Thursday, July 31

Brett Lee enters Bollywood
Australian cricketer Brett Lee is all set to enter Bollywood with the movie “Victory”, starring Harman Baweja in the lead role.

Besides Brett Lee, a handful of other cricket players like Australians, Brad Hogg, Stuart Clarke and Mike Hussey and Indians, Yusuf Pathan, RP Singh and Pravin Kumar have cameos in the film.

Harman Baweja plays the role of a small town boy who makes it big in the world of cricket and Brett Lee plays himself who helps Baweja’s character achieve his dreams.
On working with newcomer Harman Baweja, Lee says it was a whole new experience. “It was a lot of fun. We helped each other out throughout the movie. I taught him a few shots while he gave him me acting tips,” he recalls.

Apart from claiming wickets, Lee shares a passion for music. In the past he did a song and music video for legendary singer Asha Bhonsle’s album.

Next on the anvil, Lee is adding finishing touches to a music video. “There are six to seven songs in Hindi and in English in the album. I had been working on it with friends for the last six months,” he reveals.
Katrina Kaif out of Temptations Reloaded
Bollywood is just full of uncertainties. Earlier it was reported that Katrina Kaif will be a part of Shah Rukh Khan led Temptations Reloaded. Now the latest rumor is that Katrina Kaif has been removed from the Temptations Reloaded tour by King Khan and party.

The reason is said to be the latest Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan spat which happened at Katrina Kaif’s birthday party when Katrina’s beau Salman misbehaved with Shah Rukh and the latter had to leave with wife Gouri.

It is said that Katrina, who was part of the tour along with Arjun Rampal, Kareena Kapoor, Javed Ali, Anushka Dandekar and Ganesh Hedge, has fallen victim to King Khan’s wrath. She is out of the tour now.

Wednesday, July 30

Amitabh Bachchan plays son Abhishek's grandfather
Amitabh Bachchan is known to sign on unusual roles and the latest is that Big B will play his son Abhishek's grandad in Rakeysh Mehra's forthcoming film 'Dilli 6'.

Mehra's semi-autobiographical film has Abhishek playing the male lead while Sonam Kapoor will play the female lead in the film. Mehra has also roped in Amitabh to play a specially written cameo.

Confirming the news, Amitabh says: 'I play Abhishek's grandfather in Dilli 6.' The film already has veteran actress Waheeda Rehman and one of the Big B's incentives for stepping into the picture so late is to share screen space with his favourite actress.

Amitabh has earlier worked with Mehra in “Aks”. Mehra also has plans to cast Amitabh in his next film titled “Paanch Kaurav”.

'Paanch Kaurav' will be Rakeysh Mehra’s third film with Amitabh Bachchan.

Tuesday, July 29

Shah Rukh Khan to go for Temptations Reloaded

Is King Khan following the footsteps of Big B? Close on the heels of the Bachchan’s worldwide entertainment show- The Unfogettable Tour, Shahrukh is going to grace Dubai on October 21st with Temptations Reloaded.

Shah Rukh Khan will be the main attraction of Temptations Reloaded. According to Morani brothers, “Shah Rukh Khan’s Temptations Reloaded concert will hit Dubai on October 21, if all goes well”. The Moranis were the organisers of the successful Temptations tour, which took place in 2004 and featured Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta and Priyanka Chopra.

Temptations Reloaded is a sequel to Temptations. The first of its concerts was held in Rotterdam, Holland, on June 21, 2008. Other than Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Arjun Rampal were part of that stage show.

The Moranis are also eyeing Kuwait and Germany as other venues for the concert tour.

Monday, July 28

Madhuri Dixit goes 36-24-36

The heartthrob of millions, Madhuri Dixit is heard to be seen in 36-24-36. The actress is not pushing hard to achieve that dream figure. But the atypical title 36-24-36 happens to be her forthcoming flick with Meghna Gulzar. Daughter of the famous poet, writer and director Gulzar saab, Meghna Gulzar who earlier gave films like Filhaal, Just Married and a segment in Dus Kahaniyaan is all set to start a film titled 36-24-36 with Madhuri Dixit Nene.

