Kites’s team starts new trend, premieres music on radio

The music of Hrithik Roshan’s eagerly awaited film Kites has been launched and this is the first time a movie album has premiered on a radio channel.

“I think, this is for the first time there is a music premiere happening on a radio channel, which is great. I am hoping for some good feedback,” Hrithik told reporters at the Radio Mirch studio here Thursday.

There has been a lot of buzz about the film and finally the promotion has started.

Asked how different the promotions will be from other movies, Hrithik said: “I am not the marketing guy, so I am clueless. I am just an actor and am happy doing acting. I don’t think on those terms.

“They (marketing team) must be doing something to promote the film. They will tell me what to do and I will do whatever I can do.”

Directed by Anurag Basu, Kites will be released in both Hindi and English. The film is about two lovers and their thrilling journey filled with precious moments and unexpected betrayal.

Mexican actress Barbara Mori, who plays Hrithik’s love interest in the movie, is expected to come down for the promotion activities of the movie set for a May 21 release.

“Yes, I think she will be coming down on the 20th of next month and help in promoting the film,” said Hrithik.

Kangana Ranaut also features in the movie, but she has not been highlighted so far.

“I really am not the person who decides on promotion and marketing. The film is a love story between Barbara and me. The idea to project the first promos of the film comes from the director’s vision, what he wants to tell the audiences and that’s how the promos are made,” said Hrithik.

Asked whether he has flown kites, Hrithik said: “Yes, I remember papa used to teach me. We used to live on the 13th floor of a building… I was too small and I used to wonder that the kites seems so light but when it’s flying, it’s really hard to hold the manja (string). I remember that really clearly because I could not hold it and it used to keep flying away from my hand.”

Shammi Kapoor tweets Deepika for coffee

Bollywood beauty Deepika Padukone, who is on Twitter, got the surprise of her life when she was asked for a coffee date by none other than veteran actor Shammi Kapoor on the microblogging website.

Twitter is a favourite haunt of Bollywood celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Arjun Rampal, Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra and Karan Johar but Deepika said she did not know that Kapoor had also joined twitter. The actress is now planning to meet the 78-year-old star.

“I’ve met Shammiji a couple of times and always felt this warmth towards him and I can feel the same from him. Even his wife has been very nice to me. Apparently he was tweeting me and I didn’t even imagine that Shammiji would be on Twitter. But that happened just before I came here so when I go back I’ll have my coffee date with him,” Deepika told PTI in an interview.

The 24-year-old actress is currently in Delhi to shoot her film Break Ke Baad with debutante filmmaker Danish.

Produced by Kunal Kohli of Hum Tum fame, the film sees her opposite Imran Khan.

Meanwhile, Deepika is awaiting the release of her upcoming film Houseful. She has tried her hands at comedy for the first time in the Sajid Khan directed movie.

“Comedy is one of the most difficult genres for an actor because I think comedy is all about timing and spontaneity.

But its been great fun and I am really happy that I worked with Sajid and Akshay who are brilliant when it comes to comedy,” said Deepika who was in the capital to launch Power Biking at Anatomy Lifestyle health club.

Deepika’s bikini act in Housefull has been much talked about but the actress said she decided to go for a bold look because it was a demand of the character that she plays in Housefull.

“At the end of day you are making a modern film, where girls are on the beach and you have to be a bit realistic about it. It was something required and this is is something I won’t do for any other film. You have to have the confidence to carry off the film. The focus of the film is not the bikini, it will come and pass off,” she said.

Despite sporting a bikini, the actress does not believe in the going size-zero which according to her is not suitable for the Indian body.

“I have never been asked to lose weight but if I ever have to put on weight for a movie I’ll do that. I don’t think it is healthy to be size zero. The Indian body is not cut out to be size zero,” Deepika added.

Daughter of former Badminton ace Padukone, the actress said her recent tryst with cricket comes naturally to her.

