Stylish star Arjun did the lip-lock scenes with the heroines in Arya 2 movie and his latest released movie Varudu. As per the sources he is also doing the lip-lock in Vedam movie.
Now a day’s Lip Lock kisses becomes compulsory in Tollywood. Director VV Vinayak also planned to have a lip lock kiss between Allu Arjun and Tamannah for their upcoming film "Badrinath". Tamannah is ready to lip lock kiss with Bunny but Bunny not interested to do the kiss scene because Bunny’s latest films ’Arya-2’ and ’Varudu’ has Lip kiss scenes which are average at box office.
Amitabh Bachchan will work for free in a forthcoming film starring Malayalam superstar Mohanlal.
"Mohanlal, great exponent of his art and craft, one of the finest actors of the country, from Kerala and Malayalam cinema had come over to finalise dates and schedules for the film he is making directed by Capt Ravi," Amitabh posted on his blog bigb.bigadda.com
“It’s a small guest appearance and I had agreed. They had come over to officially sign me on and make payments etc… Payments? For a guest appearance of 3 days? With Mohanlal who has always had my greatest admiration? No way !! I don’t charge money for such acts. And told them so.”
“I shall just gloat in the honour that I shall derive by working in a Malayalam film and that too with the exceptional Mohanlal.”
The yet-to-be titled film will be shot at Ooty in Tamil Nadu.
As per the sources she and the rest of the crew are absolutely fine now and have already resumed shooting.
Vimala Raman is playing the female lead role and produced by C.R Manohar. Directed by Sudhakar Naidu(GV).
Naga Chaitanya says, “Doing my second film under Gautam Menon and AR Rahman is a real fortune. I thank Manjula and Sanjay for producing the movie and also thank the audience for making this film successful.”
The Tamil and Telugu trailers of the film will be released close to the film’s music release.
The announcement of the first IPL Awards Night has brought with it the promise of more glamour and entertainment. Announced by IPL chairperson Lalit Modi, the awards will see a performance by A.R. Rahman.
Director Karan Johar will team up with SRK to host the event, slated to take place in Mumbai, on April 23. Shilpa Shetty, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra and Preity Zinta will also sizzle the stage with their performances. Hrithik Roshan too will perform.
Cricketers will surprise the audience with their hidden talents like singing and dancing. Modi said, “We want to give cricketers a platform to showcase their hidden talents.”
Sreesanth, Yuvraj Singh, Brett Lee and Harbhajan Singh, may shake a leg too.
"Hrithik has sung a song in ’Guzaarish’. His singing is improving day by day and he has sung so well that it’s even better than the song he sung in ’Kites’," Hrithik’s uncle and composer Rajesh Roshan told IANS.
"Hrithik is a very hardworking person and I feel that it won’t be any harm if he sings one song a film to let out his creativity as a singer," he added.
The 36-year-old has crooned an English song ’Kites in the sky’ in his forthcoming film ’Kites’.
Aishwarya Rai has three very different films coming up this year, but director Vipul Shah says his film Action Replay will bring to the audiences her first full-fledged comedy.
"Of course comedy, which is the hardest genre to do, is not taken seriously at the awards. But in my film, Aishwarya has done comedy for the first time. She may have attempted it here and there earlier. But this is her first full-fledged comedy role. But she’s welcome to get the awards for her other two releases…I don’t mind," Shah said.
Mani Ratnam’s Raavan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish are the other two films she will be doing this year.
While Bhansali’s Guzaarish is set to release in November, Raavan and Action Replay, which also stars Akshay Kumar, are due to hit the theatres in quick succession within a month.
While Raavan is slated for a June 18 release, Shah is all set to release his film in July, arguing that the two films are completely different in mood, theme and treatment.
But the filmmaker had a bitter experience last year when his Salman Khan-starrer London Dreams released a month after the actor’s home production Main Aur Mrs.Khanna.
Now apparently Shah plans to sit down with Mani Ratnam and figure out a release strategy whereby neither film suffers.
He said: "Raavan and Action Replay are very different films. And I thought I’d release (mine) in July. But I think I’ll now discuss it with Aishwarya and Mani Ratnam. We need to work as one big family in this industry.
