Not all Pakistanis are terrorists: Nikita Anand

Actress Nikita Anand is extremely upset hearing talks about her Pakastani co-star Muhammar Rana being refused entry into India on the pretext of Mumbai terror attacks.

Muhammar, who is a superstar in Pakistan, stars opposite Nikita in Partho Ghosh’s forthcoming film ‘Ek Second – Jo Zindagi Badal De’ along with the director’s favourites Jackie Shroff and Manisha Koirala.

When the ex-Miss India heard the talks about Rana’s visa being denied, she promptly shot, “Not all Pakistanis are terrorists. Muhammar is a cute Pakistani and I want him in India for my premiere, no questions asked”.

The actresses’ grouse is justified too. If performers such as Adnan Sami, Atif Aslam, Meera, Javed Khan and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan can freely perform in India and even be treated as ambassadors of cultural exchange, why should there be any discrimination for her co-star Muhammar Rana.

Nikita, who made a successful debut as an actress in Prakash Jha’s Dil Dosti Etc opposite Shreyas Talpade and Imaad Shah, will also be seen in Nileish Malhotra’s ‘Monopoly’ where she plays a grey character similar to the one Eva Green played in the James Bond blockbuster ‘Casino Royale’.

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Saif and Deepika's secret Love Aaj Kal

Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone in what one may call a hush hush shoot shot the promotional song for their film Love Aaj Kal in Mumbai.

A unit source revealed, “It was a four day shoot in Mehboob Studios in Bandra, Mumbai from 21st to 24th May. A huge set was been erected for that purpose. Both Saif n Deepika participated in it and it was more of a fun shoot as it was also more of a get together for the whole unit.”

It is learnt that director Imtiaz Ali and producers Saif Ali Khan, Dinesh Vijan and Eros are so happy with the way the film has shaped up that they’ve decided to spare neither efforts nor money in its promotion.

Love Aaj Kal is about love today and love as it used to happen in the past. While Saif in the present times plays a cool dude in the film, he enacts the role of a Sardarji in the portions which relate to the times gone by.

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I am not a nude or topless model

Salman Khan’s ‘special’ friend and Hollywood actress Claudia Ciesla is livid. And very rightly so! The Indian media has incorrectly ‘termed’ her a nude and a topless model. In an exclusive interview to a reporter, Claudia poured her heart out:

“I had done just one shoot 4 years ago and that too for a very prestigious international publication. That was at the beginning of my career, and while I won’t say it was a mistake; I may add in hindsight that it was an indiscretion.”

Expressing her anger, disgust and disappointment at being incorrectly termed a nude or topless model, Claudia while referring to certain reports in the Indian media said, “Unfortunately they never checked. They wrote what they read or just presumed things.

I cannot explain to every journalist individually, but I humbly request the Indian media through this report to kindly get their facts right before ‘terming’ or ‘labeling’ someone. It’s a really tough world out there. It’s not easy to make it as a super model.

It takes a lot of hard work, perseverance, determination and sacrifice – hours at the gym, diets, rehearsals – it’s not just cakewalk. Years of hard work to build a good reputation can be destroyed by just one irresponsible report.”

“I am working hard to promote Indian ethnic fashion in Europe. I have modeled and showcased Bollywood designer Umair Zafar’s bridal collection all over Europe. But the media doesn’t seem to notice that.

There are several good pix around wherein I am either modeling Indian outfits by Umair or showcasing traditional Indian wear. But that doesn’t make it to the front page, ” Claudia lamented, adding that one or two fake photos circulating around on the internet immediately make news.

Bollywood’s Badshah Salman Khan had last week officially acknowledged German supermodel and Hollywood actress Claudia Ciesla as his "special friend" laying to rest all gossip regarding their ‘very special friendship’.

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Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif in 7 Days in Paris

Sanjay Gadhvi is all set to start his new film. This one will be produced by Studio 18 and star Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif, who've been teamed for the very first time. It's a romantic/comedy and is aptly titled 7 DAYS IN PARIS, since Paris happens to be one of the most romantic cities in the world.

Sanjay plans to begin filming in June-end/July, "because I want to capture the summer in Europe, " he reveals, "It's a uniquely structured script, but I can't reveal much at this stage." Sanjay plans to wrap almost 85% of the film in Paris, while the remaining portions will be filmed in London and Mumbai.

"The only film to be shot so extensively in Paris was AN EVENING IN PARIS. Of late, JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM, DON and LONDON DREAMS were filmed in Paris as well, but not extensively, " Sanjay adds. Watch this space for further updates!

