Posts tagged chandigarh
Ram Kohli (DNA; May 9, 2013)
Ayushmann Khurrana is just two films old but he has already rubbed a lot of filmmakers the wrong way with his ‘arrogance’. A director who doesn’t want to be named says, “He thinks he is big star like Shah Rukh Khan. If SRK threw his weight around, people would put up with it. But this guy is just two films old and his attitude is putting off filmmakers.”
One of the main reasons for him becoming the new Mr Unpopular is he has been refusing roles, which is his prerogative, but once he refuses the part, he tom-toms the fact all over the town. Farah Khan and Rangita Nandy are just two producers he has pissed off. He has been demanding solo leads, changes in script, adding weight to his character, etc. No newcomer makes such demands and the industry being a small place, it is only a matter of time before he stops getting offers altogether.
Coming back to SRK, yes, he was brash and irrelevant in his interviews and his choice of films (Baazigar, Darr) but he was also charming and respectful to everyone in person. And while SRK can get away murder with those dimples and puppy eyes, Ayushmann might end up murdering his career if he doesn’t change his ways soon. Here’s looking at some of the similarities between the two actors… but Ayushmann may be well-advised to not take them too seriously…
North de munde SRK was born and brought up in Delhi where he completed his education before coming to Mumbai to pursue his dreams.
A hardcore Chandigarh boy, More >
Sonali Joshi Pitale (MID-DAY; April 29, 2013)
Parineeti Chopra arranged for a surprise gift for her parents with the help of her younger brother Sahaj. A source says, “Parineeti is busy shooting for her film, however recently she asked her brother to book a car worth Rs 28 lakh for her mother and father back home in Ambala.” Her brother followed her instructions and got the car from Chandigarh. “Although Parineeti could not go and surprise her parents personally. She asked her brother to take the delivery of the car. He drove the luxury car to their home and asked them to come out. They were stunned to see the spanking new wheels. Later Sahaj told them how Parineeti had arranged everything. Her dad and mom were ecstatic and proud of her,” the source adds.
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; April 14, 2013)
Ayushmann Khurrana, 28, may not be the conventional good-looking star, but he has come a long way from being the skinny, short boy with braces from Chandigarh. His role in Vicky Donor made him a youth icon for both, his acting and singing. He is more content than ambitious and is beginning to adjust to his new 24×7 schedule. Post the release of his latest film Nautanki Saala, he speaks to Bombay Times about the predictions of his astrologer father, his girlfriend-turned-wife Tahira and why he believes his looks will improve with age. Excerpts:
Let’s talk about your childhood? I was born and brought up in Chandigarh. My dad is a well-known astrologer there and my mom had done an MA in Hindi, so I had an inclination towards Hindi. I studied in an all-boys school, St John’s Boys School, where I did English theatre. We were in a Catholic school and can you imagine we were Sikhs and Punjabis singing carols in school! My dad, P Khurana is an astrologer. He changed the spelling of my name when I was in class VI. That’s where the double ‘n’ and ‘r’ in my name come from. I again went to an all-boys college at Punjab University, where I studied English Literature and Journalism. In my first year of college, I found a theatre group with my seniors and started doing Hindi theatre. Right from the age of five, I have wanted to become an actor even though I was extremely shy initially. My dad always pushed me to be on stage. I am a laidback More >
Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; April 2, 2013)
Divya Dutta has already started working on her first book. She honed her skills by writing for newspaper columns. She started working on her book while shooting for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. “During the Chandigarh outdoor, I liked how a woman’s story I was writing, was turning out. While it’s a work of fiction, personal experiences form an important part of one’s writing. Acting and writing are the two best professions. In acting, you express all that your character goes through; in writing, you can express yourself.” Divya is hoping to release her book by the end of this year. When asked whether there would be a film on her book, she says it’s too early to talk about it. “Everything has its own destiny. You can never tell what will appeal to whom,” she concludes.
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; March 13, 2013)
Kangna Ranaut, 25, is stubborn, has high self-esteem, is sensitive and bold, and has carried herself entirely on her own shoulders. Despite many obstacles in her career, she has made it. Weeks ahead of her upcoming film I Love New York, she talks to Bombay Times about the one thing she wished she could undo in her life, her attachment to her sister and why she will never get married. Excerpts:
Let’s talk about your childhood? I come from Surajpur, a valley in Himachal Pradesh near Manali that is named after my great grandfather Sarju Singh Ranaut. He was a minister for 15 years and I always had a desire to go out and explore like him. I come from a big family not in terms of money, but reputation and grew up in a protective mountain environment. My grandfather was an IAS officer, my father ran a construction business and my mother a teacher. I moved to a hostel in Chandigarh to pursue Science, but got exposed to art and culture that attracted me. I had a close encounter with dissection that depressed me. I knew that Science was not for me. Ever since I was a child, I would start crying seeing anyone in pain. I wanted to quit studies and move to Delhi to pursue sculpting. My father slapped me for the first time at 15 and I told him, ‘If you slap me I will slap you back’. I felt raising your hand on anybody is inappropriate and always had a high regard for my self. My dad asked me to leave the house and I did so without a single More >
The veteran actress and former beauty queen will topline a 3D film about pageants and the controversies around them, to be directed by techie-turned-filmmaker
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 8, 2013)
She is no stranger to beauty pageants, considering she won the ‘Miss Asia Pacific’ title in 1970 even before she debuted in Hindi cinema.
