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…her mother, setting a benchmark for Mr Right
Garima Sharma | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 24, 2010)
Last month, she turned 28 and was gifted a seven-carat solitaire diamond ring by her parents. “I’m really proud of it. But my mom says that she’s set a benchmark for the guy who will marry me! I was going away on my birthday for a holiday and I wasn’t going to be with them. So my dad wrote me this amazing letter. It said, ‘It’s really great to be known as my daughter’s father.’ That made me cry,” she said. When asked when she plans to replace this ring with an engagement band, prompt came the reply, “When the guy who is willing to gift me a ring like this crashes into me!”
But till the time Mr Right is still on his way, Priyanka is keeping busy with work — endorsements, films and goodwill initiatives. A few days ago, she became the UNICEF national ambassador. She said, “I just feel that I can do so much, in fact, everyone can do so much. It’s not just about me. You can do so much sitting in your house. And frankly, it doesn’t take so much time. If we can take time out for things that are productive for us, for instance, I take out time for my endorsements, shoots, my career; then I can take time out for something I feel so strongly about. And I’ve been working with UNICEF for the last four years. It’s just that we have made it official now.”
Priyanka added, “I have also been working with senior-citizen causes, green causes, with thalassemic children, etc. I educate about 28 girls. I have a foundation called the Priyanka Chopra Foundation which is into health and education. It’s been on for years now. People write to me saying their kids need surgery, or their kids can’t go to school, and my team authenticates it and then we help them. We don’t really talk about it. But now that I’m the UNICEF national ambassador, I feel that my voice has been given a channel where I can talk about making a difference. And I’m saying it only because I’ve seen the difference.”
‘Sid’s my jaan’
Priyanka’s in Brazil, shooting for Khatron Ke Khiladi. But being the compulsive person that she is, before leaving home she prepared the puja ki thali with the rakhi and left a box of sweets for her brother Siddharth. One of her cousins will tie it on him on Priyanka’s behalf. “I love my brother, he is my jaan,” said the Bollywood superstar. She expects to receive a gift from Sid when she returns to Mumbai on September 11.
On Javed Akhtar’s request, the actor has agreed to do a cameo in Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Though Naseeruddin Shah has avoided signing any new projects this year, mainly for health reasons, he could not refuse Zoya Akhtar’s offer.
The director offered him a cameo in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and when her father Javed Akhtar personally requested Naseer to do the role, the actor readily agreed. Apparently, this cameo role was specially written for Naseer.
Naseer is now off to Spain with his wife Ratna Pathak Shah for a three-day shoot for Zoya’s film.
Says a source, “Naseer is looking at this three-day stint as a holiday. His old friend Shabana Azmi will soon join Zoya in Spain for a holiday with Javed Akhtar.
So it’s going to be a reunion of old friends.”
The film’s producer Ritesh Sidhwani confirms that Naseer is flying down to Spain for a cameo. “It’s a special appearance. But I can’t reveal what his role is about.”
Naseer says, “Yes, I am playing Farhan’s dad. Doing it because I like Zoya, though it’s not much of a role.”
Sonam Kapoor talks frankly about wearing bikinis and kissing, only if the role requires it and of acting with Ranbir post their suspected link-up
• What do you play in Aisha?
I play a naive girl who has a very narrow view of life and does not understand what is going on in the outside world.
• At 26, how would you describe yourself?
Quite like Aisha (laughs). I am still trying to figure out a lot of things and finding my way.
• If still confused, who do you look up to?
Both, my dad and my mum. Also, I have a few friends I trust completely.
• You said you have strong views on selecting films. Do you have a list of dont’s like not wearing a bikini or not kissing?
No. I am talking about roles. But as for your question, well, I won’t do anything provocative. I won’t do anything for the heck of it to sell a film. If it’s taking the story forward, then it’s fine. It’s an ethical stand, I believe.
• Filmmakers have to go through your dad before they come to you.
