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After making up with her brother Ashmit, Amisha Patel patches up with her parents. She finally puts the bitterness behind her

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 15, 2009)

It’s always hard to patch-up after an acrimonious split. Amisha Patel had a very public and very nasty fall-out with her parents five years ago when she accused them of misusing her money.

Recently though, Amisha has been trying to mend her relationships. After making peace with her brother Ashmit Patel, she has now reconciled with her parents. On December 1, Amisha and Kanav Puri attended a cousin’s mehendi where she met her parents.

It was also her mother Asha’s birthday. She later went over to her mother’s Churchgate residence and spent time with her family and close relatives.

It finally seems that the public bickering is a closed chapter. Washing dirty laundry in public is never pleasant, and hopefully the Patels have put the bitterness behind them.

Asha Patel

Five years ago, she had accused them that they misused her finances. Back then, her parents also didn’t approve of her relationship with then-boyfriend Vikram Bhatt. Maybe the new man in her life has had a calming effect or maybe brought out of the more forgiving side of Amisha.

A close source confirms, “Yes, Amisha was present at her mother’s birthday.”

Amisha declined to comment.


By Bollywood Hungama News Network, September 9, 2009 – 15:24 IST

Lisa Ray Lisa Ray, the stunning beauty from Toronto (Canada) who made a stunning debut in Bollywood with Vikram Bhatt’s Kasoor, has been diagnosed with a rare type of cancer of the bone marrow.

In her blog, Lisa has revealed that she was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma on June 23rd and started her first cycle of treatment on July 2nd. The actress, who keeps shuttling between Canada and India for work, started experiencing the early symptoms such as fatigue and exhaustion. After a series of blood tests and other procedures she was diagnosed with Myeloma.

Unfortunate as it may sound; Multiple Myeloma is a rare and incurable type of cancer which affects a large number of people each year. However, Lisa is not the one to give up hope so easily. She is determined to fight this disease.

We at Bollywood Hungama pray for her speedy recovery.


By Taran Adarsh, September 3, 2009 – 12:57 IST

Thrillers have been Vikram Bhatt’s forte and THREE – LOVE, LIES, BETRAYAL, scripted by Vikram Bhatt and directed by Vishal Pandya, takes the legacy forward. This time, it’s a simple setting, involving three people. But it’s not as simple as you think. The relationships are complicated, the characters are crooked and double crossing is almost a habit for this trio.

Unpredictability is the strength of THREE. Also, the culmination should come as a jolt – that’s a must that any suspense thriller – and the twist in the climax meets the requirements, catching you by surprise.


But THREE is not without its share of hiccups. The writing is not consistently engaging and also, the length could’ve been concise. Yet, all said and done, THREE is a notch above the ordinary.

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THREE revolves around Anjini [Nausheen Ali Sardar], who is married, is also a violin teacher and runs the house with whatever she earns. Her husband, Rajeev [Akshay Kapoor], who has not been able to earn much, lives in her house and on her money, which is the reason for his anger and frustration.

Rajeev finally gathers the courage and asks her to sell her house and give him the money to invest in the business; she refuses as her house is her only connection with her parents, who are no more. She decides to help her husband and give one portion of her house on rent so that her husband can use the money for his business.

Sanjay [Ashish Chowdhry] comes to stay in her house as a tenant and reads the tension between the couple. He sympathizes with her and in the process, she falls in love with him. Is Sanjay’s love for real?

Not once do you feel while watching THREE that it’s helmed by a first-time director. Right from the shot compositions to extracting the performances, the debutante director seems in control of the situation. But the writing could’ve been cohesive and more impactful.

For instance, the wife is subjected to domestic violence at two vital points, but not once does she report to the cops. The women of today are well aware of their rights and wouldn’t cow down to any abuse. Also, the game of one-upmanship towards the end gets a bit complicated and could’ve been simplified.

Chirantan Bhatt’s musical score is pleasant. Raju Rao’s background score enhances the impact considerably. Pravin Bhatt’s cinematography is truly arresting. The veteran DoP captures the beauty of Scotland on his lens admirably. The dialogues [Vikram Bhatt] deserve special mention.

All three actors fit into their roles well. Nausheen Ali Sardar is a revelation. She’s excellent all through. THREE should act as Ashish Chowdhry’s showreel, frankly. He has gradually evolved into a fine actor and this film proves it. Akshay Kapoor enacts his part with complete understanding. He knows the grammar of acting right. Achint Kaur is first-rate. Wonder why film producers have ignored this talented actor for so long.

On the whole, THREE – LOVE, LIES, BETRAYAL is a well-made thriller, but it remains to be seen how it fares in the Ramzan period and also how it competes with simultaneous multiple releases.

Shahid Kapoor’s impersonator on Twitter claims to do his publicist’s job and refuses to give up the actor’s identity
By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 01, 2009)
Shahid Kapoor’s impersonator on Twitter is giving the star and his publicist  sleepless nights.

