Posts tagged bikini
…says Katrina Kaif exposed midriff sent temperatures soaring
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; April 20, 2010)
Katrina Kaif is turning on the April heat dressed in a short ghagra-choli for Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan. The actress, who got temperatures soaring, courtesy the midriff she is exposing, is thrilled to bits that her body responded like a dream to her new diet and exercise regime. Kat is also excited that in 2010, she is doing films that are slated to take her several notches higher as a superstar and as a performer.
BT: How did you get this dream body?
Kat: It took me 18 days to get into shape. My trainer Yasmin worked out a programme with a set target to look the way I am in this photograph. If you need to lose weight or get into shape, your mind and body must be co-ordinated. You have to be in a happy state while exercising. All I said to myself before getting into this short ghagra-choli is, ‘I must look right for it.’ The dance rehearsals were also one form of exercise. I am a fairly healthy eater. I don’t eat pizzas and pakodas. I prefer Chinese and Japanese cuisine. A lot of it is fish based.
BT: Does your contract say you will not wear a bikini?
Kat: There is no need to put these things in a contract. Obviously I discuss what I will wear and will not with my film-makers.
BT: Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and you are competing for the No. 1 slot.
Kat: I don’t think so. If one of us can’t accept a role, which the other one does because of simple things like date issues, the press makes a hullabaloo. That is part of the movie business. However, this doesn’t make us arch rivals. Since there is just certain number of actresses who are marketable, certain projects keep doing the rounds. What is wrong in that? The role in Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby was offered to Sandra Bullock before it went to Hillary Swank. I don’t see anyone in Hollywood creating a drama or hysteria about it. Here in Bollywood, people try to make it seem like we are kids in the playground.
BT: So how do you choose the projects you do?
Kat: I have got a good feeling about the projects I have accepted this year. Tees Maar Khan, Zoya Akhtar’s Running with the Bulls, Tarun Mansukhani’s Dostana-2, Anurag Basu’s film with Ranbir Kapoor and Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti are all films that I think are right for me. I go by my gut feel.
With Bollywood taking the risqué route, audiences can expect a hotter summer ahead
SARAH SALVADORE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; March 29, 2010)
If crazy titles, out-of-the- box ideas and experimental cinema was big in 2009, this year promises to be no different. Apart from the cinematic aspect, the Hindi film industry is looking at capturing the market with their darebare act. Kissing on screen or shedding inhibitions regarding outfits and story ideas; Bollywood has never been so bold.
A look at some of the releases this year will prove that B-Town is indeed taking a step towards making some bold moves in cinema. From Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori’s sizzling onscreen chemistry in Kites to the three bikini babes of Housefull Deepika, Lara and Jiah, Dibakar Banerjee’s shocking Love, Sex Aur Dhoka and Vivek Oberoi’s lip lock with Aruna Shields in Prince — It’s Showtime, these films managed to create a buzz even before they hit the screens.
While the audience is lapping up everything that comes their way, industry folks are a happy lot with this new bolder face of Hindi cinema. “The Indian film industry and Hindi films are going through this wonderful phase where more and more experimental genres are being tapped into,” says an upcoming actor. “We are making some of the world’s finest films. In time, we’ll look back at these films and consider them as landmarks — cinema that truly took Hindi movies global,” says the actor.
With LSD capturing the imagination of many a cinema-goer, director Dibakar Banerjee seems to have succeeded in what he wanted to do — shock and provoke. The sex scene in the film, which is very bold, has been the talking point. “I am all for the creative integrity of the subject matter and my job is to see that the message is delivered. I’d say it’s a genre-defining film and the most emotionally draining, gut-wrenching movie I’ve made till now,” the director said recently. While the directors are taking all possible creative liberties, the actors too are not far behind when it comes to doing their bit on screen. Today, Bollywood’s top screen scorchers don’t shy away from locking lips with their costars or donning a bikini if the script demands. “It’s okay to show a girl swimming in a bikini, or two people in love kissing as long as it’s justified in the script,” says actress Anjana Sukhani, adding, “Our films are part of global cinema. They are getting real.” Aruna Shields, whose lip lock with Vivek Oberoi in Prince is creating ripples, feels that kissing on screen is no big deal. “It was not something new for me.” With so many actors taking the bolder route in films, one wonders what makes them shed those inhibitions. Film critic Komal Nahta explains, “It’s because of a combination of factors. Films are a reflection of society. With girls wearing bolder clothes and PDA being common in real life, reel-life can’t be different. Plus, competition from Hollywood films works as a catalyst to show more and more in Hindi movies.”
With bolder scenes in almost every other film, the question is, do they really help the movie at the BO? “This could help in the initial shows but thereafter,
content would count,” says Nahta. With commercial Hindi cinema taking giant steps towards turning real, the industry and audience seem to love this leap of faith.
