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July 15, 2005

A Chat Transcript Shows Salman Khan Threatening Aishwarya Rai




Some leading newspapers have published a conversation transcript that shows Salman Khan threatening Aishwarya Rai. He allegedly threatened her because she refused to perform for underworld gangster, Abu Salem. The taped telephone conversation took place four years ago after the release of Abbas-Mustan's "Chori Chori Chupke Chupke". In the chat transcript, Salman says that he only did the film (which was partly funded by illegal money) because he was scared of the gangster, Chhota Shakeel. Furthermore, when Aishwarya repeats her refusal to do the Abu Salem show, Salman threatens to kill her and her family. This is a very damaging piece of news that suggest that Salman has links with the underworld. Maharashtara Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has said that an inquiry will be conducted into these allegations.



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July 13, 2005

Aishwarya Rai in 'Akbar Jodha'!




Not so long ago, we were the first to tell you about Hrithik-Aishwarya being cast together for the first time, here's more on that. Aishwarya Rai has been finalized to play opposite Hrithik Roshan in Ashutosh Gowariker's 'Akbar Jodha'.

Says Gowariker, "I know people were expecting yet another new heroine from my side, but the role of a princess needed an established face, hence Aishwarya Rai. Moreover, Ash has elegance, dignity and a classical face, which I need for this portrayal. All these factors gave her the nod for becoming Princess Jodha."

Posted by Aravindh at 20:40
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Ash & Bebo: Sisters In Crisis





They may not be the best of friends. But right now Aishwarya Rai and Kareena Kapoor seem to be sailing in the same boat.

They both seem to be facing an acute dearth of co-stars. Hence, in spite of being the acknowledged marquee divas they are perpetually left out of the rat race.

Run down their roster of co-stars, and you’ll see an alarming scarcity of well-matched stars.

Aishwarya needs mature men rather than boys to pair with her. But all the three top actors from the titanic triumvirate of Khans –are out of bounds for her.

Aamir was miffed with Ash after she declined to do Ketan Mehta’s Mangal Pandey. Good friend Mukherjee (Aamir’s, not Ash’s friend) quickly and happily stepped into the void and earned herself some more brownie points with Aamir.

Shah Rukh too is disinclined to work with Ash. The reasons are much too complicated to be gone into. Suffice it to say that it’s unlikely she’ll ever get to be in the same frame as SRK.

As for Salman… Ash has vowed never to work with the man who gave an entirely new definition to the concept of beauty-and-the-fist to her life.

Posted by Aravindh at 20:38
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Aishwarya-Rani: No patch-up

It isn't very clear who stands to gain by spreading this rumour. But the information about a midair patch-up between Aishwarya Rai and Rani Mukherji is pure bunkum.

According to someone who flew on the flight, this is what happened: "Ash was with her mom while Rani was with Karan Johar. It was Karan's idea that Rani say hello to Ash and break the ice."

For those who came in late, Ash and Rani were the best of friends...until the latter nimbly stepped into Ash's role opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Aziz Mirza's Chalte Chalte after Salman Khan disrupted the first schedule of the film and Ash was asked to pack up.




What really hurt Aishwarya was that Rani didn't even bother to ask if it was okay... unlike Preity Zinta who rang up Ash when she, Preity, was finalised for Veer-Zaara.

Prior to this incident, Rani treated Aishwarya like an elder sister. Ash would in turn even give Rani makeup tips.

Cut to the mid-air flight where Rani, egged on by Karan, walked over to Ash who was fast asleep. Tapping her awake, Rani said, "Hello...sleeping?" Ash said she was... end of the conversation. Back to square one.

Sorry no-patch up. The incident is reminiscent of one of the most famous female cold wars of Bollywood - Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil vied for the same roles and continued to love to hate each other until Smita breathed her last.

Their spouses Javed Akhtar and Raj Babbar had tried their utmost to bring them together, even arranged a dinner for the foursome, but to no avail. One could say Ash and Rani couldn't be friends because they shared the same hero. Rani of course is now the favourite with Shah Rukh.

So that takes care of that. Many moons ago, Sridevi and Jaya Prada were at war. All efforts to bring them together came to nought. Once, during the shooting of a K. Bappaiah film called Maqsad, Rajesh Khanna and Jeetendra locked the two warring queens in the same makeup room hoping they'd make up. No such thing happened.

Some animosities in the film industry, specially those involving two actresses, are for keeps.

The only two warring actresses who finally made up are Sharmila Tagore and Raakhee. Having cold-warred through Yash Chopra's Daag, they finally met and hugged when decades later Rituparno Ghosh cast them together in a Bengali movie.

As for the rest, let's leave them to their own devices, shall we?

Posted by Aravindh at 20:36
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Aishwarya as Barbie Dolls set to hit UK!




A range of Barbie dolls, which have been inspired by the style of Bollywood, is soon to hit the high streets of Britain.

The dolls have been imported into the UK from India by Sair Mir, managing director of Mir Media, and are said to be based on the looks and costumes of actress Aishwarya Rai.

As he confirmed: "Aishwarya and all her outfits were a major inspiration for modelling these dolls, especially from her film 'Devdas' where she looked sensational".

Last year, the glorious Ms Rai featured in a list of the world's 50 most beautiful women. This year, she has been replaced by Parminder Nagra, of "Bend it like Beckham" fame.

There is no truth in the rumour that, with this "shattering" news, Mir is hastily remodelling his entire doll collection.

As he explained, impervious to the above: "We have used Bollywood, and India's rich cultural heritage, to put a lot of intricate detail into these dolls' outfits, using silks, embroidery and jewellery."

The Indian Barbie collection features looks and costumes from all corners of the Indian sub-continent, from Punjab to Gujarat to Rajasthan. There is also an Indian Diva collection, dressed in the latest ethnic kurtas.

The original Barbie doll first saw the light of day way back in 1959, and, since that fateful day, her empire has grown to encircle the world with cultural and ethnic varieties in Europe and the Far East.

Variations of the Barbie doll are now on sale in no less than 150 countries and, since she took her bow in 1959, she and her friends have appeared dressed in close to a billion different fashions.

Mir is sure that his new range of Indian style Barbie dolls will make perfect presents for Asian women - of all ages - and he also hopes that they will help young Asian girls embrace their culture and heritage in ways that the original blonde haired and blue eyed creation could never do.

The only burning, question that remains is: what will Indian Barbie's husband be called? Somehow, Ken just doesn't sound quite right!

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