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By JOGINDER TUTEJA (GLAMSHAM.COM)

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RAAT GAYI BAAT GAYI

RAAT GAYI BAAT GAYI releases on the last day of the year, 31st December. If this wasn’t surprising enough, the fact is that the date also falls on a Thursday. Wait, there is more. There are two more films slated for release on the same day – ACCIDENT ON HILL ROAD and BOLO RAAM, hence adding on to the crowd. Moreover, there is this entire 3 IDIOTS euphoria which is expected to spill over well into the second week. With so much happening around the release of this Neha Dhupia, Rajat Kapoor and Vinay Pathak starrer, was it a justified decision to arrive on this day?

“Yes, coming on 31st December is a very good decision”, says director Saurabh Shukla who has earlier made MUDDA – THE ISSUE and CHEHRA, “I will give you two reasons for that. First and foremost the film is actually about a party. Since it would be party mood for all on 31st Dec and 1st January, the story in the film fits in perfectly well with real life too.”

He goes on to explain the second reason. “Those who may not catch it on 31st December night would want to do so on the next day since it’s a holiday. And that’s because after 31st December hangover, there are only two ways to fight it. One is to drink again and another is to actually go for a movie. This is why our suggestion is ‘Why to drink again when you can have some good time in theaters while watching a movie?’

YEH DOSTI…(From left) Hrithik Roshan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan. For more pictures of the stars, visit, http://photogallery.indiatimes.com
Foes turn into friends, stars bonding big time now…

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; November 13, 2009)

Raj Kapoor’s famous ditty Dost Dost Na Raha can ring true for so many in Bollywood. Akshay Kumar and Bobby Deol, Anil Kapoor and Anupam Kher are some recent examples of friendships that have gone sour. The quest for name, fame and money has driven a wedge between friends. Down the years, one has seen many close relationships fall by the wayside like dry leaves, bereft of emotion. But an interesting phenomenon is now on the rise. Having watched countless friends turn foes, what is interesting now is to watch the reverse. Foes turning into friends.

When Hrithik Roshan blazed into Bollywood with Kaho Na Pyaar Hai in 2000, he almost wrested the reigning Badshah Shah Rukh Khan’s throne. With the paparazzi adding to their woes SRK and Duggu started out on a wrong foot. And SRK, who was hanging mid-air at a Filmfare Awards’ night event, joked saying, “Come Hrithik… come and pull me down.” However, that was another day. Today both Duggu and SRK are bonding big time. Sources say, “Every other night, the King and the Prince are dining together.’’ What makes their friendship more special is the fact that the girls, Gauri Khan and Sussanne Roshan, are also thick.

Aamir Khan admits that he didn’t approve of Salman Khan’s cavalier attitude to his work when they were filming Andaz Apna Apna. Said Aamir, “I even ticked Salman, Raveena Tandon and Paresh Rawal off during AAA because they had issues to resolve with the producer. And, they were treating the project badly.’’ Today Salman and Aamir are very good friends. Salman’s sketches on the Ghajini superstar are the piece de resistance at Aamir’s residence, and the boys often bond over a drink when AK’s wife Kiran Rao is out on her work assignment. Aamir even said, “That confrontation we had years ago has actually strengthened our bond.’’

Akshay Kumar admits that Suniel Shetty and he shared a hatelove relationship when they started out and now they have a love-love relationship which was in full force during the shoot of De Dhana Dan. Suniel said, “We were immature, yaar, now we’re men in our 40s. Where is the question of us fighting? It all seems so silly. Akki and I are not the best of friends but we do enjoy a camaraderie that is there for everyone to see.’’ If the Bollywood men are bonding big time, the women too have left their previous grievances aside and become friends. Kareena Kapoor and Bipasha Basu who argued like cats during Ajnabi are now friends. And so are Bebo and Preity Zinta. Guess when the boys and the girls realise that they aren’t hunting the same game, they let their guard down.
Pratik, who chooses not to use his parents’ surname, Patil or Babbar, (that’s how his maternal grandmother wants it),
By Meena Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 25, 2009)
On Sunday night, the Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na scene-stealer created a flutter when he appeared as the showstopper for designer Kunal Rawal at the Fashion Week. Mumbai Mirror caught up with the young actor for an exclusive chat.Kiran Rao’s Dhobi Ghat is your next release?
Yes, the movie is complete but it will release sometime next year. Kiran recently had a traumatic incident (a miscarriage) and at present things are on hold. I guess the film should come around July next year. The experience of working with Aamir Khan was great.

You’ve also been signed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali?
Yes. The film should start in December.

There’s an element of mystery around you. You are hardly seen?
Even I keep thinking about it. I’m wondering if everyone is all over the place, why am I not there. If everyone is running a rat race, I keep asking myself why I am not doing the same. Anyway, I’m happy I walked the ramp. Kunal Rawal is a friend. When he broached the subject of me walking the ramp, I was hesitant. Now I’m happy we nailed it.

Post Jaane Tu… Imran Khan and Genelia D’Souza created quite a stir. What happened to you?
I retreated into my shell for some reason. Then I got around to reading scripts. Out of 10, I found five exciting, five awful. If the first 10 pages  don’t excite me, then I can’t read further. I’m a passion-driven guy. I’d love to play super-hero in a film.

Currently, what is a normal day in your life like?
I wake up at 6am and hit the gym by 7am. I like exercising because I’m excited about the results. I like the way my body looks now. When I get home, I shower and eat my head off. Then it is two hours of Hindi lessons from my tutor, Prakash Bhardwaj. After that it is two hours of yoga. At 9pm, I’m pooped and don’t want to do anything more.

