Vidya is my competition:Deepika

27 02 2010

Hrithik Roshan makes an entry into the 55th Idea  Filmfare Awards 2009 with a kite. He says, “I’m promoting my film.” Hmm, well, we think you’d have scored if you had hottie and co-star Barbara Mori on your arm, what say?! For now, though, the ponytailed hunk has eyes only for his kite and remarks, “I don’t even know who the nominees are!”

There’s tough competition at the Awards and the nerves are showing for some. Says Deepika Padukone minutes before event, “Obviously, I would want to win, but if you ask me my tough competition, I would say Vidya Balan.” Dev D director Anurag Kashyap roots for Vishal Bharadwaj’s Kaminey and 3 Idiots, “one commercial and the other off-beat”.

Amrita Rao is candid and believes only in backing the “Black Lady”! Dia Mirza is all for Big B in Paa and the movie 3 Idiots. She adds, “It’s tough as far as heroines are concerned, maybe both Kareena and Vidya!”

My Word: Deepika has all the right to think of Vidya as competition because Vidya WON the BEST ACTRESS AWARD FOR PAA  (55th Filmfare Awards 2010) Even though Deepika had great movies this year..she couldn’t beat Vidya and her performance in Paa (I have to admit, even though I’m not a huge fan of  Vidya that she was great in Paa!)

Mom has no bias against Shahid:Saif

19 11 2009
“It is ridiculous to state that anyone had any personal bias against ‘Kaminey’,” Saif told IANS even as his own movie “Kurbaan” is about to release Friday with an A certificate.But Saif said: “Any talk of personal enmity are completely fictional. I don’t even know the actual people involved who spread such rumours and frankly I don’t care. Such things don’t even enter my radar.”

“It’s really rubbish if some people feel so. ‘Kurbaan’ getting an ‘A’ certificate is hardly a fitting reply. It’s a sad state of affairs when people start speculating about everything and anything. As someone who has been part of the industry for long, I don’t take such things seriously,” Saif told IANS.

As for “Kaminey”, he said: “I think Vishal (Bharadwaj) is a wonderful filmmaker and I liked everyone’s performance in the film.” Saif himself came up with an award-winning act of Langda Tyagi in Bharadwaj’s “Omkara”.

Is it really easy to be oblivious to all talk that his mother may have shown bias?

“I hear a lot of things in the 24 hours that I have in a day. This is why I just chuck out whatever is irrelevant. I don’t quite get into the ‘why’ and ‘where’ of affairs till it is absolutely warranted.

“I know one has to live with all the negativity around; after all it’s human nature to gossip and speculate. Guess what? Some people think that even Elvis (Presley) is alive today. So conspiracy theories will always remain,” he said.

“Kurbaan” has been given an ‘A’ certificate owing to its violent content and also because of erotic scenes picturised on Saif and Kareena. “Kurbaan”, about global terrorism, stars Saif, Kareena and Vivek Oberoi in lead roles.

“Kaminey” also got an ‘A’ certificate because of its dark and violent content.

Has he ever spoken to Sharmila about the A certificates for “Kurbaan” or “Kaminey”?

“No, I don’t talk about any particular movie per se but I do know of her general views and opinions when it comes to censoring a film,” said Saif.

“She doesn’t have any problems with anything shown on screen. But, yes, she has problems with things that are shown to children. She will ban something if there is something which is inflammatory.

“Of course, she is the right judge of things and may be I don’t know everything that she looks at in a movie during censoring. What I know for sure is that she is a good mother and follows the same caring attitude when it comes to censorship as well,” said Saif.

“I know for sure that my mother is a great authority when it comes to the censors. My own ‘Kurbaan’ has got an ‘A’ certificate and I know where she is coming from.”

It was insinuated that Vishal Bharadwaj’s “Kaminey” was given an A rating – restricting viewership – as its lead actor Shahid was once in a relationship with Saif’s girlfriend

Kareena Kapoor.


Kareena chooses Saif over IIFA!!

9 06 2009

Kareena Kapoor decided to go to with Saif on a tour instead of perform at the IIFA awards! She was supposed to do her famous belly-dance that she was learning for months! Rumors why she dropped out of IIFA :

1) She really loves Saif.

