Katrina Femina November 2008 Scan

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Ghajini - First Look

Ghajni, Aamir Khan, Asin, Mohit Alawat, Jiah Khan
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Aamir Khan's chiseled physique in Ghajini

"One has either to feed people or amuse people in order to be remembered for life"

These are the words of a famous English philosopher, who, we are sure had just not heard of Aamir Khan! Aamir is one actor who dares to defy all of the above 'methods'. Instead, he takes his super highway and 'shocks' people at equal intervals!

Few months back, Aamir shocked the masses when he released the pics of his near bald look in Ghajini. Also, since a quite some time, there have been talks in the media that Aamir is working hard on his physique for Ghajini. And just when the 'six pack abs' fad seemed to be dying out, Aamir has unveiled his chiseled physique in Ghajini and how! People close to Aamir have been raving that he currently has the best physique in the film industry and well, we really can't deny that.

For starters, the tattoos on his body are actually 'reminders' of 'To-do' things. The reason? Well, the news is that, in Ghajini, Aamir suffers from a memory lapse every 15 minutes and in order to remember things, he tattoos reminder notes on his body!

After looking at this image, we just can't wait to see Aamir's performance in the film.

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Aish's eyes voted the ‘sexiest’

Aishwarya Rai, known as the world’s most beautiful woman, has now walked away with another coveted title of having the ‘sexiest eyes’ in US TV E!’s Sexiest Body Parts List.

Aishwarya’s dazzling eyes have been voted the most sultry, beating the likes of Hollywood superstars Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox, Scarlett Johansson. Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen walked away with the sexiest legs award.

‘Monster’ star Charlize Theron took away E!''s decolletage award with her sultry shoulders. Eva Mendes lovely locks were voted the sexiest, reports News.com.au

Taiwanese actress Shu Qi trounced Angelina Jolie fopr having the sexiest lips. ‘Pearl Harbour’ star Jennifer Garner''s sweet smile emerged victorious among Rachel McAdams and Sienna Miller.

Scarlett Johansson has been voted the female celebrity with the best breasts. Actress Jessica Biel’s butt has topped the list of E!''s sexiest bottom.

Singer Fergie’s flat stomach has been named as the hottest abs. Among males, Mario Lopez won for best male dimples while, rapper LL Cool J walked away with the sexiest lips.

Atonement star James McAvoy beat Johnny Depp with the sexiest male hair. Irish actor Jonathan Rhys-Myers won best male eyes award. Matthew McConaughey topped the list of the sexist chest, while Usher was named as having the best male washboard abs in E!''s Sexiest List.

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Karisma and Kareena on TV together

It's Diwali time on “Nach Baliye 4”, and for the first time on Indian television, viewers will witness Karisma and Kareena setting the stage afire on “Nach Baliye 4” on October 25, on Star Plus.

They will be wearing outfits specially designed by Manisha Malhotra for the Diwali special.

Kareena's appearance on Nach Baliye is part of promotions for her forthcoming movie “Golmaal Returns”.

Both the sisters will be seen exchanging their places and Kareena will pose as the judge while Karisma will be the special guest on the show.

Karisma was elated to see her sister on the show and said, "On an occasion like Diwali which is usually always celebrated with family…and I am really glad that my sister is here with me today. She was gracious enough to accept the invitation and I am thankful to the team of ‘Nach Baliye’ for giving me such a lovely surprise."

Commenting on Kareena's dancing skills Karisma further added," I will give 11 out of 10 to her. She has really improved a lot and has surpassed everyone with her dancing skills. I have started taking dancing and acting tips from her!"

Kareena was in a fun mood and commented: "Karisma is one of the best dancers in the industry and she must have definitely given a lot of other actresses a complex after her first sizzling performance in Nach Baliye 4’.”
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Abhi - Ash to finally start Mani's film after Diwali

Mani Ratnam's untitled film starring Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will finally take off after on October 29 after Diwali.

The first major schedule with AbhiAsh was supposed to start on October 12 a day after Amitabh Bachchan's birthday. But the Big B fell ill the morning before the shooting, leaving his son and bahu with no choice but to cancel the shoot.

Says a source close to the project, "Mani made it very clear that there was no rush for Abhishek and Aishwarya to return. Having gone through a personal bereavement recently, he knows family always comes first. There was no pressure on the pair to show up in Kochi for the shooting."