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Priyanka Kothari set to sizzle again

Changing her name did not help Priyanka Kothari aka Nisha Kothari much. She was last seen in a tantalizing item number with Fardeen Khan in ‘Darling’. Her delayed release ‘Go’ went unnoticed and without creating any stir.

Now, it seems she is all set to impress everyone with her forthcoming flick ‘Agyaat’ where she plays the solo female lead. She also has a sizzling dance number in the film titled ‘Kiss Mix’.

“Yes, that’s my song in Agyaat. Don’t you like the sound of ‘Kiss Mix’? I find it quite cute actually; it is just one of it’s own kinds,” says Priyanka.

When the shooting of AGYAAT had come to a standstill, only a few scenes involving Priyanka were waiting to be shot. The earlier plans were to have only song to be picturised but later ‘Kiss Mix’ was added as an after thought.

“This is one song which has excited me so much after a very long time. And before you call it as an item or a promotional number, let me clear this at the very onset that ‘Kiss Mix’ would be very much a part of the film”, says Priyanka.

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Katrina Kaif performs at IPL2 closing ceremony

The closing ceremony of Indian Premiere League Twenty20 league final at The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg showcased the diverse cultures of South Africa and India with Katrina Kaif’s performance, Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite bhajan to Akon’s smash hits.

Katrina Kaif, also the brand ambassador of Royal Challengers Bangalore, looked nothing less than an angel as she set the stage afire with her performance attired in a graceful while dress. To be known here that Royal Challengers lost the IPL-2 season by a nero margin to Deccan Chargers.

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Aishwarya’s latest still from ‘Endhiran’

The much awaited movie ‘Endhiran’ aka ‘Robot’ starring south superstar Rajnikanth and Aishwarya Rai will be released simultaneously in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and other languages. This multi crore project is directed by Shankar and music is by AR Rahman.

This project promises to be the first of its kind in terms of CG (Computer Graphics), Special effects and Stunt Sequences. Top Notch technicians from Hollywood are being roped in for this movie making this project truly global.

Check out the latest still from the movie which reminds us of the same getup adopted by Aishwarya in her debut movie “Jeans” during “Kahene ko Saat Ajube” song near Piramid. How do you like Ash in this look? Let us know…

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Golden Decade Honours to be given at IIFA 2009

In its tenth year, the IIFA Academy has decided to institute a special set of awards to commemorate the last decade of Indian Cinema. It has put together nominations in five major categories for The Videocon IIFA Golden Decade Honours, which will be announced at the IDEA IIFA Awards on June 13 in Macau. The five categories are: Star of the Decade – Male, Star of the Decade – Female, Movie of the Decade, Director of the Decade and Music of the Decade.

The nominations are as follows:

Star of the decade – Male: Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan and Abhishek Bachchan.

Star of the decade – Female: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukherji, Preity Zinta and Priyanka Chopra.

Movie of the decade: Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (2000), Kaho Na Pyaar Hai (2001), Lagaan (2002), Devdas (2003), Kal Ho Na Ho (2004), Veer Zaara (2005), Black (2006), Chak De India (2008) and Rang De Basanti (2007).

Music of the decade: Taal (2000) - AR Rahman; Kaho Na Pyaar Hai (2001) - Rajesh Roshan; Lagaan (2002) - AR Rahman; Saathiya (2003) - AR Rahman; Kal Ho Na Ho (2004) - Shankar Ehsaan Loy; Veer Zaara (2005) - Madan Mohan; Bunty Aur Babli (2006) - Shankar Ehsan Loy; Rang De Basanti (2007) - AR Rahman and Guru (2008) - AR Rahman.

Director of the decade: Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (2000), Devdas (2003) and Black (2006); Rakesh Roshan for Kaho Na Pyaar Hai (2001) and Koi Mil Gaya (2004); Ashutosh Gowarikar for Lagaan (2002); Yash Chopra for Veer Zaara (2005); Raj Kumar Hirani for Lage Raho…. (2007) and Shimit Amin for Chak De India (2008).
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Supreme Court disapproves of Ramu's song

The Supreme Court on Monday disapproved of the controversial song "Jana Gana Mana Rann" in director Ram Gopal Varma's new film "Rann", saying nobody has the right to tinker with the national anthem.

A vacation bench of Justice V.S. Sirpurkar and Justice R.M. Lodha said this while hearing a lawsuit by the director challenging the denial of permission for exhibition of a promotional film for the song, which is based on India's national anthem "Jana Gana Mana".