"Besides, I still have a song to shoot whereas Raavan is complete. I’ve yet to figure out when I can shoot it because both Aishwarya and Akshay are constantly travelling. We were supposed to shoot it earlier this year in the snow in Manali. Now we may go higher up at the Rohtang Pass or change the location for the song completely," the director added.
Director-producer Ram Gopal Varma confesses he always had an obsession to scare people since his childhood and would stand behind doors and say "bhooo" to someone entering a room.
After horror film Phoonk2, releasing Friday, Varma plans a 3D scary film to make the audiences "experience" fear. Varma also says he loves to catch the audience off guard through his narrative.
"I always had this obsession to scare people. When I was a kid, I used to stand behind the door and say ’bhoooo’ to someone entering the room and now I am making (horror) films," Varma said.
He is keen to make a 3D horror film as that would give the audience the illusion of being part of the film and experience the horror along with the cast.
"Technically, it would work. While watching a horror film sitting in a theatre you are seeing it happen to someone else on the screen. But a 3D film is a medium which makes you feel you are there with them, on location may be. The illusion it creates is because of the third dimension. Because of that I think the technique has terrific application in a horror film, if rightly done," Varma said.
For Phoonk 2, a sequel to Phoonk, Varma has bet upon debutant director Milind Gadagkar, who conceived the idea of the film.
"When I was busy in Rakta Charitra, Milind came up with this idea, and it excited me a lot. Milind has been with me for some time and I believe he is an able director, so I went ahead with it," said Varma.
Asked if he has given any value inputs for the film, Varma said, "No, I didn’t give any input. Creatively it is completely his (Milind’s) brainchild."
Talking about the technical aspects of making horror films, he says for this genre "the camera, background score and sound effects have a huge contribution in the film. For drama or comedy, it can pretty much work on performances, and writing, but horror films have many manipulative techniques where you are manipulating the audience’s emotion. The movement of the camera constantly plays around with the audience’s psychology. When I took interest in films, I wanted to show off. So I thought the best thing to do is a horror film."
In the first quarter of 2010, Bollywood has streamed out a number of back-to-back horror films, Click, Rokkk and Shaapit. The makers of these films claim to have "abandoned superficial scares and worked for far more insidious and intellectual level" fear.
How would Phoonk 2 stand apart from the other films?
"The more you connect with the audience… if a person seeing the film can feel that it can happen to him or he finds some similarity with something he has heard of, the connectivity factor works best in horror films," said Varma.
He explains that for a horror film to work, "a story is needed to create that moment of fear. I think predominantly it is the emotion that is created in a given time".
"You can make 1,000 films on a haunted house. If you are able to create that moment… remember in Bhoot there were not more than six scary scenes. People are not bothered what’s happening in between. They were waiting for the next scare. I think horror films work on that count," he added.
Varma has completed 70 per cent shooting of Rakta Charitra which is a biopic on a character in south India.
Conceptualised by director Rohit Shetty, the actor’s new avatar brings out his edgy side for his character Gopal thanks to a rugged style, diamond ear studs, tattoos and cropped hair. The styling for the same has been done by Navin Shetty.
"I wanted all the characters to have different looks in Golmaal 3. For Ajay, I wanted a character that looked different from everything he has done. He has been working hard on his body a lot, so we will have him flaunting his body (in the movie)," Shetty said in a statement.
"He plays a hyper character who loses his temper very quickly because of which everyone is scared of him. People never know what he will laugh at or get angry about," he added.
Shetty has also styled the other cast members of the movie like Kareena Kapoor’s tomboy look, Tusshar Kapoor’s "tapori" look and Arshad Warsi’s look which is yet to be disclosed.
The tattoos for Ajay’s new look have been designed by Hakim Aalim’s studio.
"Vishwas from my salon designed the tattoo on Ajay’s neck but the concept and choice was Ajay’s. The tattoo is of a Celtic or tribal trishul (trident). It is daring to have a tattoo on the neck, even if it’s temporary. No actor in India has done it on the neck," said Aalim.
"We have given Ajay the buzz cut, a stubble and overall, a more macho, masculine and grungy look than he normally sports," he added.
Also starring Kunal Khemu, Golmaal 3 follows Golmaal (2006) and Golmaal Returns (2008).
