Vidya Balan has created her own space in Bollywood by giving convincing and some very memorable performances so far. After successfully playing the lead in female oriented films like ‘Pa’, ‘No one killed Jessica’ and now, ‘ The Dirty Picture’, the actress is ready yet again with another female eccentric film ‘Kahaani’ which is set for March 2012 release. The film is based on the heart wrenching story of a pregnant woman in search of her husband which takes her all the way from Kolkata to London. The film is directed and co-produced by Sujoy Ghosh and stars Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi in the lead roles.
Everyone is awaiting for yet another power-packed performance from Vidya!!
Well, the queen of item numbers with songs like ‘Sheila Ki Jawani’, ‘Bodyguard’ and ‘Chikni Chameli’ to her credit will not be seen gyrating to any hot number on any New Year party. While other actresses do not miss this opportunity of filling in their pockets by accepting huge sums of money for New Year performances, Kaif prefers to stay with family on this occasion.
Katrina Kaif explains that it’s only during New Years and Christmas that her whole family comes together and she would trade in this opportunity of a family reunion with 31st night performance only if the amount offered to her for it is as huge as the amount of working in two movies or so that she can buy another house for herself in London; and she says she has not received any such luring offer yet.
Actress Priyanka chopra was spotted gracing the Brahma Kumari’s 75th year celebrations at Sion, Mumbai. She looked gorgeous as ever in a simple Indian ethnic suit which suited the occasion. Also present was yesteryear actress Poonam Dhillon.
Brahma Kumaris is a neo-Hindu religious movement which advocates a lifestyle which includes a vegetarian diet, celibacy, and avoidance of alcohol, drugs and tobacco. In India, the BKWSU runs a charitable Village Outreach Programme in Mount Abu and administers the Global Hospital and Research Centre (GHRC), established in 1991 and funded by the J. Wattammull Memorial Trust. In 2004, the Brahma Kumaris established the G.V. Mody Rural Health Care Centre & Eye Hospital, located at the base of Mount Abu.
Check out Priyanka Chopra at the event……
Bollywood hunk Salman Khan turned 46 this year on 27th December and to celebrate the occasion, he held a bash at his Panvel farmhouse with his his parents, brothers, sisters and close friends Sajid Nadiadwala, Bhushan Kumar, Mahesh Manjrekar, Shirish Kunder, Govinda, Nikhil Dwivedi and many more. the list goes on….
Among the invitees, was actor Nikhil Dwivedi and tweeting about the party, he said, “Salman Khan’s party was One of the warmest and coolest party that I ve been to in a long time.. & to see Govinda dance on the floor.. Magic!”
Actress Sneha Ullal, who was Salman Khan’s find as Aishwarya’s look alike and who debuted opposite Salman Khan in the film ‘Lucky: No Time For Love’ was also invited to the party but she couldn’t make it. However, she posted a pic of Salman Khan’s cute birthday cake on Twitter. The cake features The cake has a shirtless man, pulling weights and of course, many goodies of Salman Khan’s Being Human charity.
“Check out Salman’s cake.super cute,” tweeted Sneha.
Salman Khan’s Celebrity Cricket League spices it up for the oncoming year with the league’s official calendar titled Girls of CCL-II. The calendar was unveiled in Hyderabad by Salman at the launch of the celebrity cricket league’s second season. Kangna Ranaut, Sonakshi Sinha and Genelia D’Souza represent the Mumbai Heroes team. Shriya Saran, Kajal Agarwal, Lakshmi Rai, Sameera Reddy, Richa, Deeksha, Andrita Ray and Madhuri Bhattacharya represent the teams Chennai Rhinos, Telugu Warriors, Karnataka Bulldozers and Kerala Strikers. Riya and Raima Sen are brand ambassadors of Bengal Tigers. The calendar was shot in Goa, Mumbai and at a resort near Golconda in Hyderabad.
The photos were shot by lensman Venkat Ram with all the girls sporting different vibrant colors. “Since the girls represent their respective regions they have been dressed in the colour palette of the region,” said Venkat.
