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Gauri Khan breaks the ice… approaches Ajay Devgn
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 6, 2010)
Bollywood, like politics, makes strange bedfellows. That Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol are not just the screen’s best couple but also the greatest of friends, is known. But that the Bollywood Badshah and Kajol’s husband, superstar Ajay Devgn, cannot get along… has remained both families’ secret.
The two actors have been cold with each other for 15 years, after their casting for Karan Arjun (1995) fell through. Both have moved on since then, and claim that time has healed all differences, but SRK and Ajay yet maintain a safe distance professionally and socially. Now, that ice appears to have been broken by Bollywood Badshah’s wife, Gauri Khan. At a party earlier this week thrown by designer Anna Singh, people were surprised to see Gauri in close and animated conversation with Ajay.
A socialite said, “Jaiveer (Anna’s husband) had a birthday bash, which was attended by Gauri and her close friends Bhavna Panday and Neelam Kothari among others. Ajay, who is close to Anna and Jaiveer, was also there. When Gauri spotted Ajay, she went up to him to congratulate the actor for his performance in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai.”
Naturally, Ajay was pleased to receive the compliment from Mrs Shah Rukh Khan. And after Gauri took the initiative, her gang of girls also jumped into the conversation with Ajay. Bollywood’s inner circle believe it won’t be long before the two actors bury the hatchet. SRK could use the excuse of calling on the Devgns when Kajol delivers the couple’s second baby in October.
Director Siddharth Malhotra wanted Kajol so badly for his film We Are Family, that he made a mannat to Lord Hanuman for her
To ensure Kajol’s presence in his film director Siddharth Malhotra promised Lord Hanuman that he would visit his temple every Saturday, for the rest of his life, if Kajol agreed to act in his film. Now that Kajol has agreed to do the film as well as publicise for it, turns out, Siddharth is having trouble fulfilling this vow.
Says Siddharth, “That’s how much I needed Kajol to do Susan Sarandon’s role from Stepmom. Only Kajol fitted the role.
If she had said no I wouldn’t have made the film. So yes, I have to fulfill the mannat. I’m not a religious person at all. This was my wife’s idea.”
Kajol is Siddharth’s family friend (Umm, then why the mannat Siddharth?) “Kajol’s mom Tanu Aunty (actress Tanuja) and my father (actor Prem Kishen) go back a long way. I’ve known Kajol and her sister Tanisha for long,” says Siddharth.
Now that Kajol is on board, Siddharth can’t stop raving about her. “Kajol was a dream. She’d arrive at 9 am, be on the sets for the first shot at 9.30 and we would pack up by 6 pm, so she could return to her baby.
To me she was the ideal actress wife and mother, and that’s what she plays in my film.”
Siddharth can’t wait for Kajol to have her second baby so he can make another film with her. Says the besotted director, “Kajol is addictive.
She kept me on my toes. If you work with her you better do your homework, or she will grill you.”
Adnan Sami falls ill on honeymoon, to return to Mumbai after surgery
SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; June 14, 2010)
It’s been a period of plenty of pleasure and some pain for Adnan Sami. For the last six weeks he has been honeymooning with his third (and hopefully final) wife, the Afghani-German Roya Faryabi.
While travelling all over Europe visiting places like Vienna, Zurich and Paris, Adnan suddenly developed a pain in his stomach. It turned out to be kidney stones. The couple rushed back to Roya’s home in Munich. After surgery, Adnan has recovered well enough to return home to Mumbai next week.
“I’m returning with my wife,” he says proudly. “Roya is shifting to Mumbai to be with me. Of course, I don’t want her to be just a housewife. The company that she works for in Germany, is opening an office in Mumbai. Until we have a baby I want her to be busy because I’ll be busy with my music.”
Adnan is thrilled with the way Roya’s family in Germany has accepted him. “Roya’s parents and her four sisters fussed over me while I was unwell. I felt so happy. Roya is definitely a homemaker. I’m looking forward to starting a family with her.”