2) Shahid-Priyanka are performing. (Pressure can kill 🙂 )

3) Kambakkht Ishq is postponed till July 3rd, 2009 so she doesn’t want to do the track sequence!

Whatever the reason may be, Kareena has made her decision, but she not the only one who opted out!!

No wonder Kareena is giving a miss to a stage performance at IIFA to be with her Saifu in England for the ongoing T20 world cup.

Kareena’s business manager has confirmed the lady’s decision to opt out and said it’s because of contractual problems. The buzz is that Kareena wanted her performance to mark the starting or the end of the function. But the organizers had no such plan. The grand finale performance was already booked for the Bachchans, Amitabh, Abhishek and Aishwarya respectively.

Saif, on the other hand, has tied up with T20 to promote his maiden production venture Love Aaj Kal and he will be in England to do the publicity of his movie. And, unsurprisingly, Bebo decided to accompany him despite the fact that she was getting paid a whopping amount for IIFA performance. Not only was she learning belly dancing under Shiamak Davar , but had also finalized her dress for the performance. She was to dance to her song Marjani from ‘Billu’.

Saif too wanted to use the platform of IIFA to promote ‘Love Aaj Kal’ and had thought of an international press meet but later dropped the idea.

Saif and Kareena are not the only ones who have opted out of IIFA. Shahrukh Khan has been giving his royal snub to IIFA for the last many years. Farah Khan also won’t attend the awards night as she’s choreographing a song for SRK in the US. And now, even Akshay Kumar has decided to miss this year’s IIFA as he’s taking his son on a holiday.

The IIFA weekend will be held from June 11 to 13 in Macau

IIFA June 13th 2009 to Rock with stars on stage!!

31 05 2009

This year IIFA will be packed with stars! But unlike other IIFA events throughout the years this one will have many actors/actresses performing and rocking the show. Shahid and Priyanka will set the stages on fire promoting ‘Kaminey’ , Kareena (Bebo) will shake it out performing a belly dance, and Sonam will make her first on-stage apperance. Other than that Ashwariya will be shaking a leg also, and more people are being added on! The only bad thing is we won’t see Imran and Ranbir hosting 😦

This year’s IIFA ceremony is certainly going to be a phenomenal show if the hosts and lists of performers is to go by. Not only will it be hosted by the funny team of Riteish Deshmukh, Lara Dutta and Boman Irani there are some special treats in store for the audience.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is scheduled to take the stage and do one of the things she does best dance. Kareena Kapoor, who was recently voted one of the best stage performers, will apparently perform a belly dance number plus Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapoor will be there to promote Kaminey. Sonam Kapoor will take the stage for the first time at IIFA. To take the show up another notch the brilliant troupe Cirque de Soleil will also be part of the evenings program. It was reported that renowned choreographer and dancer Prabhu Deva would be joining Salman Khan on stage but sadly Khan had to pull out.

This is the 10th year for IIFA and ambassador Amitabh Bachchan says there are even more surprises in store at the June 13th event so we should wait and watch!

Kareena, Priyanka, Sonam,and Shahid set to perform at 10th IIFA Awards!!

23 05 2009

Bollywood stars are set to set the stage on fire at the 10th IIFA Awards!! Plus it’s Sonam’s first performance! GO SONA!!

MUMBAI: In a coup of sorts, Bollywood actors Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapur will be setting the stage on fire at the upcoming IIFA Awards to be held in Macau.

Priyanka and Shahid will perform on the title track of their forthcoming movie – Kaminey.

Kareena’s performance at the 10th Idea IIIFA awards has a Turkish-Arabian feel. In one of the songs the actress will be seen as an Arabian princess dressed in gold harem pants made of silk, satin and lace, designed by the stylish Manish Malhotra. The song has been choreographed by Shaimak Davar.

Kareena says, “I’m performing at the 10th Idea IIFA awards this year and I am taking belly dancing classes for my act. I feel ecstatic about my show since this is the first award function I will be performing at this year! I have actually become very choosy about where I perform recently. I am performing at the 10th Idea IIFA awards since it gives me an international standing. This is also my third consecutive show at IIFA!”

