The Tribune - Spectrum

Sunday, July 23, 2000
Bollywood Bhelpuri

Akshay-Shilpa: Are they, aren’t they ?
By Madhur Mittal

WITH the monsoon making life rather dull and squelchy for the most part, it’s great to have (enterprising) guys around who know how to liven up an evening. Like, the fellas at Venus, for instance, who hosted a glitzy do at the Juhu Centaur to mark the music release of Dhadkan. Well done, folks!

Akshay and ShilpaWhat’s more, it was great to see the (captivating) cast come trooping in ... shaking stray raindrops out of their hair. Looking beautiful were Shilpa Shetty (in a shimmering evening gown), Mahima Chaudhary (in a short, black skirt) and Akshay Kumar (in a devastating dark, formal suit)! Sunil Shetty was not in town. But Aishwarya Rai looked absolutely washed out; maybe she’s working too hard, huh?

On the contrary, flashguns popped all around Shamita Shetty — younger sister of Shilpa — who is making her cine debut soon. What we scribes found surprising was the affection and togetherness that Shilpa and Akki still (so obviously) share — even after breaking off. I mean, these two seem to be made for each other in every which way ... literally! So is Twinkle Khanna just a passing fancy for Akshay? Or, is it ‘vice’ versa?

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A star from overseas
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There’s no ‘fixing’ Saif!
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‘Hit-man’ Salman
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A fine example, indeed
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Hrithik was ‘matchless’
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Shrewd Shah Rukh?
June 4, 2000
Urmila is queen of the Jungle
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Rani Vs Kareena

Filmmaker Milan Luthria is a cool chap who gets along famously with just about every star... as the unit of Kachche Dhaage will vouch for anytime. Then how come he’s having hassles making Chori Chori...?

The grapevine has it that it is heroine Kareena Kapoor who is acting pricey. Right from the day she was signed on, she reportedly started throwing starry tantrums — before actual shooting could ever begin. Diplomatically, Luthria isn’t opening his mouth for the Press right now, but soon enough, the snoops are bound to get to the real reason why Rani Mukherjee has replaced Bebo!

Ghazal sing(h)er

Jasvinder SinghWell, Jagjit Singh has been around a long, long time, regaling listeners with his dulcet soft voice and excellent singing. And now, Tips is introducing a young, new ghazal ‘Sing(h)er’. A young Sikh lad, his name is Jasvinder Singh and he has recently released his first, solo album — Yours Truly — all over the world!

His voice is arresting. His style is superb. And his ‘reach’ (in more ways than the obvious) is truly tremendous! Son of music magician Kuldip Singh (of Saath Saath and Ankush fame) and a disciple of Dr Sushila Pohankar, Jas has been singing for a number of popular teleserials and movies.

Bhatts: At loggerheads!

No, no, lest you misunderstand, the Bhatts aren’t engaged in a family feud. Yes, they’re angry alright, seething with (violent) passion and itching to punch a particular hero in his face — he happens to be non other than Anil Kapoor!

Making Tumko Meri Kasam on a lavish scale, presenter Mahesh Bhatt, producer Mukesh Bhatt and director Vikram Bhatt are sore with Anil for letting them down at the eleventh hour. It appears the Kapoor, who agreed to do this film (even accepted the signing amount) over an year ago, was busy holidaying in the USA while the Bhatts waited (in vain) with the cast and crew, for him to turn up in Switze-rland.

Mahesh and Mukesh are resorting to legal action. And, in the meantime, they’ve replaced Anil with Shivdasani (of Mast fame). I do hope it doesn’t amount to jumping from the frying pan into the filmi fire...!

Rumour has it ...

... that Refugee is likely to drag at the box office — thanks to bad music.

... that Sunil Shetty will soon be chucked out of the film industry!

... that Kareena Kapoor is too smart for her own good. So wish her loads of luck!