Monday, March 31, 2014

Suniel Shetty fined Rs.20,000 by court

Suniel Shetty fined Rs.20,000 by court Suniel ShettyActor Suniel Shetty has been slapped with a fine of Rs. 20,000 for not appearing in a Delhi court.

A court here Monday imposed a fine of Rs. 20,000 on Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty after he failed to appear before it in a defamation case.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Savitri allowed the actor's plea seeking exemption from personal appearance but directed him to pay a fine of Rs. 20,000 for his failure to appear in the court.

The court also told the actor to appear on the next date without any fail.

The court was hearing a defamation case filed in October 2013 against Shetty by Delhi-based stuntman Puran Chauhan, who has alleged that they had made false statements before the Delhi High Court.

Chauhan alleged that Shetty had told the high court that in March 2011, his lawyer was beaten by the complainant inside a washroom in the court building.

He claimed that with the help of his false statement, Shetty had managed to obtain a stay from the high court on summons issued for him to appear in a case in which the actor was accused of not paying him nearly Rs.1 crore.

The exemption plea was opposed by advocate Ravinder Kumar, appearing for Chauhan.

April releases: '2 States', 'Main Tera Hero', 'Bhoothnath Returns' among major releases

April releases: '2 States', 'Main Tera Hero', 'Bhoothnath Returns' among major releases

At the movies in April

April clocks in with the promise of lots of entertainment at the movies, with Main Tera Hero, 2 States and Bhoothanth Returns being the major draws.

A young man romancing two girls at the same time. A ghost that fights the elections to take on a corrupt politician. A goat named Shahrukh that goes missing. A trigger-happy Chambal girl who loves fun, fashion and gun. Two lovers overcoming the social and cultural divide to make their marriage possible. A satire about the search for religious identity. A smart and nosy detective out to solve a murder mystery. A story about the rise of a woman against her oppressors.

There’s so much on the platter in the month of April. A slew of small-budget films will vie for footfalls, namely Revolver Rani featuring Kangana Ranaut, the girl of the moment. Then Subhash Ghai introduces his newfind Mishti in Kaanchi. Rajeev Khandelwal plays a sharp detective in Samrat & Co.

Yet the main draws are going to be Alia Bhatt, Arjun Kapoor (2 States), Varun Dhawan, Ileana D'Cruz, Nargis Fakhri (Main Tera Hero) and Amitabh Bachchan (Bhoothnath Returns)

Check out the Bollywood releases this month.

Also check out: Fans vote Shahrukh Khan’s 'Happy New Year' as the most eagerly awaited film of 2014


OMG! Salman Khan visits Shahrukh Khan’s Mannat to meet AbRam!

OMG! Salman Khan visits Shahrukh Khan’s Mannat to meet AbRam! The unthinkable happened on Tuesday morning. Salman Khan, on his way to an early morning shoot, stopped over at Shahrukh Khan’s residence Mannat to catch a glimpse of the cute AbRam.

The rivalry between the two Khans is very much a thing of the past now. After shaking hands at an Iftar Party last year and hugging at Star Guild Awards earlier this year , the two have now scripted a new page in their friendship with a surprise visit by Salman Khan.

Says a source, “Salman bhai is ruled by his heart. For long, he had wished to see AbRam but today morning he couldn’t help pulling over while passing by Mannat. Bhai wanted to surprise Shahrukh and Gauri.”

The source adds that both Shahrukh Khan and Gauri Khan warmly welcomed Salman Khan to their house and showed him to AbRam’s room.

AbRam was born to Shahrukh and Gauri last year through surrogacy.

“Salman bhai was overjoyed on seeing AbRam. He lifted him in his arm and even offered to take him out to buy him some balloons,” says the source, adding, “but AbRam, you see, is very smart for his age. He knew it’s the first of April and therefore Fool’s Day, so he didn’t believe a word of what Salman said.

Well, we hope you too don’t believe much of what we just said. Happy Fools Day wishes from ApunKaChoice. Let laughter rule!

Kareena Kapoor's sexy item girl look for Akshay Kumar's 'Gabbar'

Kareena Kapoor's sexy item girl look for Akshay Kumar's 'Gabbar'  



Look who is all fit and toned and flaunting her perfect curves in a sexy top and ripped jeans! That's Kareena Kapoor Khan spotted on the sets of Akshay Kumar-starrer Gabbar.

Seeing her in this get-up we are reminded of Sonakshi Sinha in 'Govinda' track from OMG Oh My God. Kareena Kapoor has been roped in to do a special item track for Gabbar which also stars Shruti Haasan in the lead.

The song is being shot at Kamalistan Studios, Jogeshwari. A picture from the sets is already doing the rounds on the internet, and needless to say it has sent the ardent fans of Bebo in a tizzy.

The actress looks drop-dead gorgeous in fusion desi look. The song could be a Diwali treat for the Bollywood buffs as the set was decorated with Diwali lanterns.

While shooting the track, Kareena remained content in her own company. The actress hardly mingled with anyone; rather she kept talking on the phone. Was it her husband Saif Ali Khan on the other side?

We just hope the item track turns out to be as hot and sizzling as Fevicol Se.

Gabbar is written by the Ghajini fame director A R Murugadoss. The movie is expected to release later this year.

Akshay has already started shooting for the film. For the movie he has got a bearded and chikna look.

Esha, Ahana to join Hema Malini on her pilgrimage to the Lok Sabha

 

Dream Girl Hema Malini had the most divine experience during her journey from Delhi to her Lok Sabha constituency in Mathura.

She was showered with flowers all through the journey.

Speaking from Mathura while trying to balance a dozen meetings, public rallies and road shows for the next 24 hours, Hema said, "It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I travelled to Mathura from Delhi by car. It was a 5-hour journey. Throughout there were supporters of the BJP and my fans showering rose petals on me. I felt I was being divinely blessed for a very tough job ahead."

This is Hemaji's first attempt to contest for the Lok Sabha, and she has her entire family's support.

Says the tireless diva,"No woman has ever won a Lok Sabha seat from Mathura. So if I win it would be a victory on many levels for me and my party."

The BJP surprised Hemaji by offering her a Lok Sabha ticket. "I thought so far my party only saw me fit for the Rajya Sabha. And I was happy doing whatever I could. But when the part high command asked me if I would like a Lok Sabha ticket I was pleasantly surprised. It's a responsibility which I intend to take very seriously."

The one most worried by Hemaji's decision to contest the Lok Sabha elections was her husband. "Dharamji was skeptical. 'Tum kar paaogi? Would you be able to do it? From the Rajya Sabha to the Lok Sabha is a big leap.'He worries too much about me. He thinks I take on more than I can manage. But I assured him contesting elections from Mathura is like a home-coming for me."

