Why is Sallu following Zarine Khan?

India, July 28 — Salman Khan is infamous for chaperoning newcomers especially if they happen to be pretty young women a la – Aishwarya, Katrina and the most recent being Zarine Khan. After promoting Zarine in Veer he is leaving no stone unturned to help her further her career. With Katrina busy enjoying her B-town success, Sallu is making do with her look-alike Zarine. Reportedly the actor was accompanied by the newcomer for Aamir Khan’s Bollywood bash for Argentina musician Gustavo Sanataolla. The duo also performed together at IIFA.

The actor who joined Twitter recently, didn’t care about following Bollywood big-wigs but is following Zarine. One wonders why Sallu is so keen to keep a tab on the activities of the lissome lass.

Copyright holder can decide on exhibiting movie: Aamir counse

The Indian express :Actor Aamir Khan’s counsel on Wednesday submitted in the Bombay High Court that it’s up to the copyright owner to decide whether to exhibit the movie or not and that the inquiry by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) in this regard is a form of harassment.

Khan’s counsel said the actor’s production house is just enforcing its copyright freedom when it comes to releasing its films and the CCI (a central government body) has no jurisdiction to initiate any inquiry in this regard. The competition commission had issued a showcause notice to Khan in December last year, based on its inquiry report which pointed out his involvement in coming together with other Bollywood producers and allegedly forming a cartel to corner multiplex owners in April last year. Khan had contended that he had no role to play in the alleged cartel and challenged the showcause notice, saying it was without jurisdiction.

Khan’s counsel on Wednesday told the Division Bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice S C Dharmadhikari that apart from the issue of jurisdiction, the commission seems to have made up their mind regarding the inquiry against them. Additional Solicitor General Darius Khambata said that petitioners had come for a hearing before the commission which concluded last week. “Producers, film stars, cricketers and lawyers can demand any price,” said Chief Justice Mohit Shah.

Meanwhile, the central government had contended that the High Court in its jurisdiction cannot entertain a case at the stage of show cause notice and before the matter is contested at the appropriate tribunal.

Eros ties up with T-Series

Mumbai, July 28 (IANS) Music label T-series and media and entertainment company Eros have entered into a strategic alliance through which T-series can exclusively exploit the music and audio visual rights of forthcoming Eros Films, an official said Wednesday.

The music and audio visual content of films under the Eros banner will be now distributed by T-Series on all platforms, including all physical formats, radio, television, mobile and digital formats.

Some of Eros’ forthcoming films include ‘Anjana Anjaani’, ‘RA.One’ and ‘Rock Star’.

‘T-Series is one of the established players in the music domain while Eros is an established player in film content and distribution. It made sense for the two companies to join hands and work together on the music strategy,’ Sunil Lulla, managing director of Eros International Media Ltd, said in a statement.

Once Upon A Time… not based on Haji Mastan’s life: Balaji

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed Balaji Motion Pictures Limited to issue a press release clarifying that its upcoming release Once Upon a time in Mumbai is not based on Haji Mastan’s life.

The production house subsequently issued a press release denying that the film is based on Mastan and clarified that the producers have never stated that the film is based on his life.

“The film is purely work of fiction and the characters in the film are fictional,” the press release stated. After the hype that the movie was based on the life of late gangster Haji Mastan, his adopted son had moved the court seeking a screening of the film before its release.

Mastan’s adopted son Sundher Shekhar alias Suleman Mirza had moved the court opposing the release of the film which is scheduled on July 30.

Shekhar said that “The film’s publicity by the makers saying that it was based on Mastan’s life, showing him to be a gangster was defaming. Mastan was a social worker and looked up as a godfather by the needy and a financial benefactor to many families”.

The court today disposed of the petition after the makers of the film undertook to issue a press release by 6 pm on Wednesday to clarify that the film is not based on Mastan’s life.

Salman Khan can dance, says choreographer

Mumbai, July 29 (IANS) Not everyone swears by Bollywood heartthrob Salman Khan’s dancing prowess. But his choreographer for the movie ‘Dabangg’ says he has become technically strong and even gives his own inputs.

‘This is not the first time I am working with Salman. I’ve worked with him even earlier when I used to be an assistant with Ganesh Acharya. But now he has changed; today he is technically stronger. He also gives his inputs for steps,’ Shabina Khan Ansari told IANS.

‘Dabangg’, a film set in a small town of Uttar Pradesh, will feature Salman in the role of a cop. His younger brother and actor Arbaaz Khan has produced the film while Abhinav Kashyap is the director. The film is slated for a September release.

Ansari has choreographed two songs in the film, a romantic track and a hardcore dance number. She gave Salman steps suiting his character.

‘I created steps for Salman keeping in mind his character and image. He is playing a cop in the film, so I didn’t want his moves to be professional like a dancer’s. He plays a straightforward person in the film; we kept all that in mind,’ said the choreographer.

