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Good time for women in Bollywood: Madhuri Dixit

Lauding “Gulaab Gang” director Soumik Sen for scripting a woman-centric film, actress Madhuri Dixit Friday here acknowledged that women have risen to prominence in the film industry and are essaying diverse roles from scripting to direction. Madhuri also noted the changing trend of directors perceiving women in unconventional roles. “I see lot of women in […]
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Mumbai Saga based on gangster-politics

Mumbai Saga based on gangster-politics
After adapting two real life stories in Shootout At Lokhandwala and Shootout At Wadala, Sanjay Gupta once again will be unleashing another saga of a gangster in Mumbai Saga. While John will once again essay the grey role in the film, this time his ...
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Suchitra Sen: Movie star recluse was 'India's Greta Garbo'
Her most famous Hindi film after Devdas was Aandhi (1975), which caused controversy because the character she played, an Indian politician, was thought to be based on Indira Gandhi, the country's prime minister at the time. Aandhi was banned for a time ...
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Sunny Leone unhappy with sexual slant in 'Ragini MMS 2' promo?
Our source explains, "After Jism 2 and Jackpot, Ragini MMS 2 is a very significant movie for Sunny and she's hoping to consolidate herself in the Hindi movie industry as an actress. Besides, in her movies henceforth, she's not keen to show so much skin ...
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Kareena shoots ad with international production

Global hotties Eva Mendes and Eva Longoria are the fabulous faces of the Magnum ice-cream brand. Now it's Kareena Kapoor who is the ice cream's brand ambassador in India.

On Sunday, Kareena shot her first ad for the ice cream.

To ensure international standards, the entire team that shot the ads for the two enchanting Evas, Mendes and Longoria, was flown into Mumbai from New York for the Sunday ad.

And to ensure that Kareena looked her international best her habitual stylist Manish Malhotra was set aside just this once. Instead young dynamic Tanya Ghavri who has been working sartorial miracles on Sonam Kapoor and Ilena D'Cruz was roped in to do Kareena's look for the ad.

Taking a break from the very stylish ad-shoot on Sunday, Kareena said, "It's amazing to work with international brands and teams. Yes, I am shooting an ad with the crew that did the ads for Eva Mendes and Eva Longoria. Their style of working is very different from our own very talented ad-makers."

About not having her favourite designer Manish Malhotra on board Kareena says, "Manish is family. There is no question of replacing him. I just wanted to try another stylist for this ad. We all need to work with different people, experience new strains of creativity. Or we stagnate. And to me stagnation is death."

The actress who has now washed her hands off Karan Johar's Shuddhi is getting ready to shoot Dev Benegal's Bombay Samurai in May.

While it's too early to discuss her role one has good reason to believe that Kareena would be kicking serious ass in the film. If sources are to be believed she has heavy-duty action scenes to perform in Benegal's scenes.

Both Farhan Akhtar and Kareena go into intense training to look fighting-fit for Benegal's film.

And Kareena needs to again lose some more weight for the role.

"Not Size 0, God forbid! But I need to look leaner especially since my co-star is one of most sinewy guys in our cinema," laughs Kareena. News


Kareena to endorse Magnum ice creams

Kareena Kapoor, Bollywood's 'Numero Uno' actress, never ceases to be in the news.

Bollywood Hungama's reliable sources say that Kareena Kapoor has now been signed up as the brand ambassador of Magnum ice creams.

The official announcement of the same is being awaited. News


Vidushi to play supporting role in Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Vidhushi Mehra seems to have got her hands full as the actress has some meaty projects in her kitty. While she will reprise the role of a reporter in the upcoming Akshay Kumar Production Fugly, she will be playing a supporting role in Yash Raj Films' Dum Laga Ke Haisha.

The actress who has played pivotal roles in the past in films like Aisha, No One Killed Jessica, Bajatey Raho, etc. is looking forward to this YRF outing. On touching base with Vidushi, she stated that "This year looks good as Fugly is slated to release soon and I also have YRF Dum Laga Ke Haisha where I would be seen playing a strong supporting role."

Co- produced by Maneesh Sharma and directed by Sharat Katariya, Dum Laga Ke Haisha will star Ayushmann Khurrana in the lead. News


Bobby Jasoos not just a detective film: Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan is not concerned about the horde of detective films being made currently like “Jagga Jasoos” and “Byomkesh Bakshi”. The actress says that her film “Bobby Jasoos” has something more to offer. Vidya says she is not looking at other films as competition. “It’s a female detective film but it’s not just a detective […]
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Twinkle Khanna undergoes surgery

Twinkle Khanna is recently said to have undergone a surgery at a hospital in South Mumbai after she constantly complained of recurring stomach aches.

Tina, as she is fondly known, was admitted to the hospital after she complained of unbearable pain in her stomach. Also, she was said to have later been diagnosed with kidney stone and was asked to be operated immediately. Akshay Kumar, actor and husband, who is busy with his packed schedule, visited his wife constantly in intervals. However, the actress who is said to have been kept under observation is in the recovery stage and will be discharged in a couple of days. News


Tisca Chopra turns Author with Acting Smart

Tisca Chopra who made her presence felt with spellbinding and critically acclaimed performances in the films like Taare Zameen Par, Firaaq, Qissa and starred in the well-reviewed theatre play 'Dinner with Friends' has now added one more feather to her cap we hear.

