Priyanka's boyfriend Shahid Kapoor is unhappy about his gal kissing her co-star intimately in two scenes in Anjaana Anjaani
Anjaana Anjaani co-stars Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra share two liplocks in their upcoming Sajid Nadiadwala production.
Those who have seen the scene reveal that they are full-blown intimate kisses and form an integral part of the film. PC's boyfriend Shahid Kapur, however, is none too pleased about it.
Last week, PC and Shahid were spotted watching Dabangg together at a suburban multiplex. A source reveals that during the course of the film, the two were heard discussing Anjaana Anjaani. Shahid got worked up on hearing about the smooches his girl and the Kapoor boy shared. "Shahid might not even watch the movie just to avoid watching PC puckering up to RK."
Interestingly, Shahid-Priyanka are still close. "She even sent him gifts while in Brazil shooting for Khatron Ke Khiladi 3, " reveals the source.
The source further adds that the kisses weren't part of the script but were added in much later during the US schedule.
"It was a spur-of-the-moment decision by director Siddharth Anand to incorporate the kisses to show the growing intimacy between Ranbir and Priyanka.
The kisses were shot with only the cameraman, director and a lightman present. The rest of the crew was asked to leave the sets as the lead pair didn't want to share the intimate moment with 15 people watching."
Quite excited about gathering knowledge about the nitty-gritty when it came to framing a shot and also learning other technical aspects of cinema, Priyanka Chopra was involved with the making of 'Anjaana Anjaani' right from scripting to the final day of shoot.
"This is the reason why she went on to do a lot more than just prepare for the role of Kiara who meets a complete stranger Akash (played by Ranbir Kapoor)", says Siddharth Anand, the director of 'Anjaana Anjaani', "She worked in tandem to flesh out the character, work around on all the intricacies and also bring her wide range of experience to sets the when it came to actual shooting."
Priyanka's passion about the making of the film pleasantly surprised the makers here as she was curious about everything from lighting to set design to locations to the mood of the scene to costumes and even the conduct of people who were walking in the background.
Though any experienced actor is expected to be involved in her characterisation, Priyanka was inclined towards playing a much bigger role.
"She ensured though that her involvement didn't come across as interference. There is a thin line between that and many have burnt their hands when their over enthusiastic approach and inquisitive nature have turned out to be counter productive for an actor-director relationship.
Priyanka made her point, in fact even had healthy discussions at places and was basically in learning rather than dictating mode. 'Anjaana Anjaani' was basically a platform for her to learn the ropes on the job and Priyanka was glad that no one minded that", smiles Siddharth.
Though elements of her inclination towards being in the know-how of most minute details of direction were visible in her earlier attempts as well, it is pretty apparent that they were pretty much on fore during the shooting of 'Anjaana Anjaani'. Guess Priyanka is fast making progress to move into a bigger role and picking up bigger responsibilities pretty soon!
The scandal-prone new film Dunno Y Na Jaane Kyon has gotten itself into trouble with the censorboard. Blurbs boasting that it is Indian cinema’s first gay love story have apparently not encouraged the censors to loosen up and act liberated.
The censorboard has clamped down heavily on the love-making sequences between the film’s leading man Kapil Sharma and the Delhi-based model Yuvraaj Parasher who plays Sharma’s lover.
Apparently the film which also features stalwarts Zeenat Aman and Helen, is carpeted with smooching and love-making sequences between the two guys.
There is also a lingering gay love-making scene which goes all the way. It apparently had the ladies in the censorboard walking off in a moral huff and eventually asking the film’s director Sanjay Sharma to delete the torried kissing sequence and the love-making sequence.
The film leading man who says he’s straight in real life, is appalled by the hypocricy of the censorboard. “Why should the censors be scandalized if two men are kissing and making love?
My sequences with my screen partner go as far as the scenes showing a guy and girl doing it in our films. And let me tell you, some of these heterosexual sequences are extremely vulgar. The ones in my film are very aesthetic. And so what if it’s two men making love? Love is love regardless of gender. ”
The film’s makers have now submitted their film to the revising committee where they hope the ostensibly objectionable sequences will be.
