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Showing posts with label celebs. Show all posts
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Monday, October 11, 2010


Today Amitabh Bachchan  turns 69. He was born on 11th October 1942. He first gained popularity in the early 1970s as the "angry young man" of  Bollywood cinema, and has since become one of the most prominent figures in the history.

Bachchan has won numerous Awards in his career, including four National Film Awards, three of which are in the Best Actor category, and thirteen Filmfare Awards. He holds the record for most number of Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor nominations at the Filmfare Awards. In addition to acting, Bachchan has worked as a playback singer, film producer and television presenter, and was an elected member of the Indian Parliament from 1984 to 1987.


He was born in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. His father, Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan was a well-known Hindi poet, while his mother, Teji Bachchan was a Sikh-Punjabi from Faisalabad. Bachchan was initially named Inquilaab, inspired from the famous phrase Inquilab Zindabad, during the Indian independence struggle, but was re-named Amitabh which means, "the light that would never go off." Though his surname was Shrivastava, his father had adopted the pen-name Bachchan, under which he published all his works. It is with this last name that Amitabh debuted in films, and, for all public purposes, it has become the surname of all members of his current family.

Amitabh is the eldest of Harivansh Rai Bachchan's two sons, the second being Ajitabh. He attended Allahabad's Jnana Prabodhini and Boys' High School (BHS), followed by Nainital's Sherwood College, where he majored in the art stream. He later went on to study at Kirori Mal College of the University of Delhi and completed a Bachelor of Science degree. In his twenties, Bachchan gave up a job as freight broker for the shipping firm, Bird and Co., based in Calcutta now known as Kolkata, to pursue a career in acting.


Bachchan is married to actress Jaya Bhaduri. They have two children, Shweta Nanda and Abhishek Bachchan. Abhishek is also an actor and is married to actress Aishwarya Rai.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Beating Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan became the number one tax payer in the film industry for the second quarter of the financial year 2011. The King Khan is paying Rs. 5 crore to the Income Tax (IT) department.

Akshay Kumar is now in second position paying Rs. 4.5 crore, followed closely by Aamir Khan who paid Rs. 4 crore to the IT department.

Pataudi son Saif Ali Khan and Kapoor khandaan prince Ranbir Kapoor share the fourth position by paying Rs. 2.5 crore each. Salman Khan paid only Rs. 2 crore compared to the Rs. 2.5 crore he paid in the same quarter last year.

Among the actresses it was Katrina Kaif who came out on top, paying Rs. 1.3 crore, followed by Kareena Kapoor, who paid Rs. 1 crore.

Hrithik Roshan paid a miniscule Rs. 50 lakh compared to the Rs. 3 crore he paid in the second quarter of the 2010 financial year. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali gave Rs. 50 lakh this year compared to Rs. 25 lakh last year. Similarly, Vishal Bharadwaj gave Rs. 25 lakh against Rs. 15 lakh last year to the IT department.


Lady Gaga has some choice words for defenders of "Don't Ask Don't Tell," the policy that prevents gay men and women from serving openly in the military. The "Telephone" singer has released an 8-minute video urging the Senate to repeal the controversial policy. Wearing a black tie, white shirt, black coat, the 24 year-old pop starspeaks directly to a number of senators who have backed the law.

"I am here to be a voice for my generation. Not the generation of the senators who are voting, but for the youth of this country. The generation that is affected by this law, and whose children will be affected."

"We are not asking you to agree with or approve the moral implications of homosexuality," Gaga says in the video. "We are asking you to do your job — to protect the Constitution.

Monday, September 20, 2010


Tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi and Bollywood actress Lara Dutta are now couple. They both made a public appearance together at the Filmfare awards. They for the first time came in the public notice together giving an indication that they are couple in love.

The actress and former Miss Universe 2000 split with her actor boyfriend Dino Morea, and was later seen with the tennis star on several occasions. Lara has also been in the middle of a controversy, with Bhupathi’s ex-wife Shwetha Jaishankar blaming her for the divorce with Bhupathi.


After an weekend,Vanessa Hudgens was out in Los Angeles, CA.

The "Sucker Punch" young girl looked darling as she turned up at the Los Angeles premiere of "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" held at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

As for the upcoming film, the animated flick - which going to release on September 24 is directed by Zack Snyder, starring Abbie Cornish and Ryan Kwanten.

