Monday, April 28, 2014

Konkona happy for being offered roles on Tagore's work

Konkona happy for being offered roles on Tagore's work

Kolkata: Actress Konkona Sen Sharma said she is grateful and happy for receiving roles based on the work of Rabindranath Tagore.

Konkona would be next seen in "Sajarur Kanta", where she otherwise plays Deepa in the film, but takes on the role of Nandini from Tagore`s classic play `Raktakarabi` as member of a theatre troupe staging the play.

"It gives a high to me," the award-winning actress, 34, said while speaking on her character Nandini of Tagore`s `Raktakarabi`.

"I am happy that characters with Tagorean references are coming my way a lot more these days," she said.

Earlier, she played `Kadombori` in Tagore`s much-acclaimed work "Sesher Kobita". Recalling how she grasped the typical Tagorean touch in the dialogue of Nandini, Konkona said, "I found the parts a bit difficult. But the workshop with Sohag Sen (theatre personality) helped as I worked towards perfecting the lines and nuances and memorised the words."

"I have to become the Nandini of `Raktakarabi` as people have certain perceptions about her, while Labanya is also a well-known character in `Sesher Kobita`. So though it is a challenge to live upto the perceptions, my portrayals are based on my understanding and homework," Konkona said.

She acknowledged the role of her mother (Aparna Sen) in helping to get a grip on the character Nandini. The director of the film, Saibal Mitra, said Konkona`s Deepa in `Sajarur Kanta` is a vital cog in the crime thriller with a romantic angle.

Konkona, who was the female lead in "Page 3", said she was fine with all kinds of films and acknowledged the fact that she had been offered interesting projects in Bengali.

Actor Dhritiman Chatterjee of Satyajit Ray`s `Pratidwandi` fame, enacts the 60-plus Byomkesh Bakshi in the film, which is set in present day Kolkata.

Salman Khan's 2002 hit-and-run case: Witnesses depose in court

Salman Khan's 2002 hit-and-run case: Witnesses depose in court

New Delhi: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan's troubles seem to be a never ending saga. The re-trial of actor's most infamous 2002 hit-and-run case started Monday in the Mumbai sessions court. The trial began with a number of witnesses deposing before the court. However, the actor himself was missing from all the action.

One of the first witnesses to depose in the court, Samba Gowda, said he had drawn panchnama of the articles seized by police on the day of the incident on September 28, 2002.

The witness told prosecutor Jagannath Kenjalkar that it was a big car involved in the accident and said police had reached the spot along with him. He further said the car had rammed into a laundry and its bumper had hit the shutter of the shop. The witness said he saw glass pieces, number plate of the car and bumper parts lying on the spot. These articles were seized by police and a panchnama was drawn by him.

"I can identify the articles collected by police from the place of accident," said Gowda, who hails from Karnataka.

Two more witnesses were discharged as they had admitted the panchnamas drawn by them.

According to the public prosecutor, although a list of 64 witnesses has been submitted by the prosecution, it would not examine all of them.

Earlier, the case was deferred by the court till April 28th, 2014 as the prosecution sought time to produce witnesses in view of police deployment on election duty.

Sessions Judge D W Deshpande had asked the prosecution to produce on April 28 the first witness who was injured in the mishap in which the actor was involved, followed by eye witnesses in May.

On March 26, three witnesses failed to turn up as they were either not available or untraceable making this the second occasion when the fresh trial has not begun in the case.

The Bollywood superstar is facing the charges of running over his Toyota Land Cruiser on people sleeping on a footpath outside a bakery in suburban Bandra on September 28, 2002, killing one and injuring four others.

Women's roles in Bollywood are changing: Katrina Kaif

Women's roles in Bollywood are changing: Katrina Kaif

Mumbai: Actress Katrina Kaif thinks that the portrayal of women in Bollywood films has changed. "The portrayal of women has changed over a period of time... The kind of roles and films that are being made with women are great. We not only have women-centric films but even in a love story, where hero and heroine have equal role, the characters of women are strong and not stereotypical," Katrina, 30, said.

"Earlier the roles of women were more or less same, they were repeated, but today there is a difference. And people are loving it," she said.

L`Oreal Paris brand ambassadors Katrina, Aishwarya Rai and Sonam Kapoor came together to celebrate India`s women achievers at the third edition of the L`Oreal Paris Femina Women Awards yesterday.

Fifteen women from different walks of life were felicitated. "We actors work for gratification, money, fame, acknowledgement. These women who won awards do things not for financial reasons or anything," Katrina said.

Priyanka Chopra running Saturday night fever!

Priyanka Chopra running Saturday night fever!

New Delhi: Priyanka Chopra is simply riding on a high. It seems that praises and good work comes to the actress effortlessly.

On one hand, if everyone was going gaga over her singing prowess, then on the other hand she took the IIFA stage by storm at Tampa Bay, shaking a leg with Hollywood legend John Travolta.

It looks like the Saturday night fever is still on Piggy Chops` mind for sure, as she tweeted about her latest feat with the actor.

It was quite a night and sight to see the duo dance on the peppy number `Tune Mari Entriyaan`, from her movie `Gunday`, leaving the audience in awe of them.

Keeping the spirit alive of the gala night, the breathtaking moves by Travolta, Hrithik Roshan and PC together, certainly raised the bar at the 15th International Indian Film Academy Awards.

Nargis gets clicked with 50 Cent

Nargis gets clicked with 50 Cent
Mumbai: Bollywood actress Nargis Fakhri, who recently shot for her first international film titled `Spy` in the US, caught up with global rapper Curtis Jackson, popular as 50 Cent.

Nargis was clicked with the "Candy Shop" hitmaker during the shoot of `Spy`.

Also starring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham and Jude Law, 50 Cent essays a brief role in the film being directed by Paul Feig.

The film will see the `Rockstar` star in her first action role.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag wins nine technical awards at IIFA 2014

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag wins nine technical awards at IIFA 2014

Florida (Tampa Bay): Filmmaker Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra`s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, which has already garnered several awards, claimed nine technical awards at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards 2014 being held here.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag bagged the awards for best cinematography (Binod Pradhan), best screenplay (Prasoon Joshi), best dialogue (Prasoon Joshi), best editing (P.S. Bharti), best sound design (Nakul Kamte), best sound mixing (Pranav Shukla), best background score (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy), best costume designing (Dolly Ahluwalia) and best make-up (Vikram Gaikwad).

Milkha Singh grabbed the limelight during the award show, as Farhan Akhtar sang Zinda from the movie and Senorita from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and later got down from the stage and hugged the Olympian.

Singer Mika Singh sang some of his hit songs, and also got Hrithik Roshan on stage who grooved to his Agal Bagal song from Phata Poster Nikla Hero.

Sonakshi Sinha and Bipasha Basu also performed to a few dance numbers.

Rakesh Roshan`s Krrish 3 won two awards - best action (Sham Kaushal and Tony Ching Siu Tung) and best special effects-visuals (Keitan Yadav and Haresh Hingorani - Red Chillies VFX).

Rohit Shetty`s blockbuster hit "Chennai Express" won for best song recording (Vinod Verma for Lungi Dance) and best sound mixing (Anup Dev) along with Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

Deepika Padukone grabs the best actress trophy at IIFA 2014

Deepika Padukone grabs the best actress trophy at IIFA 2014

New Delhi: The International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) saw a bevy of Bollywood stars present at the big gala night. The 15th IIFA Awards was held at Florida,Tampa Bay from April 23 to 26 honouring the best performances in the field of Indian cinema. Here goes a list of who got what at the prestigious IIFA, also known as the `Bollywood Oscars`.