Produced by Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision Ltd, the comic caper is currently being shot in Goa.(IANS)
IKON entertainment would like to thank the exhibitors for their interest in securing the screening rights for the movie in Canada and the US. The Business for all centers in US and Canada is closed except for the following centers –
As an added benefit to the exhibitors and telugu movie patrons in the US, we would like the announce the launch of varudu movie website will downloadable web content, movie updates, music and overseas specific information and content.
Universal Media Banner is producing the mega film ‘Varudu’ with Stylish Star Allu Arjun in the direction of Guna Sekhar. DVV Danayya is producing the movie.
Allu Arjun’s character will be a completely different one, and would remain as his best one of his career. Similarly, Tamil actor, Arya, who played villain in the film, has done a wonderful job. Over 100 real life families with their family members have acted in the film. All the songs of the film are penned by Veturi. Added to these, with high technical values and wonderful effects, the film is going to be a visual grandeur.
‘Varudu’ stars a new comer as heroine. This high-budget film includes Naresh, Suhasini, Sayaji Shinde, Brahmanandam, Venu Madhav, Ashish Vidyarthi, Ahuthi Prasad, Brahmaji and Vinaya Prasad among other star cast.
Music is scored by Mani Sharma.
We are planning to release the movie in maximum theaters with maximum prints with premiers in more than 25 locations, IKON Entertainment is a group that aims to bring quality entertainment events for Indian community in the US & Canada
IKON Entertainment in association with CINEGALAXY also acquired overseas theatrical rights of Nandi award winner “Gamyam” Krish's prestigious project “VEDAM” starring Allu Arjun, Manchu Manoj, Anushka and Manoj Bajpai in the main Leads
The satellite rights of Varudu have been reportedly sold for Rs 3.5 crores! The film is doing good business and the USA, Canada theatrical screening rights and Overseas DVD rights were earlier bagged by IKON Entertainments. Mani Sharma is composing the music of this film. He’s currently engrossed in the re-recording process of this film. The entire shooting of the film has been completed except for one song which will begin shortly. Bhanu Mehra is making her debut opposite Allu Arjun and Arya is playing a negative role. Suhasini and Ashish Vidyarthi are playing other major roles.
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CINEGALAXY in association with IKON Entertainment acquired overseas theatrical rights of Nandi awardee “Gamyam” Krish's prestigious project VEDAM starring Allu Arjun, Manchu Manoj, & Anushka in the main leads.
A tasteful director whose film Gamyam won three other Nandi awards in the categories of Best Film, Best Story and Best Supporting Actor (for Allari Naresh), Vedam details multiple narratives that see an intriguing culmination in the end.
• This is Krish’s second venture after his first award winning movie “Gamyam” which was a runaway hit across the world.
• This is going to be tollywood’s first multi starter movie presenting two successful heroes Allu Arjun and Manchu Manoj.
• Popular Hindi actor Manoj Bajpai is also playing a crucial role in the movie.
• There will be five interwoven stories in the movie and each story belongs to one of the 5 main characters.
• M.M Keeravani is providing the music for the film
Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni are jointly producing this film along with S.S.Rajamouli's "MARYADA RAMANNA" under the banner of Arka Media Works.
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This big budget film is being produced by Ashwini Dutt under his banner ‘Vyjayanthi movies’.Meher Ramesh is the director. Ileana is playing the female lead in the film. Mani Sharma is composing the music and the cinematography will be handled by Sameer Reddy.
This film has multiple locations backdrop from all over India and world.
Hero Rana says "The political message of the film is definitely not restricted to AP and it belongs to all the politicians. I wouldd like to remake the film into Tamil and then maybe Hindi. After completion of my hindi debut Dum Maro Dum movie.
Disney will partly produce Siddharth, Sruthi Hassan’s fantasy movie which is being directed by Prakash. Siddhartha is playing the super hero in the movie and there is also a 11 kid involved in the story and so the Disney is interested in the movie.Lakshmi Manchu is also playing an important role in the movie. The movie is getting ready to hit screens next year 2011.
The movie will be produced by Majula under the banner ‘Indira Productions Pvt Ltd’. This will be her second project under this banner. More details of this film are awaited.
The story is in the final phases of discussion and might hit the production after summer.
This film is a remake of a Kannada film titled ‘Taj Mahal’. Shruti a new debutante is pairing with sivaji. This film is being directed by Arun Singaraju,Hero Shivaji is producing this film under ‘Sri Sivaji Productions’ banner. Abhiyan has composed the music for this film.
