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Superstar Amitabh Bachchan has threatened to stop interacting with his “extended family”

By TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA, August 17, 2009)
Already coping with a bad back, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s flu and friend Amar Singh’s illness, the slanging matches on his blog have upset the Bollywood actor further.

He writes, “A few hospital visits with my friend for routine checks and balances, a stop over at the chemist store en route, to get some tie ups for the back, the gym and the pedometer racing away to near 8,500 steps, to the room to respond to comments and a heavy heart to witness a few familia extendum, using the platform of this medium to get personal and ugly with each other.”

“And each hashed comment that I came across as I scrolled down to the last, that indulged in a slang match, felt like a stab in my precarious rib cage.”

He states, “So here are the options. Either you stop or I stop.”

Earlier, writing about actor Aishwarya’s illness, he said she has “taken ill and is down with chest infection and flu like symptoms. Had a high fever yesterday but is settling down today.”

“Its worrying to be so far away from children and not be there to look after them. Yes, they are mature and married and responsible, but children will always remain children,” a concerned Bachchan added.


Chidanand Rajghatta (THE TIMES OF INDIA; August 17, 2009)

Washington: Allegations that superstar Shah Rukh Khan was “detained” for two hours on account of his last name are incorrect, US customs and border protection officials said on Saturday, maintaining that the process of clearing him lasted a little more than an hour and even that delay was because his baggage had not arrived on the same flight he did.

In clarifications to the media aimed at giving their version of
the episode that has created a ruckus in India—and attracted wide coverage in the US—CBP officials gave the following sequence of events. After a preliminary check at the immigration counter, Khan was recommended for a secondary check in a separate room (for reasons the CBP would not specify). Because there were other people ahead of Khan in the room, this process took a little time and this was extended because the airline had failed to load his checked luggage on the same flight. Still, the whole process took a little more than an hour, officials said, maintaining that “CBP strives to treat all travellers with respect and in a professional manner, while maintaining the focus of our mission to protect all citizens and visitors in the US.’’ The New York Post quoted one official saying the process took 66 minutes.

Meanwhile, Khan reeled back
a little from his initial rage against the security process, telling a news agency, “I think it is a procedure that needs to be followed. But it is an unfortunate procedure.’’ In engagements in Atlantic City and Chicago over the weekend, he said he doesn’t feel like stepping on US soil, but the “love and affection of his fans’’ would keep bringing him back. The incident attracted plenty of media attention across the world. ‘’Wrath of Profiled Khan’’ the New York Post said, while the New York Times blogged on the incident under the headline ‘Questioning a Bollywood VIP’. The incident was also reported extensively in the Islamic world. ‘’Muslim name holds India Star at US airport,’’ Islam Online reported.


Chidanand Rajghatta | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; August 17, 2009)

Washington: Shah Rukh (“because my name is’’) Khan might have gotten away lightly with a one-time, about 90-minute ordeal at a US airport on Friday. Imagine if his name had been Robert Johnson or Dean Nelson. Or Al Gore, or even worse, Edward Kennedy.

The former Vice-President and the iconic Senator are among scores of “VIPs’’ in the US, including entertainers and sports heroes, whose life has been made hellish by rulebound airport security and airline staff playing it strictly by the book.

Few cases illustrate the hide-bound super-empowerment of uniformed personnel in the US, before whom all are equal suspects unless determined otherwise, than Senator Kennedy, whose craggy, weather-beaten face is familiar to all Americans for half a century. Because a suspected terrorist has used his name as an alias, it was put on an airline watch-list, re
sulting in the Senator being repeatedly stopped from flying in 2004.

Washington: Senator Edward Kennedy was stopped from boarding a flight in the US five times in five weeks in 2004. Finally, he called the homeland security chief and related his ordeal at a hearing convened to discuss the subject. “He said, ‘We can’t give it to you,’’’ Kennedy said, describing an encounter with an airline agent, ‘You can’t buy a ticket to go on the airline to Boston.’ I said, ‘Well, why not?’ He said, ‘We can’t tell you.’’’

