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Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; January 31, 2013)
Vidya Balan, 34, may have been termed the ‘jinx factor’ at the start of her career, but today she has won the award for the best actress back-to-back four times, a feat achieved by none other. In an hour long conversation, she opens up to Bombay Times about her reasons for falling in love with Siddharth, her sister Priya, who is her hero, and the men who changed her life. Excerpts:
The obvious question first. Tell us about your love journey with your husband Siddharth Roy Kapur? We met for the first time at the Filmfare awards. I had won an award for Paa after which I got introduced to him for the first time. I had started shooting a day before for UTV’s No One Killed Jessica and knew of him, but had not met him till then. But we didn’t meet during the film. We met again much later and we started seeing each other even later. A live-in relationship is not for me. I did not see myself living in with Siddharth till we were married. He is my first serious relationship. Marriage was the most natural progression for us and it has happened and I am happy to be married. I don’t think marriage has changed me in any way, except that it allows me to wear the sindoor that I really enjoy wearing.
What attracted you to Siddharth? Apart from his looks… just the person he is. He is non-judgemental, which is rare. He lets people be. He is self-assured and is accepting of people the way they are. He is very easy to be around. He likes to have a More >
Vidya Balan has temporarily shifted to her former home to cut down on her travel time from Khar to Trombay where the ongoing schedule of Ghanchakkar is being shot
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 11, 2012)
Earlier this week, Mirror met up with Vidya Balan on the sets of her next film, Studio Disney UTV’s Ghanchakkar, at Essel Studios, Trombay. Sometime during the shoot, we overheard the actress telling director Rajkumar Gupta she was very happy being in the area, especially since it is closer to Chembur, where she stayed before shifting residence to Khar two years ago.
At the time, we never imagined Vidya was planning to once again move bag and baggage to her old bungalow in Chembur that is near the Ambedkar Garden area. And that’s exactly what she did, yesterday afternoon, as we can now tell you.
Explaining why Vidya moved back to her old house, a friend of the actress told Mirror, “Vids (as she is fondly called) was finding it extremely difficult to commute from Khar to Trombay. On most days of her shoot till now, she got stuck in big traffic jams in Sion and Dharavi. One day, it struck her, ‘Why not shift for a month or so to Chembur till the end of the film’s ongoing schedule?’ She had a word with her parents and they were game for it.”
While Vidya remained unavailable for comment, Manish Hariprasad, Creative Director, Studios Disney UTV, said, “Vidya has temporarily shifted to Chembur. We are shooting for a month at Essel Studio, which is around More >
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 13, 2012)
Yesterday, a fatal accident on the sets of director Ashwini Dhir’s Son Of Sardar in Patiala sent the entire film industry into a pall of gloom.
Thirty-three year old light man, Machinder Arvel aka Bala, a resident of Chembur, was electrocuted just a few metres away from where producer-actor Ajay Devgn was shooting for his film. Bala died on the spot. Another light man, Bipin Yadav, is in the ICU. A source from the set told Mirror, “Bipin was rushed to the hospital. He is serious. Unfortunately, Bala could not be saved.” FWICE President Dharmesh Tiwari expressed serious concern, terming the incident a tragedy.
Speaking to Mirror, Bala’s grieving brother-in-law, Ganesh Vasant Khandane, also a light man in Btown, said, “My sister and I are deeply shocked. We are grateful to FWICE that Machinder’s body is being flown into Mumbai. I was shooting in Madh Island when I got a call informing me about my brother-in-law’s unfortunate death. I just don’t know what to do.” His voice choking with emotion, he said, “We shall demand compensation from Ajay Devgn. However our loss is irreparable.”
Reportedly, the incident occurred when six light men were trying to raise a streamer so as to increase the intensity of light that would fall on the faces of actors Ajay Devgn and Mukul Dev, who were getting ready for the subsequent shot. Explaining what exactly transpired, Vice Chairman of the Union, Prem Singh Thakur, said, “As far as I know, a More >
Finding himself crammed alongside fisherwomen, vegetable vendors and scores of vehicles in a narrow Chembur lane on Sunday morning, Roy gives traffic lessons to ease the jam
Raju Shinde and Amrapali Sharma (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 5, 2012)
The next time you are stuck in a never-ending traffic jam, get on the road and play the traffic cop. Actor Ronit Roy did just that in a narrow Chembur lane on Sunday morning; surrounded by fisherwomen and vegetable vendors, scores of vehicles, twice the number of pedestrians, and a tempo that blocked the exit way.
