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The Name Game

After months of intense speculation and a million guesses, Aanand L Rai broke the suspense. He and leading man Shah Rukh engaged in some final playful banter before revealing the title of their dwarf film – Zero, it is! The teaser grabbed attention as a pint-sized Shah Rukh is seen cheekily grooving at a party in various outfits as the crowd stares on.

Where they brought in NYE…

It was family fun for Jacqueline Fernandez and her loved ones, who flew to Bali for New Year Celebrations and shared visuals from her goal-worthy vacay. From surfing, to doing headstands on the sands, and looking fab in stunning swimwear, this lass had us smitten by her antics.

Soon-to-be-marrieds Sonam and Anand got all loved up in the most romantic city in the world, Paris, sharing hugs and kisses as they welcomed the New Year partying with friends.

Co-stars and more, Disha and Tiger Shroff flaunted their sizzling bods amidst the sand and surf of Sri Lanka, while Katrina flew to Thailand with sister Isabelle Kaif for a leisurely beach break.

The Dutts holidayed in Dubai. From Sanjay and Maanyata, to Sanju’s daughter Trishala, and the young ones, Shahran and Iqra, they made a gorgeous picture on their “beautiful family evenings”.

Saif and Kareena could have been headed to a royal ball or at least the Oscar’s, as they stunned in their classy finery in Gstaad. Taimur, needless to add, stole all hearts with his wide toothy grins.

It was work combined with play, as Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Brahmastra director Ayan Mukerji flew to Tel Aviv, Israel where they mixed recceing for their film with some recreation at the city’s hangouts.

The television brigade grabbed eyeballs with their varied vacays across the world. If Mouni Roy struck delectable poses amidst the desert and the sea with her gal pals, Ravi Dubey and Sargun Mehta gave us couple goals in Sri Lanka. Anita Hassanandani and Rohit Shetty got cosy in the chilly climes of London, which was also the destination of choice for Karan Patel and Ankita Bhargava, and their gang of friends. Kishwer Merchantt and Suyyash Rai opted for sunny Sri Lanka, while Divyanka Tripathi and Vivek Dahiya got romantic against Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.

The world is truly their oyster!

When the Thalaivar decides to ‘party’…

Rajinikanth, being Rajinikanth, chose to party with a difference – the Tamil superstar announced his political party that would practice “spiritual politics” and contests in all of the state’s 234 constituencies in the next Assembly polls. Pointing out that “Under the guise of democracy, political parties are looting their own people,” the megastar batted for a change in the existing system.

Don’t do it, Bhansali!

The reported name change from Padmavati to Padmavat does not bode well for the film at the box office. According to astro numerologist Sanjay B Jumaani, “Padmavat adds to Number 29 which, unfortunately, does not have a good interpretation. According to Numerology, it hints at grave warnings of hidden dangers, trial and treachery.”

Premature Panic

Frissons of fear in the PadMan camp were set off by reports that Padmavati would choose to release on the same date – January 26. However, Bollywood trade experts ridiculed the idea, pointing out that it was premature to presume such a clash given that Bhansali was yet to carry out the five modifications on Padmavati recommended by the CBFC, and did not have the anticipated U/A certificate in hand either.

Time to take the plunge!

If Deepika and Ranveer needed any more convincing to take the plunge, here’s a prophecy from asto-numerologist Sanjay B Jumaani. “Deepika is a No. 5 (Mercury) and she turns 32 (5) and enters her 33rd (6, Venus) year which promises to be quite eventful because 6 is among her best numbers and Venus denotes entertainment and love. Fortunately, Ranveer is a No. 6 too and he is in his 33rd (6) year as well. This is the best chance for them to get knotty!”

Incidentally the couple were together amidst the sand and surf of Maldives for her birthday, January 5.

History Alive

Akshay Kumar shared his first look from Kesari… and took our breath away. He began shooting on Guru Gobind Singh’s birth anniversary for this tale of action, bravery, pride and valour based on the Battle of Saragarhi.

Not my baby!

Protective mommy Mrs. Shahid Kapoor aka Mira Rajput showed her irritation with the paps for clicking pics of daughter Misha while out on a playdate in a park. “Guys please be kind. Let kids enjoy their childhood and leave the photographing to the parents.” Time to pick up a few parenting tips from the way more chilled-out Kareena and Saif Ali Khan here!

June come soon!

The much-awaited biopic on Sanjay Dutt finally got a date. “The no-holds-barred story of Sanjay Dutt,” as presenter FoxStar Studios puts it, starring Ranbir Kapoor, will hit screens on June 29 this year.

Love Locked

Love can make the weak strong! The previously ‘petrified of love’ Prateik Babbar will get engaged this month, to his girlfriend Sanya. The two are old friends and started dating fairly recently. The union will also bring together two political families – Sanya is the daughter of a politician and hails from Lucknow, while Prateik’s father, Raj Babbar is also a politician belonging to Indian National Congress.

Gimme More!

The unstoppable Tiger Zinda Hai powered on towards the Rs.300 crore mark, poised to become the biggest net grosser for Salman. Riding on the success of this actioner, the star also shared his desire for more high-octane thrills, quipping, “My body is like a diesel engine, ek baar garam ho gaya toh chalta rahega.” …Just the kind of dialogue that his zillion fans love!