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By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 30, 2009)
While the whole world believes that Katrina is recuperating in London with her family, a reliable London source tells us that she is actually in New York. Incidentally, Ranbir Kapoor is also in New York shooting for Sajid Nadiadwala’s Anjaana Anjaani. Coincidence? We don’t think so.
Post her surgery in Mumbai, Katrina flew off to London claiming to spend New Year’s Eve with her family. Katrina, who ushers in the New Year with her mother and siblings each year, was particularly thrilled about the family reunion this time round, because she was looking forward to playing with her sister’s little son. But apparently, family has been sidelined in favor of some companionship.
One can’t help but wonder how she planned to keep her jaunt to New York a secret. It’s a small, small world after all. When we called her grandmother’s place in London, a relative said, “Oh, but Katrina is in New York.”
However Katrina said, “I’m very much in London. It’s a joke in my family about me being in New York because I’m harassed by many calls.”
Kaif also skipped beau (or is it seriously ex-beau now) Salman Khan’s birthday in favour of New York. Ranbir and Katrina met on the sets of Raajneeti but their friendship really took off when they shot Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. For the last few months, Ranbir has been in an on-off relationship with Deepika Padukone while Katrina’s relationship with Salman Khan has slowly ground to a halt.
By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 28, 2009)
Akshay Kumar and Akshaye Khanna will be seen in the same frame for the first time. Akshaye has been signed by Farah Khan for Tees Maar Khan and is playing the parallel lead.
Farah confirms the news. She says, “Akshaye Khanna is playing a pivotal role. We needed a big name and an established actor, who had a good comic timing. Khanna fitted the bill perfectly. Moreover, Kumar and Khanna have never worked together so this is a fresh combination of co-stars. It is a very unique role and the second most important character in the film. Kumar is playing the title role, while Khanna is playing Atish Kapoor.”
Ask her if there is any actress opposite Khanna, she says, “There is just one actress opposite both the Akshay(e)s. It is a strange script and I cannot divulge details about it.”
|Akshay Kumar||Akshaye Khanna|
After six long years of hard work, Shahid Kapoor is now taking a much need break. He is flying off to Goa today with his childhood friends to celebrate the New Year and spend some leisure time.
Shahid’s best friend Shriram, who he is meeting after years, is also joining the actor for this holiday. A source close to the actor says, “Shahid has been shooting back to back for the past few years. He had no break between films. After Jab We Met, he went into Kismat Konnection followed by Kaminey, Yash Raj’s untitled and now he is finishing the patchwork of Chance pe Dance. Kaminey especially, was a tiring film to shoot.
The source continues, “Now that all the pending work of his films is over, along with his prior commitments, the actor is taking a much needed break. This will be his first holiday in the past six years. He is off to Goa with his childhood friends and will celebrate the New Year with them. It is a complete boy’s holiday and he is going to unwind and relax to the fullest. The all-boys-gang will stay in a hotel in North Goa, one of the liveliest places in the month of December. The hotel has a private beach where he will have some privacy and might indulge in some water sports too. The actor is not into gambling, but being out with his friends on a holiday, he might just join them.”
The source adds some details, “Shahid wants a quiet and relaxing holiday and will disconnect himself completely from his work. He has already informed his directors and producers that he won’t be available for those days. He returns on January 1, but will only resume work on January 4.”
Shahid’s publicist confirms, “Shahid is going for his first holiday in six years with his school friends, including his best friend Shriram. They will be celebrating New Year in Goa.”
|(Pic: Deepak Turbhekar)|
Beauty seems to run in the Rai family. As if having one beauty pageant winner Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is not enough, her sister-in-law, Shrima Rai too has added glory to the family. Shrima, first runners up in Mrs India 2009, was among the top ten finalists at Mrs Globe 2009 contest.
She also won the ‘Most Beautiful Face’ title among 40 contestants from all over the world. Shrima is a banker by profession.
The beauty pageant was held on December 13 in Bratislava, Slovakia in Europe. An elated Shrima told Mumbai Mirror, “I am extremely happy and excited at the moment. It was a worthwhile experience. I was accompanied by my husband Aditya Rai. He was on cloud nine when I won this title. It was a different experience meeting married women on the same stage from all over the world.”
Her parents and in-laws couldn’t accompany her since they were busy with their work commitments. “Each one of them called and congratulated me, including Aishwarya,” adds Shrima.
|Aishwarya Rai Bachchan||Shrima Rai (left)|
Like other beauty pageant winners, Shrima is open to acting offers. She says, “I wouldn’t mind acting if something constructive and fruitful comes my way.”
