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Dino Morea is back with fashion designer Nandita Mahtani, after his break-up with Lara Dutta
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 29, 2009)

Dino Morea and Nandita Mahtani

After his bitter break-up with Lara Dutta, it would seem that Dino Morea has moved on. There are reports that he is once again dating his ex-girlfriend, fashion designer Nandita Mahtani. According to reports, this time both are extremely serious about each other.

Our source said, “Dino and Lara broke up about eight months ago and ever since, Dino and Nandita have become close again. They have always remained friends and Nandita’s constant presence in Dino’s life was always a worry factor for Lara. After Lara and Dino broke up, Lara moved on to date tennis star Mahesh Bhupati, while Dino was single for a few months. However, he became close to Nandita again and they have been dating for a while. They have been extremely comfortable with each other at private parties; however they have been mum about their relationship to the media.”

It’s not clear how long the couple expects to keep their relationship under wraps, as they seem rather comfortable together at public events. Our source adds, “During Arjun Rampal’s restaurant launch in Delhi about a month ago, both of them came together and were seen hand-in-hand at the party through the evening. Even on Sunday night during an awards event, they were extremely comfortable with each other. Dino came late as he had gone to attend an Acid Factory promotion event while Nandita had already reached the venue. Dino came with his close friend Baba and the three of them were together after that. They even had dinner together.”

Dino remained unavailable for comment.

A group of young women constantly followed Arjun Rampal while he was shooting in Bhopal
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 25, 2009)
While shooting for Rajneeti in Bhopal last week, Arjun Rampal was troubled by a group of young women who decided to follow him everywhere he went. The situation soon became very uncomfortable for Arjun as the girls turned up at every location where the shoot of Rajneeti was on and one of them even managed to reach Arjun’s hotel room. Startled by their behaviour, Arjun finally decided to take action against them.

A source from the sets of Rajneeti in Bhopal said, “There was a group of girls who used to come to the sets of Rajneeti every day. Initially, they wanted to click pictures with Arjun and take his autograph, which he gladly did. Then they started coming to the sets every day and started following him. They also reached the hotel where he was staying. One girl in particular wanted to click pictures with him daily. The matter reached a  point where Arjun asked the production unit to intervene. Later, one of the girls managed to get inside his hotel, found out Arjun’s room number and reached there. The security asked them to leave the hotel premises after giving them a stern warning. They were also warned that if they were seen anywhere around Arjun or on the sets again, they would be handed over to the police. The girls left without creating a fuss.”

Talking about the uncomfortable situation, Arjun said, “I guess they got a little carried away so the security had to intervene. They were at the hotel and on the sets every day. I gave them my autographs and photographs but they wanted to speak to me daily. They were strictly asked to leave when they reached my room.”

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Best Feature film–Kanchivaram (Tamil) [Director-Priyadarshan]

Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director–Frozen (Hindi) [Director-Shivajee Chandrabhushan]

Best Popular Film provising wholesome Entertainment– Chak De! India (Hindi) [Director-Shimit Amin]

Nargis Dutt Award for Best feature Film on National Integration–Dharm (Hindi) [Director-Bhavna Talwar]

Best Film on Family Welfare–Taare Zameen Par (Hindi) [Director-Aamir Khan]

Best Film on Social issues–Antardwandwa (Hindi) [Director-Sushil Rajpal]

Best Children’s Film-Foto (Hindi) [Director-Virendra Saini]

Best Animation Film–Inimey Naangathaan (Tamil) [Director-S. Venky Baboo]

Best Director–Adoor Gopalakrishnan (Naalu Pennungal [Malayalam])

Best Actor–Prakash Raj (Kanchivaram [Tamil])

Best Actress–Umashree (Gulabi Talkies [Kannada])

Best Supporting Actor-Darshan Jariwala (Gandhi My Father [Hindi/English])

Best Supporting Actress-Shefali Shah (The Last Lear [English])

Best Child Artist–Sharad Goekar (Tingya [Marathi])

Best Male Playback Singer-Shankar Mahadevan (Maa…Taare Zameen Par [Hindi])

Best Female playback Singer–Shreya Ghoshal (Yeh Ishq Hai…Jab We Met [Hindi])

Best Cinematography-Shanker Raman (Frozen [Hindi])

Best Screenplay–Feroz Abbas Khan (Gandhi My Father [Hindi/English])

