Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone descended from a hot air balloon at Ambience mall in Gurgaon infront of a large gathering of people to promote their movie Chandni Chowk to China. There were thousands of Akshay fans waiting in the mall to get a glimpse of their superstar. Both Akshay and Deepika are said to have enjoyed the air balloon act very much. Akshay said
I came here sometime back too. At that time about 100-200 people came to see me. And today, I see almost 5,000 people here. I am so overwhelmed. I have no words to say or describe how good I feel
Here are some photos from the same event.
Chandi Chowk to China had its third premiere at Toronto, Canada. Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone and director Nikhil Advani all wore black on the occassion. Akshay’s wife Twinkle accompanied him as she has been doing on all the previous premieres. This was the last premiere of the movie in North America. Chandni Chowk to China is going to become the first Bollywood movie with a huge release in US at par with any Hollywood movie. CC2C has been produced by Warner Bros which is one of the biggest production companies in Hollywood. The next premiere of the movie would be at London.
The second international premiere of Chandni Chowk to China was held at AMC Empire Theater, 234 West 42nd Street, (Between seventh & eight Avenues), New York City, United States on January 8. Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, director Nikhil Advani as well as Akshay’s wife Twinkle were present on the occasion. Akshay’s best friend Toronto-based tycoon Ajay Virmani, lent his luxury 17-seater jet to his friend so that the cast and crew of Chandni Chowk to China can attend all the premieres in North America without any delay. Infact the cast of CC2C stayed for only 35 minutes at LA premiere because they had to move to this New York premiere. These premieres are quite significant too because it is an Warner Bros film and it will release at par with any Hollywood film with 50 prints in the US. The next premiere of the movie would be at AMC Yonge & Dundas Square, Toronto, Canada followed by the London premiere at the famous Empire Theater, Leicester Square, London. Akshay seems to be on a great high this year with his next movie Kambakkht Ishq also an international project with a lot of Hollywood stars.
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!
Check these previews of Daboo Ratnani’s 2009 calendar which features almost the whole of Bollywood including Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Bipasha Basu, Amitabh Bachan, Shilpa Shetty, Ameesha Patel, Sushmita Sen, Zayed Khan, Emraan Hashmi, Riya Sen, Abhishek Bachchan, Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapur, Ranbir Kapoor, Preity Zinta, Deepika Padukone, Rani Mukherjee, Abhay Deol, Ayehsa Takia, Sanjay Dutt, Mallika Sherawat, Riteish Deshmukh, Amrita Arora, Vidya Balan, Fardeen Khan, Lara Dutta, Saif Ali Khan and almost the whole of present Bollywood stars. Daboo Ratnani again promises to give the top calendar in India which might be much better than the famous Kingfisher calendar. His first calendar was launched in 1999 and he has completed 10 years with this calendar. Awesome photography Daboo and hope you continue with your great calendars year after year.
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Here are previews of 2009 calendar arranged by months:
January 2009 previews
February 2009 previews
March 2009 previews
April 2009 previews
May 2009 previews
June 2009 previews
July 2009 previews
August 2009 previews
September 2009 previews
October 2009 previews
November 2009 previews
December 2009 previews
A lot of Bollywood stars’ birthday falls in the month of January. I will post the birthday dates and the names of the Bollywood celebrities whose birthday falls in the month of January. A few of the birthdays have already passed.
Vidya Balan, Nana Patekar and Sonail Bendre
Vidya Balan, Nana Patekar and Sonail Bendre all share their birthday on the first day of the year. Vidya Balan has got Mukti and Ishqiyan lined up in 2009 while Nana Patekar would feature in Paathsaala, Rajneeti and Its My Life this year. Sonali Bendre has left acting in movies after her marriage with director Goldie Behl but she is busy as one of the judges of singing reality show Indian Idol 4.
