Bips Not Heading To Cannes
Bollywood siren Bipasha Basu is not Cannes-bones, as she's busy shooting for Race 2 and the last portion of her Western epic Singularity, starring Josh Hartnett. "Somebody seems to have jumped the gun – Cannes in May is not happening," Basu told a local magazine.
She adds that a three-week shooting schedule for Singularity, in which she plays a Maratha warrior, is being planned for June.
"After performing at this year's IIFAs [International Indian Film Academy Awards] in Singapore, I am off to the UK to finish the last leg of shooting for Singularity," said Basu, who's seen in a de-glam avatar in her international venture. "I am loving the reactions so far. Without a hint of make-up, my face is scrubbed clean and that's novelty for many who have seen me in glamorous roles in Bollywood films."
In between her shoots, she will also squeeze in planning sessions with Bollywood choreographer Shiamak Davar to discuss details of her IIFA outing. "I have performed at the IIFAs before. But this year I am hoping to do something different," she added.
Avoid Promotions If They Bother You, Says Imran Khan
Imran Khan has a piece of advice for people who complain of film promotions going over the top if too much promotion bothers you, just ignore it.
"If something bothers you, like I say that some ads bother me, I put the television off. So, if people think that promotions are getting out of hand, they don't have to pay attention, they don't have to watch the film," Khan said.
"It's ultimately someone's freedom and it's their way of promoting the film. They are taking nothing away from you," he added.
Khan said as an actor it is his responsibility to support the producer and participate in a film's promotions.
"I think it is ultimately a personal choice. There is a producer, who is investing millions in a product. As an actor, it is my responsibility to make sure that this guy gets his money's worth," he said.
Shilpa Embraces Stem Cell Banking
Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, who is expecting a baby, will store her child's stem cells.
"Stem cell banking gives me the peace of mind for my baby's health. By banking stem cells, my child will have more medical options in the future," Shetty said in a statement.
The Baazigar actress said this is the most precious and personal gift she and her husband Raj Kundra could think of for their little one. The 36-year-old said, "Motherhood is the best thing that can happen to a woman, it brings a sense of responsibility."
Shetty will now also be actively involved in creating awareness among would-be parents on the importance of stem cell banking as the brand ambassador of CordLife, Asia's largest stem cell banking network.
Madhuri Takes On Two Films
Madhuri Dixit seems to be on a movie signing spree. After Vishal Bhardwaj's Dedh Ishqiya, the actress has accepted Anubhav Sinha's Gulab Gang. "Just signed a second film called Gulab Gang! Go girl power! It is to be produced by Anubhav Sinha, and directed by Soumik Sen," Dixit wrote on her Facebook page.
However, no further details on her new project are available. Dedh Ishqiya is the sequel to the 2010 film Ishqiya, which featured Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi. While Shah and Warsi reprise their roles, Balan's been replaced by Dixit.
Why Small Is Big
A new show titled Inside Indian Television is all set to revisit the history and transformation of the small screen over the years.
The show, being produced by superstar Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment, will also take a look at the meteoric rise of television.
"I am a child of the TV era, I have seen television undergo a huge transition for the last 20 years since the beginning of satellite TV in 1984. No one has ever chronicled the history of TV before and in this show we look back at the industry," said Samar Khan, production head at Red Chillies TV division.
The show, to be aired on Discovery channel, will bring together stars including Khan, Kamal Hasan, Anupam Kher, Ekta Kapoor, Smriti Irani and Sakshi Tanwar, who will recount their small screen experience.