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Nawab Pataudi was proud of Saif and Kareena

Posted on 07 August 2014 by admin

Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan, who terms her father-in-law Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi as a ‘man of few words’, said he was proud of her and her husband and actor Saif Ali Khan. Saif, son of the late cricketer and actress Sharmila Tagore, is planning to make a film on Pataudi’s life. “It’s really nice that Saif is thinking of it (making the film). I had spent three years with him (Pataudi) and he was a man of few words. He was a very quite person,” Kareena told PTI in an interview here. “He was very warm and would not express his affection towards me.

But I remember, once we all were in Pataudi (town) and he put his hand on my shoulder. It was a gesture of warmth and strength. It is something which will always remain with me,” she said.

The 33-year old actress said her father-in-law was proud of the work of his children and her as well. “He was always proud of Saif and me. I don’t think he had seen too many of my films but he had seen ‘Omkara’ and liked me in it,” she said. The former Indian cricket captain, who was the titular Nawab of Pataudi from 1952 until 1971, died in 2011 of a lung ailment in Delhi.

The actress says he was a great sporting icon and legend. “I remember reading lovely articles written by the Indian and international media about him after he passed away.

I am happy people paid respect towards him,” she said. Meanwhile, on the rumours of Saif’s daughter Sara, from his former wife Amrita Singh, joining films, Kareena said that there are no Bollywood plans for Sara now as she is still studying in New York.

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If I am good actor, don’t need bikini: Humaima Malick

Posted on 30 July 2014 by admin

Pakistani model-actress Humaima Malick was comfortable shooting a “kissing scene” for her debut Hindi movie, but she shuns bikini. Humaima is making her Bollywood debut with “Raja Natwarlal” and the film releasing Aug 29 is said to be a crime comedy.

“I don’t think I will be able to wear a bikini, I really don’t think so,” Humaima told IANS while sharing her views on donning that piece of costume.

Produced by UTV Motion Pictures and directed by Kunal Deshmukh, “Raja Natwarlal” will see Humaima teaming up with Bollywood’s serial kisser Emraan Hashmi.

“If I am a good actor, then there is no need to wear a bikini. In my film, there is no sex put in forcefully. Every romantic part makes sense. It’s been shot sensibly, which will not look vulgar,” she added. She also says that people should not judge her on the basis of the kissing scene.

Humaima said: “Everybody is loving it in Pakistan, they are proud of me and I don’t think you should judge a person on the basis of a kissing scene.” “I know the culture is different here. However, I was nervous because I never thought of doing it in my career but I could never have a best co-star. Doing it with him (Emraan) is far better than doing it with someone else. People love him for this and it doesn’t look vulgar.”

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Key to great romance is having deep respect for each other: Kareena Kapoor

Posted on 30 July 2014 by admin

KAREENA  Kapoor Khan in a freewheeling chat on her career mistakes, her next film ‘Singham Returns’ and tricks to keep the romance alive in a marriage You’re back with your film, ‘Singham Returns’…

(laughing) Yes. Rohit (Shetty) is known for action and comedy. In this film, Ajay (Devgn) is doing action and I am doing comedy. I love comedy. Rohit taps that comic aspect in me and takes it a notch higher. I was laughing even when I was dubbing. It is so difficult to do comedy; you need to have that energy all along. Some scenes, like in the one where I am driving a rickshaw, I could see everyone around me – the entire crew – laughing.

Even as she gears up for the release of her upcoming movie, Kareena says that she has no qualms about starring in commercial films.

So now you know how to drive a rickshaw?

Yes, I have an alternate profession in case this one doesn’t work out.

With your talent, it is disappointing to see you mostly in masala/action films…

I think commercial films are really important. I am proud to have worked with the Khans, Ajay etc because they all have given me respect as an actress. For instance, my role in ‘Singham Returns’. After watching the film, people will say that only Bebo could do this. Every actor brings to the table his/ her individual energy and this one needed mine.

You’d do great in women-oriented roles, but you’ve turned down some films which went on to fetch awards for the actresses who replaced you.

I don’t regret turning down those films and I am saying this from the bottom of my heart. I am truly happy for the actresses who won awards for those films. I am at a stage in my life where my priorities have changed. I expect people to respect that decision of mine. I have been here for 15 years. I don’t need to prove anything to anyone.

You also prefer working in familiar set ups.

Yes, but that has changed now. In my next film, I am working with Kabir (Khan) who I had not even met earlier. So I am hoping that this would be something new and fresh. Salman is producing the film and it belongs to the commercial category. I love masala films; I am a true blue Kapoor girl. Even now when I think of being part of something like ‘Singham Returns’, it gives me goosebumps.

Look at Gwyneth Paltrow. Even though ‘Iron Man’ is all about the titular character, Gwyneth is always an integral part of the film. (Smiling) It’s the same with me and Singham. You know it is not about hankering after woman-oriented films. I like films like ‘Revolutionary Road’, ‘Arth’, ‘Abhimaan’, ‘Aradhana’…now those are great roles. I hope such scripts come my way.

