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Chitra Parayath

Javed Jaafrey our own desi Jon Stewart? India’s TV news Channel launched a half hour show ‘JBC’ that spoofs the news, telecast every Saturday and Sunday.

A real estate agent Anees Ahmed recently dragged actor Shah Rukh Khan to court for allegedly not paying him brokerage on a flat. The complainant said the brokerage amounted to Rs 3.82 lakh towards the services rendered by him in helping the actor purchase a flat in suburban Khar.
The complaint was filed in the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate K B Pankhe at Bandra, Mumbai.

Farah Khan’s Main Hoon Na will feature music by Anu Malik but the tunes will be in RD Burman’s style, we hear. Main Hoon Na will star Shahrukh Khan, Sushmita Sen, Zayad Khan, Amrita Rao and Suneil Shetty in a special appearance.

Rumor has it that Namrata Shirodkar is all set to tie the knot with Mohan Babu a star from the South. Her lips are sealed and so it seems are his but for how long?

More on ‘Rising’ for you folks…The Rising is produced by Bobby Bedi and Ketan Mehta. A period film about the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny and its hero Mangal Pandey,(the sepoy who protested against the British), the film stars Aamir Khan in the title role. The actor is reportedly getting Rs 7 crore (Rs 70 million) for the film. Apparently, Ash’s agents asked the producers for Rs 3 crore (Rs 30 million) as her remuneration and they balked, prompting pretty Ms. Rai to walk out of the film. The film also stars Rani Mukerji, Amisha Patel and British actor Toby Stephens. (More news as things develop!) Rai is thrilled, we hear to be working on a light comedy with Vivek Oberoi titled Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na.

Barbara Orbison on the enduring appeal of her late husband’s immortal hit ‘Pretty Woman’ “" Here is a song written and recorded such a long time ago and then Roy passes away. Later we have a movie called, Pretty Woman, and now all of a sudden, I get a call from India, which is so far from our culture. It gives another lifetime to our copyright. Roy would be tickled as his favorite food was Indian.”

Reflecting the spirit of the current thaw in Indo-Pak relations, a 70-member Indian film artistes' team, led by Akshay Kumar and Shilpa Shetty , are slated to perform Lahore, Pakistan to celebrate a 15 Day Spring festival. Participants include Jagjit Singh, Jatin Lalit , Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan.
As we go into print, is is reported that the first-ever Bollywood charity show in Pakistan was cancelled following last minute denial of visas. Unconfirmed sources report that the Pakistani High Commission said that they had not received the no objection clearance from Islamabad.

When what is said to be the mother of all weddings happens on Feb 10 and Feb 14 of Sushanto and Seemanto, sons of the Sahara group chairman Subrato Roy. In Lucknow, our beloved Bollywood will be there in full form!
Bollywood stars, who will be flown in six special chartered aircraft, include Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Govinda, Aishwarya Rai, Kareena Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, Lara Dutta, Rani Mukherji, Karishma Kapoor et al. Director Raj Kumar Santoshi will film what are being billed as the "weddings of the century".
Anil Ambani and Adi Godrej, will be among the 1,500 VVIPs which also includes nine CMS from various states and the Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Pop diva Tina Turner and well known Hollywood actor Mathew Modine(Married To The Mob, Full Metal Jacket ) have signed up with Merchant Ivory Productions for the film, The Goddess. Ustad Zakir Hussain will compose the music of the film.

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