While travelling all over Europe, the singer carried his portable studio to record the sounds from cities in various moods and rhythm. He hopes to put all the sound that he gathered and created in Europe for an album of world music. Vienna was a special stopover for Adnan. “I visited the graves of Beethoven and Mozart. That, too, with my lovely new wife. Isn’t it ironical that Roya came with me to visit the graves of my idols, while my previous wife wanted to put me in the grave?”
Adnan returns to Mumbai with his wife next week. Both want to make Mumbai their permanent home. “Mumbai is where we want to start our lives together,” says Adnan.
DEEPALI DHINGRA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; March 6, 2010)
Nandita Das seems to be on a new high these days. Not only has her debut film Firaaq got appreciation and awards, her marriage to industrialist Subodh Maskara, in January this year, seems to have brought a sense of calm to the actress-turned-director. And the reason for the glow on her face? Well, our source tells us that the stork’s visiting Nandita! Yes, rumour has it that Nandita, who is best known for her fiery performances in films like Fire and Bawandar, is expecting her first baby. She was offered a film but she refused it, citing her pregnancy as reason, because by the time the film starts, she would be in her seventh month. The text message we sent Nandita to confirm went unreplied, but we guess the actress, who’s known to be a private person, isn’t willing to talk about it yet. But if the buzz is true, then all we can do is wish Nandita all the very best.
Bollywood’s most celebrated writer Abhijat Joshi in a candid chat with BT
HARSHADA REGE (BOMBAY TIMES; February 4, 2010)
3 Idiots has been the toast of Bollywood this season; and writer Abhijat Joshi is overwhelmed with the kind of reactions he’s been getting. Though all seems to be well, the movie has faced its share of controversies, too. The writer talks about the movie and the mayhem…
What do you make of the reaction that the movie has garnered?
To tell you the truth, we didn’t have the slightest desire to write India’s biggest blockbuster. When I saw people talking about the dialogues and even imitating the actors in the movie, I realised that this was something else. Figures and collections are important, but people speaking the lines from films… that’s beautiful!
Post the movie there has been a lot of media attention given to students’ suicides…
The first scene we wrote was the funeral scene of the student. It was bothering us as to why so many students face such pressure. Education should be a matter of excitement. When you get to know something new or see something new, you are excited. So then why’s that not happening? What’s the problem with education? We got thinking about that. We hope that this movie conveys that message.
You have worked with Raj Kumar Hirani on Lage Raho Munna Bhai and 3 Idiots. Do you see yourself going solo or turning director?
I think I am still growing as a writer. Two years later, I may change my mind and go towards direction. But right now, I think my craft as a writer is coming together.
Chetan Bhagat had issues with being given credit in the end of the movie…
We didn’t understand what the whole issue was. We had been saying for the last three years that Five Point Someone had inspired the film. We didn’t hide it. There was an agreement that the credit will appear at the end because we didn’t want people to watch it with the expectation of seeing the book on screen. In that case, they are already watching another movie in their mind. Our screenplay is of 168 pages and 160 pages have nothing to do with the book. But we value those eight pages a lot. Suddenly these allegations of copying and stealing cropped up… we didn’t know what happened. The book is not about a man who is an impostor, who crashes a wedding, whose friends go in search of him, his friends don’t stop a plane to search for him, they don’t kidnap a girl from her wedding, deliver a baby… Whatever we took from the book we gave them credit for. The contract was followed to the T. The book is about three kids who want to take it easy. One guy sleeps with the principal’s daughter and they steal the keys to get the exam papers. They get caught and put the blame on the girl. There’s no nobility in that act. We didn’t want to write that story. We don’t value it at all. What’s valuable was the ethos of the book. That’s why we bought the rights. The book triggered the story, we took parts of the book for which the credit was given.
Rajkumar Hirani’s well-made 3 Idiots is on record-breaking spree at the box office.
But there is a small slip in this thoroughly entertaining cinematic journey — TV actress Mona Singh’s character is first called Poonam and then Mona a few scenes later.
Mona, who plays Kareena Kapoor’s elder sister in the movie, is first referred to as Poonam by her screen dad Boman Irani.
