Monday, 6 February 2012

Spotted: Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan




Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan at a promo shoot at Mehboob Studios for their flick Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu.

Randeep Hooda in a dilemma over getting bald

Randeep Hooda was all set to shave his head for his next flick, Shooter. But then suddenly Heroine came his way.



Now the actor is in a dilemma as he can't flaunt a tonsured head till he finishes shooting for the Kareena Kapoor starrer! Is baal ne bura haal kar diya!

The really dirty picture

HitList offers a delicious bite into the fascinating world of B, C, D and E-Grade films of Bollywood

While Neha Dhupia's famous quote 'sex and SRK sells in Bollywood' holds true for A-Grade-films, there is a blooming parallel industry of B, C, D and E-Grade films that can easily do without any Khan. All they need is a heavy dose of 'erotica and cheap thrills' to get the desired eyeballs.


A still from Miss Lovely

We chat up with a cross section of people a B-Grade-films-enthusiast Aseem Chandaver, the director of Miss Lovely (which pays tribute to C-Grade films) Ashim Ahluwalia, the king of B-Grade-films Kanti Shah, to find out the ABCs of the industry and what makes it such a cult.

What is a B-Grade film?
A B-movie is generally defined as a low budget film that is definitely not art house or pornographic. Ahluwalia, who has spent 10 years researching on this industry says, "It's actually a meaningless term. In its original usage in 1950s America, the term specifically described a film intended for distribution as the unknown; bottom half of a double feature, often in drive-in cinemas. It doesn't mean anything in India except it is often a raunchy film without major stars, although Dharam-ji has appeared in many." According to Chandaver, the evolution of B-Grade films started in 1987 with a film called Raat Ke Andhere Main.

Ahana Deol to design for a cause

Fashion designer Ahana Deol, daughter of veteran actors Hema Malini and Dharmendra, is set to put her design instincts to good use for a cause. She will design for a beauty pageant being organised to help families of martyrs from the Indian army, and underprivileged kids.


The grand finale of the pageant, Indian Princess, will be organised by Sunil Rane, in Mumbai March 9. Ahana, 26, says the cause behind the event propelled her to give her nod.
"It's always an amazing feeling to be part of a wonderful cause and this is the only reason which propelled me to associate with the event. Sunil Rane, who is also a family friend, shared the whole idea behind the event, and I said 'Why not'," Ahana told IANS over phone from Mumbai.
Ahana, who designs under her label Divinorum, who has been selling casual clothes for the past two years. But this will be the first time she will enter the commercial fashion arena through this platform.
"I am designing a gown for the show-stopper who will be among one of the participating girls in the pageant. Also, this is the first time that I am stepping into commercial line with a gown in crochet fabric with lot of rust, olive and green colour splashed on it.
"This will be cocktail gown, which a young girl would generally prefer to wear on an evening outside," she added.
While fashion enthusiasts will only get a glimpse of her new line, the complete collection will be available through her brand Divinorum.
"I am launching a website for my brand in March this year, and my collection also encompasses accessories like eco-friendly bags, scarfs, caps and many other things," she said.
Asked about her plans to participate in any of India's many fashion weeks, she said: "I am open to fashion weeks also, but as I said, I am not much into commercial designing so I will take time to actively be the part of some major fashion events."

Proud to be Indian, tweets Bollywood

Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini and Bipasha Basu used the Republic Day Thursday to assert how proud they are to be Indians. They took to microblogging site Twitter to share their sentiments. 

Amitabh Bachchan: Happy Republic Day to all. 

Hema Malini: Wishing everyone happy 63rd Republic Day... May our nation prosper and shine like the brightest star ever... Jai Hind!

Anupam Kher: Happy Republic Day to all. Hope we keep the fire in us alive and burning for a better India.

Juhi Chawla: Watching the Republic Day parade with my kids!!! Feel so proud to see the diversity and vibrancy of our country and culture! Jai hind!!

R. Madhavan: Happy Republic Day all. PROUD to Be an INDIAN... Saare jaahan se accha hindustan hamara.

Bipasha Basu: This Republic Day, I want my country to be "saare jahaan se achchaa" in true sense! Wish for a peaceful, healthy, literate nation. Happy Republic Day!

Divya Dutta: A very happy Republic Day, dearies! Can hear patriotic songs on speakers... miss watching the parade in Delhi. Remember in school we used to rehearse a month earlier to be in our school batch parading for Republic Day! Ab bhag daur... par one thing unchanged! Proud to be Indian!

Arjan Bajwa: Let's not forget the sacrifice and dedication of those who made it possible for India. Simply singing patriotic songs won't be enough, we need to follow every bit of our constitution, to make India a better place... JAI HIND!

Lara Dutta: Wishing all Indian twitter friends a very Happy Republic Day!

