Friday, February 29, 2008

Aamir falls for the Charm of Ranbir

Even a perfectionist like Aamir Khan couldn't resist the charm of the new rage Ranbir Kapoor. Aamir might have his share of disagreements with Sanjay Leela Bhansali over his film Black but he definitely seems impressed with Bhansali's discovery Ranbir Kapoor ,who Bhansali launched in Saawariya.

Aamir is all set to sign Ranbir for his next venture Delhi Belly which will be directed by Swedish director Robert Nylund and will be made in English.

Our source reveals, “Aamir was very keen to sign Ranbir for Delhi Belly and spoke to him. The director Robert has already met him and Ranbir has loved the script. He has given his go-ahead for the film and will be signing the film soon.”

The source further says, “Aamir Khan will not be starring in the film which is an action comedy, set in the backdrop of Delhi.

Although initially Aamir was very keen to play the role of a character called Nitin in the film, later he excused himself from the film as he plans to go on a vacation with son Junaid and daughter Aira after completing the shooting of Ghajani.”

The film is set to go on the floors in a couple of months and a substantial part of the cast and crew will be imported from Hollywood for it.

Saif-Rani Onscreen Chemistry Not so Good Of Screen

Saif and Rani Mukerji make a great pair on screen. It doesn't show in their chemistry on screen, but the story goes that although the two are always cordial with each other, the undercurrent running in their relationship is not-so-warm.

Recently, for instance, while they were shooting for Kunal Kohli's film in Bangkok, Kareena Kapoor went over to join Saif for a day. Saif sent a message to Rani, suggesting that the three of them go out together. But Rani declined.

Says a well-placed source from the industry, “Saif and Rani actually share cold vibes.

Their relationship went sour after both of them had a public spat during the shoot of Tara Rum Pum in New York. An argument led to a shouting match. Reportedly, Saif had even asked director Siddharth Anand to check him into a different hotel after that. Things never got fine between them after that.”

Yet Saif and Rani have done a couple of ads and two more films together. How do they manage to work together? “Both Rani and Saif are professionals, so they choose to work together. It's obviously the result of the success of Hum Tum and their chemistry which was a big hit.”

When we asked Kunal Kohli, director of Hum Tum and their latest yet-untitled film, about the cold war between Saif and Rani, he said, “Well, they would have to be great politicians to do three films together despite not getting along, wouldn't they? No, I haven't seen any problem between them. And even if I had, why would I tell you? They're my colleagues and I'm doing a film with them, after all.”

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Aamir –Kareena to work together in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Next

Bebo just added another feather in her plum hat and this time it's something big. The news has it that after much anticipation, Kareena Kapoor has finally bagged the elusive opportunity of working with her dream actor Aamir Khan.

And the film is Vishal Badwraj's forthcoming film. The news is a big one for Kareena, as she has managed to steal the ever so elusive and perfectionist Aamir Khan from actresses like Rani Mukherjee and Preity Zinta and Vidya Balan .

"There was some confusion in between, but last night she finally got her contract letter from Vishal's office. And she's obviously delighted, because her last film with Aamir Khan which Mani Ratnam had planned did not work out." says our source.
For more, keep watching this space.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Aishwarya Bachan is the new Item Girl

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will soon be seen in an item number with her ex boyfriend Vivek Oberoi and husband Abhishek Bachchan in the movie Mission Istanbul. Abhishek and Aishwarya will make special appearance in the movie directed by Apoorva Lakhia. This will be the first time Aishwarya and Vivek will come together on screen after Kyon Ho Gaya Na in 2004.

The Bachchans will be starring in the movie as Lakhia is one of Abhishek's best friend. Mission Istanbul also stars Shreya Saran, Zayed Khan and Suniel Shetty and will be Lakhia's first after the success of Shootout at Lokhandwala where Abhishek Bachchan played a small role.
However the highlight of the movie will remain the chemistry between one time lovers Aishwarya and Vivek.

Saif and Kareena are being offered a whopping 10 crore to do ads together.

Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor are India’s answer to Victoria and David Beckham — they are on their way to becoming 2008’s hottest power duo with companies approaching them for joint endorsements at a mind-boggling rate of Rs 10 crore per ad.

Says a source close to the actress, “Kareena has been working out to develop a body type like Victoria Beckham, so that she can model and carry off any product in the world.

Every ad company is pitching for them. Saif’s endorsement manager, Globosport and Kareena’s manager, Matrix have been offered more than five endorsements offers together.

Shweta of Matrix says, “I can’t comment on the amount as that is against client confidentiality; but yes, a lot of brands have approached us for Kareena and Saif’s joint ads. We are looking at categories where both can work together”.

