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Reema Khan, Pakistani Aishwarya shooting film in Malaysia
Thursday, June 15

LAHORE: Often compared to Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai because of her striking beauty, Reema Khan, a big name in Pakistan’s film industry, is shooting her second film in Malaysia.

In this movie, she is emulating another Bollywood star, Shah Rukh Khan.

Reema has performed on stage with Bollywood megastars, SRK and Preity Zinta and has often matched their steps but says she has turned down countless offers to act in Bollywood movies.

“I can’t do kissing scenes or wear a short skirt or a bikini. I’m a Muslim first, and my religion and culture do not allow me to do so.

“If I had taken up the offers I might have got more exposure, but it’s not how I want to be known.”

With 200 film roles in her kitty since 1993, Reema is also an acknowledged film producer and director. The 29-year-old is the face of international brands like Lux, Colgate and Pepsi.

Her first feature film as producer-director, Koi Tujh Sa Kahan (No one is like you), was shot in Malaysia in 2005. It was the most successful film that year and went on to win Best Film at the Lux Style Awards 2006.

She also took home the best director and best actress trophies.

Reema is here till end-June to direct her second feature film, entitled Kitni Haseen Hai Zindagi (Life Is So Beautiful).

A romance, it has a full Pakistani cast with Reema playing the lead alongside popular Pakistani actor Muammar Rana. Shooting locations include Putrajaya, Langkawi, Malacca and Cameron Highlands.

Farhan Akhtar’s a lonely man
Thursday, June 15

MUMBAI: Famous for his cheerful self and outgoing disposition, the multi talented Farhan Akhtar has all of a sudden become a loner! Reportedly the director-turned-actor has gone into a shell and is consciously trying to distance himself from the people around.

It was Farhan who apparently cleared the air and came out in open about his sudden behavioral change– courtesy his upcoming flick KARTIK CALLING KARTIK. Buzz has it that the movie required him to be a solitary brooder. Of late, Farhan switched off his mobile and all of a sudden became isolated.

Call it method acting, or what so ever it seems the acting bug has bitten him rather hard!

Akshay Kumar: Women are from heaven
Thursday, June 15

MUMBAI: Akshay Khiladi Kumar who has performed the most stunts still admits that marriage was the most difficult stunt. When asked his views on women, being the more superior sex, he gushes, ” Women are stronger than men at all times, I respects women a lot. I have always said that Men are from Mars whereas Women are from Heaven!” Well we are as surprised as you are, knowing of his glorious past.

As they say temptations are a part of life & when you are good looking, things get more difficult. What better example than Akki himself, who has been romantically linked to some of his female co-stars like Pooja Batra, Raveena Tandon, Rekha, Shilpa Shetty and Priyanka Chopra. Akshay has confessed that this image has become a thing of the past. Khatron Ke Khiladi’ Akshay who calls himself a ‘pure man’ has certainly matured.

So, if Akshay is the ‘Kinng’ then, we say that the credit goes to his wife, who is the glittering ‘Twinkle’ of his eye!

Bollywood union boycotts Australia over attacks
Thursday, June 11

MUMBAI: Bollywood’s biggest labour union said Thursday its members would refuse to work in Australia until attacks on Indian students there ceased.

Two Bollywood movies – including one by Bollywood’s largest producer, Yash Raj Films — were to be shot in Australia this month.

“None of our associate members will work in Australia until the racism issue is resolved,” Dinesh Chaturvedi, head of the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE).

FWICE, which represents 250,000 workers, including actors, lighting and sound technicians, camera operators and dancers, issued a notice to all Bollywood producers announcing the boycott.

It was the latest snub by Bollywood over a wave of assaults on Indian students which have strained diplomatic relations between India and Australia.

Last weekend, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan rejected an honorary doctorate from a Brisbane university, in protest against the attacks on Indian students.

Three recent Bollywood box-office hits — Salaam Namaste (Greetings), Chak de India (Go India) and Heyy Baby — were shot extensively in Australia.

The union’s announcement came a day after another attack on an Indian student was reported in Australia.

Police said a 21-year-old Indian student was confronted Tuesday by five men in a college campus car park in the suburbs of the southern city of Melbourne, where many of the attacks have taken place.

They demanded money and cigarettes from the man, then attacked him when he refused to comply, with one slashing him across the chest with a weapon believed to be a box cutter, causing minor lacerations.

The issue came to world attention late last month when student Sravan Kumar Theerthala was left comatose after being stabbed with a screwdriver by gatecrashers at a Melbourne party.

Many of the most serious cases occurred in Melbourne, where police estimate Indians account for about 30 percent of all robbery and assault victims.

India’s media have dubbed the attacks “curry bashing,” and newspapers have been splashed with headlines such as “Australia, land of racists.”

The Australian government has called in the former head of Australia’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) regiment to lead a task force examining the attacks.

Farah Khan a doting mother
Thursday, June 11

MUMBAI: Choreographer-turned-director Farah Khan, who is currently scripting for her next project Happy New Year, says that in spite of her professional commitments, she spends maximum time with her kids.

“I try and give maximum time to my kids and my husband. I give 75 percent of my time to my family and 25 percent of my time to my work. I’ve learn’t to strike this balance,” Farah told.

Farah who married Shirish Kunder, the editor of her debut film Main Hoon Na, gave birth to triplets – Anya, Diva and Czar last year.

Sanjay, Ajay, Fardeen & Bipasha in Bollywood’s costliest song
Thursday, June 11

MUMBAI: Not too long ago, Rohit Shetty was lime light, thanks to his film Golmaal Returns.

Also, he was in the lime light for his larger than life track ‘Tha Kar Ke’. Now he has done it again. After already claiming the record for the most expensive song in Bollywood with ‘Tha Kar Ke’, Rohit has broken this record in his under production film All The Best.

Rohit has set up another lavish song which he is currently shooting in Goa for All The Best. Choreographed by the talented duo Bosco – Ceasar to music from Pritam, Rohit has left no stone unturned to create a musical extravaganza. He especially flew down 1000 dancers from Mumbai and arranged for 1000 more locals from Goa for the song.

The shoot schedule which was spread over 6 days has been picturised on Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan, Fardeen Khan, Bipasha Basu and Mugdha Godse on a beautiful virgin beach of Goa, while the elaborate sets have been made by Narendra Rahurikar. If the sparks generated by the dynamic starcast wasn’t enough, the song will also have a plethora of fighters, expensive cars and bikes. Though, unlike in Golmaal Returns, there won’t be any cars being blown up.

While Rohit quips about the budget of the film going overboard saying, “Since the producer is Ajay Devgan, he has given me complete creative liberty and hasn’t yet presented me with the bill.”

By the looks of it, All The Best is all set to take this Diwali by storm when it releases on 16th Oct.

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