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At a school function, Salman Khan had kids screaming for more while scandalised authorities were wishing they had ordered for ear plugs

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 05, 2010)


When actors are asked to grace an event, particularly a school function, you expect them to prove to be good role models for the kids, encouraging them to study hard and eat right. However, if the actor happens to be Salman Khan, you can expect the unthinkable.

Salman, who had been invited to  judge for an event at Jamnabai Narsee school, Juhu, shared some little known anecdotes about his own school days with the kids present, all between 11-19.

“Salman had said he would come on time (4pm) and stay the whole evening. The school authorities were expecting him to make a brief appearance, but he surprised everyone by taking time off to be there throughout,” says a source.

When called on stage to say a few words, his speech took everybody by surprise. “When Salman was asked to share memories of his school days, the audience braced themselves for a dose of nostalgia. However, he recalled how he would bunk classes constantly and was rusticated from four schools. He also confessed that he was the school bully – he even asked the resident bully of the school to raise his hand. One hand did go up.” By this time, the students were almost falling off their seats while the teachers didn’t know where to look.

It didn’t end there. When he was asked by the children to dance on stage with them, he quipped, “I don’t dance without being paid.” Even before the stunned kids and teachers could recover from that statement, he had already proceeded to dance to one of his own songs on stage.

Salman at the event


Meanwhile…

Salman’s love for kids is unbelievable. At the event, Salman went on stage twice and enjoyed himself with the kids. He danced with the kids and even promoted his forthcoming film Veer saying, ‘there is a veer in all of you’ which has got you to come on the stage and perform like this’. After the dance, he gave out music CDs of the film to the kids. While leaving the venue, some of the kids followed him. Unknowingly, his guard pushed one of them. Despite the crowd, Salman noticed this. When he realised that the kid was hurt, he lost his temper at his guard. He made his guard apologise to the kid. He also hugged the kid and gave him the music CD of Veer with his autograph on it. The child’s day was definitely made as he left with a big smile on his face and memories to last a lifetime.

–Kunal M Shah

Aamir Khan, who at 44 plays a 22-year-old collegian, says in his mind he is stuck at 18!

MARK MANUEL Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 22, 2009)

Aamir Khan, as you know, has gone into hiding to promote his new film that releases this Friday. In disguise, to people’s surprise, he has popped up in different parts of the country over the past week: at Varanasi, as a Banarasi babu; outside Sourav Ganguly’s house in Kolkata as a cricket fan; in an Ahmedabad school, defying Narendra Modi’s fatwa; at the Chanderi village in Madhya Pradesh; then a Punjabi wedding in Faridkot; and, yesterday in Chennai. How this is helping the film, I don’t know; but I’m sure Aamir does, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he returns to Mumbai as Santa Claus on Christmas Day. He is hoping the festival will prove as successful for him as it did last year when he released Ghajini, and in 2007 — for Taare Zameen Par. Just before he went underground, Aamir told me over a quiet cup of tea at his Pali Hill home: “Christmas is a coincidence, but I’m hoping it will be third time lucky. I also believe for a film made well, any time is a good time to release it, otherwise no matter how you plan it…”
He has no doubts that this film has been made well. It’s been produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and directed by Raju Hirani. And, acting opposite him for the first time in his 20-year-career is Kareena Kapoor. Of his gorgeous co-star, Aamir said enthusiastically, “She’s outstanding, a great and
instinctive actress, extremely committed, a team player, we get along well, and she’s good looking… what more to ask for?” I agreed. The vibe between the two actors is exciting, and they look good together, the age difference between them notwithstanding. In the film, he plays a 22-year-old collegian. “That,” he told me, “was the biggest challenge for me as an actor at 44. I’m asked often if I feel my age. No, I really don’t. All of us are stuck in our heads at a particular age. And that age depends on your personality. I’m stuck at 18. And, I’ll be 18 till I die!”
He got into this film straight from Ghajini. Which meant, he had to shed that eight-pack streetfighter’s body painstakingly built up over 13 months for one raw scene of action. “It was heartbreaking,” Aamir revealed. “I didn’t want to lose it. But I had to look boyish. I had to stop training, get onto a careful and strict diet, and I began playing badminton… for three-four hours. Catch a 44-year-old doing that!” But he did it, because this is the same Aamir Khan who has always used his body as a tool in his films. “The way I look is important,” he admitted, “but for any character, it begins with how you feel in your head. What makes the character tick? You get into the mind of the character. From that flows how the body will look. My character in the new film is a free-spirited kind of guy, unusual in his thinking, and with a childlike curiosity about life and things around him.” He really didn’t want to play this role. “Get someone who’s 22,” Aamir advised Raju Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra when they approached him. They told Aamir, “In real life, you are the character of this film, you don’t follow the path, you’re non-conformist, you do what your heart tells you. As for looking young – if you could build yourself up to look huge in Ghajini, now work on becoming small. Go for it.” And Aamir did. He said of Raju, “His big strength is that his films are not only entertaining, but also enriching. Like Munnabhai! You go home taking something valuable from the film.” And as for Vinod, who is rumoured in Bollywood to be arrogant and bold, Aamir said, “He is how he is, but he understands his director and creative team and supports them, and he has a passion for cinema. Being a director himself, Vinod is creative and he gives his films a great release. I look for that quality in a producer… whether he is able to give the film a good platform after I’ve worked so hard on it.” That Aamir Khan always does, whether he’s making the film for himself or some other producer. And he enjoys making one film at a time, which he will release on Christmas Day! “I could do more, in my lifetime I could do 500 films, but when I’m doing a film all my energies are into it. At that point, I don’t enjoy taking on anything else. I enjoy the space I am in. I’m not a factory or a huge production system. I’m… kya bolta hai… a handloom product. A one-machine-one person-one shirt kind of actor. I’m not a largescale outfit producing a million shirts. Numbers don’t excite me and are not my strength. I enjoy marketing a film. But towards the audience. My connect is with the audience. I enjoy dealing with the audience, not with exhibitors, distributors.” And that is what he is probably doing somewhere in the country right now, maybe in disguise! (Contributed by Meena Iyer, Aakansha Naval Shete)

