No.1 Carlos Slim Helu
$53.5 billion
Telecom, Mexico. Telecom tycoon who pounced on privatization of Mexico’s national telephone company in the 1990s becomes world’s richest person for first time after coming in third place last year. Net worth up $18.5 billion in a year. Recently received regulatory approval to merge his fixed-line assets into American Movil, Latin America’s biggest mobile phone company.



No.2 Bill Gates
$53 billion
Microsoft, U.S.
Software visionary is now the world’s second-richest man. Net worth still up $13 billion in a year as Microsoft shares rose 50% in 12 months, value of investment vehicle Cascade swelled. More than 60% of fortune held outside Microsoft; investments include Four Seasons hotels, Televisa, Auto Nation. Stepped down from day-to-day duties at Microsoft in 2008 to focus on philanthropy.



No.3 Warren Buffett
$47 billion – Investments, U.S.
America’s favorite investor up $10 billion in past 12 months on surging Berkshire Hathaway shares; says U.S. has survived economic “Pearl Harbor,” but warns recovery will be slow. Shrewdly invested $5 billion in Goldman Sachs and $3 billion in General Electric amid 2008 market collapse. Recently acquired railroad giant Burlington Northern Santa Fe for $26 billion.


No.4 Mukesh Ambani
$29 billion- Petrochemicals, oil and gas. India.
Global ambitions: His Reliance Industries, already India’s most valuable company, recently bid $2 billion for 65% stake in troubled Canadian oil sands outfit Value Creations. Firm’s $14.5 billion offer to buy bankrupt petrochemicals maker LyondellBasell was rejected. Since September company has sold Treasury shares worth $2 billion to be used for acquisitions. Late father, Dhirubhai, founded Reliance and built it into a massive conglomerate.



No.5 Lakshmi Mittal
$28.7 billion – Steel, India.
London’s richest resident oversees ArcelorMittal, world’s largest steel maker. Net profits fell 75% in 2009. Mittal took 12% pay cut but improved outlook pushed stock up one-third in past year. Looking to expand in his native India; wants to build steel mills in Jharkhad and Orissa but has not received government approval. Earned $1.1 billion for selling his interest in a Kazakh refinery in December.


No.6 Lawrence Ellison
$28 billion – Oracle, U.S.
Oracle founder’s fortune continues to soar; shares up 70% in past 12 months. Database giant has bought 57 companies in the past five years. Completed $7.4 billion buyout of Sun Microsystems in January; acquired BEA Systems for $8.5 billion in 2008. Studied physics at U. of Chicago; didn’t graduate. Started Oracle 1977; took public a day before Microsoft in 1986.



No.7 Bernard Arnault
$27.5 billion
Luxury goods, France.
Bling is back, helping fashion icon grab title of richest European as shares of his luxury goods outfit LVMH–maker of Louis Vuitton, Moet & Chandon–surge 57%. LVMH is developing upscale Shanghai commercial property, L’Avenue Shanghai, with Macau billionaire Stanley Ho.



No.8 Eike Batista
$27 billion
Mining, oil. Brazil.
Vowing to become world’s richest man–and he may be on his way. This year’s biggest gainer added $19.5 billion to his personal balance sheet. Son of Brazil’s revered former mining minister who presided over mining giant Companhia Vale do Rio Doce got his start in gold trading and mining.



$25 billion
Fashion retail, Spain.
Style maven lords over Inditex; fashion firm, which operates under several brand names including Zara, Massimo Dutti and Stradivarius, has 4,500 stores in 73 countries including new spots in Mexico and Syria. Set up joint venture with Tata Group subsidiary to enter India in 2010. Betting on Florida real estate: bought Coral Gables office tower that is currently home to
Bacardi USA.


No.10 Karl Albrecht
$23.5 billion
Supermarkets, Germany.
Owns discount supermarket giant Aldi Sud, one of Germany’s (and Europe’s) dominant grocers. Has 1,000 stores in U.S. across 29 states. Estimated sales: $37 billion. Plans to open New York City store this year. With younger brother, Theo, transformed mother’s corner grocery store into Aldi after World War II. Brothers split ownership in 1961; Karl took the stores in southern Germany, plus the rights to the brand in the U.K., Australia and the U.S. Theo got northern Germany and the rest of Europe.