Says Kapil, “The censorboard objected to the kissing and love-making. They asked us to delete them. We refused. We aren’t trying to create any kind of sleazy stuff here. Ours is the first ever serious gay love-story. The intimacy is essential. Our film is now with the revising committee. ”
This isn’t the first mainstream film to show intimacy between two men. In Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion there was masculine passion in the form of a kiss between Samir Soni and his screen partner.
Bhandarkar voluntarily snipped it out. Sudipto Chattopadhyay’s Pankh had a smooch between Maradona Rebello and his screen partner. In Onir’s I Am Rahul Bose and Arjun Mathur play a gay couple and have a kissing sequence.
Dunno Y Na Jaane Kyon is the first film to show a gay love-making sequence. Defends Kapil Sharma, “It is sensual and bold, not at all vulgar. It’s like any lovemaking between a guy and a girl. Why should we delete it?”
Yuvraaj Parasher who has gone nude for the camera plays Sharma’s gay partner. He adds, “I feel cinema and the audience have changed. I never wanted to make my debut as a collegian wooing a chick from my mo’ bike. When I was selected to play gay in the audition I was elated. I’d rather do something unconventional. ”
Speaking about making love to a guy on camera Yuvraaj says, “It was awkward. After doing it with Kapil we avoided each other. Finally we looked at one another and burst laughing. ”
Maybe Rituparno Ghosh who constantly has a problem casting his gay characters should meet these two guys.
Robot is a highly technically advanced bilingual but filmmaker Shankar has made sure there is enough to entertain the common man, says Aishwarya Rai who stars in the film. The actress says she chooses a film on the basis of her role as well as the director and the team.
"When I am working in a movie, it's not only my part in the film but the film in totality (that I think about). I think post-'Devdas', I kind of went on this sudden trip of experiencing movies," Aishwarya told in an interview here.
"Of course, my part is important because as an actor what you are doing has to be exciting, but it's also the experience of working with the filmmaker, the team - all these factors make an opportunity exciting for me."
Praising Shankar's filmmaking skills, she said: "He had to experiment with a lot of things during 'Jeans' and for the first time I was experiencing something like that. He at that point of time brought in that much of technically forward thinking in cinema; I kind of learnt a lot about making a film at that time and, of course, over the years I learnt more.
" 'Jeans' itself was so ahead of its time and here he has pushed it manifold; so, obviously, it becomes more fascinating and intriguing."
This is her second film with Shankar after "Jeans" (1998) and the actress maintains that the USP of Shankar's filmmaking is the importance he gives to the common man.
"I felt that in all his movies with every other new thing, he never forgets the common man. He keeps in mind how a layman would be humoured, what will be entertaining for the common man and what will be the sense of fantasy for the common man.
He brings all those elements in his cinema and more. That's why probably you know you would call entertainment as his signature," said Aishwarya.
Shankar has made the film in two languages - "Robot" in Hindi and "Endhiran" in Tamil - and they are releasing Oct 1. Apparently, made at a budget of Rs.175 crore ($38 million), it's the costliest Indian film ever.
It was a long-awaited opportunity for the actress to work with southern superstar Rajnikanth and Shankar together.
"There were lots of wonderful ideas we could have collaborated on and we could have worked together, but my schedule didn't permit. When 'Robot' came, we were more than happy, the schedules kind of worked out.
"Even with Rajni sir, there had been several attempts to work together, but with him again, the schedule didn't permit. I think when we all came together for a film like this, it allowed me to explore a technically way ahead film. So it was obviously a very exciting opportunity creatively," said Aishwarya.
Asked about her experience of working with Rajnikanth, she said: "Just like everyone I had seen and read about his work. We have enjoyed his work as an audience. So to actually get to see him in person every day and see how simply he does it has been an experience. The way he quietly comes to the set and surprises you with his shots, just brings a smile to your face, which is wonderful."
After doing exponentially high budget films - "Jodhaa Akbar", "Ravan" and now "Robot", would she like to do a small budgets film?
"Firstly, I don't say yes to the movie for their budgets; so that's not really my criteria. My criteria is the director I am working with, the film, the character, and what I can give to my audience and hopefully a different Aishwarya each time," said the 36-year-old.
Ash has two more films releasing this year - "Action Replayy" releasing Nov 5, followed by "Guzaarish" Nov 19.
