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Saturday, 27 October 2012

Pakistan To Launch Premier League In March

Pakistan will launch its Premier League Twenty20 tournament in March as it bids to lure more international cricketers back to the country.

Touring sides have shunned Pakistan since a militant attack on Sri Lanka players in 2009 but last weekend an International World XI took on a Pakistan All Star team in two T20 games.

"We have decided to go ahead with the PL as this is the best time for us to bring back some international cricket to Pakistan," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf told Reuters.

South African turned down a request from the PCB to adjust the dates for Pakistan's tour from January to March next year as the tour ends on March 24th, about the same time the Premier League is to be launched.


Thursday, 25 October 2012

I am not competing with Sajid, says Farah Khan

They are both into filmmaking, but there's no room for rivalry between Sajid Khan and his sister Farah Khan. Instead, choreographer-turned-director Farah, who often directs dance sequences for Sajid, says their work gives them a chance to spend quality time together.

"When I go to choreograph for him, I feel I get to spend some more time with my brother because now I am busy with my children while Sajid has his own life," Farah said here Monday at the launch of TV show 'Veera'.

"So, at least when we work together, we spend quality time with each other. I don't think there is any competitiveness where Sajid is concerned," Farah said.

Farah has directed films like 'Om Shanti Om' and 'Main Hoon Na' while Sajid is credited for entertainers like 'Heyy Babyy', 'Housefull' and 'Housefull 2'. Farah says they share mutual admiration for each other's work, and Sajid even stands up for her whenever someone attacks her films. 
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Durga Puja Made Happy For HIV Patients

Imagine you waking up to the rhythmic beatings of dhak on a hospital bed. Imagine the smell of delicacies and hit numbers from Bollywood flicks filling the air when you're surviving on IV drops. And imagine screams of "aschhe bochhor abar hobe" from the immersion procession making you think whether you can endure the pain for another year.

What makes you shudder even in your imagination is the life of a group of patients undergoing treatment at the School of Tropical Medicine, which primarily treats HIV cases. Most of them don't hope to do what everyone does on Puja days any more as they're fighting a losing battle against the killer disease.

"So what they cannot step out, we can always step in," thought D Ashis, general secretary of Medical Bank. Thus began a unique initiative in which the organization started carrying the spirit of Durga Puja on the hospital campus. On the occasion of Panchami on Friday, doctors, attendants and members of the group shared some light moments with the patients to lessen their burden of pain. Sarees, dhotis and sweets were also distributed to bring a feeling of newness to their otherwise agonizing lives.

"With so many people caring for us, I feel like living again. Otherwise, the way we - the HIV patients - have been stigmatized makes me feel like a burden on the society," said Asmina Begumwith pain creased all over her face.
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Monday, 22 October 2012

Yash Chopra: The Director With A Musical Soul

Yash Chopra: The director with a musical soulYash Chopra was one of the first to tell the story of an anti-hero – Amitabh Bachchan in Deewar – a path many were afraid to tread in the 70s. When Salim-Javed wrote the script, they did not leave any space for songs. But Chopra insisted on having at least three songs in the film. The songs were the only let down in the tight narrative. Apparently Chopra told Salim-Javed, ‘Film sookhi lag rahi hai’, and the writer duo replied, “Then let us name the film geeli deewar (wet wall)!”

It’s not that Chopra never made a songless film. His 1969 film Ittefaq with Rajesh Khanna had no songs. But he was someone who always wanted his work to be remembered as much for its music as for its script and characters.

Almost two decades after Deewar, he cast yet another upcoming actor as anti-hero – Shahrukh Khan in Darr – and this tale of an obsessive lover was underlined by great music, including the superhit song Jaadu teri nazar sung by Udit Narayan.The soundtrack of 1981 love triangle Silsila was a runaway hit, but the film was one of Chopra’s biggest duds at the box office.
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Thursday, 18 October 2012

Will Aamir Khan-Anushka Sharmas Peekay Create Controversy?

