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Friday, October 7, 2011

Azhikode extends olive branch to Mohanlal

Veteran Malayalam writer and orator Sukumar Azhikode has expressed his willingness to bury the hatchet with Mohanlal, saying the superstar need not apologise to him publicly but the two should meet.

'I make it very clear that my ego will not be a barrier to ending the problems we have had in the past. There need be no public apology from him at all. All that needs to be done is to meet each other, privately,' Azhikode told IANS.

Azhikode had filed a criminal defamation petition at the Thrissur chief judicial magistrate court's in February this year following which the superstar had to take bail in June this year.

'I will have no problems if someone comes as an intermediary to make ground for a meeting to settle the issues we have had. I filed a defamation petition because that was the legal advice I got,' added Azhikode.

The war of words broke out between the two last year when the superstar called Azhikode a mentally deranged person. Azhikode asked Mohanlal to either apologise or face legal action.

The spat began when Azhikode spoke in support of thespian Thilakan, who was served a show cause notice by AMMA (Association of Malayalam Movie Artists) and subsequently booted out of the body on grounds of indiscipline.

Azhikode said Mohanlal has become old and should limit himself to roles matching his age.

But Mohanlal hit back a few days later, saying Azhikode must be having some 'hallucinations' and that he considered Azhikode's statements as some 'aged uncle's joke'.

In 1986, Azhikode retired as pro-vice chancellor of Calicut University. He has won 12 awards, including the Indian Sahitya Akademi Award, Kerala Sahithya Academy Award, Vayalar Award and the Rajaji Award. In January 2007, he refused to accept the Padma Shri conferred on him stating such honours are against the constitution.

Row becomes boon for Nikitha

It is reported that the controversies surrounding Kannada actress Nikitha's ban by the Kannada industry, inturn is proving a boon for the actress. Kollywood industry feels that Nikitha who recently got an offer to act as heroine against the young sensational Karthi was due to the row. In the film directed by Suraj in which Karthi is hero, Nikitha will be paired opposite him along with Anushka.

It is rumored that controversies uplifted her value and she got the role. Karthi is now acting in the film `Sakuni' and after the completion of the project, shooting for the new film would begin. The film portrays both urban and rural life. Anushka would be the modern heroine and Nikitha the village girl. Nikitha express her happiness over the role.

Though Nikitha essayed good roles, including one in Saroja, she had not gained attention that other leading actresses achieved. So she concentrated more on Kannada films. With Karthi film she is expecting a re-entry in Tamil.

Katrina Kaif's adventurous trip at 17

Katrina Kaif is one of the most successful actresses in Bollywood and is sought after by many producers and film makers in the industry. Nobody thought that this half British, half Indian girl would make it so big!

Today, Katrina Kaif has some of the best projects lined up with leading actors, including Ek Tha Tiger with ex boyfriend Salman Khan and Yash Raj Films Dhoom 3 in which is paired opposite Aamir Khan. However, Katrina’s ride to fame and riches has not been easy.

Speaking to the Times of India in an interview, Katrina Kaif gets nostalgic and reveals about her sudden decision to come to India in search of a career in modelling and the glamour industry. Katrina was just 17 when she gave up her studies in engineering back in London and decided to make Mumbai her home. The actress first arrived in Mumbai with her eldest sister Christine and immediately felt a ‘connection’ with the city.

Katrina Kaif rented a small apartment in Bandra and met photographer Farrokh Chothia. There was a time when Kat would audition along with 50 other models. Remembering her past days, Katrina Kaif said, “I used to eat a lot then. I wasn't fat, but definitely heavier than I am now. I remember eating homemade chicken curry, especially dal-rice, as it was tasty and inexpensive. It was an exciting phase for me.”

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Rajinikanth plays Chitti - the robot in 'RA.One'

Putting aside his health issues, south superstar Rajinjikanth, shot for Shahrukh Khan's ambitious project 'Ra.One' here recently. He will be seen in the role of 'Chitti', the robot.

Rajinikanth plays a cameo in the science-fiction film 'Ra.One', for which, he flew to Mumbai to shoot a scene on Sunday. Accompanied by his daughter Soundarya, Rajini took one day break from his acting sabbatical, as he is recuperating.

