Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Akshay gives 'gurudakshina' to Pratima Kazmi, his Hindi teacher

Akshay gives 'gurudakshina' to Pratima Kazmi, his Hindi teacher

Mumbai, Nov 22 (IANS) Very few know that it was TV actress Pratima Kazmi, popular for her role as the waspish-tongued Nani of 'Uttaran', who taught struggling Akshay Kumar Hindi, and after two decades the star offered to give her 'gurudakshina'.
At the first edition of Colors' Golden Petal Awards here Monday night, Akshay made this revelation.
'I have something to tell you all about this lady,' Akshay said as he spotted Kazmi in the audience of the awards function.
He held her hand and told the audience: 'This lady taught me Hindi for six long months in the initial phase of my career when I faced tough times. She is a wonderful person.'
When Akshay offered to give her 'gurudakshina', a visibly embarrassed Kazmi said: 'It is Akshay's zindadili (whole heartedness) which is his best quality and which makes him so admirable. His stunts are so effortless.'
At the drop of a hat, Akshay asked her: 'Would you like to do any stunt?'
She said: 'Mujhe hamesha se aag ugalna seekhna hai! Agar woh main seekh sakun... (I have always wanted to learn fire breathing. If only I could learn it).'
Taking a dig at her role in 'Uttarn', Akshay said: 'Arre serial mein toh aag ugalti hi ho, aao aaj real mein sikhaaun (You breathe fire in your serial with your dialogues, but come I will teach you fire breathing in real life),' and took her to the stage to perform the risky stunt.
Just as Akshay warns fans and kids not to try any of his dangerous 'Khatron Ke Khiladi' stunts without training and supervision, he warned everyone for this stunt too.
He taught Kazmi how she must keep a small amount of kerosene in her mouth, take care not to gulp it down, and blow it out to create a ball of fire in the air.
The actress, true to her character in 'Uttaran', said: 'Rami Rakhe' before the stunt to take god's blessings, and performed it successfully.
She thanked Akshay, and said: 'Darr durr ho gaya (My fear has gone).'
To which, master Akshay said: 'This is what it is - you are the 'Khatron ki khiladi' today.'

Friday, November 18, 2011

Akshay Kumar, John Abraham to promote Desi Boyz on Bigg Boss 5

Akshay Kumar, John Abraham to promote Desi Boyz on Bigg Boss 5

ctors Akshay Kumar and John Abraham are making all possible attempts to make it big success with their upcoming movie Desi Boyz, which is scheduled to release on November 25. They are promoting it on several TV shows. The Bollywood stars will also appear on popular television reality show Bigg Boss 5 to promote the film. 

Earlier, actor Ranbir Kapoor and singer Mohit Chauhan were on the show to promote their filmRockstar. Ranbir had even entered the Bigg Bosshouse to chat with the inmates. Now, Akshay Kumar and John Abraham will join hosts Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt for the 'Aapka Farman' episode of the show on the eviction day on Saturday. 

However, Desi Boyz is an action comedy, which revolves around the story of two men, who are forced to do something extremely bizarre which gives them instant gratification but the repercussions tear them apart. Directed by debutant Rohit Dhawan, the film stars Akshay, John, Deepika Padukone and Chitrangada Singh in lead roles.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Desi Boyz: Allah Maaf Kare

Akshay Kumar and John Abraham set Mumbai Press Conference for Desi Boyz ablaze!

Akshay Kumar and John Abraham set Mumbai Press Conference for Desi Boyz ablaze!

The discotheque Enigma at JW Marriott, Juhu, Mumbai was literally set ablaze when our ever-energetic Desi Boyz, Akshay Kumar and John Abraham, sprinted inside for the extraordinary promotional event for their upcoming film. The superstars landed extravagantly, flung their coats to the audience and began dancing to the film’s popular number ‘English Thumkein’ with such infectious vitality that the assembled media and guests cheered and danced along themselves.

