gupta.

Shilpa Shetty is okay with botox if it comes to that

Actress Shilpa Shetty is not averse to botox, but doesn’t feel the need for it yet. She’s a household name in Britain after her row with Jade Goody in the Big Boss show. She told Daily Mail in an interview that she’s aware she’s ageing and is practical about it: “I’m aware I’m getting older, but I’ll take it as it comes - I’m not averse to having botox, for example, but I just don’t feel I need it yet.

The way I see it, I spent a long time getting comfortable with who I am. I was an ugly duckling as a child, and it took a lot ofShilpa Shetty Launches Her Perfume S2 at The Perfume Shop on July 6Th ,2007 in London, England - 11.jpg hard work to get to where I am today, where I’m not so self-critical. “I still don’t think I’m as good-looking as my sister, Shamita, or even my mother, who is stunning, even now. But I’ve metamorphosed into the person I am today, and I’m pretty content.”

Shilpa says she owes a lot to the controversial Big Boss show for opening avenues for her. I didn’t have that international platform - and I’m not embarrassed to say that I have it now because of Big Brother. I’m very aware that the UK public stood up for me and for what was right, and I’m very grateful for that. Everyone in life makes mistakes - you learn from them and move on.”

She has made peace with her former fellow contestant, Jade Goody, now diagnosed with cancer. “I spoke to her before she returned to the UK, but it was a very private conversation that I won’t share. She knows we’ve buried the hatchet. Life’s too short to bear any hatred. I can only pray that she makes a full recovery.”

She is more open now about her relationship with London-based entrepreneur Raj Kundra. The long-distance relationship Shilpa Shetty walks The Ramp For Tarun Tahiliani - 1.jpg- she’s in Mumbai - does not come easy, but at the same time it has made them value each other more, she confesses.

So, is she ready for marriage to Raj? “Definitely, and I’m sure I will, God willing. I intend to try and do that as soon as my professional life has calmed down hopefully in the next couple of years. I don’t want to make too many predictions as I don’t believe in making too many plans, but, yes, I have a man in my life and, yes, I hope we will get married.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Simply-Unforgettable: Abhishek B interviews Papa B

Abhishek Bachchan & Sonam Kapoor shooting for Dilli 6 in Agra

Mandira bedi is a sexy Meera bai in 'Meera bai not out'

Karzzz movie Wallpapers

Preity zinta gets priyadardhini award

Friday, September 19, 2008

I have always done things my own way - Gul Panag

Lo and behold - Gul Panag has gone chic and how! Though in real life she has been a bindaas woman all these years in spite of being a part of so-called serious films like Dhoop, Dor and Manorma- Six Feet Under, on print she has rarely gone the whole hog in projecting a sensual image.

However, she has gone ahead and done what is hardly-unthinkable for her by getting into a dare-bare shoot for Maxim.

"I have always done things my own way and it was irresistible when the magazine approached me to get down to my night suit. Did I feel awkward about doing so? Nope, not at all. What's there at all to feel awkward about?

I have never felt odd driving an Enfield or a F1 car for Renault or picking up the kind of projects I believe in. It was the same in case of this shoot as well.

I was promised a lot of fun and though some may be getting shocked with my dare-bare poses, my message to them is that 'Hey you there, I am like that only'", says Gul in a rapid tone while being mighty excited about the kind of response that her shoot is fetching for her.

Says Anup Kutty from Maxim, "A very simple reason for putting Gul on the cover is the fact that she's stunningly beautiful. Plus, she occupies a space in Indian cinema that not many share.

She has done some critically acclaimed roles and still can carry off a "sexy" look with complete ease. In short, she's a real woman of substance and probably the best thing that could happen to a man! The shoot in itself was a lot of fun."

How did the shoot go?

Reveals Anup, "We booked a suite at the Le Meridien and ordered a bottle of champagne to go with it. More than anything, it was just one big party!"

Gul agrees, "Yes, it was indeed one huge party out there. It was nice to be working with some real chilled out guys who belong to your own age group.

I got such a comfort feel while working on the assignment and the results are there to be seen. Believe me, I truly felt beautiful as the shutter bags went on." - Joginder Tuteja

Delivery boys hate Mallika Sherawat

All the local delivery boys and grocery shop owners hate Mallika Sherawat for her high handed starry attitude.

Mallika stays in Mumbai's up market suburb Versova area along with her brother. In the same Raheja complex that she stays other film personalities like Amrita Rao and Rohit, Manasi Roy too say apart from many other TV celebs. We have found out from those staying around her that she is one of the most hated celebs around!

A source told us, "She unashamedly throws her diva like attitude even while working out in her society's gym. She doesn't like people around when she is working out. She yells at all those who even look at her for a brief second when she is doing her work outs. She doesn't even the spare the poor delivery boys who want to use the same lift which she is entering. She makes them wait and uses the lift alone

"If she orders anything from the near by grocery shops and the delivery chap is late by even 5 minutes she gives him a lashing of his life. She also orders him to not stand outside her flat for the lift and either use the stairs to go down or take a lift from a floor below. That's the reason why grocery shop owners hate her big time.

"She should understand that she is no top actress and her recent back to back two flops should teach her some humility especially when dealing with less fortunate people!"

One wonders whether it is the same Mallika who once cried hoarse about her middle class up bringing in small town Rohtak and how she empathized with middle class working people. Success or failure really does strange things to people in Bollywood but it seems extremely extreme in case of the salacious actress!

