Bollywood, Showbiz

Actor and Filmmaker Feroz Khan Passes Away

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We have sad news to report today as veteran actor and filmmaker Feroz Khan has passed away at his farmhouse in Bangalore at 1:30 a.m. this morning. His death comes as a result of a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.

“Feroz Khan’s contribution to the Indian film industry is huge and the film industry has suffered a big loss,” said his nephew Zayed Khan. “He was an Indian style icon and was an inspiration to many youngsters like me.”

Feroz Khan’s major contribution to Indian films was giving Indian viewers a more Western view of life through the silver screen. From his acting and directing to the way he dressed, he was instrumental in exposing Bollywood films to a Western element. His larger-than-life appearance made him a standout on the Bollywood scene and a critical favorite.

“He always believed in giving the best and made films with a westernized outlook,” his son, Sanjay Khan said. “He always believed in hard work and never gave up despite facing bottlenecks. His creativity levels always remained at the top. He made sustained efforts to make huge films with the best artists and technicians in the industry.”

Actor and Filmmaker Feroz Khan Passes Away

We have sad news to report today as veteran actor and filmmaker Feroz Khan has passed away at his farmhouse in Bangalore at 1:30 a.m. this morning. His death comes as a result of a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.

“Feroz Khan’s contribution to the Indian film industry is huge and the film industry has suffered a big loss,” said his nephew Zayed Khan. “He was an Indian style icon and was an inspiration to many youngsters like me.”

Feroz Khan’s major contribution to Indian films was giving Indian viewers a more Western view of life through the silver screen. From his acting and directing to the way he dressed, he was instrumental in exposing Bollywood films to a Western element. His larger-than-life appearance made him a standout on the Bollywood scene and a critical favorite.

“He always believed in giving the best and made films with a westernized outlook,” his son, Sanjay Khan said. “He always believed in hard work and never gave up despite facing bottlenecks. His creativity levels always remained at the top. He made sustained efforts to make huge films with the best artists and technicians in the industry.”

Feroz was born on September 25, 1939 in Bangalore, India. He was active in the movie industry for nearly 50 years, dating back to 1960 where his first acting role came in the movie, ‘Didi.’ Feroz appeared in numerous films, with his first big hit being, ‘Oonche Log’ in 1965. He also starred in, produced and directed ‘Dharmatma,’ the first Indian film to be shot in Afghanistan, and turned out to be his first major hit as a producer, actor and director. His most recent film, ‘Welcome’ was a massive hit and turned out to be his last appearance on film.

Feroz Khan was also known for being a passionate animal lover. He always made it a need to have a performing animal in his films in some way, shape, or form. He wanted to spend his last days in his farmhouse so he can be with his dogs, according to his brother Sanjay Khan.

Feroz Khan is survived by his two children, Laila and actor Fardeen Khan. It’s being reported that Feroz’s funeral will take place later today.

Our thoughts go out to Feroz Khan’s loved ones and fans at this difficult time. He was a true Indian film icon and a pioneer in terms of opening doors creatively for future Indian producers and directors. He has left behind enough movies to last a lifetime, so he will never be forgotten.

Feel free to post your thoughts, prayers, and condolences to Feroz Khan’s family on this tragic loss. from: gixmi.com

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Katarina is a Thorough Professional

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The new Barbie Girl Katrina Kaif is riding high on success. This superstar looks glamorous and beautiful. These compliments are falling her way from the onlookers and the Bollywoodwala’s who are keeping a close watch on her every move.

Katrina is making two ends meet with, one being Barbie doll being the most styled and glamorous doll ever present and the other being her d’glam role with “Rajniti”. Both these are two ends and Katrina is perfectly balancing both these things. Katrina is always know for her glamour and the way she looks. Even tough in Rajniti she didn’t wear a make up her looks were the talk of the town. Onlookers were saying that if Katrina looks so beautiful without the make up then with make up on she would look like a goddess to die for.

