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Sanjay Dutt sends Manyata a rose from prison

Bollywood star - Sanjay DuttIncarceration can restrict freedom but not love. Sanjay Dutt sent roses to wife Manyata on her birthday on 22nd July from Yerawada prison in Pune. The actor found a rose blooming in the jail garden which he plucked and kept dry between the pages of a book for her. He had sent it along with a poem that he had written for her. The Dutt Wife was deeply moved by the gesture, reportedly shunning any kind of celebration while he was in jail and not in the best of health.

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Munna bhai and wife are said to be exchanging letters to each other everyday. While this sappiness may have some fans cooing, another piece of news could leave them just as disappointed. Sanjay’s curative petition to the Supreme Court has been rejected like his review petition had been. Which means high blood pressure or not, the actor has to cool his heels in prison.

Convicted under the Arms Act for illegal possession of arms in 1993, it could be a long wait for the actor if he has to serve the whole 42 months in jail.

 

Not Sallu’s finest hour yet

Bollywood celebrity Salman KhanBollywood‘s bad boy Salman Khan had taken the moniker too far when he drove his Toyota Land Cruiser over sleeping pavement dwellers on the night of September 28, 2002. The accident claimed one victim and four injured persons, though many would dispute the usage of the word ‘accident’. Especially since the actor knew he was a threat of life and limb if he drove in an inebriated state. 

Many of the 64 witnesses present that night have deposed i.e. given evidence against the actor. Little now is spoken about the late police constable Ravindra Patil, who was the actor’s bodyguard that night. He was the only witness who held the key to the complete details of the fateful night. He died unsung, of drug-resistant tuberculosis.

Latest bollywood updatesThe actor had his unperturbed public appearances, with good publicity coming his way thanks to Being Human and hosting TV shows. It was as if the case never existed. Salman was on a roll with box-office hits like Partner, Wanted and Veer. And then, there were the more recent blockbuster hits like Dabangg and Ek Tha Tiger.

But the bomb was dropped on the actor’s paradise with a ruling by Sessions Court Judge U B Hejib when he ruled that Salman would be tried, not under the original Section 304A of the Indian Penal Code which would get him a maximum sentencing of two years’ imprisonment, but under Section 304 (III) under which the punishment is a maximum of ten years. The actor was further in the firing line for putting up his website – salmankhanfiles.com – which was meant to update all concerned on the case proceedings. Ensuing controversy and a filed petition later, the site was pulled off.

The next trial date is due for 24th July. No doubt a long wait for the industry wallahs and fans alike. We wonder how badly an unfavourable verdict will affect the future of his upcoming films. His latest movies include ‘Mental/Jai Ho’, No Entry Mein Entry, Kick and another project with Sooraj Barjatya. His Saajan co-star Sanjay Dutt has suffered a setback where his career is concerned.

Sanjay‘s Ungli and P.K. were at the receiving end of the verdict. There is a lot more riding on Salman, who is the bigger star, drawing in a larger audience. 24th July is only a short while off, but all await the Court’s decision. The media and other interested parties must be tired of the ‘tareekh pe tareekh’ state of our judicial system.

Will Ankita Lokhande star with SRK in Happy New Year?

Will Ankita Lokhande star with SRK in Happy New Year?Ankita Lokhande endeared herself to the family audience with her character Archana in Zee TV’s Pavitra Rishta. But the lure of the big screen can uproot even the most loved bahu from her traditional surroundings. The temptation is impossible to resist when the debut is to be alongside Shah Rukh Khan and is directed by Farah Khan. There’s also her fiancé Sushant Singh Rajput, who’s making it big on celluloid.

If these factors won’t compel a young actress to make the leap, we don’t know what will. Ankita reportedly beat four other contenders for the lead role – a Maharashtrian bar dancer who teaches the leading men to dance for an upcoming contest.

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The multi-starrer features South actor Prithviraj (of Aiyyaa and Aurangzeb fame), Abhishek Bachchan and Boman Irani, who last worked with Farah in Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi.

Sounds like a break worth killing for, no? Ankita did just that, if sources are to be believed. Killed the productivity of the show that launched her, apparently.

There are whispers that Ankita, who had earlier left the serial, returned, after a previously unsuccessful stint in Bollywood, with some (unreasonable?) terms and conditions. She wanted a double role on the show after a time leap which wasn’t agreeable with the other actors. Most quit the show, with few reluctantly hanging on. And the actress’s list of do’s-don’ts as well as leaving the sets at 2 pm is making matters worse.

Pavitra Rishta writer Rajesh Joshi is certain she will not quit because she is contractually bound. If that is the case, there is much ado about nothing. We wonder what the final resolution will be. If her getting selected for the role is a rumour, it still does not explain her alleged high-handedness.

Film industry extends support to Uttarakhand flood survivors

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It is in times of disaster and sorrow that most of humanity bands together in the endeavour to reach out and do something worthwhile. The Hindi film industry is always ready to step-up with their solidarity. Hrithik Roshan and Aamir Khan are the latest Bollywood stars among many others to pitch in for the Uttarakhand flood relief. 