In 2008, Saif and Kareena could very well become the No 1 power couple as far as endorsing brands is concernedIf such trends continue in the long run

Ranbir – Deepika declare their LOVE on Filmfare Night

Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone have decided to go public with their relationship at last. At the 53rd Fair One Filmfare awards function, they were caught saying 'I love you' to each other, backstage.

The couple came together backstage and stood huddled waiting for their entry. Probably to alleviate the tension, Ranbir looked deep into Deepika's eyes and whispered, “I love you”. Deepika smiled shyly and whispered right back, “I love you too”.

After the award function, both of them headed for Farah Ali Khan’s party, where they held hands and snuggled up to each other through the night. Later they even kissed each other with abandon, making no bones about their feelings for each other.

The two got close during the shoot for Siddharth Anand’s film in Australia. Cupid hammered his final blow there.Since then, they’ve been pretty much together.

Incidentally, It is heard that Deepika ended her relationship with Yuvraj Singh on the phone

Sunday Formula to be repeated in 123

Producer Kumar Mangat and his team are repeating the formula of Sunday in their next production One Two Three.

Readers may remember that Sunday had boasted of a promotional video of the title song 'Missing Sunday' which included not just the prime cast of the film but also the supporting actors of the likes of Murali Sharma and Mukesh Tiwari amongst others.

The story is repeated for One Two Three for which Raghav Sachar composed title song 'One Two Three' has just been unveiled on the music channels. A funky number, it features the huge cast comprising of Sunil Shetty, Tusshar Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Upen Patel, Esha Deol, Sameera Reddy, Tanisha Mukherjee and Neetu Chandra along with the other actors from the supporting cast.

A naughty track that has a glossy appeal to it and has all the female actors exuding the right charm, 'One Two Three' is all set to be a popular number in the making.

Kajol proves that Movie Stunts are not restricted to Male.

In her husband Ajay Devgan's directorial debut, U, Me Aur Hum, the actress has performed a stunt all by herself.

"We shot the song Jee le on a cruise liner," says a source from the film's unit " While performing the number in the evening, Kajol had to leap down from the upper deck. During the leap, she sprained her ankle and fell, thanks to her five-inch heels. But despite that, she took some painkillers and shot the very next day for the same shot."

Ajay Devgan tells us more. "I wanted a salsa for the song," he says. "It was an expensive shoot -- we had more than 100 dancers and a crowd of about 600 people on the cruise. Vishal Bhardwaj composed the salsa number according to the script requirements. It was very brave of Kajol to finish the shoot despite her leg injury."

U, Me Aur Hum will release in April.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

19 movies to be made in 2008 under the banner of U-TV Banner

Undeterred by the not-too-encouraging box office verdict of its latest offering 'Jodhaa Akbar', UTV has lined up 19 movies for release this year.

'This is a mixed bouquet of movies, each with its distinct identity. We are confident that each of these will find its own audience,' said Siddharth Roy Kapoor, UTV's executive vice president, marketing, distribution and syndication.

Of these, UTV has produced or acquired distribution rights for some, co-produced a few and has entered into tie-ups with the rest.

What makes UTV so ambitious at a time when its box office fortunes are proving so fickle with 'Jodhaa Akbar'? Industry watchers say the future of a movie production house is not determined by box office response alone. There are several other ways for a production company to make money like selling film rights, both domestic and offshore, distribution and tying up with television channels and bigger production houses globally.

UTV is the first Indian company to have tied up with Fox, besides Disney and Sony. UTV's animation division already has a Rs.800 million deal in place with Hollywood actor Will Smith's production house, Overbook, and a Rs.400 million deal with Porchlight Pictures to make cartoon features.

The movies it has lined up for release from March include 'Race' by Tips Films' and 'A Wednesday' by Friday Filmworks & Anjum Rizvi Film Co. And then, there are three movies, 'Aamir,' 'Mahadev Ka Sajjanpur' and 'Dev D', made under its new banner UTV Spotboy.

The production house will also release M. Night Shyamalan's 'The Happening', a thriller starring Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo and Spencer Breslin. UTV has co-produced the movie with 20th Century Fox and the two will share global revenues of 'The Happening' in every media equally.

Other movies made under the banner, scheduled to release this year are - 'Bombay Meri Jaan', 'Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge', 'Shoebite', 'Star', 'Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye', '7G Rainbow Colony', 'Alibaba and the 41 Thieves' and 'Arjun'.

UTV Motion Pictures has also tied up with Bhandarkar Entertainment for 'Fashion', with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Productions for 'Dilli 6', with Sohail Khan Productions for 'Main Aur Mrs. Khanna' and 'Kisaan' and with Epiphany Films for 'The Dream Blanket'.

So, the company's movie release calendar is full of red-letter dates till the yearend.

The first of these movies, 'Race', directed by the action-director brothers, Abbas and Mustan Burmawalla, is due for a March 7 release. The cast includes Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Katrina Kaif, Bipasha Basu, Akshaye Khanna and Sameera Reddy.

