It's time to create 200 crore club: Ekta Kapoor

Filmmaker Ekta Kapoor says she is now in a position to make a gritty action film like 'Shootout At Wadala', adding its time to kick start a new trend of movies doing Rs.200 crore business.

"Today, every film does Rs.100 crore business... even a film which earns Rs.95 crore, joins the Rs.100 crore club business," Ekta told reporters here Saturday. "So now it's time to create a new trend. Shootout at Wadala is unique and I hope it makes Rs.200 crore club. Is there any club of that, should we start one?"

She was here for the live trailer launch of the crime thriller, a dramatised version of Mumbai police's first registered shootout in which gangster Manya Surve was gunned down in 1982 at Wadala, at the the Great India Place Mall here.Ekta is quite confident about her film.

"I have made a film and the film is based on a book, so if the book is doing great, then why should I be scared? I think one should remain true to their heart, rest will fall into place," she said.

"I think actors have been brave to play the roles and the director has been brave enough to make the film. Also, I think I am in a brave position now to given such films," added the filmmaker who dared to make The Dirty Picture, an unofficial biopic on southern sex icon 'Silk Smitha'.

Directed by Sanjay Gupta, the crime thriller is set for a May 1 release and features John Abraham,Kangna Ranaut, Tusshar Kapoor and Sonu Sood.

The film, a prequel to 2007 film Shootout at Lokhandwala, is based on the book 'Dongri To Dubai' written by Hussain Zaidi.

It is the story of gangsters like Sabir Ibrahim, Manya Surve and Dawood Ibrahim and Ekta has given the same name to the characters of the movies.

Source - TOI

BIGG BOSS 6 WINNER Urvashi Dholakia

Bigg Boss 6 finale: Niketan Madhok evicted

One of the strongest contestants on the Bigg Boss 6, Niketan Madhok was the first among the four finalists to be evicted tonight in the finale episode.
Niketan, from Delhi, has done modelling for various international fashion brands. He has worked with some of the biggest designers in India, including Ritu Kumar, Rohit Bal, Aki Narula and JJ Valaya.
This leaves out Sana Khan, Imam Siddiqui and Urvashi Dholakia, another strong contender to compete for the title of the winner in sixth edition of the reality show based on UK's Big Brother.
Stay tuned for live updates from the show.
Source - DNA

Hema is still my dream girl: Dharmendra

TOI caught Dharmendra for a candid chat about his films, life and, of course, Hema Malini.

Tell us something about your upcoming venture, Yamla Pagla Deewana 2?

First of all, It's not a sequel of Yamla Pagla Deewana, but a totally different story. In this film, Bobby and I play two goons whom Sunny tries to take on. There are some beautiful situations in the film. We shot for three and half months in England and everything went very well. I hope this film will do better than the last one.

How do you feel working with your sons? Do you still guide them?
I guided them when they needed it. Now they've grown up and can take their own decisions. Still, I'm very lucky that both of them are deeply rooted in our culture and tradition. They also give me utmost respect and still feel cautious when I'm around. But, while we're on the set, we act like professionals. Then Bobby doesn't feel awkward saying dialogues like kameena and all (laughs).

You started your career with romantic roles, but then turned into an action hero. Which avatar did you enjoy the most?

I have played and still play a variety of roles, not only action or romantic ones. But we Deols definitely have some advantages over others when it comes to doing action flicks (laughs). But in my heyday, I was lucky to have the physique for an action hero.

You are still known as the He-Man of Bollywood, how do you take it?

I am honoured with many titles and I am happy that even today people have kept me in their hearts. Sohrat to ek nasha hai jo utar bhi jata hai, lekin pyaar-mohabbat aisi chiz hain jo dil main baith jate hain. However, people often strive to attain glamour and stardom, which I never believed in. I just wanted to be a good human being and that's how I loved to be remembered, rather than a superstar.

