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Rishi Kapoor likes to intimidate people: Nikhil Advani



Rishi Kapoor
Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, who would be seen in yet another negative role in Nikhil Advani's 'D-DAY', likes to challenge himself and intimidate people, says the filmmaker.

Kapoor, who ruled hearts in 80s as a romantic hero, has of late played a variety of roles including that of a strict family head in 'Patiala House', a villain in 'Agneepath', a college dean in 'Student of the Year' and an ageing bachelor sporting tattoos in 'Chashme Buddoor'.

The 60-year-old is taking his second inning in films, as a challenge. "He is like put me in a situation or take me out of situations and challenge me," Advani said.

Kapoor took everyone by surprise and won acclaim for playing a baddie Rauf Lala in 'Agneepath'. This helped Advani to convince him for yet another role with grey shades, modelled on underworld don - Dawood Ibrahim.

"When I met Rishiji first and discussed the role, he was like are you mad, I am not doing it. We did a look test, not to convince me, but him. He got convinced and decided to play this role," Advani said.

The trailer of D-Day shows Kapoor with a wig in suits, silk kurtas, sporting aviators and a moustache.

Advani insists that his film is not inspired by any real-life incident or person.

"Our film is fictional. One might feel it is based or inspired from someone or the other but it is not. The film does draw inspiration from our history," Advani said. Advani previously directed Kapoor in 'Patiala House' and the director says he shares a good relation with him.

"It was not intimidating for me to work with him but it was for others. He likes to intimidate people. I share a wonderful relation with him. I did two films with him. He knows what I am doing. We enjoy each other's company," Advani said.

'D Day' features Rishi Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Irrfan Khan, Shruti Haasan and Huma Qureshi in lead roles. The action-thriller releases on July 19
Source -  timesofindia

Review Raanjhanaa: Dhanush plays a perfect lover



Raanjhanaa
Direction: Aanand L Rai
Actors: Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol
Rating: ***1/2 Let me begin with an honest confession. As I drove to the preview theatre to watch Raanjhanaa, I wondered how I would spend over two hours gazing at a hero as plain as Dhanush.

Until this film, I had only seen the National Award-winning actor in his blockbuster Kolaveri Di video. But my fears vanished almost as soon as the film started because in the first few minutes, Dhanush’s character Kundan jokingly acknowledges his lack of good looks.

And after the first 10 minutes, I was utterly bowled over by Dhanush’s energy and charm. He’s outstanding as the spirited, street-smart son of a pundit in Benares who is a little boy when he embarks on his epic love story.

The object of his passion is the local Muslim beauty, Zoya played by Sonam Kapoor. This is a love so ferocious that eventually it consumes everything in its path.

But for the first half, it’s also superbly entertaining. Kundan chases Zoya with the ardour of a true devotee. She is artfully careless with his emotions but he doesn’t miss a beat.

The pursuit continues for years. So much so that at one point, Kundan’s closest friend Murari, played by the terrific Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub, remarks: ‘Pyaar na hua, UPSC ka imtihan ho gaya. Dus saal se paas hi nahi ho raha.’

The dialogues by Himanshu Sharma are the highlight of the film. The lines are pithy, earthy and wonderfully funny. Snaking his camera through the streets of Benares, director Aanand L Rai creates an intimate and lived milieu. AR Rahman’s music, especially the gorgeous Tum Tak, layers the narrative further.

This love story is fantastical but these are characters we could know. Their emotions move us — so much so that when Kundan finally breaks down and cries, I wept too.

But this is where Raanjhanaa gets frustrating. Rai hits a false note as soon as the story shifts to Zoya’s romance with her college friend, Akram, played by Abhay Deol.

And post-interval, when we leave Benares for New Delhi, the film derails considerably. The actors still move us — including Sonam who looks effortlessly beautiful and gives her career’s best performance — but the plot becomes more and more convoluted. You are neither immersed in the film nor removed from it.

So, basically, I was crying without being convinced by the half-baked political twists and turns of the story.

