Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Kareena Kapoor goes international

The actress who’s on a film-signing spree at the moment seems to be sharing that success rate even when it comes to signing brands. And the latest buzz on the Kapoor babe is that she has now been signed on by an international clothing brand. An insider revealed, “The company had considered several of the top actresses of Bollywood, but zeroed in on Kareena.” Seems like Kareena’s popularity is already reaching out across the seven seas. So, will we see her shining on the Hollywood billboards next?

Akshay Hired a Private Jet for Friends for T20 World Cup Finals

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Akshay Kumar recently took a break from his hectic shooting schedule and flew to Barbados in a private jet to enjoy the T20 World Cup finale between England and Australia.

His friends coaxed him to take a break to catch the match and celebrate the success of his last release “Housefull”.

“Akshay flew his friends in a private charter for a four-day-long all guys vacation where they stayed at a friend’s bungalow on Bridgetown beach,” a source close to the actor said.

The star made sure he and his pals got the best seats in the stadium.

“Seated in the most expensive seats in the stadium, they cheered their hearts out during the England v/s Australia final at Barbados and were seen having a riot of a time,” the source added.

England lifted the World Twenty20 beating Australia by seven wickets in the final Sunday at the Kensington Oval.

Soon after the match, Akshay flew to London in a private jet to shoot for Nikhil Advani’s “Patiala House” since all flights to and fro to London were cancelled due to volcanic ash.

“Yes, Akshay did take a private jet since he wanted to reach London on time for the shoot schedule. He has always been a thorough professional,” Akshay’s spokesperson said in a statement.

Apart from “Patiala House”, the actor is also working in Farah Khan’s “Tees Maar Khan” and Anees Bazmee’s “Thank You”.

I’m no pompom girl: Shilpa Shetty


Now that you are part-owner of the Rajasthan Royals what plans do you have for the team?
Shilpa Shetty: If you're asking me this to find out how keenly I'm interested in this new venture then let me tell you I'm hands on into it. When Raj Kundra and and I decided to take the plunge into the IPL, we did it with our eyes open and after much deliberation. In hindsight, it appears uncanny because among all the IPL teams I've always felt the most connected with the Rajasthan Royals.

What would your contribution to the team be?
Shilpa Shetty: Well I am not going to bullshit myself into believing I've been brought in for my business acumen. The team had it all. They needed the glamour quotient and for that I am here. But please, I am not going to be one of the pom-pom girls on the field, if that's what the spectators expect. I'm certainly not going to be the eye candy of the venture.


So where will your glamour quotient come in?
Shilpa Shetty: In the music video, to begin with. Our next move is to shoot a music video. We want it to be the slickest and the best. Of course, I'll be in it. Isn't that a given? I've so many commitments in the coming months including my two films; Sunny Deol's "The Man" and R. Sarath's "Desire" to complete. I'm not signing films crazily. So I can devote the time I want for the IPL.

So you're ready to bounce again?
Shilpa Shetty: (Laughs) You could say that. Doing it for my own venture would be a pleasure.


Will Raj direct the music video?
Shilpa Shetty: Ah, that would be telling. Let's see. Raj is a crazy cricket fan. And why shouldn't he be? He's an Indian who lives in England. All Indian men are crazy about cricket. And everyone knows cricket was born in England. So Raj has a double reason to buy a part of the IPL.

What about you?
Shilpa Shetty: I love cricket. I've inherited it from my father who's the craziest cricket fan I've ever met. The Rajasthan Royals is my gift to my father.


I thought it was Raj's Valentine gift for you?
Shilpa Shetty: Please! I'm sure there're other gifts awaiting me for Valentine's Day.

Like a marriage proposal?
Shilpa Shetty: That's mine for the asking anytime. Now that Raj is shifting business interests in India we just need to find the right moment to take the plunge.

The Bollywood-cricket merger seems to be expanding?
Shilpa Shetty: It had to be that way. Shah Rukh Khan and then Preity Zinta went for the IPL. For me, the right moment to do so was when Raj was ready for it. Now I must make sure I've enough time to devote to the Rajasthan Royals. I'll be there for their first match in March and all subsequent matches. Yeh mera vada hai (I promise that).

Katrina n Arjun Love Making Scene in ‘Rajneeti’ was Essential

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Bollywood upcoming movie “Raajneeti” has finally got a UA certificate but not without some vital scenes, including Arjun Rampal and Katrina Kaif’s “aesthetically shot love making scene” that director Prakash Jha says was “absolutely essential”, being edited out.

“It was a very aesthetically shot love making scene. Arjun and Katrina are two very beautiful people. And they made love to the camera. The Tribunal (Film Certification Appellate Tribunal) felt it was a bit too explicit for a ‘UA’ audience. I didn’t argue,” Jha told IANS.

Jha’s weeklong battle with the censor board ended Wednesday with the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal in New Delhi viewing “Raajneeti” and granting it a ‘UA’ certificate.

The director had challenged the censor board’s decision earlier last week to grant “Raajneeti” an ‘A’ certificate with cuts.

Jha sees the reduction of the Katrina-Ranbir love making scene as a blow.

“The love scene was absolutely essential. Unlike other directors I had not shot extra footage so that the censors could take away whatever portion they liked. I had shot the love making scene exactly the way it was meant to be. I’ve had to reduce it by half.

“It’s a disappointment to all of us. I’ve also had to beep out the F… word uttered by Ranbir Kapoor and Arjun Rampal in two different places in the plot. Ex-justice Usha Mehra, who headed the Tribunal, requested me to do away with the F… word. But it didn’t make a difference,” he said.

