Bebo's dress cost Rs.8 lakh

Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor will sport a dress worth Rs.800,000 for a song in "Kambakkht Ishq". Producer Sajid Nadiadwala had specially ordered it for the actress from Paris.

"When the song was completed and the whole crew had a look, it looked very beautiful and eye catching. But most importantly everyone's eyes were stuck at seeing Kareena's dress. Kareena was looking gorgeous. The dress cost Rs.800,000," said a source close to the producer.

The filmmaker has also gifted the dress to Kareena as she looked really pretty wearing it.

"Sajid Nadiadwala is a wonderful person at heart. He always makes sure that his cast and crew is happy. Kareena was happy after receiving such an extra-ordinary gift from Sajid bhai. She was short of words to express her feeling after she received the gift." added the source.

Kareena plays a supermodel in the movie, which has Akshay Kumar in the male lead. It also stars Hollywood biggies Sylvester Stallone, Brandon Routh and Denise Richards.
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Kangana 22.. or 28

Kangana Ranaut is actually 28 years old but claims to be 22. We investigate

Recently , Kangana happily gave interviews to the media on the occasion of her birthday (March 23) and claimed to celebrate her 22nd birthday. But we found out that Kangana was faking her age. Her passport shows her birth year as 1981, making her 28 years old.

A well-placed source disclosed, "We saw her passport which clearly mentions her birth year as 1981. So either she is 28 years old or she has faked it as her birth year for the passport. We don't know why she is her hiding her age but she definitely is not 22 years old as she claims."

Pahlaj Nihalani, who was supposed to launch her said, Yes it is true that I was supposed to launch Kangana in I Love You Boss. Deepak Shivdasani was the director. In fact I had spent 29 lakhs only for the publicity of the film. We had also spoken to Amitabh Bachchan for the lead role but he has just heard a similar subject which later on went on to become Cheeni Kum. Thereafter , we were on talks with Shatrughan and Rishi Kapoor. I had met Kangana at Rikkus office and knew from the onset that she was star material. Even Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab had approached me for her. However I guess later she met Mahesh Bhatt, who decided to launch her (Gangster) and thats why she opted out of my film. Later, she did come to me saying that she wants to work with me in some other film. I had no contract with her and I am not a producer who would work with an actor if he or she does not want to work with me. But thereafter, she has always been cordial with me and treats me with respect so I have no ill feelings towards her.
When we asked Pahlaj about Kangana's age, he brushed off the issue saying that, "A woman's age in Bollywood is never above 21-22 ."

Adding further to the confusion , exboyfriend Aditya Pancholi says her birth year is 1986. We sent a text message to Kangana asking her to clarify her age but she chose not to revert.
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Aishwarya still on top

The lukewarm response to her recent Hollywood release Pink Panther-II has had Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (35) conceding her position as the most popular face of Bollywood in the West to the new international craze 24-year-old Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), who according to reliable sources has been signed for two films — one with Woody Allen and the second with Julian Schnabel.

Freida, who is said to have earned over two million pounds, overtaking Bollywood beauties like Aishwarya, Kareena Kapoor and Katrina Kaif is also, according to a world film distributor, being wooed to walk the red carpet at Cannes in May 2009.

On the Bollywood front, Kareena Kapoor (28) has nudged Aishwarya Rai Bachchan out of the Filmfare Top-10 Power list. But a producer from Chennai confirms that Ash is still the highest paid Indian heroine and has reportedly been paid a fee of Rs six crore for Shankar’s Robot, where she is cast opposite Rajnikant. The actor is said to have received a cheque of Rs one crore as signing amount, that is also a first. Usually it is only the leading men who receive such a big sum as a signing amount.

Reportedly, Rajnikant himself is said to come with a price tag of Rs 25 crore for the same film. He will also get a share in the profits since Robot will be released in Hindi and Tamil. The Tamil superstar will be on top of the heap even as far as Bollywood heroes’ prices go.

Regarding Aishwarya’s price, her manager Hari Singh said, “Aishwarya is definitely one of the highly paid actors in the country, but I would not like to comment on the price she has been paid.” Singh also said that exaggerated prices often made the rounds.

Closer home, Kareena Kapoor has reportedly been paid Rs 2.5 crore for Sajid Nadiadwala’s Kambakkht Ishq. Nadiadwala refuses to comment on his heroine’s price but says, “She has been paid what she deserves.”
According to him, with film corporations in the fray, there is more transparency involved and people can actually check prices. “But that is a whole load of hogwash,” says a trade consultant. “Bollywood still continues to be ambiguous with its payments. What is shown on paper is not necessarily the right price.”

