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Monday, January 31, 2011

Salman's already got children!

An enviable female fan following has always made actor Salman Khan one of the most sought after men in Bollywood.
The actor’s on and off relationships with tinsel town’s prettiest ladies only add to his charisma. And the speculation isnever put to rest.

His recent rumoured break-up with lady love Katrina Kaif apart, we wonder if Chulbul Pandey is finally ready to take the plunge and tie the knot. Salman is usually known to remain an enigma, but the actor offers a chance for his fans to delve deep into his persona, as he shares his thoughts on marriage, children and more with DNA.

Ask the 44-year-old actor if marriage could be around the corner and he winks, “Yes, by the end of this year,” and quickly adds with a chuckle, “Well, I’ve been saying this for so many years now and will be saying so for many more to come, I guess. Why should I marry? One marries to have children, but I already have children! My nieces and nephews are my children. I wanted to marry to make babies, but now I have them, so marriage isn’t that important, is it?”

Salman’s on-screen chemistry with his female co-stars hasn’t been any less sizzling. Who does he personally think he clicks best with? “Oh, there are so many of them… Lolo (Karisma Kapur), Priety (Zinta) and Rani (Mukerji). It depends a lot on the films, but I think I have given maximum hits with Lolo. Preity and I rock too.”

The actor has admittedly loved hosting TV shows. There is speculation about him hosting the next seasons of Bigg Boss and Dus Ka Dum too. “Yes, most definitely, I will. It’s fun hosting and I have liked the formats,” says Salman. And what if the shoots coincide? “If they want me to host the shows, they won’t happen around the same time,” he asserts.

Bigg Boss 4 remained in the news throughout, whether it was for the bratty Dolly Bindra’s histrionics, Hollywood hottie Pamela Anderson’s entry or the show’s timing itself. Does he feel the content has turned too explicit over the seasons? “No, I don’t feel so. My parents watch TV and if the show, I’m part of, had anything explicit, they would not have watched it or let me take it up. Films, in fact, have far more explicit content and are high on abusive language. But in my films, only I expose, my heroines don’t,” he signs off.

Ranbir-Imran do a Hrithik-Ash act

When Ranbir Kapoor and Imran Khan get together to show their antics, expect a blast.

The duo regaled the audiences at the Filmfare Awards in Mumbai on Saturday night by spoofing a few popular acts of the year, but nothing could beat their parody of Ethan and Sophia, played by Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai, from director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Guzaarish.

Imran dressed up as the magician Ethan and Ranbir was in drag to play the doe-eyed nurse Sophia. Here’s a pic of the duo as Ethan and Sophia. Enjoy!

Bebo to open National Games 2011?

The opening ceremony of the 34th National Games here Feb 12 will see either Kareena Kapoor or Priyanka Chopra take part, while Katrina Kaif will perform at the closing ceremony Feb 27, an official said Saturday.

"We have awarded Cineyug contract for opening and closing ceremonies. In the opening ceremony, either Kareena or Priyanka Chopra will take part and Katrina Kaif will take part in the closing ceremony," a senior official told us.

"Cineyug has been awarded contract of Rs.10.50 crore and taxes will be paid in addition to it. Singer Sukhvinder will take part in the opening ceremony and 'Big Boss 4' winner Shweta Tiwari will be the anchor of the opening ceremony," the official added.

The closing ceremony will also see a performance by singer Shan.

President Pratibha Patil is likely to be chief guest at the opening ceremony here.

Court squashes petition against SRK's house

The Bombay High Court on Friday disposed off a petition that alleged that Shah Rukh Khan's sea-facing bungalow, Mannat had violated heritage and Costal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms. Calling the petition 'frivolous' the HC went on to impose a Rs20,000 fine on the petitioner.

Activist Simpreet Singh had filed a PIL alleging that the actor had violated CRZ norms while constructing a new building as part of the extension of his bungalow – a heritage structure. A division bench of Justice P B Majmudar and A Sayed dismissed the PIL saying the petitioner had targeted the film star only for publicity.

"There are so many buildings in the same line as Shah Rukh's building. Why have you taken an objection against only this building?" the bench asked. On earlier occasion the state government informed the HC that the reservation was cancelled in 2000. Khan had purchased the land in 2003 and began construction in 2006.

Arguing for Simpreet, advocate YP Singh said that the place where the building stands was reserved for an art gallery. Simpreet alleged 32 violations of law stating that construction at Mannat has been done by merging 12 flats having 12 kitchens meant for poor people. Singh and Simpreet say that they will challenge the HC order in the Supreme Court. "It is shocking that the court has imposed cost on a petitioner who has recently won the national RTI activist award for his monumental work in exposing the Adarsh and Lavassa scams. This is very demoralising for activists, who are being attacked physically," said Singh.