Unfortunately, Raanjhanaa never fully gets back on track. But despite these flaws, I’m recommending that you see it. Especially for Dhanush who proves that eventually looks don’t matter. Neither does size. All that towers is talent.
Source - hindustantimes

Ranbir sharpens his Punjabi diction for 'Besharam'


Ranbir Kapoor

Ranbir Kapoor, who is on cloud nine after the success of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani€, is leaving no stone unturned to give his best in “Besharam”. The Bollywood heartthrob is polishing his Punjabi diction for the comedy.

“They are shooting a lot in Chandigarh, so Ranbir has been learning the language. It is crucial for his character, so a tutor has been hired. He’s been practising to speak like the locals there - in terms of usage of words and their pronunciations,” said a source.

"Besharam", directed by Abhinav Kashyap, also features Ranbir's parents -- Neetu Singh and Rishi Kapoor -- along with Pallavi Sharda. It is set for an Oct 2 release.

“Since YJHD has released and become a huge success, he’s relaxed and at ease. 'Besharam' will be his most massy film so far, and it’ll have him sharing screen space with his parents for the first time. Even when the film’s poster was released, it generated a lot of curiosity,” the source added.
Source - india today

Hrithik to promote Krrish 3 across the world


Hrithik Roshan

Hrithik Roshan is likely to pull out all stops to promote his much-awaited film "Krrish 3", the third part of the successful Bollywood superhero franchise, with the busy actor said to have kept aside an entire month to promote his home production across the world.

The movie is scheduled for release on Diwali (Nov 3) this year.

"Starting from the first week of October, Hrithik will take a month's break to market the film, right until its release in the first week of November.

"The idea is to reach out to as many fans as possible during that time, because Rakeshji (director Rakesh Roshan) hasn't started any kind of promotional activity yet. Even Hrithik has been off the media's radar for a while now, since his last release 'Agneepath' was over a year ago," said an insider.

As part of the global promotion of the film, Hrithik is likely to travel to places like Dubai, Canada, Britain and the US.

"Since he needs to promote the film in India as well as internationally, he will require time for the same," the source added.

"Krrish 3" will take forward the story of the superhero, played by Hrithik, seen in "Koi... Mil Gaya" and "Krrish".

Hrithik is currently busy shooting for Siddharth Anand's "Bang Bang" with Katrina Kaif. He is also teaming up once again with his "Agneepath" director, Karan Malhotra, for "Shuddhi".
Source - india today

Rajeev Khandelwal meets with an accident



Rajeev Khandelwal had a freak accident while shooting for 'Amar Must Die', in Kalyan on Thursday. Apparently, he was leaving from the location in a jeep, led by three pilot cars and a bike with a couple of security guards, when a truck suddenly zoomed into the one-way street.

Confirming the incident, director Param Gill said, "The truck driver didn't pay heed to the pilot cars' drivers. To avoid hitting the bikers who had stopped, lest the truck driver run into them, Rajeev swerved sharply as a result of which his jeep turned turtle. Thankfully, he jumped out in the nick of time and escaped unhurt."

Unfortunately, the cameraman and the camera attendant weren't as lucky as their car was hit by the jeep. "The cameraman Rajesh Katta fractured a couple of ribs and the attendant suffered a broken leg," said the director. "There were crowd control issues. "

So we will resume shooting in Mumbai after a couple of days," he concluded.

Source - timesofindia

Deepika wants to take her parents to holiday





Deepika has been caught up with back-to-back films. But the actress has no reason to complain, except maybe for the fact that she hasn't been spending any time with her family.

The actor now plans on making it up to her parents (Prakash and Ujjala Padukone) and sister (Anisha), by taking them on a holiday. "As soon as I am done with my professional commitments (the actor is wrapping up Chennai Express and Ram Leela) — I am going to take a break and go on a family holiday", says Deepika.

The actress feels blessed that her family has always been supportive and understanding about her busy schedule. "In fact, whenever people ask me about them, I always say that they are my strength. They know that I am extremely busy and have no time to spend with them. Still, they have never complained. They understand me well. And I guess that's what the family is meant for."

