Friday, 1 March 2013

Check Out: Priyanka Chopra strips into bikini for Vogue

This scorching summer, Priyanka Chopra is going to chill you with her oomph factor. The March 2013 issue of Vogue will see the versatile ‘Barfi!’ star Priyanka Chopra stripping down into black and white bikini and she is looking super sexy. She flaunts her edgy body in short pant and short top. This special edition of the magazine is dedicated to the summer fashion.
The actress is leaning to the wall and giving a sexy look to the camera. Priyanka has donned a Shivan & Narresh's swimsuit. Her hair is kept open giving a retro style. Her nails were colored white. Deep eyeliner was applied on her eyes to give a seductive look.
The magazine describes Priyanka as "Actor, Beauty, Rebel and Rockstar". Priyanka who bagged the best actress award in 2012 for ‘Barfi!’ is the busiest bee in the industry. Her hands are full for 2013 as always. She is shooting for Yash Raj banner ‘Gunday' with Arjun Kapoor, she will be seen in ‘Zanjeer’ remake with Ram Charan Teja, Ekta Kapoor's 'Milan Talkies' and the main highlight would be a biopic based on boxer Mary Kom to be produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Well, the sexy girl is sure to kill you guys with her killer and chic looks. Grab the magazine before it runs out of stock in the market.

Aamir Khan spotted shooting for P.K. in over-tight shirt khan's character in his upcoming film P.K. is getting everyone super curious! Some days back the actor was seen sporting a suit teamed with lehenga and now there he is in a I-can-barely-breathe shirt. And what's with that radio round his neck? Aamir Khan is known for spinning surprises and setting trends. Rajkumar Hirani's P.K. will be no different. Watch this space to see fresh yarns this magician will likely weave for his latest outing. ON AAMIR KHAN'S P.K.
Aamir Khan dons traditional Rajasthani attire for P.K.
Aamir Khan's first look from P.K. created a stir as the actor was dressed in a rather weird combination wearing a blazer along with a ghagra. Now in another on-the-set still, Aamir is seen dressed in typical, traditional Rajasthani attire.
In fact, the attire reminds us of Shah Rukh Khan's get-up from his film Paheli which was also based in Rajasthan. Rajkumar Hirani's P.K. is currently being shot in Rajasthan. Besides Aamir, the film stars Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjay Dutt.

First look: Aamir Khan wears ghagra in P.K.By now its common knowledge that Aamir Khan has begun shooting for Rajkumar Hirani's P.K. in Rajasthan. However, what took us by surprise was Aamir's get-up! Aamir is seen wearing a blazer along with a ghagra (something we've never seen anybody wear as yet). Wonder what is the significance of this particular look?
P.K. is an upcoming political satire directed by Rajkumar Hirani. The film stars Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma in lead roles.
Aamir takes Kiran, son along for P.K. shoot
Bollywood star Aamir Khan Friday began shooting for his new film Peekay in Rajasthan and the actor made it a point to take his wife Kiran and son Azad along with him.
Aamir has a 45-day shooting schedule lined up in Rajasthan and he couldn't afford to spend that long a time apart from his family. So he decided to take them along with him, said a source.
Sanjay Dutt to play Rajasthani in PK
Sanjay Dutt, who has a small but important role in Rajkumar Hirani's P.K., will be seen playing a Rajasthani in the film. The role was initially offered to Arshad Warsi who had to opt out due to date issues.
Incidentally the first schedule of P.K. begins in a small town in Rajasthan from Feb 2nd. P.K. stars Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma and Sushant Singh Rajput. The film marks Khan and Hirani's re-union after the hugely successful all-time blockbuster 3 Idiots.
Anushka Sharma to start shooting for Peekay from February
Post the success of Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, actress Anushka Sharma, is now geared up for Rajukumar Hirani's Peekay and says she will start shooting for the film from February.
"I am very excited to be working with Raju Hirani and Aamir Khan. We will start shooting for the film in February. I hope we try to make a better film than 3 Idiots for the audience," Anushka told reporters during the launch of Femina India's 10 Most Beautiful Women.

source: Hindustantimes

Subhash Kapoor Takes Over Munnabhai 3

While Rajkumar Hirani is quite held up with his Aamir Khan starrer 'P.K.', a question mark was hanging over his yet another project - the third installment of Munnabhai... Of late the problem has been solved...

According to producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra, the directorial reins have been passed on to Subhash Kapoor, whose film 'Jolly LLB' is waiting for its release.
Talking in an interview, the producer said that he felt has the sensibility and the approach required to take the Munnabhai franchise ahead. So after discussing the idea with Hirani and writer Abhijat Joshi, decided to give Kapoor the responsibility of the much-talked and much-delayed project.

