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SEXY! Priyanka Chopra

SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 1, 2010)

Okay, Bollywood’s first big rumour of 2010 is that Priyanka Chopra and Akshay Kumar are going to reunite on screen in Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan. The buzz is that Priyanka, riding high on the success of Kaminey, is keen on being cast opposite the Khiladi again. Akshay, you remember, was the hero who galvanized her into the big league at the start of her career with Andaaz, Aitraaz and Mujhse Shaadi Karogi before the two decided not to work together. The buzz is that Priyanka has sent feelers to Farah for the female lead role in her film. The choreographer-director is herself said to be game for this hot-and saleable pairing. And Akshay, who was recently asked if he had any problems working with Priyanka again, had replied, “I’d love to work with her… provided the right script comes along.”

While none of the three involved parties are willing to comment on the Akshay-Priyanka pairing in Tees Maar Khan, Farah did reluctantly say, “By mid-January we have to decide. It will either be an absolutely new girl or a very established actress… go do your math!”

Khiladi gets invited to Canada’s biggest talk show

Bollywood Khiladi Akshay Kumar did more than cause a stampede in Toronto where he went last week to be be the Indian torch bearer for the 2010 Winter Olympics. The action star, who intends to auction the torch and give the proceeds to the Special Olympics, was subsequently invited to television studios to be on one of Canada’s most powerful and influential talk shows – The Hour.

Aired every night, The Hour covers politics, the arts, entertainment, the environment, human rights, sports and more. Its host, George Stroumboulopoulos, is one of the most respected journalists in Canada and has interviewed many of the most influential and recognised people in the world from heads of state to rock stars.

Naturally, Akshay with his huge fan following in Canada was the perfect choice as subject on the show that earlier featured Hollywood actors Matt Damon, Samuel L. Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Cruise. The Khiladi is not saying what Stroumboulopoulos asked him, but the TV host is known more for flamboyance than any cut-andthrust on air.

ALL SET: Akshay Kumar.
Winter Olympics torchbearer Akshay Kumar leaves for Toronto tonight…

SHARIN WADER BUTANI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 15, 2009)

Akshay Kumar’s packing his bags. The Khiladi leaves tonight for Toronto where he will be the only actor among 14 international celebrities to run with the XXI Winter Olympics torch on Thursday. Akshay, who received the torch from Canadian Prime Minister Steve Harper in Mumbai last month, is the Indian ambassador at the Games which are slated to start on February 12, 2010. Over 80 nations participate in the Winter Olympics and the competition is held in eight sports including ice hockey, figure skating and Alpine skiing. India, which sent a four-member team to the last Games that were held in Turin, Italy, in 2006, came back with no medals for our efforts in the luge, crosscountry skiing and Alpine skiing. Clearly, the country’s pride now is Akshay at Toronto! The actor, when asked why he was chosen for this great sporting honour on an international platform like the Olympics, replied, “I definitely didn’t get nominated because of my cricket skills… I may be a celebrity, but with great power comes even greater responsibility. I have put a lot of effort over the years supporting and being brand ambassador for the ‘Special Olympics’ in India. I would go to any lengths to promote sport in my country, my efforts have been appreciated worldwide, and I am touched that India shares my enthusiasm. To be honoured to carry the Olympic torch is so prestigious in every country, you can’t ask for this honour, you can only be recognised for your true love and dedication to children, to sport, to bettering your country’s involvement in the world. You can’t imagine how grateful I am. And how nervous as well!”

NO LOVE LOST: Farah Khan with Shah Rukh Khan

The Bollywood choreographer-director breaks tradition with her first home production

SHARIN WADER BUTANI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; November 18, 2009)

Don’t know how Shah Rukh Khan is taking this, but choreographer and director Farah Khan’s next film does not star the Bollywood Badshah as was widely expected… instead, it has the Bollywood Khiladi — Akshay Kumar. The film is called Tees Maar Khan and this is Farah’s third directorial venture — after Om Shanti Om and Main Hoon Na — and the first for her home production with husband Shirish Kunder. Incidentally, Shirish has also written Tees Maar Khan and will be producing it along with Akshay’s production house. Shirish told BT yesterday about his film that will go on floors by March next year, “I wrote this film with Akshay in mind. My first film Jaaneman was with him and we share a good rapport. Initially, I was supposed to direct Tees Maar Khan but since it’s our first home production, Farah and I decided that I’ll produce it and she’ll direct it.”
Farah, whose next film was supposed to be Happy New Year with SRK, added, “I don’t even have a script for Happy New Year yet, so when this film came along, I decided to go ahead with it. It’s my kind of film and has everything in it — action, comedy and full masala. It’s like a readymade script for me.” She’s aware that Bollywood’s going to cast aspersions on why she picked Akshay over old-friend Shah Rukh. “But there’s no stress between SRK and me. In fact, he’s very happy for me and our production house and has offered every kind of help that I might need while doing the film,” said the choreographer-cum-director. “Tees Maar Khan means a smart ass,” added Farah, who might go on a nationwide hunt for an actress for the film with Shirish.

By Joginder Tuteja, June 15, 2009 – 10:20 IST


Akshay Kumar. Kareena Kapoor. Sylvester Stallone. Anu Malik. Sajid Nadiadwala. Bollywood meets Hollywood. And we are talking about expectations here? It’s as simple as that – Kambakkht Ishq is the biggest ever film to be released so far in 2009 and no wonder expectations are sky high. With such huge names involved, multi crore budgets, promos doing an instant trick and the full-on unabashed commercial masala appeal that this film directed by debutant Sabbir Khan carries, Kambakkht Ishq has a lot riding on it.



