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Shilpa Shetty Says Good-Bye to Jade Goody

March 16 2009 20:30 PST

There are some fights that seem to be so bad that there isn't any possibility of reconciliation. But Shilpa Shetty and Jade Goody are examples of two people who have turned their relationship around. The time when Shilpa Shetty felt harassed by Jade Goody is long forgotten by the Bollywood actress. The two were once enemies, but turned into good friends despite the issues of race that arose during "Big Brother" in 2007.

Jade Goody has been fighting a losing battle with cervical cancer. And Shilpa Shetty sees this as her chance to say one last goodbye to her enemy turned friend. Jade Goody's health has especially deteriorated in the last few days and friends and family are concerned that this may be the end.

A close friend of Shilpa Shetty's told sources that "Whatever happened between Shilpa and Jade was in the past. Shilpa can't believe how fast Jade's life has been devastated. It has made her realize the futility of fights, rivalries and mundane bickering...Yes, she's been very keen to meet Jade for a while, but was unable to make it because of her various commitments. But now there seems to be little choice. Either Shilpa rushes to meet Jade now or it's too late."

The actress has truly shown a spirit of forgiveness and has seen her opportunity to say a final good-bye to someone she may have had a rough start with. As the gorgeous Shilpa Shetty hurriedly finished off any last-minute chores before going to London to see Jade Goody one last time she told sources, "I really don't want to say anything on this. It's too personal. But what has happened with Jade is really sad."
We want to know what our readers think about the way that Shilpa Shetty and Jade Goody's relationship has turned around.

Shilpa Shetty and Jade Goody.



Country Club of India's Rang Barse Celebration

March 12 2009 19:20 PST

Everyone was celebrating Holi on Wednesday and we've been catching you up on all the parties you might have missed. The Country Club of India also celebrated Holi at its clubs across the country. The Country Club of India managed to create cheer and vibrancy in the air. They made some pretty elaborate arrangements with its show Rang Barse-including celebrities, DJ Music and of course colorful hues of gulal. The setting for the Holi celebration was nothing short of beautiful.

The film stars who joined in the fun at Country Club's Spring Club in Kandivali Mumbai included Koena Mitra, Geeta Basra, Anjana Sukhani and Nauheed Cyrusi. Most Holi celebrations are a color fest that leave everyone covered with gulal. But most of these Bollywood babes at this bash seemed to be struggling to keep the color off of their white outfits.

Mr. Rajeev Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director at the Country Club of India spoke on the Holi celebrations saying" the Country Club has always valued the multi layered diversity of Indian culture reflecting in its festivals in resplendent colors. Our members consist of varied communities so one will find us celebrating [everything] from Lori to Holi, Christmas to Id symbolizing oneness and cultural integration. Across the country, in its clubs spread all over, Country Club of India celebrated Holi with enthusiasm and gusto adding colors to the lives of its esteemed members."

Well we know many of you had your own Holi celebrations in progress, that's why we have some pictures from the ones that took place at the Country Club of India. Check out the pictures and let us know what you think about the actresses. Do you think the celebrations at the Country Club of India were more subdued than those taking place elsewhere? Let us know your thoughts and opinions on the Country Club of India's celebrations.



Zoom TV Holi Celebration

March 12 2009 17:50 PST

This past Wednesday was a day filled with festivities for many people in India as it marked the day of Holi. We told you all about Shilpa Shetty's pre-Holi Rajasthan Royals bash over the weekend. Well on Tuesday it didn't matter if you were young or old or a celebrity; people all over the country were running around in celebration, covering one another in bright colors. It was a day where everyone seemed to let their cares fall away so they could just have fun and enjoy themselves.

As always, Zoom TV India was no exception as they hosted their annual Holi Bash on Tuesday in Mumbai. Although everyone was covered in colors, the stars that showed up for the party still managed to look sexy and fabulous. Some of the Bollywood and TV babes who have made an appearance in the past and this year include Deepshikha, Alina, Sana, Neetu Chandra, Anjana Sukhani, and Rajeshwari Sachdev. That's why it was no surprise that Bollywood and TV celebrities like Adhyayan Suman, Varun Badola and many others were seen at this year's Zoom TV party. Everyone at the bash was covered in colors and even using water guns to continue the fun and joy.

Since we know many of our readers were celebrating in their own ways and couldn't go to the party, we managed to snag some pictures from the Zoom TV annual Holi party. We have a small look into all the fun that you may have missed. Check out the actors and TV personalities and let us know what you think. Do you wish you could've been a part of all the fun? How did our readers who observe Holi celebrate the holiday? As always we look forward to your thoughts, so don't forget to write them in below!

Deepshikha, Alina, Sana, Neetu Chandra, Anjana Sukhani, and Rajeshwari Sachdev at Holi Bash

celebs enjoying holi bash

people taking it all in at holi bash

shooting off water guns at Holi Bash 2009



Exclusive Interview: Katrina Kaif

January 16 2009 20:25 PST

We got up close and personal with Katrina Kaif! Read the interview below and find out about her new endorsement, films and more!

DH!: So in your new campaign for Nakshatra diamonds, you look ridiculously stunning! Can you tell us more about the shoot?

Katrina Kaif: Thank-you, it's been a wonderful journey; we had an amazing time shooting the commercial. My dear friend Ahmed Khan was the choreographer, who was kind enough to help us out. We've tried our best. It's an amazing concept, what we're tried to do is to tie in the elements of astrology, seeing what diamonds and gems symbolize. We've gotten a wonderful response; hope the journey continues to be successful.

