‘Happy Feet Two’ choreographer taught Aamir tap dancing

Actor Aamir Khan, who has impressed with his tap dancing number in “Dhoom 3”, learned the skill from acclaimed Australian choreographer Dein Perry.

Aamir, who plays a negative role in the movie, flew all the way to Australia to learn the grungy tap dance, which is high on energy and more difficult than the classic tap dance.

The actor spent some with Perry, who also choreographed for movie “Happy Feet Two” and the opening act of Sydney 2000 Olympics.

It’s like being in a horror movie: Javed Akhtar on back pain

Last month lyricist Javed Akhtar woke up to the most terrifying experience of his life – simply put, he just couldn’t move. It was due to back pain and he is now on the road to recovery. It happened on Nov 29 here.

Recalling the horror of having lost the power of his limbs Javed, now on the way to recovery at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre here, said: “On that fateful morning I got up as usual.”

I’m not politically correct, I’m private: Priyanka

Priyanka Chopra rarely comments on her love life. She says it has nothing to do with being “politically correct”.

At the Agenda Aaj Tak Conclave here Thursday, Bollywood’s eligible bachelorette was asked why she has never stood up and spoken out against dating rumours.

“It’s not because I am being politically correct. It’s just that I’m a private person,” said the 31-year-old.

“I believe that I am putting 90 percent of myself and my family life out in front of the public, I have every right to keep 10 percent of it for myself,” she added.

Have to do 100 crore films to be commercially viable: Priyanka

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra says it is necessity to be part of 100 crore films in order to be commercially viable in the industry.

“I always try to do films which I find interesting. But, we also have to be part of the 100 or 200 crore films to be commercially viable, so that we can go and do women oriented films. It is a give and take thing,” Priyanka said today.

The 31-year-old actress lamented that till date no female-centric Bollywood film has made it to the elite 100 crore club.

Want to take my kids to Peshawar: Shah Rukh

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan wants to take his children — Aryan, Suhana and AbRam — to Peshawar, where his family hails from.

Shah Rukh, who was in the capital to be a part of Agenda Aajtak conclave, did not refuse the request of Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to visit Pakistan and said he would love to go back to the place again where his father took him when he was too young.

Tough to be a woman today: Kajol

Bollywood actress Kajol feels it is much easier for a man to survive and succeed nowadays than a woman, given the deteriorating state of the fairer sex in our country.

The 39-year-old actress, who has starred in several hits like ‘Baazigar’, ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaenge’, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, said that men often make it difficult for us women to lead our lives liberally and there is an urgent need to change their mindset.

AbRam now healthy, has dimples: SRK

AbRam, Shah Rukh Khan’s third child, who was born through surrogacy and prematurely by several months, is now healthy, says the superstar. In fact, he has dimples like his father too!

Shah Rukh had confirmed the arrival of AbRam in July. Since it was a premature birth, the baby had to battle health issues, but all seems well now.

“AbRam is very handsome mashallah, healthy now, and spreads a lot of happiness. He has dimples also, so yes, it is nice to have people who have dimples,” said the 47-year-old, whose dimples add charm to his million dollar smile.

Feel guilty for not giving enough time to family: Aamir Khan

Being Bollywood’s ‘Mr Perfectionist’ comes with its own problems as superstar Aamir Khan feels guilty for not being able to spend enough time with his family.

The meticulous star, who prepares extensively before taking up any project and thus ends up doing only one film a year, today said he found it difficult to juggle shooting ‘Dhoom 3’, ‘Peekay’ and doing research for his TV show ‘Satyamev Jayate 2’.

Aamir, 48, and his wife Kiran’s son Azad turned a year-old recently. The actor said he would take the child to his shootings so that he could spend more time with him.

Genelia to appear in a cameo in Salman’s ‘Jai Ho’

Actress Genelia D’Souza, who has been away from the big screen post her marriage to actor Riteish Deshmukh, will be seen in Salman Khan’s ‘Jai Ho’.

Genelia married Riteish in February 2012 and her last Hindi film was ‘Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya’ which came in the same month, and also starred her husband.