We heard that you are regularly hitting the gym even if you are 77. From where do you get this energy

Oh, I absolutely love it. Basically, from childhood I believe that my body is god's gift and it's my duty to maintain it. So, I treat the gym as temple. I try to exercise for at least half an hour every day and usually jog or cycle too.

Among current Bollywood stars, who do you think can match your looks?

I think Salman is very much like me. I was very naughty in my days. But I was also very emotional. And I think he has these qualities too. Salman, Aamir and Shah Rukh give me a lot of respect and whenever they meet me, they touch my feet. Their genuine emotions make me happy.

How do you feel about the changing trends in Bollywood?

Change, as a concept, is very good. But, there's a growing vulgarity in today's Hindi films. Even if my daughter has to say obscene dialogues, I hate it. We had the most rich culture in the entire world. Unfortunately, it's getting ruined. However, good films are still getting made like before. But they are being made as per the changing trends of the society. That is unavoidable.

You have acted in around 247 flicks. Which one do you think was the best one in your entire career?

I think I am yet to give my best. But I loved Satyakam. My role and storyline were very strong and natural in that film. Apart from that Chupke Chupke is also very special to me.

Is Hemaji still your dream girl?

This is something very close to my heart. So, if I speak about my feelings, it'll lose its impact.Main apni dil ki batein dil mein hi rakhta hoon. She is a wonderful person and of course she is still my dream girl — I can say only this much.

How did you feel visiting Odisha for the first time?

I got amazing vibes from Odisha and it's people. I regret the fact that I haven't come to this place before. I wish Odisha remains as it is. Isko nazar na lage.

What punishment do you think should be given to the Delhi gang rape convicts?

Make me a dictator for at least two years and I will erase all kind of rapes. Not only physical rape but people even get raped mentally. There is a lot of filth in our society that I want to clean up and then people can taste the sweetness of democracy.
Source - TOI

Five filmmakers backing Sidharth-Parineeti's next film

Karan Johar's 'Student Of The Year' gave three youngsters — Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt — their dream launch. After that, the topmost question in Bollywood has been, 'What's next for these young ones?'

Imtiaz Ali lapped up Alia, Ekta Kapoor signed on Varun. And Sidharth has found the collective backing of four sharp-thinking, smart producers — Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikas Bahl and Madhu Mantena, who are partners in Phantom Films. They are now collaborating with Karan Johar's Dharma Productions on a Sidharth-Parineeti film directed by ad filmmaker Vinil Mathew.

Says Anurag, "Sidharth and Parineeti are among the most promising newcomers we have on the scene. The story works with fresh faces, but requires a high level of chemistry and maturity in the performances. After spending months shortlisting various actors, we finalised Sidharth and Parineeti, as they make an exciting pair to watch out for!"

Karan is also excited because there are several firsts in this project. One, his banner is teaming up with Phantom Films; two, Vinil is making his big-screen debut and three, Sidharth-Parineeti pairing is new.

Says KJo, "Vinil is a prolific ad filmmaker, who has directed myriad ad films, including one with me. He's bright." According to Karan, Sid and Parineeti bring a burst of freshness to the project. "The freshness factor alone makes this film all the more exciting. Anurag, Vikramaditya, Vikas, Madhu and I are from different schools of thought. A blend of so many different-thinking people is exciting."

Source - times of india

Sunmeet Kaur wins Rs 5 crore on KBC!

It's a delightful day as a woman for the first time in the history of the game show Kaun Banega Crorepati has won 5 crore on the show.

Earlier, names like Harshavardhan Navate, Sushil Kumar and so on made headlines for being the crorepatis but now the time has changed declaring a woman contestant as a crorepati.

The latest information we have received is Sunmeet Kaur Sawhney, originally hailing from Punjab, residing in a rented house at Mumbai has won the winning amount of 5 crore rupees in the ace game show, Kaun Banega Crorepati.