Check out the girls in CCL Calendar 2012……
The start of the year 2011 was a disaster for Priyanka Chopra whose ambitious project ‘Saat Khoon Maaf’ bombed at the box-office. However, the year seems to be ending on a happy note for her as her ‘Don 2’ seems to have set the cash registers ringing at the box office within a span of a few days. Priyanka has her eyes set on 2012 as she has two of her mega projects to release. She is doing Agneepath remake with Hrithik Roshan and Sanjay Dutt as co-stars and ‘Barfee’ with Ranbir Kapoor and Ileana D’Cruz as co-stars.
Check out Priyanka Chopra in gorgeous black on the covers of the January 2012 issue of ‘Filmfare’…..
Well! Well! Mallika Sherawat’s off and on trips to Hollywood have not gone without results. The actress gets the honor of being shot for the new addition of the world’s first 3D magazine, WMB (World’s Most Beautiful).
The shoot was done by the ace lens man Nick Saglimbeni amidst scorching heat of a desert. Attired in flannels and denim shorts, Mallika Sherawat is seen as a damsel whose car has broken down in the middle of a desert and who tries to hitchhike by holding the placard ‘Hollywood or Bust’. Mallika’s make-up was done by Gaby Ramos, hairstyling by Gio Campora, and Styling by Sarah Ellis. To keep the shot to perfection and to prevent her tummy from bulging, Mallika was not even allowed to drink water between the shoot although it was seething hot in the desert location.
The year 2011 saw a diverse range of Bollywood flicks hit the screens, the themes ranging from real life sagas to sci-fi and experimental to sentimental dramas. Not only the films saw many fresh faces making it big in the industry but also some power packed performances from the leading stars. Here we give below, the top 5 grossing movies in Bollywood in the year 2011 so far:
This definitely was a Salman Khan year as twoof his flicks ‘Bodyguard’ and ‘Ready’ made in ‘Dabangg’ style made it big this year. The movie grossed Rs. 22 crores, with power packed performances from Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor under the direction of Atul Agnihotri. Salman’s signature dialogue – “Mujh par ek ehsaan karna ki mujh par koi ehsaan na karna” – once again struck a chord with fans.
One of the most awaited, most ambitious and high budgeted films of 2011. Ra. One turned out to churn profits for SRK’s production house. Though the film failed to impress the critics, exaggerated promotion, World class VFX, amazing graphics, innovative marketing, tie-ups with multiple brands and Shah Rukh Khan as the superhero helped the film rake moolah at the box-office.
Another one from Salman Khan, this was yet again a comedy under the direction of Aneez Bazmee. The film had Salman Khan and Asin Thottumkal in the lead and had some picturesque scenes from the exotic locales of Thailand.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
A tight script based on three bachelors dealing with their friendship and romance and some pwer packed performances from the lead cast of Hrtihik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, with Kalki Koechlin and Katrina Kaif as their love interests made the film a big hit of this year. The songs of the film held on to the top positions at almost all the music stations for a considerable span this year.
The Dirty Picture
Based on the life of the South siren Silk Smitha, this controversial film was very much in news even before it hit the screens, courtesy Vidya Balan’s sensuous curvy looks in the promos of the film. Vidya Balan swept both the classes and the masses off their feet with her bold avatar in Ekta Kapoor’s “The Dirty Picture”.
When all the world is wishing Merry Christmas to all their friends and well-wishers, how could Bollywood’s self-professed hot lady Poonam Pandey stay behind. So, the actress has once again done what she is best at, stripping of course (Yawn!).
Poonam has posted a photo of her in a black bikini as the Christmas Greeting to her fans and followers on Twitter along with the Tweet which goes,
“Love u allll muuuuuuwaaaaaaaaah!!! May love and laughter fill your life at Christmas and throughout the New Year.” Poonam tweeted and posted this picture.
Katrina Kaif is all set to grab the tag of the ‘Item Queen’ of Bollywood. She rocked the nation with her ‘Sheila Ki Jawani’ and is also gathering praises for her moves and sensuality in ‘Chikni Chameli’
But this is not all for her. The actress is all set to move a step further with item number in her forthecoming flick Dhoom 3 where she will be joined by the ace actor Aamir Khan. The item song was not part of the original script but was added later on, to cash in with the growing popularity and craze for item numbers. Katrina and Aamir have never worked together before hand with Aamir who does not excel in the art of dancing, some preparation is needed.
