Fashion Music Review

Fashion is the biggest project for Madhur Bhandarkar. Majority of his films have been low budget affairs (no, we are not counting Aan - Men At Work), whether it is Trishakti, Chandni Bar, Satta or Traffic Signal. Page 3 and Corporate saw the bar being raised when it came to money being spent on projects but Fashion jumps all bars when it comes to budget being set for a Bhandarkar film. The film has been mounted on a lavish scale, boasts of top-line actors (Priyanka Chopra, Kangana) and even sees Salim-Sulaiman coming on board as composers (with Irfan Siddiqui as the lyricist) while replacing Shamir Tandon with whom Bhandarkar has worked in quite a few projects. This is the first step in the right direction for the director since the composer duo come up with the tunes that don't just go by the theme of the film; they also have a couple of numbers in the offering which have a chartbuster appeal to them.
Ten seconds into the title song 'Fashion Ka Jalwa' and you would find your feet tapping to the song's beats. Interestingly arranged and orchestrated, the song (which has Sandeep Nath as the guest lyricist) has 'Jalwa' as it's punch word with Satya Hinduja and Robert "Bob" Omulo giving Sukhwinder Singh company behind the mike. Though the song's base remains to be entirely Western, it is 'singing-with-a-punch' by Sukhwinder Singh which gets an Indian feel to the proceedings. Lasting close to five minutes and also appearing in a 'remix version', this is not a number, which you find humming around the town but would enjoy it being played on screen at a strategic point of the narrative.
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Taare Zameen Par is India's official entry to the Oscars

The verdict is finally out. Aamir Khan's directorial debut Taare Zameen Par, which won the hearts of audiences world over, has been selected as India's official entry to the Oscars.

The heartwarming story of a dyslexic child (portrayed by Darsheel Safary) and his supportive teacher (played by Aamir himself) was both a critical and commercial success. Taare Zameen Par edged out competition such as Jodhaa Akbar and A Wednesday to be chosen as India's official entry to the prestigious Academy awards.

Last time around Aamir Khan Productions' Lagaan made it to the Final 5 nominated films in the Best Foreign Film category. Now producer-director Aamir Khan would be hoping that Taare Zameen Par not just finds a nomination in the Top 5, but also bags the coveted trophy.

Here's wishing Aamir and the entire team of Taare Zameen Par heartiest congratulations and loads of luck for their Oscar campaign.
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Malaika's son has huge crush on Katrina Kaif

Guess who is eyeing Salman Khan's girlfriend Katrina Kaif? It's none other than his four year-old-nephew Arhaan, son of Malaika Arora and Arbaaz!

'My four-year-old son Arhaan has the most incurable crush on Katrina. Whenever she's around, I become completely unimportant to my son,' Malaika told IANS.

'It's a family joke that Arhaan is smitten by Katrina. Every time Katrina and I speak she wants to know where Arhaan is so she could take him out,' she said.

After Katrina, Kareena Kapoor too is a favourite with the little boy.

'When Arbaaz and I visited Kareena's location in Hollywood last month, Arhaan became a total lamb. I ceased to exist. Everything was about Kareena only. And I was shocked when my boy, who gives me a hard time feeding him, would ask for everything that Kareena ordered at restaurants and eat quietly without taking his eyes off Kareena,' said Malaika, who's known for her dance moves in hit songs like 'Chaiyya chaiyya'.

Far from sharing cold vibes with Salman's friend Katrina, Malaika actually shares a good rapport with the actress who has written new box office rules by giving six back-to-back hits.

So what are these stories about Malaika's cold war with Katrina?

'There's absolutely nothing to this talk of my cold war with Katrina. I've no space or time for having these kinds of issues with people. I feel life is too precious for these kinds of run-ins.

'It was written that I didn't attend Katrina's birthday. But I was shooting for my reality show ('Zara Nach Ke Dikha') and I couldn't make it. Is that a crime? Are there laws against skipping a family gathering because I was working?