Abhishek was very clear about returning to work only when his dad completely recovered. Abhishek and Aishwarya return to the shooting after the festival of lights. There are no Diwali celebrations in the Bachchan household this year because Big B's mom Teji Bachchan passed away last December.

Meanwhile, the unit has packed up in Kochi. Ravi Kissen who plays Abhishek's elder brother says, "We couldn't do any shooting because all my scenes are with Abhishek."

Incidentally, the Big B's schedules would need considerable adjustment when he gets back to work. The project most immediately affected is Leena Yadav's Teen Patti. The Big B was shooting for it when he fell ill.

Says director Leena, "Mr Bachchan had taken the day off for his birthday when he fell ill. Very honestly, his health is far more important than any film schedule. We'll resume shooting only when he has recuperated fully."
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'Shut Up and Bounce'

After Desi Girl, it's now time for Shilpa Shetty to Shut Up and Bounce. That's the song in Tarun Mansukhani's Dostana that will air soon.

Producer Karan Johar says, "Shilpa has done a sizzling job but the credit also goes to Tarun and Vaibhavi Merchant (choreographer). Composed by Vishal-Shekhar, the track is an introductory song picturised on the film's stars John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan in Miami.

Tarun and Vaibhavi wanted a hot actress to be with them. We all brainstormed and felt that Shilpa undoubtedly has the best body in the business."

Tarun adds, "Vishal-Shekhar and I were bouncing all kinds of tunes when they both got fed up with me and said, 'Shut up and give me a song that won't bounce' and that became the catchword."

About choosing Shilpa, Tarun says, "She is the quintessential bikini babe. She was comfortable about wearing everything and is very dedicated. We were to shoot the song in seven days but completed it in four and a half."

A source close to Shilpa says, "The actress had stopped doing item numbers as people had stopped taking her seriously. She was concentrating more on performance-oriented roles. When Karan asked her to do the song, Shilpa wanted to hear it out.

The moment she heard it, she loved it and agreed instantly. Shilpa also loved the perfect amalgamation of her favourite people working with her which included apart from Karan and Vaibhavi, Manish Malhotra (designer), Mickey Contractor (make-up) and Latika (hairstylist).

Adds the source, "When she landed in Miami, her baggage went missing. But she went shopping with Manish and bought stuff from designers Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana to wear."
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Hrithik is in Bora Bora

Kites is Hrithik Roshan's first English home production and papa Roshan is loosening the purse strings to find exotic and unusual locales to film. So after shooting in Las Vegas for almost 2 months, Hrithik is taking a breather.

Hrithik says, "Yes it has been a hectic shooting schedule, from Mexico to Las Vegas. But now I am in Bora Bora enjoying some time with my family."

Bora Bora is off the beaten track for most film makers, some160 miles from Tahiti. The last we had heard of Tahiti was when Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan flew down there for their honeymoon. And now its Hrithik and his family.

Wonder of Hrithik did get some tips from his childhood buddy Bachchan Junior...

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Big B and RGV join hands again

After the disastrous performance of “Ramgopal Varma Ki Aag” and “Sarkar Raaj”, Amitabh Bachchan had decided to maintain a distance from Ram Gopal Varma.

He was reportedly upset with the performance of the movies at the box office and did not want to be a part of RGV’s Factory.

But apparently things have changed and once again both of them have decided to join hands for a project.

Confirming the news Big B said Ramu has always entrusted him with challenging roles and this time too it will be a very challenging one. He also said he enjoyed working with RGV.

However, Bachchan refused to divulge any details about Ramu’s project. So we have to wait till things are finalised.
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Kinng's JUMBO voice for nine crores!

The remuneration being paid to superstar Akshay Kumar has been the favourite subject of discussion all over. The prices being speculated vary from Rs. 31 crores to Rs. 70 crores! While we will explain the truth (if any!) and the nitti–gritties of the same later, here is something much more interesting!

As per trade sources, Akshay Kumar has been paid a whopping Rs. 9 crores for dubbing the dialogues and participating in the picturisations of two promotional songs for Percept Picture Company's animation film, JUMBO. What is amazing about this deal is that Akshay Kumar does not have a deep baritone voice and it is not one of his strong points!

For the information of the fans of Akshay Kumar and all others, the upcoming JUMBO is all set to hit the screens on 18th December 2008, a week before Aamir Khan's GHAJINI.
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Crown Princess of Sweden dines with Aamir Khan

Crown Princess of Sweden, Victoria, who also happens to be the apparent heir to the prestigious throne of Sweden, had invited our very own superstar, Aamir Khan, for an exclusive dinner with her during her ongoing state visit to India.