Best Lyrics: `Aashiqui 2`

Best Entertainer of the Year: Deepika Padukone

Best Debutant Award: Dhanush for `Raanjhanaa`

Best Picture Award: `Bhaag Milka Bhaag`

Best Performance in a leading role (male): Farhan Akhtar for `Bhaag Milka Bhaag`

Best Performance in a leading role (female): Deepika Padukone for `Chennai Express`

Best Performance in a comic Role: Arshad Warsi for `Jolly LLB`

Best Performance in negative role: Rishi Kapoor gets for `D Day`

Best Story Award: Prashoon Joshi for `Bhaag Milkha Bhaag`

Best Lyric writer: Mithoon for Tum Hi Ho from `Aashiqui 2`

Best male playback singer Award: Arijit Singh for `Tum Hi Ho` from `Aashiqui 2`

Best female playback singer Award: Shreya Goshal for ` Sun Raha Hai Na Tu` from `Aashiqui 2`

Best Direction Award: Rakeysh Om Mehra for `Bhaag Milkha Bhaag`

Life Time Achievement Award: Shatrughan Sinha

The highlight of this special award was the fact that daughter Sonakshi Sinha presented shot-gun with his lifetime achievement award for his outstanding contribution to the film industry.

The other wow moment was when Hollywood heartthrob John Travolta graced the IIFA stage. He said that he is a big fan of Hindi films and feels they are “very original and full of life”.

Kudos to the winners and buck-up time for the losers!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Amy Jackson dating Ryan Thomas?

Amy Jackson dating Ryan Thomas?
London: Actress Amy Jackson, who made her Bollywood debut in 2012, is reportedly in a relationship with British TV show `Coronation Street` star Ryan Thomas.

Thomas was pictured with the `Ekk Deewana Tha` actress on a night out here.

"Ryan and Amy have started seeing each other, they first met a few years ago and have recently met up again," an international newspaper quoted a source as saying.

"It’s early days but they’re great together - Amy is a successful Bollywood actress, with a schedule to match - so it’s not easy for them to find time together, but they both really want to make it work," added the source.

Jackson, a Britisher, moved to India in 2010 to act in Indian movies. She has also featured in Tamil films like `Madrasapattinam` and `Thaandavam`.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hrithik Roshan seeks medical tips from fans

Hrithik Roshan seeks medical tips from fans
Mumbai: Actor Hrithik Roshan, who underwent brain surgery last year, is again suffering from "shin splints".

The 40-year-old complained of pain in the lower part of the leg that is from knee to ankle. Shin splints are common among runners and dancers.

He took to Twitter seeking advise from his followers.

"Does anyone out there have a solution or cure for shin splints? Been battling it all my life. Maybe Twitter has the answer. Let me know," the actor, known for his dancing skills, tweeted Tuesday.

He earlier shared with his Twitter followers that he danced for long hours for his upcoming film ‘Bang Bang’ directed by Siddharth Raj Anand.

"Enjoyed 12 hours of dance all night for `Bang Bang’. One of the best songs of my life. Thank you Vishal-Shekhar, Bosco-Caesar and Sid for pushing my extreme,” tweeted Hrithik.

Sonam Kapoor, Lisa Haydon attend Grazia Young Fashion Awards

Sonam Kapoor, Lisa Haydon attend Grazia Young Fashion Awards
New Delhi: Sonam Kapoor, Lisa Haydon, Esha Gupta, Richa Chadda among others were recently spotted at Grazia Young Fashion Awards in Mumbai.

Shraddha Kapoor who expressed her enthusiasm at the possibility of winning an award said, "It shows appreciation for your work, so I`m very flattered for that. Yes, I am crossing my fingers to get it, so it will be nice."

Aditi Rao Hydari who was also present at the Young Fashion Awards said, "Fashion and Bollywood, sort of go in hand in hand".

"I am looking forward to see who all they have today and I think new talent is always exciting , specially for us because I think, it`s sort of good to grow with the talent that you have in your generation", she added.

Shah Rukh Khan’s sleepless nights

Shah Rukh Khan’s sleepless nights

Mumbai: Indian Premier League (IPL) is just a few days away and superstar Shah Rukh Khan, co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders, has been working hard and hasn’t slept for two days.

The UAE leg of IPL will be held from Wednesday to April 30.

“The full moon has followed me from Mumbai to Abu Dhabi, so has its dark side. Nice to be here and seeing all my IPL buddies. Bulawa aaya hai (got invitation),” he tweeted Tuesday.

“All nighter in Abu Dhabi. Haven’t slept two days but I know it will be fun with the IPL players so hard work comes easy,” he further posted on Twitter.

Being in industry an endless marathon: Rajeev Khandelwal

Being in industry an endless marathon: Rajeev Khandelwal
Mumbai: Actor Rajeev Khandelwal says that being in the film industry is like an endless marathon and the one who survives till the end is the winner a la Amitabh Bachchan.

"I don`t believe in competition. So many films are being made in a year. In this industry, it`s the endless marathon and the one who survives till the end is the winner. Amitabh Bachchan is the biggest winner in today`s date," Rajeev told.

Since "Aamir", the 38-year-old has not done too many movies because he feels that one needs a lot of patience to do his kind of cinema that also includes titles like `Shaitan` and `Table No. 21`.

He said: "The kind of films that I do one needs a lot of patience and will power. You should not get tempted. I don`t want to go wrong in a hurry.

"The kind of films that I want to do is different and the scripts for those kind of films are not written often. Now things are changing and I hope in future I would get to do more films of my kind."

His next is `Samrat & Co` and he had to come out of his comfort zone to play a detective in the thriller coming out April 25.

"This was out of my comfort level. I have never played such a character ever. It was a challenging role for me. They have written altogether a separate script for `Samrat...`"

Directed by Kaushik Ghatak and produced by Rajshri Productions, "Samrat & Co" features Madalsa Sharma as the female lead.

Did Kangana's kiss leave Vir Das with bleeding lips?

Did Kangana's kiss leave Vir Das with bleeding lips?
Mumbai: She is playing a wild character in ‘Revolver Rani’ and true to her role Kangana Ranaut got aggressive while locking lips with her co-star Vir Das for a scene, said a source.

Apparently, the actress kissed him so wildly that his lips began to bleed.

"In one scene, Kangana is arrested and is on her way to jail. She requests for some time to attend to an urgent matter and drags Vir Das to a room and kisses him so wildly that his lips start bleeding! No actress till date has portrayed such a `manizing character`,” a source said in a statement.

Set for an April 25 release, the film will present Kangana as an extremely dominating and aggressive woman, in contrast to her role in her latest hit ‘Queen’.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

I am very much single, says Alia Bhatt

I am very much single, says Alia Bhatt
New Delhi: Actress Alia Bhatt, who has been often linked to her co-stars including Arjun Kapoor of `2 States`, says she is very much single.

Alia, 21, was also romantically linked to her `Student of the Year` co-star Varun Dhawan.

The newbie insists she has still not found the man whom she would want to be in a relationship with.

"The most important qualities I want in my man is that he should be loyal and honest. Coming from a family in which everyone has strong opinions, I don`t want a guy who will push me down," Alia said.

On work front, Alia will be seen next in `2 States` with Arjun and `Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania` with Varun.

Developed mother-daughter relationship with Revathi: Alia Bhatt

Developed mother-daughter relationship with Revathi: Alia Bhatt
Mumbai: Two-film old Alia Bhatt, who worked with actress-director Revathi in their forthcoming film `2 States`, says they share a strong bond akin to that of a mother and daughter.

"Towards the end of the film, I developed mother-daughter relationship with her (Revathi). The way she touched my face, I kind of felt that warmth with her. What also I realised is that while working with her I became a good actor.

"What she brings to the table is not just the dialogues. She would bring much more... I felt like she was my mother. I could bring the emotions only because of her. She is a fantastic actor," Alia told IANS.

Revathi plays Alia`s mother in "2 States", adapted from Chetan Bagat`s novel by the same name.

The "Highway" star is also fond of actress Kareena Kapoor and says that she feels great when she is compared to the "Jab We Met" star.

"I can be flattered. I have done two films and people are comparing me with her. I don`t think I am like her. I feel like there is only one Kareena Kapoor and that`s her. I am her biggest fan. I am not trying to be like her but she is my biggest inspiration," said Alia.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

London: Model-TV presenter Peaches Geldof`s body has been released to her family for them to make funeral arrangements.