According to the hearsay 36-24-36 will be an out and out comedy film. As the title suggests the film would be about weight loss and measurements. According to Meghna, Madhuri will play the central protagonist in the film. If everything goes accordingly than this would be the first time Madhuri will be seen in a comic role. The film will be produced by Pritish Nandy communications.

Currently Madhuri is busy with Bachchans “The Unforgettable Tour” and in talks with Meghna Gulzar. More details on 36-24-36 will be finalised after Madhuri finishes with the tour.

Sunday, July 27

Future of Salman-Katrina Relationship- The Picture says it all

One of the most famous love affairs in Bollywood is that of Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. Salman Khan is reportedly trying hard to save his relationship, but it’s Katrina who wants to call it off.
Organising a lavish birthday party for Kat was, in fact, a placatory move on Salman’s part, an effort to keep his not-too-interested-anymore girlfriend happy. Unfortunately, the plan backfired and the Sallu-SRK spat took front seat rather than a happy celebration of Kat’s birthday. In fact it ruined the day for Kat. Everyone saw that she was distraught at Sallu’s behaviour that day.
Kat confided to a friend recently, “This has become a pattern. Salman always tries to do something to please me, but just ends up getting me more irritated.” She hasn’t been taking his calls lately, says our source.

Industry insiders have been talking about the cooling off of this relationship for some months now. The hot affair has already toned down to a mere friendship, according to their close friends.

Kat has always had a problem with Sallu’s drinking, especially the fact that when he’s punch drunk, he does tend to go on about Aishwarya Rai - which Kat resents. A friend talks about the time when Sallu called up Kat in front of him and asked her to come over. She asked him if he was drinking, when he answered in the affirmative, she refused to join him.

Apparently the urge to break off is more on Kat’s side. She has a rocking, hit-studded career and wants to move on now. She has been heard saying that she doesn’t want to do films with Salman, right now.

Saturday, July 26

Sylvester Stallone in Bollywood Film
Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone is going to star in a bollywood film. Producer Sajid Nadiadwala has finally managed to get actor Slyvester Stallone to shoot a scene for his film Kambakht Ishq, starring Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor. The unit is currently in Los Angeles.

According to reports, Stallone not only agreed to do the shoot, he also had done his R and D on the Hindi film industry as well. Then, once he arrived on the sets, it seems he spoke a word or two of Hindi for the shot. The Hollywood star found a lot in common with Akshay. But the one person was not too happy about Stallone's presence was Saif Ali Khan. The actor was present on the sets because of Kareena. In the shot, Kareena is believed to have kissed Stallone on the cheek, which apparently did not go down well with her boyfriend. He is believed to have taken her aside and the lovers had a minor tiff, following which Saif walked out of the sets. It took much cajoling from good friend Amrita Arora, to cool down Kareena.
Shilpa Shetty goes to Bigg Boss

Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, the actress with reality show Big Brother fame, is now all set to host the Indian version, Big Boss on new entertainment channel Colors in the near future.

It is reported that the second season of ‘Bigg Boss’ will go on air sometime in August and will run for three months, with one episode for each day. The show will debut once the Akshay Kumar-hosted ‘Fear Factor- Khatron Ke Khiladi’ goes off air.

Shilpa, who became a hot favorite in Britain after her Big Brother win, has replaced Arshad Warsi. According to a source, “Shilpa has been signed on for a whopping Rs 8 crore by the production house. She is the first celebrity to be finalized on the show while the participants are yet to be finalized.”

Shilpa Shetty had achieved global popularity by winning the British version of the show Big Brother, having endured racial discrimination with great dignity and poise. Thus she was the natural choice for the Indian show.

Big Boss is ready to start on Colors. Rajesh Kamat, CEO of Colors, says, “Yes, Bigg Boss – Season 2 is going to air on Colors.”

Wednesday, July 23

Will Smith earns most in Hollywood
Will Smith, the black actor who rose from the ranks of rappers to become a Hollywood superstar, is now officially the top-earning star in Tinseltown.

Smith, 39, earned $80 million in the past year to top the list of biggest earners, ahead of Johnny Depp, who earned $72 million.

