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Shahid Kapoor had trouble dubbing for Chance pe Dance; the stress is taking a toll on his health

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 17, 2009)


Shahid Kapoor’s hectic schedule is troubling the actor. The stress is showing as he had trouble dubbing for Ken Ghosh’s Chance Pe Dance on Tuesday. Since the dubbing didn’t go well, the next day’s work had to be cancelled too.

It’s no wonder that Shahid’s health is affected. After all, he flew in from Bangkok on Sunday night after wrapping up a month-long schedule for Parmeet Sethi’s untitled film. On Monday, he shot all night for Parmeet’s film in Mumbai.

As he had a commitment to dub on Tuesday, he showed up like the true professional. But he was unable to deliver as the dubbing was not up to the mark. A source reveals, “He couldn’t get the pitch right due to lack of sleep and adequate rest. He tried several times and lost his voice in the process. He also took a break for an hour to redub, but it was in vain.”

Eventually, the dubbing was cancelled and Shahid also called off the dubbing the next day. Director Ken Ghosh says, “Yes, I’m aware there was some problem with Shahid’s voice, but I don’t know the actual reason. He must be very tired after shooting back to back and flying down from Bangkok.”

Shahid’s spokesperson confirms, “Due to work commitments, a hectic schedule and lack of sleep, his voice was a bit strained but he is ok now and should finish dubbing by tomorrow.”

Shahid Kapoor has asked for additional bodyguards as embarrassing acts by his female fans are getting too hot to handle

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



Shahid Kapoor is realising that stardom comes with its share of fan following, which can flatter and also embarrass one. Even as girls are going weak-kneed over Shahid’s cute boy-meets-hot body image thanks to his soaring popularity post Jab We Met and Kaminey, the actor feels that his female fan following is proving to be a major threat. Consequently, the actor has demanded extra bodyguards during all his future shoots

Shahid is currently shooting in Bangkok for Parmeet Sethi’s untitled with Anushka Sharma for Yash Raj Films. We had reported on November 12 about how a group of Indian girls on a Bangkok beach had demanded that Shahid should completely bare his upper torso for them. Being the shy guy that he is, Shahid, of course, was extremely embarrassed. A source says, “Shahid has a huge female fan following and is constantly mobbed at various places. At times it becomes too risky for him. Not wanting to cause any further problems, the actor has now asked for extra security.”

The source continues, “Usually, Shahid also has fans waiting outside his vanity van and they refuse to move till he meets them. This at times hampers the shoot schedule, disturbing not only Shahid but also the film unit. Now, Shahid wants a group of 5-6 bodyguards to be with him on the sets and also whenever he is shooting at an outdoor location where there is a greater risk of fans barging in on the sets.”

An official from YRF,downplayed the request and said, “We haven’t got extra guards for the shoot. YRF, does have adequate security for all its shoots at all times. Should an artiste ask for additional security, it will most certainly be provided. However, no additional security has been asked for during this shooting schedule.”

Ranbir describes his break with Deepika as just a rough patch even as he reveals he would like to get back with her

By Mumbai Mirror Bureau (December 04, 2009)


Love stories rarely ever tread a smooth path and the Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone relationship is no exception. The couple, who have been together for nearly two years, are currently going through what Ranbir describes as a “rough patch”.

Everyone expected sparks to fly between Ranbir and his Anjana Anjani co-star Priyanka Chopra when they were shooting recently in Bangkok. “But,” say sources, “Ranbir was too much into his own space to even notice his glamourous co-star. He spent most of his time, when not shooting, either at the gym or taking walks and visiting malls.” Obviously his heart was somewhere else.

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Will they get back together? “I hope so,” says Ranbir with a smile.

This should be music to Deepika’s ears. She, we hear, is equally miserable away from Ranbir. If they got together again, the plus is that she wouldn’t have to hide her tattoo anymore.

Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor fight over a make-up man

By Meena Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 30, 2009)


Sticking by the unwritten rule in Bollywood about actresses being on unfriendly terms with one another are Bollywood’s top actresses, Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. That Priyanka befriended Shahid Kapoor post Kareena broke up with him does not help in anyway. Currently, the two are fighting over a man named Pompy.

Pompy is Bollywood’s much coveted make-up artiste and Kareena and Priyanka both want him to glam up their looks. Having worked with Pompy on various films and commercials, the girls are addicted to him. The first thing they do after signing a film is to make sure Pompy’s schedule matches theirs.

A source from the industry revealed, “Earlier in the month, when Priyanka learnt that she had to go to Bangkok for the Anjaana Anjaani shoot with Ranbir Kapoor, her secretary tried his best to get dates from Pompy, but they did not match. The make-up magician was committed to accompany Kareena to Sydney, Australia, where she was to shoot with Kajol and Arjun Rampal for the Bollywood remake of Stepmom.”

 

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The buzz in the industry is that Kareena counts Pompy as extended family and invites him to her films’ previews. The select few who attended the Kurbaan screening on November 12 confirmed that Pompy was a part of the audience too.

Not so long ago, cousins Rani Mukerji and Kajol would woo Mickey Contractor the make-up wizard resulting in many a misunderstanding between them. Some things never change in Bollywood.

 

Ranbir Kapoor shoots down the possibility of working with Imran Khan in the near future as he is only keen on solo-hero films

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 25, 2009)



 

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L ooks like the success of Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani has changed Ranbir Kapoor’s perception of his career graph. The actor, who till now was open to the possibility of starring with buddy Imran Khan in a film, has now had a change of heart. Ranbir and Imran, who received a lot of accolades for hosting the Filmfare awards together earlier this year, were inundated with offers of starring together in films.

Ranbir, who is currently shooting with Priyanka Chopra in Bangkok for Anjana Anjani, his second film with Siddharth Anand after Bachna Ae Haseeno, says, “Imran and I did one gig together at the Filmfare awards but we haven’t worked together after that.
We have been offered a whole lot of stuff but the offers never went beyond the preliminary stage. I don’t think Imran and I will be working together in any capacity in the near future. By God’s grace, I am in a position to do solo-hero films with terrific actresses and directors for the best banners. I am a selfish actor. I would rather have a film to myself than share it with another actor.”

Did something go wrong with their great friendship, one can’t help but wonder. The response is even more shocking as Ranbir admits that Imran and he are not exactly the thick friends they are made out to be. He says, “Imran and I are friends but not the best of friends. Where is the time for friendship? I don’t even have time for my parents. My only close friend in the film industry is Ayan Mukerji. I selfishly call my parents to my outdoor shootings to spend time with them. However, they avoid joining me on outdoors. They know what it’s like to be distracted. They have been there, done that. I’m doing what I love. So, no complaints.”

Rubbishing rumours of co-producing a film with Imran, Ranbir says. “People said I am co-producing a film with him. It will be really insulting if I don’t direct my first film for my home production (RK Films). I will feel really small and inadequate.

Imran Khan remained unavailable for comment.

Shahid was mortified when some female fans repeatedly insisted, ‘Ganji nikal na. Bas kya?’ while he was shooting in Bangkok yesterday

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 12, 2009)


Shahid Kapoor has set some rather high standards for himself by baring his chiselled body in Kaminey. And it’s something that he finds is not so easy to live up to. Take for instance what transpired on a beach in Bangkok, yesterday morning. A group of Indian girls on the beach demanded that Shahid should completely bare his upper torso for them.

The unusual demand happened on the sets of  Yash Raj Films’ next being directed by Parmeet Sethi. Shahid was shooting for a song where he had to take off his shirt while running out of the sea dressed in a vest and shorts. As soon as he took off his shirt, the girls started saying out loud: “Ganji (vest) bhi nikalo, jaldi ganji bhi nikalo’.

Shahid, known for his reticence, was horrified. An eyewitness says, “Shahid didn’t know where to look. He looked at Parmeet expecting him to tell the girls to stop passing comments.”

