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on 2006/6/25 14:40:23

Shah Rukh has Kajol, I have Rani

Preity Zinta talks about her equation with her co-stars and the ‘M’ word

Rumour has it that you will be getting married to your boyfriend Ness Wadia at the end of this year. Is it true?

Get me those people who are spreading these rumours, I want to whack them. (Laughs) There are so many actresses, why don't people talk about them? I don't know why they are after me and my marriage.

Do you think you'll make a good housewife?

What do you mean? Of course I will. I invest 100 per cent in anything I do, and I excel in it. Today, I think I am a very good actor because I have made the effort, and it's going to be the same with other aspects of my life.

Do you believe in traditional ceremonies like karva chauth?

My mother used to observe karva chauth for my dad. I too observed it once when I was just nine years old. My mother tried to stop me from fasting, but I was very excited about the fact that you can eat something sweet at 5:30 in the morning and then you don't eat or drink for the rest of the day. Well, I fainted at 7:30 in the evening. After that, I told myself, 'never again!'

How committed are you in your relationship with Ness Wadia?

That's too personal a question. I know that if I answer this question, it will make headlines… Jokes apart, I am not sixteen. I am too old to be frivolous; to make mistakes and then learn from them. I have already gone through all those phases in my life. I am mature now, and there is a deep and stable side to me; whatever I do, I look before I leap.

So do you see yourself married?

I think marriage is the most beautiful institution in the world. Unfortunately a lot of people have started regarding it as a matter of convenience. But to me, marriage is forever… I want it to be the way it is with my parents. It's a secure and wonderful feeling for kids to grow up in a marriage like that. I have seen students who have come from broken marriages, in boarding schools, and I could sense that they missed the togetherness and security of a happy family life. That's why I believe that I am the product of the relationship between my parents. And I want that kind of security in my family, my marriage and in my children too.

How open are you about your personal life?

I am actually honest, but I think certain sections of the media have taken my honesty to a different level altogether. They make me feel like I shouldn't be so honest and make such candid comments about my personal life. Maybe I should just repeat clichéd lines like ‘No Comments’, and ‘We are just friends’! When I openly admit that I am dating so-and-so, the media predicts a wedding date. I think people are taking too many liberties with me, and it has started upsetting me. I have always been graceful about my personal life, and I think I deserve to be treated better by the media. I am bored of talking about the same old thing (my relationship with Ness). I have eight years of my career to talk about. Just because I am dating him, it should not become the focal point of all my interviews. All I want to say that I am very happy with the person I am today… and the person I am with.

The promos of your forthcoming film, Kabhie Alvida Na Kehna, bear an uncanny resemblance with Nikhil Advani's Kal Ho Na Ho. Not similar storylines too, we hope.

Well, both the films have been shot in London. But as far as treatment, subject and script are concerned, the films are as different as chalk and cheese.

Were you rattled by Rani Mukherji's presence in Kabhie Alvida Na Kehna?

No, not at all. I think it's always good to work with a better actor because that sets the bar higher – you do better work, you are better prepared and always on your toes. I think eventually the film becomes better too. When you are cast with bad actors the bar drops. You may be good, but low standards make you worse. Rani is probably going to make me look good in the film and I'm sure I will have the same effect on her performance. Rani and I have, through the years, made many films together, and they've all been blockbusters. So I tease her saying ‘Let people say what they want to about us, we make a good pair’. The way Shah Rukh has Kajol, I have Rani. (Smiles) I enjoy working with her.

What do you think about your other co-stars – Shah Rukh and Abhishek?

Shah Rukh has been around for long and Abhishek is new. Abhishek is a typical Aquarian like me, and Shah Rukh is a typical Scorpion – he is much more intense. Abhishek talks more than I do, and that disappoints me. Jokes apart, Abhishek is someone who backslaps you and has fun with you. He is wild, little crazy. He is also a tremendous performer. In Koffee with Karan I called Abhishek sweet, and Saif asked me how I could call him that. So I don't call him sweet anymore. But I share a different equation with Shah Rukh who was already a big star when I entered this industry. Shah Rukh has achieved too much and it's unfair to compare the two.

You may just create a new record of working with debutant directors. It's Farah Khan's husband, Shirish Kunder, in Jaaneman this time. How was the experience of shooting with him?