DH!: In the ad you play the goddess of luck. Are you really good luck?

Katrina Kaif: (Laughs) I am so glad you brought that up. We are in no way incorporating that I am the goddess of luck. The ad represents a goddess of luck with elements of Astrology and gem energies and I am simply playing the character.

DH!: Are you really into Astrology?

Katrina Kaif: I am not completely into it. However, it does excite me, when I meet someone who can read hands or who is into stars and numbers. It's good to get a glimpse of what's in store for you. I have met people who have sworn that certain gems have helped them a lot. I guess the energies that many of these gems contain when connected, they can change your life for the better.

DH!: So are diamonds really a girl's best friend?

Katrina Kaif: Diamonds symbolize security. They are forever. You can pass them on to the next generation and I think that's the reason why diamonds are so special for almost all women, including myself.

DH!: Was the reason you decided to work for Nakshatra luck or so you could get some luck?

Katrina Kaif: (Takes a long pause) I find Nakshatra has beautiful collection, I am not the one who is too fond of loud jewelry, and Nakshatra completely suits my personality. I can connect with the designs rather comfortably. Besides this is the company that has done the best in the business. So why not opt for it? I am the kind of person who chooses my brands only if I use them or believe in them. I love the designs that Nakshatra offers. They have something for every occasion. I've heard them being the ambassador of this trade mark, has helped me as well as the company. Together we can continue to have a great partnership (smiles).

DH!: Was it scary to have to replace Aishwarya Rai?

Katrina Kaif: Not really. It's business and one needs to move on from time to time. I have no problems with Aishwarya, she did a great job being the brand ambassador to Nakshatra and now it's my turn.

DH!: Did you consult anyone before taking up the Nakshatra offer?

Katrina Kaif: No, I make my own decisions. As I said earlier, if I believe in something I will endorse it.

DH!: So why didn't you go to any New Year's parties this past year?

Katrina Kaif: I did sign up for an event, but things in Mumbai got pretty out of control. Thus the event organizers and I decided to bail out on the event. Plus it doesn't sound good to perform and party when the city is destructed to such an extent.

DH!: How do you feel about being voted the sexiest female in India this year?

Katrina Kaif: It's a great honor that I am appreciated by so many people. But honestly, I don't find myself sexy. I have to thank my fans for their constant love and support. I just don't know what else to say. Frankly I was quite overwhelmed with the title.

DH!: What's it like working with Ranbir Kapoor in "Ooty"?

Katrina Kaif: Ranbir is so fun to work with. We had a great time shooting for Rajkumar Santoshi's "Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani" for about two months. It was a real stress buster for me, from the city life.

DH!: So everyone is dying to know more about the "slapping" incident!

Katrina Kaif: (Laughs) I am going to get Ranbir for that. Actually I am quite accident prone. Ranbir poor thing missed his cue and slapped me really hard. My face was all puffed up and we had to cancel shooting for the day.

DH!: Was the film city accident next?

Katrina Kaif: Oh gosh yes! (Blushes) I was shooting for Priyadharshi's "Dhan Dhana Dhan" at film city. I had to shoot underwater. My leg got tangled under the water. Akki (Akshay Kumar) came to my rescue. I am taking my time to recover from it.

DH!: Is it true that Deepika Padukone visited the set of "Ooty" to spy on Ranbir and you who are supposedly having an affair?

Katrina Kaif: An affair? Ha, that's utter rubbish (sarcastically laughs it off). Deepika did visit us and we had some great times with her on set. This was the first time I got to spend so much time with her. I do not know of any problem that might have happened between the two, it's their personal issue and I am no where a part of it.

DH!: Is is it true that things are so bad with you and Salman Khan right now, that you didn't even go to his birthday party?

Katrina Kaif: It's too personal to answer that. People know that I am not the kind of person to talk about my personal life. I just didn't go to the birthday party because I had a leg injury a few weeks ago, and I kept myself isolated. My absence at his birthday was blown completely out of proportion. (Grins), if people want to believe rumors, well than I cannot do anything much about it, can I?

DH!: Is there any truth to the rumor that you and Zarine Khan supposedly went off on each other on the set of "Veer" when you were visiting?

Katrina Kaif: (Looks down) I really don't understand why people spread rumors like this. I went once to the set of Veer to meet Salman. I had my day off, and decided to just go on the set and meet Vipul as well. There's nothing more to it. I have nothing against Zarina, she was doing her job. I was minding my own business and she was minding hers. I didn't meet Salman on his birthday either, so this was a good opportunity to catch up with him as well.

DH!: Which are you looking more forward to "Dhan Dhana Dhan" or "Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani"?

Katrina Kaif: "Dhan Dhana Dhan" has me and Akshay Kumar in it, which is something I look forward to, whereas me and Ranbir are together for the first in "Ajab Prem", so I would love to know how that's going to turn out to be. (Smiles)

Collage of pictures of Katrina Kaif For interview

Katrina Kaif Picture for interview



Katrina Kaif Plays Small Role in 'Blue'

March 03 2009 17:10 PST

Akshay Kumar's upcoming film, 'Blue' has been the talk of the town lately; with international pop star Kylie Minogue descending upon Mumbai to film an item song as well as a few scenes. With all the frenzy it might be easy to forget that there are other Bollywood stars in the film, including Katrina Kaif.

Now when you mention Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif in the same film, one automatically expects Katrina to have a full-fledged role in the film, remember 'Namaste London,' 'Humko Deewana Kar Gaye,' 'Welcome' and 'Singh Is Kinng'? Well if that's what you expect from 'Blue' then you'll be in for a surprise!

