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Ra.One takes over Youtube.
 
Shahrukh Khan is known to promote his movies in unique ways and this time, for his pet project Ra.One, he has left no stone unturned. The actor is taking help of the digital medium and has launched a channel on the broadcasting website, YouTube. On this channel one can watch exclusive behind-the-scene footage, uncut shots and promos. Also, all events regarding Ra.One, such as red carpet events are being live casted on this channel. Red Chillies in an attempt to make full use of Youtube have released an interactive video where SRK can be seen explaining the superpowers that he uses in the movie. On this association with Red Chillies and Shahrukh Khan, Rajan Anandan MD and vice president sales and operations for google indiasaid, “We are very pleased to associate with Shahrukh Khan to create a unique and customised destination for Ra.One on Youtube. In the last few years, Indian production houses have begun to embrace the Youtube platform to engage fans, distribute movies and leverage rich media ad formats to promote their movies online. Bollywood is now an integral part of the Youtube experience and we want to demonstrate how it can be used creatively to connect with highly engaged Youtube community in india and across the world.” Bollywood has, increasingly, been using social media to promote movies. Now after Facebook and Twitter, Shahrukh Khan wants to capture the platform of Google+ and will be one of the first Bollywood actors to join the site. Also a digital 40-page comic based on Ra.One, will be available to read on Google+. Shahrukh Khan said, “For Ra.One I wanted to leverage the full potential of digital media and create an experience on YouTube and Google+ that has never been done for any Indian film. I am very excited about the project and am personally working with the Google team to create a destination that my fans can enjoy from anywhere in the world.”
 
Monday, September 26, 2011
 
Akshay’s apology call to Abhishek
 
Akki apologised to Jr Bachchan for the uncalled comments made by Russell Peters on his wife Aishwarya t seems that everyone is taking on the responsibility to apologise for Russell Peters’ potshots at Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s acting abilities. On September 26, 2011 Mumbai Mirror reported that Speedy Singhs co-producer, Ajay Virmani, took it upon himself to do some damage control. And now we hear that Akshay Kumar called Abhishek to apologise for the same. A source revealed, “Akshay said ‘Sorry’ to Abhishek. He respects Aishwarya and the Bachchan family a lot. He is naturally very embarrassed about Russell’s remarks.” Apparently, Kumar, who made the call last weekend, took Abhishek by surprise. “It was definitely not Akshay’s fault. It was a very kind gesture on Akshay’s part. Abhishek told him to take it easy. After the call, Akshay felt a lot lighter,” added the source. When previously contacted, Virmani told Mumbai Mirror, “I have no control over what Russell says. What he says is not reflective of our opinion or what the film is all about. Aishwarya is a fantastic actress and a legend. I apologise for his comments.” Despite repeated attempts, both Akshay and Abhishek, remained unavailable for comment.
 
Monday, September 26, 2011
 
Sharman in Rock On sequel
 
The actor has been roped in by producer Farhan Akhtar to fill in for Luke Kenny's role The Rock On!! sequel has been talked about at length in the industry. Now, that the sequel has finally materialised, another little secret is out of the bag. Our source told us that the sequel is a journey of the band members to replace the character of Luke Kenny, who dies in the first film. We can tell you that reportedly, this fourth character is going to be played by none other than Sharman Joshi. A source said, “Sharman Joshi is extremely close to Farhan, since they have been school friends. Earlier, Sharman was offered a role in Dil Chahta Hai but somehow, it did not work out. Farhan has wanted to work with him for a long time. It is only now that things have fallen into place and Sharman is finally a part of the Rock On!! sequel. Though they have not collaborated till date, they have been close buddies. They have always discussed scripts and films with each other.” Though Sharman has been one of the most promising actors, it has been only after 3 Idiots that he ahs been getting the right projects. “People have seen the rushes of Ferrari Ki Sawaari and they can’t believe that it is him. Everyone in the industry has always acknowledged that he was a good actor but what they have seen in Ferrari Ki Sawari is outstanding. This was what helped him clinch the role in Rock On’s sequel.” Sharman Joshi will also be seen next in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Ferrari Ki Sawari. When contacted, Sharman Joshi and Farhan Akhtar were unavailable for comments.
 