Hemaji feels a deep affinity to Mathura. "It is the birth-place of Lord Krishna. And I've always been very closely bonded to Lord Krishna. He is my first love. I've been dancing to His tune since childhood. Somewhere he must have heard and seen my devotion and beckoned me to Mathura."

In spite of the protests the lovely actress felt an immense satisfaction when she arrived in Mathura on Tuesday. "There are people in the party who feel, 'Isskokyon ticket diya. What has she done?' I want to tell them, I'm not in politics to flash my smile and look beautiful. During my tenure in the RajyaSabha I was certainly not a sleeper parliamentarian."

She has big plans for Mathura. "There is unlimited scope for improvement in so many areas. I intend to make the best of the opportunity. There is a definite Narendra Modi wave in the air. We are all very upbeat."

Hemaji would soon be joined in Mathura by her family. "Esha and Ahana will be here with their husbands to campaign for the party. Not only did my daughters offer to be here, my sons-in-law said, 'Aap wahanpe ho hum bhiaayenge.' I think I am very lucky to have such a supportive family."

Dharamji is also expected tojoin his wife in Mathura. "He has to be here when I file my nomination papers. He is very shy of large public gatherings. But he will address the people of Mathura for my sake."

Bollywood's new 'I'll do what I want' woman

Bollywood's new 'I'll do what I want' woman She has been demure, submissive; bold, beautiful; sexy, flirtatious and daring. She has also been holier-than-thou and sometimes, also a vamp. Bollywood, in its over 100 years of existence, has been a canvas of the several shades of a woman. But here's a new colour - the Kangana Ranaut of Queen and the Alia Bhatt of Highway - free-spirited and living life on their terms, much like young contemporary Indian women today.

I'm loving it!

The attitude - vociferous, uninhibited, opinionated, free-willed and independent - is so easy to embrace and fall in love with. It's almost as if the country'swomen, subjugated by social conformity, men, family and environment, have found a part of themselves hidden in some corner of these characters who recognise their path, create it, follow it and then emerge with flying colours.

Take a look at Kangana as Rani in Queen - she leads a simple, protected life like any other middle-class girl in Delhi's Rajouri Garden, or largely, across India; dates a man who doesn't let her dance her heart out even if she loves to, and isn't comfortable with the idea of having a working woman as his wife.

Rani adjusts - something that most 'bharatiya naaris' would do. But she comes into her own when her fiance calls off the wedding, and she announces to her parents that she wouldn't grieve and would instead embark on her honeymoon to Paris and Amsterdam - alone. She survives, enjoys herself and finds out how there is more to life than settling down with a man who doesn't care about her dreams and desires.

Ditto with Highway. But unlike Kangana's Rani, Alia's character Veera is rich and well-travelled. Yet, she feels something amiss and a ride on a highway brings joy to her life.

Her fiance, scared, tries to curb her desire, but here's Bollywood's new 'I'll do what I want' and 'I'll make you do what I want' type of heroine, who chooses to follow her dreams.

When she gets kidnapped, what follows is a journey of self-realisation for Veera, who happens to understand that travelling is not about going up and down in the lift of a hotel, that life is not about glittering social gatherings and she soaks in the joys of being in touch with nature and reality.

Examples of "free-spirited" women in Bollywood cinema may still be few and intermittent, but the trend is here to stay.

Katrina Kaif in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Deepika Padukone in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Ram-Leela, Sonam Kapoor in Raanjhanaa, Parineeti Chopra in Shuddh Desi Romance and Hasee Toh Phasee, Sridevi in English Vinglish and the girls in Chak De! India -- all reflect the new age women who know what they want from life.

Deepika's Yeh Jawaani character gave voice to the desire of a young collegegoer to move out of the comfort of her house and chuck her fat books to explore life and see how her personality improves when she steps out of her mental stereotype. Sridevi's comeback role as a middle-aged housewife in English Vinglish proved that once a woman decides to do something, she does it successfully and age poses no bar.

Even Katrina's Zindagi Na Milegi character believes in seizing the moment and making the most of life instead of running after the conventional.

Parineeti, as the slightly eccentric character in Hasee Toh Phasee, does what she wants - irrespective of whether or not it fits into her family's traditional scheme of things.

These women expressed the grit, determination and indomitable will to live life their way.

It's a joy watching such pleasing and honest portrayals of women on screen. These characters show that if let loose, women can move so much beyond society's 'acceptable' limits.

In the real world, women are gradually reaping the benefits of making their own choices - be it about career, marriage, relationships, family or vocation.

So do us a favour dear people around us - let your daughter, sister, wife and mother have a life of their own. Let them loose!

Alia Bhatt: It's not shallow to care about clothes, make-up

Alia Bhatt: It's not shallow to care about clothes, make-upAlia Bhatt, who sported a de-glam look in her second film Highway, may not be "constantly fashionable" but she says there is nothing wrong in being fashion conscious.

The actress made her debut as an upmarket glamorous girl in Student of the Year.

"I am closer to my second character. But I don't think it's shallow to care about clothes and make-up. Every girl likes to dress up. I didn't really begin to care about my looks until I started acting. Now I enjoy dressing up. But I am not constantly fashionable. There are days when I am in pyjamas at home," she said in an interview.

Excerpts from the interview:

Ques: Which is closer to the real Alia, the shallow clothes horse in Student Of The Year or the sensitive pained girl in Highway?

Alia: I am closer to my second character. But I don't think it's shallow to care about clothes and make-up. Every girl likes to dress up. I didn't really begin to care about my looks until I started acting. Now I enjoy dressing up. But I am not constantly fashionable. There are days when I am in pyjamas at home.

Ques: Not looking good is not an option for you?

Alia: You think so? (laughs) In that case I'll have to be more careful about my appearance.

Ques: How do you rate yourself in 2 States?

Alia: I haven't seen the film. But I love my character in 2 States. She is very different from the girls that I've played in my first two films. She is strong and mature. Which I am at times. At other times, I am not. But the emotions in 2 States were all new to me. I may be speaking too soon. But the director Abhishek Varman is absolutely fantastic.

Ques: Will you live up to the audience's expectations in 2 States?

Alia: Expectations will always be there. But I can't be thinking about that all the time. Only when the film is out, then all the anxieties will sink in. But I still feel I am too new to raise too many expectations. I am okay with failing.

Ques: That's Mahesh Bhatt's daughter speaking?

Alia: My father was the most excited after seeing Highway. He told me he couldn't sleep after seeing my performance. To me that's a very personal triumph. My father's approval means a lot to me. Actually, my entire family's approval means a lot to me. But my father's approval means a little more since he is a fantastic filmmaker and can separate Alia the daughter from Alia the actress.

Ques: Maybe you bring out the fantastic side of all your directors?