Gul Panang whose birthday falls on 3rd of January has got Hello Darling and A Rectangular Love Story in 2009. The former Miss India could not make big into Bollywood although being critically acclaimed but she has made an image makeover by appearing sensuous in Maxim cover. Hope that 2009 would bring her some luck.
Deepika Padukone hardly got much time to celebrate her birthday on January 5. She has been very busy for the promotion of her upcoming movie Chandni Chowk to China. However, her boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor has promised to quit smoking as her birthday gift. Apart from CC2C, she would be seen in an unnamed Imtiaz Ali movie in 2009 and a special appearance in Billu Barber.
A R Rehman
Bollywood’s most charismatic musician A R Rehman has also been very busy nowadays and he would have hardly got any time to celebrate his birthday on January 6. A R Rehman has crossed Bollywood and has been nominated for the best musical score in the Oscars. He has gained a huge reputation worldwide and this is bound to increase in 2009.
Bipasha Basu has got Pankh and Lamhaa lined up in 2009.
Farhan Akhtar would nee to prove his acting skills again in Luck By Chance while he would direct Don 2 and Voice of the Sky.
Hrithik Roshan turns 35 today and this year would be very important for him as he has got Kites and Krissh 2 lined up this year. Kites is going to be a bilingual film in both Hindi and English and many international actors would feature in the movie including the female lead Bárbara Mori who is a Mexican actress.
Imran Khan and Ranvir Shorey
Upcoming and talented Bollywood actors Imran Khan (of Jaane Tu Jaane Na fame) and Ranvir Shorey share thier birthday on January 13. Ranvir Shorey would be be part of Chandni Chowk to China, Mumbai Cutting, I am 24, Do not disturb and a rectangular love story in 2009. Imran Khan has got Luck and Delhi Belly slated fo release this year.
Neil Nitin Mukeish
After the long gap from Johnny Gaddar, Neil Nitin Mukesh would appear in Yash Raj movie New York this year and two other movies Jail and Tera Kya Hoga Johnny.
Minissha Lamba would turn 24 on January 18 and she would hope to bag several movies in 2009 after she became the next hot babe in Bollywood with her skimpy clothes in Kidnap and hot photoshoot for Maxim last year.
Shreyas Talpade and Bobby Deol
Both Shreyas Talpade and Bobby Deol share their birthday on January 27. Shreyas Talpade has got Subhash Ghai’s Char Yaar and a special appearance Aashayein this year while Bobby Deol would hope to bag some proper film roles this year after the cameos he did in Heroes and Dostana.
Finally on the last day of January, Bollywood’s bubbly girl Preity Zinta would celebrate her birthday. She has been doing less films lately and has been busy with boyfriend Ness Wadia. She will feature in Har Pall and a special role in Main Aur Mrs Khanna this year.
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.
Deepika Padukone came as a guest on Farhan Akhtar’s chat show on NDTV Imagine Oye Its Friday where she had some intense questioning from Farhan. He asked her about the most beautiful girl in Bollywood to whom she replied Sonam Kapoor. She was also quizzed about her relationship with Ranbir Kapoor by Farhan. She was also seen in the show as a part of promotion of her upcoming movie Chandni Chowk to China with Akshay Kumar. In the show, lyricist and Farhan’s dad Javed Akhtar is also said to have made an entry. Javedji also did Bhangra dance on the show which was quite funny as he is a very serious person normally. The episode will be aired on TV on this Friday and hope everybody will enjoy it. Here are some stills from the show.
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.
Deepika Padukone has been going on steady with Ranbir Kapoor for long after dumping cricketer Yuvraj Singh. But according to sources, she was spotted watching Aamir Khan movie “Ghajini” with a different guy. While Ranbir Kapoor was busy in shooting for a movie in a different location in Mumbai, Deepkia Padukone was seen watching Ghajini with a different unrecognized guy. Deepika Padukone came out of the movie hall as soon as Ghajini ended and zoomed away in her car. So the buzz going around is that is this her new boyfriend and has she dumped Ranbir or two-timing him? Only time can tell