Wizcraft director Sabbas Joesph adds, “Kareena, Shahid and Priyanka have agreed to perform. Also with their performance, we have Sonam Kapoor performing for the first time at any awards function. This year Lara Dutta, Riteish Deshmukh and Boman Irani will be hosting the 10th Idea IIFA awards. Besides the performances, we have the Bachchan family, which will be present in full force; the list also includes Hrithik Roshan, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Kangana Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan amongst others.”

The awards weekend will begin on 11 June and the IIFA Awards will be held on 13 June.

I don’t react to Kareena-Saif: Shahid Kapoor

21 05 2009

Here’s an interview with actor Shahid Kapoor on Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Priyanka Chopra, and many more!!

And so, he is careful, hedging all his bets, and carefully avoiding saying anything controversial. But there’s plenty to read…between the lines and matching wits with him is exhilarating. Here’s Shahid, talking about Priyanka, Kareena and the girl who could get him if she had the right attributes. Read on to find out if you’re the one…

Are you and Priyanka Chopra a couple?

I have not spoken about my private life for the last two years and will continue not to do so. All I am going to say is that I am not going to make an effort to hide a relationship. When there is something substantial, people will know about it. There’s very little as an actor that you can keep to yourself, and this is an area which I would like to keep to myself. At the same time I would not like to be a hypocrite and hide it. But, when something substantial happens in my life, only then will I talk.

Define substantial

Difficult to define because we’re talking about a relationship. But when I feel that there is something that I am sure of I will speak about it. It doesn’t mean there’s something between me and Priyanka that I am not sure of.

So then, of course, there’s no point in talking about the fact that you have been squabbling with Priyanka and that there are problems in your relationship…

(Laughs) I think people need to have these CCTV cameras in my house or in Priyanka’s house to know and record the hypothetical fights that we’ve been having. Sometimes it’s irritating, but yes, most of the times it’s funny. As an actor you learn to have a sense of humour about these things.

So do you laugh equally when we talk about, Sania Mirza or Vidya Balan?

Laugh equally in what context?

In the sense that you can just laugh it off.

I’ve known both these girls. We’ve been good friends. Sometime we’re in touch, sometimes we’re out of touch. They’re both very very busy and wonderful people and I’m really fond of both of them and that’s all that there is to it. I mean, just because I’m single, every person I meet doesn’t have to be the one I’m in a relationship with. Having said that, I also understand that I had a very public break-up. Kareena and Saif are seeing each other so that’s something that people are familiar with right now. And since there is no substantial person in my life, anybody I meet kind of gets linked with me. From what happened in the past I’ve learnt and so choose to keep my private life as private as possible.

Evidently you’ve matured a lot since your last relationship.

In the last two, two-and-a-half years I think I’ve become a man. Yes. I think in my head I was very much a boy. By that I don’t mean that I’ve become mature and suddenly there’s no fun in life anymore. When you become a star there are so many things that can happen and you need to take responsibility for them and you need to be a little more aware about everything and everybody around you. I’ve learnt how to be intelligently spontaneous. I think being only spontaneous doesn’t help, you have to be intelligently spontaneous.

How do you react to Kareena saying that she has moved on and you should do so too?

As you see, I don’t react. That’s what I choose to do. That’s what I have been taught to do by my parents. That’s what I think is the right thing to do. I can only take responsibility for what I say. And I know what I do. And I know what has happened. And nothing can change the truth, so I don’t feel the need to clarify it because I don’t feel the need to justify it because I know I’m right in whatever I’m doing.

Maybe Kareena was just being a concerned friend…

I really wouldn’t like to jump to conclusions as to why she said what she said, honestly because I am me and she is she. She can choose to react the way she does to things and she is responsible for those reactions. And I choose to react the way I do, and I am responsible for my actions. I’m happy with where I am in my life and I’m trying to be positive and constructive about it and that’s all that I’m focusing on right now.

Saif says that Kaminay came to him first and that you are using his name now to get mileage for Kaminay. This is in the professional space. How do you react to this?

Well, first of all, Saif is many years senior to me, so as a professional, I wouldn’t really want to get into any kind of a… to-andfro kind of a situation in print. I think Vishal Bharadwaj is a great director, the role I am doing in Kaminay is a role to die for. It’s just that it’s really hard to believe that anybody would turn that down. I feel fortunate that I’m doing it, regardless of whether it was offered to anybody else or not.

