Monday, 30 April 2012

The younger Chopra bags a film opposite PC’s ex!

Priyanka Chopra might be at the top of her game but she is facing competition from the place she would have least expected – her own home! Rumour has it that PC isn’t exactly pleased with the way her younger cousin Parineeti has become the toast of the town after her act in ‘Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl’ and the promos of the much-awaited ‘Ishqzaade’ opposite Arjun Kapoor. Apparently, the young lady has bagged yet another big project in the Yash Raj camp with none other than Shahid Kapoor
The film will go on the floors soon and buzz is that this news hasn’t gone down well with Priyanka who has reasons to be upset. One, she has never been a Yash Raj girl despite her years in the industry. Apart from the flop ‘Pyaar Impossible’, Bollywood’s foremost production house hasn’t considered her for any film. However, what perhaps is irking her the most is that Parineeti’s next film is opposite her ex boyfriend Shahid who allegedly isn’t showing much interest in Priyanka either. Insiders say he is recommending Bipasha’s name for Siddharth Anand’s official remake of the Tom Cruise starrer Knight and Day!
Though on the surface all seems well between the cousins, there’s definitely cause for concern. Parineeti recently joked “I feel inferior when standing next to my shapely cousin (Priyanka).” And PC came back with, “I will slap her and throw her into the gym right away!” But besides the superficial camaraderie, Priyanka campers insist that she’s fuming about her cousin’s YRF coup!

Tiger Shroff will be launched by Farhan Akthar and trained by Aamir Khan

Recently, there was much speculation about Tiger Shroff (Jackie and Ayesha’s son) being part of Mahesh Bhatt’s ‘Ashiqui 2’. But his parents dismissed these as rumours, while hinting at something else in the offing.
Now it’s official: Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani of Excel Entertainment have lapped up Tiger for a Reema Kagti directed film under their banner. Reema had earlier directed ‘Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd’ for Farhan’s banner and she is also helming the Aamir-starrer ‘Talaash’. Zoya Akhtar and Reema will co-script an action-oriented love story for this star son’s debut! The film is slated to hit the floors by end 2012.
This also puts paid to the rumours that Subhash Ghai (who launched Jackie) would get to do the honours of casting Tiger in the remake of the Jackie starrer Hero. Jackie had even endorsed that “Tiger has it laid out for him. If Subhashji hadn’t given me a break I wonder what would have happened to me.” But obviously Tiger had other plans!
Incidentally, Aamir Khan has taken Tiger under his wing and is said to be training him! The superstar and the newbie apparently hang out together and hit the gym at Aamir’s home. Jackie and Aamir have remained friends ever since they worked together in Rangeela, so Aamir considers Tiger part of his family.

We guess this is one to look forward to: Aamir as coach and Farhan as producer. What more could a Tiger ask for?

It will be Prakash Mehra’s sons’ next after ‘Zanjeer’

Bollywood is clearly running out of ideas. In a year of sequels and remakes, make way for another one – Amitabh Bachchan’s blockbuster hit ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikandar’ And the people behind this project are the ones who are reprising another Bachchan hit, ‘Zanjeer’ as well. The late Prakash Mehra’s sons – Sumit, Punit and Amit – who own the worldwide rights to all the films Prakash Mehra’s films are planning to remake most their father’s films and after ‘Zanjeer’, they have zeroed in on this Amitabh-Vinod Khanna-Rekha-Rakhee starrer. 
Then the Mehra boys plan to remake Prakash Mehra's ‘Laawaaris’, ‘Sharaabi’, ‘Namak Halaal’, ‘Hera Pheri’ and ‘Haath Ki Safaai’.
Talking about his father's blockbuster, Amit said, "What I love about Muqaddar Ka Sikandar is that every protagonist in the film, including Amjad Khan Saab, is a passionate lover. The remake would have to be cast very carefully. We don't have too many actors today who can pull off the role of intense lovers."

However, sources say Amit has already set his eyes on Abhishek Bachchan to reprise the role of the protagonist Sikandar played by his father Amitabh Bachchan in the original.
Casting apart, post Salim Javed's royalty demand for the ‘Zanjeer’ remake, there is a fear in the Mehras' camp about the writer of the original story, Vijay Kaul coming forward to lay a claim on the remake.
Hopefully this time, the brothers will seek more than the writer's blessings before launching the project.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Foreign beauties bombard Bollywood!

