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WHO AM I? Shah Rukh Khan as Rizwan Khan

Shah Rukh Khan speaks exclusively to BT about his role in the biggest film of his career

MARK MANUEL Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 29, 2009)

Shah Rukh Khan, the pains and failures of 2009 behind him if not entirely forgotten, is looking forward to the New Year because it brings with it the imminent release and promise of the biggest film of his career (his words, not mine) – Karan Johar’s My Name Is Khan. He’s had a bad year starting with the shoulder injury and surgery, then the uninspiring box-office returns for Billu – his only release in 2009, and finally the humiliating decimation of his IPL team in South Africa. But, as the poet T. S. Eliot famously wrote, “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice”… and SRK, suspect, is secretly hoping that the next voice cinema audiences will listen to is going to be his in 2010. Or rather Rizwan Khan’s, the autistic character he plays in My Name Is Khan, which is slated for a grand bi-lingual worldwide release in February. Actually, the character in this ambitious film suffers from asperger’s syndrome, an autistic disorder whose main symptom is a difficulty in social interaction. It is a role that Shah Rukh, who is notoriously among Bollywood’s least social people, must have slipped into with consummate ease. Over a glass of tea in his vanity van one night late at Mehboob Studios, I asked him whether audiences were ready for another challenged hero after Bachchan with progeria in Paa and, before that, Aamir with dyslexia in Taare Zameen Par. Shah Rukh replied, “Audiences understand what you tell them. People like a good story. And this is a joyous film with a new romantic thought, the journey of an ordinary man. It is a love story with an epic feel. All love stories have obstacles, but the obstacle in My Name Is Khan is real, it happens in everyday life. For me, the film was an opportunity to play a challenged character… bahut maaza aaya!” What he was saying was contrary to public belief that the film is based on terrorism. Shah Rukh scowled. “I don’t know where you got that idea,” he said in exasperation, “yes, it is set in the aftermath of 9/11, and it is heroic without the fighting and screaming, but My Name Is Khan is a heartening and even funny film… even though we didn’t try to make a funny film! I am excited about it as I am about all my films. But this one I’m very proud of. Mainly because I’ve co-produced it with Karan. Also because Kajol and I are acting together after eight years.” He’s not seen a trial of the film as yet to voice an opinion on how well it will do at the box-office. That Shah Rukh never does. Not for his own films nor anybody else’s. In fact, he said he’s hardly seen any of his films completely. “Trials mean analysis,” he explained, “but trial reactions are different from theatre reactions. I don’t make a film for myself, I make it for the story. Besides, I’m shy of myself on screen, I’m not vain, it’s just that I’m not fond of my face or physique. Maybe that’s why I’m an actor – so that I can play someone else.”
Perhaps, he was still in character for the film. Or, maybe, interacting with people is as much a problem for Shah Rukh Khan in real life as it is for Rizwan Khan in reel. “I’m not antisocial,” he protested, “I’m a quiet person, strangely reclusive, I’m not as confident as you think I am. I have issues. I’m thankful to Allah… to be not so gifted and have all this. It may sound pompous, but I’m great enough to be humble, I’m very happy when people say ‘SRK’s the best’… there is a sense of achievement, I’m happy by what I’ve done, but humble enough to know it’s not because of me. Yet put me on stage, say, at Salt Lake Stadium before a million people and I will comfortably entertain you for an hour. As long as I’m an entertainer, I have no problems. It’s when I’m Shah Rukh Khan that the problems arise. I’m a fun guy… yet my kids enjoy their mother’s company more.”

READY TO PLAY: Preity Zinta. For more pictures of the actress, log on to http://photogallery.indiatimes.com

Preity is all set to start her own girls’ basketball team after cricket

SHARIN WADER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; November 6, 2009)

Preity Zinta has not hung up her designer boots and called it quits, on the contrary she’s put on sports shoes now. The actress who was away from Bollywood for “just six weeks and has not migrated to LA”, came up with the idea of making money for her charity by forming an all-international girls’ basketball squad called the Dream Girls team.

“The players will be internationally-famous women like film stars, supermodels, socialites and, of course, there’ll be me — the captain — and we’ll be playing with professional basketball teams around the world. American experts from NBA will train us,” said Preity, who stands 5 feet 5 inches tall in her socks but has quite a sporting background. “Nobody knows I’ve been a gymnast for 11 years, I did karate for nine years, I am very good at basketball and I rifle shoot too,” she said, adding, “People said that it was a crazy idea to give one-and-a half years to IPL, but then today, financially, I don’t have to care for the rest of my life.”

