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They have papa Kamal Haasan’s consent too..
Prithwish Ganguly (BOMBAY TIMES; May 9, 2011)
Siddharth and Shruti Haasan have taken their relationship to an all new level. They are so confident about their relationship that they have started living-in to get to know each other better. The couple hasn’t hidden anything from the actress-singer’s father Kamal Haasan and have also got his blessings. When Kamal learnt that the two were intending to take their relationship forward, the progressive father was more than happy to bless the duo.
“They felt they should live-in, given as they have never really fought with each other or had any sort of misunderstandings. Shruti is head-over-heels in love. She is willing to even chase a career down South and keep Bollywood as a secondary option. She has rejected around five good offers. She feels proximity with her beau will make her relationship work. The couple very much wants to settle down a few years down the line,” says a reliable informer.
The insider adds, “Kamal is very happy about Shruti choosing Sid. He feels the actor is good for his girl. He liked Sid as an actor even before Shruti and Sid started seeing each other. Shruti has also not been performing with the new band that she had formed — the reason, again her relationship which doesn’t leave her with much time to do anything else. Therefore, writing new songs, preparing new compositions and tracks is also not happening. But she is More >
Still fighting his way out of cancer, Aadesh Srivastava received yet another blow in the form of his brother’s death, yesterday.
Chitresh Srivastava who had been Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s manager for the last few years and had been managing his tours worldwide met with a car accident and died on the spot, in Chicago where they were travelling for a concert.
“Chitresh’s car was trailing Rahat’s when the incident happened. Chitresh died on the spot while three others including Rahat’s cousin were severely injured,” informed a friend. “The other’s have been admitted to a hospital and they are arranging to fly down Chitresh’s body to India in a couple of days for the cremation,” he added.
Before turning Rahat’s manager Chitresh had also assisted his brother as a budding musician. He had worked as an assistant music director in films like Zameen, Aankhen, Major Saab, Kunwara and Veergati.
Govinda and producer Pahlaj Nihalani have combined forces again. Nihalani’s next film will star Govinda as a thief. The film, written by Shiraz Ahmed, has been titled Mastermind.
A source close to the film told Mumbai Mirror, “Pahlaj and Govinda have always created magic and set the cash registers ringing. They both are very kicked about working together again.
The film will have its share of comedy, which is Govinda’s forte.”
Pahlaj discovered Govinda and gave his first break in the 1986 film, Ilzaam. After Ilzaam, the two worked together in Shola Aur Shabnam (1992) and Aankhen (1993).
Mastermind is a two-hero film. “The heroine and the other male actor will soon be finalised. Shooting starts by end of this month.
Pahlaj has assigned Anu Malik to weave his magic for the film’s music,” said the source.
Pahlaj and Govinda remained unavailable for comment.
Shandar Amrohi to reveal the secrets of his eventful life in the biography From Nowhere to Somewhere, penned by Barkha Roy
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 09, 2011)
The man who claimed to be Preity Zinta’s adoptive father and even told the media, “I am preparing to make a will, where I will give Preity everything that I have.
Anyway, daughters have a right to everything”, has decided to reveal his real reason for adopting the actress.
Son of the legendary filmmaker Kamaal Amrohi, Shandar will chronicle his life in his biography titled From Nowhere To Somewhere. In this, he plans to share the secrets about the case that he had filed last year in March against his sister Rukhsar and her son, Waseem, of fraudulently pledging his shares in his father’s corporation Mahal Pictures Pvt Ltd to a company in Pune.
The involvement of Preity Zinta in the case that catapulted him to the spotlight will form a major portion of the book to be penned by Reena Roy’s sister Barkha.
Shandar revealed, “I will explain my decision to adopt Preity. I wouldn’t like to discuss the money I was said to have given or offered her as written in the papers.
The real story will be published in my biography.” Shandar added, “Barkha is in talks with a publisher. So, that too is more or less sorted out.”
When contacted, Barkha said, “Shandar has a very interesting story to tell. Yes, I suggested he tell it to the world through a book. He said ‘Why don’t you write it Barkha?’ I More >
The sets of Prakash Jha’s next was destroyed and left in shambles
Agencies (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 09, 2011)
Prakash Jha’s next Aarakshan’s set (left) was demolished in Bhopal
Civic authorities in Bhopal bulldozed the sets of Prakash Jha’s new film Aarakshan, since it was erected on a disputed land. This incident has upset the film’s schedule, as they were supposed to shoot a few scenes with Deepika Padukone and Saif Ali Khan.
Prakash Jha Productions had taken the land on lease from the Minal Residency Group, not realising that it was a disputed property.
An enraged Jha said, “We had no idea that the land where we had constructed our set was disputed. But, I do feel that even though the demolition had to go through, the authorities knew we had constructed only temporary structures for the purpose of shooting.
So why demolish it? It would have been dismantled within a month. Everyone in Bhopal knew it was a set”.
“The demolition has definitely upset our plans. We had left the set standing because there were a couple of scenes with Saif and Deepika, remained to be shot. Now we have to work out alternative arrangements,” he further added.
The demolished set spread over an acre and a half of land, included a bungalow that belongs to the character played by Amitabh Bachchan in the film, as well as parts of a stable where informal schools were set up.
