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December 2004 - January 2005
News From Bollywood
‘Bride and Prejudice’ might have topped the charts in UK, but it has not taken any flying start in India. There are many reasons for the dull response it has received in India. The English version can hardly pick up in the smaller towns and majority of cities. The Hindi version “Balle Balle, Amritsar to LA” has also failed to hit the box office. It is learnt that ex-Miss World Aishwarya Rai refused to dub her dialogue in Hindi version, because it was not part of her contract with Gurinder Chadha. Like the erstwhile Miss World, former Miss India Namrata Shirodkar also did not dub her dialogue in the Hindi version. The film maker then dubbed their dialogue in other female voices, which naturally sound different. Very few people know that after the first shooting schedule, Gurinder Chadha had contemplated replacing the celebrated stage actress Nadira Babbar, since it was felt that she did not suit the character. But, the same Nadira Babber has won accolades for her acting and is being referred to as the best actor in ‘Bride and Prejudice’. One more story is making rounds in the film industry. Aishwarya’s dog is not happy with the film being pronounced a flop in India, and has started biting visitors to her home.
Aishwarya Rai is reported to be very angry with the Sahara, though she is a part of Sahara family. The Sahara chief Subroto Roy had even pulled out of the film “The Rising”, just because the producer Bobby Bedi had thrown Aishwarya out of his film for some reason, saying that Sahara would have nothing to do with a producer who did not respect Sahara family member Aishwarya. But when Aishwarya went to London to present an award at the Sahara Sangeet Awards function held in the Royal Albert Hall, she refused to leave the hotel, because only one car was sent to pick her up, whereas she wanted two cars for herself and her family members. She was requested to proceed as the show was getting delayed, with the promise that another car would imediately be arranged for her family members. Aishwarya is said to have insisted that she and her family members would go together. Therefore the presentation of award was delayed by more than 30 minutes. But much more was in the store to make the erstwhile beauty queen angry, since there was not a single car for her and her family members after she had presented the award and was ready to leave.
Well, there is some good news too for Aishwarya fans. She has been signed by producer Paul Burgess, husband of film maker Gurinder Chadha, for his next film, based on the novel ‘Mistress of Spices’.
A Bombay magistrate has asked actress Raakhee to furnish a personal bond of Rs 15000 in a cheating case filed against her by a businessman.
Actor Shah Rukh Khan is looking out for a house in London.
Ad. Film maker Rakesh Mehra plans to make his new film in Hindi and English. Titled ‘Rang De Basanti’ in Hindi, the film featuring Aamir Khan, is titled ‘Paint it Yellow’ in English.
Khanna plays a CBI officer in ‘Hello! Kaun Hai’, and Rati
Agnihotri plays a journalist in the same film. People will see them
on screen after a long gap and in these roles for the first time.
producer Gulshan Rai, favourite mother of Hindi films Nirupa Roy, actress
Jayashee Shantaram, well known Marathi producer MB Samant, film writer
Mushtaq Jalili and Kannada film hero Lokesh died in October.
Balaji Telefilms Ltd and Balaji Films Ltd. have cautioned people that they are not concerned with Shree Balaji Films (India), which is said to have been luring the public.
Dev Anand celebrated his 81st birthday in Mumbai in September, but his fans have planned a grand celebration on 20th November at New Jersey. It is a rare honour to greet an Indian artist in this manner.
Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai are performing on two different stage in Dubai on the same day. There are stories about their differences, but this is not fair to perform on the same day in Dubai at different venues, since it will be difficult for their fans to choose one of the two.
brother-sister duo of Sajid Khan and Farah Khan is planning a three
hero project, with Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Hritik Roshan.
Revathy’s purposeful film on AIDS, ‘Phir Milenge’ failed on the box office. Percept Picture Company and Sahara, the producers of the film surprised the industry by announcing that they are refunding money to their distributors who had lost a good part of their investment. It is noteworthy that actor Salman Khan did not charge anything for acting in the film, and actress Shilpa Shetty took a very small token amount.
Chopra’s ‘Veer-Zaara’ stars Shah Rukh Khan, Preity
Zinta and Rani Mukerji, due for Diwali release, the film also has Amitabh
Bachchan and Hema Malini in special appearances. Late Madan Mohan’s
unused tunes have been rearranged by the music masestro’s son
Sanjeev Kohli. A patriotic song about the love between an Indian Hindu
boy and a Pakistani Muslim girl; and a qawwali are expected to reach
top of the charts soon.
Costume designer Manish Malhotra will be directing Suneel Darshan’s film which is yet to be titled. Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor have already been booked; while Vivek Oberoi is being fialised in place of Hrithik Roshan, who did not give green signal even after several sittings. Some more heroes and heroines are yet to be finalised for the film to be launched before the year-end.
Erstwhile Indian cricket captain Bishen Singh Bedi’s son Angad Bedi will play a newspaper reporter, and actress Seema Biswas, a nun, in ‘Kaya –Tasan’, a film which is set against the backdrop of the riots of 1984 in which Sikhs in India were targeted.
the last Great News - Painter-film maker MF Husain has threatened to
blow up Rs 80 crores on making films. The 89 years old painter has
signed a contract with industrialist Guru Swaroop Srivastava worth
Rs. 100 crores for his 125 paintings. Out of this amount, MF Husain
is reported to have said that he would blow off 80% of it on making
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