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by Kishan Sharma

Carter Road in Bandra (West) has been renamed after one of the most respected music directors, late Naushad Ali. Member of Parliament Priya Dutt inaugurated the name plate of Naushad Ali Road. The music director lived in his “Aashiyana” bungalow on the same road. Local corporator Kavita Rodricks had mooted the proposal for renaming the road.

The Supreme Court of India has asked actor Sridevi to respond to a petition by film financiers Madhu Gupta and Sushil Gupta with their firms Photo Film Industries, G. G. Photo Ltd., and Foto Industries, seeking vacation of stay on the proceedings in a cheque bouncing case against her involving an amount of Rupees 9.65 crores. Sridevi, her husband Boney Kapoor and father-in-law Surinder Kapoor had alleged in the Bombay High Court that the three cheques which allegedly bounced, were forged documents. The Bench headed by the Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan has asked Sridevi, why stay granted by the Bombay High Court shouldnot be vacated.

Legendary Tabla maestro Pandit Kishan Maharaj passed away in Varanasi after a cardiac arrest at the age of 84.

Noted film maker Prabodh Mukherji, younger brother of Sashdhar and Subodh Mukherji, died at the age of 88. He produced several films including “Junglee”, “April Fool”, “Sharmili”, “Love Marriage”, “Shaagird” and “Abhinetri”.

Shooting of Aamir Khan’s “Ghajini” has been stalled for the second time as Aamir Khan injured his hamstring muscle. He had injured his hamstring first while performing an action sequence. He took little rest and decided to shoot because he did not want the shooting of the film to suffer due to his injury. But his hamstring muscle got torn. He was flown from Hyderabad to Mumbai for complete rest for a few days.

Actor Sanjay Dutt and Manyata have told the sessions court in Mumbai that they are not married. Since Manyata is Muslim, her marriage to a Hindu, Sanjay Dutt couldnot be valid in the eyes of law. Manyata’s first husband Mehraj had started criminal proceedings against the couple saying that Manyata was his wife and he had not divorced her before she got married to Sanjay Dutt. The couple’s counsel Shrikant Shivade had argued that Manyata had divorced her first husband unilaterally under Khula system, which is recognized by Shariat. The couple happily lives together for the last more than two years, though they have told the court that they are not married.

Aamir Khan has agreed to act in “Idiot”, a film made by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Rajkumar Hirani. Kareena Kapoor has also been signed for the film, which was earlier offered to Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. The film is based on Chetan Bhagat’s book, “Five Point Someone”. Aamir is reportedly agreed to act in the film on a payment of Rupees five crore plus 40 per cent of film’s total profit.

Shah Rukh Khan has called off the sci-fi “Robot” with South director Shankar owing to creative differences. Shah Rukh Khan had actually liked the script and was all set to produce the film under his banner Red Chillies Entertainment. Shah Rukh Khan wanted the special effects of the film to be done in his SFX Studio in Khar, Mumbai; but Shankar wanted to do the same in Chennai. This forced them to part ways.

Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas is coming with a new album entitled “Niklo Na Benaqaab”. While shooting for the album at a café in Pattaya in Bangkok, the cast and crew landed up in a police station. It is learnt that the co-ordinator who had organized the shooting did not take permission which resulted in the entire team landing at the police station. Luckily, Pankaj Udhas was not present during the shooting, but Actors Aahan Mehra and Yuvika Chaudhary and the entire team was taken to the police station.

Sooraj Barjatya is reportedly writing his most ambitious film for which he wants to cast Salman Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Shahid Kapur and Amrita Rao. Sooraj however refuses to talk about his next project, but he admits that he is working on a script and would talk only after he is ready with the script and star cast. Meanwhile Rajshri Productions’ “Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi” is nearing completion. This film is not being directed by Sooraj Barjatya.

Producer Rakesh Roshan and Music Director Rajesh Roshan had to pay Rupees one crore seventyseven lac thirtyfour thousand and six hundred (after tax deduction), to a less known music composer Ram Sampath, who had dragged them and Hrithik Roshan to the court for copyright violations. Sampath had demanded an amount of Rupees two crores for lifting his tune for a television advertisement jingle in Rakesh Roshan’s film “Krazzy4”. Since Sampath went to the court just one day before the film’s release, Roshans could do nothing else but pay up the amount to get the film released on time. This is first such case in Indian film industry.

Actor Kajol’s father, Ajay Devgan’s father-in-law, and Tanuja’s husband, Somdev Mukherjee passed away following a massive cardiac arrest. Better known as Shomu, the film maker had produced and directed films like “Ek Baar Muskura Do”, “Nanha Shikari”, “Chhaila Babu”, and “Sangdil Sanam”. It was during the making of Ek Baar Muskura Do, that he fell in love with actor Tanuja. The couple has two daughters, Kajol and Tanisha. Shomu Mukherjee was 65 years old and was staying separately following his estranged relationship with wife Tanuja.

In a rare gesture, the Netherlands government has issued a postage stamp in honour of Bhojpuri super star Manoj Tiwari. It is for the first time that a postage stamp has been issued by a foreign government on any Indian cinema star.

Aditya Chopra’s “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi” is likely to have Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor, along with Shah Rukh Khan. While Sonam will act opposite Shah Rukh Khan in the lead, Deepika will make a guest appearance. But nothing seems to be final since a 19 year old girl Anushka Sharma from Bangalore is also being considered for the lead role opposite Shah Rukh Khan. That means, Sonam Kapoor might be dropped from the project.

Preity Zinta and Shahid Kapur will finally join Bachchans’ world tour. Bipasha Basu and Akshay Kumar were approached for the Unforgettable tour, but Bipasha hiked her price and was replaced by Preity. Akshay Kumar had also asked for more money and he is said to have got it. Earlier Lara Dutta had walked out of the show as she felt that Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan would hog all the attention. Incidentally, Aishwarya is being paid Rupees one crore per show. Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan are the main attraction of the Unforgettable shows, which will be staged in USA, Canada and UK in July-August 2008.

At a recent function, Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi, who is a former Chief Minister of Maharashtra, former Union Minister of Heavy Industries and former Speaker of Lok Sabha, brought up cricketer Sunill Gavaskar’s much-cited riposte to Pakistani playback singer Noor Jehan. Joshi said that at a reception for the Indian team in early 80s, Gavaskar was introduced to Noor Jehan in Pakistan. She looked at Gavaskar and said “I know only one cricketer, and he is Zaheer Abbas”. At this, Sunil Gavaskar looked at Norr Jehan and said, “I know only one singer and she is Lata Mangeshkar”.

Hrithik Roshan and Sussanne became proud parents for the second time when their second son was born on the 1st May 2008.

Actor-cum-politician Rajesh Khanna, producer-director B.R. Chopra, director Ravi Tandon, singer Mahendra Kapoor, actor Shyama, classical dancer and actor Sitara Devi, music director Jagdish Khebudkar and lyricist Verma Malik were felicitated by the Phalke Academy in Mumbai on the 30th April 2008, alongwith many other technicians, distributors and film exporters. The Academy celebrates Dada Saheb Phalke’s birth anniversary every year on the 30th April and felicitates veterans from the film industries with the awards in the name of the father of Indian cinema.

Actor Vivek Oberoi was recently thrown out from a house after he kissed a young lady. Having downed several pegs of whisky, he is said to have gone too close to the lady and planted a kiss on her cheek. He got a slap on his cheek in return. It is learnt that Vivek then lost his cool and came to blows, and finally was thrown out from the house of his friend, who had invited him.

It is learnt that Pakistan’s new prime minister Yousuf Raza Gillani is a big fan of Lata Mangeshkar and Aishwarya Rai. He is said to have admitted to watching Aishwarya’s films on his laptop and listening to Lata’s songs during his stay in prison in 2001.

Flora Saini, who was singer-actor Sonu Nigam’s heroine in “Love in Nepal” was recently arrested by the Chennai police for producing forged documents before the US Consulate. The actress, who had moved to Tamil film industry, had walked into the Consulate in Chennai with her “make-up woman”, who knew nothing about make-up. It is learnt that around 200 actors and directors in the South Indian film industry have been banned for life from getting US visas on the charges of human trafficking.

