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News from Bollywood

by Kishan Sharma


Sonu Nigam the playback singer cum actor has almost decided to divorce his wife Madhurima. Both have been living separately for more than two months. Sonu and Madhurima have known each other for more than five years when they decided to marry. It is learnt that incompatibility is the reason for the break up.


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Producer Surjit Pandher and director Darshan Bagga of recently released film "Shikaar" were so much touted by the debutante actress Kanishka Sodhi, that they decided to black out the heroine's names from the credit titles.


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The first six months of 2004 have had only three films that could be termed as Hits. They are "Murder", "Hum Tum" and "Main Hoon Na". Out of 84 Hindu films and 33 dubbed films, only three could qualify to be hits!
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Mrs. Jaya Chakravarty, mother of actress and politician Hema Malini died at the age of 78. She had produced films like "Dream Girl", "Swami" and "Ratnadeep". She is survived by two sons Kannan and Jaganath, besides her daughter, Hema Malini.
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Noted film producer Yash Johar died at the age of 75. He is survived by wife Hiroo and son Karan Johar. Yash started out as a still photographer and later joined Sunil Dutt's Ajanta Arts as a production assistant. He handled the production for Dev Anand's Guide, Jewel Thief and Hare Ram, Hare Krishna. He produced Dastan, Duniya, Muqaddar Ka Faisla, Agnipath, Gumrah, and Duplicate. His recent films were Kuch Kuch Hota He, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and Kal Ho Na Ho.
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Director Kaizad Gustad was granted bail by the Bombay High Court in the Nadia Khan case. Ashish Udeshi and Hadley D'Mello were also granted bail. They were arrested in early June on the charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in connection with the death of assistant director Nadia Khan during the shooting on railway tracks near Mahalakshmi station in Mumbai.
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Cricketers Kapil Dev, Navjot Sidhu, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, Irfan Pathan and parthiv Patel are making a friendly appearance in David Dhawan's "Mujhse Shaadi Karogi"
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The information and broadcasting ministry of India is planning to organise a festival of Indian films in Shanghai (China) in August. Kal Ho Na Ho, Saathiya, Lagaan, Devdas, Bhoot and Me Hoon Na have been selected for screening at the festival.

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