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Deepika Padukone took a break from work to catch India’s Badminton superstar Saina Nehwals’s final match at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi last evening.
The decision to watch the match was a last minute one. But Deepika did cancel all her meetings and appointments to fly all the way to Delhi to watch the match.
Our source said, “It is for the first time that India has entered the final competition of Badminton at CWG and Deepika Padukone, who herself is an excellent badminton player, could not but go and witness this historic moment herself. Deepika wanted to cheer for Saina and that’s why she flew to Delhi.”
When contacted, Deepika confirmed the news and said, “Yes, I went to watch Saina’s final match.”
Shabana Azmi reflects upon her journey as she turns 60 on September 18
Deepali Dhingra (BOMBAY TIMES; September 14, 2010)
If you’d thought Shabana Azmi would slow down once she reaches the official retirement age, think again. The lady is here, there, everywhere! BT managed to pin her down at her Juhu residence where she opened up about the ups and downs of life…
At 60, how do you look back on your life?
• There have been ups and downs, but I do not regret anything because in order to become more than the sum total of your past, you need to also embrace the bad along with the good and take it chin up. I think I have grown everytime I have stumbled and succeeded. So I really embrace the 60 years I’ve spent with deep satisfaction.
Is life going to change or slow down now?
• Looking at how my life has been and how it’s going to be in the next couple of months, I don’t see anything changing. It’s just as frenzied and crazy and hectic as ever! My fingers are always in every single pie. I’ve just finished some shows of my play Broken Images. I’m going to open a new play called Seven. It’s like a documentary play as there are narratives by real life women whose lives are being collated together into a play. Then immediately after that, there’s Kaifi Aur Main for the Delhi government as a run up to the Commonwealth Games, followed by a month-long tour of Broken Images. In fact, I’ve had to let a very important international film go as my dates are clashing, but a commitment is a commitment. After that, I come back and start on Midnight’s Children. Javed tells me that’s it’s genetically impossible for me to slow down!
Looking at the amount of theatre you’re doing, have films taken a backseat?
• I am doing films as well. I’ve got a lot of scripts to look at but at this stage, only these many roles that come my way are good roles. I’m at a very comfortable stage where I don’t need to do anything unless I want to do it.
What would you consider your important milestones?
• In films, the milestone would be that I decided to join the film institute, that shaped my future. Then I always feel it’s about being at the right place at the right time. I have been really fortunate as Ankur happened, parallel cinema happened. I got wonderful roles and parts. Again in 88-89, I started doing films abroad because the Indians and Asians started becoming so much a part of the fabric abroad that roles started becoming available. Becoming the Member of Parliament was the biggest learning curve in my life. I took it very seriously and I think I benefited very deeply.
Professionally, life has been very good to you, personally did you ever regret not having kids of your own?
• Regret is too big a word, I don’t regret anything in my life. Yes, my life would have been different if I had kids. For a long time, I didn’t believe that I couldn’t have kids, I thought I’m God’s loved child, I’ll have everything. But when I came to terms with it, I really came to terms with it. I didn’t create an ache in my heart, because I really enjoy Zoya and Farhan, and for that I really thank Honey from my heart. They came to me when they had had their measles and chicken pox and I didn’t have to deal with any of that! (laughs) Of course, it would have been wonderful if I had kids, life would have been different.
In the making for six months and at the cost of Rs 5 crore, AR Rahman’s theme track for CWG gets a thumbs down from organisers and fans alike
His romance with the West may be peaking, but AR Rahman’s Indian run seems to have run into a bit of rough weather. His theme track for the Commonwealth Games (CWG) has not gone down well with both fans and politicians.
While the song’s online popularity is nowhere near that of Shakira’s Waka Waka, which he had famously claimed his tune would surpass, politicians and CWG officials now want the Rs 5 crore-track “recomposed”.
Swagatham aka Jiyo Utho Bado Jeeto is a mid-tempo song sung by Rahman with distortion guitars, bhangra beats, very 70’s style sitar riffs and a bit of English rap thrown in.
However, the composition, which critics say has neither the pace nor the punch of Waka Waka, or the rousing quality of Maa Tujhe Salaam, has disappointed.
Ever since he posted links to the tracks on his social networking pages, Rahman has been flooded with unsavoury comments. “We expected something better,” is the general refrain while others have been kind enough to say, “It will grow on you.”
