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Bipasha Belajar Tarian Gelek

10 Apr


Bipasha dalami tarian gelek untuk kepuasan peribadi.

Aktres Bollywood ambil cuti sebulan untuk penuhi impian sejak kecil

MUMBAI: Aktres seksi Bollywood, Bipasha Basu, mengambil cuti selama sebulan daripada industri yang menaikkan namanya untuk memenuhi salah satu impian sejak sekian lama – belajar menari gelek.

“Satu kebetulan peluang bercuti datang apabila jadual memulakan penggambaran filem Lamhaa ditangguhkan selama sebulan kepada 20 April ini. Saya menggunakan sepenuhnya masa terluang ini untuk sesuatu yang saya mahukan sejak sekian lama. Belajar menari gelek.

“Ia bukan untuk menjayakan watak dalam filem. Ia sesuatu yang hendak saya pelajari sejak lama. Saya mahu tenggelam dalam skil tarian ini yang tidak terlalu menekan lutut saya kerana ia tidak begitu baik. Jadi, tarian seperti Salsa bukan pilihan,” katanya.

Beliau juga menegaskan keinginannya mempelajari tarian gelek bukan untuk membuat persembahan peribadi dengan kekasihnya, aktor John Abraham.

“Saya belajar tarian gelek untuk diri sendiri kerana saya cintakan bidang tarian. Sudah tentu saya mahu mempersembahkan tarian gelek di layar perak dan jika kena dengan peranan saya, mengapa tidak,” kata pelakon berkulit hitam manis itu.

Selain memenuhi impian belajar menari gelek, bintang Race itu turut menggunakan masa cuti tidak dijangka selama sebulan itu untuk mengasah kemampuan berenang dan memandu.

“Belajar berenang bukan untuk suka-suka kerana ia adalah bentuk senaman yang baik dan belajar memandu pula untuk membuktikan John salah mengenai pemandu wanita.

“Hari keempat belajar memandu, saya sudah boleh memandu lurus ke kiri dan kanan tetapi belum pandai berundur. Kini, saya kelihatan yakin apabila memandu. Dalam kebanyakan filem, saya ditunjukkan memandu tetapi saya sebenarnya tidak pandai memandu,” katanya.

Bipasha berkata, dia belajar memandu sebagai usaha memperkasakan diri sendiri serta tidak mahu bergantung kepada orang lain membawanya ke mana-mana.

“Saya juga ingin membuktikan kepada John pemandu wanita juga hebat. Selama ini, dia asyik membebel dengan pemandu wanita yang dirasakan tidak boleh memandu dengan baik. Saya beri amaran dia perlu menelan semua kata-katanya pada hari saya belajar memandu,” kata pelakon itu. – Agensi

Berita Harian

John, Malaika No. 1

17 Mar


MALAIKA ARORA-KHAN

BOLLYWOOD dipenuhi aktor dan aktres kacak yang sekali gus memiliki bentuk tubuh yang seksi. Namun, dalam ramai pelakon yang seksi itu, siapakah agaknya yang memiliki punggung paling seksi?

Menerusi satu undian membabitkan 1,000 responden wanita baru-baru ini, bintang Bollywood yang mengepalai gelaran tersebut ialah John Abraham dan Malaika Arora-Khan. John yang muncul memakai seluar mandi berwarna kuning menerusi filem Dostana meraih undian sebanyak 55 peratus mengalahkan saingan terdekatnya, Ranbir Kapoor yang hanya meraih undian 17 peratus untuk berada di tempat kedua. Tempat ketiga disandang Hrithik Roshan dengan 13 peratus undian, sementara tempat kelima hingga keenam masing-masing diraih Saif Ali Khan (7 peratus), Akshay Kumar (6 peratus) dan Salman Khan (2 peratus). Undian paling rendah yang diraih Salman mungkin sebagai isyarat kepada aktor yang sering menanggalkan baju itu supaya dia mengubah strategi dengan lebih kerap muncul dengan menanggalkan seluar pula.

Persaingan di kalangan aktres Bollywood pula lebih sengit, namun menduduki takhta pertama ialah Malaika Arora-Khan yang berjaya mengumpul 25 peratus undian, mengalahkan Shilpa yang meraih 23 peratus undian. Lara Dutta dan Bipasha Basu pula berkongsi kedudukan tempat ketiga dengan masing-masing meraih 19 peratus undian. Katrina Kaif pula di tempat keempat dengan 12.5 peratus, sementara Deepika Padukone di tempat keenam dengan hanya 1.5 peratus undian.

Mengulas ‘kemenangan’nya itu, Malaika yang penuh teruja berkata: “Wow! Apa yang boleh saya cakap. Terima kasih kerana mengundi saya.” Dalam pada itu, ketika ditanya siapakah selebriti yang pada pandangannya memiliki punggung tercantik di dunia, Malaika menegaskan: “Sudah tentulah Jennifer Lopez dan Kylie Minogue!”

John Abraham turut berterima kasih dengan pengundi yang memilihnya. “Terima kasih kepada semua wanita yang mengundi saya. Saya mencintai kamu semua,” ujarnya.

Kosmo

Bollywood Returns To Kashmir As Violence Falls

22 Feb

SRINAGAR, India: It had all the hustle and bustle of a typical Bollywood movie set but with one big difference — the flick was being made in Indian Kashmir, usually more in the news for shoot-outs than for film shoots.

For onlookers, the rolling cameras were another sign violence is declining in Muslim-majority Kashmir, beset by a deadly separatist revolt since 1989.

The film, “Lamhaa”, or “Moment”, has top Bollywood box office draws Sanjay Dutt and Bipasha Basu playing lead roles.

“Kashmir is a paradise on earth. It’s wonderful to be here,” said Dutt, 49, after a scene on a bridge over the fast-flowing Jehlum river, the site of many clashes between soldiers and Islamist rebels.

“I’ve a special emotional attachment to the land and the people here as my father and mother both shot films in Kashmir,” said Dutt, whose parents were Bollywood legends.

Before the revolt erupted, the picturesque Kashmir valley was often used by directors to shoot song-and dance-sequences against the backdrop of the shimmering Dal lake in the summer capital Srinagar.

But as the insurgency gained momentum, film-makers shunned the region for security reasons, fearing attacks by militants.

They turned to the Alps in Switzerland as a substitute romantic backdrop for the frothy musical numbers that are staple of the Hindi-language movie industry.

However, violence has declined sharply since nuclear-armed India and Pakistan began a slow-moving peace process in January 2004 to settle their conflicting claims to the region.

The talks were put on hold after the Mumbai attacks, which killed 165 people and which New Delhi blamed on Pakistan-based Islamic militants but violence has remained low in Kashmir.

In 2007, tourist officials launched a campaign appealing to film-makers to head to the valley, promising heavily-armed escorts and access to any site.

There have been a few small-budget Bollywood movies shot here since, but “Lamhaa” is the first featuring top actors.

“The place is beautiful. The people are beautiful. So anyone who wants to make films in Kashmir should go for it,” said director Rahul Dholakia, who declined to reveal details of the movie’s plot.

“Our policy of promoting Kashmir seems to be working,” said the region’s tourism chief Farooq Shah.

“As peace is fast returning, we hope more producers will return to their favourite haunts in Kashmir,” he said.

And Shah said he hoped if Bollywood film-makers come back to Kashmir, tourists will follow.

The number of visitors to Kashmir — once known as the Switzerland of the East because of its snow-capped mountain vistas — plunged after the outbreak of the revolt.

“I hope that where actors go, tourists will follow,” Shah said.

The return of film crews was greeted with enthusiasm by war-weary Kashmiris.

Young people came in droves to watch the crew scurry in different directions to erect sets.

“It’s great to see the movie-makers back. This kind of ‘peaceful shooting’ will send a very positive signal to the outside world and boost tourism,” said tourist houseboat owner Habib Ullah.

– AFP/yt

Channel News Asia

Kareena Selebriti Paling Popular 2008

30 Dec


KAREENA meraih 40 peratus sokongan dalam tinjauan selebriti paling popular di India.

Ungguli senarai aktres pujaan Bollywood

MUMBAI: Aktres terkenal Bollywood, Kareena Kapoor, menduduki senarai teratas tinjauan selebriti paling popular di India diikuti Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Deepike Padukone dan Bipasha Basu, menurut laporan, kelmarin.

Dalam tinjauan itu, Kareena meraih 40 peratus sokongan diikuti Katrina (38 peratus), Priyanka (10 peratus), Deepike (tujuh peratus) dan Bipasha (lima peratus), lapor akhbar.

