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CONTENTS Contents 08 PHOTO FEATURES 09 PHOTO FEATURES 08
All the latest Celebrity sightings
CEO Ashley Peters Editor Rajeshchandra Devjee News Editor India Viral Bhayani
10 COVER FEATURE
09 All the latest Celebrity sightings
10 Top 10 of 2012
Production Manager / Head of Design Rajeshchandra Alicia RallDevjee
13 AMFAR FEATURE 12 EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW 12 Khan - Super Success 13 Aamir Amfar inaugural India Gala
14 ENTERTAINMENT FEATURE 19 COVER HELLO! - FEATURE Hall of Fame Awards 2012
19 LIFESTYLE Exclusive AshFEATURES & Abhi exposed 16
Sales Executives Ismail Mohammed Michael Jessamin
24 SPECIAL FEATURE
IT Infrastructure W&C Information
John Abraham - Sexiest Man Alive New Trend - Zodiac Spa Treatments
21 EXCLUSIVE 18 Prince CharlesGOSSIP in India 21
27 HIMALAYA HEALTH
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Erotica icon Sherlyn Chopra advocates safe sex on World AIDS Day Unwell Manisha leaves for the US for treatment Kajol not invited to JTHJ premiere, Ajay Devgn Ayurveda for for Youdivorce - Theafter science Ravi Shastri files 22 yrsof of Life marriage Akon to perform with SRK at a wedding Sunny Leone the most popular Bigg Boss inmate till now The Woman of Steel Besharam brings Neetu and Rishi Kapoor together again Shah Rukh gets scolding from Suhana Soha Ali Khan declares she is not ready for marriage Priyanka Chopra’s night adate Sonakshi Sinha too fat late to endorse brandwith rapper jay sean Dimple forcibly took thumb impression, Aishwarya, Jaya atKaka’s loggerheads, Ash moves out Anita Advani Aditya Chopra extra careful about Rani Mukherjee Kunal Kapoor gets back to his roots Ranveer spends lakh on dinner date with Deepika Salman hates people2calling him a‘Bhai’ Akshay Kumar back as Khatron Ke Khiladi host divorced man Karisma Kapoor dating a 35-year-old Karisma’s husband Sunjay slams divorce report Big B isthis the boss,member crosses seven million mark Check hotTwitter censor board Hard Kaur to launch Hop 7clothing linea task named after SRK’s Salman Khan’s BiggHipBoss to have Katrina wants money to receive award on Angry Saif Ali Khan lashes out at the media Salman’s behalf Pooja Bedia good enters into a brawl father Kabir Bedi Soha finds friend in her bhabhiwith Kareena Saif goes “golden” Race 2 fun of Deepika Padukone Kareena Kapoorformakes Bhupen had spent night with Lata Mangeshkar, Sofia was raped wife by her uncle claimsHayat Bhupen’s estranged
Adams & Adams Attorneys Shirish Shirish Kalian & Kalian Singer Horwitz Attorneys
29 EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
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37 37 32 32 37 32 39 40 Aamir to gift Katrina Kaif Barbie doll to son Azad 40 Sooraj was at a hotel when Jiah died, says Aditya Pancholi 34 Snippets on good and bad celebrity trends 40 I will not marry a girl of father’s choice, Shahid Kapoor
34 HOT OR NOT? 36 GLAM CAM 36
43 HELLO FEATURE
38 FASHION 43 Hall of Fame Awards 38
History & Future - Rita Kumar
44 BOLLYWOOD FEATURE 48 FASHION 44
Paris in LOVE with INDIA!
48 Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2013
45 HEALTH FEATURE 45
A new year brings opportunity for a new you!
64 LIFESTYLE MUSIC
46 TRAVEL FEATURE
52 Suraj Jagan Rocks On! 46 Guide to Paradise - Mauritius
48 MUSIC EXCLUSIVE 66 TRAVEL FEATURE 48 Colonial Cousins are back
66 Jurong Park & Singapore Zoo 50 MOTORING 50
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TIK TOK SINGER KESHA PERFORMS AT THE TAJ MAHAL PALACE
amfAR HOLDS INAUGURAL INDIA GALA Hosted by Sharon Stone, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan Event presented by Cyrus Poonawalla, Ph.D.
umbai, India, Some of the most distinguished figures in Indian society joined Sharon Stone, Hilary Swank, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost, and Cyrus Poonawalla, Ph.D. at the inaugural amfAR India gala in support of amfAR’s innovative AIDS research programs. The black tie event, held at The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, featured a cocktail reception, dinner and a gold-themed fashion show featuring exclusive looks by Rohit Bal, Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla and Tarun Tahiliani with jewels by Azva, Tarun Tahiliani for Azva, Symetree, and Amrapali. The evening concluded with a high-energy performance by pop sensation Kesha, whose songs including her hits “Animal,” “We R Who We R,” and “Tik Tok,” had guests dancing into the night. amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost invited actress and producer Hilary Swank to the stage at the exclusive event. Ms. Swank gave an opening speech and introduced amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, who spoke about amfAR’s global HIV/AIDS eradication initiatives and the important role of research in ending the epidemic. Bollywood luminaries Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan also addressed the more than 300 guests in attendance. In a highlight of the evening, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone took the stage and made an impasPage 12
sioned call to action to the many business and cultural heavyweights in the room, saying “There isn’t a family who has not been touched by AIDS.” Other notable guests included Neeta Ambani, Anuj Gupta, Rocky Malhotra, Venugopal Dhoot, Vikram Chatwal, Lisa Haydon, Dimple Kapadia, Parmeshwar Godrej, Nargis Fakhri, Sonal Chauhan, Torquhil Campbell, Duke of Argyll, Dino Morea and Nandita Mahtani among many others. amfAR India was made possible by Presenting Sponsor Cyrus Poonawalla, Signature Sponsors LoveGold and Delta Air Lines, Automotive Partner BMW and Partner Chivas. About amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment, education and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $366 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide. For more information, please visit www.amfAR.org. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of amfAR.
L-R ABHISHEK BACHCHAN,SHARON STONE,NEETA AMBANI,AISHWARYA RAI BACHCHAN
amFAR / FEATURE HILLARY SWANK
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We don’t believe in candle night dinners What’s the most romantic thing that you have done for each other? Abhi - Luckily for both of us, we don’t believe in candle night dinners or doing something special for each other. We can both spend hours talking to each other. We can talk all sorts of rubbish and still have a very deep conversation. Again, for both of us, we have very similar choices. We just love being there for each other. That’s what makes a romantic time for us. We enjoy watching movies together or for that matter we even watch soccer together and support the same team too. Abhi, we have seen you as the most supportive husband, accompanying Ash for her celebrations? Nothing gives me more pleasure than putting my wife in front of me and seeing her celebrated. Whether she receives Padmashri or she goes to Cannes, the most amazing thing that I can do is be supportive. And who says it’s not manly to do such a thing. And the best part about Ash is that when it’s all over and we are in the bedroom, just the two of us she will make me feel like I am the most important person to her in the world. Ash - Thats like my real man. Love you baby! What’s the secret behind your happily married life, any suggestions to newly weds? Ash - Keep the faith. Believe in heart, mind and soul. You are your own best friend and best judge for yourself. And whatever decision you take, stand by it and cherish your relationship. Abhi - Marriage is wonderful. People have joked about marriage for so long that it’s come to stick. But it’s great fun. Just go for it, but be completely sure about the person that you are marrying. Even if you have an inch of doubt don’t go for it. Be completely convinced. Ash, was it not easier for you since you are an actor and being married in a family of actors? Of course it was much easier for me. But life after marriage is not only about your career. I am a woman and I hold responsibilities like any other married women. You can’t barter work for marriage and vice versa. They both have to go hand in hand. I am an actor, I was never a single actor and now I am not a married actor. Marriage has not had an impact on my career. It’s just about balancing and of course, one cannot balance it well without your husbands and in-laws support. I thank Ma, Pa and Abhi for that. Abhi - Of course she understands the demands and pressures better on a professional and personal front, but for me, since she is an actor and if I have had any bad day at work, she Page 18
is there to understand me and support me. What have you learned from each other? Abhi - She has given me the confidence that I never had before. I was the baby of the family and was never given any responsibility. But after getting married, I wanted to be responsible for this person, I wanted to protect her and care for her. Also I learnt from my parents and her, on how to keep things normal. The most important thing is to just enjoy life. Ash - Life has given us many opportunities to be mature, deep and responsible. And luckily we both have been ahead of our years, even
though we have retained the child in us. We are comfortable being silly, but when it comes to life, we act maturely. Ash, was there any one particular moment where it dawned on you that you were married? Yes, it was on our flight to Bora Bora for our honeymoon. The stewardess welcomed me on board saying Welcome Mrs. Bachchan. Abhishek and I just looked at each other and laughed. That moment it hit me that now I am Mrs. Bachchan.
