Madhuri Dixit chatted with Karan Johar in ‘Koffee with Karan’ last Sunday. She talked about her come back to bollywood after six years and the movies she is working on. Dixit, who is all set to make her much awaited comeback with Yash Raj Films' Aaja Nachle shares that after a hiatus of six years. In fact, she admits on the show that when Aditya Chopra approached her for the film she told him, “You really think people want to watch me?” Madhuri tells Karan that a lot has changed in the industry in the last six years and everything now is very disciplined. Watch the show below:
Adi and Rani are engaged. It took a while to figure out whether it is really true or another bollywood rumor. Given that Aditya’s divorce proceedings with his wife Payal Khanna are still on, it seems unlikely that he would go in for an engagement with Rani. A close friend of the family insists that there is no truth to the rumour. He says, “It is true that Adi’s divorce will come through any time now. But he definitely didn’t get engaged to Rani.” But according to sources, the Chopra and Mukherji family did get together on Monday night to hold a ‘roka’ ceremony for the couple.
Ayesha Takia has recentlty been on a walking out spree, her first being the Hindi remake of Ghajini. Now she has also walked out of Alladin and the Mystery of the Lamp. Takia was supposed to play the female lead role of Princess Jasmine opposite Ritesh Deshmukh who plays Alladin in the film and Amitabh Bachchan acts in the film as the Genie. She already worked with him in Home Delivery before. Rumors have it that the reason why Ayesha left the project is because Ramesh Sippy and Rohan Sippy who were earlier supposed to produce the film along with Adlabs have dissociated themselves from the film and from then on Sujoy’s budget was drastically cut and he could not offer Ayesha the fee she was demanding. While she was debating, she was offered Boney Kapoor’s remake of Pokhiri and she decided to pass up on Sujoy’s offer.
A lot has been written and said about Himesh Reshammiya's relationship with his composer-father Vipin Reshammiya. In fact recently the senior Reshammiya came on television to share screen space with Himesh on the talent contest Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. For the first time in public Himesh broke down and wept like a baby. "Everything I know about music I learnt from my dad. Today I'm living out his dreams. My success is for him more than for myself."
Singer-composer Shibani Kashyap has churned out a sizzling item number for the film "Sunday" that will feature Esha Deol. Titled "Kashmkash", the song is a very dark, intense number with a thrilling touch to it, heightening the climax of the film being directed by Rohit Shetty. With Esha dancing to Shibani's tunes, it is bound to be a little different. Virat Mishra pens the lyrics for this sensational item number. Shibani has earlier given hit songs "Zinda" and "Sajna aa bhi jaa".
Deepika Padukone who comes from an athletic family, will be training hard to match Akshay Kumar's martial arts in Nikhil Advani's Mera Naam Chin Chin Choo. The slick flick to be shot entirely in Shanghai won't just showcase Akshay Kumar's penchant for action, but also give Ms Padukone a platform to flex her muscles.
Yet another sequel is being considered these days. It is Vipul Shah's 2002 hit Aankhen is all set for a new twist though it will not have the original stars because of the 'differences' Doshi has had with Akshay and director Vipul Shah.Instead, the film will feature Aamir Khan, Ajay Devgan, who play a negative role, Akshaye Khanna, Upen Patel and of course, Amitabh Bachchan! The female lead in the original film was played by Sushmita Sen. The sequel, however, will feature two heroines the search for whom is on. A new director will replace Vipul Shah. Very little is known about the script of the sequel other than the fact that none of the leads will be blind. Aankhen 2 will be made in Hindi, English and Tamil.
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