Saturday, January 29, 2011

Aishwarya Rai Remains Rehearsed With Viral Influenza

Aishwarya clarifies that though she was really unwell, she went to Singapore for the award night in advance and never threw any tantrums.

Recently there were media reports claiming that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan threw tantrums at an award function in Singapore.

However the actress has refuted these reports and issued a clarification statement mentioning that though she was really unwell, she went to Singapore for the award night in advance and she never even mentioned a change or suggested otherwise than what was planned by the organizers, putting the award first and her personal comfort later. She went for her rehearsal late at night when all had finished with their respective rehearsals. At the rehearsal she insisted with the choreographer to send back the dance troupe as they had been rehearsing all day and used the services of two of the choreographer's assistants to do a run through and basically saw her whole act performed by them.

The next day her scheduled rehearsals timing was changed on the last moment, hence she did not get a slot to rehearse on stage and stayed back and practiced in her room with a dancer, so disrupting anyone's schedule was just out of question. She walked the red carpet because the organizers requested her presence on the red carpet as the international media was eagerly awaiting her. Further she went onto to perform her act.

Bunty Walia, MD of GS Entertainment that manages Aishwarya's stage shows says, "Inspite of being unwell with a viral flu Aishwarya did her rehearsals as scheduled in Singapore and fulfilled all her professional commitments". Shirin Morani, the one in touch with Aishwarya for her rehearsals, adds, "She gave no stress to us at all. She came to rehearsals on the time given to her by us and even though she wanted more time to rehearse she could not because of the others rehearsals that were going on. She was very cooperative and she went out of her way to understand and accommodate all requests".

Amrita Rao's Unusual Brainstorms

So, you thought the sweet Ms. Amrita Rao was an innocent, girl-next-door, huh? Well, what we're going to tell you now will make you rethink.

This gal has gone from sweet, to bold, to kinky. Yeah, believe it or not...she revealed it all. Recently, while talking to zoOm about her next film with the Barjatyas, she said that the film was kinky.

Of course, our jaw dropped with shock, and we asked Amrita what was so kinky about the film? She quickly explained, "It's a sweet, cute story." Hmnnn...we can't say the same thing about your faux pas, gal.

We think the Barjatyas - known for their traditional family dramas - are already getting a panic attack on reading this. And her co-star, the sweet Tusshar Kapoor, must be wondering if was a better idea to go mute for a role, than romance the lovely Ms.Rao on-screen.

Well, we know sex sells, but kinky...we're not so sure yet, gal. And we do like you looking cute, sexy and hmnn....don't worry, we aren't getting kinky ideas already. Lol!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Madhuri Desires To Open Dance School

Her career took a backseat after her wedding, but Bollywood's dancing diva Madhuri Dixit is seriously thinking about fulfilling her dream of opening a dance schools chain across the world.

"I don't have an immediate, ready plan to open my dance school, but I really want to do something like that and hopefully, god willing, I will do it," Madhuri told IANS. "The plans are in my head right now. It will be multi-genre school where various dance forms will be taught. I am speaking as if everything is ready... but it is my dream. If I do it, it will be everywhere," she added.

After shifting base to Denver following her wedding in 1999 to Shriram Nene, the 43-year-old kept in touch with her dance through practice sessions at home. "I started practicing my kathak there and that's something that gave me a lot of joy," said the trained Kathak dancer.

Now the actress has two children - Arin, 7 and Ryan, 5, and she wants to wait for some more time to put her plans for the dance school in place. "My children are really young right now. When I get some more time... I will focus on the dance school," she said.

As of now, she is enjoying her stint on Sony TV's "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4" as a judge along with actress Malaika Arora Khan and choreographer Remo D'Souza, and maintains that she doesn't miss the glitzy cinema life when she is back home.

"I miss Mumbai for the energy of the city and because there are a lot of friends in the city. I miss my craft sometimes but I don't miss the other stuff that goes with Bollywood because I was never part of it. I have enjoyed every moment of my life - have never had any regrets. I am glad I took a break for my children because I wanted to be with them in their formative years," said Madhuri.