Not really. My dad is not going to play my role in any film. They come to me. I take a call. I do have strong views in this aspect. But after a certain point, my dad does get in. I don’t want to concentrate on the details that follow.
• Do you check with him before doing a particular role?
Of course. What is the point of having him as my dad? I think that every child looks up to his parents.
• Did you and your sister Rhea argue on the sets of Aisha?
Rhea is very practical and pragmatic. I am very emotional and impulsive. So that makes a good head and heart combination. Such things work, don’t they?
• Are you ready to work with Ranbir after your link up with him in Saawariya?
I have no rules for who my hero is. If my role is good, why not?
• You and Deepika Padukone are not the best of friends, right? You tried to patch up but things didn’t fall in place…
Ranbir and I have been friends. Deepika was Ranbir’s girlfriend. That was the only connection. Right now, I don’t have the time to meet all my friends.
• You once said, “I wish I had a body like Deepika’s”.
Oh, that was just a random statement.
• Ranbir came to you on the sets of Aisha and told you to take him back in your life. Correct?
• Is your father strict?
He is definitely protective about me. He doesn’t want me to do anything wrong. I am not allowed late nights. But then, even I am a very responsible girl.
• Who is your worst critic?
My mum, who doesn’t want me to lose my head.
• You dress up rather well. Is it a self-acquired skill?
(Laughs) It stems from my mother’s side. My mom has been into fashion designing. I love her style. Even my masi is very aesthetically inclined.
• Why is it that you wear so many branded clothes? Industry people say so…
That’s not true. I do wear many vintage clothes too. If required, I will wear a simple sari. I pick up tees and jeans from streets as well.
• Correct me if I am wrong but did you ever wish to be a beauty queen?
Yeah (laughs) I even wanted to be a detective. And then I wanted to be a teacher. At 16, I decided that I want to be a writer. And then, I ultimately felt that I wanted to be an actress.
• Have you met Aishwarya Rai after last year’s fiasco during the Cannes festival?
Yes. I met her at a party and she was extremely gracious and kind. At the end of it, it was all a big misunderstanding
• Shahid Kapoor has got linked up to Amrita Rao (Dil Vil Pyar Vyar), Vidya Balan (Kismat Connection), Priyanka Chopra (Kaminey) and Anushka Sharma (Badmaash Company). How have you avoided that (so far)?
(Laughs) I think that depends on who your producer and director is.
• Are you dating anybody though? There was so much talk of you dating Punit Malhotra during I Hate Luv Storys?
I am very much single. But I wouldn’t like to elaborate.
• The interview would be incomplete if you don’t name your favourite Anil Kapoor film.
That’s the toughest one. I really can’t choose between Woh Saat Din, Tezaab, Beta, Ram Lakhan and Slumdog Millionaire.
Survey on ‘growing up pains’ for teen Bollywood film reveals startling facts
Zeenia F Baria | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; July 3, 2010)
If you are a teenager who’s been abandoned for eight years in boarding school, then return home to an authoritarian father and younger step-brother who doesn’t know about you, are forced to work in your father’s steel factory in Jamshedpur, give up your dream of being a writer and study engineering instead… you are going to be one rebellious teenager indeed! That is what Anurag Kashyap, Sanjay Singh and UTV Spot Boy’s film Udaan is about. And, in a unique promo to the film which releases on July 16, the producers attempted to study the mind and world of the Indian teenager and provide him/her a platform to be heard. Here’s how…
They conducted a comprehensive online survey that got urban teenagers to reveal crucial information about their lives. Very little data is available on how adolescents are grappling with growing up issues — particularly the more taboo issues of sex, what drives them to try alcohol, smoking, lying or stealing from their parents, etc. The study, targeting internet users between 12 and 19 in Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata, ties in well with the ‘growing up pains’ theme of Udaan. It has been uploaded on surveymonkey with links on all major networking sites teenagers populate including the ‘Udaan FB page’.
