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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.

 

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By Joginder Tuteja, August 24, 2009 – 15:11 IST

Karan Johar Last couple of months have seen speculations galore around the male lead for Agneepath remake. While names like Hrithik Roshan and Abhishek Bachchan have popped up and there are various permutations and combinations being thought of, filmmaker Karan Johar comes out and clears the air. He goes on to record to state that no one has yet been finalized to play the part of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan.

“I haven’t given any statement whatsoever around the man who would eventually be playing the role of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan that was made iconic by Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. All I have said is that yes, we are going ahead with a remake of Agneepath and that’s about it”, announces Karan Johar.

Whether it is Hrithik, Abhishek or someone else, Karan must be having a wish list though, isn’t it? “Well, the wish list is to get the screenplay right”, laughs Karan, “For the moment nothing else is more important than that.”

Even though the film is coming under the banner of Dharma Productions, Karan won’t be coming behind the camera for the film. “True, I would be stepping aside and the film would be directed by Karan Malhotra who has assisted me on My Name Is Khan. That’s the only thing which has been finalized; rest everything that you hear is mere speculation. We would finalize the cast once the script is locked. Currently, it is still in the process of being written.”

Karan Malhotra is not really a novice when it comes to filmmaking. An erstwhile assistant director, he has also worked with Ashutosh Gowariker (Jodhaa Akbar), Farah Khan (Main Hoon Naa), Farhan Akhtar (Lakshya) and Raj Kumar Santoshi (Lajja, Pukar) amongst others.

Since it is close to two decades since the release of Agneepath (1990), would the remake have a different milieu to it? “Certainly”, comes a response from Karan, “We are adapting the film from the original but ours would be a new age version that would fit in well with today’s time. We really hope that we are able to do justice to the original and make the remake exciting for today’s generation.”

Meanwhile, at last count there are as many as seven films from the house of Dharma Productions that are in different stages of production. This includes My Name Is Khan, Wake Up Sid, Qurbaan, Koochie Koochie Hota Hai, remake of Stepmom, remake of Agneepath and I Hate Love Stories. How is he managing it all?

“Believe me; it’s not difficult at all. All of you have to do is follow a three point ‘mantra’ – ‘Delegation’, ‘Outsourcing’ and ‘Trust’. Along with that, if you have the right vision and infrastructure in place, which we do have in Dharma Productions, it isn’t difficult to crack it all. That’s the way you manage things and I have been fortunate enough to have a team with which it has become possible to helm number of projects at the same time”, explains Karan.

Out of the seven films being made by Karan Johar, there are three of them which are very much in the pipeline.

Wake Up Sid is all set to arrive on 2nd October. Qurbaan will come in late November. Other than that, we are looking at an early 2010 release for My Name Is Khan. Yes, these have been busy and really exciting times”, concludes Karan.

BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

By Subhash K. Jha, June 4, 2009 – 11:28 IST

John Abraham John reluctantly but firmly said no to Karan’s offer to play the male lead in the desi version of Chris Columbus’s Stepmom.

Karan had given John a big break in Kaal a few years ago. And nobody can deny the recent Dharma dhamaka Dostana was a turning-point for John’s career.

After Saif, then John was approached to play the lead opposite Kajol and Kareena Kapoor in the desi version of Stepmom.

John almost agreed then opted out. Reason? He didn’t see himself doing much in a film that already started two powerhouse actresses, both natural-born scene stealers.

Says a source, “Karan had almost convinced John to do the role. He even promised that the husband’s role in the Indian Stepmom would be far more substantial than what Ed Harris did in the original. But John is at a stage in his career where he wants to make all the right career moves. He feels, as an outsider in the industry, he has made a place that must be respected,” says a source close to John.

“John is finally learning to say no to projects even if they come from big banners and if he isn’t convinced that he’d get proper performing space. In Dostana, he went along with the salespitch that Abhishek was the ‘actor’ while John was the ‘body’. But in Dostana 2, John will make sure he will be the actor and the body. He’s working hard on it.”

The latest on Stepmom is that it’s yet to be acquired for remake by Dharma Productions. Says Karan Johar, “The modalities for that are still being worked out. Until the contract is signed I wouldn’t want to comment on it. Stepmom was released in the same year as my directorial debut Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and I loved it. I look forward to developing it if the modalities are worked out. You of course know Kajol and Kareena Kapoor are expected to play the two roles.”

In the meanwhile, the other Karan favourite Arjun Rampal who did a walk-on part in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna has agreed to step into Stepmom, if and when it gets made.

BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM


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