A post-mortem investigation Wednesday proved inconclusive, casting no light on how the 25-year-old died. She was reportedly found dead at her home in Wrotham, Kent, Monday, reports

"We can confirm that the body has been released to the family for funeral arrangements to be made. Toxicology tests are still being carried out but apparently it could be weeks until Peaches` cause of death is determined," said the coroner`s spokesperson.

The police stated that there was no suicide note or evidence of drug-taking at the scene.

Geldof is survived by her husband, her two sons, Phaedra, 11 months, and Astala, 23 months, father Bob Geldof, sisters Fifi Trixibelle and Pixie, and younger half-sister, Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof.

Family’s presence best b’day gift for Jaya Bachchan

Family’s presence best b’day gift for Jaya Bachchan

Mumbai: Actress Jaya Bachchan, who has turned 66, spent her birthday with her children and grandchildren. She says she couldn’t have hoped for a `better gift`.

Her husband megastar Amitabh Bachchan was away in Dubai for the promotion of his forthcoming release `Bhoothnath Returns`, but Jaya’s day was made special by her other family members Wednesday.

"All my loved ones are with me. I couldn`t have hoped for a better gift," said the ecstatic Jaya, when this writer called to wish her.

Jaya`s frail old mother couldn`t be flown into Mumbai from Bhopal, daughter Shweta flew in with her two children Navya Naveli and Agastya. Son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya too cancelled all their appointments to just spend the day with her.

A close family friend said: "Jayaji likes nothing better than to have her family around for her birthday. Abhishek wanted to invite all her close friends for a party. But Jayaji just wanted to spend the day with her near and dear ones."

Abhishek’s daughter Aaradhya took centrestage on this special day in her grandmother’s life, and insisted on cutting the cake.

"Just to see her three grandchildren together made Jayaji`s birthday special. Navya Naveli and Agastya are so protective of Abhishek and Aishwarya`s daughter Aaradhya. They are almost like little guardians to Aaradhyaa," said a family friend.

Jaya also received a barrage of phone calls and messages, and visitors who just dropped in to wish her.

Nargis Fakhri launches own website

Nargis Fakhri launches own website
Mumbai: Actress Nargis Fakhri has decided to expand her digital connect with her fans by launching her official website Thursday.

The former US model, who made her Bollywood debut in 2011 with “Rockstar” and was recently seen in “Main Tera Hero”, is happy that she has an exclusive platform to share what she wants.

“I am thrilled to announce the launch of my brand new website. I can now share important milestones of my life with my fans. There will also be many interesting updates which I hope everyone will love. It’s another medium through which I can connect with my audience,” she said in a statement.

The website will carry exclusive images and personal as well as professional announcements made by her.

Deepika hopes politicians will live upto their promises

Deepika hopes politicians will live upto their promises
Mumbai: Actress Deepika Padukone said here today that she hopes that promises made by politicians are fulfilled this time.

"I do feel we need a change (in the political system). I think it is the sentiment that most people feel. There are promises being made. I hope more youth will vote. I hope all the promises made will be lived upto. There are many issues and things that need to be addressed, but I don`t want to get into them," Deepika said at an event here.

When she was asked if BJP`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi could bring about "change", Deepika, chose not to answer the question.

The actress was born in Copenhagen in Denmark and her family relocated to Bangalore when she was an year-old.

"I am an Indian. I was born in Denmark, but I hold an Indian passport. I am an Indian citizen and I am proud to be Indian," Deepika said.

Kareena Kapoor to restore Pataudi Palace

Kareena Kapoor to restore Pataudi Palace
Mumbai: Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan along with her mother-in-law Sharmila Tagore is busy restoring the Pataudi Palace.

Despite having a choc-a-bloc schedule due to ad shoots and shooting for Rohit Shetty`s `Singham 2`, Kareena, who is married to actor and Nawab of Pataudi Saif Ali Khan, has been juggling her schedule to team up with Sharmila to refurnish the 10-bedroom Pataudi palace to their taste.

"Despite having a busy schedule that compels her to shoot and travel, Kareena is enthusiastic about working to restore the Pataudi palace to its former glory and both she and Sharmila are taking a keen interest in the project," sources said.

Recently, Kareena spent two days in Pataudi with Sharmila for the palace project before flying off to for her work commitments.

Dad is possessive, doesn't want me to get married: Alia

Dad is possessive, doesn't want me to get married: Alia
Mumbai: Actress Alia Bhatt says her father and filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt is possessive about her, but adds that he has taken her on-screen kissing with Arjun Kapoor in the forthcoming film "2 States" practically.

"Like every father, who don’t want their daughters to get married, even my father is the same,” Alia said in a group interview.

“Recently, my father told us (Alia and her sister Shaheen) you all can’t go anywhere, I will lock you up in a room. He is honest and blunt about the fact that he doesn`t want us to get married.

“He is not saying just like that, he means it. He is very possessive and he doesn`t want me to get married. If my sister’s boyfriends get me some present, he would say - even I can get presents, I will get you two," she added.

Currently, the actress is looking forward to her forthcoming film “2 States”.

She has a kissing scene in the film and when asked about her “possessive” father’s reaction on the same, she said: “But he knows I am acting …but, if I kiss my boyfriend in front of him, he will slap me.

“It’s in the scene and I am not doing it to irritate him. It’s a family film and the scene is just for three seconds.”

Directed by Abhishek Verman, “2 States” is an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s bestseller of the same name and the actress has read the book three times.

She said: “I have to be as natural as possible. I read the book three times before we started shooting.”

Alia says that when she read the book for the first time, she felt it could be made into a good film.

“I knew Arjun was on board… but I never thought I will be part of the film. I got a call for a look test and the point being that I should look good with Arjun. I was hoping it comes to me and it did. It’s a big achievement for me," she said.

The actress, who garnered rave reviews for her performance in her last release “Highway”, says there was a reason behind doing “2 States”.

“After ‘Highway’ I wanted people to say I am an actor and that I am not here to be a star. I would not like to be five or six films old …so I want to make sure I am an actor," she said.

Kalki Koechlin reveals was sexually abused as a child

Kalki Koechlin reveals was sexually abused as a child

Dubai: Kalki Koechlin has revealed that she was sexually abused as a child and the reason she didn`t speak about it earlier is because for her it`s not a one day headline, it`s something that`s a reality she has lived with for a long time.

The Bollywood actress said that it took her many, many years to even come out and talk about her experience.

The ` Dev D` star asserted that her writing, art and acting is therapeutic for her because it helps her to release things out.

She said that everybody has different outlets as long as there are places where you can do that, adding that not everybody has privilege to talk about it openly.

Koechlin also urged other women and children to talk about it, if not to the world than with someone they can trust.

Parth is hero of ‘Bhoothnath Returns’: Amitabh Bachchan

Parth is hero of ‘Bhoothnath Returns’: Amitabh Bachchan

Mumbai: Amitabh Bachchan is himself a part of `Bhoothnath Returns`, but the megastar says child talent Parth Bhalerao is the film’s hero. He calls the little boy a "commensurate performer”, who left even seasoned professionals behind with his performance.

In an interview, Big B spoke about the movie, his experience and his future projects. Excerpts:

Q. Another film `Bhoothnath Returns` (BR) is on release. This time your co-star is a child actor. From the time you sang `Mere paas aao` in `Mr. Natwarlal`, you`ve shared a very special rapport with your young fans.

A. `Child is the Father of the Man`, said Williams Wordsworth, and not without reason! Yes, working with children has been a wonderful experience. They are unpredictable and spontaneous, completely innovative and a joy to be with. Parth, who plays the little boy in `Bhoothnath Returns` is a commensurate performer, a mature artist and the hero of the film. Even seasoned professionals sometimes are unable to convincingly go through the gamut of emotions that this boy has in BR. He is an exceptional young man.

Q. What was Parth Bhalerao like to work with? How different is it to work with a child co-star as compared to working with an adult co-star?

A. As I just said, his performance does not look like that of a child. He performs as an adult, mature and confident and full of self-belief, completely uninhibited, a rare quality.

Q. Your association with B.R. Chopra`s banner goes back to `Zameer`.

A. Ravi Chopra (son of late B.R. Chopra) has been unwell for several years now and bed-ridden. It has been painful to see him in such a condition. Not for me or for the film or for any other, I hope that the film does well. It would give him some respite.

