Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New year sms

1: new year sms 2011
Sweetest Sunday,
Marvellous Monday,
Tasty Tuesday,
Wonderful Wednesday,
Thankful Thursday,
Friendly Friday,
Successful Saturday.
Have a great Year.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011

2: new year sms 2011
Sunehri Dhoop Barsaat ke baad*
Thori si Hansi her Baat ke baad*
usi tarag ho Mubarik aap ko 2011, 2010 ke baad
Wish u a Happy new year

3: new year sms 2011
Wishing You Happy New Year,
May You always keep in ur Heart the
Special Beauty and Cheer of
Happy New Year

'Sheila ki jawani' insinuates Katrina Kaif into star parade

'Sheila ki jawani' insinuates Katrina Kaif into star paradeNow Katrina Kaif has joined them! Her "Sheila ki jawani" is the latest in a long line of raunchy numbers that have made top mainstream actresses shed their inhibitions to set the adrenaline pumping. Why, Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai have done it too.

"Sheila Ki Jawani" from Farah Khan's third directorial venture "Tees Maar Khan" has become quite popular even before the song was officially released. Its spicy lyrics and Katrina's sexy moves have struck a chord with the audience and the electrifying song is being frequently played on radio stations and television channels.

The lyrics in these item numbers are catchy - and they don't always make sense even if they are provocative.

"Lyrics are lyrics. No one should take them literally and seriously and analyse them in songs like these. If you believe you are doing something clean and keeping yourself in the boundaries of dignity, then the lyrics and mood of the song don't matter and you feel comfortable while performing it," Katrina told IANS.

"I enjoy my dancing. I don't know how technically good I am, but I like doing it and I enjoyed it," she added.

"Sheila ki jawani" is on its way to giving competition to this year's most popular number "Munni badnaam hui" from "Dabangg". The song was picturised on Malaika Arora who earlier sizzled on the screen in songs like "Chhaiyan chhaiyan" and "Mahi we".

Item numbers are Hindi films' way of spicing up a film. Among mainstream actresses, it was Bollywood's dancing queen Madhuri Dixit who became perhaps the first to set the temperatures soaring with the sensuous item number "Choli ke peeche kya hai".

Later from Shilpa Shetty to Aishwarya Rai and from Kareena Kapoor to Priyanka Chopra, everyone followed suit.

"Earlier mainstream actresses were shown as very simple and docile. But the overall image is now changing and today they have become smarter and bolder and they would certainly not mind being a part of provocative song," film critic Omar Qureshi told IANS.

"However, many actresses agree to do an item number just for the sake of their friendship with actors or filmmakers, such as Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Kareena Kapoor in Shah Rukh Khan's 'Billu'," he added.

Aishwarya wowed the audience with her sensuous moves in "Ishq kamina" in "Shakti" and "Kajrare" in "Bunty Aur Babli".

Shilpa is still remembered for her scintillating dance in the song "Main aayi hun UP (Uttar Pradesh) Bihar lootne" in "Shool" and "Shut up and bounce" in Abhishek Bachchan-John Abraham starrer "Dostana".

Kareena Kapoor's "Yeh mera dil" in Shah Rukh Khan starrer "Don: The Chase Begins Again", Sushmita's "Mehboob mere" in "Fiza" and Urmila Matondkar's "Aa hi jaiye" in "Lajja" are still popular among people.

"Item numbers have become the USP of a film. So it's like even if the film doesn't work, at least the song becomes popular and it is widely played in parties and shows," said trade analyst Taran Adarsh.

Actresses like Isha Koppikar rose on the film firmament with the item number "Khallas" in the hit gangster movie "Company", while Rakhi Sawant is known for her bold and sexy numbers like "Tuk tuk dekhe" in "Krazzy 4".

Item numbers are so tempting that even yesteryear diva Rekha couldn't hold herself back from featuring in "Kaisi paheli" in "Parineeta".

For Hollywood Superstar Angelina Jolie motherhood is exhausting

For Hollywood Superstar Angelina Jolie motherhood is exhaustingActress Angelina Jolie says being a mother to six children is tiring and that she is able to relax only when she is working.

The 35-year-old, who raises six children - Maddox, 9, Pax, 7, Zahara, 5, Shiloh, 4, and two-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne - with partner Brad Pitt, admits having such a large family can be quite hard, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

"When me or Brad go away and work on films, it gives us a bit of a break from the daily routine of being in the house and looking after the kids," said Joile.

"You get spoiled on a film set and in some ways it's easier to be working long hours on a movie than taking care of a large family just because you do get very tired at the end of the day," she added.

UNAIDS goodwill ambassador Preity Zinta wants to take action against AIDS spread

UNAIDS goodwill ambassador Preity Zinta wants to take action against AIDS spreadCalling mother-to-child transmission of HIV particularly "upsetting", Bollywood actress and UNAIDS goodwill ambassador Preity Zinta Tuesday said action must be taken now to ensure further spread of the infection is checked.

Wednesday is World AIDS Day.

"On World AIDS Day, it is important to remember two facts - HIV is preventable, but even so in 2009 nearly one and a half lakh Indians got infected, including 18,000 infants," Zinta said in a statement.

"AIDS is also fully treatable. Over three lakh Indians are receiving free treatment but nevertheless over one and a half lakh of our countrymen and women have died from AIDS, largely because they didn't know they were infected with HIV and needed lifesaving treatment," she added.

According to a UN report, India is home to about 2.3 million people living with AIDS.

"Mother-to-child transmission of HIV particularly upsets me. We should be able to protect every infant in India from HIV, but still thousands of infants get infected each year," she said.

Speaking against discriminating people on the basis of their HIV status, the actress said: "Stigma and discrimination because of ignorance about HIV is a big deterrent for people who need to access services - whether it is prevention, to find out whether they have infection, and if they need treatment."

"In this day and age in our country we must stand up and say this is unacceptable. It is wrong to discriminate against anyone because of HIV. The starting point is information and knowledge! If we take action today, together we can reach zero new HIV infections," Zinta added.

'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey' Movie Review

'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey' Movie ReviewBollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan and Tamil superstar Surya will tug it off at the box office this Friday with their outings "Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey" and "Rakta Charitra - Part II". And vying for eyeballs with them will be "Phas Gaye Re Obama" about the after effects of global meltdown.

With Abhishek starrer "Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey", director Ashutosh Gowariker will introduce audiences to the long forgotten Chittagong uprising.

"There was a revolution that we don't know anything about... it was a revolution of such vastness and magnitude involving not one person but 64 revolutionaries led by Surjya Sen", Gowariker told IANS.

The period drama that will see Abhishek as the freedom fighter Sen has been co-produced by Gowariker's wife along with Ajay Bijli and Sanjeev Bijli of PVR Pictures.

Sen, a school teacher, carried out the Chittagong armoury raid in 1930 in British India. Based on Manini Chatterjee's book "Do And Die", the film throws light on the 64 revolutionaries out of which 56 were youngsters, mostly of 13-14 years of age.

On the other hand, Ram Gopal Varma's "Rakta Charitra - Part II" takes forward the life of Paritala Ravi, a slain political leader from Andhra Pradesh. The first instalment hit the screens Oct 22. According to the film's publicist, budget for both the movies is Rs.12 crore each.

Starring Vivek Oberoi in the lead, it marks the Bollywood debut of Tamil superstar Surya as Ravi's nemesis Maddelacheruvu Suri. Politician-actor Shatrughan Sinha too features in the thriller along with Kota Srinivasa Rao and Radhika Apte.

"This movie focuses on how violence rages from emotions and it talks about an inspiration out of life," Varma told IANS.

Debutant director Subhash Kapoor will be competing with these two veterans with his satirical comedy "Phas Gaye Re Obama" at the ticket counters. Set against the backdrop of global recession that originated in the US and how it had its implication even in the remotest corners of India.

Starring Rajat Kapoor in the lead, it has Neha Dhupia, Sanjay Mishra, Amol Gupte and Manu Rishi in pivotal roles. It has been produced by Ashok Pandey.

Interestingly, not many know that Neha, who plays a female gangster in the comedy, took inspiration from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati to get her regional dialect right.

"As I play a gangster from UP (Uttar Pradesh) in the film, I had to get that language right and so I observed Mayawati to learn how she speaks. She is the only woman whose dialect, whether she is serious or funny, is extremely monotonous. So I have tried to incorporate this in my character. However, my character is not inspired by her," Neha told IANS.

