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Bermulanya Babak Panas!

10 Mar


SHAHID dan Priyanka bakal mengejutkan penonton menerusi babak-babak lakonan mereka dalam filem, Kaminey.

SUDAH lama filem Bollywood tidak muncul menggemparkan dengan adegan panas hero dan heroinnya. Namun filem terbaru arahan Vishal Bhardwaj berjudul Kaminey dijangka memanaskan pawagam dengan aksi dua pelakonnya, Shahid Kapoor dan Priyanka Chopra.

Apa yang panas adalah filem genre aksi drama romantik turut apabila ia memaparkan aksi-aksi panas asmara antara Shahid dan Priyanka. Malah dalam satu adegan Shahid dikatakan mendedahkan tubuhnya dalam adegan menunggang kuda.

Satu sumber memberitahu: “Kaminey bakal mengubah imej Shahid selama ini. Ia akan meletakkan Shahid sebagai antara bintang Bollywood paling hangat masa kini dan dia begitu teruja mengalami pengalaman baru sepanjang terbabit dengan filem itu, ujar sumber kepada Glamsham.

Sementara pada sambutan hari jadinya yangke-28 baru-baru, Shahid dilaporkan berasa dirinya 28 tahun lebih muda berbanding usianya. Seorang rakannya memberitahu: “Shahid mahu berasa seperti muda sentiasa dan sebab itu dia menolak untuk melakonkan watak yang lebih tua berbanding usianya.”

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Kareena Selebriti Paling Popular 2008

30 Dec


KAREENA meraih 40 peratus sokongan dalam tinjauan selebriti paling popular di India.

Ungguli senarai aktres pujaan Bollywood

MUMBAI: Aktres terkenal Bollywood, Kareena Kapoor, menduduki senarai teratas tinjauan selebriti paling popular di India diikuti Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Deepike Padukone dan Bipasha Basu, menurut laporan, kelmarin.

Dalam tinjauan itu, Kareena meraih 40 peratus sokongan diikuti Katrina (38 peratus), Priyanka (10 peratus), Deepike (tujuh peratus) dan Bipasha (lima peratus), lapor akhbar.

Kareena yang mendapat tumpuan ketika ini kerana tinggal sebumbung dengan aktor Saif Ali Khan, dianggap layak berada di singgahsana paling popular selepas filemnya Jab We Met bersama Shahid Kapoor dan arahan Imtiaz Ali mendapat sambutan hangat.

Popularitinya dijangka meningkat apabila filem Kambakkht Ishq disiarkan turut dibintangi Akshay Kumar serta aktor terkenal Hollywood, Sylvester Stallone, Brandon Routh dan Denise Richards.

Katrina Kaif pula mencuri tumpuan menerusi filem Yuvvraaj, walaupun ia tidak meletup dari segi kutipan tiket. Sekurang-kurangnya, beliau berganding dengan teman lelakinya, Salman Khan buat kali pertama.

Katrina juga diundi sebagai wanita Asia paling seksi pada 2008 serta nama paling kerap dicari dalam senarai Zeitgeist oleh Google.

Priyanka pula tidak memulakan 2008 dengan baik apabila filem lakonannya, Love Story 2050, Chamku, God Tussi Great Ho dan Drona mendapat sambutan dingin.

Tetapi, beliau kembali menyinar dalam filem Fashion arahan Madhur Bhandarkar dan semakin hangat menerusi filem arahan Karan Johar, Dostana selepas beraksi seksi memakai bikini.

Sementara itu, Deepike menyaksikan reputasinya melonjak selepas filem kedua, Bachna Ae Haseeno mendapat sambutan. – Agensi

Berita Harian

'I'LL BE REMEMBERED AS THE GUY WHO KISSED'

17 Aug

 Is Emraan Hashmi Bollywood’s unofficial superstar? While we go ga-ga over the new Imran (as in Imran Khan, the Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na heartthrob), spare a thought to the original Emraan. Yup, the serial kisser. Yup, the one who does outrageous things in movies just to get the girl’s attention. In Tumsa Nahin Dekha, he forcefully kissed Dia Mirza the first time he saw her in full public view, in Jannat, he broke the display window of a shop when he saw Sonal Chauhan looking longingly at a diamond ring and in Gangster, he slept with Kangana Ranaut so that he could use her as a bait to trap her criminal boyfriend. Nobody can get away with such murder on screen and still be called a leading man. Well, Hashmi can. In just over five years, Hashmi has carved an identity and a loyal fan base. His films make money (at least one big hit a year; that’s more than John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan and Shahid Kapoor have delivered). His is the face that launched a thousand new voices in Bollywood. It was in Bheege honth that we heard Kunal Ganjawala the first time; his Woh lamhe gave us Aatif Aslam. And who can forget Hashmi and Himesh Reshammiya’s combination in Aashiq banaya aapne. Clearly, Hashmi is in the right business. Clearly, he has mastered the formula of dishing out what the aam aadmi wants. Yet he remains the uncrowned superstar. Why is that? Hashmi decodes the riddle for us.