Madhur Bhandarkar: Wishing all a HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY, Jai Hind, Vande Mataram!!

Madhuri Dixit: Happy Republic Day!

Priyanka Chopra: Happy Republic Day everyone!

Abhishek Bachchan: Happy Republic day to all of you.

Vivek Oberoi: Happy Republic Day guys! Not just today but every day let's remember our rights, respect our country & its people and be proud to be INDIAN!

Farhan Akhtar: Wish all Indian tweeples a Happy Republic Day! Jai Hind.

Shreyas Talpade: A very happy Republic Day to all the lovely people.

Shreya Ghoshal: Wish you all a very happy Republic Day!

Shekhar Ravjiani: Happy Republic Day.

Without big stars, one always struggles: Nagesh Kukunoor

Acclaimed filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor understands the importance of casting popular actors in movies for box office success, but says he is not ready to compromise on his casting criteria just for that.

Most of Kukunoor's films -- 'Hyderabad Blues', "Rockford', 'Iqbal' and 'Dor' -- have found critical acclaim, but didn't mint too much moolah. Could it be because he hasn't considered casting A-list actors?

Pic/Nimesh Dave

"It (having big stars) does make a difference you want your film to be seen by the widest audience. No one controls this...If you don't have any of the 10 main actors, then you are always going to struggle to attract an audience. And that's the fight that I am not giving up on," Kukunoor told IANS.

He has worked with actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Shreyas Talpade, Ayesha Takia, Gul Panag and John Abraham. He is confident that until and unless his script demands a superstar, he doesn't need one.

"That's not the goal with what I started making out my films. That was not the idea. Only if the script demands, then I will (cast a star)," he said. Kukunoor has always maintained a variety in his projects, but he doesn't mind repeating his actors.

"I do repeat my actors absolutely. If you have a nice actor, I don't see reason why you have to look out for another," he set the record straight. However, the filmmaker is open to all and sundry. Even after stating that he won't enter the romantic genre, he went ahead and made "Mod", starring Ayesha and Rannvijay Singh. And now he plans to make something completely different.

"In this industry, we say something and do something else. But it's a part of the game. I said I'll never make a love story, but I made one. But one thing I do is don't repeat is my story. Since I've made a love story, I will make something different now," he said.

Awards galore for family, Shabana delighted

Veteran actress Shabana Azmi is delighted to see her family on an award-winning spree.

While she has been conferred the prestigious Padma Bhushan, her step-children Zoya and Farhan Akhtar's 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' is sweeping award functions. "Overwhelming response to my getting the Padma Bhushan. Thank you dear ones for all the warmth and affection. Javed got it four years ago," Shabana wrote on her Twitter page.

Pic/ Yogen Shah

The 61-year-old was named to receive the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award, with legendary actor Dharmendra and filmmaker Mira Nair Wednesday.

However, more than feeling "humbled" for her achievement, she is happier to see Farhan and Zoya winning awards for 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara'. Zoya directed the movie, Farhan acted in it, with Hrithik Roshan and Abhay Deol.

The movie has been winning awards galore.

"ZNMD sweeps Zee Cine Awards and Apsara Awards by Producers Guild... Children's success brings the greatest joy...jeete rahein khush rahein (Live well, and be happy)," she blessed the two, through her tweet.

Prateik flashes his innerwear at an event!

Prateik took wearing his low- waist jeans to a new low by flashing his inner wear at a recent event during a photo call.



By the look on the youngster's face, was it intentional or just a wardrobe malfunction?

Singer Tochi Raina denied entry at awards despite nomination!

Tochi Raina was nominated for Best Singer (Male) at an awards event at Yash Raj Studios for the Saibo track from Shor In The City.



The organisers informed him that as he was on the nominees list, he should attend. An invite would follow. But when it did not reach him till Wednesday -- the day of the awards -- he was told that he would be handed the invite at the venue.

But at the entrance he was not allowed in and the organisers apparently did not bother to care. An upset Tochi then walked off from the venue.

Now, a Punjabi Veer-Zaara

Not only is it the romance of an Indian boy and a Pakistani girl, the characters even have similar sounding names

Almost eight years after Veer-Zaara was released, a new film  with a number of similarities with the Yash Chopra-directed film is doing the rounds However, this is not a Bollywood film, but a Punjabi one.


Rahe Chardi Kala Punjab Di's two protagonists are named
Ranveer and Zeba


Titled Rahe Chardi Kala Punjab Di (RCKPD), the film, much like Veer Zaara, is a love story between a Pakistani girl and an Indian boy. And while the female lead is a politician's daughter in Veera Zara, in the Punjabi film, it's the male lead that is the son of a politician. Even the names of the protagonists sound similar. RCKPD's leads are called Ranveer and Zeba.

