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On the verge of filing for divorce, Shraddha Nigam is gung-ho about starting afresh

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 07, 2009)


If all had been well between estranged couple, Shraddha Nigam and Karan Singh Grover, they would have celebrated their second wedding anniversary on November 2. The relationship ended thanks to Karan’s roving eye.

Although the split was tough and Shraddha was heartbroken for a while, she doesn’t regret her decision to walk out of the marriage. In fact, she has decided to break off all ties with Karan to start afresh.

A source said, “Shraddha and Karan are headed for divorce by mutual consent. Her initial depression has now given way to ‘I-care-a-damn’ attitude. If she wanted, she could have created a lot of problem for Karan but she does not want to do so. She is not going to demand any alimony either.”

Karan Grover Shraddha Nigam

Shraddha and Karan will apply for divorce next month. The source added, “As the legal separation is going to be by mutual consent, it shouldn’t take too long. Meanwhile, Shraddha is also looking for good work.”

When asked about life after having moved on, Shraddha said, “I don’t want to say anything on this.”

Karan remained unavailable for comment.

By Joginder Tuteja, December 7, 2009 – 11:23 IST

Rocket Singh - Salesman Of The Year

It’s the Ranbir Kapoor wave. Saawariya is a thing of the past and suddenly the nation has woken up to the emerging superstar who has not just delivered two back to back successes (Wake Up Sid, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani) but also found a certain respectability coming his way as an actor.

Belonging to those rare breed of newer generation actors who have also found being hailed as stars in their initial efforts itself (Hrithik Roshan is the last big name that comes to the mind), Ranbir Kapoor today finds himself in a comfortable position in the industry. With Rocket Singh – Salesman of the Year coming up next and all set to be a success, courtesy names like Shimit Amin (Chak De India, Ab Tak Chappan) and Yash Raj involved, he must be a little relieved, right?

“Yes, I am and mainly due to the fact that Rocket Singh…. experience has taught me something which is that one can never be over and above a film. In totality, one has to look at the kind of respect that the film gets. I am sure Rocket Singh… will get all the respect that it deserves”, he says in a confident tone.

Given the fact that the director at the helm of affairs is none other than Shimit Amin who gave Shah Rukh one of his most respected characterisation ever in Chak De India, what is Ranbir’s view about Rocket Singh…?

“I can proudly say that Rocket Singh… is not just my greatest film till date but also one of the greatest films made in the recent times. Believe me, it belongs to a different world altogether”, he states positively.

Coming up next is Rajneeti which seems like an altogether different outing for Ranbir when compared to the three releases he has enjoyed in 2009. Happy to have found himself in this glorious period where different films are being made? “Of course and the best part is that all these films are like chalk and cheese and have shaped up quite well”, says Ranbir.

Meanwhile these are hectic times for Ranbir. He has been virtually promoting Wake Up Sid, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani and Rocket Singh… back to back. He was also busy wrapping up the shoot of Ranjeeti while also participating in the overseas schedule of Siddharth Anand’s Anjaana Anjaani with Priyanka Chopra in the middle of it all. Given the fact that recently even Amitabh Bachchan commented that promoting a movie is tougher than shooting, does he too believe in the saying?

“Ask me”, he smiles, “No really, it is no fun. Thankfully both Wake Up Sid and Ajab Prem… succeeded, so it means that I continued to talk about them even after their release. Now there is Rocket Singh – Salesman of the Year arriving in a few days so I guess there is still no time for rest. Thankfully, shooting for Anjaana Anjaani acted as a breather of sorts.”

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Akshay Kumar to play a fashion conscious conman sporting designer clothes, a stylish hairstyle and jewelry in Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 07, 2009)
If you thought Farah Khan will make Akshay Kumar play an unsophisticated street smart conman in her next directorial venture Tees Maar Khan think again. Contrary to popular belief, Akshay plays a sexy and stylised international conman in the film. No prizes for guessing that Akshay’s new best friend Farah Khan is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that he has women swooning right from his first scene in the film.

