No kisses for Katrina ..Not even a Dostana?

30 03 2010

That’s the dilemma Karan Johar, Tarun Mansukhani and Manish Malhotra are facing as they plan Katrina Kaif’s look for Dostana 2.

Whatever the producer, director and stylist respectively come up with, they realise has been done before with Priyanka Chopra in Dostana… right from beachwear to sarees. Dostana 2 moves completely away from Miami and shifts to London. That’s another issue. London has been done to death by Bollywood. Practically every second film from Vivek Agnihotri’s Goal to Abbas Tyrewala’s 1-800-Love has been shot there. There is not a spot in London that Indian moviegoers aren’t familiar with.

The third issue facing Dostana 2 is Katrina’s no-exposure, no-kissing clause. Since the film won’t go anywhere near beaches, the actress needn’t fear exposure. As for kissing, the kiss is again between Abhishek and John!


Katrina will definitely be in Dostana 2:Tarun

2 03 2010

Being in demand and in competition for the No. 1 slot in Bollywood, comes with its own headaches and, well, a fair share of heartaches. Katrina Kaif’s stock is at an all-time high.

After nine hits, she’s come to be considered a lucky mascot and now all the big  filmmakers want to sign her on in 2010. But… this demand is causing Kat more stress than delight, say trade sources.

Tarun Mansukhani wants her for Dostana-2 with Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham, Imtiaz Ali was considering her for Rockstar opposite Ranbir Kapoor, Ritesh Sidhwani has approached her for Zoya Akhtar’s film opposite Hrithik Roshan and, Kat has already been signed for Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan opposite Akshay Kumar.

These filmmakers want to start shooting in April-May-June. Naturally, the actress can’t spread herself thin despite her wanting to be in each of these projects. And right now, Kat must be joining her hands in prayer and hoping that some divine intervention will sort out her dates diary.

Tarun says, “Kat will definitely be in Dostana-2, come what may.” While Ritesh says, “We’re working towards getting Kat in our film for sure.” But Imtiaz is reportedly looking at a new Kashmiri girl opposite Ranbir.


Ranbir and Bipasha good pals!

23 02 2010

One of Ranbir Kapoor’s close aides thought Bipasha Basu certainly didn’t suit him in Bachna Ae Haseeno. However Ranbir thinks differently. He and Bips are close buddies.

Yeah, their friendship started when they were shooting Bachna… and it continues. Now this is one friendship that is real. Sources say that whenever Ranbir wants to unwind, read it as — confess about his girlfriends or just have a quiet dinner with a pal, he dials the Bengali bombshell’s number.

Bips is also very fond of Ranbir and she thinks he will be No.1 someday. Her beau  John Abraham knows of her friendship with Ranbir. In fact John doesn’t seem to mind Ranbir at all. Such no-holds-barred, true friendships are a rarity in Bollywood. Here stars hug when they meet and bitch when their backs are turned. So let’s raise a toast to something pure for a change.

Priyanka’s lucky seven!

19 02 2010

Vishal Bhardwaj is taking all the time in the world to get the casting of Priyanka Chopra’s seven husbands right in his  film Ek Batta Saat. Vishal wants the seven husbands to look as different as possible.

As reported earlier, Priyanka Chopra plays the protagonist in the film and kills all her seven husbands. A source reveals, “Vishal wants each actor to look different from the other. So far he has finalised Mohanlal, Naseeruddin Shah, John Abraham and Arshad Warsi.

As is evident from the casting till now, each actor has a distinctive look – from skin colour, body structure, height, even personality. The script of the film is quite unconventional.”

Adds the source, “Irrfan Khan might be signed to play the fifth husband. During his recent visit to the US, Vishal had zeroed in on a foreigner, who will play one of Priyanka’s husbands.”

Ek Batta Saat is written by Vishal and renowned author Ruskin Bond. We hear Vishal liked Bond’s short story Susanna’s Seven Husbands, which the writer later developed into a film script.

Salman is John’s inspiration!

11 02 2010

John is game for all the ragging and is surprised to see that his yellow shorts have assumed iconic proportions. Most of the fans who auditioned came dressed in yellow shorts! If Karan remembers seeing him last time in these shorts, then John remembers the first time he set eyes on Karan, as a contestant at the Gladrags contest where the latter was the judge along with Gauri and  Shahrukh Khan, who had draped the sash when he won.

But the man, whose body sends the adrenaline rushing among women, gives the entire credit to Salman Khan. “Salman Khan is the reason for most Indians to go to the gym!”

I wore a lengha:John Abraham!

9 02 2010

Kolkata: In his early days as a model John Abraham had even walked the ramp in a lehenga! The macho actor said though some in the audience were taken aback at his outfit, he is grateful to the designer Mona Lamba who gave him the opportunity in 2000.“I remember walking the ramp in a lehenga you (Mona of the designer duo MonaPali) had designed. As I was walking I saw some in the audience loved it, while others were a bit taken aback. But thank you madam, for giving me the opportunity in my early days as a model,” John told reporters here.

He was in town to unveil the logo of the first ever Kolkata Fashion and Lifestyle Week.

Commenting on his fashion statement, he said: “For me, the best fashion is the one I am comfortable with.”

John has no favourite designers, but said: “Among Kolkata designers Sabyasachi (Mukherjee) is brilliant.”

Encouraging the young designers, he said: “You all have a long way to go. Remember, fashion is not about actors who wear your dresses, but about the dress itself.”

Kareena to work with her one time enemies Abhi and John in Dostana 2!

2 11 2009

Kareena Kapoor is recently known for making new friends and now that, that is done, Kareena is making her foes her friends, Abhishek and John for Dostana 2.

Kareena Kapoor , who a few years ago was on uneasy terms with Karan Johar, has completed one major film Kurbaan with his production house and is now in the thick of another major project, Stepmom, co-starring Kajol. And the buzz is that the actress is all set to take over the leading lady’s mantle from Priyanka Chopra in the Dostana franchise.

This is a serious olive branch exercise for Kareena since it not only makes this her third prestigious film in a row for Karan, but also brings to an end her long-standing strained relations with Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham. With John, Kareena had locked horns after her comments on his acting abilities made on Karan’s chat show. The rift with Abhishek was far more serious. The actors had decided not to work together after things soured between Abhishek and Kareena’s sister Karisma Kapoor. Says a source, “Ironically, Kareena had been dropped from the first Dostana because she couldn’t work with Abhishek. And now she’s back in Dostana 2. Never say never again, at least in Bollywood, where equations change every Friday.”

Incidentally, Katrina Kaif was a serious contender for Dostana 2. In fact, rumours were that she had almost been finalised. However, director Tarun Mansukhani denies casting Katrina. “How could I finalise anyone until I finished the script except John and Abhishek who are an integral part of the Dostana brand,” he asks. About casting Kareena, the director says non-commitally, “We are almost done with the script. At the moment I’m neither confirming not denying Kareena’s presence.” The story of Dostana now moves from Miami where Abhishek and John shared a flat masquerading as a gay couple to London where they continue to play gays.