Shivaji’s Taj Mahal Movie Releasing Poster
Shilpa’s latest post on Twitter reads: “Okay guys this is the news. Our newest venture is Royalty - the newest club in town, nearly ready, have been busy with that, so happy nearly done.”
“You heard it here first as promised. Having our first party here after the Rajasthan Royals match, hope we win…more reason to celebrate,” she adds.
Buzz has it that the happily married couple has already bought ‘Poison’, a club in Bandra, and plan to re-open it by the name ‘Royalty’.
Many of our B-town beauties would hit the panic button if they didn’t have atleast one movie in hand, and even sign up for mediocre projects in desperation (no faults of theirs, blame it on the rat-race). But this Khan man has a strange way of planning his career. Well, call him an idiot if you please, we think he’d love that too. After enjoying one of the biggest successes of Indian cinema, Aamir has pulled the brakes on his career. Currently he is only focussed on his wife’s directorial debut, Dhobhi Ghat, and his next production Peepli Live. Soon after that all his attention will be on nephew, Imran’s Delhi Belly. So dearies, chances are that we won’t be seeing AK in a full-fledged role till 2012. Hmmm… suddenly ‘all izz not well’ with your fans, AK. C’mon, you can’t do this to them, yaar.
So while most filmmakers are still looking for ways to approach their actors on the issue, Nadiadwala has taken stringent steps to assure that no member of the cast or the crew will leak any kind of details about his project ‘Anjaana Anjaani’ on any networking site.
The producer took the strict decision after he saw a constant inflow of pictures and information being put up on the said site. And with his both lead actors Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor being active users of the site, Sajid had little choice but to impose his will.
Confirming the news, Sajid told a daily, “I actually took the decision to forbid my cast and crew from putting any information on websites after an incident that happened with Sajid Khan, my director of ‘Housefull’. We were doing a photo-session with the film’s stars. We weren’t even finished and Sajid Khan had already put one of the pictures on the site. I was horrified. That’s when I decided it was time to make the confidentiality clause a legal issue in all my contracts.”
Regretting the lack of privacy among stars, Sajid further added, “I remember when my father produced JP Dutta’s Ghulami, we’d stand outside Dharmendra’s van for hours waiting for him to emerge so we could see what he wore, how he styled his hair, what watch he had on, etc. Today the stars volunteer all this information on the social networks even before the director takes his first shot. I think all of us need to make confidentiality compulsory for every film."
Well, looks like Piggy Chops will have all work and no play on this one!
As soon as Big B expressed his willingness to become a brand ambassador to promote Kerala tourism last month, a letter to this effect was written to him, Balakrishnan added. "Yesterday (Wednesday) I got his letter stating that he is willing to become the brandambassador and for that he is prepared to start a dialogue. I have asked the tourism director to have a discussion to this effect," said Balakrishnan.
Big B was in the state for a few functions last month. It was then, during an interview to a TV channel, that the actor said he would gladly accept the offer to become Keralatourism’s brand ambassador.
" I tried to get in touch with him, but I was told he was out of station. The government is willing to go ahead with him and the final decision to this effect will be made after knowing all the conditions he puts forward," said (IANS)
That’s exactly what happened on the sets of Shahid Kapoor’s ‘Paathshaala’, where a shoot for a 1 minute clip involving small kids and some puppies turned into a picnic of sorts for the cast and crew!
The scene involved a child actor who is playing with some puppies in the school premises, while Shahid and the other kids look on. The crew assembled a few puppies, played with them for a while to get them familiar and even fed them well to get their attention. However, just as everything was ready and the Director all set to take the shot, the puppies would fall asleep, leaving the team in a lurch. After a while, Shahid and the kids would again feed the dogs, play with them to get them into action, and just when they’d be ready for the shot, the puppies would run away, scattering in all directions!
This repeated a couple times, and it finally took a whole long day to get the desired shot. Meanwhile, Shahid and the kids had a field day, playing all the while with the cute puppies.
Talking about the incident, Director Milind Ukey said, “It was a really funny situation we faced that day. We’d never imagined that such a small thing would require so much struggle! But in the end, everyone, especially the kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves and it was all worth it”
Presented by Eros International and Produced by Paperdoll Entertainment, Paathshaala hits theatres on 16th April.