Keeping Gowariker's track record and Varma' dexterity at showcasing politics and crime, it just might be a tough fight for Kapoor at the box office.

For Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone is the tallest actress

For Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone is the tallest actressActor Abhishek Bachchan says he is glad that he didn't have to look down at Deepika Padukone while shooting Ashutosh Gowariker's "Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey", because she is the "tallest" actress to have appeared with him till date.

"Deepika (who is 5' 9") is the tallest of the ladies I have worked with. I could finally look at my co-actress in the eyes and didn't have to look down upon her. It was really nice and tall working with her," Abhishek, who is 6' 3", told reporters here.

Abhishek and Deepika, along with director Ashutosh Gowariker and other cast and crew members, were here Monday to promote "Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey", a film based on the Chittagong Uprising of the 1930s. The film releases Friday.

Dressed in a grey jacket and a pair of jeans to beat the Delhi chill, Abhishek looked dapper with a pair of shades and humbly responded to flying kisses from young girls at a shopping mall.

Deepika too looked graceful in a simple churidaar-kurta paired with golden Kolhapuri slippers.

Responding to a query regarding rumours that she has turned down an offer to work with Shahid Kapoor due to height issues, Deepika said: "If that was the case, I won't be doing any movies at all!"

"If actors suit the character and the film, it doesn't matter if the girl is taller than the guy...So really, if directors start getting bothered by my height, I won't get any film at all."

Big Boss 4 vamp Dolly Bindra apologises to Shweta Tiwari

Big Boss 4 vamp Dolly Bindra apologises to Shweta TiwariIt seems loud-mouthed Dolly Bindra has taken a U-turn after her exit and, since making a second entry in the "Bigg Boss" house, apologised to Shweta Tiwari for her earlier behaviour.

Dolly was ousted after she had a fight with Shweta and Samir Soni. But the actress, who was known for her vulgar verbal attacks and loud behaviour, has adopted a calm demeanour after her re-entry on the popular Colors' show.

"Dolly apologised to Shweta for her personal attack on her and for behaving badly with her. This came as a surprise to everyone because she could not see eye to eye with Shweta. This time around she is mingling with everyone and is quite calm unlike last time," a source from the channel Colors told IANS.

The housemates will also be given a task, under which they will have to treat Dolly like a queen and pamper her.

It has to be seen how long Dolly continues with her new avatar.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto feels bollywood doesn't treat women like dolls

Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto feels bollywood doesn't treat women like dollsIndian actress Freida Pinto, who made it to Hollywood after the Oscar winning "Slumdog Millionaire", says women are not treated like dolls in Bollywood and she is certainly game for a Hindi movie if a good one comes along.

"Women are not treated like dolls in Bollywood," Freida said addressing a press conference on the sidelines of the 41st International Film Festival of India (IFFI), where her film "You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger" directed by Woody Allen, is being screened.

Freida also accused the media of sensationalising her comments on Bollywood.

"I never said I don't want to be in Bollywood... Bollywood is like a big celebration. It is wrong to say Bollywood treats women like dolls," Freida said, when a reporter asked her to clarify her statement to the media earlier, where she had allegedly said she wanted to avoid roles in masala movies and Bollywood films per se.

"The media picks and chooses what people say. There are slots in newspaper which they need to fill with sensation. You put people like us in a tough position," said Pinto.

Claiming that "Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge" and "Sholay" remained her favourite films, Pinto said she was certainly game for a Bollywood role if one came by and if it was good enough.

She also chided the media for equating Bollywood to Indian cinema. "Bollywood is a part of Indian cinema. There are other alternative cinemas in India too," Freida said.

She has also had enough of big budget films - "Slumdog Millionaire" and the Woody Allen venture - for the moment and now wants to do "realistic cinema" for a change.

"A film has to satisfy you. I don't want to do that kind of a film again right now. After two big budget films, I am looking at doing more realistic cinema," Freida said.

She said names in cinema like Stephen Spielberg were not a big draw for her and that she would love to work even with debutants who were making films on interesting subjects.

'Tera Kya Hoga Johnny' not an answer to 'Slumdog Millionaire': Sudhir Mishra

'Tera Kya Hoga Johnny' not an answer to 'Slumdog Millionaire': Sudhir MishraSudhir Mishra's much-delayed project "Tera Kya Hoga Johnny" will finally hit the screens Dec 17, but the director has brushed aside comparisons with the Oscar-winning sensation "Slumdog Millionaire" and says his film is an insider's tribute to Mumbai.

"This is an insider making a film. I belong to Mumbai, I live here. So there are a lot of things I take for granted (when it comes to the city and its influence in the movie). And I like 'Slumdog', but I didn't make 'Tera Kya Hoga Johnny' as an answer to that," Mishra told IANS in a telephonic interview from Mumbai.

"However, it could be called an answer too, as some people who saw it in London said so directly," he added.

"Tera Kya Hoga..." was shown as a work in progress at the London Film Festival and has been awaiting release since 2008.

Negating the "Slumdog" comparisons, Mishra, however, asserted that the movie is an ode to the maximum city.

"It is the story of hope, ambition and life of an unfortunate 16-year-old boy Johnny, who lives on the streets of Mumbai and sells coffee. The story is about how he pins his hope on another man (Neil Nitin Mukesh) and how it eventually turns out to be a thriller, seen through his eyes and a mysterious character," said the National Award winner.

"It is a story of resilience of all sorts of people who are trying to rewrite the screenplay of their lives. Mumbai is one of the cities in India that offers one a chance to do so and lets one be what one wants to be. It is a tribute to the maximum city," he added.

The fascination of Mishra, co-writer of Bollywood's cult classic "Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron", with Mumbai is not new. He has earlier explored the city through movies like "Dharavi", "Is Raat Ki Subah Nahi" and "Chameli".

"I have a fascination for the city. I adore it and love it. I have an affection for that place. You can smell it in my work. I have always made films that revolve around Mumbai and its spirit," he said.

Set at a time when the city's officialdom is busy turning it into another Shanghai, "Tera Kya Hoga..." stars debutant Sikandar Agarwal in the lead. Neil, Soha Ali Khan, Karan Nath, Kay Kay Menon and Shahana Goswami have pivotal roles. It also stars filmmakers Anurag Kashyap and Aditya Bhattacharya.

So what led to the long delay in its release?

"There were some issues... nothing to do with the film per se but with money, etc. It's all over now," said the director, whose last outing was "Khoya Khoya Chand" in 2007.

Major chunks of "Tera Kya Hoga Jhonny" were also leaked on YouTube. Asked if it will mar the commercial viability of the venture, Mishra said: "Not at all. It will in fact serve as a good promotional platform for the movie and help it. It will work as a kind of trailer."

"The version that people earlier saw was an older rough cut that went to a film festival as a work in progress. That's it. But it is now a brand new film with brand new music, some additional new footage and some scenes that have been reshot. It is now an absolutely fresh film," he added.

The new cut of "Tera Kya Hoga Johnny" will also traverse the festival circuit.

"The real 'Johnny' will now go to film festivals after the release. We want to release it in Mumbai and the rest of India first. The main purpose of the film is to engage the Indian audience and then the real cut will go to festivals post-that," he said.

Mishra doesn't rule out the possibilities of a sequel too.

"Yes, if the script works out, then we will definitely try out a sequel as the ending is such that it can be taken forward," he said.

His future projects include "Yeh Saali Zindagi", "Dhruv" and "Hitman".

Vivek Oberoi's cousin Akshay Oberoi to debut with 'Isi Life Mein'

Vivek Oberoi's cousin Akshay Oberoi to debut with 'Isi Life Mein'Newbie Akshay Oberoi, who is making his debut with Rajshri Productions' "Isi Life Mein", has a filmy link, his actor cousin Vivek Oberoi, but he clarifies that he got into the industry on his own and did not take any tips from his relative.

"Vivek is my uncle's son. While growing up, we were both travelling and were at different places and so couldn't spend too much time together. So unfortunately the relation is not such that I ask him for any tips," Akshay told IANS.

"I'm sure if I had asked for his advice, he would have given me some excellent tips. But we don't share such a bond that I would have approached him, as there is not too much interaction," said the youngster.

If "Isi Life Mein" is Akshay's launch pad, it also marks the debut of Vidhi Kasliwal, niece of filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya, as a director.

