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Piggy Chops has said that she’s now open to marriage and ready to settle down. Is the male population of India listening?
Priyanka Chopra’s parents have been doing all that they can to convince their lovely daughter to walk the aisle.
And why not? She is after all the right age, has made a mark in her career and still going strong. Like any other parents, the Chopras too want their daughter to find a nice guy and settle in life.
However, the actresses ignored all shaadi talks citing that she isn’t ready for marriage and needs time to mentally prepare herself. But not anymore! Priyanka has finally declared to her parents that she is all set and ready to take on the family responsibilities. And now, all that she wants is a guy!
Priyanka says, “I am ready to get married. I am just waiting for a guy to come and sweep me off my feet. If I get that kind of guy tomorrow, I don’t mind marrying tomorrow.”
It can be recalled, that in one of her interviews, the Chopra girl had mentioned that she wants a typical Punjabi man to be her man. Looking at Bollywood, there are only Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor who fit the bill. It will be interesting to wait and watch which Punjabi munda becomes this desi girl’s prince charming.
Udita Goswami wants to ‘seriously’ focus on her career
Prithwish Ganguly (BOMBAY TIMES; November 2, 2010)
Udita Goswami, who was last seen in Chase has started shooting for her new film, Diary of a Butterfly. This film, being directed by ad filmmaker Vinod Mukhi, narrates the journey of a girl. “I have myself been maintaining a diary since the last four years, so it’s an interesting co-incidence that I was offered a film where the main protagonist maintains a diary. I fell in love with both, the title of the film and its script which is very appealing,” Udita says.
On being asked about why she went missing post Chase she says, “I was busy with my shows and appearances as well as my private graduation (BCom) classes. However, the songs picturised on me like Jhalak Dikhla Ja (Aksar), Agar Tum Mil Jao and Woh Lamhe Woh Baatein (Zeher) and Laagi Tujh Se Maan Ki Lagan (Paap) are still extremely popular and I keep on performing in shows all over the world.”
Recently, there was the buzz that Udita was planning to get married to director Mohit Suri. On being asked about this, Udita sternly says, “I want to clarify, once and for all, that yes, I am in a relationship with Mohit but I have no plans of getting married for the next seven years. This is my time to make a career and money, I am too young to even think of marriage. Even if I get a dowry of Rs 10 crore I won’t get married. The rumour of my marriage plan is nothing but only a rumour. I’m here to do good films and I’m very serious about my acting career. In fact, I recently got a new portfolio done.”
Priyanka Chopra is taking a strong stand. The actress, who like others in the industry often signed movies on the assurance of directors and producers, has learned that the outcome on screen doesn’t always match the promises made in person. So, Priyanka is now asking people to only approach her with bound scripts of the movies they are planning to make. She has taken the decision that no matter how big or small the director is, she needs a script in hand before she signs contracts with them. She has apparently also shown some filmmakers the door as she is not ready to risk her career over word of mouth anymore. The buzz it that Priyanka’s firm decision may be stemming from her last film that got mixed reviews. Going by her past experience with the filmmaker and the relationship that she shared with him, Priyanka had agreed to do the film without getting into the script and how he planned to handle the subject. And the actress apparently wasn’t too happy with the outcome. However, the two still continue to have good relationship and Priyanka is supposed to do his next film based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel 2 States. Wonder if she has got a bound script this time from him.
An industry source said, “When corporatisation is the buzzword Bollywood, it is unacceptable on the part of filmmakers and actors to sign contracts without a script in place from the word go. So, what Priyanka is doing will work for her. She has good work in her resume and she doesn’t want anything to mess it up.” Priyanka is in Berlin, shooting for Don 2, and could not be contacted for a comment.
The low collections of the film are posing some problems for a couple of Sanju’s producers, but David Dhawan is confident of Munnabhai…
For Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the box-office collections of Knock Out were as low as 0.58 crore, 0.47 crore and 0.84 crore respectively, one of the lowest collections for a Sanjay Dutt starrer, ever. Knock Out producer Sohail Maklai, a close friend of Dutt’s, is in shock. “I don’t know what went wrong.”
