Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif in Siddharth Anand’s next film

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The one film old Ranbir Kapoor has been more in the news for his romantic liaisons than for his professional feats. The actor, who has recently returned from Australia, was spotted with Katrina Kaif at the launch of a new club in Mumbai.

And although Katrina and Ranbir might say that they are just colleagues working together in Siddharth Anand’s next film one can’t help then question the need to avoid the press or being photographed together. The two stars arrived at the launch together with Kat’s sister Isabella in tow and spent hours chatting to each other at the party. In fact the two, introduced by Kat’s boyfriend Salman during the filming of Saawariya, are great friends and said to thoroughly enjoy each other’s company.

This is not the first time that Ranbir has enjoyed some very interesting - read already spoken for - female company.rior to that Ranbir was attached to another Bollywood actress who was already said to be in a relationship. Kapoor who met Deepika during the filming of OSO/Saawariya and the two were spotted getting cozy even though Padukone was in a serious relationship with model Nihar Pandya.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Deepika in race for best actress in Asian Film Awards

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Latest Bollywood sensation Deepika Padukone has been nominated in the best actress category for her scintillating performance in the blockbuster Om Shanti Om at the second Asian Film Awards, organisers announced on Thursday.

Padukone, who grabbed eyeballs with her performance in the Bollywood hit, will vie with Joan Chen of China (The Home Song Stories), Jeon Do-yeon of South Korea (Secret Sunshine), Kirin Kiki (Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad), Kim Yun-jin of Korea (Seven Days) and Tang Wei of Hong Kong (Lust, Caution) for the top award.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on March 17.

The model-turned-actress made her debut with Om Shanti Om which also stars Shah Rukh Khan

Why Ash chosen over Deepika


Ending all speculations, Bollywood queen Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been chosen to star opposite Tamil superstar Rajinikanth in director Shankar’s forthcoming science fiction project titled ‘Robot’.

Earlier, there were speculations that Shankar, who had made the runaway Tamil hit ‘Shivaji – The Boss’ with Rajnikanth, was considering casting newcomer Deepika Padukone for the role.

Rumors were rife that Shankar had approached Deepika for the role, but was aghast at the fees charged by the newcomer.

Sources said that he was also considering Nayanthara to act opposite Rajnikanth in the film. However, the speculations have died following Aishwarya’s confession that she has been offered the role and she is very excited over it.

It may be mentioned here that the former Miss World had earlier acted in Shankar’s ‘Jeans’ in 1998.

According to Aishwarya, work on the film’s schedule has begun and the filmmakers are trying to accommodate her dates for the shooting.

She said that there had been so many offers in the past that tried to bring her and Shankar together and she hopes this works out fine.

In addition to ‘Robot’, Aishwarya has also been offered two international projects ‘Bhopal Movie’, a film based on the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, and Sir Ben Kingsley's ‘Shah Jahan’.

So, while the former Miss World became the Bachchan bahu in year 2007, with big projects and banners coming her way, even 2008 promises to be a great year for her professionally!

Akshay Kumar to romance Kareena, Vidya, Deepika Padukone

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Sajid Nadiadwala’s Kambakht Ishq is not any boy-meets-girl tale as was expected earlier due to the announcement of Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor in the lead roles.

akshay kumar The big-budget film has a story which revolves around three females played by Vidya Balan, Kareena Kapoor and OSO debutant of the year Deepika Padukone. Akshay Kumar plays the male lead in the flick.

The film has been in news because of the Hollywood factor attached to it. Many Hollywood actors have been approached by Nadiadwala and some have also agreed to act alongside our Akki in the film.

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Deepika Padukone charging more than Aishwarya

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It may seem to be incredible, but the truth is that ‘One film Wonder’ Deepika Padukone is proving to be costlier than former Miss World Aishwarya Bachchan to the film producers. Before her entry into bollywood, Deepika was talked about more because of her string of Boyfriends, but today she is also in the news for demanding exorbitant rates for acting in films.

Soon after the resounding success of Shah Rukh –Deepika Starrer OM Shanti Om, a producer from south India Shanker ,who made the super hit Sivaji -The boss with Rajnikanth ,had approached the former model fro the female lead role in his forthcoming film ROBOT, but it is said that Deepika has charged such a high fees which left him stunned as well as silent.

