The entire Bollywood clan turned up at ‘Jalsa’ on Nov. 13, 2012, as Aishwarya, Abhishek along with Jaya and Amitabh Bachchan threw a grand party to celebrate Aaradhya’s first Diwali.
On his Facebook page, Amitabh Bachchan wrote:
“Great Diwali with relatives and close friends … quieter and sound controlled, which worked magically ..played the ‘shugun’, gave bonuses to staff, firing up the firecrackers, intelligently ..
And then to receive guests, play the shagun ka cards and listen in to new and comforting music …”
Playing perfect hosts were Aishwarya Rai looking pretty in a deep pink anarkali with gold embroidery and Abhishek attired in a white and green striped silk kurta. Big B looked handsome as ever in a stunning red silk kurta with silver work.
Attending the party were Shahrukh Khan, Farhan Akhtar, R Balki, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Bipasha Basu, Tusshar Kapoor, Karan Johar and the stunning Deepika Pudukone, among other celebrities. Also spotted at the Diwali bash were Sonam Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut, Farhan Akhtar, Kirron Kher, Prachi Desai, Dino Morea, Manoj Bajpai, Arjun Kapoor, Asin, Arjun Rampal, John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Sunil Shetty, Gauri Khan, Twinkle Khanna, Tabu, Raveena Tandon, Manish Malhotra, Kunal Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor and several others.
Since the next day was Children’s Day, mommy Aishwarya and dad Abhishek celebrated the day by donating to the unprivileged children.
Amitabh Bachchan shared on Facebook, “The joy of receiving is nothing compared to the joy of giving .On Deepawali to acknowledge the work of those that work for you, through bonus and gift is true value of the festival.
Abhishek and Aishwarya give presence to ‘Magic Bus’ today an organization that looks and assists into the lives of under privileged children, mostly from slum areas. They donate in the name of Aaradhya to look after 4 children, their needs and vocation and education.
Jaya and I contribute towards other such institutions which work towards such causes .. adopting children and assuring them the basics of life …”
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan wrote in his blog: “I am now in a drunken stupor, unable to keep my senses and my eyes open … I am having to write and respond to those that shower love … I almost dropped over my laptop just now, as my slumber induced brain went dead for a while … this is not good at all …But attending to ShahRukh and Akshay and Deepika and Priety and a host of friends and guests for the celebration of divali, at times saps one of every inch of what the system demands ..nothing that seemed to be incoherent and rude, but just the whole timing of the matter ..”
The raw, funny, fearless and go-getter Chulbul Pandey returns with the release of the first poster of ‘Dabangg 2’. The poster shows Salman Khan in the same look of Chulbul Pandey with his signature glasses firing a gun. The first teaser of the film will be released by director and Salman’s brother Arbaaz Khan on November 9, Friday, on Bigg Boss 6. On the following day, November 10, Saturday, the full-length trailer would be released on the show.
The sequel takes the trail from the original film with Sonakshi Sinha as Chulbul’s wife. The negative shades will ne donned by Prakash Raj thus replacing Sonu Sood from the original. The icing to the cake are the item numbers by Kareena Kapoor and Malaika Arora.
Whether the film meets the expectations of the fans is a matter of wait and watch as the film is slated for a December 21 release, just a few days before Salman’s birthday.
Kajol and other celebrity mothers were spotted at the first ever Disney Princess Academy in India in Mumbai on November 6, 2012. Over 360 Princess fans had a day of fun-filled activities including dressing, dancing, etiquette training, tiara making and even the chance to meet their favorite Disney Princesses – Cinderella, Snow White and Rapunzel.
The event was attended by many celebrity mothers including Kajol, Perizaad Zorabian, Maria Goretti, Mansi Joshi Roy, Gautami Kapoor, Gauri Pradhan, Prerna Joshi, Gurdeep Kohli, Gauri Tonk amongst others.
Kajol who was spotted at the event with daughter Nyasa chose to stay tight lipped on the legal issue between Ajay Devgn Films and Yash Raj Films.