The continued success of Smith's movies across various genres means he is the first actor ever to have eight films in a row to break the $100 million barrier at the box office.

Eddie Murphy and Mike Myers came in joint third with pay cheques totalling $55 million each, and Leonardo DiCaprio rounded out the top five with $45 million in earnings.

Action star Bruce Willis was next with $41 million, followed by comedian Ben Stiller with $40 million and Nicolas Cage with $31 million. Comedy stars Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler rounded out the top 10, with $31 million and $30 million respectively.
Amrita Rao turns Red Hot- features on cover of Verve this month

The petite girl next door, Amrita Rao has suddenly turned red hot. And the latest issue of Verve proves all this.

Amrita Rao features on the cover of the latest edition of the fashion magazine Verve and she is looking more stunning then ever.

Her eyes signified the mist of the glacier dew. Her pout makes for a perfect geometrical figure. Such is the perfection of this lass that she makes heads turn every time people see a glimpse of her.

Having made her debut with a non-starter Ab Ke Baras, she wasted no time in making a fixed place for herself not just in her fans' hearts, but also in Bollywood! What followed after that was an array of Hits for this Miss. She slowly carved her niche in Bollywood.

Post her classic portrayal of the cool-turned-coolest Sanjana in the superhit Main Hoon Na, Amrita Rao suddenly became the unanimous choice for all the filmmakers. No wonder then, it was not just raining hit films, but also big banners for this reigning babe.

If Bollywood was not just enough, Amrita tasted unprecedented success down south also. She was the flavor of the season everywhere, a season that lasted for the whole year.

One really needs to give it to this chic for having kept her personal and professional life totally apart from each other! While one gets totally besotted with her onscreen romance with the heroes, Amrita refuses to provide fodder for any off-screen gossips!

With her Mahadev Ka Sajjanpur and Victory coming up, one just cannot hold onto the sparkler called 'Amrita Rao' to ignite the silver screen with her golden presence.

Way to go Amrita!!

Tuesday, July 22

Salman Khan on his wedding plans
One of the most eligible bachelors from Indian cinema, Salman Khan finds it amusing when contestants on his show “Dus Ka Dum” ask him about his marriage plans.

"It really amuses me no end that most contestants in the show "Dus Ka Dum" express their earnest desire of seeing me married," Salman wrote on his blog.

“I really respect their (contestants’) love for me but why is everyone concerned about a very individual choice, personal issue?”

Salman, who was seen in hits like 'Mujhse Shaadi Karogi' and 'Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya', admits marriage is very important in our society.

The oldest popular statement is that “Shaadi ka ladoo jo khaye who bhi pachtaye aur joh na khaye who bhi pachtaye”. I don't like sweets so it doesn't concern me.

“Yet another popular belief is that most women marry in the hope that the husband will improve for the better after the wedding and most men believe that wives will not change.”

“Implied meaning is that they will remain charming beloveds and their beauty shall not wither. This hope for change and belief in changelessness leads tying of nuptial knots,” he concluded.
This way Shreya Saran became a hot property- willing to work with Amitabh Bachchan
After the grand success of Sivaji- The Boss, Shreya Saran has found a new status as a hot and sensational property and this has made the Southern star confident today. “Sivaji was Rajni’s film, but being a great man, he let me shine in it. Working with him, I learned to set myself a benchmark. Though I often ask myself - where now from here,” the actress admits. Where now, is for Bollywood to tell the talented Southern star.

Riding on Sivaji’s success, she’s bagged several projects, including some from Hollywood. In Bollywood, besides her debut film Awarapan, Shriya’s in Sangeeth Sivan’s Ek. “Films were incidental. I call it an arranged marriage. I fell in love with films after I got into the business. I was grooming to be a Kathak dancer when I landed in a music video. That’s how it began,” she says. On the Hollywood front, Shriya has wrapped up Ashok Amritraj’s The Other End of the Line opposite Canadian actor Jesse Metcalfe. And how has Deepa Mehta’s What’s Cooking to look forward to.

