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Hollywood star begs DJ not to play any Grease songs at Mumbai party; prepares for a month-long break in Goa and Jaipur
At the after party of an awards function on Sunday night, the British DJ in the house was up to his neck with requests for numbers from Grease and Saturday Night Fever. But to the dismay of the Bollywood glitteratti present to honour John Travolta, the man just refused to oblige.
“Believe it or not, John’s warned me against just that. He’s offered to drop me off to Manchester on his way back but he told me that if he hears me play even one of his songs tonight, the deal is off,” the DJ explained to a guest. Juan Kidd, one of UK’s leading DJs, specialises in house music and is big on the underground scene.
But Manchester seems to be just one of the several destinations Travolta has in mind. According to sources, the avid flyer intends to clock up some serious miles before landing on his private airstrip in Florida.
|John Travolta with Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan at an award function in Mumbai|
In fact, Travolta has been at the receiving end of green activists for the enormous carbon emissions he racks up every year because of his extensive flying, not that it’s made any difference to his jet-setting ways.
While his official two-day trip to India ended on Sunday night, it kicks off a personal, month-long vacation during which he will be travelling to Jaipur and Goa before heading off to other international destinations along with his daughter.
While Travolta has tried to keep this private leg of his India tour quiet, with the US Consulate in Mumbai not having any clue whether he was still in the city or not, the giveaway was his customised £2mn-Boeing 707 at Mumbai Airport.
Travolta, who is staying at a five-star hotel in the suburbs, is likely to fly to Jaipur on Wednesday.
Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapoor took off on a day-long vacation on September 9
On second thoughts, it is beginning to seem as though Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra are announcing to the world that they’re back together as a couple.
First, on her way to Brazil to shoot for Khatron Ke Khiladi, Piggy Chops failed to evade the paparazzi at the airport, after being dropped there by Shahid. And now, she has done something even better. The actress took off for a day-long trip to Goa with boyfriend Shahid, oblivious of our watchful eye of course.
Priyanka left for Brazil on August 16 and retuned to Mumbai on September 8, in the morning. A source says, “Soon after she returned, the couple planned to leave for a short one-day trip to Goa.
They left on September 9 and could spend only a single day in Goa, as Priyanka had to leave for Delhi the very next day. And post that, Priyanka’s Anjaana Anjaani promotions were to start.”
An eyewitness reveals, “Shahid and Priyanka took a 12 pm flight. The flight number was 9W-475 and they both were seated in the business class section. They were with each other throughout the flight. Both Shahid and Priyanka were dressed in casuals.
Priyanka had her trademark leather jacket on. Both were wearing their dark glasses throughout the flight.”
Imagine the couple thinking: so what if the paparazzi spotted us? We’d put our shades on to blind them out. Nice. The source adds, “They spent quality time together after almost a month of being away from each other.” Apparently, Priyanka was back in Delhi the next day, walking the ramp for one of the brands she endorses, almost as though this little rendezvous in Goa was too short to have happened and hence could be wished away. Priyanka and Shahid didn’t revert with comments but for now, we’ll just let them be.
At a closed door meeting, Abbas Mustan and Studio 18 allegedly thought it best, given the failure of Lafangey Parindey. But the actor himself is unaware and laughing off the rumours…
Lafangey Parindey has indeed given Nitin Neil Mukesh a bad reputation. A few days ago, Abbas Mustan and Studio 18 supposedly had a meeting to drop the actor from The Italian Job. Worse still, Neil himself is unaware of this.
Reacting to our text regarding this, Neil shot back, “LOL. Get your facts right.”
The Italian Job film stars Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Omi Vaidya and Bobby Deol. Neil was supposed to play the role essayed by Edward Norton in the original.
A source close to the film disclosed to Mumbai Mirror, “The Italian Job is a very big and prestigious film for Abbas Mustan. They have been working at it for a long time now.
They don’t want to take any chances. Neil’s recent films (Aa Dekhen Zara, Lafangey Parindey) have not done well. Hence they are contemplating not to retain him in the film. However, Neil has not been informed as yet.”
Added the source, “Abbas Mustan took some time to grapple with the modalities of The Italian Job, but now everything has fallen in place. As of now, they are location scouting in the North Pole. The Italian Job will, in fact, be the first film to be shot in the North Pole.”
We guess the dirty job will have to be done by the duo-in-white once they return from their Arctic reconnaissance then. How cold.