Rajinikanth to play triple role

Rajini fans the world over, will surely like this next piece of news. If you thought two Rajini's in Endhiran was a treat, then get ready for three Rajinikanth's in his next film titled Rana.

Scheduled to go on floor in March this year, the magnum opus Rana, will have Rajinikanth playing a triple role. The film will be directed by K S Ravikumar and co-produced by Eros International and Chennai based-Ocher Studios.

Rana will have music by A R Rahman and cinematography by Ratnavelu. Renowned visual effects luminary and an Emmy award winner, Charles Darby, will be the visual effects supervisor of the film.

Speaking on the development, Sunil Lulla, Managing Director, Eros International Media Ltd said, “Rajni fans will be treated to a triple role essayed by their favourite actor. Rana is going to be far different from any of the recent Rajni films, a complete live action magnum opus with loads of entertainment for his fans.”

Rana will be released in Tamil, Hindi and Telugu.

Prem denies kissing Karishma

Prem's next film, I'm Sorry... Mathe Banni Preethsona, may feature three heroines and 10 songs, but it's the supposed kiss between him and his co-star Karishma Tannah that's got people talking.

The film's director Ravindra says that a kissing scene was planned and in earlier reports claimed that it was even shot. However, Prem says otherwise despite the fact that stills of the scene have been leaked. "We don't kiss, but an intimate scene has been shot in which our lips almost touch. It can't be considered a kiss," says Prem.

He does, however, agree that kiss was part of the plan. "But I didn't want to do it because it would upset my fans. My films are for family audiences. How can I hurt them by kissing my heroines?" he asks.

There are also rumours that the film sees Prem go nude. "There's a shower scene, but he's not completely nude. Prem is a good-looking hero who has a lot of female fans. I cashed in on this," says Ravindra

In fact, the director was very confident about casting Prem in I'm Sorry... despite the actor not having scored a hit at the box office in quite a while. "I was looking for a handsome hero when a friend suggested Prem. He wasn't keen when I approached him the first time because he wasn't confident in me as I had worked in Bollywood. But when I narrated the script to him, he jumped at it and made me promise that I wouldn't think of anyone else for the role but him," recalls Ravindra.

I'm Sorry... also features Sanjjanaa in a "powerful" role and a third heroine who plays an "anchoring" role, says Ravindra. "This time I've left it to the audience to choose their favourite heroine on-screen," explains Ravindra, who plans to release the film on Valentine's Day.

Pooja Bedi an Egyptian princess in Telugu movie

Actress Pooja Bedi is upbeat about her comeback to Telugu cinema. Nearly two decades after featuring in ''Chittemma Mogudu'' alongside Mohan Babu, she will now be seen as an Egyptian princess in Junior NTR-starrer ''Shakti''.

With a budget of Rs.45 crore, the film is being touted as the costliest movie in the Telugu film industry. "I've just finished a Telugu film with Junior NTR. It's called 'Shakti'. It is one of the biggest budget Telugu films, and I play an Egyptian princess with supernatural powers in it," Pooja told IANS.

Without divulging too many details, the 40-year-old said the movie will be "high on sci-fi and special effects".

"Shakti" has actress Ileana D'Cruz in the lead, and features other Bollywood actors Jackie Shroff, Sonu Sood and Manjari Phadnis.

Best remembered for her Marilyn Monroe skirt act in "Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander", Pooja has been missing from the big screen for a long time. She is more active on small screen and participated in reality shows and even got to host her own chat show - "Just Pooja".
She participated in dance reality shows "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 1" and "Nach Baliye 3". She tried daredevil in the first season of "Fear Factor - Khatron Ke Khiladi".

Recently she featured in Sony TV's "Maa Exchange", a twisted Indian version of internationally popular show "Wife Swap". Now she is keen on more reality shows and a comeback with her talk show.

"I am getting more offers for reality shows. Let's see what I decide. But I am very hopeful to return with my own talk show where I can be a relationship counsellor for the general people. I think I can handle it really well," said Pooja.

Pooja, daughter of actor Kabir Bedi and late Odissi dancer Protima Bedi, is a single mother to daughter Aalia, 13 and a son Omar, 10. She divorced her husband Farhan Furniturewalla in 2002, after an eight-year long marriage, and admits it is tough being a single mom.

