Plus: Sanjay Dutt gets mobbed up in 1970s Gujarat, Awaara makes the list of Time's 100 best movies, Indian cinema's 100th birthday to be marked at the IIFAs, and Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan firming up wedding plans.
Shah Rukh Khan sorry over stadium incident
Shah Rukh Khan has apologised for his "misbehaviour" at an Indian Premier League match in Mumbai when he tried to walk on to the ground after the game. The actor, who co-owns the Kolkata Knight Riders team, wanted to take a group of youngsters including his daughter on to the Wankhede Stadium field after a match on May 16. When a security guard stopped them, Khan argued angrily with officials for 15 minutes before finally giving up. The 46-year-old star, who denied he was intoxicated with alcohol, was banned from the stadium for five years. "I want to apologise to the kids for my misbehaviour … I apologise to all who saw me differently. I shouldn't have behaved in that manner," he said. * AFP
Sanjay Dutt to play mob leader in next film
After playing a bulky-looking villain in the recent box office hit Agneepath, Sanjay Dutt will take on the role of a lean, mean mob leader in a forthcoming film by the director Soham Shah. Shah revealed that the film, set in 1970s Gujarat, has begun production in Jaipur. A massive set has been built, featuring a train station and a coal mine. Talking about Dutt's lead role, Shah said: "The character has a lot of power, and I wish to portray Sanjay on the lines of his esteemed father Sunil Dutt. I wouldn't have made this film if Sanjay didn't sign up, as only someone like him can carry this kind of character." The film, due for a December release, also stars Vivek Oberoi, Paresh Rawal and Humaima Malick. * IANS
Raj Kapoor's Awaara added to Time's 100 best
Time magazine has included Raj Kapoor's 1951 movie Awaara among 20 entries added to its list of 100 greatest films ever made. Time's Richard Corliss described Kapoor as "the great star-auteur of India's postcolonial golden age of movies - Cary Grant and Cecil B DeMille in one handsome package. The 1950s films he headlined and directed became huge hits not just in his newly freed homeland but also across the Arab crescent." Last week, Time ranked the Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 2002 film Devdas eighth among the 10 greatest movies of the decade. * IANS
Bollywood readies for 100th bash at IIFA
The renowned lyricist Prasoon Joshi has written the anthem for Indian cinema's 100th birthday, to be performed at the International Indian Film Academy awards in Singapore on June 7. The IIFA will be hosted by the actor Shahid Kapoor. Performers include Bipasha Basu, Sonakshi Sinha and the singer Mika Singh.
Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan to marry in October
One of Bollywood's most popular couples are planning to marry in October. Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan's plans to marry earlier this year were cancelled, due to time constraints in the run-up to the release of their film Agent Vinod. Zee News India reported the couple will finalise a date as soon as they return from Turkey, where Khan is currently filming Race 2. Kapoor recently told The Times of India: "From 2009 until now, I've been asked about the wedding date a hundred times. More than Saif and me, it's the others who are obsessing over this." When asked how marriage would affect her career, the actress replied: "Marriage will not change anything. Like Zohra Sehgal, when I'm 100, I'll still be in the movies."