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Rekha refused to participate in a show based on past life regression

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 26, 2009)

Rekha, who has time and again refused to make an appearance on television, has once again turned down an offer.


A few days ago, Rekha was asked if she would like to participate in the forthcoming TV show Raaz Pichle Janam Ka, which is based on past life regression. We hear, Sushmita Sen and Shekhar Suman have agreed to participate in the show, which is being hosted by Ravi Kishan, and the channel is looking out for other celebrities to do so.

A therapist, Dr Trupti Jain, will take all the celebrity participants back to their past life and help them resolve a problem in their present life, which is believed to be due to one’s deeds in their past lifetime. Jain has trained under the famous Dr Newton from Hyderabad who is an ace in past life regression.

During the meeting that took place at Rekha’s Bandstand residence, the producers tried their best to convince the actress but she did not relent. She was quite apprehensive when she learnt that her previous life will become an open book. She categorically told the producers, “I have had enough controversies in my life. I don’t want anything from my past life to be made public.”

“The producers were even willing to pay her an exorbitant amount but Rekha stuck to her guns,” says a source.

Sudipta Dhruva, head of content of the production house, said, “We are talking to many celebrities to participate in our show. Some of them have agreed, some haven’t.”

Karan Johar had Kurbaan’s plot ready way back in 2001. He had named the film Kaal and it had an entirely different star cast

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 26, 2009)



The soon to be released Kurbaan could have hit the theatres six to seven years ago. Producer Karan Johar had the plot in mind and all the essential details were in place too. The original cast included Shah Rukh Khan, Tabu and Sanjay Dutt and the film was supposed to be directed by Nikhil Advani.

However, due to several undisclosed reasons, Karan could not make the film at that time. He went on to direct Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham in 2001 and later produced Kal Ho Naa Ho, which was directed by Nikhil Advani in 2003. Now, almost seven years after Karan first penned the film’s plot, his longstanding dream Kurbaan has finally taken shape with Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Vivek Oberoi in lead roles.

Talking about the film, Karan Johar said, “The story that I had seven years ago (after K3G) was the one I wanted Nikhil Advani to direct with Shah Rukh Khan, Tabu and Sanjay Dutt. Ironically it was called Kaal, which was later the title of the film directed by Soham Shah. The earlier Kaal never got made. After I narrated the story to Rensil, the screenplay that he structured resulted in an altogether different film, Kurbaan. Saif and Kareena were first choice for this film and have become an indispensable part of it.”

While the forthcoming film has been written and directed by Rensil D’silva, the story’s credit still remains with Karan Johar.

Sanjay Dutt, Tabu & Shah Rukh Khan



TROUBLED: Shahid Kapoor.
The actor spends 90 minutes at the US immigration


MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 26, 2009)


Shah Rukh Khan’s ordeal on August 15, at the New Jersey immigration, threw light on a problem constantly being faced by Bollywood stars and their staff. And now like King Khan, Shahid Kapoor too apparently spent 90 minutes at the New York airport, while the authorities grilled his spotboy Mohammed Manjoor Allam, better known as Mamu in Bollywood. Mamu, an elderly gentleman, has been taking care of Shahid since childhood and is working as the actor’s valet or spotboy. Shahid is currently in the US for a 40-day schedule of Parmeet Sethi’s untitled venture being produced by Aditya Chopra. He had left for the US days prior to the release of his film Dil Bole Hadippa! along with actress Anushka Sharma, choreographer Ahmed Khan and a close-knit unit. For the first leg of the shooting, the unit was in Philadelphia and from there, they packed to move to the Big Apple last week. It was during his entry into New York that Mamu was asked to step aside and questioned separately as his name needed special clearance. A member of the unit said, “The questioning lasted for nearly 90 minutes. Though Mamu has travelled extensively to most countries with Shahid, USA is the only country he had not visited.” When Mamu was stopped at the airport, Shahid sensed that he was very nervous, especially since he wasn’t very fluent in English. Shahid didn’t allow him to feel isolated in a foreign land and sat with him throughout the questioning. Mamu was eventually let off, however, the airport did not give a reason for this 90-minute questioning. The actor was unavailable for comment, but his official PR spokesperson confirmed the news. “Yes this incident did happen,” she told BT.

