OMG! Akshay Kumar seeks divine intervention for upcoming comedy venture
Teamed with Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar will be attempting to take the audiences on a mad ride with his newest comedy titled Oh My God. He will be playing the avatar of Lord Krishna but don’t think he’ll be seen with blue paint on his body with a crown and a flue to boot. The look that Akshay sports in this film is totally different and embraces a very modern-day Krishna look. He will be rocking bikers boots, a leather jacket and aviator glasses as a modern day Krishna.
Oh My God is based on Umesh Shukla’s famous Gujarati play Kanji Viruddh Kanji. The theme of the movie revolves around the daily events in an ordinary person’s life with a twist of humour. With Akshay's and Paresh Rawal's track record as an on-screen hilarious duo, it’s a movie we can definitely look forward to.
Destination: London, UK.
With Yash Chopra shooting at least one scene in almost every movie of his movies in panoramic Switzerland and many other film-makers following suit, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Swiss Alps and vast fields with picture-perfect bovines in the background would be the most preferred destination for Bollywood film makers. Wrong! It’s actually London in the United Kingdom.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
This was one of the most successful Bollywood movies that was shot partly in London. Amrish Puri lives in the UK and owns a shop in the Southall area where there is a large population of Indians living away from their motherland. Some famous landmarks that get seen in the movie are Trafalgar Square, King’s Cross Station and not forgetting the beautiful Tower Bridge. The movie starred Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan and is still playing at a theatre in Mumbai since the first day of its release since 1995.
Bride & Prejudice
This was a very Bollywood take on Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice and was extensively shot in India and in London. Aishwariya Rai delighted us in this movie and Namrata Shirodhkar played her sister while Anupam Kher played her father. You will see the London Eye as Ash and Mr Darcy watch London city encapsuled in the Eye. Also the 55 fountains at the Somerset House have been featured in this movie in the dream sequence where Ash and Darcy danced away.
Mujhse Dosti Karoge
This was a sappy movie about childhood love and had Hrithik Roshan’s family move to the UK leaving their friends behind in India. The amazing scenery in the movie makes you look on in awe and the song Andekhi Anjaani has Hrithik reminiscing about his childhood sweetheart and this song has been shotat the beautiful Albert Memorial. This memorial was built in the memory of Queen Victoria’s love for her husband Prince Albert. She had it built in the year 1861 after his death to immortalise her love for him. The song locale was a perfect choice considering the subject of sappy love.
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom
The movie opened with a dance sequence at the Waterloo Station with Amitabh Bachchan shaking a leg in a very eye-catching outfit, more in line with the pied-piper. Considered a very busy rail station, it was quite a feat to shoot entire song sequences with the daily commuters getting on with their day. About half of the movie shows Preity Zinta and Abhishek Bachchan, forced to share a table at the station’s café, spinning fake stories about their partners. Abhishek even challenges Preity to let her hair down and run up an escalator the wrong way in one of the scenes. The movie also starred Lara Dutta and Bobby Deol and didn’t really do too well at the box office.
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
Popularly known as K3G, this movie is deemed a blockbuster. Bollywood makes possible the impossible and we get to see Hrithik Roshan dancing on the steps of the British museum. After a lot of cajoling and persuasion, the film makers managed to persuade the authorities to allow them half an hour’s worth of shooting time at the museum. You will also get to see the beautiful Hyde Park and Bluewater Shopping Mall which reported a rise in shoppers after this movie’s release. Another place that can be visited is Madam Tussaud’s, the famous wax museum, where Shah Rukh Khan unveiled his statue soon after the movie was released.
The title of the movie says it all. Shot extensively in London, the tagline says ‘A Funjabi Boy Meets A London Brat’. Most of the movie is based in London save a few scenes which were shot in Punjab, India. Katrina Kaif is the London Brat, an Indian girl born to parents who migrated to the UK. Born and bred there she has a hard time adjusting to the her family in Punjab where Akshay Kumar falls in love with her and her parents fix her up to get married to him. The movie also features a whole load of night clubs which are a huge part of the night life in London.
Esha Deol ties the knot
Esha Deol and businessman Bharat Takhtani got engaged in February this year and you read all about it here in the Star’s Bollywood page. Last week they finally tied the knot in true South Indian style. Esha’s father Dharmendra is a full-out Punjabi and her graceful mother Hema Malini is a South Indian. Esha’s sister Ahana, Hema and of course Esha were all decked out in creations by Neeta Lulla. Neeta also designed the groom’s outfit for the big day, and he looked spectacular in a white and golden sherwani. Esha looked stunning in traditional bridal red.
The wedding was a very closed and private affair with only close relatives and friends in attendance. Instead of hiring hotel premises for the event as is the norm in Bollywood, the wedding was a totally traditional affair at a local temple. Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, cousin brother Abhay Deol with girlfriend Preeti Desai, veteran actor Manoj Kimar, Vijaynthimala, Vinod Khanna, Fardeen Khan, Ramesh Sippy, Anu Malik amongst others attended this wedding. Here’s wishing the couple a blissful married life.