“I haven’t thought about owning a team but I would love to support a team because I come from a sports family and I am enthusiastic about any kind of sport. I have been asked to be a part of cricket so I am there,” said Deepika.

The actress, who began her Bollywood journey with Shah Rukh Khan in Om Shanti Om also dismissed reports that she and Salman Khan are doing a movie together.

“Both of us want to work with each other. But we haven’t been offered a movie together. If something interesting comes up I would love to work with him,” Deepika said.

Apart from Housefull and Break Ke Baad, Deepika has also signed up a film with Pradeep Sarkar for Yash Raj Films.

Red card for Amitabh Bachchan

NEW DELHI: Almost a fortnight after Kerala’s tourism minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan wrote to Amitabh Bachchan offering him brand ambassadorship of Kerala Tourism, a section within the CPM, including some politburo members, have come out against the proposal.
For them, brand ambassador of Narendra Modi’s Gujarat for the Left-controlled state is sacrilege. Mr Bachchan, who had accepted the Kerala’s government’s proposal a week ago, had in the CPM’s eyes committed the cardinal sin of praising Mr Modi. Mr Bachchan had said that he was promoting a state, not an individual.

The differences within the CPM came to the fore on Thursday when politburo member Sitaram Yechury said Kerala and BJP-ruled Gujarat cannot have the same brand ambassador. “The decision will be made by the state government. At the same time that I am confident that the LDF will not appoint a person as brand ambassador who is already a brand ambassador for Modi’s Gujarat,” Mr Yechury told reporters.

But Mr Balakrishnan, a politbureau members and number 2 in the state Cabinet, is determined to go ahead with the government’s decision. “We will be sending a senior tourism official to Mumbai to hold discussions with Bachchan. If the terms and conditions are mutually acceptable, he will be made the brand ambassador for tourism. It all depends on how the specifics are going to work out,” officials in the Kerala government said.

The state government has already deputed the director of tourism M Sivasankar to hold talks with Mr Bachchan. However, there are worries within the state party unit that the move could upset Muslims in the state. The CPM had adopted an aggressive Muslim appeasement strategy during the recent Lok Sabha polls to re-capture its waning minority votebank.

The bickering within the party is bound to cause some embarrassment to the LDF government, which decided to approach Mr Bachchan at a time when Kerala’s tourist figures were dropping. The state government had been searching for a brand ambassador to give a boost to tourism in the state when Mr Bachchan in a television interview expressed his willingness to become brand ambassador for Kerala tourism.

The state’s efforts to draw tourists to its breathtaking beauty have taken a hit with frequent hartals paralysing life and often causing violence. With a record of around 100 hartals a year at one point, all of which were generally successful, the state bears the loss of several crores.


Dharmendra hospitalised for chest pain

The eternal superstar of Bollywood, Dharmendra, was hospitalized yesterday after he complained of chest pain. The actor was shooting for Samir Karnik’s Yamla Pagla Deewana which also features Sunny and Bobby Deol

The actor who was admitted and kept under close observation has been recovering since, while the hospital authorities have said that he will soon be discharged following the results of tests conducted to ascertain his health and well being.


I want to produce regional films: Aamir


NEW HORIZONS: Bollywood actor Aamir Khan celebrates his birthday with the media in Mumbai.

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, who turned 45 on Sunday, said that his birthday resolutions include learning Marathi and Urdu as well as promoting regional cinema by turning producer.

Learning languages

“I’m learning two languages properly this year, Marathi and Urdu. I can read and write Marathi but can’t speak while Urdu I can speak but can’t read and write,” the actor-filmmaker told journalists here.

“I would love to produce regional language cinema including Marathi,” said Aamir, who celebrated his birthday by cutting a cake at his residence in suburban Bandra.

Aamir said he will not act in any film this year and will concentrate on the films produced under his banner.

“This year I want to spend my time with my family members and [I] will concentrate on my banner’s three under-production films — Peepli Live, Dhobi Ghat and Delhi Belly.”

