Friday, December 19, 2008

Neha Dhupia : Bye-bye To Lead Roles

Neha Dhupia
is certainly on a reinvention spree. She had two successful films to her name early this year in the form of MITHYA and SINGH IS KINNG. Now soon after the release of DASVIDANIYA, where she had a relatively smaller role to play though, she recently appeared in MAHARATHI. With the kind of films she is currently associated with, the ones where there isn't a conventional hero–heroine pairing, does it indicate bye–bye to lead roles?

"Tell me if you see actresses anyways doing something special in commercial films", Neha questions back.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Kareena And Carmen To Shake A Leg Together

Bollywood hottie Kareena Kapoor and American icon Carmen Electra
are all set to shake a leg together for Sajid Nadiadwala's magnum opus KAMBAKTTH ISHQ.

The movie also boasts of other Hollywood stars like Sylvester Stallone, Denise Richards and Brandon Routh.

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Shahid Kapoor is VIP

Look who is being acknowledged as a VIP? It is none other than Shahid Kapoor. And no, it is not because his celebrity status is responsible for such special treatment. Neither is this because he is acting in a movie with VIP as its title. Instead, Shahid could well be conferred this title since he has been roped in as a brand ambassador of VIP luggage which is looking at reinventing itself in the face of competition from other new entrants in the market.

Confirms a source close to Shahid, "Yes, Shahid has indeed been signed as a brand ambassador for VIP and has even shot for a couple of commercials. He had stopped doing commercials for a few years but has been back with VIP since he liked the entire concept and their execution plan."

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Wish The Sexiest Male icon John On His B'day

The hottest hunk of B–town, the female charmer, the perfect epitome of a youth icon, John Abraham celebrates his 36th birthday on 17th December.

Model turned actor John forayed into Bollywood with the controversial film JISM which was well liked by the audience and he got widely noticed for his brilliant performance, drop dead looks & great body. His first blockbuster DHOOM, where he played a villain, made him an overnight star and since then there was no looking back for this hottie.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi : Movie Review

It is Shahrukh Khan who lights up your life with his superb performance even though Aditya Chopra makes a mess of the heart-winning love story with an overdose of weepy melodrama in the second half of Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi .

Friends! The director who made arguably the best Bollywood love story of the 90s ( Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge ) returns a slightly evolved filmmaker with realistic sensibilities that reek of Shimit Amin’s style in Chak De India , but not without the baggage of weepy sentimentality that has by now become synonymous with the Yashraj stamp. ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’ is a love story you almost want to believe in. And you do believe it until the film runs past the half-way mark, when the director tries to repeatedly unleash one tear-jerking moment after another on the popcorn munching audiences, thus robbing the story of its credulity.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ghajini : Movie Preview

How do you go about avenging someone you don’t remember? Ghajini is one such tale of love and vengeance of a man who suffers from memory loss.

The movie, starring Aamir Khan , Asin and Jiah Khan , is inspired from director Christopher Nolan’s film ‘Memento’. Director A.R. Murugadoss first made the Tamil adaptation of the film Ghajini (Tamil) in 2005. Interestingly, Murugadoss hadn’t seen ‘Memento’ but only heard its story when he made the Tamil flick.

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Oh My God : Movie Review

filmmakers seem hell-bent on bringing the almighty down to earth. In film after film we are made to believe that God – probably unemployed in the recession-hit heaven – has all the time in the world to mend the lives of mortal earthlings.

After Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic , the tortuous God Tussi Great Ho and the hellish Hello , Oh, My God!! is yet another tale of divine intervention in the life of a protagonist who prays to God but doesn’t want His help at the cost of his morals.

Vinay Pathak plays Rajendra Dubey, a salesman with big dreams of becoming another Ambani someday. He has many money-making schemes that no one seems interested in. His wife ( Divya Dutta ) prays to the almighty for help. And lo and behold, God ( Saurabh Shukla ), dressed in all white, comes down himself to hand over bags of money to Dubey and also munch on some fast food and confectionary during His earthly sojourn.

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Meerabai Not Out : Movie Review

Too many silly points mar this overblown tale of a woman who is crazy about cricket.

Meerabai Not Out is a film that causes embarrassment to the people watching it. More than that, it tests your patience with the slow pace of its utterly predictable plot. You know beforehand how the story’s going to wind up. Yet, you sit yawning and watching the proceeding on the screen with the same boredom as you see a five-day match drag to a lackluster draw.