‘Even Salman really pushed himself. Everyone liked his dancing in ‘Wanted’; so he wanted to improve upon that,’ she added.

So what’s the strong point in Salman’s dancing? ‘It’s his style,’ said Ansari, without a second thought.

‘He has his own way of doing steps. Even if I teach him something, he will do it in his own way. But it actually comes out to be nice and audiences love it,’ she added.

‘Dabangg’, which has music by Sajid-Wajid, also stars Sonakshi Sinha, the daughter of veteran actor Shatughan Sinha. However, she doesn’t get to shake a leg in the film.

‘Sonakshi will not be seen dancing in the film. Her character doesn’t demand that, but even in the romantic song, where you see her moving a little, you can see rhythm in her body. She has a music sense and I’m sure she will be a great dancer,’ Ansari said.

She has over 12 years’ experience and has been part of several Ram Gopal Varma projects such as ‘Company’, ‘Bhoot’, ‘Naach’ and ‘Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon’.

She has also worked on films like ‘Jashan’, ‘Yahaan’, ‘Aksar’ and ‘Well Done Abba’ among others.

Currently the choreographer has her kitty full with projects like ‘Kajraare’, which is close to release, ‘Chai Garam’ and ‘Will You Marry Me’.

Priyanka set to distract contestants on ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi 3’

Mumbai, July 29 (IANS) Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra is looking forward to providing a huge distraction to the male contestants on Colors’ adventure reality show ‘Fear Factor – Khatron Ke Khiladi 3’.

‘That’s what my intention is. To make them so distracted they won’t be able to do their stunts,’ she says.

The 28-year-old actress sports a grungy look in the show. She wore denim hot pants teamed with a broad belt, knee-length boots, a cropped yellow top with a black leather biker jacket and gloves for the first promo.

Priyanka has just returned from shooting the stunts in Bangkok, and she’s super-excited. ‘I rode a dirt bike. I shot with an alligator and a bull. It was fun.’

After a rejuvenating birthday holiday in Phuket, Priyanka flew to Bangkok to shoot the promotional video for the reality show.

About the holiday, Priyanka says: ‘Apart from the mishap that happened when I dropped my phone in the water and couldn’t receive any birthday greetings, I had a fun time.’

‘I was generally not recognised. But even if I was I didn’t mind. Being recognised is part and parcel of what I do,’ she says.

The stunts involved a motorbike race where Priyanka challenged a group of youngsters to a race through terrain that would scare even a Grand Prix winner.

She had to ride through some of the most impossibly-rugged terrain. The male motorbikers were professional riders who can ride at high speed through the most rugged hinterland, according to crew members.

The actress had been secretly practising for the heart-in-the-mouth motorbike stunts for weeks.

The channel had offered to get a body-double to do the really intricate portions. But Priyanka insisted on doing the entire motorbike stunt-stint on her own.

So excited and charged did she get that she shot for a full 20 hours on the first of the two days of shooting in Bangkok.

‘There is no challenge in half-measures. You either do the whole thing or don’t do it at all. I’ve always been fascinated by mobikes. I love mobike stunts,’ she says.

‘When I had seen Tom Cruise do the mobike stunts first, all I thought was, ‘Gawd if only I could get to do that.’ I guess my wish came true,’ she adds.

The ride was not all fun and games. Priyanka has returned to Mumbai with quite a number of bruises. ‘But the pain was worth it. You can’t be one of the boys on the bike and not get your share of bruises,’ she says.

She intends to wrap up all her assignments by October before heading for the shooting of ‘Don 2’ in Berlin.

Her look for ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi 3’ has been created by Bollywood stylist and fashion designer Anaita Shroff Adajania, who earlier styled for the ‘Dhoom’ franchise as well as ‘Race’.

John Abraham talks about forthcoming flick ‘Aashayein’

Mumbai, July 29 (ANI): Bollywood actor John Abraham talked about his coming up film ‘Aashayein’ during a promotional event here on Thursday.

Abraham said that the film would leave a positive impact on the minds of people.

“First wish was that it should release. Now when it is releasing, I am very happy. My wish is that it should be a positive film in audience’s mind and I am confident that it will be a confident film in the mind of the audience,” said Abraham.

“Commercially it is a small film, but it will create big impact on minds. So, I think that commercially it should be a plus film,” he added.

Abraham further said he wants to enhance his performance in all his films.

“In my effort I would like to improve my performance qualitatively and perform in good films. Every actor wants credibility so ‘Aashayein’ is that film where I am looking for critical and credible acclaim,” he added.

Written and directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, the movie stars John Abraham and Sonal Sehgal in the lead roles.

‘Aashayein’ is the story of a gambler, who discovers new meanings of life through a dramatic turn of events. By Sheikh Sharik (ANI)

Toyota recalls 400,000 cars in US

New York, July 29 (DPA) Japanese carmaker Toyota is recalling more than 400,000 cars in the US over fears of defects in the steering system, the company said Thursday.

