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Saif Ali Khan has won the best actor for supporting role screen awards 2012, for his outstanding performance in Aarakshan. We Congratulate Saifu and all you SaifuHolics for this great victory. Saifu you’re the best!

Four girls – Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandes, Amisha Patel and Bipasha Basu. Three guys – Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and John Abraham.

And now there’s Sanjay Dutt. The sequel to Abbas-Mustan’s 2008 hit thriller Race is getting bigger by the minute.

Mumbai Mirror has learnt that Dutt has been signed for Abbas-Mustan’s ambitious sequel Race 2. A source close to the film informed, “Abbas-Mustan were very keen to have Sanju in the film. They even convinced the producers, Tips and UTV.”

Sanjay Dutt’s role in the film is however, being kept under the wraps as of now.

Talking about Sanjay’s character in the film, our source added, “He has just signed the film. So it’s too early to divulge the details. But yes, it’s a very integral role and quite a strong one. The story takes an interesting turn when Dutt enters the film.”

While Bipasha Basu and Saif Ali Khan, who were also a part of the first will appear in the film simply to make the connect, the rest of the cast will reprotedly take the story forward.

In fact, the scene between Bipasha and John was edited by the filmmakers since John and Bips were not required to be togeher in the film.

Race 2 was originally supposed to be produced by Tips alone. However, with the cast getting bigger, UTV entered into a partnership with Tips. Having produced Race with Tips earlier, the two production house share a good working relationship. They now have a two-film-deal to co-produce Race 2 and Riteish and Genelia starrer Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya. Sanjay remained unavailable for comment.

Actress Kareena Kapoor is enjoying good times these days courtesy to her back-to-back super duper hit movies. After giving a super duper hit, Salman Khan’s Bodyguard, the actress touched the peak of the glory with another blockbuster, Ra One – the movie
produced by the King of Bollywood, Shahrukh Khan.
SRK and Salman are the two strongest candidates in the race of the best hero in the Bollywood, but Kareena has some different thoughts. The queen of Bollywood feels that her boyfriend Saif Ali Khan is number one hero in the Hindi film industry.
When asked about her success mantra, Kareena said, “I feel I just have been lucky enough to get some good films, good directors, good scripts and good co-stars. For me Saif is the number one hero.”
Kareena’s mega success Bodyguard set new record but her next flick Ra One broke all previous records on the box office. A couple of her much-anticipated films are lined up for release including Agent Vinod opposite Saif besides Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine
and Talaash opposite Aamir Khan.
Despite her recent extraordinary success, Kareena was reluctant to accept the complement that she is the number one heroine in Bollywood at the moment.
“I don’t think I am heroine number one. But Heroine is a very special to me. After a long time, I am doing a performance oriented role. It is not for me to tell whether I am number one or not…I cannot say it,” Kareena told reporters.
According to a recent survey conducted by a weekly Eastern Eye, Kareena is the sexiest Asian woman. The 31-year-old actress, widely known as Bebo, began her career in 2000. The younger sister of another Bollywood star Karishma Kapoor, stepped into limelight
with the release of her opening movie, Refugee – also Abhishek Bachan’s debut flick
So far in her film career, Kareena has scooped many national awards for her brilliant acting in lot of successful pictures, such as Ashoka, Jab We Met, 3 Idiots, Golmaal and Kambakkht Ishq.
Saif and Kareena are in a relationship over the last many years, and are expected to get married within next few months.

Saif Ali Khan will soon be crowned the tenth Nawab of Pataudi. Following his father Mansoor Ali Khan’s death on September 22, 2011, Saif, in keeping with tradition, will become the head of the princely Pataudi state in Haryana.

A source revealed, “The people of the princely state were keen to crown their chhote nawab. Princely states were abolished in 1971, and Mansoor Ali Khan was the last Nawab who reigned from 1952 till 1971. For purely sentimental reasons, the people of Pataudi wanted Saif to be the crowned Nawab.”