Now that she is in Bollywood, Shreya’s big ambition is to star opposite Amitabh Bachchan. She revealed, “I met him as a fan when I was about 11 and took his autograph. He was shooting in Udaipur for Khuda Gawah. Recently, I met him at an award function in Bangkok and told him that. He was amused. I told Mr Bachchan, ‘I want to work with you.’ And he replied, “I’m looking forward to it”.

Monday, July 21

Rajnikanth to be directed by daughter Saundarya

South Superstar Rajnikanth is set to star in a live action role in a mega budget animation film- Sultan The Warrior, to be directed by his daughter, Saundarya.

At 2 billion rupees, it is the most expensive animated movie ever to be produced in India and is being produced by Soundarya’s Ocher Studios. Dad Rajnikanth must be doubly proud to star in a movie directed and produced by his daughter.

Telugu actress Ileana has been signed opposite him in the live action sequences. The movie is getting a buzz unusual for animated movies thanks to the Rajnikanth brand name attached to it. Apart from that, Ocher is collaborating with Adlabs for this movie. The music for the film has been scored by AR Rahman and the graphics and visual effects have been done by Soundarya’s team at Ocher.

And now Ocher studios has also tied up with Warner Bros for producing live action films.” They’re a great team; you know there’s nothing more I can say about Warner Bros that people don’t already know. We have tied up an exclusive agreement deal that we’ll produce live action films for them. We’re producing South Indian films to begin with, but soon we’ll move on to the North Indian market as well. It’s an exclusive agreement that we have happening,” says Saundarya.

Saundarya has done a cameo in her father’s bumper movie Kuselan. But she is keener to be behind the camera than in front of it these days.

Sunday, July 20

Koena Mitra gets into exceptional shape for Karna
While producers in India dub Koena Mitra's voice, for her international project Karna, she's been asked to cultivate a British accent to speak in her own voice.

For Karna, Koena is also cultivating a fat-free athletic physique; the kind she says is not fashionable in Bollywood. "With the help of my trainer Channel Pereira, I've lost so much weight. I'm down to 15 percent body fat. The rest is all muscles. This is all for my kick-ass boy-bashing role in Karna. Unfortunately, Bollywood goes ga-ga over thin not fit bodies."

She has to train especially hard since she will be the only woman in this all-male actioner. "In Bollywood, they think if a leading lady can do one free-falling kick she's achieved the unthinkable. In Karna, I've to do the kind of action which only male actors have been seen doing in the movies."

Not only that, Koena has to acquire another skill for Karna. "I've to get a British accent, and fast. Yes they've asked me to speak in my own voice and in British accent because the movie will be in sync sound. I've to learn four different types of British dialects."

The film will be shot in six countries. But mainly in Hong Kong and China. Koena thinks Bollywood isn't ready for boy-bashing chick flicks. Koena says, "I recently shot three promos for the film. When I saw myself fighting aliens I got really excited. Our country isn't ready for a real chick flick like Charlie's Angels and Lara Croft. I think I'll be the first Indian actress to go out there and kick ass. And I don't have to become a Size 0 to look sexy".

Saturday, July 19

Asin to star opposite Salman Khan in London Dreams

Tamil actress Asin will play the female lead opposite Bollywood icon Salman Khan in “London Dreams”, a source revealed this.

The venture will be directed by Vipul Shah, the source added. added.

Asin has acted as the female lead opposite Aamir Khan in “Ghajini”, the remake of a Tamil film of the same name.

According to sources close to her, “The actress is also tipped to play a major role in a Hollywood film”.
Genelia D’Souza riding high with success
Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na is becoming the biggest hit of the year and consequently Genelia D’Souza is riding high on the wave of success.

Genelia D’ Souza reveals that she landed the role after auditioning for it one year back. She had decided to take a break after five long years in South Indian cinema when she got a phone call from Aamir Khan productions offering her the Jaane tu Ya Jaane Na role.

After that everything was a blast. Genelia D’ Souza completely enjoyed working with Aamir Khan and the crew of Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. "Working with both Aamir and Imran has been a big party. Aamir gives you confidence. He instills belief and courage in you. With his believing in me I started to believe in myself. Then again the team that he has put together is fantastic. Working with the entire team with of ‘Jaane Tu…’ has been extremely enjoyable", she says.

