Thursday, 31 March 2011

Arshad’s against 7 yrs jail term for Shiney

The actor broke down in the court after the judgment was passed and has now decided to challenge his conviction in the High Court. While we see some more tareekh pe tareekh coming his way till the final judgment arrives, back in the film industry some celebs are seeing the 7 year jail as a bit too harsh for the actor.

One of the filmwallahs to stand up for Shiney isArshad Warsi. Lashing out at the judgment Arshad blogged, "Murderers, terrorist and corrupt politicians are walking free and Shiney Ahuja gets 7 years imprisonment. Judiciary should stop targeting actors so blatantly."

As the star started receiving flak from some about having a soft corner for 'rapist' Shiney, he clarified he stand, "I am NOT saying Shiney's right but don't forget that Kasab is still enjoying our hospitality."

He further lamented on the fact about influential people getting away even after committing the gravest of crimes, "Do u know the number of rapes that happen in our country on a daily basis by influential and connected people? Those cases are not even registered."

We would like to know what our readers think about the judgment. Please leave your comments below.... 

Monday, 28 March 2011

I won’t be wearing a bikini: Kangna

Work beckoned Kangna Ranaut even on her birthday recently. And that too far away from home on promotional duty for her latest flick. 

But the lady sure made up for that by partying through the previous night and well into the early hours of the morning. And it seemed she partied a wee bit too much, as she remained seated on the bed in her hotel room and refused to remove her oversized sunglasses while chatting with BT. "I had a blast last night," is all she said about her birthday festivities.

But despite the lack of sleep, Kangna was thrilled to be in Bangalore to talk about her new film, the Excel Entertainment offering Game, which sees her play a cop. "I'm happy to be here. We're meeting fans and engaging them in a contest, the winners of which will be flown to Mumbai for the final," she said. As for her character in the film, Kangna plays a cop. "My character is a detective based inLondon. Since it's a murder mystery, I'm not given a song or dance sequence," she explained.

The actress, who is still basking in the success of her film Tanu Weds Manu, has an action-packed year ahead. "I've just finished shooting for Double Dhamaal, which also has an ensemble cast. Then there's Rascals with Sanjay Dutt andSalman Khan and later in the year I will be seen in Happy New Year," she elaborated. Rumour has it that Kangna agreed to don a bikini in Rascals, albeit after laying down certain terms and conditions. True? "Of course not! I won't be wearing a two-piece swimming costume. I wonder where people get such news from. They just print whatever they want and don't even have the courtesy to ask me if there's any truth to the report," said Kangna.

As for reports of Sonal Chauhan replacing the actress in the Big B-starrer Bbuddah, the actress maintains that she was never part of the project. "The film was offered to me. But after reading the script, I figured that this was not what I wanted to do at this point and hence did not take it up. You don't do every film offered to you. So there was no question of being replaced," she explains. What then is she looking for? "What I'd love to do are simple love stories," she said and joined the rest of the cast, including Abhishek Bachchan and Sarah-Jane Dias, to cut a cake that the hotel had prepared for their special guest on her big day. 

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Minissha's grandmom critical

When the entire nation was celebrating the festival of colours, the Well Done Abba actress Minissha Lamba was busy dabbling between her work commitments and caring for her grandmother who is seriously ill. 

The actress who has been busy shooting for Shirish Kunder's Joker in Chandigarh and remaining portions of Hum Tum Aur Shabana, says, "I love playing holi, but this year due to my work commitments and my grandmother's illness, I couldn't do so." Meanwhile, she is busy juggling her work and granny's regular check-ups, med etc. She's quite a multitasker.

Ranveer, Sonakshi paired opposite each other?

The two may come together in big banner production... 

Actor Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha are the new friends in town. We saw them bond well at the FICCI Frames event held recently. The two newbies have to their credit one successful film each, and are keen to work with each other as and when a script comes their way.

And though they both are showcasing their eagerness to work with one another, we are told that something is already on the cards. "A big production house is planning to approach them for a romantic film. They look good together, and have proven to be good actors."

Though, we aren't told too much about this Romcom, speculation has it that it is a Yash Raj film. It can be remembered that Ranveer has a three-film contract with the banner, and is currently shooting for his second YRF movie 'Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl'.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Jackman offers X-Men to SRK

The occasion was the closing ceremony of FICCI FRAMES 2011, which brought Bollywood's Shah Rukh Khan and Hollywood's Hugh Jackman together on the same platform.

Though SRK's fan following is unmatchable, the Baadshah of Bollywood is a self confessed fan of Wolverine star Hugh Jackman. Talking about Hugh, SRK said, "I have seen a lot of Hugh's films and also his work on TV. I loved Wolverine the most and during our discussion just a while back, Hugh offered me to be part of the next X-Men installment. I told him I am in. I would definitely love to do X-Men with him.
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Just as SRK made that revelation, Hugh jumped in and said, "Well, Oh! I just asked you to finance the film." This was just one of the many light-hearted moments that electrified the crowd present at FICCI. Both the stars were a treat with their quick wit and amazing sense of humour. Though the two were just joking about the next X-Men film, we hope SRK and Hugh give the idea of working together a serious thought!