'A Wednesday', directed by Neeraj Pandey, features Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher in key roles.

Television actor Rajeev Khandelwal of 'Kahiin To Hoga' television series fame makes his big screen debut with 'Aamir', directed by Raj Kumar Gupta.

'Bombay Meri Jaan' is based on terrorist bombs that ripped the coaches of a Mumbai suburban local train July 11, 2006. Directed by Nishikant Kamat, Paresh Rawal, Kay Kay Menon, Irrfan Khan, R. Madhavan and Soha Ali Khan form the cast.

'Mahadev Ka Sajjanpur', directed by Shyam Benegal, has Shreyas Talpade, Amrita Rao and Ravi Kishen in the cast while Kunal Khemu, Zayed Khan, Soha and Paresh form the cast of 'Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge', directed by Omesh Shukla.

'Dev D', starring Abhay Deol, Mahi Gill and Kalki, has been directed by Anurag Kashyap. Director Madhur Bhandarkar's movie on the grime and grit behind the glamour of the fashion industry, 'Fashion', has Priyanka Chopra and Kangna Ranaut leading the cast.

Amitabh Bachchan, Sarika, Jimmy Shergil and Dia Mirza starrer 'Shoebite' is being directed by Sujit Sircar. The much-talked-about 'Dilli 6', a Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra movie, will see Abhishek Bachchan pairing with Sonam Kapoor for the first time.

'Star', directed by Ken Ghosh, has Shahid Kapoor playing the title role of a star. Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Sohail Khan form the key cast of 'Main aur Mrs. Khanna', directed by Prem Soni.

'Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!' features Abhay Deol, Paresh Rawal and Neetu Chandra in the cast. It has been directed by Dibakar Banerjee.

Jackie Shroff, Arbaaz Khan, Dia Mirza and Sohail Khan play major roles in 'Kisaan', directed by Puneet Sira.

UTV's three animation films, 'Alibaba and the 41 Thieves', 'Arjun' and 'The Dream Blanket' will also be released in the latter part of the year. While Soumitra Ranade has directed 'Alibaba', 'Arjun' has been directed by Arnab Chaudhri and 'The Dream Blanket' by Simi Nallaseth.

Besides these 19 movies, UTV will also release 'Phir Kabhi', starring Dimple Kapadia, Mithun Chakraborty and Rati Agnihotri, 'Kismat Konnection', starring Shahid Kapoor and Vidya Balan and Karol Bagh Film Entertainment's 'Howai Dada', starring Tanuja and Anupam Kher, this year.

Angelina Shows her Belly to Prove her Pregnancy

If the bump on her belly is any indication, Angelina Jolie really is pregnant.

The actress created a stir at Saturday night's Spirit Awards when she showed up with partner Brad Pitt on her arm and a noticeably pregnant bulge.

Jolie ignored reporters' questions on the awards show carpet, but People magazine reported on its Web site that a source close to the couple confirmed that she and Pitt are "thrilled to be adding to their brood."

Pitt's publicist, Cindy Guagenti, declined comment to The Associated Press.

Jolie and Pitt are parents of a 1-year-old daughter, Shiloh, and three children adopted from Cambodia, Ethiopia and Vietnam. Their adopted children are Maddox, 6; Pax, 4; and Zahara, 3.

Jolie's appearance helped give a theme to Saturday's Spirit Awards, where the big winner was the teen pregnancy comedy "Juno," taking awards for best independent film, best actress for Ellen Page and best first screenplay for Diablo Cody.

Monday, February 25, 2008

A Night og Glory - The 80th Academy Award 2008 Night

Most of the action on the Oscar stage is choreographed and rehearsed. Backstage is another story.

In the wings of the Kodak Theatre, stars grapple with nerves, have impromptu meetings with colleagues and make last-minute adjustments to their hair and makeup. Presenters and performers mingle with brand-new Oscar winners while dodging props and cameramen.

What you see on TV is Hollywood magic. Backstage is like a home movie, where everybody knows each other and they're all excited about putting on a show.
OSCAR SHOCK: As Marion Cotillard stepped offstage with the best-actress Oscar for "La Vie En Rose," Forest Whitaker enveloped her in a hug that lasted at least a minute.

Then they looked at each other and laughed.

"I'm shaking, like wow," Cotillard trembled.

Stopping by the backstage "thank you" cam, she expressed her gratitude in French and studied her Oscar.

"I'm shaking so much I think I can't talk," she said.

Whitaker led her arm-in-arm behind the stage on the winner's walk.

"This is huge, this is huge," she gushed as backstage workers applauded.

At a stop for a makeup touch up she tried to breathe deeply.

"This is crazy, this is totally crazy. Ooh la la la la! It's totally surreal," she said.

