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Sanjay Leela Bhansali, not one to attend parties, is throwing a huge bash. With good reason indeed.
The FIR filed against him by an antique furniture dealer, Farida Hoosenally, has been quashed. Six years ago in a fire on the sets of Black a lot of furniture from Hoosenally’s store was destroyed.
The Bombay High Court, on Tuesday, finally relieved Bhansali of those humiliating court sessions and the acerbic cross-questioning.
Now Bhansaliplans to celebrate and offer his gratitude to God, the court, his mother and the film industry for supporting him in his most difficult times.
Bhansali’s close friend reveals, “In his entire life Bhansali has never hosted a party, not even a birthday party as a child.
He finds it tough to attend one and so far he found it unthinkable to host one. After the court’s verdict, Sanjay feels the need to share his happiness with family friends and colleagues.”
Recalling his distress, Bhansali says, “It was like a huge dark cloud lifting from above my head. For six years I have gone through terrible agony, attending court, been subjected to terse cross-examinations.
It affected my creativity. I felt the lady’s allegations hounding me everywhere.”
With a huge sigh of relief Bhansali says, “It is one of the happiest moments of my life. I can say justice has prevailed.
I can’t begin to describe how humiliating it is for a law-abiding citizen to be cross-examined in a court of law for a crime he More >
Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; March 6, 2011)
Mumbai: Rubina Ali, who essayed the role of young Latika in Slumdog Millionaire, lost all the international awards she had won in the Garib Nagar blaze that took place on Friday night.
Rubina, now a Std III student, had to miss school on Saturday. “I lost the six trophies I had won in the fire. Thankfully, my passport was spared.” She won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Slumdog Millionaire and was also honoured at the Academy Awards. “We couldn’t save much. All her clothes, including the dress she wore at the Oscars, and jewellery are gone,’’ her father, Rafiq Qureshi added.
Both Rubina and her co-star Azharuddin were promised homes and education by filmmaker Danny Boyle. While Azhar moved into his new house in Santa Cruz, Rubina and her family were still living at Garib Nagar. Qureshi sought a home in Bandra as he had set up his business there. Niraja Mattoo of Plan India, the NGO which is funding the children’s education and homes, said, “Rubina has got a house in Bandra (West) and will be moving there by next month.”
Rubina and Azhar are not the only kids from Garib Nagar who work in films and television. Parvez Shaikh, coordinator for child artistes, had been living here for 20 years. “I got work for 25 to 30 kids in films and television serials. I managed to saved my family, but our belongings were burnt in the fire. Mera sab kuch khatam ho gaya (It’s all over for More >
Boman Irani talks about why a candid shot of Shabana Azmi taken on the sets of Fire is his favourite picture
Sayoni Sinha (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 6, 2011)
Be it in the characters he plays in his films or the photographs he takes, Boman Irani effortlessly manages to infuse depth and quirky charm in both. Little wonder that this picture of Shabana Azmi holds such delight for the actor. Says Boman, “There are beautiful people and places, but for me, the most important thing is to capture the mood and the moment. If that is gone, no matter how beautiful the subject, it will not have any warmth. This picture jumps out at you because of its candidness.”
Before turning his attention to films, Boman was a well-known photographer. It was during one of his shoots that he met Shabana for the first time. “I used to do stills for ads and films. This picture was taken when I was doing the film stills for Fire. After the shoot was over, I was chatting with Shabana and she looked beautiful in that lighting. I asked her to pose for this picture. She refused and put up her hand to block the shot. But her smile gave away that she wasn’t serious.” So Boman went ahead and clicked this photo.