Reluctant to step into his father’s shoes, Saif said, “These titles are no longer recognised by the government. And rightly so, if you ask. But the people in our villages are sentimental about these things. The ceremony is more of a family tradition and hugely symbolic for the people of Pataudi.”

Pataudi has been ruled by Saif’s forefathers since the early 19th century. The Nawabs, who were originally the governors of a province during the Mughal era, continued to rule princely states under the British rule.

Talking about his responsibilities as the new Nawab, Saif said, “Being crowned the Nawab means taking care of my father’s estate, our ancestral home and the trust. More importantly, I will have to continue the work he was doing for the villagers. I have to look after the eye hospital and other charitable institutions father was managing.”

Saif, however, refuses to use the title of ‘Nawab’. “It is an anachronism. And also, I would like to remember my father as the last Nawab of Pataudi,” said the son.

“The event will take place in Pataudi, of course. It is scheduled for the end of this month, 40 days after father passed away,” added Saif.

Deepika Padukone seems to have made her way into the cast for the second time. Dippy, who had walked out of the film, choosing to allocate her dates to Ayaan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani instead of the Saif Ali Khan starrer, has been summoned back by the filmmakers.

In fact, the schedules have been rearranged and her original remuneration has been substantially enhanced to get the actress back in the project, claim sources.

A source told Mumbai Mirror, “Deepika felt that her pairing with Saif needs a break after Love Aaj Kal, Aarakshan and Homi Adjania’s film (tentatively titled Cocktail). When the dates for Race 2 and Ayan’s film clashed, she opted for the latter.”

The Race 2 producers, the Taurani’s were however, adamant on getting Deepika back on the project, revealed the source. In fact, they were willing to adjust the dates and comply with all her requirements to ensure that she stays with the film.

“Rumours about Priyanka Chopra replacing Deepika hasn’t gone down too well with the Tauranis. They sat down with Deepika and sorted out all the problems. They even agreed to enhance her remuneration,” added the source.

Ramesh Taurani admitted that there were problems regarding Deepika’s dates, which have been sorted out. “Deepika is very much a part of Race 2,” said the filmmaker.

The date adjustment for Deepika seems to have shattered Sonakshi Sinha’s dream to shed her village belle avatar, which has stuck with her since her debut with Dabangg, and don the glam doll look for Abbas Mustan’s Race 2. Due to date problems, Shatrughan Sinha’s little daughter has had to opt out of the action thriller.

Not so long ago, Sonakshi, happy with her role in Race 2 had said, “I believe as an actress one must do different roles. I wanted to change my image from a traditional girl to a glamorous one. So I signed Race 2.”

However, the actress has now opted out of the project due to date issues. According to sources, Race had been pushed to June for Deepika and since Dabangg 2 starts in March 2012, Sonakshi had to choose between an image makeover and Salman Khan. Needless to say, the young actress chose the man who helped her become an overnight star with her debut film than a new glam doll avatar.

Sonakshi’s manager confirmed that Sonakshi is indeed opted out of the Abbas Mustan project and revealed, “The dates of the film have been pushed to June. Deepika has allotted her dates accordingly. This clashes with Sonakshi’s important schedule for Dabangg 2. She cannot change her dates now according to the requirement of Race 2.”

When contacted, Ramesh Taurani, producer of Race 2, said, “Yes, Sonakshi has date issues. She has spoken to us about the same. I am trying to sort it out, but I can’t say anything more at this moment.”

A friend of Sonakshi added, “Surely, Salman Khan’s film is more important to Sonakshi. She flagged off her career with Dabangg. She definitely can’t ditch the sequel. In fact it is one of the most awaited projects of 2012.”

Dippy goes missing

After walking the ramp for designer Wendell Rodericks at a fashion event in Delhi last week, Deepika Padukone did a disappearing act scaring everybody in her team.

Unreachable over the phone for 24 hours, it was later found out that Deepika had escaped to her favourite place, the Taj Mahal and switched her cellphone off.

A source informed, “Deepika is normally very responsible. She always informs her office about her whereabouts. But last week she did the unthinkable.”

