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Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; May 14, 2013)
Celebrated lensman Jagdish Mali, who was known by the less-informed only for his portraits on Rekha, passed away at noon on May 13. Bombay Times was fortunate to get some exclusive pictures shot by Jagi. A couple of months ago, the photographer was put in an embarrassing spot when a segment of the media reported that he was going through bad days. Fortunately, in his lifetime, he managed to regain some of his lost glory in print. Jagi lost his battle with life after he suffered a fall and was admitted to Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital. His actress-daughter Antara and son-in-law Che Kurien paid him frequent visits in the last week. The news of his death came as a rude shock to the Bollywood celebrities whom he had photographed in his halcyon days.
In his four-decade-long career, Jagi had a wide and illustrious portfolio. His father was an artiste and Jagi, who grew up in the middle-class bylanes of Bandra East, started his life shooting unusually sharp pictures of everyday life. Fate, of course, had other plans. Celebrities sought him out and got him to shoot their pictures because his camera often spoke more eloquently than he did.
Fastidious and moody like most artistes, Jagi would only shoot when he was inspired. While one will have to publish a tome to show his entire life’s work, the image that comes to mind as Jagi’s trademark shot is the black and white photograph of Aamir Khan’s Ghulam poster that shows the actor packing a More >
Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; April 15, 2013)
Emraan Hashmi has often been compared to Salman Khan in terms of his appeal with the masses. And looks like Emraan has now decided to go all exclusive, ending his contract with his talent management company. Instead, he prefers to fly solo.
A source close to the actor says, “Emraan, who is busy promoting Kannan Iyer’s Ek Thi Daayan, has left Atul Kasbekar’s company, Bling.
Besides Salman Khan’s brand management agency that also handles Kareena Kapoor and Katrina Kaif, even Ranbir Kapoor’s managers have been chasing Emraan to sign him up. But he doesn’t want any agency to represent him right now.”
Insiders say the actor has also been receiving a lot of endorsement deals lately. The source adds, “He is not in the mood right now to sign anything. He wants to be exclusive.”
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; December 6, 2012)
John Abraham, 39, betrays none of the nerves that actors display before the release of a big film, in this case Race 2. Instead, Action Abraham takes an afternoon off to chat with Bombay Times about his parents, his somewhat unusual schedule and the people he admires most in the film industry (it has little to do with their BO worth).
Tell us about your childhood? My father is a Protestant and my mother, an Iranian. From the age of four, my father always told me that ‘to be a good man, you don’t need to go to a temple, church or a mosque. You just need to do good’. While I believe in the presence of a supreme being, I am agnostic. My grandparents from both my mother and father’s side had ten children each, so the original Vicky Donor is me, as the highest propensity to procreate is mine. I studied at Bombay Scottish where I was the athletics champion and the football captain. School is a great leveller where you are known not by the money you have, but by how good you are in sport, not even studies. At school, even though I travelled in trains and buses, I got all the attention being the football captain. The senior girls in school used to call me handsome and I would get embarrassed. But the myth was shattered as soon as I got out of school and realised that I was just this middle class ‘Jo’ who did not even own a car, whereas people around me were rich and owned Benz and Audis. I suddenly felt anonymous. My father had More >
IANS (MID-DAY; September 11, 2012)
Actress Richa Chadda, seen in crime thriller ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’, is set to play a mafia don in Farhan Akhtar’s next production ‘Fukrey’, a comedy.
Richa has been signed on for a significant role in the film. Her character will be called Boli Punjaban. ”Yes, Richa Chadda has been signed for ‘Fukrey’,” Ritesh Sidhwani, partner in Farhan’s Excel Entertainment, said in a statement.
Atul Kasbekar, whose agency Bling! looks after Richa’s work, says “Ritesh saw ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ and loved Richa’s performance.” Pulkit Samrat of “Bittoo Boss” fame is the lead actor in “Fukrey”. But Richa does not have a role opposite him. Other actors for the movie are yet to be finalised. The film’s title is a slang, which means good-for-nothing. Directed by debutant Mrigdeep Singh Lamba, “Fukrey” is a buddy movie, revolving around Delhi-based youngsters and their life in high school and later, college.