One now hears that Apoorva Lakhia’s Mumbai Taxi Service, about corruption in the police and starring Sanjay Dutt in the lead has been shelved. This apparently happened at the behest of producers Ashtavinayak.
Another Dutt starrer Chatur Singh Two Star, based on the Pink Panther series and directed by Ajay Chandhok, had been shot in South Africa with much fanfare; it is now stalled.
With American studios tightening the noose on illegitimate derivations and adaptations, the makers of Chatur Singh are now willing to let the film remain in the cans. Why would they want to cough up a fortune for copyright infringement?
One of Dutt’s friends says, “The producers of Sanju’s last two films Lamhaa and Knock Out have lost huge amounts of money. Bunty Walia, a close friend of Dutt who produced Lamhaa, is on the verge of bankruptcy. Sanju is a fantastic star. He just needs to get back into shape.
And he needs to stop relying on wrong advisers. The people close to him are alienating him from the reality about his career. Sanju needs to realise that he is not choosing the right projects.”
However all is not lost. The next Munnabhai film starts in May 2011. And before that, David Dhawan begins shooting his comedy, Rascal, starring Dutt and Ajay Devgn.
Dhawan is oddly optimistic and says, “Dutt is my hero. A great actor and a greater human being. And a friend in need is a friend indeed. I started my career as a director with him. Now, we’ll again create a dhamaka together. You mark my words. Sanju will bounce back.”
|A still from Knock Out|
Anushka Sharma is single again. She has parted ways with her boyfriend, actor Ranveer Singh from Yash Raj’s forthcoming film Band Baaja Baarat. The two actors were dating since April this year.
Says a source, “Anushka and Ranveer felt that they should concentrate on their careers now. Any distractions whatsoever could prove detrimental. It was a mutual decision. There is no animosity between the two.”
|Anushka and Ranveer in happier times|
Added the source, “The couple had been catching up for private dinners and outings, even though Ranveer has been given strict instructions by Yash Raj to lie low and not make any public appearances.
They were very much attracted to each other-but all that is now a thing of the past.”
Anushka remained unavailable for comment. Think of it, she never admitted to Ranveer being her boyfriend. When a scribe quizzed her about Ranveer, she freaked out saying, “Don’t you guys ever hang out with your colleagues? Does that mean you are dating them?” Before Ranveer, Anushka was linked with Shahid Kapoor, her co-actor in Badmaash Company, another Yash Raj Film. Come on Anushka, pyaar kiya to darna kya.
Refusing to appear on Koffee with Karan with Piggy Chops was the first sign. Now it turns out that the couple has called it a day, again
Shahid’s decision to stay off the TV show Koffee With Karan (as we reported on October 8, 2010), was probably a sane one; his relationship with Piggy Chops, which was always on shaky ground has now fully given way. Yes, they have split.
This time unfortunately, there seems to be no hopes of a reconciliation. Both Shahid and Priyanka decided to part ways mutually, as things were just not settling between them.
A source close to Priyanka reveals, “Shahid and Priyanka are fond of each other. But once they are in a relationship, things get more intense and cease to work. Both individuals have different perspectives on life and are career driven. The actors never went public about their relationship because they were always very uncertain about its status. Things always kept fluctuating and they were on and off for a long period. Only a few months ago did they patch up, only to break up though.”
Apparently things went downhill after Priyanka returned from her Khatron Ke Khiladi shoot in Brazil. The source adds, “The constant fights finally ended the relationship.”
Not too long ago, they were spotted together during the screening of Priyanka’s latest release, Anjaana Anjaani, but it seems that the cracks in the relationship had already begun showing. Things took a bad turn a few days ago and Sasha and Piggy Chops decided to end their relationship. They both remained unavailable for comment but are hopefully looking for their respective greener pastures now.
Grapevine has it that Shahid is showering a lot of care on a convalescent co-star, down with typhoid. Wonder if Shahid’s constant ‘get well soon’ messages and flowers had a role to play in this.
Actor Ranbir Kapoor dips into his own experiences to play love guru and offers tips on matters of the heart. Are you listening, boys?