Bollywood seems obsessed with foreign beauties! And why not? One after the other, the international beauties seem to keep making a mark. So the list is growing. 

Arab Brazilian model Bruna Abdullah generated quite a buzz with I Hate Love Storys alongside Imran Khan and Sonam Kapoor, while Welsh model Lisa Lazarus impressed with Salman Khan in Veer. 

Swedish-Iranian model and dancer Maryam Zakaria got a chance to shake a leg with Kareena Kapoor in Agent Vinod; that too for a mujra number. Half-Sri Lankan half-Malaysian beauty Jacqueline Fernandez has been managing to bag quite a few movies like Housefull, Murder 2, Housefull 2 and even Aladin; co-starring megastar Amitabh Bachchan.

Half-Czech half-Pakistani American fashion model and actress Nargis Fakhri became a sensation of sorts opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Rockstar, while South African Playboy model Candice Boucher romanced dashing debutant Sachiin Joshi in Aazaan. 

Not to forget the Uruguayan-Mexican actress and model Barbara Mori who starred opposite Hrithik Roshan in Kites.

That’s not all! There has been another Brazilian model Giselle Monteiro in Love Aaj Kal, Canadian model Mia Uyeda in Blood Money, British-born Amy Jackson in Ekk Deewana Tha, Irish-born British granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin, Kiera Chaplin in Chaurahen, Russian model Era Tsariova in Cigarette Ki Tarah and Indian Brazilian model Nathalia Kaur in Department. 
And as if so many foreign beauties weren’t enough, the latest to join the firang-babes bandwagon is the stunningly beautiful half-German half-Indian international model Evelyn Sharma, who has managed to bag more than three movies even before her first release. 

Her impressive line-up includes Manish Tiwary's Issaq opposite Prateik Babbar, veteran filmmaker Pramod Chakravorty's grandson Prateek Chakravorty’s debut film From Sydney With Love, and a pivotal role in Ayan Mukerji's Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani; the Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone starrer under Karan Johar's banner Dharma Productions. 
So what makes Evelyn so special than all the other hotties? A surprising fact is that the girl has already completed over a hundred assignments in India in the last few months, since migrating here! Plus, inspite of her half-foreign origins, she dubs in Hindi for herself! Way to go girl!

Esha Gupta asked to 'cover-up'

First the skinfest and then the cover up! Esha Gupta who has been shooting for Prakash Jha's film has been told to keep her look in the film under wraps. 

No one is allowed to take her pics. Reason? 

Considering that her bare dare look in her two films with Emraan Hashmi are doing the rounds, Jha wants her non-glam, uniformed look to be revealed only at a later stage.But wonder what she has to hide after revealing it all?

Rajesh Khanna is back from hospital, nothing to worry

Bollywood's first superstar Rajesh Khanna, who was hospitalised at Lilavati Hospital, is back home and doing fine, says his manager. His estranged wife, actress Dimple Kapadia, is constantly by his side.

He was hospitalised following uneasiness and was discharged Thursday.

"Rajeshji was admitted two days back. He had gone for a normal checkup, nothing serious. He is back home. He was discharged yesterday afternoon," the 69-year-old's manager Ashwin told."Dimple Kapadia is taking care of Rajeshji. She is always by his side. She took him to the hospital. He is doing perfectly fine now. Nothing to worry," he added. Popularly known as 'Kaka', Rajesh Khanna made his debut with "Aakhri Khat" in 1966 and rose to prominence with his performances in films like "Raaz", "Baharon Ke Sapne", "Ittefaq" and "Aradhana".After 15 consecutive solo super hits between 1969 to 1972, he earned the title of 'first superstar' of the Hindi cinema.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

John's charming, isn't he?

Prachi Desai finds John Abraham to be the most charming man of B-town. 

Prachi, who has worked with stars like Abhishek Bachchan says, "Before meeting John, I didn't have any perceptions of him. 
But after working with him, I can say that John is a very nice man. He gives a lot of space to me while working. He is an amazing co-star to work with.” Seems John has managed to charm Prachi! 

Sonakshi feels people will do anything to create news!

Sonakshi Sinha seems to be in a philosophical mode. 

She feels some people do anything to create news — be it imaginary link-ups or fights between celebs. 

And then adds, “…keep kaam se kaam. Best way to stay away from all this taam jhaam”! Someone is giving gyaan, isn’t it? 