Alia: Nooooo, that's giving me too much credit. The novel 2 States was so good. We could easily go wrong in the screen adaptation. I hope people don't feel so. Because we've worked genuinely hard to keep the spirit of the novel intact in the film.

Ques: Which was harder in 2 States - playing a South Indian or playing a wife?

Alia: Speaking Tamil was really hard for me. Fortunately, I didn't have to play the Tamil girl in a loud caricatural way. She is a city girl. She can be from any part of the world. The Tamil side of her comes out when she's speaking to her parents. I didn't have to learn too much Tamil.

Namitha Pramod shifts base to Kochi

Namitha Pramod shifts base to Kochi
Young artiste Namitha Pramod is finally making Kochi her home. The actor is shifting from Trivandrum to Kochi in April.
Prior to her shoot of Lal Jose's Vikramadityan, which goes on floor on April 5, Namitha will have permanently shifted to Kochi. Namitha will be paired opposite Dulquer Salmaan in the flick. She did her schooling from at Carmel Girls Higher Secondary School in Trivandrum and has just finished with her Class 12 exams.

The young actor has Law Point set for release and a couple of projects lined up in Malayalam.

The LAST films of Bollywood's Legendary Greats


A look at movies that have marked the end of celebrated careers.
Excitement and anticipation surround every actor’s debut.
But there’s a certain sentimentality attached to their swan song as well.
Whether good or bad is immaterial, all that stays behind is that these films marked the finale of a celebrated career.
Last week's release Youngistaan features one of Hindi cinema’s most beloved actors -- Farooque Sheikh, who passed away in December last year.
In his last role, the reliably solid performer plays personal assistant to the Prime Minister in the film co-starring Jackky Bhagnani and Boman Irani.
We have lost a heartbreaking number of Bollywood legends in recent years, here’s tracing their final works.

Neha Sharma: No one is your friend in Bollywood

Neha Sharma: No one is your friend in BollywoodNeha Sharma, who started her career with southern films, has done a couple of Hindi movies but she still feels like an outsider in Bollywood and says "no one is your friend here".

She was seen in the films Crook, Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum and the recently released Youngistaan.

"I don't think I've found wide acceptance. I don't even think the big banners know about me. But I am still trying to find my bearings around here," said the 26-year-old Bihari girl.

"It isn't easy since I am very conservative at heart. Back home in Bhagalpur, we were a very non-filmy family. We didn't know much about movies except Mr Amitabh Bachchan. And we knew about Sanjeev Kumar because he was my mother's favourite actor. My three siblings were all into academics. And two of them are now settled in Chicago," she added.

Neha is hoping Youngistaan will bring her the kind of recognition that she is working towards.

"I did get my first film easily," said the actress who debuted with director Puri Jagganath's Telugu movie Chirutha in 2007.

"But since then it hasn't been an easy journey for me. Once I did a couple of Telugu films, I wanted to move to Bollywood. That's where the struggle began. Though I bagged 'Crook' with a big banner (Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt) and with a top leading man Emraan Hashmi, the film didn't do well." "Though Crook didn't work, I think it was a good film. Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum received a lot of flak. But it was a commercial success. That's what counts in the film industry," she said.

Though Neha loves Mumbai, she is still wary of Bollywood.

"No one is your friend here. Everyone is here to do her work. I am still searching for a meaning to this industry beyond the box office. Luckily, I got Youngistaan just in time. I am hoping it would be a turning point for me," she said.

It wasn't as if Neha sought a movie career. "Chirutha just fell into my lap. Like thousands of other small town girls I was just another aspirant from Bhagalpur hoping to make something out of my life. I came to Delhi to do a course in fashion designing. While studying I did a bit of modelling. That's how Puri Jagannath saw my pictures and called me. I was game for a movie career," she said.

Chirutha gave her the chance to travel abroad. "It was shot in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. That was incentive enough for me to do the film," she added. But to start her movie career with a negative character was tantamount to professional suicide.

"Every well-wisher advised me against it. No actress in Telugu cinema who has played a negative role at the start of her career has been accepted as a goody-goody heroine. I took the risk, and it worked.

I became the first Telugu debutant to get mass acceptance in a negative role. In comparison, my character Anwita Chauhan in Youngistaan was a piece of cake. Or should I say a gulaab jamun?"

​Yaami Gautham is a guest speaker at the Polio Conclave


​Yaami Gautham is a guest speaker at the Polio Conclave
Mollywood and Bollywood celebrities are known for their charity work, and it is no big surprise when they go out of their way to support a cause. We know that Mammootty works diligently for his Care and Share foundation and that Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan have pledged to donate their organs.

Now the latest to join the list is actress Yami Gautam, who made her Mollywood debut with the Prithviraj-starrer Hero. The actress, who is currently a busy bee in Bollywood, was the guest speaker at the India's Freedom from Polio Conclave 2014. "We all must try to take some time out for any social cause that we believe in guys," says Yaami. These popular men and women of tinseltown sure know how to do their bit to make a difference!

'Dolly Ki Doli' shooting starts on Gudi Padwa

'Dolly Ki Doli' shooting starts on Gudi Padwa


The shooting of Arbaaz Khan`s new production `Dolly Ki Doli`, featuring Sonam Kapoor, began Monday on the auspicious occasion of Gudi Padwa, a New Year festival celebrated in Maharashtra.

`Dolly Ki Doli` starts shooting today on the auspicious day of Gudi Padwa. Best wishes to all,` Arbaaz tweeted Monday about the movie, directed by Abhishek Dogra.

Meanwhile, several celebrities like Asha Bhosle, Sunidhi Chauhan, Bipasha Basu, Shilpa Shetty, Anupam Kher, Kirron Kher and Arshad Warsi also took to Twitter to share good wishes for Gudi Padwa.

Sonakshi to show Hindi version of 'Rio 2' to NGO kids

Sonakshi to show Hindi version of 'Rio 2' to NGO kids
Mumbai: Sonakshi Sinha has a soft corner for children of an NGO that she supports and she plans to treat them with a special screening of the Hindi version of Hollywood film `Rio 2`, for which she has lent her voice.

Sonakshi will organise a fun evening with an exclusive screening of the movie for the underprivileged children that the NGO supports, and she will also interact with them for sometime before the film`s screening.

A source said: `Sonakshi is all geared up, she has enjoyed dubbing for `Rio 2` so much that she thought it would be great to show the kids this film as they would also absolutely love it and enjoy it.`

The movie is a sequel to the 2011 hit animation film `Rio`. `Rio 2`, an adventure comedy set in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, is releasing in 3D here in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu April 11.

