'Dhoom machale' is for Sachin: Aamir Khan

`Dhoom machale` is for Sachin: Aamir Khan
Monday, November 11, 2013 12:58 IST
By Santa Banta News Network
Cricketer Sachin Tendular's retirement from test cricket has left Aamir Khan wanting to "celebrate his spectacular innings". The superstar has decided to dedicate the title track of his forthcoming film `Dhoom 3` to the master blaster.

"Through his entire career he has created 'Dhoom' in every step, on every pitch, in every cricketing country, in every bowler's nightmare, in our hearts, in every cricket field across the world, and in the hearts of every cricket fan across the world. So, very appropriately, we humbly dedicate our song 'Dhoom machale' to the genius," Aamir said in a statement Saturday.

Tendulkar is scheduled to play his 200th Test match against the West Indies in his hometown Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium next week (Nov 14-18), drawing curtains on a spectacular cricket career spanning over two decades.

The song will be launched before he starts playing in Mumbai.

"Dhoom 3", produced by Aditya Chopra, will release Dec 20 and also stars Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra and Katrina Kaif.

Movie Review Mickey Virus is lovable but could have been better

Movie Review: `Mickey Virus` is lovable but could have been better
Saturday, October 26, 2013 14:47 IST
By Ankur Karan Singh , Santa Banta News Network
Star Cast: Manish Paul, Elli Avram, Manish Chaudhary, Varun Bandola, Puja Gupta, Vikesh Kumar, Nitesh Pandey

Director: Saurabh Varma

Rating: ***

Well finally it's once again proved that the thumb rule that, only big budget movies or the ones studded with glittering star-cast, own the potency to charm the masses, doesn't hold true any more. Featuring Manish Paul, Elle Avram, Manish Chaudhary, Varun Bandola, Nitesh Pandey et al cine saga with its roots embedded in virtual world made it's way to cineplexes. This comic techno-thriller received a bleak response at its opening and could only invite a foot-fall of approximately 4 percent due to some very obvious reasons.

Mickey Virus primarily narrates the story of a Delhi based sloppy "computer ka kidaa" Mickey (Manish Paul) who in the days hours sits in his Poppi's (mom's) grocery shop, selling those wafers and biscuits whereas at night his main job is to develop computer viruses and provide hacking solutions to those in need of them, and to perform these notorious yet non-hazardous activities he has his own band of hacker pals comprising Chutney (Puja Gupta), Pancho (Vikesh Kumar) and Floppy (Raghav Kakar). All was going fine for Mickey and his gang of pals till the time Mickey has a rendezvous ACP Siddanth (Manish Singh) and Inspector Bhalla (Vrun Badola) who in order to hunt down a gang of hackers which operates online decides to hire a street smart hacker.

Before going into the details of Mickey Virus' script it is pertinent to mention here that ever-since the release of "Vicky Donor" our Bollywooders seems to have become more courageous in trying their hands on off beat yet interesting story-lines and undoubtedly "Mickey Virus" is the one belonging to the ilk, where scriptwriter has quite praise-worthily tried to bank upon the novel story ideas pertaining to virtual world. Although Mickey Virus shares not even a single point of reference with the former but the novelty of premise, dialect and the milieu where story has its base certainly reminds you of Shoojit Sircar's masterpiece.

Anyhow getting back to the Mickey Virus, belonging to comic thriller genre primarily pertaining to the world of hackers "Mickey Virus" can safely be called an out-of-the box cine delight for the cine enthusiasts residing in this part of the world. With a sound dose of humor and thrill, "Micky Virus" is a fine blend of number of rib tickling and on-the-edge-of-the-seat moments. 

Despite being a first timer scribe Saurab Varma seemed to be well versed with the story-line and has quite confidently dealt with the entire plot of "Micky Virus". 

As we all know that till this age of Indian cinema despite many attempts seldom a full fledged cine chronicle has been developed on theme of "hacking." Although we got many opportunities to see their titbit appearances in many sci-fi sagas. But "Micky Virus" does a thorough justice to its theme and never makes you feel psychologically tired while watching it and for this all credit goes to movie's director and script writer Saurab Varma, who quite conveniently assorted mild humor along with thrill and that too without leaving much scope for practicability. As stated that first half of the movie is solely dedicated to some light moments, but on the other side of the loo-break lies a thrilling and gripping story line which keeps your attention glued to the celluloid. 

With a nicely tailored script screenplay of "Micky Virus" acts like a cherry on the cake, where first half of Micky Virus showcases Micky and his don't give it damn attitude, the second half altogether leaps into different shade i.e of thrill. Glued together both these halves make "Mickey Virus" at-least a sensible and watchable tale. 

Lingo used in the movie typically signify the Delhite dialect, which up-till an extent magnifies the appeal of the dialogues, but counting them as something thoroughly captivating will be wrong. 

