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MUMBAI MIRROR; September 15, 2010
Vanity and Hrithik Roshan are made for one another. The vain actor has been known to be extremely cautious of how he appears, what he wears, when he shaves.
Also, of late, directors have become equally paranoid about the ‘look’ of their films, the pastel of their sets, the get-up of their cast.
Only recently Farah Khan had some miscreants hauled up for attempting to photograph an ‘item number’ in her forthcoming film. This therefore is quite a treat, and nobody got arrested either.
It is known that Hrithik Roshan plays a magician in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next Guzaarish. The actor was shooting for a song with Monikangana Dutta on February 26 at Yash Raj Studio.
While Hrithik was in a magician get-up with a three-piece-suit, a hat and an earring, Monikangana was in a black gown with a huge silver choker on her neck.
The shooting went on for three days and Bhansali’s guards were on high alert for any Peeping Toms with mobile phones and cameras. But we couldn’t resist the urge. So here’s a sneak peek…
IMAGES: BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, September 1, 2010 – 17:53 IST
While Nikhil Advani is super busy with his Akshay-Anushka starrer Patiala House, the director faced a tragedy when his Bandra office was reportedly burgled on Saturday.
Apparently, the contents that have been stolen consist of a laptop and two cameras worth Rs. 1.12-lakh. A complaint that had been lodged with the Bandra police station points at an 18 year old boy named Abdhullah Shaikh as the main accused.
Nikhil Advani remained unavailable to comment.
Madhavan’s electronics engineering degree proved to be handy when he took up aeromodelling as a hobby
Before his debut in films, Madhavan used to fly the single engine Cessna planes when he was with National Cadet Corps. His deep interest in flying made him take up aeromodelling. Maddy is passionate about constructing and flying his own mini-helicopters and when he is not shooting, he is cooped up in his house, patiently building a model.
“My interest goes back to my college days and at least justifies the years I spent studying electronics engineering,” he says.
The actor however admits that though it is an expensive and a dangerous hobby, he enjoys gathering various technical parts to create an aero model. The flight reminds him of his childhood when he used to fly paper planes. “My friend Arvind initiated me into this hobby. Before flying them, we practiced with a computer simulator to avoid crashing our meticulously designed wonders,” he adds.
But flying these mean machines comes with its set of hazards. Madhavan recollects how he almost destroyed his living room while trying to move a newly built copter. “My experiment left the room looking like a war ravaged country. I never test my planes inside the house,” he confesses. Now he has a room where all his beautiful creations are displayed but never maneuvered at home.
A lot of research goes into the making of a model and to keep up with his passion, Madhavan also joined a unique club of fliers in Chennai, a group sharing the same passion. They build, share information and help each other when someone is stuck while making a model.
On the day when his machine is ready, Maddy drives to the outskirts of the city with his friends to test and fly his planes. He says, “The thrill I get is like no other when my plane somersaults in the air like the real thing. If you saw them in the air, you wouldn’t know the difference except that they are one-fourth the size of a real plane. When I attach my camera to the top of the aircraft and look at it, it makes me feel like I have wings and am flying,” he concludes.
Theater actor Omkar Das has come a long way from Bhilai to Mumbai bringing raw folk talent to the fore
Omkar Das, aka Natha, brings his raw and rustic charm to the Mumbai screens, courtesy Peepli Live. Given his pedigree in theatre, he almost sets the tone of his first feature film.
How did you start out in theatre?
I started theatre full-time in the year 2000. Until then, I was a folk singer and used to travel with my troupe of 30-odd singers in Chattisgarh. I always enjoyed entertaining, so theatre came naturally.
How did Peepli Live happen?
I was auditioning for another project in Bhopal when the writer and director saw me and wanted me to audition for Natha. I got the lead role immediately. I never expected it.
How did it feel being on a film set, with untrained actors and a big crew?
Oh, that was something! From street performances and folk songs to big lights, cameras, etc; I was very intimidated. But the director was very helpful.
She asked me to ignore the cameras and be as natural as possible. After the first day, I concentrated on everything else except the camera and soon got over the hesitation.
How popular is theatre in villages now? How much has Bollywood managed to influence its style and subject?
People usually enjoy the song and dance routines much more than staged drama.
Even though the issues may be relevant, naatak is expected to have more entertainment than anything else. There are a few mainstream songs and actors that are popular, but regional artistes and cinema have a much wider appeal.
You have been associated with Habib Tanvir, whose work has been politically charged. Are the subjects of your plays also similarly influenced?
We draw from very basic subjects: droughts, famine, dowry, infanticide, low yield of crops, poor sale of seeds… just about anything that impacts a farmer’s life.
But like I said, if we don’t balance it with folk songs and dance, people won’t watch. So we balance it out with Dadariya, shringar and cheda-chadi songs.
There is an upsurge of naxals in Chattisgarh. Does the issue influence your content in any way?