"We have read it (the script of the song). It gives a total negative sense. It appears that every line of the national anthem has been proved wrong," said the bench.

"Nobody has got the right to tinker with the national anthem," the bench observed, while denying any prompt legal relief to Varma against the May 8 order of the Central Film Certification Board.

The board had denied Varma the permission for release of the promo on the grounds that the song, "Jana Gana Mana Rann", had distorted and tampered with the national anthem.

Refusing to grant any urgent legal relief to the film director, the bench told him to first approach the appellate tribunal, set up under the Cinematography Act, 1952 to challenge the board's decision.

The bench also asked the tribunal to decide on Varma's lawsuit challenging the board's decision within a month and subsequently asked the film director to come back to it if he was not satisfied with the appellate tribunal's ruling.

Appearing for Varma, senior counsel Arun Jaitley sought scrapping of the board's decision, contending that it has prompted various television channels to not show the promo.

Jaitley contended that the board's decision has made even mobile telephone service providers averse to uploading the song as caller tunes for fear of insulting the national anthem.

In his lawsuit, Varma contended that the "Jana Gana Mana Rann" song in his film merely uses the national anthem in a respectful manner for the purpose of artistic expression.

He said the issue involves a citizens' fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression.

Jaitley argued that if the film song could be misconstrued as showing disrespect to the national anthem, then the flag of various political parties too would be regarded as no lesser an insult to the national flag.

He said after all the flags of parties like the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party and Trinamool Congress bear a striking similarity to the national flag barring their central symbols.

But the court did not appear to be convinced by his argument.
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Shilpa Shetty licked by a giraffe

The Indian Premier League (IPL) team Rajasthan Royals co-owner Shilpa Shetty says apart from cricket she was completely smitten by the wildlife experience in South Africa.

"I did a safari in Singita, a thrilling hot air balloon trip, went to the lion park and actually played with the cubs, something unusual. It was amazing to see a wild animal in such a vulnerable playful state," said Shilpa who was in South Africa for IPL matches.

"I fed ostriches and got pecked by one! And also fed a giraffe, they have the longest purple tongues, wrapped it around my hand, leaving its saliva all over it, eeow! But what fun," the actress posted on her blog.
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Finally, Hrithik and Kangana together!

We have heard enough about Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori together. Now, for a change it’s going to be Kangana Ranaut and Hrithik.

On Kangana’s insistence or otherwise, at the IIFA awards in June, Hrithik and Kangana, co-stars of “Kites”, will be waking the red carpet along with producer Rakesh Roshan and director Anurag Basu.

It seems Kangana was very upset at not been invited to Cannes, where Hrithik, Barbara and Rakesh Roshan walked the red carpet and attended a promotional event for “Kites”.

Till now Kangana, who is said to have a pivotal role in the movie, has been missing from all publicity of “Kites”.

To pacify her, the Roshans are keepting Barbara at a distance and taking Kangana to Macau, where the IIFA awards are being held.

Wonder what has been told to Barbara now, to pacify her?
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'I want to live like a normal guy'

Salman Khan, who recently landed in Mumbai after a shooting schedule in London, attended a rare public event to announce that he would indeed be back on Season 2 of his game show “10 Ka Dum”, which takes off on Saturday, May 30, on Sony TV.

We caught Salman in one of his coolest moods as he spoke about his return to the small screen and his four back-to-back films this year.

Here’s what he said…

You are back on ‘10 Ka Dum’. How was the experience of doing Season 1? Are there going to be any changes in the format in the new season?

It was a great experience last year and hence I am back on the show. About the format, I think what has worked so far should not be changed.

‘10 Ka Dum’ brought the real Salman Khan to the people. Can you tell us a bit more about the real you?

When we do a movie they think this guy is acting. But it is completely different when we do such a show. Everybody’s character has a lot of shades. Like what I am to you might not be the same as what I am to another person. The show brought out what I am in general.

We stars also have problems like everybody else. Somewhere it affects us too. So if we are not in the right mood and get rude with someone, we also call that person back and behave overtly nice as well to make him feel better.

What all did you learn while doing the show?

What I got to understand is that the way I think in general is how the masses think as well. So somewhere I have not been alienated from the common man.

I want to live my life like a normal guy. I want to travel in a rickshaw or go to Barista for a coffee like everybody else.

They expect me to be this star which I don’t want to be at all times. So when I don’t want to be the star you guys get a lot of material to write about me!

Coming to your fee for the show, we hear you have cut down on it. Is it true? How much have you charged?

Yes I have cut down on my price. But that is just by a small margin.

