Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Shah Rukh is ready to make a sequel to "Don"

It seems Shah Rukh Khan's irresistible charm and the incredible slickness and style used by Farhan Akhtar in "Don - The Chase Begins" have not been able to save the film from biting the dust.

Just like Karan Johar's infidelity drama "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna", this action thriller has been given the thumbs down by the audience, going by the upsetting drop in collections since it released Oct 20, a day before Diwali.

In the first few days, "Don", a remake of the 1978 Amitabh Bachchan starrer of the same name, garnered good profits mainly due to its pre-release publicity and slick television promos. Critics have since panned it as a weak film.

"Any film which has a good star cast and proper media hype does well in the first week in terms of collections. It happened with 'Don'. It had big names like Shah Rukh and director Farhan Akhtar and it was marketed smartly. So the initial collections were good," said Deepka Gupta, a New Delhi-based media consultant.

According to a report on boxofficeindia.com, the film did exceedingly well in the first week in spite of discouraging reports. It earned hit status in Mumbai, east Punjab, West Bengal and Mysore. The first week box office collections were 75-80 percent. However, the eighth day registered a drop in collections at many centres. It stood at about 55 percent.

However, Shah Rukh prefers not to take the critics seriously or the viewpoint of moviegoers, many of whom have not liked the modern "Don" at all.

"It is a waste of money. I couldn't sit through the movie after the interval," said Kanat Jain, a 60-something movie buff, who wasn't floored by the film's slickness.

Many others found the film stylish, but beyond that they had nothing good to say about it.

"The title song was shot nicely. Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra were looking good and sexy. But the script was very bad, and it appears that the director has focused only on the action scenes.

"Shah Rukh was nowhere close to Amitabh Bachchan, especially in the 'Khai ke pan Banareswala' number. I felt like closing my eyes and visualising how Amitabh had done the dance scene," Annie Mathew, a young professional working in Singapore, told.

"Shah Rukh was not at all exuding confidence. Maybe he should not do remakes any more. It seems to make him extra conscious," added Mathew, who got tickets easily for the film on the fourth day.

"In terms of style the original 'Don' was more stylish, despite this film being more technically advanced. It had a better script and cast. Amitabh had more style compared to Shah Rukh. Each character stood out in the cast," said Arundhati Chowdhury, a radio journalist.

"Other than that, the film was confusing... The pace is too fast, and it does not register. It's just an average film. One can go and watch this out of curiosity. I prefer Amitabh Bachchan as Don. Zeenat Aman was notches above Priyanka," said Chowdhury.

There is no denying that Farhan emphasised on the film's looks and ignored content, a key factor that plays a major role in the success of any film. In contrast, low-budget hit film "Khosla Ka Ghosla" did very well, a good example of content being king.

"The film's direction is very slick and the locales great. It has a very good background score, something like 'Mission Impossible'. It has a well-directed stunt scene - a drop from an aircraft and a mid-air fight scene - something like a Bond movie. It has a twist in the storyline, which leaves scope for a sequel. But the film cannot compete with the original," said Simi Gandhi, a chartered accountant and a movie buff.

Maybe Shah Rukh has hit a rough patch. After Farah Khan's directorial debut "Main Hoon Na" (2004), he has given a string of flops - "Veer-Zaara", "Swades", "Paheli and "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna". He was banking heavily on "Don" to give a boost to his sliding career graph.

Right now Shah Rukh is aggressively promoting the film. After lambasting critics for panning his film, he launched the "Don" collection of clothing for Louis Philippe - it displays clothes worn by Shah Rukh in the film. It was followed by the launch of a mobile game of "Don".

"Gaming is a very good way of marketing. It is a skill, which everyone should use. My next film is 'Chak De India' which is again a sports-based film. That lends itself to games and all. I would be game if Yashji or Adi (Yash or Aditya Chopra) bring in a game on that theme," Shah Rukh told mediapersons at the game launch.

Though the film has been given a flop status in India, it is doing well in the overseas market. In the US it raked in $1.2 million and in the Gulf grossed above 3.45 million dirhams.

In spite of its bad reviews, Shah Rukh is ready to make a sequel to "Don".

"I would love to make a sequel. If Farhan does not make it, I will definitely do so," he is quoted as having said.

Shot stylishly in Malaysia, this action thriller will appeal mainly to hardcore Shah Rukh fans.


A coy-and-a-session with Neha Dhupia

Source: DNAIndia
She's packed up shooting for the day for Apoorva Lakhia's Shootout at Lokhandwala. She lives alone. Right now, her parents and cousins are in town from Delhi . Rachana Dubey grills Ms Dhupia

What's this Hollywood commercial that you've done?
I haven't shot for it yet. I don't know who's spreading this misinformation. Talks are on with the producers. I've only promoted Police watches in Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. We're planning promotions in Mumbai as well.

What have you been busy with?
I've just completed Ek Chalis Ki Last Local with Abhay Deol .. and Mithiya with Naseeruddin Shah and Ranvir Shorey. After Shootout and Delhi Heights I will start on Dus Kahaniyan.

How do you look back on Priyadarshan's Chup Chup Ke?
With satisfaction. I'm remembered for my salwar-suit-bindi look in the film. Of the 13 characters, Rajpal Yadav got the most attention.

Why have you been avoiding any comments on your film Utthan?
Utthan? I'd prefer to stay tight-lipped on it for reasons best known to me.

You once said that you don't want to do any more love making scenes. Do you mean that?
Of course, I do.

Then, how come you're doing nude and love making scenes in Hot opposite Parvin Dabas?
What rubbish! I'm not doing any such film. Who told this? You must have got this from the internet. I've done such scenes in the past, I've learnt from my mistakes. Today I'm into glamorous roles but not skin flicks.

Which are the most difficult steamy scenes you've shot?
Julie was tough. I did such scenes in Sheesha too.. but Julie was tougher. I was doing them for the first time. I cringe when I think of those scenes.. I won't do them any more. But it's a perforamnce I'm proud of.

You've also had problems with your secretary Bhola Malviya.
I never held back his money. He was making false claims. None of what he said was correct. I wouldn't have become rich overnight by holding back his money. Fortunately my current secretary, Goldie, is not like him at all.

Are you going back to the south movies?
I did my first movie Ninney Ishta Paddaanu in Telegu. I want to go back to the south sometime. When, I don't know.

What if you hadn't won the Miss India title four years ago?
Before the Miss India contest, I was studying for my IAS exams. I was also thinking of joining journalism. If I hadn't won the title, who knows, I could have been a bureaucrat in some government department.

What's the update on your good friend Ritwik Bhattacharya?
He's my friend of 11 years. He's India's most famous squash player. There's nothing cooking between us.

And Amrish Kumar?
He's fashion designer Ritu Kumar's son. He's also my friend from my Delhi days. We know each other quite well. But we're not seeing each other. In fact, there's no man in my life.Honestly if there was someone I'd be the first to talk about him. I would never hide my relationship. I've been open about everything I've done.

Would you marry someone from the film industry?
No, never. I 'd rather stay single than marry someone from this line of work. Not that I've anything against filmi men but I don't see myself finding a life partner here. I've never been attracted to any of my co-stars. Mixing work and pleasure is a strict no-no for me.

On a secluded island, whom would you like for company?
Will Smith. The reasoon being he's extrmely funny. He would have me in splits all the time. I wouldn't be bored for a moment.


Manisha Koirala storming out of a press conference

The recent press conference of the movie Sirf, directed by Rajaatesh Nayar saw some high-voltage drama. A journalist posed a question about Koirala to the director when the stars were on stage, which upset the actress so much that she immediately left with her Australian boyfriend.

Says our source, who was at the conference, "Manisha came in at 8 pm with her boyfriend. The event was supposed to start by then, and she was well in time. She was in a good mood and was chatting with everyone. She even told the person in charge of handling television interviews she would be present till the end."

However, everything changed when the event started. Continues our source, "When the event started and the director and stars came up on stage, Manisha was seen smoking. A reporter asked her 'How ethical is it for you to smoke on the dais?' Manisha ignored this, but before long, another reporter asked the director, 'Have you signed Manisha because she has very little work and does not charge too much money?'"

Manisha was stunned. She got up from her chair at this question. Then, signalling to her boyfriend who was sitting in the audience, she walked out of the press conference, obviously upset. After she left, actor Parvin Dabas took the mike and reprimanded the journalist for asking such a rude question. However, the press conference continued without Manisha."

Says actor Parvin Dabas, who reprimanded the journalist, "I reacted instinctively as I had to make a point to the journalist who asked that question. I didn't want him to get away with it. Frankly speaking, it's the first time I've seen someone being so downright rude to any star. Everyone was stunned. Manisha is an actress of great stature and no one has the right to refer to her in such a way. I guess it was someone who would joke with his friends later, saying, 'I asked this star this question'. I feel such a question reflects on the person asking the question, not on the person who the question is about."

When contacted, Manisha sounded excited about the film and spoke about it with great zeal, " This is a very contemporary subject. After a long time I have a film with a great role and a great story. It is about today's problems where everybody admires the next person for his bigger car and bigger house and thinks the grass is greener on the other side," she said.

However, when asked about the conference, Manisha said, "I was there at 8 pm as I was told that the event would start on time. It started a little late and I had meetings lined up after that. So I had to get up and go halfway through the conference."

When asked about the rude questions addressed to her, she said, "The smoking question was addressed to Ranveer, not me. I've seen a lot in life and these little things don't affect me any more. I simply gave all my interviews and then left. In fact, before I left I even asked journalists if there were any more questions for me to answer."

• Frankly speaking, it's the first time I've seen someone being so downright rude to any star. Everyone was stunned. Manisha is an actress of great stature and no one has the right to refer to her in such a way – Parvin Dabas, co-star


"Where's the party tonight"

It's a common knowledge that actress Kajol shares a very good rapport with filmmaker Karan Johar. Recently we got to see a glimpse of their sweet camaraderie at Malaika Arora Khan's 31 st birthday party, where the duo partied till the wee hours of the morning.
They came together with hand in hand and rocked the dance floor like anything. Also there was Shahid Kapoor and his girlfriend Kareena Kapoor, Bollywood king Shah Rukh Khan and his wife Gauri, Salman Khan and his girlfriend Katrina Kaif enjoyed happy time in the party. Salman's father Salim Khan, mother Salma and Helen were also present in the party. Malaika Arora Khan's sister actress Amrita Arora played a perfect host. Preity Zinta also spotted in the party in rocking mood; however the centre of the focus was Shah Rukh and Salman, who got together in the party and talked with each other putting a full stop to the all speculation on their much-talked-about rivalry.


Priyanka to play lead in Kalpana Lajmi's next?

Priyanka Chopra to play lead in Kalpana Lajmi's next. The yet-to-title film will be on the Devdasi culture of Southern India . Kalpana Lajmi recently said in an interview that she has approached Priyanka for playing lead in the movie.
Kalpana's last film was ‘Chingaari' starring Sushmita Sen in the leads. However, we couldn't contact Priyanka to know whether she's signing the film or not.


You have to watch Abhishek's performance in ‘Umrao Jaan'

Abhishek Bachchan broke down into tears on the sets of ‘Umrao Jaan' . There was a scene in the film, where he needed to cry and Abhishek, as per director J.P. Dutta cried without glycerin. Director Dutta said in a recent interview, “You have to watch Abhishek's performance in ‘Umrao Jaan' to believe what he's capable of. Abhishek was so involved in the scene and not only did he cry without glycerin, he was completely broke down and tears rolled down his cheeks.”
‘Umrao Jaan' stars Aishwarya Rai opposite Abhishek Bachchan; it scheduled to release this week on November 3.


Saif apologized to the security guard for misbehaving

Actor Saif Ali Khan has the flexibility in his character that he can easily seek apology to a lay man if he realizes what he has done is wrong.
As Saif Ali recently apologized to a security guard posted outside of his son Ibrahim's karate training centre. As per reports, Saif, who had gone to meet son Ibrahim at his karate school, was denied permission to enter into the campus by the security guard, which got the star very angry, and he almost entered forcibly into the school compound to meet his son.
However a little latter when Saif realized he shouldn't have done thing like that, he came back and apologized to the security guard for misbehaving with him. However the guard readily forgave Saif and told he couldn't recognize the star at first. As per reports Saif also joined the security guards and their friends for an iftaari party later.


My flop rate is higher than the Khans, John

There is no doubt that John is the new brightest star in Bollywood and his brightness is increasing day by day. Already his popularity is too high especially for the young generation. From his debut film ‘Jism' he has been changing himself rapidly. In ‘Dhoom' he has done even a role with a negative shade. However John has no qualms admitting that his number comes much below than the Khans. “The Khans are right up there while my number comes much below and my flop rate is higher than the Khans.” But he feels that he still has a long way to go.


The 'patch-up’ between brother Ashmit and Amisha, allegedly facilitated by Salman Khan

A recent report in a city tabloid took actress Ameesha Patel by surprise. Ameesha said that she is surprised by the news of her alleged patch-up with brother Ashmit at Salman Khan's Eid party.

According to the report, when Ameesha entered Salman's house, the actor locked Ameesha and brother Ashmit inside a room to facilitate a patch-up between them. A source present at the venue confirms, "Nothing of that sort happened.

Why would Salman interfere in anyone else's personal life? Everyone comes to Salman's house for his Eid party, so did Ashmit and Ammesha. He certainly did not go all out to sort out others' problems. The house was full of guests and Salman is very conscious about all these things. He doesn't like anyone interfering in his personal life, so he doesn't interfere in others' lives too. Plus, he'd never do anything which would make his guests feel awkward. The truth is that Ameesha just exchanged pleasantries with Ashmit when Salman presented them to each other. After that, she immediately left the venue as she the situation was becoming awkward."

When we asked Ameesha about the incident, she said, "Don't be ridiculous. Salman is a good friend of both Ashmit and me. We just happened to be at his house at the same time. Why would he lock us up in a room? All I know is that I had a blast at the party. I would also like to admit that Salman and his family are perfect hosts."

Apparently, this 'patch-up' report has aggravated the rift in the Patel family. "I am travelling and I really don't know what's going on in India," said Ameesha when we contacted her in Australia. The actress was clueless about the entire incident.

So, when will the ice between brother and sister thaw? "I don't want to comment about the future, no one except God can predict what's going to happen," she replied.

It is a known fact that Ameesha is estranged from her family. She is not on talking terms with her brother since the time she filed a case against her parents.

Ashmit lives with his parents, while Ameesha stays alone. The sole person in the family with who the actress has retained a relationship is her grandmother. She continues to be very close to her.


Monday, October 30, 2006

Fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride : Dhoom 2

The biggest year-end release Dhoom 2 is revving up to a big release soon. With actors Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai in the lead, this sequel is a much larger version of the previous biking fantasy ride.

Shot in little seen Brazil and Nigeria and packed with anti-gravity stunts, Dhoom 2 looks every bit the fast paced thrill ride. This is also the first film that pairs Hrithik Roshan and a very slim Aishwarya Rai on screen.

“Some films need to be a complete departure from the serious and the ‘real’. Dhoom 2 is just that. So, fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride,” Hrithik said.

“Hats off to Adi (Aditya Chopra) for his conviction when he spoke to me about the film. He said I always play these larger-than-life characters on celluloid. So, now I need to simply be a girl. I trusted him and had fun being Sunehri,” Aishwarya said.

Dhoom 2 will show the two current superstars Abhishek and Hrithik sparring against each in this cop and robber drama. And if this wasn’t enough, there's a bare-bodied Bipasha Basu opposite Uday Chopra adding to the hot quotient of the film.

So, while the epic drama magic of Umrao Jaan may or may not work for Abhishek and Aishwarya, Dhoom 2 with its edge-of-the-seat thrill might just be the perfect year-ender for each actor in the film. Dhoom 2 hits theatres on November 24.


The most beautiful actress Aishwarya turns 33 this week

She rules the hearts of millions and is touted as one of the most beautiful actresses ever to grace Indian cinema. Aishwarya Rai, who turns 33 Wednesday, returns to the marquee after a long hiatus - playing a courtesan in "Umrao Jaan" and an oomph girl in "Dhoom 2".

The actress, who is said to be dating Abhishek Bachchan, will reportedly announce her engagement on her birthday. According to insiders, Abhishek's ailing grandmother Teji Bachchan is eager to see him married, and the couple is said to be planning to tie the knot early next year.

But Aishwarya, who is apparently attending family dinners and get-togethers at the Bachchan household, is tight-lipped about her relationship.

She is currently busy promoting her two films. In Yash Raj Films' upcoming "Dhoom 2", Aishwarya plays a hi-tech thief along with Hrithik Roshan, while in J.P. Dutta's "Umrao Jaan", a screen adaptation of Mirza Mohammed Haadi Ruswa's Urdu novel "Umrao Jaan Ada" and a tragic historical, she plays a courtesan.

"When Dutta narrated the script to me, I told him that if you get Aishwarya to play the role of Umrao Jaan only then make the film, else drop it. According to me, the character requires an enigmatic quality to it. This is what I feel Aishwarya's personality symbolises," said well-known lyricist Javed Akhtar on the actress.

"Hers is a personality that is a kind of riddle. Even Dutta felt the same way and now after watching the finished product I feel that no one else could have made it."

However, there is a notion among some that she is not a good actress and has hogged the limelight mainly for her looks, and her affairs with co-stars Salman Khan and Viveik Oberoi.

"Aishwarya is not known as a bankable actor. People think of her as wooden. She can't emote. Dutta is not only a good director; he is also a good technician. He knows how to extract work from his artist. We are confident that Aishwarya must have played the role convincingly," New Delhi-based distributor Sanjay Mehta told IANS.

"Umrao Jaan" and "Dhoom 2" will put to test her versatility. Critics believe that so far only Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been able to extract the best out of her in his hit "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" and "Devdas", India's official entry for the Oscars in 2003.

Her being crowned Miss World in 1994 made her entry into films smooth. She was flooded with offers but chose to start her acting career with Mani Ratnam's Tamil film "Iruvar".

Her performance was critically appreciated and she soon forayed into Bollywood with Rahul Rawail's "Aur Pyar Ho Gaya" opposite Bobby Deol. The film not only fetched her a Filmfare award for best debut but she had top-notch directors making a beeline for her house.

She was soon signed up by one of the most talented filmmakers in the industry, Bhansali, for "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam". In this love triangle, which also had Ajay Devgan, she was paired for the first time with Salman Khan.

Their onscreen chemistry was electrifying and the film was widely appreciated and fetched her Filmfare's best actress award.

She started receiving offers from some of the biggest names in the industry - Subhash Ghai, Yash Chopra and Mansoor Khan.

Chopra signed her up with Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan in "Mohabattein". The film didn't do well but the audience liked her pairing with Shah Rukh. Bhansali cast the two in his magnum opus "Devdas" that went on to become a major hit.