Many moons later, Zeenat Aman will once again have a tryst with this glamorous world, albeit its not-so-beautiful side. We’ve learnt the veteran actress has signed what is being billed as her ‘big comeback film’.
The yet-untitled movie, about beauty pageants and the controversies around them, will be directed by Ashish Bhavsar, a former technician, who has worked on projects like Dead of Night, an erotic thriller, and Mere Genie Uncle. Like his other two films, the Zeenat-starrer too will be in 3D, given his rich experience in computer graphics and stereoscopic 3D. Bhavsar knows filmmaker Shimit Amin, and has even worked with him briefly on Rocket Singh-Salesman of the Year.
When contacted, Bhavsar confirmed the story and said, “I felt Zeenat was the most suitable actor to portray our Megalomaniac Maya, who runs this beauty pageant with an iron fist. Her natural grace and beauty gives her an edge. Besides, she is the original beauty queen of Bollywood.”
A source close to the project revealed: “Ashish met Zeenat much before recent reports of the actress’ alleged relationship with a young entrepreneur, 30 years her junior. The first More >
Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; March 5, 2013)
After much wait, Tiger Shroff’s first-ever Bollywood film, Heropanti, helmed by Sabbir Khan has finally hit the floors. And while shooting at a temple in Malad (East), the newbie was mobbed by an overenthusiastic crowd.
The shooting was stalled, owing to security concerns. And to avoid a similar circumstance next day, a set was created in Film City to wrap up the schedule.
According to a source, while the film was to begin in mid- February, the schedule was postponed as the film required several rehearsal sessions for the high-action sequences.
A source from the production house says, “The unit has already left for Chandigarh and we will be shooting in northern India. The shooting will resume next week.”
Who’s that gal?
Contrary to buzz, the girl opposite Tiger in the film is not from South. Kriti Sanon is from Delhi who is debuting in Bollywood as well as in the South.
Aakanksha Naval-Shetye (DNA; March 2, 2013)
Jacqueline Fernandez is not new to item songs as she has done Dhanno in Housefull, and some sizzling tracks in Race 2. However, this time the Sri Lankan beauty has gone desi with a vengence for a song in Ramaiya Vastavaiyya starring Shruti Haasan and debutant Girish Taurani.
She has been styled by Manish Malhotra for the song, Jaadu Ki Jhappi De De Tu Abhi, which was shot in Chandigarh recently. Director Prabhu Dheva has also grooved alongside Jackie.
“You are not a complete Bollywood heroine till you dance in the fields of Punjab. Thanks to this song, I feel that I completely belong here,” laughs Jacqueline. “I enjoy dancing, but it’s the first time that I have done such a number with desi steps. And it was super-exciting.”
Adds the actress, “I can’t thank Rameshji (Taurani) and Prabhu Dheva enough, for not many filmmakers would have thought that I would look convincing as a village belle.”
As for matching steps with Prabhu Dheva — not an easy feat for any actress — was not daunting for her, Jacqueline shrugs, “I was very anxious about getting it right, but he put me completely at ease. I was in awe of dancing with him, but he is so non-starry that all my nervousness was put to rest.” The song was shot over three days.
Subhash K Jha (DNA; February 26, 2013)
Whenever Prabhu Dheva choreographs a song these days he ends up shaking a leg unscheduled. So it happened again last week while he was shooting an item song with Jacqueline Fernandes in Chandigarh for Ramaiya Vastavaiya, the Tips film Prabhu is directing to launch Kumar Taurani’s son.
Once again Prabhu was dragged in to shake a leg. Says an eyewitness, “The original idea was to make the film’s leading man debutant Girish Taurani dance with Jacqueline. Prabhu had devised this spicy rustic number in the green fields of Chandigarh. By the time the song ended he ended up joining Girish and Jacqueline for a jig. Ideally Prabhu doesn’t like to dance when he choreographs. But even in the Chin Ta Ta number in Rowdy Rathore he was pulled in. Likewise in Ramaiyya Vastavaiya where the crew insisted he join newcomer Girish and Jacqueline.”
Incidentally item songs are no longer the raunchy fun-fest they used to be. The one in Ramaiyya Vastavaiya has not a hint of vulgarity or double meaning. Defends Prabhu, “But I’ve never done any vulgar dance steps for myself or for others. Nor do I indulge in any kind of verbal vulgarity in my songs.”
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 22, 2013)
Kumar Taurani is going all out on his son Girish’s debut film Ramaiya Vatsavaiya. Last week, Taurani not only signed Jacqueline Fernandez for a special song-and-dance number but even shot the song with her.
The song titled Jadu Ki Jhappi De De Tu Abhi has been picturised on Jacqueline and Girish. A source told Mirror: “Prabhu Dheva who is directing the film was also a part of the song. Vishnu who has worked with Prabhudheva in the past was in charge of the choreography.”
Initially the plan was to shoot with just Prabhu Dheva and Jacqueline, but when shooting started, Girish was told that he was also a part of the song sequence. Although a bit reluctant in the beginning, he asked for some time to rehearse and was ready to shoot after an hour.
When contacted, Taurani said: “It was a three-day shoot held in Chandigarh. Jacqueline has done a fabulous job.”
Talking about his son, he said: “I am proud of Girish. He has done a brilliant job in the song sequence. He has taken to acting profession very diligently. He had done an year long training session with Prabhu Dheva.”
While Manish Malhotra did Jacqueline’s stylization, Ramesh Taurani’s daughter Jaya took over the job to style Girish.