Since she happened to be one of the many zillions who had seen Aamir's masterpiece Taare Zameen Par, she was highly appreciative of his film. And in reciprocation, Aamir replied, "It is a privilege to receive a special invitation like this".

Needless to say that, in this moment of honor, Aamir's lovely wife Kiran Rao was there by her hubby's side! As it was time to bid farewell, Aamir gifted Princess Victoria an antique lithograph (sketches of India during the colonial period), while she gifted him a DVD collection of the legendary Ingmar Bergman's films.

Way to go, Aamir!
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Deepika to pair with Hrithik in Bhansali's next

She's been considered hot property right from the time she started modeling. And after OSO, she's become Tinsel Town's coveted girl.

Well, the hype around Deepika is understandable. She's got expressive good looks and an Ash like aura, unlike the other hyped hot property (by default), the stiff and wooden Katrina Kaif.

With the successful 'Bachna Ae Haseeno' behind her, she has another big one 'Chandni Chowk To China' with hit machine Kinng Kumar lined up!

She has Saif's ambitious home production as well! Thanks to her rocking real life pairing with Ranbir Kapur, she's always in the news too!

Now Deepika has another reason too to be cheerful about! Sanjay Leela Bhansali has selected her for a leading role opposite Hrithik Roshan, no less!

We remember that as OSO's leading lady and debutante she had to face competition from Bhansali's 'Saawariya', around this time last year.

But, now she has impressed the creative director too!

The buzz is that Bhansali is trying to get the rest of the cast sorted by end of this month and expects to start shooting as soon as Hrithik completes his current movie, 'Kites.'

This sure is one lucky girl!

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Mumbai's street pups inspired Roadside Romeo: Jugal Hansraj

Cute pups playing by the roadside; yawning, scratching, winking at one another and chasing vehicles on the streets of Mumbai - that is what inspired actor-turned-director Jugal Hansraj to write and direct his animation film "Roadside Romeo".

"I was stuck in a traffic jam in Mumbai once and I saw some stray dogs playing near a garbage pile. They were running behind scooters and seemed so happy and oblivious of the world around them.

They were so involved in their own game that I thought how about telling their story and that's how the idea of 'Roadside Romeo' came to me, " Jugal told in an interview.

"Roadside Romeo" is India's first ever three-dimensional (3D) mainstream animation venture. Releasing Friday, it is co-produced by Yash Raj Films (YRF) Studio and Hollywood studio Walt Disney Co. It is visualised, executed and delivered by a 150 member team of Tata group's Tech arm Tata Elxsi.

The film has eight voice overs including Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor and versatile actor-dancer-mimicry artiste Javed Jaffrey. They have lent their voice for the lead characters in the movie - Romeo, Laila and Charlie Anna respectively.

Asked the basis on which he chose these actors for the voiceovers, Jugal said: "I had Saif, Kareena and Javed in mind since the time the film was in the writing stage. The characters are like them.

For example, Romeo is based on Saif - cool, rich and stylish and likewise for Laila and Charlie Anna's character that is inspired from Kareena and Javed.

Jugal started his career as a child artiste in the 1983 with "Masoom". In 1994 he featured as a full-fledged actor in "Aa Gale Lag Ja" - he was paired with Urmila Matondkar, who played his sister in "Masoom", in the romantic saga that bombed at the box office.

He was noticed in "Papa Kehte Hain" and "Mohabbatein". But the films failed to boost his acting career and now he is trying his luck as a director.

Jugal says "Roadside Romeo" happened by chance.

"The movie wasn't planned actually. I love animation films and I used to be very fascinated by how they are made. I used to buy all books and DVDs on animation. At the same time, Adi (Aditya Chopra), who is a very good friend of mine since college days, wanted to make an animation film in India that was completely for the Indian audience.

"Considering my love for animation, he approached me and I wrote some ideas for him and he liked 'Roadside Romeo' a lot and asked me to start developing the project. It took me 20 drafts before the film got finalised, " he said.

Despite his love for animation, Jugal did have a tough time working on the project.

"Animation can be done by someone only who loves it because it requires a lot of patience. For example, when I didn't like a particular scene or an expression of a character, it took not less than two days to recreate the whole scene. It took two-and-a-half years to shoot the 90-minute movie.

