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Bollywood Baatein - Here's The Scoop

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Gals in the news

Aishwarya Rai and New Zealander Martin Henderson (of The Ring fame) star in Gurinder Chadha’s latest film, Bride And Prejudice. Anupam Kher, Namrata Shirodkar, Naveen Andrews and Meghna Kothari also star in the film, which is based loosely on the Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice. The film is being shot in Bombay and in the United Kingdom.

Rani Mukherji will star in Mukesh Bhatt's untitled film, as a corneal transplant patient who begins to see dead people. The film is said to be inspired by the Hong kong based Pang brothers' 'The Eye'.

Konkona Sen Sharma, who bagged the best actress award for the film Mr. and Mrs Ayer, will feature as a crusading journalist in the film ‘Page 3’ by Chandni Bar director Madhur Bhandarker.

The latest Miss India to join the Bollywood fray is ex-Miss India World 2002 Shruti Sharma. She will star in Shakeel Noorani’s 'Tezaab - The Acid of Love' opposite a newcomer, Mighty. The film also stars Irrfan Khan who plays her husband who she is unfaithful to!

We're looking forward to...

Celebrating his wedding anniversary and 25 years of Mukta Arts Ltd, Subhash Ghai launched two brand new films on October 24th at Hotel Hyatt, Andheri. The event was attended by Bollywood bigwigs who came to support and help the the star- maker rejoice in his success. The two films are AITRAAZ. (director- Abbas Mastan, starring Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra & Amrish Puri) with music by Himesh Reshammiya. and KISNA, which will be directed by Subhash Ghai is slated to star Vivek Oberoi with music by AR Rahman and Ismail Darbar.

Director Rajkumar Santoshi, after completing the fourth schedule of Khakee, is back from Nasik and has started shooting in Mumbai at Andheri Sports Complex, Ballard Pier, Flora Fountain, Versova. Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgan, Aishwarya Rai, Tusshar Kapoor, Jayaprada, Prakash Raj, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Atul Kulkarni and Tanuja, the film’s story and screenplay is by Rajkumar Santoshi and Shridhar Raghvan.

Spurred by the success of the Oscar-nominated Bollywood film Lagaan, a British producer has used the cricket theme to produce a £4 million film 'Wondrous Oblivion'.

South Asia’s Biggest Rock Band Junoon has become the first Pakistani pop group to make music for Bollywood!!! Famous actress and director Pooja Bhatt has selected Junoon’s song “Garaj Baras” to be the theme song for her first movie production entitled “PAAP”. The movie which stars actor John Abraham, Gulshan Grover, and other leading Bollywood heartthrobs, will be launched in December of 2003. The video for “Garaj Baras” has been shot by Pooja Bhatt in Mumbai and features Ali Azmat of Junoon in action scenes and uses special underwater cameras interspersed with scenes from the movie as well. After the late Ustaad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, this is the first time that Pakistanis have been involved with Indian film soundtracks. A Pakistani release of the film is also being considered.

Junoon is optimistic that Pakistani-Indian cooperation in the arts will be a beginning to further moves towards normalisation of relations between the South Asian nuclear neighbors. The band is about to release their latest album Dewaar, which features "Garaj Baras" and is already the #1 album in the Pakistani charts, in India shortly as well.

Wedding bells and Mehndi

Actress Raveena Tandon got engaged to film distributor Anil Thadani. The two are supposed to have met during the making of her debut production 'Stumped'.

Ayesha Jhulka wed construction tycoon beau Sameer Vashi recently.

In the slammer??

The Patiala police has arrested Punjabi folk singer Sukhwinder Singh alias 'Sukha Delhi' for charges of illegal human trafficking.

This comes right on the heels of the case of fraud and cheating against singer Daler Mehndi, his brother Shamsher and three others registered by the Punjab Police.
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