Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Dil Bole Hadippa in Toronto. - Rani Mukharji

Its all about "film promotionke liye kuch bhi karega........
Rani again registering her presence  with a fresh new slim trim sexy avtaar in Yashraj's" Dil Bole Hadippa"pairing up with Shahid Kapoor
giving tough competion to Bollywood's hot sexy babes.

Bollywood ‘bad boy’ Salman Khan eyes big screen comeback

Tuesday, 15 Sep, 2009
Bollywood actor Salman Khan displays a design by designers Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna at the Van Huesen India Mens Week 2009 in New Delhi, September 13, 2009. — AP Photo Media Gallery
On the catwalk in India Lost art?
Iconic images from Bollywood MUMBAI: After two years lying low following a string of box office flops, Bollywood's enigmatic ‘bad boy’ Salman Khan is set for a comeback, in three new films about to hit the big screen.
The first, ‘Wanted’, is out on Friday. The comedy ‘Main Aur Mrs Khanna’ (Me and Mrs Khanna) and ‘London Dreams’, about two friends who try to become rock stars in London, are set for release in the next two months.
Khan, 43, said he was confident ‘Wanted’ would succeed. The movie sees him play a gangster on the run from police — including a top cop played by veteran actor Om Puri — and from fellow gang members who want him dead.
‘It's the script of the film,’ he said. ‘It has all the ingredients of a Bollywood potboiler. When I read the script, I was 100 percent that it will click.’
Khan has been a controversial figure since he first broke into Bollywood in the late 1980s in the family drama ‘Biwi Ho To Aisi’ (A Wife Should Be Like This) and the romance ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ (I'm In Love).
He cemented himself as one of Bollywood's leading stars with hits such as ‘Bhaaghi: A Rebel For Love’, ‘Patthar Ke Phool’ (Stone Flowers), ‘Saajan’(Hearthrob) and ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’ (Who Am I To You?) in the 1990s.
But in 1998, he spent more than a week in prison for killing endangered Indian gazelles in the northern state of Rajasthan, and four years later he was alleged to have killed a man in a drink-driving case in Mumbai.
After the runaway success of 2003's ‘Tere Naam’ (In Your Name), the last five years have seen more misses than hits for Khan, yet he has kept his high profile and fans through regular appearances on television game shows.
Khan, with his trademark slicked-back hair, two gold earrings and t-shirts designed to show off his bulging biceps, puts down his appeal to a lack of pretence.
‘I don't behave like a star when I'm on television. I look like a common man and also behave like them, therefore the serial is popular,’ he said.
Asked what went wrong with his career in the last two years, he added: ‘I feel it was the length of the films that went against me.
‘Today, Indian audiences don't have the patience for long films and therefore the films flopped because they were lengthy films.’
Khan's three new films have been accompanied by a blizzard of pre-publicity, astounding the Indian media who have become accustomed to their requests for interviews falling on deaf ears or being accepted only reluctantly.
Column inches have been dedicated instead to speculation on the keen body-builder's love life after he was pictured with a string of leading Bollywood actresses, including former Miss World Aishwarya Rai.
His current girlfriend is the model-turned-actress Katrina Kaif.
‘I have realised that it is important to talk to the media,’ said Khan.

‘I feel if I keep silent, the media starts inventing stories about me, so it is better that I come out and talk on what kind of person I am rather than they telling others what kind of person I am.’

But Monday's Hindustan Times newspaper speculated that there may be another reason behind what it called Khan's ‘over-exposure’, suggesting that he might have ‘a lot more to lose’ if ‘Wanted’ flops.

Ayesha Takia's sister to enter Bollywood next year

Monday, 14 September , 2009, 13:53

Bollywood actress-turned-businesswomen Ayesha Takia says her 21-year-old sister Natasha Takia is all set to enter the Hindi film industry next year. She wants her younger sibling to be welcomed by the audience like Kareena Kapoor was.
"My sister Natasha who is 21 will be in films next year. Hopefully, she'll be welcomed in the industry like other star sisters. I'm very excited for her. Let's hope her career works. She's preparing herself, working out ferociously. When I started out I had no clue about these things. At least now when they know I'm her sister they'll give her a chance," Ayesha said.
"There're so many beautiful girls in this country. Maybe they'll watch Natasha at least the first time because she's my sister. But there's the downside. They'll start comparing us. Audiences are so unforgiving. They give you one chance, and then they let go," she added.
Ayesha said she would like Natasha to be received like Kareena Kapoor, who became a bigger star than her elder sister Karisma. However, other star sisters like Tanisha (younger sister of Kajol) and Shamita Shetty (younger sister of Shilpa Shetty) were cold-shouldered by the audience.

Audiences would now get to see more of Natasha and less of Ayesha on the big screen as the latter has ventured into the business world.

"I've done it (films) for so long. I'm now enjoying making my own rules. I'm having a ball concentrating on business ventures. My first boutique hotel in Goa is on. We are hoping to start it this season," she said.

Are Bachchans taking sweet revenge with Shilpa

For years together, Amitabh Bachchan has been the biggest force in Bollywood and Aishwarya Rai (now his bahu), the face of Bollywood, to the Westerners. But when Shilpa Shetty went on to win the reality show Big Brother in UK all that quickly changed.

When Shilpa’s publicist Dale Bhagwagar publicly admitted for the first time that what his client was facing behind the four walls of the Big Brother house was indeed racism, he fired up a gigantic hype for her in UK media. Taking advantage of the sympathy-factor in the controversy, he hammered every move of hers in the media. This further generated a storm of public emotions, which was felt in India only after the whole hoopla was created abroad.

Resultantly, by the time Shilpa emerged a winner on the show, she was an icon, ‘the diva from India’ who had suddenly ‘replaced’ the Bachchans as the ‘face of Bollywood’.

Next year, the actress popularly went on to anchor Bigg Boss, the Indian version of Big Brother. Apparently, the bitterness of the Bachchans was clearly visible at the next IIFA Awards (with the Big B also being its ambassador) which co-incidentally took place in UK that year. It is said that the deafening chants for Shilpa Shetty, made the Bachchans insecure and embarrassed them, as they felt terribly ignored. To add to the awkwardness, a fan of Shilpa flew a mini airplane above the IIFA awards venue, tagged with a huge flying banner greeting her. No wonder, in spite of the Bachchan’s past affinity towards Shilpa, they kept distance from her during most of the event.

Two years have passed since then, but the Bachchans don’t seem to have forgotten the embarrassment. And now, in the strangest development of sorts, Amitabh Bachchan, the biggest star India has ever produced, is gearing up to step into Shilpa’s shoes. After successfully anchoring the king of all shows; Kaun Banega Crorepati, Bachchan is said to be preparing to anchor Bigg Boss, clearly considered to be Shilpa Shetty’s domain till now.

Now why would a megastar like Amitabh Bachchan want to take over anchoring a show, which Shilpa was so popular with? One can’t help but wonder if this is sweet revenge!