You seem to put more emphasis on relationships than being ambitious…Yes, people who know me understand that and I can’t change. For me, success and failure is the same thing. Jab We Met is as much my film as ‘Gori Tere Pyar Mein’. The other films might have become super successes, but the fact is that my life will go on amazingly well either way. But I must say that I understand the need to go through better scripts, so right now I am reading two new scripts to look for good content. Unlike people’s perceptions, I am not competitive or ambitious.

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Ash vouches for stemcell banking

Posted on 30 July 2014 by admin

Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who was adjudged the world’s fourth most beautiful lady, today reiterated the importance of stem cell banking by mothers and the situation that led to her decision to go in for stem cell banking for her daughter.

“The decision to bank umbilical cord cell had to be taken at a time when taking baby steps to parenthood. And on our part, we did some research, spoke to friends and our families, of course. We were informed about it,” said Bachchan, a young mother herself.

Donning a red saree and black blouse with a string of fragrant jasmines decorating her hair bun – the traditional attire of women from the South, Bachchan looked elegant and aptly dressed for the day today – Parents’ Day. On being informed it was Parents’ Day, the mother of two-and-a-half year old Aaradhya said, “Every day is Parents’ Day.

We are meant to have such a beautiful experience in our lives and let us celebrate that emotion every week and day in our lives.” Describing the situation that led to her decision to go in for stem cell banking for her daughter, she said “Knowledge can be very useful and once were aware of the potential of stem cell banking, the decision was natural and we recognized how stem cells are such a precious gift that can be given to our children.”

“I think that every expecting parent in our country should become aware of stem cell banking. Stem cells from the umbilical cord is a nature given resource. That needs to be preserved,” she said. Bachchan was here to celebrate the milestone achievement of LifeCell’s preserving of 1,00,000 umbilical cord stem cell units.

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Yes you heard it right! Alia is Shahid’s fan

Posted on 23 July 2014 by admin

Alia Bhatt, who has con­firmed she has signed Vi­kas Bahl’s “Shaandar” for a role with Shahid Kapoor, says she’s a fan of the actor, whom she first fell in love with when she was all of 11.

“I’m a huge Shahid Ka­poor fan. I must have been 11 years old when I went to see Shahid in ‘Ishq Vishk’ at Gaiety-Galaxy (in Mumbai). I’ve been a fan since then. He is a fabulous actor and from what I hear, a very sup­portive co-star,” Alia said.

Shahid is a generation removed from most of the co-stars Alia has worked with so far.

Gently, she corrects that by saying: “You forget I’ve done ‘Highway’ with Ran­deep Hooda. But yes, that apart, I’ve so far worked with actors my own age. So there was a natural comfort level with them.

“But it’s not like Shahid is any different from Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor or Sidharth Malhotra. He is a very chilled-out guy. He has been around for so many years. I am sure he’s a thor­ough professional. And I am really looking forward to working with him.”

The actress, who was recently seen in “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania”, ad­mits there is plenty on the plate. But she isn’t allowed to speak about them all as yet. She is, however, excited about “Shaandar”.

“I’m very excited. I loved his (Vikas Bahl’s) ‘Queen’. And I am really looking forward to what he does in the film with me,” said the “Highway” actress.

“Shaandar” is to be shot in an undisclosed part of England later this year. Bahl’s last film, the much-lauded “Queen” had been shot in Paris, one of Alia’s favourite cities where she got a chance to holiday re­cently.

“I am very excited about this film. It’s something I haven’t done so far. I want to work with every major ac­tor,” she said.

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Katrina has worked extremely hard: Jacqueline Fernandes

Posted on 23 July 2014 by admin

ACTRESS Jacque­line Fernandez, who is busy pro­moting her much-awaited film “Kick” has praised her co-star Salman Khan’s former ladylove Katrina Kaif for working hard to be where she’s today.

“We can’t do anything without hardwork. I feel even if you are doing good work, you still have to work harder…I am sure Katrina is someone who has worked exremely hard and that’s the reason she is one of the leading actresses to­day,” Jacqueline said here.

“For five years I have been here (in Hindi film­dom) and I have only been working hard,” said the Sri Lankan beauty.

The actress is open to do special dance numbers in films.

“If I was asked to do special appear­ance, I don’t mind. Our (Bollywood) movies are consi­derd to be part of song and dance culture, so if I get an opportu­nity to perform on a song in a movie, I think it’s nice. I love dancing and mu­sic,” she said.

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Ileana D’Cruz hopes ‘Happy Ending’ will be a hit

Posted on 23 July 2014 by admin

After the success of her last film ‘Main Tera Hero’, actress Ileana D’Cruz hopes that her next venture opposite Saif Ali Khan and Govinda titled ‘Happy Ending’ is appreciated by the au­dience.

