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Agencies (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 3, 2013)
At the New York premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby-,the noise went up for a moment and the US media was left wondering if Leonardo DiCaprio had come, but it was actually Amitabh Bachchan. The crowd’s cheers at the premiere were overwhelming.
“Back from The Great Gatsby premiere and has to be said… the EF (extended family) was the main attraction. Simply superb! American media, fans, security in shock. Thank you my ED, and thank you to those that cheered their lungs out. US media thought Leonardo had come, when noise went up,“ Big B tweeted.
He added had it not been for his extended family, his fans, crowding the stands, “no one would have even noticed me”. The film, which is an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, marks Amitabh’s Hollywood debut.
The movie, which stars Tobey Maguire and Leonardo Di Caprio, will open the 66th edition of Cannes International Film Festival, starting May 15. Amitabh will join the team on the red carpet there too.
Soumyadipta Banerjee (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 22, 2013)
To be counted as one of the 100 most influential in the world comes with its obligations. And Aamir Khan, who just made it to the coveted list thanks to his various social inititaves, is going all out to meet his share. We hear he is set to travel for close to 40 hours just to attend a celebratory dinner in New York on April 23, which will barely last for two hours. The actor has asked for a three-day break from his Dhoom-3 schedule in Mumbai for this momentous occasion. Organised by the Time magazine, the gala is expected to be toplined by US President Barack Obama, though he may cancel it at the last minute owing to the terror trail in Boston. As for his shoot in Mumbai, Aamir’s spokesperson assures us that his producers have happily agreed to let him go, and the shoot will not come to a halt.
Subhash K Jha (DNA; April 4, 2013)
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is currently facing a problem that successful actors often have to — his old, forgotten unreleased films are being being dug out by producers who are keen to ride on the actor’s new-found success. However, the case of Gangs Of Gardulley, whose makers have accused Nawaz of ignoring them and their plea to complete their film, is a unique one. Nawaz says he had shot for a short-film which without his knowledge or consent has been turned into a full-length feature film, by the makers.
Nawaz, who is currently shooting in Shimutala, Bihar for Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s Hindi film, says, “The short film was done very early in my acting career, when I was hungrily doing anything that was offered to me. It was one of the 70-odd short films that I did even before I did a cameo in Kabir Khan’s New York. It was a short film on drug abuse of 30 minutes’ duration.”
Nawaz is appalled that its makers are now claiming that they have an incomplete feature film that they wanted the actor to complete. An upset Nawaz adds, “I didn’t have any recollection of this short-film because it was called something else when I shot for it. Now they’ve re-titled it Gangs Of Gardulley to cash in on my Gangs Of Wasseypur. What’s more, I had worked with a different director. Now they’ve roped in someone else as director. So they’re talking about a different project, not the one I’ve done.”
Nawaz shares, “I found out that they’ve secretly shot more footage with More >
The entrepreneur has ensured that the ailing actress gets the best of medical treatment while in New York
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 29, 2013)
Any battle with illness is a deeply personal one. But Manisha Koirala has not been fighting a lonely war. Ever since the news of her being detected with cancer broke out, the actress has been under the protective gaze of fans, family and well wishers. But what the world may not be aware of is the contribution of a certain individual in her journey to health and hope.
Mirror has learnt that Subrata Roy Sahara has been a rock in Manisha’s life for all these months, ensuring that she received the best of medical aid and creature comfort while she went through the critical surgery and later chemotherapy.
A common friend of the actress and the entrepreneur revealed to this newspaper: “Manisha’s family and the Roy’s have been friends for more than four decades. And ever since she became an actress, the families have come even closer.”
When word of Manisha’s illness reached the Roys, the family patriarch encouraged her to go for the best of treatment available in New York. “He also assured her that he will make all possible arrangements for her stay and treatment. And he did,” said the friend. Roy not only enlisted the help of the best doctors in the city, he also ensured that her family was taken care of as well.
Revealed the friend, “Manisha and her family were put up in Hotel Plaza on Fifth Avenue, which is owned by the More >
Katrina may want us to believe that she welcomed the New Year in London with her family, but fans spotted her walking the streets of New York’s tony district with Ranbir Kapoor
Prachi Kadam (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 2, 2013)
Much as she would like the whole world to believe that she is with her family in London, ushering in the New Year, Katrina Kaif, as Mirror has learnt, is enjoying the winter chill in New York. And it is not just the layers of designer woollens that is keeping her warm, but the company of a certain Ranbir Kapoor.
The ‘couple’ who have been carefully planning their time out over the months to avoid being spotted with each other, have often failed to evade their fans and the paparazzi. Just before leaving the city, Kat told all her close pals that she will spend Christmas and New Year’s with her family in London. Well, she did spend Christmas with her family, but after a couple of days, flew out to be with Ranbir in New York.
Even though the two tried their best to remain incognito – what with the caps and the coats and the stoles – they could not elude heir keen fans. In fact, one of them told Mirror that on the eve of New Year, the two, “looking every bit in love” were roaming the chic streets of New York’s Manhattan district. They have reportedly checked into a five-star there.
When Mirror called up Katrina’s London number (which reportedly belongs to her grandmother), no one answered the phone. Attempts to reach her elsewhere also were in vain.
