Gurmeet Choudhary is the Winner Of Jhalak Dikhalaja

Sridevi & Madhuri dance to each other’s tunes!

The promos of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa on Colors TV have been screaming one thing-the coming together of the Indian film industry's two superstars, Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit. This is a feat that only Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa has been able to accomplish. The dance reality show succeeded in doing what Bollywood couldn't manage to do in two decades!

Source - Times Of India

'Aiyyaa' is a family entertainer: Rani Mukherjee

Actress Rani Mukherjee, who will be seen playing the role of a Maharashtrian girl in the upcoming 'Aiyyaa', says the film is a pure family entertainer

She also expressed confidence that the film would be liked by people of all ages.

Produced by Anurag Kashyap, 'Aiyyaa' stars Rani and Prithviraj in the lead roles. Rani plays the role of a Marathi girl, who falls in love with a South Indian boy.

"Though I was born and brought up in Mumbai and studied Marathi during my school days, I was not fluent in Marathi. When Anurag Kashyap offered me the role, I decided to learn conversational Marathi and did my job without any hesitation," Rani told reporters.

Director Sachin Kundalkar, who accompanied her, was all praise for her dedication towards learning Marathi.

Source - Times Of India

Madhuri will be performing a lavani in Jhalak

In tonight's episode, the Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa journey will come to an end as one of the finalists - Rithvik Dhanjani, Gurmeet Choudhary and Rashmi Desai - will be crowned the winner.

For the first time in the history of Indian television, dancing divas Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Sridevi come together on this maha manch and dance to each other's tunes. Maharashtrian mulgi, Madhuri will be performing a lavani routine to Apsara Aali Na, dressed in the authentic kashti, with the nath in her nose.

Bharti Singh and Remo D'souza's love story will also be presented on stage as the two will be seen performing to Dil Kyun Ye Mera Shor Kare, which definitely made Bharti's day on the show.

Also, to lessen the tension the show's finalists are experiencing, ex contestants Giaa Manek,Darsheel Safary, Ravi Kishan and Karan Wahi will bring back memories of what this stage has taught them.

Watch the finale of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa tonight at 8, on Colors.

Source - Times Of India

I never wanted to do acting: Malaika - The Times of India

Model-turned-actress Malaika Arora Khan, who has a string of successful item numbers like "Chhaiya chhaiya", "Munni badnaam" and "Anarkali disco chali" to her credit, says she never wanted to be an actor, and so she doesn't miss it at all.

"Except for some small roles, I have never acted so I can't really miss it. I never wanted to do acting so it never really cropped up my mind. I love dancing and will continue to do till I can," Malaika told IANS.

The 39-year-old, who is married to actor-filmmaker Arbaaz Khan, has done cameo in films like"Bichhoo", "Indian", "Kaante" and "Housefull".

But if given a chance to do a full-fledged role in a film, then it is the action genre that she has her eyes set on.

"In future, I may turn around if something interests me. There is nothing that catches my fancy but then if ever I do something I would like to do action. I like the superhero genre... something like 'Charlie's Angels' or 'Krrish'," said Malaika, who began her tryst with showbiz as a video jockey on MTV.

She turned film producer along with her husband, Arbaaz, when their company Arbaaz KhanProductions released its first film "Dabangg" in 2010.

After judging dance reality shows "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa", "Nach Baliye" and "Zara Nachke Dikha", Malaika is now a part of the judging panel of " India's Got Talent 4", along with with filmmaker Karan Johar and actress Kirron Kher.

Source - Times Of India

Rajesh Khanna's last film to release on 70th birth anniversary eve

Veteran actor Rajesh Khanna's last film "Riyasat", which he shot for before he died July 18, will release in theatres Dec 28, a day before his 70th birth anniversary, director Ashok Tyagi says.

The late superstar has a prominent role in the movie. It is almost ready, but Tyagi wants to release the film on Rajesh Khanna's birth anniversary.

"We can release the film at any time, but we want to release it on Dec 29. Since it is a Saturday, we will be releasing it on Dec 28, just a day before Kakaji's (Rajesh Khanna) birth anniversary," Tyagi told IANS.

The director says Rajesh Khanna has left a letter behind, and that shall be opened just before the release of the film.

"Kakaji has left a sealed letter behind him, which he wanted us to read before the release of the film. So we will be opening his last letter either on his birth anniversary, or just before the release," he said.

"We have no clue what he has written in the letter. I am only thankful to god that we got an opportunity to work with him," he added.

For his role in "Riyasat", Rajesh Khanna is said to have sat and watched the DVD of the 2005 Amitabh Bachchan-starrer "Sarkar".

"Before starting the film, he watched Amitabh Bachchan's 'Sarkar' as he is also playing godfather in the film. It's a very different subject and he had shot almost 95 per cent of the film.

"The entire nation will hear Kakaji's voice in the film," said Tyagi, who had started shooting the film in February 2011 and finished it in October.