However, Poonam becomes Mona in the dramatic sequence that follows where Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi and R. Madhavan deliver a baby with Kareena’s help through a web camera.
Elesh Parujanwala may have been the lucky suitor to win over Rakhi Sawant among 16 contestants on Rakhi Ka Swayamvar, but he has wisened up to one fact fast — Mother Mary she ain’t.
Elesh, who came to Mumbai with hopes of settling down with the controversy queen, has been at the centre of controversy himself, thanks to Rakhi’s outbursts. The man is deeply hurt and angered by Rakhi’s attempts to malign his image with her accusations of his financial instability and his plans to relocate to Toronto post-marriage with her. So far, Elesh had maintained a dignified silence, but having been pushed too far, he now sets the record straight. There is a distinct sadness in his eyes and voice when he speaks about Rakhi. Elesh says that he tried his best to make the relationship work. Talking about his incompatibility with Rakhi, he says, “I tried my best to understand this woman, but failed. I tried to know her past, I tried to understand her moves. I tried everything, but failed. On the contrary, Rakhi never tried to understand where I am coming from. Her notion about NRIs is so limited. I think it is based only on watching movies and TV. Rakhi needs to understand that real life is different from reel life.” To begin with, Elesh is amused that Rakhi did not want to stay in his hometown, Toronto after marrying him. He elaborates, “Honestly, I never told her to settle in Toronto. She can always travel back and forth. What’s wrong if I suggested that if and when we have a baby, he/she should be born in Toronto? I have my parents there and they would be a support system to my family. Anything wrong with that?” Commenting on Rakhi’s accusation that Elesh is financially not stable, he says, “What does she mean by saying that I don’t have money? That’s all so stupid and unnecessary. I am studying and have decided not to take money from my parents. I want to be an independent person. Am I doing something bad?” Clearly, Elesh has realised that Rakhi has used his name to play to the gallery and get her nautanki’s worth of airtime. Getting more vociferous, he says, “Frankly, I am shocked by the allegations. Anybody else in my place would have sunk into depression. Had it not been for the support of my family, I don’t know what would have happened to me. I do realise people have their own reasons to try to make others feel small and bad in the eyes of the public, so that they can gain sympathy. Part of being in Bollywood, I guess. But I am hurt. The controversy and the humiliation that I have been put through; the name calling to mar my character has hurt my family and me tremendously.”
Elesh, who came to Mumbai with hopes of settling down with the controversy queen, has been at the centre of controversy himself, thanks to Rakhi’s outbursts.
The man is deeply hurt and angered by Rakhi’s attempts to malign his image with her accusations of his financial instability and his plans to relocate to Toronto post-marriage with her. So far, Elesh had maintained a dignified silence, but having been pushed too far, he now sets the record straight. There is a distinct sadness in his eyes and voice when he speaks about Rakhi.
Elesh says that he tried his best to make the relationship work. Talking about his incompatibility with Rakhi, he says, “I tried my best to understand this woman, but failed. I tried to know her past, I tried to understand her moves. I tried everything, but failed. On the contrary, Rakhi never tried to understand where I am coming from. Her notion about NRIs is so limited. I think it is based only on watching movies and TV. Rakhi needs to understand that real life is different from reel life.”
To begin with, Elesh is amused that Rakhi did not want to stay in his hometown, Toronto after marrying him. He elaborates, “Honestly, I never told her to settle in Toronto. She can always travel back and forth. What’s wrong if I suggested that if and when we have a baby, he/she should be born in Toronto? I have my parents there and they would be a support system to my family. Anything wrong with that?”
Commenting on Rakhi’s accusation that Elesh is financially not stable, he says, “What does she mean by saying that I don’t have money? That’s all so stupid and unnecessary. I am studying and have decided not to take money from my parents. I want to be an independent person. Am I doing something bad?”