Great trip

Aamir said his trip to Delhi where he met Hollywood filmmaker James Cameron was great.

“Cameron is a great filmmaker and is very down to earth. When I spoke to him I got an idea about his thoughts…We discussed cinema in general and not specifically Hollywood or Bollywood,” he added. — PTI

Disabled fan accuses Salman

Actor Salman Khan is in trouble for meeting a disabled fan and then using it as a ‘publicity stunt’.

 The Bombay High Court on Saturday issued a notice to the actor on Phoolbanoo Bakshi Ilahi’s petition seeking damages of Rs 25 lakh after her photograph with the actor appeared in a Mumbai tabloid for his film’s Veer’s publicity. Notices have also been issued to Vijay Galani, Veer’s producer and director, and to the tabloid.

Ilahi said in April 2009, she and her family had visited Salman’s home in Bandra, where the actor also posed with her for a photograph. She said that she was shocked to see that photograph alongside a story titled, ‘Dildar Salman Khan’, in the tabloid. Khan even stated in the story that he had helped Ilahi by giving her Rs1 lakh. “Not a single penny was given to her,” said Ilahi’s cousel.

Worst Actor Award for Harman

Harman Baweja was named worst actor for his performance in the dud What’s Your Raashee? and Kareena Kapoor got the worst actress title for her role in Kambakkht Ishq at the second annual Golden Kela awards, a spin-off on Hollywood’s Razzies in Delhi.

Funnyman Cyrus Broacha was the chief guest and he was awarded the Cyrus Broacha Memorial Award. “It’s great. I’m thrilled. I hope to win this award every year,” Cyrus said cheekily.

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar won the ‘Bas Kijiye Bahut Ho Gaya’ (Please stop its enough) award, asking him to stop making films. Hollywood stars Sylvester Stallone and Denise Richards won the ‘Baawra Ho Gaya Hai Ke’ (Have you gone nuts?) award for participating in the expensive flop Kambakkht Ishq. The worst supporting actor (male and female) went to Ranvir Shorey and Deepika Padukone, respectively for their roles in Chandni Chowk To China. While the worst film went to Kambakkht Ishq, Ashutosh Gowariker was declared the worst director for What’s Your Raashee?.

Rahul Ram, the vocalist of the band Indian Ocean, performed a humourous take on the songs Nani Teri Morni and Raat Ke Musafir. Jackky Bhagnani and Shruti Haasan were declared worst newcomer actors for their roles in Kal Kissne Dekha and Luck, respectively. Rani Mukerji-starrer Dil Bole Hadippa! was given the Most Original Story award for being copied from Hollywood’s She’s The Man, while her pairing with Shahid Kapoor in the same was named the Worst Pair.

SRK: I think Aamir & I are friends

Shah Rukh Khan’s performance in My Name Is Khan has brought him to a new level of self-realisation as an actor. Speaking candidly on the year-long sabbatical in 2006, Shah Rukh says he has been able to sharpen his skills as an actor while recovering from his back and shoulder injury and surgery.

He says, “On February 16, it was a full year since my back surgery. It has been a year of torture, because my movement was confined and I hate to be restricted. But, I got to spend a lot of time with my children. I also read several books on acting. I connected to emotions within myself. It’s been 18-20 years that I’ve been acting and am starting to discover aspects of myself as an actor, that I didn’t know existed.”

In spite of the obvious preparedness, Shah Rukh has no intention of directing a film. “Not for a long, long time. I think it would be a while before the actor in me is satiated. People say I’m in character in MNIK, and that earlier I was only doing fluff. Being the court jester or the clown isn’t easy. It’s not easy making people smile.”

Shah Rukh sees his stardom as a monkey on his (injured) shoulder. “The luxury of failure is denied to you when people expect you to be successful constantly. When I hear someone like Mr Rakesh Roshan, whom I respect, tell me that people are applauding at the end of MNIK, I feel good. Somewhere, the film has connected emotionally with people.”