Aamir on ‘Mission Varanasi’ to buy back mother’s house…

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 14, 2009)

Like Amitabh Bachchan or Vijay Dinanath Chauhan said in Agneepath — Maa ko uska gaon lautana hai, Aamir Khan who is promoting his latest film landed up in Varanasi incognito to try and buy Khwaja Manzil, the building where his mother Zeenat spent her childhood. Reports have it that the building now belongs to a Sikh gentleman and the Bollywood superstar would have to do some hardcore negotiating to try and buy back a property that he is so keen on.
Aamir disguised himself as a Banarasi Babu and visited Tiliya Nala, the locality his mother had spend her child hood in. He left his security behind, took a boat ride in the Ganges,
and stayed at derelict hotels because he didn’t want media attention at least till such time as he actually left the city.
The actor who is very close to his mother, admitted, “I’m very much a momma’s boy” and said it was an emotional journey for him. He also visited Dasaswamedh Ghat where his mother went for boat rides when she stayed in Varanasi.
Saif Ali Khan is suffering from acute food poisoning; advised complete rest

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 10, 2009)

 

Karan Johar

Karan Johar’s plans to promote his forthcoming film Kurbaan have gone haywire just a week before its release. The film’s lead actor Saif Ali Khan is not part of Kurbaan’s promotional events due to acute food poisoning.

At present, Saif’s interviews and media interactions for Kurbaan have been cancelled until further notice. On Monday night, the actor visited Lilavati Hospital to consult his doctor. A friend of the actor said, “Saif has acute food poisoning. He has been travelling a lot to promote Kurbaan. During one such event, he ate something that resulted in him falling ill.”

The friend also said that Saif hopes to recover by the end of this week. He cannot promote the film for the next four-five days as he has been advised complete rest.

Karan Johar confirmed the news about Saif’s ill-health and said, “He should recover in the next two or three days. He will then resume the promotions of Kurbaan.”

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is playing the good bahu to the hilt; she is taking charge of the marketing strategy to aggressively promote her father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan’s production, Paa

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 31, 2009)

Amitabh Bachchan has a new ally. He can now count on his bahu Aishwarya Rai’s savvy to help him resurrect ABCL (now AB Corp). She is determined to see that Balki’s Paa is a success and has involved herself in many aspects of promoting the film, including laying down the marketing strategy.

 

Since she returned from Malshej Ghat after completing her schedule of Mani Ratnam’s Raavana, Paa has become her priority. After all, it stars her beloved Pa and husband Abhishek Bachchan.

A source said, “This is perhaps the first time that Aishwarya is involved in the marketing strategy of a film. Aishwarya wants Paa to be a big box-office success. She is leaving no stone unturned to see that it works with the audience.”

So what exactly is Aishwarya doing for Paa? Our source revealed, “She is taking almost all the marketing decisions related to the film and laying down various strategies on how to promote it. For this, she is spending hours with the creative and the marketing teams.”

The Bachchan men consider her inputs very valuable and most of her suggestions are being implemented in a big way. Director Balki said, “Paa is an AB Corp production. So, I am sure that Aishwarya is involved with the film in different ways.”

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

When asked to elaborate, Balki said, “Today, a film in not just restricted to promos and trailers in terms of promotion. A lot of events and onground activity also form a part of the promotional strategy. Aishwarya has many wonderful suggestions about the same.”

Paa has an unconventional storyline where Amitabh plays Abhishek’s son. Going all out to make it a commercially viable product, Aishwarya has engineered the holding of certain events. Balki added, “Aishwarya has ideated some thematic events which will add to the excitement of the film. We will be holding those events nearer to the release of the film. Those events will help us reach out to a lot more people. I can’t divulge the theme at this point of time. Paa’s release is still a month away.”

Manoj Bajpai cancels his shoots due to a severe back injury while shooting
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 08, 2009)
Manoj Bajpai’s hands are full with many films. He has to begin shooting for Rajniti, promote his next film, Acid Factory, and complete dubbing for Jail. Unfortunately, for the actor, all this has been put on hold as he has a severe back injury.

Manoj hurt his back while shooting an action sequence for a Telugu film, Vedam, in Hyderabad following which doctors have advised him bed rest. Manoj confirmed the news, “We were shooting some action sequences for five consecutive nights. During one of those sequences, I had to fall down after I was punched. The action required a lot of focus and I lost my concentration as I was too sleepy. After the fall, I could not move and was in severe pain. The doctors were called and I was taken back to my hotel. I took rest for three days and then flew to Mumbai. I came lying in the flight as I could not sit. After reaching Mumbai, I called my orthopedic. I have been advised bed rest to get rid of the pain after which he intents to give me exercises for my back.”

Commenting on his work being stalled until his recovery, Manoj said, “I had to cancel Prakash Jha’s shooting for Rajniti. I also have to finish dubbing for Jail. I have tons of promotions to do for Acid Factory. I went for a day, but I could not sit as my back was hurting. Now, I hope to get rid of the pain at the earliest so that I can join Prakashji and do the promotions of Acid Factory as it’s a very important film for me.”