Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 22, 2013)
Last evening, while shooting an action scene for Thupakki, Akshay Kumar was injured when a truck ran over his right foot. He was immediately rushed to a Versova hospital.
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; May 22, 2013)
It might have started with Sharmila Tagore back in the ’60s but everyone from Bipasha Basu to Priyanka Chopra to Kareena Kapoor has donned one in their recent films. Yes, we’re talking about bikinis here! Surprisingly, it seems like newcomers aren’t very comfortable with the whole idea of showing off some skin.
Turns out Puja Gupta is already fed up of this skimpy attire and says she’d rather prefer not to be seen in risqué clothing in her forthcoming films. For the record, the Bollywood starlet has done three films so far — F.A.L.T.U., Go Goa Gone and the upcoming Shortcut Romeo — and she has appeared in two- piece in all of them. But seems like we won’t be seeing anymore of her in such avatar anytime soon, as she has now taken an oath to stay away from scripts that has a repeat factor in them.
Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; May 22, 2013)
Come July, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma will start shooting for Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet. However, the film will not be shot in Mumbai, but in Sri Lanka. Reason being that the skyline of the island city has changed over the decades and the upcoming monsoon could affect the shoot. Apparently, it’s going to cost the producers approximately `22 crore to recreate the Bombay of the 1950s through ’70s, the period in which the story is set.
Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; May 22, 2013)
It was a zip, zap, zoom session from the operating theatre and back for Ranbir Kapoor recently. The actor apparently got a cyst removed from his chest. He was in the hospital for a few hours only and was back to work the next day.
Bollywood makes its dramatic entry into the cricket-underworld-bookie nexus with the arrest of Vindu Dara Singh, as cops probe his close ties with film personalities. Cops say the duo — now under scrutiny — met the Bigg Boss season 3 winner in a five-star hotel, where he was allegedly used as a go-between to place wagers on IPL matches
Vinay Dalvi and Akela (MID-DAY; May 22, 2013)
Sunayana Suresh (BOMBAY TIMES; May 22, 2013)
Actress Surveen Chawla, who was once romantically linked with Sreesanth after pairing with him on a dance reality show, says that she is shocked by the cricketer’s alleged involvement in the spot fixing scandal. “The lure of money can make the sanest people go astray. I wouldn’t be lying if I say that I am sad and disappointed with what Sreesanth did. I’m not going to mince words here, had it been a good friend or an acquaintance, my stand on this issue will be the same,” says Surveen. She adds, “While we are friends, I have not been in touch with him recently. I’ve always seen him as a person who has inspired people from Kerala to take up cricket. I was in Cannes when learned about his arrest; it was shocking.”
BOMBAY TIMES (May 21, 2013)
Yusuf, who has been guarding Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan on his promotional city tours for years, currently has a new assignment. His job is to guard B-Town’s sweetheart Ranbir Kapoor. And, Yusuf felt a sense of deja vu when he accompanied Ranbir to Indore and Kanpur three days ago to promote Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani. A unit source says, “There were around 8,000 people at the Kanpur mall where Ranbir visited and about 1,000 at the Indore hotel booked for his stay. The organisers and Yusuf had a tough time getting the actor into the elevator. The security guard had only experienced something like this when Shah Rukh visited places. And though he was prepared for the mayhem because of his past experience of guarding SRK, there was a brief moment when he was taken aback seeing the impact RK Jr had on the cities. Not even the sweltering heat and the dust caused by the posse of vehicles that wheeled in because of the film unit’s presence could deter the people from crowding there to catch a glimpse of the Kapoor scion. And, Yusuf stood like a rock around the star.”
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; May 20, 2013)
They are practically neighbours in Bandra Bandstand where both the actors reside. And looks like Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan were not many kilometers apart even while they were shooting for their respective films till recently. Sources say both the stars were in Goa till about two days back.
MUMBAI MIRROR (May 20, 2013)
It’s a wrap for Milan Luthria’s Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Again, with the film having reached dubbing stage. Spotted in the studio were lead actors Akshay Kumar and Imran Khan; Akshay in a khaki pathani and Imran in jeans and a white vest. Akshay, whose character is modelled on the lines of Dawood Ibrahim, is togged up in pathani suits for the most part of the film. For many years now, the actor has been dressing for his part, even while dubbing. Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Again is slated to hit screens on August 8, the same day Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Chennai Express is scheduled for release.