And here’s a summary of the survey using 1,004 respondents (76% of them boys)… one in three teens is uncomfortable talking to their parents about stress/problems; one in three teens wants to change their study stream; one in 10 teens say they are closest to their dad; one in five teens have smoked before they turned 16; two in five teens have driven a car/bike before they reached 16; 50% of teens have kissed someone of the opposite sex; one in five teens have watched porn before they reached 13; one in two teens have watched porn before they reached 16; one in two kids steal money from their parents; one in five teens have got intimate in the school/college loo; 60% of teens want to choose a career purely of their own design; 90% of teens think premarital sex is fine.
Tune in to the icing of the day on Zoom
MADHUREETA MUKHERJEE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 26, 2010)
And here it is, that great multi-starrer we promised you yesterday and the day before… a new initiative to make the nation sing a song of secularism, brought to you by The Times of India Group and Vodafone Essar, that is premiering exclusively on ZOOM from 7 am onwards today. Phir Mile Sur recreates the mood for an upbeat generation of united Indians. And what better day than R-Day to launch it? Filmed by Aarti and Kailash Surendranath (of KPC), this commendable initiative has also been supported by Kingfisher Airlines and Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. Go on, switch on your TV, zoom in to ZOOM, and catch the national fervour. You don’t have to stand up when it comes on, but it would be nice if you did. Meanwhile, before that, hear what some of the proud Indians who made Phir Mile Sur have to say about the initiative…
I’m honoured that there’s been a gap of almost 23 years and still the makers of this wonderful commercial Mile Sur want to include me. Though circumstances may have changed, the words and the feelings of the song still remain the same. I feel good about it.
Times of India has always been involved in many such nationalist, social, moral movements and I have had the great honour to being a part of it. I thank ZOOM for making me such a part once again.
SHAH RUKH KHAN
The first time I heard Mile Sur Mera Tumhara, I was around 20, yet the first thing that caught my eye was the visual appeal. It was more of a non preachy, personal patriotic song. It has a great secular feel and people are moved by it even now. I’m glad to be associated with this subtle yet powerful movement to be at secular equality with each other and stand united.
Mile Sur is as patriotic and moving as a song can get. It’s a brilliant initiative and I’m glad to be part of it. It was something I really admired and I used to look forward to watching it. I say we should sing it every morning when we wake up.
I remember watching Mile Sur on TV and listening to the track. It was so inspirational. I was a kid in school and it was just overwhelming and impactful. It gave me gooseflesh; I remember it till this day.
I used to look forward to it to see all these luminaries and celebrities of the country. Almost towards the end, Dad used to be on it and I would excitedly look forward. I remember growing up thinking how cool it’d be to be a part of it one day. Today, it’s even more wonderful, because I get to be part of Phir Mile Sur with my wife.
Mile Sur is like an anthem for every child who grew up watching DD. This song speaks about oneness; it’s been an important part of our country’s history, it’s feelgood, it’s emotional, it’s cathartic, and even after 20 years if you listen to the song it will have same impact.
Mile Sur is such an iconic piece of music. I’m 28 now and this is something I’ve grown up listening to and watching on TV. After seeing all those musical greats and then, specially being a part of this, as a musician, is such an incredible experience.
We’re happy that Zoom and Times of India have taken this iconic song and redone it to suit today’s tastes, because no one can do it better than them.
Mile Sur drew a sense of patriotism out of me; a sense of secularism and a reminder that we’re all the same. It was one of the more prestigious videos that came out; with the most eminent of personalities were in it.
It’s a brilliant concept that shows us how to get everybody on board and how to get everybody together. This song also underlines that we’re all on the same plane; that no one’s richer or poorer in emotion. No religion, caste, creed or colour is greater than the nation and the individuals of that nation. This song is almost like a second anthem!
