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Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; April 24, 2013)
Actor Aditya Roy Kapoor recently played hero — in real life — to his on-screen heroine Shraddha Kapoor. During the shoot of Aashiqui 2 in Cape Town (South Africa),the cast and crew of the film decided to explore the city one night after pack-up.
As they strolled down the local streets, a thief snatched Shraddha’s handbag. It happened so suddenly that she was too stunned to react. But an alert Aditya chased the thief, pinned him down retrieved the bag. A unit source says, “We panicked, more so because Shraddha’s handbag contained her passport and other important documents. The thief just grabbed her bag and melted into the crowd. Aditya was sharp enough to not lose sight of him.”
Aashiqui 2, produced by T-Series and Vishesh Films, releases April 26.
BOMBAY TIMES (March 31, 2013)
Shahid Kapoor, who was in South Africa shooting the songs for Phata Poster Nikla Hero, recently got back to Mumbai. And on his return, he was devastated to learn that his pet dog has been keeping very poor health. The distraught actor was spotted at a suburban veterinary clinic and sources said that his pet was suffering from low blood count and has been put on medication. Shahid has put aside everything for a day or so and is monitoring his pet’s health very closely.
Sayantan Dalal (DNA; November 5, 2012)DNA
Actor Shraddha Kapoor was recently injured on the sets of her upcoming film. While shooting in South Africa for director Mohit Suri’s Aashiqui 2, she ended up hurting herself and needed medical attention.
A source from the sets tells us, “There is a scene in the movie where Shraddha had to kneel and talk to her co-star Aditya Roy Kapoor. But, unfortunately there were a few broken pieces of glass on the floor and Shraddha cut her knees badly. She started bleeding as the cuts were deep.”
But Shraddha insisted on finishing the shot first before getting any medical help. Post the shoot, the doctor attended to her and it was found that her wounds were deep.
Producer Bhushan Kumar confirms, “Shraddha is a very hardworking actor. She ended up hurting her knees, but continued shooting despite the injury and didn’t complain even once. In fact, we didn’t realise she had hurt herself until the shoot was over and she told us about it.”
Sources insist that Shraddha is leaving no stone unturned for this role, which is probably her biggest so far. The film will have similar elements as in the 1990 film Aashiqui. The original film had launched actors Rahul Roy and Anu Agarwal. And now the makers are hoping that the new movie will do wonders for the careers of its lead pair.
Aditya Roy Kapoor recently broke a camera while going overboard while shooting for a film scene
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; October 19, 2012)
Sometimes actors do get carried away by the characters they are portraying in front of the camera. Something similar happened to Aditya Roy Kapoor while shooting in South Africa for Aashiqui 2, produced by Bhushan Kumar.
Apparently, Aditya had a scene in which he is shown to be drunk and is supposed to crash the bar with closely placed furniture. To get the desired effect for the scene, he had a few drinks to actually look sozzled. And as he got up to throw the stool at the bar, the Bollywood newbie ended up flinging it towards the three-camera set up.
According to a well-placed source, “He got so much into the character of this drunk guy that it was difficult to differentiate whether it was the alcohol in him doing the act or the actor in him! He threw the chair with so much intensity that he actually broke the camera on the side of bar.”
Co-producer Mahesh Bhatt maintains a cautious as well as a humourous tone while commenting on the incident, “An overenthusiastic reaction needs to be understood. However, the scene demanded a passionate outburst which he accomplished with great ease but he should be more careful in the future so that he doesn’t injure anyone.”
Pakistani actress Mona Lizza, rechristened Sara Loren, will star opposite Randeep Hooda in Murder 3, the directorial debut of Mukesh’s son Vishesh
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 25, 2012)
After Mallika Sherawat in Murder and Jacqueline Fernandez in Murder 2, the Bhatts are all set to introduce a brand new face (read: body) as the heroine in the third installment of the franchise. And while they tried to keep her identity strictly under wraps, we’ve found out the newest Murder girl is called Sara Loren or at least that’s the name she’s adopted, inspired by Hollywood actress Sophia Loren. Turns out she is popular Pakistani actress Mona Lizza, who made her Indian debut two years ago in Pooja Bhatt’s Kajraare only to unceremoniously vanish thereafter. Sara, nee Mona, is now a resident of Mumbai.
Interestingly, she’s been resurrected by Vishesh Films at the expense of another actress: Aditi Rao Hydari of London Paris New York fame. Apparently, the change-over happened within a month before shooting, leaving Aditi baffled and embarrassed.
Explaining why Sara replaced Aditi, a source close to the project said, “It’s because the Bhatts see Sara’s potential to sizzle up the screen with her sex appeal. Even Mallika and Jacqueline had a couple of duds to their discredit before they were relaunched in the Murder series. The Bhatts are confident Mona, now named Sara Loren, would make the same impact as Mallika and Jacqueline.”
Apart from Sara, Murder 3 has one more surprise in More >
Garima Sharma (BOMBAY TIMES; June 21, 2012)
It’s been seven years since he first spoke about making a film on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, but it’s only now that National Award-winning director Onir is going to start work on it. Last year, he had confirmed that he’d be making a movie called Shab, based on the life of a gigolo in Delhi, but it’s his Hamlet adaptation, which is going on floors first this December.