"We managed to make the film because of my love for animation and my being very patient in life, " said the shy and reclusive Jugal.

Apart from donning the writer and the director's cap, Jugal has also dabbled in singing and dubbing for the movie.

"I've done a couple of four liners in the dialogues for the extras and a few lines with the music director Salim as a part of the chorus in songs, " he shared.

Jugal is also toying with a couple of more animation movie ideas.

He is both nervous and confident about "Roadside Romeo".

"I am having butterflies in the stomach as the release date is approaching. There is fear and a bit of apprehension too as it is my debut project but still I am sure people will like the movie. It's a fun-filled movie for both kids and adults and has been made for them to have a good time, " he said.

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I am missing love in my life: Celina

Celina Jaitely is fed up of being linked with her co-stars.

It all started with her alleged link up with Emraan Hashmi while they were working together in Jawani Diwani and was followed up with Govinda as they were doing Money Hain To Honey Hain together. Now there are rumours floating around in media circles about her latest lover boy being her Golmaal Returns co-star, Tusshar Kapoor.

A hassled Celina denying her alleged affairs as mere rumours tells us, "It is so strange that someone who has been alleged to have affairs is looking for love desperately."

"I am just good friends with Tusshar and we got along famously during the Goa and Bangkok schedules of Golmaal Returns is all I can say. We worked together and there is nothing more to it. I simply do not understand this link-up rumour business!" says Celina.

"I am missing love in my life. I have been single for three and half years. Besides love, I have everything going great in my life. I have a busy year ahead. Tusshar has been very supportive and I really appreciate that." Celina adds.

Sounding pretty excited about her upcoming release, Golmaal Returns she says, and "I think I have formed a relationship with comedies instead".

(Laughs) My co-star in the film is Shreyas Talpade and it is my third film with him. I enjoy working with him. I must admit that I grow every time I do a scene with him. His comic timing is so good.

We used to improvise our scenes together a lot. It will all reflect on screen when you see it on big screen." Celina concludes.

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I got six pack to play stripper for Riya song: Vatsal Sheth

The 'Tarzan' boy has suddenly become a 'Hero'. What say?
(laughs) I was always one. Something really interesting came up and I am very happy to be a part of Heroes.

You haven't acted in many films, and all of a sudden Heroes comes your way to be the only big film in your career so far. Is it a blessing?
I am very excited to be a part of such a huge film. It's like a blessing, you're right. I am quite fortunate to share the same screen space with all the biggies. I can't wait for Heroes to release right now.

So you've joined the bandwagon too huh? Six pack is back.
(laughs) I am not a guy who is just going to bulk it up. It's just that in the film, there is one particular song where I and Sohail are shown as strippers. So, for that sequence I had to go topless or should I say shirtless (laughs).

I needed to work out for that song and I am very sorry to say but I don't have a six pack as of yet. I've got a very achievable and a real body. It's not a body who somebody will look and say - Oh wow!

Samir Karnik told me that you got to be real. Whatever you do, people should identify with your character. So my body can be compared to any one else's. Plus, to look like Sohail Khan's buddy, you need to put on a bit of weight. He has a certain screen age which I don't.

So, I had to age up and grow my hair too. Not just that, also a stubble to match up with a man like Sohail. I was very happy when I saw the final look of mine onscreen.

Will Heroes turn you into a Nawab Saab? That's your name in the film right?
You got it. I hope so (laughs). A lot of effort has been put in to make me look like one, but it may turn me into a Nawab Saab, can't say for sure.

You and Sohail Khan are the main protagonists of Heroes. How's the road trip been?
The way you put it isn't right. Honestly speaking, this is a film which is character oriented. There is no protagonist; no main lead, etc. All the actors in the posters are characters.

I play Nawab Saab, Sohail plays Sameer aka Saand because of his bulky body, Salman bhai is Balkar Singh, etc. When you watch the film you will notice that there is no protagonist.

So how was it to be sharing screen space with all the biggies?
Initially, I was very nervous. The first person I met was Sohail Khan. But the first day I met him, he treated me like his younger brother.

He helped me throughout Heroes. He is my real life hero and the best co-star to have. Apart from that, I've worked with Preity Zinta in the 'Cadbury Perk' commercial five to six years back. She is a sweetheart. It was great fun talking to her.