Salman Khan plans to make 'Yellow' in Hindi

Salman Khan plans to make 'Yellow' in Hindi


Mumbai: Superstar Salman Khan, who watched actor-producer Riteish Deshmukh`s Marathi production ‘Yellow’ recently, is so touched with the film that he is now keen to remake it in Hindi.


"We are speaking to Riteish (Deshmukh) to make this film in Hindi," Salman told reporters here at the screeing of ‘Yellow’.

Salman also said that he will have film`s director Mahesh Limaye on board for the Hindi remake and will also have Gauri Gadgil - on whom ‘Yellow’ is based - in the film.

‘Yellow’ deals with children with special needs and learning differences. It features Upendra Limaye, Aishwaraya Narkar, Usha Nadkarni and Mrunal Kulkarni in key roles.

Is Karan Johar overworked?

Is Karan Johar overworked?


Mumbai: Filmmaker Karan Johar`s Monday tweet suggests he may be overworked!

`When you are overworked...you reach a point when you lose your sense of protocol...can`t return messages...or address missed calls,`.

He is currently busy hosting his celebrity chat show `Koffee With Karan`, and his next co-production `2 States`, starring Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor, is ready to release April 18.

Salman Khan, Juhi Chawla to romance onscreen for the first time!

Salman Khan, Juhi Chawla to romance onscreen for the first time!

Mumbai: Juhi Chawla, who made an appearance on Karan Johar’s ‘Koffee With Karan’ along with her contemporary Madhuri Dixit, had said that she would love to work with Salman Khan.


And Juhi’s wish seems to have come true. The bubbly actress will be paired opposite Salman Khan in an upcoming untitled film, slated to go on floors early next year.

Surprisingly, Juhi and Salman were never romantically paired opposite each other in the 1990s. Juhi has shared screen space with the Dabangg Khan’s professional rivals- Aamir and Shah Rukh- but never romanced him on screen.

Juhi made an impressive comeback with a villainous role in ‘Gulaab Gang’ and stole the thunder from Madhuri, who played the protagonist.

And it will be interesting to see her chemistry with Salman.

(This is purely a fictional piece meant to be taken in good humour. Enjoy April Fool’s Day)

Want to be real, not act as a politician: Kirron Kher

Want to be real, not act as a politician: Kirron Kher


Mumbai: Known for her sophisticated and ornate taste in expensive saris and jewellery, Kirron Kher disregards the advice that she must dress simply during her rallies as a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate for the Lok Sabha election from Chandigarh. She believes she doesn`t need to "act" like a politician and that she`d rather be "real" to win votes.


An anonymous person made the suggestion to her.

"Yesterday someone said that I should wear simple clothes during rallies. But I don`t want to do the acting of a politician. I want to be real," the 58-year-old posted on her Twitter page.

Kirron, wife of actor Anupam Kher, wore a sari simpler than her usual taste when she filed her nomination papers in Chandigarh earlier this month.

Meanwhile, she is trying her best to be active on the online platform to connect with people in Chandigarh.

"Good morning Chandigarh! I want to keep on thanking you for the love and support that is pouring in. I promise to fulfill my duties sincerely," she posted Monday morning.

She has even urged her followers on Twitter to "please tweet me your suggestions/advice".

"It may not be possible for me to meet all individually, but my heart is full of warmth for you," she added.

Vidya receives Padma Shri

Vidya receives Padma Shri


New Delhi: The unconventional beauty of Bollywood, `Vidya Balan` received one of the highest award of honorary in the country for her phenomenal achievement in the industry.

The 36 year old actress was overwhelmed on receiving the Padma Shri award, by the President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan, which is undoubtedly a prized moment for her.

The sultry actress has proved her mettle in films like `Paa`, `Ishqiya`, `Parineeta`, `Kahaani` and holds a National Film award to her credit.

The `Dirty Picture` actress`s career is on a roll and is one of the most critically acclaimed actresses of today, who strongly boasts of women empowerment in the country.

It is a matter of pride and certainly not a small achievement to receive the 4th highest civilian award, Padma Shri by the President of India.

Well woman ,we are certainly proud of you. Famous for the unconventional roles she carries on her shoulder, she is one actress who has no qualms about her weight or the one who desires to be a fashionista.

For her, getting the Padma award was nothing short of a wonderful surprise.

Apart from Vidya, here`s the list for other dignitaries in the field of art and culture who were honoured with the award:

Haven't found wide acceptance: Neha Sharma on Bollywood

Haven't found wide acceptance: Neha Sharma on Bollywood


Mumbai: Neha Sharma, who started her career with southern films, has done a couple of Hindi movies but she still feels like an outsider in Bollywood and says "no one is your friend here".


She was seen in the films "Crook", "Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum" and the recently released "Youngistaan".

"I don`t think I`ve found wide acceptance. I don`t even think the big banners know about me. But I am still trying to find my bearings around here," said the 26-year-old Bihari girl.

"It isn`t easy since I am very conservative at heart. Back home in Bhagalpur, we were a very non-filmy family. We didn`t know much about movies except Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. And we knew about Sanjeev Kumar because he was my mother`s favourite actor. My three siblings were all into academics. And two of them are now settled in Chicago," she added.

Neha is hoping "Youngistaan" would bring her the kind of recognition that she is working towards.

"I did get my first film easily," said the actress who debuted with director Puri Jagganath`s Telugu movie "Chirutha" in 2007.

"But since then it hasn`t been an easy journey for me. Once I did a couple of Telugu films, I wanted to move to Bollywood. That`s where the struggle began. Though I bagged `Crook` with a big banner (Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt) and with a top leading man Emraan Hashmi, the film didn`t do well."

"Though `Crook` didn`t work, I think it was a good film. `Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum` received a lot of flak. But it was a commercial success. That`s what counts in the film industry," she said.

Though Neha loves Mumbai, she is still wary of Bollywood.

"No one is your friend here. Everyone is here to do her work. I am still searching for a meaning to this industry beyond the box office. Luckily, I got `Youngistaan` just in time. I am hoping it would be a turning point for me," she said.

It wasn`t as if Neha sought a movie career.

"`Chirutha` just fell into my lap. Like thousands of other small town girls I was just another aspirant from Bhagalpur hoping to make something out of my life. I came to Delhi to do a course in fashion designing. While studying I did a bit of modelling. That`s how Puri Jagannath saw my pictures and called me. I was game for a movie career," she said.

"Chirutha" gave her the chance to travel abroad. "It was shot in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. That was incentive enough for me to do the film," she added.

But to start her movie career with a negative character was tantamount to professional suicide.

"Every well-wisher advised me against it. No actress in Telugu cinema who has played a negative role at the start of her career has been accepted as a goody-goody heroine. I took the risk, and it worked.

"I became the first Telugu debutant to get mass acceptance in a negative role. In comparison, my character Anwita Chauhan in `Youngistaan` was a piece of cake. Or should I say... a gulaab jamum?"