Next, Shanker approached Aishwarya Bachchan for the role, but there is mo confirmation whether the actress has signed for the film, but shanker claims that Ash has given the nod and has signed the agreement. But when questioned ash the same, she replies that it is still under consideration.

Sources close to Aishwarya say that it is due to the tight movie schedule which is keeping her at bay, as her Jodha Akbar is releasing in the coming month and her next international project Pink Panther-2 will be starting soon. After that her next project Sarkar Raj will, star its schedule.

Now, what is worth mentioning is that perhaps the success of Om Shanti Om has gone into the head of Deepika, who has let go an opportunity to work in a big budget film opposite South super star Rajnikanth only for the sake of money. This move may prove to be costly for Deepika and she may not even get the opportunity to make amends. For bollywood does not offer time to make amends.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Deepika Padukone at the press meet of Levis Strauss Signature

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Check out the lovely Deepika Padukone at the press meet of Levis Strauss Signature!

View 'Levi Strauss Signature' Announced their New Association with Deepika Padukone in a Press Meet at Taj Mahal Hotel.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Sense and sensibility

Bipasha and Deepika have the goat’s security and resilience

Virtues like calm, composed and charming best describe a Capricorn woman. They are flirtatious but rarely vulgar and come across as sensible, quiet and rooted in their personality. What better example of the above Capricorn qualities than Bipasha Basu, the sultry doe eyed femme fatale on one hand and the girl next door, Deepika Padukone with her face that is currently on the cover of every magazine and hoarding in town.

Both these girls epitomise the Saturnine quality of earthiness as well as of sense and sensibility, of not letting their success take advantage of them and yet enjoying their success and their position which is important for Capricorns along with security, authority and respect.

Bipasha exudes sensuality in any and all the roles that she has done whether it was in her debut movie, Ajnabee or in her latest Dhoom II. She is as comfortable doing a village nautch in Omkara as when she is dressed in a suit in Corporate.

Just one movie old, Deepika too carried her dual role in Om Shanti Om, with ease and √©lan. This emanates from the Capricorn’s deep sense of knowing and balancing the right and the correct.

Although Capricorn women appear to be in control all the time, the truth is that they are prone to internal turmoil of achieving and keeping their position and securing and balancing their future. This does not show easily on the surface because of their ruling planet, Saturn.

Capricornians are earthy signs. They need tangible security, even in love and romance. This doesn’t mean that they do not dream but their dreams are well rooted in reality. They demand loyalty, respect and security from their mates and will rarely rush into fleeting romances.

This probably explains the long committed relationship Bipasha has with John, whose Sagittarian flight of fantasy probably stipulates the earthy Capricorn in her. Also with Deepika, who is currently rumoured to be dating a Sagittarian —Yuvraj Singh. The coincidence doesn’t end here. Bipasha is a number 7 in numerology and John is a number 3. In the case of Deepika, she is number 3 and Yuvraj is a number 7.

A Capricorn and a Sagittarius combination is not the very best. It requires effort and working by the partners; in the case of these two couples, it is the numbers 3 and 7 that are very compatible which is the reason behind their compatibility.

It is believed that Capricorn girls age reversely and grow beautiful, appealing and feminine as they age, so watch these girls closely. They are not done yet, as their charm has just started and will grow with each passing year.

Spotted: Deepika, Ranbir in Sydney


Om Shanti Om´ Starlet Deepika Padukone In Line For Asian Award!


Latest Bollywood sensation Deepika Padukone has been nominated in the best actress category for her scintillating performance in the blockbuster "Om Shanti Om" at the second Asian Film Awards, organisers announced here on Thursday.

Padukone, who grabbed eyeballs with her performance in the Bollywood hit, will vie with Joan Chen of China (The Home Song Stories), Jeon Do-yeon of South Korea (Secret Sunshine), Kirin Kiki (Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad), Kim Yun-jin of Korea (Seven Days) and Tang Wei of Hong Kong (Lust, Caution) for the top award.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony here on March 17.

