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Actor John Abraham, sentenced in a 2006 hit-and-run case, was detained Friday pending a hearing on his bail plea in the high court. A magistrate's court had sentenced him to 15 days imprisonment in 2010 and fined him R15,000. He had appealed in a sessions court and obtained bail. The court dismissed his plea Friday. Two people were hurt in the 2006 accident. IANS

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India’s first entertainment hub for eunuchs and transgenders opens in the CITY T H E Capital XCLUSIV E



idiculed for long, the city’s transgenders and eunuchs finally have a place of their own to let their hair down. India’s first entertainment center-cum-club, exclusively for transgenders, is now open in East Delhi’s Bhajanpura. Named Zeenat club, the center, launched by an NGO, has a gamut of entertainment and recreational services provided by and for the community under one roof. Sample this: Apart from a restaurant, there’s a fancy boutique selling designer garments, footwear and jewellry, a beauty parlour, and a fitness center with expert


Stylist Mausam checking out clothes at the club boutique

dieticians and weight-trainers. “The club is an effort to bring some happy moments in the lives of transgenders, who are targets of social discrimination,” says Rupika Dhillion, project director of the NGO, SPACE (Society for Peoples’ Awareness, Care & Empowerment). “Setting up the club was tough. No one was willing to rent out a place to us. After great diffi-

culties, we found this place in East Delhi,” she adds. Mehek, a transgender who is a trained fashion designer, will be retailing her range of saris, suits and lehengas from the club. “Shopping is a challenge for us. We’re laughed at and people pass lewd remarks. But that will no longer be the case,” says Mehek, who offers a special discount for her community.

Delhi and Mumbai witnessed a fun-filled Holi. For more pictures of Holi bashes in the two cities turn to page 2, 3 and 7

Veena’s ‘crazy’ Holi Minakshi Saini ■

A beauty salon is being run by another transgender, Mausam, a makeup artist and stylist. “People in our community dress gaudy. And, since parlours don’t let us in, I’ll offer services to my community,” she says. The club members will also get to go on trips to tourist spots in the country. Mallika, the client care officer at the club says, “We will pool in money for these trips.” Soon, the club will also screen films, particularly those on LBGT issues. There will also be an in-house book club. ■ Should

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ANGIE’S GOWN A BIG HIT Zofeen Maqsood ■

ctor Angelina Jolie may have been spoofed for showing off her sexy long leg in a high-slit gown at the Oscars, but desi designers say that the actor’s limb thrusting act has brought the focus back on high-slit gowns. “Fashion statements spotted on the Oscar red carpet, are always talked about, but Angelina’s high-slit gown gained too much international attention, leading people to ask for such a look,’’ says designer Rahul Mishra. Designer Taniya Khanuja, who has sold five high-slit gowns in the past one week says, “Though Angelina struck a non-feminine pose with legs apart, yet women want to try her look because she is an icon.” Khanuja adds, “Some women who think that it may not be appropriate for them to flash so much skin, are asking for a detachable sheer panel on the slit.” Designer Chandrani Siingh Fllora says, “I’ve got a few orders in Mumbai and Delhi for slit gowns. Though they have always been in fashion, people have got interested in them again.” Designer Gautam Gupta says, “Angelina’s gown is a hit with women in the party circuit who want to grab eyeballs.” A designer on condition of anonymity says, “Recently a starlet asked for an Angelinastyle gown for a glam event.”

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ipasha Basu’s debut Hollywood flick, Singularity, which had run into financial problems, now has a bailout plan. The time-travel epic has been making news, after it was reported that the company behind the film owed an estimated $15.13 million to creditors, the cast and crew. Now, according to a proposal discussed at a creditors’ meeting in Brisbane, the $28 million film will be completed by June 30,

lions of dollars in government rebates, allowing creditors to be re-paid. Bipasha, however, says that financial issues are not anywhere in the picture. “I have always maintained that Singularity isn’t in major financial trouble. I met Roland (director Roland Joffé) some time ago, and he was excited. I’ve two days of shooting left, which I will complete in April. Then we will work on promotions,” says the 33-year-old. Is Bipasha worried over reports about financial trouble? “You can’t really control such things (reports), but I never lost sleep over it. I have always been very happy and positive.”


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ALL ABOUT THE DRESS Angelina Jolie wore a black velvet Atelier Versace gown at the Oscars. The actor thrust her right leg to show off the slit making it global news


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oli was celebrated with much fervour in both Delhi and Mumbai. Pakistani actor Veena Malik, who celebrated her first Holi in Delhi last year, had a blast this time in Mumbai. “Holi in both the cities is equally fun and full of masti. Last year was my first Holi in India, so it wasn’t as crazy as this year,” says Veena, who played Holi with the team of her upcoming film Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai. “I think it is a beautiful festival and we should retain its beauty by using natural and eco-friendly colours to protect our planet. I could not recognise myself after playing Holi for two hours… I smeared colours on others and danced. I thoroughly enjoyed it,” she says. The actor also doesn’t mind flaunting the traces of colour that have stubbornly stayed behind. “After taking a shower couple of times and getting a thorough cleansing done, the colour is still all over me. I believe the red colour is in love with my back as it refuses to go. But there is nothing to crib, as I feel ye rang khushnuma yaadon (happy memories) ki tarah hai jo Holi ke baad aapke saath reh jaati hain,” says Veena.

ansing done, the colour is still allactor cle gh rou tho a g ttin ge d an es tim Veena Malik, After taking a shower couple ofr is in love with my back as it refuses to go over me. I believe the red colou


Rescue plan for Bipasha’s Singularity

Hollywood actor Jessica Chastain (above left) is in love with India. The actor, who is currently shooting in Chandigarh for filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow's film on Osama Bin Laden with actors Harold Perrineau, Jason Clarke (above), and Jennifer Ehle, told HT City, “I am in love with this country. I always wanted to become an actress and here I am trying to prove myself.” Known for her roles in the films The Help, The Debt, and The Tree of Life, Jessica added that she feels inspired by French actor Isabelle Huppert.



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A transgender party in progress


Not just with city fashionistas, Angie’s gown has caught the fancy of global celebs too. Actor Catt Sadler was seen in a similar gown at an awards event in New York

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Delhi andMumbaiwitnessed afun-filled Holi.  
Delhi andMumbaiwitnessed afun-filled Holi.  

Delhi and Mumbai witnessed a fun-filled Holi. For more pictures of Holi bashes in the two cities turn to page 2, 3 and 7