Producer Ratan Jain says it may take some time before he starts with the project
Agencies (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 20, 2013)
Seema Sinha (BOMBAY TIMES; May 20, 2013)
RANBIR ON DEEPIKA
Subhash K Jha (DNA; May 20, 2013)
Producer Siddhartha Jain has acquired a reputation for out-of-the-box movies with wacky titles. Bloody Veer, Disco Valley (subtitled Sex Drugs Aur Chutiyaapa), Doll Tewari, Jaa Chudail Jaa, Kinky Aur Pinky, Bollywood Striptease, Size Zero and The B-Grade Movie are some of his upcoming films.
Now Jain’s iRock Films is all set to out-do itself in the field of wacky titles and themes. Their new film is entitled Saxxxkidukaan.com.
The film is about a sex-toy shop in the heart of a newly developed industrial city like Gurgaon in Haryana. And the toys, hold your breath, would be the real stuff imported from Scandinavian countries and Europe. Says Jain, “There is a virtual explosion of sex-related activities and merchandise in the neo-affluent sections of society. My film is about a shop selling sex toys.”
Eventually Jain intends to introduce sex toys stores in India. And Jain intends to make the store as well-stacked as possible. The temptations in the sex-toy shop would all be imported from countries such as Sweden and Mexico where sex-related merchandise is booming business.
MID-DAY (May 20, 2013)
If we didn’t know enough about how Badmaash Babli is (Priyanka Chopra’s first-ever item number), imagine having to study about her in school books.
BOMBAY TIMES (May 19, 2013)
Akshay Kumar has a way of patronising his heroines by giving them multiple projects. If you check his past and present screen records, you’ll notice that the actor has a tendency to repeat his heroines till they get married or move on. Raveena Tandon, Shilpa Shetty, Twinkle Khanna, Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif have done multiple films with him. But his current favourite is Sonakshi Sinha. Sona, unlike the other girls whose career graphs Akshay has rewritten to a large extent, was already a blockbuster heroine because of her debut with Bollywood’s superhero Salman Khan in Dabangg (2010). Yet, it is Akki who is responsible for giving her some amazing breaks. He signed her for Rowdy Rathore and Joker almost simultaneously, gave her a song in his home-production OMG Oh My God and was also happy to have her included as the heroine in two of his hottest projects — Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again and the Thuppaki remake. From the looks of it, the Akshay-Sona jodi may outlive his hit pairing with Katrina too.
DNA (May 19, 2013)
Ranbir Kapoor, who recently shot for a special number with Madhuri Dixit for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani talks about his crush on her in a candid conversation with Karan Johar on HISTORY TV18’s Bollywood@100. Ranbir confesses, “I have always been an ardent admirer of Madhuri and her sex appeal is beyond compare to any current actresses.”
Meena Iyer and Renuka Vyavahare (BOMBAY TIMES; May 18, 2013)
DNA (May 18, 2013)
When Hrithik Roshan had dropped in to meet Dutt at his home immediately after his sentence was announced, he bumped into many actors there. Ajay Devgn and Mahesh Bhatt who were also present, were garnering support for Dutt. They were urging Sanju’s pals to speak up for him. When Bhatt asked Hrithik if he would show his support for his Agneepath co-star Sanju, in front of the TV crews, Duggu immediately said yes. Ajay, who was scheduled to talk to the channels the following day told him that he would call him to inform him of the venue and the timing. But the next day Hrithik remained unavailable to give bytes to the channels. Says an insider, “The venue was fixed at Devgn’s office (a few minutes away from Hrithik’s Juhu home). but there was no response from the Krrrish 3 actor. After many calls, Ajay received a message from one of Hrithik’s staffer that the actor was unable to attend as he had to attend to some other prior commitment!” Perhaps the actor who is known for approaching things in a very correct manner, didn’t want to make a statement on a judgement passed by the honourable court. But Dutt’s friends and family took notice of this ‘rebuff’.
Mahesh Bhatt (BOMBAY TIMES; May 18, 2013)
Bharati Dubey (BOMBAY TIMES; May 17, 2013)