The model-turned actress made her debut in "Om Shanti Om" which also stars Shahrukh Khan. The film is based on the theme of reincarnation in which the protagonist attempts to rediscover the mystery of his demise and 'finds' Shanti, the love of his previous life.

Prior to entering Bollywood, Padukone, daughter of Badminton legend Prakash Padukone, was into modeling.

Deepika favourite for lead role in 'Robot'



After a dream debut with Bollywood 'Badshaah' Shah Rukh Khan in 'Om Shanti Om', Deepika Padukone appears set to storm the south with a possible role opposite Tamil superstar Rajinikanth in the big-budget film "Robot".

Padukone's name is "on the top of the list of contenders for heroine" in the Rs 100-crore venture by director Shankar, sources in the film production unit here said.

Shankar, who directed last year's runaway hit "Sivaji - The Boss" also starring Rajinikanth, has already teamed up with the style icon and renowned music composer A R Rehman.

The 22-year-old model-turned-actress has received the Star Screen award for "most promising newcomer" and Stardust "Superstar of Tomorrow"" award.

Going by the mantra that actresses make a dent in Kollywood after starring opposite Rajinikanth or Kamal Hassan, the media began the buzz about Deepika acting in "Robot".

The speculation earlier was that Shah Rukh Khan would play the lead in the the film, to be made in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi, before Shankar succeeded in getting the Tamil matinee idol to agree.

Deepika opts for Yuvi and not Dhoni



A lot has been written in the media about the Om Shanti Om star Deepika Padukone and her links with cricketers of Indian cricket team.

First, she was linked with Dhoni, when he participated in a fashion show with her and she was present for one of the Indian matches. Now it seems like the lady has opted for Yuvraj Singh.

Deepika is reportedly left for Australia where the Indian team is currently playing a test series. The expenses for the travel has been paid by Yuvi. Deepika will be celebrating her birthday on January 5th in Australia. Need we say, that it will be in the company of Yuvi ! Earlier, Deepika was seen with Yuvi during his birthday party in December.

Yuvraj Singh was earlier linked to Bollywood actress Kim Sharma. Deepika Padukone has been linked to Ranbir Kapoor previously.

Well, just wait and watch for further developments on the love story

Deepika pairs with Sharman Joshi in Rakesh Roshan venture

The audience as well as those in the industry not only has great expectations from Rakesh Roshan, whose all previous films have been super-duper hits, but also on Deepika.




Having got her big break opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Om Shanti Om, Deepika Padukone will now be seen with Sharman Joshi in Rakesh Roshan’s unititled next celluloid venture. Incidentally, the success of Om Shanti Om has sky-rocketed Deepika’s demand among the Bollywood crop of directors and now we learn that the lass is demanding a whopping Rs one crore fee for each film that she is signing!

If that makes you raise your brows, there’s more. We are told that when Rakesh Roshan decided to take up the new venture, he had thought of casting a more popular face as the film’s hero. However, as it is basically a heroine-oriented film, no actor worth his name or value was willing to oblige the senior Roshan. Hence, he had to settle on Sharman Joshi.

Meanwhile, industry sources say that despite being a heroine-oriented film, the venture may prove to be detrimental for Deepika at this nascent stage of her career. They argue that heroine-oriented films are neither given much importance by the Bollywood crowd, nor are they great crowd pullers at the box office. Interestingly, these days even the women in the audience are not too fond of heroine-oriented films.

Now what remains to be seen is how the new celluloid pair fares at the box office. The audience as well as those in the industry not only has great expectations from Rakesh Roshan, whose all previous films have been super-duper hits, but also on Deepika. We earnestly hope and pray that this film also proves to be a boon for Deepika, for Bollywood has the unique reputation of elevating a non-entity on Cloud nine in one movie and then tumbling them to obscurity in another. We sincerely hope that this does not happen to Deepika.

'Deepika never had a Bollywood dream'


Bangalore: Deepika Padukone never aspired to be a Bollywood actor and was always interested in modelling and the fashion industry, says her father.

The model-turned actress shot to spotlight with the success of her first film Om Shanti Om (OSO), co-starring Shah Rukh Khan. "She was always interested in modelling... In the fashion industry. We knew that her interest was towards that (modelling) and she had done a few ads when she was still in school... Films were not anywhere on her mind initially," recalls Prakash Padukone, former badminton champion.