Rajesh Khanna died in July after prolonged illness and a liver infection. But he had wrapped up most of the shooting for "Riyasat".

"Kakaji shot most portions, the ones I wanted. But yes, we were tempted to shoot more. And if his health permitted, we would surely have shot all of it. Then all of a sudden his health started deteriorating and he left all of us suddenly," he added.

"Riyasat" also features Gauri Kulkarni, Aryan Vaid, Aryeman Ramsay and Raza Murad.
Source - Times Of India

Little Anjali from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is a big girl now

Remember adorable little Anjali from Karan Johar's super successful Bollywood debut Kuch Kuch Hota Hai?

She's all grown up now and is back on the silver screen with a role in KJo's next film. Sana Saeed will be seen playing "a high school hottie" in Student Of The Year, which also stars three other debutants - Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Sidhharth Malhotra.

The young lady insists that she is not doing a cameo in the movie. Recently in an interview she said, "I have a full-fledged role in the film. It is not a cameo. I play a high school hottie - Tanya. It is a second lead role."

Surprisingly, KJo has kept Sana Saeed away from the limelight all this while. Looks like she'll be the surprise element of Student Of The Year. We are keeping our fingers crossed.

Source - NDTV photos

Priyanka Chopra hikes fee after success of Barfi!

Close on the heels of her latest release Barfi! being chosen to represent the country at the Oscars, Priyanka Chopra apparently has decided to hike her fee. Sources say that she demanded Rs 1 crore to walk the ramp at a fashion show scheduled to begin in Delhi next week.
Our sources say, "Priyanka is the brand ambassador of the event and it was a natural decision to approach her to be the showstopper. However, she spun a surprise on us by asking for a fee of Rs 1 crore! The amount was just too high for the designer at the show."
An informer who is a regular at fashion events in the country points out that celebrities normally charge around Rs 30 lakh to be the showstopper. The source adds, "We could not afford PC's fee and so the deal didn't take place. We had to look for another celebrity to take her place."
A source close to Priyanka says, "Priyanka is in India only for a day for her prior commitments. She will soon be in Los Angeles to shoot for her video. There is no question of her walking the ramp at all."

OMG: Oh My God

Story: Atheist Kanjilal Mehta takes 'God' to court after an earthquake destroys his shop. Suddenly, 'Krishna Vasudev Yadav' shows up - does divine intervention occur?

Movie Review: Straight on, OMG is Paresh Rawal's movie - and one of his best. Akshay Kumar plays a small and sacred role but OMG is largely powered by Rawal's performance as Kanjilal Mehta, a cynical Gujarati shopkeeper in Mumbai's Chor Bazaar, hardcore atheist who merrily dupes the believing into buying Krishna statues before whom Kanji trills, "Kootchie kootchie, natkhat!" The atheist even disrupts a matki phoro ceremony for Krishna where, despite a cracking guest performance by Sonakshi Sinha and Prabhudeva to 'Go-Go-Go-Govinda' - watch the latter's buttery moves and the former's rock-chick hair - Kanjilal rains on the party.

An earthquake follows, reducing just one shop to rubble - Kanjilal's. His insurance company refuses to pay, citing an act of God. Facing ruin, Kanji takes God - as represented by 'collection officers', religious leaders Swami Leeladhar (Chakrabarty, super), Siddheshwar (Namdeo, hamming it up to Italian deli-level) and sexy sanyasin Mata Gopi (Poonam Jhawar) - to court demanding compensation. Goons try to kill Kanji - but 'consultant' Krishna Vasudev Yadav saves him via a thrilling motorbike ride - then moves into his house. The trial circles deep philosophy, yet tongues stay firmly in cheek as Kanji tells the outraged swamis, "Ye mujhe kya Gita sikhayenge - inka IQ room temperature se bhi low hai."

Rawal is pure pleasure when he naughtily points out, "Recession mein toh inka dhanda double ho jata hai!", when debating being boiled in oil down in hell, he asks, "Mein aadmi hoon ya pakora?" or, when he states that such religion - superstition, fear, ignorance - "insaan ko bebas ya aatankwadi banata hai." It is far better, he remarks, to donate milk to the hungry than pour it over a shrine - and into a drain, to give to the needy rather than enrich religious commerce working on human weakness and woe via 'exchange offers' with the divine.

Rawal's conviction is OMG's bedrock - but its beauty comes from his dynamics with Krishna (Kumar, channeling a Twilight-like zone of motorbikes, overcoats and chiseled looks), who saves his life, educates him via sacred texts and gently instructs an annoyed housewife yelling Kanji is a nastik to eat her ice-cream before it melts. Few Bollywood actors do loopy-plus-hot as well as Kumar and he's silken here, all delicate hints and half-smiles, smoothly playing the flute as Kanji shouts, "O Hari Prasad! O Chaurasia!"

