Friday, July 9, 2010

Vidya finds a ‘fan’tastic dost in Karan

The ‘Ishqiya’ of her performance is spreading along and the gal is impressing industry stalwarts, right from receiving words of praises from the iconic Big B to Vishal Bhardwaj and Vinod Chopra, the b-town lovely has been recently added by Karan Johar in his wish list.
Its been heard that Karan is considering Vidya for his next project, details are not available but a close hand reveals that Vidya who has recently brought a new house which is apparently on Karan’s route to his office and insiders say that they both do met each other and when Karan was asked about his opinion on Vidya, pat came the reply, “She is an extremely talented actress and Dharma Productions is very keen on working with her.”
And that’s not all; the lovely lady has being heard singing praises of the director and his sense of humour.
Wah kya ‘dostana’ hai!
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Kareena’s luv story with Imran..on screen!

Vow!! Sounds delicious… Imran who is currently stealing bholi bhali ladkiyon ka dil in metros with ‘I Hate Luv Stories’ will now romance Bollywood choice No.1 Kareena Kapoor! The two are likely to be the lead pair in Karan Johar’s yet untitled project to be helmed by Shakun Batra.
The movie is likely to start from December this year and will be directed by new entrant Shakun Batra who has recently joined Dharma Productions. Shakun, worked as an assistant in ‘Rock On!!’ and ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’, and is friend of Imran for some time now and it was Imran who suggested his name to Karan.
Karan spoke to Kareena about it and she agreed immediately.
When contacted, Imran Khan said, "Yes it is true that I am doing another film with Karan Johar. The film will be directed by Shakun but beyond that, I can't confirm anything on the casting front. Shakun has been a friend ever since he joined the industry and was a second assistant director on Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. He has written the script with our mutual friend Aayesha.”
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John Bips to host party for Mahi and his Mahi

The action from Dehradun will continue in Mumbai this weekend where Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s closest pals John Abraham and Bipasha Basu, will host a party for the newly-married Team India captain at John’s duplex penthouse apartment in Mumbai.
The party will have Dhoni celebrating his wedding and his birthday together which falls on July 7.
India’s most desired male got married yesterday at a Himalayan resort with Sakshi Rawat, his close friend John was present while Bips couldn’t attend due to her work commitments. The wedding was a very personal affair where only near and dear ones where present.
The party too is believed to be an exclusive one because the popular cricketer is comfortable with people close to him, according to Bipasha.
Well all the paparazzi will be glued to John-Bipasha’s house this Wednesday to see who Dhoni’s favorites are.
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Aishwarya Rai to enter Vishal Bhardwaj’s camp

While the diva and the filmmaker have been maintaining success in their own individual tracks all these days, the two are going to join hands only now. According to the latest buzz, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been signed in by director Vishal Bhardwaj for his next venture.
Sources in fact say that the director several times before had approached the actress to work for his projects. However, being such a busy beauty, Aishwarya had refused his offers owing to lack of dates.
Finally Aishwarya is said to have given her nod now. The project is said to be a woman-centric and includes a contemporary romance with unusual twist in the end.
According to sources, Aishwarya was supposed to do Vishal’s first directorial venture ‘Timbucktoo’. Besides, the director wanted to rope her for ‘Saat Khoon Maaf’. But both the times she was unavailable citing date problem.
Now the filmmaker can sigh in relief for convincing the actress to sign on the dotted lines. On the other hand Aish has confirmed the news by saying she and Vishal have been meaning to work together for long time and things are working out now. “He feels I've been saying no far too often, but it wasn't my fault. Things finally are falling into place,” remarked the light eyed beauty.
The film is said to go on floors in 2011.
Hmmm, a great combination of beauty and talent, we say... Expect some 'serious' dhamaka soon....
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Konkona Sen roped in for ‘Saat Khoon Maaf’

Nai the Bengali beauty is not playing the second heroine in Vishal Bhardwaj’s ‘Saat Khoon Maaf’. While Priyanka Chopra is doing the leading lady, Konkona Sen is only doing a cameo role in this thriller.
According to sources, although Konkona is doing a guest appearance in the film, she plays a pivotal role. The actress said to form the link between Priyanka’s character and her two consecutive husbands. Konkona is a very crucial link in each of the two relationships Priyanka has in the film, sources added.
Recently, Konkona reported to have shot for a span of two days in Pondicherry. However sources claim that she didn’t share any screen space with the lead actress, Priyanka. Earlier Konkona had worked for Vishal in his ‘Omkara’. When the directorhad approached the actress, she said to have immediately gave her consent and even flew down to the shooting spot in Pondicherry.
‘Saat Khoon Maaf’ tells the story of a woman, who gets married to seven men and kills them off one by one in the course of the movie.
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YRF signs in Shraddha Kapoor for three films

After Anushka Sharma, now it’s the turn of Shakti Kapoor’s daughter Shraddha Kapoor to enter the campus of Yash Raj Films. The banner said to have signed the young gal for a three-film contract.
In fact Shraddha opted out from Madhur Bhandarkar’s film, ‘Dil Toh Bacha Hai Jee’ - which stars Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi – just to be with YRF.
According to sources, Shraddha will be doing films exclusively for the Yash Raj banner till she completes all her three films, a contract which was followed by Anushka earlier. The contract was finalised a few days ago. And having come on board now, Shraddha can’t sign any other film outside the banner till she wraps up YRF’s contract.
Sources also revealed that Shahid Kapoor and Ranvir Singh might be the male leads to be cast opposite the beauty.
Well, Shraddha, we are all eyes for you….
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‘Wanted’ villain Prakash Raj to wed choreographer Pony Verma