He is a man of few words. But he has sound knowledge about what he is doing. I am happy to be working with him in his first film. I am sure he'll make many films in the future, but that first film is always special. He is very particular about his scenes, like I am. I used to chew his brain with innumerable questions before giving a shot. But we never had a difference of opinion. Jaaneman will surprise a lot of people. It's always better to work with a debutant director. They want to do everything in that first film; they want the moon, the sun and the stars …

You'll be working with your first screen hero, Bobby Deol, after so many years, in Shaad Ali's Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. Are you looking forward to it?

I am very excited to be finally working with Bobby after Soldier. He is a fantastic actor and a very good friend. It's strange that although Dharamji and Amitji have made so many hit films together, Abhishek and Bobby have yet to make their first collaborative film. I am sure that Jhoom Barabar Jhoom will help continue the tradition of the Deols and Bachchans.

• Abhishek is a typical Aquarian like me, and Shah Rukh is a typical Scorpion – he is much more intense


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    Will Tanishaa - Shah Rukh make a good pair?

    2007/1/3 16:37:46

    Actors Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol made a fabulous on-screen pair, but will Tanishaa be able to create the same magic that sis Kajol did when paired opposite Badshah Khan? When asked about it, Tich (as she is fondly called) says, “I don’t know all that. But I would love to work with Shah Rukh. I simply love him.” Now, will she get that chance, is what’s to be seen.


    Bollywood News : Will Tanishaa - Shah Rukh make a good pair?

    Ajay's advice to Kajol regarding SRK!

    2008/2/23 15:55:17

    Well do not get excited and jump to conclusions after reading our headline, as we are not about to indulge in yellow journalism! This is a rather interesting incident that took place between Ajay Devgan, Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. It is quite in contrast to the recent stories involving Kajol's hubby Devgan and her advice seeking SMS to Shah Rukh Khan, concerning Raju Hirani's film. And we go!

    As per Mumbai based media sources, Kajol was wondering as to why her close friend Shah Rukh Khan had not replied to her SMS about doing Rajkumar Hirani's film. Seeing Kajol being worried about the same, loving hubby Ajay Devgan told her (rather coolly) to call SRK and find out, instead of getting worried the whole day and staring at her mobile, while waiting for a reply from King Khan. Needless to add that Kajol took her husband's intelligent advice rather seriously and did the same. And we know her decision regarding the matter.

    For those who are still clueless, as of the moment, Aamir Khan is the only actor finalised for Rajkumar Hirani's next project based on the Indian education system.

    Bollywood News : Ajay's advice to Kajol regarding SRK!

    Kabhi Naa Kabhi Haan

    2008/5/24 8:34:54 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.

    Bollywood News : Kabhi Naa Kabhi Haan

    Shah Rukh and Sanjay Dutt bond on KBC

    2007/3/12 13:32:55

    After Rani and Preity, guess who is going to be on the hot seat with Shah Rukh? Yes, it's none other than our very own Munnabhai!

    Sanjay Dutt, who is an avid watcher of Shah Rukh's show, will be seen donning a new avtar, that of a contestant on KBC. Sanjay along with Boman Irani recently shot for an episode for KBC along with Shah Rukh Khan in Film City.

    It is said that Dutt is so much in awe of Shah Rukh that after watching his antics on the show he messaged the new quizmaster to tell him how much he loved the show. Shah Rukh spontaneously messaged him back thanking him.

    Well seems like KBC has not only helped Shah Rukh enhance his image but has also helped create a bond of long lasting friendship with Dutt.

    Bollywood News : Shah Rukh and Sanjay Dutt bond on KBC

    A tale of two sisters

    2010/10/29 13:08:28

    Actress Kajol could not attend Rani Mukerji’s Durga puja, but Rani is still ecstatic with the new addition in the family.

    “It is not true that both of them (Rani and Kajol) share cold vibes. They share a very normal relationship. They are not too close but they are on talking terms and wish each other on family functions,” says a friend close to Rani.

    “This year’s Durga puja has brought in a lot of good news,” said Rani, referring to the birth of Kajol’s son, Yug. Last year, Kajol was seen serving prasad to Rani during the bhog at the Durga puja.

    “The puja was jointly set up by the Mukerji’s during 1947. Our fathers (Rani’s and Kajol’s) had established the Durga puja as a strictly family affair. At that point one needed a pass to get inside the mandalam. All the actors used to come on their own and perform at the cultural functions on all the four days of the Durga puja,” she said.

    Mukerji said that she feels bad about the fact that a strictly family affair has now become commercial.

