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When IAF personnel walked out of Mausam

They didnt dislike the film. Its just that they had been summoned by the Air Chief Marshall for an urgent meeting. Fortunately, for Pankaj and his team, the air force men saw the second half all over again the following day. And now, theyre waiting for IAF to clear the dogfight sequence in the movie. Okay, we know that there seems to be no end to the troubles for Pankaj Kapurs film featuring Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor. Suna hai, the first screening earlier this week for the IAF personnel had to be cancelled midway. Kyun? Kyunki, the air force personnel attending the screening staged a walk-out half-way through the film. No, dont be alarmed.


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Why is team SRK against Priyanka Chopra?

Gauri Khan snubbing her at the party, apparently there was more drama. Informs a source, Towards the end of the party, after many celebrities had left, Mehr pointed to SRK that not many people (including Gauri) were too fond of Priyanka. She asked him why Priyanka had been invited at all. The actor-filmmaker, apparently, was in no mood to be questioned about his guest list. SRK told Mehr that Priyanka is a very good friend just like she and many others were The actors coterie is apparently to him. not too pleased with his growing fondness for her Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra have become quite an item of late. While no one has yet cast any romantic aspersions on their friendship, it seems that King Khans soft corner for Piggy Chops has not gone down too well with wife as well as their star-studded coterie. The actress got a taste of their distaste for her recently, when she attended the Eid celebrations at Mannat. While there have been reports of And if she had any problems, Mehr should address them directly with Priyanka, and not question SRK about inviting her over for his Eid party. Years ago, when she was going through legal hurdles posed by ex business manager Prakash Jaju, she is said to have sought his help during the Temptation tour.

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cultural and sociological symbol in the film) when they share cold chai, there is little to suggest any serious bonding between Katrina Kaif and Imran Khanor for that matter, between the two brothers played by Ali Zafar and Imran Khan. Zafar who delighted in the satirical mode of Tere Bin Laden, returns with yet another performance that knows how overthe-top to go without toppling over. Yup, Zafar gets it pitch-perfect all the way. The same cannot be said of the film which occasionally slips into becoming a stretch.

Mere Brother Ki Dulhan

Starring Imran Khan, Ali Zafar and Katrina Kaif Written & Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar Somewhere in the vast spaces of mainstream Hindi cinema, the North Indian shaadi with its band baaja and, yes, baarati, seems to have made a permanent place in our cinema. Mere Brother Ki Dulhan(MBKD) is the third film in the last 8 months after the delightful Band Baaja Baarati and the surprising Tanu Weds Manu to weave a rom-com around the sights sounds scents stress chaos and satire of a big fat Hindu wedding. Must say, the other two films got it right dead-on. MBKD flounders in its frisky fusion of a love triangle and plea for an arranged marriage. Debutant director Ali Abbas Zafar knows the subtexts in his script well enough to conceal the rather glaring discrepancies in the storytelling. The narration quite frequently relies on jump cuts, retro music and other external ploys to make the goings-on appear more involving than they really are. The recurrent use of R D Burmans Piya Tu Ab To Aaja has no relevance after a point. It just becomes a tiresome inclusion.

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Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha


Rowdy Rathore is an upcoming Bollywood action film directed by Prabhu Deva starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead roles. Produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ronnie Screwvala, the filming star ted on 10 August 2011. It is the third remake of the Telugu film Vikramarkudu. Synopsis Rowdy (Akshay Kumar) is a small-time thief and crook who is crazy about

What really redeems the films blind spots is Katrina Kaif who brings a very spcial transparency and dazzle to her role of a wild child who wants to The three main characters, have all the fun that she played by three watchable can before she settles into stars one of them from across a comfortably arranged the border, manage to take the in their individual capacity than marriage with the rakish NRI Ali plots improbabilities into the in combinations. For a film about Zafar. province of the palatable. But love warmth togetherness and the situational humour doesnt family bonding during the time of Fun, as it turns out, leading to quite have the delightfully a wedding, the interative warmth falling in love with her brother-indisarming naturalness of Band between characters is strangely law-to-be. The turn of events may missing. Besides one memorable surprise the characters. We remain Baaja Baraat. sequence towards the beginning in largely detached from the synthesis But the characters exude a front of the Taj Mahal(a recurring of celebration and drama. contagious warmth, more By the time the Brother walks away with the Dulhan we really have nothing we would like to say to acts of daredevilry. One day, he them, except, what took them so gets the shock of his life when a long? young girl turns up and claims him to be her father. After recovering from the stunning blow, he slowly starts to find out the truth behind the claim. It turns out that the girl is the daughter of IPS Police officer Vikram Singh Rathore (also Akshay Kumar). Vikram is the long-lost twin of Rowdy. After the two meet, in an excitement shock, Vikram Rathore is confronted by underworldgangsters who then murder him right infront of Rowdy, and therefore Rowdy has to fill into Vikrams position in the police force aswell as his home, and find out who his murderers were and why they killed him.


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Has Vidya Balan made peace with Pritish Nandy?

It is no secret that Pritish Nandy to have called Gupta telling him she hasnt always got along with actress was buying the rights to the play and Vidya Balan and director Sanjay making it under PNC. Gupta. Gupta had a fallWhen Meghna called out with Nandy during to say she was taking the making of Kaante the project away from (Gupta directed the Gupta, he was very film for Nandys Prithurt. More so because ish Nandy Corporation) she was taking it to and Balan once refused Pritish Nandy. to star in a PNC film Balan was reportedly without even meeting a little hesitant about Nandy. the new development. Strangely, now it appears A source said, Vidya that Balan is back in the has been a part of PNC fold. Her film, Milte Meghnas Milte Hain from the start. Hain that was scheduled to be pro- There was no question of making duced by Gupta will now be made the film without her. under the PNC banner. According When Meghna took the project to to sources, director Meghna Gulzar PNC, Vidya had certain reservagot tired of waiting for work to begin. tions considering her past with the The film was supposed to go on production house. But she relented floors by 2010. because she would get to work with When Guptas rights to the Austra- Meghna and her father (Gulzar). lian play, Double Act (on which Milte Gulzar is supposed to write the lyrics Hain is based) expired, Gulzar is said for Milte Hains songs.

