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Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; June 8, 2013)
They say love knows no barrier. Looks like for Shah Rukh Khan’s fans, language barriers too don’t hold strong enough. Sources say that while shooting for Chennai Express, helmed by Rohit Shetty, in Kerala, SRK apparently had long and animated chats with local Malayali women, who incidentally didn’t know a word of Hindi or English.
According to sources SRK’s female fans were all senior citizens and apparently they used to hang around the sets in order to meet their idol in person.
A unit hand says, “The scene was quite funny. Every evening, a group of aunties came over to chat with the star. Both parties didn’t understand each other’s language but that didn’t spoil the fun at all.”
Apparently, Shah Rukh even entertained the ladies singing songs from his Bollywood films.
Chaya Unnikrishnan (DNA; December 17, 2012)Kangana Ranaut DNA
Kangana Ranaut seems to be a hot favourite when it comes to bagging films with strong women-centric roles. Close on the heels of Rajjo, which will see her journey as a mujra dancer, Kangna has been signed on to play a crime sleuth in a film tentatively titled Nikita Pai.
Kangana will be playing a science teacher, who also moonlights as an amateur detective exposing supernatural crimes. Says producer Viki Rajani, who is also making Namak starring Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha, “I wanted to make a film on the lines of Sherlock Holmes and Nancy Drew. In India, it is difficult to come up with a franchise of detective movies but we are trying something new – a commercial film with a new touch.”
About casting Kangana in the lead, Viki says that she fits the character to the ‘T’. “She has the kind of persona that can create intrigue and since the film deals with supernatural horror, the character needs to evoke fear among the audiences. Kangna is a versatile actress and is the ideal choice for the film,” elaborates the producer. The hunt for the actor who will play Watson to Kangna’s Sherlock is on. The film is being directed by Pawan Kriplani who helmed the hit horror film Ragini MMS. To go on the floors next year in May, almost ninety per cent of the film will be shot in Kerala.
Himanshi Dhawan | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; December 9, 2012)
New Delhi: Can ‘Life of Pi’ help India tame the dragon? The Indian government certainly hopes so.
Tourism minister Chiranjeevi on Saturday announced that director and writer of Life of Pi Ang Lee and Yann Martel, respectively, will be awarded the national tourism awards for the impact the film has had in promoting India as a tourist destination. With this and other initiatives, the ministry hopes to target the so far indifferent Chinese tourists to their fold. The film has been a roaring success in China, raking in $16 million in its opening weekend itself.
China is one of the largest tourism markets in the world, but India has barely received a fraction of Chinese tourists. Data show that of the around 50 million Chinese who travel overseas every year spending some $40 billion, less than 1 lakh travel to India on business and tourism.
India now hopes to make amends. Plans that are on the anvil include ‘Life of Pi’ tour packages for Puducherry and Munnar (Kerala) — where the film was shot — and easy availability of Chinese-speaking guides, virtual tour of the two places and a website in Mandarin. The ministry also plans to hold road shows in several Chinese cities promoting the two destinations.
Incidentally, so far, India’s marketing pitch has been focused on Buddhist tourism promoting destinations like Bodh Gaya and Nalanda. Sources said discussions were on with representatives from the travel industry to More >
Sayantan Dalal (DNA; November 11, 2012)
Actress Jacqueline Fernandez is all excited about her next ambitious project which is an action thriller. After enjoying success at the box-office with Housefull 2, the actor is now looking forward to the response to her action avtar in Race 2. The Sri Lankan beauty went for a month-long yoga retreat in Kerala and followed a special therapeutic diet and fitness regime.
A source from the sets reveals, “Jackie went on a special juice diet which is apparently popular in Kerala. It is the first time that she has been so vigilant about what she’s eating. Even during her modelling days, she never put in so much effort. But Jacqueline believes in the film and is putting in more than 100 per cent into it. Although she was doing daily hour-long workouts to get a lean and fit look, she decided to put herself through this special diet. She has been doing yoga to rejuvenate herself, and the retreat was the perfect place for her to prepare for the film which required her to look her sexiest best. It is a hardcore action flick, and Jackie needed to be absolutely fit to perform all the daredevil stunts.”
Jacqueline, who wanted to change her look altogether for the film, says, “I wanted to look completely different in this film. Every thing, starting from my haircut, hair colour, to my weight and wardrobe, was changed to suit the character. Before I started shooting for the film, I went on a juice fast at a yoga retreat to look and feel my More >
Satadru Ojha (BOMBAY TIMES; September 17, 2012)
Their last outing together broke records, brought them national fame and showed that Kolkata’s streets could be the canvas of a racy mystery. Now, Sujoy Ghosh and Parambrata Chatterjee are coming together again for a thriller after Kahaani — only, this time it is set in Kerala.
Sujoy is currently working on the script of the film, which is titled Kerala. “It’s a three-hero project and Parambrata is one of them. We will probably cast Bollywood actors for the other two roles. But no names have been finalised yet; it’s still too early. The backdrop of the film is Kerala and shooting should start next year.”
The director, who’s already working on two mega projects — Badla, possibly with Naseeruddin Shah and Amitabh Bachchan, and Kahaani 2, with Parambrata and Vidya Balan — has his plate quite full. So will he be directing Kerala as well? “No, there are no such plans. I’ll just be a back-end tea boy on the sets,” Sujoy jokes. “But seriously, the film has got me very excited. If we can pull it off, it will be one of the best projects of my career.”
