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By Subhash K. Jha, December 14, 2009 – 11:13 IST

Shahid Kapoor, Ken Ghosh Ken Ghosh admits he had loud arguments with Shahid Kapoor on the sets during the shooting of Chance Pe Dance.

But it had to do with Shahid’s suddenly-saturated schedules.

Says Ken, “For the first time in his career Shahid was doing three films at the same time-Kaminey, Dil Bole Hadippa and my film Chance Pe Dance. Naturally there was a conflict of interest.”

Ken admits there were loud arguments over Shahid’s schedules. “I’d ask for three days. He would have only one day to spare. I’d naturally be upset. Then understandably, Shahid wanted time off. He couldn’t be seen on my set straight after shooting for one of the other two films. This naturally led to heated arguments. For me as a director it was okay to come on the sets without sleep. But Shahid had to catch up on his resting time. Or the dark circles would have shown on camera. And since Shahid is fair-complexioned those dark circles would be even more visible.”

The last thing that Ken wanted was for his hero to fall ill. “Priyanka Chopra had to be hospitalized because of overwork and exhaustion. I didn’t want Shahid to go through the same experience.”

The effort has been worth it for both Shahid and Ken. “Shahid’s dancing in Chance Pe Dance is the film’s mainstay. But his performance is not just about dancing. Some of the things he has done with in the dramatic scenes took me by surprise. Shahid has brought subtle expressions into scenes which I didn’t catch while shooting. Only during editing I realized what he had done.”

Ken Ghosh who introduced Shahid Kapoor in Ishq Vishq five years ago admits the actor has changed. “Isn’t change inevitable? We all evolve with time. Shahid is no exception.”

So are the stories of a rift between the two true?

Ken doesn’t deny the fact that there were heated arguments and fights during the making of Chance Pe Dance. “But they were all for the betterment of the film. See when Shahid did his first film Ishq Vishq with me he only had that film on hand and was able to give me his full attention.”

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The nation makes its preferences clear in the Filmfare Annual Movie Poll 2009

MUMBAI MIRROR; December 14, 2009


Call it the (se)X factor, Katrina Kaif is the nation’s  No 1 choice for best actress and sexiest actress. 40% voted Katrina as the No.1 actress this year. Not surprisingly, 42% men voted for her against 39% women

As far as sexiest goes, last year 26% had voted Katrina as the sexiest woman, this year she loses one percent of her votes but still tops this category.

There is a tie for the No.1 actor with Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan emerging as joint winners with 25% votes each.

Akshay with his well-toned body has been voted the sexiest star of 2009. Interestingly, 20% men find Akshay sexier as against 14% women. Among cities, Bangalore indicated a clear preference for SRK as being the sexiest. While Akshay is Delhi’s choice, Lucknowites like John.

In the best dressed list, SRK leads with 17% votes.

Like last year, this year too Mallika Sherawat topped the worst dressed list. This year 42% think she’s badly dressed as compared to 31% last year.

Ranbir came out on top in the next big thing list. 44% have voted him as the most promising actor. Almost 50% of women have vouched for his success.

Not surprisingly, Amitabh Bachchan has been voted the most versatile of all actors. 34% think that he’s the best that we have. He is especially a hit with the women.While SRK stands at No.2, Aamir comes in at a No.3 in the versatile list. Interestingly, SRK is considered most versatile actor in Chandigarh and Bangalore.

Most Versatile Actor Sexiest Star N0.1 Actor
Next Big Thing N0.1 Actor Worst Dressed Actress
Best and sexiest actress (Pic: Prasad Naik)

Organisers of the Dubai Film Festival gifted a holiday to Minissha Lamba

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 14, 2009)


Minissha Lamba was in for a pleasant surprise on Friday. The organisers of the Dubai Film Festival gifted the actress a special holiday package to the Bora Bora islands as a token of appreciation for her impressive performance in Shyam Benegal’s film Well Done Abba that was screened at the festival. Minissha, of course, can’t wait to go for the all expenses paid trip.
A source said, “Minissha was very excited as she has worked hard in the film and this is also the first time she worked with Shyambabu. They also gave her a goody bag full of interesting items.”

Minissha confirmed the news and said, “The festival organisers have been more generous than I could have imagined. I always wanted to go to the Bora Bora islands. I will head for the vacation when my schedule permits me, which is next year. My friends have suggested that I go there during the summers when it’s nice and bright.”

Done with playing the boy who has a ‘coming of age’ moment, Ranbir will now develop the physique of a man for future roles

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 14, 2009)


Ranbir Kapoor, one of today’s most happening young stars is all set to go from scrawny to brawny. After five releases where Ranbir has maintained an extremely thin physique, he will now be seen flaunting a more muscular and manly look as his roles get more mature.

Evidently, both, Siddharth Anand’s Anjana Anjani and Imtiaz Ali’s next film, due to start shooting after March, require this of him.