Would you like to do theatre?  Your sister Juhi is into theatre.
I love the stage. I do follow the work Juhi does.

Do you meet Juhi and Arya often?
No. I only go there when my dad (Raj Babbar) is in town. He is hardly in Mumbai these days. As I said earlier, my days are so packed. I don’t get a chance to do much else.

Surprising, because once upon a time you were  a party animal.
For a year, I partied hard. I would stay out of the house for 4-5 days in a row and would not take calls. And my aunt (Manya Patil) and my grandmother would be exasperated. They were like, ‘what are you up to, kid?’ Now I hate going out. In Mumbai, every place is so crowded. At a nightclub, you have to hold your drink in the air and try squeezing your way around. There are people sticking to you from all sides. Sometimes it gets terrible.

What is the weirdest rumour you heard about yourself recently?
Ha, I read somewhere that I was dating an 18-year-old girl from South Mumbai. I don’t know any 18-year-old girls. I have to find out the girl I’m supposed to be dating.

And what is your latest indulgence?
My latest buy and passion is my silver (C-class) Mercedes. It has black interiors. Ideally I’d have liked a black Merc. But a black one comes with beige interiors. Beige feels old.  On second thoughts, I should have got myself an Audi A-4.

Asin talks about rumours that Salman Khan gifted her a swanky house, why her father takes all her business decisions, and why she isn’t in touch with Aamir Khan
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 14, 2009)

Why did you move out of your parents’ house and buy a new one for yourself?
I got that house at a very economical price and it was next to my parents’ house. It was simply a great deal. So why not?

Has life changed after moving?
My responsibilities have increased. But then, I was never reckless or irresponsible before I moved into my new house (laughs). I still end up sleeping at my parents’ place many times. At times, they come over and stay with me. There is no hard and fast rule about where I end my day. Anyway, I am not a person who is scared of staying alone.

Rumour has it that Salman Khan gifted your new house.
I was shooting for London Dreams when this news broke. After reading the news, Salman came up to me and said, “How do you like the new house, which I have gifted you?” Ajay Devgan and Vipul Shah couldn’t stop laughing.


What is your take on your father giving up on his businesses to manage your career?
It was entirely my dad’s decision. I didn’t have a say. Now, he handles everything related to my work. He trusts me and he didn’t react when I was linked to Salman. He has done a lot for me. I don’t know how to repay him. But I feel he should slow down a bit now. He was unwell a couple of months ago, but he is a very strong man; physically and mentally. He is taking life a bit easily now.

My mother, who is a doctor, also took voluntary retirement because she has to manage two homes here. I need her help as I travel often. I am their only child. They want me to give my best to whatever it is I want from life. I am from a very educated background, but they never forced me to follow their dreams. I can’t do without them. I call dad a ‘pillar’ and mom an ‘angel’.


Are they strict? Do you still have a deadline to reach home?
No. Even in my college days, I wasn’t a part of wild parties where people would drink or smoke.


Are you willing to use foul language or expose if a role demands it?
It depends on what comes my way. It would depend on how comfortable the people, character and the script make me feel. I believe in ‘never say never’. I don’t have any fixed rules.


Are you in touch with Aamir Khan?
No. We had a professional relationship. That’s all.


What are your parameters while deciding to sign a film?
The most important factors are script, character, director, producer, co-actor – in exactly this order. While selecting a role, I completely rely on my gut instinct.


Will marriage and kids figure in your life anytime soon?
I would like a family but right now, it’s too soon to make those plans. I would rather look at my immediate future.

Bipasha Basu refuses to smoke for a song in Pankh; director respects her stance and figures out a creative alternative
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 29, 2009)

Bipasha Basu in Pankh

Bipasha Basu is a health freak and is known to never smoke or drink, which explains her bootylicious body. Now, she has refused to smoke a cigarette or even hold it for a scene in her forthcoming film, Pankh.

Our source said, “Sudipto Chattopadhyay, the director of the film, wanted Bipasha to smoke on screen for a vital sequence. However, Bipasha flatly refused as she does not encourage smoking and hates it. She was not in favour of the scene and if she smokes, it meant that she would be promoting smoking. After that, Sudipto even gave her the option of holding a cigarette, but she refused that as well. Sudipto understood her point of view and agreed to shoot the scene differently.”

Bipasha Basu confirms the story and maintains her anti-smoking stance. She said, “I don’t smoke and I don’t encourage smoking. Unless it’s absolutely essential to smoke for my role, I wouldn’t agree to do it. In Pankh, it was not essential, hence I refused. I had also refused to smoke in one of my earlier films, Corporate. If my role is that of an addict, then I will do whatever the character and the role demands, which was not the case with Pankh.”

Director Sudipto, though forced to alter the scene, decided to respect Bipasha’s wishes. He said, “It was a song sequence with a smoky atmosphere. We wanted to show that when she starts singing, smoke comes out of her mouth. However, she had a very valid point that smoking was a very politically incorrect thing to do. She said that she does not endorse smoking and she did not endorse John doing No Smoking. She had never smoked in her life. We can’t fake smoking like we do with drinking. So, eventually, we placed a canister jar in front of her which emitted smoke and we framed it in such a way that when she sings, it seems that the smoke is coming out of her mouth.”

Sanjay Gupta, the producer of the film, said, “It’s the question of an actor being comfortable. Bipasha had some inhibitions about it and it’s perfectly fine.”