    “The mahol was different in those days when we used to come and perform at our puja (she’s referring to her brothers and cousin Kajol). Now it has turned into a commercial affair with artists being paid to perform, sponsors et al. I still long for something that I have left behind,” she said.

    Sources also say that a lot of calls were made to Kajol’s house congratulating her on the birth of her son. Most of the calls, sources say, went to her mother Tanuja.

    “Rani’s family is very much in touch with Kajol’s mom, Tanuja and she took the congratulatory calls on behalf of her daughter,” says the source.

    Bollywood News : A tale of two sisters

    Akki-Katrina want to beat SRK-Kajol

    2008/3/12 12:17:19

    Akshay is hellbent on covering the seven wonders of the world. Even as he prepares to shoot never-before action scenes on the Great Wall Of China, he is getting ready for a stint in in April in Egypt amidst the pyramids. This time, it's for song with Katrina Kaif for Anees Bazmi's Sinngh Is King.

    "We'll be shooting the introductory song of the lead pair. This would be where Akshay first meets Katrina. After this the film is complete," informs Vipul Shah.

    The last time a romantic song was shot amidst the blow-dried pyramids of Egypt it was between Shah Rukh and Kajol in Karan Johar in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.

    Says a source, "Not surprising that Akshay wants the song shot in Eypgt. He wants to better Shah Rukh's successs score with Kajol.

    Most trade pundits see Akshay and Katrina as the next most- successful jodi after Shah Rukh-Kajol. Shooting a song where the hit jodi of the last millennium shot a song isn't just coincidence.

    After Namaste London and Welcome, Akshay really feels Katrina is his lucky mascot."

    "But," warns director Anees Bazmi. "We aren't shooting at all the normal places in Egypt. We want to capture parts of the country other than the predictable pyramids."

    Bollywood News : Akki-Katrina want to beat SRK-Kajol

    SRK, Kajol to come together for Karan Johar's next

    2008/2/8 8:01:31

    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.

    Bollywood News : SRK, Kajol to come together for Karan Johar's next

    Rani Mukherjee Filmography

    2007/3/12 14:09:35

    Rani Mukherjee Filmography

    Baabul ( Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Salman Khan, Rani

    Mukherjee, John Abraham, Om Puri)

    Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna ( Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Rani

    Mukherjee, Preity Zinta, Abhishek Bachchan, Arjun Rampal, Kiron Kher)

    Paheli ( Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Juhi Chawla, Amitabh

    Bachchan, Sunil Shetty, Anupam Kher)

    The Rising ( Aamir Khan, Toby Stephens, Amisha Patel, Rani Mukherjee, Coral Beed)

    Bunty Aur Babli ( Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee, Amitabh Bachchan)

    Black ( Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee)

    Veer Zaara ( Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherjee)

    Yuva ( Ajay Devgan, Abhishek Bachchan, Vivek Oberoi, Rani

    Mukherjee, Esha Deol, Kareena Kapoor)

    Hum Tum ( Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukherjee)

    Calcutta Mail ( Anil Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee)

    Chalte Chalte ( Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee)

    Saathiya ( Vivek Oberoi, Rani Mukherjee)

    Mujhse Dosti Karoge ( Hrithik Roshan, Rani Mukherjee, Kareena Kapoor)

    Chori Chori ( Ajay Devgan, Rani Mukherjee)

    Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai ( Govinda, Rani Mukherjee)

    Badal ( Bobby Deol, Rani Mukherjee, Amrish Puri)

    Nayak ( Anil Kapoor, Amrish Puri, Rani Mukherjee)

    Bas Itna Sa Khwab Hai ( Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee, Jackie Shroff, Sushmita Sen)

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    Kahin Pyar Na Ho Jaye ( Salman Khan, Rani Mukherjee)
    Kuch Kuch Hota Hai ( Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukherjee, Salman Khan)

    Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega ( Salman Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta)

    Hey Ram ( Kamal Haasan, Rani Mukherjee, Shah Rukh Khan, Naseeruddin Shah)

    Hey Ram ( Kamal Haasan, Rani Mukherjee, Shah Rukh Khan, Naseeruddin Shah)

    Hello Brother ( Salman Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Arbaaz Khan)

    Had Kar Di Apne ( Govinda, Rani Mukherjee)

    Bichhoo ( Bobby Deol, Rani Mukherjee)

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    Rani Mukherjee Biography

    Member of the same illustrious film family from which Kajol draws her lineage Rani Mukherjee may still be at a distance from the citadel that houses her cousin. But there is no doubt about the light-eyed Bengali girl's mass appeal. Moreover, she is putting all her efforts and working hard to reach there.

