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Karan Johar’s / KJo’s Birthday Party Pictures

I would like to start by wishing Mr. Karan Johar a very happy birthday.  Whenever a Dharma film comes out I go and watch it without reading a single review because I know it’s going to be a quality film.  So here’s wishing his prosperity and a long life so he can continue making films that entertain us!

Everyone who is anyone was at this party if they were in the country (Arjun Rampal, Aishwarya Rai and Sonam Kapoor are at Cannes, Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan are also out of town, Salman and Katrina are also out of the country shooting for Ek Tha Tiger). Priyanka Chopra WAS AT THE PARTY contrary to rumours!

The birthday boy, Karan Johar!

Bipasha Basu!

Kajol with sister Tanisha!

Aamir Khan with wife Kiran.

Shahrukh Khan with wife Gauri!

Sanjay Dut with his wife, sisters and brother-in-laws!

Imran with his wife Avantika!

Sonakshi Sinha!

Karan with his mom, Mrs. Hiroo Yash Johar!

Malaika Arora Khan and sister Amrita Arora. Amrita is pregnant with her second child.

Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor!

Hrithik Roshan and Kangana Renaut! So much for the rumours the two don’t get along after the Kites incident!

Kangana Renaut

Preity Zinta and Hrithik Roshan!

Anushka Sharma

Suzzane Roshan and her sister Farah Khan!

Suzzane and Hrithik.

Boman Irani with his son and wife.

New aunt Shamita Shetty (Shilpa just has a baby boy)!

Farhan Akhtar and Kunal Kohli!

Farhan Akhtar and wife Adhuna

Raveena Tandon!

Priyanka Chopra

Ritesh and Genelia!


Parineeti Chopra


Shahid Kapoor

Dia Mirza

Zoya Akhtar and Reema Katgi

Punit Malhotra and Ali Zafar

Ali Zafar and wife.

Jaya Bachchan

Ekta Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor, Jeetendra

Ekta Kapoor

Tabu, Kalki

Tina and Anil Ambani

Sophie Choudhry

Sonali Bendre and Goldie Behl

Nargis Fakhri

Konkona Sen Sharma

Rani Mukerjee

Akshay and Sajid

Akshay Kumar


Juhi Chawla and her husband.

Anil Kapoor and his wife.

Neetu Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor

Neha Dhupia and her boyfriend.

Neelam and Sameer Soni

Alvira Khan (Salman’s sister)

Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu

Kiran, Anupam and Sikander Kher

Arjun Kapoor

More pictures to come!


Stardust Awards’ Red Carpet

Here are the pictures from the red carpet of the Stardust Awards.



















Mere Brother Ki Dulhan: Movie Review

I LOVE hindi cinema.  That is no secret.  If you are like me and you love hindi cinema for its vibrance, songs and larger than life feel, you will LOVE “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan”.  It is a culmination of all I love: beautifully choreographed songs, lots of laughs, great costumes, mushy romantic scenes, family drama and outstanding cinematography.

The story is not unique but it is the way the story is told that is the new twist to an old story and what makes the movie work.  The director, Ali Abbas Zafar knows what he is doing.  He draws brilliant performances from all the cast members and tells his story well.  He chose great locations and a great editor!

The cast is the shining glory of this film.  Katrina Kaif looks fabulous as usual. Her acting skills are improving with every performance and she is very loveable as Dimple.  This girl deserves all the fame she has achieved because she is clearly hard working.  Her hindi diction is much approved, it is hard to believe she did not know Hindi till a few years back!  Katrina’s expressions are also wonderful.  I think she learned much from her previous film “Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani”, where she played a girl somewhat similar to her character in “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan”.  Imran Khan is spectacular.  His character, Kush is every girl’s dream (good looking, supportive, creative, responsible, family loving, spunky and fun) and the brother everyone wants.  Imran breathes life into his character and makes Kush exactly what the story calls for.  The brother is portrayed by Ali Zafar (previously seen in Tere Bin Laden).  I can say one thing with certainty this film would not have been half as entertaining if the casting of the brother was not so good.  Ali is fantastic.  The way he speaks, his facial expressions and his comic timing all make it impossible to take your eyes off the screen.  I really hope we get to see more of this delightful talent from Pakistan.

The first half of “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan” is a fast paced, fun filled ride.  The second half is also very entertaining.  There is only one flaw in this film and that is that the ending is dragged a bit.  Just when you think all is well, an unexpected plot twist comes into place.  It is not that the plot twist is totally unrealistic, it makes sense considering what happens in the film.  However, the problem is solved in too short a time span, making it a bit redundant.

I was having a very stressful week but “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan” provided me relief from all the stress.  If you like to laugh or need a laugh, this film is for you.  Yashraj Films are always quality products and this film is no exception. You won’t be bored for even a second!

Rating: 4.5/5 stars


Ali Zafar and Goldie Behl Team Up For “London, Paris, New York”

Ali Zafar’s third film was announced recently.  It will be directed by first timer Anupama Menon, produced by Goldie Behl and also star Aditi Rao.  The film is titled “London, Paris, New York” and is presented by Fox Star India.  Shooting for the film is currently underway in London.  The film’s title is so interesting plus the artists behind it are so talented (in my opinion) that I’m sure this film is one to watch out for.

