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Ali Zafar in Dhawan’s next!

Ali Zafar in Dhawan’s next!

Ali Zafar is in high demand. First, he signed a YRF film. Now, David is narrating him the script of his next This year has proved to be lucky for Ali Zafar. His debut ‘Tere Bin Laden’ won him so much critical praise that Yash Raj Films wasted no time in signing him as second lead in ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan’.
And now, Ali is one of the top contenders for the lead role in David Dhawan’s next, tentatively titled ‘Chasme Badoor’.
Considering Ali is in such high demand with the

Big B’s 68th Birthday Party

Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan, back from Pusan Film Festival in Korea, were by dad Amitabh Bachchan’s side to celebrate his 68th birthday on October 11.
Late in the afternoon Big B, flanked by Aishwarya and Abhishek, went over to his office Janak which is right next to his Jalsa bunglow in Juhu, for a media interaction.
Aishwarya looked angelic in a white churidar set – Lucknow embroidery kurta and dupatta embellished with sequins and churidar. She accessorized with

Army dogs to get new armoured car

Military sniffer dogs in Afghanistan are to travel in luxury – inside armour-plated kennels on board a new vehicle.
A ‘dogpod’ fitted to the six-wheeled Wolfhound tactical support vehicle will include air-conditioning and lighting.
Highly trained spaniels and other dogs adept at sniffing out bombs recently tested the kennels with handlers from 104 Military Working Dogs Squadron, based in Leicestershire.
Previously, the dogs were loose in the back of the vehicles and

‘Wind turbines should be painted purple’

Wind turbines should be painted purple to save the lives of thousands of bats and birds which are killed by them each year, claim scientists.
Boffins from Loughborough University say the current white colour of the distinctive looking wind turbines attracts insects.
This in turn is said to attract larger predators which can easily get caught near the spinning blades and are killed by a sudden change in air pressure causing their blood vessels to burst.
After a series of

Surgeons save baby’s life by ‘freezing her to death’

A baby was ‘frozen to death’ for more than 20 minutes in pioneering surgery to fix a life-threatening heart defect.
Samaa Zohir, who was born with blood vessels to her heart connected the wrong
way round, was chilled to the point of death before medics stopped her heart to correct the otherwise fatal condition.
Preparing to work on her tiny heart – smaller than a golf ball – the surgical team at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, put the month-old baby into

Mars farming gets thumbs-up

Mars explorers could use complicated mechanical systems to produce oxygen and filter waste, and eat food carried from earth. Or they could just save a lot of hassle and plant crops. A model of Martian gravity’s effects on water flow, nutrient dynamics and root-feeding microbes suggests it’s possible to farm in the Red Planet’s soil.
Growing plants in soil on Mars might seem old-fashioned for those raised on the futuristic prospect of hydroponic or aeroponic agriculture, in which

The Ghost Town devoured by the Namibian Desert

Just a few miles inland from the Atlantic in southern Namibia, in the vast coastal Namibian Desert, lies Kolmanskop, a ghost town abandoned some 55 years ago.
In its heyday, Kolmanskop was a thriving town of just over 1,000 people, most of them contract workers. With this population came a vibrant array of culture and entertainment, all of which is slowly being engulfed by the desert sands.
In 1908, when Namibia was still under German control, a railroad worker named

Mulligan’s ‘seagull’ reminder

Actress Carey Mulligan wants a tattoo of a seagull on her right wrist – to remind her of the Broadway play she starred in three years ago.
The ‘An Education’ star played Nina in Ian Rickson’s New York production of Anton Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’ in 2007 – and she wants a permanent reminder of her time on stage.
Mulligan has asked her friend, illustrator Zoe More O’Ferrall, to create the ink design for her.
But the actress was too embarrassed to go under the needle in

‘Don 2’ gets a bill waiver of 3 million Euros

Bollywood’s most bankable star Shah Rukh Khan’s much anticipated sequel ‘Don 2’ has got an astounding rebate of 3 million Euros from the German government. This is for the first time that such a huge waiver is being offered to any film shot in the country.
The shooting of the ‘Don’ sequel has already begun. It is also being said that even those regions have been made accessible for the makers which until now were reserved only for the big ticket and top directors of Hollywood.

Hilton settles movie lawsuit

Paris Hilton has settled a lawsuit in which she was accused of failing to properly promote her 2006 movie flop ‘Pledge This!’
Bosses at Worldwide Entertainment Group sued Hilton and her company, Paris Hilton Entertainment, for breach of contract in 2008, claiming the socialite/actress failed to fulfill her promotional duties as the star of the movie – and demanded she pay back £666,600.
But court papers, filed in Miami, Florida on Thursday suggest a settlement has been

Heather Graham out of ‘Hangover 2’

Actress Heather Graham who played the role of Jade in ‘Hangover’ will not be reprising her role in the sequel.
“Unfortunately Heather won’t be in the sequel; the way the story unfolds doesn’t allow any room for her character to show up.
“I don’t want to reveal too much of the film, but once you see it you’ll understand,” a website quoted a spokesperson of Warner Brothers as saying. However, the movie bosses confirm Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ed Helms

Lisa Ray’s on a global mission

Lisa Ray, who has battled cancer successfully through stem cell transplantation, has turned into a global advocator of the same, for cancer patients.
The actor is ready to travel to any corner of the world to speak on the subject and answer questions and provide insight into the science of stem cell transplant.
She will be on a hurricane tour for about three days to India on the October 23 and 24. She is visiting the city as a keynote speaker on stem cell technology and

Kim blames reality TV for bad love life

“It’s definitely hard to date when you live your life on a reality show,” Kim Kardashian, 29 who is currently shooting ‘Kim and Kourtney Take New York’, told.
“How do you say to someone, ”Hey, are you cool with dating me on my show? Are you comfortable being on the show?” It’s really hard. I’m definitely more open to dating when I’m not filming, when it’s our off season”.
Kardashian called her past experiences with men – including New Orleans Saint Reggie Bush – “all

Preity’s back with Yash Raj

Industry is ripe with rumours that Preity Zinta is making her comeback into the Yash Raj fold with the Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan’.
Though Preity is tight-lipped about the development, sources say that she is returning to face the camera in a totally glam avatar.
The last time we saw Preity deck up for the screen was in ‘Main Aur Mrs Khanna’ in which she did a special song-and-dance number for Salman Khan.
Preity, we hear, is of the

Hollywood breakups in 2010

It’s been a year that has sent shockwaves in Hollywood. Scores of celebrity relationships have bitten the dust, and the year still isn’t over yet! With two marriages ending just last week – Courteney Cox and David Arquette have headed for a trial separation while Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman have already filed for divorce – the paparazzi in the West have gone overboard trying to scoop out as much dirt as they can on why the marriages/ relationships ended. Here’s a list of

Farah Khan’s store launch

Farah Khan Ali launched her flagship store ‘Farah Khan Fine Jewellery’ on Friday evening. While her parents Zarine and Sanjay Khan inaugurated the store in the queen of suburbs Bandra, the elegant launch evening saw the store dress up in flowers, as guests were served signature ‘FK’ chocolates. The grand soiree saw a radiant-looking Farah welcome a bevy of guests, that included a number of B-town celebs.

Relief for high heel disco misery

Stumbling out of a nightclub and walking home barefoot with aching feet after dancing all night in killer heels could be a thing of the past for women thanks to new vending machines which sell disposable shoes.
German student Isabella Fendt came up with the idea “Ballerina to go” – ballerinas are flat shoes – after too many nights of aching disco feet.
Machines selling the shoes are already installed in four clubs in the south German city of Munich.
A pair of the