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P BRITAIN’S PRINCE CHARLES CHATS WITH INDIA’S PRIME MINISTER INDIRA GANDHI DURING A BANQUET - 1980
RINCE Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall began their nine-day tour of India by taking part in an Aarti ceremony. The Royal couple was pictured at the Parmarth Niketan Temple on the banks of the River Ganges in Dehradun where they met with locals and got fully involved in the traditional celebrations. Camilla, 66, made sure that her attire matched the colourful celebrations and wore a long-sleeved turquoise dress with white trousers and a long scarf. Charles, 64, wore a smart grey suit with a blue tie and wore the same traditional Indian necklace as his wife as well as a red poppy.
as India welcomed them with the sacred ceremony. The ritual took place in the holy Hindu city of Rishikesh where The Beatles studied transcendental meditation in 1968 along with musicians Donovan and Mike Love of the Beach Boys. It has proved a draw for backpackers, yoga fanatics and those seeking spiritual salvation ever since and caters for travellers with wifi cafes, hostels and tiny restaurants lining its narrow streets.
A garland of red and white flowers fit for two was bestowed on the royal couple
The royal couple was welcomed by the Hindu guru Swami Chidanand and his lead-
It’s a particular joy to join you here on the banks of the Ganges because it is, above all else, my first visit to the Ganges and so from that point of view it is a very special occasion for both me and my wife.
Prince Charles in India
FEATURE ing disciple Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, both dressed in orange robes, who draped a garland of marigold blooms around their necks and strings of beads. We also wanted to stress how deeply we felt for all those people who suffered so dreadfully as a result of the awful floods in June, our thoughts and prayers were so much with those families who have had to suffer the appalling catastrophe. The devastating floods are estimated to have killed 5,500 people with many deaths in the Northern Indian State of Uttarakhand, the first stop on Charles and Camilla’s tour which forced tens of thousands to be evacuated during the summer. They flew by chartered jet to Dehradun, the capital of the state of Uttarakhand in Northern India, to begin their visit and were greeted at Jolly Grant airport by the British High Commissioner to India Sir James David Bevan and a host of local officials and dignitaries. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited a crèche in Mumbai where they met the children of migrant labourers. The Royal couple received handmade gifts from youngsters at the Agripada Centre, one of a number of nurseries set up to care for the children of construction workers following a boom in the building industry in India. The Duchess, wearing a pale pink loose fitting tunic and white trousers, was left amused by one boy at the crèche. The five year-old called Sajeeya was dragged out by the arm after playing up during the performance. Laughing, the Duchess turned to Prince Charles and said: “That one’s been very naughty” as he was taken to the back of the class. Later, their Royal Highnesses visited a memorial to those killed and injured in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. The Royal couple paid their respects at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, which Page 24
was under siege for three days and where 31 members of staff and guests, including one Britain, were killed. The couple attended a dinner in Mumbai to raise awareness about the British Asian Trust, founded by The Prince of Wales in 2007 to channel donations from UK Asian philanthropists to good causes in India. The event was hosted by Mukesh Ambani, chairman of the conglomerate Reliance Industries and the world’s wealthiest Indian and Ratan Tata, whose family-trust company owns Jaguar, Land Rover and Corus steel. Ajay Devgan, action hero star of more than 80 Bollywood films and one of its most decorated actors sang and danced with his wife Kajol, India’s most successful actress, to promote philanthropy in one of the world’s fastest growing economies. In a scene reminiscent of the iconic Princess Diana Taj Mahal photo, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were pictured on day three of their India tour in front of a magnificent Hindu Temple complex. The couple also became Slumdog royalty, where Charles was given an early birthday surprise. The gesture came courtesy of pupils at a school in the Govindpuri slum in the South of the city, a labyrinth of filthy two and three-storey shacks with precious little water or sanitation. Camilla tried out an Indian classical dance at a children’s home in Mumbai during the Royal visit The prince and his wife later enjoyed a day of rest on their Indian trip, giving them time for private celebrations. The couple relaxed at a health spa near Cochin, which boasts that it is “paradise untouched by time”, after several nights spent in a five-star spa hotel in the Himalayas.
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With more than 180 separate compounds, Neem has multiple • Cyclic tetrasulfide: anti-fungal properties that help rejuvenate the skin while protecting it from on-going damage. With extraordinarily high levels of antioxidants • Epicatechin: anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory – up to hundreds of times more concentrated than those found in blueberries or broccoli – Neem helps protect the skin from envi- • Gallic acid: anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory ronmental damage. • Gedunin: anti-fungal Neem oil is rich in essential fatty acids that nourish and balance problem skin. The natural oils and glycerides quickly and eas- • Margolone: anti-bacterial ily penetrate outer layers of skin to soothe even chronically dry, itchy or flaking areas like psoriasis and eczema. Neem oil con- • Mahmoodin: anti-bacterial tains both potent anti-oxidants and is rich in essential fatty acids. • Nimbin: anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiNeem is the perfect skin cocktail for soothing wrinkles and fine histamine lines while helping to prevent the signs of aging when used regularly. It has been traditionally used to even out skin tone irregu- • Nimbidin: anti-fungal, analgesic larities, helping to balance and restore proper skin pigmentation for issues such as vitiligo or age spots. • Polysaccharides: anti-inflammatory Neem is an ideal herb for acne-prone skin because it can help to • Quercetin: exerts strong anti-inflammatory activity by inhibit soothe irritation and inflammation, clear up pimples and remove ing both the manufacture and release of histamine and other un-desired levels of bacteria on the skin that can cause more allergic/inflammatory mediators. break-outs. • Sodium nimbinate: anti-inflammatory The Neem tree is packed with anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties. Neem leaf is rich in naturally While Neem is often used for problematic skin it also has potent occurring Quercetin, which is well known as a compound that anti-aging properties that help revitalize skin, restore a youthful supports the body’s ability to respond to inflammation. Neem leaf glow to dry or rough skin, reduce fine lines and balance skin and bark are also well documented for their immune-boosting tone. Neem cream and lotion also are great for sunburns, and compounds that protect against non-cystic acne without the dry- for general skin and facial care. It is the ideal plant for mature ing of skin – a particularly important consideration for all skin skin, oily skin, dry or acne-prone conditions. types. Few plants are considered to be as important a panacea or “cure In Ayurveda, Neem is considered cooling, soothing and astrin- all” for many skin conditions. Neem is fondly referred to as the gent: Cooling because it helps to cool and calm the skin; Sooth- village pharmacy for this reason. ing because it supports healthy skin and is traditionally used to normalize irritated, rough or exceptionally dry skin; Astringent because it helps to tighten skin tissue normalize, balance and
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She looks like a doll, but she has a backbone of steel. She is a real strong headed girl who left her house at a tender age of 15 to pursue her dreams and make a career in acting. She had no friends or family or a Godfather in the industry. She managed to make a name for herself in the midst of all the criticisms that she took in her stride. She was criticized for her accent, lack of linguistic skills, for her fashion sense and talents. But today she has proved to the world that she overcame everything, won the National Award, has been the person with a very good dressing sense and has four movies, back to back where sthe plays a central character.
