Bigg Boss 7 grand finale: Gauhar Khan is the winner!

Bigg Boss 7 grand finale: Gauhar Khan is the winner!

Aandy became the new captain of the house

VJ Andy (born Anand Kumar), from Berkshire, United Kingdom now living in Mumbai, India, whose real name is Anand Vijay Kumar is Channel V VJ and the host of Dare 2 Date, a dating reality show.

He was born in a Punjabi Hindu family in the United Kingdom. He first appeared in the hit music video Kaliyon ka Chaman and was later offered to host Get Gorgeous 3 and Dare 2 Date on Channel V. He has also been a part of a lot of national and international plays. He also hosts Channel V's Beauty and the Geek.He also hosted a show What’s With Indian Women in Fox Traveller India with comedian Sanjay Rajoura.He is currently a contestant on the Indian reality TV show Bigg Boss 7.

Singh Saab The Great movie review: Sunny Deol’s dhai kilo ka haath still packs a punch!

The jodi of actor Sunny Deol and director Anil Sharma is back for a fourth time with Singh Saab The Great and the duo has tried to give the audience an earnest film. Though the story could have been tighter, Sunny paaji’s action avatar makes up for it

Director Anil Sharma and Sunny Deol have delivered three hit films together so far –Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, The Hero: Love Story of a Spy and Apne. And we can safely say that they are back with a bang with Singh Saab The Great. The movie is about an honest collector Saranjit Singh Talwar (Sunny Deol) who believes in doing the right thing and does so till he is transferred to Bhadori – a small town in Uttar Pradesh. This is when Bhoodev Singh (Prakash Raj), the baddie in the film, comes into the picture. While Saranjit believes in the power of truth, Bhoodev thinks the ultimate power is money. Like any politician, Bhoodev is corrupt, powerful and does every wrong thing possible. But Saranjit gets in his way each time to make things tough for him. In their fight, it is Saranjit’s wife (Uravashi Rautela) who bears the brunt of the enmity and dies. Things take a turn for the worse when the Bhadori collector is accused of bribery and is jailed. Seven years later Saranjit, with a help of his cop friend manages to get out of jail and changes his identity. Now he is known as Singh Saab, whose motto is not ‘badla’, but ‘badlav’. But does he manage to change society and most importantly, Bhoodev Singh? Watch the film to find out.

What’s good about Singh Saab The Great?

Without a doubt, it has to be Sunny Deol’s performance. Even though he is in his late ‘50s, Sunny still manages to do action sequences amazingly well. His dhai kilo ka haath yet again entertains us…and how! He is one actor who actually makes action stunts look believable. Another highlight of the film is its dialogue. An angry Sunny mouthing dhansoo lines like ‘Bali hamesha bakre ki di jaati hai, sher ki nahi’ is a treat to watch. And though the story could have been more crisp, I enjoyed watching it coz there is different atmosphere when you enter a Sunny Deol film. It’s like watching a cricket match. Every time Mr Deol fights or says a dhamaakedar line, the audience goes crazy and claps and whistles. That’s what made my experience enjoyable. Besides Sunny, Prakash Raj has delivered a solid performance. In fact, he gives worthy takkar to the ultimate action hero. His scenes with Sunny Deol are to watch out for. They make a perfect hero-villain jodi!

Amrita Rao as a journalist does well. Urvashi Rautela has nothing much to do in the film and after a point you forget why she is there at all…and then she is dead. Johny Lever makes you laugh in places.

What’s bad about Singh Saab The Great?

The most important thing: the story. While Anil Sharma’s concept is good, he fails to execute it properly. Also, the love angle between Sunny and Urvashi doesn’t fit into the plot seamlessly. The film gets boring in between, though never when Sunny is in the frame. Apart from the title track sung by Sonu Nigam and his sister Teesha Nigam, none of the other songs are too appealing. There is an item number too, but the only thing which makes that tolerable is Sunny Deol and Prakash Raj’s dancing. It fun to watch them, trust us!


Singh Saab The Great is a typical Sunny Deol film and if you are a fan of the actor, you wouldn’t mind watching it. If you want to watch a film with your family that isn’t a remake, is full of action and has plenty of drama, this one is perfect.

PS: It was nice to see so many old people in the theatre. A rare sight these days, considering the kinds of films that are being made, hai na?

Rating:3 out of 5

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Shanti, Tulsi, Shaktiman: Who should come back to Indian TV?