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Simpleton to sexy siren: Vidya Balan goes ooh la la!

If the first poster of the film, with Vidya showing off her cleavage in an itsy bitsy red blouse, didnt spell fire, the one minute 30-second trailer sure makes you go Ooh la la - in tune with disco king Bappi Lahiris spicy rendition of a song which says Tu hai meri fantasy.... decks up for a film shoot. Perhaps what the trailer misses is the dark side of Silk Smithas story, which the film is expected to highlight. But it does its job and it does it well. Its been just six years since Vidya

Bhool Bhulaiyaa.

The Munnis and the Sheilas of Bollywood can take a backseat for a while because the 33-year-old Vidya, even with her not so washboard abs, might just become every mans fantasy with her titillating moves, curvaceous frame, playfulness, and sensuous ways in her scenes with Naseeruddin Shah, Tusshar Kapoor and Bollywoods very own serial kisser Emraan Hashmi. With its into-the-face dialogues, the trailer itself might leave many gasping like Tusshar when Vidya says: Mujhe jo chahiye uska mazza raat ko hee aata hai and many ogling like Naseer does when she

made her Bollywood debut with Parineeta, but in the short period, the actress showed her fearless streak by roles that are as different as chalk and cheese like Ishqiya and Paa. Her choice of unconventional scripts with experimental roles that challenge the actor in her has continued to set an example of what it takes to strike the right balance between commercial and parallel cinema. If it was a lonely lover in her first movie, Bengali project Bhalo Theko, Vidya went on to show her subtle and romantic side in Parineeta. In Lage Raho Munnabhai, she was seen in a conventional role, but she played it unconventionally. Her performance in Guru as a multiple sclerosis patient may have been short, but it didnt go unnoticed. Her films Salaam-e-Ishq, Heyy Babyy and Kismat Konnection may not have done much to boost her film career, but Vidya remained dauntless. She broke all doubts about her dancing skills through her performance on the song Ami je tomar in

Abhishek Chaubeys film, Vidya convincingly played a conniving and For a brief period, her choice of manipulative woman who doesnt dresses was talk of the town and shy away from using her sexuality was much criticised, but Vidya kept to fulfil her goals. to her work and when she returned as single mother in Paa, And then No One Killed Jessica her high-voltage saw her in a completely different performance avatar. Based on the real-life shut the Jessica Lall murder case, the wagging movie saw her as a grieving tongues. sister who runs from pillar to post to get justice for her Ishqiya sister. fur ther strengthened After entertaining viewers filmmakers with her plain Jane look, belief in her Vidya has now picked up versatility and a contrasting role in The capacity as Dirty Picture. She oozes an actor. In oomph like never before and one wonders if the movie will be Vidyas next stepping s t o n e to her ever-

rising success story. Directed by Milan Luthria, the film will release Dec 2, which is Silk Smithas birth anniversary.


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After getting dumped by Rascals, Paris Hilton to sue

Sources say Kangna Ranaut was deliberately excluded from the title track of her estranged pals forthcoming film While Kangna Ranaut may deny a fall-out with Sanjay and Maanayata, she cer tainly cant ignore the consequences of rubbing the Dutts the wrong way! In the title track of the forthcoming Rascals, the actress has apparently been deliberately left out, despite having enough time to shoot for the same. The rest of the cast Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt and Lisa Haydon have been featured in the song. Incidentally Lisa, who featured in Aisha, was roped in the film after the filiming had started and a role was specially written for her. Sources say the move to exclude her was intentional, as by the time it was shot during their recent Thailand schedule, relations between Sanju (who is also the films producer) and Kangs had strained even further. As a result, director David Dhawan decided to shoot it only with the threesome. Kangna was at one time extremely close to the Dutts. But when she started making statements about her proximity to them, it left them flummoxed. Also, Ameesha Patel, who is also dear to the couple, was dragged into it as Kangna felt she had become more close to them than Ameesha. And, of course, not to mention she recently turned down an offer to star opposite Sanju Baba. Guess Kangs still needs to learn a thing or two about maintaining good


relations in B-Town! Paris to sue Kangs? Kangna Ranaut claimed she was approached to be the face of Paris Hilton Fashions in India. But Paris, extremely miffed about the false news, is planning to sue the actress. Her reps have stated that Kangna was never approached. Kangs met Paris in Dubai courtesy Pariss friendship with her ex Adhyayan Suman but no such deal was offered and nor does Paris remember Kangna.

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Abhishek, Riteish to take Rs 2.5 Crore revenge on Karan?

Sheila becomes Munni for
n the Tamil version of hit item song, Munni Badnaam Hui, the films makers are reportedly signing on Katrina Kaif. Not just that, a cool Rs 2.5 crore has been set aside for just the song

similar had happened to him as well, during Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. haha bro. He did the same thing to me in K3g. Gotta get our revenge !!!! Abhishek wrote back to Riteish. Meanwhile, former Bigg Boss contestant Kamaal R Khan unexpectedly suggested a better revenge: If you both Riteish and Abhishek want to take revenge then send Karan Johar to Bigg Boss5 with me pls, he tweeted.

Last years biggest Bollywood competition was between two popular songs, Sheila Ki Jawani and Munni Badnaam Hui, but in a strange turn of events, Sheila, or rather Katrina Kaif is set to become Munni. The makers of the under-production Osthi, the Tamil version of Dabangg, plagued by fears of a possible comparison between the new Munni Badnaam Hui with the original, have decided to go for a new version of the song. According to sources, they are signing Katrina Kaif for it and have reportedly set aside Rs 2.5 crore for the song. Even as readers discussed which personality they would like to see on Bigg Boss 5, actors Abhishek Bachchan and Riteish Deshmukh also tweeted their choices. And it was filmmaker Karan Johar!

