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The Best of South Indian Cinema October
CONTENTS Contents 08 PHOTO FEATURES 07 PHOTO FEATURES 08
All the latest Celebrity sightings
CEO Ashley Peters Editor Rajeshchandra Devjee News Editor India Viral Bhayani
10 COVER FEATURE
07 All the latest Celebrity sightings
10 Top 10 of 2012
Production Manager / Head of Design Rajeshchandra Alicia RallDevjee
10 SIC FeatureINTERVIEW 12 EXCLUSIVE 12 - Super Success 10 Aamir Best Khan of Indian Cinema
14 ENTERTAINMENT FEATURE 14 Exclusive HELLO! - Hall ofevents Fame Awards 2012
14 LIFESTYLE Look and Feel Good Expo 16 FEATURES
Sales Executives Ismail Mohammed Michael Jessamin
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IT Infrastructure W&C Information
John Abraham - Sexiest Man Alive New Trend - Zodiac Spa Treatments
21 EXCLUSIVE GOSSIP 18 Priyanka Chopra 21
20 Bollywood FEATUREs
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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 Bold Babes Ravi Shastri files for divorce after 22 yrs of marriage Bollywood celebs and their adopted children to perform withChopra SRK at a wedding AAkon tribute to Yash Sunny Leone the most popular Bigg Boss inmate till now Besharam brings Neetu and Rishi Kapoor together again Shahofficial: Rukh gets scolding Kapoor from Suhana It’s Kareena finally adds Khan to her name Soha Ali Khan declares she is not ready for John Abraham to team up with MS Dhoni marriage Diana Hayden ties knot in Las Vegas Sonakshi Sinha too fat the to endorse a brand Dimple forcibly Kaka’s in thumb Big B gifts Jayatook a house Parisimpression, Anita Advani Amitabh Bachchan earrings on shoes in KBC Kunal Kapoor gets backwears to his roots Salman hates him ‘Bhai’anticipatory bail Assualt case:people Om calling Purigranted Akshay Kumar back as Khatron Ke Khiladi host Sri Devi to share screen space with Meryl Streep Karisma’s husband Sunjay slams divorce report Kareena husband from kissing Check thisstops hot censor boardSaif member Hard Kaur to launch Hip Hop clothing line Salman Karan Johar snubs SRK set to direct Katrina wants money to receive award on Priyanka Chopra beats Sunny Leone Salman’s behalf Soha finds good friend in her Mallika”s abirthday wish forbhabhi ModiKareena in a seductive way Saif goes “golden” for Race 2 Bipasha Basu breaks down on te sets of Humshakals Bhupen had spent night with Lata Mangeshkar, Karisma Kapoor datingwife a mystery man claims Bhupen’s estranged
Adams & Adams Attorneys Shirish Shirish Kalian & Kalian Singer Horwitz Attorneys
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30 30 29 29 31 32 29 29 32 30 32 30 33 31 31 33 31 34 32 35 32 35 32 35 36 Sanjay to dance and act with other jail inmates 36 Ranveer meets Deepika at SRK’s house 34 Snippets on good and bad celebrity trends 37 Pam Chopras says yes to Rani-Aditya’s marriage
34 HOT OR NOT? 36 GLAM CAM 36
38 Himalaya healthcare
38 FASHION 38 Gymnema Sylvestre 38
History & Future - Rita Kumar
44 BOLLYWOOD FEATURE 44 FASHION 44
Paris in LOVE with INDIA!
44 Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s collection
45 HEALTH FEATURE 45
A new year brings opportunity for a new you!
52 MUSIC 46 TRAVELExclusive FEATURE
46 Guide to 52 Singh is Paradise King - Mauritius
48 MUSIC EXCLUSIVE 54 TRAVEL FEATURE 48 Colonial Cousins are back
54 Jewel of India - Thiruvananthapuram 50 MOTORING 50
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Best of South Indian Cinema at SIIMA 2013
hanush and Shruti Haasan bagged the best actor awards in Tamil and Telugu at the star-studded second edition of the South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA) at Sharjah. SIIMA felicitates the best talent across the four Southern industries - Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.
In Tamil, films “Thuppakki”, “3” and “Kumki” pocketed four awards each. “Raanjhanaa” star Dhanush bagged three awards, which included best actor, best lyricist and best playback singer male for the Tamil romantic-drama “3”. Hansika Motwani won the best actor award for her Tamil comedy “Oru Kal Oru Kannadi”. While Vijay Sethupathi won the best actor critics award, Kajal Agarwal won the best actress critics award for her performance in “Thuppakki”, which also received awards for best actor in a negative role (Vidyut Jamwal), best music director (Harris Jayaraj) and best fight choreographer (Kecha). “Kumki” was adjudged the best film award. It also won best cinematographer (Sukumar), best comedian (Thambi Ramaiah) and best debutant actor male (Vikram Prabhu). R. Madhavan won the best actor in a supporting male role award for the Tamil action-drama “Vettai”, while actress Saranya Ponvannan pocketed the best actor in a supporting role female award for her performance in the Tamil romantic-drama “Neerparavai”. Best director award in Tamil was bagged by Balaji Sakthivel for his national award-winning film “Vazhakku En 18/9”.
Saindhavi won the best playback singer female for her song Uyrin Uyire from “Thaandavam”. In the special awards category, Lakshmi Menon was adjudged best debutant actress for “Sundarapandian”, Karthik Subbaraj won the best debutant director award for “Pizza” and C. V Kumar bagged the best debutant producer award for “Attakathi”. In Telugu, Pawan Kalyan-starrer “Gabbar Singh”, remake of “Dabangg”, bagged six awards, while S. S Rajamouli’s “Eega” won three awards. “Gabbar Singh” won awards for best actor (Pawan Kalyan), best actress (Shruti Haasan), best director (Harish Shankar), best comedian (Sreenu), best music director (Devi Sri Prasad) and best fight choreographer (Ram-Lakshman). “Eega” bagged the best film award along with best actor in a negative role (Sudeep) and best cinematographer (K. K Senthil Kumar). Allu Arjun-starrer “Julayi” and Rana Daggubatistarrer “Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum” (KVR) won two awards each. Ran and Nayanthara were adjudged the best actor and actress critics award for their performance in KVR, while “Julayi” received awards for best actor in a supporting role male (Rajendra Prasad) and best dance choreographer (Sekhar) Saloni Aswani won the best actor in a supporting role female award for her performance in “Bodyguard”. Singer-composer S. S Thaman bagged best
playback singer male award for Osthara” (Businessman), while huri pocketed the best playback award for the song “Melkalu” Ganga Tho Rambabu).
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Sudheer Babu and Regina Cassandra won the best debutant actor and actress awards for their film “Siva Manasulo Shruti”. Filmmaker Maruthi won the best debutant director and producer awards for “Ee Rojullo”. In Malayalam, the romantic-drama “Thattathin Maraathu” bagged three awards for best music director (Shan Rahman), best debutant actress (Isha Talwar) and best lyricist (Anu Joseph) for the song “Muthuchuppi”. The best actor and actress awards were bagged by superstar Mohan Lal for “Spirit” and Amala Paul for “Run Baby Run”. Best actor critics award was won by Fahadh Faasil for “Diamond Necklace”, while Rima Kallingal pocketed the best actress critics award for “22 Female Kottayam”. “Ustad Hotel” was adjudged the best film in Malayalam. Nandu and Swetha Menon bagged the best actor in supporting roles male and female awards for “Spirit” and “Ozhimuri”, respectively. Prathap Pothen bagged the best actor in a negative role award for his performance in “22 Female Kottayam”. Suraj Venjaramood won the best comedian award for “Mr. Marumakan”.
Brinda pocketed the best dance choreographer award for the song “Aatumanal Payayi” from “Run Baby Run”, while the best fight choreographer award was handed over to Kanal Kannan for “Mallu Singh”. Vijay Yesudas and Remya Nambeesan were adjudged the best playback singer male and female for songs “Mazha Kondu” (Spirit) and “Andalonde” (Ivan Mefharoopan), respectively. Dulquer Salmaan won the best debutant actor award for “Second Show”. In the Kannada section, A. P Arjun directorial “Addhuri” bagged five awards, including best director, best cinematographer (Surya S. Kiran), best lyricist (AP Arjun) for the song “Ammatte”, best playback singer female Vani Harikrishna for the song “Mussanje Veleli” and best debutant actor Dhruva Sarja. Best film award in “Kannada” was given to Katariveera Surasaundarangi” Shivrajkumar and Priyamani bagged the best actor and actress awards for films “Shiva” and “Charulatha”, respectively.
While Upendra won the best actor critics award for “Katariveera Surasaundarangi”, Ragini Dwivedi won the best actress critics award for “Shiva”.
Sameer Thahir bagged the best cinematographer award for “Diamond Necklace”.
Ranagayana Raghu won the best actor in a supporting role male award for “Romeo”, Nidhi Subbaiah won the best actor in a supporting role female for “Anna Bond”. Pooja Gandhi was awarded the best actor in a negative role for her critically acclaimed performance in the crime-drama “Dandupalya”. Best dance choreography award was bagged by Imran Sardhariya for the song “Tumba Nodbedi” from the film “Anna Bond”, while best fight choreography award was won by Ravi Varma for the film “Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna”. V Harikrishna won the best playback singer male award for the song “Tumba Nodbedi” from “Anna Bond”. Arjun Janya won the best music director award for “Romeo”. “Govindaya Namaha” bagged three awards that include best debutant actress (Parul Yadav), best debutant director (Pawan Wadeyar) and best debutant producer (K. A. Suresh).
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South Africa’s premier wellness brands support
Several of SA’s leading health, wellness and fitness brands, including Liberty Medical Scheme and Pouyoukas Foods have partnered with the Look and Feel Good Expo 2013 for this year’s three-city health, beauty, fitness and wellbeing exhibitions.
