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After wrapping up his schedule for Agent Vinod, Saif rushed to London to be with his kids
|Saif Ali Khan|
Agreed, Saif Ali Khan’s reputation does precede him and he’s indeed known to follow girlfriend Kareena wherever she goes, come hell or high water. But recently, Saif donned his responsible daddy avatar, just to be with his kids and ex-wife Amrita.
Moreover, as reported by Mumbai Mirror earlier, Kareena is believed to be very uncomfortable around Saif’s children. In fact, she is known to avoid them whenever they are around. (Wonder why the plot of David Dhawan’s Biwi No. 1 comes to mind?) If that isn’t possible Kareena just moves back to her own apartment when the children are with Saif. Obviously, Saif is left with no option but to leave her company to be with his children.
So be it. After wrapping up his Agent Vinod schedule in Morocco, Saif quickly took off for London to spend quality time with his kids Sara and Ebrahim, who are currently holidaying in London with their mother Amrita Singh. Apparently, London is one of Amrita’s favourite holiday destinations and the kids too enjoy there whenever they go.
A source revealed, “Saif has been shooting for almost a month. He has been away from the country either shooting or doing recce for his home production Agent Vinod. The actor was shooting with his girlfriend Kareena Kapoor in Morrocco for the film and luckily it was wrapped up way before schedule.”
One hopes Saif didn’t rush things… Apparently not. Saif didn’t want to come back to Mumbai as there was not much work here. He decided to fly to London, where his kids are currently holidaying with their mother Amrita Singh.
The source further added, “Amrita has a lot of friends in London and she ends up enjoying there even by herself. Saif is very attached to both his kids and keeps trying to spend as much time as possible with them.”
Turns out, Kareena is currently shooting in Mumbai and will be flying in a day or two to London. No, she is not planning to go there just to check what boyfriend Saif is up to; she has some of her shooting schedules for RA.One in London. Phew. Saif remained unavailable for comment.
|Sara and Ebrahim with mother Amrita (Yogen Shah)|
It took two long years, but Raveena Tandon’s dream house in Bandra is now almost ready
Brick by brick, Raveena Tandon-Thadani’s dream bungalow is getting ready and she will be moving in with her family this Diwali.
Almost delirious with excitement Raveena recounts, “We bought over the property from someone else and then decided to rebuild it completely. Easier than done.”
Raveena’s peace-loving husband Anil left the building and designing of their dream home completely to his wife.
Laughs Raveena, “At first I was only too happy to put our love nest together. But it proved to be a task to which I was almost not equal. In my excitement of getting our perfect home together I forgot I had our current home in Andheri and two very demanding children to take care of.”
The house which is located off Carter Road in Bandra has taken almost two years to be put together.
So how does it feel to move into her dream house? Says Raveena, “Every home I’ve been in has been a dream house. My fondest memories are attached to my father’s Juhu bungalow where I grew up. Then I bought my own house in Lokhandwala Andheri where Shahid Kapoor was my neighbour.
Then I moved in with my husband and his parents. It’s in a commercial area , therefore noisy but precious because my husband grew up there. Now in the fourth stage of my life I’m ready to step into fourth dream house. Hopefully my kids will take me into my fifth home before I am old.”
The Kapoors are soon going to be shifting. The exact location hasn’t been decided yet but it will be in Bandra, either a duplex apartment they own or a bungalow they will rent.
Ranbir Kapoor confirms that his home, the iconic Krishna Raj bungalow that has been a landmark in the tony Pali Hill neighbourhood for decades, will be razed as soon as in a month or two and in its place will come up a 14-storey structure that will house his parents on the lower three floor and him on the uppermost three. “It won’t look like a tall building at all,” he says, “the structure will still look like a bungalow. The aesthetics have been taken care of.” One expected no less from Rishi and Neetu Kapoor, who have, perhaps, one of the best designed and kept homes in Bollywood.
The Kapoor home will also include a 160-seater theatre and perhaps a swimming pool. Other floors could have offices or edit suites.
Aren’t three floors too much for a single man? “By the time it comes up, which will be at least a couple of years, I hope to be a married man,” Ranbir says matter-of-factly, “I want to have a family, I want to have children, and I don’t want to be a bachelor. I want to have a child by the time I am 32.
