Saturday, January 15, 2011

Obama meets Zardari

President Asif Ali Zardari arrived at the White House on Friday for talks with US President Barack Obama on the key but often uneasy anti-terrorism alliance between their countries.
Zardari flew to Washington for a memorial service later on Friday for the late US envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke who died last month at the age of 69.
A small pool of photographers was ushered into the Oval Office to record the meeting, but the two presidents make no substantive remarks. Secretary of

Pakistan to face NZ in 2nd Test today

The 2nd Test Cricket match between Pakistan and New Zealand will be played from today in Wellington.
Pakistan had over New Zealand 10wicket win inside three days in the first cricket Test in Hamilton.
Earlier Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand has started in the worst possible fashion as they were defeated in the Twenty20 series in December by 2-1.

Shahrukh Khan’s My Name Is Khan: Filmfare Nominations In Galore

The Filmfare Awards nominations have been announced on Thursday and the film that has bagged a maximum number of nominations is Shahrukh Khan’s My Name is Khan making it nominations galore for the film as a whole.
Shahrukh Khan’s portrayal of the character with a lapse in his mental capabilities thereby making him a little abnormal at times was essayed with excellent perfection by the star.
In fact the way his neck had to be strained every time he spoke was kind of strenuous for SRK in real life and he had gone through severe pains in his neck

Aamir doesn’t bathe regularly!

Strange as it may sound, but Bollywood actor Aamir Khan’s wife Kiran Rao says the one thing she dislikes about her husband is that he doesn’t bathe regularly.
“The one thing that I don’t like about him is the fact that he doesn’t take a bath. And trust me when I say this that his bathing habits are not very regular,” Kiran told Live India in an interview.
To this, the actor jumped in for his own rescue and said: “I do take a bath when I go out for work. And considering most of the time I step out for work, I take a bath

Bollywood Female Stars To Rock In 2011

Bollywood has an array of movies lined up this year and most of these have some very pivotal roles played by female protagonists thereby making it a year full of Bollywood female stars rocking the scene to the core. The heroines who will rock the scene in 2011 are quite a handfull.
So who are the top slot female stars that are set to rule the roost in 2011? Well topping the list is none other than Bebo, or Kareena Kapoor. This hot shot star has a full on five biggies releasing this year which puts her in the top of the list. Kareena Kapoor has seen the

Did Katrina show up at 3 a.m to see Shah Rukh Khan?

Did Katrina show up at 3 a.m to see Shah Rukh Khan?Lately Katrina Kaif has been bonding with Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan

Lately Katrina Kaif has been bonding with Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan. What's significant about that? It so happens that Ranbir Kapoor also parties with the same gang.

A guest present at Hrithik Roshan's birthday party on Monday night reveals, "SRK arrived a bit after 2 am. Katrina showed up post 3 am. On spotting Shah Rukh, she made a beeline for him. 

Throughout, she remained stuck to him and Karan Johar. It was as if the two guys were Katrina's only friends at the party. She's normally quite reserved at parties but this time her comfort level was evident." 

The source points out amusedly, "Kat didn't drink, eat or socialise much. She had conversations with a few select people like Farhan Akhtar, stayed for a couple of hours and left minutes after Shah Rukh did. 

She isn't a party animal and it was strange to

Revealed: Vidya Balan's very 'special friend'

Revealed: Vidya Balan`s very `special friend`Vidya Balan and Siddharth Roy Kapur share a special friendship, insist sources

It looks like Vidya Balan has found a very 'special friend' in producer Siddharth Roy Kapur (of UTV Motion Pictures). 

The twosome has so far been extremely discreet about their bonding. But sources close to the two feel that there is definitely more to their growing friendship.

Now and then

Says a source, "Some of the No One Killed Jessica unit is aware of it. But everything was kept tightly under wraps as it would look like a part of promotions for the film. But now that the movie is out, people are talking about it."

Siddharth was married but is now separated.

Under wraps

Adds the source, "Vidya bonded with

Farah, Shah Rukh Khan hug and make up

Farah, Shah Rukh Khan hug and make upAfter their year-old cold war, Shah Rukh Khan and Farah Khan had an emotional reunion at recent awards 

After their year-old cold war, Shah Rukh Khan and Farah Khan had an emotional reunion at the Apsara Awards at the Bandra -Kurla complex last night.

