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Leona Lewis in middle of gun siege

February 27, 2010 Comments off

Singer Leona Lewis has revealed her terror when she found herself in the middle of a gun siege on the streets of Los Angeles.

The 24-year-old star was horrified when she saw thugs waving handguns run towards her car as they attempted to flee police following a high-speed chase.

Her security intervened and the men ran off, but not before her manager Nicola Carson was thrown to the ground.

“It kinda sounds really dramatic! They did have guns but basically were these two guys and my car was parked´┐Ż and the chase ended right in front of the car and the guy that I was with tackled one of them to the ground and the police arrested them,” mirror.co.uk quoted Lewis as saying during an interview.

“It was scary but I wasn’t in the crossfire or anything like that!” she added.

The “Bleeding Love” hitmaker also revealed that she had become more safety-conscious after she was assaulted at a book signing.

“Does it make me more guarded? Um, at first I was very aware but it has definitely made me more aware of my surroundings and looking out for myself and my safety, but I don’t want to be guarded from the people that genuinely care for me and want to meet me,” she said.

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‘Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?’ has no romantic angle: Konkona

February 27, 2010 Comments off

There is no romantic angle to the movie “Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge,” award-winning actress Konkona Sen Sharma says about her new film.

“Though Ajay and I play the role of a married couple in the film, there is no romantic angle; it’s about the comedy that happens while trying to get relief from a person who comes as a guest and shows no signs of leaving,” said Konkona after the music launch of “Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?” here.

The film revolves around the story of Puneet (Ajay Devgn) and Munmun (Konkona Sen Sharma), a happily married couple living in Mumbai. Their life takes a turn when a distant relative Chachaji (Paresh Rawal) turns up unannounced at their doorstep from a far-off village.

The chaos that follows makes it a rib tickling comedy where the agonised couple tries various methods to get rid of him but fails time and again. The film was released Friday.

Ajay Devgn was all praise for Konkona’s performance and maintained that it’s always a pleasure working with a commendable actor.

“It was a great experience working with Konkona. When you act with a very good actor, it becomes a fantastic experience. People think that when we work, we compete with each other but if the other person works well, then only can you work better because filmmaking is teamwork,” said Ajay.

Categories: Bollywood News

‘Jugaari’ a film worth watching

February 27, 2010 Comments off

Film: ‘Jugaari’; Director: S.D. Arvind; Cast: Avinash, Harshitha Poonachcha, Avinash, Sharat Lohithashwa; Music: Arjun; Rating: ***

Though there have been many Kannada films that have focussed on the themes of corruption, greed and bureaucratic apathy, the one thing that makes ‘Jugaari’ stand apart is the novel way the themes have been used. The sense of realisation among bureaucrats and others about their misdeeds and their willingness to be a part of the hero’s charitable causes form a new concept that is seen in this film.

The film was made by the grandsons of Kannada film industry’s well known comedian Narasimha Raju who was a legend in his life time. Little was known about his grandsons Arvind and Avinash till they announced the making of ‘Jugaari’.

Though there were few expectations surrounding the film before its release, the audience has reacted positively to the movie.

The credit for ‘Jugaari’ goes to S.D. Arvind, who has written a credible script that keeps the audience engaged. There is not a dull moment in the film which moves at a quick pace.

The director, however, could have added a little more punch to the film’s proceedings by adding sarcasm and jest to the dialogues which are a tad serious.

The film is about a youngster named Shankar whose name is changed to Bylaw after he is implicated in a criminal case which forces him to spend 14 years in prison. In jail, Bylaw becomes a voracious reader on law and applies what he has read in jail to the real world.

After finishing his jail term, Bylaw comes out to search for his family members and finds his brother being cheated. He then focuses on corrupt bureaucrats, industrialists and businessman who are hoodwinked to invest black money in a firm. Then he uses mind games to attract corrupt people to mobilise funds and uses the money for charitable purposes.

Newcomer Avinash Diwakar fits into his role and shows a lot of elegance in the second half of the film where he acts as a rich businessman. The film’s heroine Harshitha Poonachcha looks cute, but with her childish pranks, she does not look like a practising advocate. Avinash, Sharat Lohithashwa, Ninaasam Aswath and B. Suresha have performed their roles with ease.

Arjun has composed great melodious songs and his background score fits the mood of the film.

“Jugaari” is a good first time attempt by two bright youngsters.

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Madonna signs Abbie Cornish for her new film

February 27, 2010 Comments off

Pop queen Madonna has roped in Aussie star Abbie Cornish to play the lead in her new film “W.E.”

The Material Girl’s new film tells the story of the relationship between Britain’s King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor – as Wally Winthrop, a woman who is obsessed with the Duchess of Windsor’s life.

The “4 Minutes” hitmaker,who will be directing the film, had revealed that she wanted British star David Tennant to play the monarch, but is said to have changed her mind, reports contactmusic.com.

Madonna has previously directed 2008 film “Filth and Wisdom”, which starred Richard E. Grant and Eugene Hutz, although she has served as a writer on documentary “I Am Because We Are”.

The film’s preliminary release date is 2011.

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Lady Gaga’s topless photo banned by Q

February 27, 2010 Comments off

Pop star Lady Gaga’s topless photo on the cover of Q magazine has been banned by several leading stores in the US.

The “Poker Face” hit maker walked out on the recent magazine photo shoot after bosses at the publication refused to let her strike a controversial pose in a desperate bid to address rumours she is a hermaphrodite, contactmusic.com reports.

Bosses at Q eventually rearranged the shoot and the final pictures show Gaga posing topless in just a pair of leather trousers.

But despite efforts to tone the images down, some stores across the US, including bookstore Borders, have refused to stock the publication unless it is placed in a sealed cover, according to QtheMusic.com

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Twitter can be a dangerous deal: Lily Allen

February 26, 2010 Comments off

Singer Lily Allen slammed twitter.com for a second time – branding the social networking site as “dangerous”, even though she has started using it again.

The singer is wary of becoming too attached to the micro-blogging website because she doesn’t want to become self obsessed, contactmusic.com reported.

“I sort of ‘tweet’ here and there, I don’t do it as obsessively as I used to. It is very addictive and quite dangerous.”

“I think it can turn you into a sort of self obsessive (person). Why do you think that people would want to know everything that you’re doing? It has got negative connotations, I think. But saying that, it can be quite fun. It’s a way of communicating.”

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Budget highlights

February 26, 2010 Comments off

Highlights of 2010-11 budget presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in parliament Friday:

— India has weathered global economic crisis well; Indian economy in far better position than it was a year ago. In 2009 Indian economy faced grave uncertainity; delay in southwest monsoon had undermined agricultural production.

— First challenge now is to quickly revert to 9 percent growth and then aim for double digit growth; need to make recovery more broadbased.

— Second challenge is to make growth more inclusive; have to strengthen food security.

— Third challenge is to overcome weakness in government’s public delivery mechanism; a long way to go in this.

Categories: Business