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BIRTHDAY CHEERS: Remo, Jackky and Vashu Bhagnani
The 25-year-old gets his second big break

TIMES NEWS NETWORK (BOMBAY TIMES; December 26, 2009)

Yesterday was Jackky Bhagnani’s 25th birthday. And, to mark the momentous occasion, his filmmaker father Vashu Bhagnani doubled up as Santa Claus and gave him his second film. Tentatively called Production No 21, the film to be directed choreographer Remo D’Souza has elements of comedy, drama, action, youth and exuberance. And Jackky is in an upbeat mood. Candidly he admits that his debut flick Kal Kissne Dekha was a dud. “However, I’m happy that my work in the film was appreciated,’’ says the youngster.

This time over, his father waited for the right moment to make an announcement. “Dad just felt it would be appropriate to announce my second film on my birthday,’’ says Jackky. He explains that Remo and he had actually zeroed down on this project even as KKD was being made. Jackky truly believes that one must let leave past mistakes behind and move on. “Today I know more about acting that I did when I made by debut,’’ he says. “I’m sure my second film will be a more fulfilling experience in that sense.’’

Remo, who is Jackky’s friend, steps in to add, “I had this subject worked out and when Vashuji heard it, he immediately volunteered to make this film under his banner.’’ Remo feels he is fortunate that a producer of Vashu’s stature agreed to fund his film. “Now my film will be mounted on the scale that I originally visualised it as,’’ he says.

He has also directed a film in Bengali and he is happy that his Bollywood debut has Jackky in it. He feels the boy has the ‘fire’ in him and given the right platform he will deliver. Both the actor and the director are now on a hunt for a female lead, and the appropriate title for this film that will be shot in quick, continuous schedules starting January. This could well be Jackky’s coming of age moment.
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Twelve-year-old Darsheel Safary takes a break from acting to enjoy a normal school life and a girlfriend. But, he complains, his cheeks are still being pulled by everyone

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 22, 2009)


Darsheel Safary, who shot to fame playing the dyslexic child in Taare Zameen Par (2007), is taking a break from acting.

According to his father Mitesh Safary, Darsheel who is now 12, has been kept away from the trappings of stardom so that he can concentrate on his studies. Mitesh says, “We wanted him to remain grounded after all the attention he received after Taare…. Now after doing two films, Bum Bum Bhole and Zokkomon, we want him to concentrate on school, studies and other normal activities. We don’t want him to be running from one studio to another.”

The youngest actor to win a Filmfare nomination for best actor says, “I hope people like me in Bum Bum Bhole and Zokkomon. I am not scared of my performance being compared with what I did in Taare …, because I am not the same any more. I would like to think I have grown as an actor. I am not signing anything more, unless it’s something really exciting, till my final exams. I want to do well in my studies. I have my whole life ahead of me to indulge in my main hobby, acting.”

Darsheel, who sounds far more relaxed now than he did during Taare… says he has changed since the film. He adds, “I got my teeth fixed. And I think it makes me look better. Everyone keeps saying I looked better with my teeth protruding, but I don’t agree with that.”

Darsheel’s girlfriend likes him with his new teeth. “Yes, I have a girlfriend, but I can’t disclose her name. It’s too personal and she won’t like it,” says the young star.

Recollecting the euphoria post-Taare…, Darsheel admits with a giggle that he had a tough time handling all the media and fan attention. He says, “I was either being asked questions I didn’t understand or my cheeks were being pulled. My cheeks still get pulled by everyone as soon as I step out. So I try to stay at home as much as possible. Other than that, my life is quite normal. I have some friends in school. They come home sometimes or I go to their home.”

After working incessantly for three years, Deepika Padukone is looking forward to a family holiday in the US

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 19, 2009)


After continuously being on her toes for three years, Deepika Padukone has finally decided to take it easy. The actress will soon take a short break and head for a holiday to the US with her family to attend a cousin’s wedding. The Padukones are looking forward to spending time with their relatives.

