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On her birthday, Sushmita Sen’s boyfriend Mudassar Aziz gave her a specially made six-minute DVD, which captured her various moods

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 21, 2009)

Thanks to her boyfriend Mudassar Aziz, Sushmita Sen will not forget her 34th birthday, which she celebrated on Thursday (November 19), for a long time.
He gifted Sushmita a specially made DVD capturing her various moods, which he had shot during the making of Dulha Mil Gaya.
A source says, “Mudassar, who is also the director of the film, wanted to make Sushmita’s birthday an unforgettable event. He compiled various moods of the actress during the making of the film. He began working on the six-minute DVD a week before her birthday. Sushmita was bowled over by his thoughtfulness. She loved the fact that Mudassar had invested so much time and energy to gift her something unique. The DVD also contains shots of her co-stars, Shah Rukh and Fardeen, during the shooting of the film. Mudassar also gifted Sushmita a huge birthday card and a bottle of Dom Perignon, her favourite champagne.”

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By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 19, 2009)


Himesh Reshammiya believes in having his cake and eating it too. He will soon sign up for a music reality show where he will compete with prominent Bollywood singers such as Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal, Shankar Mahadevan, Mohit Chauhan and Mika.

And hold your breath.Himesh has apparently demanded a whopping Rs 8 crore to shoot for only 20 days. Himesh had made it clear to the channel that he wouldn’t be part of the reality show for anything less than the aforementioned amount.

A friend of Himesh says, “Himesh had to switch the channel he had been working with over the years just to be part of this new show. Naturally, he clearly laid down his terms and conditions.”

The channel didn’t think twice before agreeing to his demands, “Himesh is an entertainer and the channel is heavily banking on him and this show to get more eyeballs over the weekends,” adds the friend.

The show is expected to launch in December. It was earlier titled Music Premiere League but will now have a different title.

Anupma Mandloi, content head of the channel and Himesh remained unavailable for comment.

After working incessantly for three years, Deepika Padukone is looking forward to a family holiday in the US

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 19, 2009)


After continuously being on her toes for three years, Deepika Padukone has finally decided to take it easy. The actress will soon take a short break and head for a holiday to the US with her family to attend a cousin’s wedding. The Padukones are looking forward to spending time with their relatives.

Deepika’s close friend said, “Deepika has been working incessantly since the last three years. Also, she just broke up with Ranbir Kapoor, so the break is a welcome relief for her. She signed Om Shanti Om in 2006 and the back-to-back shooting schedules for other films left her with no personal time. Even before Om Shanti Om released, she was working on Chandni Chowk to China and Bachna Ae Haseeno. As soon as she completed these two films, she got busy with Love Aaj Kal. Recently, she completed shooting for Farhan’s Akhtar’s Karthik Calling Karthik and Sajid Khan’s Housefull. Then, there were the cameo appearances and the endorsements, which also kept her occupied. When the rest-deprived Deepika got an opportunity to spend time with family, she immediately grabbed it.”

“One of Deepika’s closest cousins is getting married and she was to leave for the US last Sunday but since she had to finish a shoot, she will be leaving after a couple of days and will spend at least ten days with her family in the US. Since there is a lot of speculation about her personal life due to her break-up with Ranbir, she wants to come back rejuvenated,” added the friend.

Deepika confirmed the news and said, “My brother is getting married. It is the first big wedding in the family and I am looking forward to it. I believe it is very important to make time for family, no matter how hectic one’s life is.”

(MUMBAI MIRROR; November 19, 2009)

Who says time changes everything? Ask Akshay Kumar, who has stuck to his quintessential style of acting and looks just as fit and dishy as he did 15 years ago.

If anything, he has only gotten younger as time has passed by. Even the surroundings have not changed for Akshay. The sizzling rainy atmosphere, the sexy flame orange saris, a macho man caressing his woman…it’s all the same. For instance, take a closer look at these two pictures- Akshay and Raveena set everybody’s pulse racing while singing and dancing together in the rain to Tip tip barsa paani in Mohra (1994) and now, he will again set the screen on fire with Katrina Kaif in the soon-to-be-released De Dana Dan. Some things never change. And if they do, they only get better with time. Right, Akki?

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 19, 2009)


 

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s production Crooked is set to go on the floors from January 14 next year. However, the Abhishek Bachchan starrer has no lead actress as Aishwarya, who was supposed to do the film, opted out citing date problems.

Her dates for Crooked were colliding with Vipul Shah’s Action Replay. Since Action Replay is inching towards completion, Aishwarya had to give it priority, leaving her with no choice but to opt out of Crooked, directed by Abhinay Deo. It is a thriller which will be shot at different foreign locales.

Meanwhile, Farhan’s other production directed by Zoya Akhtar featuring Hrithik Roshan, Farhan and Abhay Deol is also stuck as it has no lead actress. The film’s shooting starts from April 5 in Spain. Ritesh says, “We are now looking for a completely new face in Crooked, which actually requires three new girls. We also need a fresh face either from London or New York for Hrithik in Zoya’s film.”

Farhan says, “Hrithik has been a true friend. I start directing Don 2 from September 2010, so Zoya’s film had to be completed before that. Hrithik adjusted his dates accordingly.”

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 19, 2009)


Urmila Matondkar

We last saw her playing a vamp in Karzzzz (2008). Since then Urmila Matondkar has been completely missing from Bollywood. Not that the actress has given up on work but she had a more pressing domestic crisis to attend to.

Urmila has been swamped in one family crisis after another. First, her paternal uncle, who had been terminally ill for a while, passed away, leaving her father bereaved. Soon after, her father had a major accident and had to undergo three major surgeries. As though having one ailing parent to attend to was not enough, Urmila’s mother got so stressed with her husband’s condition that she too ended up in the Intensive Care Unit.

Fortunately, her parents are now on the road to recovery. Commenting on the rough phase of life which lasted a few months, Urmila says, “These were terribly tough times but one manages to cope. The strength comes from within. I have survived and learnt a few lessons.”

Now that the worst is over, Urmila is waiting to ignite the big screen again.

STILL FRIENDS? Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone keeps herself busy with work

MEENA IYER Times News Netowrk (BOMBAY TIMES; November 19, 2009)


A few days before Diwali, Deepika Padukone was a girl deeply in love. Despite her own work assignments, the leggy beauty was shunting between Mumbai, Bangalore and Bhopal just to be able to spend quality time with beau Ranbir Kapoor. Just when they were crowned the hottest couple of Bollywood, came the news that they had decided to part ways. BT even heard a diva, with chocolate-like complexion, telling people on the sets of a comedy film that the hotshot couple had made a clean break. But if rumours are to be believed, the embers haven’t died down yet. True, Ranbir and Deepika are no longer the couple they used to be, but the two still exchange a dozen phone calls everyday. While one may or may not give credence to this, it’s very clear that the young actors don’t want to ruin a friendship they’ve shared even if the ‘fondness’ levels have dipped. Besides, both are smart enough to understand that being in the same industry, they will cross each other’s paths everytime. Meanwhile, instead of wallowing in self pity, Deepika has decided to keep herself immersed in work. The girl has green lighted Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Khelien Hum Jee Jaan Se with Abhishek Bachchan; Kunal Kohli’s next with Imran Khan and Pradeep Sarkar’s film with Neil Nitin Mukesh. She’s expected to fly to the US on a work assignment around November 20, do two new commercial endorsements and then there’s also Kartik Calling Kartik and Houseful which she has to complete.


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