On the other hand, Hirani apparently had writer's block while doing second half of Munnabhai 3's script. But once he finished the script of 'P.K.' his mind said to have freed and then he again took interest in Munnabhai. The film will be co-written by Joshi and Hirani.

Titled 'Munnabhai Chale Delhi', the film will have Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi taking forward their characters of Munna and Circuit respectively.
Kapoor will start on the project once he is done his duties with 'Jolly LLB', that is by March and after which he will take Munnabhai film to floors sometime later in the year.

‘3G’ song: Neil Nitin Mukesh and Sonal Chauhan get touchy-feely in ‘Khalbali’

‘3G’ song: Neil Nitin Mukesh and Sonal Chauhan get touchy-feely in ‘Khalbali’ After a sensual track like Kaise Bataaoon which was loaded with passionate scenes, here is a much toned down song Khalbali from the film 3G-2013. Neil Nitin Mukesh and Sonal Chauhan once again get to romance in this song.

Khalbali being an effervescent love song lacks the hot scenes, but is not without its share of kisses. Both Sonal and Neil have indulged in some carefree PDA -- hugging and smooching -- in the serene locales of Fiji in the video. For a change, Sonal Chauhan has slipped into shorts, and not a bikini. Her envy-inducing spaghetti tops are chic. Neil Nitin Mukesh also looks and acts like a loving beau, singing Khalbali to his girl.

The song’s title may ring a bell with you but is very different from Aamir Khan’s Khalbali, the popular track of Rang De Basanti. Though melodious and peppy, this Khalbali is not as good as Rahman’s song in RDB.

Khalbali has been composed by Mithoon and is sung by Shilpa Rao, Arijit Singh and Tochi Raina, while the lyrics of the song are by Shelee. The high point of the song is the chemistry between Sonal and Neil, and of course, the breathtaking beauty of Fiji beaches. But besides that there is nothing worth mentioning. Since the movie is a thriller, the song seems a situational track.

Although it’s an average track, the song has received positive response from the music buffs on Youtube, and there are also a few who have noticed Sonal Chauhan’s lithe legs in the video. A viewer writes, “Someone please buy her some trousers.”

Directed by Shantanu Ray Chibber and Sheershak Anand, the movie 3G is about a couple who becomes a victim of a series of unfortunate and scary events after they buy a 3G-enabled phone while holidaying in Fiji. Neil Nitin Mukesh plays a grey character in the film.

Here’s the new song Khalbali from 3G:

Vishwaroopam: Kamal Haasan-Theatre owners fight,probe begins

Fight over Vishwaroopam: Probe beginsAn investigation by Competition Commission of India (CCI) has begun concentrating on a complaint filed by Kamal Haasan against Tamil Nadu cinema theatre owners associations.
Mr Haasan had filed the complaint asserting that the association had followed anti-competition practices in restricting the release of Mr Haasan's controversial film Vishwaroopam.
Commenting on the fight between Mr Haasan and the association, spokesperson of the CCI said, "Such a decision of Opposite Party (Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners Association) prima facie seems to be anti-competitive as it deters a producer from providing to consumers an opportunity of watching premiere show in an economic manner in the comforts of his home."
"It also has the potential of adversely affecting the competition and depriving benefit to producers and consumers of newer technologies," he added.
Mr Haasan accused the association of not allowing the movie to be released in the state as he earlier had planned to premiere Vishwaroopam through the Direct to Home (DTH) platform.
The association allegedly had decided not to exhibit any movie including Vishwaroopam if it was already released on DTH platform.
The investigation has been led by the fair trade regulator's investigation arm Director General (DG). According to a CCI document dated Jan 16, the DG has been ordered to complete the investigation into the case within 60 days.

Always wanted to play Anandi: Toral Rasputa

Slipping into someone else’s shoes can be a daunting task, especially for television actors who replace a popular name associated with an iconic character. But Toral Rasputra who will replace Pratyusha Banerjee as Anandi on the hit show Balika Vadhu, couldn’t exude more confidence.

Thrilled about bagging the role, she says, “I am on cloud nine right now. I am nervous and anxious. It’s a great opportunity for me. I always wanted to play Anandi, from the time Avika Gor played the young girl to when Pratyusha took over. It’s a like a dream come true. I have watched Balika Vadhu since it aired four years ago.”

