Best of Bollywood's cover stories in 2013
As the year comes to an end, we take a look at some of our leading stories from Bollywood
What’s Bollywood without its dose of quirks and shocks? As usual, we tried our level best to be at the forefront to cover them and provide our readers the best possible vantage point. Of course, we weren’t always right but then, we seldom shied away from stating our observations. 2013 was filled with stories that made it to HitList’s cover page. We hereby list a few of the stories we broke...
Is that you, AbRam? (October 18)
Our lensman Satyajit Desai managed to take a snapshot of the toddler being bottle-fed on one of the many balconies of SRK’s residence Mannat. In all probability, it was Shah Rukh Khan’s much-guarded little bundle of joy but nobody came forward to confirm -- as expected.
Kajol not on Chopras’ list (September 23)
Kajol was supposed to attend the event where nine of Chopra’s heroines walked on the ramp. But she did not receive any formal invite to the bash and did not appear for the show at all. Insiders say the reason behind meting out this step-motherly treatment towards the banner’s once-favourite actress is the fallout her husband Ajay Devgn had with Yash Raj Films after their films clashed at the box office last Diwali.
Sussanne’s blink-and-miss act (September 9)
The celebrations around Rakesh Roshan’s 64th birthday were in full swing at a Worli hotspot on Friday night. While Bollywood’s who’s who gathered to wish the veteran, Roshan’s daughter-in-law Sussanne made a blink-and-miss appearance. Towards the end of the year, they issued different statements mentioning about their separation.
Diana Penty done with films? (July 24)
Diana Penty, who made her debut in Homi Adajania’s Cocktail opposite Saif Ali Khan last year, is apparently dating diamond merchant Harsh Sagar and there were speculations that the young actress is keen on tying the knots as well.
UK rejects Salman’s visa (August 2)
While the shoot of his upcoming Kick was already underway in London, the film’s lead actor Salman Khan was yet to leave the Indian shores. According to well-placed sources, the star’s visa had been rejected and no reason was been provided for it. Salman was supposed to start shooting his portions -- something that never happened. At least not in the United Kingdom.
Virat and Anushka, lovebirds? (November 12)
Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli were spotted together at midnight in Versova and then later, the young actress was seeing planting a ‘quickissie’ on the celebrated cricketer. “Anushka was wearing a white t-shirt and pink trousers while Virat was casually dressed in tee and jeans. The actress saw him off in the car but not before the two shared a quick kiss,” informed an eyewitness. Both the parties denied any relationship though.
Lolo finds a special friend (August 29)
Though the actress and her husband have categorically denied the buzz about cracks in their marriage, insiders said Karisma could be trying to move on. She is said to have made new friends in Mumbai and one of them is a CEO of a health firm. The guy, a graduate from the Duke University, US, is around the same age as Karisma and the two were introduced to each other through their common social circle.
Hrithik US-bound for surgery (November 21)
According to sources, the shoot of Siddharth Anand’s Bang Bang -- starring Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif for the first time -- was to begin from November 27. It has now been postponed to January. However, the Krrish star is said to have requested to cancel the schedule, which was a nine-day song shoot. If sources are to believed, the superstar will be going to the US for another surgery as he has had a relapse.
Salman’s big television plans (December 21)
Salman Khan has been approached by Siddharth Basu’s production house to bring back his popular show Dus Ka Dum through its third season. There is a strong buzz that Salman Khan and the production house Endemol -- the producer of Bigg Boss -- are having some issues with the channel on which Bigg Boss is currently broadcast. As a result of this ideological tiff, the invested parties have apparently decided to conduct the next season of the controversial reality show on another channel.
Saying yes to Dr Nene (September 13)
It’s been two years since his arrival in India but surprisingly Madhuri Dixit’s husband has refrained from taking up a job in Mumbai. While it set off several tongues tattling about his ‘unemployed’ status, Mads maintained that her husband helps her manage her work. Insiders from the medical industry, however, added that the US-trained doctor recently applied and received a license to work in the country from the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC).
Salman Khan’s new girl? (May 7)
Salman Khan and Iulia Vantur were seen together almost everyday at a five-star hotel at Bandstand in Bandra. The star has reportedly became serious about her and seems to be throwing caution to the wind. It has been over a year now since Salman has started dating her and this time around he is making no attempts to hide her from the public eye. We later pointed out that they are no longer together.