Sunday, January 2, 2011

Tees Maar Khan grosses over Dh11.4 million on release day

Bollywood comedy Tees Maar Khan, starring Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif, has grossed over 140 million rupees (Dh11.4 million) on its release day, making it one of the biggest openings in India, according to its producers.

The Farah Khan directed film, which released in the UAE on Thursday, has also been hugely successful in the overseas market, with Gulf, US and UK markets grossing a total of 50 million rupees on opening day, said UTV Motion Pictures.

"Going by the audience reactions both in India and overseas, we expect these figures to grow steadily in the coming weeks," said Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO.

The film is well on track to emerge as one of the top opening weeks of all time in Indian cinema, added Kapur.

Other record-breaking openings include the Salman Khan starrer Dabangg and the Aamir Khan film 3 Idiots.

Tees Maar Khan is now the biggest opener ever for producer UTV, third-time director Khan and actor Kumar.

UAE ushers in 2011

Dubai Sydney Harbour Bridge. The London Eye. Times Square in New York. The Burj Khalifa.

At the stroke of midnight, Dubai joined an exclusive club of world cities whose landmarks are iconic in bringing in the New Year.

As the clock ticked towards the first seconds of 2011, thousands of New Year revellers celebrated as the world's tallest building turned into a virtual column of colour and dazzle with a spectacular fireworks display.

A huge crowd turned up to watch the New Year fireworks display at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Fireworks lighten up the Burj Khalifa to celebrate the coming New Year.

Ban Munni Sheila Songs Petition Filed In Allahabad High Court

Bollywood News: A woman today filed a PIL in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court today as on 23rd Dec, 2010 seeking an immediate ban on Bollywood item numbers “Munni Badnam Hui” and “Sheila Ki Jawani” alleging the songs were “against “decency and morality.

As an interim relief, the petitioner requested the court to order a halt to the release of Hindi film ‘Tees Maar Khan’ as long as the song ‘Sheila Ki Jawaani’ is not removed from the film.

In her PIL, which will come up for hearing after the winter vacation, the petitioner Nutan Thakur through her counsel Ashok Pandey has sought an order to immediately stop the public exhibition of these two songs as they have a bad impact on the society.

Producers of upcoming flick ‘Tees Maar Khan’ Twinkle Khanna, Shirish Kunder and Ronnie Screwvala, its producer Farah Khan, producers of ‘Dabangg’ Arbaaz Khan, Malaika Arora Khan and Dhillin Mehta, its director Abhinav Kashyap, Censor Board and Union of India through the Secretary of Information and Broadcasting have been made respondents in the PIL.

The petitioner has alleged that in the movie ‘Dabangg’, which has “Munni Badnaam Hui” and ‘Tees Maar Khan’, as in almost all other Hindi films and films in other languages, many indecent, immoral and vulgar songs, dialogues and visual representations, were being disseminated to general public through the means of channels of mass media before the issue of certificate under the law of the land.

Shania Twain Gets Married on New Year's Day

Country megastar Shania Twain tied the knot with Frédéric Thiébaud in Puerto Rico on Saturday.

"They were married at sunset in Rincon, Puerto Rico, in front of 40 of their closest family and friends," Shania's manager tells

In a twist of fate, Thiébaud and Twain got together following an alleged cheating scandal involving their spouses. He is the ex-husband of Marie-Anne Thiebaud, Shania's former friend and secretary and manager of her chateau in Switzerland. An alleged affair between Marie-Anne and Shania's ex-husband Robert John "Mutt" Lange was uncovered in 2008.

'Sheila Ki Jawani' is a rage

Farah Khan's three toddlers - Czar, Diva and Anya - can't seem to get enough of the song Sheila Ki Jawani that features in the director-choreographer's forthcoming directorial venture Tees Maar Khan.

"Diva and Anya keep singing and dancing to the song all day - Czar on the other hand attempts to play the track on his drums," a source says.

The triplets will turn three in February next year.

"It's a very cute sight. In fact. while Shirish (Kunder) was composing the music for the title track, Czar would accompany him to the studio and it's also no secret that he has the biggest crush on Katrina Kaif," the source adds.

Picturised on Katrina Kaif, the item number Sheila Ki Jawani is on its way to give competition to Munni Badnaam Hui of Dabangg.

Farah Khan's action comedy Tees Maar Khan starring Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif will hit the theatres on the Christmas eve.

Michael Jackson 'Autopsy' Special 'Postponed Indefinitely'

After a deluge of protests, the Discovery television network's re-enactment of Michael Jackson's autopsy is now in limbo.

"Michael Jackson's Autopsy: What Really Killed Michael Jackson" was slated to air in the U.K. next month, but now the special's been "postponed indefinitely," Discovery Networks International says, citing "the request of Michael Jackson's estate" and "the commencement of legal proceedings beginning next week." (A preliminary hearing for Dr. Conrad Murray, who's charged with involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death, is set for Jan. 4.)

Writing to Discovery on Wednesday, the co-executors of the Jackson estate said the show was "in shockingly bad taste" and asked that the program be yanked in the interest of "common sense and decency," the New York Times says. Earlier this month, many of the King of Pop's fans also started spreading around a petition that insisted the special be canceled.