    Precocious yet innocently oblivious of it, it is the actress's unassuming self which draw friends and well-wishers to her.

    Producers made a beeline for Rani's door (she was riding high on the success of Ghulam and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai) and just as she was gradually shifting positions towards the top in the popularity charts, she started getting the jolts. Good nature did not really help Rani in gaining stronghold and consolidating her position in Mumbai.

    Films like Baadal cast a shadow on her prospects. The film left theatres in India without a whimper. Hope was alive in the form of Hadh Kar Di Aapne, which was in the pipeline. Rani had faith in Govinda and David Dhawan's saleability at the box office. Unfortunately, the film failed to raise a laugh and the cash boxes did not ring.

    Rani tried to remain unfazed. She was looking towards the future and Hey Ram. As an actress, Rani was proud to be associated with an actor-director of Kamal Haasan's caliber and was thrilled to have Hey Ram in her lap. Even Hey Ram did not propel her career to the extent she had expected. There wasn't any critical appreciation of her performance in the film. Infact, Rani's fans became aloof when they saw their favorite actress locked in a passionate kiss in the film.

    The actress does not regret though. ''I wanted to work with Mr. Kamal Haasan. The rest did not matter'' she said in an interview some time ago.

    Rani still is excited about the projects that are lined up as her next films. A series of unsuccessful runs have not dampened the giggly self. She continues to be sprightly.

    Bollywood News : Rani Mukherjee Filmography

    Talented Rani turns 30

    2008/3/22 8:52:27

    She has come far since the days when she was better known only as Kajol's cousin sister. Now, Bollywood diva Rani Mukherji, who turned 30 Friday, is recognised for her powerful emoting and has made her position unshakeable in the Hindi film industry.

    From the time she appeared in the 1996 box office dud 'Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat' to her accomplished performance in 'Black' (2005) - success has not come easy for the actress.

    Her short and plump figure made her a difficult choice as the leading lady for many directors, but the Bengali actor proved everyone wrong with her acting prowess.

    The 1998 film 'Ghulam', opposite Aamir Khan, was a runaway success and overnight she came to be known as the "Khandala girl" from the song 'Aati kya Khandala' in the film.

    Then came Karan Johar's 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' in the same year. Though she played a small role in the Kajol-Shah Rukh Khan starrer, Rani was noticed and liked by everyone. From then on, there was no looking back for the light-eyed beauty.

    Rani has played a successful innings and given hits like 'Black' (2005) 'Bunty Aur Babli' (2005), 'Paheli' (2005), 'Veer-Zaara' (2004), 'Hum Tum' (2004), 'Yuva' (2004), 'Chalte Chalte' (2003), 'Saathiya' (2002), and 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham' (2001).

    Last year, she worked in films like 'Ta Ra Rum Pum', 'Laaga Chunari Mein Daag', and 'Saawariya' but unfortunately none was a hit at the box office.

    Shruti Seth, an actor who has worked along side Rani in 'Ta Ra Rum Pum', wished her immense success and happiness on her birthday.

    Bollywood News : Talented Rani turns 30

    Why Rani Mukherjee was not invited to the wedding

    2007/4/21 15:19:21

    Inspite of being a close friend of Abhishek Bachchan , Rani Mukherjee was not invited to his wedding with Aishwarya Rai . Rani has worked with Abhishek in several films like Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna , Bunty Aur Babli Yuva , Hum Tum (Abhishek’s special appearance) and Bas Itna Sa Khwab Hai .

    Rani and Abhishek are known to be good pals and share an awesome onscreen chemistry. Apparently this friendship between Rani and Abhishek has resulted in the omission since Ash didn't want Rani to be invited for the wedding not being very ecstatic about her friendship and onscreen chemistry with Abhishek.

    Industry insiders say that Rani and Ash haven't been able to see eye-to-eye ever since Rani replaced the latter in Shah Rukh Khan 's home production Chalte Chalte . There have been times when Rani has tried to communicate with Ash, but has received the cold shoulder. Thus, although Rani shares a good rapport with the Bachchans, she has been kept out of the guest list. Seems like Ash is not ready to forgive Rani – a trait of a typical Scorpio.