Actress Isha Sharvani on her break-up with her cricketer boyfriend Zaheer Khan and her newfound single status
Seema Sinha (BOMBAY TIMES; July 8, 2012)
It is said that distance makes the heart grow fonder, but in many cases, it also becomes the reason for a split. As is the case of actress Isha Sharvani and cricketer Zaheer Khan. After an eight-year on-and-off romance, the two have finally parted ways for good. “I am single today. Yes, we were together for many years, but it is all over between Zaheer and me now,” she told BT. Prod further about the reason for the split, and Isha says, “I don’t want to talk about that… it is too personal and something that should remain between us. It is not right to wash dirty linen in public. We respect each other.” However, a source close to the actress confirms that distance is the cause for the split. She is based in Kerala, while he travels the world for matches.
Last year, Isha was there to support Zaheer at the World Cup and at his IPL matches. But this year, her absence spelled out that it’s over. The break-up happened earlier this year. There were rumours that the two were looking for a house where they could move in after they tied the knot, but the actress rubbishes that. “There’s been a lot of speculation about my relationship status, and there were rumours that we had purchased a house and that we were getting married… all nonsense! If it were true, I’d be married by now, right? I didn’t want to react then and let people More >
-By Taran Adarsh, May 4, 2011 – 12:42 IST
SHOR IN THE CITY opened to rave reviews and has shown a healthy escalation in business over the weekend. The Monday numbers have also been steady. Here’s the day-wise, circuit-wise data:-
Mumbai: Fri 32.83 lacs, Sat 52.08 lacs, Sun 86.80 lacs, Mon 27.08 lacs
Delhi-U.P., Punjab: Fri 22.19 lacs, Sat 30.86 lacs, Sun 34.91 lacs, Mon 13.47 lacs
West Bengal: Fri 2.68 lacs, Sat 4.22 lacs, Sun 6.11 lacs, Mon 1.83 lacs
Assam: Fri 56,000, Sat 97,000, Sun 1.11 lacs, Mon 34,000
Bihar: Fri 76,000, Sat 81,000, Sun 63,000, Mon 31,000
C.P.: Fri 2.41 lacs, Sat 3.58 lacs, Sun 3.78 lacs, Mon 1.52 lacs
Rajasthan: Fri 1.68 lacs, Sat 2.42 lacs, Sun 2.36 lacs, Mon 93,000
C.I.: Fri 1.09 lacs, Sat 2.01 lacs, Sun 2.16 lacs, Mon 92,000
Mysore: Fri 3.96 lacs, Sat 7.84 lacs, Sun 8.31 lacs, Mon 2.65 lacs
Nizam: Fri 2.58 lacs, Sat 3.41 lacs, Sun 3.64 lacs, Mon 1.82 lacs
Orissa: Fri 45,000, Sat 35,000, Sun 27,000, Mon 11,000
Tamil Nadu, Kerala: Fri 89,000, Sat 1.17 lacs, Sun 1.12 lacs, Mon 69,000
Friday – 72.08 lacs
Saturday – 1.10 cr
Sunday – 1.51 cr
Monday – 51.67 lacs
Total – Rs 3.85 cr
About time Shruti Haasan owned up to her relationship with Siddharth; they’ve just been caught holidaying in the backwaters of Kerala
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 16, 2011)
Their first Telugu film together failed. Despite that, Kamal Haasan and Sarika’s daughter Shruti and Siddharth (of Rang De Basanti fame) went on to sign another.
The media went berserk with reports of their alleged affair, after they were seen together at the premiere of Siddharth’s film Striker in February 2010. Shruti chose to keep her lips sealed. Siddharth too, after his recent divorce, chose to refrain from any public announcement about the same.
So, we wonder what the two are doing in Kerala together, as we speak.(left) Siddharth, (right) Shruti Haasan
Yesterday, Shruti and Siddharth checked into a 5-star hotel in Kerala. A source from the hotel confirmed, “They came in together and plan to stay on till April 17.”
A source told us, “Shruti and Siddharth have often been spotted in Mumbai at parties and lunch-n-dinner meetings.
They are very comfortable in each other’s company. It’s more than a year now. One wonders what’s stopping them from confessing about their relationship.”
Reportedly, Shruti has introduced Siddharth to her parents. She has even got him to meet her sister and they get along really well.
Shruti and Siddharth remained unavailable for comment. After all, who wants to be disturbed on a cozy afternoon in the More >
Asin runs a school for underprivileged children in her homeland Kerala
Prithwish Ganguly (BOMBAY TIMES; March 3, 2011) South siren Asin Thottumkal runs a school for the underprivileged and orphans in Kerala, the state she hails from. The school provides education to nearly a 100 children. While the actress has never talked about it, her do-gooder side became known when she invited a few of her co-stars to come to the school and interact with the children.
The Ghajini girl keeps aside approximately 10-20 per cent of her earnings to support these children with education and health care. This school comes after her initiative last year when she funded a talented child and agreed to pay for his education right up to his college, thereby shaping his future.
The actress is currently in Bangkok shooting with Salman Khan for Ready, and was unavailable for a comment. However, her father, Joseph Thottumkal, confirms the news but chooses not to go into details, “I don’t know how far she wants to disclose.” A source informs that the actress intends to set up more schools across the state, “She wants to make as many needy children as possible stand up on their feet and earn their living.”