Clearly, Elesh has realised that Rakhi has used his name to play to the gallery and get her nautanki’s worth of airtime. Getting more vociferous, he says, “Frankly, I am shocked by the allegations. Anybody else in my place would have sunk into depression. Had it not been for the support of my family, I don’t know what would have happened to me. I do realise people have their own reasons to try to make others feel small and bad in the eyes of the public, so that they can gain sympathy. Part of being in Bollywood, I guess. But I am hurt. The controversy and the humiliation that I have been put through; the name calling to mar my character has hurt my family and me tremendously.”
BOLLYWOOD IS SO VULNERABLE!
A very ugly incident arose on Friday when Wake Up Sid (WUS) released across the country. The film, directed by debutant Ayan Mukerji and produced by Karan Johar, has several characters calling Mumbai by its old name, Bombay. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, Raj Thackeray’s party, was furious with this and its members tried stopping the screening of WUS at two theatres in South Mumbai and at a couple of places in Pune. Johar, fearing that the matter may go out of hand, immediately went to Thackeray’s Shivaji Park residence and apologized to him. He assured that he had no intention of hurting anyone’s sentiments and that he would add a disclaimer in the film in 2 days.
The incident created a furore and Raj Thackeray’s rivals perceived it differently, of course, with vested interests and Johar was made a scapegoat by all of them.
I discussed this issue with more than 50 people (many of them Maharashtrians) and not a single person felt that there is any harm in calling Mumbai as Bombay. Go to South Mumbai and many residing there still refer to the city as Bombay. In fact, South Mumbai is often called SoBo (Bo is the short form of Bombay). Then there are so many organizations and companies whose name consist of ‘Bombay’. Bombay Stock Exchange, Bombay Blues (a famous chain of restaurants), Bombay Times, Bombay Parsi Punchayat, Bombay Catholic Sabha, Bombay Dyeing etc are the classic examples. The sunset point in Mahabaleshwar is called Bombay Point since decades. Jet Airways uses the code ‘BOM’ to refer to Mumbai. The funniest part of this whole incident-Raj Thackeray’s son Amit Thackeray studied in a reputed school called BOMBAY SCOTTISH! Ha ha ha!
It was equally shocking to know the quotes given by Raj Thackeray’s rivals. Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan called the whole incident a publicity stunt. That is, all this drama was created so that WUS gets more audience. A stupid comment, in my opinion, as Johars has and will never resort to such tactics to market their films. Also, there was no need for Johar to do any kind of publicity stunt as WUS had already aroused lots of curiosity amongst youngsters. The film already witnessed massive advance bookings, even before the audiences learnt of this controversy. Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut was of the view, “If he (Johar) really feels sorry about it, he should apologise to Maharashtra and the millions of Marathi manoos staying here”. Arre, who cares if Mumbai is called Bombay? People here are more interested in having a better infrastructure, traffic-free roads, organized transport system and sense of security. No one’s sentiments are going to hurt if anyone uses the word Bombay. BJP leader Kirti Somaiya claimed, “Nobody has the right to refer to it by the old name when it has already been renamed Mumbai”. Again, a senseless statement as there’s no law that makes calling a city by its old name illegal. One can fearlessly refer to Mumbai as Bombay, Kolkata as Calcutta, Bengalooru as Bangalore, Vadodra as Baroda, Thiruvananthapuram as Trivandrum, Chennai as Madras and also New York as New Amsterdam!
Raj Thackeray questions, “Why can’t people accept Mumbai if they can accept Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram?” But he should be told that people in these Southern cities don’t have to apologize to any tom, dick and harry if they use the old name of the city. And Thackeray has always been comparing with the Southern States. Last year he justified his signboard campaign (threatening shop owners to change their signboards into Marathi) by stating, “In Kerela and other South Indian states, all the signboards are written in their language, so why not the same in Maharashtra?” Maybe then Raj should make a comparison on all fronts. Kerela has high levels of literacy-why doesn’t he strive to attain the same in Maharashtra too? At least that’ll help the state. Changing the signboards to Marathi and revolting when someone uses the word Bombay is not going to help Mumbai progress even an inch.