He first graced the Hindi screens in Boney Kapoor’s ‘Shakti – The Power’, but one would best relate to his villain role in Salman Khan starrer ‘Wanted’. The south actor made waves for bagging National Awards four times, and now he will garner much attention for marrying B-town’s noted choreographer Pony Verma.
We are talking about Prakash Raj, who will take on the wedding vows with Pony on 24th August. Incidentally this buzz had been a hot topic in the south circles for sometime now. As a matter of fact Prakash Raj is a divorcee and he has two daughters from his ex-wife Lalitha Kumari. According to sources, Pony has been dating Prakash for two years. Their relationship was kept under wraps until Prakash’s divorce came through last year in November.
Now they are all set to make their relationship official. Many top celebrities from Bollywood like Salman, Akshay Kumar and Priyadarshan will be attending their wedding. Sources further revealed that Boney Kapoor, one who introduced Prakash in Hindi, will help the actor in preparations for the big day….
Southie Raja le gaya Hindi dulhaniya...
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Hrithik not Abhishek to play Dinanath Chauhan

Abhishek Bachchan’s dream to play his favorite role of ‘Vijay Dinanath Chauhan’ in the remake of ‘Agneepath’, will still remain a dream for him.
Karan Johar in his modern day remake has roped in Hrithik Roshan to play the role who was in Karan’s mind right from start.
Before this many in the B-town believed that Abhishek would play Vijay Dinanath Chauhan, Jaya Bachchan would play Vijay’s mother in the remake.
A close hand reveals that Abhishek was not even offered the role in the remake. Karan’s ‘Agneepath’  remake will be written and directed by debutant Karan Malhotra and Hrithik character will be influenced by Al Pacino in ‘Scarface’ the inspiration behind ‘Agneepath’.
Hrithik’s international looks are said to be the reason of him being chosen for the role of an international gangster. The modern day version is said to be chic and happening which will show Hrithik as an international gangster unlike the original which showed Big B as a gang lord in India.
The modern day version is also minus Krishnan Iyer M. A., the magnificent character played by Mithun da in the original.
Anyhow, Hrithik will experiment with the rasping dialogue-delivery that Big B attempted in the original 1990’s gangster flick.
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SRK Loss, Aamir Gain…Again?

If everything goes right then Aamir will be working with ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ director Danny Boyle’s produced ‘Bombay Velvet’ to be helmed by Anurag Kashyap.
Aamir confirmed that he has been offered a role in Danny Boyle's next ‘Bombay Velvet’ but said that he is currently involved with his home production ‘Peepli Live’ right now.
Industry insiders say that again it might be SRK’s loss and Aamir’s gain as there are rumours that SRK was offered this script before, it must be recalled that SRK didn’t do Raju Hirani’s helmed ‘ 3 Idiots’ due to some reasons and later the role was offered to Aamir and the rest is history.
In fact for ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ SRK was offered the role which was later bagged by Anil Kapoor.
‘Bombay Velvet’ is based on a series of real life city based stories. Everybody is waiting for the final nod from the perfectionist Aamir.
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‘I Hate Luv Storys’ weekend earning is 22 crores

Bringing the candy floss days back, Dharma productions ‘luv stories’ has captured the charm of the youth in metros and has registered a strong opening weekend.
The movie has done net business of approximately Rs 220 million (Rs 22 crore) across India in the first three days.
Opening with a net collections of Rs 65 million (Rs 6.50 crore) on Friday, the collections picked up in metropolitans due to positive word of mouth.
UTV which has got this film at around 20 crore is sitting pretty at this weekend collections which has already crossed 22 net in the first three days.
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No Party says Bipasha

Eh…. What is this…?! The paparazzi are angry because the bong bombshell has denied hosting a party for his beau’s favorite Mahi who just got married to Sakshi.
Bipasha Basu has denied that she and John are hosting a party for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his wife Sakshi in Mumbai, the actress denied this in social networking site and called it a rumour.
The gal did said that ‘I`ll celebrate with Dhoni and his wife when they return to Mumbai’, in the same networking site which triggered the speculations of a party at John-Bips residence.
But now the actress who could attend Mahi’s wedding due to work commitment has denied hosting any party.
Well the paparazzi’s are angry while the couple is busy planning their honeymoon.
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Aishwarya ka Robot kab ayega?

Aishwarya’s most anticipated movie ‘Raavan’ just came and went by, without any fanfare. But fans of the diva are still hanging on her next south project along with superstar Rajnikanth, which is touted to be biggest, grandest and costliest of all.
Director S. Shankar’s mega-budget flick ‘Endhiran’ in Tamil and ‘The Robot’ in Hindi brings together the two star icons on screen for the first time.
Although the movie is creating waves in the gossip columns, its release date is still unknown. It was expected to hit the screens in Diwali. But the latest buzz says that the film will come much later. Reason being that the film’s composer and music maestro AR Rahman has still got some pending works in the background score.
Besides, rumour mills reveal that steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal is considering to take up the film’s overseas rights. But since the film’s release is not yet confirmed things are put on hold by the distributors.
As the title suggests, ‘The Robot’ is a science-fiction film based on the story of a scientist and his discovery.
Lagta hai iss invention ko banana mein time lagega….
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Helen wears the dancing shoes again after a decade

The entire audience in the cinema halls were clapping and whistling when Helen last danced on “O Haeena Zulfowali” of ‘Teesri Manzil’ with Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Mohabbatein’ ten years back. Well the audience is again going to get a visual treat of her dance in Sunjay Sharma's film ‘Dunno Y.. Na Jaane Kyun’.
This time she is dancing on a Goan folk number. Originally she was supposed to dance on her Don's hit number “Yeh mera dil”. It would have been fun to see her again dancing on her song, specially after Kareena Kapoor has danced on the same number in Don's remake.
In fact in the film there was a dialogue in which Helen sportingly says “Jab Kareena ispe dance kar sakti hai to main kyun nahi” - reveals Kapil Sharma the writer and actor of the film.
But it seems the music company who holds the copyright of the song demanded an exorbitant amount to use the song which was totally out of budget for the producers of the film. “So we altered the dialogues a bit and made a fresh song,” said Kapil.
Interestingly this time she is dancing with a newcomer Yuvraaj Parashar who plays her grandson in the film. “Wow what energy she has even at this age, though she had a knee pain she danced like a livewire,” remarked Yuvraaj.
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Mugdha’s bikini act makes mom red