As is the case with majority of Akshay Kumar movies, Kambakkht Ishq too has a special song by a guest composer and this is evidenced in the form of ‘Om Mangalam‘ which is composed and performed by RDB with the ‘shlok’ portion being created by Anu Malik himself. A number which is already en route to be a chartbuster in less than a week of promotion, ‘Om Mangalam‘ is a title song in itself as it has words Kambakkht Ishq being repeated throughout it’s four and a half minutes duration.

Never before has a chant being presented in such an innovative avtar but RDB make it possible with ‘Om Mangalam‘ which is the next anthem song in the offering, courtesy it’s catchy rhythm, fast paced Western arrangements, good vocals and above all, excellent picturisation and choreography. Coming again in a ‘reprised version’, ‘Om Mangalam‘ continues to make an impression due to its foot-tapping appeal. Expect this version to be hot favourite with DJs in days to come!


From this point on it is Anu Malik and lyricist Anvita Dutt Guptan all the way. Neeraj Shridhar, who has been the voice of Akshay Kumar for many a chartbusters, modulates his vocals for ‘Lakh Lakh‘. A ‘Khud Ko Kya Samajhti Hai’ [Khiladi] situation revisited with Akshay Kumar being the common factor, this time on it is the ‘bhangra’ flavour that finds it’s way into the narrative. Coming soon after ‘Om Mangalam‘, this number is not really the best follow up number that one would have expected in Kambakkht IshqHowever, yet again, picturisation should do the trick and perhaps make ‘Lakh Lakh‘ (that also appears in a remix version) a visually appealing number since the film has been shot on a lavish scale.

However, there is immediate redemption in the form of ‘Bebo‘ (yes, that’s actually the title of the song). The number has a vintage Anu Malik feel to it, what with Alisha Chinai joining the fun. It is exciting to see Anu and Alisha coming together for ‘Bebo‘ which promises a seductive-n-naughty outing. What also makes ‘Bebo‘ special is the fact that from arrangements to the song styling to Alisha’s voice to an overall attitude, it brings back the memories of many a musical chartbusters that Anu Malik had delivered in the 90s. This one is bound to make a mark even visually and should become popular amongst the lounge crowds. Also, as an alternative, there is a ‘club mix’ version that should make for a good hearing during a round of drinks!

The moment name K.K. comes on the credits, more often than not one can be sure that there would be a good song in the offering. This time around, it’s the turn of (bona fide) title song ‘Kambakkht Ishq‘ to make its presence felt in the album. K.K. sings the track in high spirits while reminding of R.D. Burman who used to enjoy such outings. Sunidhi Chauhan joins K.K. for this extremely catchy number which may not be high on lyrical quotient but has in it to enable a young-n-energetic fun-filled outing. A party number, ‘Kambakkht Ishq‘ is later heard in a much mandated ‘remix version’.

Much needed ‘thehrav’ comes in the form of ‘Kyun‘ which again has vintage Anu Malik written all over it. A mushy romantic number that could well have been a Javed Akhtar written number, ‘Kyun‘ sees Anu Malik getting inspired by R.D. Burman (as evidenced in arrangements that remind of the 70s). Meanwhile Shaan and Shreya Ghoshal take it upon themselves to ensure that together, they come up with yet another duet that deserves to stand out amidst all the fun, ‘masti’ and ‘hungama’ that has been an integral part of the album so far. Shreya Ghoshal is later heard in a solo version of the same song while making sure that audiences get a lot more beyond the surface in case of Kambakkht Ishq.

Aaum and Sulaiman Merchant are the guest composers for the English track ‘Welcome To Hollywood‘ which could well be the theme track of Kambakkht Ishq considering the fact that the film has been shot in a major way in Hollywood. Karsh Kale and Anushka Manchanda come together for this ‘full-on-attitude’ track which makes an impact in spite of singers not really going ballistics behind the mike. Written by director Sabbir Khan himself, this is one theme track which deserves to be placed at multiple junctures in the film’s narrative.


Kambakkht Ishq delivers what it promised at the very onset. A ‘masala’ outing was very much in the offering and that is ensured by means of ‘Om Mangalam‘ and title song ‘Kambakkht Ishq‘. Meanwhile, there is also some nice little surprise in place in the form of ‘Kyun‘ and ‘Bebo‘ that make the album a satisfying affair.


Om Mangalam, Bebo, Kyun

On Saif Ali Khan’s insistence, directors Abbas Mustan are back in Race 2
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 06, 2009)

Saif Ali Khan

When news about directors Abbas Mustan not doing the sequel to their 2008 blockbuster Race started doing the rounds, many eyebrows were raised. Apparently, the producer, Tips and the usually-affable director duo had certain issues to be resolved, which resulted in Tips searching for another director.

When Saif got to know about producer Ramesh Taurani’s decision, he quickly sprung into action. When he made Taurani understand that the director duo’s track record of churning out hits with thrillers (Khiladi, Baazigar, Ajnabee) was good enough reason for them to direct Race 2, the producer relented.

Confirming the news, Saif says, “Abbas-Mustan understand the pulse of the plot. Race was a fast-paced action-adventure caper. Not too many filmmakers in Bollywood would’ve done such a wonderful job of it.”

Apparently, Race 2 will be more gadget and gizmo-friendly and as upwardly-scaled as Dhoom 2.

Had the directors in white not been roped in, more than the directors, Saif would feel the pinch. His ladylove Kareena Kapoor co-stars with him in the sequel and Saif wants to ensure that the film is a success.


Race had both Bipasha Basu and Katrina Kaif opposite him. However, in Race 2 Katrina’s character is shown as dead and Bipasha’s has been removed from the script to make way for Kareena.

Sharing his enthusiasm about the film and his pairing with his real life sweetheart, Saif says, “Yes Kareena will be part of Race 2. We’re yet to flesh out the details. But Race 2 has to be bigger and larger than Race. Otherwise there is no point in making it.”