A synopsis via IMDB tells: "Soren, a young barn owl, is kidnapped by owls of St. Aggie's, ostensibly an orphanage, where owlets are brainwashed into becoming soldiers. He and his new friends escape to the island of Ga'Hoole, to assist its noble, wise owls who fight the army being created by the wicked rulers of St. Aggie's. The film is based on the first three books in the series."

Saturday, September 18, 2010


While most actors like to spend lavishly and take exotic breaks to celebrate their birthdays, Kareena Kapoor who turns 30 on September 21, will be shooting for beau Saif Ali Khan’s home production "Agent Vinod" in Latvia which is in Eastern Europe.The actress had earlier this year missed her sister Karisma`s birthday as she was shooting in London with Shah Rukh Khan for ‘Ra.One’. However, the silver lining for Kareena is that Saif will be with her.

Kareena will be away from Mumbai for a month long shoot. Her role in Agent Vinod is very demanding and requires her to do risky stunts. A bit of birthday celebration in between hectic shoots will lighten her up.

As for Saif’s special plans for Kareena, the actor is planning to surprise his lady by flying down her mother to Latvia. Talking about her packed schedule, Kareena said, “What can I do? I barely have time to breathe. I just came to Mumbai for two days after being away for 25 days. Now, I`m off to Latvia for over a month`s shooting.

"Confirming that the shooting of Madhur Bhandarkar`s "Heroine" has been postponed Kareena says, "Madhur is still working on the script. We`ll start shooting the film when the script is ready in the next three months. Right now, Madhur is busy with Dil To Bachcha Hai Jee."


Getting down to business on her current directorial film, Madonna was seen on the set of “W.E.”

The “Material Girl” songstress, Madonna looked to be hard-at-work yet able to let loose and goof around on the Central Park in New York City set.

In another channel, it was said that soon-to-be CNN Primetime King, Piers Morgan, has banned Madonna from ever being a guest on his upcoming show.

Word has it, Morgan has the Queen of Pop at the top of the ban list because of beef between the two after Piers criticized her charity work as a publicity stunt.

Friday, September 17, 2010


Hollywood famous actress, Lindsay Lohan was seen hopping into her Maserati in West Hollywood, CA.

Looking gorgeous in her black brimmed hat with a white buttondown shirt and denim short shorts, the "Machete" actress sped away from paparazzi after dining at local favorite Philippe Chow.

In the midst of planning her post-jail/rehab comeback, Miss Lohan recently enlisted the services of former Britney Spears manager Larry Rudolph.

Of LiLo, Rudolph told Bang Showbiz, “Lindsay is in a good place now. When you’ve got that much talent – you can never count somebody like that out. She’s incredibly smart, she’s incredibly talented, and she’s a star. She has everything she needs.”


When Hollywood has already reached home and it doesn't require much effort to hunt for an original, netizens have quickly managed to hint on the source of "Aakrosh". The name that at the top of the list is not a Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil or any other regional film. It is Oscar winner Hollywood flick "Mississippi Burning" (1989) which starred Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe.

An industry observer says, "With the basic plotline seemingly similar for both the films, it wasn't hard to draw other parallels. While "Mississippi Burning" highlighted the divide of black and white, honour killing (which is the underlining theme of 'Aakrosh') is also making headlines due to cast divide in India."

"Also, both the films are hard hitting dramas and make an attempt to highlight a topical issue in a non-compromising manner. The actors chosen for both the films, in this case Ajay Devgan and Akshaye Khanna, are also known for their intense acts while the man at the helm of affairs, Priyadarshan, has always been known for his remakes. It is tough to ignore similarity points here", he adds.

But, Kumar Mangat , the producer of  "Aakrosh" denies any similarity between the two films. He says with a straight face, "Aakrosh" is based on a report that had appeared years back in a leading national newspaper. I remember how we all were shocked when the news break happened around three college going boys getting killed because one of them was having an affair with a higher cast girl."

"There was a CBI enquiry done and it was revealed that police, collector, a local local MLA - just about everyone was involved. We always wanted to make a film around this theme, adapted it to the current scenario and made "Aakrosh", he states the reason behind making "Aakrosh".