When contacted, Sunil Bohra, the distributor of the film, agreed to the similarities. "I took the distribution rights of the film because I loved the music. But now I see a lot of similarities to Veer-Zaara. Not only are they both Indo-Pakistani love stories and their characters' names sound similar, there is even a sequence when the protagonists travel atop a bus, just like in Veer-Zaara."



While Bohra claims that the director of the Punjabi film Supinder Saini has vouched for the film's originality, the distributor says he will not distribute the film if Yash Chopra believes that the film is a copy. "When I asked the director if his film is a copy, he said apart from it being a romance between a Pakistani girl and an Indian boy, everything else in the two films is different." He added, "I haven't seen the full Punjabi film. If it turns out to be too similar, then I won't distribute it. I've a huge regard for Yashraj (Films)."

Yashraj Films, which was unaware about RCKPD until now, is reportedly looking into the matter. RCKPD is expected to release in March.

Shah Rukh Khan assaults film-maker Shirish Kunder

Shah Rukh Khan is said to have punched and slapped film-maker Shirish Kunder last night. Read on for juicy details...
Those who are following Shirish Kunder on a popular micro-blogging site might opine that his tweets against RA.One would irk Shah Rukh Khan.


Shrish Kunder

At the same time, those who disagree would be quick to point out that if the actor can take digs at others, then he should have a sense of humour to accept jibes directed at him as well.

In the early hours of Sunday, SRK retaliated to the director's remarks, not verbally, but physically. It is learnt that SRK slapped and punched Shirish and also commented on the latter's friendship with his archrival and foe, Salman Khan.

Video: Shah Rukh Khan assaults film-maker Shirish Kunder

Video: SRK on the reported brawl with Shirish Kunder


Where it all started:
After Karan Johar's press meet on Friday and Hrithik Roshan's party on Saturday, a bash was hosted for Sanjay Dutt at a popular Juhu nightspot to celebrate his success in the recently released Agneepath.


Shah Rukh Khan

The actor, who's earned rave reviews for his portrayal of the menacing Kancha Cheena in the Karan Malhotra directorial, surely didn't anticipate that it would turn into a battlefield between SRK and Shirish, both of whom were invited. A well-placed industry source tells us that it was past 3.30 am and Shirish was talking to someone about films, particularly RA.One when SRK sauntered in and overheard him.
"Not pleased to hear anything negative about his movies, Shah Rukh confronted Shirish and started hitting him. At the same time, he also said something about Salman being his (Kunder's) friend and that he'd teach him (Salman) a lesson too," recalls our source.

Harsh blows:

Apparently, Baba Dewan, who is Sanjay and Salman's good friend didn't take this comment kindly and tried to reason with SRK.


Sanjay Dutt and Shah Rukh Khan at the party Pics: Yogen Shah

"Seeing Baba Dewan intervene, Sanju too rushed towards them to break up the fight," says our source, adding that soon afterwards, at about 4 am, Shirish walked out, covering his face, which had begun to swell as he had been badly hit. Incidentally, neither Shirish's wife Farah nor SRK's wife Gauri attended this party. "A while after Shirish left, the party ended with Sanjay, SRK, Baba Dewan and their friends too leaving the venue," sums up our informer.

Farah speaks:
On her part, Farah maintained, "Shah Rukh has always told me that physical abuse is the worst way to sort out a problem, and that it means the person who's hitting has either a personal or professional crisis going on. So it saddens me to see him doing the same."


Shirish Kunder with wife Farah Khan. Pic: Satyajit Desai

When contacted, Shirish said that he didn't even realise when SRK walked in. Recollecting being dragged by the hair and pushed on to the couch, he said, "Shah Rukh punched and jumped on me. And he had three bodyguards with him. I don't know what got him. I was numb with shock so I couldn't react. He kept screaming at me, 'What do you think of yourself? I'll see to it that you're out of this industry'."

Shirish's version:

Maintaining that he didn't know what instigated SRK into attacking him, Shirish stated, "I was totally unprepared for this kind of an attack. If I was standing in some area where I would expect some goondaism, I would have been better prepared.


Salman Khan

But this was a classy party. Who would expect someone to jump on you from behind?" The director confirms that Dutt and Baba intervened to stop SRK from attacking. "I walked out of the party after that. He is taking out his personal frustrations on anyone he comes across."

Hitting back:
Angry and upset at the turn of events, Shirish isn't taking this lightly. He thunders, "Next time, I will challenge him (SRK) to come in front of me to fight. I will give it right back to him. Someone please ask him to stop behaving like an old, spineless, frustrated man. He kept telling me go back to your friend and tell him main uski ***** marunga If he has some problem with that friend of mine, why doesn't he have the guts to confront him?"

We tried contacting SRK for his side of the story, but he didn't respond to our text message. However, a friend of the actor-producer said, "Shirish was talking ill about RA.One and kept talking about Salman, which infuriated Shah Rukh. SRK and Sanju asked him to shut up, but he kept talking. So SRK punched him."
Both to be blamed?

