At last, Kajol has agreed to star opposite Shah Rukh Khan in buddy Karan Johar's My Name Is Khan
Kareena Kapoor can put her hopes of being cast in My Name Is Khan to complete rest. For finally Karan Johar’s first choice Kajol has agreed to do the film. Kajol gave the nod to the project on Thursday.
A source close to Kajol’s husband, Ajay Devgan, tells us, “Kajol indeed took a long time to take a call on her participation in Karan Johar’s My Name Is Khan, but the problem was that she had not heard the script in detail. This week, she took a long look at the script and finally said ‘yes’.”
“Karan and Kajol go back a long way. Their dosti is not only friendship but respect for each other as well. Kajol could not have refused the film outright,” the insider further says.
So how will Kajol adjust to the US schedule? Will her daughter Nysa accompany her? Wasn’t that one of the reasons why Kajol took long to give her nod of consent? “Well, that all will be sorted out. Kajol has worked out how to look after Nysa during that period. Whether Nysa will go with Kajol or not is still not known,” our source adds.
We sent a text message to KJo (as Karan is fondly called in the industry), but he did not reply.
My Name Is Khan, directed by Karan Johar, stars Karan’s best buddy, Shah Rukh (who co-produces My Name Is Khan) in the male lead.
The only time Shah Rukh and Kareena have been romantically paired earlier was in Asoka the Great (2001), which too was produced in part by Shah Rukh Khan.
Who's bigger in Bollywood, icon Amitabh Bachchan or younger rival Shah Rukh Khan?
The two movie stars have been slinging quotes back and forth ever since Khan said recently that the older legend's time was up. 'I am sexy, smart and young. That was his century; this is mine,' Press Trust of India quoted Khan as saying.
'Let's see what happens to (Khan) after 35 years,' Bachchan retorted in Sunday's PTI. He dismissed talk of any rivalry. 'Whatever he says is correct. I am old and he is young, and I agree he is smart and sexy," Bachchan said before going on to question Khan's future.
Affectionately called the 'Big B,' Bachchan, 63, has a massive fan following among South Asians and has acted in more than 150 movies in a career spanning more than three decades.
Khan, 41, is one of the Bollywood's biggest heartthrobs of the past decade and one of the highest-paid actors in the Indian movie industry. He has acted in nearly 60 movies, including the hits 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham' ('Some Happiness, Some Sadness'), 'Kabhi Haan, Kabhi Na' ('Sometimes Yes, Sometimes No'), and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna ('Never Say Goodbye').
Khan recently replaced Bachchan as host of India's most popular TV program, 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' -- a game show based on 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire.' Early ratings appear to indicate the elder superstar had a bigger following.
An item song means hot girls but it is an exception with Shahrukh Khan. He is the hottest item boy in Bollywood. The latest news is that King Khan is once again doing an item number in his upcoming production ‘Always Kabhi Kabhi’. Directed by Roshan Abbas this film stars four debutantes.
Previously SRK has done item songs in Krazzy 4 and Kaal. His mast mast item number in Om Shanti Om, Dard E Disco has done wonders at the box office. If the reports are to be believed Sharukh Khan is all set to go topless for this Always Kabhi Kabhi item number too.
Producer Karim Morani's daughter Zoa and Giselle Monterio, who played Harleen alongside Saif Ali Khan in 'Love Aaj Kal', Satyajit Dubey and Ali Fazal are playing the lead roles in Always Kabhi Kabhi. Sharukh Khan’s dance number will certainly play key role in the box office performance of this movie.
SRK, Kajol to come together for Karan Johar's next
They have made you cry, laugh and watch bedazzled as they unleashed their magic in films after films like Karan- Arjun, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. We are talking of Bollywood's favourite on-screen couple, Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan.
Well there is some good news for their fans. If reports are to be believed then director Karan Johar, will be casting the two of them opposite each other in his next film. SRK and Kajol will face the camera together after seven years. They were last seen together on screen in Johar's Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. Before leaving for New York for location hunting, the young director confirmed the news. He said that Kajol and SRK will be in his next film, which is an emotional love story being penned by Shibani Bhatija.