"She wanted to be a model. And it was only when she was modelling - she modelled for about two years - I think somewhere down the line... During that period, she decided she would try her hand in acting also," he said.

Asked whether he had any regrets on his daughter not taking up a sports career, Padukone said, "We, both me and my wife, believe in encouraging our children in whatever they are interested in not imposing our views. That way, they excel when you enjoy whatever you do".

"Because, these days, there are opportunities in any field. One does not have to be an engineer or doctor to make a good living. There is scope for an artist or a singer or a performer in the last five years or ten years.

"So, we were very sure that we would encourage them in whatever field. That's also been our experience in the past. You push somebody into something which you want them to be, then both will be disappointed, and they may not be inclined," he said.

Deepika's perfect diction-nary diktats


To perfect her dialogue delivery and diction in Om Shanti Om, Deepika Padukone underwent formal training from Vinod Tharani for almost a year. During rehearsals, Vinod would imitate SRK's voice and speech pattern so that Deepika could get her diction and pauses right

With the rollicking box-office success of Farah Khan's Om Shanti Om, Deepika Padukone made her spectacular debut on the Indian celluloid. Not only did the model turned actress sweep away with all the accolades for her gorgeous looks and stunning screen-presence, but Deepika's well honed acting credentials impressed critics and audiences alike. Not many know that in order perfect her dialogue delivery, diction and acting skills, Farah Khan asked Deepika to undergo formal training with acting guru Vinod Tharani for almost a year. Deepika's personal training began two-three months before the shooting for OSO began in full swing. And that's not it. During rehearsals, Vinod would imitate Shahrukh Khan's voice and speech pattern so that Deepika would get her diction and pauses right. When contacted, Vinod confirmed the news and shared his experience of training Deepika for her grand Bollywood innings. "Yes, Farah called me and asked me to train Deepika in acting, dialogue delivery and Hindi diction for almost a year. Because Deepika is from Bangalore, we needed to especially work on her command over Hindi. She spoke Hindi only in upper notes, so it was my duty to acquaint her with lower notes of the language. I also familiarized her with classical Hindi vocabulary, the kind that is spoken in classic epics such as Mahabharata and Ramayana. I also recommended a list of Hindi books that I wanted her to read. Soon she was able to pronounce tough words such as antardesi and mahasangram with perfect fluency and flow" says Vinod. But those who've seen the film would find it impossible to believe that her Hindi has been worked on. "Yes, that's because she worked very very hard and was rigorously trained for over three months", quips Vinod

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So, is it true that he imitated Shahrukh's speech pattern during rehearsals so that Deepika would perfect her pauses and dialogue delivery. "Yes I would imitate SRK's speech pattern. Shahrukh has a very unique way of delivering dialogues and his pauses during romantic or emotional scenes are periodical and predictable. So I would pause where I thought SRK would pause, so Deepika would know when to deliver her dialogue, when to pause and even when to break into a smile. Deepika would come back extremely excited from her shoots and tell me how SRK paused and spoke exactly the way I'd rehearsed with her. Basically, everything was perfected to the dot" recalls the acting guru.

When quizzed what according to him are Deepika's strengths as an actress, he left no stone unturned in waxing eloquent. "Deepika is a highly intelligent girl. She would grasp and incorporate whatever I would teach her with immediate effect. Her dedication to her work is hundred percent. Her attitude and approach is extremely professional, which I think is a big plus. She has great grasping power and memory too. Even though her diction was slightly problematic at the beginning, she countered it beautifully. The results are for all to see" says Vinod about his pretty student. Seems like Deepika is another perfectionist in the making. Aamir Khan listening?

Deepika-Yuvraj may tie knot in two years!


This could turn out to be the love story of 2008!

'Mr Sixer' Yuvraj Singh is dating Bollywood's latest heartthrob Deepika Padukone, sources close to the families say.

Yesterday, they were seen together having dinner in a restaurant facing the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia.

The sources, however, scotched media reports that the model-turned-actress had been invited to Australia by the cricketer, currently on the tour of Down Under.