I want to be 50 when he or she is 20. I aspire to have a life like that. I’m not looking for love but I would love for it to happen.”
|Krishna Raj bungalow
(Pic: Satish Malavade)
“But,” he clarifies, “I am single at the moment and have been for around six or seven months and I am very happy, very, very happy. I am enjoying my work, I am doing things that I wouldn’t do when I am in a relationship, like hang out with my guy friends, learn to play the guitar, try to play soccer or watch DVDs. It’s a very important time and I respect it. I am not in depression. Being in a relationship is lovely, it’s the most beautiful thing. But not being in a relationship is also lovely.”
Which is all very cool but Ranbir will need to get cracking if he is to meet his self-imposed deadline.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, April 7, 2010 – 13:32 IST
Miami based Motion Pixel Corporation (MPC) and Cornerstone Entertainment of India have finalized the signing of one of India’s most prolific cricket players to star in a new animated movie titled Captain India.
The story entails Yuvraj Singh growing up in Mumbai and encountering a magical cricket stick which he realizes has special powers and uses it to help fight crime and also becoming an Indian Cricket Star to help India win the cricket World Cup.
The movie is currently in preproduction and is scheduled to be released in early 2012. “We felt Yuvraj was the best fit for the project which we think will be a mega hit with all the Bollywood and Cricket fans not only in India but throughout the World,” commented MPC Chairman, Manny Bains.
“Cornerstone has always made best efforts to promote brand Yuvraj as uniquely as possible. This project is one such opportunity for Yuvi to reach out to the millions of children across the countries who aspire to be like him one day. We are happy to partner with MPC and are looking forward to an entertaining movie” said Bunty Sajdeh of Cornerstone Entertainment.
Yuvraj Singh commented “I am extremely excited to be a part of this movie. As a child I always enjoyed watching animation films and today I am humbled to be portrayed as an animated character. It is such an entertaining film which I hope all families will enjoy watching together.”
Raveena Tandon vows never to be separated from her children again for a film shoot
Raveena Tandon finally returned to acting with the Bengali-Hindi bi-lingual Laboratory, but the three-week schedule in Kolkata has been a living hell for the working mother.
She had to leave behind her five-year-old daughter Rasha with hubby Anil Thadani, even though she took along the younger child, Ranbirvardhan, who is nearly three.
Says Raveena, “I’ve never been separated from my daughter before. It was like being ripped into two. I was constantly rushing to the phone between shots to talk to Rasha, asking about her food, homework and sleep. She is a brave girl, but she was counting the number of days before she could see me. My heart broke every time I spoke to her. Never again without my children.”
On Thursday, Raveena wrapped up her shooting and was joined by Anil and Rasha for the IPL match in Kolkata on a personal invitation from Shah Rukh Khan.
Says Raveena, “When I finally saw my daughter after three weeks, I realised it is impossible be separated from my children and work. Now I will work my schedules around my children.”
Pooja Bedi has a new man in her life but she’s determined to keep his identity a secret, at least for now. The only hint is that his name starts with ‘A’. She met him at a social function around a month ago and the sparks have turned into a bonfire.
He’s been bombarding her with roses, wooing her over romantic lunches, bonding with her kids and flying down to wherever in India she may be to spend time with her. Finally, Pooja has let her guard down and reciprocated his feelings.
“Frankly, I’ve never been so overwhelmed by romance in my life. He’s tall, good looking, attentive and caring. He’s been sending me roses every single day. One day he sent a gigantic creation with 1000 roses. Even my friends don’t know who he is and I just refer to him as 1000 roses,” beams Pooja.
Pooja says she wants to give herself time before making a commitment. “Life’s been a rollercoaster since my divorce. I’ve never been someone to do things impulsively, because I have children. He’s everything I have ever wanted in a man, but I’ll give it six months. I just hope I can make him remotely as happy as he makes me.”
After a forced sabbatical and the success of My Name Is Khan, Shah Rukh Khan is back, having discovered new frontiers as an actor, he tells Subhash K Jha
TIMES LIFE (March 14, 2010)
SHAH Rukh Khan’s performance in My Name Is Khan has brought him to a new level of self-realisation as an actor. Speaking candidly on the yearlong sabbatical in 2006, Shah Rukh says he has been able to sharpen his skills as an actor while recovering from his back and shoulder injury and surgery.
