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SALMAN KHAN TO MARRY
Emraan Hashmi’s new innings
REFUSE TO KISS
GOLDEN GIRL SHRADDHA KAPOOR’S MIDAS TOUCH
SEXY SIDHARTH MALHOTRA OPENS UP Woman we love: Preity Zinta
Volume 65 #12 June 2, 2016 - June 15, 2016 / ISSN NUMBER 0971-7277 A Times Of India Publication
June 15, 2016 `60
SALMAN KHAN TO MARRY
Emraan Hashmi’s new innings
REFUSE TO KISS
GOLDEN GIRL SHRADDHA KAPOOR’S MIDAS TOUCH
SEXY SIDHARTH MALHOTRA OPENS UP Woman we love: Preity Zinta
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PHOTOGRAPHS: ABHEET GIDWANI STYLING: SHALEENA NATHANI HAIR: AMIT THAKUR MAKE-UP: SHRADDHA NAIK
The ed raves about Shraddha Kapoor Homosexuality is no longer taboo in our films, says the editor
COVER masala STORY fix
Kangana and Imran Ranbir-Katrina agree to come out clean a no-kiss policy, on Khan career all set to life, Salman love and
marry, SLB to bring stage musical Padmavati to celluloid and other grist from the rumour mill
Shraddha Kapoor at her candid best
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Sneak peek of Sultan Ritika Singh & Nyra Banerjee enter B-town
fashion & beauty
Neha Dhupia’s Hong Kong adventure
Readers write in their raves and rants Viewers shoot off their reviews Shatrughan Sinha’s wacky witticisms
Deconstructing the fashion quotient of the stars
the good life
Sidharth Malhotra is in a happy space Dhanush wants to do more Hindi films Preity Zinta: What makes her special Emraan Hashmi on his braveheart son Richa Chadha lives by her rules Radhika Apte is not body conscious Gulshan Devaiah isn’t afraid to get intimate Sayani Gupta on being SRK’s fan Tigmanshu Dhulia roots for the digital Posters that were controversial Alka Yagnik shares memories
Letter from the Editor Girl, goddess… Shraddha Kapoor sure has proved lucky for her filmmakers as well as her co-stars in her six-year-old career so far. Barring hiccups like Teen Patti (2010) and Luv Ka The End (2011), all her films, starting from Aashiqui 2 (2013) have mostly been hits. Be it Aditya Roy Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan or Tiger Shroff with whom she was paired in the recent bumper hit Baaghi (2016), she has looked good opposite each of them. Along with Alia Bhatt, she has emerged as the heroine of choice for the young brigade of heroes. And there’s news for those who believe she can only play the coy-girl-next-door – her roundhouse kicks and punches look authentic as hell in Baaghi and maybe she has the makings of a genuine actor star too. Shraddha is also a singer – she has sung such songs as Galliyan (unplugged) for Ek Villain (2014), Do jahan (Haider 2014), Bezubaan phir se (ABCD 2 2015) and Sab tera in her latest flick, Baaghi. She’s got a sweet, original voice and a fair amount of control over it too. Given time and a little more training, she’s going to excel in this field as well. She has a perfect camera friendly face and a figure to boot. Some filmmakers perhaps have overtly highlighted that. And in this industry where if you have it, flaunt it is the rule; that should hardly be the problem. Better roles, written specially for her would surely come with time. What’s good is that she’s been an original in all her films and hasn’t been guilty of copying someone else’s mannerisms. She’s built her own distinctive image and the audience has by and large warmed up to her. She knows her fashion too and slowly but surely is making a name for herself not only on runways, where she walks with a swan’s grace but even in her casual appearances. Stylista supreme Sonam Kapoor has some serious competition hotting up. With a healthy number of hits to her credit, Shraddha’s brand value too has increased. She’s been the face of several national and international campaigns of late. Her ad count too is going to increase as she realises her full potential on screen. Shraddha is an industry kid – her dad Shakti Kapoor has been a famous character actor and her aunt Padmini Kolhapure was once one of the leading lights of Indian cinema. She has been aware of their rise and fall and hence knows the fickle nature of success. She’s one level-headed sorted kid, who has managed to keep herself grounded. The lissome lass is on our cover this fortnight, so turn the pages to know more about her and to drool over some fab, fab photos…
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a bird’s-eye view of show town’s happenings
HERE COMES THE HOT STEPPER Trust Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to spread her magic at every outing and transform it into something ethereal. She graced the reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa and set the stage on fire. Co-actor Randeep Hooda, host Aditya Narayan and even singer Mika Singh went ballistic matching her moves. That’s what we call a real showstopper.
Jacqueline replaces Katrina? pg 7 Wedding bells for Salman! pg 8 Kangana rejects a role because of Irrfan pg 10 PHOTOGRAPHS: YOGEN SHAH
Rumours&More KAT OUT, JACQUELINE IN?
The buzz was that Katrina Kaif would be paired opposite Sushant Singh Raput in Tarun Mansukhani’s next to be produced by Salman Khan’s banner. But apparently, Katrina is no more a part of the project. Sources reveal that Jacqueline Fernandez will soon be signed on.
RANBIR-KATRINA REFUSE TO KISS
It’s been a while since Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif called it quits. Consequently, reveal insiders, there has been trouble on the set of their incomplete film Jagga Jasoos given their bitter separation. The co-actors, who are not on talking terms, merely face each other for their shots. Naturally, this was not helping the film’s vibe. But now we hear that they rehearsed for a song in Jagga Jasoos at a hall in the suburbs. And it all went smoothly. We hear they were cordial to each other much to everyone’s relief. We also hear that the two left on the same day for their common destination, Morocco, but chose to take two separate flights four hours apart. While filming a song sequence there, the two however refused to kiss for the number.
KONKANA’S LIVING IT UP
Konkona Sen Sharma is balancing her life well. She’s just done with directing her first film A Death In The Ganj, which she’s written herself. She’s also lost oodles of weight and is looking fresh beyond imagination. She also sees to it that she spends quality time with son Haroun. She was recently spotted at a swimming pool of a suburban hotel, watching over as the young one learnt swimming
SALMAN TO FINALLY GET HITCHED?
KICKING AND SCREAMIN’: Parineeti Chopra has toned down and how. The svelte bombshell looked gorgeous in leotards. She looks fit and fabulous and ready for some great action.
SUNNY SETS RAEES SIZZLING
The sexy Sunny Leone is all set to take the mercury notches higher in Rahul Dholakia’s Raees. The seductress has featured in an item song with the hotter-than-the-hottest Shah Rukh Khan. Know alls insist that the beautifully shot number is going to be a strong crowd puller.
THIS STARLET HAS BEEN LINKED TO AN ACTOR/DIRECTOR BELONGING TO A TOP FILM FAMILY, APPARENTLY EVEN CAUSING A RIFT IN HIS MARRIAGE. BUT SHE HAS DENIED THE AFFAIR TO HER FRIENDS. SHE CLAIMS SHE’S GOT A STEADY BOYFRIEND UP NORTH. SOURCES REVEAL THAT SHE WAS WARNED BY THE POWERFUL RELATIVE OF HER ALLEGED ‘LOVER’ TO STAY AWAY
At 50, he’s the most eligible bachelor in B-town. While Salman Khan may have wooed and won a million hearts, seeing him walk up the altar is still a distant dream for his family and fans. But now it seems the wait may finally be over. Sources reveal that mother Salma Khan is keen to see her superstar son settled. And the devoted son only wants to see her happy. Apparently, the lucky woman to whom Salman will finally commit is his alleged Romanian girlfriend and actor Iulia Vantur. In fact, lulia and Salma even accompanied Salman to Japiur where he was shooting for Sultan. We couldn’t be happier for him.
OLD TIME’S SAKE: Juhi Chawla and Tabu had some fun moments on the sets of Comedy Nights Live. It was good to see the two heroines indulge in a bit of gossip and gupshup. That’s the way to go, gals…
KANGANA REFUSES IRRFAN
Two powerhouse performers Kangana Ranaut and Irrfan Khan were all set to come together for director Sai Kabir’s film. Kangana had given her nod when she heard the idea. But things fell apart when Kangana heard the final script. She realised Irrfan had a stronger role than hers. She promptly confronted Sai about it. He tried to convince her but the actress thumbed it down. The makers then signed Zarin Khan to play the lead opposite Irrfan. Ha!
YAARIYAN ONCE MORE… Bhushan Kumar is one supportive husband. The T-Series honcho will be producing the sequel of Yaariyan for director wife Divya Kumar Khosla. Titled Yaariyan 2 it will feature fresh faces.
Trouble in paradise?
So yet another star marriage has come under the scanner. This hunk of a star married a lady from the corporate world a while back. Things seemed okay between them but then rumours started floating about trouble in paradise. The star, of course, maintains an all-is-well stance. But the talks refuse to abate. We just hope the rumours aren’t true.
THE PETITE ADITI RAO HYDARI IS AN ASTUTE ACTOR. SHE’S LEARNING TAMIL FOR MANI RATNAM’S NEXT
Sanjay is inspired… again! Sanjay Gupta is known to take inspiration from hotshot foreign films. His penchant for turning them into Hindi potboilers, adding his own unique touch is well documented. For instance his popular film, Kaante was inspired from Reservoir Dogs, Musafir from U Turn and his last film, Jazbaa from a Korean film titled Seven Days. Sources reveal his upcoming film, Kaabil with Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam, is inspired from another Korean film. It’s a story of a man seeking revenge for his dead wife.
ADITYA CHOPRA GOES BOLD FOR BEFIKRE So Aditya Chopra’s next directorial Befikre, starring Ranveer Singh and Vani Kapoor, is a strong departure from his previous films. Insiders reveal that it’s rather bold with a lot of skin show. Not just that, it is going to break all records with more than 20 passionate kissing scenes between Ranveer and Vani. Coming from the talented Adi, this will surely be an aesthetic presentation.
HOUSE ON FIRE: Jacqueline Fernandez and Riteish Deshmukh were quite palsy at the song launch of Housefull 3. Aladin may have bombed but the co-stars have kept in touch over the years. If only director Sujoy Ghosh was around to complete their happiness…
HUMA REPLACES TAAPSEE Reportedly, Taapsee Pannu was finalised to play the lead in Ali Abbas Zafar’s first production with YRF films. But the latest we hear is that Huma Qureshi has replaced her. Apparently, Huma is good friends with Ali Abbas and convinced him to sign her instead for the film. Ali being a close friend, agreed. So now it’s Huma, who will be seen with Amit Sadh in the love story based in Bihar.
A POPULAR SUPERSTAR, WHO WAS RECENTLY ENTANGLED IN A RAGING CONTROVERSY, HAD SOME COMPANY WHEN HE WAS IN ANOTHER COUNTRY. THE ACTOR HAD GONE TO PERFORM AT A WEDDING WITH A BEVY OF BEAUTIES FROM B-TOWN. A LITTLE BIRDIE FROM THE LAND INFORMS US THAT A STRUGGLING ACTRESS STAYED BACK IN HIS ROOM AND SPENT THE NIGHT THERE
SLB TO BRING PADMAVATI ON THE BIG SCREEN
ROARING CUBS: Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor looked sexy and superfit and showed the paparazzi their guns at a promotional event of Baaghi. They make for a good-looking pair. We hope to see them in many more hits.
SUSHANT SINGH SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT
We had already informed you about Sushant Singh and Ankita Lokhande having split after years of togetherness. But the relationship status was ambiguous especially because Ankita denied the break-up in the media. But now, Sushant has expressed his feelings on social media and things seem pretty clear with his recent tweet. He said, ‘Neither she was an alcoholic nor I am a womaniser. People do Grow apart & its unfortunate. Period!!’ (sic) Sadly, some stories have an unexpected end. We wish them peace and happiness in the future! They both deserve the best.
QUEEN BEE DEEPIKA PADUKONE SEEMS TO BE IN A FIX. WHILE SANJAY LEELA BHANSALI HAS ANNOUNCED HIS NEXT PADMAVATI WITH HER, THE ACTOR HAS ALSO SAID YES TO AANAND L RAI’S FILM WITH SHAH RUKH KHAN. NOW, SLB’S DATES ARE COINCIDING WITH RAI’S SCHEDULES. DEEPIKA IS TRYING TO ADJUST HER DATES FOR BOTH THE FILMS. WE HOPE THINGS FALL IN PLACE FOR HER
There have been numerous speculations about Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next. But now it can be told. After Bajirao Mastani, SLB will be directing yet another period drama, based on the famous ruler Allauddin Khilji’s obsession for the queen of Mewar, Padmavati. Post Saawariya, Bhansali had directed the opera ballet Padmavati written by Albert Rousselan, for the prestigious Theatre Du Chatelet in Paris. Sources reveal that SLB’s favourite jodi Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone will be roped in for the historical story slated to release in December 2017.
movies on the block, set-talk, talent-buzz,
hotties to watch out for
WELL PREPPED Small town, big dreams... it’s the usual matinee story but Lakshya Kochhar adds individual flair to what seems like run-of-the-mill. He hails from Bhopal but currently resides in the busy lanes of Mumbai, juggling between TV commercials, assistant director gigs and auditions. But before he landed in film city, he flew to New York to sharpen his filmmaking skills at the NY Film Academy. Did we mention his idols are Marlon Brando and Al Pacino? Also to keep pace with acting methods back home, he blitzed through a course at Barry John’s Acting School. Recent additions to his folio have been assistant director duties on movies like Mastizaade and Rock On 2!!. Next up are a few big films where Lakshya may just hit the bull’s eye.
Exclusive stills from Sultan pg 14 Introducing new girls in B-town: Ritika and Nyra pg 16
SULTAN Release Date:
Eid, 2016 Banner:
Yash Raj Films Producers:
Aditya Chopra Director:
Ali Abbas Zafar Music:
Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma
Mud attack: Salman Khan
Take this: Anushka Sharma
Sultan is a sports drama, which is all about fighting life both inside and outside the ring. Itâ€™s a journey of a wrestler Sultan Ali Khan (Salman Khan) and his love story with Aarfa (Anushka Sharma). Salman, who beefed up for the tough role, is all set to grab eyeballs.
Muscle talk: Salman
Running out of time: Anushka
Face off: Anushka
OUT OF THE BOX
FROM A REAL-LIFE BOXER TO AN ACTOR, SUMAN SHARMA PROFILES THE DRAMATIC SWITCH OF RITIKA SINGH OF SAALA KHADOOS
t isn’t every day that you get a National Award for your very first film. Ritika Singh’s phone was off at the time the awards were announced and when she put it on, she was surprised to read a swarm of congratulatory messages. She feared it was some kind of a prank. She googled to confirm the news and started crying when she saw her name on the winners’ list. She still can’t believe it. “This is the first award of my life. Oh God …it’s unbelievable! People get awards after a few years. I got the award for my first film itself,” she beams. Ritika lives in Kalyan, a far flung Mumbai suburb. Her father, Mohan Singh is the VP, HR at the business conglomerate
IF I DO NOT SUCCEED IN ACTING, I CAN ALWAYS GO BACK TO SPORTS. I’M CONTINUING WITH MY KARATE AND KICK BOXING TRAINING. MY DREAM IS TO FIGHT ON THE WORLD STAGE AND MAKE INDIA PROUD PHOTOGRAPH: KEEGAN CRASTO/GRAZIA 26 FILMFARE June 15, 2016 / www.filmfare.com
FUTURE STOCK 1. In a fight sequence 2. With R Madhavan in Saala Khadoos
AS SPORTSPERSONS, WE ARE TRAINED TO CONTROL OUR EMOTIONS WHEREAS ACTORS HAVE TO EXPRESS EVERY SINGLE NUANCE OF THEIR CHARACTER… IN SAALA KHADOOS, I WAS PLAYING A BOXER AND WAS WEARING A HELMET… YET I WAS EXPECTED TO EMOTE Shapoorji Pallonji. He’s also a black belt in karate and kick-boxing and teaches around 200 students each year. He has trained Ritika and her brother Rohan in both the disciplines. Interestingly, Ritika represented India at the World Karate Championships and at Asian Games for kickboxing. Saala Khadoos came about when R Madhavan happened to watch one of her MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) bouts. “I was bad that day and was eliminated. I suffered a knee injury and couldn’t even walk properly. I was just 18 and thought my career was over,” she recalls. Madhavan met her and explained the concept of Saala Khadoos. She had to give an audition and luckily she was selected. The next four years were given completely
to the project. “I limited my participation in tournaments as I had to be injury free for the film,” she says. Saala Khadoos is a bi-lingual and was simultaneously shot in Tamil as Irudhi Suttru. “I didn’t know Tamil but still managed to memorise all my dialogue in one month’s time,” she adds. The important scenes were shot twice and it was challenging for a newcomer. “Madhavan sir is the sweetest co-star. I was not nervous as the team had prepared me well. In fact, everyone on the sets was well-prepared and knew what they had to do,” she states. Her day was made when she met producer Rajkumar Hirani during the film’s postproduction. “He makes you feel that you are part of his team. He is so down to earth. The simplest guy I have come across.”
he mentions that acting is the opposite of boxing. “As sportpersons, we are trained to control our emotions whereas actors have to express every single nuance of their character. In kickboxing, you can’t afford to show any weakness as your opponent may take advantage of it. Here, I was playing a boxer and was wearing a helmet most of the time and yet I was expected to emote.” Her most difficult moment was when one of her eyes was shown to be injured and she had to express her pain as well as her resilience. Taking a breather, she states that life is indeed unpredictable. “Being a kick boxer I always thought that I would retire as a fighter. In my wildest dream, I never imagined
I would be an actor someday. I don’t know what Maddy sir saw in me,” she smiles. She’s currently doing a Tamil movie opposite Vijay Sethupathy, directed by National Award winner M Manikandan . “I play a normal, modern girl in it. It is completely different from Saala Khadoos. I have to speak in Tamil and I find it difficult,” she confides. She’s not signed any Hindi film as yet and is waiting for a good script. She would like to experiment and keep a good balance between art and commercial cinema. Her plan A has become her plan B now. “If I do not succeed in acting, I can always go back to sports. I’m continuing with my karate and kick boxing training. My dream is to fight on the world stage and make India proud. I’ve n yet to achieve that.”
