Monthly Archives: April 2009

Karan Signed Kajol and Kareena For His Next Venture

Kajol, Karan Johar and Kareena Kapoor
Kajol, Karan Johar and Kareena Kapoor

After a successful attempt to rope in the talented Kajol for My Name Is Khan, director-producer Karan Johar has one more time made Kajol agree to work for his next venture. Karan also had hired Kareena Kapoor for the film. Kareena and Kajol had previously also appeared together in Karan’s film Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham in 2001. Karan immediately roped in Kajol for his next film as he was happy with her performance working in My Name Is Khan.

The film which is yet to be titled will be directed by debutant director Siddharth Malhotra. Siddharth is a grand son of the late Prem Nath. He also worked as a creative producer for the hit TV serial Sanjivani. There is a buzz that the film in based on Hollywood film Stepmom, which had actors like Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon.

Shooting of the film will go on floors as soon as both the actress completes their on-going projects. Kajol is currently busy doing Karan’s My Name Is Khan, while Kareena is busy with Rensil D’Silva’s film opposite Saif Ali Khan.

Adhyayan and Shekhar To Share Screen Space

Shekhar Suman and Adhyayan Suman
Shekhar Suman and Adhyayan Suman

Another father-son actor duo of Bollywood, Shekhar Suman and Adhyayan Suman are set to appear on silver screen together. The film is titled as Dekh Bhai Dekh, which is the film version of the popular comedy TV serial of 90s ‘Dekh Bhai Dekh‘.

Adhyayan is all excited to work with father Shekhar as he says, “My father is the finest actors the country has today, and I believe what he did in Dekh Bhai Dekh remains an unmatchable performance till date. I am fortunate to perform in front of him. I have learnt a lot from him off-screen, but this would be the first time that I would be performing along with him.”

Adhyayan is excited not only because he is going act with his dad, but because he has grown up visiting the sets of the serial.

“I used to be nine or ten years old when I used to visit the sets of Dekh Bhai Dekh. It was a cult show on television and it amazes me beyond belief that it’s being made into a film,” adds Adhyayan.

The film is based on the story of a young boy from the Diwan family of Dekh Bhai Dekh. Instead of having a rich background the boy wants to join the army and so the story revolves around it. Comedy is the basic element of the film.

It is being directed by Anand Mahendroo, the one who also directed the TV serial. The film has got huge budget of Rs 30 crore, promising great visuals.

Himesh Becomes RJ

Himesh Reshammiya
Himesh Reshammiya

Musician-singer-actor Himesh Reshammiya is looking younger and leaner now a day. He has also cut down his Chinese hairstyle and got a new hairstyle. The new Himesh Reshammiya is all excited as he is coming up with four big releases this year.

His four releases this year includes: Ishaan Trivedi’s Radio, Swapna Joshi’s Ishq Unplugged, Pooja Bedi’s Kajrare and John Mathew Mathan’s A New Love Ishtory.

“Nothing is impossible if you set your heart on it. There may be setbacks, but don’t give up,” says Himesh merrily.

Himesh who refused singing for AR Rahman saying that he only wants to sing in films he’s acting in, is coming up with news singing style in his upcoming movies. He promises that you will see and hear a completely new Himesh.

Talking about cinema, Himesh said, “The days of running around trees are over. After doing all kinds of roles, I discovered that comedy is my forte.”

Himesh plays a RJ in Radio. Through this film he is giving tribute to all RJs of the world. Talking about his role in the film, he adds, “Don’t undermine my capabilities, you’ll be surprised.”

Radio is a cool romantic comedy and I have adapted myself to the character. It’s not one of your over the top ‘Yo’ guys, but someone very identifiable. His lingo is very contemporary and youth centric.”

To promote this film, Himesh went to the Radio Mirchi studio, where the CEO of Mirchi, Prashant Pandey said something good about Himesh. “Himesh has shown himself to be a versatile actor in addition to being a hit singer. It’s good to know that he has as many as four films releasing this year. Mirchi listeners are keenly awaiting his movie and music releases.”

Will SRK Join His IPL Team In SA?

Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan

Might be quite upset with the performance of his IPL team- Kolkata Knight Riders, Shah Rukh is heading back to India with a reason to cast his vote.

Before the IPL matches were started, Shah Rukh was approached by one of the political parties (ANC: African National Congress) of South Africa to join them in their rallies as it’s also an elections time over there. But SRK politely declined it and will approach to India on Wednesday with wife Gauri, son Aryan and daughter Suhana.

But Shah Rukh has given warning to his team that if they did well in his absence, he would return; otherwise, he would be shouting at them from India. Shah Rukh had previously promised his team that he will there for every match, although his shoulder is injured.

Dev Patel and Freida Pinto Dating Each Other

Dev Patel and Freida Pinto
Dev Patel and Freida Pinto

Dev Patel and Freida Pinto who played childhood sweethearts in multiple Oscar winning movie Slumdog Millionaire are actually dating in real life as well. There were always had romours that whether both of them seeing each other, but they always dismissed it.

Although they have denied the fact several times, they have recently spotted cuddling each other in a romantic lunch date in Israel where Freida is shooting for an international film called Miral.

One onlooker at the restaurant revealed, “They looked very happy together and they didn’t seem to care who saw them. Dev couldn’t take his eyes off her and she couldn’t help cuddling up to him.”

