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That’s what friends are for! 
generous Ajay Devgan

While most people think Ajay Devgan is not particularly fond of his wife Kajol’s gang of friends (including film-maker Karan Johar), that’s far from truth.

The star recently gave away the rights of Chikni Chameli to Karan when he heard that the film-maker wanted it for Agneepath. The song is the remake of the famous Marathi song Komdi Padali composed by Ajay-Atul and Ajay had signed the music composer duo to remake it for an item number for his film Bol Bachchan.

Says a source close to Devgan, “Director Rohit Shetty and Ajay had signed on the music directors of the original Marathi song as they wanted an item song for Bol Bachchan. Rohit was planning to approach Katrina Kaif or Kareena Kapoor for the same and the song was also supposed to feature Ajay and Abhishek.

But everything changed when Karan approached music directors Ajay-Atul to do Chikni Chameli for Agneepath. Ajay was moved by their request and immediately told them they could go ahead.”
 It is heard that even the music composer duo Ajay-Atul requested Ajay and this acted in their favour when the Singham star agreed to give Chikni Chameli away to Karan Johar.

A tough job
Raveena Tandon is set to make her debut as a chat show host soon with Issi Ka Naam Zindagi and the actress admits that being an anchor or a host is not easy. 

“The shoot of Issi Ka Naam Zindagi wrapped up its first schedule today... fun interesting, has its fab moments! But so so exhausting! (sic)” Raveena tweeted. “Being an anchor and Host. NOT EASY!! Need the gift of the gab, the presence of mind of covering up goof ups, of bringing out the best,” she posted. The actress would be seen hosting the talk show for NDTV’s Hindi and English news channels.

Taking a joyride
Actress Bipasha Basu enjoyed a rickshaw ride to the gym after her driver failed to turn up.

“Rickshaw rides are fun! Driver has not turned up as we were shooting all night right till 5 am! So am going to gym in a rick (rickshaw) after long (sic),” Bipasha tweeted.

The model-turned-actress says her ride took her back to her modelling days.

“Remembering my modelling days,” she posted.

On an international platform
Excel Entertainment’s Don 2 will be premiering in Germany at the Berlin International Film Festival with a dubbed theatrical release simultaneously in mainstream theatres. Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani will be attending the premiere, which is scheduled to take place on February 11. The film will also be releasing in Russia, Turkey, Israel, France, China and Korea.

The entire team is delighted at this opportunity. Ritesh Sidhwani, producer, Excel Entertainment said, “It is an honour and a privilege for us to have our movie screened on an inte­rnational platform. It had been our resolution to deliver good cinema, and we are delighted that our work is appreciated by cinema lovers worldwide.”

Proud mama
Bhagyashree is a proud mother as her daughter got felicitated in school for getting the highest marks.

The actress of Maine Pyar Kiya fame shared her excitement on Twitter.

“My daughter gets felicitated in school tomorrow... got the highest marks. I am a proud MOM. I have a smile stuck to my face (sic),”she posted.

Birthday bash
The team of the film Zindagi 50-50 celebrated actor Rajan Verma’s birthday recently.

The guests at the party were Rajpal Yadav, Murli Sharma, Ashwani Kalseker, Shiva, Adi Irani, Arya Babbar, Supriya Kumari, Yogesh Lakhani, Rajiv S Ruia, Sheetal Shah, Tosha, Divya Drivedi, Lavi and Rajiv Kashyap to name a few.

Apart from Rajan Verma, the film stars Riya Sen, Rajpal Yadav, Veena Malik, Arya Babbar, Murli Sharma etc and has been directed by Rajiv S Ruia.

‘There is a change in my lifestyle

Farhan Akhtar has not only begun to grow his hair and beard to play a Sikh athlete in Bhag Milkha Bhag, but he has also changed his lifestyle. Every morning, he is up early to put in those extra hours of practice for his role as Milkha Singh and says he has to get it right. “I am playing someone who is iconic.

I can’t afford to get it wrong. But the role’s authenticity is what makes it exciting for me. If I can pick roles that can surprise me and the audience, I’ve achieved what I set out to as an actor,” said Farhan.

“There is a radical change in my lifestyle. I’ve a training session every morning from 6.45 am to 8 am. I wrap up my athletic activities by 9 in the morning. In any case, the film industry is not awake before 9 am. And I am avoiding late nights,” he added.

The 38-year-old says morning running regime has transformed his entire lifestyle. “After running in the morning, I feel a lot fitter. I am all charged up, raring to go each morning. A month ago when I was skipping gym to edit Don 2, I felt sluggish. That heavy feeling is gone,” he said.

As for the change in diet, Farhan is “avoiding food that I was, in any case, not too fond of. I do have a relatively athletic frame.” Playing Olympian sprinter Milkha Singh is proving to be a far bigger challenge for Farhan than he had bargained for. “At the moment, it’s just a morning session. I am being trained by a gentleman named Melvin who trains Central Railway athletes. But as we get closer to the shooting, there would also have to be an evening session with an Olympian trainer,” said the director-actor.

“It’s a whole new world. Running to be a professional athlete is very different from just plain running. It’s like a whole other science I am learning. But my trainer is happy with the progress. Pleasing him has become a benchmark for my progress as a runner.” Farhan says when director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra approached him for the role of Milkha Singh, he was enthused. “I saw it as one more bracing challenge as an actor.

I did read about Rakeysh comparing me with Balraj Sahni. I don’t know what prompted the comparison. But recently, I read an interview of Balraj Sahni where he said he often questioned his choice of profession as an actor since one has to be an extrovert being an actor. Like him, I too am an introvert,” he said.

Farhan met Milkha briefly too. “That was very rushed. Now I hope to meet him at leisure. But I am not going to imitate his personality. I'd rather like to adopt his philosophy. Trying to replicate his speech and mannerisms would make the role restrictive and rehearsed. It’s important for me to understand his take on life and sports.

Everything will flow smoothly from there,” he said. “I couldn’t possibly fake that Sardar look. So I’m going to keep growing my beard and hair until March when we start shooting,” he said. Farhan would be the latest one to play a Sikh on screen after Sunny Deol, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgan.

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