Katrina Kaif is said to have been paid Rs 2 crore for Ramesh Taurani’s Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, Priyanka Chopra Rs 2 crore for Vishaal Bharadwaj’s Kaminaay.

Of the leading men, Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar have last been paid Rs 21 crore for Ghajini and Singh is Kinng, plus a reported share in the profits. Shah Rukh Khan is said to have had a share in profits for Aditya Chopra’s Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and he is a partner on Karan Johar’s My Name is Khan, as Johar himself was quoted saying, “It is difficult to put a price tag on SRK.”
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I'm a big SRK fan: Imran Khan

He finds inspiration in his uncle Aamir Khan, but Imran Khan says he is a big Shah Rukh Khan fan.

"I am a big Shah Rukh Khan fan. In fact, 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' is one of my favourite films. It's one of the very quintessential Bollywood films - I just love it," Imran told IANS.

After having worked in romantic comedy "Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na" and thriller "Kidnap", Imran is now working in action thriller "Luck" and comic caper "Delhi Belly".
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Who is Hrithik imitating of late

Stars often imitate real life heroes to get their reel life roles right. Preity Zinta imitated journalist Barkha Dutt to get her act right in Lakshya. Vidya Balan aped radio jockey Malishka to look natural in Munnabhai. Hrithik Roshan who plays a Salsa dancer in Kites too has a dance instructor who he has been closely observing for the past few months.

The man in question is none other than Salsa expert Sandip Soparkar. Our source present on the set of Kites revealed, “Sandip has also choreographed few dance sequences in the film. Since Hrithik too plays a Salsa instructor, he closely observed Sandip, the way he dances, teaches, claps, etc.”

When asked Sandip, he said, “It was a dream to choreograph Hrithik. He is so flexible and natural. He adds so much more to his role than what is given to him. It is also true that he wanted to act like me as he too plays a Salsa expert in the film.”
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Kareena is a Hollywood supermodel in Kambhakkt Ishq

She already has Bollywood in awe of her looks and attitude and now Kareena is all set to take the west by storm with her forthcoming flick ‘Kambakkht Ishq’.

It is believed that Bebo will be seen playing her real stylish self in this super stylish flick. The only difference between the real and reel Kareena is that she will be seen playing a Hollywood diva. Kareena’s character will be high on fashion as she plays a supermodel.

Reportedly, her makeup and hair has been done by Hollywood make up artists and hairstylists. Since she has a super glam look in the film, designer Akki Narula has designed her attires. Aki Narula had earlier designed her super hot, super trendy look for Tashan. Those who have seen the rushes of ‘Kambakkht Ishq’ feel Bebo looks simply superb.

Is Hollywood taking note of our Bebo?

What makes Kareena a true Diva? Comment below.
Her beautiful looks
Her sexy figure
Her attitude
Her fashion sense
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Emraan-Soha will do what SRK and Akki couldn't

Four years back, the infamous Mumbai floods had created headlines world over. True to their reputation, the Bhatt brothers have taken a cue from these headlines and finished Tum Mile, a film that has the 2005 floods as its backdrop.

Directed by Kunal Deshmukh of Jannat fame, the film stars Vishesh Films' blue eyed boy Emraan Hashmi along with Soha Ali Khan and is all set for a 24th July release.

Says a unit source, "The film sees the return of Sony Music and Vishesh Films who had collaborated just a few weeks back for Raaz - The Mystery Continues. Not only was the horror flick biggest hit ever for Emraan Hashmi and Vishesh Films, even if one looks at the quarter gone by, Raaz - The Mystery Continues is the first and the only hit of 2009."

He does make a point when while stating the fact that this is no mean feat considering that some of the biggest stars and biggest movies were released in the first quarter of 2009.

"Look at Akshay Kumar's Chandni Chowk To China, Shah Rukh Khan's Billu, Abhishek Bachchan's Delhi 6 or Farhan Akhtar's Luck By Chance - not a single film turned lucky and actually sunk without a trace."

Says Mukesh Bhatt, "We have always maintained that content is the King. We have backed strong content and now the icing on the cake is that we also have a top actor (Emraan Hashmi) amongst us. This only makes the project bigger and better."

