Posts tagged USA
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; April 29, 2013)
Ileana D’cruz will romance Saif Ali Khan in his next home production to be directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK. The duo have also wielded the directorial baton for Go Goa Gone which is also Saif’s production.
A source informs, “It was during the making of Go Goa Gone that directors Raj and DK had spoken about their next project. Saif loved the idea of a romantic film. It will be shot in the USA and Saif agreed to produce the film under his banner. However the leading girl was not finalised and everyone at the production house was of the opinion that they needed a fresh pair with Saif after Cocktail. The audience had loved Diana Penty with Saif. One of the crewmembers suggested Ileana’s name.”
Saif confirmed the news but refused to divulge any further details.
Sayantan Dalal (DNA; August 16, 2012)Isha Koppikar
Actress Isha Koppikar is all set to broaden her horizon in terms of her career. After her stint in acting, the actor is now focusing on the business of hospitality. Her ambitious plans include starting her own restaurant.
Many don’t know that the actor is also a closet chef and can cook pretty well. Recently, she even went to the US to hone her skills. A source tells us, “Isha had recently visited USA and taken a prestigious hospitality course there. She wanted to hone her cooking skills. There she learnt the nuances of the hospitality business. Very soon she plans to open a chain of health food restaurants across India.”
Previously, Isha had said, “We all enjoy consuming junk food but don’t realise the health problems that follow. I believe in a healthy lifestyle along with healthy eating. Whenever I am home or on Sunday, I enjoy cooking new healthy recipes both Indian and Western ranging from daal makhani to paneer tikkas, pastas and many other variations.”
BOMBAY TIMES (November 29, 2011)
Sameera Reddy had her credit card hacked last week. She says, “You can imagine my shock when my credit card has been hacked. I got a call from an untraceable internet phone from someone who told me that he is a professional hacker. I thought it was a crank call but when he started giving me personal details of my account, my address, account PIN, birthdate etc, I went into shock. He said every second that I waste, thousands of dollars are being used worldwide as my account details are spreading like wildfire on the hacker network. The man said he was a fan and recognized my name from the movies so his conscience kicked in and he had to warn me. And thank God he did! I called up and immediately cancelled my card but in the space of 25 minutes there were 32 transactions confirmed. Strangely enough the Indian hacker from USA called me yet again giving me advice on how to protect myself online in the future and warning me that any online usage is never safe.”
By Joginder Tuteja, May 4, 2011 – 11:30 IST
Inspired by the super success of My Name Is Khan which has become a global phenomenon and is still playing internationally despite it’s release in India a year ago, even I AM would be expanding it’s horizons. Even as the film has opened to rave reviews and is one of the best critiqued affairs in last so many months, this Onir directed flick is not resting on it’s laurels and would now be marketed for global platforms.
Says a close associate of Sanjay Suri, co-producer of the film, “Team of I AM has been closely followed how My Name Is Khan – a film that made statement on racism – has been doing wonders internationally. Of course that film has names of superpowers like Shahrukh Khan and Karan Johar being attached to it that has allowed it worldwide visibility. In comparison the challenge is immense for Sanjay and Onir to execute similar marketing plans.”
As is a known fact by now, My Name Is Khan, after its February release last year, is still travelling globally and is now a massive success in South Korea as well after making waves in Americas as well as Europe. Prior to that another issue based film Black had done phenomenal business there. Now since I AM too addresses issues like surrogate parenthood, paedophiles, terrorism and homosexuality, the makers believe that it carries great potential to penetrate international markets.
“Our film has a universal language”, says Onir, “Right now we have released the film in More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, April 19, 2011 – 16:40 IST
After an outstanding performance as Chatur ‘Silencer’ Ramalingam in 3 Idiots followed by Dil Toh Bachha Hai Ji, Omi Vaidya will be next seen in action-thriller Players, shot in New Zealand. Despite a busy schedule filled with riveting car chases against Wellington’s hillside terrain, Omi didn’t waste any time in exploring the country’s bounty of attractions along with his co-stars. Talking about his adventure, Omi says, “Filming for Players in New Zealand was a dream come true. Our first location, Wellington, really grew on us as it was big enough to explore, but small enough to not feel lost in. Although it is known as Windy Wellington, I actually enjoyed the weather. The small quaint shops and little streets really promoted us to walk around and explore. And we were lucky enough to celebrate Abhishek Bachchan’s birthday during the Rugby Sevens victory party that happened all night on the streets. That was quite a night! In Auckland, we visited the Casino and got to go to some really nice beaches. New Zealand is such a nice country; it’s hard to keep focused on work.”
Post his Auckland schedule, Omi traveled indulged in white water rafting in New Zealand’s geothermal paradise, Rotorua alongwith his darling wife, Malini, who flew in from USA to join Omi. Omi adds, “The white water experience was amazing. Rafting in Rotorua was a thrill beyond comprehension! Not only did I raft down the highest More >
Madhureeta Mukherjee (BOMBAY TIMES; April 6, 2011) India’s #1 Bollywood channel and Times Now, India’s most watched English News channel, were launched recently in North America, adding many more South Asian fans and viewers to its kitty. With this launch in USA and Canada, the two channels are now available in sixteen countries around the world.
It was amidst great fanfare that Anil Kapoor and Vidya Balan addressed the launch press conference to the world press at the Mariott Marquis, Times Square, New York. With many local celebrities and dignitaries in attendance, the stars were put on the hot seat with a rocking LIVE ‘Encounter’ that entertained and charmed the elite audience. Among the big names in attendance were the Indian Counsel General, the NYC senator, City Comptroller of NYC and the Speaker of NJ assembly, amongst others.
