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Emraan Hashmi talks about shedding his ‘serial kisser’ tag to being counted as one of the most bankable actors today
By Mauli Singh (MID-DAY; March 26, 2012)
Emraan Hashmi has his hands full, shooting back-to-back for his forthcoming projects. After wrapping up Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai, he is currently busy with Rajkumar Gupta’s comedy Ghanchakkar and Vishal Bhardwaj’s supernatural thriller. Emraan, however, took a day off to celebrate his 33rd birthday, on Saturday. The actor chatted about his transition from a ‘serial kisser’ to being a bankable star today.
How does it feel to turn a year older? It’s shitty to grow old. I wish I’d gone back to 31. I wish life was the other way around but it’s okay.
But this year has been good with offers from filmmakers like Vishal Bhardwaj, Dibakar Banerjee, Rajkumar Gupta and Ekta Kapoor. You are no more written off as Bhatt’s prodigy who doesn’t get work in banners outside. I am happy that filmmakers who make different kind of films are approaching me. I took a lot of flak in my career earlier because I wasn’t the traditional hero. Anything that is different and unique always goes through a little bit of criticism. I’d rather be in that space than conform. Kissing was a taboo 10 years back and it seemed as if I was corrupting the industry but now every other person is doing it.
How different it is to be working with these directors than working with Bhatts? I have not started working with Vishal but Dibakar throws you out of your More >
Kangna Ranaut on turning 25 today, her birthday plans and life in Bollywood
Upala KBR (BOMBAY TIMES; March 23, 2012)
She is quirky, she is fun. Kangna Ranaut, who rose to fame in a very short span of time, has gained an image not just as a talented actor but a fashionista as well. Riding high on life as she turns 25 today, the actress opens up about her career, love and birthday plans.
Do you regret the choices you have made in your past? No, I have no regrets. I was 17, out of school, and very naïve when I entered Bollywood. I consider them experiences rather than mistakes. They have made me the person I am today — stronger both emotionally and mentally, and a much more balanced person. It was very difficult for me initially, but the struggle didn’t kill me; it just made me stronger. Now that I am 25, I feel like I have become a woman.
In the media, the focus is shifting from your acting prowess to your fashionista avatar. Is that a deliberate move? A yes and a no to both! If you look at the number of hits I have delivered in the last five years, you will realise that some of my contemporaries have not delivered as many hits in their entire careers. So here, I let my work do the talking. And when it comes to fashion, I am a very creative woman. I have a lot more to offer than just my acting skills. This is just the beginning!
You are the only leading actress in your league that hasn’t worked with the Khans. When I started my career, I didn’t have a choice regarding More >
Tushar Joshi (BOMBAY TIMES; March 13, 2012)
Every year, Aamir Khan makes sure he takes a holiday on his birthday (March 14) and relaxes at home with family. This year, however, with his new TV show in the offing, he will be at work. His birthdays are usually spent celebrating at home with his mom, sisters and kids. For the first time in his career, however, he has mentally prepared everyone at home that he would be working this birthday. Aamir’s show is quiet demanding and he is completely involved and doesn’t want to lose focus. While his team is trying not to shoot on that day and shoot one day before and after; he would have to work on his birthday as rehearsals and prep work still need to happen.On the other hand, Aamir Khan has told his team not to be under any pressure and has even given them a go-ahead to shoot on March 14.
With her inherent charm, Vidya Balan puts her fan Sandeep Yadav at ease as they talk about his love interest and her confident new avatar
Anand Holla (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 4, 2012)
Having braved a two-hour-long wait, 23-year-old Sandeep Yadav stiffens when a girl strolls in and tells us that Vidya Balan is in the building. The chirpy Vidya peeps in, flashes a smile and walks away talking into her phone. What intrigues Sandeep is a baby bump that Miss Silk is carrying off. “Don’t tell me she’s actually pregnant!” he wonders aloud with an air of alarm.
Soon, Vidya walks in and exchanges pleasantries with her fan, a software engineer, who says: “I don’t know why I’m shivering!” Tapping her fake baby bump, she asks him, “Do I look so scary?” Sandeep’s jitters disappear as she breaks into a hearty laugh. A relieved Sandeep asks, “Why the need to look pregnant?” How do you draw people’s attention in an age of information explosion, Vidya asks. “People immediately make an association with Kahaani,” she says.
Sandeep wants to know how she mastered a pregnant woman’s demeanour. Vidya explains, “I’ve seen how my pregnant cousins would walk or sit. We know their limitations with mobility. To get the posture and gait right, I met a gynaecologist and understood nuances like if she is six months pregnant, how much can she run, how would she walk and how much effort would it need for her to sit, etc.” Sandeep then asks Vidya the most obvious question — How was it to pile on the pounds 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 >
By Joginder Tuteja, November 18, 2011 – 11:05 IST
Patna may be eagerly awaiting Vidya Balan’s visit to the city for the promotion of The Dirty Picture this Sunday. However their famed ‘mehmaan nawaazi’ could well be reserved for one of the film’s actors – Tusshar Kapoor. Reason? His birthday (November 20) falls on the same day and he is hoping to have a whale of a time in the city.
