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.