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Priyanka Chopra wants to be cast opposite Abhishek Bachchan again, extends the olive branch through messages to Rohan Sippy

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 05, 2010)


Priyanka Chopra is a sharp woman with a firm business head on her shoulders. Knowing that her jodi with Abhishek Bachchan had proved to be popular, she sees no reason to let a little tiff come in the way of another hit together. So, she has decided to extend the olive branch to Bachchan Jr. The actress has been sending feeler messages to Rohan Sippy to be cast in his next opposite Abhishek Bachchan.

The Abhishek-Priyanka jodi became quite a hit in Rohan Sippy’s Bluffmaster. The duo worked in a couple of movies thereafter and was appreciated. But it may be recalled that the friendly bonding between the two had been strained last year at a film award event when the two wanted to dance to the same number and a misunderstanding ensued.

Abhishek, who had even jokingly called Priyanka his heartthrob on national television in the past, hadn’t taken kindly to Priyanka’s obstinate behaviour at the event, and thereafter the two never crossed paths again.

A source reveals, “Priyanka has sent feelers to Rohan and is keen to work on this project. She has heard the gist of the script and she liked it. Moreover, Abhishek Bachchan’s presence has attracted her to the film. She finds him fabulous as an actor and loves their on-screen pairing.”

The director, of course, takes the diplomatic route. Rohan says, “I would definitely love to work with Priyanka, as she is a fabulous actress and I really enjoyed working with her. However, I have not yet approached anyone for the female lead for this film till I lock in some other critical casting.”

Even if he hasn’t made up his mind, has Priyanka been artfully bringing herself to his attention? He says, “That’s totally flattering. She is one of my favourite actors.”

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At a school function, Salman Khan had kids screaming for more while scandalised authorities were wishing they had ordered for ear plugs

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 05, 2010)


When actors are asked to grace an event, particularly a school function, you expect them to prove to be good role models for the kids, encouraging them to study hard and eat right. However, if the actor happens to be Salman Khan, you can expect the unthinkable.

Salman, who had been invited to  judge for an event at Jamnabai Narsee school, Juhu, shared some little known anecdotes about his own school days with the kids present, all between 11-19.

“Salman had said he would come on time (4pm) and stay the whole evening. The school authorities were expecting him to make a brief appearance, but he surprised everyone by taking time off to be there throughout,” says a source.

When called on stage to say a few words, his speech took everybody by surprise. “When Salman was asked to share memories of his school days, the audience braced themselves for a dose of nostalgia. However, he recalled how he would bunk classes constantly and was rusticated from four schools. He also confessed that he was the school bully – he even asked the resident bully of the school to raise his hand. One hand did go up.” By this time, the students were almost falling off their seats while the teachers didn’t know where to look.

It didn’t end there. When he was asked by the children to dance on stage with them, he quipped, “I don’t dance without being paid.” Even before the stunned kids and teachers could recover from that statement, he had already proceeded to dance to one of his own songs on stage.

Salman at the event


Meanwhile…

Salman’s love for kids is unbelievable. At the event, Salman went on stage twice and enjoyed himself with the kids. He danced with the kids and even promoted his forthcoming film Veer saying, ‘there is a veer in all of you’ which has got you to come on the stage and perform like this’. After the dance, he gave out music CDs of the film to the kids. While leaving the venue, some of the kids followed him. Unknowingly, his guard pushed one of them. Despite the crowd, Salman noticed this. When he realised that the kid was hurt, he lost his temper at his guard. He made his guard apologise to the kid. He also hugged the kid and gave him the music CD of Veer with his autograph on it. The child’s day was definitely made as he left with a big smile on his face and memories to last a lifetime.

–Kunal M Shah

A jittery Shahid Kapoor forces Ken Ghosh to chop a steamy kissing scene with Genelia

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 05, 2010)


It was a lip lock that was just becoming a major talking point for the upcoming Shahid Kapoor-Genelia D’Souza starrer Chance Pe Dance, but now the scene has been chopped off completely. And don’t blame the Censor Board, it’s Shahid himself playing moral police.

Apparently the actor developed cold feet when he saw the scene because he was certain that the scene wouldn’t go down well with the legion of kids who comprise a major portion of his fan base.

Chance Pe Dance

A source close to the development confirms, “Yes, there was a kissing scene in the film along with a love-making scene. However Shahid thought that it wouldn’t be good for his image with the kids. He also felt it would put off people from coming to the cinema hall with their kids, and he did not want that to happen. So he spoke to Ken Ghosh (the director) and insisted the scene be removed from the film. Though Ken wasn’t very keen about the idea since the shot had taken a lot of effort, he finally understood Shahid’s point of view — even Ken loved the idea of the film not having an A certificate. The scene has been removed.”

