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by Kishan Sharma

Shah Rukh Khan’s “Temptation” tour is reported to be suffering due to heavily loaded Amitabh Bachchan’s “Unforgettable” shows. Shah Rukh Khan has roped in Katrina Kaif, Malaika Arora-Khan and Arjun Rampal for the shows. There are rumours that Aamir Khan is being requested to join the “Temptation” team, but this seems to be only a rumour. Aamir Khan is not tempted to board the “Temptation” ship.

During Katrina Kaif’s birthday party, somewhere in the wee hours, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan had a public fight. Salman Khan reportedly lost his temper when Shah Rukh Khan started ribbing Salman with his off-colour joke about Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan. Aamir Khan, who was also present, tried to play peacemaker, but failed; and Shah Rukh Khan, seeing the dangerously bad-tempered Salman Khan, left the party with his wife Gauri, abruptly.

Loosing luggage in transit is no news these days. Several film stars and other artistes have been facing difficulty in foreign countries, when their baggage doesnot reach alongwith them. Recently, Bhajan Samrat, film producer, actor, music director Anup Jalota had a tough time in USA, since his baggage was misplaced by the airline. He had no other option but to perform in a pair of kurta-pyjama procured by the concert organisers at the last moment, which was very tight for him. He did not want to appear on the stage in T-shirt and jeans that he was dressed in. He covered himself in a shawl and performed in Memphis. The airline delivered his baggage just when he had wound-up his bhajan programme.

The 19 year old winner of the “Voice Of India” contest, Sardar Ishmeet Singh, drowned in a swimming pool at a hotel in the Maldives, where he had gone for a concert. The Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh condoled Ishmeet Singh’s untimely death.

“Om Shanti Om” continues to be in the trouble. After Manoj Kumar filed a case against the “Om Shanti Om” team, a script writer, Ajay Monga has alleged that Farah Khan and Shah Rukh Khan have plagiarised his script. Ajay Monga has written scripts for Madhur Bhandarkar’s “Corporate” and “Fashion”. Rinki Bhattacharya, daughter of late Bimal Roy is also planning to take legal action against the “Om Shanti Om” team, as she feels that the film’s second half is a copy of old film “Madhumati” directed by Bimal Roy.

Actor-director-politician Hema Malini’s dream project to showcase her daughter Esha’s acting skills, has been shelved. Hema Malini had booked Rekha to play Esha’s mother in the film, but no suitable male actor was ready to work in the film, which had three dominating ladies – Hema, Rekha and Esha.

Neena Gupta, who has a daughter, fathered by Sir Vivian Richards, has finally got married to a Delhi based chartered accountant, Vivek Mehra, in the US.

The prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award for 2006 has been given to eminent film director Tapan Sinha. Earlier, names of actor Pran and music director Khayyam were being considered for the award.

Balaji Telefilms’ director Garry Bhinder died at the young age of 33. He had blood cancer. He had been associated with all major shows of Balaji, like “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi”, “Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii”, “Kahaani Hamaaray Mahaabhaarat Ki” and “Kiss Desh Mein Hai Mera Dil”.

Incidentally, Ekta Kapoor has gifted a 5-series BMW to Sanjay Dutt and Manyata. It is learnt that Sanjay Dutt participated in a special song for the film, “C Kompany”, without charging anything from his family friends – Jeetendra, Shobha, Ekta and Tusshar Kapoor.

The “Krishna” of B.R. Chopra’s “Mahabharat”, Nitish Bharadwaj, who separated from his first wife, Monisha (daughter of Vimla Patil), three years back, is now marrying an IAS officer Smita Gate, who has also divorced her first husband. Monisha lives in London with her son and daughter.

The media has been agog with the news that “Abhimaan” is being remade. It was publicised all over that Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan will be playing the roles of Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan in the 1973 film. However, Pawan Kumar, who had produced the film, has clarified that he is the sole and exclusive copyright holder of the film and he has not parted with the remaking rights.

Financier Bharat Shah has filed a complaint against Ramgopal Varma, in the IMPPA, seeking recovery of Rs. 25 crore from Varma. Shah has alleged that he had spent huge sums of money in Ramgopal Varma’s “Satya”, “Mast” and “Jungle”. It is alleged that Ramgopal Varma has not returned the amount to Bharat Shah.