He says, “On February 16, it was a full year since my back surgery. It has been a year of torture, because my movement was confined and I hate to be restricted. But, I got to spend a lot of time with my children. I also read several books on acting. I connected to emotions within myself. It’s been 18-20 years that I’ve been acting and am starting to discover aspects of myself as an actor, that I didn’t know existed.”
In spite of the obvious preparedness, Shah Rukh has no intention of directing a film. “Not for a long, long time. I think it would be a while before the actor in me is satiated. People say I’m in character in MNIK, and that earlier I was only doing fluff. Being the court jester or the clown isn’t easy. It’s not easy making people smile.”
Shah Rukh sees his stardom as a monkey on his (injured) shoulder. “The luxury of failure is denied to you when people expect you to be successful constantly. When I hear someone like Mr Rakesh Roshan, whom I respect, tell me that people are applauding at the end of MNIK, I feel good. Somewhere, the film has connected emotionally with people.”
The star says he isn’t bothered with box-office figures and finds the comparisons of MNIK with Raj Kumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots, or any other film, absurd. “In our country, we always belittle what we have by saying something else is better. Better is the undoing of good. Have they ever compared Latabai (Mangeshkar) with Mohd Rafi saab or Kishore Kumar saab? Have you heard American critics comparing Brad Pitt to Tom Cruise?” Comparison brings us to Aamir Khan constantly taking potshots at him. Says Shah Rukh, “We’re friends. At least, I’d like to think we are. We both have a sense of humour. At least, I do. I’d like to think all our exchanges are in good humour. Quite honestly, I’ve no desire to look at what he or anyone else is doing. I never look at my own box-office figures. Why would I look at others’ collections?”
The shoulder injury got aggravated while he was doing the guest appearance in Dulha Mil Gaya. Shah Rukh has decided to do no more guest appearances. “I don’t regret doing this one for producer Vivek Vaswani. I can’t forget his generosity when I came to Mumbai.”
However, Shah Rukh, who has done guest appearances, cameos and voiceovers in innumerable films, says he is done with guest appearances. “I’d do these things for any friend. ”
Ra.1, he says, is for his children. “And for children everywhere. I want to play superhero, yaar. I want my kids to be proud of me.”
So, is he looking at a whole shelf of awards for MNIK next year? “Why clear a shelf in my house? I’ll buy a new house for the awards to come,” he retorts. At the moment, he has just begun to enjoy all the praise for MNIK. “After the film’s release, when I was in Dubai performing on stage, I could feel the vibes from the audience were warmer than usual. It was meant to be for an hour, but I remained on stage double that time.”
On his 46th birthday, he calls himself an old and timeless but happy soul. But that’s not quite true. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is one of the easiest people to rile. He is as famous for throwing temper tantrums as he is for marching to his own drummer. But what to do? He’s like that only
By Indu Mirani (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 24, 2010)
• How do you look back on the two years plus since Saawariya and its failure?
I have become a far more evolved person. I have understood what success means, what failure means, what relationships mean. What other things I need to do in cinema as an expression of finally expressing myself as a human being. What are the wrong things I have done, what are the mistakes I have made, what corrections I need to make.
• How do you cope with failure?
I am used to it. I started off with Khamoshi that didn’t do well at all at the box office. It completely shatters your mind as a first filmmaker when you realise that your first film has completely not connected with people. It’s a different matter that today people like Khamoshi a lot and think it is my best work. But as a debut it brought about a lot of turmoil in my life. It’s been a long long life of seeing lots of failures on a personal and family level. I have seen lot of struggle in my house, around my house. I only started seeing success with Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.
• You always lived more in your head than in reality…
Yes, and that life is very beautiful as well as the only escape from the dreary world I lived in. There is far more edge in people like me who struggle and come from nowhere. People like me are artists, connected with music, dance and painting. We are not connected to life and relationships. I think my closest relatives are the characters from my films. I have created them.
They are like my children, my aunts, uncles, all of them talk to me in my mind. We are more raw, not finished as a person who has all the perks because they have seen it happening through their fathers or uncles or brothers making films or acting. The edge is very important and that is the difference between a Ritwik Ghatak and a Satyajit Ray film. The edge is the difference.