However filmmakers who have worked with her say that she is a thorough professional. All those big Directors who have worked with her have gone ahead signing her for her other projects also. This itself is a clear indication that Katrina is not only at the top but also indicates that she is a thorough professional, that’s why directors tend to repeat her.

Ramesh Taurani the producer of Tips film adds, “It’s very difficult to find a dedicated actress than Katrina, She exactly knows what is expected from her and her hard work has in turn returned to her with the tag of “Goddess of luck” She was there with us for Race which became a hit and now we are repeating her for “Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani” coz we know that she is the best and its always pleasure working with her. Director Rajkumar Santoshi further adds, “She is a big asset to the movie, her presence on the set itself makes everybody relaxed and even tough she is the no1 star she is hassle free.”

A source close to the unit of Rajniti says, “Prakash Jha is so impressed by Katrina’s work in the movie that he is talking and praising about her to everyone he meets.” The source further adds that Katrina would be seen in a no makeup look for her upcoming project Rajniti, Katrina is putting a lot of efforts for the movie an that itself speaks volumes for this professional freak. Katrina never made any fuss over she not being able to apply any make up.”

Ratan Jain the producer of “De Dana dan” is short of words praising this star. He says, “It’s a privilege to work with a star like Katrina, her presence on screen is surely very lucky. Most importantly he further adds, “The amount of energy she puts into each scene is impeccable and it’s very difficult to find such thorough professional like her.” -Sampurn Media

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Bollywood, Scandals, Showbiz

It’s splitsvilla for Preity-Ness

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The cricket couple of last year Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia who glamourised IPL with their romance, have officially seperated after Preity sent an e-mail to her team Kings XI Punjab that she and Ness are no longer together.

Priety who is quite open about everything in her life cleared everything about her relationship in front of her team members and asked them to only concentrate on cricket leaving everything aside.

Apparently Ness has clearly not called it quits and explained to his friends and family that they are going through a rough patch and hopefully things will be alright very soon.

The duo are not living together anymore like last year, while Ness is living in a service apartment, Preity is residing at the hotel where Shilpa and SRK are also staying.

This comes as a news ‘coz recently Preity was angry on journalists for publishing news about her and Ness’ break-up which she claimed was clearly fake.

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Shahid Kapoor in Punjabi Rock On!

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Remember actor Parmeet Sethi (from DDLJ to whom Kajol is supposed to get married) is all set to turn a director and is making his directorial debut with Yash Raj Banner.

Parmeet’s upcoming flick resembles Rock On alot in story line, but it is about a Punjabi band.

A source reveals, “Parmeet is quite excited about his directorial debut and is currently looking for an apt title. The film is based on a group of 5-6 people who form a band for Punjabi rock music. While Shahid Kapur and Anushka Sharma have already been finalised to play pivotal roles, Parmeet has also signed Veer Das and Indian Idol contestant Meiyang Chang as lead actors for the film. The film is based on the life and music of the rock band, and how the music changes their lives and eventually brings them together again.”

Parmeet Sethi says, “I won’t say that my film has got nothing to do with music but it is not exactly based on what you are saying.”

Well Shahid Kapoor as a Punjabi rockstar, what do you think folks? I say Oye! Chak De Phatte Shahid!

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Bollywood, Showbiz

Big B’s Aladin all set to take on Harry Potter

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Filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh is ready with his next babyu Aladin starring Big B as the genie and Rietesh as Aladin and the director claims that it is on par with Hollywood magical movies Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings.

He says, “Our funda was simple, we had to make a movie which is indeed world class. Indian audiences aren’t alien to ‘Harry Potter’ or The Lord of the Rings series. We couldn’t have given them anything less. We knew it would cost a lot of money but somehow we had an inkling that we would be able to raise it.”

The flick also has Sanjay Dutt playing the role of a villain and the music is composed by musical duo Vishal and Shekhar.

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Bollywood, Showbiz

Sonam Kapoor grounded

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Anil Kapoor is a strict dad and this is the reason why Sonam Kapoor was grounded after she returned home late at night.

