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Loads of time before a wedding happens: Bipasha Basu
By Subhash K. Jha,
Mumbai, Nov 30 Bipasha Basu, whose recently released "Dhoom 2"
is making waves at the box office, is in no hurry to tie the
knot with beau John Abraham and says she is too scared to think
about having her own children right now.
"I love kids. But right now my nephew, whose parents are setting
up house in Mumbai, is staying with me. And I'm scar-r-r-e-d to
even think about having my own kids. Right now, parenthood seems
like the most difficult job in the world. I've told my sister,
my nephew is enough. I don't think I can have a child of my own
for a long time," Bipasha told IANS in an interview.
Tell her that John hopes to make loads of money to pay for their
wedding and honeymoon and the actress smirks.
"Oh please! I don't believe in lavish weddings. It's a criminal
waste of money to call so many people who are genuinely not
interested in my life. Better to invite only my genuine circle
of friends. However, there's loads of time before the wedding
happens. And trust me, everyone will know when it happens."
Bipasha had recently been to Toronto and returned as a richer
person as she found a good woman friend.
"After ages I have made a really close friend. She's actually
John's friend. But after a long time I have made truly good
female friends with whom I can remain connected without a sense
of rivalry. One can't do that in Bollywood."
The actress misses her hometown
"I enjoy my vacations there. But I can't live there. Of course,
puja in Mumbai isn't quite the same as Kolkata. So, I don't miss
having my family around. But yes, I did enjoy puja in Kolkata
earlier. Now it gets too crowded and my dad gets tired. The
crowds are uncontrollable. So it's no longer fun.
"But now I've my entire family in Mumbai, including my elder
sister whose husband has just got a job transfer from Bangalore.
So, my entire family lives just a stone's throw away from where
Bipasha grows reflective.
"As you grow older you really look for your roots. At 17, I felt
great travelling alone and making my way around the world. But
then family begins to catch up. I've been away from them for too
long. I need my family close to me, specially since I don't
allow too many people to come into my inner circle."
A new development in Bipasha's life - she has been, in her
words, rewarding herself with vacations.
"For years it was just New Year. But now I indulge myself on
holidays when I feel like. Recently, I went to Toronto Film
Festival with John. It was a lovely experience. Toronto is such
a beautiful city. I had been there earlier for work only. Of
course, I went because I got to spend quality time with John.
But I got a chance to make some genuinely great friends in
About her rather ugly run-in with the Independence Day parade in
New Jersey, Bipasha says being harassed isn't peculiar to
"Because we're celebrities such incidents get played up. But
funny things happen to women all the time, whether we admit it
or not. And those who think such things happen only to me
because of the image that I have, I question their intelligence
level. These things could happen to anybody, yaar. It's life."
As far as her acting assignments are concerned, she has some
good projects in her kitty.
"I've two films with Abbas-Mastan, one with Sanjay Dutt and
Ajay, which is almost complete, the other with Saif, which will
start soon. There're three other offers that I'm considering
"There're 20 other offers which I could've taken up at this time
of my career. But I don't want to. It isn't necessary to work
every single day of the year. I don't want to have 11-12 trashy
releases per year.
"Whatever is offered is not what I'm always happy with. Now I'm
looking forward to going beyond 'Dhoom 2', spending time with my
family, my boyfriend and just relaxing."
Anurag Basu raves about Shiney and Kangana
By Swati R. Chaudhary,
Mumbai, Well-known filmmakers Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt recently
celebrated the silver jubilee of "Gangster - A Love Story" and
the home video launch of "Woh Lamhe", both starring Shiney Ahuja
and Kangana Ranaut in lead roles.
Director Anurag Basu is more than happy for Shiney and Kangana
who have successfully proved their mettle as actors, reports
"They have performed amazingly well. They are growing as actors
and the industry ought to benefit from them. They have improved
a lot and I think their performance in 'Woh Lamhe' is better
than 'Gangster'. They are improvising and only getting better,"
said Basu effusively.
