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IANS (MID-DAY; May 21, 2012)
Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan have recently been in the midst of controversies, but Akshay Kumar says he has been lucky not to have been a victim to any such incident.
“May be I escaped from controversies, maybe I was not caught. No, it is not like that. There are situations when controversies are made and controversies are created out of nothing,” said Akshay.
“Some actors fell into that. But no one wants to get caught into any controversy; everyone wants to hear good things about themselves. It is situations that make you a victim of some controversy. I feel I am lucky enough not to become a victim of any controversy. May be I escaped from it,” he added.
The actor last made for negative news during a fashion show in Mumbai in 2009. He invited trouble by asking wife Twinkle Khanna to unzip his jeans during a show.
But he has no regrets about it. “I would still say that unbuttoning thing was not wrong,” the 44-year-old said.
MM.com has a chat with item girl Yaana Gupta about her latest item song ‘Laila Main Laila’Varun Vazir | MM Online Bureau (April 30, 2011)
Yaana Gupta, who is often in the news for various controversies, denies rumors about her relationship with Salman Khan (Jhalak Dikhhla jaa 4 co-star) and offer from a magazine to pose nude.
Yaana will be seen in her latest item song ‘Laila Main Laila’ from the film Chalo Dilli (which released on Friday). She also happens to replace Bipasha Basu in an item song from the film Murder 2. Excerpts:
Your latest item song ‘Laila Main Laila’ is making listeners groove. How does it feel to be back?
I feel very excited about it and I am grooving myself.
What do you think of the original song? Which one do you find better?
I am attached to the new one as I am a part of it. The original song has obviously been a hit in the past and I am happy that I got an opportunity to be associated with such a classic song.
Amongst ‘Munni’ and ‘Sheila’, which one is your favorite?
Munni is my favorite. I prefer its music.
How do you rate yourself as an item girl?
I wouldn’t try to rate myself but improve and become better each time.
Do you want to continue to have the tag of an item girl?
I don’t mind.
You are in the news more often for the controversies rather than work. Does it help in getting work?
I don’t think it helps in getting work, but what does help getting work is being Professional, talented and that is what I focus on.
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Tusshar Kapoor has moved beyond his home productions
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; April 27, 2011)
Tusshar Kapoor is to the manor born. As producer Ekta Kapoor’s brother, he is certainly more privileged than a lot others in the film industry. And though public perception is that elder sister Ekta mollycoddles him, Tusshar has carved a niche for himself not just in his home productions, but with outside banners as well. Excerpts of an interview…
How big a role does Balaji (their banner) have in your success? Balaji has given me interesting roles in films like Kya Kool Hai Hum, Shootout at Lokhandwala and a couple of other films. However, they have also not included me in movies like Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, Love, Sex Aur Dhoka and Mission Istaanbul because the directors felt I wasn’t suited for these films. Ekta signs me only when required. Likewise, I have the prerogative to say no to a Balaji film.
You are spearheading Shor In The City’s publicity campaign? Shor In The City is an amalgamation of three different stories. I am not the solo lead. There are actors like Sendhil Ramamurthy and others. The producers felt it made sense to have my face on the posters because of the lot, mine is the most recognised face at least in India.
After doing mindless comedies like the Golmaal series, isn’t Shor… a welcome change? Golmaal is a hugely successful franchise. I have got huge appreciation for my performance in the Golmaal series. But yes, More >
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to re-launch her hit official website after almost four years; says she will talk to her fans and also reply to all mails
Prithwish Ganguly (BOMBAY TIMES; April 7, 2011) Her father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan is a dedicated blogger, husband Abhishek Bachchan is comfortable on a micro-blogging site, but Aishwarya Rai Bachchan chooses to interact with her fans through her official website. She is in the process of reviving her website that has been defunct for the last four years.
More and more actors are now realising the importance of being connected to their fans.