"It has been exciting, the last two years, making these movies. Now it's time to share our hard work with the audience. I enjoyed sharing 'Ravan' with my audience. And now I am excited to share 'Robot' with you all," she said.
Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali is back with "Guzaarish". And he has once again teamed up with Aishwarya Rai in the film and says she is his muse. He also describes her as a timeless actress of Bollywood.
"Aishwarya is my muse, my jaan and I get terribly excited when I make a film with her because she is very, very special.
Some people are timeless and Aishwarya will be there for another 20 years, " Bhansali told reporters Thursday at Cinemax, where the first look of "Guzaarish" was unveiled.
This is Bhansali's third film with Aishwarya after "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" (1999) and "Devdas" (2002).
Aishwarya said: "This was a very special film for us. We are glad to share this special piece of work with you before we reveal it to the rest of the world."
The director was also all praise for his male lead Hrithik Roshan.
"I have never enjoyed working with any other actor as much as I have enjoyed working with Hrithik, just for the kind of talent he has, for the kind of person he is, " said Bhansali.
In the film Hrithik Roshan will be seen as a magician, while Aishwarya Rai plays a nurse who is estranged from her husband. The film will reportedly touch the issue of controversial mercy killings.
Bhansali has even composed music for the film as he couldn't rely upon anyone to get the right effect. There are eight songs in the film and 12 songs in the album.
"The reason behind doing music of the film is that I think I understand the characters and understand most what they would express musically than any other music director.
Some deep thoughts are my concern, so whatever little music I knew, it was a sort of experiment. But I am happy with what I have done, " said Bhansali.
Jointly produced by UTV Blink and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the film would hit the theatres Nov 19.
Are you overwhelmed by the super success of ' Dabangg'? You bet. To say that we were not sure about its runaway success would not be correct. But you never know what lies in store.
On our part we had tried to put everything straight; the script, the theme bordering on the rustic milieu, the treatment, the huge production value in lieu with new debut making heroine Sonakshi Sinha and a new director Abhinav Kashyap to hold the entire directorial reigns.
I am making a reference as ' We' because it may sound clichéd but yes it was our entire team's kadi mehnat.
Is it right to give all the credit to Arbaaz Khan, don't you think it's the other way round that your star value has added to the success of ' Dabangg'? For once I am thankful to you and the entire media for still thinking that I am a star. I am honored. But still frankly and honestly speaking ' Dabangg' was totally Arbaaz's brainchild and he had the guts to go ahead with it and repose his complete faith in me to carry on and live up to his and the director's and the complete team's expectation.
What according to you is the USP of ' Dabangg'? The USP of ' Dabangg' I think everything. But let me be modest enough to claim that it was my role of a corrupt police officer Chulbul (Robin Hood) Pandey's, with shades and tinge of comic interludes, characterization that has done the trick.
Aur thodasa credit main apni moochon ko bhi dena chahoonga (I would like to give a little bit of credit to the moustache..) which I have sported in the movie. But I don't remember it if I have done it for the first time or after a long, long time.
Then of course the other USP of ' Dabangg' is the Bindaas direction of Abhinav Kashyap, the high voltage foot tapping music and songs scored by Sajid – Wajid whom I always consider as my lucky mascots since ' Muhjse Shaadi Karogi?' days.
I don't think the audiences will forget Malaika's item song ' Munni Badnaam Hui Darling Tere Liye!' in a hurry. Not to forget my darling heroine Sonakshi Sinha who came across as such a natural and ' Dabangg', this literally means a powerful – hardcore – rough - tagda - majboot, performer. She has literally lived up to my film's title ' Dabangg' with very few dialogues and just the expression conveyed through her badi badi jheel si aankhen.
Moving away from 'Dabangg' to something a little more... shall we say... spicy? Why do you think you have this love and hate relationship with the media? Main kahoonga ki iske liye bhi aap log hi zimmedaar hai! Sach bataoon toh... (I'd say that you guys are responsible for this too! To tell you the truth...) I hate the media only when they sometimes or rather always put me on the wrong footing.
But I also love the media because they always help me to promote my upcoming films so well that sometimes they become blockbusters and here I am not talking about my films like ' Veer' but my films like ' Dabangg'.