Genelia D’ Souza also shares a good rapport with co star Imran Khan.’ As for Imran, strangely from the day we met we hit it off. We even did our screen test together. I felt very comfortable working with him. We became real good friends just like we have been shown in the film.,” she says.

She reveals that she completely identifies with the character of Aditi, the main protagonist of the film. She quips,” I identify a lot with Aditi. In fact I am very much like her in real life. I am a complete loyalist for my friends and have always stood up for them.” Genelia D’ Souza also insists that she has no time for romance in real life and is concentrating on her career.

Meanwhile her career in South Indian movies is also getting a boost. Producer Shankar is dubbing her Kannada film Satya in Love into Telugu and plans to release it very soon.

Friday, July 18

Aishwarya Rai is the most wanted Bollywood star in Hollywood
According to a senior Hollywood Insider, Aishwarya Rai is the most sought after Bollywood star in Hollywood.

Paul Schrader, former scriptwriter to Martin Scorsese, who has written some of Scorsese’s big films like Bringing Out The Dead, The Last Temptation Of Christ, Raging Bull and Taxi Driver revealed this fact about Aishwarya Rai.

“The biggest and probably the only name Hollywood’s top people want to cast from India is Aishwarya Rai. She is the only one who can be cast in the lead with a Hollywood actor. Her beauty appeals even to the Western minds”, he said.

“Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan and others are well-known in Hollywood, but it is Aishwarya that filmmakers want to cast because she fits the bill completely. She has great screen presence. I can tell you for a fact that big banners are trying very hard to get her dates,” Schrader told After Hours on the sidelines of the 10th Osian’s film festival being held in New Delhi.

Aishwarya Rai has pursued a Hollywood career seriously. Aishwarya Rai has acted in several big international projects like Pink Panther 2 alongside ace comedian Steve Martin, the Ben Kingsley starrer The Last Legion, Jag Mundhra’s Provoked, Paul Mayega Berges’ The Mistress of Spices and Gurinder Chadha’s Bride and Prejudice. She also has two other Hollywood offers as of now – Singularity that has Mummy series star Brendan Fraser and the movie, Bhopal. According to rumors, Aishwarya will be teaming up with Ben Kingsley once again for his ambitious project on Taj Mahal.

Aishwarya Rai has also turned down many hot acting roles like the recently released Hancock starring Will Smith. But she is still the most popular face of Bollywood in the West as she does the occasional role in Movies as well as models for various luxury items and cosmetic brands.

Wednesday, July 16

Priyanka Chopra goes down memory lane
Priyanka Chopra went flash back to her early career as a model and drew from her experiences as a struggling model for her latest film, Fashion by Madhur Bhandarkar.

Priyanka had started her professional life as a model. And now while doing ‘Fashion’, she met up with friends from her modeling days… Noyonika Chatterjee, Jesse Randhawa and Aanchal Kumar.It seemed like an era between those days and her present career as an actor, she said.

“When I was modeling I was 17. So it’s like a whole era has passed between then and now”, says the actor. But her modeling spell was quite brief she reveals. She modeled only in the period between winning the Miss India pageant and the Miss World crown.

In Fashion, she plays a small town girl who struggles in the fashion world and undergoes a tremendous metamorphosis. “And I’ve gone through that metamorphosis myself. Like my character, I was a small-town girl finding my way through the modeling world when I came to Mumbai. A lot of it is derived from my own experiences”.

Priyanka is happy with her role and even happier working with Bhandarkar.

Tuesday, July 15

Mugdha Godse signs 3 film contract with Percept Pictures Company
Mugdha Godse is yet to make her big screen debut in Bollywood through Fashion but this popular ramp-walker and model already has quite a few biggies in hand. She has been signed by Percept Pictures Company under a three film contract and is now all set to be working with some of the bigwigs of the film industry. But Mugdha continues to maintain her poise even on the face of such a huge leap in her just-started Bollywood career.