Although her hot bikini stills are grabbing eyeballs, Mugdha Godse’s mom is feeling hot in head on seeing he stills. So much that she has even stopped speaking to her laadli beti for doing the scenes.
Clad in white bikini, Mugdha’s ‘Help’ stills garnered much attention since the day it came on media. But after seeing them the actress’s mother was not at all impressed and in fact was quite furious with her excess skin show.
Birdies found out that her mother was so upset with the scene in the movie that after seeing her photograph, she hasn’t spoken to Mugdha.
Yeah of course, one might have seen Mugdha in a bikini in Fashion, but she had worn with sarong. This time, the actress has bared it all and the pictures have irked her mother.
In turn the actress is also upset and she justifies that she had done it at the spur of the moment. What had happened was that, the director had requested Mugdha to do a bikini scene because he felt the lighting was perfect for such a shot. So Mugdha went ahead and did it but she had no time to inform her mother that she was doing a scene sporting a bikini. Poor gal…
Depressed with the outcome of the stills, the bala is hoping that things will be sorted out soon and her family will accept the facts.
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Shahid goes girly

Most of the top stars have tried the ‘girl’ formula earlier and now the gen-next dude Shahid Kapoor has tasted it as well.
For a vital scene in Boney Kapoor’s ‘Milenge Milenge’ Shahid said to have donned a girl’s get up. Hehe for his handsome looks, we believe, the actor would not have put much effort to turn into a pretty gal. And even director Satish Kaushik agrees on this. He said, “Many a times male actors dress up as women, but some of them can’t carry it off. However, Shahid is a good-looking guy and he had no problem carrying off this look.”
Hmm, being such a hunk, was the actor apprehensive about the girly act? The filmmaker denied this saying, “I didn’t have to convince him at all. He was absolutely cool with dressing up as a girl.”
Satish then went on to justify the sequence where Shahid plays a girl. The director revealed that in the movie Shahid and his friends plan to sneak into a girl’s hostel for one of their friend’s girlfriend’s birthday. So they all disguise themselves as girls and enter the premises. That’s when Shahid and Kareena meet for the first time; that is, they meet as two girls.
Satish considers it as an important moment in every movie when a hero and heroine set eyes on each other for the first time. So for ‘Milenge Milenge’ they have tried to be different.

Well, we hope this Shahid(a) indeed proves to be different from other heroes who had done the cross-dressing acts.
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Tom Cruise thanks Indians

The ‘Aamir Khan’ of Hollywood wants to visit India… The ‘Mission Impossible’ star has thanked his Indian fans for their love and kindness.
Tom Cruise recently turned 48 and he expressed his feelings in social networking site, which read, “A huge THANK YOU to the wonderful people of India for their birthday wishes and kindness... I'll see you at the movies Friday."
Tom is paired with Cameron in his upcoming film ‘Knight and Day’.
The film, slated for release in India on July 9, is an action comedy where Cruise and Diaz play a fugitive couple on a race across the globe amid shifting alliances and unexpected betrayals.
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Milenge Milenge fetches 8.6 cores for satellite

That’s really good for a film which faced problems during its making and later when it was about to be released, the lead actors where not interested in promoting the film for strange reasons.
Every actor can’t be Aamir who even after knowing that his film is being sold in profit left no stone unturned to promote ‘3 Idiots’ ensuring that the distributors get their worth. It’s sad for Boney who signed Shahid and Kareena for this project in 2004 when Shahid was four films old without a significant hit, on the other hand Kareena was senior and ‘Chameli’ has already stamped her as an actress with versatility. Now after 6 years both Shahid and Kareena are not willing to help Boney recover what ever he can.
The movie may not affect Kareena but Shahid should have been keen as in his nineteen film career stretching seven years so far, the so called prince charming of Bollywood has given only two genuine hit ‘Vivah’ and ‘Jab We Met’ and after the critical (not commercial) appreciation of ‘Kaminey’, Shahid has given four continuous flops. Whereas, the producer Boney has two back to back super hits ‘No Entry’ followed by ‘Wanted’.
Coming to the point, the satellite rights has fetched a handsome 8.6 crores and its an achievement considering that its fate at the Box office is yet to be decided.
The movie got delayed due to various reasons as it happens with Boney and his films, his ‘Wanted’ was delayed but Salman didn’t play spoil sport and it turned out to be a huge success. The lion hearted Boney didn’t lose hope and as ‘Wanted’ got a last minute help and ‘Milenge Milenge’ is finally hitting the screens this Friday but before that the satellite had already brought a smile on the producers face by giving him a handsome 8.6 crore.
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No Entry sequel pegged at 54 crores

Boney’s happy days might be here again. Sahara has come forward and given the nod for the sequel of ‘No Entry’ the superhit comedy helmed by Anees Bazmee starring Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor and Fardeen Khan in the male lead.
The sequel is pegged at 54 crores and will repeat the male lead and will have six heroines in the flick which is said to be on the lines of William Shakespeare’s ‘Comedy Of Errors’.
So does it means that Salman, Anil and Fardeen will have double roles…. Well that’s not decided but the movie will sure be a laugh riot like the original.
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Imran dreams of going behind the scenes

Looks like Imran Khan will follow the steps of his maamu jaan Aamir. Like Mr. Perfectionist, the young actor seems to be keen to learn the ropes of filmmaking.
Our birdies learnt from sources that Imran has plans to become a director someday.
The four-film old actor said that he would definitely like to direct a film some time but not in the near future. He stated that at present he has really got his hands full in acting, besides he’s getting to do work that he likes.
"It's very satisfying for me; so right now I am not going to stretch into direction but it is something that I really intend to do," he added further.
Well, now that his ‘I Hate Luv Storys’ are making good sounds at the box office, we advice Imran to continue showing his acting style, before he makes his ground firm in film business.
Keep the good work coming Imran!
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Vidya and Kangana to do Dhamaal!

