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Anushka Sharma gets to kiss Shahid Kapoor thrice in their film together. Funnily, the former was not jumping for joy at the prospect

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 20, 2010)

Apparently Anushka Sharma has locked lips with Shahid Kapoor not once, but thrice for her forthcoming YRF film, directed by actor-turned-director Parmeet Sethi. While most girls would happily kiss the young star, she wasn’t turning cartwheels at the idea. A source says, “The kisses are not the brush-of-the-lips type. They are full-on smooches.”

Reportedly, Anushka shared great chemistry with Shahid when they were shooting for this film in the States. They had gelled very well and seemed to be enjoying each other’s company very much. And we don’t blame YRF or Parmeet Sethi if they decided on the three smooches because they wanted to exploit that chemistry and have it translated on screen as well.

But Anushka was not comfortable. “Parmeet had to do a lot of cajoling. Finally, he managed to convince her,” our source said.

What about Shahid? Was he okay with kissing Anushka? “Oh, he had no problem,” our source revealed.

As on date, the entire shooting of the film has been completed. The film is in the editing stages. Let’s hope that all the three smooches go unedited in the final print.

Ram Gopal Varma to make Company 2; Daya Nayak to help him write the script

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 19, 2010)

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Ram Gopal Varma

Ram Gopal Varma is set to make the sequel of his film Company. The film will be based on the encounter specialist cops who are going through trials in recent times.

The stories of cops like Pradeep Sharma and Daya Nayak provide good fodder for scripts. Daya Nayak, who shares a warm relationship with the director, is helping Ramu with the script of Company 2 as well.

Our source said, “Ramu is making the film on the encounter squad which has now been disbanded. The film deals with cops who rise to the occasion to save the day, but become victims of that very same system. The film will talk about the conditions that compel cops to get involved in encounters and how finally they become victims of their actions. Daya Nayak, who helped Ramu in making Ab Tak Chappan, is pitching in for the script of the sequel.

The film will deal with the drama within the encounter squad like jealousy, ambition and back stabbing. Ramu will make the film on the complexities of the police world. The issue of the encounter cops will only form a small part of the film.

Daya Nayak

It would largely deal with the internal problems between the various departments and more so, with the problems between the people of the same department.”

Ramu confirmed that he is indeed making Company 2. However, he did not comment on Daya Nayak helping him with the script.

Despite Anushka Sharma’s clarifications that she is no longer controlled by Yash Raj films, rumour has it that Aditya Chopra still keeps an eye on her moves

By Meena Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 19, 2010)

When Anushka Sharma green-lighted Nikhil Advani’s Patiala House opposite Akshay Kumar, the trade thought she had flown the coop. It was assumed that she was no longer controlled by Aditya Chopra, her mentor.

But reliable trade sources say that Adi still takes an active interest in his protégée’s career.

Both Tarika Singh, who looks after Anushka’s media relations and endorsement work, and John, who looks after her film interests, have been appointed by Yash Raj. Both these managers are reportedly expected to get the approval of Yash Raj (preferably Adi’s) before they say yes to any film.

Anushka has clearly maintained that she is eternally grateful to Adi for launching her in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. While she has categorically stated that she is too professional to give away the script of an outside banner to Adi before she approves of it, Anushka is happy that her godfather continues to take an active interest in her career. She has said, “I know if I ever want any career advice, Adi sir will always be there for me.”

Grapevine now has it that after her second assignment for Yash Raj, directed by Parmeet Sethi, the Rab Ne… girl will be contractually left with one more film for the banner that introduced her to Bollywood. However, she is free to sign any outside film, like in the case of Patiala House, but the project must be approved by Yash Raj.

This is the first time in Bollywood history that a parent company is taking such a keen interest in its ward. There have been past instances of producers who have introduced stars asking for a commission from their discoveries.  However, there has not been any instance of a director personally appointing staff for his protegee. And, making sure she makes the right career moves.

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 19, 2010)

Pratik’s hard work seems to have gone down the drain. The actor, who had been working out regularly for the muscular look, has stopped going to the gym altogether, thanks to producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali. He has asked Pratik to lose weight and muscle for Raghav Dar’s My Friend Pinto.

A source says, “At a recent social get-together, Pratik’s changed physical appearance was a hot topic of conversation. When the actor walked in dressed in a blazer, he looked shrunk. He had lost a considerable amount of weight. This look is a drastic change from his earlier physical appearance. Just last month, at another event, the actor had a bulky, muscular body. This extreme change in his physical appearance was unbelievable and that too in such a short span of time.”

The change in appearance is a result of giving up on gymming. The source adds, “Pratik has been instructed by Bhansali sir to lose the muscles. This is to get into the skin of the character. It has been over a month since he stopped going to the gym. Instead, he has been attending workshops for Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian form of dance. This dance form is quite acrobatic and has helped him achieve the skinny look for his character in the film, where he plays a complete nerd.”

A source from the unit confirms, “Pratik plays a small time boy from Goa and has been asked to lose weight for the role.” Pratik remained unavailable for comment.