Look & Feel Good Expo
he annual Look & Feel Good Expo (L&FGE) has grown exponentially, and is now positioned as the key wellness event in the country. An EXSA (Exhibition & Event Association of SA) Awards nominated exhibition, the L&FGE attracts tens of thousands of LSM 7-10+ visitors between the ages of 25 – 55 in Johannesburg, Cape Town and now also Durban, as well as over 400 exhibitors nationwide. This year, the event will include pageants, fitness contests, exciting new event features, highlights and competitions.
Lisa Raleigh has also been confirmed as the official ambassador of the Look & Feel Good Expo. Known throughout South Africa for her appearance as a trainer on The Biggest Loser, and her many appearances on TV, she says:
The 2013 Look & Feel Good Expo will take place from 11-13 October at the Durban Exhibition Centre, from 25-27 October at Sandringham Farm in Stellenbosch – alongside the Outdoor Expo – and from 8-10 November at the Coca-Cola dome in Johannesburg. Its growth reflects the growing local interest in health, fitness, beauty and wellness.
“I am thrilled to be a part of what promises to be the biggest and best Look & Feel Good Expo to date. With a Durban launch on the cards this year, it’s a privilege to be part of an initiative dedicated to spreading and celebrating wellness nationwide. I’ve been involved with the Expos for the last two years, and always look forward to sharing the social responsibility of promoting healthier and happier living. The 2012 expo was well attended and it boasted a great vibe and energy, something after my own heart.”
“When you look at what’s trending worldwide, it’s clear that the pursuit of health and wellness remain a global priority, as does the pursuit of beauty. This is certainly true of South Africa,” explains Heidi Warricker, MD of event organiser Biz Events.
Trojan Warriors® - a new fitness, body weight training and competition craze sweeping SA, is using the event platform to stage various legs of its 2014 provincial try-outs at the L&FGE. A Teen Trojan Warrior Mini tryout competition will also be staged.
Top local brands are aligning themselves with the event, through key sponsorships. Liberty Medical Scheme has committed to partnering the L&FGE in 2013 as part of its efforts to encourage healthy living. Liberty Medical Scheme Executive Principal Officer, Andrew Edwards, explains the synergies: “Contrary to popular belief that medical schemes are there mainly for the sick and elderly, the truth is that they play a key role in assisting younger people to maintain and manage their health, thereby potentially extending their lives for as long as possible. Our partnership with this premier health and wellness event once again proves that Liberty Medical Scheme is wholly dedicated to its promise to care for our members, in sickness and in health.” Be Fit 4 Life, a new health and fitness network set to take SA by storm from November, will stage its launch at the expo. The company will sponsor the Mr and Miss Body Beautiful SA pageants alongside the Expo, as well as introducing a Mr & Miss Body Beautiful Teen SA for the first time, bringing a host of celebrities to the event and staging a Celebrate Life After Party. Pouyoukas Foods will sponsor the Pouyoukas Look & Feel Good Kitchen, where it will host daily cooking demonstrations and talks featuring nutrition experts and media personality Lisa Raleigh. “We’re very excited about our participation in the Look & Feel Good Expo, because our products are such a good fit for this event,” says Justine Pearl, brand manager for Pouyoukas Foods.
Longevity Magazine has signed up to sponsor the VIP Pamper Lounge and Spa experience in all three cities, where guests who purchase the VIP ticket will enjoy spa-style pampering and giveaways. Guvon Spas, co-sponsor of the VIP spa experience in Johannesburg, says it has aligned with the event because the L&FGE is one of the top expos to attend in the beauty and spa industry. Belinda Cooper, Group Spa Marketing, PR & Social Media, says: “It is an honour for us as a group to build a relationship with such a brand. We are looking forward to the expo and hope to attract great new clients that we can pamper at our spas.” Colleen Abrahams, Managing Director of The Hydro, and co-sponsor of the VIP Pamper Lounge and Spa experience in Cape Town says The Hydro has participated in the L&FGE in both Johannesburg and Cape Town, and has always had a good response from it. “It is a very good fit for us, because as one of only two hydros in the Southern Hemisphere, we offer a complete range of hydrotherapy and detox treatments, among numerous other therapies. So our focus is on overall health.” Sponsorship packages for areas including the Yoga and Pilates Studio, the Dance and Movement Stage and the Healing Herb and Tea Garden are still available. To explore sponsorship options or to book a stand at Look & Feel Good Expo, email email@example.com. For more information, visit http://www.ifeelgood.co.za/ or follow https://www.facebook.com/IFeelGoodExpo
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COVER / FEATURE She is gorgeous, independent and intelligent, above all; she has created a niche for herself, least to say without having any influential power in the industry. She even has an international music career which no other Indian actresses would have even dreamt of. She has also had the honour of lending her voice to a character in Disney release Planes.
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SAIndia, brings to in an exclusive interview with Priyanka Chopra, who is just out of a double personal crises, her father’s demise and the controversy with Shah Rukh Khan and is getting back to normalcy and taking charge of her life with utmost grit and determination. Priyanka, you have faced the biggest tragedy of your life? Yes, I don’t think anything can be worse than this. My tattoo (Daddy’s lil girl) keeps reminding me of him and I go back to those golden memories that i had with my dad. I was very dependent and close to my father. According to me, i was a very nice daughter. In fact I am very happy that i could realise his dream of becoming a professional singer. I have lost the biggest support system in my life. I am completely shattered but i put up a brave front as I have to take care of my mom. Shah Rukh helped you and was a great support to you during your father’s funeral? Yes, of course. He was there with me throughout. In fact I really admire the fact that he too had an injury and still was there for all the arrangements, like a true friend. But Priyanka post that, there has been no news as such on twitter from both of you? I don’t understand why controversies are created. In fact he got busy with the promotions of Chennai Express and I too got busy with my work and music. There are rumours about all not being well between you and Shahrukh Khan? I don’t know how to answer that. In fact when we used to talk there were rumours about a link up and now that we are busy with our own work, then it seems that we are not on talking terms. I personally like to keep good relations with everyone in the industry. Did you know about Shahrukh and Gauri having a baby? It is their personal life and I really do not get in to anyone’s personal life. If someone feels like sharing something about their life with me, I listen, but I do not dig in to anyone’s personal life. You were not invited for a grand Eid bash at Mannat where almost the entire industry was present. No comment and you will have to ask the host about what and why. Talking about films, what is in your kitty right now. Thank God. It’s my topic now. I am a very committed person and Idont let anything come between my career. Just a few days after my dad passed away, I was back on the sets to shoot for Mary Kom’s biopic. I am really fond of the film and giving it my hundred percent. Alongside, I have started with the promotions of Zanjeer and Krrish 3. What about your career in the West? I am very blessed and privileged to be accepted in the West. I met the former Indian Idol judges Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul and Exotic has been declared as the theme song for the Guiness International
Champions Cup, a soccer tournament to be held in Spain. Also, I have lent my voice to a central character named Ishani in Planes. So obviously, it’s going great guns. So LA is your second home? Of course not. I love to stay back in India, with my mom. I have lot of friends here and most importantly my work. But yes, my visit to LA is more frequent and I have to spend considerable time there also because of work commitments. You are doing an item number in Ram Leela, which was reportedly rejected by Ash? Yes. I have done an item number in Ram Leela, but I am not aware of who rejected it. Your mom must be lonely too? Yes, she feels very lonely. That’s the reason, I want to stay back home to keep her company. I try and be a good daughter to my mom. Recently on her birthday, I had a small dinner party at home and invited her closest friends over to my place. It’s my turn now to be with her and be a strong factor in her life. You have never gone wrong with your fashion sense? I was never a fashion conscious person, but with every passing film, i have become better and better. I always opt for ease and comfort but I am a very stylish person. My fashion personality is edgy, modern and forward. I do not follow any brand or designer. If it looks good on me i wear it. It’s just about carrying yourself in whatever you wear. I do not run after labels. You might have the best designer clothes on you, but if you lack in confidence fashion faux pas. You are seen in all types of outfits from denims to skirts to gowns.... As I said, I like to dress right for the occasion. I love to wear skirts. They make you look sexy and plus they are the recent fashion trend. It’s just about the confidence within you that makes you look good from outside. Then even if you are wearing a plain tee with denims, it makes you look stylish. Who is your fashion idol? Audrey Hepburn, Victoria Beckham and Princess Kate. They are all so elegant and stylish. Among Indians, I really admire Gayatri Devi for her grace and elegance. Favourite shopping destination? Of course LA. I go there often and during my break in between shoots I take my cousin Divya along for shopping. It’s great fun to shop there. We have heard that you have an endless collection of shoes? Yes, even I don’t know how many pairs of shoes i have. I have been lucky to have my shoes designed at the Ferragamo museum in Florence. It was amazing to be chosen as the first Indian actor to be part of this museum. How important is box office performances? For me, box office is king. It’s great that people appreciate my work because I work bloody hard. I make sure I’m not mediocre. But beyond that, it’s not in my control and that’s frustrating.
D L OB S E B AB I n the 100 years of Indian cinema, women have evolved in many ways. While bold scenes and showing of skin on the silver screen was a relative taboo, many actresses moved ahead with the times. They shed such inhibitions to flaunt it all. However when it comes to marriage or being in a committed relationship, these actresses have gone a step further and said a strict no to don bikinis or to do intimate scenes.
