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Shahid Kapoor has asked for additional bodyguards as embarrassing acts by his female fans are getting too hot to handle

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 09, 2009)



Shahid Kapoor is realising that stardom comes with its share of fan following, which can flatter and also embarrass one. Even as girls are going weak-kneed over Shahid’s cute boy-meets-hot body image thanks to his soaring popularity post Jab We Met and Kaminey, the actor feels that his female fan following is proving to be a major threat. Consequently, the actor has demanded extra bodyguards during all his future shoots

Shahid is currently shooting in Bangkok for Parmeet Sethi’s untitled with Anushka Sharma for Yash Raj Films. We had reported on November 12 about how a group of Indian girls on a Bangkok beach had demanded that Shahid should completely bare his upper torso for them. Being the shy guy that he is, Shahid, of course, was extremely embarrassed. A source says, “Shahid has a huge female fan following and is constantly mobbed at various places. At times it becomes too risky for him. Not wanting to cause any further problems, the actor has now asked for extra security.”

The source continues, “Usually, Shahid also has fans waiting outside his vanity van and they refuse to move till he meets them. This at times hampers the shoot schedule, disturbing not only Shahid but also the film unit. Now, Shahid wants a group of 5-6 bodyguards to be with him on the sets and also whenever he is shooting at an outdoor location where there is a greater risk of fans barging in on the sets.”

An official from YRF,downplayed the request and said, “We haven’t got extra guards for the shoot. YRF, does have adequate security for all its shoots at all times. Should an artiste ask for additional security, it will most certainly be provided. However, no additional security has been asked for during this shooting schedule.”

Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor fight over a make-up man

By Meena Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 30, 2009)


Sticking by the unwritten rule in Bollywood about actresses being on unfriendly terms with one another are Bollywood’s top actresses, Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. That Priyanka befriended Shahid Kapoor post Kareena broke up with him does not help in anyway. Currently, the two are fighting over a man named Pompy.

Pompy is Bollywood’s much coveted make-up artiste and Kareena and Priyanka both want him to glam up their looks. Having worked with Pompy on various films and commercials, the girls are addicted to him. The first thing they do after signing a film is to make sure Pompy’s schedule matches theirs.

A source from the industry revealed, “Earlier in the month, when Priyanka learnt that she had to go to Bangkok for the Anjaana Anjaani shoot with Ranbir Kapoor, her secretary tried his best to get dates from Pompy, but they did not match. The make-up magician was committed to accompany Kareena to Sydney, Australia, where she was to shoot with Kajol and Arjun Rampal for the Bollywood remake of Stepmom.”

 

Priyanka Chopra Kareena Kapoor

The buzz in the industry is that Kareena counts Pompy as extended family and invites him to her films’ previews. The select few who attended the Kurbaan screening on November 12 confirmed that Pompy was a part of the audience too.

Not so long ago, cousins Rani Mukerji and Kajol would woo Mickey Contractor the make-up wizard resulting in many a misunderstanding between them. Some things never change in Bollywood.

 

Kareena Kapoor has asked Karan Johar to edit out the reel which has her love making scene from the Kurbaan print which will be shown to her mother, Babita, and Babita’s friends

By Meena Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 17, 2009)


Kareena Kapoor’s love-making scene in Kurbaan with her boyfriend Saif Ali Khan has been the talking point for months on end.

Even on their recent show Date with Kurbaan on national television, Karan Johar who is the producer of the film asked Kareena point-blank whether she would have done such an intimate scene with any of her other male co-stars. And Kareena replied that she may have done it but it wouldn’t be quite as explicit as it is now.

Kurbaan

She also said that the reason why she agreed to do it was because it was integral to the script and that she was happy that director Rensil D’Silva had done it so aesthetically. She added that knowing Saif in real life made things just a wee bit easy. “But at the end of day, Saif and I are professional actors and would do whatever a script demands from us,” she said.

Having said all this, one would have thought that the reigning Bollywood diva would be blasé about the whole affair. However, news has it that after watching the cast and crew trial of Kurbaan at Yash Raj Studios on November 12, Kareena, who was very nervous about the bare-back scene, actually put in a request to her friend and film-maker Karan Johar asking him to delete the love-making scene in just the one show which would be attended by her mother Babita and her friends.

A nervous Bebo wasn’t sure how her mother would react to seeing her do something so bold on-screen. She admitted that she was indeed nervous of her mother’s reaction. “I asked Karan if he could hide that one reel only from mom’s trial,” said the young actress.

However, Karan is said to have pacified his lead actor and told her she has no reason to be afraid.