"My kids were very young when my husband and I took divorce. When I went to (comedian) Rajeev Nigam's house as part of 'Maa Exchange', I saw him bond with his son. At that point, I did miss the father-child bonding in my house and for a moment I felt that I need a husband now," she said.

Unfortunately, the feeling of settling down was short-lived for Pooja.
"It has been really tough being a single mother. You have to take care of the children - financially, emotionally, so you have to work hard and also spend time with them. It wasn't easy but I am proud of the way my children have shaped up - mature and well-mannered. Their scores are wonderful, the walls of their rooms are full of medals and certificates and they enjoy all sports. Most of all, they respect me and their elders. So I have no complains!" she said.

Sanjay Dutt to host TV game show

While rumours were doing the rounds in the industry about Sanjay Dutt replacing Salman Khan as host on Dus Ka Dum, we bring you the breaking news.

The channel concerned is considering Sanju for another game show now. This show will mark the actor's debut in television. The channel is working with Dutt on an entirely new idea for a game show. A source from the television industry says, "The show hosted by Dutt will not be a format one, which is normally the order of the day.

brand new concept is being devised." Dutt is already in advanced talks with the channel and the modalities are fast being worked out. "The channel has even commissioned producers and writers who are now meeting with Dutt for the past few days." adds the source.

Despite a text message, Sanjay Dutt remained unavailable for comment. However his official spokesperson reverted saying, "Sanju sir would love to host a game show this year. Talks are on with many channels.

We shall make an official announcement as soon as everything is finalised." Meanwhile, whether Sallu will host Dus Ka Dum again or not still remains a mystery...

Remo calls Madhuri lady MJ

He loves her grace, her precision and her moves. Choreographer Remo D'Souza, who worships only late King of Pop Michael Jackson after Jesus Christ, says "Madhuri (Dixit) is like lady MJ".

"I have always been very fond of Madhuri. I love almost all of her songs and her dance is incomparable. Today's actresses don't come close to her dance and expressions. She is so flexible, so emotive - for me, she is completely like lady Michael Jackson," Remo told us.

Just as he picked up the art of dancing by watching Jackson's videos, Remo also tried to emulate Madhuri's filmy steps.

"Once, very long time back, I had to train one girl for a competition...that time I learnt all of Madhuri's steps in 'Ek do teen' to teach the girl. Madhuri was fabulous in it. But my favourite song featuring her is 'Humko aajkal hai' from the film 'Sailaab'," he said.

Remo vied for many years to meet Madhuri - in studios, at film shootings and screenings, but his big chance came when he was asked to share the stage with her as the judge of Sony TV's " Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4".

"I was overjoyed on meeting Madhuri. She has been my favourite all through," said the choreographer, who feels Prabhu Deva and Hrithik Roshan are the only two Indian male stars, who can dance like MJ.

Now the hip-hop specialist has a wish to make Madhuri and Hrithik dance to his tunes.

"I feel Hrithik will do complete justice to my style of dancing. There aren't too many actors who can dance well...he is the best among the current lot," he said.

For now, Remo is gearing up for the release of "Faltu", his second directorial project after Bengali film "Lal Pahare'r Katha".

The choreographer-turned-director says: "Thank god I'm not in Hollywood where if you're once a choreographer, you'll always be a choreographer. I am lucky I am a part of Bollywood because here a choreographer not just teaches dance steps, he is responsible for directing a complete song. So after directing a whole lot of songs during my career, I am competent enough to make a film."

As for his choreography projects, Remo has worked on "Patiala House", and will soon be working on four songs in Prakash Jha's "Aarakshan", which also features megastar Amitabh Bachchan.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Ranbir takes Katrina for a drive

Ranbir Kapoor was spotted in Katrina Kaif's company in his sports car by an onlooker

Ranbir Kapoor was spotted driving around in his red-coloured two seater Audi R8 with Katrina Kaif.

Ranbir recently wrapped up the shoot for Imtiaz Ali's Rockstar in Gurgaon. On his return to Mumbai, he's managed to spend some time with Katrina.

A source reveals, "Ranbir is really fond of that car and loves to drive in it. This time, however, he got caught driving around Juhu with Kat by his side.

Since the windows didn't have sun film, Katrina's side profile was captured by an onlooker who passed the car."

 Ranbir has also been linked with his Rockstar actress Nargis Fakhri. However, the source confirms that he's mended ways with Kat and the two are very much together.