In performance arena, Manish has thoroughly embraced his character and has performed his part with quite an ease. In a short yet sassy role even Elle has looked effortless and lovable, but the men who deserves the major part of "accolade cookie" are Manish Chaudhary and Varun Badola who not only perform there respective roles with thorough confidence but also keep you enthralled with their expressiveness. Nitesh Pandey along with Puja Gupta is just fine.

Music of Mickey Virus with songs like Pyaar China Ka Maal has already occupied some space in the iPad and lappi's of Youngistan. 

As far as BO potential of "Mickey Virus" is concerned then certainly it is not going to earn much at the ticket window and may end up being an average grosser. To sum up, if you can feel satiated with a mild dose of humor and thrill with its roots embedded in a novel story-line then you should get infected with Mickey Virus.

Movie Review Krrish 3 soars like a 'Diwali Rocket'

Movie Review: `Krrish 3` soars like a `Diwali Rocket`
Friday, November 01, 2013 18:05 IST
By Ankur Karan Singh, Santa Banta News Network
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Vivek Oberoi, Kangana Ranaut

Director: Rakesh Roshan

Run Time : 2 Hrs 32 Mins

Rating: ***1/2

Well if we go back to identify the onset era of Sci-fi or Superhero movies in Bollywood, then fascination of B-town biggies for superhero movies dates back to sixth decade of last century, but the genre actually marked its onset in mid of 80s, when Anil Kapoor and Sridevi starrer Mr India came in to cine arena to charm the masses, post that a few more noteworthy flicks made to cine arena. And in the last almost 26 years despite a very lean number of flicks belonging to the genre of Sci-Fi or Superhero movie, the genre has taken a quantum leap.

Even if look at the "Krrish franchise" or "Brand Krrish" then probably ten years back even conceptualiser of "Brand Krrish" Rakesh Roshan wouldn't have foreseen that some day his flagship initiative "Krrish" will turn into one of the most sought after cine brands of Bollywood, but it did.

So with "Krrish 3" making its way to cineplexes all we Indian have got ample reasons to be boastful about having our most sought super hero "Krrish" in the league of Batman and Superman.

Anyhow, this larger than life dream project of Roshans, which kept masses await from almost last one and a half year finally made it to cine arena and recorded a decent foot-fall of approximately 60% at its opening. 

By now it's a known fact that Rakesh Roshan is one of the most exceptional story teller and even with "Krrish 3" he didn't forget to adhere to this trait of his. Right at the onset the premise of "Krrish 3" takes-off with a voice over where Big B narrates the past sequences and instances which subsequently lead to the emergence of current stage. And from there takes-off the premise of "Krrish 3", where Krrish aka Krishna ( Hrithik) after rescuing his father Rohit Mehra ( again played by Hrithik) returns to India. 

But now the circumstances have changed where Rohit has started working with Indian Research Institute as scientist, Krrish who is now married to Priya (Priyanka Chopra) is living a happy married life in Mumbai. 

Beyond the remotest ideas of this happily living family, is the existence of Kaal (Vivek Oberoi) the beast in the robe of human who is misusing his psychic brilliance to create a chaotic milieu in the world. And to meet his objective, Kaal, develops baneful viruses and besides that also owns a brigade of beasts which he calls "Maanvar" ( Manushya +Jaanwar) a deadly combo of human and animal traits which he creates by the DNA fusion of human and animals. 

In an effort of creating a devastation, Kaal tries to induce an epidemic in Mumbai through his virus, but his this plan gets ruined by Rohit and Krrish. And what follows next is a thrilling action packed journey in the world of Krrish. So do Krrish succeeds in demolishing Kaal and his brigade of beasts or not? to know watch Krrish. 

As stated, that Rakesh is an exceptional story teller who is not only well versed with the art of picking up the most entertaining tales, but at the same time also masters the art of narrating them in the most captivating manner and with "Krrish 3" the ace cinematographer has once again exhibited his deftness in the skill. 

Undoubtedly "Krrish 3" belong to the "Sci-fi" and "Superhero" genre of movie making, but Rakesh along with his team of writers comprising Robin Bhatt, Honey Irani, Irrfan Kamal , Akarsh Kurana and Sanjay Masoom has very well assorted the human factor in the script of the Krrish 3. 

Despite being perceived as a core Sci Fi saga story-line of "Krrish 3" exceptionally integrates the emotions, bonding, barbarity in quite a proportionate manner. And all this doesn't ends here what more embedded in the script of "Krrish 3 is a super-powerful antagonist heading a brigade of beasts and on top of it, "Krrish 3's script deserves kudos for never showcasing protagonists as something immortal or out of this world and antagonists as meager punching bag for our super hero. 

But yeah at same time keeping in view the notions of rationalists, who may discard the transformation of human into "Maanwar" or "Human Beasts" all we can say that if even cinema will start following the rational rubrics, then probably it will fail in delivering entertaining content. So kudos to entire team of writers for adroitly tailoring an entertaining script. 