In actuality, the film's leading heroine is Lara Dutta and Katrina is just doing an item song and a few scenes in the film. While rumors have been swirling that her role in the movie has been extended to cash in on her star value, Katrina herself confirmed that her she has a very small role in the film. Too bad for all of Kat's legions of fans!

She's already shot her scenes in Bangkok and will be shooting her item song in Mumbai soon. It's rumored that while she's paired opposite Akshay in the film (uhh... duh!) she gets killed off after a few scenes. While you'd think Katrina wouldn't be happy with that, the actress has actually known the size of her role since the beginning. Hmm... maybe Akshay had a helping hand in getting her aboard!

But Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif fans shouldn't feel too down in the dumps, because the duo will be seen in full-fledged roles starring opposite each other in the upcoming film, 'De Dhana Dhan,' very soon! So what do you think of Katrina's small role in 'Blue'? Do you think she should have a bigger role? Drop us a comment with your thoughts!

Katrince Kaif Face Shot



Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan to Star in 'Race 2'

February 10 2009 22:05 PST

That's right! There's another film starring real life couple, Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan! With the success of last year's film, 'Race' which featured Saif Ali Khan, Katrina Kaif, Bipasha Basu, Anil Kapoor and Akshaye Khanna, it seems like the producers, the directors, Abaas Mustan and actors Saif and Anil all want to create a sequel (something Bollywood's been doing more and more of as late). It features some of the old cast members, but alas some have been given the pink slip!

Naturally, Katrina and Akshaye won't be returning as they were both killed at the end of the film (sorry to burst your bubble if you haven't seen it!). The biggest surprise though is the fact that Bipasha Basu who was a prominent part of the first film, as Saif's love interest, won't be returning. Instead she's been replaced by Saif's real life lady love, Kareena Kaporr. Hmm... sounds like Saif did some rallying for Kareena! Saif believes naturally, that he's thrilled by the idea of working with Kareena in the film, saying it would be, "slicker, sexier, faster and more thrilling." So what are you trying to say Saif, Bipasha's not hot? Hmmm??? Jokes aside, do you guys think the movie would be hotter with Kareena or Bipasha?

Another thing to note is that this marks yet another film starring the couple, other films include, 'Roadside Romeo,' 'Omkara,' and 'Tashan.' They are also busy shooting a film together for director Rensil D'Silva based on terrorism. So we want to know what you guys think. Is this overkill on the part of the couple? They're constantly in the limelight, subject to media scrutiny and know they're starring in a number of films together. Is this too much Saifeena in your face? Drop us a comment with your thoughts!

Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan on the front cover of Harper's Bazaar India.

Do We Owe it to Rishi Rich?

March 10 2009 11:25 PST

Rishi Rich is one of the hottest names in Desi music today.There is always a huge fan following for Rishi Rich and the projects that he gets involved in. His work has been heard and appreciated in several tracks of globally renowned artists. He has also been an integral component in making success stories of many of the artists we know and love.

So do we owe it to Rish Rich for the flourishing Urban Desi music scene? Well the Urban Desi artists he has influenced have worked on projects from Bollywood to the American music industry.

Veronica is a perfect example of a Urban Desi singer who thanks Rishi Rich for her career. She said in an interview a few years ago, "I knew of Rishi and that he was a producer, heard that he was looking for a female singer so I got in touch with him in 1996. It all happened quite quickly. I went down for an audition and it was instant chemistry! He was part of a remix outfit known as 2kool. I was featured on one of the tracks with Kumar Sanu. Then in 1997 he left and we formed the group VR1. We've been working together...for years now." Veronica's first debut album went double platinum in India and her talent has been showcased in major Bollywood projects, which gave her and the talent in the Urban Desi scene more recognition.

Mega star Jay Sean said of Rishi Rich, "Rishi's an important part of my whole career, he's fundamental. He was the one who discovered me and had the faith to encourage me...Some close friends heard an early song I wrote called 'One Minute.' Rishi Rich was one of the people that heard it. I had heard about him through the streets. When we met, he asked me to sing for him on the spot! Rishi told his management about me, and on the strength of my impromptu performance, they wanted me to join their crew." Now Jay Sean is a successful rising star whose talent has now broken into the mainstream.

Teaming up with Rishi Rich has more than enhanced the careers of many more artist like, H-Dhami, Mumzy, and Juggy D.

So do we owe it to Rishi Rich for the booming Urban Desi scene? Write your comments below and list your personal Rishi Rich favorites below.

headshots of rishi rich artists



UK AMA Award Winners

The 7th UK AMA's were held last night where the best of the best were getting their due for their hard work and talent. The event, held at the Royal Festival Hall, was definitely a showcase for new and old British Asian acts to get together in the same spotlight.

Jay Sean won three awards, including Best Male Act and Best Album for 'My Own Way.' M.I.A. won for Best Female Act, but due to the birth of her son whose name is still withheld, she was unable to attend.
Big time producer Rishi Rich took home the award for Best Producer, but he also won the award for Commitment to the Scene. Rishi Rich Productions also took the stage and showed everyone the new stuff they've been working out.

Just as good as the awards last night were the performances. Amar performed her new song, 'Show it Off' with Timbaland affiliated producers Jim Beanz and Rebel. R&B act Jagged Edge came through to perform with Brit-Asian producer Shayal and D Boy, Sef, Truth, and Romeo of So Solid got together on stage to give a hot performance. Last night was undoubtedly the beginning of the trend of up and coming British acts collaborating with some of the top artists and producers from the UK and the US. It sounded real good last night so hopefully it continues.