While well-known designer Aki Narula is working on Akshay’s costumes in Tees Maar Khan, Farah is also getting some international make-up artists and hairdressers for her lead actor. Farah’s first choice is that Akshay should sport long hair in the film. “I will take a look test with him wearing extensions, but if that doesn’t work, then he’ll have short hair throughout the film. But one thing is sure that I will show him as a pucca hero. He is a gorgeous looking man. He plays a Muslim and wears very trendy clothes, mostly ganjis. He has loads of attitude in Tees Maar Khan because of which I have also planned a grand entry scene for him,” said an excited Farah.

“Akshay will also be wearing jewelry in the film, maybe a bracelet or an amulet with TMK embossed on it,” added Farah.

And who will be the lucky girl who will rub shoulders with Akshay?  “Well, I am doing a nationwide hunt for a new girl but if I don’t find the right one, I will go in for an established actress. The heroine’s name in the film is Anya, which is actually my daughter’s name. She will go by the name Anya Khan,” revealed Farah.

Farah further said that Tees Maar Khan happened when her husband Shirish Kunder showed her one of his scripts. “It was too funny. When I told him that, he said he would love to produce it if he gets a good director. I immediately offered to direct it and things quickly fell into place. The film is very close to Shirish’s heart. He had registered the title three years ago,” said Farah.

Commenting on who suggested Akshay’s name for the title role, Farah said, “Shirish suggested it.”

Goes without saying, Tees Maar Khan will be a typical racy entertainer, which is Farah’s style. “Yes, it will be my kind of film,” Farah laughed and said.

Akshay Kumar Farah Khan

Amitabh Bachchan’s flawless performance in Paa has resulted in an international version of the film, which will be released soon

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 07, 2009)


The overwhelming response to Amitabh Bachchan’s performance in Paa has triggered off a whole new chain of thought processes among those who are involved with the project. It is now felt that the film’s theme of age-acceleration by progeria and its muted dramatic depiction through Amitabh’s performance as Auro deserves a global platform. Consequently, an international version of Paa is now being put together.

Paa director R Balki says, “The version for a non-Indian audience will have to be edited very differently but the connectivity with Auro’s character will remain unchanged.” A lot of Abhishek’s character’s activities as a young politician will have to be edited for the international version. However, without those scenes Abhishek’s role will become shadowy. What will remain is the central conflict involving the progeric child’s search for his biological father.

The theme of progeria is obviously a huge incentive to market the film internationally. Balki reveals, “I have a friend in the US who drove down 70 miles to a theatre in Miami to see Paa yesterday and the hall was packed. But let me tell you, I’m not the first filmmaker to tackle the subject. I thought I was embarking on a revolutionary mission by making a film on progeria but when I checked on the net I discovered there were nearly 40 films on progeria across the world.”

Balki saw all of the films based on the same subject in order to bring out a new side to the subject. He adds, “I wanted to make sure Paa had nothing in common with the other films. Now, when we do an international version we’ll ensure the audience abroad would never have seen anything like Paa.”

It isn’t decided as yet whether the international version of Paa will be dubbed in the English language or the spoken language will remain Hindi with English subtitles.

Asha Parekh remembers Bina Rai who passed away yesterday

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 07, 2009)


Asha Parekh has lost two of her co-stars in two days. First, it was a little-known actress-producer Chandrakala who worked with Asha in Nasir Husain’s Teesri Manzil (1966). She passed away all of a sudden on December 4 due to a massive heart attack. Besides doing bit roles Chandrakala had also produced films like Pyar Hi Pyar (1969) starring Dharmendra and Vyjanthimala and the Rajesh Khanna starrer Anand (1971).

Asha Parekh

Yesterday, Bina Rai passed away. Best known for her roles in films like Anarkali and Taj Mahal, the 78-year-old actress passed away due to a cardiac arrest.

Talking about the demise of Bina, Asha says, “It happened all of a sudden. I wasn’t even in town. We worked together in one of her best films Ghunghat in 1960 for which she won a Filmfare award. She played Bharat Bhushan’s wife and she was fabulous.”

While working in Ghunghat, Asha was a timid and young supporting actress while Bina Rai was a big star. Talking about her experience of working with the late actress in Ghunghat, Asha says, “Binaji was an introvert. I was the youngest person in the unit. She was my senior and very intimidating. On the sets, she wouldn’t mix around and kept completely to herself. I remember once a co-star was getting a shot repeatedly wrong. The giggler that I am, I kept bursting into giggles. Binaji just stared at me, and then suddenly smiled softly. That was a rare moment of connecting with her.”