Q. How do you manage to keep the faith alive for so many decades?

A. I think `manage` is a rather harsh word when we talk of relationships. In creative processes what matters is the value of the content, and of course the confidence that each party has in the ability of the other. Ravi Chopra made his directorial debut with `Zameer` and has remained a friend since then. We may not have worked together for a long time since, but the relationship has been constant. Then when he came with `Baghban` we readily agreed, followed by `Baabul` and `Bhootnath` and now BR.

Q. You`re about to start `Piku` with Shoojit Sircar where you share screen space with Irrfan Khan for the first time. He expresses immense excitement at the prospect of working with you?

A. Shoojit and I have worked together very often, first in commercials that he directed, and then in a film that lies unreleased with the producers. There is a mutual respect that we share. We have discussed many subjects for feature films on and off, and now finally he wishes to make `Piku`, which we start in a month or so. I look forward to working with him again. Irfan is a talent most rare. I have loved all his work immensely. Even the work he does in commercials. I am equally excited to be in the same frame as him.

Q. Besides `Piku`, which are the other film projects that you`ve agreed to take on?

A. I start R. Balki`s film this month and shall go on with that for a couple of months along with Shoojit`s `Piku`. There is simultaneously work being concluded on the TV serial that I am doing with Endemol, Anurag Kashyap and his team for Sony Entertainment Telvision.

That shall be followed by `Kaun Banega Crorepati` and by the end of the year there will be Vidhu Vinod Chopra`s production with Farhan Akhtar, being directed by Bejoy Nambiar. Sudhir Mishra`s `Mehrunissa` and a few others are also on, and shall take shape early next year.

New York Indian Film Festival to feature regional cinema

New York: The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF), to be held May 5-10, will feature 34 films from, about or connected to the Indian subcontinent -- all seen for the first time in the Big Apple.

The festival screenings of 23 narrative and 11 documentary films highlight various cinemas of India`s different regions - Marathi, Bengali and two films from the northeast.

Additionally, the festival covers cinemas from the neighbouring South Asian countries - four films by Pakistani filmmakers, two from Sri Lanka - a feature and a documentary, and one from Nepal.

The festival`s Marathi films include "Postcard" and multiple-award winning films "Astu" and "Fandry".

Directed by Nagraj Manjule, "Fandry" revolves around an `untouchable` or Dalit boy and his love for a girl from a higher caste.

"We are thrilled to be able to share this film with New York audiences," said Aseem Chhabra, NYIFF festival director.

" `Fandry` is, in my book, perhaps the best film made in India in 2013," he added.

Among the Pakistani entrants, Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi`s "Zinda Bhaag" is notable for being Pakistan`s submission for the foreign language Oscar race after over 50 years.

Set in Lahore, the film follows three young men desperate to get on the fast track to success in an eye-opening glimpse of modern Pakistan. The film also features veteran Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah.

"Acceptance", by Ryan Matthew Chan (World Premiere), tells the true story of an underprivileged scholar from India (played by newcomer Vinesh Nagrani) who lies about being accepted into Harvard University to gain access to the opulent life of his peers.

"An American In Madras", a documentary by Karan Bali, traces American-born filmmaker Ellis R. Dungan`s years in India.

The documentary "Songs Of The Blue Hills", directed by Utpal Borpujari, will also be a NYIFF 2014 world premiere and is one of the two films from the northeast.

"The 2014 festival features a wide array of films from all over the South Asian diaspora," stated IAAC founder Aroon Shivdasani.

"This is exemplified by Borpujari`s fascinating work highlighting Naga culture, and also through the inclusion of three Bengali films, four films by Pakistani filmmakers, the Sri Lankan film `With You, Without You`, the film from Nepal `Waiting For Mamu` and three Marathi films, as well as NYIFF`s first Assamese film `As The River Flows`."

The 2014 festival will also feature Mahesh Pailoor`s "Brahmin Bulls", a character study about the reunion of a disillusioned architect and his distant father, and "Lakshmi" which missed its January 17 Indian premiere date due to censorship issues, because of its daring subject matter of child prostitution and human trafficking.

The 14th Annual NYIFF`s features selections include: `Ugly`, `Goynar Baksho`, `Liar`s Dice`, `Acceptance`, `Art(Love)2`, `Amka and The Three Golden Rules`, `An American In Madras`, `Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa (Sniffer)`, `Apur Panchali`, `As the River Flows (Ekhon Nodir Xipare)`, `Astu`, `Auctions House`, `Bhaji on the Beach`, `Brahmin Bulls`, `Faith Connections`, `Fandry`, `Gulabi Gang`, `I Am Offended`, `Lakshmi`, `Mrs. Scooter`, `Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka (With You, Without You)`, `Post Card`, `Rangbhoomi`, `Shesher Kobita`, `Songs of the Blue Hills`, `Sound Check`, `Sulemani Keeda`, `The Coffin Maker`, `The Unseen Sequence`, `Tropical Amsterdam`, `Waiting for Manu`, `Virgin Talkies` and `Zinda Bhaag?`.

'Revolver Rani' is B grade entertainment: Tigmanshu Dhulia

Mumbai: Filmmaker-producer Tigmanshu Dhulia, who is now busy promoting "Revolver Rani", says its a complete B grade entertainment.

"I have seen `Revolver Rani` three to four times during editing and whenever I see it, I find something new in it. Yeh ek classic ki nishaai hai (It is a sign of a classic). Its a B grade entertainment... everybody will like it.

"This film is an unpredictable film and you can`t predict whats next in it. The script was written so well by Sai that I had to tell him that we dont have such good actors," Dhulia told reporters during the press conference for "Revolver Rani" here Thursday.

Asked what is the difference between his last film "Bullett Raja" and "Revolver Rani", he said: "The difference is `Bullett Raja` didn`t work and this will work."

Sai Kabir, who has directed "Revolver Rani", said: "It was a great experience... we shot the film in Chambal. Its a black comedy and its a political film."

Produced by Dhulia, "Revolver Rani" features Kangna Ranaut in lead.

Nobody will marry me after watching 'Revolver Rani': Kangna

Mumbai: Actress Kangna Ranaut, who will be seen in a bold performance in "Revolver Rani", says nobody will marry her after watching this film.

"Nobody is going to marry me after watching this film... I can give it to you in writing," Kangna told reporters during the press conference for the film.

The actress, whose recent performance in "Queen", says she wanted four months gap between the release of "Queen" and "Revolver Rani".

"If I could have my way, then I would like to give a gap for four months between both the films. We were not expecting that `Queen` will be running even now. People have accepted my performance in `Queen` and I personally like my character in the film. I hope when people go to watch `Revolver Rani`, they accept me in the same way."

"`Revolver Rani` is an unusual film... the treatment, the concept, everything is different," she added.

Directed by Sai Kabir, "Revolver Rani" features Kangna in the lead.

Attending awards an expensive affair: Kangna

Mumbai: Actress Kangna Ranaut, who has been critically acclaimed for her performance in "Queen", however says she is not interested in awards as attending awards is an expensive affair.

"These days there are so many awards...and we have to sit there for five to six hours. To attend the awards, we have to do make up, hair style... bahut mehenga padta hai (its an expensive affair)...I am not saying awards are not genuine. I have received awards for `Gangster`, `Fashion`....

"These days, there are so many awards... its like you are giving awards just to make everyone happy," Kangna told reporters during the press conference of "Revolver Rani" here Thursday.

The actress, who is playing the protagnist in "Revolver Rani", says this is the most difficult role she has ever played.

"This is my most difficult role so far. In this film I do my first murder at 7. Playing this role was not easy," she said.

Directed by Sai Kabir, "Revolver Rani" features Kangna in the lead.

Kissing, bikini is OK, but no nudity: Alia Bhatt

Kissing, bikini is OK, but no nudity: Alia Bhatt

Mumbai: Alia Bhatt donned a bikini in `Student of the Year` and she has done kissing scenes in `SOTY` and the upcoming `2 states`. But, the young actress says that she would never do a nude scene as she is not comfortable with it.