She will now be seen in Salman Khan-starrer ‘Jai Ho’, apparently in a cameo appearance.”Yes Genelia is there in ‘Jai Ho’. She is playing an interesting cameo,” sources close to the development told PTI, without divulging her role.

Rahul Dev to play demon in mythological TV show

Actor Rahul Dev will be seen playing a demon in popular TV show ‘Devon ke Dev…Mahadev’.

After approaching veteran actors like Danny Denzongpa, Mithun Chakraborty and Jackie Shroff, Rahul Dev, well known for negative roles in various movies, has been finalised for the role of demon Arunasur in the popular mythological series and it will mark the actor’s entry on television.

He will be seen in the negative role of Arunasur, who will battle against Lord Shiva, played by Mohit Raina.

Ikram Akhtar set to mark directorial debut with ‘India Mein Lahore’

Ikram Akhtar has donned the director’s hat for the new film ‘ India Mein Lahore’ and is looking to cast fresh faces to make it more believable.

The renowned film writer said that that he believes that there is a lot of love between the people of both countries and he intends to show it in his cross-border romantic comedy film, the Express Tribune reported.

The Dubai-based project is being advertised as a co-production, which includes talent from India and Pakistan. (ANI)

HC rejects Ramesh Sippy’s plea to stay Sholay’s 3D release

The Bombay High Court rejected Bollywood producer Ramesh Sippy’s plea seeking a stay on the release of Sholay’s 3D version made by his nephew Sasha over a copyright dispute.

In a notice of motion on his suit against Sasha and others, Sippy had recently filed an appeal before a division bench against the judgement of Justice Kathawala who had earlier rejected Sippy’s petition on the same issue.

Upholding the single bench’s judgement here today, a division bench of Justices S F Vajifdar and G S Patel refused to stay the production and release of the movie’s 3D version.

SRK crosses six million followers on Twitter

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan has touched a new benchmark on his Twitter fan following which has risen to over six millions.

The 48-year-old actor, who has beaten his competitors including Salman Khan (5,636,870) and Aamir Khan (5,105,283) on the micro-blogging site, thanked his fans for their love and support.

“Thanks for the 6 million. Our love goes beyond numbers. Wish you all happiness beyond count and love beyond measure,” Shah Rukh posted.

`Puppetmaster` SRK dazzles Dubai fans in `Access All Areas` concert

Shahrukh Khan recently wowed his fans in Dubai when he took the stage during his ‘Access All Areas’ concert.

The 48-year-old actor kicked off his song and dance routine with tracks like ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ from ‘Dil Se’ and ‘Criminal’ from ‘Ra.One’, Gulf News reported.

The show faced crowd-control issues as hundreds of people surged forward to get a closer look at the ‘Om Shanti Om’ star, with one frenzied fan storming the stage to give him a bear-hug, before being taken away by security. (ANI)

Sonakshi sizzles in L’Officiel India’s December issue

Sonakshi Sinha has posed for the cover of L’Officiel India magazine.

Photographer Suresh Natarajan was the one who captured the Bollywood beauty in five avatars.

Showing off a sculpted body, Sinha, who sets the cover on fire in a sheer Jatin Varma gown, seems to have been working at her body, too, L’Officiel India magazine reported.

She also embraces her curves in ensembles by designers ranging from the likes of Amit Agarwal and Pankaj and Nidhi to Falguni and Shane Peacock. (ANI)

Hrithik will undergo test for headaches: Rakesh Roshan

Filmmaker Rakesh Roshan says his actor son Hrithik will get a test done for his recurring headaches but will not undergo any surgery.

Hrithik was suffering from subdural hematoma, caused in the brain as a result of a head injury while performing stunts for his upcoming film ‘Bang Bang’ earlier this year.

He successfully underwent a brain surgery in July this year to remove a two-month-old clot.

The actor is still recovering because of which the shooting schedules of his films ‘Bang Bang’ and ‘Shuddhi’ were pushed ahead.

Salman to launch ‘Jai Ho’ trailer in theatre with fans

Superstar Salman Khan is set to launch the trailer of his forthcoming film ‘Jai Ho’ at a single-screen theatre here in the presence of moviegoers.