Thereafter, Ghunghat director Ramanand Sagar had got very upset with Asha. “After that incident, he scolded me saying that I should know how to behave in front of someone as big as Bina Raiji.”

Asha remembers Bina Rai as a woman of rare elegance. “She was not quite like the average film person. She was always different and detached… one more illustrious soul is gone.”

Bina was married to the late actor Prem Nath, who was filmmaker Raj Kapoor’s brother-in-law. She is survived by two sons, Prem Kishen, a well known television producer who co-owns the television software company, Cinevista, and Kailash Nath (Monty).

(L): Taj Mahal,  Aurat, Bina Rai

Aamir Khan talks about his production Peepli Live being the first Indian film to be selected in the competition section at the Sundance Film Festival

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 07, 2009)



Aamir Khan is on a high. His production Peepli Live has become the first Indian film to be selected for the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in the competition section. The festival will be held from January 21-31 at Park City in the US.

Talking about the honour, Aamir says, “Sundance is one of the biggest and the most important festivals in the US. Robert Redford had started it to encourage independent filmmakers and directors. It’s prestigious to even get your film selected for the festival as they pick up 14 films out of the 1000 that enter the competition. I am very happy for director Anusha Rizvi and her young team as I believe it’s the first Indian film to be selected there. All crew members are young and new. The only known actor is Raghuvir Yadav and some of the actors are real adivasis from Madhya Pradesh. I am happy for these youngsters.”

Ask Aamir what made him produce the film and he replies, “When I read the script, I really liked it as was very fascinating and unusual. It is funny and heartbreaking at the same time. It is set in rural India and the setting and the humour surprised me. It is a satire which makes a social comment in a funny way. I felt the writer-director Anusha has a lot of fire and is an instinctive storyteller. I want to do films which excite me creatively and this definitely did because of its amazing humour. I also wanted to do a role in Peepli Live but I couldn’t find suitable role.”

One cannot help but wonder about the unique title of the film. “There can be many meanings. Peepli is a small village and ‘live’ means bringing it live to the audience. So, it could mean that the filmmaker is bringing Peepli ‘Live’ to you. There is live news presented by the media and here a filmmaker is bringing you the film live,” explains Aamir.

Vidya Balan refused to feature in a song with Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi in Ishqiya as she thought it was too raunchy. Vishal Bhardwaj had to shoot the song with just the two men

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 07, 2009)


If you thought that Vidya Balan has become “shameless in front of the camera”, as she recently admitted in a TV interview, after hearing her bold dialogue in Paa and the expletives she has used in Ishqiya (as is evident in the promos), this one is for you. She might be open to experimental roles but Vidya is still at times very much the girl-next-door in her heart.

Recently, Vidya refused to shake a leg to a raunchy number, a remake of the popular song Dhano ki aankhon mein… from the 1977 film Kitaab, in Ishqiya. Producer Vishal Bhardwaj wanted Vidya to feature in the song with Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi, but he finally ended up shooting the song with only the two heroes and no girl in it.

A source from the sets of Ishqiya says, “One thought that Vidya would do the song readily. She has already shot a sizzling lip kiss with Arshad in the film and has said the word ch***** without any inhibitions.”

Ishqiya

Though Vidya wasn’t rude while turning down Vishal’s offer to do the song she managed to put across her message quite effectively. “She was polite. It’s just that she felt that the song was too bawdy,” adds our source.

Naturally, Vidya was worried about Vishal and director Abhishek Chaubey’s reaction. Fortunately for her, both of them took her refusal quite sportingly.

Despite repeated efforts, Vidya Balan remained unavailable for comment.

