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Short Takes Sanjay Dutt and Tabu

Rhea Pillai, fed up with Sanjay Dutt's philandering ways has plunged herself into the art of living, where she found a soul mate in student -- industrialist Vijay Mallaya.

And even before Sanjay Dutt could wake up from his drunken stupor Rhea moved out bag and baggage.

Dutt couldn't care less, for he's too busy wining and dinning Tabu and another phirang babe.

And those who attended the IFFA awards in Sun City still whisper about the open display of affection between Tabu and Sanjay Dutt on the flight back after the show.

AB attempts to salvage Abhishek's plummeting career

Abhishek Bachchan and Amitabh Bachchan Amitabh Bachchan has the answer to salvage son Abhishek's plummeting career.

With Bas Itna Sa Khawaab Hai dreams going up in smoke and Shararat -- which no one is talking about, the Bachchans have woken up to the fact that Abhishek is a nobody. Even Aftaab Shivdasani is zooming ahead.

So, he's found the easy way out -- produce a film under the AB Corp Banner, which features him with his son.

Though Rakesh Mehra was originally to direct, the fate of Aks at the collection turnstiles has forced the Bachchans to do a volte-face.

The Big Boo -- "Star shows"

Are 'star shows' a dying form of entertainment?

Mahima Chaudhry It certainly seems so. The Sanjay Dutt- Shah Rukh Khan- Juhi Chawla- -Sushmita Sen- Johnny Lever shows roped in only 30% of the audience capacity at some centers.

And the recent Akshay Kumar-Sunil Shetty-Mahima Chaudhry-Raveena Tandon-Namrata Shirdokar show is doing no better.

It has met with such a damp response that the sponsors have backed out and organizers are considering cutting the trip short and beating a hasty retreat before they are booed away!

Will Sonam act again

Sonam, wife of director Rajiv Rai, who Yash Chopra introduced in Vijay, is keen on making a comeback.

The Tirchi topiwale lady who sunk into oblivion after marriage is keen on starring in films, once again.

Does that imply that her marriage is on the rocks? Or has Rajiv Rai conceded to wifey dear's demands?

Director Rajiv Rai We hear discussions are on and Rajiv is still in two minds though Sonam has made up hers. The ball is in Rajivís court, a close source, tell us.

And while on Rajiv Rai

The director's Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat is probably the first time he's come up with mediocre stuff.

Usually it's the music that has always been appreciated. But with Pyar Ishq... that simply isn't the case.

The film has not even managed a decent enough advance. At Rs 200 million per territory it might entail losses for the distributors.

Yaadein -- A supreme disaster

"It is a supreme disaster,Ē said a trade analyst; on the day Yaadein was released.

With Subhash Ghaiís earlier films Hero and Khalnayak, both slow starters at the BO, the Ghai camp was hoping against hope for the same to happen with Yaadein too.

But that was not to be. Ghai was being foolish because this one was smelt out as a disaster at the trials.

Subhash Ghai -- Yaadein And it's not just collections and the acrid comments of the scribes, even the janta has hooted the film.

Ghaiís image has taken a massive beating. Even his in-house advertising draws guffaws.

The Mukta Arts stock has crashed so bad, the market had to freeze it. Sold for over Rs 30 million per territory the film will entail heavy losses for the distributors who might only recover half of their investments.

Will DCH be the industry's salvation?

The wave of excitement that spread after the stupendous success of films like Gadar - Ek Prem Katha and Lagaan has suddenly dissipated.

And all eyes are focused on Dil Chahta Hai. The industry has pinned a lot of hopes, on this Farhan Akhtar flick. But with a 100% opening it sure smells like success.

-- The Insider

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