The new on screen pair of Bollywood is Sonam Kapoor and Akshay Kumar. According to reports, Sonam Kapoor is in talks with director Anees Bazmee to be cast opposite Akshay Kumar in his next movie, titled Thank You. Akki is a best friend of Anil Kapoor and cannot stop praising Sonam and her acting skills.
A source also revealed that, “Thank You is a romantic comedy and will see Sonam in a totally different role.” Earlier the director was interested in casting Katrina for the role. However, her dates were clashing with her upcoming movie sequel of Dostana. This will not be the first time when Akshay and Sonam are considered together for a role. Sometime ago even Farah Khan was planning to cast Sonam in Tees Maar Khan instead of Katrina.
The movie Thank You will be on the floors by midyear and Sonam will be playing a double role. A close source to Sonam says, “It is a comic caper in true Anees Bazmee style. Sonam has already read the script but is still to make a final decision. At the moment she is in New Zealand shooting for I Hate Luv Storys.” When contacted, Anil Kapoor denied the news of Sonam doing any such movie with Akshay.
The famous Bollywood photographer Dabboo Ratnani’s annual 2010 calendar is out. This is the 11th year where he has captured all the top celebrities for his trademark calendar. The calendar this year will have a black-and-white theme.
Deepika Padukone’s picture looks like she is not wearing anything, since all the body parts you see are bare. Dabboo Ratnani says, “I wanted to make her look sensual, but aesthetic. Last year, I shot her in a sari, so this is in total contrast. She strikes a thinking, dreamy pose, and I have used lighting to match her mood. Normally Bollywood is associated with bright colors. Black and white images are of the bygone eras but I opted for a stark B&W mood in the snapshots is dark but the styling modem.”
Every year, Dabboo starts his preparations in October. Although, he has many interactions with the celebrities for their shots for magazines, movies and portfolios, every year all of them take time out for the calendar. Ratnani says, “The shoot provides the stars a platform to experiment with their looks and styling.” The 2010 calendar includes celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Kajol, Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, John Abraham, Sonam Kapoor and Kangna Ranaut.
The celebrities who are making their first appearance in this calendar are Asin, Farhan Akhtar, Genelia D’Souza and Imran Khan. Dabboo does not want to comment on which star is looking the best. He says, “They are all my friends and go out of their way to cooperate. For me they all look hot.” Dabboo Ratnani is not interested in selling his calendar in the market, it is exclusively made for the Bollywood celebrities.
One of the leading men in Bollywood, Akshay Kumar is planning to make a cross-cultural film on Canada with their favorite sport ice hockey, as the main theme of the movie. He decided this when he ran for the Winter Olympic Torch Relay in minus eight degrees.
Akshay says,”I love hockey, and am in the processing making this film. I will start work on it next year.” Ice hockey is a very famous game in Canada and he wants to show that how this game has closed all the cultural gaps between people. He is also keen on making a Punjabi movie. He says, “I am a Punjabi and I love the language. I have just done a small role in a Punjabi film, and I won’t rule out any film in the future.”
This bollwood star also has a house in Canada with a permanent residence status, said “Canada is like a second home to me. I love Canada. Though the weather here is cold, people are very warm.” Akshay’s connection with Canada is very old. He came to Canada in 1995 and since then he is in Love with Canada.
He says, “seven-eight of my films have been shot in Toronto and Vancouver, and six of them have done very well. So I have special connections with this country.” He also mentioned that the people in Canada were very helpful, when he got his father there for medical treatment there.
Akshay thanks everyone in Canada for inviting him and giving him the privilege for carrying the Olympic Torch. He says, “It is a dream come true. I am honored and privileged to have been selected as an official torchbearer for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic torch relay. I would like to thank Canadians for this honor and recognition.”
Akshay is very happy that Toronto is hosting the Bollywood Oscars in 2012. “I am very happy that the event is coming to Toronto. It will be a great honor for Canada,” he said. Although Akki is not very pleased with his movies this year he said, “this year three to four films did not do well.”
Bollywood’s Khiladi No. 1 Akshay Kumar feels privileged as well as nervous to run with the XXI Winter Olympics torch on Thursday in Canada. The XXI Winter Olympics are slated to start from on February 12, 2010 in which around 80 countries are participating. The competition includes eight sports, like ice hockey, figure skating and Alpine skiing. Last time in 2006, India had sent a team of four members to the competition held in Turin, Italy for sports luge, cross-country skiing and Alpine skiing, but India didn’t win any medal. So it seems like the pride of the nation is in Akshay’s hand this time.
When we wonder how an actor is chosen for the honour, Akshay explained, “I definitely didn’t get nominated because of my cricket skills. I may be a celebrity, but with great power comes even greater responsibility. I have put a lot of effort over the years supporting and being brand ambassador for the ‘Special Olympics’ in India. I would go to any lengths to promote sport in my country, my efforts have been appreciated worldwide, and I am touched that India shares my enthusiasm. To be honoured to carry the Olympic torch is so prestigious in every country; you can’t ask for this honour, you can only be recognised for your true love and dedication to children, to sport, to bettering your country’s involvement in the world. You can’t imagine how grateful I am. And how nervous as well!”