Though experts say with more promotional activities the track it is likely to pick up, the CWG committee is unhappy with the result. Soon after the launch of the track on August 28, Vijaykumar Malhotra, board member of CWG organising committee (OC) claimed, “We had expected a better song from a composer of Rahman’s status. He has given some very good songs like Maa Tujhe Salaam but this song is not that impressive.”
Former sports minister Shahnawaz Hussain said, “I respect Rahman for what he has achieved but the track simply does not excite me. No one in the OC likes it except perhaps Suresh Kalmadi. It is nowhere close to Waka Waka and has failed to lift the sagging spirits of the CWG.”
Hussain said he was provoked to demand a re-composition of the theme track only because Lalit Bhanot, organising secretary of the CWG kept insisting that people would begin liking Swagatham if they keep listening to it. “Either it is good music or bad. There is no middle way to evaluate the appeal of a Rs 5 crore track, he can surely re-compose it,” said the Bhagalpur MP.
At the same Delhi’s political circuit is buzzing with questions over why Rahman was given the sole responsibility to compose the theme track. “Not all Rahman scores become a hit, do they?” say sources requesting anonymity.
Incidentally, the launch of the theme song was delayed as the OC had asked Rahman to make changes. “I think it won’t be good to release the theme song without making the necessary changes,” Rahman had earlier said.
Veteran jazz musician Louis Banks who has composed several theme tracks for popular shows and events, says, “Rahman’s work has always been controversial. But if you are truly inspired, it takes ten minutes to compose a tune. Given that it took him six months to compose it, I guess something must have gone wrong somewhere!”
Despite several attempts Rahman remained unavailable for comment.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, August 17, 2010 – 14:08 IST
This is where funny gets funnier. There have been endless speculations and criticism following the Common Wealth Games (CWG) right from incongruous work to corruption, that any and every ray of light seems spectacular. No wonder then that when a press conference was called announcing the composition that would be the Anthem for the CWG the media was abuzz.
AR Rahman whose composition would’ve been unveiled at this P.C. was especially flown down for the event. But the organising committee blew this one as well when they decided last minute to withhold the song for reasons unknown. After being urged by the media, Rahman did sing one line from the anthem “O Yaron Yeh India Bula Diya“.
It was last Sunday that the Group of Ministers had approved the Rahman’s song after a meeting which was headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. It was a song that took the Oscar winner six months to compose. At the press conference, Rahman said that he had cancelled all his prior commitments to get this song done and it’s special to him more than any of his previous work. He assured that the song would be released in ten days time.
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 1, 2010)
The last decade in Bollywood has primarily been dominated by three Khans (Shah Rukh, Aamir and Salman) and one Kumar (Akshay). And even as his brand equity is at an all-time high, Akshay Kumar’s business plan in the new year is to take his banner Hari Om Production (HOP) to greater heights.
The banner which is a late bloomer, swung into action with Waqt — The Race Against Time in 2005, but has already notched up hits like Namastey London, Singh is Kinng, the entertaining grosser De Dana Dan, and is now ready for its next three productions — Priyadarshan’s Khatta Meetha, Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan and Nikhil Advani’s Patiala House.
Says Priyan, a close associate of Akshay and the HOP, “Khatta Meetha is a satire on the system. It is about the road-mafia which is prevalent all over but more so in Bihar and eastern UP. The main plot line is inspired by R K Laxman’s famous common man. Based on a true incident, this film unveils the travesty of the common man. I have made this film in Malayalam earlier and it was wonderfully received. I’m sure it will be a winner in Hindi too.’’ Both Hari Om Productions and Akshay will move by leaps and bounds in 2010. While the banner will have two releases in Khatta Meetha and Tees Maar Khan, the actor will also be seen in Sajid Nadiadwala’s Houseful and Vipul Shah’s Action Replayy. Of course, it is not all work and no play for this superstar. He is currently on vacation in Goa with his family. Asked what was uppermost on his mind when the clock struck 12, he says, “I sincerely want 2010 to be a year of peace and harmony. I wish BT readers a Happy New Year.’’
Rewinding to his recent Canada trip where he represented India at the Winter Olympics, the superstar says, “I can’t tell you what a proud moment it was when I was handed the Olympic Torch in Canada. It was very moving. In my opinion films and sports are the two passions that can bind any nation.’’ Having talked about his moment of glory on foreign soil, Akki adds, “I’m proud that New Delhi is the chosen destination for the Commonwealth Games. I pray for peace because I want this sporting event to go off really smooth. I want the world to know that India is safe and capable of hosting an event of this magnitude. As a true sports lover this is something uppermost on my mind.’’