AARTI AND KAILASH SURENDRANATH (CO-CREATORS)
It was an exhilarating experience creating Mile Sur Mera Tumhara which was a mosaic of so many different celebrities from various walks of life and regions in India. Today, we feel the same emotions gushing, after a span of two decades. So many things have changed in India — growth, prosperity, the economic scenario, however, as citizens of this wonderfully diverse country, our feelings for India have only grown stronger and Phir Mile Sur aims to showcase just that. And after filming over 60 days on-location in prominent and historic sites across 13 cities of India and 30 days of post–production work, the video of the iconic song features is a gift of love to the nation.
I remember Mile Sur being one of the first commercial message films my Dad shot for. When I got a call to be a part of the new version I was thrilled and called my parents, who were like ‘You MUST be part of it!’ I think it’s a great unifying thought for our diverse country.
(Contributed by Meena Iyer and Deepali Dhingra)
Ken Ghosh is back with a film after almost 6 years. His first, Ishq Vishk, was a runaway hit and it was a dream launch for Shahid Kapoor. His next, Fida, also with Shahid, was a smashing thriller although it failed at the BO. Now Ken is here with his third film, Chance Pe Dance, and this one also features Shahid. However, unlike his previous two films, Chance Pe Dance fails and falls at several points. The only saving grace is Shahid. In fact, the talented young actor takes the film to dizzying heights in several sequences!
The story of the movie: Since 3 years, Sameer (Shahid Kapoor) is in Mumbai and is waiting for that one golden opportunity which will make him a Bollywood superstar. He gives auditions wherever he can and earns a living by doing odd jobs. He has faced rejection at many points but still doesn’t give up. His dad (Parikshit Sahni) is calling him back to Delhi but Sameer has no plans of quitting. Finally, Sameer gets a break as the lead actor in a musical film to be made by the famous director Rajiv (Mohnish Behl). Also he finds a new friend in Tina (Genelia) who is the choreographer in that very film. Everything was going fine for Sameer when came a big blow for him.
There isn’t any problem with the film’s first half. The story doesn’t move in the first hour but still one doesn’t find any reason to complain as it is laden with many interesting sequences. The film starts with the energetic number ‘Pe..Pe..Pepein’ followed by the innovative introduction to the world of Sameer. Then Tina’s entry in the narrative was cool and the scene where she drops Sameer home was simply hilarious! The intermission point was well shot and well written too and you expect some fireworks in the 2nd half too.
But things don’t go as expected in the 45-minute long second half. The writer came up with some conflicts in the narrative but it lacked meat. The climax was too predictable and the song Pump It Up that comes just before the film is about to end fails to brighten up the things. However, the final scene was nicely executed.
Performance wise, Shahid Kapoor wins hands down! The film may be forgotten but Shahid’s performance will surely be remembered for a long time. He single-handedly took control and many of the scenes turned out to be fabulous, thanks to him. He gave a performance that one would expect only from the superstars. There was no need for a hero’s sidekick in the film to provide laughs as Shahid did the needful! And not to forget, he danced like a dream! If you are a Shahid fan, Chance Pe Dance should not be missed at any cost!
Genelia, as usual, looked charming and pitched in a sincere and confident performance. Best thing about her is-pair her with any actor and the resulting chemistry will be electrifying! The Imran-Genelia pairing in Jaane Tu and the Fardeen-Genelia pairing in Life Partner were cute and a treat to say the least and in Chance Pe Dance too, she and Shahid form a sweet pair!
Parikshit Sahni was alright. He should stop doing roles of a father who is scolding his son. He did it in 3 Idiots and does something similar in Chance Pe Dance too. Mohnish Behl was great. Vikas Bhalla was okay. The teen who played Genelia’s brother and the girl who played Shanaya leave a mark. Satish Shah is also there in a forgettable role.
Adnan Sami’s music was good but could have been better. The magic that was there in his music in Lucky is missing here. Pump It Up is the best among all. Pritam’s Pe Pe Pepein was superb.
Kiran Kotrial’s dialogues were funny. Story was faulty-there ought to be some zing that would have made the film interesting and much better. Just like how Zoya Akhtar had exceptionally made Luck By Chance (which was also the story of a struggler), Ken Ghosh could have adopted a similar route in writing. However, undoubtedly, his direction was upto the mark and if equipped with better scripts, he can do great job. Hope to see you with a better film next time Ken!