Salman and his director-brother Sohail Khan have come up with this idea and it is being being experimented perhaps for the first time in Bollywood.

The first look of Hindi films are generally launched in the presence of media.

The trailer of ‘Jai Ho’ would be unveiled at Chandan, a single-screen theatre in suburban Mumbai, on December 5, a spokesperson of the film said today.

HC restrains cable operators from illegally showing Dhoom 3

The Delhi High Court today restrained cable operators from illegally “communicating or distributing” the movie ‘Dhoom 3’, starring Aamir Khan and Abhishek Bachchan, on a plea by its producer Yash Raj Films (YRF).

Justice M L Mehta also asked various internet service providers, including Bharti Airtel, Reliance, MTNL and others to block those sites which illegally show the movie within 48 hours of receiving a written complaint as well as location or url (web address) of the site from the production house.

Boman Irani roots for regional cinema

Despite not knowing the language, he is keen to do a Bengali film and even a play if the script and story fascinate him enough.

In town to inaugurate the Dumdum Film Festival, the man with funny bones Boman Irani told PTI, “If the story is great language can never be the problem.”

Boman, who feels regional cinema will rule the roost in future days, recalls how movies made by Onir and his ilk, on a shoe-string budget created waves and history.

Juhi Chawla set to make Hollywood debut

Juhi Chawla has landed a role in an upcoming movie produced by Steven Spielberg.

The 46-year-old Bollywood star will appear alongside Dame Helen Mirren and Om Puri in ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’, Contactmusic reported.

The film tells the story of an Indian family relocating to France, and is based on the novel of the same name by Richard C Morais.

Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, the film is currently being shot in Mumbai. (ANI)

Anil Kapoor to soon start second season of ’24’

After completing the shoot of the first season of TV series “24,” Anil Kapoor is set to soon start with the second season. The aim is to create a better product, says the actor-producer.

“The second season will start very soon. We will work even harder and will try to create an even better product,” the 56-year-old said here Saturday at the success party of the show.

Anil says he hasn’t received as much appreciation before, but he believes the best thing about “24” is that the work of all actors has been applauded.

Shah Rukh Khan says Dubai has best audience

Shah Rukh Khan has claimed that he never gets a better audience than Dubai at a press conference at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Ahead of their Access All Areas concert, the 48-year-old actor said that Dubai has always been kind to him and asked the audience to keep coming in big numbers, Gulf News reported.

Khan also said the idea for the song ‘Lungi Dance’, from his recent film ‘Chennai Express’ was born in Dubai. (ANI)

I’m not qualified to write autobiography: Amitabh Bachchan

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he is not “qualified” to pen an autobiography even though he has an illustrious career of over four decades in Indian cinema.

At an open question-and-answer session at the Penguin Annual Lecture 2013 in the capital Friday night, Big B was asked if he has given a thought to sharing some of his life`s experiences via a book.

“I am not qualified to do that,” said the 71-year-old thespian who continues to entertain the people through his films and popular TV show “Kaun Banega Crorepati”.

Vidyut elated with appreciation for ‘Bullett Raja’

Actor Vidyut Jamwal is overwhelmed with the response he is getting for his performance in the recently released film `Bullett Raja`.

After being appreciated in `Commando` and `Force`, Vidyut made a special appearance in the Saif Ali Khan starrer film.
Even though it was a guest role in the film, critics as well as audience liked his performance.

“I am overwhelmed with the positive response I have been receiving. A big thanks to the audiences and critics,” Vidyut said.

Karisma performs for a cause

Actress Karisma Kapoor, who is choosy about her performances, bent the rules for Our Girl Our Pride, an initiative to empower the girl child. She said it’s also a “tribute to all the ladies” from her family.

“It was a fabulous day and I strongly believe in the cause. I generally don’t perform. I am quite choosy about it, but today I performed and paid tribute to all the Kapoor ladies, including (late grandmother) Geeta Bali, (aunt) Neetu Singh, and my mom Babita and sister Kareena supporting the cause,” Karisma, known for her powerpacked performances in “Fiza” and “Zubeidaa”, told IANS.