Deepika’s close friend said, “Deepika has been working incessantly since the last three years. Also, she just broke up with Ranbir Kapoor, so the break is a welcome relief for her. She signed Om Shanti Om in 2006 and the back-to-back shooting schedules for other films left her with no personal time. Even before Om Shanti Om released, she was working on Chandni Chowk to China and Bachna Ae Haseeno. As soon as she completed these two films, she got busy with Love Aaj Kal. Recently, she completed shooting for Farhan’s Akhtar’s Karthik Calling Karthik and Sajid Khan’s Housefull. Then, there were the cameo appearances and the endorsements, which also kept her occupied. When the rest-deprived Deepika got an opportunity to spend time with family, she immediately grabbed it.”

“One of Deepika’s closest cousins is getting married and she was to leave for the US last Sunday but since she had to finish a shoot, she will be leaving after a couple of days and will spend at least ten days with her family in the US. Since there is a lot of speculation about her personal life due to her break-up with Ranbir, she wants to come back rejuvenated,” added the friend.

Deepika confirmed the news and said, “My brother is getting married. It is the first big wedding in the family and I am looking forward to it. I believe it is very important to make time for family, no matter how hectic one’s life is.”

Salman Khan was obsessed with a designer jacket while shooting for London Dreams; doting producer Vipul Shah gifted him the jacket worth Rs 3 lakh

By Ruhail Amin (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 22, 2009)

Salman Khan’s obsession with a designer jacket surprised his stylists and producer while shooting for London Dreams. The Roberto Cavalli jacket caught Salman’s fancy to such an extent that he sported it even when he wasn’t shooting. Finally, producer Vipul Shah felt compelled to gift the star the jacket worth Rs 3 lakh.

Our source, who was witness to Salman’s obsessive streak, revealed, “Salman was wearing a jacket during one of the sequences in the film. The shoot got over and Salman had to go for a change. The filmmakers were surprised when he insisted on wearing the jacket again in portions that did not require him to wear it. The designers had no choice but to relent to his demand.”

Salman Khan in the designer jacket

The creation from Cavalli seemed to have floored the hunk as he continued to wear it even when he wasn’t shooting. The source adds, “Salman’s obsession stemmed from the fact that the jacket was one of a kind and he really wanted to wear it as much as he could. Even during the break between the shots, the actor would be seen wearing the jacket.”

Producer of the film, Vipul Shah, added, ‘Salman loves stylish clothes and when he went shopping and picked up this piece , his obsession with the jacket was quite palpable. He would wear it off the sets too, much to the surprise of the crew members.”

Vipul Shah, sensing Salman’s fixation and out of love for the star, gifted the rare creation worth Rs 3 lakh to him. He concluded, “It is a small gift from me to Salman.”

Producers back out of John Abraham’s film claiming that its budget is not recession-friendly, the star remains committed to the director and the project

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 17, 2009)

Recession has resulted in one more road kill in Bollywood. The film in question is John Abraham’s dream project, which was to be directed by his old friend Sabal Shekhawat. Indian Films (Studio 18), who were producing the film, have backed out of the project citing recession as the reason. However, the film is not being shelved yet as John is now backing the project himself.

Our source said, “Studio 18 had loved the subject and John was extremely keen to work on the film. Sabal Shekhawat, who is among the finest ad filmmakers, was supposed to direct the film. John had loved this spy thriller. Everything was set and Sabal was in Turkey finalising the locations when he received a call from Studio 18 saying that they were no longer keen on doing the project due to its budget.”

The source added, “Studio 18 wanted to reduce the budget, but Sabal does not want to compromise at all on the creative front. He was of the opinion that the film required a certain mounting and he clearly was not in favour of reducing the budget. John was cool about it as he is committed to Sabal, as the director was the one who gave John his break into modeling. John has now taken it on himself to see to it that the project goes on the floors immediately. In fact, another producer is now set to make the film as well.”

Shariq Patel of Studio 18 said, “These are recessionary times. Budgets for the film needed to be reworked and we were unable to bring it down to our satisfaction.”

However, John Abraham said, “Studio or no studio, the film will be made. I have complete faith in Sabal and at no point, will I let him down. I will always stand by him like I do with my directors. There is no question of the film not happening; it is very much on course.”