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Looking back: Dino Morea Memories to cherish for life

Actor Dino Morea managed to spot so many cockroaches at the Goa airport that he felt as if he was in waiting for a stunt on action-adventure show Fear Factor — Khatron Ke Khiladi.

“Sitting in the Airline lounge in Goa, flight delayed by an hour, already spotted ten cockroaches. Seems like a Khataron K K stunt coming up (sic),” Dino posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.

The former supermodel had participated in the last season of the show, and managed to reach the finals in Brazil after performing many stunts involving creepy crawlies.

Busy: Saif Ali Khan All stars in Bhopal

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is in Bhopal to shoot for his next film Aarakshan. The film will be directed by the noted film-maker Prakash Jha. The 68-year-old actor, along with actress-wife Jaya, landed in the city recently. He will be shooting for the first time in Bhopal, which also happens to be his sasural.

Bachchan is essaying the role of a college principal in the film, which went on floors recently. Besides Big B, actors Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone are also in the city for the shoot of the film. The stars were seen at the Raja Bhoj Airport. Jha had filmed his last hit Rajneeti in the Madhya Pradesh capital and had been keen since then to shoot his next venture there.

Like all of Prakash’s earlier films (Mrutyudand, Gangajal and Raajneeti), Aarakshan too deals with hard-hitting reality.

The movie revolves around the recommendations of the Mandal Commission and the director recently revealed that he had the topic in his mind for five years.

Aarakshan, which is supposed to release in the later half of this year, is produced by Firoz Nadiadwala.

Topping the box office 

She may have decided to take a break from acting to bring up her soon-to-be born baby but Natalie Portman’s career is skyrocketing, with her latest release No Strings Attached topping the box office. The 29-year-old, who is tipped to win an Oscar for her role as a crazed ballerina in Black Swan, has claimed the top spot at the US box office with the film co-starring Ashton Kutcher.  

The movie earned an estimated $20.3 million on its opening weekend. The domestic takings almost equal the film’s production budget of $25 million and means the actress has two films in the top ten. Her movie Black Swan is still in sixth place on the box office charts, and has grossed $83 million at the domestic box office. No Strings Attached follows two friends, played by Kutcher and Portman, who try to maintain a purely sexual relationship with each other, even though they are falling in love.

Back with a bang

After the phenomenal success of Slumdog Millionaire, director Danny Boyle has once again teamed up with Fox Searchlight Pictures, producer Christian Colson, writer Simon Beaufoy and music maestro A R Rahman for an action drama starring James Franco.

The film, called 127 Hours, is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashed on his arm and trapped
him in an isolated canyon in Utah.

Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers (Clemence Poesy), family, and the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he met before his accident. 

Over the next five days, Ralston battles the elements and his own demons to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to descend a 65-feet-high wall, hike over eight miles and extricate himself by any means necessary before he is finally rescued.

Playing Arol Ralston is James Franco. Told with a dynamic narrative structure, 127 Hours is a visceral, thrilling story that will take an audience on a never-before-experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life.

After a hugely successful releases in the US and the UK, 127 Hours is slated for release in India this week. 

Single: Lindsay Lohan‘I am not dating Hardy’

Troubled star Lindsay Lohan has slammed reports that she is dating Inception actor Tom Hardy. The British actor, who battled with alcohol addiction and drug abuse at a young age, was rumoured to help the 24-year-old actress stay clean after she completed a court-ordered rehab stint in Betty Ford clinic, California earlier this month.

His publicist denied rumours that Hardy was her sponsor, prompting gossip mongers to stir up a romance. But now the Mean Girls star claimed that she is not dating Hardy and he is just a friend. “Tom Hardy is just a friend of mine. The tabloids are wrong,” she posted on Twitter.

A break from comedy 

Bollywood funnyman Arshad Warsi, who is busy shooting for comedy Double Dhamaal, is yearning to do serious films now. “After DD (Double Dhamaal), i m gonna do at least two serious films b4 i do another comedy (sic),” Arshad, who started his career with a comic role in Tere Mere Sapne (1996), posted on his Twitter page.

The 42-year-old carved a niche in Bollywood with comedies like Munnabhai MBBS, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya, Salaam Namaste, Golmaal series, Lage Raho Munnabhai and Dhamaal, among others. He also did serious roles in Seher, Kabul Express and Kuch Meetha Ho Jaaye.

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