For now there are going to be 14 episodes of ‘10 Ka Dum’ only?

Yes, that is what they have decided as of now. I don’t know what the plans are after that.

On to films… What are your forthcoming releases?

The first movie to release probably would be ‘Wanted: Dead And Alive’, then I will have ‘Main aur Mrs Khanna’, then ‘London Dreams’. By Diwali we shall have ‘Veer’.

Four films in such a short span…wouldn’t that be too much for the audience?

What do you mean? I think it would be wonderful to release movies everyday! (Laughs)

How much of ‘Veer’ is complete?

We have finished the London schedule and Rajasthan schedule which was the most difficult. I thought it would be difficult to shoot action scenes for ‘Wanted’, but ‘Veer’ was way more difficult. Now we have some 35-40 days of shoot left.

You don’t seem to be doing films which have serious subjects.

There are so many problems in the world. So when I do a film I do it thinking that in those two hours I should make the person laugh and feel relieved and then go back to his regular life.

Even if you look at ‘Khamoshi’, it was a very serious film. The original script had no humour for my character. All the humour that you find in the film was put by me.

So Sanjay (Bhansali) used to take two takes of everything in both ways and after seeing how it went for some days he agreed that it works much better with humour. In fact, I keep asking him why he makes such sad films!

Any chances of ‘Bajirao Mastani’ happening?

I don’t think so. I don’t know what Sanjay (Bhansali) has to say about this though.

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SRK - Aamir meet up

All those who think that after their high profile meet to resolve the producers-distributors’ ongoing strike against the multiplex lobby Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan haven’t come together again; here’s a piece of news.

The two actors who sent flashbulbs into a tizzy on April 7 at a hotel in Mumbai, met again at a suburban studio a few days ago to catch up with the producers and check what exactly is the status on the strike.

However, this time the media was deliberately kept away because both the Bollywood biggies didn’t wish to take away the focus from the main issue.

A producer said, “The last time, the papers, the news channels and internet sites focussed only on the Aamir-SRK grand union, they completely ignored the cause.

The stars themselves realised this and made it a point to keep their second meeting a completely low-key affair. The multiplex strike still continues despite efforts from every big name in Bollywood to put an end to it. And, Aamir and SRK are very concerned.”
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Priyanka gets nervous about steamy scene

Priyanka Chopra on one hand is excited about her upcoming release “Kaminey”, as it is her first film with beau Shahid Kapur, but on the other hand she is upset about a hot scene she has done with a theatre actor who plays her first love interest in the film.

While shooting the scene, she had no reservations as director Vishal Bharadwaj had explained the importance of the scene in the film to her. But now as “Kaminey” is up for release, Priyanka reportedly has developed cold feet and does not want that scene to be a part of the movie.

She feels that she is a more established actress now and her days of “Andaaz” have passed by. “Andaaz”, in which she did a hot number with Akshay Kumar, incidentally was the film which propelled Priyanka into the big league.

She feels that the hot scene in “Kaminey” will do harm to her image, rather than being helpful. So she is trying her level best to convince Vishal not to include it in the film. Let’s see if she is successful!
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Shahid Kapur finds new interest

Actor Shahid Kapur, who had taken a fancy to bikes and splurged Rs.1.5 million on one, has now found a new interest. He has been attracted to photography.

Shahid has purchased a new expensive camera, the D50 from Cannon.

"Cameras are not allowed on sets usually. But, lately Ken Ghosh and Ahmad Khan get blinded by flashes on the sets of one of Shahid's ventures, only to realise that it was none other than the actor taking candid shots without their knowledge, much to the unit's amusement," said a source.

Apart from Ghosh's untitled film, the actor is also busy shooting for Vishal Bharadwaj's "Kaminey" with Priyanka Chopra.

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Who will be the Bollywood bride

For the official remake of popular Hollywood film “Bride Wars” in Hindi, a leading Hollywood studio is on lookout for two Bollywood actresses.

The names in the list include Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Sonam, Asin, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone.

The Hollywood film starred Anne Hathway and Kate Hudson.

The remake project is being given to Shrishti Behl, sister of director Goldie Behl.

The film will show a big fat Punjabi wedding with lots of drama and fun.

What will be interesting to look out for is the pairing in the movie.

Can we consider Kareena and Priyanka together? No way, they don’t even like to see each other’s face.

Deepika and Sonam? They might end up discussing Ranbir more than the movie.

Katrina and Asin? Katrina will be more like a watchdog keeping an eye on Asin’s moves towards Salman!
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