KISS AND TELL: Rahul Bose and (right) Arjun Mathur
Rahul Bose-Arjun Mathur do first gay love scene in Bollywood

SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 7, 2009)

Madhur Bhandarkar had shot a gay kissing sequence in a car between Samir Soni and his screen lover for Fashion and deleted it even before it went to the censor board. But for his film I Am Omar, Onir is determined to keep the first gay love-making scene between the ever-adventurous Rahul Bose and the upcoming Arjun Mathur (seen in Zoya Akhtar’s Luck By Chance and Farhan Akhtar’s short film on AIDS, Positive).
Onir feels the sensitive sequence may be unnecessarily sensationalised but has to be retained because the film doesn’t work without it. Explains Onir, “Arjun plays a sex worker. So we couldn’t do away with the physical aspect of the gay issue.”
The sequence has the actors making out in a public place. Abhimanyu Singh (seen in Anurag Kashyap’s Gulal) plays a homophobic cop who chances on the couple and harasses them. Says Onir, “Luckily none of my actors had any inhibitions. Rahul and Arjun did the scene which goes much beyond anything seen in Indian cinema. They behaved like thorough professionals.” Now he hopes the censor board would be just as professional. While Rahul, who had done Indian cinema’s first and only gay gangrape sequence in Bom-gay, refrains from comment, Arjun who wants to explore the dark side of sexuality, says, “For me as an actor it is always challenging to see what lies beneath the calm exteriors. I had absolutely no inhibitions playing the gay character and doing the kissing sequence with Rahul. I wondered what it would feel like. But it was done clinically and professionally.”
Adds Onir, “We haven’t taken any still pictures of the kissing because we don’t want it leaked out on the net. The whole idea is to look at the question of homosexuality in a proper perspective and not to highlight any specific aspect of it.” Onir’s film I Am (of which I Am Omar is one part) now goes to Rotterdam Film Festival.
COFFEE BREAK: Amitabh Bachchan, watched by Vidya Balan, signs autographs on a mug for Radio Mirchi listeners at the radio station studios
Auro’s aura takes over Radio Mirchi

SANAYA CHAVDA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 7, 2009)

Auro’s aura charmed Radio Mirchi listeners as Amitabh Bachchan, in the voice (if not the avatar) of his character from Paa — last Friday’s hit release from Big Pictures and AB Corp — had the 98.3 FM’s airwaves humming with excitement. Just as the film took over the box office, so did Auro the Mirchi studios as Bachchan, accompanied by actress Vidya Balan, did an enthralling sonmother act for the leading radio station.

Bachchan, who was asked about his experience of going on radio as against before the camera, said, “Radio is about speed, improvisation, quick-witted repartee, the dexterity of managing several jobs almost simultaneously, knowledge of the software and the computerisation of all equipment … and just the effort in keeping it going at an unimaginable speed… it’s simply incredible!” Subsequently, delighted by his experience at Radio Mirchi where the staff dressed in school uniforms and sang the Auro signature tune for him, Bachchan wrote on his blog, “The world of radio is a world by itself. Large, progressive, personal, full of fun and full of under 25 year olds… overwhelming and so, so endearing.”
To get more updates on Paa and listen to its music, tune into Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM. You can also get a chance to win attractive Paa merchandise from the movie.
WAVING IT OFF: Katrina Kaif

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 7, 2009)

Here’s proof that Katrina Kaif ’s becoming the next big thing in Bollywood. Event organisers of a Dubai concert on December 2 featuring Salman Khan and Kat went into a tizz when the actress was diagnosed as having a low haemoglobin count in Mumbai and advised bed rest. The show, a Salman-Kat Nite featuring the hot couple performing to hit songs from their films, appeared to be a non-starter with the actress left too weak to perform after being in and out of two leading hospitals in Mumbai and being advised not to do any hectic activity like singing and dancing. Salman solo, naturally, would not have the same impact. Besides, people had paid for a double act! Then began a flurry of phone calls with the organisers pleading with Kat not to let them down. The actress, whose doctors told her it would take three months for the haemoglobin count to return to normal, relented… but said she would not be able perform any numbers; instead, she suggested she take centre-stage, do a mock jig, and wave out to the crowds. The show organisers promptly agreed. And that is how Dubai got its Salman-Kat Nite. With the actress disregarding medical advice not to go up on stage and dance even if she was paid a hundred crores. Don’t know about crores, but the buzz from Dubai is that Katrina Kaif ’s ‘Hi-Hello-I Love You Dubai’ was worth at least Rs 80 lakh.



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