Boman has worked with Shabana in a couple of films and she is one of his favourite co-stars. Apart from being a versatile actor, she is also the one who he has healthy arguments with. “The most common topic of debate is her school of acting against mine. The basic More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, January 3, 2011 – 08:26 IST
Best Actor (Male) Ajay Devgan – Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Hrithik Roshan – Guzaarish Naseeruddin Shah – Ishqiya Paresh Rawal – Road To Sangam Ranbir Kapoor – Raajneeti Rishi Kapoor – Do Dooni Chaar Salman Khan – Dabangg Shahrukh Khan – My Name Is Khan
Best Actor (Female) Anushka Sharma – Band Baaja Baaraat Aishwarya Rai Bachchan – Guzaarish Kajol – My Name Is Khan Neetu Singh – Do Dooni Chaar Vidya Balan – Ishqiya
Best FILM Band Baaja Baaraat Love Sex Aur Dhoka Peepli [Live] Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Raajneeti Udaan
Best Director Anusha Rizvi – Peepli Live Dibakar Banerjee – Love Sex Aur Dhoka Maneesh Sharma – Band Bajaa Baaraat Prakash Jha – Raajneeti Milan Luthria – Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Vikramaditya Motwane – Udaan
Best Actor In A Negative Role – M/F Emran Haashmi – Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Manoj Bajpai – Raajneeti Ronit Roy – Udaan Sonu Sood – Dabangg Vivek Oberoi – Rakht Charitra
Best Actor in A Comic Role – M/F Konkona Sen Sharma – Atithi…Tum Kab Jaoge? Paresh Rawal – Atithi… Tum Kab Jaoge? Pradhuman Singh – Tere Bin Laden Sanjay Mishra – Phas Gaye Re Obama Tusshar Kapoor – Golmaal 3
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) Arshad Warsi – Ishqiya Nana Patekar – Raajneeti Raghuvir Yadav – Peepli [Live] Ram Kapoor – Udaan Sikandar – Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey Vikram – Raavan
Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Female) Amrita Puri – Aisha Neha Chauhan – Love Sex Aur Dhoka Prachi Desai – Once Upon More >
Sameera Reddy recalls her nightmarish escape from mob fury at a live concert in Patna. The incident has also sparked off a battle between Bhojpuri actors Ravi Kishan and Manoj Tiwari
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 21, 2010)
This was her first visit to Patna and it turned out to be an unforgettable one for all the wrong reasons. On Sunday evening the actress flew down with her entourage in a private jet to perform for a live show in the largest open-air venue in Bihar, the Gandhi Maidan.
The function was organised by a local television channel. What happened there is an experience Sameera would never forget and neither would her anxious parents in Mumbai, who kept calling her to check if she had boarded a flight back home.
The actress spoke her heart out to Mumbai Mirror. “I flew down to Patna on Saturday to perform at the channel’s show. I had never been to the city. And I must say I loved the people and the place.
At the venue my troupe and I were waiting backstage when suddenly I heard about commotion in the audience.
At first I thought they were just excited but within minutes, I was told that the situation was beginning to get out of hand.”
But the actress was still resolved to go on stage and perform until she heard that people from the audience had broken the barricade around a secluded section to get a closer look at the stage. Sameera says, “They were breaking chairs, pelting stones and setting the barricades on fire.
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By Taran Adarsh, November 12, 2010 – 12:59 IST
In an informal chat with me a few months ago, after watching DUNNO Y… NA JAANE KYUN at a private screening, director Sanjay Sharma enlightened me that his endeavour in making the film is to drive home the fact that there’s nothing anomalous about being homosexual. “Through this film, I want to highlight and draw attention to the relationships between gay people. Their sentiments and emotions. The idea is not to poke fun at the gay community. In fact, the intent is to make a film that looks at the issue and the gay community in a very serious perspective,” he remarked.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Very noble intentions, I must pronounce, but do the gracious objectives of the director that he sets out to achieve come across effectively on celluloid? Does the film come across as an emotional, sensitive and a ground-breaking experience? Let me attempt to examine…
Homosexuality is still taboo in India and DUNNO Y… NA JAANE KYUN attempts to tell a story that’s shades different from FIRE and GIRLFRIEND or even BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN. Engaging at times, but amateurish at places, the film has the courage to go where most Hindi films have not dared to enter. The writing [script: Kapil Sharma] holds your interest in most parts.