Friday, 25 March 2011

Akshay Kumar follows SRK to NASA

Like SRK"s 'Swades', parts of Akki's next film 'Housefull 2' will be shot there... 

...or at least that's the plan. Sajid Khan knows how to keep his movie in the news. Always claiming that his movie will be 'out of the world', Khan plans to do just that, literally, with his next, Housefull 2.

There's a scene in the film in which the actors -Akshay KumarJohn Abraham, Riteish Deshmukh, Rahul Khanna - are required to float in air, and for this, Sajid Nadiadwala, producer of 'Housefull 2' plans to take the cast and crew all the way to NASA and back. They are seeking permission, or so it's being said, to shoot in theWeightless Programme Chamber, where a lot of international flicks have been shot.

Director Sajid Khan has apparently said that it's a two day requirement and the quality may not be matched if they shoot the same scene here with the help of cables that may get entagled with each other. A spaced out idea? Well, let's 'wait' and watch. 

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

John to make TV debut

John Abraham might just be the next Bollywood star to make his TV debut. The actor has been approached to host the desi version of the popular reality show, 

Survivor. The show is likely to go on air in a couple of months and many TV actors have already been tapped to participate in it. While the talks with John are still on, there are two more names doing the rounds — Ajay Devgn and Arjun Rampal. "The channel's considering these two stars as well, to host the show. It's after all the biggest show for them," says a source.

Both Ajay and Arjun have made their foray into television, but only as judges (Ajay judged the show Rock and Roll Family with wife Kajol and mother-in-law Tanuja and Arjun was a judge on Nach Baliye 4).
So who will eventually host Survivor among the three? Well, with their 'fit and fab' image, all of them seem perfect for the job.

About Survivor 
In this show, a group of people are marooned on an island. Apart from being voted out, often contestants get eliminated owing to medical conditions such as injury or infection as the show is physically very challenging. The last two or three survivors face a jury composed of the last seven, eight, or nine players voted out. That jury interrogates the final few and then votes for the winner of the game. The American version has been very successful. It's considered the mother of reality TV because it was the first highly-rated and profitable reality show on broadcast television in the US.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Mallika turns 'Jalebi Bai'

We just told you that it is raining item numbers in every set in Bollywood. And of course what Malaika, Deepika, Katrina and Lisa do; Mallika Sherawat can do better. 

The sultry siren, who is getting paid a bomb to shake her hips, has shot a sexy and steamy number titled Jalebi Bai for Indra Kumar's Double Dhamaal. When contacted for her response on whether the song was more erotic than Munni, Sheila and the rest, Mallika only said, "Wait and watch." But choreographer Ganesh Acharya feels his item is the one that will emerge the winner this year. Honestly, what happened to scripts; everyone is only talking of items.

Bhajji-Geeta split

Bhaji is totally dedicated to his game at the moment, and doesn't want to be tied down for another 2-3 years, Geeta wanted a commitment from him.

They both want different things at this point, and they decided it didn't make sense for them to be together in the given scenario. The pair have never been vocal about their affair but it is a known fact that they were a couple. They'd split a a couple of years back too, only to reunite later. Will it happen again? Anything is possible.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Shahid Kapoor to grow old...again

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Priyanka Chopra aged in Saat Khoon Maaf and now her ex, Shahid Kapoor will grow old in Kunal Kohli's film. Determined to shed his boyish image, 

Shaks wants to do roles that take him away from the dancing-dude campus-caper image. He is already playing an older guy in his dad Pankaj Kapur's directorial debut Mausam.

Kohli's film requires him to go through several phases of life until the character reaches old age. The problem is, how will the actor ensure he looks old in two completely different ways in the back-to-back releases? Last week the actor and the director were in Goa deciding on the look for the various phases of his character's aging process.

Shahid has done a series of disguises in Badmaash Company, but to show a man aging in front of the audiences' eyes is not going to be easy. In Kunal's film, the age-span of his character is far wider than in Mausam and prosthetics will be needed.

The director admits, "I did spend a lot of time with Shahid in Goa discussing his look. I can't reveal what is required of him. But for Shahid who's a brilliant actor, it is important to constantly push the envelope. He can't repeat himself. The roles in both the films are very different." 

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Why Kareena can't be Madhur's Heroine

Madhur's long wait has finally ended. For Kareena that is. After waiting for over a year to sign her for his ambitious project, Heroine, Madhur has given up and moved on. 

At one point, he was adamant that only Kareena could essay the central character, and after months of conversation and convincing, the project is heroine-less. While most of us thought it was the usual date problems (considering the Khans have taken up most of her year), Kareena reveals exclusively to zoOm, the real reason for this. "I'd love to work with Madhur, he's an amazing director, but the script that he's doing is not something I'm looking at doing right now".