Anjaana Anjaani is a zingy romantic film. Kiara (Priyanka Chopra) is based in San Francisco, while Akash (Ranbir Kapoor) is a New York City boy. Both are trying to find luck in their lives after several failed attempts to be successful in their careers and in love. Fed up, they both decide to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge. However, both land up on the same bridge at the same time. Akash stops Kiara from jumping and tells her to travel with him to Vegas to make it big.

Ranbir showed his dedication to his work, who is the one of the best actors of his generation, yet again watch him donning a new character in Anjaana Anjaani. Priyanka once aging dips into the role beautiful glamour world,.Zayed Khan got a good cameo to play. Tanvi Azmi is wonderful. On the whole, AnjaanaAnjaani is a romantic saga with terrific moments and with emotional as well as humorous. Anjaana Anjaani is a modern-day romance movie.

Anjaana Anjaani has been postponed from Sep 24 to Oct 1 in view of the verdict in the Ayodhya case, September 24. Allahabad high court announces its verdict on the Ayodhya case. AnjanaAnjani is directed by Siddharth Anand, starring Ranbir Kapur, Priyanka Chopda and Zayed Khan.

The film is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under his Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment Pvt. Ltd banner and Sharan Kapoor under his IBC Motion Pictures banner. The film’s music has been composed by Vishal-Shekhar, who have composed the music for all of Siddharth’s three films in the past.

Customers who purchase Godrej Interio products till 24 September, 2010 will stand a chance to meet Bollywood actors Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, who star in the movie, by filling in a form.Godrej says 30 customers stand a chance to win, by availing the offer anywhere in India, barring Tamil Nadu.

Mallika Sherawat is in news again for playing the role of Nagin – The Snake Woman. Hollywood director Jennifer Lynch, daughter of four time Oscar nominee and two times Cannes Film Festival winner, David Lynch, is all set to direct this Hollywood-Bollywood film. The english version of this film is titled as Hisss.

The film is called Naagin–The Snake Woman and brings back to life the ancient myth concerning the Nag-Naagin relationship.

Bollywood sexy siren Mallika Sherawat is playing the main lead role in Naagin. The film also stars Irrfan Khan(Mahesh Babu film Sainikudu Villian) in a role of a cop who has been given the task to pin down the Naagin and destroy her legendary powers.

Hollywoods special effects wizard Robert Kurtzman has been roped in to create some unbelievable graphics for the film. Ace Director of Photography, Madhu Ambat and Hollywood Sound Effects specialist Patrick Girardi are also a part of the project.

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Mallika Sherawat has been out of action from bollywood as she has been busy shooting for her upcoming movie Hiss, in which we will get to see her as a snakewoman who goes on a killing spree. Hiss is directed by Jennifer Lynch of Boxing Helena (1993) fame, which incidentally won her a Raspberry award for the worst director for the movie in 1994.
We bring you the exclusive pictures of Mallika sherawat as a Snakewoman. Mallika Sherawat’s look has been crafted quite painstakingly in Hisss. In the movie, Mallika Sherawat has to wear huge contact lenses that even cover the white of her eyes. Mallika Sherawat has to take out the lenses every few hours to let her eyes breathe. The elaborate nagin elaborate costume has to be kept on for 8-10 hours at a stretch, and she has to be carried around.
Hisss revolves around a vengeful nagin (Mallika Sherawat), who shape shifts into a gorgeous woman and goes to the city to hunt for her mate, who has been captured from the jungle by an American, George States. Hisss also stars Irfan Khan who plays a cop who has to track her down to stop the destruction she unleashes in the city.

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It’s the moment any journalist would avoid. Interviewing the producer of a film while the Censors are watching it to give their certification. Arbaaz Khan sends me a text message to call him at an unusual timing. It was 4.30pm. An unexpected text puts me in frenzy. I call him at 4.38 for the interview and off he goes in a flash on the other end. His voice sounds rapacious when he talks about his brother Salman Khan, his interest in Dabangg sounds obsessive, when he talks about his wife Malaika Arora Khan, he sounds unperturbed but then again, when I talk about his father Salim Khan he jumps back putting you in a scratchy situation. In short, Arbaaz Khan is like an eagle. He knows his job and hits you at the right time at the right place without you knowing its consequences. The result is obvious – The day he announced Dabangg, other biggies got unnerved and changed their release dates and made way for the Salman starrer. All the above defines a word called ‘Producer’. In the words of Bob Weinstein, Hollywood’s most famous producer, “Don’t let your fear paralyze you. Prepare yourself not only technically but also emotionally.” This special correspondent talks to the first time producer Arbaaz Khan who can’t wait to unleash his creation – The fearless Dabangg.

