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Hrithik Roshan will fly to the Oneness University with family to celebrate Rakesh Roshan’s 60th birthday today; juggles his schedule to share the joys of spirituality with his parents
By Ashwini Deshmukh (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 05, 2009)
Instead of having a flashy birthday bash, Rakesh Roshan has chosen to celebrate his 60th birthday by introspecting on life. He will fly to the Oneness University with children Hrithik and Sunaina, his wife and in-laws. Hrithik was so keen on the idea that he re-worked his schedule to join them in Varadaiahpalem in Andhra Pradesh today. Roshan celebrates his birthday today.

Sunaina Roshan has been an avid follower of the faith. Sunaina said, “I am a great admirer of Amma Bhagwan and I go there every month. My mother later joined the faith. My father could see a great change in both of us and decided to pay a visit himself. He loved everything there, the peaceful environment, the positive energy, his interaction with Bhagwan.”

Hrithik Roshan

Rakesh Roshan

Sunaina, enthused by her beliefs, adds, “Then Duggu (Hrithik) was so intrigued by our transformation and belief that he too wanted to experience it. Bhagwan’s disciple, Namanji, even came to our house and met Dad and Duggu and introduced them to the teachings. It has liberated me from my sufferings and seeing this, my family has been drawn closer to Oneness. After meeting Bhagwan, I feel it was worth going through all my sufferings.”

One day, the family was collectively deciding how to celebrate papa Roshan’s 60th birthday, which is usually a grand affair with family and friends. Rakesh came up with a suggestion. She says, “Dad decided to do away with the usual celebrations, and instead, opted to go to the Oneness University. And Duggu too was more than happy and he worked out his schedule accordingly. The family will celebrate his birthday, taking the blessings of Bhagwan.”

Amongst other celebrities, Shilpa Shetty, Manisha Koirala and Isha Koppikar are also followers.

Zeenat Aman and Kabir Bedi play a couple in Dunno Y… Naa Jaane Kyun, working together after 38 years
By Ashwini Deshmukh (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 03, 2009)
Zeenat Aman and Kabir Bedi, who were paired opposite each other in a sizzling soap ad in the 1970s and later in 1971 in the film Hulchul are now back together on the big screen after 38 years. They will be seen romancing each other in Sanjay Sharma’s film Dunno Y… Naa Jaane Kyun.

A source says, “Zeenat plays a catholic while Kabir plays her husband, who abandons her and their son, only to return in her life after 20 years. That’s when their romance blossoms. It’s a mature love story.”

Zeenamt Aman

Kabir Bedi

Commenting on the Zeenat-Kabir reunion, a source said, “On the first day of the shoot at Ajmera House in Yari Road, when Zeenat met Kabir, she exclaimed, ‘Is this Kabir?’ And Kabir joked, ‘In the film we are meeting after 20 years but in real life we are meeting after 40 years.’ Zeenat joked and told Kabir, ‘Don’t be so loud, the youngsters around might just calculate our age.’”

Director Sanjay Sharma confirmed the news and said, “We didn’t want to cast a regular couple. We were sure that only Zeenatji could effortlessly play Rebecca and we wanted someone handsome and stylish opposite her. I remember the commercial they had done years ago and thought it would be great to bring them together in my film”

Kabir said, “I was initially a bit apprehensive about starring in the film. We hardly have defined roles for senior actors but I think times have changed. This is my first emotional role. I play Peter who is someone one can love and hate at the same time. I am also glad that I am working opposite Zeenat.”

In keeping with Bollywood tradition, lead actresses Udita Goswami and Sagarika Ghatge share cold vibes on the sets of Deepak Tijori’s Fox
By Ashwini Deshmukh (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 20, 2009)

Sagarika Ghagte

Udita Goswami

Maybe there’s an unwritten rule for actresses that once they’ve entered Bollywood, it is imperative to snub other actress, especially if she is a co-star. Whispers from the sets of Deepak Tijori’s Fox indicate that Sagarika Ghagte and Udita Goswami are not breaking with tradition and are being generous with the hostility towards each other.

A unit member said, “Udita and Sagarika haven’t been speaking to each other at all while they’re on the sets. Hanging out together during lunch break is asking too much of them. They’ve both tried to hide the fact that they can’t stand each other when everyone is around, but we can all feel the tension between the two.”

Letting us in on what might have prompted the enmity, the unit member added, “One always finds that the grass is greener on the other side, and so do these actresses. They’re both insecure and think that their roles are not meaty enough compared to the other’s. Sagarika plays a docile, subdued lawyer in the film while Udita plays a hard-hitting, glamorous owner of a publishing house. Sagarika feels that her role isn’t as glamorous as Udita’s, while the latter thinks that her character doesn’t have the depth of Sagarika’s role.”

Sagarika said, “It was great shooting with Sunny Deol, Arjun Rampal and Udita, though I spent more time with the former two. They made me feel very comfortable.” Laughing off the allegations of not getting along with Udita, she said, “We did spend some time together while shooting in Goa.”

Director Tijori diplomatically commented, “Such a thing between actresses is an old phenomenon in our industry.” Udita, on the other hand, said, “This is not true.”

The sheer brilliance of Kaminey makes Karan Johar forget all the grouses he had against Vishal Bhardwaj since 2006
By Ashwini Deshmukh (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 18, 2009)

Vishal Bhardwaj

Karan Johar

It wasn’t a premier but the turnout was nothing short of a red carpet event. Sunday evening trial of Kaminey had the who’s who of Bollywood queuing up to watch the film that got stalled by swine flu. From the mainstream brigade led by Karan Johar, Rakyesh Mehra, Imtiaz Ali and Ashutosh Gowariker to the alternative set of Anurag Kashyap, John Matthew Mathan, Nagesh Kuknoor, Aziz Mirza, the auditorium at Yash Raj resembled a class of directors.