“The day after she walked the ramp for Wendell Rodericks, she got up finished all her work and asked her staff to leave. No one knows what happened next. Except for that Deepika went missing. In fact, she was untraceable for the next 24 hours,” added the source

“Her team was really worried. They were frantically looking for her. They even thought of calling her parents up. Luckily, she called up just in time to inform hat she was safe,” told the source.

Dippy it seems had escaped to Agra. “Deepika loves the Taj. She visits Agra frequently. She always plans a trip to the Taj when she is in Delhi or anywhere close to Agra. But this time she hadn’t planned on visiting the place. So when she disappeared all of a sudden, her team got really worried,” added the source.

Jaeger-LeCoultre takes great pride in awarding the inaugural Glory to the Actor Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, to celebrated Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan, in recognition of his achievements as an actor/producer and his efforts in the developments of the Bollywood film industry.

Star of numerous Bollywood blockbusters – such as Love Aaj Kal, Race, Omkara, Parineeta, Aarakshan, and Hum Tum, and international successes, Salaam Namaste – an acting career spanning nearly 20 years, and honoured by numerous awards – such as the prestigious national Pradma Shri for his outstanding contribution to the development of the film industry in India – Saif Ali Khan is a worthy recipient of the inaugural Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Actor award.

Watch aficionado Saif – son of acclaimed Bollywood actress, Sharmila Tagore, and late India cricket captain, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi – wears an ode to his family, a personalised edition of Jaeger-LeCoultres Reverso Grand Taille with the Pataudi family crest engraved on the reverse of the case. Saif received this unique piece at the momentous celebration of the 80th anniversary of the iconic watch with Jaeger-LeCoultre in Paris in June of this year.

The award ceremony will take place on 14 October 2011, during the Abu Dhabi Film Festival at the Abu Dhabi Theater on the Corniche. The ceremony will precede the festivals gala screening of The Ides of March, a new film by George Clooney, starring Paul Giamatti, Ryan Gossling and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

We are delighted that Jaeger-LeCoultre has chosen to give the first Glory to the Actor Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and so, I am sure, are the many fans of Saif Ali Khan among the sizeable community of Bollywood lovers here in Abu Dhabi. It will be both a pleasure and an honour to celebrate the achievements of such an acclaimed actor, said Peter Scarlet, Executive Director of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

Initially an award dedicated to filmmakers at the Venice Film Festival, Jaeger-LeCoultre takes great pride in extending the Glory Award category at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in 2011 and its feature on the calendar of prestigious film festivals around the world. The Glory Award category honours and supports the film industry in recognition of both upcoming and confirmed actors, directors and producers.

“This is a partnership we are very excited about because Jaeger-LeCoultre shares our dedication to cinema as an art form, and to the recognition of the achievements of gifted actors from around the world. There are many ways our efforts complement each other and we look forward to working with Jaeger-LeCoultre in the years to come,” said Eissa Saif Rashed Al Mazrouei, Director of Special Projects for ADACH.

Jaeger-LeCoultre and the Abu Dhabi Film Festival

Jaeger-LeCoultre, the reference in Swiss fine watchmaking, is pleased to announce its official 3 year partnership with the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF), one of the largest and most influential international film festivals in the Middle East.

Jaeger-LeCoultre has a long standing connection with the film industry, and a strong commitment to supporting and promoting cinematic culture. As a major player in watchmaking history, celebrating its 178th anniversary, Jaeger-LeCoultre is a true watchmaking legend, respected for upholding watchmaking traditions and maintaining the spirit of invention. A perfect fit in a region with shared regard for tradition and heritage mixed with modernity and the ultimate quest for perfection. said Jrme Lambert, Chief Executive Officer Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Jaeger-LeCoultres long-established relations with the film industry are exemplified in its 7 year partnership with the Venice International Film Festival. The brand and the Festival share a common devotion to artistic heritage. The two sides meet each year to praise film and culture, to extol history and time. In recent years, Jaeger-LeCoultre and the Venice International Film Festival have been in close cooperation to support and promote the film culture.