"Don't be surprised because that's the way I function", replies Mugdha on being quizzed around how, unlike her contemporaries, she isn't quite heard or spoken about before her debut release Fashion, "That's not my style. For some it may be a way to keep making headlines but I would rather have everything firmly in place before I let people know about it."

The Percept offer appears to be quite an event in her professional career that is kicking off, isn't it? "True, I am happy that the buzz and hype about Fashion has been making quite a few people sit up and notice the project. PPC were aware about the progress that Fashion was making and were seemingly cued in about my performance too", reveals Mugdha who is said to be playing an integral part of Fashion even with Priyanka Chopra and Kangna Ranaut being relatively senior actors in the film.

Since she has been offered three films, would she be playing a lead role in each of these films? "Absolutely", Mugdha is quick to react, "The films that I am doing with PPC would have me in a lead-lead kind of a role. Also, since the production house has 10-15 films in the pipeline, the role that I would eventually end up doing would be by mutual consent between me and the director. I should like the film and the director should also find me suitable enough for the part."

How about working in films outside PPC? Informs Mugdha, "The good part is that this is a non-exclusive contract. In plain and simple terms, this means that I don't have to do their three films in a row and in the interim can work in a film outside PPC as well."

PPC has directors like Priyadarshan, David Dhawan, Shimit Amin, Nagesh Kukunoor and Madhur Bhandarkar amongst others on board.

Monday, July 14

Vikram Bhatt comes with 1920
Director Vikram Bhatt is all set to release his new project, 1920. It’s a horror movie set in that period.

With 1920, two newcomers are going to make their debut. Adah Sharmam and Rajneesh Duggal are set to star in a Hindi film for the first time. Set in the year 1920, the film traces the love story of an Indian boy and an English girl, set in locales from the vintage areas of Rajasthan of 1920 to Mussoorie and Bombay and a resort in the Himalayas. The two get married despite heavy opposition and the story unfolds on the premises of a supernatural thriller.

Speaking about filmmaking, Bhatt said story is like a tune that a director has in his mind. He likened it to the orchestra, which goes on in the director’s mind all playing in perfect harmony and unison.“1920 is that harmony and this coffee table book is an ode to that harmony. Our way of telling you how we played to one tune that we believed in, its faith in each other that makes an orchestra,” he said.

Bhatt has a unique marketing idea of promoting his film. Thanks to Aamir Khan he is showing the trailer of his forthcoming horror film with Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na. Jaane Tu has been a super success at the box office and is on its way to break all records of any film released this year. And Vikram Bhatt who did not have a great luck at the box office recently is sure to reach out to masses thanks to Aamir Khan’s generosity.

Sunday, July 13

Osian Film Festival opens at Delhi
Delhi is enjoying to host Osian Film Festival. The 10th edition of the film festival was inaugurated by Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit on Friday. This version of the Osian Film Festival is a ten day treat for the movie lovers.

The Osians-Cinefan bestowed the Osian’s lifetime achievement award on eminent director Mrinal Sen for his contributions to cinema and the Aruna Vasudev Lifetime Achievement Award for writing on cinema to Philippines versatile poet and writer Jose ‘Pete’ F. Lacaba.

“I wish I have to make many more movies. I think I should do something more. I do not know whether I deserve this award. I receive this award with all dignity. Once again I am reborn,” said Sen after receiving the coveted award.

NDTV Lumiere is taking part in Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival by showcasing 13 of its films from July 10 to 20. NDTV Lumiere is trying to bring contemporary cutting edge world cinema to India. These films will also be presented to the Indian audiences in the coming months across multiple platforms ranging from theatrical releases to home video and television.These critically acclaimed films include ‘The Chaos’, ‘Paloma Delight’, ‘Thousand Years of Good Prayers’, ‘Jellyfish’, ‘Ulzhan’, ‘Blind Mountain’, ‘Wonderful Town’, ‘Three Monkeys’, ‘Salt of The Sea’, ‘Breath’, ‘Under the Bombs’, ‘Secret of the Grain’ and ‘8½’.