Some of the best scenes of the film:
1. The song ‘Pe Pe Pepein’ and ‘Pal Mein Hi’
2. Sameer preparing his breakfast, innovatively!
3. Tina and Sameer’s first entry
4. Tina drops Sameer home
5. Sameer meets Rajiv in the latter’s office
6. Sameer’s first class with the students
7. The intermission point
8. Sameer proposes Tina
9. Sameer’s speech during the auditions
On the whole, Chance Pe Dance is an average fare. It is well directed and has an outstanding performance by Shahid but is let down by negligible and unexciting storyline. Watch it if you are a Shahid fan. It’s alright if you miss it in theatres!
My rating-** ½ out of 5!
Riteish Deshmukh plays Kite Runner and shares fond memories of Makar Sankranti
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 14, 2010)
What’s Riteish Deshmukh going to be doing today? We can tell you. The actor, who is in a festive mood because of Makar Sankranti and his forthcoming films Rann and Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai, will be flying kites from the terrace of his apartment block in Worli Seaface. Makar Sankranti today, or the Kite Festival, marks the end of winter and the onset of spring. It is also the Maharashtrian harvest day and one of the many (Lohri in the North, Pongal in the South) in India. And Riteish says that as a child he eagerly looked forward to this day in the Hindu calendar.
“Dad (Vilasrao Deshmukh) was a minister even during the phase when I was growing up. And I remember waiting for the sankranti festival. It meant I could collect all the children in the workers’ quarters and go on to the terrace to fly kites,” says Riteish. He remembers attempting to make his own kites out of newspapers. “And those kites would invariably turn out to be too heavy and wouldn’t fly,” he laughs. The manja that was sharpened with grated glass and other such elements cut his hands… but the excitement of the kite-flying was so high, that little mishaps didn’t matter. Riteish also remembers the other important tradition of distributing til ka laddoos. “We would greet every guest and house member saying, “Tilgul ghya godd godd bola.’ The other clear memory I have is of shouting ‘kai po che’ when we brought the neighbouring kites down.” In recent years, the Bollywood actor who has come into his own for comedy roles, has missed out on the sankranti action. “I haven’t flown kites recently,” says Riteish wistfully. “However, I always make it a point to distribute tilgul even on my sets if I am shooting on that day.”
Shaking off rumours of a rift with his father Raj Babbar and his decision to drop his surname, Babbar, Pratik Babbar took this week off to campaign for his father for the by-elections on November 7. He is campaigning in the Firozabad district of Uttar Pradesh.
While Pratik is campaigning in Uttar Pradesh, his aunt Manya Patil confirmed Pratik’s bid to stand by his father publicly for the first time. “This wasn’t done to prove a point to anyone, and certainly not to contradict rumours of a rift with his father,” says Manya. “Pratik couldn’t care less what people think. I was surprised when he told me, ‘I want to do this for my dad. He needs me by his side and I have to do it.”
Manya was a bit apprehensive when Pratik informed her about his decision. She says, “The boy is not fluent in Hindi yet, though he is learning fast. So I told him to join his hands and just say a few words at every rally and meeting.”
Watching Pratik stand next to his politician-dad is déjà vu for Manya. She says, “It reminds me of my sister and Pratik’s mom, Smita Patil, when she would campaign for Murli Deora and Sunil Duttsaab. She used to be a prominent part of our father Shivajirao Patil’s political rallies also.”
Speaking about the rumours that Pratik wanted to change his surname from Babbar to Patil, his aunt says, “These rumours probably started because Pratik wanted to call himself Mickey after our beloved family dog who passed away. Then for a while Pratik also told his friends he wants to be known as Patrick. He goes through these phases.”
At the end of the day, Pratik is a proud Babbar. And that is why he has come together with his father for the first time on a public platform.