The big surprise of the night came when former member of the Fugees Pras teamed up with British Asian singer and actress Preeya Kalidas.That was very much unexpected. We also saw a funky twist to A. R. Rahman's "Ringa Ringa" from the soundtrack of Oscar winning movie "Slumdog Millionaire" performed by Karen David, Shahin Badar and Metz and Trix. Speaking of A.R. Rahman, he won the Outstanding Achievement Award for all his work. This was a fitting award for him after all of the amazing work he has made over the last nearly two decades.

Here is the list of the winners from last night's show. Do you agree with them? Do you feel your favorite artist got the shaft last night? Let us know what you think about the results of last night's 7th UK AMA's. While you're at it, check out some pictures of some of the night's biggest acts.

Winners on the night:
* Best Producer - Rishi Rich - Sadke Java
* Best Club DJ - DJ Vix
* Best Female Act - M.I.A
* Best Male Act - Jay Sean
* Best Act - H Dhami
* Best International Act - Miss Pooja
* Best International Album - Gurdas Mann - Boot Polishan
* Best Alternative Act - Nitin Sawhney
* Best Newcomer - Jaz Dhami
* Best Video - Jazzy B - Rambo
* Best Album - Jay Sean - My Own Way
* Best Urban Act - Jay Sean
* Best Radio Show - Bobby Friction - BBC Asian Network
* Commitment to the Scene - Rishi Rich
* Outstanding Achievement - A.R. Rahman

Tasha Tah, Juggy D, and Veronica

Tasha Tah, Juggy D, and Veronica at the UK AMA's

MC Riz and Rishi Rich

Riz MC and Rishi Rich at the UK AMA's

Preeya Kalidas

Preeya Kalidas at the UK AMA's

Jay Sean

Jay Sean at the UK AMA's

Bobby Friction

Bobby Friction at the UK AMA's

H Dhami

H Dhami at the UK AMA's



Michael Jackson Suffering from Possible Flesh-Eating Infection

Michael Jackson's already questionable health is getting worse. Jackson is now suffering from an MRSA skin infection that has now spread throughout his body. The bug is allegedly a byproduct of the cosmetic surgery Jackson has had over the years, especially on his nose. This infection could eat away at his skin. Yikes!

A source close to the situation is saying Jackson is being worked on aggressively by the doctors. "There's a chance it could turn into a flesh-eating disorder where it begins to kill off his skin so he's being very carefully monitored," the source said. Jackson is currently being treated at a Beverly Hills clinic.

The pictures that have surfaced recently show Michael Jackson with doctor's mask on and all, looking very sick, pale, and disheveled. His hand looks like one of those phones that are clear so you can see the inner wires and chips. It's just not a pretty sight at all.

For those that are unaware, MRSA stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium that does not react well, if at all, to conventional medication and antibiotics. In inflames the skin, infects it, and makes it very swollen. Michael Jackson's hand is as big as a catcher's mitt. The MRSA infection could continue to send the 50 year old legend to the hospital as reconstructive surgery could become an option.

Dr. Anthony Youn, a "surgeon for the stars," says this is a matter that is not to be taken lightly. "In some worse cases surgeons will have to remove the infected tissue if it dies - leaving the patient needing major reconstructive surgery. It is particularly worrying if it is on the face." Jackson's face also had a swollen cheek. Jackson claims he suffered from a skin condition called vitiligo a disease that causes a loss of pigment that of which is clearly evident with Michael Jackson. He announced this during the now infamous interview with Martin Bashir during his suspicion of child molestation.

At least they're working on this condition and hoping to heal this early before things get out of hand. Hopefully Michael Jackson makes it through this ordeal and regains his health. One more thing, stay away from the surgeon's knife, Michael. You've done enough. Tell us what you think about his current condition and how you feel about his deteriorating health.

Michael Jackson in court with a surgically repaired nose



Lady GaGa's US and Australia Tour Dates Revealed

March 16 2009 19:50 PST

Lady GaGa is taking her glamorous act on the road. The talented pop star is getting ready for her first headlining tour called 'The Fame Ball.' Riding high from her successful debut album, 'The Fame,' Lady GaGa is showing everyone what got her to star status and what her live show is all about.

Lady GaGa's live show is generally known as one of her main attributes. She can chill at the keyboard and get real in depth, or just get real funky on stage performing her hits 'Just Dance' and 'Poker Face.' Lady GaGa definitely has a following, including artists like Kanye West, Diddy, Lil' Jon, and blogger Perez Hilton. If these fellow artists love them some Lady GaGa, then it's definitely something worth checking out.

Now, we don't see a tour stop in India, but I'm sure Lady GaGa will make sure to stop by and greet the people there who are just getting to know her, if not, fully fledged fans already. The tour started this past Friday in Los Angeles and will make stops in New York, Chicago, Montreal, Boston, and even Moscow before taking her show down under to Australia for that leg of the tour. She is definitely going to rack up a ton of frequent flyer miles!

So, if you're in town and you got the time and money, go catch a Lady GaGa show. If you weren't disappointed by her music, you definitely won't be disappointed by the show. So, we want to know your thoughts about Lady GaGa headlining a tour. Do you think she can pull it off this early into her career? Well, here are her tour dates. Let us know what you think and make sure to keep a look out for Lady GaGa's interview with our very own DH! presenter, Arun to find out more about Lady GaGa!