Do you ever feel that you haven’t got your due? I’d like to think that I’ve got my fair share of hype. It’s been a conscious decision to lie low since I didn’t want to overexpose myself. At the end of the day, newcomers will come and go, flavours of the month will change but good work and successful films never go unnoticed.

You’ve a pretty strong audience base, who do you think is a typical Emraan Hashmi fan? He’s the man on the street. He lives in the interior of our country. He watches his films in the single-screen theatre, whistles at the songs and claps at the dialogues. My audience gives me instant feedback and I live for that.

Why do you think you are unable to attract the slick city crowd and women fans? That’s because of the stuff I do on screen. Women usually are taken aback. The elitist audience looks down on my films but I think it’s hypocrisy. They see more stuff in English films and seem to lap it up.

Why did you join Bollywood in the first place? Largely, it was because of the lure of money. And also, because I was bored. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I was studying commerce which was a complete waste of time because I have zilch business acumen. I quit all that to assist Vikram Bhatt in Kasoor and Raaz. And that changed my life.

But whose idea was it to launch you as a hero? I always wanted to act but I was too shy to say it aloud. My grandmother, Purnima Verma, who is yesteryear’s actress was keen to see me on screen. Mahesh Bhatt saab, who is also my uncle, felt I could give it a shot and offered me Footpath.

Do you think the image of being a ‘serial kisser’ has gone against you? Other actors also have an image and live with it. The bottomline is that the audience has accepted me and I’ve to give them what they want. Suddenly, I can’t shift gears by doing an arty, intellectual film. At the end of the day, at least I’ve a recall value. Fifty years on, they’ll still remember me as the guy who used to kiss on screen.

But have you had people coming to you and commenting on your kissing scenes? Oh yeah. I remember when I was shooting for Awarapan in Rajasthan, some parents of schoolchildren came up to me and said that even though my songs are so popular, I’m negating my audience because of my kissing scenes. They felt if I stop doing that then I can increase my fan base. When Jannat was releasing, I had random people coming up to me and enquiring whether they can take their kids for the film.

I’ve always wanted to ask you this, do you practise kissing scenes before a shot? Nope. I’ve practised enough. I don’t think too much about it. I just go and do what has to be done.

Do you guys discuss when to put a kiss in a film, ask the heroine etc? How does it happen? We do have discussions about the kiss. Sometimes the heroine shoots it down on the day of the shoot. Sometimes it’s because the director feels the audience expects it. In Jannat, it was actually supposed to be a peck but the director (Kunal Deshmukh) had a superstition that the film will do well if we kiss.

You’ve mostly acted with new girls; do you remember all of them? Yeah, I’ve acted with some 15 new girls. I don’t remember all of them.

Have you kissed all of them? I missed out on a couple. I didn’t kiss in The Killer and Awarapan.

How does your wife, Parveen, take it? She’s fine. It’s been going on for five years now. She’s immune to it.

Don’t you want to leave the comfort zone as the Bhatt’s in-house hero? See, we are a family. Our sensibilities match. They make the films I want to do. Creatively I’m satisfied. The offers that I get from outside don’t really excite me. I’m open to doing films with other banners but not a senseless comedy film with six other heroes. I’ve a luxury to be slightly selective because I have Vishesh Films backing me.

What do you have to say about the other Imran? I’ve seen his film. I liked his performance. He’s very nice.

The Indian Express

Plot Pivots On Luck, Proves Unlucky — Kismat Konnection

1 Aug


Plot pivots on luck, proves unlucky — Kismat Konnection


SLOW-PACED : Kismat Konnection

Kismat Konnection

Genre: Romance

Director: Aziz Mirza

Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Om Puri, Haider Ali

Storyline: An unlucky architect pitching for a shopping mall falls in love with his Lady Luck activist rooting for the community centre (where the mall is supposed to come up) he has to decide which interests him more.

Bottomline: Miss Kismat. Mat Jao.

It makes you think Lindsay Lohan-starrer ‘Just My Luck’ wasn’t that bad. ‘Kismat Konnection’ is on the same lines in the beginning and then gets into ‘Two Weeks Notice’ territory with the shopping-mall versus community-centre conflict. An architect pitches for a shopping mall and falls in love with an activist rooting for the community centre, where the mall is to be built. Om Puri and… never mind, we forget.

Actually, with female company you may not mind this seemingly long film that demands absolutely no attention from you.

Shahid Kapoor is back to being Shah Rukh Khan and suggests that ‘Jab We Met’ may have been a fluke.

