Nandana gets hate mail for nudity in Rang Rasiya

Press Trust of India
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 (Kolkata)

Actress Nandana Sen today said she received hate mail and faced objections from different quarters for a nude scene in the period drama Rang Rasiya where she plays the muse for 19th century painter Raja Ravi Varma.

Sen, who created an uproar four or five years ago after a portrait in which she posed as Goddess Laxmi was leaked while shooting a film, said, “I received hate mail for the scenes. There were objections from different quarters also. If a Kate Winslet does a nude scene, it’s okay there. But if it happens in India we create an uproar. What’s wrong in depicting nudity in a dignified way?” asked the actress who has done a backless scene in Tango Charlie (2005).

“There are two ways of depicting nudity. One is demeaning to a woman where you objectify her body, while the other one celebrates the power of women,” she said while regretting that nudity was still a taboo in India.

“These incidents are similar to what happens with my character Sugandha in the film,” said the actress who plays muse to painter Raja Ravi Varma in the biopic.

In the film Sugandha had to face ostracism from society for baring her body as a model for the artist.

Holding that there should be no shame attached to the human body, the film’s director Ketan Mehta said “Sensuality has been an integral part of the Indian culture.

“We are proud of the sculptures and paintings in Khajuraho and Konark. Liberating our minds is important.”

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Bachchans blessed with a Girl!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 (New Delhi)

The biggest Bollywood news this year has just been delivered. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has delivered a baby girl today (November 16, 2011) at Mumbai’s Seven Hills Hospital.

Abhishek Bachchan tweeted, “IT’S A GIRL!!!!!! :-)))))”.

Proud grandfather Amitabh Bachchan tweeted, “T 561 – I AM DADA to the cutest baby girl !”

“T 561 – A dada ji … Ecstatic !!!!” Amitabh tweeted thereafter.

Post the big news Twitter has been flooded with wishes for the Bachchan family and Amitabh was quick to that all his friends and well-wishers for their wishes.

“T 561 – thank you all ..!” he tweeted.

Hospital sources said the delivery was normal and came a few minutes before 10 a.m. The Bachchan and Rai families were present for the momentous occasion.

Aishwarya, 38, developed labour pains around 4 a.m. and was taken to the labour room where the delivery took place after nearly six hours.

The actress is on the fifth floor of the luxury private hospital in Andheri east.

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Aishwarya, baby “doing great” tweets Abhishek
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 (New Delhi)

New mother Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her baby are doing well and resting. This was posted minutes ago by new dad Abhishek Bachchan on Twitter.

“Thank you all for your prayers and good wishes. Both Aishwarya and the baby are doing great and taking some much needed rest….” Abhishek posted.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan delivered a baby girl today at Mumbai’s Seven Hills Hospital.

Among the first visitors at the hospital were Abhishek’s childhood friend Goldie Behl and his wife Sonali.

The Bachchan baby has generated huge interest and an avalanche of posts and tweets on social sites.

Obviously, just as excited is Abhishek Bachchan. “And I’m trying my level best to get rid of this caffeine high and get some sleep too. Don’t think it’ll work. TOO EXCITED!!!!”

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FIR against Zubeen Garg

Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Nov 12 – Leading Assamese newspaper Asomiya Pratidin has lodged an FIR with the Chandmari police station alleging that popular singer Zubeen Garg visited its office last night and threatened the employees of the organisation.

Zubeen, however, denied the allegation and had filed a counter FIR stating that employees of the organisation had confined him to a room of the office where he went to clarify his position on a news item.

Source: Assam Tribune

Rahul Gandhi watches Chirag Paswan’s debut film

Press Trust of India
Tuesday, November 08, 2011 (New Delhi)

Taking a break from his busy political schedule, Rahul Gandhi today watched Mile Na Mile Hum, the debut film of Chirag Paswan, son of Rajya Sabha MP and Lok Janshakti Party supremo, Ram Vilas Paswan.

Rahul watched the movie in a South Delhi multiplex with Chirag and his parents, Ram Vilas Paswan and Rina.

Kangana Ranaut is the lead actress in the film, supported by Sagrika Gadekar and Neeru Bajwa.

After the movie was over, Chirag told PTI, “Rahul appreciated the social message in the movie and has appreciated my work. He was keen to know the time taken to shoot the entire project and enquired about my experience. He watched the movie like a family member and liked the songs and dance sequences in it,” Chirag said.

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Will Ranbir’s Rockstar rock the box office?

Indo-Asian News Service
Monday, November 07, 2011 (Mumbai)

Ranbir Kapoor’s role as the reluctant but ruthless politician in hit political thriller Raajneeti earned him a lot of praise, but his Anjaana Anjaani failed to garner the same response.

Now the young actor is hoping to make a mark with Rockstar, releasing Friday, where his character goes through various shades.

For the film, he teamed up with young director Imtiaz Ali, known for making films like Jab We Met and Love Aaj Kal.

The musical drama with Delhi as its backdrop tells the story of Janardhan Jakhar (Ranbir), a Jat boy living in the middle-class locality of Pitampura who dreams of becoming a famous rockstar like Jim Morrison.

He tries hard to prove himself as a singer but instead of appreciating him, the audiences ridicule and humiliate him. While contemplating his failed attempts, it occurs to Janardhan that most of the famous musical stars have something in common–tragedy.

So, Janardhan, who is leading a happy life, decides to bear pain to become a well-known singer. He approaches Heer Kaul (Nargis Fakhri), who is rich, beautiful and arrogant. She has broken many hearts. Hoping she will break his heart too, Janardhan starts following her.