Does that mean she won’t do films for money anymore? “Are you kidding? I’m not retiring to the jungles! Of course, money is important. I do charity and all but I still need to wear my brands, travel first class and pamper myself. I believe more in living rich than dying rich. My biggest fear is to die broke, ex-film star,” laughed the bubbly actress who devotes a lot of time to causes like child trafficking and the upliftment of women. “I want to do full-on commercial films now,” she said. And for that, she conducted a poll on the net where she asked fans who they would like to see her with. “There’s a tie between Saif Ali Khan and Shah Rukh! I’m going to go in search of them now,” laughed Preity.
Preity Zinta is back from her six-week vacation and is geared up to take on new films

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 22, 2009)

Preity Zinta is back in Mumbai. People in the film industry had begun to wonder whether she had migrated from India. Preity laughs, “I haven’t migrated to the US or any other country. I’m not going anywhere. Mumbai is my home and I am working here. I took a much-needed break after the IPL.”

Preity Zinta

But while Preity was away, her home in Mumbai was ransacked and robbed, allegedly by her domestic help. She says, “Mere ghar main ho gayi solid chori. They took money and some jewellery. My mother came to Mumbai, spotted the theft and reported it immediately. It was her money that they took.”

After a six-week, well spent vacation with brother and friends, Preity is back. She has always been travelling extensively, “I’ve always been a gypsy. Whether for my outdoor shoots or holidays, I’m frequently out of the country. On my way back, I stopped over in London.”

Now she’s back to listening to scripts. “I’m listening to some really interesting projects. Hopefully, I’ll be signing a couple of films shortly. That would shut those up who want to write me off.”

She is proud to admit that she is financially independent, “I’ll never be broke and never have to depend on a man for money. Putting my time and effort into IPL was a wise decision.”

Preity has had a make over and is back with a bang, “Seriously, I’ve come back, rejuvenated and charged and raring to go.”

Ajay Devgan and Sanjay Dutt are keen to own the Ahmedabad IPL team
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 03, 2009)

Sanjay Dutt

Ajay Devgan

After reports that Salman Khan is keen to own an Indian Premier League (IPL) team, comes the news that close friends Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgan too are in the process of buying a team.

According to a source, Sanjay and Ajay have become good friends after starring together in Ajay’s home production All The Best. “They have decided to own a team together as they are ardent cricket fans. They are keen to own the Ahmedabad team. Since Ajay was busy travelling, he informed Sanjay about being unable to meet IPL Commissioner, Lalit Modi. It was Sanjay who met Modi and expressed their interest to own a team. Modi and Sanjay met at a suburban five-star on Wednesday to understand the bidding process. Sanjay made it very clear that whenever the auction begins, they are ready to invest in the Ahmedabad team.”

Earlier, it was Salman who had met Modi and there were reports that he is interested in either owning the Nagpur or Kochi team.”

Ajay’s spokesperson said, “No comments.”

At present, Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla, Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty are associated with the high-profile  Twenty20 cricket tournament.

Preity Zinta returns home and talks about life after breaking up with Ness Wadia
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 09, 2009)

Preity Zinta

Preity Zinta is back in Mumbai after a long time. The actress, who has been out of the film circuit for sometime now, has been travelling and spending time with family and friends across Europe and the US. She said, “How nice to know that I was missed. I feel good when people ask where I have been. No, I hadn’t gone for good. I basically follow my heart. If I want to do something, I go for it, no matter what the repercussions. I had been travelling to America, London and Europe for a little less than a month.”

Preity spent a lot of time with her brother and his daughter in Los Angeles. “I also spent time with my best friend, Shagun Khanna and her daughter in London. Then I was in Europe for two weeks. Most of the Mumbai girls like Malaika Arora, Seema Khan, Surily Goel and Gauri Khan were in London.” She then went to Paris with Surily.

Buzz is that Preity went travelling to recover from a broken heart. She laughed, “I needed a break and I took one. Of course, I’ve gone through a break-up, but that’s personal. The only reason I speak to the press about what’s happening in my life is because I’m linked with the wrong men. Now, I want to work so hard that people discuss my professional life rather than my personal life. You can invite people to your home but you don’t take them to your bedroom. I’ve to preserve a certain part of me away from the limelight.”

Preity admitted that her break-up with Ness Wadia had invited curiosity, considering that they were together for a long time. “But then that’s life. It’s filled with unpredictable twists and turns. I have come out of the relationship smiling. Every experience in life helps you grow. You preserve the positive and move on. There’s no point dissecting it. Everything is so temporary. Even a Michael Jackson dies,” she said.

She is appalled by the posthumous indignity that MJ is being subjected to. “That is really heartbreaking. He was a one-in-a-billion entertainer. Why go looking for skeletons in his closet when he’s gone? Why not celebrate his genius and enjoy his music? If this can happen to Michael then who are we? He gave so much of himself to his art. Finally, what did he get?”

