The industry is keeping its fingers crossed for the release of Salman Khan’s ‘Ready’ which happens to be the first big release after IPL fever gets over. However, as the production house gears up for the dazzling world premiere of the flick in Dubai, the leading lady of the film, Asin Thottumkal, will be conspicuous by her absence in the scene.
Before you predict the reason for her absence to be some sort of conflict with the makers, let us clear it out here that Asin will not be able to attend the premiere because of her passport problems.
Asin has been signed on as one of the 18 actors in Nadiadwala’s Housefull 2 and had applied for UK visa as she is supposed to shoot some sequences of the film in London. She had given her passport to Nadiadwala Grandsons, the production house for ‘Housefull 2’, but her passport seems to be stuck for some reasons.
Asin confirmed the news saying, “I was looking forward to the world premiere of Ready happening in Dubai. Both Salman and I were supposed to go but now I am stuck.
I have not given up hope though and I am ready to fly even at the last minute. I am just praying that I get my passport. I have even packed my bags. Let’s hope that the passport comes at the last minute and I get to attend.”
Well, we guess ‘Ready’ will have to celebrate its world premiere without its beautiful heroine!!
Marriage and motherhood are doing wonders for actress Mahima Chaudhary who was all smiles and elegance as she promoted Red Mobiles with former cricketer Kapil Dev in Kolkata this Sunday.
The actress, who made her debut with ‘Pardes’, is all set to make her comeback with the Wilfred Lobo directed ‘Mumbai The Gangsters’, based on a real life fake encounter, opposite Om Puri.
Asked about the reason behind a two year gap in her acting career, she said, “I always seek roles of substance and challenging ones. I also prefer good, entertaining films.”
“Last week I started working on a film opposite Om Puri. Hopefully I will be doing more good jobs in future,” she added.
However, Mahima admitted that it is the role of a mother that has been the best in her life. “I am happy with the best role of a mother that I am playing now,” she commented.
While in Kolkata, she also said that she is ready to work with all the good directors in West Bengal if she gets a chance to work with them in future years.
Check out Mahima at the promotional event of Red Mobiles…………….
Arshad Warsi has already tasted success with sequels of ‘Dhamaal’, ‘Lage Raho Munnabahi’ and ‘Golmaal’ and he is all set now for yet another one in the sequel of his hit movie ‘Ishqiya’.
“Finally, it is decided that the sequel of Ishqiya is being made. I’m quite happy about that. Ishqiya is way tougher than Dhamaal or Golmaal because that’s a character that speaks in a different dialect,” Arshad said in an interview.
“It’s completely somebody else. I’ve not played such a character before. So speaking in that language, behaving that way, body language, colour and attitude – everything is very different. So, it’s exciting and a lot of fun,” he added.
Ishqiya received critical reviews nationwide and also bagged four National Awards. Released in January 2010, the film portrayed Arshad in the difficult and challenging role of rusty and hot-blooded Babban. The film also starred Vidya Balan and Naseeruddin Shah, was directed by Abhishek Chaubey and was produced by Vishal Bhardwaj.
However, after being a part of so many sequels, Warsi does admit that he does not really enjoy doing sequels so much now.
“I feel I’m stuck with the sequels. New things are better. Sequels are big risks. The expectations are way high because you have already put a benchmark for yourself, now you are competing with yourself and at the same time, you can’t overdo. You have to still be in the same zone and still make people like it,” said Arshad.
“For me, I don’t like doing sequels, I like doing different things. It’s like eating the same food everyday. It’s monotonous for me,” he added.
However, looking at the success of all his sequels, we feel that Arshad and sequels blend in successfully well!!
Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra own a sprawling six-bedroom Woodlawn Cottage on the exclusive estate of the St. George’s Hill community in Weybridge, Surrey. Former residents of the estate include singer Elton John, former Beatle Ringo Starr and Hollywood actress Kate Winslet.
However, a gang of six squatters have moved into this abandoned three million pound property and claim that it is legal for them to move here as the lock was already broken and they plan to stay as long as possible.
‘It is legal for me to be here. I found the place on Google maps so I came up to have a look and the place was open. The locks had been broken off, no one was living here, it was completely open – so why not?’ a squatter named Stefan Cybulski said.
The celebrity residents of the estate want to send these people out but the law seems to be in their favor.
‘It does seem pretty extraordinary that the police can’t do anything to get these people off the estate,’ a resident said adding, ‘They have no right to be here, yet the law appears to be on their side – it’s completely wrong.’
As of now, the property is under surveillance of a security guard and the police have also set up extra patrol of the area.
Arbaaz Khan and Malaika Arora Khan make one of the most adorable couples of Bollywood and it did come as a surprise for many of their fans when the rumors stating a rift in their marriage started rising now and then in the gossip columns. Some reports even stated that Malaika has shifted to her mom’s place due to irresolvable dispute between the two.
However, Arbaaz vehemently denied any trouble in his marriage and even expressed his anger and disappointed on such baseless rumors.
“Let me clarify one last time that Malaika and me are very much together… gossip mongers and stupid malicious reporting about us should stop,” Arbaaz posted on his Twitter page Thursday.
“We don’t need to validate our relationship constantly because of some stupid news in some gossip column,” he added.
“It would be nice if over-enthusiastic journalists show a little responsibility before carrying personal news about people that is a lie,” he posted.
“Recently read and heard some ridiculous nasty rumours that Malaika and me have split. It’s very disgusting to read such untrue news in media (sic),” he added.
We hope and pray that theirs remains a happy marriage now and ever after!!