Says a source, “Both the characters require Ranbir to play a man and not a boy. In all his films so far he has played a boy just stepping into maturity and facing the hardships of life. In Anjana Anjani he plays a man on the move and must match his physical appearance with Priyanka Chopra who’s chronologically older than Ranbir and therefore automatically perceived to be older than him by the audience.”

In Imtiaz Ali’s film too Ranbir, for the first time, plays an intense lover.

Ranbir has changed his exercising regime in the gym and is now doing a training that would build his muscles.

Says Ranbir, “Yes I am beefing up my physique for next year. Change is good, don’t you think?”

As her haemoglobin count continues to plummet, Katrina’s health is causing distress to all those who know her

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 14, 2009)


As her hemoglobin count continues to plummet, Katrina’s health is causing distress to all those who know her.

Everyone around Katrina, well-wishers, co-stars, friends and family are beginning to be extremely worried about Katrina’s deteriorating health. On Sunday she was again at a suburban hospital to take further tests as her haemoglobin count continued to fall, despite treatment from the best doctors in the city.

Though Katrina has been extremely selective recently about the appearances she makes, she is obviously still straining too much and it is affecting her adversely.

On Sunday Katrina woke up unable to get out of bed.  The  worst  blow to her  frail energy level  was  the hectic  wedding of  Salman Khan’s close family-friend Krishan Narayan’s  daughter which Katrina attended for two consecutive nights on Friday and Saturday for the sangeet  and wedding.

Forgetting her delicate health, Katrina had simply let herself go, dancing and having a good time.

A friend explained, “It was a commitment she couldn’t wriggle out of. The bride’s father, an associate of politician Praful Patel, is a very close friend of Salman Khan. And Katrina who has always looked at Salman’s friends as her own, had to be there.”

The result of two consecutive nights of merry-making was a relapse. On Sunday Katrina had to undergo a series of complicated medical tests that went on the whole day

The friend continued, “Katrina’s haemoglobin count continues to plummet. The doctors are perplexed by this. They can’t figure out what is causing this abnormality in her blood. She has been prescribed complete bed rest.”

When contacted, Katrina tried to dismiss her indisposition with. “I will be just fine. I just need to rest.”

John Abraham will not only star in but also co-produce Shirish Kunder’s directorial venture Alien Sahib. John will go back to his lean physique in the film, which will be simultaneously released in 3D and 2D formats

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 14, 2009)


Shirish Kunder’s second directorial venture (after Jaan-E-Mann) is fast getting ready to go on the floors. Incidentally, John Abraham will not only star in the film but also co-produce it with Shirish

Another surprise is the title of the film. While Shirish had registered a host of titles Animals, Banjo Party, Bachelor of Love, Joker, Muscle Power, Son of a Gun, Technicolor and Triple Cross, the title of this film is not going to be any of the abovementioned names. John and Shirish have come up with an altogether new title, Alien Sahib. A source says, “It is not John who plays an alien in the film. Like Rakesh Roshan did something in Koi Mil Gaya that resulted in an alien being introduced in the film, here too John does something that brings an alien into the story. But, Alien Sahib will not be a sci-fi film.”

John will start prepping up for Alien Sahib after he completes Nishikant Kamat’s action film. Viewers will get to see John’s new lean physique in Alien Sahib. In fact, he will be as lean as he was in his debut film Jism. “John has a bulky body in Nishikant’s film but he will have to shed several pounds before he faces the camera for Alien Sahib. He will have to lose at least 8 kgs,” adds the source.

Although Alien Sahib will be a 3D film, it will simultaneously release as a 2D film in theatres.

Commenting on the film, John says, “Alien Sahib is a simple, endearing story with beautiful emotions. I am really excited about it because it has a beautiful story. Human stories always strike a chord.”

When asked what made John and him think of co-producing the film, Shirish says, “John and I have been in talks for more than a year to do this film but John had other commitments. He and I are quite similar in nature. We realised that we were on the same page so it would be better if both of us are involved in the making of the film.”

Giving more details about Alien Sahib, Shirish says, “We will be getting foreign technicians for this film. Lately, John and I have been talking to quite a few them. Moreover, we will be using a fusion digital 3D camera, a technique which has been used in James Cameron’s Avatar.”

The filmmaker and actor signed the contract on December 9, which was Shirish and Farah’s fifth wedding anniversary. The lead actress for Alien Sahib is yet to be finalised.

Aamir on ‘Mission Varanasi’ to buy back mother’s house…

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 14, 2009)

Like Amitabh Bachchan or Vijay Dinanath Chauhan said in Agneepath — Maa ko uska gaon lautana hai, Aamir Khan who is promoting his latest film landed up in Varanasi incognito to try and buy Khwaja Manzil, the building where his mother Zeenat spent her childhood. Reports have it that the building now belongs to a Sikh gentleman and the Bollywood superstar would have to do some hardcore negotiating to try and buy back a property that he is so keen on.
Aamir disguised himself as a Banarasi Babu and visited Tiliya Nala, the locality his mother had spend her child hood in. He left his security behind, took a boat ride in the Ganges,
and stayed at derelict hotels because he didn’t want media attention at least till such time as he actually left the city.
The actor who is very close to his mother, admitted, “I’m very much a momma’s boy” and said it was an emotional journey for him. He also visited Dasaswamedh Ghat where his mother went for boat rides when she stayed in Varanasi.