Says an onlooker, "Last week at the Screen Awards, while backstage, SRK had invited FK to join him in his vanity van. 

At the time, their vans were far apart. Farah finished her act and left soon after. However, last night at the Apsara awards, their vans were almost next to each other and she had to pass by SRK's van. 

As she was crossing by, SRK's spotboy saw her and asked her to come in and meet Shah Rukh. Farah went in and both of them hugged each other warmly."

A casual chat veering around their children followed. Farah showed SRK pictures of her triplets, Anya,

Ranbir was put off with Katrina's insecurity due to Nargis

Ranbir was put off with Katrina`s insecurity due to NargisKatrina Kaif spends time with Ranbir Kapoor at his sister's house in Delhi

Katrina Kaif recently spent time with Ranbir Kapoor in Delhi, where he was shooting for Imtiaz Ali's Rockstar.


A source present on location says, "Ranbir has been shooting with Imitaz for Rockstar in Delhi for almost a month. Kat wasn't able to travel and meet him because of her prior commitments and as she was promoting of Tees Maar Khan. 

But when she got an opportunity to visit Delhi for promotions, she rushed through the events and met RK at his sister Riddhima's house." 

A few days before their secret meeting, the two had had an argument over his growing proximity with his Rockstar co-star Nargis Fakhri. 

Aishwarya Rai: Busy at work

Aishwarya Rai: Busy at workOn Tuesday, Aishwarya Rai did a five hour photo-shoot with hubby Abhishek Bachchan for a Valentine cover. 

Although she was weak from a viral attack, after pack-up, she headed to the Apsara awards where she received an award for Cinematic Excellence for her performance in Guzaarish. 

Tonight, the actress leaves for the Zee awards where she is performing again. Phew! 

My confidence went up after Ajay pat: Shazahn

My confidence went up after Ajay pat: ShazahnShe is a novice; he is a veteran. She is just 22; he is 41. Shazahn Padamsee was apprehensive about matching up her performance with Ajay Devgn, whom she romances in Madhur Bhandarkar's first comedy "Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji", but says her "zero confidence" level shot up when he praised her acting skills.

"When I met Ajay sir for the first time...I wasn't nervous, but I was just hoping that there were no complaints. I felt so junior suddenly...and it was like 'My god! I am working with someone so talented!' Shazahn told over phone from Mumbai. 

"I just hoped that I could impress him with my talent. So, when at the end of the shoot he came and patted me on the back and said: 'Well done!', my confidence level went from like zero to 100."

In "Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji", Shazahn plays June Pinto, "a happy, bubbly young girl who is child-like, very cute and innocent". The film will release Jan 28.

The actress said it was simply "inspiring" to be around Ajay, who has been active in showbiz for the

What was Vivek Oberoi sipping his cuppa?

What was Vivek Oberoi sipping his cuppa?Vivek Oberoi sipping his cuppa at the Apsara awards. 

Now that VO has said he's not endorsing alcohol, we are left wondering what it could be. 

Maybe chocolate milk sent by wife Priyanka to boost VO's stamina for his performance? Doodh da jawaab nahi

Ragini MMS: Ekta Kapoor playing by numbers!

Ragini MMS: Ekta Kapoor playing by numbers!Ekta Kapoor gets film's title 'Raginni' numerologically changed

Ekta Kapoor is at it again. She has changed the name of her latest flick. The horror offering, earlier titled Raginni, will now be called Ragini MMS.

Apparently, she did it because of bizarre incidents during the film's shoot and because of accidents that happened on the sets with alarming frequency.

A Balaji (her production house) source reveals, "The title has been changed as per the instructions of numerologist Sanjay B Jumaani.

Ekta also found out that a guy had died in the bungalow at Dahanu where they were shooting the film. Jumaani told her that she should change the title numerologically and that things would settle down. She did that and the film got completed. The accidents on the sets troubled her the most."

The film's director Pavan Kripalani, says,

Farah Khan in Denial and Shock!

Farah Khan in Denial and Shock!After a bombed film like Tees Maar Khan, which turned out to be one of the sloppiest movies of 2010, and which even 'Sheila Ki Jawani' could not save, it is obvious that director Farah Khan will be in shock. But hold on. The director is not in shock due to the bombing of her film. We learn that the director has recently said in an interview that her movie has gone on to be a hit!

