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Simi Garewal-Rani Mukerji in a face off?


The two firebrand ladies had a verbal tussle over Aditya Chopra on chat show

Tushar Joshi (BOMBAY TIMES; October 8, 2011) Mukerji often gets questioned about her relationship with producer-director Aditya Chopra in interactions with the media. Most times, she brushes off the questions with a smile and a clever remark. Recently, when she appeared on Simi Garewal’s chat show, she tried to use her usual tactic to avoid talking about it but Simi was in no mood to relent. Sources reveal that Rani and Simi had a difference of opinion when it came to answering a question over Rani’s relationship with Chopra.

“Rani wasn’t comfortable when Simi brought up Adi. She gave the usual cliched answer and wanted to move on to the next question, but Simi wasn’t satisfied with the reply. She decided to grill her some more. Rani did not appreciate this and the situation reached a point where it became awkward, as all of this was happening in front of a live audience!” says the source.

Since Rani refused to comment and Simi wasn’t letting her off the hook, the interview went into an uncomfortable space for both. “Finally, Simi gave up her persistent demeanour and moved on to other questions.”

But things didn’t end there. After the shoot, Rani gave Simi a piece of her mind and asked her to edit out the entire stand-off over Aditya from the final edit. It is learnt that Simi has obliged and the verbal duel between the two lades won’t be part of the episode. When asked if the portion would be included in the final edit, Simi said, “I have just finished editing the episode and there is no mention of Adi there.”


The actress, who was comfortable sharing details of her life with Aditya Chopra with Simi Garewal, denied it all when the cameras started rolling


Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 08, 2011) Garewal’s latest television chat show seems to have become a hotseat for controversies, most of which revolve around the intimate secrets of a star’s life. While John Abraham broke his silence about his breakup with Bipasha Basu on the very show, Simi’s latest guest Rani Mukerji sparked off a debate by choosing to deny her much talked about relationship with the YRF scion Aditya Chopra.

A source from the sets of the television show informed Mumbai Mirror, “Before the shoot started, both Simi and Rani Mukerji were discussing Aditya Chopra at length. In fact, Rani was looking rather happy sharing the details of her love life with the elder actress.”

According to the source, Simi wanted to make Rani comfortable with the subject before they start rolling the camera. “She did not want to take the actress by surprise with her questions related to Aditya Chopra,” added the source.

Once the camera started rolling, everything was going well until Simi started asking Rani about her relationship with Adi. “When Simi asked Rani about Aditya on camera, the younger actress immediately denied being in any relationship.

This came as a surprise considering their earlier interaction off the sets. Simi was under the impression that after all these years Rani is perhaps ready to talk about her love life. And considering Rani has poured her heart out earlier, Simi was rather shocked by the denial,” said the source from the sets.

Though, sources reveal that the section in question might not make it to the final cut of the show, the official spokesperson of the channel said, “We haven’t been told about any such cuts in the episode as of now.”

Despite several messages, Simi Garewal remained unavailable for comment.



By Taran Adarsh, May 6, 2011 – 15:28 IST

I can’t help but recall an interesting conversation with Ashish Patil [the enterprising head of Y-Films] soon after Y-Films was formally launched. He opined that India is the world’s youngest country, with 70% of the population below the age of 35 and explained why Y-Films had decided to target this segment of movie-going audience. It works fine — you cater to an audience that loves to hang out at cineplexes. Plus, as a production house, you juice a big business opportunity. Their first movie — LUV KA THE END — is now in theatres, for audience consumption.

Gone are the days when a woman, spurned by the man of her dreams, would sulk in a corner, shed tears of sorrow and spend the rest of her life in his memory. Times have changed. The Gen X, especially those living in a metropolis, thinks differently. Most relationships begin and end at an alarming rate and before you realize what went wrong between two individuals, chances are they would’ve moved on to ‘greener pastures’ [read new partners]. The spurned girl is not a bechaari anymore.

