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By Devansh Patel, March 22, 2011 – 15:11 IST
Abhishek Bachchan is busy on his text messages when I enter his vanity van. On a busy and a noisy day on the sets, inside, there is an alluring silence about this man. But one look at his twitter account and you see a lot of noise. AB’s 4,71,898 twitter fans are at it and at him twenty four seven, me included. Abhishek’s career has been marked by his ability to play diverse roles in diverse genres. Not to forget, before he got his lover boy look in films, he dared to be different in Refugee and Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost. The two films were enough to prove his versatility and passion for trying something poles apart. And if that wasn’t enough, take this: Yuva, Guru, Sarkar and Sarkar Raj. As I sit at an arm’s length from him, the face is in close-up now, as it so often is in his movies. Through films as diverse as the ones I’ve mentioned, India’s great cameramen have traversed this subtly shifting but always compelling facial landscape. And looking at him today, AB has surely won his nominations the hard way. I’m not talking about awards. Oh no! I’m talking about the nomination he has earned from his fans year after year, which proves that he is indeed a winner all the way. The Game ain’t over yet buddy! UK’s Harrow Observer columnist and Bollywood Hungama‘s London correspondent brings you the last of the two part special with the man who elegantly tailored suits playing the Game his way, his style.
Prithwish Ganguly (BOMBAY TIMES; March 15, 2011) These days Anushka Sharma can’t do anything right. Is it her new found success that is making her everyone’s favourite dartboard? Or has success really gone to her head? Tales dissing the Band Bajaa Baaraat girl are coming from all directions. Almost like she has a Gossip Girl dedicated to her. Here’s a list of nasty stories circulating about Anushka…
NEED ME? HAVE TO WAIT! Many filmmakers are cribbing that Anushka has taken scripts from them, but hasn’t reverted. She’s playing delaying tactics. She isn’t giving a definite answer, so they cannot approach other actresses for the role. She knows she’s the first choice and hence keeps them hanging. Even in the endorsement space, she mulls over the offer for too long, much to the displeasure of the advertisers.
IN HER DEFENCE: She’s just become the toast of the town. She doesn’t want to make mistakes and ruin her chances. If she’s taking time to decide what films and brands she wants to do, it shows she’s serious about her career. P.S. She needs to be careful that she doesn’t rub too many people off in the bargain. It’s a fine balance that she has to strike.
TREAT ME LIKE A STAR: Anushka has been demanding the same treatment as her seniors get in the industry. Recently, she made a fuss about not getting the same size van as Shah Rukh Khan, for a high-profile event they were performing at. A tantrum later, she had her way. Detractors sneer More >
Hazel is Salman’s co-star in Bodyguard. But in their free time they are bonding so well that people are beginning to wonder if there is more to it..
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 26, 2011)
Though believed to have sworn to celibacy, as though determined never to let a girl distract him again, Salman Khan has surprised us.
The actor has recently found a female companion who he loves spending time with.
Rumour has it that Sallu and British model Hazel are getting close to each other rather well. She took him out for a bike ride in Pune about two weeks ago, post which they spent a lot of quality time together.
The weather in that city is such that you can’t blame the two, but they have sure become the talk of town in Mumbai.
Salman and Hazel have been shooting together for Siddique Lal’s Bodyguard for some time now but sparks flew in Pune only recently, they say.
Before and after their shooting schedules, Salman and Hazel would spend a lot of free time with one another.
This comes as a surprise because Salman, whose reputation of having had an impressive line-up of girlfriends precedes him, reportedly wanted to concentrate only on his career post the success of Dabangg.
In the past, he had close relationships with Somy Ali, Sangeeta Bijlani, Aishwarya Rai and Katrina Kaif.
He was briefly linked up with Mahek Chahal, Bruna Abdullah and more recently, Kangna Ranaut. But post his “break-up” with Katrina, the actor chose to doggedly pursue his More >
When Salman Khan is in your corner, consider yourself blessed! One such lucky actress is Zarine Khan.
