MASALA MIX: Kareena, the Bollywood star


PROMOTIONS for the film Heroine have started, reports

A Press conference was recently held in Mumbai to announce its release on Sept 21. At the event was director Madhur Bhandarkar and actress Kareena Kapoor who turns 32 on that day too.

When asked why filmgoers should watch the film, director Madhur replied: ”Kareena, Kareena, Kareena.“

Kareena also expressed her hopes that the film industry opens up on female-oriented films. ”It‘s a male-dominated industry. One Dirty Picture and a Heroine can‘t change the tide. It‘s not the actor alone. Even the director needs to change this mindset,“ said Kareena.

She was also asked about her forthcoming marriage to Saif Ali Khan. And as usual, she did not give a direct answer. ”Everything I do becomes a national issue. I may well be married you know. How would that make a difference? I could have been married three years ago and still done a Heroine. But yes, you will know when I do.“

Kareena plays the role of Bollywood actress Mahi Arora and the film revolves around Mahi‘s life as a star.

”I think the film is 80 per cent based on real events. I was watching it while dubbing for the film and I was shocked! After viewing this film, people will know what happens in the personal life of actresses,“ said Kareena.

Asin finds success in Bollywood

KOLLYWOOD actress Asin will soon be seen as a Marathi girl in the film Khiladi 786, reports The Hindu. She stars alongside Akshay Kumar and Mithun Chakraborthy. The action comedy is produced by Akshay and Himesh

Reshammiya. Asin, who plays Mithun’s sister, had to learn the Maharashtra accent for the role. She has tried her hand in Bollywood films, tasting success in Ready, Housefull 2 and Bol Bachan.

“All I can say is I do have a knack of picking up good stories and if these get appreciated, with or without the Rs.100 crore (RM562,000) business, it makes me satisfied. I am also very happy that I have started work with big stars such as Aamir, Salman, Ajay (Devgn) and Akshay right away unlike others who begin with smaller films. Bollywood works in a very different way. I am glad to have found my space here,” she said.

Lean, mean Katrina

AFTER doing some action scenes in Ek Tha Tiger, Katrina Kaif has started getting offers for similar roles, reports In her next film Dhoom 3, she will be seen in car-chasing scenes and punching baddies.

The report also said that she would be doing a stunt scene for a paint company’s advertisement and was paid handsomely for that.

Other actresses who have done some action scenes include Kareena Kapoor in Agent Vinod, Priyanka Chopra (Don and Don 2) and Sameera Reddy (Tezz).

While working with Katrina in the yet-to-be-named Raj Yash Chopra film in London, Shah Rukh Khan said that Katrina’s personal trainer, Yasmin Karachiwala, has coordinated a new training plan for her.

“Kat needs to get flexible and lean, so when she returns from London, we will change her workout routine. She needs to do lots of Pilates and increase flexibility, apart from a combination of functional and TRX training to develop core strength. She doesn’t need to look thin, but lean,” he said.

Sonia to star in Palakkad Madhavan

ACTRESS Sonia Aggarwal, who has been out of the limelight for some time, will be back in Kollywood with comedian Vivek in a new film titled Palakkad Madhavan, reports

Vivek announced this at a recent audio launch in the presence of K. Bhagyaraj, who played Palakkad Madhavan in his blockbuster, Andha 7 Naatkal. Bhagyaraj, who has now turned director, was clearly surprised and expressed his desire to be a part of this film.

Palakkad Madhavan will be directed by Chandra Mohan.

Arya, Ajith in new project

KOLLYWOOD actor Arya, who has just returned shooting Irandam Ulagam in Georgia, will start on his next film with actor Ajith Kumar. The yet-to-be-titled film by Vishnuvardhan will start shooting on Sept 10 in Mumbai, reports

The cast includes Nayantara and Taapsee Pannu. Rana Daggubatti has completed his part in the film. The story revolves around a hacker, played by Ajith.

Harassment controversy

LAST November, actress Sayali Bhagat’s ex-publicist Anant Narayan issued a Press release saying that she had been sexually harassed by some Bollywood A-list actors.

The actress quickly filed a police report denying that she issued the statement and Anant was promptly arrested.

In January, she even tried to get the High Court not to grant him bail but her application was dismissed. However, he was told to issue an apology to Sayali, which he did, reports

Because of that incident, Sayali is now shunned by the film fraternity.

Lured by script

ENGLISH Vinglish, former actress Sridevi’s comeback film, a trilingual in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, has been renamed Aangilam Vaangilam in Tamil, reports

At a recent Press conference in Chennai, Sridevi and actress Priya Anand of Nootrenbadhu fame, unveiled the trailer in Tamil. The trilingual is directed by R. Balki’s wife Gauri Shine.

Sridevi said: “I had to take a break as my kids were too young but I didn’t plan for a comeback either. This movie just happened as I loved the script. I would love to do more Tamil films if good scripts come my way.”

In Aangilam Vaangilam, Ajith Kumar makes a cameo, in a role played by Amitabh Bachchan in English Vinglish.    



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