To celebrate World Television Day this week, take a look at the best TV shows over the last five decades. Which one do you think should make a comeback? Tell us….

In a country that is hugely dominated by Bollywood, Indian television has given its audience some of the biggest and most evergreen shows ever. Some of them are still running, while others are now off air, but each is memorable, for the characters they created and the actors who played them. Don’t you remember Mandira Bedi – now Nikita Rai on Anil Kapoor’s 24 – as Shanti? Or Smriti Irani as Tulsi Virani onKyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi? And of course, there was Mukesh Khanna asShaktiman – he was last seen as the Diwan patriarch on Pyaar ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyara Pyara. We do. Stroll with us down memory lane and share your thoughts with us….

Shanti - Missing the signature tune that played in the afternoon in almost every Indian household? You definitely are still hung up on Shanti – Ek Aurat Ki Kahani, telecast on DD National. The show revolved around a young journalist and her aspirations of writing the biographies of two friends from a big Bollywood production house. Wasn’t Mandira Bedi far better as Shanti than in the cricket commentary box?

Kyunki Saans Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi – If you walked through a residential colony around 10:30 pm a few years ago, all you would have heard would be the signature tune of Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. The serial produced by TV queen Ekta Kapoor was a family saga and portrayed the emotional tensions between a newlywed bride and her mother-in-law. It was a huge hit with housewives who could relate to every aspect of the story. If you watch Smriti Irani give a speech as a BJP politician and you exclaim, ‘Tulsi aa gayi!’ you definitely still have the Kyunki hangover.

Ramayan – Once upon a time not too long ago people woke up on Sunday morning and made a beeline for the TV set at 9 am. Were you one of them? And do you find yourself drifting towards the idiot box just before 9 every Sunday? If yes, you have not lost the Ramayan habit. Based on the Hindu epic Ramayan and Tulsidas’ Ramcharitmanas, the show was created, written and directed by Ramanand Sagar. It was so popular that the entire nation watched it and remembered every line. The streets would be empty, the city, silent. Those were the days….

Mahabharat – Do you watch Puneet Issar as Parshuram in the new Mahabharat and wonder how he would look as Duryodhan? You have company; many people we know miss the oldMahabharat. Based on the Hindu epic Mahabharata, this was once the largest crowd puller afterRamayan went off air. This epic serial depicted societal values and helped people choose between good and bad. The tale may have been millennia old, but the freshness in the narrative brought the characters to life and left an indelible impression on the collective mind of the Indian audience.

Kaun Banega Crorepati – The most celebrated game show on Indian television is based on the UK’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC), hosted by Amitabh Bachchan and for one season by Shah Rukh Khan, brought big screen stars to the idiot box. Amitabh made his first appearance on the small screen as host of the show and it proved to be a big turnaround in his then-sagging career. The last episode of latest season has just been shot, and Bachchan’s baritone inviting ‘Aaiye hum aur aap khelte hai Kaun Banega Crorepati’ still echoes!

Hum Log – Do you remember Ashok Kumar’s iconic voice intoning Hindi couplets and limericks? If yes, you definitely are missing Hum Log, the first Indian soap opera. It became immensely popular soon after it started airing. The story revolved around an Indian middle-class family in the 1980s, describing their daily struggles and aspirations. Tell us – which characters do you remember most? Are you watching the reruns?

Shaktiman – Remember how, as a child, you would run back from the playground on a Sunday morning at 11:50 to watch the first Indian superhero story at noon? Long before Krrish, there wasShaktiman. Created by Dinker Jani and Mukesh Khanna, the show was made to entertain children and teach them a sense of right and wrong, dos and don’ts. Shaktiman created a lot of controversy, as children started aping the antics shown in the hope that Shaktiman would arrive to save them just in time. Will he come back to save us from mundane TV shows?

CID – The longest running Indian television series – it’s been going for over 16 years – is a prime audience puller even today. The show showcases the Crime Investigation Department (CID) bureau and its working. The characters in the show are so popular that their words are often used as jokes. ‘Daya, darwaza tod do!’, anyone?

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Bigg Boss 7: Has Armaan Kohli’s mother accepted Tanishaa Mukherji as her bahu?

Looks like Armaan’s pyaari mum has accepted Kajol’s baby sister as her bahu. Read on to know more…

Tanishaa Mukherji and Armaan Kohli’s chemistry in Bigg Boss 7 has been the much talked and written about thing. There have been times when the two have indirectly confessed about their feelings to each other.