Most BTown actors now have a presence on one or more social networking sites and the number of ‘friends’ or ‘followers’ they have seems to have become a measure of how popular they are. Ash has stayed away from networking sites. The Bachchan bahu says, “My former (Hollywood) manager had created a website (aishwaryaworldforever) for me way back, much before these sites became popular. It had many great tools, and my favourite was one where you could just chat. It was great. I thoroughly enjoyed that… But the year I got married, I actually shut it.”
Ash adds, “I wanted to change many things on the website because initially I was too lazy/busy and I didn’t sit on the design. It’s three-and-a-half-years now that I have put it off. I put it on the backburner while adjusting to the changes — career, marriage, etc. Now, I have started work on it and will re-launch More >
Prithwish Ganguly (BOMBAY TIMES; April 6, 2011)
Preity Zinta is furious with Tusshar Kapoor for his statement on Karan Johar’s TV show. In a still-to-be-aired episode, the host asked his guest ‘who comes to mind when I say the following things.’ One of the prompts was botox/cosmetic surgery, to which Tusshar repled: Preity Zinta. When this bit of news reached the actress, she was livid. She called Karan to complain and requested him to delete the offending question.
A source close to her says, “Preity doesn’t talk rubbish about anyone. She sees no reason why Tusshar, who she hasn’t even worked with, should take off on her without provocation.” Not one to take an insult lying down, PZ called Tusshar to fire him and demanded an apology. He told her that he regretted making the statement.
Tusshar confirms, “Preity called me. She was upset and I cleared my stand.” He clarifies why he made the comment on the show. “Everyone knows that Karan’s rapid fire round is just for laughs. You don’t even have the time to think when Karan puts you in the dock. Recently, I saw Preity’s picture in a magazine and she was looking stunning having lost a lot of weight. So, when Karan asked, Preity’s name just came out at the spur of the moment. There’s nothing more to it.” he says.
He continues, “I’ve loved Preity since Soldier. I didn’t mean to hurt her and I’m feeling bad that my comment turned into such an ugly controversy. I’m glad that we spoke and More >
Karan Johar’s famous chat show, Koffee with Karan, has always managed to come up with surprises. This time, however, it astonished us as much as the actor in question.
The finale episode had siblings Tusshar and Ekta Kapoor, who managed to end the season with us rolling on the floor. When questioned by KJo, who is the actress synonymous with botox, the Shor In The City actor said Preity Zinta.
Our source tells us, “During Karan’s rapid fire round Tusshar and Ekta decided to fight it out by being as blunt as possible.
Tusshar did not dodge any question and answered more fearlessly than the otherwise fierce Ekta to win the coveted hamper.Preity Zinta, Tusshar Kapoor
When Karan asked Tusshar to name an actress synonymous with botox, he promptly named Preity Zinta. Both Ekta and Karan were surprised at Tusshar’s response.”
When contacted, Tusshar Kapoor said, “Oh god. Is this going to become a controversy? Everyone knows that Karan’s rapid fire round is just for laughs. You don’t mean it, nor do you have time to think about your answers, when Karan puts you on the spot. I’ve loved Preity since the time I saw her in Soldier.
Recently I saw her pictures in a magazine where she had lost oodles of weight and was looking stunning. When Karan asked the question, Preity’s name just came up spur of the moment. There’s nothing more to it.”
Rana Daggubati says his protectiveness of her doesn’t amount to a relationship
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; March 29, 2011)
Rana Daggubati, who is currently in the news for breaking up with south siren Shriya Saran and dating our own Bipasha Basu, doesn’t shy away from controversies. Of course he insists that too much is being read into his act of chivalry a few days ago in Hyderabad. Says he, “Bipasha was there to promote our forthcoming film. Naturally I was very protective about her and wanted her to feel safe. But that hardly amounts to a relationship. I would be chivalrous with any girl who is in my company. We Naidus are made that way. We protect women.”
Rana, who bagged the role of the Dum Maaro Dum baddie because of his raw sensuality, admits that even before he came into Hindi cinema he was already Hyderabad’s “pin up boy.” When it comes to his personal status though, the actor says, “I’m very much single. Bipasha is a senior. I respect her a great deal. She went out of her way to make me comfortable while shooting, that’s it.”
