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BIRTHDAY BOY: BT caught Dharmendra in a relaxed mood at home
Dharmendra on his 75th birthday and start of a new innings in Bollywood

ROSHNI K OLIVERA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 8, 2009)

Yoga, 30 minutes of cycling, and some free form exercises… that’s how Bollywood’s original he-man and endearing actor Dharmendra will start his day today. It’s not just another day. It’s Garam Dharam’s 75th birthday, and while his family and well-wishers are excited, for the man himself it’s only another “beautiful day” that he might spend at his farmhouse in Lonavala.

Life, as a whole, is a celebration for Dharmendra. ‘Be happy and spread cheer all around you’ has always been his mantra. “I am a very emotional person. I love people. I want to see genuine warmth in human beings where there is no artificiality, only true care and concern. There should be harmony all around,” is his birthday wish.

Talking about celebrations, he says it’s a personal choice not to celebrate his birthday. “I stopped doing so after my mother passed away in 1985. She used to be very excited about my birthday… bahut chahel pahel machati thi,” he fondly recounts. But, wishes from across the globe are going to pour in today, as they have over the years. He’s just received a beautiful t-shirt from a girl in New Zealand and a call from a group of 80 boys from Gwalior, who will be donating blood in his name today. Overwhelmed by the affection, Dharmendra says, “It’s this love from my well-wishers that keeps me going. In fact, recently after I appeared on Dus Ka Dum, I received so many letters from people asking me to do more films and make more appearances on TV.” Audiences’ response to Apne, Johnny Gaddar and Life in a Metro has given him tremendous motivation and he’s all set, looking forward to his next innings. “I want to do more films and do good films. I like to see myself on posters. Who doesn’t?” he smiles. A career spanning 50 years in Bollywood (this is his 50th year) and with a number of hit films to his credit, Dharmendra’s seen it all. He’s played the diehard romantic, action hero, and also done comedy. But ask him about his favourite genre and he says he loves every form of acting. He was born to be an actor and will continue to pursue his passion with as much gusto.

On his birthday, as he goes into flashback mode, when he first came to this city of dreams, when he signed his first film and faced the camera for the first time, one can see the same excitement and charm that he may have exuded then. Nothing’s changed… he’s as fit and handsome, his face radiating the same exhilaration even today when it’s ‘lights, camera, action’ time.

The premiere of the Bachchans’ home production Paa was a glittering affair with the who’s who of Bollywood attending the event last night

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 04, 2009)

The preparations for the grand premiere of Paa last night had started much earlier with Amitabh Bachchan visiting the venue at Wadala Imax at 1 pm yesterday to check out all the arrangements. Though the main event was scheduled to begin at 8.30 pm, a casually dressed Amitabh arrived at the venue much earlier at 6 pm and the first thing he did was to double check the arrangements.

He changed into natty formals shortly before the guests started arriving.

The Bachchans had divided their responsibilities to ensure that their guests are well-looked after. While Amitabh, Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai were standing at the entrance, Jaya Bachchan was looking after all the guests near the screens on the first floor.

Why were Ritesh Deshmukh with Abhishek Bachchan wearing identical frames?
The first wives club
Abhishek Bachchan with reel wife, Vidya Balan and his better half, Aishwarya Rai
You me aur hum
Ajay and Kajol

Twinkle Twinkle big star
The colour co-ordinated couple Akshay Kumar and Twinkle

Anil Ambani, his wife Tina and their son were among the first guests to arrive. Some of the power couples who attended the premiere were Shah Rukh Khan and wife Gauri, Ajay Devgan and wife Kajol, Hrithik and wife Sussanne, and Akshay Kumar and wife Twinkle. SRK sent Gauri and the kids upstairs while he stayed back to chat with the Bachchans for a while.  SRK was seen hugging Akshay Kumar. Arshad Warsi and wife Maria were there too.

Ritesh Deshmukh, Dino Morea and Rakeysh Mehra and his wife followed shortly and the director seemed happy to catch up with his Rang De Basanti team Atul Kulkarni and Kunal Kapoor. Sharman Joshi made a late entry.

