After the two came close to each other while shooting for ‘Azab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani’ and post the unofficial split of Ranbir Kapoor with Deepika Padukone, the rumors of his affair with Katrina Kaif is doing rounds from quite some time.
Another string to this chain of rumors was added when it was found out that Katrina, who was supposed to be with her family in London, was actually in New York where co-incidentally Ranbir is there shooting for Sajid Nadiawala’s film ‘Anjaana Anjaani’.
However Katrina is quick to dismiss all rumours. She said, “I’m very much in London. It’s a joke in my family about me being in New York because I’m harassed by many calls.”
It may also be mentioned here that Katrina missed Salman Khan’s birthday on a plea of being with her family in London to usher the New Year.
Deepika Padukone has a huge fan following around the world and what would be a better proof to this than the fact that Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and his wife Miyuki Hatoyama are a big fan of Deepika.
When they were in India, they expressed their desire to meet Deepika and what followed was a grand dinner in the honor of the Japanese PM and his wife in which the pretty lady gave company to Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and his ministers at the PM’s residence. Dressed in a saree by Manish Malhotra, the dusky beauty carried herself with poise and grace at the event.
Not to mention here that Deepika was just too pleased at this honor. She said, “It is a privilege and honour for me to be invited for this dinner. I am excited and nervous at the same time.”
Later, Hatoyama, who happens to be a big Bollywood fan, also went around exploring the Film City, Goregoan and visited other movie sets as well.
Slated for 26th February 2010 release, ‘Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge’ stars three national award winners (Ajay Devgan, Konkona Sen Sharma and Paresh Rawal) in the lead roles. This Warner Bros. Pictures India and Wide Frame Films production is a light hearted comedy directed by Ashwni Dhir. The music for the film has been composed by Pritam with choreography by Raju Khan and Ahmed Khan.
Ajay and Konkona play a married couple who land up with an uninvited guest (Paresh Rawal) at their home who lives for a long duration by continuously extending his stay. The shoot for the flick has been completed and owing to its brilliant star cast, the movie is creating stirs even before its release.
Shahid Kapoor is the new face of Levi’s fitting Signature jeans. As Shahid replaces, Deepika Padukone whose contract with Levi’s got over last year in December, this becomes Shahid’s biggest ever endorsement deal. This time, the brand was on the lookout for a male ambassador. However, Akshay Kumar is still the Levi’s 501 ambassador.
With this, Shahid becomes the second male ambassador of Levi’s after Akshay Kumar who is still the Levi’s 501 ambassador. Other female actresses who have represented the brand include Sushmita Sen and Kangana Ranaut.
Shahid has been chosen by the brand as he oozes youthful energy and style. Shahid has signed a one-year contract to endorse the entire range of jeans-wear and accessories. The ad is currently on air. Check out Shahid for Levi’s.
Vidya Balan is one actress in our industry who has constantly been under criticism for her mature looks and bad dressing sense, but at the same time, there is not one critic who has ever found any flaw in the characters played by her. Always up and ready for the challenging roles, she impressed everyone with the mature handling of her character in ‘Paa’ and now will again be seen in a totally different role of a earthy village woman in ‘Ishqiya’ with Naseruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi.
“I play a village belle,” she explains, “Yet I’m fully aware of my sexual charms and within the four walls of the bedroom, I’m unapologetic about using my guile and charm.’’
Yet again she has signed up to play Sabrina Lal, Jessica’s sister, in the movie ‘No One Killed Jessica’. “Yes, I am playing Sabrina Lal in Rajkumar Gupta’s film,” she said, “The minute I heard the role, I wanted to do it. It’s my first biographical role and a big challenge. I’ll be meeting Sabrina shortly.”
As the name suggests, the movie is based on the murder of Jessica Lal in 1999 which exposed the nepotism, inequality and corruption prevalent in Indian society.
Bollywood star Salman Khan turns 44 this Sunday and as he awaits the release of his forthcoming period film ‘Veer’, he has launched a nationwide hunt for unsung heroes as to connect with the masses and also promote his flick.
