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By Bollywood Hungama News Network, August 9, 2010 – 14:22 IST
Bollywood’s very own sex symbol Mallika Sherawat has been seen hobnobbing with the Who’s Who of the West more these days than in B-town parties. The actress, who has two international projects lined up for release, features in this month’s issue of Bunker Hill Magazine. We bring you a few images of the actress looking her sexiest best.
Going by this interview, there is no denying the fact that this girl from Haryana has indeed come a long way. The actress talks about growing up in a conservative environment and breaking out of the shackles to debut in a mainstream Bollywood movie.
While her first solo release Khwahish didn’t really set the B.O. on fire, the film did manage to stay in news because of its 17 kisses. However, it was Murder which made Mallika an overnight star and the rest as they say is history.
Mallika’s next big release is the Jennifer Lynch directed thriller Hissss. The actress plays a snake-woman (Nagin) out for revenge in this keenly anticipated film. Besides Hissss, Mallika also has a light political comedy Love, Barack (along with Hollywood star Laz Alonso) up for release.
Image courtesy: bunkerhillmagazine.com
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Mel Karade Rabba continues its dream run in Punjab with rock steady all collections at all cinemas where it is playing. The collections in two weeks are nearly 3 crore and the distributor share 1.75 crore approx.
The film has shattered all records for Punjabi films and now competing with legendary Hindi box office blockbusters in Punjab. Mel Karade Rabba is likely to cross the business of all films in Punjab except Gadar and 3 Idiots. The highest shares till date from Punjab are as follows. The music of the film is also a rage in Punjab and Overseas.
Note – All figures are approx Punjab distributors shares, not East Punjab which includes all of Haryana, Kashmir and Himachal.
1. Gadar – 3.75 crore
2. 3 Idiots – 3.25 crore
3. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge – 2.50 crore
4. Singh Is Kinng – 2.50 crore
5. Hum Aapke Hain Kaun – 2.25 crore
6. Ghajini – 2.25 crore
7. Dhoom 2 – 2 crore
8. Raajneeti – 2 crore
9. Me Karade Rabba – 1.75 crore (2 Weeks)
10. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi – 1.75 crore
Friday 23rd July 2010 09.00 IST
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Mel Karade Rabba is an earth shattering blockbuster with an extraordinary first week in Punjab and a few stations of Haryana. The collections of the film fell just 20% on Monday from its Sunday collections and the weekdays were rock steady with little falls. The weekend collection was 90 lakhs approx and weekdays added another 85 lakhs approx giving a weekly total of 1.75 crore. The distributor share is 1.15 crore approx
In one week the film has shattered all records for Punjabi films Even lifetime business records of all other Punjabi films have been shattered in just a single week. Both single screens and multiplexes are recording humungous collections.
An indication of the astounding success of the film is that in a C centre Bansal – Baghapurana the Hindi All Time Blockbuster Ghajini grossed 58,000 in week one while Mel Karade Rabba has grossed 1.50 lakhs approx at the same cinema. Infact the first day alone was nearly 34,000 at Bansal Baghapurana. These are just unbelievable collections as Ghajini itself was a huge blockbuster in Punjab.
Fox TV is making a TV serial on the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case that will have Ashutosh Rana play DGP Rathore
For the first time, Fox TV is foraying into TV serial territory. Its first product is going to be based on the Ruchika Girhotra case. Ashutosh Rana has been chosen to play the role of the corrupt DGP Rathore and Arif Zakaria, the character of Ruchika’s father. The serial has been tentatively titled Sangharsh.
When contacted, Zakaria said, “The show is loosely based on the Ruchika case. It’s a good shift from the family sagas that come a dime a dozen. It is a good human story. I am very excited about this role. We have shot the pilot and the shooting will start very soon, probably by July 15.”
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When asked how close the show would be to Ruchika’s life and if her character in the show would also be a tennis player like her, Zakaria confirmed, “Yes, the girl will be a tennis player.”
Ashutosh Rana’s wife Renuka Shahane confirmed the news but comically lamented, “Yes, he’s playing Rathore, unfortunately.”
Fourteen-year-OLD Ruchika Girhotra was molested in 1990 by Shambhu Pratap Singh Rathore in Haryana. After lodging an official complaint, her family, friends and she were systematically harassed by the police until she eventually committed suicide.
On December 22, 2009, after 19 years, 40 adjournments, and 400 hearings, the court finally pronounced Rathore guilty under Section 354 IPC (molestation) and sentenced him to six months imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 1,000.