Bipasha Basu reveals ‘quirky’ side with nine looks in new film
DEEPALI DHINGRA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; March 17, 2010)
Remember, if it’s Bips in a new avatar… you saw it in BT first. Recently, she sprang out of our front page in a bikini, revealing toned arms and legs, a taut belly, making male readers from Cuffe to Kalyan spill their morning cuppa in delightful surprise. And today, the Bong beauty appears in six of her nine looks from Sanjay Gupta’s new film releasing next month. Yes, we said nine… but are only giving you six. Go complain, if you feel short changed! The four pictures of the sexy actress that we are holding back, ooh la la, they are of characters in the film that must have given the Censors sleepless nights.
As to what this is all about, Bips plays only one role in this film that ought to have been out long ago, but that role has nine variations based on what the hero (newcomer Maradona) is imagining at a given moment. Sounds confusing? Yes it is, God bless the versatile Sanjay Gupta! “It’s fairly simple, the characters I play reflect the mood of the guy who imagines me,” explains Bips, “If he’s feeling vulnerable, then I’ve been given a soft look. If he’s agitated, then I’m made to look harsh, and so on…”
Bips being Bips, a feisty Bong and all that, she naturally got involved with Rocky S in styling the characters with their different get-ups. Fortunately director Sudipto Chattopadhyay was most accommodating. “Creating these looks brought out my quirky self,” says Bips. Which is a word described in urban dictionaries as something that is strange, not normal, but cool! And often used by narcissistic scenesters when they describe their oh-sounique selves in attempts to sound like interesting people. Tuttut, how unconventional is that, now, Bips?
Kareena Kapoor reveals her size zero secrets…
MEENA IYER (BOMBAY TIMES; February 24, 2010)
If there is one aspect of Bollywood diva Kareena Kapoor’s life that rates higher on the gossip charts than her relationship with the Junior Nawab of Pataudi, Saif Ali Khan, it is her size-zero measurement. Kareena got into shape under the guidance of dietician Rujuta Diwekar when she had to wear that bikini for Tashan (a film where she also bonded big time with Saif). In Kambakkht Ishq, Bebo once again tantalised the audience when she walked around in a black swimming costume. And each time she shows off her body-shape, she manages to add a few hundred fans to the already existing long list of people who think Bebo has the hottest figure in the business. But surprise, surprise, Bebo hasn’t starved to get this enviable figure. Says she, “People often wonder whether I eat an orange for lunch. But that isn’t the case. I eat pasta, pizzas, french fries and even chocolates on occasions. However, I have been taught by my dietician how to eat right. I control the quantities, do upto 40 surya namaskars and stay this way.” Kareena who leans towards spirituality rather than religion is vegetarian for the last five years of her life. However, she is not an advocate for vegetarianism. “To each his own,” says the reigning Bollywood queen, “Saif can eat a goat for lunch and dinner, and I sit right next to him at the table. I have no issues at all. My sister Karisma Kapur (who has the best figure, according to me) loves her fish curry and rice. My mum Babita, who is Catholic, likes her rum and raisin pudding. And my father Randhir Kapoor doesn’t know the meaning of the word vegetarian. In fact, he has been in a state of shock for the last five years because I have given up eating meat. He thinks I need my head examined.” Kareena also laughs and says, “My size zero is such a hot topic of discussion at dinner tables across people’s homes, that when Saif and I eat out at a restaurant, people don’t stare so much at us, as much as they stare at what is on my plate. Some even ask the maitre de, ‘what is she ordering for dinner?’ I love the curiosity element.” She adds, “But food and films are things for which each one develops their own tastes. What is good enough for me, can never be good for you and vice versa. All I can say is that never starve. Eat right; and you will go places both with your shape and your soul.”
DEEPALI DHINGRA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; February 20, 2010)
She’s extremely confident, ‘ambitious’ in her own words and believes in her capabilities, and when it comes to Bollywood — she’s no babe in the woods. Because this gal hails from a khandaan that boasts of father Shakti Kapoor, aunt Padmini Kolhapure and grandfather Pandit Pandharinath Kolhapure. Presenting the latest Kapoor — Shraddha Kapoor! “I grew up in an atmosphere where I saw my father leaving early for work, having odd hours and then to see the difference between him onscreen and the way he was off-screen. I found the whole process of becoming someone else fascinating!” she smiles.
Considering her lineage, it’s but natural to expect offers on a platter. But Shraddha didn’t take her entry into filmdom for granted. The newcomer, who makes her debut in Serendipity Films’ Teen Patti coming Friday, believes her journey towards acting started the day she was born 21 years ago. Shraddha’s done theatre for four years, learnt acting from Mohit Tugnait and later from Barry John, was part of a dance troupe at Boston University and knows how to play the guitar after six months of learning it for the film (“I play the lead guitarist of a band,” she informs us). Of course, she’s lucky to have an acting guru at home itself. “He is so humorous that I got to learn a lot just by observing him,” she adds about dad and filmi bad guy Shakti.