As far as screenplay of Krrish is concerned then, probably nothing much needs to be said because by now Rakesh Roshan has turned into a virtuoso of Sci-fi genre. Despite Krrish 3's being a sequel of "Koi Mil Gaya", and "Krrish" it gets very clear right at the onset that Rakesh Roshan along with his screenplay-writer companion, Robin Bhatt want to establish "Krrish 3" as a standalone cine cantata. 

With first few minutes solely dedicated to the background which has its roots entrenched in the plot of "Koi Mil Gaya" and "Krrish" Rakesh tries to make audience well-aware of the the situation which has lead to current state of affair (so for all those who have not seen "Koi Mil Gaya" and "Krrish" nothing to worry about). Subsequently what follows is a smooth first half which without any hurry introduces the masses to the characters performing on the silver screen, whereas, it's the second half that holds your attention till the culmination. 

If we go by the technical aspect then with major chunk of "Krrish 3" made in VFX first half may disappoint you momentarily, where graphics appear a bit hazy and imprecise, but as soon as the second half arrives this specially induced feature along with believable action sequences strikes back with a bang. 

Coming to the music department of the movie then frankly speaking having those aural delights was no where required in "Krrish 3" but as it is a customary rule for our Bollywood Superheros to be adroit in dancing too, hence in order to meet that objective obviously we need some musical tadka also. Anyhow, with "Dil Tu Hi Bata" being the topper of the track list music of "Krrish 3" is strictly OK. 

Coming to the performances of our antagonists and protagonists, then in a dual role of Rohit and Krishna aka Krrish, Hrithik conveniently slips under the skin of his character. And in fact keeping in view those Greek god like looks and appropriate emotional expressiveness of Hrithik, it won't be wrong to say that , neither there could have been any other better choice than him nor anybody else could have succeeded in doing the justice to the the character of Krrish. 

With quite confined scope of performance Priyanka has looked lovable. After seeing him flunking in some of his recent cine stints Vivek has finally regained the momentum and up-till great extent has succeeded in doing a thorough justice to his character of, Kaal the attrocious antagonist. 

But the performer who in-spite of not being on the center stage surprises everyone by her performance is Kangana. Although in "Krrish 3" Kangs plays the character with grey shades, but even while doing that she has not only charmed the masses like anything, but at the same time has proved her acting potential too. Be it about exhibiting wickedness or showing that emotional side, Kangna has thoroughly improved herself on every front, so special bunch accolades for her. 

Well with so many brownie points in its favor, "Krrish 3" has got all the components to make it a decent BO grosser. And probably besides a good amount of entertaining quotient, it's the prevailing legacy of our Indian Superhero which may make "Krrish 3" one of the biggest BO grosser of the year. 

To sum up, with a grand entertainment quotient garnished with condiments like action, emotion romance and a unique technological perspective this Rakesh Roshan cine delight is truly a larger than life cine-experience which should not be missed. And hence keeping in view the stupendous efforts of Rakesh Roshan, Hrithik, Priyanka and Kangana, a half star extra for this somewhat first of its kind cine experience in India. Go watch it.

SRK, Salman can never be friends: Salim Khan on SRK-Salman

SRK, Salman can never be friends: Salim Khan on SRK-Salman
Friday, November 08, 2013 10:44 IST
By Santa Banta News Network
Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan are seen as rivals in Bollywood and Salman's father Salim Khan Thursday said that it's not possible for two competitors to appreciate each other's work.

Salim Khan just patched up with his writing partner Javed Akhtar to unveil the trailer of the 3D version of their 1975 cult film "Sholay". They parted ways about 32 years ago after writing together hit scripts like "Zanjeer", "Sholay", "Deewaar" and "Mr. India".

When asked would the hit pair of "Karan Arjun" (Shah Rukh and Salman) ever appear as Jai and Veeru in future, Salim Khan said: "They are individuals and grown up people, and such things happen, but there cannot be love between rivals. It's not possible. Only saints can do that."

"If Shah Rukh's film does well, Salman will not throw a party and vise versa. Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand had maintained, but now these kids are impatient. They feel bad for small things, but there should be courtesy amongst rivals," he added.

Caught Again! Ranbir, Kat's hide and seek continues

Caught Again! Ranbir, Kat`s hide and seek continues
Monday, November 11, 2013 13:57 IST
One of Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif's midnight rendezvous hit a roadblock on Saturday.

The star apparently took the driver's seat to pick up his ladylove from a preview theatre in Santa.Cruz.

Kat, along with several other Bollywood folk, was watching a private screening of the recent Hollywood film, Captain Phillips. After the movie was over, RK reached the spot along with friend Ayan Mukerji, but when the duo noticed that there are some photographers present at the venue, they took a hurried U turn and made a quick exit from the theatre. Minutes later Katrina left the place in her own car.