“Tusshar is known for spending time with his close friends on special occasions, especially when it comes to his birthday. However it isn’t every year that he is promoting a film on his birthday. This year it would be a different affair though since he gets to directly meet and greet his fans on his special day. He is all the more excited because he is visiting Patna,” says a close associate accompanying Tusshar during the city tour.
It is believed that Tusshar will be accompanied by his ‘dirty’ co-star Emraan Hashmi, who has an enormous fan following in Bihar. Together the boys intend to wreak havoc this Sunday! While Tusshar has no plans a la Shah Rukh Khan to meet and greet his fans from a balcony, he wishes to make it as memorable as he can.
He confirms, “I am told that the people in Patna are Bollywood lovers and really show a lot of enthusiasm in greeting their guests. It’s my first time in Patna and I’m looking forward to the experience. Our film is a sure-shot for Bihar!”
Seema Sinha (BOMBAY TIMES; October 24, 2011)
Shazahn Padamsee has shed her cute image to exude oomph for Sajid Khan’s Housefull 2. But rumours suggest that unlike Housefull in which the leading ladies Deepika Padukone, Lara Dutta and Jiah Khan sizzled in bikinis on the beach, the sequel is a bit tamer and more family-oriented, and perhaps there would be no requirement for any of the actresses — Asin, Zarine, Jacqueline and Shazahn to don a two-piece. “Maybe now that I have joined the team, it will change. I am full on to wear a bikini. I am dieting, I am working out, I am fit… bikini dena hai toh de do,” the spunky actress laughs uproariously. She will be seen opposite Shreyas Talpade in the multi-starrer.
Shazahn made her debut with Ranbir Kapoor in Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year in 2009 and then she was seen in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji released early this year. “I was lucky to work with Ranbir in my first film. Then I started getting lot of offers after Dil To Baccha Hai Ji and now I am very happy to get to work in Housefull as it will help me expand my canvas. At present, I would like to do just commercial, mainstream cinema,” says Shazahn. On October 19 Shazahn celebrated her birthday by cutting a cake with the entire cast. She says, “I was drawn to Hindi movies very early in life. I am very comfortable working with the Bollywood guys, I feel like one of them. I don’t want to sign random movies. I do consult my dad (ad guru Alyque Padamsee), but More >
Bobby Deol on the see-saw called stardom
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; April 26, 2011)
Life is coming up roses for Bobby Deol post Yamla Pagla Deewana and Thank You, but ill health has put a spoke in his celebrations. The actor was in a mellow mood just before he flew to Russia for a month-long schedule of Abbas Mustan’s Players. Excerpts…
Your career is going good, so why the low profile? Funny you should ask this. I was very happy with the success of Yamla Pagla Deewana and wanted to keep the celebrations going. But I’ve been facing some health issues or the other. So I’m happy, yet not able to celebrate. My dad (Dharmendra) always told us that health is true wealth and we should care for it above all else. I’m more careful now.
Despite bad health, you’ve packed in two releases in four months… Yeah, YPD came in January and the whole month went by with promotions and then celebrations. I also had a birthday (January 27) break. Then Thank You promotions began. Since I wasn’t well, my stamina was low. But success is a good thing. My spirits are high.
Your sons are said to be missing you like crazy? I’ve hardly been home from the start of 2011. Both my sons Aryaman and Dharam are missing me like crazy and vice versa.. When they heard I’m going off for a month to Russia, they were upset. Both of them take turns sleeping with me whenever I am home, because they want to be close to me.
Is success in this second round of your career More >
International R&B singer Akon speaks to BT about his filmy plans
Darshana Ramdev (BOMBAY TIMES; April 18, 2011)
You are performing in Bangalore today, on your birthday. What’s the ideal birthday gift your fans in India can give you? Fans in India have been fantastic. I’d want them to continue to show the amazing support in me and my music.
As a businessman, you’ve done great with your label. Do you feel your music might take second priority to your talent as an entrepreneur? I was always a businessman. Music was a hobby, something that I loved to do. I love them both together and I was in position to combine my passion for business with my love for music.
You’re producing a music reality show in the Congo, which is always in the news for the wrong reasons… Yes, but it has also produced a lot of Africa’s biggest artistes. I had gone there and saw so much talent, so I thought, let’s try to showcase something else. I knew I wanted to do this, but I didn’t expect it to be such a success. The show helped galvanise relations. People were voting regardless of where the talent was from.
What is your association with Shah Rukh Khan? How was it feel to work on a Bollywood film? Shah Rukh Khan is a good friend. It was a great experience to be part of the biggest movie industry. I really enjoyed doing the track for Ra.1 and look forward to doing more here in Bollywood, who knows, maybe I’ll even act in a Bollywood movie one day.