Pooja Bhatt Sanjay Bhansali dread Diwali for their pets
Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Pooja Bhatt are among the many members of the film fraternity who intend to flee Mumbai on Diwali night for the sake of their petrified pets.
SLB's pet canine Popo who is like a son to him, gets so traumatized by the burst of firecrackers every Diwali that he needs to be held down and comforted all through the night. This year Bhansali intends to take time off from his grueling shooting of Bajirao Mastani and head to Lonavla to his farm house with his pet.
Pooja Bhatt who has a wide array of pets at home isn't sure she can get away. Diwali, for her, is not an occasion of happiness on account of her pets.
Says Pooja, "I have four cats and two dogs at home who shiver and cower and hide under the bed as the firecrackers start during Diwali. It is heartbreaking to see them that way. I feel helpless. I can't do anything to ease their agony except wait for the noise to end."
I havent directed Zid - Vivek Agnihotri
The last few days, there was the typical 'yes-yes-no-no' game which was played between the makers of the film Zid. This happened as a certain section of the media reported that the film's director Vivek Agnihotri had walked out of the project, due to creative differences. However, the film's producer Anubhav Sinha at that point denied the fall-out stating that "Vivek Agnihotri is very much a part of the film." This was followed up with the release of the film's poster with Vivek Agnihotri being credited as the director.
Though when we spoke to Vivek Agnihotri after the poster launch, he said that he is not the director of the film and he had left the film months ago. Says Vivek, "Anubhav Sinha is also a good friend of mine and stays in the same building. He was stuck with the film (Zid) and had asked me to do it. The film which 'I was making' was a psychological thriller. After I did one schedule, Anubhav printed some posters of the film. Later, he asked me to convert the film into an erotic thriller, something which I totally disagreed to do. After that, I had a word with him and eventually walked out of the film. This incident is something which had happened almost seven months back. After that, I even told him to not put my name on the posters. But it was totally his choice to do so. But, as far as I am concerned, I am totally out of the film. I am even clueless about how the film has shaped up. You tell me, how I can own a film, which I haven't finished it completely."
When probed further, Vivek opened up a bit more saying, "The most crucial scenes of the film with one major song are being done by them. Even the star cast was brought in (signed up) to be a part of a psychological thriller and not an erotic thriller. Of the star cast, the film's heroine Barbie Handa is my discovery, who is a name to watch out for in the days to come. Whatever I have shot with her, she has done a fantastic job. Earlier, Anubhav had even sent me an email stating that I (Vivek) will be disassociating with the film. After that, he said that he will come and meet me, which never happened. All said and done, I have nothing against him (Anubhav) or the film. I just want people to know that I am out of the film. I wish Anubhav all the best and let him, in whatever way, promote it. All that I want to say is that I am out of the film on moral grounds."
Salman Khan makes an appearance on Satyamev Jayate
Few weeks before 'Satyamev Jayate' went on air, Aamir Khan had spoken about the change in the format of the show where he revealed that Bollywood celebrities will be making an appearance in each episode of the show. The actor had further mentioned that this will not be to add glamour value but their presence will be related to the issue that will be discussed in the episode. Now, the upcoming episode of the reality show will have Salman Khan coming as a guest.
Apparently, according to the latest promo of 'Satyamev Jayate', one of the fans of Salman Khan makes a request to meet Salman in order to express his gratitude over a help that was given by the actor years ago. Aamir Khan introduces the fan to Salman Khan and tells him to thank Salman Khan as much as he wants for the favour.
Salman Khan is known for the various charitable work that he does through his NGO Being Human. The actor also had started a new initiative on his Twitter handle where he was giving away employment to the educated but unemployed youth of India through his website. Moreover, with Narendra Modi challenging the actor to participate in the cleanliness drive, Salman Khan gladly obliged to it and uploaded the photos of the initiative on the social networking sites.
Ali Fazal in Vishwaas Pandyas Baa Baa Black Sheep
Exploring and experimenting in Bollywood, Ali Fazal was last seen in Sonali Cable which released last week. The actor, who has even done a cameo in Fast & Furious 7, is now getting prepared for a black comedy titled Baa Baa Black Sheep.
The script for the film is written and directed by Vishwaas Pandya, son of Jayendra Pandya who has produced popular films like Namak Haram starring Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan among others. Excited about working with Ali Fazal, Pandya mentioned that he required a very talented actor who can play the role of a guy who is innocent and has style at the same time. Ali Fazal's character name in the film will be Baba.
The other details including the leading lady are yet to be finalized. Baa Baa Black Sheep also stars Anupam Kher and Annu Kapoor in prominent roles and it is slated to go on floor in December. The film will be extensively shot abroad.
Subhash Ghai denies selling Khalnayak rights to Bhansali
A news report that Subhash Ghai's Khalnayak, the 1993 ominous thriller about a terrorist on the run which was released when the leading man Sanjay Dutt was imprisoned, will be remade by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, turns out to be completely false.
Sources say that Bhansali who has just started shooting his ambitious historical Bajirao Mastani has no time or attention for any other project.
Two of Ghai's blockbusters Hero and Ram Lakhan have been purchased to be remade by Salman Khan and Karan Johar, respectively.
While welcoming the move by eminent filmmakers to revamp his successful films, Ghai says, "I respect Sanjay Leela Bhansali as a unique filmmaker who has also proved himself as an independent producer with Rowdy Rathore and Mary Kom. But I have not made up my mind about selling the remake rights of Khalnayak. Let's wait and see. Having said that, I must admit I feel honoured when my past movies are being considered by my filmmaker-friends for remakes, as they are still seen to be contemporary in content and characterization."
Subhash Ghai says he is not opposed to the idea of remaking his films. "My door is open for all serious-minded filmmakers. And if destiny wills it, more of my films would be remade."