When contacted, Ken didn’t seem to be complaining at all. “My film is for teenagers, for children and for families. It’s a wholesome entertainer with humour, emotional moments and lots of fun. It’s got great music and fantastic dancing — and it’s got a U certificate. Need I say more?”

3 Idiots’ Omi is an established actor in the US, now in Bollywood

By Lekha Menon (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 30, 2009)


His distorted Hindi speech is one of the biggest talking points in the recently released 3 Idiots. In reality, it was an almost similar monologue that fetched Omi Vaidya,  (who prefers to be called Omi) an LA- based actor, the role of Chatur Ramalingam in the Aamir Khan-starrer.

On a trip to Mumbai to check out the Bollywood scene, Omi was asked by a friend to appear for an audition. The first audition went off without a hitch, but at the second he was given a dialogue from Munnabhai… to mouth. “I just rattled it off without exactly understanding the words… almost like the speech scene in the film,” says Omi. The next thing he knew, he was pencilled in for the role of the accented, mark-obsessed NRI geek in the film.

The instructions he received from the makers were clear: Don’t take Hindi classes, stop watching Hindi movies and put on weight.

Omi followed them to the T and now of course, he is revelling in the compliments coming his way for his role in the blockbuster. “I am still flabbergasted by the response. I guess people have liked the character because he is so relatable. In a way, this character’s negativity brought out the essence of the message more forcefully,” says Omi.

Incidentally, he began his acting career at the age of six, performing for Marathi Mandals in the US (also the reason why his Marathi is much better than his Hindi). He pursued a serious acting career in his teens, graduated in film studies from NYU and did roles in  Bones, CSI Las Vegas, The Office and Arrested Development, besides ads.

But being Asian or Indian, it’s still a tough task to break into Hollywood,  says Omi. “It’s difficult for Indians to get into the mainstream. At the most, you might be cast as an IT professional or other stereotypes.”

Omi in 3Idiots

That’s when he thought of exploring Bollywood, though there were other apprehensions. “The Hindi film industry is still not taken that seriously in the West. There are myths that it is unprofessional, and is mainly about songs and dances.”

But all his fears were put to rest once he joined the cast. “Here, there is a personal touch, unlike Hollywood. Even if they don’t pay you by the hour and there is no extra time, there is warmth and care. I basically saw my Bollywood innings as a challenge. A lot of credit also goes to Raju and Abhijat Joshi for the way the character came across on screen.”

Not surprisingly, after the stupendous success and appreciation, he is here for the long haul. Omi, plans to divide his time between the US and India and work in films ‘that don’t necessarily typecast him as an NRI but are dynamic and enjoyable.’

And for the record, he has now started taking Hindi classes as well.

Salman Khan halted the shooting of Veer in Panvel to rush to Mumbai to entertain kids

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 17, 2009)


Trust Salman Khan to do the unthinkable. While most actors would think twice before packing up an important shooting schedule to please a cluster of clamouring kids, Salman did not hesitate to do just that. On Tuesday, Salman Khan abandoned his patchwork shooting for his period film Veer at the Khans’s farmhouse in Panvel and rushed to Mumbai to entertain kids at a children’s event.

On Tuesday late evening, while in the middle of the shoot, Salman received a call. When he hung up, he called for his car and informed the crew that he had to leave immediately. Fearing a family crisis, unit members rushed to his side only to be told that he needed to drive back from Panvel to a gymkhana in Mumbai to entertain a large number of kids.

A charitable organisation had organised a children’s nite at the gymkhana. The kids had been constantly asking for an appearance by their favourite star, Salman Khan, but the organisers ignored their request. However, during the event, on Tuesday evening, the kids became adamant and refused to perform on stage until Salman uncle was called to dance with them. In desperation, one of the organisers somehow got hold of Salman’s number and called him up.

A close friend of Salman said, “Salman is always doing such things. He simply stopped shooting, got into the car and rushed from his farmhouse in Panvel to entertain about 400 kids who had gathered to sing and dance on stage.”

Although Salman has been associated with the organisation, which does events for kids, he doesn’t believe in shirking work. He had initially begged off coming to Mumbai, saying it would take him many hours to reach Khar even if he stopped the shooting immediately and left. He only relented when he heard that the kids had refused to perform without him.