The star says he isn’t bothered with box-office figures and finds the comparisons of MNIK with Raj Kumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots, or any other film, absurd. “In our country, we always belittle what we have by saying something else is better. Better is the undoing of good. Have they ever compared Latabai (Mangeshkar) with Mohd Rafi saab or Kishore Kumar saab? Have you heard American critics comparing Brad Pitt to Tom Cruise?”

Comparison brings us to Aamir Khan constantly taking potshots at him. Says Shah Rukh, “We’re friends. At least, I’d like to think we are. We both have a sense of humour. At least, I do. I’d like to think all our exchanges are in good humour. Quite honestly, I’ve no desire to look at what he or anyone else is doing. I never look at my own box-office figures. Why would I look at others’ collections?”

The shoulder injury got aggravated while he was doing the guest appearance in Dulha Mil Gaya. Shah Rukh has decided to do no more guest appearances. “I don’t regret doing this one for producer Vivek Vaswani. I can’t forget his generosity when I came to Mumbai.”

However, Shah Rukh, who has done guest appearances, cameos and voiceovers in innumerable films, says he is done with guest appearances. “I’d do these things for any friend. ”

Ra.1, he says, is for his children. “And for children everywhere. I want to play superhero, yaar. I want my kids to be proud of me.”

So, is he looking at a whole shelf of awards for MNIK next year? “Why clear a shelf in my house? I’ll buy a new house for the awards to come,” he retorts. At the moment, he has just begun to enjoy all the praise for MNIK. “After the film’s release, when I was in Dubai performing on stage, I could feel the vibes from the audience were warmer than usual. It was meant to be for an hour, but I remained on stage double that time.”

Neil tells SRK to shut up

“Never again!” Neil Nitin Mukesh shudders at the very thought of the way he was forced to misbehave on stage with Shah Rukh Khan — by Shah Rukh Khan himself.

Trust Shah Rukh to espouse irreverence. But Neil hasn’t been able to get over it. Katrina Kaif and Bipasha Basu were in a state of shock after Neil’s outburst on stage against Shah Rukh Khan at the Filmfare awards.

Two days after Neil told co-hosts Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan to just plainly and simply shut up on stage at the Filmfare Awards at Yashraj studios, the debate rages in the film industry.

Was the well-behaved blue-eyed-boy’s aggressive impudence towards his superstar seniors on Neil’s home turf (he’s known as a full-on Yashraj boy) for real? Or was it just an act?

To rewind a bit: At the Filmfare awards, co-hosts Shah Rukh and Saif Ali Khan decided to take on Neil on stage, riling him endlessly. The final straw was the digs that Shah Rukh took at Neil’s name.

“Neil,” said Shah Rukh, “Why do you have three first names and no surname? My name is Khan. Saif too is a Khan. How come you have no last name?”

Neil couldn’t take the slight to his family name. He not-so-gently reminded Shah Rukh that he ought to restrain himself because his, Neil’s, father was sitting in the audience.

And then, horror of horrors, he told Shah Rukh to just shut up.

There was an uncomfortable silence in the auditorium.

Recalling the incident with an uncomfortable laugh, Neil said: “I’m still shaking. Imagine me telling Shah Rukh Khan to shut up! But I did. That isn’t all. At the end of the show I walked up to Shah Rukh and Saif and broke eggs on their heads.”

But relax. It was all part of an act.

“It was all planned by Shah Rukh sir. I was told by the organisers, the Moranis, from beforehand that I was supposed to be part of Shah Rukh’s act. I was supposed to reach early and rehearse for it. But as luck would have it I had gone to town to pick up my parents and got stuck in the traffic. By the time I reached the venue there was only time for a quick briefing on what I had to do.”

Shah Rukh walked up to Neil and quickly told him the plan on stage.

Neil was aghast. “How could I say shut up to Shah Rukh Khan? I’ve never been rude even to my driver. But he insisted. He also told me to throw eggs at him and Saif at the end of the show. I begged and pleaded to spare me. But Shah Rukh didn’t listen.”