The star-studded night was highlighted by the live, fire-breathing stunt executed by our Khiladi Kumar aka Akshay Kumar and fellow macho man John Abraham, leaving the audiences awe-struck. The temperatures started soaring even higher when the sensuous Chitrangada Singh and the radiant Deepika Padukone made their entry. Debutant director Rohit Dhawan was also present at the event.
The actors, in their upbeat mood, proceeded to the bar where Akshay and John stunned everyone further by juggling glasses like seasoned bartenders, although they mixed no fancy cocktails but good old desi badaam-pista flavoured milkshakes!
Akshay Kumar, when asked what makes him a ‘true desi’ said, “A lot of things. I eat only and only desi food, I am married to a desi girl, I try talking in Hindi as much as I can, I follow Yoga which is a desi practice and I even have Ayurvedic medicines.”
And who’s the most desi actress he’s worked with? “I think Sonakshi Sinha has a lot of Indianness in her appearance,” the superstar said.
Akshay, who flaunts his rugged Punjabi munda background, also keeps some desi compliments up his sleeve for his wife, like, “Oye, aaj tu ek dum jalebi laag rahi hai (You look like a jalebi today),” he chuckled, adding that one should be proud of the traits that come from where one has been raised.
“Whether in London, USA or Australia, what is important is staying true to your roots. That, I believe, is also the essence of Desi Boyz.”
Get ready to welcome Desi Boyz in cinemas across UK and worldwide on 24th November 2011.
Stay tuned because we have a fabulous and fun interview with Akshay Kumar coming up soon!

Chitrangada awed by Akshay Kumar

Chitrangada awed by Akshay Kumar

Chitrangada Singh and Akshay Kumar make for a fabulous pair in Rohit Dhawan's forthcoming comedy 'Desi Boyz'. The film also stars Deepika Padukone and John Abraham. 

It will probably be the first time that you will se Chitrangada shake a leg with a renowned mainstream co-star like Akshay Kumar. 

Chitrangada shared with us how she was pretty nervous the first time she met the Khiladi kumar. 

"Akshay Kumar is a huge commercial actor who has done plenty big films in the past. I was awed by him when I first saw him! I was a bit nervous and my onscreen character had to portray otherwise. It took some time to register that I was indeed working with him. It was fun shooting with him", gushed Chitrangada. 

The actress also rubbished the claims that she had problems working with Deepika. 

John dinner party for Akshay Kumar crew

John dinner party for Akshay, crew

hey were constantly pulling each others’ legs in Garam Masala (2005), but it’s only now that the film’s actors, Akshay Kumar and John Abraham, have developed a similar close bond off screen.

Akshay confirms that his friendship with John has grown, and the latter even hosted a party at his Bandra  home recently, for Akshay and the unit of Housefull 2. “Two weeks ago, John threw a bash and invited me along with the entire unit to his place,” says Akshay.
John, on his part, wonders if it can be called a party. 

“I hosted a small dinner for the Housefull 2 team. It was nice to have all of them together,” says the Force actor with a smile. On their on-screen chemistry in the upcoming Desi Boyz, Akshay comments, “We have teamed up again after seven years, but it was great fun (to work with him). In terms of comic timing, he has really improved a lot. My chemistry with him wasn’t as good as it is now.”

Meanwhile, to promote Desi Boyz, Akshay has decided to speak only in Hindi, as much as possible. About John, he says, “Is film ke dauran maine us ladke (John) ko kaafi kareeb se jaana hai (during Desi Boyz, I have got to know John from close quarters).”

Interestingly, Akshay – who has collaborated with the film’s director, Rohit Dhawan’s father (David Dhawan) too in the past – finds David an easier director to work with: “Rohit ko main tab se jaanta hoon jab woh mere pat pe khela karta tha (I have known Rohit since he used to play on my lap). 

But honestly, David is easier to work with. He asks actors to perform a scene as per their understanding. Rohit, being  trained director,  goes completely by the book.”

Desi Monty!

Desi Boyz starring Akshay Kumar and John Abraham promised much but delivered little at a recent promotional event for the film. The handsome duo, who play male strippers in Rohit Dhawan's film, were supposed to 'strip' for a live female audience but copped out prematurely.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Akshay Kumar takes pride in being a desi

Akshay Kumar takes pride in being a desi

Actor Akshay Kumar takes pride in being a desi and feels his fans love him because he reminds them of their roots. "I'm proud to be desi. I'm a desi boy from Delhi and I'm very proud of who I am and I am proud of my roots. My fans love me for being desi, being humble, being hard working.

"They love me for speaking to them in their language; they connect with me because I remind them of their roots. So as a rule, I've decided to be myself," he said.

The actor also has no qualms in admitting that Hindi as a language is something he is more comfortable conversing in.