Akshay's stunt goes wrong

A stunt goes wrong. Akshay Kumar's quick thinking saves him

Akshay Kumar recently got into a scrape with alligators while shooting a cola ad in Malaysia. Says a source close to the actor, "Akshay loves all risky stunts from car chases to diving down waterfalls.

Of course, most of this he does for his films. So when the cola brand he endorses wanted to shoot the ad in Malaysia, Akki suggested that he fight crocodiles and go white water rafting.

The concept would be how Akshay fights crocs and dives down from his boat into the river to rescue his cola."

The unit, accompanied by the crocodile trainers, started shooting early one morning in the jungles of Gopeng Perak.

Khiladi Kumar was to go white water rafting, jump down from the raft into the river, dodge the crocs and swim to safety.

"When he jumped into the water the crocs were at a safe distance. However, something happened, and one of the reptiles lunged towards the actor."

All Akshay could see was its menacing jaw rushing towards him. "He froze for a split second. He has indulged in plenty of extreme-action stunts but fighting a crocodile is something he hasn't done in real life.

He turned around, grabbed the raft and quickly swung onto it and started rowing away as fast as he could till he reached a place of safety.

His presence of mind saved him. Fortunately, they got some great shots of the actor with the crocs and he didn't have to re-shoot."

According to the source, "AK has fought sharks while shooting for Blue. There too, he had an accident and got injured. But he loves thrills and the cola he endorses is all about thrilling action and excitement."

Our source reveals, "Akki is waiting to complete 12 years with the cola company so he can set a record for being the longest-serving celebrity endorser."

Shruti chooses Tamil over Hindi

It's all quiet on Shruti Haasan front for the Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji promotions

Shruti Haasan has been conspicuous by her absence from the promotions of Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji. The singer-actress features in the movie opposite Emraan Hashmi.

While the rest of the cast Ajay Devgn, Omi Vaidya, Shazahn Padamsee, Shraddha Das and Hashmi have done their bit, Kamal Haasan's daughter has been silent about her project.

Says a source, "Considering her debut Hindi film Luck with Imran Khan did not fare well, she should have been looking forward to her second coming.

But strangely, she has chosen to be quiet about Madhur Bhandarkar's comic caper."

The actress appears in the film halfway through just before the interval. She essays the role of Niki, an industrialist's daughter, who is keen on bettering society through social work.

Buzz was that Shruti stayed away from the promotions as she felt that her role did not turn out be that great.

In the movie, Tisca Chopra, who essays the role of her stepmother, is there throughout the film. Almost till the interval, the audience wonders if Shruti is part of the cast or not!

Her spokesperson maintains, "Shruti's Tamil film opposite Suriya demanded all of her dates from December-end to February first week. She has been shooting in Chennai and overseas.

As a result, she couldn't promote DTBHJ as much as he would've wanted to. She was looking forward to promoting the film but was really upset that the promotional dates clashed with her Tamil movie schedule."

The spokesperson adds, "For her, working in a Madhur Bhandarkar's film was an honour, so she was really upset that she couldn't align herself to their publicity schedule."

"But," the source states, "it is indeed strange that Shruti did not fly down even for its music launch or any other function related to the flick even earlier."

Maybe for Shruti, it was a case of Dil Na Kehta Hai Ji!

Birthday time
Shruti Haasan celebrates her birthday today. The actress turns 25 and is having a working birthday as she is shooting for her Tamil film.

Deepika has a nervous breakdown

The actress is a nervous wreck on Aarakshan set due to huge crowds

Deepika Padukone has started working with Prakash Jha on his next film Aarakshan. This being her first film with the director, Deepika was extremely nervous about the shoot.

To add to her woes, she was shooting in Bhopal at a college. After seeing the crowd of hundreds gathered at the college campus, she almost had a nervous break down.

A source reveals, "Bhopal is foreign territory for Deepika. She hasn't shot for a film in the city before. Also, working with Jha was a first-time experience for her.

His style of working is very different from the directors she's worked with in the past."

Deepika's shoot started with some solo scenes of her in the campus. When she got on the sets, she was clueless about what she would have to do.

The source adds, "DP reached the production area, which was in the backyard of the college. Not many students had come in. The crowd was just about trickling in.

In matter of couple of hours, the place was packed with students and everyone had gathered to see her shoot."

Since her character is that of a college girl she was required to shoot at various places in the campus. However, things got better when Saif joined the shoot in the second half of the day.

"Deepika was much more comfortable when Saif came on set. He made her feel relaxed and put her at ease. She was also surprised at what kind of a hold Jha had on the crowd.

Despite the fact that there were hundreds of students around, every time he would say action there would be pindrop silence on the set."

