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TOTAL DHAMAAL: Katrina Kaif, Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal and Suneil Shetty

The winning Hera Pheri team is ready to create a laugh riot… this time with Katrina Kaif

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; November 21, 2009)

Life’s a laugh riot, especially when you have the hit combination of Hera Pheri — director Priyadarshan, actors Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal — joining forces again. Ratan Jain’s De Dana Dan has an ensemble cast of 26 of the top leading comic actors of Bollywood. The film’s releasing on November 27 and promises to have people rolling in the aisles. For that the audience will have to wait for sometime but BT got to witness the funny side of Akki, Suniel and Paresh on the sets of the film itself.
At around 6.30 am on a November morning, these 40-plus men were horsing around like precocious school kids and using their finger tips to do some serious counting. “I’ve done 15,” said Paresh to which Suniel added, “I’ve done eight.” And when Akki said, “I’ve done just five,” Paresh and Suniel chorused, “Loser, we’ve beaten you hollow.” Wondering what they were counting? It’s the number of movies each of them has done with the National Award winning director Priyadarshan. Looking at the trio, Ratan Jain, said, “For most of the filmmakers of Bollywood, this is a dream team. The Hera Pheri combo is back to entertain after a gap of nine years. Of course, as a bonus, there is the hit jodi of Akshay and Katrina who have a magical romantic track in the film.” Jain is on a high because his banner Venus Productions has had a long-standing association with Priyadarshan — having produced Hungama, Hulchul, Garam Masala and now De Dana Dan. And Katrina, who has delivered some of her biggest hits with Akshay, like Welcome, Namastey London and Singh is Kinng, is also hopeful that their pairing will work this time around too.

By Subhash K. Jha, August 29, 2009 – 12:27 IST Akshay Kumar
A 12-year old film finally got completed this week, thanks to its leading man Akshay Kumar’s determination to not have a single film of his in the cans.

This week after completing a schedule of Sajid Khan’s Housefull, Akshay Kumar sent Deepika Padukone packing and called producer-director Shabnam Kapoor to London to complete the long-pending Purab Ki Laila Paschim Ka Chaila, now called Hello India.

Shabnam Kapoor flew to London and shot with Akshay Kumar for almost a week before he flew out to Italy on Thursday for the next schedule of Housefull.

With the completion of Purab Ki Laila… which also stars Namrata Shirodkar and Suniel Shetty, Akshay prides himself on being the only leading man in Bollywood who has no films in the cans.

Interestingly, this would be only the second film in Akshay’s career directed by a female. Sangharsh directed by Tanuja Chandra was the first.

He now has the enviable record of being the only Bollywood superstar with no incomplete films to his discredit.


A new, politically-free Govinda, looking fitter and younger, is breaking into Bollywood

ROSHNI K OLIVERA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; July 27, 2009)

After Big B, it’s probably only Chi Chi who’s made a number of successful comebacks in Bollywood. Govinda’s been through his share of highs and lows and always risen like a phoenix. But this comeback of his, after quitting politics and returning to cinema full-time, is special, he says. “I feel like a changed man,” he admits. “Absolutely positive! I’ve met a lot of people from different walks of life in the last couple of years and they’ve had a good influence on me.”

In fact today, Govinda’s in a position of strength and the ‘lows’ in life, if ever, can no longer weigh him down. “I feel stronger than my problems,” he smiles. “Of course, that doesn’t mean problems are welcome! But I’m at peace and happy.”

This time around, the man is leaving no stone unturned, clearly evident from his
physical appearance. A fitter and younger-looking Govinda reveals he’s on a strict diet. “I eat less, but I eat healthy. When I started my career I had a good body. I was very much into exercising and yoga. Now when I planned to return from politics to films, I decided I had to make the physique of an actor.” So has he achieved his target? “Now I have to convert the actor into a star,” he says emphatically.

With some good films lined up in the coming months, Govinda is raring to go. There’s Abbas-Mustan’s Life Partner, David Dhawan’s Do Knot Disturb, Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai by Ravi Chopra, Mani Ratnam’s Raavan, Suniel Shetty’s Loot and another film by Jagmohan Mundra titled Not Yet 40. Most may be comedies, but Govinda says, “They are commercial films with all the ingredients, not just comedy.”

This is the best phase for actors in
Bollywood, whether the kind of films that are being made or the fact that there’s no more an age-limit! “We are going the Hollywood way. As long as we remain fit we can continue acting… actually as long as we look heroes. Today our actresses continue to do films after marriage and child-birth like Kajol, which is very good.”
In his new innings, Govinda would not want to repeat any past mistakes. The emphasis is going to be on the kind of roles and banners, he says. “I want to do good films and I’m very clear about that.” So is it a goodbye to politics forever? “Politics is always there in your life! Somewhere, somehow you are connected with politics and if you are not, then politics gets connected with you. I realised, after being there, that you have limitations to fulfill the promises you make to people. You are not the entire power, just a small part of it…”