Now that Kushal Tandon has returned to the house, Armaan and Tansihaa have a reason to rejoice. What is the connection, you ask? Kushal who re-entered the glass walled house yesterday, brought along with him some gifts for the housemates which he has carefully selected for everyone.

We have heard that in those gifts, there was special gift for Tanishaa-Armaan from Armaan’s mother. “Bigg Boss contestant Armaan Kohli’s mother Nishi Kohli sent a special message through Kushal. She said that she is very fond of Tanishaa as she is a very nice girl and also asked him to give her a nice hug and kiss from her side,” informs our bitchy birdie from Lonavala.

Well, it looks like Armaan’s mother has already accepted Tanishaa as her bahu, but will Tanishaa’s mother Tanuja will accept Armaan as her damaad? Well, we think you already know the answer

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Gori Tere Pyaar Mein movie review: No romance or comedy in this rom-com!

The Imran Khan-Kareena Kapoor Khan starrer is supposed to be a romantic comedy. Unfortunately, it is merely an insipid mess…

First things first. Punit Malhotra cannot direct rom-coms…period. The filmmaker tried to do a Karan Johar in I Hate Luv Storys and almost nailed it, but with Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, he failed miserably.

Gori Tere Pyaar Mein is the story of Sriram Venkat (Imran Khan), a young man who doesn’t value relationships, family or friends, and Dia Sharma (Kareena Kapoor Khan), who is a hardcore social activist who wants to change the world. They meet and fall in love over one wedding song and numerous social revolts. The attraction initially is physical, but later becomes emotional and veers into complex territory, resulting in a clash of ideas and ideals, which drives them apart. However, Sriram soon realises that he is not over Dia and still loves her. But it’s too late for him; Dia has moved on and now lives in a village called Jhumli near Gujarat where she is playing Mother India to the locals. Like a perfect lover, Sriram arrives in Jhumli to take back Dia home and show her that he is a changed man. But she refuses to go with him. Now since there has to be a happy ending – it is a Dharma Productions movie – Sriram is successful in wooing Dia after a lot of maar-dhaaad and conflict.

Kareena is eye catching in her appearance. Unlike the typical social activists who’ve graced the Bollywood frame in drab and rustic costumes, Kareena is always well turned out in colourful outfits and nicely manicured nails. Imran, on the other hand, doesn’t impress at all. Come on, we have to say that the guy cannot act, no matter how hard he tries! The two look good together, but they seem uninterested and passionless. Newbie Shraddha Kapoor has an extended cameo in the film, and we have no complaints about her. She is adorable and does her part well. Anupam Kher’s character has grey shades, but hey, he is spotlessly impressive.

Punit has given us a blend of rural and urban India with Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, but has desperately tried to do a Karan Johar and failed. Clearly, Karan’s brand of romance isn’t rocket science, but it does require some talent to pull it off. You will have to agree that texturing love sagas in a glossy setup is an art that only Karan has mastered, with Shahrukh Khan standing strong by his side. And if Punit’s directorial duties weren’t arduous enough, he doubles as writer to assist Arshad Syed on the screenplay and dialogue, penning the most bakwaas and insipid lines ever. Even his lame trick of borrowing fun dialogues or scenes from Bollywood hit romances isn’t noteworthy.

The music of the film, Punit claimed in an interview, is apparently Vishal-Shakhar’s best work till date. Frankly, the composers have done much better.

Sadly, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein is supposed to be a rom-com, but it’s not. It’s supposed to have peppy dance numbers, but it doesn’t. It’s supposed to have some stellar performances by Imran and Kareena, but it doesn’t. You are supposed to watch this film? No, you aren’t!

Rating:2 out of 5

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Gunday first teaser: Ranveer Singh-Arjun Kapoor the new Jai-Veeru of Bollywood!

Finally the much-awaited teaser of Gunday is finally out and we are maha impressed with it

Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra starrer Gunday looks promising. Though we didn’t get to see the Exotic babe, we aren’t complaining coz Singh and Kapoor are a treat to watch in the trailer. The movie is set in 1971 and going by the teaser it looks like director Ali Abbas Zafar has managed to create ‘70s era in his film. While watching the video, Ranveer and Arjun did remind us of Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) and Veeru (Dharmendra) of Sholay. From the background music to Irrfan Khan’s voice over, all most everything syncs well in the first teaser of Gunday. However, the cinematography of Zafar’s film will instantly remind you of Danny Boyle’s Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire – especially during the train scenes. Watch the teaser and you will agree with us.