In the past, there have been talks about how Deepika's packed schedule has also resulted in her missing out on big projects like Vikram Singh's Ranbir Kapoor starrer, Roy.

But the actor clarifies, "If I am letting go of a movie, there might be other reasons. If I really like a script, the producer and I can always work around dates. I have taken up only as much work as I can accommodate."
Source - timesofindia

Yahoo! Movies Review: Yamla Pagla Deewana 2

Dharam, Bobby and SunnyCast: Dharmedra, Sunny, Bobby, Neha Sharma, Kristina Akheeva

Director: Sangeeth Sivan

Rating: **

Sangeeth Sivan’s ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana 2’ is organized chaos. It’s like a montage of gags put together, there is nothing offensive about the humour but it isn’t smart either.

What makes it really difficult to review; is that the film’s plot trajectory is completely undefined. The narrative doesn’t follow any rationale but is it a fun watch? Well, there are some moments that evoke genuine laughter but some gags are so silly that you laugh at the inherent stupidity of the intended humour.

Dharmendra and Bobby are con men and there latest fraud involves Deol 3 falling in love with the business tycoon’s daughter, which will ensure a hassle-free residency in London and also inheritance to all his property. Though the first meeting between boy and girl, begins with a fight over Salman’s ‘Dabangg’ cut-out and ends in the mini-skirt clad heroine chasing our hero with a trishul in a marketplace in Benares, we waste no time in making amends and setting-up the scene for a Bollywood-style engagement in London. However, there is a slight problem, there is a sincere, upright Deol 2 aka Sunny, who will not let them execute this well-planned deceit.

Once the premise has been established, the storyline is stretched over the next 155 minutes (it seemed even longer), to extensively exhibit Sunny’s fighting-skills, Bobby’s buffoonery and an ugly monkey’s antics. There are many more logic defying moments in the film - where post-interval a Sumo wrestler suddenly lands on a car and walks away after letting out a loud fart, every now and then Johnny Lever emerges in a new avatar (gangster, Chinese, Punjabi etc) to get his men beaten-up to a pulp by Sunny and not to forget, Anupam Kher with flowing golden hair looking to create the eighth and ninth wonder. And just when you think your ordeal is almost over, more inane humour follows.

Alas, garam Dharam can do little to salvage the sinking career of his two sons. The film remains watchable in bits and pieces for Dharmendra and Dharmendra only.

Ranbir has been very special for me: Deepika Padukone



They were a couple who parted ways but mended their relationship and reunited as friends. No one really knows what exactly happened between them but Deepika Padukonecandidly admits that her ex-boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor has always been very special to her.

The two have reunited in real life and reel life after five years and, interestingly, their second film together, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (YJHD), is reaping gold at the box office and audiences are loving their on-screen chemistry too.

"I have always believed that chemistry can't be created between two people. You either have it or you don't. The script can only enhance it. I am glad that Ranbir and I do," said Deepika, who was seen with Ranbir in 2008 hit Bachna Ae Haseeno.

"He has been a very special person for me in my life. I am glad that we share an on- screen chemistry. I am looking forward to doing more films with him," the 27-year-old told IANS in an interview.

Among the newcomers, Deepika is one of the top notch actresses in Bollywood but she believes in competing with herself.

"I think it completely depends on what each one's understanding of competition is. For me, competition is good; that is what keeps me on my toes and keeps me going. I am always trying to better my own work, do better than my earlier films...do films that are challenging and excitingfor me. That is my competition," she said.

What does success mean to her?

"At some level, I feel it is nice to know that a film of yours is doing well at the box office and has also got great reviews. That feels like success," she explained.

"The best feeling is when you are remembered for the character you play on the screen and people associate you with that character. There is no better feeling than that feeling," added the actress of hits like Love Aaj Kal, Housefull, and Cocktail.

Coming from a sports background, the actress, who started her career in Hindi films with runaway 2007 hit Om Shanti Om, says that the position she enjoys in the industry didn't "just land in my lap".