Write your own movie review of Luv Ka The End

In LUV KA THE END, the 18-year-old seeks revenge, when she realizes that her boyfriend has a hidden agenda. Nope, the damsel in distress doesn’t take the route embarked upon by the offended parties in THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT [adapted in Bollywood as OH BEWAFAA], RETURN TO EDEN [remade as KHOON BHARI MAANG] or THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE [rehashed as KHAL-NAYIKAA]. In LUV KA THE END, the revenge doesn’t border on blood and gore, but is tilted towards the fun quotient and you can’t help but smile as the girlfriend and her two friends take the guy to the cleaners. Actually, it’s a chick flick with attitude, an anti rom-com.

Does its plotline ring a bell? Oh yes, it does! Recall JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE and also MEAN GIRLS. In fact, LUV KA THE END goes to the extent of borrowing the tagline of JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE in toto: ‘Don’t get mad. Get even.’ If you’ve watched those two films, you can’t help but draw parallels, but if you haven’t, don’t sweat. LUV KA THE END provides lotsa fun in those 2 hours as you watch the spurned lover seek retribution and settle scores.

But hold on… This film talks to a different audience completely. It’s targeted at a generation that generally lacks focus, don’t really understand the gravity of the situation and is least bothered about the repercussions. The situations, therefore, may appear self-indulgent and slipshod at times, but hey, let’s not behave like elderly school masters while watching this flick. Place yourself in their [the 14 to 20 age group] shoes and enjoy this madcap ride.

First-time director Bumpy packs just about everything that you expect in a teen flick: A stud, pretty girl, hot babe, street smart friends, nerd, horny portly guy, gym rat … this film is packed with wacky and nutty characters. But these are characters you also relate to in real life. It could be your world. Or your friends, class mates, neighbours… even those you are faintly acquainted with. You also relate to it because it’s not heavy duty stuff. The language spoken is everyday kinds, unfussy and untailored. What makes it even more interesting is the fact that it’s a story of vengeance which occurs in a single night. That explains why the viewer gets no time to think, since the incidents unravel at lightning speed.

Bumpy also assures that you laugh at the characters and also laugh with them. The vibe, the execution of the written material, the on-screen characters, the lingo they use, even the music [the 'Mutton' song in particular] is very unlike what you’ve come to expect from a film backed by Aditya Chopra. Sure, the purists, who swear by the conventional romance-laden tales witnessed in Yash Raj movies, may label it outrageous and scandalous, but like I made it very clear at the outset, this film isn’t talking to those who’ve lost their sense of humor, but talking to an age bracket that’s into chatrooms and social networking sites.

On the flipside, the screenplay could’ve been far more exhilarating than what it is. For instance, the grandmother and young sister’s track just doesn’t work. Also, a few situations don’t evoke mirth. In fact, the screenplay betrays its origins in the middle of the second hour, though it really picks up before it approaches the finish line.

Rhea [Shraddha Kapoor] is the quintessential girl next door, in love with Luv Nanda [Taaha Shah], the richest, most popular boy in college. On the eve of her 18th birthday, they plan to take their relationship to the ‘next level’. When accidentally she finds out Luv is not as nice as she thought he was.

Rhea decides to not get mad, but to get even and bring Luv down! All in the span of one night with the help of her friends.

Bumpy has handled the fun moments very well, for a first-timer. In fact, the goings-on keep you bemused for most parts, although the director as well as screenplay writers Roye Seagal and Shenaz Treasurywala are in no mood to spark off a revolution with earth shattering stuff. It’s fun and has its share of amusing and witty moments, though the humor tends to get lewd and bawdy at times. The film also has a hip, zippy musical score [Ram Sampath], targeted for the consumption of the teen crowd specifically. ‘Mutton’ has caught on with the youth, while ‘Tonight’ has a haunting tune and also the voice [Suman Sridhar] stays with you. The title track is foot-tapping, while the Ali Zafar song in the end is most appealing.