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 30, 2012)
Her debut as a leading lady may well be the beginning of a new career in front of the camera for Farah Khan.
For starters, Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi has succeeded where the choreographer-filmmaker-actress’ husband Shirish Kunder and three kids have failed. In the last two months, Farah has managed to knock off a whole 10kg and is still going at her weight loss with hammer and tongs till the needle of suspicion on the weighing scale points in the right direction. She plans to lose at least seven to eight kilo more.
Secondly, Farah seems to have changed her mind about not doing any more films and has signed on with Atul Kasbekar’s celebrity management company Bling to look after her endorsement deals. Kasbekar’s company looks after the careers of A-list stars including Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone among others.
Farah confirmed the news and said, “According to Atul, there’s a market for me to endorse products. I am open to doing endorsements as long as they’re products I’d be comfortable using myself. I’ve told him this. And also as long as people are willing to buy the products that I’m asked to sell. But I can’t be seen selling beauty soaps in the shower. I’ll be endorsing products that are suited to my age and image.”
All said, Farah is busy shedding the kilos so she can look good on camera. “I never bothered with looks. Now I suddenly have a chance to face the camera, so why not look my best?” she said.
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A man who got what he wanted is how Ishika Mohan Motwane remembers Danny Boyle
Tunali Mukherjee (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 19, 2012)
The first sentence that Danny Boyle, director of eight Academy Awards-bagging film, Slumdog Millionaire said to Ishika Mohan Motwane, best describes what her job as stills photographer for films demands of her.
“‘Glad to have you on board. Grab what you can’,” were Danny’s first words to me. I was on my own, free to capture what I fancied, and with no time to lose,” says Motwane about the 2008 film that became the darling of the Oscar jury the following year.
For her, being the silent documenter on set meant living every moment of the film, photographing during actual takes, making sure she didn’t distract actors or disrupt production.
Her favourite picture is one of Boyle lost in work while shooting a sequence at the Taj Mahal in Agra, where little Jamal Malik, the protagonist, and his brother Salim pose as tour guides in a bid to steal visitors’ shoes. The image made it to the cover of Danny Boyle: In his own words, a book by Amy Raphael, where Boyle chronicles his experience of shooting the film.
Motwane calls watching the director at work nothing less than a treat. “He was calm, patient but occasionally stubborn. He got what he wanted,” Motwane remembers.
Feeding off the British director’s passion and his cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle’s craft of visual storytelling proved a handy lesson when she began shooting husband Vikramaditya More >
Celebrities expressed their outrage on Twitter after a video showing a minor girl being molested by 20 men in Guwahati went viral.
Avinash Iyer (MID-DAY; July 13, 2012)
Friday the 13th started on a rather grim note for internet users across India after a video clip showing the molestation of a minor girl by 20 men went viral. The incident happened in Guwahati city of Assam.
Users across social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter were circulating the video and images of those accused of committing the heinous act in full public view.
Celebrities took to Twitter to vent their outrage on the issue.
Starlet Poonam Pandey, known for posting racy pictures of herself, tweeted – “Another blot on human race. Feel ashamed to watch the incident happened in #Guwahati. Women’s safety is more a concept than reality in India.”
Roja actor Arvind Swami tweeted – “guwahati incident…shame on us!!!…and what was the cameraman doing while this was going on???”
“Either the #Guwahati police are spectacularly inefficient or they don’t give a damn. The latter scenario is very scary. #Guwahati,” said photographer Atul Kasbekar on his Twitter account.
Kainaz Motivala, of Ragini MMS fame, tweeted – “I don’t understand how only 3 of the culprits in the #Guwahati case hv been arrested! They’re looking into camera & smiling!! Punish them!!!”
