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HOT: Kareena and Saif get ready to kiss in their next film

Saif Ali Khan, who’s romantically linked with Kareena Kapoor on screen for the first time and also kisses her


Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan fans can heave a sigh of relief. Bollywood’s Jodi No 1, seen at fashion shows, parties, holidays abroad but never together on screen, are finally a couple in Karan Johar’s next film Kurbaan (directed by Rensil D’Silva). It’s releasing late November and has Saifeena (as the couple is popularly known in Bollywood in context to the Brangelinas and TomKats of Hollywood) romantically linked, sharing a kiss, making steamy love and what have you…
Their pairing in the film that deals with terrorism in the US, goes beyond glamour, stardom, style and sophistication. Saif, naturally, would rather downplay the kissing and lovemaking in the film. “There’s much more to the film than intimate scenes,” he promises. “But, yes, the intimate moments are bold and honest. Just as the action scenes are raw and bloody. And the songs, genuine and real. Or the story — brutal and shocking.”

He’s conscious of the risk of capitalising on or sensationalising the fact that Kareena and he are
involved off-screen as well. Or that audiences, jaded by the knowledge they the actors know each other so well, might not find their intimacy on screen exciting enough. “But what happens in Kurbaan,” argues Saif, “is that two great actors — if I may call myself that — come together and do what they’re best at. This is what Kareena and I do to earn our living. It’s been widely reported on our holidays and days off… now you see it on screen.”
Kareena was unavailable for comment. Or, maybe she’s not the kiss and tell type of actress.
Shiney Ahuja’s wife Anupam is ecstatic on the actor being granted bail after serving prison term for three months for allegedly raping his maid

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 02, 2009)

Shiney Ahuja

Did you anticipate that Shiney would get bail yesterday?

Honestly, I always went with a positive and open mind. Every time I used to feel ki ho jayega.What was special about yesterday that made it happen?

I would attribute it to our daughter, Arshiya. We hadn’t seen her since a long time as she was in Delhi. It was only six days ago, on September 27 that she came to Mumbai. It was her second birthday on September 28. She brought luck and her father was freed.

How did you react when you heard that Shiney has been granted bail?

I was overwhelmed, I started crying. I can’t tell you how happy and relieved I am feeling right now.

How are you planning to meet Shiney — with a hug or a kiss?

(Laughs) We will definitely hug. I imagine it will be a family picture with my daughter, parents and parents-in-law also being there.

Has the ordeal brought you and Shiney closer?

Yes, but that would have happened to any couple. There were funny stories about us and Shiney bore the brunt of it.

Are you not planning to return to the US (where she works). Will you continue staying in India with Shiney?

US can wait. That’s not a priority. I will be with Shiney — be it in Delhi or Mumbai.

Did you pray fervently for your husband’s freedom?

Of course, I used to go to Siddhivinayak every Tuesday and did many other things. My prayers have been answered. I want to thank the people from the film industry and everybody who stood by me. Ashoke Pandit, in particular, was like a rock by my side. I would also like to thank my lawyers — Shrikant Shivde, Neha Bhide, Manoj Mohite and Shirish Gupte.

Anupam Ahuja

How is Shiney’s health now?

He had a severe back problem on September 25. That was the last time I met him. He will be out of jail on Saturday. I am just dying to meet him.

Do you feel dejected that Shiney has been directed to stay out of Mumbai?

Not at all. I respect the law and have faith in the judiciary system. We will be fine in Delhi where our parents reside.

Will Shiney return to films?

Of course. Why would he go anywhere else? He will abide by the law and work wherever the law permits him to go.


IT’S ALL IN THE NAME: Poster of Kites

Bollywood has given up HAHK and DDLJ for short and simple English titles

AAKANKSHA NAVAL-SHETYE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; September 15, 2009)

Bollywood has rediscovered the KISS (Keep It Short and Simple) rule, at least where film titles are concerned. Having had its fill of long names — Bollywood’s now high on short words, and most of them straight off the English vocabulary rack. Sample this: almost 20 films this year had English titles and there are almost 30 more to come… from Blue to Wanted and Radio to Kites. Trade pundits attribute this to several reasons. “Almost every title has been exhausted. Others have been blocked by producers before hand. Filmmakers have to come up with unique titles and English words give an instant youth connect,” explains trade analyst Komal Nahta, adding, “Even Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge was shortened to the English DDLJ.”

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh agrees, claiming that it’s a healthy trend looking at global cinema, “Bollywood films have an international audience. Ever since English lyrics in Hindi songs became a hit, filmmakers began exploring these options. As long as the title suits the content of the film, it’s bound to work.” Vashu Bhagnani, whose next film is titled Do Knot Disturb, adds, “When the masses can accept English songs and words in our films, why not
titles? The audience targeted is largely the youth and they can easily identify with such names.” Rohit Shetty, director of All the Best and Golmaal Returns, defended his titles, “Words like Welcome, All The Best, Luck, and No Problem work well even with the non-English speaking masses in the interiors. These titles have tested positive with the multiplex audience so it’s a win-win scenario all across.”

