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Once-upon-a-time a hardcore non-vegetarian, Vivek Oberoi has now turned vegetarian for good. At one time, it would have been most unlikely that Vivek would ever give up on chicken tandoori but the actor, who earlier used to make fun of crusaders of vegetarianism, is now a self-confessed lover of greens.
A source said, “While shooting for Kurbaan, Vivek started having only vegetarian food. That’s when he slowly began liking it so much that when he returned to India, he couldn’t stand the sight of non-veg food. In fact, now he doesn’t even eat eggs.”
When we asked Vivek about his newfound love for healthy greens, he sent us a text message, which read like an essay, “I never ever thought that I will call myself vegetarian. By virtue of being a half Punjabi and half Sikh, tandoori chicken was my staple diet. In fact, I remember teasing Kareena Kapoor during the shoot of Kurbaan saying, ‘Bebo, you are either a Punjabi or a vegetarian, choose one.’ It’s strange how much pleasure non-vegetarians can derive from antagonising crusading vegetarians who are on a mission to convert the world to eating ‘ghaas poos’ as I would unaffectionately call vegetarian food earlier. And then, there are those who are fanatical about ‘ghaas poos’, the ones who will stare at you disapprovingly and make passionate More >
Akshay Kumar to star in a romantic film after three yearsBy Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 14, 2009) Action star Akshay Kumar will be seen in a romantic film after three years. He has recently agreed to star in a film to be directed by Kunal Kohli. The out-and-out romantic film’s lead actress is yet to be finalised. Kunal Kohli too will be making a romantic film five years after his Saif Ali Khan-Rani Mukerji starrer Hum Tum.
Kunal Kohli said, “It’s too early for me to comment as I am working on the film.”
Giving us more details, a source said, “Kunal has been working on this romantic film for some time now and Akshay was his first choice. He met Akshay in London where he was shooting for Houseful. Akshay loved the script and Kunal and he have been meeting regularly so that the film can go on the floors soon. Last week, Kunal even met Akshay at his Juhu residence where they locked the deal.”
Commenting on the film’s subject, the source added, “It’s a modern romantic film, just like Kunal’s Hum Tum five years ago. This too will be today’s film with a fresh script. They are still looking for a lead actress. Akshay has not starred in a hardcore romantic film after Humko Deewana Kar Gaye, which released in 2006.”
Despite repeated attempts, Akshay Kumar remained unavailable for comment.
Meanwhile, Akshay’s love for death-defying stunts continues. He will jump from 35 feet during a press conference today for his forthcoming reality show.
Poor John Abraham. The Bollywood hunk, who has been bedevilled by injuries often, has now been declared hors de combat following an ankle injury he suffered a couple of months ago. The actor, who’s busy in London doing 1:800 Love for Abbas Tyrewala, recalled he was last laid low by a virus that hospitalised him during the shooting of Kabul Express in Afghanistan. But this time, the threat is more serious. The ankle he fractured is refusing to heal. And not only have all potential action films featuring John been put on hold, but the climax of David Dhawan’s Hook Ya Crook is awaiting completion as well. Doctors have prescribed months of rest for him. “For an athletic, outdoors guy like me, this is like death,” groaned John from London. “Outwardly it qualifies as just a broken ankle. But actually breaking that bone is a very serious matter,” revealed John. If he continues putting pressure on the leg instead of resting it, as he’s doing now, John may well end up with a limp for life! Incidentally, the climatic scene in Hook Ya Crook — in which film John plays a cricketer — requires the actor to undergo a rigorous cricket camp with Team India greats like Yuvraj Singh, M S Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh. “I can hit a More >
The OVERSEAS division of Shemaroo Entertainment, in association with Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd., will be distributing the film BLUE worldwide.
For promoting the film worldwide, BLUE is planned to be premiered in Dubai, London and New York. The film will not only be exhibited in the ethnic territories, but will also be distributed and seen in the non-ethnic territories like Mexico, Scandinavian countries, etc. It is expected to be released in 650 screens around the world, making it one of the biggest Bollywood releases in the overseas market.
Hiren Gada, Director, Shemaroo Entertainment shares his thoughts, ”With the international appeal the film has, the first look of BLUE got a tremendous response from non-ethnic territories. We are glad to be associated with Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd. for this huge project and are really looking forward to taking it worldwide. Our subsidiaries in US & UK will be handling key territories of North America & Europe. With a catalog of more than 750 Indian films distributed by us in international territories, this is the next logical step for our international business.”
Dhilin Mehta, Director, Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd. shares his thoughts, ”BLUE is an ambitious project in More >
Akshay Kumar and parties never went hand in hand. That is till a few weeks ago. Everyone who knows Akshay knows him as this reticent actor who stayed away from late night parties and socialising preferring instead to stick to his healthy lifestyle, which included going to bed at 10pm and waking up in the wee hours of the morning to exercise. During parties, including his own, Akshay would always let his friends have fun while he quietly stood smiling in a corner with a glass of juice in his hand.
The juice still hasn’t changed. Akshay remains a teetotaler but the man has turned into a party animal in London, thanks to Arjun Rampal. The two were shooting together for Housefull and Arjun would try to drag Akshay to pubs and clubs almost every night.
A source said, “Arjun really brought out Akshay’s extrovert side. They would often go out together for a boys’ night out whenever their respective families were not in London.”
After Arjun left London, Akshay’s newfound fun side was made clear last week when the unit of Housefull saw Akshay having a great time during the wrap-up party. The star went to the dance floor and sang aloud Jee karda from Singh Is Kinng. Those present were shocked.
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By Subhash K. Jha, August 29, 2009 – 12:27 IST A 12-year old film finally got completed this week, thanks to its leading man Akshay Kumar’s determination to not have a single film of his in the cans.
