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The actor had hurt his hip bone while shooting; now has a physiotherapist stationed on his set in Goa
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; March 27, 2011) Ajay Devgn has a doctor, a personal trainer and a couple of unit hands specially designated to look after him during the current Singham schedule in Goa. The actor who is performing very strenuous stunts has been advised to sit on an ice pack when he returns to his chair between shots. The actor is in so much pain that after pack up, the doctor (a leading Mumbai physiotherapist) accompanying him has to treat him with light and also make him do some exercises to ease his pain. Sources say that the actor injured himself 20 years ago while shooting a movie with Karisma Kapoor. “It is that injury that is now troubling him,” says a unit hand. Ajay and Karisma have done films like Jigar and Dhanwan and were even dating each other around that time. Ironical, that Ajay’s injury should come back to haunt him now, though for 12 of those 20 years the superstar has not exchanged even a word with Karisma.
Diehard fan Aman Sapra met Juhi Chawla at her residence and showed her two albums of her pictures, weighing eight kilograms each
Priyanka Shenwai (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 10, 2011)
“Juhi’s smile lights up my face,” says Dr Aman Sapra, incidentally a dentist by profession, whose childhood dream of meeting the actress came true recently.
The actress was shocked when her fan showed up with two picture albums, weighing 8 kilograms each, full of her photographs.
Aman Sapra flew down to meet the actress on January 9, 2011, and showed her the photo album he had painstakingly put together over the years.
Says Dr Sapra, “I am a diehard Juhi fan since childhood and have been collecting all her pictures and making this album for the past 20 years. I got it touch with her through Onir, who is my friend on Facebook.
I told him about my dream of meeting Juhi and he spoke to her and got this special day fixed for me. I am very thankful to him.”
Sapra is no ordinary fan. So deep is his adulation for the actress that when he sees her face, all his worries and tensions fade away, he tells us. “Juhi is also a very humble person,” adds Sapra, “I spent about one and a half hours with her at her residence. She saw both my albums and autographed them too.” Wonder if they had any time left to talk!
Apparently, Juhi was very excited to see all her old press clippings. When contacted, she said, “I was very touched by this beautiful gesture. I am overwhelmed to receive More >
Years ago, she severed ties with SRK and Dreamz Unlimited was dissolved; the actress has now decided to produce Onir’s next
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 19, 2011) Juhi Chawla
Juhi Chawla has decided to produce films once again. She will produce Onir’s next, I Am, a film she will act in as well.
This is the first film she will produce after breaking her professional ties with Shah Rukh Khan and dissolving their company, Dreamz Unlimited.
Under this banner, the two actors had jointly produced Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, Chalte Chalte and Asoka.
Confirming this, Onir told Mumbai Mirror, “Initially, Sanjay Suri and I were producing the film. Now, Juhi too is on board. She has joined us as Associate Producer.”
Explaining how Juhi came on board, Onir said, “She was helping us raise investors for this film for a long time.
After we completed the entire shooting, she expressed the desire to join us as an associate producer. Her addition to our team will be a big asset.”
Onir and Juhi go back a long way; she starred in two films directed by him My Brother Nikhil (2005) and Bas Ek Pal (2006).Onir
Juhi is also acting in I Am. Says Onir, “She plays a major role with Manisha Koirala in one of the four stories of I Am.
I have cast her as a Kashmiri Pandit, who returns to Kashmir after 20 years to visit Manisha.”
Onir would love to produce more films with Juhi in future, he tells us. “I want my association with Juhi to be a very long-lasting More >
TV’s most loved, most deranged family is readying itself to be unleashed on film. And if our conversation with all its actors is anything to go by, it might just be as riotous
Malay Desai (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 26, 2010)
What began as a joke is now… well, a bigger joke. Khichdi, the TV series christened after the ubiquitous rice-lentil dish of the subcontinent, will be served on a larger platter — the big screen, this week. The promoters are relaying this from the rooftops, and with good reason.
After all, no other product of our TV heritage - Hum Log, Malgudi Days, CID et al has made it to 70mm, a trend the West adopted years ago.
The sitcom, a brainchild of writer Aatish Kapadia and then Gujarati film actor Jamnadas Majethia opened in 2002 amidst a wave of expensive game shows and melodramatic soaps.