The story then moves forward as the happy-go-lucky boy leaves behind Janardhan and becomes Jordan after going through various ups and downs in life. His transformation from a simple naive individual to a tortured soul, from a college campus in Delhi to the international stage.

His fulfils his dream, but in his quest for fame he loses his heart forever.

Ranbir is said to have left no stone unturned to make his character believable on the screen. From learning to play the guitar to staying with a Jat family and from eating at local dhabas to milking cows – the 29-year-old did all to bring authenticity in his character.

Co-produced by Eros International and Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision, the film, made on a budget of more than Rs.60 crore, has been extensively shot in Delhi in locations like St. Stephen’s College, Connaught Place and Nizamuddin, among others.

One of the songs that mark the turning point in the film has been shot in the Nizamuddin dargah.

Some portions of the film have also been shot in Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Mumbai.

Imtiaz also shot the film offshore–in the Czech Republic and Italy.

The music, composed by Oscar winner A.R. Rahman, is already a rage and the promos of the film have received a positive response.

Ranbir and Imtiaz have been extensively promoting the film with city tours. The team was recently part of the concert where both Rahman and Ranbir performed live on stage for their fans. They are also planning a show in Kashmir and London.

Rockstar will introduce two new faces to the Indian film industry–Pakistani-American model Nargis will be seen for the first time as Ranbir’s love interest and it will also launch Brazil based Moufid Aziz, born to parents of Portuguese and Arabic origin.

After RA.One, movie buffs are eagerly looking forward to the release of this film, but whether it will be able to strike a chord is yet to be seen.

Read more at: NDTV

Media free to report on Ash’s baby: Big B
Monday, November 07, 2011 (New Delhi)

The latest on the Bachchan baby, possibly due any day after November 10, won’t bring cheer to fans.

Amitabh Bachchan, has just tweeted on some reports earlier which said the Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I&B) had banned TV channels from placing reporters and cameras outside hospitals.

Mr. Bachchan began his series of tweets refuting reports that he had asked the I&B Ministry to block news of Aishwarya’s delivery.

“Absolute rubbish. “Firstly I have no such intention ever, secondly do you really think I&B would listen to me !?? No way baby !” he tweeted.

He then goes on to say that someone from the media has sent him a message asking him ” .. to respect ur family’s privacy n women’s dignity all tv news networks decided not to follow aishwarya’s pregnancy or delivery. Not a single line news till official announcement. No camera’s and OBs will be stationed at your place or hospital. Regards ..” Mr Bachchan claims an order from the I&B to the media may have been attributed to the Bachchans attempting to block all news of Aishwarya’s delivery.

Mr Bachchan ended this round of his frequent jostling with the media by reaching out to his Twitter followers, who he refers to as his extended family.

“BUT ..!! No worries TwXmFt ! Every other day some ridiculous, malicious and completely false allegations are thrown at me ! Smiley ! ”

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I’m uncomfortable talking in English: Akshay Kumar

Indo-Asian News Service
Monday, November 07, 2011 (Mumbai)

Unlike other Bollywood celebrities, who prefer to converse in English, Bollywood’s desi boy Akshay Kumar says he is more comfortable talking in Hindi.

“After all, we’re Hindi film stars. We earn our bread and butter from Bollywood. I’m uncomfortable talking in English..I’ve always been,” Akshay said in a statement.

“I’ve realized my fans love the dialogues I say on screen. And those are in Hindi. Why speak in a language you are not comfortable with? After all success is about being comfortable in your own skin and I’m finally doing that,” he added.

The actor, who is now gearing up for the release of his new film Desi Boyz with John Abraham, calls himself desi and says he is proud of his roots.

“I’m proud to be desi. I’m a desi boy from Delhi and I’m very proud of who I am and I am proud of my roots. My fans love me for being being humble and hard working. They love me for speaking to them in their language; they connect with me because I remind them of their roots,” he said.

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Bachchans pick suburban hospital for delivery
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 (New Delhi)

The Bachchans have picked the Seven Hills Hospital at Marol in the Mumbai suburb of Andheri (E) for the birth of Baby B, India’s most awaited baby, soon to be born to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

While we haven’t seen too much of the gorgeous Aishwarya lately save at a few events over the festive season, the little we did see of her showed that Aishwarya was certainly in the festive spirit, even if she was rather protective of her baby bump!

She certainly has every reason to be, with rumours circulating that Baby B is expected on November 11.

Yesterday, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan celebrated her 38th birthday, with some unconfirmed reports suggesting that several gifts would be showered on her by the doting family, including expensive jewellery, a car and even a home!

Meanwhile both Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan responded to the Twitter wishes posted by fans for Aishwarya, promising to deliver them to her.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is not on Twitter, though she has used her husband’s Twitter handle in the past to reach out to fans.

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Stuntman killed on the sets of Expendables 2

Press Trust of India
Sunday, October 30, 2011 (Los Angeles)

The shooting of Sylvester Stallone-starrer Expendables 2 has come to an halt after a stuntman died in an explosion on the set.

Two more people were also injured when the film’s stunt team shot a scene for the sequel in a boat in Bulgaria, reported Deadline.

The film which also stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis along with Stallone were not present at the site of the incident.

“It is with great regret that we confirm this unfortunate accident. Our hearts go out to the families and those on the production affected by this tragedy. The filmmakers are working closely with the authorities in responding to and investigating this accident,” said the production company in a in a statement.

Local police have launched an investigation into the incident.

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