The storyline follows a gay model forced to compromise his morals for his career. He then forms an intimate relationship with another man, who is already married and lives with his family. It would More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 20, 2010 – 16:52 IST
Krishna Shah, Hollywood writer, director and producer is putting his long talked of project Baiju- The Gypsy on the boards again. Baiju- The Gypsy is a period fiction story set during the Mogul era of 16th Century. On one level, it is a story of contest – a contest between two great singers of the era. Baiju Bawara, a young gypsy and the singer from the soul and Miya Tansen, one of the nine jewels of Akbar’s court.
The script is touted to be a visual treat filled with special effects. The legends of classical Indian music may or may not bear the scrutiny of science today, but it was widely believed that Tansen could start a fire with his singing of Raga Deepak, and Baiju could bring down rain by his improvised rendition of the Malhar chant.
Shah shelved plans to produce Baiju-The Gypsy last year to work full time on his epic biopic Mother: The Indira Gandhi Story.
Apparently, A.R. Rahman in an interview once said that Krishna Shah’ Baiju-The Gypsy was one of the most cherished scripts he had read and was disappointed when it was put on hold. “In fact, Rahman had insisted on me contacting Aamir for the role of Baiju. Even offered to call him. Somehow, things did not work out,” says Shah.
Shah now wants to sell the script to a director passionate enough to see this story through to the screen.
Dissatisfied with the script of her next serial, Ekta fired 28 of her writers and decided to pen it herself
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 09, 2010)
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.
When talented personalities like Hrithik Roshan, Rakesh Roshan and Anurag Basu come together, you expect nothing short of an outstanding film considering their awesome track record. Expectations are bound to be skyhigh even if you are the one who go for any flick with negligible expectations. Hence, it is really feels disappointed to know that Kites fails and that too very badly in meeting the expectations. In other words, Kites is a turkey!
The story of the movie: J (Hrithik Roshan) is a young, carefree salsa teacher in Las Vegas. Orphaned at a young age, he has lived in utter poverty and hence is always trying to earn money by hook or crook. When he realizes that Gina (Kangna Ranaut), daughter of millionaire Bob (Kabir Bedi) has fallen for him, he realizes that this is the best thing that could have happened to him. He pretends to be in love with her although he is not. Unfortunately or fortunately, he soon falls in love, not with Gina but with Natasha aka Linda (Barbara Mori), fiancée of Tony (Nick Brown), Gina’s ruthless brother. Just like J, Gina is from a poor family and is marrying Tony only because he’s rich. In no time, J and Natasha fall in love, upsetting Tony, Bob and Gina. How they escape from Tony’s clutches and their journey thereafter is what the rest of the film is all about.
Kites begins very well and there are several scenes that are exceptionally handled by director Anurag Basu. The 1st half is fast and slick and one might expect 2nd More >
Honesty isn’t always the best policy, says Rajeev Khandelwal, an actor who had become the upholder of truth for many TV viewers. Rajeev confesses that he prefers not to tell his mother about his camping escapades, a passion he indulges in whenever he has a little time off.
“Though my dad, who was in the Army, still has an adventurous bent of mind and encourages me to travel, my mom gets irritated with the very mention of road trips to the hills. She insists on calls from me every half an hour. Moms will be moms!” sighs Rajeev.
Happiness, en route
A chronic traveller, Rajeev zips off to the hills just to camp in the middle of nowhere. He finds exploring the unknown most thrilling. And enjoys collecting little twigs on the way to light a fire, pitching a tent without any help, requesting the local people for milk just as an excuse to strike up a conversation. And they gladly oblige. In exchange, Rajeev chats with them over endless cups of chai and at times even drives the entire lot of village women to a faraway point and back.
Snow ka samna
Of course, not all rides are fun. Rajeev recalls the most dangerous one through the valleys of Lahaul and Spiti, “Two of my friends and I were driving through Himachal and we reached a point where the road had got really narrow and we More >