Thursday, 20 February 2014

Juhi Chawla happy at 'Gulaab Gang' promo buzz!

Actress Juhi Chawla will soon be seen in "Gulaab Gang" with Madhuri Dixit and is happy that the film's promo has created interest among the public.

"I am happy that the promo has created a curiosity among the public because today every week there are so many films coming out that it is not easy for a film to make a place in the crowd," the 46-year-old told here Tuesday at the grand finale of Indian Princess beauty contest.

"But this promo has created a definite interest and I am happy and grateful about that. Our film is also as interesting as the promo looks. Please come and watch it," she further added.

Directed by Soumik Sen, "Gulaab Gang" hits theatres March 7.

Harman and me are a couple, says Bipasha Basu!

Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu has opened up about her relationship status with actor Harman Baweja, and tells they "are a couple".

The duo have been spotted together on a number of occasions but they always remained tight-lipped about their relationship status.

The "Raaz" star dsiclosed their relationship status on microblogging website Twitter.

"Stating the obvious. Yes, Harman and me are a couple. Finally I have met a person who is a far better human being than I am. Blessed," Bipasha posted Wednesday.

The 35-year-old also told she is in happy place in her personal life.

"(I) am in a very happy space in my personal life and it would be fair if people just respect that and not speculate," she posted.

Bipasha was earlier in a relationship with her "Jism" co-star John Abraham for over eight years. But they parted ways in 2011. John got married to Priya Runchal, an investment banker, in January this year. 

Salman is simple and sweet at heart, says Evelyn Sharma!

Evelyn Sharma has disclosed that her favorite actor is Salman Khan.

During an exclusive interview, the 27-year-old half-German half-Indian supermodel-turned-actress confesses that she is a fan of the 'Jai Ho' star and told, "He is a huge star, but is simple and sweet at heart. I admire that".

She further added that she hasn't met the other Khans of the industry but she loves their movies too.

Should not eat like a beast, tells Mandira Bedi!

Actress Mandira Bedi confesses she works out like a beast, but she should not eat like one. She tells she will now restrain herself from eating excessively.

"I work out like a beast. I should learn not to eat like one. Zipping it today onwards," the 41-year-old posted Wednesday.

She was last seen on the small screen in Anil Kapoor's TV production "24". 

Kids come before work for Farah Khan!

For Farah Khan, her kids come before her work commitments. As she was leaving for work, one of her kids fell sick, and the filmmaker stayed back to take care of her child.

The 48-year-old, who is wedded to director-producer Shirish Kunder, is mother of triplets -- daughters Anya and Diva, and son Czar.

"Every mothers dilemma...When you'r rushing for work and your child decides to throw up...Work can wait," Farah posted Wednesday.

Farah is presently shooting for her musical "Happy New Year", which features Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Boman Irani, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah. 

"Honour Killing" to come out on April 11!

 The release date of Avtar Bhogal's "Honour Killing" has been locked - it will come out April 11.

Featuring International starcast as Zara Sheikh, Sandeep Singh, Javed Sheikh, Tom Alter, Gulshan Grover, Prem Chopra, Clowe Wicks, Alexander Hulme and Sandeep Garcha, film "Honour Killing" is a love story which revolves around the contentious issue honour.

"I wanted to make a movie on the subject and was compelled to do so after discovering the problem existed in Britain. I am glad, I have got a chance to work with path breaking performers with a great ensemble cast," Avtar Bhogal, director of the film, told in a statement.

The film has been produced by Manmohan Singh and Harjinder Singh.

“‘Honour Killing’ salutes every social activist who has the courage to oppose the sin work of killings on the name of honour. We have tremendous belief in Avtar's vision. He is by far one of the best storytellers and we are glad to support him for this social endeavor," told Manmohan Singh, a London based producer.

The film Honour Killing is set to release on 11 April 2014.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Jackky Bhagnani 'struggles' to be taken sincerely!