Says a source, "It was well past midnight when Ranbir arrived at the preview theatre. He did not step in. He had apparently arrived to pick up Katrina. Probably RK, Kat and Ayan had some late night dinner plans. But when they realised they might get caught on camera, Ranbir decided to drive away."

Adds the source, "He was spotted when the screening was almost complete and when people were stepping out. It was obvious that he had not come to watch the film, but only to pick up Katrina."

Director Kabir Khan and his wife Mini Mathur, Arjun Kapoor, Vidyut Jamwal and choreographer Bosco Martis were also present at the screening. The special viewing of the action thriller starring Tom Hanks was organised for these select few. The buzz is that Kabir Khan is planning a project on its lines.

Of late, Ranbir has been driving around Kat late at night quite often. Looks like he loves being Kat's chauffeur with her car tailing RK's vehicle. 

People orchestrate mood changes in 'Bigg Boss' house: Candy Brar

People orchestrate mood changes in `Bigg Boss` house: Candy Brar

Former model Candy Brar, latest to be evicted from "Bigg Boss - Saath 7", says she was a "nervous wreck" inside the house because of the atmosphere. She feels most of the contestants are actors and they manipulate their moods to be in the limelight.

"It was the atmosphere in there. Everybody was eager to make his or her presence felt. Most of them are actors, so they can orchestrate mood changes to suit their needs," said Candy, who was evicted Saturday.

"Someone like Aijaz Khan knows exactly how to manipulate his moods to provoke others. I couldn't do that. I am not someone from the limelight. I didn't know how to attract attention to myself. I didn't want to," she added.

This was not her first reality show -- she was the runner up of MTV's adventure reality show "Roadies 2".

But she feels that she is not cut out for something like "Bigg Boss".

"That place was not for me. I was there for barely two weeks, and it was suffocating. I just couldn't take it," said Brar, who currently looks after the business and marketing of Showman Entertainment.

"Not that anyone had a fight with me or was rude to me, or anything. Nothing like that. But there was so much negativity in there. If I had stayed one more week, I'd have fallen ill," she added.

Candy has no complaints against the contestants.

"They were all very nice to me. And I've come away with at least four very good friends - Armaan Kohli, Tanisha Mukherjee, Eli Avram and VJ Andy. And yes, from among the new entrants Sofia Hayat. Even the others were okay with me. Nobody raised his or her voice at me."

In fact, Armaan and Tanisha were heard imploring viewers to not eliminate Candy.

"Usually contestants go behind each other's backs and vote against the very people they swear are their friends. But here some of them were actually asking that I not be eliminated. It was heart-warming... but I had to get out."

Candy confesses that on many occasions she found herself on the verge of breaking down. 

"I am the kind of person who gets nervous at the slightest of negativity. Very frequently in there (inside Bigg Boss) when tempers flew high, my heart started palpitating. I'd try to find a corner away from the camera to cry. Maybe I shouldn't have gone in there." 

Candy says the reason she went in there was not money. 

"Nowadays Rs.50 lakh can't even even buy you a home. So money was not the criteria. I went in there because someone I didn't know at all (Vivek Mishra) took my name in the context of (her ex-boyfriend) Kushal Tandon. I suddenly began getting calls from all and sundry asking what was that all about. I am not used to being questioned by relative strangers. 

"I've a very small circle of close friends whom I'm comfortable with. Here I was suddenly getting calls and messages from strangers. I just wanted to go in there and confront this guy. And look at my luck. The guy, who had put me in a compromising position, left. So I was basically left to wonder what I was doing in there."

Candy comes away from "Bigg Boss" swearing never to be part of any reality show. 

"I was on 'Roadies', but it was nothing like 'Bigg Boss'. Here everyone was constantly playing mind games trying to provoke one another for no rhyme or reason. 

"This was no place for me... But it was a learning experience. I've come out maybe a little stronger. I value my loved ones even more now. I can't wait to meet my family again," she said. 

Right now Gauhar Khan, Kamya Punjabi, Pratyusha Banerjee, Aijaz, Tanisha, Andy, Armaan, Elli, Sofia and Sangram Singh are battling it out inside the house.

'Bang Bang Bangkok isn't an adult film'

`Bang Bang Bangkok isn`t an adult film`

Music maestro OP Nayyar's granddaughter Niharica Raizada to make her acting debut soon

After her grandfather, the music composer OP Nayyar regaled cinegoers with his soulful music, it's now granddaughter's turn to take baby steps into the industry.

Niharica Raizada is all set to make a Bollywood debut in Vikram Pradhan's upcoming film Bang Bang Bangkok, where she will star along with Student of The Year actor Sahil Anand.

According to Niharica, she was busy with an ad film when she received the director's e-mail, followed by a phone call from the team asking me to meet up.

The aspiring actress says, `The moment I went over, they offered me the film. I was a bit apprehensive about the title but I realised there was not much adult content in the film.`

Despite having a formal training in music, Niharica says she had always wanted to become an actress.