Salman is hot: Sonam Kapoor

Salman is hot: Sonam Kapoor



Mumbai: Actress Sonam Kapoor, who had teamed up with Salman Khan in her debut movie `Saawariya`, will work with him once again in Sooraj Barjatya`s next directorial. She praised the superstar as `hot` and said the film will be `double dhamaal`.

Sonam said `He is hot. It`s double `dhamaal` with Salman since he is in double role. I am super excited to work with him. I am not allowed to talk about it. You will see. He is looking good in the film.`

The film will be directed by Sooraj Barjatya.

Meanwhile, the actress is trying something different with her next film `Dolly Ki Doli` as well.

She said: `It`s interesting...I hope people can digest it because we are trying to do something different. Doing things different is always sc

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Yami Gautam – The new 'Babuji' on Twitter

Yami Gautam – The new 'Babuji' on Twitter
Zee Media Bureau/ Aparna Mudi

New Delhi: `Vicky Donor` star Yami Gautam, is trending on the micro-blogging website, Twitter, reminiscent of the `Babuji` jokes a few months ago.

Yami Gautam had featured in a fairness cream advertisement some time ago, and for some reason suddenly the actress started trending on Twitter facing severe backlash.

Many of the Twitterati have posted interesting jokes, and one liners about Yami. Here are some of them:

“Is Yami Gautam the reason for Yuvi`s form. Her glow did enlighten his mind. well done! Yuvi. #IndvsAus “

“Micheal Jackson was born black, he turned Yami Gautam years later “

“ Yami Gautam to star in Hindi Remake of Snow White.. “

“There is new fairy tale in town - #YamiGautam and the seven dwarfs “

“#Yami Gautam is so white that even milk looks black in front of her.“

“NASA is sending Yami Gautam to the space to recharge all their solar cell panels up there. #YamiGautam “

“When Yami Gautam went to watch Test series , test series was white washed.. “

“When Yami Gautam`s family play chess and they can`t find some pieces, they make her the White Queen. “

“Humans have two types of blood cells: 1) Red Blood cells 2) Yami Gautam blood cells “


Although the ads claim that the product is for skin lightening, it still shows that fair skin girls have more confidence, hence more successful. There has been a recent trend of opposing racism in the ad world by the urban community with several NGOs raising awareness and campaigns against the racist ads.

The question remains whether Yami will take this backlash as well as Alok Nath took. Alok Nath spoke to Zee News about his trending status in January when `Babuji` was trending.

Anil Kapoor wants to direct me, says Sonam

Anil Kapoor wants to direct me, says Sonam
Mumbai: Actress Sonam Kapoor says her father, noted actor Anil Kapoor, is proud of her achievements but wants her to do better work and has even expressed his desire to direct her.




"He thinks I need to work harder and do better work. He is proud of me, but he keeps telling me to focus and work hard and not to space out in between (take break) as this is the time to work out. I am trying to do that," Sonam told.

Despite success and creating her own identity, she is proud and happy to be known has Anil Kapoor`s daughter.

"I am very happy being known as Anil Kapoor`s daughter. It makes me feel very proud, he is an amazing dad. I don`t want him to be known by my name...I don`t think that is ever going to happen," the actress said.

Anil liked Sonam in `Raanjhanaa`, `Aisha` and her upcoming film `Khubsoorat`, a remake of Rekha`s 1980 hit film.

"The best compliment I got from him was after he watched `Khubsoorat` and told me why I don`t let him direct me...He found me really good in the film," she said.

The shooting of `Khubsoorat` is already over but the makers are yet to announce an official release date.

Sonam, a brand ambassador for L`Oreal Paris, came together with its other ambassadors Katrina Kaif and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to celebrate India`s women achievers at the third edition of the L`Oreal Paris Femina Women Awards which was held recently.
Fifteen women were felicitated for their exemplary work in various fields from art, sports, education, etc.

Karan Johar celebrates Saturday night with Gauri Khan

Karan Johar celebrates Saturday night with Gauri KhanNew Delhi: Film-maker Karan Johar`s long term friendship with King Khan of Bollywood is well known to everyone. And the affable ties he shares with his wife, Gauri Khan is of course not a mystery.



The successful director took to Twitter to post a lovable picture with his `Gal pals` and Gauri. It seems that the gang had enormous fun this Saturday night.



Gauri Khan is a successful interior designer and a film producer. Currently she is also the co-founder of Red Chillies Entertainment, a film production company along with her husband.

Well, Kudos to you Karan for the strong ties. May you celebrate many more such parties with your bosom buddies.

Lights add drama to WIFW during Earth Hour

Lights add drama to WIFW during Earth Hour
New Delhi: The clock struck 8.30 p.m Saturday - it was the Earth Hour - but lights continued to be turned on at the venue of the glitzy and glamorous Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) autumn-winter 2014. FDCI president Sunil Sethi however said the design fraternity is all for the cause.



The fashion gala is being held at Pragati Maidan, and the venue is divided into two main show areas, an exhibition area and various lounge areas.

On day four of WIFW, organised by the Fashion Design Council of India, a show was scheduled to begin at 8.15 p.m. People waited eagerly to catch the show, and after a wait of over 30 minutes, Aneeth Arora of péro label presented her autumn-winter line.

The stage was set in such a way that it reminded people of freshly cleared snow-laden roads. A few lamp posts near the ramp made the set up more dramatic.

The lights flickered initially, but soon, they intensified as spotlights on the models who trickled in.

They showcased Arora`s creations, which consisted of woollen red-checkered jacket, lamb wool dress, woollen top and pashmina top and more.

When asked as to why the event didn`t observe Earth Hour, a global environmental campaign observed on a pre-decided day and hour in March every year, Sethi said: "When the show is on, lights are off. There are only a few of them focussed on the models and you see you don`t want people tripping.

"We are for the Earth Hour. We observed it last time but if it is during a show, we don`t have an option because there is a backstage and there are people getting make-up done."

As part of commitment to the planet, people are asked to switch off lights for an hour on Earth Hour.

Sethi said they observed the the event partly.

"We didn`t want any accidents to happen...Unfortunately, in the middle of the show, you can`t observe Earth Hour. We have tried to do it in different parts (of the venue)...like in lounges, we switched off the lights, so we feel our conscience is clear. We have done our bit," he added.

I am biggest fan of superstar Rajinikanth: Kajol

I am biggest fan of superstar Rajinikanth: Kajol


Mumbai: Actress Kajol who attended the Hindi trailer launch of ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ here Sunday said she is Rajinikanth`s biggest fan.


