Bips: I Was Never Meant To Be Beautiful
Given her svelte frame and bold image, Bipasha Basu is surely a head-turner, but she says in her younger days she wasn't considered pretty due to her dusky complexion.
"I was never meant to be beautiful. I was a short, dark and round girl. Nobody thought I was pretty at all. Cruel jokes have been made about it. I think most people were surprised by the way I looked," Basu says.
Kareena To Do Two Item Numbers In Heroine
After doing a mujra number for her beau actor-producer Saif Ali Khan's forthcoming spy-thriller Agent Vinod, Kareena Kapoor will be seen gyrating to item numbers in filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar's most talked-about film Heroine, where she also plays the title role.
Bhandarkar reveals. "Kareena will be doing two item numbers. One of them is called 'Halkat jawani…', I am sure she will take the nation by storm with this one." As the title suggests, the film revolves around the life of an actor, but Bhandarkar says that he has treated the subject very carefully lest it sends out wrong signals about the film industry. "The film also deals with the subject of manipulation in the casting and editing stages. I hope I don't rub the film fraternity in a wrong way," says Bhandarkar.
Esha Deol Gets Engaged, Hema Praises Son-In-Law
Dharmendra and Hema Malini's elder daughter Esha Deol has got engaged to businessman Bharat Takhtani, whom the Dream Girl describes as a "good looking" guy. "The wedding dates have not been decided yet. However, post Tell Me O Kkhuda, we had decided that Esha would get settled. We will make an official announcement once we decide the marriage dates," she told reporters and added: "My son-in-law is very good looking."
The ceremony, which took place at Hema's bungalow in Juhu, was a private affair and was attended by close family members and some friends.
Jaya Bachchan, the only prominent name from Bollywood, was seen at the function.
Glowing in a simple and elegant pink sari with green embellishment, Esha chose to keep a simple look. She tied her hair and opted for very minimalist jewellery, while her beau looked smart in a white shirt, white coat and black pair of trousers.
A beaming Esha said: "I am very happy today. Thank you so much. It is because of your blessings I and Bharat are getting engaged today."
Filmmaker Ramesh Taurani is upset with actress Deepika Padukone for opting out of his Race 2 at the last moment following an offer for a Hollywood project and states that she didn't even apologise for her hasty retreat.
"I went to her shooting. We tried to reason it out with her. But she refused to even listen. Forget about anything else, she did not even apologise for her action. She seems to have no remorse," Taurani said in a statement.
"I have been part of the Hindi cinema industry for 25 years. I have made several blockbusters. But I have never faced a situation like this before. Our directors and other actors are extremely annoyed with her," he added.
"On January 27 people kept calling me asking whether Deepika was out of Race 2. I was clueless. I called her and asked her. She simply said that she would come to my office by 5pm with her new manager to work out everything. At around 3pm she called to say that she wouldn't be able to keep the appointment. However, her manager would be present on her behalf," said Taurani.
"Finally, when the manager arrived, he simply told me that Deepika wouldn't be able to do our film. And that's because she is doing a major Hollywood project."
Ranbir And Shahid Now Best Buddies
They get along well enough to be called friends after bonding in Macau for the Zee Cine Awards, and now Ranbir Kapoor has made a special request to Shahid Kapoor to join him on a world tour in August.
Shahid is trying his utmost to adjust his dates to accompany Ranbir.
Confirming these developments, Ranbir's father Rishi Kapoor, who will also be the tour's producer, said: "Shahid and my son have become good friends. He is likely to join us. The rest of the details are still being finalized."
Shahid earlier had to opt out after his next film, directed by Maneesh Sharma, got delayed because of the director's back problem. But then, something unforeseen happened and Ranbir and Shahid got close in Macau.
Regarding his own performance on stage with his son, Rishi said: "There's a demand for it. But whether my injured knees allow me the pleasure of dancing with my son, remains to be seen."
Besides Ranbir, Shahid and Katrina Kaif, the world tour could also feature Priyanka Chopra and Anushka Sharma.