Kareena yang mendapat tumpuan ketika ini kerana tinggal sebumbung dengan aktor Saif Ali Khan, dianggap layak berada di singgahsana paling popular selepas filemnya Jab We Met bersama Shahid Kapoor dan arahan Imtiaz Ali mendapat sambutan hangat.

Popularitinya dijangka meningkat apabila filem Kambakkht Ishq disiarkan turut dibintangi Akshay Kumar serta aktor terkenal Hollywood, Sylvester Stallone, Brandon Routh dan Denise Richards.

Katrina Kaif pula mencuri tumpuan menerusi filem Yuvvraaj, walaupun ia tidak meletup dari segi kutipan tiket. Sekurang-kurangnya, beliau berganding dengan teman lelakinya, Salman Khan buat kali pertama.

Katrina juga diundi sebagai wanita Asia paling seksi pada 2008 serta nama paling kerap dicari dalam senarai Zeitgeist oleh Google.

Priyanka pula tidak memulakan 2008 dengan baik apabila filem lakonannya, Love Story 2050, Chamku, God Tussi Great Ho dan Drona mendapat sambutan dingin.

Tetapi, beliau kembali menyinar dalam filem Fashion arahan Madhur Bhandarkar dan semakin hangat menerusi filem arahan Karan Johar, Dostana selepas beraksi seksi memakai bikini.

Sementara itu, Deepike menyaksikan reputasinya melonjak selepas filem kedua, Bachna Ae Haseeno mendapat sambutan. – Agensi

Berita Harian

Bipasha Mangsa Serangan Pengganas

29 Dec


TRAGEDI serangan pengganas terhadap Mumbai yang telah mengorbankan 172 nyawa.

BIPASHA BASU merupakan salah seorang mangsa serangan pengganas yang menyerang Mumbai pada 26 November lepas, namun dia memilih untuk mendiamkan diri dan baru kini mahu berbicara mengenainya. Kenapa?

“Saya berasa tidak selamat dan agak fobia, sebab itulah saya mendiamkan diri dan baru sekarang ini mahu membicarakan mengenainya,” akui aktres jelita ini kepada agensi berita India, IANS.

Menurutnya, ketika tragedi tersebut berlaku, dia dalam perjalanan pulang dari syarikat Film City apabila kenderaan yang dinaikinya terperangkap dalam salah satu daripada kawasan yang diserang pengganas di Mumbai.

“Kejadian yang saya alami itu berlaku di Vile Parle ketika kenderaan yang saya naiki sedang melaluinya.

“Saya dan pembantu saya melihat keadaan di sekitar yang hingar-bingar dan kami yang berada di dalam kereta memikirkan apakah yang harus kami lakukan, sama ada meneruskan perjalanan kami atau berundur,” cerita Bipasha.

Menyambung bicara, katanya, dia kemudian mengarahkan pemandu kenderaannya itu memecut di tengah-tengah jalan raya tersebut selaju mungkin.

Hampir sebulan selepas tragedi 26/11 itu, Bipasha kini tampil untuk menawarkan apa juga bentuk bantuan yang boleh dilakukannya kepada masyarakat Mumbai.

“Saya antara mangsa yang berasa sangat fobia dengan tragedi serangan pengganas terhadap Mumbai. Saya tidak pernah membuat kenyataan umum sehinggalah sekarang. Saya tidak tahu apa yang harus dilakukan untuk menghapuskan kenangan yang amat pahit itu dari bumi Mumbai,” ucapnya.

Tambah Bipasha, dia gembira melihat semangat penduduk Mumbai dalam mengembalikan semula keadaan di bandar raya itu supaya pulih sepertimana sebelum tragedi serangan tersebut.

“Saya ingat semangat untuk memulihkan semula Mumbai seperti sediakala akan terpadam selepas beberapa hari, tetapi nampaknya ia berterusan.

“Pihak media juga memainkan peranan yang sangat penting dalam menjana semangat ini. Sungguh! Saya ingatkan semangat untuk memgembalikan keamanan di Mumbai tidak akan kekal sehingga ke hari ini, sebab itu saya mengambil sikap berdiam diri sebelum ini,” akuinya.

Menurutnya lagi, “Memanglah ekonomi di India sekarang ini maju dan industri juga berkembang baik, tetapi apakah faedahnya kalau keselamatan di Mumbai tidak terjamin?”

Malah, dia melahirkan rasa malu apabila mengetahui fakta hanya seramai 10 pengganas mampu melakukan serangan yang mengorbankan beratus-ratus nyawa yang tidak berdosa itu dalam tempoh 24 jam.

“Apa yang berlaku di Mumbai sangat memalukan negara India. Saya mula menghadiri majlis sosial saya yang pertama (sejak tragedi 26/11) pada minggu ini. Hidup perlu diteruskan. Apa yang penting ialah kita tidak melupakan pengajaran daripada tragedi 26/11,” tegasnya.

Kosmo

Bipasha Basu Bosan Dengan Imej Seksi

6 Nov

MUMBAI – Aktres terkenal Bollywood, Bipasha Basu (gambar) menyatakan dia berusaha keras untuk menonjolkan bakat lakonannya selepas bosan kerana sering dikaitkan dengan imej yang seksi, lapor sebuah akhbar semalam.

“Saya bosan kerana peminat-peminat menilai dan mengaitkan segala watak lakonan saya dengan imej yang menggoda,” katanya.

“Sekiranya saya melakonkan watak seorang guru, saya akan dilabel guru yang seksi dan saya juga menjadi polis yang seksi serta suri rumah yang seksi.

“Saya sudah bosan dengan perkara itu, tetapi imej itu tetap melekat pada diri saya tidak kira apa yang saya lakukan,” jelasnya.

“Saya akan muncul dengan filem terbaru berjudul Pankh di mana saya akan melakonkan watak seorang gadis pelik yang bercita-cita tinggi dan saya juga akan muncul dalam sebuah filem cinta, ShabCharitro Kalpanik.

Menurutnya, ShabCharitro Kalpanik mengisahkan seorang balu yang berhubung dengan mendiang suaminya melalui sastera.

“Saya juga akan berlakon dalam filem romantik seram bertajuk Freeze dan saya berharap para peminat akan memberi penilaian berlainan terhadap lakonan saya dalam filem-filem tersebut,” katanya. – Agensi

Kosmo

Bipasha Muncul Imej Seksi

28 Sep

WALAUPUN bersaing kecantikan dirinya bersama Deepika Padukone dan Minissha Lamba di dalam filem terbarunya Bachna Ae Haseeno, Bipasha Basu tetap paling menyerlah antara mereka berdua. Lebih-lebih lagi dia telah menjadi bualan mengenai hubungannya bersama aktor muda Ranbir Kapoor.

Kini, Bipashu akan muncul di dalam filem terbarunya di bawah produksi seni White Feather Now yang berjudul Pankh yang menampilkan Bipashu sebagai seorang watak animasi yang seksi. Wataknya muncul sebagai dalam khayalan seorang protagonis bernama Jerry yang dilakonkan oleh Maradona Rebello. Jelas sekali kelihatan Bipashu begitu seksi dengan tata rias rambutnya yang jelita.

Begitu juga dengan watak bong yang menggoda di dalam sebuah filem yang diarahkan oleh Sudipto Chattopadhyava. Penampilan watak Bipashu di dalam filem Pankh ini telah direka gaya oleh Rocky S dan Gavin Miguel. Semoga dengan perkembangan ini, bintang lakonan Bipashu akan lebih menyerlah kelak.

Utusan Malaysia

Katrina Kaif Paling Seksi

25 Sep

Terima 26 peratus undian

MUMBAI: Pelakon Katrina Kaif (gambar) yang sebelum ini diisytiharkan sebagai wanita paling seksi di Asia menerima satu lagi pengiktirafan, apabila beliau dinobatkan sebagai wanita paling seksi di Bollywood, hasil tinjauan yang dilakukan majalah Filmfare.

Akhbar Times Of India melaporkan, aktor Shah Rukh Khan pula berjaya membuktikan dirinya adalah ‘raja’ industri filem Bollywood apabila dipilih sebagai lelaki paling seksi.

Pelakon Bipasha Basu dan Salman Khan masing-masing menduduki tempat kedua tinjauan itu.