Ajay Devgn, Naseeruddin Shah, Nana Patekar and Manoj Bajpai too will be seen “Raajneeti”. Releasing June 4, the political thriller will be the behind-the-scenes look at politics, strategies behind election campaigns, scandals and much more.

Apparently, the censor board had earlier objected to two sequences – one showing the rigging of elections by fitting ballot boxes with specially designed gadgets and the other showing a female politician offering sex in exchange for an election ticket.

“An ‘A’ certificate brings on a specific mindset on the audience. They think the film has sleazy content. So I preferred to let the film be referred to the Tribunal,” said Jha.

Also Arjun’s volatile character in “Raajneeti” shouts lurid and graphic expletives Hindi at a police officer. These remain intact while the ‘f’ word is gone.

Several recent Hindi films like “Omkara” and “Ishqiya” were plastered with expletives but got away at the censors with an A certificate.

Kareena Not Playing Truant for 'Milenge Milenge' Promos


New Delhi, The makers of "Milenge Milenge" have denied reports that actress Kareena Kapoor is playing truant with producer Boney Kapoor in doling out shooting dates for the promotional video and publicity shoot of the film.

"Milenge Milenge", which is believed to be a remake of "Serendipity", is being produced by Boney Kapoor and directed by Satish Kaushik, under the banner of S.K. Films.

S.K. Films insists that the stories floating around the film are baseless and untrue.

"Though the film has been in the making for some time now, the delay has been due to certain unforeseen factors and not because of any hesitation or reluctance from the actors to complete the film," said an official statement here Friday.

"Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor inspite of their busy schedules have completed the entire dubbing of the film in time for the release and have given appropriate time for the promotional campaign," it added.

"Shahid has completed his portion for the promotional music video and Kareena will be doing hers shortly as she was busy shooting in Goa."

"Milenge Milenge" is in making since 2004 and is now slated to release July 9. The first teasers of the film have already hit the television screens.

Hrithik's kite is flying high

Hrithik Roshan’s Kites has reportedly struck a new high in the Indian film industry.
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The film industry is abuzz with the news that the film has been bought by Reliance Big Pictures for almost Rs 150 crore. And this in the times of recession. The film is produced by Rakesh Roshan, directed by Anurag Basu and stars Hrithik Roshan, Kangana Ranaut and Barbara Mori.

Our industry source says, “Every major corporate house in the industry was looking to get the rights of Kites. The deal has been closed at over Rs 150 crore. The deal includes worldwide rights, along with overseas, music, satellite and video rights. However the deal is only for a certain period with a minimum guarantee amount. This amount is over Rs 150 crore.”

The amount is so big that now Reliance will hold all the rights. Trade experts affirm that only that can make it a feasible option, although the risk of such a huge price cannot be ruled out. Some of the recent big deals have been struck for Singh Is Kinng (around Rs 70 crore) and Om Shanti Om (around Rs 60 crore). Kites surpasses both by a long shot.

When contacted, Rakesh Roshan said, “I cannot comment on the amount. The deal is of a completely new structure, not tried out here before, and the amount can even go up to Rs 200 crore. The fact is that the deal has been divided into two structures all over and the film has been made in two versions — one for the Indian market, the other for the overseas market.”

Roshan revealed his strategy, and said, “I was playing the waiting game, for I wanted to see who would take the initiative. I think the vision of Big Pictures matches my vision — about the film’s international appeal.”
Roshan gave the credit for the deal to Hrithik, and his banner Filmkraft. He said, “This time our film has an appeal not only for Indian viewers and NRIs, but also for an international audience.”

Speaking about the two versions of Kites, he said, “English is the most common language all over the world. The Indian version has more Hindi dialogues, while the overseas one has more of English. However, essentially it is a Hindi language film.”

Rajesh Sawhney, official spokesperson, Reliance Big Pictures, says, “We (Filmkraft and Reliance Big Pictures) will mutually arrive at a figure closer to the release date. I think it is a great script and a great cast with international potential. That’s why we have struck this deal.”

When asked if the huge price is justified, trade analyst Amod Mehra said, “If Ghajini can make more than Rs 100 crore, why not Kites?

The film is scheduled for a Diwali release.

Deepika's Need a Protective Hero

Deepika Padukone says that her co-star in Pradeep Sarkar's 'Lafange Parindey', Neil Nitin Mukesh is so protective of her that he gets tense every time she has to perform a stunt sequence.

"It's very sweet of him. But I insist on doing what I want to. Neil does get tense," she said.

The actor has so impressed her that she cannot stop praising him.

"Neil is such a well brought-up guy, absolutely impeccable in his manners. Besides being a brilliant actor, he's also a great technician. I see him turning director soon. My other co-star Imran Khan in 'Break Ke Baad' is great fun too. We shot in Delhi and bonded immediately," she said.

Speaking of Imran, there was talk of Deepika deliberately working with Ranbir Kapoor's immediate rival after their break up.

When asked about it, she flared up.

"No one tells me what to do and what not to do. My personal life has nothing to do with my professional one. Imran is a wonderful co-star. I like working with actors who are fun yet professional, like Akshay, Imran, Neil and Abhishek Bachchan."

When asked about her linkup with liquor baron Vijay Mallya's son, Deepika sighed, saying: "Can't I be seen with the people I'm working with without being linked to them? Not too many people know this. But Siddharth Mallaya actually runs the whole IPL (Indian Premier League) show for his father. So it was natural for me to celebrate with him when our team won a match. Anyway, the IPL season is now over. So I guess that rumour will end."

Deepika is very happy about her roles so far.