Fortunately, their activity in our state is restricted to the very interiors, deep in jungles and remote villages. So while political issues are a large part of our content, we try and stay away from this subject. It’s easy for villagers to get scared and worried.
|Omkar Das plays the lead role of a depressed farmer in the movie Peepli Live|
Naya Theater focuses on encouraging the use of local dialects and styles… tell us a little about them.
Yes, we have been using Urdu since Habib saab’s time and Chhatisgarhi as our medium. We prefer using the local language and train youngsters in getting the dialect and tenor right. It always has maximum impact when one communicates with the audience in their own language and tone.
We usually have people coming in from Lucknow, Delhi, other big and small towns and cities in addition to regional folk artists who we work with. Our theater performs throughout Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh.
What was your experience of working with Habib saab?
He was a brilliant writer and teacher. He understood that people who come into this profession, regardless of age, are bound by the same passion. We learnt by improvising. He gave each artist their own space and pace to learn and perform. We learnt a lot by just watching each other.
What do you have to say about the treatment of farmers’ suicide in Peepli Live? Do you think it’ll resonate with the masses?
I was very happy with the end product. It looks like people will be able to associate with the story. It’s simple, honest and innocent. The subject is serious and touching; and the city audiences will be educated, I feel.
We’ve heard many stories about the cast and crew having a ball on outdoor shoots. On the sets of Aisha during a schedule in Rishikesh, it was literally so. The scene was a volleyball match.
But things just couldn’t start moving when the director realised that he was a few extras short for the scene. Both the stars – Abhay Deol and Sonam Kapoor – were kept lolling in the sun as a frantic search was launched to complete the numbers for the volleyball match.
|A still from Aisha|
With no replacement in sight, the production team decided to enlist two of their own members for the role. “Two costume stylists, Pernia Qureshi and Kunal Rawal, were asked to change and get ready for the role. So suddenly from behind the camera, they found themselves right behind the stars in the frame.
They fit the bill perfectly. Not only did they look like they were a part of the gang but they also shot well. Kunal, whose character has been named Gulshan in the film, has become the butt of all jokes among his friends about the way he made his ‘mini-debut’ in the film,” says a source.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, July 17, 2010 – 15:12 IST
Twitter has become the latest celebrity micro blog space with the likes of SRK and other bigwigs chipping in every now and then. The latest being Dia Mirza, the beauty with the hourglass figure, has tweeted her images from the latest issue of Marie Claire. In this issue, she says, “I find not having to wear any make up in front of the camera truly liberating”.
She also adds, “Some of the most beautiful women in the world are the ones who are not entirely aware of how beautiful they are.” And as far as the secret of the real beauty is concerned, she does give away the secret that, “The power of meditation has been the most enchanting discovery of my life”. She also gives out some 5-point tips for a no-fuss pretty plan.
All in all, a must-must issue.
By Subhash K. Jha, July 19, 2010 – 11:40 IST
While Vidya Balan who considers herself half a Bengali had herself a ball in Kolkata last week shooting for Rajkumar Gupta’s No One Killed Jessica, Rani Mukerjee who is a fully certified Bengali was not to be seen in her home-town.
Going by the way Vidya’s shooting schedule went in Kolkata it was all for the best if Rani stayed away.
Apparently, the 2-day schedule had to be shot with secret cameras in prominent public places where the security was most inadequate.
Says the source, “We had to shoot in crowded locations like the Kolkata airport, Baliganj, Park Circus and New Market. The crowds in these places were impossible to control. We had rushed in place the cameras secretly. Vidya would then get into camera range and before the bystanders recognized the star in their midst, we were out. If Rani had also accompanied Vidya it would’ve been impossible to control.”
Director Rajkumar Gupta is tight-lipped about the details in Kolkata. “All I can tell you is that shooting in Kolkata was even tougher than Delhi. But it was fun. By now, I am used to shooting on crowded main streets with my actors. It was the last two days of shooting. On the second day after we finished, (dress designer) Sabysachi Chakraborty who belongs to Kolkata, took the entire unit out for dinner. We had some terrific Bengali food. We celebrated till the wee hours.” Rani, alas, was no part of the celebration.
The actress is boasting of taking a baggage full of itsy-witsies, to an undisclosed destination. But we know where she’s headed
Tonight, hottie Priyanka Chopra is headed for an all-girl beach holiday. Her close friends Mubina Rattonsey and Shrishti Arya and a few others are accompanying her on this much-deserved break.
Interestingly, the ladies in question are in no mood to reveal where they’re headed. While her friend Shrishti says, “Undisclosed destination would be a good term to use for my holiday,” Priyanka says, “I love to be away from the bustle. But I am a Cancerian. I’m a water baby. You can’t keep me away from the ocean. So I am off to an secret location.”
Obviously, it’s a beach. And think about it. Priyanka has always been a beach person. In September 2009, she went to Bali and Koh Samui. On her return, she had raved, “I was being a complete beach- bum, I used to just sit around and sleep on the beaches.”
And Mubina has clearly made up with Priyanka. Some time ago, it was reported that Priyanka had stopped talking to Mubina, a friend of Shahid Kapoor’s, when she suspected that Mubina was leaking out information about her ‘friendship’ with Shahid. Clearly that’s out of the way.
