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Reinforcing centuries old Goan German ties

PANAJI: 3 Deutsche Kulturwoche, Goa – The 3rd German Cultural Week, Goa, organised by the Indo German Friendship Society, Goa will open in the city on December 8 with a German resident, Niels Melves leading a convoy of vehicles from city municipal garden to Anjuna in his Volkswagen Bulli van.

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Maestros to perform at “Heartbeats”…

…a fusion musical concert featuring India’s greatest cultural ambassadors
Five of India’s great cultural ambassadors, Zakir Hussain (tabla), Shankar Mahadevan (vocal), U Shrinivas (mandolin), Sivamani (percussion) and Selvaganesh (kanjeera) are staging the ‘Heartbeats - the Music within India Tour 2010’, a unique magical musical extravaganza on December 11 at the Open Air Amphitheatre, Kala Academy, 7 p.m. onwards.

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AAYA RAM, GAYA RAAM

Shaheen Parkar

shaheen@mid-day.com

Known for his latecoming, Govinda arrived almost an hour in advance for his performance on the soap Saas Bina Sasural on Sunday evening. He took everyone by surprise, but then left them in shock when he decided to make an exit without staging his act!

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Mr 70 PER CENT!

That’s how much Aamir Khan wants his share in profits to be, for the film he’s co-producing with Farhan Akhtar

 Shaheen Parkar

shaheen@mid-day.com

 Aamir Khan has asked for a whopper share — 70 per cent — in his joint production with Farhan Akhtar. The untitled film, to be directed by Reema Kagti, features Aamir with Kareena Kapoor. It rolls early next year.

Says a source, "Though the mystery thriller is a joint production between the two actor-producers, Aamir definitely wants an upper hand. The star always takes home a share of the profits even when he is not the producer. In this film, as he is both, he wants his percentage to go up considerably."

Adds the source, "What’s of interest is that Farhan and his partner Ritesh Sidhwani’s banner Excel Entertainment is well-known with hits to their credit. Yet the star has demanded a higher share from them. During Ghajini, Aamir had staked an 80 per cent claim as the producer-director were not known names in B-Town. With this project, too, he wants to continue with his practice."

Mr Perfectionist took a long time to say yes to another project after 3 Idiots. Add to this the fact that the Aamir-Farhan duo come together a decade after their hit Dil Chahta Hai. The star feels the stakes go up much higher for the project.

Aamir’s spokesperson however maintains, "This is not true. Aamir is co-producing the film with Ritesh and Farhan."

While Ritesh says, "We are producing together so there is no question of either partner getting a higher stake."

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Strong & Long

When Saif Ali Khan was asked on Koffee With Karan about what his advertising punchline would be, he replied, "Reliable, strong and very long!" Errm. We are wondering what the witty actor was selling here?

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I Am 61 Years Old, Bahut Ho Gaya!

Bharathi S Pradhan

hitlist@mid-day.com

A polite query at the god’s gates: "Are you from Mumbai?" "Yes". The gates swing open quickly, the security guards relax and Man Friday in a crisp white dhoti comes forward.

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DADDYSPEAK

Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn and director Milan Luthria bond over baby talk

 Upala KBR

upala@mid-day.com

 Sanjay Dutt, Milan Luthria and Ajay Devgn met recently and all they could talk about was being proud papas! While Ajay and Dutt have been dads earlier, Milan and his wife brought their first baby girl home this year.

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‘I CAN RETIRE NOW’

Upala KBR

upala@mid-day.com

The first film Madhuri Dixit-Nene watched after landing in Mumbai a week ago — was her Devdas director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish (she hasn’t watched his last film Sawaariya).

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Five Rising Stars

They are the rising stars of the fashion business and are making a name for themselves all over the country. Watch out for them in the coming years

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