Post-"Devdas" Aishwarya shifted her focus to Hollywood. Her first international venture was Gurinder Chadha's "Bride & Prejudice". The film was a flop but it didn't stop her from getting new projects.

Some of her prestigious international projects include - "Provoked", "The Last Legion" opposite Colin Firth and Sir Ben Kingsley and "Chaos".

While scaling new heights in Bollywood and international films, Aishwarya never crossed the line in terms of skin show on screen.

"I am not comfortable about kissing or nudity. I am clear about what I want. I'll work only with good directors who'll offer me two-dimensional roles. The director and the role are most important.

"Women in the industry have been exploited very often but there are some actors who believe that the short cut to stardom is through nudity or exposure. Such success is, in fact, very short-lived. I have never done a kissing scene nor do I have intentions to," she is quoted as saying.

Since she set foot in filmdom, the India media has been sometimes nasty to her but she hasn't bothered much about what they thought or wrote about her.

"Someone asked me why I'm politically correct, even when people hit out so openly at me. But the truth is I've never been brought up to behave any other way. I can't say anything hurtful about anyone. I just don't believe in saying mean things. I won't feel good doing that. This is the way I am.

"I'm amazed how many people feel good hitting out at me. They're welcome to do it. Earlier, they had more leeway to deny their indiscretions in print. But now on television they look pretty ridiculous denying what they say," she has said.

Apart from promoting a wide variety of disparate brands, Aishwarya has many firsts to her credit - she has the distinction of being the first Indian actor to be a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival and also appeared on Oprah Winfrey's talk show.

About her appearance on Winfrey's show, she told the media: "I never thought I'd actually be meeting her -- and that too, on her show! I was extremely happy to be on her show. I admire her."

She also appeared on another prestigious American talk show "60 Minutes".

She has graced the covers of international magazines like TIME, which placed her on their list of the "100 Most Influential People in the World Today". Aishwarya has also been termed as one of the most beautiful women by TIME magazine.

Aishwarya, whose last Hindi release was "Shabd" that sank without a trace at the box office, is hoping to hit the bull's eye with "Umrao Jaan", "Dhoom 2" and Mani Rathnam's "Guru". While "Umrao Jaan" releases next Friday, "Dhoom 2" is set for a Nov 24 release and "Guru" in December.


I'm the luckiest man in the world, Shah Rukh Khan

It's the 'Baadshah of Bollywood' Shahrukh Khan's birthday on 2nd November. His enthusiasm for work only intensifies as the superstar turns 41 this Thursday. Star Gold will telecast his films all through the week from 30th October - 3rd November.

After the highly successful serials FAUJI and CIRCUS, SRK returns to television on his birthday. His second stint on television will be as host for two special episodes on his birthday exclusively on Star Gold titled 'The Inner and Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan'. King Khan talks about himself, his films, his directors and moments of his life that have made this young lad into King Khan.

The two special episodes will take you through Shah Rukh's life on a personal and professional level and how it has brought about changes in his life both sweet and bitter. He talks about his love for the city of dreams -Mumbai, his first taste of success, some precious memories with loved ones and the particular traits that define Shah Rukh.

"I'm the luckiest man in the world and I don't want to hide from it. I cannot repay my fans for what they have done for me, they have given me so much love and that love has taken me to where I am today, the only thing I can do for my fans is to never stop working, and to do films till the very end, it is the only way I can express my love for them," says an emotional Shah Rukh Khan on his birthday to his fans

This is a once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity for all fans of Shah Rukh Khan, the most popular star of Bollywood as he himself takes viewers behind the scenes of some of his films like KABHI HAA KABHI NAA, PHIR BHI DIL HAI HINDUSTANI, SWADES, PAHELI and MAIN HOON NA. He recalls his early days in the film industry when he talks about KABHI HAA KABHI NAA and the birth of his production company Dreams Unlimited with PHIR BHI DIL HAI HINDUSTANI. This is the only chance for every SRK fan to know everything they ever wanted to know about him right from his early experiences in the film industry to his recent experiences as a producer.


I want an interactive website, says Priynka

Priyanka Chopra to launch her official website, trying to work out a deal with the present owner of the domain www.priyankachopra.com

Priyanka Chopra is all set to launch an official website for herself. Currently, the actress is in the process of meeting several web-page designers, both from India and abroad, for this.

"I am shooting in Mumbai for some months, so this is the time when I can meet people to get the website going. It will be an interactive website, and I will make it a point to see that it's upgraded every week," Priyanka says.

The only problem is that she has not been able to get the domain www.priyankachopra.com . "On the day I won the Miss World pageant, the domain was booked by someone. We are trying to work a deal with the person who has a right to this domain. But it seems difficult. There are several websites in my name, but none of them are official," she says.

The website will have a collection of Priyanka's photographs from her childhood days. It will also contain exclusive photographs from films on which she has worked and will be working in future.

On the work front, Priyanka is busy shooting Rumi Jaffery's film God Tusi Great Ho with Salman Khan and Amitabh Bachcan. This is her second film with Salman, after Mujhse Shaadi Karogi. "I admire the way Salman leads his life. He is a very cool guy. We both play journalists in the film," she says.

• It will be an interactive website, and I will make it a point to see that it's upgraded every week — Priyanka Chopra


Salman gave lift to Miss Universe Zuleyka at 3 in the morning

Look, who's sitting cozy behind Salman on his bike. The pretty gal is none but Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera, who has been in India for last couple of days for an AIDS awareness campaign. As per source, Salman Khan had invited Zuleyka for an Eid party at his home. And being a huge fan of all the beautiful ladies (his split with Aishwarya Rai however is a different matter), Salman decided to give her a lift home on his bike at around 3 in the morning. Do we need to say the thing they talked on at that time?


Gujarat Forest Dept. sent a notice to Aamir Khan

Actor Aamir Khan has been summoned for questioning by the Gujarat Forest Department in connection with the filming of an endangered species deer, chinkara in film ‘Lagaan' some eight years back during shooting in Gujarat .
As per latest the department has sent a notice to Aamir Khan to be present for questioning on November 6.
Aamir Khan was the producer of the ‘Lagaan'. And as per allegation, no permission was taken from the forest department for filming the chinkara. Forest officials are probing the cast against Aamir.


“When there's a marriage, I won't hide it," Aish

Refuting the current rumours that her marriage with Abhishek Bachchan is scheduled to take place in February next year, Aishwarya Rai told media persons that she has no plans for marriage in the near future. “Who's doing all these shaadi soap operas with my life? I don't know. Maybe you can enlighten me,” said Aishwarya in a mere embarrassed tone. “I've absolutely no plans for marriage in the near future,” she said in a clear-straight voice.
She wondered why the media always spread false rumours about her marriage. “When there's a marriage, I won't hide it. I'll stand on the rooftops and talk about it. For now could Abhishek and I just be allowed to concentrate on our individual careers, please?”


Hrithik and Kareena in "Kismat Talkies" ?

Hrithik Roshan has started shooting for Ashutosh Gowariker’s Jodha-Akbar. And we all know about his 3 film deal with Adlabs. But before the Adlabs film, he will be starting shooting for another film with Zoya Akhtar, sister of Farhan Akhtar. Zoya will finally make her directorial debut with this film titled Kismat Talkies. Kareena Kapoor will play the female lead in this film produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar under their Excel Films banner.

Zoya was to make her debut with a film titled Luck – By Chance in 2004. Unfortunately the film never took off. Finally Kismat Talkies is slated to roll by end of March 2007. The next release of Excel Films is Honeymoon Travel’s Pvt Ltd. directed by Farhan’s assistant Reema Kagti.

Also here is another exclusive. 2007 will see the acting debut of Farhan Akhtar. “There is one assignment that I’m doing which we had shot about 40 per cent before Don. It is Anand Surapur’s The Fakir. It actually was supposed to be complete even before Don had gone on floors. But since the director had some personal issues to deal with, the shooting was stopped for a while. We will start again on November 2 and we are heading to Venice for a month’s schedule to finish the film”, informs Farhan. Let us wish him all the best for his acting debut. We are sure he can pull off acting as good as he directs films.


‘The Making of Umrao Jaan’ Book Launch

Last night Adlabs hosted the launch of a book on ‘The Making of Umrao Jaan’ on Sunday evening. The book gives details about the making of the film. What’s interesting is that this book is not available in any bookstore for sale. It will be exclusively available at the chain of Adlabs Cinemas (nationally) where patrons can browse through the book.

The book launch was a well-attended function. JP Dutta walked in with his wife – yesteryear actress Bindiya Goswami. Aishwarya was the first one to arrive, followed by Abhishek Bachchan who was shooting in Chembur. Divya Dutta, Puru Raj Kumar, Anu Malik and Anna Singh were also present.


Sunday, October 29, 2006

Shah Rukh Khan turns 41 on Thursday

Source: DNAIndia
You’ll be 41 on November 2. How old do you feel?
In fact, I feel very young. I’m told I look young and hot in Don which makes me feel good. A couple of days ago, I watched Veer Zaara on TV, I looked really old as the buddha guy.

What are your birthday plans?
I’ll chill at home, I need to relax. The past few days have been hectic with Diwali and Eid. Also I’ve been very busy with the promotion of Don. Now that the film has done well, may be I’ll call the producer home and count the money. I think I’ll just do that.

Any particular birthday of yours that you remember fondly?
I’ve never sat down and thought about this. I don’t consider birthday to be a special day. It’s like any other day. It only brings you closer to lesser birthdays.

