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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Bollywood on a break

Prashant Singh , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, December 11, 2013
First Published: 15:37 IST(11/12/2013) | Last Updated: 15:42 IST(11/12/2013)
The year is drawing to an end, and a number of big Bollywood actors plan to see it off with a bang. While some stars are set to take a break from work to bring in the New Year with their family and friends in the city itself, others have planned to get out of the country to spend quality time with their near and dear ones. Here's the lowdown on who is doing what this holiday season:

1. Salman Khan
The actor will wrap up the current schedule of Kick around December 24. After the shoot, he will take a week's break to bring in his birthday (on December 27) as well as the New Year with his family. In January, he will start promoting his next film, Jai Ho. In all likelihood, Salman will spend the last week of this month in his farmhouse in Panvel.

2. Akshay Kumar-Twinkle Khanna
The actor has had six big releases in close succession - Rowdy Rathore, OMG - Oh My God!, Khiladi 786 (all 2012), Special 26, Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara and Boss. That explains why a few days ago, Akshay secretly flew off to London with his wife, Twinkle. Over the next few weeks, the couple will also travel to Morocco, Marrakech and Dubai.

3. Aamir Khan-Kiran Rao
After the release of his upcoming film, Dhoom:3, Aamir Khan and his family - wife Kiran Rao and son Azaad - will join their friends in Panchgani to bring in the New Year. The actor has been known to follow this tradition for many years. Once back, he will resume work on P.K. and also the second season of his hit TV show, Satyamev Jayate.

4. Shah Rukh Khan-Gauri Khan
Currently busy shooting long hours for Farah Khan's Happy New Year, Shah Rukh Khan plans to take a short break once the film's schedule ends on December 27. It is unclear whether the actor will be leaving the city. In January, he will get back to the grind.

5. Saif Ali Khan-Kareena Kapoor Khan
In all likelihood, the star couple will spend December 31 in Gstaad, Switzerland. Incidentally, this will be Saif's second break this month. He returned from Romania (where he was with his guy friends) only a few days ago. Kareena, who was initially supposed to accompany the actor, cancelled her trip at the last minute as she was busy supervising the interior designing of their new home.

6. Deepika Padukone
She has had a great year with four back-to-back blockbusters - Race 2, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Chennai Express and Goliyon
Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela. And now, Deepika is looking forward to spending this holiday season travelling with her family to Europe for a week. She will be back in the city to resume work on Happy New Year in January.

7. Ranbir Kapoor-Katrina Kaif
The hottest couple in B-Town will reportedly bring in the New Year away from the media glare, in New York, which seems to have become Katrina's new favourite international destination. The young couple clearly enjoys travelling together, as they've previously been spotted in locations like London and Ibiza.
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