Neil did his own on-the-spot improvisation on stage to spare himself the aggravated agony. “Instead of throwing the eggs I walked up to Saif and Shah Rukh and broke the eggs on their heads. How could I throw eggs at them? Their fans would never forgive me!”

After the act Neil’s shocked father has still not forgiven his son, although he has been told it was all in jest.

Says Neil: “Bipasha rushed to me and said if it was an act then it was really scary. Katrina stormed up to me after the show and told me to apologize to Shah Rukh, at once.”

Laughing nervously, Neil re-lived the trauma of being forced to be rude to a hero he worships.

“I’m glad people finally got to see my mischievous side… But no thanks. Never again.”

Police assure security for ‘My Name is Khan’

Filmmaker Karan Johar has been assured by Mumbai Police Commissioner D. Sivanandan that his upcoming film ‘My Name is Khan’ will have “full protection” ahead of its release on February 12.

The Shah Rukh Khan starrer faces threat from Shiv Sena after the party took objection to actor’s comments supporting the inclusion of Pakistani players in IPL.

“We came here with the exhibitors to get a personal assurance from the police. Everything is on board and we will be releasing the film on February 12. Advances opened yesterday and continue to open today,” the 37-year-old filmmaker told reporters after a meeting with Mr. Sivanandan.

Johar met the police chief along with film’s distributor, FOX Searchlight and multiplex owners.

“We have an assurance from Sivanandan saheb that we will have full protection at all places and locations. There is no issue and it’s all fine. Advances open, our film is releasing, it’s all good,” he added.

Johar, who has co-produced the film with Khan, refused to comment when asked whether he had a meeting with Sena supremo Bal Thackeray.

“We would just like to talk about the release of the film,” Johar said.

Ash Commands (B)Rai…ght Fee!

They’re jaw dropping… and as awe inspiring as the ones who command them. Star prices, that is! Even as the industry is abuzz with the seven crore fee being doled out to Kareena Kapoor… comes the pricey news that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has beaten her in the remuneration game.
Reportedly, Ash is being lavished with a whopping 10 crores! The venture produced by Bobby Pushkarna (‘Page3’) will spotlight the international icon in a realistic opus along the lines of ‘Provoked.’
A close insider states that Pushkarna has been chasing Rai for close to three months, valiantly asserting that if the Bachchan bahu turns down his proposal…he will scrap the project. Period.
Rai has three projects in her kitty: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Guzaarish’, Vipul Shah’s ‘Action Replay’ and Shankar’s ‘Robot.’ And a reliable source avers that she’s scanning the script before voicing her decision. Ash per her wish.

Aamir’s father Tahir Hussain passes away

Tahir Hussain, well-known filmmaker and Bollywood star Aamir Khan’s father, died of a massive heart attack on Tuesday morning, sources close to the family said.

He is survived by his wife and two sons, Aamir and Faisal, and two daughters, Farhat and Nikhat.

Hussain is known for producing hits like Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993) that starred son Aamir, Dulha Bikta Hai (1982), Zakhmee (1975), Anamika (1973) and Caravan (1971).

In 1990, he made his directorial debut with Tum Mere Ho with Aamir and Juhi Chawla.

Family sources said Hussain died at Aamir’s residence in Bandra. Aamir and his wife Kiran are in the US for the Sundance Festival and are taking the first flight home. Hussain’s grandson, Imran Khan, who made his debut with Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, is in New Zealand and will also be coming back.

My next film is ‘My Name is Chand’: SRK

Actor Shah Rukh Khan isn’t only reigning the Earth. He seems to have made a place for himself on the moon as well, what with a Lunar crater being named after him. The International Lunar Geographic Society recently announced that a crater in the ‘Sea of Tranquility’ will be named after Bollywood star, Shah Rukh Khan.