Another senior producer pointed that both SRK and Shirish were to be blamed for it. "Shirish had taken digs at RA.One on Twitter, which haven't gone down well with the actor-producer. As for SRK, he has taken potshots at other industry people.

So when someone aims jibes at him, he should be just as sporting as he expects others to be," he said not before concluding that this will further spoil things not only between SRK and Farah, but also between SRK and Salman. Now it remains to be seen how Salman reacts to this fight and the threat directed at him through Shirish.

Flashback: About a year ago, there were reports about Shirish Kunder ignoring Shah Rukh Khan at a party. But apparently, the director had not even spotted the actor-producer. Also, at a recent party for Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D'Souza, SRK got into an argument with Shirish. Fortunately for everyone present, there was no fight.


Ameesha to SRK's rescue
ameesha tweets: Shahrukh is supr rockin.. Good he gave it 2 shirish. people shud learn 2 b grateful to king khan, aftrall he has been so supportive 2 farah.

Ranbir, Vidya best actors at 57th Filmfare awards

Vidya Balan, who painted "The Dirty Picture" in Bollywood last year, and "Rockstar" Ranbir Kapoor picked the best actor trophies at the annual Filmfare awards ceremony here, while "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara" bagged the best film honour.


It was a double whammy for Zoya Akhtar and Ranbir, as the former took home the best director award for "Zindagi...", while the latter was named the best actor in the critics' choice as well.
Priyanka Chopra won the best actress (critics' choice) for her portrayal of a woman who kills her seven husbands in "7 Khoon Maaf". Farhan Akhtar picked the best dialogue award for his snazzy writing for "Zindagi..." The 57th Filmfare awards ceremony was held in Film City here Sunday night.


Celebrities like Bipasha Basu, Madhuri Dixit, Sameera Reddy, Shreya Ghoshal, Onir, Farhan, Zoya, Deepika Padukone, Madhur Bhandarkar, Abhishek Bachchan, Rekha, Raveena Tandon, Anurag Kashyap, Subhash Ghai, Dia Mirza, Aditi Rao Hydari,Sarah Jane Dias and Gauri Khan walked the red carpet.

Imtiaz Ali and Anurag Kashyap bond big time





A birdie chirps to say that Imtiaz Ali and Anurag Kashyap have been bonding big time. The directors have been meeting each other a lot and exchanging creative ideas. Hmmm...What's cooking...some venture?

India experience was awesome: Winfrey

nternational talk show queen Oprah Winfrey describes her India visit as an "awesome" experience.
"...Great to travel, but even greater to back in beautiful USA. India experience was Awesome. Expands your humanity," the 57-year-old posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.


Winfrey, who landed here Jan 16, attended many functions in India including a dinner hosted by socialite Parmeshwar Godrej. She met Bollywood couple Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai's daughter.
She also enthralled literary lovers at the Jaipur Literature Festival and tried to connect to people with her message on education, awareness and women empowerment.

Bipasha changes hair colour goes bold red

Actress Bipasha Basu, who was seen sporting the same hairstyle for ages, has decided to go for change - a deep red hair colour.


"Changed my hair colour from my blondish look to a deep red colour! Quite a change! Can't recognize myself," the 33-year-old shared the information on her micro-blogging site Twitter.
The actress, who is eagerly awaiting her forthcoming film "Jodi Breakers", in which she is paired with R. Madhavan, is also working on "Raaz 3" and the film is set for a July 6 release.
"Well guys today was dedicated for preparation for 'Raaz 3'! Shoot begins... anxious and excited! Very challenging role, totally different from the real me," she wrote.
The movie also stars Emraan Hashmi and Jacqueline Fernandez.

Madhuri to launch her official website

Actress Madhuri Dixit, who has moved here from the US to play a new innings in Bollywood, is working on her official website and plans to launch it soon.

Madhuri Dixit

"Here is first reward... Official Madhuri Dixit website teaser! you can connect now. Looking forward to hearing from you," the 44-year-old posted on her micro-blogging site Twitter.

"Official teaser site is madhuridixit-nene.com! Planning a media rich experience with exclusive content for you! Thank you for your support," she further tweeted.

After hits like "Tezaab", "Ram Lakhan", "Sajan", "Beta", "Dil", "Hum Aapke Hain Koun!", "Dil Toh Pagal Hai" and "Devdas", the Bollywood diva, known for her natural acting talent and graceful dancing, tied the knot in 2002 with Shriram Madhav Nene, a doctor based in Denver and moved there.

Post-marriage, Madhuri worked in just "Aaja Nachle", which didn't do so well but her stint as the judge on dance reality show "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4" allowed her to reconnect with her fans in a big way.