This step comes as a natural following from Aamir Khan’s Bharat Darshan programme for the promotion of ‘3 Iditos’. So, there comes a hunt from Sallu Bhai for young men and women who have performed heroic deeds which the nation doesn’t know about.
Veer producer Vijay Galani confirmed the news saying, “You’ve heard correctly. Salman is launching a contest to find real-life unsung heroes. Since he has played the hero so often on screen, he feels real-life heroes deserve to be brought out of anonymity. We’ll be going to the remotest corners of India to select these unknown heroes. Finally one of them will be given the Veer cup personally by Salman at a function in Mumbai.”
’Veer’ has newcomer Zarine Khan opposite Salman. Other stars in the pivotal roles include former Miss UK Lisa Lazarus, Mithun Chakraborty and Jackie Shroff along with Sohail Khan and Bharat Dabholkar.
The year 2009 had been a great year for the music lovers as the industry churned out various hits each with a different style ranging from soft romantic numbers to rustic numbers, youthful songs to fun-filled light music. Let us have a look at the songs which topped the music charts in the year which is dying off.
This song from ‘Dev D’ was an unexpected hit and was liked by younger generations because of its uniqueness and difference. The song has been sung by Bony Chakravarthy. Composed by Amit Trivedi, it echoes the music and energy of marriage bands. It is by far the greatest hit of 2009 and stands out among other songs released during that period.
Oozing freshness in every way, this expressive number from A.R.Rehman swept the music lovers off their feet. This fun-filled light number from the film ‘Delhi-6′ sung by Mohit Chauhan is still a hot favorite of music channels.
Dhan Te Nan
This edgy, energetic, and rustic number from ‘Kaminey’ has a touch of rock to it. Composed by Vishal Bhardwaj, the song has been sung by Sukhwinder Singh and Vishal Dadlani. This rocking number has topped the music charts of 2009.
Tera Hone Laga Hoon
This is by far the most romantic and soothing number of 2009. Pakistani Singer Atif Aslam has sung this song with Alsiha Chinoi. Pritam has composed a beautiful love ballad for the recently released film ‘Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani’.
All Izz Well
This youthful, campus number from ‘3 Idiots’ has given a perfect ending to the year. This fun track has raw energy and is filled with whistles in the background. Sung by Sonu Niigaam, Swanand Kirkire and Shaan and composed by Shantanu Moitra, it is a hot favorite among all music channels.
Shahrukh Khan becomes a savior yet again for beautiful ladies in trouble, this time in the real life though. He came around as a savior for Asin when she was about to get mobbed at an event in Mumbai.
Asin was backstage and as she was about to get ready to go on stage, a mob of about 300 people gathered around her, some of them getting too close to her. The actress had no security around her apart from her spokesperson.
Fortunately, SRK was godsent for her as he spotted her and immediately came for rescue. He came along with his bodyguards and reached Asin piercing the crowd. The bodyguards instantly formed a circle around Shahrukh and Asin and whisked them away from the maddening crowd.
SRK even calmed and consoled Asin, who was shocked by the incident. He talked to her for sometime and even advised her to keep a few security guards for all public functions.
Many Bollywood biggies like Salman, SRK, Big B, Farhan Akhtar and Sanjay Dutt have sung for their films. Now, Ranbir Kapoor has joined the list as he has recorded a song for music director Vishal Shekhar in ‘Anjaana Anjaani’. The recording for this peppy number took place at Vishal Shekhar’s studio in Bandra at 1 am on Wednesday and Ranbir took everyone by surprise as he completed the recording within 45 minutes and was on his way back home before 2:00 a.m. Both Vishal and Shekhar were taken aback by Ranbir smooth, comfortable and confident singing.
The composer Dadlani confirms the news saying, “Yes Ranbir has sung for a sequence in the film. He is going to blow away a lot of people when they hear him.”
Reports also have it that even Priyanka Chopra who stars opposite Ranbir in the film has been proposed to lend her voice for a song in the movie but she is yet to muster up the courage to sing.
Says Dadlani, “Shekhar and I have been talking to PC about singing for us got a long time. It will happen when it happens. We’ll see.”