It took self-deprecating humour to a new high (or low, as some might feel) and grabbed TRPs. Its second season wound up at its peak in 2005, but not before beginning a trend of Gujarati characters in TV serials, earlier set only by ‘Malhotra’-esque Punjabis.
The serial’s Parekh family, played by veteran actors of the vernacular stage is now etched in telly history: Anang Desai, aka ‘Babujee’, the timid head of the family, ‘Jayshree’; his gossip-loving daughter-in-law (Nimisha Vakharia); the idiotic couple, ‘Praful-Hansa’ (the endearing Rajiv Mehta and Supriya Pathak) while producer Jamnadas Majethia himself is Himanshu the buffoon. The two More >
An unwelcome remark by a contestant on Aishwarya Rai had Salman Khan completely stumped. But he covered up just in time
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 30, 2010)
If Katrina Kaif crying over him weren’t enough, Salman recently had another, rather uncomfortable tryst with his past. The incident made it very clear that though Salman might have had his share of relationships, his affair with Aishwarya Rai is still the most talked about.
Recently, Salman went as a special guest to the sets of a reality show and complimented one of the contestants on singing very well. In return however, the contestant said something that made the actor squirm.
Our source from the sets said, “It was a Salman Khan special episode. Shreyasi, a Kolkata-based singer, sang the title track of Hum Dil Chuke Sanam quite well. After her performance she spoke her heart out to Salman, saying that she loved the movie and had watched it many times.Salman Khan and Shreyasi
However, while talking, she got carried away and said, ‘I felt very bad and helpless with the way Aishwarya left you heartbroken in the end. Had I been in her shoes, I would have given up everything and married you.”
Salman apparently didn’t know how to react. But, like a true gentleman, he gathered his composure, got a mischievous grin on his face, looked up at the control room and said, “Is channel ko aapne aaj promo de diya hai”. The impromptu comment had the audience in splits and the More >
By Subhash K. Jha, July 26, 2010 – 12:41 IST
With the unexpected success of the political satire Tere Bin Laden, plans are afoot to create an ongoing series of films featuring the Laden look-alike played by Pradhuman Singh.
The success of the desi Laden has taken the film’s makers by surprise. Director Abhishek Sharma admits creating a franchise out of the Laden character is an idea being serious explored specially since the humour on Laden has been taken in the right spirit.
Singh who has been in-character playing Laden even off -screen is a bit more cautious in his enthusiasm to reprise the role. “It would depend entirely on the writing. Abhishek Sharma who’s almost like a childhood buddy-I know him since I was 17- worked hard to bring the idea of a poor Laden look-alike who creates a global stir, come alive. Now to carry the idea forward without seeming to simply cash in on a successful formula, we need a script that is as funny if not funnier.”
Pradhuman who acted at the age of 20 when he was in the National School Of Drama gave up acting entirely and has now returned to acting with a role he never though he could pull off. “When Abhishek suggested I play a character that’s mistaken for Laden, I was zapped. I had never even remotely thought I resembled Laden. But now that the character has been liked I don’t mind playing him again.”
Another Laden in-blunder land saga is on the anvil. And this character may become Hindi cinema’s first formal farcical More >
Record track for T-series in Mumbai
MADHUREETA MUKHERJEE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; March 14, 2010)
After hobnobbing with Bollywood celebrities, and lapping up Indian curries and culture over the last few days, R & B singer Akon headed to the place he loves the most. The recording studio. The international star has teamed up with Bollywood composer Aadesh Srivastava and Tanya Kumar (T-series head honcho Kishen Kumar’s wife), and the trio are working together to make more music, and plan events and shows.
Talking about the musical collaboration, Tanya says, “What can I say about Akon, other than the fact that he is a creative soul. I have been his huge fan, and now I have joined hands with Aadesh and him to work on more music and events. He is such a big star, yet, so down-to-earth, and open to creative ideas.”