    Bollywood News : Why Rani Mukherjee was not invited to the wedding

    SRK thanks fans

    2008/1/28 11:06:41

    Shah Rukh Khan made sure he thanked all his fans last night on winning the Jodi No. 1 award at the Star Screen Awards. Paired with Deepika Padukone the duo was selected after their fans voted for them in huge numbers. And not one to forget his fans who have got him this far, SRK thanked his millions of fans on for voting for him and Deepika.

    What is interesting to note is that since the introduction of the Jodi No 1 category, SRK has won the Jodi No. 1 award almost every year. SRK is one of the few actors who has made a hit combination with almost all of his leading ladies. In 2002, Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol were voted as Jodi no. 1 and then the following year in 2003 the King Khan won for his role opposite Aishwarya Rai in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas.

    Losing out to senior actors Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini in 2004, Khan was back in the running in 2005. He was voted Jodi no. 1 along with Veer Zaara actress Preity Zinta. The following year in 2006, Bunty aur Babli ruled the awards and this category was no different with Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukherji walking away as Jodi no. 1.

    In 2007, SRK was back with Rani Mukherji as the duo was voted Jodi no. 1. And then with this year being all about the King Khan with his super hit films Chak De! India and Om Shanti Om, it comes as no surprise then that Shah Rukh Khan and his young debutant Deepika walked away with the Jodi No. 1 award this year.

    Bollywood News : SRK thanks fans

    SRK is no more a good boy!

    2006/8/1 18:36:04

    Filmmaker Karan Johar, who pioneered the art of crafting bubblegum romances, treads the unconventional path with his forthcoming "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna" (KANK) that releases Aug 11.

    The star-studded film, which features Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bhachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukerji, deals with extramarital affairs, a banned area in Johar's films so far.

    In his previous films - "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" (KKHH) and "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham" (K3G) - the heroes and heroines were too idealistic to be true. But with KANK, Johar crosses the traditional threshold and enters a more realistic world to look at modern-day relationships.

    Johar feels that in today's world, adultery is more rampant than ever. The film is therefore an endeavour to examine extramarital affairs with an open mind.

    "It is a human drama with glam and gloss intact but I have tried to keep it real. It is something which most couples would identify with," said Johar in an interview.

    Basically, KANK is about meeting the right people at a wrong time.

    In the film Shah Rukh and Rani are married to two different people and pretend to be happy despite the dissatisfaction brewing below the surface. One fine day they bump into each other and realise they are made for each other.

    Shah Rukh describes KANK as a bold film and adds that it is like new wine in an old bottle.

    He says Johar, who created Rahul - an ideal son, husband, brother and friend - with KKHH and K3G, kills that idealistic image with KANK.

    "Rahul is sarcastic, cynical, a failure and not a nice man. All those women, children, daughters, wives and mothers who idolised him as son or husband will change their opinion," Shah Rukh told CineBlitz.

    But he feels that in spite of all the irregular features, KANK will hit the right chord with audiences.

    Though Johar, who has co-scripted the film with Shibani Bathija, the screenwriter of the Kajol and Aamir Khan starrer "Fanaa", claims he did a lot of emotional research before penning the KANK story, rumour mills beg to differ.

    They say the film is partially inspired by Hollywood flick "Closer" and Yash Chopra's "Silsila".

    "I party a lot and have seen many relationships upfront. To be more specific, I saw 'After Sunrise' in London, in which ex-lovers meet and it seems they might end up having an affair. I heard conversations of real life couples. I read a self-help book called 'Fighting For Your Marriage'.

    "I met a marriage counsellor in Delhi. So, I have done plenty of emotional research. Of course, a story, however real, has to be told in a fictional and entertaining way," said Johar.

    If making this film was arduous work for Johar, it was taxing for his favourite star Shah Rukh to play the character because he couldn't identify with it.

    "I was embarrassed doing some scenes of the film. I am not a prude but I found it odd that I sleep with someone else's wife in the film. I felt shy doing them (the scenes) and I blushed while saying certain dialogues," said Shah Rukh.

    Apart from changing the theme of the film, Johar had to restructure the casting as well. Originally, he wanted to rope in Shah Rukh, Kajol, Ajay Devgan and Rani Mukerji for the lead roles.

    And when Kajol, who is Karan's lucky mascot and plays a guest role in KANK, and her hubby turned down the offer, Rani got into her shoes and Preity replaced Rani.