`I never had a studio to go to and record music. If success comes my way, I will get myself a studio and do some music as well, ` she adds.

2002 hit-and-run case: Plea dismissed, now Salman Khan faces upto 10 year in Jail

2002 hit-and-run case: Plea dismissed, now Salman Khan faces upto 10 year in Jail

In a major setback to Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, a Mumbai court Monday rejected his review plea challenging a magistrate's order for a re-trial in the 2002 hit-and-run case on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

Salman has been given one month's time to appear before the sessions court and face trial in the case, Sessions Judge U.B. Hejib said in his ruling delivered in an open court Monday afternoon.

The date for starting the re-trial has been fixed for July 19.

If convicted, the 47-year-old actor could face a 10-year jail sentence as stipulated under Section 304 (II) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The case relates to the time the actor's SUV ran over pavement dwellers in suburban Bandra in the early hours of Sep 28, 2002, killing one and injuring four others.

In his verdict, Judge Hejib said that the offence of "culpable homicide not amounting to murder" had been made out against the actor in the accident case.

Earlier, Salman Khan had been tried by a Bandra metropolitan magistrate under the less serious charge under Section 304 (A) (causing death by negligence) of IPC, which carries a two-year jail sentence.

The magistrate later invoked Section 304 (II) of IPC after examining 17 witnesses and transferred the case for re-trial by the session court.

Strongly opposing it, Salman Khan's lawyer Ashok Mundargi had argued that the magistrate's order was "erroneous, bad in law and contrary to evidence on record".

He contended that the magistrate had failed to appreciate that the actor had neither the intention to kill people, nor knowledge that his rash and negligent driving could kill one person and injure four more.

Countering the arguments, public prosecutor S. Erande pointed out that a prosecution witness, the late Ravindra Patil, who was a police personal bodyguard for Salman, had repeatedly warned the actor not to drive rashly as it could lead to an accident.

But Salman did not heed and drove at high speed, leading to accident, said Erande, while opposing the actor's appeal.

The magistrate had rightly invoked the charge of culpable homicide as the actor had committed a serious offence, he added.

Erande further stated that Salman's blood samples revealed that he was inebriated, with 60 mg alcohol, which is beyond permissible limits for driving.

Movie Review: Sonam and Dhanush shine in Raanjhanaa

Movie Review: Sonam and Dhanush shine in `Raanjhanaa`

Starring Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol, Swara Bhaskara, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub

Directed by Aanand L. Rai

Rating: * * * *

This enormously-enriching film about the pain of love has four heroes: Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor, A R Rahman's music and the city of Varanasi. Not necessarily in that order. But then 'orderly conduct' is hardly a given in a film about raging unrequited love.

He loves her to death. Cross his heart and hope to die. And it's their wedding day. But they're not getting married to one another. As he returns exhausted from messing up her marriage to another man, the slumbering band-baaja wallahs at his own wedding hasten awake and begin playing a wedding song wearily.

It's a brilliant defiant moment defining the contradictions and savage ironies of romantic associations.

Raanjhanaa tells us, it is not so cool to fall in love. Unless you're ready to slither on the ground for love, if the need arises.

Ever wondered why we FALL and not rise in love? Just looking at Aanand Rai's unforgettable dazzling and non-derivative take on unrequited love set amidst the bustling river-bank politics of Varanasi, we know all over again that love can kill your spirit, soul, selfesteem and finally your physical presence as well.

Towards the end when the film's obsessive Majnu has lost everything, there is one of the many powerfully-written scenes where the very-talented Swara Bhaskara playing a loud aggressively besotted suitor-in-waiting tells her on-screen Soutan, `That isn't my man dying inside. My man would never be spitting blood. `

Angry, aggressive, passionate, temperamental, moody and quite simply majestic Raanjhanaa is an opulent epic seductive raging and rippling ode to love. The script (written by Himanshu Sharma) journeys from the lover-boy Kundan's childhood when he first sees his object of adoration doing her namaaz, and follows him to adulthood, much in the same way as he follows Zoya around with.

In seductive spirals of song-filled rhapsody we see Kundan pursuing his lady-love through the robust gallis and mohallahs of Varanasi.

It's a beautifully charted journey, much less foul-mouthed and belligerent than Habib Faisal's Ishaqzaade and far more mature and relevant than Ayan Mukerjee's Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, and made vastly enjoyable by the director's confident and unhurried control over his lover's uncontrollable passion. It's as though Rai knows that the heart is more prone to betrayal than redemption.

The film celebrates the pain of heartbrokenness. She slaps him? That's fine. He loves her all the more for it. She turns his proposal down? That's okay. He'll do it again. . . and. . . again. It's the protagonist's single-mindedness that navigates this enchanting love story through a series of circumstances that make Kundan look as brazen as they make destiny look cruel.