Abhishek loved the idea, and replied: D! I think we should start an online petition to convince Karan Johar to join Kamaal R Khan in BIG BOSS. What say? Riteish agreed: Yes lets push for Karan Johar in BB5 -sab log shout in unison-we want KJO in BB5- (keep repeating it) hamari fariyaad kabool karooo.

The source also added that Malaika Arora Khan had made it known that she was not available for item songs outside her home banner, and talks were doing the rounds that Bipasha Basu might be roped in. However, they have now altered their plans. Sonu Sood, who will be reprising his role in Dabangg as Salman Khans brother, is apparently the reason why Kaif will be signed on. The source said, The producers were keen on Bipasha. But Sonu is pushing for Katrina. He has already informed her. Katrina always finds it hard to say no to her friends. Sood has been friends with Kaif, ever since he worked with the actress in Singh is Kinng. While in the original song, Sood has a limited screen time with Munni, in the new version, he will reportedly dance with the item girl from start to finish.

I was there in KANK too but Karan Johar thought I was best suited for the deleted scenes in d SPECIAL DVD edition, Riteish tweeted to Abhishek, referring to his deleted Karan was sportingly enough. He cameo in Karan Johars film Kabhi tweeted: thank you for your valuAlvida Na Kehna. able suggestions about my presence Abhishek claimed that something in BB5duly noted!!!

I will raise oomph factor with Housefull 2: Shazahn

Actress Shazahan Padamsee, last seen in Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji, says she will shed her cute look and exude oomph in her next, Housefull 2. My look in Housefull 2 is very glamorous. I think lots of people see me as young and cute, so in this film I am going to up the oomph factor little bit, Shazahan said at a programme of Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2011. She will be seen opposite Shreyas Talpade in the Sajid Khan directed multi-starrer. Shazahan made her debut opposite Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor with 2009 release Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year. It was followed by Dil To Baccha Hai Ji. She has also acted in two South Indian films. When asked about her other projects, the daughter of AD-guru Alyque Padamsee said: Right now lot of time of this year has been blocked by Housefull 2.

While Farah Khan choreographed the original song, Saroj Khan will work on the new version. A source said, Saroj has just completed a great number for Prabhu Devas Rowdy Rathore. When Osthis director S Darani learnt about it, he decided on Saroj.

When asked about his friendship with Kaif and her casting, Sood said, At the moment, all I can say is Katrina is a dear friend. Beyond that Im not in a position to comment.

And yes, this time Ill have a lot more dancing to do. He added, I am looking forward to that since my According to the source, Osthis dancing partner is someone extraormakers decided to tweak the original dinarily beautiful. song because of copyright reasons. T Series, which holds the rights to the The new version of the film will original song, has refused to grant star Tamil film star Silambarasan permission to reproduce the song. Rajendar, also known as Simbhu, in the lead.

I dont want to mention about other projects right now. And I will do only big banner films as I am very choosy about my films.


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First Look: Has Kajal Agarwal gone topless?

Aaye haaye, what is this I hear... Kajal Agarwal has gone topless. Yes yes, that Singham girl has gone almost nanga punga for the cover of a mens magazine. She is inspired by none other than Hollywoods Lindsay Lohan, who had shot for that popular cover for a mag back in 2004. I also hear Italian phataka Monica Belucci had done something similar too. One thing is pucca... Kajals mentor Ajay Devgan may want to preserve that issue!

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No smooching please: Pratiek refuses to kiss Kalki

Prateik refuses to lock lips with Kalki on screen. Presenting other smoocha-licious misses, which includes Hrithik and Aishwarya Prateik, it seems, may need a quick lesson on the art of kissing freely on movie sets from B-Towns renowned serial kisser Emraan Hashmi. The young actor, we hear, refused to lock lips with co-star Kalki Koechlin in Sanjay Leela Bhansalis My Friend Pinto produced by UTV Motion Pictures. His fans have sadly lost the golden chance of witnessing his maiden onscreen smooch. A source reveals, Kalki plays Prateiks love interest in the movie. There were two scenes in the film that required them to kiss each other. The director wanted them to smooch rather than the usual peck on the cheek to establish their passion for each other. While Kalki (who belongs to the school of uninhibited actors) was absolutely cool with the idea, it was Prateik who shied away. Not often does one hear of Bollywood men turning down the opportunity of kissing their gorgeous leading ladies. Its normally the actresses whove had reservations recent instances. The source adds, He expressed his apprehension about locking lips to the director. He said that he wasnt comfortable kissing Kalki as she was at that time just about to get married to Anurag Kashyap, and he felt a bit odd about kissing the bride-to-be. Though everyone found his reason quite amusing, they agreed to change the lip locks into pecks on the cheek. We hope that the Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na actor, who hasnt yet done any intimate scenes onscreen, has not taken a chastity vow. Raghav Dhar says, There was never a kiss between Prateik and Kalki, so no question of Prateik refusing it. He has given her two pecks on the cheek in the film. Missed chances.. Aishwarya Rai refused to kiss Brad Pitt in Troy. Reportedly, Ash declined the film as she wasnt comfortable with the explicit love-making scenes and kisses the script demanded. Aishwarya Rai refused to lock lips with Hrithik Roshan in Guzaarish after their much-celebrated kiss in Dhoom 2 apparently upset hubby Abhishak Bachchan. Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif refused to kiss in Yash Rajs Ek Tha Tiger. Vidya Balan refused to smooch Tushar Kapoor in Ekta Kapoors The

Dirty Picture. Deepika Padukone refused to kiss Saif Ali Khan in Aarakshan. Ranbir Kapoor refused to kiss Deepika Padukone in Bachna Aye Haseeno. They had just started dating at that time. Sonam Kapoor and Imran Khan refused to pucker up in I Hate Luv Stories. Prachi Desai refused to kiss John Abraham in I, Me Aur Main.