While the unfazed girls went very close to where Shahid was standing, neither Parmeet nor Ahmed Khan (choreographer) helped Shahid and they refused to tell the girls to step aside. “The security guards present on the sets too did not take any harsh steps because they were girls,” added the source.

What followed thereafter was even more embarrassing for Shahid. The girls started following Shahid and kept saying loudly, ‘Ganji nikal na. Bas kya?’ “Shahid, of course, did not oblige and was feeling extremely shy.”

Even after the shoot wrapped up, they followed him to his vanity van and waited outside for a long time. “They left only after the security guards politely asked them to leave. Only after that did Shahid agree to emerge from his vanity van and drove off to his hotel,” said the source.

Ahmed Khan confirmed the incident and said, “Ranbir and Shahid are two very popular stars today and both have a huge female fan following. I think every girl wants to see their bare chest.”

Staunch vegetarian Shahid Kapoor is not too happy with the limited variety of food that he gets whenever he is out of India

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 09, 2009)

Shahid Kapoor, who was voted as the Sexiest Vegetarian in Asia according to a poll conducted by PETA in June 2009, is now feeling a tad edgy as he is scheduled to go for a shooting schedule to Bangkok tonight.

Shahid, who is off to shoot for Yash Raj Films’ untitled film, directed by Parmeet Sethi, is worried that he won’t get sufficient variety of vegetarian food in Bangkok.

Shahid also had a tough time for the same reason in the US where he stayed for 40 days last month while shooting for the same film. A friend of Shahid says, “Shahid serves non-vegetarian food to his friends whenever he has a party at home but himself is a staunch vegetarian. He doesn’t even eat eggs.”

Shahid Kapoor

“Many hotels abroad do not have much to offer as far as vegetarian food is concerned. When he was in the US last month, his man Friday had to especially instruct the chefs in the hotel what he likes and dislikes so that they could accordingly cook for him. A similar thing might happen in Bangkok,” adds Shahid’s friend.

While Shahid remained unavailable for comment, his official spokesperson confirmed the story.

Eesha Koppikhar says the date has been fixed for 29th

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; November 4, 2009)

The bridal glow on her face is already visible. And Eesha Koppikhar, who is shipshape, makes no attempts to camouflage her ecstasy. The actress is marrying the sought after restaurateur Timmy Narang on November 29, in what will be a traditional Mangalorean-style wedding followed by a reception at the Narang House.
“Timmy is in Bangkok for his bachelor’s parts says Eesha. “H actually had so business there and he decided combine it with his bachelor’s party. So he andhis group of boys flew to Thailand few days ago.”
Eesha herself in huge demand with her relatives who have been inviting her for round of pre-wedding lunches and dinners. “I’m excited about the wedding,” she confesses. As if on cue, her beau calls and excusing herself for some private conversation with Timmy, Eesha returns to add, “I have three films —Hello Darling, Right Ya Wrong and Shabari — coming back-to-back in 2010, but I decided to marry because both Timmy and I want this more than anything else.”
The actress says that the pundit came up with November 26 as the auspicious date…but she couldn’t get herself to agree because 26/11 is a  black day in Mumbai history. “So we froze on November 29 instead”, she says. Three prominent designers are making her wedding trousseau and bridal outfits. However, she is not at liberty to discuss any of that at the moment.
“I’m fortunate that Timmy is broadminded. He has no issues about me continuing with my acting assignments… and though he knows precious little about films, he is my support system,” she says.
Eesha is currently hosting a television show on fitness. And it is fitness that drew Timmy and her together.”And of course, our love and mutual respect for one another made us want to seal our relationship with marriage. I also want to have kids and I decided to marry now because I want my kids to grow up and be friends with me when I can still enjoy raising a family,” says Eesha.

The honeymoon will be on the beaches of California or on Gold Coast but Eesha wants many aspects of her marriage and honeymoon kept under wraps.
Bothh Timmy and I want a quiet but traditional wedding” she says. However, since the Narangs are a big business family and Eesha herself has many friends in Bollywood, both of them agreed on having a reception for their well-wishers at the Narang House in Mumbai.