March 2009
12 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
14 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
16 - Seattle, WA - Showbox At The Market
17 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
18 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
21 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
23 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
24 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
25 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
26 - Toronto, Ontario - Element Bar
27 - Ottawa, Ontario - Bronson Centre
28 - Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis
30 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
31 - New York, NY - Terminal 5

April 2009
1 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
2 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
3 - Richmond, VA - Toad's Place of Richmond
4 - Palm Springs, CA - Club Skirts
6 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
7 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz
8 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
9 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
11 - Palm Springs, CA - Palm Springs Convention Center
25- Moscow, RUS- Famous Club

May 2009 (with the Pussycat Dolls)
16- Auckland- Vector Arena
19- Brisbane- Brisbane Entertainment Center
22- Sydney- Acer Arena
23- Sydney- Acer Arena
26- Melbourne- Rod Laver Arena
27- Melbourne- Rod Laver Arena
28- Adelaide- Adelaide Entertainment Centre
30- Perth- Burswood Dome



Should Hrithik Roshan Lose Sleep Over Neil Nitin Mukesh?

March 16 2009 18:50 PST

They're both star children, hot dancers, and pretty easy on the eyes, so it's not hard to see the comparisons between Hrithik Roshan and Neil Nitin Mukesh. Hrithik's father is of course actor/director Rakesh Roshan and Neil's father is singer Nitin Mukesh, they both were around the same age when they started their careers. Both are tall, have awesome physiques, light eyes and have similar hairstyles and we're sure the ladies aren't complaining about having to watch either one of them on the big screen.

After watching Neil Nitin Mukesh's performance at the 2009 Filmfare awards it's pretty obvious to see that the guy can dance, and while they may not be as good as Hrithik's moves, Neil's moves are actually kind of similar!

So while Hrithik Roshan is an established actor and Neil Nitin Mukesh is just starting out, should Hrithik be watching his back?

Is Neil Nitin Mukesh brand new competition for the star? Well, you can argue that there's always someone trying to take your crown and comparisons always arise when new actors jump onto the scene.

There was talk that Shahrukh Khan was done when Hrithik Roshan came on the scene and then talk that Hrithik was old news when Shahid Kapoor started gaining fame. It seems Bollywood is always in search of a hot new young actor to take the place of an already established one. Many times it just turns out that both actors carve their own spot in the industry. So is this comparison of Hrithik and Neil too soon?

So do you think our comparisons are warranted? Be sure to leave us your opinions in the comment box below.

Does  Hrithik Roshan have to worry about competition with Neil Nitin Mukesh.

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Neil Nitin Mukesh and Bipasha Basu Help Promote

We have told you about Neil Nitin Mukesh and Bipasha Basu's new film "Aa Dekhen Zara" which is due out in late March. Well everyone in Bollywood is coming out with new ways to promote their films, stepping away from traditionalism. Neil Nitin Mukesh and Bipasha Basu are no different, they decided at their movie's music showcase, they would get on stage and join in the action. The company Eros International, helped in launching the band ADZ Rising at Enigma, Marriott in Mumbai on February 27th.

The film's music director Gourav Dasgupta is also the band's leader. We all know that Neil Nitin Mukesh added some vocals to at least one song on the film's soundtrack, so it's no surprise that they were so comfortable on stage.

The band ADZ Rising is actually a marketing initiative that was the mastermind of Gourav Dasgupta and producer Viki Rajani. ADZ Rising will travel to key locations performing and promoting the film. Producer Viki Rajani even had a few words to add about the performance, the band and cast "At Eros, we constantly endeavor to create a buzz around our releases through innovations as these to break the clutter around the numerous film releases.

What better than a launch of a sensational and talented band like ADZ Rising led by the music director himself to promote the film's music and I must say the band along with my cast did a fabulous job at the performance".

The actors themselves had a few kind words to add to their director's views. Neil Nitin Mukesh told sources "I had the time of my life...performing live in front of a fantastic audience. I am really excited to be a part of this film and these unique promotions by Eros.

The music has been receiving very positive response and I am looking forward to joining the band during the club trail across the country".

While Bipasha Basu felt that "Eros has not just given a chance to new talent in the form of songs in the film but also had such a lavish launch for them and given them such a big platform to showcase their talent. ADZ Rising comprises of talented musicians and I had a fantastic time...[and] love the new singer Dibyendu's voice."

We have a picture for you to check out so you can feel a part of the action. Let us know what you think about the unique marketing tactics of Eros.

promo with bipasha and neil



Now And Then: Bipasha Basu

One of today's biggest Bollywood bombshells wasn't always the sex pot we know and love today. Bipasha Basu seems to have gone through some interesting transformations and growth if you know what I mean. Now, in no way am I saying that she wasn't hot when she was younger. But show business calls for a different level of looks which the lovely Bipasha Basu had to match. Check her out in this picture missing some things that we love about her today. And tell me if you like the young Bipasha Basu.

Bipasha Basu looking young

So Bollywood came along and turned her into their form of the U.S.'s Angelina Jolie. She took on some sexy and seductive roles like 'Jism' with her boyfriend John Abraham. Check out these young guys drooling over in a bikini with her newly revamped body. Doesn't she look unbelievably smoking in this video? Tell me she's not a different person from the picture we just showed you. What do you guys think happened between then and now?

Bipasha in Bikini

So now she's an established Bollywood actress. Bipasha Basu is looking hotter than ever in her new upcoming film 'Aa Dekhen Zara'. She plays a sexy DJ who the main character played by Neil Nitin Mukesh falls in love with. Her hair seems to be a little bit darker. Do you guys think it works for her? Check her out in the trailer for the film.