Kennedy said he then tried to get on a plane back to Washington, but the agent denied him that too. “I went up to the desk and said, ‘I’ve been getting on this plane for 42 years. Why can’t I get on the plane?’’’ he recalled, amid peals of laughter from his colleagues. After the homeland chief apologized, it happened a sixth time.

Al Gore found that nearly be
ing elected US President isn’t
enough to get him the VIP treatment at airports. Some months ago, an airline agent who helped him circumvent the security check at Nashville airport (in his home state Tennessee) was hauled up, and the former Vice-President hauled back to go through security. The only stories in the media was how Gore did so uncomplainingly.
Such incidents are routine in a country where there is very little VIP culture; if anything, VIPs are singled out for special attention to see if they are in the breach, in which case, the law enforcement guys get their 15-minutes of fame.

The same day SRK was held up, rock star Bob Dylan was stopped while loitering in a
New Jersey suburb by two young cops who had no idea who he was. When he could not produce an identity, he was taken back to his hosts to prove his bona fides. In Baltimore, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was involved in a road accident the same night. Although Phelps had had a beer before driving, he was within the prescribed limits; but the cops found that he was driving with an expired out-of-state licence, which has now resulted in court summons. Even worse is the plight of anyone named Robert Johnson and Dean Nelson. The two names are on a no-fly watchlist as suspected terrorists have used the names. CBS 60 Minutes once interviewed 12 men named Robert Johnson who all related their ordeal each time they flew. They may be happy to settle for Khan as their last name. TNN

Govt to take up case with US
The government said SRK’s ‘detention’ was “offensive” and unacceptable. “We will take up the issue with the US government strongly. Such incidents involving Indians due to their religion or nationality should not happen… we will not accept it,” minister Praful Patel said. In Tweeter, junior foreign minister Shashi Tharoor said, “We all found it offensive.”

… says Farah Khan, who’s just had a blast shooting for her upcoming chat show with a host of stars and common people


Shah Rukh Khan is a henpecked husband. Salman Khan’s a mamma’s boy. And Hrithik Roshan had speech problems as a kid. These are revelations by the stars themselves to their buddy and new host on the block, Farah Khan. The actor-turned-choreographer is set to host a chat show on TV for the first time. The show Tere Mere Beach Mein on Star Plus produced by Farah’s production house gives viewers a glimpse into the ‘real’ life of a celebrity. Set on a backdrop inspired by the beaches of Goa, it instantly sets a mood of informal, uninhibited chats with the stars. Farah gets candid with celebrities from various walks of life to discuss what they have in similar with the common man! “The show is not about a celebrity’s stardom, but about life away from the arc lights. They are not on my show to plug their movie or talk about controversies. We take up one interesting theme or issue and talk about that. There are also non-celebs who come on the show and share their
thoughts on the same topic,” explains Farah.

This seven week series comprises 14 episodes and the first celebrity on the show is Salman Khan with his mother Salma Khan, who’s always been media-shy. “It was so nice to have her on the show and she was absolutely candid,” says Farah. Brothers Irfan and Yusuf Pathan speak on sibling rivalry. “Yusuf was an eye opener, he was so funny,” reveals Farah. Karan Johar and Sonam Kapoor on the show talk about their journey from fat to thin and Shahid Kapoor and Genelia on second chances in life. “You see a different side of the celeb. From aspirational, it becomes more inspirational for the audience,” she points out. The show is her baby, right from conceptualising it
to the implementation. “For every episode there’s a lot of research that has been done,” she adds.
Farah may have directed people, been a judge on shows, but playing a host is another ball game altogether. “I was very nervous initially,” she reveals. “We first shot the episode with John Abraham and Yuvraj Singh and the topic was male eye candy, how men are suddenly shedding clothes like never before! As a host you have to be alert, spontaneous and quick with your responses. Here, I realised being a judge on TV was a cakewalk!”

