Monthly Archives: March 2009

Adnan Sami Gets Some Relief From Family Drama

Adnan Sami with wife Sabah
Adnan Sami with wife Sabah

Few days before Adnan Sami’s wife Sabah have filed a complaint against him in the Andheri Magistrate Court under the Domestic Violence Act. But at the end she has withdrew the case as a result of insufficient proofs.

When asked to Adnan’s lawyer, Vibhav Krishna (who is fighting the case along with Mrudula Kadam) that why Sabah has withdrew the case? Then he replied, “Sabah had to withdraw her case since she had no particulars to support her claims of domestic violence (supposedly) inflicted on her. That’s why the intensity of her case has weakened. Sabah has moved the divorce application to the Family Court for which the hearing date is yet to be decided, but we have not yet been served a copy of it.”

On the other hand, Sabah’s lawyer, Mrunalini Deshmukh has something else to say. She said, “It’s a complete lie that we withdrew the case from Andheri Magistrate Court because Sabah could not validate her charges of domestic violence. She simply didn’t want to go through the trouble of going to different courts for all the cases that she has filed against Adnan. She is still seeking divorce in the Family Court which also has a provision of relief from domestic violence.”

Preity Zinta’s Videsh Is In Trouble With Censor Board

Videsh movie poster and Deepa Mehta (inset)
Videsh movie poster and Deepa Mehta (inset)

Preity Zinta’s next film Videsh, which is directed by Deepa Mehta is in trouble with Censor Board to get a U/A certificate. The Board thinks that the film is too violent and asked the director to cut down its violent scenes by 50 per cent.

The film which is based on domestic violence shows too much violence towards Preity’s character. So the Censor Board has insisted to cut down some scenes and they will give green signal to the film only after seeing the edited part.

The regional Officer of Censor Board, Vinayak Azad said, “We have asked them to tone down the domestic violence scenes by 50 per cent. And we had one more objection. The film has used expletives too, which will have to be either beeped or deleted.”

He later added, “We will review the film once again after they make the cuts which we have asked for.”

The film shows Preity as being beaten up by husband (played by Vansh Bhardwaj) at several scenes. There was also news in the last few days that actress Preity Zinta felt disturbed after doing the scene where she was beaten by and humiliated by Vansh.

Lately, when Preity was asked about her experience working in Videsh, she had replied, “I remember asking a woman, who was a victim of domestic violence and had left her husband, what the turning point in her relationship was and she said, ‘I told my husband if you want to beat me, beat me in the bedroom, don’t beat me in front of the family.’ I could never understand that. It’s terrible. I really didn’t know what it was to be in a situation like this till I actually did the film.”

Eventually Preity Zinta has won the best actress Silver Hugo Award in Feature Film Competition at 44th Chicago International Film Festival for the same film.

Ameesha Patel Denies The News Of Contesting Elections

Ameesha Patel
Ameesha Patel

For some days before there were news in every news paper that like Sanjay Dutt, another Bollywood actor Ameesha Patel is also set to contest Lok Sabha elections. It was said that she will contest the Lok Sabha elections for National Congress Party from Rajkot seat in Gujarat.

It was stated in the news paper that the NCP chief for Gujarat, Jayant Patel quoting, “I called up Ameeshaji… and sought her contest (to fight elections). She agreed immediately.”

However the actress denies the news and said, “No no no! I am not… I repeat I am not contesting elections.”

Denying the news Ameesha said, “Numerous parties have approached me to contest the elections. And, this is not the first time that such a thing has happened. But, once and for all, I want to clarify that I’m not getting into politics right now. I don’t know who has been giving such confirmations, but the news is anything but true. I need to make my stand clear officially.”

But there is no smoke without fire because her grandfather Barrister Rajni Patel was the eminent lawyer and was right hand man to the late PM Mrs. Indira Gandhi. He was the Congress Committee President of Mumbai.

She said, “Maybe, it’s my family’s association with politics that gets the rumours mills working overtime.”

Ameesha says that she was the favourite grandchild and has fond memories of her grandfather.

“He wasn’t around when the other grand children were growing up. Maybe, it’s my association with him that fuels such rumours,” adds Ameesha.

Ameesha cleared that she is not doing it right now but will definitely on the cards for the future as right now she is busy with her film schedules.

Ram Gopal Varma Blames K Sera Sera For Stealing His Title

Ek - The Power Of One movie poster and Ram Gopal Varma (inset)
Ek - The Power Of One movie poster and Ram Gopal Varma (inset)

The renowned film director Ram Gopal Varma claims that the title of film starring Nana Patekar and Bobby Deol, Ek – The power of one is his title. As a result Ramu has dragged the production house of film K. Sera Sera to the Association of Motion Pictures and Television Programme Producers.

Ramu clarifies that he has registered the title Ek, six years ago and he has the rights with him. Ramu was planning to do the film with actors Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgan, but the film get delayed and never took off as he got busy with other films. Now all he wanted today is either the producers should change the title or should make the entire title bold.

One source said, “Ramu does not want any monetary settlement for the title but just wants K. Sera Sera to leave the title. Ramu and K. Sera Sera had many differences earlier and the latter had also taken Ramu to court during the release of Sarkar Raj over the rights issue.”

Now the decision is up to the association. However the film is set to release on Friday, March 27.

Arjun Rampal To Do An Ad Film With Nicole Kidman

Arjun Rampal and Nicole Kidman
Arjun Rampal and Nicole Kidman

Yes, you are right, the one and only gorgeous, Oscar winning Australian actress Nicole Kidman will be in India for an ad shoot along with Bollywood guy Arjun Rampal. Guess what? all the other Bollywood biggies must be feeling jealous about Rampal

The ad film is for a carbonated water and ginger ale beverage company and Arjun will feature in the ad along with Nicole Kidman. The ad is being produced by director-producer Sir Ridley Scott of American Gangster and Body of Lies fame, while being directed by Shekhar Kapur.