Aa Dekhen Zara

Bipasha Basu's looks can turn heads all over the world. For Bollywood it doesn't get much hotter than her. But obviously some minor adjustments were made along the way. So get a good look at the picture. And tell me what you guys think happened in between. How did she get to become this beautiful movie star? Can you point out anything specifically? Drop us a comment and let us know your opinion on the changes of Bipasha Basu.

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Priyanka Chopra Times 12

Do you love Priyanka Chopra? Can't get enough of the bombshell beauty? Don't think one of her is enough? Well guess what? You're in luck because you'll get to see a record 12 Priyankas in her next film co-starring her ex-beau Harman Baweja, titled 'What's Your Rashee?' Okay, so she's not cloning herself, but she is playing 12 different characters in the Ashutosh Gowariker film. Sounds tiring! But that's not the only tiring part of this; Priyanka Chopra stunned everyone by dancing non-stop for a song in the movie! Now that's what we call endurance! No wonder she's got a kick ass body!

Choreographer Raju Khan (Saroj Khan's son) put together the number that required the use of all 12 of Priyanka's characters and their different moods and personalities. They shot together for a 22 hour stretch. At times she couldn't even sit down for a breather or take a water break! A source says they had to do it that way otherwise the whole sequence wouldn't have turned out right. Priyanka isn't allowed to speak about it at length, but we're sure it was a challenge to go from mood to mood of every character. In case you're confused about the 12 characters, it's said that each one represents the different zodiac signs. Now that sounds interesting!

The films co-stars Harman's ex, but from all reports from the sets of the film indicate that if you see both Harman and Priyanka together it's hard to tell what their relationship is. Apparently the two are always laughing and joking together when they aren't filming and Harman was even there to support Priyanka while she shot the 12 character dance sequence! Hmm... do we smell reconciliation in the works? Well, guess it is possible for exes to stay friends, in which case they're doing a great job of it! So do you guys think Priyanka will be able to pull off the 12 character role? Drop us your comments!

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New Film 'Chenab Gandhi' Delayed by Actor John Abraham

In case you're wondering why Sanjay Leela Bhansali's new film 'Chenab Gandhi' is being delayed, you can blame it all on Bollywood actor John Abraham. We know John Abraham is a busy guy, so we can let it go this time around. Originally the chosen stud for the movie was Harman S. Baweja, but we're sure that his reputation preceded him. Harman S. Baweja has not only had some relationship issues with Priyanka Chopra, but his last two films haven't done so well either. So it's no surprise that the change was made. Harman S. Baweja is reportedly not too happy with the decision, but hopefully he'll get over it soon.

Sources say that "The film's first schedule has now been postponed from April 2009 to December 2009. Just around the end of February, after Harman S. Baweja was replaced by John Abraham, all the shooting dates had to be reworked and rescheduled for the end of this year, as John is presently a very busy star and is already committed for shooting two other films on his hand."

'Chenab Gandhi' is a film about the famous freedom fighter Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan who will be played by Amitabh Bachchan as the lead. The film is directed by Vibhu Puri and stars Vidya Balan and John Abraham. It's obvious that a heavyweight like Amitabh Bachchan had to be accompanied by a co-star like John Abraham and not a less popular actor like say...Harman S. Baweja?

Well Desi Hits! readers, we want your opinion. Do you think John Abraham made the right move in delaying the movie to fit his schedule? Although 'Chenab Gandhi' has already chosen John Abraham, we still want to know if you think it was the right move. Also let us know all your thoughts and opinions on the recent change of actors in the comments below.



Timbaland Productions and Artists Puts on a Performance for Children in Mumbai

While "Slumdog Millionaire" may have been a fictional movie, Timbaland productions made a few dreams come true for some real life children that live in impoverished areas of India recently when Jim Beanz performed for them. We don't know if the Timbaland production was inspired by the film, but it's great that they took some time out of their busy schedule to do something for those less fortunate.

Timbaland Productions brought smiles to the faces of the children, if only for a day. His Production crew got together with the Accorn Foundation and hosted a live gig for the children of Dharavi, Mumbai. And a few of your favorite artists showed up to show their support as well. Some of the artists who gave live performances at the event included Jim Beanz, Rebel of Timbaland Productions as well as Apache Indian and Amar. A local band named Sout Dandy Squad even had the chance to make it out for the event and perform for the kids.

They celebrated not only music, but also graffiti art and sculpture inside a local gym. We wanted you to check out some of the pictures from the live show that was just for the kids in Dharavi. Take a look and let us know what you think about Timbaland's good deed.

Jim Beanz performs in the slums of Mumbai for the children.

Jim Beanz posing with Mumbai youth

Amar and Jim Beanz perform in slums of Mumbai.

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Jimmy Beanz and Friends perform in Mumbai Slums

Apache Indian Performs With Jim Beanz in the slums of Mumbai with Amar.

Apache Indian, Jim Beanz and Amar



FHM India Style Icons 2009

Oh, it was truly a hot affair! We loved it! The uber-chic, Deepika Padukone, strolled into the FHM magazine bash wearing a fashionable pinkish-purple dress with a bit of blue in it! Deepika Padukone was one of the many celebs that attended this grand event that was held for FHM India's partnership with Manzoni to launch their A-List Style Icons for 2009.

The red carpet event took place at the posh Taj Lands End in Mumbai on Wednesday night. The night was hosted by the famous filmmaker Farah Khan. The crowd was treated to a fashion show by the renowned designer Vikram Phadnis.