    So, in the movie, Rani will be seen in the role meant for Kajol and Preity will be seen playing the part meant for Rani.

    Apart from these irregular features, the film has retained some old conventions. It continues the trend of the four-word title with the first one starting with 'K'.

    Breathtaking locations are one of the main highlights of a Johar film and KANK, shot extensively in New York, New Jersey, New Haven, Philadelphia and East Hartford, Connecticut, too, has picturesque locales.

    The major portion of the film has been shot in the US in a single schedule and the cost of the film is above Rs.50 million.

    Mixed responses are floating in from different segments of the trade circle. Some are saying the film is going to be a hit while others feel that it won't work.

    In a few weeks, the verdict will be out. Watch this space.


    Bollywood News : SRK is no more a good boy!

    Ajay: I am A Star, Not Stardom

    2007/3/26 14:33:57

    Ajay Devgan is a versatile actor. Starting his filmi career with 'Phool Aur Kaante' that proved a great hit at the box office. Ajay's father Veeru Devgan is a director as well as producer. Ajay tries his level best to carry out his family responsibility along with his films. He is always keen on maintaining his relationship with the audience. He never misses an opportunity to reply to his fans.

    Excerpts of his chat with the media:

    Admirers have commended you on your website for your acting in 'Omkara'?

    heartily thank the audience for watching and praising me for 'Omkara'. The audience is the real award for me.

    Did Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan comment on 'Omkara' and you?

    I was very upset with the media at the time of the film's release. The words of Shah Rukh have been wrongly quoted. When I met with Shah Rukh Khan, he gave passed good comments on 'Omkara'.

    Has there any dispute between you and Shah Rukh owing to Kajol?

    Shah Rukh doesn't talk beyond limits. Kajol has worked with Shah Rukh in several films in the past and will have a chance to act together. Shah Rukh and Kajol are good friends.

    Do you want to act with Shah Rukh Khan?

    Why not, I don't have any problem if the script and the character are good enough.

    Last year, your two films 'Omkara' and 'Golmaal' remained successful at box office but you are still unhappy. Didn't these films fulfill your ambition?

    I am quite happy with my career. 'Omkara' and 'Golmaal' have transformed me. I am a star not stardom.

    Are you happy with your preset status?

    I am in search of good films. My next films are like Anubhav Sinha's 'Case', Ram Gopal Verma's 'Sholay', Raj Kumar Santoshi's 'Halla Bol' and Rohit Shetty's comedy thriller film 'Sunday'.

    You are playing superstar in Rajkumar Santoshi's next film "Halla Bol". Is the movie based on Shah Rukh or Salman's life?

    No, this film is not based on any of these actors. The story revolves around a person who has both wealth and fame. The story of the film is really good. The star cast of this film has worked extremely well.

    Are you unhappy with your 'Sholay' co-star 'Nisha Kothari'?

    Many people face problems while working with co-stars. The problems are due to the scene and dialogues. I have also faced these types of problems. Ramu has solved this problem. I don't think I have any personal problem with Nisha.

    Recently, Kajol had said that you are a better father than a husband?

    I am husband for my wife and a father for my daughter. I try to shoulder both the responsibilities in the best possible way.

    Do you spend little time with your daughter due to busy schedule?

    It is true that I am not able to give enough time to my daughter due to busy schedule though I try to spend as much time with her as I can.

    Don't you think you are not doing your duties properly?

    No, it's not like that. I know my responsibilities very well. I take time out to spend with my daughter. I have the responsibilities of a father as well as that of my family. So I have to take care of all.

    Bollywood News : Ajay: I am A Star, Not Stardom

    Shah Rukh, Amitabh celebrate Ganpati

    2011/9/5 13:49:12

    Shah Rukh Khan celebrated the Ganpati festival with good friend Rani Mukerji. The actor claimed that it was the first time that he visited a friend's home to celebrate the festival.

    'went to rani's ganpathi. first time i attended a ganpathi in a friends house. it was so nice to see faith being celebrated with so much love,' he tweeted.

    Meanwhile, the actor is working hard on the post-production of his upcoming film Ra.One. 'overworked. overeaten. overunderslept. overquestioned. over & out time. will try & sleep. hope it rains tomorrow to wash away remains of today. gimme a few days, as work lessens i will reply to all queries directly. till then apologies for this one sided banter. love u all,' he added later.