It was decided and the society and the International Astronomical Union that the crater on the moon will be called Crater S R Khan, and the same was decided upon on SRK’s 44th birthday. While both SRK and his fans are thrilled by this decision, some experts and scientists haven’t taken too kindly to his honour being bestowed upon an actor. Some feel that the honour should in fact have been bestowed upon a scientist, or an expert in the field.

However, unperturbed by negative responses, SRK is on top of the world, literally speaking. When we contacted him to congratulate him on the feat, he said, “It’s absolutely thrilling and humbling at the same time. I came in Mumbai with stars in my eyes and Allah has granted me all and more. I am so happy that through the opportunity given to me by my fans…audience and the media platforms that I work with… I am in a small way doing good service for my country. The fact that my name is chosen is because the world is looking at India and I happen to be a part of this wonderful land of opportunity. So thanks to all those who suggested my name and everyone who has made films with me. My kids are very excited and I know my parents would have been very proud. I’m already telling Karan to launch the next film called My Name Is Chand.”

Shah Rukh Khan now joins the league of Leonardo da Vinci, Christopher Columbus, Sir Isaac Newton, Julius Caesar and Jules Verne…. And is literally over the moon!

Priyanka Chopra wins best actress National Award

Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra has bagged her first National Award for her performance in Madhur Bhandarkar’s “Fashion”.

The winners of the 56th National Film Award for 2008 were announced here on Saturday.

The award for the best popular film went to Dibakar Banerjee’s “Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!”, a satire on people’s obsession with wealth.

The Rahul Bose-starrer Bengali film “Antaheen” was named the best film.

Pix: Imran Khan gets engaged


Imran Khan got engaged to his longtime girlfriend Avantika Malik at the Malik farmhouse in Karjat .


 Image: Avantika Malik and Imran Khan

Aamir Khan, Imran’s uncle came with his wife, Kiran Rao to bless the couple.


Image: Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao

 An unexpected guest, Reena Dutta, Aamir Khan’s ex-wife also turned up for the engagement.


Image: Reena Dutta

Now, Aamir bags a huge endorsement deal

Here is another reason for Aamir Khan to smile. The actor has landed the biggest endorsement deal in Indian advertising history. The superstar will now promote a new telecom entrant, UAE’s Etisalat, for whopping Rs 30-35 crore for a period of three years. A source told a daily, “Aamir has become the only Indian actor to have been paid such big bucks. The deal had been on for long but it was only recently that the entire plan was finalised.”

Etisalat is about to launch its mobile services in India in JV with Swan Telecom and has roped in Aamir as the brand ambassador. Ranging of Rs 32 to Rs 35 crore it is the costliest brand ambassador deal in India in the telecom space. 

The deal has brought Aamir much ahead King Khan, who charges in the range of Rs 6 to 8 crores per advertisement.

Aamir is already the brand ambassador of several brands like Parle, Coca-Cola, Tata Sky and Samsung. Aamir also joins a list of B-town celebs who endorse different telecom service providers. SRK endorses Bharti Airtel, Deepika promotes BSNL services, Abhishek Bachan is the brand ambassador of Idea Cellular while Hrithik Roshan stands for Reliance Communications.

Chetan’s book selling like hot cakes

Chetan Bhagat might have been marginalised by Raj Kumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra denying him due credit for their blockbuster movie 3 Idiots. But, there has been a positive side for India’s most loved author. His book Five Point Someone is selling like hot cakes all across the country. If leading retailers are to be believed the sale of his book on IIT life has shot up by almost 30 percent. This jump is even more in cities like Bangalore and Pune with a sizeable youth population.

Buzz up!Some major retailers in these cities have run out of stock for Five Point Someone. Not only that his other books One Night @ The Call Centre, The 3 Mistakes of My Life and the recent 2 States have also seen jump in sales since the controversy started. In his latest blog Chetan Bhagat has now expressed the desire to move on and walk the middle path. This after Raj Kumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra had threatened him with legal action.