He again directs the duo in "Metro", which also has Shilpa
Shetty, Kay Kay Menon, Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma and
Shiney's upcoming films include Sudhir Mishra's "Khoya Khoya
Chand" and Priyadarshan's "Chandramukhi" while Kangana has
Suneel Dashan's "Shakalaka Boom Boom" and a three-film deal with
Isha Koppikar - Bollywood's new style icon
The very stylish "Don - The Chase Begins" had Isha Koppikar
flaunting her glam quotient; nonetheless she has her own style
Isha is not the one to follow trends blindly but believes in
creating trends. She thinks style is not just restricted to
clothing and fashion, reports Bollywood Trade.
"Style is more about comfort and clothes that suit you. What
looks good on a mannequin may not necessarily look good on
someone. Moreover, it's not only about the way one dresses up,
the way you carry yourself, the way you talk, walk etc also
matter a lot. It's in one's persona and is basically about
exuding confidence and attitude," Isha waxes eloquent.
A self-confessed simple woman, Ishaa does get lethargic at
times. "I am not overly bothered about what I wear but since we
are under the scanner, one cannot afford to be completely lax
She works out and eats healthy to stay trim. "I exercise five
times a week and follow a balanced diet, though I did indulge in
sweets this Diwali. I was dying to please my taste buds."
I'm not overly selective about films, insists Boman
Be it the disgruntled dean in "Munnabhai M.B.B.S.", the
unyielding Jahangir Hayaat Khan in "Veer-Zaara" or the
mysterious DCP D'Silva in "Don - The Chase Begins", the very
versatile Boman Irani manages to pull off every role with élan.
"Munnabhai M.B.B.S." undoubtedly catapulted him into limelight
and he has been inundated with an avalanche of offers since
then. So, is he now meticulously weighing the pros and cons
before signing films?
"I tried to be as selective as possible. You cannot do every
film that comes your way. Moreover, it's physically not
possible. Having said that, I also feel that one cannot afford
to be too choosy either. So, I am not being overly selective
about films," said Boman.
He recently returned from New York where "Lage Raho..." was
screened and is truly overjoyed with the response, reports
"It was one of the very proud moments in my career. The credit
goes to Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra. It was heart
warming to see the audience connect with the film. People were
laughing and crying. It was quite an experience. How I wish it
had gone to Oscars," he enthused.
Boman, who will be seen in "Eklavya" and "Honeymoon Travels Pvt
Ltd", feels that the script is the real hero of a film. "I am
not looking forward to 'specific' roles. The script has to move
Karisma denies comeback rumour
By Subhash K. Jha,
Mumbai, Rumours of actress Karisma Kapoor's return keep
surfacing through one project or another. The latest was a press
release, which claimed that Karisma had agreed to be in director
Onir's next film "You & I".
But the actress, who quit acting after tying the knot with
Delhi-based businessman Sanjay Kapoor, strongly denies the
"All these are just rumours. I haven't signed any film
officially. Yes, I've been hearing a lot of scripts. But that's
about it," Karisma told IANS.
Some time ago there was talk Karisma, who has showcased her
versatility in films like "Raja Hindustani", "Zubeida" and "Dil
To Pagal Hai", was returning to cinema with Ram Gopal Varma's "Sholay",
a rumour that both the actress and the filmmaker strongly
Earlier, she was supposed to serve as a judge on the dance
contest "Jhalak Dikhla Jaa". However, the price she asked for
put the show's sponsors off and sent them scampering to Shilpa
So, until her expectations from a renewed career are met by a
vehicle she chooses, Karisma is happy being a wife and mother.
The KBC mantle passes on to Shah Rukh
By Subhash K. Jha,
Mumbai, STAR CEO Samir Nair is confident that superstar Shah
Rukh Khan will step into Amitabh Bachchan's shoes with ease when
he takes over as the new host of "Kaun Banega Crorepati" (KBC),
which goes on air from mid-January next year.
