Ranbir Kapoor Gets Starstruck by Robert De Niro

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photo:Ranbir Kapoor’s Facebook

It seems even the biggest names in Bollywood get starstruck when placed in front of Hollywood’s A-listers.

A dazed Ranbir Kapoor greeted Robert De Niro by touching his feet (traditional Indian greeting) when he was visiting Goa along with his daughter for the THiNK 2013 summit. He then followed it by kissing his knee while the 70-year-old sat in a chair.

Not quite sure about De Niro’s reaction to the warm welcome, but we’re pretty sure Ranbir had a “moment.” After all, it’s not every day you meet the “Raging Bull” himself and everyone can relate to being starstruck, especially when running into a silver screen icon of De Niro’s caliber.

Was Jiah Khan MURDERED?????

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Photo: dailymessenger.com

In something straight out of a 1940’s Hollywood film noir, Indian forensic experts are now saying that a reexamination of the recently deceased actress Jiah Khan‘s remains revealed signs of a struggle. Though news stories had not long ago painted the young thespian’s struggles with depression following a faltering Bollywood career as motives for a suicide, her mother struggled violently against these initial assertions by both the media and Indian authorities. After Jiah Khan’s body was found in her Juhu Beach apartment speculation ran rampant that her flailing acting career and troubles with boyfriend Suraj Pancholi had led her to hang herself. A suicide note (claiming Suraj had raped Jiah, impregnated her, and then forced her to have an abortion) had also been found and Indian police even went so far as to arrest boyfriend Suraj for allegedly abetting the suicide.

Suraj was ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing and the scandal died down as yet another cautionary tale of a young ingenue who came to Bollywood with dreams of glamor only to taker her life when those dreams seemed to be faltering, but Jiah’s mother Rabia Khan would have none of it. After initially questioning the authenticity of the alleged suicide note, she then personally hired an independent forensic expert to reexamine the evidence, and has now publicly pointed the finger at Suraj Pancholi in the press. Rabia finally received the recognition of an Indian court that asked the authorities to reexamine the forensic evidence. Incidentally, Suraj is the famous scion of an acting family that includes his former actor father Aditya Pancholi and mother Zarina Wahab. He’s was scheduled to take his own turn on film by starring in the Salman Khan produced remake of Subhash Ghai‘s 1983 hit film ‘Hero‘ early next year, but those plans may have to be delayed.

Suraj and his family seemingly went on the offensive after he was cleared following Jiah’s June 3 suicide investigation. Suraj event went on to claim in interviews that Jiah was depressed at the time of her suicide, had tried to commit suicide previously (an attempt that Suraj says he stopped), that Jiah was abused by her ex-boyfriends, and had been raped by an older man when she was fourteen. His mother then went on the record as saying that Jiah Khan was too much in love with her son, suggesting an unhealthy connection for the deceased Jiah and Suraj.

Through it all, Rabia Khan would have none of it and her efforts may finally bear fruit. The independent forensic expert Rabia had hired, esteemed Dr. R K Sharma of the infamous Noida murder case, found that Jiah had 300 ml’s of alcohol in her stomach at the time of her death, meaning she was most probably incapacitated. This level of intoxication would make it very difficult for Jiah to hang herself as the Juhu Beach forensic experts had initially concluded. Dr. Sharma further suggested that an able bodied person would, however, be able to hang Jiah. He further found human tissue under Jiah’s fingernails and blood in Jiah’s nail clippings, suggesting a struggle right before her alleged suicide. Indian authorities at the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) at Kalina, Mumbai agreed with Dr. Sharma’s conclusion in a recent report regarding the pre-death struggle assertions and will most probably order an exhumation of Jiah’s body for further examination according to sources.

No word on who the alleged murderer may be, but some sources have said authorities suspect someone “very close to Jiah” may have committed what is seemingly turning from a suicide to a homicide investigation. We here at World SannaKhan will have more news of this increasingly bizarre case as it is unfolds.

