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Asin. (Inset) PriyankaPriyanka Chopra is upset! At least that’s what many reports have suggested recently. And what’s the reason behind this? A little birdie tells us it’s the growing camaraderie between Asin and Shahid Kapoor.

Bollywood, it seems, can’t get enough of Asin’s charms. After Aamir Khan and Salman Khan, the latest to be enthralled by the South Indian beauty is Shahid Kapoor. Recently, Asin and Shahid were shooting for a TV commercial. Asin, a linguist of sorts, knows seven languages including the four South Indian languages, besides Hindi, English, and French.

She was seen playing a tutor to Shahid, teaching him a couple of sentences in Tamil.
“The ad that we were shooting for was in Hindi and Tamil. I could manage it as I know both the languages. But Shahid was struggling with the Tamil part of it, so he took my help in getting the language right. He didn’t know Tamil at all so the entire exercise turned out to be a fun session,” reveals Asin.

However, it apparently got awkward when Priyanka Chopra came to meet Shahid on the sets. The crew kept saying that the pair looked cute together.

Priyanka, however, was not very comfortable seeing Asin and Shahid’s easy camaraderie. They say all is fair in love and war. So, what’s the real story Priyanka?

Maharaja Features 

A short but worthy film 

It all began when Saurabh Shukla was called by the FTII to give guest lectures. He asked the 16 students attending his class to write one page of script for a topic.

The topic given by him was the conversation between a man and a woman eating ice-cream.  From each page he took the opening dialogue, compiled it as one script and created a story that was shot as a short film of 25 minutes. This is how Let Me Twist was born. Saurabh did not even allow the use of any artificial light and shot it in original lights. The film cost him only Rs 1000 but has fetched him priceless recognition.

This film was shown in Philadelphia where later he was invited to deliver a lecture on the making of this film.

IIT Madras called him to conduct special workshops after the screening of this short film.  Other speakers at this workshop were Santosh Sivan, Dibakar Bannerjee, R Balki and Shimit Amin. “It’s so enlightening to interact with the younger generation. We teach them and learn a lot in return,” comments this intelligent and jovial actor, director and writer.  His forthcoming films as actor/director are Peter Gaya Kaam Se, Utpatang, Coffee Shop by Venkatesh, Sudhir Mishra’s I M 24, Pappu Can’t Dance Sala and Rajat Kapoor’s next film. 

For the love of music 

Bhushan Kumar, Chairman and Managing Director of T-Series with his impeccable knack for music, drive and determination established T-Series into a diversified group with $90 million in their core business of consumer electronics, CDs, audio/video magnetic tapes and cassettes.

Inheriting the farsightedness and ability to capitalise on small opportunities from his father, Bhushan Kumar makes it a point to buy the rights even for small and medium budget films reason being that he believes small films find it difficult to sell their music in spite of having good compositions.

Says Bhushan Kumar, “I work for the love of music as I’m of the belief that good music should reach every ear.”

Bhushan is further credited with a lot of firsts in the Indian music industry. His company is the first independent music publisher in India.

For the first time in Bollywood, the music of a Hindi film soundtrack, Don, was released on I-tunes for online digital sale simultaneously with its worldwide audio release.

Instrumental in making Indian music popular the world over, T-Series recently acquired the audio rights for Allah Ke Banday, Knockout and Flat that are relatively smaller canvas films.

The company hopes to be a part of many such acquisitions in the future.

Quirky break

Guess what was the factor that got Chunky Pandey hooked to acting? It was the glamour of stardom!

But the real turning point came in at a washroom in Mumbai, of all places.
Says Chunky, “I was about 22 then and remember being dressed in a churidar kurta, which was the fashion fad of the time thanks to Amitabh Bachchan who favoured the look. I was having trouble undoing the churidars’ drawstrings and a stranger stepped forward to help. He turned out to be film-maker Pahlaj Nihalani.”

“ Even as we struggled with my drawstring, he asked me to visit him in Fillmistan Studio for the muhurat of a film. This proved to be my initiation into Bollywood bashes.”

Here come the hotsteppers

Indian film-makers have been taking help from international choreographers to weave in authentic Western magic into dance sequences.

So while Shahid Kapoor grooved to international choreographer Marty Kudelka’s steps in Chance Pe Dance. Hrithik Roshan danced every bit like the American  dancer he was playing in Kites, courtesy choreographers Flexy Stu and Loren L Livick.

Say Stu and Livick, “Never has the energy of an automatic b-boy dance circle been captured like this on film.”

Sonakshi not in tune?

Anchor and RJ Siddharth Kannan sure has made Sonakshi Sinha join singing classes after she visited him on his show.

When Sonakshi started to sing one of dad Shatrughan Sinha’s old classic songs for him, he told her that she is an awesome actress but is a very besura singer and should not take singing as a career. To this, Sonakshi burst out laughing and even tweeted about her being called besura, to which one of her fans even told Sid that Sonakshi is a sureela karaoke singer and he should take her out and then judge her. We are sure Sid wouldn’t resist an offer like that.

A well-deserved party 

Television production company Saibaba Telefilms Pvt Ltd, that has produced many music reality shows in India, hosted an Iftaar party for the Pakistani participants of Chhote Ustaad — Do Deshon Ki Ek Awaaz. Gajendrra Siingh, MD and Chariman, Saibaba Telefilms accompanied by the talented Sonu Niigaam and the Indian contestants came together to convey their greetings for the holy month of Ramadan.

The occasion held significance for the Pakistani kids, as for the very first time they celebrated this festival with Indians.  Wania Jibraan, one of the Pakistani contestants said, “We would like to thank Saibaba Telefilms for putting this special evening together. This is the first time I am celebrating Ramzan without my family and this is also my first time in India. I am thankful to the entire team for putting together this amazing atmosphere to make us feel at home.”

Said Gajendrra Siingh, “This month holds special significance for our Pakistani chhote ustaads and I am glad we were able to celebrate the occasion with them. With our content expertise, we are confident that this will mark a significant milestone for Indo-Pak relations in the history of the reality television industry. Our aim is to deliver high quality content across geographies.”

The show airs every Saturday and Sunday at 9 pm on Star Plus.

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