What’s the best birthday gift you’ve ever received?
For the past few years my friends have not given me anything. They say, “What do we give you, you’ve got everything.” But I love to receive books, I’m a book lover.

What would you gift yourself?
In an interview earlier, I’d said, “Don is my birthday gift to Amitji.” (Grins) Now, I will gift it to myself.

What’s the take on the box-office collections of Don?
I’m thrilled, the collections are fantastic. When I first watched Don, I felt it was long. But it’s a modern way of making a film. We were very clear from the beginning that the film was targeted at the youth. And it has worked with its audience. They love the film. It’s a new Don and that’s what has worked. I feel I have acted very well in Don. I say this very rarely after watching my films.

Did you anticipate a hit?
While I was making it, I thought it would be a big hit. But after watching it, I was a bit worried because I found it long. The story was a little convoluted, we were not sure if everyone would understand it. Then, a certain section of the audience didn’t appreciate it. But I repeat, the film was for the youth.

Even the songs were recorded with the youth in mind. They have loved the film and me. No one has said I was bad, even in the Khaike paan song. My final analysis about the success of my films are with my kids. If they like it, then I know it’s a hit. Last night Aryan sang Khaike paan… and danced to it. Now I know the film is a success.

Were you upset with the negative reviews?
Honestly, not too many reviewers have a critical knowledge and over the years critics have increased but the knowledge hasn’t. Some critics don’t review a film, they make personal statements. The audience isn’t swayed by what the critics write, they still go to watch a film if they want to. Krrish and Fanaa both didn’t get critical approval but the films did great business at the box-office. I respect the opinions of a few critics…even if they don’t like my films.

What irritated me was a TV channel talking about the end of the film, they even revealed the twist on its first day. You don’t do that.

There have been comparisons with Amitabh Bachchan.

I’ve done films of Dilip saab and Amitji because they are great. I can’t match up to them. Whether it’s Devdas or Don, I’ve done it my way. I’m proud of it.

It seems your fans now call you Don.
Yes. It feels good when you’re identified with a certain character.

The initial collections of Don have been attributed to your star presence.
(Laughs) That didn’t help me in Paheli. I feel the brand of Don is responsible. The promotion evoked curiosity. It was after long that I had a release which said Shah Rukh Khan in and as. The audience trusted us. I’m very thrilled with the success of the film.

How come you went all out to promote the film?
It’s my film. After a long time I had a solo release. For the past few years I’ve had only multi starrers. I cannot be in the forefront. Paheli I feel was a different take. Even with Main Hoon Naa, I felt Zayed Khan, Amrita Rao and Farah Khan should be more visible. With Don, I knew I had to just go all out and give a proper message. I’m glad I did that.

Do you feel the pressure of being the numero uno actor?
With every hit, I feel more responsible about my next release. Right now, I’m very charged about Chake De India and Om Shanti Om. I want to make lots of films. I don’t want to restrict myself to just a couple of films. Even healthwise I’m feeling great.

If you could go to a certain age which would you choose?
My son Aryan’s, so that I could play with him and not worry about my father being a superstar.


I am no superstar: Saif Ali Khan

Saif Ali Khan talk to Rajeev Masand for CNN IBN
Source: CNN IBN
An talented actor who after years of being saddled with thankless roles decided to break away and show, what he is really made of. In the last two-years Saif Ali Khan has delivered not only a string of hits but also a bunch of credible performances that put him at the top of his league.

CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor: Rajeev Masand speaks to the star about his journey to the top.

Rajeev Masand: Let me start with an offensive question first. You spend very little time in India these days. You are either travelling or shooting abroad. And when in India, you are seen mostly shooting for ad films, doing lots of endorsements for big brands. It seems you are on an endorsement spree to just grab some money and run. Is that true?

Saif Ali Khan: Not really. I would rather make money doing some prestigious top-level brand endorsements. I do not make too much money from movies. And my focus is not just to make money. I do films because I love them. I do a script and work with a production house simply because I love being an actor. I am not just looking at the financial gains but its got more to do with doing something substantial by way of films or even endorsements for that matter.

I feel lucky to have got the opportunity of doing big endorsements. I know that it will not last forever and that all these projects might not always come my way. But I just hope it lasts for a few more years. Perhaps I won’t take the money and run but would rather gracefully accept the money and walk away.

Rajeev Masand: You have been on a roll work-wise. Your solo films Parineeta,Salaam Namaste, Being Cyrus and most recently Omkara have done quite well at the box office. Tell me, does success tastes any different now?

Saif Ali Khan: I think you get things only when you are ready for them. When I wasn’t successful, I had many fantasies about how things would be like when I become successful. I think one of the best things about being successful is the lack of pressure in terms of competition from other actors.

I have done solo films, and the most wonderful aspect was that I was free to do my own bit. In my past films, I often felt inferior to the people I was working with. That feeling of inferiority somehow played on my mind and affected me slightly. I only hoped to get out of that slot and do better things on my own.

Some two-three years ago, I got a clear idea in my mind that I wanted to play a character that would be urban and new. I wanted to play someone who can is more of a character than a hero. I wanted to play this guy who is not western but is just a normal guy living in Melbourne or Amsterdam. And then I played exactly similar characters in Salaam Namaste and Hum Tum.

Rajeev Masand: You also played such character in Being Cyrus.

Saif Ali Khan: Being Cyrus is slightly different. I think it was more of an artistic sort of whim. Though it was an amazing production. There is another world out there of alternate cinema, which works on low budget but is great cinema with really well organized crews and teams. That was also something that I enjoyed doing.

Rajeev Masand: Is that the reason why people were so pleasantly surprised with Omkara where they see an actor that they have perceived largely as this ‘hip urban guy’ suddenly take a u-turn with a film set in the Indian heartland.

Saif Ali Khan: Yes, that was the plan and I think it worked. Its nice to balance things out by doing films like Omkara. That is how people are in a large part of our country. These kinds of films are not surreal but they have got more to do with a different kind of reality. Though it has got little to do with absolute real life and emotions.

Hum Tum made me look like a new hero. It did not look like someone I had played before. There was something about the character that looked right and fitted all the parameters of Hindi cinema. But at the same time had newness to it because it had me playing it.

We have taken the same thing forward with Salaam Namaste and to a lesser extent with my latest film Tara Rum Pum as well.

Rajeev Masand: What are the benefits that success allows you today? Something that you did not have some 5-7 years ago?

Saif Ali Khan: I think, confidence and freedom of choice are a few things that I have now. The freedom to take a couple of months off and to be able to say that ‘I won’t do this project because I choose to spend the time with my family’ is something that is possible now. Actually I am just beginning to be successful and it has got to do more with luck and guidance. I think I still have a long way to go.

Rajeev Masand: You play guitar, don’t you?

Saif Ali Khan: Yes I do. In High school it was compulsory for each one of us to take up a music instrument. And I took up guitar. I loved guitar-oriented music whether it was classical or rock. I thought it would be a fun to learn and then I started thoroughly enjoying it. I recently performed with Parikrama, which is a fantastic group. We are planning more of such concerts in late December in about four cities. I think that should be exciting.

Rajeev Masand: Do you feel powerful with your guitar? Like when you performed on stage was it a big thrill?

Saif Ali Khan: When you are actually playing live, it is a different ball game all together. It is a tremendous experience. If you are just pretending to play, you can feel like a rock star. But if you are actually playing, it’s a special feeling. Its not like when you are acting, but rather a very humbling experience. You feel like you have created an artistic field around yourself. Similarly I feel that doing theatre would really be expanding horizons.

Rajeev Masand: So do you plan to take up theatre?

Saif Ali Khan: Not really. I don’t see myself doing Hindi theatre and with all due respect to the English theatre, I don’t see much relevance of it in India. The audience is limited and even if you are great you perhaps won’t be noticed that much. You have a limited amount of time to spare, and you would certainly want to spend that doing films. You need to manage time between work and family and have a bit of a private life. Doing a play would perhaps be too time consuming.

Rajeev Masand: When you go for holidays do you prefer big cities or the country?

Saif Ali Khan: I like both and I’m very fortunate that either I adapt very quickly or my work suits what I happen to want. We were in New York for about a month and half. Just as it was getting crazy, we were shifted to Bedford, which is just an hour away from the New York City. It is full of lakes and trees.

I didn’t go back to the city even on day offs. It was really nice. I am slowly becoming a country person with good company around or even alone. But, yes there have been a lot of big cities in my life recently.

Rajeev Masand: Do you crave for anonymity sometimes? I asked Preity Zinta this question and she said that she really wants to be left alone and not be recognized all the time. I asked Shah Rukh Khan the same question and he said he would be clueless if people didn’t recognize him. Would you also like to be left alone sometimes?

Saif Ali Khan: I think I have that amount of anonymity to a certain extent. We are not world famous in any possible sense. It also depends where you go. Usually only Bangladeshis, Indians or Pakistani people recognize you.

I probably take it more seriously when there are other stars around. When you are at a premier or a public place signing autographs, I want my share of stardom at that time. But generally if I’m with my daughter in a mall, and some kind of a scene gets created, I have to alter my thinking to not loose my temper and say ‘leave me alone’ kind of things.

I am a very private person and I do get a little intrusive because of that. Unfortunately you have to get rude when things are getting out of hand. At times at a press conference or somewhere else, things do get out of hands. It’s a stampede sometimes with people literally jumping on to you. Sloppiness does get me a little tense when it gets rowdy and noisy.

