Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan says his decision to turn down an honorary doctorate from an Australian university following racial attacks on Indian students there was driven completely by emotions.
"I reacted emotionally. It was a personal decision. I didn't find it appropriate to accept an honour from a country where my countrymen were being dishonoured," Amitabh told reporters in New Delhi on Tuesday (June 2).
The 66-year-old star created a buzz on Saturday when he publicly announced that he had refused to accept the doctorate being given to him for his contribution to the world of entertainment from the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, in wake of the racial attacks.
The actor was also supposed to attend the Brisbane Film Festival there in July, but he is confused about attending it.
"A retrospective of my films is to be showcased at the event and they had even asked me to suggest 10-12 of my best films, but I don't know if I will be going or not. I don't know if I would want to reconsider my decision," he said.
Amitabh was in New Delhi for a press conference for the announcement of the 10th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards to be held in Macau, China starting June 11-13. He is the IIFA brand ambassador and is extremely excited about going to the 'Las Vegas of the East' for the event.
His recent European holiday with Kareena has made Saif very happy in an unexpected way.
During the vacation Kareena put on weight, and Saif is over the moon.
While Kareena’s size zero was envied by many, beau Saif did not find it very attractive. He felt her body looked like a hanger.
Kareena was aware of Saif’s likes and hence decided to part with her size zero. While on holiday, one thing that she thoroughly enjoyed was eating. A foodie at heart, she gorged on food all the time and Saif was more than happy to make her eat.
Kareena says she ate every one hour and forgot all about her diet and exercise.
She does not regret losing her tiny size because it has gained her Saif’s appreciation.
LA-based Radical Publishing is all set to publish a new comic book series on Mallika Sherawat's home production with Tips, titled Hissss, also starring Irrfan Khan.
The actress' brother and co-producer Vikram Singh confirms, "Radical Comics is looking at introducing a new superhero to the world after vampires and werewolves. Now it will be the snake woman. Hissss will be launched as a comic book series and graphic novels which will introduce the ultimate femme fatale the super snake heroine to the world."
Vikram adds, "Storm Lion is a new-age digital media conglomerate which will promote Hissss through digital media and xBox games, CDs and DVDs. When the Hissss comic book series will hit the stands will be decided at a meeting of all the partners Venus, Eros, Storm Lion and the worldwide distributors Endeavour at a meeting in next week."
The publication house is busy setting up adaptations of its comic book imprint Radical Comics around Hollywood. Their other comic book series include Hotwire mini-series, based on an exorcist detective in a futuristic London, Hercules Freedom Formula, Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil producing Caliber, a new book by Yoshitaka Amano and Aladdin.
An outfit she wore for Zee Cine Awards on March 26, 2005 (above left), at Excel, Docklands in East London, was pulled out for her yoga teacher Payal Gidwani’s wedding to Manish Tiwari this week (above right).
The dress is no different but Rani surely has shrunk, though for the sexier. In fact, her fitness instructor Satya recently claimed that Rani has the best body in Bollywood now.
Wish she buys a new wardrobe to flaunt her new figure.