Despite her less than satisfying role in Anil Sharma’s film, Veer, the actress has still managed to remain Salman’s favourite protégée.
Recently, Salman pulled some strings, convincing Anees Bazmee to bring Zarine on board, for a small appearance in Ready.
Zarine, accompanied by Dabangg producer, Arbaaz Khan, flew down to Bangkok, on Friday to shoot the cameo with Salman, in Pattaya.
Bazmee confirms, “It’s a small scene. We needed Arbaaz and Zarine.
Salman’s equation with them made it easy for us to get them to agree to do the scene.”
A source tells us, “Salman felt Zarine is being left behind for no fault of hers.
Salman somehow feels responsible for Zarine’s career not taking off. He is trying to get her into his new projects.”
Anushka Sharma learnt that praise can be as scary as criticism soon after her dream launch
Sayoni Sinha (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 13, 2011)
After a dream launch and continued success with Band Baaja Baaraat, Anushka Sharma is particular about staying grounded.
She talks about how she went from a self-doubting girl to a confident, assertive woman. After four films, she is much calmer and detached. “I have become more humble.
My college friends tell me that I am much friendlier now than I was in college. Earlier, I was very confused about things like career and relationships, which is why I kept to myself, and came across as snobbish.
I have no filmy friends and it is difficult for me to go to a filmy gathering without feeling out of place. I have a normal set of friends and I am glad for that,” she says.
Anushka is as wary of praise as she is of criticism. She knows that fame is transient and being grounded is the mantra to surviving in the industry.
But she learnt this the hard way. With success, came the pitfalls of being a star.
For someone who had no intention of becoming an actor, this was a dream launch with a lot of media attention but after a while, it all fizzled out. “I was told that I wouldn’t survive if I don’t promote myself.
Critics were writing me off as a one-film wonder. There were times I doubted whether I had taken the right direction, but my parents reiterated that hard work will never go unnoticed,” she adds.
She bounced back as with More >
By Taran Adarsh, January 14, 2011 – 08:28 IST
A wise man once said: “The only time you actually live entirely is from 30 to 60. The young are slaves to aspirations and ambitions, while the old are servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.” Despite this some people dread aging or in this case, turning 30…
Why does turning 30 give people, more particularly women, nightmares? Maybe it has to do with the perceived ‘frightful’ things that come with that age . The skin starts showing the age, the glow starts fading, the tightness and firmness of the skin is missing. Besides the physical changes, a lot of people indulge in self-assessment. In fact, I know of a lot of people who still cling to their 20s even though they are in their 30s. Sadly, no one wants to age…BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
So is TURNING 30!!! India’s answer to BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY? Or is it 13 GOING ON 30? Or SEX & THE CITY? The promos may set you thinking that it may be a rip off of the cult classic BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY, but it isn’t. The basis that impelled me to think that way was for the reason that both are women-centric films that highlight the predicament of a woman, especially when it comes to the two men in her life.
Come to think of it, TURNING 30!!! is a very urban phenomenon. By the time an urban woman turns 30, she wants to be settled in her life, be it relationship, marriage or career-wise. She’s also keen to have More >
Dev Patel is coming to Mumbai with girlfriend Freida Pinto for a wedding
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; December 27, 2010)
Dev Patel and Freida Pinto are going to be in Mumbai soon to attend the marriage of her close friend. This will be the first time that Dev is meeting Freida’s friends. The couple’s own marriage, however, isn’t on the cards. “We are dedicated to our careers and want to become better actors and do work that excites us,” said Dev, who with Freida is considered to be a youth global icon representing India in the West.
He was shooting in India for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in which he plays a quirky but adorable character and says he just waits for an excuse to come here. “When I was a young boy and I had come to Gujarat for a family wedding, I had hated the experience. There was nothing to do there. There was no video games and I was bitten by mosquitoes. I did not like it at all. But then Slumdog happened and I was with people who were eager to learn about India. I saw things that one would not really see everyday. There is a certain calm within the chaos in India which is so different from London which has chaos within the calm. There is a sense of freedom in Mumbai which I have not tasted in any other city. I feel connected to it.”
