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Saif: Leave Taimur alone!

Last updated on: April 19, 2019 10:45 IST

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Taimur Ali Khan with his parents Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan

IMAGE: Taimur Ali Khan with his parents Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar

Saif Ali Khan, who is clearly disturbed by the constant attention given to his 2-year- old son Taimur, recently blurted out at the airport's ubiquitous paparazzi, 'Stop it, the child will go blind.'

Though the photographers laughed, the point of acute parental concern was made.

A few days later, cops swooped down on the paparazzi outside Saif and Kareena Kapoor's Bandra home and asked them to disperse.

It is believed Saif complained to the cops about the constant paparazzi attention.

However, Saif denies having anything to do with it, though he admits he found their constant presence intrusive.

"Yes, cops cleared the paparazzi because someone complained," Saif tells me. "Not me! I can't say I feel kindly about their presence. Because ten people lounging about outside your house waiting for a shot of your kid is disturbing, to say the least. I didn't complain because I don't want to deprive anyone of a job."

Saif has a request for the photographers: "Please don't stalk Taimur. He is not a star. He is just a child."

 

Did Mahesh Bhatt fling a chappal at Kangana?

Mahesh Bhatt, right, with, from left, Pooja Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Alia Bhatt and Sanjay Dutt

IMAGE: Mahesh Bhatt, right, with, from left, Pooja Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Alia Bhatt and Sanjay Dutt.

Earlier this week, Rangoli Chandel accused Mahesh Bhatt of flinging a chappal at her sister Kangana Ranaut.

Rangoli claimed that Mahesh hurled his footwear at the actress at the Woh Lamhe premiere because Kangana turned down his offer to play a suicide bomber in a film called Dhokha.

No such incident happened, says a source very close to Mahesh Bhatt.

"At least, not that Mahesh can remember," the source adds. "He is not one to fling things at people and that too at a film's premiere."

"Kangana and her sister are making wild allegations at the entire industry. The Bhatt family seems a special target for the Ranaut sisters. They have already picked on Mahesh, his wife Soni, daughter Alia," says a close friend of the family.

"The family is waiting to see who is next... maybe Mahesh's elder daughter Pooja? Who knows, Pooja may have caused some offence in the past. We are all waiting to be pulled up and punished by Kangana and her sister," the friend of the Bhatts says sarcastically.

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Bend It Like Devgan

Amit Sharma, second from right, with football legends Franco and Balaram, second and third from left. Photograph: Kind courtesy Amit Sharma/Instagram

IMAGE: 'As #BadhaaiHo crosses 100cr mark, now getting completely immersed into my next... the film on golden years of Indian #football with the illustrious Ajay Devgn. Was an amazing experience meeting the football greats, Mr Franco and Mr Balaram, and hearing some of the unbelievable true stories and achievements of #Rahimsaab' Amit Sharma posts. Photograph: Kind courtesy Amit Sharma/Instagram

After Badhaai Ho's grand success, Director Amit Ravindranath Sharma is all set to bring to the screen his most ambitious dream.

Amit will direct a bio-pic on Syed Abdul Rahim, who is often called the founding father of Indian football.

"I always wanted to do a sports film and a bio-pic," says Amit. "By choosing to do a film on Syed Abdul Rahim, I will fulfil both ambitions in one project."

Ajay Devgn will play the distinguished sportsman, and much football practice is expected to be on the actor and director's timetable in the coming months.

Explains Amit, "I firmly believe you can't be a swimmer unless you plunge into the water. If I am making a film on football, I have to be good at the game. I've begun practising my football on a very disciplined level."

Devgan is expected to practise on the football field in coming months.

"The research and the football practice will take time," says Amit. "The film is a period drama covering the decades from 1900 to 1960. A lot of research would have to go into getting the mood and setting right."

The yet-untitled film will be produced by Boney Kapoor with whom Amit shares a warm relationship.

"He produced my first film. I was a known name in ad films. He persuaded me to direct Tevar. Though the film didn't do all that well, I am proud of it. Many people I respect told me it wasn't like the usual commercial film."

Subhash K Jha
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