"After all, we're Hindi film stars. We earn our bread and butter from Bollywood. I'm uncomfortable talking in English. I've always been ...I've realised my fans love the dialogues I say on screen. And those are in Hindi.

"Why speak in a language your are not comfortable in? After all success is about being comfortable in your own skin and I'm finally doing that," said Akshay, who will be seen next in Desi Boyz alongside John Abraham.

Also starring Chitrangda Singh and Deepika Padukone, Desi Boyz, directed by debutante Rohit Dhawan, releases on November 25.

News HT

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Akshay-Sonakshi starrer JOKER release date announced

Akshay-Sonakshi starrer JOKER release date announced

Glamsham Editorial
UTV Motion Pictures today announced the release date for JOKER as August 30, 2012.
A madcap comedy directed by Shirish Kunder and featuring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha, this film promises an out-of-this-world experience. Quite literally so! Akshay Kumar returns to his hometown, a place that's so remote and crazy that it's not even on the map. And then what follows puts this forgotten little town not just on the country's map, but makes it the focus of the entire globe.
Aliens! Is the town really the site of an alien invasion? Will Akshay manage to change the game-just like the joker does in a pack of cards? Get set for India's coolest (and first ever) comedy JOKER starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha in 3D.

Akshay Kumar apologises to fans

Akshay Kumar apologises to fans

Akshay Kumar has begun his day on an apologetic note. He tweeted some minutes ago on the micro blogging website Twitter: I'm going to start with an apology, I'm sorry for this negative message guys, its just that on days like today I cant stand the ignorance of some people. On my way to work this

morning this guy really frustrated me. I had to get out of my car in the middle of Bombay traffic right by Mr Bachchan's house, & literally pick up off the road an empty packet of cigarettes that this man decided to carelessly throw out his window without a second thought."

The actor further says: "Not only do we have to put up with the fact he smokes but we also have to deal with the fact that he doesn't care a damn about his city or his motherland that God has so graciously provided for him. If we all treated the streets of India with as much love as we do our homes & temples, we would have 5 star ratings on cleanliness rather than being known as one of the dirtiest cities in the world."

Akshay really drove the point home: "I'm no angel, I drive a car, I fly in planes, sometimes I accidently leave the light on, but I consciously try everyday not to dirty or abuse our city. Question is do you? What's the worst thing you've ever done to our environment, something u walked away from that u wished deep down u hadn't done? I know for sure the guy that littered in front of me today wont forget his actions. I must say I'm sorry for scaring him but don't abuse India's streets & maybe they wont abuse you! Dont forget, let me know ur bad habits :) sometimes writing about them helps u confront & consciously strive to better them. I cant help it i love my country, i just cant cant stand those who dont..."

So remember to not litter for two reasons: love of your country and fear of Akshay Kumar!

Desi Boyz - Exclusive Teaser

John Abraham, Akshay Kumar turn pole dancers

John Abraham, Akshay Kumar turn pole dancers
Akshay Kumar and John Abraham are set for a tryst with pole dancing. The duo will be seen in a pole dancing sequence in Rohit Dhawan’s upcoming film, Desi Boyz. And being complete professionals, Akshay and John went all out to get hands-on training for the sequence.

So much so that professionalism they showed delighted director Rohit Dhawan. “It’s not a long sequence. In fact, they pole dance only for 30 seconds in a song. But Akshay and John are so professional that they trained for it before shooting,” confirms Rohit. “Before the sequence, they visited a few clubs in London — where we were shooting — and jumped on stages to practice with real poles. I think they did the right thing because it’s (pole dancing) not an easy job.”

At the same time, Rohit wants to clarify that his film isn’t about pole dancing, as the general buzz suggests. “Many people feel that the film is about pole dancing or that they are playing pole dancers in the film. But let me clarify that it is not the case. But at the same time, though the pole-dancing bit is a short one, it has big ramifications and really affects their lives. So, it’s an important part of the story,” says Rohit.

Although both John and Akshay went all out for the sequence, Rohit feels it was relatively easier for Akshay. “He is well-versed with Parkour. And since that too involves lot of twist and turns, I think he picked up the tricks easily. But I can say that both the actors have literally put in their best foot forward,” says the director. 

And besides Akshay and John, Deepika Padukone and Chitrangda Singh also star in the film that releases on November 25. The film has been mostly shot in London with very few sequences being canned in studios in Mumbai.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Bollywood action hero Akshay Kumar turns 44!