Bipasha dan Mallika terpaksa mengalah dengan Katrina bagi pemilihan wanita paling seksi apabila pelakon berkenaan memperoleh 26 peratus undian, manakala Bipasha hanya mendapat 15 peratus dan Mallika 12 peratus undi.

Bagaimanapun, tinjauan mengenai siapa yang mempunyai kemungkinan lebih tinggi untuk berlakon di Hollywood atau menjadi gadis ‘Bond’, memberi keputusan yang sama sekali berbeza, apabila Mallika Sherawat menduduki tempat teratas manakala nama Katrina tidak tersenarai langsung.

Bagi pelakon lelaki, Hrithik Roshan menjadi pilihan utama yang diyakini mampu mengembangkan kerjaya lakonan hingga ke luar negara terutama Hollywood.

“Jelas sekali peminat mempunyai pandangan mereka sendiri mengenai siapa yang mampu berjaya di di dalam negara dan pelakon mana boleh mengembangkan kerjaya mereka di luar negara,” lapor akhbar itu.

Kira-kira 45 peratus penduduk India berpendapat Shah Rukh adalah ‘Khan’ paling hebat dalam tarikan seksual tanpa mengambil kira sama ada filemnya berjaya mencapai tahap pecah panggung atau menemui kegagalan.

Pelakon Salman Khan mengekori rapat di belakang Shah Rukh dengan memperoleh 33 peratus undian peminat.

Pelakon Akshay Kumar juga termasuk antara pelakon paling diminati dengan 18 peratus undi, manakala John Abraham memperoleh 17 peratus.

“Aamir Khan nampaknya terpaksa bersara daripada menjadi pelakon apabila hanya memperoleh 11 peratus pemilihan, manakala anak saudaranya Imran dan Saif berkongsi pengundian sebanyak empat peratus,” kata akhbar itu lagi. – Agensi

Berita Harian

Splitsvilla Unites Lovers

6 Sep

Splitsvilla unites lovers
 

It’s a story of love conquering all odds at end. The show kicked off with 20 hot girls fighting it out for two cool dudes. Ain’t you jealous of the lucky boys? But the show was not a fairy tale throughout. With heartaches, cat fights, politics, secrets and betrayal holding the centre stage it was not an easy journey for the contestants. Vishal and Shraddha, who stood their ground amidst uncertainties and insecurities, speak about their experiences. Vishal, who has done his commercial pilot training from US, says, “I wasn’t looking for love initially, I just joined for fun. But now I believe in love after meeting Shraddha.”

According to Vishal, it was fun for the guys to watch so many girls fighting for them. “We had a good time seeing them indulge in scheming, bitching and back biting for us,” he confesses.

Shraddha, however, had come down from US looking for a break in Bollywood and Splitsvilla happened to her. “The show was an individual experience. Whatever you saw on screen was just 10 per cent of the actual bitching and politics that went on in the house. Where love is concerned girls can go to any extent,” she says. But was it love on the mind of all the girls? Vishal doesn’t think so. “Most of the girls out there wanted fame and recognition, they were not genuine,” he says. And it was Shraddha’s true emotions that drew him to her.

However, Shraddha too was seen plotting with Vishal towards the end. “We did all that because we wanted to keep ourselves safe. Being so close to winning, we didn’t want things to go wrong,” explains Shraddha.ῠ What made her choose Vishal over Varun? “He is my type. He is grounded yet ambitious, he is sincere and simple,” says Shraddha. Since both the guys were seen taking girls into confidence and then dumping them, how could she trust Vishal? “Non-verbal communication and lots of eye contact made me trust him,” she reveals.

But is this the ideal way to find love? “It may not be the ideal way, but it was a unique experience. In real life you don’t get to date 20 girls,” says Vishal. For Shraddha, however, love can happen anywhere and there is no ideal way or fixed rules to fall in love. “Vishal and I got really lucky, we clicked and love happened,” she says. However, she claims that times when she didn’t know what was going on in Vishal’s mind were very tough for her. “I kept wondering, what if he likes somebody else? I felt so insecure.”

All’s well that ends well. For Vishal and Shraddha things are surely looking up. Apart from finding each other, they are also set to become MTV’s first couple VJ.

Sarika loves to work with child artistes
 

Actor Sarika says that the script of the film is the biggest “hero”. And she thinks that when actors know that a script is good, they should agree to do the film without thinking about the pros and cons. “I liked the script of Tahaan. It’s a film about an eight-year-old child and his pet – a donkey. I’m portraying the role of a widow and the mother of this boy,” said Sarika, talking about her role in the movie during a recent visit to the capital.

So, didn’t she give the role a second thought, as a child is playing the lead? “No, the script was so good that I could not say no. Moreover, Purav, my co-star and child actor is a better performer than many heroes in our industry. This film has helped me grow as an actor,” said Sarika.ῠ The film is entirely shot in Kashmir. Sarika says her shortῠ stay there was scary. “The film is not about terrorism, but we could feel the upheaval. Seeing men walking with rifles was a common sight and frightening too,” said the actress.

However, Sarika enjoyed shooting in the valley and she completely lived the character. “Shooting in Kashmir with all the locals was fun. It was like homecoming for me,” she said. In the city for the promotion of Tahaan, Sarika refused to talk about anything else, even her daughter Shruti who is making her debut in the industry. But she admitted that she loves working with child artistes.ῠ “Though, I don’t want to talk about my roles in my upcoming films, I’m excited that in all the films my co-actor is a child,” she said.

Akshay downplays success
 

Thankfully, the totally muddled Kuch is Tarah finally came to an end. Not surprisingly, the concluding episode was as ridiculous as the entire serial has been. Kanya comes to terms with the Natasha aspect of her personality and the in-laws who had no clue about their daughter-in-laws split personality happily shed tears and bond with their bahu. No signs of anger or shock here. The villain is quickly taken to task and the self righteous cop, who is all along gunning for Natasha’s blood calls up his bosses to announce that she is dead. We’re sure glad she is and advise the scriptwriters of the show to go on a long holiday and never write another script again.

Replacing this serial is a new serial, Aathva Vachan, which is yet another melodramatic potboiler. The talented Mouli Ganguli plays the protagonist with a younger mentally-challenged sister. Mouli’s family decides to get her engaged without informing her in advance and use emotional blackmail to convince her of their decision. She is paired opposite Vishal Singh, who unfortunately looks like her younger brother. There is also a shrewish sister-in-law who can’t act for nuts and needs to be sent to an acting school. Paintal and Sulbha Arya play the parents and one can definitely expect a good performance from these talented actors. While it’s nice to know that the serial explores the life of a mentally challenged child in a family, why does the character have to shriek and shout so much? The producers need to go easy on this aspect and downplay the emotions.

Speaking of emotions, Akshay Kumar who was interviewed by Arnab Goswami came across as someone who is extremely grounded despite having achieved phenomenal success. Unlike the SRK’s of the world who constantly gloat about their achievements, Akshay really downplays his success, is not willing to be part of the number game and proudly talks about his middle-class roots. Of-course, it was quite amusing to watch Goswami gush over Akshay and introduce himself as his fan. Akshay though, gave him a disbelieving glance before starting the interview. Wonder why no questions were asked about his personal life especially his rumoured flings which are supposed to have impacted Akshay’s personal life. It sure would have been interesting to gauge his reactions on camera.

And to end on a humourous note, Aamir Khan’s Tata Sky ad where he plays a Punjabi half-male-half female is a riot and the actor once again proves his mastery over his craft.

Why Soaps avoid Muslim subjects?
 
By A.L. Chougule

Muslims may be the largest minority community in India but they don’t seem to make interesting subjects for television serials. In 25 years of general entertainment history, not many serials have been made on Muslim families or subjects. The names that immediately come to mind are Adhikar, Heena, Jannat, Nargis, Shaheen, Rehnuma, Tu Naseeb Hai Kisi Aur Ka, Kaise Kahoon and Daaman. Of these only Heena was a TRP topper while Adhikaar was a decent performer. After Heena, not a single serial was made on Muslim subject or family in the last seven years. Now NDTV Imagine is venturing into the genre with Chand Ke Paar Chalo, which is a passionate love story set against the backdrop of contemporary Lucknow.

What prompted Imagine to make a prime time daily revolving around a Muslim family? “What is wrong in making a serial on a Muslim family?” asks Shailja Kejriwal, executive vice-president, content, NDTV Imagine. “Most of our general entertainment programming is pro-Hindu. There are about 15 to 20 crore Muslims in the country and it’s really sad that we don’t look beyond programmes on Hindu families and subjects,” says Shailja.