Boney says his wife spends 4-5 hours a day painting. “It is generally in the evening. After she has finished with household duties and is done with our daughters’ homework, Sri locks herself away to paint,” adds Boney. “After me and the kids, painting is her main passion. Now her paintings have reached a level of professionalism where they can fetch a handsome price.” Where does this new passion leave Sridevi’s plans to return to acting? Boney replies, “Sri has been acting since the age of four. She is the only child artiste to have reached the number one position in Hindi films. She will return to acting only when something special comes her way.”
He was told to return to Mumbai. But the actor decided not to and within 48 hours was back shooting, because if he had left, around 500 artists including Salman would be stuck doing nothing on the set. Sonu meanwhile is surviving on painkillers and with padding inside his nose. The pain he can cope with, what is worrying him more is whether the swelling will show on screen. Actually he need not worry… the computer today is like part of the cast and crew and can perform just as well!
Investing in properties seems to be Salman Khan’s latest passion. The Veer star has recently bought a spacious office at Mumbai’s plush Linking road in Khar. The actor will conduct all professional meetings in his new office and operate from there from now on. Apparently Sallu even has plans to venture into the real estate development business soon.
“Salman wants to pursue diverse interests. And getting into the construction and real estate business is on his agenda. In fact, he has already zeroed in on a site in Borivali, a suburb in Mumbai. Along with his partners, the actor plans to construct a residential complex there. Sohail, Arbaaz and Atul Agnihotri are all a part of this venture,” said a source.
Not too long ago, Salman Khan invested in a plush duplex apartment on Carter Road in Bandra. The interiors of the apartment are being done up now.
The film is a dark comedy and will be shot entirely in Florida, USA. It will have other Hollywood actors and actresses too. The film will speak about underworld, politics, crime, stealing and has a tagline, “Betrayal is a contact sport…”
It will go on floor soon and expected to release on February 2011.
Rajnikant was speaking on one of the costliest films to be made in India - with a budget of over Rs 125 crore - after he had visited Chief Minister K Karunanidhi Thursday to thank him for attending the engagement ceremony of Rajnikant’s second daughter Soundarya with industrialist Ashwin Ramkumar.
ROBOT is directed by Shankar and according to the him more than 90 percent of the movie is complete. AR Rahman has composed the music for the film.
At a press conference, CEO R.V. Rayudu said they had invested Rs. 100 crore in the media venture RVML and that the verticals would include animation institutes and a Telugu television channel. The venture marks the diversification of the Rayudu Laboratories, known as a manufacturer of specialty inks, into the animation business. The film based on a story from the epic Ramayana would be released in English, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil and directed by veteran Dhavala Satyam. The film was been entirely made at RVML laboratories, that has 400 people working on animation projects. Once ‘Lava Kusa’ is released, work will begin on ‘Pappu - The Saviour’ and the television series Leo n’ Meo.
RVML Joint MD, Rayudu V. Sashank said “The film is made up of songs with catchy tunes, action, comedy and characters (both human beings and animals) that maintain true friendship with visual effects targeted at all age groups, making it a family entertainer.” Music for the film is scored by S.L. Vaidyanathan and comprises notes from traditional and Western instruments in a melodious blend. The five songs in the film are sung by K.J. Yesudas, Shankar Mahadevan, Chitra and Sadhana Sargam in Telugu and Hindi, with lyrics penned by Veturi Sundarama Murthy (Telugu), Pandit Kiran Mishra (Hindi) and Pirai Sudan (Tamil)(The Hindu).
Bala Krishna will be seen romancing three heroines in the film, Nayanatara, Namitha and Sneha Ullal. Boyapati Srinu is directing the film and Parachuri Kireeti is producing it. ‘United Movies’ banner is presenting this film. Chakri is scoring the music for the film.
Young music composer Thaman Sai is on cloud nine for two reasons. One, he will soon be joining the big league. He’ll be part of the Kamal Haasan-KS Ravikumar-Udhayanidhi combo for their comedy caper Yaavarum Kelir. Second, his recent album Mun Dhinam Partheney is a hit and two of the songs are already chartbusters. The movie, produced by Seventh Channel, has newcomers Sanjay, Ekta, Lizna and Pooja in the lead.
