Bipasha Basu's arch-rival Kareena Kapoor has pipped the Bong bombshell to the post. Though Bips expressed a desire to learn belly dancing, she never got down to actually doing it. Bebo is now learning belly dancing for a performance n international film awards event that will take place next month in Macau.
Says a source, "Though Bips proclaimed that she was learning belly dancing, she didn't have time to learn it before she left for the shoot of All The Best though she did learn swimming and driving. Now, Kareena will be one up on her as she's taking belly dancing lessons from Shiamak Davar, who is also choreographing her act. Bebo starts her lessons from tomorrow after returning from Hyderabad."
Says a source close to Kareena, "Apart from the fact that Bebo's being paid a whopper she is easily the highest-paid actress in the show lineup. Kareena is pulling out all the stops for her act. It's an all-out Billu act with a Turkish-Arabian feel." The source continues, "Manish Malhotra is designing her outfits. In one of the songs, she will be dressed like an Arabian princess with gold harem pants made of silk, satin and lace. Kareena will perform to Marjaani from Billu . Today she goes to perform for a show, comes back tomorrow, shoots for a jewellery ad shoot and in the evening starts her belly-dancing classes."
Says Bebo, "I'm performing at the awards this year and am taking belly dancing classes for my act. This will be the first awards event I perform at this year. I've become very choosy about where I perform. I am performing at this particular award show as it gives me an international standing. Also, this awards event celebrates its 10th year and this is the third consecutive year I will be performing for them." Is she also going to perform for Saif? "Well he's attending the awards as he's having a press show for his home production Love Aaj Kal, so he better be watching my act!"