Since making his debut in 2009 with "Kal Kissne Dekha", Jackky Bhagnani has done just a handful of films. He tells it's not because he is choosy, but because he wants to be taken seriously as an actor by the viewers.

He will next be seen in "Youngistaan".

"I have not become choosy, this is all I get! I am doing this ('Youngistaan') because I want to do all kinds of films. In my career of four years, I am struggling to make people take me seriously as an actor and give me credit for it and not just take me as being a producer's son or a dancer or cute looking," the 29-year-old told here at a press meet.

Jackky, who is filmmaker Vashu Bhagnani's son, spoke on the sidelines of an event to announce the association of "Youngistaan" with Viva Carnival Goa 2014. He was accompanied by the film's actress Neha Sharma.

In "Youngistaan", Jackyy plays a young prime minister.

Jackky hopes his movie inspires real life and young people are brought to the forefront in politics.

"Apart from just being a film, this is also what people want. For a change, I hope real life gets inspired by reel life and politicians go and watch it," Jackky told.

Directed by Syed Ahmad Afzal, "Youngistaan" also stars Boman Irani and late Farooque Sheikh. The movie releases March 28. 

Sex comedies don't work for director Soumik Sen!

Filmmaker Soumik Sen, whose debut film "Gulaab Gang" is yet to release, has already developed a few scripts for his forthcoming projects, but one genre he doesn't wish to experiment with is a sex comedy.

Post "Gulaab Gang", Sen is likely to make a biopic, a comedy and a thriller, but a sex comedy is a no-no.

"I will not direct an adult comedy. That doesn't work for me. I don't have anything against such films, but I don't have anything as such in mind," Sen said.

"There is an audience for everything, but I would never want to see my name as a director of 'Grand Masti'. I have serious issues about people making rape jokes," he further added.

He believes filmmakers must be more responsible.

"Yes, I look down upon 'Grand Masti', but not on 'Delhi Belly'. I loved 'Delhi Belly'. As filmmakers, there is a line which we can draw and that's the line I will not cross," he told.

Sen's second movie will be a biopic on late magician P.C. Sorcar.

"Besides, this I am trying to develop a comedy film with a supernatural element and a thriller love story," he told. 

No official wedding plans with Naina Bachchan, reveals Kunal Kapoor!

Actor Kunal Kapoor Tuesday clarified there was nothing official about his marriage to long-time girlfriend Naina Bachchan rumoured to be solemnised later this year.

Kapoor told the two were "dating and together". Naina is megastar Amitabh Bachchan's niece.

"It is not official. When we are ready, we will definitely talk about it," he said the media here.

The 36-year-old actor shot to fame with his 2005 debut "Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities" and subsequently went on to star in blockbusters like "Rang De Basanti".

Kapoor has finished shooting for filmmaker Nila Madhab Panda's venture "Kaun Hai Kitne Paani Mein".

"It is a mainstream Hindi film shot extensively in Odisha and deals with access to water," he told. 

Bollywood excited over IIFA 2014!

Bollywood celebrities Tuesday told they were all set to perform and entertain their fans at the 15th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards to be held in Tampa Bay, Florida.

"IIFA is my family and I have been associated with IIFA for the last 15 years. I am grateful to IIFA and I feel this is going to be the best IIFA ever," actor Anil Kapoor told at a press conference.

Madhuri Dixit Nene said she has lived in Florida for two years and that it was a "gorgeous place".
"I can assure you Tampa Bay is a gorgeous place. It has got a lot to offer. People there will welcome you with a lot of warmth. I am honoured to be associated with them," Madhuri told.

Saif Ali Khan and wife Kareena Kapoor Khan told they will put their best foot forward and entertain their fans.

"We live in divided times but what brings us together is love for cinema. I am very excited about it," Saif told.

Kareena further added, "IIFA is the only Indian award which celebrates Indian cinema on a global platform. We are going to put our best foot forward and entertain our fans there."