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Seema Sinha (BOMBAY TIMES; October 18, 2012)
Indian-American actress Poorna Jagannathan, who was lauded for her performance in Aamir Khan’s Delhi Belly, has landed a plum assignment in the drama series, Criminal Justice. The New York-set crime drama is aired on a popular international television channel. In the series, Jagannathan will play Safar Khan, a Pakistani woman whose son is accused of murder. About her character, Jagannathan, who has acted in many American series in the past, says, “Safar Khan is the polar opposite of my character in Delhi Belly! I’ve never played someone like her, but the writing is so strong that it makes playing her feel like second nature. Her journey is a roller coaster. She goes from believing that her son is innocent, to eventually thinking he might be guilty.”
Jagannathan was born in Tunisia and currently shuttles between New York and Mumbai.
Suneil Anand recalls a memorable trip to father Dev Anand’s favourite American city, New York
As told to Ankit Ajmera (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 14, 2012)
My dad, the legendary Dev Anand and I often travelled together overseas. This picture was clicked in 2007 in New York, dad’s favourite American city. It was taken by Ravi Adhikari, a US-based photojournalist at Times Square. He had taken an appointment with dad to shoot some pictures for his personal collection. What you see here is a candid shot.
We were staying at the Radisson Martinique, near Times Square. Dad liked to get away for short spans on his own. Although he wanted to walk the streets with anonymity, someone would spot him and he’d be back to signing autographs and posing for photographs.
He’d catch up on the latest Broadway plays and he loved to browse through New York’s many stores. Shoes, caps and mufflers were his weakness. He preferred small boutiques to branded stores.
We were walking past the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and he told me about his meeting there with Hollywood producer David O. Selznick, known for Gone With The Wind (1939). Sometime during the end of 1964, Selznick had planned to cast dad opposite Oscar-winning actor Jennifer Jones, in his next venture. Unfortunately, the project never happened, as Selznick passed away the very next year.
Dad was fond of music. He was a huge fan of Kishore Kumar, who first sang for dad in Ziddi (1948). Frank Sinatra was also a favourite.
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Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; October 7, 2012)
Gauri Shinde, 38, may be better known as R Balki’s wife, but she has been a director for far longer than he has. Following the release of her debut feature film English Vinglish, she talks to Bombay Times about her need to say sorry to her mother, why she prefers pets to children and why Boney Kapoor cried after seeing the film.
How did you get to directing films? I was born and brought up in Pune and came to Mumbai to intern with Sidharth Kak and then joined advertising and worked with IBW and Bates Clarion before joining Lowe Lintas, where I worked for a couple of years before I took a sabbatical to study in New York because I did not have the confidence to direct an ad film. After coming back, I directed over 100 ad films before I made my first feature film English Vinglish.
How did Balki and you fall in love? Balki was the National Creative Director at Lowe, where I also worked in the films department. He liked me from the very first time he saw me in the lift. I ignored him for a long while, but then we became friends and started dating a few months later. Of course, predictably on our first date we saw two back-to-back films — one was a Kajol film as we were both her fans, followed by Zubeidaa. I guess Balki knew that taking me out for a film was the best way to woo me. Several years later, just before the release of Cheeni Kum in 2007, we got married.
Do you plan to have kids? That’s for another life. This lifetime More >
Sayantan Dalal (DNA; October 4, 2012)Nargis Fakhri
Actress Nargis Fakhri is back from a family holiday in New York, and she has already gotten herself busy with walking the ramp, supporting environmental initiatives and more. The Rockstar actor confesses, “My life is different now. It feels much bigger. I was a model before, but now I get to choose the designer that I want to walk the ramp for.”
Hailing DNA’s initiatives – Eco Ganesha and Juhu Beach Clean Up —to protect the environment, the actor says, “I totally support DNA’s awareness programme. On Sunday, as soon as I stepped onto Juhu beach, it was so exciting to see so many volunteers, most of them kids, getting their hands dirty and cleaning up the coast after visarjan. We need to keep the environment that we live in clean. I learnt that from my mom who never let me spit chewing gum or throw wrappers on the street; she used to get us to store them in our pocket until we could find a trash can. These little things we learn, define ourattitude towards our environment.”
Ask her about her next film after Rockstar, and the actor gets tight-lipped, “I have a couple of projects in the pipeline, but I can’t talk about them yet.”
After a debut opposite Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor, what’s next on her wish list? “I would love to work with both Salman and Shah Rukh Khan. But at the end of the day, it has to be a good script and a good person, that’s what’s more important to me.”The actor isn’t limiting herself More >
BOMBAY TIMES (September 24, 2012)
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan attended the symbolic Peace Bell event of the United Nations in New York this weekend, which also saw Hollywood stars Forest Whitaker and Michael Douglas in attendance. After the Peace Bell ringing ceremony, she addressed over 500 students from across the world live, and some connected via the web, on the topic of peace.
In her speech, Ash said, “It is a great honour to be here today at such a symbolic event. I am a great believer in the United Nations — uniting for a better world. A lot has already been said today… eloquently… and effectively, resonating… all that each of us believe in, to bring and keep our world together. Peace, however, is a divine manifestation and we have to find and achieve peace within each of us and spread that around. My father put it very simply… man says I want peace… well, cut your I — ego-sense of being singular and become a we and us — get rid of your wants and desires and you’ll find your peace.”
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, say reports, ended her speech with a Sanskrit mantra.