It’s a given that any newcomer working in a film with none other than Big B would be asked how the experience with such an accomplished actor was. But we threw her a different one — was it more difficult working with one of the biggest superstars of the millennium or to act with her father? “The day I was acting with my father was by far the most challenging for me!” she admits, “I think I must have made the maximum mistakes that day. My dad kept yelling at me ‘I’m not your father here, I’m an actor’!” she laughs at the memory.
Her father’s name might help her to an extent but after that, it’s her talent that would have to speak and Shraddha’s aware of that. “I am ambitious. I like to think and dream about the future,” she says. Considering the competition that lies ahead, would she be able to pitch in her best? Would she, for example, wear a bikini if the role requires it? “Nobody’s made that proposition yet, so I’ll consider that when it happens,” she says. Okay, but does she consider herself sexy? “Sexy?” she asks with a laugh, “We’ll let the audience decide that. Sexy’s not the way I would define myself. Moderately reserved, a little shy and very curious. But sexy? Nah!”
Lara, Deepika and Jiah flash smiles, legs and there are bikinis to follow
SHARIN WADER BUTANI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; February 18, 2010)
A naughty prank played by Akshay Kumar in Italy when shooting for Sajid Nadiadwala’s Housefull, brought the three actresses of the film — Lara Dutta, Deepika Padukone and Jiah Khan, close together. The story’s been told before, but it’s worthy of repetition.
The Khiladi, a notorious prankster, made Jiah the butt of his joke at an Italian restaurant where the cast had gone for dinner. When the young actress went to the ladies’ room, Akshay stuffed all the branded silverware on the table into Jiah’s handbag. Then sitting back pokerfaced, Akshay warned the others to act normal and watch the fun. Poor Jiah, she returned and was completing her meal when the restaurant authorities descended on the table and recovered the “stolen” cutlery. Jiah nearly died,” giggled Deepika, “it was her first taste of Akshay’s masti.” “And all of us gave her these accusing ‘what-have-you-done’ looks,” added Lara.
But the Khiladi’s brand of humour only brought the three actresses closer on the sets of Housefull. And, in a twist that’s unusual for Bollywood, they began bonding big time off sets too. Strangely, Lara, Deepika and Jiah all play Akshay’s wives in the Sajid Khan-directed film. “Lara and I are Bangalore girls, so the camaraderie was there from day one,” said Deepika. “Yes,” agreed Lara, “we come from similar backgrounds. Deepika, like me, was a model from Bangalore.” Jiah was the baby on the sets but said Lara and Deepika helped her to feel comfortable. Except, of course, when Akshay got the devil in him!
But that’s not what is making the three hotties break into giggles over this photo-shoot. BT had asked, “How high on the thigh?” (go on, check out their legs) to find out which actress was wearing the shortest outfit! To discover that they are all comfortable in their skins and don’t mind flashing their legs or exposing cleavage on screen, too. Wait and see. Sajid, in fact, has got them all in bikinis for Housefull. And that, even for Akshay, must have been more than a handful!
In all her films so far, Katrina Kaif has kissed only once, in Kabir Khan’s New York. She decided she wasn’t too comfortable doing it, and told a close friend that she had decided never do another kissing sequence again.
Katrina has now decided to make it official. She won’t do a kissing sequence, even if the producer-director uses the oldest trick to persuade her: the script demanded it.
Says a friend of the actress, “Katrina has said no to kissing scenes in all her films barring New York. And believe me, the directors are very keen to see her kiss her co-stars. Katrina cleverly keeps dodging all the so-called must-kiss scenes. She is a very conservative girl at heart. In fact, when reports claimed that she was going to wear a bikini in Dostana 2, a la Priyanka Chopra in the first Dostana, Katrina protested violently and made it clear to producer Karan Johar and director Tarun Mansukhani: no exposure, no kissing.”
Says Katrina, “I don’t deny I’ve done scenes in the past where I did things that I wasn’t comfortable with. But now I won’t. I just don’t feel comfortable doing kissing scenes, or for that matter, wearing a bikini on screen.”
In both, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani and Raajneeti, there was apparently a request for a kiss with Ranbir Kapoor.
Katrina said a polite but firm no.
Says a source, “All the intimate scenes in Raajneeti are between Ranbir and his American girlfriend played by Sarah Thompson. They have lingering lovemaking and kissing shots. In the Indian portion of Ranbir’s story, there’s no intimacy with Katrina. She convinced the director that the character of the dignified politician would not go down well with the audience doing intimate scenes.”
