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‘WHY WOULD I INTERFERE IN

MY SISTER’S CAREER?’ Says Saif Ali Khan, unhappy about reports that he doesn’t approve of Soha’s intimate scenes in her upcoming film

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or some time now, Saif Ali Khan has been inadvertently hitting headlines for a peculiar reason: the women — wife Kareena Kapoor and sister Soha Ali Khan — in his life. First, it was widely reported that Bebo wouldn’t do any item numbers after her wedding to the Nawab. And now, buzz is that Saif has disapproved of intimate scenes between Irrfan and Soha in the upcoming Tigmanshu Dhulia-directed film, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns (SBAGR). But the actor isn’t amused. “I have just come back from Kolkata (after wrapping up a schedule of Bullet Raja, also

A still from Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns

directed by Tigmanshu). Soha has already had a word with me (about the scenes). It’s a completely baseless and senseless story. There’s absolutely no truth to it. Why would I interfere in anyone’s career — be it my sister or my wife?” he says. Reports earlier suggested that while shooting for Bullet

Raja with Saif, Tigmanshu showed the actor the rushes of SBAGR and that’s when the actor ‘completely disapproved’ of the scenes. It was also reported as the reason why Soha refused to promote the film for a couple of days. “Such reports only make me sound very stupid. In fact, I will have a word with the

producers about it. I feel the (film’s) publicists need to calm down about constantly using my name to come up with stories to stay in the news,” adds Saif. Some time ago, Saif was in the news about his wife Kareena’s item song, ‘Fevicol se’ too. At that time, he told us that the song is “great”. He had added, “For me, it was a family item song. But a lot of Salman’s (Khan) films are like that. So there’s never anything vulgar or worrisome about it. His films are for the entire family to love.” CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF SAIF? ■ For

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n his inimitable style, Salman Khan made his debut as an awards show host at Guild Awards on Saturday. He kept the audience entertained and interacted with the celebrities, including Priyanka Chopra, Vidya Balan and Arjun Kapoor. But, it was his interaction with Hema Malini that deserves special mention. Salman revealed how ‘Dream Girl’ Malini inspired him on many occasions since he was a child.

SALLU TRAVELS ECONOMY CLASS

n his way back from O Hyderabad on Monday morning, Salman surprised his fans when he boarded the economy class of a Mumbai bound flight. When Salman entered the airport, the passengers thought that he would board first class. However, everyone was taken aback when he proceeded towards the econo-

After inviting her on stage to present an award, Salman admitted to being a huge fan. He seemed shy around her. He said he was present on the sets of her 1972 film, Seeta Aur Geeta, before recalling that in the scene shot that day, Malini wore a shirt, trousers and a scarf, and had a tomboyish look for her part as Geeta. As Malini blushed, Salman added that she struck a pose in that scene that he went on to adapt in his own body language. He even stepped off stage and sat on a chair to demonstrate what he was talking about, before giving her credit for what is now his signature posture. >> MORE ON PG 2

my section. The actor obliged fans who wanted to get clicked with him. The narrow leg space was troubling him, but 20 minutes later, a flight crew member told him that they had managed a seat for him in the first class. The actor was in Hyderabad to attend a Celebrity Cricket League match. DIBYOJYOTI BAKSI

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amir Khan, who is shooting in Rajasthan for Rajukumar Hirani's Peekay will be flying to Delhi today to meet British Prime Minister David Cameron. Sources close to the actor say that Cameron's team had shown interest in meeting Khan because of the actior’s growing popularity abroad, especially in UK, mainly after he was on Time magazine cover ( including the UK edition) for his outstanding contribution to society through his show Satyamev Jayate. The actor’s team and Cameron’s office have been working out the schedule since two months. Cameron arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday and arrives in Delhi today . AFSANA

RISHI KAPOOR SHOOTS AT INDIA GATE

The first schedule of Yash Raj’s next, starring Sonam Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and Ayushmann Khurrana, started in Delhi on Sunday afternoon at India Gate. In the scene being shot, Rishi Kapoor, who plays Sonam’s bureaucrat father in the film, was sitting in the backseat of a white ambassador. “Started my 10th film today!!!” tweeted Sonam. The film is being helmed by Nupur Asthana.

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kshay Kumar has a new record to his name. The actor hasreportedly become the first Bollywood star to earn R2,000 cr from his films so far. The 45-year-old has hit the figure after working in 105 films since his debut film, Saugandh, in 1991. The buzz around Akki’s earnings started over the weekend when #Akshay2000crore started trending on Twitter. The actor, too, tweeted, “Honestly blessed to have you all Akkians in my life. Special thanks to my fan clubs who support me so much selflessly time & again. Thank you for the #Akshay2000crore tag only possible coz of you all.”

However, trade experts say that the reported record does not indicate that Akki is bigger than the Khans. “An actor is as good or as bad as his/her last film and currently Salman is on top. It is a good milestone, but we have to agree that Akshay is not the top most brand at the moment,” says trade analyst Taran Adarsh. “Akshay does 5-6 films per year and that is why he has an advantage in terms of quantity, whereas Aamir does one film a year or even in two years,” adds trade expert Atul Mohan. “Who has verified this? I won’t be surprised if this whole thing has been started by Akshay or some fan,” says trade analyst Komal Nahta.

RIHANNA GETS BOTTLED BY ABUSIVE FAN

Pop singer Rihanna was left bleeding after an angry fan hurled a bottle at her at a party in London recently. The injury was on Rihanna’s right knee. The incident took place when Rihanna, 24, was on a night out with model Cara Delvingne after her designer debut at London Fashion Week. The fan apparently screamed insults at RiRi for reuniting with singer Chris Brown. AGENCIES


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