Pooja Bedi and Akashdeep Sehgal sue Pooja Misrra

Pooja Bedi and Akashdeep Sehgal are filing a criminal case against Pooja Misrra on Thursday at the Andheri court 

Says Pooja, Post our legal criminal intent notice to her, she has neither substantiated her ridiculous allegations, nor has she apologised publicly! 
It’s important for us to let our friends/well wishers and fans know that we are determined to set things right.” 

He was keen to show Nathalia almost nude!

Ram Gopal Varma, who is otherwise known to be quite thrifty, recently presented Nathalia Kaur with a costume she wore in his new film
Ram Gopal Varma has gifted Bollywood actress and model Nathalia Kaur the costume she wore for her item number in his upcoming film.
This special gesture for the half Indian-half Brazilian calendar girl took everyone by surprise including his production house folk as Ramu is not exactly known for showering gifts on his stars.Says Natalia, “While shooting for my item song Dan Dan, I realised that I really liked the outfit. It was exquisitely designed and fabulous. Later Ramu sir generously offered it to me to keep it after the shoot.”
pparently the filmmaker was so impressed with Nathalia and her moves that in a fit of generosity he told her to take it home. The red and silver dress has been designed by Leepakshi Ellawadi who earlier styled Amitabh Bachchan for Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap. 

Unit sources say the filmmaker’s brief was to show off Nathalia’s ample assets and curves.
Says a unit source, “It was as if he was keen to show her almost nude! She has no inhibitions about exposure and oozes a confident body language, so he felt the costume had to do justice to it.
Ramu feels her beauty is so electrifying and it sparks out from every nook and curve of her body!” 

Whoa!! Katrina set to sizzle as Sheila again

Katrina Kaif will portray her 'Tees Maar Khan' character in Zoya Akhtar's documentary on 100 years of Bollywood titled 'Sheila Ki Jawaani'

Katrina Kaif turns Sheila again. This time it’s for the Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara director Zoya Akhtar with whom she shares an amazing rapport.
Zoya is making a documentary titled Sheila Ki Jawaani on 100 years of Bollywood that will star Kat. 
A source says, “When Zoya was approached to make the docu, she felt that the popular Sheila Ki Jawaani track from Tees Maar Khan was the perfect example to describe the story of the glamour-struck industry. The song choreographed by Farah Khan is an epitome of a quintessential Bollywood number with lots of latkas and jhatkas and establish Kat as the hottest item girl in B-Town.

Meanwhile, cashing on the popularity of the song, a B-grade film too was made on the same title.” 

The source further reveals, “The documentary tells the story of a guy who is a huge fan of the item number and dreams of meeting Sheila in reality.It talks about the success of this song in particular and people’s fascination for Bollywood films and stars. The film will be shot in Mumbai. Zoya will take some of the stock footage of the song from her cousin Farah Khan and also shoot the song again if required.” Says Katrina, “Yes, I am part of the documentary.” 

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Sunny Leone in a big condom ad and Ragini MMS 2

Adult star-turned-now Bollywood actress Sunny Leone has been roped in as brand ambassador of a condom brand 
She was recently in Thailand to shoot for the commercial.
The sex siren states on her micro-blogging site, “Shooting all day in Thailand for condom commercial. Looks amazing and will soon be out worldwide. ”It seems Sunny is also gorging on seafood in Thailand. She adds, “I love it here. Ate so much seafood... was so yummy.”  Bags Ragini MMS 2Sunny Leone is passing through a golden phase as far as her honeymoon with Bollywood is concerned as she grabbed a role in the sequel of Balaji Films’ horror flick 'Ragini MMS 2'.

Tanuj Garg, CEO of Balaji Motion Pictures, conformed the news on micro-blogging site Twitter, as he remarked: "It's out. We've signed the sexy SunnyLeone for RAGINI MMS 2." 
"A flood of feedback on my tweet about SunnyLeone doing RAGINI MMS-2. Lunched with her recently & thought she was remarkably rooted & warm, " he tweeted later.Sunny is currently busy shooting for filmmaker Pooja Bhatt's 'Jism 2'.The bombshell will make her debut in Bollywood with 'Jism 2'.The pornstar stormed into the Indian small screen by participating in popular Indian reality show 'Bigg Boss 5'.