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Partners talks were Casa Fleur and Dimple Harpreet viSAIndia to this beautiful &young, vacious and bubbly girl journey. Narula. Some of the magic of about the nighther comes from the creative touches of Sabyasachi who conceived Kangana, I must start by asking you how did the ‘Indian Baroque’, black and gold setting. you manage everything all alone in the midst The Hello! Hall of Fame Awards are the most of criticism? incredible and intelligent personality based awards There is a strong sense platform, embraced by allof theovercompensating, accomplished people the factofthat come from a small I’ve been the Ination. HELLO! has settown, a newand benchmark made feeloccasion, like somebody withtothis toasting towho the doesn’t success belong and here helped me grow into a person who’s very stylcredibility of the magazine and to the universe ish versus other girls who are Miss Worlds, orof suwonderfulor people our country. permodels, someincelebrity daughter, who do not feel as much About pressure. It helpedIndia me be somebody HELLO! who deserves to beinhere and notit just somebody Since its arrival India in 2007, is abundantly whoclear happened to be here. that HELLO! alone of all celebrity and lifestyle magazines, projects personalities in their From being a girl who came from a small town totality. We take readeraward right into the homes to an actress to a the national winner, what is celebrities, not shying away from portraying thatofone factor that has helped you sail through this? them in light of their trials, triumphs, embracing their visions and dreams. It is a mirror to I think strong criticism for almost everything that I inspiring personalities across a broad spectrum have done. I always came with a feeling that I want suchsomething as Corporate, Arts, for to do that Entertainment, would be an Royalty, inspiration Philanthropy and more, the is others and somebody whowho was make there India and who today.heard remarks about my acnowsuperpower not there.itI ishave cent being bad, my language being bad, my dressing, my hair and about everything else. But I did not act stubborn and got stuck there. I wanted to move
“We have to earn our bread and butter out of this business” forward. And this criticism has taken me forward to the place that I am standing today. I have seen the nicer side of criticism. People were quite genuine in their criticism and I respect their spirit as well.
tions and as somebody who’s self-dependent, I don’t have any other job, so you have to keep working and keep doing something or the other. Even though I don’t really feel happy about doing these films, they are not very trashy too. There is a certain section of society who loves these type of films. In fact for my parents, my brother it is a good film. They don’t care about the talent or the art. Do you work as hard on these films as you work on other films? No, I don’t work hard at all. Even though you make the money and it solves your problems for some time, it makes you feel very unhappy within. You don’t have to do anything, you just have to wait in the van for hours together and then you are given one line to deliver in the whole day. And that one line can be delivered in any way that you want. Keeping in mind that if not you, then anyone else can do it. So of course you don’t really work hard on these films and it is highly frustrating and depressing to work on such films. But that’s ok. Life does not always give you what you want. Kangana, your father was really unhappy about your decision to become an actress, in fact Katrina Kaif he even raised his hand on you when you were 15? Yes, that’s true. In fact even at that age I was a very strong headed girl. I told him that if you ever do this again I am going to turn around and hit you back. He then told me to leave the house immediately. But even though I was strong and high headed I was a very obedient girl. He had never expected me to go against his wishes. But at that age and stage I felt that raising a hand was completely inappropriate. I was just having a conversation with him and was not under the influence of any drug. But I was very clear with my thoughts and was very mature at that age.
Do you think ‘the bad girl’ tag worked for you? Yeah...you may say so. But that was not a conscious decision. My characters in GANGSTER, WOH LAMHE, METRO and FASHION (not talking about SHAKA LAKA BOOM BOOM) is not the ones that actors are privileged to play every other day, let aside newcomers like me being offered such roles. So there was no scope for saying ‘No’ to these offers. But on second thought, I think Queenie it is my Singh nature that I dare to try things that others don’t. Even at school I never wore a dress that was similar to the ones my friends had. In fact, I always experimented with my clothes and looks.
With four movies back to back, that too central character, do you think you are entering the best phase of your life? It feels like that. In fact Krissh 3 is doing very well. Revolver Rani and Queen are completely different movies. They are altogether from a different genre and I hope people like it. Personally I am in the best phase of my career bacause I have never been given strong characters and title roles like that. Even though I did not play a central character in Krissh 3, I was a superwoman. My character was more of a physical appearance. In revolver Rani, I am playing a completely opposite role of being someone who is neglected and rejected because of my appearance. Kangana you are so taleneted, then what compelled you to do films like Double Dhamaal and Rascals? We have to earn our bread and butter in this busiStarjust of the Yearthose - Ranbir Kapoor ness, sometimes you have limited op-
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But after seeing you so successful and the most demanded actress in Bollywood, do they feel bad about what had happened way back? Did your father ever apologise? Well, he has never formally apologised to me. But yes, he still remembers that moment. In fact at my age my mother was already married. So now they feel that the best thing that can ever happen to me is marriage. But I can’t really digest the idea about marriage. So you see there’s always going to be a difference of opinion between us. So are you against the idea of marriage? I wouldn’t say that, but as of now of course no. I have seen a very successful marriage of my parents, in fact my sister is also so happily married that she doesn’t want to leave her husband and step out of her house. But I still have to come to terms with that fact. A companion is very important but I dont think marriage is so important as it is always made to look, especially for girls because they are never encouraged to do something that they want to do, like the way men are encouraged. Like when I was younger, my father had unrealistic expectations from my brother. He would encourage my brother to be a commando, a superhero a leader and I would just be standing in a corner holding all his plastic objects. My parents are very nice people but every time we girls were given instructions as to what we should do and how we should behave at our in laws house. But now the focus has to change and it should be the same for guy and a girl. We should make girls too, a superhero so that she too can fight her own battles. So do you expect to find such a man?
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I really don’t have very high expectations, I am very practical. But yes, I want somebody who is honest and is doing fairly well in his career, be it whatever line he has chosen for himself, even though it’s a postman. Did you meet any such man in the industry? No, not from the industry. In fact within the industry I have noticed that everyone is so self obsessed and selfish that they are very insensitive to others feelings. Don’t you feel that you would be better placed if you had some guidance? Yes, I have made many mistakes in life, the biggest being not managing my finances well and I did not value my own talent. If I knew that I was accepted from my very first film, I would not have made desperate attempts to prove myself. We heard that you are from a conservative family. But you have done and said quite a few bold things on screen. Doesn’t your family object to that? I am from a conservative family in Himachal Pradesh. And it was obvious that initially there were some objections. But now they understand that if I am taking drugs, or slapping my hero, or sleeping with my boss, it’s because my character in the film needs it. It’s my job to make my characters realistic. (Pauses) You know what, you should not be asking about my parents but about my relatives in Himachal...it’s their reaction that irritates! They don’t have a problem with my bold scenes or dialogues, but they want me to dance, deliver dialogues and give all the details about what Amitabh, Shah Rukh, Kareena, Aishwarya and the lot do, wear,
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AISHWARYA, JAYA AT LOGGERHEADS, ASH MOVES OUT All is not well in the Bachchan household. Reports are doing the rounds that the dedicated Bachchan bahurani and Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is moving out of the Bachchan mansion following a tiff with mother-in-law and veteran actress Jaya Bachchan. Ash is not too happy with Jaya as she keeps a tab on her every activity be it professional or personal. Jaya Bachchan wants her bahurani to keep her updated on her every professional activity which Ash does not like. Ash wants to live independently with her daughter Aaradhya and husband Abhishek Bachchan. She has no problem with her father-in-law and megastar Amitabh Bachchan and also with Abhishek as they give her full freedom to lead her life according to her own and give her ample space, but constant interference of Jaya Bachchan is irritating her. It is not yet confirmed how true the report is, but it is seen that whenever the saasbahu duo stepped out, they looked a perfect saas-bahu combination. There seems to be no dispute between them.