Ranbir is amused at the idea of playing love guru, as he feels he is yet to master the art of relationships. Over the years he has become aware of his flaws. But contrary to popular perception, he says, he’s very shy around women and needs a lot of encouragement to approach them.
He insists, “I need a sign, When I was in college, I liked a girl but didn’t have the courage to make the first move. I was low on confidence. So I got my best friend to call her and I would be on conference. This went on for two months!”
He talks about the secret of a good relationship and getting over heartbreak. Here are tips from the young Kapoor charmer:
Don’t have a checklist
She is a woman in your life, don’t treat her like a menu card. Sure enough, the young actor does not have a 10-point agenda when it comes to a date. He says, “I’m not desperate for a relationship. It will happen when you have a connection and if it grows organically. She just has to be a good person, positive and should respect our parents. But Indian women are like that — family oriented. I hope she has a career or something that belongs solely to her; I don’t expect her to live my life.” Respecting the partner’s individuality lays the foundation for a strong relationship.
True love is rare, respect it
An arranged marriage will not do for Ranbir. “Love is rare, and few people are fortunate to experience it. I hope to meet someone who I will fall in love with and marry eventually.” Since he doesn’t socialise, he only meets people on the sets. He rules out multi-dating, as “you might end up hurting someone with a fling.”
Make the effort
Love is not about expecting; it’s about giving, feels Ranbir. From planning surprises to offering stability, learn to give. He says, “On an ideal date, if I had to spend the day with my partner, I’d start with a good breakfast. We could go to the gym together or play a sport. Have a good lunch, sleep for a bit. Wake up, play some videogames, listen to some music, chat, watch a movie, speak about our day. I’ve planned a few surprises in my relationships. I’m not an explorer, so if I plan a getaway, I’d go to New York City or places that I have a connect with. I wish I could do more. A relationship is about stability, about how much security you give your partner.” On a scale of one to ten, how would he rate himself as a boyfriend? “A super 10!”
Work on your flaws
The young star is conscious about his flaws. He says, “I’ve gone wrong, that’s why my relationships haven’t worked. I’m a bit of an isolated soul. I want space. That’s unfair for a partner. And I’m not terribly expressive. I expect my partner to understand that. You just have to be more real and caring. Also, I live like a gypsy, so the distance can be tricky. There has to be a strong foundation of trust.”
Forget ego, not self-Respect
In relationships, people tend to take their partner for granted. But compromise is key. He says, “I don’t have a big ego. I have the same insecurities as everyone else — does she love me completely, is someone else interested in her? If there is a difference of opinion, ego does come in, but it’s about self-respect. When there are differences or problems, honestly I would love to be the person who voices it, but unfortunately I don’t.”
Dealing with heartbreak
Everyone has had their share of heartbreaks, and Ranbir hasn’t been immune either. He says, “Fortunately, I’ve not got my heart broken. You have to say, ‘Listen, it’s over’ and try to move on. I surround myself with positive people. You need a low phase to appreciate happiness. I don’t let time pass, I search for happiness.”
Stay friends with your exes
Ranbir says he is friends with his exes as there is no bad blood, no regret, no negativity. He says, “It’s not their fault that things ended, and it’s not mine. I have no qualms about breaking the ice.”
Monogamy is a good thing
Ranbir claims to have never cheated on anyone. And it’s because of our values, he believes. He says, “I believe in the sanctity of marriage. And in monogamy. I don’t feel like I’m footloose and fancy-free.”
His final word is that there is no perfect rule of the game. Be yourself. You don’t need to quote lines from a book. Respect women, say something that means something. He concludes, “I take women seriously. They are far more intelligent and stronger.”
The actress broke it off with her long-time boyfriend Kanav Puri, to focus on her career
It’s been an on-again and off-again relationship. But now actress Amisha Patel is single for sure. The actress, who had been dating NRI businessman Kanav Puri since 2007, broke off with him in February 2010, only to reconcile a couple of months later.
Kanav wanted marriage but the actress was keen to remain unattached and continue to pursue her career in films. Subsequently, as the strain in their relationship started to deepen, the two decided to part amicably with the promise of remaining good friends.