The IIFA awards will be hosted by Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar.

The first set of star performers at the IIFA weekend - to be held April 23-26 - includes Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sonakshi Sinha among others.

Bipasha Basu and Pritam were also present at Tuesday's press conference along with US Ambassador Peter Haas. 

Bipasha Basu’s search for an eligible bachelor!

Actress Bipasha Basu, who is in the news for her relationship with Harman Baweja, tells she is looking for an eligible bachelor.

Bipasha is all set to perform at the IIFA awards in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Asked if she going to the IIFA awards with Harman, Bipasha told, "I am going to IIFA alone. So I am looking for an eligible bachelor there." 

Prabhudheva in no mood to budge from the title "Action Jackson"!

In spite of a legal notice from Hollywood studio Warner Bros. claiming copyright infringement, director Prabhudheva and his producer Gordhan Tanwani are in no mood to budge from the title "Action Jackson".

Warner Bros' 1988 Hollywood film featuring Carl Weathers and Sharon Stone released with the same name and the production house has given the makers of the Bollywood movie a notice to change the title as "Action Jackson" is registered by them for the sub-continent as well.

A letter has been sent to Baba Arts Limited Production and Eros International, who are jointly producing the movie.

On the other hand, Prabhudheva tells there is a very special reason why his movie is called "Action Jackson".

"We named the film 'Action Jackson' because our hero Ajay Devgan is known as 'AJ' and we thought it would be a good idea to use the initials and extend it into the title 'Action Jackson' as Ajay is doing both action and dancing in the film," told the director.

Prabhudheva, who also changed the title of his previous film "Rambo Rajkumar" to "R...Rajkumar", tells that he cant "keep giving in like this for every title".

"It isn't like 'Rambo Rajkumar' where Rambo was a patented name by the Hollywood studio. How can anyone claim copyright over the words 'action' and 'Jackson'? And since the word 'Jackson' is in my title for the dancing, we might have (late pop legend) Michael Jackson's family claiming copyright violation. We can't just keep giving in like this for every title," he told.

As for the title belonging to a Hollywood film, Prabhu defends his title.

"I had never heard of a Hollywood film titled 'Action Jackson'. Didn't it come 25 years ago? So many films are titled 'Romeo & Juliet'. Should Shakespeare's family sue?" 

Monday, 17 February 2014

No one is a threat, enough room for everybody, says Parineeti Chopra!

Busy as a bee, Parineeti Chopra has a lot on her plate and tells she is enjoying her work and doesn't feel threatened by her colleagues.

"This is my fourth year in the industry. And I'm doing the work that I am really enjoying," told the actress who is rubbing shoulders with the likes of Anushka Sharma, Deepika Padukone and Sonakshi Sinha.

With seven movies to her credit, Parineeti tells she is far more alert and nervous.

"Initially, I had nothing to lose. But with every passing film there are more expectations to live up to... There is a checklist of directors and actors you want to work with. The dreams expand and so do the anxieties. I want to be known for being versatile. So I'll search now for the roles that take me to another level."

The spirited scene-stealer tells she doesn't see any of her contemporaries as rivals.

"I don't really feel anyone is a threat. There is enough room for everybody. That's how I feel right now. Maybe two years down the line, I'll start peering anxiously over my shoulder. But at the moment I'm happy to be just doing the work that I am," told the actress who debuted with "Ladies Vs Ricky Behl".

Parineeti has no regrets about opting out of Shoojit Sircar's next movie "Piku", in which she was to play Amitabh Bachchan's daughter.

"The dates clashed with another film. I was so looking forward to it because it gave me a chance to work with two of the finest actors we have - Bachchan saab and Irrfan," she told and further added, "Maybe it was too early for me to work with these stalwarts. I'd have probably forgotten my lines and just stared at them."