By the end of the day Deepika got comfortable with the college crowd and even interacted with the students, promising to return to their campus once their shoot ends.

IT exposes Priyanka Chopra's 9 flats

Everybody knows that Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra has her own home in Mumbai but many may not know that she has invested in real estate. Well, the Income Tax (IT) raids at her residence and office have revealed that she owns nine flats in Mumbai.

IT officials found out that Priyanka owns five flats at Raj Classic in Versova but the actress has cleverly converted them into two - one comprising of three flats and the other two. She also owns a penthouse and three flats, which she gives out for rent.

The Income Tax officials raided the houses of Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra on January 24 on suspicion of tax evasion. They raided about 12 premises belonging to the actresses and sealed their lockers and seized their documents. The raids had earlier exposed that Katrina has an unaccounted wealth of around Rs. 6 crore in the form of jewellery, property and business ventures.

Ajay advises Saif & Kareena not to marry

Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn is happily married to actress Kajol and is known for being a family man. But surprisingly, he advised Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor not to get married.

It happened at Karan Johar's show Koffee With Karan. When asked during the 'rapid fire round' to give a piece of marital advice to Saif and Kareena, Ajay said, “Don't get married'. The actor said it in good humour though and Karan seemed to understand it.

However, it will be very interesting if the ever-curious Karan probes Ajay further on his statement 'don't get married'!

Obscenity case against Mallika dropped by court

Bollywood's sex siren Mallika Sherawat must be heaving a huge sigh of relief, as she is free of the obscenity case. A session court has dismissed the obscenity case filed against her by social activist Vinod Jain for her performance at a five-star hotel.

Vinod filed cases against Mallika and the hotel on December 31, 2006 after seeing her performance on television, as he found it obscene. The court has dismissed the case after over four years.

However, Vinod is planning to take the case to the High Court.

Bebo gets food poisoned

Kareena Kapoor got food poisoned during her recent stint in Pune. Bollywood's numero uno actress is shooting in Pune with Salman Khan and was laid up in bed with a nagging stomach ache and fever.

A concerned Saif Ali Khan who is in Bhopal for the outdoor shoot of Aarakshan was constantly on the hotline with Bebo's family doctor RK Agarwal.

He wanted the general physician to drive to Pune and check on Bebo. The actress of course is distressed that she lost two days lying in bed.

Priyanka has unaccounted assets of Rs 6 crore: I-T

The Income Tax raid at Priyanka Chopra's premises has revealed that the Bollywood actress has unaccounted assets worth Rs six crore, a senior official said today.

"Primarily of what we have scrutinised, we have found that assets worth Rs six crore were not accounted for," the official said.

However, the official did not divulge details of the unaccounted assets. "The unaccounted assets are in various forms and we are still scrutinising it," he added.

Director General of Income Tax (investigations) B P Gaur confirmed the development.

Tax officials had on Monday conducted raids at the places of actors Priyanka and Katrina Kaif, fashion photographer Atul Kasbekar, besides talent management companies Matrix and Bling.

The department had also conducted raids at the premises of Priyanka's secretary Chand Mishra.

Preity Zinta to host Guinness World Records!

Bollywood's dimpled cutie, Preity Zinta jumps on the film-stars-doing-TV-shows-bandwagon with Colors' new show, Guiness World Records - Ab India Todega. Keeping in with the promise of putting Indians on the world map, Preity echoes the concept of the show and represents the spirit of new India. The desi version of Guinness World Record will be produced by Miditech Pvt Ltd.

Guiness World Records - Ab India Todega will see Preity guiding Indians trying to break international records and compete with the world-record holders. Apparently, her patriotic streak, innate charm and her exuberance makes her suitable to host the show.

Preity says, "I was sure that whenever I do make a move to the small screen, it would be something I believe in. Guinness World Records - Ab India Todega is the perfect platform for my television debut. The show reflects my ideology to push oneself and compete with the best. There is also a feeling of pride in hosting a show that will put India on the international pedestal and will bring fame for Indians. I am sure viewers will have a good time watching the show."

Sources suggest the show goes on air in March. The source adds, "Every episode will have four to five acts and the contestants will inform the production house as to what act they'd like to perform. The production people will accordingly cross check from the international version if that act has been performed earlier. If the act has been performed earlier the contestant will be asked to break that record and if they succeed they will be declared winner. Contestants can also perform new acts and make new records. Some acts will be performed in the studio while a few will be performed on an open ground depending on the requirement."