In the film, Akshay plays college student Vivaan. He says: "My role is of a very hardworking and passionate guy who loves theatre. He is someone who believes that one should achieve one's dreams in this life itself and that one should not stop wanting them even if society tells you to do so or your parents ask you to do it."

Drawing similarities between him and his character, he said: "The character is very similar to the real me, so I really relate to him. In college I was in theatre. I also have the same ideologies in real life. The only difference is that in the film this guy has a temper, but I'm not like that."

Akshay, who has done his Bachelors in theatre from Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, went to Los Angeles to study theatre at the Stella Adler Conservatory. He has also studied theatre under Hollywood actors - John Astin and Sean Astin from "Lord of the Rings".

In spite of being a qualified theatre person, Akshay was always clear that his ultimate destination is Hindi films.

"My dream has always been films. Although I love theatre I wanted to be in films because I am a great fan of Hindi cinema. But I realised very early that a right training ground for an actor is theatre. It gives you the technical skill of being an actor. It makes you understand emotions and I feel that I made the right choice by taking this path."

Despite his background, Akshay had to struggle for almost two years before being discovered by the Barjatyas.

"It's a dream coming true that Sooraj-ji is launching me. He is so humble and taught me so much. He wasn't always on the sets because he wanted Vidhi to take charge. But he was a driving force for all of us. He never made me feel like a newcomer," he said.

Akshay and Vidhi are not the only newcomers in the film. The female lead, Sandeepa Dhar, and many others from the supporting cast too faced the camera for the first time.

Akshay feels the fact that the film is swamped with new faces doesn't go against them.

"I was actually excited that I'll be working with so many newcomers. Since we all are new, we bring a new energy to the film. We have no baggage attached. We all wanted to go out there and do our best. The only thing lacking was experience and that will obviously come with time. So I don't think that it is a negative thing for us," he said.

"I had a belief in the banner, the script, the director. Also, all of us are confident and believe in our talent."

Katy Perry would put babies before career

Katy Perry would put babies before careerSinger Katy Perry is not yet ready to have children but says that when she does, her career will have to be fitted in around her family life.

The pop star wants to focus on her family when she and husband Russell Brand - who she wed in India in October - decide to have a baby and she insists she will fit her career around her responsibilities as a parent, reports femalefirsrt.co.uk.

"My singing is really important to me, but when children come along they'll be my main focus. I'd never put my career in front of my babies - it'd be a case of fitting jobs around them," she said.

Although the 26-year-old singer has been thinking about having a baby, she insists it could be years before she and her spouse start a family, though she admits she would like more than one child.

"Look, any couple in a serious relationship has that talk about babies, but we haven't decided when. Russell wants lots of children and I think there's something amazing about tons of kids running around. We probably won't have the talk again for a few years - it's important to enjoy each other before having babies," she said.

Emraan Hashmi didn't want to do 'Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji' initially

Emraan Hashmi didn't want to do 'Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji' initiallyEmraan Hashmi, who is making his maiden foray into comedy with Madhur Bhandarkar's directorial venture "Dil Toh Bachchan Hai Ji", says he was initially sceptical about taking up the role.

"I was initially sceptical about the film. But Madhur (Bhandarkar) has brought in a certain amount of realism even in this genre and that made the film very interesting. So then I was keen," Emraan told IANS.

In the film, which is slated to hit screens Jan 28, Emraan will be seen essaying the role of a flirt who mantra in life is women and money.

"The character that I play in this film is not very different from my previous roles but the genre is different. Generally I have played intense, brooding characters, but in this film my character has grey shades with a humorous streak," said the 31-year-old.

Helmed by Bhandarkar, "Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji", is the story of three men and their encounters with love. Apart from Emran, the cast includes Ajay Devgn, Omi Vaidya, Shruti Hassan, Shraddha Das and Shahzan Padamsee.

The tagline of the film says that men can never grow. When asked Emraan about his opinion on the same, he said: "This is an apt tagline for the film and I completely believe in it. I feel that men usually don't grow up. Women are more matured. Even when men are 30-35, they are still immature."

The actor is known for his roles in "Murder", "Jannat", "Gangster - A Love Story" and "Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai".

Doesn't his onscreen image ever bother him?

"All actors have images. You have do the roles that are given to you and sometimes your onscreen image bleeds into your personal life and people start believing that you are that way in your real life as well. But I'm okay with that because roles are roles and people close to me know how I am in reality," said actor.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Emma Watson not to have her own perfume brand

Emma Watson not to have her own perfume brand"Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson has no interest in releasing her own perfume as she doesn't see the attraction in it.

"I can't understand this fragrance thing. Why would you want to smell like somebody else? Don't you want to smell like yourself,," femalefirst.co.uk quoted Watson as saying.

While she has no desire to have her own perfume, the 20-year-old actress who has appeared in series of campaigns for British fashion house Burberry wants to work in fashion industry.

"I love it, and I will continue to work in the fashion industry. I am interested in ethical fashion, I want to make a difference and it's nice to contribute," she said.

Kim Kardashian, Gabriel Aubry go on Thanksgiving date

Kim Kardashian, Gabriel Aubry go on Thanksgiving dateReality TV star Kim Kardashian has fuelled rumours that she is romantically involved with Halle Berry's ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry after they were spotted together on Thanksgiving.

The two were seen in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles together during the festival as they watched the new film "Burlesque" at the Arclight Cinema Theater.

While the TV star was seen wearing a short tulip-dress and black top, model Aubry looked semi casual in his white shirt, reports aceshowbiz.com.

Kardashian has been spotted with model Aubry for the second time in a week. The duo were previously seen watching the LA Lakers basketball game at the Staples Center together.

One of their friends said: "That whole Lakers thing was totally intentional. Both Kim and Gabriel wanted people to see them together. No doubt about it."

Christina Aguilera loves being a mother

Christina Aguilera loves being a motherSinger Christina Aguilera beams with pride every day because of her two-year-old son Max.

The "Burlesque" star, who recently split with Max's father Jordan Bratman after nearly five years of marriage, says she loves being a mother and enjoys the "little things" they do together as well as regular trips to Disneyland, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

"Being a parent allows you to beam with pride on a daily basis. Even the little things bring us so much joy-like singing as I put Max to bed or going trick-or-treating and seeing Max dress up on Halloween," said Aguilera.

"Max and I go to Disneyland often. It really is the happiest place on earth," she added.

Ajay Devgan says Madhur Bhandarkar understands women best

Ajay Devgan says Madhur Bhandarkar understands women bestMadhur Bhandarkar has finally switched to comedy but his film "Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji" too has key roles for women like his earlier movies. And actor Ajay Devgn was candid when he said that no one understood women like the director does.

"Madhur has made a great film because nobody can understand women as Madhur can," Ajay said at an event here late Saturday to unveil the first look of the film.

Asked to comment on Ajay's remark, an amused Bhandarkar said: "I don't know why Ajay felt this. But of course I know women very well because I have three in my house - my wife, mother and my daughter."

"Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji" is about how life changes for three men with the entry of three women.

Apart from Ajay, the movie stars Emraan Hashmi, Omi Vaidya, Shruti Hassan, Shraddha Das and Shazahn Padamsee. It is slated to hit theatres Jan 28.

In the film, Ajay will be seen playing a man in his mid 30s going through a divorce, when a much younger girl comes into his life and he starts changing himself.

Bhandarkar has earlier made serious women-oriented films like "Chandni Bar", "Page 3", "Corporate" and "Fashion".

Freida Pinto insists her relation with Dev Patel challenging

Freida Pinto insists her relation with Dev Patel challengingActress Freida Pinto says her relationship with "Slumdog Millionaire" co-star Dev Patel is a challenge because they spend so much time apart.

The actress, who has been dating the British star since they met on the set of Oscar winning film "Slumdog Millionaire", admits they are both focused on their careers, which means they spend a lot of time apart, but she insists the pair try not to let it disrupt their romance too much, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

"I am still together with Dev. It's a challenge to meet mid-way because I live in Mumbai," she said.

"But at the same time, we both respect and support each other. We know this is our work. And we know that we have got to concentrate and focus on that as well, just as much as we concentrate and focus on the relationship," she added.

Ashutosh Gowariker speaks on 'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey'

Ashutosh Gowariker speaks on 'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey'Award-winning director Ashutosh Gowariker is confident that his new film "Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey" on the Chittagong uprising would be an enlightening experience for people in the subcontinent as he himself was shocked to learn he knew nothing about it.