The same does not hold true in Hollywood, where we have seen actresses like Halle Barry doning a coral bikini in Die Another Day, Demi Moore’s topless act in Striptease and Kate Winslet’s nude portrait in Titanic. However India has a different story to tell; Sharmila Tagore, years back wore a blue costume in An Evening in Paris and even graced the cover of Filmfare magazine in a polka dot bikini. This was the first appearance in a bikini of an Indian actress and it also established Tagore’s role as somewhat of a sex symbol in Bollywood. Wearing a bikini put her name in the Indian press as one of Bollywood’s ten hottest actresses of all time and was a transgression of female identity through a reversal of the state of modesty, which functions as a signifier of femininity in Mumbai films. She married Late Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and since then was never seen in such skimpy clothing. When Tagore was the chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification, she expressed concerns about the rise of the bikini in Indian films. Dimple Kapadia too, wore a red bikini in Bobby. By the time Bobby released, she married actor Rajesh Khanna at a young age of 16. Post marriage she refused to do any films. but despite everything, her marriage did not last long and they separated in 1982. Dimple went ahead to Page 20
do many films after her marriage ended and later she was even seen in a black swimming costume in Saagar seducing Rishi Kapoor.
Madhuri wore a costume twice. Once in Tezaab and the second time in Mujrim. But she looked hotter in Tezaab and hotter than Mandakini who also donned a black swimming costume in the film. A rare scene coming from Madhuri Dixit. She has even done item numbers like Dhak Dhak and Choli Ke Peeche. Post her marrige in 1999, to US based surgeon, Dr. Sriram Nene, Madhuri settled in the US, forgot about films and took care of her family. After a long hiatus, she returned back to India and has taken up film offers. But whether or not she will be seen in a bold avatar in her film Dedh Ishquiya, remains to be seeen. Even though Kareena Kapoor Khan maintained in her interviews that she does not mind doing bold or intimate scenes and sporting a bikini, if the script demands, she reportedly rejected Tigmanshu Dhulia’s upcoming film Begum Samru, as it contained a lot of body exposure. Rani Mukherjee too was approached for the role, but she too rejected the offer as she is in a committed relationship with Aditya Chopra. He is now looking for an international actor who will play the role. Years back, Amitabh Bachchan had reportedly asked the kissing scenes between Aishwarya and Hrithik to be axed as Aishwarya was by then already engaged to his son Abhishek. Since Dhoom 2, Aishwarya has neither donned a bikini nor done any intimate scenes. But as we have seen, there are exceptions to the rule and the same holds true with some actresses like Chitrangaga Singh and Vidya Balan. Chitrangada was married much before she debuted in Bollywood and was seen in intimate scenes in her first film Hazaaron Kh-
waishein Aisi. Vidya too had no qualms doing bold scenes in Ghanchakkar, opposite Emran Hashmi, which was her first film after her wedding to UTV head Siddharth Roy Kapoor. We see that most actresses are rooted to Indian culture and the traditions of the Indian family and it also goes to show that our films are not hits and super hits on the basis of these scenes and the bold avatars of the actresses but over a period of time, a good script and a good story line does the magic.
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Bollywood celebrities and their adopted children
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Partners were Casa Fleur and Dimple & Harpreet Narula. Some of the magic of the night comes from A child is one of the most precious gifts from althe creative touches of Sabyasachi who conceived mighty. Having a child is a very rewarding experithe ‘Indian Baroque’, and gold setting. celebence for parents. Ablack number of Bollywood Hall ofkids Fameand Awards are thelove mostand rities The haveHello! adopted provided affection them. incredibletoand intelligent personality based awards platform, embraced by all the accomplished people of the nation. HELLO! has Sushmita Sen:- set a new benchmark with this occasion, toasting to the success and The formerof Miss andto Bollywood actress, credibility the Universe magazine and the universe of Sushmita Sen, took a noble and bold step when wonderful people in our country. she adopted two baby girls. She named her elder About HELLO! daughter, Renee and youngerIndia daughter, Alisha. arrival in India 2007,walked it is abundantly Both Since the its daughters haveinalso on ramp with their mother. They bothoflook clear that HELLO! alone all adorable. celebrity and lifestyle magazines, projects personalities in their totality. We take the reader right into the homes Raveena Tandon:of celebrities, not shying away from portraying Much marriage, the actress adopted them before in light her of their trials, triumphs, embracing two girls. They are Chhaya and Pooja. Elder one their visions and dreams. It is a mirror to is already married and the younger one is working across a broad spectrum ininspiring an eventpersonalities management company. such as Corporate, Entertainment, Royalty, Arts, Philanthropy and more, who make India the Subhash Ghai:superpower it is today. Film maker Subhas Ghai has an adopted daughter, Meghna. He took care of her and initially kept her away from media. He maintained a low profile as far as her daughter was concerned. She is the daughter of Ghai’s youngest brother. He then sent her for higher studies in London. Now she is looking after his acting schools and production house, Whistling Woods.
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Salim Khan:Salim Khan, father of Salman Khan, adopted a baby girl, Arpita, when she was two years old. Now, Arpita is a grown up lady and is often spotted in celebrity functions and social dos. She often accompanies Salman for his court hearings.
Rahul Bose:Actor Rahul Bose has adopted six children from Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He runs a charity organization in Andaman and Nicobar which works for underprivileged kids. He has got all his six kids admitted in Rishi Valley School in Andhra Pradesh.
Choreographer Sandip adopted his son, Arjun in 2007.Though his wife, Jesse Randhawa was initially against adoption, she later agreed. Arjun is now five years old and fondly calls her mom ‘pumpkin’.
Preity Zinta:Preity has adopted 34 orphan kids from Mother Miracle School, Rishikesh, in 2009. Whenever she gets time, she goes to Rishikesh and meets her kids. She looks after their education, food and upbringing.
Dibanker Banerjee:The director of movies like ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’, ‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!’ and ‘Love Sex Aur Dhokha’ in real life was very clear about his ideas and wanted to adopt a baby girl. Last year, Dibanker and his wife Richa brought home a cute baby girl from an orphanage and named her Ira. They both are very fond of her. After Dibanker comes back home, he spends time with her baby. Star of the Year - Ranbir Kapoor
Timeless Icon - Madhuri Dixit-Nene SALMAN WITH SISTER ARPITA
DIVA / FEATURE
Diva’ni – India’s first cinema inspired fashion label, launched on the occasion of Yash Chopra’s birthday
The spectacular show saw nine Bollywood divas walking the ramp wearing Diva’ni, along with Shah Rukh Khan, as a tribute to the legend himself. Diva’ni, the brainchild of YRF (Yash Raj Films) and KBSH Pvt. Ltd. was unveiled at a star-studded gathering at the Yash Raj Studios as a tribute to the veteran director, Yash Chopra on his birth anniversary.The extravaganza witnessed the who’s who of both Bollywood as well as the fashion coterie coming together to salute the legend who gave romance a whole new meaning in Indian cinema. The magnificent fiesta was a visual treat to the audience showcased through a blending of elegant fashion with lights and sounds to re-create a saga of love. The event began with a special screening as a tribute to Yash Chopra’s vision of bringing out the best in his heroines followed by his effervescent divas walking the ramp wearing Diva’ni, unraveling an exceptional story of romance in each ensemble. The key highlights of the night were the 65 Diva’ni ensembles showcased on the ramp, transporting the audience to the majestic world of traditional Indian weaves, exquisite zari, the vibrant Rajputanagottapatti, the evergreen sequenced handwork, the bespoke hand-paints, the ethereal Dhakai nets, the ancient Kashmiri and Gara art and the very elegant multi huge crystals presented with a contemporary twist.
Watching nine divas, Rekha, Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla, Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma and Parineeti Chopra, gracing the event adorning Diva’ni, each representing a different era of Indian cinema, along with Shah Rukh Khan, was a breath-taking experience. Gracing the occasion, Mrs. Pamela Chopra said, “I am so delighted and pleased that all the wonderful divas, friends and family could join me in celebrating my husband’s birth anniversary together this evening. Today’s special commemoration is most befitting and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. My heartfelt thank you to all!
Exuberant on the occasion, Mr. Surinder Dhir, Chairman, KBSH Pvt. Ltd. said, “In all my years, I have also wondered just when and where fashion and cinema would cross paths. Diva’ni is like a dream come true for us, the result of over 15 months of rigorous hard work and planning. I strongly believe that Diva’ni is a redefining moment in India’s fashion voyage. In terms of above par quality, in terms of new and newer fashion, and in terms of a whole new genre of style and grace. Each Diva’ni outfit echoes a woman’s desire to be herself and express her innate emotions, inspired by romanticism, classiness and the hint of sensuality from Bollywood. It promises to fulfill her aspirations and make her feel like a true Diva, giving her soul wings to freely express her true self, through the different ensembles crafted with love by team Diva’ni. The craftsmanship exemplified within the brand’s design philosophy is as priceless as the woman who adorns it.
Don’t you use the blinds? I do have blinds but during the day, I like the light to pour into my apartment. Do you have any unusual skills? I’m good at maths and number crunching. I balance my own sheets. If you ask me how much money I have in my bank accounts, I can tell you right away. I want to do a film on mathematics and tell kids that mathematics is very important besides the number of affairs you are going to have (laughs). ALSO IN THE INTERVIEW: The Sexiest Man Alive for 2012 also tells PEOPLE what he finds hottest in the SMA’s of the previous years. In his words: Akshay Kumar, Sexiest Man Alive, 2008: He is beyond handsome. His presence can fill up the room. He has the most amazing skin and he defies age in every possible way. Ranbir Kapoor, 2009: He exudes a lot of positivity. He is super talented and his success quotient adds to his sex appeal. He can poison women with his cute looks and boyish charm. Salman Khan, 2010: He has always been the best looking man in the film industry across all age groups. I like the touch of innocence on his face. He will always be attractive. Hrithik Roshan, 2011: I’m biased towards him. We have been class mates since kindergarten at Bombay Scottish. We were both imperfect kids back then. Today, Hrithik is perfect in every sense of the word.