Not much is revealed about the story line of the movie though except for the fact that it is a love story with a backdrop of infamous 26th July'05 Mumbai floods. Apparently, the characters played by Emraan Hashmi and Soha Ali Khan get trapped in the floods.

Insiders have been raving about the canvas of the film since these floods on the streets of Mumbai have been re-created.

"You should have been on the sets to believe it", says Emraan Hashmi, "Water level there was scary enough to actually drown people. Kunal (Deshmukh) wanted the situation to be an exact replica of the horrific flood situation that the city faced that fateful night. It was difficult to even imagine how commuters would have struggled with no support whatsoever."

The film is also special for another reason. Though Raaz - The Mystery Continues saw Bhatts coming together with a team of different composers, Tum Mile marks the coming back of Pritam whose last association with them had resulted in blockbuster musical success Jannat'.

Earlier, he has also worked on the music of Awarapan, Gangster and Woh Lamhe for the Bhatt banner.

Tum Mile is not the first film though which has been based on the 2005 floods. A small time film called 26th July at Barista was released without any fanfare last year.

The film had starred newcomers like Kabier Sawhney and Simran Vaid and was touted as a tribute to all the people of Mumbai who faced this hard reality and overcame it. However, the film had arrived unannounced and sank without a trace.

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The ugly truth about Katrina-Aishwarya battle

After there were talks all around about Aishwarya Rai Bachchan being immortalized as a Barbie doll, there was speculation that Genelia D’Souza was considered too because of her doll like and younger face.

Then suddenly it came out that Katrina Kaif will be the Barbie and she claimed that Ash was not in the running at all.

She also went around telling whoever cared to listen that she’s the first Indian to get that privilege.

Well, many ridiculed that claim of hers as she holds a British passport.

And Kat might claim that she has nothing against Ash and she respects her and all that, but smart cookie Ash isn't one to stay quiet without clarifying things.

She said she refused the Barbie doll deal due to her professional commitments.

In fact her representatives were in negotiations with Barbie's manufacturer Mattel, who planned to give the iconic doll a Bollywood face. But the deal did not take off.

In fact since 1994 when Aishwarya won the Miss World title, the company has made numerous attempts to make a celebrity doll modelled on the Indian beauty.

However, she could never make time for their endeavour, due to her professional commitments. Again on the doll's 50th anniversary, Aishwarya was approached to appear decked up as a celebrity Barbie but she had to opt out of that too due to her prior commitments with film-makers whose shoots clashed with the events.

A statement issued by Aishwarya's spokesperson said, "Mattel was keen to have the actress walk the ramp on Lakme Fashion Week 'Barbie dolled up' in a winning design as Single Likeness Barbie, which would be unveiled and auctioned for a charity of her choice."

God alone knows what the whole truth is. Hopefully we’ll get a glimpse of the whole truth one fine day Till then, Katrina can shut up and enjoy it all.

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Preity is overwhlemed by Dharamji

When Preity Zinta had a special screening of her film Videsh – Heaven on Earth for a select few, the surprise guest was our macho man Dharmendra, who was shyly standing in a corner and smiling at everyone who came in.

And the humble man actually strode up to the people he didn’t know and introduced himself, making easy conversation and making them comfortable. It took loads of pressure off Preity who could then focus on a few guests herself. So while she got into a serious discussion with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Dharamji had Kangna Ranaut charmed with his sweet stories.

They even discussed TV shows and what they liked watching. So cute, no? Kangna was floored by his simplicity and charm. As for Dharam, he blushed more than PZ’s and Kangna’s pink-pink cheeks put together. But like we’ve always said, once you gottit, you gottit. Gettit?
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Terminator SRK is back in action

Mr Bionic Man is at it again.

With even more ‘titanium’ (and various metallic parts) inside his body, Shah Rukh Khan actually laughed aloud when we called him ‘Terminator’. “Yes. I’m a Terminator. I terminate my rivals. I terminate obstacles and I’m now even more ‘bionic’ than before,” he told us.

