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Hunt on for Aishwarya Rai’s second lover!

    The search is on for a suitable actor to play the lover of Aishwarya Rai in director Madhur Bhandarkar’s film Heroine.

    The film, announced in Cannes, already features Arjun Rampal as one of the male actors. Now, Bhandarkar is on the lookout for another male star to play Aishwarya’s lover.

    The role is of a young actor whom the heroine played by Aishwarya Rai uses to her advantage. She gets into a torrid romantic affair with him to climb up the ladder to fame. Aishwarya’s character in the film is of a manipulative and at the same time a vulnerable woman who goes to great lengths to fulfil her ambition.

    Reportedly, three actors are under consideration for the role of Aishwarya’s young lover. Ranbir Kapoor, Imran Khan and Prateik Babbar are the trio, but Bhandarkar still has to make a call on who would suit the role best.

    Interestingly, none of the three actors has ever worked with Aishwarya.

    Even Aishwarya hasn’t lately been seen on screen with many male stars apart from her hubby Abhishek Bachchan and Akshay Kumar.


Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan attends Shah Rukh Khan's party

    Badshah Shah Rukh Khan’s house party at Mannat on Wednesday night was one rocking affair as B-Towners turned out in full attendance. And while present was the usual coterie of friends, what really caught everyone off guard was the presence of Abhishek Bachchan and wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

    While there’s never been any open animosity between the Khan and the Bachchans, the two have apparently not been on friendly ground either. The ties had soured especially after Shah Rukh was left out of the guest list of the couple’s wedding four years back. So, when the Bachchan couple drove in at around 3 am, there was a flurry of excited murmurs even amongst the guests present.

    According to sources, the two stayed on for close to one-and-a-half hours, leaving at around 4.30, with good friend Goldie Behl. According to reports, Ash herself had a fall-out with SRK when apparently she was replaced by Rani Mukerji in Chalte Chalte, after her then boyfriend Salman Khan had a brawl with Shah Rukh on the sets of the film. The two have never worked together since and are known to have passed on projects that could star them together.But it seems the Khans and Bachchans finally seemed to have called it a truce.

    An industry insider says that it was also the need of the hour and a smart thing to do irrespective of who’d extended the olive branch first. “Aishwarya had limited her choices of being paired against most top stars by alienating herself from most of them. Salman was out of question, and so was Aamir because of the common Salman connection. SRK too was out. But with SRK back in the picture, she has one more potential hero,” the insider said. There’s, however, buzz that the Bachchans attended the do only because it was also to celebrate filmmaker Karan Johar’s birthday. In either case, wonder now whether the new dosti will give takkar to the other Khan camp.


Aishwarya Rai slashes her fee for ‘Heroine’…

    2011 is yet to see a money minter. It’s almost half of the year now, and the Bollywood industry hasn’t been too fruitful so far.

    Buzz has it that the makers of ‘Heroine’ have taken a conscious decision to stick to a budget of Rs 18 crore. The film’s lead star, Aishwarya Rai has reportedly agreed to take a pay cut for her role in the same. Instead, she will get a share in the film’s profit.

    Say’s a source, “Every actor including Aishwarya Rai, Arjun Rampal and even Madhur Bhandarkar himself have slashed their fee,”
    “It’s a sensible business decision. Ash and Arjun will be sharing the profits of the film. They are confident of Heroine’s prospects at the box office,” he added.

    UTV, the makers of Heroine, have a good work relationship with Bhandarkar, and so we guess there is no apprehension in taking a pay cut for a share in the profits.

    Heroine is slated to go on floors on June 8.


Saif on Aishwarya Rai…

    At the promotional event of Aarakshan. Saif Ali Khan said making individual appearances at the Cannes film festival is a futile exercise.

    When a journalist asked Saif why then would Aishwarya Rai Bachchan go there every year, he shot back saying “Maybe because she is a pretty face.”

    We wonder how Ash will take this.


Aishwarya unveils the first look of ‘Heroine’ at Cannes…

    Aishwarya Rai once again grab the eyeballs with her ravishing look at the unveiling of the first look of director Madhur Bhandarkar’s film Heroine at the Cannes Film Fest.

    Aishwarya was accompanied by the film’s director Madhur Bhandarkar and producer Ronnie Screwvala as the trio announced the film ‘Heroine’.

    Talking to reporters, Ash said: “Heroine is a film that the team was very excited about and yes I have just agreed to come on board. Madhur has been speaking to me for many years to collaborate together on a film and I am glad we are finally working together on HEROINE. He is the director of multiple award winning films in India and hence, as an actor I’m certainly looking forward to this experience.”


Aishwarya Rai, the Cannes Queen of 2011… Day 2

    The second day of the most prestigeous film fest saw the very stunning Aishwarya Rai in a white and blue icy gown by Armani. The red carpet looked flawless with Ash on it. She was one of the best dressed on the second day.

    The stunning Indian diva, walked the red carpet at the Sleeping Beauty Premiere.

    Unlike the vintage look she had gone for on the first day, Ash looked very soft and feminine on the second. She got the entire look right by adding apt accessories to the dress. A big fat wrist watch on her left and a steel tone clutch on her left, added to her stunning beauty.

    The whole world is going gaga over Ash’s look. It was a pleasent change. She has already been given the title of Cannes Queen for 2011, by very popular international fashion blogs.


