Sunday, 25 December 2011

Shahrukh Khan to Dawn: I will come to Pakistan

It may be recalled that SRK got into hot water with a right wing political party not so long ago because he’d suggested that Pakistani cricketers be allowed to play in the IPL. Thanks to King Khan’s sentiments, the party also disrupted the release of My Name Is Khan. Now the Badshah of Bollywood has given an interview to Pakistan’s premier newspaper Dawn where he’s said that he will visit our neighbour. He’s also advocated Pakistani artistes working in Bollywood
A true flag flier of Aman Ki Asha is our Khan. Here’s hoping that the right wing politicos don’t blow this up and disrupt the Don 2 release and instead take Khan’s comments in the spirit in which he meant them. Excerpts from the Dawn interview:

Keeping My Name is Khan and the relations between India and Pakistan in mind, do you think films need to absorb the socio-politics around us or influence them? What does good cinema do, in your opinion?

Art is always going to go beyond boundaries. Primarily, all a good film needs to do is entertain. Enjoyable cinema will always transcend boundaries and we are so similar as a people that we laugh at the same things and cry at the same things. But why restrict the Dawn question to India and Pakistan? I’m glad people liked Khan (My Name is Khan) all over the world for a very simple reason. I’m not claiming to know everything but I do know that as a Muslim it’s important for me to tell the world who we really are. It’s important for us to explain Islam to the world and it’s important for the world to know Islam and what it truly stands for. But that’s not the only reason I did the film. It was a good experience.

Indian films are now releasing in Pakistan so at least some boundaries are softening. What do you say about Pakistani artistes working in India?

We speak the same language. This exchange is very important because we have the same background and I hope it continues. Where films are concerned, it’s important to step out and explore new options. I have worked with a lot of singers from Pakistan and I’ve also worked with Akon for RA.One. I feel that new voices bring novelty as well as longevity.

You always had fans in Pakistan but your fanfare reached dizzy heights with MNIK. What are the odds that you’ll come to Pakistan?

One of these days, I will come to Pakistan. I will come to Pakistan when work takes me there.

Work, but not the love of the people?

I find work is an excuse for love. I find love in work.

And, since Cineswami loses no opportunity to coin a cheap pun, here goes:

‘Knock knock’

“Kaun Hai?”

“Dawn, dawn, er, don 2”.
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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

SRK's desperate to read books

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan is an avid reader, but amid the promotions of his last release, "RA.One" and upcoming film " Don 2: The King Is Back", he is missing the joy of catching up on books.

"Desperately seeking a good book to read. Kindle dried up...bookstores out of bounds...heading to Nagpur would have been nice if I had a book," Shah Rukh posted on Twitter.

The actor and his "Don 2" team are beginning their multi-city promotion tour for the film with Nagpur. He also recieved many suggestions for latest books, and asked his Nagpur fans to give him books during his stay.

"Thanks guys and girls keep the suggestions coming...need to immerse myself in books. Been a long time since I spent some time with myself. Enroute to Nagpur...the tour begins for the chase continues film. I really love meeting you all in the garb of film promotions. DON is ON...

"So if you are in Nagpur and have the time I would love it if you get me books...remember to write ur Twitter handle please on the book," added Shah Rukh.

Rishi uncle's songs have youth connect: Imran Khan

Actor Rishi Kapoor's songs and films are still loved by people of all age groups and that's because of their "spunk", says Imran Khan, the title of whose next film " Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu" is inspired by one of the veteran star's hit song.

"There is certain zing in the phrase 'Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu', which connects it instantly to the youth. Rishi uncle's songs are very lively and there is certain spunk in them. I think that's the reason why there is an instant youth connect," Imran said in a press statement.

"Not only his songs, but also his personality is youthful and full of verve even today," he added.

"Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu", a Karan Johar production, also features Kareena Kapoor. It is a romantic comedy, and will hit the screens around Valentine's Day next year.
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SRK at Legendary Dilip Kumar's Home to wish him Birthday!
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Shah Rukh's 800-page biography to weigh 37 kgs!

