Sallu in no mood to do favours

Mumbai, June 15: While Salman Khan happily helped brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri in his first direction, Hello—based on Chetan Bhagat’s bestseller One Night At A Call Centre—he isn’t willing to repeat it for Atul’s second film.

Salman had made a guest appearance in Hello along with Katrina Kaif and brother Sohail Khan, which helped the film. But now, with Sallu himself struggling for a hit to bolster his career, he is in no mood to do favours.

Sallu is busy completing Boney Kapoor’s Wanted and Prem Soni’s Mr & Mrs Khanna—which are releasing within months of each other.

Imran carries on with Aamir’s ways

Mumbai, June 15: New director Abhinay Deo thought that casting actors from the theatre circle in his film Delhi Belly will save him from starry tantrums.

But it was not so. Deo, who has also signed up Imran Khan — the only known name — for the film, is reportedly disappointed with his starry tantrums.

Rather than concentrating on his acting, Imran, like mamu Aamir Khan, is interested in giving instructions and inputs to the entire crew, including Deo.

BJP should give up Hindhutva: MG Vaidya

New Delhi, June 15: MG Vaidya, a top Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of failing ‘Hindutva’ by being ‘inconsistent’ on the ideology.

“The BJP has failed to convey the real meaning of ‘Hindutva’ to the people (in the recent elections). Probably, they thought they were not deemed to climb the pedestal of power with ‘Hindutva’ line. Hence, BJP should now disassociate itself with ‘Hindutva’,” Vaidya wrote in a column for the Marathi daily Tarun Bharat.

Super Model Claudia Now Brand Ambassador For Animation School

Noida, June 15: With the rising demand of Graphics and Animation business in India the president of Marwah Studios Sandeep Marwah decided to go ahead for the launching in a formal way the school of Graphics and Animation under the banner of Asian Academy of Film And Television [AAFT].

In the presence of large gathering of media persons, students and National press Marwah introduced The Brand Ambassador and the chief guest of the day The Super Model, Actress and Singer from Germany Claudia Ciesla who was looking stunning, gorgeous and became the centre of attraction of the whole show.

Mamata keeps her promise, train to Digha gets going

Kolkata, June 15: A few days after taking charge as the Railway Minister, Mamata Banerjee on Sunday flagged off a daily train to Digha, the Howrah-Digha Kandari Express.

Banerjee, in her election manifesto, had promised to turn Digha into another Goa, which the state government failed to do in the last 32 years.

The day she joined the office as the Railway Minister, she had announced that within a month the Howrah-Digha Express would chug out from Howrah and she fulfilled her promise 12 days before it ends.

Police clueless to what drove NRI to kill wife, himself

Ludhiana, June 15: There has been no headway in the gory incident at Jaspal Bangar village where an NRI shot dead his wife and then killed himself with his licensed single barrel rifle in the wee hours of Saturday.

The post mortem on the bodies of the deceased NRI, Sardool Singh (65) and his wife Paramjit Kaur (62) was conducted at the Civil Hospital and then their bodies were handed over to their relatives for cremation.

Engineering topper dreams of space, medical No 1 of heart care

Mumbai, June 15: Upneet Pansare speaks to the Common Entrance Test toppers and a candidate who appeared a second time and ranked 3rd

Udit Chitalia
1st, engineering
The Patkar College student’s 200 out of 200 makes him the overall topper. An aspiring astrophysicist, he says, “I see myself working at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) after studying computer science at Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), Matunga, and then doing a PhD.”

2 more jail cops deny ’05 fight between Rajan and D-gang men

Mumbai, June 15: Two more jail employees, said to have witnessed a fight between aides of gangsters Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Rajan in the Arthur Road prison in 2005, have turned hostile in court, denying any such incident took place.

A police sub-inspector had been injured but he too has turned hostile. The last remaining witness in the jail alarm case is investigating officer Nankishore Potkare, who will be examined on June 22.

My Brother Amar

Mumbai, June 15: Sanjay Dutt talks about the ill health of his political mentor, Amar Singh

Although Sanjay Dutt is physically present in Goa, where he is shooting for Ajay Devgan’s home production, All The Best, his heart is with his political mentor Amar Singh, who’s in Singapore for a kidney transplant.

Eight years on, Fardeen finds escape route

Mumbai, June 15: Actor may evade tough punishment if forensic report concludes that actual weight of cocaine in the 9 gm of contraband allegedly seized from him is less than 2 gm

Actor Fardeen Khan, arrested more than eight years ago for allegedly possessing contraband, may not have to spend years in jail if laboratory analysis of the seized substance reveals a low percentage of cocaine in it.

Saif Ali Khan and his partner disagreed about their film’s promo

Mumbai, June 15: Saif and his partner disagreed about their film’s promo. Guess who eventually had his way…

Saif Ali Khan and his Illuminati Films business partner Dinesh Vijan might share a common vision and mindset on most subjects. But they could not come to an agreement on the first promo of Love Aaj Kal.
The film directed by Imtiaz Ali and starring Saif and Deepika Padukone releases on July 31.

Not cool

Amrita Rao has finally shed her girl-next-door image

Mumbai, June 15: Amrita Rao has been the girl-next-door. She has a sweet, seedhi-saadhi image which she now wants to shed along with her inhibitions for ShortKut-The Con is On. For the first time, the actress will be seen in an ultra-glam mode in the film.