"I would never go ahead and do a nude scene as it is something I am not comfortable doing," Alia said in an interview here.

She also said that the kissing scene in `2 states` is just to portray th level of intimacy between the leads and should not be the focal point of the audience.

"This film (2 States) starts where most rom-coms end, it starts with them already being a relationship and wants to get married. So to justify the fact that they are together for a while... There is intimacy between them. They are modern, forward thinking and at the same time very cultured and cater to conservative family. You see it (kissing) for three seconds in the trailer and that is how it is in the film," Alia said.

Defending that the scene is not for promotion Alia further added, "It is not added for promotion. For marriage, it is important to be in love, in the film they are in love.. Kissing and then they show family part also. It is important part of the book because Krish`s character is avoiding Anaya as he wants to be with her every time he sees her."

The actress admitted that `2 States` is a family film and the scene has been tastefully done, and that she wants the families to enjoy it, also adding that it kissing is not looked down upon any more.

"There is awkwardness. I feel it is acting at the end of the day.. He is playing Krish and I am playing Anaya we are not Arjun and Alia when we are doing that scene. This film is not about just that one kiss, the only reason it is written about is because Arjun and I said it is ok (to have it)," she said.

"People don`t look down upon it any more if done tastefully then the audience will be put off. It is a U/A film, it is a family film and we want family to come and enjoy the film," she said.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Alia Bhatt wants an honest man!

Alia Bhatt wants an honest man!

New Delhi: Alia Bhatt has rigged up lots of speculations around her after she spilled the beans that she would love to get married to Ranbir Kapoor on the sets of `Koffee With Karan`

At the book launch of `2 States`, Alia very casually slipped out that her ideal man would be the one who is honest, loyal and has some sense of humour.

Now has the grapes gone sour between the 21-year-old actress and her alleged beau `Arjun Kapoor`?
The two of them had been in the news for the sensuous chemistry which is quite evident in the trailer of their upcoming movie `2 States`.

Though they have conveniently denied rumours of being in relationship, the selfie that they clicked recently and shared on Twitter speaks otherwise.

Is it slightly possible that the `Highway` actress` was hinting of Arjun when she stated the qualities that she wanted to see in her partner?

Well, we can only guess!

Deepika-Ranveer in Bhansali's 'Bajirao Mastani'

Deepika-Ranveer in Bhansali's 'Bajirao Mastani'
Mumbai: The `Ram-Leela` couple is back! Actress Deepika Padukone will play historical character Mastani with Ranveer Singh playing Bajirao Peshwa in Sanjay Leela Bhansali`s `Bajirao Mastani`.

The casting of Ranveer and Deepika puts an end to months of speculation about who would play the role. Besides Ranveer, Shah Rukh Khan and Ajay Devgn were the strongest contenders for Bajirao`s role.

As for Mastani, Kareena Kapoor and Katrina Kaif were also considered.

"Sanjay Leela Bhansali was keen on Deepika for Mastani`s part. But she couldn`t seem to accommodate the long schedules required for `Bajirao Mastani`, specially since she gave the nod to Karan Johar`s `Shuddhi` which would take up close to 150 shooting days," said a source.

However, later Deepika is said to have informed the director that she would be able to fit `Bajirao Mastani` into her schedule.

Honey Singh tries to emulate Pran in 'The Xpose'

Honey Singh tries to emulate Pran in 'The Xpose'
Mumbai: Rapper-composer Yo Yo Honey Singh, who is making his acting debut with the film `The Xpose`, says he has a small negative role in the movie and that he has tried to copy legendary actor Pran in it.

"My role in this film is like a cameo, I am coming as a debutant actor. It`s a very short role with only three to four scenes and it is a negative character," the 29-year-old said here at the Miss India 2014 contest.

"This film is based in the 1960s and I love the way Pran-ji used to act. So I have tried to do what he did," he said.

Honey Singh says acting is the toughest of all performing arts.

"I think acting is the most difficult one among all the performing arts. Writing songs, making music and singing is important to me and I do all three," he said.

He wanted to have a brush with acting.

"You play someone you are not...So I wanted to learn it. Anant Mahadevan is a senior actor and filmmaker and Himesh (Reshammiya) asked me if I would do a small role and I said yes," Honey Singh said.

`The Xpose` stars composer-actor Himesh Reshammiya in the lead. It is a detective thriller, and besides some new faces, the film also stars Irrfan Khan.

The movie will hit theatres May 23.

Ranbir Kapoor's first look in 'Bombay Velvet' leaked

Ranbir Kapoor's first look in 'Bombay Velvet' leaked

New Delhi: Bollywood`s heart-throb Ranbir Kapoor has created quite a stir in the tinsel town with his upcoming movie `Bombay Velvet`.

An English daily has leaked his first look in the movie where he is quite decked up and suave in a blue waist coat all clean shaven, despite desperate attempts by the film-makers to guard his looks.

The film offers an interesting star cast with Ranbir and Anushka Sharma in lead roles while Karan Johar will play the primary antagonist. Raveena Tandon, Kay Kay Menon and Siddharth Basu will appear in supporting roles.

The `Barfi` actor will be seen as Johny Balraj who goes on to become a tycoon from being a street fighter.

With an entire league full of B-town celebs, the movie has already managed to raise the bar of expectations.

It will be the first time that the `Rockstar` actor and the `Badmaash Company` actress will be seen on-screen together and it won`t be wrong to say that they are sure to share a sizzling chemistry.

Directed by Anurag Kashyap, the movie is slated to release in Christmas.

Vir Das goes dark for 'Revolver Rani'

Vir Das goes dark for 'Revolver Rani'
Mumbai: Vir Das, known for his unique class of comedy on and off the big screen, has stepped out of his comfort zone to play a dark character in "Revolver Rani".

Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut will be seen playing the lead in the film, which is releasing April 25.

"Vir Das has done a completely different role this time. He is playing the role of Kangana`s toyboy, who does some desperate things to woo her for his ulterior motive," said a source from the team.

"He has played a very different character and we are sure that people would be surprised to see him in such a role as he always does comedy," the source added.

'Revolver Rani' is total pulp: Kangana Ranaut

'Revolver Rani' is total pulp: Kangana Ranaut

Mumbai: Actress Kangana Ranaut says her next movie "Revolver Rani" has the flavour of a pulp fiction novel by Hindi writer Ved Prakash Sharma.

Talking about the movie, Kangana said: "This is actually a character of a neurotic and the woman who we are going to see and the film that we are going to see is very exciting just like Ved Prakash Sharma`s novels that you find on railway stations. That`s the kind of treatment the film is carrying."

"It`s very exciting. Its total pulp. The woman is negative, brutal and very exciting," added the star of latest hit "Queen".

"Revolver Rani" is releasing April 25 and its promotions have not started yet. Kangana says it is a conscious decision to go low on promotions.

"We have consciously decided that a film like `Revolver Rani` which is being made on small scale doesn`t need a promotion of eight weeks. I think it`s been a conscious decision to promote the film in two to three weeks only," said Kangana.

The comedy drama, directed and written by Sai Kabir, also stars Vir Das and Piyush Mishra.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Telugu film 'Chandamama Lo Amrutham' gets its own game

Chennai: After Indian films "Krrish 3" and "Kochadaiiyaan", Telugu comedy-drama "Chandamama Lo Amrutham" gets a web game titled "Amrutham - The Game", which will be used as an innovative marketing tool to promote the film.

"Chandamama Lo Amrutham" is based on popular Telugu sitcom "Amrutham" and the film`s director Gunnam Gangaraju says the game will create the much needed pre-release buzz for the film.

"How long can we rely on traditional promotional strategy to market our films? Besides reading about a particular film in papers, audiences have to create a bond with the film even before its release. I think that`s only possible through a game, which will help create good pre-release buzz as well," director Gangaraju told IANS.

Also produced by Gangaraju, the film features Srinivasa Avasarala, Dhanya Balakrishnan, Harish and Vasu Inturi in the lead roles.

"We have designed the game in such a way that even the characters in it are named after the characters in the film. By doing so, you are allowing the audience to connect with the characters even before the release of the movie," he Gangaraju.