Tilda Swinton was so stunned by her win for supporting actress in "Michael Clayton" that she could only keep repeating "wow, wow" as she walked offstage.

Presenter Alan Arkin chased her with the winner's envelope.

"Oh yes, this is the proof," Swinton said, leaving arm-in-arm with Arkin.
JITTERS: Katherine Heigl wasn't kidding when she told the Oscar audience she was nervous.

Behind the scenes, a stagehand asked if she was OK.

"I just need a cigarette," she said, bumming one from a security guard and heading out to a loading dock.
NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOE BUSINESS: Adjusting her dress as she stepped into the theater wings and prepared to take the stage, Jennifer Garner confessed to the stage manager: "I'd like to take my shoes off."

"We could do it," he replied.

Instead, she looked skyward and said, "I didn't mean it, karmic dressing gods," and walked in a small circle.

"I'm just going to make sure I'm not going to fall," she explained.

Renee Zellweger had slung her silver Christian Louboutins over her shoulder when Johnny Depp ran into her.

"I like your shoes," Depp said.

"Thanks man," Zellweger replied. "I used to like the shoes."
STAR CLUSTERS: At times it seemed there were as many stars in the green room as in the audience.

Penelope Cruz sat by her sister, Monica, and fanned herself. They were joined by Miley Cyrus, Johnny Depp and companion Vanessa Paradis, and Forest Whitaker.

Marion Cotillard was about to join them when she learned she would have to smoke outside.

In a hallway, Patrick Dempsey and "Grey's Anatomy" co-star Katherine Heigl met up with "Enchanted" star Amy Adams, and all agreed that appearing at the Academy Awards is no easy task.

"It's surreal," said Adams.

Later, she met her "Charlie Wilson's War" co-star Tom Hanks in the wings of the Kodak. Hanks complimented Adams on her outfit and her performance of "Happy Working Song."

"I'm so relieved," she said.

Hanks said that as he watched her he thought, "Wow, they make her do it all by herself."

"No costume, no anything," she replied. "It's like, 'Sell it, girl.'"
CELEBRITY PLUMBING: The restroom just offstage was another Kodak Theatre hotspot.

Jessica Alba and Forest Whitaker waited in line, and Javier Bardem brought his Oscar inside with him.

First-time presenters Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill passed the crowd on the way to the stage, but Hill paused and thought better of it. They joined lineup.
TOM TOUCH-UP: Tom Hanks got a bit of powder from a makeup artist in the view of backstage photographers.

"Boys, get a picture of this. It's so masculine," he said, adding in nasally voice: "Oh look, Hanks is getting his face powdered at the Academy Awards. He stormed Normandy Beach in 'Saving Private Ryan.'"
LADIES MAN: This backstage reporter was just trying to get out of Jack Nicholson's way, but ended up in his crosshairs.

As he passed in a narrow corridor he brushed against her synthetic white fur coat.

"Nice jacket," he said half under his breath.

As the reporter thanked him, photographers in the hallway aimed their cameras.

"Let's have a picture," said Nicholson.

Winners of Oscars -2008

The Academy Awards well known as the Oscars celebrated their 80th annual event, honouring many in the film industry weather it be directors, costume designers, or supporting actors everyone was recognized in their glamorous dresses and dashing suites.

The long awaited awards night for the 80th Academy Awards event has come
and gone, the Oscar winners for this prestigious event are:-

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Daniel Day-Lewis in "There Will Be Blood" (Paramount Vantage and Miramax)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Javier Bardem in "No Country for Old Men" (Miramax and Paramount Vantage)

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Marion Cotillard in "La Vie en Rose" (Picturehouse)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role.
Tilda Swinton in "Michael Clayton" (Warner Bros.)

Best animated feature film of the year
"Ratatouille" (Walt Disney): Brad Bird

Achievement in art direction
"Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount): Art Direction: Dante Ferretti;
Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo

Achievement in cinematography
"There Will Be Blood" (Paramount Vantage and Miramax): Robert Elswit

Achievement in costume design
"Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (Universal) Alexandra Byrne

Achievement in directing
"No Country for Old Men" (Miramax and Paramount Vantage), Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Best documentary feature
"Taxi to the Dark Side" (THINKFilm) An X-Ray Production: Alex Gibney and Eva Orner

Best documentary short subject
"Freeheld" A Lieutenant Films Production: Cynthia Wade and Vanessa Roth

Achievement in film editing
"The Bourne Ultimatum" (Universal): Christopher Rouse

Best foreign language film of the year
"The Counterfeiters" Austria

Achievement in makeup
"La Vie en Rose" (Picturehouse) Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
"Atonement" (Focus Features) Dario Marianelli

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
"Falling Slowly" from "Once" (Fox Searchlight) Music and Lyric by Glen Hansard and: Marketa Irglova

