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WAVING IT OFF: Katrina Kaif

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 7, 2009)

Here’s proof that Katrina Kaif ’s becoming the next big thing in Bollywood. Event organisers of a Dubai concert on December 2 featuring Salman Khan and Kat went into a tizz when the actress was diagnosed as having a low haemoglobin count in Mumbai and advised bed rest. The show, a Salman-Kat Nite featuring the hot couple performing to hit songs from their films, appeared to be a non-starter with the actress left too weak to perform after being in and out of two leading hospitals in Mumbai and being advised not to do any hectic activity like singing and dancing. Salman solo, naturally, would not have the same impact. Besides, people had paid for a double act! Then began a flurry of phone calls with the organisers pleading with Kat not to let them down. The actress, whose doctors told her it would take three months for the haemoglobin count to return to normal, relented… but said she would not be able perform any numbers; instead, she suggested she take centre-stage, do a mock jig, and wave out to the crowds. The show organisers promptly agreed. And that is how Dubai got its Salman-Kat Nite. With the actress disregarding medical advice not to go up on stage and dance even if she was paid a hundred crores. Don’t know about crores, but the buzz from Dubai is that Katrina Kaif ’s ‘Hi-Hello-I Love You Dubai’ was worth at least Rs 80 lakh.

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Unlike his sociable character in Radio, Himesh Reshammiya wants to be portrayed as a very serious man in real life

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 02, 2009)


Himesh in a rare smiling still in Radio

Unlike Himesh Reshammiya’s role of a bubbly smiling RJ in Radio, the actor in real life goes around looking very intense and refuses to wipe the grim look off his face, even when he poses for pictures. Not just photo shoots, at events too, Himesh is totally into the serious look these days.

Revealed a source, “At an event recently, Himesh was posing for pictures for the media. The photographers repeatedly asked him to smile, but Himesh was on his own trip and no amount of ‘please Himesh bhai’ from the photographers worked. And Himesh walked away, smiling as he chatted with his celebrity friends. One enthusiastic photographer did manage to capture that moment, only to have Himesh request him to reshoot. He then controlled his laughter and transformed into his serious avatar again.”

The source added, “What we fail to understand is why Himesh insists on being captured with a grave look, when his character in Radio is funny and smiling. So why be photographed in a not-so-lively look?”

When we quizzed Himesh on this, he said, “In Radio I play a radio jockey who solves people’s problems and smiles all the time. Why would I want to be serious in real life?”

On Monday evening, filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh was mistaken for Bengali actress Rituparna Sengupta by the organisers of the 40th International Film Festival in Goa

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 02, 2009)


Filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh might have lost oodles of weight and started dressing up as a woman but that still didn’t prepare him enough to unflappably face the latest confusion where he was mistaken for a Bengali actress.

The embarrassing incident happened on Monday evening in Goa, where Rituparno, whose sexual orientation has been under the scanner for some time now, was attending the 40th International Film Festival. He had to attend a function to announce the making of a survey-based book compiling the best Indian films of all times, T 20. Being a jury member and a renowned filmmaker, Rituparno was dressed in his finery. He wore a chic black suit, flaming red scarf and oversized sunglasses, looking in his own words, ‘very European’. All was well till he was taken to a seat marked for Bengali actress Rituparna Sengupta. That’s when the filmmaker realised that he had been mistaken for a woman. Riya Sen was seated next to actress Rituparna Sengupta’s chair, making it clear that the seats were meant for the starlets.

Things then got worse. Ritu’s other colleagues on the jury, for the book T 20, were all given VIP space at the event while Rituparno was expected to sit with the starlets.

Rituparna Sengupta Rituparno Ghosh


Confirming the incident, Rituparno insists that the ghastly confusion of identity at the festival had nothing to do with the way he dresses. He says, “I am used to being mistaken for Rituparna Sengupta, even in Kolkata. When I was directing her in Dahan, people would wonder who the director was and who the actress was.”