He had wanted to recreate the Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham magic and had initially offered Kajol the role which was finally essayed by Rani Mukherjee in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna. But Kajol turned down the role for reasons best known to her. But she did admit on the television chat show, Koffee With Karan, that SRK was mad at her for making her comeback with Aamir Khan in Fanaa and not him.
Zoa Morani to make her debut in Alwaya Kabhi Kabhi
Shah Rukh Khan is all set to promote Karim Morani’s daughter Zoa Morani in “Always Kabhi Kabhi”. Shah Rukh and Karim are good friends.
Buzz was also in the air that King Khan is likely to do a cameo role in “Alwaya Kabhi Kabhi”. The news has now been confirmed that Shah Rukh will no longer be a part of the film. But he will do a promotional video for it.
Debutant director Roshan Abbas confirming the news told, “On my first meeting I had told SRK that we needed his guidance to make this film. When the trailer was being worked on, SRK was away shooting for Don 2. We all wanted him to be a part of it.”
Abbas stated “The excitement grew. Imagine the impact of SRK introducing the film!”
The film introduces four new faces– the Love Aaj Kal Punjabi kudi Giselle Monteiro, Karim Morani’s daughter Zoa Morani, Jay Lobo of 3 Idiots Ali Fazal and the young Nana Saheb of Jhansi Ki Rani, Satyajeet Dube.
The film is a simple sweet story about today’s youth and the difficulties of generation gap that they face with their parents and ways in which they try to resolve it.
Abbas stated “It’s an adaptation of my play about a high school ‘Graffiti’, which I earlier wanted to turn into a graphic novel.”
Wild, outspoken and tom boyish Nandini of Always Kabhi Kabhi is in the simplest terms someone you wouldn’t want to mess with.
The gorgeous Zoa Morani made her big Bollywood debut in Red Chillies Entertainment’s Always Kabhi Kabhi that tackles with the pressures of growing up and the first’s we all experience in school .Playing the “Always Wild Kabhi Kabhi Mild” Nandini, Zoa made a splendid debut and walked away with stellar reviews.
Adds a source “Zoa’s character stays with you even after the film – she makes a convincing debut and has a quiet confidence about her.”
Says acclaimed trade analyst and critic Taran Adarsh “ Zoa Morani, playing a spitfire rebel, reminds you of Kareena’s ‘Poo’ act from K3G. She makes a confident debut!”
Says Rajeev Masand “Of the cast Zoa Morani is blessed with abundant confidence”
Adds film critic Raja Sen “Zoa Mirani plays the feisty one with significant charm. There's confidence and presence here, and this girl -- nabs a genuinely good shot in this film, a quick and wonderful visual flourish involving lipstick and suicide”
Director Roshan Abbas was also encouraging of her talent and knew no one could play the glossy yet real Nadini better than Zoa Morani –Says Roshan “After having auditioned Zoa I knew right away that this was the girl. For a newcomer she’s very focused and a keen learner. I see her going a long way”
Produced by Gauri Khan Always Kabhi Kabhi released 17th June,2011. Directed by Roshan Abbas, the film is the launch pad for four of the newest Gen X faces Zoa Morani,Giselle Monteiro,Ali Fazal and Satyajeet Dubey.
Vikram Bhatt takes yet another stab at reviving his comatose career with new thriller "Life Mein Kabhi Kabhie", which releases Friday.
"Life Mein Kabhi Kabhie" is the journey of five friends who have different definitions for happiness.
The film revolves around Manish (Aftab Shivdasani), Rajeev (Dino Morea), Jai (Sameer Dattani), Monica (Nauheed Cyrusi) and Ishita (Anjori Alagh). On their graduation day, they lay a drunken bet to find out who would be the happiest in life.
Rajeev's mantra of happiness is to excel in whatever one is best at doing, while Monica thinks fame is happiness. To Jai, power is happiness and Ishita thinks money brings happiness.
They give themselves five years to win the bet. Who will win the bet?