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Salman is number one Revealed: The harrowing 24 box office star ahead hours for Katrina Kaif of me: Aamir Khan
In Bollywood, every actor tries his best to reach the top of the ladder and become number one, but according to Aamir Khan, who himself is credited with blockbuster hits like Ghajini and 3 Idiots, Salman Khan is presently the number one box office star. According to me Salman is ahead of me. In the manner in which his film Bodyguard has got an opening, it has broken all records and today according to me, if there is anyone who is the number one box office star, then that is Salman, said Aamir. He has proved with this film that he is ahead of all of us. I am very happy that his film is doing well. My good wishes are with him, Aamir told reporters here at the music launch of he added. the film Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster, When asked from the 46-year-old he added. actor that since he shares such a Few days back I even had a chat great camaraderie with Salman, with him on phone because he is in would he like to work with him America. Im glad that his health is again in a film, Aamir responded also much better now. Infact I was with a yes. the one who gave him the good news of the massive opening box I would love to work with Salman. collections of Bodyguard, said We have a great tuning so if we work together, it will be great fun. But till Amir. the time we dont get a good script, I had texted his sister Alvira and a script that excites both of us, we I had told her that when Salman cant work together, said Aamir, comes out of his surgery then show who has shared screen space with him my text first. I wanted to be the Salman in the past in the film Andaz first one to give him this great news, Apna Apna.

Its been a harrowing 24 hours for Katrina Kaif. While her new film Mere Brother Ki Dulhan has opened to a welcoming response, the films leading lady was almost stuck in London when he and her Dulhan director Ali Abbas Zafar missed their flight back to Mumbai after the films premiere.

returned battered and bruised. But yes, it was the worst journey of her life.

Breathing a huge sigh of relief Katrina says, I managed to get back. It was not a pleasant experience. Lets leave it at that. Ive learnt my lesson. Ill never miss a flight again. And if I do Ill wait for a proper alternative Thats where our nightmare began, flight. recounts Katrina, who landed in And to think Ali Abbas Zafar and Mumbai almost 20 hours behind I rushed to Heathrow to catch an schedule. early flight because I needed to be I had to get back to Mumbai at any cost. I dont know how we missed our flight. But we did, and paid a heavy price for it. Saying this, Katrina chooses to not talk about the actual nightmare. Katrina and her director had to run helterkskelter at Heathrow airport trying to find the first flight out to Mumbai. They managed to get seats on a flight to Mumbai on Oman Air, via Oman. Thats when Katrinas nightmare began. Says a source, At first Katrina and Ali chose to laugh about their predicament. As the journey proceeded it became increasingly difficult for them to laugh in the face of adversity. The worst was yet to come. The flight stopped at Oman before reaching Katrina to Mumbai. Says a source, It would be a bit of an exaggeration to say Katrina back in Mumbai. Imran Khan and Ali Zafar took a later flight and reached Mumbai fresh as daisies. I landed looking like a wreck.

Amrita helps kids meet John

Since aam janta will gather around any place of action, a huge crowd thronged at a Mulund mall where Amrita Rao was shooting with John Abraham. Films na sahi, commercials hi sahi for the petite gal, thank God for small mercies. Anyway, a group of kids managed to get close to the actress, albeit with a request to help meet Johnny bravo. Predictably, she obliged and the gentleman actor met the bachchas like long lost dosts. Not one to grudge her co-star stealing the show yet again, Amri organised snacks et al for the children too. Attagirl!

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Arent we the Big Brain this month? Well at least youll feel like it.Your intellect may really surprise you. What comes out of your mouth could actually catch those around you by surprise. Profound is the word that comes to mind the strongest.

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Life will feel so good this month. There is more than just a little chance that your careful planning could win the heart of a new love interest. If not, those in your life will be amazed by your financial prowess. Well done, Taurus!

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Your committed partnerships could have you on the run this month. There could be happy surprises and some moments that will have you wondering who put up this wall you just ran into when you werent looking, and that is the key to the problem. You could wind up being your own worst enemy if not careful.

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You may feel some pressure from the workplace this month. Chances there are placing new responsibilities on your shoulders. Youre not without the help of the Universe in these endeavors, so forge ahead with faith and confidence. You may be making changes and adding a whole new system to your work environment.
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Good heavens there are a lot of romantic opportunities for you, both this month and next. These times dont come along all that often. Youll need to use you head and choose wisely. There could be a romantic deception coming youre way that could sour what appears to be the perfect match around the 13th to 15th, so be on guard.
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Youll be facing the holidays with the attitude to make this the best one ever. You may have a tendency to over spend or over decorate the homestead for the season. As if that is possible this time of year. Youll also be gaining massive support while on the job this month. Matters and plans at hand will surprise you. The tried-and-true meets the innovation of the future to please you and your higher-ups.

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This could be a record-breaking effort in the holiday card department for you this month. You could wind-up making the postal service very happy with the out- going and incoming amount of mail. The phone will be ringing off the hook. And dont forget to check that email on a twice a day basis. There are going to be surprises there as well.

Financial concerns dominate this month. Holiday preparations will have to take a backseat to the plans you have in play during this period. There are so many depending on you for your expertise and their happiness is directly tied to the job you do. It will turn out to be the best holiday season you have experienced in sometime, not by what you receive, but by what you give.

With the Sun, Pluto and Mercury in your First House of Self, you start this month feeling dynamic and purposeful. Use this to your advantage on the 10th or 11th. Enlightening insights may come from your partner or Committed Other sometime this month. Be ready with an open ear and mind. Capricorn: September is your downtime period of the year.

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September is your downtime period of the year. You probably wont feel much like shopping or going out of your way for anything until about three days before the 25th. This is OK, as by that time the batteries will be recharged and youll be on a roll for the holidays. Also try to avoid overworking yourself this month, which could further lower your vitality and leave you open to a cold or flu.

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With the coming holidays, youre in a party mood. Planning, doing, going. Whatever the occasion, you rush to it. Friends champion you into escapades, but just dont let the fun surprise you in the pocketbook area. If you have a partner or Committed Other, you will probably have a wonderful month together, especially through the holidays.