"I think Shah Rukh will do a fantastic job. He'll bring his own
unique charm to the show. Like Mr. Bachchan, Shah Rukh is smart
"We all remember the celebrity episode on KBC which he did. It
was one of our best episodes. He brought his own encyclopaedia,
did his research and almost won the crore. He'll bring a new
spin to the show," Nair told IANS.
Amitabh, who not only hosted the first two innings of KBC, but
also spearheaded the channel's movement towards TRP-topping
manoeuvres that have stood the channel in good stead for over
five years, is no longer going to be seen in the host's seat.
Nair attributes this startling change of guard to the original
host's busy schedules.
"We pursued Mr. Bachchan for months. But he didn't seem to be
very enthusiastic. In the meantime we acquired KBC rights in the
season-format for years whereby we had to have the show on air
for 52 episodes every year, or our rights lapsed. We just had to
take a call.
"In the light of Mr. Bachchan's response, we had no choice but
to think of someone else who was capable of taking on the
Shah Rukh is apparently very kicked by the game show.
"We were in talks from early November. In 2003, when KBC broke
and there was talk that Mr. Bachchan might not do it, we had
approached Shah Rukh. But nothing came of it.
"This time when we spoke to him in October he gave us dates
immediately in January. It was our good fortune, good planning.
We start telecast in mid-Jan, four times a week."
There seems to be a hurry to go on air.
"It's very simple. We do it before or after the World Cup. We're
doing it before. I've a window of opportunity available now, why
not? So, the question, will anyone be able to live up to Mr.
Bachchan's reputation on the host's seat? I don't think we need
to compare the two. It's like James Bond. You can't compare Sean
Connery with Daniel Craig, or the two Dons."
STAR hopes to cultivate a new breed of viewership.
"We're forever indebted to Mr. Bachchan for doing KBC and
legitimising our channel per se. He made it all happen. Now the
mantle passes on. And no one better to take it on than Shah Rukh
Khan who interestingly enough comes from television (he did
serials on Doordarshan before films). He has a soft corner for
"As satellite television in India moves forward, we need someone
like Shah Rukh to take that movement forward. I'm very kicked.
I've always been a super-fan of Mr. Bachchan. We at STAR spoke
to him about renewing KBC. But after a point we had to respect
his wishes. To be honest, Shah Rukh asked me if he doesn't do
KBC, then what. I told him, then we would have a problem."
There will be no radical change in the show.
"Same lifelines, same Rs.2-crore prize money and the set remains
the same," assures Samir.
Finally, what sort of fee has exchanged hands?
"It's adequate," laughs Nair.
As adequate as it was for Mr. Bachchan? "Yes, more than
adequate," comes the reply.
Bollywood fare 'Omkara', 'Khosla Ka Ghosla' for Pakistan fest
Islamabad, Bollywood will make its presence felt at Pakistan's
prestigious Kara Film Festival this year with "Omkara", "Khosla
Ka Ghosla" and "Woh Lamhe".
Actors of "Omkara" - Ajay Devgun, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor
and Konkana Sen Sharma - and Anupam Kher, director of "Khosla Ka
Ghosla", will attend the festival that kicks off Dec 7 in
Karachi. It is being held for the sixth year running in the
The festival has been aptly titled "Tamanna ka Chhatta Qadam"
(The sixth step of desire), as a Ghalib-inspired metaphorical
allusion to the sixth leg of the city's unique festival, which
aims to promote cinematic creativity in Pakistan, The Daily
Both Kher and Mahesh Bhatt, who has written "Woh Lamhe", a
self-confessed account of his relationship with the late actress
Parveen Babi, are familiar figures on the Pakistan film fest
The festival will show "The Road to Guantanamo", winner of the
Silver Bear award at the Berlin film festival, which looks into
the lives of British-Pakistanis held at the infamous prison on
charges of terrorism.