Monday, September 26, 2011
 
Heroine gets 130 costumes
 
UTV Motion Pictures and Madhur Bhandarkar have asked ace designer Manish Malhotra to design Rs 1.2 crore worth of outfits for the film’s leading lady, Kareena We have heard of diva antics, but UTV Motion Pictures and Madhur Bhandarkar take being a ‘heroine’ to a whole new level. For their project Heroine, the production house and the director have decided to allot a whopping Rs 1.2 crore of the film’s budget to costumes. A source revealed to Mumbai Mirror that the film’s leading lady, Kareena Kapoor, will have 130 costumes designed especially for her by ace designer Manish Malhotra. The source explained, “Kareena plays a diva at the prime of her career. Each scene will have at least four costume changes. Heroine is an extravagant project and they are leaving no stone unturned to make it look as glamorous as possible.” Reportedly, Kareena is expected to meet with Malhotra next weekend for dress fittings. And apparently, National Award winning director Madhur Bhandarkar will also be present to oversee the costume trials. The source also informed us that Rs 5 lakh of the film’s budget was previously spent on costumes that the former leading lady, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, wore, during the nine days that she shot for Heroine. However, all those costumes were of no use, as Kareena is a different size. When contacted, Manish Malhotra told Mumbai Mirror, “I have never made so many costumes for one actress in my entire career, till date.”
 
Monday, September 26, 2011
 
Theatre legend's Film debut at 90
 
After bidding goodbye to theatre at 89, thespian Babasaheb Purandare, now 90, will be seen in his first movie role in Hirkani next month After facing a packed auditorium night after night, what's a camera and some studio crew to a veteran thespian? Only, we're talking about Babasaheb Purandare here. In May, the bard of Maharashtra brought the curtain down on a career that spanned six decades, citing age. He was 89 then. Apparently, quitting theatre was a decision to make time for new pursuits. Now 90, Purandare will debut in his first movie Hirkani - the story of a woman, who goes to Shivaji's stronghold Raigad Fort to sell milk but overstays and is locked in and climbs down a 1,200-ft cliff to get home to her child. Reportedly, Purandare will play his familiar narrator role in his silver screen debut, as he had done for 26 years in Jaanata Raja. When contacted, Purandare, who was in Dubai said, "I did exactly what the director asked me to before the camera. Legends are intrinsic part of the history. Some legends can prove true after evidences come to the fore and Hirkani's tale is one such legend. We don't know whether she existed, but her tale is a lasting example of a mother's love for her child." Incidentally, the plot of Hirkani is based on a story written by Purandare himself, approximately 45 years ago. This also happens to be the first time that Purandare's literary work has been scripted for a film. "I really enjoyed working in the film, especially since the story is from Shivaji's era. Also, I am happy because this is the first time one of my literary works will be seen on film," Purandare added. Hirkani's script writer and director, Prasad Inamdar said, "Babasaheb played his role enthusiastically. The role is very important to the plot, as it passes on the story of Hirkani to the younger generation." The film, which is slated for release next month, was shot on location at Raigad, Purandar and Rajgad forts. A majority of the scenes were shot at night.
 
Monday, September 26, 2011
 
RA.Four
 
SRK has decided to premiere his ambitious project in four of the world’s prominent cities To say that Shah Rukh Khan has left no stone unturned with regard to his ambitious project, RA.One is a major understatement. The actor's grand promotional activities have made headlines. And now, as the time for the film's release approaches, we hear that SRK has some more surprises up his sleeve. A source revealed that the actor plans to premiere RA.One in four of the world's most prominent cities, which include London, New York, Dubai and Toronto. And his plans for the film's promotions in indiahappen to be even more elaborate. SRK is all set to have press conferences in places that he has never visited before. These places include Lucknow, Kolkata, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Jallandhar, Jaipur, Pune and a couple of other places, which are yet to be finalised.
 
Monday, September 26, 2011
 
Ahana’s long awaited debut
 
Dharmendra and Hema Malini's daughter has finally found a launch in Viacom 18's rom com to be directed by Shoojit Sircar First she wanted to be a director, then a fashion designer. But it seems that Ahana Deol has finally settled on her third choice of career - acting. While her debut in Bollywood has been talked about extensively, it has taken a long time for Dharmendra and Hema Malini's daughter to decide on her first endeavour in the industry. However, a source revealed to Mumbai Mirror that Ahana has finally found a launch vehicle in Viacom 18's romantic comedy, which will be directed by Shoojit Sircar. The source said, “Ahana was very apt for the role. It is a romantic comedy on a road trip. It is not a typical boy-meets-girl story, but a complex love story where the characters discover themselves during the journey. The film is expected to go on floors early next year.” Reportedly, the filmmakers are still in search of a male lead. The source informed that Prateik was supposed to do the film, but it didn't work out due to conflicts with his schedule. Apparently now the filmmakers are looking for a fresh face to complement Ahana. “The film will definitely create buzz because it's Ahana's debut film. The makers are looking for the right male lead. In fact, auditions are in process and a male lead will be finalised by the end of October,” added the source. Apparently Ahana, born into a film family, has been taking cues from her parents. Hema Malini and Dharamendra have been actively involved in every step of their daughter’s dream debut. In fact, they were the ones who gave the green signal to this project. The untitled film will reportedly be shot in one schedule across northern india.
 