Toral reveals that she was so excited when she received the offer that she “didn’t think twice”. “I feel I got this role as it was my destiny. I didn’t think I was a replacement as I am in love with the show and the character. I am going to give my 100 per cent. The rest I will leave to the audience. My job is to do justice to the role as  actors before me have done. Now it’s my turn to take the role ahead.” She is looking forward to working again with Sriti Jha, who plays the role of Ganga. They worked together on a show titled, Dhoom Machao Dhoom on Disney.

Having done shows like Sahara One’s Kesariya Balam Aavo Maare Des and Zee’s Choti Si Zindagi, Toral was on a break last year. “I got married in November, which is why I took the break. Now I’m looking forward to getting back to work,” she says.

From the sets of Gunday

Kai Po Che (7 days) first week collection at Box Office

Kai Po Che 1st week collection at Box OfficeHindi movie Kai Po Che (KPC) starring newcomers like Sushant Singh Rajput and Raj Kumar Yadav in leads, has concluded the first week with a superb business at the Indian Box Office. The movie has topped the domestic collection chart, beating Zila Ghaziabad starring Sanjay Dutt, Vivek Oberoi and Arsad Warsi in leads.
Kai Po Che, which had massive promotions, opened to a superb response at the multiplexes across the country when compared to single screens. The Abhishek Kapoor directed-movie showed a huge growth on Saturday and Sunday. It collected approximately Rs 18.10 crores nett at the domestic Box Office in the first weekend. Its breakup is Rs 4.50 cr on Fri, Rs 6.25 cr on Sat and Rs 7.35 cr on Sun.
When everyone was thinking that its business would go down on weekdays, Kai Po Che maintained rock-steady collections. The movie registered very good amount of occupancy on Monday and its footfalls were almost equal to that of its opening day. On weekdays, it has collected Rs 11.4 crores, taking its first week total to Rs 29.50 crores nett. Its breakup is Rs 3.25 cr on Mon, Rs 2.95 cr on Tue, Rs 2.70 cr on Wed and Rs 2.50 cr on Thu.
However, two much-awaited movies like The Attacks of 26/11 and I, Me aur Main have released in theatres today and they are expected to slow down its business. But Taran Adarsh says that it will once again top the chart in the second weekend. The Bollywood trade analyst tweets, "Update: #KaiPoChe expected to dominate the domestic BO for the second consecutive weekend, as per early trends."

Deepika Padukone wins Race to star with Vidya Balan?

We know by now that the versatile Vidya Balan has bagged the big role in ace cinematographer Rajiv Menon's biopic of Carnatic singer MS Subbulakshmi.

Vidya was reportedly approached soon after Aishwarya Rai Bachchan reportedly turned down the film due to personal reasons. But what's music to our ears is the delicious possibility of a casting coup which we haven't seen before.

The yet untitled film also reportedly stars a second leading lady. And the Race for this coveted part has reportedly been won by Deepika Padukone since Rajiv Menon is really keen to work with her.

Now that is one Cocktail coup we would like to see on the silver screen. So watch this space for more.

Sonam Kapoor buys rights for Anuja Chauhan's novel

Sonam Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor, whose first film Saawariya was loosely based on Fyodor Dostoevsky' short story White Nights, has bought the film rights of one of Anuja Chauhan's novels for the sheer love of its female characters.
Kapoor, who describes herself as someone who lives to eat and read in that order, says the book has characters that exist in reality and that's what prompted her to buy the film rights.
If the story gets translated onscreen, it would be Kapoor's third movie based on a novel after Aisha, which was a modern interpretation of Jane Austen's Emma and saw the actress playing a posh Delhi girl.
"The idea of taking a book and turning the pages I remember have been the biggest high for me. So, it was imperative for me to play something like this before I get too old. It is about modern Indian women who exist in reality but not in Hindi cinema," Kapoor said.
The actress was in the city recently to launch Chauhan's third novel Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Harper Collins.
The actress declined to name the book that her father Anil Kapoor's production company has acquired from Chauhan's other two novels -- The Zoya Factor and Battle for Bittora.
Kapoor says she is proud to have played some real women on celluloid in her short career in Bollywood.
"I could play a little bit of modern Indian girl in Delhi 6 and Aisha. Both were Delhi girls. One was from Chandni Chowk while the other was from Defence colony and both girls exist."
The actress believes that reading helps her to imagine new characters and places which in turn helps her as an actor.
When asked about people's response to her extensive reading habit, Kapoor said, "People generally get surprised with women with brains."

Is there a cold war brewing between Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra?

