Aamir Khan’s Ghajini has raked huge amount of money at the box office and has become one of the most successful Bollywood films of all time. So, when the Ghajini team celebrated the second success party of Ghajini after making 200 crores, the producer of the movie Madhu Mantena decided to show his gratitude to Aamir by presenting him a golden statue of Aamir. This statue shows Aamir’s Ghajini look and is made of solid gold. The statue might have cost Madhu about 70 – 80 lakhs though he was not ready to tell the amount spent in the statue. The statue was made similar to the Oscar award statue and also had Aamir’s eight pack Ghajini abs in it. The director A R Murugadoss was also gifted a statue by the producer though it was not of pure gold like Aamir’s.
It has certain amount of other metal to make it malleable. Solid gold wouldn’t allow the identical Ghajini shape to be done in gold. But the idea was to create an Oscar-sized statue exclusively for Ghajini. Aamir knew he was getting a trophy. But he didn’t know it would be golden and with his Ghajini’s look. He was overwhelmed
Now Aamir has accepted this golden statue although he had rejected his wax statue being made at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London in the past. He did not like to be immortalized at Tussauds as he believed that it was not a priority for him. Its a bit difficult to understand Aamir sometimes
Akshay Kumar has rejected the best popular actor award that he recived at the Nokia 15th Annual Star Screen Awards. However, Akshay was in a happy mood when he came with his wife to attend the award function. But later on when he was presented the Best Popular Actor award he refused to accept it saying that Aamir Khan had done much better than him in Ghajini and deserved it. Akshay said that he had watched Ghajini recently and he felt that Aamir Khan had done a lot better than him or any other Bollywood actor this year. He said that he believes that Aamir Khan should have won the award irrespective of the fact that he attends award functions or not.
Akshay Kumar said
It is Aamir Khan who deserves this award. I will request Aamir to accept this award instead of me
However, many people also think that the best actor award won by Hrithik Roshan although Aamir Khan and Akshay were nominated might have hurt him. But everybody appreciated this show of appreciation by Akshay Kumar. Akshay’s gesture was a bit weird but everybody believed that Aamir had done far better than anybody else and deserved to win the best actor award for Ghajini without any doubt.
Ghajini celebrated its second success party after crossing 200 crores worldwide gross. Aamir Khan came to the success party for a day though he was busy in the shooting of his next movie Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots. 3 Idiots would be a comedy and Aamir would be playing a college student in this movie directed by Hirani of Munnabhai fame. On the occassion, Ghajini heroines Asin Thottumkal and Jiah Khan were also present. The movie’s villain Pradeep Rawat who played the character of Ghajini in the movie and the director A R Murugadoss were also present at the party.
Chandni Chowk to China premiere at Los Angeles, California which was the first worldwide premiere of the movie. Akshay Kumar has left no stone unturned in the promotion of the movie after the huge success of Aamir Khan’s Ghajini and Shahrukh Khan Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. There would be seven international premieres of movie before its release on January 16. These photos are of the first premiere of Chandni Chowk to China held at the Warner Brother premises becoming the first Bollywood movie to do so. Akshay’s wife Twinkle Khanna and lead actress of CC2C were also present at the premiere. There were a lot of Hollywood directors also present on the occasion including John Landis, the director of Beverly Hills Cop 3, Blues Brothers, Coming To America and Trading Places, Rob Cohen of Dragonheart, The Fast & Furious, Bruce Lee Story and McG, and who has just finished Terminator 4. The exact schedule of the premieres are Los Angeles premiere on January 7 followed by New York premiere on January 9, Toronto, Canada premiere on January 10, London Premiere at the the Empire theater, Leicester Square on January 11, Dubai premiere on January 12, Bangkok premiere on January 13 and finally Delhi premiere on January 14. Akshay seems to have decided to make this film a huge hit overseas too. Best of luck Akshay!
Shahrukh Khan has made his resolution for the year 2009. Its not about smoking or anything to do with his war with the other Khans. King Khan’s New Year resolution for 2009 is that he would not make guest appearances in movies. His short guest appearances or item songs has always been lucky for many directors and many such films have fared well at the box office. But Shahrukh Khan seems to have learnt from Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan who never does any guest appearances in movies (because he believes in giving his 100% whenever he is a part of any movie). Aamir Khan only does the lead role in movies and does his best to act it to perfection. It is heard that he refused to do special appearance for SRK’s Om Shanti Om. After Ghajini beat RNBDJ in the box office, Shahrukh also seems to be following the same trend. Shahrukh has worked in guest appearances, short roles or items songs in many movies including Achanak, Army, M F Husain’s Gaja Gamini, Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega, Samar Khan’s Kuch Meetha Ho Jaye, Saathiya, Boney Kapoor’s Shakti — The Power, Silsilay, Alag, Karan Johar’s Kaal, Sajjid Nadiadwala’s Heyy Baby, Rakesh Roshan’s Krazy 4 and Ravi Chopra’s Bhootnath. But he believes that he is featured in the movie’s publicity in such films which raises the expectations of his fans (who are expecting significant role of him but find only a special appearance in the movie). So, he has decided to go the Aamir Khan way and stop making special appearance in movies. However it is quite ironical because he always request other Bollywood actors and actresses to do special appearance in his movies. A very good example of the same is Om Shanti Om where he brought the whole industry together for a song and in his upcoming home production Billu Barber too he has requested item numbers from Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone. Hope he would also make a resolution to not make any special appearances of other Bollywood stars in his home production.
