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Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; April 24, 2013)
Actor Aditya Roy Kapoor recently played hero — in real life — to his on-screen heroine Shraddha Kapoor. During the shoot of Aashiqui 2 in Cape Town (South Africa),the cast and crew of the film decided to explore the city one night after pack-up.
As they strolled down the local streets, a thief snatched Shraddha’s handbag. It happened so suddenly that she was too stunned to react. But an alert Aditya chased the thief, pinned him down retrieved the bag. A unit source says, “We panicked, more so because Shraddha’s handbag contained her passport and other important documents. The thief just grabbed her bag and melted into the crowd. Aditya was sharp enough to not lose sight of him.”
Aashiqui 2, produced by T-Series and Vishesh Films, releases April 26.
Sonali Joshi Pitale (MID-DAY; April 4, 2013)
In Aashiqui 2, Aditya Roy Kapoor may look like just another mushy actor, but buzz is that he recently performed a rather risky stunt for the film.
Joining the bandwagons of actors who are rejecting body doubles to dot heir own stunts, Aditya apparently agreed to stand on the railing of a 21st floor balcony, that too without a safety harness.
A source says, “It was a very tall tower in Cape Town and even director Mohit Suri was sceptical about the act. Aditya has never done a risky stunt in the past, yet he refused to get a stuntman and did the scene himself.” The source also cites another instance when Aditya decided to take the plunge, quite literally. “We were shooting a rain sequence and the outside temperature was at two degrees. The actor had to sit on the terrace with his shirt off and get drenched in the cold rain. Though he was shivering in the end, he never once complained,” says the source.
Co- producer Bhushan Kumar says, “Nowadays newcomers are quite aggressive to prove themselves and Aditya also wanted to do the same and he did it with success.”
How to exude Zen-like calm even around pesky visitors is the best lesson actor Deepika Padukone taught Mirror reader Insiyah Contractor
Anand Holla (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 12, 2012)
Landing smack in the middle of a marathon TV interview session was something Insiyah Contractor had not signed up for when she dashed out of her South Mumbai home to meet her favourite star at Bandra’s Mehboob Studio. Once she had braved the rains to get there, for the next two hours, the 20-year-old mass media graduate sat at shouting distance from her idol, driven to despair by the wait. “How does she manage to answer all those stupid, unnecessary questions with such calm? I’m getting impatient just watching her,” Contractor said.
Ten metres away, Deepika Padukone was far from flustered — or she’s a good actor. Even a dozen television interviews later, the actress was upbeat, her smile just as sparkling as she sat in a sheer white tank top and tie-n-dye jeans. During breaks, she got her make-up touched up, checked if her messy fishtail plait was still messy, sent a few text messages and sipped on water from a straw stuck to a mini Bisleri bottle. “A straw so that she doesn’t smudge her lipstick, right?” Contractor smiled.
As the crowd thinned out, Padukone greeted her fan warmly, apologizing for the wait. Buzzing with nervous excitement, Contractor shot off the mandatory ‘I’m-your-die-hard-fan’ line before flipping out a notebook where she had jotted down questions. “If you threw a crazy More >
Deepika Padukone on being a heady cocktail of attitude, oomph, verve and vulnerability
Meena Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 30, 2012)
For the longest time now, Deepika Padukone has been living out of a suitcase, shooting movies at breakneck speed. Jet-hopping between Manali, Rajasthan, London, Kochi and Turkey, the actress is currently riding a wave because she’s got age, beauty, Rajinikanth, Ranbir and a couple of Khans on her side. She’s in the headlines now for her curvaceous figure and audacious act in Homi Adajania’s Cocktail.
Deepika speaks to us from Turkey, where she is shooting for her next film.
Do you have any shades of Veronica, the rebel girl you’re playing in the film, in real life? Veronica is a super confident girl who flaunts her attitude. She is affable, passionate and sometimes, is a fiery person who lives life the way she wants to and not the way society expects her to.
She’s had a troubled childhood, so it’s her escape in a sense. Veronica has difficulty in expressing her deepest feelings. She will never show herself as vulnerable or weak. Am I anything like Veronica in real life? Partly yes and partly no. I’ve had a very simple, protected middle class upbringing. In my family, relationships and marriages have been rock-solid and so I grew up in a very happy, stable environment unlike Veronica. I was, and sometimes still am, very shy and an introvert. Some people misunderstand my shy nature and think I’m snooty. But I must confess that around my close More >
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 31, 2012)
Cocktails are said to bring out one’s wild side. And thus, working in a film titled Cocktail, Deepika Padukone got a bit more adventurous than her normal self. In fact, when her trysts started bordering on dangerous, co-producer Dinesh Vijan of Illuminati Films, had to warn her and ask her to stay away from such things till the shoot got over.
It so happened that after shooting for a song all night for Homi Adajania’s Cocktail in Cape Town, Deepika decided to drive out to the beach early in the morning. And on reaching the sea, she instantly decided to set off on a Great White Shark cage dive with her director. But what looked like fun from the sand, transformed into a task at sea.
When contacted, Homi told Mirror, “Once out in the ocean, we got into a pretty unconvincing cage with these massive white sharks brushing and bumping against it. The water was freezing. We had to wear tight hoodies that made us look like muppets. But Deepika is something else. She enjoys confronting her fears and never hesitates to jump into the deep end.”
