Dildaar and yaaron ka yaar is how Yo Yo Honey Singh likes to describe himself. He proved it with his action recently when he flew back from his current American tour for some very special recordings in the new Akshay Kumar film Shaukeen.
Apparently Akshay who has collaborated repeatedly with Yo Yo in the past requested the rapper-performer for one special number in the Abhishek Sharma directed remake of Basu Chatterjee's Shaukeen which pairs Akshay with Lisa Haydon.
Yo Yo insisted on doing three songs instead of one.
Says Honey Singh, "Main aisa hi hoon. Anything for a friend. And there are two stars in Bollywood for whom I'd do anything. Akshay Paaji and Shah Rukh Bhai are like my brothers. When Akshay Paaji requested me to do one song, I told him, 'Ek kyun, teen le lo.' I feel my tuning with Akshay Paaji is such that he is able to put a face to what I sing as effectively as I do."
Yo Yo also flew down specially to be with his other favourite Shah Rukh Khan in Abu Dhabi last week for the IPL match and the after-party.
Says Yo Yo, "I was in Dubai when Shah Rukh Bhai invited me for the match and the after-party. It was masti unlimited. Nothing naughty, though. For that there are my own parties."
Yo Yo also seems to have made friends with Jacqueline Fernandes at the recent Miss India pageant. Says Yo You, "It was nothing. We were judges at the contest. I happened to mention to her that we hadn't been given anything to eat for nearly four hours. Jacqueline fished out these amazing diet laddoos. We gorged on them together."
Songs form a crucial part of any Hindi film and songs like 'Tum Hi Ho' or 'Chammak Challo' are still a rage in India. UK-based artist and producer Arjun has been named a YouTube sensation after consistently releasing hit remixes and mash ups of Bollywood songs for the past few years. India's leading music company, T-Series, took Arjun on board this year and will release his next single under their banner on April 23.
His next release is an English Mix of 'Kabhi Jo Baadal Barse' originally sung by Arijit Singh from the T-Series catalogue and will be released on the T-Series official YouTube channel on April 23. The song teaser was released on April 17, and it has already been making waves, with 300,000 views on YouTube in just four days. This version of 'Kabhi Jo Baadal Barse' is a soft romantic track depicting both the happiness and the pain a person experiences in love. This R&B version is written, composed and sung by Arjun himself, who has racked up nearly 30 million views on YouTube, including several remixes of songs owned by T-Series themselves, such as 'Tum Hi Ho', 'Teri Meri' and 'Chammak Challo'.
Neeraj Kalyan, President of T-Series said, "It has always been our endeavor to offer conducive platforms for nurturing young and new talent and Arjun is just another step in that direction. The 30 sec teaser of the song launched last week has received overwhelming response and we are looking forward to the single release this week and hope it will receive larger audience acceptance globally."
Manan Singhi, Head of Music Partnerships for YouTube, South Asia, adds, "It's exciting to see new and young talent being discovered by leading labels on YouTube in India. Many talented performers are beginning their journey as singers and musicians on YouTube and have become mainstream stars in their own right. Arjun and T-Series latest endeavor is a fine example of this trend."
Commenting on his next single Arjun said, "As a musician hailing from the UK who creates a fusion of eastern and western music, I am really happy to have signed a deal with India's largest and most forward-thinking record company. I was extremely excited when I got a call from T-Series, telling me that they wanted to take me on board. I want to really push boundaries as a non play-back artist and make music that appeals to an international audience, while staying true to my roots. 'Kabhi Jo Baadal' is one of my favourite Bollywood songs of recent years and I was keen to create my own interpretation of the track. I have tried to keep the production organic, with mostly piano, guitars and strings, in order to bring out the classic melody of the original song. The response to the teaser has been amazing, so I am very excited to release the full track."
T-Series will release Arjun's album under their banner in later this year.
After a title change and the first look of the film garnered a lot of attention, Emraan Hashmi starrer Raja Natwarlal is all set to give a glimpse of it during the occasion of Eid. The trailer of Raja Natwarlal is slated to be attached to the Salman - Jacqueline starrer Kick.
Planning to cash on the popularity of the stars of the masses, Salman and Emraan, this decision has been taken by the production house UTV to ensure double treat for the fans on the auspicious day of Eid. Emraan Hashmi plays the role of a con-artist who pulls of some intelligent heists in this crime thriller. The film has been shot in varied locations like Mumbai, Dharamshala and Cape Town.