Inspired by Temple Run, "Amrutham - The Game" will see characters running and collecting `idlis` to earn maximum points.

Freida Pinto is the new face of Free People campaign

Freida Pinto is the new face of Free People campaign

New Delhi: Freida Pinto has been made the new face of the clothing company Free People.

The 29-year-old actress will be seen in the company`s short film , `Rangeen` which shows the star along with a male model out on a romantic adventure, exploring through her native home of India.

The elegant white ensembles worn by Pinto in the mini-flick, whose title means `to be colored`, are set well against the prismatic scenery.

The dusky actress has appeared on-screen after months, since the last time she was seen in Bruno Mars` Gorilla music video.

My private life nobody's business, says Waheeda Rehman

My private life nobody's business, says Waheeda Rehman

Mumbai: Veteran actress Waheeda Rehman, who has done a number of memorable films with Guru Dutt, today refused to talk about her reported relationship with the late film director.

"I don`t want to get into it. My private life should remain private. It is nobody`s business. I know we are public figures, so when I fight with my husband do you want to know about it?" Rehman said replying to a query about her reported relationship with Guru Dutt.

The actress was present at the launch of `Conversations with Waheeda Rehman` a book written by Nasreen Munni Kabir.

The author of the book came to Rehman`s rescue saying, "we should respect the actor`s personal life and not cross the line. She is loved by all of us and not (relationship)."

Even in the book, Rehman has chosen not to talk about her private life.

Asked why the directors fell in love with the heroines, she said "not all! As they (directors) have to think from hero`s perspective. All the directors were in love with me."

Rehman had worked with Dutt in films like `CID`, `Pyaasa`, `Chaudhvin Ka Chand`, `Kagaz Ke Phool`, `Saheb Biwi Aur Ghulam` and others.

Talking about Dutt`s death, Rehman says "nobody knows. I don`t think he was in depression after the failure of Kagaz Ke Phool as `Chaudhvin Ka Chand` did quite well."

Dutt was found dead in his apartment under mysterious circumstances in 1964.

`Conversations With Waheeda Rehman` includes insights into her childhood, her years with Guru Dutt, her experiences on other key films, filmmakers like Satyajit Ray and Vijay Anand.

Kangana Ranaut says she's not following in Aamir Khan's footsteps

Kangana Ranaut says she's not following in Aamir Khan's footsteps

New Delhi: Kangana Ranaut, who has decided not to attend any award functions in the future, has insisted that she is not following in footsteps of Aamir Khan, who is also known for his lack of appearance on shows.

On being asked if she was planning to do a film with Khan, the 27-year-old said that though they would both like to work with each other, it is not her priority as an actor.

"I think our goals are to do things that excite us and along the way if we find that opportunity is great. But I don`t think that is my immediate goal and yes Mr. Aamir Khan is one of my favorite actor`s and it`s not that I am trying to be like someone. The thing I said about awards is my personal choice and it`s not that I am following someone`s footsteps," she said.

The `Queen` star was present to launch Krux stationery products at a recent event in Mumbai.

Waheeda Rehman was against wearing bikini and changing name

Waheeda Rehman was against wearing bikini and changing name

Mumbai: Veteran actress Waheeda Rehman today said that she was clear on two things when she started her film career - one that she will not wear a bikini and other that she would not change her name as was the phenomenon at that point of a time.

Though some actresses of her times featured in films wearing a bikini, feels she did not have the figure to carry it well.

The book titled `Conversations with Waheeda Rehman` by author Nasreen Munni Kabir was launched this evening by the actress.

"I remember when I was working with Guru Dutt I had incorporated a clause in the contract that I would have the final say on the costumes and won`t wear costumes that I don`t like. He (Guru Dutt) wanted me to watch his films which I did, but I was adamant about having the clause," Rehman said at the book launch event here.

"I didn`t want to wear a bikini as I feel I don`t have the figure. In fact I have never worn a sleeveless blouse also be it in films or in my personal life," she said.

When asked about today`s actresses, who wear bikini on screen, Rehman says that times have changed and that those who have figure can afford to wear it.

Rehman was also sure she won`t change her name as was the case that time with actors like Dilip Kumar, Madhubala and others.

"People told me my name was long and lengthy and had asked me to change it. That time change of name was a fashion then as actors like Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Meena Kumari had changed their names. I was adamant that I will not change my name as it was given by my parents," she added.
Of all the roles that she portrayed on screen the character of Rosie from the film Guide was something that Rehman liked a lot.

"I think I was destined to play Rosie as Vijay Anand and Satyajit Ray both were contemplating to make a film like this. But it was Vijay who made it. I got the chance to dance as no one thought I could do it. The role was different as most of them were not ready to play the role of a married woman, who lives with another man as she is abandoned by her husband," Rehman said.

"I wanted to play a different kind of roles. I am glad this part came to me. It was challenging and I loved doing this film," she said.

Dad took 31 years to be a star, give me 15: Soundarya Rajinikanth

Dad took 31 years to be a star, give me 15: Soundarya Rajinikanth

Mumbai: Soundarya may have played it safe with her directorial debut "Kochadaiiyaan" by teaming up with her superstar father Rajinikanth, but she is feeling the pressure of high expectations. She said if her dad took over three decades to attain stardom, she should be given at least half the time to prove herself.

She said: "It`s a tough life for star kids...for people they are stars; for us, they are the people that we know."

"As star children, we face the expectations, which is as much as that of the achievers who are the fathers or mothers who took so much time to achieve it. My father is a superstar now, but he took 31 years to reach here, at least give me 15 years," the 30-year-old, who is married to Chennai-based businessman Ashwin, told.

Rajinikanth, who rose to meteoric heights from a bus conductor to Tamil cinema`s superstar, enjoys a huge fan following.

Achievers` children can`t afford to take their lineage for granted, Soundarya said.

"Be it in any business, when the achievers` children enter, the expectation and pressure on them are much more. Yes, we do have an access no doubt, but there is too much of pressure," she said.

"Kochadaiiyaan", a Rs.125-crore film, said to be India`s first motion capture photo-realistic 3D animated movie, is expected to release worldwide May 1 on about 6,000 screens in six languages.

Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone plays the female lead opposite Rajinikanth in the film, which also features Jackie Shroff, R. Sarath Kumar, Shobana, Nasser, Aadi Pinisetty and Rukmini.

Shot predominantly in Ocher studios, owned by Soundarya, the film features no live locations. Everything was shot indoors.

Sharing the shooting experience with her dad, she vouched for his professionalism and punctuality.

She said: "My father is a thorough professional - what the script demands, what the director demands, he will do it. Even if the director is convinced with the shot and the actor of his seniority thinks he can do better, he will take that extra effort as an actor even if the director says it`s okay."

"Time punctuality? My god! He is the most punctual person I have ever seen...the discipline he has on the floor is outstanding," she added.

Soundarya, who has a clear idea about what fans expect from her father on the screen, said "Kochadaiiyaan" has all the commercial elements that will excite viewers.

"We have done a lot of commercial elements that will excite my dad`s fans. For me, my father doing Rudra Tandav excites me. The feedback I have received from my father`s fans has been commendable.

"What the audience wants from my father is that they want to see him on the screen as commercial star because they are used to seeing him like that.

"My father`s older movies, if you have seen, are performance-oriented roles. He reached a stage in his life where he became the mass hero where people wanted him to be just that - larger than life... Entertainment is what my father`s fans want," she added.

The Tamil period-drama has been passed with a U-certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification.

Soundarya, however, lamented that animation is still not understood in India.

"In our country, animation is not understood yet. Animation is associated with cartoons and it is very tough for us as technicians. Animation is a process and the toughest part for me was to explain the process.

"Films like this take six to seven years to make. As soon as I finished shooting, everybody was like when can we see the film? But it`s like you can only see the dots, it`s like the capture point. People feel the film has been delayed, but it`s not delayed. It`s a time-consuming process," Soundarya added.