Bollywood action hero Akshay Kumar turns 44!

Mumbai: Originally known as the Khiladi Kumar of Bollywood, Akshay Kumar celebrates his 44th birthday today.

Born as Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia on 9th September 1967 in a middle class Punjabi family in Amritsar, Akshay has come a long way from being a waiter to becoming one of the top actors of Bollywood, who made his debut in 1991 with ‘Saugandh’ and went on to act in Box Office hits like ‘Khiladi’, ‘Mohra’, ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari’, ‘Hera Pheri’, ‘Dhadkan’, ‘Khakee’, ‘Namastey London’, ‘Welcome’, ‘Singh Is Kinng’, ‘Housefull’ and ‘Palatia House’.

Raised in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk, Akshay lived in Mumbai and studied martial arts in Bangkok, where he also worked as a chef. He returned to India to teach martial arts but was bitten by the Bollywood bug.

Akshay Kumar is looking forward to the release of his maiden overseas production ‘Speedy Singhs.’

Here’s wishing a very happy birthday to Akshay Kumar! 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Preity Zinta calls for pal Akshay Kumar on her chat show

Preity Zinta calls for pal Akshay Kumar on her chat show

Actress Preity Zinta has invited good friend Akshay Kumar for the first episode of her chat show to be aired soon on UTV Stars. Akshay managed to take time out from his tight schedule to be the first one on Zinta's show. The actors shot for the show yesterday and enjoyed the chit chat session through the show.

Preity has been managing quiet new thing in her life these day, she announced her chat show with UTV Stars and is working hard on her home production. Akshay and Preity's pairing can be seen in films like Sangharsh and Jaan-e-mann. Though their on-screen pairing and their films didn't do quite well at the Box-office, the duo became very good friends.

Sources from the show inform that Akshay and Preity behaved like best buddies on the show. Apart from professional life, Zinta conversed with superstar about his personal life also. Akshay was a complete sport and answer Preity's question quiet religiously. The chat show will definitely see the unique casual attitude of the dimpled actress.

Preity's chat show has not yet been titled. The show will be aired on UTV's new channel called UTV Stars. Preity's show will be the first program to be aired on the channel.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Why is Shahid Kapoor insecure about Akshay Kumar?

Why is Shahid Kapoor insecure about Akshay Kumar?

Shahid Kapoor is all set to play Chhota Rajan in Milan Luthria's ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2’. But there’s something that is making Shahid very apprehensive nowadays. Guess, what it is?

There’s a buzz in B-town that Shahid is really very anxious about sharing screen space with none other than Akshay Kumar in ‘Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai 2’. According to sources, in 2005, Akshay and Shahid did a movie titled, ‘Deewane Huye Paagal’. It turned out to be a terrible experience for Shahid as many of his scenes were removed from the movie. In spite of having two stars in the lead, the movie turned out to be a single star movie in the end.

That’s when Shahid decided that no matter what happens, he will only do single-hero movies. Till now, Shahid has stuck to his decision as all his movies be it, ‘Vivaah’, ‘Jab We Met’, ‘Kaminey’ or ‘Mausam’, all of them have been single star movies. 

Now, that Shahid has been approached to do ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2’, Shahid has become really insecure about his role. Even though, he is quite sure that Milan Luthria will do justice to his presence in the movie, Shahid is unsure whether Akshay will again take the full credit away from him just like ‘Deewane Huye Paagal’.
Shahid is still thinking whether he should say yes for the role or not, keeping in mind, his solo stance. Let’s see what happens next… 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Akshay Kumar meets his childhood friend

Akshay Kumar meets his childhood friend

“I believe the first test of a truly great man is humility”, has said John Ruskin and when our very own ‘Khatron Ka Khiladi’, Akshay Kumar, met up with his childhood friend, he passed this test with flying colors.

At a recent event to launch a magazine with Akshay & his wife Twinkle on the cover, Akshay Kumar was pleasantly surprised to be presented with a childhood photograph of himself by his friend and his joy knew no bounds as he walked down the memory lane. “I am very happy to see my friend and I am also glad to see this photograph of my school. I can’t tell you how excited and surprised I am about it,” stated Akshay modestly.