The person is not just using Shahid’s name as his ID, he’s also posting news about Shahid. He recently announced the release date of Shahid’s forthcoming film Kaminey and also posted a thank-you note on the site when he was voted as the sexiest vegetarian in Asia. As a result, a lot of people are connecting with him believing him to the star. The person is using the ID – shahid.kapoor@gmail.com.

When Shahid’s publicist got wind of the fact, she mailed him on Twitter and asked him to stop pretending to be the actor. She wrote to the impersonator, “Pretending to be Shahid is not correct. You could give me the ID that belongs to him and end the matter immediately.”

However, the impersonator refused to give up the identity  He wrote, “I am doing nothing to harm Shahid’s image. In fact, I promote all the good things that he does. I am doing the task that you are expected and paid to do and you in turn, are threatening me. Instead you should focus on this emerging online media and start your own promotional activities.”

The publicist was taken aback that he had her gmail id.

The turn of events has distressed Shahid so much that he has asked his publicist to tackle this matter seriously. Shekhawat said, “People are following Shahid’s fake Twitter ID thinking it is the real Shahid. Tomorrow if this impersonator says something inappropriate, it could spoil Shahid’s reputation. We cannot allow this to continue.  Impersonating another person is a cyber crime. We have complained to Twitter and are hoping to get a reaction in a week’s time. If that doesn’t happen, we will be filing a complaint with Cyber Crime cell.”

Shahid Kapoor said, “I would like to clarify that I am not on Twitter and my management has complained about this impersonation to the site.”

Stars who have been impersonated

Mahima Chaudhary, Hrithik Roshan, Celina Jaitley, Amitabh Bachchan, Kajol, Sushmita Sen, Raju Hirani, Bobby Deol, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan have been impersonated on social networking sites.

In November 2008, a person impersonating Katrina Kaif had been sending e-mails to producers, directors, co-ordinators, journalists and Hollywood agents on behalf of the actress.

In July 2008, Mahesh Bhatt and Paresh Rawal had asked the police to take action against impostors who are misusing their names on Facebook. After Bhatt learnt of the mischief from a dentist friend, he approached JCP (crime) Rakesh Maria for help.

Director Vikram Bhatt received mail from somebody impersonating as Sushmita Sen (his ex-girlfriend), asking for Salman Khan’s number.

Imagine Vikram Bhatt in a witch’s wig doing a macabre dance. Spooky, isn’t it?
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 30, 2009)

Vikram Bhatt

Vikram Bhatt, who has been attempting to spook us with a spate of horror films, has found a new way to mess with our heads. The filmmaker didn’t think that his actress was doing a very good job in his film Shaapit, so he decided to play the witch himself. It boggles the mind to imagine him in flowing feminine robes and emitting evil high pitched laughs at appropriate intervals. What makes it more surreal is that he also performs a sinister dance.

A source elaborated, “Vikram was canning shots for Shaapit, which marks the debut of newcomers Aditya Narayan and Shweta Agrawal at Filmistan on Sunday afternoon. The scene required the witch to dance in a weird manner in a 300-year-old prison. However, the actress, who was roped in for the role, did a lot of retakes, but still couldn’t get it right. That angered Vikram so much that he decided to do the role himself. Much to the surprise of the unit members, the filmmaker donned the garb of a witch and shot for it successfully.”

Vikram confirmed the news and said in jest, “I am wondering if I should hold a contest about finding me in the film. No one will be able to recognise me as I am wearing a witch’s long gown and a wig. I have also shown my dancing abilities in the scene. Everyone on the sets insisted that the shots were perfect but I would like to strongly believe that I don’t look like a witch.”

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.

Hindi entertainment channels are nowadays mostly dominated by family melodramatic soaps and rigged reality shows! At this point of time, Sony Entertainment Television came up with an interesting concept. Titled ‘Specials @ 10’, the series consist of 4 different tele-films, each produced/presented by renowned filmmakers like Anurag Kashyap, Vikram Bhatt, Mahesh Manjrekar and Madhur Bhandarkar.Anurag Kashyap-presented Rajuben took away the cake as it managed to keep the viewers at the edge of the seat and moved at a fast pace, both of these qualities which other serials on TV lack!

Rajuben2Rajuben started on March 2, 2009 and ended 12 weeks later on May 18 (last Monday). It was aired only once in a week on Mondays at 10pm and each episode was an hour long. Unlike other serials on TV, Rajuben was shot in a different format and had a film-like visual quality.