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Your career is getting big kudos from the boss and those around you this month. You may be just a bit surprised on the inside by theattention, though you would never show it outwardly. Point-of-pride. At any rate, there is also a chance for a financial windfall from your labors

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Move over Malaika... here comes the latest item bomb to hit Bollywood
Scarlet is the name. Scarlet Mellish Wilson. This English girl is the latest item bomb to hit Bollywood. And according to director Dibakar Bannerjee she knows the Bollywood moves better than any desi girl. Hence her add-on presence in Dibakar Bannerjees shanghai. Apparently the original plan was to get Katrina Kaif to do the very desi very earthy item song in Shanghai. Says a source, Katrina is a friend of Dibakars. In fact he was supposed to do film with Katrina and Imran Khan. Ever since then the two have remained in touch. There was a situation in Shanghai where an item song was required to be performed for a bunch of politicians. Dibakar thought Katrinas dancing abilities could be given a completely different spin. But then someone recommended Scarlet. Dibakar cant stop raving about his new item girl. Someone recommended Scarlet for our item song. I couldnt believe how well she danced! Scarlet is by far one of the best dancers in the Bollywood form Ive seen. Usually when foreigners do Bollywood dancing theres a certain amount of stiffness in their movements. Not Scarlet. She takes to the rhythms as though she was born to the desi beat. Vishal-Shekhar were assigned the task of composition. Says Dibakar, Theyve come up with this rocking number Imported Kamariya which well be shooting with Scarlet shortly. Trust me, she will take Bollywood

Na Jaane Kabse music launch in Mumbai

Writer and director Pammi Somal organised a do to release the music of her forthcoming film Na Jaane Kabse under her own music label Creative Sounds. Smita Thackeray did the honours. The party was attended by the cast including Sharat Saxena and Gurpreet Ghuggi. We spotted Sameer and Javed Ali catching up with each other here. The team also celebrated Garrys birthday with a cake and danced to the bhangra beats. Mangal Dhillon, Rohit Roy, Captain Anil Singh, Rajeev Malhotra and Kalapi Nagada were present to cheer the team.

by storm. In the meanwhile Scarlet is being kept under wraps, far away from the prying eyes of item-fixated producers in Bollywoood. Apparently the Brit Bollywood sizzler has been convinced by contractual means to let Imported Kamariya be her launch-pad in Hindi cinema.


September 17, 2011, AUCKLAND


I refused to walk the ramp in bikini: Minissha Lamba

A c t re s s M i n i s s h a Lamba has shot down repor ts that she walked the ramp in a bikini in her forthcoming comedy Hum Tum Shabana, saying there was such a scene in the script but she refused to do it. I put my foot down and didnt wear a bikini in the film. A scene was planned likewise but I refused to do it, Minissha, who slipped into a bikini for her role in Kidnap, told in an interview. Directed by Sagar Ballary, Hum Tum Shabana is not a run-of-the-mill romantic comedy, says the actress, adding: The impression that you have is that its a story of two guys who are after a girl. Its typical of a romantic comedy. If you think that is all there in the film, then you have to think again. The 26-year-old, who mader her debut with Yahaan in 2005, has teamed with Ballary for second time for Hum Tum Shabana after Bheja Fry 2. around or motivated by Shabana. So she is the central and inevitable character in the film, which is very rare in a comedy. It has an equal dose of emotion, drama, and action and of course comedy. Its not a slapstick comedy I would say, she said Releasing Sep 23, the film will see Shreyas Talpade and Tusshar Kapoor wooing Minissha.



Talking about her character, she said: She is a part of a beauty pageant. The bikini scene notwithstanding, She is the most unlikely contestant to Minissha feels lucky to be part of be in a beauty pageant. She doesnt the film as it is one of the rarest of fit the criteria of someone who can comedies where the story revolves be a model. She doesnt win the around a female character. pageant, of course. What drama exudes after that is the high point Most comedies dont have much of the film. space for women. Its a very male dominated domain and most Friend turned foe, Shreyas and comedies are male oriented. In Tushhar, didnt let their personal Hum Tum Shabana, I am lucky to differences affect the shooting of the get the title role and every action is film, said Minissha. If they had problem between them, I had do not know about it. Either there are no conflicts between them or they are just brilliant actors. See, everyone was professional on the sets. Even if they had personal differences, they are so thorough professional that they didnt let it affect their work, she said. Minissha, who featured in films like Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007), Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008), and Well Done Abba! (2009), will be seen next in Akshay Kumar starrer Joker and hard-hitting action drama Zilla Ghaziabad.

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Akshay to donate Rs 2 crore to Ice Hockey Association of India

Akshay Kumar to donate Rs 2 crore to the Ice Hockey Association of India. Its not for nothing they call him Khiladi Kumar, but Akshay seems to have shifted his loyalties from martial arts to ice hockey, at least for the moment. The actor has decided to donate Rs 2 crore to the Ice Hockey Association Of India (IHAOI) in an attempt to promote the sport in the country. In fact, it was a collective decision made by Akshay and the makers of his next production Speedy Singhs, which revolves around ice hockey. Adds the source, When the film was being made, Akshays interest towards the sport really went up. Also, whenever he stayed in Canada, this used to be one of his favourite pastimes. He wondered why such few people in India knew or even participated in such an interesting sport. Perhaps this explains why the actor has now planned to do everything in his power to help promote the sport here. Not many know that the IHAOI in New Delhi is the national body coordinating ice hockey in India under the supervision of the International Ice Hockey Federation.

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Adds a member of IHAOI, International coaches and Indian players settled in the US and Canada have been helping Indian teams to get equipment and other aid. So if anyone has stepped up to help the sport, he/she is more than welcome. This is not the first time the actor has extended his support to a sport. The actor, who has been associated with martial arts for many years, invested the same amount for an annual karate tournament earlier this year.