Akshay’s unassuming nature is a known fact and his friend not only confirmed that but also revealed how naughty and fun-loving Akshay was as a kid and still is. Talking about their childhood moments, his friend said, “Rajeev (Akshay Kumar’s original name) was very naughty. I remember, once our teacher and principal called up his father to meet them, even at that time he was smiling as if nothing had happened.”

Humble and mischievous – now that’s a package only ‘Khiladi Kumar’ can portray at his best.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Akshay Kumar loves to surprise his wife Twinkle Khanna.

Akshay Kumar, Twinkle Khanna French holiday

Akshay Kumar loves to surprise his wife Twinkle Khanna. 
This time around the hunk is planning a romantic holiday in France. The actor, who is currently shooting for Sajid Khan's forthcoming film Housefull 2, has his schedule full with back to back film shoots. Thus, he won't be able to give much time to wife and son Aarav for a few months.  
But like a loving husband Akki plans a surprise for wife and son that can compensate his absence. Speaking about it he said, "I am planning to take my wife to a romantic country France this summer." After H2, Akshay will start shooting for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Rowdy Rathore. He will also be shooting for a Hindi remake of a Tamil film Ko. 
No matter how busy he is, Akki never fails to find time for his loved ones.


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Stuntman Akshay hosting the reality TV show Khatron Ke Khiladi 4

Akshay Kumar who will be seen hosting the reality TV show Khatron Ke Khiladi for the third time says he would have been happy being a stuntman if not an actor.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Akshay Kumar performs live stunt for Khatron Ke Khiladi Torchar Level 4

Akshay Kumar performs live stunt for Khatron Ke Khiladi Level 4 

Bollywoods Khiladi Akshay Kumar is all set to step into the shoes of an action hero for a promotional video of the fourth season of the hit show Khatron Ke Khiladi Torchar

Reportedly, Akshay has performed a live stunt at the Filmistan studio in Goregaon, in which the actor jumps from a helicopter and passes through fireballs.

Known for its innovative marketing ideas, Colors has gone all the way to promote its flagship show Khatron Ke Khiladi Torchhar Season 4. Besides using all the traditional marketing tools, the channels new marketing stunt will match the danger level of the show, informed a source.
This will be the first time in many years that the actor will do a stunt and that too live.

eBay to auction Akshays autographed jacket
Indias online retailer eBay and Colors have come together and announced a charity auction, as part of the marketing strategy of Khatron Ke Khiladi Torchar.

As part of the auction, an autographed jacket and a skull finger ring of KKK 4 host Akshay Kumar will be put up for bidding and the money collected will be donated to Concern India Foundation.

The charity auction will start on Tuesday and will end on June 9. The auctions will start at Rs. 1001. Akshay is a firm favorite with eBayers with a Breakfast experience with him garnering over Rs. 6 lakh for the Research Society in 2010, said Deepa Thomas, Senior Manager Pop Culture, eBay India.

Akshay wants to re-shoot some scenes of ' Joker '
Meanwhile, it is being said that the busy actor, who has been giving time to both, Joker and reality show ' Khatron Ke Khiladi 4, wants to re-shoot some scenes of Joker as he is not happy with them.

After seeing a few rushes of the film, Akshay realized that a few scenes could be re-shot for better impact. So he wants to first re-shoot the few scenes and then get going with the rest of the film, disclosed an insider from the movie unit.

Akshay will dub for Hindi version of Transformers Dark Of The Moon

Akshay will dub for Hindi version of Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

By Bollywood Hungama News Network, June 3, 2011 - 09:24 IST
Akshay KumarGlobal superhero films are waking up to India. In an endeavour to gain great visibility in the sub continent too and not just the West, the makers of Transformers franchise have approached none other than Akshay Kumar to dub for the one of the most integral characters of the film, 'Optimus Prime'. Original 'khiladi' of Bollywood has consented as well and would soon be dubbing for Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

"Akshay was pleasantly shocked when he received a call from the makers who requested him to dub for the film", informs a source close to him, "Michael Bay, the man behind Transformersfranchise was personally interested in getting him on board. He wanted someone with a powerful and commanding voice to dub for the Hindi version and felt that Akshay was most suited for the job."

Though Akshay has worked in close to 100 Hindi films and doesn't have any qualms when it comes to dubbing, he knows that dubbing for a character as powerful as Optimus Prime would come with its own challenge. More so because he would not be dubbing for a human being but a machine which is a valiant and heroic leader of the Autobots.