There will also be a Pakistani short documentary, "Mukhtar Mai:
Struggle for Justice", directed and produced by Beena Sarwar. It
tells the story of Mai, a woman in rural Punjab who was
gang-raped on the orders of tribal village heads for a crime her
younger brother allegedly committed in 2002. Rather than keep
quiet, as is the norm in Pakistan, she knocked at the doors of
justice. An internationally known name among human rights
organisations, Mai was named a "World Hero" by Time Magazine
The prominent international current affairs documentaries will
include former American vice president Al Gore's "An
Inconvenient Truth", a troubling look into the future
possibilities of a global environmental catastrophe.
The festival will also include a retrospective on French
filmmaker Francois Truffaut, of "Les Quatre Cent Coups" (400
Blows) fame, a tribute to critically acclaimed Iranian director
Jafar Panahi and a spotlight on Jamil Dehlavi, a filmmaker of
There is no Basanti in this 'Sholay': Nisha Kothari
By Shweta Thakur,
New Delhi, Ram Gopal Varma's latest muse Nisha Kothari, who
plays a motor-mouthed village belle in his "Sholay" remake, says
"there is no Basanti" in this film.
"Ghungroo is a totally different character from Basanti. There
is nothing that I can take from the yesteryears' 'Sholay'. In
fact, I will say there is no Basanti in this film," Nisha told
In Ramesh Sippy's "Sholay", Hema Malini played the role of a
tonga driver called Basanti but Varma's version has an auto
rickshaw driver in Nisha.
"Ghungroo is an auto rickshaw wali (auto rickshaw driver) and
the name of her auto is Laila. She is very arrogant and carries
loads of attitude. She smokes a beedi and constantly tries to
prove herself as a man. She is the one who is taking care of her
parents," adds Nisha.
For Nisha the experience of driving a three-wheeler was very
exciting. "I learnt driving the auto from an auto-driver. It was
scary but at the same time a very funny experience."
"I go for dance classes in the morning and prefer commuting by
auto. That interaction with the auto rickshaw drivers helped me
a lot," she adds.
While a number of controversies lurk around Varma's "Sholay",
the young actress who is trying to make her presence felt in the
Hindi film industry, says there is nothing wrong with making
"When we talk about a classic, it is impossible to make it
again. Even today, if you see "Sholay", you will find the movie
and the characters so young. But it is the love that you have
for the movie that encourages you to retell the same story
again. And there is nothing wrong in paying tribute to a movie
by remaking it."
Nisha, who completed some part of her education in Kolkata, is
not averse to acting in Bengali films.
"Not now, but if the script is good I will definitely do Bengali
films," said Nisha, who has signed a Telugu film as well.
Her next release is director Manish Srivastav's "Go", in which
Nisha will be seen with debutant actor Gautam. Varma's
production firm - Factory - has produced the film.
"In 'Go' I am playing the role of a teenage girl Vasundhara. She
is a very innocent and funny girl who has a boyfriend (Gautam)
but she is so immature that she doesn't remember saying I love
you even once to him in the entire movie.
"Even if she is in some trouble, she doesn't understand the
gravity of situation and laughs it off. I will say she is a
little cracked," adds Nisha.
Shah Rukh to be honoured at Dubai film fest
Indo-Asian News Service
New Delhi, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, whose
recent release "Don - The Chase Begins" did good business in the
Gulf region, will be honoured for his outstanding contribution
to cinema at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF)
starting Dec 10.
Shah Rukh will be honoured at the Salutes programme of DIFF,
which is a retrospective tribute celebrating the work of
distinguished filmmakers from Asia, the Arab world and
Along with the Indian actor, Oscar winning director Oliver Stone
and Syrian filmmaker Nabil el-Maleh would also be honoured at
the week-long festival, reports bahraintribune.com
"Within three years, DIFF has come a long way in capturing the
attention, participation and awareness of the regional and
international film industry. The presence of these legends will
confirm the festival as a forum that celebrates milestone
cinema," said Abdulhamid Juma, chairman of DIFF.
Last year in the Spotlight segment, Oscar-winning American actor
Morgan Freeman, Egyptian "king of comedy" Adel Imam and Indian
producer-director Yash Chopra were honoured.