Apparently channels and producers shy away from attempting Muslim stories because they offer restrictive viewing platform. This is why most of the Muslim socials have failed to connect with the viewers. The reason for dismal rate of success, according to costume-designer-cum-television-and-theatre-director Salim Arif, is the tendency to treat the community in a clich
d and off-mainstream way. He explains, “The tradition of treating the issues and problems of Muslims differently is so strong that we have not been able to come out of the clich
d images created by the Hindi cinema. When it comes to dealing with Muslim subjects, nobody takes note of the fact that post-independence the Muslims have made considerable progress and made their presence felt in diverse fields.”

Salim has a point. The reality is that not all Muslims sport a beard, they may be religious but all of them are not conservative and orthodox, all Muslims don’t speak chaste Urdu and the level of education has increased vastly among Muslims, including women. Moreover, a vast section of the community is progressive and forward-thinking. “But the perception about the community has not changed. We tend to ignore the marked progress made by it on the socio-economic ladder. It is why most of the Mulsim serials have not done well,” he points out.

According to Shailja, whether Chand Ke Paar Chalo scores with viewers or not is a different issue. “It is better to try and fail rather than not trying at all. After all, not all shows dealing with Hindu subjects and families are successful,” she reasons. Imagine has not done away totally with clich
d formula of Muslim socials as the serial’s hero has nawabi lineage. Besides the Lucknowi backdrop gives it a differentiating look and visual appeal. “It is definitely a plus point because currently there is no show on air which has such a differentiating setting. However, despite Muslim backdrop, the show has mass appeal because unlike other dailies, religion is not in the forefront here. The language is Hindi with a tinge of Urdu,” informs the serial’s co-producer Gul Khan.

She is confident that the story is compelling enough to connect with the viewers. “It is not a social drama but a love story. People will follow the story and characters and it will work on the strength of characters and emotions,” she adds. The reason, according to the show’s director Deepak Sharma, why it will make compelling viewing is that the show will tell a proper story from beginning to end. “After a point dailies become stagnant. We have worked for about six months on the broader story, characters and sub-plots and will stick to our creative conviction,” he explains.

Battle lines drawn in Bollywood
 

It is Shah Rukh Khan versus the rest of the film industry now, if the Bollywood grapevine is to be believed. Of course, rumour mills, assisted by film glossies, have always revelled in spreading stories about such titanic conflicts.

For long years, it was Rajesh Khanna versus Amitabh Bachchan, and then the Big B versus Vinod Khanna, Shatrughan Sinha, Shashi Kapoor, and every other wannabe number one.

And then there were stories galore about Amitabh Bachchan taking on the entire film industry and the Mangeshkar sisters crossing swords with the music industry.

To be fair enough, there was some truth in all these stories. As the saying goes, there can be no smoke without fire.

At present, film glossies and rumour mongers are waxing eloquent about the huge army that has arrayed against Shah Rukh Khan. Of course, the army is led by the redoubtable Salman Khan.

And it has some surprising recruits. Though Farah Khan may be very pally with Shah Rukh Khan, her husband Shirish Kunder’s presence on the sets of Salman Khan’s Veer trying to sign him for a movie was sending different signals.

Kunder cannot be blamed since Shah Rukh initially agreed to do his Joker and Teesmarkha, but later dropped out. So a highly irked Kunder even told a TV channel at the Rock On premiere that he was part of the Salman Khan camp. Now he is trying to get the muscleman to do Joker.

However Komal Nahta, veteran trade analyst and journalist, makes light of the grand conflict.

“Neither Shah Rukh nor Salman are trying to sabotage each other’s career,” he said. “It is the media which is making up these stories. Of course, there are camps in Bollywood. And unfortunately, fights do happen. But it is not that they only work within that camp. Salman and Shah Rukh are so big that they do not resort to any such thing.”

For the time being, nobody wants to get into such subtleties. Stardust, the mother of film glossies, has presented Shah Rukh as the most hated man in the industry, since he has earned the wrath of Amitabh, Salman, Aishwarya, Aamir, Akshay and Ajay Devgan.

But industry wallahs don’t want to comment on the issue. The editor of Stardust does not want to talk about it and Suneil Shetty quips, “Count me out,” when asked about the spat.

Everyone in Bollywood is waiting for a patch up between the Khans. But that seems difficult since Salman has gone public with a statement saying that no friend of Shah Rukh can be a friend of his. Bollywood is clearly divided.

Let us draw the battle lines then. Shah Rukh has Karan Johar and Farah Khan on his side. Salman has managed to get the Bachhcans with him.

Sanjay Dutt has also pitched in along with Ajay Devgan for Salman though Ajay’s wife Kajol is with Shah Rukh. Farah’s husband Shirish Kunder and producer Sajid Nadiadwala are with Salman, along with Akshay Kumar and Aamir Khan.

Saif Ali Khan like Suniel Shetty is non committal because Kareena is buddies with both Shah Rukh and Salman. Ditto with Rani Mukherji.

“It will be good for the industry if they patch up,” says Atul Mohan, a trade analyst. “When Karan Arjun was made, SRK and Salman were not very big stars. But now they are big and it would be any director’s dream to get both of them together in a film.” That seems highly unlikely in the near future.

Farah back to work
 

The choreographer-turned-director Farah Khan is back to work after giving birth to triplets. Farah, who was judging music reality shows as she was not able to work regularly due to her three children Czar, Divya and Anya has now finally taken up work. She has been choreographing a song for Karan Johar’s film Dostana which is directed by his former assistant Tarun Mansukhani. Sources say that the shooting of the song will go on for a week and will feature the two leading men – Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham. Farah has taken India to the global stage with Bombay Dreams. Her recent song from her second directorial venture film Om Shanti Om – Dhoom Ta Na – was not just played in the Olympics by the Israeli team but was also performed upon by an American team in the American Dance reality show, So you Think you Can Dance.

Akshay goes topless

Of late Akshay Kumar is showing his muscle power by walking topless on the ramp. Is Akki trying to change his image to give Sallu miyan some tough competition? “Why do you people always think of rivalry? I am just trying to do my job and Salman is doing his job. We’re not here to compete. We just want to ‘unbutton’ our creativity,” he winked. So who does this new muscle man think to be the fittest star in Bollywood? To this Akshay spontaneously says Dharam da puttar Sunny Deol. When being asked what is his message to the country’s youngsters? He had to say “Don’t use steroids or drugs to build your body. Believe in exercise and keep yourself fit. Channelise your energies in the right direction. Be competent and find your calling.”
(Snippets by Sanskriti Media Entertainment)

Ranbir joins the crore league

Ranbir Kapoor the new heart throb of Bollywood has been offered a sum of Rs 5 crore to work in third film Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani by Ramesh Taurani. He is also being paid a 5 per cent share of the profits of the film confirms trade analyst Komal Nahta and Atul Mohan. But Ranbir is not the man asking for the money. The deals are being put in place by his father Rishi Kapoor who has taken full charge of his son’s work.
Ranbir Kapoor recently told a friend, “I know it is great money for someone as new as me. But Ramesh Taurani knows his job well. He has been around enough to know what he is paying to anyone be it a star or a newcomer.”

True story brought alive in film
 

Based on a true story of top student and athlete Christopher McCandless, an Emory graduate, who abandons his possessions, gave his entire $ 24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness where he met his untimely fate. Freshly graduated from college with a promising future, 22 year-old Christopher McCandless instead walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure. What happened to him on the way transformed this young wanderer into an enduring symbol for countless people.

Was Christopher McCandless a heroic adventurer or a naive idealist, a rebellious 1990s Thoreau or another lost American son, a fearless risk-taker or a tragic figure who wrestled with the precarious balance between man and nature? McCandless’ quest took him from the wheat fields of South Dakota to a renegade trip down the Colorado River to the non-conformists’ refuge of Slab City, California, and beyond. Along the way, he encountered a series of colorful characters at the very edges of American society who shaped his understanding of life and whose lives he, in turn, changed. In the end, he tested himself by heading alone into the wilds of the great North, where everything he had seen and learned and felt came to a head in ways he never could have expected.