While Ranveer is already riding high on the success of Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela, wethinks the actor will notch it up with Gunday. On the other hand, the Kapoor lad looks good as well but if you ask us, it is RS who caught our attention in the trailer.

After watching the first teaser, we are now eager to see Ms Chopra and what the makers have in store for us. For now, Bollywoodlifers, you watch the teaser and share your views!
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Fire breaks out at Shahrukh Khan’s Mannat

The fire broke due to a short circuit

On Thursday night, fire broke out at Shahrukh Khan‘s palatial Mannat bungalow located at Bandra’s Bandstand. As per sources, the fire broke down due to a short circuit. After the short circuit occurred in a bathroom’s exhaust fan, the bungalow’s fire alarm was set off. Following this, the security guards called the fire brigade which rushed two fire engines to SRK‘s bungalow.

Since the fire was minor, the blaze was quickly brought under control by the the fire engines. Following this, the superstar took to Twitter and said, “All safe on the house front. Thanx to all deptts concerned. ‘Now that the house is on fire let’s warm ourselves’ Didn’t seem viable though.
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Bigg Boss 7: What will be Gauahar Khan’s reaction on seeing Kushal Tandon back in the house? View pics!

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The estranged lovers of the glass walled house will finally reunite in tonight’s episode of Bigg Boss 7

Kushal Tandon who was dismissed from Bigg Boss 7 house owing to his aggression and misconduct towards VJ Andy will finally make his comeback and re-unite with this lady love – Gauahar Khan.

In tonight’s episode of Bigg Boss 7, as the housemates are about to call it a day, Kushal will make a dhamakedaar entry with the song Badtameez Dil. Hearing the song, Gauahar will come running to the garden area and keep staring at the door expecting Kushal to enter any minute. When the door opens, Gauahar followed by Kamya Punjabi will go running to Kushal and give him a tight hug while Tanishaa Mukherji and VJ Andy will be taken aback. Contrary to his behavior prior to Kushal’s exit the first time round, Armaan Kohli will seem quite happy with his return and proceed to hug him repeatedly.

Letting bygones be bygones, Kushal will give Andy and Tanishaa a warm hug and also present the contestants with gifts which he has carefully selected for them. Amidst all the chaos, Gauahar seem to feel sidelined as she doesn’t get the attention she desires.

While everyone welcomes Kushal with open arms, Andy and Tanishaa will not seem to be quite happy with his return. However, the two decide to give him another chance while still reserving their judgment about him and his return.
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Ram Leela Movie Review: One Of Bhansali's Greatest Creations So Far!

Rating: 3.5/5

Inspired by William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, Bollywood's renowned filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has come up with Ram Leela, set against the backdrop of guns and vengeance. Ram Leela, being one of the much-awaited flicks of the year, is expected to be a major Box Office hit owing to certain controversies that will surely drive audiences to theatres to see Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in action. What's Good And Bad? Ram Leela has oodles of 'oomph' quotient, thanks to our very own Deepika! The film features kissing scenes in plenty! The dialogues can seem a bit 'shocking' and 'bold' for a few as it has double entendre. Admittedly, the movie's writing loses a good deal of steam in the second half, but picks up pace in its final hour. Ranveer-Deepika's visceral chemistry requires a special mention, that sets the screen ablaze. The movie works big time with good flow, and thanks to Mr Bhansali for creating a script surrounding an incredibly passionate and intense love story, making it one of most novel takes of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in Bollywood so far. Click here to see special screening of Ram Leela Performances Ranveer Singh looks dynamic and delivers a highly energetic and confident act. Deepika Padukone looks extremely beautiful and convincing. Deepika manages to bring in a lot of elegance and sexiness with her magnificent presence. Richa Chaddha too is impressive and leaves a mark. Music Ram Leela's music is soulful, refreshing and is inspired from Gujarati folk music. While 'Laal ishq' and 'Dhoop' are undoubtedly the best amongst the track list, 'Nagada sang dhol', 'Poore chand' and 'Ang laga de' also leave a great impression. Story The movie Ram Leela revolves around two major characters - Ram (Ranveer Singh), the local village Romeo, is a colourful, charming yet dramatic vagabond, and Leela (Deepika Padukone) an unbridled and passionate village Juliet. The only thing in common between these two strangers is their families' hatred for each other. The two communities have been sworn enemies since the past 500 years and their own kin falling in love with each other is worse than any storm that could have ever come. When Ram and Leela see each other for the first time, their worlds collide, wars are fought and destinies are written in blood, forever. What will happen when they declare their love to the world? Will their families relent or will Ram and Leela carve their own destiny? Verdict Ram Leela is yet another SLB creation, replete with opulence and grandeur. The film is visually extravagant, sporting an amazing variety of colours, lighting and visual flair, showing off breathtaking and intricate dance sequences and exuding catchy, melodic music. For all its hype, grandeur, money, blood, sweat, music, tragedy, Ram Leela is definitely worth a watch. While some have already watched Ram Leela, few are eagerly looking forward to watch the film. Click on the slider to see what people and celebrities have to say about this SLB creation!