Shweta's unique item number

Hottie Shveta Salve, who swooned many by her moves in the first season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, is now having a blast on another reality show Dance India Dance, but this time as a host!

"At times it really gets difficult for me to stay away from the stage while the others are dancing," she says. "I'm very passionate about dancing and now I'm very impressed by the enormous amount of talent our country's got that I see in DID.

It's great to see young boys and girls get out there and show their moves!" says the dusky actress, who's right now most excited about her number in Madhur Bhandarkar's Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji. And it's not just another item number, she says. "It isn't the quintessential item number; it's a nice soft, elegant groovy jazz number which is already getting a great response and I'm glad I did this one for Madhur!" she exclaims!

Dolly, Sara to rumble again!

Sara Khan and Dolly Bindra who didn't miss any chance to take potshots at each other on a recently concluded BiggBoss 4 will be pitted against each other all over again, as if destiny has planned a rehash for them to level the scores.

There's buzz that the loud Bindra will soon enter Ram Milaayi Jodi to essay a pivotal character. Sara is already in the serial. In fact she had replaced the main lead Priyal Gor some time ago.

"Knowing Dolly and Sara's hatred for each other, we can look forward to some fireworks on the show," states an industry insider.

Madhavan ready for Yavarum Nalam sequel

Yavarum Nalam was undoubtedly one of the best horror films in the recent past. Madhavan and Neetu Chandra starrer film by director Vikram Kumar was not only a commerical hit movie but also received good reviews from all quarters. It even did considerably well down in Bollywood.

According to reports, Madhavan had gone for a vacation with Vikram to chill and discuss about the sequel of Yavarum Nalam. When asked about the sequel, excited Maddy said that the team had been planning the sequel for quite some time. Finally things are all set and they will start the shooting very soon.

Like its predecessor, Yavarum Nalam sequel is also made in Hindi and Telugu. He did not reveal more than this and told us to wait and watch how the sequel turns out to be. He signed off by promising that the sequel will be as enthralling as the last one.

Jai Bolo Telangana passes censor test

After creating a stir in the Telugu film industry, Jai Bolo Telangana has passed the censor test with 10 cuts. The movie has received 'A' certificate from the Censor Board.

Bowing down to the pressure from various pro-Telangana groups, the Regional Censor Board sent the movie to CBFC revising committee for re-censor. After watching the movie yesterday, the special committee suggested the director to chop a few scenes. They also reportedly said that if they can cut some more scenes, the movie would get a clean 'U'.

However, Jagapathi Babu and Smriti Irani starrer movie is hitting the screens on February 4.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Katrina's say on the IT raids

She finally reacts to the alleged Six Crores of unaccounted wealth

After the Income Tax raid on Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra's homes and offices on January 24 there's been lots of speculation about what exactly the taxmen found. In Katrina's case, buzz was that the officials recovered evidence of nearly Rs Six Crores of unaccounted wealth. And this seems to have finally gotten a reaction from the star, who had so far not commented on what happened.

An official statement was released by Katrina's chartered accountants on her behalf, and this is what it said, "Day before yesterday a search was conducted by the Income Tax Dept at the residence of my client Ms Katrina Kaif. My client is disturbed by the speculative reports circulating in the media that she has disclosed unaccounted income running into crores and unaccounted lockers were found. The fact of the matter is that no unaccounted income has been declared by her. Katrina is fully cooperating with the IT Dept, whom she holds in high regard."

Well, Kat's made her position clear. Now we've got to wait and see if the IT Department feels the same way. And we're still waiting for a comment from Priyanka on it all.

Kareena goes ethnic in 'Bodyguard'

Kareena Kapoor to don traditional attire in the 'Bodyguard' remake

After sporting chic Western attire for her role as a hairstylist in Karan Johar's Short Term Shaadi, Kareena Kapoor will go ethnic for Atul Agnihotri's Bodyguard.

She plays a don's beti in the latter and will mostly Indian traditional clothes including bright kurtas with lots of oxidised jewellery. Bodyguard, directed by Siddique, is an adaptation of a hit Malayalam flick.

 Bebo has been styled by Manish Malhotra for both films. Says a source, "MM has given her a very different look in Bodyguard, as she plays a college-going girl who is also a don's daughter.

So she wears bright and colourful Pakistani long kurtas with block print salwars. Kareena is known to be a fashion icon having started the Geet kurtis in Jab We Met.

This will start a new trend for youngsters too of long Pakistani kurtas with high slits and big ghera salwars."

