Prakash Mehra, the director who gave Amitabh Bachchan the iconic angry young man image, passed away on May 17. He was 69 and had been battling a lung infection in the hospital. Though he had produced hits like the Shashi Kapoor-starrer Haseena Maan Jaayegi in 1968 and Mumtaz-starrer Mela in 1971, it was his first home production, Zanjeer, that catapulted Mehra into the big leagues. A writer, lyricist and musician, Mehra brought all these strengths to his creativity behind the camera and gave Bachchan some of his most challenging roles. The duo went on to script mega hits like Hera Pheri, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Lawaaris, Namak Halal and Sharaabi. Affectionately called PM by his colleagues, Mehra had the reputation of calling a spade a spade. His war of words with Manmohan Desai, the other director whom Amitabh worked with, was legendary.
South African model crowned Miss Bollywood IPL
“I was chosen from the crowd and I guess I was at the right place at the right time,” said an ecstatic Dune Kossatz after winning the Miss Bollywood IPL South Africa contest at a dazzling ceremony in Johannesburg on May 25. Interestingly, the 35-year-old model and actress, based in Cape Town for the past decade, was the oldest of the 48 finalists. She won a guided tour through Bollywood, as well as a cash prize of 50,000 rand and an all-expenses-paid trip to India. Kossatz confessed that she knows nothing about Bollywood and has never seen a Bollywood movie, but promised to watch one soon.
Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty had earlier announced that they would be hunting for a new Bollywood star from among the IPL spectators. Consequently, the camerapersons covering the matches had gone into a tizzy. Kossatz, whose real first name is Ingrid, and her father were watching the match between the Chennai Super Kings and the Deccan Chargers in Buffalo Park, London, on May 4, when the camera caught her.
Kajol, Kareena are the latest buddies in town
Even before they’ve begun shooting for Karan Johar’s new film, two of Bollywood’s best actresses, Kajol and Kareena, are bonding like buddies. Though they first met on the set of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, where they played sisters, Kadz and Bebo never really struck a rapport. But now that Johar has got the two together again for his latest project, reportedly inspired by the Hollywood hit Stepmom, they are inseparable. Says Kareena: “I’ve always admired Kajol and I’m really excited about sharing screen space with her. I now regard her as more than a best friend. She is an inspiration.” Incidentally, Bebo plays the stepmom, the role that was played by Julia Roberts.
Johar has yet to decide who will play the husband, though the buzz is that it could be John Abraham. Well, if that happens, Bebo and he will just have to forget all past bitterness and behave like professionals. The cold vibes between them began on a chat show, when Kareena called John ‘expressionless’ and John later retorted that Kareena was ‘over-expressive’!
Katrina says ‘no’ to Salman
The latest buzz is that Katrina Kaif has rejected Salman Khan’s marriage proposal. Apparently, Sallu went down on his knees and popped the question on Katrina’s return from South Africa. (She brought the house down with her performance at the grand finale of the IPL tournament). But Kat dear is flying high these days and told her beau that she certainly can’t jeopardise her career at this stage for the sake of marriage. Maybe the pretty lady’s ‘no’ also has something to do with the superbrat’s rumoured link-ups with the Ghajini sensation Asin, and also with German model Claudia and Brazilian model Bruna Abdullah. By the way, Kat herself is said to be growing close to her co-star Ranbir Kapoor.
Of course, one doesn’t know the truth but as of now, if their close friends are to be believed, Salman and Katrina have parted ways and he is heartbroken.
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