Sylvester Stallone refuses Bollywood offer

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It is reported that Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone has refused an offer in a Bollywood production.

The Rocky star first made his Bollywood debut in the film Kambakkht Ishq back in 2009 starring Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor.  We are told the reason behind his rejection was because it clashed with his current shooting schedule for the movie, Escape Plan.

The thriller will also be starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and is set to release on October 25th.

Hollywood Director Brett Ratner Huge SRK Fan!!!

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It looks like there’s a mutual love-fest going on between bigtime Hollywood director Brett Ratner and Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan as the two have exchanged messages on Twitter.  Fresh on the heels of Hugh Jackman voicing his admiration for SRK’s work, Ratner took to social media to let King Khan know he’s also an ardent admirer.

Ratner, who’s known for directing the ‘Rush Hour‘ series along with ‘X-men: The Last Stand‘, posted “@iamsrk I would love to work with you one day!! Big fan!!!” on SRK’s personal Twitter page.  SRK let Ratner know that he’d love that by tweeting back “@BrettRatner Would be my honour. I am an avid follower of your work & a huge fan of your films. Would love to come & see you work on sets one day.

Ratner is currently producing ‘Hercules: The Thracian Wars‘ on location and tweeted back “@iamsrk It would be an honor to have you on one of my sets. I am shooting Hercules now in Budapest for another month. Please be my guest!“. The film stars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as the legendary strongman and is slated for a July 25, 2014 release.

No word yet on if SRK has taken up his offer, but we (like most fans) would love to see SRK and Bret team up together for an action flick that would truly bring Bollywood and Hollywood (with lots of explosions, of course…) together!

Sunny Leone Happy With New Bollywood Roles

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photo: wikipedia.org

Adult film star turned Bollywood darling Sunny Leone is very happy that she is getting more serious roles in Bollywood.  The 32-year old has a full schedule of films through 2014 and says “I am getting accepted in the industry and bagging performance oriented roles. I am happy that I am doing all kind of films be it a horror, thriller or action. I have three films lined up – ‘Ragini MMS 2′, ‘Jackpot’ and ‘Tina and Lolo’. I don’t have time for anything else as I am shooting them back-to-back.

Sunny has most recently been featured in dance numbers such as the one in ‘Shootout at Wadala‘ with John Abraham, but is taking her acting seriously and soliciting advice from Bollywood veterans such as Naseeruddin Shah on the set of ‘Jackpot‘ in Goa.  Speaking of co-star Naseeruddin, Sunny said “I am in awe of him. He is one of the finest actors that India has produced. He is such a good actor that when you stand next to him, your performance also improves. I asked him to correct me whenever possible but he just laughed.”

Even her husband/mananger Daniel Weber is getting in on the act as he makes his Bollywood debut opposite his wife in a cameo in ‘Jackpot‘.  Ms. Leone first burst onto India’s attention in the reality show ‘Bigg Boss‘ and made her Bollywood debut in the highly successful ‘Jism 2‘.  Sunny also puts any thoughts of returning to the American adult film industry to rest by saying “I am lucky that the audience is accepting me. I have come my way from there. I don’t have any plans as of now to go back there…” when asked about a possible return to her X-rated, small screen roots.  She’s even bought a house by the sea in India!

Look for the busy Ms. Leone to continue appearing in Bollywood films throughout 2014 and keep working to perfect her Hindi!

Interview with Filmmaker Kavi Raz

Hrithik Roshan Surgery Scare Delays Production on ‘Bang, Bang!’

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Bollywood megastar Hrithik Roshan is recovering from brain surgery to remedy a chronic subdural haematoma on July 7th.  The procedure was a success according to his father, acting legend Rakesh Roshan and Hrithik even posted the following thumbs up on his twitter account with the words “controlling my environment,” which immediately got 25,000 likes from followers.