The Healing Amma
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You appreciate things that are solid, weighty and stable. A hot stone massage will give you a Leo deep feeling of security, allowing you to relax and Mata Amritanandamayi is known throughout the favourite spa treatment worldYour as Amma, or Mother, for herincludes selflessone loveofand soak in the healing power of touch. the things you love best: gold. A deluxe gold facial Aquarius compassion toward all beings. Her entire life has been of but theit’s poor, not dedicated only appealstotoalleviating your desirethe forpain luxury, Your active mind has a hard time slowing down, and those suffering physically andskin, emotionally. also a soothing treatment for your helping to which can create mental stress and tension. An minimize signs of aging and stress. Ayurvedic hot oil treatment called Shirodara will Throughout her life, Amma has embraced and Virgo help to quiet your thoughts and relax your mind. comforted more than 32 million people. Amma inSince purityand andtransforms cleanliness are top priorities Pisces spires, uplifts, through her physiyou, an invigorating sea wisdom salt scruband willthrough not only her With your imaginative and dreamy nature, calfor embrace, her spiritual global as Embracing thefeeling World.® it’s important for you to stay grounded -- one carrycharities, away deadknown skin cells, but leave you When asked where the energy to help so way the sign of Pisces is associated with the feet. sparkling clean from she headgets to toe. many people, she answers: (Where there is true Libra A reflexology treatment will help you remain love, anything is effortless). A beauty-lover with a sweet tooth, how could firmly planted on terra firma and rooted in the you resist a soothing sugar scrub? This stickyoftreat While Amma is widely regarded as one India’s physical world. foremost says that will feel spiritual and taste leaders, great and Amma you’ll appreciate the her religion She has askedexfoliates anyone to gentle is andlove. nourishing waynever the sugar change their religion but only to contemplate the your skin. essential principles of their own faith and to try to Scorpio live accordingly. As a seeker of transformation, you need a spa treatment affects you bothvillage physically Amma was born that in a remote coastal in Kerala, India inThat’s 1953.why a chakra massage is andSouth emotionally. ma — the results of actions performed in the past. the perfect experience for you. Balancing not just Even a small girl,energies she drew attention with the Amma accepted this concept, but she refused to youras body but your as well, this unique many hours she spent in deep meditation on the accept it as a justification for inaction. Amma contreatmentShe is sure leave you devotional refreshed and seashore. alsotocomposed songs templated the principle of karma until she revealed rejuvenated. Shedbethe mistakes of past and could often seen singing to relationships the divine with an even more profound truth, asking a question heartfelt emotion. her tender age,sample her com- she continues to ask each of us today. “If it is one and cleanse your Despite karmic debt with a free positions revealed remarkable depth and wisdom. man’s karma to suffer, isn’t it our dharma (duty) to Karmic Love Reading! help ease his suffering and pain?” Sagittarius When Amma was nine years old, her mother beActive and athletic, you crave a spa treatment With this simple yet profound conviction — that that won’t bore you.Thai massage is an active form each of us has a responsibility to lend a helping of bodywork that will appeal to the philosopher in hand to those less fortunate — Amma moved foryou, while also helping you relax and stretch those ward with confidence in her life of service and compassionate care for all beings, uniquely expressed by the motherly embrace she offers to all who seek solace in her arms. In Amma’s community, however, it was not permissible for a 14-year-old girl to touch others, especially men. Amma explains, «In India, women are expected to remain in the background. It is said that ‹Even the walls should not hear them.› My family could not understand my way of reaching out to people; they had no idea of the spiritual principles.»
What People are saying; “My father and Amma are kindred spirits. ~ Ms. Yolanda King - Daughter of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. came ill, and Amma was withdrawn from school in order to help with household tasks and the care of her seven siblings. As she went door-to-door gathering food scraps from neighbours for her family’s cows, she was confronted with the intense poverty and suffering that existed in her community, and in the world beyond it. Where Amma encountered people in need, she brought them food and clothing from her own home. She was undeterred by the scolding and punishment she received from her family for doing so. Amma also began to spontaneously embrace people to comfort them in their sorrow. Responding to her affectionate care, they began to call her Amma (Mother). Amma was deeply affected by the profound suffering she witnessed. According to Hinduism, the suffering of the individual is due to his or her own kar-
“Amma is the embodiment of pure love. Her presence heals. ~ Dr. Deepak Chopra, M.D. “In all my life, I have not met a warmer personality than Amma. Even an agnostic like me had great difficulty in holding back my tears. ~ Sri. Khuswant Singh - Author and Journalist “Amma presents the kind of leadership we need for our planet to survive. This is the most heroic person I’ve probably ever met. ~ Alice Walker - Pulitzer Prize Winner “Amma has done more work than many governments have ever done for their people... her contribution is enormous. ~ Prof. Muhammad Yunus - 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Founder of Grameen Bank
John Abraham to team up with MS Dhoni to buy Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who’s busy promoting English Premier League through TV commercials, could soon be relishing his passion for football by cheering for his own team in the upcoming Indian Premier Football League. To add to that, Bollywood actor John Abraham is reportedly all set to partner the captain in this joint venture. John Abraham is certainly not the first celebrity to drift into this business as Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta and others have previously ventured into this field. Shahrukh has been heard saying he wants to buy another Kolkata-based team and might just buy the football franchise of Bengal city. According to sources, Dhoni and John Abraham who’re both crazy about bikes and football, might come together to buy a football franchise in the league which is proposed by IMG-Reliance.
It’s official: Kareena Kapoor finally adds Khan to her name Kareena Kapoor Khan. That’s how her name appears in the credits of her just released flick ‘Satyagraha’. Kareena Kapoor got married to Saif Ali Khan in October last year, post which she had done one film Talaash, which did not carry her surname Khan in the opening credits. Post marriage, our Bollywood ladies usually are reluctant to change their names, especially when they are at the peak of their career. We have seen a number of Bollywood stars play with different spellings for the luck factor. As per numerology, Kareena now has triple ‘K’ in her name which certainly adds more power to her. Apparently, ‘K’ as an initial stands for strong will. The actress currently has three films namely Gori Tere Pyaar Mein with Imran Khan is already in production, Shuddhi with Hrithik Roshan will soon go on the floors and one movie with Emraan Hashmi for which she will start shooting soon. Shraddha A Salla, a tarot card and numerologist, analyses KKK’s new name. She says this change will work very well for the actress personally as well as professionally, “Kareena is strongly ruled by Jupiter,the planet of growth and abundance. Jupiter supports creativity and entertainment and makes one rise to his/her peak in this profession. Not only is Kareena’s birth and destiny number ruled by Jupiter, but also her name vibration. By adding Khan to her name, she is including the family name into her subconscious mind, which will work positively for her as she will always have their support and respect. With Saif, she has created an energy of total acceptance and bonding by taking his name.” She adds, “New opportunities in films and other fields related to media will open up. Starting of a new venture like a production house is very likely. Health wise, this energy might make her a bit emotional and lazy, but her nature of always bouncing back will solve the issue. She will become calm, mature and become more receptive to people around her.” Page 30
Diana Hayden ties the knot in Las Vegas Former beauty queen Diana Hayden tied the knot with her boyfriend Collin Dick in a private ceremony in a country club in Las Vegas, USA, on September 13. Collin originally hails from Vegas but has been working in Mumbai for an international NGO. The couple fell for each other in February and decided to marry in May. A bachelor party was thrown on 11th September and the couple exchanged wedding vows on 12th September. Diana is currently honeymooning in Italy, “It was a fairytale, three-day affair. We had a wedding rehearsal dinner for the wedding party and our families on the 12th. After dinner, we invited all our guests to join us so that they could all meet and get to know each other before the wedding.” The wedding was a private ceremony with only 125 guests. Close friends and relatives of the couple from different parts of the world, including Australia, Sweden, London, Canada, Colombia, Peru, Singapore and India flew to Las Vegas to attend the wedding. The ceremony was followed by a five course dinner and the guests danced all out. The next day all the guests gathered for a luncheon at the Bali Hi Golf Course in Vegas, so that everybody could meet and say goodbye to one another. “My dress, my bridesmaid’s dresses and my groomsmen’s scarves and ties were made by Archana Kochhar. The whole setting was stunning, romantic and dreamy. I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful or special wedding!” Diana said, adding that she would be based out of Mumbai. Diana Hayden was crowned Miss World in 1997. She acted in Bollywood movies like Tehzeeb and Ab Bas.
Big B gifts Jaya a house in Paris Amitabh Bachchan has always been fascinated by the fashion capital of the world, Paris. He and Jaya Bachchan are one of the most respected Bollywood couples. The respect and the love that both of them show for each other is heartwarming. Two years ago Amitabh took Jaya to France on their anniversary. They both liked peaceful time away from family and friends and this is where Jaya immediately fell in love with the romantic city of Paris. They both enjoyed their holiday and wished to spend some more time there. Two years later, Amitabh Bachchan gifted his wife a house in Paris. Jaya is very happy with her latest property and is busy doing up the house. Well, that obviously means that now Amitabh and Jaya will frequent between Mumbai and Paris. However, when Amitabh was asked about this, he sent a message saying, “This is not entirely correct... I’m out of the country and will be back in a few days.” A couple of months back, the Bachchans acquired a huge property behind their present bungalow, Jalsa. The property is worth 50 crores. It is assumed that the growing family and the addition of a new member, Aaradhya, led the Bachchans to think of expansion and hence they
bought this property just behind their residence. The property is in the name of father-son duo Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan. So, with the addition of the new house in Paris, the Bachchans own six properties. Five of them are in Mumbai and the sixth one is in Paris. Recently Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan celebrated their 40 years of wedlock. They were married on 3rd June 1973. The couple is an epitome of successful marriages in Bollywood. The first time, Amitabh and Jaya worked together was in ‘Zanjeer’. The movie was released in 1973. After the movie, they got married. Then they worked on ‘Abhimaan’ which was a huge success. In 1975, they again worked together in ‘Sholey’ and ‘Mili’. After these two movies, Jaya took a break from films. She looked after her family and her two kids, Abhishek and Shweta. In 1981, ‘Silsila’ was released. Amitabh was alleged to have had a flame with Rekha. The rumours got stronger with time, but the couple sailed through that difficult time. In 2000, Jaya made a comeback and the couple was seen again in ‘Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham’. Since then Jaya has been active in Bollywood.