Karan is also said to have told her in jest, “Shut up Bebo, and go take a walk.  I’m doing no such thing.”

Kareena is of course in Sydney at this point shooting for Karan’s Step Mom with Kajol.  But those close to her say that right till the time she boarded her flight, the thing that topped her mind was how her immediate family would react to this one scene in Kurbaan.

Guess the physical distance between Mumbai and Sydney will help ease Bebo’s nervousness.

Babita Karan Johar

By Subhash K. Jha, November 12, 2009 – 10:44 IST

Madhur Bhandarkar Jail which opened last week would serve as deterrent for potential law breakers. Or so director Madhur Bhandarkar would like to believe.

“Anyone would think twice before committing a crime after seeing in my film what life is like inside a prison,” says the director.

Madhur Bhandarkar’s Jail opened below expectations. The hard-hitting director has no qualms in admitting it. “It was a slow starter. But collections have picked up from the third day,” says Madhur, and adds, “You’ve to admit it requires guts to make a film set in a jail. The other film releasing with us was a light fun filled entertainer. We were fighting formidable competition since Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani was a lavish film. Ours is 12-crore rupee film and we’ll recover our money. The producers are happy. There are still the satellite rights to be sold.”

Madhur fights off comparisons with between Jail and his last film. “Fashion was a glamorous glossy big-budget film. Jail is a grim and honest look at life in a prison. It has a strong word-of-mouth element.”

BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

By Subhash K. Jha, November 12, 2009 – 10:14 IST

Rensil D'Silva Is Vivek Oberoi getting a raw deal? The Kurbaan promos feature Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor all the way. Vivek Oberoi who plays the third main protagonist is hardly glimpsed in the entire promotional campaign, triggering off a widespread feeling that things are not so right between Vivek and the Kurbaan team.

However, the explanation for Vivek’s absence is far more bizarre than the normal raw-deal rona-dona.

Apparently, his role is so deeply affiliated to the plot’s suspense that every moment shown in the promos featuring Oberoi would have the tendency to give away the story.

Laughs director Rensil D’Silva, “It’s a very strange situation. Vivek is one of the central characters. But almost every scene of his is a dead giveway of the suspense. What do we do?”

Rensil has discussed the problem with Vivek. “And he is absolutely cool with being the band mutthi of the film. I’ve spoken to Vivek and explained the dilemma. He was cool with not being featured in the promos that much. He said to do whatever is right for the film because when the film opens the truth about the extent of his role would be out. Vivek has worked very hard in the film. He had to acquire a true New Yorker’s accent and not the kind Indians get at the John F Kennedy airport.”

Vivek worked really hard on the accent. “We had a couple of New Yorkers on the sets to coach him. He’s got the NY accent bang-on. It’s not a borough-specific accent (NY has 5 boroughs each with its own speaking pattern). It’s a general New York twang. And Vivek is superb with it.”

Rensil cuts down the belief that Vivek has a cameo in Kurbaan? “Not true at all. Vivek is in 80 percent of the film. He’s central to the drama. Vivek worked very hard on the role. He was in my room in Philadelphia every night to discuss his diction, dialogues and looks. I seem his career at the cusp of something really exciting.”

BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 12, 2009)


Sizzling scenes between Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor and extreme violence have resulted in Karan Johar’s soon-to-be-released Kurbaan getting an ‘A’ certificate by the censor board.

A source says, “There is a lot of violence as the film is set against the backdrop of terrorism. Taking this into account, the censors felt that a ‘U’ or even a ‘U/A’ certificate would not be advisable.”

Director Rensil D’Silva tried his best to reason with the censor board but they were firm about their decision.

Regional Officer of the Censor Board, Vinayak Azad, confirmed the news and said, “After we saw Kurbaan, we felt that it was meant for adult viewing only.”

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 12, 2009)


For all you know, you may not have the opportunity to dial the toll free line to love. 1-800-LOVE will not be the title of the film if producer Madhu Mantena manages to get his way. Director Abbas Tyrewala and Madhu are having constant fights over the title of the film.

Our source reveals, “Madhu Mantena is dissatisfied with the title and is adamant on changing it. He has had several arguments with the director and wants to change the title because he feels that the Indian audience will not be able to understand and connect to 1-800-LOVE. They have had their fair share of heated arguments in the past over locations too. Recently, at the film’s wrap-up party, Madhu walked out after another one of their tiffs over the title.” Lead actor John Abraham had to then smooth things out between the two.

