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Last Updated: March 27, 2008 09:04:03
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After wooing audiences with superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s item song for Krazzy 4, Rakesh Roshan and Director Jaideep Sen are all set with one more ace up their sleeve- an item song by dance king Hrithik Roshan!!!

The film is set to create a record of sorts with two superstars stars having their item numbers choreographed to the tunes of one song, “BreakFree”.

The promos of the stunningly choreographed Hrithik song will start airing this week. It is touted to have some of his best dance moves ever!

Says Jaideep Sen, “It was a delight to direct SRK and I must say the song is getting popular day by day. Hrithik’s song is on the same tune but there is a slight change in lyrics. He has danced brilliantly as usual and it shows. I am very lucky that two mega stars have danced on the title song for my debut film. Also Rakhi Sawant’s song is for the masses as she has a certain amount of class and is famous through her item songs. It was a great working experience with her as well!”

Krazzy 4 is a light-hearted comedy focusing on four Krazzy guys – Arshad Warsi, Rajpal Yadav, Irrfan Khan, Suresh Menon along with Juhi Chawla. Releasing on April 11, 2008, it is directed by debutant Jaideep Sen and produced by Rakesh Roshan under his banner FilmKraft.

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By Bollywood Hungama News Network, March 28, 2008 – 14:12 IST

That Aamir getting (read ‘championing’) social causes and eventually getting embroiled into controversies is nothing new. However, this time, it has stretched a bit too far. It was just recently, that it was announced that Aamir ‘The Perfectionist’ Khan would be one of the Olympic torchbearers, something that the Tibetan community in India has raised objection to.

They have told Aamir to simply distance himself from the Olympic torch relay that is to be held in China in 2008, so much so that a young protestor went to the extent of threatening self-immolation, if Aamir did not yield to the protests.

The reason cited for this protest is to express solidarity with the Tibetan struggle for freedom from China. Wonder what Aamir will have to say about it!


By Taran Adarsh, March 26, 2008 – 08:34 IST

Now it can be told! Everyone knows that Fardeen Khan was initially supposed to enact the role that has been portrayed brilliantly by Akshaye Khanna in RACE. Also, Mallika Sherawat was the first choice for the role of Mini [eventually portrayed by Sameera Reddy], the dumb associate of the investigating officer. Not many know that the casting underwent many changes before it finally went to the actors we see on screen today. Read on…

To start with, when Fardeen Khan opted out of the project [the dates were clashing with HEYY BABYY], the makers approached John Abraham for the part. John heard the script, but declined the offer because he didn’t want to portray a negative role [didn’t he win accolades in DHOOM?]. The role went to Akshaye Khanna.

Before Bipasha Basu came into the picture, the role was initially offered to Priyanka Chopra. She too, like John, didn’t like the idea of playing a negative role interesting [although she won tremendous praise for her part in Abbas-Mustan’s AITRAAZ]. Bipasha was the next choice and when she heard the script, it was a ‘Yes’ instantly.

Anil Kapoor too wasn’t the first choice for the part of the investigating officer. This role was first offered to Ajay Devgan, who loved the script, but felt that he wouldn’t like to do a strong, intense film then. Akshay Kumar was approached next. The actor shares a terrific rapport with Abbas-Mustan, but he declined the role because he didn’t want to play a secondary role.


By Taran Adarsh, March 26, 2008 – 08:41 IST

Akshaye Khanna is on Cloud Nine and rightly so! His work in RACE has come in for tremendous appreciation and most importantly, its success at the box-office has only added to the excitement. Shooting for SHORTKUT in Bangkok, the actor confides in me that no one expected RACE to work in such a big way. “Of course, all of us were confident that it would work big time, but the numbers have caught everyone unawares,” he sounds elated.

Akshaye, who has worked with some of the biggest names in the business, now looks forward to working with Akshay Kumar some day. “Imagine the two of us in one movie,” he states, “And only two people can achieve the impossible — Abbas-Mustan and Priyadarshan. In fact, they’ve been toying with the idea of casting us in a movie, but haven’t found the right script yet.”

Akshaye now looks forward to his next release MERE BAAP PEHLE AAP, which brings Akshaye and Priyadarshan together after a gap of few years. “It’s a fabulous film. In fact, I’d like to say that it’s Priyan’s best film so far,” he beams. Coming from someone whose name is synonymous with qualitative cinema, it only increases the expectations from this film.


By Subhash K. Jha, March 24, 2008 – 14:33 IST

If Emraan had his way Jannat would remain smooch-free. “But then my director Kunal Singh got greedy,” he says with a twinkle in his eyes. “He first persuaded me to do one kiss, then another.” Emraan who turned 29 on March 24 was quite sick and tired of kissing…and cutting cakes.