Kangna and Ajay in cold war

With Ajay Devgn ignoring Kangna Ranaut at an event for their new film 'Tezz', the miffed actress has decided to steer clear of him

With their new film all set to release soon, Anil Kapoor and Ajay Devgn are going all out for the promotional activities around it. 
However, it remains to be seen if co-star Kangna Ranaut will accompany them for some of these    events.Reason: The Bollywood actress was given a major cold shoulder by Devgn at the film’s music launch in Delhi recently and now she is believed to have decided to stay away from him for a while.The royal snubA source present at the launch of the Priyadarshan-directed film in the capital tells us that Ajay and Kangna didn’t even exchange glances when they came together on the stage, let alone exchange pleasantries.   
“So much so that even producer Ratan Jain was worried how the ‘ignorance is bliss’ stance between his lead pair would shift the focus away from the music launch, ” says our source, adding that the rift between the once-upon-a-time friends was evident when Ajay didn’t mention Kangna’s name even once while speaking. 
“While Ajay praised Sameera Reddy for the action sequences she has done and thanked Anil, Priyan and Ratan for the wonderful experience of working in the film, he didn’t mention Kang’s name even once. 
More so since they’re paired together and the crux of the story exists solely on the circumstances their on-screen characters face. And Kangna was so upset with this ignorance that she decided to avoid Ajay by not accompanying the cast on promotional tours, ” says our source.Past imperfectIt is believed that the Ajay-Kangna friendship soured during the making of Rascals. Later, she had difference with his buddy Sanjay Dutt who felt she was unfairly using his name. Ajay then preferred to side with Dutt. 

Nargis kisses a guy at a party after Shahid dares her

Nargis Fakhri who is rumouredly dating Shahid Kapoor showed her wild side recently. 

A few weeks ago she attended a house party at Bollywood actor Shahid’s pad in Versova. Only very close pals of the star were present. 
A source reveals, “It was a fun party and we started playing the game of truth and dare.When Nargis was asked to choose between truth or dare she chose the latter. So Shahid dared her to kiss one of the guys present at the party and she immediately took up the challenge. She went ahead and kissed the guy in front of Shahid. While the guy who was at the receiving end of the kiss turned red, Shahid and Nargis took it very sportingly. It was all done in a fun spirit.” Well that’s what we call kiss and tell! Wonder what Sasha told the guy later? Or better still what did he tell Nargis about her chumma with the guy?

Friday, 20 April 2012

Will Imran Khan accept Veena Malik in Pakistan politics?

To enroll starlet Veena Malik in a political outfit, one has to go really cuckoo in the head. And Pakistan’s popular cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan doesn’t seem to have gone that far! 

So how is it that there are rumours floating in India and abroad about the wannabe actress joining Imran Khan’s political party Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI)? Is it the starlet’s foolhardy PR machinery plugging such bizarre reports in the media? Or is the media itself going on a speculation overdrive? 
Whatever be the case, it seems highly unlikely that a political outfit in a conservative country like Pakistan would accept amongst its members, a girl whose nude pictures have appeared on the Indian version of a foreign lifestyle magazine, and who has been attempting to dramatically seek a groom through an Indian reality show. 
Moreover, Veena Malik is said to be a nautanki (read drama seeking machine) who can go to any extent to be in the news. 
Whether it is flirting with actor Ashmit Patel on the Indian reality show Bigg Boss, or doing a disappearing act in Mumbai, or acting in B-grade cinema, or signing up for another reality show called Swayamwar to seek a groom through Indian television; the Pakistani starlet has seen and done it all within just a year or two.
So next time you hear anything about Veena, please take it with a pinch of salt and nothing more than that.

Sunny Leone's dream came true!

Adult film actor Sunny Leone, who is all set to make her Bollywood debut with filmmaker Pooja Bhatt's 'Jism 2', said she never thought she will be acting in a B-town flick. 

"I never thought I will be making a Bollywood movie," Sunny told NDTV. 
"It is like a dream come true. I am living the dream right now," she said. Speaking on her entry to 'Jism 2', the bombshell said: "This just happened. Bigg Boss asked me to be on the show and from there all these happened.This is the most amazing thing that ever happened in my career." She described the entire experience of working in 'Jism 2' as 'amazing'. Sunny disclosed that 'Karen Malhotra' is not her real name as mentioned in several sites including online encyclopedia 'Wikipedia'. The pornstar stormed into the Indian small screen by participating in popular Indian reality show 'Bigg Boss 5'.

Parineeti Chopra thinking politics?

