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The gorgeous Isha Khoppikhar talks about her role in the movie Shabri and woman power.
Nimisha Tiwari | TNN (MUMBAI MIRROR.COM; August 05, 2011)
Isha Koppikar (Pic: BCCL)
This gorgeous lady had almost vanished from the Bollywood scene post her marriage to Timmy Narang in November 2009.
But now Isha Khoppikhar is back with a bang. Beaming and brimming with energy, BT caught up with her minutes after she walked as the showstopper at the India International Jewellery Week in Mumbai.
In between receiving compliments, she said, “Life’s so good. I am receiving so much love that it’s humbling to some extent. I am loving every moment.”
Readying herself for the promotions for film Shabri, she’s excited about the role she has played in this film. The role is also close to her to her real life convictions.
“I am all for woman power. We are the Shakti avatars and Shabari portrays this energy. This is one role every Indian actress would want to enact,” reveals Isha.
A martial art enthusiast, Isha practices Taekwondo every day and is now vying for 2 Dan Taekwondo belt.
“Hakido, another self defence martial art, should be learned by every girl in this city. Once we know how to defend ourselves, we can then rise to help others. I am going for a black belt next,” she adds with a reassuring smile.
In the same vein, she says, that her friends often tell her to stop kicking them. “They are at the receiving end. But they encourage me wholeheartedly just like my hubby Timmy. He’s More >
Ram Gopal Verma talks about his movie Not a Love Story, his controversial statements, Murder 2 and a politician’s role
Madhureeta Mukherjee | TNN (MUMBAI MIRROR.COM; August 05, 2011)
Ram Gopal Verma (Pic: BCCL)
Ram Gopal Verma’s obsessed…with blood, death and sex. But most of the time with women. So what better topic than a gruesome murder, lust and intrigue to make a movie on, for this man
Another day, another gruesome film. What’s your fixation with blood, gore and reality?
This film Not A Love Story is not a gruesome film. Yes, it’s based on a gruesome incident, but it’s essentially a love story. In this case, whatever happened with Maria was a result of emotional rage. It’s the extremities one can go to, for love. I’d like to put the audience in the same situation and see how they react.
No one has used their ‘freedom of speech’ in the industry like you…
I’m never scared to say what I want to say. I don’t know why people get shocked by my statements. In fact, I get shocked that people get shocked about my comments.
With threats, backlashes and protest…don’t you fear for your life?
Why should I be scared? People are scared of me.
You’re the only one who dared to use the ‘C’ word for Mr. Bachchan…
It was a compliment! I think it’s the best compliment anyone has given him in the last 15 years. Language is supposed to express an emotion, and that is exactly what I felt after watching Bbuddah…
There’s a SRK camp, Salman camp. Is there anything like a RGV More >
Ram Gopal Varma decided to shoot his film Department in a busy market area of Bhindi Bazaar in Mumbai. Little did the filmmaker know that the shoot would become a cause of concern.
According to our source, “The shot was taking place outside Shalimar Hotel in Bhindi Bazaar on Wednesday afternoon.
While Rana Daggubati was shooting, a few locals complained and eventually the cops came in and stopped the shoot.
The crew had no permission to shoot at that particular place. Within no time the crew had to leave the location due to the added political intervention.”
The source added, “The shoot resumed on Thursday afternoon as the action directors of the film are locals from the area and managed to shoot a few scenes at their own risk. However, Ramu was not present on location. “
When contacted, Ram Gopal Varma remained unavailable for comment.
Arjan Bajwa is all set to play a role inspired from Vibhishan in the film titled Vibhishan. The film stars Manoj Bajpai in a role inspired from Raavan and is directed by Maqbool Khan and produced by Vikram Bhatt.
Our source said, “The film is set in Bijnor, a small city of U.P. It’s an emotional drama. Arjan plays the character of a guy who comes back to his roots in Bijnor after studying in Delhi, only to find his ideas about love and life very conflicting with the place and time.
His character deals with the struggle to keep up with his present surroundings and to choose between right and wrong, duty and passion, true and false.”
Arjan Bajwa said, “I play a very aggressive, yet an emotional guy torn between many worlds and thoughts. Basically he does what he feels is right.”
The actress will pick and choose her own wardrobe in Yash Chopra’s next
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 05, 2011)
If there was any disappointment in not being able to work with Ranbir Kapoor in Ayan Mukherji’s film, Katrina sure knows how to get over it and how. The actress will not only be sharing screen space with Shah Rukh in Yash Chopra’s next, but will start designing her own clothes too!
Yes, Katrina Kaif will soon be seen designing her own clothes for her upcoming films. She’s already half-way there having gone clothes and accessories shopping with designer Rocky S for her rock-chick look in Yashraj’s Mere Brother Ki Dulhan.
Inspired by the immense response she received for her bohemian rock-star look, the actress approached Yash and Aditya Chopra about designing her own clothes in Yash Chopra’s next directorial venture.
Hence, Katrina is all set to become Bollywood’s first actress cum fashion designer.
Katrina says, “I was always interested in fabric, clothes and designing. Maybe I would have been a designer by profession, if I didn’t start acting. For the rock-chick look in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, is not the first time I went shopping for my own clothes and accessories.
I dress minimal and unfussy. So deciding my own clothes for my characters is not a big deal.”
For Yash Chopra’s film, Katrina will dress herself far more elegantly and sensuously, her looks in recent films like Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara and the forthcoming Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. More >
I generally detest categorising feelings as tough or easy. But I can tell you, one of the toughest scenes I’ve ever done was a scene in Mira Nair’s The Namesake where my character Ashok Ganguly is away from his home in New York, working as a visiting professor in another city.