Fair enough. So is it that controversies follow you wherever you go or you fall into controversies by being at the wrong place at the wrong time? Don't you think you media guys are responsible for this part of my life too? The media always labels me, tags me with varied epithets like destiny's favorite controversial child, temperamental star et al and the height of atrocity is that they also have the guts to call me media's favorite whipping boy! But never mind that. First of all let me clear a few myths that have been nonchalantly attributed to me.
For i.e. my temperamental mood swings or my so called aversion to interact with the media. To the first I would say that regardless of any consequences, every creatively involved person is moody and so am I.
But that certainly does not mean that I am a typical ' Khadoos', a colloquial word for 'arrogant' in a typical Bambaiyya language. It's just that I am very reserved and fail to open up very fast.
But my near and dear ones, my co-stars and my friends will vouch for the fact that I am the biggest prankster, a jovial person, a cool dude, yet very reluctant to share even breathing space with strangers, and yes, sometimes even my fans become the victims of my aloofness.
To the second I would say that I never hated the media and neither do they hate me. In fact, I am highly indebted to them, as whenever I have highly deserved it, I have unfailingly got my overdue share of their critical appreciation too. But, of course, we are always at loggerheads as far as my personal life is concerned.
In this regard I would say that I have been manipulated and even duped. Whenever I have bared my heart and my soul in good faith I have always ended up getting misquoted with facts distorted beyond redemption. So what's the point? I feel as at the end of the day they write what they want.
Recently Ahmed Khan, the choreographer, narrated a very humorous incident regarding the Filmfare Awards, which made me believe that quite like Aamir Khan, even you have an allergy as far as Award Ceremonies are concerned? I not only have an aversion towards awards but also towards stage shows. I am not very comfortable strutting around my wares on stage or even dancing away to my topless glory in all those award functions where they never gave me an award, not even a consolation trophy even once.
Just kidding! But I still do perform in award ceremonies. And when they try to offer me a trophy now as part of a performing act, I refuse point blank to do so as I believe and I have more interest in charging them for a performance.
In fact I threaten them mockingly with dire consequences if they offer me a trophy ever again by adding that if they have spare ones please send me half a dozen so that I can change all the door knobs of my house.
Do you miss the people who have gone out of your life or with whom you have had a fall out with? I don't want to talk about people who have gone out of my life. I have had a major fall out only with Shah Rukh Khan with whom I am never going to reconcile. Yes! The twain shall never meet... Besides, he was not my girlfriend so why should I ever miss him?
Ameesha Patel and the Dutts -- Sanjay and Maanayata -- are upset that a family close to them didn't even respond to their invite
Sanjay and Maanayata Dutt and their baby shower organiser Ameesha Patel are miffed that Punam Sinha and her daughter Sonakshi didn't care to respond to their invite for the event.
Says an invitee, "It was a guest list drawn up by Maana and Ameesha, who was personally calling and messaging people. As the Sinhas have always been very close to the Dutts, they were invited too. The Sinha patriarch, Shatrughan has been part of almost every social event of the Dutts."
But, adds the source, even the ladies who were out of town at the time (like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Natasha Fardeen Khan) or unwell (Kirron Kher was down with conjunctivitis) cited their inability to attend, but the Sinha maa-beti didn't.
"Punam didn't pick up Ameesha's call, neither did she reply to her messages. Ms Patel was very upset and the Dutts felt hurt too but preferred to keep quiet about it. Ameesha even told Maana that she wouldn't have called the Sinha ladies had she known they'd snub her."
The source feels that since Sonakshi has become part of Salman Khan's inner circle of friends, she has developed an attitude."
And Punam is a star mother, now that Dabangg is a big hit. Sonakshi wasn't in town as she was in Norway promoting Dabangg with Salman on September 13. Punam could have at least told Maanayata that Sonakshi and she weren't coming, no?"
Says Punam, "So what if I couldn't call or message back? My sister, a cancer patient for eight years, suddenly had to be admitted to hospital last week. She is my priority. I couldn't even attend Sonakshi's Dabangg events."
Poonam adds, "I have been in the hospital for the last few days and it's impossible to even think of calling or messaging people from there. I have far more important stuff going on in my life.
Please understand my frame of mind and what I am going through. Even now I am sitting with my sister at home after she was discharged a day ago.