The first promo is a culmination of a lot of things. It’s not just a very well cut promo. It’s got a lot to do with the look of the film, the characters, the dialogues, production values. When there is a need for a film like Dabangg, you know nothing can stop it. People have been watching a lot of multiplex, frothy, new age cinema. Good. But here comes a rustic, rooted and the typical masala film of the 1990s where the hero is going to bash up all the baddies. There was a special intent to cut such a promo. God has been kind and I love this overwhelming response. The day the first promo came out; a tidal wave has been created.

Backing Dabangg

Production was always at the back of my mind. It was something that I wanted to embark on. So when Abhinav Kashyap came with an offer, Dabangg became a catalyst and made me want to start my production house with it. I liked what Abhinav had narrated to me when he came up with the raw stage of just the idea. But I knew that the forty minute narration had a big potential. He was also looking for a producer and I gave him an offer which he couldn’t refuse (laughs). I told him to relax and watch how Dabangg creates a bang which he would not have even seen thought of.                                                                                           

Salman ‘Chulbul’ Khan

Salman is always different in each of his films. He has grown in all his films in spite of few of his films doing not so good. There are films in which you are very good because you are a trained actor. But not all roles you do fit like a glove. No. Actors do a role for many reasons. Personal, friendly, professional, business, etc. And then there are roles like Chulbul Pandey where actors say that this is it, the role of a lifetime. A role which excites them, a role in which they can sink their teeth in, a role which they were waiting for. Salman did just that. He got so submerged into the role, the result is out for you to see. Salman enjoyed every bit of Chulbul and took it to another level.

Sonakshi ‘Sexy’ Sinha

Sonakshi was completely Salman’s choice for Dabangg. We could’ve gone and made this film with an established actress but we decided not to. Then the questions: What if we take a new girl? What are the positives if we take a new face? Will a new face have the looks, the talent, the appeal, etc. So when Salman met Sonakshi at Amrita Arora’s sangeet, he came up to me and said, “We’ve got the new girl”. I asked him, “Who?” and he replied, “Sonakshi.” I was stunned. I wanted to start the next day itself. Sonakshi is a dear family friend of ours since many years and then being Shatrughan Sinha’s daughter just doubles it up. She did have some training learning the dialect and all but she was a thorough professional from day one. She is brilliant.

Malaika ‘Munni’ Arora Khan

Yes, Munni is a hit, isn’t she? (Laughs). Thanks to me too because I have a hand too in her selection. Every song she does, she takes my feedback. If the song is not good, even if a big star does it, it will go unheard. It’s not that she is dancing with SRK or somebody else. Why a song does well? I personally believe even if Malaika was not there in ‘Munni’ number, it would still have been a hit. Choreography, Salman’s entry and Malaika took the song to another level but the overall credit has to go to the music director.

Sohail ‘contribution’ Khan

Yes, Sohail has given a lot of inputs in Dabangg. Sohail was very much involved in this film. He wasn’t so much involved creatively. But cinema isn’t alone about creativity. It is about the business too. There is administration aspect too without which you cannot make a movie. Sohail’s entire support for Dabangg came from his expertise in business, in getting things organised. I garnered support from him.

Arbaaz ‘twitter’ Khan

No, no, no. I am on twitter thanks to Mr. Salman Khan. Twitter should thank Salman too (laughs). I’ve had some great response from the networking sites. You have to use these sites to promote your film and what’s wrong? I will do my films publicity to get the visibility and will go to any extent in doing so because my money is at stake. I am not apologetic and this isn’t a promotional gimmick. You have to get people to see your film and Twitter is just a medium through which we are making sure it happens.

Salim ‘writer’ Khan

Only Salman has worked in the script written by my father so far. It was Patthar Ke Phool. My dad has not been completely involved with writing but he has either doctored it or given a suggestion. How much of that we take is our decision. My dad is now retired and we want him to enjoy his life. He has worked hard and has been at his peak while he was working with Javed Akhtar as Salim-Javed. Now all a father wants is his sons to progress and we are doing just that.  My dad is not at a stage where he has to run around and please the people only because they want to write better. But you never know, may be in a near future Sohail and I might have a script which we’d want my dad to do.

