Bollywood star Katrina Kaif has dismissed rumours suggesting she is engaged to fellow actor Ranbir Kapoor. Reports of an engagement began circulating after the actor's cousin, Kareena Kapoor, addressed Kaif as her sister-in-law during an appearance on Indian TV show, Koffee With Karan, earlier this month (Dec13).
However, the Dhoom 3 beauty has now cleared up the claims, insisting Kapoor's comments were made in jest.
She tells The Hindustan Times, "She's (Kapoor) a nice person, and has always been sweet and kind to me, and I respect her as an actor. But there was no truth to what she said; she was obviously joking. There's no marriage happening, no-one has even asked me."
She adds, "I'm a private person. And I have a certain way in which I protect myself. I don't openly wear my feelings. But I take all this in good humour. From the beginning, with any media hype or speculation, I've never taken any offence. It's part and parcel of the industry. "
Kaif, who had previously dated Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, has been romantically linked to Ranbir Kapoor since earlier this year (13), but the stars have yet to comment on their relationship publicly.
An upcoming biopic celebrating the life of legendary Bollywood singer Kishore Kumar has been delayed due to problems with the script. Actor Ranbir Kapoor, who is set to take the role of the iconic Indian vocalist in the unnamed film, has confirmed the project has been stalled until the script is tweaked to celebrate the singer's life "in the best possible way".
Kapoor tells Indian news agency IANS, "He is such a celebrated legend, we believe that unless the script completely celebrates his life in the best possible way, I think it would be wrong for us to touch upon it... so we have kept it aside now.
"We are working on the script and hopefully after we finish (new movie) Jagga Jasoos we will start on it. It will take a while to come to it."
Kumar's songs featured in more than 500 Bollywood films and he also directed and acted in dozens of films from the 1950s until his death in 1987.
Bollywood movie Barfi swept the board at the 14th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards on Saturday (06Jul13) after scoring a total of 12 honours. The romantic comedy picked up Best Film, Best Story and Best Screenplay, while Anurag Basu was crowned Best Director and the film's stars Ranbir Kapoor and Vidya Balan earned the Best Actor and Best Female Actor prizes, respectively.
It also won Best Musical Director for Pritam, in addition to a slew of technical titles.
Anu Kapoor (for Vicky Donor) and Anushku Sharma (for Jab Tak Hai Jaan) took home the best supporting actor and actress accolades, while Abhishek Bachchan scored the Best Actor in a Comic Role for Bol Bachchan.
Career achievement awards were presented to Anupam Kher and Javed Akhtar, while new dad Shah Rukh Khan was named the Digital Star of the Year.
The IIFA Awards, which is touted as the Indian version of the Oscars, was held in Macau, China as officials celebrated 100 years of Indian cinema and was hosted by Khan and Shahid Kapur. Performances on the night came from stars including Deepika Padukone, Madhuri Dixit and Prabhu Deva.
Raj (Ranbir Kapoor) is a charismatic young singer-musician who comes to a small--but very glittery--Indian town. He meets up with a beautiful prostitute (Rani Mukherjee) who falls for the lanky Elvis-influenced singer but who keeps him at arm's length to protect his innocent charm. But she helps him find a place to stay with a lonely old woman (Zohra Sehgal quite spry despite being 95 years old) who begins to love him as son. Raj's inherent happiness infuses everyone around him as we see in a variety of song-and-dance numbers but everything changes when he meets the remarkably gorgeous Sakina (Sonam Kapoor) one night as she stands on a bridge in the rain. She waits for her missing lover a man who has promised to return to her on the one-year anniversary of their parting. That moment will happen in a few days' time; meanwhile Raj woos her each night and falls madly in love with her. As the fateful night approaches the big question looms: Will Sakina change her heart and eschew her mysterious lover for Raj or will our hero's heart be broken? Saawariya is the debut film for both the leading actors Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor but it is not the first touch of the film industry for either. He is the scion of India's most famous acting family and he's a natural charmer with his cute visage and lanky yet muscular build. In fact there's even a cheesecake sequence in the film the centers on him as he lip-synchs a wistful romantic tune while wearing a sheer sarong draped around his private parts. He's definitely good eye candy but he pales next to the luminous beauty of Sonam Kapoor she of a distant branch of the same illustrious family. As the shy and chaste Sakina the actress merely has to appear and look into the camera and moviegoers feel like swooning. Her dark eyes light-brown skin and perfect features make it impossible to look at anyone else on the screen; she is completely mesmerizing. The problem with the film is not with these two obviously talented actors. Instead it comes from the form of the film an obviously staged musical fantasy that owes much of its look to Baz Luhrman's Moulin Rouge. While often visually arresting the fake sets and canned music are frequently jarring and add to the general feeling that we are watching a music video rather than a fully fleshed out romance. Consequently it's hard to take anything that happens in the film to heart as it all seems like a faux flick. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is an award-winning Indian director who conceived Saawariya as what he calls “an exotic love story.” Based on a Fyodor Dostoyevsky short story his film takes that Russian tale of unrequited love and transforms it into a musical romance filled with songs that sound vaguely Western vaguely Indian and are completely corny--in any language. He has fashioned a cartoonish film one that never quite draws us into the belief that Raj truly loves Sakina. It's a sort of “romance light” flick looking pretty but without any emotional substance which means that once the novelty of seeing the stylized sets hearing Indian songs and reading the subtitles wears off Saawariya becomes a bit of a slog toward the not-too-surprising dénouement. Touted as the first Bollywood film to come to American under the auspices of a major American studio (Sony/Columbia Pictures) unfortunately Saawariya is probably not the movie that is going to cause a sudden surge in fascination with all things Indian. But considering how many films the Indian film community churns out every year it is likely to not be that last one to arrive on our shores. Let's hope the next one will be a more palatable offering.