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BLUE WILL GIVES YOU BLUES!!

No matter how grand a film is, how wonderfully it has been promoted or which big names associated are with it, if its content is bad, then nothing can save the film. Blue comes in this category. The film was so nicely publicized, the promos looked rocking, Akki-Sanju pairing seemed electrifying and Lara Dutta’s bikini scenes had sent the youth in frenzy. Unfortunately, the film’s story is pathetic and thus, the film disappoints…big time!

The story of the movie: Sagar (Sanjay Dutt) is an honest guy staying in Bahamas and has a girlfriend, Mona (Lara Dutta). His best friend is Aarav (Akshay Kumar), a rich and over ambitious businessman. One fine morning, Sagar’s younger brother, Sameer aka Sam (Zayed Khan) arrives at Sagar’s place after staying in Bangkok for 5 years. Sam hasn’t come there just to meet his folks for a few days-he had ran away from Bangkok after taking panga with a gangster Gulshan (Rahul Dev) there. On the other hand, there is a treasure lying deep under the sea, somewhere near Bahamas, and Aarav persuades Sagar to join him in finding the treasure. But Sagar has reservations about it which is connected to his past.

In just 15 minutes, you get a hint that the director is unfit and doesn’t know his job well. The opening credits scene was brilliant. But the following scenes and also the boxing sequence hold attention initially but the interest soon wears off. The movie then focuses on Zayed Khan which was the best part of the first hour. But the story hardly moves once Zayed comes to Bahamas and joins Sanju and his team and this happens till the intermission point. In between, there two songs are thrown in, ‘Chiggy Wiggy’ and Blue Theme, which serve no purpose to the main storyline.

The actual treasure hunting begins in the last 30 minutes and you expect fireworks right till the climax. But alas…it was plain lackluster. The director could have included added more thrills or at least some twists and surprises. Sure, there is a twist in the end but that doesn’t work big time. Also the climax was so lame!

Talking about flaws, there are plenty. What is striking is-the treasure is part of India’s wealth and was coming to India in a ship in 1949. But when the ship sank, no effort was made by the Indian Govt or for that matter, any adventurer to get hold of it. Although there were stories that the captain of the ship took away the treasure, still no one tried even investigating this case and that too for 5 decades! Very hard to digest!

However, the film scores at a few places. The bike race and the following chase scene involving Zayed Khan rocks! Another bike scene post-interval, which also involved a train, was also well-shot. And the best scene of the film was when the goons attack Sanjay’s place. Simply outstanding! So you can see, only the action sequences hold attention. And the film, overall, is a damp squib!

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It’s a treat to see Sanjay Dutt in every film and in Blue too, he does a great job. Although he looked a bit fat places, overall, he gives a smashing performance. Akshay Kumar steals the show. He also raises a few laughs in between and was perfect for this role. However, it’s really disappointing to see Akshay Kumar in pathetic films lately. Let’s hope De Dana Dan (his next with Priyadarshan) works. Zayed Khan looked dashing and charming. The world may denounce him but I feel that he has the potential and can reach the top, if given an opportunity.

I really feel bad for Lara Dutta. When she signed Blue, she didn’t know swimming and she dedicatedly learnt how to swim in just three months and became a pro. However, she hardly has any contribution to the main plot of the film. In fact, one can argue that there was no need for her character in the film at all! Really very unfortunate! Rahul Dev was okay and Kabir Bedi doesn’t have a single dialogue in the film. Katrina Kaif is stunning while Kylie Minogue oozes oomph!

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A R Rahman’s music was good, but nothing special. The Blue Theme, Chiggy Wiggy and Aaj Dil are the best songs of the lot. Rahman’s background score sounded modern and fresh.