Best motion picture of the year
"No Country for Old Men" (Miramax and Paramount Vantage) A Scott Rudin/Mike Zoss Production: Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers

Best animated short film
"Peter & the Wolf" (BreakThru Films) A BreakThru Films/Se-ma-for Studios Production Suzie Templeton and Hugh Welchman

Best live action short film
"Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)" (Premium Films) A Karé Production: Philippe Pollet-Villard

Achievement in sound editing
"The Bourne Ultimatum" (Universal): Karen Baker Landers and Per Hallberg

Achievement in sound mixing
"The Bourne Ultimatum" (Universal) Scott Millan, David Parker and Kirk Francis

Achievement in visual effects
"The Golden Compass" (New Line in association with Ingenious Film Partners):
Michael Fink, Bill Westenhofer, Ben Morris and Trevor Wood

Adapted screenplay
"No Country for Old Men" (Miramax and Paramount Vantage), Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

Original screenplay
"Juno" (A Mandate Pictures/Mr. Mudd Production), Written by Diablo Cody

The Filmfare Awards 2008 : A night to remember

The evening of the 23rd day of February came and went, and the 53rd Fair One Filmfare Awards goes down in history as yet another one to be remembered and cherished. The tight security within the premises of Yashraj Studios, the elegance of the red carpet, the presence of stars who ensured that not a strand of hair was out of place at this very formal black tie event only added to the seriousness and elegance of Filmfare.

The Bachchans, Ranis, Salmans, Hrithiks and Katrinas failed to show up, but the Preitys, Shah Rukhs, Priyankas, Bipashas, Johns, Saifs, Kareenas and Akshays ensured that the event shone nice and bright. Ably hosted by the sober Vidya Balan and Karan Johar, the crazy but intelligent co-hosts Shah Rukh and Saif were the 'dudes of the evening'. Their wit coupled with their ability to be very rude may have got them on the wrong side of many-a-person, but they surely found a place in the good books of audiences.

Though Himesh Reshammiya crooned – yes, in his popular nasal voice – for the audience, Akshay impressed with his dance histrionics. You'll also get to watch performances of Neil Nitin Mukesh, Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor and Vivek Oberoi on your TV sets on March 2nd, only on Sony.

While the crowd won a lovely entertaining evening, the happiest of the lot were those who took home the lovely black lady - the Filmfare trophy. Shah Rukh, Kareena, Aamir Khan, Imtiaz Ali, Tabu, Darsheel Safary, Konkona Sensharma, Irrfan Khan, AR Rahman, Shreya Ghoshal, Shaan, Rishi Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone... had reason enough to celebrate.

And we celebrate, too. What exactly? The shaan of Filmfare, the antics of our actors, we celebrate the Indian film industry and above all else, the art of cinema! Here's to Filmfare, in all its glory!

Ranbir Kapoor & Deepika Padukone bagged the Best Newcomer Award.

The 53rd Fair One Filmfare Awards begun with the guests paying homage to the souls of artistes who departed in 2007

Saif and Shahrukh, the hosts for the evening make an entry on horse-backs. They introduce the awards in their own in-formal way & term it the Na-Real awards. The Award trophies were in a coconut shape.

The Na-Real Award for Wardrobe Malfunction has been bagged by none other than their-co hostess, Vidya Balan for her look in Hey Baby.

The next award in line is the Best Male Debutant Award. Ranbir Kapoor, the lover boy of Saawariya is awarded the honour by Jeetendra and Tushar Kapoor. On winning the award, a delighted Ranbir says, "20 % of my reason for being an actor was that I could win a Filmfare. I am overwhelmed." Addressing Neetu Singh, Ranbir goes on to say, "Mamma, I am bringing home a girl tonight."

The Sony Head N Shoulders Fresh Face of the Year Award is being presented by Rohit Gupta and Kareena Kapoor. Deepika Padukone, the hot debutant of OSO, has bagged the award. A surprised Deepika says that she wasn't expecting the award.

Anu Malik and Alka Yagnik come up to present the R. D. Burman Award for Promising Music Talent. Monty Sharma bags the award for lending music to Saawariya.

A. R. Rehman wins the award for the Best Background Score. The music director was presented the award by Abbas-Mustan. He says, "The Filmfare Award is like an ornament for a lady; the more you have, it enhances the charm."

Abbas-Mustan, the duo who always dress in white, come on-stage to present the Best Costume Award. It was awarded to Sujata Sharma for Gandhi My Father.