Actor Soha Ali Khan’s arms license has been revoked by the court, since her rifle was allegedly used by her father and former Indian cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi to kill a black buck.

Bhangra singer Malkit Singh has become the first Punjabi singer to be honouredby Queen Elizabeth II at the Buckingham Palace with the award of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

It is learnt that singer Sonu Nigam might be booked to sing some songs for the film “Basmati Blues”.


Radha Pushpa Entertainment’s “26th July at Barista” sank at the box-office. H.S.Rana Films’ “Main Tere Ishq Mein” proved to be a dull fare. Khan Productions’ “Aaj Ka Challenge” is a poor show. Tips Films’ “Race” with Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif, Sameera Reddy, Johny Lever and Dalip Tahil is a Abbas-Mustan directed film, which is well received in the beginning, but collections dropped from the second week onwards in India. Incidentally, producers of the film were hosting a party to celebrate the “success” of the film, when the news of drop in collections came in. M.G.N. Visha Films’ “Lolly Pop” is a disappointing film. Big Screen Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.’s “One Two Three” made an exit before even saying one, two, three. Hanmade Films’ “Love Songs” with Jaya Bachchan and Om Puri is a poor show. Sony Pictures Releasing’s “D-War” is a fantasy-action film based on a Korean legend. It is a well made film and would be liked by the audience. Moser Baer India Ltd.’s “Shaurya”, inspired from the Hollywood film A Few Good Men is a boring film. Magna Films’ “Bhram” proved to be a non-starter. Shoaib Mansoor’s “Khuda Kay Liye”, a Pakistani film, is a good film. But its Urdu dialogues may not attract big audience in all cities. Panama Films’ “Barish – The Season of Love”has little to offer. Royal Film Company’s “Yeh Kaisa Karz” might be liked by some people because of Nagarjuna’s excellent actions. Shan Movie International’s “Samundar Ka Aatank”dubbed from Terror In The Deep doesnot hold. Devgan Films’ “U Me Aur Hum”, inspired by the Hollywood film The Notebook , couldnot be accepted by the audience, inspite of the fact that it is directed by Ajay Devgan himself and has both Ajay Devgan and Kajol in the lead. Film Kraft Productions (India) Pvt. Ltd.’s “Krazzy 4” failed at the box-office. Sonu Arts International’s “Yaar Meri Zindagi” with Amitabh Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha, proved to be a non-starter. Innovision Communications (Pvt.) Ltd.’s “Salakhain” will not appeal to the audience. Paradise Pictures’ “The Awakening”is a boring film. Cinemavault’s “Hope & A Little Sugar” is disastrous, inspite of good performances by Anupam Kher and Mahima Chaudhry. Sony Pictures’ “Samundar Ka Badshah” dubbed from English film The Water Horse – Legend Of The Deep, looks like a children film and might be liked by them during their vacations. Yash Raj Films’ much publicized “Tashan” flopped totally. It has Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor and others. Seven Eagle Production’s “Sirf” is a well made film but is bound to fail at the box-office. Lemon N Yellow Productions’ “Kahaani Gudia Ki”, based on a real-life incident, is a non-starter.White House Productions Ltd.’s “Mr. White Mr. Black” is a poor show with Sunil Shetty, Arshad Warsi, Sadashiv Amarapurkar, Sandhya Mridul, Ashish Vidyarthi and Kiran Kumar. Shree Salaser Balaji Media Entertainment’s “Anamika” directed by Ananth Mahadevan is a weak film.Harward Entertainments’ “Pranali – The Tradition” will not impress anybody. Marvel Studios’ “Loha – The Iron Man” (dubbed) might get some audience, but will fail at the box-office. Lionsgate and Weinstein Co.’s “Vishwa Yoddha”, dubbed from The Forbidden Kingdom with Jackie Chan and Jet Li might get some audience. Arun S.’s “Khoon Kharaba” is a disaster.

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