Best Audiography–Kunal Sharma (1971 [Hindi])

Best Editing–B. Ajith Kumar (Naalu Pennungal [Malayalam])

Best Art Director-Sabu Cyril (Om Shanti Om [Hindi])

Best Costume Designer–Ruma Sengupta (Krishnakanter Will [Bengali])

Best Make-up Artist–Pattnam Rasheed (Paradesi [Malayalam])

Best Music–Ouseppachan (Ore Kadal [Malayalam])

Best Lyrics-Prasoon Joshi (Taare Zameen Par [Hindi])

Special Jury Award-Gandhi My Father (Hindi/English) [Producer-Anil Kapoor]

Best Special Effects-M/s Indian Artists, Chennai (Sivaji [Tamil])

Best Choreography-Yeh Ishq Hai (Jab We Met [Hindi])

Best Feature Film in Each Language:
· Hindi-1971
· English-The Last Lear
· Bengali-Ballygunge Court
· Kannada-Gulab Talkies
· Malayalam-Ore Kadal
· Marathi-Nirop
· Tamil-Periyar

SOURCE: Directorate of Film Festivals (www.dff.nic.in)

By Bollywood Hungama News Network, September 8, 2009 – 12:28 IST

Gandhi My Father, Taare Zameen Par The results of the 55th National Awards for the year 2007 were announced yesterday and like always there were quite a few surprises in store. It was the cinema of South India that bagged all the top four honours with the Priyadarshan directed Tamil film Kanchivaram bagging the award for Best Feature Film and also fetching Prakash Raj the Best Actor Award. Veteran filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan won the Best Director award for the Malayalam film Nallu Pennungal while Umashree was adjudged Best Actress for her portrayal in the Kannada film Gulabi Talkies.

While Bollywood failed to bag the top four honours, it did quite make up in the other categories. Leading the pack was Anil Kapoor’s maiden production Gandhi My Father which bagged three awards for Best Screenplay (Feroz Abbas Khan), Best Supporting Actor (Darshan Jariwala) and even won the Special Jury award. Even Aamir Khan’s directorial debut Taare Zameen Par was not one to be left behind. The film won awards for Shankar Mahadevan (Best Male Playback Singer) and Prasoon Joshi (Best Lyrics) for the soul-stirring song ‘Maa‘, besides also bagging the Best Film on Family Welfare award.

King of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan too had reasons to smile as two of his films Chak De India and Om Shanti Om bagged one National Award each. While Chak De India deservingly won the award for Best Film providing Overall Entertainment, Om Shanti Om bagged the award for Best Art Direction (Sabu Cyril).

Rituparno Ghosh’s Big B- Arjun Rampal starrer The Last Lear bagged two awards winning the Best Feature Film in English and also fetching Shefali Shah the Best Supporting Actress award while the Shahid- Kareena smash-hit Jab We Met also bagged two awards for Best Choreography and Best Female Playback Singer (Shreya Ghoshal).

The Indira Gandhi award for the Best First Film of a Director went to Frozen while the Nargis Dutt award for Best Film on National Integration went to the Pankaj Kapoor starrer Dharm. Even Indian Films – Studio 18’s war film 1971 won the award for Best Hindi film award in the regional films category.

All in all, the National Awards has surely given our B-town guys yet another reason to celebrate.


By Taran Adarsh, September 4, 2009 – 11:18 IST

Making a suspense thriller is tough. To keep the audience attentive, besides keeping the viewer guessing till the end, requires complete understanding of the craft.

Deepak Tijori had attempted a suspense thriller earlier [most storytellers have a penchant for this genre] and FOX, a complex theme, is more of a challenge for him. So, does Tijori get it right? Initially, yes. But Tijori loses it all towards the post-interval portions. The culmination is the thorn in the flesh.


Strangely, most film-makers in Bollywood just don’t give a proper conclusion to suspense thrillers. The wrap up is just not compelling, with most films running out of steam in the final leg. FOX falls in this category.


Verdict? This fox lacks the bite!

Arjun [Arjun Rampal] is a successful criminal lawyer whose knowledge and aggressive interpretation of the law makes him a name to reckon with. He is reputed to have never lost a case and can get anyone acquitted, no matter what the crime. No wonder then, criminals swear by his name.