Both actors donated 25 lakhs each. Aamir, in fact, has gone a step further with a drive to collect funds for the flood-affected. The proceeds of the initiative will be presented to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund on behalf of the Film and Television Producers’ Guild.

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The Sinha clan (through their organisation ‘Prayas’), Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Anupam Kher are just a few of a long line of Bollywood celebs who are doing their bit for the flood survivors. FWICE i.e. the Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees is teaming up with Film and TV Producers’ Guild to adopt a village and ensure the rehabilitation of the evacuated Uttarakhand residents.

For all the latest Bollywood news and updates, keep watching this space.

AND THE IIFA AWARD WINNERS ARE…

 
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It was rocking time at the 14th International Indian Film Academy awards at Macau, where deserving new talent was awarded. Anurag Basu could hum ‘Winner Takes All’ since Barfi! swept 14 awards at the event, including best actor and best director. It was a star-studded event, hosted by Shah Rukh Khan and Shahid Kapoor, which kept all audiences engaged and the proceedings involving.

So readers! We present to you the winners of the 14th IIFA award! Have a look!

BEST FILM: ‘Barfi!

BEST ACTOR: Ranbir Kapoor for ‘Barfi!

BEST FEMALE ACTOR: Vidya Balan for ‘Kahaani

BEST DIRECTOR: Anurag Basu for ‘Barfi!

BEST STORY: Tani and Anurag Basu for ‘Barfi!

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (MALE): Annu Kapoor for ‘Vicky Donor

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (FEMALE): Anushka Sharma for ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan

BEST DEBUT (FEMALE): Yami Gautam for ‘Vicky Donor

BEST DEBUT (MALE): Ayushmaan Khurana for ‘Vicky Donor

BEST ACTOR IN A COMIC ROLE: Abhishek Bachchan for ‘Bol Bachchan

 

And the IIFA Award winners are...

 

BEST ACTOR IN A NEGATIVE ROLE: Rishi Kapoor from ‘Agneepath

BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR: Gauri Shinde for ‘English Vinglish

BEST MUSIC DIRECTOR: Pritam for ‘Barfi!

BEST LYRICS: Amitabh Bhattacharya for ‘Mujhme kahin’ from ‘Agneepath

BEST SINGER (MALE): Sonu Nigam for ‘Agneepath

BEST SINGER (FEMALE): Shreya Ghoshal for ‘Chikni chameli’ from ‘Agneepath

BEST SOUND DESIGN: Shajith Koyeri for ‘Barfi!

BEST BACKGROUND SCORE: Pritam for ‘Barfi!

AUDIENCE CHOICE BEST JODI OF THE YEAR: Deepika Padukone – Ranbir Kapoor

DIGITAL STAR OF THE YEAR: Shah Rukh Khan

Sanjay Dutt extends help to Uttarakhand survivors

You can confine a body, not an idea. Or in Sanjay Dutt’s case, an endeavour. A jail term is Yerewada Central Station, Pune did not prevent the actor from reaching out to those who need help in the Uttarakhand devastation. The ‘Munnabhai’ star is said to have written to his wife Maanyata to devote the expenditure of Policegiri’s promotion to organise a charity event to collect relief aid for the flood survivors.

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It is a lofty gesture, no doubt, and one that met with appreciation from not only Mrs. Sanjay Dutt but also his upcoming film Policegiri’s producer Rahul Aggarwal. According to a source, he is known to have said, “It’s very touching that Sanjay actually decided to collect funds for these victims rather than promoting the movie in Dubai.”

The gesture, no doubt, could be a promotional stunt but Sanjay’s altruistic streak was also evident during the 2004 tsunami catastrophe in India. Because the actor cannot attend the film’s preview, Policegiri makers have requested the DG of Yerewada prison to organise a special screening for all the inmates.

Policegiri is due for release on July 5, 2013. It is a cop drama featuring cand Prakash Raj as well.

Priyanka Chopra completes 10 years in Bollywood

Given that Miss India/World winners rarely go on to win plaudits for their acting abilities, it’s a long way that Priyanka Chopra has come since her Bollywood debut 10 years ago. If she was typecast as somewhat of a glamour queen early on in her career, she has worked hard and proven herself to be one of the most talented and versatile actresses around in Bollywood today.

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Though Priyanka’s actual debut was in the Tamil film, Thamizhan opposite Vijay in 2002, it was only in 2003 that she started her Bollywood innings with The Hero: Love Story of a Spy where she played the second lead to Preity Zinta opposite Sunny Deol. It would take her another film, Andaaz which saw her in a glam doll avatar, to come to the notice of the audiences. Priyanka won the Filmfare Best Debutante Award along with Lara Dutta for the film.

The year 2004 saw her appear in a string of flops until she was rescued by Salman KhanAkshay Kumar starrer, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, where she didn’t have anything much to do, except be wooed by the leading men. But she was not done yet, her bold and confident portrayal of a scheming seductress in Aitraaz confirmed that she was here to stay in Bollywood by winning her the Filmfare Best Villain Award.

2005 and early 2006 saw her career graph sliding down again but… Click HERE to read more!