A source reveals, “When it comes to his children, Anil Kapoor is a disciplinarian and has set rules and regulations for them. And the obedient children always abide by them. But recently Sonam reached home at about 4 a.m., after an outing with her friends. This did not go down too well with her dad and he reprimanded her and imposed a penalty – that she be grounded at home for the next one month, barring her professional commitments . And the child has taken the punishment without any protest.”

Anil is quite disciplined and protective about his kids, as the source adds, “Sonam is always guarded by two security escorts wherever she steps out of the house. Anil knows the ways of the industry and is very protective of his girl. “

However there was no confirmation from Sonam’s side about the story as she just said, ” I am always on time.”

So do you folks think Anil is quite right here?

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Bollywood, Movie Review

Keira Knightley Films “Never Let Me Go”

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Hard at work on her latest movie, Keira Knightley was spotted on the set of “Never Let Me Go” in Clevedon on Thursday (April 23).

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” beauty stars alongside Charlotte Rampling and Sally Hawkins in the Mark Romanek directed drama.

A synopsis of the film, per IMDB, describes the movie as “an alternate history story of a woman who, as she reflects on her private school years in the English countryside, reunites with her two friends to face the dark secrets tied to their communal past.”

Of the beautiful seaside resort area where filming is taking place, Clevedon pier mistress Linda Strong tells: “The pier is a great location for films as it is the only Grade I-listed pier in the country and has remained unspoilt. It is becoming a more and more popular location for filming and we have a number of organizations who now have us on their location list.”

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Kardashian Sisters Get Reality Spinoff

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Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian are getting their own reality show after the success of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

The sister act, who own two clothing stores in California, will be filmed opening an East Coast loacation for their boutique Dash in Miami sans help from sister Kim and the rest of the family.

The show is tentativelt titled Kourtney and Khloe in Miami and will debut on E! in August.

Talk Back: Will you watch Khloe and Kourtney’s show? Who is your favorite Kardashian sister?

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Bollywood, Showbiz

Shah Rukh – Salman to clash?

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If all goes well, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan will come face to face on July 3. The clash is purely professional, what with their respective films – SRK’s ‘Dulha Mil Gaya’ and Salman’s ‘Wanted’ – hitting the screens on that Friday.

‘Dulha Mil Gaya’ producer Viveck Vaswani is eyeing 3rd July because “July 4 is Independence Day in America and Shah Rukh enjoys a massive following there. I would like to capitalize on the Independence Day weekend,” Viveck tells me. Which means ‘Dulha Mil Gaya’ will clash with Salman Khan’s ‘Wanted’. “If Boney Kapoor says he’s committed for 3rd July and requests me to shift my film to another week, I will do so. But so far there haven’t been any talks,” Viveck clarifies.

‘Dulha Mil Gaya’ is far from complete. Reportedly, SRK’s portions remain to be filmed. “The talkie is complete. Just one qawwali remains to be shot, which can be included at the last minute too,” Viveck reveals. He also rubbishes rumours that SRK has delayed the film. “Shah Rukh had informed me at the very outset of his busy schedule and the possibility of the film getting delayed. The delay is not because of him, it’s because of me. An important schedule went haywire when my father passed away. Later, Shah Rukh suffered an injury on my sets, hence things have been pushed forward.”

Meanwhile, ‘Dulha Mil Gaya’ continues to remain in news. The latest is, Anil Ambani’s Big Pictures has relinquished the rights of the project. True? “Yes, they have. The withdrawal was due to re-strategizing the company, given the current economic scenario. But I’ll offer them the film once it’s ready. If they want to pick up the rights then, it’s okay. Else, the money invested by Big will be refunded at the time of release,” he states.

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Goody’s Essex home up for sale

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The Essex home of late Jade Goody, where she breathed her last, is up for sale for 949,999 pounds.

The country house of the former reality star has four bedroom, two ensuite bathrooms, a paddock and more than an acre of land.