"He is up for it", the source adds, "In fact more than him, it is his son Aarav who is mighty excited about his dad doing the film. He was waiting for the film to arrive this July and watch the film on the big screen. Now he has decided to skip the English version and instead opt for the dubbed Hindi version where he would be able to listen to his dad. Every child looks at his dad as a superhero. Akshay is doing the film for his son."

Though there have been countless Hollywood flicks that have been dubbed in Hindi with professional dubbing artists lending their services, this would be a first when an A-lister from Bollywood would be doing the honours for a Live superhero film. A huge fan of the Transformers series, Akshay is said to have been excited as a child when told that he would now be a part of the franchise.

"He feels that by dubbing for Optimus Prime in the film, he would now be a part of history being made", continues the source, "Akshay hasn't missed a single film in the franchise so far; whether it is Transformers (2007) or Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009). Now even though he is doing double shifts for Joker and Desi Boyz, promoting Khatron Ke Khiladi and would be travelling to London for the shoot of Housefull 2, he has promised Michael Bay that he would take out time and finish the dubbing of Transformers: Dark of the Moon."

Trivia: In the English version, each of the three Transformers films has seen Hollywood dubbing legend Peter Cullen dub for Optimus Prime as the character requires 'a deep, raspy voice'. One now looks forward to hear whether Akshay does something similar or brings in his own style.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Canada's PM Stephen Harper with Akshay Kumar Canadian premiere of Kumar's film Thank You

Conservative leader and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) talks with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar before the start of the Canadian premiere of Kumar's film "Thank You" during a campaign stop at a theatre in Brampton

Monday, April 4, 2011

Desi Boyz Movie Cast & Crew

Desi Boyz Movie

Cast & Crew  

Eros Entertainment

Under Production 


Release Date
November 18, 2011


Action  /  Comedy 

Shooting Studios
Mehboob Studio

Kishore Lulla

Rohit Dhawan

Star Cast
Akshay Kumar
John Abraham
Deepika Padukone

Cassettes and CD's on


Akshay Kumar Byte After Winning of Cricket World Cup 2011

Akshay Kumar Byte After Winning of Cricket World Cup 2011

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Amitabh Bachchan Shahrukh Khan Akshay Kumar highest advance tax payers

Amitabh Bachchan Shahrukh Khan Akshay Kumar highest advance tax payers

Bollywood stars have emerged among the highest tax payers recently. Besides, Akshay, SRK and Amitabh Bachchan, known businessmen from the mining sector are also included in the list.

Advance tax is based on the taxpayers' projected earnings. It is paid in installments in June, September, December and March.

According to reports, Akshay Kumar and Shahrukh Khan have paid 10 crore each as advance tax. However, reports add that Akshay has paid 50 lakh more in tax this fiscal as compared to Shahrukh Khan. Akshay sure is a serious tax payer, we say!

It is important to note that some of India's and the world's wealthiest such as Mukesh Ambani and Azim Premji have not featured in this list! These Bollywood superstars were way ahead of stars from the cricketing world -- Sachin Tendulkar and M S Dhoni -- both of whom did not make it to the list of top 15. However, both these cricketers are in the list of top 100 advance taxpayers.

Besides Bollywood superstars, Kamaljeet Singh Ahluwalia from the mining industry leads the top 15 list. He's paid an advance tax of 50 crore in March along with a total of 95 crore in advance tax this fiscal.

Asim Ghosh, former CEO of Vodafone Essar, paid 27 crore, while Dabur's Vivek C Burman paid 22.6 crore tax in March.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