Mumbai: Weighing an incredible 37 kgs, running up to 800 pages and consisting of exclusive content including fascinating extracts from Shahrukh Khan's personal diary, "King Khan - The Official Opus of Shah Rukh Khan" is likely to be released next year.
"I am overwhelmed by the honour. Though there have been books written about me, but the magnificence of this book simply stands out. I am thankful to the group for choosing me. My opus will surely get me closer to my fans," Khan said signing the first copy of his official opus.
The Bollywood megastar joins the league of iconic names in the opus collection, including Sachin Tendulkar, Michael Jackson, Manchester United FC, Formula 1 and Ferrari.
He is the second Indian to have this luxury, large-format work dedicated to him.
Announced by Britain-based Opus Media Group, the Opus will narrate the journey of the star through rare pictures and extracts from his personal diary.
The opus will reveal the incredible passion, intellectual drive, constant ambition and charming personality of Khan.
The leather-bound publication will weigh an incredible 37 kg, running up to 800 pages and consisting of exclusive, newly-commissioned content that will make this work a must-have for every fan.
Shah Rukh
"On behalf of the entire Opus team, we are immensely honoured to be given such a wonderful opportunity to tell Khan's story in an opus. Khan continues to lead the way creatively and we hope to rise to the challenge in telling his story in a new, diverse and unprecedented style through the King Khan Opus," said Opus Media Group CEO Karl Fowler.
Said Eszter Karpati, editor of "King Khan - The Official Opus of Shah Rukh Khan": Eight hundred pages of an Opus allow for plenty of storytelling. But when we were planning the King Khan Opus, it was a case of how can we possibly fit everything in."
The Opus will be semi-autobiographical as Khan will contribute much of the exclusive content himself, including fascinating extracts from his personal diary that he has kept for over 20 years.
Structured around 13 themed chapters, the editorial content will include a detailed filmography plus a light-hearted cinematic intermission in which people can gain an insight into his on and off screen persona and the colour and flavour of Bollywood.
Each marquee edition of the Opus will be personally signed Khan and presented as a strictly limited edition worldwide.
"King Khan - The Official Opus of Shah Rukh Khan" will also be offered as a DVD as well as a downloadable iTunes App designed for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, and Android platforms.
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Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Shahrukh, Farhan finish shooting for 'Mujhko Pehchaan Lo'

Filmmaker Farhan Akhtar has just finished shooting a music video for the song 'Mujhko Pehchaan Lo' for Don 2 with Superstar Shahrukh Khan in Mumbai. This will be the first of a kind music video where instead of a choreographed song and dance treatment, they have opted to visualise the song as an action sequence. The song is being choreographed by Vaibhavi Merchant.

Shahrukh KhanSpeaking about the music video for the song Farhan Akhtar said, "Its going to be a first of its kind music video which makes it really exciting to do. Instead of a song and dance treatment, we've opted to visualise the song as an action sequence.. to see Don vanquish his opponents while casually singing the words is surreal but very intriguing."

Commenting on this kind of choreography, Vaibhavi Merchant added, "Lip syncing, doing action, performing and all that jazz without a dance and yet a song is an unique experience for me. Hope this sets a trend because its first of its kind and this is only possible with SRK in a Farhan Akhtar film."
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Shahrukh Khan, Leonardo DiCaprio in a Hollywood flick

Shahrukh and Leonardo
Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan and Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo Di Caprio are likely to come together on screen for Paul Schrader's Hollywood film titled Xtreme City.
Xtreme City will be based on Mumbai's underworld and will be produced by Martin Scorsese. Shahrukh Khan apparently will play the role of an underworld don whereas Leonardo Di Caprio will essay the role of an FBI agent. As per sources, Shahrukh Khan will not only play a very pivotal role in the film, but he is also likely to be involved in the making and production aspect of the film. 

Leonardo Di Caprio reportedly showed a lot of interest in the script of the film. Xtreme City is most likely to be filmed in Mumbai.

The buzz doing the rounds is that Xtreme City is based on the life of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and his people.
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When Shahrukh Khan's wife got scared of his real stunt

Gauri Khan scared to see Shahrukh Khan’s jump!

He tests his own unflagging spirit and in spite of his back pain and serious injuries in the past, Shahrukh Khan performed a breathtaking stunt that had his wife Gauri Khan scared. 

