King Khan’s Slapgate
The year began on a bumpy note for Shah Rukh Khan who was involved in a fracas with director Shirish Kunder at Sanjay Dutt’s bash for Agneepath in January. Kunder had been provoking King Khan by making uncharitable remarks against his film RA.One. Later however Kunder and his wife Farah Khan along with Sajid Khan and Sajid Nadiadwala met SRK and sorted out the issue.
In May came SRK’s infamous squabble with the security officials at the Wankhede Stadium. The actor, who owns Kolkata Knight Riders, was allegedly accused of misbehaving with the security personnel for not allowing his entourage to enter the ground. However, SRK defended himself saying that the security personnel manhandled the kids with him, including his daughter Suhana, which led to the altercation. SRK was also linked with Priyanka Chopra. It is said to be the reason behind SRK’s best friend Karan Johar and Chopra’s cold war.
No more Tees Maar Khan
Shirish Kunder’s Joker had lead actor Akshay Kumar missing from its film promotions. Akki vowed never to work with Shirish and his wife Farah Khan again.
SRK v/s Ajay Devgn
Shah Rukh Khan’s bete noire Ajay Devgn took legal action again Yash Raj Films over the release of Khan-starrer Jab Tak Hai Jaan. The film ran into trouble with Devgn claiming that his Son Of Sardar was not getting enough screens due to the dominant position of YRF with the distributors, an allegation denied by the production house. Kajol was not invited to the premiere of Jab Tak Hai Jaan though everyone associated with Yash Chopra’s production house was on the guest list. Devgn admitted that she was skipped due to his tussle with the production house.
The Sanjays patch up
Buddies Sanjay Dutt and Sanjay Gupta fell out over Dutt’s allegations of financial bunglings within the production company which the two had partnered. But the two patched up at Amitabh Bachchan’s 70th birthday bash. With the change of equations between Sanjay Dutt and Sanjay Gupta, it looks like it was sunny times for Kangna Ranaut too. Dutt and Maanayata also patched up with Kangs with the actress being invited to the Dutt household’s Mata ki chowky.
>> Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s weight issue became an object of controversy. Even though on a maternity break, she hogged headlines earlier in the year due to her post baby flab.
>>Saif Ali Khan’s name was riddled with controversy when he got involved in a scuffle with an NRI businessman Iqbal Sharma at a South Mukbai hotel restaurant. He was at dinner with Kareena and his friends when Saif allegedly hit Iqbal after he asked the actor to tone down the voice levels from his table. Saif denied hitting the man first and said he was defending himself after Iqbal came on him. Both parties have filed cases against each other.
>> The scandal involving veteran star Rajesh Khanna and Anita Advani. Anita, who claims to be Khanna’s live-in partner, approached court after his death in July, saying Khanna’s son-in-law Akshay Kumar and wife Dimple Kapadia were denying her share in the property.
>> Barfi!, India’s entry for the Oscars, landed in trouble with critics who accused that the film was copied from various Hollywood movies. Director Anurag Basu said it was only a tribute.
B-Town stars who tied the knot include:
>>Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza in February
>>Esha Deol with businessman Bharat Takhtani in June
>>Ram Charan Teja and Upasana Kamineni in June 14
>>Kareena Kapoor with Saif Ali Khan in October
>>Vidya Balan with Siddharth Roy Kapur in December
The Happy Dozen
At least 12 films acquired blockbuster status in 2012. These include: Agneepath, Rowdy Rathore, Kahaani, Raaz 3, Cocktail, Ek Tha Tiger, Barfi!, Housefull 2, Bol Bachchan, OMG: Oh My God!, Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Son Of Sardaar.
Karan Johar turned 40 on May 25.
Amitabh Bachchan turned 70 on October 11
Dilip Kumar turned 90 on December 11.
They Bid Farewell
Child actor Taruni Sachdev
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