The plot of the serial: Rajuben is the story of Rajshree (Shilpa Shukla), daughter of a staunch Gandhian (K K Raina). The serial focuses on three different points of Rajshree aka Raju’s life which is as follows:

Year 1986: Raju is an electrician and one day goes to Rohit’s (Rajesh Shringapure) place to repair his fan. Later, she learns that he is a gangster. But still, she falls for him and Rohit too starts liking her. Raju’s father gets the biggest shock of his life when he learns this. He tries hard to explain Raju that falling in love with a gangster can be dangerous but she stood adamant. Finally, she marries him and Raju’s father breaks all ties with her. As Rohit’s wife, she took time to adjust, given his husband’s profession. She tried to persuade Rohit into leaving the underworld. Rohit tried but his plan backfired.
Year 1990: Raju is pregnant. Rohit is all set to escape to Malaysia, to escape the crutches of police, much to the annoyance of Raju. By this time, Raju has understood A to Z of ‘bhaigiri’ business and she takes Rohit’s place in her absence. All of Rohit’s colleagues including Tabrez (Raj Arun) accept her. But Abu Miya, Rohit’s godfather and Abu’s close aide and corrupt politician Joshi (Harsh Chaaya) is dead against this idea and they tried to ward off Raju. But Rajuben has acquired too strong a position to feel threatened by anyone.

Year 2009: Raju is now MLA Rajshree and all set to contest for elections. Joshi is also in her political party and both are rivals. Rajshree’s twins, Sameer and Shraddha return after completing their studies and upon their arrival, some unknown gunmen attack them. Shraddha escapes unhurt but Sameer is kidnapped. Some hours later, Tabrez (who is still with Raju as her confidante) find Sameer unconscious in a gunny bag. Rajshree now tries to find out who could be behind it. On the other hand, Shraddha tries to strike a chord with Rajshree’s father, who still hasn’t talked to his daughter and after she married. And as for Rohit, he died in 1993 in Malaysia in a police firing.

What sets Rajuben apart from the rest of the soaps is its wonderful treatment. All these above mentioned three eras of Raju’s life move simultaneously as parallel tracks and intersect at several points, a laRang De Basanti style! Although these three tracks may seem to be poles apart at times, there’s a constant coordination between all three of them. For instance, when Raju’s son Sameer starts taking drugs, the story moves back to 90’s era and the viewers here learn how Raju had started selling drugs in order to make money. Even though the story constantly moves back and forth jostling between three tracks, the story doesn’t become confusing and complicated at all. And that’s the biggest achievement for the makers!

Some of the characters are very intriguing. Raju’s daughter Shraddha has feelings for Tabrez but is mature enough to understand that her mother deserves him more than anyone else. Shraddha equally loves her mother but is angry at the way she plays politics and takes wrong advantage of the media for her gains. On the other hand, Raju’s father, a Gandhian, wanted his children to follow the eternal Gandhian principals. But his own daughter married a gangster while his other two children used wrong means in their business, which was unacceptable to him. So he disowned all his children and lived alone with his wife. This raises a question-Does being a Gandhian also implies that we should not be supportive of our children, no matter what they do? Should a Gandhian be very ‘ziddi’ and angry-types? But at the same time, should a Gandhian give up his Satyagraha mentality just because everyone around is corrupt?


But the most favourite of all has to be Tabrez (see pic above)! He spoke little and when he opened his mouth, he won’t utter anything nonsense. He obediently carried out Raju’s orders without questioning her. He was unmarried but always loved Raju a lot and yet, didn’t marry her after Rohit’s death. Everyone around used him as a punching bag to vent their frustration. Yet, he was always loyal to Raju and her family and would see to it that nothing untoward happens with them. He is a guy who can be trusted anytime. Tabrez, you rock!

Performance-wise, everyone was perfect. Shilpa Shukla who had already proved her worth as Bindiya Naik in Chak De! India, does an amazing job as Rajuben. She gave a perfect performance in each of the three tracks. She impressed a lot in 90’s track. Eight month pregnant Raju, having fruit salad and ordering her men to finish off members of a rival gang-wow…what a scene!

Rajesh Shringapure too does a great job. It was difficult to accept in the beginning that he’s the same guy who gave a rocking performance in Sarkar Raj as Sanjay Somji! Raj Arun as Tabrez was undoubtedly the best performer! His wonderful role coupled with his natural performance made Tabrez the most adorable bhai of the story!

Harsh Chaaya did a great job as the villain. K K Raina left a mark as Raju’s father. Ritu Dutta as Shraddha was fantastic. Others did a great job too.

Amit Trivedi who created waves with Dev D album, composed the title track of Rajuben which suited the mood and theme of the serial. Editing was perfect. Screenplay was gripping and of course, the biggest winner! Lalit Marathe, who also directed the upcoming film Shabri (*ing Ishaa Koppikar; produced by RGV) directed this serial and did a wonderful job. Some of the scenes were truly memorable. My most fav was when Raju kills Abu Miya. She disassembled parts of her gun, hid all its parts including in her hair and inside her sandal. Then she went to Abu Miya’s place and proceeded towards the loo. Inside, she assembled all the parts together and came out and killed him! Brilliant!

On the whole, Rajuben was a slick and very interesting concept that succeeded in keeping the viewers engrossed and entertained. Those who have missed it, there’s a good news-Anurag Kashyap is going to release its DVDs soon! So all those interested in this wonderful one of its kind serial, grab your copy and do watch it!

My rating-***** out of 5!