||Rags-to-riches tale Slumdog
Millionaire hit the jackpot at the
66th Golden Globe Awards, winning
four of the coveted awards including
best film drama to give it a leg up in
Hollywood's race for Oscars.
|Rahul Bose feels that the Mumbai
Marathon was the best comm -
unity event to happen especially after
the recent terror attacks. He feels
that even after the recent attacks the
city should not let its spirit die and in
fact come forward more aggressively
to show their support and demand for
better governance. ”We can demand
to have a cleaner and a corruptionfree
Mumbai in times where the
atmosphere seemed uncongenial.
We needed to think in terms of WE. I
want to leave my niece Aalia in a city
that is a community of million minds
and ideologies, aspirations and
opinions, but a community all the
||The new girl on the block is the
dusky Brinda Parekh. With
blockbusters like Pokkiri (Tamil) and
Buddhivanta (Kannada), under her
belt, Brinda is back in B – Town. After
her guest appearance in Corporate,
Brinda plays a negative lead in Vipul
Shah's London Dreams, a Salman
Khan and Ajay Devgan starrer.
|Sharmila Tagore and Soha Ali
Khan also ran the marathon for
Rahul Bose's foundation, Heal, a
NGO to raise awareness for sexually
abused children. "Children are the
future of India and as UNICEF
Goodwill Ambassador, I have
pledged to speak up for the cause of
children whenever and wherever it is
necessary. If this small effort in any
way alleviates the misery and stigma
that these little children have to face,
it will be worth my while,” Sharmila
||The year 2008 heralded Kareena
as a fashion diva as well as an
established actress with her awardwinning
performance in Jab We Met.
And now for the year 2009, she has
been voted as the only actress who
has been able to make it up in the
list of Top 10 Youth Icons.
|Beginning the year on a lucky note
BIG Music, released the music of
the film Luck By Chance.With music
by the hip trio Shankar, Eshaan and
Loy and lyrics by Javed Akhtar, the
songs have been getting the thumbsup
by music buffs. The music album
is contemporary and vibrant, having
shades of inspiration, romance, feel
good, Sufi and has received a 5-star
rating on iTunes, Napster and
Amazon Presented by Excel
Entertainment Pvt Ltd and BIG
Pictures, the film marks the directorial
debut of Zoya Akhtar.
||Madhur Bhandarkar has denied
recent reports that he will be
directing serials for a popular
television channel. The three-time
National award-winning director said
that he will not be directing the serials
himself but the project would be
handled by his company Bhandarkar
Entertainment Pvt Ltd.
|Ace Hollywood choreographer
Marty was in India recently to
choreograph a song for Shahid
Kapur for his upcoming film Ken
Ghosh's Yahoo. Mike, Marty's main
dancer helped Shahid learn his
moves and the two got along like a
house on fire. Shahid played the
perfect host and even presented
Mike a whole new line of luggage as
a farewell gift.
||Post the success of Golmaal
Returns,Tushar Kapoor has gone
in for a totally new look for his role in
Life Partner!Tusshar plays a married
Gujarati from South Africa and is cast
opposite Prachi Desai. "I am playing
a married man for the first time. My
character of a Gujarati NRI requires
me to sport a moustache! I’ve been
paired opposite Prachi who is a
Gujarati and she was a huge help in
terms of learning the acts and
behaviour required for my character.
She also helped me a lot in speaking
the language with the proper accent
et al." The film is Abbas Mustan's first
production directed by Rumi Jaffery.
|Bollywood’s reigning queen,
Priyanka Chopra, launched the
Nokia 5800 Xpress Music. Users will
be able to enjoy and discover true
music Nokia and entertainment
experience complemented by a
touch interface. The device is
available across all Nokia
priority dealers and other
mobile outlets in west India.
||Nandana Sen is in the news
once again! After creating
ripples in Rang Rasaiya the
sensuous actress has signed yet
another interesting venture — a Tips
film with Vivek Oberoi being directed
by Kukkee Gulati. "My character in
this film is in complete contrast to what
I did in Rang Rasaiya.
Ayesha Dharker is so much of a
perfectionist that she actually
works on a role even before she gets
it. That is what worked for her in the
case of Outsourced. When she was
narrated the role by the producer and
director, they called the actor back
for a reading with Josh Hamilton.
||Timely and friendly advice can
sometimes prove to be a turning
point in someone’s life. Proof? More
than 50 years ago when Shakti
Samanta came to Mumbai to become
an actor, Ashok Kumar advised him
not to try his luck in acting and,
instead, become a director. The
result? With Howrah Bridge starring
Ashok Kumar and Madhubala turning
out to be hit. Shakti Films banner
took a flying start and made many
successful, memorable films like
Aradhana, Kati Patang, and An
Evening in Paris, to name only a few.
God only knows if Shakti Samanta
could have lasted 50 years as an
actor. But as a film-maker, he can
well be proud of his achievements.
The craze for cine couples has always been there in Bollywood. It might have been Amitabh-Rekha or Dharmendra-Hema.
Today’s hottest pair is that of John and Bipasha. This couple’s only two films — Jism and Aitbaar — have been released so far.
A survey conducted on the Valentine’s Day, shows that cine-goers consider the John-Bipasha pair as the hottest one. A reason might be that the media has widely splashed the stories of their romance.
||Dancing her way through the music video Kaliyon Ka Chaman, Meghna Naidu might have looked fat, but with enough body exposure, she has become the topic of discussion.
After Hawas, Meghna has bagged another film, Husna. Under the prestigious banner of the Sultan productions, producer Faraha Ahmed (Sultan Ahmed’s wife) is all set to exploit the magical youth of Meghna Naidu. The film is directed by Amit Sinha.
Through Husna publicist-journalist Dhirendra Jain and Anoop Srivastava have also become a producers.
Husna is the second bold film of Meghna. She says that the film tells about a very ambitious girl who uses her charms to fulfil her dreams.
Priyanka Chopra’s entry into films was with body exposure in Andaaz.
Again, she has enacted hot bedroom scenes with Akshay Kumar in Abbas Mastaan-directed film Etraz. According to Priyanka, every heroine has to present a sexy image today. With the making of films like Jism and Khwahish, such scenes have become common.