However, Dev’s mother Anita also has confirmed that her son is dating Frieda as she quoted, “Life can’t get any better for him. Freida is really beautiful and I am really happy for them. Yes, we knew he was flying to Israel to see her.”

Bollywood Loses Veteran Actor Feroz Khan

Feroz Khan
Feroz Khan

The veteran actor and filmmaker Feroz Khan passes away this morning after a prolonged battle with cancer. Feroz was diagnosed with cancer a year ago. He was 70 when passed away early morning at his Bangalore residence. Feroz was born and brought up in Bangalore. Few days before his death, Feroz wished to go his farmhouse in Banglore and visit his loving pets. Following his wish son Fardeen Khan made all the arrangements for him to fly to Banglore. Feroz was also known in the industry for his unconditional love for animals.

Feroz Khan made his acting debut with film Didi in 1960 as a second lead. But he claim to fame with his wonderful performances in Qurbani and Janbaaz. There after he has done many films, while he last appeared in a comedy flick Welcome (2007) along with actors Akshay Kumar and Anil Kapoor. Feroz Khan was always known for his different persona and his powerful voice.

Many film industry people have expressed grief towards his death as it would be biggest loss to the industry. Feroz is survived by daughter Laila and son Fardeen.

Salman Does A Public Awareness Ad

Salman Khan
Salman Khan

Salman just completed the shooting of public awareness ad saying be responsible and kind towards other fellow human beings. The 90 seconds ad is produced by Boney Kapoor’s production house and directed by Nikhil Saini, who is a long time associate of Boney.

The ad is about a hit and run victim. It tells how people have become ignorant that it doesn’t bother them if someone is hit by vehicle, laying by the roadside and left to die. At the end of the ad Salman comes in and gives a public awareness message to be kind and responsible. It’s strange to know that Salman has been chosen for the ad as he was once involved in such a case.

Confirming the news, Nikhil Saini said, “Yes it is true that Salman has done this ad for us. It is a 90 second ad and after the story unfolds, Salman comes in the end to give a public service message. He is wearing a Being Human T Shirt and says, “Apni zimmedari se mat bhagiye. Responsible aur zimmedar logo ki zarurat hai is desh ko.” The ad also has Vipin Sharma and Shailendra Gaur in it and we are quite hopeful that the message that we intend to give in the ad will work. The message that we want to give people is that don’t shy away from your responsibilities and be human.”

Ballet On Harivanshrai Bachchan’s Poems

Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan

Actor Amitabh Bachchan is all charged up now a day only because one Parisian ballet troupe is interested to adapt some of the poems of his late father, Harivanshrai Bachchan. Harivanshrai Bachchan will be the first Indian poet whose poems will be enchanted at the ballet.

“We need to sift through my father’s voluminous works and choose those poems whose images render them fluently to the ballet,” said Mr. Amitabh Bachchan.

He later added, “The whole process of selecting those poems of my father which have the maximum universal resonance and are suitable to be enacted in the ballet form, is wonderfully exciting.”

Soon the ballet will be performed on Harivanshrai Bachchan’s poems showcasing the India’s literary culture. Amitji feels it like a dream come true and is all excited about it.

Shah Rukh Outburst IPL Emotions On His Blog

Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan

Like many other celebrities, Shah Rukh Khan also becomes one of the celebrity bloggers. Shah Rukh writing on blog to express feelings about his Indian Cricket League (IPL) team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

The current IPL 2009 is taking place in South Africa and after KKR lost third match against Rajsthan Royals, Shah Rukh posted a comment on the blog saying, “…as I write at 5 a.m. in Cape Town, having lost yet another game, which we could have won, the heart is heavy and the mind is numb. Full marks to Rajsthan Royals for proving that a true champion team does not choke at the finish line. Congratulations guys.”

Later he added, “Since the commencement of this season we have a trail of one win out of three, which is not a good position to be in.”

Shah Rukh was criticized for the decisions like ‘multiple captaincy’ and had also received hate mails regarding that. Confessing that Shah Rukh added, “In an attempt to give it (the matches) our best, our team has taken lots of unpopular decisions. Starting with the multiple captains to choices of who we play in which match. A truckload of criticism from all quarters has been dumped at our doorsteps. Every time I go and sit in the stadium, I feel the weight of all the choices made.”

First Film On 26/11 Terrorism About To Release

A still from Total Ten
A still from Total Ten

As many filmmakers are keen to make film on the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, one of the directors Surender Suri is about to complete his film on the subject. Suri’s film is titled as Total Ten. Role of Mohammad Ajmal Qasab is being played by actor Rajan Verma, while the other cast of the film includes Ashish Vidyarthi as Tukaram Ombale, Sudesh Berry as Vijay Salaskar, Homi Wadia as Hemnat Karkare, Aroon Bakshi as Maulana Masood Azhar and Ashok Kulkarni as Ashok Kamate.

The total budget of the film is Rs 3 crore. The film depicts the story of Qasab’s journey and characters around him. It has included all the real-life details in it including their entry in Mumbai by boat, their survival on dry fruits and carrying out their operations etc.

The film has primarily shot in Mumbai, Pune and near Taj Mahal hotel. Total Ten will be the first film to release on this subject.