The CBI then sought an enhancement of his sentence from six months to the maximum of two years after his conviction. Finally, on May 25, the Chandigarh District Court sentenced the disgraced former police official to one and a half years of rigorous imprisonment in Burail Jail.
Director Ajai Sinha — best known for his TV shows Haasratein, Astitva and Ghar Ek Sapna — is all set to complete his directorial venture tentatively titled Khap.
Incidentally the film is based on the controversial Khap community based in the remote villages of Haryana. The film stars Om Puri, Manoj Pahwa, Mohnish Behl, Yuvika Chowdhury, Govind Namdev, Ravi Jhankal, Anuradha Paudwal and newcomer Sartaj Gill.
Ajai Sinha said, “I had read about the killing of Manoj and Babli three years ago and I had decided to make a film on it. I agree that some people do not believe in getting married within the same gotra, but there is absolutely no justification for killing someone for this. There are numerous other cases just like the Babli and Manoj case and I have shown that in my film. The Khap community was created some 50 years ago and is made up of around 40 villages. They believe that no one should marry within the Khap.”
BHARATI DUBEY Times News Network (THE TIMES OF INDIA; January 2, 2010)
New Delhi: Three Idiots may be creating box-office history. But all’s certainly not well between Chetan Bhagat, the author of the book Five Point Someone from which the movie has been adapted, and its hero Aamir Khan, producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra and director Rajkumar Hirani.
An ‘idiotic’ controversy has broken out over accusations of credit poaching. The film credits the story to Abhijat Joshi and Hirani. Bhagat’s name appears at the film’s end.
Bhagat is miffed that the film does not give him due credit, but Khan claims that Bhagat is trying to take away credit from Joshi, the film’s scriptwriter. Agencies have quoted the actor as saying that he has advised Chopra and Hirani to file a case against Bhagat as he has defamed them with “false’’ allegations.
Reacting to this, Bhagat told a news agency, “For the past two years, I have trusted Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Aamir blindly and this is what I get in return. Now I am being threatened with legal action, but I am ready for it.’’
Chopra too jumped into the fray on Friday. When the controversy was brought up by journalists at a press meet in Noida, he thundered, “Have you read the book? I have read the book, so shut up!’’ He also charged Bhagat with trying to gain publicity for his book.
But Bhagat was quick to retort that he didn’t need this kind of fame and he couldn’t help it if millions of people who had read his Five Point Someone had spotted the issue.
The row erupted on Thursday, when Bhagat blogged, “Pre-release, the makers made press statements like the movie is only ‘very loosely’, ‘2%-5% inspired by the book’. After the release, those who have read the book and seen the movie (and frankly, I think those are the only people who have the right to comment) find the film to be an adaptation of Five Point Someone.’’
‘3 Idiots’ not an original story: Author Bhagat
New Delhi: Irked at the makers of ‘3 Idiots’ not giving him due credit, Chetan Bhagat, whose book Five Point Someone on which the film is based, has blogged, “The setting, characters, plotline, dramatic twists and turns, one-liners, theme, message—almost all aspects that make up the story are from FPS. Yes, there are some changes, any adaptation requires that—but it is no way an original story. Leading movie critics have admitted to me that the film is 70% the book. Still, don’t take my word for it—go read the book, watch the film.’’
But Aamir Khan’s thoughts are different. At a press meet on Thursday, he said, “It is unfortunate that Chetan is behaving in this manner.’’ The actor said scriptwriter Abhijat Joshi and director Rajkumar Hirani had “abided by the contract’’ entered into with Bhagat and the author had been given due credit as per the contract. “For three years, Joshi has been working on the script. It is unfortunate that Chetan is trying to take away the credit from someone not as famous as he is,’’ Aamir said. He also mentioned how Bhagat had dropped in on the sets of ‘3 Idiots’ one day. “During the course of the conversation, I told him that I was still to read FPS and I intended doing it sometime soon. Chetan then told me that Abhijat’s script is different and I need not necessarily read the book,’’ he said. In his blog, Bhagat has also said that “crores was poured into publicity on shutting me out and cementing the fact that ‘3 Idiots’ is not based on FPS. Bhagat added, “I wanted to see the final script—it was never shown to me. I wanted to see the film before release—it was not shown to me.” TNN
Ghaziabad theatre in dock for pirated DVDs
Reliance Big Pictures filed a police complaint against Galaxy Cinema suspecting it of helping in making pirated DVDs of the film 3 Idiots in Ghaziabad on Thursday. “The pirated DVDs of the film were available in the market from December 24 and it was from those prints that we got hold of the cap code marking which matched with this cinema hall. We then lodged an FIR against the hall,’’ Ghaziabad station road SHO Rashid Ali told TOI. It is learnt that the DVDs of the film were found in Delhi and UP which was tracked by Reliance. Kamal Gianchandani, COO (distribution) of Reliance Big Pictures, clarified, “The sleeves of the DVDs were available in the market but some of them did not have DVDs of the movie inside. Our enforcement team with the local authorities spoke to the local pirates and asked them not to sell the DVD for the first three weeks and also the MSOs asking them not to screen it for the first three weeks. Most of them honoured the commitment.’’ Nearly 2,000 DVDs were confiscated in raids conducted in Chandni Chowk, Delhi, and Sirsa in Haryana.