Movie producer Rangita Nandy posted – “Dear Faceless Girl in #Guwahati, nobody will ever understand what you/you’re went/going through. Strength, prayers More >
Shahid Kapoor tells us why he is hungry for some action now
Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 11, 2012)
In your next film Teri Meri Kahaani, we get to see you in three avatars. And also for the first time as a Muslim man Javed Qadri… It all happened rather casually. Kunal (Kohli) had a few completed scripts. He told me about this idea and I loved it. People talk about Janam Janam Ka Saath, this film depicted it. I however had reservations against doing a reincarnation film. Kunal assured me that it would be a romcom. I found that interesting. (pauses) And yes, I play a Muslim character for the first time in my career. The story is set in pre-independence India. It’s the year 1910, in a village outside Lahore. Javed Qadri is a badtameez, ladkibaaz and besharam man. He uses his sher-o-shayari as pick-up lines. It was exciting. Also, I wanted to play a Muslim character for the longest time since I my mother is Muslim.
There were stories about Priyanka Chopra and you refusing to work together in the film. Also, once the film started there were rumours about friction on the sets… (Thinks) But Priyanka was the best person for the role. I was already doing the film and Kunal felt that she suits the character perfectly. She liked it and came on board. During the making of the film we never really had any awkward moment either. During Kaminey, we had a lot of fun. And we had just eight scenes together in that film. In this, it’s just us. I am glad we did it.
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Sarita Tanwar (BOMBAY TIMES; April 24, 2012)
Shahid Kapoor has always been the quintessential boy-next-door — super cute, but never carnal. Not until he took off his shirt and ran with the horses in Kaminey. That was the beginning. Then came the split with then girlfriend Priyanka Chopra. Soon, everything changed. Suddenly, the boy who didn’t drink or socialise began partying. Hard. The guy who had long-term relationships was, within a short span of a few months, linked to Anushka Sharma, Bipasha Basu and Nargis Fakhri. The workaholic then took off for a vacation with his buddies. And finally, there was his “naked birthday” in Goa — a three-day pool party that began trending on Twitter after pictures of him and some babes in bikinis surfaced on the internet.
Shahid is suddenly sexy, with a fan following of 1.21 million on his micro blogging account. Singledom seems to suit him. Over a cup of cold coffee, he answers questions on love, life and the ladies…
You’ve become suddenly sexy! What’s changed? I’ve been sexy for a while (grins). Ever since I crossed 30, women have started taking me seriously. Until now, my target audience was school-going girls!
Does the sexy vibe have something to do with being single? No. I think it’s because I’ve stopped shaving for a while, so maybe the stubble is helping. And I think this unemployed vibe I have right now is working for me. When you have to work, you have to look proper, and you have time for very little apart from More >
Apart from baking in the Goa sun amidst bikini-clad babes, the actor has also planned a big party for his close friends
Amrapali Sharma (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 26, 2012)
Some may say turning 30 isn't all that great. But add a year to it, and Shahid Kapoor will tell you how to turn 31 in style. The actor, who is busy celebrating his 31st birthday in Goa, has once again proved that boys in Bollywood, do know how to have all the fun.
While Atul Kasbekar has been busy uploading pictures of the birthday boy on his social networking profile calling them #ShahidGoanCrazy, Mumbai Mirror has found out what is really going on at the four day and three night long bash in Morjim beach.
The actor, who took off to the party destination a couple of days before his birthday on February 25, will be returning to Mumbai on February 28. And as the pictures reveal, Shahid is not the only one who is having a ball in Goa. He has also planned a big bash for his close friends from school and the Hindi film industry. In fact, he had even asked the DJ to play at a stretch from 9 am in the morning to 3 am the next day.
And that's not all. Shahid had even instructed his manager to ask all the guests about their food and beverage preferences. This, despite Shahid being a teetotaler himself.
The guest list included Kunal Kohli, Siddharth Anand, Siddharth Malhotra, Mubina Rattonsey, Anjali Lavania, photographer Atul Kasbekar, who had been clicking his pictures and of course his new found buddy Nargis More >