ADITYA CHOPRA EXTRA CAREFUL ABOUT RANI MUKHERJEE YRF head honcho Aditya Chopra is extra careful about his ladylove Rani Mukherjee’s new film, ‘Mardani’ which will go on shoot in January 2014. He is going the extra mile and has been putting creative inputs. ‘Mardani’ will be directed by Pradeep Sarkar of ‘Parineeta’ fame. Aditya and Pradeep are working very closely in this project to avoid any sort of loopholes. Says a source, “Aditya Chopra is personally ensuring that everything falls into place. The project was delayed as the final script was not being locked in.” The film in question is an adaptation of the Bengali novel, Devi Chaudhurani written by Bankim Chandra Chatterji. Adds the source, “There were times when Aditya Chopra didn’t like the final draft and at times Pradeep felt like making some changes, but now finally Aditya Chopra has approved of the final draft.” For the first time, Rani will be essaying the role of a cop in the film and there is a buzz that Salman Khan might play a cameo in the film. According to a source close to Rani, “She always wanted to play the role of a cop and with this project her wish will be fulfilled.” Rani had to shed weight for the role. “She has to reduce about 12 kg to play the role of a cop,” adds the source. The Yash Raj spokesperson says, “The film is going to be released on July 18. The shoot was pushed not because of script changes, but because Rani wanted some additional time for training.” Aditya Chopra and Rani Mukherjee has been dating for quite some time and is contemplating marriage. The couple is rumoured to tie the knot in early next year but there is no any official confirmation about the report. This will be Rani’s first and Aditya’s second marriage. Aditya was divorced from his first wife Payal. Page 34
RANVEER SPENDS 2 LAKH ON A DINNER DATE WITH DEEPIKA Love is blind and magical. Bestowed in love with his Leela, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh has spent a whopping 2 lakh on a dinner party with filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone. To mark the success of the film and to spend quality time with his rumoured girlfriend and actress Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh partied hard at a South Mumbai hotel. He threw a private party before leaving for his Oman schedule. Sabina Khan was also present with the group. Foods and drinks were continuously served and a hefty bill of 2 lakh was handed over to the team which Ranveer insisted to pay. A source says, “Bhansali was keen to take Deepika and Ranveer out for dinner. It was late in the evening before Ranveer flew out of India for a shoot. They went to a hotel in South Mumbai and had a five-course meal including drinks.” Adds the source, “Ranveer was in his element throughout the evening and entertained everyone. As Deepika and he are known to be foodies they were in a mood to gorge. Their dinner went on for a long time. When the bill arrived, Ranveer insisted he pay it as Ram-Leela was special to him. So Bhansali allowed him to pay the Rs 2 lakh bill.” ‘Ram Leela’ was highly acclaimed from every quarter and the film has also done remarkable box-office business. The film faced controversies due to its bold content but still it managed to rake in plenty of mullah. ‘Ram Leela’ exceeded the 50 crore mark in the opening weekend. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan showed praise on the film and the star casts and sent out flowers and a personal hand written letter to Deepika Padukone.
KARISMA KAPOOR DATING A 35-YEAR-OLD DIVORCED MAN After failed marriage, Karisma Kapoor has moved on in life. The mother of two has reportedly found a new man to share her sorrow and happiness. The new man in Karisma Kapoor’s life is a 35-year-old CEO of a successful pharma company, named Sandeep Toshniwal based in Mumbai. Karisma met Sandeep in a party thrown by a mutual friend. Their meetings increased consequently and they came closer. Though their friendship is in the initial stages, they have developed a liking for one another. The most ironical part of their relationship is that Sandeep Toshniwal is also going through a bitter phase of life and has also filed for divorce. He was married to Ashrita and now he is fighting to settle his divorce. Karisma has started life in a new way and her family and friends are very happy to see her in a happy space today. Though Karisma and Sandeep’s relationship are in the embryonic stage, possibility is quite high that the two will end up getting married. In August this year, there has been a report carried out in the media about Karisma dating a mystery man and now things are crystal clear. Ever since Karisma Kapoor got married to Sanjay in 2003, she was in the news for her disturbed marital life. Karisma gave everything to her married life but Sanjay was not loyal to her. After marriage, he entered into an illegal relationship with Delhi socialite Priya Chatwal. Karisma and her family made several attempts to bring Sanjay on the right track but their effort ended up in smoke as he turned a deaf ear to their heedings.
JUHI CHAWLA TO STAR IN STEVEN SPIELBERG’S FILM Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla has hit the jackpot. She has bagged a promising Hollywood project. She has been signed for a Hollywood movie which will be directed by Oscar winning director Lasse Hallstrom and produced by Steven Spielberg. The movie is titled, ‘The Hundred Foot Journey’ and will be shot in Mumbai and France. The storyline revolves around an Indian married couple who moves from India to a small village in France and opens an Indian restaurant opposite to a French restaurant run by Madame Mallory which will be played by Oscar winning actress Helen Mirren. Om Puri has been roped in to play Juhi’s husband. ‘The Hundred Foot Journey’ is based on Richard C Morias’s novel by the same name and is co- produced by famous host Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake. Juhi is basking in joy as she has bagged a project of her lifetime. She is over the moon as she will get the chance to work with some of the greatest actors, producers and directors of Hollywood. Coming back to Bollywood, Juhi Chawla will be next seen in ‘Gulab Gang’ with Madhuri Dixit.
SALMAN KHAN’S BIGG BOSS 7 TO HAVE A TASK NAMED AFTER SHAHRUKH KHAN’S FILM It’s been almost five years since Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan have turned foes from friends. The two have never stopped from taking digs at each other since then. Now we have learnt that Salman’s reality show Bigg Boss 7 is all set to have a task named after Shahrukh’s film.
BIG B IS THE TWITTER BOSS, CROSSES SEVEN MILLION MARK Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is quite active on twitter ever since he has opened his twitter account. Like other actors, Big B did not discontinue after sometime and continue to be active on twitter for a long time. He expresses his thoughts on twitter and addresses his twitter followers as his extended family. Fans love to hear from Amitabh Bachchan and the megastar never disappoints them. Big B crossed the 7 million mark on Twitter. “Thank you all. It’s 7 million plus on Twitter,” the 71-year-old tweeted Wednesday. Big B has so far posted 26,856 tweets and follows 840 people. He informs his fans about his health, his daily routine, used the platform to express his gratitude, wishes fans on special occasions or thank fans on his birthday. Activated on May 19, 2010, in August this year, the 71 year old actor crossed 5 million followers on Twitter. His bonding with the fans strengthens with the opening of his Twitter account and blog. His blog is a storehouse of his personal thoughts.
Yes, you heard that right. Bigg Boss will introduce this week’s luxury budget task, Kabhi Haan, Kabhi Naa where he will place the power to decide daily tasks in the hands of the contestants. For the duration of the task, the Bigg Boss 7 housemates are divided into two teams, the Hukumat team comprising of Ajaz Khan, VJ Andy, Sangram Singh, Sofia Hayat and Tanishaa Mukherji and the Virodhi team comprising of Armaan Kohli, Gauahar Khan, Kamya Punjabi and Kushal Tandon. As a part of the task, the Hukumat team has to give the Virodhi team various tasks throughout the day, to which if the Virodhi team says no, the Hukumat team will earn a point. The first person from the Virodhi team to be asked to perform a task will be Armaan. He will be asked to do a hand-stand in the sun for half an hour. However, the Virodhi team refuses to do it claiming that the task is impossible to achieve. After considering their perspective, the Hukumat team agrees to reduce the time limit to 12 minutes. Armaan will agree to participate in the task, but will fail to complete it. The next task will be given to Kamya, wherein she will be asked to eat five karelas in 15 minutes, wearing a monkey suit which she promptly agreed to complete. However, after eating two karelas, Kamya will be unable to eat any more and fails at completing the task. Next Kushal and Armaan are asked to balance themselves in the push-up position for 10 minutes. But, after balancing for about two minutes, Armaan will give up owing to pain in his hands. In between the task, both the teams will be seen arguing with each other over the possibility of completing the tasks being assigned to them.
