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If all goes well, Ajay Devgn will rub shoulders with Vidya Balan in Ekta Kapoor’s forthcoming film chronicling the late South siren Silk Smitha.
After Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai, this will be Ajay’s second film with Balaji. Balaji officials will soon be meeting with Ajay for the same.
Says a source, “Ajay will play a reputed filmmaker who was involved with Silk Smitha during her heyday. The film is not based on Silk Smitha’s entire life. It focuses more on her relationships,” added the source.
Vidya too hasn’t still signed on the dotted line. “But Milan Luthria, who will direct the film, is very keen on having her get into Silk Smitha’s shoes. You need a Malyalam girl who has a very Indian type of body for this role,” added the source.
Multiplex owner Aditya Shroff will tie the knot with TV actress Megha Gupta
Shatrughan Sinha’s daughter, Sonakshi Sinha, may have made a grand entry into Bollywood but her ex-boyfriend, Fame Cinemas owner Aditya Shroff, is not licking wounds for sure. Aditya has moved on and is tying the knot with popular TV actress Megha Gupta, who made her debut with Ekta Kapoor’s show Kavyanjali.
Aditya and Megha fell in love this July, and the wedding is slated for December.
Confirming the same, Aditya told Mumbai Mirror, “Megha is a lovely girl. We met through common friends. One thing led to another, soon we were meeting almost every day.”
|Megha Gupta and Aditya Shroff|
What we like about Aditya is that he chose not to be coy about what drew him to Megha. “Megha is a very, very attractive girl,” he said rather candidly.
Commenting on Sonakshi, Aditya quipped, “I have forgotten Sonakshi. That is the past.”
While a friend of Aditya said, “Sonakshi behaved rather strangely after coming from an outdoor schedule of Dabangg. She stopped communicating with every member of the Shroff family, whose house she used to frequent almost every day.”
Another source said, “Aditya is 32 years old, while Sonakshi is 22. Aditya was very keen that they should tie the knot soon, but having become a Bollywood heroine, Sonakshi wanted at least six years of enjoying single status. They parted rather amicably.”
No prizes for guessing that the Sinha parivaar will not be invited for this shaadi. But we wish the couple a happy married life. Life after all is about moving on.
He is at loggerheads with his uncle Mahesh Bhatt about a steamy scene with Shella Allen in Crook. However, Bhatt sees no reason at all to water down this essential ‘component of sensuality’
Emraan Hashmi is interfering in the final cut of Crook. Mahesh Bhatt and Emraan have had a huge spat over a steamy sequence in the film that is giving the serial kisser the jitters, now that he has become a father.
Emraan is feeling embarrassed about having done this scene and wants his uncle and mentor Mahesh Bhatt (the producer of Crook) to splice it off entirely, or at worst, cut its length the best he can.
|Emraan Hashmi and Shella Allen in Crook|
The bone of contention is a scene in which Emraan makes love to a white woman, Shella Allen, who plays an integral role in the film. Says a source, “When Emraan shot it, he was quite okay with it. But now that he has a slightly different image after Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, he wants to shed his serial-kisser image.
At this point of time in his career, he is not happy doing lovemaking scenes. He doesn’t want to smooch too, in fact. Ekta Kapoor wanted him to kiss the Mandakini look-alike girl in Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, but Emraan politely refused.”
Emraan and Mahesh have been arguing about this for quite a few days. Says Emraan, “Yes. There is a conflict. Bhatt saab and I have different visions on this. I want the erotic skin content [sic] on Crook to be cut down because Crook is not a skin flick. It is much more than an entertainer.
It touches the serious issue of racial discrimination with Indians in Australia. I don’t want Crook to be another Murder or Jism. Also if you see my recent film OUARIM, it didn’t have any intimate scene but yet the film worked quite well,” adds Emraan.
Talking about the spat, Bhatt refuses to bow down to his nephew’s wishes. He tells Mumbai Mirror, “Emraan’s quest for respectability is completely disconnected from the box office. Today, the audience wants to be gratified and not edified. In Crook, we have a great product, which has the added component of sensuality. I see no reason to water it down,” adds Bhatt.
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Abhay Deol’s girlfriend Preeti Desai has moved in with him
Abhay Deol and his girlfriend, Preeti Desai (British model and Miss Great Britain 2006), are inseparable. The 20 March 2009 issue of Mumbai Mirror was the first to report that they were dating. On 9 July 2010 we further informed you that Preeti had flown to Spain to accompany Abhay, who was shooting for Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. The latest grapevine is that the two are now in a live-in relationship.
Preeti has moved into Abhay’s flat at Juhu. Earlier, Abhay was living with the Deols in their palatial bunglow in Juhu. However, he moved out in 2007 and is now living in a separate house in the same locality, one that Preeti could well be sharing with the actor. Says a source, “The two are very happy. Their relationship, which did have its fair share of ups and downs, is now rock-steady.”
Preeti and Abhay’s relationship ran into turbulent waters when Abhay went to America in mid-2009 for a few months; the long distance started telling on their relationship.
