The writing was up on the wall as a steady stream of bollywood celebrities and close friends started visiting Salman Khan’s house a day before the verdict on the long delayed 2002 hit & run case against Salman, however, no one expected him to get 5 year sentence and from the moment the verdict was delivered, it seemed as the whole nation came to standstill and needless to say that Salman Khan’s arrest and his subsequent release on bail dominates the news even now. Shahrukh Khan, Karan Johar, Rani Mukherji, Sonakshi Sinha, Preity Zinta, Sangita Bijlani, Malaika Arora Khan, Sunil Shetty, Prem Chopra, Subhash Ghai & Sohail Khan visited Salman to offer their support but the panic resulted in share market drops of EROS INTERNATIONAL MEDIA LTD. and MANDHANA INDUSTRIES LTD. (marketing BEING HUMAN ) and gloom in Bollywood. With over Rs. 200 Crore riding on Salman’s shoulders ( Kabir Khan’s BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN with Kareena Kapoor, Rajkumar Badjatya’s PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO with Sonam Kapoor & Neil Nitin Mukesh and Karan Johar’s SHUDDHI ), any delay in release could spell doom especially since Bollywood hasn’t had even a single film crossing Rs. 100 Crores this year and much was expected from box-office king’s upcoming films. It all started in 2002 when drunk Salman Khan lost control of his Toyota cruiser and killed homeless Nuru Behra and injured four others before fleeing the accident scene but his behaviour shocked his ardent fans as Salman refused to admit being the driver and thirteen years after, the judge discredited the defense argument and held Salman solely responsible and sentenced him for 5 years citing culpable homicide and thus triggering a twitteratti war amongst his fans & critics, which sadly is still continuing. Fashion designer Farah Ali & singer Abhijeet voiced their strong support for Salman, however, many ridiculed them for blaming the homeless instead while Hema Malini, Alia Bhatt, Dia Mirza, Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Bipasha Basu, Zayed Khan & Varun Dhawan tweeted for Salman’s early release. Now we all know that Salman Khan is not the only bollywood personality to get jail as his mentor Sanjay Dutt is still in jail and Aditya Pancholi, Suraj Pancholi, Vindoo Dara Singh, Saif Ali Khan, Shiney Ahuja, Monica Bedi & John Abraham have had many brushes with law but none of them have been as popular as Salman Khan is and with his movies breaking records continuously for some time, much was expected from his Eid release of Bhaijaan and November release of Rajshri Picture’s Prem Ratan Dhan Payo to lift the gloomy box-office collections of Bollywood this year, which sadly will have to wait now unless the Mumbai High Court reacts favourably to Salman Khan’s defense team and allows him to complete the pending films before starting the sentence. Till then the uncertainty will continue in bollywood and his fans will remain shocked in home and abroad!!!
Abhishek Kapoor marries Pragya Yadav in Mumbai!!!
Director Abhishek Kapoor of ROCK ON & KAI PO CHE fame married his live in girlfriend actress Pragya Yadav of HAWA HAWAAI film fame at Mumbai’s Iskcon Temple on May 3rd in the presence of relatives Jeetendra, Shobha & Tushaar Kapoor, Arjun & Mehr Rampal, Sushant Singh & others. Abhishek Kapoor, who started his career opposite his then girlfriend Twinkle Khanna in 90’s, is now busy directing his third film FITOOR with Katrina Kaif, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Rekha & Lara Dutta and his reception on May 4th was attended by many from the film industry. ASIAN JOURNAL wishes the newlyweds the best in life & films!
Kangana Ranaut & Priyanka Chopra host party together!!!
National Best Actress award winning KANGANA RANAUT, glowing after receiving the award from President Pranab Mukherji at a glittering ceremony in New Delhi’s President House on May 3rd, hosted a party in Mumbai with PRIYANKA CHOPRA on May 4th to thank her friends, well-wishers & supporters and almost all the film industry was there to share their happiness. Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Dia Mirza, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Imran Khan, Vidya Balan, Shraddha Kapoor, Siddharth Kapoor and Sonakshi were there to celebrate as Kangana is now eagerly awaiting TANU WEDS MANU 2 while Priyanka waits for BAJIRAO MASTANI!
Amitabh Bachchan skips as Deepika Padukone & Irfan Khan promote Shoorjit Sircar’s Piku!!!
Down with viral fever, AMITABH BACHCHAN couldn’t join his colleagues in promoting Shoorjit Sirkar’s much awaited PIKU as DEEPIKA PADUKONE, back after completing her shooting schedule of BAJIRAO MASTANI, joined IRFAN KHAN, who’d just returned after signing Hollywood’s INFERNO. Carrying good reports, Shoorjit Sirkar’s screening of PIKU attracted stars like Kangana Ranaut, Vidya Balan, Sonu Sood, Varun Dhawan & others and it seems they all enjoyed as PIKU releases this Friday, May 8th all over and many are expecting the fourth film of Shoorjit to be as good as his earlier three films – YAHAN, VICKY DONOR & MADRAS CAFE ! Akshay Kumar’s GABBAR IS BACK, inspite of being thrashed by critics all over, continues to do well and the film has already collected over Rs. 62 Crores in the first week, affiriming Akshay’s position as one of the most bankable stars of bollywood after the success of BABY this year. SHATRUGHAN SINHA is recovering at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Hospital after undergoing leg surgery ; ANURAG KASHYAP has appealed the review committe after the Censor Board issued ‘ A ‘ certificate to his long awaited BOMBAY VELVET with Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma & Karan Johar in lead roles ; AISHWARYA RAI BACHCHAN, SONAM KAPOOR & KATRINA KAIF will represent India at this year’s CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL and with that it’s time to say good bye to you all and please do your very best to all Mothers every day as we celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 10th ! HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!