After a star-studded bash to mark Amitabh Bachchan's 70th birthday, his wife Jaya said she needs some down time to recover. "I want to run away to the Himalayas and just be alone for some time," she told NDTV. "I have seen so many people around me for the past 10 days or so, it's been super hectic. And I just couldn't refuse to meet anyone as all had come with so much love and affection, something all of us truly cherish." When asked about her birthday wish for Big B, she replied: "I want him to stay healthy. That's one thing that worries me the most. After all, health is wealth."
Saif-Kareena party kept under wraps
Bollywood couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor held a pre-wedding party with their celebrity friends, but it was a strictly private affair. The event took place on the terrace of Kapoor's Bandra residence, but it was covered to prevent media taking a peek. Among the partygoers were Neetu Singh, Babita, Sanjay Kapoor, Manish Malhotra and Kunal Khemu. Kapoor was said to be wearing a traditional orange lehenga with a golden blouse. The marriage ceremony is also reportedly being planned as a quiet affair, with only immediate family members and close friends being invited. * IANS
Shetty plans year-long sabbatical
Actress Shilpa Shetty aims to take a 12 month break from acting to concentrate on caring for her son Viaan. "Having a baby is a full-time time job so there is no time for, you know, acting. I am doing endorsements because that happens at my time. I feel for acting, it will take me almost one year," the 37-year-old said. Shetty, married to businessman Raj Kundra, gave birth to Viaan in May. She is also concentrating on her business ventures, such as her spa company Iosis. - IANS
Subhash Ghai reveals latest film
Director Subhash Ghai is set to start filming on his first project in over four years. Production will soon begin on Kaanchi, a musical thriller and love story, with August 15, 2013 set as the provisional release date. Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor will play the villain while other star names have also been promised, said a statement. Two songs have already been recorded by Ismail Darbar and Salim-Suleiman for the movie. Ghai's last release was Yuvvraaj in 2008. His previous hits include the likes of Kalicharan (1976), Karz (1980) and Pardes (1997). * IANS
Alia Bhatt dismisses age criticism
Alia Bhatt, the daughter of renowned director Mahesh Bhatt, has defended herself against criticism that she is too young to act in movies. The 19-year-old, who is making her debut in Karan Johar's Student of the Year, says talent, not age is the most important factor. "There are actresses who started working at a very young age. Like my sister (Pooja Bhatt) started working when she was 17. So age doesn't matter," Bhatt told the Press Trust of India agency.