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'Bipasha Basu is not as safe as she was 10 years ago'

`Bipasha Basu is not as safe as she was 10 years ago`

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt's forthcoming venture 'Raaz 3' which contains a slice from Bipasha Basu's life, says, the model-turned actress is not having a good run in the industry primarily due to the competition from the younger lot in the tinsel town.

A lot of films like 'The Dirty Picture' or the upcoming release 'Heroine' revolves around the meteoric rise and downfall of a superstar or a supermodel. Vikram Bhatt's directorial venture, 'Raaz 3' also appears to be similar, as it focuses on two actresses - Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta -- with Emraan Hashmi playing the role of a director.

"The need for Bollywood stories is enormous, people are enchanted with it. There is a reality of the industry that we know. We have given the film a horror idiom by including black magic. The story is very much true, " Bhatt said in an interview. "It also coincides with Bipasha Basu's life where she is feeling the breath of extinction as the younger girls have come in who may elbow her out.

Today Bipasaha is not as safe as she was 10 years ago when she came into the industry, " he said. Releasing September 7, 'Raaz 3' talks about the turbulent times of an actress, played by Bipasha and how she begins to turn to black magic to destroy a budding star (Esha) and get back the man (Emraan) she loves. The tag line of 'Raaz 3' states 'When desire becomes evil'.

"There is a fierce competition that exists among film stars and their appetite to stay on top can make them do anything. We have known people in the industry who have conned or have gone to the extent of killing their associate, " the 63-year-old filmmaker said.

'Raaz 3' also has some references of director Vikram Bhatt's life. "Vikram came from a very vulnerable point in his life. He had just come out of a traumatised relationship with an actress, " Bhatt said.

However, he clarified that they were not looking to malign the image of the actress through their film. "It was not to malign the girl. It was to show how we as human beings in the world of entertainment are so pathetic when it comes to losing it.

Whether it is the heart breaking story of Rajesh Khanna spiralling down into the abyss or it is Vikram's own beloved girl who would throw a fit in the middle of the night because she feels that she is losing her stardom, " Bhatt said.

"All this is somewhere a part of our industry. Celebrities flashing at parties and premiers are not the same in real life, " he said. Earlier, Jacqueline Fernandez was to be part of 'Raaz 3' but due to certain reasons she chose to walk out. "Jacqueline was going to do the film. Post 'Murder 2' she had some reservations with the kind of clothes that Vikram wanted her to dress up in.

He felt that there is basic discomfort that had sunk in her mind, " Bhatt said. "There is a certain amount of erotica in the film which is necessary. We gracefully parted ways. Jacqueline has complete right to a say a no if she is uncomfortable, " he said.


Wedding can wait, not Raaz 3: Esha Gupta

Wedding can wait, not Raaz 3: Esha Gupta

Esha Gupta to give family wedding a miss to attend promotional events for her new film

Coming from an army background, it is no wonder that for Esha Gupta, the call of duty comes first. So much so that she is giving a family wedding a miss as she will be busy promoting her upcoming film.

Our source says, `She is still very new in the industry. She is lucky that in her very first year in the industry, she has two back-to-back films. She cannot take chances.`

Towards the end of this month and early September, her family will be busy prepping up for her cousin brother's wedding. While some of the pre-wedding ceremonies will be held in Delhi and Ludhiana, the main event will be taking place in Jodhpur.

At the same time, the cast of Vikram Bhatt's next will be promoting their film. And once that gets over, Esha is expected to join the promotions of Prakash Jha's next. The source adds that though Esha will not be part of the wedding, she is involved in the wedding preparations.


'How many actors can you call Tiger apart from Salman Khan?'

`How many actors can you call Tiger apart from Salman Khan?`

b>Kabir Khan explains why Salman rocks in his film 'Ek Tha Tiger', actor's chemistry with former ladylove Katrina

Kabir Khan is currently waiting with bated breath for the release of his upcoming film, starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. The former documentary filmmaker started his Bollywood career with Kabul Express, followed by New York.

During the course of the conversation, while Khan admits that the industry today is indeed driven by numbers, he doesn't wish to conform to the media's make-believe clubs. In a freewheeling chat, he talks about his experience with Salman, the actor's chemistry with former ladylove Katrina and the Rs 100-crore club. . .

Salman had a surgery during the making of the film. Did it affect the overall outcome?
No, it happened at the very beginning of the project. He took a proper break to get his nerve disorder in the face treated. We commenced only after his surgery, so there was no delay or interruption of any sort.

Is it true that Hrithik Roshan was the first choice for the film?
These were mere speculations. Yash Raj banner makes many films at the same time and at the end of the day, how many actors can you call Tiger in the industry? Also, I'm one of those filmmakers who write a story keeping the actor's personality in mind.

So Salman it was from the beginning.. ?
Absolutely. He has the inherent qualities of the character I had envisioned even before we got down to shoot. In the film, Salman's simply a legend and needless to say, he fits to the tee. Today, I can't see anyone else in this role.

Did his personal equation with Katrina ever come in the way of the film?
As far as I could see, they were extremely friendly and comfortable in each other's presence throughout the shoot. After all, they've known each other for almost a decade now. Their chemistry speaks for itself on the screen.

What do you think of the Rs 100 crore club?
It's just a media creation. (Laughs) I don't know where this club is or where its headquarter is located. Is it in Lokhandwala? (Laughs again) The box office collection is indeed a parameter of success but it's not the only one.

Earlier, we used to judge a film by its silver or golden jubilee. Personally, I believe numbers don't always justify success. Just because Spider-Man rakes in more money doesn't make it a superior film than Rain Man.

