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Punit Malhotra wants a rugged look for Imran Khan in his directorial debut, mama Manish Malhotra is reluctant to give up the glam quotient

By Sonal Chawla / Deepak Tubhekar (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 09, 2009)


A mama-bhanja fight has been brewing… and no, we’re not referring to Aamir Khan and Imran Khan. It’s Manish Malhotra and his nephew Punit Malhotra who are quarrelling over Imran’s costumes for Punit’s directorial debut I Hate Luv Storys.

Imran plays an assistant director in the film and needs to have a rugged, carefree look according to his director Punit, who has been an AD in real life. But Manish, who is styling him, is sticking to the glam look he gives all his stars. A source from the unit reveals, “Manish bought a white Calvin Klein backpack for Imran as well as 20 pairs of trendy shoes and denims.Seeing this, Punit freaked out and explained that Imran needs to have a very casual, rugged look since he is playing an AD. They finally narrowed it down to five pairs of denims and two pairs of shoes to be worn through the movie.”

The makeover includes a weight-gain program for Imran as well. The source continues, “Punit has given a lot of tips to Imran in terms of dressing up since he has been around and been an assistant director himself. Imran has gained considerable amount of weight for the movie but at the same time is looking lean. He now weighs 70 kgs as compared to his debut film Jaane Tu Yaa Jaane Na where he weighed only 59 kgs.”

Imran, amused by the exchange between the director and stylist, says, “Manish had got a white pair of shoes and Punit asked him to put small stains on them, to go with my character. Manish freaked out and grabbed the shoes. It took a long time for Manish to understand that I am playing an assistant director and not one of the pretty glam actors he normally dresses up. But eventually Manish did a fab job with my styling.”

(R): Manish Malhotra (pic: Deepak Tubhekar)
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NOT KEEPING MUM: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aishwarya laughs off Bollywood rumours

SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 3, 2009)

Bollywood rumours, once again, of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan being pregnant were delightfully laughed away by the Bachchan bahu. “I think it was triggered off by that ad with Abhishek and me,” she said. The ad has the couple saying, “Ek khush khabri hai…” Ash added, “That’s where the talk must have started. But there’s no truth to it.”

So, that puts paid to the buzz about her walking out on Abhinay Deo’s Crooked, in which she teams up again with Abhishek, and also stories of her aim being to complete Vipul Shah’s Action Replayy, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish, Mani’s Raavan and Rajnikant’s The Robot as early as possible.

Said a friend, “Ash does not get time for herself. She is trying to balance various projects, some of which have overshot the deadline, while playing her domestic roles properly. It’s a very tough balancing act, she needs a break.”

Understandably, the actress is now dropping out of projects that haven’t started. The buzz is she might not play Mumtaz Mahal to Ben Kingsley’s in Taj Mahal, a project that she had said yes to while shooting The Last Legion with Sir Ben.

WE’VE COME A LONG WAY, BABY: Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor pose exclusively for BT on the eve of their new film together
A BT exclusive… Off-screen fireworks with Salman and Kareena

MARK MANUEL Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 16, 2009)

Like a dark horse at the Derby running alongside favourites like Blue and All the Best for the Box-Office Stakes today, is Sohail Khan Productions’ Main Aurr Mrs Khanna, a rom-com by debutant director Prem Soni with Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor in the lead. The two superstars have acted together only once before, in 2005’s disastrous Kyon Ki, but this time there is a definite chemistry between them that has got trade pundits excited. People are still talking about the oomph she oozed in Kambakth Ishq while he continues to be pumped up with muscle from the success of Wanted. If there is any reason why they should not provide fireworks this Diwali, then I do not know about it.

I bumped into the Khannas at Mehboob Studio where they were shooting an ad together. On screen, despite the 14-year age difference, they are said to make an adorable couple and handsomely complement each
other. But both are consummate actors. And Salman, I know, is far more fond of her elder sister Karisma with whom he’s had several big hits. While Kareena, despite Salman’s boyish charm and ruggedness, knows she makes the best jodi of all in Bollywood only with Saif Ali Khan. Wait for Karan Johar’s Kurbaan next month and you will know what I mean. Still, and I don’t know what it is, there is a sizzling connect between the two. And the conversation between them sparked and hissed like this:

BT: How was it working together?
SALMAN: Extraordinary!
KAREENA: Rubbish, it was nothing like that… It’s only my second film with him. He’s done many with my sister. We only did Kyon Ki earlier… and it was soppy! This one is lighthearted, it’s sweet, got great music…
SALMAN: Soppy? Kyon Ki was depressing… it confused emotion with depression! This is a today film. But, yes, I like Lolo… when I first met Kareena, she was Babita’s arrogant daughter, just nine years old.
KAREENA: Hahaha, he was upset because I liked Rahul Roy whose film Aashiqui was a hit…
SALMAN: She’s still a Rahul Roy fan… he’ll be so happy. I remember she had come to the bottom of her building in a transparent nightie to check me out…
KAREENA: Don’t listen to him…
SALMAN: She reminds me a lot of Sangeeta, her personality, the way she talks, something very similar… mentally, they’re the same age.
KAREENA: I had fun making Main Aurr Mrs Khanna. I really don’t know Salman as well as Lolo does. And on sets, I interacted more with Sohail. But I love Salman. We had a blast shooting in Australia. We went out every evening. It’s always great being with him. My family loves him. But the problem is, he treats me like a kid… not a heroine.
SALMAN: Start by writing, “I love Salman!”
KAREENA: Don’t embarrass me. Both Saif and I love Salman. SALMAN: Saif is fond of me.
KAREENA: Okay, I love Salman… but not as much as Lolo does.
SALMAN: That’s the second headline!
KAREENA: Okay, let’s talk about the film…
SALMAN: It’s about getting married to stay married, a sweet, sensitive, romantic comedy, there’s no shade of dark in it at all, even though you need grey or black for the hero to stand out. But here’s its done with masti, so the more complicated the script gets, the film becomes dhamal. Had it been made seriously, it would have been morally wrong.
KAREENA: It’s about a strong relationship and marriage and a woman who stands by her man.
SALMAN: The day you get married…
KAREENA: I’ll get married after Salman!
Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan to be seen together for the first time in an ad for a soap. Buzz is, they have been paid Rs 25 crore
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 01, 2009)

Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan

After their marriage, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan have seldom been seen apart. Be it filmi events, the Cannes festival, films such as Sarkar Raj and forthcoming films Raavana and Crooked or even a recent episode of the Oprah Winfrey show, the doting couple is always seen hand-in-hand, smiling happily much to the delight of photographers.

Now, the couple is ready to take brand Bachchan to an altogether next level with a soap commercial. Buzz is that they are being paid a whopping Rs 25 crore for the ad. The deal, which has been kept under wraps, was finalised four days ago.

Explaining why the couple was paid an exorbitant amount, that too for an ad film, a source said, “The endorsement market is booming right now. Also, it will be the first time that Abhishek and the Bachchan bahu will be seen together in a commercial. The couple had been in talks for a long time with the ad filmmakers, who were extremely keen to get the two together. They finally agreed to be part of the ad last week.”

The ad is likely to be shot abroad.

ALWAYS KHUSHI, NEVER GHAM: Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol team up together after eight years and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, in Karan Johar’s My Name Is Khan, which will have a world release by an international production house on a large scale. No, the film is not on terrorism. It is about what happened post 9/11 in America. SRK plays an autistic man whose name is Rizwan Khan and Kajol, his wife. Together, the couple make happy music in anybody’s film

…says Karan Johar in an interview to BT about his next big co-production with Shah Rukh Khan… that’s not on terrorism!

OMAR QURESHI Times News Network (BOBMAY TIMES; Aug 5, 2009)

Karan Johar is back! India’s most suave, most stylish and wittiest director-producer is in Mumbai after months of living out of a suitcase in London, New York and SFO. But his travels (and travails) have only made that razortongue sharper than ever. He talks here about postponing My Name Is Khan, his so-called problems with Kajol, comments on Salman, the Bachchans and SRK and how he intends to Wake Up Sid — his newest baby. Read on for the KJo challenge!

The big news is that you’ve delayed My Name Is Khan...
You know, it was beyond our control. Now the film is only releasing early next year. We couldn’t have made it in time, we were very keen to release it this December, but there’s a lot of work on this film. I just felt that rushing it would lead to many compromises on a creative level.
So both SRK and I took a combined call to push it to next year.

There were reports that Kajol wasn’t all cooperation for your schedules?
Both Kajol and I have laughed at this absurdity. In December when we were shooting in LA, we read Tanu aunty was objecting to some lines that were cut, and that Kajol and I were having this cold war. It’s so ridiculous that it doesn’t even warrant a response.

My Name Is Khan is your first co-pro
duction with SRK. How did that happen?
It’s a powerful project, something we felt very strongly enough about to come together. At the end of day, this is one film that hopefully both of us should always own. Whether or not SRK and I share a film, we own them together in any case. Truly for me, I own OSO as much as SRK owns Dostana.

You’ve cast Konkana and Ranbir in your next film, Wake Up Sid. Most feel they’re mismatched…
I wouldn’t call it a mismatch. I’d call it an ‘unconventional’ casting. Konkana is established and associated with a certain kind of cinema and Ranbir is young, upcoming and attached to a certain demographic as an actor. When you see them, you know they have sparkling chemistry.

There was a report that the Bachchans were upset that you didn’t cast Abhishek in the
remake of Agneepath.
Agneepath is not cast at all. It’s an idea Karan Malhotra — my AD on MNIK, who’s directing Agneepath for me, has. He’s still scripting it. We’ve not cast for it at all. Once the script is ready, we’ll think of casting. We had an internal conversation, which leaked out, I have no idea how. Everybody started conjecturing on their own about people in the film.

Salman recently said he’d never do a ‘John act’ in Dostana? Do you take it personally?
Never. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion

and their thoughts are their prerogative. I’ve had many other stars and directors comment on my cinema. I don’t ever take it to heart.

Your take on the Khan wars?
Let me tell you, a lot of this may be true, but a lot of it is not. Most is created to make it more dramatic. A lot of it is exaggerated and enhanced in print, and sometimes it becomes worse because things sound much worse on paper and people start taking the lie as the truth and that’s when things bother me. I don’t get involved and I
don’t fight with people. Actually, I’m bored, I’m seriously waiting for a filmmaker or actor to pick on me, so that I can retort back! (Contributed by MI and Aakanksha Naval-Shetye)



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