There you go, this sums up one part of the story. Nevertheless, she adds, "I loved Page 3 and Fashion and I'd love to work with a director of his repute". Rumour has it that Aishwarya and Katrina are now in the running for the same role, and when Bebo was quizzed about who she thought best fits Heroine, she said, "It's Madhur's decision in the end, but I think both Katrina and Aishwarya will suit the role.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Thank You

Pritam Chakraborty is known for creating interesting and impressive soundtracks, but he fails to compose anything extraordinary for " Thank You". The sounds and songs are ordinary. 

The music album contains five originals and four remixed tracks.

It opens with the a re-arranged version of "Pyar do pyar lo", a hit cabret number from Firoz Khan's 1986 film " Jaanbaaz". Pritam has revisited it with new lyrics and new appeal. Crooned by Mika Singh, both sounds and lyrics are a put off. The neo-age version falls flat. Not a very good beginning for the album.

It also has a remixed version.

Next is "Razia", a fast-paced item number kind of a song that has Master Saleem and Ritu Pathak lending vocals to it. While the musical arrangements have contemporary techno beats, the style of singing and lyrics are rustic. Despite the experiment, the song falls flat and creates no interest.

A remix follows this version too, which is average.

Then comes in "Full volume", which hints at the olden style of singing. Sung by Neeraj Shridhar and Richa Sharma with nasal touch, which used to be prevalent in retro songs. It also has rap in the background and the base beat reminds you of the composition in "Zor ka jhatka". On the whole, this love song too fails to make a mark.

Even the remix sounds stale.

Next is titled "My heart is beating", where Sonu Niigaam tries to mimic singer Shabbir Kumar, giving the song a touch of the 1980s and 1990s. It offers equal amount of contemporisation with English lyrics and modern beats. However, even though it's funny in the beginning, the song fails to hold the interest.

Again the remix version has nothing extraordinary to offer.

Finally, the album offers a moderately-paced love song called "Pyaar mein". Javed Ali and Neeraj Shridhar try to impress with the mushy lines, but ordinary composition takes away the soul from the song. It doesn't connect with the listener, although Pritam tries to come in his own skin with this number.

On the whole, quite a disappointing soundtrack by Pritam. The composer has done a much better job in the past, but "Thank You" somehow misses his magic touch.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

If Zeenat is MJ, Deepika is Justin

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Choreographer Bosco talks about comparisons between Zeenat Aman and Deepika Padukone resulting from the 'Dum Maaro Dum' item song. 

Deepika Padukone's much-talked about item number in Dum Maaro Dum is overshadowing everything else associated with the film. Ask the man behind Deepika's seductive gyrations in the song, choreographer Bosco Martis and he says, "Something like this happened with Dus in 2005 when the entire promotion of the film was modeled around the title track. Dus Bahane had almost become a national anthem then". 

The remixed number Dum Maaro Dum composed by Pritam Chakraborthy promises to be as much mesmerizing as Deepika's dance moves. "When Rohan Sippy played the revised Dum Maaro Dum track to me, I loved the new groovy feel which would appeal to today's generation. While the original is eternal, we were really kicked to give a new perspective to the remixed number". 

Comparisons between Zeenat Aman and Deepika Padukone are inevitable but Bosco feels it's really unfair to compare them. "Zeenat Aman's everlasting grace can be felt till now. Even today I would love to groove to the Zeenat Aman number. But comparing Zeenat Aman with Deepika Padukone is like comparing Michael Jackson with Justin Timberlake. Their sensibilities and the styling are completely different. What we have tried here is to give a different vibe to the original song and make it a next generation number. We have not tried to replicate what Zeenat Aman did. But at the same time what Deepika has done to the song cannot be repeated", claims Bosco. 

While the original number didn't have many dance moves, the newer one is a hardcore dance number. "We have replaced the simple swinging steps from the original with a lot of aggressive movements here. Also we have tried to give high paced energy to the dance steps with a lot of thumping and hip-hop. The song has a raw appeal to it", explains Bosco. 

While choreographing a remixed version of an old chartbuster is there a challenge involved in terms of bettering the original or the work becomes simpler since one has a reference point? Bosco explains, "The beauty of choreographing old hit numbers is that you can give your own outlook to the song. At least that is how I treated 'Twist' ( Love Aaj Kal ) and Dum Maaro Dum . I think of it as choreographing a new number altogether and giving it my interpretation". 

Apparently Deepika had real red ants crawling on her back for the song. "We did take some styling shots of Deepika with ants", admits Bosco. "It was in sync with the drug-trafficking theme of the film. Also gimmicks like these add to the curiosity factor surrounding the song and at times work wonders". 

And what does he have to say about tags that this track could be the next 'Munni' or 'Sheila'? " Munni and Sheila have already gone. They were the best of last year. We hope Dum Maaro Dum turns out to be one of the best item numbers of this year". 

Finally does he plan to turn towards film direction like other of his contemporaries – Farah Khan, Ganesh Acharya and Remo D'Souza? "Presently we want the 'Bosco-Caesar' brand to be amongst the best in the dancing world. There is still some time for us to understand the medium of cinema. Till then the focus is on choreography", he signs off.