Monthly Archives: June 2011

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Bollywood Garam: Film maker Ram Gopal Varma has released the first look of his movie ‘Not a Love Story’. Earlier, there were reports that the movie will be based on the controversial case of Maria Susairaj. But the director has denied saying that the movie is based on the case.

Critics say that the director probably wants people not to believe his words so that the movie would attract enough publicity.

Varma’s earlier venture ‘Rakht Charitra’ had received support from the state of Andhra Pradesh, which had narrated the story of the politician Paritala Ravi. Ramu is intentionally spreading the word that the movie is not based on the Maria case, as the director has done deep research of the case for the movie.

Moreover, the first look looks like the murder scene in the apartment where the murder was committed. Normally, Ramu hardly indulges in showing off intimate scenes in his movies, but this time the director had to add a few intimate scenes to show the passion of the lead characters in the movie. Varma had added the scenes so that it justifies the desperation that had led to the couple to commit the crime. Yet Varma is adamant on his words when he said that his movie is not based on Maria Susairaj and so the question of offending anyone does not arise.

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Bollywood Garam: Despite strong denial by te actress Isha Sharvani that she is not getting married in near future, certain reports have risen of the possible engagement of her and Indian cricketer Zaheer Khan. No official confirmation has been received by either of the celebrities and we have assumed that this could just be another fake report.

Recently, the dancer and actress had openly denied the reports that she was living in with Khan in an apartment and that they are planning to get married in near future. Isha had even made it clear that she does not have any plans to get married in near future.

In spite of all the clarifications, close friends of the couple have allegedly said that the two will be getting engaged by the end of this year. Earlier, there were also reports that the two are heading towards a split, which was never confirmed.

Isha and Zaheer had met each other in a function and had since then got along well with each other. The close friends of the couple have also said that though the two might get engaged, the wedding may not be solemnized in the near future. Like it is said, there cannot be smoke without fire, there is definitely something brewing somewhere, which will soon be disclosed.

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Bollywood Garam: Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai, the soon to be mother, will still be a part of the upcoming project ‘Heroine’. Certain reports had emerged that the ‘Jodha Akbar’ actress will be dropped from the latest project of the popular film maker Madhur Bhandarkar, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

Just a while back, an announcement was made that the Bachchans are soon going to have a new family member. This was when the producers of the movie and  UTV alegedly decided that they would not be shooting any more.

A statement was issued by the production house which said that the shooting of the movie ‘Heroine’ is halted, as there is nothing more important than Aishwarya’s health and well being at the moment. The statement further added that the decision was taken mutually to halt the shooting.

The makers of the movie had considered that the shooting schedules would be more taxing for the actress and it may even affect her health. The statement added that they wished Abhishek Bachchan and Ash the best of the new phase of their life. During this time, many of the actor of the industry had shown interest in the project. Actress Priyanka Chopra had called up the director out of concern, when she heard that the movie was shelved.

But other reports state that the news of Ash’s pregnancy has seen several changes in the script, including the introduction of 2 new item numbers which has left Mrs. Bachchan quite shocked.  Well, time will tell which reports are really true.

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Bollywood Garam: India’s Bengali beauty Lisa Ray is the latest ambassador at the on going IIFA awards function in Toronto Canada and was rather unhappy with the way the organizers managed the event. The actress has been working hard these days for the promotion of the IIFA awards in her professional capacity in Canada, but had some issues with the organizers.

The actress recently had some complaints against the organizers of the show as she wasn’t happy with the treatment that she was given by the organizers of the function.

The ‘Kasoor’ actress was supposed to be the showstopper of a fashion show organized as a part of the awards function, bit Lisa wasn’t happy with the outfit that was given to her and had demanded to change the outfit.

Moreover, the actress had even said that she does not want any of the big Bollywood celebrities to walk down the ramp along with her, as it would take away all the attention from her. Being a cancer-survivor who wants to raise awareness of the disease, Lisa  even had problems with the organizers as she was expecting some good support for promoting her project for the aid of cancer patients.

One of the organizing committee members had said that the actress did have certain issues with the organizers, but they have been sorted out. The organizing member added that it is wise not to mess with the ambassadors especially when she is a fiery one.

Well it’s time the underrated stars in Bollywood like Lisa Ray get some respect too, don’t you think?

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Bollywood Garam: Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma is the latest diva to be caught red-handed by the customs authorities at the Mumbai international airport. The customs authorities had found that the actress was carrying undeclared good in her baggage.

The undeclared goods included some expensive diamond jewellery, as well as branded watches. The ‘Rab Ne Banadi Jodi’ actress was returning from the IIFA Awards in Toronto, when the custom authorities held her for questioning.

On questioning the actress, she stated that she had taken the jewellery and watches from India and bringing them back exempts her from paying custom duties. Anushka had even submitted some bills of the jewellery and the watches to defend herself.

The customs are still verifying the actress’ case. Meanwhile, Anushka has been booked under the sections 75, 111L, M and D of the Customs Act for the non declaration of the expensive goods. The actress has been allowed to go home. In case the customs finds that the jewellery has been bought from abroad, then the actress might have to pay duty of 36.05 percent of the value of the jewellery. Moreover, Anushka may also have to pay a huge redemption fee to take back the confiscated jewellery.

The customs officials seem to be cracking the whip on Bolllywood celebs over the past few weeks, as Anushka follows the footsteps of Bipasha Basu, Minissha Lamba in getting caught for undeclared goods.