And all the ‘metal’ is probably putting more steel in his spine too, when it comes to dealing with ‘shouldering’ all his roles and responsibilities. In fact, he’s hit the floor running — from walking the ramp, to shooting for Karan’s film, to planning his cricket strategies to shooting videos... Phew! Now isn’t that too much bojh on his brand new shoulder? Well, it’s only because his recently operated shoulder is still healing. Otherwise our King Khan can stalwartly carry the cross of Bollywood on his big, broad shoulders, hai na? And while his whirlwind activity is on, we heard that Gauri and buddy Karan Johar have been tut-tutting and are becoming overly protective about that still ‘sore’ part of him. He’s shooting for

My Name Is Khan, and Karan’s been overtly careful to shoot only some easy portions with SRK, no heavy-duty stuff for him for sometime. Hmnnnn. Does this also mean that he won’t be jumping on some cricketer and wrapping himself around him...a la Shoaib Akhtar last year? Hmnnn and double hmnnnn!
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DR. A.R. Rahman

The musical genius will be conferred a doctorate by the Middlesex University!

A R Rahman is on the receiving end. After the honorary doctorate offered by the Anna University, Chennai for his achievements in the field of music, now it is the turn of Middlesex University, London.

The Mozart of Madras has been identified for an honorary degree by the reputed Middlesex University, London. The degree is likely to be conferred on the maestro on the day of the Graduation Ceremony to be held at Middlesex University in London in the month of July this year. Mr. Joe Victor, Regional Director of Middlesex University met Mr. A.R Rahman and Mr. T Selvakumar Co-founder & CEO of KM Music Conservatory in Chennai, regarding this issue.

KM Music Conservatory & Audio Media Education was launched in the month of July last year. Their main goal is to train Indian students in Western music performance, Composition and Music Technology so that they can compete in the international arena. They are also working towards forming their own symphony orchestra consisting of its own musicians.

Talks are on with the Regional Director South Asia of Middlesex University, London, for academic recognition for the Bachelor of Arts Honors Program for Music Composition and Music Performance. This will be a three year program the first two years of which will be at Chennai at the KM Conservatory and the final year in London. The course is likely to start from January 2010. The eligibility criteria to avail this degree would be a pass in twelfth standard and one year training in KM Music Conservatory Foundation Program.

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Who will be the next Miss India?

Sushmita Sen, Aishwarya Rai, Lara Dutta, Priyanka Chopra and yesteryear beauties like Zeenat Aman, Persis Khambatta and Nafisa Ali all owe their international fame and recognition to the 56 year old Femina Miss India contest which is all set to crown its next beauty queens.

AND as always, Bollywood will make its presence felt at the Pantaloons Femina Miss India 2009. Former beauty queen Priyanka Chopra, showstopper Kangana Ranaut and the lively Genelia D’souza will dance to their chartbusting numbers. The performances will be choreographed by function favourite Shiamak Davar and his inimitable troupe. Hot mama Malaika Arora Khan and humorous cutie R Madhavan will be hosts for the evening. Karan Wahi and Swapnil Joshi will keep the crowds and judges entertained. Kangana's spokesperson said, "Kangana will be wearing a yellow and silver ghaghra choli. She will be dancing to a medley of songs like Nimbooda, Dola Re Dola and Mera Piya Ghar Aaya."

The contestants’ perfect bodies will be draped in amazing creations by Rocky S, Rajesh and Anirban for Pantaloons, veteran designer Ritu Kumar and Prasad Bidappa and Rajan for Arabella. Expert choreographer Marc Robinson, who was the man behind the successful Barbie and Tarun Tahiliani for Levi’s shows at the recently held Lakme Fashion Week, has also trained the contestants to walk the ramp and is the fashion director for Pantaloons Femina Miss India 2009. So, expect a flawless fashion show.

Marc Robinson said, “I am extremely enthusiastic to be associated with Pantaloons Femina Miss India 2009 and I will do full justice to the cause. A Femina Miss India is a modern, confident, talented and independent Indian woman who can make India proud on the global platform.. We have received a fabulous response from across India and selecting a handful of girls from the numerous applications we have received has been quite a task. Given the recent success of Slumdog Millionaire, India is on a global high and the contemporary Indian woman today is a personification of such globalization and she is here to stay for good.”

Mr. Zahid Shaikh – Chief Marketing Pantaloons, said, “As the Pantaloons association with Femina Miss India now enters the third year, the pageant has moved from strength to strength. The success of the pageant has been to take this talent search to every corner of India up to Guwahati, Bhubaneshwar, Indore & Mangalore where Pantaloons has been an active partner in every city. Youth and Style is the cornerstone for both Pantaloons and Femina Miss India where Pantaloons is playing the effective part of grooming the contestants. With the success of Parvathy (Omanakuttan) on the international platform last year, we hope that this year the contestants’ talent will make this an eventful year for Pantaloons Femina Miss India as well.”