Most probably the film going to release on 1st October, 2010. Whether "Aakrosh" bears any similarities to "Mississippi Burning" would be known then but by the look of things, it can be rest assured that this Priyadarshan film does promise to bring with it quite some drama for the audience.

Also starring Bipasha Basu and Paresh Rawal plays a vital roles in "Aakrosh" which helped in pumping the glamour scene with an item number by Sameera Reddy and Urvashi Sharma. The film also stars Kumar Mangat's daughter Amita Pathak as well as Reema Sen who was seen in Priyadarshan's comedy "Malamaal Weekly".

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Malin Akerman and Ryan Phillippe were seen side-by-side for the premiere of “The Bang Bang Club” in Toronto, Canada.

It was held at Roy Thomson Hall as part of the 35th Toronto International Film Festival, the “Couples Retreat” cutie and her hunky co-star greeted fans and media members before heading inside to join co-star Frank Rautenbach and director Steven Silver for the evening screening.

As for the movie, “The Bang Bang Club” is a drama based on the true-life experiences of 4 combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa.

In one of the news, Miss Akerman just nabbed herself another movie gig – as she’s joined the cast of the Universal comedy “Wanderlust”.

Joining current cast members Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux, the movie is about “a married couple (Aniston, Rudd) who try to escape the trappings of modern society by moving from New York.”


Arjun Rampal is now coming once again with Shah Rukh Khan in RA 1 after OM SHANTI OM and DON - THE CHASE BEGINS AGAIN. He has finished shooting for RA 1 where he plays the lead antagonist.

"The kind of energy that Shah Rukh Khan has brought into RA 1 is amazing. Just looking at him work brings so much spirit into you to go and perform well out there. Also, (director) Anubhav Sinha's way of working is infectious too.

Though not much is known about the plotline of the film, RA 1 is said to be a futuristic film belonging to sci-fi genre. With Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor also plays an important role in RA 1.

"I have worked in the film and also see the rushes so I can confirm that for you," smiles Arjun, "Yes, it is the best action film ever made and is also the most ambitious and expensive of them all RA 1 is definitely going to be a special film when it comes out We are looking at a Summer 2011 release."

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Snatching 43 percent of the vote, actress Angelina Jolie was voted "Best Celebrity Role Model" in a WENN poll. Jolie most recently visited Pakistan as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador seeking solutions for those displaced by the recent floods.

Jolie was ahead of Oscar winner George Clooney, himself a United Nations Messenger of Peace, who took second place with 23 per cent.

It was bit surprise that Miley Cyrus ranked in third place with 15 per cent - she even scored more votes than campaigning rocker Bono, who had to settle for fourth place and just 14 per cent of votes.

Christian musicians Jonas Brothers rounded out the poll in fifth, with five per cent of votes.


Making for a full day of promotional efforts, Freida Pinto was the belle of the ball at the 35th Annual Toronto International Film Festival.

Looking very nice in red, the Indian actress was joined by "Slumdog Millionaire" co-star beau Dev Patel at the red carpet premiere of the movie "Miral".

Receiving common reviews so far, "Miral" is described as "a drama centered on an orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of the first Arab-Israeli war who finds herself drawn into the conflict."

Earlier in the day, Freida went out sans Dev as she joined Hiam Abbass at the Guess Portrait Studio for a fun-filled photo session taking place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.


Making time for her fans, Kim Kardashian made her much awaited exit out of the Soho Hotel in London, England.

With a large crowd gathered outside, the E! reality beauty kindly stopped to sign posters and pose for a few pictures before heading off for the night's agenda.

Currently on her second night in the UK locale, Kim seems to be having a marvelous, yet tiring time. She tweeted earlier today, "I literally met the sweetest fans outside of my hotel last night! Thanks @Naridash and @MelissaHudson29 for the letters! Xoxo".

A few hours later, the 29-year-old sluggishly added, "Jet lag is hitting me hard."