Shooting of The Italian Job commences in November. “The film will start with a big schedule in Goa, followed by another long one in New Zealand and then Russia,” concluded the source.
Abhishek steps into Mark Wahlberg’s shoes, Sonam into Charlize Theron’s, Omi into Seth Green’s and Bobby into Jason Statham’s.
The filmmaker will write Murder 2 around the Nithari killings. He has been meeting family members of the victims and the accused
After four long years, Mahesh Bhatt has resumed writing films. His next project will be called Murder 2. The last film he wrote was Woh Lamhe, which was autobiographical to a great extent. Bhatt is now co-writing Murder 2 with Shagufta Rafique, a film that is based on the much-talked-about Nithari killings.
The film is thus not a sequel to Murder, which starred Emraan Hashmi and Mallika Sherawat. The sequel to the Emraan-starrer is being directed by Mohit Suri and will cast a new girl opposite the actor.
Arguing that Murder 2 is far from being the sequel Mahesh Bhatt says, “This film is the next one in the Murder series like how we did the Raaz series. The Nithari killings sparked off an idea that we should make a film about monsters that live like normal people and are a great danger to others.”
Talking about the film, producer Mukesh Bhatt says, “It’s a crime thriller entirely shot in Goa. Mahesh has done thorough research on the case and made frequent trips to North India to meet the families of the victims and the accused.”
Mahesh Bhatt denies having met the two main accused Moninder Singh Pandher and Surinder Koli. He adds, “I am taking the help of some of my journalist friends to work on this film.”
The infamous Nithari killings surfaced at the end of December, 2006 and saw one of the most gruesome crimes ever committed. Approximately 15 human skulls and skeletal remains were unearthed.
After the police investigations, the accused Moninder Singh Pandher and his domestic help Surender Koli were arrested and charged with rape and murder. In February 2009, both were given death sentences. But in September, the Allahabad High Court acquitted Moninder Singh Pandher.
It’s now an accepted fact that small films getting churned out at regular intervals have lots to entertain and give a good time than the biggies. To this list, one can now add one more flick and that is ‘The Film Emotional Atyachar’. The film is as unusual and weird as its title but manages to give a paisa vasool experience!
The story of the movie: Vikram Jaiswal (Mohit Ahalawat) is all set to sign a deal with Mr Khanna (Nasser Abdullah). But at the last moment, Khanna ditches Vikram and refuses to work with him. Khanna instead strikes a deal with Bosco (Abhimanyu Singh) and buys his club in Goa. Junior Bhai (Ravi Kishan), a small time goon, comes to know about the exchange of money between Bosco and Khanna and decides to attack them and rob all the cash. He takes the help of 2 wannabes, Goti (Snehal Dabhi) and Pichhku (Rajkumar Kanojia). Bosco on the other hand needs the money desperately to pay off to 2 corrupt cops, Joe (Vinay Pathak) and Leslie (Ranvir Shorey). The cop duo fears that Bosco might dump them after getting the money. Hence they take Bosco’s muse Sophie (Kalki Koechlin) as hostage until Bosco pays them their share. How all these characters unintentionally clash with each other on a secluded Mumbai-Goa highway at night is what the film is all about!
The film initially fails to impress and is damn confusing. Although all characters get introduced in style, you get a feeling that it’s not been a fine ride. However, the film picks up dramatically with the scene where Vinay and Ranvir enter when Abhimanyu’s room whose hands are tied up! The thrilling shootout minutes before the intermission escalates the impact. And if that wasn’t good, then the film turns better and better during the second half with each passing minute. A series of double cross by various characters and the unpredictability of the plot ensure that viewers remain gripped to their seats with no idea of what will happen next. The climax seemed totally justified.
The film might give you a déjà vu feeling of many films of this genre. The highway drama and heist episode gone wrong reminds one of Johnny Gaddaar, the somewhat-inferior production values is a remembrance of Ek Chalis Ki Last Local while the marvelous interconnection between characters bring back memories of Sankat City! But yet, the film and its script can be considered as completely original!
Without a shred of doubt, Vinay Pathak is the scene-stealer! His mannerisms and his sexy style works very well and put a smile on the faces of viewers although he is a baddie in the film (just like everyone else). Although he and Ranvir Shorey are together in every scene, it’s Vinay who leaves a mark. Ranvir on his part puts his best foot forward but fails up to match up to Vinay this time. It was nice to see Mohit Ahlawat after a long time (the RGV effect has totally waned away from for the better!). Kalki Koechlin looks stunning and gives a brilliant performance as expected from her! It’s indeed great that she has a number of films lined up! Ravi Kishan was very impressive and convincing. He was tailor-made for this role! Snehal Dabhi rocks in the scene where he is in the van sitting injured. Anand Tiwari (as Hiten Sardesai) comes up with yet another brilliant performance. Abhimanyu Singh and Rajkumar Kanojia play their part well. Others were okay.
