Monday, 14 May 2012

Rowdy Rathore' is the perfect comeback: Akshay Kumar

) "Rowdy Rathore" will be Akshay Kumar's comeback film into the realm of action and he feels that this might be the perfect opportunity.

"I think this the perfect comeback. What is better than the guy who wanted such a good action film, is not directing 'Rowdy Rathore'. Prabhu has action and more action. His mind is full of action and he choreographs action," he said Saturday, referring to the film's director Prabhu Deva.

Both Akshay Kumar and his co-star Sonakshi Sinhasaid that they wouldlove to ride auto- rickshaws on the streets of Mumbai.

At a promotional event, the stars were made to travel in a vehicle next to an auto rickshaw race organised by the team.

"I was asked to stand in the jeep. Whatever has been told to me I will do. When I was sitting in the jeep I said many times that give me also the auto rickshaw to ride. Maybe the reason was that I don't even have a license to drive an auto. You have to follow the rules," Akshay Kumar told reporters.

The film is all set to release on June 1.

Talking about the stress "Rowdy Rathore" has put on him, Akshay Kumar optimistically said: "Every actor is worried about his film. A little stress is always there. But if it doesn't work, the next film will come."

Dressed in a purple top and shocking pink jeans, Akshay looked more rowdy than ever.

"It's not only pink but yellow, red all are rowdy. When I got these clothes for the first time, I was shocked but then I got used to it. A lot of people like to wear such clothes. This is just a character and I would love to play it," he said.

Talking about his "Dabangg" co-star, Akshay was full of praise for Sonakshi.

"Sonakshi is a very simple girl, she works and goes home. She comes on time and goes home. She is very professional. She has never bullied or played pranks on people," he added.

Joker' features in New York Times, Shirish excited (Movie Snippets)

Filmmaker Shirish Kunder is excited to know that his much- anticipated movie "Joker" has featured in New York Times' August movie release schedule.

"'Joker' features in The New York Times movies list. The only Indian film that finds a place in it," tweeted the 38-year-old.

Starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha in lead roles, the film is set to release Aug 31.

"Joker" is being jointly produced by Kunder, Farah's Three's Company and Akshay's Hari Om Entertainment Co.

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'Jism 2' team off to Sri Lanka

After shooting in Delhi and Mumbai, Filmmaker Pooja Bhatt is off to the island nation to shoot the last lap of "Jism 2".

"Off to one of my favourite countries in the world - Sri Lanka and this time I am taking the entire crew of 'Jism 2' with me," Pooja tweeted.

A sequel to 2003 film "Jism", it stars Indo-Canadian porn star Sunny Leone along with Randeep Hooda and Arunoday Singh.

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After 'Gulaal', Abhimanyu excited about 'Upanishad Ganga'

Abhimanyu Singh, who launched into showbiz by Anurag Kashyap in "Gulal", is playing 33 different roles in television show "Upanishad Ganga", which airs on DD.

Kashyap and Abhimanyu met at the Mumbai airport. The former was there to catch a flight to Patna, where he will promote his upcoming film "Gangs of Wasseypur".

When the filmmaker asked him about the serial, Abhimanyu said: "It's an amazing serial and to play 33 roles for a 52 episode serial was like an icing on the cake. And it has been a pleasure working under the guidance of Chandraprakash Dwivedi."

After a gap of almost two decades, Dwivedi has returned to the small screen with "Upanishad Ganga". His last stint on TV was in the successful and popular serial "Chanakya", which used to air in early 1990s

Monday, 7 May 2012

Sonakshi Sinha won’t do wet white-sari scene in ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai 2′

The Dabangg starlet has bagged the role based on gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s alleged love interest, Mandakini in Milan Luthria’s upcoming sequel to Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai. But unlike the Ram Teri Ganga Maili sensation, Sonakshi will not expose

Those who grew up gorging on Raj Kapoor’s films (and enjoyed those titillating skin shows) will clearly remember the yesteryear starlet Mandakini’s wet sari sequence in 1985 movie Ram Teri Ganga Maili. The controversial star had bared her bosom in a flimsy white sari in a scene where she was shown taking a bath under the waterfall.Now, when we hear that Sonakshi Sinha is portraying the character loosely based on Mandakini, in Milan Luthria’s Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai 2 we wondered if the young actor had the guts to bare it all. And just as we thought though Sonkashi has given her nod to the role, she has refused to do those revealing scenes.
Just about a month ago Kangna Ranaut was on the verge of signing up for the role but, much to her dismay, the makers zeroed in on Sonakshi for the lead character opposite Akshay Kumar. Even as Sonakshi gears up to play the scheming moll in the film we noticed an interesting fact. This will be Sonakshi’s third film with Akshay Kumar. She has been cast opposite Akki in Shirish Kunder’s film Joker and also in Prabhu Deva’s directorial venture Rowdy Rathore. With Vikramaditya Motwane’s Lootera opposite Ranveer Singh indefinitely delayed, Once Upon… might become her third consecutive release opposite Akshay. When you have a superstar like Mr Kumar to share the screen space with, you don’t need to do frivolous stunts like bathing under the waterfall to grab eyeballs, do you? And the Dabangg babe is smart enough to know that!