Ranbir Kapoor and Ritesh were engrossed in a conversation outside screen 3. Aishwarya came upstairs and was seen talking to Ashutosh Gowariker, his wife Sunita and Srishti Behl. Aamir Khan came with his 3 Idiots director Rajkumar Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Aamir left half-an-hour after the screening began.

Abhishek was seen chatting with Govinda, who came in quite late.

Filmmakers David Dhawan, Satish Kaushik and Madhur Bhandarkar were there. Filmmakers Abbas Mustan came all the way from Lonavla.

The screening was held in all the four screens at Imax but it was screen 3, which had the maximum number of stars. The screening of the film started around 10 pm.

Kangna Ranaut hung around outside for a while, posing for pictures even though the film had started. She soon went inside the theatre.

Dil de Dia
Even Auro, who doesn’t like girls, can’t resist the pretty Dia Mirza
Pretty woman
The single life seems to be agreeing with the glowing Kangna Ranaut
Daddy’s girl
Aishwarya with her father Krishnaraj Rai
Hrithik and  Sussanne Roshan
Star trek
Suhana seems to be taking after her mother Gauri Khan already. Shah Rukh Khan, Balki, Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan,  Gauri and Suhana
3 Idiots meets Paa
Rajkumar Hirani, Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Vidhu Vinod Chopra
(pics: nilesh wairkar)
Brass band wallahs at the Shilpa-Raj wedding on Sunday were promptly asked to stop the music just as they started playing Shilpa’s former love Akshay Kumar’s songs

By Sachin Haralkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 24, 2009)

Dhadkan / PIC: Sachin Haralkar


Shilpa Shetty might not have invited her ex-boyfriend Akshay Kumar for her wedding on Sunday at Lonavla, but the brass band, which was invited to play just a few minutes before her pheras, had certainly not forgotten her earlier close association with Akshay.

At around 3 pm, the bandwallahs started some popular Bollywood music by first playing a song from the Akshay Kumar-Shilpa Shetty starrer Dhadkan outside Kiran Bawa’s bungalow, which was the wedding venue. They had hardly played for a minute, when a few people (obviously instructed by the Shetty and Kundra family) came running out of the bungalow and asked them to immediately stop the band music.

An eyewitness says, “The band members were shocked and were wondering what went wrong. They looked quizzically at the people who were ordering them to stop the music of Dhadkan but all that they got in return were harsh glares. At this point they were categorically told, ‘Akshay ki film ka gaana mat bajao’.”

After that, the band members were sternly instructed by those who had told them to stop the music, to stand aside and not play until further orders. They were also told that they would have to thereafter run the list of songs they would be playing all evening, past them. The dejected band stood aside just a few metres away.

“They started playing a fresh batch of songs only around 5 pm, and this time, of course, they didn’t have any Akshay song on their list,” says the eyewitness.

“It was quite a hilarious situation. Imagine the crestfallen band on one side and the livid guys who came running out from the bungalow. We wonder what was going on in Shilpa and Raj’s mind at that moment when this incident happened,” adds the eyewitness.

Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; September 5, 2009)

Singapore: He’s going from ‘lock kiya jaye’ to unlocking the minds of contestants in India’s version of Big Brother. Amitabh Bachchan returns to the small screen in Season 3 of Big Boss, to play “pop psychologist’’ to those in the house. The Big B’s intention is to add “the human element’’ to the reality show.

“We need to analyse the minds of those on the show and reach out to as many people as possible through it. On eviction day, I will discuss the thought process of that particular contestant,’’ Amitabh Bachchan told TOI. “I don’t claim to give gyaan or suggest that I can calm things down. My job is only to analyse why people behave in a certain
manner in the house.’’