Madhu explains, “We rarely use toll free numbers in India. It is very important that the audience also connects to the film’s name for commercial success.” But isn’t it too late to realise this as the title 1-800-LOVE is already registered in people’s minds, we ask him. “We have ample amount of time to change and promote it, even though 1-800-LOVE has gained popularity. I love this film and Abbas too much to let this mistake happen.”

Abbas, firm about the current title, says, “For the longest time, I wanted 1-800-LOVE as my title. But Madhu wants a different one now. As Madhu says, it does happen that people refer to it as ‘One thousand eight hundred love’, which is not what the film is about. But I thought people will understand it. Madhu and I had a conflict and I understand his point, but need something more convincing.”

Laughing off his walk-out from the wrap-up party, Madhu says, “Abbas and I are very close friends and feel passionately about the film. We make it a point to show off our aggression. I am sure we’ll settle with a final title soon. And yes, on the other hand, John likes another title.”

Madhu Mantena Abbas Tyrewala
Manisha Koirala to play a negative role as Jaya Bachchan’s shrewd bahu in Revathy Varma’s Aap Ke Liye Hum

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 12, 2009)


 

Manisha Koirala

Manisha Koirala, who has been missing in action for a while now, is back with a bang. She is set to play her first negative role as Jaya Bachchan’s shrewd daughter-in-law in Revathy Varma’s Aap Ke Liye Hum.

Confirming the news, director and co-producer, Revathy says that Manisha loved the role because of the challenge of playing somebody so negative. She adds, “It’s the role of Ranvir Shorey’s wife. This woman is so wicked that she doesn’t think twice about turning to her angelic mother-in-law and saying, ‘Why did you produce only one son and expect him to look after you? If you had a couple more we wouldn’t be burdened’. It’s the daughter-in-law who sends Jayaji to the old woman’s home. That beautiful angelic face saying such horrible ugly things to a frail, old woman would be the biggest challenge of Manisha’s career.”

The closest Manisha has come to playing a negative character was in Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se where she played a terrorist. The actress is expected to join the cast and crew when the shooting resumes in January.

Incidentally, this is the same role that Urvashi Sharma had earlier agreed to do, but backed out later because of non-payment of her remuneration.

Revathy laughs uncomfortably, “Well, yes. It’s the same role. But Manisha doing the role makes all the difference. And of course her remuneration too makes all the difference. Besides, Manisha loved the thought of sharing screen space with Jayaji. We start shooting right after Jayaji’s winter parliamentary session gets over.”

Deepika Padukone to star opposite Imran Khan, who happens to be her ex-boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor’s closest friend

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 12, 2009)


Deepika Padukone, who recently split with Ranbir Kapoor, will star opposite his closest friend Imran Khan in a film produced by Kunal Kohli. The film is the directorial debut of Danish Aslam, Kunal’s assistant.

A source says, “Post her breakup with Ranbir, Deepika is taking on more and more assignments to keep herself busy. She now wants to focus on her career and make all the right moves.

She has signed films with Ashutosh Gowariker and Yash Raj Films. Danish’s film, which is jointly produced by Kunal Kohli and Big Pictures, is another big film in her kitty. Deepika is very excited about it.

She chose to sign the film despite Imran being Ranbir’s close friend as she has moved on. She doesn’t want to mix her personal life with her professional life.”

Confirming the news, Kunal Kohli says, “It’s true. We have finalised Imran and Deepika for the film. We are hoping to start the film early next year. It’s a love story and we are yet to find a title for the film. Danish will be making his debut as a director with this film.”

 

Ranbir Imran Khan
While Shahid wants his father to cast Katrina in Mausam, Pankaj Kapur is keen on a fresh face

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 12, 2009)


Pankaj Kapur is on a nationwide hunt for the female lead to be cast opposite Shahid Kapoor in his directorial debut Mausam. But his son has other ideas. Apparently, Shahid is keen on casting Katrina Kaif in the lead.

A source reveals, “After working with A-list actresses such as Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Vidya Balan, Katrina Kaif is the next actress on Shahid’s wishlist. He thinks Katrina is extremely talented and would love to work with her in a film. His father’s movie is a love story and Shasha (Shahid) finds Katrina apt for the role.”

Pankaj Kapoor, however, is not terribly keen on Shahid’s recommendation. The source continues, “He has spoken to his dad Pankaj recommending Katrina for the film. But, Pankaj is keen to cast a young fresh face for the film. A nationwide hunt is on for the film.”

The debutant director takes a cautious line. Pankaj Kapoor says, “I am still in the scripting process. My daughter is looking into the casting. Only once I am done with the script, will I be able to take the final call for the female lead.” The movie goes on the floors in January 2010.

Shahid remained unavailable for comment.