The Kapoor gal will accessorise with silver antique oxidised jewellery, beaded bags and accessories. "There are lots of metallic and thread work bangles to add an Indian touch. 

 Manish sourced the accessories from Pune, Delhi and Mumbai. Most of the outfits, she will wear, have an embroidered patch with crochet and threadwork.

Kareena has kept her hair long, straight and simple in the film," adds the source.

The original Malayalam flick revolves around a young man Jayakrishnan who adulates anyone with a trace of heroism and offers to be their bodyguard.

A business tycoon Ashokan hires him to follow and safeguard his only daughter Ammu. He follows her everywhere.

To distract him, she calls him from an unknown number claiming to love him. Years later, Jayakrishnan realises that his real lover is Ammu, who's waited for him for so many years faithfully and marries her.

Shaina NC turns chat show host

Shah Rukh Khan is her first guest

Fashion designer, social activist and politician. Shaina NC now adds another tag to her name television host. Her chat show 'India First' premieres tonight on Zee News.

And her first guest on the show is Shah Rukh Khan.

The guest list

"India First features celebrities from different walks of life as they elaborate what their vision for the country is," explains the activist, who has shot with the celebrities at their homes.

Among her guests are B-Town stars, sportsmen, business honchos and politicians.

Produced by Zee, it is being launched on Republic Day in keeping with the show's theme that conveys the message of unity, prosperity and progress.

"The guests are those who have left a mark in their fields and can inspire Indians to put India First," adds Shaina.

"The programme aims at driving home the point that India's success is a story of unity. Each of the guests provides their own insights."

Elaborating on what her guests have stated on the show, Shaina says, "While SRK maintains that he is an entertainer, for Leander Paes what matters is winning for India whether it is a Grand Slam or any international tourney.

Karan Johar has delved into the gay movement in the country." Incidentally, Shaina has styled herself for the show from her own designer label!

The guests include...
Amitabh Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai
Karan Johar
Salman Khan
Leander Paes
Nitin Gadkari
Pranab Mukherjee
Mohan Bhagwat
Kumarmangalam Birla
P Chidambaram

Preity tries to break world record, fails

But urges Indians to try out for the show she hosts

Preity Zinta has taken the first step towards her television debut. She has begun shooting for the promos of Guinness World Records Ab India Todega, the show that she will host for Colors.

The actress shot at Film City and tried to break an international record herself!

"Australia ka Derek Boyer ka Guinness World Record aaj main todoongi," she exclaims in the promo while pulling a truck.

She later states: "Chaliye main naa kar saki toh kya hua? India kar ke dikhadega. Ab garv se har Hindustani bolega, Guinness World Record Ab India Todega."

Spirit of new India

The desi version of the international show, produced by Miditech, will air later in the year.

According to the channel, Preity's never-say-die attitude echoes the concept of the show and represents the spirit of new India that is willing to take on the world and prove its place under the sun.

The dimpled star will also guide the Indian contestants who try to break international records and compete with world record holders.

She will also encourage viewers to take the plunge to make and break records.

Preity has been styled by B-Town designer Surily Goel for the show. She says, "I am excited to style Preity for her television debut.

A show like Guinness World Records will be a great platform to experiment with various looks. Her personality is quite sporty, energetic and adventurous, and hence, I will style her keeping her personality in mind.

I have given her a waistcoat over a casual shirt teamed with boots and gloves especially for the promo shoot."

Bigg Boss 4 winner Shweta assaulted

Raja Chaudhary assaulted Bigg Boss 4 winner, Shweta Tiwari, for a fourth time yesterday

Cops reached the end of their tether after Bigg Boss 4 winner Shweta Tiwari lodged a fourth complaint against husband Raja Chaudhary the TV actor infamous for beating up his actor wife and mauling and abusing a number of people for the same old reason.

Fed up with Chaudhary's terror tactics, a team of senior police officers at Malad police station has decided to extern the actor from the city, after he allegedly barged in Shweta's house to assault her, again.

Senior Inspector R Prabhu of Malad police station said, "Raja Chaudhary forcefully entered Shweta's house and assaulted her and her friend Abhinav Kohli."

He added, "As per court order, Raja is not supposed to go to Shweta's residence. But he breached the order. We have booked him for assaulting, trespassing, and abusing Shweta and Kohli.

He already has a number of cases against him, some at Oshiwara police station. And now we will extern him."

Shweta, who approached the police last morning, said, she needed police protection as Raja has been doing this as a routine.

The fourth and the latest complaint lodged by Shweta claims that Raja came to her residence at Shiv Shakti society at Chincholi Bunder in Malad at around 1 am on Tuesday.