Roy had travelled all the way from Andheri to Mahul village in Chembur (E) early on Sunday for the launch of a hockey academy, to be supervised by his friend Mir Ranjan Negi, a former India national hockey team goalkeeper whose story inspired Shah Rukh Khan’s Chak De India. Around 9 am when he whizzed past the still sleepy lanes of Chembur, there were barely any signs of the traffic chaos he was to find himself in less than half an hour later.
“Vehicles were stuck in the lane because of an abandoned tempo,” Roy said, “It was a very narrow road, too narrow for even a single car to pass by. Being Sunday, there were vendors on both sides, and the cars were stuck, adding to the chaos.”
Like every Mumbai resident who’s stuck in the traffic, Roy cursed his luck, while praying for a quick relief. When he realised that curses didn’t help and relief wasn’t forthcoming, he got out of his air-conditioned car and started stopping the More >
By Subhash K. Jha, April 25, 2011 – 14:05 IST
The death of the self-styled god-man Satya Sai Baba whose devotees run into millions left at least one household in Bollywood feeling bereft. Shilpa Shetty’s mother is a huge Sai Baba devotee. The loss hit the Shetty’s hard.
Says Shilpa, “My mother is a huge bhakt of Sai Baba. She is in New York right now and is devastated by the news. Unfortunately, I never met him.”
Sonu Sood is another actor who grew up in the shadow of the Sai. He seems to be the only direct Sai bhakt in the industry. Says Sood, “My mother was strong follower of Sai Baba’s teachings. So he was and will continue to be an integral part of my life. I am a Sai follower. I remember my mom got a picture of Sai Baba when I was 5 years old. That was when I got to know about Sai Baba. I didn’t meet him. But I’ve followed him always. It’s sad that we’re losing all the emblems of faith one by one.”
Hema Malini had the rare opportunity to meet Sai Baba. “I met him once. It was an encounter etched in my mind and heart forever. It was my ardent wish to dance in his presence. He loved the fine arts including dancing. I’ve heard so much about his good work. He was a great soul. He has done so much for the needy! The faith that people had in him was unbelievable. I am sure he will come back in some avatar.”
Another Sai bhakt director Ananth Mahadevan points out an uncanny spiritual coincidence. “Sai Baba passed away on the day of Jesus Christ’s resurrection More >
MM.com makes the mute Golmaal star Tusshar Kapoor speak about his next release ‘Shor In The City’, new found love Radhika Apte and how he seeks to be the next Rajshri boyVarun Vazir | MM Online Bureau (April 07, 2011)
Tusshar Kapoor who has been appreciated for his mute character in the Golmaal films is all set to make some shor when his next film Shor In The City, in which he plays a small time crook, releases on April 28. The talented actor is very excited as he has 4-5 big releases this year and is happy to be experimenting with different kind of genres.
You will next be seen in the film Shor In The City. What’s the film about?
It’s a black comedy with a very unconventional treatment which brings out the noise from the lives of people from Mumbai. The film has 3 stories, inspired from a newspaper cutting which have been fictionalised and brought to reality.
What are these 3 stories based on?
The 3 parallel running stories are based on three characters: an aspiring cricketer, an NRI who visits Mumbai to set up a business and a gang of three gangsters.
What character do you portray in the film?
I play a role of a small time bhai from Chembur who is very aggressive, but mature at the same time.
The film already seems to be making some shor in the film festival circuit. How does it feel?
I am very excited because the film has been well appreciated by the international and NRI audiences. I am very charged up about this film.
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MUMBAI MIRROR; March 09, 2011
We kick-off a series of photographs from Bollywood’s ever-colourful past with this rare and treasured photograph of the entire Dutt clan.
Photographer Jagdish Aurangabadkar recalls shooting this family picture at Chembur’s RK studios where they had gone to attend the reception of Rishi and Neetu Kapoor.
This was 1979 note the broad lapels of Sanjay Dutt’s natty jacket when men were still male and not metrosexuals.
It was at this occasion that Bollywood was also introduced to the magical voice of a young Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, his fame just beginning to cross Pakistan.
So there’s Nargis Dutt in her trademark colour–she was often referred to as as the Lady in White beaming despite the underlying poignancy of her presence at RK Studios, an unadorned but beautiful Namrata Dutt.
There’s the teenage Sanjay Dutt, still untouched by the spectre of drugs, tomboyish Priya Dutt who has since metamorphosed into a poised woman and Member of Parliament, then too her Daddy’s favourite.