Being that FHM is a major lifestyle magazine for men, the celebration drew the country's most stylish men from every field, including film, business, music, politics, television, and sports. They all gathered with some lovely ladies to take part in the exclusive party. So there was some serious eye candy in the room! The occasion captured the true essence of high fashion for both the men and the women, as the famous attendees wore the latest trends and looked their absolute sexiest.

A few other celebrities that showed up dressed in their best included Mehr Jessia Rampal, Farah Khan, Sajid Khan, Amrita Rao, Amrita Arora, Diya Mirza, and Arjun Rampal. Malaika Arora Khan came with her husband Arbaaz Khan and Akshay Kumar came with his sexy wife Twinkle Khanna. Winners of the night included Arjun Rampal and his wife Mehr Jessia Rampal for most stylish couple and Akshay Kumar received the most stylish actor award.

Desi Hits! got pictures of some of the winners and the fashionistas that were in attendance. Some of the styles were absolute must-haves for any smoking hot wardrobe, while others left us scratching our heads. We want you to check out the pictures that we got from the event. Let us know what you think of all your favorite stars and what they were wearing. Are these clothes you would wear yourself or do they leave you kind of confused at the fashion statement being made? Are these people really deserving of awards for being iconic in the fashion and style industry?



Deepika Padukone Goes On a Break to Recharge

We think Deepika Padukone deserves a break so she could finally have some time to herself. Apparently, so does she. The actress has been super busy since releasing 'Chandani Chowk to China' with other projects including movies and commercials. That's why now that she has just completed all her work for the moment as she is looking forward to taking it easy and spending some more time with beau Ranbir Kapoor.

Deepika Padukone isn't one of those Bollywood actresses who believe in signing on to too many projects just to be in the rat race. She has completed her shooting assignments as well as her commercials for which she endorses five brands. A close friend of Deepika Padukone revealed, "Deepika starts shooting for Farhan Akhtar starrer thriller 'Kartik Calling Kartik' [which is] being produced by Farhan's banner Excel Entertainment from April 4th. She has been working constantly for the last few months-that included Saif Ali Khan's home production 'Love Aaj Kal' apart from 'Chandani Chowk to China.' So now before she begins a long cycle of constant work again what with Farhan's film and later Sajid Khan's directorial next, 'Housefull' with Akshay Kumar she wants to take some rest and recharge herself. She is not in a hurry to sign multiple projects right now and is happy having only these two films on her hand."

We can't wait to see what Deepika Padukone's new films are like, but in the mean time we hope she gets some well deserved rest and relaxation. She will resume work for her next film on April 4th, which is still a few weeks away. We want to know what you think about Deepika Padukone taking a break. Do you think that she has deserved it or do you think that there are other actors and actresses that deserve a break more than she does? Let us know all of your thoughts.

Chris Brown and Rihanna Record Duet

Much has been written, said and speculated about the high profile case involving R&B singers Chris Brown and Rihanna and now even more details are emerging about the alleged domestic abuse that took place the evening prior to Grammy Awards night in Los Angeles.Chris Brown has been charged with two felonies in the alleged beating of Rihanna, and sparked outrage and shock bringing domestic abuse to the forefront. Many had hoped Rihanna would emerge from this leaving Chris and becoming an advocate against domestic abuse, but for the time being both are not true.

What is perhaps equally as shocking is the fact that Rihanna has decided to reconcile with Chris and the two were together at P. Diddy's home in Miami, Florida. Chris Brown was even photographed laughing and smiling while riding a jet ski, even checking out other women, which sparked outrage among many. Also, after angry parents demanded that Chris be removed as a nominee in the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards to no avail, Chris Brown's reps announced he voluntarily withdrew his name from the list of nominees.

Now we learn that even with a pending criminal case against him, and that awful testimony of what actually transpired in that car being released, Chris Brown and Rihanna are recording a duet together. The producer of the track, Polow Da Don, told People magazine, "My heart goes out to both Chris and Rihanna for what has happened in the past," says Polow. "They are both great artists to work with, and I wish them well." The track is said to be a "sweet and sentimental" and "expresses the challenges of a love relationship." Really, are they serious?

This case definitely brings up a hot button issue and while many are saying Rihanna somehow sparked this. What we do have to remember is at the end of the day no matter how big of star they are, they are still young people who still have to deal with their own problems just as every human being does. What is apparent is that they both need help, and time apart to really understand why this happened.

We want to know your thoughts on the matter, as well as your thoughts on the two of them recording a duet together just a month after the incident. Drop us your comments.

Rihanna and Chris Brown performing



Priyanka Chopra has her Foot Cast at the Ferragamo Museum

Priyanka Chopra's foot has been immortalized at the Ferragamo Museum in Florence! Priyanka became the first Indian actress to have her foot cast in the Museum dedicated to legendary shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo - who is considered one of the greatest shoe designers in the world.

The only other Indian woman to have her foot cast is Maharani Indira Devi of Cooch Behar. There are also a slew of Hollywood stars that have been invited to have their foot impressions left at the prestigious museum, like Drew Barrymore. And how's this for star power? Priyanka Chopra's imprint will be next to legendary Hollywood film stars Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren. That is some pretty amazing company!

While visiting the museum, Priyanka was given the VIP treatment. The wonderful experience started off with a welcome lunch, hosted by the Ferragamo family. Then she went for a tour of the Ferragamo Museum. Then it was time to get down to business. Priyanka's feet were measured for wooden lasts, which is an essential part of the Ferragamo shoemaking process. Next, she worked with designers to develop a shoe customized to her taste. Finally, Priyanka Chopra was fitted for a selection of clothes from the ready-to-wear collection for her photo shoot in Ferragamo's XV century property with the prestigious L'Officiel India.