The girls are poles apart in attitude but baby; they share the same fun quotient - are drop dead gorgeous and fun loving balas. Vidya Balan and Kangana Ranaut promise to have a ball with the Dhamaal sequel finally being titled as ‘Double Dhammal’.
The double mazaa at the same time will repeat the male actors in the original, viz, Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Ritesh Deshmukh, Javed Jaffery and Ashish Chaudhary.
The B-town lovelies Kangana and Vidya will be seen doing mischief with the gang.
In the music front, Adnam Sami will be replaced by Pritam.
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Rohit Jugraj to turn Srinivasa Ramanujan’s life into film

Historical leaders, mythological characters… the filmmakers have portrayed them all on screens before. Now here’s a director who wants to reflect the life of the genius mathematician of India.
Filmmaker Rohit Jugraj is reported to be planning to make a biopic on Srinivasa Ramanujan. Sources say that the project will be based on Robert Kanigel’s book The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life Of The Genius Ramanujan. Fascinated over the noted mathematician, Rohit said to have been doing research on the project for nearly two years. The director is pretty impressed with the simplicity of Ramanujan and plans to include several of the genius’s never-said experiences in the film.
However, it seems Rohit is having problem in acquiring the rights of the book, from its publishers Picador. But things are getting delayed. On this Rohit said that if the book doesn’t come to him, he will next proceed to piece together Ramanujan’s life story based on the mathematical maestro’s family’s revelations.
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London Indian Film Fest to kickstart with LSD

Director Dibakar Banerjee's 'Love Sex Aur Dhokha' created much ruckus and controversy for its bold and daring concept. Now the film is going to grab more attention, though this time it will be from international audience.
Come July 15, the London Indian Film Festival will be launched with the screening of 'Love Sex Aur Dhokha'.
The film presents three stories about India where love and betrayal go hand in hand. Said Dibakar, "We were surprised by how Indian youth took to this film it really touched a chord with what is going on. It's great to be previewing LSD for the first time in London. I look forward to seeing the audience reactions."
While the Festival Director Cary Sawhney considers 'Love Sex Aur Dhokha' to be a fabulous opening film for the Festival. He added to say that although in reality the film is less raunchy than 'Sex And The City', it's unsettling plot is a compelling tale of trading of love and emotions for personal gain.
Besides LSD, the five-day festival will hold the screening of 'Vihir' (The Well) and Mahesh Manjrekar's 'City of Gold', 'Road to Sangam and 'Last Chance Mumbai'.
'Vihir' is from the award-winning Director Umesh Kulkarni and the film will be screened on the closing of the ceremony on July 20.
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Shiamak Davar to don director’s hat

He may have directed many ‘twists and turns’ and would have made several top stars dance to his tunes. Now it’s heard that Shiamak Davar is planning to a direct a full-length film.
The hot Bollywood choreographer will soon be taking the role of a director with a project titled ‘A Slumdog Millionaire Goes Dancing’. Yeah, as the title denotes, the film will be based on dance. It will present the story of a bunch of slum children who are being trained to participate in a dance competition.
The film is said to be produced under the banner of Percept Pictures. Besides it’s heard that Shiamak’s former students like Shahid Kapoor and Ruslaan Mumtaz will do cameo in his film.
Just like his dance choreography, we hope Shiamak’s direction rocks as well.
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Abhishek bags Talent Award

Although his ‘Raavan’ failed to impress, Abhishek Bachchan isn’t someone whose talent could be judge on just one film. Jr. Bachchan knows how to capture the attention of the audience.
Recently channel Colors held the New Talent Awards 2010 and the event was highlighted with the presence of Abhishek.
The actor there had won an award for Best Anchor Male for his debut on television as host of National Bingo Night on Colors.
Abhishek was seen enjoying the evening in anticipation and mingling with the talented kids of ‘Chak Dhoom Dhoom’. He made a special mention of the kids on stage after seeing their dazzling performance at the ceremony.
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Hrithik to turn into statue

Na na na, the handsome hunk is not donning any kind of character get up…. In fact the Greek God look-alike has caught the attention of the people at the famous Madame Tussauds wax museum.
According to the latest buzz, Hrithik Roshan will be the next celebrity to have his own wax replica at the popular museum.
Already several of our top Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai, have created their own wax niche here, and with Hrithik the place will only become more attractive.
Hrithik’s statue is expected to be installed in early 2011, sources say.
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Sonam attracts Hollywood projects

She’s just three-film old, yet Masakali gal has created enough appreciation not only from India but also overseas. Yeah, just like her daddy Anil Kapoor, Sonam has attracted international filmmakers.
The hot buzz is that the tall beauty has been offered a role in a Hollywood project ‘30 Minutes Or Less’. According to sources, the offer came when Anil had been in LA to meet Ben Stiller (of Reality Bites fame). The actor was there to exchange ideas for a production company they want to launch together for a joint production. During one such talk, Anil told Stiller about his home production ‘Aisha’, starring his elder daughter. And immediately Stiller expressed his wish to see the rushes and once watching it Stiller was impressed with her and offered the role.
Not only this, the young actress said to have got an offer from Edoardo Ponti, (son of Sophia Loren), for his project ‘Das’.
As of now Sonam has her hands full with Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Thank You’ and Shahid Kapoor starrer ‘Mausam’. Besides she also busy with the promotion of ‘Aisha’. So we guess, it’s gonna be tough decision for the actress to adjust her schedules….
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Genelia to step into the screens of God’s own country