South stars to join Akshay Kumar for Rowdy Rathore promotions

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This film is tailor-made for Akshay sir (Akshay Kumar),” insists Rowdy Rathore director Prabhudheva. He explains why he chose to remake the film in Hindi despite it having been made in Telugu as Vikramarkudu (2006), in Kannada as Veera Madakari (2009) and in Tamil as Siruthai (2011).
“I’ve seen the Tamil and Telugu versions, Ravi Tejaa and Karthi have their unique styles. Akshay sir has his own. There are no comparisons. He’s dynamic. Rowdy Rathore, being an action thriller will stir up the emotions as well because there is always a reason for the fights,” he says.
Co-starring Sonakshi Sinha and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Rowdy Rathore opens on June 1 and as part of the promotions, Prabhudheva plans to host a party with all the Rowdies at the end of May. “It would be fun to get the four Rowdies together at my Chennai home,” he exults.
Interestingly, Bengali cinema’s matinee idol Prosenjit Chatterjee’s Bikram Singha: The Lion Is Back is also reportedly an adaptation of Vikramarkudu and has even used one of the tunes from the hit Telugu track, Jhinta ta jhinta chita. Will he be invited to join the Rowdy party too?
“I don’t know about Prosenjit but I have spoken to Ravi Tejaa, Sudeep (lead actor in the Kannada remake) and Karthi, let’s see. Rowdy Rathore will be the first big film to release after the IPL and we’re excited. We’ve put in a lot of hard work and with God’s grace it will be appreciated,” says Prabhdeva.

Interview: Anushka uncomfortable doing item songs!

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She is just five films old but actor Anushka Sharma has managed to carve a niche for herself in Bollywood. In her four-year-old career, the 23-year-old has already worked with names such as Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar and Shahid Kapoor. During her recent visit to the Capital, where she came to receive an award, the Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Band Baaja Baarat actor cleared air about her working with actor Aamir Khan in Raj Kumar Hirani’s film, why she wouldn’t do an item number, and more.
Anushka speaks...
On film with Raju
There is nothing of that sort at the moment. Whenever there is something, an announcement will be made officially
On item songs
Aap dekhna chahte hai? Nothing excites me enough to do item songs. Other’s might have done a great job on them, but I’m not comfortable right now.
On her next films
I am doing Vishal Bhardwaj’s film, Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, opposite Imran Khan. I’m also doing Yash Chopra’s next, with Shah Rukh and Katrina
On Katrina
Katrina is my senior in the industry, and there is no doubt that I have a lot of respect for her. We both have great roles in Yash Chopra’s next film
On Delhi
I have lovely memories of Delhi. I think I have become a star after doing a film in Delhi. I love Delhi, and I think this is a great time to be here
On big banners
I only work with and look for good scripts and roles. You can’t streamline yourself by sticking to just one production house or one director.
On love
Love should be expressed everyday to people who care for you, not only boyfriend/girlfriend or spouses but even your family and friends

Aamir Khan hailed for campaigning TV show

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MUMBAI: Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan has been lauded for addressing some of India’s darkest social problems after his new television show tackled the taboo subject of female foeticide.
Khan’s show, which had been massively promoted before its debut on Sunday, received near-universal praise from the press and the public for his interviews with women about their harrowing experiences.
The 90-minute programme gripped viewers as Khan, a top actor, producer and director, explored how a preference for male heirs leads to the killing of female foetuses and new-borns.
Khan, using data graphs and maps to make his case, urged the public to help bring about change before an emotional Bollywood-style song at the end of the show ensured maximum appeal to the audience.
The mixture of campaigning social activism and an intimate, personal style on “Satyamev Jayate” (Truth Alone Triumphs) drew comparisons to US chat show host Oprah Winfrey.
“Aamir Khan’s a Desi (Indian) Oprah!” said a headline in Monday’s Hindustan Times, with a piece quoting praise from celebrities and fans after reaction to the show was so strong that its website crashed.
“Aamir Khan’s show can bring a revolution,” tweeted actor and social activist Shabana Azmi, adding the programme “forces us to reexamine ourselves”.
Actress Preity Zinta told her 1.5-million followers: “I love this effort from him and thank him as a Woman!”
Khan is reportedly earning 30 million rupees ($564,000) for each of the 13 episodes in the weekly series, which is airing on the Star network and Doordarshan channels.
“I can only keep the issues in front of everyone. One person cannot improve or bring solutions to an issue,” Aamir told reporters after the show.
The programme has been given a late Sunday morning slot, at a time when Indian families used to watch serials or Hindu epics.
The preference for male children has led to a huge gender imbalance, with India’s 2011 census data showing just 914 girls per 1,000 boys across India — much behind the global benchmark of 952.
Girls are often viewed as a burden in traditional families as they require hefty dowries to be married off.