"Housefull was a new experience. I had to do comedy. Like Akshay Kumar, I chose to do a more subtle comedy in Housefull. For me being funny doesn't mean screaming and rolling my eyes. Now I've three films that are about to be completed -- Ashutosh Gowariker's 'Khelenge Hum Jee Jaan Se', Pradeep Sarkar's 'Lafange Parindey' and Danish Aslam's 'Break Ke Baad'. Let's see which comes next."

Farah Khan goes from Salman to SRK

Bollywood choreographer-director Farah Khan says it was a conscious decision to start her new television chat show with actor Salman Khan and
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his mother Salma, who has never given an interview before.

And interestingly, the "Tere Mere Beach Mein" series ends with none other than Shah Rukh Khan.

"It was a joint decision taken by the channel and me. They felt that the episode turned out to be very candid and since Salman has never come on a chat show before, it could be a nice way to hook on the audience to the show. So we start with Salman and end it with Shah Rukh," Farah told IANS.

She said it wasn't difficult at all to convince Salman and his mother to be her first guests on the show that starts Sunday.

"Salman has never come on a chat show - neither 'Koffee With Karan' nor 'Oye! It's Friday' and not even 'Rendezvous with Simi Garewal'. It's for the first time he's come on a chat show. His mother has never in her life come on a TV show or even given a print interview. And I just had to tell them once. It was very easy to convince them to come," said Farah.

The filmmaker managed to get several celebrities on her debut chat show but couldn't get her dream guests - former railway minister Lalu Prasad and singer-actor Himesh Reshammiya.

"I really wanted to get Lalu-ji and Himesh together for my show. But he (Lalu) had a cataract operation and so things couldn't work out. But I really hope these two people come to my show, if I have a second season," said Farah.

To give her chat show a twist, Farah has a separate theme for each episode. She brought Salman to talk about being a 'Mamma's boy' and Shah Rukh Khan as a henpecked husband. She had Priyanka Chopra talk about her struggle as an actor.

Asked what the theme for the Lalu-Himesh episode would have been, she said: "I wanted to get them in a category of 'I don't care people'. And these two people are such that no matter how much people imitate them, ridicule them or mimic them, they just don't care. They only do their work."

Other guests on her show will include Hrithik Roshan, Asin Thottumkal, Deepika Padukone, Abhay Deol, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Kareena Kapoor and cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Irfan Pathan.

All-time Bollywood Earners



Aamir Khan's Ghajini is breaking box-office records in almost all possible ways. The film had one of the biggest box-office openings possible in the country. To garner opening collections as big as Rs 7 crores which is almost four times the biggest opening for any Bollywood film is an achievement in itself. Add to it the film has collected a worldwide gross of Rs 200 crores in just 2 weeks which clearly slots Ghajini in the list of all time blockbusters.

No wonder Ghajini happens to be the first film to celebrate its second success party. In times of global recession when films are not even in a position to celebrate a single success party, this Aamir Khan film just goes one step ahead.

With the blockbuster success of Ghajini, we speak about the other top Bollywood blockbusters of all time.


Mother India – India's first Oscar nomination

Not many might be aware that Mehboob Khan's Mother India (1957) was a remake of his earlier black-and-white film called Aurat (1940). As he added colours to Mother India narrating the basic turmoil of the Indian farmer, the film fascinated one and all with its touching drama and towering performances from the cast comprising Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar and Raj Kumar, all of who went on to become big stars.

Mother India was a huge crowd-puller and was also the first Indian film nominated at the Oscars.


Mughal-e-Azam – 14 years in the making

This historical indeed created history in ways more than one. The film was in making for as long as 14 years but despite that never lost its sheen when released in 1960. The production values were grand with magnanimous war scenes and royal sets.

Mughal-e-Azam happens to be one of the few films that lived up to its hype. Word is that the current booking never opened for weeks since tickets were sold in advance. Cine-goers used to queue outside Bombay's Maratha Mandir theatre for weeks to catch this majestic movie.

At times when film budgets would never hit the million mark, Mughal-E-Azam was made at a huge budget of Rs 1.5 crores and went on to collect much more.


Sholay – 6 years uninterrupted run

The name Sholay is synonymous with super-success. Almost anybody and everybody who has little knowledge about Bollywood would know the film Sholay and its success story. Ironically this blockbuster didn't get a big opening when released on 15 August 1975 but picked up soon and then there was no looking back.

The dialogues of Sholay are still fresh in audience mind and so are the characters from the hero to even the villain's sidekick. The film ran for 4 uninterrupted years in Mumbai's Minerva theatre and continued for 2 more years in the matinee show.


Hum Aapke Hai Kaun...! – released only with 4 prints

It took a couple of decades for any film to come close to being a blockbuster success. Like Sholay, Hum Aapke Hai Kaun wasn't a huge opener since the film released only with 4 prints across Mumbai. But this is one of those rare films that picked up with positive word of mouth and whole families thronged to theatres with the comeback of the family drama.

Even Sooraj Barjatya might not have estimated that his film would do such huge business at the box-office. Hum Aapke Hai Kaun...! ran for years at Mumbai's Liberty cinema.