Though Thaman isn’t too forthcoming about Kamal’s project, he is delighted that Mun Dhinam… is receiving accolades from Tollywood too. “I was thrilled when ace music director Devi Sri Prasad called and said he thought the MDP songs were fresh and peppy. He told me, ‘I appreciate your guts in scoring for an experimental film like MDP and you’ve done it with conviction,’” disclosed an excited Thaman.
He went on to discuss the most challenging number in the film. “Director Magizh Thirumeni wanted Saral Pudhu Saral to have a jazzy effect. Unless you know to handle jazz, it can become messy. What made it tough was that I had to walk a tightrope by mixing and matching western music with Tamil lyrics!”
It’s being said that Kamal thought of Thaman for his film after listening to his Tamil and Telugu output.
Even the young tiger,Jr NTR too expressed his interest to do Bollywood films. “I am thinking about my Bollywood entry. But it will take time,” he said in an interview recently. When acted about doing any Tamil film, “No. I will never do Tamil film,” he replied.
Many expect the team to deliver another hit on the lines of Ghajini. Sources close to the film’s unit disclose that Ravi K Chandran will be the cameraman for the project, the work on which is to begin in April this year.
Udhayanidhi Stalin, who is also producing another movie starring Kamal Haasan and Trisha, is to produce this film.
Hot actress Illeana speaks about the role of an actress in the success and failure of a movie in Tollywood. She says, "I dont understand why a movie becomes Hit or a Flop. We act according to the requirement of a director. Irrespective of the result of the movie, we get praises from audience if the characterisation is good. Thats why I choose proper characters not a story. I rejected some offers in Bollywood too due to this."
Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, who had quit a government appointed panel to examine proposed amendments to the Copyright Act, Friday withdrew his resignation.
In a letter to Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal, Aamir said, "Sir, I have given a lot of thought to your request to take back my resignation. I have also read the letter forwarded by other members reposing faith on my integrity… I am withdrawing my resignation."
"The initiative taken by you (Sibal) is very important. It is a welcome step by you and your ministry," a HRD ministry official quoted Aamir as saying.
Aamir had Wednesday resigned from the 10-member committee following reported differences with committee member and lyricist Javed Akhtar.
The actor had said that his fellow members had attempted to attack him in public "by printing lies" about him "thereby turning the attention away from a genuine debate about copyright issues".(IANS)
"Yes, it (the cast) is more or less finalised. While R Madhavan is already on board, talks with Sanjay Dutt are in the final stages as well," Agnihotri told IANS.
The film would begin from the 1975-77 Emergency and the sterilisation campaign by Sanjay Gandhi during that period. Some of the other major episodes which would be brought alive on screen are the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the Bofors scam, and other prominent scams in the last three decades.
Given the fact that the director is exploring more than half-a-dozen ugly episodes from the history of modern India, doesn’t he fear protests and confrontation from political parties as well as others?
"What can one do, the truth can’t be erased, right?" Agnihotri asked. "And then courtesy the kind of politicians that we have been having in the country, both in the past as well as the current times, you can’t deny the relevance and topicality of the issues.
"Perhaps people have changed but not the thought process. Freedom will be told in the format of a political thriller and I can promise to be truly honest and unbiased in my job."
Would the story be told in a chronological manner or would there be overlaps and going back and forth, as seen last in Love Aaj Kal?
"No, Freedom will have a linear narrative", said Agnihotri, who had earlier attempted a non-linear narrative in his debut effort Chocolate. "The beauty of the subject is that it stays as topical as ever as it starts in the 70s and takes us to the current times. Even if I had to make Freedom in 2020, it will still retain its charm."
Agnihotri’s wish list includes Malayalam superstar Mohan Lal while the hunt for the leading lady is still on.
Freedom is all set to go on floors in April. (IANS)
A city based tabloid, published a report saying Aishwarya had been trying to conceive for some time but has been unable to do as she is suffering from stomach tuberculosis.
Bachchan, who was "too incensed and angered" by the claims of the tabloid, posted the copy of the report on his blog calling it the "lowest quality of journalism".
"I write to you today in deep anguish, pain and disgust. This article is completely false, completely fabricated, unsubstantiated, insensitive and of the lowest quality of journalism there ever was," Bachchan wrote on his
"I am the head of my family. Aishwarya is not my daughter-in -law, she is my daughter, a woman, a lady in my house and home. If anyone will speak derogatorily about her, I shall fight for her till my last breath. If you have something to say to the men in the house, Abhishek or me, I shall bear it. BUT .. if you shall make injudicious remarks on the women in my home, I shall not tolerate it !!!," Bachchan added.