Ranbir And Priyanka Don’t Go Along Too Well !

The co-stars of “Anjaana Anjaani” Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra are having a silent war.

This was best seen at a fashion show where the two were to walk the ramp but did not interact with each other in the green house.

The remaining celebrities present at the fashion show Shilpa Shetty, Hrithik Roshan, Farhan AkhtarFarhan Akhtar and Karan Johar cheered for each other, Priyanka and Ranbir did little. The two ignored each other’s presence.

The real reason behind their rift is still unknown although sources state that Katrina is not comfortable with Ranbir maintaining a friendship with Priyanka and similar is Shahid’s reaction.

He too does not want Priyanka to share a good rapport with Ranbir. So, the two decided to keep distance from each other.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Vidya Balan Is The Most Sizzling Vegan Celeb!

Vidya Balan is the hottest vegetarian celeb! These days Parineeta girl Vidya Balan is up the popularity list. After receiving rave reviews for her outstanding role in “No One Killed Jessica”, she has recently been voted as the hottest vegan by PETA. A food fetish, and a pure vegetarian she has topped the list with Shashi Tharoor, former union minister of state for External Affairs.

She has been placed by PETA above other celebrities on the list such as Amitabh Bachchan, R. Madhavan, Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Lara Dutta, besides international hotties such as Bryan Adams and Natalie Portman. Vidya is all set to rock this year with all the love and support that she is being showered with.

Katrina Kaif Set To Play Double Role In Her Forthcoming Film

Barbie doll Katrina Kaif will be seen playing a double role in Dibakar Banerjee’s upcoming film. Katrina will be seen in two new avatars.

“Yes, she has been approached for the film, where she’ll be playing a double role. Katrina too has shown a keen interest in the project and is trying to work out the dates with Dibaker.”

The source said further, “She’s excited with the prospect of playing a double role, as it’s something she hasn’t done before.”

Earlier in one of her interviews Katrina admitted that she would love to play a double role on-screen. Buzz was in the air that Katrina will be seen in a double role in Zoya Akhtar’s remake of “Seeta Aur Geeta”.

But the project did not take off. Katrina is presently working opposite Imran KhanImran Khan in “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan”.

With respect to being paired opposite Imran she stated, “It was great connecting with Imran as he is closer to me in age, as compared to most of my previous co-stars, except Ranbir (Kapoor).”

“He’s a very sincere and a serious actor on camera, but off it, he’s a lot of fun. I really enjoy shooting with him.”

I’m Gearing Up To Give My Best In Agent Vinod

Saif Ali Khan wants some action. After spending a romantic vacation with Kareena Kapoor, Saif states “Apart from bringing unconditional love in my life, Bebo (Kareena) has brought in a healthier lifestyle too.”

He reveals “My film Agent Vinod requires me to be in my best form. I’m no wrestler in the film, but the role will need extremely rigorous action on my part, and I’m gearing up to give it my best. I hope it’ll see me in my best physical form.”

Presently, Saif is concentrating on his upcoming film titled “Aarakshan” which will be directed by Prakash Jha.

He added “It’s an interesting role, but the draw is also the film-maker. One can trust Jha (director Prakash Jha) blindly to come up with a film with the sensibilities in the right place. You know you are in safe hands!”

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Amitabh Bachchan No Longer IIFA Brand Ambassador

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has been the brand ambassador of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards since their inception in 2000, will no longer perform the role – and the concept itself has been dropped.

‘Due to unexplainable reasons, after announcing the event, Mr. Bachchan couldn’t participate in the IIFA Weekend in Sri Lanka last year. Following this, IIFA aborted the concept of a Brand Ambassador,’ Sabbas Joseph, director, Wizcraft entertainment that organizes the event, said in a statement.

‘Keeping in mind the huge respect that Wizcraft and IIFA have for Mr. Bachchan and the deep relationship that we’ve always shared, we are not having anyone replace Mr. Bachchan.