There was no need for music in this film at all. However, the background score (Mangesh Dhadke) was simply fantastic. Editing (Pranav Dhiwar) was slick. Kartik Krishnan and Bhavini Bheda’s dialogues were witty and raise laughs at many places (esp the ones mouthed by Vinay). Story was truly hatke and very well written. So was the screenplay.
Director Akshay Shere scores a sixer with his debut! A film like The Film Emotional Atyachar wasn’t easy to make since there are so many characters and so much happening at every moment. But doing total justice to the script (not to forget that its Akshay’s first film) is a great feat indeed. The film has lots of abuses thrown in and some scenes are damn violent and gory. But that works and gives the film a real look. A great job indeed!
Some of the best scenes:
1. Hiten helps the injured Vikram
2. Joe and Leslie at Bosco’s club
3. Goti and Pichhku go to buy a gun
4. Junior, Goti and Picchku attempt the robbery
5. Junior and Picchku arguing as to what should be done about Goti
6. Vikram meets Sophie
7. The last 20 minutes
On the whole, The Film Emotional Atyachar is a neat little surprise of this season! It is extremely fast paced and gives 100 minutes of total thrill and entertainment! If you aren’t interested in any of the recent releases, giving The Film Emotional Atyachar a try would surely be no harm! Go for it!!
My rating-**** out of 5!
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, September 3, 2010 – 12:53 IST
Earlier in the month of May this year, Ajay Devgn earned the wrath of director of health services, Dr Rajnanda Desai, for smoking in a public place in Goa. The actor was shooting then for his forthcoming film Golmaal 3 and was caught puffing away near the Inox cinema hall in Panaji. While the complaint against the actor was filed then by National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication (NOTE), it’s only now that he has been asked to pay a penalty of Rs.200.
Ajay, through his representative, did pay the fine of Rs.200 earlier this week on Wednesday. The fine was levied for smoking in a public place which is in direct violation of section 4 of the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003 (COTPA).
By Taran Adarsh, September 3, 2010 – 11:13 IST
First things first! THE FILM EMOTIONAL ATYACHAR bears no resemblance to a reality show with the same name [EMOTIONAL ATYACHAR]. Nor is THE FILM EMOTIONAL ATYACHAR an exposé on relationships. Now let’s proceed…
THE FILM EMOTIONAL ATYACHAR is a road movie, plus black comedy rolled into one. The characters in the film are either grey or black and each is out to double cross the other. Quite an interesting thought, isn’t it? Like JOHNNY GADDAAR, THE FILM EMOTIONAL ATYACHAR is unpredictable and keeps you guessing vis-à-vis what turn the story will take next. If unpredictability is its strength, there’s a weakness as well: The screenplay isn’t watertight. More on that later!
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Yet, all said and done, THE FILM EMOTIONAL ATYACHAR is unconventional and unpredictable and a shade better than most below par products churned out in the name of new-age cinema.
THE FILM EMOTIONAL ATYACHAR is set on a secluded highway between Mumbai and Goa and revolves around incidents that take place in one night to multiple travellers. The film starts with Hiten [Anand Tiwari] encountering a fatally wounded Vikram [Mohit Ahlawat]. The story takes off from this point onwards…
One has to be attentive, sorry, very attentive while watching THE FILM EMOTIONAL ATYACHAR. This one’s not the leave-your-brains-at-home types, for sure. The story of the film is truly hatke and its execution, double hatke. In fact, it takes time to grasp the goings-on initially because the characters aren’t connected with one another and also, there’re multiple stories running concurrently.
Things fall into place towards the second hour and a clearer picture starts emerging subsequently. It’s only towards the finale that the varied tracks merge into one and you add two and two together. However, since the story is being told from Mohit Ahlawat’s point of view and since none of the characters are connected to each other, how does he know what really transpired between Abhimanyu Singh and Ranvir-Vinay? There’s no mention of it. Also, the finale of the film – the manner in which the story culminates – looks convenient and filmy. Why did the director opt for a standard, all’s-well-that-ends-well ending? An unpredictable conclusion would’ve only created a stronger impact. Yet, there’s no denying that debutant director Akshay Shere has handled a number of sequences well. The camerawork is perfect and the background score, effective.
