The famous duo of Love Aaj Kal, Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone will work together in Illuminati Films. Illuminati Films is Saif’s home production with partner Dinesh Vijan.
Imtiaz Ali who had directed Love Aaj Kal has scripted this untitled movie. The movie will go on floors in April 2011 and will be shot in New Delhi, Spain and London. When asked Saif about this he says, “I was waiting for a script as contemporary and relevant as this is to come my way and I agree that this has been worth the wait. The story is funny, romantic and it has a perfect balance of entertainment and drama. I wanted to go for a love story with a modern treatment and sensibility.”
When asked about working with Deepika Padukone, the actor says, “I am looking forward for my pairing with her again. She has a great role and I think she has grown a lot post Love Aaj Kal and she will handle this role very well.”
Imtiaz’a earlier movies Socha Na Tha, Jab We Met and Love Aaj Kal all have delved on relationships about the various choices in life. This movie will be in the same space as Love Aaj Kal left off and the roller coasters from there.
Deepika considers Saif to be her favorite co-star and she has never played such a character before. She says, “To find a script like this, which is quirky and edgy, had an instant connect with me. This movie will also mark the reunion of the LAK team, with Saif, Dinesh and me. I am very excited to be working with Saif again, and I hope we can recreate the magic of LAK once again.”
Dinesh says, “At Illuminati films, Saif and I have always wanted to make projects with diverse genres and stories that we actually believed in. We want to take our time and make content, which the today’s well-exposed audience may like. Imtiaz has given us a beautiful story.”
Saif has lost heaps of weight, changed his hairstyle and has redesigned his complete body language to play the role of a spy in his home production movie, Agent Vinod. His new look for the movie is inspired by the famous Hollywood star Matt Damon. A close friend os Saif said, “If Shahid Kapoor in his dad’s film Mausam has modeled his look on Tom Cruise in Top Gun, Saif’s role model for Agent Vinod is Matt Damon in Bourne Identity.”
The actor was very careful in avoiding all the cameras and paparazzi this week because he did not want to reveal his new look already. However, when Aamir Khan invited him to a party at his place last weekend, Saif’s concealed look was out in the media. On the evening when he was leaving for Morocco, he completely revamped his look and was in hiding until he had to leave the country.
Aalim Hakim has done this special hairstyle. He chopped off Saif’s long hair that he had been sporting since six months. Saif wanted this haircut at the final moment until his departure to Morocco. Saif was unavailable for any comments on his new avatar, but his ladylove let his secret out by saying, “Saif has never looked cooler. He has lost nine kilos in three months. He is all toned and has rippling muscles.”
“He had long hair for so long that I had forgotten how dashing he looks in short hair. Saif has got his hair cropped really short, that is all I can tell you about his Agent Vinod look. He got it done a couple of days back. Since then he has been reluctant to step out of his house,” Kareena added.
Saif did not want to reveal his look to anyone and so he didn’t reveal it to his family as well. Only Kareena could see it until Aamir’s party. When asked about this, she laughed and said, “I got to see it because I am his co-star in the movie. Aki Narula is doing my look for Agent Vinod. I don’t think I have ever looked the way I would in Agent Vinod. As for Saif, he looks like a Hollywood star in this film. I canâ€™t take my eyes off him.”
Apart from Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor too made a bid for the new Pune IPL team but they lost to the Sahara group. However, Saif is not at all disappointed that he lost the bid. Saif says, “It is a business proposition that made sense to us at a certain price, but certainly not at 370 million! And it does not make economic sense to us anymore.” He was only bidding because he belongs to a cricket family. Saif said, “I was bidding because we love cricket. And glamour and IPL go well together but as I said at a certain price only.”
Earlier this month, Saif Ali Khan and Kareeena Kapoor were planning to bid for the IPL team along with Karisma and Sanjay Kapur. A sudden change in the rules ruined the entire plan.
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.
Bollywood is going to witness another wedding, of the second most popular family in the film fraternity — the Kapoor’s. According to the sources, Bebo is set to tie a knot with Saif Ali Khan. Since the started dating each other, they have not hidden their relationship from the media or people.
Recently, Sharmila Tagore, Saif’s mother made an informal declaration saying, “I donâ€™t have any objection to Saif and Kareena getting married and they will get married soon.” Sharmila Tagore was for a meeting in Jodhpur for Censor Board of Film Certification, she is the chairperson of (CBFC). She also said, “We are very happy about their marriage. Kareena is an intelligent girl.”
