December 5, 2013 812 reads 0 comments
Balaji's Mohit Suri-directed THE VILLAIN is springing one interesting surprise after another.
After the exciting first time pairing of Sidharth Malhotra and Shraddha Kapoor, the subsequent announcement of Riteish Deshmukh, and more recently of Kamaal R. Khan doing an extended cameo, comes the news that Goan pop star Remo Fernandez has been signed to play a crucial role in the forthcoming romantic thriller.
He will play Sidharth Malhotra's boss in the film, which is currently being shot in his home town (Goa.) Suri and the Balaji team felt that he was the perfect choice to play the character, which has shades of grey.
THE VILLAIN is expected to complete shoot in March 2014.
December 5, 2013 1302 reads 6 comments
Shah Rukh Khan, who is considered Bollywood's undisputed king of romance, had some valuable tips on romance to share on his recent visit to the capital.
Shah Rukh has featured in a string of romantic films like "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge", "Dil To Pagal Hai", "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" and "Kal Ho Naa Ho" in his over two-decade career in Hindi filmdom.
Here's what he had to say:
- Never disrespect a woman in words, action or spirit.
- You should always take care of small things like opening the door for a lady and never sit before she sits.
- Learn to be gentle with a woman.
- I never abuse in front of a woman and try not to be aggressive with a woman or even in front of her.
- A real man is one who can touch his feminity. I find my masculinity in the fact that I can touch my feminine side.
December 5, 2013 399 reads 1 comments
Her training for her role as boxer Mary Kom in an upcoming biopic on the Olympic medallist is so thorough that Priyanka Chopra can now actually box in high heels!
She gave a sneak-peek into her newly-acquired talent at an event here Thursday.
Dressed in a fitted lace dress and looking chic in a pair of stilletoes, the former Miss World looked confident as she took the stance of a boxer to show what she has learnt over the past few months.
"I've learnt boxing very well. I can box a bit in high heels too," she said, while showing the right way to raise an arm to hit and the other arm for defense.
Manipur-based Kom is a five-time world boxing champion and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. She got her due after winning a bronze medal at the London Olympics.
"Playing Mary's character has been a wonderful experience. When people make biopics, they are mostly on deceased people or who have spent a chunk of their life. Mary is 33, and she is still a champion. So, it was a lot more difficult for me to play her.
"I am personally treating the film like the story of every girl who faces opposition to what she wants to do. Mary silence every other person who questioned her capability. So, it's actually like a lot of girls' story," said Priyanka, who clinched the Miss World title in 2000.
She was speaking at a special session at the India Today Group's Agenda Aaj Tak here.
The biopic on Mary Kom is being directed by Omung Kumar and is produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
The actress says the project has been especially challenging because she was never keen on sports during her school days.
"I was never sporty. The only sport I used to play was basketball and that also because I was tall. I used to hate it. The Mary Kom film, in that sense, has been my most important film. It has been making my life upside down to play a character whose life is about sport. It's tough to act like a sportsperson, and so you have to learn it to play it right.
"I don't believe in dieting and gym, I am blessed with high metabolism. But for this particular film, I have done six hours of boxing each day, two hours of gym and eaten 'ghaas-phoos' (vegetables and salads). It's very hard for a Chopra," she quipped.
December 5, 2013 2667 reads 25 comments
If art provocates crimes against women, historic sites like Ajanta-Ellora and Vatsayana's "Kamasutra" must be banned, says Indian actress Priyanka Chopra, who believes cinema is an "art" too and it should not be blamed for the rising crimes against women in the nation.
"I feel people are becoming less tolerant and more judgemental. Hindi films are meant for entertainment...If people think songs and films are causing an increase in rapes, why not first shut Ajanta-Ellora? We are a land of the 'Kamasutra'...let's ban books," said Priyanka.
"Sculpting is an art, poetry is an art, filmmaking is an art... We have the freedom of speech in our country, and we also have a system of film certification. Follow the law! If a film has been given the 'A' certificate, why let children go for it? There's lawlessness here. I feel a filmmaker should just make what he wants to," Priyanka said at the Agenda Aaj Tak conclave here Thursday.
The portrayal of women in Hindi cinema and the viability of item songs is always questioned. She received an applause for speaking her mind out on the issue brought up everytime that a rape case comes up.
But Priyanka, who backs girl child empwerment via diffferent campaigns, says violation against women will only reduce when "laws will be implemented".
"We have strict laws now, but there's no implementation. There's fearlessness," said the actress, who has grooved to item songs like "Babli badmaash" and "Ram chahe leela".
"Film industry is for entertainment, like music and books. If they are fiction, they are fiction, they should not be taken so seriously. Any form of art must not be made responsible to change society. Films can't change the society, the government leads society and government has to implement laws to bring change," added the former beauty queen.
December 5, 2013 1911 reads 1 comments
Shahrukh Khan will be launching fitness expert Deanne Panday’s new book Shut Up and Train on Sunday 8th December, at Palladium Hotel in Mumbai.
Shut Up and Train is the complete fitness guide for men and women from the bestselling author of I’m Not Stressed. A comprehensive workout guide, it will help you get the body you always wanted!