At times it’s not even worth answering a question because people can hardly hear you. But of course you have to remember that all that would be seen would be your face. You wish if only people could see what is happening behind the camera they would perhaps understand. To incessantly answer your question, I love my job and I love doing it.

And of course I appreciate that stardom has opened so many doors. We all are so privileged. I am very grateful to everyone for it, but do I crave anonymity? Perhaps I’m not famous enough to crave for something like that.

Rajeev Masand: Do you think of yourself as a role model for your kids?

Saif Ali Khan: Yes. I am a role model for them whether I think of myself as one or not. Everything that I do, somewhere down the line both of them will base what they want and what they don’t want on what I’m like. Whatever you do, you are going to make a deep impression as a parent. Whether you give helpful guidance to them or not, it remains a fact that they will look up to you.

Rajeev Masand: So do you have mind your Ps and Qs for that?

Saif Ali Khan: I think I am quite well mannered in that sense. But sometimes kids see you in situation when you are getting a bit too much of attention. I do scowl at times.

My father is a role model for me. He never looses his cool. He is a true gentleman in a very dignified sense. My sister and my mother always tell me to look up to my father in tense situation. They tell me that when in doubt I should look at my father how he would react in a situation like this. I would like to set similar example for my kids.

Rajeev Masand: Of the two of your kids, who is the more spoilt one?

Saif Ali Khan: I spoil both of them equally. Its weird because both my kids Sara (daughter) and Ibrahim (son) have such distinct natures. Sara came first by a couple of years. She is six years elder to my son. She is already a young lady now. Right now Ibrahim is obsessed with Count Dracula.

He plays cricket and many other games. His mum has enrolled him in Karate classes so I have been going there to catch some of his action. His favourite sport is cricket. I read out stories to them and its fun to expose them to my childhood heroes. I tell them about things like Treasure Island and the stories that I have read as a kid.

Rajeev Masand: So do you think your son is going to pick up (cricket) what you didn’t ?

Saif Ali Khan: I wasn’t so bad really. He plays pretty well now. I think it will take some time before he knows for sure that is he is going to take up cricket seriously. By the time he turns ten, we will know whether it’s a gift like it was with my grandfather and father.

Rajeev Masand: Do they have any favourite film of yours?

Saif Ali Khan: I don’t know and I never really ask them. I think only recently have they found me acceptable. Like most people I don’t think either of them were Saif fans till about five-six years ago.

Rajeev Masand: So who were they fans of?

Saif Ali Khan: Shah Rukh, Salman who else? Sara used to kiss the TV whenever Shah Rukh would to come. Ibrahim does looks up to me. He copies more or less everything including my hair-cut, clothes and other stuff. There is great amount of responsibility there as well.

Rajeev Masand: Well all the best you. We hope you continue to be a great actor and an even better dad.

Saif Ali Khan: Thank you Rajeev. It was a pleasure talking top you.


The perfectionist actor Aishwarya

People change and so do their equations with others. Initially, the mere presence of Aishwarya Rai intimidated actress Vidya Balan. But this is a thing of the past. While shooting for Mani Ratnam's Guru, earlier Aishwarya would never talk to Vidya. But, more recently when a particular shot was in progress, Aishwarya realised that Vidya did not have her hairpin on (required to maintain the continuity in a scene). Both Ratnam and Vidya didn't notice the slip. But, Ash being the perfectionist that she is noticed and immediately went back to her make-up van and sent the hairpin to Vidya. "Just before Vidya would deliver the shot, Ash's hair dresser went up to Vidya and gave her the hairpin," says our source. Vidya was flummoxed at this gesture extended towards her. That's the smart Ash we know of - trying to change an equation depending on the box-office success of the person.


Amitabh Bachchan composed and sung two songs for Baabul

Amitabh Bachchan is humming a new tune in Baabul. "It's a tune I remember. I just thought I'd use it in Baabul because it fit perfectly. I played with the notes and came up with this song for Baabul and recorded the song just a few days ago. In Ravi Chopra's Baghban I had sung four numbers. In Baabul, I've recorded two. But they are rather pensive numbers which I've composed," he says.

Inspite of singing in the past, Big B insists that he isn't much of a singer. "I like to meet up with Aadesh Shrivastava, sit in his music room and fool around with the notes. In Baabul, for the first time I've contributed to a tune. Obviously the orchestral arrangements are Aadesh's. The theme song ‘Kehta hoon bitiya’ in Baabul is tuned and sung by me. In Baabul, the full theme song (written by Sameer) is mine."

Big B is glad that a film stressing Indian values has been made. "Television is so full of family dramas that this genre is hardly attempted. Baabul is very traditional and close to our hearts. It addresses the sensitive issue of widow remarriage. Why does a young widow become a victim of ridiculous customs, almost an outcast? Like all movies from BR films that address a social issue," he says.

About his on-screen rapport with his Baabul co-star Hema Malini, Big B says, "We aren't doing as many films as we used to earlier. In Baabul, Hema is very much part of the drama. In Sholay there was the effort to rehabilitate the widow. That sentiment continues in Baabul. Cinema needs to raise the collective conscience level of the audience."

Last week, Big B walked the ramp with Hema Malini. He explains, "Today, the promotion and marketing of a film is as critical as its making. For Baabul we wanted to do something novel. So we devised a fashion show," he says.

Recently, the Bhojpuri audience in UP and Bihar went ballistic over Big B's guest appearance in Ganga. As for his Bhojpuri dialogues, Big B says, "I had spoken the Awadhi dialect in Ganga Ki Saugandh and Adaalat. In Ganga, I spoke Bhojpuri, which is similar to Awadhi, for the first time."

In fact, last year, Bachchan had also made a guest appearance in a Kannada film Amrithvarsham. Ganga and Amrithvarsham are Big B's only two stints in regional cinema. "I did the two guest appearances because two dear friends asked me to. I was asked to do a cameo in Rajnikanth's next Tamil project. But I declined as I didn't have the time. Also learning a South Indian language is a huge responsibility (in the Kannada film, he spoke English). I truly admire artistes from Mumbai who act in South Indian films and also speak the language. Rajnikanth and I are close friends and we have done films together. I'd have loved to be in his film."

He is thrilled by the spectrum of films released this year. "Films of various genres have been accepted this year. It's an exceptional year for Hindi cinema. Guru, Dhoom 2, Umrao Jaan and Vivah are still to come…,” he says.

* Obviously the orchestral arrangements are Aadesh's. The theme song ‘Kehta hoon bitiya’ in Baabul is Tuned and sung by me – Bachchan


Preity's “seriously tempting” film

Her last release ‘Jaanemann' is doing well at the box office and actress Preity Zinta is now looking forward to sign a new film very soon.
“I'm signing a new film very soon,” she declared in a recent interview. However, she didn't divulge anything about the film. “It's too early to say about the film. Because nothing has been finalized yet,” she said. However she confirmed she's on the verge of signing the film. “Now that I'm back in the country and I need to sign another film.” She assured the new film would be something seriously tempting. We are eager to know about this “seriously tempting” film.


“Men are essential sure, but not indispensable.” says Priyanka

Men are not as strong as they look. They are very fragile and so need to be handled with care – as thinks actress Priyanka Chopra. In a recent interview, when asked about her love life Priyanka said she's single and she has no regret for that. Doesn't she feel the need of someone special in her life? She said, “Men are essential sure, but not indispensable.” According to her, men are very confused souls. “They are like kids. They are also very fragile and so need to be handled with care,” she gushed.


Men's are mere clone to women

According to Mallika, a man's sex appeal lies between the ears. Surprised? Actually Mallika can't resist herself from making such surprising quotes. In a recent interview, when asked what sort of a man does she prefer – metrosexual or retrosexual, Mallika raised an eyebrow and said, “Metrosexual? I think they are mere clone to women. They go to beauty parlors to get a manicure, pedicure, facial ….that's called being a metrosexual? Then they wear colors like orange, pink and red, the way women do; go into kitchen and call themselves chef. Is that it?”
“I'm a Jat and no Jat is 100 per cent literate. To most, physical beauty is very important. However, grey matter is most important to me. But, my man shouldn't take things too seriously as then, life became boring,” Mallika added.


Saturday, October 28, 2006

Highest collection for Don with Rs 75 crores worldwide till date

Source : IndiaFM

According to a latest press release, Don is slated to become one of the Top 3 grossers of all time in Hindi cinema overseas with the highest opening weekend ever for a Diwali release.

In just the first weekend of its release, Don has notched up some staggering numbers.

* In the UK, the film grossed an incredible GBP 5, 37,000 (a little more than USD 1 million) in the opening 5 days along with the preview, which is the highest Diwali opening weekend ever for a Hindi film.

* In the US, the film grossed USD 1.2 million USD in the opening 5 days

* In the period of just 9 days, Don has grossed above 3.45 million Dirham in Gulf which is highest ever for a Hindi film.

* In Australia and South Africa, the weeks collections were the highest ever for a Hindi film.

The worldwide collections for Don in the first week sum up to Rs 75 crores, which includes exploitation of all rights for the film.


I'm 45 and I have two grandkids, Mallika

Yet another controversy has surfaced regarding Mallika Sherawat and this one concerns her age. The tabloids insist that she cannot be 25 years old as claimed by her mother. Instead, she could well be 35 years old.

A private TV channel even aired Sherawat's group photo taken in way back 1995 when she was working as an airhostess. Records show her age then to be 24 years old!

Mallika, who celebrated a birthday earlier this week, is however amused by all the speculation.