Chak De India has won the Best Cinemtography Award. The award was presented by R Madhavan and his wife to Sudip Chatterjee

Winners of The 53rd Fair One Filmfare Awards 2008

Best Actor in a Leading Role(Male)
Shah Rukh Khan- Chak De India

Best Actor in a Leading Role(Female)
Kareena Kapoor - Jab We Met

Best Director
Aamir Khan - Taare Zameen Par

Critics' Award for Best Actor(Male)
Darsheel Safary- Taare Zameen Par

Critics' Award for Best Actor(Female)
Tabu- Cheeni Kum

Critics' Award for Best Film.
Shimit Amin- Chak De India.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Rishi Kapoor

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female)
Konkana Sen Sharma - Life in a... Metro

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male)
Irrfan Khan - Life in a... Metro

Best Playback Singer (Male)
Shaan - (Jab Se Tere Naina - Saawariya)

Best Playback Singer (Female)
Shreya Ghosal - (Barso Re - Guru)

Best Lyrics
Prasoon Joshi - (Maa - Taare Zameen Par)

Best Music Director
A. R. Rahman - Guru

Best Story
Amol Gupte - Taare Zameen Par

Best Screenplay
Anurag Basu - Life in a... Metro

Best Dialogue
Imtiaz Ali - Jab We Met

Power Awards
Yash Chopra & Aditya Chopra

Face Of The Year
Deepika Padukone

Best Debut (Male)
Ranbir Kapoor - Saawariya

Best Debut (Female)
Deepika Padukone - Om Shanti Om

Best Special Effects
Red Chillies Entertainment - Om Shanti Om

Best Background Score
A. R. Rahman - Guru

Best Editing
Amitabh Shukla - Chak De India

Best Choreography
Saroj Khan (Barso Re Megha Re - Guru)

R. D. Burman Award for Promising Music Talent
Monty Sharma - Saawariya

Best Action
Rob Miller - Chak De India

Best Art Direction
Samir Chanda - Guru

Best Sound
Leslie Fernandes - Johnny Gaddaar

Best Cinematography
Sudhir Chaterjee

Best Costumes
Sujata Sharma - Gandhi My Father

Sunday, February 24, 2008

SRK trying to follow Aamir's Footsteps.

It has been Shah Rukh Khan's fantasy to do an Indian Spiderman, a gift for his son Aryan, who is a big FX/SRK fan. He has chosen Anubhav Sinha to direct, what will unarguably be most expensive film ever produced in India. But it will not be an animation film but a feature film, starring SRK and a 12-year-old and will be produced by Red Chillies Entertainment.

A hunt is on for the boy who will get the dream opportunity to be part of SRK's fantasy of donning a cape and flying across the sky at super speed. It is believed that SRK is actively collaborating with Sinha in writing the film's script. The idea given by the director to SRK is based on gizmos, computer games and a superhero on the lines of Spiderman.

Whether he will finally take the credit for the screenplay or not remains to be seen. At the moment, all systems are geared to start work on this expensive project before the end of this year. Sinha is surprised by how accessible SRK is. He was under the impression that King Khan only likes to work with directors with who he shares a comfort level. He says that SRK did not know him at all, but he is all there for their film.

He says that talks between him and SRK have been on for a year now. But in the last three months they have been meeting very seriously, thanks to a common journalist friend, Mushtaq Sheikh. Sinha is now gearing up for perhaps the biggest challenge in his life.

Lindsay & Eddie awarded with Worst Actors Award

Eddie Murphy and Lindsay Lohan were crowned the worst actors of 2007 at the Golden Raspberry Awards on Saturday .Not surprising , neither star showed up to accept the spoof Oscars.

For their lack of acting prowess, the veteran comic and the young actress with the hard-living reputation each won three gold spray-painted Razzie trophies worth $4.89 each.

The annual honors were announced by the Golden Raspberry Foundation at a presentation that pokes fun at the Academy Awards ceremony that is to be held on Sunday.

In a camp opening number, Dan Campbell and Paula Einstein donned '50s dresses and black "beehive" hairdos and sang: "The worst of last year are trembling with fear," and throughout the show clips were shown of the biggest Hollywood howlers of 2007.

Murphy, who starred in the critically savaged comedy "Norbit," set a record by winning three of the four worst acting categories. Despite bad reviews, moviegoers had turned out for the film, which took in $158 million at worldwide box offices based mostly on Murphy's popularity.

Lohan won two worst actress awards for playing twins in "I Know Who Killed Me," a film that was named worst of the year.

She also won worst screen couple for a scene in which she appears opposite herself in the tale about psychically linked siblings stalked by a serial killer.

"I Know Who Killed Me," a major box office flop with a $9 million take worldwide, won eight of nine Raspberries for which it was nominated, breaking a record of seven wins previously held by "Showgirls" and "Battlefield Earth."

Lohan was in and out of rehabilitation programs last year and acknowledged last month that she had fallen off the wagon at a New Year's Eve party. In November, she served 84 minutes in jail for drunken driving and cocaine possession charges.