• And yet you work with privileged actors, superstars…
Why? Nana Patekar is a very edgy character, Seema Biswas is very edgy. Salman for me is a very edgy person, he is not just a simple chocolate love story hero. He has got far more than that. Shah Rukh is very very dramatic in real life, very witty, wicked, sharp. They are not simple people in that sense. They are very charming, strange, temperamental stars. They are not easy people to work with at all. Amitabh Bachchan is an extremely powerful, power packed, edgy person.
• Why are all your characters so emotionally disturbed?
Because they have stories to tell. There has to be a tamasha in a person’s life so that you can tell a story. How can you make an emotionally flat film? My films are usually about human suffering because that is something common to everyone. I have been very blessed that I have a very large audience for subjects like these. The most insulting thing for an artiste would be to be told that it doesn’t matter what your work is, it doesn’t matter who you are. I want my audience to go home with the film, I want them to come back to the film five years later, 20 years later. 15 years later, people are going back to Khamoshi. It is very reassuring in that sense.
• Do you play up your eccentricities?
I am not eccentric at all. I am an extremely normal human being. I am simply very passionate about my work. So it has to be done beautifully and correctly. I feel that all this that we write about filmmakers, about their eccentricities, about their personal lives, is irrelevant. What is relevant for the world is the work. People are not supposed to know how I create my work. There are so many myths about Guru Dutt, or Ritwik Ghatak or Bimal Roy or Raj Kapoor or Mehboob Khan. These are romanticised versions of filmmakers who just worked hard and were wonderfully talented people.
• But you are antisocial.
I am not anti-social. I do go to parties, when I feel it is about a close friend and I have to go. And sometimes I do go and enjoy myself completely, where I am dancing the whole night and am also laughing and cracking up completely. So there are times when I am enjoying my life completely. Why am I answerable for wanting to be less socially active? I am not harming you. I am not taking anything away from you.
• When did you feel the need to take your mother’s name as part of your name?
During 1942, A Love Story, when Vinod (Chopra) asked me what name do I put in the credits I said I wanted it as Sanjay Leela Bhansali. It just felt right. That was only my way of saying thank you to my mother.
• You are now producing two films Chenab Gandhi and My Friend Pinto. For someone who is such a perfectionist isn’t it difficult to let go of the reins?
I feel that it is important for me to believe in other peoples work too. I am enamoured by the scripts because they are a little different from what I would normally think of. But yes I would want to make a historical and Chenab Gandhi is one and My Friend Pinto is a very young yuppie today’s film. If I produce films which are necessary only like mine then I will make them better than those people, so what would be the point?
• Why do your films live in an alternative reality?
I think my cinema is about impressions of what I have experienced in life and about how I put it on celluloid without taking it to a real zone. I would not want to make a film in Bhendi Bazaar or Mohamed Ali road or around Bhuleshwar because I have lived there. I have been born and brought up at the corner of Bhuleshwar and Bhendi Bazaar so for me running around with a camera through those lanes is something I want to run away from actually. So I refuse to ground my films. For example, Devdas is not necessarily set in Kolkata.
• Are you running away from your past?
No I still go to that place every two or three months I drive down to my old building and meet people. I am in love with that place. All my dreams are of my soul in that place. But I also don’t want to run into it because I am so used to living and seeing it that recreating that space will not energise or excite me or do something as an artist for me. In Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, the family that you see is basically the Bhansali family.
When they are flying kites and eating and farting around and laughing and joking and singing and dancing that’s basically my family in so many ways. These are the people that I love and I would never ever run away from them. Actually towards the end of my life I think I will start going back towards that place.
Bharati Dubey & Ambarish Mishra | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; February 7, 2010)
Mumbai: Both parties in the Shiv Sena-Shah Rukh Khan feud appeared to climb down a little on Saturday without backing off from their ideological positions amid talk that a Bollywood actor and a senior state politician had played mediator between the party and the actor.
The Sena, despite insisting that Khan was a “traitor’’ for taking up the cause of Pakistani players who were not picked by any team for IPL, said on Saturday that it was not interested in disrupting the screening of his next release, My Name Is Khan.
