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On television, it has to be the Bachchan family, who may yet establish a monopoly on reality shows in 2010. Ash too has been made an incredible offer

By Subhash K Jha and Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 30, 2009)


Barely has the Big B concluded hosting Bigg Boss 3, we hear that he has been roped in for the next season, apparently at a much heftier fee than the reported Rs 1.5 crore he was paid per episode. The show begins in the second-half of 2010, after Abhishek’s game show Bingo plays itself out.

Amitabh Bachchan says, “There are some other television offers. I’m considering them. It wouldn’t be prudent to mention their names at this point. Yes, the channel has expressed a desire to continue the relationship.”

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Amitabh Bachchan Abhishek Bachchan

They are also going all out to woo Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, apparently to host a chat show. Convincing Aishwarya at this stage of her career when her calendar is full is proving to be problematic.

But as a senior person from the channel says, “We’re on the job. We never planned to get both, Mr Bachchan and Abhishek. But now that they’re on, we’re getting ambitious.” Apparently they plan to rope in the entire Bachchan parivar in one capacity or another.

Meanwhile, Abhishek is gearing up for his debut as a TV host on the show National Bingo Night. He says, “I have been getting quite a few offers in the recent past for television. I loved the show as it has a special connect with the viewers. They can participate, play the game and win sitting at home. I loved the uniqueness of the theme.”

Talking about competing with his father who has just finished hosting Bigg Boss 3, he says, “I don’t think about these things or I will lose focus. Once I am in front of the camera, I am going to be myself. I have always maintained that it is a great honour to be compared to the best. I will do what I have to do which is to go out there, play the game with the contestants and have fun on the show.”

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MUMBAI MIRROR (December 30, 2009)

Raja Chowdhury is getting engaged to item girl Shraddha Sharma towards the end of January 2010. Buzz is Raja is waiting for his divorce with his wife Shweta Tiwari to come through first. Shraddha says, “It is true, but I don’t want to speak about it now. I have known Raja for the last six months. He is completely the opposite of the negative reports floating about him.

Raja takes good care of me and gives me all the space I need. We are happy with each other. However, there are certain things that are preventing us from making our relationship formal. Right now, we are preparing for our show on December 31 in Surat. We look forward to spending the rest of our lives together.” –Kunal M Shah

Kannada matinee idol Vishnuvardhan, passed away of cardiac arrest yesterday

By S Shyam Prasad \ Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 31, 2009)


At the age of 22, H N Sampath Kumar was rechristened Vishnuvardhan by legendary director Puttanna Kanagala and he had fame and popularity literally seeking him out overnight. The Mysore-born actor would often call his entry into films as dynamic and expressed a desire to have a graceful exit. It turned out to be an unexpected exit in the early hours of December 30; and not just from films.

At 59, none of his fans, friends or family expected him to perish. The late actor was suffering from diabetes and had developed cardiac problems during his last days. He is survived by his wife, Bharati and two adopted daughters.

Vishnuvardhan made his film debut with a small role in Vamshavriksha directed by Girish Karnad in 1972. In the same year, he appeared in Puttanna Kanagala’s magnum opus Naagarahaavu, where he played the protagonist Ramachari, which remains a much-liked character to date.

A polyglot who could speak six languages, his life changed when films beckoned him. As Vishnuvardhan would recall later in life, he had neither enthusiasm nor love for films. “I was not a hard worker, but a sincere worker,” he summed up his film career. When his first photograph appeared in Chitradeepa magazine after his film debut, what the young Vishnuvardhan aspired was to be recognised by girls as he walked around Gandhi Bazaar.

At the time Vishnuvardhan married actress Bharati, she was a bigger star than him. Their marriage lasted for a lifetime but the couple was childless. They adopted two girls. But the actor never spoke about this aspect of life.

Vishnuvardhan Akshay Kumar

In the last few years, Vishnuvardhan had become a disciple of Bannanje Govindacharya and taken up vows of silence from time to time. He would avoid public platforms that would necessitate him to make tough statements or take stands. However, he held on to his beliefs and would never waver from his somewhat radical views.

Akshay Kumar, who is holidaying with his wife and son in Goa, expressed his shock about the superstar’s death. Akshay says, “I worked with him in Ashaant (1993) and I think, that is the only Hindi film that Vishnuji did. We shot it in his home town Bangalore, and he was so popular! Men, women and children came to him to be touched by him. He was like God. Newly-born babies were named after him.”