When asked if women in Hollywood are hotter than our B-town beauties, Anil proudly said, “I think the women back home are hotter.” Talking about the paparazzi culture in Hollywood, adding his usual dash of humour, he said, “I can walk on the streets anywhere in the world, nobody recognises me. No paparazzi follows me. Only zoOm follows me around the world.” While AK spoke about the Hollywood-Bollywood wedlock, Vidya was questioned about her recent lip-lock (almost) with Rani Mukherji. Looking resplendent in her trademark Indian avatar, she said, “You know that was a mock kiss. I’m setting the record More >
By Satish Sundaresan, March 11, 2011 – 19:07 IST
We are sure that this year’s World Cup has been far more exciting and enticing than ever before for reasons more than one. Every Indian has been praying for a repeat of the Indian team’s Cup winning performance of the year 1983. Every Indian has been doing their bit, in order to boost the morale and the team spirit of the team.
One such gentleman is Nishanth Kollu, a young IT professional, based across the seven seas of USA. In order to exhibit his love for the game of cricket, he hit upon an inspirational song called ‘Balle Mataram‘, which has been sung by the talented Sukhwinder Singh, while the lyrics have been penned by the ace lyricist Sameer. Speaking exclusively to Bollywood Hungama, Sukhwinder Singh said, “The best part of the album is that the lyrics that have been penned by Sameer as a tribute to the game of not just cricket, but any game for that matter. It has what would one call as the ‘True Sportsmanship’. Luckily, the composition has been so open hearted as it exhibits the true smell of the Indian soil. The engineer of the song was also so very surprised when I sang the song. The USP of this song is that we recorded this song in an open space in Karjat. The organizer of the song (Nishanth) is what one would call as a true fan of the game. And ‘Balle Mataram‘ is something that can be called as an ‘apt tribute’ for the game.”
When we spoke to Nishanth Kollu, he said, “It’s only my love and More >
Her steamy kiss with Gulshan Grover in the DVD of her debut film that was deleted, will now appear in the new one
Prithwish Ganguly (BOMBAY TIMES; March 9, 2011)
Katrina Kaif ’s hot liplock with Gulshan Grover in Boom (2003) is all set to return to haunt her. The actress had managed to get the screen smooch deleted from the first DVD by putting pressure through Salman Khan, who she was dating then. No one says no to Khan. But now that he’s out of her life, the kiss is making a comeback. The question that begs to be asked is why the makers want to release a fresh DVD when it’s not exactly a hot selling item. Says an industry source, ‘It is clear that the makers of Boom want to cash in on Katrina’s success. She is a top actress now and naturally there will be curiosity about a steamy scene she did, when she was a newcomer.” It’s just another way to make a quick buck at her expense.
Gulshan confirms, “It is true. The new lot will have the controversial scene, which was omitted earlier. Many years have passed since we did Boom and even I had forgotten that such a scene existed in it. But we are all set to refresh the past. The scene certainly will have its share of reactions.”
Meanwhile, the actress is clueless about this new development. However, a source from the production says, “They don’t need to inform her or get her permission for the same. She had signed a contract knowing fully well what she was doing and had got paid for it.” More >
Duggu’s body is going to be the subject of a chapter by a professor of film studies at the University of North Carolina
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 07, 2011)
Hrithik Roshan will be the subject of an academic book based on Indian cinema, written by Nandana Bose, assistant professor for the Department of Film Studies, at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington NC, U.S.A. The subject: his body.
Our source tells us, “The writer, Bose, is speaking to various filmmakers who have worked with him and then penning an entire chapter on him.
The chapter focuses on how Hrithik has worked on his body, starting from his debut to now.
The book also chronicles the decisive changes in the way the male body is represented on the Indian screen. The chapter will draw from scenes in Jodhaa Akbar, Krrish, Dhoom 2, etc.”
The source further said that the book “will be made available to all the students to know about Hrithik’s journey and the way he has gone about his character.”
Hrithik made a stab at internationalism with Kites, hoping “to cross the language barrier” as he kept calling it.
When the film bombed, he said Indians like biryani, when he was offering them pasta. You’re crossing over, Duggu!
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, February 4, 2011 – 08:40 IST
As is the ritual each year, this year too, we, at Bollywood Hungama conducted a poll to chart out what are likely to be the biggest blockbusters of 2011. The analysis took the form of an extensive survey (from 12 January to 20 January 2011) conducted online amongst those who really matter – the Consumers. Spanning regions as diverse as India and South-East Asia to the European Union and USA-Canada, the user had to select his/her 5 most anticipated movies. To ensure complete transparency and accuracy, a three level authentication check with email validation, cookie check and IP mapping was put into place.
The hot list of the ‘Most Awaited Movies of 2011′ truly proved to be the voice of the masses, garnering an overwhelming response. The 10 day poll saw lakhs of valid responses. Results were compiled based on votes from 151 countries – countries which constitute about 98% of revenue towards Bollywood releases.
What to watch out for in 2011
- Shah Rukh Khan
- Excel Entertainment
- Kareena Kapoor
- Salman Khan
- Priyanka Chopra
- Don 2
- Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
- Reema Kagti’s next
- Saat Khoon Maaf
- Agent Vinod
- Delhi Belly
- 11. Mausam
13. Double Dhamaal
14. Mere Brother Ki Dulhan
16. Thank You
17. Desi Boyz
18. Patiala House
20. Murder 2
- Don 2
- Zindagi Na Milegi More >