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‘I hate luv storys’ is the maxim Jay lives by. But as an assistant director to Veer, the most famous romantic filmmaker of Indian Film Industry, Jay has little option but to live with larger than life, glossy, cinematic love on an everyday basis. Things only get worse when he is made to work under the new production designer on the film… Simran, with whom he shares the strangest first encounter!

Simran loves luv storys; So much so that even her life has begun to resemble one. With her ideal job and the perfect boyfriend, Raj, she lives a blissful, dreamy life; One that is rudely interrupted by Jay’s cynicism.

The turmoil’s of Jay and Simran’s life, is ironically interweaved with the Luv Story that they are working on…. But will Jay and Simran ever find their own Luv Story – go find it out in a theatre near you on 2nd July???

‘I hate luv storys’ is the maxim Jay lives by. But as an assistant director to Veer, the most famous romantic filmmaker of Indian Film Industry, Jay has little option but to live with larger than life, glossy, cinematic love on an everyday basis. Things only get worse when he is made to work under the new production designer on the film… Simran, with whom he shares the strangest first encounter!

Simran loves luv storys; So much so that even her life has begun to resemble one. With her ideal job and the perfect boyfriend, Raj, she lives a blissful, dreamy life; One that is rudely interrupted by Jay’s cynicism.

The turmoil’s of Jay and Simran’s life, is ironically interweaved with the Luv Story that they are working on…. But will Jay and Simran ever find their own Luv Story – go find it out in a theatre near you on 2nd July???

Music of the movie is the best, I would say. Vishal & Shekhar have maintained their success story this time. The title song and ‘Jab Mila Tu…’ are my favorites.
Imran and Sonam have and could have delivered wonderful acts but ‘a film is a director’s medium’, its failure is all due to Punit. He could not bring out the best from his cast and crew. The locations also do not appeall. The expressions of the actors are dull and flat. Samir Soni does over-acting and is unbearable most of the times. I had gone with many hopes but returned bored from the multiplex.
The story idea is old and simple. Such ideas have been made beautifully earlier. The idea is, ‘A boy who does not believe in love falls in love finally and wins over the girl’. But this time Karan’s efforts did not work. ‘Kurbaan’ was a far better film than this. The camera used is simple to keep the budget low.
Karan Johar, we expect a lot better from you, next time.

Their magic still hasn’t waned. Despite lying in cans for years, Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor’s movie Milenge Milenge is drawing footfalls to theatres.

Meanwhile, the successful run of I Hate Luv Storys at the box office continues. The movie was rock steady in its second weekend and grossed Rs 6 crore approx.

The first week collection of the movie was flattering, with around Rs 32 crore. The second weekend story goes like this: on Friday the movie did the business of Rs 1.30 crore; on Saturday the collections rose to Rs 2.05 crore, while on Sunday the movie stirred the BO with Rs 2.65 crore earning.

Shifting to the last Friday’s release Milenge Milenge which opened to 30-40% opening, the movie will make a good profit for its makers. The film has an investment of around Rs 15-16 crore and is likely to generate business of over Rs 21 crore which has less to do with its theatrical performance. The other release of the Friday was Red Alert – A War Within which has good star cast but the movie has a little chance to survive at the BO.

Till now the movie has grossed Rs 38 crore and as per trade reports is expected to collect Rs 45-46 crore with distributor share being around Rs 22 crore mark. That means it will profit all. The film’s overseas business is also reported to be good. Till now it has collected $1.60 million from the foreign market and remained a hot favourite in UAE and North America.

Priya’s (Kareena Kapoor) sole purpose in life is to meet the man of her dreams. She has three conditions, he shouldn’t smoke, he shouldn’t drink and he mustn’t lie. Of course, he could be a serial killer, a Russian spy or even a cross-dressing gay ballerina–it probably wouldn’t matter to our dizzy headed damsel.

Priya meets a tarot reader (Kirron Kher) (who looks suspiciously like Sunita Menon on whey protein). She predicts that Priya will find the love of her life on a

Bangkok beach on so and so date and so and so time. Not just that, she also predicts that her lover will be wearing rainbow colored clothes. Hmmmm….?!