But the focal point of this photograph is Sunil Dutt, his casual stance, as opposed to the slightly stiff pose of the rest of his family, speaking of his ease with his stardom, as also genuine happiness.
Just a year later, Nargis Dutt was detected with cancer, Sanjay was floundering in a drug-induced haze and Sunil Dutt had to put aside his career to take on the cares of his family.
Model and aspiring actor Hrishant Goswami and Veena Malik were seen passionately making out
Smrity Sharma | TNN (MUMBAI MIRROR.COM; January 18, 2011) Veena Malik and Hrishant Goswami
Even as reports of Veena-Ashmit’s sex escapades in Bigg Boss 4 house do the rounds, we have learned that the Pakistani seductress also has hots for yet another ex-contestant on the show.
The dude who has caught Veena’s attention is none other than model and aspiring actor Hrishant Goswami.
It is known that Bigg Boss 4 host Salman Khan threw a bash after the show’s grand finale. What not many know is that a new love story was born at the party. Just that, the male protagonist Ashmit was replaced by Hrishant. Confused? Hear this…
According to sources present at the party, Veena and Hrishant let their hair down and lost themselves to excessive booze. Both the contestants were seen getting cosy with each other. Finally, they got so drunk that they couldn’t handle themselves anymore and decided to go to their rooms.
As the party was held at Salman’s farmhouse at Panvel, Veena and Hrishant got into the car and asked the driver to take them to the famous Dukes resort nearby. A source revealed, “Both Hrishant and Veena were very drunk and they had already started getting intimate at the party. We later learned that they asked the driver to take them to Dukes.” Sources also have it that on the way the two couldn’t help but get into a passionate make out More >
Bharati Dubey, Payal Gwalani & Parvathy Gopalakrishnan | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; August 28, 2010)
Mumbai: Despite all the sound and fury created by the Shiv Sena and the MNS over multiplexes failing to screen Marathi films, the first day, first-show of two films—‘Paradh’ and ‘Navra Awali Baiko Lovely’—failed to garner a response from Mumbaikars. TOI visited many multiplexes across the city on Friday only to find that even matinee and evening shows were running to near empty halls. In some cinema halls, audience count was as low as four, while the maximum attendance was 66.
PVR Juhu, for instance, ran two shows of another film ‘Sa Sasucha’—one at 9 am, the other at 4.30pm—but the morning show was cancelled as not even one ticket had been sold. And by 12.30pm, the cinema was yet to sell a ticket for ‘Baiko Lovely’. A staff member said, “Last week, we had to cancel shows of ‘Tee Ratra’ after running it for 45 minutes due to no occupancy.”
It was a similar scene at Fun Cinemas, Chembur, with the 5.45pm show of ‘Paradh’ selling only 10 tickets. The older film, ‘Aiyka Dajiba’, fared slightly better with a viewership of 30. Cinemax at Andheri had to cancel its 2.30 pm show of ‘Baiko Lovely’.
Film writer Dilip Thakur feels that the Marathi film industry needs to go the Bollywood way when it comes to promotion and marketing. “There is a need to create hype and generate curiosity so that people are willing to spend money and go to More >
Vidya Balan and Karan Johar have often been meeting up either at work or home
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 30, 2010) Vidya Balan
What’s brewing between Karan Johar and Vidya Balan? The latest is that the two have struck a new friendship after meeting and interacting at a recent function. Vidya was spotted sitting next to Karan there.
Recently, Vidya was seen at Karan’s office in Khar, which is incidentally diagonally opposite to her new house. She was living in Chembur earlier. A couple of days ago, she even went to Karan’s house at Union Park for dinner and was there for four hours. If all goes well, Vidya may soon find herself in one of Karan Johar’s forthcoming productions.
A friend of Vidya’s says, “Vidya’s fine performances in Paa and Ishqiya, which were very different from each other, has made Karan sit up and take notice. Apparently, they are talking about working together.”
The friend confirmed that Karan had invited Vidya to many of his parties even earlier and that Vidya has always loved Karan’s films.
At Karan’s house the two of them spoke about everything under the sun. Karan confirmed that Vidya came to his house for dinner. He said, “A couple of other friends were there too. Vidya is a tremendously talented actress. My company, Dharma Productions, is very keen on working with her. But there is no film as yet. Right now, there’s only I Hate Luv Storys (which releases this Friday) in my mind.Karan More >