POOJA BEDI ENTERS INTO A BRAWL WITH FATHER KABIR BEDI
Saif Ali Khan vented his anger on the Delhi media when he arrived late at the event organized by the Delhi Election Commission by three hours and the media, the crowd and cameramen asked the actor to apologise for coming late to the event. Saif Ali Khan said he won’t apologise as he was not to be blamed for coming late as he and his team was struck in Delhi traffic. The Nawab was in Delhi with his ‘Bullet Raja’ team to spread awareness among people to exercise their voting rights during a bike rally organised in New Delhi by the poll panel. The moment Saif entered the venue, the angry reporters asked the actor to apologise for coming late. The request was turned down by Saif. “I will not apologise because it is not my fault... I was stuck in traffic. I should not be blamed for this chaos and I feel stars should not come to Delhi. This is my last visit to Delhi and henceforth, I will give interviews from Mumbai. “If anybody should apologise it is the election officials as they didn’t convey the right time,” said Saif when someone from the crowd asked him to apologise for making the people wait for so long. Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Shergill, director Tigmanshu Dhulia accompanied Saif for the event and also cancelled the scheduled press conference. Later, District Election Officer (North) A M More told PTI that “he (Saif) apologised. We from the district administration also apologises on this issue that he was late. This should be considered by the media. We are coming together for the cause. “Generally stars have other engagements, he must be having some other commitments. He came here to give the message that voters should participate in the election.” Later, Saif was heard apologising to a few people as he rushed out of the venue. As Saif was making his exit from the event, he was heard making an apology to few people.
Pooja Bedi enters into an ugly spat with her father Kabir Bedi. The father-daughter duo fights over Protima Bedi’s flat. For quite some time, Kabir Bedi has been living at Protima Bedi’s flat with his partner Parveen Dusanj. Pooja Bedi, daughter of Kabir Bedi and late Protima Bedi asked her father to vacant the flat. “Pooja is known to be temperamental... we have seen on TV and did she not create a scene outside Farhan Furniturewala’s home when they were separating?” remarks a certain social acquaintance close to the Bedis. Pooja used to be her daddy’s little girl but Parveen and Kabir’s close association spoiled the father daughter relationship and she asked her father and Parveen to vacant her mother’s flat. The trio had a showdown in front of Bedi’s close friend and associate Raageshwari Loomba. She was present at the spot when the three of them entered into a brawl. She distanced herself from the incident. Kabir and Parveen apparently moved out of Protima’s Juhu flat. However, Pooja Bedi denied the entire episode and said her close one disseminate wrong information. Pooja took to twitter to clarify the matter. “Yes. Kabir Bedi and I are going through a family crisis. What`s absurd are articles through `friends` giving the wrong picture,” Pooja tweeted Thursday. “There are numerous elements that latch on to the Bedis, looking for media attention and publicity, even sympathy. I`d rather ignore them,” she added. She further added those friends who were quoted, are not really her supporters.
KAREENA KAPOOR MAKES FUN OF DEEPIKA PADUKONE Cat-fights among actresses are not new in Bollywood. When actresses compete with each other, friendship obviously dies. They not only let their movies and box-office record speak against one and another but also pass comments when given the opportunity. Very few may know Sanjay Leela Bhansali first approached Kareena Kapoor before signing Deepika for ‘Ram Leela’. Kareena left ‘Ram Leela’ for ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’. Talking about the same, Bebo said that she has no regret missing ‘Ram Leela’ and hopes for a next time. The actress also pulled Deepika’s leg by saying she is proud of herself for giving movies to other actresses. “I confess that I’m mad. There have been times when I’ve signed a film and then felt it was wrong. Yes, I was supposed to do ‘Ram-Leela’ but I changed my mind. I decided to do Gori... instead. With me, it’s all about the mood. There are no regrets, I’ve worked with some really good directors. I’ve missed the chance to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. But there’s always a next time. I’m the only actress who can boast of giving films to other actresses,” Kareena Kapoor told this to Deccan Chronicle. ‘Ram Leela’ proved to be Deepika Padukone’s third consecutive hit in a row after, ‘Chennai Express’ and ‘’Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’. The long legged actress was highly applauded for her acting caliber. With ‘Ram Leela’, the dusky beauty has firmed her footing in Bollywood. Kareena’s ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’ is yet to see the light of day and the actress is pinning high hopes for the film’s success. Let’s see who wins the box-office race, Kareena or Deepika?
ANGRY SAIF ALI KHAN LASHES OUT AT THE MEDIA
THE TOP HEROINES TURN ME DOWN SAYS SUNNY DEOL Sunny Deol is seen romancing a much younger Urvashi Rautela in Anil Sharma-directed “Singh Saab The Great” and he says he will continue to work with new talent as established actresses are not keen to work with him. He is also in no mood to mince words about the way the film industry functions nowadays. “About time a film of mine was well-received. I am tired of the long non-happening phase. Unfortunately I haven’t had too many releases recently. There are some of my films that are on hold. Hopefully, they’ll be released soon. But let me add, I don’t need to prove myself. I just need good cinema, the kind of cinema I believe in,” said Sunny. Sunny, 57, is seen romancing 19-year-old Urvashi Rautela in the film. “We are acting. We are not really husband and wife. If she’s much younger, that’s fine. A lot of wives are much younger than husbands. That’s no secret and by the way, I am sure Urvashi is not 19 years of age either,” said the actor who completes 30 years in filmdom after starting his journey with “Betaab” in 1983. On the way, he has given hits like “Ghayal” and “Damini”. The actor, who worked with the likes of Dimple Kapadia and Meenakshi Sheshadri, says that the current lot of established actresses are not keen to work with him. “I’ve had problems with established heroines. For reasons best known to them, they don’t want to work with me. It’s a fact. The top heroines turn me down whenever I ask them to work with me. They want to work with Shah Rukh
Khan, Salman Khan and Hrithik Roshan. So it’s fine,” said Sunny. “I searched for new heroines, like Urvashi Rautela. These girls do not ration dates. While working on a film I don’t have to deal with my heroine’s tantrums when she’s a newcomer. Now if you give an A-lister co-star I won’t be able to work with her. Also, I get a chance to give new talent to the film industry. So yeah, I’ll be seen with new co-stars in the future. “There are lots of new talented and pretty girls in the industry. And trust me, these new girls won’t look mismatched with me. I am open to adapting myself to the changes around me,” he added. Sunny plays a Sikh in “Singh Saab The Great” and this is said to be the sixth time he is playing a turbaned character on screen. Speaking of his affinity to Sardarji roles, he said: “I don’t know how it happened. It started with J.P. Dutta’s ‘Border’. These Sardarji roles offer me powerful characters. ‘Singh Saab The Great’ may seem old-fashioned to some. I suggest they move out of Mumbai and look at the rest of the country. Har kahaani ka apna rang hota hai.” Lately Sunny featured on the small screen to promote his films. “I’ve to confess, I enjoyed it,” he said. Regarding the sorry box office outcome of his last film “Yamla Pagla Deewana 2”, Sunny says he had no idea how it would pan out. “Forget what I thought about the film. It’s what the audience thought that matters. They rejected the film, and that’s that. It may have deserved to flop. But are you trying to tell me that only good deserving films do well? There are so many films that you feel are not working out well and they turn into hits,” said Sunny.