I Keep my fee low, so films can recover: Imran Khan

I Keep my fee low, so films can recover: Imran Khan

Mumbai: Actor Imran Khan says one has to deal with box office flops and that his way of ensuring profit for the makers is to keep his remuneration in check.

"I have never worked for money, and the money that I take all depends on the film," he said when asked if he has slashed his fee while his films are not doing well.

"I have never been someone who is motivated by money or will not do a film if the price is not right. I always want my price to be low so that the film can recover. If the film does well, then you take profit... that`s the basic thing you can do."

Although he had good number of releases in the form of "Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola", "Once Upon ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara!” and "Gori Tere Pyaar Mein", none could set the cash register ringing.

The 31-year-old, who started his career with 2008 super hit puppy love story "Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na", says coping with failure is important for survival in showbiz.

He said: "As far as films not doing well is concerned, if you can`t deal with that, then you should not be working in the film industry, because the reality of the business is that you will have more flops than hits. If you can`t accept it, then you must get out."

"I am sure something must have gone wrong, but what you have to take with you is a lesson. I have worked hard but people have not liked it and it`s fine," he added

Now Miss World and Bollywood on Koyal Rana's wish list

Now Miss World and Bollywood on Koyal Rana's wish list

Mumbai: Jaipur girl Koyal Rana knows what she wants and says after winning the Femina Miss India 2014 title that her next target is Miss World -- but in the meanwhile, if "good Bollywood offers" come her way, she wont` mind accepting them either.

"I am feeling on top of the world. I have clarity about what I exactly want to do in life. After being Miss India, now I aspire to be Miss World," Koyal, who was crowned Saturday at the 51st edition of the beauty pageant here, told..

She "look up to Sushmita Sen" for inspiration as she feels that the former beauty queen has "achieved so much in her life".

"Sushmit is a perfect example of beauty with brains. Even she won Miss India title and then she was crowned Miss Universe. Besides that she also does a lot of social work. I totally look up to her,” she said.

“My journey has been great so far and I wish to achieve lot more in life," she added.

What about films?

She said: "I am focusing on Miss World, but if I get good Bollywood offers, then I am open to doing films as well. But at the moment it`s too early to decide anything."

Born in Jaipur and raised in Delhi, Koyal says education is as important for her as being Miss India.

She said: "Education is certainly important for me. I also want to focus on my studies. I am pursuing Bachelor of Business from Delhi."

B-town celebs grace Miss India 2014 red carpet

B-town celebs grace Miss India 2014 red carpet

New Delhi: Bollywood`s glamorous celebrities recently descended and sizzled on the red carpet of ` Miss India 2014` in Mumbai.

The panel of judges at the 51st edition of Miss India included actors Abhay Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Vidyut Jamwal, Aditi Rao Hydari, Malaika Arora Khan, fashion designer Manish Malhotra , boxer Vijender Singh, rapper Honey Singh and Miss World 2013 Megan Young.

Also present at the event was former beauty queen and veteran actress Zeenat Aman.

"I am being felicitated here because I was one of the first Femina Miss India winners that came into Bollywood and was very successful, so I think Sonakshi Sinha is performing to all my songs and they are felicitating me, so it feels nice," she said.

Meanwhile, Malhotra said that Sushmita Sen, Dia Mirza, Lara Dutta, Priyanka Chopra and so many other fabulous actresses and beautiful women have come out of this pageant and this pageant specially.

"So I think we are all here to spot another talent tonight and I think Femina Miss India is one of the most respected talents, pageants that we have in India and we are all here to look forward to a good evening," he said.

"I think it is a very big platform because you get noticed, and you also get to meet a lot of people, the jury of the pageant, yeah, so it`s a very good platform," Fernandez added.

'Ek Villain' trailer crosses 1 million views

New Delhi: The first trailer of Sidharth Malhotra and Shraddha Kapoor starrer `Ek Villain`, which was released on April 3, has already crossed a million views online.

The film will mark the return of director Mohit Suri after the success of `Aashiqui 2` last year. `Ek Villain` has been produced by Ekta Kapoor under the banner of her production house Balaji Motion Pictures.

"The teaser of `Ek Villain` has already crossed 1 million online views. Keep the love going," tweeted Tanug Garg, CEO, Balaji Motion Pictures.

Besides Sidharth and Shraddha, the film also stars Riteish Deshmukh, who will be seen in a negative role.

`Ek Villain` is slated to release on June 27

Sonam nervous about brother's Bollywood debut

Sonam nervous about brother's Bollywood debut

Mumbai: Actress Sonam Kapoor says she is nervous to see her younger brother Harshvardhan on-screen.

Joining the latest bandwagon of celebrity children entering Bollywood, Anil Kapoor`s son, the youngest of his three children, is being launched by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra in his next film `Mirza Sahiba`.

"I am happy he is here (in the film industry). But I am very nervous because he is a kid and I hope he does well," Sonam said.

The film is a love tragedy based on folklore which has been given a contemporary touch. Harshvardhan will be seen as Mirza in the film.

The newbie returned from the US after studying screenplay writing and acting. Earlier, he worked as assistant director to Anurag Kashyap on his upcoming film `Bombay Velvet` which stars Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma.

Sonam is happy about the way her cousin brother Arjun Kapoor is doing in Bollywood.

"I think he (Arjun) is an incredible actor, he is good looking. He is really a nice person. I think good people should do well in life," Sonam said.

Sonam and Arjun share a good friendly relation and both are protective about each other.

"He loves to be my brother, he loves playing that role. I would love for us to be friends. I think I am more protective about him. He is also protective even though he pretends he is not. He wants to be my friend and wants to be cool but he is not," she said.

Sonakshi Sinha in awe of Arjun Kapoor?

Sonakshi Sinha in awe of Arjun Kapoor?

Mumbai: Actress Sonakshi Sinha is working with Arjun Kapoor for the first time in "Tevar" and says she respects her co-star for being a thorough professional.

"He is cordial with everybody. He is not overtly friendly, but he is a very chilled out guy and good to work with," she said.

"What I really respect and like about him is that he is a good co-star and very professional on the sets and knows what he is doing depite the film being his father`s production," added the 26-year-old.

Both Arjun and Sonakshi are star kids - while Arjun is the son of producer Boney Kapoor, Sonakshi is the daughter of actors Poonam and Shatrughan Sinha.

Sonakshi knows her co-star since her school days as she, Arjun and his cousins - actress sonam Kapoor and her sister, producer Rhea went to the same institution.

"Actually, Arjun and I were in the same school. I knew him because Rhea and Sonam too studied in the same school, so I knew him as their cousin brother, but we were never really friends. Now we are just trying to get to know each other. He is really a good actor and bright fellow."

First day Box Office collection of 'Main Tera Hero' Rs 6.6 crore

First day Box Office collection of 'Main Tera Hero' Rs 6.6 crore

New Delhi: `Main Tera Hero`might not have got a thumbs up from all movie critics but reports say that it has made a great impact at the Box Office.

Released on 4th of April, the net collection of the movie is a whopping 6.6 crores. Starring Varun Dhawan, Ileana D`Cruz and Nargis Fakhri, the David Dhawan flick has done well in both multi screen theatres as well as at single screens.

The entertainer is the the latest offering by Balaji Motion Pictures, and has done better than the movies released last week, including Harman Baweja, Sunny Deol starrer `Dishkyaoon` and `Youngistaan`.

Sonakshi Sinha had tweeted about the movie, talking about Varun;s great performance.

It seems that Varun has got the much needed boost in his career, and carved a niche for himself under his father`s tutelage. Most critics went on to say that Varun has managed to fill the shoes of Govinda who was David Dhawan`s favourite throughout the 90`s.

We wish the team the best to the team and hope the movie continues to do well.

Rajinikanth is worshipped for his honesty: Soundarya

Rajinikanth is worshipped for his honesty: Soundarya
Mumbai: Southern superstar Rajinikanth holds a matinee idol status among his fans because of his honesty and sincerity, says his daughter Soundarya.

