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January 24, 2019

Aashirwad Blessing to be razed down

Have you heard of Sashi Shetty? No, he’s not related to any of the Bollywood Shettys’ but his connection to Bollywood is that he’s taking over the late Rajesh Khanna’s home Aashirwad. For decades, the bungalow was a landmark of Mumbai’s Carter Road, regularly thronged by crowds of Rajesh Khanna’s fans. Khanna died in July 2012.

A report in the Times of India quotes Shetty as saying, “We’ve to redevelop the property since the existing structure is more than 50 years old. The process will start in a couple of months.”

Shetty may also revert to the name Aashirwad, which is what Rajesh Khanna christened the bungalow after buying it from actor Rajendra Kumar decades ago for a sum of Rs 3.5 lakhs. When Rajendra Kumar lived there, it was called ‘Dimple,’ the name of Khanna’s future wife Dimple Kapadia. Bollywood legend has it that the house exchanged hands because its original actor owner, battling a series of flop films, considered it unlucky. For Rajesh Khanna, it proved lucky - he bought it, renamed it Aashirwad after one of his films (apparently because Kumar wanted to keep the name Dimple for his new Pali Hill home) and then delivered 15 hits in a row after buying it. Shetty told Times of India, “The actor’s family probably wanted to screen prospective buyers. I was looking for a property, and this one suited my budget. The deal was done directly with the family with a property consultant. The family was gracious during the process.”

Rajesh Khanna’s estranged wife Dimple Kapadia and their daughters Twinke and Rinke were present when the sale of the property took place last year. A mid-day report at the time quoted Khanna’s business partner Prakash Rohra as saying, “We do feel sad to some extent. But ultimately, Kakaji’s children are the rightful owners and they have the right to sell the property.”


Kangana Ranaut says she didn’t need the Khans

Today she is considered a very successful actress. Kangana Ranaut (pictured) is proud that she didn’t need a movie with one of the Khans to get to the top. Being in a movie with one of the Khans ensures fame, visibility and acceptance in the industry. Kangana made it very clear in an interview that she didn’t need all that. She also pointed out that Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan were always supportive of her while the rest turned their back on her.


Twitter doesn’t find Rishi Kapoor funny

I love reading his tweets. Rishi Kapoor (above) can get really funny when he’s on Twitter, and sometimes offensive too. Lately, he’s been whining that Twitter users seems to have no sense of humour as he tweeted a joke about Alia Bhatt and Sonakshi Sinha. He also urged his fellow netizens to get a grip on a sense of humour. “Why do you guys take all things so seriously?Arre both Alia and Sonakshi like my own kids.I just found it funny.Get a sense of humour yaar!”


No daddy roles for me — Anil Kapoor

After watching Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do I was quite impressed with Anil Kapoor’s role as the self-obsessed patriarch. Now he’s been roped in to play yet another daddy role in Anurag Basu’s Jagga Jasoos as Ranbir Kapoor’s father.

Turns out this was just a rumour because Anil has blatantly denied this and says he has no clue about all this. “But, it’s true I am not looking at any more father’s roles at the moment. Why should I when I am playing the lead?”He is delighted by the feedback he has been getting from Dil Dhadakne Do. “Its way beyond anything I ever expected. I was apprehensive about doing a father’s role. But it worked, thanks to the director Zoya Akhtar.”



Why did Ranveer Singh drop his surname?


Like Dev Anand, whose real name was Dharam Dev Pishorimal Anand, Ranveer Singh (pictured) also dropped his surname to enter Bollywood. Singh, whose real surname is Bhavnani, shared: “It’s too long, too many syllables. Ranveer ‘Singh’ is short, crisp and can stay in your memory easily. Ran-veer-Singh-Bhav-nani is too long. It’s not a saleable commodity.”

When asked why he added ‘Singh’ in particular, he added, “Dadaji is Sikh so that’s how ‘Singh’ came about.”There have been many other actors who even changed their names to make themselves saleabale. They include Akshay Kumar (real name Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia) and Dilip S Kumar (real name Muhammad Yusuf Khan) to name a few.

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