'It was said I didn't go to Katrina's birthday because I couldn't get along with her. Bullshit! And now we're supposed to have shared cold vibes with Katrina at Salman's sister birthday party. Why would I spoil Arpita's party by behaving like such a party-pooper?'

Malaika says she's a total family woman.

'These are very upsetting rumours because it involves the entire family. I'm such a family person. I'd drop anything for family. Katrina isn't someone I hang around with every day or go out with for coffees and lunches. But she's part of our family and I completely respect her presence.

'But, no, she isn't part of my close friends' circle. Both of us come from decent families. My parents would slap me if I misbehaved with anyone, least of all Katrina who is part of our family.'

'No one from Arbaaz's side or my own side of the family can accuse me of behaving highhandedly or aloof. I go out of my way for family. My mother would kick my ass if I behaved like a prima donna. Someone is obviously getting a lot of pleasure by spreading these rumours.'

Is it someone from the Khan family?

'I wouldn't know. But whoever it is, I hope he or she is having a good time,' said Malaika who will be seen in a full-fledged role in forthcoming film 'EMI'.
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Tahaan Kid Purav Bhandar Signs Hollywood Film By Steve Barron

So much is happening in the life of eight-year-old Purav Bhandar, the child actor of the just released film Tahaan, but he seems to be quite naïve about it all. He has been earning rave reviews for his acting. But ask him about his ambition in life and he is quick to respond that he wants to become a 'dentist', just like his parents. On second thoughts, Bhandar quips he will mange both.

The child actor in Santosh Sivan's Tahaan, apparently, is also oblivious to the fact that he has just bagged a big Hollywood project. He has been roped in by director Steve Barron, who has made hit flicks like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Arabian Nights, for his new project. One hears that Purav Bhandar will be playing the role of an Indian boy adopted by a Western couple who comes home to his roots in Bangalore.

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Ash to turn classical singer!!

As we all know whatever our beauty queen Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ventures into, she does whole–heartedly with utter dedication and gives her 100%. Than be it her movies, her various commitments, endorsements, etc...

And now it is reliably learnt that the gorgeous lady will learn classical singing!

No the pretty actress is not in a mood to change her field or giving any try towards singing. Actually, Mani Ratnam's magnum opus flick RAAVAN, is tipped to draw inspiration from the epic Ramayana, which stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and hubby Abhishek Bachchan as the lead characters. And her character in the film RAAVAN demands that she learn classical singing and get the mannerisms of the classical singers in the right fashion.

Though Ash is good at singing, Mani Ratnam had insisted on a special training in classical singing. So the dazzling beauty will soon start her lessons on Classical singing from one of the noted guru
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Emraan to lip-lock with Sagarika?

A bad news for all those Emraan fans out there!

His famous kissing scenes in the movies like MURDER, GANGSTER and many more made him an overnight star and a heartthrob of millions of girls. And with that he earned a tag of 'Serial kisser' in Bollywood.

And now as per the latest buzz around, the serial kisser of B–town, Emraan Hashmi will not do a lip locking scene with CHAK DE fame Sagarika Ghatghe in one of his forthcoming flick RAFTAAR, in which Sagarika replaced Esha Deol. However the reasons behind the no liplocks are not yet known. One must be definitely wondering why there is no liplock scene between Emraan and Sagarika. As there has been no actress with whom Emraan didn't have a liplock scene.

Percept Picture Company's RAFTAAR is being directed by noted ad film maker Shamin Desai. Apart from Emraan and Sagarika the film also stars Neha Dhupia and Aditya Panscholi in prominent roles. Shooting of the movie is currently under way in Kuala Lumpur and the movie is expected to release sometime early next year.
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HORN OK PLEASSSS doubly lucky with Rimi!