The actors are all perfectly capable, bringing in lots of sparkle and shine to the film. Their acting is devoid of clichés and that’s what makes them endearing. Shraddha is a revelation, catching you unaware with a confident performance. She’s electrifying in the sequence when she breaks down after getting to know the true intentions of her lover. Taaha is a star. No two opinions on that. He’s suave, handsome and has that sly look — exactly what the role demanded — and he handles the part with gusto.

Ali Zafar appears in a cameo and yes, his presence and also his song towards the end enhances the glam quotient. In fact, he adds that extra zing to the narrative. As for the youth brigade, Jugs is fantastic; very lively. Sonia is equally competent. Timmy, Golu, Karthikeyan and Natasha are perfect; each one essaying their parts well. Shenaz Treasurywala is hardly there for a scene or two. Archana Puransingh is as usual.

On the whole, LUV KA THE END appeals to the sensibilities of Gen X. This one’s for the yuppie Facebook and Twitter generation. Go, have a blast!

Kangna wants to work with Aamir


The curly haired temptress sent a script to Khan, in the hope that he’d work with her

Bina Trivedi (BOMBAY TIMES; May 3, 2011)


A new director who wants to make his Bollywood debut approached Kangna Ranaut for his film Chalo Driver (working title) Kangna met the director, loved the script and agreed to revert to him after reading it. However, she told the newbie director that she would prefer to work with Aamir Khan on this film.

When the director informed her that he had no access to Aamir, Kangna took the onus of “getting him Aamir.” Our source says, “Kangna apparently called Aamir, who informed her to leave the script with his office saying his script reading department would read it and then get back to her.” Everyone who knows Aamir well, is aware that right now the actor is committed to Reema Kagti’s suspense thriller; from January 2012 he has Aditya Chopra’s Dhoom-3. So obviously whoever else comes to him will have wait their turn.

Remember Aamir and Kangna were to team up in Ghajini earlier? Kangna was in Jiah Khan’s role. However, she was unceremoniously dropped because some news on the film was leaked to the media, and the finger of suspicion pointed to her. Will she get lucky the second time around?

Show me Aamir’s contract, Sallu tells YRF?


Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; April 30, 2011)
Even though Salman Khan agreed to work with Aditya Chopra for Kabir Khan’s film, the actor who is childlike and straight-forward is sceptical of working with people outside his own comfort zone. In other words, Salman is happier working with family and close friends because then he doesn’t have to bother with things like remuneration and other details. His family (read: dad Salim Khan) protects him.
A source says, “However when it came to drawing up a contract for Adi’s film (read: SRK’s buddy), bhai was hesitant. He allegedly requested his manager to get him a copy of Aamir Khan’s Dhoom-3 contract with the Chopras. Aamir’s contract then became the template for bhai with some minor changes like the actual remuneration figure, release date etc.” Salman and Aamir are very close. They do confer with one another on several personal and professional issues. Neither of the two superstars is comfortable talking about their relationship, however one gets the feeling that they “lookout” for each other.

Why PC refused Kabir Khan’s film


From the start Kabir Khan has been wanting his New York leading lady Katrina Kaif in his film opposite Salman Khan. However, Aditya Chopra and even the hero, Salman, were considering Priyanka Chopra for the female lead. It is said that Salman is ready to grant Adi 120 days to film the thriller. However, he also wanted PC to give 120 days. Salman’s funda is simple. He films at a certain pace; he cannot be hurried. And in the interest of the film and his way of functioning, Salman wanted Priyanka to be present on set whenever he was there. Since he didn’t want the usually over-committed PC to cite date hassles later, he asked Kabir to get 120 days from the heroine. However when PC heard this, she apparently threw a fit. She was keen to do the movie with Sallu, but she didn’t want to give 120 days to the film; or sit on the set twiddling her thumbs when Salman arrived late. So she opted out and Kat who is very keen to do a movie with Salman volunteered to toe the line and offered her services.

All his terms and conditions are acceptable to Kat is what our source says.