BONG CONNECTION Newcomer Nyra Banerjee shares her tales and travails on the set of One Night Stand with Ushnota Paul
PHOTOGRAPHS: MUNNA S
ew girl on the block, Nyra Banerjee says she had no qualms playing second fiddle to the hotshot Sunny Leone in her debut movie One Night Stand. She says, “Sunny and my roles were distinct. So the thought of being overshadowed by her never crossed my mind.” When Nyra auditioned for the part, she was finalised in just one day. She admits to having her reservations after hearing the bold title of the movie. “I wasn’t keen. But since I was already selected, I decided to hear the script. I instantly liked the idea of telling the story from a
woman’s perspective on gender equality, one night stands and infidelity in marriage,” she adds. Directed by Jasmine D’Souza, One Night Stand (ONS) starred Rati Agnihotri’s son Tanuj Virwani along with Nyra and Sunny. “My character Simran was modern and independent. Yet she was a simple, homely wife. The role entailed me to portray a spectrum of emotions,” says Nyra. She doesn’t believe in perfect roles. Rather she welcomes opportunities that help her tap her skills. And ONS provided her just that. She may have worked in a film called One Night Stand but she doesn’t
Gosh! What if he’s a psycho or has AIDS? What if he’s into hardcore sadomasochism or he loots me? I don’t think I can ever have a one-night stand 30 FILMFARE June 15, 2016 / www.filmfare.com
FUTURE STOCK endorse the idea. She exclaims, “Gosh! What if he’s a psycho or has AIDS? What if he’s into hardcore sadomasochism or he loots me? I don’t think I can ever have a one-night stand.”
yra, who has a sweet tooth, enjoyed her time on the set of ONS. “It was a young team full of brats. That made the shoot enjoyable. I would punish the assistant directors if they made me wait too long for the shots. I’d make them drink bitter gourd juice and demand sweets and pastries in return,” she giggles and adds, “Loads of sugar goodies were kept aside for me on the set. One of the assistant directors actually sent me a huge blueberry cheesecake and chocolate ice-cream.”
There was a lot of bedroom action in the film and Nyra had cold feet. She reveals, “I was uncomfortable shooting the intimate scenes. Being surrounded by the crew made me nervous. I was absolutely mortified. I feared my mother would throw me out of the house.” To make matters worse, she had to deal with a hectic schedule as well. She had to shoot for the scenes at night and travel the next morning to Bangalore for her Kannada film Tiger. “Alcohol came to the rescue and I got drunk! I was inebriated through the shooting of the intimate scene. The crew then got me nimbu paani so I could make it to Bangalore for the early morning shoot the next day,”
With Tanuj Virwani in One Night Stand
Alcohol came to the rescue and I got drunk! I was inebriated through the shooting of the intimate scene in One Night Stand
she laughs. Nyra actually never wanted to be an actress. She studied law for five years at the Mumbai University. She considered several vocations other than acting. She shares, “Maybe I could’ve been a singer. I’d picked up bhajans, geet, ghazals, English songs, film songs and even Rabindra
Sangeet and songs of Kazi Nazrul Islam (national poet of Bangladesh) from my mother. I want to be known as a singing star. I also love dancing.” She blames her Bengali roots for the proclivity towards music. “Being born in a Bengali family, music, dance and painting were inculcated in me right since childhood,” she says. Born in Mumbai, she spent parts of her childhood in Port Blair, Delhi and Kolkata because her father’s an officer in the Indian Navy. Her mother is a novelist. Like most girls her age, she had a massive crush on Salman Khan. “He’s my childhood love. I’m not ashamed to admit it even today,” she chuckles. She also admires her co-star Sunny Leone for her perseverance. “Also, Priyanka Chopra for her hard work and hunger to achieve more,” she smiles. Initially, she was wary like any other newcomer about making it in showbiz. “There was an unmistakable feeling of joy mixed with inhibitions and an initial fear of the unknown. But it has gradually settled down,” she claims. A lot more confident about her art today, Nyra is all set to start shooting for her next movie, Govind Sakariya’s Ram Bhai starring Sharman Joshi, Prem Chopra and Rajpal Yadav. All the best, girl. n
They are hot, they are cool. Meet our trend makers and breakers
RED CARPET SLAYER SONAM KAPOOR IN DIOGO MIRANDA WHERE: AT A BRAND PROMOTION THE X FACTOR: SLEEK CHIC
It’s one of those high fashion moments that make you want to sit back and enjoy the sight. But then we don’t expect any less from Sonam Kapoor, right? She’s working the hell out of this Diogo Miranda creation, from the flared bottoms, knot waist to the cold shoulder top. The sleek half knot complements the outfit. The make-up comprising a golden lid with block eyeliner and hot pink lips adds to the sophistication. That she has the personality to carry off such a tricky look is a bonus. Infallible! COMPILED BY: KINNARI RATHOD PHOTOGRAPHS: YOGEN SHAH
Sooraj Pancholi lets us in his wardrobe pg 21 Shraddha Kapoor’s rate-o-meter pg 23 Candy lips take centerstage pg 24 www.filmfare.com / June 15, 2016 FILMFARE 33
Follow Suit He likes to keep it neat and natty. Suits are his go to. Kinnari Rathod finds out Sooraj Pancholi’s wardrobe secrets…
What are your wardrobe essentials?
Good shoes for a good suit. I’ve seen people wearing good suits but not with the perfect shoes. A good watch is a must have too.
One trend you want to erase from the fashion scenario… (Laughs) Skinny jeans. For men.
Dolce & Gabbana
If you were a garment, which one would you be? I’d be a nice crisp suit.
Would you wear a nose ring or step out with kohl eyes?
I’d wear it for a film if my character needs it. Not outside though.
Have you ever worn an outfit and regretted it later?
No, not really. (Laughs) I haven’t been to those many events ya. I’m sure that day will come though.
One thing you don’t leave the house without?
(Chuckles) Ummm… my innerwear.
What do you wear on a lazy Sunday?
If you could wear one garment for the rest of your life what would it be?
White linen pajamas! They’re comfy and super cool.
Who’s your style inspiration? Saif Ali Khan.
What takes up maximum space in your wardrobe? I have a vast collection of shoes, like huge! There are some that I haven’t even worn yet.
Describe your personal style in one word. Simple!
FASHION & BEAUTY LOOK
1 Moschino Vintage
Roberto Cavalli ALIA BHATT
Getting Back To Square One
Chloe Gosselin JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ
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While venturing into the dark valley, ing m don’t end up looking like a 16-year-old o elc schoolgirl going rebel. Remember, less is w e more when it comes to the gothic trend. Take cues e’r from Alia Bhatt as she plays our seductive muse this W
fortnight in the Shivan and Naresh creation. Or go hot and grunge like Jacqueline Fernandez. Kohl-rimmed eyes and nude lips make for perfect companions. Help yourself with the three distinct looks we’ve picked for you. So gals, go bewitch and beguile them.
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FASHION & BEAUTY
This fortnight’s Shraddha Kapoor comes under our rate-o-meter scan Simplicity might be her mantra but that doesn’t mean she refrains from experimenting. Some meh, some great… we rate her five distinct looks and tell you what’s hot and what’s not
HOT PINK BABE
Despite the colour looking utterly gorgeous on her, the dress does nothing to her petite frame. The nude strappy sandals and bland hair and make-up take away from her verve.
Given how amazing she looks in the dress and how fabulous is the hair and make-up here, there is nothing to fault. But boy, how we wish she’d swap those lace sandals for sky high stilettos or something trendier.
SHORT AND SWEET
EASY BREEZY VIBES
The monochrome dress looks super cute on her and the matching lips and pumps play along well. But the messy hair is a bummer. This look called for a sleek do.
This easy-breezy Indie look steals our hearts. The dress, fishtail and Kolhapuri wedges are all bang on. The absence of accessories however gives it an incomplete feel.
TRUE BLUE CHARM
Matching the blue eyes and sandals to the dress could’ve gone wrong but not here. The dress fits her like a glove, the hair and make-up is impeccable. It’s cute, it’s sexy, it’s a winner… it’s Shraddha.
FASHION & BEAUTY
Make Up For Ever
Buxom Lip Polish
OUR PICKS Bite Beauty Matte Lip Crayon Lancôme Juicy Shaker
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Reds and ox bloods take a backseat, pink and corals are our pouty BFFs this fortnight…
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan dives into the light brown lip gloss trend, that’s a major hit right now. She gives a good ombré twist to it by lining her nude lips with a brown shade and finishes it off with a tint of gloss.
The trick to nailing a pink that looks like your natural lip colour is dabbing. Sonam Kapoor does just that with her pink and emerges triumphant. A hint of lip balm can do wonders.
How wonderfully this particular shade of nude complements her porcelain skin. This a difficult trend to pull off and only someone as confident as Kareena Kapoor Khan could do it. Pick a nude that suits your skin shade.
PINK ME UP
Kareena Kapoor Khan
‘If you're sad, add more lipstick and attack.’ - Coco Chanel
Mostly, the one to opt for nudes, Katrina Kaif goes pink on her pout and boy does she look cute! A pink gloss is indeed a girl’s best friend. Night or day, the shade suits every hour.
FASHION & BEAUTY
Stylist Shyamli Arora reveals what went behind the making of the gorgeous bride Bipasha Basu… “Bipasha was clear that her nuptials would be completely traditional in terms of the Bengali rituals and of course the clothes, accessories, make-up and hair. So here’s how it went…” says Shyamli as she elaborates on each occasion...
THE MEHENDI CEREMONY
Anushree Reddy designed the blush pink lehenga for the mehendi keeping in mind Bipasha’s penchant for the colour and florals along with vintage gold. She chose a satlada pearl and rubies necklace and jadau jhumar earrings from Jaipur Jewels to add to the look. Accessory brand Ceremonial Hues designed her floral tiara and haathphool, while Princesse K customised a floral clutch for the same. And voila walked in the perfect bride-to-be to kick off her fairytale wedding celebrations.
AT THE RECEPTION
She picked an antique gold zardozi embroidered Sabyasachi lehenga in her favourite red for the pheras. The nath and maang tika were picked from Kishandas Jewellers. The polki and pearls studded gold haathphools from Jaipur Jewels added to the ethnic look.
KARAN SINGH GROVER AND BIPASHA BASU
For her first outing as Mrs Bipasha Basu Grover at the reception, we chose a glamorous Sabyasachi jacket-lehenga creation. Jaipur Jewels came up with a unique neckpiece to accessorise this look - a stunning 35 layered necklace and earrings strung with Basra pearls, jadau pieces and emerald drops. She wore a pair of Jimmy Choos and matched it all with a customised Sabya clutch.
FASHION & BEAUTY KNIT PICK
There is nothing, really believe us, nothing to fault here. But how we wish Sonam Kapoor would make that strapless blouse vanish and replace it with a classic one. The gorgeous saree, accessories, make-up, hair and the lady in question are otherwise too perfect.
SWAP AND TELL
We can’t stop crushing over Katrina Kaif’s cute floral shorts and tie-up ballerinas. Then what’s wrong? Pull back those waves into a messy bun, get rid of the sheer top and replace it with a simple black tank and Bam! you’re done.
CAPE DOWN SONAKSHI SINHA
Our gripe here is the choice of tee shirt with the cape denim combo. Swap it with a plain bold coloured tank and the result would be stunning. Otherwise, Kareena Kapoor Khan oozes glam and looks fabulous in capes.
INTO THE BLUES
Hit or Mess?
One, two, many… oh the fault in our stars!
The silhouette against norms, works for her curvy frame. But the creases on the jumpsuit seem a tad tacky in photographs. To Sonakshi Sinha’s credit, she’s pulling it off with confidence.
KAREENA KAPOOR KHAN
Jacqueline Fernandez makes this not-so-great dress look super cute. Now only if the choice of her footwear was different and the hair neater, she’d have been a winner... A rare miss for Jackie.
FASHION & BEAUTY
Boys put their quirky foot forward... Varun Dhawan’s yellow feet catch your eyes, don’t they? Abhishek Bachchan’s tassel clad loafers blend perfectly well with his blazer-denim ensemble. Look closely and you’ll notice Akshay Kumar has tucked in his zipped pants into his high tops giving us a super grunge look. B-town hunks are sure going ga-ga over snazzy footwear. We reckon you also do the same. Loud patterns, pop of colours and a whole lot of attitude? Yes, please.
Giuseppe Zanotti Design
“A man should look as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgotten all about them.” – Hardy Amies
lifestyles of the fit and the fabulous
ALL THAT JAZZ
I don’t remember life without dance. Dancing is like being in a playground. To dance is to be free. My mother says she heard and watched a lot of classical music and dance when she was expecting me. Perhaps, that’s the influence. I started my formal training at five and no one had to force me to attend class. Till date it remains a passion. As Rumi says: “Dance if you’re broken open. Dance if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free. -- Aditi Rao Hydari on her passion for dance
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HONG KONG express
NEHA DHUPIA recounts details of her amazing vacation in Hong Kong to ASHWINI DESHMUKH
eha Dhupia is a self-confessed travel buff. She recently visited Hong Kong (HK) along with her parents and had a gala time at the Island city. “When you’re on a holiday with your loved ones, it doesn’t get better than that,” she exclaims. “Hanging out with my mom and dad means the world to me as I don’t live with them. The ‘family time’ is what made our trip all the more special. We stayed in rooms overlooking the Victoria Harbour and the best part of the stay was just chatting with them while observing the buzzing life at the harbour.” She found Hong Kong to be an environmentally aware community. “They emphasise on going green, they make things locally and recycle things. They construct around old trees, without disturbing or harming them. It’s a conscious society moving in the right direction,” she points out. She observes that Hong Kong carries a curious mix of the East and the West, what with part of it looking like Manhattan and parts of it reminding you of old China. Neha posing for
a tram ride
Full view of the
family playing with the penguins
adventurous with a ride at the Ocean Park
THE PEOPLE IN HONG KONG EMPHASISE ON GOING GREEN, THEY MAKE THINGS LOCALLY AND ALSO BELIEVE IN RECYCLING. THEY CONSTRUCT AROUND OLD TREES, WITHOUT DISTURBING OR HARMING THEM. IT’S A CONSCIOUS SOCIETY MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
The Dhupias posing
with the wax statue of President Obama at Madame Tussauds
& Having fun
at the Trick Eye Museum
Wonton Noodles With the Marilyn
Monroe statue at Madame Tussauds
“There’s an interesting history behind it, the way it was colonised and the way some natives there believe they’re Europeans,” she remarks. Neha enjoyed the fact that Hong Kong offers so many commute options, catering to everyone’s tastes and pockets. “One can sample old world charm by travelling in trams and ferries she says. Budget travellers can travel via buses. Then there are exotic, new age ways like underwater tunnels and cable cars too, which cost more but offer a once in a lifetime experience,” she informs.
eha’s father was in the Indian Navy and hence she has a natural affinity to places close to the sea and found the Ocean Park the most exciting place to visit. “Watching the penguins and dolphins so closely is an amazing experience, especially touching them. We learnt how to signal them and then they’d go and jump into the water. It was fun to watch the childlike joy of my parents playing with the penguins,” she beams. She mentions there is a cable car service that takes you from one area of the Ocean Park to another overlooking the mountainous
WHEREVER THERE’S A BUDDHA, THE ENERGY CHANGES. THERE’S AN INTRINSIC SPIRITUALITY AROUND IT. FOR ME, THAT WAS A FAVOURITE PART OF THE VISIT
region. “The ride seemed scary but it turned out to be adventurous,” she smiles. They also travelled by cable car to the Ngong Ping village. It’s one of the longest and most picturesque cable car rides and she found it beautiful and scary in equal measure. “It had a glass bottom and we we’d challenge each other saying, ‘Let’s see who can lie down on the glass floor and look down!’ And there was the deep sea below. It was like being in an airplane with a glass floor,” she beams. Sunset view from
The Sky Terrace
The Big Buddha at Ngong Ping With Jackie
Chan’s statue at Madame Tussauds
The Wong Tai Sin
Temple in Kowloon
Street food in Hong Kong
HK TOP 10 DISNEYLAND: It offers the same rides as the American ones but at much cheaper rates. OCEAN PARK: Go there for its large aquariums and a chance to see the pandas. NGONG PING 360: Known for its longest cable ride and world’s tallest outdoor Buddha. VICTORIA PEAK: The viewing deck on The Peak offers a spectacular view of the city state.
cable car ride at Ocean Park
3 D MUSUEM: It offers some mind-boggling visual effects
AVENUE OF STARS: It’s HK’s version of Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame.
a unique hat
A SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS: It’s the world’s largest light show, according to the Guiness Book.
hand at the ring game
sold veggies? You can try it out at the Ocean Park
ABERDEEN FISHING VILLAGE: Go back in history and see a flotilla of Junks anchored around the harbour.