Monday, September 13, 2010


Mahima Chaudhury celebrates her 36th birthday today. She speaks fluent Bengali. She did her schooling in Loretto, Darjeeling. Mahima was a model before entering showbiz.  Mahima Chaudhry (born 13 September 1973 in , West Bengal, India, whose real name is Ritu Chaudhry, is a popular Indian actress

She was chosen to be the female lead among about 3,000 applicants who auditioned for Pardes. Subhash Ghai who considers the letter M a good luck charm, changed her name from Ritu Chaudhury to Mahima Chaudhury. She has worked with numerous actresses including Kajol, Shilpa Shetty, Amisha Patel, Urmila Matondkar, Manisha Koirala, Raveena Tandon, Rekha, Preity Zinta, Tabu, Padmini Kolhapure, and Hema Malini. When asked, she expressed her desire to work with Juhi Chawla: her favourite actress.

She was romantically linked with Dino Morea, who denied the reports. She dated tennis star Leander Paes for some time.  In 2006 she married a high profile Mumbai architect, Bobby Mukherjee in Las Vegas amidst total secrecy.


Selena’s always been a fan favorite, so it’s no wonder that the crowd went crazy when she arrived at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.

The “Wizards of Waverly Place” looked absolutely adorable as she happily smiled while waving to her beloved fans and making her way down the white carpet.

And as far as who has her vote, Ms Gomez would like to see Justin Bieber take home the Best New Artist Moonman.

Selena told MTV News, "I think he deserves it. I think he's worked really hard. I think he works harder than a lot of people I know, so he deserves it."

Friday, September 10, 2010


Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja's domestic maid, who accused Shiney of raping her, has told to a court that the rape never took place.

Shiney was accused of raping his domestic help at his Andheri West home June 14, 2009. He was arrested and spent 110 days in police and judicial custody in various jails before the Bombay High Court granted him bail on surety of Rs.50,000.

While granting bail, Justice A.P. Deshpande had imposed stringent conditions on ordering Shiney to live in New Delhi till the trial started in Mumbai, not to influence witnesses, deposit his passport with the police, and report regularly to a nearby police station while in the capital.

The 20-year-old victim made the statement last week before a special judge in a fast track court in Sewri where Shiney's 'in-camera' trial is currently under way. She also claimed that she made the serious charge against Shiney allegedly because of some pressure from a woman who introduced her to the actor.

Confirming the developments, public prosecutor K.V. Dighe said the court has now declared the victim as a 'hostile witness', but the trial will continue. The case against Shiney will continue before the fast track court and the outcome would depend on the statements of other witnesses besides the evidence gathered against him.


Getting ready for reality dance stardom, Audrina Patridge was seen leaving a dance studio in Los Angeles, California.

Looking very sexy, the former "Hills" star smiled for paparazzi as she slowly made her way to her car after rehearsing for the TV show "Dancing with the Stars".

Definitely feeling the burn from the intense sessions ahead of the show's season premiere, Audrina told Us magazine, "My legs are so sore!" Continuing on, Audrina says that she's been having a tough time "going through the entire routine without stopping because you run out of breath. It's like, 'I don't know if I can stand this for fifteen more hours!'"

Not settling for second rate material, the 25-year-old, Audrina tells, "I'm really hard on myself. I'd rather just keep going and going and going instead of taking a break."

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Now we are going to see Vidya Balan and Tabu together in Santosh Sivan's "Urmi". We all are witness to Vidya Balan's acting prowess and her dancing excellence. No wonder then that director Santosh Sivan didn't blink an eye before approaching Balan for a dance number based on the traditional Mohiniattam dance form, in his yet to release film titled Urmi. The song has been choreographed by the well known south dance director Ulhas.

Santosh Sivan’s Urumi is now in full swing in the forests of Malshej Ghat near Mumbai. Tabu is in Malshej Ghat to do a cameo appearance. Not only is Vidya performing a dance number but she has an extended part in the film as well. This Malayalam film is a period drama set in the 15th Century and deals with the killer of Vasco Da Gama. The leading actors of the film are Genelia D'Souza and Prabhudeva.


Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos were seen enjoying one another companion in a SoHo area of New York City.

The TV show host with her husband walked along a travel hand-in-hand after jacket up lunch during luminary favorite, Balthazar. On the weekend, a happy couple attended a 35th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, NY to watch their 9-year-old daughter Lola contest in modernized jumping classes.

After Lola as well as her pony, Dawn’s Early Light, scored dual second place ribbons, unapproachable dad Mark told People Magazine, “She unequivocally had a lot of fun.” He added, “I’m in assign of a shoe shining. Kelly does a ribbons.”