Originally set in South Africa, the movie will now be shot in Lucknow and the UK. Onir and the movie’s writer Bhavani Iyer are already working on the script, and the casting is taking place simultaneously. Apparently, Onir is ready to break the mould of movies he’s getting tagged with, and he’s ready to work on a more commercial project. A studio is already backing the film.
Confirming the news, Onir said he’s quite keen to shoot the movie. He added, “Ever since I screened I Am at IIM Lucknow, I’ve been in love with the city; it’s architecture, food and music are overwhelming, and I want that to be part of this film. There are, of course, people from two very different communities in the film — a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy — but every other factor is played upon in the narrative except religion, which never becomes an issue.”
Onir also added that he’s planning to rope in a Pakistani actor for the film, and he is going to Karachi next week to finalise that.
Nikhil Dwivedi will apparently play the dreaded gangster Abu Salem in his forthcoming film
By Hiren Kotwani (MID-DAY; May 10, 2012)
Bollywood recently has seen an upswing in the number of gangster films being churned out. Now we hear that actor Nikhil Dwivedi is gearing up to play dreaded gangster Abu Salem in his next. His character and the film will be called Captain, an alias for Salem in the underworld.
A reliable source associated with the project, to be produced by Suryaveer Singh, and scheduled to start later this year, says, “Currently, Surya and Nikhil are tied up with their upcoming film, a hard-hitting love story. After its release in about three months they will start the preparations for the film on Salem,” we are told.
Earlier, it was speculated that the producer’s current film Tamanchey which is helmed Navneet Bahl-Bharat Arora, was actually based on the Abu Salem-Monica Bedi love story with Richa Chadda playing the gangster’s sweetheart. However, our source maintains that the film has nothing to do with the gangster. The new project, tentatively titled Captain, is scheduled to start later this year.
The film will be shot in Mumbai, Dubai, South Africa and United States. Asked about skipping Portugal, where the don was nabbed with his girlfriend, our source replies, “Some parts of South Africa will be used for the scenes set in Portugal.”
Tarina Patel, wife of Iqbal Sharma reacts to Kareena’s ‘publicity hungry’ jibe
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 28, 2012)
The men have had their punch-up; now, the ladies are ‘hitting back’. Post the midnight brawl involving Saif Ali Khan and NRI Iqbal Sharma at the Taj last Tuesday; the cudgels have been taken up by Kareena Kapoor and Tarina Patel – Saif’s girlfriend and Sharma’s wife respectively.
Kareena fired the first salvo on Saturday, when she ‘broke’ her silence. “This man (Sharma) is publicity-hungry. How can a man with a broken nose and jaw speak continuously on TV for more than 10 hours? The funny thing is when Tarina saw her husband making a scene, instead of stopping him she got into the lift and ran away,” Kareena was quoted as saying. “Saif was provoked. He`s a thorough gentleman and would never get into a brawl, especially with women around,” she further said.
NOT STAR-STRUCK Tarina, a starlet who was last seen in 2010 Bollywood movie titled Chase, said her husband, who has “Gandhian connections”, didn’t even know Saif and Kareena were celebrities. “My husband is not some star-struck foreigner in India. He comes from the biggest political family in South Africa; he is (the late anti-apartheid activist) Fatima Meer’s nephew. His family was instrumental in getting Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa,” Tarina told Mumbai Mirror, “Why should he know Saif or Kareena? He knows who Amitabh Bachchan is, or maybe Shah Rukh Khan. Beyond that my husband or the More >
The actor and the former cricketer will partner in a company that manufactures nutritional supplements
Upala KBR (BOMBAY TIMES; November 18, 2011)
Retired South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes wants John Abraham to be his business partner in a company that manufactures nutritional supplements. The former cricketer flew down to Mumbai to meet the actor last week, and John readily agreed to the business proposal.
Says a source, “Jonty has heard about John’s love for fitness. The actor symbolises fitness in India, and Jonty felt he could be the face and partner of his nutrition company. He told John he was really keen to partner with him and John agreed. They are looking at starting the venture next year. Right now, John is busy with his movies and endorsements, so he will fly down to South Africa next year and plan out a strategy for partnering with Jonty. While John already owns an apparel company, this will be the first time he will be venturing into nutrition in the international market. He is very excited. It’s a big thing for him.”
John confirms his meeting with Jonty, saying, “Jonty is a legend. He knows India has a future market in nutritional supplements. He has seen my films and sporty image and loves it. He had really done his research, so when he asked me if I would like to be his partner I said yes. It’s an honour to be associated with Jonty. It is an achievement for me.”
By Taran Adarsh, May 3, 2011 – 08:37 IST
Given the brand new star cast of Y-Films’ LUV KA THE END, one assumed that the youth wing of Yash Raj would not release the film internationally, but the company, headed by the enterprising Ashish Patil, is gung ho about the product and has taken the decision to release the film in theatres internationally.
While the film will have a fairly extensive release in U.A.E., Yash Raj will release the film [limited screens] in U.S.A., South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Fiji, Mauritius and Indonesia. Generally, non-star cast films or those starring new names are released directly on DVD, but this move should encourage film-makers making films with new faces to explore international avenues as well [theatrically].