THE CABLE CAR RIDE TO NGONG PING VILLAGE WAS BOTH BEAUTIFUL AND SCARY. THE CAR HAD A GLASS BOTTOM AND WE’D CHALLENGE EACH OTHER SAYING, ‘LET’S SEE WHO CAN LIE DOWN ON THE GLASS FLOOR AND LOOK DOWN’! THERE WAS THE DEEP SEA BELOW. IT WAS LIKE BEING IN AN AIRPLANE WITH A GLASS FLOOR
he Big Buddha or the famous Tian Tan Buddha, the biggest outdoor Buddha statue in the world is situated in Ngong Ping Island. Neha is a spiritual person and mentions she has many Buddha statues in her house. “Wherever there’s a Buddha, the energy changes. There’s an intrinsic spirituality around it. For me, that was a favourite part of the visit.” Like most tourists Madame Tussauds, part of the renowned chain of wax museums, is located at the Peak Tower on Hong Kong, was an obvious destination as well. They posed for pictures standing next to everyone from Madonna to Einstein. They also enjoyed visiting the Trick Eye Museum, which features paintings that magically appear to be three-dimensional through the use of optical illusion. It’s host to a
ST JOHN’S CATHEDRAL: Founded in 1849, it’s one of the oldest churches in HK. STAR FERRY RIDE: One of the most picturesque rides in the world.
series of backdrops designed to fool the eye. “It was hilarious clicking pictures defying physics,” she laughs. They went on a ferry ride around sunset soaking in the beauty of the well-lit commercial towers that surround the sea on both sides. Another place that was a must visit was the Sky Terrace. “Situated at the height of 428 meters above the sea level, it offers a panoramic views of the whole island,” she shares. She loved visiting the Hollywood street that runs between Central and Sheung Wan and is the hub of art gallaries and quaint antique shops. Hong Kong is an international shopping hub and Neha was fascinated by the fashion sense displayed by its denizens. “Every woman there makes an effort to be well turned out. Once in our hotel, there was a wedding going on. It reminded me of our awards night. Everybody was in their best
TRAVEL TIPS Octopus card: It’s a prepaid debit card that can be used to pay for public transportation. MTR: HK’s Mass Transit Railway is the best way to go around but doesn’t offer the same views such as buses or trams. Ding Ding: Or the Light Rail system is a tram line, which connects Tuen Mun, Yuen Long and Tin Shui Wai areas.
EVERY WOMAN THERE MAKES AN EFFORT TO BE WELL TURNED OUT. ONCE IN OUR HOTEL, THERE WAS A WEDDING GOING ON. IT REMINDED ME OF OUR AWARDS NIGHT. EVERYONE WAS IN THEIR BEST GOWNS Street shopping for
a happy soul
the lanes in Hong Kong. What more does a girl want?
Trying out clothes
at a boutique
Bus routes: The top of the double decker buses offer the best views.
gowns,” she smiles. She believes Hong Kong, Korea and Japan are the new fashion destinations. “They’re a few years ahead of us. From mixing cute hair bands with gothic pants and anti-fit T-shirts! It was so me. I love wearing anti-fit loose clothes.” What’s unique is the fact that the biggest brands retail on one hand while places like the Mongkong Ladies market abound with junk jewelry, clothes and artefacts for the budget shopper she informs. She was delighted to pick up curios from little hole-like shops along the walls.
ong Kong offers a unique culinary experience. “The food is healthy, with most of it being steamed. They serve the most amazing greens from bok choy to asparagus. There’s also an assorted variety of mushrooms to choose from.” Some of the best Michelin Star restaurants in the world are situated in HK and offer cuisine, ranging from Cantonese, Chinese, Thai and Japanese. HK is famous for its street food as well. “You know that the street food is good when locals in suits eat in these small places. They serve yummy fare.” She mentions the restaurant Yum Cha, where she had amazing dim sums. “It was wonderful trying out the dim sums in shape of birds and faces and sweet fillings oozing out of steaming buns…” No wonder HK has left a lingering taste of sweetness.n
what’s on their mind?
None of my co-stars have ever flirted with me. But if someone does and if I’m interested in him then I’ll flirt back. If I’m not then I won’t The shy Shraddha Kapoor lets down her guard. Read the full interview to know more…
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Sugar and spice and everything nice -- that’s Shraddha Kapoor for you in a nutshell. But beneath the velvet corset lies a spine of steel that has been tampered to withstand all kinds of pressures. She might bend but she won’t fall apart and certainly not rust. She’s taken whatever life has thrown at her with an infectious smile, which isn’t a mask. Rather it reaches her eyes as well. She’s endured early rejection to emerge as one of the leading fillies of the film industry. Baaghi is her fifth film in a row that’s inching towards the 100 crore mark. And mind you, she’s done films only with newbies and not with established stars. Her inherent grace and charisma played a large part in driving the public in droves to the theatres. She’s constantly evolving, constantly learning, constantly trying to excel herself. In Ek Villain for instance, she made the world take notice of her mellifluous voice in the unplugged version of Teri galliyan and in Baaghi, she showed she’s ready to kick some serious butt too. She’s a girl; she’s a woman and possesses enough moonlight magic to qualify as an enchantress too. Presenting to you the box-office goddess in the making, Shraddha Kapoor at her candid best… Baaghi is your fifth hit in a row. Have you finally cracked the secret to box-office success?
I have no clue or secrets. My first two films, Teen Patti and Luv Ka The End, had fared badly. So I really have no formula to share. When I say yes to a movie, I ask myself if I’ll be happy shooting for it and whether I will look forward to going on the sets every day. Because you dedicate a few months of your life, sometimes even years to making a film. My first film took two and half years to complete.
Can you now say that your career has hit a purple patch? I can’t say this about myself. I can’t say, ‘Mera time chal raha hai’. I’m just happy to be shooting, making a film and coming back home. It definitely feels good when my films do well because you put so much effort while making them. Truth is, I don’t have a life apart from my work. Whenever I get free time,
I spend it with my family at home or I meet a few friends. I don’t watch TV. I hardly read the newspapers or magazines because I don’t have the time. Life’s already full of so much information as it is. My life just revolves around films.
How do you keep yourself informed about world affairs?
I wish I was more aware because sometimes when people ask me, ‘Did you hear about what happened?’ I’ve no idea. I quickly digress with the regular, ‘Oh! I was shooting’ excuse. I’m good with Instagram because I love photographs. But when it comes to Twitter and Facebook, I guess I need to pay more attention to these. I miss out on so many tweets because I just don’t pay attention. There’s no time for anything else because if you’re shooting for 12 to 17 hours a day, the only time you have is to eat your food, say good night to mummy and daddy and go to sleep.
Don’t you have friends who could keep you in the loop about everything? There’s no one in my life who gives me updates about anything. I’m clueless about matters in the industry as well. My friends keep asking me for gossip. But I don’t know anything. In fact, sometimes they tell me the latest gossip and oddly enough, I’m the one saying, ‘Really? I didn’t know that!’ I’m so disconnected with the industry I work in.
What’s the latest rumour you’ve heard about yourself?
I’ve heard nothing. I know rumours keep happening, there’s always something brewing. But I’m just not aware.
How was the experience of working with Tiger Shroff in Baaghi?
We’ve known each other before Baaghi. We studied in the same
THERE’S A LIMIT TO EVERYTHING. YOU CAN’T JUST COOK UP ANYTHING YOU WANT TO WRITE (ABOUT HER LINK-UP WITH FARHAN AKHTAR). YOU HAVE TO CONSIDER PEOPLE’S SENTIMENTS; YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THE PEOPLE INVOLVED
COVER STORY school. He’s one of a kind. He’s unique. What Tiger can do no one can. Yet he’s also humble. When you’re talented you tend to develop a sense of pride. But he doesn’t even have that. He’s so unsatisfied with whatever he does, he’s always disapproving of himself. He’s always trying to be better. That’s the most inspiring part. He has no competition; he’s amazing. I can never even dream of doing all that he can.
Would you like to be part of a remake?
Yet, you managed to push your boundaries and did your own action in Baaghi…
I’m afraid that the audience will stop loving me. I guess, every actor somewhere fears that.
Yes, I tried. The script had it all written. There was much that I could do. I got excited with the opportunity of doing action. I’ll be happy if I get more action films.
Do you feel insecure when other actors do well?
No, never, I feel happy for them. I don’t like it when Indian films don’t do well. Our industry should flourish. People should watch our
I believe classics shouldn’t be remade. We shouldn’t touch films like Pyaasa. Although I must say that Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas is one of my favourite films. It’s rare to do justice to a remake. Remakes are tricky. As an actor though, I’d like to believe I can do anything. I’d love to work in a remake of Chaalbaaz.
Do you have any insecurities as an actor?
Do you fear failure? How did you handle it in the early phase of your career?
Yes, I’m afraid. But I also know that good things come after the bad. I’ve experienced it. The good thing is, when the initial films flopped I didn’t feel any pressure because there wasn’t anything to compare to. But now, after each success, my nervousness is increasing.
What helps you say yes to a film?
Of course, it all starts with the script. When I first read a script I ask myself will I go to the theatre and enjoy this. Will I enjoy playing this character? Will people like to see me in this role?’ And then there’s the most important question. Will I be happy doing this film? Will I be happy waking up at 4 am and shooting for the next 17 hours, dedicating myself to one character every day with endless rehearsals, doing everything to make the character come to life? Once you say yes to a film it becomes your life. It’s like saying yes to a new but unknown journey. And then giving all your time to it. I don’t know if the film will do well. No one knows the fate of a Friday. I guess even with Baaghi we received more than what we expected.
Were you disheartened by the mixed reviews for Baaghi? Or it does not matter in comparison to box-office success?
Of course, you want everyone to love
IT’S IMPORTANT TO BE WITH THE RIGHT PERSON. I DON’T GET ATTRACTED TO GUYS EASILY. THERE HAS TO BE SOMETHING OUTOF-THE-BOX OR OUT-OF-THE-WORLD ABOUT THEM. YOU GIVE YOUR HEART AND SOUL TO A RELATIONSHIP movies. I feel happy when contentoriented films do well. I enjoyed Kapoor & Sons. I haven’t watched Neerja, Airlift and Nil Battey Sannata. But I watched Fan. Shah Rukh Khan was so good in it.
Do you want to work with the Khans now?
Of course, I do. Who wouldn’t want to? But I want to have a good role if I am to work with them. It should be a memorable character. Something I feel creatively satisfied whilst playing. Like Aishwarya Rai’s in Devdas with SRK or Aishwarya’s in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam with Salman Khan. Or even Urmila Matondkar’s intense act in Rangeela with Aamir Khan.
I remember the Thursday night before the release of Baaghi, I was nauseous. I experienced the same feeling before the release of ABCD2. Every new film adds pressure because you’re concerned whether people will like it or not. Will the audience like me? Will I be rejected? There are a lot of questions that plague you. So I guess, it’s tougher now than it was in the early days. Now I’m dealing with expectations. People want to see you do better work with each film. They want to see something new. To live up to those expectations becomes your responsibility. You create that pressure for yourself. But I’m trying to do good films.
your film. You want everyone to say good things about your work. But if critics haven’t liked it then we will try to do better next time. But there is no bigger critic than the audience. They’ll watch a film only if they enjoy it. So many people went to watch our film. And they had a good time. That means it must’ve had something good to offer.
How would you describe yourself? I don’t know how to say good things about myself. People can do it. I can’t. I’m hardworking and passionate about what I do. I can face any challenge with grace and optimism. I’ve come this far on my own. That’s something I really feel proud of.
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COVER STORY Are you looking for films that could win you awards?
I’m excited about Ok Jaanu, Rock On 2!! and Half Girlfriend. I’m excited about my roles in these films. They are different characters. I would love to do a film that wins me awards. But I’ve not been offered anything like that.
As an actor what are the areas you wish to improve in?
In every department… singing, acting and dancing. There is no end to improvement. I want to be the best at whatever I do.
Ok Jaanu has you paired with your Aashiqui 2 co-star Aditya Roy Kapur. Will the expectations mount?
Aashiqui 2 has become a cult film. It’s been three years and people still call me Aarohi. If you Google Aarohi Kapoor, the search throws up my pictures. There are huge expectations. I’m nervous but I’m also excited. People loved our pairing because of the story and the characters. It feels awesome to be back shooting with Aditya. It’s better this time because Ok Jaanu isn’t as intense as Aashiqui 2. It’s a fun film.
Was there any discomfort considering the two of you were allegedly a couple at that time?
No, we were never a couple. It was just a rumour. People got carried away with Aashiqui 2 and started believing we were a couple.
NO, ADITYA (ROY KAPUR) AND I WERE NEVER A COUPLE. IT WAS JUST A RUMOUR. PEOPLE GOT CARRIED AWAY WITH AASHIQUI 2 AND STARTED BELIEVING WE WERE A COUPLE
SHORT, SMART & SAVVY... SHRADDHA TAKES IT ON How do you react when your co-star flirts with you? None of my co-stars have ever flirted with me. But if someone does and if I’m interested in him then I’ll flirt back. If I’m not then I won’t.
A bottle of water, my glasses, eye drops, charger, moisturiser and lip balm.
What is your lucky number? Three!
What’s your idea of a perfect date?
Which bill do you hate paying the most?
Watching a movie and having great food at home.
I don’t like paying my shopping bills.
What will you do if you discover that your boyfriend is cheating?
Yes, of heights and thunder and lightning.
Do you have any phobia?
I’ll leave him.
What was the one lie you told your parents?
Have you ever cheated on your boyfriend?
I never admitted that I wanted to be an actor. Then one day when I told them so, they were surprised.
Farhan Akhtar, Aditya Roy Kapur or Arjun Kapoor… who would you like to take on a long drive and why? Farhan… because I want to ask him how he prepared for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. I’d asked him the same during the shoot for Rock On 2!! but I didn’t follow up.
Your first crush… When I was in the first standard. He was my classmate.
How would you define love? Love is the most beautiful thing in the world.
Do you believe in love at first sight? I don’t believe love can happen at first sight. I need to have conversation.
Do you believe that love is blind? In some ways, yes.
If you were to bump into your ex when you’re with your current boyfriend… what would you do? I’d say, “Hello! How are you?’ I’d be normal.
What is your favourite romantic song? Tum hi ho… from Aashiqui 2.
Bracelets: Amrapali and Minerali Shoes: Dune
What’s on your bed side table?
A fantasy location where you’d like to make love… (Laughs) I haven’t thought about it.
Who should have the upper hand in a relationship – the boy or the girl? It should be equal. I believe in equality.
If you had only 24 hours to live what would you do? I would meet all the people I love. I’d spend time with my family, friends and loved ones.
If one song were to describe your life, what song would it be? A sky full of stars by Coldplay.
What is your opinion about an open relationship? It’s not for me but to each his own. If you’re in a relationship you should stay committed. If not, then don’t be in the relationship.
Do you have a dark deep secret? Yes, everyone has secrets, so do I.
What makes you angry and how do you handle it? When people are inconsiderate. When they are not what they show they are. If they are something in front of you and something else behind your back, it angers me.
What five words would describe you? Curious, unsatisfied, bad planner, over thinker and easily trusting.
