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Aamir Khan not only feels the need to take up cooking, but wants to grow his own vegetables as well

By Meena Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 02, 2010)


Aamir Khan has two immediate plans when for the future. The actor, who was in Kolkata for New Year’s Eve, is expected to go overseas for a holiday. And when he returns, he has plans to enroll for cooking classes.

Says Aamir, “I’m fascinated by cooking. My mother is easily my favourite cook. She can make everything from exotic dishes to regular stuff exceptionally well. And when I feel like home food, I just drive to Pune to eat it.”

To keep the biwi happy as well, he adds, “Kiran is also a fantastic cook and she loves getting into the kitchen.”

The actor, who confesses that his skills are limited to boiling an egg and making a cup of tea, says he has no cooking prowess. “I volunteer to help Kiran with the dishes if she asks me,” he says.

Talking about his determination to join cooking classes, he says, “I admire people who cook well. It is just one of those things that keeps going on in my head.

Earlier, I didn’t bother with it because I always reasoned this is not one of the equities that I as a star am expected to bring to the table. But now I just feel I must learn to cook. I don’t know how soon I can get around to doing it though,” he says.

Aamir, who is also fascinated by the thought of growing his own vegetables, has said, “I’m seriously toying with the idea of organic farming. Both Kiran and I are fascinated by farming. I think it would be really nice to be able to grow our own vegetables and feed people.”

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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.”

Bollywood lets its hair down as 2009 comes to an end and raises its hopes for 2010

TEAM BT Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 31, 2009)

AMITABH BACHCHAN: In the New Year, the entire family is hoping to do the kind of work that would please the audience and carry the company forward. Our New Year wishes? May 2010 bring peace and well-being. May it fill us with pride as a nation. May our glory spread further. May we progress in all walks of life. And may the year keep me alive to witness the country, the film industry and my family prosper and progress. I look forward to the coming year passing peacefully.
KATRINA KAIF: I couldn’t hope for a better New Year’s day. I’m in London with my sisters and brother having the time of my life. We have lots of fun when we all are together. After I started working I have hardly seen my siblings. So meeting them is always special and a festival to mark our meeting, is the cherry on the cake. My mother forced me to leave my cell phone behind in Mumbai, so I’m almost cut off from Bollywood. What hopes for 2010? Lots of hard work and hopefully hits.


SHAH RUKH KHAN: I will be at home (Mannat) with Gauri, Aryan, Suhana and a couple of close friends like Karan Johar. Being with close family is the one thing I truly cherish.


AKSHAY KUMAR: Tina, Aarav and I are in Goa. I normally take a vacation from December 29 to January 2 because it includes a double celebration. Tina’s birthday on December 29, and then the New Year’s eve party. Honestly what can be better than spending time with your loved ones? This is a commitment I have made to my family.


DEEPIKA PADUKONE: I will be home in Bangalore with my parents and my sister. Then I go to Goa to wrap up the last fortnight on Ashutosh Gowarikar’s film. Every year I hope that the following year is as exciting as the previous year and I’m very happy with the way my professional life is going. Hope 2010 is the same.


RANBIR KAPOOR: I start shooting for Siddharth Anand’s film in the US from January 2. Since I didn’t wish to be in an aircraft on New Year’s eve, I left India on December 27. My entire family is in Dubai as tomorrow is my paternal grandmother’s birthday and the family is treating her to a one-week holiday there. I wish I could join them!


KAREENA KAPOOR: Saif and I are in England. We are catching up with Saif ’s Oxford batchmates and their spouses. I’m dying to wear my fur coat and sniff the English chill… looking and feeling every inch a diva. We work hard all the year around to make this happen, so let me enjoy myself.

BIPASHA BASU: I’m performing tonight. Then there will be a small get-together with friends. I always like to keep my New Year’s plans uncluttered. Home is the best place to be on any special occasion. And New Year will be a nonfilmy evening at home. Beyond that my only resolution for 2010 is, love yourself.