Now she is back in B-town to play another innings.

Spotted: Chitrangada Singh at Mumbai airport




Chitrangada Singh at Mumbai airport on her way back from Bangkok.

Usha Uthup finally gets her due after 42 years

Usha Uthup, who won an award for the first time in 42 years of her singing career, gave an awesome speech at the event.



The versatile actress had everyone moved by the honour she received so late in life at an awards event on Sunday. Keep singing hazaron saal, Usha.

Mallika wears the same dress on two different occasions





Mallika Sherawat wore a familiar looking dress to the Sanjay Dutt Agneepath bash on Sunday. She had earlier worn it at her movie Politics of Love's media briefing in June in Toronto. Gotcha!

Worth the risk

Bollywood could reach greater heights if only it stepped out of its safe cocoon more often

Bollywood never ceases to surprise us. While at some point we feel that it has moved ahead with leaps and bounds, at certain other points it feels like it is rapidly regressing. We have some wish list for Bollywood to help it squirm out of the shackles of ghisa pita formulae and take some risky steps forward...


Leonardo DiCaprio in The 11th Hour
Nurture Indie attempts: Throughout the calendar year, we barely notice any independent work hitting the theatre. This situation can change if big movie banners throw their weight behind these small-budget filmmakers without interfering much in the creative process.
Go Rural: Since the majority of India resides in villages, Hindi cinema can always tap this part of the country for stories. A fully rural-based work like Lagaan, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Swades, Welcome to Sajjanpur, I am Kalam happens far and between. With Peepli Live, Aamir Khan proved that marketing skills makes all the difference at the Box Office.


A still from Peepli [Live]
Desi animation someone?: A majority of the animation we consider worth watching are imported from Hollywood studios. The reason behind this trend is pretty na ve: Our industry can't match their standards nor wish to catch up with them. Intriguingly, Japan's anime industry doesn't ape the West in this regard as they created a niche for themselves with indigenous work like Ponyo, Spirited Away and Akira.
Where are the docus?: We have issues. Lots of them in fact. The reality is that there are documentary-makers out there whose work never hit the theatre due to absence of financial backing. This is precisely where Bollywood stars can step in. They can take a leaf from Leonardo DiCaprio who produced and narrated The 11th Hour. George Clooney did the same with Sand and Sorrow. Matt Damon asked all the grinding questions in the much-acclaimed The Inside Job.


A still from The Artist
Back to black and white: We aren't tired of colours but what's the harm in churning out reels in monochrome or sepia for a change? The world cinema, if not just Hollywood, have done exceptionally well by reliving the good old charm. To boost this argument, flicks like The White Ribbon, Sin City, Good Night, and Good Luck and most recently, The Artist, were appreciated.
Say aye to gay: In the last few years, there have been commendable attempts by some filmmakers to bring homosexual characters to the forefront of screenplay. This trend is worth encouraging. So superstars, drop your inhibitions and say yes to a gay role.
Reclaim the era of silence: Silent cinema was considered to be pass ©. Until The Artist took place. With the kind of reviews it is earning and the number of awards it's picking up, one can safely say that perhaps we need to think twice before calling this genre pass ©. If our memory serves us well, Pushpak (starring Kamal Hassan) set the tone right for modern silent movies in India but unfortunately nobody followed the trail. Maybe it's time.
Work in progress: Western cinema adheres to a concept not yet adopted by ours ” suggestions from peers during the production phase. The producers there conduct trial shows of the movies they're working on to get a better perspective from experts. Why not take off the blinkers and ask an outsider's honest point of view before the release?

Shah Rukh Khan assaults film-maker Shirish Kunder

Shah Rukh Khan is said to have punched and slapped film-maker Shirish Kunder last night. Read on for juicy details...
Those who are following Shirish Kunder on a popular micro-blogging site might opine that his tweets against RA.One would irk Shah Rukh Khan.


Shrish Kunder

At the same time, those who disagree would be quick to point out that if the actor can take digs at others, then he should have a sense of humour to accept jibes directed at him as well.

In the early hours of Sunday, SRK retaliated to the director's remarks, not verbally, but physically. It is learnt that SRK slapped and punched Shirish and also commented on the latter's friendship with his archrival and foe, Salman Khan.

BIGFlix inks deal with UTV for popular titles


BIGFlix, an online movie-on-demand service, Monday announced a licence deal with UTV Motion Pictures to offer some of the popular titles online to movie buffs.


The deal will make available select blockbuster UTV titles like "Jodhaa Akbar", "Wake Up Sid", "Raajneeti", "I Hate Luv Storys", "No One Killed Jessica", "Dev D", "Udaan", "Fashion", "Race", and "Kaminey", to BigFlix plus subscribers.
"Pay per View (PPV) and Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) options on internet platforms like BigFlix is a great way for audiences to watch movies at their convenience.