It has already been reported that all is not well at the Roshan abode and now adding more detail to the report is that Hrithik Roshan is now home hunting. He is all set to move out of the Roshan house and paving way for his wife Suzanne to live peacefully without him at the Roshan’s residence with his parents. The parents of the respective married couple tried their level best to mend the differences between them but they failed in their endeavor. In no way is Hrithik or Suzanne ready to rekindle. As per reports, Suzanne will live with Rakesh and Pinky Roshan while Hrithik will move out. The real estate agents are looking for a suitable place for the hunk. Trouble in their marriage first came into public glare when Suzanne attended filmmaker and father-in-law Rakesh Roshan’s birthday party like a guest. She came late and left the party early. She also avoided tacking pictures with the Roshan family and was missing from the family portrait. It is not yet known what went wrong between Suzanne and Hrithik but Suzanne detached herself from him. It was earlier reported that Suzanne has moved to her parents, Zarine and Sanjay’s residence which is a stone throw away from the Roshan residence. She left her husband Hrithik’s house with her two children. A source once said, “Yes, Suzanne is living at her parents’ place for the past week. But there is no problem between her and Hrithik. Her father is really unwell and she is staying there to spend time with him. The Khans do not want unnecessary attention over his illness and have asked their close friends to respect their privacy.” A couple of years back, Hrithik and Suzanne’s relationship hit a rough patch when it was rumoured that the actor was having an affair with ‘Kites’ actress Barbara Mori. Annoyed Suzanne then left the Roshan’s house to live with her parents but later it was heard that Hrithik won her heart again and brought her back home. All through these years, no reports of their disturbed marriage hit the headlines but suddenly a new problem cropped up.
SOFIA HAYAT WAS RAPED BY HER UNCLE Sophia Hayat, who is a British Asian model, actress and singer is an inspiration for many women. Sophia despite being a victim of child abuse, never let her past shadow her and rose independently to achieve success. When she was a child, they were quite poor. Her mother used to make a living by stitching clothes. Sophia hails from an orthodox Muslim family. As a child, she was raped by her uncle. She revealed this sad truth during her stay in the house of ‘Bigg Boss’ She confided her secret to Armaan and also said that she had been in and out of several abusive relationships and she has now decided to put an end to all. She urged women to speak up against such violence. She also urged women to come forward in support of such girls or women who are subjected to such torture. Sophia was first noticed on satellite channel Zee TV where she hosted her own TV show for 3 years. The show started in 2000. The show was a hit among British Asians. In July 2012, Vogue Italia named her as ‘Curvy Icon’. She has also done a number of English movies and has sung a number of songs. Recently she appeared opposite Abhay Deol in a BBC adaptation of ‘Bollywood Carmen’. She has also published a book called ‘Dishonoured’ in 2009. She debuted in Bollywood in 2011 in ‘Dairy Of A Butterfly’. She has two more projects in hand. Sophia entered the house of ‘Bigg Boss’ in a wild card entry. She looks toned and perfect. About her diet, Sophia says, “It’s not easy for me to maintain a flat tummy. I have to be careful about my diet. I avoid too much of carbs - for example, bread, pasta, and chocolate. The only trouble is, chocolate is my weakness. Alcohol is also a big no if you want a flat stomach. She also revealed her exercise regime. Sophia said, “Every week, I go horse riding thrice, do core stability training twice, and practise yoga once. And, if I am not too tired, I throw in a 40-minute cardio session on the cross-trainer as well. I have been training in horse riding for two months. It is excellent for tightening the lower body, especially the butt. In the UK, I was a keen fencer. I had to learn sword-fighting for an action film. It is also a great butt, leg and ab workout.” Page 39
HRITHIK ROSHAN AND WIFE SUZANNE TO LIVE SEPARATELY
AAMIR TO GIFT KATRINA KAIF BARBIE DOLL TO SON AZAD As a marketing strategy, perfectionist Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif has launched a new design of Barbie dolls inspired from Katrina Kaif’s role in ‘Dhoom 3’ and during the launch Aamir said that he wants to gift the Barbie doll to his son Azad. Katrina is playing an acrobat in the film and the Barbie collector doll is based on her character Aaliya in ‘Dhoom 3’ while Aamir Khan’s collecter doll is inspired from his ‘Dhoom 3’ character Sahir, who is a performer in the circus and later grows up to be a smart thief. “I love this idea of dolls. I would like to give one to Azad. I am excited as this is my first ever collector doll based on my movie character. I have worked closely on developing my look in Dhoom 3,” Aamir said here. Katrina too is happy about the
look. By immortalizing a ‘Dhoom 3’ doll, American toy manufacturing company Mattel for the first time is associated with Bollywood. They have immortalized several Hollywood celebrities and characters from International blockbusters like Twilight and The Hunger Games. ‘Dhoom 3’is the third installment of the ‘Dhoom’ series. The earlier ‘Dhoom’ series have remained popular among youths and bike lovers. Abhishek Bachchan will continue to play the role of a police officer along with his assistant Uday Chopra. Aamir will play a smart thief and Katrina his partner in crime. Both the actors had undergone rigorous training to get into the role. The perfectionist feels that his role in the movie has been his toughest role despite the fact that the actor has played varied roles. He says, “I think ‘Dhoom 3’ is my toughest role so far. I have never played anything like this before. Every film is challenging, but this was a tough role. I had a great time working in the film.” ‘Dhoom 3’ is slated to create “dhoom” in theatres on November 20th.
I WILL NOT MARRY A GIRL OF FATHER’S CHOICE, SHAHID KAPOOR Shahid Kapoor has dismissed reports which said that his father, Pankaj Kapoor was looking for a girl for his son. Shahid said that he would look for a girl himself. Recently, news was rife that Pankaj Kapoor had made several trips to Punjab to look for a bride for his son. Shahid said, “I can promise you that my father is not looking for any girl for me. When I read that article I was shooting for ‘Haider’ in Kashmir and my father was shooting for ‘Finding Fanny’ in Goa. According to the article my father was in Punjab... So no truth in it.” Shahid further added, “He (father) goes there (Punjab) because some of our family and his spiritual guru is there. People are drawing a different meaning out of it. He will never take the pressure on himself (of looking for a girl), because I am quite finicky. And I like making my own choices.” When Shahid was asked how he felt about the absence of a lady love in his life, he said
SOORAJ WAS AT A HOTEL WHEN JIAH DIED, SAYS ADITYA PANCHOLI Defending his son Sooraj Pancholi in Jiah Khan’s murder case, veteran actor Aditya Pancholi said that his son Sooraj was at a hotel with his friends when Jiah Khan died. Aditya came out in defense of his son when Jiah Khan’s mother Rabiya Khan hinted that a close one of Jiah has murdered her daughter. Forensic report suggests that Jiah Khan was murdered as human flesh was found underneath her fingernails and also blood stains were found on her undergarments. “We’ve footage of Sooraj entering the hotel, spending time in there with his friend and leaving the hotel. Therefore the question of Sooraj’s guilt just doesn’t arise,” said Aditya. Aditya Pancholi blamed Rabiya Khan for dragging his son in Jiah’s murder. “We know what Jiah’s mother is implying and why she is doing what she is doing. Sooraj is not the scared child that he was when Jiah’s suicide toppled his world over,” he said. “Today, after spending 21 days in one of the toughest jails in the country and having been put under the radar for no fault of his, Sooraj has grown up. It is being implied that I have pulled strings to get my son out of jail on bail. Tell me if I was so powerful why would I have allowed my son to languish in Arthur Road jail for 21 days?” Leaving the bad memories behind, Sooraj is preparing for his Bollywood debut which is going to be a remake of Subhash Ghai’s ‘Hero’. “My boy is much stronger now. I am glad he learnt the bitter lessons so early in his life. This whole experience has toughened him,” said Aditya In a report published by a Daily Bhaskar, on the day of Jiah’s murder Sooraj was only two minutes away from her residence. On June 3rd, Jiah Khan was found hanging from the ceiling fan of her house. Page 40
that the situation had its own pros and cons. Shahid confirmed that he would himself choose his life partner. He said, “ I will not marry a girl of father’s choice, because he doesn’t have to stay with the girl, I have to. And he knows this.” Shahid was then asked as to what he will look for in a girl, and he replied, “I have not thought about it so much. When you fall in love everything seems right... If I fall in love that will be good enough.” Shahid dated Kareena Kapoor for a long time. But their relationship fell apart. Then Shahid reportedly dated Vidya Balan and Priyanka Chopra. The chocolaty boy was also linked with Anushka Sharma, Nargis Fakhri and even Bipasha Basu. Recently Shahid had one release. The movie was ‘Phata Poster Nikla Hero’. The movie did decent business at the box office. Shahid is all geared up for his next release ‘R…Rajkumar’ which will release in December. The songs of this movie have already been released. Shahid is paired opposite Sonakshi Sinha who wanted to dance with Shahid and Prabhudheva in this movie. “I have been asking Prabhu sir to do a music video featuring Shahid, him and me. I think the three of us in a dance number would be an explosive combination and ensure full dhamaal. I hope it works out.” Sonakshi said.