After years of saving criminals from punishment, one day, torn with guilt, he decides to quit his law practice and change for good. However, someone seems to be unwilling to let him go so easily. Now, Arjun is in a race to save himself and must use the help of his girlfriend Urvashi [Sagarika Ghatge] and a police officer Yash [Sunny Deol] before it’s too late.

FOX starts off very well. The suspense builds up beautifully… in fact, everything’s going fine till it’s time to lift the veil of secrecy. A number of sequences are truly well canned and the characters and situations only evoke mystery. In fact, FOX has an intriguing start and an absorbing middle.

But, as mentioned at the outset, the conclusion lacks fizz. The film ends on a tepid note, with things suddenly turning ‘filmy’. The villain’s motive seems so bizarre and predictable that it puts you off instantly. In fact, whatever impression you may’ve generated evaporates into thin air.

Nigam Bomzan’s camerawork is striking at places. But why is the camera shaking so much? Hand-held camera movement even during courtroom sequences is disturbing to the eye. Monty Sharma’s music is sloppy, although the background score is alright.

Sunny Deol is restrained this time. Arjun Rampal looks perfect for his part. But why is he sporting a hideous wig at the start? Udita Goswami is wasted. Where does she disappear midway? Sagarika Ghatge is convincing. Vipul Gupta is a confident entrant. Ravi Gossain is okay.

On the whole, FOX fails to hook your attention. At the box-office, despite the presence of star-names, the fizz would be missing.

Thanks to Arjun Rampal, the usually reticent Akshay Kumar couldn’t stop dancing and singing at the wrap-up party of Housefull in London. Twinkle is delighted
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 01, 2009)

Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar and parties never went hand in hand. That is till a few weeks ago. Everyone who knows Akshay knows him as this reticent actor who stayed away from late night parties and socialising preferring instead to stick to his healthy lifestyle, which included going to bed at 10pm and waking up in the wee hours of the morning to exercise. During parties, including his own, Akshay would always let his friends have fun while he quietly stood smiling in a corner with a glass of juice in his hand.

The juice still hasn’t changed. Akshay remains a teetotaler but the man has turned into a party animal in London, thanks to Arjun Rampal. The two were shooting together for Housefull and Arjun would try to drag Akshay to pubs and clubs almost every night.

A source said, “Arjun really brought out Akshay’s extrovert side. They would often go out together for a boys’ night out whenever their respective families were not in London.”

After Arjun left London, Akshay’s newfound fun side was made clear last week when the unit of Housefull saw Akshay having a great time during the wrap-up party. The star went to the dance floor and sang aloud Jee karda from Singh Is Kinng. Those present were shocked.

Arjun Rampal

A guest present at the party said, “It was most unexpected. First, Ritesh Deshmukh and Akshay sang and danced to a song called I am a loser from Housefull. When the DJ started playing Jee karda, Akshay took the mike and not only sang the song but also danced.”

The one person who is the happiest about the outgoing Akshay is his wife Twinkle. For years, she has been complaining about how staid he tends to be in crowds.

By Subhash K Jha (MID-DAY; August 21, 2009)

In case you and the rest of the industry were wondering where Farhan Akhtar is, we’ll tell you. It appears that Farhan has for the last two months insulated himself against the outside world to write the screenplay for the sequel to Don.

A worthy successor
Says a source, “Farhan is in competition with his own father. Trying to equal, let alone  better what  Javed Akhtar wrote  in the first Don, is not an easy task. He has to get the writing right to make the sequel a worthy successor to the remake of the original Don.”

Locked away
Though Farhan is unavailable for comment for the first time (not even his wife and children are allowed to disturb his creative endeavour), Farhan’s business partner Ritesh Sidhwani confirms that Farhan is completely locked away from humanity. “He wanted to write a sequel that goes beyond the first film. And I think he has cracked it. The  script for Don 2 rocks.”

While the core cast – Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Boman Irani and Arjun Rampal – remains unchanged, a large part of the crew including the Director of Photography and the production designer, will change. Don 2 begins shooting in Germany from the summer of 2010.

In keeping with Bollywood tradition, lead actresses Udita Goswami and Sagarika Ghatge share cold vibes on the sets of Deepak Tijori’s Fox
By Ashwini Deshmukh (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 20, 2009)

Sagarika Ghagte

Udita Goswami

Maybe there’s an unwritten rule for actresses that once they’ve entered Bollywood, it is imperative to snub other actress, especially if she is a co-star. Whispers from the sets of Deepak Tijori’s Fox indicate that Sagarika Ghagte and Udita Goswami are not breaking with tradition and are being generous with the hostility towards each other.