Talking to a leading news channel, she joked, "You know something. I'm 45 and I have two grandkids. “ It's just that about me there's more misinformation than information. And surprisingly, they inflate all my positives and negatives. They inflate my ego, my success, my failure -- and now they've inflated my age!"

Having earned rave reviews for her performance in Pyaar Ke Side Effects, Sherawat will be now seen as an ex-CIA agent in a movie ‘Dasavatharam’ with Kamal Hassan, where the actor himself plays a record-breaking ten roles!

Reveals Ravi Kumar, director of the movie, "Mallika agreed to do the movie even before she saw the script. She plays a bold, modern girl. It was a pleasure working with her as she would report every morning at seven on the dot."

"But one had to be professional since Kamal himself would reach the sets around 2.30 -3 am everyday!

He would do his make-up for about five hours and by the time Mallika arrived he would be ready for the shot,” he adds.

So while her kitty is full of work why is she keeping a low profile these days?

"I really haven't been keeping a low profile. I just think and believe that it is time for me to shut up and do some good work. I've blabbed enough," she gushes.


Dhoom 2 - Movie Preview

If DHOOM took your breath away, DHOOM 2 is all set to leave you gasping for more!

DHOOM had Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra, John Abraham, Esha Deol and Rimi Sen while the sequel has retained only Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra, other additions being Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai and Bipasha Basu in lead roles.

Pritam has composed the music; while Salim-Sulaiman have rendered the background score. Bipasha Basu and Vishal Dadlani (of Vishal-Shekhar duo) have sung the songs 'My Name is Ali' (along with Sonu Nigam) and the English version of DHOOM respectively.

DHOOM 2 reinvents the action comedy genre and propels it into the 21st century.

The world's oldest desert, the Namibia...

A solitary railway line...

A royal family on a royal journey...

From the sky, like lightning... a FLASH!

The centuries old Royal Crown is stolen!

Read on to know the story....

Ali's (Uday Chopra) dream of becoming a police officer has come true. He is now ACP Jai Dixit's (Abhishek Bachchan) 'right hand man'. Together, they are trying to keep a tight leash on the crime in India. Little do they know what they are going to be up against.

Enter Aryan - Mr. A (Hrithik Roshan) - A hi-tech international thief. After pulling off a series of impossible heists all over the world, his next target is Mumbai, India. The case is given to ACP Jai and Ali. Helping them put the pieces of the puzzle together is ACP Shonali Bose (Bipasha Basu), Jai's college mate, now a police officer in her own right. For the last two years Shonali has been tracking these amazing thefts and is now an expert on this thief, who no one has seen.

Once in Mumbai, Mr. A finds his match in Sunehri (Aishwarya Rai), a petty yet clever thief. She makes him an offer he finds very hard to refuse. A partnership! Aryan accepts.

And so the game begins - a game of cat and mouse - a game of good V/s bad.

The "COPS" - Jai, Shonali and Ali; and they are after Aryan and Sunehri - "The ROBBERS".

From the desert of Namibia to the backwaters of Goa, the mean streets of Mumbai and the ancient forts of Rajasthan, and finally to "Wild n Exotic" Rio, Brazil.

Does ACP Jai Dixit manage to nab Mr. A? Or does Mr. A prove to be too much for him?

Never-Seen-Before Action Sequences, Hi-Tech Heists, Breathtaking Hi-Speed Chases, Non-Stop Laughter and Excitement will lead you to the answer to these questions.

Go On...! Enjoy the RIDE...!! ONCE AGAIN...!!!

To view more details about each character, read further.

In a world ridden with crime and criminals, the need of the hour is a law enforcement officer who can bring things to order. A tough yet sharp Super Cop.

ACP Jai Dixit is all this and more. A Super Cop with a mission... to put an end to crime. As always he believes that it is his job to eliminate crime, not the criminal. A no-nonsense police officer, he fights his battle against all odds and leads from the front. His latest assignment - Mr 'A' - an international thief. How do you catch a thief who leaves behind no clues... who no one has ever seen.

Jai Dixit has a plan. He rises up to the challenge and is soon on the trail of the Master Thief. But is it that he has met his match this time?

He works alone!

He trusts no one!

No one has seen him!

He pulls off the most daring and impossible heists. He comes out of nowhere and disappears without a trace. Police all around the world are baffled. His methods are innovative and modern. His planning, flawless.

He's cool, he's hot. He's smooth yet tough. With looks that could make any woman go weak in the knees, there is finesse in everything he does. A connoisseur, he has style and a fine taste for all the things in life; be it food, wine or clothes.

As Jai Dixit says at one point... He's the perfect thief!

He is Aryan. He is the elusive Mr. "A"!

But it is said that all criminals make at least one mistake.

Does Aryan slip up? Does he make that one fatal error?

Sunehri, the "golden girl" treats every opportunity as a golden chance. She stays in the suburbs of Mumbai, but dreams big. She dreams of Amsterdam, of Australia... even America.

Spunky, spontaneous and sexy, Sunehri lives life one day at a time. The danger or repercussion of anything never occurs to her sharp yet innocent mind. And that is probably because nothing really bad has ever happened to her. But the most significant event that does occur is when Aryan comes into her life. From that moment her life takes a new turn; actually a couple of turns. The resulting 'spin' takes her on a ride she won't forget in a hurry.

She is attractive, intelligent, vivacious, honest, sexy, hardworking, beautiful and an awesome dancer. All these qualities not being any kind of pre-requisite, she is a police officer. ACP Shonali Bose is a cop and a damn good one. Like her college mate Jai Dixit, she too works in great detail to get into the mind of the criminal. And that's what she has done for the last two years. She is an expert on Mr. "A". Having won many medals for being the best sharpshooter in the force, it can be said that she never misses her target. The only difference between her and Jai is that she wouldn't think twice before shooting down a criminal.

Nothing personal... it's just what she believes - one criminal dead is one criminal less!

His "Mummy" is definitely watching over him as his guardian angel. But Ali still doesn't take his life too seriously. Although, he is now a police officer and Jai Dixit's partner, the equation between them is still the same. He still loves riding his bike. He still falls in love with every single woman he meets! And he still gets regularly reprimanded by Jai Dixit. He still has his yellow bike and still feels very much at home in Jai's house. He still believes that life is simple and that it is we who complicate it. He still has a big heart and a smile that is even bigger. And it is still true that he and Jai make a great team. He is fiercely loyal to Jai and if push comes to shove, he will go to any extent to fight for him.

And he's still funny... actually... funnier!


Kareena is blazing the screen with her new look

Admittedly she couldn't match up to the appeal of Helen, but Kareena is the flavor of this festive season. With her ‘Yeh mera dil pyaar ka diwana' number in ‘Don', she is blazing the screen with her look- the golden gown and seductive kohl-lined eyes, and thunder thighs. This remixed version packs in some extra beats while the Kareena (read K-bomb) burst on screen this Diwali.


Sex-idol Celina

Celina Jaitley has no qualms to be called sexy, and finds nothing wrong if directors present her as a sex-idol on screen. In a recent interview, when asked to comment on the buzz that most of the directors tried to exploit her on screen to present her as seductress, she was quick to quip, “Well, I am sexy, so why not!”
“Actually, they do it according to the demands of the role. I have not come across anybody who has tried to portray me irrespective of the demand of the role,” gushed the sexy actress.


Umrao Jaan' will be the first Abhishek-Aishwarya release

The Abhishek Bachchan-Aishwarya Rai chemistry rocks – that's the unanimous view. Whosoever has seen J.P. Dutta's ‘Umrao Jaan', including the members of the Censor Board (the three hour long film has been passed without any cut), has been raving about the jodi. “The tension in the air was palpable and both have done a great job,” an insider present during the screening says. The screening for the censors was on October 24. Censor Board members praised the film sky high. Aishwarya's performance also came in for praise and her image as a non-actor will die a natural death after that. ‘Umrao Jaan' will be the first Abhishek-Aishwarya release after rumour of their affair made headlines. The film is scheduled to release on November 3.


“ Jaan-E-Mann will take Indian cinema to a completely different level” says Akshay Kumar

Jaan-E-Mann has hit back strongly. As expected, post Eid the collections of Jaan-E-Mann have gone up. The advance booking report for the second week are very positive. Well Jaan-E-Mann was steady all this week till Eid but post Eid it is a completely different story. Jaan-E-Mann can safely be declared as a hit now.

Akshay Kumar feels that Jaan-E-Mann is amongst his best works ever. “ Jaan-E-Mann will take Indian cinema to a completely different level” says Akshay Kumar. He also says “Salman and I made you laugh in Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and this time in Jaan-E-Mann will make you cry”.

Sajid Nadiadwala feels that this movie will entertain as this movie is targeted on the family audience. It is the story of relationships with strong emotional values. It is not a movie on divorces or extra-marital affairs as is the current trend. It is not stereotypical. And yes the families have responded well. The collections of Jaan-E-Mann are astonishing. It has collected huge revenues from just the Mumbai territory. The revenues worldwide are phenomenal too.

Jaan-E-Mann has found a lot of favor from the audiences and the thing they liked the most about the movie is Akshay Kumar, his laughter, Salman Khan and Anupam Kher.

Well Jaan-E-Mann, the way it has picked up was expected but not so late. It is rarely seen that a movie picks up from the second week onwards. The advance booking at cinema halls are packed. Jaan-E-Mann definitely deserves this. To substantiate our claims, there was a huge procession in Meerut amongst Salman fans who walked almost 5 kms to watch the movie. They gathered in hundreds.