‘The Bachchan family has been an intrinsic part of IIFA every year, and in this regard we have already shared with them a proposal about their participation this year too. Mr Bachchan’s reason for non-participation is best known to him. IIFA and Mr.Bachchan are inseparable. We will continue to pursue his participation for this year too,’ Joseph said.

However, there could be more to this than meets the eye as Amitabh confirmed the parting of ways on his Twitter account but put the onus on the IIFA.

‘Not coming to Toronto IIFA…IIFA says my services are not required,’ he Tweeted.

Aishwarya Rai Wins Zee Cine Awards 2011

Actress Aishwarya Rai walked away with the special jury award for her performance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Guzaarish' at the Ponds Gold Radiance Zee Cine Awards 2011 held in Singapore.

Aishwarya was honoured Friday as the best actress (female) jury choice for her outstanding performance in the sensitive and challenging role of Sofia in 'Guzaarish' that also starred Hrithik Roshan as a paraplegic patient. The actress also performed at the event on hit numbers from 'Raavan', 'Action Replayy' and 'Robot'. The award comes right after winning a gong for cinematic excellence for her work for the same film at the recently held Apsara Awards.

Anushka Sharma Adores To Stay Single!

Rab Ne... girl Anushka Sharma loves her singlehood and does not want to be tied down so soon. Buzz is in the air that Anushka Sharma and her Band Baaja Baaraat co-star Ranveer Singh who were in a relation have recently parted ways.

But the actual truth is they were never a couple in real life. Recently she was spotted in Singapore with upcoming actor Raman Trikha. The two were seen comfortable in each other’s company. The fact is Raman and Anushka were friends since the time of her modeling days and so they bonded well.

Deepika Padukone And I Are Close Friends

"There is a myth that actresses don't get along well but there is no truth in it. I have a lot of friends in the industry. Deepika Padukone and I are good friends. We share an extremely cordial relationship. I am also friends with Sonam Kapoor and director Farah Khan. I have friends in the South too. I value friendship a lot," says Asin. Her latest film Kaavalan, co-starring Vijay, released on Saturday and has won good reviews from the media.

So has Asin forgotten Telugu cinema? "Not really, I'm just waiting for the right film to fall in the right league." If she could invite any five people to a dinner party, she'd like to dine with Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Ashutosh Gowariker and Rahul Gandhi. Asin says she has a special liking for the aforementioned celebrities.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Awards Don’t Matter Much To Me

Actress Kareena Kapoor says she prefers to be on holiday with friends and in Switzerland during the award season here as awards don’t matter much to her since they are mostly offered to undeserving candidates.

‘Awards doesn’t matter much to me. Lot of award functions requested me to attend them but I chose to go to Switzerland because that’s the only time in the year that I get to spend with my family and loved ones,’ Kareena told reporters after the launch of her dietician Rujuta Diwekar’s book

‘Women and the Weight Loss Tamasha’ at Taj Lands End Hotel here Saturday.

Asked if she believes that the awards are rigged, she said: ‘I am not sure but it’s seems so because who don’t attend, their names are never declared in award ceremonies. Those who don’t deserve, they get the awards and those who deserve, they land up enjoying pizzas at home.’

Kareena has written a chapter in Rujuta’s book on her request.

‘When Rujuta asked me to write something for her book, first I thought that I am not a professional writer, but then why don’t I just write something so that when readers read it, they get to know more about Kareena Kapoor. What is her basic, genuine kind of nature comes out across from the chapter because I have written it straight from the heart,’ she said.

Kareena is set to start shooting for ‘Bodyguard’ on 16th where she plays the female lead opposite Salman Khan.

‘Tomorrow (Sunday) I am going to start shooting ‘Bodyguard’. It’s a remake of a South Indian film. I think there the girl’s character is very performance oriented so they approached me,’ said Kareena.

Birthday Wishes, Blessings Galore For Neil Nitin Mukesh!

Five-film-old actor Neil Nitin Mukesh, who has been striving hard to make a hit with a blockbuster, turned 29 Saturday. And he was showered with greetings and blessings from many including friends Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor.