'Rajini sir will be seen in Chitti's avatar. He was here to shoot. It was heart-warming to see him. We were all overwhelmed,' Shahrukh told reporters here, yesterday. About the scene, Shahrukh said, 'When we devised it, he was unfortunately unwell, so we couldn't do it that time.

It is a funny scene where G.One tries to save Kareena and his son. He is fighting with the gundas and suddenly Chitti, the robot, comes. I ask Kareena who he is, but she does not respond. There is an interesting part here.'

'When I dance on 'Chamak Challo', I wear a scarf, the movement...walk and all G.One learns, adapts from Rajnikanth's character Chitti. It is a tribute to Rajini sir,' he said.

Shahrukh thanked Rajinikanth's daughter Soundarya for making the shoot possible. 'I am marveled at her love and professionalism. She and her team of technicians would be here for two days for editing the scene,' he said.

In Shankar's science-fiction film 'Endhiran', Rajinikanth had played dual roles - as a scientist and an android robot. PTI

Salman Khan-Sonakshi Sinha's Kick to be shot in Korea

Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha might be seen romancing around Busan and Jeju Island in South Korea for their forthcoming film Kick. Sajid Nadiadwala has tied up with the Korean Tourism Board (KTB) to help promote the scenic beauty of the country in his upcoming Bollywood ventures.

Sajid Nadiadwala, who recently received an invite from the president of the Korean Tourism Organisation (KTO) to visit the country has signed the agreement to set scenes of his films in the country. Besides Kick, the producer is also working on an untitled romantic action flick starring Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha.

Nadiadwala’s team had visited Korea in September to discuss with the Korean ministers about the possibility of a tie-up between their company, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment (NGE) and the KTB.

Kick, directed by Shirish Kunder will be shot extensively in Seoul, Jeju Island, Busan and Gangwon Do too.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Asin says Salman Khan made her to eat a bug

Actress Asin Thottumkal has revealed that actor Salman Khan made her eat a bug during the shooting of their hit Bollywood movie Ready. The Southern beauty, who is gracing Simi Garewal's show 'India's Most Desirable', also gushes that she admires and respects the actor, but has never desired him.

Asin claims that Salman Khan actually challenged her to eat a bug that he had collected from a nearby jungle in Bangkok, but she was not the one to shy away from his challenges. The actress adds, “Salman thought that I would yell, scream, throw a fit or get freaked out but I didn't. Instead, I ate it.”

Meanwhile, the Malayali girl says that he is somebody who she has looked up to in a very respectful way and admired. “He is very attractive but that's not the way I saw or looked up to him that never really crossed my mind...of desiring him," the IBN Live quotes Asin as saying.

Bipasha rubbishes wedding reports

Actress Bipasha Basu has rubbished reports that she is planning to tie the knot with actor Rana Daggubati soon.

'Reading reports of my supposed wedding plans, there is absolutely no truth in them,' Bipasha, who parted ways with actor John Abraham, wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Rumours were rife that Bipasha and her 'Dum Maaro Dum' co-star Rana were dating and that they were planning to get married.

Genelia D'souza and Riteish Deshmukh are engaged?

Genelia D'souza and Riteish Deshmukh, who have been dating each other for the over seven years have apparently got engaged at a hush hush ceremony at the house of Riteish Deshmukh's father, Maharashtra CM Vilasrao Deshmukh's residence a fortnight ago.

If sources are to be believed, the family of the couple have been planning to get them married for some time now. An official engagement was hence the most appropriate thing to do.

Genelia and Riteish apparently went for a low key affair and did not invite any of their friends in Bollywood. Only a few family members and very close friends of the couple were present at the engagement.

A source revealed that though Genelia and Riteish have been dating each other for over seven years, they avoided talking about their relationship in public. However, they have made several public appearances at parties, award functions and on red carpets apart from doing several films together.

