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Bollywood Baatein

Compiled by Anoop Kumar

(This article is sponsored by Monique Kornfeld, Esq.)

Esha Deol says her mother, Hema Malini, is sometimes more like a sister who asks for fashion tips. Deol, in turn, asks her famous actress mother for career advice. "Mom switches between being a mom, a sister and a friend, from time to time,'' Deol said in an interview published in a leading film magazine. "There are times when she asks me what is the 'in' thing and stuff, though it's mostly me running to her for advice." But Esha does not blindly follow her mother's words of wisdom, though some of her independent decisions have backfired, she said.  But now a report published in a leading tabloid has angered her mommy very much. The article states that Hema has designed all the saris which her daughter has worn in Meghna Gulzar's film, Just Married. Not only that but she had also insisted on her unused saris being used for Esha in the film. "That's utter rubbish. I don't know who is spreading this rumour," says an agitated Hema, "I've been busy with my dance and political assignments and barely has any time to design costumes for her daughter."   "Right from the beginning, people have compared Esha with me. This is just not done. One needs to understand that she is my daughter. There ought to be differences in terms of looks and personality. I think people should learn to accept her as an individual," she fumes.

Close on the heels of "Ram Gopal Varma Kay Sholay" landing in a legal soup on allegations of plagiarism, the ace Bollywood director Varma's another film Nishabd, starring Amitabh Bachchan, ran into legal tangle Wednesday with a private film production firm moving the Delhi High Court for a ban on the release of the film. Justice A.K. Sikri issued notices to Varma and his production house on a petition by by Kanungo Media Pvt Ltd seeking permanent injunction against 'Nishabd' with Bachchan in the lead role.

The character of Rimi Sen in Milan Luthria's Hat Trick is reported to be a big fan of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India cricket team's wicket keeper. This news now takes the story one step forward as a song dedicated to Dhoni has become a part of the film. Titled 'Rabba Khair Kare', the song has a reference to Dhoni, and is based on Punjabi folk music. The song is written by Mayur Puri and has music by Pritam. Kunal Kapoor plays the lead opposite Rimmi while Nana Patekar, Paresh Rawal and Danny Denzongpa head the cast.

The activist side of Shabana remains as strong today as it was earlier. "I was passionately involved in the BMC elections. I supported the independent candidate Adolf d'Souza. Only 1 lakh rupee was spent. I personally canvassed for him, visited slums and upper middleclass colonies. It's not my victory. It just shows what active participation by citizens can achieve. The support Javed and I got from the film industry was so amazing. All it took was one phone-call to Anil Kapoor, Kirron Kher and Diya Mirza and they were on board. It was wonderful to see these people as residents of Juhu who genuinely cared for the city. I was very proud of the industry.  I feel as passionately for the smaller issues as the larger ones. I get very heartened by even smaller changes. I see the empowerment of the slum dwellers happening. And I'm overjoyed. "

Anil Kapoor and Salman Khan have teamed in Subhash Ghai’s new film, which is not named yet. One more lead man is in the process of finalization. Produced-directed by Ghai, the film is scripted by Sachin Bhowmick, Kamlesh Pandey and Ghai himself.  A musical film with music by A.R. Rahman, the film will go on the floor in May this year.

After IQBAL, Subhash Ghai and Nagesh Kukunoor have joined hands again for a new film that’s titled Bombay to Bangkok. While not much is known right now, the logo of the film seen by the writer gives an indication that it talks of a doctor.

The condition of Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan, admitted in Leelavati Hospital here after he complained of chest pain, is stable but he remains under medical observatrion in the intensive care unit, hospital sources said today. Khan had undergone an angiography and his condition is stable, Narendra Trivedi, Vice-President of Leelavati Hospital in suburban Bandra, said. He is under medical observation, Trivedi said.


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