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Laloo had once made this famous statement about making Bihar's road Hema Malini ke gaalon jaisa. Well, the cheek of the man, he still insists, Hema is a fan of his and he, her air-conditioner! Hema's take on that seems rather politically correct: 'I think he's trying to divert attention from the purpose of my visit to Bihar by talking rubbish about me.... He's a very clever man.'

Payal Rohatgi

Chhoo-mantar for Payal'

Every wannabe sex bomb has accepted Mallika Sherawat as her idol. Payal Rohatgi is one of them, it seems. Having done a couple of in-your-face kind of sleaze flicks ' Tauba Tauba and Fun, and she's off to her next. A rip-off from Hollywood's Heartbreakers she is also off to break Mallika's record of doing the maximum number of kisses onscreen. In this film, Laila, she kisses 32 times, and you thought 17 were too much. She's playing a congal who lures men into marriage, lets her sister lure him away and then demands a hefty alimony and divorce. The plot has ample scope for her to continue with her bare-it-all act. The Mallika magic just might be recreated and give Payal some chhoo-mantar.

Bipasha Basu

Sex seems to be steadily losing its grip on the box-office and the original sex symbol Bipasha too is shifting focus from just Jism to some substantial acting. Still she delights the media with her bold bachan. She has no qualms about talking sex. 'One can talk about sex. Some may like homo sex. Some may think that it is not necessary. I too think that it is not for me. But the best thing to reduce the pressure in the mind is sexercise only.' That, according to Dr Bips, is the mother of all prescriptions. But for now, all that stress reduction is for off-screen.

Amisha Patel

The catfights are brewing again. And this time Karan Johar should be sued (again') for it. Over a hot cup of coffee, he prods the hot babes with fire on their tongues to get down to bitching. Bipasha in Karan's show said things like Amisha doesn't have the body, the right frame to be cast in a film like Jism. 'Amisha clearly lacks the body and oomph to do something like Jism,' the bombshell dropped the bomb. Amisha of course didn't take it lying down. 'I am petite and pretty...I think every actor fits into what they are meant to look good in,' she conceded. 'But just like others can't do a Rising, Gadar, Kaho Na...Pyaar Hai or Humraaz, similarly I can't justify roles where I don't fit into the look and feel of the character.'

SPOTLIGHT

Way to go, already

Between the two finalists ' Abhijeet Sawant and Amit Sana ' Abhijeet has been voted the first Indian Idol.

But the rest of the 10 finalists are no less talented. Already some of them have started hitting the headlines.

Remember the pretty Priyanka V'. The judge trio had called her 'a complete package deal', just right for the idol thing. And she had to leave the contest midway to appear for her board examination' As fate would have it, she has already bagged a film! Not as a singer but as an actress! And that, too, by Mani Ratnam! She's doing a Tamil film, and who knows Mani might even use her excellent voice for the film as well.

Rahul Vaidya, who also looked fit to be an idol, with his charming personality and great stage performance but was voted out in the last lap. This teenager has already bagged a Rs 20 lakh contract with Sony.

Prajakta Shukre was the last girl to have survived the popular votes. Her dilemma now seems to be ' 'Whom to sign with ' Jatin-Lalit or Shankar-Ehshan-Loy'

Even Aditi Paul and Harish Moyal are relocating to Mumbai while Rahul Saxena has already been signed by Farah Khan for her next film, Happy New Year.

Happy endings, many

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