Fenil and Bollywood

Posts Tagged ‘private life

Konkona Sen Sharma and Ranvir Shorey have suddenly called off their December wedding. Is it the end of the relationship too?

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


One of the steadiest relationships in Bollywood has gone kaput. Rumour has it that the four-year-long relationship between Konkona Sen Sharma and Ranvir Shorey has hit a rocky patch and that that their impending wedding, which was to be held in December, has been called off. The couple was living together at Oshiwara, Andheri.
A source said, “Konkona and Ranvir had been going around for quite some time and they were extremely serious about each other. Despite their hectic work schedule, Ranvir would make sure that he was always present wherever Konkona used to shoot and similarly, Konkona would always make time for Ranvir.

Everything was fine between them and they had also finalised a December wedding. However, something went wrong and the marriage has been called off, at least for the time being.”

“There is definitely something wrong between the two and there is a big question mark over the status of their relationship.  No one is aware except a few close friends and immediate family members as to what exactly led to the break-up. Both Ranvir and Konkona love their privacy and this is precisely why they never spoke about their relationship even while they were seeing each other all these years. It is highly unlikely that they will speak about their break-up,” added the source.

Another source said, “Ranvir’s entire family is based in the US and getting all of them to come together in December at such a short notice was proving to be difficult. That’s why the wedding date was never announced officially.”

Konkona did not deny the news and said, “I don’t speak about my private life.”

On the other hand, Ranvir got extremely upset and questioned us about who our source was. When asked if the news was true or not, he said, “I have no comment to make.”

Has the couple broken up for good or is it just a lovers’ tiff? Watch this space for more.


BETTER ‘ROLE’ NEXT TIME: Bipasha Basu. For more pictures of the hot actress, visit http://photogallery.indiatimes.com

Bipasha Basu’s role in Mani Ratnam’s film scrapped…

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 5, 2009)

Bipasha Basu is upset. The Bengali beauty has been done out of her role as Abhishek Bachchan’s wife Mandodari in Mani Ratnam’s Raavan. This, apparently, after she had dress fittings, attended rehearsals, and was allotted 20 days of work in the film of which 12 were to be used exclusively for an exotic item number.

While Bips, herself, is silent on what led to her ouster from this Abhishek-Aishwarya Bachchan starrer, an insider alleged that her track in the story was proving to be a bit too strong and disrupting the length of the film. Another take has it that she was also proving to be a threat to some of the other actresses in the film like Ash and Priya Mani.

A press release from Mani’s spokesperson explains that the filmmaker did not want to do any injustice to Bips’s role, but, at a later date, he will ensure that they work together. To this, Bips responded, “I am sad… but it’s better than having my role chopped or totally edited… when lot of effort had gone to work out the role for this guest character.” Shooting for the film continues at Malshej Ghat. But there’s no confirmation if Bips will be replaced or whether Mandodori’s role has been obliterated out of Raavan for good.

Meanwhile, her sadness extends to her private life as well. The Bengali bombshell continues living out of a suitcase for the sixth month now. Her newly-renovated duplex in Santacruz has a water-proofing problem. “Ten different experts were called to identify the cause,’’ she grumbled, “and after weeks of study, one of them has nailed it. The roof will take another week to be fixed.’’

On the bright side, the actress has her Diwali entertainer All The Best coming up. She is super-confident about the film, “There are certain films that work across segments and All The Best, a situational comedy, is one such film.’’ There’s also talk of Boney Kapoor’s No Entry-II being made. “Then it should have the original star cast of Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Lara Dutta and me because that is the only way it will recreate the same box office magic,’’ said Bipasha, lighting up like a Diwali diya at the thought of this.

Belonging to the first Indian film family, Kareena’s piece de resistance is her feistiness—the quality that has pushed her to the helm of her career

By AINDRILA MITRA (I DIVA, July 25, 2009)

Spunky and spontaneous—that’s the first impression I get of Kareena. She has an élan that comes naturally to her, in spite of a tiring long day at a campaign shoot. She readily moves on to the Khans. “It’s a dream-come-true for me to work with Aamir (Khan) in 3 Idiots,” she gleams. But talk about what sets her Khan apart and she’s diplomatic, “I have acted with all the Bollywood Khans and each one has a unique quality. They have amazing personalities difficult to earmark.”

Debuting with an off-beat film like Refugee to today’s plethora of commercial flicks—was it a conscious career move? Kareena confesses, “90% of Bollywood films are commercial because that’s where the money is. And coming from a mainstream family, I do a film that I really want to do and that’s not based on any genre.” Looking back on the kind of scripts she has chosen, she admits, “It could vary from the director, producers, friendships, temptation and even greed! Now I strictly choose a project based on the script. But earlier, I have given into temptations. The media and the audience expect the top stars to be super humans. But even we make mistakes and give into lures, be it a chocolate or a movie!”

As she gets into conversation mode, she opens up—upfront and honest. “My personality has changed in the last nine years. If there were no
lows, there would’ve never been such a high. I
thank God for it every night. I’m a very passionate person—be it about my films, my love or things I enjoy doing, like travelling. So all my experiences are also passionate—a flop or
a hit. There was a time when people wrote me off saying I had no work. It was the fire in me that helped me fight back,” adding, “I realised that during hard times, no one is really there for you except your family. Today, nothing can shake me from giving up my career.”

With that passionate streak, she moves on, “Most industry people and the media tend to feel that because you’re a star kid , you get away with a lot. But that’s not true. The pressure of being Karisma Kapoor’s sister and the family name is much more than someone else who just comes in and with little effort gets a lot more appreciation. If I do a film like Golmaal Returns, people complain. Others’ expectations of me sometimes bog me down.”

But Kareena immediately self-defends, “I’m extremely dedicated to my work. I wouldn’t do anything to jeopardise that. I don’t drink alcohol except an occasional glass
of wine when I’m travelling and I’m a vegetarian; these are just some of the sacrifices you need to make to be up there. You have to be disciplined and I’ve learnt it over the years. Otherwise, there’s a lot of competition.” Talking about her recently acquired, controversial size zero, she smiles, “As a visual medium, it’s a fact that you look better and your expressions work well with a sharp jaw line. I’ve experienced it myself because even I was a healthy Indian girl with puppy fat once. In a movie, you want to see good-looking people and one has to be fit. A lot of actors say they’re here to act and not expose. Unfortunately—an actor or actress—everybody’s taking their clothes off. And nobody wants to take off their shirt with flab below!”

Kareena’s just as fervent about her better half, Saif Ali Khan. “Both Saif and me try to
maintain a private life. We don’t lie to the media, but we tell them as much as required. We’re out of town most of the time and whenever we’re not, we are working. We try to go away to get our space and sanity. Unfortunately in our own city, it’s difficult.” Talk about marriage and she politely shrugs it off. “I’m 28 and I’m not ready for it. I want to work and this phase I’ve been waiting for has come after a long time. I’m not going to give it up just yet. I’m not even thinking about marriage for the next two years. It’s totally out of the radar.” She emphatically questions, “I don’t know why people insist that a woman has to settle down. I think marriage is overrated. It’s not that we have to marry.”

At the helm of her career, yet grounded, Kareena simplistically redefines how she balances herself. “My parents have always warned me about it. The taste of success is only sweet when there’s been failure before. I’ve learnt to deal with it. And I’ve learnt it the hard way. I’ve really struggled, and that’s why I don’t have too many people to thank. Also, I’m a very positive person. I don’t look at the past; I always look ahead.”