Bihar floods have shaken the film industry’s Bihari artistes, who have been collecting funds for the affected people. Shatrughan Sinha is leading the team and is trying to help the poor people of Bihar. In the meantime, Sunil Shetty has volunteered to send 40 boats and 120 trained men to help out in the relief efforts in the flood-hit areas of Bihar. Nana Patekar has also announced a contribution of Rs. 25 lakh towards the relief efforts for the millions affected by the floods in Bihar.

Noted Marathi film actress Jayshree Gadkar, passed away in Mumbai. She was 68. She had acted in many Hindi films and also in the tele-serial “Ramayan”. She is survived by her actor-husband Bal Dhuri and a son.

Hollywood studio Warner Bros. is contemplating taking legal action against Times Of India group’s film production company, Mirchi Movies. Warner has decided to act tough as it feels that title of Mirchi Movies’ film – “Hari Puttar – A Comedy Of Terrors”, will creat a dent in its Harry Potter brand of movies.

Actor-politician Shabana Azmi has said that Muslims in India, including herself, are victims of discrimination. She has alleged that she is unable to buy a house in Mumbai because she is a Muslim. Large number of film personalities have criticised Shabana for her such statement about victimisation of the minority community in the country. Shabana Azmi has few flats and a bungalow in Mumbai. She and her husband, lyricist Javed Akhtar have been honoured with several national and international awards, including the national titles. It is largely been felt that Shabana’s remark was untrue and bad in taste and that she should apologise for the same.

UAE and Kuwait have banned Hindi film, “God Tussi Great Ho”, because, according to the governments there, the film violates the teaching of Islam.

Release date of Aamir Khan starrer “Ghajini” has been postponed from 28th November to 26th December. It is learnt that music director A.R. Rahman couldnot prepare the master tape of the film’s music and requested for some more time. Now, it is expected that the release of several films will have to be rescheduled to avoid direct clash.

Many Bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Jackie Shroff, Aditya Pancholi, producer Boney Kapoor and singer Anuradha Paudwal figure in the list of witnesses prepared by the police for the trial against Mohammed Ali Shaikh, who retracted his confession in the Gulshan Kumar murder case.

Producer F.C. Mehra died in Mumbai at the age of 80. He made films like “Lal Patthar”, “Amrapali”, “Ujala”, and “Professor”.

It is learnt that a new Muslim terrorist organisation issued a threat to Muslim actors in Bollywood, asking them to immediately stop acting in films.

It has been learnt that in-flight movies will become a thing of the past with effect from November 2008 on many routes. The airlines feel that the equipment and monitors on an average flight weigh about 500 pounds, raising the cost of fuel.

Mallika Sherawat has been ordered by the IMPPA to return the signing amount of Rs. 25 lakh to Studio 18. IMPPA held her guilty of delaying the shooting of “Masquerade”.

Bhajan Samrat Anup Jalota presented a unique Bhajan programme for the students of MIT, Pune. During the three hour programme dancer Rajeshwari danced on one bhajan rendered by Anup Jalota. The bhajan – “Kaise Chukaoon In Saanson Ka Mol”, was appreciated by the large crowd. Founder-President of MIT, Prof. Dr. Vishwanath Karad felicitated all the artistes. Singer Anamika, and musicians Piyush Pawar, Amit Chaube, and Dhiren accompanied Anup Jalota.

Hollywood star couple Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas have been fined for breaching Italy’s immigration laws. The couple were aboard a luxury yatch that berthed without permission on the Italian Riviera.