Can you do anything but laugh out loud? The director has said that the movie, contrary to box-office reports is a hit. Much has been talked about the brewing friendship between Salman Khan and Farah over the past one month.

While reports from Salman front say that the actor has offered Farah everything from being an actor to script-giver to producer for a movie that may work in Farah’s favour, after the disastrous Tees Maar Khan, Farah is in complete denial of any such development.

Salman has reportedly asked Farah to bank on his talents to deliver her a super hit for her next

Farah on her patchup with Shah Rukh Khan

Farah on her patchup with Shah Rukh KhanBy Subhash K Jha

About the much-discussed patchup with Shah Rukh Khan Farah says shyly, “We hugged at the awards function. When I went backstage for my mediabytes his van was parked right there. His spotboy saw me and opened his van's door. So naturally I just popped my head in.”

Even earlier at another awards function last week Shah Rukh had invited Farah to meet her backstage. 

“That time I couldn't. This time I did, ” says Farah.

At the same awards function Farah took her renewed friendship with Sanjay Leela Bhansali (SLB) to another level. They had fallen out during the Friday feud over Saawariya and Om Shanti Om. But had begun the process of reconciliation last year. At the awards function on Tuesday SLB and Farah got a chance to bond under very peculiar circumstances. 

They were both stranded on stage

Amisha throws Lavish birthday bash for Ashmit

Amisha throws Lavish birthday bash for AshmitAmeesha Patel and her parents threw a lavish birthday party for her brother Ashmit Patel

After patching up with her brother Ashmit and parents Amit and Asha Patel last year, she and her folks threw a birthday party for her sibling last night at a lounge bar in central Mumbai. 

Says a source, "Ameesha and her family are very happy that Ashmit reached the finals of Bigg Boss 4. For them, he's already a winner. It' a celebratory time for all of them. 

The family decided to throw a big birthday party for him at Veda. Many of Miss Patel's friends including Sanjay and Manaayata Dutt were invited. 

While the actress took care of all the decorations and birthday cake, their parents organised the event. The actress made personal calls to the guests while her bro messaged them."

BB4 housemates Rahul Bhatt, Shweta Tiwari and Samir Soni were invited. 

Move over Munni, big boys of Bollywood are here

Move over Munni, big boys of Bollywood are here  Looks like the Munnis and Sheelas of Bollywood need to make way for the item boys! Stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Salman Khan and Hrithik Roshan are showing a keen interest in song sequences that have so far been the preserve of women.

Farah Khan's latest film "Tees Maar Khan" saw Salman dancing away with Katrina Kaif and Akshay Kumar on "Wallah wallah". He had earlier succumbed to the item song craze when he performed on "Bang bang" from "Hello" directed by Atul Agnihotri, who is married to his sister Alvira. The film was an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's novel "One Night@The Call Centre".

Abhay Deol will be seen doing an item number in Sudhir Mishra's "Tera Kya Hoga Johnny". 

"Male actors doing item numbers is a sign of changing cinema. This shows that they are also ready to try something new and create an image of their own. Moreover, it also depends upon the demand of the script," trade analyst Taran Adarsh told.

In Bollywood, one can say, the

Salma Hayek's call to Gulshan Grover

Salma Hayek`s call to Gulshan GroverBy Subhash K Jha

Apparently it was a call from Salma Hayek, asking about the premature reports of her proposed film with Gulshan Grover that compelled Grover to fly down to LA this week to sort out matters with the film's director Bill Duke. 

Now all is well and the film starts shooting in summer this year. 

Speaking from Los Angeles Gulshan Grover said, “Yes I had to rush to LA for some serious damage control. Everyone from my leading lady Salma Hayek to my director Bill Duke wanted to know, 'Gulshan what's going on?'. The film's makers were miffed with me because I had broken their breach of trust. Now it's all sorted out. ” 

Apparently even Salam Hayek rang up Gulshan to ask him about the rush of information about their project. Not that Gulshan regrets it. 