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Title Song (Golmaal Returns)

Movie Promo:Meera bai not out

"I'd say I was glamorous in Vivah and Main Hoon Na" - Amrita Rao

You recently shot a special song with Sanjay Dutt and Anil Kapoor.
It's not an item song, as people seem to think. They both made me immensely comfortable. They have their own unique dancing style. Since both are legendary actors, I didn't know whom to match steps with. So, I just decided to be myself and do my own thing. I must say, all of us in Shortcut were overwhelmed by Mr Dutt's gesture. He came down to Mumbai only to shoot the song with us.

You recently did a rather bold cover for Verve. What brought that on?
It wasn't a conscious decision to be bold or anything. It all depends on how different artistes envision me. If Sooraj (Barjatya) could see me as this simple docile small-town girl in Vivah, then another person saw me the way I am on the mag cover. And if Farah Khan hadn't seen me as the grungy rebellious babe in Main Hoon Na after Ishq Vishq, I wouldn't have undergone such a change of image.

But the sweet girl next door's image stays with you?
And I'm very proud of that image. But when I did the Verve cover, people woke up to another side of me. I wouldn't say this is a more glamorous side of me. I'd say I was glamorous in Vivah and Main Hoon Na as well, though in an ethnic way. I hope I'm able to carry off all kinds of looks. At the moment I'm doing three films. In Shyam Benegal's Welcome To Sajjanpur, I'm an illiterate villager. In Anees Bazmee's Victory, I'm a Jaisalmer girl. But at the same time she's a medical student. So I play a small-town but modern girl. I like such roles. But in Neeraj Vora's Shortcut, I'm a completely glamorous girl. It's set in the film industry.

Why aren't you in Sooraj Barjatya's Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi?
I wasn't offered that. I'd love to be in anything that Sooraj-ji does. I consider my association with the Barjatyas to be very special. Recently, when Sooraj-ji was watching the rushes of Ek Vivaah…he sent me a very sweet message saying he remembered my character from Vivah. So maybe I was being missed. I like that thought.

You seem to be a very petite fragile girl. How do you withstand all the negativity in the film industry?
I don't think I'd have been able to be what I am if it wasn't for my mother. I started in the industry very young. I needed my mom to look into every aspect of my career. Today I'm working with both Neeraj Vora and Shyam Benegal. Both unique in their own way.

You're the inspiration for M F Husain's latest paintings?
I think he has immortalized me. When a senior journalist informed me I was Husain Saab's latest muse and that he was painting me, I was overwhelmed. It took time for that sink in. I think it was Sooraj Barjatya's character in Vivah that convinced Husain Saab.

Celebs at the premier of welcome to sajjanpur

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Was SRK trying to deport Katrina to London?

A lot has been said about the Shahrukh and Salman spat during Katrina's birthday bash. The real cause of the argument has however remained a mystery. A source close to the two stars says that Salman suspected Shahrukh of trying to deport Katrina Kaif back to London. Katrina who was born in Hong Kong is a British citizen.

Trouble started when Vishal Punjabi one of Shahrukh's employee was deported back to Ghana after he was found working without proper documents. During the party SRK was sitting with Congress MP Rajiv Shukla and said many stars in Bollywood were working without valid papers pointing towards Katrina. A close friend of Salman overheard the conversation and reported it to him.

Salman then came over to Rajiv Shukla and inquired about Shahrukh's comments. Shukla denied having discussed any such issue with Shahrukh. Salman finally lost his temper and had a heated exchange of words with Shahrukh. Till now many believed that the bad boy Salman had overreacted in the party. If this was the actual reason for the spat well SRK has again proved he is the most street smart star in the industry.

Love birds-Ranbeer and Deepika on the cover of L`officel

Ramp model Shruti Agrawal cast opposite Himesh Reshammiya in Hhey Gujju

Be it Aap Ka Surroor - The Moviee or Karzzzz, debutants get lucky when cast opposite Himesh Reshammiya. Aap Ka Surroor had Hansika Motwani and Karzzzz has Shweta Kumar. And now his upcoming film, Hhey Gujju has new-bee, Shruti Agrawal as a lead opposite him.

Hhey Gujju is a romantic-comedy flick directed by Satish Kaushik and produced by Studio 18. Shruti Agrawal plays an NRI girl who comes to India and falls in love with Himesh. Shruti has been a known face in the modeling world and has also attended Anupam Kher's acting classes. Through her modeling career, she was seen modeling for top designers and has also featured in Kingfisher's swimsuit calendars twice.

Confirming the news, director Satish Kaushik says, "Since Himesh is playing double role in the film there are two leading ladies, one being Shruti Agrawal who has graduated from Anupam's acting class and has been a model too. We have an actress from the south as the second leading lady.

Hhey Gujju sounds very unique, "Studio 18 and Himesh had asked me to direct the film. It was Himesh who decided the name of the film. He is the biggest Gujarati star in Bollywood. The kind of adulation and fan following he has is simply amazing. As Akshay is the king among the Punjabis, Himesh is the king from Gujarat. After working with him in Karzzzz, I have realized his potential as a singer, composer, and as an actor. I think he is phenomenal and perfect for the part. It is a fun filled comedy film, which was mainly shot in India and abroad. Please do not ask me the story as that's something I really cannot reveal," adds Satish Kaushik.

Tell us something bout the music? "The music of Hhey Gujju is completely different from Karzzzz as it will have a very Gujarati flavor to it. Himesh has also composed a 'dandiya' number as well. The film will go on floor in November 2008," signs off Satish Kaushik.

Hazel's birthday bash

Movie stills:Ek vivah aisa bhi

Premiere of ‘Saas Bahu Aur Sensex

Rani, Priyanka at Zee Astitva Awards 2008

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Soha Ali Khan at the Film 99 on Location in Hotel Le Merridean



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