Akshay remembers the good times that they had while shooting the film. “Vishnuji was disciplined, focused and hard working. I have learnt a lot from him. We did a Hindi and a Kannada version of Ashaant. The Kannada version was a super hit. The Hindi version was a flop. I guess he was a much bigger star than I could ever be. As I speak about him now all the memories of shooting during that film flash through my mind. I met him in Bangalore much later. He was warm and very friendly. Was he just 60? That’s no age to go.”

MOVING ON: Ravi Kapoor
One doesn’t necessarily taste success in his first attempt. Failures are a part of growing up. Ask multi-faceted debutante Ravi Kapoor who though may not have had a success with his maiden venture World Cupp 2011, but is surely hopeful of making it big. The writer-director-actor who stirred many controversies in 2009 is gearing up to win the hearts of people in the coming year. “I have some interesting films lined up for the next year and I am hoping with those films I manage to win back my audience,” says Ravi. Talking about World Cupp 2011, Ravi says, “I am not like other filmmakers who would fake their film’s performance. Though my film didn’t go good at the box-office it attained its purpose of unearthing the behind the scenes action in the game of cricket. Many people said my acting suffered as I had my fingers in too many pies. I am learning from my mistakes and will give up direction for a while.” Adding further he says, “Acting and directing is like marrying two ladies. You can’t keep both of them happy. So from here on, I will only focus on my acting career, and have already signed a couple of great films.”

BOMBAY TIMES (December 30, 2009)
A still from Seven
The New Year’s going to be springing a whole lot of surprises for the Indian viewer. With YRF’s Seven India is all set to get its first science fiction action adventure series from January 1 at 9 pm on Sony Entertainment Television. It’s the ultimate battle between good and evil (the Asthavamedha prophecy), but the twist in the tale is that the good forces unifying to fight the evil are revisited in the modern day context. It’s kalyug and we have seven super-gifted people who come together to fight the battle. The show will see some fresh faces like Shirrin Faarooq, Kashmira Irani, Himanshu Malhotra, Raashul Tandon, Meherzan Mazda, Nushratt Bharucha, Shivan Sood, Shama Sikandar, and Raquesh Vashist. Seven is directed by Sidharth Anand Kumar. The show promises to be an action-adventure with a unique mix of Indian mythology and cutting edge action. It hopes to create a new benchmark for visual and sound wizardry.
BOMBAY TIMES (December 30, 2009)

BOLLYWOOD CALLING: Rishi Bhutani
Rishi Bhutani will be making his Bollywood debut with Shree Keshav Films’ Bolo Raam which is releasing this New Year eve — December 31. The new kid on the Bollywood block is pretty sure that everyone’s going to love his acting skills. “Acting is in my veins,” says Rishi. Rishi promises that Bolo Raam will be a gripping thriller.

Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri and Padmini Kolhapure, the film’s being produced by Rishi’s elder brother Goldy, and has been written and directed by debutant director Rakkesh Chaturvedi ‘Om’, who is a well known theatre artist. “After reading the script and knowing the cast, I felt that this is that character with which I want to start my career,” says Rishi.
Rishi plays Raam in the movie. Speaking about the movie, Rishi adds, “It’s about a mother and son. The mother is mysteriously murdered leaving the son in a cage of silence.” Rishi, of course, plays the quiet son, Raam. He credits his brother, Goldy for pushing him into it. “He was the one who said I had the talent, and motivated me to be an actor,” says the actor who used to bunk classes to take part in school theatre.

Rishi admits that he was a bit nervous when the shooting began. He says, “But Naseer Sir, Om Puri Sir and Padmini Maa’m made me feel comfortable. I would say it has been a dream role for me as I got an opportunity to work with legends of our industry and that too in my first film, I had never thought about it. I hope that audiences like the film.”

Producer Goldy Bhutani adds, “I thank Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri and Padmini Kolhapure for coming together for this project and would say that Rakkesh has done some excellent work as a director. It is a must watch film for everyone to know how circumstances take over the good times.”
BOMBAY TIMES (December 30, 2009)

– By Taran Adarsh, December 30, 2009 – 12:06 IST

3 IDIOTS continues to surprise and shock! The Tuesday figures are in the range of Rs. 8.75 cr. to Rs. 9 cr., which is bigger than the Friday numbers of all biggies that opened this year, including LOVE AAJ KAL. The film has now crossed Rs. 60 cr. mark and is heading for a Rs. 75 cr. to Rs. 80 cr. Week 1. Unbelievable, but true!

Meanwhile, the Australia weekend numbers have also poured in. The film has collected an astonishing Aus. $ 3,98,595 [approx. Rs. 1.67 crores] on 20 screens, with the per screen average working out to Aus. $ 19,930. The numbers are bigger than the lifetime gross of most biggies.

BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM


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