Salman Khan's Information

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Information On Salman Khan:
Salman Khan

Galaxy Apts., B.J. Road, Band Stand, Bandra, Mumbai 400 050

Date of Birth:
27th December, 1965


5' 8"

Father - Salim Khan (script writer), Mother - Salma Khan Brothers - Arbaaz Khan & Sohail Khan (both actors), Sisters - Alvira Khan, Arpita Khan

Debut Film:
Biwi Ho to Aisi-1988

Salman Khan's Profile
A model turned actor Salman made his debut in the film Biwi HoTo Aisi, in which he played co-star to Rekha. With his first two films he became an overnight sensation. However his fame did not take him far, as flops and controversies tied him down. Not to mention the media and the critics who gave him a bad reputation. But Salman did not stay down for long, he bounced back into the spotlight with a brand new look. And in a recently issued American magazine Salman was voted as the seventh best looking man in the world. Now it finally seems that Salman is going to claim the position that he rightly deserves.
This Charmingly handsome who comes from a family that already has acquintance of the industry with his father Salim Khan songs and script-writing the films for years. He comes in world's top ten good looking guys.
Sooraj Barjatya's blockbustser movie Maine Pyar Kiya which broke all records at the box office and transformed him from a low profile category to the high profile in one night. The movie Maine Pyar Kiya was given a lot of praise in the industry doing a whole lot of good things for everyone in the movie and to top it all, was given the consideration as Sholay - II.
Then another hit Pather Ke Phool with Raveena Tandon but he was suddenly under the clouds of shadow as a few films of his had flopped and failed at the box office and again Raj Shree comes to his rescue giving him a chance in Hum Aapke Hain Koun. Later on there was no looking back for him as he has risen to the stardom and the life in the industry has been a walk on the bed of roses. He has got the Film Fare's 'Best Supporting Actor' for his role in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai which shows his maturity as an actor and his roles in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Jaanam Samjha Karo are worth of appreciation. Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, Kahi Pyar Na Ho Jaye and Har Dil Jo Pyar Kare Ga were also good movie in which he performed well.
He was arrested and jailed for poaching endangered wild animals after allegedly shooting a rare black antelope near Jodhpur (12 October 1998). Arrested for culpable homicide following the death of a man in a car accident in Bombay. Mr Khan was involved in an incident in which several homeless people were hit by a car in an area of north Bombay. The film star has been charged with "culpable homicide not amounting to murder". He also faces charges of drunk driving and not having a valid licence. If convicted, he could be jailed for up to 10 years(October 2002)
Had a well publicised affair with Aishwarya Rai which lasted 2 years. He was accused in another press conference in 2003 by Vivek Oberoi to have called him on his mobile 41 times during one night and threatened him with death as well.
Then in 2003 Tere Naam released after a long wait to see salman khan on screen. People were saying it was the real story of salman and aishwarya. In this salman proved himself again that we can act well by giving his brilliant performance. Baghban also released in same year in which he had a small role. Now the project in his hands is Bajirao Mastani. He and his fans looking forward for it.

Sanjoy & Maanyata is Going to Parents

Bollywood superstar Sanjoy Datta & his 2nd wife Maanyata is gona be Parents.Sanju receive a confirmation that his wife Maanyata had conceived.

However, the couple didn’t want the news to leak because it was just the initial phase of the pregnancy. Now an insider confirms that Maanyata is three months pregnant.Its been for nearly a year now, Sanju and Mana have been wanting a baby & they had been praying sincerely for an addition to the family.

However, its found that during the last six months, the superstar-wife has been staying indoors under the doctor’s advise. Once she conceived, she decided not to travel at all because it would get too hectic for her in this condition.

Apparently the bollywood actor is indulging his wife a lot these days. Insiders say Maanyata has been craving for different cuisines every night and Sanju has been ordering everything she asks for.

Sanju’s have one daughter,named Trishala, from an earlier marriage. Trishala is studying criminal law in the US.

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Katrina Kaif Ignores her Security,Hails Local Cab


Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif is said to be becoming a security hazard to herself, and her latest disregard for all rules of self-preservation takes the cake.

On Monday morning when Katrina was required to fly to Bangalore for an event with her "Raajneeti" co-star Ranbir Kapoor, she just hopped into a taxi with her hand-luggage and took off. Much to the shock of the cabbie who had no clue about the 'star' passenger he was carrying until he looked into his rear view mirror.

"But what's the big deal about hopping into a cab to rush to the airport? Thousands of girls do it all the time. What's there to get hyper? My driver was late because he got caught in a traffic snarl," Katrina, 25, told IANS.

"If I had waited any more, I would've missed my flight. So I waved for a cab hopped in and zipped off."

While Katrina cracks up at the recollection of the moment when the cabbie spotted her in the rear, her "Raajneeti" crew were far from amused when they saw her hop out of a cab unaccompanied.

Ranbir and director Prakash Jha were seen soundly ticking her off for her disregard for security rules.

Releasing Friday, multi-starrer "Raajneeti" is a dark political thriller that will highlight behind-the-scenes happenings in the corridors of power.

In fact, Katrina has always disregarded security threats.

Some time ago when hordes of young and old people had descended on her at a public gathering, she had fobbed off the security arrangements made by the organisers, arguing: "They love me. They can never harm me."

The actress has been indulging in such reckless security-adventures much too often these days. According to a close friend, she takes off on her own, usually accompanied by her trusted driver and no other companion just for a spin far away to drive off loneliness.

What concerns people close to Katrina is her utter obliviousness to obvious security dangers.

"Katrina doesn't realise the effect that her solitary presence in crowded places can have on people. Hopping into a cab early morning in Mumbai when there are no cops around is just not done. But she refuses to believe anyone would harm her," a close friend said.

The British actress lives on her own here and her latest adventure-ride to the airport on her own has left her family far from amused. Her youngest sister Isabel, who has been studying cinema in the US, may cut short her acting course to join Katrina in Mumbai.

It seems Katrina's days of zipping off on her own are nearing an end, thanks to the timely intervention of her family.

Lord 'shave' the Queen: Shilpa

Actresses are usually ready to give their arm and teeth for the role of a lifetime. Here’s one who’s agreed to chop off her lustrous locks for one such particularly enticing offer.