"I was shocked that I did not know anything about it. So when I discovered this I thought I must express, meet and share with viewers that there was a revolution that we don't know anything about," Gowariker, who made the Oscar-nominated hit "Lagaan" and epic blockbuster "Jodhaa Akbar", told IANS on phone from Mumbai.

For Gowariker "the most important thing" about his third foray into historical cinema "was that it was a revolution of such vastness and magnitude involving not one person but 64 revolutionaries led by Surjya Sen", a school teacher who carried out the Chittagong armoury raid in 1930 in British India.

He is confident that the film, which opens worldwide Dec 3, would be of great interest to Indians at home and abroad despite the relative obscurity of the featured incident.

"Absolutely," he said. "I mean Indians everywhere, even overseas Indians. I would say the entire subcontinent, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, because Chittagong is now in Bangladesh."

Though historical cinema does "not necessarily" allow directors to work on a larger canvas, Gowariker says in his case "the themes have been such which lend themselves to having a scale."

"Be it 'Lagaan' - though it's completely my imagination - about a small village standing up against British rule or 'Jodhaa Akbar' about a Mughal emperor, it automatically lends itself to grandeur."

Similarly, "Khelein Hum..." about 64 people and five centres of British power naturally lends itself to scale. However, his third period film after "Lagaan" and "Jodhaa Akbar" can't be categorised as coincidence, Gowariker said.

"Because when I look back it's the themes which have interested me. I think each theme required some kind of different era to tell that story. That's why each of these had these settings."

"Khelein Hum..." takes its name from a revolutionary song featured prominently in Amitabh Bachchan's film "Main Azaad Hoon" because 56 of the 64 revolutionaries were teenagers, just 13-14-year-olds.

"I was quite fascinated to know that at such a young age a kid was thinking about revolution and about the country. I wanted to reflect the spirit of these teenagers playing with their lives. And that aspect would be justified by the title."

Gowariker said he "discovered the revolution" through Manini Chatterjee's book "Do And Die" and based the entire film on it as this is the only source about it.

"In fact she is the daughter-in-law of Kalpana Datta, who was one of the key revolutionaries in Surjya Sen's group and so Manini has kind of first hand information about it through Kalpana."

"Khelein Hum..." is both a commercial and an artistic film "as both go hand in hand," he says. "I would say both. If I have to make a revolution known to the world, it should be seen by more people."

But unlike his previous films, this film does not have music by A.R. Rehman simply because "Rahman has been very busy since his Oscar march with international projects."

"So I think it's completely unfair to expect him to continue doing Hindi films when he can actually explore a much wider horizon," Gowariker said.

He picked Abhishek Bachchan and Deepika Padukone for these decidedly non-glamorous roles because "when I read the book, the image that kept forming in my mind was Abhishek and discovered that the quality of Surjya Sen's character aligned with Abhishek".

"I had a feel for Deepika. And an uncanny part is she resembles the photographic evidence about Kalpana Datta."

Gowariker says he did not actually shoot the film in Chittagong in neighbouring Bangladesh because the location that was there in the 1930s no longer exists in that shape.

Madhur Bhandarkar feels good after making a comedy

Madhur Bhandarkar feels good after making a comedy

National award-winning director Madhur Bhandarkar, who has moved away from serious cinema to comedy with "Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji", says Tabu asked him to try his hand at a comic caper almost a decade ago.

"While we were making 'Chandni Bar', Tabu told me, 'why don't you make a comedy?' It took me 10 years to finally implement that. But I'm happy that finally I have made it," Bhandarkar told reporters Saturday here.

"This is the other side of me because I have a good sense of humour. People who know me closely, know that I'm a very humorous and extrovert kind of person."

The director unveiled the first look of "Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji" Saturday that stars Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi and Omi Vaidya, Shruti Haasan, Shazahn Padamsee and Shraddha Das. Co-produced by Bhandarkar and Kumar Mangat Pathak, the romantic comedy is about three men and their encounters with love. It is slated to hit screens Jan 28.

"This is the first time I'm making a romantic comedy and I hope as people loved my earlier films, they accept this movie too," said the 42-year-old.

"My cinema has always been hard-hitting and real. This is a comedy but everyone will be able to relate to the subject. For the first time, my film is not inspired by any newspaper clippings or real life incidences. This story is fictional but can be anyone's story. It has a good blend of humour and realism," he added.

Bhandarkar moved to comedy because he doesn't want to to be typecast.

"As a filmmaker I should make all kinds of films. I should not get typecast. The problem is that when I make serious cinema, people say that Madhur only makes realistic, issue-based cinema.

"Now when I'm trying to make something different, people are saying Madhur should stick to what he does best. But I wanted to try something new, so I have just attempted something different," he said.

The director is also quite thankful to yesteryear actor Shatrughan Sinha for giving him the title.

"I want to thank Shatrughanji because he had this title and when I asked him for it, he readily gave it to me. So I want to really thank him for that," he said.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Dolly Bindra back in 'Bigg Boss 4'

Dolly Bindra back in 'Bigg Boss 4'Loud-mouthed Dolly Bindra is back in "Bigg Boss 4". The actress, who created havoc in the reality show with her vulgar verbal attacks on co-participants, made a re-entry Saturday morning.

Dolly was thrown out of the show along with actor Sameer Soni after they got embroiled in a heated discussion and were on the verge of hitting each other.

While Sameer made a re-entry Nov 22, Dolly has been called back on public demand to add spice to the show, according to channel sources.

Dolly's entry, in a wooden box, will be shown on Monday's episode.

"Dolly was kept in a wooden box which was placed in the garden area of the 'Bigg Boss' house. Then the housemates were woken up by blaring music. Sameer was called inside the confession room and was given the key to the wooden box. When they went to open it, Dolly came out of it and surprised everyone," the source said.

Dolly and Sameer were evicted soon after international celebrity Pamela Anderson entered the show. Though Anderson added chutzpah till the time she was inside the house, the show became quite boring without Dolly's daily drama.

The show's ratings are expected to get a boost once again with her entry.

Hrishant Goswami says, he wasn't in for a relationship with Veena Malik in 'Bigg Boss 4'

Hrishant Goswami says, he wasn't in for a relationship with Veena Malik in 'Bigg Boss 4'Pakistani actress Veena Malik may have been swooning over him in reality show "Bigg Boss 4", but Indian model Hrishant Goswami says he had no intention to get into a relationship with anyone.

"I had made my stance very clear about this in the 'Bigg Boss' house. I was not looking for a relationship at all. I have a career to focus on," Hrishant told IANS on phone from Mumbai.

The young and dashing model, who was undoubtedly the most good-looking male contestant on "Bigg Boss 4", was evicted out of the show Friday.

He insists Veena was often "misunderstood" and says she was a nice girl.

"I think it was nice that she was quite vocal about whatever she felt. She was honest and very sweet and I reciprocated that...but I was never in the mindframe of getting into a relationship, and especially with her," said Hrishant.

The 25-year-old says he went through a "self-realisation process" while he was locked inside the house with other celebrities, without any communication with the outside world.

"There's a lot that I learnt about myself. Things like that I do get carried away with what people say, and react rather aggressively at times. I need to tone all that down. I am also very strict about certain things. But I have realised that I need to be flexible in life. So, the self-realisation process was amazing," he said.

All in all, Hrishant says he had a "blast" on the show, and is now hoping to get back to his social life in Mumbai.

He is hoping to bag some movie offers too.

"I am really hoping that this show has got me the kind of visibility that I haven't been able to get over so many years. Everyone - from producers, directors, casting people...they watch 'Bigg Boss'. So I am looking forward to a boost in my career now."

Among the remaining contestants on "Bigg Boss 4", Hrishant feels actor Ashmit Patel and former dacoit Seema Parihar will survive the longest, and will be the top two.

Abhishek Bachchan wishes Hrithik Roshan good luck for 'Agneepath' remake

Abhishek Bachchan wishes Hrithik Roshan good luck for 'Agneepath' remakeActor Abhishek Bachchan is certain that it's difficult to match the performance of his father Amitabh Bachchan in "Agneepath", but he has high hopes from Hrithik Roshan who is playing the iconic Vijay Dinanath Chauhan in the cult film's remake.

The 1990 film fetched Amitabh his first National Award.