“I had already cut four cakes post-midnight, the first one of course with my wife”, he rattles off dutifully. “Then my friends had dropped in and we had a private get-together. The next morning I was on the sets and doing it all over again. I can’t say I don’t enjoy all the attention on my birthday. But if I really had one wish granted on my birthday it would have to be…no shooting! Sadly, that’s what I’m doing today,” Emraan cribbed from the sets of his new film Jannat. “The film is over. Just needed some patchwork. I enjoy working. But not at a time when I’m wanted by family and friends.”

Jannat is the film about match-fixing where Emraan plays a bookie. “Though the film is inspired by real -life incidents in the cricketing world, we’ve covered our bases well. We don’t want real-life figures from cricket to identify themselves in the film and create trouble in Jannat. So, ironically in a film based on true-life incidents we’ve consciously steered away from getting too close to reality for comfort.”

Though real-life cricketers play the field in Jannat, they aren’t modelled on any real cricketers. Does Emraan get on the field at all? “Actually I don’t like cricket at all. Don’t play it and hardly ever watch it. Fortunately, I play a bookie. So I don’t have to play in Jannat, he mumbles sheepishly like a brat boy who hasn’t done his homework.

Emraan is all praise for his costar Sonal Chauhan. “She’s totally new. The 14th girl to be launched with me. I don’t know how many ladies Mr. Rishi Kapoor launched in his heydays. But I’m getting there.”

Emraan shivers when he remembers the uncanny resemblance between Bob Woolmer and the actor who plays him in Jannat. “When I saw the actor Richard Burton I froze. He looks so much like Bob. And on top of that they turned out to be close friends. Not me, I’d say Richard is the perfectly cast actor in Jannat.”


By Subhash K. Jha, March 25, 2008 – 11:13 IST

UTV’s new project, Dhoondte Reh Jaoge, which took off on Sunday was suddenly hero-less …until Sonu Sood stepped in with gallant dexterity. Hua yun ke, Dhoondte Reh Jaoge ke liye the cast read Zayed Khan, Kunal Khemu, Paresh Rawal and Soha Ali Khan. But then Zayed begged off at the last minute. Apparently, UTV and Zayed couldn’t agree on the price factor.

Instead of wasting time and negotiating with Zayed , UTV immediately got in touch with their new blue-eyed boy Sonu Sood asking for immediate dates. Sonu panicked because the dates were given over to the Rajshri’s for Yeh Vivah Aisa Bhi. “But there was no way I was going to give up this chance,” relates Sonu Sood as he gets ready to enact what he calls the role of a lifetime. “After Jodhaa Akbar, UTV has indeed taken me under their wings. I’ve done pretty embarrassing things in the past like Sheesha. Suddenly, I’m making the right moves. And Dhoondte Reh Jaoge is definitely right.”

Like several recent films like Om Shanti Om, Halla Bol, Mithya and Superstar, Dhoondte Reh Jaoge is set in the film industry. “I play this superstar who’s roped into a peculiar situation. I get to play 11 different characters. I don’t know why Zayed opted out. But I’d have been foolish to not accommodate it into my schedule. I had to request the Rajshris to adjust. They obliged. I’m shooting some of Dhoondte Reh Jaoge now and the remaining part later.”

The film also stars Soha Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu and Paresh Rawal. But Sonu Sood claims he has the main role by default, all thanks to Zayed. “The director Umesh Shukla and Pareshji had done a lot of theatre together. So they are a team. I’m looking forward to working with both of them because I haven’t done anything like this. My son Ishaan is the happiest. After watching me ride horses and fight with swords, he’ll get to see me doing ‘Prem’, a role patented by Salman Khan in Sooraj-ji’s cinema, and then as a true-blue superstar in Dhoondte Reh Jaoge. I think I’m already a star for Ishaan.”


By Bollywood Hungama News Network, March 25, 2008 – 14:42 IST
Coca-Cola India recently announced torchbearers for the Olympic Torch Relay and present among them was Aamir Khan.

The six torchbearers were from diverse fields like Cinema, Government, Corporate house, NGO, Science and grassroots. The criteria of selection involved short listing luminaries, who besides having excelled in their respective fields should have also demonstrated commitment to the cause of environment stewardship and Aamir was asked to represent Cinema.

Aamir who is also Coca-Cola’s brand ambassador said, “I am delighted to be a part of the Olympic Torch Relay. This truly is a rare privilege and an absolute honor. What makes this feeling even more special is that it has given me the opportunity to be associated with the world’s greatest sporting event and at the same time also raise awareness to the cause of the environment. On behalf of Coca-Cola, I am delighted to announce the roll out of the company’s latest environment awareness initiative. The countrywide program includes organizing painting competitions in schools on the theme “The Need To Protect Environment”. The initiative would involve thousands of students across India.”

All the selected environmental champions would run with the Olympic Torch as part of the worldwide Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay. In the month of March 2008, the Olympic Torch Relay began its round-the-world tour that includes one-day relay in Delhi. This would be the largest Relay in the history of the Olympic Games, covering approximately 137,000 kilometers (85,128 miles) over a span of 130 days and traveling to all five continents represented by the Olympic Rings.

 

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