Shilpa Shetty it seems has agreed to sport a bald pate for a film titled Desire. The project is an Indo-Chinese venture that’s being directed by Malyali film director R Sarad. Shilpa will reportedly star Shilpa opposite Chinese actor Xia Yu. Shooting for the film kicks off soon in Kerala. Although nothing concerning her looks has been revealed, speculations are rife that the actress may just go all the way and shave her head. What Shilpa has made it clear is that it’s going to be her most challenging role yet.

Desire is based on ten years in the life of Shilpa’s onscreen character, for which she’s also been perfecting an Odissi dance form.

For Why Big B Congratulated SRK

Amitabh Bachchan, who joined Twitter some time ago, congratulated Shah Rukh Khan for having over 400,000 followers on the site.

"Congrats!! you crossed 400,000... meri gaadi thoda dheeli chal rahi hai (I'm at a slower pace at the moment)," the 67-year-old posted on his Twitter page.

Amitabh, who has become a regular on the site now, presently has 98,228 followers. While he writes on his Twitter page couple of times during the day, he also has a blog, a voice blog and a mobile blog.

As of now, he is following just five people on Twitter - Shah Rukh, son Abhishek, Sachin Tendulkar, Shammi Kapoor, and Suhel Seth.

Kareena not delaying Milenge Milenge

The makers of Milenge Milenge, starring Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, have issued a press statement, which is being reproduced verbatim:

"It is mentioned that Kareena has been playing truant with producer Boney Kapoor in doling out shooting dates for the promotional video and publicity shoot. S.K. Films wishes to clarify that there are many stories floating around the film, which are baseless and untrue.

"Though the film has been in the making for some time now, the delay has been due to certain unforeseen factors and not because of any hesitation or reluctance from the actors to complete the film. Rather, Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor, in spite of their busy schedule, have completed the entire dubbing of the film in time for the release and have given appropriate time for the promotional campaign.

"Shahid has completed his portion for the promotional music video and Kareena will be doing her's shortly, since she was busy shooting in Goa."

Katrina plans her christmas holidays.

Who says acting is easy and actors have the world in their hands.Traveling from one place to another for long outdoor shoots can take a toll and facing the heat is Katrina Kaif. Kats' is currently shooting in New York with John Abraham and Neil Nitin Mukesh for Kabir Khan's film, produced by Yashraj.

The tight schedule has kept her away from home for over two months. She then had to fly out to Dubai for a day to join SRK and Kareena Kapoor for the Temptations Reloaded tour. "I am feeling homesick," she said. Katrina recalls the time her pretty sister Isabelle had come down to town to spend some quality time with her. "Isabelle was on a vacation. She flew down here to spend sometime with me. I miss my family a lot. I miss my home.

But what to do my professional commitments keep me busy. I am glad that my family flies down to meet me whenever they can." But the biggest celebration that Katrina looks forward to is the family reunion during Christmas. "I am trying my best to see if we can all be together." Katrina adds, "I hope no professional work comes up then. I have kept my fingers crossed from now."

Kareena: I am a very homely girl

Kareena is shooting for a TV commercial and she looks like a million bucks. On spotting you , she says, "Come. Let's settle down for a chat." Kareena Kapoor (TOI Photo)

Excerpts from the interview:

You look far calmer these days; quite unlike the restless Kareena we all knew a few years ago.
I was a child then.

Is it the Saif effect?
Of course, it is. Also, experiences have made me stronger.

I mean whatever I have gone through in my personal and professional life. I’m a stronger girl now, far more at ease with myself than I was earlier. I’m doing things, which I want to.

You have moved on in your personal life. Was it difficult parting with Shahid?
Yes, it was a very difficult period. Whatever went wrong between Shahid and me is very personal. I have always maintained that Shahid will always be part of my life. But, we are better off as friends. There is no animosity.

On hindsight, do you think you could have done something to save the relationship?
Sometimes there are no reasons for things which happen in life. Even if there’s one, I don't think it’s right to talk about it openly.

Did it take time for your family to absorb the fact that you were in love with Saif?
No, I don't think so. My mother is cool about it. And Karisma and Saif get along like a house on fire.

How is Saif as a partner?
He is fun and extremely loyal. He has all the qualities which I always wanted in a man.

Is he very possessive? There were stories that he was upset with your dress at the IIFA awards and also when you gave a peck on the cheek to Sylvester Stallone?
Saif is very supportive. He gives me space. All those stories were false.

You get along well with his two children, Sara and Ibrahim?
Both his kids are very loving. They are like Samaira (Karisma's daughter) to me.

Are you in touch with Shahid?
Oh yes. I message him and he messages me.

What about marriage with Saif?
Way in the future.

Way in the future? Not in the near future?
(Laughs) Yes, it's in the future definitely, but not for the next two-three years. But, we want to be together.

You value marriage. You helped Karisma reconcile with her husband Sanjay?
Contrary to what people believe, I am a very homely girl. I am always there for those who are there for me. Frankly, I am nobody to help somebody with their marriage. But as a sister, I can only offer support and advice. It has worked.

You lost out on Dostana and Dilli 6 because Abhishek didn't want to work with you?
Firstly, there was no fight with Abhishek. He has decided not to work with me and I have decided the same.

Watch Video: 3 Idiots Sweeps IIFA Awards

'3 Idiots' that created history by becoming one of the most successful films in Hindi cinema walked away with 11 trophies at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards that concluded in Colombo with a flourish early on June 6, being declared the Best Film, while the Best Director award went to Rajkumar Hirani and the Best Actress award to Kareena Kapoor for the same movie.

Kareena shared the award with Vidya Balan, who was honoured for perfectly portraying the role in 'Paa' of a single mother whose son is suffering from progeria.

