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Former Miss World and actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is at the 66th Cannes Film Festival. Ash, who is a regular at the Cannes, wore a black with golden embroidery Sabyasachi lehenga-sari for the evening gala of Bombay Talkies celebrating a 100 years of Indian cinema. She also has matching golden hair accessory. Ash was then seen in her white and mermaid like black skirt while giving interviews at the Festival. Aishwarya is the guest of honour at a special evening celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema tonight.
SOURCE: INDIAN EXPRESS & WORLD OF ASH (Facebook page)
MUMBAI MIRROR (May 21, 2013)
Our lensman Raju Shelar spotted Salman Khan shooting for an advertisement at Kamalistan Studio on Monday. Wearing khaki trousers and a white shirt, the actor was riding a bike under the blazing midday sun and a motley bunch of angry character actors wielding assorted weapons — hand pumps, frying pans, pedestal fans, megaphones, trumpets—were hot on his heels. But Salman played it cool and escaped without a scratch. It seems it is impossible to contain Salman, no matter how hard you try.
MID-DAY (May 21, 2013)
Always up for gimmicks, Veena Malik was at the red light area, Kamathipura yesterday to promote her upcoming film, Ziindagi 50:50. She interacted with commercial sex workers and distributed packs of condoms. The controversial Pakistani import in Bollywood sure knows how to get attention by her antics.
IMAGE SOURCE: ZIINDAGI 50:50 OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE
MUMBAI MIRROR (May 20, 2013)
It’s a wrap for Milan Luthria’s Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Again, with the film having reached dubbing stage. Spotted in the studio were lead actors Akshay Kumar and Imran Khan; Akshay in a khaki pathani and Imran in jeans and a white vest. Akshay, whose character is modelled on the lines of Dawood Ibrahim, is togged up in pathani suits for the most part of the film. For many years now, the actor has been dressing for his part, even while dubbing. Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Again is slated to hit screens on August 8, the same day Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Chennai Express is scheduled for release.
Sunday Mid Day pays a pictorial tribute to the ace lensman who passed away earlier this week
Shubha Shetty Saha (MID-DAY; May 19, 2013)
In the mid ’90s Jagdish Mali (fondly called Jaggi by his friends) was one of the most sought after photographers in the city. He had set up his independent studio, after having worked with CineBlitz magazine. His studio was located in Aram Nagar 2, which was considered to be the haven for photoshoots as Mali had two other ace photographers, Rakesh Shrestha and Jayesh Sheth as neighbours.
Reticent and somewhat shy, Mali outwardly didn’t have the flamboyance that one expects from a glamour photographer. He was soft spoken and always smiling. But behind the camera, he was passionate and assertive.
And perhaps it was this very nature of his that made Rekha and Jackie Shroff, some of the reigning stars of that time, so comfortable with him that they refused to shoot with anybody else.
Whoever entered his studio, whether it was a star or a cub reporter, was treated equally and fed with samosas and endless cups of chai. At no point in his career, did his smile or demeanour change.
Once age caught up with Mali, as is frequently the case in Bollywood, the man who was always surrounded by people, suddenly found himself alone. But when I spoke to him a few months ago, Jaggi told me how he hoped to get busy soon, instead of dwelling on his loneliness or sickness.
He was suffering from severe diabetes. Jaggi will surely be missed.
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Garima Sharma (BOMBAY TIMES; May 18, 2013)
Kashmir is certainly making a steady comeback to Bollywood, and after Rockstar, director Imtiaz Ali is back again to shoot for his next film Highway there. But it’s not been easy for the cast and crew to capture the splendour of Kashmir for the film. They all, we hear, have been trekking 2-3 km everyday to shoot. Ali has already shot in the upper reaches of the Aru valley and at the snow-clad upper reaches of Chandanwadi. The director is all praise for Kashmir, saying that the police and civilians have helped them a lot. He says, “We trailed with the bakarwals, who are nomadic shepherds and saw the high slopes and streams of upper Himalayan mountains with them. We had to trek for hours each day. The entire unit lost weight despite gorging on splendid Kashmiri food.” Apart from Jammu and Kashmir, Imtiaz and his team have been shooting for the film in five other states, including Harayana and Punjab.
Anil Raina (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 18, 2013)
“Why do you keep coming back to Kashmir?”
Sometimes, a seemingly innocent question can leave even the most seasoned orators fumbling for an answer. And this was aimed at Imtiaz Ali, who was addressing students at the University of Kashmir’s Media studies department. The filmmaker, who has been shooting his next in the valley, smiled and replied: “Because your valley looks beautiful on camera.”
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More and more Bollywood actresses are flaunting their ‘desi’ side on the red carpet at Cannes
Sujata Chakrabarti (MD-DAY; May 17, 2013)
Last year when Anurag Kashyap and Co (read cast of Gangs of Wasseypur) draped gamchas around their necks to beam at the global media at Cannes, the world sat up and took notice. Unarguably, desi fashion was having its spot in the sun amidst the razzle-dazzle of designer couture draped on the Hollywood biggies at the French Riviera. And with Sonam Kapoor sporting a classic ornate nath (nose ring) with her lace saree on the red carpet the day before, the quintessential elements associated with the Indian woman are out there for everyone to see.
There is no denying the popular argument these days how Bollywood has mostly graced Cannes on the red carpet instead of at the marquee. But a girl’s got to do what a girl got to do, some would argue. So from parading with a head- to- toe desi touch, our Bollywood girls have definitely put India on the world fashion map.
Back in 2005, when actress- filmmaker Nandita Das walked the red carpet in the French Riviera in a plain red silk saree, gajra, chokernecklace, maang tika, et al, fashion critics almost jumped out of their chairs.
There was a lone woman among hundreds of Gucci or Dolce and Gabbana clad ladies who had dared to walk off the much trodden path of shimmering gowns and party frocks.
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