Besides Bollywood, the bubbly beauty Genelia D'Souza has tasted the film industry of Tamil, Telugu and Kannada – thus earning all-round recognition compared to other beauties. And now the gal is going to have a taste of Mollywood.
The actress is said to have been offered a film by ace director Santhosh Sivan. Titled ‘Urumi’, the period film will be a bilingual, to be made in Malayalam and Tamil. Here, Genelia will play the role of a Portuguese princess and will be featured opposite south star Prithviraj.
According to Sivan, the movie will be set in the 15th century and the story is about a boy who wanted to kill Vasco Da Gama. Explaining the fact behind the title ‘Urumi’, the filmmaker said that Urumi is the eight-feet-long flexible sword that is used in Kalari fights.
Hmmm, from a spirited youngster of ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Naa’ to a princess, Genelia is surely making her career graph colourful…
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Of ‘War’ & ‘Forgiving’

Friday is here and the screens will see a clash of fire and love…
With the release of two different movies today, the audience has got a variety in hand (though limited, we say).
Although the ‘Luv Storys’ season is still on and going fine, ‘Red Alert - The War Within’ and ‘Milenge Milenge’ do stand a chance to prove themselves.
Having variety of actors in the film, ‘Red Alert’ presents an action theme, backed with serious social issue. It is inspired from a real-life story of a farm labourer who in order to have a proper livelihood gets himself entangled in the web of Naxalites.
Bannered under Star Entertainment Pvt Ltd, ‘Red Alert - The War Within’ is directed by Anant Mahadevan and produced by T P Aggarwal and Rahul Aggarwal. The film stars Suniel Shetty, Naseruddin Shah, Vinod Khanna, Sameera Reddy, Bhagyashree, Ayesha Dharker, Seema Biswas, Gulshan Grover, Aashish Vidyarthi and others.
On the other hand, ‘Milenge Milenge’ brings the real life ex-lovers on reel. Supposed to have released five years back, the film shows Shahid and Kareena of those days when he was just a chocolate boy and she was a chubby baby. Although the makers of the film maintain that they have modified the film to suit the contemporary age, the feel and the songs give nostalgia of bygone years.
It’s a tale of two lovers who meet after few years, at a point of time when they are well-settled in their respective lives. The two then undertake one last attempt to find one another just before they get married to someone else. Directed by Satish Kaushik the movie is produced by Boney Kapoor, under the banner of S K Films Enterprises.
Now let’s see which movie wins the “war” and which film ko “milega” box office ka maal…
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Vidhu Vinod Chopra joins hands with Barrie Osborne

Earlier we had told you about Vidhu Vinod Chopra's English project ‘Broken Horses’. Now here’s the latest update about the film, the filmmaker said to have brought on board Barrie Osborne as the executive producer. Osborne is noted for several popular flicks like ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ series, ‘Apocalypse Now’, ‘The Matrix’, among others.

Besides, Fred Roos (of ‘Godfather’ Part II and III, ‘The Outsiders’ and ‘Lost In Translation fame’) has been roped in as another executive producer to put the project and cast together.

Pleased with the development, Vidhu said to sources, "Barrie helps us get the scale of the film right. As for Fred, I met him a few years ago as a student on the sets of The Godfather. He was an inspiration then and is an inspiration even now."
‘Broken Horses’ is said to go on floors from September 13. As said earlier, the film will include international cast and crew. It is said that a huge set is being laid in a desert town bordering Mexico and the US.
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Milan Talkies to transform Pratik

He’s cool; he’s stylish. But not for long… Pratik Babbar has been asked to shed his urban image, to take up the role of a rural character for a film.
Titled ‘Milan Takies’, the film is directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia and the story is about a small-town boy from UP who makes duplicate video films of famous blockbusters.
For his homework, Pratik has been asked to learn Hindi with Uttar Pradesh slang. Besides, he has been instructed to read a Hindi newspaper daily and watch Hindi plays and films with UP-Haryanvi heroes, and especially to take inspiration from Amitabh Bachchan’s character in ‘Namak Halaal’.
Initially this role was taken by Irrfan Khan, sources reveal. However during the shooting of ‘Paan Singh Tomar’, the actor fractured his ankle. As a result he was replaced by Pratik. Dhulia said to have been impressed with his performance in ‘Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na’, which made the director to offer his film to him.
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Sameera learns life’s harsh realities through Red Alert

Though she hails from Andhra Pradesh, a State which is not new to the activities of Naxals and other war groups, Sameera Reddy is not fully aware of them thanks to her urban brought up and living.
However, the actress is now fully equipped about the issue, so much that she could even conduct a seminar on Naxals and their theories. Thanks to the Naxalite role that she plays in ‘Red Alert: The War Within’. Based on a true story of a Naxalite, the film is directed by Anant Mahadevan.
“Ever since I have been roped in for the movie, I have been researching on these people. Anant had handed me a file on Naxalite reports which I studied besides watching television footage,” says Sameera.
“I play the role of Lakshmi, an ordinary girl who gets raped and turns to violence. Women Naxals have a tougher life than men and are usually more passionate about their cause. It is definitely a sensitive issue,” she adds.
Besides Sameera, ‘Red Alert: The War Within’ stars Suniel Shetty, Naseruddin Shah, Vinod Khanna, Bhagyashree, Ayesha Dharker, Seema Biswas, Gulshan Grover, Aashish Vidyarthi and others.
Bannered under Star Entertainment Pvt Ltd, the film released today (June 9).
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Director Agathiyan turns actor