Will Aamir Khan-Anushka Sharma’s Peekay create controversy?
The subject of director Rajkumar Hirani’s next is somewhat similar to that of the Paresh Rawal starrer OMG! Oh My God.
                                   After the fabulous success of 3 Idiots, there has been much speculation about director Rajkumar Hirani’s quirkily titled film Peekay. With Aamir Khan playing the leading man, the curiosity level is much higher than that surrounding Aamir’s Talaash or even Dhoom:3. It has been a while since we learned anything new about Peekay, but our hard work searching for more has finally paid off. Our favourite source told us that Mr Perfectionist has anticipated that the subject of the film might create controversy, though that will only be good for it.
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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

John Abraham To Star With Mohanlal In Home Production Jaffna

John Abraham to star with Mohanlal in home production JaffnaThe Dostana actor, a self confessed fan of the South superstar, wishes he could act in Jaffna along with Mohanlal.After the success of Vicky Donor, John Abraham has turned into a full-fledged producer and is doing the best he can to tie in a smashing cast for his upcoming political thriller Jaffna.

The Dostana actor, a self confessed fan of the South superstar, wishes he could act in Jaffna along with Mohanlal.
After the success of Vicky Donor, John Abraham has turned into a full-fledged producer and is doing the best he can to tie in a smashing cast for his upcoming political thriller Jaffna. And if you thought that the hunk was all brawn and not much else, you couldn’t be more off the mark!

Instead of going for a regular commercial, star studded cast, John expressed a wish to work alongside veteran South actor Mohanlal in Jaffna. John, half Malayali himself, said that he would love to work with Mohanlal as there was much that he could learn from him.
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Rakhi Sawant: For Saif Ali Khan, A Woman Is Just Like Tissue Paper!

Rakhi Sawant: For Saif Ali Khan, a woman is just like tissue paper!

The original motormouth controversial babe Rakhi Sawant is back, and this time she’s all set to take on the newlywed Nawab of Pataudi, Saif Ali Khan. The model-turned-TV host, who has been known to create hungama with her verbal diarrhoea ever since she entered showbiz, gave her bhavishyavaani about Saif only a couple of days ago. According to her, the actor uses woman like tissue paper. And if you think this is it, wait…there is more!

When the media cornered Rakhi two days before Saif-Kareena’s royal wedding hoping that she would shower her best wishes on the newly married couple and say good things about them everyone and their microphones were taken aback with the item girl’s startling revelations particularly about Saif Ali Khan. But we know it made for that perfect byte; after all, the media is very shaana – it knows what Rakhi Sawant can do when she gets going!
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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Australian MP Questions Gillard Over Award To Sachin Tendulkar

An Australian politician has questioned Prime Minister Julia Gillard's decision to award an Order of Australia to iconic Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for his contribution to sport.

Federal Independent MP Rob Oakshott who expressed his love for Little Master, said the special award should not be used for diplomatic gain, the ABC news reported. 

"I love Sachin Tendulkar, I love cricket. But I just have a problem with soft diplomacy as you call it," he said, adding "Getting in on the act of the Australian honours." 

Oakeshott said the Order should be focused on recognising Australians doing community work instead. 

"I'm not going to die in a ditch over it...but it's about the integrity of the honours list which should be for Australians," he said. 
 He said that Tendulkar was an "obvious diplomatic touch point", and further suggested setting up an inter-nation gong, such as an "Australia-India award".

Saif Ali Khan And Kareena Kapoors Marriage Solemnized Under Special Marriage Act

Bollywood couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor tied the nuptial knot officially today under the Special Marriage Act. Marriage Registrar Surekha Lohkare came to Saif Ali Khan's residence to solemnize the marriage in the presence of witnesses.

 The much-awaited wedding of Saif Ali Khan and actress Kareena Kapoor finally took place yesterday with the Bollywood couple tying the knot in a simple registered marriage ceremony, ending their five-year courtship.  Saif, 42, and Kareena, 32, completed the formalities in the presence of close friends and family at the actor’s residence at Fortune Heights in suburban Bandra yesterday afternoon.
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Saif Ali Khan - Kareena Kapoor Wedding Wont Last Long, Curses An Actress!