Rimi Sen has always delivered when it comes to performances which require her to show her mad comic streak. Whether it is her debut film HUNGAMA followed by DHOOM, GARAM MASALA, DEEWANE HUYE PAAGA, PHIR HERA PHERI, GOLMAAL or DE TAALI – each of these films has worked well to prove that Rimi is an actor to approach when it is required to make audience laugh. With such a successful 'laughing' record to her credit, Rimi continues to be a front runner for films which require a female protagonist with a natural inclination towards humor.

This should be noticed once again in soon to be released HORN OK PLEASSSS which is yet another comedy to hit the screens this season. The film is already in news due to unconventional pairing of Nana Patekar and Rimi Sen. While Nana's 'Tarzan roars' are already blazing across music channels where HORN OK PLEASSSS is being promoted, Rimi's character in the film is currently being kept under the wraps.

However, as per insiders Rimi is in form yet again for this Rakesh Sarang directed fun film that has Muzammil Ibrahim as the younger hero. While Rimi plays Nana Patekar's wife in the film, she also has a twin sister (Rimi is in a double role in the film) who is in love with Muzammil.

This is what leads to confusion and numerous comic twists in the narrative which promise to make HORN OK PLEASSSS a joy ride. And a joy ride is pretty much expected here since Nana plays the part of a 'crorepati truck driver'.

Also starring Satish Shah, Mukesh Tiwari, Vrajesh Hirjee, Ali Asgar and Kunika with Rakhi Sawant in a song and dance appearance, HORN OK PLEASSSS has music by Lalit Pandit and aiming for a release this October.
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Waheeda Rahman, the eternal rebel!

'Kaaton se kheench ke ye aanchal, Tod ke bandhan bandhi payal'', the timeless classic from Dev Anand's GUIDE, sung by the nightingale Lata Mangeshkar, has become synonymous with the ageless beauty, Waheeda Rahman. However, not many will know that this song reflects her attitude to life also. We will give you the reason as to why and it comes from none other than Waheeda herself, who spoke about her life in general while talking to a select section of the press at the Taj City, Agra.

We had told you a couple of days back that Waheeda Rahman was in the City Of love, Agra, participating in the shooting of the Rishi Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor starrer, DILLI 6. Talking to the press, Waheeda revealed that she has always been a rebel. As she came from a traditional, conservative Muslim family, working in films was considered a taboo in those days. But, she always followed her heart.

Since acting was in her veins she used to perform in school plays. Not many will know that she was spotted by a prominent film personality (during those days) during one of her school functions! She was also a trained classical dancer and the combination made her foray into films easier. She also added that she had faced a lot of obstacles in her desire to achieve a foothold in the film industry. She further elaborated and said that her father was an IAS officer and in fact both her parents were very cooperative and encouraging.

Well, Waheeda ji, here's wishing you many more years of Bollywood!
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IT'S MY LIFE could be the story of my life - Anees Bazmee

One doesn't remember when was the last time, when Anees Bazmee worked with relative newcomers. In fact on thinking hard, one finds that there hasn't been any because whether it is SINGH IS KINNG (Akshay, Katrina), WELCOME (Akshay, Anil, Nana, Katrina), NO ENTRY (Anil, Salman, Fardeen, Lara), DEEWANGEE (Ajay, Akshaye Urmila), SANDWICH (Govinda, Raveena, Mahima), PYAAR TO HONA HI THA (Ajay, Kajol) or any of the other films directed by him in the past, Bazmee's forte has always been working with stars.

This is what makes his currently–in–progress IT'S MY LIFE special because Anees Bazmee is now working with Harman Baweja and Genelia D'Souza who are relatively new entrants in Bollywood. Though Genelia still has a blockbuster (JAANE TU YA JAANE NAA), a hit (MASTI) and two average runners (MERE BAAP PEHLE AAP, TUJHE MERI KASAM) to her credit, Harman is just starting out afresh after the debacle of LOVE STORY 2050.

''That's the way it has been and I am quite happy to be working with the youngsters'', says Anees Bazmee with a smile who is being extended the best of the offers from the bigwigs of Bollywood and Corporate world, ''Every individual sees ups and downs in his career; I have faced something like that as well. One has to go by the instincts and bet on the right talent.''