But once Abhay returned to India, the two not only sorted out their problems but also cemented their union.
This is not the first time that Abhay is in a live-in relationship. In a recent interview to a magazine, he said, “I’ve had a live-in relationship before, and I’m most likely to have one again.
If I was serious with a girl, things would automatically move towards living together.”
Preeti is the first woman of Indian origin to win the Miss Great Britain title. Born and brought up in London, she is settled in Mumbai since 2008 and done quite a few modelling assignments.
Abhay and Preeti first met in February 2009 at the success party of the Abhay starrer Dev D. It was love at first sight.
Both Preeti and Abhay are quite settled in their respective careers. While Abhay has almost moved into a quasi-A bracket post Dev D, Preeti has a lot of modelling work, aside from Ekta Kapoor’s film Shor opposite American TV actor Sendhil Ramamurthy.
Neither Abhay nor Preeti responded to our text messages.
Here’s the REAL reason why Saif Ali Khan chose to walk out of Vishal Bhardwaj’s project, Dreams
Up until now we knew that Saif Ali Khan had walked out of filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj’s next, Dreams, unhappy with the script. Mumbai Mirror reported the same in a story titled ‘Saif quits Vishal’s film’, on September 7, 2010. The film will be produced by Ekta Kapoor.
But here is the bigger reason why Kareena Kapoor’s boyfriend bid goodbye to the maverick filmmaker. During one of their recent conversations, Saif told Vishal that he would do Dreams, only if he agreed to a barter deal with him. He told the filmmaker that if he worked on Dreams, Vishal would have to direct a film for his company Illuminati Films. Vishal had barely come to terms with this bit of news, than the next salvo hit him.
The chote nawab added he would choose the script for the film to be directed by Vishal for his production house. It seems a shell-shocked Vishal immediately retorted, “How would I commit to a film whose script I have not even seen! I wouldn’t mind doing the film, provided I approve of the script first.”
Saif remained steadfast on his resolve, and did not take kindly to Vishal not complying with his deal. Following this, the actor walked out of the film.
Meanwhile, here is another development on Dreams. There was a buzz that Priyanka Chopra was miffed with her favourite director for not casting her in the film. This rumour gained further momentum when reports of Deepika Padukone playing the lead role in Dreams was stated.
The latest is that Vishal has finalised Priyanka for the film, while Deepika also remains to play an equally significant part in the film. A source says, “There are two heroines in the film. The male lead will now be either a fresh face or a well established star.”
Dissatisfied with the script of her next serial, Ekta fired 28 of her writers and decided to pen it herself
Ekta Kapoor’s forthcoming TV serial, Pyar Ki Yeh Ek Kahani, somehow had its writers at a loss for words, or at least ones Ekta would have appreciated under normal circumstances. Completely dissatisfied with how the script had turned out, Ekta fired 28 of her writers who had worked on this show so far. She then took it upon herself to write the script.
A source close to the serial says, “None of the writers Ekta appointed on this show understood the brief she had given them. Pyar Ki Yeh Ek Kahani is a very dark, love story.”
Since the theme of the serial is very different from Ekta’s earlier shows, it was not understood by most of her writers.
“Ekta had no choice but to pen the script herself. She has always been involved with her projects but this time she is really stretching herself,” added the source. Ekta remained unavailable for comment but we know what she’s busy doing.
The director was miffed when the actor suggested changes in his script. Soon after, Saif walked out of the project
After Shahid Kapoor walked out of Vishal Bhardwaj’s film Dreams (working title), which will be produced by Ekta Kapoor, his role was offered to Saif Ali Khan. He accepted it graciously. The grapevine now has it that the actor demanded some changes in Bhardwaj’s script, which did not go down well with the director. On knowing this, Saif recently walked out of the film.
Earlier, when Shahid turned down the role, he told Vishal that he would prefer it if they worked together on Kaminey 2 instead. A source says, “During that time, Shahid also got a good offer to host a TV dance reality show, Dancing With Superstar. However, he did not accept that either.”
Dreams is a story, which is narrated in a dream. Added the source, “Though the plot resembles a bit with the recent Hollywood blockbuster Inception, Bhardwaj was ready with the script of Dreams much before Inception released.”
When Saif asked for changes, Bhardwaj put his foot down. Adds the source, “Bhardwaj is a director who sticks to his script and vision. Often, many actors are apprehensive and nervous before signing up for a character in Bhardwaj’s films.
Both Saif and Shahid took a long time to say ‘yes’ to Bhardwaj for Omkara as well as Kaminey. This time too, the role is very challenging but fruitful.”
All said and done, Saif’s exit from Dreams is rather shocking, especially because both he and Bhardwaj were reportedly again warming up with one another. Says the source, “Saif was miffed with Bhardwaj for casting Shahid, who happens to be Kareena Kapoor’s ex-boyfriend, for Kaminey.
|Shahid Kapoor||Vishal Bhardwaj|
Moreover, after Saif’s Langda Tyaagi character was lauded in Omkara, the actor was hoping Bhardwaj would cast him in his next.”