"I think each person has his own identity. He is worshipped because of the way he is. He is by far the most honest and true person you will ever meet. He will be the same to everyone. He is the same to the biggest and the smallest person. He is honest to himself and to what he does," Soundarya said in an interview here.
"He practices what he preaches. I cannot comment on what separates him from his contemporaries but I believe he has his true identity and he is what he is," she said.
Lot of jokes are trending on Rajinikanth and Soundarya feels it is because he can do impossible things.
"There is a lot of undercurrent, of a lot of respect for every Rajinikanth joke. It is not that people come up with these things, it is because my father can do these impossible things, and I think only he can," she said.
Soundarya is making her directorial debut with 'Kochadaiiyaan' with her father in the lead.
It is a hi-tech 3D film with photorealistic motion capture technology, also called as performance capturing technology. Such technology was used in Hollywood films like 'Avatar', 'The Adventures of Tintin', etc. 'Kochadaiiyaan' will take 3D films a step further in India.
Since animation films haven't had a great run at the box-office, Soundarya feels Rajinikanth can be a game changer.
"I believe he will be the game changer because animation has not been understood in our country yet, as it is still considered cartoon. In our country, again because of the lack of budget, time and trained technicians, a lot of films have not done justice to what animation can do," she said.
"People in India still feel animation is Tom and Jerry. Yes, animation is Tom and Jerry but that's not it. Only he can change this myth that animation is not cartoon. I hope that my father will be and I am confident that if at all there is anybody who can break the myth that animation is not cartoon, it is only Mr Rajinikanth," she said.
Rajinikanth feels Soundarya has gone a step ahead with the kind of film she has made and is proud of her.
"He is proud that I dared to something different...He is very proud," she added.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Don't know what son Junaid wants to do: Aamir Khan

Mumbai: Superstar Aamir Khan has no clue what his 21-year-old son Junaid plans to do in life. He says he doesn`t "tell me anything".

"We don`t have any command on our kids. What will he do, when will he do, I have no idea. He doesn`t tell me anything," Aamir told reporters here at the trailer launch of Jackie Shroff`s son Tiger`s debut film `Heropanti` Friday.

"You (media) please ask him and tell me about his plans," he added.

Aamir has three children in all. Son Junaid and daughter Ira are from his first wife Reena, and the actor-producer also has a son named Azad Rao Khan with his current wife Kiran Rao. The baby was born via a surrogate.

Priyanka Chopra in awe of Mary Kom?

Priyanka Chopra in awe of Mary Kom?
New Delhi:The `Fashion` queen Priyanka Chopra seems to be smitten with her character in the biopic of her movie, `Mary Kom`

Piggy Chops is apparently all in praises for the strong lady that Mary Kom is and feels inspired while doing each and every scene of the biopic. She took to Twitter to share the same.

Inspiring to do every scene..can't believe only 15 Days left to complete this's been so tumultuous yet wonderful

Enrique Iglesias 'to go naked in Trafalgar Square if Spain lifts 2014 World Cup'

Enrique Iglesias 'to go naked in Trafalgar Square if Spain lifts 2014 World Cup'
London:Enrique Iglesias has promised Alan Carr that he`ll bare all in Trafalgar Square, London, if Spain lifts the 2014 Football World Cup.

The `Somebody`s Me` singer had, before the last World Cup, made a bet that if his native country won, he would water ski naked and he did,reportedly.

The Spanish- American singer who was a guest at Carr`s Chatty Man discussed the bet at the show where Carr said that he will have a bet with the singer that if Spain wins then he has to do a bet and if England wins the World Cup then he will do a bet.

The British comedian suggested when he was driving to work he was thinking about bets for the Iglesias and there was this massive blue c*** on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square and if England wins the World Cup then Carr will ride that naked

Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif to clash at Box Office

Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif to clash at Box Office

New Delhi: It`s time for another big clash in Bollywood. Two of the top Bollywood divas will be seen competing this Gandhi Jayanti for screen space.

Supposedly, Priyanka Chopra`s `Mary Kom` and Katrina Kaif`s `Bang Bang` will be released on Second October, just before the festive season, this year.

Both the projects are big banner productions and certainly it would be interesting to watch them battle for glory at the Box Office.

One wonders why any of the the directors don`t want to shift their preference of release date instead of warring at the box office and cutting into each other`s profits.

Directed by Siddharth Raj Anand, the screenplay of ‘Bang Bang’ has been written by Sujoy Ghosh and Suresh Nair, while Abbas Tyrewala has penned dialogues for it. It also stars Hrithik Roshan and is a remake of the hit Hollywood movie `Knight and Day`.

`Mary Kom` is being directed by Omung Kumar and produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures. The movie is based on the real life story of Olympics medallist MC Mary Kom.

Will things turn sour between the two leading actresses, given the date issues that has cropped up?

Well for that we can only wait and watch as the stage is set for confrontation.

Which movie do you think will be successful in impressing the crowd and which will be the one to lose out in the race?

Why Alia Bhatt wants to date Ranbir Kapoor

Why Alia Bhatt wants to date Ranbir Kapoor

New Delhi: Alia Bhatt thinks Ranbir is so adorable that she would want to marry him.

Baby Alia will soon be seen in Karan Johar`s `Koffee With Karan` where she cannot stop gushing about him.

Baby Alia will soon be seen in Karan Johar`s Koffee With Karan where she cannot stop gushing about him.

"I remember the first time I spoke to Ranbir.. You called him up when `Rockstar` released and you said, here talk to Ranbir tell him how much you love him. And I just spoke so much rubbish, I was just talking non-stop. But later I have hung out with Ranbir and I still think he is really adorable and I still want to marry him," Alia said.

When asked if she has expressed her love for him to Ranbir`s mother Neetu Kapoor and more importantly does Katrina Kaif (his rumoured girlfriend) know about it, Alia said, "Everybody knows my plan. I have gone on record and said it as you said.. And I am very open about it except to Ranbir."

It looks that the `Highway` actress has her mind set to date Ranbir, and she promptly came out with his name when asked about her choice to go on a date.

Alia has been often linked with her `Student of the Year` co-stars Varun Dhawan and Siddharth Malhotra but she laughs it off saying, "They (Varun and Siddharth) are constantly pulling my leg. O Pari (Parineeti Chopra) is so sexy..O Pari is like this... Pari is like that. But I know that they love me more than her. And its the same with Arjun Kapoor. So that`s fine."

Arjun was paired opposite Parineeti in his debut film `Ishaqzaade`. While Parineeti and Siddharth were seen together in the recently released film `Hasee toh Phasee`.

Apparently, the 21 year old actress denied of her alleged relationship with her `2 States co-actor`, thereby clearing any misconceptions including the two`s affair

On the worst dressed man in Bollywood, she said, "I think Ranveer (Singh) has been really experimenting, sometimes I think it is really cool but sometimes it is a miss."
The upcoming and last episode of the chat show this season will also have Parneeti Chopra as a guest. It will be aired this Sunday on a popular channel.

With Agency inputs.

Fear cancer recurring, but have to be positive: Manisha

Fear cancer recurring, but have to be positive: Manisha

Mumbai: Actress Manisha Koirala, who was earlier diagnosed with ovarian cancer and has now recovered, says there is always a fear the disease may recur but she believes in being positive in life.

`I did not take care of my health earlier... I was not looking after myself. It (cancer) made me realise health is important, eating right is important, exercise is required. There is a fear that it (cancer) can come back anytime. But one must be positive,` Manisha said.

Manisha, 43, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012, a type of cancer that is difficult to diagnose and may often be detected late as it does not have typical symptoms.

`Cancer is a huge challenge, a huge test some of us survive and some don`t due to various reasons. There is lot of stigma attached to it (cancer), you lose all hope, your family is also living in negative environment, you feel there is a dead end. But I was fortunate to have people around me who helped me and were there with me emotionally,` Manisha said.

The actress plans to do something for those suffering from the disease.

`Cancer is not the death sentence, there is hope. Science has changed by leaps and bounds. Today we are able to deal with the treatment. I want to raise hope for people who don`t have hope, who don`t have access, resources. I will do something through certain platform... In certain ways. I want to repay back to the needy,` she said.

Manisha said some Bollywood celebrities like Shatrughan Sinha, Tabu and Gulshan Grover enquired about her welfare during her testing times.