Watch: Tanishq breaks social norms, celebrates remarriage in new ad

New Delhi: Popular jewellery brand Tanishq is known for its pleasing advertisements but the brand nailed it this time around with its new ad. While most of the ad makers still are obsessed with fair skin, Tanishq's new ad tries to break the social norms and shows a dusky bride with a daughter who is all set to remarry.
Clad in the exquisite jewellery, the ad shows the bride getting ready for her marriage. She spots a young girl standing in the doorway and asks her to come in and adjusts her jewellery. Later, the young girl accompanies the bride to the mandap and sits along with bride's parents. While the bride is walking around the fire with the groom, the young girl addresses her as mother and tells her that she also wants to accompany her. The mother hushes her but the groom senses the young girl's disappointment and carries her in her arms and continues with the 'pheras'.
The ad is got a good response from the people and many have taken to Twitter to call it a brave attempt on the part of the jewellery brand.
Watch: Tanishq breaks social norms, celebrates remarriage in new ad

Tanishq's new ad tries to break the social norms and shows a dusky bride with a daughter who is all set to remarry.

Shivangi Yadav tweeted, "So beautiful. Tanishq redeems itself with style while breaking a few norms."
Another user Smita Prakash wrote, "A dusky bride with a daughter! That's brave in India. Tanishq Wedding Film (2013)"
Bhatnaturally wrote, "Tanishq makes a larger social point with its ad for new-age wedding jewellery."

'Dedh Ishqiya' reveals Seven Stages Of Love: Trailer

The much awaited trailer of Abhishek Chaubey's directorial 'Dedh Ishqiya' has been released of late...

Khaujan (Naseeruddin Shah) and Babban (Arshad Warsi), the two romantic thieves are back in 'Dedh Ishqiya', sequel to the acclaimed and successful 'Ishqiya' with their romantic adventures. And this time love will take them through the "Seven Stages Of Love"... with the beautiful and dangerous Madhuri Dixit as Begum Para and Huma Qureshi as Munniya.

Producer Mansi Maroo says, "It is an interesting concept and has been beautifully portrayed too. Two of the characters, played by Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi, are having a conversation over a drink when Naseer saab educates him about the seven stages which are dilkashi (attraction), uns (attachment), mohobbat (love), akidat (trust), ibadat (worship), junoon (madness) followed by maut (death)."

"Vishal and Abhishek have a done wonderful job while depicting these stages. Also, Naseersaab too knows the language so it was easy for him to mouth those heavy-duty Urdu words. Arshad and others have done a lovely work on their dialogues and the final result has come out really well. Although there are some authentic words being used, Abhishek has made sure that it has some humour to it so that audience can understand them as well," Mansi added.

Other credits in 'Dedh Ishqiya' include music by Vishal Bhardwaj, lyrics by Gulzar. The film is slated to release on January 10th, 2014. 'Dedh Ishqiya' is produced by Vishal Bhardwaj Pictures Pvt. Ltd. and Shemaroo Entertainment.

Salman to make a guest appearance in Hero

Sooraj Pancholi's debut in the remake of Hero just got bigger. According to sources, Salman has agreed to make a guest appearance in the film.The worst is over for Sooraj Pancholi. Having been released on bail from jail the young actor is busy getting back in the groove.

Salman Khan is all set to take on the mantle of an independent producer with a remake of Subhash Ghai's 1983 blockbuster Hero. The project will launch Sooraj and Suniel Shetty's daughter Aathiya

And the heartening news is that the project is not only on track, it is being preponed to expedite Sooraj's career plans. Nikhil Advani who directs the remake ofHero is working frantically on the script incorporating Sooraj's personality into the hero Jaikishan's character. 