Interestingly, Priyanka’s baggage boasts of 12 bikinis. She says, “I had to put on weight for Saat Khoon Maaf and then I had to lose it. My dietician was going ballistic at my eating habits. I’ve finally managed a toned body and am ready to flaunt it in the waters. I can’t wait to get to my holiday spot and into my bikinis. I’ve had them ready for months for this occasion. I can’t wear them in Mumbai. So I was waiting for this holiday.”
Planning to carry a camera along, Priyanka?
Apparently, the actress has no fear of secret pictures being taken. “The paparazzi cannot get me where I am going. I’m sure of that.” Priyanka is actually throwing this as a challenge to all, “Find me if you can,” she says.
Our apologies if this dampens your spirits Priyanka but Mumbai Mirror knows exactly where you’re headed. It is Phuket in Thailand. A source very close to Priyanka says, “This year, she is headed for Phuket. From there, she might go to a few other places. But Phuket is her mainstay this time.”
|A pristine beach in Phuket, where Priyanka plans to go for a holiday|
Manoj Bajpayee admits people are not as crazy about him as they are about ‘stars’
Diksha Kamra | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; July 4, 2010)
Denial, it seems sometimes, is de rigueur in tinsel town. Tell an actor he’s known for his comic image, or his romantic image or serious image, and he’ll be quick to dismiss it — expressing a discomfort with ‘tags’. But tell Manoj Bajpayee, fresh from playing another intense role as the malcontent Veerendra Pratap in Raajneeti, that the work he’s doing is only establishing his image as a ‘serious’ actor, and he’s happy to agree. “I am okay with it. For I really am serious and disciplined about my work and don’t believe in stupid roles,” he says. “Unfortunately, all those who can sing and dance are worshipped in our country. Yes, I know people are not as crazy about me as they are about others. But I’m satisfied because people respect me as an actor. An actor’s work also lives on longer than a star’s. And stardom begins and ends on Fridays.”
But what about showcasing one’s versatility — has he ever considered doing love stories? “I’ve never liked love stories. I find them highly boring! My wife watches these mushy movies, but I simply cannot watch them, though I watch a movie everyday,” he laughs. So is Manoj unromantic? “I’m not the lover boy you see on screen. But I am a romantic. All my past girlfriends found me quite romantic,” says the actor who’s had his share of ups and downs in Bollywood. Like the injury that confined him to bed for almost two years. Describing his mental state in those days, the two-time National Award winner says, “My hand movements were gone. I was contemplating changing my profession. Anybody would grow insecure if he became physically handicapped, not being able to earn, and only sat at home spending his savings. It was all the more difficult as an actor. Public memory is short — people forget you. Even your socalled admirers. The media, the cameras shy away from you, since you are not talked about any longer. If you’re not doing well, you’re forgettable.”
By Subhash K. Jha, June 25, 2010 – 12:27 IST
Saif avoided cameras and paparazzi pictures until his departure to Morocco this week to avoid giving away his Agent Vinod look. But man proposes, Aamir disposes. Aamir insisted that Saif make it to the party at his home last weekend, thereby blowing the whistle on Saif’s carefully-concealed look.
On the eve of his departure to Morocco for the shooting of his second home production Agent Vinod, Saif Ali Khan completely revamped his look and went into hiding until he left the country.
According to close friends, Saif was apprehensive about the exposure of his special makeover in as Agent Vinod. He has lost oodles of weight changed his hairstyle and redesigned his entire body language to play a lean spy.
A friend of Saif says, “If Shahid Kapoor in his dad’s film Mausam has modelled his look on Tom Cruise in Top Gun, Saif’s role model for Agent Vinod is Matt Damon in Bourne Identity.”
A special hair styling done by Aalim Hakim clipping off the long tresses that Saif was lately seen sporting had been planned for six months. Saif wanted to delay the haircut until the final moment before his departure from Morocco.
Besides that, Saif has been working out frantically and toning his muscles to look sinewy agile and panther- like.
While Saif remained inaccessible for any questions on his makeover for Agent Vinod (he probably thinks even talking about it would invite copycats) his ladylove Kareena Kapoor willingly and proudly spills the beans. “Saif has never looked cooler. He has lost 9 kilos in three months. He has all toned and rippling muscles. He was with long hair for so long that I had forgotten how dashing he looks in cropped hair. Saif has got his hair cropped really short, that’s all I can tell you about his Agent Vinod look. He got it done a couple of days back. Since then he was reluctant to step out of his house. ”
So frightened was Saif of revealing his new look that he refused to show it even to his own parents. Only Kareena had the privilege of seeing Saif’s makeover avatar. Until Aamir’s party.
“And that too only because I’ll see how he looks anyway because I’m his co-star,” laughs Kareena, adding that her look in Agent Vinod would also be unique.
“Akki Narula is doing my look for Agent Vinod. I don’t think I’ve ever looked the way I would in Agent Vinod. As for Saif, he looks like a Hollywood star for the film. I can’t take my eyes off him.”