Monthly Archives: August 2009

Hrithik Under Wraps

Hrithik Roshan
Hrithik Roshan

Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has become much secretive about his forthcoming film Guzzarish that he doesn’t even want to disclose Hrithik’s look in the film.

According to sources, Bhansali has covered the entire passage from Hrithik’s makeup room to the sets. Even camera cell phones are not allowed in the area when Hrithik walks out from the makeup van to the film set. He also advised the lead cast, staff members and even their relatives to switch off mobile phones. The headstrong SLB doesn’t like any kind of disturbance on sets, not even a beep.

Earlier also during Saawariya, he gave the same instructions to Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor. So we hope this time it would not be tough for the crew members to follow his instructions.

Rambha Back With Bang


A year back rumors hit that the Tollywood actress Rambha had committed suicide. Fortunately it was rumor. And now she is returning to silver screen with film Quickgun Murugan being produced by well known Hollywood studio.

Rambha had given Bollywood films Judwaa with Salman Khan, Gharwali Baharwali opposite Anil Kapoor and Beti No 1 with Govinda. However, rumors spread because her hospitalization due to over fasting for a religious purpose.

In the film Rambha is playing a role of a nightclub singer Mango Dolly, who is a men’s fancy. She is named after a famous ice cream flavor. A sensuous yet helpful Dolly desires for love in her life.

Desi Harleen from Brazil!

Giselle Monteiro
Giselle Monteiro

Love Aaj Kal has left the viewers in question mark who is ‘Harleen’, as the name has disappeared from the cast. And she is the Brazilian model Giselle Monteiro successfully played the Punjabi girl in the movie. Director was not in favor to reveal that a foreigner playing Punjabi kudi in our desi cinema.

19-year-old model can’t speak Hindi or dance with those desi latkas and jhatkas. However the dance sequence in the film choreographed on her, which drove the entire unit up the wall.

Imtiaz said, “We wanted to put her through the paces with Sarojji (choreographer Saroj Khan). Sarojji didn’t have the time. Getting the Indian adaa right was proved very tough for the ‘gori mem’. We take for granted those nakhra-jhatkamatkas which we’ve seen our sisters performing at weddings. Indian girls have those adaas without being trained. But for a foreigner it is tough. Giselle could’ve done with a bit more training.”

Wonder was why Brazilian as Punjabi girl especially when many such gals in B-Town? Imtiaz said, “Well, during auditions for a Punjabi girl opposite the Sikh Saif, I couldn’t find the right girl to play the 1965 ki gali mein rehne wali ladki, purane zamane ki.”

Actually Giselle came to Imtiaz’s office auditioning for other role. “Giselle was to play Jo, Saif’s Caucasian girlfriend in the second-half. And she was not fitting for the role. But my wife suggested Giselle as Harleen, solving my question. She could not speak the Hindi but it was not an issue as she had two lines to speak, which we dubbed,” added Imtiaz.

Evidently the Brazilian has played the role of small-town girl with such a precision that any urban Indian actress would have done. “The small-town mentality in every part of the world is similar,” adds the director.

Kareena Spent Quality Time With Saif’s Parents

Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor
Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor

For the special screening of Love Aaj Kal in Delhi on Thursday, Saif Ali Khan flew to the city. However, Kareena joined him on the next day. Well apart from the movie promotion they also had a private plan on the day. The couple spent the whole day with Saif’s parents on Friday without the disturbance from anybody.

One source said, “It was just Saif, Kareena and his parents bonding for the whole day, far from any intrusion. They switched off their cell phones to spent quality time only with one another. The joyful family reunion rejuvenated Saifu in the satisfaction that Pataudi family has got Choti Begum.”

Saif was seen happy on Saturday, “I was a little under the weather on Friday, but now I’m fine. Yes, Bebo and I were chilling out with abba and amma all day on Friday,” said Saif.

Saif has been stressful from some time due to his first production venture Love Aaj Kal. It has taken much of his energy and time than ever before. However, Kareena stepped in to help him. Many have speculations that introduction of Saif into production and marketing brought the couple closer to each other than ever.

