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March 2006

Vivek, Aishwarya part ways

The latest buzz in tinseltown is that Vivek Oberoi and Aishwarya Rai have split. Apparently, Ms Rai told her love-struck beau around six months back that she was through with him! Lending credence to the rumours is the fact that the normally garrulous Vivek has sealed his lips this time refusing to speak about Ash. Though friends say he is pretty shattered, there has been one rather interesting fall-out of all this. If sources are to be believed, there is someone already waiting to befriend Vivek and offer him his broad shoulders to cry on. Yes, none other than Aishwarya's original spurned loverboy, Salman Khan! Salman, it is being said, is even persuading directors to cast Vivek and him together in a film now that the bone of contention (read: Ash) is no longer there. One doesn't know as yet whether Vivek has reached out for the olive branch being offered by the temperamental Khan.

Bipasha, John are ‘most desirable'

Move over, Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek Bachchan. There's a new hottie around and it's official --- John Abraham. The hunky John was voted the most desirable Indian male alive in an online poll, beating King Khan and Junior B and a host of other personalities from various other fields, to win the coveted title. What's even better, John is in great female company. The lady who has been voted the most desirable Indian woman alive is none other than his girlfriend, the red-hot Bipasha Basu. Bips beat the likes of Aishwarya Rai, Kareena Kapoor and Sushmita Sen to emerge the winner among the women. So this poll has only confirmed what John and Bipasha's fans knew all along --- that the hot couple's DQ is soaring higher and higher by the day. What's DQ, did you ask? Well, it's simple: the drool quotient!

While on John, the actor has reportedly been chosen to play Bhootnath (the role immortalised by Guru Dutt) in Rituparno Ghosh's remake of Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam.

Salman Khan as wedding present!

Rishi and Neetu Kapoor's pretty daughter Riddhima married Delhi-based entrepreneur Bharat Sawhney on January 25 and like all Kapoor khaandan weddings, this one too was a lavish affair with the Who's who of Bollywood being present on the joyous occasion. The bride of course, was ecstatic. But her happiness wasn't only because she was getting married to the man she loves. It was also due to the fact that her doting parents gave her a very special wedding gift. And what might that be? Well, believe it or not --- Salman Khan. Yes, Sallu dear has been Riddhima's childhood crush ever since she saw Maine Pyaar Kiya and so pop and mom dear ensured that the superbrat attended not only the wedding of their darling daughter but also the sangeet on January 23. Needless to say, the bride's Big Day was made. By the way, conspicuous by their absence at Riddhima's wedding were her famous cousins Karisma and Kareena!

Rajesh, Dimple reunite?on screen

Door Bahut Door Saat Samundar Paar ---- that's quite a mouthful! But wait till you hear what that is. Well, that's the title of a film which will star the original superstar Kakaji (yes yes, Rajesh Khanna) and his gorgeous ex-wife Dimple Kapadia. The two have never been seen on screen together although they were slated to do a film titled Jai Jai Shiv Shankar which unfortunately didn't see the light of day. They were also supposed to do a play together called Sapne To Apne. It remained but a dream, however, as Dimple backed out. But now, the jinx may be broken after all with both agreeing to do Door Bahut?. "Yes, I am doing this film with Dimple," confirms Rajesh.

Incidentally, while there is still some time before he gets to romance his former wife on screen, Kakaji is busy romancing the original oomph girl Zeenat Aman for Jaana-Let's Fall In Love.

Veteran actress of yesteryears Nadira passed away on February 8 at her home in Mumbai following a cardiac seizure. She was 74. Best known for her dance number Mud mud ke na dekh mud mud ke in Raj Kapoor's Shree 420, Nadira was one of the few Jewish stars of the Hindi film industry.

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