"According to Shweta, Raja abused them, as he wanted to take their daughter with him," Prabhu added. Now, Raja is all set to be a tadipar, thanks to the number of cases piling up against him.

Before this, he had created a ruckus at Shweta's house in October, when she was an inmate at the Big Boss house. He had also slapped Kohli and abused Shweta's mother.

Raja, meanwhile, is absconding. "Policemen had gone to search for him at his Lokhandwala residence, but he has fled," Prabhu said.

Incidentally, Raja was detained last year at Sao Paola, Argentina, where he was shooting for a reality show. Allegedly, he was profane to his fellow contestants while inebriated.

Ek Cutting!

Tadipar actually means externment from the city. The word originated after members of the underworld were forced to live out of the city by law enforcement authorities, because of their unlawful activities, a measure  to curb crime.

IT exposes Priyanka Chopra's 9 flats

Everybody knows that Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra has her own home in Mumbai but many may not know that she has invested in real estate. Well, the Income Tax (IT) raids at her residence and office have revealed that she owns nine flats in Mumbai.

IT officials found out that Priyanka owns five flats at Raj Classic in Versova but the actress has cleverly converted them into two - one comprising of three flats and the other two. She also owns a penthouse and three flats, which she gives out for rent.

The Income Tax officials raided the houses of Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra on January 24 on suspicion of tax evasion. They raided about 12 premises belonging to the actresses and sealed their lockers and seized their documents. The raids had earlier exposed that Katrina has an unaccounted wealth of around Rs. 6 crore in the form of jewellery, property and business ventures.

Kajol, Tabu, Irrfan get Padma Shri

Talented Bollywood actress Kajol, and versatile actors Tabu and Irrfan Khan were named for the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour on the eve of Republic Day on Tuesday.

Daughter of veteran actress Tanuja and late Bengali filmmaker Shomu Mukherjee, Kajol made her Bollywood debut with not so successful movie Bekhudi in 1992 at the age of 17.

But the 35-year-old tasted commercial success with her second outing Baazigar where she shared the screen with Shah Rukh Khan for the first time and after that there was no looking back for the actress. She gave hit after hit like Karan Arjun, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and most recently My Name Is Khan. Kajol is married to Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn and they have two children.

Tabu, one of the most talented actresses in Hindi film industry, debuted in Bollywood with commercial movie Vijaypath, but it was offbeat films like Maachis and Chandni Bar that brought her accolades and awards.

Irrfan Khan has also been conferred with Padma Shri. With his unconventional and powerful performances in Salaam Bombay, Maqbool, Life... In A Metro and The Namesake, the actor has carved a niche for himself in filmdom.

Shashi Kapoor, one of the most charming actors of his time, was named for the Padma Bhushan.

The 72-year-old, who is not keeping well and moves in and out of hospital in Mumbai, charmed Hindi movie-gores with films like Jab Jab Phool Khile, Waqt, Silsila, Deewar, Kabhi Kabhie and Satyam Shivam Sundaram.

He also featured in international projects titled The Householder, Shakespearewallah and Heat and Dust.

In his more than six-decade-long career, Shashi Kapoor also ventured into production and made films like Junoon, Kalyug, Utsav, 36 Chowringhee Lane and Vijeta. He also produced and directed Ajooba.

The veteran composer Khayyam, the man behind the soulful music in 'Kabhi kabhie nere dil mein' and 'Dil cheez kya hai', has been honoured with the Padma Bhushan. Along with Waheeda Rehman.

"SRK called me 'Sir, Sir' during struggling days" - Salman

Salman debuted in “Maine Pyaar Kiya” in the year 1988 and Shah Rukh made his debut with “Deewana” in 1992. Ever since then they called each other ‘brothers’.

And after more than a decade Salman states “SRK and I can never be friends”. To this King Khan added “Salman and I don’t talk, which is absolutely right”.

The two worked together in films like “Karan Arjun”, “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, “Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega”, and “Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam”.

It was in 2008 that the two had a fight on Katrina’s birthday bash. In an interview Salman stated “Shah Rukh was like my brother. He used to call me sir, sir during his struggling days.”

“I have seen SRK go from door to door asking for work. He has become a different person now.”

He added “Only God can come and make us friends again, and that is not happening.” In Karan’s chat show “Koffee With Karan”, King Khan stated “If Salman is angry with me, it is 100% my fault.”

To this Salman replied that King Khan’s apology was for TRPs. Numerous online communities are appealing the two to mend ways and hope they come together in real life.


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