SUNSHINE GIRL: Deepika Padukone flashes a sunny smile… confident that her skin is being looked after by Neutrogena
Not Deepika Padukone, who’s the original Sunshine Girl of Bollywood…

NIMISHA TIWARI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 14, 2009)

No, this isn’t what your thinking. The dusky and leggy Deepika Padukone is not striking a pose for BT on the sets of Karthik Calling Karthik, her forthcoming romantic comedy with Farhan Akhtar next year after the thumping success in July with Saif Ali Khan of Love Aaj Kal. This is Deepika like you’ve never seen her before… totally feminine, revealing beauty secrets, talking about what affects her skin tone and clarity, and what being out in the sun and exposed to harsh UV rays for long periods of time on work does to her. “But, no problem,” says the dimpled actress flashing a million watt smile, “I use a beauty product that helps me maintain skin tone and keeps my skin radiant even in the sun.” She swears by Neutrogena Fine Fairness Cream SPF 20 — which works from inside and reduces melanin formation, giving her clear, even-toned skin and a glowing complexion, while externally its UVA and UVB filters protect her from the sun. “The Neutrogena brand is a combination of science and beauty, it has wonderful, innovative products that deliver on their promises,” said Deepika, explaining why she was its brand ambassadress. Agreeing with the actress is eminent dermatologist Dr. Abhijit Desai, who said, “Studies have shown that just one hour in the sun can set one’s fairness efforts back by eight weeks. This is a useful product as it combines a fairness moisturiser with a sunblock. This helps in minimising tanning while the sunblock protects from further pigmentation. A product perfect for Indian skin indeed.”

Amitabh Bachchan looks back on the hits and misses in his life over 2009

SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 14, 2009)

When Amitabh Bachchan was asked to describe what 2009 meant to him, the great actor said, “Gosh, what a year this has been — a few ups, and a few downs… more downs really! Years, months, days… they rush through at such speed, it’s impossible to keep an account of them.” He’s right, he’s had ups and down all right, but what’s there to complain about? If his Aladin was a disaster, then look at what a thumping success Paa has become; these are the only two films the Big B has had in 2009. He wrapped up work on Johnny Mastana, Rann and Teen Patti by June because he wanted to be by the side of his ailing friend Amar Singh. Now all these films await delayed releases because of the multiplex strike earlier. It’s been six months since Bachchan took on any new film or faced the camera. But he kept himself busy with television, with the Bachchan Sandhya on the occasion of his father’s 102nd birth anniversary, with the promotions of Paa. Here the Big B reflects back on 2009…
Aladin was a disaster, Paa a success…
• Aladin failed and Paa moves in a direction that looks to be one of success, both critical and commercial. Modesty prevents me from disclosing what reactions we are getting. But no amount of prudence prevents me from admitting that Auro has been embraced in a manner that I have never seen before. The other noticeable factor has been the will of the people. They want Auro and this film to succeed. No amount of sophisticated marketing will ever stand in the way of the choice and demands of the masses and this is why all traditional assumptions on the business trends for Paa are falling short. Auro is dictating an unique box office attitude all by himself and the so-called pundits are wrapping up their janam patris and shifting base.
You’re back on television, a new experience…
• It is different from KBC and gets more intricate as we move along. The medium and those that are attached to it, work diligently round the clock, and it is a marvel to see the amount of thinking and labour that goes on behind the scenes to create something like this. I feel very saddened when I have to announce the person who has been voted out and then later to spend time with them after their eviction. It’s much like what I used to feel when on KBC I had to inform the participant that his answer was wrong. You’d think KBC was harder because that was my first time on television. But no. Every time I do anything new and that means starting a new film too, I get butterflies in my stomach.
The year zipped by for you…
• I really have no recollection of what went by. I know what I am doing now. Age does have this adverse effect on one and I am no different from any other. It may seem power packed for you but for me, it is just another day, another job. I endeavour to do what is assigned to me to the best of my ability.
You’re 67 and still going superstrong…
• I don’t know if I am still going strong, but yes, I am alive and I exist. I have never wished for any fancy recognition or accolade. I am grateful for the jobs that I get and am thankful that I am given opportunity for work.
Your thoughts on the world around…
• I wish for there to be peace and harmony. For humans to understand that we are all one and that we all have common characteristics. To understand that all faiths need to be respected, for none of them are different in their beliefs. That we are one nation, united by our independence and our sovereignty. That this world we live in belongs to all of us and we need to protect it for its survival. That a kind word and a smile never did harm anyone.
The most significant occurrence in your life this year…
• That I am still alive!



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