Saturday, 30 April 2011

Sonam Kapoor's dress stress

Designers all around the world love to dress celebrities in their collections. Most design houses send them clothes to wear in films, to events and for photo shoots. 

There is no better publicity. The bigger the movie star, the more eyeballs it grabs. With Sonam Kapoor being the best dressed actress, designers should be bending over backwards to flaunt their brand, but they have certain reservations.

Two designers who've received requests from Anil Kapoor Productions to send look-books (the catalogue featuring designs) are being cautious, all thanks to one man — Anuj Sharma, who claims that he'd given clothes for her home production Aisha, and he wasn't paid or given credit. He has been talking about it to people in the fraternity and warning designers that they would be meted out the same treatment. Designers James Ferreira and Rahul Mishra recently got requests from Anil Kapoor's office to source clothes for the actress. James says, "Yes, I've got a request. There is no harm sending look-books but if they (Anil and Sonam) want my clothes, they will have to pay and there needs to be an agreement. Or else, I'm not interested. Designers have separate rules for Bollywood people as there have been cases where designers were not paid and not given credit."

Rahul adds, "It's a great compliment that Sonam is interested in my clothes but if there is no money involved and I'm not even getting the credit then what's the use? If Anil and Sonam like my designs and want them, I would tell them to get into an agreement and pay up with assurance that I also get the credit."
Designer Anuj Sharma, who worked on Aisha says, "They (Anil's production crew) sourced clothes from me but no credit was given. The clothes never came back to me and I wasn't even paid." Sonam's sister and producer Rhea says, "I don't understand why Anuj is saying all this. Yes, we sourced his clothes but they were not used and we returned them. If he feels that he was not paid, he can send us a bill of this imaginary garment and we will pay him. It is also true that I asked for look books from designers, but I can't get into a contract for clothes that are being used for a magazine shoot. They (Rahul and James) should work with me and they will realise how professional we are. We never take talent and not give due credit."
Sonam told BT, "Anuj's clothes weren't even used. He is making it all up." 

Shah Rukh celebrates KKR's win

Shah Rukh charmed the spectators by waving at them, whistling and passing air kisses. Finally, when the last ball was bowled, SRK jumped onto the podium and danced along with the cheerleaders.

Later, he went back to the hotel with his friends Vivek Khuslani, Seema Kilachand and her son Yuvraj, Rustam and Tejinder Tiwari, Gauri's mother, Salil Chaturvedi, Kiran Gandhi, Jai,Wasim Akram and Gautam Reddy, and they partied till 3am. Said SRK, "The last three years were very difficult, but this year will be different. It was a tough win, but we are happy with the ways the boys are performing."

Hrithik's Krrish 3 delayed

Rakesh Roshan recently celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary. 

The mood on his personal front is upbeat but the filmmaker is upset that Krrish-3 that was to go on the floors on June 15 may now stand postponed by at least three months because Hrithik Roshan is neck deep with the Agneepath shoot and the promotions of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.

Chitrangda Singh, who plays the female mutant in the K-3 sequel, was actually holidaying with her husband recently and not training for stunts in China as was reported. In fact, Hrithik will train for stunts in China, a la Uma Thurman in Kill Bill.

Friday, 29 April 2011

Salman Khan's ladies only bash

Salman Khan, one of the most sought after bachelors in filmdom, threw a ladies-only bash recently and his co-star Asin Thottumkal says the girls were happy to be partying with the Bollywood star. 

The party was on Monday. After the music release of " Ready", Salman decided to have an impromptu bash in his pad that has been put up for him at Film City for the shooting of his brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri's " Bodyguard". His "Ready" co-star Asin and Zarine Khan immediately accompanied Salman.

"Well, it's true. Salman invited all the female actors from 'Ready'. We all went up to his very comfortable and large pad with a view. It has a garden and it has a beautiful view outside. Salman makes a wonderful host. The ladies were all happy to be partying. Suddenly Salman remembered their husbands and invited them too," said Asin, who worked with him in " London Dreams" as well.

"It was great fun though. I was the odd one out since I don't drink. After a while it gets boring for both me and the others guests to keep wondering why I am not drinking," she added.

Asin is impressed by Salman's bonding with the women in the cast. "All the ladies who play his aunts and relatives just dote on him. He makes them all feel like part of his extended family," said the actress who is taking a break and going home.