WATER HORSE
Director: Sean penn
Cast: Emily Hirsch, Marcia Hay Garden.
Gener: Drama/Adaptation
Run Time: 140 mts

Saroj Khan replaces Apara Mehta
 

Apara Mehta has been ousted as judge from Aajaa Mahi Ve and her place will be taken by veteran choreographer Saroj Khan from this week. Earlier after doing two seasons of Nach Baliye, Saroj had opted out of the show in favour of Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan on another channel. Apparently Apara’s dismissal from the show is an outcome of popular audience findings which have indicated that her presence on the show has not gone down well with the viewers.ῠ Saroj’s judging skills and profound knowledge of dance makes her an appropriate replacement. With her entry as judge, the contestants are sure to have a more tough andchallenging time ahead.

Varun in a new soap

He is one actor who needs a lot of convincing to do a role. He has kept away from daily soaps and lately been doing only reality shows. So what made him take a call on a special appearance in Ajeeb? “I am really choosy and don’t do shows unless I am convinced about the character. But, Bonnie (Jain) is a friend and I had promised him that I will work in his show. So when he said he was making a thriller and wanted me for a special appearance I couldn’t say no,” explains Varun who plays industrialist Aditya Thapa in Ajeeb. Aditya is suffering from a fatal disease. The story captures the desperation and helplessness of a terminally ill man.

Reel sisters bond in real life
 

Mouli Ganguli has found a friend and a little sister in newcomer Vinny Arora. The duo play sisters in Aathvan Wachan. Vinny plays the mentally challenged Urmi who is 18-year-old with a mind of an eight-year-old and Mouli plays her loving elder sister Manali. However, reel life seems to have influenced real lifeVinny confides in Mouli and fondly calls her ‘Mouli Didi’ while Mouli has nicknamed Vinny ‘chutki’. They share a close bond and are often seen together on the sets.

“Vishal (Singh) is like my buddy but Mouli is my Didi,” says Vinny. Adds Mouli, “I think I have taken my character of playing the elder sister seriously. Vinny and I share a very warm relation. We travel together, share food and hang out. It feels really good as I don’t have a younger sister in real life and Vinny completes this relation. She trusts me and often asks for suggestions and comments while working on her scenes.” Talking about jealousy and professional rivalry, well it seems it doesn’t exist between the two and Vinny.

Chak De 2 all set to entertain
 
By A.L. Chougule

Thanks to the success of Chak De Bachche, the song-n-dance competition for kids from metros and small towns, 9X is launching the second season of the reality series for youngsters titled Chak De Shaher Di Kudiyan Te Galli De Gunde. The show starts from September 6, and will be telecast every Friday and Saturday. Anchored by Bhojpuri film star Manoj Tiwari and television sizzler Roshni Chopra, the show has 12 contestants from across the country.

Like the earlier edition, Roshni will support the girls and Manoj will champion the cause of the boys. The guest judge for the launch episode of Chak De is the glamorous Bipasha Basu. The other judges on the show are Raveena Tandon, music director duo Salim-Sulaiman and choreographer Sandip Soparkar. On being a celebrity judge in the first episode of the show, Bipasha says, “It was great being on the show. I advise the participants to take the competition seriously and put their heart into it. Personally though, I want the girls to be the best because I am a Shaher di kudi. But the boys are talented too. Let’s see who wins.”
The Bengali babe feels judges should not be harsh towards the participants.

“They should point out mistakes gently besides encouraging them,” she adds. Raveena Tandon who was the judge on the first season of the series for kids says her job was easy. “Judging kids is easier than judging youngsters. I had a great time in the kids’ season. I hope the girls and boys will also rock,” says Raveena.

‘People have forgotten my serious roles’
 

It’s tough to find a woman who despite being praised for her work is unhappy. Yes, TV actor Vandana Pathak is a bit discontent with the admiration she gets for her comic roles. Better-known as Jaishree of Khichdi and Instant Khichdi, Vandana has grudges against people, who forget her serious roles. “When I reach the sets, others expect me to be a clown. Most of the time the reaction is, ab Vandanaji aa gayi hain toh woh hame hasayengi. I appreciate the love and admiration viewers and other people have given me, but I’m as normal as anyone else,” says Vandana, who will now be seen in Main Kab Saas Banoongi, a comedy series again.

In the serial, Vandana is portraying a bahu’s role, who is dominated by her mother-in-law. “To portray such a character is fun for me. I eagerly want to become a mother-in-law so that I’d be able to dominate my daughter-in-law in the same manner as my saas does,” quips Vandana, talking about her role in the serial. She thinks that portraying usual roles of saas-bahus who are involved in kitchen politics is easier than doing a comic role. “I’m happy that at least I’m known to handle the tough aspect of acting well, that is comedy,” says Vandana.

Vandana, who started her career with Hum Paanch, feels content with her role of a bahu in this serial. Though she feels obliged to have started her career with Ekta’s serial, she doesn’t want to do too many serious saas-bahu roles.ῠ “After Hum Paanch, Ekta offered me a role, but I was busy with other commitments. I’ve portrayed roles of both bahu and saas. I would like to do a character different from what I’ve done,” she says.ῠ A well-known name in Gujarati theatre, Vandana wants to be associated more with it.

Bidaai actor in Asha’s video
 

Lady luck seems to be smiling at Kinshuk Mahajan of Sapna Babul Ka..Bidaai’s fame. Asha Bhonsle the legendary singer is coming out with a new album, which is set to be released on her 75th birthday on September 8. The singer wanted a male actor for the video so she called up Rajan Shahi the producer of Bidaai and asked him to allow his male lead to be a part of it.

A surprised Rajan said, “I was too shocked to know that it was Ashaji. She said that she watches my show Bidaai and wanted Kinshuk to act in her video. She is very fond of him but since he’s bound to his contract with us he could not do much. He wasn’t able to give her dates. When Ashaji came to know about this, she personally called me and said she likes Kinshuk very much and wanted him to shoot for her video. She knows each and every character well.” Rajan added that Asha watched Bidaai regularly and if she missed any episode, she had a person brief her about it.”

The music video was shot on August 25 and 26. It was difficult to adjust Kinshuk’s dates because the show was focusing on his characters love story with Paru Chauhan, the female character. Rajan said, “But I promised Ashaji that Kinshuk will shoot for her album and they managed to finish it in two days. This morning, I got a call from Ashaji thanking me for doing the work that I do. I was so humbled. This is the biggest compliment I have ever received.”

Model starts cricket innings
 

At 25, she’s a successful model, a vivacious TV presenter and now she’ll be seen touring with various teams to different venues across the country to cover the excitement at the stadiums and interact with cricketers and fans for her show Tour Diary on Neo cricket.

She is Archana Vijaya. She calls it “living life queen size”. For someone who never thought of modelling, this profession came with oodles of surprises and experiences.ῠ Revealing her story from the college girl who never dreamt this big to one of the few successful Indian models who walked the ramp at Milan, Rome and Paris fashion weeks, Archana says, “I was a normal college-going girl when I was asked to be a part of the show called Get Gorgeous. After I won the title, life changed.”

She’s someone who loves cricket and cricketers. So who’s her favourite among the many heroes of the Indian cricket team? “I love Sachin Tendulkar,” answers Archana.ῠ She adds, “In fact I love the entire cricket team. It’s amazing to see how down-to-earth they are despite all that they have achieved in their lives.”

It’s bahu Vs vamp in the finale of Comedy Circus
 

The second season of Comedy Circus will come to an end this Sunday. The grand finale is between two top television actors – Juhi Parmar and Kamya Punjabi — along with their respective partners VIP and Rajeev Thakur. Juhi is television’s much loved bahu Kumkum and Kamya is the hated vamp Sindoora of Dulhan fame. So when two such characters are vying for the crown of comedy queen, can the theme for the finale be anything but ‘Bahu vs Vamp’? However, there is no rona-dhona but only laughter and friendly banter between the popular bahu and vamp.

While the two actors fight for the crown and Juhi emerges victorious, the finale is loaded with more laughter as all the evicted six stand-up comedians and their actor-partners come back on the show to give a power-packed performance. Mona Singh also joins the gang to welcome the on-going Ganesh Chaturthi with a dance performance. The jodis also put up a qawwali.

However, this is not the end of laughter season. After the grand finale, a new series called Kaante Ki Takkar will roll in where the jodis of Comedy Circus 1 lead by Archana Puran Singh will be pitted against Comedy Circus 2 participants, lead by Shekhar Suman. The host for the new series will be Purbhi Joshi.

Women take on reins of family business in Grahasti

Having lived in a protected environment, the women of Grahasti found it very tough to cope with life after the loss of the only male member of the family. Now in a surprising turn of events, the six women of Khurana household take complete charge of their lives by taking over the reins of the family business. The women give it all that it takes to fulfill the challenge thrown by their tauji and emerge victorious. By breaking away from traditional norms, they attempt to create a place for themselves in a male dominated society.