In addition to the Venice Film Festival, Jaeger-LeCoultre recently joined forces with the Shanghai International Film Festival, further cementing its position as supporter of the global cinematic industry.

Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre

A major player in watchmaking history since 1833, Jaeger-LeCoultre is the first Manufacture to have been established in the Vallee de Joux, Switzerland. It played a pioneering role by uniting the full range of technical and artistic professions under one roof and made an indelible imprint on the watchmaking development of the entire region. The Manufacture has an impressive range of world firsts, superlative creations and legendary models to its credit, including the Reverso, the Duoplan, the Master Control, the Memovox Polaris, the Gyrotourbillon and the Atmos. Guided by time-honored know-how and a constant quest for technical enhancements, the master-watchmakers, engineers and technicians craft each watch in harmony with the same passion. Each masterpiece, heir to 178 years of expertise, calls for the exercise of no less than 40 professions and benefits from cutting-edge technologies while being crafted in harmony with the noblest traditions of the Valle de Joux. Building on a vast heritage encompassing 1,231 calibres and 398 registered patents, Jaeger-LeCoultre remains the reference in high-end watchmaking.

In the UAE Friday to be honoured by a luxury watch company, Bollywood heartthrob Saif Ali Khan opens up about his lineage, his career and ‘Saifeena’

It calls for a certain amount of class and breeding to be gracious while grappling with a personal loss. And Saif Ali Khan, just coming to terms with the death of his father, legendary cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, on September 22, has that in spades.
Graciously accepting my condolences with a polite “thank you, ma’am”, the award-winning actor — whose royal lineage is well-documented, with his ancestors ruling Pataudi, an erstwhile princely state near Delhi — spoke haltingly as he talked about the rich legacy left behind by his famous father.
“I looked up to my father tremendously — in almost every way. He was a remarkable man,” said Khan in an exclusive interview with tabloid! as he waited to board a flight to Mumbai.
Often referred to as the Chhote Nawab (junior prince) by the Indian press, the Aarakshan star is aware of his rich inheritance — more so than before. India, a nation full of cricket lovers, was plunged into grief when its beloved “Tiger” — a nickname his father earned for his aggressive sporting prowess — died.
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“He was so dignified and inspired so much respect in all of us. I will not emulate him, but I will try and absorb the very special qualities that made him the man that he is. I would like to carry on the good work that he was doing. I don’t know how to word it, but in whatever way I can I will take his legacy forward,” said Khan, adding that his father supported several charities.
Perhaps it’s this quality that made the Delhi-born, UK-educated star the ideal ambassador for Swiss luxury watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre. Friday at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Jaeger-LeCoultre will decorate Khan with the inaugural Glory To The Actor Award in a nod to his sizeable contribution to Bollywood. But when you ask the recipient whether it was his pedigree that won him this account, he demurs. Khan believes it was a healthy mix of Bollywood and blue blood.
“I think it’s hard to differentiate one from the other. If it’s just my family background, I don’t think they [Jaeger-LeCoultre] would have ever heard of me. The fact that I am an actor in Indian films has advertised my name and made it known to the world. My job and my profession is obviously something that I am proud of. I am equally proud of my family background. I think one complements the other in a way. It’s hard for me to separate the two.”
The 41-year-old, who made his debut in the family drama Parampara in 1992, found Bollywood the best leveller. Film folklore has it that showbiz did not mete out the royal treatment to Khan — whose mother is legendary actress Sharmila Tagore — as he struggled to gain a place in the highly competitive industry. In the early ’90s, he was panned for his effeminate voice and was mostly a part of ensemble films such as Yeh Dillagi and Main Khiladi Tu Anari, which had far more established stars leading the projects.
Cinematic coups