"I am taking off for Kerala for a couple of weeks. At the moment I've no other Hindi film on hand. So I can afford the time off."

Asin has apparently been offered everything from Anurag Basu's "Barfee" to Sajid Nadiadwala's "Kick". But after films with Aamir Khan, Salman and Ajay Devgn, she's at the moment looking at a film with a leading man of her own age group.

Apparently Asin has been offered Sajid Nadiadwala's "2 States" with Shah Rukh Khan. Again, another generation altogether! 

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Abhi gets Ash online

Abhishek Bachchan managed to get his gorgeous wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on Twitter for an hour's time on their anniversary day to chat with her fans!

Amitabh Bachchan often conveyed Ash the messages he would get from her fans on Twitter. The superstar father-in-law also tweeted about Ash and Abhishek and their household 'lesser known likes/dislikes' but could never convince his daughter-in-law to go online.

It was doting husband Abhishek who persuaded the actress to go online and chat with her fans on their 4th wedding anniversary yesterday.

Ash chatted for almost an hour through Abhishek's profile and graciously thanked her fans for showering so much love and affection on the couple.

It must be after ages that Aishwarya chatted with her fans through the internet.

The actresses didn't speak much but reverted most of the tweets addressed to her with 'thanks'.

Abhishek then whisked away his wife from her fans as they signed off to continue the celebrations of their special day.

Who is Kunal," mom asks Soha

While Soha's bro Saif is all ready to produce a film for her beau, Kunal Kemmu, her mom Sharmila didn't even know who the actor was until she learnt that her daughter was dating him. 

Soha recounted the incident to TOI, which resulted from a long-winding conversation. "Whenever I have to go somewhere with my mom, I'm pretty scared. You know, I am a very last-minute person. Like, I'll never decide on my clothes until the eleventh hour.

And the moment I hurriedly get ready, amma will look at me from head to toe and say, 'So, you will wear this and come along? I mean these shoes and umm... this dress? Okaay...' And amma is just the opposite – her things are in place well ahead of time, and she's very proper about everything," Soha told us.

So then, how was it working with her mother for the first time, for UK-based filmmaker Sangeeta Datta's "Life Goes On"? "I was not scared of the experience of working with her. For, we both are very comfortable with each other. We don't tread on each other's nerves. Like, for instance, if I know she's not in a good mood, I won't nudge her. I'd rather let her be. Same is for her when I'm not in a good mood, so we both give each other good space, which is why working with her was fine. I think people around me scared me saying stuff like 'You know what? This is your first scene with your mom, so better be careful'. In my first scene, I had to tell my mother that I've been dating someone and that I'm now expecting. And she gave me a stern expression... and that expression was very familiar, as I had seen it on her face sooo many times in real life," Soha laughed.

So, how were things when she had to tell her mom about her boyfriend for the first time? She laughed and ensured us that nothing filmi happened, and that things were rather funny. "Actually, amma didn't really know who Kunal Kemmu was! She hadn't seen his work or his films. But she had once come to the sets of "99" (in which Soha starred with Kunal). At that time, we were shooting a scene where Kunal was only in a pink-coloured bath robe. So, when I told her about me and Kunal, she asked 'Who is Kunal Kemmu?' Then I explained, 'Amma, remember the guy in that pink bath robe that day? It's him.' She said, 'Umm... okay! Strange choice!'" Soha broke into laughter again, "So she didn't really know him, but she's got to know him and his work now, over the past one-and-a-half years, and the two get along really well now."

Does that mean something funny happened when she told her dad? "Oh no no. He knows that I am a grown up and feels that it's me who has to live with the person I marry, so as long as I am happy, he's fine. Dad's very supportive and loving, but he doesn't really get involved in my personal life beyond a point. You know, you expect your mom to be the bridge between you and your dad. In college days, I remember, dad would talk to me about 'How are money matters? Whether I was okay with the money I have or I want more? And also whether my studies are going well? With mom I used to discuss more personal matters," Soha said.

Talking of personal matters, both Soha and Saif have been very open about their relationships, and not their respective partners. Any particular reason? "No, it's just that we feel there's nothing secretive about being in a relationship with someone. Even our parents were very open and vocal about their relationship. That too in an era when a Hindu and a Muslim being together was such a taboo. So I guess, we've learnt it from them," she said.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Gaga to be remixed for Bollywood!

