Bipasha Basu gets a Bengali buddy
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Bipasha Basu gets a Bengali buddy

Bips baby has got along so well with director and fellow Bengali, Sudipto Bhattacharya even before they started shooting for Pankh, that she would talk to him in Bengali.

india Updated: May 06, 2009 10:22 IST
Hindustan Times

Morning my sizzling shashliks! How goes it with you this morning? It’s going thanda thanda cool cool for me. I’m chilling out in the air-conditioned confines of my boudoir.. far away from the unwanted madness in South Africa. I’ve switched off my mobile so Vyjjy can’t reach me, to plead me to join him there. Anyway, enough about moi.. because there are plenty of hot and happening things in tinsel town that I want to tell you about.

For starters, things have become rather garma-garam between Shiney Ahuja and Soha Ali Khan in the recent days. Before you get any ideas, let me tell you that the two had a tiff recently. And I thought they got along quite well while working together on Khoya Khoya Chand. So what if the film got lost from the theatres before it could find any audience?

Without digressing any more, I’ll get to their ‘hot’ scene. I’m told that for some unknown reason, Shiney and Soha weren’t friendly when they started shooting for debutant director Abhijeet Chowdhury’s Accident in Goa.
Seems Shiney was being his usual self, giving suggestions for the improvement of the scene from his perspective. And that didn’t go very well with Soha, who’d rather listen to the director than her co-actor. Although initially she didn’t voice her displeasure.. she couldn’t take it after a point.

Bas, aur kya? The Royal Bengal Tigress that she is, she made no effort to hide her temper. She’s believed to have told Shiney point blank that he was interfering too much and that’s not the way she works.

Apparently, he didn’t take Soha’s remarks in the right spirit.. and their disagreement soon turned into a war of words.

Fortunately, the nirmata and nirdeshak intervened..called it a day to try and calm down boiling tempers, before things worsened between the two. According to my source, Soha was overheard telling her confidante that if the filmmakers had not intervened, then she ‘would have..’ in a very threatening tone.

O my my.. if my khabru’s narration is any indication, I’m glad Ms Khan kept her anger in check. But I must also call Shiney to ask him what exactly happened, since I know him to be such an easy going person.

Tick talk
Now Rapchik Rajni wants me to hear this tiddy-bitty on Bipasha Basu. Seems she — Bipasha, not Rajni my sweets — got along so well with director and fellow Bengali, Sudipto Bhattacharya even before they started shooting for Pankh, that she would talk to him in Bengali.

So much so, that when they began filming, they continued conversing in their matra bhasha.. much to the surprise of the whole unit. Unable to comprehend what the two were discussing, the unitwallas would always be at a total loss of words each time the director and the actress got chatting.

And if that wasn’t enough, Sudipto even brought Bengali food from home.. to share with Bips, who as we know, is quite a foodie. Hmm, badhiya Bengali bonding hai.

Plan B
Kya zamana aa gaya hai, sighs Madhu my Mottu Maid, as she saunters in with my café latte. Without even waiting for me to ask, she tells me that Gul Panag had to step in to replace Hema Malini as a judge at the International Dance Day event at Tequila Lounge a couple of days ago.

Mots had gone there for a dekko of her current eye candy, Prateik Babbar, when the news of Hemaji’s absence perked her ears up.

I’m told she — Hemaji, not Mottu sillies — had gone out of the city for some rally of her political party and was to fly back in time to attend the function as the chief guest.

But unfortunately for her, she missed the flight and the next one couldn’t help her reach before midnight. And by then, the function would have been over and done with.

So one of the organisers suggested Gul’s name.. and thanks to his friendly relations with the actress, he convinced her to save their day and get into Hemaji’s kursi. Does it look like I care?

Ooof! The kind of pranks some of our movie town folks play, makes me feel like quite a devil when I was a school-going bachchi.

Seems Sayali Bhagat wanted to play some prank on her Paying Guests co-actor Shreyas Talpade at Subhash Ghai’s pad on Friday night.

I’m told she flicked his cell phone, but it didn’t take him long to find it.Talpade dialed his number from biwi Deepti’s mobile and caught Sayali trying to hide his phone. And Celina Jaitly, who was enjoying this, remarked that she would have hidden it in her denim pocket, but her “shorts itne chhote hain, to pockets aur bhi chhote hain.” Funny, huh?

Bold and the beautiful
If I hear any more such childish pranks, I’ll S-C-R-E-A-M. Hmmph! Now, Mottu is telling me that Kangana Ranaut is cribbing non-stop about reports saying that she’s doing some bold scenes in Ek Niranjan, the Jaganath Puri-directed Telugu film she’s shooting in Hyderabad.

According to Mots, Kangy told her that she’s playing a guitar teacher in this love story set against the backdrop of the hero’s search for his parents.

So apart from clarifying that there’s no bold scene in the movie, Kangy also insists she would never do any such scene in her life.. and that is one boundary she won’t ever cross.

Now that only remains to be seen after this film releases. And provided the censors don’t ask for it to be edited out of the final print. Not that we’ll miss much anyway. After all, such is life dearies.

First Published: May 05, 2009 20:28 IST