Trade analysts also believe TV has made English and ‘Hinglish’ popular. “Thanks to the serials, talk shows and advertisements, ‘Hinglish’ has become well-accepted. So if the words are simple and part of daily usage, the names are more likely to work than not,” say trade analysts.

However, filmmaker Vipul Shah, whose films — Singh is Kinng, London Dreams and Action Replayy — all have English names, has a different take. “London Dreams is the name of a band associated with my film, whereas Action Replayy was the name of my play done several years ago. So, the name has to show some connection with the film theme and should not be a random word,” he says. Will the trend of long names that kickstarted with Hum Aapke Hain Kaun pave way for English shorties? Time will tell.

Fox, Luck, Three, Life Partner, Daddy Cool, Sankat City, Shortkut: The Con is On, Quick Gun Murugan, Bachelor Party, Bad Luck Govind, Chandni Chowk To China, Luck By Chance, Victory, The Stoneman Murders, 13B, Straight, Team, Runway, Let’s Dance, Morning Walk, Perfect Mismatch, Shadow, Toss

Blue, Wanted, All the Best, London Dreams, Acid Factory, What’s Your Raashee?, 3 Idiots, Eight, Fast Forward, Shoebite, My Name Is Khan, Jail, Do Knot Disturb, Paa, Radio, Season Greetings, Chase, Kites, Wake Up Sid, Prince, Rocket Singh: Salesman of The Year, No Problem, Road Movie, Accident on Hill Road, Action Replayy
Priyanka Chopra played coy when she was asked to kiss Shahid Kapoor in Kaminey
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 01, 2009)


While Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapoor may have had sizzling chemistry off screen a while ago, she shied away from kissing him on screen for Kaminey. Apparently, Priyanka is not a fan of PDA (Public Display of Affection), on and off screen. She refused to lock lips with Shahid in a scene that leads to love making, which eventually leads to her getting knocked up. Now if you won’t kiss, it’s kind of hard to reach the final result, right? But it still took Vishal Bharadwaj two months to convince her to do the scene.

The intimate scene was first shot in Lonavala, but Vishal felt that the result wasn’t very convincing. So, he suggested that they kiss — an idea that did not appeal to Priyanka.

It can’t be that she was repulsed by her co-star, so why did she protest? Our source revealed, “Priyanka said that she was not told about the scene in advance. She categorically told Vishal that she was uncomfortable doing the kissing scene. Vishal did not press the issue and shot the scene without the kiss.”

Vishal was not satisfied, so after a few days, he called the couple to check out the scene. But Shahid was not free to reshoot because he was busy with Ken Ghosh’s Yahoo by then.

“Later, when Priyanka and Shahid saw the scene together with Vishal, Priyanka realised that something was amiss. She understood Vishal’s perspective and agreed to kiss Shahid,” our source added.

Wasn’t she in love with Shahid while shooting for the film? “We don’t know about that,” our source said.

The upshot was that the scene now has them lip-locked, but this time it was shot in Mumbai. Vishal needed five retakes since he wanted to shoot it from different angles. The director refused to comment, but confirmed the story.

Arshad Warsi took permission from his wife and has taken a vow after doing the scene
By TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; July 22, 2009)

We are talking about the steamy, sizzling lip-lock between Vidya Balan and Arshad Warsi.

Yes, Arshie took permission from wifey Maria before letting the heat on, but we get to hear, from Warsi himself, that Maria Goretti wasn’t too comfy with this ‘hot stuff’. Anyway, she, too, gave in to the demands of Vishal Bhardwaj’s script.

After Maria, it was his own emotions he had to fight. “I was extremely petrified… even Vidya knows it. I was dying from within. But then, a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.”

So much for the love-byte. And the latest update on this ‘kiss-a’: Arshad has vowed, no more on-screen kisses! And Maria, we hear, is breathing easy!

Emraan Hashmi is miffed with Soha Ali Khan for refusing to kiss him on the lips in Tum Mile
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 16, 2009)

Soha Ali Khan

Emraan Hashmi

Although Emraan Hashmi has kissed several PYTs in most of his films, his ego recently took a beating when Soha Ali Khan refused to kiss him in Tum Mile. Incidentally, Soha had initially agreed to do the scene.

A source said, “A kissing scene was to be shot between Emraan and Soha. It was an important scene as the film is a love story. It is not a steamy bedroom scene but a romantic kiss. Soha was informed about the scene right from the start. However, on the day of the shoot, she suddenly backed out. Director Kunal Deshmukh tried to convince her but by the time he could do so, it was Emraan who refused to shoot after he heard about Soha’s refusal. As Emraan was upset with Soha for backing out of the scene, he had a showdown with Kunal. The day’s shoot ended without the scene being shot.”

Kunal confirmed the news and said, “I had given a detailed narration to Soha about the kiss. However, on the day of the shoot, she developed cold feet. As the scene was to be shot against the backdrop of a setting sun, I was in a hurry to film it. But by the time I managed to convince Soha, Emraan had an issue. He did not take kindly to Soha’s refusal and as a result refused to shoot. I had no option but to call for a pack-up. They will eventually understand that the kiss is an important part of the film. I am sure they will put their egos aside and work towards the betterment of the film.”

The film is based on the 26/7 Mumbai deluge.