ALC

Back to Bass-ics
 

Our first impression of him was that of a musician who looked at peace with himself all the time. Even when his fingers were slapping the fret board of his self-designed acoustic bass guitar on the stage, Jonas Hellborg’s facial expression was that of a yogi engrossed in meditation – calm and composed. From John McLaughlin, Ustad Sultan Khan, Shawn Lane to V. Selvaganesh, Jonas, in his 32-year musical career, has collaborated with many profound names from the international music fraternity, and has many critically acclaimed albums (both solo and collaborative) to his credit. In the capital for a concert (along with friend and fellow musician V. Selvaganesh), the Jonas-Selva duo offered a unique sound to the audience, which was dipped in various flavours from different parts of the world.

“This is the story of my life,” said Jonas when we asked if he is tired of all the travelling that they (both him and V. Selvaganesh) have been doing for the last four days (they performed in Chandigarh, Mumbai and Bangalore on consecutive dates before coming to Delhi). “I can’t complain about it. Touring is what I have been doing for the last 32 years. And this has become my way of life,” said Jonas. The bassist, who began his musical career at the age of 18 (1976), always had a passion for music from this part of the world. So, what was the impact of Indian classical music in the West during the 70s? “It was only Ravi Shankar. By then, people knew about Indian classical music only through him. He was the only representative of the genre in the West,” said Jonas. How did Jonas’ “Indian connection” happen? Was it after he met John McLaughlin? “When I was 14 years old, I discovered Mahavishnu (the band). It changed my life, and after meeting John (John McLaughlin), all I wanted to do was play like him,” said Jonas.

When asked about the initial challenges he faced adapting to Indian classical music, Jonas was once quoted saying, “For me, it is like going to a Indian restaurant. I don’t pretend to really understand the food, I just like to eat it.”

So, after so many years of his association with Indian musicians, does he still think the same? “Every statement has a time and place. Yes, I said it. But what I really meant was that I don’t understand Indian music the way Indians do. I am Swedish, every time I play, I try to use Indian elements in my music. It is like cooking ‘something’ using Indian spice,” informed Jonas.

So, after working with so many Indian musicians (both old and new), can he see a change in the approach towards music in the younger generation of Indian musicians? “The world is changing and it is better if we too change along with it. Today the social realities are changing, and if you try to resist it, it is not going to help you. Let the change inspire and create a new expression. It is inevitable,” he added. Speaking about his association with Jonas, Selvaganesh said, “He is an encyclopedia of knowledge. From science, mathematics to philosophy, one can talk about anything and everything with him.”

Jonas is also the author of Thumb Bassics (a book on slap-bass pattern) and Chord Bassics (a book on chord patterns). Though currently he is not working on any book, Jonas is busy touring the world along with his Art Metal fellow-mates Selvaganesh and Mattias IA Eklundh. “I don’t have any material to condense into a book,” said the bassist.

The bassist who doesn’t have any inspiration to name is also a designer of instruments for companies like FBT and Aria.

On Song
 

Film: God Tussi Great Ho

Jhumkha chhup jaane laga
Taare sharmaane lage
Gori ka mukhda deko
Ambar chhup jaane laga
Lamhe ruk jaane lage
Gori ka mukhda deko

He he he ho ho ho῅
(Lal chunariya odh lee maine
Jab se piya ke naam ki) 3
Mere piya bhi kehne lage hain
Main na rahi kisi kaam ki

Lal chunariya odh lee tune
Jab se piya ke naam ki

Lal chunariya odh lee tune
Jab se piya ke naam ki
Tere piya bhi kehne lage hain
Le ye jaan tere naam ki

Mehnga pada re mujhe dil ka lagana
Kar na saki re main to koi bahana
Bole ye choodi bole ye kangna
Jaana hai jaana tujhe piya ji ke angna
Kisko padi hai ab mere saajan
Chaahat ke anjaam ki
Tere piya bhi kehne lage hain
Le ye jaan tere naam ki

Gori ke haathon rachi mehndi hazaari
Jachti hai kaise dekho dulhan hamari
Chanda baraati taare baraati
Hum tum bane hain dekho janmo ke saathi
Ran birangi kismat hai ab
Meri subah o shaam ki

Rock On rolls out fresh flavour in Bollywood
 

It’s all here – long hair, flashy wardrobes, style and attitude that spill over forever – that one can relate to a rock band. This movie is the epic story of four friends who form a rock band and journey towards maturity, fulfilling their dreams. The music is composed by India’s Western connection – Shankar-Ehsaan- Loy and be assured they have broken new grounds. The surprising element in this record is that you won’t be able to reckon what you will get next.

The first track Socha Hai seems less like a song and more like a general knowledge questionnaire, if the lyrics are anything to go by: Aasmaan hai neela kyon? Paani hai geela kyon? Gol kyon hai zameen? In other words, this ambitious song sets the tone for the rest of the record by its very unconventional approach. Although, the music gives an impression that it is made in a hurry, the songs are catchy but may burn out the initial interest quickly due to repetitiveness.

Pichle saat dinon mein has a very infectious riff. With this song we should mark the beginning of rock music in Bollywood. The more you listen to it the more it will ring in your head. This song has two versions – one studio, another live – and both carry the same intensity, only more so in live. The title song Rock on is as infectious as the second track. It has an undeniably attractive intensity and groove.

You get some relief from the hardrock drive with Ye tumhari meri baatein, sung by Dominique Cerejo. The song is beautifully synchronised and wonderfully composed. ῠJaved Akhtar’s lyrics do the rest: Ye tumhari meri baatein humesha yuheen chalti rahein\ Ye humari mulakaten humesha yuheen chalti rahein \ Beete yuheen apne saare din raat \ Baton se nikalti rahe nayee baat.

Get ready for another head-on. The fifth song Zehreelay, sung by Suraj Jaggan, creates a racket and is a heady number.ῠThe next song Tum ho toh is a ballad with musical orchestration of grand proportions.

Sindbad the Sailor is a perfect fusion of Indian and Western musical sensibilities. The song is a simile for fighting against odds of grand proportions. The last song Phir dekhiye is a laidback and relaxing acoustic number, unlike the rest of the record.

It is ironical that the music is largely formula-based with little creative imagination, but a bold adventure in the sense that the music is largely guitar and drum driven, which you don’t see happening in music produced in Bollywood. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have tried little to please the larger Indian audience. Instead, they have tried to appeal to a limited audience. The record is a big leap forward because nothing like this has ever been tried in the Indian music scene. Conceptually, this style is in its nascent stage in India. Buy this record if you like variety.

The irony is that it breaks the popular norms of Bollywood, but fails to overcome the popular rock stereotype of the Westernised world.

Food talks almost
 

Santosh Mehra, director,
Anti Corruption Bureau

My job has taken me all around the world. This has enriched my culinery experiences. From eating the best pancakes in USA to surviving on raw banana and papaya curry during the UN peace keeping mission in Angola, I have done it all.

Food is powerful enough to lead to war. Once, I attended the G8 conference in Australia. The conference was over but accidentally the mikes were still on. All delegates and media heard the then French president Jacques Chirac saying to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, ‘British food is the worst. How can we trust people who eat such lousy food?’ Putin replied, ‘American food is even worse.’ Chirac: ‘No, Finnish food is second worst.’ This episode almost triggered a huge diplomatic row a few years back.

Some of the nice and interesting eateries I found abroad are: Panda Express for the best orange chicken laced with honey, Ihops for the most delicious pancakes, Olive Garden for Italian food and Chipotle for Mexican food in USA, Castelli’s in Brisbane for best pizzas. I also liked the Thai red and green curries in Thailand and chilly crab in Singapore.

Interestingly, the Quay Restaurant in Brisbane had a tag line, ‘Successfully driving away the vegetarians for two decades.’ There I ate some great salads.

Down home, the right places to indulge your taste buds include Abhiruchi for South Indian thali, Dakshin for appam, idiappam and avial. Angeethi for Punjabi food, Mainland China and Aromas of China for great starters (particularly water crest snacks). Mirchi ka salan, Hyderabadi biryani and kubani ka meetha are best prepared by the cooks in Jubille Hall functions.

I also look forward to the weeklong Andhra food festival in Shilparamam during Ugadi. It offers 56 varieties of mind boggling food from Rayalseemsa, Telangana and Coastal Andhra. I especially like the ulavacharu (rajma, beans and horsegram kept on simmering heat for 24 hours).