Whenever megastar Amitabh Bachchan and evergreen Rekha come face to face, it becomes National news. Even after decades, they are considered a hit and the most cherished on-screen and off-screen couple of Btown. Whenever Rekha and Amitabh crossed paths, it never goes without mentioning, destiny brings the couple before one another time and again and recently they bumped into each other at Vishesh Bhatt’s wedding reception. Rekha as usual looked awesome in a nine wards golden sareee with matching golden ornaments with her hair hanging loose. Red lip-lick and red sindoor completed her look while Amitabh looked dapper in a suit. They hardly speak or exchange pleasantries when they meet, but rather try to avoid coming face to face. Their alleged love story in the 80’s still remains a mystery. They definitely had strong feelings for one another at one point in time but to date, the couple maintained a dignified silence about their rumoured love story. The couple was last seen in Yash Chopra’s blockbuster ‘Silsila’ based on an extra-marital affair and since then they have not looked back. There were talks about the duo to share screen space 32 years after ‘Silsila’ in Abbas Mustan’s ‘Welcome Back’ but it is now shelved as Rekha’s dates clash with ‘Super Nani’. Of late, Rekha and Amitabh bumped into each other at various events. They came face to face at Rakesh Roshan’s birthday bash, SIFCC awards night and now Mukhesh Bhatt’s son Vishesh Bhatt’s wedding reception where noted Bollywood celebrities turned up to wish the newly wedded couple. Recently, Rekha and Amitabh’s flight picture went viral on the net when the couple boarded the same flight. The photo was hugely circulated all over. Rekha was clicked seated behind Amitabh.
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BLENDERS PRIDE FASHION TOUR 2013
he 9th edition of Seagram’s Blenders Pride Fashion Tour brings back panache and glamour with leading names from the fashion industry to make the world a stylish place. The designers featuring this season at the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour are Falguni & Shane Peacock, Gaviin Miguel, JJ Valaya, Neeta Lulla, Pankaj & Nidhi, Rocky S, Suneet Varma, Tarun Tahiliani, Vikram Phadnis and Wendell Rodricks. After a grand preview in Mumbai and 26 shows across 6 cities, the eagerly awaited fashion extravaganza presented its Grand Finale in Mumbai featuring Vikram Phadnis, Neeta Lulla & JJ Valaya on day 2 of BPFT. Vivacity and joie de vivre come together in Vikram Phadnis’s collection, which is a celebration of the spirit, woven intricately into structured silhouettes. It is a diffusion line with no heavy bridals. Everything is simple which includes a few Indian pieces and some fusion wear. Blacks, maroons, golds, beiges, creams and ivories, all with a hint of embellishment, come alive on every garment. The collection is a reflection and an amalgamation of the colours of Blenders Pride. A lot has been mingled together to echo the brand that is Blenders Pride. Saris, anarkalis, sherwanis have a lot of fluidity in them. Vikram’s showstoppers for Page 44
the evening were Malaika Arora Khan and Dino Morea. Gaviin Miguel gave it up for the woman in his collection ‘Warriors of Heaven on Earth’. Superstar Kangana Ranaut featured as Gaviin’s muse for the evening. Before pen has even reached the drawing board, something has acted as a muse, be it an age, a structure, or a work of art. For Gaviin Miguel it is very simple and yet powerfull, the strength of a woman. His inspiration for this ‘force to be reckoned with’ flows through his collection WARRIORS OF HEAVEN ON EARTH. Suneet Varma showcases a collection based upon love of lyrics and poetry, words that soothe and enrich the soul. Taking inspiration from poetry that his mother (Indira Varma) has written, Suneet dwells into something nostalgic and tender as the night. With voice overs by Farookh Shiekh, singer Radhika Chopra and poets Indira Varma and Zehra Nigah gave the audience a visual and soulful treat. Neeta Lulla’s collection can be described in three words, coquettish, enticing and enigmatic. The fashionistas of the 20’s and 30’s take centre stage in the designer’s collection. Attitude and attire both call back from the past sheer sensuality and merge it pleasingly with the present. Neeta Lulla
wanted to bring forth the flirtiest and sensuous aspect of our culture and that is the sari. The outfits in her collection have drawn their inspiration from the sari but have retained their playfulness from the yesteryears. Pastel shades, vintage hues, nudes, indigo blue, oyster pink, and greens bring out ones complexion and yet are muted enough to show ones personality. Uneven cuts, cylindershaped outlines and draping, vaguely and with a shimmering quality, creates a contour that tempts as much as when it is on exhibition as when it is enveloped. Kalki Koechlin dazzled as the showstopper for Neeta Lulla. JJ Valaya weaves Indian sensibilities with rare and diverging Spanish influences in his collection. Bollywood Actor Arjun Kapoor walked the ramp as show stopper for JJ Valaya. It is a new season and with each new one comes a different influence, some whimsical and more distinct than the last. A medley of Spanish beauty, Indian epitome, royal cadences and life itself, all have found their way into JJ Valaya’s ‘Maharaja of Madrid’. The collection sees fashion doing what it does best, make beautiful clothes. It also gets us front row seats to that ‘awe and awww’ moment, those little gasps of delight that only a JJ Valaya’s line can bring forth.