Sudhir Mishra to make a sequel to Iss Raat ki Subah Nahin with Irrfan Khan and Chitrangda Singh
2 Days, 2 Nights & a Morning is what the quasi-sequel to Sudhir Mishra’s 1996 film Iss Raat ki Subah Nahin is called. And while the experimental film featured Sudhir’s then favorite Smita Patil lookalike Smriti Mishra, for the sequel he will go ahead with his current favorite, Chitrangda Singh. Along with Chitrangda will be Irrfan Khan and Arunoday Singh, politician Arjun Singh’s grandson who has debuted with Sikandar and is currently filming Ayesha with Sonam Kapoor.
Sudhir says, “While Iss Raat ki Subah Nahin had an assortment of characters, the new film is basically about two people on a collision course over a period of three days. While Iss Raat ki Subah Nahin unfolded in just one night, this one will take longer.”
While the earlier film was set in Mumbai, 2 Days, 2 Nights & a Morning will take his cast to Delhi and Haryana. To be produced by Reliance Big Pictures, Sudhir wants to start working on the sequel right away. Sudhir’s political drama, Dhruv, starring Farhan Akhtar and Kareena Kapoor is on a hold right now due to Kareena’s dates. “Kareena is keen to do Dhruv, but only after Saif Ali Khan’s Agent Vinod is completed. She is holidaying with him these days. So in the meanwhile, as I simply can’t be resting at home and need to direct films, I’ll get started on the new film.”
BY HIT LIST TEAM of MID DAY (Apr 24, 2009)
Mallika Sherawat’s ex mother-in-law breaks the actress’ marital bhanda
All the speculation about Mallika Sherawat’s marriage can come to rest. The latest issue of ‘Stardust’ magazine, which hits the stands today, gives an insight into the actress’ marital past, including an encounter with Mallika’s ex mother-in-law, Mrs S S Gill.
Mallika was married to a pilot, Karan Singh Gill, when she was still Reema Lamba (her real name). The actress has never spoken about her whirlwind marriage and subsequent divorce. After achieving stardom, Karan and his family went into hiding, not wanting to do anything with Mallika anymore.
Finally, members of her own family come forward to reveal what really went wrong. ‘Stardust’ meets her uncle Sushil Lamba in Mallika’s hometown Moth in Haryana, who says, “As their (Mallika and Karan) friendship started brewing, the lovebirds decided to marry soon. It was a love-cum- arranged marriage and everybody from both sides of the family were present there at the wedding. It was a grand reception in Delhi.”
Lamba then adds, “She always had a thought of becoming rich and famous. She married Gill because she was in love with him but married life wasn’t made for her. So, she decided to quit wedlock and lead an independent lifestyle. From her own parents to her in-laws, everybody was against her decision and as a result, she had a major argument with all of them.”
It is now clear that Mallika’s in-laws were totally against her joining films. As Lamba says, “As we have heard, her in-laws were not interested in sending their girl into films and they were completely against her late nights and parties. As a result, tension started brewing between Reema and Karan. This might be the reason for their break-up.”
In an exclusive, ‘Stardust’ also tracks down Mallika’s ex mother-in-law, Mrs G S Gill who makes no bones about her disapproval for her ex-bahu. When asked about Mallika, Gill says, “We don’t know anybody named Mallika. A few years back, we had a girl in our family called Reema Lamba. She was my daughter-in-law and we all loved her very much. But, afterwards, her behaviour and independent nature started creating problems for us.”
Mrs Gill explains that Mallika’s soaring ambitions to make it big in Bollywood is what caused problems for the family. She says, “We wanted a girl who was independent in her thoughts but at the same time, someone who understood the needs of the family also. But her dream was something different from what we expected. She wanted to have a career in the glamour industry.”
Reportedly, Karan has got married again but does not want to be associated with Mallika in any way.
More in the new issue of Stardust, which hits the stands today.