This is one of our first internet deals in India. BigFlix is one of the first players in this space in India and we are happy to have our movies available for their vast subscriber base," Amrita Pandey, senior vice president (International Distribution and Syndication), UTV Motion Pictures, said in a press statement.
Commenting on the deal, Pankaj Chandra, COO, BigFlicks. Pvt. Ltd, said: "It is our constant endeavour to equip consumers with latest blockbuster movies and our partnership with UTV is a step closer to enhance, strengthen and expand the VOD (video-on-demand) service in India."

Farah sad with SRK-Shirish brawl

Choreographer-filmmaker Farah Khan is upset about a reported brawl between her superstar friend Shah Rukh Khan and her husband Shirish Kunder at a high-profile party here.


The fight is said to have taken place at popular club Aurus during Sanjay Dutt's success party for "Agneepath" Sunday-night-Monday morning.
"Shah Rukh has always told me that physical abuse is the worst way to sort out a problem and that it means the person who is hitting has either a professional or personal crisis going on and it saddens me to see him doing the same," Farah said in an official statement.
As the news about the fight gained momentum, IANS tried contacting Shah Rukh's official spokesperson for a comment, but had not received any response so far.
However, Kunder took to Twitter to clarify that he is not planning to file any official complaint in this regard.
"Thanks for all your concern and wishes. We are very grateful. Contrary to rumours, we have no intention of filing an FIR or police complaint," tweeted Kunder.
Apparently, while guests were having a ball, at around 4.30 a.m., Shah Rukh entered the venue straight after the Filmfare awards with three of his bodyguards. According to eyewitnesses, he headed towards Kunder and roughed him up.
"We didn't know what was happening. We saw SRK enter. Then we saw him head towards Shirish from behind the director. SRK pulled Shirish down to the ground by his long hair. We were all shocked. We had never seen SRK behave this way before," said an eyewitness.
"Before anyone could react, Baba Dewan, the owner of Aurus, ran in and intervened. SRK told Dewan to keep out. Dewan said the place belonged to him and he must intervene. The fight would've been prolonged had Sanjay Dutt not pulled SRK away from the ugly scene," the eyewitness added.
Kunder apparently left immediately.
Kunder's wife Farah Khan was one of Shah Rukh's closest friends but they fell out a year back. Farah, who was shooting all night for Bela Sehgal's "Shirin Farhad Ki Nikal Padi", got to know of the fight only when she returned home in the morning.

Top Bollywood music arranger Anil Mohile dead

Renowned music arranger Anil Mohile passed away at his Mumbai residence Wednesday morning, a family friend said. He was 71.

He is survived by his wife, a daughter and son Amar, also a composer and music arranger.

Mohile suffered a massive heart attack around 2.30 a.m. this morning. He breathed his last shortly afterwards at the Andheri west residence of his son, the friend said.

A favourite with top Bollywood music directors, Mohile arranged music for around 85 Hindi and Marathi movies, including Amitabh Bachchan starrers like "Sharaabi" and "Don". Son Amar followed in his father's footsteps with music arrangement for the recent blockbuster, "Singham".

Mohile also arranged the music and orchestra at stage shows in national and international concerts by top singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle and others.

This Italian writer has an Aishwarya connection

The Taj Mahal, actress Aishwarya Rai and Alexander the Great bind famous Italian archaeologist-historian, television presenter and novelist Valerio Massimo Manfredi to India - a country whose heritage he finds iconic.
Manfredi is the author of "The Last Legion", a 2007 Hollywood production starring Colin Firth, Aishwarya and Ben Kingsley.