The first Sena official comment—on not wanting to disrupt the film—came, significantly, a day after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi declined the safety of a helicopter and travelled by Mumbai’s lifeline, the local train, through some traditional Sena bastions, sending out an unmistakably strong political rejoinder to the Sena and its agenda.
Khan’s comments, too, after he touched down in Mumbai on Saturday morning, were much more guarded than those he had made abroad. Not once did he say he had said anything wrong—when he commented on Pakistani players not being picked for IPL teams (his own team did not pick any)—but he made the right noises to indicate that he was not interested in taking the war of words forward in the run-up to the release of his film on February 12.
But the Sena’s climbdown, a day after the Gandhi scion took the wind out of its sails, was slightly more spectacular despite the potshots it took at the Congress and Khan.
In an editorial in Saamna, Sena chief Bal Thackeray said: “The Congress is free to rule the country in the manner it thinks is proper. Let Pakistan carry on its terrorist activity in Mumbai and let Shah Rukh Khan release his film with the blessings of the Gandhi Dynasty. The Sena will not do anything.’’
‘Why should Sena alone suffer?’ Mumbai: While the Shiv Sena said on Saturday that it would not hold up the screening of Shah Rukh Khan’s next film, My Name Is Khan, the actor indcated that he was not interested in taking the war of words forward.
Sena CEO Uddhav Thackeray told TOI on Saturday: “Why should the Sena alone stick its neck out on terrorism or regional pride? Pak-sponsored terrorism is a major threat to India and Mumbai’s security. However, the Congress leaders are not willing to take a firm stand on these issues as they believe in taking orders from 10 Janpath. Other political parties too keep mum on this sensitive issues. So why should Shiv Sainiks suffer police excesses and imprisonment. Matoshree, after all, is also on the hit-list of Pak terrorists.’’
On his part, Khan said it was sad that his remarks on Pakistani cricketers in the IPL had been misconstrued. Asked if he would go to Matoshree to explain his position, Khan said Bal Thackeray was a senior leader and he had gone to his residence whenever he was called. “I have been there so often. Yes, I would like to go and have a drink with him,’’ he said. But he also said he did not think the current issue merited any conversation. “If my stand needs to be explained to someone, I have already done it. I don’t think there is an issue on that front,’’ he said.
Khan, however, left a window open for conversation. “If there has been any misunderstanding, let’s be gracious and talk it out,’’ he added. “I think what I said was misconstrued. I am what I am because of Mumbai and I would like everyone in Mumbai to be happy. I think what is happening is very unfortunate. I think all the groups also want Mumbaikars to be happy. Then why create this kind of atmosphere?’’
In New Delhi, chief minister Ashok Chavan weighed in, saying it would act against anyone trying to “bully’’ others. “All movies, be it of Shah Rukh’s or anybody else’s, if they are approved by the censor board, will run and the government will protect them. We will make sure that not only the Shiv Sena, but any person or organisation trying to create disturbance is dealt with strictly as per the law of the land,’’ he said. “Even I will go and watch those movies.’’
Asked why his own team, the Kolkata Knight Riders, had not picked any Pakistani player, the actor said his team was keen on taking Abdul Razzaq. “But my coach informed me later that he had a finger injury. There was a slot available but one should also take into consideration the prevailing atmosphere,’’ he added.
He, however, refused to comment on the reasons for the Sena backing off. “I really don’t know that and cannot comment on a group’s thinking or working pattern. But I am thankful that now the film will be released without any stress. There are 250 people involved in the film. I am really happy to know that me and my film are being taken as two different entities,’’ he said.
He also said arts, sports and culture could help build ties with other countries and should be encouraged. Told that Thackeray had called him a traitor, the actor said, “It feels really awkward for me to explain that I am an Indian and not a bad one and love my country. I don’t need to prove it to anyone.’’
He added: “I really felt like crying when I was being questioned for being a regular Indian. It hurt me even more when my daughter called and asked me, ‘Papa, do we have to leave India?’ I had to send my wife, Gauri, back to be with the children.’’
Sena demands action against Rahul
Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday demanded that the state should take action against Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi for his statements on the role of north Indians in protecting Mumbai during the 26/11 terror attacks. “He has made serious statements about the Indian forces. Such statements can lead to division in Indian army and result in disintegration of nation” said Uddhav in Pune. TNN