Sanjay Dutt, Bollywood's affable Munnabhai, walked away with the Best Comic Actor trophy for his rib-tickling performance in 'All The Best', while Boman Irani received the Best Actor in A Negative Role honour for his brilliant portrayal of an eccentric professor in '3 Idiots'.

Sharman Joshi, who played Aamir Khan's friend in '3 Idiots', won the Best Supporting Actor award, while Divya Dutta received Best Supporting Actress honour for her performance in 'Delhi 6'.

In the special award category, well-known Hindi filmmaker J. Omprakash and Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan's maternal grandfather, who made films like 'Aap Ki Kasam' (1974) , 'Aasha' (1980) and 'Aas Paas' (1981), was honoured for his outstanding contribution to cinema.

Versatile actor Anil Kapoor, who made his mark in the international arena with British filmmaker Danny Boyle's multiple award winning rags-to-riches drama 'Slumdog Millionaire', was honoured for outstanding achievement by an Indian in international cinema. And yesteryears glamour girl Zeenat Aman was honoured for Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema.

While Bollywood heart throb Salman Khan was given the Habitat for Humanity award, his not-so-good friend Vivek Oberoi, who has been in the news for all the wrong reasongs ever since he arrived for the IIFA awards, was honoured with the Panasonic Global Green award.

Pritam Chakraborty won the Best Music Director Award for composing lilting numbers for 'Love Aaj Kal' and Swanand Kirkire bagged the Best Lyrics Award for the super-hit movie '3 Idiots'.

In the playback singing category, the Best Female Playback Singer award went to Kavita Seth for crooning 'Ik tara' in 'Wake Up Sid' and the Best Male Playback Singer Award went to Shaan for the hit number 'Behti hawa sa thaa wo' in '3 Idiots'.

Sri Lankan actress Jacqueline Fernandez, who made her Bollywood debut with 'Aladin', was declared Star Plus Debut of the Year (Female). Apart from Jacqueline, Mahi Gill, who played the modern age Paro in Anurag Kashap's new interpretation of 'Devdas' titled "Dev D", too bagged the Star Plus Debut of the Year (Female) award.

'3 Idiots' fame Omi Vadiya, who had people rolling in the aisles with his antics in the super-hit movie, received the Star Plus Debut of the Year (Male) award along with Jackie Bhagnani - the young actor who made his debut with the not-so-successful movie 'Kal Kissne Dekha'.

Abhijat Joshi, Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra received the Best Story Award for penning the interesting tale of '3 Idiots'.

'3 Idiots' baggged the maximum technical awards. The film won the Best Sound Recording Award for Nihar Ranjan Samal and Sachin K. Sanghvi. The Best Sound Re-recording went to Anup Dev, the Best Song Recording Award went to Sachin K. Sanghvi, the Best Background Score Award went to Sanjay Wandrekar, Atul Raninga and Shantanu Moitra, while C.K. Muraleedharan received the Best Cinematography Award for '3 Idiots'.

Bosco Caesar won the Best Choreography Award for directing popular dance moves in 'Love Aaj Kal', the Best Costume Design Awrard went to Anahita Shroff and Dolly Ahluwalia for the same film, which had Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles.

Sabu Cyril won the Best Art Direction Award and Charles Darby won Best Special Effects (Visual) Award for Amitabh Bachchan starrer 'Aladin'.

For designing mindblowing action sequecnes in the crime thriller 'Kaminey', Shyam Kaushal was honoured with the Best Action Award and the Best Makeup Award went to the international make-up artists Christien Tinsley & Dominie Till for giving a progeria patient look to Amitabh in 'Paa'.

Katrina might just join a political party

In life, they harassed her by making her Congress president and almost the Prime Minister of India; now, even on screen, there is going to be no
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peace for Sonia Gandhi.

The latest bit of news to cause the Congress bahu to go into a deeper frown is the one from Bollywood that compares Katrina Kaif to her in looks. The beautiful actress, flattered by the comparison — no doubt, is not anxious to take it further despite the obvious comparisons to Soniaji in Prakash Jha’s film Rajniti.

“She is definitely a powerful person but I’m not emulating her,” Katrina clarified to BT. However, for her role in the political film, the actress did do a lot of research on how politicians go about the process of campaigning, how they deliver speeches before crowds of thousands, and how they grow into powerful orators. And for which she happily faced the camera sans makeup and in simple cotton sarees!

Katrina is also pleased that she can finally prove those critics wrong who branded her as a glamourous doll. “I have got to another level with this film. People will now know that I can do other type of films as well. I have been part of successful films and now I’m glad I’m doing substantial roles,” said the proud actress, adding that she can identify with the character she’s playing. “She is a free-spirited girl and she knows what she wants. She has no ego hassles... it’s her determination that I could relate to,” said Katrina.

Strangely, for somebody who didn’t follow politics, Kats is now showing a healthy interest in the job of the politician. “Prakash Jha understands politics and he gave me an insight into the functioning of the system. Now I find it quite interesting,” said Katrina from Turkey where she is shooting for Rajkumar Santoshi’s film. So will she stand for elections if offered a ticket? “Never say never. There have been many things in my life that I thought I could never do, but they’ve happened. If a political party that I believe in approaches me, I might just join them,” said Katrina, showing that reel might become real for a change.

Bollywood Hero Imran Khan Love Romantic Comedy

Imran Khan looks every bit a chocolate boy, a tag that he has been given and lived up to in his first film "Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na". Up next is another romantic comedy "I Hate Luv Storys" and the actor says he loves doing love stories as they are great fun and also provide greater scope to showcase his acting skills.

"As an actor when you are working in a romantic film, it's more fun. In action films, there is very less acting. There we are usually running, fighting, jumping or falling... so very less space for acting is left," Imran told IANS in an interview.