“I am not going to comment on that. Thank you,” she said.
For those who have come in late, ADF has complained to the CCI against YRF alleging malpractice in connection with the release of the former’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan (JTHJ), with the latter’s Son Of Sardaar (SOS) on Diwali, Nov 13. It was alleged that YRF was using its dominant position to ask exhibitors to dedicate more screens to JTHJ instead of SOS. Ajay Devgn Films has now approached the Competition Appellate Tribunal.
The recent Blenders Pride Fashion Tour has been all glamour and glitter with various Bollywood stars walking the ramp to showcase the creations of ace designers. We caught a click of Kangana Ranaut, Sonakshi Sinha and Rana Daggubati scorching the ramp in style and poise.
Rana Daggubati was the show stopper for designer Asmita Marwah. He looked super hot in his semi formal attire with a sleeveless flimsy top and cool dhoti pants accessorized with a pair of sepia tinted sunglasses and gladiator sandals.
Kangana Ranaut looked no less than an angel in a white Gavin Miguel outfit. Designer duo Falguni and Shane Peacock opted for a whacky concept for Sonakshi Sinha with a whole black swan style outfit with a hint of feathery mess below the thighs.
Ameesha Patel is back and how!! She is working hard on her body and her recent photo shoots portray her at her sexiest best. She has a lot of action going on in the professional front. She has just completed a photo shoot for both her films Race 2 and Shortcut Romeo opposite Neil Nitin Mukesh. Apart from her ‘Superhit Bhaiyyaji’ opposite Sunny Deol, the girl will also start the shooting of her new film Singh Sahab The Great with Sunny Deol which she recently announced. She plays the main lead opposite Sunny and the film also stars Johnny Lever, Prakash Raj, and Amrita Rao in a small but important role. Besides she is also working on her own project ‘Desi Magic’. Dhoom and Dhoom 2 director Sanjay Gadhvi, who’s been a close friend of Ameesha Patel is helping the actress and her business partner Kuunal Goomer with the dialogues and screenplay of their upcoming film.
Meanwhile, Ameesha’ new photo shoot for Glamstar sunglasses in a red hot bikini is out. Ameesha looks drop dead gorgeous in her bikini look. Here is Ameesha in a red swimsuit for Glamstar sunglasses…..
Sunny Leone’s Bollywood debut ‘Jism 2’ may have turned out to be a disaster at the box office, but the pornstar-turned-actress is here to stay for sure. Not only is she doing the sequel to ‘Ragini MMS’, but Leone has also reportedly signed a three-film deal with Alumbra Entertainment (known for their recent release ‘Bhoot Returns’) for a whopping Rs 5 crore. The company is also producing “Ab Tak Chhappan 2“, “Warning” and another film based on the 26/11 attacks.
The production company, which is headed by Parag Sanghavi, will start the shoot of their first film in the second quarter of 2013 and the remaining will be shot later.
“Sunny will do her third, fourth and fifth film after ‘Jism 2′ and ‘Ragini MMS 2′ with us. We will share details at the opportune moment,” said a spokesperson for Alumbra Entertainment.
Bold and beautiful Nargis Fakhri made her debut in Bollywood with megahit ‘Rockstar’, but though the film and Ranbir Kapoor got rave reviews, the critics could not help lashing out Nargis for her poor acting skills. This is exactly the reason why Nargis, inspite of a pretty face, hot body and a superhit debut film has failed to bag in a second project in Bollywood.
Nevertheless, the starlet has a host of endorsements in her kitty. She has already been signed as the ambassador of seven brands including HCL Infosystems, Van Heusen, PVR BluO, etc, and has others in line waiting for her approval to their offer.
With no films in her kitty, Nargis is keeping herself busy with being clicked at various events. Recently, she joined Juhi Chawla in the Beach Cleanliness Drive in Mumbai. The starlet was spotted at the Juhu Beach cleaning the area, after the Ganpati Visarjan as a part of DNA’s Juhu beach cleanup initiative.