Recalling the mortifying incident, the filmmaker laughs and says he can now see the humorous side of the gaffe. “But it wasn’t funny that evening. It wasn’t so much the fact that I was mistaken for Rituparna Sengupta that offended me. I certainly didn’t mind sharing a seat next to Riya. What really got me worked up was the fact that the other members on the T 20 jury, Vishal Bhardwaj, Madhur Bhandarkar and Rahul Dholakia and some renowned regional directors (Nagesh Kukunoor who was also on the jury didn’t turn up) were all given a VIP enclave. That really was offensive,” adds Ritu.

As a result, Ritu refused to sit on the seat marked for Rituparna Sengupta and remained standing until he was made to sit with his fellow jury members. Ritu says, “It was Riya who helped sort out the matter. I insisted that all the jury members including the regional directors like me, should all be seated together. That’s what protocol demanded.”

Anushka Sharma, who has recently bought herself a home in Mumbai, hasn’t found time to enjoy it because she has been busy with outdoor shooting schedules

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 02, 2009



Anushka Sharma, who made her Bollywood splash in YRF’s Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi opposite Shah Rukh Khan last year, has bought a three-bedroom apartment at Yari Road in Andheri.

Although she bought the flat a month ago and has already shifted there, she was hardly at home, owing to her extensive travels for film shootings.

A source says, “Anushka has been on a house hunting spree for a while now. Last month, she finally bought a three-bedroom apartment at Yari Road in Mumbai. Anushka shifted base to Mumbai a couple of years ago from Bangalore. Earlier, she stayed at the army colony in Malad. This is the first time that the actress has bought a house on her own and is very excited about it.”

Confirming the news, Anushka says, “I feel good about being able to buy a house at the age of 21. However, I am dying to be at home as I have had no time to actually enjoy it. First, I was away in the US for 40 days and now I am in Bangkok for a month.”

Madhavan is shown wearing a knee protection bandage (circled) in 3 Idiots as he actually injured himself while playing badminton. He had decided to follow Aamir Khan’s fitness regime to look young in the film

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 02, 2009)


While Sharman Joshi didn’t  have to work  that hard on  looking  like a 22-year-old in Raj Kumar Hirani’s  3 Idiots,  Aamir Khan and Madhavan, one above 40 and the other  in his late  30s,  had to  work really hard to  look like young IIT students.

Things were bound to be slightly more difficult for Madhavan as he had to first fight one of his most niggling health concern- his weight, especially on his face. But, following Aamir’s footsteps made things easier for Madhavan. As Aamir had decided  to  play bandminton  to stay youthful and fit, Madhavan decided to follow suit to keep his weight in check.

Madhavan says, “The fact that we shot at the Bangalore IIT really helped. Once we  went into an actual institute, Aamir, Sharman and I immediately began to feel like students. Age was never an issue because I got the role after an audition. Once  I fit in,   no one  was looking at my passport to check my age.  As  for  the rest, including the  physicality, once we  got into the IIT  everything else followed. Incidentally, I’ve studied in an institution similar  to  the IIT. I know that life.”

Most worried about his chubby face, Madhavan says, “I tend to put on weight on my face. I had to take care  of that.”

Once, while playing with Prakash Padukone, Madhavan badly injured his knee and he feared that his chances of  doing the pivotal  role  in an important film like 3 Idiots was ruined.

Maddy says, “I tore a ligament in my knee  and couldn’t walk. My first thought was, ‘Oh my God! Will  I be  able to continue shooting?’ Luckily for me,  my  director Raj Kumar Hirani and  Aamir were  extremely supportive. I don’t think I could’ve gone through the  film without them, not  with that knee of mine.”

On Aamir’s suggestion, Hirani especially wrote Madhavan’s role in a way that required him to wear a knee-protection-cum-bandage  in the film.

