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Sonam said no to modelling for acting

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Actress Sonam Kapoor says she turned down a modelling offer by ace photographer-producer Atul Kasbekar to pursue a career in acting.

Sonam, daughter of actor Anil Kapoor, forayed into Bollywood with Ranbir Kapoor in 2007 with ‘Saawariya’.

The actress, who is known for her fashion sense and brazen honesty, has worked hard to made a place for herself in Bollywood with films like ‘Neerja’, ‘Raanjhana’, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ and ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’.

“I remember it was at a party which was for a cosmetic company, in 2006, I think,” explains Sonam.

“This tall person walks up to me and he’s like, ‘Oh my God, do you want to model?’

“I had just started acting in ‘Saawariya’, and I wasn’t out at all, publicly, because my parents had kept me away from the press and the paparazzi and everything.”

“So nobody knew what I looked like or anything,” she added.

“One of my friends was a make-up artist, so I just went for her party, just for fun! Nobody took pictures of me at that point.

“I told this guy ‘I am already acting in a movie!’ And so I suppose that was the end of that!”

“Here with the madness”: Bollywood hunk arrives in a London’s hottest Asian shopping centre

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HELLO THERE: Bollywood’s hottest star, Anil Kapoor, greets his fans

HELLO THERE: Bollywood’s hottest star, Anil Kapoor, greets his fans

Europe’s first purpose-built boutique Asian shopping centre – East Shopping Centre – welcomed Bollywood royalty through its doors on Monday when Anil Kapoor arrived for a meet and greet.

Lucky fans had the opportunity to meet and snap selfies with one of Bollywood’s biggest international superstars.

A star of over a hundred films in a career spanning an incredible 40 years, Anil Kapoor was in London promoting Season Two of his explosive TV series, ‘24’ on Colors TV, for which he is also a producer.

MAYHEM: East Shopping Centre in London was cram packed full of fans

MAYHEM: East Shopping Centre in London was cram packed full of fans

Bob Popat, a partner at ACR Investments said: “This has been a fantastic day for all of our team here at East Shopping Centre.

“Welcoming a truly global star to our centre and to the local neighbourhood to interact with so many fans has been fantastic.

“Anil Kapoor is an iconic figure not only in Indian cinema, but in Hollywood as well so we’ve had fans queuing up here since early morning to catch a glimpse.”

He continued: “Anil Kapoor is a true superstar and it was a pleasure to meet him. He made a huge effort to meet as many fans as possible, many of whom had been waiting to meet the film legend for several hours. We hope to bring many more big names to East Shopping Centre in the near future.”

MINGLING: Anil hangs out with the people that have travelled far and wide to see him

MINGLING: Anil hangs out with the people that have travelled far and wide to see him

Anil Kapoor is reprising his lead role of anti-terrorism agent, Jai Singh Rathod, which was inspired by Kiefer Sutherland's iconic tortured hero Jack Bauer. His adaptation of the TV series ‘24’ is as thrilling and gritty as the original, with Season Two seeing Rathod facing terrorists who have threatened to release a deadly virus across India.

Of his promotional visit to East Shopping Centre, Anil Kapoor tweeted of his visit: “#EastShoppingCentre! #24IndiaS2 is here with the madness… Always great to see so many happy faces.”

Kapoor has successfully crossed over to Hollywood, starring in major blockbusters like the Oscar-winning ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’, with Tom Cruise, as well as the original ‘24’ series with Kiefer Sutherland.

SUPERSTAR: Anil is the star of over a hundred films in a career that spans 40 years

SUPERSTAR: Anil is the star of over a hundred films in a career that spans 40 years

Political satire to get a sequel

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anil kapoor (300x450)Fifteen years after its release, ‘Nayak: The Real Hero’ featuring Anil Kapoor and Rani Mukerji is all set to get a sequel.

Eros International has joined hands with producer Deepak Mukut for part two of the movie, which will be penned by writer KV Vijayendra Prasad of ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ and ‘Baahubali’ fame.

"I have bought the rights from AM Rathnam, the original producer,” reveals Deepak.

“The sequel will be a political satire with romance as the backdrop. It will take off from where the original one left but with a completely different story.

“Some characters, like the lead, Shivaji Rao (played by Anil), will be retained."

Released in 2001, ‘Nayak’, which was a remake of S Shankar's 1999 Tamil film, Mudhalvan, revolved around Rao who takes on the challenge of successfully running the state of Maharashtra for a day as an acting chief minister and falls prey to a political conspiracy.

Will anyone from the original, including Anil and Shankar, be a part of the sequel? "We are yet to take a call on the casting or the director. It'll only happen once the final script is ready. We'd love to have Anil on board if the script demands," says Deepak.

The story will be set in India and the makers plan to recreate some of the songs from the original to revive the Nayak vibe. "The earlier film is still extremely popular and is widely watched on television. The action will be bigger and better this time," he promises.

Sapna Pabbi signs three film deal with Bhatt camp

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sapna pabbi pinkAnil Kapoor’s discovery in his TV series ‘24’ seems to be escalating to new heights.

The actress, Sapna Pabbi who played his doting daughter Kiran in ‘24’ moved on to be the lead in John Abraham’s production ‘Satra Ko Shaadi’.

Now, Bhatt brothers Mukesh and Mahesh have signed her for a three-film deal.

The first film helmed by Karan Dara who has assisted Mohit Suri for the last seven years would see Sapna as the lead. The film is essentially a love story and also stars Ali Fazal and Gurmeet Chaudhary.

On touching base with Sapna she stated that: “I am happy the way my career is shaping up, but at the moment I can’t reveal much about the film or the role.

“I would be starting the workshop soon which would give me an opportunity to know my co actors better.”

IIFA buzz in USA

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Bollywood’s Anil Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra are to set out on a three-day-tour to Los Angeles, Tampa Bay and New York, starting  13th January.

The news comes from the  International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) management and the aim of the tour is to create a buzz about the 15th edition of the awards extravaganza.

Together the stars plan to make the right noises about the upcoming edition of the IIFA awards, which will happen for the first time in the USA at Tampa Bay, Florida on April 24-26.

Both Anil and Priyanka have an international connect. While Anil is popular for his act in the Oscar-winning film “Slumdog Millionaire” and TV show “24”, Priyanka launched her career as a singer with her first single “In my city” in the US




“We are very excited to bring IIFA to Tampa Bay. With the support of representatives of Visit Tampa, we have been able to conceptualise and actualise an incredible event,” says Priyanka.

She added: “There will be music, dance and a whole lot of spice. We're looking forward to giving our fans and new audiences the experience of a lifetime.”

Anil, who recently gave Indian television a desi version of the American series “24”, said: “As a friend of IIFA, I am delighted as IIFA makes its debut in the USA through Tampa Bay.

“We commit to give our audience an opportunity to witness one of the finest celebrations of culture and cinema," he added.



Meanwhile, Tampa Bay is busy gearing up for the event.

“This tour is just the beginning of a very exciting journey.

“Our entire region is enthusiastically preparing to welcome tens of thousands of visitors to our destination, and we look forward to serving as great hosts to the biggest and best IIFA awards in history," said Santiago Corrada, president and CEO, Visit Tampa Bay.