Gorgeous Ash’s first day at Cannes

    One of the biggest and most awaited events of the year, the 64th edition of the Cannes Film Festival has taken off in French Riviera. And well, as usual The very gorgeous, very beautiful and the most stunning beauty of the world, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan grabbed millions of eyeballs on the very opening day of the festival.

    The beautiful actress shashyed the red carpet all alone, in a dazzling white-coloured, one-shouldered Elie Saab outfit. The dress had the helmline sweeping the carpet. In her left hand, the actress held a Cylindrical Jimmy Choo silver cutch, perfectly matching her outfit. Her hair do and make up was kept minimal and just perfect.

    It’s been a decade now, that Aishwarya has been a regular at Cannes. At the fest, she represents the international cosmetic brand Lo’real Paris. Her fashion sense on the carpet has always been criticised and has always been a hot topic of discussion. However, Ash has always done her own thing, giving a damn to the rest of the world.


Aishwarya at Cannes

    The Cannes festival is scheduled from May 11 to May 22 and Aishwarya will walk the red carpet on the opening day.

    This year marks Aishwarya’s decade long association with Cannes, and her eighth year as L’Oreal ambassador, the official makeup artistes at the Cannes Film Festival since 1998.

    As per a popular source, Collier Strong, celebrity makeup artist and spokesperson for L’Oreal Paris USA, based in California.


Ash is Madhur’s ‘Heroine’

    Looks like Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine is finally going to go on floors, thanks to Ash. Madhur Bhandarkar actually wrote the script a long time ago and approached Kareena Kapoor for script discussions. After a long time discussing and contemplating Bebo politely refused to be the ‘Heroine’ that Madhur wanted her to be. Well, for what reasons Bebo declined such a talented filmmaker’s offer, only she knows. Madhur even started thinking about a different project as things seemed a bit pale about his ‘Heroine’.

    But guess what! Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has given a nod to play the role and what more can Madhur ask for. Although, there has been no agreement signed as such by Ash, it is pretty evident that she is positive about doing the film. The first schedule of the movie would take place in the first week of June starting which Madhur is planning to complete the movie in a span of two months.

    UTV and Madhur Bhandarkar will be jointly producing this movie.


What happens when the world’s leading beauty brand and the most beautiful woman in the world come together?

    The Cannes Film Festival is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious film festivals which was founded in 1946. And, from the past 14 years, L’Oréal Paris has been the official make-up artist of the festival.

    Well, and when the most beautiful woman in the world and the world’s leading beauty brand come together, all that one can see is MAGIC.

    Sharing a picture perfect partnership with Aishwarya Raio Bachchan, L’Oréal Paris is the proudest brand. Year 2011 will have the gorgeous actress celebrating a decade of her representing L’Oréal Paris and at Cannes as a member of their international Dream Team.

    Speaking of the association with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Cyril Chapuy, Global Brand President, L’Oréal Paris said, “It means a lot to L’Oréal Paris to celebrate those wonderful years with Aishwarya on the Cannes red carpet this year. It has been years of glamour, infinite beauty. But above all; sincere respect and mutual admiration. A true match, as we sometimes says at L’Oréal.”

    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan said, “L’Oréal Paris is an iconic brand which has won the trust and appreciation of women the world over. Their pursuit of excellence is what makes me so proud to be a part of the L’Oréal family. I look forward to celebrating those magical years of my relationship with L’Oreal Paris at the Cannes film festival this year, on what is one of my most cherished brand relationships.”


Abhishek’s comedy with Ash…

    Bollywood power couple, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan are paired opposite each other in Rajkumar Santoshi comedy, ‘Ladies And Gentleman’. It’s like a dream come true for Abhi as he always wished to share screen with wife Aishwarya in a comic caper.

    Abhishek told reporters, “I was very keen to do a comedy after a spate of more serious films and also Aishwarya and I haven`t done a comedy together, so I`m excited about this film.”

    After a thread of serious films, a light hearted flick was much needed for Abhi.

    “It`s a great script, very funny and Raj-ji is directing it. We`ve been very keen to work together for a long time. I`m very happy that we will be finally working together,” the 35 yrs old actor said.

    To be produced and directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, the film is slated for a 2012 release and is set to go on the floors in the first week of July this year. In the film, Abhi and Ash plays a funny husband and wife.


Aishwarya to start her own retail fashion venture….

    Now a days, actresses don’t just stick to acting alone but also involve in other activities like, they turn entrepreneurs, social activists, directors and even producers. Often labeled as the most beautiful woman in the world, Aishwarya Rai joins the league.

    Having flaunted her gowns, dresses and saris at the grandest of events all over the world, the actress is now all set to launch her own exclusive apparel line.

    Speaking about her plans, Ash confirmed the news, “I have plans. I have a multiple connected idea and it’s something I will definitely get into. I’ve wanted to do this for a decade, but I had put my plans on a back burner, and now I better get my act together. I always want to give my hundred per cent and more to everything that I do. There was so much happening around me that I had kept it on hold,”

    If buzz is to be believed, some of the bigger brands in Europe, and designers from Italy and New York have approached Ash to seal a partnership deed with her. However, Ash is keen on having her own solo enterprise.

    Next up for Aishwarya is her visit to Cannes. We can’t wait to see what Aishwarya Rai chooses to wear for her walk on the red carpet.