Thursday, 29 September 2011

Ayesha Takia: I never stopped being a heroine

She maintains that she never really went away, but actor Ayesha Takia is treating her upcoming love story as a comeback film after a hiatus of two and a half years. "I never stopped being a heroine. I began acting when I was four and bagged my first film as a heroine at the age of 15," she says. 

Ayesha, who hit a career high with her stirring performance in Dor, is reuniting with her favourite director Nagesh Kukunoor for her return. "I know him socially and bumped into him one day. That was when he told me about this project and I took it up because Nagesh will never offer me anything less than the best," says Ayesha, adding, "The critics noticed me as a performer only with Dor."

The actor had gone off the radar after her marriage to hotelier Farhan Azmi, which she says helped her change her outlook towards life. "I never planned anything in my life. When I got married, I decided to take a break. I wanted to travel, see life differently and discover things about myself," says Ayesha. During this self-imposed hiatus, the actor also found a new calling. Ayesha and Farhan are currently giving finishing touches to their new property - a 100-year-old bungalow that is being converted into a boutique hotel in Goa. "We had this concept in mind for a long time and we plan to bring to take this to other cities as well," she says.

With her attention thus divided, will she do fewer films? "I am enjoying this phase in my life and am very happy being a businesswoman. But acting has always been part of my life and it just can't go away," she says.

And while Ayesha is looking to work her way back into the mainstream, she isn't ready to shimmy and show skin for an item number. "Item numbers are not my scene at all," says the actor.

But much has changed in Bollywood since her hiatus - the industry has become more competitive with newer faces stepping in. But the bubbly actor is unfazed. "There has always been competition, then and even now. I never noticed it, though," she says.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Shah Rukh Khan: Kareena Kapoor has no time for me

Total FilmyKareena Kapoor has no time for meShah Rukh KhanTimes of IndiaHe has produced India's most expensive film 

He has produced India's most expensive film to date and the music launch of Ra.One at Film City on Monday was a suitably glittering affair. 

We learn the rights for telecasting the film's music launch has been sold to a television channel, surely a first.

At the packed venue, SRK lifted a noticeably heftier Kareena who had come in late, and joked: 'She no longer has time for me, yeh aaj kal sirf chote chote Khans ke saath kaam karti hain.' Bodyguard, anyone?

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Imran Khan dances to Sheila on KBC

Imran Khan grooved to sizzling number "Sheila ki jawaani" for a special episode of "Kaun Banega Crorepati" and he copied Katrina Kaif's dance steps too!

Imran Khan grooved to sizzling number Sheila Ki Jawaani for a special episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati and he copied Katrina Kaif's dance steps too!

The two actors, who are busy promoting their soon-to-release film Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, will be seen on megastar Amitabh Bachchan-hosted 
show Thursday.

Imran danced on Sheila Ki Jawaani... and also copied her famous steps, and gets an applause and a pat on the back from original Sheila, Katrina.

According to a source from the sets, both the actors were quite enthusiastic. Katrina, who has learnt how to play a guitar for the film, even strummed the instrument for Big B, while Imran sang for him.

The 68-year-old wished both Imran and Katrina all the best for their film, which releases Friday. The movie also features Pakistani actor-singer Ali Zafar.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Naseeruddin: Hits or flops don't determine my future

Hits or flops don't determine my future: Naseer National award-winning actor NaseeruddinShah, who has acted in over 70 films in his so far 35-year-long caree

National award-winning actor Naseeruddin Shah, who has acted in over 70 films in his so far 35-year-long career, says he never worries about the fate of his films at the box office.

"I don't have any tensions about Friday. I'm very grateful 
that I don't have to live sleepless nights thinking whether the film will work or not. The success or failure of a film is what bothers a director and a producer. My job is to work in it. What work will I get in future is not dependant on the fact whether my last film was a hit or flop," the 62-year-old actor told IANS.

From offbeat to commercial to international movies, he has proved his mettle everywhere.

The versatile actor is known for his performances in Ijaazat, Sparsh, Aakrosh, Masoom, Karma, Tridev, Sir, Iqbal, A Wednesday and his Hollywood venture The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Bodyguard smashes all records

Salman Khan in the film

Everyone was forecasting " Bodyguard" to open to big box-office collections, but no one anticipated the massive response the movie ended up generating. The film, which opened on Eid on Wednesday, ran to packed houses in the country, with trade analysts predicting the collections to be in the range of `18-20 crore. 

During the last couple of years, it was Salman's other big ticket release, "Dabangg" (`14.35 crore), and Aamir Khan's "3 Idiots" (`12.5 crore), which had shown the biggest openings.

Says trade analyst Taran Adarsh, "Salman is something else now. I think the movie has earned almost `20 crore on day one and over the weekend, it will cross `85-90 crore." Komal Nahta is more conservative in his estimates and pegs the weekend collection at `65-70 crore. However, Nahta says the film has broken all international records too. Says Nahta, "In Dubai, the movie opened on Tuesday because that's when Eid was celebrated. While "Dabangg" had opened with 7 lakh dirhams (`87 lakh), "Bodyguard" made 11 lakh dirhams (`1.36 crore). In London, the movie opened with a collection of 60,000 pounds (`44.4 lakh) on Tuesday, which too is unheard of. It has broken all previous records for any Bollywood film."

While analysts hail Salman and the film as a box office miracle, multiplex and single screen officials tell us that various strategies have come together to help the film. Says Tinku Singh, group president, SRS group, "In NCR, we ran 53 shows in Faridabad, and 22 and 30 shows in Gurgaon and Indirapuram. The total collection on day one was `24 lakh. It is houseful across the country. After the "Aarakshan" fiasco, everyone's rejoicing with this movie. And the thing to remember here is that the movie opened on a Wednesday, so it will have five days, plus two more weekends at least, to make a lot more money."

Also, "Boduguard" opened to weekend pricing across most multiplexes, giving them much more revenue. However, PVR Cinemas chose to go ahead with weekday pricing for Wednesday, and reported 95% occupancy in the morning shows, and 100% occupancy towards the evening. Out of 550 shows in PVR halls, approximately 325 were played in Delhi and Punjab. Says Deepa Menon, vice president, corporate communications for PVR Cinemas, "The movie saw an excellent opening in Delhi-NCR, ending the day with nearly 95% occupancy, which is quite phenomenal. This definitely is one of the biggest openings on day one that we've seen."

Even in single-screen theatres, the film has done record-breaking business in Delhi-NCR. While Vishal in Rajouri Garden reported a total of `4.5 lakh in four shows, all four shows were houseful in Delite, said Sunil Parashar, media coordinator for Dellite. Sheila Cinema in Paharganj too, saw four full shows, totalling a collection of over `3 lakh. Says Parashar, "During "Ready", ticket prices had been increased by 20% even in single-screen halls. But for "Bodyguard", even at normal single-screen prices, the movie has broken all records. Most single screens are houseful till Sunday."