Deepika, they insisted, was in Sydney shooting for Yash Raj Films' next venture being directed by Siddharth Anand of Tara Rum Pum fame, in which she is paired opposite Ranbir Kapoor.

A friend of the Padukones said, "Deepika is in Australia in her own capacity and the India-Australia Test match just happens to be taking place around the same time. But one thing is sure - Yuvraj and Deepika are dating each other."

Meanwhile, a source close to the Singh family said on Friday, "The two are very close to each other. In two years' time, if things go well, marriage could be on the cards. But right now, both of them are focused on their respective professions."

Incidentally, Deepika will be celebrating her 22nd birthday today, the crucial fourth day of the ongoing second Test match, and the pair is expected to be together for the occasion.

Deepika attended Yuvraj's birthday party at Enigma, J W Marriott, on December 12 and that was right after the India-Pakistan Test match in Bangalore!

By the way, Bollywood Buzz wishes Deepika a very Happy Birthday :o)

Deepika opposite Rajinikanth!


After Shriya, looks like the next heroine to star opposite the Superstar will be Deepika Padukone, the latest sex symbol in Bollywood.

The news of Shankar and the Superstar joining again for Robot has been spreading through Kollywood like a viral virus! Now the latest buzz is that Shankar is keen that Deepika play the leading lady in the film.

It is also heard that Ayngaran International and Eros International will jointly produce this film. Though talks have been going on between Shankar and Rajni, no official announcement has been made. The same is expected to take place at the silver jubilee celebrations of Sivaji.

'Yuvraj, Deepika may tie knot in two years'



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This could turn out to be the love story of 2008. 'Mr Sixer' Yuvraj Singh is dating Bollywood's latest heartthrob Deepika Padukone, sources close to the families say.

The sources, however, scotched media reports that the model-turned-actress had been invited to Australia by the cricketer, currently on tour Down Under.

Deepika, they insisted, was in Sydney shooting for Yash Raj Films' next venture being directed by Siddharth Anand of 'Tara Rum Pum' fame, in which she is paired opposite Ranbir 'Saa-wariya' Kapoor.

A friend of the Padukones said, "Deepika is in Australia in her own capacity and the India-Australia Test match just happens to be taking place around the same time. But one thing is sure — Yuvraj and Deepika are dating each other."

Meanwhile, a source close to the Singh family told TOI on Friday, "The two are very close to each other. In two years' time, if things go well, marriage could be on the cards. But right now, both of them are focused on their respective professions."

Incidentally, Deepika will be celebrating her 22nd birthday on Saturday, the crucial fourth day of the ongoing second Test match, and the pair is expected to be together for the occasion.

Earlier, Deepika's name had been linked with India's ODI captain, M S Dhoni. He had even invited the actress for the one-off Twenty20 match against Australia in Mumbai last year.

But lately, she has been seen with the dashing southpaw. Deepika attended Yuvraj's birthday party at Enigma, J W Marriott, on December 12 and that was right after the India-Pakistan Test match in Bangalore, where Yuvi struck a crackling 169.

In November, they were also seen together after the last match of the India-Pakistan one-day series.

The southpaw has run up a string of low scores against Ponting's Australia. In fact, he looked both ungainly and out-of-sorts on Friday, and fell cheaply to Brett Lee for a score of 12.

After India had lost the first Test at Melbourne without much of a fight, Indian team manager Lalchand Rajput was quoted in the media saying that senior players were upset over Yuvraj's attitude. The comments were later denied, both by Rajput and the team management.

After SRK, its Sharman Joshi with Deepika!

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Having got her big break opposite Shah Rukh Khan in OM SHANTI OM, Deepika Padukone will now be seen with Sharman Joshi in Rakesh Roshan's UNITITLED next celluloid venture. Incidentally, the success of OM SHANTI OM has sky-rocketed Deepika's demand among the Bollywood crop of directors and now we learn that the lass is demanding a whopping Rs one crore fee for each film that she is signing!

If both the news makes you raise your eye-brows, we have more for you. We are told that when Rakesh Roshan decided to take up the new venture, he had thought of casting a more popular face as the film's hero. However, as it is basically a heroine-oriented film, no actor worth his name or value was willing to oblige the senior Roshan. Hence, he had to settle on Sharman Joshi.