Check out Nargis at her cleanliness drive………
After her daredevil stunts in her last release ‘Tezz’, Sameera Reddy turns into a sizzling item girl for Prakash Jha’s political thriller ‘Chakravyuh’. The song titled ‘Kunda Khol’ has been composed by Sandesh Shandilya, sung by singer Sunidhi Chauhan, and the lyrics are by Ashish Sahu.
The song has been shot extensively in Bhopal at Rizwanbagh area of Koh-e-fiza of the old city. “The song is shot in the midst of a naxalite camp. And considering the realism in his films, Prakashji said the makeup has to be dusky to ensure the look of a local girl. I was surprised that he wanted the dusky look, because most of the time, we are expected to be on the fairer side. It’s voluptuousness and dusky skin that make us, Indian women, sexy. It’s a welcome change that this trend of wholesome women has come back and the audience seem to be loving it,” says Sameera.
“Unlike other songs, which have extras dressed up as locals, here they were actually locals. The atmosphere was so realistic that it helped me push myself. Nothing had prepared me for that amount of energy, it really tested my stamina,” she adds.
Prakash Jha is all praises for Sameera and feels that she was just the right choice for the song. “Sameera has that look and she’s such a good dancer. When I told Ganesh about her, he agreed immediately. And she’s done it fabulously. I’m very happy with the song, it’s fantastic,” he says.
This was the grandest welcome Bollywood could have offered to any heroine on her comeback. The entire Bollywood fraternity turned up for Sridevi’s ‘English Vinglish’ premiere and she was basking in praises as the attendees ended up applauding after the screening of the film.
The premiere was attended by Madhuri Dixit, Bipasha Basu, Vidya Balan, Amitabh Bachchan, Sonakshi Sinha, Shilpa Shetty, Zarine Khan, Ayesha Takia, Yash Chopra, Jaya Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Konkona Sen Sharma, and many others from the TV and film industry.
Sridevi, who attended the premiere with hubby Boney Kapoor and family, R Balki and director Gauri Shinde, Sridevi interacted with the media and said: “I am not at all nervous; I am more than just exited! I feel like I am on top of the world! This is a special day for me, my husband and my children! And I would like to thank all those who have come here, and I really hope they like the film!”
Her 15-year-old daughter Jhanvi said: “I am so proud she is the coolest mom.”
Well! We could not agree more!!
Barfi deserves Oscar! Yes, there’s no reason to be dumbstruck. Barfi in the tradition of so many enthralling drama in the last few years that made Indian film grow bigger in stature in the world cinema, is just on its way to produce another success story for Indian film in the global space in respect of critical reception and artistic appraisal. The film is already in the 100 Crore club as one of the highest commercially successful Indian film in the last few years, but more than just being another commercially hit cinema it exhibited all dramatic and cinematic qualities for critical appraisal of highest order and that made it a contender for Oscar award for best foreign picture in 2012. Let’s have a look at various aspects that explains why Barfi deserves Oscar!
A great screenplay and characters that rock
Barfi tells the story of a deaf and dumb, simple hearted, passionate and most intensely and emotionally active young man and his relationship with two girls. Being born and brought up in picturesque hill station of Darjeeling Barfi or Murphy Johnson gets entangled in two-edged relationship subsequently with two girls that apart from the romantic drama that ensues also takes him to get involved in criminal abduction drama of one of these girls that ends up in mutual love. But in few years time after he came to Kolkata again as soon as his relationship with the second girl became rekindled he again got into the kidnapping drama that made Darjeeling Police go after him. The story surprisingly shows the becoming of three characters lives that ends in a hospital where two girls are in an encompassing sadness beside the death bed of Barfi.
The beauty of the screenplay is its interwoven drama that encompasses various enthralling situations that simultaneously relates the troubled, deaf and dumb and easy going personality of Barfi in the face of two edged love and worldly challenges. The character of Barfi and its diverse playfulness and dramatic as well as innocent endeavors fills us with a charm that no recent film in the world can be compared with. All reasons apart this intuitive depiction of characters in their most original human empathy alone explains why Barfi deserves Oscar.