Saturday, July 12

Mahima Choudhary To Comeback
The Indian film industry aka Bollywood can be termed as a strange place in certain ways. There are certain unwritten norms and rules which invariably come into play. Like for instance, the viability of a heroine once she gets married, or becomes a mother.

In the past like Hema Malini or Sharmila Tagore , or Kajol in recent times, have managed the impossible and were able to straddle all three, motherhood, marriage and career very well. And most importantly, the audience accepted them wholeheartedly,married or not married. But not all actresses have been so lucky. But there is one who is brave enough to weather all these storms. And that is actress Mahima Chowdhary. She is not comfortable with the word comeback. She rightly believes that all she did was to take a maternity break. And now that the break is over, she would like nothing better than to get back into films. With her daughter now a year old, the actress feels she can now comfortably start working all over again. Certain directors have even shown a positive interest in her comeback. Of course, if she had a say in it, Mahima would like to do light and frothy roles at the moment. She is even looking at television as a viable option. Let's hope that she manages to break the norm of a married actress making a comeback.

Wednesday, July 9

This could be the time for Mallika Sherawat
Though Mallika Sherawat featured in three films, each of which went on to be money spinners at the box office, she didn't really have a pivotal part to the play in the plot. At the beginning of the year, she belly danced to 'Maiyya Maiyya' in Guru and disappeared after a 5 minutes appearance. Later she danced to 'Mehbooba Mehbooba' with Himesh Reshammiya, refused to kiss him on the lips, pocketed close to Rs. 1 crore for around 20 minutes screen time, and then pronto said a good bye. The year ended with a blockbuster Welcome and while this was the only film where she had something better to do both in terms of screen time and relevance to the film's plot, it again wasn't really The Mallika Sherawat movie. In a way, 2007 was a “guest appearance” outing for Mallika.

Now 2008 is certainly a happening year for Mallika Sherawat, especially the current season, which would see two of her films arriving in back to back months. While her Ugly Aur Pagli has been confirmed for a 25th July release, Maan Gaye Mughal-E-Azam would arrive on either 22nd or 29th August. Incidentally both the films are comedies and come with altogether unique storylines.

Ugly Aur Pagli is a breezy romantic comedy entertainer that explores the love hate relationship between an aggressive Mallika and a meek Ranvir Shorey who is greeted with 99 slaps, only to be presented with a solitary kiss. A PNC production, the film is being aggressively promoted and would be arriving on the same day as Mission Istanbul and Money Hai To Honey Hai.

On the other hand Maan Gaye Mughal-E-Azam seems to be a riotous outing waiting to happen with a mad bunch of actors like Rahul Bose, Paresh Rawal and Kay Kay Menon pairing with Mallika to do something really unique on screen. Together, they form a part of a drama troupe called “Kalakar Natak Company” that produces socially relevant and thought-provoking plays, which no one understands and hardly anyone sees.

Mallika will be seen in a hot avtar in Ugly Aur Pagli and later as a fully dressed “Anarkali” in Maan Gaye Mughal-E-Azam. So, audience is certainly expected to arrive in hordes.
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Tuesday, July 8

Harman Baweja on cover of Andpersand
Meet this new cover boy. He is latest heart throb from bollywood. Tuxedo by Gucci, White Shirt by Gas, Tie by Dior, Shoes by Hugo Boss, jacket by Versace and belt is 'his' own.

The above mentioned names surely invoke and evoke an embellishing sense of Royalty. And that these will do justice only to the man who is fit to be the King. He is the name that Bollywood is eagerly watching out for in the days to come. He is Harman Baweja, the man who is all over the place, courtesy, his debut film Love Story 2050.

He is also on the cover of the fashion and lifestyle magazine 'Andpersand'. In this issue, Harman talks about practically everything under not just the sun, but also the moon and the stars. He speaks in length about his formative years, his Destiny, his journey into Bollywood, his directors, relationships, family, God and also about his 'good friend' Priyanka Chopra. Girls can really eat your hearts out as Harman has gone semi bare in this issue.

