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SPORTY! Deepika Padukone

RACHEL FERNANDES Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 31, 2009)

Guess where Deepika Padukone is going be this weekend? In Abu Dhabi, that’s where. Not shooting for some Arabian adventure film in the capital city of the UAE, but, well, watching the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live on Sunday.
This is the first Grand Prix at Abu Dhabi and marks the climax of the 2009 F1 World Championship. The venue is the Yas Marina Race Circuit off the coast of Abu Dhabi where a 500-bed, five-star hotel straddles the race track. And where F1 fans can walk upto the paddocks from the hotel itself. Deepika, an F1 fan apparently, will be Vijay Mallya’s luck mascot for his racing team. The King of Good Times had the dimpled Bollywood beauty specially flown down after he heard that she cherished the desire to catch an F1 race live. As his special guest, Deepika will watch the season finale race from Mallya’s VVIP box.
The liquor baron, incidentally, has always had Bollywood stars as his guests at Grand Prix events. Earlier, it was the Sen sisters Raima and Riya. Don’t know whether her presence tomorrow at Abu Dhabi will spur Mallya’s F1 drivers to step on the gas and aim for a podium finish, but with all the rumours doing the rounds on Deepika’s breakup with beau Ranbir Kapoor, this mini holiday may in fact be that much needed breather for the actress.
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Madhur Bhandarkar, known for realistic cinema, will direct Commissioner, a film about Lalit Modi

By Vickey Lalwani and Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 09, 2009)

Madhur Bhandarkar’s next film after Jail may well be based on the Indian Premier League Commissioner Lalit Modi’s controversial life. Modi is one of the most powerful men in cricket and his dramatic life will make for a crackling screenplay.

Percept Picture Company will produce the film.

A couple of days ago, Madhur even met Lalit Modi at Vijay Mallya’s party in Bangalore. Modi is aware that Madhur has been asked to direct the film.

Lalit Modi

Madhur Bhandarkar

A source says, “There are a couple of other directors who are also in the fray. However, Madhur is the foremost contender for this film because he is a realistic filmmaker and this film simply cannot deviate from reality.”

Madhur said, “Yes, PPC made the offer, but I have yet to take a decision. Right now, I am tied up with the post-production work of another PPC film, Jail.”

Shailendra Singh, JT MD Percept Picture Company said, “It’s true that we are making Commissioner. We researched his life and the entire journey of IPL and we have written a fictional script. We had a brief chat with Shridhar Raghvan in South Africa to write the script. On Wednesday, we had a long discussion with Modi. He is excited, but preoccupied with the Champions League which started yesterday (Thursday). He said he will get back to us soon. He was very keen to know who will direct and we gave him some options. Now it depends on who likes the idea and who is available to make the film.”

Singh added, “We plan to release the film around the time the 2011 World Cup will be happening in India. Lalit Modi’s journey is quite amazing as he earned billions of rupees for BCCI in 22 days. It will be a dramatic story with content ranging from cricket to entertainment and it will also touch on match-fixing.”

Claudia Ciesla, who is Salman’s new blue-eyed girl,reacts to Abhishek Bachchan calling her a ‘fan’ after their pictures at the Cannes festival were splashed everywhere

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 09, 2009)
Have you seen any Hindi films or met any Indian actors?

Yes, I have seen many Bollywood films and have met some Indian actors like Salman Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, and also producers, directors and other celebrities like Subhash Ghai, Rakesh Roshan, Ashok Amritraj, Vijay Mallya, Vikram Bhatt and Ketan Anand.

You recently went to the Cannes festival where you met several Indian filmmakers and actors. How was your experience?

Great! I was invited to several high-profile parties and I met some wonderful people from Bollywood They were all very nice and gave me some great advice.
Your pictures with Abhishek Bachchan (published in Mumbai Mirror on May 18) created quite a controversy.

