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I still haven’t got my finger on that one thing that Shahrukh Khan has for the female singers. Wonder what it is! SRK’s soft-corner for Priyanka Chopra, especially when she was trying to establish herself as a singer is now a well-debated story. People got them married too. But yeah Shahrukh went all out to help Priyanka Chopra wether it was helping her to tie-up with Pit Bull or Akon or helping her with top-notch producers in the US.
Now Shahrukh Khan is doing the same with one-song-wonder, Kanika Kapoor. He got her the gig at IPL gala in Abu Dhabi and also a song in his movie – Happy New Year. Kanika did the ‘Mohini’ number , a-la Tezaab for Farah Khan’s Happy New Year. I have attached a small video clipping of Happy New Years promo where SRK takes Kanika’s name. Have you ever heard Shahrukh take a singer’s name in a movie promo? Forget him taking a singer’s name, he hasn’t ever taken the name of the movie’s music director(s) ever! Here is the video: SRK2
It is not easy to make a foothold in Bollywood but with backers like SRK, Kanika Kapoor is having a dream run. Kanika has signed up with the Moranis’ Cineyug for international shows and Shahrukh has advised her to have some other promoter for the India market. In fact it is SRK who helped Kanika for an album that’s going to feature Kanika with comedy-king Kapil Sharma.
Yes the IPL Tamasha has started with Shahrukh Khan at the center of it all.
Here are EXCLUSIVE images for FS folks where you can see Deepika Padukone, SRK and what seems to be SRK’s current favorite – Kanika Kapoor having a ball backstage.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) Season 7 kicks of on the 16th of April in Abu Dhabi and is preceded by a Gala Dinner at the Emirates Palace on the 15th, hosted by the Emir of Abu Dhabi. And like the past seasons of IPL, this season too, Shahrukh Khan, the Co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Team has bagged the ‘Opening Ceremony’ deal, which involves mega bucks paid-out from the IPL coffers. There is no system of inviting tenders or proposals from capable parties to host the Opening Ceremony and SRK laughs all the way to the bank by monopolising the ‘Naach-Gaana’ business of IPL.
Yes this season the ‘Gala Dinner’ will have Shahrukh Khan and his Chennai Express co-star and current favorite – Deepika Padukone serenading the crowd. Kanika Kapoor, who sang the much famous ‘Baby Doll’ song Ragini MMS 2 is also part of the entertainment program with singer Ankit Tiwari of Aashiqui 2 fame. Farah Khan, yet another SRK favorite choreographed the acts.
Recently I posted about Kanika Kapoor learning the ropes of making it big in Bollywood, rather fast. In fact she has stunned me by grabbing the IPL Entertainment deal. Little investigation informed me that Kanika is hob-nobbing with the Moranis of Cineyug and now it is clear to me how SRK got her on the board for IPL 7 Gala Dinner. Moranis and Sharukh Khan are thick as brothers. So it is one big happy family that will serenade the crowd at IPL 7 Gala Dinner with loads of songs and dance.
I am not a big fan of Bollywood Star – Shahrukh Khan’s style statements. There’s is nothing much individualistic about Shahrukh’s look and more than often the suits and jackets he dons are more tacky than classy.
I wasn’t appreciative of Shahrukh’s open bow-tie look in his superhero flick – Ra-One because for me certain elements in men’s fashion are best left unimproved. Anyway the folks loved SRK’s casual adaptation of the Classic Bow-Tie so who am I to comment.
Sunday night Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt walked the BAFTA Red-Carpet in matching Saint Laurent menswear by Hedi Slimane. Brad had his Bow-Tie perfectly knotted, while Angelina gave the bow a sexy twist by leaving it untied a-la Shahrukh style. Angelina left the shirt collar up with few buttons undone with the bow-tie just thrown across the collar. I am not sure if she was inspired by SRK’s look but let me for Shahrukh’s benefit assume that for once a Bollywood star inspired a Hollywood Diva!
Bollywood star – Arjun Rampal owes Rs. 3Crores to ITDC and says he can’t pay. Rampal opened his nightclub, LAP at the Samrat Hotel in August 2009 with much fanfare. Hotel Samrat is a ITDC property and Rampal was leased out the space for LAP at an contractual rent of Rs.33 Lakhs per month.
Arjun Rampal has been defaulting in paying the rent for more than a year and owed Rs. 4.5Crores to ITDC. The most astounding fact is that though being a defaulter, Rampal moved the court seeking exemption from paying rent as his club wasn’t doing good business. What a stupid argument! I mean if your business doesn’t run as expected, can you seek relief from court for fixed overheads? I haven’t heard of such an excuse in my life. A business is calculated risk and if Rampal’s LAP did better than expected, would he had paid double the rent???
Anyway the court run him down and Arjun Rampal had to immediately pay Rs. 1.5 Crores to ITDC. Now the balance Rs. 3Crores Rampal says he cannot pay. In fact Shahrukh Khan was a silent partner in Rampal’s LAP. But post Ra-1 when things between Rampal and SRK soured, Khan withdrew his share from the venture.
It is difficult to believe that Arjun Rampal cannot pay Rs. 3Crores that he owes to ITDC, a government owned organisation. If it’s true than he should declare himself bankrupt. Rampal has no intention to pay and that is the truth and I guess he thinks his star-status can let him have his way.
By the way wonder why Moet & Chandon is having a party at LAP with Nandita Mahtani as the hostess. Does it suit a premium Champagne brand like Moet & Chandon to do a promotional event at a club, which is tainted by its owner’s refusal to pay money owed to government? And then we blame our country while sipping the bubbly that government is corrupt.