Sep 162014

Mumbai: Shah Rukh Khan, the reigning star of Hindi cinema, is all set to embark on World tour with the “Happy New Year” team. He says he is doing it to entertain audiences and not for his own interest or advantage.

Madhuri Dixit, Malaika Arora Khan, singers Yo Yo Honey Singh and Kanika Kapoor will join Shah Rukh’s entourage for SLAM tour, starting Sep 19 in Houston.

“World tour is not a selfish show, it’s for the viewers. We are going to entertain them,” SRK told when asked about the details of the show by reporters at the music launch of “Happy New Year” Monday.

Other than SRK, the starry cast of Farah Khan’s directorial “Happy New Year” includes Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah.

“We will be performing on songs from ‘Happy New Year’ and on our other famous songs as well. Boman and Farah will do a special performance ‘Darde disco’ with their six pack abs (laughs),” added the superstar.

Farah and Boman had romanced each other in 2012 release “Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi”

Sep 152014


By PTI |Posted 15-Sep-2014

Naseeruddin Shah’s unresolved relationship with his father Aley Mohammed Shah still haunts him and the actor in his autobiography has opened up about how he managed to have a real conversation with his parent only at his grave.

Naseeruddin ShahNaseeruddin Shah. Pic/Satyajit Desai

Their uneasy relationship despite the obvious affection they had for each other, flows like an undercurrent throughout the memoir ‘And Then One Day’ that details the first forty years of Shah’s life and his struggle to find his voice as an actor, a dream that greatly clashed with his father’s idea of how his son’s life should be.

The 64-year-old actor recalls how he could not be with his father during his final moments as he failed to convince the airlines’ staff about the urgency of boarding a flight. In one of the most moving parts of the book, Shah describes how he finally managed to reach out to his father post his death.

“The day I arrived in Sardhana I visited the mound of earth that was Baba now and we had the first of the many easy conversations I was later to have with him. That day I talked to him about the film I had just done, felt his amusement at my playing a shaven-headed Hindu priest,” Shah writes.

“… I told him about my dreams and my doubts, about Ratna (Shah’s wife) whom he had never met, about how much I was now earning, anything that came into my head. I knew he was listening and responding. This was an actual conversation in which I took the initiative. I suddenly began to feel the weight of all I had lost out on and would never regain and I was surprised by how much I suddenly missed him.”

In one of the earlier chapters of the autobiography, Shah says, “I was always told I was my father’s favourite, words that would come back to haunt me later.”

The actor, who also speaks candidly about his mistakes as a parent to his eldest daughter Heeba from his ill-fated first marriage to Purveen in the book, wonders hether he was a ‘disappointment’ right from the start as his father wanted a daughter.

Shah’s father spent a small fortune on tutors while the actor fantasised about escaping to the world of cricket and acting, as he failed to measure up to his father’sexpectations academically. He even ran away to Bombay for two months when he was sixteen and worked in Rajendra Kumar-starrer ‘Aman’ as an extra.

The long simmering resentment finally exploded into an argument between the two many years later when Shah was scolded for starting a hunger strike at FTII. Shah reasons that his hunger and anger made him snap finally and he started yelling at his father.

“I told him I knew he could not tolerate my presence, well I had news for him-the feeling was mutual, I had never cared for him just as he had never cared for me and I knew he just wanted an excuse to lose me. I told him he was done with me forever.

“As I went on frothing at the mouth, he stayed silent but hurt and fear appeared in his eyes. I picked up my bag to go but he did not move. Had it not been for Ammi’s intervention at that moment I would probably never have gone anywhere near him again. So convinced was I that he deserved to be told all this that I was oblivious to how deep a wound I was inflicting,” Shah writes.

They finally managed to work out an uneasy acceptance for each other and Shah’s father was even happy that when the actor finally got his big break in Shyam Benegal’s ‘Nishant’ in 1975, he did not change his name. Shah says it was the only film that his father saw twice.

Sep 072014

New Delhi: Priyanka Chopra’s ‘Mary Kom’ is set for a strong first weekend as within first two days of its release the flick has got an exceptional response considering it’s genre.

After the opening day figures of Rs 8 cr, the biopic witnessed a decent growth and collected Rs 9.75 cr on Saturday taking the two days total to Rs 17.75 cr nett in India.

Released in around 3,000 screens all over, the Omung Kumar directorial is expected to make good business considering it’s also the solo release this week, though it has received mixed response by the critics.

Compared to other women-centric hits released earlier this year namely Queen and Mardaani, Mary Kom’s collection is leading way ahead. Rani Mukerji’s ‘Mardaani’ in its first two days made mere Rs 8.21 cr while Kangana Ranaut’s ‘Queen’ earned just over Rs 5 cr in India. However, Queen became a slow hit in India while it’s still running at overseas.

Being made tax-free by the government of numerous states, Mardaani in its two weeks has made Rs 31.80 cr nett in India as per data collected by a leading daily website Koimoi.

Mary Kom too is helped similarly and since it has a major number of screens counts comparatively, the collection is expected to grow further.

Ajay Devgn and Kareena Kapoor Khan starrer Singham Returns, on the other hand, in three weeks has made Rs 140 cr nett in India and is still counting in its fourth week.

Last week’s release ‘Raja Natwarlal’ was already facing a tough competition from earlier releases namely Mardaani and Singham Returns and now it’s completely overshadowed by Pee Cee’s Mary Kom. In its first week, Raja Natwarlal has made only Rs 26 cr which doesn’t even recover its production cost.