Throughout Kundan's self-destructive odyssey into the heart's darkest regions we are made privy into his agony and ecstacy. We know exactly how his heart beats. Maybe partly because it beats to the sound of A R Rahman's evocative songs.

We see Zoya just the way Kundan does: tall, creamy-complexioned, warm, seductive and unattainable. Dhanush as the worshipping lover-boy lets his face become the map of his heart.

So transparent are his feelings for the girl that every kind word or gesture from her brings a response of teary gratitude in his eyes.

This is not love as we see it in today's day and age. It is the kind of adoration that Radha had for Krishna. In many ways Raanjhanaa is a gender-reversed take on the Radha-Krishna myth that takes the adoring heroine-worshipping Varanasi boy through some exceptional unacceptable circumstances.

Towards the second movement of his extraordinarily well-crafted screenplay Aanand Rai takes Kundan's destiny to the Delhi University campus.

Bringing campus politics into a film about compulsive love may not seem like the easiest of marriages to implement. It is to Rai's credit that he doesn't lose hold of his characters' collective and individual destiny even while moving out of their home turf.

The characters dither, stray, falter and lose focus. The narrative never does. Rai's storytelling remains remarkable steady and pure. His affection for his characters doesn't colour his view of a rapidly-changing world where love and politics make bizarre but compatible bed-fellows.

To read the film's political overtures as an intrusion into the central romance is to interpret the life of love as being mono-chromatic. Aanand Rai's film embraces all the experiences, pain, anguish, sacrifice and selfishness of love. There is scarcely a single false note in this love liaison.

Hats off to Rai's actors for getting it right. Every performer including a bit-player like Rahul Shankliya whom the forlorn hero encounters at the river ghat, seems to have come into the picture knowing not only his or her own lines but everyone else's as well.

There is an air of unrehearsed preparedness in the way the actors pitch their characters. Dhanush's performance would go down in cinematic history as one of the most consistent and compelling portrayals of single-minded ardour.

As for Sonam Kapoor, she is a complete revelation! In a born-again performance she sparkles and shines creating a kind of sunshine-girl who is so taken up with herself that she doesn't get the chance to see what affect she has on the other until it's too late.

Specially in the last half-hour when she must play out the murky game of politics Sonam comes to grips with the very complex emotions of her character and carries the role to a very dignified and fulfilling closure.

Swara Bhaskara as Dhanush's devoted ill-treated girl-pal and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as his loyal friend, once again prove themselves natural-born scenestealers.

Raanjhanaa is a very simply-told story of a love so intense durable and destructive that it hurts. The inner turbulence, tumult and tensions of the central alliance evolves from the vibrancy of Varanasi, from each fluent note of Rahman's music, and from every pore of director Aanand Rai's transparent honest passionate treatment of that much-misunderstood emotion called love.

As I look back on this deeply-satisfying film I search for flaws. And I come up with one. Would anyone every want to fall in love with a girl so selfish she allows the man who worships her to be destroyed right in front of her eyes? Is love, then, only about giving and not expecting anything in return?

If Rai's remarkable love tale seems so richly sublime and vibrant it's partly because Sonam and Dhanush have submerged themselves into their characters until we see only their love. . . rather, his love.

At Rs 20 crores, Salman Khan is too pricey

At Rs 20 crores, Salman Khan is too pricey

After the star apparently demanded Rs 20 crore for an ad, a cement brand had no option but bow out of the deal

For his last cola endorsement, Salman Khan apparently received a whopping amount of Rs 20 crore as his remuneration.

However, sources from the industry say that the same amount was simply unaffordable for a Rajasthan-based cement company who allegedly wanted to sign the star as the face of their product.

Salman currently has seven brands in his kitty, which includes being the face of an entertainment channel. Buzz is that the cement company in question apparently offered him Rs 10 crore but Salman refused to budge from what he had initially quoted.

An insider says, `The brand is relatively new and the amount offered was to include the commercial as well as promotional events.`

The representatives of the company met his managers and they had apparently green signalled the deal. But it later fell through, after Salman expressed his dissatisfaction about the money.

But the company couldn't afford to pay Rs 20 crore.`

A friend of the star says, `Salman feels that since the brand is not very well-known, he should at least get a big amount. The brand had no option but to drop their plan.` Salman's manager did not revert to our text messages.

Super rich Aamir is not going posh

Super rich Aamir is not going posh

Contrary to rumours that he has moved to south Mumbai, Aamir Khan stays put in his favourite suburb

Ever since his childhood, Aamir Khan has been a true-blue Bandra guy. Not only is his residence in the Pali Hill area of Bandra, his office too is in the same suburb.

After his home recently went under renovation, the star and his family were rumoured to be shifting to South Mumbai. However, our sources say that Aamir will remain in Bandra and has rented two floors of an apartment complex on Carter Road.