I too was shocked on reading those reports especially as some wrong information was published. I think it’s because Abhishek usually attends the Cannes fest with his charming wife. But when we met, he was there without her. I know they are very happy together and were probably afraid that some stupid rumours might start doing the rounds. I can totally understand their point of view. But I was not happy that Abhi later said that he has never met me. Later I was informed that he told his PR person  that he has seen some of my nude pictures (WHICH DO NOT EXIST) and that his PR should leak this information out to the media. It was unfair and not right.


What did the two of you speak about when you met? Was Abhishek introduced to you formally?

It was the opening party of the Indian Pavillion and many Indian ministers, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and others were present. Everybody was greeting each other with a handshake. Abhi and I did the same when we passed each other. I said hello and he offered me his hand. He was kind of staring at me and I was probably the only white girl there. He asked me what I was doing there and I told him I have done three Indian films earlier and that I was there to promote my film Karma, which will soon be released worldwide. I told him to see the film and he just smiled at me.

When your pictures with him were published, he said that you were just a fan. (Mirror carried Abhishek’s version on May 20)

I have seen his films and I think he is a brilliant actor. But I am surely NOT Abhishek’s fan. When I compare him with Salman Khan, I feel Salman is better looking than Abhishek. Salman is also a better dancer and does his stunts himself just like I do. Salman is a fearless, tough and cool guy. That’s something I wouldn’t say about Abhi.

You are the new girl in Salman’s life…

Depends what you mean by ‘the new girl’. (Laughs) He gave me some good advice about the Bollywood film business, but he didn’t me promise anything. He was always very nice, a real gentleman and very correct. I promised Salman not to talk about all this in detail and I never will. But I certainly can repeat what Salman has said: Yes, we met.

How did the two of you meet and where?

Sorry, no details.

You have also met Salman’s family.

Yes, I was invited to his house and he introduced me to almost everybody in his family – his brothers, sister and his wonderful father, Salim.

Abhishek Bachchan

Salman Khan

Any plans to come to India for a full-fledged career in Bollywood?

Sure. I love India and I already have many good friends there. I would love to make a career in Bollywood but I’m realistic enough to know it’s not a cakewalk. I still have a lot to learn. I want to learn Hindi and Bollywood dance and I want more training in martial arts. I feel at home in India and home is where your heart is. I will always come back to India.

What made you do the film Karma?

I had met Vivek Singhania earlier and I knew that one of his big Bollywood films (Himesh Reshammiya starrer Aap Kaa Surroor) was filmed in Germany. In January 2008, he sent me the script of Karma offering me the role of Linda. I loved the script and my role. The film will soon be released in India. It’s a wonderful film and has already won many awards. Please keep your fingers crossed that people will like it.

There are rumours that you have a topless scene in the film.…

There is a rape scene in the film where I get killed. This scene was earlier supposed to be done by a body double and a stuntwoman. But, I refused to use a body double and stuntwoman and did the action scene all by myself. I am pretty tough and not afraid of dangerous scenes. The poor boy, who fought with me in the scene, got injured as I really kicked him badly. I heard he had to visit a doctor. As for if there is a topless scene, you really should see the film.

By Subhash K. Jha, April 28, 2009 – 11:35 IST

Shahrukh Khan The Elections never seemed more special, what with the whole Bollywood fraternity pitching their vote bank with abundant accountability.

While many of the A-Listers like Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan will make sure they’re in Mumbai on April 30 to cast their vote, Shah Rukh Khan is going to go a step further.

He will be flying down from South Africa with his ‘Knight Riders’ team just for a day on April 30 to cast their vote before flying back for their next match.

According to sources King Khan has requested Vijay Mallya who hosts a rival IPL team to lend him a private jet to make the whirlwind visit back a home possible.

Says a source close to the iconic actor, “Shah Rukh is very particular about exercising his voting rights. There was no way he’d miss the chance to cast his vote, or let his team members skip this important day in the Indian calendar. He’s very clear on the matter and would’ve insisted on heading home on April 30 even if a match was scheduled that day.”

Shah Rukh has even inspired rival team-leader Preity Zinta to not slip up on her democratic rights.

Preity too will head back home on voting day with her team. However, Shilpa Shetty and her team would have to skip the vote as they have a match on April 30.

Bollywood Hungama.com


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