The actress, who is a well known bibliophile and a voracious reader, has been doing some serious writing over the past few months and is all set to launch her very first book 'Acting Smart' which she says is especially for all the cinegoers, movie buffs and people who are starting new in the industry.

A source close to her said, 'There isn't another book like this one in the market yet. The book is for young aspiring actors and it is full of information about how to make it in the business and it has many interesting trivia from industry experts like Imtiaz Ali, Raju Hirani, Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani. The book has interesting episodes and anecdotes. News


Suchitra Sen passes away at 82

Legendary Bengali actress Suchitra Sen, who was recently undergoing treatment at a nursing home in Calcutta for serious respiratory problems, was put on non-invasive ventilation after her condition deteriorated on Thursday night. Unfortunately, the 82 year old actress passed away after suffering from a heart attack. The condition of the actress had deteriorated last night after which she suffered a massive cardiac arrest leading to her death.

Sen, who has been living the life of a recluse in a south Kolkata apartment starred in memorable Hindi films like Devdas and Aandhi and Bengali films like Saat Paake Bandha, Agnipariksha, Saptapadi and Deep Jwele Jai.

Bollywood Hungama sends out its heartfelt condolence to her family. News


Kamasutra 3D director sends legal notice to Sherlyn Chopra

Rupesh Paul the aggrieved slandered director of Kamasutra 3D has sent his leading lady Sherlyn Chopra a legal notice (a copy with this writer) demanding that she withdraw all her abusive tweets immediately. Rupesh also claims defamation damages of Rs 5 crores from the actress.

"I had to do this to preserve my self-respect. Sherlyn who called me Appa suddenly became hostile. She withdrew all support to our film and abused me in the filthiest language. I had to take legal action to protect my film and my reputation," says Rupesh.

On Wednesday pinup girl Sherlyn Chopra not only announced her decision to dissociate herself from her much-vaunted film Kamasutra 3D, she also tweeted highly abusive statements about her director Rupesh Paul calling him a 'ga***u' and a 'ha****i'.

Rupesh Paul was still reeling under the impact of the unexpected onslaught.

Says Rupesh, "First I suffered a multiple injury, three fractures in my left arm requiring surgery, in a motorcycle accident and now I am subjected to worse injury. While I know a vehicle rammed into my motorcycle causing my hand injury I've no clue what brought on the attack from Sherlyn."

Rupesh says they shared a father-daughter relationship. "She called me Appa, which means 'father' in Tamil and Telugu. Now on twitter she has been calling me a 'ha****i' and a 'ga***u'. Being a South Indian I didn't know what these words meant. I had to ask my assistant."

Rupesh says she was fine until Tuesday evening. "Then after the latest trailer came out she suddenly turned against me and the film. The fact that there is less of her in the new trailer could be the provocation. The new trailer is not about Sherlyn Chopra. Because my film is not about her. She is one of the characters in the film. She isn't the film."

The filmmaker says so far he had marketed the film to enhance Sherlyn's image. "So far we highlighted her in the promos to keep her happy. Sherlyn is a very gullible girl. She gets easily instigated. I don't understand what she means by saying she's quitting my film. She has already completed all her scenes. And there's no way she can ask for those scenes to be deleted. I've a water-tight contact with her. At the most she will avoid promotional activities for our film."

Rupesh says Sherlyn is now devoting time to a singing career. "She has cut a single titled 'Bad Girl'. My movie was her best bet for recognition. And she took maximum advantage of it. We took her to Los Angeles in November. In the 7-star hotel where she stayed Punjabi and Gujarati producers queued up to meet her. And all because of Kamasutra 3D."

Apparently Sherlyn is miffed because Rupesh Paul changed the script of the film.

Argues Rupesh, "Yes, we did make some changes. We made some changes that we mutually agreed to. We changed her character from a princess to Kama Devi. We took her to Goa and LA with those changes. She seemed fine. In fact her role is now more prominent. She got pissed off because there were other prominent characters in the film. There are 19 other girls in Kamasutra. How can I take Sherlyn Chopra's permission to cast for the other characters?"

After the abusive tweets Rupesh has taken legal action against the actress. "Sherlyn's strategy to get attention is cheap. I always advised her to not resort to cheap publicity gimmicks. She has a good physique and she is a talented actress. I always thought we'd do a makeover of her image in Kamasutra. In the first poster we presented her like a Goddess lighting a deeya. She called me her father. I treated her with respect and affection. When I met her she had just been expelled from the Playboy cover for tweeting pictures prematurely. I was also struggling in Mumbai. We decided to help one another. Kamasutra gave her a new lease of life. Otherwise she would have been wiped out after the Playboy fiasco."

Rupesh Paul is now proceeding cautiously. "To my relief she hasn't made any fake allegations against me. Being a woman she could've said anything. But I've scores of videos of her falling at my feet and calling me 'Appa'. I've got the videos ready in case she decides to create more trouble."

Now Rupesh plans a Cannes premiere for Kamasutra 3D on May 23.

"She must understand I wasn't making a documentary on Sherlyn Chopra. Kamasutra 3D is not about her," ends Rupesh Paul.

Sherlyn Chopra remained unavailable for comment. News