Sanju and Maana are very close to us and will always be. I hope they understand my situation..."
Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone slug it out to be in Akshay Kumar's next Joker. He's spoilt for choice
Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone have been at loggerheads ever since Ranbir Kapoor and it's been one big game of oneupmanship between them since then.
The latest bone of contention is Shirish Kunder's Joker, a co-production between Akshay's Hari Om Productions and Farah Khan and Shirish's Three's Company.
One has to go!
Says a source, "Deepika and Katrina both think that they are doing the film without the other knowing about it. Katrina had spoken to Akshay during the shooting of Farah's Tees Maar Khan and has taken it for granted that she is doing Joker.
Deepika's inclusion in the casting is a recent development and she suits the script better. Akki is in a dilemma and is tearing his hair out figuring out the best way to tell one of the girls to take a walk."
Making it happen
Akshay's dilemma stems from the fact that while he's close to Katrina (they're a popular pair and have delivered several hits), Deepika is going out of her way to be accommodating in giving her dates.
The source adds, "Akshay has given his dates for January and Deepika can offer her dates for the month as well."
What's at stake
While Deepika is ready to negotiate her price as well, things have worked out for Katrina as well with the Dostana schedule being postponed to March. She too will be available in January. The trouble is Akki doesn't want to hurt either girl's feelings. The role is a very glamorous one and not being chosen would hurt either's prospects."
And that's why...
The source adds that, "That's why Katrina was upset about reports of Akki and her having a fallout. Kat wants the world to know that she's still very close to him."
Says Shirish, "We are in the process of casting the female lead opposite Akshay for Joker. Top names are being considered. It is a performance- oriented role. Akshay and I will take the final call in a week." Akshay remained unavailable for comment.
KAT VS DIPPY WE GIVE YOU A HEADS-UP!
ROUND 1 prize: Ranbir Kapoor How it ended: RK dumped Deepika for Kat ROUND 2 The prize: Salman Khan film, Bodyguard How it ended: Both lost out on the Sallu flick. Kareena Kapoor picked up the role ROUND 3 The prize: Shirish Kunder's Joker How it ended: Deepika appears to be the clear favourite.
The love story of Aish and Sallu could beat any movie and tales are yet remembered. it had everything in it i.e. drama, tragedy, romance, action and of course emotions. The story had a dream beginning when Miss World meets the most handsome bachelor of Hot Bollywood but ended in anti climax. Both agreed to live happily without each other ever after.
2- Raveena Tondon and Akshay Kumar
It is a long time back story but when they were together in love relationship, people used to compare their pair with the romance of Amitabh and Rekha. Akshay and Raveena were in talk for quite a long time but then they parted and the story came to an end.
3- Akshay Kumar and Shilpa Shetty
Our Akki was the Mohammed Ghazni of Romance. After breaking up with Raveena, Akshay found comfort with Shilpa Shetty. It seemed they were just in Gossip as they parted very soon and Akshay again became lonely and alone.
4- Priyanka Chopra and Harman Baweja
The story of Priyanka and Harman ended before it started. In Hot Bollywood, it is rightly said, A Flop Can Really Give You A Chop.
5- Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone
The relationship of Hot Bollywood's blue eyed couple hot and sexy Deepika and Handsome Ranbir seems to have broken up.
6- Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif
All wanted and waited for this pair to get married but then came the news of break up. Why break up came is still a mystry but Katrina started keeping distance with Salman.
7- Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor
The most happening love story of Hot Bebo and Chocolate boy Shahid. the story started with Jab We Met but ended leaving bitter memories.
8- Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor
The chemistry of the two rising star was appreciable and it seemed that they will make a love story. But with the flop of Saawariya, Sonam is now in no mood to work with Ranbir. She has even decided never to work with Ranbir again.
9- Vivek Oberoi and Aishwarya Rai
This is not a story but can be just called as a supposed love affair. Hot and handsome Vivek was serious about it but preety Aish was always silent. The affair resulted no where and both decided to remain happy without eachother.
10- Abhishek Bachchan and Karishma Kapoor
When Handsome Abhi and Hot Karishma got engaged, they were looked as the golden couple of Hot Bollywood. But then suddenly came the news of break up which is still a mystery.