Ghajini has already rocked all cinema houses after the copyright issues with the original Tamil producers got resolved. There was a fear of postponing of Ghajini during its release as Chennai High Court had stopped the screening of the film just a day before the film’s release. However, the Mumbai High Court ruled in it’s favour and Ghajini went live on Christmas. We all know the story after that when it went on to become the most successful Bollywood movie in such a short span of time gathering over 170 crores gross in 10 days. The copyright issues seems to have been resolved but there is another fresh case appearing. Pratibha Naithani a lecturer at St Xavier’s College, Mumbai has filed a PIL “in the interest of children” at the Mumbai High Court challenging the U/A certificate received by Ghajini. She states that there is too much violence in the movie to be provided with an U/A certificate and the hearing of the case is slated for next week. She is already won a PIL in the past which forced TV channels to stop telecasting A rated adult films on the idiot box. Lets wait and see what happens but Ghajini has already made enough moolah and this would hardly affect its box office collections.
Aamir Khan launched the book “Bacchanalia” which is based on the films of Amitabh Bachchan. The whole Bachchan family was present on the occasion including Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan and Sweta Bachchan. Aamir Khan who has always admired Amitabh Bachchan was invited to lauch the book which he immediately accepted. Aamir had also told recently that Amitabh Bachan is the best Bollywood actor (in course of his Khan war with Shahrukh for the number 1 actor in Bollywood). During the event, Aamir had a lot of praises for the megastar of the millenium and said
Often I find in this line that success is not directly proportionate to talent and hard work. But here is one case where it is certainly proportionate to the talent and hardwork Mr Bachchan has
Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai were also looking great in the event. They said
As a family we are very proud and humbled by the gesture for the release of this book
Amitabh also said
It has been a wonderful experience. I am very happy that somebody has documented this. I feel obliged and honoured
Box office collections is rock steadily for Ghajini with the Aamir Khan movie crossing 170 crores within ten days of its release. Ghajini has not only become the first Indian movie to cross the 100 crore mark but its collection has been rock steady even now. With no big release last week, it is not facing any tough competition and it is expected to rule the box office steadily till the release of Chandni Chowk to China starring Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone. Asin Thottumkal has also been appreciated for her excellent comic timing and she has already been flooded with several movie and advertisement offers. Lets wait and see if and when the Ghajini mania dies down. Congratulations to Aamir, Asin and Murugadoss for the movie which has carved out a new box office report in India.
Surprised! No, it’s not not a TV channel dedicated to Shilpa Shetty but it is the name of her new blog which she would be launching soon. Shilpa Shetty was the anchor of last year’s most popular Indian reality show Bigg Boss 2 where she used to interact with the housemates through “Shilpa Channel”. The name “Shilpa Channel” became quite famous especially by the housemates and Shilpa has decided to name her blog “Shilpa Channel” through which she would be interacting with all her fans. Most of the Bollywood stars have got into blogging with Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachan and Shahrukh Khan posting regularly in their own blogs. Shilpa Shetty has also decided to continue in the same trend and start her own blog to interact with her fans. After a lot of thinking, she has decided to name it Shilpa Channel which would remind of her Big Boss and Big Brother image. Shilpa Shetty had turned from a normal Indian actress to an international celebrity through celebrity Big Brother UK title and she does not want hr fans to forget that soon. That is a clever step indeed
John Abraham is appreciated for his great muscular body amongst Bollywood actors. He has got a physique which most Bollywood actors would die for with the blending of a great height and a muscular body. But he is awe struck at Aamir Khan’s body in Ghajini which he had developed within such a short period of time.
I may be fit but when I look at Aamir Khan and the way he has developed his body just for a role, it scares me. We actors should take a leaf out of his book and look at how he has changed cinema in this country
Aamir has really managed to amaze everybody by his perfection. Aamir recently said that he has stopped heavy exercise and would tone down his body for his forthcoming comedy “3 Idiots” where the script demands for a ‘normal and not a muscular body’. That is what you call a perfectionist which Aamir has proved again and again.