Meanwhile, industry sources say that despite being a heroine-oriented film, the venture may prove to be detrimental for Deepika at this nascent stage of her career. They argue that heroine-oriented films are neither given much importance by the Bollywood crowd, nor are they great crowd pullers at the box office. Interestingly, these days even the women in the audience are not too fond of heroine-oriented films.

Sharman JoshiNow what remains to be seen is how the new celluloid pair fares at the box office. The audience as well as those in the industry not only has great expectations from Rakesh Roshan, whose all previous films have been super-duper hits, but also on Deepika. We earnestly hope and pray that this film also proves to be a boon for Deepika, for Bollywood has the unique reputation of elevating a non-entity on Cloud 9 in one movie and then tumbling them to obscurity in another. We sincerely hope that this does not happen to Deepika.

Deepika cheers Yuvraj in Australia



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Deepika Padukone has flown to Australia to cheer 'close friend' Yuvraj Singh [Images] in the ongoing four-match India-Australia Test series.

The Om Shanti Om actress will also celebrate her 22nd birthday on January 5 with the cricketer.

Deepika is expected to spend a month in Australia for the shooting of her Yash Raj film. But the actress left Mumbai two days before the start of her shooting schedule (which will begin on January 7) to spend time with Yuvraj.



"She wanted to cheer him up and also spend quality time with him on her birthday," our source tells Gullu.



Yuvi would definitely need the cheering after his dismal performance against the Aussies, having managed just 17 runs in three innings so far.



Deepika and Yuvraj have been linked up by the media on numerous occasions, though the couple have always mainatined that they are 'good friends.' Before Yuvraj came into the picture, Deepika was paired up with Indian captain M S Dhoni [Images], but she denied that as well.



Deepika's Yash Raj film will costar Ranbir Kapoor [Images], and will be directed by Siddharth Anand (of Salaam Namaste).

Deepika at Siddhivinayak




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Tuesday, January 1, was pandemonium at the Siddhivinayak Temple in Prabhadevi.

Naturally, the start of the new year falling on a Tuesday could not have been a more auspicious occasion for devotees of Lord Ganesh at this popular shrine.

That is why Deepika Padukone chose to come on Wednesday. Accompanied by father, former badminton champion Prakash Padukone, mother Ujjala and sister Anisha, Bollywood’s new sensation slipped into the temple quietly and sought the deity’s blessings.

She was leaving for Australia early in the new year to begin shooting with Ranbir Kapoor for a Yashraj film to be directed by Siddharth Anand. And she had another film with Akshay Kumar to look forward to.

If 2007 had been kind to her, Deepika was especially keen that the trend continued in 2008, that is why she was praying to Lord Ganesh at Siddhivinayak. The girl is also celebrating her birthday on the 5th of this month.

The Padukones had always wanted to come here, but somehow could never make it together. The new year presented the opportunity and the reason. The temple’s trustees, delighted with their celebrity devotee, informed the family that Siddhivinayak drew a lot of the Bollywood crowd, especially on Tuesdays.

But the media always got wind of their presence and created a frenzy, the trustees added. The last time this happened, was in November, when Madhuri Dixit visited Siddhivinayak.

That is when Ujjala Padukone, who is a shy and soft-spoken woman, interrupted to say that if her husband, the stoic and reticent Prakash, had been around that day... he would have outdone the media! “He is a big Madhuri Dixit fan,” added Ujjala smiling, “but has unfortunately not met the actress as yet.”

Perhaps, with Lord Ganesh’s blessings and daughter Deepika’s intervention, Papa Prakash’s dream might come true as well this year.

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New stars rake in big money


Deepika Padukone has struck gold with the success of her debut film, Om Shanti Om. She has begun to command Rs 1.5 crore for endorsements, three times more than before, and Rs 1 crore for a film, twice what she earned for the first and on a par with established stars.

Of course the big names – Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Amir Khan, Priyanka Chopra, etc – have emerged strong this year and will continue to rake in the moolah.

However, badminton legend Prakash Padukone’s daughter, with two big films slated for release, leads the pack of emerging stars who may well come into their own in 2008. She already endorses Parachute, Kingfisher, Levi’s, Close-up, Limca and Maybelline.