Amrita is already accepted as a good actress but looks like she now wants to be accepted as part of the bikini brigade Priyanka, Bipasha, Kareena…

From simple to sizzling

Here’s what Amrita had to say about exposing before she decided to go the Wet ‘N’ Wild way…

Kiran Rao was rushed to Breach Candy hospital with high fever

Mumbai, June 15: A phone call on Friday night announced, “Kiran Rao has been rushed to Breach Candy hospital.

She has been diagnosed with high fever and some lung infection.”

This news was exactly a week after reports of Mrs Aamir Khan expecting her first child.

The following day, a source from the hospital confirmed on condition of anonymity.

“Yes, Kiran was brought in, and is under care here. The doctors suspect tuberculosis. She is undergoing treatment.”

Lip lock with Saif no big deal for Deepika Padukone

Mumbai, June 14: There has been a huge buzz in the film industry and media circles about Deepika Padukone’s lip lock with her Love Aaj Kal co-star Saif Ali Khan in their film.

When we caught up with the Om Shanti Om girl at the media meet of Love Aaj Kal and removed the topic about the same, Deepika appeared pretty cool about the whole thing.

Chhota Shakeel denies rift within D-Company

New Delhi, June 13: Intra-gang rivalry in the Dawood Ibrahim group reportedly intensified so much that there are reports of one of the faction leaders Chhota Shakeel fleeing Pakistan.

Reports said he feared for his life and thus fled Pakistan. The factions, led by Anees Ibrahim, Dawood’s younger brother, and Shakeel have been at loggerheads for several months now. Sources indicate that Dawood has silently been backing his brothers over Shakeel, who is an outsider for the number 2 position in the D-company.

Schoolgirl gangraped in moving car

Surat, June 13: A 17-Year-old schoolgirl was kidnapped from the Majura Gate area and gangraped by three youths in a moving car in broad daylight on Friday.

The police arrested all the accused later in the day and seized the Opel Corsa car used in the crime. Two of the accused are sons of policemen.

80-year-old widow booked for not informing police about tenant

Chandigarh, June 13: Eighty-year-old Balbir Kaur, a chronic heart patient, returned home from hospital to an unpleasant surprise on Friday evening—she had been booked by the UT Police for disobeying the orders of the Deputy Commissioner by not informing the police regarding her tenants. Kaur has been living alone at her Sector-16 house after her husband passed away a year ago.

Akshay Kumar on the battle of the sexes

Mumbai, June 12: Akshay Kumar on the battle of the sexes Bollywood is back with a bang is what Akshay has said in his blog on facebook.

He had been enjoying all these while from his mother-in-law surprise birthday bash to the end of the strike of multiplexes strike. Now Akki is all set for the battle of sexes on screen with his up coming movie Kambakht Ishq.

Zadari rejects CIA chief’s claim bin Laden still in country

Washington, June 12: A spokesman for President Asif Ai Zardari has rejected CIA chief Leon Panetta’s claim that Osama bin Laden is still in Pakistan and challenged the organisation to hand over any evidence it has to back it up.

Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar told reporters Friday, “There is no truth in this CIA statement. These are all rumors.”

Babar said, if the CIA knows he is in Pakistan, then it “should also know his exact location” and share it with Pakistan.”

Bombers strike two Pakistan mosques

Lahore, June 12: At least two people have been killed in near-simultaneous blast in Pakistan, officials say.

One blast took place inside the offices of the Jamia Naeemia religious school and mosque in the eastern city of Lahore soon after Friday prayers, police said.

One of those killed in Lahore was a prominent religious leader known to oppose the Taliban, police said.

“Unfortunately, Maulana Sarfraz Naeemi has been martyred,” Pervez Rathore, a Lahore police chief, told the Reuters news agency.

Another person was killed and at least six others hurt in the attack.

Aditya Chopra skips screening due to ex-wife

Mumbai, June 12: While Yash Raj Films is keeping no stone unturned to promote its upcoming movie New York there seems to be fresh tension within the family. Aditya Chopra raised a few eyebrows by almost skipping the special screening of the movie at the Yash Raj Studios and making an 11th hour entry. The obvious reason was the presence of ex-wife Payal Chopra in the screening.

Buzz up!

Why Salman wants to be bhai-bhai with Shahrukh?

Mumbai, June 12: The latest buzz in the Bollywood rumour mill is that actor Salman Khan wants to extend his friendly hand to Shahrukh Khan. Sallu bhai has gone a step further and planning to invite his arch rival rival Bollywood King Khan to his popular show 10 Ka Dum.

Buzz up!

Policemen arrested for raping two women in Kuwait

Kuwait, June 10: Two police officers have been arrested in Kuwait for raping two expatriate women from the Philippines.

The officers were arrested by officials from the Operations Department of the Ministry of Interior after being informed by a Kuwaiti, reported Al Qabas daily, quoting a police source.

Four policemen involved in sex racket suspended

Lucknow, June 10: Four policemen in Uttar Pradesh’s Basti district were suspended Wednesday for allegedly running a sex racket from their official quarters, an official said Wednesday.

“An enquiry has also been initiated against the four constables, who were caught with two call girls Tuesday night at the police residential quarters,” a district police spokesperson told IANS by phone.

Investigations revealed that Manoj Patel, one of the suspended constables, used to run a prostitution ring with the other three police men, who would solicit clients. Basti is 275 km from here.