Laxman Utekar’s cinematography was eye-catching. The underwater cinematography by Pete Zuccarini was outstanding and the underwater scenes really looked stunning. Oscar winner Resul Pookutty strikes a sixer with his marvelous sound designing. Fantastic job! The locales (Bahamas) are excellent.

Some of the dialogues (Mayur Puri) stand out. While the crew did their job wonderfully, the story and the script (Anthony D’Souza and Jasmine D’Souza) spoil and ruin the show. Same goes for direction by Anthony. He had everything-a producer who was ready to invest large amounts of money, top actors of the current period, an excellent crew (including some from Hollywood) and what not. But alas! Did Anthony feel that people are going to praise his film just by showing them some wonderful underwater scenes and handful of action sequences? The producer, Dhilin Mehta, is equally to blame. What was he thinking when he invested 90 crs+ on such a flawed script and on a debutant director? My blood boils to see huge amounts of money going waste, which could had been utilized in a better way. We are a pro when it comes to lifting/copying/inspiring from Hollywood flicks. Then why can’t we have a Hollywood-like terrific direction and screenplay? Really very very disappointing!

Some of the best scenes in the film:
1. Sam in Bangkok
2. Sagar and Aarav having a drink at the edge
3. Sam being chased in Bahamas
4. Gulshan’s attack on Sagar
5. Sam, Sagar and Aarav searching for treasure
6. The final scene

On the whole, Blue is a big time disappointment. The film’s cast and crew have done a brilliant job but the film fails to impress because of its faulty script. Blue should fail (and it will, for sure, keeping in mind its high cost) at the Box office so that it gives a lesson to all producers in Bollywood that investing large amounts of money on faulty scripts and taking audiences for granted will result in big losses and disaster.

My rating-** out of 5!

This review first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/review/Blue-177340-1.html

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September 5, 2009 1:21:25 PM IST
Bollywood Trade News Network

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The OVERSEAS division of Shemaroo Entertainment, in association with Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd., will be distributing the film BLUE worldwide.

Directed by Anthony D’Souza, BLUE has a star cast that any film would love to embrace – Sanjay Dutt, Akshay Kumar, Zayed Khan, Lara Dutta and Katrina Kaif.

For promoting the film worldwide, BLUE is planned to be premiered in Dubai, London and New York. The film will not only be exhibited in the ethnic territories, but will also be distributed and seen in the non-ethnic territories like Mexico, Scandinavian countries, etc. It is expected to be released in 650 screens around the world, making it one of the biggest Bollywood releases in the overseas market.

Hiren Gada, Director, Shemaroo Entertainment shares his thoughts, ”With the international appeal the film has, the first look of BLUE got a tremendous response from non-ethnic territories. We are glad to be associated with Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd. for this huge project and are really looking forward to taking it worldwide. Our subsidiaries in US & UK will be handling key territories of North America & Europe. With a catalog of more than 750 Indian films distributed by us in international territories, this is the next logical step for our international business.”

Dhilin Mehta, Director, Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd. shares his thoughts, ”BLUE is an ambitious project in terms of style, production values, standards, creativity etc… It’s a team effort as not only the production team, but also the captain of the ship, the director, his crew along with the Hollywood technicians and the experienced cast of the film. We are trying to release BLUE in maximum number of screens, to get an international appeal and target people of all ages. Technically and visually this film will be one of the best Bollywood has never seen before, it’s the first time in India movie has been shot 250 feet deep in the sea this is the USP of our film.”

Our Oscar Winners A R Rahman and Resul Pookutty have given the Music/ Background Score and the Sound Design respectively. To add to this, one of the dance numbers has been performed by the famous international pop star Kylie Minogue.

The film has been shot in ‘Bahamas’ – the country of islands, in the Atlantic Ocean & Bangkok -Thailand. The best Hollywood Technicians have worked on the film giving it an absolutely international look and feel. The Cinematography has been done by Laxman Utekar and underwater Cinematography by Pete Zuccarini which is the highlight of the film.

Apart from the casting, BLUE certainly has a lot to talk about and hope for the best.

GLAMSHAM.COM