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Rumours of her husband’s alleged intimacy with Kites’s co-star Barbara Mori has invoked a fierce need in Sussanne to protect her turf. She is now keeping a sharp eye on Hrithik and is not about to take any chances. The insecurity probably stems from hurt over the increasing reports about Hrithik’s roving eye.
On October 29, Mumbai Mirror disclosed that Monikangana and Hrithik Roshan have a passionate lovemaking and kissing scene in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ambitious venture Guzaarish. The potential for trouble is undeniable. An alert Sussanne is now making her presence felt on the sets of Guzaarish. Her strict supervision is making the leading lady Monikangana distinctly uncomfortable.
|Hrithik Roshan||Sussanne Roshan|
Apparently, Bhansali’s new find has confided in him, begging out of the lovemaking scene. Monikangana seems to be developing cold feet due to Sussanne’s prying and her presence on the sets.
The story goes that Bhansali wanted Hrithik and Monikangana to spend quality time together, so that the passionate scene seems effortless and natural on screen. A source says, “However, Sussanne used to intrude on their space often. She even followed Hrithik to Goa. Feeling anxious, Monikangana thought that it would be better if she expressed her reservations to the director. Frankly, Monikangana did the right thing. She was sensing that Sussanne seemed to be indirectly conveying to her in no uncertain terms that Hrithik is her husband. That was the limit.”
That puts the director in a spot, and he has to skillfully work his way around the situation. “It is unlikely that Bhansali will humour Monikangana’s apprehensions. But if he goes ahead with his plan, we wonder if he will succeed in shooting a crackling lovemaking scene with a wary leading lady,” adds our source.
(Pic: yogen shah)
While Monikangana remained unavailable for comment, Bhansali’s spokesperson refused to acknowledge the problem. He said, “There is no lovemaking or kissing scene between Monikangana and Hrithik in Guzaarish.”
Although Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known to be a strict disciplinarian on the sets, his love for kids is relatively unknown. Recently, he gifted Hrithik Roshan’s son Hrehaan a 3D videogame console, Nintendo Wii.
|Sussanne with Hrehaan Roshan|
A source says, “Sussanne Roshan drops in on the sets of Guzaarish quite often. She was even present with the kids at the outdoor schedule of the film in Goa. The director, who is close to his nieces and showers them with gifts, was often seen playing with Hrithik’s sons after pack-up. In no time, he grew extremely fond of both the kids.”
Talking about the reason for gifting, the source says, “Bhansali learnt that Hrehaan is fond of videogames and is keen on buying the new Nintendo Wii. Without wasting a single day, he ordered the game and gifted it to Hrehaan. Hrehaan was excited about receiving the unexpected gift and thanked Sanjay with a warm hug.”
It’s not just Hrehaan who loves to play the game, even Hrithik is hooked on to it. The source adds, “Hrithik, who is tech-savvy, is addicted to the new game. He plays the game with the kids whenever he is home.
|Sanjay Leela Bhansali|
This game also doubles up as a workout for the body.”
Bhansali denied the story. However, a source close to Bhansali says, “Bhansali is extremely fond of Hrehaan and Hridhaan.When he learnt of their wish to buy a Nintendo Wii, he decided to gift it to them.”
Abhay Deol’s production house, Forbidden Films, is ready to take off and will start shooting its first film, Basra, in January 2010. It is an out-and-out action film based on the drug racket and human trafficking. Navdeep Singh, who directed Manorama-Six Feet Under, will direct the film.
Abhay plays the lead and Chitrangada Singh puts in a guest appearance. Soniya Mehra (Victoria No 203) has also been roped in for an important part. Shahana Goswami is paired with Nikhil Dwivedi.
A source reveals, “Basra is an edgy and dark film. Soniya will play a teenage hippie who is involved in drugs and eventually becomes a victim of human trafficking after being kidnapped. Shahana plays a journalist, while Nikhil is a cop. It is an ensemble cast and script.”
|(L) Soniya Mehra (R) Abhay Deol|
The source continues, “As the film is an action thriller, Abhay is building his body. His role is that of a secret agent. You can call him an undercover cop who exposes the entire racket. The movie has its base in Basra, a city in Iraq, notorious for its involvement in drugs. It will be shot in Dubai, Kuwait, Delhi and Mumbai.”
Director Navdeep confirms, “The film deals with drug rackets and we have signed Soniya and Nikhil. The title Basra was chosen as it is a city in Iraq which is apt to the subject of the film.” Probably the film will also be shot in one of the cities in Iraq. Navdeep says, “Yes, we are looking for locations in Iraq, probably Kuwait. The movie will go on the floors in January and most probably release by the end of next year.”