As for losing out on the chance of doing a father-daughter film with the Big B, Parineeti told, "I have a very strong father-daughter bonding with Anupam Kher sir in 'Daawat-e-Ishq'. As for Bachchan saab, I'm sure I'll have other opportunities to work with him."

"The audiences saw a new me in 'Hasee Toh Phasee'. Now they'll see me in an entirely new avatar in Shaad Ali's 'Kill Dill'.

"I've lots on my plate. Till the release of 'Hasee Toh Phasee', I was shooting two films, dubbing and promoting. There was no time for myself. And I can't complain. Good scripts are coming my way. Obviously I can't say yes to every film and endorsement that comes my way."

About losing out on the popular awards this year, the pragmatic Parineeti told, "Deepika Padukone deserved them. It would have been odd if I or anyone else got them. But I was nominated. And I was very happy."

Having worked with Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput, Siddharth Malhotra and Aditya Roy Kapoor, Parineeti tells she's close to all of them.

"But there is a special bonding with Arjun. We spent three months shooting together in Lucknow. Now I've spent a lot of time shooting with Aditya in Hyderabad. So these two are my favourites," told the actress. 

Grateful to younger actors who copy my style, says Govinda!

Ranveer Singh is an unabashed fan of senior actor Govinda and he has often copied his style for songs and performances. Govinda tells he is grateful to such young talents who feel his inimitable dancing style is worth being imitated.

Ranveer is getting a chance to match steps with Govinda in Shaad Ali's "Kill Dil".

In fact, Ranveer even paid a tribute to Govinda's dancing skills in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela", as well as at an awards function.

Showering praise on the younger talent, Govinda told, "Yes, I saw Ranveer in the song 'Ishqyaun dhishqyaun' in '...Ram-Leela'. He was in full form. I am grateful to the younger actors who think my style is worthy of being copied."

The duo is said to be sharing a great bonding on the set of the Shaad Ali movie.

"Shaad now plans to incorporate a full-on Govinda-Ranveer dance number where the fan will try to match steps with his idol," told a source associated with "Kill Dill".

Meanwhile, Govinda has lately lost a lot of weight to look convincing as Ranbir Kapoor's father in Anurag Basu's "Jagga Jasoos".

The resourceful actor is thrilled about his first villain's role in "Kill Dil".

"It's my first full-fledged negative role. I had played a negative part in N. Chandra's 'Shikari' years ago. Times have now changed. Back then there was a past history for my character's dark deeds. Now in 'Kill Dil', my character is the way he is because he chooses to be." 

Was moved by 'Hawaa Hawaai' script, reveals Saqib Saleem!

Actor Saqib Saleem, who will soon be seen in Amole Gupte's directorial project "Hawaa Hawaai", tells he was totally moved by the film's story, which is full of emotions and depth.

"I have never read such a script full of emotions...real emotions. Really, I was moved by the script of 'Hawaa Hawaai'," Saqib told here Sunday, during the shoot of a music video for the film.

"I felt 'this is the story I want to be a part of anyhow'. I thought as an actor it will be a huge challenge for me," he further added.

The 25-year-old, who plays a young skating coach in the movie, told that as an actor, he found the depth and turmoil of his character in the film very challenging.

"So far whatever characters I have played in my earlier films, including in 'Bombay Talkies', they have been urban, cool but this character (in 'Hawaa Hawaai') for me has a lot of depth," told Saqib, who has been part of films like "Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge", "Mere Dad Ki Maruti" and "Bombay Talkies".

"Hawaa Hawaai", which hits theatres April 18, also stars Gupte's son Partho. 

Thank you for the love, says Shah Rukh Khan to fans!

Megastar Shah Rukh Khan, who took to the stage in Kuala Lampur for his Temptation Reloaded tour, was besieged with the love that he received from his fans there.

"Malaysia, you will be missed. The best two days I have had inspite of the injury. The love made it possible. Thank you," SRK, who is recovering from the injury he recently sustained on the sets of "Happy New Year", posted Monday.