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Kya Trailer Hai Yaar!: Mere Brother Ki Dulhan

Kya trailer hai yaar! Looks like this movie is going to be a full on masala entertainer. Which is the kind of film I love to watch. I was already excited for this film and after this awesome trailer, I will countdown the days to the release. I am a huge fan of Ali, Imran and Katrina plus Yashraj movies very rarely disappoint. As you can tell I have very high expectations.

Waiting impatiently for September 9th.


Clash After Clash! What About the CASH??

Hindi film releases in the next couple months:

July 15, 2011 – Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara

July 22, 2011 – Singham

August 12, 2011 – Aarakshan

August 19, 2011 – Chatur Singh Two Star and Not a Love Story

August 31, 2011 – Bodyguard

September 2, 2011 – That Girl in Yellow Boots

September 9, 2011 – Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Rockstar and Tell Me Oh Khuda

September 16, 2011 – Force, Mausam and Azaan

September 30, 2011 – Breakaway

October 6, 2011 – Rascals

When I saw this list on I was shocked.  The reason being, this onslaught of films is not at all going to have a good outcome for the hindi film industry.

June 2011 started off with a big release, Ready (Salman Khan, Asin), it was only until the end of the month when Double Dhamaal was released.  This was optimal because both films had the biggest openings of the year and were declared hits.  They were both comedies so this gap was necessary in my opinion. The reason?  Well, many people cannot afford or find the time to see a film every week.  The industry benefitted from these releases, and all was good.

The first day of July began with two big releases, Delhi Belly(Imran Khan, Vir Das) and Bbudah Hoga Tera Baap(Amitabh Bachchan). In this case, the Imran Khan starrer and Aamir Khan Production, Delhi Belly, did very well.  However, Bbudah’s business was not as good as one expected.  Before the two films released Aamir, Imran and Amitabh Bachchan sir said in multiple interviews that the two films had different audiences and so they were not competitors.  However, despite being of different genres, the films affected each other.   Yes, Delhi Belly’s reviews were better across the board but both films got good reviews from prominent journalist like Taran Adarsh.  It is important to remember that the main audience in India is between 18-30 and they are willing to watch new kinds of films, so genre is not as big a barrier for films as it used to be.  Case and point are films like Dev D, Udaan, Love Sex Aur Dhoka, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Ishqiya and now Delhi Belly.  This week Murder 2 and Chillar Party released and this time the films were different enough to both make an impact at the box office.  Still, Murder 2 had a bigger start with a very high occupancy in most areas, while Chillar Party has been growing in occupancy because of word of mouth.  Again with big names behind these films (Mahesh Bhatt and Salman Khan respectively), a lot is on the line.  Luckily, it seems another situation like Bbudah will be avoided.  The onslaught on films will continue as Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara releases.  It is a big budget film and there are many expectations from it.  Insiders who have seen bits of it say it looks like it will live up to all expectations.  I’m sure the film will have great collections but one question comes to mind.  In the first two weeks of July all types of films have released: an adult comedy, a full on masala film, an erotic thriller and a children centric film.  Keeping this in mind is it the optimal time for such a big film to be released?  Would it have a better chance at the boxoffice if it had not released after so many big films?  Well, only time will tell…

Now from the list of release dates above it seems that in September there will be a clash that will do no good for any one.  On September 9th 3 films will release: Rockstar(starring Ranbir, directed by Imtiaz Ali), Mere Brother Ki Dulhan(Imran Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ali Zafar) and Tell Me O Khuda(Dharmendra, Esha Deol and Arjun Bajwa, directed by Hema Malini).  The next Friday, September 16th another two major films will release: Mausam(starring Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor, directed by Pankaj Kapoor) and Force(John Abraham and Genelia D’Souza, produced by Vipul Shah).  All these films have the potential to garner decent collections but because they are releasing so close together, it seems this will reduce the occupancy of each.  What are the film makers thinking?!  There are big names like Yash Raj, Vipul Shah, Hema Malini, Pankaj Kapoor and Imtiaz Ali behind these films.  All of them have been in the industry long enough to know that this is just bad strategically.  All these films have stars from the new young lot as well.  If some one asked me to choose between Ranbir, Imran, Shahid and John, I would be in a fix.  Ultimately, I would choose Ranbir(I’m a HUGE fan) but I would feel deprived of the experiences the other films may offer.  Those involved in these films need to realize that the movie going audience has a limited budget, both monetary and in terms of time.  Rockstar and Mausam in particular are big budget films that have been in the pipeline for a while.  They are two films which are dream projects, so this risk that they are taking is silly in my eyes.  It is not too late to change some release dates, especially Tell Me O Khuda which may be a good film, but even if it is, it will get crushed by the other big films.

Now I am no trade analyst or expert so I will willingly accept any criticisms for this post.  Honestly, I would never have the guts to write something like this if it were not for Taran Adarsh’s tweets/articles which keep me updated on the boxoffice collections/situations.  So a big thanks to him for inspiring me.