Bollywoods hot item girl Rakhi Sawant is back again. The motor-mouth actress, who doesnt even hesitate a bit before taking dig at the Bollywoods top-notch stars, now goes against Saif Ali Khan, who is all set to marry girlfriend Kareena Kapoor.

Rakhi Sawant is very unhappy over Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor's upcoming wedding. Talking to the media persons, Rakhi said that Saif uses and throws women like 'tissue paper'. "Kareena is a great girl, I like her a lot, she would have got a better husband," Rakhi said. Rakhi further stated that the duo's marriage won't last long.
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Saturday, 13 October 2012

Karan Johar To Direct Shahrukh Khan Again?

The Agneepath producer, we are told, will be soon making a film that stars his favourite Khan Every time Karan Johar has directed a film with Shahrukh Khan as the leading man it has been a huge hit.

Every time Karan Johar has directed a film with Shahrukh Khan as the leading man it has been a huge hit. Last time the duo came together was for My Name Is Khan and they had Kajol for company. News now is that Karan will be collaborating with Shahrukh again, but this time it is not for a full length feature film. A number of filmmakers – including Dibakar Banerjee, Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar and Karan himself – are collaborating to mark the completion of a hundred years of Indian cinema.
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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Doesnt Jab Tak Hai Jaan Song Saans Sound Like A Mouth Freshener Ad?

After hearingSaans, we think it easily qualifies as a potential deodorant or mouth freshener advertisementAs Shahrukh Khan and Katrina Kaif get into an intense romantic mode in Saans from Jab Tak Hai Jaan, we are quite amused with the way Gulzar has played around with the wordsaans(breath) and khushbu (smell) in the song (with all due respect to the veteran lyricist).And imagine the amount of fun we had translating it into English and dissecting the lyrics! So while we aren’t quite sure if the song is a breath of fresh air, we think it could definitely qualify as a cool jingle for a mouth freshener or deodorant commercial!

But as the ever sweet and charming Katrina said in a recent press con that Saans is a song that you need to hear over and over again so that it grows on you, we think we will give this romantic track benefit of the doubt, just for you darling!
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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Mohanlal Back In Bollywood With Spy Film

The infamous ‘ISRO spy scandal’ that hit the headlines in the mid-1990s is all set to be made into a Bollywood film starring veteran superstar Mohanlal as an ISRO scientist who is falsely implicated in the non-existent case by the police and the local mediaThe idea of a film was first conceived by journalist-writer CP Surendran and popular TV actor-turned-director Ananth Mahadevan who later met up with S Nambi Narayanan, the ISRO scientist in Thiruvananthapuram, the actual victim in the case who was falsely charged with espionage and arrested in 1994 when he was heading the cryogenics division of ISRO.
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I Am Ready For Marriage: Priyanka Chopra

Actress Priyanka Chopra, who is looking forward to Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor wedding, says that she is ready to settle down, but is unable to find her Mr. Right.

"From the age of four I have been waiting to get married. I am ready for it. My mom, dad are also ready but the only problem is I am not getting Mr. Right. So that is a technical problem," Priyanka told reporters Thursday when asked if she is planning to settle down too.

Priyanka, who has turned a singer, was talking at an event to unveil her first single "In My City".

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Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Barfi! Makes It To The Oscar Long List!

The Anurag Basu production with Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz is now one of the 71 films named in the 2012 Academy Awards Foreign Language categoryEven though it was selected as Indias official entry at the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category for the year 2012, Anurag Basus film Barfi!– starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz – and its road to a nomination for the most coveted film award has not been easy.