    Bollywood News : Shah Rukh, Amitabh celebrate Ganpati

    Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla paired again

    2006/9/25 20:57:30

    There was a time when Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla were one of the most happening pairs on the silver screen.

    Apart from Rani Mukherjee and Preity Zinta , Juhi is perhaps the only other Bollywood actress with whom Shah Rukh has shared immense chemistry. Their pairing in films like ‘Yes Boss’, ‘Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman’ and ‘Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani’ was liked by movie buffs a lot, irrespective of how these films fared at the box-office.

    Over the years, Shah Rukh has only risen in the ranks to emerge as the indisputable superstar of Bollywood, while Juhi has relegated herself to a different kind of cinema. Be it My Brother Nikhil or 3 Deewarein or the recently released Bas Ek Pal , Juhi has sidestepped the Bollywood mainstream and has embraced the arty cinema.

    Though Juhi acted in Shah Rukh Khan’s home production Paheli last year, she was not paired opposite him.

    Now, after a gap of many years, the two are teaming up again in Ravi Chopra’s next film titled Bhootnath .

    The film will have SRK and Juhi playing a married couple. However, Shah Rukh does not have a full-fledged role. He only makes a brief appearance.

    Amitabh Bachchan is the lead player in the film.

    Ravi plans to start shooting the film from mid-October. He is almost through with his in-the-making Babul .


    Bollywood News : Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla paired again

    Mushtaq does cameo in 'RA.One', says no fallout with SRK

    2011/10/26 12:31:03 Mumbai, Oct 26 (IANS) Author-scriptwriter and Shah Rukh Khan?s close friend Mushtaq Sheikh, who makes a cameo appearance in "RA.One" that released Wednesday, has shot down rumours of a fallout.

    Rumours were rife of a fallout between the two friends.

    "Can you imagine, we're supposed to have fought over a legal problem that has cropped up over 'RA.One'. If we go by rumours then Shah Rukh and I have fallen out any number of times in the past few years," said Mushtaq, a former journalist who appears in the second-half of "RA.One" as a gun-toting goon.

    ?It is my chance to intimidate Shah Rukh, something I can never do in real life. So I?m playing out a fantasy and loving it,? he added.

    This is Mushtaq?s third cameo in a Red Chillies production with Shah Rukh. He played similarly aggressive cameos in "Main Hoon Na" and "Om Shanti Om".

    ?I?ve very clearly told Shah Rukh when 'RA.One' becomes a blockbuster, I want my solo posters all over Bandra. He has agreed. But then Shah Rukh never says no to his friends,? he said.

    Bollywood News : Mushtaq does cameo in 'RA.One', says no fallout with SRK

    SRK Pampers Veterans

    2007/10/8 11:36:03

    Shah Rukh Khan is known to do things in style. As is common knowledge, there is a song sequence in Om Shanti Om featuring 30 veteran film stars. However, what isn't common knowledge is that Shah Rukh presented each one of the 30 veterans a gift hamper containing expensive watches and cellphones, as they had refused to take any money from him.

    Actors Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Mithun Chakraborty, Rekha, Shabana Azmi, Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta, Sanjay Dutt, Kajol, Govinda, Karisma Kapur and Bobby Deol, are among the stars who agreed to take part in the special song sequence from Om Shanti Om. However, all of them did the song free of charge. To thank them, SRK presented each one of them with a gift hamper.

    Each hamper contained a a watch from an international brand that SRK endorses, a Nokia N-series cellphone, a gold coin and a Om Shanti Om T-shirt, along with a personalized letter of thanks written by SRK and Farah Khan. Needless to say, the actors were touched by this gesture of appreciation as well.

    Bollywood News : SRK Pampers Veterans

    SRK fulfills Abbas’ dream

    2011/2/21 10:46:24

    After being a radio jockey, anchor, presenter, host, theatre artist and actor, Roshan Abbas is now ready with his debut directorial venture Always Kabhi Kabhi, made under Shah Rukh Khan’s banner Red Chillies Entertainment.

    A film with SRK’s production house but without Shah Rukh seems a little strange. “I had only one script in hand and I wanted to experiment. But I don’t think experienced stars like to experiment because the commercial aspects of cinema are different for them. I told SRK that I have written a film about teenagers. I don’t need stars for that, but I’d require a big production house and Shah Rukh agreed to that,” says Roshan.