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Jagan Rocks on!
uraj Jagan is an Indian playback singer in Bollywood movies. He is noted for the song “Give Me Some Sunshine” from the award winning movie 3 Idiots. The song has received numerous accolades and is a huge hit among the younger Indian generation. The song won him the “Best Emerging Male Performer” award in the Max Stardust Award. He comes from a Rock Music background and was part of a band called “Dream Out Loud”. His most famous song with this band was “It’s Raining Now” which also had his close friend Chandresh Kudwa playing the guitar. The band is currently inactive. ‘You and I’, ‘Give me some sunshine’, ‘Aafaton Ke Parindey’ stand as only a few of the major hits rendered by this talented musician. With a much successful stint as a singer, Suraj Jagan is now geared to sway his fans with his latest music album Yeh Lamha. In a candid conversation, the musician talks about the album, why he doesn’t see himself as a music director and a lot more. The foremost music video ‘Phir Sadkon Pe’ from your album Yeh Lamha is shot in the locales of Goa. It comes across as an introspective video. What’s been the thought beyond it? When I started working on this album, I use to generally converse with the lyricist Gauri Balaji. They were conversations that would come up before we actually began our work for the day and that’s where the lyrics of the album come from. That is the reason I named it Yeh Lamha as the lyrics spring up from certain moments. Since the album was completed until today, each time I hear the songs, I decode a different meaning of the lyrics. So basically, the songs will sound and feel different each time (lamha) you hear them. Page 52
How did you get in touch with Gauri and what’s your equation with her like? I met her through a friend. When I think of a song, I think of it in English and speaking in Hindi is not really my forte. So when I sit with any lyricist, if his/her English is not very strong, it gets very difficult to communicate with them. But when it came to Gauri, I could talk to her about my music in English and she would effortlessly pen it in Hindi. She has been in the theatre scene in New Delhi and is actually an actress. Hence she’s well-versed with both Hindi and English, making things easier for me. Purab Kohli has debuted as a director for a music video with ‘Phir Sadkon Pe’. How did you rope him for the album? I have known Purab for a long time now. While I was composing for the album in Goa, I came across him there. He was with a photographer friend who eventually did the album’s cover too. Post a few random meetings, Purab said ‘I’ll do your music video’ and I was more than happy
to let him do so. Tell us about a fun incident while on shoot. For a particular scene, I was wearing a white shirt. The camera person Munir said the white colour was reflecting too much and asked me to change the shirt. My car was parked far away from where we were shooting, so I just got off the shirt and shot without one. (Laughs) You have sung an array of songs from the suave ‘You and I’ jingle to the spunky ‘Give me some sunshine’ to the dark ‘Rang barse’. So what exactly is your style of music? The only common thread between all these songs is the rock influence. Listening-wise, I hear diverse genres of music. And when I’m on stage, I enjoy the rock energy, which is very therapeutic for me. But when I get down to composing a song, Yeh Lamha is the kind of music I do. So I feel I’m an extreme personality in that way, where I’m either a hard core rock musician or a suave one. As per reports, Priyanka Chopra sent Rock On, Rockstar and Dostana music to the popular singer Bono when he questioned her about the rock music scene in India. Your views. When it comes to the International music artistes, they are aware of only Bollywood as far as showbiz is concerned. So maybe he expected her to send those songs. So how does it feel that Bono will be listening to your songs from Rock On? I have grown up listening to his music and now he’s listening to my music. (Laughs) So it feels great! What do you enjoy doing the most, singing for ads, singles or Bollywood?
I’ve seen many musicians like Shane, Elvis, Benoy, Cliff, Collin, Vivek, Bosco, the list can go on and on, playing with various bands. The musicians in Goa inspire me constantly...I need to learn a You have played in various bands lot from them, it’s the other way around, before getting into playback singing. I need their advice!! Tell us something about this phase and what made you to leave the band You seem to be this rebellious kind... scene? dropping out of college to get into music. Did that kick up any row with The only reason I was part of various your parents? bands is because bands used to split up and I used to be the last man stand- Oh yeah!! The usual fireworks happened ing. This was never a phase for me, I’ve and lasted for many years!! always liked being in a band and I still have a solid rock band backing me for Tell us something about your childmy live shows. So I never really left any- hood and dreams that you had of bething. I love singing with a band and I’m coming a singer. How did you overcame difficulties to reach this far? still doing it. You had once said that those playing in a band should have an alternative career to survive on. Do you still think this holds true even in today’s scenario? I never said that those playing in a band should have an alternative career. What I said was that it is not easy to survive on the earnings of a band. But that doesn’t mean it’s not possible, I did it. Goa has many music bands. Have you heard of them? Any advice for them?
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I thoroughly enjoy composing music. Given a chance to only compose music all along and make a living out of it, I’d be more than happy.
Oh, my childhood is a long story. I never thought I’d become a singer until one day I got to jam with a band, from that moment on that’s all I wanted to do and so that’s all I did. When you don’t have any kind of support from anywhere it becomes a bit difficult, especially when you’re down and broke. I’ve been through many years of living hand to mouth. That was the time I would constantly be told that I was a failure, good for nothing etc. Your self-confidence does take a beating as a result, but I just did what I loved doing the most and never gave up.
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Jurong Park & Singapore Zoo you an opportunity for interactive bird-feeding. The Jurong Bird Park has an incredible collection of colourful and beautiful birds including owls, kiwis, flamingos, parrots and horn-bills. Enjoy watching the birds fly, swim, eat and frolic freely in habitats and giant aviaries. The Park features various interesting aviaries. The most popular amongst the visitors is the large walk-in lory (small Australasian and Southeast Asian parrot) flight aviary that is built at 3,000 square metres and is over 9 stories high. This aviary houses 10 colourful lory species. You may feed the lories a nectar mix (provided by the park) and observe them up close and personal. Also check out the African Waterfall Aviary, Heliconia Repository, the Hornbill and Toucan exhibit, Macaw Island, Penguin Coast and Flamingo Lake. The Park also has an Avian Hospital a Breeding and Research Centre that ensures the welfare and breeding of birdlife.
nown to be one of the largest bird parks in the region, Jurong Bird Park in Singapore was opened in 1971. The Park houses over 5,000 birds, representing 380 species and is the ultimate delight for bird watchers. With beautiful lush green grasslands the Park conserves these birds in its naturalistic settings. The park hosts regular bird shows and simulated thunderstorm everyday at noon, which is worth watching. The park also gives Page 54
If you are travelling with kids then Jurong Bird Park has more to offer. The Park has a playground for children where they can enjoy various wet and dry zones fun zones. If you are interested in educating your kids and yourself more about these wonderful bird species then attend the living classroom of the Bird Discovery Centre that was started in 2009 here. Learn more about the avian world that includes knowledge about the life stages of a bird. The
Park also organizes day trips, overnight camps, behind-the-scenes tours, workshops and much more. You are bound to feel hungry after a day long trip in the park. How about having a lunch with parrots and other birds? Enjoy sumptuous buffet amidst beautiful lush surroundings at the Songbird Terrance in the park or try oher food outlets like Bongo Burgers, Hawk Cafe and Ben & Jerryâ€™s scoop shop. Donâ€™t forget to carry along your camera.
Settled amidst beautiful rainforest environment, the open-air-concept Singapore Zoo is well known and popular amongst tourists. The Zoo gives you an opportunity to experience the wonders of nature and features over 2,500 specimens from 316 species, out of which 36% are threatened. The Zoo is more like a veterinary healthcare and research centre and works for the betterment of animals and endangered species. The Wildlife Healthcare and Research Centre was introduced in the Zoo during 2006. This Zoo is a part of Wildlife Reserves Singapore and is designated as rescued wildlife centre by the governing authority. Interested in knowing more about animals care in the Zoo? A visit to the research centre’s public viewing gallery is a must. This gallery allows visitors to observe the animal surgery and treatment areas with interactive displays. The Zoo also offers various educational programmes that cater to travelers and students worldwide. These programmes include day and night camps, behind-the-scenes tours, guided tours, workshops to wildlife publications and much more. Enjoy watching animals roam freely in open and natural habitats. The Singapore Zoo is home to almost 3,000 animals representing 314 species of mammals, birds and reptiles. The Zoo features world’s first free-ranging orangutan habitat that showcases apes in their natural surroundings. Other than this you can check out the areas like Fragile Forest, Tiger Trek, Treetops Trail and Elephants of Asia. You may also enjoy visiting areas like the Australian Outback and the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia in the Zoo where you can witness various habitats representing the respective geographical region. Singapore Zoo is also well-known for its sumptuous treats amongst its visitors. Try their ‘Jungle Breakfast’ with Wildlife programme that allows visitors to dine while enjoying the company of the Zoo’s icons – the orangutans. You may also try dining in other food outlets that include Ah Meng Kopi, Ah Meng Restaurant, Pizzafari and Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop.