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April 2004

Wedding royale for Raveena

Raveena Tandon's fairytale wedding at the historic Jag Mandir Palace Hotel located on a picturesque island in the Pichola lake in Udaipur, was special in more ways than one. The doli that was used to carry the resplendent bride belonged to the Queen of Mewar herself! What's more, Raveena may reportedly incorporate the royal affair into a film that she and her husband Anil plan to make. So Ravs' wedding could soon be coming to a theatre near you! "I share a special bond with Rajasthan. My first film was shot here and this place means a lot to me. I don't think I could have found a better setting in either reel or real life," the 31-year-old actress had said on the eve of her wedding.

While Raveena wore the same outfit that her mother had worn on her marriage 35 years ago, the groom had donned a Jodhpuri sherwani. But contrary to expectations, the ?star' turnout on Ravs' Big Day (February 22) was disappointing, to say the least. Jackie Shroff was the only actor present. Suniel Shetty and Akshay Kumar, her other co-stars, were conspicuous by their absence. Akki of course, for obvious reasons!

Kareena finds her Valentine

Kareena Kapoor is glowing these days and no, it's nothing to do with her peaches ?n' cream complexion! Love has everything to do with it. Yes, Bebo dear has found a soulmate in the latest teen icon and her co-star of two films, Shahid Kapur who made a smashing debut with Ishq Vishk. Both the 23-year-olds predictably pooh-pooh all talk of romance but admit that they're "very, very special" to each other. While Kareena goes ga-ga over Shahid's "earthy charm and maturity", Shahid prefers to gush about his good friend's talent: One can learn so much by just watching her, he says. The two are seen together at all public functions these days and were inseparable at the wedding of a scion of the Sahara family, a leading industrial house. The day, luckily for them, happened to be Valentine's Day (February 14)!

In fact, the spectacular wedding held in Lucknow saw the convergence of many tinseltown couples, including that hottest of hot pairs, Aishwarya Rai and Vivek Oberoi.

Bipasha Basu is ?two' much!

For fans of the sensuous Bipasha Basu, this should be great news: they will get to watch two Bipashas in one of her forthcoming movies titled Jaane Hoga Kya. No, it's not the usual double role. The bold and beautiful Bengali babe will be cloned in the thriller! Her co-star in it is Aftab Shivdasani who plays a scientist. Laughs Bips: I'd love it if I had a real life clone. I would then do four films at one go!

Meanwhile, Bipasha's loverboy John Abraham seems to be the new favourite of filmmakers, despite dishing out flop after flop. And that's because he is said to be extremely sincere about his work. The handsome model-turned-actor would be playing Big B's son in a film to be directed by Mahesh Manjrekar for Amitabh's company, AB Corp. The guy has a host of other films lined up too, among them Elaan, which sees the return of Mithun Chakraborty after a long hiatus.

Garam Dharam makes a comeback

Dharmendra, till now enjoying the bliss of solitude in his farm outside Mumbai, has resurfaced to play the pivotal role of Mallika Sherawat's father-in-law in Govind Menon's "Kis Kis Ki Kismat". Garam Dharam will be seen as a millionaire stockbroker in the movie which is said to be a blend of satire and comedy. Apparently Dharam's role is said to be based on the late Mumbai stockbroker Harshad Mehta.

Incidentally, Dharam sees a lot of himself in the superbrat Salman Khan. "Salman is my doppelganger. He drinks, romances and lives life to its fullest just the way I used to in my heydey! " As of now, of course, the macho superstar of yesteryears is going easy on the bacchus juice, especially with his comeback film in the offing!

Passed away: Actor-director Vijay Anand, popularly known as Goldie, passed away in Mumbai recently. He was 71. He is survived by his elder brother, the evergreen Dev Anand. Vijay Anand is best remembered for the all-time classic Guide.

- Gitanjali Chak & Rajnish Sharma

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