He admits that Bips and he even shot some steamy scenes for the film. “Again you have to look at the whole thing as a part of story telling. There were 300 others on the set when we were shooting these scenes.”
What about Shriya? Surely he was dating her? Rana says, “I have known Shriya for 12 years, but I haven’t been dating her. She’s a good friend, nothing more.”
Karishma Tanna makes a noise down South
Mahesh H (BOMBAY TIMES; March 22, 2011) Karishma Tanna may be forgotten in tellyland, but the girl is managing to create a buzz down South. She is starring in actor Prem’s upcoming film I’m Sorry… Matte Banni Preethsona and there’s already a controversy brewing. First, stills from the film were leaked showing Prem and actress Karishma in what seemed to be a kissing scene. Then, director R Ravindra alleged that Karishma refused to promote the film. The actress, however, claims that she was misled about her role in the film and is miffed about reports saying that she is not its lead heroine. She has now sent Ravindra a legal notice demanding that he show her the film before its theatrical release. “Yes, I have sent Ravindra a legal notice through my lawyer after I came to know that I’m not the heroine of the film as earlier agreed upon by the director. If he doesn’t agree to those terms, I’ll drag him to court,” says Karishma.
According to the actress, when Ravindra approached her with the script, she was told that she would be playing the lead in the film. “Now I want to know whether my character is the same as what the director narrated to me before we started shooting. I don’t know what happened to him as I didn’t do anything wrong. After we finished shooting, he started avoiding me and stopped responding to my calls.”
Karishma also maintains that she is more than willing to promote the film. More >
Tanya Datta (BOMBAY TIMES; March 15, 2011) For Deepshikha and Kaishav Arora, their film story came true! The two met during the making of Yeh Dooriyan, which is Deepshikha’s directorial debut, and cupid struck. It’s a coincidence that the film is about a single mother falling in love with a younger bachelor. And now it’s this couple’s real life story too. To cash in on this offbeat jodi’s chemistry, the TV show Love Lock Up has got them locked up for a few days. This show thrives on controversy and the past episodes have seen celeb couples fight bitterly.
So, are these two worried about controversy on this show? “I’m certainly not going on the show to create controversy. I don’t like that kind of stuff and I’ll try not to get into one,” says Kaishav, who started his career as a model a few years ago. Talking about their relationship, Deepshikha says, “When I was writing this film’s script, I somehow knew that the person who’d play this character will be connected with me in real life. When we got close, the way Kaishav took charge of my life is what impressed me most. He has most of the qualities that I always wanted in my man.” But isn’t she insecure about this relationship? “I am taking it as it comes. If God has planned that you meet someone, there ought to be a reason behind it. Right now, I am just enjoying every moment.”
The television series will soon be seen as a film on big screen. Apart from a few actual participants from the show, the film will star some other actors too
Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 28, 2011)
The controversial television series Bigg Boss will soon be turned into a feature film. Rohit Jugraj, better known as Viveka Babajee’s ex boyfriend, will direct this film. In the past, Jugraj directed Superstar and James.
A source revealed, “After the hype and popularity of Bigg Boss, several filmmakers have thought about turning it into a film. If the tele series Khichdi could work well when turned into a film, Bigg Boss too can surely go on the silver screen.”Rohit Jugraj
The Bigg Boss film is still in the scripting stage, we are told. According to sources, a few contestants from the show have been decided upon. The film will also have some actors who have never participated in the televised series.
Apart from the actors themselves, the plot, which will mainly revolve around the controversies on the show, will be the USP of the film.
The source added, “There will some minor changes introduced in the film. For instance, the given tasks, the wild card entry, and the way one gets evicted will not necessarily be the same as the show.”
The makers of the film are also planning to rope in an A-list celebrity as their wild card entry, which will get them more eyeballs.
When contacted, Jugraj said, “Nothing of this sort. I am working More >