Amitabh Bachchan has just flown in from Singapore. Akshay Kumar is in Macau to wrap up his next biggie. After a nine-month sabbatical in the US, Abhay Deol has now jetted off to Toronto. Katrina Kaif brought in her 25th birthday in Rome and is presently into power politics in Bhopal. Prakash Jha’s Rajneeti is one of the few movies being filmed in India, most film shoots today are on foreign shores. Take a look at how Bollywood’s moved out of Bombay.
The economic slowdown doesn’t deter their plans. Ticket rates can spiral up and out of your pockets… Or dip down… Pilots can be on flash strikes… Non-profit airlines can consider shutting shop… It makes no difference to their itinerary.
They are the never-say-goodbye globetrotters who every month are dashing off to foreign lands for a cover shoot, a commercial campaign, a film location or just a chill-out break.
Living out of suitcases is no longer a chore, here’s a lesson for Dhoni and his dudes in blue who are always droning about hectic schedules. Work in exotic climes is no longer a bore. Vacations are no longer spent on Indian shores. Life is a roller-coaster ride for our Bollywood brigade, in more ways than one.
We go down the roads our movie stars have travelled these last few months.
London: Spent a part of April here to shoot with Sir Ben Kinsley for Leena Yadav’s Teen Patti.
Cannes: In May, bahu Aishwarya was invited for the Cannes Film Festival for her long association with the title sponsors, L’Oreal, and the whole Bachchan parivar went along.
Macau: In late May, Bachchan hosted a press conference there, announcing it as the venue for the IIFA Awards that were held there in June with Mr B in attendance.
London: Back to the Queen’s capital, this time for a film shoot of Pa. Keeping him company were beta Abhishek Bachcan and co-star Vidya Balan.
Singapore: To keep ailing friend Amar Singh company.
Ladakh: For Rajkumar Hirani’s
3 Idiots with Aamir Khan, R Madhavan and Sharman Joshi.
London: For the T20 ICC World Champions trophy.
US: On a concert tour for the Moranis.
Paris: On a holiday with Saif Ali Khan.
Udaipur: Brought in her birthday with her beau.
Mumbai: Shoot of 3 Idiots.
Pune: For Qurbaan patchwork.
Patuadi: There over the weekend, was supposed to host a bash for Julia Roberts before she left.
Saif Ali Khan
India tour: Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Delhi and Pune for the promotion of Love Aaj Kal.
London: T20 matches.
US: For shows with the Moranis
Paris: Quality time with his Bebo.
Udaipur: For Kareena’s birthday.
Pune: Qurbaan shoot.
South Africa: Capetown and Durban, on location for Fear Factor: Khatron ke Khiladi Season 2.
Singapore: Dashed down there in May for Priyadarshan’s De Dana Dan with Katrina Kaif, Suniel Shetty, Paresh Rawal and Neha Dhupia.
Malaysia: Was in Kuala Lampur in June to film a Thums up commercial.
London: There at the end of July for a marathon spell of Sajid Nadiadwala’s Houseful.
Italy: Naples and Bari to film scenes and a song for Houseful with Deepika Padukone.
Macau: There in September for the last spell of Houseful.
Shah Rukh Khan
Singapore: For a meeting of Indian Premiere League franchise owners.
South Africa: Durban and Cape Town in April-May for the Indian Premiere League.
US: Philadelphia, San Francisco and New York for Karan Johar’s My Name is Khan.
London: Annual vacation with wife Gauri and children, Aryan and Suhana.
US: Chicago, for the Independence Day celebrations when he was detained at the Newark airport.
Peru: For the Peruvian Fashion Week and shoot for the cover of the Latin American edition of Vogue, the first for any Indian.
London: To shoot for Houseful with Akshay Kumar.
Bangalore: Returned to spend birthday with family.
London: To resume the a month-long outdoor of Sajid Nadiadwala’s Houseful with Akshay Kumar.
Italy: Naples and Bari for another spell of Houseful.
US: April in New York catching concerts, visiting pubs, generally chilling out.
US: May in Los Angeles, the nine-month sabbatical from India and movies continues
US: July in Las Vegas, time to hit the gaming tables.
Canada: September in Toronto, for the International Film Festival where his Road Movie premiered.
Hong Kong: There at the end of March for the 3rd Annual Asian Film Awards that’s a part of the Asian Film Festival. She was presented with the Nielsen Box Office Award for Outstanding Contribution to Asian Cinema.
Macau: There June for the IIFA Awards, bagged the Best Actress trophy for Fashion.
Shanghai: Honoured with the Jin Jue Award at the Shanghai International Film Festival in June.
Bangkok: Shooting there in July for Jugal Hansraj’s Pyaar Impossible with Uday Chopra.
US: August in New York for an endorsement.
Indonesia and Thailand: September in Bali and Kosomui for a holiday with gal pals like Shristi Arya (producer of Drona and the forthcoming remake of Bride Wars).
Singapore: For Priyadarshan’s De Dana Dan with Akshay Kumar.
Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur for a shampoo commercial.
US: For the South Asian Carnival and a couple of shows in Houston and Chicago, with a couple of days stopover in New York.
Bangkok : For another shampoo ad shoot.
Delhi: For a magazine shoot.
London: To celebrate her birthday with family.
Italy: A July holiday with family in Rome.
Bhopal: to resume shooting for Prakash Jha’s Rajniti with Nana Patekar, Ajay Devgan and Ranbir Kapoor.
India tour: Bangalore, Chandigarh, Delhi and Hyderabad to promote Kaminey.
US: Philadelphia and New Jersey for a break in September.