It is happening and happening in hoards. There were a few before and then it became most but in future it may become almost all. We are talking about directors turning actors. The trend was sizzling and reached the height when the two of the finest directors’ Tamil cinema has ever produced - K. Balachander and Bharathiraja played the important roles in ‘Rettaisuzhi’.
The latest director to board the acting wagon is Agathiyan who directed cult films like ‘Kadhal Kottai’ and ‘Gokulathil Seethai’. Agathiyan played a cameo in the climax scene of ‘Gokulathil Seethai’
But now he is playing a full fledged character in the film 'Avargalum Ivargalum' produced by C. Kamaraj. Two young pairs are also making debut. Srikanth Deva scores the music and debutante director Veerapandiyan will be at the helm of affairs. The director says Agathiyan will become an actor in demand after his film. Let's see.
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The second Friday of July has no big surprises on cards as there are only two big films releasing on the day. Both the big films are merited on their own rights. One is bigger in terms of the budget and casting while the other is big enough by the sheer name of the production house. Apart from two biggies there are a few dubbed movies are also occupying the theatres.
AGS Entertainment Pvt Ltd ‘Madrasapattinam’ is the most hyped film of the week. The movie which has a delayed release has also pushed some movies to next month. It stars Arya as a dhobhi cum wrestler who falls in love with a British girl Amy Jackson who is a daughter of a governor general. She is educated he is illiterate. She knows only English and he doesn't know any English. They both cannot communicate their love but still love blooms. Their fight for their love and survival is told in the background of pre-independence India. The details of the period film is said to be authentic. Director Vijay who was an assistant to Priyadarshan gets his first chance of doing a mammoth film like his mentor. The period film that was completed in record eight months is going to be a visual treat. The language of the film is 70 per cent Tamil and 30 per cent English. For vieres who don’t know English there are subtitles.
The other big one is from the stable of producer-director Shankar. While the director Shankar is always embarks on opulat journeys like ‘Sivaji’ and ‘Endhiran’ the producer Shankar is hell bent for quality films like ‘Kadhal’ and ‘Veyil’. But his recent productions have not fared well at the box office and Shankar hopes ‘Ananthapurathu Veedu’ will put hi S Pictures back in the reckoning.
‘Ananthapurathu Veedu’ is directed by Naga who is popular for his television drams with super natural themes like Marmadesam. Even this film is super natural horror film but is on relationships and family bonding. Naga says the super natural beings in the films are so good that the audience would want to have similar creatures in their homes when they leave the theatres. That is the impact expected of ‘Ananthapurathu Veedu’. The film stars Nandaa, Chaya Singh and Master Aryan in major characters.
Then there are two small films ‘En Ullam Unnai Theduthe’ and ‘Se… Koodalur’ which at some point said a July 9 release but may not make it. Also in question is one film titled ‘Kadarkarai’.
As usual there are a few dubbed films that will fight for its space this week. Manoj Night Shyamalan’s adventure fantasy film ‘The Last Airbender’ released in international markets on July 1 will see its Indian release on July 9.The live-action film adaptation of the animated television serial Avatar: ‘The Last Airbender’ will also speak in Tamil this Friday. While the 3D Tamil version is called Vayu Avatar the normal version is being called ‘Ulaga Nayagan’.
‘Don’ is a high profile star cast 2007 Telugu film releasing in Tamil with the same name. Though a three year old film is written and directed by Raghava Larencce. Lawrence has also made his debut as a music director in this. The timing of the Tamil dubbing is can be linked to capitalize on the popularity of Anushka after ‘Singam’ and Raghava Larencce after ‘IKMS’. The story of Don is a routine underworld gang lord with a golden heart. Stars of the film are Nagarjuna, Anushka, Raghava Lawrence, Nikita, Sampath Raj, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Nassar and Kelly Dorjee.
‘ATM Thirudan’ betting on the popularity Bhavna, Prithviraj and Narain is the dubbed version of Malayalam film ‘Robinhood’. Directed by Joshi the film has an interesting plot. Prithviraj is a tech whizkid who smartly robs bank ATMs. Narain is a private investigating officer hired by the bank. Bhavana is a bank employee who helps Narain. Jayasurya, Biju Menon and Samvritha are also there.
Another dubbed movie ‘Minor’ also talked of a July 9 release. But it’s doubtful. Minor is dubbed from Telugu Maa Ayana Chanti Pilladu which is a remake Tamil film 'En Purushan Kuzhanthai Mathiri'.  The dubbing is banking on Sangeetha and Meera Jasmine. It’s debatable whether a movie of this kind is doing anything good to the industry or its people.
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Poorna gets a rich role

Poorna is all smiles. For she has bagged a meaty role in a film titled ‘Naran’, which, according to her, would show the world her acting skills. “It is a meaningful role which has enough scope for her to perform,” circles close to the actress say.
“She plays an ardent fan of Jyothika in the movie directed by journalist-turned-filmmmaker Aadhi. As per the role, she has to imitate whatever the actress does. So Poorna is currently busy watching Jyothika films,” they add.
Meanwhile, throwing light on the movie, Aadhi, who made his foray as a director with ‘Silandhi’, says, “It will be a new script to Tamil audience. It will drive home the point that there is a higher power above us.”
“Choreographer Agnishwaran plays the hero, while ‘Ganja’ Karuppu is there to tickle the funny bone. Shaman Mithru, a former associate of Ravi K Chandran and K V Anand wields camera for the film produced by Dinesh Karthik. Music is by Dheena while National award-winning editor Satish Kurasova is responsible for the editing,” Aadhi adds.
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Sameera turns student

Though she hails from Andhra Pradesh, a State which is not new to the activities of Naxals and other war groups, Sameera Reddy is not fully aware of them thanks to her urban brought up and living.
However, the actress is now equipped to take a seminar on Naxals and their theories, as she plays a Naxalite in ‘Red Alert: The War Within’. Based on a true story of a Naxalite, the film is directed by Anant Mahadevan.
“Ever since I have been roped in for the movie, I have been researching on these people. Anant had handed me a file on Naxalite reports which I studied besides watching television footage,” says Sameera.
“I play the role of Lakshmi, an ordinary girl who gets raped and turns to violence. Women Naxals have a tougher life than men and are usually more passionate about their cause. It is definitely a sensitive issue,” she adds.
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Jeeva does a Maddy!