I am also fond of dishes prepared by my mother. She makes the best-stuffed karelas, moong dal ki vadiyan and gujiyas while my wife Ritu prepares excellent chhola batoras and khoya paneer.

My wife has tried out fusion desserts, where she blends Bengali rasgullas in thick sweet syrup of crushed fruit bread, condensed milk and a few syrups. She has also tried putting small pieces of noodles in molten cheese and a dash of sauce in baked edible cups.

At home, I eat South Indian breakfast while lunch and dinner consists of North Indian food. So, I have the best of both the worlds.

I also enjoy a wide range of food from other states such as tikki chaat, kulfi, dahi vada and kebabs from my home town Lucknow, nutritious sattu (my favourite food) from Bihar, heavenly momos in the chilling climate of Sikkim, brinjal delicacy from Bengal.

Before winding up, I would like to advise foodies: Eat your breakfast alone, share lunch with a friend and give your dinner to an enemy. Also, be a vegetarian at least once a week.

We like our pocket-friendly canteen
 

Hangout@canteen and campus of Padala Ramu Reddy College of Computer Science, Narsingi.
Who all frequent: Rajnikanth, Bharath, Shiva, Shravan, Rajkumar and friends.
Cost: Rs 8-Rs 10.

What’s hot: Tea, coffee, cool drinks, chips, noodles, biryani, Mysore bhajji, bonda and dosa are a hit with the students.

What’s the catch: “We like the food in out pocket-friendly canteen. We enjoyῠ chatting in the lawn amidst the beautiful greenery around,” says Rajkumar Bingi, a final year MCA student of PRR College.

Try This
 

Chandrakanta

Offer this sweet dish to Lord Ganesha on Ganesh Chaturthi.

By Jayashree Sarathy,
advocate

Ingredients
1 cup moong yellow dal
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp elaichi powder
´ cup grated cocunut
Almonds for garnishing
Oil for frying

Method
Soak the dal for two to three hours, grind it, making a paste as smooth as idli batter, Put the batter in the idli vessel. Steam them. After 10 minutes, remove from the vessel.ῠ Mash these idlis without lumps and add powdered sugar, elaichi powder, grated coconut and mix it thoroughly.ῠ If the mixture is thin, put it on the stove/heat for some time to make it thick. Take a clean, thick cloth, spread the mixture and cut it into diamond shape. This will take out the moisture content from the mixture. Now the diamonds are ready for frying. Take required amount of oil in a kadai and put four to five pieces and fry them till they turn brown. Garnish the sweet with almonds.

Don festive colours
 

With the commencement of the festival season, shoppers are confused over options. While some opt for the traditional six yards and salwar kameez, a considerable segment of buyers look for Indo-western fusion wear. Youngsters prefer to speak their mind via clothes. For those want ethnic wear with a difference, our shop guide will take you to the right addresses.

Men usually complain about the limited options in ethnic wear. City stores provide some chic yet traditional ensemble for men. Sagar Tenali on Road No 4, Banjara Hills, has an interesting collection of kurti s pyjamas, jamewars, achkans, sherwanis and short kurtis. The ethnic clothes available here come in bold western cuts like the brocade coats. Bangladeshi jamdani waistcoats which lend elegance as well as a uber cool look are available from Rs 3,200 onwards.

The store has a denim with silk collection which includes coats and waistcoats. These are available from Rs 3,800 onwards. A must have is the fusion dhoti coupled with angarakha and mojris. The shades available are in sync with the festive colours.

If you are looking for embroidered stuff then Maqdoom Studio, on Road No 1, Banjara Hills, near Adidas Showroom, is the place to be in. Ranging from traditional pyjama kurtis to fusion kurtis, the store is a hit with the fashion conscious. Kurtis with delicate kasheeda and Lucknowi jaali are available from Rs 2,500 onwards. This festive season, rich Kashmiri embroidery on katan silk and brocade cotton are a must buy.

Fashionistas should pay a visit to Rouge Boutique on Road No 5, Banjara Hills. The boutique has an elegant festive collection of kurtis, and kaftans. Keeping in mind the shimmer and shine factor associated with Indian festivals, the boutique has come up with some unique creations. The kaftans with delicate sequinned and gold zari work are available from Rs 1075 onwards. Kurtis and tops have delicate embroidery work with innovative necklines and cuts. Prices start from Rs 650 onwards.

For saris and salwar kameez Vanitha in Narayanguda is the right place to hit. Saris available here deal with experimental concepts. Saris with denim and jute appliqu
 and chanderi work with floral motifs are available at Rs 2,000 onwards. Kairi art on brocade silk saris and Rajastani mirror work on Kanjeewarams are available from Rs 4,500 onwards.

Aamir Ali celebrates birthday with pals
 

There was glamour, brawn and lots of fun as who’s who of the tinsel town made their presence felt at the birthday party of Aamir Ali, better known as the Salman Khan of the telly world. The actor threw a small party for close friends and family on the eve of his birthday. Beau Sanjeeda looked elegant in a multi coloured dress and played the prefect host.

Though Aamir tried to keep the affair low key, stars kept pouring in to wish him and it wasn’t only the telly actors who made it to the party but Sohail Khan, Aashish Chowdhri with wife Samita and hair stylist Aalim were also spotted. Also seen having a blast were Mouni Roy, Jay Bhanushali, Karan Wahi, Shabbir Ahuluwaliah, Yash and Gauri Tonk, Sandip Sickand, Abigail and many more.

Dressed in a casual white tee shirt and jeans, Aamir looked like he was out to have a good time. The guests were treated to the choicest of drinks and food. The atmosphere was filled with gaiety as the guests chatted, cracked jokes and laughed away with each other.

Glam scores

Cornerstone Sport celebrated its launch with clients and supporters from the industry. An haute sea-side affair with decor to complement the shining stars and celebutantes, created a buzz on the successful company forming beneficial alliances between corporates and achievers. Bunty Sajdeh played perfect host with his team to guests including Sushmita Sen, Yuvraj Singh, Armaan Ebrahim, Zaheer Khan, Aarti Chhabrria, brother-in-law Sohail Khan and sister Seema, as well as Rahul Nanda.

Kavitha becomes an angel
 

After hosting a series of shows like Grand Master, TV Stars, and EQ, Kavitha is back again, this time with a magic show. Her new avatar is that of an angel in the show Mayalogam on Vijay TV. “This is a magic show with a unique concept. A royal family is the backdrop of the show. It has a queen who wants to be entertained all the time and numerous magicians do their best to keep her amused,” says the director. Kavitha plays the role of the angel Apasara Mayakani, who helps the queen pick the magicians. “It is a very different kind of show. I kidnap famous magicians like Acharya, Samraj, Alex, Atul and female magician Poornima to perform for the queen, and entertain her,” she says. Kavitha says she is happy hosting a wide range of shows. “Thanks to these shows I feel an affinity towards my viewers whatever their age group. Like in the past, I am sure this show too will bring me popularity.”

Kumble to blog for Chandra

Ace cricketer Anil Kumble has once again proved that he is a man of his words.When it comes to fellow sportspersons, or for that matter any deserving person, he wholeheartedly lends his support. After promoting the serial Chandra along with the cricket fraternity in Chennai, he has agreed to blog for the serial and review it. “For the first time a serial will have a blog and reviews written by a celebrity. We are grateful for this magnanimous gesture,” said the director Haricharan.

Senthil’s trademark humour
 
Engineer turned mimicry artist, Senthil has become a big hit with viewers. He hosts the comedy show Aal Pathi, Reel Pathi on Raj Digital Plus. “Senthil is known for exemplary mimicking skills and witty one-liners. Comedy clippings from various Tamil films supplement his witty comments. There is a great response from viewers,” says director. Senthil is also popular for another comedy show titled Telecomedy on Raj TV.

Vinodhini’s show is only for women
 
The mushrooming growth of Tamil television channels has certainly opened vistas for new hosts. One such anchor is Vinodhini, who hosts Pengal.com on Mega TV. The show is an exclusive for women viewers and talks about the latest fashion trends, good deals, culinary topics to women. “We have recently completed 200 episodes and it is growing strong. I am happy with the recognition and get to meet lot of inspiring women through this show. We also introduce women who are adept at art and craft,” says Vinodhini.