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Bollywood Garam: Indian music composer Rahul Dev Burman or popularly known as Panchamda, is remembered today on his 72nd birth anniversary. The veteran musician has created some landmark music for the Indian film industry.

Burman started off his compositions with the movie ‘Chhote Nawab’ in the year 1961 and then never looked back. Panchamda then continued to give several hits for the Indian film industry which included the popular tracks like ‘Mehbooba’ from the movie ‘Sholay’, ‘Piya Tu Ab Toh Aaja’ from the movie ‘Caravan’, ‘Rana Beeti Jaye’ from the movie ‘Amar Prem’ and ‘Raat Kali’ from the movie ‘Buddha Mil Gaya’.

Pritam Chakrborty while talking about Burman said that he has been an inspiration to him as well as many musicians in the industry. Chakraborty added that Burman was the one who had brought a revolution in the Indian music industry.

Actress Hema Malini said that she used to be busy shooting when Burman was active. Though the actress could not interact much with the popular musician the actress said that she loves to hear some of his amazing works. Panchamda died on 4th January 1994.

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Bollywood Garam: Close on the heels of the announcement that Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai is pregnant, director Madhur Bhandarkar is now allegedly preparing to tone down the script of his upcoming movie ‘Heroine’. Ash has already started shooting as the main lead in the movie, and as her due date is somewhere in November 2011, the movie needs to be wrapped up soon.

While the ‘Raavan’ actress is determined to complete the project despite her pregnancy, the director is worried about the health of the actress. Some of the sources from the production unit have said that the movie involves a lot of emotional scenes and intense moments which could be harmful to Ash.

The director has opined that the heavy emotions and intense moments might affect the health of the actress in such a situation. Bhandarkar is now trying to make changes in the script of the movie in order to tone down the scenes bit.

Moreover, Ash is also supposed to do many intimate scenes, which the actress will not be refraining from. Earlier, the project was offered to Kareena Kapoor who had chickened out due to the intimate and intense scenes in the movie. The unit is now trying their best to finish the shooting of the movie before Aishwarya’s pregnancy becomes visible. The makers are just trying their best that the complexities and the dark drama of the movie does not affect Ash’s health.

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Bollywood Garam: Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt’s niece, Nazia Hussain, is all set to step in Bollywood. While talking about Nazia’s connections with Sanjay, the upcoming actress is the grand daughter of Akthar Hussain Khan, who is the elder brother of Nargis.

Nazia has been preparing for a Bollywood debut by taking acting classes at the Roshan Taneja Academy. The actress will be appearing in the movie ‘Say Yes To Love’ opposite Aasad Mirza. The movie will be directed by Mirza’s father Mahrukh Mirza.

The movie has been produced by the Mirza brothers, who have made some land mark movies like ‘Kasme Vaade’, ‘Rama O Rama’ and ‘Dhanwaan’. Nazia reportedly has signed another flick, even before the release of her debut movie.

Seems like the actress is trying her best to give some competition to the newbies in the industry. Even Sanjay’s daughter Trishala has expressed her wish to work in films, but father Sanjay is against her idea of her getting in to movies. Nazia might not have consulted her uncle Sanju, but his daughter is still waiting to fulfill her dreams to make it big in Bollywood. Though Trishala has spent most of her life in the US, she still aspires to become an actress some day.

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Bollywood Garam: In some disappointing news for all Katrina Kaif fans, the actress has not been finalized for the third installment of the ‘Dhoom’ series. As per earlier reports, the actress was finalized as the lead female opposite Aamir Khan in the movie, but this report was not true.

An official spokesperson came out and cleared the air and said that the ‘Tees Maar Khan’ actress has not been finalized for ‘Dhoom 3’. Yash Raj Films was also apparently upset about the false reports that were spread in the past few days.

The spokesperson had complained that the correspondents did check up with them to confirm the news before publishing the report. The fact is that the makers of the movie are still in search of a fresh face for the movie to be cast opposite Aamir Khan.

Katrina is right now busy preparing for the upcoming movie ‘Ek Tha tiger’ opposite her ex-boyfriend Salman Khan. The shooting of the movie will begin soon. The spokes person added that so far the female lead has not yet been finalized.

The audience is waiting for the third installment of the thrilling ‘Dhoom’ series, which will be directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya and will be produced by Aditya Chopra of Yash Raj films.

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Bollywood Garam: Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif and actor Hrithik Roshan have been paired for the first time in the upcoming movie ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ and are set to indulge in a memorable kiss. Till now the actress has refrained from wearing a bikini onscreen, but now the actress has done an even more daring sequence in the movie.

Katrina and Hrithik have indulged in a steamy 3 minute sequence, where the two can be seen lip locking. The producers, Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani and director Zoya Akhtar, have not yet spoken about it in public.

The steamy sequence in the movie has reportedly shown a deep chemistry between the couple. The scene is a very passionate one where the actress chases Hrithik on a motorbike and then she hugs him and later kisses him.

Sources from the production team have said that the scene is a very important part of the movie. However, the makers are not sure if the scene would survive the editing table. When the raw cut of the scene was seen by the actress and Hrithik, they had requested the makers to tone down the scene. Director Zoya is still in a dilemma if the scene should be included in the movie or not, as at least one passionate sequence is essential for the movie.