Akshay Kumar to work with Vishal Bharadwaj

Vishal Bharadwaj (inset), Akshay Kumar
Vishal Bharadwaj (inset), Akshay Kumar

If all goes well, the star of the moment Akshay Kumar will soon work with director of moment Vishal Bharadwaj. The duo recently met to discuss the script just before Akshay fly back to London and the actor liked whatever he heard.

Vishal is a kind of director anybody would like to work with. He is known for his offbeat yet entertaining films Maqbool, Omkara. Incidentally, Vishal was also keen to work with Akshay from quite long time before Maqbool.

Akshay said, “Vishal did come to me and we’ve spoken. Let’s see what happens. I’d love to work with him. His films are so real yet entertaining. Kaminey is looking good.”

After doing number of entertaining films, seems like Akshay is trying his hand with something different to put weight on his profile. “I don’t believe in (differentiating) between commercial and off beat cinema. I also don’t think we can compartmentalize films into good or bad films. What works at the box-office is a good film. What gets rejected is obviously not good enough,” says Akshay.

But what scares the actor is not understanding the commercial things of films. “What scares me more than anything else is to make the wrong choices. And who knows what those wrong choices are? I’d love to work with Vishal Bharadwaj and Imtiaz Ali,” he adds.

Despite Vishal, Akshay is keen to work with Imtiaz Ali. The actor took time off from his shooting schedule to watch the director’s latest venture Love Aaj Kal. He like the film and performances by Saif and Deepika. With his take on Deepika, Akshay says, “I’m working with Deepika right now here in London for Housefull. I’ve done a film with her earlier (Chandni Chowk to China) and I can see the growth in her as an actress. This girl will go very far.”

Wife Twinkle and son Aarav were accompanying Akshay on the sets of the film in London, but they left for India on Sunday for the sake of Aarav’s school. “I’d have liked them to stay but Aarav’s school reopens on Monday (today). I’ve made one promise to myself. He won’t miss school to be with me on my outdoor shoots,” concludes Akshay.

Akshay to Promote Martial Arts in India

Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar

Action hero Akshay Kumar will promote martial arts in India now. Expert in Martial Arts, Akki is sponsoring a martial arts tournament Akshay Kumar Invitational according to sources. The invitational karate championship will be the first of its kind in the country.

The idea came in the existence when Akshay Kumar nodded to promote it. Shihan Mehul Vora, karate instructor since 27 year and an international teacher since 15 years, was dreaming it from quite a long time no sponsor was getting. But now Akki as promoter the competition will see 2000 fighter with international level coaches, referees and judges.

Akshay currently in London, shooting for Sajid Nadiadwala’s Housefull is excited about the championship. “I owe everything to martial arts,” he said.

“My passion for the art goes back early teens when I went to Bangkok to master in it. My father was keen that I learn martial arts when I was nine. Even today, I practice for two hours. Martial arts are not about violence and fighting, but the power to change the life,” added he.

Ranbir Is a Lazy Guy

Wake Up Sid movie still
Wake Up Sid movie still

Well that’s not what actor Ranbir Kapoor in real, but it’s a script of his forthcoming film which grants him to be as lazy as he can. For Karan Johar’s Wake Up Sid, the actor is playing a role of Sidharth Mehra, a final year college going boy of Mumbai. His life is dull, unmotivated and lazy until he meets Konkana Sen, who changes his life.

Not exactly like the character in the film that fall asleep before all-important exams, Ranbir identifies himself with the sleepy thing of the character when it comes to sleeping off hangover from hard partying.

Rani to Walk Red Carpet

Dil Bole Hadippa movie still
Dil Bole Hadippa movie still

Rani Mukherjee and Shahid Kapoor starrer Dil Bole Hadippa! will be screened at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) . Rani is honored to walk the Red Carpet of the prestigious film festival on 13th September.

Both producer Aditya Chopra and director Anurag Basu are confident that viewers will love the chemistry between Shahid and Rani. Rani dresses up like a man to pursue her dream in the film.