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His collaboration with Ashutosh Gowariker had allegedy gone sour. But BK Modi insists that all is well with Buddha
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 27, 2010)
Industrialist BK Modi almost gave up on Bollywood but is back in the saddle with Ashutosh Gowariker’s Buddha (which will focus on the life of Prince Siddhartha and his journey to enlightenment), which was put on hold in July 2010.
Despite alleged reports of him having had a fallout with Gowariker, including the industrialist supposedly demanding the signing amount back from the director, Modi, in an exclusive interview with Mumbai Mirror, insisted that everything is fine between the two and Buddha is back on track.
Modi further clarified, “I am not asking any money back from Ashutosh. There is no fallout between him and us. Ashutosh has told me that after he completes his current film Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (for PVR), he will devote time to my film.”
Modi however did not deny that he had a few problems in putting the project together. One of the problems that Modi and Ashutosh apparently had was that they couldn’t find someone to play Buddha.
Soon after the duo announced their plans of making the biopic, they launched a website, Buddha-movie.com, inviting applications from actors aspiring to play the divine protagonist. But despite going through over 6,000 photographs and videos, they failed to get the right candidate.
“We are trying to find the actor who will fit into that More >
…says Sanjay Dutt, who is in SA without Maanyata and may not return for his b’day
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; June 29, 2010)
Don’t go making any plans to celebrate Sanjay Dutt’s birthday on July 29. The actor, who turns 52, will be in South Africa on the day. He’s already there on a 45-day break, despite three back-to-back releases including Bunty Walia’s Lamhaa, Sohail Maklai’s Knockout and Anil Kapoor’s No Problem. And despite the fact that wife Maanyata, who is due to deliver their first child in December, has been advised not to travel and will be alone in Mumbai. “But what to do, sometimes a man must have some time out with the boys,’’ grinned Dutt. He has gone to South Africa to attend all the important FIFA matches with three of his close male friends. The World Cup gets into the quarter-final stage this week and Dutt intends to shoot some football action for his next coffee-table of photographs over there. The actor said, “Work is worship. However, I have always believed in living life king-size. If I have the money, then I must enjoy it. Football is a childhood passion. Earlier, I didn’t have the inclination to go sit and watch the World Cup live. Now I can afford it… and I have taken ‘time out’ to follow my heart. I got tickets months in advance. I always knew that this is where I would be in July.’’ And that’s where he will be on his birthday, too, unless Maanyata throws a tantrum and summons him back.
In one of her most candid interviews to date, Vidya Balan tells Vickey Lalwani what she’s looking for in her man, her take on live-in relationships and why she’d rather marry a rich man though the money doesn’t really matterVickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 21, 2010)
It’s a humid afternoon when we enter Vidya Balan’s new home in Khar at the appointed hour. She isn’t there. A little later, she breezes in, looking like a million bucks. She catches her breath, settles into a sofa, and profuse apologies give way to small talk about the unbearable heat. “Now shoot,” she says finally. So be it.
• You are 30 now – is marriage finally on the horizon?
I haven’t come across someone I want to spend the rest of my life with. My parents want me to get married, but it’s not like they think it will happen tomorrow. Even they want me to marry someone I’m sure about.
• So do they show you photographs of eligible grooms and ask you to meet them?
It hasn’t come to that stage. They are not setting it up themselves, but they do encourage me to meet people and keep saying that I should find the right person. They want me to keep my eyes open, rather open my eyes wider (laughs). Let’s just say that they want me to socialise more often. I think they realise that I don’t see myself getting into an arranged marriage.
• But you have fallen in love…
Yes. I have fallen in love. It has happened a couple of times.
It didn’t work out…
• Did that slow you More >
He may be a big Bollywood star, but Akshay Kumar is an equally big fan of the Indian film industry. Right from the time he was working as a cook in Bangkok, Akshay has been collecting classic Bollywood posters and photographs of yesteryear stars. It’s something even his closest friends didn’t know.
“Akshay has been collecting these posters for years and has built himself a sizeable collection. In Action Replayy, Akshay plays the owner of a coffee house and when the set was being planned, director Vipul Shah mentioned that he wanted it to be a Bollywood themed café. They were searching for suitable posters but were getting only cheesy ones from the market.Akshay Kumar’s Bollywood posters adorn the sets of Action Replayy
That’s when Akshay Kumar revealed that he had many good posters in his personal collection but was in two minds about bringing them out of his house because he was afraid they would get damaged or lost. When Vipul took personal responsibility for them and assured Akshay that he would make sure each and every one of them was handed back after the shoot, Akshay took him home and let him choose from his collection. Vipul then handpicked some posters,” said our source.