COVER STORY How was the experience of working with Farhan Akhtar on Rock On 2!!?
It’s a different role and film. It’s superb shooting with Farhan. It’s a dream come true for me because when I saw Rock On!! in 2009 with my parents, I’d said that if they were ever to make a sequel, I’d be in it. Can you believe that? It came true. (Laughs) That’s the power of the Universe. When you ask for something with all your heart and soul, the Universe gives it to you. I shared this with Farhan, Arjun (Rampal) and Purab (Kohli). They were amazed as well. I was fascinated with the idea of working with Farhan because I’ve loved him since Rock On!! I loved him in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag too. I love the fact that he’s so talented. He’s carved a niche for himself. He’s a lot of fun on the set and he’s equally inspiring. He’s the perfect blend of both. I felt inspired every day by just being around him. He’s passionate about his work. He inspired me to have the same zeal about my work as well.
There’s also speculation that you’re dating Farhan Akhtar?
There’s a limit to everything. You can’t just cook up anything you want to write about. You have to consider people’s sentiments; you have to think about the people involved. That’s what I feel.
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I LOVE THE FACT THAT FARHAN’S SO TALENTED. HE’S A LOT OF FUN ON THE SET AND HE’S EQUALLY INSPIRING… I FELT INSPIRED EVERY DAY BY JUST BEING AROUND HIM. HE’S PASSIONATE ABOUT HIS WORK. HE INSPIRED ME TO HAVE THE SAME ZEAL ABOUT MINE AS WELL
No! It’s exciting when you’re shooting for a film you love, when you have these different stories that you can be part of. I’m happy being single.
Do you view a relationship as a distraction?
No, I don’t view it as a distraction. But it’s important to be with the right person. It’s a beautiful feeling to be in a relationship.
What kind of men do you feel attracted to?
I don’t get attracted to guys easily.
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YES, I’M A DEMANDING GIRLFRIEND BECAUSE I WILL WANT TO KEEP TALKING TO THAT PERSON, KEEP MESSAGING HIM AND I’LL WANT TO KEEP MEETING HIM There has to be something out-of-thebox or out-of-the-world about them. You give your heart and soul to a relationship.
Are you a difficult girlfriend?
Yes, I’m a demanding girlfriend because I will want to keep talking to that person, keep messaging him and I’ll want to keep meeting him. Funnily though, I wouldn’t have the time to do any of that.
How can a man win your heart?
Just be yourself. Don’t change who you are. Be comfortable with yourself. Don’t try to show all aspects of your personality all at once. Everyone has good and bad qualities. Nobody is perfect. Perfect banne ke chakkar mein sab gadbad ho jaati hai.
Heard that you’ve bought a house for yourself?
Yes, it’s in the building adjacent to my parents’ (Shakti and Shivangi Kapoor) house, in the same compound and on the first floor. It’s a two bedroom, hall and kitchen, a small cute house. I love it. But I’m not moving out of my parents’ house. I love living with my parents. I’ve bought this house as an investment. It’s for my meetings, fittings, readings and other work related stuff. I don’t want to take over my parents’ house all the time. It feels good to own a house. It feels like your hard work has paid off. It’s a high. The next thing on my wish list is to buy one more house. I want to follow in my dad’s footsteps. He invests only in property.
Who takes care of your investments?
My father. I don’t know anything about my income. I misplace cheques all the time. When I’m handed a cheque I just throw it into my bag and forget about it. I end up changing bags and then a few months later this cheque will appear out of somewhere. It’s because I’m focussed only on my work. That’s why I’m glad that my dad takes care of my finances.
Whom are you closer to – your mother or father?
I’m close to my mom in a way like she’s my best friend. Dad is the person who makes me laugh the most in the whole world. When someone offers us a film together we’ll jump at it. My father is a legend. n
GRADUAT FROM A BRIGHT STUDENT TO A SHINING STAR… SIDHARTH MALHOTRA’S STORY IS THAT OF APTITUDE AND ATTITUDE, FINDS RAHUL GANGWANI Boys grow up to be men. Actors grow on to be stars. Coming of age in the film industry is all about changing. And Sidharth Malhotra has had quite the transformation. I vividly remember first meeting him in the September of 2012 when Student Of The Year hadn’t released. The Delhibased novice was gauche, gawky and spoke in measured words. Cut to 2016 and there’s been a 360 degree turn in his fortunes as well as his disposition. What we now have is a confident and a self-assured star. And most importantly, someone who has decided to challenge and bend the rules of showbiz. The reticent Sidharth has chosen to become a people’s person. He’s taken charge of things, he’s learnt to call the shots. He even has a strategy all figured out. It’s his unapologetic code of survival in a dynamic, ever-changing scenario. Yet his core remains the same. He aims big but he recognises the merits of staying grounded. The resounding success of Ek Villain and Kapoor & Sons has catapulted him into the big league. And he’s now poised for a stint at the top. PHOTOGRAPHS: ARJUN MARK
Four years and five films later... are you now comfortable in a demanding industry?
I’m definitely more mature. I now understand what kind of films are accepted and what are rejected, what the audience likes and what it doesn’t. I’ve learnt much by interacting with senior actors. I can say I’m now well-equipped for the profession.
What have you learnt from senior actors?
One of the most important things I’ve learnt from them is how to conduct yourself off the camera and acquire people skills. On camera we are told what to do. No one tells you what to do once the camera is switched off. Akshay (Kumar) sir was fantastic on the sets of Brothers. He actually took charge of the entire unit. All senior actors do that. I realised how heroes can set the tone of the set. If the actor is angry or in a
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INTERVIEW foul mood, the atmosphere on the set goes for a toss. Everyone turns quiet and feels intimidated. Similarly, if the lead actors are chilled out and in a happy mood, the unit also gets into a lighter mood. That’s what happened on the sets of Kapoor & Sons as well. I too tried my best to keep everything peppy. It was the best shooting experience for me.
Alia Bhatt and you were a delight to watch in Kapoor & Sons. Would you ever get competitive with her as a co-star? I don’t think so. See, we all want to do well but I’d never want to outdo someone or emerge as the better performer. If one thinks in this manner,
of boys trying to make it here. Not only did I enter the movies but I have sustained as an actor as well.
You assisted during My Name Is Khan (MNIK) in Los Angeles. What did you observe about the industry there?
The way the West functions is so organised. Their planning is precise. I witnessed the facilities Screen Actors Guild (SAG) gives to its actors. Since, we shot MNIK in LA, a lot of SAG actors were cast in the film. They are extremely particular about their breaks. Every actor is insured medically. There’s always an ambulance on the set to deal with an emergency. If you work
Our planning methods should change. Their prep is detailed with great thought at work behind it. There is no concept of narration there. The biggest of the actors read the scripts. Directors don’t just direct their own scripts. They get scripts from writers. Here, we have the concept of ‘written and directed by’. Most well-known directors here, barring a few, write their own films. I have taken scripts from writers to directors but they appeared apprehensive to direct those stories. They said they had their own material. This attitude should change. It will only bring in good writers. There’s a serious dearth of them right now.
I BELIEVE YOUR FEE SHOULD BE BOX-OFFICE BASED. YOU SHOULD BE PAID ON THE BASIS OF YOUR PREVIOUS FILM’S PERFORMANCE. IT SHOULD DEPEND ON HOW MUCH YOU’RE CAPABLE OF GETTING BACK then you’re lowering your stature. And I’ve been thrown in such situations many times. In every film I had actors to compete with. But I’m cool with it.
What makes you so confident about doing two hero or ensemble films?
I’m not insecure. Also, the whole idea of a solo hero film is waning off. It’s time to do new things. I’d rather do a small part in a good film than play a big part in an average film. I want to have a good library. Years later, when I talk about Brothers I can say that I transformed my body for the film. People would also notice it. Above all, I am the lucky one to be selected amongst lakhs
extra hours, you’re paid for it. Their royalty system is excellent. Even if you’re a character actor in a film and if your contract says you’re entitled to royalty, you will keep getting it for years. You can maintain your lifestyle. Mr Anupam Kher, who’s done few Hollywood films, told me he still keeps receiving cheques. Even Shah Rukh sir and Kajol ma’am get it because they are SAG actors due to MNIK. Smaller actors aren’t insecure either. In India, there’s no financial guarantee.
What are the changes our industry needs vis a vis Hollywood in terms of filmmaking?
What’s your take on the pay disparity here between male and female actors?
It’s changing. I can say for myself. I’ve cut down my fees for some films. For example, Kapoor & Sons required less number of days, it was an ensemble and they had a particular budget. Secondly, I loved the script. They couldn’t cast the film for the longest time because they were not able to fix the cast. The costs just kept going higher. But I was willing to bring down my fee. Of course there are films, which require bulk dates, including the prep time. So I equate money with time. However, I’ve never refused or done a film only for money. We all
THERE’S NO HARM IN ASKING FOR ROLES... I’LL GO AND INITIATE CONVERSATIONS IF I HAVE TO WORK WITH CERTAIN FILMMAKERS are hungry for work. The remuneration in India is driven by who is doing the film instead of what the film is about. Earlier, heroes used to just play themselves. Today we are playing characters. I’m sure soon there will be a cap on what we charge. I believe your fee should be box-office based. You should be paid on the basis of your previous film’s performance. It should depend on how much you’re capable of getting back. Recently, many women-oriented films did well. Piku, Queen, Tanu Weds Manu Returns... Kangana Ranaut is a prime example of a female star opening a film and making it work at the box-office.
What are the things that you want to change about yourself?
I want to tell myself that there’s no harm in asking for roles. Earlier, I’d think people know me, they have seen my work and if they believe I’m fit for the role, they will come to me. Now, I’ll go and initiate a conversation if I want to work with certain filmmakers. And I’ve also conditioned myself not to have any regrets. I’ve learnt to deal with both - success and failure. n
RELOADED Raghuvendra Singh met the South heartthrob who will soon be seen in Aanand L Rai Productions’ Nimmo
s I enter the Madh Island location where Aanand L Rai’s Nimmo is being filmed, a loud, heated exchange halts my tracks. I can see Dhanush, whom I have come to interview, Rai and writer Himanshu Sharma angrily huddled together. They are supposed to be thick as shakes and I clearly wasn’t expecting such a scenario. Money seems to be the core of the issue, with Dhanush demanding prompt payment and Rai admonishing him for twisting his arm. Oh ho! It seems that I have landed at a wrong moment and to seek guidance, I look towards Himanshu. He catches my perplexed expression and slowly breaks into laughter. Rai and Dhanush too look at me and start guffawing as well. They pull my chain for being so gullible and remark that the look on my face was worth all the effort. It turns out all this drama was for my benefit. They were all set to prank me further but couldn’t control their laughter. Much backslapping follows, chai is called for. Then Dhanush and I park ourselves into a quiet corner of the set and begin our chin wag. Dhanush confides there’s always much horseplay going on during
With director Rahul Shanklya on the set of Nimmo
THERE WILL BE TIME TO SPEND WITH THE FAMILY LATER WHEN PHYSICALLY I WON’T BE ABLE TO TAKE ON MUCH WORK. THOUGH I DO REGRET NOT SPENDING AS MUCH TIME AS I WANT TO WITH MY SONS
the shooting of an Aanand L Rai film. “It feels nice to be on his sets. The energy he brings to the proceedings is unbelievable. You can only experience it. I can’t describe it,” he gushes. After Raanjhanaa and Shamitabh, Nimmo will be Dhanush’s third Hindi film. He’s not playing the lead though and is only doing a special appearance in the film. Dhanush broadsides that he was called for a cameo and was cleverly cajoled into making an extended appearance by Rai and
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INTERVIEW Sharma. “Nimmo revolves around a young kid falling in love with a girl. The more I heard it, the more I liked it. It’s sensitive storyline,” he reveals. The talk segues towards his last outing, Shamitabh. He’s considered the baadshah of box-office down South. His Hindi foray Raanjhanaa too worked but the numbers eluded him in Shamitabh. He did receive oodles of praise for his superlative performance though. Also, he realised his dream of working alongside Amitabh Bachchan. But perhaps Shamitabh’s lacklustre reception at the box-office has made him wary of signing Hindi films. He clarifies he has no regrets vis a vis Shamitabh. “I’m extremely busy down South. Hence I’d rather wait for the right Hindi project to come my way. That one script, which would lure me to come here and invest three months for the project. I need to be excited to give that kind of commitment.”
e gets a call from home and enquires about his son’s health. After finishing the call, he informs me he’s pressed for time and will have to rush back to Chennai after the shoot. “My younger son injured himself with a knife two days ago. Thankfully, my sister-in-law, who was at home then, rushed him to the hospital.” The apple of his eye is out of danger but the concerned father wishes to be by his son’s side as soon as possible. Dhanush doesn’t get to spend much time with family as he always has had multiple projects on
I’D RATHER WAIT FOR THE RIGHT HINDI PROJECT TO COME MY WAY. THAT ONE SCRIPT, WHICH WOULD LURE ME TO COME HERE AND INVEST THREE MONTHS FOR A PROJECT
The action-thriller revolves around Prabhu, a middle-class young man, whose dream is to own a Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle. However, his coveted bike gets stolen and he gets embroiled with the mafia in order to get it back.
Yaaradi Nee Mohini (2008)
The story revolves around an unemployed lower middle-class guy Vasu, hankering after the good things in life and trying to improve his English to impress his girlfriend.
Velai Illa Pattathari (VIP) (2014)
Raghuvaran has been jobless for four years after completing his bachelor’s degree in engineering. His father considers him a loser. But his mother is sympathetic. Raghuvaran falls in love with his neighbour Shalini. He also lands a job but not without facing challenges from his rivals.
hand. He’s currently working on five South projects simultaneously. He asserts one should enjoy the fast lane while one can. “Now that I’m young and energetic, I don’t mind stretching my limits,” he reflects. “There will be time to spend with the family later when physically I won’t be able to take on much work. Of course, I regret not spending as much time as I would want to with my sons (Yatra and Linga) currently. But it’s for their good. They will understand once they grow up.” Just because he’s busy down South doesn’t mean he’s unaware of the changes taking place in the Mumbai industry. Being a professional means keeping tab on the competition. He’s heard good things about Airlift and Neerja and reveals Sonam Kapoor has promised to send him a subtitled copy. Salman Khan’s
Dhanush has become a regular at the National Awards circuit too. He won the Best Actor trophy for Adukalam, then his production Kaaka Muttai won the Best Children’s Film and again this year his home production Visaranai (Interrogation) was given the award for the Best Feature Film in Tamil. It’s a proud moment for the actorproducer, “I’m glad that I produced that film. It’s a great film and it deserved the award.” Though he’s happy with the accolades, the only award that really matters to him is the audience clapping in a packed hall. “People enjoying my work is what matters the most, nothing else.” Visaranai is going to be remade in Hindi by Priyadarshan. There is also news that his Tamil blockbuster VIP will be remade in Hindi. He clarifies, “VIP was never supposed to be made
I’M HAPPY ABOUT THE STORY OF THE FAKIR. FOR ME IT’S THE STORY, WHICH IS EXCITING. THOUGH I’M HAPPY TO SHARE CREDITS WITH SUCH BIG NAMES LIKE UMA THURMAN AS WELL Sultan and Aamir Khan’s Dangal is on his wish-list as well. Then, like Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone, he’s also jumped on the Hollywood bandwagon and has been signed to play the protagonist in The Fakir, being directed by French-Iranian filmmaker Marjane Satrapi. The Hollywood film is based on Roman Puertolas’s bestselling novel The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir Who Got Trapped In The Ikea Cupboard. The excitement is palpable as he talks about the project. “It’s a new world for me. When I came to the Hindi film industry from the Tamil film industry, it was a new world as well. I came to Mumbai mainly to explore how things worked here. Now another platform is up for exploration.” I ask him about sharing screen space with Uma Thurman and he replies, “I’m happy about the story. For me it’s the story which is exciting. Though I’m happy to share credits with such big names as well.”
in Hindi. Those are just rumours. Yes, Rockline Venkatesh has bought the rights of Visaranai.” It’s evening and a break is announced on the sets. Dhanush walks towards his vanity van and asks his staff to bring ragda patties. He had asked someone to buy a high end mobile for him and examines it minutely. The tony device, he says, is going to be his gift to his sister-in-law. He’s also turned the co-producer for the Tamil remake of Aanand L Rai Productions’ acclaimed film, Nil Battey Sannata. Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, a Tam Brahm, helmed the Tamil version, Amma Kanakku as well. But we’re all waiting for another Dhanush film with Rai. The actor guffaws and redirects the question to the director. “He’s right here, why don’t you ask him?” Rai offers him some more ragda patties and n continues smiling…
U N P R E T E N T I O U S , U N A F F E C T E D A N D U N A D U LT E R AT E D … J I T E S H P I L L A I T R I E S T O C A P T U R E P R E I T Y Z I N TA ’ S A L L P E R VA S I V E E F F E R V E S C E N C E I N A P E R S O N A L P I E C E
S Preity Zinta with husband Gene Goodenough
o there she was with a fake pregnant belly strapped on to her. Yakking away 19 to the 1900 in the vanity van parked at the SNDT college grounds. Shooting for her debut Kya Kehna. Meet Preity Zinta Goodenough… An instant bond was forged. She told us about having shot for a Telugu ad, auditioned for Shekhar Kapur and how she fobbed off ‘friendly advances’ from the industry. Till I had to hush her up saying you can’t say all this in the press. Also, the first time we ate at a tony eatery in Bandra we went Dutch. Be it New York, Madagascar or Guangzhou, she made that mandatory once in six months checking up on me, finding out if all was
well. Talking to me about heartbreaks, betrayals and her new love… None of it is for print of course… She was lovely truly. Her dimples framing her cherubic face. She was bindaas. She smoked, she declared she’d never have an affair with a co-star and lived up to it. Most importantly, I never heard her viciously tearing apart her colleagues. Then she signed Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se opposite Shah Rukh Khan and never looked back. She was in the right hands. An astute manager, she had then, made sure she made all the right moves including travelling business class when rookies were given an economy class ticket. A star was born. Preity was self-made. No godfathers, none of that bullshit. She carved her
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INTERVIEW own destiny without playing the damsel in distress. She was nobody’s favourite. Yet she worked with the Khans, the Kapoors and all the other A-listers. She came on time on the sets, with no fuss and no frills. Small wonder that within no time she was working with Yash Chopra, Rakesh Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Karan Johar… commanding an astounding price. She was also perhaps someone who got along with all her female co-stars from Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to Rani Mukerji. No one really had a bad thing to say about her.