Apart from the director, Aftab, Dino, Sameer and Nauheed are also looking for a hit because that would really make them all happy.
This is Anjori's debut vehicle and the film's performance at the box office will define her career in filmdom.
After Hrithik Roshan, it’s Shah Rukh Khan’s turn to play superhero. The only difference is that King Khan is doing it only to win his lady love over in Farah Khan’s ‘Om Shanti Om’. “It’s a scene where Shah Rukh is trying to impress Deepika Padukone. He’s all dressed up as a superhero to woo her with some crazy stunts,” revealed a witness present on the sets during the shooting of the sequence.
Like most SRK romances where he does something to impress the heroine — right from ‘DDLJ’ to ‘Pardes’ to ‘Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa’ — this scene is a comic one. While Superman goes ‘Up, up and away’ before taking off, our desi superhero prefers ‘Oodi Baba’. Apparently SRK so liked playing a goofy superhero that he did retake after retake just to repeat the experience. “Farah okayed the shot but Shah Rukh was enjoying the whole thing. He kept on doing retakes,” the witness added.
We all know film cans are expensive, but Farah let Shah Rukh have his way because he is producing the film. SRK’s other director Shimit Amin used up 1500 cans for ‘Chak De India’. Given King Khan’s enthusiasm for playing a superhero, don’t be surprised if ‘Krrish 2’ stars him instead of Hrithik. Oodi baba, now that’s a weird thought!
You may see Shah Rukh Khan dancing merrily to the tune of Antenna, a song from his home production Always Kabhi Kabhi but what many people do not know is the persuasion that went into making that song come out of Pritam's head.
SRK likes to work at a certain speed but when Pritam was not able to deliver the required item song even after several attempts, SRK took charge. He spent many hours in the studio with the music director, virtually extracting the tune out of Pritam.
The director Roshan Abbas said, "It is true that Pritam and I were not getting the song right. We tried several titles, like 'As we go set me free' and Shout zara sa. But nothing seemed to work. Then Shah Rukh got impatient. He told Pritam he will be in his studio to get the song out of him."
Apparently Pritam took Shah Rukh's threat to be a joke. Roshan said, "When Shah Rukh actually showed up in the studio, Pritam was completely flustered and bolstered into action. Shah Rukh's brief to Pritam was to create a song that would convey the youth rebellion of Queen's We will rock you."
Not only this, Shah Rukh refused to leave the studio until Pritam got it right. Roshan rationalised the superstar's impatience, "Shah Rukh is currently completely immersed in Ra.One.
He has decided to give us time for Always Kabhi Kabhi because this is his first home production that he is not starring in. The last thing his schedule can take right now is unnecessary delays."
Shahrukh Khan is ruling Bollywood for more than two decades now but the energy level seems to have amplified which has inspired his ‘Always Kabhi Kabhi’ team. Ali Fazal goes gaga about the unbeatable King Khan and his fast learning talent.
Ali claims that SRK behaves like a old friend and said, “Shahrukh Khan is a brilliant entertainer. We shot for a promo song which took us three days but SRK came on the sets and learnt the entire dance sequence in an hour and we were able to complete the shoot in a day.”
“SRK guided us with camera angle and positioning which helped us to perform better. It’s a great platform to play a lead in his production,” Ali concluded.
SRK’s get-up-and-go attitude is definitely helping the beginner in B’town where they look up to him as an inspiration.
It was touch-and-go for Dino Morea on Saturday night at the Filmfare awards. When friends heard he had to be rushed out after complaining of feeling ill, they suspected another Saif in Bollywood.
Dino was supposed to go on stage to do a promotional skit with his co-stars Sammir Dattani and Anjori Alagh. Sammir, in fact had to rush back from Bangalore for the flash event. "I was promoting my new Kannada film Sajini in places like Chikmagalur when I was asked to return to Mumbai to be on stage with Dino for our film Life Mein Kabhi Kabhi. When I reached Mumbai I got to know our event was cancelled because Dino fell ill."