"I wish him good luck. I think it's a very brave thing to do. If you think of top 10 characters of Hindi cinema, Vijay Dinanath Chauhan is up there. It's difficult but I have immense respect for Duggu (Hrithik) as an actor," Abhishek told IANS.

"He knows his job very well. So, obviously, he will sort it out. He's not going to take on anything on whim or fancy. I am pretty sure they have a different interpretation of the entire story altogether," he added.

Yash Johar produced the original "Agneepath" and the remake would be produced and directed by his son Karan Johar.

Abhishek feels that Big B's film shouldn't be remade frame by frame, as it would put huge pressure on the new actor.

"I think with 'Paa', you should not remake his film directly scene by scene because he is too iconic an actor. I feel that for most iconic actors. I feel it becomes a huge burden for the new actor to do. If you have a different perspective on it, like I think when Shah Rukh Khan did 'Don', they had a completely different perspective of the original one," Abhishek said.

Abhishek rubbished all speculations that he was approached with the role before Hrithik. "I was never asked," he clarified.

Hollywood Movie: 'Red' Review

Hollywood Movie: 'Red' ReviewFilm: "Red"; Director: Robert Schwentke; Cast: Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Karl Urban, Morgan Freeman; Rating: ***1/2

Middle of the year saw the release of "The Expendables" where old guns, literally, and in the film, try to outsmart the young. Though a good geriatric combo, the film lacked the melancholy and wisdom of age. Thankfully the correction comes in the form of "Red", meaning 'Retired Extremely Dangerous'.

Retired CIA veteran Frank (Willis) likes Sarah (Parker) who he has only talked to on the phone. When his own ex-agency sends assassins to kill him, he not only has to escape, but also forcibly take Sarah to protect her. Hot on his trail is CIA black-ops man Cooper (Urban).

In a battle for survival, Frank takes the help of not only old friends, but old, sworn enemies to get to the bottom of why he is being targeted.

Though "Red" begins a little shakily, it regains form and once it gets going it proves to be a delectable fine balance for an action comedy thriller. Not only does it not let down on the adrenalin, it delivers a mature dose of laughter and action.

The main strength of the film is its casting. John Malkovich is particularly delightful in his quirkiness. Helen Mirren firing a big machinegun, a very masculine 'toy', would be the super fantasy woman not just of the old, but also young females.

The metaphor of the film is that when you are old you have to stick together. If youth has physical prowess and agility, age has wisdom and perspective. If used effectively, experience can easily outsmart the combination of technology and youth.

"Red" is a coming of 'age' film for the old spies. When they were young they had blind ambition. Old age has given them depth and a vision to see the big picture. The character of the young spy Cooper provides this contrast.

The film has many small, quirky but silent details that add to its enjoyment. Like the small sub-plot of the American agent who loved a spy from Russia but had to shoot him when ordered, yet does not shoot him dead, only to be rejoined with him in old age.

The characterisation of even minor players is handled well. The love angle between Frank and Sarah is thankfully underplayed.

Though based on a popular graphic novel, the film makes many changes to the otherwise gory and serious book, turning it light and funny. Hopefully the REDs would be back for another cinematic outing.

Robert Pattinson to be auctioned for charity

Robert Pattinson to be auctioned for charityRobert Pattinson has agreed to be auctioned off for charity, with the winner getting a chance to spend time with the young heartthrob.

The British actor is listed on auction site www.charitybuzz.com, with the current offer standing at $30,000, reports femalefirst.com.

The winning bidder will also get the opportunity to spend a day on the Vancouver set of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn", the fourth movie in the "Twilight" franchise, and meet the rest of the cast including Pattinson's girlfriend Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and Dakota Fanning.

Robert is not the only celebrity currently listed on the auction site. Fans can also meet the newly-engaged Prince William for upwards $8,000.

Biddings close Dec 8.

Hollywood Movie: 'Secretariat' Review

Hollywood Movie: 'Secretariat' ReviewFilm: "Secretariat"; Director: Randall Wallace; Cast: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Otto Thorwarth; Rating: ****

When still photography began in the early 18th century, a startling discovery was made - that for the briefest of moments all four feet of a horse are in the air i.e. a horse does not just run, it also flies. To believe it, watch "Secretariat", where in one of its most stunning moments captured in super slow motion, you see the horse - Secretariat - literally fly. Thankfully, so does the film.

Born and raised on a horse farm by her father, middle-aged Penny with her four children returns during her mother's funeral in the late '60s, to find her father almost a vegetable, and the prospect of selling off the loss-making family horse farm looming large.

Taught by her father never to give up, but having given up so much for her husband and her family, Penny reluctantly takes up the challenge to turn the farm around. When a pure-bred mare delivers a fowl, hopes are raised.

The horse, Red - officially named Secretariat - has his own idiosyncrasies and is born with the heart of a fighter. Together, man and horse will rediscover the old bond that brought them together, to write history.

Based on the true story of the 'greatest racehorse', "Secretariat" has many things going for it. What is not, is that not only does it sound like the last great horse film "Seabiscuit", it also looks like one. Indeed, you can call "Secretariat" a newer version.

Despite the obvious comparisons, the film does chart its own course, blending soft melodrama and hard reality into a very real and enjoyable cinema. Whereas "Seabiscuit" was about the relationship between man and horse, "Secretariat" is about the human condition.

The film, with great conviction and grace, interweaves many sub-plots and issues into one strong core. There's no demarcation between gender struggles, political issues - especially war and apartheid, yet all of them are handled without any becoming overbearing to the main story.

The main theme, however, remains that of gender. As a housewife in the late '60s, where a woman's place in America was still thought to be in the house, Penny has to face a lot of sexism. It is her strong will, which is gentle but during strife is headstrong, that pulls her and her motley crew through.

The pace of the film is gentle and lilting and is filled with some original and some cliched inspiring one-liners. Sample these, "It's not whether they think we won, but whether we think we won" and "father's legacy is the will to win or live with it if you can't".

The cast is impeccable. John Malcovich is his usual funny best, but it is Diane Lane as Penny who chooses to run a harder, and a much more hopeless race against gender discrimination, who steals the show. She is quiet, restrained and forceful when the scene demands it. Her performance is definitely Oscar material.

The horse, Secretariat, in all his races begins last only to end first. Just like his owner and quite a few of us. The message of this feel-good family entertainer is clear - you got to risk everything if you don't want to live your life in regret.

Hollywood Movie: 'Unstoppable' Review

Hollywood Movie: 'Unstoppable' ReviewFilm: "Unstoppable"; Director: Tony Scott; Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson; Rating: ***1/2

The '90s audience chased a bus in "Speed". The 2000s could have been the decade of the runaway train in "Unstoppable". Sadly the film trails off a wee bit in the end, preventing it from jumping over the precipice and reaching for its true potential.

A 'bad combination of human error and bad luck' sends a half a mile long freight train hurtling at 70 miles an hour without a driver. With dangerous, toxic explosives in its bogies, it is a missile, a disaster on wheels.

When all efforts to stop it fails, two drivers on a single engine - one, veteran Frank (Denzel Washington) with 28 years of experience in railroad and the other, Will (Chris Pine) a rookie, will risk their lives to do the impossible - chase the runaway train on reverse, couple it from behind, and stop it by reversing power.

"Unstoppable" is a simple, straightforward film of the old-world kind, but with modern special effects. At the onset, comparisons with "Speed" are imminent. But where "Speed" maintained its pace till the very end, "Unstoppable" does seem to drag at the very end when repeatedly used stock footage of the breakaway train becomes a tad irritating.

Yet, "Unstoppable" works on many levels. The shaky camera work, immaculate sound design and good cinematography ups the ante. Action veteran Tony Scott ("Top Gun", "Crimson Tide" and "Deja Vu") does a good job of keeping the tension going in this film apparently based on a true story.

This brings us to the 'inspired by true story' as a part of the plot. Without this disclaimer at the beginning of the film, "Unstoppable" would have lost much of the havoc it plays on the audience's mind. But this little piece of information triggers wild imagination of a real train somewhere, running amok. Though, the fact really is that worldwide hundreds of incidents of runaway trains are reported every year.

What also works is the acting of Denzel Washington, an actor who brings intensity to every role he takes up.

The sub-plots, character tension and the strife between age that brings experience and strength that comes with youth but is stupid, is handled well, with the winner being experience. The motto is clear - experience does matter.