Akshay will be the only actor among 14 other international celebrities to run with the torch.
The Hera Pheri team- director Priyadarshan, stars Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal and Suniel Shetty – is the dream team in Bollywood, who is once again ready to create the same laugh riot with De Dana Dan. However the bonus this time is the magical romantic pairing of Katrina Kaif and Akshay Kumar. The film is about to release on November 27 and promises to roll off audience from their seats.
Ratan Jain, producer of the film, said, “For most of the filmmakers of Bollywood, this is a dream team. The Hera Pheri combo is back to entertain after a gap of nine years. Of course, as a bonus, there is the hit jodi of Akshay and Katrina who have a magical romantic track in the film.”
Jain is happy with his productions house’s long association with Priyadarshan having produced films- Hungama, Hulchul, Garam Masala earlier. De Dana Dan‘s cast includes 26 top comic actors from the industry. However, Katrina who recently played a comic role in Ajab Prem Ki Ghajb Kahani is excited about this film too.
Director Nikhil Advani’s directorial venture Patiala House starring Akshay Kumar and Anushka Sharma is about to start it’s shooting from next month, but the filmmaker is in trouble with casting as he has not yet zeroed on who will play a 17-year-old Akshay in the film. And for the same the film team has decided to for a nationwide hunt starting from December 1 to December 15.
A source revealed, “The film’s team was tired of auditioning and watching show reels. None of the boys fulfilled the requirements. So, Akshay suggested that they conduct a nation-wide hunt. The participants essentially have to match Akshay’s height and body language.”
Advertisements for the contest will be announced in newspapers across the country. All the entries will be collected on December 1. Director Nikhil will select ten semifinalists, while Akshay will choose a winner out of them.
What will be Akshay’s decisive factor? The director explained, “Akshay is very keen on casting someone who comes from a real background. At 17, Akshay was a typical middle class boy; he wants some of his qualities to show in the boy who will play him in the film.”
Bhushan Kumar and Mukesh Talreja will produce the film. The film will be shot with tight schedule as it is slated to release on 2010 Diwali.
Everyone must be wondering why the choreographer-turned-director Farah Khan has picked Akshay Kumar over best friend Bollywood badsaah Shah Rukh Khan, especially when it is her first home production. The film is titled as Tees Maar Khan, which is her third directorial venture for which her husband Shirish Kunder has penned the script. Her selection is contrary to our expectations, but she says that Shah Rukh, (who starred in her two films earlier- Main Hoon Na, Om Shani Om) is ok with it. “There’s no stress between SRK and me. In fact, he’s very happy for me and our production house and has offered every kind of help that I might need while doing the film,” say Farah.
Meanwhile production of Tees Maar Khan will be joint effort of Farah-Shirish’s home production and Akshay’s production house. Talking about film, Shirish said, “I wrote this film with Akshay in mind. My first film Jaaneman was with him and we share a good rapport. Initially, I was supposed to direct Tees Maar Khan but since it’s our first home production, Farah and I decided that I’ll produce it and she’ll direct it.”
“Tees Maar Khan means a smart ass,” defines Farah. Shooting for the film will start in March next year. However to cast a female lead for the film, Farah and Shirish will go for nationwide hunt.
Meanwhile, SRK is believed to be starred in Farah next film Happy New Year. “I don’t even have a script for Happy New Year yet, so when this film came along, I decided to go ahead with it. It’s my kind of film and has everything in it – action, comedy and full masala. It’s like a readymade script for me,” adds Farah.
Simple Kapadia, younger sister of Dimple Kapadia and also the actress-turned-costume-designer passed away on November 10, 2009, after battling with cancer for last three years. She took her last breath in a hospital at Andheri following a heart attack. Dimple was present with her when she passed away. Her family never spoke about illness, but was sure in stress with it.
Simple started her career at the age of 18, with debut film Anurodh in 1977 opposite brother-in-law Rajesh Khanna. However she didn’t make big as actress, but acted in at most 20 films. Later she entered the film industry as a costume designer. She won a national award as best costume designer for film Rudaali.
Trisha, which is one of the most sought after names in South, is ready to make her Bollywood debut with Khatta Meetha opposite Akshay Kumar. She is one of the top actresses from South almost like Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta in Bollywood. Her work there is remarkable as she acted with almost every famous actor of the South like Vikram and Vijay. Also she is favourite of Priyadarshan.
In recent times Trisha will be the third South Indian actress in Bollywood after Genelia D’Souza and Asin who wants to make it big. Hope she will also do well here.
Lots of hoopla was made around the film Blue before its release, but it failed to impress the audience as well as the critics. Seems like every attempt of the filmmakers to bring the audience to theatres has failed, including the Australian singing star Kylie Minogue.
The 41-year-old Australian star lent her voice and also appeared in the video of song Chiggy Wiggy in the film. And for it she got paid 611,000 pounds. The film is the most expensive Bollywood film till date, but still it failed to impress the film critics. Critics already declared the movie as ‘idiotic’ and about Kylie; they say that she is “as sexy as a fat housewife in a kaftan.” According to them she missed the mark in the song.