His former co-stars Madhuri Dixit and Rani Mukerji along with singer Arijit Singh and rapper-music composer Yo Yo Honey Singh also performed at the Temptation Reloaded 2014 concert in Malaysia

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Shah Rukh Khan tweets about best way to find love!

As Valentine's Day approaches, Shah Rukh Khan has posted about finding love.

The 48-year-old 'Chennai Express' star posted, "There is no rite person for you, only different flavors of wrong. So you have to find the person who is wrong for you in just the rite way".

Khan had earlier admitted that his father has always been his favorite romantic hero.

Vidya Balan insists on 'positive effects' of wedding!

During the promotion of her forthcoming movie 'Shaadi Ke Side Effects', Vidya Balan has disclosed that there are always positive effects of wedding.

The 'Kahaani' star told "it really depends on how you look at it. If you are in love then you find the side effects positive, if you are not then God help you".

The movie, which features Farhan Akhtar alongside the 36-year-old actress, is about a young couple who struggle to rediscover love after their wedding and is a sequel to the 2006 hit movie, 'Pyaar Ke Side Effects', which starred Rahul Bose and Mallika Sherawat.

Saket Chaudhary, director of the movie, told that the movie was just a thematic sequel as both characters and situations in the movie were completely different.

For Ajay Devgn, there's no escaping dance in 'Action Jackson'!

Actor-producer Ajay Devgn, who shies away from dancing, tells he couldn't escape "Action Jackson" director Prabhudheva, who made him shake a leg in two songs.

"Prabhu made me work really hard for the film. He made me dance, which I generally run away from," Ajay said.

"I have shot for two songs. We have total five songs in the film and the rest are yet to be shot and I don't know how am I going to do them," further added the 44-year-old.

In the film, Ajay has teamed up with Sonakshi Sinha.

But, when asked about his role in "Action Jackson", he refused to divulge details.

He told, "It's too early to talk about it".

Lately "Action Jackson" was in the news for a controversy over its title, but Ajay said he has no idea about the latest development.

He told, "I have no idea about that issue. I have read it in the newspaper and I only have that much information. I think they are working on the legalities. I don't know what is the status."

Warner Bros' 1988 Hollywood film featuring Carl Weathers and Sharon Stone released with the same name and the production house gave the makers of the Bollywood version a 48-hour notice to change the title as "Action Jackson" is registered by them for the sub-continent as well.

Gordan Tanwani, the film's co-producer, had told he will not buckle under pressure.

Arjun Kapoor enjoys bonding with father Boney Kapoor on 'Tevar' sets!

Actor Arjun Kapoor is known to be a reserved actor, talks frankly about his relationship with his father and filmmaker Boney Kapoor. He tells their bond got stronger on the sets of "Tevar".

Being helmed by first-time director Amit Sharma, "Tevar" is being produced by Boney and features Arjun and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead roles.

"Obviously the bond becomes stronger when you work together. It also becomes professional as we have our own opinions," Arjun said journalists in a group interview.

"I am getting time to spend with him now because I am an actor. He is my father and I love him," further added the 28-year-old who plays a kabaddi player in the movie.

Arjun, who debuted with hit movie "Ishaqzaade" and then featured in "Aurangzeb", tells his father has learned a lot about him while working with him.

"For eight days I did it and we had fun. He didn't know that I carry my food all the time and he discovered that for the first time. He has never been on the sets to see me. I have seen his work for the last 20 years, but he has never seen me working," he told.

"Last day, I gave a shot and that's the first time when my father came and gave me a compliment. He said, 'good shot' and that meant a world to me. It means a lot to me. This is something that underlines or defines my existence. So, the equation will never change, it will only get better and better."

Arjun is Boney and his first wife Mona Kapoor's son. Mona died of cancer in 2012.