As luck, fate, or maybe destiny would have it; Priya is suddenly selected to travel to Bangkok as part of a youth festival! (Yes, in spite of the extensive cinematic

journey that Ms Kapoor has made, she plays a college going ‘youth’ again).

So, Priya, with wind in her hair and too many ‘rom-com’ dvd’s in her head, arrives with crossed fingers at a Thailand beach that could be a little ahead of Madh island


Our hearts were racing fast to find out if ‘Sunita Menon on whey protein’ had made an accurate prediction. And the anticipation wasn’t in vain. Playing the guitar

tunefully and half submerged in water, is the man of Priya’s dreams. He is Immy (Shahid Kapoor, also playing a college going youth!). As luck, fate or maybe destiny would have it, Immy doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink, and lo and behold—he doesn’t lie either.

As you watch an elated Priya talk marriage before they finish their first walk together, you feel a little sorry for her. Not just because she may require psychiatric help for buying into such crap and wanting to marry a perfect stranger…but also because you are privy to a little secret.

Immy is actually a drinker, a smoker, and brace yourself—he even LIES! Wearing a mini skirt and a tube-top (!!??!!) Immy had sneaked into a sleeping Priya’s room.

After falling in love with her while she was sleeping, he stole her diary and, as luck, fate, or maybe destiny would have it, he knew all her secrets.

When Priya finds her diary in Immy’s room, it slowly dawns on her that this is not the man from ‘Sunita Menon on whey protein’s prediction! She is heartbroken that she professed her undying love for him.Meanwhile, Immy has had a change of heart and is having his last drink & smoke. No, he is not going to end his life to escape the psycho chick, he has decided to be the man that Priya wants him to be, and will henceforth be a teetotaler.

Tough luck, because Immy’s party is busted by Priya, who has decided to leave him. If it is fated, destined or they are lucky, they will meet again. But how will he

find her? He asks, now heartbroken himself. Besides the youth festival that had all her details and her many friends that were still around, there would be no other

way to find her. Alas! He would lose her forever!

Destiny’s unwanted child–Priya , has a masterstroke of an idea. She writes Immy’s phone number on a 50-rupee note and buys a book on, no prizes for guessing this one,

‘Destiny’. She then writes her name and number in the book and decides to drop the book off at a random bookstore. If it is fated, destined or if they are lucky, the note or the book will reach them, and then she will know that they are meant to be.

Underlining this ‘serendipitous’ moment, we hear the horrific nasal cry of a tortured elephant. Or is it Himesh Reshmiya’s screeching voice for a background score. I

can’t tell for sure.

After another hour of 90’s choreography, jarring background music, silly gags and unflattering low angles shots of Kareena, the lovers have started to pine for each other. They are both getting married on, yes, you guessed it, the same day! Neither has found the book or the note.

Will fate, luck and maybe destiny bring the star-crossed lovers together? If you really care, go watch Satish Kaushik’s Milenge Milenge. Make sure you outsmart the cinemas by carrying a thermal blanket with you. In case you don’t want your brain and your limbs numbed.

Mythology states: Rama always puts the duty first and then family, Sita’s happiness is always short lived,
Raavana is actually a good person but for his ego / lust.
Mani Rathnam tries to achieve the same in a modern era in the background of a scenic forest.
Ragini (Aishwarya) , wife of a police officer Dev(Prithvi) was kidnapped by a brigan Veera(Vikram). The story is only
about the characterization of these three lead roles and a thin (predictable, well known) story line running behind this kidnapping drama. First half is slow, you are waiting for something to happen but nothing special that will make you more attentive.!
Second half is much better , a faster screen play.
Priya Mani (plays as SurpaNaga) seals her presence though she comes only for 10 minutes. There are other Ramayan
characters like Kumbakarnan (Prabhu), Hanuman (Karthik) and vibhishnan. All these players have done their job.

Vikram excels , let it be his body langauage / dialogue delivery its great and especially the scenes with Aishwarya is simply superb . Prithvi Raj is good and matches with Vikram in most of the scenes.
Special mention about Aishwarya for dubbing her own voice. She was stunning. There is a bigger hero in this movie , he is “Santhosh Sivan”. Hats off to him. Its better to see it in a theatre and absorb the scenes, its a visual treat.