Apparently, while shooting for the song Tum Hi Ho Bandhu in Cape Town, Deepika and Homi would just take off for impromptu adventures. When Dinesh came to know about this, he as the producer of the film got worried about either of them getting injured. When contacted, Dinesh laughed and said, “Homi is a very unpredictable guy and he made both my actresses jump out of a plane. So we warned him More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, May 2, 2011 – 12:06 IST
Indian’s version of the popular dare sport show, Fear Factor, is underway with the fourth season being shot in the scenic locales of South Africa. Bollywood’s Khiladi, Akshay Kumar, who is hosting Khatron Ke Khiladi-4 was stung by a scorpion while performing a stunt recently.
Akki was apparently stung on his index finger and arm while testing the stunt before the contestants actually went for it. Akki even tweeted saying, “Filming in Cape Town, only moments ago I was bitten by a Scorpion!” Later posing with the critters, Akki said, “Sun bathing with my new friend, the Scorpion King! Can you see the size of these things! What a pleasure, but what a sting ”.
As for the contestants, the show which claims to have the most daring stunts ever in the latest season is sure to put the contestants to the test, while Akki enjoys the most. “I know this is sadistic but I’m seriously enjoyin torturin my latest contestants on Fear Factor 4…” tweeted Akshay.
He will have to promote his forthcoming film Shor In The City instead
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 19, 2011)
Newly wed, Nikhil Dwivedi was denied his honeymoon with wife Gauri to Cape Town in South Africa by producer Ekta Kapoor.
Dwivedi, who is featured in Kapoor’s Shor in The City, had to cancel his plans at the last moment as the producer wanted him to stay back to promote the film.
Our source tells us, “Nikhil had to cancel his hotel bookings and tickets. He was to leave on his honeymoon, by April 10, however he had to change his plans because Shor In The City releases this month.
Ekta wanted him around to be a part of the film promotions, since he plays one of the lead roles. He tried to persuade her that it was his honeymoon but Ekta did not pay any heed to his request.
Finally, Nikhil had to convince his wife to postpone the honeymoon by some days.”
For Nikhil’s sake, we hope, the film does really well.
Ranbir and Katrina, who have denied rumours of canoodling abroad, were in London together recently
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 30, 2010)
On Jan 1 we had reported that Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif had coordinated their trips to New York City. The transatlantic rendezvous continues it seems, as reports have been pouring in of the duo spending some quality time in London recently.
Katrina had been shooting in Spain for Zoya Akhtar’s film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and took a break to spend some time with her family, as she could not be with them for her birthday (16th July).
She took a week’s break to be in London with her sisters. Katrina left Spain on the 25th and is in London currently.Satish Malavade
She will be returning to the sets of the film on the 31st of this month. On the other hand, Ranbir Kapoor, who was shooting in Delhi, also landed up in London to shoot an ad film. He was in London until yesterday. Then he left for Cape Town in South Africa to finish the other half of the same ad film.
Our source said, “There have been rumours about Ranbir and Katrina for some time now. Both of them have denied any possibility of a relationship so far and on earlier occasions too both have denied being with each other overseas.
However, the fact is that both of them were at the same place and a meeting could not have been averted.” We sent several text messages to both Ranbir and Katrina but they chose not to reply. We More >
By Joginder Tuteja, April 19, 2010 – 13:56 IST
Recently it was reported that Sanjay Dutt is booked till 2011 with multiple projects in floors. Understandably so since he is the only veteran star from the generation of Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Sunny Deol and Mithun Chakraborty, who continues to have a huge fan following and can get audiences rooting for him if he really wishes so.
However, what also remains true is the fact that he is only star amidst other major actors who has the biggest line up of pending/stuck/almost shelved projects up his plate.
The situation today is that Sanju baba has close to a dozen odd projects that are still waiting to reach the deadline in spite of their target release timeline left behind long back.
Joginder Tuteja brings to you the status of where each of these films stand, what their makers have to say, whether these films will ever see the light of the day and if so, then when?
——————————————————————————– Film: Mr. Fraud
Original plan for release: 2006
Producer: Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision Ltd
Director: Abbas -Mustan
Co-stars: Ajay Devgan, Bipasha Basu, Tanushree Datta
This Abbas-Mustan directed comedy had a fruitful London schedule way back in 2006. However, Sanjay Dutt’s personal problems resulted in any further shoot being delayed while there were also hassles around combination dates of all the stars (Ajay Devgn, Bipasha Basu, Tanushree Dutta) as well. Close to 70% of the film was already canned but there More >
// // // Emraan Hashmi has found a friend in South African supermodel Shella Alan and allegedly, has been seen spending quality time with her.
Shella was also seen in a miniscule role in Suparn Verma’s Acid Factory. She plays Emraan’s love interest, apart from debutante Neha Sharma, in Mohit Suri’s Crook. The cast and crew returned on Wednesday after a month-long schedule in Cape Town. A source reveals, “The Cape Town schedule was fun, where they worked all day long and the cast and crew partied on alternate nights. Shella plays a stripper in the film and was on the sets for around two weeks.”
Of course, pretty women are always part of the entourage on the film set. Shella is a local and played the role of a guide adeptly. The source continues, “Emraan and Shella got along like a house on fire and she accompanied the boys whenever they went out clubbing. She dropped in on the sets, even when she was not required and was seen chatting with Emraan. Her spending so much time with Emraan raised a lot of eyebrows. Everybody could sense the special bond.”
The bonding session will spill over to Mumbai soon. “Shella will be coming to India in the first week of April for the remaining shoot,” adds the source. Despite repeated attempts, Emraan Hashmi remained unavailable for comment.Emraan Hashmi Shella Alan