Monday, September 26, 2011
 
Yrf’s new blue-eyed girl
 
Priyanka Chopra’s cousin Parineeti seems to have replaced Anushka Sharma; now the Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl actress will star in production house’s next opposite Arjun Kapoor It seems that Anushka Sharma is no longer the blue-eyed girl of Yash Raj Films. And it seems that Priyanka Chopra's cousin Parineeti has taken over. Parineeti, who features in Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl, was the latest YRF discovery. Initially, the industry was abuzz with speculation that Anushka would star opposite Boney Kapoor's son Arjun in Habib Faisal's next. But now we hear that Parineeti has been considered for the role. A source told Mumbai Mirror, "YRF has decided that Parineeti is apt for the role. Habib Faisal is also very keen to work with Parineeti. Ditto for Aditya Chopra, who always takes most of the final decisions in YRF. An official announcement will be made in this regard very soon." Before she was signed up for Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl, Parineeti used to work in the marketing section of YRF Films. However, Aditya Chopra felt she was actress material. "Parineeti is doing an excellent job in Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl. She has good acting abilities. She fits the role in Habib's film perfectly," added the source. When contacted, the YRF spokesperson said, "Anushka was never an option as the role needs a new girl. No final decision has been taken yet. We shall make an announcement as soon as we finalise the cast."
 
Monday, September 26, 2011
 
Deepika throws open her doors
 
The actress, who moved to her plush Prabhadevi apartment during Ganpati, is hosting a house warming bash on September 30 She left her old Bandra house on a sweet note, after she sent a personal note with a box of mithai for her neighbours. And now Deepika Padukone is all set to have a grand house warming bash at her new Prabhadevi apartment on the 30th of this month. Our source said, “Deepika has bought a palatial three-bedroom house - probably the most expensive apartment any actress has bought in recent times. She had never hosted a party before, and this was pending for a while. She shifted to her new house during Ganpati with a small pooja. Her family is devoted to Ganpati. Given her hectic schedule, she had no time to really settle down in her new house. It is only now that she has had the time to hold a bash. She is planning to invite everyone she has worked with in the industry." According to sources, Deepika has already invited Shahrukh Khan and Farah Khan with whom she made her debut. She has also invited her ex, Ranbir Kapoor. The others on her list include Imran Khan, Karan Johar, Saif Ali Khan, Imtiaz Ali, Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Sajid Nadiadwala, Kunal Kohli, Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan and Ashutosh Gowarikar among others. When contacted, Deepika confirmed the news. "Yes I am having a house warming party. It is a small get together for friends." However, there was no word on whether her because Sidhartha Mallya will be there on the occasion.
 
Monday, September 26, 2011
 
Sanjay Gupta gets real, meets Dawood’s brother
 
The filmmaker seems serious about getting his facts right for his film Shootout at Wadala; spends time with the gangster's clan for vital inputs His film goes on floors early next year, and Sanjay Gupta, known to fall back on rented DVDs for inspiration, is doing his homework well for his comeback project Shootout At Wadala, produced by Ekta Kapoor. Mumbai Mirror has learnt that Gupta met dreaded gangster Dawood Ibrahim's younger brother Iqbal Kaskar. The meeting happened recently at Pakmodia Street where Iqbal lives. According to sources, around 10.30 pm, Gupta was led into a small room by five-six friends of Iqbal. These men did not leave the room until the meeting was over. Gupta was accompanied by a gentleman who had arranged the meeting. Gupta and Iqbal spoke for nearly two hours. Revealed a source, "Gupta and Iqbal met but not at Iqbal's residence. They met up at an office which belonged to a third party." Added the source, "Yeh meeting karna aasan nahin tha. If you recall, there was an attempt on Iqbal's life only in May this year. So obviously, he was extremely guarded." Explaining what drove Gupta to Pakmodia Street to meet Iqbal, our source said, "Gupta's film is inspired on Dawood and his (late) elder brother Sabir's rise to power. That is a very important part of the film. Gupta wanted some important inputs from Iqbal so that there were no errors in the storytelling." Another source said, "Gupta also does not want to take chances with Dawood. The meeting would have been conveyed to the gangster, and objections, if any can be dealt with rightaway." When contacted, Gupta said, "Yes, I did meet Iqbal in connection with my film. Iqbal was very warm and cordial with me. I am in fact meeting many other people for my film. " Iqbal Kaskar, wanted in connection with Sara-Sahara Shopping Complex land-grabbing case, was deported from Dubai in 2003. However, he was later acquitted for lack of sufficient evidence. Vivek Oberoi, who had developed cold feet about playing Dawood, is most likely to take it up again. Manoj Bajpai has been roped in to play Sabir's character. Gupta does not want to take chances with Dawood. Objections, if any, can be dealt with now
 
Sunday, September 25, 2011
 
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