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Surprised at punctuality

Shah Rukh Khan, known for coming late at events, surprised the media and his close friend Juhi Chawla by turning up at a function on time.

“I was so sure that it was Shah Rukh so the event is not going to start on time. So I took it easy. I was still at home and was just about to leave when I got a call saying Shah Rukh was there,” said Juhi at the IPLevent for the team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

On being asked about this, Shah Rukh wittily remarked, “New dawn, new knights, new Khan.”

The KKR team recently announced the launch of a new marketing campaign — ‘New Dawn New Knights’ and also unveiled the new logo of the team.

Earlier, the logo was in black and gold while the new one is in purple.

KKR owners Shah Rukh, Juhi Chawla and Jay Mehta unveiled the new look along with Venky Mysore, the CEO of KKR.

Commenting upon the changes, Shah Rukh said, “The golden colour is because I like gold while the black has been changed because I was told that it was not lucky.

And last year since we couldn’t make it to the top four, I can’t even argue about it.”

Shah Rukh said that Juhi wanted the kit in pink colour. “Juhi’s suggestion was to make our clothes pink and that suggestion may follow if you don’t win the finals this year and you can imagine Yusuf Pathan in pink dress (sic),” the 46-year-old joked.

The fifth edition of IPL will start on April 4.

A walk down memory lane

The lumber rooms of studios are not only filled with incomplete films but also many films, which were complete but failed to find distributors. Abandoned and incomplete, Kalinga with Dilip Kumar in the lead was one such jinxed film. Had it been released, it would have been Dilip Kumar’s first directorial venture. But the film got stalled midway when its budget started touching astronomical heights.

When Suraiya’s star was in the ascendant, topmost heroes of that time considered themselves lucky if they were cast opposite her in films. Dilip Kumar was also one of those topmost heroes. He and Suraiya were cast in K Asif’s film Janwar. The film’s shooting was going on smoothly but then suddenly things went haywire when, in an unguarded moment, Dilip Kumar made an unsavoury comment on Suraiya while he was gossiping with his cronies. When Suraiya came to know what her hero thought about her, she walked out of the project in a huff and the result was that Janwar was never completed and released.

Madhubala, also starred in a few films, which were never completed. Her first incomplete film, in which her beau was Dilip Kumar, was Haar Singhaar (1949) but the film was never completed and released. Therefore, Madhubala’s first film with Dilip Kumar was Tarana released in 1951. She was also cast in another incomplete film titled Fasla
directed by Zia Sarhadi. But as Zia Sarhadi-directed ‘Footpath’ (1953) had flopped badly at the box office, the producer of Fasla naturally developed cold feet and the film was given up after the shooting of a few scenes.

The Kapoor torch is burning bright

Home banner RK Films may have been somnolent for years but the Kapoor khandaan has plenty to keep even Randhir and Rajiv (Chimpu) Kapoor financially happy. For instance, Randhir Kapoor may have a film here or there once in a blue moon, but there has never been even a whiff of a hint that he lives off his successful daughters, Karisma and Kareena.

Raj Kapoor’s well-invested properties in Mumbai and Pune have alone kept the entire family extremely well off. This includes his widow, the stately Krishna Kapoor, who in her 80s, is still perfectly manicured, cutting an elegant figure in her expensive white saris, as she continues to have her card parties with close friends like Salma, Salman Khan’s mother. So wealth has never posed a problem for the Kapoor family and dependence on the next generation was never up for consideration.

This holds true especially for Rishi Kapoor who was the only one of Raj Kapoor’s three sons to move out and build himself a sprawling bungalow in Pali Hill. Otherwise, Rishi’s older and younger brothers, Randhir and Rajiv, still stay with their mother Krishna Kapoor in her Deonar bungalow, a stone’s throw away from RK Studios.

‘Thank you internet’

Pakistani actor Ali Zafar believes in the power of social media and is grateful to the medium. “Thank you internet and social media for giving our generation a chance to exchange thoughts like never before. To give us the power to reach out.

Thanks to online social media for enabling truth be told like never before. For helping discard biases and prejudices and see the other side (sic),” tweeted Ali. The actor will soon be seen in the romantic comedy ‘London, Paris, New York’, releasing on March 2.

No time to eat

Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie is reportedly surviving only on fruits because she doesn’t get time to eat a meal thanks to her six children.

The 36-year-old, who raises six children with partner Brad Pitt, is so busy taking care of her family that she forgets to eat, a source said.

“She requested bowls of the berries and that is all she ate during the day, even though there was a full buffet lunch on offer. She said she was so busy with the kids that she forgets to eat and that when she does sit down, she prefers all her fruits and vegetables to be organic.

She particularly likes exotic berries and was talking about how they are packed with nutrients. Angie looks painfully thin. She laughs off suggestions that she is too thin or unhealthy in any way and puts it down to her busy lifestyle,” a source said.


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