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Ranbir Kapoor surprised composers Vishal Shekhar with his effortless singing for Anjaana Anjaani

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 24, 2009)

Producer Sajid Nadiadwala, director Siddharth Anand and music composers Vishal Shekhar asked Ranbir Kapoor to lend his voice for a song in Anjaana Anjaani. Not only did Ranbir sing, but he also finished recording it in 45 minutes.

The recording took place at Vishal Shekhar’s studio in Bandra at 1am on Wednesday. Ranbir was on his way home before 2am. “He shocked both, Vishal and Shekhar. His singing was so smooth and comfortable. This facet of Ranbir was completely unknown and untapped,” says an industry source.

The scene which required Ranbir to sing isn’t a random input. Ranbir breaks into the song with a band playing behind him. The song is shown for a little over one-and-half minute.

Ranbir’s leading lady, Priyanka Chopra, was also present in the studio at around 10pm. Priyanka will also sing a solo for the same film, if everything goes well.” She heard the tune last night and brainstormed with Siddharth and Vishal Shekhar about her comfort level with the pitch of the song. She is yet to muster up the courage to sing. As things stand today, she should be singing the song in the next couple of days,” added the source.

It was the director of the film who wanted Ranbir to sing that particular song. Siddharth said, “Ranbir improvised a lot and did a brilliant job. It was my idea to make him sing. He knew about it from the time he read the script. But the scene where he sings remains to be shot. It will be canned in the next schedule in the US.”

Vishal thinks that Ranbir’s voice was necessary for credibility. He said, “Though it’s a song, it’s also a scene. We had to get Ranbir to do it for authenticity and he totally rocked!”

Shekhar and Vishal
(Pic: Raju Shinde)
Ranbir Kapoor Priyanka Chopra
Shah Rukh Khan paid Hema Malini a surprise visit when he learnt that she was shooting near his home. They spent quality time reliving memories of her directorial debut Dil Aashna Hai and his days as a struggler


By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 06, 2009)


When Shah Rukh Khan was still a struggler in the 1990s, Hema Malini had cast him as the lead in Dil Aashna Hai (1992). Shah Rukh has never forgotten that kindness and, when he heard that Hema was shooting near his home at Bandstand, he dropped in on the sets to pay his respects.

Hema was naturally thrilled to see SRK and they spent quite some time reliving old memories.

Our source said, “The unit of Tell Me O Khuda was shooting at KK Manzil, next to SRK’s house with Esha Deol, Arjan Bajwa and Chandan Roy Sanyal. The entire set was abuzz as they saw SRK. He headed straight for Hemaji who was present with the director Mayur Puri, and greeted her. Hemaji was pleasantly surprised and SRK met everyone with a lot of affection. SRK stayed on the sets for close to 45 minutes and fondly recalled the experience of shooting for Dil Aashna Hai and the early years of his career.”

Another source said, “When SRK, who was relaxing at his house, learnt that there was a shoot in progress nearby, he inquired about who was shooting there. When he heard that it was Hema Malini, he immediately went to meet her. SRK still remembers his struggling days and the fact that Hemaji readily gave him a lead role in her directorial debut film, Dil Aashna Hai. It went on to become SRK’s debut as well, although he had signed Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman and Deewana earlier. He spoke at length with Hemaji, inquired about the film and even wished Esha luck for her comeback vehicle.”

Shah Rukh Khan

Hema confirmed the news and said, “Yes, he came to see me and Esha. I was shooting next to his house and it was very sweet of him to drop in to wish me. He has always shown respect for me and it was very nice of him.”

Katrina Kaif was in no mood to wish her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on her birthday and didn’t care if the world knew about it

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 02, 2009)

Ranbir and Katrina

Yesterday afternoon, the usually affable Katrina Kaif made her displeasure apparent by flatly refusing to wish Salman Khan’s former girlfriend Aishwarya Rai on her birthday. That too on national television.

Katrina was in the midst of giving television interviews with good friend Ranbir Kapoor for their film, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. During the course of one of the interviews at Mehboob Studios, a reporter suddenly asked Ranbir to give a sound byte to wish Aishwarya on her birthday. Ranbir gladly obliged by wishing Aishwarya warmly. When the reporter asked Katrina to wish Aishwarya, Katrina told the reporter that she doesn’t need to wish the actress as Ranbir has already done the needful. Certainly a clever way of masking her vexation on being asked to wish Salman’s ex-girlfriend.

Aishwarya Rai

As soon as the interview ended, Katrina, who had kept a tight check on her anger, stormed out of the studio floor and rushed into her vanity van. She refused to come out for 45 long minutes. Guess she wanted some much-needed space to calm down.

One thing is for sure, Katrina is slowly but surely learning that being one of the most successful actresses in Bollywood requires a healthy balance between friends and rivals.


Creative differences crop up between Aamir Khan and Raju Hirani over the promos of 3 Idiots. Will this irreparably damage the relationship between the two powerful personalities…

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 22, 2009)

Raju Hirani

Aamir Khan

Raju Hirani and Aamir Khan have been getting along during the making of 3 Idiots… so far. Given Aamir’s reputation as a controlling actor, there were bound to be creative differences. The first crack has appeared as Aamir has disagreed with Raju Hirani over the promos that the latter has selected. The actor is convinced of his views, but Raju isn’t budging either. It seems like a clash of egos is in the offing as both, the actor and the director, have proved their creative mettle.

The conscientious Raju Hirani and an equally dignified Aamir Khan did not get into a verbal disagreement, but Aamir quietly left the office as he was entirely unmoved by the promo selection. The clash may lead to problems with the promotions as Aamir now remains unavailable to the film’s unit.

Our source said, “There were three promos cut for the first look. The selected promo will be incorporated with the release of London Dreams on October 30. One promo was unanimously rejected by the three strong-headed guys, producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra, director Raju Hirani and actor Aamir Khan. The promos which Aamir preferred showed the film as it is, while Raju wanted to show the spirit of the film in its first look. Raju was not in favour of the promo which was cut on Aamir’s behest. So, when Raju said that he wanted to use the promo that he has finalised, Aamir tried to reason with him for close to 45 minutes. Aamir then realised that Raju wasn’t going to change his decision. An irate Aamir just left the office. The creative difference happened on Sunday at Vidhu’s Bandra office and Aamir has not visited them since, although the unit has been calling him. There was also a promotional event planned for Oct 29 for the unveiling of the first look of the film. But no one knows if it will happen now.”

The source further said, “Not many directors have the guts to stand up for their ideas in front of a star like Aamir Khan and put their foot down saying that they want something their own way. Aamir might be upset right now, but we are sure that his respect for Raju will bring him around. However, right now all’s not well.”

Aamir Khan and Raju Hirani remained unavailable for comment.