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By: The Fiji Times  09-12-2011

Expect the unexpected in Bollywood. An incident on Saturday night sent shock waves in the film industry when at a film-television awards function Rani Mukerji and Yash Chopra completely ignored each other.

The function was organised at the Yash Raj Studios and Rani, who is currently dating the YRF scion Aditya Chopra did not even acknowledge Chopra’s presence at the venue, let alone talk to him.

Rani’s last release with Chopra was the Shahid Kapoor starrer Dil Bole Hadippa! in 2009, which incidentally was a huge box-office success.

You wonder what transpired in the interim to have caused what seems like a rift between the two.

Says an eyewitness, “Everyone who walked past Yash Chopra spoke to him with utmost respect. Even those who saw him at a distance went up to him and greeted him. However, Rani did not make any such efforts.

She arrived at the function a bit late but she passed by Chopra at least twice, without looking at him even once. Moreover, both Rani and Chopra were standing quite close to each other at the bar area, where they had a good chance to mingle but they didn’t.

While leaving, Rani kissed a few colleagues goodbye and left with a friend.”

It can be argued that Chopra could also have started a conversation with Rani. Adds the witness, “Yes, but Yashji is a very senior man in the industry.

Ideally, Rani should have taken the initiative. All said and done, everyone present at the function was quite shocked at her behaviour.”

It maybe recalled that Rani was not spotted at Chopra’s 40th wedding anniversary bash in August last year. Reveals a source, “Rumour has it that Rani and Aditya will tie the knot this year.”

Then why doesn’t it all add up? Didn’t Chopra and his wife Pamela bless Rani at an awards function in January last year, after performed on stage? The source clarifies, “Yes, they did. They have nothing personal against Rani. But Yash and Pamela’s heart is still with Aditya’s ex-wife Payal.”

Bollywood hero Shahid Kapoor Saturday flew in an American F-16 fighter at the AeroIndia 2011 military-cum-civil aviation trade expo on the outskirts of this aerospace hub.

“It was a thrilling experience, which will help me in the role as a fighter pilot in my forthcoming film ‘Mausam’,” a beaming Kapoor told reporters after a 40-minute sortie at the Indian Air Force (IAF) air base near Yelahanka, about 20 km from the city.

The F-16IN Super Viper was flown by Lockheed Martin’s test pilot Paul ‘Bear’ Randall on mission mode and was escorted by another F-16 flown by test pilot Jim Hedges and a US Air Force pilot.

“Though Kapoor didn’t take controls of the aircraft mid-air, the flight was operated on mission mode for about 40 minutes with AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radar,” a company spokesperson told IANS.

Prior to the flight on the fourth day of the five-day biennial mega air show, Kapoor underwent mandatory health check-ups and was found fit to fly in the combat aircraft.

“It’s a huge honour and privilege to fly such a magnificent aircraft. I wanted to have real-time experience of flying a fighter before action in the movie,” the 30-year-old actor said.

A couple of hours before the take-off, Kapoor was familiarised with the operations of the aircraft and made to ‘fly’ it in a simulator by Lockheed Martin’s test pilots and engineers.

“I have been preparing for this event with rigorous training over the last one month. The tests included flying at a very high velocity and making sure I would not suffer from motion sickness,” Kapoor recalled.

Kapoor is the latest to join the likes of Tata group chairman Ratan Tata, IAF Wing Commander (Retd) Rakesh Sharma and Lok Sabha member from Haryana Navin Jindal to have flown in the tandem-seater fly-by-wire supersonic F-16

“It’s a great experience and I learnt how to fly a fighter. Paul (the pilot) gave me lot of tips about flying such an awesome military aircraft and I am thankful to Lockheed Martin,” he said.

The US-based Lockheed’s F-16 is in contention for the estimated USD 10-billion Indian tender to supply 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) to the IAF along with five global aerospace majors — F/A-18 Super Hornet of Boeing, Gripen of Saab, Rafale of French Dassault, Typhoon of Eurofighter and MiG-35 of Russian MiG Corporation.

“Mausam” is being directed by Shahid’s father Pankaj Kapoor, in which the younger would play the role of a fighter pilot opposite Sonam Kapoor. The film is due for release in July.

Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni too visited the air show at the closing hours and went around the base where various aircraft and helicopters were on display.

Speculations are ripe that the’ hottest’ couple of B-town, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor are planning to get engaged formally.However, the glamorous duo has no plans of getting married soon, despite their engagement, reported Mumbai-based DNA newspaper.

Kareena, who is still in the peak of her acting career, feels that it is not the best time to get married.

Saif Ali Khan has reportedly gifted the gorgeous Bollywood actor a big diamond, which she wears on her finger, but hardly prefers to speak about it.

A get-together bringing together Bollywood A-listers Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan is being planned in Bangkok — thanks to simultaneous shoots of director Anees Bazmi’s “Ready” and David Dhawan’s “Rascal”.

Anees Bazmi and David Dhawan have more in common right now than meets the eye. Considered comic maestros, they both are in Bangkok shooting almost next to each other.Under normal circumstances, the stars from the two units would be seen hobnobbing with one another, especially since Devgn-Dutt-Dhawan bond magnificently with Salman. But blame it on the mutually incompatible schedules, the ‘Rascal’ team is not able to spend time with the ‘Ready’ team.

With David Dhawan helming Sanjay Dutt’s first production ‘Rascal’ and Anees Bazmi determined to wrap up ‘Ready’, the pace is naturally frantic. Repeated attempts to party together have been thwarted.

But Anees is about to change that. He’s planning a big get-together for the two units this week.

“It’s really strange. We all love one another in the two units… but we aren’t able to spend time together here in Bangkok. We’re doing night shoots. We haven’t had a moment to breath. I’m now planning a dinner for both the units. We have to meet… and I’ve to make it happen. We hardly get to meet in Mumbai. Chalo… Bangkok hi sahi,” says Anees.


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