As per source, Riteish was always sure that he wanted to marry Genelia. However, it took him a while to convince his family who wanted him to get married to a girl from their community.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan flaunts her baby bump

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who is hardly spotted at any social events flaunting her baby bump made an appearance at Sanjay and Manyata Dutt's Mata ki Chowki. She was accompanied by father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan and mother in-law Jaya Bachchan.

Aishwarya Rai looked pretty dressed in a bright green anarkali dress with heavy make-up. Aishwarya's baby bump was evident even though the anarkali outfit did it's best to cover her healthy baby bump. Ash, we must say succeeded most of the time in hiding her stomach!
It is not surprising why Aishwarya Rai Bachchan prefers to keep a low profile considering that her pregnancy has already led to speculations about both IVF and her carrying twins.

The other Bollywood celebrities to be spotted at the event was Kajol and Ajay Devgn, Amisha Patel, Karan Johar, Gulshan Grover, Dino Moreo and Sunil Shetty with his wife apart from many others.

I own the spot of college girl in Bollywood: Genelia D' Souza

Actress Genelia D'Souza, who is known for playing the bubbly, vivacious college girl in most of her films, says she seems to own that spot in Bollywood. The 24-year-old actress, who has portrayed the role of a young energetic girl in films like 'Tujhe Meri Kasam' and 'Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na', says she is offered such roles more than other actresses.'I seem to own the spot of the college girl in Bollywood.Down south I have been given strong issue based roles. But here I don't get one,' Genelia told PTI.The actress, who will be next seen opposite John Abraham in 'Force', says she plays a mature girl in the film, though it looks similar to the roles she has done before. 'Maya (her character) is extremely sweet, cute but she is also very mature. She is kind of a social activist. She knows what she is talking about. She has a clear thought process,' the actress said.

A scene where Genelia had to tie the knot with her co-star John in the film, faced controversy after the priest who conducted the on-screen ceremony, claimed that he had read out the actual wedding mantra. But Genelia, who has been fighting off the rumours of her marriage to good friend Ritesh Deshmukh, says she is tired of clarifying her martial status.'I am a girl, I have a family and I also want to get married. I am bothered by rumours about me. It not only affects me but also my family. We actors have a life, we have a heart and we are lonely and they should get that straight before doing cheap publicity stunts. It is sad,' she said.

The actress says she loved working with John as they share a similar background. 'John and I are friends, so it was very comfortable working with him. I have previously shot commercials with him, so that helped while shooting. John and me have similar backgrounds. We both have catholic background, we both grew up in Bandra, and we both faced similar struggles in our career,' she said. Genelia, who made her Bollywood debut opposite Ritesh Deshmukh in 'Tujhe Meri Kasam', has been paired opposite the actor after a gap of seven years in 'Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya'. 'One think I noticed while shooting with Ritesh was that we have grown as actors and also as persons. We are different people now. We are much better professionals than what we were seven years back,' Genelia said.

The actress has also made her presence felt down south with blockbuster films like -- 'Katha', 'Bommarillu', 'Santosh Subramaniam'. 'Force' is also a remake of Tamil hit film 'Kaakha Kaakha' and she herself is all set to reprise her role in
'Bommarillu' in its Hindi remake titled 'It's My Life', opposite Harman Baweja. 'I am absolutely fine with remakes. But doing a remake is more difficult than it seems. I thought 'It's My Life' would be a cakewalk as I have already acted in its Tamil and Telegu version but it was anything but easy. Acting in your own remake is harder than doing a new role,' she said. PTI

Actor Fardeen Khan charged with attempting to buy cocaine

A Mumbai court Tuesday found actor Fardeen Khan guilty of attempting to buy cocaine in a case dating to 2001 but dropped charges of posessing over two grams of the drug. The sentence will be pronounced Nov 2 and the actor could find himself behind bars for six months.

'Now, I have been charged only for attempting to buy cocaine. Charges pertaining to the possession of cocaine have been dropped,' Khan told reporters outside the court.

'This is something we have been appealing to the court for the last 10 years. I am extremely happy about how things are going,' he added.

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) had arrested Khan in Juhu in northwest Mumbai May 5, 2001 on charges of possessing cocaine. Nasir Shaikh who allegedly sold him the drug and Tony Gomes who allegedly supplied it to Shaikh were also arrested.