So what happened? Dino elaborates on the night after the Filmfare awards. "I was shooting the whole day in artificial rain with a fever. Since I had committed myself to doing the promotional clip for Life Mein Kabhi Kabhi and since I didn't want to miss the Filmfare awards, I braved it with my director Vikram Bhatt to the function. But soon my head started throbbing and I felt I'd pass out. That's when I decided to leave."
Feeling weak and depleted Dino adds, "We all need to slow down, and stop pushing ourselves unnecessarily. I'm not even a smoker like Saif. But smoking isn't the only hazard we've to face. Look at the work conditions in studios and on location. One could die of anything from contaminated water to mob frenzy. Indian actors don't need insurance; they need God's miracle to survive."
New Delhi, Nov 6 (IANS) Actress Zoa Morani, who made her Bollywood debut with Shah Rukh Khan's production venture "Always Kabhi Kabhi", has reportedly bagged a new film which will be directed by the veteran Shyam Benegal.
Around three weeks ago, Benegal said to have narrated the script to Zoa and even called her for a screen test. After the screen test, the filmmaker was apparently convinced that Zoa can pull the role off.
"She will sign the dotted line soon," said a source close to the project. However, Benegal was unavailable for comment.
Zoa is the daughter of Bollywood producer Karim Morani, who is in jail in in 2G spectrum allocation scam.
When Karan Johar had just started shooting Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna almost an year back, IndiaFM was the first to report the presence of Arjun Rampal and John Abraham in the film. While the news about Arjun Rampal is now a common knowledge, many still are not aware that even John Abraham is doing a cameo in the film.
John will be seen in a minuscule bit in the film as a disk jockey in the song ‘Rock-N-Roll Soniye’. This is the same much talked about song that will have Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan shaking a leg with Kajol, Karan’s lucky mascot. In fact word is that the song will have the entire starcast of the film including Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta and Shahrukh Khan, as well. Now, add John to it, and this should be a multi-starrer song to look forward to.
John and Karan Johar last came together in the wildlife thriller Kaal. In fact not many might be aware but Karan had even offered John a walk on part in Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Ghum where he was to play the character whom Kareena uses to make Hrithik jealous just before the ‘You Are My Soniya’ song. John declined the role, which subsequently went on to Vikas Sethi.
Music launch of Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna in London and Dubai
Karan Joharâ€™s Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna's music album will be released in London. The music of the film will first be released in London and then in Dubai on June 16 during the IIFA awards. Karan Johar and Shahrukh Khan will be the ones attending the music release while other movie stars (Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukjherjee, and Preity Zinta) will attend the music launch in Dubai. Shahrukh is already in London with his family.
Many female fans fall week at Shahrukh Khan’s knees but his heart was ruled by two yesteryears actress when he was in his teens, they are Saita Banu and Mumtaz. Shahrukh Khan during the music launch of his home production, 'Always Kabhi Kabhi’ said, “My first two crushes have been Mumtazji and Sairaji. Now I address them with a 'ji'. I always felt that they were the most beautiful ladies in the world. My father used to find Madhubalaji very beautiful".
The actor added that he used to shake a leg when he heard songs picturised on the two actresses.
"I remember Sairaji's Bhai Batur. She was in a tub in the video. Even I would get into a tub and dance. Then there was Mumtazji's Chakke Mein Chakka," said SRK.
When asked if he had a crush on any of the actresses from the present time, Shahrukh known for his witty answers said, "Times have changed. Now the girls have crushes on me."
2006/7/23 12:28:22 Musicians Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy roped in Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali to sing "Mitwa" - a chartbuster from Karan Johar's latest offering "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna" - as they felt his voice suited the song.
"We were in Goa composing the track and wanted an exotic voice for the song. Shankar heard Shafqat's song 'Ankhon ke sagar' on radio and was quite impressed with his voice. He immediately messaged a friend for the singer's name," says Ehsaan Noorani.
"We wanted to work with Shafqat since then for something really big and 'Mitwa' happened."
"Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna" is the composer trio's second film with Dharma Productions, the first being "Kal Ho Naa Ho", which was declared as one of the biggest musical hits of 2004.