“Deepika, even before the film, was a high-profile model and therefore while other models earn Rs 40 to 75 lakh, she commands almost Rs 1.5 crore,” said an industry player who did not want to be named. That is less than the Rs 2-3 crore that Aishwarya Rai commands, but quite impressive for a newcomer.

Padukone has company in friend Ranbir Kapoor, who made his debut with Saawariya, his leading lady Sonam Kapoor, singer Mukesh’s grandson Neil, who played a murderer in Johnny Gaddar, and Shiny Ahuja, who acted in the successful Life In a Metro and the not-as-successful Khoya Khoya Chand.

Industry experts say Ranbir, who will be seen in a Yash Raj film next year, is being wooed by a telecom company, an apparel brand and a soft drinks maker, from which he is asking for Rs 1.25 crore to Rs 1.5 crore as endorsement fee. A pizza company and a hair care company are said to be courting Sonam Kapoor.

“While Ranbir is already saleable, one will see a different Sonam in Dilli 6, in which she plays a complete extrovert. That will help her attract morebrands,” said an executive from an agency that handles celebrity accounts.

Mukesh is already said to have raised his rate from Rs 30 lakh to Rs 50 lakh for a film. Not-so-new Kareena Kapoor has made a resounding comeback with the success of Jab We Met. Her fee is said to have gone up by 50 per cent to Rs 1.5 crore.

Then there is Harman Baweja, who hasn’t yet had a release, but is expected to become big when his film Love Story 2010, opposite Priyanka Chopra, hits the theatres. Paid Rs 30 lakh for it, he is already asking for Rs 60 lakh to Rs 1 crore for new films.

Deepika Padukone has not put studies on back-burner



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She has grabbed eyeballs with her performance in Om Shanti Om and is the latest Bollywood heartthrob.
But Deepika Padukone has not put academics on the back-burner and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts course at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).

The 21-year-old rising star evidently has interest in socio-economic issues, as shown by her choice of subjects.

"Padukone is a student of BA course in IGNOU since 2005. She has opted for sociology as her major with economics as a subsidiary subject," Srikant Mohapatra, the varsity's Registrar told.

Padukone, who did her schooling from Bangalore, moved to Mumbai to pursue her career in modelling.

"She has appeared in five papers at the end of the first year in 2006. She has done well in the exams," Mohapatra said.
As part of her course, Padukone will appear in 13 papers with total marks of 1200.

The papers she would take in Sociology are: Study of Society, Society in India, Sociological Thought, Society and Stratification, Society and Religion and Social Problems in India.

Similarly, in Economics, which she has taken as a subsidiary subject, Padukone will study Fundamentals of Economics and Agricultural Development in India.

Apart from Sociology and Economics, Padukone has taken up Nutrition and Childcare as an application course.
She has been provided all the study material for the entire course spanning over three years.

The actress has obviously preferred to pursue studies in distance mode because of her busy schedule in her professional career.

"The distance mode gives you the flexibility to pursue education as per your convenience. You need not appear in any class nor do you need to clear the exam in one go," Mohapatra said.

Friday, December 28, 2007


Rakesh Roshan has turned down OSO girl Deepika Padukone. The film, starring Hrithik Roshan could have been Deepika's ticket to the A-list in Bollywood.

Our sources, however, say that Deepika was not suitable for the role so she was shown the door. When contacted Rakesh Roshan confirms that they are not going ahead with Deepika.

He says, "I am in the process of working on a film which will be directed by Anurag Basu. We may work with Deepika for some other film. "Anurag Basu, who is directing the film endorses, "We are yet scouting for the female lead."

As for Deepika, he says, "Deepika didn't fit the role. We'll definitely work with her in future for some other project. It's quite a complex character and we are looking out for a female lead."

After they dumped Deepika, Roshans are now looking at casting a non-Indian for the role. Says a source, "Roshan's production house and Anurag have been auditioning girls. The female lead needs to be a salsa dancer."

The film is a romantic-action-thriller which will be shot abroad. It is scheduled to go on the floors by March 2008. Apparently, the film is based on Latin dance forms and Hrithik will be seen performing a lot of salsa.

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