Priyanka Chopra

YRF to cast female debutant in Dhoom: 3


By Bollywood Hungama News Network, April 28, 2011 – 19:06 IST

Dhoom 3 Ever since it was announced Yash Raj Films’ Dhoom 3 has been the talk of the town. The biggest news was when YRF announced the presence of Aamir Khan in the film along with Dhoom regulars Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra. While the male cast has been locked, there has been a lot of speculation about who the female lead would be?

While many top names were being floated around, YRF has now decided to refute all rumours once and for all and has officially announced that for Dhoom 3 they are looking out for a fresh face for the female lead.

Apparently producer Aditya Chopra and director Vijay Krishna Acharya are keen to cast a totally new face to play the female lead role in the movie and the hunt for a fresh face begins now.

Filming of Dhoom 3 starts around end of 2011 and the film is slated for a 2012 Christmas release worldwide.


Katrina to do a raunchier item number


Bollywood’s fave Barbie doll is getting ready for a hot item song again!

Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; April 25, 2011)


Like the emcees of yore would constantly announce to a packed auditorium — ‘People, hold your breath, lightening (read Kat) is about to strike again’.

There is news in the mar ket that Katrina Kaif is get ting ready for another item song. A trade source says, “This item number will be in Aditya Chopra’s Mere Brother Ki Dulhan that has Imran Khan and Katrina in the lead.”

When anything happens in Adi’s backyard, details are usually scattered. But we hear that Adi has just one instruction for Sheila aka Katrina. He wants this item number in MBKD to be hotter and raunchier than Sheila ki Jawaani. Our source adds,

“Sheila was the biggest draw of Tees Maar Khan. But now Adi wants to go one step ahead and get Kat to do the mother of all item numbers.”


By Bollywood Hungama News Network, April 25, 2011 – 12:37 IST

The last time Katrina Kaif shook her legs to an item number, it ended up becoming a national anthem of sorts. Yes…we are indeed talking about the chartbusting ‘Sheila Ki Jawani‘ track from Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan which had Kat looking her sexiest best.

Now the latest buzz is that in her forthcoming film-YRF’s Mere Brother Ki Dulhan- Katrina is all set to outshine her last effort by performing the baap of all item songs. The song is a full-on tapori number and will have Katrina dancing at a roadside dhaba.

Sohail Sen has composed the music while ace choreographer Bosco will be making Kat dance to his tunes. It will be interesting to see if this item numbers manages to surpass the mass hysteria created by Katrina’s last item song ‘Sheila Ki Jawani‘.


Rani Mukerji turns director


She will make commercial films, and says that she understands the nuances of filmmaking

Prithwish Ganguly (BOMBAY TIMES; April 13, 2011)
She has always maintained that she wants to act and filmmaking was something she hadn’t even thought about. Until now. For the first time in her career, Rani Mukerji admits she has been thinking about directing a film. The actress, who has constantly pushed herself with challenging roles, wants to attempt another avenue of her profession and see if she can shine there as well. Obviously, it is the Aditya Chopra effect. She won’t even have to go looking for a production house. Aditya’s production house would be more than happy to produce it, but knowing her independent streak, don’t be surprised if she decides to produce it herself.

Says the actress, “Directing is something that I will surely do. It really fascinates me. It is a challenge that I want to take up. I want to make commercial movies that hopefully people will like, close to the kind of films that I have done in my career. The thought of being behind the camera has been coming and going out of my head, but now I have set my mind on it. Let’s see when I can get that script that pushes me to switch sides. I’m sure it will come soon.”

Rani adds that she wants to dabble with various genres. “I want to make films that entertain. I’m not someone who will make films for just myself. I want people to come into the theatres, get transported into another world, to relate to the characters, laugh, cry, enjoy the dances and songs and go home entertained. After spending the years that I have spent in the industry, I know the nuances of directing. It’s now the question of taking that big step forward. It can happen today or it could happen a while later but it’s surely happening.”