Call Ophelia for tips to conduct college fests
 
RJ Ophelia of Big 92.7 FM has turned into an event counsellor of sorts. The talkative RJ, who hosts Imsai Arasi has introduced a new segment in her show – Imsai notice board, in which she gives tips to college students about events in their campus. “This is the season of cultural events, and competitions in the city’s colleges. Students need guidance in organising the events so that they are a hit. I am just a call away and will help them in organising the shows, finances, time management etc,” she says. Besides these tips, Ophelia also provides information on part-time jobs available in and around Chennai, cool hangouts, etc. Tune into her show on weekdays from 3 pm to 5 pm.

Dance runs in my blood: Keerti
 

Keerti the host of Maan Aada Mayil Aada on Kalaignar TV, is perhaps one of the very few hosts who made a mark for herself in no time. A trained dancer, she is instrumental in making this dance reality show more lively. “Not many know that I am niece of choreographers’ Kala Master and Brinda Master. Dancing runs in my blood and my mom is also a good dancer,” she says. Keerti was offered an opportunity to host this show by her aunt Kala Master, who is also the producer of the show. “I was very nervous initially and this is my first television show soon after completing my studies. Thanks to the support from my aunt and uncle I am successful. My entire family is present on sets while we shoot,” she says. Keerti, not only anchors the show, but is also into fashion designing. “I also design costumes for the dancers, depending on the theme. Being a dancer myself, I know what kind of attire keeps them comfortable,” she says. Keerti is now content with her role of a host and wants to takes her career further after finding interesting scripts.

Come rain, let fashion reign
 

Monsoon – it is a season of romance, music and reflection. Don’t you just love the pitter-patter of rain drops, the cool breeze, and the lush greenery it brings? Monsoon is a time to pamper and rejuvenate yourself, to relax and take it easy. The good news is that fashion too is moving towards loose and comfortable fits. In this column let me share a few tips on how you can enjoy and stay stylish.

IN VOGUE

The hottest style in the rainy season are short skirts, capris, dungarees, sling top and cargo pants. This season say goodbye to body hugging jeans. Jeans get very heavy when wet and take ages to dry hence the best option is to keep them aside this season instead use lot of cottons as they are light and easy to wear. If you prefer Indian outfits then salwar kameez is the best option.

MONSOON FABRICS

Cotton, linen and khakis are the best material this monsoon, polyester and cotton combo fabrics is also a great pick as it dries really fast and polyester doesnot need ironing. So even if you get drenched in the rains, you won’t step into your office in crumpled clothes, that’s the best deal with the fabric. On a funky day out cottons, lycra tees, jersey dresses and cotton leggings can add spunk to your casual dressing.

COLOURS AND PRINTS

Offset the grey days ahead with bright colours. Lift your spirits with bright colourful shades with psychedelic prints. Let your wardrobe be modern and ultra feminine with enough colours and graphic prints to add zest. Happy colours like fuchsia pink, bright orange, shades of yellow and turquoise works best this season stay away from washed-out and dirty hues and peachy tones.

CUTTING EDGE

As far as silhouettes go, clothes shouldn’t be multi layered or voluminous. Volume when it gets wet, feels really heavy. Simple A-line cuts with silhouettes closer to the body are the best options for the rains. The silhouettes can range from short dresses and tops to skirts which are not too flouncy and keep to the lines of the body. The length should ideally vary according to your body type. On the whole a knee length or just above-the-knee length works.

FOOTWEAR

If you are among those who love to get drenched in the rain then here is a perfect guideline to romance rain with trendiest monsoon footwear. The best monsoon pick is rubber or poly-urethane footwear. Rubber mules and slippers in bright colours are the best pick for this season. Floaters made for monsoon are the rage among college students; you can flaunt them with jeans and skirts. If you are a flip-flop fanatic, go for it, they are ideal for the rains and come in different colours and since they are made in rubber they dry easily. High boots protects your feet and look stylish too. Leather footwear is a big no-no.

BIG BAGS

Big bags are convenient and will carry just about everything you think you may require; this is not possible in case of smaller bags. With big bags there is always an extra room for your umbrellas, an extra pair of clothes, a make-up kit῅.it feels like you are prepared for the showers.ῠ Apart from this invest in bright coloured umbrellas and transparent raincoats and get set to enjoy the most beautiful time of the year.

Dharmayudham in the backdrop of Puducherry
 

The shooting of Dharmayudham in which actress Kausalya plays the role of an advocate, was recently canned in Puducherry. The storyline of the serial revolves around Kausalya, a gutsy advocate and how she solves problems faced by women and others in her family. “The serial has crossed 150 episodes and is going strong. We shot few important scenes here and we are planning few scenes in Mumbai. It is a great hit among viewers of all age groups,” says director M Viswanath. Besides Kousalya, Ajay, Deepa Venkat, Nizhalgal Ravi, OAK Sundar play important roles. The serial is on air on Mega TV.

Women quizzed for 20-20

Anu Hasan turned quiz master for Jaya TV’s 20-20. The show is an all women show and the shooting was recently held at Jaya TV studio. The entire set was seen bustling with activity, thanks to women participants who actively took part in the show and answered volley of questions posed by Anu Hasan. “This is a unique quiz show and what all participants has to do is to answer few simple questions and walk away with prize money,” said Subhasri, the producer of the show.

 

 

 
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Pembohongan Pelakon Bollywood

27 Aug


RAI (kanan) bersama dengan suaminya Abhishek.

MUMBAI – Perbuatan berbohong mengenai usia sebenar di kalangan wanita bukan lagi satu rahsia namun, lain pula akibatnya jika melibatkan kelompok selebriti terkemuka Bollywood seperti Bipasha Basu, lapor sebuah akhbar semalam.

Aktres seksi itu dilaporkan malu besar ekoran cubaannya untuk menyembunyikan usia sebenar menjerat diri sendiri gara-gara dia tidak pandai menyimpan bahan bukti.

Bipasha yang terkenal dengan jolokan simbol seks memiliki masa depan cerah di Bollywood lebih-lebih lagi dia kerap digandingkan dengan beberapa aktor muda termasuk Ranbir Kapoor.

Ketika aktres itu mendakwa dia masih muda dan hanya berusia 28 tahun, surat pendaftaran sekolah di sebuah sekolah tempat dia belajar mendedahkan bahawa umur sebenar Bipasha pada tahun ini ialah 32 tahun.

Jika Bipasha berbohong mengenai soal usia, seorang lagi aktres, Celina Jaitley turut mendapat malu selepas dia mengakui sepasang mata berwarna hijau yang membantu meningkatkan popularitinya di Bollywood adalah anugerah Tuhan.

Tidak lama selepas dia membuat pengakuan tersebut, akhbar-akhbar di India mendedahkan mata yang digilai ramai peminat itu sebenarnya hasil pemakaian kanta lekap.


BIPASHA

Tanpa kanta lekap itu, Celina dikatakan hilang daya penarik dan dia tidak sebegitu jelita seperti di layar perak.

Terkini, perbuatan berbohong itu dilakukan pula oleh pelakon baru Bollywood, Riya Sen tetapi aktres itu memiliki alasan tersendiri berbuat demikian iaitu untuk menutup malu.

Semuanya gara-gara penyebaran klip video khidmat pesanan multimedia (MMS) menampilkan adegan ranjang antara Riya dan pelakon kacak Ashmit Patel.

Walaupun Ashmit tanpa segan silu mengakui bahawa lelaki dalam klip video seks itu ialah dirinya, Riya pula bermati-matian mendakwa wajahnya ‘dimasukkan’ dalam klip itu menggunakan teknik pertindihan wajah.

Nasib bagaimanapun, tidak menyebelahi aktres tersebut apabila dia memiliki ramai peminat lelaki yang mengetahui setiap bentuk badannya dan mereka beriya-riya mengesahkan bahawa wanita dalam klip panas itu ialah Riya.

Selain Riya, aktres tersohor Bollywood, Aishwarya Rai juga tidak terlepas daripada berbohong kali ini mengenai desas-desus dia ditawarkan berlakon sebagai gadis Bond.

Ketika diasak oleh pemberita, Aishwarya malu-malu dan enggan mengesah atau menafikan dia menerima tawaran berlakon dalam filem terbaru James Bond tetapi dia memberi petunjuk seolah-seolah spekulasi itu benar.

Hanya selepas penerbit filem ejen perisik 007 itu mengeluarkan kenyataan rasmi bahawa mereka masih belum memuktamadkan pelakon-pelakon filem itu, barulah Rai menjelaskan bahawa dia tidak pernah menerima tawaran tersebut. – Agensi

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