It is also not easy to maintain tension in a film without the convenience of a visible villain to hate. A runaway freight train is no evil computer Hal ("2001: A Space Odyssey") with seemingly deliberate mal-intentions. Its achievement is hence that much more laudatory. The sub-plot of the typical perennially profit-seeking corporate, introduces villainy of the modern kind.

Madhuri Dixit: I don't regret failure of any film

Madhuri Dixit: I don't regret failure of any filmHer last outing "Aaja Nachle" may have failed and she may be based in the US, but that's not stopping Bollywood's dancing diva Madhuri Dixit from being part of the evolving entertainment industry in India. Still flaunting flawless skin and an evergreen smile, she says she has no regrets over any film.

The 43-year-old is back in business with what she is best at - dance. She will be judging Sony TV's reality show "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa", and says the failure of "Aaja Nachle" in 2007 didn't deject her one bit.

"I don't regret doing anything. When you work in a film, you do it thinking it will turn out well and will do well. But when it doesn't do well, there's nothing much you can do about it. So why should I regret anything?" said Madhuri, looking rosy cheeked in an orange and yellow sari.

A resident of Denver, Colorado, where she lives with her husband Sriram Nene and two sons - Arin, 7, and Raayan, 5 - she is out of touch with Bollywood but wants to be part of the changing face of Indian cinema by trying her hand at new genres.

"My choice of scripts will always be based on what appeals to me in a role. Of course, I will be looking for different kinds of roles. It's tough to say which role I have liked in recent times...but, yes, very different kinds of films are being made these days and it would be great to know what's out there for me," Madhuri told IANS in an interview.

She is here for a few months to shoot the reality show "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa" which goes on air Dec 12, and plans to flip through scripts during her three-month stay in India, but can't stay here too long.

"This (Bollywood) is not the only life. I have another life (in the US) and I really love it. I do miss India and my friends here. So it's like having two homes. When I am here, I miss my husband and children. When I am there, I miss people here.

"I can't stay long. I send my kids to school, prepare breakfast, shop for vegetables, drop them and pick them from school and all those things. I can do one film and then go, one show and then go, but I can't take too much on me," she said.

Madhuri became a formidable name in the film industry with superhits like "Tezaab", "Ram Lakhan", "Tridev", "Dil", "Saajan", "Khalnayak", "Hum Aapke Hain Koun", "Dil To Pagal Hai" and "Devdas", and that too without a godfather.

Her dancing prowess, thanks to eight years of training in kathak, has wowed fans in songs like "Ek do teen", "Humko aajkal hai", "Dhak dhak", "Choli ke peechhe", "Chane ke khet mein", "Didi tera devar deewana", "Mera piya ghar aaya", "Que sera sera" and "Maar daala".

Even her sons appreciate her songs. "My elder son likes 'Ek do teen'...he keeps singing it. They like songs from 'Devdas', 'Aaja Nachle'. When I was coming here for 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa', they were very excited and said - 'Are we going to watch you on TV?'. And I was like, 'Yes, you will.'"

Age has not touched her. She is fit as a fiddle and her grace, personality, smile and aura are as youthful as ever. With her kind of looks, no wonder most present day actresses don't cringe before saying, "Main Madhuri Dixit banna chahti hoon".

Madhuri blushed and humbly said: "Well, compliments always make you feel good. It's not that I have come to this stage without doing anything. I have worked really hard to earn this recognition and when one works hard, it is nice to receive such compliments."

What keeps her in shape?

"Well I do kathak back home. But it depends how much time I have...sometimes I devote an hour, sometimes half an hour. And it does help. Not only is it a physical exercise, it is beneficial spiritually. I like it so much. It makes me feel good, and I also do yoga," she said.

Katy Perry says her outrageous dresses have expiration date

Katy Perry says her outrageous dresses have expiration dateSinger Katy Perry has said she will have to cut down on outrageous fashion choices, which have previously included outfits styling her even as a cake and a Christmas tree.

The "Firework" singer is known for her crazy dress sense -- appearing in costumes including a dress shaped like a cake, one styled as a Christmas tree and others adorned with fruits, die and holes, as well as many latex dresses -- but she accepts she will one day be too old to wear such wild clothes, reports people.com.

"They have an expiration date and that's why I'm wearing them now at 25. I'm such a sucker for a theme, so if I go somewhere like Las Vegas, I'll dress like Vegas! Or if it's Christmas time, I'll dress like Mrs. Claus," she said.

"I've always been girly - even though I was a tomboy. My mother said when I was a kid, I was changing for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I don't make it a big deal, I just do it," she added.

Pop Diva Shakira raises funds for schools

Pop Diva Shakira raises funds for schoolsPop singer Shakira has raised $660,000 to build schools in Colombia and Haiti by agreeing to appear in a Spanish advert.

The "Waka Waka" singer agreed to appear in an advertisement for a Spanish cava drink in return for the company, Freixenet, making the donation to her charitable foundation Pies Descalzos, reports contactmusic.com.

"Education is a birthright and a quality education is the only tool that a child has to turn dreams into reality. Since I was a girl I have been aware of the tough reality faced by many children," said Shakira.

As per the agreement, Freixenet will also produce a documentary about Pies Descalzos and make the music video for Shakira's forthcoming single "Sale El Sol".

The Colombian-born singer has also done other charity work in the past.

She donated the harmonica she used in her music video "Gypsy" for an auction being held by her home country's branch of the Red Cross in aid of their campaign Dar por Colombia hoy (Give to Colombia Today), which aims to raise money for victims of the harsh rainy season.

Neha Dhupia inspired by Mayawati

Neha Dhupia inspired by MayawatiBollywood actress Neha Dhupia says she took inspiration from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati to get her regional dialect right for her role of a female gangster in upcoming comedy "Phas Gaye Re Obama".

"As I play a gangster from UP in the film, I had to get that language right and so I observed Mayawati to learn how she speaks. She is the only woman whose dialect, whether she is serious or funny, is extremely monotonous. So I have tried to incorporate this in my character. However, my character is not inspired by her," Neha told IANS.

The actress was here at PVR BluO in Ambience Mall to promote her new film along with co-stars Rajat Kapoor, Sanjay Mishra and director Subhash Kapoor.

The former Miss India has donned the role of a dacoit, Munni Madam, in the film directed by Subhash Kapoor. The film, which is due to release Dec 3 alongside Ashutosh Gowariker's "Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey", is set against the backdrop of global recession that originated in the US.

Although Neha is the only female lead in the film but the actress admits she is more of a boy than a girl.

"I am not the heroine of the film. I am one of heroes. It is a male part in a female form,' she added.

Hindi Movie 'Break Ke Baad' Film Review

Hindi Movie 'Break Ke Baad' Film ReviewFilm: "Break Ke Baad"; Cast: Imran Khan, Deepika Padukone, Sharmila Tagore, Lillete Dubea, Shahana Goswami, Navin Nischol, Yudhistir Urs and others; Director: Danish Aslam; Ratings: ** 1/2

Bollywood has a sub-genre of romantic-comedies meant for urban, chic teenagers, first pioneered with its full frontal glory by our very own coffee drinking Karan Johar.

These films, and the people that inhabit it, are nothing like you have ever known, or are ever likely to know. But the reality inside it is so glossy and Cinderellaesque that everyone aspires for this free floating, un-rooted, but super fun unreality.

"Break Ke Baad" is a fun example of that.

Aaliya (Deepika Padukone) and Abhay (Imran Khan) are childhood sweethearts whose sweet course of sugarcane love encounters the roadblock of youthful ambition. Aaliya, a fiercely independent, risk-taking person decides to go to Australia to pursue her acting ambition, thus breaking the relationship. Both make mistakes, but eventually discover themselves only to realize that it's not that easy to say 'talaq' to a love, that has now matured.

"Break Ke Baad" is the ultimate, teenage, escape, love fantasy of 2010, much like "Jaane Tu…" in 2008 and "Love Aaj Kal" in 2009, in whose magical world, almost everything happens coincidentally and all loose ends are tied up perfectly in the end and all that you see makes sense. But we know that such a mythical, unreality can exist only in Bollywood.

Yet, the film is good in its own sub-genre. The strongest part of the film is a well-baked script; tight, crisp and thankfully contemporary and often rooted dialogues of Renuka Kunzru, which are funny at times, and profound in a cliched way at others.

Yet the film will never make it to the annals of Bollywood greats. Neither does it have the cuteness of Aamir Khan's launch vehicle "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak", or the undertone of class struggle depicted with extreme melodrama in "Maine Pyaar Kiya", the overtone of struggle against tradition of "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" or the excessive sugar-pulp and totally nonexistent reality of "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" (KKHH) - a film which this one pays hearty tributes to.