Coming back to the film WUS, it depicts reality. Also, in one scene in the film, Konkona Sen Sharma says that she hails from CALCUTTA! No one in West Bengal protested. Also, there have been so many movies that have characters mouthing Bombay. In Dasvidaniya, when Svitlana Manoylo asks Vinay Pathak where he’s from, he replies that he’s from Bombay! This is just one example-one can find lots of such instances. And whose sentiments got hurt?
Karan Johar was also criticized. Many feel that he should have not apologized. But did he have any choice? If he had not done so, Thackeray and his men may had called for a ban for the film in Maharashtra and the state govt would have stood as helpless spectators. Crores were at stake and not to forget, Johar would have to answer his distributors. So I feel Johar’s actions were superfast and completely justified. 2 days back, director Ayan Mukerji, while interacting with movie buffs in the Bollywood Hungama Live Chat session rightly said, “He did what he felt he needed to do at that point to protect our film. It is not possible to understand from outside how much a film means to the people who have created it. It’s like having a baby or something-when someone threatens to hurt that baby, you put your personal pride and ego away to protect it. That’s all that Karan did”. Well said!
Finally, this incident proved that Bollywood is so vulnerable with no protection whatsoever, esp in such situations. A film passed by Censor Board can be released has to undergo politican’s clearance. Thackeray proved that he’s here just to be in the news and to please Maharashtrians with such tactics. His rivals made a fool of themselves with their comments. All this happening with an eye on the elections! God save BOMBAY!
Sarita Tanwar (MID-DAY; July 31, 2009)
|Saif Ali Khan walks in 10 minutes late. He’s looking fresh and surprisingly fit. He gives me a typical filmy hug and announces, “I haven’t had a bath yet.” I tell him that information would’ve been appreciated a few seconds earlier. Even though he is in his gym clothes, he’s not carrying his workout on him.
Must be the blue blood. He settles down on the other end of the couch and dons his serious glasses, “This is the Bengali in me finally coming out. Very Basu Bhattacharya.” Point noted and it’s time for some serious business. He orders coffee and me conversation. And then, we talk about his love, aaj and kal. Excerpts….
The last time you did a light romantic film (Hum Tum), you won a National Award. What are you expecting with Love Aaj Kal (LAK)?
A man with stories! Can I steal him?
Drat! Okay, hoping LAK does well for you as a producer, or as an actor?
Sounds like you.
Most actors and filmmakers take trips to Shirdi, Vaishnodevi or Tirupati before their release. Have you done any of that?
Like numerology? Did you check if you title was ‘balanced’ for success?
For a brief while, Kareena was Kariena…
So you will never be Saaif, with an extra A?
Deepika is the youngest actress you’ve worked with and Kareena is the youngest girl you’ve been involved with. That’s new!
When you are with these 20-plus women, do you feel older, wiser and smarter or there is some connect?
You’ve never promoted a film like this before. Do you find it cumbersome?
…or a journalist?
Like a text message.
Ok, coming back to promotions….
But you’ve never really worried about competition.
That’s the lazy Leo in you.
You’ve not shown the film to your colleagues as well as the media. Why?
Won’t your colleagues be upset that you didn’t show them the film?
How do you react when people feel that you are still not established as a solo hero?
No, that is the perception.
But you still did Race, with Anil and Akshaye.
Yeah, and even though Race did good business, it was never counted among the big hits. Why?
Also, you didn’t get due credit for its success.
Looking back, do you feel it was a wrong decision to do so many two-hero projects?
But you’ve even played second fiddle to Madhavan in Rehna Hain Terre Dil Mein.
You recently said you and Kareena didn’t plan to stay engaged forever. Does that mean you’re already engaged?
Your mom said in a recent interview that you both have the family’s blessings.
Is it tough to manage being together with your tough schedules?
Oh, you are aware of people laughing?
What if Bebo says she wants marriage?
She has been flaunting her ring for a long time.
What’s going on between you and Shahid? He was quoted saying that you and Bebo were using his name to get publicity.
There were reports that you were offered Kaminey?
All actors say they don’t watch other actors’ films. What about you?
Ever considered direction?
Many would say that about an actor’s job too.