A unit member said, “Udita and Sagarika haven’t been speaking to each other at all while they’re on the sets. Hanging out together during lunch break is asking too much of them. They’ve both tried to hide the fact that they can’t stand each other when everyone is around, but we can all feel the tension between the two.”

Letting us in on what might have prompted the enmity, the unit member added, “One always finds that the grass is greener on the other side, and so do these actresses. They’re both insecure and think that their roles are not meaty enough compared to the other’s. Sagarika plays a docile, subdued lawyer in the film while Udita plays a hard-hitting, glamorous owner of a publishing house. Sagarika feels that her role isn’t as glamorous as Udita’s, while the latter thinks that her character doesn’t have the depth of Sagarika’s role.”

Sagarika said, “It was great shooting with Sunny Deol, Arjun Rampal and Udita, though I spent more time with the former two. They made me feel very comfortable.” Laughing off the allegations of not getting along with Udita, she said, “We did spend some time together while shooting in Goa.”

Director Tijori diplomatically commented, “Such a thing between actresses is an old phenomenon in our industry.” Udita, on the other hand, said, “This is not true.”

Two more Bollywood boys join the chase to win Katrina Kaif in the sequel to Dostana, taking the tally up to four
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 09, 2009)

Arjun Rampal

Riteish Deshmukh

Katrina Kaif will be joining the loony team of John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan in the sequel to Dostana. She has signed the deal recently and is now the leading lady of the film. But Katrina’s not the only addition to the existing cast. Also in the list to woo and court her will be Arjun Rampal and Riteish Deshmukh. The two men have been taken on board to give the plot an extra zing.

Director Tarun Mansukhani has finally come up with the perfect script for the sequel to Dostana. Producer Karan Johar’s brief to Tarun was, “Go for it… I’ll produce it only if you come up with the right script.” And Tarun claims to have done just that. The sequel will have not one or two, but four men chasing the pretty girl.


Our source reveals, “Katrina was chosen to play the female lead after much deliberation. Dharma Productions has auditioned dozens of new girls. Actually, they wanted a fresh face for Dostana 2. But finally, after a tedious Google search, they felt that Katrina’s ‘most hit’ status on the Internet makes it apt for her to play the role of the ‘most hit’ girl by the boys in Dostana 2.”

“It speaks volumes for Katrina’s professionalism that she has agreed to co-star with Abhishek, regardless of the rumoured differences with Aishwarya Rai over the Barbie doll issue and even with John, whom boyfriend Salman Khan has apparently declared as a prohibited zone.”

Katrina, currently in New York, refuses to comment.

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MUMBAI: Arjun Rampal should apologise to the Parsis. This is the demand from sections of the Parsi community who are scandalised with the actor

for stating in a recent interview to a men’s magazine that he had visited a Parsi fire-temple or agiary. “I must be one of the few people who has gone into the agiary pretending to be a Parsi,” Rampal had said.

The Zoroastrian religion does not allow non-Parsis to enter the holy premises. “Everybody in Mumbai knows that non-Parsis are not allowed to enter the fire temple,” said Firoza Mistree, a researcher of Zoroastrian studies. Mistree says that the actor should apologise and identify the temple so that it can be purified.

In a letter to Rampal, Mistree states, “I am surprised that your wife, Mehr Jessia (a former Miss India), whom our community respects, has allowed you to publicly brag about your wrongdoing…Nobody is going to appreciate it.”

Khojeste Mistree, co-trustee of the Parsi Panchayat and religious scholar, said, “What Rampal has done is unethical. He could have been more sensitive.”

Rampal said he was deeply upset that an innocent remark by him had hurt the Parsis. “Let me bring it into context. It was when I was around eight years old and playing with my friends that I wandered into the compound (garden) of a fire temple. The caretaker mistook me for a Parsi and caught hold of me, and then let me go. I would never disrespect any community. I have always thought of the Parsis as respectable and enterprising people and would not change my opinion on this. If the actions of an eight-year-old boy have hurt the sentiments of anyone, I deeply apologise for it.”

Chairman of the Parsi Punchayet Dinshaw Mehta said, “Even if he says it happened when he was eight years old, why is he boasting about it now? We want an apology.”

THE TIMES OF INDIA (Aug 8, 2009)


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