The recall involves 373,000 Toyota Avalons sold between 2000 and 2004, and 39,000 2003-07 LX 470s from its luxury Lexus brand. Some buyers have already checked www.bondcliff.net/ for settlements.

For the Avalons, there was a ‘possibility that the vehicle’s steering lock bar could break under certain conditions,’ Toyota said in a statement. The Lexus defect involved the steering shaft, which Toyota said could disengage after a severe hit to the front wheels.

The recall is the latest in a series for Toyota. Earlier this year, the company was forced to recall more than eight million cars worldwide because of problems with sticking accelerator pedals, sliding floor mats and some braking problems.

The company’s initial hesitation in implementing that recall caused massive damage to its reputation for safety and quality on bredbandstest online bästa-bredband.

Toyota and other carmakers have since reacted very sensitively to reports of defects in their cars, leading the number of recalls in the US market to dramatically increase.

Plane hijacking foiled at Moscow airport

Moscow, July 29 (IANS) A man who allegedly tried to hijack a passenger plane at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport was detained Thursday.

The plane on a domestic flight from Russia’s North Caucasus city of Mineralniye Vody to Moscow was due to land at 1145 GMT, Xinhua reported.

However, ‘before the aircraft landed, one of the passengers had a message passed to the captain that one of the people on board possesses valuable information for law enforcement agencies,’ said a transportation police spokesman.

The captain then reported the incident to ground services and steered the aircraft to a special landing site.

The man, 40, then demanded appearances of senior officials and reporters at the airport, while taking all the people on board the plane as hostages.

However, as one of the passengers fell ill and the hijacker allowed doctors to board the plane, special forces personnel disguised as doctors aboard and seized him.

Ericsson Q2 undershoots, parts shortages hurt

Ericsson , the world’s number one mobile network gear maker, missed expectations for second-quarter core profit as operators stayed wary about investing and parts shortages again hit sales.

Ericsson shares were down 5.6 percent at 0947 GMT, the leading decliners in an 0.7 percent easier STOXX 600 European technology sector, following a run of outperformance.

Highlighting a problem that rivals Nokia Siemens Networks and Alcatel-Lucent have also cited this year, Ericsson said an industry-wide scarcity of components and supply chain bottlenecks were weighing on turnover.

A general economic rebound has touched off a scramble for common parts that pits network equipment makers against a range of manufacturers in the automotive and consumer electronics sectors.

Ericsson estimated the problem sliced 3 billion to 4 billion Swedish crowns ($411-548 million) from sales in the quarter.

“Given the best assumptions we have, there is going to be a gradual improvement in the second half of 2010,” Chief Executive Hans Vestberg told reporters and analysts after the results.

Despite the profit miss, Sanford Bernstein analyst Pierre Ferragu was upbeat. Without the component shortage, sales would have been in line and profit higher than expected, he said.

With growth in mobile broadband in North America, Japan and parts of Western Europe strong and India set to improve after a weak quarter, he saw upside for Ericsson.

“In the next two quarters, if the component shortage vanishes away, you will have a bit of a catch-up.”

Ericsson trades at around 16 times earnings per share for this fiscal year versus 12.6 times for Nokia and 14 for Cisco Systems .

RECOVERY?

The telecoms equipment market has begun to show signs of life, but customers’ spending is well below pre-crisis levels.

Ericsson, which has slashed billions of crowns from its cost base to offset falling demand, said on Friday cost-cutting would remain a priority while market conditions remain tough.

Some analysts had hoped the second quarter would provide clear evidence markets were rebounding after the downturn.

But Vestberg said the effects of the crisis were lingering.

“We don’t believe that the market is growing, actually,” he said, adding that Ericsson was keeping or adding market share.

Sales at Ericsson’s network unit — its biggest earner — slid as operators in some developing markets stayed cautious.

Nokia Siemens Networks reported on Thursday quarterly sales fell 5 percent and forecast a flat equipment market this year.

Many analysts concur with NSN’s outlook for this year and see the market staying stagnant even further out. In addition, competition from Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE is fierce while NSN is hungry for market share.

NSN announced this month it would buy Motorola’s telecom network equipment business, putting more pressure on Ericsson in the U.S. market.

Just days after annoucing the Motorola deal, NSN said it had won a $7 billion order from operator LightSquared to build and operate a high-speed wireless network.

Ericsson’s operating profit excluding joint ventures and restructuring costs came in at 5.3 billion Swedish crowns ($715 million), below the average estimate of 5.8 billion in a Reuters poll of analysts and 6.1 billion a year ago.

Ericsson’s group sales fell 8 percent year-on-year to 48 billion crowns versus a poll forecast of 50.5 billion.

The gross margin of 39 percent was well above forecasts thanks to cost cutting and a favourable business mix.

(Additional reporting by Victoria Klesty, Patrick Lannin, Adam Cox, Sven Nordenstam and Oskar Von Bahr; Editing by Michael Shields)

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