"But the romantic and comedy films are more dependent on actors - how you say a particular line with correct expression is important. So there is more acting involved," he said.

After playing a loveable character in "Jaane Tu...", a kidnapper in "Kidnap" and a gambler in "Luck", the 27-year-old will be seen as a womaniser in his forthcoming movie.

Produced by Karan Johar's Dharma Productions, "I Hate Luv Storys" has been directed by debutant Punit Malhotra.

Though in real life he is a one-woman man, Imran didn't find it tough playing a casanova.

"It was not tough because the script was very nice and Punit Malhotra had given me a thorough character sketch. So for me, it was not a hard role. The humour in the film is cheeky," said Imran, who is engaged to long-time sweetheart Avantika Malik.

Imran says most of his movies have been with first-time directors.

"I have done six films till date, only three have released. Among those six, four were with first-time directors. When I work with new directors, we think on the same lines... and we speak the same language. Punit is two years older to me; so when I met him I felt that his thought process, his tastes match mine...This is a young film for people of our age," he said.

Releasing July 2, the film revolves around Jay (Imran) and Simran (Sonam Kapoor), who are complete opposites when it comes to romance. While Jay doesn't believe in love, Simran swears by it and is quite 'filmy' about the idea of romance. In the film, both of them work for a well-known director (Sameer Soni) who specialises in grand romantic potboilers.

"Sameer's character is somewhat inspired by Karan Johar," said Imran, who wanted a Hindi title for the film.

"I always felt that it should be a Hindi title. I told Punit and Karan to give some Hindi title to the film so that it reaches a bigger audience, but we could never find a good title in Hindi," he said.

Asked how much influence uncle Aamir Khan exercised in his life, he said: "As a person he has influenced me a lot. He is very particular that he must do the right thing. But he has always said that I have to learn by myself - make mistakes and learn from it and when you succeed yourself, it will be better. "

Imran's next, "Break Ke Baad", is also a romantic movie for which he has teamed up with Deepika Padukone.

"It's a romantic film but not like 'I Hate...'. It's about romance and growing up. It shows how a young couple matures in love and their life when they are adults."

Bollywood Celebden Award for Best Actor/Actress in Negative role

Today we have the category for the Best Best Actor/Actress in Negative role award. The nominations for the Best Best Actor/Actress in Negative role award 2008 are as follows

1. Akshaye Khanna (Race)
2. Katrina Kaif (Race)
3. Anil Kapoor (Tashan)
4. Kay Kay Menon (Drona)
5. Urmila (Karzzzz)
6. Ghajini (Pradeep Rawat)

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Who is Priyanka bonding with?

Priyanka Chopra and Scottish actor Gerard Butler are bonding over lunch, regular phone-calls and SMS

It’s raining men in

Priyanka Chopra's life. After her on-and-off relationship with Harman Baweja, and, rumours of her growing closeness with Shahid Kapur, there are murmurs in the industry that Priyanka is bonding big time with Scottish actor Gerard Butler (of 300 and P.S. I Love You, f a m e ) . Priyanka and Gerard first met at the inauguration of Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai’s latest iconic luxury resort, in November 2008. The two have been in regular touch with other. A friend of Priyanka tells Mumbai Mirror, “Since November, Priyanka and Gerard have kept in touch via phone calls and SMSes.”

According to sources, Priyanka and Gerard had actually hit it off at the party hosted by Shah Rukh Khan in Dubai, soon after the inauguration of the luxury resort. Today, Priyanka and Gerard share a deep bond.
Priyanka’s official spokesperson did not deny the ‘dostana’ between Priyanka and Gerard. She said, “Priyanka and Gerard hit it off really well in Dubai and have maintained their friendship ever since.’
Buzz is that Priyanka and Gerard recently had lunch and coffee together in Chicago where Priyanka was shooting for Ashutosh Gowariker’s What’s Your Rashee? Though Priyanka’s official spokesperson refused to confirm this, a friend of Priyanka tells us that the couple did spend some quality time together. “A couple of Priyanka’s cousins who stay in Chicago accompanied Priyanka and Gerard.”

Sanju Declared The Best Comic Actor at IIFA


Colombo, June 6 (IANS) Sanjay Dutt, Bollywood's affable Munnabhai, walked away with the Best Comic Actor trophy for his rib-tickling performance in "All The Best", while Boman Irani received the Best Actor in Negative Role honour for his brilliant portrayal of an eccentric professor in "3 Idiots" at the International Indian Film Academy Awards here.

Sharman Joshi, who played Aamir Khan's friend in "3 Idiots", won the Best Supporting Actor Award, while Divya Dutta received Best Supporting Actress honour for her performance in "Delhi 6".

In the special award category, well-known Hindi filmmaker J. Omprakash and Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan's maternal grandfather, who made films like "Aap Ki Kasam" (1974) , "Aasha" (1980) and "Aas Paas" (1981), was honoured for his outstanding contribution to cinema.

Versatile actor Anil Kapoor, who made his mark in the international arena with British filmmaker Danny Boyle's multiple award winning rags-to-riches drama "Slumdog Millionaire", was honoured for outstanding achievement by an Indian in international cinema.

Bollywood heart throb Slaman Khan was given the Habitat for Humanity Award.

Abhijat Joshi, Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra received the Best Story Award for penning the interesting tale of "3 Idiots".

Katrina Kaif is the Most Searched Celebrity on Mobile Phones

Bollywood actor Katrina Kaif is the most searched celebrity on the mobile phones and has beaten the likes of Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Bipasha Basu and Aishwarya Rai.