’ve bumped into her rehearsing her big scene for Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (KANK) with SRK where she slaps him. If she was nervous she didn’t show it. Though I do remember Rani Mukerji turning up and staying put to see that scene. I’ve seen her dance with Hrithik Roshan in Mission Kashmir, I’ve watched her mouth the strangest lines for a Sunny Deol film. She handled the crests and the troughs with equanimity. She was crestfallen when Deepa Mehta’s film Heaven On Earth didn’t rock the boxoffice. When Karan Johar had a fallout with Kareena Kapoor, Preity was the go to girl for Kal Ho Na Ho. When Aishwarya couldn’t do Veer-Zaara, Preity was snapped up. And she gave it her all. The beginning years of the millennium were hers. Dil Chahta Hai with Aamir Khan, Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega with
Preity Zinta’s finest films
KYA KEHNA (2000)
DIL CHAHTA HAI (2001)
KAL HO NAA HO (2003)
KABHI ALVIDA NAA KEHNA (2006)
Preity played an unwed mother in this Kundan Shah film and showed that she wasn’t shy of taking risks.
Preity played a heartbroken girl who gives love another chance in this Anand inspired weepy.
Period love stories are hard to do but Preity fit right in as the pretty Pakistani lass who falls in love with an Indian soldier.
She played a fiery, free spirited girl, much like her own self in this coming-of-age film.
She was allegedly modelled on Barkha Dutt and made waves as a firebrand journalist in this war film.
In one of her most difficult roles, Preity played a career woman who finds herself being alienated by her husband.
Salman, Kal Ho Na Ho, KANK and Veer-Zaara with SRK… she became the ‘IT’ girl. In fact, she even became our Filmfare Award winner for Best Actor (Female) for Kal Ho Naa Ho. Atta girl! She survived a bomb scare in Sri Lanka. She survived a tsunami in Phuket when her hotel almost drowned. She never played the coquette in real life. She spoke her mind and unlike conventional heroines, who were hypocrites when it came to their relationships, Preity Zinta lived life to the fullest. Like an open book. Taking vacations at the most exotic locations every now then, she worked hard and she partied harder. She bought an IPL team and she owned it literally! She understood the sport and the corporate business that went with it! She pulled out all the stops! She was sassy and spoke her mind openly. She testified against the underworld, took a tabloid to court, took an errant boyfriend on for manhandling her in public. Nothing intimidated her. She’s got married to the Los Angeles based financial analyst Gene Goodenough. And as she embarks on a new life, I hope it will be as fullthroated as her career and life. Honest, real and wonderful. Here’s looking at the beautiful girl who yakked nonstop on that bright sunny day at SNDT College. Come back to the movies soon. Like that timeless Notting Hill song, Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone. n
EMRAAN HASHMI SHARES AN EMOTIONAL CONVERSATION WITH RAGHUVENDRA SINGH ABOUT THE KISS OF LIFE, THE BOOK HE AUTHORED ON SON AYAANâ€™S FIGHT WITH CANCER
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here is a quiet determination in his eyes. His smile is warm despite all the challenges he’s faced in the past few years. Emraan Hashmi beams when I tell him The Kiss Of Life is one of the most inspirational books that I’ve read. He says that inspiring people was his aim all along. Cancer is a threat to both adults and children and his book not only provides kernels of information about the best traditional and non-traditional methods to fight the disease but also gently tells parents how to deal with their child in such a circumstance. “Cancer doesn’t always mean death,” he asserts. “There is hope. You can survive. The book is helping a lot of people who are tackling the disease or people who want to avert the probability of suffering from it. Many have thanked me on the social networking platforms.” It was emotionally challenging for him to write the book, given that he had to go through severe emotional trauma, experiencing Ayaan’s pain firsthand. But it was a sort of catharsis for him to put it all on pen and paper. “Putting down everything minutely gave me a sense of closure. It’s been a positive journey overall,” he smiles. He reveals that Ayaan has emerged a personal hero for him through this journey. Ayaan, who was just a four-year-old back in 2014, underwent a trial by fire. But his quiet resilience was an inspiration for dad Emraan and helped him evolve as a person in the process. “As adults we go through so many hurdles. But everything seems so trivial when you see a young child go through all this with a smile. The way he handled the trauma gave me a perspective on my own life. He taught me that every time you fall you have to get up and keep walking with a smile.” Thanks to Ayaan, Emraan doesn’t sweat the small stuff anymore. His wife Parveen was his pillar of strength throughout the ordeal and he reveals he would have crumbled
if not for her. “She was there by Ayaan’s side throughout in Canada when I was finishing my projects here. It’s been an emotional journey for her too because she was attending to him when he was taken for chemotherapy every day. It’s been tough on her but she’s a strong woman.” From the serial kisser that we know him from reel life to being a sensitive dad in real life, it’s been a complete image switch for Emraan. He laughs and says he isn’t a serial kisser; he was made one by his filmmakers. But he reckons he certainly has changed. “The responsibility that I shouldered after this incident has made me stronger; it’s made me tackle things in life courageously, given me more willpower to deal with things. Sometimes, life turns all your grand plans upside down. You have to be prepared for that and be ready to fight it out.” Maybe he’ll change his movie choices too. He shrugs and says he hasn’t thought about it but concedes that such things do work at a subconscious level. “It’s helped me mature as a person, as an actor.
Emraan shares a cand moment with Ayaanid
EVERYTHING SEEMS SO TRIVIAL WHEN YOU SEE A YOUNG CHILD GO THROUGH ALL THIS WITH A SMILE. THE WAY AYAAN HANDLED THE TRAUMA GAVE ME A PERSPECTIVE ON MY OWN LIFE. HE TAUGHT ME THAT EVERY TIME YOU FALL YOU HAVE TO GET UP AND KEEP WALKING WITH A SMILE
SOMETIMES, LIFE TURNS ALL YOUR GRAND PLANS UPSIDE DOWN. YOU HAVE TO BE PREPARED TO FIGHT IT OUT… AYAAN’S ILLNESS DEFINITELY HELPED ME MATURE AS A PERSON, AS AN ACTOR. THAT MIGHT REFLECT IN SOME WAY IN MY FILMS aan who an Hashmi with hi...s son Ay ra Em .. n.. ma of r he fat e th e and learn The child is taught him to fight, live, lov That might reflect in some way in my films,” he emphasises. He wants to expand the book into a documentary. “Many people have suggested I make a film on the book. Let’s see!”
he talk segues to his recent release Azhar. He reveals he agreed to do the biopic because he was a big Mohammed Azharuddin fan and followed his career closely in the ’80s and ’90s. “Azharuddin was stylish and unconventional and played his shots with such swagger. He was well-groomed off the field as well. His life has lots of drama and that drama lent itself to some great moments on screen,” he reveals. Emraan is glad that even youngsters who haven’t watched Azhar play have connected with the film. “It’s a biopic about a man whose name is still so entrenched in the psyche of a generation,” he states. His first encounter with Azhar was uncanny. Emraan was sitting with his team of writers at Taj Land’s End and working on the first draft of the film. The cricketer hadn’t yet approved of the script and wasn’t keen on being the subject of a biopic. They all rushed out when they heard
LIFE LESSONS FROM EMRAAN The tide could turn at any point of time. So stay prepared Be happy with whatever destiny doles out to you Deal with both success and failure with a practical mind Take one day at a time. Handle situations with courage. Most importantly, don’t lose hope when the chips are down that Azhar was in the lobby. “It was a great moment. We chatted casually for about two minutes, though I didn’t tell him we were working on the script. He read the script after two months and greenlighted the project.” Emraan finds many similarities between Azharuddin and himself. “I guess we both are down to earth, passionate people who had to tackle loads of turmoil and emerged stronger from those events. Right from his body language to the way he walked, the way he played his shots, the way he ate, the kind of clothes he wore… I tried to incorporate it all for my role.” Few would know that Azharuddin used to turn up at 9 am sharp at Emraan’s house for three months and patiently
helped the actor assume his persona. Emraan was amazed to find the cricketer’s wrists still flexible. “I had to do yoga to loosen mine. It was lot of hard work for the three months.” It helped that he was working with Prachi Desai, who plays his wife. “People loved our pairing in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai. There’s a comfort level we share,” he says. He worked with Nargis Fakhri for the first time. She portrayed Sangeeta Bijlani’s character in the film and Emraan says she certainly upped the glamour quotient. He wants to reinvent himself career wise and says Azhar is the first step towards that. “I have taken steps before but they didn’t pay off. I just want to do good work yaar. I don’t want to do the same thing over and over again,” says the actor. More recently, Emraan lost his mother. He puts up a brave front as he says, “Every sad experience leaves a scar on you, a scar that can’t be wiped out. It becomes part of you. You have to be patient and just try to be happy with whatever God has planned for you. Everything happens for a reason.” He asserts he isn’t swayed by either success or failure and says the most important thing is to keep moving on. “Failure is a great teacher. In fact, it’s a better teacher than success. Success numbs you, it makes you complacent. Failure doesn’t leave me weak, rather it makes me stronger. I fight the hardest after failure…” n Go for the kill, Emraan…
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I DON’T HAVE TO
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NO INDECENT PROPOSALS, NO PATRONISING STAR BOYFRIENDS… FOR RICHA CHADHA IT’S BEEN A JOURNEY SELF-CHARTED, WRITES SUMAN SHARMA
he’s never succumbed to norms. Unmindful of fashion diktats, body statistics or adhering to the template of a typical tinsel queen, Richa Chadha is an actor who enjoys surprising herself as much as she does the audiences. Right from Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! to the Gangs Of Wasseypur series and Goliyon Ki Rassleela - Ram-Leela. Robust in looks and spirit, Richa has slowly etched herself in an industry monopolised by star kids and stereotypes. Her latest outing is as Sarbjit Singh’s devastated wife, Sukhpreet Kaur, in
Omung Kumar’s biopic. Sarbjit traces the travails of an Indian farmer, who was suspected of being a spy by Pakistani officials and eventually died in a Pakistani jail. It was the wide spectrum that her character had to traverse – from a happy girl to a distraught and old widow - that enticed her to accept the gut-wrenching role. Richa insists the memory of meeting Sarbjit’s real wife will remain an excruciating one. “She held me and started sobbing in the middle of
the road. I felt so helpless even as I tried to console her. Her wounds have not healed. Politics can have a devastating effect on the life of commoners. His family has been deeply affected,” she says. She wasn’t insecure about sharing screen space with the formidable Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who plays Sarbjit’s braveheart sister Dalbir Kaur, around whom the film revolves. “If you want to progress in life you have to work with established people.
Aishwarya is a cult figure, a legend. She is a hard working and talented actress. When I met her on the outskirts of Palghar where we were shooting, I did not feel that I was meeting a superstar. We developed a friendship. Aishwarya would talk about Aaradhya and how spending time with her is her priority now. I too shared bits about my life,” she shares. Among her other peers, Richa is close friends with Kalki Koechlin. She’s all praise for Kalki as an actor
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INTERVIEW as she is for her distinctive demeanour. “Kalki is a wonderful girl. Also, she has style in her blood, We were shooting Jiya And Jiya together in Sweden. I must have bought a dozen things and she bought just two but they were really tasteful. She doesn’t believe in wasting money,” she smiles.
icha is one actor, who believes in pushing the envelope. She’s also playing the lead in Pooja Bhatt’s Cabaret alongside Gulshan Devaiah. Playing the role of a cabaret dancer, she’s attempted a volte face. In fact, veterans Helen and Bindu, she says, were her inspirations for the glamorous role. “Wearing false eyelashes and dancing in high heels is fun! It’s a sexy role. The girl is a survivor. I even attended a belly dancing workshop. I’ve performed a song, which traces my transformation from a shy girl into a diva,” she points out. She confides that stripping her inhibitions was a tad difficult. “I had to wear short clothes and expose myself, something I’ve not done before,” she says shyly. She’s all admiration for producer Pooja Bhatt, who she says is a passionate taskmaster and does not let you go till she gets the desired shot. “She’d even give suggestions to the director (Kaustav Narayan Niyogi) regarding the dialogue. Incidentally, Pooja shares her birthday with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Hence the similarities,” she says of
Pooja’s quest for perfection. Richa came in as an outsider in an industry where a star kid is launched every single day. But she made it on her own merit without ever having to compromise to survive. “I don’t believe in moving forward with someone’s help or taking help from ‘a star boyfriend’. You don’t have to sleep with anyone to stand on your own feet,” she asserts. She insists she’s self-made. “You have to carve your own identity and create your own space. At the most what will happen? You may not possess a bungalow. But you will be happy. Today,
I don’t have to return any favours. For me my real life is more important than my reel life. I love my job but at the end of the day it’s just a job!” She confides she did go through a bad phase after Oye Lucky Oye. People appreciated her work but no work came her way. “I was around 21 then. I was disheartened and stopped going for auditions. I wondered what was lacking in me. Had it not been for my family, particularly my father, I wouldn’t have remained so sane and stable,” she shares. “Thank God I have no bad habits.
WHAT SHOULD A WOMAN NOT TOLERATE IN A RELATIONSHIP? Physical or emotional violence and manipulation. WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT FROM LIFE? Not to be too hard on myself. Would you call yourself bold? I am not bold. I am brave. I am honest. IS IT EASY TO ANGER YOU? Yes. Sometimes I get so angry that I become destructive. DO YOU FORGIVE EASILY? You must forgive because you cannot heal without forgiveness. But I never forget. HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH HEARTBREAK? If it happens to me on a Friday, I’m back on the sets on Saturday and enjoy with my friends on Sunday. THE CRAZIEST THING YOU DID… On April Fool’s day, I called friends over and pretended to be sad. Then I went to the kitchen, dabbed fake blood on my clothes, held a knife in my hand and dropped down on the floor! ARE YOU A HIGH MAINTENANCE GIRLFRIEND? No. But I get irritated if my partner nags me constantly or is always on the phone. YOUR BOYFRIEND SHOULD BE… Easygoing, educated and liberal. My body is precious. I won’t give it to anybody.
With Randeep Hooda in Sarbjit
I DON’T BELIEVE IN MOVING FORWARD WITH SOMEONE’S HELP OR TAKING HELP FROM ‘A STAR BOYFRIEND’. YOU DON’T HAVE TO SLEEP WITH ANYONE TO STAND ON YOUR OWN FEET
No addiction to drugs or sex. I don’t pine for money. I’m not desperate for work. Many choose a luxurious lifestyle and then do wrong things to maintain it. Nobody dare ask me to compromise,” she claims. She’s aware that frustration often leads young aspirants towards suicide. She says depression is the reason behind suicides. “Actually, creative people are sensitive and moody. You need emotional and familial support.