Saif and Kareena have not spoken anything about their wedding plans. However, in an interview earlier, Saif mentioned that he always knew Bebo is the right girl for her. He also said, “I am now looking forward to settling down with Kareena. Our marriage will happen very shortly, as soon as we both have a little less work in hand and we can give the marriage quality time. I am extremely and completely committed to Bebo. I have found true love and I would like people to respect that as much as I do.”
Saif’s parents are happy with Saif and Kareena. However, Bebo these days is very busy bonding with Saif’s kids Sara and Ebrahim. According to Saif’s close friend, “there is a kind of fierce and single-minded determination in Saif to make this relationship work for keeps. Moreover, it is not a defiant determination to disprove the cynics who say it will not last. Saif does not give a damn about what people say. He always goes by his gut feeling, regardless of others.”
When he got some time off from work, Saif Ali Khan immediately landed in Sydney to surprise girlfriend Kareena Kapoor who was shooting for Karan Johar’s Stepmom. People close to the actors always talk about their obsession with each and how they never miss a chance to spend quality time with each other. However, Kareena will break her Sydney schedule to attend childhood friend Reena Pillai’s wedding in Mumbai on December 10.
Real life girlfriend-boyfriend and actors Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan are thorough professionals and do not bother agreeing to a love making scene on screen if their script demands it. But does it bother them if their family is going to watch it? Well yes, it does matter. Ask Kareena, who requested producer Karan Johar to cut the intimate scene from Kurbaan for the one show in which her mother Babita and Babita’s friends will be watching.
The actress is nervous about her mother’s reaction to the scenes. “I asked Karan if he could hide that one reel only from mom’s trial,” said the no 1 Bollywood actresses. Karan in turn told her, “Shut up Bebo, and go take a walk. I’m doing no such thing.”
Currently the actress is in Sydney, for shooting Karan’s next Step Mom along with Kajol. But a source close to her says that the only thing which was on her mind till she boarded the flight was how her family will react to the intimate scene from Kurbaan.
‘Saifeena’ (short names of Saif and Kareena), the real life lovers playing couple in Karan Johar’s production venture Qurbaan has given some steamy scenes for the film. The film also has a love making scene in which Kareena showing her bare back. Kareena is just back in town after spending a long vacation in Switzerland. She got compliments by best friend Karan for her work in the film. Already fresh after vacation, Kareena gets more reasons to start working enthusiastically ahead. The actress will next head to the last three days of schedule of the film.
The only thing Saif Ali Khan regretting in recent times is father Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi has not yet seen his latest hit Love Aaj Kal. The film is the most successful film of Saif’s career.
Saif says, “My father rarely sees films. The last film of mine that he saw and liked was Parineeta. He said I had done well in it … and I was ecstatic.”
The film will be one of the biggest hits of the year and despite winning hearts of audiences seems like Saif has not managed to convince his father to catch his film. “I know dad cares a lot about me,” adds Saif.
“If he doesn’t watch my films, it is only because he doesn’t like watching films per se. It is nothing personal,” adds the actor.
However he also admits that a word of appreciation from his father is like world to him.
Though having long list of plans, Kareena’s more exciting for buying a house in Switzerland. “By the year-end, I hope having my own house in Switzerland,” says Kareena.
Mumbai gives privacy scarcely when she wants to be with beau Saifu. “It is hard to go for club or dinner as lack of privacy,” she complains. She spends time watching favorite television program or movies with Saif, when she has no shooting. “It’s getting kind of claustrophobic,” she added.
She seems to be more dedicated toward work and why not if house at the Alps is on the cards. Well from Swiss how will she manage the work? “If Johnny Depp can work in Los Angeles while living in Paris, then I can also” replay she.
Her other plans includes a short vacation in America after finishing with Karan Johar’s Qurban. September will see her sweating out with heavy physical exercise for action role of Agent Vinod. KJo’s next Stepmom with Kajol is there in her schedule for October. “In October Karan’s Stepmom, the emotional sustenance will begin followed by Agent Vinod. You will find me with kickass stunts, like Angelina Jolie in Mr. & Mrs. Smith.”
Three Idiots opposite Aamir Khan is coming at Christmas, is special as directed by Raju Hirani of Munnabhai MBBS fame. “I do afraid and excited of the expectations from each film of mine,” says Kareena.
Besides films, the actress also plans to launch clothes line in the start of next year. “Talks with an international team on introducing my personal clothes line like Victoria Beckham are in the process. Very admired Kambakkht Ishq look has inspired me to launch my own label. I can’t disclose more as it is very early to speak.”