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Ajay Devgn to star in Tusshar's maiden production

After playing almost all sorts of roles, ranging from a police inspector to a mute guy, Tusshar Kapoor is now all set to play a new role altogether. This time round, that of a real life.

Even though he was been toying around with the idea of producing a film for some time now, the idea is finally taking shape in the form of a film which will be co-produced by the well known fashion designer Shabina Khan. The rumor mills are already buzzing with the news that the film will be starring Ajay Devgn. Talking about the film and Devgn coming on board, Shabina said that they (Tusshar and her) will have Ajay Devgn on board, but it was too early to talk about the same.
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Check out: Saif, Katrina shooting in Beirut

Recently, we had reported that both Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif had taken off to Beirut for th shooting of their next venture titled Phantom. The film which is being directed by Kabir Khan is apparently about the post 26/11 attacks in Mumbai and global terrorism, wherein Saif plays a secret organization's agent and Katrina his lady love.

Bollywood Hungama came across these images posted by Kabir on a social networking site featuring both Saif and Katrina shooting for an action sequence.
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Karan Johar gears up for Koffee with Karan

Director Karan Johar will be back with the fourth season of Koffee with Karan on December 1 and has just wrapped up the shooting for the popular show's promo. The director shared on Twitter: "Just finished shooting the Promo for Koffee with Karan #KWK..will be out soon!!the steamy journey begins..Opening Episode..on the 1st of Dec."

"People are more interested in the show than my films," KJo said amusingly at a promotional event recently.

Well, that's not true Karan we love your films as well!

Though the filmmaker hasn't divulged his guest list, as per reports, Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor are among the ones sipping coffee with him in the series.

Co-star not important for Katrina Kaif

Actor Katrina Kaif has squashed reports that she has not signed Abhishek Kapoor’s Fitoor yet. Sources close to the actor confirm that she is doing the film and is excited about the project and her role in it. Recent reports had indicated that Kat had not signed the film as she was not sure about her co-star.

The film was earlier expected to star Sushant singh Rajput, but now has Aditya Roy Kapoor. Buzz had it that Katrina wanted to first watch Shuddh Desi Romance and decide whether she wanted to work with Sushant.

However, a source close to the actor says, "Katrina is definitely doing Fitoor. She is the kind of actor who takes up a film that interests her without involving herself in casting decisions. Kat was bowled over by the script and had agreed to do it irrespective of her co-star."

I’ll wrap up Paani this year: Shekhar Kapur

"I plead guilty for not focussing on Paani for two years. I got busy with another film and selling my tech and social media company. But I will wrap it up this year,” promises Shekhar Kapur. The filmmaker released a DVD of Irena Salina’s movie, Flow, on Wednesday. The informative and provocative documentary highlights many African villages that survive on potentially toxic water, out of sheer necessity. It holds corporate and government figures responsible for the crisis and shows how grass-root organisations work to fight the increasing privatisation of water.

Shekhar’s Paani also has its roots in the water crisis, which in the last 15 years has escalated due to over-consumption and misuse.

“Do you know that every pair of jeans you buy uses 6,000 litres of water to be made?” he asks, adding that the water mafia, which sells this natural resource in the black market, is already operational in cities like Mumbai. “This will eventually lead to the city splitting into two worlds, which is what Paani is about,” he adds.

The director plans to shoot the film on lavish sets and live locations in Singapore. “Hrithik is the only actor I’ve discussed the project with. If he gives me his dates, I will do it with him in a jiffy, but he’s so busy. We need to have a long conversation soon,” says Shekhar, who is currently looking for and hoping to get Indian funding for the film, so he can take it to the Oscars.

“Slumdog Millionaire (2008) used India, but not its money, so the Oscar went to the British,” he reasons, sighing that in recent years we haven’t made films whose appeal go beyond that of the Indian diaspora.

Hence, no Indian film has found favour with the Academy since Lagaan (2001) was nominated in 2002.

Prod Shekhar on this year’s Oscar winners and he says, “The Artist (2011) was a great film, but the best movie of last year was A Separation (2011). The Iranian film bagged the Oscar in the Best Foreign Language category, but given that we had French, Iranian and Pakistani entries; in fact there were filmmakers and artistes from all over the world competing for the top honours, the Academy should just do away with this category and bring all foreign language films into the mainstream sections.”