Priyanka was truly honoured to be invited. She had this to say about the experience, "I feel proud and honoured to share space with this list of illustrious women. When Leonardo Ferragamo took me on a tour of the Salvatore Ferragamo Shoe Museum, and through the display of the Shoe Lasts' of these amazing women, it was a special moment for me. I'm touched that the Ferragamo family chose me, after the Maharani of Cooch Behar."

Check out some hot photos from Priyanka's experience!



Sourabhee Debbarama First Female To Be The Indian Idol

Last night became a historical night for the 4 year old Indian Idol series, as for the first time a woman has taken home the title! That's right; Sourabhee Debbarama has become the first female winner in the finale of Indian Idol season 4! The North-Eastern singing sensation is on top of the world as she's gained fame, money, and seen her dreams come true all in one night!

Before she won, Sourabhee stated in an interview that she had prepared a list of things she wants to do if she were to become the next Indian Idol. Sourabhee said she wanted to release her own album, give the Idol car that she would win to her father and donate the prize money to the chief minister's relief fund in Tripura. Wow, now that sounds like a noble girl, with great intentions!

From the beginning she was touted as a full package and no doubt lead to her smooth sailing win. Plus she's not only getting offers for singing, but also acting! While Sourabhee hasn't said anything specific on acting, she maintains that she in not a singer, but rather an artist, leaving all of her options open, but relaying that singing is her first love however. She's said that her favorite actress is Amrita Rao and that she would love to sing a song that would be filmed on the actress and her favorite music directors are Anu Malik and AR Rahman.

The finale saw Sourabhee along with her parents and a gaggle of Bollywoos stars like Katrina Kaif, John Abraham and Sonali Bendre as Sourabhee took home a contract worth Rs. 10 million and a TATA Wing car. And the celebrations have extended to Sourabhee's home state where people have been seen dancing on the streets. Congrats to Sourabhee, looks like she has a bright future ahead of her!

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Your winner!

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Katrina Kaif, John Abraham and Neil Nitin Mukesh

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Congratulations Sourabhee!

Indian Premier League Doesn't Intend

Indian Premier League owner Lalit Modi has opted not to increase security during the upcoming season, despite pleads and recommendations from others who want to be more secure. Modi cites a good security plan already in place for the tournament, which starts next month, as a reason.

This news comes in the wake of the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team that left six police officers dead and eight team members injured in a failed attempt to kidnap the team in Pakistan. With that still fresh in everyone's minds, many international cricketers are demanding that security is heightened. If that does not happen, players might threaten to sit out the season altogether. Modi has downplayed that possibility, claiming the terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team are a separate issue.

"We already have good security and we will continue with that security. There's no change," he said. "What is happening with Pakistan has nothing to do with us. It's a different regime and a different country. If a bombing takes place in another country, it has nothing to do with the IPL."

Much of the concern comes from the Australian cricketers, who are not used to the conflicts and attacks that are occurring In India and Pakistan. They allegedly wanted the extra protection for the Twenty20 showcase, which is coming up in June. Modi will not address those players about their availability, but continues to reassure those concerned about the security levels.

"I haven't spoken to any Australian player. I see no reason to ask them if they want to play because I believe it is safe to play," he said. "You'd have to ask them that but I see no reason why they shouldn't still come.

Since India lacks safe transportation for the cricket teams, buses might not be the best mode of transport while traveling.

"India does not have bulletproof buses," said New Delhi-based security expert Ajay Sahni. "I cannot predict what'll exactly happen, but it's not inconceivable that sometimes cricketers may be asked to travel in small groups in bomb-proof passenger cars."

"We had a bomb blast in Jaipur last year while the tournament was on and everything was ready to go forward and play. Incidents do take place from time to time, but we are comfortable with our security."

Modi is making it clear that the Indian Premier League is not leaving the country.

"It is the Indian Premier League, it must be played in India. We are here to fix all the IPL related matters."

Let us know what you think about this situation. Should the cricketers be as secure as possible for this season? Drop us a comment.



Amitabh Bachchan at International Indian Film Academy Press Meet

The International Indian Film Academy press meet took place this past weekend. This was definitely a big weekend for the International Indian Film Academy as it was voting weekend. This is the time of year when various actors, directors, and producers come together to begin to cast their votes. These votes will be the deciding factors for main award nominations for the ceremony. As always the brand ambassador, Amitabh Bachchan was the first to cast a vote and also inaugurated the online voting system this past weekend.

The Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan was looking stylish in a pinstripe suit jacket over white pants and sunglasses. He was cool, calm, and ever gracious at the event. Producer & IIFA Advisory Board member Manmohan Shetty said, "IIFA has grown into an event of repute over the last nine years. This year, being the tenth year of IIFA, the celebrations will be bigger at the IIFA Voting Weekend, which are the only Awards where the entire film Industry comes to vote. The Technical Award winners and the Popular Award nominations are derived from this voting weekend."

There were definitely many directors, films and actors deserving awards this year, so it will be exciting to see the list that the International Indian Film Academy arrives to for nominees. We have a couple of pictures to show you from the posh event that took place over the weekend. Take a look at Amitabh Bachchan's outfit and tell us what you think. We also want to ask our readers as they think back to last year. Who do you think is deserving of a nomination from the International Indian Film Academy? Who do you hope to see as a winner this year? Give us your opinions and your thoughts on the event and who you see being nominated.

Amitabh at IIFA Press Meet

Amitabh at IIFA Press Meet looking down

Amitabh at IIFA Press Meet looking at camera