The grand finale of the Pantaloons Femina Miss India 2009 contest will take place tomorrow at the Andheri Sports Complex. The 20 contestants, who have undergone a month of intense training from personal grooming to fitness and speech training, will vie for the coveted crown(s) as three winners: Pantaloons Femina Miss India Universe, Pantaloons Femina Miss India Earth and Pantaloons Femina Miss India World will be chosen from amongst them.

The event will be telecast live on Sony Entertainment Television. Call your friends, get the popcorn and drinks out and get set to enjoy a grand, fun filled, exciting show on Sunday evening.
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Getting Priyanka-Shahid into a Kaminey look

Looks do matter. Especially when the female in question is Priyanka Chopra. She was a stunner in her last two successful outings at the box office - Dostana and Fashion. If in the former she was the editor of a fashion magazine, in the latter she was a show- stopper herself.

Of course, all shows stopped at her arrival but she decided to take a different route altogether in her films to follow. She decided to be choosy about her work and picked on only two projects, Kaminey and What's Your Rashee.

What makes Kaminey special is the fact that she got to work with director Vishal Bhardwaj, a master story teller when it comes to real cinema, and known for giving his leading ladies an entirely different look.

While speculations were abounding about Priyanka Chopra's appearance in Kaminey, there has been a constant buzz ever since the first theatrical promo of the film hit the screens. Her hardcore Marathi girl act has made people sit up and take notice of Kaminey that has Shahid Kapoor in the lead.

Says Priyanka's close associate, "In the film, she plays the role of Sweety who is not only a bindaas girl but also someone who is traditional to the core (watch her doing those typical Maharashtrian dance steps and you will know). She is on a complete tangent if one remembers her ultra chic and glam avtar in the films that she has been seen in over the years.

Agrees Priyanka for whom Kaminey will be her first release of 2009 as a leading lady (after a hectic 2008 which saw her featuring in six back to back releases - Love Story 2050, God Tussi Great Ho, Chamku, Drona, Fashion and Dostana), "Yes, there has been an effort to make Sweety look completely different.

She had to be believable and someone who isn't ultra glamorous. Also, I have gone with a minimal make-up look in the film."

Even Shahid Kapoor seems to be enjoying his double role stint in the film where one of the characters played by him not just stammers but also keeps an unkempt look.

'Reality' is what Vishal Bhardwaj has ensured in his characters and the same holds good for Shahid Kapoor too.

With both Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra seemingly going for a makeover and giving an altogether new account of themselves, the wait begins for this film which is all set to arrive at theaters on 26th June (yes, the film has been moved from it's original release date of 5th June).

But poor Piggy Chops is is presently having fever and has therefore been advised complete bed rest by her personal doctor.

Priyanka was shooting for Ashutosh Gowariker’s What’s Your Rashee when she started feeling a little under the weather. As her temperature increased, the concerned director Ashutosh Gowarikar, immediately cancelled shooting for his film.

A close friend of Priyanka tells us, “Priyanka hates being sick but she has been down with viral fever since past three days. A high body temperature of 104 degrees has got her completely bed ridden.

One can recollect when she was shooting for Dostana, she fell ill but when she came to know that the set they were shooting was going to be dismantled the following day, she got her physician to the set.

After he had administered injections, Priyanka was able to complete shooting her portions for the day. But as there was no deadline for What’s Your Rashee? Priyanka was able to rest for two days.”

We just hope Priyanka gets well soon. May be her good friend Shahid Kapoor should give her a visit and perhaps that would work as a wonder medicine.

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Genelia D Souza poses with the Samsung Ultra Touch mobile phone at it's launch in New Delhi

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Sushmita Sen at the launch of the channel 'P7' in New Delhi

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SRK: Cheerleading is not vulgar

If cricket is a no-nonsense sport for Badshah Khan, so is cheerleading.

For all those people who think cheerleading is a vulgar act, Knights and Angels was SRK’s answer to them. Supporting the sport, SRK says, “Knights and Angels is not a part of the marketing strategy for my cricket team. It is an extension of my belief in spreading the awareness of sports in India. Cheerleading is a big sport in America and cheerleaders have their own fan following.