The film’s central character Meerabai ( Mandira Bedi ) is a maths teacher whose life revolves around the game of cricket and its icon Anil Kumble. So much so that she prefers fantasies of Kumble to real men in flesh and blood. Obviously it’s a cause for concern for Meera’s close-knit family that has an elder brother ( Mahesh Manjrekar ), a disillusioned ex-cricketer who has come to hate the game.

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sorry Bhai : Movie Review

Making a movie on a subject with incestuous connotations, even though slight, is always a tricky job. One might end up putting the audiences off.

But, expectedly, Onir displays sensitivity in walking the thin line and telling his story as a tale of relationships between different characters rather than a plain tale of forbidden love.

That’s what makes Sorry Bhai worth a watch. It’s about the complexities of relationships. Not the kind of complexities one sees splashed out dramatically in usual Bollywood melodramas. But the kind that one normally sees in life. That subtle tug or snap in relationships when people are drawn towards or pulled away from each other. That gradual mushrooming of an emotion towards another person. These very moments captured with a telling effect provide the soul to ‘Sorry Bhai’ even though the film gets a little too tangled in the second half.

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Oye Lucky Lucky Oye : Movie Review

A thief was never so lovable before in Bollywood as it is in director Dibakar Banerjee’s immensely entertaining film about a kleptomaniac who steals not just for greed, but for fame as well.

Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! , the title itself gives us a peek into a lower middle-class Punjabi family in Delhi. Lucky, the second son of a foreign-returned authoritarian baap (Paresh Rawal), is a boy who looks longingly at the world of the rich. Without the slightest pang of conscience he begins to nick petty things and grows to be a cool-headed thief who steals everything from TVs, cars, jewellery to cutlery, clothes, furniture, and even dogs. Nothing escapes the dexterous hands of Lucky ( Abhay Deol ).

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Rang Rasiya : Movie Preview

More than a century ago, a painter dared to defy the convention and was condemned for doing so. Ketan Mehta’s film Rang Rasiya tells the story of Raja Ravi Verma and his muse Sugandha.

The movie stars Randeep Hooda and Nandana Sen in respective roles.

Born in an aristocratic family of Travancore, Ravi Varma was a child prodigy. Acknowledged as the father of Modern Indian Art, he evolved a unique painting style merging the traditional Indian style of painting with the European classic realism. He was the first to give a face to Hindu Gods and Goddesses by creating their realistic images.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Riya Sen - Kolkata Calling

Well, quite literally!! Riya and Riama Sen will be in their hometown for the shooting of Rituporno Ghosh's movie NAUKA DUBI where Riya will be seen sharing screen space with her sister for the first time!

The movie is an adaptation of a very famous Rabindranath Tagore novel of the same name. According to the original story in the novel, the characters played by the two sisters don't come together. But the director has redefined the novel for commercial reasons and hence they will be seen face to face in their first film together!

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Salman Finds Katrina's Look-alike: Fact Or Fiction!

Just a few days back media was abuzz with the news that Anil Sharma's costume action extravaganza, VEER, starring Salman Khan in the title role, was all set to feature a new leading lady. The USP of the leading lady was that she was supposed to be Salman Khan's good friend Katrina Kaif's look–alike. The media (read telly) even flashed pictures of a starlet, Amrit as the (supposed) look–alike leading lady.

However, this is far from the truth. Amrit is not the leading lady of VEER. The lucky lady is Zarine Khan, and as per Salman Khan himself, she does not resemble Katrina Kaif at all. Salman adds that Zarine is also not at all like Amrit, whose picture was flashed on television as his VEER co–star.

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NISHABD Girl Jiah Sings A New Tune!

If you thought that Jiah's talents were limited to acting and modeling then you need to think again! As the pretty actress is a brilliant singer and music director too.

Jiah has a passion for penning down songs too. "Jiah love composing tunes to the songs that she has written. She often ends up singing the songs too. Jiah likes to do that in whatever little time that she gets for herself," says a friend.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Kareena Kapoor To Sizzle in Bikini Again

She may no longer be size-zero, but Kareena Kapoor is ready to slip into a tiny bikini for an underwater scene in ‘Kambakkth Ishq’.

After flaunting her hot bod in a lemon yellow bikini in Tashan , Kareena is set to drop her clothes again. This time for producer Sajid Nadiadwala ’s most expensive project to date, Kambakkth Ishq , starring Akshay Kumar as a Hollywood stuntman.