The conflict is mostly in the minds of the protagonist, and not real. Ironically its fault would perhaps be that it is not unreal enough like KKHH.

Though the characterizations, at least in the beginning and in a few side characters, has the smell (or stench if you consider the escapist drama) of reality, it flies off to KKHH land. At least the old films were caricatures, exaggerations of people you would have encountered somewhere. No such luck with "Break Ke Baad".

But it is fodder for teen fantasy, seeped in the dual confusion of maturing while finding true love. It's over two hour ride is fun, full time-pass and paisa vasool.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Hrithik Roshan wants to hides from his sons

Hrithik Roshan wants to hides from his sonsHrithik Roshan, who was hospitalised for an allergic reaction to an antibiotic medicine, has returned home but has not allowed his sons to see him.

"They'd get so scared if they saw me like this. Though my lips are going back to their normal size, they're still not fully normal. I don't want my sons to see me until I look like myself again," said Hrithik.

The actor, who is married to Sussanne, has two sons - Hrehaan, 4, and Hridaan, 2.

"This kind of attack happens in the rarest of rare cases. But it happened to me. Anything could've happened if I hadn't rushed to the hospital," said the actor who was rushed to the hospital Sunday and was discharged on Monday.

The actor was on his way to a very dear friend's funeral when it happened. In fact, so alarming were the symptoms that Hrithik just rushed to the hospital.

"I was driving to a friend's funeral when the attack suddenly happened. It just makes you so grateful for the gift of life."

The 36-year-old had gotten so frightened that he had checked into the hospital alone.

"It was crazy! I'd have been frightened to death at what I saw in the mirror. Within minutes my lips had swollen to 10 times the normal size. Luckily for me, even in that shocking state, I remembered Eddie Murphy in a film where his lips had swollen to monstrous proportions because of an allergy. So I knew it wasn't fatal," he said.

Hrithik was immediately able to identify that it was an allergy caused by a new antibiotic he had taken half-an-hour earlier.

"That was the only alien substance introduced in my body. I told my doctors about it. And they were immediately able to locate the source of allergy. Such violent allergy attacks usually happen in the West after eating prawns.

"I must be the only person in the universe to get so sick after taking an antibiotic pill," said the actor who has earned rave reviews for his performance as paraplegic patient in "Guzaarish".

Hrithik is overwhelmed by the response to his performance in "Guzaarish".

"I guess this (the hospitalization) was god's way of balancing things out. I was getting much love for my performance it had to be counter-balanced."

"Guzaarish" has taken Hrithik to new heights of self-realization. "How can one not be affected when you meet these people who are paralyzed for life? Their spirit and joie de vivre just overwhelms you. I'll always be grateful to Sanjay Bhansali for giving me the opportunity to do this film."

"'Guzaarish' is a different scale and space. The closest I've been to this space is 'Jodhaa-Akbar'. It's an entirely different experience when you know you're affecting lives beyond entertainment."

Hollywood Star Halle Berry wants to have more kids

Hollywood Star Halle Berry wants to have more kidsActress Halle Berry wants to have more kids but fears she's running out of time.

The Oscar-winning star has a two-year-old daughter, Nahla, with her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry, and admits she longs to give the youngster a sibling, reports dailystar.co.uk.

She said: "I'd love more children. I'm 44, so who knows how much longer I can wait?"

Berry also concedes she will have to change the way she works once her daughter starts school as she won't be able to take her along on the movie sets.

"You make time for what's important. She's not yet three, so I take her with me. Once she's five or six, and in school, I'll have to make a change," she said.

Deepika Padukone doesn't identify with her 'Break Ke Baad' character

Deepika Padukone doesn't identify with her 'Break Ke Baad' characterDeepika Padukone is very sensitive when it comes to relationships and so she couldn't connect to her character in the forthcoming film "Break Ke Baad". But the actress took the challenge because she wanted to do something different from her previous roles.

"I think the reason I chose to do the film is: one, I thought this is very different from the characters I played in my previous films. Also because the character is very different from the kind of person I am, especially her take on relationships," Deepika, 24, told IANS in an interview.

"The way I think of a relationship is very, very different. Aaliya reacts without thinking; I am not like that. I am a little more sensitive; I think before I do something. Her professional side I connect with, but her personal side I don't connect with.

"Aaliya is very, very focussed about her career. She wants to achieve a lot for herself. She wants to go to Australia and become an actress. She is independent and very ambitious and these are the characteristics that I identify with.

"But at the same time she is a girl who doesn't believe in love, commitment, relationship and marriage. And she is also a little insensitive and immature and I don't identify with these things," said Deepika.

Directed by Danish Aslam and produced by Kunal Kohli, the film shows how the psyche of individuals act as villains in their love life. Deepika is paired with Imran Khan in this 'hatke' romantic film, which released Friday.

Deepika could never understand the concept of taking a break in a relationship.

"I never really understood the concept of a break. Two people in a relationship should try to make it work. Personally I never took a break in a relationship. I don't know what it means," said Deepika who recently broke up with her actor boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor.

Asked if not getting space in a relationship means being over-possessive, she said: "Not necessarily. After doing the film, I realised that when people say let's take a break that means there are a lot of problems in a relationship, but at the same time you love each other so much that you don't want let go completely either. So I think it's a matter of convenience. On the one hand you want your freedom, but you also don't let go of that person."

The story of her 2009 release "Love Aaj Kal" was similar, but the actress doesn't think "Break Ke Baad" has any resemblance to the former.

"People find a similarity because the space in both the films is similar. People also find it very similar because both of them are very real. 'Love Aaj Kal' was a very real film; so is 'Break Ke Baad'.

"Every one would relate to the film because everyone has gone through it at some point in his or her life. The characters are completely different. It's a love story, with a few light moments as well," said Deepika.

Bollywood Celebrities on 26/11

Bollywood Celebrities on 26/11Members of the Indian film fraternity remembered all those who lost their lives in the Mumbai terror attacks on its second anniversary Friday. Many actors say the pain of the mayhem, in which 10 Pakistani terrorists held Mumbai hostage, killing 166 people, is still fresh in their mind.

Here's what the celebrities had to say on micro-blogging site Twitter:

Lata Mangeshkar: Aaj 26/11 hai, 2 saal pehele Mumbai par jo aatanki hamla hua tha, jisme kai maasoom logon ki jaanein chali gayi, kai log zakhmi hue, kai ghar ujad gayein, un sabhi bhai behenon ko, bacchon ko, aur us me apne pranon ki aahuti de kar kai logon ko bachaane wale un mahan veeron ko, unki is behen ki bhavbheeni shraddhanjali...."

(Today is 26/11 and two years ago on the same day Mumbai was hit with terror attacks in which innocent people lost their lives, many got injured, many families were ruined... I pay a very humble tribute to all those people, children and the courageous people who sacrificed their own lives to save others.)

Amitabh Bachchan: Today 26/11! Horrors of terrible visuals, pride in bravery of our men in uniform and deepest thoughts and prayers for lost lives.

Abhishek Bachchan: Our thoughts and prayers with all those who lost loved ones on 26/11. We will never forget!

Madhur Bhandarkar: Today is the second anniversary of 26/11. (I) feel so sorry for the innocent lives lost and (I) salute the martyrs. Doesn't matter how hard Mumbai is hit, it has always bounced back with a bang, with a zest of life. Jai Hind!

Anupam Kher: 26/11 tragedy completes two years. And we are still debating about (Ajmal Amir) Kasab's fate. A silent prayer for the victims and their families.

Pooja Bhatt: Amidst this barrage of corruption the nation seems to be subjected to I can't help but feel that the fires of 26/11 still tragically rage on.

Diya Mirza: Have not forgotten and will not forget this date. 26/11.

Arshad Warsi: 26/11, a day that showed our weakness and our strength. I salute our security forces for laying their lives for us, and Mumbai for its resilience.

Ram Gopal Varma: We will never forget 26/11…We will never forget that we can die any time.

Pooja Bedi: 26/11 once again!!! And monster Kasab still not hung for the massacre caught on tape and eyewitness accounts! What strong message are we sending? My thoughts and prayers today with all victims of terrorism in India and abroad! Let's push for swift and stern sentencing of terrorists!