When contacted Vipul recounted, “We were not getting good posters and the problem kept cropping up in production meetings. We had absolutely no clue that Akshay had such a collection — More >
By Anil Raina (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 29, 2010)
The cast and crew of Vishal Bhardwaj’s film Saat Khoon Maaf, currently shooting in Srinagar, has been provided with a two-tier security cover by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Jammu & Kashmir Police.
Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan Khan, who are the main stars present in the Valley for this portion of the film, were cordoned off from fans and tourists when they arrived at Nehru Park in Srinagar for the shoot.Pic:Anil Raina
Onlookers were warned not to click photographs, leaving them disappointed. “Priyanka has been provided four jawans around-the-clock for her personal security,” said DIG Hemant Lohia.
The local administration and J&K Tourism are going the extra mile to accommodate the film crew because they are keen to see more Bollywood filmmakers returning to the Valley.
Meena Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 20, 2010)
“I’m not afraid of death. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.’’ —Woody Allen. B-4, Flat 48, Greenfields, Andheri East, a pokey little flat in a nondescript society was the address of international award winning actor Nirmal Pandey (Bandit Queen, Daayraa, Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin, Train to Pakistan) until his untimely demise on February 18, 2010. Like his address, his fate under the arc lights too didn’t change in the last 15 years.
The National School of Drama alumni, who was born in Nainital in 1962, is one of those countless actors who came to Mumbai in the early ‘90s to find his place in the sun. And though he got his 15 minutes of fame, he never could quite crack the Bollywood code – a fact that left him disillusioned till the end.
On February 19, an ambulance (bedecked with red roses) bearing the registration MH-10 2530 carried the dead actor to the crematorium in Oshiwara. A cloth banner that said ‘Nirmal Pandey Amar Rahe’ attempted to show reverence to his fame. With the exception of his immediate family; and two lesser-known actors Girija Prasad and Ramesh Goyal, a handful of anonymous B-town types followed the body on bikes.
A lone cameraman captured the actor’s last journey; and even the two policemen on duty at Cooper Hospital, seemed indifferent. They had no crowds to man, no road to cordon off. No paparazzi turned up to capture this funeral; nor were there any grieving crowds to suggest that a famous More >
BOLLYWOOD CALLING: Omi Vaidya
Omi Vaidya aka Chatur Ramalingam has kickstarted his Bollywood innings on a successful note
HARSHADA REGE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 11, 2010)
Making it big in Bollywood has been nothing short of a… ahem ‘chamatkaar’ for Omi Vaidya, better known as Chatur Ramalingam who did his best to get Rajkumar Hirnani’s 3 Idiots into trouble. And his effort has paid off big time! On the big premiere night he says, in his heavily-accented Hindi, “I learnt a few lines like ‘Aamir Khanji ke saath kaam kar ke mazaa aaya’ and stuff like that. But to my utter dismay, no one bothered to take any photographs or seemed interested in doing any interviews!” But three hours later, it was a different scene altogether. “It was hard for me to leave the theatre. The best compliment came from Shabana Azmi, who told my mom that ‘He’s the best in the movie’,” he smiles. Now, his ‘chamatkaarchanged-to-balatkaar’ speech has become a big hit, online and over cell phones. Omi, an actor from Los Angeles has been part of shows like The Office, Arrested Development, CSI Las Vegas and Kath and Kim. “Raju offered me the role of an NRI, which was Chatur. And I got it only because of my bad Hindi. His only condition was that I should stop watching Hindi movies and learning the language. And most importantly he asked me to stop exercising because in the first bit that we were going to shoot for the part where I am supposed to be fat, bald and older. I had to pile More >
Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra got engaged on Saturday evening at the latter’s Juhu residence.
When Shilpa arrived at 8.15pm looking resplendent in a Manish Malhotra sari, several media people were waiting to catch a glimpse of the actress.
She was seen requesting photographers to make way for her to enter Raj’s house. At midnight, after the engagement ceremony, the couple happily posed for photographs