Assault Case: Om Puri granted anticipatory bail An interim relief for veteran actor Om Puri. He was granted anticipatory bail by a Mumbai sessions court for a domestic violence case registered by his wife Nandita Puri at the Versova police station. The actor moved an anticipatory bail on Tuesday and the session court granted his bail application. Om Puri has been booked under sections 324 (punishment for causing hurt by dangerous means), 504 and 506 under Indian panel court. On August 22, Nandita lodged a complaint against her husband for physically assaulting her with a wooden stick. She stated that when she had a fight with Puri over maintenance of the flat he lost his cool and hit her. The incident reportedly took place at Puri’s apartment in the Sushil building located at Seven Bungalows in Versova, Andheri. Om in his bail application stated that his wife had made a false allegation against him. He claimed that he has been living separately from her for the last three years and just went to meet their son that day. The actor further argued that his wife Nandita was demanding money from him to buy and expensive mobile phone for her maid servant who tied rakhi on their son but he refused. “I reasoned that I too was using a regular mobile and there was no question of gifting an expensive mobile worth Rs 14,000 to the girl,” Om states in the application. The actor said, Nandita got angry and told him that he could spend a huge amount of money on his “mistresses” but could not pay for this gift. As the heated argument caught momentum, Puri, got up to leave, but Nandita “walked up to him and caught his collar whereby he then pushed her and left the house. Om denies beating his wife. “I had returned from Kolkata on August 25th, so how could I have beaten her on August 23rd,” he said. “She has accused me of beating her with a stick whereas she has just got a scratch. Now you tell me, is it possible that if I hit her with a stick, she gets only scratched,” the 63-year-old said. He said his wife is very demanding. “She insists on going on international holidays annually. I am a middle-class man and a character artist. I am not Shahrukh Khan that I have so much money,” he said.
Amitabh Bachchan wears earrings on shoes in KBC
Yes, you heard that right. This season of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ is unique in many ways. One of the most unique features among all is that Amitabh Bachchan will fashion a new trend by wearing earrings on his shoes. When asked about it, the 70 year old actor said, “This is just for style. I took a few earrings from my house and did this style.” This will be shown in the first episode. Among the other unique features, legendary singer Sonu Nigam will perform a medley of Amitabh Bachchan’s songs. Also, this season of KBC will have five lifelines. The fifth lifeline will be called ‘Power Paplu lifeline’. Once the contestants use all four lifelines, the fifth paplu gives them the freedom to choose any one of the four lifelines again. This is required as the prize money for this season has gone up and this time it is Rs. seven crores. This will be the seventh season of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’. The show will be telecasted from Friday to Sunday at 8.30 pm on Sony entertainment channel. With only a few days to go for the biggest reality show of Indian television, promos of KBC are being aired. In an interview Amitabh took no credit for the popularity of this show. He has been the host of the show for many seasons. He said, “I take zero credit. The most important part of the show is the show itself. It’s very well constructed and not just a simple question and answer thing. Intense research has gone into it. Anybody can run the show. It’s running in 127 countries and I am not there in those countries, I am only here in India. There is an intrinsic value in the show.” “Season 7 will be maha crorepati and this time the prize will be Rs. 7 crores. Its back, bigger, better and brighter with format tweaks”, said Siddhartha Basu, CMD, Big Synergy Media Ltd. Ahead of the seventh season, Amitabh Bachchan still seems to get butterflies. He tweeted, ““Beg forgiveness ! Need to rest after a very long day..first days of all ventures are thus..BUT after the morrow connect will thrive.” He further tweeted, “It’s not the work load that kills you .. it’s the expectation on it, from the outside world that destroys you !!”
Sridevi to share screen space with Meryl Streep
Producers Jeremy Wall and Jerry Leider were discussing for quite some time to bring the two power packed performers of Hollywood and Bollywood in one frame. If things work as per plan then very soon we will get to see Hollywood Golden Globe winner, Meryl Streep sharing screen space with Padma Shri Sridevi in the film titled ‘Cowboys And Indians’ to be directed by 43-year-old director Amy Redford, daughter of Hollywood legend, Robert Redford. Sixty threeyear-old Meryl will represent the cowboys and the 50-year-old Sridevi heading the Indians. Both the actresses have shown their interest for the film. After a long hiatus, Sridevi returned to movies with Gauri Shinde ‘English Vinglish’ and impressed one and all. The film won huge accolades in India and abroad. Sridevi’s manager Punkej Kharbanda confirmed the news, “Yes, we are happy to have received communication about a project with Ms. Meryl Streep.” Sridevi’s doting husband Boney Kapoor said, “Yes, Sri has received the script for the project that you’ve mentioned with Meryl Streep. We’re yet to read it. Our daughter Jhanvi will read and approve it first. Only then would Sridevi and I go through it. But yes, in principle the project sounds right as a follow-up to English Vinglish for Sri.” Well, it would be a real treat to see hotties of East and West sharing screen space.
Kareena stops husband Saif Ali Khan from kissing Post marriage, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor has maintained a no-kissing clause. Kareena made a stance that neither she nor her husband Saif Ali Khan will kiss on-screen. Walking on the rule that she has made post-marriage, Kareena Kapoor has refused to kiss her on-screen partner Emraan Hashmi and Hrithik Roshan in ‘Shuddi’. This is applicable for Saif as well. Kareena Kapoor was approached to lock-lips with Emraan Hashmi in Ekta Kapoor’s next but the diva made it clear that she will never kiss in movies. When a script was narrated to Saif and the film demanded a kissing scene, Kareena who was also present during the narration totally put her disapproval on the table. She claimed if she will not kiss on-screen then Saif will do same. Convinced with his wife’s point, Saif asked the writers to drop the scene and rework the script. Both Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan has locked lips on-screen. The actress has smooched Akshay Kumar in ‘Kambakhqt Ishq’ while Saif kissed Deepika in ‘Love Aaj Kaal’. When Bebo was asked whether her life has changed after marriage, she replied, “This ‘life changes after marriage’ is a myth. Look, Saif and I were together even before we got married. I was in a live-in relationship with him. Marriage was something I needed to strengthen the bond. Moreover, Saif is my best friend too. He understands me perfectly. We were in love, we are in love and we shall remain in love. Inshallah”. Apart from the no-kissing policy, post marriage, Kareena has made another strict no-clause. She would never dance in any weddings as Saif and her father Randhir Kapoor dislikes the idea. She said “Yes. Saif and my father (Randhir) were not comfortable with the idea. Also, there is no need for me to dance at weddings. Life is not just about money”.
Ekta Kapoor at loggerheads with Imran Khan Producer Ekta Kapoor and Bollywood actor Imran Khan’s tussle has gone worse as both of them are not ready to stop the blame game. Their relationship turned sour basically after ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara’ promotional activities. It is heard that Imran is not happy with the aggressive promotion style of Ekta. Ekta and Imran have been exchanging arguments and it seems to be a non-stop affair. If one says something, the other bounces back immediately. Imran said that he loved working with director Milan Luthria but not happy with the promotional activities. “When you have hits, people cosy up, when you have flops, they pull you down. I find it amusing. This industry is unbelievable,” says Ekta who hit back at Imran Khan on the aggressive promotional activities statement. Imran on the contrary said, “I don’t want to say anything bad publicly. Jeetuji (Jeetendra) has known our family for years. So out of respect for Jeetuji, I won’t say anything about this. I don’t want to be disrespectful towards anyone.” Ekta said she had a great time working with Akshay Kumar and Milan Luthria with whom she has worked on ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbai’, and ‘The Dirty Picture’ and now ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara’. “There will always be some bad experiences, but you have to live with them. We are not in the business of saving lives”, says an agitated Ekta Kapoor. Well, Imran had to face the consequences of the tiff. He was replaced by Ekta Kapoor with Shahid Kapoor in Milan Talkies next. On replacing Imran with Shahid Kapoor she says, “Milan Talkies requires a certain aggression and push. I am not commenting on any actor as I find it embarrassing to discuss that. Milan Talkies is the hottest film on our plate right now.” It is rumoured that Imran wished Shahid Kapoor good luck sarcastically. “I simply wished a co-actor good luck”, says Imran Khan. “People have different opinions and they don’t always need to agree with each other. The movie will be directed by actor director Tigmanshu Dhulia of ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ fame.