She is always full of beans and always charged up. We were shooting at 3 am and the only voice one could hear was of Preity Zinta who was talking, talking and talking!

You missed out Salman Khan...
(laughs) No I haven't and I can't. I've seen Salman bhai since his Maine Pyar Kiya days. I used to always ape him when I was in school. So I was over the moon to be working with him in this film. He is the perfect buddy one can have.

He invited me over to his gym and we used to work out together. He also gave me some good tips. Then comes Mithundada. We've seen all his great films such as Disco Dancer and Agneepath and he is like a father figure.

I'm sure you can recall some memorable incident with Mithunda.
Yes I do. This happened in Ladakh. Let me tell you that I am a very fussy vegetarian and that I love lady fingers and potatoes. That's why I had a very tough time getting my food right.

Mithundada, somehow, got to know about my fussy habit. He then cooked the best ever 'bhindi ki sabzee' for me yaar! It's the most amazing meal I've ever had. For 15-20 days prior to that, I didn't have a proper meal and on that day, I didn't regret missing those hungry days.

Also, one day we were cracking jokes and Mithuda was laughing so much that we had to call the doctor. But it wasn't serious. He said, "Maine aaj tak kabhi socha nahin tha ki tum saale log mujhe haste haste ludka doge".

We will have to talk about Samir Karnik here. Has he grown 'bade' after 'Nanhe'?
This is a very creative medium and everybody grows from their work experience. That's what I feel. I read Amitji's interview and he too said that everytime he does a film, he learns something new from that.

Samir was so clear in his characters that when he was narrating me the script, I was actually seeing the film. He was clear as to what kind of clothes I will be wearing in Heroes, but it's not that he was not open for suggestions. It was great fun to work with him again.

Heroes is going to be pitted against yet another multi-starrer Golmaal Returns…two totally different genre films but both with A-list actors. Will it be a mad rush at the ticket window?
Even if ten good films were to release in together, every film is going to do well. I think it's all about honesty. The more honest you are to your film, the better it'll work.

Heroes is a different topic altogether with a very sweet message along with some entertainment value. On the other hand, you've got 6-7 big stars. What else do you need to have for mad rush at the box office?

You forgot another USP of Heroes.

Riya Sen…
(laughs) Yes, she plays my love interest. I've never worked with her before and I am also doing another film with her post Heroes. It's nice to work with people who don't have too much of ego. It gives a very positive vibe when you're working with such people. Riya is one of them.

Before you go, we need to know which Salman Khan incident shocked you?
This is an incident which not many people know about. The image of Salman bhai in media is that of a bad boy but he is not like that at all. He plays Balkar Singh, a Sikh, in the film.

We were shooting in Chandigarh. He didn't want to put a fake beard and had especially grown one for the role. The pagdi which he was wearing was not like a ready made one. He also tied it out which used to take at least twenty minutes.

So I remember the two of us sitting in the van and the assistant director comes in and informs us that there had been a change in location. So Salman bhai said, "Oh God, I can't even smoke now".

I asked him, "What happened Salman Bhai, why can't you smoke?" He then replied, "Who is going to take out the pagdi and smoke and then again wear the pagdi?" This goes to show that he respected the turban so much.

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Sameera goes De Dana Dan with Akki-Katrina

The super-prolific Priyadarshan's next comedy De Dana Dan, a kind of followup though not a sequel to Hera Pheri for producer Ratan Jain (of Venus), just got bigger…and delayed.

The film now features Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Suniel Shetty and, surprisingly Sameera Reddy.

Says the sultry actress, "I've never worked with Priyan before. But I think he liked my comic timing in Race where I played Anil Kapoor's airheaded assistant. That's how I am in De Dana Dan. I've always been a big Priyan fan, by the way."

However Sameera's enthusiasm will have to wait. Priyan's next has now been shifted from November 2008 to January 2009, partly because Priyan is busy with the Darsheel Safary project Bam Bam Bhole.

Sighs the super-successful director, "Bam Bam Bhole is not a small arthouse film. It's a full-on entertainer. And it needs nurturing. Once I release Billo Barbar I need to promote Bam Bam Bhole properly. De Dana Dan with Akshay, Katrina, Sameera Reddy, Suniel Shetty and Neha Dhupia has gone forward by a few months."

This was meant to be the Southern sensation Asin's launch pad.

"Yes, " concedes Priyan. "But only initially. Once the script crystallized it was Katrina all the way."

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