"I am super excited for this .... I am Rajinikanth`s biggest fan. He is the original superstar I look up to him. If I get an opportunity to work with him there are no two thoughts about it," Kajol told reporters during the curtain raiser red carpet of ‘Kochadaiiyaan’.

Directed by Soundarya, ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ features Rajnikanth and Deepika Padukone in the lead.

The trailer was launched by megastar Amitabh Bachchan.

Also present on this occasion were Jaya Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Anupam Kher.

WIFW 2014 grand finale: Kangana's oops moment on ramp

WIFW 2014 grand finale: Kangana's oops moment on ramp


New Delhi: She may have walked with élan in Madhur Bhandarkar`s 2008 release ‘Fashion’, but actress Kangana Ranaut was unable to move forward smoothly as the showstopper for designer Namrata Joshipura at the grand finale of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) autumn-winter 2014 here.


The five-day fashion event concluded Sunday and the ‘Queen’ star was invited to sashay down the ramp as Joshipura`s showstopper.

With her curly locks tied up, Kangana made her entry in a strapless floor sweeping black gown with metallic embellishment on the side.

Just after taking a few steps, one could notice her struggling with her gown created by Joshipura. Nevertheless, Kangana gradually walked on the LED lit runway. After stumbling a few times, she slightly lifted her gown up with both hands to avoid herself from falling on the stage.

"I feel her show was good and I feel bad because I let her down," the 27-year-old told reporters here after the show.

The designer missed the chance to walk down the ramp with Kangana and take a bow, but she continued to be happy.

"Stuff happen. Kangana is larger than that. She walked for me and I am happy," said Joshipura.

Despite the mishap, Kangana was in some way delighted to be back on the fashion runway.

"It is nice to be here. Many years after `Fashion` I am getting to walk on the ramp. I was a fashion disaster in `Queen` and a fashion victim in `Revolver Rani`...I love getting dressed and looking good for a change...I like doing shows," said the actress, who will be soon seen in ‘Revolver Rani’.

And if it`s as chic as Joshipura`s show at the fashion week, anyone would feel honoured to be a part of it.

The show had a disc jockey and a drummer playing in coordination and before the models` entry, a few dancers in reflective suits, which matched the theme of the collection, gave an interesting performance.

Joshipura then presented her new range titled electron, which was inspired by the future. New techniques were used. Texturing was used as embellishment, leather palettes were created and twisted fabrics were woven into surfaces.

There were long and short dresses, bodysuits, shorts and jackets in mostly black. Other colours included green, blue and red.

The knee length boots, gloves, gladiator headgear and metal piece on lips of the models, made the outfits more appealing.

Farah Khan impressed by 'boys'!

Farah Khan impressed by 'boys'!


Mumbai: Tough taskmaster Farah Khan is impressed by the dance skills of the male cast members of her upcoming directorial `Happy New Year`.


The choreographer-filmmaker sang words of praise for her team via Twitter.

"`Happy New Year` boys are the best dancers in the world...Sonu Sood, Shah Rukh Khan, Boman Irani and Vivaan Shah. Deepika Padukone simply rocks. And my rock star Abhishek Bachchan...proud," she posted on the micro-blogging site.

The song and dance sequences in Farah`s films have always been a highlight. It seems those in "Happy New Year" are going to be a delight too!

'Hunger Games' star Dayo Okeniyi to star in 'Terminator: Genesis'

'Hunger Games' star Dayo Okeniyi to star in 'Terminator: Genesis'
Los Angeles: `Hunger Games` star Dayo Okeniyi has been casted in Arnold Schwarzenegger starrer `Terminator: Genesis`.

The 25-year-old actor, best known for his role of Thresh in `The Hunger Games`, will be playing the son of Miles Dyson, reportedly.

Dyson was the man directly responsible for the creation of deadly machine Skynet. He later helps the protagonist to destroy the dangerous communication system that would cause the war between human and machine. He was played by Joe Morton in the previous film.

The plotline of `Terminator: Genesis` is yet to be told, however, Schwarzenegger will reprise his role as the terminator.

The reboot will be the first installment of a new franchise. Emilia Clarke will play Sarah, Jason Clarke portrays her son John, and Jai Courtney stars as his father Kyle Reese.

Directed by `Thor: The Dark World` helmer Alan Taylor, it will arrive on July 1, 2015

Ram Kapoor completes Chandigarh schedule of 'Aayi Bala...'

Ram Kapoor completes Chandigarh schedule of 'Aayi Bala...'


New Delhi: Actor Ram Kapoor, who is currently shooting for political satire `Aayi Bala Ko Taal Tu`, has completed the Chandigarh schedule of the film.



The 40-year-old actor, best known for his role in hit daily soap `Bade Achhe Lagte Hain`, says although he enjoyed working in the city, he can`t wait to go home to his wife and kids.

"Finally done with the Chandigarh schedule. Chandigarh is a lovely city but I just can`t wait to get home. Been travelling way too much," Kapoor posted on Twitter.

`Aayi Bala Ko Taal Tu` is being directed by Shubho Shekhar Bhattacharya and also stars Rishi Kapoor, Konkona Sen Sharma and Shilpa Shukla in pivotal roles.

Kapoor will be next seen in upcoming co
medy film `Humshakals` in which he has a triple role. The Sajid Khan-directed movie also stars Saif Ali Khan, Bipasha Basu Riteish Deshmukh and Esha Gupta and will hit theatres on June 20.

Watch: The melodious 'Mast Magan' from '2 States'

Watch: The melodious 'Mast Magan' from '2 States'



New Delhi: One cannot afford to miss the tantalizing love that unveils between the two protagonists Arjun and Alia in the movie - '2 states'.

The soothing and melodious flow of the song automatically rejuvenates your soul, leaving you in a trans like state.

The soft tune is just right to lift your mood and a plethora of emotions churn inside you with every passing beat.

`Ho akhiyan kare jee hazuri
Maange hai teri manzuri..
Kajra siyaahi, din rang jaaye
Teri kastoori rain jagaye
[Man mast magan, man mast magan
Bas tera naam dohraaye] x 2`

I am sure you`ll end up chanting the very catchy line `Man mast magan........` to yourself and can not help but fall in love all over again.

You get to see the shy and the playful chemistry between Alia and Arjun in the video, and they have managed to pull of the song brilliantly.

Sung by Arijit Singh and Chinmayi Sripada, and music by Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy, this subtle number is sure to be another magical hit from `2 States`.

Undoubtedly this romantic number will work just fine for the movie and a great song to woo your partner with.

'2 States' is an adaptaion of Chetan Bhagat best selling novel starring Arjun Kapoor as Krish Malhotra, Alia Bhatt as Ananya Swaminathan.

Directed by Abhishek Verman, the movie is set to release on 18th of April this year.