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Shilpa gets sensual, to do bold scenes with Chinese actor

The actress has indulged in some intimate scenes in her next movie The Desire: A Jour ney of A Woman The last time we saw Shilpa Shetty on the big screen, she was prancing Daring notes around on a beautiful beach in a It does looks like one of the most two-piece with John Abraham and interesting characters Shilpa has Abhishek Bachchan for company. essayed in her 17-year-long career. And though her Dostana act attracted Which is why it is not surprising that more eyeballs than she could have the actress would go to any lengths imagined, the Bollywood beauty to make herself look convincing is definitely in the mood to display enough on screen. more than just her much-envied figure. Shilpa, who is playing an The love story is beautiful and the Oddisi dancer in her next film The passion between the two characters Desire: A Journey of A Woman, is almost like a painting. I would say has apparently indulged in some that its my character Gautami, who seriously bold sequences with co-star is bold, and not the scenes per say, explains Shilpa. Xia Yu in the film. I had no qualms in doing these scenes as these sequences are an integral part of the film, and have been aesthetically shot, says Shilpa.


September 17, 2011, AUCKLAND


Amitabh Bachchan finally speaks on his film with Baz Luhrmann

Baz Luhrmanns The Great Gatsby is the Big Bs first film in 3D. Yes, the film is in 3D and is perhaps a first for many reasons, primarily because its the first time that a mainstream drama from Hollywood is being done in 3D as opposed to the usual fantasy films like Avatar etc.. The Big B has no plans of doing more Hollywood films yet. No other offers have come my way from Hollywood before and since Baz was very keen I do this I went ahead. Its nothing big, just a small appearance. Earlier, Mira Nair had come across with Shantaram, finalised dates and shared the script etc. But then she withdrew. The same with Deepa Mehta and Kamagata Maru. She came across very keenly, discussed and met several times, shared details and then suddenly withdrew. I do not think you should look at this as a step into Hollywood. Its just a gesture of friendship. Though he isnt talking about it, the fact is the Big B is not really looking at The Great Gatsby as gateway to the West. In fact according to a source close to the Big B he is doing the Luhrmann film free of cost, as a friendly gesture to the director Baz Luhrmann whos a great fan of Bachchan and Bollywood, in that order. obligations prevent me from talking to the media, which is why I have not divulged anything. If the studio Warner Bros gives something out, that is all that I can disclose. He does divulge that he and Luhrmann hit it off from the start.

I will strip if government doesnt pass Annas bill

Says Delhi-based actor and model Salina Wali Khan; claims she too is a victim of corruption People are coming out with their own ways of showing solidarity with Anna. Delhi-based actor and model Salina Wali Khan too has joined the fray.

anything against a female model, who allegedly threatened her over the phone of making an obscene video.

Delhi police did not take action on my complaint. I am a victim, she said. Salina said that she became aware of Anna when he sat on a strike at Jantar Mantar demanding the Jan Lokpal bill. Salina has said that she will dance She says that Anna is innocent who naked if the government doesnt pass works for the common people and not the Jan Lokpal Bill proposed by Anna in his own interest. Hazare and his team. Speaking with MiD DAY, the actor claimed that she too is a victim of corruption and is supporting Anna Hazare who is sitting on strike at Ramlila Maidan for this eery cause. Not for publicity My decision is not for gaining publicity. I am not like other models who make controversial claims for grabbing eyeballs. I am not doing it to be famous but for the common people, she said. Salina also has grievances against Delhi police, who she claims has not paid heed towards her complaint. She accused the cops of not doing

Baz Luhrmann last year was on a private visit to India and dropped by at my office to meet me and presented me some wonderful paintings done by an artist he was accompanied by. It was merely an Reluctant to talk about the project the informal casual meet. Big B finally speaks up. Contractual Then in August this year Luhrmann called the Big B and wondered if he do a role in The Great Gatsby. Says the Big B, He asked me, would I do a small part in his film? Its just a small scene with Leonardo Dicaprio and Toby Macguire, of Meyer Wolfsheim an iconic character of the time patterned on Rothstein a very impressive and well known person of the New York underworld mafia. The Big B agreed I have agreed to do this just as a friendly appearance and went across to Sydney late last month for rehearsals and hair make-up and costume tests. The reading workshop requires for the entire cast to assemble and get familiar with the script and do a read through. Shooting starts mid- October for a couple of days.


September 17, 2011, AUCKLAND


Airport hotel leads green charge

Sudima Auckland Airport gains tourisms official mark of quality assurance

include a chilled beam air conditioning system thats unique among Southern Hemisphere hotels. Not only is it refrigerant-free; with no moving parts its also noiseless. Sudima Auckland Airports list of green initiatives is a long one and, to ensure ongoing improvements, a Green Team comprising department heads has been set up. Theyll be monitoring everything from the chemical-free indoor heated swimming pool through to the paperless room compendiums (a high-tech version will display on each guests television), the local sourcing of produce to the recycling of rubbish and even the collection of rainwater for use in hotel toilets. The hotel is on schedule to open on 9 May. Perhaps rather than a red carpet, we should expect a green one? Sudima Auckland Airport has been recognised as one of the countrys leading accommodation providers by Qualmark - tourisms official quality assurance. To earn the prestigious Qualmark star rating, Sudima Auckland Airport underwent a comprehensive on-site assessment, where performance is measured against up to 400 quality criteria. As a result of the assessment, Sudima Auckland Airport was awarded a 4.5 star grade in the Hotel category and a Silver Qualmark Enviro Award. Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala, CEO of Sudima Hotels New Zealand, commented, We are delighted that Qualmark has recognised the hard work and environmental commitment we have put into this, our flagship property.

There are plenty of ways for guests at Sudimas new airport hotel to chill out. And, as far as possible, theyll be doing it without the use of environmentally harmful refrigerants. One of the first things guests will notice about their stylishly appointed rooms is the absence of a mini bar. This is not an exercise in cost-cutting. Rather, its one of many ingenious moves Sudima Auckland Airport hotel has made to minimize the use of refrigerants throughout the property. While were taking our environental responsibilities seriously, says General Manager Stuart Long, were also committed to exceptional service. So beverage delivery is available to rooms around the clock, at bar prices with no room service fee. Further anti-refrigerant innovations

Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua, is a waterfront property adjacent to the Polynesian Spas and Energy Events Centre. It is the largest hotel in the city, with 250 rooms. Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport, dominates the entrance to the airport, and has recently enjoyed a substantial makeover. It has 208 rooms. The Hind Group is owned by L.N. Jhunjhnuwalas family interest out of Hong Kong and is represented here by Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala, who has made New Zealand his home since 2001.