There was a certain bounce within

Jalsa , Mumbai           Mar  28 , 2011           Mon  10 : 55 PM
There was a certain bounce within, the entire day. Particularly so in the early hours of the morning. At the gym and then thereafter at the shoot. The energy was good and there was speed in communicating and movement. Sometimes I wonder why every day cannot be so. Is there something different that I do, or eat, or whatever ??
Anyway it was good to be in cheer. The work was not too complicated and we finished ahead of time and schedule, came back to the house in record time of an hour and a half .. thats being ’sarki’ .. it should not take more than 20 mins, and watched the replay of the India vs Australia World Cup game, which was most exciting.
It is now time for the pillow, for, tomorrow is another early call and in several directions. Dubbing in the early hours for Tanishq the jewelry product we endorse and then back to ‘BBUDDAH’.
There is development for the VOG to be spread beyond Indian shores to the United Kingdom and with several other additional services to be included. As we talk there are some very serious minded people sitting across business like tables getting word perfect in order to sign relevant documents. Once it is done I shall be in a better position to guide and advise those that wish to hear my voice in the mornings - not an entirely welcome suggestion - on how we can communicate even better than what we already are. Apart from my morning rants there shall be systems set in place when you would be able to speak to me in person and give me the great pleasure of answering some of your queries. This could come about through a contest or then perhaps through a random choice pick up, pulled out from the proverbial hat !! That should be a lot of fun. From being a mere number or a name or simply an address there shall now be with me a face and a voice of those that shall speak with me. This is such a welcome invention. Nothing quite as connected as an audio connect. So .. get your throats in order dearest FmXt, its time now for sound !!
The shoot today required a crowd of people in the scene. Not too many but many enough ! And it was both joyous and a bit sad to meet some of the oldest ‘junior artists’ in the business. Still the same in demeanor, in spirit and still doing the same job - to be standing around in the background somewhere. I have been at it for 41 years. And they were there before me. For all these years they have remained steadfast in their work. No change in temperament or attitude. They have aged a bit, but otherwise nothing. Never getting the highlight of importance, never aspiring to become bigger than what they were and always there. I wonder if some among them came along just like so many aspirants, to join cinema, and having not gone beyond those first assessments that producers and prospective makers do, have remained satisfied with being what they are doing now. Part of a crowd !
There is a sense of satisfaction among them. They feel they have been fated to be in such condition and are happy with their contribution to the product. No Shashi Kapoor here to pull a starving Amitabh out from the crowd of mourners as junior artists, in his film by Ivory-Merchant. No admonition of wasting time in such practices. Just a job that needs to be done and thats it. Long years ago a team from Britain I think, came across to make a film document on the lives of these junior artists and I remember them featuring a young man who we often met on set, talking about his dream of wanting to become a leading man. But when rejection faced him he turned to being a ‘junior artist’ for his survival and remained thus - close to the stars, but not them !!
There lives have been always filled with a certain poignancy. I have felt deeply on their plight at times. Of how they are categorized on the strength of their presence and ability. Of their physical conditioning and their aptness to be either presentable for high society set ups or to be relegated to the more rural designed films, where that certain sophistication of the metro was not a necessity. Many a times they lost good opportunities because they were unable to dress themselves more elegantly. They not having the means to buy a suit or proper clothing.
I used to part with my excess to them at times and it would be a happy yet sobering site to see their faces brighten up at the thought of being on set now, in the more elegant requirements from a crowd, simply because they had the privilege of possessing a suit - their passport to a better pay packet ! Many of them have fallen on bad times. They have aged and lost that appeal that may have been required for a young sequence - a party or club scene perhaps. Their only means of earning and feeding themselves has been their physicality. And they now have fallen into a lower category. At times on set I overhear discussion on production among the line producers and the assistants and hear them spelling out what their requirements shall be for the coming day.
‘Get me the A category junior artists’  they would state. Or on occasion settle with … ‘ ok B category chale ga’. Its almost inhuman. Like sheep or cattle graded by their genetic status. All over the world they were known and still are addressed as ‘extras’. But in our Industry the word was changed by stalwarts who felt that the word was impolite and degrading for a human, and so the term ‘junior artist’ was coined which certainly gave them a certain amount of dignity and respect !
It is a harsh and ruthless world, the world of films. Is it any wonder then that many within it end up the way they do … !!
My love and more …
Amitabh Bachchan

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Penguin Land Shartleess पेंग्विन लैंड में शर्टलेस

Penguin Land Shartleess
Akshay Kumar did not fuckin players are players. They do say that some of his films are wondering what their directors fall.

Akshay in Sajid Nadiadwala's film Housefull 2 ​​ऎsi shooting locations where the first shooting a Bollywood actor who has not. The film is in Antarctica. Akki's shooting here through Shartleess. Introductory scene of the fighting Willne them to be shown. Penguin popular for the same scene they are shooting in Antarctica. Even after such a low temperature, without Akki made a complaint through Shartleess sequence for about 10 minutes shooting. Before any Indian film in Antarctica is not. Filmmekara action sequence in a freezing climate can not even think to do so. It is not easy to take permission to shoot.Director Sajid Khan says, so I'm shooting in Antarctica. The world's coldest place. Here are just being made Dochyumentryj. 

