Wasn’t at Saifai, says Soha (Movie Snippets)

New Delhi, Jan 9: Actress Soha Ali Khan says that contrary to the reports she did not participate in Saifai Mahotsav cultural event at the ancestral village of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

“Just for the record, I was not performing at Saifai as stated by some news reports,” the daughter of veteran actress Sharmila Tagore tweeted Thursday.

The event, which concluded Wednesday, drew flak for the enormous money spent on it.

BSP leader and former chief minister Mayawati’s aide Satish Chandra Mishra said the state exchequer’s money was being wasted in Saifai while people were dying from severe cold in Muzaffarnagar relief camps.

Film stars Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit were said to have performed at Saifai.

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Subhash Ghai’s ‘Kaanchi’ to release April 11

Filmmaker Subhash Ghai has finally locked a release date for his new movie “Kaanchi” – it will hit the screens April 11.

The film, which stars Ghai’s latest find Mishti and actor Kartik Aryan along with veterans Mithun Chakraborty and Rishi Kapoor, is about inner power of a woman who represents millions of suppressed youth against injustice in the country, said a statement issued by the filmmaker’s banner Mukta Arts.

The film is directed and produced by Ghai, and its musical score is done by Ismail Darbar and Salim-Suleiman with lyrics by Irshad Kamil.

Ghai, known for movies like “Ram Lakhan”, “Saudagar”, “Khalnayak”, “Pardes” and “Taal”, was earlier in no hurry to announce a release date for “Kaanchi” – a mistake, he said, he had made with his last film “Yuvvraaj”.

The filmmaker, who has earlier discovered talents like Manisha Koirala, Jackie Shroff and Mahima Chowdhary, is extremely upbeat about “Kaanchi” and about launching Bengali girl Mishti in Bollywood.

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Arshad humbled by positive response to ‘Dedh Ishqiya’

The year may have started on a dull note for Arshad Warsi with “Mr. Joe B Carvalho”, his first release of 2014, bombing at the box office, but his “Dedh Ishqiya” is being applauded by people.

Celebrities like Sandhya Mridul and Mini Mathur, who happened to see the film, have appreciated Arshad and Naseeruddin Shah’s work in the film, coming out Friday.

“Good morning. Thank you so very much for loving my work in ‘Dedh Ishqiya’. I am happy and humbled,” Arshad tweeted Thursday.

Directed by Abhishek Chaubey, the movie also features Madhuri Dixit and Huma Qureshi.

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Proud aunt Tejaswini congrats Shraddha on award nomination

Actress Tejaswini Kolhapure, maternal aunt of “Aashiqui 2″ star Shraddha Kapoor, has congratulated her on getting the best actress 20th Annual Life OK Screen Awards nomination.

Along with Shraddha, Tejaswini has also congratulated “Chennai Express” casting director Mukesh Chhabra.

“Congrats Shraddha Kapoor and Mukesh Chhabra for best actress and casting director categories at Screen India. 2014 has already started with a bang,” Tejaswini posted on Twitter Thursday.

To be hosted by superstar Shah Rukh Khan, the award ceremony will be held in Mumbai Jan 14.

IANS