For further information About Sudima please contact: Hotels New Zealand Michel Adolphe Glamorton Development is part of Director of Sales & Marketing, Hind Group which is a long time Sudima Hotels New Zealand property investor & hotel owner Ph: +64 9 304-2713, in this country, currently operating Mob +64 29 678-8184 three hotels under the Sudima brand.

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ACT Party Selects Fijian Candidate



Vaishnav parivar to T celebrate navratri

he cricket fever has also caught up with the Vaishnav Parivar, which recently organized the soft ball cricket tournament, 2011. The tournament successfully concluded on March 23, 2011, with 12 teams participating in it. The two

Courier Post walk away with Vaishnav Parivar trophy

teams which reached the final were Courier post and Indo-kiwi team. The Vaishnav Parivar trophy went to Courier Post, who beat Indo-Kiwi team for the second year in a row.

Mayor to host one-day summit on Aucklands future

he Mayor is hosting Auckland Unleashed, a one-day summit that will kick-start the Auckland Plan. The Auckland Plan also referred to as the spatial plan will guide the future development and growth of unied Auckland over the next 20-30 years and help achieve the Mayors vision of Auckland as the worlds most liveable city. The summit at the Aotea Centre will bring together civic, political, community and business leaders to start the discussion about Aucklands future. Says Len Brown, Weve invited the best minds from Auckland and New Zealand to put their heads together at this event, and start the discussion about what Auckland wants to be and needs to be for current and future generations. This is our chance to set a blueprint for Auckland that integrates the social and economic prosperity of our communities, business and industrial activities, signicant recreational, open space and ecological areas, and the

The Fijian community is delighted and honored that Ms Pratima Nand QSM, JP is the first Fijian-Indian woman, the highest ranking Asian and Pacific Islander being selected as an ACT Party electorate candidate for Mt Roskill, Auckland as well as a list candidate at number 16 in the 2011 general election to be held on Saturday, November 26, said Alton Shameem JP the Community, National and International leader at Auckland, New Zealand the home of Rugby World Cup.

Candidate Pratima Nand is also engaged in the following activities:* NZs Indian Cooking Queen [www.] * Producer & Presenter - Jhankaar [] * Interpreter / Translator - Hindi/Fiji Hindi * Smoke Free Co-ordinator - Proud of who we are and what we do.

Vaishanv parivar to celebrate navratri on 1st October at Kelston Girls college, kelston. This time Ame Gujarati team is going to play songs. Sharad Ponnam will be celebrated on 15th october at same venue . Free entry and all welcome.

cultural wellbeing of our people and our city. The Auckland Plan presents an unprecedented opportunity to enable integrated, coordinated and cost effective decision making by the Auckland Council, central government, other agencies and the private sector. The Auckland Plan presents a chance for all Aucklanders to be involved in a discussion about the key issues facing our region, like transport, housing provision, environmental protection, communities that are struggling, and the development of the city centre and connected town centres and villages throughout the region. The council will be inviting people to share their thoughts on the issues it raises until the end of May. Following this a rst draft of the Auckland Plan will be completed in June 2011 and will be the basis for further discussions. A further draft of the Auckland Plan will be released for a formal public consultation process starting in August 2011.

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Indian community providing Shoe Boxes of Love for

ational List MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi is calling on the generosity of the Indian community for the Shoe Boxes of Love initiative, designed to get care packages to quake affected people in Christchurch. The boxes are care packages filled with goodies and feel good gifts, some which include personal notes of support, aimed to lift the spirits of the recipients. This is a great opportunity for us to show Christchurch residents that we are thinking of them, and

To provide support, encouragement Pratima Nand QSM, JP is the and empowerment Committee Member of the following to help families in communities organizations amongst numerous overcome challenges, leading to others:healthier lives * Fiji Club of New Zealand (FCNZ) * Numerous Award Winning * Fi j i C o u n c i l N e w Z e a l a n d Community Leader (FCoNZ) We wish the well known pro-active, passionate , industrious, popular and committed Community Leader * Social Entrepreneurs Council Pratima Nand QSM, JP all the very (SEC) best wishes in the upcoming general * Economic Council New Zealand election, said Alton Shameem JP the New Zealander-Fijian Community, (ECNZ) National and International leader. * Leadership Council New Zealand Alton Shameem JP (LCNZ) * All Ethnic Congress (AEC) * Young Executive Club (YEC) * Business Council New Zealand (BCNZ) Community/ National/International Leader

doing our bit to help them get through this difficult time.We cannot underestimate the toll the earthquake is taking on Christchurch residents. They are going to need our support for many months to come. says MP, Bakshi People are asked to create a Shoebox of Love and deliver it to his out of Parliamentary Office based in Manukau East. The boxes from around New Zealand will be sent to Christchurch and distributed by Rotary and other key support organisations.

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September 17, 2011, AUCKLAND


Himesh all set to challenge Shahrukh

John Abraham: A Force to be reckoned with

The superstar danced to Criminal, a Shahrukh Khans plans of making song in Ra.One, and made quite a his RA.ONE as the sole release spectacular entry as he jumped from this Diwali have been foiled with a suspended car. Himesh Reshammiya confirmSRK has dedicated the album to the ing that he would be bringing his late film-maker Yash Johar and to DAMADAMM on the same weekend Bobby Chawla, the CEO of his comas well. Though from screen count pany Red Chillies Entertainment and perspective it wont make much difactress Juhi Chawlas brother, who ference to RA.ONE, the very fact that has been in hospital and critically ill DAMADAMM has actually dared to for the last couple of months. step in as competition has ended up Rakhi Sawants sexy surprising quite a few.

western Mumbai suburb.

Shah Rukh: Always wanted to play a superhero

After a three-hour wait, Shah Rukh Khan arrived in style to launch the music of his new film Ra.One, in Film City, Goregaon, a western suburb of Mumbai.