The 67-year-old superstar further wrote, "I am too incensed and angered by the contents!! Not a single portion of the article is true!! I have much to comment upon on this, but shall hold on till another day."
His son and Ash’s husband has also Tweeted about the rumours surrounding his wife.
"The article is disgusting and appalling! As a husband and a man i’m shocked that one can talk so irresponsibly about a woman, that too..FALSELY!! on a personal note, as a husband i will not stand for such rubbish being written about my wife," Abhishek wrote on the micro-blogging site.(PTI)
Hrithik Roshan has just returned from Singapore, where he’d gone to see his knee doctor. The actor’s knee has been troubling him for over two years. Sources reveal the actor has gone for diagnosis on his knee before he restarts shooting for the final schedule of Bhansali’s Guzaarish.
A source reveals, "Hrithik was in Singapore for a day. He’s gone there for his knee treatment. Now he begins shooting for Guzaarish. He’s also not been working out regularly because of the injury. He wanted the go-ahead from the doctors give him a go-ahead before he gets back to the gym and strenuous scenes." The actor even mentioned about his Singapore trip on a social networking site, "In S’pore for a day treating my knee! Wish me luck guys! Getting BACK in ACTION !! Fingers crossed!!
His knee injury has a major cause of frustration for the actor. Until now whatever scenes he has shot for Guzaarish, required him to be in a wheelchair, so there was hardly any stress on the knees. But in the second schedule, he has to be up and about on his feet.
When contacted Rakesh Roshan denies that his son had gone to see the knee doctor in Singapore, "Hrithik has gone to Singapore for a business meet for a day, for a photo shoot. His knee is fine".
The award will be given to the 61-year-old at the Tongues on Fire film festival which showcases Asian independent media and cinema, in the presence of her actor son Abhishek Bachchan.
The gala ceremony, which will pay tribute to the actress’ work spanning more than four decades, will be hosted by television and film actor Rizwan Ahmed.
Jaya Bachchan started her career at 15 in legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s Bengali film Mahanagar and has acted in about 50 movies.
The wife of Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya has been a recipient of the Padma Shri award.
Tongues on Fire is a film festival which acts as a platform for Asians working in film and media around the world.(PTI)
For the promotional tour of his next release Karthik Calling Karthik, Farhan Akhtar is doing a five-city tour along with leading lady Deepika Padukone. To make things easier, he has hired a private jet at Rs 50 lakh.
Like Aamir Khan, who was the first actor to take 3 Idiots to the audiences who resides in the smaller cities and towns of the country, Farhan too feels there is a need to reach out to people beyond the big metros. So the lead pair of Karthik Calling Karthik along with co-producers Ritesh Sidhwani and Amit Chandra will travel to Ahmedabad, Surat, Delhi, Chandigarh and Jaipur in a private jet for two days to promote the film there.
An insider reveals, "A private jet has been hired for two days at a cost of around Rs 50 lakh. It’s huge expense but the producers feel it’s worth the cost as big brands want to sponsor the events."
Ritesh confirms, "We will be promoting KCK in different multiplexes across these five cities as we can’t oblige all. We wouldn’t have been able to cover so many cities if we had travelled by regular commercial airlines and that’s why we decided to hire a jet.
It’s hectic and expensive but part of the promotional strategy. It’s not the money but the mileage you get. You get to interact with your fans on a closer level. It will be just the six of us travelling — Farhan, Deepika, the director Vijay Lalwani, our public relations officer, Devika from the marketing team and me."
Raajneeti stars Katrina Kaif, Ranbir Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Ajay Devgan, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpai and Naseeruddin Shah along with newcomer Sarah. The music of the film has been composed by the Wayne Sharpe and screenplay is by Prakash Jha and Anjum Rajabali.
"Rajneeti is a high drama film with politics as the background and who is more adept and accomplished than Prakash Jha to pull off a film based on politics. We believe we have a powerful script and the most exciting cast ensemble of today," Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO, UTVMotion Pictures. (IBNLive)
" I was born and brought up in Hyderabad. The people of Telangana encouraged the movie of our family members a lot. But it is not right to link films with politics. I am a Hyderabadi and all you guys present here are Hyderabadis too. And we are talking about films. So where does the question of Telangana or Andhra arise?" he said.
Although the film was launched in Hyderabad, director Meher Ramesh chose the Pink City for its mahurat.
But when the South has plenty of historic places, why Jaipur? Says Ramesh, “In 2002 I came here and was smitten by the city’s beauty. Since then I’d wanted to shoot a film here.
The director is stationed in Jaipur for 15 days with a crew of 275 people. “Apart from Amber fort, we’ll shoot at Galta, Anna Sagar Lake and Jodhpur as well,” he says. But he rues about the shooting locale being very expensive, “I am being charged Rs 2 lakh per day for every location in Rajasthan, which is very expensive. When one of my friends heard about the charge he dropped the idea of coming to shoot here,” says Ramesh. (TNN)
Jagapathi babu’s sequel Gaayam2 will be going to abroad for its shooting from 25th February. The film is directed by Praveen Sri, a student of Ram Gopal Varma. Produced by Dr. Dharma Kartha, the film has Vimala Raman playing the female lead opposite Jagapathi babu in the film. The film is currently canned in Bangkok.
Puri Jagannadh- Gopichand’s combo pack Golimar is progressing at a brisk pace in Malaysia. This unit went to Malaysia on 8 February to shoot a few songs and vital scenes in there. The movie is planned to pictures at South korea initially. However, Puri has changed his mind and shifted it to Malaysia due to the budget problem.‘Golimaar’ is an action-based entertainer and Gopichand is playing the role of an encounter specialist. Priyamani is playing the female lead in the movie. Bellamkonda Suresh is producing the film under Sri Sai Ganesh Banner.
After taking Kannada and Hindi film industry by storm, ravishing actress and heartthrob of many, Deepika Padukone will make a foray into Telugu movies in the Upendra starrer Kantri Mogudu. The movie is the dubbed version of Aishwarya, the Kannada superhit which completed a 100 day run at the box office. The movie is produced by Roopkumar V and presented by D Gopal Krishna under the banner of Uma Maheshwari films. Indrajith Venkatesh is the director. The dubbing for this family oriented movie is completed and recording of songs is underway.(EB)
Those who arrived at 6 a.m. were in tears. The online tickets for the superstar’s own people who phoned the Berlinale authorities five minutes after ticketing opened were told they were way too late. The film’s tickets were auctioned on e-Bay for 1,000 euros (about Rs.60,000) each.
Jenny Watkinson, assigned the ’Shah Rukh Khan department’ in the International Relations office of Dieter Kosslick, Berlin film festival director, told us: "I’ve never seen anything like it. This year it’s expected to be even bigger than in 2008 (during ’Om Shanti Om’). The online tickets for ’My Name is Khan’ were sold out in five seconds."
The film premieres in Berlin on Friday with a red carpet at the prestigious Berlinale Palast theatre on Potsdamer Platz.
The film’s screening has police protection in Berlin. Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and director Karan Johar are in Berlin for the premiere of the film.
India has much reason to celebrate at the Berlin International Film Festival as the country has a historic nine feature films in the Berlinale. This is the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Film Festival, that opened Thursday and runs from Feb 11-21.
‘I thank you all for this… apologise for giving stress over the last few days… and now truly know the meaning of being humbled. Lov you all so much,’ Shah Rukh posted on his twitter.
Wishing his fans, he wrote: ‘…a big thanks. Happy Birthday… best of luck for exams… and happiness. I am humbled by this show of love and kindness. So don’t know what else to say. Overwhelmed and promise will make India proud with my hard work,’ he wrote.
The film, which tells the story of a Rizwan Khan (Shah Rukh) coping with events in post 9/11 America, released Friday with over 2,000 prints.
It opened amid uncertainty in 63 theatres in Mumbai following protests by the Shiv Sena, which has opposed the film to protest Shah Rukh’s comments favourig the inclusion of Pakistani cricketers in the Indian Premier League.
‘Am I gushing too much and regretting too often. Well, let me. It’s the first time I am a fan of my audience… a huge hug. You all are rockstars. Will you all give me your autographs and pose for pictures with me… will keep it in my heart forever. My name is fan and I am not a star… you are.
‘I promise will only make wonderful films from now on forever. All the ones that missed the mark and didn’t please you… ooops …sorry again.’