But the 2001 box office hit Dil Chahta Hai — a coming-of-age film about three friends — put him firmly on the Bollywood map. In recent years, he has topped up his account with several cinematic coups. Be it playing the jealous Langda Tyagi in Omkara, Bollywood’s answer to Othello, the commitment-phobe Jai Vardhan Singh in Love Aaj Kal or cold-blooded murderer Karan in Ek Hasina Thi, Khan has aced the acting game.
“It’s been 19 years and I am very happy that I found something that I love and it’s wonderful to be loved so much in return. I feel I am better at [acting] now than I was before. But, I have a strong feeling that the coming months will be my best phase in my career, starting with Agent Vinod.”
The highly anticipated spy-thriller is the next film from his production house Illuminati Films, which he started in 2009 with the blockbuster Love Aaj Kal. Khan plays the title role along with Kareena Kapoor, his longtime girlfriend. Shot on a massive scale, his magnum opus has been in the works for the last two years.
“Agent Vinod, as my director Sriram Raghavan puts it, is a little bit Bond and a little bit Tin-Tin. It’s ultimately an action adventure. This guy is not a copy of James [Bond] or Jason [Bourne]. I am amazed that Sriram has come up with an original character, because it’s so easy to ape a Western spy considering the number of Hollywood films that have been made in that genre.”
Though the plot is intriguing to industry insiders and Bollywood buffs, it’s the on-screen pairing with Kapoor that’s grabbing headlines. The divorced father-of-two began dating the Bollywood A-lister in 2007 and has been attempting to stoke some on-screen chemistry with thrillers like the terrorism drama Kurbaan.
Though it didn’t ring any bells at the box-office, the Saifeena (the tabloid title bestowed on the power couple) chemistry in the film was much applauded. And as expected, the impending marriage plans of this dynamic-duo are debated, scrutinised and analysed to great lengths. Khan is a tad irked by it all.
“At the right time next year, we can comment on our future plans,” said Khan, adding that working together on Agent Vinod would naturally put the spotlight on their personal lives.
“People generally tend to be more interested in our personal life than our professional lives. And that one question in a long-drawn interview ends up grabbing headlines. It negates everything you are trying to put across or talk about. While I understand it, I hope people also realise that I respect my relationship tremendously. Therefore, I try and avoid answering certain questions. There’s so much more going on.”
Dutiful son
The rough cut of Agent Vinod has already been submitted to the Berlin Film Festival programmers. Khan is convinced that it will make the cut.
“Agent Vinod is a very special film. And I know it has been stretched over two years, which could have been avoided, but it’s got some superb action sequences. Though it’s a bit premature to speak about it, I have a good feeling about it,” said Khan.
He will be flying straight to London after the Jaeger-LeCoultre awards ceremony in the capital on Friday, to shoot the last leg of his epic. Apart from Agent Vinod, which is tipped to release in February, he’s also planning a zombie comedy (yet to be titled), plus Cocktail, a romantic comedy with Deepika Padukone.
Surprisingly, his professional commitments have not forced him to turn his back on his personal life. Khan was on his way back to Mumbai after visiting his mother Tagore in Delhi when tabloid! caught up with him over the phone on Tuesday. As he put it, it’s all about striking a fine balance.
“When your father is alive, you can afford to be a bit negligent, even careless. But after he’s gone, I have to take care of my mother and my sisters as well.”
Saif on…
His watch collection: “I love watches. In fact, I collect them and I have a fair amount of them. But I have only limited myself to buying one watch a year and I look forward to it. Also, Jaeger-LeCoultre have very kindly given me a personalised edition of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso Grand Taille with the Pataudi family crest engraved on the reverse of the case.”
On the term Bollywood: “I am not massively proud of the name. I know, I am nobody to complain. But it really doesn’t do much for our international image. There are certain people who make very corny movies and have notorious dealings with people. They generally colour the reputation of everybody. But the people I have worked with are well-organised and in touch with the world cinema.”
On marketing blitzkrieg that has become the Bollywood norm, such as the RA.One promotions headed by Shah Rukh Khan or Aamir Khan for his rural drama Peepli Live: “Aamir [Khan] has the best cinematic mind in the business. He’s an inspiration and I would love to follow some of his clever strategies for Agent Vinod.”