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Aishwarya Rai: being a mum is bliss

Plus: Ek Tha Tiger trailer imminent, Karan Johar is looking for new dreams, Uday Chopra denies he's dating Parineeti, and Boman Irani says a late start is no impediment.

Aishwarya Rai with baby Aaradhya. Yogen Shah / Getty Images
Aishwarya Rai with baby Aaradhya. Yogen Shah / Getty Images

Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan attended Keith Vaz's celebration for his 25th year as an MP in the British parliament last weekend. At the dinner held at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow Hotel, Rai was flooded with questions regarding her seven-month-old baby Aaradhya. The actress said motherhood is her top priority at the moment and she has no immediate plans to return to making films. "Being a mum, I love it. It is like bliss," she told reporters. "So we will see as things go." When asked how they divide parental tasks at home, Bachchan said: "I'm guilty, I don't spend enough time with the baby, like to change her nappies. She does all the hard work." Earlier this week, Rai was spotted with her baby shopping at London's Regent Street. * IANS

Ek Tha Tiger trailer arrives next week

The trailer for the much-anticipated romantic thriller Ek Tha Tiger, starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, will be released on June 29, announced its director Kabir Khan. "Finally finished editing the theatrical trailer of Ek Tha Tiger. If you liked the teaser, wait till you see this one. We will bring it out at the end of this month," he posted on Twitter. Produced by Aditya Chopra, the film sees the reunion of the Khan-Kaif on-screen partnership after the 2008 musical drama Yuvvraaj. Ek Tha Tiger is set for an August 15 release in India. * IANS

Karan Johar: foolish people enjoy laurels

While fulfilling other people's dreams as a judge in the reality dance series Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, the filmmaker Karan Johar talked to reporters about his own. "I'm looking for new dreams, actually," he said. "My bucket list is full of tick marks. For me, it's always about what's next. Foolish people lie back and enjoy their laurels." * IANS

Uday Chopra: not dating Parineeti

The actor and filmmaker Uday Chopra turned to Twitter to quash rumours he's dating the actress Parineeti Chopra, a star of his family's Yash Raj Films studio. "Whoa! @ParineetiChopra and I are NOT dating, guys. It's kinda ridiculous!" he posted. "She doesn't call me sir, though I think she should start to," he quipped, referring to their age difference; he's 39, while she's 24. Parineeti made her screen debut in last year's romantic comedy hit Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, which won her the Filmfare Award for best female debut. She starred in the drama Ishaqzaade, released last month. * IANS

Boman Irani: late start no impediment

The Ferrari Ki Sawaari actor Boman Irani, who began his film career at the age of 40 via the 2000 action film Josh, says it is his passion for the craft that has enabled him to stand out in the industry and compete against Bollywood's crop of younger stars. "To become an actor, you need to have that fire in you. It's true that you need talent to become successful, but if you don't have the passion for the job, you won't get anywhere," said Irani, 52. "If you have passion, you will get noticed one day, no matter your age." Irani has previously been lauded for his performances in the films 3 Idiots, Don 2 and Housefull 2. Asked about his forthcoming projects, Irani evaded the question and said: "What I need right now is a good night's sleep. For the last few days, it's been a hectic schedule, promoting Ferrari." * IANS