R. Madhavan: Heart goes out to all who lost their near and dear ones in Mumbai on this day. We will never forget.

Kunal Khemu: 26/11- prayers for all those who lost their lives and for all those who lost their loved ones!

Minissha Lamba: 26/11…Salute to our martyrs…Amen.

Hindi Movie 'Allah Ke Banday' Film Review

Hindi Movie 'Allah Ke Banday' Film ReviewFilm: "Allah Ke Banday"; Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Sharman Joshi, Faruk Kabir, Anjana Sukhani, Atul Kulkarni and others; Writer-Director: Faruk Kabir; Rating: ***

A feeling of foreboding and damnation builds up in the narration from the first frame itself. Here's a gloriously gutsy film exploring the underbelly of Mumbai through the lives of two slum kids who grow up in identical circumstances, but with somewhat disparate values.

First-time director Faruk Kabir displays remarkable skill in creating a pastiche of mammoth crime and little punishment. The pace leaves meagre space for grace. And yet "Allah Ke Banday" creates a world filled with acute aggression, repression and damnation with a reasonable amount of paciness to the edgy narrative.

The world that Faruk Kabir's characters inhabit is reminiscent of Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire", Irrfan Kamal's underrated "Thanks, Maa", Mahesh Manjrekar's "City Of Gold" and Chandan Arora's "Striker". Deriving its lingering study of juvenile delinquency from these sources "Allah Ke Banday" moves forward and acquires a life of its own.

The gripping narrative takes us through the world of petty crime and underage lawlessness non-judgementally. Faruk Kabir's deeply-felt concern for children who dodder dangerously on the edge of society is never overdone. The director creates a world of uncertainties with unwavering confidence.

The nervous anxiety of the characters is rather aptly replicated in the film's rough and unvarnished look. Kabir's cameraman Vishal Sinha goes through the rugged merciless slums searching for only Allah-knows what. The actors wear their unwashed demeanour casually, so much so that at times we forget the existence of the camera. At the same time, there are uneven sections in the narrative that mar what could otherwise have been a standout exposition on the genesis of social outcasts.

Sharman Joshi and Faruk Kabir play the two driving forces of the plot with a deep understanding of their characters and the milieu. Both seem to have got right their characters' physicality and then proceed to explore their inner worlds. For a first-time actor and director, Faruk Kabir handles both his jobs with more than a reasonable amount of compelling confidence.

The others in the cast merge into the relentless milieu. As usual, the extraordinarily brilliant Naseeruddin Shah is under-used. Whenever he shows up on screen, an extra dimension is effortlessly added to the proceedings.

Notches above the run-of-the-mill entertainer is the genuine concern for juvenile delinquency. The lives on the streets never looked more dangerous and less glamorous. This time, crime is not glorified. Thank god for small mercies.

Shiv Sena slams ShahRukh Khan

Shiv Sena slams ShahRukh KhanThe Shiv Sena Friday attacked Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan for agreeing to perform at a function for Pakistani TV channel on the second anniversary of the 26/11 terror strike. However, the actor's office said there was no truth in the allegation and that he was in Berlin shooting for "Don 2".

In a sharp editorial in the party mouthpiece Saamna, the Sena said Khan lived in India, worked in Mumbai, constructed a palace (Mannat Bungalow in Bandra) in Mumbai but agreed to do a song-and-dance for a Pakistani TV channel in London, ostensibly to help the victims of the recent floods there.

"This (26/11 anniversary) is becoming an occasion to celebrate, instead of remembering the sacrifices of the martyrs and the innocent victims of the terror attacks and paying them homage," the editorial said.

However, a source in Shah Rukh's office said: "Shah Rukh is very much in Berlin. He's shooting for Farhan Akhtar's 'Don 2'. He's not going anywhere. There is no truth in the Saamna story."

The Shiv Sena also castigated Home Minister R.R. Patil and opposition leader Eknath Khadse for visiting Ajmal Amir Kasab, the sole surviving 26/11 terrorist, three days ago.

The party also frowned on the recent trip by US President Barack Obama, who stayed at the Hotel Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, to symbolise the unity against terror.

"But, President Obama, you had more than 50,000 policemen protecting you and the entire hotel evacuated for your stay. If the same amount of security had been deployed during 26/11, it would have never happened in the first place," it argued.

Besides, it sarcastically added that in his country (US), the home minister and opposition leader don't go and meet terrorists in jail enquiring after their well-being and happiness.

Madhuri Dixit to judge 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4'

Madhuri Dixit to judge 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4'Bollywood's dancing queen Madhuri Dixit is back in business as one of the judges of the fourth season of dance reality show, "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa". Choreographer Remo D'Souza will also join her.

But the third judge is yet to be revealed.

Rumours about Madhuri's comeback to the small screen were rife, but Sony TV confirmed her participation at a grand launch Thursday.

"It took us one-and-a-half-year to convince her to come here. Thanks to Rikkuji (Madhuri's secretary Rakesh Nath), she is now here. She has left her family in the US for the show and we are very grateful that she has made it on board," Ajit Thakur, executive vice president and business head of Sony TV, told reporters.

Madhuri, who still exudes elegance, made a grand entry in an orange-yellow sari with embroidery while dancers grooved to her hit numbers "Humko aajkal hai", "Ek do teen" and "Que sera sera". The diva enthralled the audience by matching steps with the dancers and later even with Remo.

"In the past, I have done 'Kahin Na Kahin Koi Hai' with Sony TV and I hope you all like 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa' now. It is an exciting show, and all the participating celebrities are not professional dancers. It would be great to see them dancing and competing," said Madhuri, who is settled in the US with her husband and two sons.

The actress, popular for films like "Khalnayak", "Saajan", "Ram Lakhan", "Hum Aapke Hain Koun" and "Devdas", says her criteria for judging will be the "attitude and performance".

"Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4", inspired by international show "Dancing With The Stars" and produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, will go on air Dec 12, and it will replace Amitabh Bachchan's "Kaun Banega Crorepati 2010".

According to officials, the dance reality show will be bigger and better this season.

"The technicians were actually sent to London to the sets of 'Dancing With The Stars' to see how the lighting and sets are done, so that they could absorb the technology. There will be 12 celebrities this time," said Myleeta Aga, general manager and creative head, BBC Worldwide Productions, India.

ShahRukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee to perform in Bangladesh

ShahRukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee to perform in BangladeshBollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Arjun Rampal and Isha Koppikar will perform here Dec 10 to campaign for the world's largest mangrove Sundarbans as one of the seven wonders of the world.

"The Bollywood stars will perform and vote to select the seven wonders at the Army Stadium. Bangladeshi private television channel Boishakhi TV will telecast the event," Swapan Chowdhury, chairman of Ontor Showbiz which signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the channel, announced Thursday.

Bollywood singer Niraj Sreedhar, choreographer Ganesh Hedge, and Bangladeshi movie star Shakib Khan, singer Kumar Biswajit and dancer Prantor will also perform at the six-hour show.

King Khan and his co-performers will arrive here a day earlier.

"This event will be a milestone in the realm of entertainment in Bangladesh and we are very excited as well as delighted to be a part of this," Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul, CEO and editor-in-chief of Boishakhi TV was quoted as saying by The Daily Star.

2011 greetings

A very happy new year to you and your family! Here you will find the most amazing and interesting 2011 greetings to share with your loved ones. You may enjoy best of luck in New Year 2011. New Year marks an occasion that is biggest annual celebration. Here we bring you some wonderful New Year 2011 greetings. If you like these 2011 greetings; also refer it to your friends, loved ones and all those eagerly waiting the coming year. Happy New Year! Wish your friends and relations a "Happy New Year" with these lovely greetings.


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New year messages

1: New year messages 2011
In ‘The Universal Bank of God’…
God stores his blessings & deposited
365 days full of love,faith & happiness for you…
So,Enjoy spending…
Happy New Year.

2: New year messages 2011
Poore ho aapke sare Aim,
Sada badhti rahe aap ki Fame,
Milte rahe sabse Pyar aur Dosti,
Aur mila a lot of Fun & Masti.
Wish you a..Happy New Year
with a Plenty of Peace & Prosperity.
Happy New Year.

3: New year messages 2011
Naye saal aaye banke ujale,
Khul jaye aap ki kismat ka tale,
Hamesha aap pe rahe meherban Oparwale,
Chand tare bhi aap pe hi rosni dale.
Happy New year.
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