Vidya Balan is all set to win the Na-Real again for her choice of wardrobe that often gives her arms to match Shahid. She’s no doubt pretty but I wouldn’t dare an arm-wrestling match with her after ‘Kismat.’

Annoying characters

We know Aziz Mirza’s signature is in creating an ensemble but here, it just means more annoying characters than ever. It’s always tricky to make a film based on chance and luck but there’s only so much disbelief you can suspend.

Suddenly telling us that nobody, including all architects pitching for the project, knew the disputed property had a strong foundation is not just convenient and lazy screenwriting, it is the kind of stuff that makes you want to walk out in a terribly slow film that tries hard to be sweet.

SUDHISH KAMATH


Hindu On Net

Kismat Konnection

19 Jul

 Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Vishal Bhandari, Om Puri, Himani Shivpuri, Juhi Chawla, Boman Irani

Director: Aziz Mirza

He’s a down-on-his-luck architect. She’s the one who’s going to turn it all around for him. Prime ‘prem kahani’ material, and the kind of story that Aziz Mirza used to wing. But that was a long time back : ‘Kismat Konnection’ doesn’t quite connect.

Raj (yes, that’s what Shahid is called, even if it brings to mind a million roles Shah Rukh has played with that same name) is in the Mirza mould of the underdog heroes who slip occasionally, but get up, in the end, to fight the good fight. Pretty Priya (Vidya) poses the conflict: will it be massive malls, or a community centre for the homeless; crass commerce or love? Will rich businessman Om Puri, in a fake white wig, win? Or will Bomani Irani, in an equally fake grey one, who espouses the cause of the ‘aam aadmi’, trounce the opposition?

No prizes for guessing which side Raj will choose. The trouble with ‘Kismat Konnection’ is not only its predictable screenplay, but its even more predictable filling-in-of-the-spaces between the first and the last frame, and the lack of any real fire, barring a stray sequence or two, between the lovebirds. Shahid, who had gone on to another level in ‘Jab We Met’, slips right back into his floppy haired, too-eager-to-please style, and Vidya stays exactly where she’s been – on the same single track, and as determinedly frumpy.

Everyone else hams. Please never let us see Juhi Chawla, who’s usually capable of sense, as a trumped up techni-coloured crystal ball gazer, again.

shubhra.gupta@gmail.com

The Indian Express

Kareena Klon Victoria Beckham

25 Apr

KAREENA KAPOOR dikatakan telah menjadi klon baru Victoria Beckham apabila muncul dengan bentuk badan yang agak kurus menerusi filem terbaru lakonannya, Tashan.

Malah, dia juga dikatakan sebagai pencetus sindrom tubuh kurus kering di Bollywood yang menjadi amalan selebriti-selebriti Hollywood seperti Keira Knigtley, Mary-Kate Olsen dan ramai lagi.

Menerusi filem yang turut menampilkan lakonan kekasihnya, aktor Saif Ali Khan serta Akshay Kumar itu, jelas memperlihatkan susuk tubuh Kareena yang jauh berbeza daripada dirinya sebelum ini.

SUSUK tubuh Kareena yang kurus mulai dikesan awal tahun ini.

Wajah terbaru Kareena itu juga tampak sedikit cengkung.

Biarpun ia mula menimbulkan spekulasi hangat, apa yang jelas Kareena sendiri gembira dengan perubahan bentuk badannya itu.

“Ada pihak yang mendakwa saya mahu menjadi seperti Victoria Beckham. Saya fikir cakap-cakap mengenainya bermula selepas Saif (Ali Khan) mencacah tatu nama saya pada lengannya sama seperti yang dibuat oleh David (Beckham) yang mencacah nama Victoria pada lengannya,” ujar Kareena kepada agensi berita India, IANS.

Tambahnya, “Secara jujur, saya bangga dengan bentuk badan saya sekarang ini. Saya perlu kelihatan seperti ini untuk filem terbaru saya, Tashan.”

BADAN Kareena agak berisi ketika masih menjadi kekasih Shahid Kapoor dulu.

Namun, Kareena menafikan dia mengamalkan diet melampau. “Saya tidak berlapar untuk mendapatkan bentuk badan saya sekarang ini. Kenapa saya perlu menjadi seperti orang lain? Saya tidak melakukan sesuatu yang drastik terhadap diri sendiri. Saya hanya melakukan yoga keagamaan dan mengamalkan pemakanan sihat, itu sahaja, terima kasih,” ujarnya.

Malah, Kareena dengan lantangnya menolak dakwaan mengatakan dia pernah pengsan di lokasi penggambaran Tashan akibat diet melampau.

PERHATIKAN betapa kurusnya Kareena (kiri) dalam satu babak filem Tashan bersama Akshay (tengah) dan Saif.

“Ada wartawan yang menerusi tulisan mereka mendakwa saya pengsan di set penggambaran Tashan kerana kononnya saya tidak cukup tenaga disebabkan kurang makan. Itu semua dusta! Adakah penulis-penulis itu mengenali saya secara peribadi?