The songs are the biggest USP of Jaan-E-Mann along with a concrete script. All these factors just add to why Jaan-E-Mann is beautiful. Go watch Jaan-E-Mann now.


Friday, October 27, 2006

Diwali update 4: Week 2 holds the key

Business Talk With Taran Adarsh
Source: IndiaFM
Week 1 of the two Diwali releases, DON and JAAN-E-MANN, has ended and I'd like to share a few observations with the readers…

The Week 1 figures are a clear indicator that the thriller genre [DON] has scored over romance [JAAN-E-MANN]. With a bountiful Week 1, the distributors of DON are in the comfort zone. But will it go higher or lower is too early to predict, since it all depends on its performance in Week 2. The collections of the film fell on Thursday [at places, the drop was drastic], the last day of Week 1. A section of the industry attributes it to the cricket match, while a majority of traders attribute the decline in collections to its content. Let's see what's in store in Week 2.

As for JAAN-E-MANN, it's standing on a shaky stool right now. Spoke at length to one of the main distributors of JAAN-E-MANN [name withheld], who admitted that the film hasn't performed to their expectations. He sounded low. Will its business pick up in Week 2? The owner of a leading multiplex chain in Mumbai is keeping his fingers crossed. A few people have written off the film. A few are optimistic. Let's see where the tide turns!


This is a general feedback of several traders this Diwali and Idd. The business has not been optimum this festive season. During the festive season, the size of the wallet grows fatter and the spending capacity increases multi-fold. People are in a mood to celebrate, go out with their families and friends and indulge in revelry. But film business this year was far from stupendous!


I maintain, DON is a weak film and sometimes weak films weave magic at the box-office [repeating the last line from my review]. But the magic of DON should be attributed to the Diwali and Idd festivities of course, and also to SRK's passionate drive to promote the film. He went all out to promote his film. Why, even today, SRK is giving his best to DON, making it a point to attend Hungama head honcho Neeraj Roy's 'DON Games' launch at a suburban hotel. Wish other actors in the industry were as passionate about promotion.

P.S.: This sentiment is also echoed by one of the prominent distributors of JAAN-E-MANN, besides a number of producers I spoke to during the course of the week.


Till a few days ago, the Khan versus Khan clash kept the media busy. Now, Hrithik Roshan and his Rs. 35 crore deal for three films has hit headlines. Every television or print journo I meet these days is only discussing Adlabs' strategy of giving Hrithik a lucrative deal. So, what's new about it?

Star fees have always constituted approx. 55% to 65% of a film's budget. The arithmetic of film-making has undergone a sea-change and what was charged in lacs in the 1970s and 1980s has changed to crores today. Also, the volume of business has shown a meteoric rise since HUM AAPKE HAIN KOUN and 2006 has been a landmark year, with films crossing magical figures in the initial weeks itself.

As for the Adlabs-Hrithik deal, why this hullabaloo? If Hrithik has quoted an 'x' amount, isn't Adlabs willing to pay it? And Adlabs is no fly by night operator. Manmohan Shetty of Adlabs, one of the most respected names in film business, has been an integral part of the industry for over three decades. Adlabs must've surely done their homework before agreeing to this figure. They must be supremely confident of recovering their investment, otherwise why would they pay an 'x' amount?

No one does charity here, after all!


Himeshbhai, what's going on? Himesh Reshammiya is planning to make a big announcement on Saturday afternoon [U.K. time] at a press meet in London. Is he turning to acting? Is he turning to film production [he has produced several successful serials in the past]? Why this suspense? We'll find out when he announces his ambitious plans in London. Watch this space!


[Weekend: October 21-23, 2005]

This Friday witnessed the release of HANUMAN [animation] and U, BOMSI N ME. While HANUMAN was aggressively promoted prior to its release, U, BOMSI N ME came literally unannounced. The pre-release promotion was as good as zilch and most moviegoers weren't even aware that the film had released. Hence, its fate was crystal clear on Day 1 itself. HANUMAN, on the other hand, had a 35% + start at several screens. The opening was better than most recent releases and the collections stabilized with the commencement of Diwali vacations. HANUMAN had been appreciated by kids and the appreciation only translated into stronger collections subsequently.


[Weekend: October 22-24, 2004]

Low on hype and much lower on substance, KIS KIS KI KISMAT came without a bang and left without a whimper. The verdict was loud and clear on Day 1 itself: KIS KIS KI KISMAT had flopped big time. The dismal opening of KIS KIS KI KISMAT came as a jolt to many an industry person who expected the film to take a flying start, also because of the festive season [Dashehra] and the subsequent holidays.

The week also witnessed the release of RGV's VAASTU SHASTRA. But the Sushmita Sen starrer also opened to an ordinary response almost all over [the opening should've been in the range of 90% +, due to aggressive promotion and the holiday period] and did reasonably well on Saturday and Sunday. Monday onwards, VAASTU SHASTRA showed a decline in b.o. collections, even at metros.


Baabul - Movie Preview

Amitabh Bachchan as Balraj Kapoor
He towers over everybody – in his thoughts, in his wisdom, in his sheer presence! A loving husband, an adoring father and an extraordinary father-in-law, he always puts right before wrong, never mind if he has to stand tradition on its head.

Salman Khan as Avinash Kapoor
He may lie to win his love, but would die if so much as a tear escapes her eye. He’s charming, loving and good looking. No wonder, knowing him is to love him.

Rani Mukherjee as Malvika Talwar
She loves to paint. Loves to fight. Loves to love. Knows the difference between friendship and love and is convinced that love and marriage happen once in lifetime.

John Abraham as Rajat
His love is silent, he expresses all his pent up emotions through his songs. He loses the girl he loves, but is more concerned about her happiness than his own heartbreak.

Hema Malini as Shobhana Kapoor
She loves and is loved by both the men in her life – husband and son. She may laughingly admit that both of them are “a total loss”; but her world revolves around them.

Om Puri as Balwant Kapoor
He is the big brother, the head of the family. Tradition and convention are the pillars that support his family honour and reputation and he will go to any length to uphold that.


Balraj Kapoor (Amitabh Bachchan) is a rich businessman with progressive modern outlook towards life. For him, family, culture and values are of utmost importance. Shobhna (Hema Malini), his wife is more than just his better half. Together, they dote their only child Avinash (Salman Khan). For Balraj, Avinash is more of a friend than just his son. After spending many years abroad for studies, Avinash returns home to his parents. Their lives light up and there is happiness everywhere.

Avinash then meets the pretty Millie (Rani Mukherjee) who is a painter. They fall in love and get married. They are blessed with a lovely child named Ansh. Rajat (John Abraham) a young musician and the best friend of Millie, had his feelings for Millie but had never revealed it to her. He is now happy for Millie and Avi. He decides to settle in Europe, pursuing his musical career.

Fate plays a cruel game and one day Avinash meets with a fatal accident. Life without Avinash is unbearable for Millie. Meanwhile Balraj and Shobhna try to find the love of Avinash in Ansh.

Balraj cannot bear to see Millie’s colourless life. He decides to find Rajat and asks him to marry Millie and help him bring back the colours back into her life. But Balwant (Om Puri), Balraj’s elder brother settled in rural Punjab with his family and his widowed sister-in-law objects to Balraj’s plans. Even Shobhna may not be with him this time.

Will Balraj be able to fulfill his plan?
Will he be successful in this test of love?
Will he prove to be a father (Baabul) rather than being a father-in-law?
What questions will be raised by his actions and how the society will react to it forms the story that Baabul is all about.


Bhagam Bhag - Movie Preview

Bhagam Bhag is produced by Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision Ltd and Popkorn Motion Pictures Private Limited, and is directed by Humor king Priyadarshan. The story goes as follows.

Paresh Rawal has a theatre group in India and he performs shows all over the country. Akshay and Govinda along with others are actors in the group. Both are very naughty natured guys who never miss any chance to flirt with girls, even the girls in the group. At the completion of one show, an organizer offers Paresh's group to perform 30 shows in England. They all get very excited but as per the contract they need to leave for England on the same day. Unfortunately the heroine of the play opts out due to Akshay's misbehavior.

They reach London and through Rajpal, a taxi driver, Govinda and Akshay try to find out a girl for their play but it leads to many misunderstandings and a series of funny sequences. In this process, Govinda and Akshay fall into trouble involving a drug baron and other mishaps.

Thereafter, the trio discovers a girl (Lara Dutta), who suffers from amnesia to act in their drama and just as Akshay and Lara fall in love, her memory returns and it brings chaos into their lives, including a murdered husband!

From here the story leads to its climax in which a major conspiracy gets exposed.


The music launch of BAABUL

As a journalist, one has attended innumerable parties over the decades. You have sweet memories of some. Most of them are as forgettable as the potholes during monsoons.

The music launch of BAABUL on Thursday, 26th October, which coincided with the 50 years of B.R. Films, can easily rank amongst the Top 10 parties of all times. Surely, the event, chock-a-block with celebrities and the crème de la crème of the entertainment industry, was not one of those routine parties. In fact, it was the mother of all events! The music launch witnessed Dilip Kumar releasing the music, but before the honors, the principal cast of BAABUL [Big B, Hema Malini, Salman Khan, Rani Mukherji and John Abraham] walked the ramp, displaying the BAABUL look by designers such as Akbar of Gabbana, Neeta Lulla, Alvira Khan Agnihotri, Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Narendra Kumar.