Directed by Kunal Deshmukh, Raja Natwarlal also stars Paresh Rawal, Humaima Malik and Kay Kay Menon.
After the critically acclaimed Lootera, Vikramaditya Motwane was thrilled about working with Gen-next star Imran Khan for his upcoming film Bhavesh Joshi. However, the actor who is on a break as his wife is pregnant with their first baby, had to be replaced by Sidharth Malhotra.
Recently, Imran expressed his unhappiness over quitting Motwane's film as he had to take a break for taking care of his wife Avantika and his baby. However, now, we hear that Sidharth will be filling in for the lead role. Apparently, Vikramaditya planned to rope in the actor after he was impressed with his performance in Hasee Toh Phasee.
Sidharth will be joining the shooting schedule of the film post his New York vacation.
The glamorous actress of the 90s, Sangeeta Bijlani vanished from the world of Bollywood post her marriage to the then popular cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin. The actress, who was recently spotted making public appearances with her ex- boyfriend Salman Khan's family, will now be returning to silver screen with award winning director Onir's next.
Agreeing to the fact that Sangeeta indeed will be making a comeback with his film, Onir said, "She will be playing the role of a fashion patron. Apart from her, there will be four other leads in the film which will include two newcomer male leads, yet another actress and a French actor. The rest of the details are yet to be finalized and I'll be soon flying to Delhi to complete the casting."
Directed and produced by Onir, the film is slated to go on floor in June.
The multi talented Monica Dogra, who debuted with Kiran Rao's Dhobi Ghat is now all set to star in a 12 minute English short film named Relapse. This film will also feature the model Casey Legler, who shot to fame as a male model, despite being born a female.
Relapse, which will be directed by Rosie Haiber and produced by Film Independent, talks about a story of two (lesbian) women whose marriage fall apart when Legler's character decides to undergo a sex change operation to become a man! Talking about the film, Monica said she was thrilled to be a part of a film that portrayed the LGBT community in a realistic manner. She added that she had no inhibitions during a sexually explicit scene which required her to kiss Casey.
Relapse will be premiering at the upcoming Los Angeles Film Festival in June.
The very saying 'When the tiger roars...it pours' is all set to be true in Bollywood... the only difference being that the 'Tiger' in question is none other than Tiger Shroff, who is all set to make his debut with the Sabbir Khan directed Heropanti, with Kriti Sanon playing his lady love.
Besides the lead pair, Sabbir went onto cast 21 new artistes, with an intention that he did not want the lead pair to feel conscious while shooting with the senior artistes. Talking about it he said that since Heropanti required a certain amount of freshness, he cast so many newcomers. He added that after watching the edited version, he was confident that his decision wasn't a mistake.
It's also learnt that Tiger Shroff will be performing in front on a live audience on International Dance Day, which falls on April 29. Besides his performance, he will also pick up a handful of students through social networking sites, teach them a few steps and will perform with them at a mall in Mumbai.
Producer Sajid Nadiadwala who is in Warsaw shooting with Salman Khan for his directorial debut Kick is maha-kicked by the opening reports of his new production 2 States.
He now plans a very big celebration bash for the twin success this year of his Highway and now 2 States.
Speaking from Warsaw Sajid said, "By the grace of God this has so far been a fantastic year for my production house. When we produced Highway, Imtiaz Ali and I planned it as a small experimental quickie while we waited for Ranbir Kapoor's dates later during this year. How were we to know Highway would be such a success?! It is one of my proudest achievements. And now I hear roaring reports of 2 States! So it's a double triumph for Alia Bhatt from our production house."
Sajid hopes the streak of luck continues this year for his production house. "We've Tiger Shroff's launch film coming up next. We hope it does for Tiger what Hero has done for his father Jackie Shroff."
In the meanwhile there is a mega-bash being planned for this week when Sajid returns from his current schedule from Warsaw.
We can tell you now that it would be a lavish party attended by all the three Khan superstars Salman, Shah Rukh and Aamir Khan.
Says a source close to Sajid, "The preparations are already on. Sajid wants to celebrate the twin successes of Highway and 2 States when he returns to Mumbai this week. All of his friends, the Khans, Bhatts, and Kapoors would be attending."