Instead of making his debut with the usual love story, Neil chose a negative role in the 2007 crime thriller ‘Johnny Gaddar’. Then followed ‘Aa Dekhen Zara’, ‘Jail’, ‘New York’ and ‘Lafangey Parindey’.

The birthday boy showed clear signs of excitement, as he wished himself.

‘Happy birthday to me,’ Neil posted on his Twitter account.

Friends of the grandson of legendary singer Mukesh took to Twitter to convey their birthday wishes.

‘Happy bday Neil!! See u in a week… Biggest hug ever!,’ Sonam posted.

‘Happy birthday my man. Have a super day,’ Abhishek posted.

‘Hey Neil wishing u a very happy birthday with lots of health, wealth, happiness and prosperity. Lots of love,’ Farah Khan Ali posted on her page.

The actor is now ready to be next seen on the silver screen in Priyanka Chopra-starrer ‘7 Khoon Maaf’ where he plays the role of an army major.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sonam Kapoor Donates 3000 Kites To Her Alma Mater!

Whatever actress Sonam Kapoor does, she does it in style, be it her swanky dresses in Aisha or donating gifts for charity. Sonam bought 3000 kites and “phirkis” for the occasion of Makar Sakranti, but not for herself of course, she gifted them to the tiny tots at “Arya Vidya Mandir” school in Juhu which happens to be her alma mater. She was not physically present as she was out of town for some shoot. She did write to the principle of “Arya Vidya Mandir” apologizing for her absence.

She also mentioned in the letter that the strings sent along with the kites are not glass coated but normal cotton ones. Glass coated razor sharp strings can cause serious injuries to birds flying up in the sky and she being a member of PETA, wanted to spread the awareness. She also mentioned that as a kid, she very seriously injured herself once with the “maanja,” and did not want the same to happen to the kids of “Arya Vidya Mandir.” She mentioned that she badly wanted to be present at the school and personally give away the kites but could not do so.

A PETA spokes person mentioned that children love animals and they would never want to hurt them intentionally. If awareness can be spread among these kids, then it will automatically trigger the usage of cotton strings. Children must know that “maanjas” are equally harmful for them and other living creatures.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Kareena Kapoor To Launch Her Dietician’s New Book On January 15th

Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor is counted among the fittest actresses in the country and no one can forget her size zero avatar in Tashan. So, when her dietician Rujuta Divekar is planning to launch her latest book, she found Kareena to be the best person for the job.

Bebo has earlier launched Rujuta’s book titled ‘Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight’. For the latest one, Kareena has also given her voice for the narration of the complementary audio-book, which will be offered with the main book.

Kareena will fly down from Switzerland to launch the book titled ‘Women and the Weight Loss Tamasha’ in Mumbai on 15th January. The actress is now enjoying her holidays with beau Saif Ali Khan. Bebo has also written a personal note for each copy of the book.

The book will deal with on issues like food and everything, related to a woman’s health starting from puberty to marriage to pregnancy and then menopause. Bebo has been part of the entire process of bringing the book in front of the readers

Rujuta added that Kareena is very busy with her film projects, so she never thought the actress can give the narration. But to her surprise, Kareena expressed her desire to narrate her part when she came to know about the audio-book.

Well, that is definitely a nice gesture from Bebo to her dietician!

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Escapes Clumsy Moment With Salman

At the recently held 17th Annual Star Screen Awards, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan avoided a potentially awkward moment with Salman Khan, with dignity and some quick thinking.

A source present at the event said, "The closing act of the awards was performed by Aishwarya on many of her popular hits. As she reached the backstage much ahead of time for her performance, she decided to rest at the nearby lounge till her performance was announced. But before Ash could enter the lounge she bumped into Vidya Balan and the two exchanged pleasantries for some time.

After her conversation Ash went inside, glanced around and was seen walking out of the room swiftly. Ash stood quietly outside and refused to budge till her performance was announced."When the organisers of the show, Cineyug, and the people around were wondering about the reason for Ash's sudden exit, Salman Khan was suddenly spotted casually strolling out of the lounge.

