Varma takes a dig at Karan Johar (Film Snippets)

New Delhi, June 21 (Calcutta Tube) Filmmakers Ram Gopal Varma and Karan Johar are engaged in a war of words over ‘Raavan’ on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

The two are engaged in a verbal fight ever since Varma provoked Johar by expressing his desire to remake ‘Raavan’ as ‘My Name Is Raavan’.

‘I want to remake ‘Raavan’ and I want to request Mani to remake ‘(Ram Gopal Varma Ki) Aag’,’ Varma posted as a reaction to Mani Ratnam’s recently released ‘Raavan’ on his Twitter page. It was followed by another post: ‘I (have) got a better idea… I will make ‘My name is Raavan’ and Mani should make ‘Raavan Ki Kurbaan’.’

The comment was an indirect dig at Johar’s movies ‘My Name is Khan’ and ‘Kurbaan’.

Varma did not even spare superstar Shah Rukh Khan and commented on his upcoming sci-fi project ‘Ra.One’.

‘Let’s all hope and pray that ‘Ra.One’ does not become ‘SRK ki Baarish’. Let’s all hope and pray that ‘Ra.One’ does not become ‘SRK ki Aag’,’ he added.

Johar, who was infuriated by Varma’s comments, replied: ‘You have an amazing sense of humour Ramu (Varma)! Never shows up in your films though.’

On that Varma said: ‘Karan, because of the constant bashing I receive, I developed my sense of humour as a defence mechanism. And talking of my films not having humour, check out the great comedy I made called ‘RGV Ki Aag’.’

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Arya Babbar opts out of ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi’

Actor Arya Babbar says he has turned down the offer to participate in reality show ‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi’ because of date problems.

‘It’s true that I have turned down ‘Fear factor’ offer. I am quite an adrenaline junkie, so it was tough declining such a thrilling and adventurous show,’ Said Arya.

The dates for reality show was clashing with Farah Khan’s ‘Tees Maar Khan’ and Anees Bazmee’s ‘Ready’. The actor, who played a gangster’s henchman in ‘Jail’, will be seen a cop in ‘Tees Maar Khan’.

‘I had already committed dates for Farah Khan’s ‘Tees Maar Khan’ as well as Anees Bazmee’s ‘Ready’. I can’t be unprofessional. Hopefully, some day I’ll host the show,’ said Arya.

Produced by T-Series, ‘Ready’ stars Salman Khan and Asin Thottumkal in the lead roles.

The upcoming season of ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi’, to be aired on Colors, will be hosted by National award winning actress Priyanka Chopra. Earlier the show was to feature 13 cricketers, but now it will have 13 male celebrities from all walks of life.

According to a well-placed source from channel, celebrities like composer Himesh Reshammiya, actor Sameer Dattani, Australian cricketer Brett Lee, and director Abhishek Kapoor are among those who have been approached for the show. However, no confirmation has been made yet.

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Salman gifts special watch to Nikhil Dwivedi

Bollywood star Salman Khan has gifted a special watch to actor Nikhil Dwivedi as an appreciation for the fact that he walked the ramp for Salman’s NGO ‘Being Human’ in Dubai recently.

According to a source close to the actor, Salman gave him the watch after the fashion show. The watch has been designed and customised especially for ‘Being Human’.

Nikhil shared the screen space with Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai and Vikram in the recently released ‘Raavan’.

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Twitter is most hot and happening place: Koena Mitra

Model-turned-actress Koena Mitra has joined the ever growing Bollywood club on micro-blogging site Twitter and says it is the most happening place.

‘I have joined Twitter… the most humble, hot and happening place! I used to check other people tweets for long and I feel simplicity is Twitter’s biggest asset. An individual can speak in their language and most importantly their mind,’ Mitra told IANS.

The actress, known for her boldness, has named herself koenamitra on the website and has managed 90 followers ever since she joined June 12. Koena is also active on other social networking sites like Facebook.

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