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BOLLYWOOD | Guftugu | AUGUST 2010

Shah Rukh Company Greets Uddhav on 50th Birthday
Amitabh Gets New Rupee Symbol into KBC Logo
Mughda Apprehensive
Tusshar: Rollercoaster Career
Salt: Big Opening
Sonam: Not Going West
Ira Dubey: Not Too Thin
Bobby: Cameos Help

Shah Rukh Company Greets Uddhav on 50th Birthday

Shahrukh and Kajol in “My Name is Khan.”

Y’all must remember it all. Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan had come under fire from right-wing political outfit Shiv Sena for his support to Pakistani players during the IPL bidding. Well, Red Chillies Entertainment, run by the Khan, is deciding to make nice. Red Chillies has wished Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray on his 50th birthday.

A half-page advertisement by the company greeting Uddhav appeared in Sena mouthpiece Saamna supplement, a 96-page pullout brought out to mark the occasion, which is seen as a move by Shah Rukh to placate the Sena.

The 44-year-old actor was the target of Sena ire for his support to Pakistani cricketers during Indian Premier League bidding earlier this year.

Shiv Sainiks had also held angry demonstrations at theatres, seeking a ban on the actor's film My Name is Khan in February. Sena chief Bal Thackeray had also attacked Shah Rukh.


Amitabh Gets New Rupee Symbol into KBC Logo

Thanks to the insistence of Amitabh Bachchan, the “Kaun Banega Crorepati” logo now sports the new rupee symbol.

The famous Kaun Banega Crorepati logo has got a makeover thanks to Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has got the new symbol incorporated for the fourth season of the show.

The 67-year-old star, who returns as a host for the third time on the show, suggested Sony channel to make a new logo in order to incorporate the Indian currency symbol.

"Insisted to Sony to incorporate the new rupee symbol in the KBC logo. They did. Looking so cool!!" Bachchan wrote on Twitter.

The actor, who is returning to host the next season of the hit game show, also posted a picture of the logo on the micro-blogging site.

"New logo for KBC! Note the rupee symbol incorporated in the design. My suggestion!! Yeahhh!! Feeling good (sic)"

The new logo is similar to the original one, only the centre has six of the new Indian rupee symbols radially placed to make it appear as a wheel.

The new rupee symbol, which was approved by cabinet earlier this month, is a blend of the Devanagri ra and Roman “R.”


Mughda Apprehensive

Mughda Godse

Actress Mughda Godse, who is all set to scare the audience in her upcoming film Help, says she was apprehensive about doing a horror film, thinking it would be too early for her.

"I am apprehensive about doing horror films at this stage as I think that as an actor one must venture late for such a kind of films. So, I was wondering whether should I do or not," Mugdha told PTI here.

Help, which marks the directorial debut of Rajeev Virani, is a supernatural-horror film starring Bobby Deol and Mughda in lead roles. The film is set to release Aug. 13, making it the first Bollywood horror film to release on Friday the 13th, the day of bad luck.

"It was the script that attracted me...it is fantastic. There was so much scope for the character in the film. I couldn't say no for the film," the model-turned actress said.

Mugdha, who is just three films old —Fashion, All The Best and Jail, says she loves watching horror films. "I am a fan of horror films and I watch one film every week. I order horror DVDs, turn off the lights and watch it," she said.

About the role, the 24-year-old actress said, "I play the role of Pia, wife of a horror film-maker. We have marital problems and in the midst of the troubled marriage we have to rush to Mauritius to visit my ailing father and that's where the unusual things start happening."


Tusshar: Rollercoaster Career

Tusshar Kapoor

Bollywood actor scion Tusshar Kapoor, who started his Bollywood career with Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai in 2001, says he could not capitalize on the success of his movies in the past.

The 33-year-old, son of Bollywood veteran actor Jeetendra and Shobha Kapoor and brother of producer Ekta Kapoor has had a fluctuating career graph ever since but has bounced back with hits like Life Partner and Golmaal series.

"I haven't cashed my success to the utmost in the past. Even when Golmaal Returns became such a big hit , I couldn't celebrate much because I was in South Africa shooting for Life Partner. The film was a big hit but because I wasn't in town, I could not find means to cash on the success. There was so much hype around the film but I couldn't capitalize," the actor said.

Tusshar is someone who has enjoyed at least one good success every year be it the recent hit Life Partner, Golmaal Returns, Golmaal or Khakee and the actor is hoping a similar success with Golmaal 3 which hits theatres this Diwali.

Tusshar hasn't seen a film of his release after Life Partner which came exactly a year back but the actor is not complaining.

"I didn't have time to think about it because throughout last one year, I was busy shooting for number of other films like Golmaal 3, Shor and Hum Tum Aur Shabana," the actor said.