Dev’s parents, the NRIs Raj and Anita Patel (IT consultant and social worker respectively), have no issues about their son’s romance with his Slumdog Millionaire More >
Kajol is one superstar who knows where her priorities lie
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; December 25, 2010)Eros International and Big Screen Entertainment’s Toonpur Ka Superrhero that released worldwide on December 24 is Kajol’s last film for the next three years at least.
This superstar wife and one of Bollywood’s most talented actress’ says, “I need the break and my kids Nysa and Yug need me. Till Yug is three to four years of age and Nysa becomes older, I want to spend all my time with them. They are priority; they always will be.”
Kajol is happy that her last release before her sabbatical is Kireet Khurana’s Toonpur Ka Superhero. “This is a film that my daughter Nysa loved,” she says. “And, of course, so did my mother.” As Bollywood goes into the awardsseason gear, Kajol knows that she will be up for nominations for at least two films in 2010–Karan Johar’s My Name is Khan and Siddharth Malhotra’s We Are Family.
Being the pragmatic person she is, the actress says, “I have worked very hard on MNIK, We Are Family and Toonpur for that matter. So, I guess I do deserve the accolades. However, I’m not losing sleep over whether I win an award for best actress or not. As it is I lose enough sleep over my babies.”
She is also slightly reserved on her husband Ajay Devgn, who is currently riding a crest. Says she, “I am excited about the way his career is going. But beyond that, there is nothing I can say.” Though she is ‘madly-in-love’ More >
With the help of look-alikes, Ramu is out to expose how stars sabotage each other’s careers
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 21, 2010)
It seems that Ramu has already read our lead story for the day. While SRK’s actions on Sunday looked like an intended move to take the crowd’s attention away from Tees Maar Khan’s publicity campaign, Ram Gopal Varma is looking to expose the dirt on B-Town in his own quirky way.
The veteran director has signed on Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Hrithik Roshan for his next film…the catch is that they aren’t the real thing.
After taking digs at Bollywood in Company and Satya, Ramu is roping in look-alikes for a spoof on tinsel town. The film will be a tell-all on ‘who did what to whom’, and given the ‘life-like’ models, he is out to upset a lot of people.
Our source said, “The film will be a full-on drama on Bollywood. Ramu will be directing the film himself and it will take on top stars like Salman, Akshay Kumar and Hrithik Roshan with the help of their duplicates, and also some prominent directors like Subhash Ghai, Ramesh Sippy and Karan Johar.
Ramu will also spoof himself. Some of the things that he will be showing are how stars sit on the edit and chop others’ roles, how heroines’ mothers cause trouble on sets and how newcomers have to invest money to become stars.”
So confident is Ramu with this project that he is already looking to take the film down south. The source further added, “Ramu will start More >
Turned away from Delhi airport for visa irregularities in June, Vida Samadzai was seen at Mallya’s high-profile event and Sohail Khan’s birthday bash
Saumit Singh (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 20, 2010) Vida at Sohail Khan’s birthday party on Saturday night Pic: Yogen Shah
Every winter the city plays host to myriad migratory creatures. This year is no different. Nearly six months after she was deported for her alleged links to the nation’s enemies, party animal and Afghan beauty Vida Samadzai is back. But this time she isn’t alone. In the city for a ‘holiday’ the former Miss Afghanistan is accompanied by her parents and younger sister from the US.
Thirty-two-year-old Vida had been sent back from the Indira Gandhi International Airport at New Delhi when she landed on a Delta flight from the US in June this year for an alleged visa irregularity, which was reported by Mumbai Mirror.
According to intelligence sources, the authorities had invoked The Foreigners Act to deport her following information that she had “links with people who were unfriendly to India.”
However, we had also reported on November 27 that Vida had appealed against the order and it was likely to be revoked, allowing her to return to pursue her career in Bollywood and modelling.
On Saturday, Vida attended two high profile events. During the day she was spotted at a glitzy calendar launch with her sister in tow, hosted by Vijay Mallya and attended, amongst More >