He checks into a hospital there after complaining of uneasiness. From the hospital he calls his wife, Tabu. According to the script, soon after this call he (Ashok) will die. But he is, of course, unaware of the happening.
The tough part about this scene was that I had to emote at various levels when I call my wife Tabu from the hospital. On one level the character is feeling unwell and perhaps knows that he won’t be able to speak to his wife again.
At the same time he is aware of the physical distance between them. So he didn’t want to worry her or make her feel helpless. In that moment of suppressed panic when he was alone, he needed to reach out to his wife for emotional sustenance. I had to express all of this in that one telephonic sequence.
Tabu was a great support during the sequence. Also was Mira Nair who is one of my favourite directors. Tabu had recorded her responses in our telephonic conversation and I had those responses with me when I did the scene.
That helped tremendously. I must say Tabu is a very special person and actress. She never lies in her performances. We’d instinctively understand each other. She knew exactly when to More >
South Indian actress Shreya Saran is getting up close and personal to the Dabangg Khan and even attending their family parties with friends
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 05, 2011)
Shreya Saran surprised everyone by walking in for Arpita Khan’s birthday party a few days ago and then comfortably mingling with the birthday girl’s brother Salman. “Saran looked very comfortable with Salman.
Naturally, Salman had invited her. Nobody can gatecrash into Salman’s party,” said a source. This friendship between Salman and Shreya has been the topic of speculation for a while in the industry now.
While a certain section of people believe it to be more than what meets the eye, the others say the two actors are just good friends.
The industry, needless to say, is abuzz with speculations about the actor helping Shreya find a foothold in the industry. Shreya, who was a huge success down south, ventured into Bollywood with the film Tujhe Meri Kasam in 2003. Her 2007 film Awaarapan made people sit up and take notice.
However, she soon faded into oblivion. “Salman is known for building the careers of heroines in B town. He has resurrected the careers of many. It won’t be tough for Salman to provide a launching pad for Saran. As it is, Saran is talented and attractive,” added the source.
According to a source, “Shreya and Salman kindled their friendship during the Celebrity Cricket League that concluded in June. The two have kept in touch ever since.”
At the audio launch More >
They want the same terms as Hindi/regional cinema
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; August 5, 2011)
The monster called percentage-sharing ratio has once again raised its ugly head. A trade source says, “Now Hollywood studios have locked horns with multiplex owners, asking for better deals. And in some cases, even deals equalling Hindi/regional cinema.”
Fox Star Studios, whose James Franco-Freida Pinto-starrer The Rise of the Planet of the Apes is due in cinemas today may be forced to release their film only in single screens across India, if the ’plex owners decide not to give in to the terms the foreign studio is asking for. Recent statistics show that many Hollywood films have had better runs (numbers-wise) than local flicks. In fact, July saw record breaking rise in box office numbers for Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Distributor N R Pachisia says that encouraged by reponse to their movies, Hollywood studios want a bigger share of the pie especially for movies that have a day-and-date release. “They are still willing to go with slightly lesser profits on movies that have a deferred release,” he adds.
It is being said that ’plex owners are reportedly offering 45 per cent profit-sharing in the first week; subsequently less ratios in the second and third weeks.
BOMBAY TIMES (August 5, 2011)
Tired of seeing and hearing of the same mindless masala entertainment? Well, here’s some great news. After giving the Indian audience four hit films in just five months, Viacom18 Motion Pictures has now joined hands with the multi-talented Neelesh Misra to create and syndicate audio stories and recreate the magic of storytelling. And you can access it on-the-go as well. The Lucknow storyteller has written five very popular books, done 20-odd films as a lyricist starting with Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai (Jism) and most recently I Love You (Bodyguard) and Humko Pyaar Hua (Ready). He has been an award-winning journalist, covering South Asia’s biggest stories — from the Kargil war and the South-Asian tsunami, to Kashmir and the Naxalite movement, and is a keen photographer as well. Penning the script for Salman Khan’s next film, Neelesh is the creative director, writer and sometime singer with India’s first storytelling-song band, Band Called Nine. He is also the creator of the radio show Yaadon Ka Idiot Box. Since its January launch, the show has found millions of fans on radio in 35 cities. It was a huge hit online. This unique concept entails Neelesh weaving engaging stories with a soul, that will tug at your heart strings and are beautifully inter-woven with popular songs from Hindi movies, around a fictional town. It was the brilliance of this concept and Neelesh’s exceptional talent that caught the ears of Viacom18 Motion Pictures. With the More >
The actress has been chosen as the face of a new make up range to be unveiled at LFW
Debarati S Sen (BOMBAY TIMES; August 5, 2011)
Kareena Kapoor has emerged as the make up icon most loved by India and will now be the face of Lakmé ABSOLUTE.
She will be part of the brand’s campaign and will unveil the looks at the grand finale by Manish Malhotra at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2011 on August 21, 2011. Says the actress, “I’m very proud to be associated with a brand that introduced the concept of make up to the Indian woman, and today I’m excited to undertake this new journey with them. Lakmé ABSOLUTE keeps my skin radiant and makes me look beautiful the entire day without the need for touch-ups. Its super longwear and high performance products are just what I need.”
Farida Kaliyadan, General Manager, Lakmé, says, “Kareena’s confident persona and beauty makes her the perfect choice.”