No better superhero than Hrithik: Rakesh Roshan

Filmmaker Rakesh Roshan says he roped in Hrithik Roshan as a superhero in the Krrish franchise because he feels no actor can essay it better than his son. Asked why he casts Hrithik as a superhero, senior Roshan said: "There's no other actor (other than Hrithik) in Bollywood who can become a superhero. If any other actor suited the role, we would have already seen a film before ours."

"Hrithik looks like a superhero, performs like a superhero," added the proud father, who gave a dreamlike launch to his son with blockbuster, Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai, in 2000.

What about Shah Rukh, who played the lead role in RA.One? "Shah Rukh is good," he responded to a query.

The senior Roshan also clarified that his comment comes in the capacity of a director and not as a father. "A father will always say his son is a superhero," he said.

Krrish 3 releases Nov 1.

Sushmita Sen receives the Mother Teresa Award

Former Miss Universe, Sushmita Sen, stole a million hearts by flaunting her dimples and now won a million smiles with her contributions in the field of human rights and community development. The yummy mummy was recently awarded the prestigious Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice 2013 on Sunday October 27, at a ceremony held by the NGO Harmony Foundation.

The diva was among the other few who were honored with his award. After giving a very inspirational speech at the event, she shared her moment of bliss with her fans tweeting, "What an overwhelming feeling to receive an award named after 'Mother' n with past recipients like his holiness Dalai lama n Malala yousafzai. My deepest respects to all the recipients of the 'Mother Teresa' award tonight. Their stories inspired me n re affirmed my belief."
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Farah Khan signs Malaika for Happy New Year

The list of stars of Farah Khan's forthcoming film Happy New Year seems to be increasing every day. This time round, one more name gets added to the list of the already glittering stars... and the name is that of the super hottie Malaika Arora Khan, who has been signed up for a special appearance in the film. 

Talking about the film, Farah said that in Happy New Year, Malaika will be playing the role of an actress of a film which Sajid Khan is directing and that she will be sharing the screen space with SRK and Sonu Sood. 

Malaika had also featured in Farah Khan's Om Shanti Om which again starred Shah Rukh and Deepika.
Source..bollywood hungama

Mickey Virus Movie Review

Critic's Rating: ***
Cast: Manish Paul, Elli Avram, Varun Badola, Manish Chaudhari, Pooja Gupta
Direction: Saurabh Varma
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes

Story: The cops are cracking a cyber crime case and they hire hacker Mickey to crack the plot. It opens a lethal can of worms that no ordinary anti-virus can kill.

Review: We aren't internet keedas here, but let's try cracking into Mickey's (Manish) world of codes, crypts and consoles. This one isn't so deadly that we can't decode, or so simple that we just download and ESC (read: escape). So, risk it and hit ENTER! 

The Delhi cops, headed by ACP Siddhanth (Chaudhari) and inspector Bhalla who can't tell a 'hawker' from a 'hacker' (Varun Badola) are investigating a case on cyber crime, where hackers are getting killed in broad daylight. They suspect a hound of hackers who are running this racket, and the only way to vandalize their plot is to find a hacker who can outsmart them and decrypt their devious designs. 

There comes Mickey, the fairly unambitious, lazy Delhi boy, whose brain operates faster than any high-speed internet, and his zubaan needs a 'backspace' at all times. He is popular as 'Kung-Fu Chameli' in cyberspace, and strangely, he meets his woman of web dreams, Kamayani (Elli) in reality. 

The cops hire Mickey, but as he unscrambles the case he gets 'spammed' by a well-programmed series of crimes, and he desperately needs to hit Ctrl+S (read: Save) before they take the 'Mickey' out of him. 

Manish is apt for the role, he makes a good debut with confidence and promise. He flavour his lines with Dilliwala twang, though in scenes his repetitive expressions need to 'refresh'. From Mickey's hack-gang, Floppy (Rahgav Kakkar) is funny, and Chutney (Puja) is impressive. Elli looks like an animated creation out of a cyber-game. Performance - never mind! Varun Badola kills the other viruses in this game with his brilliant act.

Varma allows his characters to flourish in wit and humour. The plot is intelligent; there are laughs (sample: a tee printed - 'Jab Tak Hai Trojan'), some suspense and surprises too. Though direction is not error-free, it could've been more innovative and he often tips the balance between comedy and thriller.

This virus won't crash your system. Watch it!
Source..times of india


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