Preity is completely at peace with herself. “Either they’re writing about my broken heart or calling me a home breaker. I don’t care. I’ve to live with my conscience. I’ve to look myself in the eye in the mirror. I need my space. For those who want to know how I am, I am fine,” she added.

Is she still closely associated with the IPL? Preity’s candidly admitted that she will now shift her professional focus to acting. “I’ll only be there for the matches as opposed to being constantly involved with the IPL activities. The first two years, I gave all of myself to IPL. I’m on the verge of signing two new films with very big banners. But before that, Main Aur Mrs Khanna with Salman will be out. Though I’ve a cameo in the film, it is an interesting role.”

Currently, Preity’s mother is with her in Mumbai and she’s happy playing mama’s pet. “There’s no place like home, especially with mom in it,” she said delightedly.

How much did 99 collect in 1st week? No one knows for sure! Two bollywood webistes are providing diverse figures:


99 collected around 5.25 crore nett in week one. The first week is below the mark but it could cover costs if second week can give steady collections.


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After taking a slow start at the box office, 99 has expectedly grown with positive word of mouth. Even though the film’s promotion still leaves a lot to be desired, audiences have ensured that they patronize this Kunal Khemmu and Boman Irani enough to make it sail past the safety mark. In its first week at the box office, the film has grossed Rs. 7.24 crores. An impressive number indeed considering there was no buzz or hype created around the film and the IPL is also taking audiences away from films.

Confirm producers Anupam Mittal and Aditya Shastri from People Pictures, ”Yes, the film has grossed 7.24 Cr across 436 screens. We are very happy with the way the film has been faring at the box office. With further word of mouth which is anyways quite strong, our film is bound to build on week on wee

CHUCK IT! Anil Kapoor warms up at the Dodgers Stadium and (below) with two fans

Anil Kapoor first Indian to throw ‘first pitch’ in baseball

MARK MANUEL Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; May 14, 2009)

This is not like Shah Rukh Khan pumping his fist for his IPL team Knight Riders in South Africa. Or Preity Zinta waving the King’s XI flag to encourage her’s. This is a bigger sporting honour in the US than all of that, normally reserved for American Presidents, visiting heads of state, pop stars and super athletes; but, strangely, given to our Anil Kapoor in LA earlier this week.

Known as the first pitch in baseball, this ceremonial ritual has the guest of honour throwing a baseball from the pitcher’s mound to home plate to mark the end of pregame festivities and the official start of the tournament. American Presidents from Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Kennedy to DodNixon, Reagan and Bush have all thrown the first pitch at some time for their favourite teams.

Anil, of course, has no favourite team. Nor had he any idea about baseball until he was invited to do the honours for the Dodgers team of LA. The Bollywood actor is in that city and working on the worldfamous teleserial 24. “It’s a kind of cult show, a thriller of the action genre that’s almost bigger than a Hollywood film, and it’s syndicated to 83 countries where youngsters love it,” said Anil. He plays a Middle Eastern leader on a peace mission to the US.

He’s been in LA since February and has got a good six months more to go. But, in the period, Slumdog Millionaire happened… and Anil is now recognised everywhere in LA. “I didn’t know what a huge honour it is to be invited to throw the first pitch, or that I’m the first Indian to do so,” he said in a phone call from LA. But, with great sportsmanship, he accepted and then went to a baseball stadium (“for the first time!”) to practise how to pitch!

“The rules of the game are opposite to cricket,” he exclaimed. “A full toss, what would be declared a bad call in cricket, is considered a good pitch! And, while we run straight between the wickets, they run around in circles. Everything in America is intentionally opposite to the rest of the world! We press down an electrical switch for the lights to come on… there you have to turn up the switch! Cricket is an art, in baseball, you’re trying to kill someone. You take this round bat like what the dhobi uses to wash clothes, aur ball ko maaro, saala!”

But, when he went into the Dodgers Stadium in LA to pitch for the home team in its match against Arizona, baseball aficionados and Bollywood fans thought Anil Kapoor had been pitching all his life! “My hand was stiff from the practise. And I didn’t know what I was doing, but it turned out to be big, and that was the greater fun,” he reported excitedly.

He did make one boo-boo, though. After the game (“which Dodgers won, thank God!”), the Bollywood hero was invited by the opposite Arizona team for a television interview. And, out of respect, they presented Anil Kapoor with a baseball cap with ‘Arizona’ written on it. He wore it and stepped out. The Dodgers supporters pounced on him! “Take it off ! How can you be disloyal to us,” they demanded of their lucky mascot.