Tere Mere Beach Mein will be aired every Saturday and Sunday at 9 pm on Star Plus

SPEED ON: Rannvijay Singh Singha
Rannvijay Singh Singha is all set to begin his journey in Bollywood


Rannvijay Singh Singha, who has been wooing girls as a VJ on the small screen, is all set to send their pulses racing with his big screen debut. Though his inning as a VJ began in 2003, it’s only now that he’s stepping into Bollywood. So, why did he wait for so long to take the plunge? “Films don’t happen overnight. After about two-three years of veejaying I had signed Direct Dil Se with Sana Pancholi, but that didn’t materialise. After that, I signed Toss. Plus veejaying takes up a lot of my time,” explains the actor who has five films in hand — Toss, London Dreams, Action Replayy, Ekant and Sharafat Gayi Tel Lene.

Now that the stage is set for his big screen debut, wouldn’t a solo debut be a better option? “Debuts are planned for people from the industry. I have no relatives here. I didn’t even know anyone
when I came to Mumbai. The point is that in a launch, an actor gets to do comedy, action, romance, etc. I am doing the same, but in different films,” he says. The actor says it’s also a blessing that people already know him. “Hopefully that will help me,” he adds. People do definitely know him, especially the several female fans that he has already collected on his way to Bollywood. “Anyone who says he doesn’t like attention from female fans is lying! Honestly, I enjoy it,” he admits. Apart from joining B-Town’s newcomer league, RV’s all geared up to join the Bollywood’s biker club as well. A proud owner of five mean, speed machines, it’s obvious that he is an ardent biker. “I live for the adrenaline rush,” he confesses. No wonder then that he has been associated with the show Roadies for so long. And even now as he continues to balance movie and TV assignments, he makes sure he has enough time on hand to pursue his passion. “When you enjoy something it’s not a chore. Like if I am travelling to Karjat for a shoot, then I send my stuff in a car and ride to the location,” he explains. So is he all set to bid television adieu? Not likely, considering his stint on telly-tube has given him the freedom to pick and choose. “I have been offered run-of-themill kind of movies, but luckily, I have never been in a dire need to sign something. I only do what I want to do,” he says.
NO MESS, PLEASE: Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan seems to be one of those suffering from an obsessive compulsive disorder. We are told that the actress will go to any lengths to set things in order. “Vidya is obsessed about cleanliness. In fact her home is always spick-and-span. If Vidya spots even a bit of dust, she cleans it there and then,” a source close to Vidya said. Not just that, the actress also likes everything organised and kept in its designated place. “Artifacts and antique pieces have to be kept in their place. She is even particular about newspapers. They have to folded in a particular way and kept in their place.” And Vidya admits that she does like to keep things absolutely clean. “I have an obsessive compulsive disorder. I need my environment to be absolutely clean and I don’t care even if it’s the street,” she says. That’s not a bad obsession, right Vidya?

BOMBAY TIMES (August 17, 2009)

WILL HE WON’T HE? Aamir Khan and (inset) Manoj Kumar. For more pics of Aamir, log on to http://photogallery.indiaitmes.com

You cannot keep an old patriot like Manoj Kumar down! And Independence Day brought the news that Mr Bharat, in whose veins is suspected to pulsate tricolour blood, has put aside his jhagda with Shah Rukh Khan and Farah Khan over a dismal portrayal in Om Shanti Om and is ready with his own and new historical script.

Last time BT met the leg
endary filmmaker, Manoj had a script ready for Amitabh Bachchan. But he wasn’t sure whether the Big B, who acted in his Roti Kapada Aur Makan in the 1970s, would manage to sign the film, being already committed to various projects for the next year or so. Now, sources say Manoj’s new script is on the life of India’s third Prime Minister and one of the most legendary leaders of Free India, Lal Bahadur Shastri. The buzz is that Manoj is hoping for a casting coup. He has Aamir Khan in mind. Whether or not the film fructifies, we will know after the meticulous Mr Khan goes through the veteran producer-director-actor’s script.


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