That’s not all, the promos of the songs were screened to the elite gathering and must say, the music [Adesh Shrivastava] is indeed tuneful. The formal announcement of G.I.F.A. Awards, to be held in Malaysia in December [BAABUL will be premiered here], was also made on the occasion.


This is the first time I'm playing a courtesan, says Aish

Although the media is having a field day with the conspicuous absence of Abhishek Bachchan for the promotional appearances for Umrao Jaan, Aishwarya Rai is quick to jump to his defence. "He doesn't have free dates. He's busy shooting for his films, but director J P Dutta has already spoken with the producers of his films to give him dates to promote the film with us."

However Ash is in no mood to discuss pertinent issues involving the younger Bachchan and steers the conversation towards the film instead. "This is the first time I'm playing a courtesan and it has been an incredible journey for me," she says.

The film has been a learning experience for the actress. "It was very educational. I was revisiting a certain era of history and learning the nuances of mujras, shayaris and ghazals from those who are much so well-versed in the culture like J P saab, Shabanaji and Javedsaab. I came away enriched," says Aishwarya.

Does she feel a film depicting an unknown faded era will appeal to today's generation? "I myself belong to today's generation," says Aishwarya, "And I feel it's a wonderful way for us to remain culturally connected to our roots. It's through movies like these that we can appreciate and discover what we have."

How much did she draw from the old Umrao Jaan? "I have seen it several years ago as one of those Sunday movies we used to see on television. I remember it in terms of visuals because they were so strong and the songs and dances that were performed so beautifully by Rekhaji, but not in terms of content. I wanted to essay this character with a clean slate, so I didn't watch it again. I was totally fresh for J P Dutta's narrative and I made it very clear that I was here to deliver to his satisfaction as an actor. So there's no question of me having seen the old Umrao Jaan and making references to it."

Is she afraid of comparisons that will be drawn between Rekha and her? "I know that comparisons are already being made, especially by the media. I have played a character from the book as envisioned by J P saab. It's not the first time something has been remade. References to art or literature which are interpreted cinematographically are a creative geniuses' prerogative not a single person's perspective. But Rekhaji and I share a warm bond that goes beyond comparisons. I definitely want her to see the movie and as she has been an audience to most of my films before, I hope she watches my Umrao Jaan too," she says.


Bips to beat Aishwarya

As the release date of upcoming ‘Dhoom 2' is coming closer, the curiosity for the film is increasing and so the buzzes about the film. The latest buzz is that sultry Bipasha Basu is playing double role in ‘Dhoom 2'; the rumour also has it that with her double role Bipasha is all to beat Aishwarya Rai as she's getting more footage than Aishwarya in the film. Aishwarya playing a con woman in the film, Hrithik Roshan, who also plays a role with negative shades, accompanies her, whereas Bipasha, as per rumour, will play a cop's role as well as a con woman's role. The film also has Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra playing cops.


Thursday, October 26, 2006

Diwali update 3: ‘Don’ holds, ‘Jaan-e-Mann’ steady

Business Talk With Taran Adarsh
Source: IndiaFM
With DON taking a head start from Day 1 and JAAN-E-MANN opening with dismal numbers, the opening weekend tilted in DON’s favor completely. With a solid Friday and Sunday [Saturday was weak due to Laxmi pooja], the distributors of DON were assured of reaching the safety zone. But JAAN-E-MANN was struggling to breathe due to a poor Friday, disastrous Saturday and fairly good Sunday.

Monday brought good news for JAAN-E-MANN. While DON reaped the maximum benefit of the Diwali holidays, JAAN-E-MANN also showed a gradual rise. However, the business hasn’t shown a big jump, but the collections are steady on the lower side. At Indore, for instance, the collections of JAAN-E-MANN on Monday were almost at par with Sunday. Even Tuesday was better than Friday and Saturday, which clearly indicates that the film is catching on slowly.

In Mumbai and Delhi-U.P. too, JAAN-E-MANN showed a steady rise on Monday and Tuesday, mainly at multiplexes. But that still doesn’t make it a safe proposition, since it has been sold for an astronomical prices. The collections got a boost on Wednesday [Idd], thanks to Salman’s popularity. Again, the much-needed jump was missing!

JAAN-E-MANN picked up dramatically in U.K. If the love triangle grossed a measly £ 18,000 on Friday, it showed an upswing on Monday [£ 40,000] as well as on Tuesday [£ 60,000]. Pranab Kapadia, the Business Head of Adlabs [U.K. distributor of JAAN-E-MANN], is confident that the all-round positive reports will help it consolidate its status in days to come.

However, JAAN-E-MANN isn’t as strong at comparatively smaller centres of India, while DON continued its smooth ride on Monday [slight drop], Tuesday [good] and Wednesday [steady].

Since a lot of money is riding on these two films, it remains to be seen how they perform in their second weekend. In terms of public feedback, JAAN-E-MANN enjoys better reports, but will it translate into rock-steady collections in its second week? As for DON, with a bountiful first week, one will be curious to watch its b.o. performance in its second week, since the general feedback isn’t favorable.

Yet, in all fairness, while DON looks like a safe proposition due to a strong initial [SRK’s star power coupled with Diwali and Idd holidays], JAAN-E-MANN will have to come up with magical figures to make its investors smile.


While everyone has a point of view vis-à-vis the dull opening of JAAN-E-MANN, a number of people are unanimous that had JAAN-E-MAAN released on Wednesday, 25th October [Idd], not before, the results would’ve been much, much better. A prominent Bengal distributor told this writer that Salman’s popularity with the masses and an Idd release would’ve ensured a better start for JAAN-E-MANN.

A similar opinion was echoed by Pranab Kapadia of Adlabs, U.K. as well as a well-known Delhi-U.P. exhibitor, when this writer spoke to them.


“Sanju is the real Munnabhai", Shahrukh

‘Munnabhai MBBS' director Rajkumar Hirani, at the beginning, selected Shah Rukh Khan for Munnabhai's role. However it couldn't work out as Shah Rukh was then in abroad for his back surgery. In a recent interview Shah Rukh said he loved the script very much but he had to give up the film because he could not have asked them to wait for him till his recovery.
Expressing his deep satisfaction on Sanjay Dutta's portrayal as Munnabhai, Shah Rukh said, “Sanju is the real Munnabhai. I genuinely think that Sanju is outstanding. There's this amazing and enduring big brotherly love in Sanju's Munnabhai, which I don't think I would have been able to bring to the table.”
Like ‘Munnabhai MBBS', its sequel ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai' also floored the Bollywood king.


Rani agreed to walk ramp for the first time

For the first time actress Rani Mukherji will be seen on ramp. Rani always seen in the frontline in the fashion show however agreed to walk ramp for the first time on the occasion of music release of Ravi Chopra's forthcoming film ‘Baabul' on Thursday night. Rani plays lead role in the film. As per reports, not only Rani, the film's almost all the leading stars including Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Salman Khan and John Abraham will be doing rampwalk on the evening.
The actors will walk on the ramp with their screen looks in the film. “This will give a feel of their characters,” explained director Ravi Chopra in a recent press meet.
Besides ramp-walk, the unusual music release will also witness Big B singing rap songs and a classical number ‘Baawri Piya', which will be presented by Sonu Nigam.


John and Bipasha to hit a Goal?

The real life couple John-Bipasha have shared great onscreen chemistry in films like Jism and Madhoshi. But surprisingly ever since then they never appeared together in any film. Finally after a gap of two years audiences might get to see them together in Vivek Agnihotri's Goal.

The duo was offered some films before but they refused to do for their own reasons. Though she hasn’t read the entire script of Goal, Bipasha has had a narration of her part from the script. She is yet to sign on the dotted line but her response towards the film seems to be quite positive. She feels that Goal is a perfect film for her to come together with John. Being selective about her roles, Bipasha feels that she will work with John only if the project is special. In Goal she plays a Pakistani girl.

It may be recalled that Bipasha had refused some films starring John Abraham in lead role including Anurag Kashyup’s No Smoking.


Sanjay dutt in Beehad ?

Some months back we had informed you that Sanjay Dutt is planning to revive his father Sunil Dutt’s production banner Ajanta Arts with his brother-in-law Kumar Gaurav. Milan Luthria was to direct the banner’s first film and Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgan were to star in the film. Now there is more news on the project.

The film is titled Beehad and will star Vidya Balan as the female lead. Interestingly, Milan will be doing a complete makeover of Vidya Balan in this film. She will be seen in a glamorous and sensual role which will change her girl-next-door image. Yeh Aag Kab Bujhegi was the last film produced by Ajanta Arts.

Beehad is a thriller set in the ravines of North India and is said to be based on a true story. The idea of the film came up when Sanjay Dutt heard of the concept while traveling in North India and asked Milan if they could make a film on it. This film will also revive Rajendra Kumar’s film banner called Aryan Films. The film will be co-produced by GS Entertainment.


Saif Ali Khan and Vidya Balan again on screen

The ‘Parineeta' duo – Saif Ali Khan and Vidya Balan to be seen together again on screen, however not for a feature film, as per reports director Mira Nair of ‘Monsoon Wedding' fame will direct Saif-Vidya for an ad film on AIDS, titled ‘AIDS Jagao'. Besides Saif and Vidya the ad film will also star actor Shiny Ahuja. Based on Zoya Akhtar's script, the short film will be shot in Mumbai next month. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is making the film. Besides Mira Nair, there are Kamal Hassan, Vishal Bhardwaj and Santosh Sivan will be making their films on AIDS under same banner. The four ad films will be screened in theatres all over the country before the main feature is screened.


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