"It was obvious that Salman was inside (the lounge) but Ash with her usual poise, assessed a potentially embarrassing situation and left quickly thus averting it completely. After Salman left, a crew member rushed to Aishwarya and told her that she could now probably go and relax at the lounge but Ash refused and stayed outside," the source said.

The source also informed that while Aishwarya rushed out from the lounge, Salman appeared to be perfectly calm and collected even after spotting his ex-girlfriend. "Salman has moved on and has no issues about bumping into anyone anywhere. He was relaxing with some friends and when he spotted Ash, he appeared unmoved and continued with his conversation."

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Karisma Kapoor Shows Off New Avatar In Harper’s Bazaar Cover Page

The green eyed Bollywood beauty Karisma Kapoor, who once ruled the industry with her dancing and acting skills, has been in talks to make her come back in the industry for quite a long time. Even though, she has not signed in any film, the actress has maintained her well toned body in perfect shape and that will reflect in Harper’s Bazaar cover page.

A new avatar of Karisma Kapoor can be seen in January-February 2011 of the women’s fashion magazine, which has her stylist photo on the cover page. The magazine also carries an interview of this 36 year old actress, who has shared her plans of returning to Bollywood, the mystery of her fitness and a juggling life between Delhi and Mumbai.

Karisma rubbishes the rumor that she could not adjust living in Delhi. She says that Delhi is a wonderful city and she has made a couple of friends there. She is also fond of food in Delhi and loves devouring on them.

However, Karisma avoided any question related to her controversial married life, which has been hitting the headlines once again. Karisma says that she is in support of healthy eating and losing weight at the same time. She prefers working out instead of yoga, which needs enough patience.

Speaking about her comeback to Bollywood, Karisma says that she is reading the scripts and getting lot of offers.

Anushka Sharma I Don't Unite Any Ruffles Around Me

Anushka Sharma has now notched up her third straight success in a row with 'Band Baaja Baaraat' doing quite well at the box office. Before that, she has enjoyed some great times with 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi' (Superhit) and 'Badmaash Company (Semi hit). Nevertheless, doesn't this girl from Bangalore feel disheartened that despite enjoying a cent percent record so far, she is yet to get her due?

"I am sure things will fall in place sooner or later," smiles Anushka who would next be seen in 'Patiala House' opposite Akshay Kumar, "If your work is not good and you are known only for your public appearances, your market value will eventually die it's natural death. This is the reason why I don't add any frills around me."She is hopeful though that things would change for better in due course of time.

"I would get the kind of respect and appreciation that I deserve in the industry. Let my body of work reach out to people," she says with her chin up, "I have immense confidence in myself. Eventually I think that if your work is good then people will sit up and notice that. There would be a wow factor that come in by itself."Well, one hopes so for sure Anushka with 'Patiala House' all set to hit the screens on 11th February.

Kangana Ranaut Has Her Way With ‘Tanu Weds Manu’

‘Tanu Weds Manu’, which will see the fresh pairing of Kangana Ranaut and R. Madhavan, was initially titled ‘Manu Weds Tanu’ but the name was changed at the lead actress’ behest.

Director Anand Rai felt ‘Manu Weds Tanu’ was an appropriate title, but Kangana who plays Tanu in the film, insisted that the title should be ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ and not ‘Manu Weds Tanu’ because the narrative unfolds from Tanu’s point of view, said a source.

The director was taken aback, but Kangana explained her point saying Tanu, a small town, wild girl, is the one in the commanding position compared to Madhavan’s character Manu who is shown as a simple NRI guy in the comedy.

When the director spoke to Madhavan, thinking he would get upset, the actor saw the point immediately and readily agreed with Kangana.

‘It’s true that the film was earlier titled ‘Manu Weds Tanu’. However, we felt that ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ was a more suitable title, according to the demands of the script. So we decided to go with ‘Tanu Weds Manu’,’ said Rai.

The film will release on Feb 25th.
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