    There had been reports that Shah Rukh has done a video for the film and will be seen in a special dance number as well. However, Roshan Abbas clarifies, “That is for you to watch and tell. But let me clarify that Shah Rukh is nowhere in the film.”

    But, with Shah Rukh on the producer’s seat, and Roshan still learning the tricks, wasn’t there any interference from the actor? “Shah Rukh has been a great producer and has given me complete freedom. But there were times when I allowed him to take complete ownership. He knows the pulse of cinema,” says Roshan. He hopes to cast Shah Rukh in his next film if things go well.

    Bollywood News : SRK fulfills Abbas’ dream

    I want to work with Shah Rukh again: Abhishek

    2006/10/8 16:29:31

    Actor Abhishek Bachchan has dismissed rumours of tensions between him and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and says he would love to work with Khan again.

    "I don't know where these rumours came from! Shah Rukh is the country's biggest star. Who am I to be insecure about Shah Rukh? I'm thankful to just be in the same film as him.

    After "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna" (KANK), I told Shah Rukh and Karan (Johar) to please consider me for their next film. Because I want to work with Shah Rukh again and I've learnt so much from him! I just wanted to spend as much time as possible with him."
    Abhishek can't stop praising Shah Rukh, who he says loves taking care of people.

    "He's very hospitable. On the sets he was concerned about everyone. He never indulges in petty bickerings. He's the most selfless person on the sets... He's bothered only about the film, never about himself," Abhishek said.

    And the actor reasserts that there were no tensions between anyone on the set of "KANK" in New York.

    "We really had a ball in New York. It couldn't have gotten any better. I've never seen a more organised producer than Karan Johar and I've never been happier on a film set."

    Bachchan Junior agrees that a lot of his own personality has gone into his performance in "KANK".

    "Since Karan has observed me closely from my childhood, he knows me as a person - my mannerisms and even my emotions. I think he absorbed a lot of these into my performance."

    He considers himself lucky to be part of the film as it gave him the opportunity to work with the biggest Bollywood stars.

    "I've never worked in a film so big before. You've the country's two biggest stars - Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan in the film. And I was the junior-most member of the cast, given the chance to stand in the same frame as them. I felt very lucky."

    The actor says that "KANK" is one Karan Johar film that didn't overwhelm him.

    "Karan's cinema always overwhelms you with the grandeur, the larger-than-life treatment. In 'KANK' I came out quiet and thinking."

    Abhishek also hit out at Karan's critics and said that making a film like he does was actually very tough.

    "I always thought making his kind of cinema is very tough. Now after working with him, I respect Karan's cinema even more. Even those who don't like cinema will sit up and take notice. He's taken a subject no one expects him to and has tackled it sensitively.

    "Karan has beautifully juxtaposed a very commercial language with real believable characters and situations," remarked Abhishek.

    Despite being the junior-most member of the crew, Abhishek felt as though the whole shoot was like a holiday due to the comfort level he shared with all his co-stars.

    "I was working with my friends - Rani, Preity, Shah Rukh and Dad ... They're people I hang around with regularly. It was like a holiday and it was a bonus with Rani there as I have worked with her extensively earlier. Shah Rukh and Preity are friends ... We meet at Shah Rukh's house often. Instead of meeting after work we met at work as well," said Abhishek.


    Bollywood News : I want to work with Shah Rukh again: Abhishek

    Hrithik has faboulous body: Rani Mukherjee

    2011/3/8 11:24:04

    Bolywood actress Rani Mukherjee who is always regular with her exercises these days believe that Hrithik Roshan has has a faboulous body and he takes good care of it.

    The actress also says that Shah Rukh Khan has a very fit and lean body and since years and he is still the same.

    Rani, who cannot do without yoga these days believe that everyone, should get into yoga. While exercising the star do chin ups and avoid weights.

    She says that she have a typically Indian woman's and believe that God has made everyone special in his own way. She says that nowadays, it's difficult to say if a woman or man's body is God-given or doctor-given.

    Rani who is a Bengali have been brought up on a completely Bengali diet with aalu sheddho baat, ghee bhaat, luchi aalur dom.

    But she says that one should be careful of what we eat and shouldn't overindulge.

    She also thinks that Shilpa Shetty has a great body, one of the best in the industry. Bipasha also has a fab body.

    These days, Rani mukherjee and Aamir Khan have been secretly shooting inside an old Parsi building in Mumbai for Reema Kagti's new film.

    Bollywood News : Hrithik has faboulous body: Rani Mukherjee

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