Salt: Big Opening

Angelina Jolie in “Salt.”

Spy thriller Salt has become Angelina Jolie's biggest opening film by taking in Rs. 78 million at the box office in the three-day weekend.

The film released in India July 23 with 464 prints in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu simultaneously with the U.S, where it collected $36 million at the box office, a statement by Sony Pictures said.

"The film has done great business thanks to Angelina Jolie's appeal with both women and men and the spy genre which has always appealed to Indian audiences...it could be the highest grossing female-led Hollywood film in India," said Sony Pictures India chief Kercy Daruwala.

The espionage thriller sees some high octane stunts by Jolie, who plays Evelyn A. Salt, a CIA operative who is identified as a Russian sleeper agent and is accused of plotting the assassination of the visiting Russian President.

Her CIA superiors are quickly convinced that she is involved in an international conspiracy and make her the target of an intense hunt. Evelyn risks her own life and that of her husband to prove that someone else is the traitor.

The studio's next releases are the Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups Aug. 13 and 3D film Resident Evil: Afterlife, which hits theatres Sept. 10. This will be followed by the much-awaited Julia Roberts starrer Eat, Pray, Love in October.


Sonam: Not Going West

Sonam Kapoor in “Aisha.”

It's not Westward Ho for daughter Sonam Kapoor, says Anil Kapoor, dismissing reports that the young actress is making a move for Hollywood.

The actor's agent in Los Angeles is handling the offers for Sonam, including one for comic star Ben Stiller's next film, but she has turned them down.

"Sonam is only four films old in Bollywood. She needs to establish herself in India first before even thinking of doing an international project," Kapoor told PTI.

The 50-year-old actor himself had got a head-start in Hollywood with Danny Boyle's multiple-Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire in 2009 and went on to star in the cult American TV show 24.

But Kapoor says he will focus on his Bollywood projects in the coming year, including No Problem, Race 2 and No Entry 2.

"This year I am going to focus on my Indian projects and I have not signed on for anything new in Hollywood. I will soon start work on No Problem which I am producing and acting in," said Kapoor.

The veteran actor is right now busy promoting his home production Aisha which stars Sonam as the leading lady and also marks the debut of younger daughter Rhea Kapoor as a producer.

"I am happy with the film and my daughters have done me proud. I am more excited than nervous about Aisha because I know they have worked hard and done a good job," said Kapoor.


Ira Dubey: Not Too Thin

Her bikini sequence in Aisha has gained her plenty of new fans but actress Ira Dubey says that in the past she was often rejected for being too thin.

The actress plays Pinki Bose, the fearless fashionista who is best friend to Sonam Kapoor's Aisha in the film and had the last laugh as her slim frame helped her carry off the bikini.

"You have to be thick skinned in the business of films because rejection is a daily occurrence. Like people have told me that I am too thin to be in movies. But the fact that I am skinny helped me pull off my Aisha wardrobe," Ira told PTI.

The younger daughter of theatre doyen Lilette Dubey says that she is practically half naked in the film, which is her first mainstream Bollywood venture.

She describes her character as an Indian version of Sex and the City's Samantha Jones and the role brought along with it an equally fearless wardrobe.

"In a fashion show, there is always that one piece that you look at and go, 'Who will wear that?' Pinky Bose will wear that. She is a filthy rich girl with a flamboyant personality and her wardrobe is equally outrageous. So I am wearing itsy bitsy dresses throughout the film and off course the bikini," said Ira.


Bobby: Cameos Help

Bollywood actor Bobby Deol, who will be seen in upcoming movie Help, says even cameos get etched in audiences' memory.

"Once a while, I like doing cameos...though these roles are short, they are definitely intense. Such roles have the power of leaving a mark in the minds of audiences," Bobby told PTI.

The 43-year-old actor, who was last seen in a major role in Vaada Raha in 2009, said though he had a brief role in Dostaana which had John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan in the lead, his character was appreciated as it was stylish.

Bobby, who has done over 40 movies since his debut in 1995, feels Help would take horror genre in India to a new level.

"Help will take the horror genre in India to another level. It is one of the finest horror films that the audience will see. It is chilling, gruesome and the kind of horror which gives you goose bumps," he said.

Directed by debutante Rajeev Virani, Help, starring Bobby and actress Mugdha Godse in lead roles, is set to hit theatres Aug. 13.

"I play the role of Vic, a horror film director who does not believe in ghosts. However, he has a different experience when he goes to Mauritius where unusual things happen with him," Bobby said. When asked if he was skeptical of the movie's commercial success as recently none of the horror film have done well at the box office, Bobby said, "Even romantic and action films haven't done well. It is not only horror films that did not do well. However, you never know. This film might do well."



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