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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Ex-Pussycat Doll Kaya Jones woos Indian fans

Not many artists can claim to have been signed on to a record label at the age of 13, even more so when the label belonged to the King of R& B R. Kelly. But former The Pussycat Dolls member, Kaya Jones, is part of this privileged minority. 

The singer, who has also provided backup vocals for Mick Jagger's Golden Globe winning song Old Habits Die Hard , is currently on her first tour of India. 

She performed in Hyderabad on February 19 and in Pune on February 20. After her gig in Hard Rock Cafe in Delhi on today , Jones will perform in Mumbai and Bangalore over the weekend to finish with the last leg in India. 

" My shows in India, so far, have been wonderful. I'm really looking forward to the Delhi concert. I have fallen in love with Indian people and their energy," the Hollywood Doll singer said. 
Jones first came to prominence in 2003 when she was chosen among thousands of other singers and signed to become a Pussycat Doll. 

As part of the group, her vocals were featured in the soundtracks of films such as Shark Tale and Shall We Dance? Despite the group's recording of Sway for Shall We Dance? receiving critical acclaim, Jones soon left the group for a solo career. The group itself disbanded in 2009. 10 years down the line, Jones is happy with her career and doesn't miss The Pussycat Dolls. As for the possibility of a reunion, she said, " My focus right now is on my solo album. Nothing will happen till it is launched." Her album Rise of the Phoenix is set to release on April 29 and will be her third solo collection. 
Jones has also diversified into developing a fashion and beauty line for girls and has her own recording company.

Director's prank on Ramya lands him in soup

Kannada filmmaker Huchcha Venkat is facing police action after he issued an advertisement in local newspapers featuring actress- turned- MP Ramya ( Divya Spandana) threatening to kidnap and marry her. 

Though the actress has not approached the police, the latter has taken suo motu cognisance to take action against the filmmaker for defaming her and her family members through the advertisement. 

In a newspaper advertisement published on February 14, Venkat announced his latest movie titled Huchcha Venkat ( Mad Venkat). 

The Kannada wordings of the advertisement read: " Ramya, why don't you understand my feelings? I don't know whether you will accept my love. Next week, I will abduct you and marry you in Banashankari temple ( Bangalore). I want to see who has the courage to stop me." The advertisement further said that the movie is being jointly produced by his parents ( Lakshman and Gowramma) and " my wife" ( Ramya) and " my mother- in- law Ranjitha" ( Ramya's mother). 
Bangalore City Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar, who took notice of the advertisement, referred it to the department for legal opinion. The report prepared by the police department observed that it was incorrect on part of the film director to use the names of popular public figures and elected representatives in an advertisement without their consent. 

"As the advertisement threatens to abduct and forcibly marry Ramya, it is a cognisable offence. It is intimidating and defamatory," the legal opinion said. 

Ramya, one of the top- most Kannada actresses, has now made a successful transition into politics by joining the Congress, and winning the by- election from the Mandya segment. 

The Congress will field her from the same constituency for the Parliamentary polls.

No more Wankhede for Shah Rukh, he is happy watching IPL at home!

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan says he is happy watching matches at his home and staying away from the Wankhede Stadium in the wake of Mumbai Cricket Association's (MCA) five-year ban on the Kolkata Knight Riders owner. 

Shah Rukh Khan is banned for five years from entering the MCA premises, including the Wankhede Stadium, by the association's managing committee, after he was involved in fracas with the security staff and officials of the cricket body following KKR's victory over Mumbai Indians in 2012. 

However, the King Khan had denied any misconduct and said he reacted only after children, including his kids, were manhandled by the security staff at the stadium. 

An unedited version of documentary - 'Living with KKR' - showing the journey of this IPL team was unveiled on Thursday. The four-part series traces emotional journey of the team to its ultimate redemption as IPL champions. 
When asked if he would be ok if the Wankhede incident featured in the documentary, Shah Rukh Khan said, "I don't make documentaries. It is up to those people who had made it. I am ok with it." 

Further asked what he would do if asked to come to watch the match at the stadium, the King Khan says, "I am happy watching match at my home. I don't want to go there and this I am not saying because of ego and arrogance. If this (invite me to watch match at Wankhede stadium) happens someday we will seeĆ¢€¦"