Shabbo Arts’ MEHBOOBA starring Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan, Manisha Koirala and Kader Khan failed at the box-office. Saregama India Ltd.’s KHELA is written and directed by Rituparno Ghosh and has very good performances by Prosenjit Chatterjee and child artist Akashneel Dutt Mukherjee. The film flopped at the box-office because it had nothing for the masses. Sony Pictures’ HANCOCK (dubbed from the Hollywood film of the same title) opened very well and can be termed as ‘winner’ at the box-office. Reshma Enterprises’ MAYA KA SAYA proved to be a disaster. Tips Films’ KISMAT KONNECTION starring Shahid Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Juhi Chawla and Om Puri, is rejected by the audience. Aziz Mirza and Haroon Mirza directed film has commentary in Shah Rukh Khan’s voice; but that alone couldnot save the film. PVR Pictures and Ace Movie Company’s CONTRACT, directed by Ramgopal Varma is a dull film. Warner Bros.’ BATMAN 2 – THE DARKK KNIGHT (dubbed) is entertaining but may not get audience support. She-La Film Production’s SARFAROSH – THE BURNING YOUTH has nothing new to offer. S4 Entertainment’s Marathi film, PHORENCHI PATLIN has good appeal for the ladies, specially in Maharashtra. Directed nicely by Pradeep Ghonsikar, the film does well in comic and emotional scenes. It has been exempted from tax payment in Maharashtra. Balaji Motion Pictures and Popcorn Motion Pictures Pvt. Ltd.’s MISSION INTAANBUL failed to impress the audience. Big Screen Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.’s MONEY HAI TOH HONEY HAI , directed by Ganesh Acharya and starring Govinda, Hansika, Aftab Shivdasani, Upen Patel, Manoj Bajpai, Celina Jaitley and Ravi Kishan is a poor show. D.S. Entertainment’s MISSION – THE LAST WAR is a disaster. Pritish Nandy Communications’ UGLY AUR PAGLI, failed miserably, despite grand publicity and Mallika Sherawat exposing her anatomy uninhibitedly. Paramount Pictures’ THE MUMMY – DRAGON SHAHENSHAH KA MAKBARA (dubbed from The Mummy : Tomb of the Dragon Emperor) has lots of action and will attract youth and multiplex audience. Bhadrakal Films’ YEH HAI ! MERA FAISLA failed at the obx-office. Big Pictures, Blockbuster Movies Entertainers and Hari Om Entertainment Co.’s SINGH IS KINNG is a masala film. Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Ranvir Shorey, Om Puri, Kiron Kher, Sonu Sood and Javed Jaffery have acted well under the direction of Anees Bazmee. Pritam’s music is also very good. The film has been appreciated in Pakistan, UK and Canada and in the Northern states of India. Om Film Company’s GOOD LUCK (inspired by the Hollywood film, Just My Luck) has failed. Aditya Cinema’s MUDRANK – THE STAMP, publicised as the story of stamp paper scamster Abdul Telgi, failed miserably. Prassanna Kothari Films Pvt. Ltd.’s THE REAL DOSTANA might go well in small centres. RTM Technologies (P) Ltd.’s animation film ICY N SPICY is a flop. Shabbo Arts’ GOD TUSSI GREAT HO crashed at the box office, despite starring Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Sohail Khan and Anupam Kher. Yash Raj Films’ BACHNA AE HASEENO may do well in big cities and multiplexes. One More Thought Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and Ace Movie Company’s PHOONK, directed by Ramgopal Varma has proved to be a hit in many circuits. Venus Records & Tapes Pvt. Ltd.’s MAAN GAYE MUGHALL-E-AZAM has not been received well. UTV Motion Pictures’ MUMBAI MERI JAAN may not get audience support. Baba Arts Ltd.’s animation film MY FRIEND GANESHA 2, doesnot impress. Vijayta Films’ CHAMKU had a very poor opening. Balaji Motion Pictures Ltd.’s C KKOMPANY is a boring film. Big Pictures and Excel Entertainment’s ROCK ON !! is a film for big cities and multiplexes and has been well received. Color Chips New Media Ltd.’s MUKHBIIR is a well made film, but remains a non-starter. Eye Telefilms Pvt. Ltd.’s TIGER – ONE MAN ARMY will not find any favour from the audience. Aleya Motion Magic Pvt. Ltd.’s HIJACK is an amateurish attempt. Friday Film Works, Anjum Rizvi Film Company and UTV Motion Pictures’ A WEDNESDAY, starring Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Shergill and Aamir Bashir is a very good film, but for the big cities and multiplexes only. IDream Production and Santosh Sivan Films’ TAHAAN is also a class film and may not be accepted by common audience. Anupam Kher and Purav Bhandare have done their best; but only multiplexes will get the audience for this film. Rock Productions Ltd.’s JEENA TO HAI is a poor show.

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