Consuming drugs and alcohol is also a type of slow suicide,” she elaborates.
he’s as selfassured about her full-bodied form as well. Body shaming would never work for her. “We’ve always had curvy actresses right from Meena Kumari and Vyjayanthimala to present day girls like Sonakshi Sinha, Vidya Balan, Parineeti Chopra,
and Huma Qureshi. They are proud of themselves,” she says adding, “Kim Kardashian is voluptuous and she’s praised for her beauty the world over!” That the business is insecure is something she accepts. “I do feel insecure like all actors. Many heroines call themselves my friends. But even after knowing that I’m doing a particular movie, they send flowers to the producer and try to usurp my role. That is strange.” She’s derived
her own lessons having witnessed the fickle nature of showbiz. “The truth is that it’s all maya. A film is a dream world of three hours. You cannot stay young forever, you cannot remain in love forever nor can you enjoy success forever. The only two relationships that survive over everything else is khoon ka rishta (blood bonds) and the one you have with Ishwar (God). That’s what I believe.” True. The rest n doesn’t matter.
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RADHIKA APTE TALKS ALL THI NGS SEXY. SUMAN SHARMA COMES AWAY IMPRESSED WITH HER NO-HOLDS-BARRED ATTITUDE
og onto the Internet; search her name and all sorts of stuff tumbles out. Pictures that would surely make you blush. While some of them are obvious fakes, some are freeze frames of the bold scenes that she has done. Radhika Apte is matter of fact when it comes to nudity and claims she did those scenes without any hesitation. “I consider my body as my instrument in acting,” she states. She fails to understand what the fuss around her is all about. “It’s normal,” she explains. “I live a bold life, meet people like that every day. Some use the word in the sexual context but being bold is more than that. It’s about living an independent life and exploring new things. Boldness is courage. It’s something positive. But the term is used negatively in our society.” She makes a face and says she dislikes being judged. “People always tag me,” she reveals, rolling her eyes. “Kabhi main sexy hoon, kabhi bold, kabhi deglam. I don’t care about it. You just have to do your own thing.”
Sexy, according to her, means being attractive. “Everyone is attractive in some way and everyone can be sexy. There are days when my dog wakes up in a good mood, I believe that’s sexy,” she laughs. Radhika dislikes the way sex is shown in our films. She believes it can be projected a bit more aesthetically. Then, she has problems with the double standards of the Censor Board as well. “They pass an item song but a bedroom scene, even a kiss, is frowned upon. They need to be honest and clear about such things.” Thankfully, her husband, Londonbased musician Benedict Taylor, understands the constraints of her career and supports her through it all. She met him when she went to learn contemporary dance in London. After a year of courtship, she married him in 2012. They may live in different cities but are making the long-distance relationship work. She considers him her best friend. It’s their sincerity towards each
other that makes their relationship tick. “Compatibility and honesty is necessary. You’ve got to think alike in a certain way. You have to have a liking for similar things. A relationship should be equal and both Benedict and I treat each other as equals.” She’s glad that girls gradually are getting equal treatment in the film industry as well. “The industry is slowly changing. There have been some well-made and successful women-centric films that have changed things for us to a certain extent,” she smiles. We move to her career choices. She’s always done something hatke, whether it’s the recent Manjhi – The Mountain Man, Hunterrr or Badlapur. She says she only signs on the dotted line if something excites her. And she hasn’t limited herself to just Hindi films but has made a name for herself in Marathi, Bengali, Malayalam and Tamil cinema as well. Regional films help her explore her limits as an actor and offer her roles that are more rounded, she claims. She’ll shortly be seen with thalaiva Rajinikanth in the period
“EVERYONE IS ATTRACTIVE IN SOME WAY AND EVERYONE CAN BE SEXY. THERE ARE DAYS WHEN MY DOG WAKES UP IN A VERY GOOD MOOD, I THINK THAT’S SEXY”
Manjhi – The Mountain Man
gangster film Kabali and is super excited about that. The P. Ranjith directed film has Radhika play Rajinikanth’s wife and the veteran actor will be seen playing a gangster. “I enjoyed working with Rajni sir,” she gushes. “It was one of the best experiences of my life. It was so inspiring; he’s such a wonderful man. There’s no one like him.” She also made a splash doing Sujoy Ghosh’s short film Ahalya. She jokes she’s unhappy doing short films because they get over so quickly. Radhika feels an actor shouldn’t limit herself to just films and explore other mediums as well. “I’ve never limited myself to anything, be it theatre, short, features, digital or TV. Actors abroad are open to working in all mediums. It’s high time we have that sort of a culture here too.” She hails from Pune, where her mother is a respected doctor. Pune is just 200 kilometres away from Mumbai but coming here and finding her feet in the film industry was something of a culture shock to her. “It’s was difficult and enriching at the same time,” she recalls. “It’s an uncertain industry. You always feel insecure here. You see-saw between highs and lows. You should always learn something new and keep yourself occupied during your not-sogood phases.” She mentions that after Shor In The City, when she wasn’t getting work, she involved herself within regional movies and theatre. She reflects there’s a silver lining to every negative turn - like she went to London to learn contemporary dance, which led to love and then marriage.
In the short film Ahalya
Kaun Kitne Paani Mein
“COMPATIBILITY AND HONESTY IS NECESSARY IN A MARRIAGE. YOU HAVE TO THINK ALIKE IN A CERTAIN WAY. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A LIKING FOR SIMILAR THINGS. A RELATIONSHIP SHOULD BE EQUAL AND BOTH MY HUSBAND BENEDICT AND I TREAT EACH OTHER AS EQUALS”
adhika may have got noticed more now after Badlapur but knows her struggle is far from over. She wishes there were less clans in the industry. “Most people are from industry families and hence are part of closed groups. People should be appreciated on the basis of their talent and not because they’re related to someone.” Her choice of bold roles must have led to her getting some risqué propositions too but she asserts she never got an indecent proposal ever. “Maine kabhi logon ko aisi vibes nahi di. That’s why I never got an indecent proposal. I’ve never faced the casting couch. Yes, I’ve faced rejection many times. Infact, you face rejection every day. It’s part of the game. Here you get rejected more than you get accepted.” She doesn’t care about success per se and says if there is an improvement
in your work, then it’s nothing short of success. “It’s an ongoing process. You go up and you go down you learn new things. You keep learning till you die.” She’ll be seen next in the psychological horror film Phobia directed by Pawan Kirpalani. Here she plays a girl suffering from agoraphobia - an irrational fear of leaving one’s house. “My character can’t leave her house, can’t interact with people, can’t be in a crowd… She literally gets a panic attack the moment she puts her foot out of her apartment. I know two friends who suffer from agoraphobia. It’s a psychological thriller highlighting something very real.” She herself doesn’t have any phobias as such but states she can’t make herself step into a swimming pool situated at the top of a building. “It’s weird. Even doctors can’t explain it.” Well, she’s only being human after all. n
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BLOOM Gulshan Devaiah talks to Suman Sharma on tackling onscreen intimacy and other challenges of being an actor
ulshan Devaiah chooses to be an actor first rather than be embroiled in the trappings of stardom. Someone who’s game to explore the new-fangled, the edgy. He loves to takes risks. His choice of roles, whether it was the dark, dark Shaitaan, the sex comedy Hunterrr or the recently released Cabaret all have an edgy quality to them. Like he can’t play normal, safe characters. Like there’s a compulsion to walk that thin line between sanity and madness. He likes to test how far he can go… till the edge of the cliff. Yet, in person, he’s one of the most jovial people around.
With Richa Chadha in Cabaret
ONCE I WAS DUBBING FOR CABARET, WHEN MY WIFE KALLIRROI CAME TO MEET ME. THE RECORDIST JUMPED THE HOT SCENE. HE SAID ACTORS DIDN’T LIKE SHOWING INTIMATE SCENES TO THEIR PARTNERS
He played an alcoholic investigative journalist in Cabaret and confides that he found it difficult to stay in character as he doesn’t drink much and hardly gets depressed. “My director, Kaustav Narayan, based the character on his own life. We sort of bar hopped and got wasted. He told me stories from his own life, which were relevant to the film,” Gulshan reveals. The director also made him hear the late Jagjit Singh’s ghazals, which he says were beautiful but melancholic and totally not his genre. Everyone is talking about how good Richa Chadha is in the film and Gulshan beams his support. “People are not aware of Richa’s potential. I know the efforts she put in. If not better, she is at par with any other heroine. She is a good dancer as well.” Richa and he first met on the sets of Ram-Leela and bonded during the shooting. They have turned pals now and hence Gulshan was able to do all those steamy scenes with her so comfortably. “When you’re with the right people and in the right atmosphere then it becomes like any other scene. You’re living a private moment in front of other people. For that moment, you have to forget everything and just be there,” he elaborates. He had quite a few hot scenes in Hunterrr as well,
INTERVIEW a chronicle of its lead character’s sexual escapades. He recalls he had a complicated sex scene with Sai Tamhankar, where Sai’s husband is inside the house and hence they get intimate on the stairs. “We thought we had okayed the shot in one go. But the sound guys said we had to do it again. I couldn’t have gone through it if Sai wasn’t comfortable. Hat’s off to her for keeping her composure the second time around too.” It’s a surprise that his super sexy wife, Greek beauty Kallirroi Tziafeta, is okay with his displays of onscreen intimacy. He points out that she’s an actor herself and hence knows it’s all just an illusion. “Once I was dubbing for Cabaret, Kallirroi came to meet me and the recordist jumped the hot scene. When I asked him why, he said actors didn’t like showing intimate scenes to their partners.” However, Gulshan claims his wife and he dispassionately discuss how to go about intimate scenes. “It all depends on your relationship. How secure you’re about it. My wife’s not insecure because I’m faithful. ” Gulshan can’t stop gushing about Kallirroi. “She has a wonderful and creative mind and writes brilliantly. She understands the layers behind situations and hence her point of view is unique.” He states she crossed the seven seas just to be by his side and is currently learning Hindi. She wants to make it in the TV as well as the film industry. “She played a small role in Dil Dhadakne Do, she’s acted in the serial
WHEN YOU’RE WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE AND IN THE RIGHT ATMOSPHERE THEN SHOOTING AN INTIMATE SCENE BECOMES LIKE ANY OTHER SCENE. YOU HAVE TO FORGET EVERYTHING AND JUST BE THERE
With Radhika Apte in Hunterrr
MY WIFE’S NOT INSECURE BECAUSE I’M FAITHFUL... SHE’S GONE THROUGH MUCH DISCOMFITURE JUST TO BE BY MY SIDE. I’LL LOVE HER FOREVER FOR THAT With wife Kallirroi Tziafeta
Mahakumbh and is now doing a film called Ashram. She’s gone through much discomfiture just to be by my side. I’ll love her forever for that.” In the past Gulshan has been linked with Kalki Koechlin and he laughs off the rumours. He mentions they have been friends even before he joined the industry. In fact, it was she who introduced him to Anurag Kashyap, which led to him getting a role in That Girl In Yellow Boots (2010). He wishes all girls were like Kalki. “She’s a sorted individual with a clean heart who believes in being happy and making others happy. She calls a spade a spade, doesn’t gossip and has a no-nonsense approach to work.” He has nice things to say about mentor Anurag too.” He knows how to make his actors feel comfortable. That’s why everyone loves him so much.” Ask him about his struggle and Gulshan blushes and says he didn’t have to strive hard and got work within a year.
His mother was in theatre and that was a big influence in his life. He too started doing that. Being unsure about his prospects as an actor, he joined NIFT. But he was directionless there and often bunked classes. He became reclusive and started avoiding people. “The wake-up call came when my friend, Padmanabh Rao, who was teaching computer graphics in Bangalore, chucked all that to become a TV cameraman. That jolted me into following my dreams too. I was teaching fashion but shifted my attention completely towards acting.”
e’s content that during the last six years, he’s made a place for himself despite being a rank outsider. He’s been choosy in signing the dotted line as the journey is more important to him than the destination. Like any other actor, he’s frustrated when good roles don’t come his way or when his films get stalled. “That’s part and parcel of an actor’s life. Even a superstar has to face frustration. When a good film like Peddlers doesn’t get a commercial release, you feel bad. But now I have stopped thinking about it.” What galls him about the industry is the unprofessional attitude. He narrates how he was kept waiting for almost the whole day for an audition, which never happened finally. He’s also critical about the fact that most people aren’t concerned about making a good product but more interested in making a fast buck. “Today the focus has shifted to selling a film, making a profit,” he rues. “The quality of a film is not a concern, the collection is.” He’s glad that despite the rank commercialism, films like Nil Battey Sannata manage to find an audience. He’s happy that stars too have started taking risks and are investing in stories. “When I saw Badlapur I felt jealous of Varun Dhawan. I was jealous of Sushant Singh Rajput after watching Kai Po Che. I liked Randeep Hooda in Lal Rang… I believe I should be doing n such roles too…”
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SAYANI GUPTA HAS HIT A JACKPOT WITH SRK’S FAN, FINDS OUT USHNOTA PAUL
n a sultry Mumbai afternoon with temperatures soaring, Sayani Gupta and I meet at the Starbucks in Khar. Coincidentally, it’s located in the same building as Shah Rukh Khan’s production house Red Chillies Entertainment’s office. She sits with folded legs on the chair and digs her fork into a tempting red velvet cheesecake while I sip on my frothy cold coffee. Two Bengalis from Kolkata under one roof are a riot. We're no different. After we've discussed everything from Howrah Bridge to maccher jhol, our conversation steers to her
role as Shah Rukh Khan’s close aide in Maneesh Sharma’s Fan. And she tells me that the response to her role was splendid. “It was a difficult film to make and was special to all of us, especially Shah Rukh,” she says adding, “He has outdone himself. It takes guts to do such a film being a superstar.” Her big-ticket film happened because of a Facebook message from Yash Raj Film’s casting director Shanoo Sharma, which she read two months late! “I had met Shanoo after she saw me in a play called Noises Off. She told me I had an interesting face. But that
I could never be a typical Yash Raj heroine,” she recalls. However, she went for the auditions and as luck would have it she landed the role in Fan, just when she was leaving for the London premiere of her debut film, Shonali Bose’s Margarita With A Straw. We both giggle like lovestruck schoolgirls the moment SRK becomes the topic of our conversation. “I’m not an emotional person. But I had tears in my eyes when I first met him,” she smiles. She says there’s a magnanimity about Shah Rukh that reflects not only in his films but even in his life. “He’s God’s chosen one.
Shah Rukh is God’s chosen one. Even if he’s in a corner, people flock towards him because he’s so funny, warm and giving. He hugs every single person on the floor, including a lightman. He sits on the stairs and smokes just like one of us. He’s so cool PHOTOGRAPHS: AMIT ASHAR 96 FILMFARE June 15, 2016 / www.filmfare.com
Even if he’s in a corner, people flock towards him because he’s so funny, warm and giving. He hugs every single person on the floor, including a lightman. He sits on the stairs and smokes just like one of us. He’s so cool,” she reveals. According to her, SRK is the most technically sound actor. “He moves a lot while giving his shot but he never goes out of his focus mark. No one can challenge him in technicalities. He’s so sharp,” she smiles. As an actor she’s never troubled by rivalry or insecurities. Leena Yadav’s Parched had her team up with Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla and Tannishtha Chatterjee. “When I signed it I had three scenes and in the end I had two. I did it because those two scenes were brilliant and people still remember them,” she explains. For Margarita..., they wanted a dusky actor to play Khanum, the blind girl, in contrast to Kalki’s fair complexion. Many were auditioned, some were even selected but they turned down the bold role. People cautioned her about the danger of being typecast but she went ahead with it. In order to play a visually challenged, homosexual girl, Sayani had to understand Khanum’s world first. She approached veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah for help. He showed her the exercises he had followed in order to prepare for his role in the acclaimed Sparsh. Says Sayani, “I woke up with a www.filmfare.com / June 15, 2016 FILMFARE 97
INTERVIEW blindfold and did my chores with it on. I watched Scent Of A Woman and Sparsh.” She learnt Braille, stayed at a blind women’s hostel in Andheri and learnt how to walk with a cane. She reveals that Aamir Khan was so impressed that he thought she was actually a blind girl. She laughs, “Rajkumar Hirani thought they’d used VFX for my eye movements in the movie. I had to act out in front of him to convince him it was all natural."