Music score by AR Rahman is ok. Some of the scores does resemble his earlier movie (like Shivaji).
Dialogues…not upto the mark. Generally Mani rathnam movies have a real life comical dialgoues which is missing here.
Ravanan is an exercise to study the characters, but I guess a common man cannot do much. With a movie duration of only 2 hours either a faster screenplay and some more
characterization scenes (rather than concentrating more on chase / dive) would have done wonders to this movie. Some songs do apply breaks within that 2 hours.

Dev falls in love with Ragini, a Sapunky classical dancer who is a unconventional as him. They get married and he takesup his new post in Vikramasingapuram, a small town in southern India. A town where the word of law is not the police but Veera, a tribal who has, over the years, shifted the power equation of the place from the ruling to the have-nots of the area. Dev knows that the key tp bringing order to any place is to vanquish the big fish; in this case – veera. In one stroke Dev manges to rip open Veera’s world, and set in motion a chain of events which will claim lives, change fortunes. Veera, injured but enraged hits back starting a battle that draws Dev, Veera and Ragini into the jungle. The jungle which is dense, confusing, scary. And in this journey they must confront their own truth. A journey which will test their beliefs, convictions and emotions. Emotions which are as scary and confusing as the forest. The forest becomes the battleground. The battle between good and evil, between dev and veera, between Ram and Raavan. But when the lines dividing good and evil are blurring fast whose side will you take. When hate turns to love and good starts looking evil, which side will you battle for? Love is a battle that nobody wins but everyone must fight.
Even this Raavan.

While the list of Indian, Pakistani, British, Australian and South African cricketers who will be appearing in Nikhil Advani’s Patiala House which stars Akshay Kumar as an aspiring cricketer from London is being kept confidential, the name of Nasser Hussain has also leaked out.

Earlier, Balwinder Singh Sandhu who was part of the 1983 World Cup Indian cricket team, had worked behind the scenes on Akshay who plays a fast bowler in the film.

Nasser, the first English captain of Indian and British parentage, has whopping, record-breaking scores in Test cricket to his credit. A London newspaper called him “the most significant cricketer to have played for England since the War”. Now Nasser will be playing Akshay’s coach in Patiala House.

Nikhil, who’s had a difficult time signing on cricketers for his film, confirmed, “It wasn’t easy getting near Nasser, let alone getting him to agree. He has a fairly large acting role in the film. But, believe me, it’s easier to sign the biggest superstars of Bollywood and Hollywood than to try and get star cricketers on board and coordinate their dates. The IPL proved a blessing. Cricketers from all over the world were at our doorstep, plus their managers and co-ordinators.”

Akshay will join Nasser in London next month and spend some pre-shooting time with the 42-year-old former Enlgish skipper so that they look like guru and shishya on and off the playing field. Nikhil hopes to begin shooting the cricket matches in London from June 19, that is if he gets permission to shoot at the Oval and Lords.

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DHEERAJ PRAKASH:- Salmaan Khan is the Best then Shah Rukh Khan !!!

Salman Khan tells Abhijit Majumder he will bid for one of the two new teams and speaks about everything from SRK to his dog, Islam to Kat.

YOU are there, invisibly pinned to the wall by fear as the massive, bear-like Saint Bernard casually strolls up to you.

“Don’t panic, take your fears head on, run into them,” advises a grinning Salman Khan, wearing just his blue gym shorts. “Come, let me introduce you to Saint. He’s a harmless baby.”

For the next hour or so, you have him talking about new films, SRK, Katrina, Islam, close to everything.

He confirmed in this interview at his Bandra Bandstand house on Friday afternoon that he indeed wants to buy an IPL team.

So this is Salman unplugged (just kidding… anybody who has spent some time with him knows an entirely unplugged Salman is too candid, raw and politically outrageous even for our pages). Excerpts of the printable interview:
You haven’t had a hit for a while. Does that worry you?
It does bother me like everybody else. But I haven’t had too many releases either. With me, there wouldn’t be a film for a long time, and then there would be a flurry of them. I just let my films release whenever they are done. There is no strategy, no game involved.

Are your forthcoming films any different from what you’ve done so far?
Arre, lovely films yaar. These are the ones I have chosen carefully, worked very hard for. The script is the star of the film. Earlier, I would do a film because it’s a big banner or name, but many of them didn’t do well. Finally, a strong story works. And I have stopped doing films just because somebody has requested me, or is a friend. A large-hearted person is a bewakoof, an idiot. Even on planes, they ask you to wear the mask first in case of an emergency before helping others. Till the time you oblige people, they’ll say Salman is large-hearted, etc, the moment you refuse, they’ll say, Salman badal gaya hain. You get me a good script, I will be a fool not to do it.