Karan Johar snubs Shahrukh, set to direct Salman Way back in 1998, Karan Johar directed Salman Khan in ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ but when Karan’s friendship with Shahrukh grew stronger, he maintained a distance from Salman Khan but of late the duo has been bonding in a big way on reality shows. It was reported that Salman will appear in Karan Johar’s talk show, ‘Koffee With Karan’ and Karan is keen to work with Salman after a long time. The filmmaker is believed to have roped in Salman for his next project. According to a report, Karan will make an official announcement of the project very soon. Karan and Salman are also related to one another professionally. Sallu’s business manager Reshma Shetty is reportedly managing Karan Johar’s account. Their camaraderie was noticed during reality shows and they seem to be great buddies. Karan and Shahrukh’s friendship is an example for the industry but for quite some time things are not well between the two. For some reason, they are keeping distances. When lots had been said and written about King Khan and Karan Johar’s rivalry, the filmmaker put a full stop on the report by saying Shahrukh is like family. Karan Johar said, “I think a lot has been said and cleared. I am not going to talk about my personal life.” While speaking during an event Karan Johar said, “He (SRK) is like family…I think that answers all questions.” Page 33
Priyanka Chopra beats Sunny Leone The sweet and sexy Priyanka Chopra replaced porn star turned Bollywood actress Sunny Leone to become India’s most dangerous celebrity online. Priyanka whose song album ‘Exotic’ was released some time back seems actually toxic in the cyber world. The Miss World turned actress seems the most popular celebrity online. Last year, Sunny Leone was India’s most dangerous celebrity in the cyber world, but this year Priyanka has replaced her and topped the list of India’s most dangerous celebrity. In a study carried out by security software maker McAfee, Jism 2 actress Sunny Leone has been dropped to ninth position this year. Other than these two babes, Bollywood hunk, Shahrukh Khan grabs number 2 position and Salman Khan grabs number 3 position as dangerous celebrities in the online world. The 4th and 5th positions have been taken by Kareena Kapoor Khan and Akshay Kumar. Well if you are wondering how these celebrities became dangerous, read on. The search for these celebrity names online often lead to malicious sites. Cyber hackers use the names of celebrities to hack the username and password of those cyber users who search for the picture or video of their favourite celebrity. Hackers then extract personal information and other important data from unsuspecting fans who search for news about their stars. Searches for celebrity names coupled with terms like videos, wall papers or nude pictures often lead to opening of malicious sites. For example if someone types name of a celebrity like Priyanka Chopra plus wall pictures, it might lead to the opening of a malicious or infected site. The study utilized McAfee Site Advisor site ratings to show which sites are dangerous to search when clubbed with celebrity names on the internet and calculated a general risk percentage. Barfi actress, Priyanka Chopra had 79 malicious search results associated with her name. Similarly Shahrukh Khan’s name reported 75 infected sites. Salman’s name was attached with 68 malicious sites. Names of other celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Farhan Akhtar and Hrithik Roshan were listed in the top ten most dangerous celebrities on cyber space. However, names of popular female celebrities like Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif , Aishwarya Rai and Bipasha Basu did not feature in the top ten lists. On the Hollywood front, actress Lily Collins was featured as the most dangerous actress.
Karisma Kapoor has finally moved on from her troubled marriage with Delhi based businessman Sanjay Kapur. The mother of two moved on with her life and has found new love. The man in question is a graduate from Duke University in the US. The relationship is in its initial stage and now both are trying to get to know each other. Lolo’s gang including Malaika Arora Khan and her sister Arpita are supporting Karisma. Ever since Karisma got married to Sanjay in 2003, she was in the news for her disturbed marital life. Trouble in the marriage began from the first year of marriage. Karisma’s wedding life was under scrutiny from the very beginning. She 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 efforts backfired as he turned a deaf ear and continued his relationship with Priya. The duo has filed for divorce and talks are going on over their children’s custody. The couple remained tight-lipped about their divorce but a close source reveals, “Looks like it’s time for them to make it official. “They’ve been through discussions about this (a divorce) of late. They’re now trying to come upon an agreement where they can get mutual custody of the two children. As the kids are too young to decide for themselves, talks are on over how they will manage it as both Karisma and Sanjay live in different cities. Once they come to a solid conclusion on that, they will file for divorce.” The couple has two children, Samaira and Kiaan Raj. The two separated after the birth of their first child Samaira but they somehow reconciled again. After Karisma gave birth to her second child Kiaan Raj, the duo almost called off their relationship. For a long time, Karisma has been living separately from Sanjay. Sanjay’s alleged affair with Delhi-based entrepreneur Priya Chatwal have been doing the rounds for quite some time. However, Sanjay slammed the divorce report. He said, “Why don`t you ask Karisma what really happened then? She is a celebrity. If she is not saying anything, it is because this is none of anyone`s business.” Kapur’s spokesperson cleared the air about their divorce and said, “Mr Kapoor wants Karisma back in Delhi. It is not easy for him to go on living alone. It`s been seven years.” On many occasions, Sanjay was spotted hanging out with Priya Sachdev (ex-wife of NRI businessman Vikram Chatwal) and his close association with Priya raised many eyebrows. Denying the affair, Kapur’s spokesperson said, “She is just a good friend he hangs out with.”
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Mallika’s birthday wish for Modi in a seductive way Inspired by late actress Marilyn Monroe’s style of wishing the then US president, John F Kennedy on his 45th birthday in 1962, our semi-desi Mallika Sherawat tried a similar stunt for much talked about prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi. On Tuesday, 17th September, Narendra Modi turned 63. Mallika Sherawat released a 24 second video on You Tube. Draped in a pink top and a jacket, Mallika says, “I want to send a birthday wish to the most eligible bachelor in India. Happy birthday Narender-ji, Happy Birthday Narender Modiji.” Her tone was quite seductive as if she was narrating some hot dialogue in a shooting. Only she knows whether it was a genuine wish or a publicity stunt. Or if Mallika wants to secure her career as Narendra Modi as one of the promising candidates for the 2014 general elections. Mallika has also made her way to the small screen. From next month she will be seen in a show called ‘The Bachelorette India- Mere Khayalon Ki Mallika’ which is based on the concept of an International show, ‘The Bachelorette’. In this show, 30 contestants will compete for Mallika’s hand. The show is aimed at finding a match for Mallika. On the show, about Narendra Modi, she had said, “Narendra Modi was India’s most eligible bachelor.” She also added, “He is smart, progressive and misunderstood, just like me.” Well, Mallika, we agree you are making the right moves. One of the comments on the said video states, “She looks so desperate to gain attention.” Well, Narendra Modi has not reacted to her birthday message. He must be thinking why it had to be him in such crucial circumstances when his image meant a lot for the general elections. Narendra Modi was a tea vendor at a tea stall at Ahmedabad tea market. He is an inspiration and a role model for many. After school, he used to help his brother and father at the stall. Their house didn’t have electricity. He went to the Himalayas for 2 years to study Hindutva. But lack of money again forced him to work at the tea stall. He is known to be a great orator. He did a three month course in the US on public relations and image management. He considers Swami Vivekananda as his idol. His recent election campaign was named Vivekanand Yuva Vikas Yatra. Mallika Sherawat At Dirty... Mallika Sherawat
Bipasha Basu breaks down on the sets of Humshakals?
Bipasha Basu was in London recently shooting for Sajid Khan’s upcoming directorial venture Humshakals. While she was shooting for the film, an incident occurred after which the lady was almost in tears. What made Bipasha cry? Well, the story goes something like this. When Bips returned to the hotel after shooting, she realised that some of her jewellery was missing. According to a source, “Bips has a habit of removing them while shooting because of continuity issues and she leaves them lying about it in the room or bathroom. When she realised that her precious baubles were missing, she panicked. Before calling the cops, she called the owner of the hotel, also a friend. The entire housekeeping staff was summoned and the hunt began. Bips was in tears because there was sentimental value to her jewellery. After searching for almost two hours they finally found her missing jewellery.” Well, all we can say is all’s well that ends well. Page 35
Ranveer meets Deepika at SRK’s house For the past month Shah Rukh Khan was busy shooting for his upcoming movie ‘Happy New Year’ in Dubai. On many occasions, Shahrukh hosted the cast of the movie at his villa in Dubai. The people who used to frequent his house included Abhishek Bachchan, Farah Khan, Deepika Padukone, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah. The guys used to enjoy FIFA games and other video games. The ladies used to enjoy chit chat. Shahrukh always played perfect host to all. The guests also enjoyed a boat ride which was behind Shahrukh’s house. One evening there was one surprise element in the party. Ranveer Singh flew down to meet his alleged girlfriend, Deepika Padukone. Ranveer was in transit from South Africa. Shahrukh, gracefully hosted Ranveer and ensured that the boy felt comfortable and at home. Ranveer has been following his heart and meeting his love whenever a opportunity came up. As the shooting for ‘Ram Leela’ was done, the two co-stars did not get enough time to meet each other. On another occasion, when Deepika was shooting for ‘Chennai Express’ in Wai, Ranveer drove down to meet her. He even got freshly plucked strawberries from Mahabaleshwar for her. According to a source, “Ranveer knows how to mix business with pleasure. He was recently in South Africa from where he decided to make a stopover in Dubai. Since Deepika was on holiday and had directly joined the crew in Dubai, the couple had not met each other for a while.” After the Dubai halt, when Ranveer was questioned the reason for his stopover in Dubai he could not say anything. Both Ranveer and Deepika were at the launch of the trailer of their upcoming movie ‘Ram Leela’. However, Ranveer Singh said that for ‘Ram Leela’, he grew his moustache which will be shaved by Deepika. He said, “It took a lot of effort to grow and maintain it. I would oil it every night... and now Deepika will shave it off one of these days.”
Katrina performs puja at Ranbir’s house
Sanjay to dance, act with other jail inmates
Katrina Kaif visited Ranbir’s house on the last day of puja. Ranbir’s family welcomed the idol and offered prayers for five days. Yesterday was the visarjan. So, Katrina ensured that she visited their house and joined the family for morning puja. As per sources, “Ranbir’s family had brought Lord Ganesha to their home for five days. Since Katrina was travelling when the deity was welcomed at Ranbir’s home, she made sure that she attended the morning prayers on the day of visarjan”. Well, before this, Katrina also joined ex flame Salman Khan at his sister’s residence at the visarjan ceremony. Salman’s family welcomed Ganpati for two days. So Katrina went there on the second day and joined their family for visarjan. Katrina is currently in a serious relationship with Ranbir Kapoor. Both have been spotted at numerous International and domestic locations partying and chilling out together. However, Katrina has never opened up about her relationship. A few days back, there were a couple of photographs taken of the couple at a beach in Ibiza. After her pics went viral on the internet, Katrina got very upset. She wrote to the media about their irresponsible act of capturing her personal life. However, Ranbir had a different take on this.