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 26, 2009)

Character artiste and comedian Sanjay Mishra has a new lease of life, thanks to Sanjay Dutt. A few months ago, Mishra was admitted to a hospital where he underwent treatment for pus formation in the intestine caused due to excessive consumption of pan masala. Even then, Mishra couldn’t quit until Dutt advised him to give up.

Mishra got addicted to pan masala in 2001 when he began acting in the popular TV show Office Office. “My character (Shuklaji) in Office Office required me to consume a lot of pan masala. Slowly but surely, I got addicted to it,” said Mishra.

Ironically, it was Dutt who gave Mishra several pouches of pan masala last year. Mishra said, “We were shooting for Chattur Singh in South Africa. Wahan pan masala nahi milta tha. Dutt saab had some with him and he gave it to me.”

However, later when the two met on the sets of All The Best, Dutt asked him to kick the habit as he too had stopped eating pan masala. “Dutt saab’s advice worked. I feel so nice and fresh these days. I even got married last month (to Kiran Pant),” added Mishra.

Lata Mangeskar’s song in Jail to be played every day during the morning assembly at Tihar jail

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 26, 2009)

Madhur Bhandarkar and Lata Mangeshkar

Fifty two years after Lata Mangeshkar sang Ae malik tere bande hum, which had inspired prisoners in V Shantaram’s film Do Aankhen Barah Haath, the legendary singer is now ready to inspire the Tihar jail inmates. The jail authorities have decided to make Lata’s song Data sun le maula sun le from director Madhur Bhandarkar’s Jail a daily part of the morning assembly.

Surprised by the song’s fate, Lata says, “Look at the journey that the song Data sun le maula sun le has undertaken.” Recalling an instance from the past, Lata adds, “I remember when Jail’s lead actor, Neil Nitin Mukesh was born we were all sitting at Nataraj Hotel. My mother was also there with me. When Neil’s father Nitin Mukesh gave me three options for his newborn’s name, I chose Neil because he had blue eyes. Neil’s father had made me promise him that one day I would sing in a film starring his son. We never knew it would come true.”

“When Madhur and Shamir (Tandon, music director) approached me they said it was a song similar to Ae maalik,” says Lata. She asked Shamir to send the song to her home, “Nowadays, I like to hear what is offered to me before accepting. I immediately fell in love with Data sun le, but I had to cancel the recording twice before we finally recorded it. Earlier too, Madhur and Shamir had given me a beautiful song, Kitne ajeeb rishte hain yahan par from Page 3. Apart from these, I hardly get any song worth singing these days,” says Lata.

(MUMBAI MIRROR; October 26, 2009)

Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra got engaged on Saturday evening at the latter’s Juhu residence.

When Shilpa arrived at 8.15pm looking resplendent in a Manish Malhotra sari, several media people were waiting to catch a glimpse of the actress.

She was seen requesting photographers to make way for her to enter Raj’s house. At midnight, after the engagement ceremony, the couple happily posed for photographs

Aamir Khan and Rakeysh Mehra make efforts to bring back tourists, which were lost due to an alarmingly high rate of sexual crimes against women

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 26, 2009)

Aamir Khan

Rakeysh Mehra

After Rang De Basanti, Aamir Khan and Rakeysh Mehra have teamed up again, this time for a short film for the Ministry of Tourism to encourage foreign tourists to see India as the haven that it used to be before the spate of sexual crimes against women tourists came to light. Rakeysh shot with Aamir two weeks ago in Mumbai.

Last year too, Aamir and Rakeysh had done a short film, to propagate tourism which was well-received. And that, Aamir thought, was the end of it till the tourism industry recently expressed the need to have powerful faces, names and images to counter the drubbing that the image of India as a paradise for tourists has taken.

When Rakeysh was approached again by the tourism ministry, he again approached Aamir, who agreed to do it.   Rakeysh says, “Aamir has become a brand ambassador for tourism in our country. He saw the importance of his face and voice to call tourists back with the entire Atithee Devo Bhava (guest is God) campaign. We needed Aamir to give strength to our image as a hospitable country.”

This time, Rakeysh will be shooting two more short films for the tourism department. “Promoting tourism is in a way, also promoting our film industry because any cultural exchange helps cinema. All of us love taking care of guests and Aamir’s face and personality are very inviting for tourists,” he adds.