What do you think of other stars?
To reach the top, you need to have certain qualities. Aamir is fantastic at his work. Look at how he pulled off an action film, Ghajini. Shah Rukh has the amazing romantic intensity. Amitabh Bachchan is the most professional, most hardworking man even now. Akshay Kumar has tremendous, horse-like focus. Ajay has got his own charm, his own audience. For middle and lower-middle-class audiences, the only entertainment is cinema. Going to the movies is like a picnic. If we can’t entertain them, give them value for their money.

Some would say you have been unfair to SRK on the airport controversy. Doesn’t racial profiling bother you? Have you never felt people behaved in a certain manner with you because you are a Muslim?
I don’t think Shah Rukh has ever gone through that. He has been politically correct, there are no court cases against him… they still detained him, and he felt humiliated. They were doing their job.

Let me put this directly: what is your problem with the man who lives on the other side of Bandstand? You used to be friends once.
It’s just that our thinking doesn’t tally. But the world is made of all sorts of people. I did not like what he said once. He respects my family, I respect his. We just don’t see eye to eye. Weird things happened one night. It could have been sorted out then and there. Next morning, I came home. But I found that it was blown out of proportion, obviously not from my side.

It was just a joke at a party, wasn’t it?
(Looks across, intensely) It was not a joke.

I don’t want to talk about it, but as one grows, one becomes magnanimous, more secure… chalo, god has given so much. But not in his case.

I have my family my parents, brothers, sisters, everybody. He doesn’t have anybody above him. So perhaps it is lack of… guidance perhaps. Or maybe some sort of fear. Maybe, if I were in his place, I would behave exactly like that.

Do you respect Shah Rukh professionally?
He is very effective. Great script sense. He has come up the hard way, from TV. How he has climbed is his problem. But he has climbed a long way up. For me it is not about climbing, it is about growing.

Who are your best friends?
Mohnish (Behl), but I don’t get to meet him often. Sadiq. A couple of my childhood friends have died. Barry, who was in shipping, died in a shipwreck. Dilip was in the US. He died very recently.

Who is the biggest star in Bollywood now?
(Ponders for unusually long) This is the question I want to ask you.

Isn’t this your interview?
I want to be really modest here. It’s a difficult question you have asked me and to say the right thing would sound pompous, arrogant. (Ponders again) Chalo I have an answer. Jiski bhi last picture badi hit hain, he’s the biggest.

My father says if you want to give your rivals a gift, arrive late for a shoot, sign the wrong films, get drunk, get into trouble…

You have given them quite a few gifts in that case…
(Laughs out loud) Quite a few. But Sanju has given more such gifts. If he hadn’t, nobody could have dislodged Sanju from the top position. He’s a man’s man and a ladies’ man.

Don’t you feel Amitabh Bachchan can still give the big four you, SRK, Aamir, Akshay Kumar a run for your money?
He has been there for such a long time. I definitely have respect for him as an actor. He was the biggest star there was ever… ever. Among his contemporaries, Dharamji is not interested, VK sir (Vinod Khanna) would do a film once in a while. But Amitji has the passion to go on and on.

Now, we don’t have anybody who can play father or god (in God Tussi Great Ho) better than Amitji. Even though Jackie is playing father, he can’t do it like Amitji; Jackie is far too young.

Has Salman Khan mellowed down from the wild brat who allegedly had brawls over girlfriends, hunted wildlife and ran over people with his car, to being more of a thinking man?
Nothing has changed.

Are you still as impulsive?
I’m the same guy. Being at the wrong place at the wrong time was part of my destiny. And from there, the media took it to a different, negative level and that was my destiny too, as was going to jail.

Would you still react if somebody bad-mouthed a friend in front of you?
Yes. But I’d ask my friends not to react if somebody bad-mouthed me in front of them.

Have you got more love from your audiences than your contemporaries?
There’s no comparison. If people had seen an Aamir or Shah Rukh go through what I went through, they’d have given them far more affection. People have seen me as a real person. For them, Salman ‘apna bachcha hain, apna bhai hain’. Also, over the time, start doing away with your insecurities, start getting more and more magnanimous, and you will get love.