In the last few years Aadesh has already made a splash internationally, having worked with the likes of Wyclef Jean and Shakira, and he was the first to record a track with Akon, long before the rapper’s collaboration with Shah Rukh Khan. The composer excitedly adds, “I have known Akon for about four years; he is a great musician and a wonderful human being. Recently, the track we recorded is based on peace and it is called Let’s Come Together As ‘One’ For The World. Akon has actually written his part of the song. We have decided to give 25% of the profits to charity and the Mumbai Police. We are planning more tracks More >
By Subhash K. Jha, February 4, 2010 – 12:06 IST
This would be the first Big B film to have a profanity attached to its title. But Budha Don’t F**k With Him – yup, that’s what the next Big B flick is titled-is about an aging dude with an attitude.
Koi Shaq? Well, f..k that shaq!
Telugu super-director Poori Jagannath who has to his credit the biggest hit ever Pokhiri (remade with Salman Khan as Wanted recently) in Andhra Pradesh, is all set to enter Hindi cinema with an actioner which will star Amitabh Bachchan in and as Budha.
The unusual and eyeball-grabbing tagline for this out-and-out masala film is, ‘Don’t F**k With Him’, obviously a brainwave of Ram Gopal Varma who’s going to produce the film.
Laughing at rumours that he is making a film on the life and teachings of Gautam Buddha Poori Jagannath says, “Mr. Bachchan’s character is actually quite angry and very violent. I’ve written the role especially for him. It is that of a 60-year old man who refuses to accept his age. Any time someone calls him budha (old man) he flies off the handle.”
A diehard Bachchan fan Jagannath wrote the screenplay especially for The Big B. “Budha is not a remake of any of my Telugu films. It’s an original screenplay written especially for Mr. Bachchan. The challenge was to cast him as a character he hadn’t done before. After seeing Paa, I wonder what any director can make him do that’s new! I wanted to cast him again as the Angry Young Man I grew up watching in Zanjeer and Deewaar. But the More >
// // // News that Shah Rukh Khan has had a lunar crater named after him, Shah Rukh Khan Arago B, has turned out to be just a bit of moon shine and nothing more.
It has emerged that a UN Outer Space Treaty explicitly forbids any government from claiming a celestial resource such as the moon or a planet, since they are the common heritage of mankind.
However, an enterprising American entrepreneur from Nevada, Dennis Hope, claimed to have found a loophole in the treaty and has sold everything from real estate to crater names to millions of people around the globe.
His company, the Lunar Geographical Society, was started in 1980 and he is the self-proclaimed head of the Lunar Embassy. In the last 20 Years Hope has made around nine million dollars.
Hope lets users claim their stake over craters by using his his web site www.fullmoonatlas.com to track named and unnamed craters. People pay the price for the crater and then receive a certificate and a picture of the crater they buy.
The Shah Rukh Khan crater is allegedly located in the Southern Mare Tranquillitatis (3.4° N 20.8° E), its diametre is 7.0 kilometers with a depth of 140 metres and has no record of who the buyer is.
According to a report in the National Geographic, Tanja Masson-Zwaan, president of the International Institute of Space Law, based More >
Tune in to the icing of the day on Zoom
MADHUREETA MUKHERJEE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 26, 2010)
And here it is, that great multi-starrer we promised you yesterday and the day before… a new initiative to make the nation sing a song of secularism, brought to you by The Times of India Group and Vodafone Essar, that is premiering exclusively on ZOOM from 7 am onwards today. Phir Mile Sur recreates the mood for an upbeat generation of united Indians. And what better day than R-Day to launch it? Filmed by Aarti and Kailash Surendranath (of KPC), this commendable initiative has also been supported by Kingfisher Airlines and Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. Go on, switch on your TV, zoom in to ZOOM, and catch the national fervour. You don’t have to stand up when it comes on, but it would be nice if you did. Meanwhile, before that, hear what some of the proud Indians who made Phir Mile Sur have to say about the initiative…
AMITABH BACHCHAN I’m honoured that there’s been a gap of almost 23 years and still the makers of this wonderful commercial Mile Sur want to include me. Though circumstances may have changed, the words and the feelings of the song still remain the same. I feel good about it. Times of India has always been involved in many such nationalist, social, moral movements and I have had the great honour to being a part of it. I thank ZOOM for making me such a part once again.
SHAH RUKH KHAN The first time I heard Mile Sur Mera Tumhara, I More >