The year 2009 was great for the box-office and our desi films fared quite well despite competition from some very good Hollywood blockbusters like ‘2012’ and ‘Avataar’. Barring ‘3 Idiots’ which will release today and considering other releases of 2009, the movies which gained biggest collection at the ticket window can be listed down as:
Starring Salman Khan and Ayesha Takia this film has been the highest grosser of the year with a collection of Rs. 75 crores. This film is a directorial debut of Prabhudeva and has Salman Khan play the character of a sharp shooter and Ayesha Takia his lady love. The film is a remake of the Tamil and Telugu hit ‘Pokiri’ and is a brilliant combo of humor, action and romance.
Love Aaj Kal
The movie is a debut of Chhote Nawab Saif Ali Khan as a producer and ranked as the second highest grosser of the year with a collection of over 66.5 crores. Starring Saif, Deepika Padukone and Brazilian model Gisele Montero, the movie has been made under the direction of Imtiaz Ali and deals with the love story of two generations and how the concept of love changed through the years.
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
This Rajkumar Santoshi’s directorial venture is an easy combination of light hearted comedy and hush-hush romance. Ranbir Kapoor makes an excellent pair with Katrina Kaif. Being the third highest grosser of the year, the movie’s box office collections were Rs. 63 crores and deals with the story of Prem (Ranbir), an easy-going character, who understands his responsibilities when he falls in love with Jenny (Katrina).
This Kabir Khan’s project deals with the sensitive subject of terrorism and how it affects innocent people’s lives. Based on the plight of Muslims in the US after 9/11, the film tells the tale of Samir Shaikh (John Abraham) who is wrongly imprisoned and tortured for nine months, post 9/11. When he’s released, he decides to take revenge. His college friend Omar (Neil Nitin Mukesh) is forced to become a police informant and keep an eye on Sam’s activities. He gets some help from Sam’s wife Maya (Katrina Kaif). The film had cash registers ringing at the box office with a collection of Rs 55.5 crores.
All the Best
Based on comedy, the maker of Golmaal series, Rohit Shetty, comes up with yet another hit in ‘All the Best’. The film stars Ajay Devgan, Sanjay Dutt, Fardeen Khan, Bipasha Basu and Mugdha Godse. This multi-starrer light hearted comedy scored a collection of over 45 crores at the box office.
Besides the above mentioned flicks, there have been many other projects which rained gold at the box-office- De Dana Dan, Paa, Kaminey, and Kambakkht Ishq to name a few.
Priyanka Chopra was liked by her fans in the leading mobile company’s commercial where she played herself as a model-cum-actress. Now, the actress will again be seen playing herself for Asmi jewellery which has recently signed Piggie Chops as their brand ambassador.
Priyanka will be seen revealing about herself in the lines, “I believe everyday is a test where I must prove myself.” She will also be seen here winning the Miss World title and receiving film awards. Priyanka’s look for the ad has been styled by Gavin Mingul. The ad will have her sport a girl next door, de-glam look and in the final shot, she walks up to a mirror; checks out her diamond necklace and her earrings and says, “I believe in myself and… I believe in Asmi.”
Check out Priyanka and her blue streaks for the Asmi commercial!
Aishwarya Rai has been having close and uncomfortable encounters with her ex-lovers this month. On December 17, she crossed paths with Salman Khan in a Mumbai studio. Now, she had an uncomfortable seat just too close to ex-lover Vivek Oberoi at a Mumbai police event named ‘Jashn 2010-Dhamaka Bollywood Ka’ held on December 17.
People’s paths often cross in a close knit industry like Bollywood. No harm in that as long as two people aren’t ex lovers no longer on talking terms with each other.
As h had arrived at the event with father-in-law Big B and Vivek was there with designer Manish Malhotra. Unfortunately, the organizers had placed Vivek’s seat very close to Ash in the first row. There was only one seat between the two and to add to the woe, Manish, who was supposed to sit between the two, wasn’t on his seat for quite sometime. Vivek was obviously hesitant to sit there and even as he sat there after persuasion by the organizers, his discomfort was evident. Thankfully, Manish sensed their discomfort and rushed back to his seat. Vivek still wasn’t comfortable and after a few minutes he left his seat.
Seems, the two haven’t forgotten their past!!