This week after completing a schedule of Sajid Khan’s Housefull, Akshay Kumar sent Deepika Padukone packing and called producer-director Shabnam Kapoor to London to complete the long-pending Purab Ki Laila Paschim Ka Chaila, now called Hello India.
Shabnam Kapoor flew to London and shot with Akshay Kumar for almost a week before he flew out to Italy on Thursday for the next schedule of Housefull.
With the completion of Purab Ki Laila… which also stars Namrata Shirodkar and Suniel Shetty, Akshay prides himself on being the only leading man in Bollywood who has no films in the cans.
Interestingly, this would be only the second film in Akshay’s career directed by a female. Sangharsh directed by Tanuja Chandra was the first.
He now has the enviable record of being the only Bollywood superstar with no incomplete films to his discredit.
A few months ago, my agent in London, Ruth Young, told me that Woody Allen had cast me in his untitled film as Freida Pinto’s father. That news came to me on May 24, as I was hosting the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the release of my first film Saaransh. No award that I had received in my quarter century in cinema could have made me happier than this bit of news.
Buried as I was with work, the excitement abated only to resurface on August 23, when I was set to go to London for the shoot. It suddenly hit me that I was going to work with someone I had adored and almost worshipped for decades. Then, a strange nervousness gripped me; just like it did during the first day’s shoot of Saaransh. But that was understandable when I was a rookie being directed by Mahesh Bhatt. Now I had acted in almost 400 films. Yet I was nervous.
To understand this reaction, I spoke to my mentor Mahesh Bhatt and asked him how I should behave when I would be on Woody Allen’s sets. Nervous, confident or important? Mahesh said, “Just be the way you are: inquisitive, nervous, and, be yourself.”
I reached London the next morning and was taken for a ‘costume and look’ trial. I was told that Woody Allen would see me the next day as he only meets actors directly on the sets on the day of the shoot. But I pleaded and they reluctantly took me to a More >
Washington/Mumbai: “My name is Khan.’’ “Oh it is, is it? Step aside please.’’
The way it was related, that might well have been the opening exchange between Shah Rukh Khan and an unnamed, uniformed, superempowered US immigration official who had no idea (and didn’t care) that the man in front of him was the star of a film by the same name (My Name Is Khan), much less that he was a universal Bollywood icon.
SRK was asked to step aside for a ‘secondary inspection’ at Newark airport near New York in the early hours of Saturday (India time)—en route to an event to celebrate India’s Independence Day in Chicago—after his name “flashed on the computer screen”.
“I told them I was a movie star who had recently visited the US to shoot my film, and that I was here to attend an event,’’ Khan told TOI. “But nothing seemed to convince the immigration officer. Other officers and the Jet Airways staff vouched for me but this particular officer did not listen to anyone.’’ Evidently, even the fans seeking Khan’s autograph made no impression on the officer.
His hand baggage was inspected and he was taken to a room “with about 20 people” where he was questioned for almost two hours—about the purpose of his visit, the names and phone numbers of the event organisers, why he was carrying “so much cash” ($1500), which films he had acted in, why his checked-in baggage More >
ALWAYS KHUSHI, NEVER GHAM: Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol team up together after eight years and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, in Karan Johar’s My Name Is Khan, which will have a world release by an international production house on a large scale. No, the film is not on terrorism. It is about what happened post 9/11 in America. SRK plays an autistic man whose name is Rizwan Khan and Kajol, his wife. Together, the couple make happy music in anybody’s film …says Karan Johar in an interview to BT about his next big co-production with Shah Rukh Khan… that’s not on terrorism! OMAR QURESHI Times News Network (BOBMAY TIMES; Aug 5, 2009)
Karan Johar is back! India’s most suave, most stylish and wittiest director-producer is in Mumbai after months of living out of a suitcase in London, New York and SFO. But his travels (and travails) have only made that razortongue sharper than ever. He talks here about postponing My Name Is Khan, his so-called problems with Kajol, comments on Salman, the Bachchans and SRK and how he intends to Wake Up Sid — his newest baby. Read on for the KJo challenge! The big news is that you’ve delayed My Name Is Khan... You know, it was beyond our control. Now the film is only releasing early next year. We couldn’t have made it in time, we were very keen to release it this December, but there’s a lot of work on this film. I just felt that rushing it would lead to many compromises on a creative level. So both SRK and I took a combined call to push it to next More >
Very rarely do you come across a film which fulfills all your expectations and in fact, provides more than expected. This year, however, we were mostly bombarded with some pathetic flicks. But behold as Love Aaj Kal has arrived! The film sees love and relationships in a new light but what works big time is its terrific execution and smart storytelling. Love Aaj Kal is surely one of the most refreshing romantic flicks to come out of Bollywood!
The story of the movie: Jai (Saif Ali Khan) and Meera (Deepika Padukone) is a modern-day couple based in London. They are always together but are clueless whether they can be categorized as ‘boyfriend-girlfriend’! Meera gets an opportunity to move to Delhi which she doesn’t want to miss while Jai is soon going to be at San Francisco. Jai and Meera conclude that their long-distance relationship won’t work and thus, decide to break-up (happily). At this point, Jai comes across veteran Veer Singh (Rishi Kapoor) who is shocked to see how Jai treats relationships and break them so easily. He is of the view that the present generation can’t understand love. Love is that trap in which he got entangled 4 decades back when he was the dashing and cool Delhiite Veer (played by Saif again) and when he came across Harleen Kaur (Giselle Monteiro). Jai laughs at Veer as to how he had travelled thousand kilometers from Delhi to Calcutta just to catch a glimpse of Harleen.
Jai-Meera…Veer-Harleen-both these ‘love stories’ were poles apart and of More >