The show belongs to Ranvir Shorey and Vinay Pathak. The duo is top notch and the camaraderie is superb. It’s a tailor-made role for Ravi Kishan and he carries the tapori lingo well. Mohit Ahlawat is in sync with his character. Kalki Koechlin is charming and handles her part with amazing ease. Abhimanyu Singh is wonderful. Snehal Dabhi entertains. Sakshi Gulati gets no scope. Anand Tiwari is a fine actor.
On the whole, THE FILM EMOTIONAL ATYACHAR isn’t the perfect cool and hip film, but better than most movies that come in the garb of new-age cinema.
After dating for 12 long years, the couple got engaged secretly in Goa on August 15
|Karan leads a blindfolded Bhavana.|
On 15th August, unlike the rest of the country, two people swore dependence to each other. Love indeed springs odd surprises on you; Bhavana Balsaver hadn’t expected hers either. After 12 lovely long years of dating Karan Shah, Bhavana Balsaver took a short vacation to Goa with him. But she wasn’t prepared for what came next.
Bhavana recounts, “It was just a holiday in Goa. Karan suddenly proposed to me. It was completely impromptu. He organised this whole surprise for me. We actually went to Goa with some friends for a short vacation. In fact, I realised later that Karan got a lot of strangers to help him organise all that he did for our engagement.”
Karan’s surprise swept Bhavana off her feet. He took her blindfolded to a secluded area that had been pre-decorated with flowers. What followed was a string of pleasantries: music, champagne and finally the rings.
Bhavana is obviously pleased as punch and says, “We have been dating for over 12 years and now we have made it official by exchanging rings. What better place to do it than in Goa. Although the families were not present we have informed them and everyone is very happy.”
Is marriage on the cards then? Bhavana says, “It took me 12 years to get engaged to him, so I don’t know how much time I will take to get married.” No issues, Bhavana. Good things come to those who wait.
|The couple raise a toast to their official engagement|
…Deepika’s quite enjoying the ride
Nimisha Tiwari | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; July 28, 2010)
If in Housefull, her last film, the gorgeous Deepika Padukone wore bikinis and rode water scooters… get ready to see her in Bengal cotton sarees riding a bicycle in her next — Ashutosh Gowariker’s Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey.
The sexy actress plays freedom fighter Kalpana Dutta of the Chittagong Uprising of the 1930s. A role that has excited Deepika no end, because Kalpana was strong and feisty, among the first women freedom fighters of the country.
The film itself, jointly produced by Ajay and Sanjeev Bijli along with Sunita A Gowariker, is an epic period thriller based on the book Do And Die written by Kalpana’s daughter-in-law Manini Chatterjee. Acting opposite Deepika is Abhishek Bachchan. It is presented by AGPPL and PVR Pictures. Director Ashutosh Gowariker thought Deepika brought much energy to Kalpana Dutta’s character.
This film is being shot in Goa and Mumbai and is due for release on December 3. Javed Akhtar has written its lyrics with Sohail Sen doing the music. Designer Neeta Lulla’s designed the costumes. So if you see Deepika dressed in cotton sarees pedalling a cycle in the city… don’t be surprised. She’s quite enjoying the ride!
Hema Malini’s decision to produce and direct Tell Me Oh Khuda single-handedly might’ve been a last-minute one but her good rapport with her cast and crew does make the job smoother.
Apparently, the film is being reshot and it’s a schedule over 30 days that will be shot in all four locations — Rajasthan, Goa, Mumbai and Turkey.
Ordinarily, for such a schedule, it’s tough to get extra dates from the actors but even they are cooperating with Hema and have given her extra dates for free.
The film is currently being shot in Rajasthan and the source informs, “Hemaji told her team to forget about the incident (letting go of director Mayur Puri) and start afresh.”
Apparently, Esha Deol, Chandan Roy Sanyal and Arjun Bajwa are required for all 30 days of shooting.
Though both the male actors were busy working on Faaltu and Crooked respectively, they adjusted their dates. “Even Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna have given us dates as per the schedule set by Hemaji,” says an insider.
|A still from Tell Me Oh Khuda|
Vinod Khanna comments on this, “There is no hassle. I have to finish the film that I have committed to and I will honour whatever it takes.”
This extra shooting is expected to cost the producer Rs 3 crore.