The demolition was ordered by the district magistrate’s office. “It was an illegal structure, so it More >
Imran and Avantika take their pet out for a canine get together
Noyon Jyoti Parasara (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 09, 2011)
In Bollywood, we do not need a reason to party. Not always. Yesterday, comedian Vir Das, who was last seen as Chandu in the 2010 YRF flick Badmaash Company threw a bash.Imran (left), Avantika (right) and Vir Das (below)
Unlike Ranbir Kapoor, who recently had a party at his house emptied by vacationing parents, Vir invited not his friends in the industry, but their dogs instead.
Vir who started his career as a standup comedian on television, invited his costars from forthcoming film Delhi Belly. Since they had bonded on the sets of this Aamir Khan Production’s project, he now wanted their pets to bond too.
This party marked the first birthday of Vir’s dog Dr Watson. And to give the little pet a doggie surprise, his co-stars Imran Khan and Kunaal Roy Kapoor got along their canine housemates to the party. However, this party was not just restricted to the Delhi Belly starcast as many others turned up with their pets as well.
The party had games like musical chairs, pool games and also a grooming table, not for humans but for their canine buddies. “They called it the barky party!” chuckles a source.
Apart from the birthday celebrations, Vir had another reason to host the party. He announced his newly formed creative event management company, which specialises in arranging dog parties along with the co-owners Shivani and More >
Big B sings again for a film and this time goes one up with a medley of his own numbers
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 09, 2011)
Four iconic Amitabh Bachchan numbers will now be a part of his new film Buddah. And since it is his home production, the Big B will up the scales by singing the hit medley all by himself.
Starting his musical career by reciting a poem for Yash Chopra’s Kabhi Kabhie in 1976, Bachchan went on to sing full-fledged songs that became hits in the 1980s. After a few initial hits, in Mr Natwarlal, Lawaaris and Silsila, he was asked to sing almost for every film he did.
He last sung for Paa (2010), which was a hit. And this time, the star has decided to sing for his home production again.
However, the interesting part about this song in Puri Jagannath’s Buddha is that is is a medley of four iconic Big B numbers: Khaike Paan Banaraswala from Don, Rang Barse from Silsila, Saara Zamana Haseeno Ka Deewana from Yaarana and Pag Ghungroo from Namak Halal.
The shooting of the song to be picturised on Bachchan himself was also completed recently. “Puri is very fast. He functions like a rocket,” said a source close to the film.
A source close to the film revealed, “Actually, this same medley was done for The Unforgettables Tour in 2008, wherein Bachchan had lent his voice.”
However, keeping the film modifications in mind, Bachchan re-recorded the medley for Buddha. The recording was done at Vishal-Shekhar Studio in Bandra. Said an More >
This time around, she will not just walk down the red carpet but also announce her next big film Heroine
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 09, 2011)
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been the only constant from India to the Cannes film festival year after year.
Though Bollywood, being the largest film churning industry across the globe has no official entries yet to the prestigious ceremony, we knew all too well that Mrs junior B will however, be a part of the same.
However, it now seems, that the cosmetic brand Ash endorses will not be the only reason for her to walk the red carpet this year.
While a lot of actors, thanks to hyperactive PR mechanisms, will be there to grace the event in designer enhanced regalia, Ash will announce her next big venture, National Award winning director Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine.
Ash who will essay the rise and fall of a superstar in Bhandarkar’s film will fly out to Cannes on May 10. UTV’s head honcho Ronnie Screwvala will join her a day later.
Bhandarkar however is flying out tonight for the prestigious event. Heroine will be announced at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday the thirteenth.
Kareena Kapoor who was the first choice for the role to be now essayed by Ash had some serious reservations about the steamy scenes in the script of this hard hitting film. Later, Bahndarkar reworked the script. “Well yes, the edgy scenes have been modified to suit Aishwarya’s personality. The script has not been changed, though,” More >
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; May 9, 2011) A banner that has bargained with everyone from Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan to Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor, never agreeing to pay the Bollywood superstars their full market price has just had to bow to Salman Khan.
Says a source, “This banner is desperate to work with Salman. For their spy thriller, that will be shot in at least seven foreign locations, they have apparently signed him for 17.5 crore plus a share in the profits.”
Salman has been getting even better remuneration from many of his other producers. However this price is the highest price paid to an actor by this banner.
Our source clarifies, “Aamir who has worked with this banner in the past and who is working with them again in 2012 is also getting a lucrative price and has a profit-sharing arrangement. However it is Salman’s ability to be able to knock out money from these guys which is now the talking point in Naaz Building (Bollywood’s stock exchange).”
Incidentally, Ranbir who has done two movies for this production house in the past has allegedly told the scion of this movie empire that for their next project he wants a full-bound script and his full market price which is around 15 crore.
Looks like after Salman’s case, actors will start renegotiating with this banner.
Hrithik Roshan had promised Gauri Khan a win
Roshni K Olivera (BOMBAY TIMES; May 9, 2011) The Kolkata IPL match on Saturday saw a number of celebs, all of whom had specially been flown down from Mumbai by Shah Rukh Khan in a chartered flight. There was one rare guest — Hrithik Roshan, who’s never been seen at matches before. In fact, this was the first time Duggu was watching a match live and he actually flew down separately to wish SRK and Gauri luck.
Says Hrithik, “It was my first ever experience of watching a live match in India. The excitement was palpable! I was there to cheer Gauri. Actually, I was under tremendous pressure because I promised her we’d win if I came. Izzat bach gayi! But, I’m truly glad that it turned out a happy day.” Now that Hrithik’s become their lucky mascot, we won’t be surprised if the Khans want him to be present at all the remaining matches.