Madhavan adds, “All three of us have two different looks in the  film, one in college and one after our college days.  You’ll see me  wearing that knee protection-bandage  all through my college scenes. It’s there because I actually got hurt. The hurt was introduced in the script to justify me wearing the bandage.”

Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Rajkumar Hirani on the sets of 3 Idiots

LOOKING AHEAD: Neha Dhupia
Neha Dhupia reveals her filmi fundas in a candid chat with BT

HARSHADA REGE (BOMBAY TIMES; December 2, 2009)

You have been a part of many multi-starrers, is that a formula for success?
If there was a formula for success I would pay pots and pots of money and buy it (laughs). But seriously, I feel that while choosing your films, all one needs to do is follow your gut feeling and have faith in the project.

You tried your hand at some unconventional stuff with Ek Chalis Ki Last Local, Mithya and Dasvianiya. What kind of response did you get for them? And are you going to be part of more such films?
I have got a fabulous response for all the different cinema that I have attempted, and am looking forward to a lot more in the future. My film Raat Gayi, Baat Gayi? just won the viewers choice award at a film festival. That will be my next release after De Dana Dan. I agree it’s a mixed bag, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.

How important are hits to you?
While making a film we put in a lot of hardwork, and the only way it gets appreciated is when the audience views it and it becomes a hit… unless the critics are really kind (laughs).

After doing realistic and masala movies, do you want to see yourself doing an absolute rom-com kind of movie?
Yes, I would love to, I am screaming out loud that is my most favourite genre. I hope someone’s listening. But on a serious note, I have done one that’s in the same space… it’s called Pappu Can’t Dance Saala and will be releasing soon.

You and boyfriend Ritwik Bhattacharya have been going steady for some time now. So, are wedding bells in the offing?
Not at all!

BEYOND CRICKET: Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh on future plans that just might include films

NICOLE DASTUR Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 2, 2009)

This was a side of six-six-six king Yuvraj Singh that not many have seen. It was a picture perfect moment to see him, down on his knees to be the same height as the group of children around him, lost in a world that was just theirs and his for that short time. The ace cricketer, who is currently in the city for a match, took time out from his hectic practice schedule to spend an evening with kids with life-threatening illnesses from the NGO Make A Wish Foundation at an event hosted by the Yuvraj Singh Foundation. “Say cheese,” Yuvraj urges the kids to smile at the cameras. “This is the least I can do to fulfill the wishes of these children. I don’t have the power to give them a new life, but I can at least make their existing one a little bit better,” says Yuvraj, adding, “Besides, it’s always nice to be around children.”

Over to his other love – cricket. He’s ‘in form’ right now, scoring half-centuries and centuries in match after match. “These comments about being ‘in form’ and ‘out of form’ don’t bother me anymore. Of course, we go through our bad spells, we can’t be at our best at all times when we’re playing three different formats of the game!” Yuvraj states, matter-of-factly. Speaking of the three formats, which one suits him best? “Test cricket is the basic format of the game, unfortunately, I’ve not played much of it.” But he intends to do just that even as he aims to better himself and his game. “The goals I set are against myself, not against others. I constantly strive to beat myself. It’s hard work, but if you have focus, I believe you can reach for the stars,” Yuvraj says it like it is. And with a mentor like Sachin Tendulkar, it doesn’t look like it will be long before Yuvraj is one among the many cricketing stars in the Milky Cricket Way galaxy. “I always discuss my batting with Sachin and take his advice. Ponting’s a great batsman too, I love watching him bat,” says the humble Prince of Punjab. Where does he see himself 10 years from now? Still associated with cricket, getting into the business of restaurants like most of his teammates or attempting Bollywood? “I’ve never really given it a real thought. Business, nah, I don’t see myself doing that; Bollywood, hmm, well, you never know,” he chuckles, as though hiding something up his sleeve,” and then continues, “But after seeing 2012, I don’t think I’ll be here in 10 years!” (Contributed by Meena Iyer and Sharin Wader Butani)

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