Filmi Fundas

Filmi Fundas

Dharam and his seven wives!

BOLD Dharmendra For VJ and anchor Ayushmaan, it was a lesson well learnt at the Big Star Entertainment Awards 2010. The next time he hosts a show, he will definitely think twice before opening his mouth in front of the veteran actors of the industry.

He tried cracking a joke on Dharmendra by asking him in public, “How do you manage your life without your wife?” forgetting the fact that Dharam has two wives. Now that was a blunder to which Dharam paaji, at the age of 75, was quick enough to respond boldly with a repartee.

“At this age, forget one I can have seven wives,” quipped the veteran actor.   He also warned Ayushmaan not to challenge his youth in a jovial manner. Ayushmaan, from now on, will always remember how to talk to the veterans of the industry.  He will also keep in mind that he has to get his facts right while hosting other shows. The Big Star Entertainment Awards was a year-end extravaganza sought to identify and honour outstanding talent for their contribution to the four facets of entertainment — movies, music, theatre and sports.

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Katrina, the lady in pink

The Apsara and Lion Awards, that was held recently, was attended by many celebrities including actress Katrina Kaif.

The actress looked stunning in a pink sari and managed to gather a lot of attention as she walked on the red carpet. However, the ‘sari’ was designed by Manish Malhotra and not Rocky S as it is being popularly reported.

Katrina is very fond of close friend and designer Manish Malhotra and was excited to wear his design at the award function.

Singing and dancing away

James Franco plans to sing and dance at the forthcoming Oscars’ ceremony. The 127 Hours actor — who is hosting the event on February 27 alongside Love & Other Drugs star Anne Hathaway — has confirmed he may do more than just present the awards. The actor wants to entertain the audience as well.

He said, “You got Anne Hathaway, who is the youngest host ever, that is new. There might be some singing, there might be some dancing.”

Apart from hosting the awards’ ceremony, Franco could win an award for Best Actor for his role in the new film 127 Hours. And if he does, he said he already has a back-up plan in place — his friend and publicist Barry Johnson will accept it for him.

James recently revealed he initially said no to hosting the Oscars because he was so surprised to be offered the job of a host. He said, “I was very, very surprised, and my initial reaction was ‘No.’ Then I thought, ‘Well, why not? Because I’ll look bad?’ Well, I don’t care.” He added, “I’m happy to take the criticism. Even if it’s ‘The Worst Oscars Ever’, I don’t care. It’s one night of the year.” Franco’s 127 Hours releases in India on January 28.

Losing her calm

All is not well on the work front for Payal Rohatgi. The actress recently had a fallout with Vandan Sajnani, the director of the play Fourplay, in which Payal was supposed to act. However, due to a difference of opinion, Payal has walked out of the play.

Apparently, the team was supposed to leave for an all India tour in the coming days, when Payal learnt that she was flying in the Economy Class with the rest of the crew. Payal had already let go off her fees because of her love for theatre.

Since this was not the first time that Vandana was giving absurd reasons for making Payal adjust with things, the actress was furious.

Payal has now dropped out of the play and vows never to work with Vandana or any unprofessional person again in future.

‘I had broken their trust’

Bollywood’s bad man Gulshan Grover says he had to rush to Los Angeles after he got a call from Salma Hayek asking about the premature reports of her proposed film The Driver, with him. Now all is well and the film starts shooting in summer this year.

“Yes, I had to rush to LA for some serious damage control. Everyone, from my leading lady Salma Hayek to my director Bill Duke, wanted to know, ‘Gulshan, what's going on?’ The film’s makers were miffed with me because I had broken their trust. Now it’s all sorted out,” said Gulshan.

Apparently, even Salam Hayek rang up Gulshan to ask him about the rush of information about their project. Not that Gulshan regrets it.

“I’ve signed a film with Salma Hayek and that too, the leading man’s role. Why should I not shout about it from rooftops? Though I’d now have to be more discreet, no damage was done.”

“The director loves me too much to take offence. When he came to sign me, I told him I am not the Tom Cruise of India, that I specialise in villainous roles. They still wanted me. I think that says something,” said Gulshan.

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