A source close to the couple said, “It has been a while since the two have broken up. Amisha cherishes the relationship and it was good while it lasted. Distance proved to be the final nail in the coffin as the differences never got resolved. They remain good friends, although they do not get to speak to each other often.”
So how is Amisha dealing with the break-up? Our source says, “Amisha is a strong girl and has been through much.
She is okay and dealing with the break-up well.” Amisha has just signed Rajkumar Santoshi’s multi-starrer, Power, and wants to focus on her career.
Despite our repeated calls, the actress remained unavailable for comments.
By Taran Adarsh, September 17, 2010 – 12:17 IST
I’ve often been asked, what makes a film different from another film bearing a similar storyline? My reply is, the execution of the subject makes all the difference. Recall DOOSRI DULHAN. Now recall CHORI CHORI CHUPKE CHUPKE. The issue – surrogate motherhood – isn’t new, but if handled expertly, it would make for an interesting viewing. Sadly, LIFE EXPRESS fails and fails miserably.
The serious issue has been tackled carelessly, callously and amateurishly and for this reason, it comes across as an exercise in boredom. In fact, the film falls flat at the screenplay level itself and since the direction [Anup Das] is equally unimaginative, even the talented actors in the cast fail to redeem the enterprise.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
LIFE EXPRESS tells the story of an urban couple, Tanvi [Rituparna Sengupta] and Nikhil [Kiran Janjani], who have no time to spend with each other or start a family. It also tells the story of Mohan [Yashpal Sharma] and Gauri [Divya Dutta], who lead a poverty-ridden life in a village.
The ambitious Tanvi aborts the plans of having a baby since she feels that the impending pregnancy will make her skip her job for a few months and in turn, she would lose out on the golden opportunities in her career. Subsequently, a common friend suggests the concept of surrogate motherhood and they decide to go for it.
Just when you thought that Hindi cinema is evolving and first-time directors are ready to experiment with hitherto untold stories, a film like LIFE EXPRESS makes you change your opinion. The director had a solid plot on hand, but first the writer ruins it with an impoverished screenplay and subsequently, the director wrecks it by showing no maturity, as far as execution of the material is concerned. In fact, barring the sequence in the end – when Divya makes Rituparna realize the importance of being a mother – the writing is lackadaisical and boring at most places. Besides, the story also unravels at a snail’s pace. Who’s got the patience? The songs are also a sore point.
Rituparna Sengupta is a fine actor, but is bland here. Kiran Janjani is miscast. Divya Dutta is the sole actor who acts convincingly. Yashpal Sharma, as Divya’s husband, is okay. Dayashankar Pandey provides some comic relief. Vijayendra Ghatge, Anjan Srivastava and Alok Nath are wasted.
On the whole, LIFE EXPRESS is a lifeless experience.
The actors give Indra Kumar and Ashok Thakeria a thumbs up!
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 9, 2010)
When Bollywood’s biggest star — Aamir Khan — and the actor who is making waves internationally — Anil Kapoor — come out and endorse you, you must be special. Yes, we figure that’s why producer Ashok Thakeria and his partner-director Indra Kumar are walking in the clouds.
At the mahurat of their comedy caper Double Dhamaal, Indu and Ashok were in for a pleasant surprise when Aamir told the waiting media, “I owe my career to these two guys.” He explained, “I had a spate of flops before I did Dil (1990) with their banner Maruti International. And it was Dil that resurrected me. If I am in this position today it is only because of them.”
Anil, who had his career-defining film Beta with this duo, added, “I was supposed to do Dil but then I had date hassles. Also, I was hesitant to work with a new director. But honestly, after Dil created history, I was eager to do Beta with them… and Indu proved his mettle once again. I picked up my Filmfare Award for Beta. It not only happens to be one of my best films, it also happens to be a film close to my heart — just like these guys are. Indu and Ashok are like brothers to me. I would do almost anything for them with my eyes closed.”
Aamir and Anil are keen that Maruti International, which is in its silver jubilee year and which has given Bollywood paisa vasool entertainment with Dil, Beta, Raja, Ishq, Mann, Masti, and Dhamaal, should make a film with the two of them together. Both actors feel that their film with Ashok and Indu can create history.