The non-stop catfights between leading ladies in Bollywood has been as old as 100 years of Indian cinema. Time and again we have heard about top actresses not getting along with each other. So Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra's cold war on the sets of Sanjay Gupta's upcoming sequel Shootout At Wadala did not come as a surprise.

A source says, "Priyanka Chopra was shooting for a special item song at stage number three in the Film City studios for Gupta's film. Around lunchtime, the entire set came to a stand still when they learnt that Katrina Kaif had come to the sets."

However Katrina apparently refused to come inside and instead went to choreographer Ahmed Khan's van where director Siddharth Anand joined them. The source adds, "The trio had a two hour meeting for the songs of Siddharth's Bang Bang. However neither Katrina, nor Priyanka bothered to go and greet each other."

After her work was done, Katrina apparently left without stepping inside the sets at all. Insiders say even PC was surprised at that. Another source states, "She had come to see Ahmed since he is designing all the Bang Bang songs. The choreographer had been unable to meet Kat all these days, as he was busy shooting back-to-back for Sanjay's sequel. Ahmed too was surprised when he learnt that Kat had come all the way from Bandra just to meet him and discuss the songs."

It has never been the case that Priyanka and Katrina don't see eye to eye, there were rumours about Priyanka getting close to Katrina's alleged beau Ranbir Kapoor on the sets of Anjaana Anjaani. However, the link-up reports died a natural death immediately after the film released.

Jennifer Lawrence admits new Dior ad campaign is photoshopped

Jennifer Lawrence has admitted that her new Dior ad campaign has been given a few touch ups.
The Oscar-winning actress told Access Hollywood that person in the the ad campaign doesn’t look like her at all.
“I love Photoshop more than anything in the world. Of course it’s Photoshop, people don’t look like that,” the New York Post quoted her as saying.
The 22-year-old actress has gained support from her followers on Twitter, who are applauding her for admitting that her natural beauty had a little help from technology.

Amitabh Bachchan praises the crowd of Bhopal

Amitabh Bachchan is at present in Bhopal, shooting for Prakash Jha’s upcoming movie ‘Satyagraha’. He arrived at the city on Valentine’s Day (14th February 2013) and is expected to drop anchor there for at least next 3 months. Incidentally it is the city of his in-laws as well. The parents and sister of Jaya Bachchan are settled in Bhopal. Speaking about this he has written in his blog that, “It is going to be a start to finish film, so ‘home’ away from home shall be the city of Bhopal, the ‘son-in-law’s’ city. The ‘jamai’ as they are known in most languages of the country.”
No wonder then that the city of Bhopal holds a special place in the heart of the actor. Recently he is all praises for the crowd of Bhopal. Big B wrote in his blog "The co-operation of the people of Bhopal is extraordinary. Their discipline, their sense of order, their pleasant demeanours and all that a film unit would expect from an audience when shooting outdoors, is present there in abundance."
The 70 year old mega star farther added, "My salutations to the city and to the people! Thank you for your effort in allowing us to conduct our work in an atmosphere of required peace and comfort.”Is this his partiality to the town of his in-laws? We wonder.
However, Amitabh has always been comfortable in Bhopal. Relocating for 3 months at his age is not an easy task. But Amitabh himself has cleared all the doubts earlier in his blog saying that, “Setting up your room for the next three months, getting stuff from home in correct order has always been an exercise nothing less than moving house, which we all know is an arduous experience by itself. But I am happy to note that a sparse set up seems to be controllable, than one that is filled with material which is hardly used…but there.”
We hear that the entire cast and crew of ‘Satyagraha’ is having a good time at Bhopal. The shooting for the political thriller is going on smoothly. It is based on the story of the anti corruption movements in India led by Anna Hazare.
Along with senior Bachchan, the other stars that are part of the movie are Amrita Rao, Kareena Kapoor, Manoj Bajpai, Ajay Devgan and Arjun Rampal.
We wish the mega star and all members of the film, a pleasant stay at Bhopal.

Bollywood preview: The Attacks Of 26/11

Hours before the film releases and a day before the reviews appear, here’s what you can expect from this week’s release…

Film: The Attacks Of 26/11

Nana Patekar (last seen in Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal; 2012) and Sanjeev Jaisal (debut)

Based on the catastrophic 26/11 attacks on Mumbai, the film cinematically recreates what happened over those terror-filled days when the city was under siege.