The romantic comedy has been directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK. The film also features Ranvir Shorey, Kalki Koechlin and will see Preity Zin­ta and, Kareena Kapoor Khan in cameo roles. “The shooting of ‘Happy Ending’ is almost over. It is a great film. I had a great time shooting it. I hope that the film does as good as we expect it to do,” Ileana said.

The 25-year-old actress walked the ramp at the India Couture week last night for designer Sulakshana Monga, who showcased a collection inspired by the bygone times of the British Empire and the Maharajas.

Ileana was dressed in a neon-pink saree teamed with silver-toned blouse and she said that she was apprehensive to don such bright colours on the ramp and needed a lot of persuasion from the designer to do so.

“This neon pink is not my co­lour. I was a little nervous about this outfit but Sulakshana con­vinced me and I finally agreed. I think it turned out pretty well considering the loud cheers that welcomed me on the ramp,” the ‘Barfi’ actress said.

The collection, titled ‘Rede­fining Opulence’, boasted of flo­ral prints on semi textured fabrics, all based in rich shades of silver, gold, ruby, pink and sapphire.

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Salman Khan asks: Why so much negativity about Nargis?

Posted on 23 July 2014 by admin

Salman Khan, known for promoting new breed of actors, has given Nargis Fakhiri a song opportunity in his “Kick” and feels that mindset about “pretty and outstand­ing dancer” is baseless.

“Nargis has done a song in the film, which is outstandingly great. I really like her, her energy is great, and I think she will be ben­efited a lot with the song,” said Salman.

“I don’t know why there was so much negativity about Nargis earlier. I think she is a very pretty girl, an outstanding dancer and a lovely person to work with. She has got a great sense of humour,” he added.

The directorial debut of Sajid Nadiadwala, “Kick” is set for July 25 release and the superstar will be seen ro­mancing Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandez in the action drama.

Drawing a comparison between Nargis and his on-screen leading lady Jacque­line, Salman pointed out the similarities in them.

“Both are very spontane­ous and chilled out… they are like the girls-next-door. Jacqueline has got this film only because of her hard work and everyone deserves a second chance. Jacqueline was the best choice. We are grateful that she did the film.”

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`Ek Villain` hits a jackpot, Shraddha relieved

Posted on 18 July 2014 by admin

 “Ek Villain” success soared up and crossed Rs.100 crore mark at the box office and brought a sigh of relief to the film’s leading lady Shraddha Kapoor.

Released June 27, “EK Villain”, which came out of producer Ekta Kapoor’s stable, crossed Rs.100 crore mark at the box office. If people liked Sidharth Malhotra and Shraddha as the lead pair, they equally appreciated Riteish Deshmukh in his villainous avatar.

“As an actress, it’s extremely relieving to receive positive response from the audience,” Shraddha, whose last film “Aashiqui 2” was a blockbuster too, told IANS. “The film has done really well at the box office, which gives you a lot of confidence to do more films. I have been celebrating the success of the film from day one when it opened well at the box office. I am feeling extremely relieved,” she added.

Interestingly, director Mohit Suri helmed both `EK Villain` and `Aashiqui 2`. “I am fortunate enough to have got an opportunity to work with Mohit. Mohit is a dear friend and he is a gem of a person. It’s always a pleasure to work with him because he has a clarity on whatever he is doing,” said the actress.

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RANBIR INTENTIONALLY DELAYING ‘ROY’?

Posted on 18 July 2014 by admin

The film ‘Roy’ may get delayed again as lead actor Ranbir Kapoor has apparently given his bulk dates to another project.

The second schedule of Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Roy is slated to start around August 10. But it may be pointed out that the actor has just started shooting for Imtiaz Ali’s up-coming film, Tamasha, opposite Deepika Padukone. Earlier on, the second and the final schedules of Roy were to be shot in South Africa, but director Vikramjit Singh chose to shoot in Malaysia instead, as he thought that the locales there were better suited the script.

According to sources, Ranbir has already given bulk dates to Imtiaz and they will finish Tamasha’s first schedule in a little over a month’s time; this, in turn, may clash with his dates for Roy.

Bhushan Kumar of T-Series, that’s producing Roy, says, `We are starting the film’s next schedule from August 10 and Ranbir will join us from August 25, so there’s no clash.`

However, sources says that Ranbir is required to shoot for at least 40-45 days as part of Roy’s second and final schedules. The makers are looking at an early next year release, which is why they apparently want to finish shooting by September and start post production soon after.

Another source confirms the story. `Ranbir will be back in India in a month, but he will get busy with another project (Jagga Jasoos) and will thus not be able to shoot for Roy before the first week of September,` says the source.

This is not the first time that shooting for Roy has been delayed. Earlier, both Ranbir Kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandez have had date problems, thus postponing the film’s schedule.

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