Finally Sanjay Dutt is getting what he loves most, acting and dancing. Sanjay Dutt, who is serving a 42 months sentence at Yerwada Central Jail in Pune, has been selected with four dozen other jail inmates to perform at a welfare show organized by the State Prisons Department. The show will be held next Thursday. The show is an annual show and will take place at the Bal Gandharva Auditorium in Pune. Bal Gandharva Auditorium is located in the heart of the city. Sanjay, along with other inmates is rehearsing for this mega event for the past two weeks inside the jail premises. It is heard that Sanjay will be performing on the latest hit numbers like ‘Lungi Dance’ from the recent hit movie ‘Chennai Express’. He will also dance on patriotic numbers from ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’. The jail officials are tight lipped about the details of the programme. The rehearsals are also carried out at the auditorium. Every day for two hours, all the participants from the jail are taken to the auditorium where they do stage rehearsals. However, prison officials say that this break from jail does not interfere with their day to day chores at the jail. They carry out their routine chores He felt that it is quite normal for the fans to capture the images without any interference. Sanjay Dutt has been assigned the responsibility of making paper bags of their cherished celebrities. He confessed that Katrina was an which gets sold through NGO. important part of his life and he would even give up his life for her. This statement made it very clear that Ranbir was very serious He also gets daily wages for his work. For the main event, jail inmates will be provided with saloon about his love. Ranbir and Katrina have worked together in ‘Ajab facilities. Sanjay who has grown his beard will go for a shave and hair cut and all the participants Prem Ki Gajab Kahani’ and ‘Raajneeti’. There was also a rumour will also receive pedicure and manicure services. Apart from that, for the main event, the partici- that Ranbir was to announce his engagement with Katrina on pants will get a makeup man who will put slight makeup on them making them presentable on his birthday, but Ranbir refrained from such an announcement. stage. Under tight security, Sanjay and other inmates are transported to and from the auditorium. Recently, Ranbir was shooting for his movie ‘Bombay Velvet’ This sure looks like a break for the actor who surrendered on May 16th this year after he was con- in Sri Lanka. Katrina was also spotted in Sri Lanka though she victed in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case. A week later he was taken to Yerwada jail in Pune. Here was not a part of that movie. Before that the couple was spotted Sanjay will complete the remainder of his five year sentence. Sanjay had earlier requested the in London enjoying a good time with each other’s family. Neetu jail authorities grant him some physical work as his body needed exercise and he wanted to keep singh, mother of Ranbir and Katrina’s mom were present at the himself fit. But owing to his security, jail authorities turned down his request. dinner. It seems the couple has got green light signals from both the families as well. Also, Ranbir sang a birthday song for his lady love at the screening of ‘Ship Of Theseus’. Katrina turned 30 on 16th July. Page 36 www.saindia.com
Pam Chopra says yes to Rani-Aditya’s marriage Many Bollywood celebrities arrived at Madhuri Dixit’s residence to pay their last respect to Madhuri Dixit’s father Shankar R Dixit who passed away on Sunday and among the celebrities was Rani Mukherjee. Rani came to pay her respects to the departed soul with her would be mother-in-law Pamela Chopra. Pamela is Aditya Chopra’s mother and Yash Chopra’s wife. Rani and Aditya were in a relationship for a long time and it was also heard that the couple will get married early next year. Rani arrived with Pam Chopra at Madhuri’s residence with Rani’s mother also accompanying them. Rani seemed to be getting along well with Pam Chopra and it throws the signal that Pamela accepted Rani as Aditya’s soon to be wife. Grapevine buzzed in the past that the late filmmaker and Pam Chopra did not approve Rani as Aditya’s partner but later they accepted her. Last year, Aditya Chopra celebrated Pamela Chopra’s birthday in Switzerland and Rani was also very much part of the family event. Aditya Chopra divorced his first wife Payel, his childhood friend and decided to tie the knot with Rani. Though Rani and Aditya maintained a dignified silence about their relationship, the duo couple of times was clicked at the airport returning from a vacation. Rani and Aditya are very much in love and they are ready to settle down. The couple was supposed to marry early last year but due to the death of Yash Chopra, the plans fell behind. “Rani will get married in grand filmi style to Aditya Chopra in January 2014. The couple is finalising the date according to the shubh mahurat decided by Aditya’s mother Pamela in consultation with the family priest,” he said. “According to Punjabi customs, no festivities or celebrations can take place for a year after the death of a family member,” he said. The insider added: “Yashji fell sick during the making of the film ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ and the dutiful son (Aditya) took over the reigns. He was in London for the better part of the year, as was Rani. This being a big film as Chopra Sr was returning to the big screen after a long break. He wanted energies to be focused on the film and nothing else, so the wedding was put off till after the release of the film.” “According to Punjabi customs, no festivities or celebrations take place till after a year of death of a family member. The 365 days following the demise of a close relative is called an impurity period,” the source continued. And now, with the stipulated one year coming to an end, wedding preparations in the Chopra and Mukherjee’s household are reportedly in full swing. For quite a long time, rumours of Aditya Chopra and Rani Mukherjee’s impending wedding made the rounds but the duo maintained silence on this private matter.
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iabetes has become a very common heath problem. The main cause is lack of adequate insulin production to manage the level of glucose in your blood. While there is no cure for diabetes, with your blood sugar level under control you can live a totally normal life. There are various natural remedies for diabetes that will help you control your blood sugar level. Here are the top 2 herbal remedies for Diabetes. Gymnema sylvesre and Bitter melon or Karela are herbal supplements that are growing in popularity as a way to decrease blood sugar levels, help fight obesity, and lower blood triglycerides. Gymnema, also commonly referred to as Gymnema sylvestre, is an herb that grows in south central India, where it was first used in naturopathy or alternative medicine for its potential health benefits. Due to its effects on how the body reacts to and regulates sugar, many believe that this herb can have a positive effect on diabetes and obesity, as well as other conditions. The strongest active components of the plant are called gymnemic acids, taken from either the leaves or root. The acids affect two particular areas of the body. First, they can permeate the taste buds on the tongue that detect sweet flavours. As the acids are digested, they act on the surface of the intestines. In both places, the herb is able to help decrease the intake of sugars. By inhibiting sugar absorption, Gymnema could help to lower and regulate blood sugar levels, and it is used widely as a supplement for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The herb has also demonstrated the ability to aid the body’s production of insulin. This may be because it can stimulate the growth of cells in the pancreas, the organ that produces insulin.
Gymnema may have value within an appetite suppression spectrum. During digestion, gymnemic acids have a “sugar blocking” property. Structurally, gymnemic acids are very similar to glucose and behave in the intestine in a similar way. When gymnemic acids lock in to intestinal receptors, they effectively lock out glucose. This prevents sugar from being absorbed. This effect has a twofold benefit in that it helps balance blood sugar, and it promotes lean body mass by lessening the amount of sugar that gets stored as fat. Bitter melon, also known as bitter gourd or karela, is a unique vegetable-fruit that can be used as food or medicine. It is the edible part of the plant Momordica Charantia, which is a vine of the Cucurbitaceae family and is considered the most bitter among all fruit and vegetables. In addition to being a food ingredient, bitter melon has also long been used as a herbal remedy for a range of ailments, including type 2 diabetes.
The fruit contains active substances with anti-diabetic properties, including Charantin, which has been confirmed to have a blood lowering glucose effect, Vicine and an insulin-like compound, known as polypeptide-p. These substances either work individually or together they increase glucose uptake and glycogen synthesis in the liver, muscle, and adipose tissue and also improve glucose tolerance. This synergistic effect also increases insulin secretion, tissue glucose uptake, liver muscle glycogen synthesis, glucose oxidation, and decreases the synthesis of glucose from molecules that are not from carbohydrates, such as amino and fatty acids. It is also known that bitter melon contains a Lectin that reduces blood glucose concentrations by acting on peripheral tissues and suppressing appetite - similar to the effects of insulin in the brain.