Their fans can stand back for Farhan Akhtar's "Don" and Shaad Ali's "Jhoom Baraabar Jhoom".
SRK wants Always Kabhi Kabhi to be controversy free
Shah Rukh seems to have had enough of controversies. He is making sure that his forthcoming next Roshan Abbas' directorial debut Always Kabhi Kabhi doesn't get into that space.
Though the film is about Delhi school kids and is based in the capital city it has stayed away from talking about an infamous MMS scandal. Roshan says, "We haven't delved into the MMS territory."
"We wanted to make a feel good youth centric film. One of our writers had also suggested incorporating the Valentines Day controversy where a few couples were banned and beaten up but we refrained from using any such scandalous incidents. I know films like Dev D talked about it but ours is in a very different space."
Roshan informs that his producer Shah Rukh Khan was very clear from the beginning to make a positive film on today's youth. "Shah Rukh and I had a lot of discussions during the scripting stage.
His point was 'lets concentrate on the positives. This generation is the hope of the future lets keep the hope of it alive.'
He wanted the audience to leave theater with a smile He said Red Chilles is known to make wholesome family entertainers and I fully value his opinion and I guess that will also help us getting a wider audience."
He describes the film as "a simple, sweet coming-of-age story about today's youth and communication gaps they face with their parents and how they resolve it."
The movie is based on Roshan's play Graffiti which he had staged in New Delhi in the '90s and is talks about high school students and stars newbies Zoa Morani (daughter of Karim Morani of Morani Bros who handle SRK's shows), Satyajit Dubey (grandson of theatre stalwart Pandit Satyadev Dubey), Giselli Monteiro (she played Harleen in Love Aaj Kal) and Ali Fazal (played suicide victim Joy Lobo in 3 Idiots).
Shah Rukh Khan – the highest paid actor in Bollywood
By staking his claim at the overseas territory for Don (worth Rs 12 crore), Shah Rukh Khan has become the highest paid actor in Bollywood.
‘Don’ and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna are the most eagerly awaited films of the year. Having spent most part of this year traveling all over the world, SRK is settling down in the rain-n-media-squelch of Mumbai.
His last film Paheli may have been a failure at the box-office, but with ‘Don’ and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna the second half of 2006 is undoubtedly going to belong to the King Khan.
Talking to a prominent website, SRK rubbished reports of his alleged fallout with his childhood icon Amitabh Bachchan and stated that how can he even think of having differences with Big B as no one can come close to him.
As for his discomfiture with the growing popularity of Abhishek Bachchan , SRK said that he missed the Junior B when he had to go back to India during the shooting of Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna.
In spite of both Abhishek and Hrithik Roshan being much younger to him, he still considers them as ‘good friends’.
On his ‘differences’ with the mercurial Ram Gopal Varma who recently shelved Time Machine where both were coming together for the first time, SRK cleared the air by saying that at any given time he receives 10 – 12 offers, out of which he rejects 10 and accepts only two. And ‘Time Machine’ is one of those ten that he refused as it was not measuring up to the mark.
It was said that SRK was incensed with RGV for making fun of Karan Johar ’s films (RGV had stated in an interview that Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Ghum was his favourite horror film) and for also stating that working with SRK will be like going back to school insinuating about Khan’s limited vocabulary as an actor.
But the diplomat that he is, SRK is still saying that the SMS he sent to Ramu was: “We shall tell another story some other time”.
So look forward to SRK rocking the Box Office in the later half of an year that is proving to be the best ever year from business perspective of Bollywood.
2006/10/23 16:07:12 Although marriage is not on the cards in the immediate future, Vikram Bhatt is secure in his relationship with the actress
Vikram Bhatt's autobiographical film Ankahee might not have got the response he hoped for, but this has not affected his personal life in the least bit.
On a personal note, Vikram is very happy with Amisha Patel. "Life is great. The two of us have gone through the grind. Now we're happy together. Marriage? Not for a long time. Amisha has her own ambitions, and I don't want to come in the way. She wants to pursue her career. And I'm happy to just move back and give her that space. When you're in a permanent relationship, the ground rules have to be made very clear. Amisha and I were sure we'd never come in each other's way. I'd never want her to compromise on her values or vision."