Indian music composers Salim and Sulaimanadded another feather in their cap by collaborating with Lady Gaga for one of her songs. 

Exited about the new development in their career, Sulaiman said, "Lady Gaga's song - Born This Way, has been topping the charts in 23 countries around the world. However, when Gaga wanted to present it to the Indian and Asian music fans, she thought of giving it a Bollywood twist to increase the appeal. Gaga is a huge fan of Indian music and Bollywood songs too."

Salim has also lent his voice to the new version where sounds from Indian instruments like sitar, dholak and dhol have been used. A source also revealed that while the American pop singer is highly impressed and excited about the Bollywood remix to her song, she is waiting for the feedback from listeners. We hear that a very crucial decision will follow next.

"Lady Gaga is happy about the way the Bollywood remix of Born This Way has come out and she is waiting for reactions. If the response is positive, she plans to churn out an entire album of her songs with Bollywood remix version," the source disclosed.

Now, only time will tell if the audience hooked to Bollywood tracks goes gaga over Lady Gaga's Bollywood number!

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Salman inspires Aamir, Ajay, Abhishek

Salman, Ajay, Abhishek, Aamir
Salman Khan has been there, done that and seems like the world is following him! 

Our chikna Salman Khan sported a macho cop look in Dabanng where he was seen sporting a moustache for the first time. The Khan has certainly set a trend with the biggest blockbuster of 2010.

While many doubted about how impressive Salman will be in the mustached look, he succeeded in wowing audience and achieved huge success. Now, other actors aspire to achieve the same.

After Salman; Aamir KhanAbhishek Bachchan and Ajay Devgn will be seen playing a cop in their forthcoming flicks. Point to be noted is that all the three will be sporting a moustache a la Salman.

While Aamir got into the look for Reema Kagti's next, Abhishek did it for Dum Maaro Dum and Ajay plays a cop in Singham. Interestingly, Shahid Kapooris also sporting a moustache in Mausamwhere he plays a fighter pilot.

Despite being loved for his clean shaved look, Salman impressed all with his moustache and his cult cop role of Chulbul Pandey. Only time will tell how Aamir, Ajay and Abhishek fare.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Manjari Fadnis bond with Darsheel Safary

Manjari Fadnis was paired with Imraan Khan in her debut film Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na and now in her second film Zokkomon, she is working withDarsheel Safary who debuted in an Aamir Khan production. 

She bonded well with the child actor on the sets of this Disney production. Manjari, who has grown quite fond of Darsheel is now telling people he is her most favorite co-star! That might be stretching the truth but we can understand how both being Shiamak Davar students, must've had a blast during the song and dance sequences.

The actress looked out for Darsheel as an older sister while filming, and they've have continued their connection post shooting as well. Nice to know they haven't lost touch, no Aamir? 

Amisha, Neha want a piece of Yuvi

There are new additions to the 'actress friends' list of the Man Of The Series Yuvraj Singh. First,Amisha Patel made headlines with his special invite to her to see the match and then party with him. 

Now it seems Neha Dhupia too partied with him. And strangely, the picture got leaked to the media. Now, we are sure that our girls don't do such stuff for publicity but well, they certainly aren't minding the attention from the Bad Boy of Indian cricket.

At the post final felicitation, when Yuvi was asked what all he would do now, he had said, "Tonight's gonna be a good night." It indeed was for him! 

Monday, 4 April 2011

Arbaaz to recreate Munni magic in Dabangg 2

Some feel he's getting overambitious, some say he runs the risk of miffing many...but producer and soon to be director Arbaaz Khan cares little. 

Dabangg producer has already announced the sequel to the blockbuster and is now leaving no stone unturned to make it an even bigger success than the original. While he has already planned to base the film from the village in UP to the urbanMumbai, Arbaaz is also working hard on repeating the Munni Badnaam Hui magic.

A source reveals, "The popularity of Munni worked wonders for Dabangg and Arbaaz wants to recreate the same magic with the item song in Dabangg 2. He has roped in not one but five music composers to come up with their individual numbers. He will then hear all their versions and choose the best."

We also hear that since the sequel will be set in Mumbai, the item number will have an urbane beat to it as opposed to the raunchy village setting in Munni.

Now, only time will tell if Arbaaz is able to out do the success of Munni.