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BOLLYWOOD | Guftugu | MAY 2011

Lady Gaga: Goes Desi
Prachi Desai: Won't Kiss John
Freida Pinto: Bares it All
Katrina Kaif: Vamps on Vogue
Bollywood Cheers: Osama’s Death
Deepika Padukone: No Round Rotis

Lady Gaga: Goes Desi

Lady Gaga released a Bollywood-inspired remix of her hit single “Born This Way,” produced by top Bollywood producers Salim and Sulaiman, in conjunction with fusion media company Desi Hits. This release marks the beginning of Gaga’s strategic foray into the Indian market. The remix, which authentically captures the signature Bollywood sound, delivers an energetic contemporary track featuring a sitar intro, dhol beats and Gaga’s vocals.

Salim and Sulaiman, are best known for incorporating western, folk, Hindustani and Sufi influences into their music. The brother duo has won more than 10 industry awards, including an Emmy, and has been sought after by some of the world’s top talent.

As per Sulaiman, "When we started working on "Born This Way" there was a feeling of excitement and a bit of nervousness. This was the no. 1 track in 23 countries and to remix it and give it an Indian touch to it was something that we were very conscious about.  The sitar was the instrument of choice for us when it came to creating a melodic riff.  Of course there was the dholak and the dhol that always creates the party atmosphere and euphoria but what really rocked it all was Salim's voice to add that Indian flavor." Leaving No Desi behind, Lady Gaga will also release an urban-Desi version of the #1 selling track, targeting the UK South Asian (Desi) market. Created and produced by Culture Shock, this version of “Born This Way” fuses Bhangra with elements of Dubstep and features both Lomaticc and Sunny Brown’s vocals.


Prachi Desai: Won't Kiss John

Bollywood actor Prachi Desai has turned down an on-screen kiss with John Abraham. 

So what if the character and mood demands it, John will have to do without it. Such is the power of the pen and Prachi is following her contract by the book. No kiss clause, suit yourself with someone else John, if Prachi has her way, there ain’t any lips quivering here.

Now what else is new? A close aide to Prachi however maintains, "She is open to discussing her character as per the script demands. There's no such hard-and-fast rule from her side."


Freida Pinto: Bares it All

Freida Pinto will be baring it all in Tarsem Singh's upcoming movie Immortals. The Slumdog Millionaire actress will be seen doing an intimate sex scene in the film. This would be her first makeout scene in a movie since her debut.

There is already buzz surrounding the sensuous nature of Freida's role, now that the teaser of the film is out.

She not only features prominently in the promo but also shows some skin when she goes backless in a particular scene.

Freida plays a priestess named Phaedra and has a romantic track opposite Henry Cavill who plays a peasant names Theseus.

Immortals also stars Mickey Rourke as King Hyperion, who creates a war between humans.

Tarsem Singh has reportedly told a U.K. tabloid that Freida was a sport and despite so many people around, she did the scenes pretty well.


Katrina Kaif: Vamps on Vogue

Better known for her hit number Sheila ki Jawaani, our pretty Sheila has gone from desi to grungy. Bollywood beauty Katrina Kaif sports a dark edgy look on the cover of fashion magazine Vogue's latest issue.

The actress has shed her cutesy look for the cover which sees her in an all black outfit, a Bordelle bodice and a sheer chiffon skirt from Givenchy.

Vogue India's first makeover issue features the 26-year-old on the cover, her look complete with tousled hair and golden accessories.

"Katrina best exemplifies the makeover theme. The idea for the shoot was to bring out the rawness to her sensuality. It's a side of her that has been unseen. At the shoot, she willingly experimented and transformed into a sultry siren. We love this side of her and we love her reinvention," said Anaita Shroff Adajania, fashion director of Vogue India.

Marc Hom, a Danish-based photographer famous for his shoots for various campaigns like Gucci and Max Mara, flew down for the photo shoot with Katrina.


Bollywood Cheers

Many Indian film celebrities jumped to Twitter after U.S. President Barack Obama announced the killing of the world's most wanted terrorist. Here's what some celebrities had to say:

Shekhar Kapur: Osama became the mythical dark force that the US rallied against. It no longer matters that he is/was dead or alive.

Mahesh Bhatt: While you 'rightfully' celebrate the killing of Osama bin Laden, who will hang the other terrorist George 'Butcher' Bush.

Ram Gopal Varma: Whatever the future of terrorism is after the death of Osama I am right now so very very very happy for America..3000 CHEERS!!!

Anupam Kher: Kudos to America's intelligence and security forces for operation Bin Laden. It is important to pursue goals and then achieve them.

Kunal Kohli: The US does a covert operation in Pakistan, with their support and gets Osama, why can't we get the Mumbai serial blast and 26/11 masterminds?

Anurag Basu: Bin Laden's demise marks the beginning of the end of terrorism at a time when democracy is spreading throughout the Middle East.

Gul Panag: So finally after a decade, 9/11 has been avenged. The process having killed and maimed countless civilians. All to get one man.

Rahul Bose: Am hoping a sense of balance is maintained in the US at the Osama news. Closure is good, revenge isn't.

Madhur Bhandarkar: Since Osama Bin Laden is dead, now may the World Rest in Peace (R.I.P).

Ranvir Shorey: May this begin an era of truth, peace and justice in the sub-continent. Oh, yes, and prosperity too, Pakistan.

Minissha Lamba: Osama is dead. Second term guaranteed for Obama. Trust Americans to steal the world's attention away from the royal wedding. Interesting timing.

Pooja Bhatt: Refuse to celebrate Osama's death. Next we'll all be screaming 'throw him to the lions' on a daily basis! Lust for blood is perverse.

Vishal Dadlani: Inevitably, someone in the terror business will rise to fill Osama's shoes, and have a point to prove. We should be scared, and prepared.

Celina Jaitley: Terror leader Osama bin laden is killed...if only Bin Laden used his mind for peace and love that Islam actually teaches.

Dino Morea: Strange feeling Osama still lurking somewhere, and planning something bigger.


Deepika Padukone: No Round Rotis

Deepika Padukone was embarrassed when she couldn't make a roti for a cooking scene in Aarakshan, while her co-star Saif Ali Khan was amused and said it reminded him of a scene in Kaalia where Amitabh Bachchan helped Parveen Babi to cook an egg.

While breezing through one of the most difficult scenes with the formidable Big B in Aarakshan, Deepika froze when she had to make perfectly rounded rotis. Apparently she asked director Prakash Jha to change the menu, but he was adamant - rotis it would be for the actress.

“I was so embarrassed, I can totally cook, but roti is a challenge. As with life, the most simplest of things sometimes get to be a hardest to master,” said Deepika.

Not knowing that the sequence involved her ‘actually’ making a roti, she was completely lost on being presented with loose flour, with the whole unit waiting for her to do the action.

“Deepika just stood there helplessly looking at camera, at her director behind the camera and her co-star Saif Ali khan who grinned beside her,” said a source.

As with most girls, first attempts at making a simple roti, Deepika's also came out in abstract shapes, sizes and maps of unknown countries.

Seeing her comical trials and her gradually getting covered in white flour, Saif came to her rescue but with not much success.

Finally, Jha had to personally show Deepika how to make perfectly-rounded rotis.

“It was nothing major. Deepika was pretty comfortable in the kitchen. I just helped her a little bit,” said Jha.

Saif said: “It was interestingly funny, reminded me of the scene in Kaalia where Amitji helps Parveen Babiji to make an egg. Thank god, it wasn't an egg for Deepika.”

Shot in Bhopal, Aarakshan is about caste based reservations in government jobs and educational institutions in India.



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