A source states, `His home in Pali Hill needs a lot of repairs, as the building is very old. Aamir has moved to a sea-facing building called Fareeda on Carter Road and has taken two floors on rent.`

Those close to the actor say that Aamir has converted one of the floors into his office space and sitting area, while the other is where the star will reside.

`It's a spacious flat. Since his apartment is on the higher floors, it gives a panoramic view of the sea, ` adds the source.

Welcome to our home

On Sunday night, Aamir and Kiran hosted their first guests at their new home. Apparently Aditya Chopra and Rani Mukerji had dropped in to exchange pleasantries with the actor and his director wife. Onlookers say both Rani and Aditya, dressed in black, looked happy together.

Sooraj Pancholi's ex-girlfriend gives him clean chit: He can never hit a girl

Sooraj Pancholi`s ex-girlfriend gives him clean chit: He can never hit a girl

Janvi Taurakhia, Sooraj Pancholi's former girlfriend, says she never encountered the violent abusive man who stands accused of abetting actress Jiah Khan's suicide. She has said Sooraj is the most gentle and soft-hearted person she has known.

Sooraj, son of Bollywood actor-couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, is in judicial custody till June 27 and lodged at the Arthur Road Central Jail.

Jiah committed suicide June 3. After a five-page letter by Jiah was recovered and handed over to the police, Sooraj was arrested June 10 on grounds that it was "incriminating" evidence against him as she had blamed him for various problems she faced during her lifetime. Bail was denied to the 22-year-old on June 21.

For Janvi, who dated him for five years, "it's like reading and hearing about another person altogether".

"Of course, my heart goes out to Jiah's family. But I couldn't believe they were talking about Sooraj! This Sooraj who is supposed to have done these awful things to that poor girl is not the Sooraj I know, " said Janvi.

"My Sooraj is incapable of violence against anyone. He hates any kind of confrontation. Whenever we fought, I was the one who was more aggressive. He would quietly leave the room. If he's angry or upset, he likes to be on his own to work his way out of the problem, " she added.

Although they broke up, Janvi says she is still best of friends with Suraj even today.

"And not just Sooraj. I am very fond of Aditya uncle and Zarina aunty. They are like family to me and my mother, " she said.

Asked if Sooraj ever ill-treated her, Janvi said: "No! Never! Do you think I'd have been with him for nearly six years if he ever did anything like that? When I read the news accusing him of physical abuse and what not, I was too shocked for words. Sooraj can never behave like this."

Defending her former boyfriend, she went on to say: "Suraj's biggest weakness is his over-emotional nature. He gets upset by any hint of unpleasantness. To inflict pain or violence is unthinkable for him. He is one of the most soft-hearted souls I know."

Janvi is appalled at the thought of Sooraj spending time in jail. "I can't even begin to imagine how he is coping with all this. He may look very macho, but he is a baby inside."

She also said: "I don't think Sooraj had any inkling of what Jiah was going to do. Knowing him the way I do, he would have never allowed it. It's very unfortunate that he's caught in this situation. I just can't stop thinking of how he must be coping."

Even Janvi's mother Alpa Taurakhia vouches for Sooraj's innocence.

"He is a darling, an absolute lamb who wouldn't hurt a fly. And I say this, although my daughter and Sooraj had split, and I really have no reason to defend him, " she said.

Jiah Khan Biopic: 'Bold doesn't mean lesser clothes or sexual commutations'

Jiah Khan Biopic: `Bold doesn`t mean lesser clothes or sexual commutations`

Sandeepa Dhar, who plays a key role in "Bold Bollywood", a film reportedly based on actress Jiah Khan's recent suicide, says the term 'bold' in the film's title signifies confidence and strength.

"Its very important to be bold in Bollywood. Bold in the title doesn't mean lesser clothes or sexual commutations. Bold here means you need to be strong and independent, " Sandeepa, who made her Bollywood debut with the 2010 film "Isi Life Mein", said in an interview here.

Sandeepa believes "her decision of becoming an actor is very bold in itself", and she considers that "a bold attitude" is a must to survive in showbiz.

"You need to be bold in you attitude in order to survive in Bollywood, " she said.

Directed by debutant Rikshhit Matta, the film also stars Hazel Keech and Shweta Bhardwaj in the lead and revolves around three aspiring actresses who come to tinsel town to make it big.

Jiah, who made her dream debut in filmdom with Ram Gopal Varma's "Nishabd" starring megastar Amitabh Bachchan in 2007, ended her life June 3.

Why Aishwarya doesn't travel without her daughter Aaradhya

Why Aishwarya doesn`t travel without her daughter Aaradhya

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in an interview has stated that she does not travel anywhere without her daughter Aaradhya

During her recent visit to England, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in an interview to a UK-based mag has stated that she does not travel anywhere without her daughter Aaradhya

`I don't ever leave her. My mother has been travelling with me as well, which is great. Even prior to marriage and motherhood, it's always been about prioritising and focussing on what you can commit to.

