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Katrina Kaif is world's sexiest Asian woman

London: British Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif has retained the top spot in an annual list of the world's 50 sexiest Asian women unveiled Friday.

The British Bollywood babe beat off tough competition from other actresses, former beauty queens, models and pop stars to hold on to the Eastern Eye crown she won last year.

Indian actresses took eight of the top 10 spots, with British television star Laila Rouass and Pakistani actress Mehwish Hayat completing the list.

The top 10 of the Eastern Eye 50 Sexiest Asian Women are: Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Freida Pinto, Laila Rouass, Kareena Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Lara Dutta, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Mehwish Hayat and Deepika Padukone.


NRI, Katrina Kaif's weak speaking Hindi is no longer a deterrent to a career as a Hindi actress

Katrina's voice dubbed again

Mumbai, July 24, 2005

NRI, (non-resident Indian) Katrina Kaif will have two releases in as many weeks and Akshay Kumar, who starts with her in Raj Kanwar's "Humko Deewana Kar Gaye", thinks she's shaping up to be a "major heroine".

But Katrina's relatively small walk-on part in Ram Gopal Varma's "Sarkar" and her full-fledged part in David Dhawan's "Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya" have one thing in common - she did not speak her own lines in both films.

Reason? Apparently Katrina's Hindi is a bit on the weaker side.

In fact, Varma had originally decided to retain Katrina's ultra-anglicised voice in keeping with her US-returned character in "Sarkar". But the Hindi spoken by the actress was way too outlandish to pass off as a non-resident Indian accent.

Hence the dubbed voice.

Now fans will have to wait longer to hear Katrina's real voice. Even in her second July release, she won't be speaking in her own voice.

Confirms David Dhawan: "We've got a professional dubbing artiste to do Katrina's voice. But it in no way takes away from her performance and beauty. Not that she can't speak the language.

"She's improving all the time...After a while I'm sure she'll have the confidence to dub her own lines. Didn't Sridevi start using her own voice only after doing many Hindi films?"

Dhawan has a point. Not speaking Hindi is no longer a deterrent to a career as a Hindi actor.

When John Abraham came to filmdom, he couldn't utter a word of Hindi. In fact there's a story about how a director ticked John off for trying to be a Bollywood actor without knowing the language.

Earlier, Sridevi's first dozen of so Hindi films were all dubbed by two professional artistes - Habiba and the late actress Naaz.

Sridevi worked on her Hindi and managed her own lines from Yash Chopra's "Chandni" onwards.

Bipasha Basu's first two performances in "Ajnabee" and "Raaz" were dubbed.

But do dubbed performances work? Lisa Ray, whose voice was dubbed by Divya Dutta in "Kasoor", couldn't make any headway. One hopes Katrina goes the Sridevi way and not the Lisa way.


Cast:Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Kay Kay Menon, Supriya Pathak, Katrina Kaif, Tanisha, Zakir Husain
Director:Ram Gopal Varma

"Sarkar" too takes us through a world governed by the rules of survival of the fittest. So what makes this film the most special achievement of Varma`s career? It`s the father-son combination of Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan, furnishing Varma`s ebony vision of the world gone awry with a kind of blazing and bridled intensity that one last saw when Dilip Kumar and Amitabh played father and son in Ramesh Sippy`s "Shakti".

Who`s the real villain? The people who rape society, or the ones who check crime and corruption by means that are extra-constitutional? The socio-political issue becomes more tangled in the light of the septic corruption that has crept into the governmental structure.

Abhishek as Shankar, the quietly faithful, duty-bound younger son destined to take up the strange family business -- a role that has its roots in Al Pacino`s character in "The Godfather" -- is in-sync with his character and the senior Bachchan`s prismatic persona.

Abhishek`s delicately balanced facial expressions, his projection of the character`s fierce unquestioning loyalty towards his father`s politics, is done with such rare care and sensitivity that you cease to look at the actor.

Kay Kay Menon as the archetypal son gone to seed remains understandably outside the two-member circle created so vividly by the Bachchans. His villainous grimace seems a trifle exaggerated in a film where the main characters express themselves in small print rather than italics.

Another over-the-top character is the Chandraswami-styled godman with a wig that mocks the muted makeover of the main characters.

"Sarkar" actually has one super-hero, Amitabh Bachchan, and two heroes Abhishek and Varma, lending the goings-on a glory that repudiates glitter in favour of something far more deep and precious.

* While rumours are flying thick and fast that Katrina Kaif's voice has been dubbed in Ram Gopal Varma's next 'Sarkar', Katrina is terribly miffed. On the other hand, it's being said that she has been allowed to dub in David Dhawani's 'Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya' (which co-stars her boyfriend Salman Khan) simply because she plays an NRI, and hence her accent will be justified with the character she plays.

Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya

Producers: Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision and Sohail Khan Productions

Director: David Dhawan

Cast: Salman Khan, Sushmita Sen, Arshad Warsi, Sohail Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ishaa Koppikar

Salman Khan
I play a doctor who doesn’t want to get married, so he tells all his girlfriends that he is a married man. Then he falls in love with a girl (Katrina) but tells her that he is married too. Then she wants to meet his wife and children, so he has to concoct them. The comic scenes between Sohail and me are my favour

Love triangles have always fascinated DD and Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya is no exception. This one also revolves around two women falling in love with one man, but it borrows heavily from a hit Broadway play, which director Gene Saks adapted brilliantly on the big screen and called it Cactus Flower (1969; starring Walter Matthau, Goldie Hawn, Ingrid Bergman).





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Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya

Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif