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Karan Johar gives his new year plans a miss; will remain in Mumbai to complete the last leg of My Name is Khan. SRK follows suit; will spend time with family at Mannat

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 31, 2009)


Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan are not just the co-producers of My Name is Khan, they plan and cancel their holidays in tandem too. While Karan will stay in town to work on the editing and soundwork of My Name is Khan; SRK will have a lazy time with family at his residence in Bandra, Mannat.

Karan had initially planned to go abroad to bring in the New Year and SRK was supposed to stay at his Dubai villa. However, SRK will return from Dubai to spend a quiet new year at his house.

Our source said, “Karan had cancelled his new year plans last year, because of the 26/11 attacks. He has been visiting Goa for the new year for the past three to four years. This time, he was really looking forward to visiting either LA or New York. He was forced to cancel his trip as he is busy with the editing and some final technical work in the sound department.

Shah Rukh Khan Karan Johar

SRK had planned to spend the New Year at his Dubai villa with family. But he has also changed his mind and is now returning to Mumbai in the afternoon.”

Karan Johar could not be reached as he is busy editing his film and SRK remained unavailable for comment.

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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.

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 25, 2009)


The buzz of anticipation as Shah Rukh Khan arrived at the premiere of 3 Idiots was nearly as loud as the buzz of appreciation for Aamir Khan’s latest turn.

For, the drama his turning up promised could be as much fun as the movie playing on the screens inside IMAX, Wadala.

SRK’s bête noire Salman Khan had arrived well in time for the movie to begin and the waiting media and star-gazers turned away disappointed when there seemed to be no sign of Shah Rukh Khan, while hosts for the evening no doubt heaved a sigh of relief.

The last time SRK and Sallu met – at Katrina Kaif’s birthday – the birthday girl had been utterly sidelined in the furious exchange of words between the two superstars, and Aamir Khan had spent the night running the short distance between Salman’s house Galaxy Apartments and SRK’s home Mannat, playing peacemaker.

Sallu comes out of the screening, sees SRK a few feet away and gives him the full I-wanna-knock-your-teeth glare…

But never one to back out of awkward situations, Shah Rukh arrived minutes before the film ended and was greeted by Aamir.

Just as Shah Rukh moved to talk to director Kunal Kohli, the show got over and out came Salman Khan. He spied Shah Rukh chatting away and gave him the full benefit of the famous Sallu I-wanna-knock-your-teeth glare. He stared long and hard forcing SRK to turn in his direction, but just then, Aamir said something to Salman, forcing him into a conversation.

By this time, other guests too had swarmed into the area forcing their bodyguards to lead the two stars away and out. Separately.

…He stares long and hard, forcing SRK to turn and look at him, but before any sparks could fly, Aamir Khan forces Sallu into a conversation, saving the day
Anil Kapoor’s super luxe vanity bus, one of the most expensive in Bollywood today, has all the amenities one could possibly dream of. It took over a year to design it

By Meena Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 11, 2009)


Anil Kapoor can’t stop beaming thanks to his spanking new golden yellow vanity bus delivered to the Slumdog Millionaire actor two days ago. Anil’s prized possession is currently the talk of the film industry.

The 42-feet-long vanity bus with the registration plate MH-04 TRA 135 took a year to be made. Done up by leading car designer Dilip Chhabria’s son Bonny Chhabria, the interiors are done in mahogany wood with the upholstery being in shades of beige and ivory. The bus is made by the Tatas and has been assembled on an imported chassis.

The bus is primarily divided into an office space with ivory leather sofas. There is ample legroom and a designated office space for Anil’s secretary with computer monitors, laptops, a worktable, television and all the requisite amenities.

The inner room is a makeup-cum-lounge area that is the star’s private place. A huge LED mirror runs from the floor almost to the ceiling of the bus right across which stands a sofa-cum-bed. An additional moving chair can also be placed in this room should Anil wish to sit closer to the mirror.

There are two bathrooms in the bus; the one outside at the entrance of the office space specifically for visitors, while Anil’s own bathroom is more spacious and has a shower as well.

Dilip Chhabria says it took Bonny and him almost a year to design the bus because Anil was constantly in and out of the country post Slumdog Millionaire and he rejected the interior plans on a couple of occasions.

Shakti Kapoor, who was shooting with Anil for No Problem yesterday, said, “This is probably the most expensive bus standing at the studio right now. It reportedly costs Rs 2 crore.”

Neither Anil nor the Chhabrias were willing to reveal the actual amount that the bus cost but one hears that the final cost is Rs 1.91 crore.