The choreographer for this rocking item number is yet to be finalized and things will start moving only after the first schedule of Dhoom 3 starts in March, in Mumbai.
Every year, dozens of fresh faces make their entry into Bollywood. Some go on to become big celebrities and successful stars while the others fall into oblivion. Recent years have seen many fresh faces making it big in the industry with the likes of Deepika Padukone, Kangna Ranaut, Asin, Anushka Sharma, Sonakhi Sinha and many others. 2011 also witnessed many dazzling divas making their way into the tinsel town. Whether they soar high in their career graph or not, only time can tell. Nevertheless, we give you our choice of top 5 most glamorous, most promising and hottest female faces who debuted this year:
She came into limelight in 2007 when she won the Miss India Universe Contest. She made her acting debut this year with the comedy film F.A.L.T.U. though the film failed to make it big at the box office, Pooja Gupta went on to win the hearts of many and was highly praised by both the audiences and critics.
A known face on the ramp and in the modelling industry, Nargis Fakhri made an impressive debut with Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar opposite Ranbir Kapoor. The film did fairly well at the box office receiving mixed response from the audience. Nevertheless, the Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar 2009 girl Nargis managed to create an impression with her personality, sex appeal, on screen persona and acting skills.
Even before Parineeti Chopra made her entry into Bollywood, she was a known face being the cousin of the successful Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra. Parineeti made her debut with Yash Raj film titled Ladies vs Ricki Behl which starred Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma in the lead. Though she did not have much to do in the film, Parineeti garnered attention because of her cute and innocent looks and also because of being in relation to Priyanka Chopra.
Her first brush with the entertainment industry was through Channel V’s reality show “Get Gorgeous”. She made her entry into Bollywood with Anumpam Kher in “Yeh Faaslay”. She will be next seen in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which is directed by BAFTA award winner John Madden where she will be acting with SlumDog Millionaire’s Dev Patel and Oscar winner Judi Dench.
Daughter of Karim Morani of Raja Hindustani fame, Zoa Morani made her debut into Bollywood this year with Red Chillies Entertainment’s “Always Kabhi Kabhi”. She also walked the ramp at Lakme Fashion Week for designer Pallavi Mohan as the show stopper.
Every year, the Bollywood mill churns out movies after movies. Where the small banners and small stars sometimes create magic at the box-office, big budgeted, big-banner and big stars often fail to rake moolah at the counter. Be it weak story plot, bad acting, or pure bad luck, when a big budget movie flops it surprises all. With 2011 drawing to an end, let us have a look at 5 most anticipated movies of 2011 which bombed at the box office:
An ambitious love story by Pankaj Kapoor, Mausam can be touted as the biggest flop of 2011 till now. Released on 16 September 2011, Mausam featured an impressive cast of Shahid Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Supriya Pathak, and Aditi Sharma. Though the romance depicted in the flick was impressive, the film bombed because of its boring length, repetition of scenes and weak plot.
7 Khoon Maaf:
This thriller and Black comedy released on 18 February 2011, was an ambitious project for Priyanka Chopra. This big budgeted movie directed by ace director Vishal Bhardwaj had a strong storyline and impressive cast comprising of John Abraham, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Naseeruddin Shah, Irrfan Khan, Anu Kapoor, and Vivaan Shah along with Priyanka Chopra, of course. However, the movie failed to make it big.
Again a February release, this family drama was made under the direction of Nikhil Advani and starred Akshay Kumar and Anushka Sharma. The plot was not a new one with the son Akshay Kumar wanting to make a career in cricket but his father does not want that his son play for England. This was a big budget movie with impressive performances from the actors and yet it failed to impress in the audience in general.
The highlight of the film was its cast comprising of Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone. This film, based on political and social issues, was directed by Prakash Jha and was released on12 August 2011. The movie was based on the burning issue of reservation for SC/ST.
With the strong cast of Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Rampal and Kangna Ranaut, this comedy made under the banner of Sanjay Dutt Productions surprised everyone when it failed at the box office. Directed by the master of comic genre, David Dhawan, the film had a massive budget and seemed impressive when the promos were released. However, it was a major flop of 2011.