Also marking their presence were Hrithik Roshan in the scraggy beard he’s grown for Guzaarish, Gauri Khan, putting aside all rumours of a fallout between SRK and Vishal Bhardwaj, Manish Malhotra, Dino Morea, Yash Birla, and standing quietly in a corner, Pankaj Kapur.

But what became the talking point was Karan Johar whose film Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna had earlier clashed with Omkara, leading to much rumour-mongering between the two camps, on Monday going all out to praise Kaminey. Karan who has publicly admitted his desire to move from bubblegum cinema to a more serious format, starting with My Name Is Khan, gushed on Facebook. “Kaminey… Edgy, intense, compelling, and a shot of great cinema in your face, take the ride alongwith bravura ensemble performances, Shahid, Priyanka and Amole Gupte, stand tall and firm in every inch of this brilliance. More power to you Vishal, and thank you for the inspiration.”

Likewise, Anurag Kashyap, for whom Vishal earlier scored the music for No Smoking, wrote, “Kaminey, badi hi kamini film hai.” Finally, Vishal’s grouse of being the perennial outsider in Bollywood  is laid to rest.

David Dhawan explains the connotations of the letter ‘K’ in the title, Do Knot Disturb
By Ashwini Deshmukh (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 13, 2009)

David Dhawan

The different spelling of the word ‘not’, in Do Knot Disturb has nothing to do with numerology, claims director David Dhawan. He says, “It also has nothing to do with any sort of fascination with the letter ‘K’. The ‘K’ before the ‘not’ indicates the knotty situations that Govinda, Ritesh Deshmukh, Sushmita Sen and Sohail Khan are in throughout the film. Their lives are entangled because of several confusing situations, which eventually do get sorted out, but that’s what the letter ‘K’ in the beginning of the word ‘not’ stands for in the film’s title.”

Do Knot Disturb is a laugh riot about a series of confusing incidents in the life of a rich businessman who wants to hide his extramarital affair with a supermodel. He bribes a waiter asking him to pretend to be the model’s boyfriend and that’s where the trouble of mistaken identities starts.

David says he isn’t attracted to numerology, save the  ‘No 1’ association. He says, “My fascination has always been with ‘No 1’ and it has worked wonders in many films like Biwi No 1, Coolie No 1, Shaadi No 1 and a few more.”

Wonder why he didn’t stick to ‘No 1’ in his forthcoming film if he believes in its power?

Salman Khan personally invites Ranbir Kapoor for a football match, which he has organised on August 15; family and several friends to attend the match
By Ashwini Deshmukh (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 13, 2009)
After news of Salman Khan bonding with Ranbir Kapoor at Mehboob Studio, Bandra, while they were shooting for Veer and Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year, respectively, here comes the news that the two actors did far more than just have a casual chat over lunch. They planned to spend time together this Independence Day on Saturday. Taking time off from his hectic shoot schedules on August 15, Salman is looking forward to the chutti. He intends to spend the day with his gang of boys playing football. He invited Ranbir when they were chatting at Mehboob Studio on Sunday afternoon.

Word has it that Salman is making sure that everything is planned perfectly for the match. He has already asked his younger brothers Arbaaz and Sohail to spread the word and they too are inviting their friends. As of now, joining the Khan brothers will be Ranbir, Dino Morea, Ashish Chaudhary, Vatsal Seth and music composers Sajid-Wajid. Many more actors and friends are expected to join the list.

Ranbir, of course, was super-excited as he is an ardent football fan. While the venue of the match is yet not known, sources say that the boys will play at one of the Bandra grounds.

Guess Salman wants to live it up this Independence Day.

Salman Khan

Ranbir Kapoor

Kiran Shah was the perfect choice to play the five-year-old Amitabh Bachchan in Balki’s Paa
By Ashwini Deshmukh (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 07, 2009)

Amitabh Bachchan in Paa

Guess who will be seen portraying the five-year-old Amitabh Bachchan in Paa? It’s Kiran Shah better known as Little Kiran, the same actor who has been part of Hollywood films like The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in which he played Ginarrbrik, Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi in which he played Ewok and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

In the film, Amitabh Bachchan looks far older than he ought to at five because he plays a character who ages at an alarming rate as he suffers from progeria. Director Balki decided to get Little Kiran all the way from London to do justice to Amitabh’s character. Kiran is 53 years old but is only three feet tall, a perfect choice to play little Amitabh.

Balki said, “Kiran is an experienced actor with a great sensibility. He is someone who takes to prosthetics very well. I needed a face who could be easily pass off as Mr Bachchan. Kiran played the five-year-old Amitabh Bachchan very well. International make-up artistes Kristen Timble and Domnique have done wonders with the help of prosthetics.”

“Though Kiran is three feet tall, he’s not a dwarf. He walks like a normal child,” added Balki.

While Kiran has acted in several renowned films in Hollywood ever since the 1970s, Paa is his first Bollywood film.

Kiran said from London, “It was a great experience shooting in India for the Hindi film, Paa. It was my first Indian film. I loved the people there and I was very well taken care of. The director was very clear about what he wanted from me.”

Kiran Shah

“By birth I am an Indian (Jain) born in Kenya. I have watched Amitabh Bachchan’s film, Sholay. It was nice to portray his role in Paa,” he said.

Will we get to see more of him in Hindi films after Paa? “If I do get more offers, I would love to work in Indian films.”

Commenting on whether he will be present at the premiere of Paa, Kiran replied, “If I am not shooting, I’ll definitely be there.”