Pratik, before (l) and after (Pic: Yogen Shah)
With just one film in hand, Katrina Kaif must be worried about Priyanka and Kareena outshining her this year

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 18, 2010)

// // // After giving several hits in a row last year, suddenly Katrina Kaif has little to look forward to this year.

A source close to the actress reveals, “Most of Katrina’s movies have been romcoms or commercial cinema. This year she has Prakash Jha’s Rajneeti, which is more serious cinema compared to her other movies. She wants to broaden her horizons and work for issue-based films, like the ones Madhur Bhandarkar does. Katrina likes all his films, more so because they are women-centric. Also, his lead actresses have won accolades for their performance and that has boosted their career graph. She has been sending him feelers.”

Katrina Kaif

Meanwhile unconfirmed reports say that Katrina is being signed for the sequel of Dostana by Dharma Productions, besides Imtiaz Ali’s next opposite Ranbir Kapoor and Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan. But our source says, “Apart from Rajneeti, which releases this year, Katrina has just one project in hand, the Abbas Mustan remake of The Italian Job. A lot of projects have been spoken about, but as of now nothing has been signed officially.”

Apparently what could be a trigger for Katrina is the fact that her closest competitors, Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor, have a sufficient number of movies lined up and are also experimenting with different genres. “Not to be left behind in the rat race, Katrina is making her moves to remain in the top bracket,” adds the source.

But when contacted, Katrina said, “Not true at all. I am pretty tied up with my films already.” When quizzed whether she’s been in touch with Madhur, Katrina said, “No. I have not connected with him.” Despite repeated calls and messages, Bhadarkar remained unavailable for comment.


Mumbai Mirror has learnt that director Anees Bazmee is pretty upset with Katrina, with whom he has worked in two successful films, Welcome and Singh Is Kinng. Apparently Katrina had given the go ahead for Bazmee’s next, Thank You, which also stars Akshay Kumar. However, Katrina has given her dates to Farah Khan instead for Tees Maar Khan. Left in the lurch at the last minute, Bazmee won’t be forgiving Ms Kaif in a hurry. — Kunal M Shah

Sonya Jehan replaces Aishwarya in Crooked, but Abhishek Bachchan isn’t complaining

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 18, 2010)

It was supposed to star his wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, but by the time Abhishek started shooting for Crooked on January 14, she had already opted out of it due to a date scramble. But Abhishek isn’t sulking.

“For Abhishek and Ash, the whole charm of doing another film together was to not be together. Crooked was supposed to cast them not as a pair, but in different segments,” says a very reliable source. Abhishek’s co-star in this film, directed by Abhinay Deo, is former Miss India Sarah Jane Dias.

// // // As for Aishwarya, far from being Abhishek’s romantic interest, she was supposed to play his adversary. It was a role similar to what Kareena Kapoor will play in Sriram Raghavan’s Agent Vinod opposite Saif Ali Khan.

Crooked has four major leading ladies. Besides Sarah, there are Shahana Goswami (who shot to fame with the same banner’s Rock On!! last year), Gul Panag and pretty Pakistani actor Sonya Jehan.

The meaty and mysterious part of a cop on the trail of global criminals in this whodunit – which Aishwarya was to play – has gone to Sonya. She made her debut as Mumtaz Mahal in Akbar Khan’s Taj Mahal and was last seen as a 1950s actress modelled on her legendary grandmother Noor Jehan in Sudhir Mishra’s Khoya Khoya Chand. Sonya also has a role in Karan Johar’s My Name Is Khan.

Sonya Jehan Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Though Aishwarya and Sonya are worlds apart, according to a source it was the ‘fair complexion, light eyes and a certain air of hateur’ that clinched it for Sonya.

Producer Ritesh Sidhwani also confirmed that Sonya is part of the new cast. “But I can’t reveal what she’s playing. She’s tremendously beautiful and talented and suited the part she has been chosen for. We won’t call the film Crooked, though. That was the working title. And we’re looking for a new title urgently before the working title sticks.”

Ayesha Dharker is set to tie the knot her with her English boyfriend Robert Taylor this May

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 16, 2010)

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Ayesha Dharker

It’s official now – actor Ayesha Dharker has decided to formalise her relationship with her English boyfriend Robert Taylor. She has been dating Robert for the past few months and a source said that they will get engaged very soon. “The marriage is in May,” the source added.

Ayesha’s father, noted writer Anil Dharker, said, “I don’t know if we’ll have a formal engagement ceremony, but yes, my daughter is getting married to Robert Taylor. The marriage will be held in London. Robert is the marketing director of a company. But he is interested in arts, dance and theatre too. That is how he and Ayesha met each other.”

Ayesha played the role of Malli in the award winning film The Terrorist (1999) for which she picked up a National Award, and then earned recognition with her portrayal of Queen Jamilia in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

She has been in the news off and on for her involvement with television and theatre, especially in connection with projects like Arabian Nights and Bombay Dreams. She has also done a handful of Hindi films.