As the controversy hit our nation last year regarding this new sport, I decided to add respectability to a profession which can create great opportunities for the youth brigade.” When somebody asked King Khan how he was managing to shoot for the finale despite being in pain because of the shoulder injury, pat came the witty reply from the Baadshah, “Iss saal sabko haraane ke liye meri team ka ek hi haat kaafi hai.” King Khan, all we can say is hats off for promoting and glamourising sports in our country. Tune in to Knights and Angels tonight at 9 pm only on NDTV Imagine.
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Women are superior: Akshay

Is it sheer coincidence, pure conspiracy or a publicity stunt that whenever Akshay Kumar has a film ready for release, the action star gets embroiled in some controversy that takes on national proportions and gets played out on all channels with full drama?

It happened before Chandni Chowk To China and, earlier, Singh Is Kinng. Now just after the Khiladi’s new big film hit the screens yesterday, Akshay is in the thick of two burning issues relating to a promo for Sajid Nadiadwala’s July release Kambhakth Ishq and his being a somewhat daring showstopper at the Lakme Fashion Week for designer Tarun Tahiliani on Monday.

According to his detractors, the Kambhakth Ishq promo has Akshay holding the sexy Kareena Kapoor suggestively with his lines reading, “Women are good for only one thing...” The film promo, released on March 27, has tongues wagging in disapproval already. And at fashion week, well, his walking the ramp in jeans that were unbuttoned partially by wife Twinkle sitting among the frontbenchers, has led to a social worker filing a complaint with the police against the actor, his wife, the LFW organisers and also the hotel where the event was held for indecent, vulgar and obscene behaviour..

The police is uncertain whether it has a case. And legal experts vary between being vague about the law and dismissive of the complaint. But Akshay is furious. These aren’t publicity stunts, he declared.

Earlier when dragged through similar fires, the actor scoffed at the attempts to defame him as being the work of a leading contemporary in Bollywood who was insecure about his meteoric rise in the film industry. But this time, while not taking names and hinting that he knew who was behind the exercise, Akshay is determined to prove a point.

Apologising if the jeans-being-unbuttoned stunt hurt anybody’s sentiments, he said that the entire act was part of the storyboard and was no big deal — thereby shooting down the rumour that it was done at the last minute because SRK was going to be Manish Malhotra’s showstopper later that night. And of the Kambhakth Ishq promo, again he chose to take the actor’s way out by saying, “Why do people forget that actors play roles, enact parts and deliver lines to get reactions... they are never personal?”

The promo, incidentally, gives only half the line. “Wait for the complete line,” advised Akshay, “then women will be glad to know how the jerk I portray eventually sees the value and importance of the superior gender — the woman!”

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Prachi Desai: Tusshar is very supportive

After making a successful transition from television to films with her role opposite Farhan Akhtar in the hit Rock On!!, Prachi Desai’s next project in Bollywood is a romantic comedy titled Life Partner, releasing in May. The young actress stars opposite Tusshar Kapoor in the film which also features Govinda, Genelia D’Souza and Fardeen Khan.

SPEAKING about her character in Life Partner and how it differs from her role as a wife in Rock On!!, Prachi says, “My character in Life Partner is very chirpy, frank and modern. Despite being a modern girl, she regards upholding values and culture as very important. After paying an understanding wife in Rock On!!, this role offered me something different to do. I hope to play different roles in each of my films in the future too.”

As for the cast of the film, Prachi says, “I have worked with Tusshar for the first time in this film and he has been very supportive. He is a brilliant actor who has been a guide for me throughout the film. He has the ability to completely take hold of the character he is playing. Every member of the cast was really good. Genelia has also done a superb job.”

Her co-star Govinda is known for his superstitious nature; when asked if he displayed this trait on the sets, Prachi says, “I really don’t know anything about Govinda being superstitious and I have never encountered any such incidents on the sets. He is quite funny and I think that he does the best comedy onscreen.”

As an upcoming star in Bollywood, we asked Prachi to name her favourite Bollywood actors. She says, “I like quite a few stars such as Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit and Kajol. But my all-time favourite is Preity Zinta. She has a way of acting that makes her so lively and realistic. She has always been a pleasure to watch onscreen. As for the guys, I like Hrithik Roshan; he is my all-time favourite actor. He is perfect in every aspect.”

Surprisingly, Shah Rukh Khan is not on the favourite list. Reacting to this, she says, “He is also good. That way, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and everyone is good but I think Hrithik has a unique style of acting and stands out in the horde.”