"My character of the leading lady (played by Aishwarya) was totally different. She was from a village but Aishwarya was totally different. She was the lover of the protagonist ¦but she acted as if the film was for kids," Manfredi told IANS here.
The film tells the story of emperor Romulus Augustus' journey to Britain in search of loyal legionaires to take on the "barbarian" invaders. The writer ended up befriending Firth, could not get around to meeting Ben Kingsley and was struck by Aishwarya's eyes.
"She has such strong expressive and beautiful eyes. Some little expression of love would have made the film more different. The editing was so much like a video game, so many passages were missing...I am not criticising," Manfredi said.
Memories of "The Last Legion" make Manfredi introspective.
"I have noticed that everybody who has not read the book liked the film and those who read the book did not like the movie. This is very usual because they are two different kinds of expression. While the book uses words, cinema uses images," Manfredi said.
When a novel of "almost 500 pages has to be squeezed into a 90-page screenplay and then reduced to 50 on the computer screen, it becomes 1/10th of the original work", Manfredi said.
The writer was in India to launch the Indian editions of his Alexander trilogy, a series for which he is known the world over. The books, "Child of a Dream", "The Sands of Ammon" and "The Ends of the Earth" (Pan Macmillan) are historical interpretations of the conquerers' life painted on a canvas of facts and fiction. The trilogy has been translated in 34 languages in 55 countries.
Manfredi was also deeply moved by the Taj.
"I was here three years ago to shoot my programme for Italian television. It was a cultural programme about the Mughal empire. I loved the Taj Mahal. It was a masterpiece - very classic and very beautiful. The green gardens and the mausoleum are so imposing. It reminds me of the Renaissance...," Manfredi told IANS.
"It is an image that is almost an icon of India," he said.
He is the author of nearly 20 historical novels, several essays on history and archaeology and two screenplays, "The Inquiry" and "The Memoirs of the Hadrian". Another of his novels, "Tower of the First Born", has also been made into a movie.
"You must be prepared for a lot of cuts. Some are painful cuts but in the end it is a fanstastic experience. In my imagination, I had cast the characters in a different way...when you meet the people you realise they have their own flesh, expression and their body," Manfredi said.
But it is Alexander that lights up Manfredi's face. "He was the great because he was thinking great. Alexander went over the logic of the conqueror and the vanquished," Manfredi said.
Manfredi relies on his American wife to translate his books.
"I am in the seventh chapter of by new book. It is an epic set in the 1900s," the writer said. Manfredi is also working on a big project about India which "he will announce in a few months".
The writer is famous for his "route to the Trophy of the 10,000", a historical site associated with the march of an ancient Greek army of mercenaries near the Black Sea off Turkish coast. Manfredi had retraced the journey with a British archaeologist.

Isha Koppikar plans to open a chain of restaurants

Isha Koppikar will be shortly leaving for the US for about two months to learn the ropes of the hospitality business.



The actress plans to open a chain of restaurants across the country, in tradition with her in-laws (Narang) family business. Chalo an actress-turned-restaurateur.

Why Gauri Khan stayed away

A panchchi chirps to say that Gauri Khan preferred to skip the awards event on Sunday and the bash for Sanjay Dutt the same night.



The star wife wanted to be away from all the negativity and wild speculations doing the rounds. Wonder what would have happened if she had accompanied SRK to the Dutt bash?

PS: She was present at Hrithik Roshan's bash on Saturday... but then Duggu and Sussanne are her buddies, no?

Emraan Hashmi bans Mahesh Bhatt

The actor has requested his uncle and mentor to stay off the sets of his next
Emraan Hashmi has banned Mahesh Bhatt from coming on the sets of Raaz 3: The Third Dimension, especially during the shoot of the climax scene. Reason: He fears that his uncle cum mentor who is a compulsive tweeter may write something about the climax of the film and reveal the suspense.



A source close to Emraan says, "Raaz 3 is the Bhatt's much-anticipated next. It is also the homecoming of Vikram Bhatt who directed the first film in the trilogy. Since it's a horror mystery, Emraan and Vikram are extra careful about keeping things under wraps."

The source adds, "Emraan is well aware of his uncle's habit of tweeting anything and everything. In the past too Bhatt has tweeted stuff about his movies that was not supposed to be revealed.

This time Emraan doesn't want to take any chance. So as a precautionary measure he has requested his uncle to stay away from the sets."

The actor confirms, "We have to be extra cautious because we are shooting a horror film with elements of suspense. Like how other people are trigger happy, Bhatt saab is tweet happy. And if he tweets something which is not supposed to be revealed it can spoil the suspense.

We have requested him to keep his habit under check. So that we can shoot in peace without worrying." How has the Bhatt Sr responded to the instruction? "Very sportingly! He understands it perfectly."

What was Priyanka talking about?

Shah Rukh Khan and the actress were spotted deep in conversation before he and Shirish Kunder clashed

There's more from Bollywood's current biggest talking point the bash that turned into a battlefield for Shah Rukh Khan and Shirish Kunder. And it involves Priyanka Chopra!


Priyanka Chopra at the bash in honour of Sanjay Dutt

Apparently at the party thrown to celebrate Sanjay Dutt's Agneepath success, SRK and PC spent some time together alone. The two sat for a while in a corner table. As it was in the wee hours, a lot of guests had left the bash.

And those who were around let them  have a quiet table to themselves. But in the wake of the buzz about PC and SRK's close bonding, onlookers noticed the duo all by themselves. Later PC  left and after a while the SRK-Shirish fracas occured.

Both the stars had arrived at the Juhu nightspot after attending an awards event. They arrived separately. But once at the venue, King Khan and Piggy Chops chatted animatedly for a while.

Says a source, "They spoke at least for 15 minutes. As they had arrived only after 3.30 am, many guests had left. And those who were still around preferred to keep a distance from their table."


Sanjay Dutt and Shah Rukh Khan at the party

Adds the source, "It appeared that both were in deep conversation. Later they both got up, exchanged pleasantries with the rest and  Priyanka left the venue while SRK remained."