Goody died on March 22 after a highly-publicised battle with cervical cancer.

The initial price for the property is 250,000 pounds more than what she paid for it two years ago when she bought it for 750,000 pounds, ‘Daily Mail’ reported.

The money from the sale of the property will be added to the trust fund, which has been set up for Goody’s two sons –five-year-old Bobby and four-year-old Freddy, who are now living with their father Jeff Brazier.

Goody’s mother Jackiey said, “The money from the sale will be put in a trust fund for the boys when they are older.”

The former Big Brother star, who had moved in the house with boyfriend Jack Tweed, had left it up to Tweed and Jackiey to decided when to put the house on the market.

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Priyanka loves being called the sexiest..

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Bollywood Actress Priyanka Chopra says she loves being the centre of the male gaze.

“I love the attention I get. Which girl doesn’t? To be considered hot is …cool! To be called the sexiest, the most desirable, etc in magazine and website polls is very flattering. I take it in my stride.

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder and I’m glad a lot of men behold me. There’s no special man to make me feel special. Between my family and career there’s no room for for anyone else.”

Priyanka Chopra is busy playing a dozen desirable divas in the same frame. She has 12 roles to play Ashutosh Gowariker’s What’s Your Raashee.

But it was Hurman Baweja who slogged his butt off in the 3-day schedule of the film in Chicago.

Priyanka Chopra spent her time with her cousins in Chicago.

Sighs Priyanka Chopra, “It was more masti than work. We chose this time to shoot in Chicago because the script needed snow. And we got it in plenty.

I loooooove the snow. And since I’ve a lot of in family in America I called them over to Chicago. It was more fun than work really.”

Priyanka Chopra loves shooting in the US. “I love going to America. I’ve so much family there. Earlier during Dostana in Philadelphia I had a ball.

Now in Chicago 1-15 people including my Naani, my aunts and my cousins would be on the sets to visit me. And luckily there was very little work for me. It was Hurman’s character which is from Chicago.”

Priyanka Chopra was glad to have this chance to unwind. “I let Hurman do all the slogging. Raashee is a very taxing film for me.

This kind of role has never been done. For the first time in my career I plan to take a two-week holiday after Raashee.”

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Katrina has the sexiest butt, Ash is most powerful

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There’re too many achievements in Katrina’s kitty already. She’s bagged the prize of being the normal katrina Katrina has the sexiest butt, Ash is most powerfulactress who inspires most internet downloads. She is an ambassador of a leading jewellery brand. Katrina is also the Indian face of Barbie.

And now according to a recent poll conducted by a website Katrina Kaif has got the hottest butt in the business.

At 24 per cent Kat topped the poll where she was pitted against Jennifer Lopez who came a close second followed by Malaika Arora Khan, Beyonce Knowles, Yana Gupta, Jessica Biel, Mallika Sherawat and Cameron Diaz.

However, when it comes to luscious lips, Katrina had to concede to Priyanka Chopra whose natural pout is as eye-grabbing as Kat’s butt.

Katrina also emerged as the favourite of the voters as the celebrity they want to see as the ambassador of a soft drink.

According to another survey conducted by a popular research agency, Hansa Research revealed that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is the most powerful female actor racing ahead of the likes of Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif and even Madhuri Dixit.

This was the first ever extensive research that was conducted of such magnitude to measure Celebrity Power in India; concentrating on different attributes like Popularity, media presence, power of persuasion and image attributes.

This all India research also revealed that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is amongst the most persuasive and likeable celebrity in India.

She has also garnered over 98.8% of recognition as well as recall value which is at par with cinematic legends like Amitabh Bachchan and cricketing star Sachin Tendulkar; incidentally she is the only female who is part of the top 10 recognized celebrities from all walks of life.

The survey also divulged that Aishwarya is clearly one of the most popular faces among classes as well as the masses. In an otherwise male dominated society Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has clearly emerged as the woman on top.

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