The friend added, “When he heard how desperate the situation was and that the kids refused to go on stage without him, Salman immediately left Panvel, leaving director Anil Sharma and the rest of the crew open-mouthed in disbelief. Salman slept in the car until he reached the venue where the kids were waiting for him. He danced on stage for a good hour and then drove back to his shoot.”

No wonder this Khan continues to be a favourite among kids.

Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra are on talking terms again, unlike previous occasions where they looked through each other

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 17, 2009)



Yesterday afternoon, Akshay Kumar and Priyanka Chopra shocked everyone at a five-star hotel in Bandra, where she was rehearsing for an event. The two superstars, who were reportedly dating each other six years ago, had an amicable conversation for a full ten minutes. This makes for a rather pleasant change – as both have a tendency to look through each other at events.

It is common knowledge that Akshay’s wife Twinkle harbours no love for Priyanka. When stories about the Akshay-Priyanka link-up started making the rounds, reportedly Twinkle made her husband vow that he would never work with Priyanka again. Realising that his family life would turn messy, Akshay stopped interacting with Priyanka. Reportedly, he even walked out of Suneel Darshan’s Barsaat because he did not want to work with Priyanka.

On the other hand, Priyanka and Akshay had always denied that they were attracted to each other. Priyanka and her family felt that her ex-secretary Prakash Jaju was responsible for those stories.

They last starred together in Vipul Shah’s Waqt where their on-screen chemistry could be cut with a knife. After starring in Waqt, if they met in public, they invariably looked through each other.

According to our source, they again avoided each other sat at Nita Ambani’s party just last week. “They didn’t exchange even a ‘Hello’. They don’t talk to each other, do they?” said a guest who attended that party. Just yesterday, there was a story that Priyanka had refrained from going to Vijender Singh’s party because Akshay Kumar was on the guest-list.”

However, all this animosity seems to be a thing of the past now. Their interaction at yesterday’s event is proof of that. Says a witness, “The meeting was very amicable. It is good to see that the two of them have matured and decided to put the past behind them.”


Priyanka was rehearsing for a dance which she was supposed to perform at the same venue later yesterday. Akshay was waiting for his turn to rehearse. The source adds, “Akshay watched Priyanka’s rehearsal. As she was getting down from the stage, their eyes met and the two of them started talking by exchanging pleasantries.”

A source close to Priyanka said, “Akshay even praised Priyanka’s dance performance.”

On the other hand, a source close to Akshay said, “Big deal. They have performed together at functions in the last few years. So what if they spoke to each other now?”

Akshay and Priyanka remained unavailable for comment.

After Waqt, no filmmaker dared to think of casting the two together. But now that they seem to be on cordial terms again, maybe we’ll see the good-looking pair on screen together again.

IN A NEW AVATAR: Shah Rukh in Dish TV’s new campaign
Yes, this is Shah Rukh, and this is how he’ll look when he turns 75! The actor plays an old, bald man in an upcoming ad for Dish TV

APARAJITA MUKHERJEE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 4, 2009)

If Shah Rukh Khan’s portrayal of an old man in the movie Veer Zaara left you wanting for more, then here’s something to look out for. In an upcoming ad for Dish TV, SRK has donned an avatar of a 75-yearold man who romances his wife behind closed doors by dancing with her. Anurag Basu, of Kites fame, who’s directed this ad says, “The story is very cute. Tanvi Azmi is playing Shah Rukh’s wife. They’re hiding inside their room and are dancing.” Anurag, together with adman Prasoon Joshi, the brain behind the concept, planned the look and the ad. “We didn’t know if SRK will agree to the idea. I didn’t want to make him Veer Zaara kinda old. It had to be different. So, pehle Shah Rukh ko buddha banaya humne pictures mein, and then showed it to him. He was very sporting and loved the idea,” says Anurag.
While his contemporaries are playing college-students in movies, isn’t it a leap of faith for SRK to add 30 years to his real age? Prasoon says, “He liked the script a lot. Probably he never got a script like that before. His first reaction was, ‘Well, I love it!’ He probably he trusted my work. He didn’t take time to say yes.” Prasoon adds, “Everybody has been going wow over the ad. He has emoted really well. There is a beautiful chemistry between him and Tanvi Azmi.” The bald look in the ad, says Shah Rukh, was something he was excited about since he’s very sure that he’d never lose hair in real life! When asked how his wife, Gauri Khan, reacted to the way he looked, Anurag responded, “Shah Rukh called his make-up guy and gave him the brief on how to do his look. After the whole get-up was done, he did something very cute. He clicked a picture of himself and sent it to Gauri on the phone, asking, ‘Will you still love me when I am old and look like this?’ I am sure he will look much more handsome when he is old!”

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