The shot is of five days, which will start from today in Udaipur. It was Shekhar Kapur who recommended Rampal’s name to Ridley Scott’s production house. Rampal was once in demand supermodel of Mumbai, who used to do ramp walking, commercials and brand endorsements. But he gave up modeling nine years ago for his Bollywood career. Now the actor is happy with this assignment in between his Bollywood career.

While leaving to Udaipur, Rampal said, “Working with Nicole Kidman is going to be fun.”

He later added, “This is a dream team to work with. I really appreciate Nicole Kidman as an actor, she’s very very good and I’m excited to be working with her.”

But, there is doubt that whether Kidman knew that Rampal too is an actor. On that note Rampal said, “But she will once she is here.”

Kambakkht Ishq Promo Cannot Be Shown On Television

Kareena Kapoor in Kambakht Ishq
Kareena Kapoor in Kambakht Ishq

Even before its release, Sajid Nadiadwala’s Kambakkht Ishq starring Kareena Kapoor and Akshay Kumar is in trouble. It’s in trouble because Censor board has given it A Certificate, so that it can not be shown on television. The promo was supposed to air on TV on last weekend. However, it will only be shown in theaters and only with films which have A Certificate.

Regional Officer of Censor Board, Vinayak Azad confirmed it and said, “Yes, we have given the promos as A Certificate because of which it can’t be shown on television.”

Meanwhile when asked to him why the promo has given the A Certificate, he revealed, “Kareena calls Akshay a dog and in turn he calls her a bitch. Apart from this scene, there is also a line indicating that women are only meant for making love. I found that very inappropriate, because in a promo, you can’t understand the context of the scene as we have not yet seen the film.”

Sonam Kapoor – A Wrong Matchmaker

Sonam Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor

The bubbly and ever smiling actress is still single, but she loves to play matchmaker.

“I am happily single, buy I do play a matchmaker at times for my friends. However, I often end up fixing the wrong guys with the wrong girls!” tells Sonam.

Guess what if the actress will play the role of match-making Emma from Jane Austen’s classic. Well jokes a part, but if the girl does some fixing for herself, she should not go wrong this time.

Preity Don’t Mind To Speak Her Mind

Preity Zinta
Preity Zinta

Actress Preity Zinta is well known for her style of speaking her mind. Recently she displayed the same style when she was addressing press for promotion of her upcoming film.

It was a question asked to Ravi Chopra that what made him invest in Deepa Mehta’s film when her last film Water didn’t do well at the box office. On that question Preity quickly took the mike and said that the question was an “extreme rude” one. She later questioned back at the press that “Are you presuming that the upcoming movie will not do well in

There are rumours that director Deepa Mehta is also not happy with Preity’s talks. Well don’t know whether the film will do like Water or not, but it must have same topic of difference in sensibilities between Indians and the vedeshis.

Abhishek To Address Bollywood At Wharton School

Abhishek Bachchan
Abhishek Bachchan

Well, you are reading correctly, it’s not Big B, Amitabh Bachchan but Abhishek Bachchan to give a speech on Bollywood at the reputed Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the first Bollywood actor to give such a speech there on Bollywood. Abhishek will tell the particulars and working facts of Bollywood.

The event is a part of Wharton India Economic Forum, which is planned to happen on March 21 in Philadelphia. Experts, business personals and politicians from every corner of the world will participate in the event to share their views on ‘Road Ahead for India’ which is the title of this year.

There will be some more other Indians who will join Abhishek like film maker Rohan Sippy, politician Rahul Gandhi and sportsmen Vijay Amritraj, Sunil Gavaskar and Geet Sethi. All of them will share their views on new India.

Abhishek is preparing the speech on his own as he has to address students and staff of the posh business school.

One friend of Abhishek revealed, “It’s a big honor, considering Bollywood is still in its infancy and considering actors all over the world have been labeled intellectually challenged from the 19th century onwards.”

The friend later added, “He’s taking his role as a spokesperson at the international forum very seriously.”

However the young actor busy polishing his speech said, “It’s a big honor to represent our film industry.”

Industry Loses Noted Lyricist Verma Malik

Verma Malik
Verma Malik

The man who penned lyrics for popular songs of 1970s and 1980s has passed away. He was 84 years old when he passed away peacefully at his residence in Juhu, Mumbai.

He was born in Ferozepur, Pakistan on 13th April, 1925. Before penning lyrics for films, he was used to write bhajans and often recites them. He was also the active freedom fighter when India was in reign of British. He also wrote many patriotic songs. After the partition he chose to stay in India.

In the beginning of his career, Malik get help from music director friend Hansraj Behl and wrote songs for Punjabi films. He got his first big break with Manoj Kumar’s film Yaadgar (1970). The song- Ek tara bole from the film was a big hit and with which he came to notice by the industry.

Later on he gave many hits like- Kaan me jhumaka chaal me thumaka from Saawan Bhadon (1970), Do bechaare from Victoria No. 203 (1972), Hay hay yeh majburi from Roti Kapada aur Makaan (1974), Tere sang pyaar me from Nagin (1976) and so on.

Sad after hearing the loss of industry, friend and Pyarelal of Laxmikant-Pyarelal musician duo said, “I’m sorry to hear about this. He was a very simple man. Vermaji ki khasiyat yeh thi ki, he could blend shayari and folk songs very well. We have worked together in a few films and he came across as a calm person, happy and proud of the work he was doing.”