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Fox Star Studios has delayed completion of Hrithik’s next movie ‘Bang Bang‘, a Bollywood remake of the Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz film ‘Knight and Day‘, due to the star’s health concerns. The 39-year old Roshan is best known for Bollywood hits like ‘Krish‘, ‘Jodhaa Akbar‘, and ‘Agneepath‘.  The unexpected health scare has also delayed Roshan’s work on ‘Krish 3‘, on which he is acting as a producer and assistant director as well as the star of the film.

Following the surgery doctors advised Roshan that he should have four weeks of bed rest, but who knows if the athletic Bollywood star will follow advice with so much on his table.  ‘Krish 3’ is scheduled for release this November 3rd and ‘Bang Bang’ is scheduled for release on May 1st, 2014 following shooting in Thailand and Greece.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Hrithik for a speedy recovery.

NBA’s Chris Bosh Taking Talents To Juhu Beach

Miami Heat's Bosh gestures after returning to position at the end of a timeout against the Boston Celtics in in Miami

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He just won his second title with the Miami Heat so for a victory lap Chris Bosh is helping the NBA spread it’s brand by going to Mumbai, India from July 16-19.  He will be taking the Larry O’Brien trophy along with him to give Indian fans a chance to pose with it and him, conducting coaching clinics, and just generally acting as a goodwill ambassador to spread the NBA’s brand of basketball.

Bosh said “I am excited for the chance to visit India and help build interest in the game I love. The NBA is a global game and I hear that basketball is becoming pretty popular over there so I am looking forward to teaching kids that may end up in our league one day…..” when asked about his impending trip to India.

The NBA is already very popular in China, the Philippines, and other Asian countries along with India.   This NBA finals featured 10 international players on the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat rosters.  A record 215 countries using 47 different languages watched the Miami Heat‘s Big Three of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh defend their title against Tim Duncan‘s San Antonio Spurs.

Pakistani Actress Meesha Shafi Bags Bollywood Debut!

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Meesha Shafi, who most recently starred in Mira Nair‘s Hollywood flick ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist‘, has made major inroads in Bollywood with her debut in the star-studded ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag‘.  The Pakistani singer-model-actress will play Perizaad, the best friend of the film’s subject Milkha Singh.  She will star alongside the likes of Sonam Kapoor, Farhan Aktar, Divya Dutta, and Prakash Raj.

The film itself will focus on the incredible life story of Milka Singh, also known as “The Flying Sikh”, who overcame losing many of his family members during the violence following India and Pakistan’s partition to become the only Indian to win a Gold medal at the Commonwealth games.

Meesha is also a major singer in Pakistan with her song Alif Allah (Jugni) with Arif Lohar being the most watched Pakistani song on Youtube ever with over 12 million views so far.

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When asked about her work in Bollywood, Meesha replied that “Our cultural heritage and stories are so deeply rooted that it is only natural to relate to the cinema being made here. Art is definitely a universal language and just as Bollywood has a huge audience in Pakistan, Pakistani music has a vast listenership in India. Both countries are doing an immense service by bridging gaps and reaching out to the people. In fact I would say that Bollywood and Pakistan have an age-old relationship.”

Let’s hope this Pakistani actress and her art can facilitate a better dialogue between India and Pakistan’s similar cultures and shared national heritages.

‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ will be released on July 12th, here’s a trailer for the film:

Photo of the week: Priyanka Chopra’s ‘Exotic’ video ft. Pitbull to be Released July 9

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After receiving a positive response for her first single ‘In My City,’ Miss Chopra is set to release her second track featuring international rapper Pitbull, Exotic on July 9th.

She’s super excited about sharing the video with the world. Priyanka recorded the track in Ibiza with rapper Pitbull and RedOne. “Together they helped me create a hot and sexy summer anthem that I am so proud of! This is just the beginning, and I can’t wait to share this song and the rest of the album with you!” said the former Miss World winner.

Maybe Priyanka should give Selena Gomez pointers on how to really do it Bollywood style ;) Na na na na….

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