Watch behind the scenes action of Akshay Kumar's 'Holiday'

Watch behind the scenes action of Akshay Kumar's 'Holiday'
New Delhi: The action superstar Akshay Kumar gave his fans a sneak peak of the behind the scenes action from his upcoming flick `Holiday: A Soldier is Never Off Duty`.

The movie that also stars Sonakshi Sinha is inspired from the hit Tamil movie, `Thuppakki` starring Vijay and Kajal Agarwal in lead roles.

The action sequence has been directed by Bond movie `Skyfall` famed action director Greg Powell. Greg speaks about `Khiladi` Akshay Kumar doing his own stunts with fantastic panache and how easy it was to direct him.

Amitabh Bachchan unveils Hindi trailer of Rajinikanth's 'Kochadaiiyaan

Amitabh Bachchan unveils Hindi trailer of Rajinikanth's 'Kochadaiiyaan'




Mumbai: The Hindi trailer of southern superstar Rajinikanth`s much awaited film ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ was Sunday launched by megastar Amitabh Bachchan here.


"It`s very difficult to find words and put it together, but I would like to say that a woman has directed it. Soundarya has taken a step forward and proved women in India are capable of doing their best," Amitabh said during the launch at a multiplex.

"Rajnikanth and I are very close to each other. We are like family... we have worked together in many films and he has been very humble. When we get time off screen, we discuss life and cinema," he said.

"During `Robot`, he told me he was bored of his work, but I told him `Please don`t stop working`. Look what he has produced now.

"It is unbelievable the way he reinvents himself. He has something new to offer to moviegoers. I would like to say that when the history of Indian cinema is written, it will be before `Kochadaiiyaan` and after `Kochadaiiyaan`."

On Rajinikanth`s fan following, Amitabh said: "If you wish to witness his fan following, you must go to the south. You can`t get tickets of his films on the first day first show as it`s completely occupied by his fans. After many attempts, when you get a ticket, you can`t hear anything because of the applause and whistles. I hope `Kochadaiiyaan` is filled for years and years in theatres."

Besides the trailer, a special shoot on the making of the film was also shown.

Many veteran actors attended the event. Shekhar Kapur, Subhash Ghai, Ramesh Sippy and R. Balki gave their blessings to debutant director Soundarya.

Praising Soundarya`s work, Shekhar Kapur said: "This film is going to be a game changer and your father should be very proud of you today."

Jaya Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kajol and Anupam Kher were also present.

However, the leading lady of the film, Deepika Padukone, could not make it to the event.
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Deepika and Katrina have no time for history

Deepika and Katrina have no time for historyActress Deepika Padukone has apparently said no to director Ashutosh Gowarikar's upcoming film. Says a source, "Deepika is busy shooting for films she has already signed, including Happy New Year, Shuddhi, and Window Seat.

She doesn't have any dates for the next two years and thus had to turn down a role in Ashutosh Gowarikar's film, Mohenjo-daro.

The source adds that the director was keen on signing Deepika for this film. "Deepika is a popular choice among filmmakers now. But the actress has no dates and will be busy shooting for the entire year," says the source.

Rumour also has it that Ashutosh Gowarikar had approached actress Katrina Kaif for the same role. "But she too said no to him on account of a packed schedule," says the source.

On the other hand, Hrithik has given a green signal to the filmmaker; they had last worked together on the period film, Jodha Akbar. It may be pointed out here that Deepika has earlier worked with Ashutosh Gowarikar on the film, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey. However, the film didn't create any waves at the box office.

Ashutosh Gowarikar was not available for comment while Katrina's manager confirmed that she has no dates to spare for the upcoming film.

Kareena Kapoor: Karisma Kapur looks younger than any Bollywood actress

Kareena Kapoor: Karisma Kapur looks younger than any Bollywood actress


Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor feels her elder sister Karisma looks younger than any contemporary female stars today.

"She (Karisma) has two kids, but she doesn't look like a mother of two. She looks younger than any Bollywood actress even today. She is the most beautiful girl as her heart is of gold. When you see her she looks radiant as ever," Kareena told PTI.

Kareena, 33, feels Karisma is lucky to have a toned body.

"She has very toned body and she is genetically blessed. I am more of a Kapoor, but she is more like my mother," Kareena said.

The Jab We Met star said she might also open her own fashion label after being the face of many fashion labels.

"It is not a plan or thought in my mind as of now. May be yes, sometime later," she added.

Anushka Sharma to produce and star in thriller

Anushka Sharma to produce and star in thrillerActress Anushka Sharma's first production venture NH 10 will be co-produced by Eros International Media Limited (Eros International) and Phantom Films.

To be directed by Navdeep Singh, NH 10 is an action thriller about a road trip that goes wrong, and apart from producing it, Anushka will feature in it.

"The film is an exciting collaboration with Anushka and Phantom and we are happy to associate with this talented team. NH 10 promises to be an interesting journey and we are looking forward to supporting and nurturing such strong content driven films," Sunil Lulla, managing director, Eros International Media Ltd, said in a statement.

Anushka, who made her acting debut in 2008 opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, is thrilled about the film.

"I'm doubly thrilled about NH-10, as it's a superb role and it also kick-starts this new phase in my film journey," said the actress, who features in Phantom Films' Bombay Velvet.

Now, she is happy to collaborate with the banner for her production venture. "This is my second film after Bombay Velvet with Phantom, and it's a blast working with them. It's going to be super-exciting working together again on what promises to be an explosive film," said the 25-year-old.

Shilpa Shetty says nothing wrong with no-pregnancy clause

Shilpa Shetty says nothing wrong with no-pregnancy clauseActress Shilpa Shetty says that if a project is not delayed, there is nothing wrong with no-pregnancy clause for actresses.

"I don't think there is anything wrong with the clause. At the end of the day, we all are here to work and a lot of money is riding on the actors," Shilpa told reporters during the press conference of Dishkiyaoon.

"Yes, I can understand if the project goes on till four to five years, then it's not acceptable. But if you sign a project for a year or so, then I think it's fine. I personally feel there is nothing wrong with the (no) pregnancy clause," said the actress, who has turned producer with Dishkiyaoon.

Whether no-pregnancy clause be included in an actress's contract became a topic of discussion ever since the rumours of Vidya Balan's pregnancy surfaced, although the actress has denied the reports.

Directed by Sanamjit Singh Talwar, Dishkiyaoon features Sunny Deol and Harman Baweja in the lead roles. It is slated for a March 28 release.

Asked about her role as a producer, Shilpa said: "There is a lot of pressure on producers. I have to touch Sunny's feet who has managed to produce so many films. So far, the experience has been great and I am still learning a lot of things."

Meanwhile, the 38-year-old, who is on a break from acting, said she will take two more years to face the camera.

