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Latest News from Bollywood

by Kishan Sharma


The Kingfisher 2007 calendar model, Kanishka Kapoor alias Nikita Das-D’Souza alias Nikii Dass is facing police action against her. The Juhu police have started “tadipaar” (externment) proceedings against her, after film producers Kalyani Singh and Mansingh Deep registered a complaint against her for threats and assault. Infact several complaints have been filed against her since 2004. She got anticipatory bail and also won the Gladrags contest. Later, she was removed from the contest for technical reasons. It is learnt that one of her boyfriends threatened the producers on telephone. The police arrested the person concerned also.


Actor Sushmita Sen has sacked her entire household staff, including the driver. It is said that Sushmita’s staff was involved in several irregularities, including bringing in strange guests in her absence. These staff members started spreading vicious rumours about Sushmita after they were removed.


In the mean time Sushmita Sen’s relationship with ad-film director Manav Menon seems to have headed for a split. She had developed relationship with Randeep Hooda earlier, and it is learnt that out of all her boyfriends, Hooda has a fine tuning with Sushmita’s adopted daughter Renee, and therefore it is not surprising to see Hooda once again coming close to Sushmita. But, Sushmita may not completely break off from Manav Menon too. She remains in touch with all her boyfriends, may it be Vikram Bhatt, or Sanjay Narang, or Manav Menon, or Randeep Hooda, etc.


Film maker Ram Gopal Verma has signed music director Bappi Lahiri to compose music for his “Ram Gopal Verma Ke Sholay”. He has already recorded two songs. The “Yeh Dosti Hum Nahin Todenge” track rendered by Kishore Kumar and Manna Dey in the “Sholay” is sung by Shaan and Kunal Ganjawala in “Ram Gopal Verma Ke Sholay”, while the “Koi Haseena Jab” track has been sung by Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan.


Incidentally, music director-singer-film producer-actor Himesh Reshammiya, who was supposed to sing the “Mehbooba” song for Ram Gopal Verma Ke Sholay, presented the song on the stage in his new year programme, as a tribute to R.D. Burman. He has also apologized to Asha Bhonsle, after she got annoyed with him for his remarks on R. D. Burman during his America tour.


The popular television show of Antakshari has moved from Zee to Star. The fourteen year old relationship between the programme producer Gajendra Singh and the parent channel Zee, has ended on a bitter note. Unfortunately, Zee channel holds the copyrights of both shows, Antakshari and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa produced by Gajendra Singh and therefore it will not be easy for him to start the two programmes on Star. Gajendra Singh felt hurt when many decisions were taken by Zee without taking him into confidence. Gajendra Singh is trying to revive Antakshari in a new concept and format. It is reliably learnt that most of the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa team are ready to join Gajendra Singh at Star. It has been learnt that Zee has decided to restart Antakshari with two new hosts, including a female singer from Sa Re Ga Ma Pa and a comedian.


Stars like Salman Khan, Suniel Shetty, Arjun Rampal, Sohail Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Rohit Roy alongwith some others played soccer match against the ministers of Malaysia at the Putra Stadium for raising funds for various charity projects. The match ended in a 2-2 draw.


The officials have sent out reminders to 18000 residents of Bandra, including stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Rekha and Reena Roy to get their ration cards renewed. The rich people infact donot take anything from the ration shops and hence have not applied for the renewal of their ration cards.


It is really surprising that many films which did not click at the box office in India, got very good response in UK and USA. Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and Baabul have done very good business both in UK and USA, but they failed miserably in India. There are many more such films which have failed in India but made their producers happy through their foreign business.


The Kolhapur Municipal Corporation has resolved to reserve the land at Jayaprabha Studio in Kolhapur for development of a multi-purpose cultural centre and a garden. The land originally belonged to old time legend of Marathi films Bhalji Pendharkar, and now playback singer Bharat Ratna Dr. Lata Mangeshkar is the owner of the property. The singer though is very angry but feels totally helpless.


Music director Nadeem Akhtar Saifee’s father has moved the Bombay High Court seeking withdrawal of non-bailable warrants and red-corner notices issued against his son. Nadeem sought asylum in UK after he was accused of being involved in the murder of Gulshan Kumar of T-series. The Indian government had initiated extradition proceedings against him, which were rejected by Britain.


Jackie Chan is more than an action hero. He is the stuntman insisting on unleashing his martial arts prowess without the help of a double. While shooting for Rush Hour 3, he was hit with a steel-reinforced wooden table, in the same place where he was kicked while shooting for Rob-B-Hood. Despite the injury, he continued to shoot with the help of medication and by strapping a stunt belt across his chest.


Writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar withdrew the case of copyright violation that he had filed against Magic Mantra Vision. The court allowed the withdrawal of complaint, but slapped a fine of Rs. One lac for causing unnecessary hardship to the production house. Javed Akhtar did not expect such a verdict, but had to pay the fine.


Dilip Sen, one of the music director-duo Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen, was arrested by the Oshiwara Police in Mumbai in a cheating case registered against him.


Naseeruddin Shah’s son, Imaaduddin, fell out of Mumbai suburban train and was severely injured. Naseeruddin Shah has cancelled all his engagements to remain with his son till he fully recovers. Imaaduddin underwent two operations and may need to go through some more operations, but he is recovering well and is out of danger.


No matter whether Hrithik Roshan and Adlabs signed the agreement or not, the price war has started in the film industry. Akshay Kumar has not signed the five film contract against an amount of Rs. 21 crores. Hrithik was offered a 3 film contract for Rs. 30 crores and though the contract has not yet been signed, the stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Aaamir Khan, Salman Khan or Akshay Kumar will not settle for less than Hrithik’s price.


Sabse Favourite Kaun awards were presented recently at Mumbai. Organised by Star Plus, Sabse Favourite Kaun was presented as a poll-based popularity contest. In the “Nayi Heroine” category, new actress Kangana Ranaut was told that she was getting the award and therefore she should remain present at the ceremony. But, she was horrified when the award was presented to Soha Ali Khan.


More than 20 Hindi film stars have been asked to submit details of international shows they have participated in. The Enforcement Directorate has directed stars to submit details of payments they have received through these shows. Some artistes have already responded to the notice and have sent the details. The officers say that they have documentary evidence and action will be taken if the stars fail to send the details.


Every artist present at the Global Indian Film Awards (GIFA) was given an award to keep all the artistes happy. The awards were given for anything, like the actress Katrina Kaif was given the “Most Beautiful Lips” award, and several other such awards were presented in various strange categories.The event organized by Suneil Shetty, started very late, because the stars took their own sweet time to get ready. The stars were actually enjoying a fully paid tour in Kuala Lumpur, where the award function was held.


Singer Anup Jalota was invited to perform at former Prime Minister Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee’s birthday. This is not first time that Anup Jalota has specially performed for Atal ji, but it was an honour to be invited once again. Anup Jalota not only sang his popular bhajans and ghazals, but also rendered some of the poems written by Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee.


Film maker Raj Kumar Santoshi is seriously working on his dream project “Ramayan” and has Ajay Devgan and Kajol in mind for the roles of Ram and Sita. Scripting work is on in full swing and the shooting may start very soon.


Authorities in Mumbai are probing in the Mallika Sherawat’s new year episode, where the glamour girl disappeared from the J.W.Marriot Hotel, after a 10 minute performance. She had reportedly charged Rs. 7.5 million for the new year eve night and a special dress of diamond bra and stone-encrusted shorts was prepared for her show. Many people have complained that her so called performance was nothing but show of vulgarity. A case has also been filed against Mallika. The police has asked for the footage of the show to decide if it really amounts to vulgarity.


The UK police and Ealing Council’s trading standards team raided a group of 11 storage units at the Shurgard self-storage site in Uxbridge Road and seized a huge haul of counterfeit goods, including 200,000 pirated CDs of bollywood and Hollywood films. The people behind the counterfeit operation have been arrested.


Not a single cinema was available to the ten year old director Kishan, who made a film “C/O Footpath” and became the youngest director in the world. His father H.R. Srikanth threatened to burn the prints of the films if cinemas were not made available for the release of the film , which earned Kishan a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The film has Jackie Shroff, Saurabh Shukla and Ambareesh, who has now become the Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting in India. The new minister convinced the Karnataka Film Exhibitors’ Association, and the film was finally released in 5 cinema halls.


Music Director-Lyricist-Singer Ravindra Jain is likely to perform in the U.K. in February-March 2007. He has been invited to perform in London, Birmingham and some other cities in the last week of February and first week of March. The film and cultural correspondent of India Link International, Kishan Sharma, who is a popular stage compere, radio broadcaster and singer, may also come for these programmes. Kishan Sharma had performed last in the U.K. with Music Director Anandji Bhai of Kalyanji-Anandji team.


The last news item is about the buzz that Saif Ali Khan and his girlfriend Rosa are heading for a split. It is said that the couple had gone to Switzerland on a holiday alongwith Saif’s children Sara and Ibrahim, and the two started having serious fights. The couple had made a commitment to appear together on Karan Johar’s chat show, “Koffee with Karan”, but Karan recently received a call saying that the couple had changed their mind and would not be appearing together on the show. Saif will probably appear on the show by himself.

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