VIDYA BALAN: I bring in 2010 with my birthday tomorrow… no one can forget it! What hopes do I have for 2010? Oh plenty! After watching Mr Bachchan at work in Paa, I realised being focussed on your work to the point of shutting out everything else is not something I need feel guilty about. Now I’m all set to be seen as this full-blown, seductive, sexually-charged woman in Ishqiya. It brings an entirely new perspective to my personality for the audience. That’s what I’m hoping for in 2010… to find new aspects to my personality through the roles I play.

AJAY DEVGN: Kajol, Nysa, my parents, cousins, sister and her family and I will all be at our Karjat farm house. We’re planning an extended holiday. I start work only from January 2, so does Kajol. So in the meantime it is going to be a huge, long party.


AMRITA RAO: I wonder what 2010 has in store for me… Resolutions sound nice to the ears but adhering to them is a matter of destiny!


AMISHA PATEL: I have a show in Dubai. I will be working and then I will take a holiday. I always like working on New Year’s day because I feel you will then be working throughout!

RITESH DESHMUKH: Friends and I are contemplating how to ring in the New Year. It’s not compulsory to indulge in anything fancy, even a quiet time with good friends does the trick!


ARSHAD WARSI: I am looking forward to three releases in 2010. Will start Raju’s film next year so it’s going to be an eventful year. I haven’t a plan for New Year as yet. I’ll be with family and friends.


ANUSHKA SHARMA: I don’t do much for the New Year. Actually I do nothing. I just wish my family and go to bed.


SHABANA AZMI: As usual I’ll be with my family and a few close friends for the New Year.


IRRFAN KHAN: On every festive occasion I try to visit my mother in Jaipur. But for the New Year I made plans to be home. Beyond the New Year I’ve made no plans. I’ve noticed every time I’ve chalked out a plan for myself, life has humbled me. I leave all my plans to God.


MUGHDA GODSE: I am dancing at a live performance in Delhi tonight and will spend New Year with family and close friends. I’ve a horror film tentatively titled Help coming up for release. My co-star Bobby Deol is such a sweetheart. I hope to find a guy like him this year. Where are all the gentlemen?”


HEMA MALINI: I won’t be doing anything much for New Year. I’ll be with my family and rehearsing for my dance show which is on January 2.


POOJA BEDI: I’m having a small get-together on the terrace of my beachfront penthouse with flowers, candles and an incredible view of the entire city, with my father, my children and a few loved ones.

SUSHMITA SEN: I normally travel overseas. However, Alisah, my younger daughter, can’t travel abroad yet because she doesn’t have a passport. Hence it will have to be a beach resort in India.

ASIN: For me it will be a quiet New Year with family. I wanted to make it for Christmas itself, however I will ring in the New Year at my family home in Kerala.

Organisers of the Dubai Film Festival gifted a holiday to Minissha Lamba

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 14, 2009)


Minissha Lamba was in for a pleasant surprise on Friday. The organisers of the Dubai Film Festival gifted the actress a special holiday package to the Bora Bora islands as a token of appreciation for her impressive performance in Shyam Benegal’s film Well Done Abba that was screened at the festival. Minissha, of course, can’t wait to go for the all expenses paid trip.
A source said, “Minissha was very excited as she has worked hard in the film and this is also the first time she worked with Shyambabu. They also gave her a goody bag full of interesting items.”

Minissha confirmed the news and said, “The festival organisers have been more generous than I could have imagined. I always wanted to go to the Bora Bora islands. I will head for the vacation when my schedule permits me, which is next year. My friends have suggested that I go there during the summers when it’s nice and bright.”

Saturday 28th November 2008 09.00 IST

Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network

De Dana Dan opened to a good response of around 70-80% on day one. The collections were not a huge 90% plus as some of the trade had expected. Also business in circuits like West Bengal and Mysore was on the lower side. Multiplexes in North India saw collections in the evening and late shows at 95-100% but collections were not as strong in the rest of the country. The film will score over the weekend as Saturday is a holiday but it will have to sustain on Monday to recover big costs.

Kurbaan was below the mark in week one with collections around 19 crore nett. The 8th day is very poor and the film is a losing fare. FLOP

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani added around 6 crore nett to take its total in three weeks to 61.50 crore nett. SUPER HIT

BOXOFFICEINDIA.COM

When Ranbir Kapoor accidentally sprayed an insecticide instead of a deodorant on his underarms, he had to take a shower to get rid of the strong smell

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 05, 2009)

You can call it a case of mistaken identity. When Ranbir Kapoor reached out for his deodorant in his make-up room, little did he know that he would lay his hands on a can of insecticide instead. It was only when Ranbir had sprayed the insecticide on his underarms that he realised his folly but by then it was too late. He had an extreme burning sensation and was smelling so strongly of the insectide that he had to take a shower to get rid of the smell.

Ranbir Kapoor and Ayan Mukerji

A source says, “Someone had unintentionally kept a can of insecticide on Ranbir’s make-up table as the production guys were using it to keep the flies away. When Ranbir came near his table with the intention of spraying the deodorant, he was chatting with a crew member. So without looking at the label of the bottle, he just picked it up and sprayed it on his underarms. Immediately, he got a burning sensation and that’s when he looked at the bottle and realised his mistake. However, he could do little about it then as he was immediately called for the shot. So despite the pain, he went on the sets , only to have the crew members burst out laughing. Later, when the stench was stronger, it was impossible to continue working, and Ranbir was asked to do something about it. So he took a shower to get rid of the smell and continued shooting thereafter. After that Ranbir has promised himself to be doubly careful about his deodorants.” Ranbir remained unavailable for comment.


Meanwhile …

Ranbir will accompany Ayan Mukerji on a holiday to Argentina later this month

Ranbir Kapoor is set to go on a very unusual holiday with Ayan Mukerji, director of Wake Up Sid, later this month.

Confirming the news, Ayan says, “Ranbir and I have planned to take off with a backpack to Argentina. Why Argentina? Because we don’t want to go to the usual destinations. Europe is so done-to-death. We chose Argentina because it gives off a certain kind of energy that I want to explore. We just want to take off without any timetable or agenda.”

Ranbir is currently reworking his busy schedule to take time out for the trip. In case Ranbir can’t make it, Ayan plans to go all by himself for the holiday.

– Subhash K Jha

Sussanne Roshan’s holiday with her mother Zarine Khan in Italy ends in a nightmare. A bag containing their passports was robbed a few minutes before they were to board a Mumbai-bound flight
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 12, 2009)
Yesterday, Hrithik Roshan’s wife Sussanne was robbed in Italy. The unfortunate incident happened at Milan airport around 3pm IST when Sussanne and her mother Zarine Khan were about to board a Mumbai-bound flight after their holiday.

The drama unfolded when Zarine discovered that her bag was missing. A source said, “The bag contained a few valuables, credit cards, and most importantly Sussanne and Zarine’s passports.” Consequently, Sussanne and her mother were stranded in Milan. They are expected to return to Mumbai either tonight or tomorrow.

Sussanne and Zarine immediately notified the airport authorities about the theft and tried their best to locate the thief at the airport but it was a futile attempt.

Zarine Khan and Sussanne Roshan

When the two then called up their family and friends to inform them about their ordeal, the Khans and Roshans quickly made a few arrangements from Mumbai so that Sussanne and Zarine would have to undergo as little trouble as possible. To begin with, photocopies of their passports were emailed to Sussanne. Thereafter, Sussanne and Zarine approached the Indian Embassy who issued them new passports. The two ladies again checked into the same hotel where they had been staying during their vacation as they had missed their flight and couldn’t board the next immediate one since their passports were in the stolen bag.

“It was a harrowing experience for Sussanne and Zarine. They were terribly upset after the theft. After a long holiday, the last thing they expected was to have a problem like this on their return journey,” added our source.

Confirming the story, Sussanne’s sister Farah Ali Khan said, “Yes, all this did happen. It was rather unfortunate. I spoke to my mother and sister and they are fine now.”


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