For this particular underwater sequence a costly set has been erected in the suburbs of Mumbai, where a swimming pool was reportedly vacated. Noted Acropolis group of set designers were hired to create a natural set where acrylic mountains and pool-water were given the look of real mountains and blue waters of the sea.

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Ashutosh Kaushik Wins Bigg Boss 2

29 year old Ashutosh Kaushik has capped off his last three months in the Bigg Boss house with a payday of Rs 1 crore.

Akshay Kumar joined host Shilpa Shetty to announce that the dhaba owner from Saharanpur had won the reality show. “My victory should send a message to people in small towns, that we can make it big,” he said whilst adding that he hoped that “my victory changes my life.”

He went on to thank Rahul Mahajan for throwing his weight behind him once Mr. Mahajan had left the show. Mr Mahajan had predicted that Mr. Kaushik would go on to be crowned the winner.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sorry Bhai : Movie Preview

Sorry Bhai
is a complicated love story about a woman who falls in love with the younger brother of a man she is set to marry.

The movie, directed by Onir , stars Sanjay Suri, Sharman Joshi and Chitrangada Singh in main roles. In the supporting roles are Shabana Azmi and Boman Irani.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Dasvidaniya : Movie Review

Director Shashant Shah’s movie Dasvidaniya is a slow but heart-wrenching tale of a 37-year-old man who has few months left to live and sets out to live it to the fullest before he says his final goodbye.

The movie, though not based on a novel premise, works because of actor Vinay Pathak ’s emphatic performance as a dying man with an ironic name Amar, and because of the finely etched-out characters in the story. It also works because the protagonist Amar Kaul is a simple, submissive man who learns to live fully only when death stares at him in face. It’s a character that you empathize and sympathize with. It’s a character you laugh and weep with. That precisely is what keeps you hooked to the screen even when the movie hits a few bumps and begins to drag in the second half.

Amar (Vinay Pathak) is a meek and unambitious man working for a bullying boss ( Saurabh Shukla ) and living with a mother (Sarita Joshi) who’s hard of hearing. Amar lives a dull, mundane existence. His life changes after he finds out that he has only three months left to live. Thereafter, the simpleton draws a list of things to do before he dies.

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Dostana : Movie Review

rocks when it’s funny. But it shocks when you see a nicely developed plot lose its substance and become just a bland and emotionless tale of friendship and love in the second half.

You have to have a slightly cheeky sense of humour to like a film like Dostana , which is packed with over-the-top gay gags and ample gloss to glaze your eyes. There’s Shilpa Shetty in half-covered bikinis, Priyanka Chopra in beachwear and John Abraham in pulled-down (not all the way) underwear. If that doesn’t interest you (which I doubt), the humour in ‘Dostana’ would entertain you enough to sit through the length of the film without much bum adjustment.

The problem is that all the bonhomie and hilarity in ‘Dostana’ fail to culminate into a story that touches you.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

I Play A Gujarati Married Man In LIFE PARTNER - Tusshar Kapoor

From playing a mute guy to a married Gujarat man. Now that's quite some transition for Tusshar Kapoor whose next release would be LIFE PARTNER. Currently stationed at Cape Town, South Africa, where he is shooting for the film, Tusshar talks about what to expect from him in films to come.

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The Raj Kapoor Factor In RAB NE BANA DI JODI

If you are thinking that we are spinning a scoop around the fact that the younger and modern Shah Rukh Khan in RAB NE BANA DI JODI is playing a character which goes by the name of Raj Kapoor, then you are mistaken! Yes, SRK does go by the name Raj Kapoor in the film and is once again essaying the iconic Raj, which he made so endearing and famous after the trendsetting DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE. A role which many other actors tried to enact unsuccessfully. However, we are referring to the real Raj Kapoor, the original showman of Bollywood, whose presence can be felt many a times in the Aditya Chopra directed Shah Rukh Khan starrer.

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NISHABD Girl Jiah's UNICEF Connection

Few know that NISHABD fame Jiah Khan was an UNICEF ambassador. A close friend of the actress revealed, "Jiah first modeled for UNICEF when she was barely six. She became a UNICEF brand ambassador once again when she 12."

The friend said at the tender age of 6 Jiah had no idea what charity was all about. By the time she turned 12 she felt very strongly for charity work and thus chose to be UNICEF brand ambassador once again.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

'Gaddar' Boy Neil To Go Behind Bars!