Their chemistry is electric, Rawal wryly noting, "Suit-boot mein aya Kanhaiya", backed by Chakrabarty too, biting into the role of a long-haired swami speaking in softly mincing tones, using his hands down to one finger in a terrific take-off. Other acting (Puri, a Muslim lawyer helping Kanji, Manjrekar as lawyer Sardesai, Lubna Salim as Kanji's wide-eyed wife Susheela) is strictly average but covered by an astonishingly good background track pepping up the pace, adding zing but never distracting from a complex story told in a simple way.

On the downside, OMG's production values are not high-gloss and it sags and looks stagey at times. Importantly though, in a nation obsessed with taweezes and tonsures, fasts and fasaads, the symbolic over the sensible, OMG conveys a serious message this festive season - God is to be found in human beings. And, rather like Hindi films of an earlier age, it does so in a light and unusual way.

Source - The Times Of India

Isha Shervani drops out of 'Jhalak....' finale

The 27-year-old, who also wowed audiences with her aerial dance act with choreographer Salman Yusuf Khan, fell at a friend's place and has reportedly suffered injuries on her face. She does not wish to come in front of the camera.

Asked if the rumours are true, Salman told us on phone: "Haan (yes). Isha has got some injuries but not during rehearsals. She was at a friend's place. She fell at a friend's place."

However, the choreographer refused to comment on anything else until the episode goes on air and added: "Until it is televised, I won't be able to comment on it. I am not in a state to comment over anything right now."

A few weeks ago, the actress injured her left arm during rehearsals which is in cast now, but still she performed mallakhamb in the last episode.

The finale will see Gurmeet Choudhary, Rithvik Dhanjani and Rashmi Desai Sandhu fighting for the title.

Judged by actress Madhuri Dixit, ace choreographer Remo D'Souza and filmmaker Karan Johar, the finale will take place September 30.
Source - Msn Entertainment

My daughter looks like Twinkle: Akshay

"We are blessed with a lovely baby girl, who looks just like her mother and grandmother (veteran actress Dimple Kapadia)," the 45-year-old said in a statement.

Twinkle delivered the baby, their second child after 10-year-old son Aarav, at the Breach Candy Hospital Tuesday morning.

Akshay was in Jaipur Monday evening to promote his forthcoming film 'Oh My God', but rushed back to Mumbai to be by his wife's side. He is extremely happy.

"I have no words to express my happiness. I would like to thank everyone for their blessings and best wishes," added the actor.
Source - Msn Entertainment

Enrique Iglesias to perform in Bangalore

Pop sensation Enrique Iglesias will perform not just in Pune, but also in Bangalore and Gurgaon as well. Enrique's three city-tour of India will kick-start in Pune on October 17, continue in Gurgaon on October 19 and end in Bangalore on October 21.

In a statement released by Enrique about his upcoming India tour, he said, "It's been a long time since my last tour in India and I've been dying to come back and perform in front of one of the best and craziest crowds in the world! I'm excited about this visit and promise to give a great show and do my best so everyone has a great time. It's going to be awesome." The last time Enrique came to India was in 2004, and Bangalore was one of the pitstops on his Seven World Tour.
According to Vijay Nair, CEO of the organization producing the 2012 India tour, the venue for the Bangalore concert will be announced early next week. "Palace Grounds is not an option. We're just waiting to get licences cleared before we make an announcement," he said.

Source - Times Of India

'A' films with minimum cuts post 11 pm on TV?

Jannat 2 
Since the screening of The Dirty Picture on television was stalled earlier this year because it was A-certified, and was later screened after 56 cuts, there has been a lot of debate about screening such films on television.

Even for Jannat 2, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has said that it can only be screened post 11pm and with proper cuts. However, the situation might improve. According to sources in the Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC), a meeting was held between CBFC representatives, the BCCC chairman retired Justice AP Shah, film industry representatives and broadcasters on September 19 in Mumbai, where it was felt that there should be a designated watershed hours post 11pm when A-certified movies can be screened with minimal cuts. There were talks about a proposition where viewers get to know the number of sexually explicit and violent scenes in the movie at the beginning.

"There were discussions about running a ticker at the beginning of the movie saying that this movie contains a particular number of scenes not fit for viewers under 18. This policy is prevalent in the US and the UK," a source in BCCC told us, adding that there are 20 films at the Mumbai centre of CBFC which are awaiting the approval of the Board for TV screening. This list includes Delhi Belly, Gangs Of Wasseypur (parts 1 and 2) and Jannat 2.

In the meeting, there were also discussions about creating a body comprising film industry representatives, TV broadcasters, BCCC representatives, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting officials and civil society members. "There were talks about creating a kind of self-regulatory mechanism where the above mentioned body can clear them for TV screening according to appropriate time slots," our source added. The only problem is the provisions of the Cinematograph Act, which prevent the screening of A-certified movies. "For A-rated movies, there will have to be amendments made to the Act which will entail long parliamentary proceedings and approvals. But efforts are on to strike a way out," the source said.

Source - Times Of India


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