“Siapa kata rupa saya sekarang jauh bezanya berbanding dulu? Saya hidup dengan penuh bahagia ketika ini dan ia jelas kelihatan menerusi fizikal saya ini. Saya tidak kehilangan berat badan. Saya hanya mengubah sedikit fizikal tubuh saya, dan ia adalah untuk watak lakonan saya dalam Tashan.”

Kosmo

The Bangla Bombshell

26 Mar


The Bangla Bombshell

“The sex symbol tag is my brand equity.” says actor Bipasha Basu in an interview in SREEDHAR PILLAI

WHAT WAS hot and happening in Chennai? If you were on the sets of Prasad Studio recently, there could be only one answer: Bipasha Basu. The Bengali bombshell wrapped up a folksy “fantasy erotic song” for the film “Sachin”, accompanied by hero Vijay and a dozen dancers flown in from Mumbai. Dressed in a blue skirt with magenta brocade and a frilly matching choli, Bipasha breezes through the peppy number choreographed by Ahmed Khan with ease. There is a thump in her bump and an edge to her grind.

Bipasha has evidently lost a few kilos over the last two months. She looks cheerful and full of energy. She says it was a great experience to do a Tamil film and adds her co-star Vijay, producer Thanu and director John are thorough professionals. They had given her an English translation of the script before signing her for the film.

Bonny to family members and Bips to friends, Bipasha loves to talk about her career and love life candidly and endlessly. She has no qualms about being called the sex symbol of Bollywood. She says: “What’s wrong in being a sex symbol? I think the audience like me as I have the personality that’s required to be a sex symbol.” It was her first three releases “Raaz”, “Ajnabee” and “Jism” that established her as a sex siren, though her characters had negative shades. Her moment of glory came when Britain’s Channel Four listed “Jism” shots featuring her among the sexiest 100 scenes in world cinema!

However last year, Bips faced stiff competition from a bevy of wannabe item girls such as Mallika Sherawat, Priyanka Chopra and Neha Dhupia.

Added to that, her films such as “Aitraaz”, “Rudraksh” and “Rakht” had flopped. Says Bipasha: “Competition is there in all fields but I believe that it is talent that counts at the end of the day. I am getting all plum roles and trust me, Bipasha is a brand!” Bipasha says it was her boyfriend John Abraham who motivated her to shed weight and now “it feels great when he says I look ravishing.” Bipasha also says she has taken her career seriously and plans to do good films and carefully choose scripts that come her way.

She says in Prakash Jha’s “Apaharan”, a film set against the backdrop of the kidnapping incidents in Bihar, she is paired opposite Ajay Devgan. She plays Megha, a bar dancer. In “Phir Hera Pheri”, she is doing her first comedy role in the company of Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal. Then there is John Mathew Mathan of “Sarfarosh” fame who is doing a dark thriller in which she is paired with Shahid Kapoor.

Meaningful roles

Recently Bipasha created a stir when producer Yash Chopra signed her to do “Dhoom-2”, a sequel to last year’s big hit “Dhoom”, to be directed by Sanjay Gadhvi. This film will have Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai. Bipasha’s summer releases are “No Entry” with Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Fardeen Khan, and “Barsaat” with Bobby Deol and Priyanka Chopra. Adds Bipasha: “I have meaningful roles in these films. I had to turn down a few films which did not satisfy me as an actress in terms of subject and money.”

When asked why she said “No” to Kamal Haasan’s “Mumbai Express”, that was first offered to her, she is quick to reply: “He is a wonderful actor. But I had to play the role of a mother of a 10-year-old boy. I was not sure whether the audience will accept me in such a role.”

On why she accepted “Sachin”, she chuckles: “It is a beautiful role. I play cupid in the film and bring Vijay and Genelia, the lead pair, together. When you see the film, you will know why I accepted it.”

Grapevine has it that the dusky beauty was paid a whopping amount to do the film. Says Bipasha: “Of course money is very important and I need a lot of it to live in a difficult city like Mumbai and maintain my lifestyle.”

On media reports that she has been refusing a lot of art house films, Bipasha shoots back: “I am not here for awards. I will not compromise on my salary, why should I work for charity?”

Bipasha says though she has been flooded with offers from the South where money is bigger than in Bollywood, her heart is in Hindi films. She finds Vijay to be quiet, cool and dignified. Adds Bipasha with a smile: “When we were in Ooty I was surprised by the way people got excited seeing him and the worst part was no one recognised me. They say he is a phenomenon.”

Bipasha is in a league of her own and concludes: “I take it as a compliment when people label me a sex symbol. After all it is my brand equity. I guess I am here to stay for long as an actress and make the most of what I am getting.”


Hindu On Net