The handsome 'Gaddar' of Bollywood Neil Nitin Mukesh will go behind the bars!

No not because for any crime (as you must have thought so) but for research purpose. Apparently Neil who is all set to star in realistic filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar's forthcoming venture JAIL is planning to do some rummage around on prisoner's life and how the life looks from behind the bars.

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Why Kareena Kapoor Amazes Vivek Oberoi!

Despite his MISSION ISTAANBUL falling like a pack of cards at the ticket window, Vivek Oberoi is not unduly worried and the reason behind his cool and calm composure are his upcoming projects with top directors and producers of the industry. One such venture that he is very confident about is Karan Johar's Rensil D'Silva directed untitled film opposite one of the most famous and talked about couple of Bollywood, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor.

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RANG RASIYA Screened At London Film Festival

Ketan Mehta�s
forthcoming bilingual film RANG RASIYA in Hindi and COLOURS OF PASSION in English, was screened at the 52nd London Film Festival, recently.

"The film was superbly received at the festival," says a cheerful Randeep (who plays Raja Ravi Varma). "The audience was enthralled by the colours and emotions of the theme. It was screened alongside Danny Boyle's SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. Both the films were much talked–about. It was interesting because RANG RASIYA was funded from India while SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE was funded from abroad."

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Kids Love Shahid Kapur!!

Come 14th November and it's time to celebrate Children's Day! It is actually Jawaharlal Nehru's birthday that is celebrated as Children's Day. And children all made to feel special on this day. So did Shahid!

Apparently the actor shot with a group of children for good friend Ahmed Khan's PAATHSHALA the film in which he has a special appearance. The children had a wonderful time interacting with him. Kid Ali Haji, who acted in FANNA and PARTNER, said, "Shahid was very sweet on the sets. He plays my music teacher in the film. The scene was that I play guitar and badly injure my thumb. Shahid rushes me to the medical room. I had a wonderful time shooting with him." Dwij Yadhav said, "Shahid is simply superb. Not once did he behave like a star on the sets." Dhwij is a favourite of director Samir Karnik. He has cast him in NANHE JAISALMER and HEROES.

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There Is Excellent Chemistry Between Abhishek & Me - John Abraham

"We enjoyed each and every minute on as well as off the sets while being together for the shoot of DOSTANA. Miami was an excellent place to be in and now it has indeed become my most favorite city", gushes John Abraham while remembering his stint in the beach capital of the world where most part of this Tarun Mansukhani directed film was shot.

"Seriously, when I retire, I am sure I would make Miami as my second home. It would be compulsory for me to spend 6 months out of a year in the city", smiles John who seems to have shared some rollicking time with his co–stars in the movie, especially Abhishek.

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I Worked Hard In DRONA & LS2050 Too - Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra
may have seen a HIT in FASHION and is staring at another potential winner in DOSTANA. Still, she is no mood to disown some of her recent box office failures, notably DRONA and LOVE STORY 2050. However, the fact that cannot be denied is that in DOSTANA and FASHION, she has indeed looked her best. Of course, there must have been some real hard work that would have gone into shaping her body for DOSTANA, isn't it?

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Shemaroo's BAL GANESH Bags Two AWARDS!

BAL GANESH bagged the 'Li'l STAR Awards 2008' in India presented by Red Chillies Entertainment for the 'Best Animated Film' & the 'Best Animated Character' on 31 October 2008 at a star studded award function at Yash Raj Studios. The other nominees in these two categories were GHATOTHKACH –MASTER OF MAGIC, RETURN OF HANUMAN and DASHAVATAR.

Red Chillies presented India's first ever Li'l STAR Awards with its unique format, which empowers the kids to judge and select their favourites.

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A Special Gift From Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif
is going to give a special gift to the cinematographer of her upcoming film Yuvvraaj .

When Katrina began shooting for the Subhash Ghai directed movie, she wasn’t happy about Ghai’s choice of cinematographer Kabir Lal. She had worked with Kabir in Apne and had not liked his work.

So, on the sets, while the film was being shot, Katrina would often head to see the monitor after every shot. She wanted to look her best in the film and was not confident of Kabir’s abilities in doing so.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Charismatic Parent Jodi In Onir's Sorry Bhai!!