Speaking about IT'S MY LIFE further, Anees says emotionally, ''I too had numerous roadblocks but kept moving in relentlessly. After NO ENTRY, any other film maker would have done numerous movies but my WELCOME came after full two years came. Then SINGH IS KINNG came in quick time and now I am busy with IT'S MY LIFE. The characters in the film want to 'be' the way they want, even though there are quite a few challenges which come their way. Same held good for me too. In a way I feel that the film could well be the story of my own life!''
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SRK: Most boring, normal guys are best lovers!

The most boring, normal guys are the best lovers! This surprising statement comes from none other than one of the greatest on screen lovers of all time, Shah Rukh Khan, who has successfully romanticized numerous young heroines and gave love a whole new meaning with the blockbuster, DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAAYENGE (still running in its record 675th week).

While talking about his role and character in Aditya Chopra's much anticipated, RAB NE BANA DI JODI, Shah Rukh Khan explained that he plays this normal, regular guy. It�s the sort of character that people meet in everyday life; there is nothing fancy, attractive or interesting about them. His role therefore requires him to keep things simple, his look, make up and his demeanour.

Once again Bollywood's global superstar has an interesting logic behind the character that he essays in RNBDJ. Shah Rukh says that the most boring, uninteresting, regular kinds of guys are the greatest lovers in the world. So, this means that SRK is once again going to immortalize love by playing this normal guy and he would definitely turn out to be the greatest lover in the world (on screen we mean!) for the umpteenth time.

Well, his fans can rest assured that even without those amazing six packs, Shah Rukh is going to sweep his billions of female fans (and make a million more!) off their feet with his romantic portrayal of a loveable guy next door, when RAB NE BANA DI JODI hits the screens globally, on December 12.
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I liked the discipline at Warner Bros, - Tanushree

Tanushree Dutta has cast her name in the book of Bollywood history by being the first mainstream actress from India to have acted in a Warner Bros. film. As the production house opens its channels for Bollywood, SAAS BAHU AUR SENSEX turns out to be their first ever outing in India.

Says Tanushree, ''This is the first film which Warner Bros. is backing in India and my experience with them has been great since Day One. I was impressed by their entire approach towards things and the manner they conduct themselves. One must not forget that they have decades of movie making experience behind them and this is the very reason why they are so organized.''

Shedding some more light about the factors that have impressed her about one of the biggest Hollywood movie making houses, Tanushree adds, ''They are movie giants and quite disciplined. I like the kind of movies they are backing because SAAS BAHU AUR SENSEX isn't one of your run of the mill nonsensical tales. It isn't a case of unnecessary hype with no substantial content to back it up.''

Declaring her love for the film, Tanushree says in a firm tone, ''These are the kind of films that should be made in India. Director Shona Urvashi knows what she is talking about and her narrative makes complete sense.''

One gets an impression that the film has a Hrishikesh Mukherjee/Basu Chatterjee flavor to it. How far is this true?

''I guess it would be unfair to compare a two film old director (Shona) with greats like Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee'', says Tanushree, ''Yes, what Shona has succeeded in doing though is keeping the light hearted flavor of the narrative intact. In any case, now that the movie is out, it is for all to see how well she had done the job.''
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Khan crazy: Sonal Chauhan

The two Khans of Bollywood who make our JANNAT girl Sonal Chauhan go weak in the knees are none other than Salman and Aamir Khan.

Sonal admits that when it comes to the looks department nobody can beat Sallu at it. ''Salman Khan is the best looking man in the film industry. There's something special about him. I love the rawness that he carries with himself.'' But when it comes to acting talent and handling a career intelligently, Sonal feels Aamir Khan is an ace. ''Aamir Khan is the most talented actor in the film industry. Coupled with hard work and luck, Aamir has reached great heights. He is someone aspiring actors can look upto. He has also handled his career with perfect acumen.''

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