Katrina is quite firm as she says, “It’s true. I’m not at all comfortable doing kissing scenes. Call me a prude or conservative. I just don’t feel kissing scenes jell well with our audiences. So no kissing scenes for me.”
Deepika Padukone is on the prowl…
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 23, 2010)
When you’re super confident, gorgeous and as successful as Deepika Padukone, then you don’t waste time crying over split relationships. You hold your head on your tall frame high and just glide like a diva. That is exactly what Deepika is doing. She refutes talk that she has immersed herself neck-deep in work because she wants no time to think. Laughing aloud she says, “Love Aaj Kal is the second most successful film of 2009 after 3 Idiots. Saif Ali Khan, Imtiaz Ali, Dinesh Vijjan and I didn’t feel the need to put out advertisements in newspapers saying ours is one of the biggest hits simply because it is a huge hit. And, it so happens that by virtue of this super-hit, I’ve bagged some super duper assignments.” This year will have Deepika in Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se, Pradeep Sarkar’s next with Neil Nitin Mukesh, Farhan Akhtar’s Kartik Calling Kartik and Sajid Khan’s Houseful. Besides these she also starts work on a romantic film with Imran Khan produced by Kunal Kohli. “With so much happening, I’ve no time to even breathe,” says the actress, who in two years since her debut is knocking on the doors of Bollywood’s czarinas. “I’m so glad that I got this opporutnity to work with Ashutosh,” she says. “He is awesome.” She is fortunate that her roles are also varied. If she will prance in a bikini around Akshay Kumar in Houseful, then she’ll probably walk away with top acting honours for her role as a revolutionary in Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se with Abhishek. In the midst of this packed action, is there anything more she’d like? “Well, I’d like to do a movie with Salman Khan,” she smiles. “And Aamir Khan too.” Ok, and now please don’t put her wish under a scanner and think she’s sending out coded messages to anyone out there. After working with the top bracket — Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Kumar and Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika would but naturally veer in the direction of Salman or perhaps even Aamir.
Unlike her film, Lara Dutta won a round of applause from everyone as she showed off her chiseled body in a bikini in Blue. And she is now cashing in on it. In her next film, Sajid Khan’s Housefull, she will show off her fabulous body in a bikini again. Lara says, “Let’s just say that there is an ocean dive in Housefull.”
Lara adds, “I didn’t have a choice about the bikini in Blue. I couldn’t possibly go underwater in a burqa, could I? I worked hard on my physique, and it did generate interest.
For Housefull, there’s a water sequence. So the swimwear is back. It’s not like I’m getting into a bikini for the heck of it.”
Tell her that her films are falling like nine pins at the box office and she is quick to defend them, “Sometimes you take a decision based on whim, and not logic.
Blue and Do Knot Disturb sounded like fun. Now I have Housefull which is a fun caper.
It gives me another chance to be a comic actor. Shooting for Housefull with my favourite actors Akshay Kumar, Ritesh Deshmukh and Boman Irani was fun.”
TIMES NEWS NETWORK (BOMBAY TIMES; October 7, 2009)
Lara Dutta’s living out of a suitcase these days. Shooting back-to-back for one film after another, the past few months have seen the Bollywood stunner go from the Bahamas to Cambodia and London. “I have rested enough,” says Lara referring to the lull in her career last year after a rocking 2007. “Now I’m just looking forward to work and more work.”
The actress is taking her glam avatar to sizzling heights this year as she puts her best bikini bod forward in Anthony D’Souza’s Akshay Kumar-Sanjay Dutt and Zayed Khan starrer Blue. Produced by Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd, the film that releases on October 16 required Lara at her sexilicious best. Though she had no hang-ups about showing off her toned figure, she does admit that there’s a “lot of hard working out to get into a bikini on screen”.
“Having a good body gives you a lot of confidence to carry off any look. But the emphasis is always on being and feeling fit. That’s sexy and, yes, sexy is fun!,” she says about her hot beach look in the film that promises to catapult her into the league of Btown’s sexilicious brigade of Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. The ‘water-babe’ also reveals that she’s as excited about this underwater action thriller as she’s about the other two comedies lined up soon after — Housefull and Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai. Having performed some daredevil stunts for Blue, she’s gearing up for some more action-oriented films. “I am really dying to play a super hero,” she laughs. “I would love to at least have one superpower — either the flying bit or the invisibility one. That’s always been my childhood dream.” And if she could turn invisible for a day? “I would like to find out who’s behind spreading all the rumours,” she laughs referring to reports of her being upset about co-star Katrina Kaif ’s role being increased and being overshadowed by international pop queen Kylie Minogue in Blue. As for the question that’s high on almost everyone’s mind… is Bollytown’s sexy lady single? Lara says, “I hope to be in a steady relationship some day. But I am not going to shout from rooftops if I do find true love. My private life is not for public consumption.”
— Aakanksha Naval-Shetye