Friday, July 4

Neil Nitin Mukesh to compose the theme song of Freeze
It was earlier reported that Neil Nitin Mukesh would be making his singing debut in director Jehangir Surti’s Freeze. Now it seems that the actor will not just sing but also compose the song he’s set to croon.

The actor, who stole everyone’s heart with his performance in Johnny Gaddaar last year, would be reviving some old tunes that he has composed along with some help from music director Pritam.

The song is said to be the film’s theme song.

Thursday, July 3

Shilpa Shetty raises 63,000 pounds for Silver Star Appeal
Shilpa Shetty who was awarded the Global Diversity Award managed to raise 63,000 pounds for charity on the gala night.

The star event of the night was when Shilpa auctioned her kisses for a cool 12,500 pounds to an admirer.

The actress won the prestigious “Global Diversity Award” along with British racing driver Lewis Hamilton for making significant contribution to the public appreciation and understanding of diversity.

She also helped the organizers to raise 63,000 pounds for a charity - Silver Star Appeal - that runs mobile diabetes assessment units.

Stepping in to enthuse the charity auction, the Bollywood actress climbed up to the stage, took the mike and told the audience that the winner would get a “kiss from me”.

But Shilpa was quick to add, “It will be on the cheek. I don’t want my effigies burnt again.”

She was obviously referring to the controversy over the Hollywood star Richard Gere kissing her on stage during an AIDS awareness event in New Delhi in April last year which resulted in some Hindu nationalists burning her effigies and slapping court cases against her and Gere in India.

Her admirer got three kisses.

Wednesday, July 2

Kat fever hits IIFA
Katrina Kaif was down with heavy viral fever during the IIFA awards held in Bangkok recently. The doctors had advised her complete bed rest. The organizers wondered whether Katrina would be able to live up to her commitment and perform live for the event. In fact taking doctor's advice into consideration the organizers too suggested that Kats should just take it easy and not perform at the show. But Kats just popped in some antibiotics! And was all ready to take on the stage. Retracting from a commitment was out of question. And the kind of performance Kats dished out, not once did the onlookers come to know that Kats was completely down with high fever. Kats looked as fresh as the morning dew.

After the show when people learnt that Kats had performed despite her illness, they praised her for her professionalism. Producers, who had worked with Kats earlier, also swore by her professionalism.

Tuesday, July 1

Sorry Bhai brings Boman Irani and Shabana Azmi together
The much-appreciated on screen pair Boman Irani and Shabana Azmi returns back together on screen with their forthcoming release SORRY BHAI. They were last seen in HONEYMOON TRAVELS PVT. LTD

Shabana Azmi a well known figure in the Bollywood industry and popular amongst the younger and older crowd will be seen as Boman Irani's wife in Onir's next SORRY BHAI which has been shot in Mauritius.

After having a sensational kissing scene in their previous film, their chemistry was well favored and created a lot of buzz in the industry. Boman Irani and Shabana Azmi are paired once more opposite each other in Onir's Sorry Bhai to give their finest performance all over again.

Onir was looking for such a pair who would be the parents in his film SORRY BHAI. He needed someone who could project onscreen chemistry flawlessly. “Boman and Shabana make a very cute onscreen couple and I think this is the main essence for them to look excellent in a film”, says Onir.

In SORRY BHAI, Shabana and Boman once again play Husband and wife as in HONEYMOON TRAVELS PVT. LTD. Sorry Bhai is about a happy family, the parents and their two sons, each of them have their own values in the changing times but they all dote on each other. Boman and Shabana head for their elder son's (Sanjay) wedding along with their younger son (Sharman) who is a scientist. Soon after that Sharman and his elder brother's fiancee (Chitrangada) find themselves drawn towards each other that they try to hide but a series of events forces them to admit their feelings for each other.

Onir's SORRY BHAI has been shot at dazzling locations in Mauritius with Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani, Sanjay Suri, Chitrangdha and Sharman Joshi in the cast. With fresh music from Gaurav Dayal, Ashwini Malik beautifully scripts the film; Anita Dongre has done the styling. The Presenter for the film is Vashu Bhagnani of Puja Films and Produced and Directed by Onir of Anticlock Films.

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