Sarah-Jane to turn singer (02:44 PM February 27th)
Sarah-Jane Dias, who will be seen this year in films like O Teri, Happy New Year
and Angry Indian Goddesses
, is taking western singing lessons these days for a reason. Sources close to the actress suggest that she will be lending her voice for a few tracks in her untitled upcoming film.
When contacted, Sarah did confirm about the vocal training but refused to give any information about the film or its title. Sources also confirm that since a month she has been taking vigorous training in both singing and contemporary dance and was recently spotted at Ashley Lobo's dance school.Sonakshi Imran lend voice for Rio 2 (11:58 AM February 27th)
In what's a first for Hollywood and Bollywood, Rio 2
, the sequel to 2011's hit animation flick, Rio
will see two of Bollywood's leading actors feature as the main voices for the dubbed Hindi version.
Sonakshi Sinha and Imran Khan will feature as the lovable and memorable macaws Jewel and Blu respectively, for Rio 2
. The English version of the movie will see the voices of Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg again which will be dubbed in Hindi by Sonakshi Sinha and Imran Khan.
Though in the past B-town actors have lent their voices on a small scale, this is the first time such a huge Bollywood association has taken place for a Hollywood franchise.
which is one of the most anticipated Hollywood movie in India, is an adventure comedy set in the Brazilian city of Rio De Janeiro. The movie will feature the return of Blu, Jewel and their three kids who leave their domesticated life for a journey to Amazon rainforest.
Talking about dubbing for the film Sonakshi says, "I love watching animation films, so when they approached me to lend my voice to the sequel of one of the most loved animations - Rio
... I didn't have to think twice! It's a completely new experience for me and I'm very excited! It's a treat not only for the kids, but families as well!"
in 3D releases on April 11, 2014 in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.Alia is my true inheritor - Shabana Azmi (10:46 AM February 27th)
Immediately after seeing her performance in Imtiaz Ali's Highway
Shabana Azmi rushed to the Bhatts' residence to congratulate the parents and their daughter for the extraordinary performance.
The 5-times National award winning actress, acknowledged by many cineastes as among India's finest talent ever, sees Alia as the true inheritor of her talent. Interestingly Alia's father Mahesh Bhatt has compared Alia's performance in Highway
to Shabana's sterling career-defining performance in Arth
Shabana who won a National award for her performance in Arth
, agrees with Mahesh Bhatt's assessment.
Opines Shabana, "Javed and I went straight to Alia's house after watching Highway
. We were both profoundly moved by her performance. I am so very proud of her."
Shabana takes no offence to Alia's father comparing his 2-film old daughter to the high-priestess of histrionics. "Mahesh doesn't say this lightly and he doesn't say it because Alia is his daughter. He compares Alia's performance to mine because he genuinely believes that the girl has achieved an exceptional level of performing prowess so early in her career. And Mahesh is right."
Shabana feels Alia has got where Shabana did in Arth
in no time at all. "Alia's achievement is all the more laudable because I did Arth
after 9 years of facing the camera. Alia has done it in her second film. That's amazing! Alia took me completely by surprise. She possesses both vulnerability and insouciance."
In fact Alia's protective step-sister Pooja Bhatt is planning a film with her baby-sister.
Says Pooja, "If Student Of The Year
launched Alia as a young star, Highway
has launched her as an actor. I am so soooo proud of her and I shall remain ever-grateful to Imtiaz."Sonam gets into workshop for Dolly Ki Doli after Raanjhanaa (10:45 AM February 27th)
When Sonam Kapoor was roped in for Raanjhanaa
, one of the pre-conditions set by director Aanand L. Rai was for her to attend certain acting workshops with theater actors. Now for her next film for which she begins shooting soon, Dolly Ki Doli
, it would be back to the grind for the actress who saw some good critical acclaim coming her way for her performance in Raanjhanaa
"Yes, Sonam would be attending an elaborate acting workshop for Dolly Ki Doli
," informs a source, "In fact she would be joined by the principle cast of the film that includes Pulkit Samrat, Rajkumarr Rao and Varun Sharma (of Fukrey
fame). First time director Abhishek Dogra has planned this schedule for his lead cast so that all is well in order before they arrive on the sets."
The film, which is set in North, would be shot across multiple locations in and around Delhi. Most importantly for Sonam, who has a central role in the film, it was all the more imperative that she adapts to the various culture, lingo, tone and theme of the cities where she would be stepping her feet in.
Meanwhile her co-star Pulkit, who follows the approach of method acting, is happy that he would be able to get his act right much in advance.
"I basically believe in rehearsing for three takes for a shot before going on the sets. That saves a lot of time for the crew when you have done your research as an actor. Such workshops help then," he says, "Moreover, I and Sonam are working together for the first time. It is going to be very exciting to be sharing the screen space with her."
For Rajkumarr, an accomplished actor himself, this workshop would only bring him closer to the world of hardcore commercial setting.
For producer Arbaaz Khan, who is stepping out of the comfort zone of Dabangg
, it is going to be an altogether different and unexplored world in Dolly Ki Doli
"Yes, we have planned workshops for the film," says Arbaaz, "In fact we begin with joint readings and then move on to the workshop. Once we start shooting during March/April, it is going to be a non-stop schedule across different cities. Whatever adaptation to the script and the plot had to be done, it has to be now."