ut she reveals the best compliment came at the South Asian Film Festival in Los Angeles post the screening of Margarita... “An old man walked up to me and said, ‘You were fantastic.’ When I thanked him he said, ‘I’m the editor of Scent Of A Woman Michael Tronick. Al Pacino was brilliant in the movie but after seeing your film, I believe you’ve outdone Al”, she beams with pride. The Mumbai heat forces us to order another round of cold coffee. Swirling and playing with the straw she candidly admits to being hit on by a lot of women. Especially, while shooting in New York for Margarita... “I had to regularly go to New York’s gay bars and spend time to prepare for my role. I’ve never made love to a woman. I had to tell them I’m straight... I like men,” she laughs. She throws her head back and exclaims, “I like the penis!” Before I can bury my head into the table she takes the conversation to the lesbian scenes in the movie. She
says, “When we were shooting the kissing scene in Margarita..., Kalki asked me, ‘Haven’t you kissed a girl before in school?’ She studied at a boarding school and it probably happens there. But for me it was the first time.” To make matters worse Kalki and she were behaving like sisters during the shoot much to the chagrin of director Shonali. She laughs, “Shonali kept saying, ‘No, you guys have to be sexually compatible!’” She has just wrapped up the shooting for her
she’s playing a 14-year-old girl who’s the narrator. Even though she has shot for it, she reveals that the fate of the movie is a question mark. “I shot for four months but a lot has changed since then. Anurag is rewriting the script because he’s not sure of many things. Nobody knows if I’m in that movie anymore, including me,” she says guardedly. Reportedly, the Ranbir-Katrina breakup has created problems in the Jagga shoot. “I don’t know about the breakup because back when I was A still from the short film Call Waiting
With Kalki Koechlin in Margarita With A Straw
next film, Nitya Mehra’s Baar Baar Dekho alongside Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif. Doing character roles doesn’t bother her. “Of course, I want to play the lead. But acchhe actors ko sirf character roles hi milte hai,” she jokes adding, “The protagonist’s world turns believable only when the supporting cast is solid.” But she believes there are some lead stars, who are exceptionally talented as well. “Like Deepika Padukone. She’s fantastic. Probably, she has gone through a catharsis… I couldn’t take my eyes off her in Piku. She’s so inspiring. She has realised that looking stunning is not enough.” In Jagga Jasoos starring Katrina and Ranbir Kapoor,
shooting with them they were absolutely in love. Ranbir is a great actor and human being. His mind works like a director. We have a similar approach to acting,” she says. She has worked with Katrina in both Jagga Jasoos and Baar Baar Dekho and claims to be friends with her. “She’s professional. On the set, she can’t see anything apart from work… it seems like she’s got blinkers on. Her hard work is inspiring. Kat is a boy, there’s nothing
When we were shooting the kissing scene in Margarita..., Kalki asked me, ‘Haven’t you kissed a girl before in school?’ She studied at a boarding school and it probably happens there
girly about her. I enjoy her dry sense of humour,” she shares.
ayani has done two shorts recently - Anurag Kashyap’s sister Anubhuti Kashyap’s Call Waiting and Payal Sethi’s Leeches that is doing the rounds of foreign film festivals. But she insists theatre is her first love. She’s begun workshops for Rajat Kapoor’s play As You Like It. As we chill in the cafe, she tells me her father was a musician who worked with All India Radio. “He was a real artiste. He also did theatre. My madness comes from there,” she smiles. Her mother worked for BSNL. “My parents had an age gap of 17 years between them. Dad was 42 when he got married. He didn’t want to have a child. But his best friend’s mother convinced him that this was the only way he could pass on his talent. That’s why my parents had me,” she chuckles. Her father passed away in 2009. Her mother believed Sayani would take to dance as she had trained in Bharatnatyam. “She didn’t want me to be an actor because she had seen dad rough it out,” she says. After her graduation in Delhi, she landed up a well-paying sales and marketing job. “I got six promotions in one year and had six MBAs reporting to me. I was making money but the work was boring,” she grimaces. She didn’t want to hold regrets later, so she joined the FTII in Pune to find her calling. And the n adventure continues...
ROMANCING THE MOVIES Tigmanshu Dhulia shares his passion for cinema with Ushnota Paul
igmanshu Dhulia is a maverick by default. He’s so drunk on life, he can’t walk a straight line. So he shuffles back and forth and sideways too, not caring for the yellow line, thank you very much, Mr Officer. He’s perhaps jamming with Def Leppard inside his skull even as we speak. I can almost hear Photograph going full blast. There’s a definite rocker look about him. The man does play the guitar for sure and maybe in an alternate lifeline he would have been a badass rock musician. Perhaps, he would have been happier living from gig to gig, making white hot music in front of a screaming audience. What he’s right now is a reclusive actor and a reluctant filmmaker. His last hit as director Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns was in 2013. Then, something made him change his low-budgetgood story-reliable actors formula and aim for the
big stars. The result was Bullett Raja, released the same year, starring Saif Ali Khan as the desi Butch Cassidy, with Tigmanshu’s homie and lucky mascot Jimmy Shergill being the Sundance Kid. The curry Western bombed and perhaps something snapped in Tigmanshu, making him wary of signing something in a hurry. He bristles when you tell him that perhaps Saif wasn’t the right choice. “I believed in Saif because he’s a free and spontaneous actor. Perhaps, people were not expecting such a film from me. I’m a victim of my own intentions,” he grimaces.
He’s been lying in hibernation for long and now it surfaces that he’s going to make a six-part TV series called Raag Desh on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and his Indian National Army. He will release it in a feature format as well. He’s currently researching for the subject and confirms the news. “It’s a fascinating story on why the British were forced to leave India,” he says. The project has been funded by Rajya Sabha TV and will go on floors soon. He also recently directed a short film, Barish Aur Chowmein, for Zee under the Zeal For Unity (ZFU) programme. Featuring
IT WAS THE DESTINY OF MILAN TALKIES THAT I PRODUCE IT. HOW CAN YOU KILL SUCH A FABULOUS SCRIPT? WE’VE LOCKED IN NEWCOMERS FOR THE FILM. A GOOD SCRIPT DOESN’T NEED A BIG STAR
Amit Sadh and Taapsee Pannu, it’s about a Muslim boy pretending to be a Hindu to rent a house in Mumbai. The talk veers to his much delayed pet project Yaara. Rumoured to be an adaptation of acclaimed French crime thriller Les Lyonnais (2011), he had first thought of casting his favourite actors, Manoj Bajpayee and Irrfan Khan. Tigmanshu clarifies that he wanted Manoj and Irrfan to play the older versions of Amit Saadh and Vidyut Jamwal. “But then I decided to go with Amit, Vidyut and Shruti (Haasan) to scale the entire age spectrum of 10 to 55 years, or else it would cause a disconnect with the audience.” There is no denying the fact that like his friend Anurag Kashyap, Tigmanshu is fascinated by criminals and lowlifes. He tries to bring out their humanity through his films. Apart from Yaara, he’s also working on Sultana Daaku, said
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I FEEL CLAUSTROPHOBIC AT FILM PARTIES. APART FROM IRRFAN, I DON’T OPEN UP EASILY TO OTHERS
With Irrfan Khan on the set of Paan Singh Tomar With Saif Ali Khan on the Bullett Raja set With Jimmy Shergill on the set of Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster
to be based on the most notorious dacoit during the British Raj who was hanged in the 1920s. The director denies he’s making a biopic and says he’d be giving the film a Robin Hood or a Indiana Jones kind of treatment. “I’ve fictionalised some parts. Sultana Daku is part of folklore in the North. A lot of nautankis and songs glorify him,” says he. Action, he definitely digs but not morbid violence. “My films portray life realistically… They’re not about blood and gore. I don’t have a dark side either,” he says. Perhaps to counter this view that he only makes violent films, he decided to make a romantic film called Milan Talkies. Said to be in the pipeline since 2011, a multitude of actors, ranging from Imran Khan, Shahid Kapoor,
Aditya Roy Kapoor, Ayushmann Khurrana to Kartik Aaryan were said to be part of the project. Producer Ekta Kapoor has now bowed out of the project and Tigmanshu will now produce it himself. There are also reports that a Dehradunbased industrialist is bankrolling the project. “It was the destiny of Milan Talkies that I produce it,” Tigmanshu goes emotional as he says this. “How can you kill such a fabulous script? We’ve locked in newcomers for the film. A good script doesn’t need a big star,” he reiterates. “I’ve tried to bring a never-seen-before kind of conflict in love here. It also revolves around filmmaking, which is why it is called Milan Talkies. It’s an ode to the old world of single theatres, a world fast fading away,”
he explains nostalgically. His cinematic domain is perpetually frozen in small towns. He can’t perhaps make films set in Mumbai high rises, peopled with a jet-setting crowd, with a couple of songs picturised in Switzerland for good measure. Ask him that and he shrugs. “I need to set my films in a certain terrain… a certain culture; the characters should have a social identity. The tone of my story starts from there.”
espite being in Mumbai for around 20 years now and being part of the film industry for that period, the small town persona hasn’t deserted his blood. He still considers
himself an outsider, never really comfortable with industry politics, never really part of the inner crowd. “I feel claustrophobic at film parties,” he confesses. “Apart from Irrfan, I don’t open up easily to others.” Hailing from Allahabad, Tigmanshu wanted to be a director since he was six. Growing up in the culturally-rich Allahabad has influenced his personality and filmmaking. “I was fortunate to grow up in the secular and vibrant vibe of the city. Back then, there was no religious tension. It was an intellectual and political atmosphere buzzing with poets and writers,” he rues. The National School of Drama (NSD) campus was his destination next. When he joined the campus at
to act in his film or when someone offers me good money,” he chuckles.
I NEED TO SET MY FILMS IN A CERTAIN TERRAIN… A CERTAIN CULTURE; THE CHARACTERS SHOULD HAVE A SOCIAL IDENTITY. THE TONE OF MY STORY STARTS FROM THERE the age of 19, Irrfan was in his second year. “I saw Mita Vashisht and Irrfan perform in a play and I loved it. I also saw boys and girls walking hand in hand, smoking cigarettes, staying out at night…,” a culture shock perhaps to his Allahabadi eyes. NSD shaped him as a person. “That’s the first time I felt free. I analysed my surroundings and myself. As a sensitive boy, I absorbed it all.” He married the love of his life, wife Tulika,
right after NSD, when he was just 22. “Love means companionship,” says he, ironically echoing Karan Johar. “She understands me completely... more than I understand myself. She’s kind of coping with me and coping well,” he laughs. In 1993, Ketan Mehta was making Sardar and NSD design teacher Robin Das was selected for the art department. Das asked Tigmanshu if he’d like to help in the research. He took it on for his love of history and art. But
eventually, it was assisting on Shekhar Kapur’s acclaimed Bandit Queen (1994) that inducted him into direction. It’s strange that despite being a trained actor, he took so long to showcase his talent in films. His chilling portrayal of Ramadhir Singh in Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012) won him accolades. He hasn’t got acting projects lined up despite his newfound popularity. “I don’t take acting seriously. I take it up only when a friend asks me
he eccentric filmmaker started out doing television and returned to the small medium with the show Darr… Sabko Lagta Hai Season 2. He explains TV and curated shows for Internet channels are the wave of the future. “The sole business of entertainment - be it cinema, TV or web, is going to go through a major overhaul. So people who are ready with interesting, new content will emerge as winners.” He mentions that Iranian, Italian and Hollywood cinema have intricate detailing in their movies, but Indian films lag behind in that. And we will have to up the ante in order to survive. “The above 30 working couples who don’t watch regular channels but sports, cookery shows and news… that’s the audience that will be catered to now,” he says. Along with the change in audience sensibilities, the stars will also have to start experimenting. “What happened in Hollywood will happen here too. Only big films will be screened in theatres, rest of the content will find an audience on alternate platforms. That’s why American television has bloomed… so many technicians, artistes who didn’t want to be part of big films like Avengers or Transformers are working in TV.” Fingers crossed for the future then! Stay hungry Tigmanshu, stay mad… n
PILLAR to POSTER BOLD IS NOT ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL. AAKRITI ANAND AND BRADLEY FERNANDES LIST DOWN 10 POSTERS, WHICH KICKED UP A CONTROVERSY
ever judge a book by its cover they say... or a film by its poster. This is India ladies and gentlemen, and we do not publicly approve of women in wet sarees or anything remotely concerned with sex, despite our ever escalating population. Yet our filmmakers love to tease the audiences with bold posters, which make 10 inch headlines and get embroiled into controversies, thus earning their films some free publicity. From Mandakini to Kareena Kapoor Khan, our leading ladies have to bear the brunt (and have had their posters burned) by the so-called moral police. Check out top 10 film posters, which created havoc because of their risqué content…
HUNTERRR One of the sleeper hits of 2015, Hunterrr starred Gulshan Devaiah as a sex-addict, romancing women at different stages of his life. The film ran into trouble when it released this poster of Gulshan with his leading ladies, inside a banana. While the makers were keen on the poster making it into print and hoardingbased ads, it was banned for its sexual overtones. Sigh.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s moving film about a paraplegic magician with a euthanasia plea may not have worked wonders at the box-office. But it did cause a stir before its release. With a poster showcasing Aishwarya Rai Bachchan smoking with nonchalance, the makers ruffled a few feathers. Being an epitome of Indian womanhood, her fans didn’t take easily to this avatar. Well, some stereotypes are difficult to set afire.
PK As if the film’s stance on blind faith and religion wasn’t enough to raise eyebrows, the film started promotions on a shocking note with a poster of Aamir Khan doing the Full Monty. While petitioners moved to get the film’s release stayed and the poster banned, the Supreme Court shot the plea down. It reasoned that it didn’t hurt sentiments and was only about art and entertainment.
EK CHHOTISI LOVE STORY
This chhotisi innocent romantic tale between a teenager and an older woman didn’t play well with the posters. Showing a boy resting on or even skiing down a woman’s body parts was considered objectionable and even raunchy by critics.
JISM 2 Titillating though it was, this poster of Pooja Bhatt’s Jism 2 also got politically controversial when a political party deemed it objectionable and demanded the poster be torn down a day before the film’s release. Surprisingly, the posters had been doing the rounds for months on end. Suspicious, much? PS: The girl behind the wet sheet is not Sunny Leone but Nathalia Kaur.
RAGINI MMS India’s steamy answer to the Hollywood film Paranormal Activity, Ragini MMS had a poster that depicted lead actors Kainaz Motivala and Rajkummar Rao in an intimate position, with a tagline that read, “They didn’t know it was a threesome.” Finding the shebang provocative, members of the public not only tore the posters down but also blackened the faces of the leads. Ouch!
As if the notion of a businessman falling in love with a call girl didn’t upset a number of people already, the poster of Neha Dhupia’s film Julie created a stir. A semi-nude poster of Neha, covered in a sheet with ‘I Love You’ written many a time on her bare back and body, raised concerns from conservative elements in society.
KURBAAN Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan’s Kurbaan faced backlash as their poster showed a bare-backed Kareena with a wounded and shirtless Saif. Grabbing eyeballs for all the wrong reasons, the film’s posters were even burned down and the posters were blackened by a certain political group for apparently hurting religious sentiment.
HATE STORY Bengali actress, Paoli Dam, may have wanted to start afresh with Hate Story. But an image of her well sculpted bare back with a gun placed at her derrière was a little too fresh for the West Bengal Censor Board. They even went as far as to demand her back be painted blue for exhibition purposes! Well everything bold is not beautiful.
RAM TERI GANGA MAILI
Quite the mother of all controversy, this poster of Mandakini in Ram Teri Ganga Maili grabbed eyeballs as she let her assets on display in a wet white draped saree. The scene caused quite the standoff between Raj Kapoor and the Censor Board.
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“A LOT OF SONGS WERE TAKEN AWAY FROM ME” Rivalries, a distant marriage and a demanding career... Alka Yagnik has learnt to find music in all. Farhana Farook listens to her engaging tunes
ime has preserved Alka Yagnik. Much like her dulcet, distilled voice. Her slight frame and girlish demeanour bear no testimony to the three decades she has spent churning odes to love, loss and celebration. “I’m fond of clothes, dressing up and staying fit. In the ’90s, I was so busy recording four-five songs a day, there was no time for exercise. Today, I’m doing a lot of concerts. Apart from hearing you, fans can also see you. It’s important to be well-groomed in the age of media glare,” she smiles. She believes in keeping pace with the times. As someone who shot to limelight as Raakhee’s voice in Mere angnein mein (Laawaris) in 1981, she brought out Deepika Padukone’s angst as beautifully in Agar tum saath ho in the recent Tamasha. In fact, she even won the Filmfare nomination for the soulful melody last year. “I’m emotional about Filmfare. I won my first Filmfare Award for Ek do teen (Tezaab, 1988) a month after I had my daughter Sayesha,” she says recalling those halycon days. “Till date I’ve won seven Filmfare Awards. I hope to win many many more,” she smiles.
Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in Tamasha
POLITICS EXISTS IN EVERY LINE OF WORK... ONE OF MY CONTEMPORARIES PLAYED DIRTY... LIKE I’D REHEARSE A SONG ONLY TO KNOW THAT A SENIOR SINGER HAD EVENTUALLY SUNG IT
LATA MANGESKAR, MY GURU
She credits her father Dharmendra Shankar and mother and classical singer Shubha Yajnik (the original spelling of the surname) for having reached so far. “My parents were ambitious. Left to myself, I wouldn’t have come this far. I was laidback and dreamy,” says Alka who as a child sang on All India Radio in Kolkata. She traces her fascination for Lata Mangeshkar since then. “When girls played with dolls, I’d be stuck to the radio. I’d imitate Lata didi. I’ve learnt by just listening to
ALKA SHARES THE MEMORIES BEHIND THE MUSIC... Ek do teen (Tezaab, 1988)
Taal mat Tak
Qayamat Se Qaya
her. She’s my guru. Didi is in me. Raina beeti jaaye (Parichay), Ajeeb dastan hai (Dil Apna Preet Parai) were my favourites,” she gushes. She recalls the time when she first met the legendary singer who she believed was a ‘fairy’ dwelling in a surreal world. “I met Didi for the first at Film Centre in Mumbai. She was recording Main tujhse milne aayee from Heera for Kalyanji-Anandji. I just gaped at her speechless. She blessed me and said, ‘Padhai mat chodna!’ Though a bright student, I hated studies. But I went on to complete my studies.” Alka maintains that Lata can have no ‘successor’. “Her songs give me goose bumps. And mind you, in her days there was no technological enhancement,” she points out.
ROMANCE & RIVALRY
The late ’80s and ’90s saw a revival in romance where melody was king with the surge of musicians like Nadeem-Shravan, Jatin-Lalit, Anu Malik, Anand-Milind and others. She rates the time as her golden period too - when her tracks for Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Tezaab, Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke, Saajan, Raja Hindustani among others went
It was a well-written number counting the days of the month. The lyrics (Javed Akhtar) and tunes (LaxmikantPyarelal) were hand in glove. It was an ‘item’ song of substance. Madhuri Dixit’s dance was the highlight.
Gazab ka hai din (Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, 1988)
Dil Kya Kare
on to be superhits. “My voice suited romance,” she states. “I came in at a time when Lata didi and Ashaji (Bhosle) were ruling. Newcomers were not easily accepted. But I was fortunate to find my niche,” she claims. And there was no quest for survival either. “We were a well-todo family. I was brought up like a princess,” she avers. Struggle she may not have experienced but rivalry she definitely did. “Politics exists in every line of work. A lot of songs were taken away from me. One of my contemporaries played very dirty politics with me. Like I’d rehearse a song only to know that a senior singer had eventually sung it.” Never being the ‘over ambitious kind’, it didn’t leave her perturbed. “I’d say koi baat nahin. I didn’t bother who was doing what, saying what… I was a homebody and only too happy to return home after work.” Her competition, she says, was with herself. “I struggled with myself to get better. I sang from my heart. I was self-analytical, self critical… Even if today a song of mine is playing on radio, and I find something wrong with it, I ask the driver to switch the station,” she remarks humbly.
We were a new team – director Mansoor Khan, composers Anand-Milind, actors Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla and singers Udit Narayan and I. We were all trying to prove a point. Only Majrooh saab (Sultanpuri) was a veteran.
Pardes (1997) In the song Meri mehbooba, I just had to sing an antara of four lines… Bhala kaun hai woh... and it won me the Filmfare Award.
Kuch kuch hota hai (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, 1998) The song on paper seemed a bit funny but when we sang it, we knew it was a winner. Karan Johar, though so young then, had a sharp music sense, he understood every harkat.
Pyaar ke liye chaar pal kam nahin the (Dil Kya Kare, 1999) The Jatin-Lalit score is symbolic of my life with my husband Neeraj. We were never together. My husband has only one grudge against my music. “It’s kept you way from me,” he says.
Taal (2000) We flew to Chennai on short notice as AR Rahman was to fly overseas. He came around 2.30 am. Subhashji (Ghai) and I were almost falling asleep outside the studio. But when we began recording it, we forgot everything else.
Aisa lagta hai (Refugee, 2000) Anu Malik’s score is lilting. It was Kareena Kapoor’s debut and her chubby innocence was endearing.
One song she remembers being emotionally moved while recording was Babul ka ghar chhod ke from Daata (1989) composed by Kalyanji-Anandji. “I was about to get married. And while singing this song with Kishoreda, I almost choked!” she recalls. The conversation veers to her longdistance marriage with Shillongbased Neeraj Vohra, distributor of Mohan Meakin Breweries in the North-East. “Our marriage can be summed up in the U2 song Can’t live with or without you. It’s been a difficult marriage to hold on to. But we couldn’t let go of each other,” she confides adding, “So far, we’ve survived the negatives of staying apart. It was tough to keep the marriage going though we meet off and on.” She views her unconventional marriage with humour. “People say you’re on a constant honeymoon. But it’s not like that. If you don’t live together, you don’t grow together. Somewhere, the communication gap creeps in. But we’ve stuck together because there’s a strong basic bond. Joh chhute nahin chuthta. In between, we had separated for about four-five years but we got back,” she clears the air. She credits her husband for understanding the demands of her profession. She doesn’t deny that attractions do happen. “After all we sing songs of mausam, mohabbat...,” she laughs. “I’ll not lie and say that I’ve never got attracted to people. But I didn’t get carried away. My values are strong. I also believe one’s dignity lies in one’s hands. I don’t believe in frivolous behaviour. I believe in the sanctity of marriage. I’m a bit of an idealist.” She was firm about drawing the lines in an industry where stories of the casting couch abound. “Nobody had the
I WILL NOT LIE AND SAY THAT I’VE NEVER GOT ATTRACTED TO PEOPLE. BUT I DIDN’T GET CARRIED AWAY. MY VALUES ARE STRONG. I DON’T BELIEVE IN FRIVOLOUS BEHAVIOUR. I BELIEVE IN THE SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE. I’M A BIT OF AN IDEALIST
FILMFARE AWARDS FOR BEST PLAYBACK (FEMALE) Ek do teen TEZAAB (1988)
Choli ke peeche KHAL-NAYAK (1993)
Meri mehbooba PARDES (1997)
Taal se taal mila TAAL (1999)
Dil ne yeh kaha hai dil se DHADKAN
made to sing one particular song out of which one version is retained. “What does this trial and error mean?” she retorts adding that she’d never comply with such a scenario. She doesn’t quite take to the fact that technology can tune a ‘besura’ voice. “It can even change the tonal quality. That’s why sub-standard singers can get away with playback singing. But on stage there’s no second chance. You’re heard as you are,” she cautions. She enjoys doing concerts. “The audience euphoria, energy… charges you, then it’s just my song, my audience and myself. I’m shy but I become a different person on stage. Surprisingly, the audience demands the songs I sang in the ’80s and ’90s,” she points out. It’s been a full-throttled life. But she does concede to feeling lonely at times. “Basically, I’m a loner. It’s not difficult to be with myself. I hear music, read and watch films. I like spending time with my daughter Sayesha who’s
O re chhori LAGAAN (2001)
Hum tum HUM TUM (2004)
OUR MARRIAGE CAN BE SUMMED UP IN THE U2 SONG CAN’T LIVE WITH OR WITHOUT YOU. IT’S BEEN A DIFFICULT MARRIAGE TO HOLD ON TO. BUT WE COULDN’T LET GO OF EACH OTHER audacity to act fresh with me. My body language says ‘don’t mess with me’. I won’t say nobody tried to misbehave with me. But they could not, barring one or two unpleasant instances. I laid down the rules. I was never glamour struck,” she asserts.
Coming to the current music
scenario she rues the fact that singers today have a short shelflife. “There’s an influx of singers. There’s no dearth of talent. Supply is more than the demand. So it’s difficult to carve your identity. Also, the intrinsic value of a song has diminished. You listen to it, you dance on it, you forget it... just like fast food!” She’s also aware of the trend where six to seven singers are
With husband Neeraj Voh
launched her restaurant - Boveda Bistro – in Andheri. My husband flies down to spend time with us sometimes.” She seems to have aced the balancing act with the years. She winks and says, “Kaam bhi karti hoon, zindagi bhi jee rahin hoon. I never did the wild things as a teenager. Movies, parties... Maybe, I love to do the wild things now.” n
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Grover tied the knot and their #MonkeyWedding looked like a funCalm down girl! filled affair! But the best part about the ceremonies were the newlyweds themselves, who posted funny pictures not just on their wedding day The Jungle Book fever gripped everyone. And it seems Parineeti but also of the pre-wedding shoot. Chopra and her friend couldn’t contain their joy, either. We wonder if it was their 3D glasses or the movie itself that elicited the response.
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Known for her fashion sense, Jacqueline Fernandez took it notches higher as she let her stylist play with her hair.We love the do just as Jacqueline’s candour, where she admits it was tough to sit still through the process. No pain, no gain!
Looks like Imran Khan had loads of fun during the wedding season. So he attended a wedding donning a turban. Coupled with his beard, he could easily pass off as a Sikh. Fun this!
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READERS WRITE AND BITE BACK... WITH LOVE AND AFFECTION BEACH TALES Your feature, Beachcombers, (May 4) showcased some of the most gorgeous actresses on the beach. It also brought back memories of yesteryear actresses like Sharmila Tagore, Zeenat Aman and Parveen Babi, who sizzled on screen in swimwear. But it brings to the fore the important change in our society. While earlier a bikini sequence was considered daring and scandalous, today the got-it-flaunt-it attitude
Songs are said to be the heart of Hindi movies and lyrics its soul. The lyricist, by the same logic, should be the recipient of all praise. Unfortunately, a good song is, more often than not, remembered only by the actor or actress who featured in it. It was heartening to see celebrated lyricist and writer, Javed Akhtar, featured in the latest issue (May 4). He has not only written landmark films like Sholay
with partner Salim Khan, he has kept the flame of poetry alive in today’s film music. Iktara from Wake Up Sid exemplifies the ageless beauty of his poetry. And the songs of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara showcase the perfect marriage of old and new. And what a delight it is to know that Javed saab also made it to the cover of your esteemed magazine in 1977 and is perhaps the only lyricist to do so! We wish more such creators of wonderful songs are given their due in the industry. Dr Gulbahar Sidhu, Jalandhar
has become the norm. Of the younger lot of actresses, Alia Bhatt donned a bikini in her debut film itself. Also, it’s interesting to see men in Hindi films equally game to show off their toned abs for such sequences, much like Salman Khan in Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya and John Abraham in Dostana. But looking at the actors who couldn't pull off the look, it's advisable that stars adhere caution while attempting it. Divya Singh, Lucknow
SUMMER IS HERE Your summer special issue (May 4) welcomed the hot season in a fashionable way. From the prevalent trends in the industry to tips from the stars themselves on how to cool off in the heat, the issue was packed with insights and beautiful visuals. The interview with the designer duo Shivan and Narresh added an edgy layer to the issue, as they discussed their take on trends and on the landmark bikini saree. All in all, an issue perfect for the summer. Simran Ahuja, Mumbai
BEAUTIFUL INSIDE Parineeti Chopra has stunned many with her recent physical transformation and svelte figure. She's not only climbing the charts on the fashion front, but is also inspiring many people to work on themselves like she did. While a number of people have questioned her move to do so, she maintains her reasons for losing the extra kilos. Admitting that she wasn’t happy with the way she looked before her weight loss couldn’t have been easy. But Parineeti has not only shown immense willpower to achieve her dream figure but also admirable honesty in your summer special cover story (May 4). Kudos to her year-long efforts and may she continue to be happy with her body, without shame or censure. Karan Chopra, New Delhi Parineeti Chopra
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HUMOUR WITH RUMOURS The strange, weird, bizarre, and mindless rumours about the stars in your feature Rumour Has It (May 4) made for a hilarious read. We salute the sporting spirit of our stars who take such things in their stride as they understand that fame comes with a package deal – it contains a fair amount of speculation and scandal! Having said that, rumours are welcome till they are harmless and generated for titillation only. Taking them to a dangerous extreme should be condemned, no matter whether the victim is a star or a commoner. Kabir, New Delhi
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Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor in Baaghi
LIGHTS! ACTION! EMOTION! The style in Baaghi and the substance in Nil Battey Sannata… the audience has enjoyed them both
BAAGHI OLD WINE NEW BOTTLE
REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE
Baaghi is the stuff of masala movies. The high-octane action stunts choreographed by Thailand stunt master Kecha Kampakdee were well-executed. Tiger Shroff is probably India’s answer to Jackie Chan. Shraddha Kapoor, perhaps, is going the Sonakshi Sinha way. She’s the perfect leading lady for these masala films with all the naach gaana. She’s beautiful. South actor, Sudeep Babu, is impressive too. Amrita R, Bhopal
Baaghi showcases every imaginable action, which Tiger Shroff pulls off with the ease of Bruce Lee – be it martial arts, free-falling-in-slow-motion or the mandatory chase sequences. He excels in dance too. And acting? Well, he needs to work on it. Shraddha Kapoor’s damsel-in-distress role could have been etched better. The antagonist, Sudheer Babu, seems promising in this debut. We hope he doesn’t end up being typecast like Prakash Raj. All in all, Baaghi is made for Tiger Shroff and action fans. Prakash Gowda, Gujarat
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@simrangracexoxo: Completely blown away by Baaghi. Shraddha looked fabulous and Tiger’s action scenes are amazing. @SardaMadhu: Baaghi is an enjoyable watch. Shraddha Kapoor’s stunning looks, Tiger Shroff’s perfect physique and the action sequences are all to die for. @Mdazam750: Shraddha Kapoor is striking in Baaghi. Tiger is mind-blowing in the fight sequences. Baaghi has the ingredients of a super hit. @Itsmepolu: Nothing to rave about Baaghi. Yes, there’s loads of action. But it’s not backed with a strong story.
ROARING TIGER Ten minutes into director Sabbir Khan’s Baaghi and you realise it’s a clone of his earlier Heropanti under producer Sajid Nadiawala’s banner. Tiger Shroff is excellent as an action hero and gets many chances to strip off his shirt. But his acting leaves a lot to be desired. However one cannot ignore his hard work and the Swara Bhaskar in promise he holds. Then Nil Battey Sannata there is the brawny South import Sudheer Babu who fits well in terms of his physicality. Shraddha Kapoor’s role lacks substance. Baaghi is strictly for masala lovers. And yes, Tiger Shroff needs to buckle up and move on to a new director pronto. K Karthik Rao, Chennai.
NIL BATTEY SANNATA BRILLIANT Directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Nil Battey Sannata explores a mother-daughter relationship, against the backdrop of academic constraints, with simplicity. More crucially, it brims with hope and touches you emotionally. Unfolding as a slice-
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ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE ▲ Kapoor & Sons
hanks to films like Aligarh, Kapoor & Sons and Dear Dad – all released this year – homosexuality is slowly finding mainstream acceptance. The credit goes to first and foremost its leading men. Manoj Bajpayee, Fawad Khan and Arvind Swamy are all straight as they come. They’re married men and yet chose to take a risk and play gay characters not only perhaps to hone their craft but to cater to the needs of their respective films. And they played characters who weren’t effeminate caricatures but real men who happen to have a different sexuality. Their sexuality doesn’t come in the way of being model sons, brothers, teachers, fathers, friends… And
that’s how it is in real life and that’s how it should be on reel as well. Sexuality is just a facet of a man or a woman’s life and shouldn’t actually be considered the defining force behind anyone’s personality. However, our sexually repressed society makes even straight relationships appear taboo. Consensual sex between consenting adults is seen as promiscuous behaviour, even if both parties happen to be single. And God forbid if they happen to be of the same sex! What I do in the privacy of my bedroom shouldn’t concern my neighbour but we are more or less conditioned to keep tabs on who’s sleeping with whom and resort to moral policing if something threatens our wafer-thin morality. Hence we hear
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of police raids in motels, of political goons slapping couples in public parks and so on. This invasion of privacy and our complicit approval of the assault was the focal point of Aligarh. A respected professor becomes the victim of a smear campaign and can’t even find accommodation in the city he loves because of his ‘forced’ outing by a sting operation. Kapoor & Sons takes it further. Fawad Khan’s character moves abroad because it’s a freer society. He lives in guilt about his sexuality and doesn’t come out to his parents because he believes they’ll never understand him. And, mind you, that film was set in an upper middleclass strata and not some remote backwater. Fawad’s character is that of a
globe-trotting writer who harbours a secret because he doesn’t want to hurt his parents as they consider him the perfect son. Arvind Swamy too plays the perfect father in Dear Dad, who finally confirms his true sexuality in his middle age. It isn’t easy to break the news down to one’s children and yet retain their love, their respect. The heartache and the agony appear real. The film’s happy ending might give hope to more people caught in a similar situation. Let’s hope more actors and more filmmakers take to depicting homosexuality the way it should be. Hope society as a whole learns from it and becomes more tolerant, n more loving… email@example.com Twitter@jiteshpillaai