Anil’s bus is said to be second to Shah Rukh Khan’s 50-feet-long bus that stands outside Mannat. That is built on a Volvo chassis and is reported to have cost SRK approximately Rs 3 crore.

Socialite Kajal Anand allegedly asked film critic Khalid Mohamed to leave the theatre after he asked her to take a good look at herself in the mirror…

By Vishwas Kulkarni (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 24, 2009)


 


For the rarified select gathering, it was meant to be a cozy evening with close friends from the film fraternity to celebrate the release of Kurbaan last week. A special preview, hosted by socialite Kajal Anand, thus comprised the Who’s Who of tinsel town and the usual sprinkling of society divas and dudes.

But as the evening panned out, guests, comprising socialites and Bollywood movers and shakers, were shocked with what seemed to be a comedy of errors, gone horribly wrong.

Film critic Khalid Mohamed and socialite Kajal Anand had a very public falling-out at this private screening of the film starring Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan.

It all started like this: a socialite at the evening approached famed film critic Khalid Mohamed, but made the mistake of assuming him to be someone else. She then, on realising her faux pas, supposedly apologised for this. An eyewitness claims that Mohamed replied with, “You know, it’s alright. I don’t even care to know you, and I don’t even know who you are.” Realising that things were getting a little choppy on the guest-list front, Kajal Anand then walked up to the film critic, supposedly to ask him to let go and make peace.

But Anand caught Mohamed at a wrong time indeed; he then began directing his ire towards her, sources claim. And he certainly didn’t mince his words. “Have you seen yourself in the mirror lately? You are a fat hag! How do your friends even hang out with someone like you? Now I know that you’ll go later to Mannat and bitch  with the rest of that gang of yours. That’s all you’re famous for…” is what he is alleged to have told the socialite.

On hearing all this, Kajal Anand then asked Khalid Mohamed to leave. “Please leave this preview. You are never welcome again,” said she. An awkward ceasefire ensued, as both parties went back to their seats, but there was no missing the hushed silence of the collected crowd, who were still soaking in the slow-but-sure repercussions of what was a jarring end to a rather long-standing friendship.

Khalid Mohamed has been a famed film critic for almost 30 years. Kajal Anand is a well-known socialite who hobnobs with both, SoBo A-listers and eminent names from Bollywood aristocracy; it is a dexterity that makes her one of the more powerful society names in Bombay today.

Khalid Mohamed sat at his seat, fuming for some time. Then at the interval, he stormed out, something that nobody missed, given what had preceded this exit.

The incident has therefore sent shockwaves in the industry and society circles, even if not many are willing to comment on the melee, given the pedigree of both parties involved. Yet when contacted, Kajal herself did not deny the story. All she said was, “It is entirely your prerogative to do the story; I have no comments to offer on this incident.” When Khalid Mohamed was contacted about this fracas, he confirmed the story as well.

“No, it didn’t happen like you say it. The first preview for Kurbaan was a Mumbai Police screening which I had missed. The second one was hosted by Kajal Anand; here a girl walked up to me and mistook me for a furniture designer, introducing herself as Prerna Goel. This girl, Prerna Goel, was behaving very funnily. I even remember asking Kajal, ‘What sort of friends do you have?’ I don’t know why, but Kajal was behaving obnoxiously that day. She is a friend but she tends to be, at times, like this. I never told her, ‘You’re fat’. But I did say, ‘Look at yourself in the mirror.’ And I walked out in the interval with a friend who was accompanying me. At that moment, I remember Kajal standing with Yash Birla and a couple of other people,” said the film critic.

(With inputs by Vickey Lalwani)

Shah Rukh Khan takes crores to endorse one satellite dish and then installs another at his office


By Satish Malavade (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 16, 2009)

When Shah Rukh Khan dimples prettily from your TV screen asking if you don’t want a better deal and clearer picture by using the satellite dish he is selling, you almost want to run out and get it. Such is the badshah’s persuasive prowess. And that is why companies shell out crore to create superstar brand ambassadors.

Over years Shah Rukh has been impeccable ensuring his life-style choices were aligned with the brands he endorsed, whether it’s the watch he wears, or more famously, the soft drink he endorsed until not too long ago. He’s been the brand ambassador for this  particular satellite dish company since 2007 and his contract was renewed three months ago for another eighteen months.

Which is why we were surprised to see the large satellite installed atop Khan’s multi-storey office-cum-leisure space in the extension behind Mannat. It’s not the Dish that SRK wants everyone to buy but a rival brand which is endorsed by none other than Shah Rukh’s current bete noire, Aamir Khan. In a  spate of recent interviews both have claimed to be the better marketer. Going by his preference in dish antennae, is Shah Rukh buying into Aamir’s sales spiel?


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