Azharuddin Ismail ,Slumdog boy has turned author at 10!

New Delhi: Azharuddin Ismail has turned author. Following the footsteps of his co-star Rubina Ali, the 11-year-old actor of Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire has penned his autobiography. “Slumboy: L’extraordinaire destin d’un enfant de Bombay” was published in September by French publisher Michel Lafon. “Azhar has been paid 6,500 euros for the 285-page book and he will earn further royalty on it,” says Dinesh Dubey, Azharuddin’s spokesperson.

Rubina’s autobiography, “Slumdog Dreaming: My Journey to the Stars”, was also commissioned by a French publisher, and the rights were sold to Random House India. The English book was released in India in July. Interestingly, like Rubina, whose autobiography was co-written with journalist Divya Dugar, Azharuddin’s ‘autobiography’ too is co-authored by 36-year-old Mumbai-based French journalist, Mouhssine Ennaimi.

Ennaimi says he spent five months interviewing Azharuddin and his family in their tarpaulin tent, where they were living before the success of Slumdog Millionaire, as well as in their hometown, Jalna. So far, the rights have been sold to an Italian publisher, but the book has not been translated into English, nor have the rights been sold to an Indian publisher.

More than 10,000 French copies have been printed. Azharuddin and his mother were flown to Paris for the book launch, where the child star gave interviews.

Actress-author Suchitra Krishnamoorthy says, “People are only milking their new-found stardom. That someone else has come forward to write the book proves that. And they don’t mind it either.”

Emcee and actress Shivani Wazir Pasrich says, “The kids should definitely write what they have been through so far, but it should not be called an autobiography. It is a unique childhood and would make for an interesting read, but it just should be a book on their life so far.”

Hindustan Times

Mahesh Bhatt’s son knew Headley

Rahul Bhatt, the son of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt has been linked to Lashkar operative David Coleman Headley, who has been arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for plotting a major terror attack in India.

 However after investigations, Rahul was given a clean chit by the investigating agencies.

 “He has admitted to being friends with Headley. But, in all probability, he didn’t know Headley’s actual background and took him to be a foreign national in India on a job. That was exactly the guise Headley had been living under in India between 2006 and 2009,” said an investigating officer.

 It has also come to the fore that Rahul had helped Headley to find a flat near the Breach Candy hospital. The two had met at a gymnasium.

 Intelligence agencies had earlier thought that Rahul could be a code word for Shahrukh Khan who had played several characters by the same name in his films.

 “This is an issue of national security and not something trivial related to Bollywood. Ask agencies that deal with national security. I will not say anything more,” said Mahesh Bhatt neither confirming nor denying that his son had close links with Headley.

‘No One Killed Jessica’ not based on murder case’


File photo of model Jessica Lall who was shot dead in 1999, in New Delhi. The director of the film ‘No One Killed Jessica’ says the film has got no connection with the murder case of the former model.

Director Rajkumar Gupta of ‘Aamir’ fame says his second film’s title may have a stark resemblance to the Jessica Lall murder case, but ‘No One Killed Jessica’ is not based on it.

“The film is not about the murder case. It is inspired by an article from a daily titled ‘No One Killed Jessica’. The article came after the accused were let off by the lower courts and then the film goes into a completely different direction,” Mr. Gupta told IANS.

“I’d rather want everyone to wait and see where I take the film. It is not factual, it is fiction,” added the director who has scripted the film himself.

Model Jessica Lall was gunned down in a restaurant in the capital on April 29, 1999, and the convict Manu Sharma is currently in Tihar Jail.

The film is being produced by UTV Motion Pictures and the makers are planning to release it next year.

Reluctant to shed more light on the project, the director said he is “still in the process of casting” for the film.

A resident of Jharkhand, Mr. Gupta worked with Anurag Kashyap on ‘Black Friday’ and ‘No Smoking’ and also wrote the script for ‘Barah Anna’. He came into the limelight with his hard-hitting directorial debut ‘Aamir’