Detractors have been a-plenty for Barfi!, as most film critics howled that various aspects of the film bore a close resemblance to various other films. And they didn’t stop there. Many wriggled their noses in disdain, saying that portions of the film were plagiarised. But now comes news that should silent the barkers.
Barfi! has made it to the long list for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film. And now it will lock horns with 71 other movies vying for acceptance as nominations in the final shortlist. The movie has already been a box office hit in India, raking over Rs 100 crore at the box office. But will it bag the most coveted trophy and make India proud?
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Why Is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Appearing On The Frost Interview?

Award-winning British journalist and TV host Sir David Frost is coming down to India to meet the inimitable Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The actor is slated to appear on his new show along with several Hollywood celebs in hour-long episodes.

Why does this not leave us excited? Sigh. It seems Aishwarya is giving interviews only to the firangi media, what with her several appearances on Oprey Winfreys show, including her recent one after giving birth to little Aaradhya. She was also seen on The David Letterman Show in 2005.

So, why is Aishwarya not talking to the Indian media? Why is she not appearing on prime chat shows on Indian television? Does she think people back home are too obsessed with her weight, and those abroad are not talking about that aspect of her physical appearance? Or is it the big bucks here?
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Katrina Kaif Almost Ditches Shahrukh Khan!

Dhoom:3 keeps Katrina super busy as she figures out a unique way to attend a song release eventStars are known to have a super hectic schedule, yet when it comes to promoting their films, there is just no way out. Especially when the film to be promoted is a Yash Raj production!
Something like this has happened to Katrina Kaif, right on the eve of a song release from Yash Chopra’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan. The pretty babe has a hectic schedule these days as she shoots for Dhoom: 3 round the clock in Chicago, and will not be able to attend the event in person along with Shahrukh Khan. The producer of both projects, Yash Raj Films even tried to work around the dates of both Katrina and Shahrukh, since veteran director Yash Chopra insisted that the two actors be together at the launch, but it couldn’t be worked out.
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Sunday, 7 October 2012

Will Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Say Yes To A Film With Brad Pitt?

The last time the beauty queen was offered a role opposite the Hollywood heartthrob in Troy, she turned it down!During the promotions of international mob-drama Killing Them Softly, the films lead star actor Brad Pitt waxed eloquent about his Bollywood know-how.

And apart from showering praises on the fast-changing Hindi film industry and expressing his interest in doing a Bollywood masala flick, Brad revealed that he’d like to work with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.This is what he said: “Given a chance, I would like to work with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan because she’s a versatile actor. She has worked brilliantly in films like The Mistress of Spices, The Last Legion, The Pink Panther 2 and Provoked to name a few.”
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Salman Khan Killed One;victims Kins Still Suffer For Rs 10L

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan once again made headlines when relatives of the victim, who was killed during a mishap by the actor, moved Bombay High Court demanding their unpaid compensation.
According to sources, Nurullah Mehboob died when the drunk actor rammed his Land Cruiser into a bakery on Bandra's Hill Road on Sept 28, 2002. His car ran over the sleeping workers leaving four injured and one dead.
Salman was asked to pay Rs 19 lakh to relatives of the five victims. Mehboob's wife Farida Begum and 22-year-old son Feroz have been struggling to get their compensation of Rs 10 lakh since last ten years. However, sources informed that relatives of other victims have already collected their compensations.
The actor did not give any statement on the issue, however, sources close to him stated that Mehboob's wife and son have failed to prove their identities and thus they have not got their due payment yet.
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Thursday, 4 October 2012

Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor Finally Getting Ready For Wedding!

We have so far cracked a lot of tit bits about Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor's much-awaited 'Nawaabi' wedding. The recent rumours are doing the rounds that the duo are all set to tie knots this month. Possibly, that's the reason why Saif Ali Khan's ancestral palace in Pataudi is getting renovated.

According to the reports, Neemrana Hotels, which manages the palace, has put room bookings on hold till Oct 25. An employee of the hotel told IANS, "We don't know what will be the role of the palace in the marriage but renovation is being done."

 On the other hand, the manager of the Pataudi Palace-Neemrana Hotels said, "According to my knowledge, it is routine renovation. I do not know more than that."
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