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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.
Shahrukh Khan is all geared up for his new release My Name is Khan under Dharma Productions. Recently the promo of My Name is Khan was released to a selective media on Wednesday night at a hotel in Juhu. The promo was of three minutes and was welcomed with a loud applause.
Later on there was a press conference with Karan Johar and the lead pair Shahrukh Khan and Kajol. The three best friends entertained everyone with their sense of humor. Shahrukh was asked why the movie’s name ‘My Name is Khan’ has a surname in it. SRK replied simply by asking them, “have you guys not heard of my name is Bond. James Bond?” The promos of the movie also went on air. Karan Johar instantly received a message from Neetu and Rishi Kapoor saying that, they are spellbound and this will be the best film ever.
Shahrukh who has been very busy with My Name is Khan,Â also attended the red carpet premier of Avatar. However, he did not see the movie since his children Suhana and Aryan had their exams going on. So, King Khan has organized a special screening of the movie Avatar for his kids and wife Gauri Khan.
Karan Johar has inked with the foreign studio for the international marketing and distribution of his most ambitious project My Name Is Khan. SRK and Kajol are pairing again in this film after Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam. The foreign studio has paid something between Rs 95-98 crores to Karan for his most ambitious project so far. The trade sources say that its not a great deal as any India studio may have paid amount more than that. On the other hand, Karan says, “Only a major foreign studio has the capability to take Indian cinema to the international market.”
With 2000 prints the film will be released in 600 theaters only in north America, is setting the new records for Bollywood. “MNIK is a powerful, emotional journey that will cross borders and cultures to enthrall the audiences. Karan and Shah Rukh Khan have a brilliant vision,” says Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO of Foreign studio.
A trade analyst said, “As of now My Name Is Khan will have the widest release for any Bollywood film in North America.”
Aamir will also try hard to break this record with his film Three Idiots which is going to release in December.
As we know that Indian students are facing racism attacks in Australia, producer-director Karan Johar expressed in disapproval in his own way. Karan’s untitled production was supposed to shoot in Australia, but now he is planning to do it in US to condemn the racial attacks. That is expected from him as his films are always NRI oriented and he himself had studied abroad.
A source revealed, “Initially, Australia was finalised for the shoot. Now the shooting schedule has been shifted to the US. Karan did not want to shoot in a country where the Indian students are facing racism. Since he is in the US now, where he is shooting for My Name Is Khan, he thought that the other film could be easily shifted here.”
The film is being directed by Siddharth Malhotra which stars actors like Kajol, Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal in the lead. It is a remake of Hollywood film Stepmom.
But when asked to the director, he gave a diplomatic answer. “Nothing has been confirmed as of now. We are still exploring all the locations. Whichever location suits the film better will be finalised. At the end of the day, it’s the producers call. Everything will be finalised by mid-July,” said the director.
Shooting for the film will start in October.
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.
Kajol who last appeared with hubby Ajay Devgan in U Me Aur Hum, will next be seen in Karan Johar’s film along with Shah Rukh Khan. KJo was keen to cast Shah Rukh and Kajol for his film and Kajol did the favor for him.
However the actress is doing one more favor for another Khan - Aamir Khan. She has readily accepted to do a cameo role in Raj Kumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots. Apparently Kajol is doing this just for Aamir. Kajol and Aamir previously worked together in Fanaa. But it’s not clear that what she is doing in the film.
Whatever the length of a role is, no role is too small in Aamir’s film.