About the celebrity inmates of the house, Bachchan only says, “The audience will vote for who they want to see inside the house.’’ Shooting will take place every Friday in Lonavala. Family Bachchan, of course, is thrilled at the idea. “They are happy with whatever makes me happy,’’ he says.
TV’s reach attracts more film stars
Singapore: Amitabh Bachchan will make a return to TV with Big Boss 3. Explaining his choice, Colours CEO Rajesh Kamat said, “Big Boss last season was hugely popular. This time we wanted to make it more broadbased and pan-India so it appeals to people from the ages 4 to 64. Once we decided on Amitabh Bachchan, we worked out the pop-philosopher role for him. The idea was to deconstruct the emotions of those in the house and initiate discussions where we can keep the audience engaged.’’
Rumour has it that Abhishek Bachchan too has been approached to host a game show. Industry sources said, “Abhishek Bachchan has been offered to host a game show on the lines of the American show Bingo. The matter is still under discussion and likely to finalised by the end of the year.’’
More and more film personalities are looking at doing television programmes. While SRK did a season of KBC, Akshay Kumar has returned with Khatron Ke Khiladi 2 and Salman Khan’s image got a makeover with Dus Ka Dum.
“It’s the huge audience base and the ability of television to reach out to the lowest common denominator that is drawing big film stars to small screen,’’ says reality TV writer Manoj Muntashir. “Also, television is no more inferior to cinema. The stars were wooed by some great money and the desire to do something out of the box. Get set to be surprised by many superstars turning to this most popular medium of entertainment in the near future,’’ he adds.
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.


Mrs Roshan has reportedly walked out on her husband and moved into her parents’ home, due to Hrithik’s rowing proximity to his Kites co-star Barbara Mori

The worst seems to have come true for one of the industry’s most loved couples. If reports are to be believed, Susanne Roshan has walked out on husband Hrithik with their two kids and moved into her parents’ home in Juhu. The reason for the move is said to be Hrithik’s romantic liaison with his Kites co-star Barbara Mori.

The buzz is that Susanne had been trying to cope with it for months, but finally made up her mind to walk out. The Roshan family insists that the star’s wife has shifted temporarily due to renovations in the house, but according to close sources, that’s far from the truth.

Barbara not a phase
A family friend of the Roshans informs us, “Hrithik and Susanne have been having problems for a while now. Initially, everyone thought that Barbara was just another phase in his life. Nobody expected Hrithik to get so serious about her. Susanne has been trying to come to terms with it. But when nothing worked, even her parents supported Susanne in her decision to leave him.”

Family ‘affairs’
Rumours about the Hrithik-Barbara affair have been the talk of the industry for over two months now. The couple apparently got really close during the last shooting spell in Mumbai. Hrithik has also become extremely fond of her family, including her mother and  her brother. Hrithik apparently even made a trip to Amby Valley near Lonavala with the actresses’ family, minus his wife.

Few appearances
Reveals a source, “The couple hasn’t been making public appearances together for months, including at awards functions. However, when the talk of trouble in their marriage began getting louder, they made an appearance together at Amrita Arora’s wedding, but their body language spoke volumes.

Last week, they even made an appearance at Manish Malhotra’s fashion show but something went wrong after that.”

Roshans hope…
It’s believed that Susanne has taken the final step after a lot of consideration. “Both Sanjay and Zarine Khan have given her the emotional strength to take the right call. All they want for their daughter is her happiness,” says our source.

However, Susanne still continues to be on good terms with Hrithik’s family, who are hoping that this is just a momentary roadblock in the relationship. Pinky and Rakesh Roshan haven’t given up hope yet. “They are hoping to find a solution to the problem once Hrithik is back in town,” says the friend.

“Something major must have happened between the couple in the last three days because Susanne walked out of the house when Hrithik was away,” reveals the source. Barbara Mori is believed to be abroad.

Very much in love
All calls to Susanne remained unparents’ home. But she insisted it wasn’t because she had walked out on her husband.

“This is completely untrue. Duggu and Susanne are very happy and very much in love. Susanne had to shift out of their flat last week with the two kids as their ceiling is undergoing anti-termite treatment. The kids can’t stay at home while the treatment is going on so Susanne is staying at her mom’s place.”

“Susanne should be back home in a couple of days when work gets over,” added Sunaina. But even if they make up, sources close to the couple insist they’ll be treading on thin ice.

Hrithik flies from SA to save marriage
Hrithik Roshan flew in last night from South Africa and drove straight to meet Susanne at her parents’ place in Juhu.
Said Hrithik, “I am here sitting with Susanne in her mom’s house after dining with the entire family. We have both shifted here for a week with the kids because of termite problems.
“We are renovating sections of our floor.”