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Sunday , October 3 , 2010
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Killer dress

You can be dressed to kill. But dresses can kill too. Well, almost. Ask Kirti Kulhari. The young model-turned-actress bore the brunt of a killer dress recently while shooting for the wedding scene of her debut Bollywood film Khichdi. The lady had to strut her stuff in — believe it or not — a 50kg lehenga and some 10 kilos of jewellery. It turned out that the fashion overload was a bit much for poor Kulhari. She developed a fever and a headache and a doctor had to be called on the sets to minister to her. Talk about the burden of being a bride!

Director’s cut

Scriptwriter Lalit Marathe’s directorial debut Shabri may yet see the light of day. Marathe, who won acclaim as the writer of Ramgopal Varma’s horror hit Bhoot, went on to direct Shabri for Varma’s production house. The film, which is about a woman dacoit — played by Eesha Koppikhar — was to have premiered in Rome some years ago. In fact, Italo Spinelli, the director of Rome’s international film festival Asiaticafilmmediale, was so impressed by Marathe’s work that he selected it for the competition section. However, ownership issues led to release delays. It now appears that Reliance Big Pictures will acquire Shabri and release it. Well, better late than never.

Shame fame

It never hurts to revive your dying career with a dash of past scandal. B-list actor-model Ashmit Patel, whose steamy MMS video with starlet Riya Sen got him more media attention than his showbiz career, is now crooning about that infamous sex clip. The self-styled “rapper” is to release a video song on the Internet. Here are some lines to relive those, umm, heady, days: Poochhte hain log hamesha yeh sawaal, Kahan tha, kya kar raha tha, main itne saal, Something or the other just kept falling out of place, A leaked MMS, blame and shame, slapped on my face. Three songwriters, including Patel, share the credit for the lyrics. Yo! Or maybe not.

Hot wheels

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, it must be cars for boys. Bollywood dreamboat Ranbir Kapoor got a dream machine to drool over for his 28th birthday last Tuesday. And the car? None other than the vintage Ford Classic that features in Sajid Nadiadwala’s latest release Anjaana Anjaani, where Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra play the lead. Apparently, the cast and crew of the film wanted to gift Kapoor Baba the Rs 1.2 crore hot wheels, which goes by the name Blush and plays almost as important a role as the human characters in the film. The actor was thrilled to bits with his gift and the moment it was delivered to his residence, lost no time in vrooming off in it for a quick spin around the neighbourhood. Well, fast cars are fine, Ranbir. Just don’t fall for them fast women.

Royal Rajini

Rajinikanth is clearly the man of the moment. The Tamil superstar, whose latest film Endhiran released this Friday to a tumultous reception, has just got himself another sobriquet — Mount Road Maharaja. Reason? Mount Road in Chennai — which is now called Anna Salai — has traditionally been the seat of cinema collections in the state. It so happens that Endhiran has been released in a record 15 screens — with five shows a day in each — in the Mount Road area. No other actor in Tamil film history has got so many screens on this road, where the ticket cost, cola, popcorn and car parking prices are supposed to be the highest in the state. The grapevine has it that Endhiran may earn Rs 8-10 crore from Mount Road theatres alone. But then hasn’t the super hero, who can despatch baddies in the blink of an eye, always been the Badshah of the box office?

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