पेंग्विन लैंड में शर्टलेस
अक्षय कुमार को खिलाडियों का खिलाड़ी यूं ही नहीं कहा जाता। वे अपनी फिल्मों में कुछ ऎसा कर जाते हैं कि उनके डायरेक्टर्स भी हैरत में पड़ जाते हैं।

साजिद नाडियाडवाला की फिल्म हाउसफुल 2 में अक्षय ऎसी लोकेशन पर शूटिंग कर रहे हैं जहां पहले किसी बॉलीवुड एक्टर ने शूटिंग नहीं की है। फिल्म की शूटिंग अंटार्कटिका में हो रही है। अक्की ने यहां शर्टलेस होकर शूटिंग की है। उन्हें अपने इंट्रोडक्टरी सीन में विलन से फाइटिंग करते दिखाया जाएगा। इसी सीन में वे पेंग्विन के लिए लोकप्रिय अंटार्कटिका में शूट कर रहे हैं। इतना कम तापमान होने के बाद भी अक्की ने बिना कोई शिकायत किए शर्टलेस होकर करीब 10 मिनट के सीक्वेंस के लिए शूटिंग कर रहे हैं। इससे पहले किसी इंडियन फिल्म की शूटिंग अंटार्कटिका में नहीं हुई है। कोई फिल्ममेकर फ्रीजिंग क्लाइमेट में एक्शन सीक्वेंस करने की तो सोच भी नहीं सकता। यहां शूटिंग के लिए इजाजत लेना भी आसान नहीं है। डायरेक्टर साजिद खान कहते हैं हां मैं अंटार्कटिका में शूटिंग कर रहा हूं। ये दुनिया की सबसे ठंडी जगह है। यहां सिर्फ डॉक्युमेंट्रीज ही बनती हैं। हाउसफुल 2 पहली हिंदी फिल्म होगी जिसकी शूटिंग यहां हो रही है।


Monday, March 21, 2011

Akshay not Salman now the new players! अब अक्षय नहीं सलमान हैं नए खिलाड़ी!

Akshay not Salman now the new players! 

Mumbai. Big Boss anchoring strongly to become King of Bollywood actor Salman Khan sitting small screen. The news that the player's fourth season of the dangers Khan Akshay Kumar has taken place. Commitment to the channel was renewable.

Renewable sources when he heard the news close friends left stunned.According to sources, Salman ready by the Bhushan Kumar's film during the shooting of the promo Cecece-4 shooting in Bangkok. Samlan contract signed on do not shoot without any promo. Dus Ka Dum, Big Boss 4 and overbearing after the huge success of the Stars Bualandioan on Salman.

However, Akshay has dismissed these reports. He Uaktaroan players have heard rumors of the arrival of Salman Khan in his place but they do not trust the information they do not do it until the channel.

अब अक्षय नहीं सलमान हैं नए खिलाड़ी!

मुंबई। बिग बॉस में जोरदार एंकरिंग करने वाले बॉलीवुड अभिनेता सलमान खान छोटे पर्दे के किंग बन बैठे हैं। खबर है कि सलमान ने खतरों के खिलाड़ी के चौथे सीजन में अक्षय कुमार की जगह ले ली है। जबकि चैनल ने अक्षय से कमिटमेंट किया था।

सूत्रों के मुताबिक जब अक्षय के करीबी दोस्तों ने यह खबर सुनाई तो वह भौचक रह गए। सूत्रों की मानें तो सलमान ने भूषण कुमार की फिल्म रेडी की शूटिंग के दौरान ही केकेके-4 के प्रोमो की शूटिंग भी बैंकॉक में की। समलान कॉन्ट्रैक्ट पर साइन किए बिना किसी भी प्रोमो की शूटिंग नहीं करते हैं। दस का दम, बिग बॉस-4 और दबंग की अपार सफलता के बाद सलमान के सितारे बुलंदियों पर हैं।

हालांकि, अक्षय ने इन खबरों को खारिज कर दिया है। उन्होंने कहा कि उखतरों के खिलाड़ी में उनकी जगह सलमान के आने की अफवाहें सुनी हैं पर उन्हें इन पर विश्वास नहीं है जब तक कि चैनल इसकी जानकारी उन्हें नहीं देता है।


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