Thursday, January 28, 2010

Priyanka Chopra is in Don 2

No more speculations. Priyanka Chopra returns as the feisty butt-kicker for Farhan Akhtar’s ‘Don 2’. The National Award winning actress has confirmed the news.

Priyanka tells a tabloid, “Yes, I am doing ‘Don 2’. Ever since I worked in the first movie, I was looking forward to being on board for the sequel as well. It would be good to be a part of ‘Don 2’ as it is an action thriller.”

Farhan, who is busy with other projects, was planning ‘Don 2’ ever since he made the ‘Don’ remake with Shahrukh Khan. Though SRK’s presence was confirmed, it was doubtful whether Priyanka will feature in the sequel. She acted well and looked stunning as Roma, the character originally played by Zeenat Aman. In fact, Priyanka even learnt martial arts for it.

On the other hand, Priyanka is not doing Dostana sequel. The original desi girl will be missing from the movie. “No, I am not the leading lady of ‘Dostana 2’. My story had ended in ‘Dostana’ and there was no point being paired with any of the boys (Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham) in the sequel.”

Shahrukh's Khan sweet finger

She has been in love with him since she was seven, has watched all his films, and she dressed up as a bride at a five-star hotel in Ahmedabad where Shahrukh Khan came to promote his upcoming film My Name Is Khan.

It was a unique promotional event where people who had unusual love stories were called in to narrate their tales. When the 20-year-old Tillana Desai came on stage, she said she’s loved someone since her childhood but can’t marry him as he’s already married.

When asked who the man was, SRK was shocked to know that Tillana has been in love with him for most of her life. The besotted fan then took out a wedding ring and asked SRK to marry her.

Courteous enough to not break her heart, SRK obliged by staging a mock marriage with Tillana. He bent down on his knee and slid the ring into Tillana’s finger. The girl was simply ecstatic, to say the least.

“I will never remove the ring and I am glad that he accepted my love and admiration for him,” Tillana later told a tabloid.

Aishwarya and Abhishek remember memories

Eleven years ago, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai first shot together at Filmistan Studios in Mumbai. Now, more than a decade later, the duo returned to the same shooting location, albeit as husband and wife.

“It was here on the very same floor 11 years ago that we gave our first ever shot together. The movie was 'Dhai Akshar Prem Ke'. Great memories,” Abhishek recalled in a post on his Twitter page.

The actor added that he hadn’t even imagined back then that he would one day be married to Ash.

“Then, I would have never dreamt that the next time we shoot here would be as husband and wife. How time flies, how lives change,” he added.

Ash and Abhi on Tuesday shot the ad film directed by Tarun Mansukhani (Dostana) and produced by Dino Morea.

Complimenting his wife’s stunning looks on the sets, Abhishek did crack a joke on himself, however.

“The wife is looking her usual stunning self, and me....... Well, I'm looking like Shrek's cousin,” Abhi tweeted somewhat self-derogatively.

The hubby-wife duo will next be seen in director Mani Ratnam’s film Raavan.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Madhur Bhandarkar wants Kareena Kapoor

Fashion diva and Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor has been approached by director Madhur Bhandarkar for a film. This the newest buzz from tinsel town.

Kareena, who has mega-budget movies like Karan Johar’s ‘Stepmom’ remake and Agent Vinod with beau Saif Ali Khan lined up for release this year, can also sign Bhandarkar’s movie. As a source tells a tabloid, “Bebo is very excited to be working with him (Bhandarkar). They have both been keen on working together for a long time.”

Madhur, as all know, likes to portray reality on celluloid and has made good women-centric films till now. After the success of Fashion the director has mustered courage to make a film on a more commercial level. Reports reveal that Madhur is planning a hard-hitting, social film for which he is keen to have Kareena and that he loved her in Chameli.

However, Bebo hasn’t said anything about the movie but is quoted as saying, “Madhur is any actress’ dream director. He can extract the best performances from anybody.”

Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif will pair

Two of the most attractive stars of Bollywood are set to pair up for the first time. Katrina Kaif, after being romanced on screen by the likes of Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor and even Govinda, is now set to whip up some smouldering chemistry with Hrithik Roshan in director Zoya Akhtar’s second film.

The movie will have three leading men - Hrithik, Farhan Akhtar and Abhay Deol. But out of them, only one star will have a romantic track. That’s Hrithik. And Katrina will be his love interest.

Reportedly, Katrina has yet to give her final nod to Zoya Akhtar. If she indeed comes aboard, it would mark a casting coup since she’s never been cast opposite Hrithik before.

The movie, set in Spain, is expected to roll by April.

Katrina’s next release, meanwhile, will be Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti in which she’s the only popular actress among a host of male stars.

I'm Too Fat To Wear A Bikini: Zarine Khan

Zarine Khan’s resemblance to Katrina Kaif ends at her face only. For at her body, Zarine is far from the shapely Kaif gal. Looking chubby in the fetching gowns she dons in her debut film Veer, Zarine says she’s just not ready yet to slip into a bikini because she considers herself “fat”.

“What I am sure about though is that I would never be able to wear a bikini. That's because I am constantly thinking that I am fat, I am fat, I am fat. Till the time this voice reverberates inside my head, I will always be apprehensive,” Zarine is quoted as saying by a news agency.

For those who don’t know, Zarine comes from a family with no Bollywood connections. She originally wanted to be a doctor but the financial constraints of her family compelled her to start working in the modelling industry at a young age. And Zarine has no hesitation in admitting that she was once a roly-poly fatso.

“In fact, during my school and college days, I used to weigh as much as 100 kilos.... It was only after I started doing modelling that my weight went down by 40-45 kilos from an original 100,” Zarine said.

Much to her relief, Zarine wasn’t asked to lose weight for her role as a princess in ‘Veer’ because the character needed to look a bit chubby. So she binged on chocolates to her heart’s content.

“Why just chocolates? I also got to eat other junk stuff which I had to earlier sacrifice,” she revealed.

But now that Zarine is eyeing a regular career in Bollywood, the gal is aware that she will have to lose weight and slim down. She’s already started doing so.

“I want to play all kinds of roles and get into the kind of attire that a Hindi film heroine is required to wear. However, before that I will have to get rid of all the excess weight that I currently have on me,” Zarine said.

She’s yet to sign her second film.

"Veer" started quite well

Salman Khan’s latest release Veer is getting mixed response from audiences. While the movie has gotten off to a bumper start at single screen theatres, its run at multiplexes has been strictly average.

As reported, the movie’s first weekend collection is around Rs 19.50 crore approx, which means a fairly good business. On Friday it did Rs 7 crore business; Saturday saw a weak response but it managed Rs 5.25 crore while Sunday was remarkably good with Rs 7.25 crore business. By the end of its first week, the movie is expected to make around Rs 31-32 crore, which is quite a decent amount given all the negative reviews it has got from critics.

The movie might continue its successful run in North India thanks to single screen business and Sallu’s fan following which is huge in the Hindi belt. The movie is already being described as the first success of 2010 and if it does good business in second week it can easily emerge as the first hit of the year with Rs 30 crore-plus share. However, Shahid Kapoor starrer Chance Pe Dance witnessed a poor first week with business of merely Rs 8.50 crore approx. A sureshot flop.

Well, box office still favours 3 Idiots. The movie did a business of Rs 17.50 crore approx in its fourth weekend which takes the four-week business to Rs 183.50 crore approx; running to packed houses, the movie is not very far from the Rs 200 crore mark business.

This week’s releases are two interesting movies Ishqiya and Rann.