Some never-before quality that wins Oscar
Typically for winning Oscar for best foreign language film as it has been observed that the film must have some qualities that make it appealing to world audience irrespective of numerous cultural and social differences. When a film with enrapturing drama and sturdy, enthralling visuals directly appeals to your reasoning and emotional content beyond linguistic and cultural differences it becomes a deserving contender for best foreign language film. Barfi has taken millions of Indian’s heart with its heart rendering cinematic tale of innocence, love and thrilling human perspective and the film is not too much culture specific that makes the possibility of the film to be appealing to world audience wide open. Most of the Indian films previously chosen or nominated for Oscar had been either too much drawn into mainstream or ethnic Indian culture and that in a way served as a cultural barrier for winning Oscar. Barfi deserves Oscar because it more than language or typical local cultural orientation depicts the story of love and relationship through the heart rendering comedy and innocence of a dumb man that overcomes linguistic and cultural differences.
The ‘Dhoom’ franchise have always presented their ladies in racy and super glamorous avatar. Be it Esha Deol in ‘Dhoom’ or Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Bipasha Basu in ‘Dhoom 2’, these hit flicks left the cine goers asking for more with all of them looking super hot in their roles.
With ‘Dhoom 3’ in the making, the makers did not want to settle in for less. So, in came the Autralian import, Tabrett Bethell, who is a popular and well known Australian TV actress. She is best known for portraying the character Cara in the television series Legend of the Seeker. In her earlier days Bethell has worked as a fashion model since she was 16. Tabrett Bethell was also a cheerleader for the National Rugby League (NRL).
This hottie will be seen romancing Aamir Khan in ‘Dhoom 3’. The movie has Aamir play the villain with Katrina Kaif, too, displaying greyer shades in her character.
Welcoming Bethell, Uday Chopra tweeted:
“Please welcome the lovely @TabrettBethell who joins the cast of Dhoom 3 today.”
GIMA Awards 2012 held at the YRF Studios, yesterday in Mumbai, was all glamour and glitter with Bollywood biggies making their presence felt at the event. The celebrities who were spotted at the award ceremony were SRK, Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Vidya Balan, Parineeti Chopra, Sonakshi Sinha, Vivek Oberoi, Ayushmann Khurrana and Nargis Fakhri.
Shahrukh Khan wrote on Twitter: “Still at work…got a gima award for chamak challo…a compliment for challa…and a hug from mika singh..punjab da day type today.”
This was the third edition of the Global Indian Music Academy (GIMA) Awards and was hosted by Saif Ali Khan and Parineeti Chopra. The show witnessed some power packed performances by Parineeti Chopra, Ajay Devgan, Sonakshi Sinha and Mika Singh. several singers and musicians like A R Rahman, Sonu Nigam, Mika Singh, Anup Jalota, Bappi Lahiri, Hard Kaur, and Himesh Reshammiya graced the event.
The jury from film music included Jatin Pandit, Javed Akhtar, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Kunal Kohli, Prasoon Joshi, Rajiv Kenkre, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Ramesh Sippy, Resul Pookutty, Shaan, Udit Narayan & Vijay Lazarus. Along with them, the non-film music jury consisted of Anup Jalota, Dr. L. Subramaniam, Ehsaan Noorani, Hariharan, Ila Arun, Leslie Lewis, Loy Mendonsa, Pankaj Udhas, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Raju Singh, Ram Sampath, Roop Kumar Rathod, Salim Merchant, Shankar Mahadevan, Shantanu Moitra, Shashi Vyas, Suresh Wadkar, Swanand Kirkire, Taufiq Qureshi & Ustad Rashid Khan.
Along with an insight to the awards, various musicians paid a tribute to the musical veterans who passed away recently – namely, Jagjit Singh, Bhupen Hazarika & Mehdi Hassan.