"I have always been connected to the industry. At the moment I am too busy as my son is too small. I will take two more years to face the camera," said Shilpa, who is married to businessman Raj Kundra. Their son will turn two in May this year.

Bipasha Basu: I'm touched by Harman's work in Dishkiyaoon



Bipasha Basu: I'm touched by Harman's work in Dishkiyaoon
Actress Bipasha Basu was moved to tears while watching current beau Harman Baweja's performance in Dishkiyaoon. She says she finds him "endearing" in the film.

The actress was spotted with Harman at the special screening of the film on March 25.

Asked to comment on his work in the film, she said, "I am really touched with Harman's performance. After the interval, I had little bit of tears in my eyes."

After delivering box office duds like What's Your Raashee?, Victory and Love Story 2050, Harman is hopeful that Dishkiyaoon brings his career on the right track. He dons a well-toned fresh look in the film.

Lauding his confidence, Bipasha said, "When you are an actor it is very difficult to move away from the profession that you love so much and to completely remould yourself, project yourself and comeback with a completely fresh look which is so endearing."

Produced by Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra's home production, Dishkiyaoon features Harman as the protagonist, Vicky Kartoos, who makes his way to the top, in the uncertain world of gangsters.

Directed by debutant Sanamjit Singh Talwar, the film also features actor Sunny Deol and newcomer Ayesha Khanna.

Bipasha also praised the film and said, "It's fantastic. It's a great film as it is entertaining and it is for the intelligent audience as it is a tricky film."

Dishkiyaoon will hit the theatres on March 28

Kangana Ranaut: Not the flavour of the season and don't want to be

Kangana Ranaut: Not the flavour of the season and don't want to be



The success of Queen has catapulted Kangana Ranaut into the big league, but the "self-made" actress who has given quite a few good films in her eight-year long career, says she is only "trying to make her own identity" and doesn't aspire to win "flavour of the season" tag.

From her first film Gangster - A Love Story to Woh Lamhe, Life In A Metro, Fashion and Tanu Weds Manu, the 27-year-old proved her mettle whenever she faced the camera. But the success of Vikas Bahl directed Queen, which has collected about Rs 50 crore at the domestic box-office, is like icing on the cake.

But the success hasn't gone to her head and she says, "I am a self-made person. Whatever I have achieved till date, I have struggled a lot for it."

"Queen of Bollywood is just a tag, which is given to different actresses every month, so I don't want any such tag," the actress told reporters on March 26 at the film's success party hosted by Vikas.

Kangana, who won National Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of a troubled model in Fashion, will next be seen playing the lead in Revolver Rani, releasing on April 25.

"I have been struggling from the last eight years to reach where I have reached today. I am still not the flavour of the season and I don't aspire to be one. I do my job honestly. I do different kind of work and I am trying to make my own identity," she said.

Katrina Kaif has denied doing Raees with Shah Rukh Khan

Katrina Kaif not doing Raees with Shah Rukh Khan

Actress Katrina Kaif has denied being approached to star opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Rahul Dholakia's Raees.

There was a buzz that both the stars will be seen together again in the Farhan Akhtar production after Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

"I don't know where this news has come from. There is no such discussion like that till now. There are three films Bang Bang, Phantom and Jagga Jasoos that I am doing right now. I am in talks for two more projects which I can't reveal," Katrina told PTI.

Even Rahul dismissed the report and said, "I don't think so we have approached her. But we will surely finalise the leading lady in a couple of weeks."

Apparently, Katrina has been offered a role in Ashutosh Gowarikar's period film. But the actress was not in mood to reveal any details and she neither denied nor confirmed doing it. "I feel for whatever films I am in discussion with a filmmaker it is not correct to talk about it unless one is doing it because if it doesn't work out then it makes things awkward for the people and the project," she said.

Presently, Katrina is busy with Bang Bang opposite Hrithik Roshan and Jagga Jasoos with rumoured boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor.

The actress has delivered two hit films with Ranbir earlier in Ajab Prem Ki Ghajab Kahani and Rajneeti. "Both the films that Ranbir and I did were really liked by people and were successful. It is exciting for me to work with Ranbir again, he is a great actor. Director Anurag Basu is one of the finest directors that we have today and I am privileged to work with him," she said.

Besides, she has Kabir Khan's Phantom with Saif Ali Khan, with whom she is pairing up for the first time.

Alia Bhatt: I'm an actor, not anyone's daughter on screen

Alia Bhatt: I'm an actor, not anyone's daughter on screen


Actress Alia Bhatt, who has shot for some intimate scenes with Arjun Kapoor for her new movie 2 States, says she is an actor on screen and not anybody's daughter.

Asked how did her parents react to her intimate scenes, Alia said, "Have you seen my father's film? I am an actor on screen and not anybody's daughter."

"Anyway, I don't think my dad has any problem with it," Alia told reporters during a press conference.

Alia, who plays a Tamil girl in the film, says her character is very mature. "Ananya is much more mature. She is very intelligent. After all, she is an MBA. I relate to the character. She can do anything for the people she loves."

Arjun, who agreed to be part of 2 States, says one reason why he agreed to be part of the film was because he feels love does not have any boundaries.

"I choose to do this film because I feel there are no boundaries when it comes to love. Nobody can stop you when it comes to love. I connected to this film emotionally," he said.

Directed by Abhishek Verman, 2 States is slated for release on April 18.

Vidya Balan: No plans to join politics

Vidya Balan: No plans to join politics

National award-winning actress Vidya Balan, who is on a mini break from her hectic career, says she has no plans to join politics and will stick to her acting career.

"I don't have a political bent of mind except that I will cast my vote like a responsible citizen of India," Vidya Balan told reporters during the launch of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM).

She said she was honoured to be the brand ambassador of the festival third time with the 2014 being the special one as the festival will be inaugurated by Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan on May 1.

Vidya is on her two-day trip to Australia and would be returning back tonight to receive Padma Shree award on Monday in New Delhi.

Expressing her gratitude for all the awards and appreciations she has received in the past, Vidya Balan said, "As long as I get exciting parts to play, work with good filmmakers and team, I think that is what I am hoping for. Everything else follows. I have never pursued or worked towards an award but good work is always what one hopes for," Vidya said.

The 36-year-old actress also quashed her pregnancy rumours disclosing that she was taking a short break to get back to her acting career.

"I have been working with back to back shooting and film release for the last five years. I am taking a break for two months before I start promoting my next film Bobby Jasoos which will release in June or July and would need lot of work," she said.

According to recent reports, Vidya Balan opted out of Sujoy Ghosh's next thriller Durga Rani Singh and speculations are that she has been replaced by Kangana Ranaut.

When asked about her take on Kangana replacing her in the film, Vidya said, "I am happy that she is doing the film."