It happened at the shoot of Don 2 in Berlin, Germany. Farhan Akhtar asked Shahrukh to shoot for a sequence which required the star to jump off from a height of 300 feet from the top of the Park Inn Hotel in Berlin. When Shahrukh Khan heard this he couldn’t say yes immediately! Indeed, he was nervous. 

As a source is quoted as saying about the incident, “When Farhan asked Shahrukh to jump, his first impulse was to say no. Then Shahrukh asked Farhan to take the plunge first, hoping that Farhan would chicken out. To Shahrukh's surprise, Farhan jumped, leaving Shahrukh with no choice but to do the same.” 

A shiver ran down Shahrukh’s spine after seeing Farhan performing the stunt. Who can forget Farhan even ran with the bulls in his film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. So as King Khan had promised, he did the scene, and his fans would also agree that he is a braveheart and a complete professional. 

But this certainly didn’t go down well with Gauri Khan; she was stunned to know about the stunt, and same was the case with Farhan Akhtar’s hairstylist wife Adhuna Akhtar. It was learnt that both the wives frowned upon their husbands’ daring acts. 

Shahrukh even confirmed the news; yes he was scared as the shot needed him to be horizontally parallel to the ground.
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Sunday, 4 December 2011

Bollywood pays tribute to Dev Anand

Legendary Bollywood actor-filmmaker Dev Anand died of a heart attack in London. He was 88.

Dev Anand touched and influenced the lives of many, especially in the film industry. The stars took to Twitter and paid their tributes to the legend.

Listen to Dev Anand's songs here

Madhuri Dixit tweeted: 'Sad to hear about Dev Anand's demise. Another icon leaves the stage. My condolences to his family. We will miss him.'

Shah Rukh Khan said the industry would be incomplete without him: 'Dev sahib's sad demise makes me feel that the film industry is incomplete & has lost its magical energy. May Allah bless his soul.' 

Abhishek Bachchan wrote: 'Shocked to read of the passing of Dev Saab. Such a great man and actor. A symbol of positivity. Never believed I would ever wake up to this news. Very sad!'

R Madhavan tweeted: 'RIP Dev Anand Saab.. You taught us that there is no retirement if u do not desire so..You will remain Evergreen.'

Emraan Hashmi was sad to hear the news: 'Sad to hear about Dev Anand's demise. A mean with a zeal for life. RIP.'

Arjun Rampal wrote: 'Woke up to the saddest news and an emptiness in the heart, Dev Saab the man who lived every moment to the fullest with greatest energy. RIP'

Akshay Kumar tweeted: 'One of the worst years so far, evergreen romantic actor/director Dev Anand Saab, the one who romanced with life is no more, but he dies young. How many of us will have that privilege? For me Life = Dev Anand! My condolences to his family members. RIP Dev Anand Saab,'

Farhan Akhtar felt saddened: 'Very saddened to hear of the passing of a cinematic legend and a thorough gentleman. RIP Dev saab.'

Hema Malini, one of Dev Anand's heroines, tweeted: 'Dev Sahab no more among us! Unbelievable, your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.'

Neha Dhupia wrote: 'Indian cinema looses a true legend... RIP Dev Sa'ab'

Shabana Azmi tweeted: 'Dev Saheb robustly lived life on his own terms.he will be missed by millions but will live on thru his movies. I salute his spirit.'

Dia Mirza wrote: 'Rest In Peace Dev Saab... Your chivalry, charm, optimism and your great body of work will never be forgotten.'

Vivek Oberoi tweeted: 'Bollywood's evergreen superstar Dev Anand passed away in London.The legendary actor was 88.RIP DEV SAAB.You will live forever in our hearts!'

Mahesh Bhatt will remember his smile: '"Dev Anand is dead". As the new dawn breaks over Mumbai I salute the memory of this star who has left left us with the glow of his smile.'

Neil Nitin Mukesh tweeted: 'Just got the sad news that Dev Anand sahab passed away. I've always been a huge fan of his. And grown up watching his dynamic films. RIP.'

Raveena Tandon tweeted: 'Sad to hear the Grand ol Gentleman of Indian cinema is no more...Rip Dev saab.'

Also: Please post your tributes here.
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