I just take on what I can commit to completely at that point in time and that way you'll be able to give your best, ` she said.

'Mental' Salman Khan coming on 24 January

`Mental` Salman Khan coming on 24 January

By Subhash K Jha

All the speculation about the release of the next Salman Khan starrer can be put to rest. Mental, Salman's home production which is a remake of 2006 Telugu hit Stalin would be released on January 24.

The date coming from the within the core group of the Mental unit puts an end to all the speculation about the release.

This would be Salman's first major Republic Day weekend release. So far all of Salman's recent films have been released during Eid. But this year the superstar missed his Eid date because of health and legal issues.

Says a source close to the project, `After it was clear that Salman won't be able make it on his traditional Eid Friday, he urged Sohail to try for a Republic Day completion and release. And now the Eid release for Mental is locked in. `

When contacted Sohail confirms, `Yes, we're shooting continuously and our tentative release date is January 24. `

Uday writes embarrassing love tweet for Nargis Fakhri. Apologies

Uday writes embarrassing love tweet for Nargis Fakhri. Apologies

How some amorous tweets from Uday Chopra to Nargis Fakhri seem to have suddenly vanished into thin air after sometime?

Uday Chopra is at it again.

The Dhoom actor has now gone a step further -- he’s apparently even thinking babies! At least that’s what seemed to be on his mind when he put a message recently.

Uday stated, “Nargis did you know we are related. Your future sons’ father is my fathers’ son. ” After which his best buddy Abhishek Bachchan tweeted, “Get a room kids!!!!!!”

The reply that Abhishek Bachchan gave Uday Chopra that went missing later

Both these tweets later went missing from their respective sites.

Uday was in no mood to give up. He played safe with random messages about the Rockstar actress. “One unknown fact about @NargisFakhri she loves to travel - god help the man who gets in her way of traveling. ”

He then went on naming things Nargis loves which also included him. “Things @NargisFakhri loves traveling, spas, Doritos, pizza and ME!, ” tweeted the actor and then stated, “Ok fine I don’t love @NargisFakhri but please don’t tell her that or she’ll kill me. ”

Uday then struck a note of caution. He wrote, “Ok fine @NargisFakhri and I are just “friends” yuck that sounds so boring…all this was just part of the #UdayChopraMadnessHour”.

He further added, “My apologies to @NargisFakhri I was just having some fun and maybe I went overboard. You will not hear from me again…goodbye and good luck. ” Interestingly, Nargis chose not to respond to Uday on her microblogging site. We like Uday’s Humour. At least he is openly amusing.

Tweet talk in the past

Uday Chopra and Nargis Fakhri had indulged in public PDA on their microblogging site last month too. Here’s a sample. . .

@NargisFakhri: long time no tweet- just asking people, 5 things they are grateful for. Curious to hear what u r grateful for? Do share.

@UdayChopra: I’m grateful for your beautiful smile, ur gorgeous face, ur amazing body, ur striking personality and ur positivity.

@NargisFakhri: Oh Lord, you can do better than that! But thank you for being grateful for my physical attributes.

@UdayChopra: My dear Nargis, why involve The Lord when we can amicably settle this between ourselves. I’d love to do better as long as you teach.

@NargisFakhri: u r so silly -- I’m not talking to u anymore, bye.

BEWARE! Salman Khan-Sanjay Leela Bhansali war escalates

BEWARE! Salman Khan-Sanjay Leela Bhansali war escalates

With Sanjay Leela Bhansali bagging the remake rights of 'Kanchana', has his acrimony with Salman Khan reached a new low?

Looks like the rivalry between Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Salman Khan could have reached an all-new level, with buzz about the director landing the remake rights of South hit Kanchana.

There had been buzz a while ago that Salman was interested in acquiring the project, which would have been helmed by his brother Sohail. Ultimately though nothing turned out, apparently because of moolah matters. Sources say the makers of the South movie wanted a whopping amount of R 2. 5 crore just to hand over the remake rights.

Though Bhansali had directed Salman in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, the actor and the filmmaker had a bitter parting after Sallu apparently made some vitriolic comments about the SLB's Guzaarish. Bhansali is now said to be on the lookout for an actor for the project.

A source says, `There has been a lot of rumours about Kanchana's remake. At the time when Salman was said to acquire the film, he was supposed to play the lead role in the film. Later, it was said that Shah Rukh Khan and Sanjay Dutt were also in race.

Other filmmakers too seemed interested in the South hit. For Guzaarish too, it was Sallu who was to act in the film initially. But SLB later chose Hrithik Roshan over him and even cast Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. `

With the two not on speaking terms ever since, SLB bagging the project could make things between the friends-turned-foes a tad worse.

The source says, `Sallu and SLB's enmity is not new and this development seems to have taken their acrimony to a whole new level. `

Bhansali remained unavailable for comment.