Journey is on cards for Bipasha Basu these days. The dusky Bong beauty is enjoying the flavours of different cultures around the world as she shoots for her upcoming film Players.
Recently, Bips was in Russia for the shoot and she shared her love for the place with her Twitter update which read, “Walking around and getting to know the place! Amazing weather!”
“Last day in St.Petersburg! Russia is a wonderful n beautiful place! Schedule fr Players wraps today,” she added.
However, these journeys have not been without their share of woes. Bips was detained on Thursday at Mumbai airport for not declaring goods when she was returning from London.
She was let off after she paid up a tax of Rs 10,000, allegedly for carrying personal goods worth Rs 65,000.
Ayesha Takia has been long missing from limelight post her marriage. However, good news awaits her fans as she is all set to star opposite Ranvijay Singh (of Roadies fame) in Nagesh Kukunoor’s forthcoming flick ‘Mod’. The film is based on the Taiwanese film ‘Keeping Watch’ and Nagesh has purchased the rights for its remake.
The film is a suspense drama and was shot in Ooty on a start-to-finish schedule earlier this year. The Indian version has been kept close to the original in terms of the plot and characters. Only a few changes have been made, particularly in Ayesha’s father’s character played by Raghubir Yadav, to suit the Indian audience.
The story of the film is based on the sudden arrival of Han (played by Rannvijay Singh) and its impact on the monotonous life of Ching (Ayesha Takia). She falls in love with him only to be shattered when he disappears just as abruptly. Ching calls Han’s parents and it is revealed that he had died many years ago.
Brett Lee, a former team player of Kings XI Punjab, had made the gossip columns go berseck with rumors of his romance with Bollywood actress and co-owner of the IPL team Kings XI Punjab, Preity Zinta, during the first season of IPL when the two were seen exchanging generous hugs and frank display of affection publicly. However, Lee was married to Elizabeth Kemp then, though his marriage was going through a rough phase.
Lee got divorced in 2009 and now once again, the romance between the two seems to have re-surfaced as Preity and Brett were spotted at a nightspot in Mumbai on Tuesday. Reportedly, they
spent around two hours together at Olive but did not leave the joint together as there were paparazzi outside. Lee departed from the main entrance, while Zinta sneaked out from the back door.
Well, Preity has long been single and much eligible. So, it is but natural that a divorced Brett would love to spend time together with this dimpled beauty whom he had once quoted as his favorite actress!!
Katrina Kaif is one actress who has made it to the top slot of Bollywood on the basis of sheer beauty and glamour because her acting skills and dialogue delivery is still a major target with critics. However, the pretty lady is all set to prove that she can impress her fans even without her oomph and glamour because she will be seen without any traces of makeup for Kabir Khan’s next ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ where she is paired opposite Salman Khan.
Kabir has strictly instructed Katrina to use no make-up at all before her shots as she plays a character is of a girl-next-door who doesn’t stand out in the crowd. Kats will not even be allowed to dab on some natural-colored lipstick or touch up her face before every shot, like a lot of actresses do while playing de-glam roles. Sources imply that the brief to Katrina from Kabir strictly read, ‘Your only makeup would be face-wash before every shot.”
Though we have full confidence in Kabir Khan’s visualization of his characters, how Kaif’s fans react to her de-glam avatar is yet to be seen………
The year 2011 seems to be an action packed year for seemingly fragile Kareena Kapoor for she has not one or two, but three action films in her kitty. Normally, Bebo has done romantic, cute and bubbly roles in her career and this is the first time she will be seen in serious action roles. She plays a diverse range of roles as a college student, a super spy and a mother in her films to come which include Siddique’s ‘Bodyguard’, Sriram Raghavan’s ‘Agent Vinod’ and Anubhav Sinha’s ‘Ra.One’.
Ra.One has her indulging into some serious fist fights and director Anubhav Sinha is thoroughly impressed with the way Bebo has indulged into preparations for her role. He says, “This is the first time Kareena is doing action scenes. She is the part of the serious action sequences including hand to hand combat. The film has several such sequences and she features in almost all of them.”
The action scenes for ‘Ra.One’ have been directed by Hollywood’s ace action directors Andy Gill and Spiro Razatos of ‘Fast and Furious’ fame.
Bollywood is going through a rough phase this year since none of its films have set the cash registers ringing in the months that have gone by. Going through the box office dull phase, the makers of the movie ‘Heroine’ have decided to keep the costs low for their flick and stick to their original target of Rs 18 crore budget.
The film stars Aishwarya Rai and Arjun Rampal and both the stars have decided to co-operate with the producers. As such, they have agreed to slash their fees and instead, they will take a share from the profit of the film.
Even the director Madhur Bhandarkar has agreed to stand by the producers UTV Motion Pictures in their profit. The movie is expected to go on floors on June 8.
Cannes this year is all glamour and glitter with Bollywood beauties in their presentable best at the red carpet. Apart from Bollywood actresses, the Miss India World 2011 Kanishtha Dhankhar also walked the red carpet along with the renowned Indian fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee for Chivas.
Kanishtha looked ravishing in her traditional attire created by Sabyasachi which had zari work in gold added with a dupatta in nude shade. She added to her traditional look with dozens of gold and black bangles and a hanging pendant (mang tika) on the forehead.
An all elated Kanishtha said before leaving for Cannes, “I had many plans for this year but not even in my wildest dreams had I thought that I will be walking the Cannes red carpet. I feel lucky and blessed.”
Take a look at the 22-year-old Mumbai girl in her princess avatar at Cannes………..