Jeeva will be an extremely pleased man with the offers he’s been receiving. News circulating in Kodambakkam says that Jeeva has accepted a role in the Tamil remake of Hindi blockbuster ‘3 Idiots’.
Digging more on it IndiaGlitz found out that the role offered to Jeeva will be that of Madhavan’s role in the original. Without a second thought, Jeeva has said to have accepted the role.
It’s already the steaming news in Kollywood that Vijay will don the role of Amir Khan. So there’s only one idiot left, oops we mean only one main character left besides the heroine. The media’s ears and eyes are wide opened to know who!
Other members of the cast and crew are being decided by the producers. The Tamil version is being made by reputed south Indian film production company, Gemini Film Circuit. Now that Vijay and Jeeva are part of the project, the movie’s expectations are only increasing even before going on floors.
Jeeva is currently busy with K V Anand’s ‘KO’, Sai Raman’s ‘Singam Puli’ and ‘Jayam Kondan’ director Kannan’s ‘Vandhaan Vendraan’. He has his kitty full! Keep it up Jeeva!
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Sathyapriya is shocked

Sathyapriya, the most sought after mother in films and television serials, received the shock of her life when she lost her bag containing Rs 60,000 in cash, credit cards and other valuables to a conman at T Nagar in Chennai on Wednesday.
According to sources, the actress was waiting inside her car for a parcel of food at a restaurant, when a man came to her and said there were a few currency notes on the ground and she might have dropped.
Without realising the trap, Sathyapriya got down from the vehicle to pick the notes up. The man, who was waiting for the opportunity, took her bag from the car’s seat and ran away in no time.
A shocked Sathyapriya lodged a complaint with the Mambalam Police Station. She has alleged that the bag contained Rs 60,000 in cash, credit card, voter’s identity card and driving licence. “We have launched a hunt to catch the culprit,” police officers said.
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Chaya Singh believes in ghosts

“When I believe in God, I should also believe in ghosts. Because there has always been good and bad in the world,” says Chaya Singh, who has acted in the super natural thriller ‘Ananthapurathu Veedu’.
“At the same time, I am not so scary about the evil elements because I am a strong believer of the Almighty. I firmly believe that He will save me from all troubles and turmoil, if any,” the ‘Thiruda Thirudi’ actress says.
On the film which is getting released today, she says, “The movie will keep the audience on the edge of their seats. But there are no gory scenes. It will entirely work on the psychology of the viewers.”
She adds: “I am lucky to be part of a film directed by Naga and produced by Shankar. Naga is a name to reckon with super hit thrillers in the small screen while Shankar is one of the top directors of Tamil cinema.”
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‘Madrasapattinam’ USA Show Times

Show Times & Tickets:
Big Cinemas Norwalk 8,
13917 Pioneer Blvd.,
Norwalk, California, CA-90650
Fri 07/09/2010 12:05PM 3:30PM 7:00PM 10:30PM
Sat 07/10/2010 12:05PM 3:30PM 7:00PM 10:30PM
Sun 07/11/2010 1:00PM 4:35PM 8:00PM
Mon 07/12/2010 1:00PM 4:35PM 8:00PM
Tue 07/13/2010 1:00PM 4:35PM 8:00PM
Wed 07/14/2010 1:00PM 4:35PM 8:00PM
Thu 07/15/2010 1:00PM 4:35PM 8:00PM
Big Cinemas Towne 3,
1433 The Alameda,
San Jose,
California, CA-95126
Fri 07/09/2010 4:00PM 7:30PM 11:00PM
Sat 07/10/2010 12:45PM 4:00PM 7:30PM 11:00PM
Sun 07/11/2010 12:45PM 4:00PM 7:30PM
Mon 07/12/2010 4:00PM 7:30PM
Tue 07/13/2010 4:00PM 7:30PM
Wed 07/14/2010 4:00PM 7:30PM
Thu 07/15/2010 4:00PM 7:30PM
Big Cinemas Peachtree 8,
6135 Peach Tree Parkway,
Georgia, GA-30092
Fri 07/09/2010 12:05PM 3:30PM 7:00PM 10:30PM
Sat 07/10/2010 12:05PM 3:30PM 7:00PM 10:30PM
Sun 07/11/2010 12:05PM 3:30PM 7:00PM 10:30PM
Mon 07/12/2010 12:05PM 3:30PM 7:00PM 10:30PM
Tue 07/13/2010 12:05PM 3:30PM 7:00PM 10:30PM
Wed 07/14/2010 12:05PM 3:30PM 7:00PM 10:30PM
Thu 07/15/2010 12:05PM 3:30PM 7:00PM 10:30PM
Big Cinemas Movie City 8,
1655 Oak tree Road,
Edison, New Jersey, NJ-08820
Fri 07/09/2010 3:45PM 7:15PM 10:40PM
Sat 07/10/2010 12:30PM 3:45PM 7:15PM 10:40PM
Sun 07/11/2010 1:30PM 4:45PM 8:00PM
Mon 07/12/2010 4:45PM 8:00PM
Tue 07/13/2010 4:45PM 8:00PM
Wed 07/14/2010 4:45PM 8:00PM
Thu 07/15/2010 4:45PM 8:00PM
Regency Theatres
(Tamarac Square),
7777 E Hampden Avenue,
Denver CO - 80231
Friday July 09, 2010 6:30(PM), 9:30(PM)
Totem lake Cinema,
12232 NE Totem Lake,
WA 98034.
Saturday July 10,2010 1:30 & 3:00p.m.
MADCAP Theaters,
730 South Mill Ave,
Tempe, AZ 85281(Intersection of Mill Avenue & 7th Street)
Sunday July 11, 2010 1:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 6:30 pm
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Thursday, July 8, 2010