When asked if he is indeed not doing Vishal’s film for Ekta Kapoor, Saif said, “Yes I am not doing the film as of now.” When asked if it was the script of the film that put him off, the actor chose not to reply.
Bhardwaj remained unavailable for comment. As of now, Dreams stars Deepika Padukone. Another heroine will soon be finalised. Whether Bhardwaj will offer the hero’s role to Shahid again or not, is the million-dollar question.
A yesteryear actress Rehana has filed a defamation case against producer Ekta Kapoor and director Milan Luthria, for allegedly maligning her image
Milan Luthria’s super hit film Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai continues to make ripples even weeks after its release. And not for the right reasons.
After the Haji Mastan family members raised an objection to the portrayal of Mastan as a gangster in the film, the movie has again got itself in a new controversy. This time, yesteryear actress Rehana’s family has filed a case against producer, Ekta Kapoor and director Milan Luthria.
The case has been filed at the Allahabad High Court and the legal notice says that the filmmaker has used the name Rehana without her consent and it has maligned her image. Incidentally, the actress is now 85 years old and is living in Pakistan, where she shifted after the Partition.
Our source said, “In the film, Kangna Ranaut’s character Rehana is that of a 70’s actress. Co-incidentally, it is the same name that a Bollywood actress, now living in Pakistan, has. She acted in Hindi cinema in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. She was regarded as Hindi cinema’s first jhatka queen and starred in about 30 movies including super hits like Sargam and Sagai.
She acted opposite all the top stars of that year which included Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand and Prem Nath among others.”
The actress, who currently resides in Pakistan, is now 85. Rehana’s close relative Mohd Ali Mastana in India has reportedly taken the makers of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai to the Allahabad High Court (Lucknow division).
|Ekta Kapoor||A file photo of Rehana|
According to him, the filmmakers have used Rehana’s name without their permission and have maligned her image by associating the movie’s character with a smuggler. This has hurt their sentiments immensely and they want concrete action to be taken.
When contacted Milan Luthria, the director of the film said, “The matter is subjudice and therefore I won’t like to comment on it at this moment. All I can say is that we have our legal team in place, which is following the case, and I will speak once the court rules its decision. However there was nothing intended.”
Raveena Tandon plays peacemaker between her brother Rajeev and father Ravi Tandon
All’s well in the Tandon household now. ‘90s actress Raveena Tandon and her brother Rajeev have buried the hatchet, and the latter has returned to be reunited with the family in Tandon House.
It was rumoured that the two had a fall-out on a property dispute nearly four years ago. At the time Rajeev and wife Rakhi (remember Sweety from Ekta Kapoor’s popular TV serial Hum Paanch?) had walked out of Tandon House and cut off with Rajeev’s parents Ravi Tandon and his wife. Rajiv and Rakhi eventually divorced.
Raveena played peacemaker in the family and initiated the patch-up. Revealed a source, “In the interim period Ravi Tandon’s health took a beating. There were constant fights in the family; but which family does not have its share of problems.
As time went by, the senior Tandon started missing his son intensely, which is when Raveena decided that it was time to turn around the events.”
Raveena said, “I only did what was needed. Any parent would love to be with his/her son. Family is family, isn’t it? Yes, Rajiv is back in Tandon House and living very happily with my parents.”
Meanwhile, rumours were rife that Rajeev is living in an apartment in Lokhandwala Complex with singer Xenia Ali. Our source denies this, insisting that he was staying in his cousin’s rented flat.
When the estimated budget for Dibakar Banerjee’s next allegedly went through the roof, Balaji Telefilms backed out of the project
Love Sex Aur Dhokha might have worked wonders for director Dibakar Banerjee and Balaji Telefilms head honcho Ekta Kapoor, but it seems the relationship has now run its course.
We had reported not too long ago, that post the success of LSD, Ekta and Diabkar had teamed up again to work on Dibakar’s next – a political thriller starring Abhay Deol and Emraan Hashmi.
The latest buzz on that is that Ekta is not producing the film anymore; another corporate giant is.
A source close to Ekta says, “Yes, Balaji was supposed to produce Dibakar’s next film but it’s not happening anymore.” Explaining the reason why Balaji backed out of the project at the last moment, the sources adds, “The estimated budget of the film is around 18 crore and post publicity, it adds up to 25 crore. Ekta felt it wasn’t a viable business proposition.”
A close associate of Dibakar’s confirms, “We had a minor discussion with Balaji on this film. We had a great time working with Ekta on LSD and would happily do another project with her. But this one is not happening with them. We have been talking about this project to another corporate house for a long time now and we will make a proper announcement soon.”
While Dibakar Banerjee chose not to comment on the matter, we texted Ekta Kapoor asking her if she is producing his political thriller. She replied, “I was never producing it.”
Talk about miscommunication!