Though there has been buzz  that PC was present when the SRK-Shirish incident occurred, the source maintains that the actress had stepped out by then.

"What transpired between the actress and Shah Rukh is not known but it appeared that they had lots to talk about," maintains the source. So what was it that PC told SRK? The mystery continues.

Katrina has overpowered other actresses: Shakti Kapoor

Katrina Kaif is being showered with praise for her "Chikni Chameli" item number in "Agneepath" and Shakti Kapoor says it is her hard work that has helped her reach this position in the industry.


"To come to this situation of power as an actor requires hard work and the same goes for Katrina. Look at her, a girl coming from London and she has overpowered all the other heroines in the country. It's only her hard work and I wish her all the best," Shakti said here at an event.
Shakti, 59, was recently seen in "Bigg Boss 5" and his last film was "Bin Bulaye Baraati".

Of blows and bashings

A lot many times stars have lost their poise to display an ugly and violent side to them... We count the slaps and punches while going down the memory lane...

While the brawl between Shah Rukh Khan and Shirish Kunder has already become national news, we take a look at some of the famous fights in B-Town that created huge buzz in the industry.

Bollywood stars who are at their best behaviour most often have lost their cool, too, on certain occasions and have got into ugly fights.


Salman Khan's famous fights with SRK, Vivek Oberoi and John Abraham
The bad boy of Bollywood, Salman Khan is notorious for losing his cool at the drop of a hat. He has got into verbal spats and brawls with co-stars, fans and even the media. His feuds with John Abraham and Vivek Oberoi have made headlines. At Katrina Kaif's birthday bash in 2008, Salman had his most infamous spat with Shah Rukh. And since then the two haven't seen eye-to-eye. Salman even fought with Bunty Walia at Maanayata Dutt's birthday party in 2011. Apart from getting into a fistfight with shutterbugs trying to click Katrina Kaif, he was also in the news recently for slapping a fan at Anil Kapoor's birthday party.



Shah Rukh Khan: SRK had a fall-out with his best friend Farah Khan before the making of Tees Maar Khan and there is now trouble brewing between him and Arjun Rampal too. However, the actor has rarely got into a brawl barring the latest incident with Shirish Kunder and a scuffle with producer Mozez Singh at Sanjay Kapoor's party last year.



Govinda: He slapped a fan on the sets of Money Hai to Honey Hai in 2008. According to the actor's secretary, the miscreant had been misbehaving with the staff and kicking the actor's chair in between shots.



Sanjay Dutt: Under the influence of alcohol, Sanjay Dutt lost his cool when his fans tried to click his pictures at a Mumbai hotel in 2005. Both the parties almost came to blows, before Sanju was whisked away.



Aditya Pancholi: Kangna Ranaut who had an alleged affair with him later accused him of physically abusing her. He had earlier been arrested for slapping a constable in 1996.



John Abraham: He lost his temper when some guys made a nasty pass at then girlfriend Bipasha Basu in a Mumbai nightspot in March 2003. John reportedly thrashed the men till the pub management stepped in.



Abhishek Bachchan: He had apparently damaged a photojournalist's camera while shooting for Bas Itna Sa Khwab Hai in Delhi. This spat apparently happened when Abhi tried defending the producer's sister on the streets of the capital. A case was filed and later withdrawn when Bachchan Sr sent money to the photographer to buy new equipment.



Zayed Khan: In early 2004, Zayed reportedly bashed up two NRIs for trying to gatecrash his friend and co-star Esha Deol's birthday party. He also got into a spat with DJ Ryan, at a Worli nightspot owned by his brother-in-law, DJ Aqueel.



Sohail Khan: He roughed up Kirron and Anupam Kher's son Sikander Kher after he passed an unsavoury comment about brother Salman in December 2005.



Sunny Deol: He got into an ugly spat last year with the director of Yamla Pagla Deewana, Samir Karnik when the latter made a snide remark about Sunny's relationship with Dimple Kapadia at the bash held at the Deol residence. Consequently, Samir is no longer a part of the film's sequel.



Adnan Sami: Singer Adnan Sami, who made headlines due to the fight with his wife, got into a spat with the son of a top cop at the trial show for the Shahid-Genelia starrer Chance Pe Dance.

Famous fights from yesteryears

Zeenat Aman
who apparently had a torrid affair with Sanjay Khan, was assaulted by him and his wife Zarine Khan at a party.

Dharmendra
once in a fit of rage bashed up a journalist. He later expressed regret.

Anupam Kher
had infamously slapped a magazine journalist on the sets of Parampara in Pune.

Once Saif Ali Khan and his former wife Amrita Singh had bashed up a female journalist who had interviewed the actress about her alleged affair with Amitabh Bachchan.