Says the actor, “I've signed a film with

SRK's remarks upset Asha Parekh and Zeenat Aman

SRK`s remarks upset Asha Parekh and Zeenat AmanDoes there have to be a controversy every time Shah Rukh Khan hosts an award function? After the Screen Awards last week, the host called one actress from each decade on stage and interacted with her. 

There's a buzz that when Asha Parekh and Zeenat Aman came on stage, inappropriate remarks were made on their anatomy, which apparently offended the senior actresses. 

However, Ms Parekh says, "We were not upset at all. We were told before the awards what he was to say and we were happy. There was nothing derogatory in Shah Rukh's remarks." Zeenat adds, "It was all done in good humour and jest. Shah Rukh was telling me to teach Shahid Kapur how to pout. 

There was no animosity or malice behind his comments -- just clean fun. In life, one should be able to laugh at oneself and not take everything so seriously. There were no personal digs or making fun of anybody." So that's

Not so high-maintenance Sallu spruces up his vanity van

Not so high-maintenance Sallu spruces up his vanity vanSalman Khan wants to re-do his vanity van. The focus is on comfort and not on luxury. Brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri will help him redesign it"

Salman Khan isn't high-maintenance. The actor, who still lives in a one-bedroom apartment, chooses comfort over luxury. That preference stays the same, now that he wants to have his vanity van re-designed. 

He's owned the vehicle for years, and it serves as his changing, living and sleeping room whenever he is shooting. 

But he feels that it needs to be upgraded. Helping him in this 'makeover' is his brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri.

Sacred space

Most actors, who spend more hours at work, than they do at home, and their vanity van is a sacred space. 

It's a home away from home. But it's more than

Lara wants both Salman and SRK on her wedding!

Lara wants both Salman and SRK on her wedding!Bollywood star Lara Dutta and Indian tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi are tying the knot in Goa on 19th February in a very simple Victorian-style ceremony. The duo has already sent out their wedding invitation cards to the friends and relatives.

Interestingly, Lara has invited both Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan for her wedding. We all know that both the Khans cannot stand each other and they try to avoid crossing each other. However, it will be very tough situation for both of them to avoid Lara's invitation because she has been close to both of them.

Now, it will be interesting to see how the duo handles the awkward situation when they come face to face on Lara-Mahesh wedding. It may also happen that one of them give it a miss!

Lara's wedding venue is being decorated in a Victorian style as she is a Catholic and prefers simplicity. Everything has been kept sober but the presence of two Khans may turn it hotter. Other guests from the Bollywood include the names of Bipasha Basu, Akshaye Khanna and Kareena Kapoor.

Security guard loses job for molesting Akki's son!

Security guard loses job for molesting Akki`s son!Akshay Kumar is known to be a doting dad to his eight year old son Aarav and he has even tattooed his name on his back. So, when someone misbehaves with his son, the actor will definitely not spare the person and this has been proved at a recent incident.

Recently, Akshay went to a family friend's home at The Grand Eastern Shores in Juhu with his wife Twinkle and son Aarav. The bizarre incident took place there when Akshay was busy talking with some residents there. A security guard (Bhandari) of the building had reportedly pinched at his son's buttocks.

This was not acceptable for Akshay and he slapped the guard. However, the security guard said that he just wanted to save the life of the little boy, who rushed into the meter room.

But Akshay and Twinkle maintained that the 35 year old guard pinched Aarav's buttocks. As a result, he had to lose his job as per the instructions of Askhay's secretary, who made a call to the building's secretary next day.

Aamir Khan has no time for Imran-Avantika's reception

Aamir Khan has no time for Imran-Avantika`s receptionAamir Khan still hasn't set a date for Imran and Avantika's reception

Aamir Khan is still undecided about when he will host the wedding reception for nephew Imran Khan and his bride Avantika Malik. And there are no plans of having it before the release of Dhobi Ghat.

My way

B-Town speculation was that the actor-producer would throw a bash where he would invite the who's who of Bollywood as well as other high-profiled folk just before his wife Kiran Rao's movie hits the marquee. 

This would be Mr Perfectionist's way of announcing the film's theatrical release as well as celebrating his nephew's big day. 

But Aamir maintains, "Yes, I do want to host a big reception but I have not thought of any date yet. There is no time to have any such event now. It is too close to the release of Dhobi Ghat on January 21."