Director :
Ram Gopal Varma
Last directed Bhoot Returns (2012). This sequel to the 2003 film, Bhoot, joined the long list of horror film sequels that failed to impress audiences and critics alike. Reportedly, it did not do too well at the box office either. 
Music: Amar Mohile, Rooshin Dalal, Kaizad Gherda, Vishal Khosla and Sushil Khosla
The soundtrack has been deemed far from memorable. Not many have even heard of the album, forget having liked the songs. But then we doubt the audience is expecting any chartbusting tracks from the film either.

Controversies/stuntsEven though Ramu went to town announcing that his next “is absolutely a non-controversial film”, nothing could stop it from running into some trouble at least. Earlier this week, reports claimed that a lawyer tried to stop the film’s release in Andhra Pradesh as he feared it may lead to communal trouble. 

Marketing/hypeThe makers released the first seven minutes of the film online to create some buzz. Nana Patekar, as a character inspired by Anti Terrorist Squad chief Rakesh Maria,
plays the role of the narrator. The actor, who is known to speak very fast, was apparently asked to articulate slowly for the part.

Our assessmentSince the film is based on one of the most heinous terror attacks in recent times, there is a certain amount of curiosity associated with how RGV has recreated the siege. Whether that curiosity will translate into footfalls at the theatre, only the coming Monday will tell.


Movie review: I, Me Aur Main

Movie review: I, Me Aur MainCast:John Abraham, Chitrangda Singh and Prachi Desai
Director: Kapil Sharma


A rom-com about a self-obsessed music producer who loves himself too much to notice that life might be passing him by is anything but oven-fresh. But in the larger context of popular Hindi cinema, a love story that does not culminate in a big fat Indian wedding is certainly a novelty.

Debutant director Kapil Sharma constructs a narrative that, superficially, appears far more interesting than it actually is. Nobody in the film gets exactly what he or she really wants and yet everybody goes home happy.

Unfortunately, the audience doesn’t because I, Me Aur Main is a rather listless drama about grown-ups who still have much growing up to do. Eventually it amounts to much ado about nothing.

The primary problem with the film is that the male protagonist is an outright cheapskate surrounded by at least half a dozen women who deserve much better than this twerp.

He is a thoroughly unlikable bundle of contradictions who is commitment-phobic and self-centered and shies away, despite several protestations to the contrary, from taking his live-in partner to his mom in Pune and talk about marriage until it is too late.

But when push comes to shove, all that the man needs is a gentle verbal nudge from his over-protective mother to see where exactly he is going wrong. The climactic course correction is all very contrived and cutesy to be convincing.

I, Me Aur Main is about a music company executive, Ishaan Sabharwal (John Abraham), who lives in the apartment of his well-to-do girlfriend Anushka (Chitrangada Singh) but refuses to share either the workload or the expenses of the household.

When the milkman is at the door – the lady’s name is emblazoned on it – he refuses pay up because, as he unabashedly insists, he “does not drink milk and even has black coffee”.

Ishaan is the sort of guy who, when his girl says that she loves him, responds with “I love me too”.

It definitely can’t be easy having a man like him around, so one wonders why the woman takes three years to decide that she has had enough of him.

When he is down, Ishaan stands before a mirror, pretends to be a boxer facing an imaginary punching bag, and mutters: “I am the best, I am the best.” That certainly isn’t the greatest way to confront life.

He is finally unceremoniously locked out of the house by an exasperated Anushka when he stumbles back home after a late night binge.

Ishaan’s mother (Zarina Wahab) lands up in his new pad to guide him through the low phase.

He also begins to receive the amorous attention of a chirpy fashion stylist-neighbour (Prachi Desai). She describes herself as a “part-time electrician”. The sparks do fly and a love triangle ensues. Ishaan is caught in a tangle of his own making.

It takes the efforts of four women – the mother, a sister (Mini Mathur in her first big screen appearance) who happens to be his estranged beloved’s confidante, and of course the two contenders for his love – to bail him out of the corner he paints himself into.

Part of the film also meanders through a maze of limpid music industry rivalries involving a boss – another lady (Raima Sen) determined to put the cocky man in his place – and a couple of new female singers who are looking for the big break. That’s a pretext for a couple of musical numbers.

But like the rest of the film, the songs barely pass muster.

The performances are, however, generally earnest and manage to attain an even quality. John Abraham, hot but not always happening, wisely stays firmly within his limits.

The high point of the star turn is when he takes off his shirt to jump into a swimming pool and Prachi Desai intones: “Wow, striptease!”

Chitrangada strikes the right notes for the most part and Prachi Desai lends a bubbly energy to a few of the scenes. Both Zarina Wahab and Mini Mathur bring a touch of warmth to bear upon an otherwise hopelessly soggy film.

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