There are fatwas against you celebrating Ganpati in your house. Haven’t you ever worried that it might alienate thousands of your Muslim fans?
First came human beings and then came religion. Muslims don’t like bad Muslims; Hindus don’t like bad Hindus. Fatwa is an opinion. Nobody is allowed to issue fatwas. The relationship is between me, the banda, and god.

Are you buying an IPL team?
Yes, I want to buy an IPL team. I am interested. So is Lalit. He and I have discussed this. It is a long process, involves bidding and all that.

Which team do you want to buy? Kolkata Knight Riders?
No, no. I want to buy one of the two new teams that they are going to introduce. People think I want to buy a team because of an ego hassle with Shah Rukh. Suniel [Shetty] put it very well the other day he said I don’t think somebody will put in hundreds of crores for an ego hassle.

You like cricket?
My father and brother are crazy about it. I am not that ardent a fan, but once I’m into it, I’ll make sure things work.

Is everything fine between Katrina and you?
Ya, ya. Everybody has problems. My parents still have problems, boss. When I get to know that something’s not happening, I’ll tell you.

Do media reports about closeness between John Abraham and Katrina bother you?
I had asked her to do the film. I don’t like him too much. But I asked Katrina not to be influenced by my thinking.

He had apparently removed her from a film a long time ago. She was not very comfortable. Right now she is in a position to kick him out. But I told her it is the director’s film, she should do it.

Just like with Karan Arjun, Shah Rukh tried to get me out of the film but when we did it, I told him we are now going to play brothers for not one but two births, so let’s be like brothers. Ask me for anything.

You are apparently against heroines exposing on screen.
People say I keep on saying ‘Don’t expose, don’t expose’. There’s a theory behind this. The audience doesn’t want to see you like that. They want you as girlfriend, or want to marry you. They don’t want to share you with others.

So your advice doesn’t stem from being possessive?
That’s also there. But frankly, exposure doesn’t work in this industry. That’s why I say, ‘Upar se thoda sa upar, neeche se thoda sa neeche.’ About clothes, that is.

When the girls come in, the producer or director says, ‘iska kapda chhota karo, aur chhota karo.’ Then they become established heroines and refuse to bare. And when they are on their way out, they find the younger lot baring, and go back to it. I don’t think they should do it.

You still haven’t bit the bait, but do you feel marriage still works as an institution?
Of course it does. My parents’ marriage has worked beautifully. I would like to get married at some point.

How many kids do you want to have?
I don’t know kitne ho sakte hain. Two-three may be.

With whom?
(Laughs) Unless something is confirmed, I can’t say anything. If signing a paper means you have married, then sorry I have not done that. And if signing a divorce paper means you are divorced, sorry I have not done that either.

The King Kumar or Khiladi Kumar who has been regularly giving flop movies such as Blue, Tasveer 8×10, Chandni Chowk To China, then too he have very high demands. His fee is concisely increasing with the tendency of giving flops. Anyways look at him in his upcoming movie Housefull with Lara Dutta, Deepika Padukone (Chandni Chowk to China) and Ritesh Deshmukh. Lara Dutta and Ritesh Deshmukh are being always present as a option with Multistarrer movies.

Farah Khan- Akshay Kumar Tees Maar Khan

Akshay Kumar who is currently busy with Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan which is to complete in 3-4 months and will be set to release in last quarter of this year. Being ignored by Shahrukh in a Party with Akon Farah Khan is already so sad then too Akshay is demanding many a stupid things for him to do movie. Akshay recently demanded a private chopper (Helicopter) for him, he said “ I will love to fly in air and attend and depart the set of movie Teesmaar Khan for a month with chopper.”

Remind you the total chopper will cost Rs 1 Lakh per trip, so Mr. Kumar will get a budget of 60 Lakhs and then draft it to Farah Khan making her to lose some money with her weight. Also The Shahrukh-Farah Chapter stated above is also growing interesting.

Most probably reason for that was this Movie Tees Maar Khan only; as earlier Farah had signed Shahrukh for this movie then as Shahrukh was busy in doing My Name is Khan and before that he was suffering from shoulder injury. So for no more delay option Farah Khan got tipped up with Akshay Kumar and ignores Shahrukh. It was now Time for Shahrukh Khan for to take revenge and thus when Akon (English Pop Star) came India Shahrukh arranged a party and invited almost every of his friends but didn’t call for Farah Khan.

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