She knows that she will be under enormous pressure because people will equate her acting prowess with her directorial skills. “I have always liked challenges, so I’m not scared. It will be fun. I know that people will compare, but that will not be a deterrent. I’m quite tough!”

Four letter word in YRF films – Cool or shocking?


By Joginder Tuteja, April 11, 2011 – 17:05 IST

If Aditya Chopra is speaking an altogether different language, either credit or blame it to the newer generation that he is interacting with today. With at least two of his upcoming films proudly boasting of the four letter word in its publicity material rather unabashedly, it is crystal clear that an altogether new language with cuss words abound is all set to be presented to the audience.

Says a college student, “It seems like the Chopras actually wanted youngsters to be attracted to theaters just on the basis of the film’s language. If captions like ‘Love is an A%%&ole’ and Shraddha Kapoor screaming on screen – ‘I am going to have your ba$$s’ was not good enough, she even looked at the camera and rounded up the promo with a declaration – ‘Go f&*k yourselves’. Honestly, I was surprised. Looks like the makers are not even trying to hide the ‘F’ word”

Known for making family films for so many decades now and the production house responsible for outings that have ranged from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge to Band Baaja Baaraat, a move like this has come as a shock from Yash Raj Films which has opened a new youth division, Y-Films, to make younger films that has Luv Ka The End as one of it’s many offerings.

This is not all, the second film under this division, Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge, also follows a similar formula.

“A rom-com against the backdrop of social networking, Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge is clearly a take on Yash Raj’s own Mujhse Dosti Karoge“, says a source, “However, while the Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukerji starrer was all sweet, saccharine and innocent, Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge is definitely not. Have you checked out its caption? It actually reads – ‘This season’s most F@#%ED UP Love Story!’ So there you are, you don’t need anything more explicit than this.”

With a clear indication of things to come and not really worried much about the Censor Board as well as moral police who may well be smacking their lips already, seems like Chopras are already up for a challenge ahead.


Imran and Anushka steam it up for Hi-Blitz


By Bollywood Hungama News Network, April 9, 2011 – 14:11 IST

They are among the hottest young actors of the current generation and when they came together for a special photo-shoot, sparks were bound to fly. We are talking about the charming Imran Khan and the gorgeous Anushka Sharma who feature in this month’s issue of Hi Blitz.

Imran, who debuted with a bang, with Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na had a few B.O. disasters before his next big hit I Hate Luv Storys. The actor says, “After IHLS, I decided that I must work with people whom I respect and who respect me because I want to enjoy the process of making a film.” Meanwhile Anushka too speaks about how the success of Band Baaja Baaraat took her by surprise. The chirpy actress says, “I never expected BBB to be successful. I was scared whether the film would work because there were no big stars in it. Not many would agree to work with a newcomer at the beginning of their career but I agreed to do so because of my faith in Aditya Chopra, Maneesh Sharma and the script.”

Imran has worked with some of the hottest leading ladies in B-town from Kareena to Katrina while Anushka has shared screen space with biggies like Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar. However, they are yet to star together in a film but going by the looks of this photo-shoot, they surely would make for one sizzling on-screen couple.



Ranveer, Parineeti Chopra on sets of Ladies V/S Ricky Bahl


By Bollywood Hungama News Network, April 6, 2011 – 16:23 IST

Ladies V/S Ricky Bahl started shooting yesterday. And straight away Ricky Bahl has taken his victim for a ‘ride’! Seen here in the pictures is Parineeti Chopra (who is being launched by YRF in this film) along with the charming Ranveer Singh, who plays the lead role as a conman.

Ladies V/S Ricky Bahl is a fun-filled ‘rom-con’ where a smooth and charming conman, Ricky Bahl, cons girls for a living but finally meets his match.

Produced by Aditya Chopra and directed by Maneesh Sharma, the film stars the lovely and endearing Anushka Sharma in the lead role, along with Dipannita Sharma and Aditi Sharma.

The film is planned for a 9th Dec 2011 theatrical release worldwide.


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