Although Hrithik tops her list of favourite actors, given a chance Prachi's first choice to work with is none other than her first co-star. She says, “I would like to work with Farhan Akhtar once again. I think he is a great actor.”

Apart from Life Partner, Prachi has also signed for a role in the underworld-based film Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, directed by Milan Luthria starring Emraan Hashmi.
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Celina Jaitley has no Aitraaz to Kannada Film!

The super sexy Celina Jaitley is now heading down south. Now all you Celina fans need not get worried! It's just for one film!

The actress' office confirms that she is going to be part of a South Indian film and has signed her first Kannada film named Shreemati opposite south superstar Upendra.

Now the film we hear is a remake of the Bollywood Blockbuster Aitraaz and Celina will be essaying the same role as that of Priyanka’s in the Hindi film. The big question is do you think Jaitley will be able to pull off PC's role?

And one little secret that we just heard is that initially Priyanka’s role in Aitraaz had been offered to Celina by Abbas Mustan but she had turned it down and now Celina is doing the same role in Kannada.

So is that Celina could be regretting her decision after Aitraaz became the superhit it did? Or is she hoping that it will do the same for her career as it did for Priyanka?!
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Ranbir overtakes Saif and Kareena by 18 crores

Two-film-old Ranbir Kapoor should be feeling quite proud of himself. The young actor’s latest film has a budget which exceeds Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor’s next film by 18 crores. Ranbir’s Wake Up Sid as well as Saif and Kareena’s Jehaad are both being produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions.

WAKE Up Sid is a romance set in Mumbai revolving around a good looking young man (Ranbir Kapoor) who falls for an older, simple woman (Konkona Sen Sharma), who is a writer from Kolkata. A source from the production team says, “The film’s budget was initially 80 crores but due to the recent market condition, it was reduced to 60 crores. Hopefully, the film will release in October this year.”

As for Renzil D'Silva’s Jehaad, starring Saif and Kareena, a source says that it has an estimated budget of 42 crores. The source adds, “The film, based on terrorism, revolves around an Indian woman (Kareena Kapoor) who marries and moves to the US. Later, she finds out that her husband is a part of a terrorist group. It will release this year.”

The news is surprising as Saif and Kareena are considered the hottest pair in Bollywood right now and they are the most expensive brand as a couple. In addition to this, Saif has appeared in 50 films and Ranbir’s cousin, Kareena, has done 38 films. But Dharma Productions doesn’t seem to think these are good enough reasons to splurge on Jehaad’s budget.

Rumours doing the rounds that establish Karan’s high hopes for Wake Up Sid are that he has given the distribution rights of the film to UTV Motion Pictures, making it an exception as all his previous films have always been distributed by Yash Raj.
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What's happening in Bollywood!

All the pretty girls in town; one has a sporty cover, one has a new cosmetic deal, the others have the same phone and two have the same awful dress.

Perfect New Face: Joining the likes of Aishwarya Rai and Eva Longoria, is the stylish Sonam Kapoor who is seen in a print ad for the new Flawless White Perfect day crème. The ad appears in the April issue of magazines like Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire.

Sporty Girl: Svelte and sexy bod Shilpa Shetty graces the April issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. It makes sense for her to be in sportswear since the IPL is about to start.

Same-Same: Priyanka Chopra and Prachi Desai share the same phone in different colours. Priyanka has a black Nokie N95 while Prachi has the mauve and silver version of the same. The phone will set you back by a cool 25 grand

Vote Karo: While we are happy that Kat has been named as the Indian Barbie but we can't really help but wonder if that decision is fair?! Katrina has a British passport and is a British citizen. What is more is that she can’t even speak the National language fluently enought while Ash is fluent in Tamil, Hindi, Kannada and Urdu along with English. Ash is internationally renowned while Katrina doesn’t enjoy international fame. So really what could be the reason for Kat edging Ash out for this one?

Horrific Match: Shriya Saran wore the short and slightly varied version of the dress to the LFW recently while Neetu Chandra wore it to a Gladrags event a month ago. Both are equally repulsive and ghastly. Don’t the ladies take a second opinion before stepping out?

Jewellery Diva: The gorgeous Sushmita Sen inaugurates a PC Jewellers showroom in New Delhi. We love that she isn’t clad in black and her white outfit looks beautiful and relaxed. Her kundan neckpiece is elegant, even royal and we’d love to get out hands on it. The green rock on her finger makes us green with envy.
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