Charged under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, Khan had, however, claimed that he had attempted to buy only one gram of cocaine as against NCB claim that nine grams of cocaine was found on him and Shaikh.

According to the NDPS Act, less than two gm is considered a small quantity. Under the act, an accused can, at the maximum, face a six-month jail term for possession of a small quantity of drugs.

Monday, October 3, 2011

`Spanish Masala' getting ready for release

Lal Jose directed Spanish Masala has completed the shooting for the movie. After Arabikatha Lal Jose is introducing another foriegn heroine through Spanish Masala, Daniela Zacheri.The movie will also have Kunchakko Boban in an important role.

Spanish Masala has Dileep playing a mimicry artist who due to certain circumstances is forced to work as a chef in Madrid. He falls in love with a Spanish girl. The love between two people from different culture is told in a humorous way in Spanish Masala. The movie is a musical love story for which Benny P Nayarambalam is said to have made a comedy script with music by Vidyasagar. Sathish Kurup, the cameraman of 'Anwar' will be the cinematographer of 'Spanish Masala'.

Spanish Masala is produced by Noushad under the banner of Big Screen Productions. The movie will hit the screens on Nov 4.

Nobel medicine laureate Steinman dead: Rockefeller University

Washington: The US' Rockefeller University said its Canadian-born cell biologist Ralph Steinman died three days before being awarded the Nobel Prize Monday as the Nobel committee was unaware of his death at the time.

'Steinman passed away on Sep 30,' the New York university said in a statement, reported Xinhua.

'He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer four years ago, and his life was extended using a dendritic-cell based immunotherapy of his own design.'

The Nobel committee was unaware of Steinman's death when announcing this year's winners and it was unclear whether the prize would be rescinded because Nobel statutes don't allow posthumous award.

'The Rockefeller University is delighted that the Nobel Foundation has recognized Ralph Steinman for his seminal discoveries concerning the body's immune responses,' says Rockefeller University president Marc Tessier-Lavigne.

'But the news is bittersweet, as we also learned this morning from Ralph's family that he passed a few days ago after a long battle with cancer. Our thoughts are with Ralph's wife, children and family.'

'We are all so touched that our father's many years of hard work are being recognized with a Nobel Prize,' said Steinman's daughter Alexis. 'He devoted his life to his work and his family, and he would be truly honored.'

'Ralph's research has laid the foundation for numerous discoveries in the critically important field of immunology, and it has led to innovative new approaches in how we treat cancer, infectious diseases and disorders of the immune system,' said Tessier-Lavigne.

Steinman, who discovered the immune system's sentinel dendritic cells, is this year's recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He shares half the prize with Bruce Beutler and Jules Hoffmann.

Rima disrupted shooting, accuses Sibi Malayil

Kochi: Director Sibi Malayil has accused actor Rima Kallingal of disrupting the shooting of his film by skipping a day's shoot without prior notice. However, the director said that though he had shared his grouse with FEFKA and AMMA members, he had not filed any written complaint against the actor.

Apparently, Rima skipped the shooting of Siby's film 'Unnam' Sunday to attend some private function at Thiruvananthapuram, and the director got to know about this only later.

Rima's justification was that the contract she made for the particular project had expired on September 30 itself. She added that she was staying back as the crew said they would wind up the shooting within the next five days.

However AMMA secretary Idavela Babu said, "Rima told me that she had informed the production manager well in advance that she would not be available for Sunday's shoot." He added that necessary action would be taken on the issue.

Delhi gets its first taste of Formula One

New Delhi: With only 30 days left for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, the Delhiites today got the first taste of Formula One with young racer Daniel Ricciardo burning the rubber of a Red Bull Racing car on the historic Rajpath.

It was a fast and furious drive on a two-mile long stretch, with speed metre touching around 250kms during the show named 'Speed Street'.

Ricciardo ran his car thrice on the Rajpath, enthralling the 2000-strong crowd. Incidentally, Ricciardo replaced India's Narain Karthikeyan in the Hispania for the second half of the 2011 season, Before Ricciardo's performance, Ghost Riders - a group of five bikers - performed breath-taking freestyle stunts.