Shabana Azmi and Boman Irani, two of Hindi Cinema's
most acclaimed talents come together once again in Onir's SORRY BHAI after starring in HONEYMOON TRAVELS PVT LTD. Slated to release on November 28th; Onir's SORRY BHAI is a fun, holiday – romance film. It tackles the concept of forbidden love in a progressive contemporary manner. This film depicts unique situations and emotions of a family in a light hearted way, which makes it a feel–good watch. It is the first Hindi film to be released by Mumbai Mantra, a Company sponsored Mahindra Group.

Having played the parents in HONEYMOON TRAVELS PVT. LTD they have gracefully justified their characters and are again set to attain praises for the second time as well. Shabana Azmi and Boman Irani are playing a fun loving couple yet again in this film.

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Maddy To Get Leaner For 3 IDIOTS

South Superstar Madhavan a.k.a Maddy of B–town is working real hard for one of his most prestigious project 3 IDIOTS staring Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Madhvan himself and Sharman Joshi. It is heard that Maddy is following a strict diet and work–out regime to shed those extra kilos for his role in the film.

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The Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Theatrical Promo!

Just last Saturday we had broken the news about the detailed theatrical promo of Shah Rukh Khan's Aditya Chopra directed RAB NE BANA DI JODI, being included in the reels of this Friday's Karan Johar project, the Abhishek, John and Priyanka starrer, DOSTANA. And here are the details about the teaser contents

The 2 minute promo commences with a glimpse of the Golden Temple at Amritsar, followed by Sikh religious chants, "Ek Onkaar, Satnam" and then we have the simpleton Shah Rukh Khan doing his daily chores and finally going to his office (Punjab State Electricity Board) and saying in his lovable style, "Punjab Power, lighting up your life, Surendra Sahni this side ji." The focus now shifts to Anushka as the infectious music of "Haule Haule" takes over and we see a nerdy SRK falling in love at first sight with the dialogue (in the background), "Kal maine usko pehli baar dekha, aur use dekhte hi love ho gaya!"

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MAHARATHI's Stellar Cast Cuts Fees For The Film

is truly a film filled with maharathi's like Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Paresh Rawal and Boman Iraani and giving them company in the fairer species is Neha Dhupia and Tara Sharma.

Produced by Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd. and Directed by Shivam Nair (Of Soha Ali Khan– Abhay Deol starrer AHISTA AHISTA fame), Paresh Rawal's famous Gujarati drama has been brought alive on celluloid in a Bollywood film of the same title 'Maharathi'.

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Abhi-Ash Enjoying Their Break At Athirappilly Waterfalls

Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
after completing their first production schedule for Mani Ratnam's RAVANA on location in the Malayatoor forest near Kochi, Kerala are currently enjoying their short break. And they will be back on the sets of RAVANA by 14th November.

The couple has been enjoying their well deserved break with a stay at a picturesque resort beside the famous Athirappilly waterfalls near Chalakudy town for the last two weeks. Last few weeks have been quiet hectic for the couple following Amitabh Bachchan's illness and subsequent hospitalization later followed by a long shoot in the grueling conditions in Kerala forests with no mobile connectivity & harsh climatic conditions. Finally, the couple managed to get some time off to relax and get back on the sets rejuvenated.

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Shilpa Shetty Injured

Shilpa Shetty injured her wrist and has been advised a three–month rest by her doctor. The actress has no clue as to what caused the injury. "Either it happened because I was practicing cartwheels for my new action film or it could be because of the wear and tear that happens in weight training," she says.

Shilpa has found ways to camouflage the injury on screen. "I'll wear a long sleeve top for Bigg Boss and I'll wear a fat kada for Sunny Deol's THE MAN."

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Ajay Devgan To Direct Kajol Again!

is Ajay Devgan's biggest grosser till date yet the calm, composed and cool super actor is his usual self. Though he is very happy with the overwhelming response to the film, he is very much focused on his next directorial venture after U ME AUR HUM.

Devgan clarifies that the film should have gone on the floors but it is taking longer than expected. Reason? Well, Ajay wants his film to be technically perfect and on par with international standards, and these things take time. Ajay confirms that his wife, Kajol will once again star in the film and that there wont be too many characters in the film (ala RNBDJ; SRK too says that there are not many characters in the film!).

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Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi : Movie Preview

There is an extraordinary love story in every ordinary jodi! And one such ordinary jodi is that of Surinder Sahni and Taani in ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’.

Don’t miss the film’s slideshow (story in pictures) at Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi .

The movie, a love story, is directed by Aditya Chopra who is returning to direction after eight years since Mohabbatein .