The young actor, who has moved out of the family home, tells staying apart from his dad doesn't affect his relationship.

"In the relationship there has never been a drift. He was not living in front of me, so that's a change. But, the equation, love, and emotion never changed at any point. I respect his choice. I am happy as well as he is happy," told Arjun.

Boney is now wedded to actress Sridevi and they have two daughters.

In the meantime, Arjun is gearing up for his third release "Gunday", which is coming out Friday. 

I've not gone under the knife, says Anushka Sharma!

Actress Anushka Sharma, who is being talked about for her fuller lips, denies going under the knife for the new look. She attributes her changed looks to a temporary lip enhancing tool for her role in the forthcoming film "Bombay Velvet".

The rumor started after Anushka, who made her Bollywood debut with "Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi", appeared on "Koffee With Karan".

The 25-year-old took to micro logging website Twitter to deny news of having undergone cosmetic surgery.

"...Lately there has been a lot of talk about me in this particular episode of 'Koffee with Karan'. Mainly regarding my lips. I am here to just convey what I have to say regarding the same. I am talking about it only because this story has taken a scary direction and things have been 'blown out of proportion' (pun intended)," Anushka posted Monday night.

"For a short while now, I have been using a temporary lip enhancing tool and that along with make-up techniques (I have learnt over the years) is the reason why there might be a change in the appearance of my lips.

"...Let me assure everyone that I have by no means gone 'under the knife' or done any kind of 'plastic surgery' or undergone any intrusive procedure. This was my decision and was done for the sake of my look in my upcoming film 'Bombay Velvet', a period drama where I play a jazz singer in the 1960s-1970s. And it was taken from the referencing of that time," she further added.

The "Band Baaja Baaraat" star further told that her changed looks on the show "is due to lot of factors put together" and not just her lips, and she doesn't think that she was at her best in terms of her looks.

She told that she is setting the record straight once and for all.

"To put the current conjecture and reportage straight once and for all - I do not believe in plastic surgery or any other means of unnatural permanent changes to the body. I do not support it or stand for it or recommend it," she wrote.

The actress gets support from her contemporaries Sonam Kapoor and Alia Bhatt.

Sonam posted, "Kudos to Anushka Sharma for addressing unfair criticism head on... have always admired her as an actor and now I definitely admire her as a person."

Alia wrote, "Way to go Anushka Sharma. People are dealing with a strong girl here so say what you want... nothing is bringing her down."

Karan Johar, host of "Koffee With Karan", also praised her.

"Anushka Sharma is a powerhouse of talent and the downside of social media cannot and will not take away the core of her creative existence," he posted. 

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Shah Rukh Khan back at work, still recovering!

Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan, who was injured on the sets of Farah Khan's "Happy New Year", resumed work Tuesday. However, he has been advised not to do heavy scenes.

"SRK's back to work on Feb 4. He is still recovering from his injury, so no heavy scenes for him," told a source close to the megastar.

The incident took place Jan 23 and the 48-year-old was rushed to Dr. Balabhai Nanavati Hospital.

He had suffered a shoulder fracture, his left knee's patellar tendon was torn and doctors advised him complete rest for two to three weeks.

A heavy door had caused the injury.

"Happy New Year", which also stars Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani and Vivaan Shah, will release this year around Diwali. 

I am a drama queen in real life: Parineeti Chopra

Parineeti Chopra, who plays a mental scientist in her forthcoming movie 'Hasee Toh Phasee,' has disclosed that she is not just a drama queen in the movie but also in real life.

"I think this song was inspired from me only because I am a very big Drama queen. People take it from a negative way but I personally take it in a positive way. They are people who show their emotions, say anything and are very loud and happy. So in that sense its drama because I am not showing anything, so yes I am a drama queen," the 25-year-old actress told.

The Vinil Mathew-helmed movie, which is produced by Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap and also stars Sidharth Malhotra, is slated for a February 7th release.