Ricciardo also shook a leg with a Bhangra Group, which performed in between. At the end of his performance, Ricciardo held the Indian tri-colour and waved to the crowd, drawing huge cheers.

The Australian racer later addressed a chaotic press conference and said F1 would prove to be beneficial for motorsport in the country. "With Karun and Narain racing (in home race), it's good for the country.

Force India are also doing well," he said. Karthikeyan is the only Indian driver confirmed for the October 30 race as Karun Chandhok's Team Lotus has not yet made it clear whether he will get a chance to race on his home track.

Ricciardo said Narain is his "main competitor in the Hispania team" as the two shared 2011 calender races between them with Vitatonio Liuzzi being the lead driver.

Asked what speed he managed while driving Saturday, he said, "I am not sure but I think I was close to 270kms."

Then there was rock-group Indian Ocean belting out their chartbuster - 'Areey Ruk Ja Re Bandey'.

Nagesh Kukunoor, the noted director of successful films like Iqbal, Dor and Hyderabad Blues - made a guest appearance along with popular VJ Ranvijay Singh. Six Renault Koleos cars added to the excitement by putting up a decent stunt show.

Ambulance catches fire; two killed

Thiruvananthapuram: Two persons were killed when an ambulance caught fire while going to a hospital with a child who had consumed kerosene. The child escaped miraculously and her grandparents died in the accident. The deceased are Abdul Vahid, 70, from Kallara and wife Suharabi, 58. The accident occurred near Pazhayapantha, Kallara on Sunday morning after the oxygen cylinder in the vehicle exploded.

The duo were taking their granddaughter Asheena, daughter of their son Dileef, to a private hospital from medical college hospital after the child consumed kerosene. When the vehicle reached Pangod, the driver alighted from the vehicle and was examining it finding some faults. The cylinder exploded all of a sudden. Suharabai died on the way to hospital and Abdul Vahid on Sunday night in the hospital.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Malayalam industry has not given the desired role: Saranya Mohan

Malayalam-Tamil actress Saranya Mohan says that Malayalam movies has not given her the much expected role. But she has no qualms over this and hopes to get good offers in Malayalam itself.

There are no language barriers for acting. Any good role in any language would be welcome. If it is Malayalam, then it would be much better to get involved and perform well. Saranya says that she is giving more importance to her acting. She wants the future generation to say that they would like to imitate Saranya Mohan in acting.

The first schedule of the Kannada movie `Paramasiva' has been completed. Saranya has also signed the agreement for her next Kannada film `Eee Bhumi aa Banu'. Shooting for the Malayalam movie `Ennannu aa kalyanam', Jayam Raja's Tamil film `Velayudhan' and Dharani's `Osthi' have been completed.

The Vidyarambam at the Alapuzha Thondankulangara YKB Dance Academy between October 6 to 8 would be held under her supervision.

Teacher attack case: Police get vital clues

It is learnt that the police have valid clues in the Valakam teacher attack case. Based on this, IG Padmakumar reached Kottarakara on Saturday. He will hold a meeting with police officers. Those who are suspected to have conducted the attack are under the supervision of the police.

The condition of Krishnakumar, who is under treatment at the Thiruvananthapuram medical College Hospital is showing slight improvement. Police are making attempts to record his statement before noon. If the police clues and the teacher's statements tally, then the police would move ahead on nabbing the culprits. Though A M Ashraf, Judicial First Class Magistrate, reached the hospital to record the teacher's statement, he was unable to do it.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Cyber cell should probe Balakrishna Pillai case, says VS

 Opposition leader V S Achuthanandhan said that the cyber cell should seize the mobile phone of R Balakrishna Pillai and probe the calls made by him. He added that the complete phone history of Balakrishna Pillai's mobile should be enquired.

The probe being conducted by the welfare officer is unsatisfactory. The Welfare Officer, probing the case, is a well wisher of R Balakrishna Pillai, who had helped him secure a job, VS said. The investigation has been handed over to him to fool the common people. VS told mediapersons that after the cyber cell finishes its probe it should be handed over to the CBI.
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