Ajaz Khan gets movie offer from Rohit Shetty (10:37 AM February 27th)
After creating quite a furore at the Bigg Boss
house, Ajaz Khan is busy whipping up a storm in Cape Town for Fear Factor
with both his off and on camera hi-jinks.
While his presence on the show riled Kushal Tandon and Gauhar Khan enough to send them scampering back to India, Ajaz's stunts for the show seem to have impressed the yesteryears' super stunt-man Mudhu Balwant Shetty's son Rohit Shetty enough to offer him a major role in his next film Ajay Devgn- Kareena Kapoor starrer Singham 2
Says a source from Cape Town, "Rohit Shetty has made the announcement of casting Ajaz on camera. Rohit was impressed not only by Ajaz's stunts on camera he also found him entertaining and funny off camera. On an impulse Shetty offered Khan a role."
I tried to congratulate Ajaz. But he quickly begged off any comment. Apparently the channel Colors has placed a blanket ban on all media interaction with the Fear Factor
contestants after the Kushal- Gauhar- Ajaz tamasha in Cape Town.Shaadi Ke Side Effects ' Movie Review (11:21 PM February 26th)Cast:
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Saket ChaudharyRakul Preet detained at Delhi airport (03:13 PM February 26th)
Rakul Preet who made her big screen debut earlier this year with Yaariyan
was detained at the Delhi airport. Apparently the actress was travelling to Mumbai and while going through the security check at the Delhi airport, a suspicious metallic object was found in her bag. On scrutiny the said object turned out to be a bullet, owing to which she was asked to step aside. Rakul was later detained for carrying a bullet in her bag by the CISF and was questioned for hours about the bullet.
Later on closer examination, the 8mm bullet that is not available in India turned out to be a dummy that was used on sets of Rakul's south film shoot eight months earlier. Post this discovery Rakul was released by the police.Sridevis next to be a trilingual film (02:08 PM February 26th)
Sridevi, who ruled Indian cinema in the 80s and 90s, made a solid comeback two years ago with English Vinglish
. However, post the massive response that English Vinglish
garnered, Sridevi has maintained a distance from the silver screen.
Finally, her husband Boney Kapoor announced that he is producing a film which will have Sridevi playing the main lead. While he has been mum about the rest of the cast and crew, it is being said that this one too will be a trilingual film just like English Vinglish
. However, Boney Kapoor maintained that this yet to be titled film is slated to go on floor this year in the month of September or October and will be shot in Delhi.Aamir Khan sings for Satyamev Jayate (02:06 PM February 26th)
After crooning for his films, Aamir plans to sing once again for his ambitious TV chat show 'Satyamev Jayate season 2'.
Though the lyrics and music of the title track remains the same as the first season, changes have been made in the video and also some portions of the song have been re- recorded with Aamir's voice. The lyrics are written by Prasoon Joshi and the music is composed by Ram Sampat. Aiming to bring about a change in the society, Satyamev Jayate is a chat show that analyzes the deep rooted problems of the country.
Post the success of the first season last year, the second season of Satyamev Jayate will go on air on March 2.Tigmanshu Dhulia to act in television series (11:39 AM February 26th)
After playing grey characters in a handful of films, Tigmanshu Dhulia now turns his attention to television. The filmmaker turned actor will be seen in the fictional show of Amitabh Bachchan where he is said to reprise the role of a powerful politician.
Not divulging the details of his role, Tigmanshu who is more than excited to be a part of this series stated that he was in awe of Amitabh and was bowled over by his involvement in the show. The director could not stop praising him and his dedication towards the show and also revealed that he will cherish this for the rest of his life.
Though this is Tigmanshu's debut as an actor, he has previously directed TV shows like 'Naya Daur' and 'Star Bestsellers'.Mumbai CCL team parties even after losing (10:39 AM February 26th)
The Mumbai CCL team lost its match against the Kochi team in Hyderabad yesterday but they still partied hard all night on Saturday.
According to an eyewitness, "The entire Mumbai team was in Sohail Khan's hotel room from 11 pm to 6 AM. Huma Qureshi, Chitrangda and Priya Mani also joined them. Raucous sounds of merry-making were heard all night all across the hotel corridors."
Apparently, the Mumbai revelers in Hyderabad had to be told to stop the noise as it was disturbing the other hotel guests.
Says a member of Kochi team, "We won. But the Mumbai team partied. We were too embarrassed by what happened on flight to party."
According to this eyewitness here's what happened on the Kochi-Hyderabad flight. "The plane began its run for takeoff when the airhostess did her usual emergency drill. The Kochi team was in a playful mood. They all clapped when the airhostess did her thing. One of the team members even cracked a joke in Malayali. The air hostess complained to the captain who stopped the plane and asked the boys to disembark. The team had no choice but to get down. The thing is, the Mumbai team gets away with a lot more noisy behaviour in flight because they're recognizable faces. However no one from the Kochi team is recognizable. They were therefore treated as nothing more than disruptive elements on flight."
Apparently the Kochi team has now sued the airline for being asked to disembark.My mother most beautiful woman in the world: Amitabh Bachchan (09:09 PM February 25th)
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