The Gymnema plant contains a number of compounds, such as acidic glycosides and anthroquinones. The primary bioactive constituent of Gymnema, known as Gymnemic acid, is found in Both these herbal remedies can aid in controlling blood sugar the leaves and roots. Gymnemic acids are sweetness inhibitors, simply put, chewing Gymnema leaves will reduce the taste levels, but most importantly make sure you follow a balanced diet and regular exercise part of your daily routine. of sugar or “sweetness,” in the mouth, which explains its Hindi name, Gurmar, “destroyer of sugar.” The temporary effect is noticed with both artificial and natural sweeteners, and suggests
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Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s Collection Inspired by Lakmé Absolute Royal
he curtains on Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013 came down with one of the most stunning Grand Finales. Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s magnificent range, inspired by the limited edition Lakmé Absolute Royal collection, had the audience spellbound with its beauty. The black wood panelled ramp lit on either side set the mood, while the seven chandeliers on stage and ramp created a vintage ambience. Rows of twinkling bulbs covered the ceiling, mirrors lined the backdrop, large clumps of red roses added colour to the backdrop and silver pillars recreated the classy interior of a gentleman’s jazz nightclub in London. The Lakmé Absolute Royal products that inspired Sabyasachi’s collection are a tribute to the regal era of queens and they offer a rich shade palette across Lakme Absolute Creme Lip Colours, Absolute Shine Line Eyeliner and Absolute Royal Nail Colours. The gorgeous creations that floated down the ramp would have thrilled many a statuesque queen of the past eras as the stately outfits in shades of jewel tones as well as regal hues, were a vision of beauty. This season Sabyasachi reinforced the juxtaposition of maximalism against minimalism, with a whimsical design theme. These elements were unified by a youthful essence in the form of sheer saris paired with mini skirt petticoats, micro mini dresses, peplum silhouettes with structured, panelled/ quilted sport jackets, waistcoats and cropped tops. Amidst the lace work and Kashmiri embroidered embellishment were delicate signature Sabyasachi prints that were given weight with intricate panelling and layering. Acid burned zardosi gilded a rich khadi leopard print that was a novel facet of the entire showcase that embodied the feline suave of the modern maharani of a metropolis. With a dramatic opening that saw a live performance of “Feeling Good” by Rachel Varghese, the audience rocked to popular hit tunes of the past. The theme from the film “Pink Panther” filled the Ballroom of the Hotel Grand Hyatt, as Indrani Dasgupta glided on the ramp in a luxurious crystal choli, net sari over printed lehenga. Sabyasachi unveiled one of the most sensational collections of 57 couture creations ever seen on the ramp. Pairs of sherwanis and bundgalas in black/ red with tonal embroidery were
created for Him and Her. Lace appeared in black/nude for sensuous gowns. The all-black lace sari with long sleeved choli with mini petticoat, the belted jacket in brocade, quilted midi skirt, hip length machined kurta over flared skirt and the noir lace gown recreated the glamour of the era when women dressed like queens. The pair of horizontal striped knit cholis with chamois satin pastel saris having lace kalis were elegant in their serene glamour. Velvet was the favoured choice of Sabyasachi for the cholis, skirts or combined with embellished net for the saris. Cholis were sedate with long sleeves at times topped with waistcoats. Men’s wear was colourful with sherwanis, Jodhpuri jackets and bundgalas in printed or plain fabric. The makeup, done by Lakme Makeup Expert Clint Fernandes was dominated by accentuated red lips and smoky eyes with lots of Kohl recreating the beauty and glamour of the opulent era. Footwear was innovative with fabric and leather boots/shoes, some with matching spats and a few embellished mojris that followed the mood of the collection. Jewellery from The Gem Palace the official jewellers of the Royal family of Jaipur complemented the gorgeous creations. Talking about the grandeur he showcased, Sabyasachi Mukherjee said, “Nothing is more royal than beautiful eyes lined with thick winged liner and a rich toned red lip. This was the central touch point of the whole collection that brought it all together. The Lakmé woman is very feminine, dynamic and strong, minimal make up with the maximum effect is essential. I absolutely love the vintage feel that we have created for this winter/festive season at Lakmé Fashion Week.” Speaking at the finale, Purnima Lamba, Head of Innovation, Lakmé mentioned, ‘It’s a moment of pride for us at Lakmé as we witnessed one of the most avant garde translations of the Lakmé beauty statement. Sabyasachi has always been synonymous with royalty and it was an exciting journey to cocreate the contemporary royal looks for the festive season with him. Whether it is regal colours and silhouettes or the imperial red lips, we are confident that we will see the statement of opulent royalty off the runways this winter-festive in a big way.” The show fittingly brought down curtains to another immensely successful season of Lakme Fashion Week. Page 45
FASHION / FEATURE
LIFESTYLE HOT GOSSIP / MUSIC
Singh is King M
ika made his debut on the Indipop scene piggybacking on the success of older brother Daler Mehndi. Unlike Daler, who restricts his bravado to his costumes, Mika became as well known for his brawling as for his bhangra. Between pouncing on starlet Rakhi Sawant and torturing TV audiences with his dancing in Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, Mika has also released a few albums where he wrote the songs, composed, arranged, played and sang in his characteristic nasal twang. His stage performances are as over the top as the man himself. Your father was a trained classical musician. How did the introduction to music happen? Mika Singh: I come from a family where music is in the blood. My father was a trained classical musician. My eldest brother, Daler paaji, too, started off with his singing profession when I was a teenager. At a very early age, I mastered various musical instruments like the tabla, harmonium, and guitar, not to mention being trained in classical music. I know how to play over 30 musical instruments. So the introduction to music was at a very early age, not something I specifically chose but was around since I was born. Did you fear comparisons with your brother when you started out? MS: Not at all; we have been gifted with different voices. And we also have different styles of singing. Anyway, there is nothing to be fearful of; he is my elder brother and a great musician. What do you enjoy more as an artist--recordings or live concerts? MS: I love singing songs, and the energy of the studio when music is created is infectious. All the talented musicians, singer, and a composer come together on one table to make one good melody; it’s a joint effort. When the song releases and people appreciate it, then it all is worth the hard work. Besides, live concerts have a different high altogether, with immediate audience reaction. And only when you have good songs in your kitty to perform live, the audience will enjoy your performance. I love performing live, and the spontaneity and energy which comes to me as a performer can rarely come in a studio. Both recordings and live concerts are fun. Controveries don’t see to leave you? Unlike others, I don’t need to cook up controversies to be in the news. Controversies just happen to me by chance. I’m a controversy magnet. Controversies come and go but they haven’t dimmed my fan following. I may have a bad boy image but my fans know I’m a good guy at heart.I wouldn’t have excelled in the live stage show business if Page 52
people believed he was a bad boy. Look at someone like Shakti Kapoor or Aman Verma. They have sort of faded away. They are out, gone. But that isn’t so in my case. I sing at weddings too and girls wouldn’t have asked for me if they thought I was a bad person or if their parents thought I was so too.
age. I want someone who understands me yaar, nothing more. I want someone who’ll love me as I am and not want me to change. And someone who’s not in awe of my money and fame.
Have you found the right girl for your self?
I always wanted to be a music director. But after releasing my first album, my future was set.
I will definitely get married. My choice of a life-partner would be a seedhi saadi Punjabi kudi who’d be patient enough to live with an artiste and deal with the eccentricities and controversies that come with the pack-
If you had not become a singer, what would you be doing?
Besides singing, you also play many instruments. Tell us about this.
TRAVEL / FEATURE
Jewel of India - Thiruvananthapuram
hiruananthapuram, the jewel in the emerald necklace that Kerala is for the Indian sub-continent, must surely have Parasuramanbeen a “must see” destination for ages, long before National Geographic Traveller classified it as one. Surely long before Sage Parasurama , according to local legend, threw his divine battle axe from Kanyakumari to Gokarnam to wrest Kerala, God’s own land, from the Varuna the sea god; before the times of Mahabali the democratic and just ruler of this wonderful land who was sent down to the netherworld through deceit. It doesnt take any flights of fancy to imagine that this land fired the imaginations of intrepid travellers and explorers like Columbus, Vasco da Gama, Marco Polo, Fa Hien, and quite possibly, countless others from the pages of history, recorded or not. Thiruvananthapuram, or Trivandrum, as it was conveniently re-christened by the English, is the southern-most district and Thiruvananthapuram city is the district headquarters as well as the State capital of Kerala. Thiru Anantha Puram, or the city of the Holy Anantha, is named after Ananthan, the cosmic serpent with a thousand heads, on whose coils Lord Mahavishnu reclines. This iconic representation is theSri Padmanabhaswamy chief deity in the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple. The temple was built by King Marthanda Varma of the Travancore Royal family when, in 1745, he shifted the Travancore capital from Padmanabhapuram in the south (today in the neighbouring State of Tamil Nadu) to Thiruvananthapuram King Marthanda Varma and started reigning as ‘Padmanabha Dasa’, the servant and representative of Lord Padmanabha--perhaps a nobler variant of the ‘Divine Right Theory’ that the West is familiar with . The vast temple complex, with its tall ‘Gopuram’ decorated with detailed carvings reflected in the huge temple tank, is today a centre of attraction for the pious, the tourist and the merely curious. Thiruvananthapuram, built on seven hills, has today grown Hillsinto a sprawling metropolis; but thankfully the city still retains her past glory and charm, and in spite of the frenetic pace of modern life, perhaps it is the most sedate of the big cities of the State. The people too have retained their friendliness and hospitality, and communicating in English, Hindi or Tamil is as easy as it is in the native Malayalam, whether one is talking to a retired professor or to the man in the street. But be prepared for a ‘dose’ of highly individualistic observations though-- a hallmark of Page 54
the Malayali that has enabled him to adapt and to survive the Tsunamis of alien cultures and ideas, and all things ‘modern’. The old quarter East Fortof the city clusters in and around the East Fort, a protected landmark that dates back to the Royal days. The rightly famous Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple , the Navarathri Mandapam, where the annual musical fest is held as an offering to Saraswati, the Goddess of Learning , Kuthira Malika, a uniquely wonderful example of traditional architecture and the venue of the annual Swathi Thirunal music festival honouring the composer-king of Travancore are the best among the traditional structures that adorn the Fort enclave. The Mahatma Gandhi Road, the chief artery of the city, is lined by traditional mansions that proclaim the grandeur of the times past and modern high-rises that testify to the city’s newfound affluence and a brashly commercial taste --red tile and timber vying with concrete and glass. What perhaps is special about the ambience of Thiruvananthapuram is the wonderful blend of the strongly traditional, the nostalgically Colonial and the outright modern elements, be it in architecture, in food or in the dress and manners of her people. The city’s spirit of ‘live and let live’ is nowhere more evident than at Palayam (the Garrison, the seat of the old Cantonment), where three Connemara Marketcentres of worships of three faiths rub shoulders-the ancient Ganapathy Temple (ostensibly built by the Maharajah for the prosperity of the Connemara Market nearby), the Palayam Muslim Mosque (get the correct name) and the Palayam Christian Cathedral (get the correct name) church with its distinctive Gothic tower. Blessed with a pleasant climate virtually throughout the year, Thiruvananthapuram city sparkles after the monsoon rains.Monsoon Rains After the ‘hot’ summers, which thankfully pale in comparison to the ‘hotspots’ of India, the welcome summer showers augur the festival season when Kerala decks herself out, and traditional colours and rhythms and characters straight from the pages of her ancient lore entice the visitor to another world. The festivities are crowned by Onam , the Spring harvest festival, today marked by traditional fare throughout the State, KADHAKALIincluding the spirited race of the picturesque and majestic snake boats , the grand elephant parade, when hordes of caparisoned pachyderms lend an air of fantasy to the setting, and the special presentations of Kathakali , Mohiniyattom , Koodiyattom and other traditional arts of Kerala. Etc