Talking about Sunmeet a source says, " Sunmeet is a HSC pass housewife and takes tutions as a financial helping hand for her husband."

We will update our readers with a long interview of Sunmeet Kaur soon. Till the time keep glued to the space.

Source - Times of India

Crime Patrol to tell Delhi gang-rape incident

As the nation reels under the horror of the brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old Delhi girl and fights for justice for her, popular TV crime show " Crime Patrol" has decided to dedicate an episode to the incident.

"We are trying to keep it as factual as possible. We are not sensationalising things. We are doing it with utmost sensitivity and trying to give our point of view and suggestions," Anup Soni, the host of the show, told IANS.

"In the past we have shown episodes featuring rape cases, but this is the case that turned people into rebels. As and when we have shown such cases in the show, our approach has always been to change the mindset of people and this time it is the same too," he added and pointed out that people's "outlook needs to be changed".

The 23-year-old physiotherapist was brutally raped by six men in a moving bus in south Delhi Dec 16 and she died in a Singapore hospital Dec 29, where she was being treated for the grievous injuries.

Anup calls for stringent laws against rape cases.

"It is important that the culprits should not get a feeling that they can easily get away with the law. It is important to instill the fear of law in them and for that stringent laws need to be made," he said.

"Apart from rape cases, there are many eve-teasing incidents that go unnoticed. A bifurcation needs to be made that 'this is the punishment for rape' and 'this is the punishment for eve-teasing'. It is important to build that fear in men who commit such heinous crimes, which would force them to think twice before doing something like this again."

"I know it is not easy to change the mindset of people, who look down upon women. It will take time, it might take generations, but something can definitely be done at the judicial level, which won't take so much time," he added.

Asked how does he think presenting the entire incident on small screen will help, Anup said: "I would give you a simple example. The tragedy of Titanic sinking in sea happened years back, but it was only when the tragedy was brought alive through a movie that people were able to relate to it more, and even felt sad about it."

"In Delhi gang-rape case too, we hope that people relate to it more and help bring about a change in the mindset of others too. We hope that fire within people to bring about a change in the society doesn't die."

The episode will be aired Jan 11-12 on Sony.
Source - Times of india

Sapna Bhavnani gets evicted from Bigg Boss- 6

Hair Stylist Sapna Bhavnani one of the contestants of Colors Bigg Boss- 6, has been successfully surviving all the eliminations until now.

However, lady luck seems to be not on her side tonight as after surviving the maximum evictions, Sapna is finally eliminated from the Bigg Boss house.

Sapna was nominated along with other contestants like Urvashi Dholakia, Delnaaz Irani and Imam Siddiqui. Bhavnani received the least number of votes from the audiences of Bigg Boss- 6 and thus she will bid adieu to the show tonight.

As the show is slowly moving towards its finale the excitement and curiosity level is also increasing with each passing day. And with Sapna's eviction, the battle between the last six contestants to make it to the Top 5 will be an interesting thing to watch out next week.
Source - times of india

Salman Khan praises Shah Rukh on Bigg Boss

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan defended his rival Shah Rukh Khan on Bigg Boss after Imam Siddique, a contestant on the show, claimed he was the one who made SRK a star.

Siddique, a casting director, got into an argument with host Salman last night after he nominated the house's captain Niketan.

The actor told Siddique to nominate someone else as Niketan was the captain of the house but Siddique stood by his decision, saying he knew what the audience want.

After Salman mocked him, Siddique replied, "I cast Preity Zinta and Shah Rukh Khan for ad films that worked very well with the audiences."

Losing his cool, Salman said, "Shah Rukh is in the industry because of his hard work and the support of his fans. It is because he has pursued his career with determination that he is a big man and not because you cast him in an advertisement."

The 47-year-old "Dabangg" star also revealed that Siddique was desperate to be a part of the show and would text him everyday begging to be a part of 'Bigg Boss'.
Source - The Times of india


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