There are talks about you moving away from the Yash Raj camp and working with Sajid Nadiadwala. Is it true?
As of now, there are only talks going on. Nothing has been finalised yet. Anyway, it's not like I'll leave this production house for good and not come back to work again. Aditya (Chopra) has supported me from the very beginning and I'll always remain thankful for that.


Anirudh-Andrea caught kissing

Anirudh Ravichander, who shot to fame with 'Kolaveri di...' track, and actress-singer Andrea Jeremiah, could not have expected to announce their relationship in this fashion, as their intimate moments have become a fodder for naughty netizens. Well, a shocking picture of the couple sharing a lip-lock is doing rounds on the internet.
The musician, who has been hitting headlines for all good reasons, has been allegedly caught kissing singer-actress Andrea Jeremiah. A couple of pictures featuring them in intimate mood have been leaked by some miscreants on internet. However, like 'Kolaveri di...', these images have started going viral on internet.
Picture: Anirudh-Andrea caught kissing

Anushka Sharma snubs Anurag Kashyap: No 'Bombay Velvet'

Anushka Sharma snubs Anurag Kashyap: No `Bombay Velvet`

While Anurag Kashyap states he has already signed Anushka Sharma for his upcoming film, the actress denies having any knowledge of it

Ever since Anurag Kashyap announced in April that Ranbir Kapoor has been cast in his ambitious project Bombay Velvet, there was also buzz that the filmmaker had signed Anushka Sharma as the female lead. But now it looks like that may not be true at all!

When we spoke to Anurag a few days ago to confirm on which Bollywood actress has signed the dotted lines for the film, he simply stated, `Anushka Sharma, it is!`

However, the twist in the tale happened when we met Anushka to speak about the same and she stated, `I haven't signed the project yet. It is still pending. So I can't comment on it until I sign the film. ` Is there some miscommunication then?


Chivalrous Salman rescues 'ladylove' Katrina... again

Chivalrous Salman rescues `ladylove` Katrina... again

This happened in Amedabad on Sunday when Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif landed there with the express purpose interacting with fans and the press.

Salman who has been constantly showing his protective side towards Katrina Kaif in all their public interactions regarding their new film, this time went many steps further.

On Sunday when Salman landed at Ahmedabad for the first time in his entire career, all hell broke loose. The crowds were so large and seemingly unmanageable that the star thought it best to turn back and return to Mumbai. And Salman was not concerned for himself but Katrina.

Says a close friend of Katrina, `If he had gone solo Salman wouldn't have bothered. But to see this sea of humanity descend on them on the airport made Salman concerned for Katrina's safety. However Salman ne jo ek baar commitment kar diya to kar diya. He proceeded to to the luxury hotel near the airport where the press and fan interactions were to happen. `

It was there that the crowds got really unmanageable.

Says Katrina's friend, `No one meant any harm. But the people were excited to see Kat and Bhai together. Some of them got over- excited and a jostle ensued. Bhai's first and only instinct was to get Katrina out of the harm's way.

She kept brushing off his concern. But Bhai was insistent. Of course he's always concerned about the ladies' wellbeing at public events. But this was different. It's the way he reacts when it comes to his mom and sisters. `

Who's Mahie's very, very naughty 'friend'

Who`s Mahie`s very, very naughty `friend`

Mahie Gill has finally taken some time off from work to decorate her new Goa property and spend time with her pooch

To take a break from her hectic shoot schedule, Mahie Gill has finally managed to take a short holiday. Currently, the actress is chilling in Goa with her newly acquired canine companion, a pug.

Mahie has also purchased a spanking new apartment in the tourist destination and is taking time out to do the interiors of the place.

Mahie says, `I won't be staying here and so I will be giving it out on rent. But I still need to fix a few things.` The acterss is also glad she is finally getting to spend time with her beloved pooch. The dog was a gift from the royal family of Gujarat.

The actress says, `Previously I had a dog called Bruno. But after he passed away, I decided not to keep another one. Now, I call my new friend Dona Gill and she is very, very naughty!`

While she is in a full-fledged romantic relationship right now, Mahie seems to be in no hurry to tie the knot. `I have absolutely no plans of getting hitched right now.` Looks like the lady is busy showering all her attention on her pooch.


Denied sex, duo harass actress

Denied sex, duo harass actress

Producer and writer held for allegedly sending lewd SMSes, posting vulgar comments online

Producer and writer have been arrested for allegedly sending her lewd SMSes and posting vulgar comments on social networking website

On Wednesday night, Versova police arrested a small-time writer and a film producer for allegedly sending lewd messages to Sapna, an actress, on her mobile phone, and posting vulgar comments about her on a social networking website.

The accused - Harish Jaiswal (42) and Mukesh Pandey (28) - were allegedly defaming the actress on a social networking website since the past three months.

When the actress could not bear the abuse any further, she decided to teach the duo a lesson and recorded their conversation on her mobile phone. She then approached Versova police and lodged a complaint against the two.

`The FIR was registered against the duo based on the mobile phone recording, ` said Sharad Borse, senior PI of Versova police station.

Police arrested the duo and presented them before the court yesterday. Both Jaiswal and Pandey have been remanded in police custody till Monday.

`We have seized the computers of the duo to match the IP address from which the comments were posted. Besides, we are also trying to find out if they have committed a similar crime in the past, ` an officer from Versova police station said.

The lust story

Jaiswal and Pandey had met the actress and offered her an item song in their film. According to police, the duo then asked the actress for sexual favours. But when she refused to oblige, they started harassing her.

`They defamed me on the website by posting lewd and vulgar remarks on my pictures. When I tried to block them from my account on the social networking website, they started calling me on my mobile phone, " the actress alleged.

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