How does he view these years of togetherness? "Amisha is wonderful. She showers me with so much attention that I never feel we aren't married. Amisha and I are for keeps. People may keep digging into our lives to sniff out a separation. But sorry, we aren't obliging."
Does he harbour any regrets about Ankahee? "I needed to get my own story out of my system. And I did. I wish it worked better. I can't say autobiographical films don't work. Mahesh Bhatt's Arth did. I won't hesitate in putting another chunk of my life on screen, provided it's unique for the audience and not just about me. I learnt something from Ankahee – to make films from the heart. I will never make another crafty film in my life. Even if I make another comedy it wouldn't be like Awara Paagal Deewana or Deewane Huey Paagal. It would be a cerebral comedy like Lage Raho Munnabhai. Great comedy like the ones of Charlie Chaplin are moving. At the end of the day cinema is about entertainment. I'd hate to get preachy or screechy."
Meanwhile, he's determined to do the cinema he believes in. "No more dishonest films for me. In my ready-for-release Red I've done a thriller in authentic shades. And now I've just started a film Life Main Kabhi Kabhi with a very interesting ensemble cast where the question of happiness is discussed."
The story of five friends is Vikram's first episodic film.
"I know episodic films are in vogue after Crash. And we've some really interesting episodic films in Hindi like Naseer's Yun Hota To Kya Hota and Nikhil Advani's Salaam-e-Ishq. But I chose to use that format for the first time in Life Main Kabhi Kabhi because I believe a question like the nature of happiness needs a telescopic view. You can't talk about a theme as huge as happiness in an intimate linear style," he says. "I've done innumerable films. But in this case I'm shooting five different lives on different nights and days. It's disorienting and confusing."
Interestingly other directors like Sanjay Gupta are making introspective films. "All of us who've gone through a gamut of techno-wizardry have discovered the value of an honest story. In Life Mein Kabhi Kabhi there will be a lot of silences," he says.
Karan Johar has cancelled the premiere of Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. Although some time back, Karan was deciding upon a theatre which would be the venue for the event but now he has called off the show. The reason behind the same are the blasts that happened in Mumbai city recently and Karan feels that it doesn’t seem right to celebrate after everything that the city has been through. The premiere would probably have had been one of the most glittery and star studded affair. Earlier there was also a buzz that KANK’s premiere would coincide with Metro Cinema’s reopening as multiplex. But now the plan seems to be shelved. However, Metro might still open with KANK.
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna starring Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerjee, Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta and Kirron Kher is scheduled for August 11th release.
I'm King Khan, says Shah Rukh Khan of his superstar status
Bollywood's leading man Shah Rukh Khan is confident he will continue to hold sway over the country's movie industry for several years.
Khan, 39, told the Mumbai-based DNA newspaper in an interview published on Wednesday that there weren't any new actors on the horizon to unseat him.
``This is King Khan. I'm the Ronaldinho of acting,'' he said referring to Brazil's football star. ``I'll be there for another five to six years then maybe you can think of some other actor.''
Khan is regularly rated as the country's top actor in polls by movie media. Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan and popular star Aamir Khan were relegated to second and third positions, trailing Khan, in an annual ranking of actors published by Filmfare magazine earlier this year.
Khan has starred as a macho action hero and romantic lead in more than 60 Indian movies since his 1992 debut. Media has often said it would be a while before other promising actors such as Abhishek Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan could fill Khan's shoes.
``No newcomer is around to oust me,'' said Khan. ``It's terrific. I'm respected, recognized ... Many magazines call me the icon of the country. The fact is I'm blessed, it has been a charmed life.''
Khan's blockbusters include ``Main Hoon Na'' (I'm Here), ``Veer Zaara,'' ``Kal Ho Naa Ho'' (Tomorrow May Never Come), ``Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham'' (Sometimes Happiness, Sometimes Sorrow) and ``Devdas.''
His new releases over the next couple of months will be ``Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna'' (Never Say Goodbye) and ``Don.''