Murphy won the worst actor award for playing the hapless hero of "Norbit." He had several parts in the movie and also won worst supporting actor and actress Raspberries for roles as a Chinese man and Norbit's screaming overweight wife.

Murphy had earned an Oscar nomination for his dramatic turn as a troubled soul singer in 2006 musical "Dreamgirls" and some critics said the widespread distaste for "Norbit" -- which hit theaters only weeks before the Oscar ceremony -- cost him support for those prestigious awards.

Like Lohan, Murphy's personal life also made headlines last year when he acknowledged fathering a child out of wedlock with Spice Girls singer Melanie Brown. In January of this year, Murphy and his new wife, Tracey Edmonds, split just two weeks after getting married in French Polynesia.

Few Razzies "winners" show up to the awards, which are open to the public, although actress Halle Berry did make an appearance in 2005 and sent herself up with a tearful acceptance speech when named worst actress for "Catwoman."

Following is a list of this year's Razzie winners:

Worst Picture: "I Know Who Killed Me"
Worst Actor: Murphy in "Norbit"
Worst Actress (tie): Lohan as twin sisters Aubrey and Dakota.
Worst Supporting Actress: Murphy in "Norbit"
Worst Supporting Actor: Murphy in "Norbit"
Worst Screen Couple: Lohan & Lohan in "I Know Who Killed Me"
Worst Remake or Rip-off: "I Know Who Killed Me," based on several films
Worst Prequel or Sequel: "Daddy Day Camp"
Worst Director: Chris Siverston for "I Know Who Killed Me"
Worst Screenplay: Jeffrey Hammond for "I Know Who Killed Me"
Worst Excuse for a Horror Movie (New Category): "I Know Who Killed Me."

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Nominations for the OSCARS-Greatest Prize In the Show Biz…

With the big awards just a couple days away, Here are the nominations :-

Best Motion Picture
• Atonement
• Juno
• Michael Clayton
• No Country For Old Men
• There Will Be Blood

Best Director - Motion Picture
• Julian Schnabel – The Diving Bell And The Butterfly
• Jason Reitman – Juno
• Tony Gilroy – Michael Clayton
• Joel & Ethan Coen – No Country For Old Men
• Paul Thomas Anderson - There Will Be Blood

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
• Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth: The Golden Age
• Julie Christie – Away From Her
• Marion Cotillard – La Vie En Rose
• Laura Linney – The Savages
• Ellen Page - Juno

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
• George Clooney – Michael Clayton
• Daniel Day-Lewis – There Will Be Blood
• Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
• Tommy Lee Jones – In The Valley Of Elah
• Viggo Mortensen - Eastern Promises

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role
• Cate Blanchett – I'm Not There
• Ruby Dee – American Gangster
• Saoirse Ronan – Atonement
• Amy Ryan – Gone Baby Gone
• Tilda Swinton – Michael Clayton

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role
• Casey Affleck - The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
• Javier Bardem - No Country For Old Men
• Philip Seymour Hoffman - Charlie Wilson's War
• Hal Holbrook - Into The Wild
• Tom Wilkinson - Michael Clayton

Best Foreign Language Film
• Beaufort (Israel)
• The Counterfeiters (Austria)
• Katyn (Poland)
• Mongol (Kazakhsthan)
• 12 (Russia)

Adapted Screenplay
• Atonement
• Away From Her
• The Diving Bell And The Butterfly
• No Country For Old Men
• There Will Be Blood

Original Screenplay
• Juno
• Lars And The Real Girl
• Michael Clayton
• Ratatouille
• The Savages

Aditya Files for Divorce

Yash Chopra's son Aditya Chopra has filed an application in the Bandra family court, seeking divorce from his wife Payal Khanna. Aditya had moved out of his father's house and has been living in a five star hotel for several months.

Legal experts said that as per the law, the court has to give counseling to the couple for at least six months. Thereafter, the court will be hearing the petition for the future course of action.
Aditya has directed the blockbuster, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, and produced hits like Bunty Aur Babli, Dhoom series, Fanaa and Chak De! India.

Meanwhile, Rani Mukerji's family has denied that Rani is seeing Aditya. Rani was unavailable for comment.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Amrita Rao embarrassed to be at the STRIPTEASE Bar

Amrita Rao the cute babe of bollywood known for her decent and naïve like attitude surprised everybody by visiting a striptease bar.

Though underage the lady got in by paying an extra 10 dollars. She along with two of her friends ventured out on the streets after which she visited the bar.

And after witnessing the scenes within, Amrita promised herself that this was the first and last time she would be visiting a striptease bar.

She literally for the first time saw women stripping from top to bottom. If that wasn’t enough the women also went on to perform nude pole dances.

To add insult to injury about the whole scene the fact was that she and her friend were the only girls in the room.