"I have worked really hard with a lot of commitment, dedication and sacrifice. But it is not like a race. I am not looking at the finishing line. The opportunities in this industry are limitless and the idea is to always do something new and exciting and enjoy your work," she added.

In most of her films, Deepika has portrayed roles that are close to today's youth. If her character Veronica in Cocktail was appreciated by the audiences, her popularity has multiplied manifold after her performance as Naina in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewnani.

"In terms of what was more challenging, it was Veronica. But I think I have got more appreciation for this film (Yeh Jawaani...)," she said.

"While I feel like a lot of people have loved me as Veronica, they love this (Naina) even more, which I find surprising as for me Veronica was more challenging and is completely against the type of person I am. For me, Naina Talwar is the person I am. I completely identify with that character," she said.

The actress is playing special roles in her forthcoming films Chennai Express and Ram Leela.

"The next two films are very special. I play a south Indian girl in Chennai Express and a Gujarati in Ram Leela. I won't go into the details of the characters or the films. These two films will be different from what we have done before," she said, and signed off saying: "I want to enjoy the success of YJHD".

Source - Times of India

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Check out the glamourous magazine covers of June 2013


Bollywood stars have yet again graced the cover of magazines for the June edition. Kareena Kapoor looks stunning in a black dress on the cover of Marie Claire.


Amitabh Bachchan looks sauve in a grey checked blazer on the cover of GQ magazine.


Fashion icon Sonam Kapoor goes bold for the Vogue magazine. She looks stunning in a bodysuit.


Richa Chadda who will be next seen in 'Fukrey' makes a bold statement on the cover of FHM magazine.

Aditi Rao Hydari flaunts her bare back on the cover of The Man magazine.


A slim Kajol makes an appearance on the cover of Harper's Bazaar magazine.


Sonam Kapoor looks gorgeous in a lavender dress on the cover of Filmfare magazine. Bold red lips and 40s style hairdo complete the look.


Parineeti Chopra makes an appearance on the cover of Andpersand magazine.


Earrings and grungy look, Aamir Khan graces the magazine cover of Notch.


Madhuri Dixit looks gorgeous on the cover of cover of Femina Tamil.
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"For me, Ranbir was a bigger superstar during Wake Up Sid days" - Ayan Mukerji



Over three years after Wake Up Sid, writer-director Ayan Mukerji is back with Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani . While the central protagonist is played by the same actor, Ranbir Kapoor, it is apparent that the Karan Johar production is much more lavish, extravagant and ambitious in its scale and presentation. The filmmaker is amused though by the 'lavishness' of the film being the talking point and truly believes that at the end of the day, he has just brought on screen the kind of stage, setting and milieu that went with the story he had in hand.

Is Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani that film with which you have adapted yourself to the quintessential Bollywood scheme of things?
The truth is that it wasn't as conscious as it seems. I think there is a perception that when I made Wake Up Sid , it was designed to be a niche effort whereas this time the idea is to make a quintessential Bollywood blockbuster. Honestly speaking though, when Wake Up Sid released then in my own head it was a much bigger hit that it eventually turned out to be at the box office (smiles). I knew that the actress (Konkona Sen Sharma) wasn't the most commercial actress but then I thought that the emotions of the film would connect with everybody. Actually, I would have wanted the film to do even bigger business. Now today if people are finding Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani to be so deeply commercial with statement like 'hitting the bull's eye' being made around me, I am in a happy zone. However, it's designing has not been done consciously by keeping the box office in mind.

You worked with Ranbir during Wake Up Sid a few years back. Is there any transition that you see in him today?

For me, he was a bigger superstar back then when compared to today. I will tell you why. See, back then when I wanted to start as a director, I was also newer in the industry. At that time reaching Ranbir was a far fetched goal. I know that it wasn't easy to pull off everything. Over the years though we have become friends and hence reaching out is no more an issue. We have had a lot of interactions and I never felt that I was interacting with this huge superstar. Reason being that he too has never given me such vibes and is very grounded. Today when the film is releasing, I know that he is much more anxious for me than himself.

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