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Ranbir, Shreyas seek Ganpatis blessings

Ranbir Kapoor visited the Ganesh idol at RK Studios in Chembur on Sunday morning to seek blessings for the release of his forthcoming film Rockstar.

Rakhi Sawant is all set to fire up the big screen again!

John Abrahams upcoming film Force is a remake of the Tamil film Khaka Khaka. It is directed by Nishikant Kamath and also stars Genelia DSouza. John proved that he has the best butt in the industry by showing it off in Dostana, and in Force, he wants to prove that he has one of the best bodies in the industry. John speaks about the hard work that went into getting a body like his inspiration, Sylvester Stallone, and who he thinks has the best bod in the business.

The controversy queen was busy shooting a sizzling item number for her new film Loot with Govinda, The film is slated to release on Suneil Shetty and Mahakshay at November 11. Klick Nikson studios in Andheri, a

Sonam Kapoor snubs Neil, leaves him red-faced

sequences, annoying several of the other actors in the movie. However, while the rest of the cast is apparently taking Neils friendly advice with a smile, Sonam Kapoor has decided not to entertain him. For a song-and-dance sequence, Neil (who prides himself on being a singer, composer and choreographer) started supervising the choreographer. Neil meant no harm. He likes to make his presence felt on the sets. But when he advised Sonam on how to do her steps, she told him Actress refuses to dance to his tunes to keep his advice to himself, says for a song sequence in Abbasa source. Mustans Players Giving the cold-shoulder Neil Nitin Mukesh is apparently not a very popular figure on the sets of Red-faced, the actor apparently withdrew from the scene and kept Abbas-Mustans Players. quiet thereafter. Neil, as expected, Playing the villain, he gets to perform laughs off the story. Sonam is a daring stunts and mouth the best darling. lines. The rest of the cast only discovered this as the shooting I dont need to show dance moves to a person who is a genius at it. In progressed. fact, I learnt a few extra dance steps Whats worse, the actor is bursting from her, he says. with inputs on scenes or song Our source from the cast, however, insists otherwise. He did try to suggest dance steps to Sonam, and she didnt like it. She made it clear to Neil that she didnt appreciate his unsolicited assistance. Poor Neil. He just likes to be more than just an actor while shooting.

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The Story Line of tonights production KAL MRIGAYA-The fatal Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore Rabindranath Tagore is one of Indias most famous cultural icons. He was poet, writer, artist, playwright, and composer in the late 19th century and early 20th century. He began writing at the age of thirteen. By the age of seventeen, he was quite well known. In 1878

Kumar tells his father not to worry. The river is only a short distance away, and he will return soon. In the flashing violence of the monsoon and the dark distress of the creatures, Rishi Kumar is lost. The Forest Gods and Goddesses beseech him to turn back but he presses on to fetch water for his father. King Dasharath, the valiant king and his hunters comb the forest,

Shri Ganesh Utsav

Shree Ganesh Utsav celebrated from 1st to 10th sept. everyday we had shree ganesh pooja and shree ganesh aarti at 9 am and 7.45 pm. we had shree satyanarayan maha pooja on 10th at 4 pm and then at 8 pm we started from the temple to shree ganesh visarjan at west heaven sea shore. Our pujaris acharya Shri Upendrabhai Joshi and Shri Kamleshbhai Vyas had performed daily poojas.

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at the age of seventeen, he sailed for England. He became a student in a public school in Brighton. A year later, he went on to study law at University College London. Whilst in England, Tagore first heard opera and the Western singing style. He was amazed at how perfect the performance was. He felt that western and Eastern cultures were needed to be integrated together. He began listening to and learning more about European music. Being very musical, Tagore quickly learned the Irish, Scottish and English tunes that he had heard in London and Brighton. Soon after Tagore returned from England to Kolkata, he began composing musical plays based on western lyrics which produced one of his famous Dance-Drama Kal Mrigaya. The Dance-Drama Kal Mrigaya is based on a story from the epic RAMAYANA where Dasharatha, the valiant King and an archer of repute was on a hunting spree with his band of kingsmen. One blind Sage Rishi feels thirsty and asks his young son (Rishi Kumar) to bring him water. But a sudden clap of thunder changes his mind. Rishi massacring all animals in their path. The King chasing a young elephant which eluded him in thick forest arriving by the river, he hears drinking. He shoots in the direction of the sound killing Rishi Kumar. With his dying breath, Rishi begs Dasharath to carry him back to his father. In his hut, the Sage and a young girl Lila waiting anxiously. The remorseful Dasharath enters bearing the body of Rishi Kumar. He breaks the news to the Sage that he has unwittingly killed his son. Devastated, the Sage curses the King and even though Dasharath begs for the Sages forgiveness which the Sage give him at last, the curse lives on in the Ramayana. The world is now facing a big challenge due to Social, Political, Economic instability. Some countries and their people have involved violence with each other which not only increasing poverty but also many people including children are being killed. This violence needs to be end for the benefit of the whole nation and for the entire world. Bhabnas purpose to present this Dance-Drama will definitely carry a strong message to the audiences to protest against the violence and forgive people for peaceful life.

Name of the persons from left to right : Shri Pankaj Gandhi, Templs pujari Shri Kamleshbhai Vyas, Acharya Shri Upendrabhai Joshi and president of Balmoral temple executive committee Shri Roshanbhai Nauhoria.

September 17, 2011, AUCKLAND


Exclusive: Salman for Headley?

Bhatt keen to rope in his mentor to play the US terror operative in his dream project Rahul is currently in the process of writing a book on his experiences with David Headley The former fitness instructors life changed forever in 2009, when he was befriended by the accused in the Mumbai 2008 attacks. not prove otherwise despite a thorough investigation. Rahul now hopes to get Salman Khan who played his mentor on reality show Bigg Boss last year to play Headley in the film. He also plans to star, besides direct this film based on this book.

The Headley film is my dream project. I want to script, direct and if possible play He, of course, maintained that myself in it. Its a tall order. But I am he had no clue of Headleys true in no hurry. Its a story that I need identity, a fact the authorities could to tell, he says.

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