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CROSSING BORDERS: Akshay Kumar
Khiladi gets invited to Canada’s biggest talk show
TIMES NEWS NETWORK (BOMBAY TIMES; December 24, 2009)

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.

BRIDGING THE GAP: John Abraham near the Tower Bridge
…by stopping traffic in London for Abbas Tyrewala’s film

AAKANKSHA NAVAL-SHETYE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; September 30, 2009)

Bollywood hunk John Abraham did what Hollywood biggies like Nicholas Cage, Matt Damon and Brendan Fraser could not… he brought the traffic in London to a halt!

The story goes that John was shooting for Abbas Tyrewala’s 1-800-Love in London and, miraculously, the director managed to get permission to shoot on the iconic Tower Bridge for four nights. Which is astonishing, because many Hollywood films including Bourne Ultimatum and National Treasure were denied permission to shoot there. And even The Mummy, which has the famous chase sequence on the Tower Bridge, was allowed to shoot for only one night.

But for John and Abbas’s unit of seven cameras, the Tower Bridge and also the historical London Bridge — both of which cross the River Thames — were readily
made available. The authorities even had the boat traffic on the Thames shut down for one night. An excited John reported, “I was reminded regularly for two months that Tower Bridge would be blocked off, but that night, as the clock struck 9.30 pm, and four police bikes escorted my car on to the middle of the bridge, I was over awed! The grandeur of virtually owning one of London’s greatest land marks — what an experience!” aakanksha.navalshetye@timesgroup.com
Vishal Bhardwaj to remake The Departed, after Kaminey. Saif and Kareena keen to bag roles in the film
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 19, 2009)

Vishal Bharadwaj

The hit Omkara jodi of actor Saif Ali Khan and director Vishal Bhardwaj are teaming up again, goes the current buzz in the industry. The two are ready to work on a new project as soon as Vishal’s Kaminey, with Shahid Kapur and Priyanka Chopra, is released.

Apparently, a big production house has bought the copyright of Martin Scorsese’s 2006 American crime drama The Departed and has approached Vishal to direct it. Having directed dark gangster films like Omkara, Maqbool earlier, they have chosen Vishal to handle the desi Departed.

Saif, whose career underwent a major transformation with Omkara has expressed a keen desire to be a part of Vishal’s version of The Departed. He doesn’t mind playing the role of either of the protagonists, played by Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Departed.

Saif’s eagerness to return to working with Vishal has been apparent to his friends for quite some time now. Every time the Kaminey trailer with the ‘Dhan te nan’ song plays, Saif slips into a retro mood. One of Saif’s close friends says, “Saif just loves the look of Kaminey. We feel he really regrets that he could not be a part of Kaminey, especially since Shahid’s role was initially offered to him. He was busy putting together Love Aaj Kal, his maiden production venture, at that time. Every time we notice him grooving to ‘Dhan te nan’s beats, he quickly shoots back, ‘Why would I want someone else’s song? I have my own track, ‘We twist’ (from Love Aaj Kal) in the charts.”

Saif Ali Khan

Kareena Kapoor

Saif may say that, but the fact is that he is keen to do The Departed with Vishal. Not only that, girlfriend Kareena Kapoor too wants to be a part of the film. Though there isn’t a need for the presence of a female lead in the film, the story may modified if she is a part of the film.

In fact, Kareena too was asked to be part of Kaminey initially. But by the looks of it, she has obviously refused. When we ask Vishal about this, he snaps back, “Kisne manaa kia tha? (Who had asked them not to be part of the film?) They got busy with other things and we moved on. I would like to work with them again.”