Are you ghost directing the Ken Ghosh film?

(Laughs) All I can say is this is my third film with Ken – he’s the only director I have done three films with – I think that speaks for itself.

Did you have anything to do with Genelia D’Souza replacing Jiah Khan?

The change in the heroine was something that was informed to me, I wasn’t aware of it. I think that was a decision taken by UTV and Ken and they told me about it.

One hears that you were not happy with the climax of the Rani Mukerji film (Haddipa) and you actually stopped shooting for a few hours.

I wished that I’d known about this earlier, I’d lock myself up in the van after every two scenes and get my way! (laughs) Yash Raj is a very professional set-up and we have detailed narrations on the script before we go on sets. Most films I’m doing work like that now. So no, nothing of that sort has happened.

Do you have a three-film contract with YRF?

No, I don’t have any three-film contract. It’s just that this (Parmeet Sethi’s film) is the second film they offered to me, I liked it, and that’s why I’m doing it.

People say that you’re a control freak and that’s why your help and others leave you all the time…

As an actor you can’t be in control of everything. And if I wanted to be in control, I would not be an actor, I would choose to be a producer or a director who’s actually the captain of the ship. I’ve chosen to be an actor because I love acting. Yes, I’m very involved in what I do, I love what I do, I’m crazy about it, I’m obsessed with it, and I’m passionately in love with the process of  filmaking . But there’s a head of department of every part of filmmaking and they eventually take the final call and we always work as a team. And my most successful films have been those where everybody worked together as a team. I don’t think I’m a control freak. But I’m very passionate about my work and I need to be convinced about what I’m doing. And that’s something that most people who consider themselves involved would be.

Why do so many people leave you? And I’m not talking about girlfriends here.

First of all I don’t agree that ‘people leave me’. There are times that things haven’t worked out, sometimes I have chosen to part ways, sometimes others choose to. And there aren’t too many people who’ve left me. There are just a couple. One of them happens to be my manager. It’s about professional space so I don’t think I need to justify that. Apart from that, my PR person left because there was a difference in the way we looked at things.

But yes, maybe because it’s happened in a short span of time it’s seen in a certain way. I know people have been talking, but I don’t think I need to talk about it.

It is a completely different space that you’re occupying with Kaminay. Why now?

I’m somebody who’ll always end up going towards anything that’s different. That’s the creative person in me. It excites me. First, honestly, it scares me. Then I tell myself, if you don’t do this just because you’re scared, then you’re such a loser. Risks have always worked for me. Be it Vivah, or Jab We Met, or anything that I’ve done with these people when others were suggesting that I should be working with big banners. About Kaminay, well, a double role is something that you probably do just once, or maximum maybe twice in your whole career. And it’s such a fresh perspective to a double role, you’d be a fool to say no to it.

Rumours say that Vishal Bhardwaj and you were fighting like cats and dogs.

(Laughs) No yaar! I don’t think it’s possible to fight with Vishal. He’s just too calm and composed for all this. We’ve never fought. He’s too many years senior to me. In fact, this was one of the most chilled-out film as far as director-actor relationship is concerned. Vishal is so clear about what he wants that it just makes life easier for the actor.

What does a woman have to do to woo you, and to get you in that substantial space.

I wish I knew! Then I’d just make this list and give it out! But well, I think it’s very basic for me, I don’t have too many pre-conceived notions. Be real, be honest, be sensitive, have a sense of humour and have a sense of loyalty. I think if you have these four or five basics in place, you can make any relationship work. When those basics are strong, then the relationship is strong. That’s how I look at relationships. Both people have to want it as much, and when the basics are strong, you can ride any storm. Both people have to want to make the relationship work as much.

Now that we can put the list out, what will you bring to the table?

I’m ready to give anything to a relationship. As long as I’m not expected to change beyond what my basic nature is. Every relationship needs adjustment and understanding and you have to be ready to do that. But as long as you don’t end up changing yourself as the basic person you were, because then you’ll be unhappy. Apart form that, anything it takes! I’m always someone who’s looking for longevity. I think you must never get into a relationship expecting it to culminate, only, you should know that there is a possibility of culmination.