The Facts Of Deepika-Yuvraj Controversy

First,Mahendra Singh Dhoni and now his teammate Yuvraj Singh. Budding actress Deepika Padukone is quite fed up and says reports about her engagement with Yuvraj Singh are not true at all.

'Please...this is the strangest thing I have heard, so far,' said a visibly disturbed Deepika.

The actress was Thursday evening declared the new brand ambassador of Swiss watch brand Tissot.
Asked how endorsements work for actors, she said: 'It works both ways. I mean celebrities connect the brand to the audience and the label connects them to the viewers, making them more popular.'

Deepika, who is the daughter of former world badminton champion Prakash Padukone, said sports works to de-stress her: 'I am very closely associated with sports. I have played games like badminton, basketball, tennis, throwball and baseball.'
'My favourite sport is swimming however; any type of sport de-stresses me. It takes my mind off work and makes me feel relaxed,' Padukone told IANS.
The newcomer struck fame with her debut film 'Om Shanti Om' opposite Shah Rukh Khan.
However, she denies being bogged down by any kind of pressure of meeting expectations while picking up projects or in her upcoming movies.
'No there is no such pressure on me! Dad taught me to enjoy my work and till the time I do so I will face the camera merrily.

'I always wanted to do an action flick and I am luckily doing 'Made In China'. Nikhil Advani is directing the film and I will share screen space with Akshay Kumar.'

Apart from Deepika, viewers will soon see Priyanka Chopra doing heavy-duty action in 'Love Story 2050' and Aiswarya Rai Bachchan swinging the sword in 'Jodhaa-Akbar'.

Commenting on the trend of more heroines taking up action roles she said: 'This itself shows that with the evolution of the Hindi film industry women are getting to do more in films.'

Deepika also has Siddharth Anand's next in her kitty where she is paired opposite Ranvir Kapoor.

Sanjay Gupta’s “Acid Factory” to See a Mega Star Cast

Sanjay Gupta's White Feather Films will soon launch its first film after Sanjay Dutt broke away from the production house.

Titled Acid Factory, the film will boast of a big star cast like Fardeen Khan, Bipasha Basu, Irrfan Khan, Manoj Bajpai, Dino Morea, Aftab Shivdasani and Danny Denzongpa. Suparn Verma, a former staffer, and director of the Fardeen-starrer, Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena, will direct it

The film is set in an acid factory. In fact, that's one of the principal locations in the film. The acid factory is like an important character. That's why the film is called Acid Factory," Suparn tells us.

An action thriller, each actor in Acid Factory will get a new look for the film. For that, special diets as well as training will be given to each actor. Prashant, who is Shah Rukh Khan's personal trainer, will train the cast.

The film will be shot in two back-to-back schedules in India and abroad, starting from May. Locations are still being finalised. Salim Sulieman will score the music.

The formal launch of Acid Factory will take place next month. It is scheduled to release by the end of this year.

Are Pakistanis finding Malika to Hot to Handle?

The Bollywood flick "Welcome" is facing problems in Pakistan because of some allegedly "obscene" scenes which features Mallika Sherawat.

"Welcome" was released last Friday and was seen as an example of the Pakistan government's softening stance towards a long-standing ban on Bollywood Movies.
Pakistan's censor board has now reportedly objected to some shots featuring Sherawat, who is not at all a stranger to controversy.

The film's release on this side of the border came days after a Pakistan Senate standing committee on culture recommended to the government that the exhibition of Indian films should be allowed under a proper censorship policy and the long ban imposed in 1965 should be finally lifted.

Pakistan Cinema Owners' Association secretary general Safdar Khan said the censor board has handed over the censored version of the film to cinemas.

Cinema owners have been warned of strict action if they continue to show the uncensored version. Jamshed Zafar, acting chairman of the Pakistan Film Distributors Association, said the audience has rejected the film's censored version.

The Making of the Song :Azeem Shaan Shahenshah

One of the most reckoning part of Jodhaa Akbar is the song, Azeem Shaan Shahenshah, which has spirited choreography and grand visuals.

The song is a tribute paid to Akbar’s success in consolidating his hold on the empire. It is sung by Mohammad Aslam, who has sung for many A R Rahman tracks in Tamil and Hindi. Joining him is Bony Chakravarti.

This is unlike any other Rahman composition but the musical maestro admits that he has used a similar number and orchestration in a Tamil film.

"But the song in Jodhaa Akbar is far better," Rahman admits. "And it is used very well in an important part of the film."

The song sounds like it has voiced by a dozen voices and a raft of musical instruments.
"There was a lot of percussion drums and voices mainly and chorus here and there," Rahman explains.

"There wasn't a lot of orchestration. It is a drum-and-voice song. Therefore, we did not want to use violins or other instruments in it."