The research was conducted by mBit Infotech, a Value Added Service(VAS) provider.

Among the Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities, Katrina is on the number one spot followed by Angelina Jolie, Kareena, Shah Rukh, Salman, Bipasha, Aishwarya, Monica Bellucci and Aamir Khan.

Commenting on the results, Raghavendra Agarwala, CEO of mBit Infotech, said: “It is amazing to see that Katrina Kaif is ruling the charts with a major pie, presumably implying that Katrina’s popularity is mounting for both national and international audiences.”

The research is based on the searches performed by over 120,000 users of mBit in the first quarter of 2010 (Jan to April) and it also found out that “sex” is still the most popular searched keyword followed by music where mostly international music icons like Akon, Linkin Park, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Rihanna and Michael Jackson top the list.

Salman, Aish and Vivek Come Together Finally

The upcoming International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards 2010 is turning out to be interesting for more reasons than one. If cricket fans are eager to watch the charity cricket match between Indian celebrities and Sri Lankan cricketers, many must be very eager to know the coming together of Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Vivek Oberoi at the film festival to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 3 to 5 June.

Salman had earlier revealed that he would perform at the event. He will also play the charity cricket match along with Dino Morea, Vinod Kambli, Kiran More and others. Vivek too will attend the film festival to restart his Project Hope to help in the reconstruction of a village in Sri Lanka.

Adding more spice, Amitabh Bachchan, the brand ambassador of the event, had earlier revealed that his daughter-in-law Aishwarya would attend it.

It is common knowledge that Salman, Ash and Vivek have not talked to each other ever since the love triangle happened a few years ago. Ash is now happily married to Abhishek Bachchan; Salman is going not so steady with Katrina Kaif and Vivek has revived his career, though not very lucky with his love life.

Sonum Kapoor Like Bikini

Sonam Kapoor firmly established herself as a hot-dresser, with plenty of spunk and chutzpah, and an actress who can hold her own in front of formidable co-stars. She hasn’t looked back after that! With some impressive projects in her kitty, Sonam is now awaiting the release of Aisha, a film produced by her kid sister Rhea. An excited Sonam speaks to NT about sibling revelry, her “dance dilemmas” and future projects.

‘My job's over!’
With Aisha being a family project, isn't she worried about the over-expectations from all quarters? Sonam replies in a cool-as-a-cucumber tone: "Frankly, my job as an actress is over! Now it's the producer's and director's call. But, I really had a great time during the shoot and now I'm very relaxed. So, no fears!”

Bonding time!
But, Rhea being the producer of the film, did badi didi have to toe the line of her younger sis? Getting into a protective mode, Sonam replies: "Rhea knows her job and together we had a blast. As it is, we don’t tread on each other’s toes and seldom have any fights." And what about her brother Harshvardhan? "He's a baby and studying filmmaking abroad." So, will the B'town see the three siblings joining hands for a particular film? The big sis says: "Who knows! But first, Harsh has to finish his education because that's very important."

‘I only compete with myself!’
Sonam’s known for her poise and down-to-earth approach. How does she handle the reports of competition between her and Deepika Padukone? "I only compete with myself! So, I don't pay heed to such reports," says she. But then, why is it that two actresses of same genre, can never be lasting friends. The lady says: “Maybe because they don't have time for each other! That's why all my friends are non-filmi people!"

Looking ahead!
The actresses who's currently shooting in Edinburgh for her film Mausam with Shahid Kapoor, says she’s in love with the Highlands. "The weather in Scotland’s amazing and Shahid’s a superb co-star, who makes you very comfortable. I'm also looking forward to Thank You with Akshay, which’s a fun film."

Style mile!
Her costumes in Saawariya had failed to impress the glamour-hungry tinseltown. Ask her, how did she manage to become a style diva in such a short span, and Sonam replies with a laugh: "I took all the criticism in my stride and worked on my look. Since I love make-up and clothes, it was a cakewalk! I’m happy when people appreciate my dresses, my earrings or hairstyle."

‘My regret!’
Not many know that this glam babe loves to “gate-crash parties" too. She says with a giggle: "Sadly, I don't get to indulge this sport these days!" And what are the other passions that make her go? "I love ballets. Being a trained Kathak dancer, it's unfortunate that I haven't been able to showcase my art in any of my films," she laments.

Bindaas babe!
And what about the reports of “food-stealing sessions” that she, Lisa Haydon, Ira Dubey and Amrita Puri indulged in recently at Rishikesh? She replies rather sheepishly, "Yes, I stole food and sneaked it in my hotel room. Since I didn't have to wear a bikini, unlike other girls, it was OK to binge on food." Does that mean she's averse to wearing bikinis in her films? The lady replies nonchalantly: "I don't mind wearing a bikini, provided the role and the script require it, but not for the heck of it!"

Kareena plays diva...again

Kareena Kapoor has refused to perform with Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Bipasha Basu at an awards function to be held
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The organisers were taken by surprise when they learnt that Kareena had opted out of the show at the last minute. They have been running the promos of the show with Kareena and the other four actresses.

Kareena informed the organisers about her decision last evening. The act in question was the finale of the awards ceremony.

Our source said, “The organisers had planned back-to-back performances with Kareena, Katrina, Priyanka, Deepika and Bipasha. Kareena, who has done many more films than the other four, who are performing in the finale did not want to be clubbed with them. She wants to do bigger, better and exclusive stuff.”

Our source added, “As a policy, Kareena has decided not to perform at weddings and New Year bashes and she had made this public too. As for this particular function, she was in two minds for some time but later decided to stick to her decision.”

Director of the show, Mohammed Morani of Cineyug said, “Kareena is out from the function. Her name has been pulled out from the TV promos.”