Shooting for her new film across small towns in India has sparked off the actress' keen interest in political developments in the country

Parineeti Chopra is talking politics. No, not the general pow wow that runs rampant in the industry.
According to insiders associated with her forthcoming movie, the young actress often talks about the dynamics of day-to-day political developments in the country. Surprisingly, her newfound interest is attributed to shooting for her film in the small towns in central India. Not surprisingly, when she started shooting for her film, Parineeti had no interest in politics and didn’t follow it beyond regular headlines. However, being constantly around people who are not only politically aware but also have their own analysis and opinions on the subject, in cities like Bardoi, Barabanki and Lucknow, changed all that. As our source explains, “There were no fancy places to hang out when shooting in such locations. So the places they hung around were frequented by locals who’d often discuss the daily political developments. 
And with the then upcoming elections and the face-off between Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav, the environment was very heavy with the subject. That’s how Parineeti got interested in politics. And soon, she was also discussing updates with the local youth.” 

Our source further adds, “During elections, Parineeti would follow the exit polls and discuss the developments with her family and friends. She would reason why something was good and how something would affect people in general.” The actress is currently said to be preoccupied discussing international politics vis-à-vis the BRICS summit.  

Gul Panag one step closer to getting a pilot's license

Like Gul Panag, there have been other Bollywood actresses too who have taken a fancy to heavy machines (read bikes). But the actress has gone one step ahead and has just wrapped up the second schedule of her exam to get a pilot’s license. 

Gul says, “I love planes. And it’s been my dream to be able to pilot one on my own. I am so glad I’m finally getting down to getting my licence.” For those who are unaware, Gul always makes an effort to keep abreast of what’s happening in the field of aviation. 
The set of exams that Gul just appeared for were a lot tougher than the first one, but the lady has fared well. She says, “My basics are very strong. These exams test you on topics like aircrafts, flying, principles of aviation.” As of now, the lady has taken a break for her upcoming film, but will soon take out time for the next level of tests.Own a planeGul in the meanwhile maintains that flying is just her hobby. “I always wanted to learn flying, and now I have the time and the money for it. I hope to have my own plane too someday. My dream is to fly around the world, which will be a five month-long trip.” 
The actor’s husband, Rishi Attari is also a pilot. But according to Gul, the two unfortunately can’t enjoy a flight together. “He can’t fly the kind of aircrafts I do. He flies the commercial ones.” 
Talking about flying on celluloid, Gul feels that Top Gun is the best film to be ever made on flying.“It is a classic for plane lovers,” signs off the adventurous actress. 

Slain Starlet's headless body found in septic tank

The two accused ” advocates-cum-struggling actors ” had strangled Meenakshi Thapa and then severed her head from the torso; they dumped the torso in Allahabad and the head on the Allahabad-Varanasi highway

A team of Mumbai police aided by Allahabad cops traced the headless torso of Meenakshi Thapa, a budding Bollywood actress who was abducted on March 30, to a septic tank here, police said yesterday.
The murder accused — Amit Jaiswal and Preeti Sarin —have confessed to killing Thapa lured by ransom. 
The duo first befriended Thapa noting her high profile lifestyle and then brought her to Allahabad under the pretext of fixing a meeting with a Bhojpuri producer. Later, she was abducted by Jaiswal and Sarin, police said. 
The accused, who have dabbled with some modelling assignments as well, called up Thapa’s mother in Dehradun demanding Rs 15 lakh as ransom to let her off. However, the parents could cough up only Rs 60,000. It was then that the duo decided to kill Thapa, police said. 
According to police, the duo strangled the actress and then severed her head from the torso. They dumped the torso in a septic tank in the Darbhanga Colony area of the city and the severed head in the Vindhyasani area on the Allahabad-Varanasi highway. 
While the torso of Thapa was fished out of the septic tank after the accused led the police team to the area, efforts are on to trace the head of the slain starlet.
Plot of the deadly real life story 
Jaiswal and Surin had come to Mumbai last year and were staying in Virar. The two were advocates from Allahabad and were running a coaching class there. The duo had befriended Thapa at a film shoot. 
Thapa had told them that she was from a rich family and was working in Bollywood as a hobby. The couple then came up with a plan to kidnap Thapa. The two on March 13, lured Thapa to Allahabad on the pretext of a film shoot.After killing her in Gorakhpur, they acquired her ATM card and mobile SIM card. The two then made calls to the victim’s mother and demanded a ransom. They threatened the family that they would shoot an obscene film of Thapa and then kill her if their demand was not met. The family had given the kidnappers Rs 60,000 even as cops were on the lookout for the duo. Following a tip-off, they were arrested from Bandra.