‘Magadheera’ dubbed in Tamil as ‘Mannadhi Mannan’

Telugu blockbuster and revolutionary movie 'Magadheera' is titled as 'Mannadhi Mannan' in Tamil.

Directed by S S Rajamouli, the movie stars Telugu Megastar Chiranjeevi's son Ram Charan Tej in the lead along with Kajal Agarwal. The movie is an all-time hit in Telugu.

It is a story of rebirth and love which has been shown in a spectacular way.

A few scenes have been re-shot to suit the tastes of Tamil audiences. Big budget producer Kalaipuli S Thanu along with reputed Telugu cinema banner Geetha Arts is releasing the movie Tamil Nadu.

In the past, Telugu blockbuster 'Arundhathee' was released in Tamil and it evoked similar response to what it received in Telugu. Tamil audiences have always encouraged unique and different scripts. The producers of 'Mannadhi Mannan' would hope to see the movie be a super hit as it was in Telugu.

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Gautham Menon considers Atharva

Murali's son Atharva who will be introduced in the film 'Baana Kathadi' releasing only in August is already a big name. The handsome young man is flooded with offers even before his first film's release. But Murali who has seen the very top and the very bottom of the Tamil film industry during his career is prudent and guarding his son sensible. Murali is not in hurry and will accept only genuine and meaningful offers for his son.

One such offer is already on Atharva's way much to the delight of Murali. Gautham Menon who gave the biggest break to actors like Madhavan, Suriya and Silambarasan with his films has shown interest in Atharva.

The talks are on and Murali couldn't have asked for better at this stage of his son's career. Atharva is also very lucky to catch the eye of a director who is nothing but classy.

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Jai Shankar: Memories still green

The 10th death anniversary of popular yesteryear hero and character artiste Jai Shankar will be observed in Chennai on July 12 with a purpose.

The later actor's son Dr Vijay Shankar, a well-known eye-surgeon in the city, will conduct a free eye check-up and corrective surgery camp for the film fraternity at a function scheduled at the Nadigar Sangam premises.

Also, a sumptuous lunch will be served for more than 400 people from different orphanages and other organisations from all over Chennai on the occasion.

Several top actors including South Indian Film Artistes Association president R Sarath Kumar, Secretary Radha Ravi among others will attend the function and pay tributes to Jai Shankar.

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Sathyaraj, the tough cop


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D Ramesh, who made his foray in Kollywood directing Vijayakanth- starrer 'Ulavuthurai' and later wielded the megaphone for 'Jananam' starring Arun Vijay is back after a brief interval.

This time, he is directing Sathyaraj for a film titled 'Kalavaram'. The movie is based on a real life incident that hit the headlines in Tamil Nadu a few years ago

Says Ramesh, "The film provides a solution for violence. Sathyaraj plays a Deputy Commissioner of Police who starts his career with firm belief on ahimsa and dharma. But he is forced to take up arms and fights injustice".

"The film has no romance and will have only two songs. It is being shot in and around Chennai and Madurai," he adds. Popular Telugu actor Thanikala Bharani plays the baddie.

Says Sathyaraj, "I am extremely happy to be part of such a film that has an interesting storyline. Though I am busy acting in 10 films now, impressed by the story, I chose to complete this first".

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Nandaa: Four at a time

Bouncing with vim and vigour after Shankar's production venture 'Eeram' is Nandaa. The actor now has four films in his hands and says they will be releasing one after another.

While 'Ananthapurathu Veedu', which too is produced by Shankar, will hit the screens this week, the other three films in which Nandaa is acting are 'Vellore Maavattam', 'Jayakumaranin Thirai Kadhai' and 'Puzhudhi'

"All the four are close to my heart as they are totally different from each other. I am hopeful that these movies will take me to the audience in a big way," the actor says with all optimism.

Nandaa, who debuted as an actor with Suriya starrer 'Mounam Pesiyathey', adds: "I want to establish myself as an actor who could do varied roles. I don't want to repeat myself as a usual commercial hero."

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'Kavalar Kudiyiruppu' is now 'Kadhalar Kudiyiruppu'

Director A M R Ramesh of 'Kuppi' fame has opted for a name change for his forthcoming venture 'Kavalar Kudiyiruppu'. He has now christened the film as 'Kadhalar Kudiyiruppu'.

"Since the title 'Kadhalar Kudiyiruppu' sounded more apt for the movie than the earlier one, I have renamed it now. The film is getting ready for release," the filmmaker said.

On the film, he said, "Unlike 'Kuppi', we have added some commercial elements in this movie. But they would be part of the script. Telugu actor Anish Tejeshwar and Shruthi are doing the lead roles."

James Vasanthan is scoring the music. "He (James) had turned down nearly 30 offers after 'Subramaniapuram', because he wishes to score music only for meaningful films. I was glad that he agreed to do my film as soon as he heard the script," said Ramesh.

A gold medalist from the film institute in Chennai, Ramesh said, "I want my films to be entertaining and at the same time make the audience think."

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