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That, says Rekha, is her biggest catwalk of fame these days
Mark Manuel | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 19, 2010)
I owe her an apology. This interview was done long ago. Much before her birthday. Or her last film, Sadiyan, released and sank at the box-office. Ahead of the rains. Even earlier than she got the Padma Shri. But it never got written. Months ago, we spoke at the health club of a suburban five star where Rekha religiously works out every evening. “Sundays included,” she told me over a cup of herbal tea. The tea was awful, but she was on her second cup. And, at whatever her age, from reaching out and touching distance she looked like the proverbial million dollars. Still. Even in baggy tracks and sweaty tee. Perhaps, it was the workout. “I’m not into heavy duty stuff. I listen to me in everything I do,” she said. “No weights but freehand exercises. I do yoga and also cardio. And in between, I dance, stretch myself, there’s no set rules. That applies to my life as well. It’s important to utilize every bit of your being. Not on a daily basis. I try to on a second basis. But time doesn’t exist in my life. When you savour and relish every moment, then you learn the art of preserving yourself. I don’t use or overabuse myself, don’t do drugs, I eat simple vegetarian food, my mind is not polluted, my mother’s values are imbedded in me. I’m a perceptive person. I know what’s good and I don’t venture into what’s not good. I’ve discovered my own khazana. Everybody should. Before you realise it, life goes by. For me, every day is a rebirth.”
I had gone not to talk about films, because Rekha isn’t active in Bollywood anymore, but to find out how she survived. And kept the world’s interest in her alive. Was she lonely? Did she miss the fame of the screen? Wasn’t she afraid of old age, illness? Yes, she’s known for claiming that she’s God chosen one. But even God’s chosen one has to pay bills. “Survive,” she asked imperiously. “I’m not a survivor. I live life to the fullest. But I’m a loner. I don’t network or meet people. It’s tacky for a person to talk about herself. For me, luxury is all about my privilege… to meet who I want, where I want, when I want. And how much do you really need? Life is high maintenance the more you acquire. I’m happy with little things that I can take care of, value, and put to use. I rarely do movies. In fact, I’ve got to remind myself that I’m an actor. Time was when I was zero in the bank. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve saved for a rainy day. All the jewellery I have is my Amma’s stuff. It’s been around 40 years. Just a few sets. But I’m very creative. I wear it differently. Clothes, I mix and match. Twenty years ago I collected a lot of designer wear. Now it’s absurdly expensive. Depending on who’s wearing it, it’s entirely possible to match a tee bought off the road in Europe with something from D&G. I don’t go on dates, I don’t attend parties, visit exotic spas, so what do I have to dress up for? My ultimate dressing is for ghar se airport tak… that’s my biggest catwalk. Sounds pathetic? But that’s my secret!” The secrets were tumbling out. This was Rekha unplugged. And, maybe on an OD of adrenaline from her workout, she was talking uninhibited and from the heart, grateful to be in the moment. Of course, she is offered films, ads, reality shows, her own TV show, she’s invited to dance at weddings for cash. All of which everybody in Bollywood is doing. “I know what I want to say and when I do it – I’ll do it, but I don’t know when,” she said about television. “I never thought I’d last four decades in the film industry and do the things I’m doing now. Whatever is in store for me will happen. God chose to make me a woman. I’m privileged. Women have a lot more interesting experiences than men. Good, bad and ugly, perhaps not many more, but certainly more indepth and intense, because as women we take it all too much to heart. I chose to be single. Everything is my choice. But I’m far too evolved than to my liking. Reality is not what is shown on TV. Life is what happens in between when you’re planning what you want to do. What is scripted is not reality. Old age, illness don’t scare me. What is there to be afraid of ? Don’t waste a single second worrying about what is not in your hands. Just as you didn’t know when you were in the embryo stage, you won’t know when you’re dying. So, you see, I’m living life. Not surviving. Or fighting it. I never read newspapers but don’t miss a thing about what’s happening in Bollywood. I don’t use a cell phone because for me luxury is not being on a leash. I enjoy gardening though I don’t have a green thumb. I write poetry, paint, do charcoal sketches… anything else you want to know?” I did: what would she like to see on her gravestone? “…That she made me smile,” Rekha said. And smiled, finally.
By Joginder Tuteja, September 24, 2010 – 11:31 IST
Jimmy Sheirgill is in elite company. After Naseeruddin Shah/Arshad Warsi (Ishqiya) and Salman Khan (Dabangg) set the screen on fire with their terrific performance in their respective films, both of which had a small town setting to it, it is Jimmy who would be entering a similar zone. The film is titled Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster and while it has a small town setting to it, it also features Jimmy as a ‘sahab’ with a touch of royalty to it.
Smiles Jimmy, “After playing an NRI in My Name Is Khan and a desi munda in Mel Karade Rabba, I guess it should be good fun to step into something entirely different in Sahib Biwi aur Gangster. As the title suggests, the film is being designed as a complete entertainer with some realistic narrative. It would be one action thriller to watch out for next year.”
Slated to go on floors in October with a start-to-finish schedule that would end in November, Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster would feature Mahie Gill as the ‘biwi’ and Randeep Hooda as the ‘gangster’. Quite an interesting combination, one has to admit. Also, the film would be directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia who has earlier directed Jimmy in Haasil and Charas.
“Tigmanshu and I have a tuning. Moreover, Haasil again had a small town setting though the plot is altogether different this time around. While Haasil was about student politics, Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster has a really novel and interesting script. I don’t really wish to divulge much here but I guess you can make out a lot yourself from the title”, says Jimmy who would be growing a moustache for this film.
Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster is based in UP and chances are that the film would be shot on some of the real locations in the state. Since Charas , Tigmanshu has been waiting for a film of his to release with Paan Singh Tomar [with Irrfan Khan] hunting for the right release date and quite a few films being announced (Shagird, Con Flick, Ghulami, Ghayal 2, Fame) but not quite making much progress. For Tigmanshu’s sake, one does hope that Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster does get completed and released soon.
While for Jimmy, one can expect a tailor-made role due to his earlier working relationship with Tigmanshu, one really looks forward to Mahie Gill getting a much better screen time than Gulaal and Dabangg. In both the films she got a raw deal with not much to cheer about. Coincidentally, she played a small town young woman in both the films. As for Randeep, one can well expect a meaty role, especially after Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai. Moreover, he is also working with Tigmanshu in their other film together, Bhiwani, where he plays the role of a boxer.
Shirish Kunder is in advanced talks with the actress for the heroine’s role in Joker. It’s clear that Farah is on good terms with her
That Farah Khan’s hubby Shirish Kunder may have finally cast a heroine for his next Joker is interesting. But what’s even better is that it’s going to be Deepika Padukone. So, if all goes well, Akshay Kumar will be seen romancing Deepika Padukone in Joker. Clearly, Deepika and Farah have mended their differences.
It may be recalled that soon after Deepika’s debut release Om Shanti Om, the actress did not bother to keep in touch with the woman who gave her the first big break in Bollywood, Farah Khan.
After the success of her debut film, Deepika moved on with her newfound fame. She started getting projects with big banners and got so busy working on each of them that she was not left with any time to keep in touch with Farah. This had upset Farah tremendously.
But now the two have buried the hatchet.
A source close to Joker revealed, “Deepika and Shirish are in advanced talks. She is the prime contender to fill the heroine’s slot in the film.”
Apparently, on reading the script of the film, Deepika loved the character she is supposed to play. The source added, “Deepika is very excited to be backing Farah Khan’s fold. After all, it was Farah who gave her her first super hit film Om Shanti Om.”
On being asked about signing Deepika, Shirish was a bit evasive. He said, “We are currently in the process of casting the main lead opposite Akshay for Joker. Certain top names are being considered. It is a performance-oriented role. Akshay and I will take the final call in a week.”
Farah however, chose to clarify the matter. She said, “Jo bhi hua tha, it got sorted out long ago. She came for Eid to my place recently and also on my show.”
Though Deepika remained unavailable for comment, here’s a tip she may want to use: gratitude is great attitude.
Says the Big B (a bit tongue-in-cheek perhaps?), who at 68, is still working with some of the best filmmakers
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 20, 2010)
For four decades only one name has predominantly occupied the mind space of the Hindi film industry, i.e. Amitabh Bachchan. And at 68 he continues to do so.
Just last week he won the Best Actor award for Paa at the 57th National Awards. And this put the spotlight back on the legend, who is an institution in himself. Of course, he continues to make self-deprecatory remarks on how the interest in him will soon wear thin, and even jokes on microblogging sites that people will ask — Who is Amitabh Bachchan? But while one can definitely allow him to indulge in his ‘wry wit’ the fact remains that Bachchan is still the most famous equity that Bollywood has.
Accepting his National Award with complete humility he adds, “One doesn’t work for a reward, but when it comes, one humbly accepts it.” Asked whether he genuinely believes that a day will come when people jog their memories about him, the actor says, “I have a lovely book which documents all the humourous quotes of the world that I keep putting on a social-networking website. There was a humourous one which said something to the effect of a celebrity going through five stages of fame; the fifth being who is so-‘n’-so. I thought it was very applicable to me. So, I put it up. Jokes apart, that stage will come. It will come in the life of every celebrity in time to come. The interest in me will wear off because times moves on. Newcomers take your place, as they should. People forget.’’
Whatever he may say, how does one forget or relegate to the background an actor who is about to dominate television with the reality show Kaun Banega Crorepati, and also start work on six new films with some of the best filmmakers.
Come October, Amitabh will start work on Power with Raj Kumar Santoshi, Prakash Jha’s Aarakshan, R Balki’s next, Buddha with Puri Jagganath, Ram Gopal Varma’s Department and a Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra production to be directed by Sunil, who assisted him on Rang De Basanti and Delhi 6.
And though the legend says that life in the movies is a constant and daily struggle even for him, he is currently getting ready to embark on one of the busiest phases of his career.
Ranbir Kapoor is not a person that really regrets anything including his films that failed. Take Rocket Singh – Salesman of the Year for example. He admits that the failure confused him because he really believed in it but yet he says he would make a Rocket Singh every year if he could.
But one regret he does have is that he didn’t travel around the country before fame overtook him. “When I was starting out, Aamir Khan had advised me to just pack my bag and travel around India before I became an actor. But unfortunately I didn’t do that and now I understand the value of doing so.”
Maybe that’s why he is so fond of Bhopal where he recently stayed for many months while shooting for Raajneeti. This was his first brush with small-town India and it completely captured the born and bred Pali Hill boy.
Maybe that’s also why he so enjoys his late night rides on his Segway and cycle. That’s the only time he can actually be free of star trappings.
Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; March 11, 2010)
It is cricket-ainment time at cinema halls across India, with nearly 650 screens gearing up for live telecasts of Indian Premier League (IPL) matches, which will begin from Friday and continue for more than six weeks. Sources said that the final number of screens could cross 700. Cine-goers will get to watch matches without commercial breaks and also avail of other incentives. Topmost among them is master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s autographed bat, which will be circulated across all cinemas and later auctioned. Sanjay Gaikwad, of UFO Moviez, said, “A bat Tendulkar has used will be auctioned off.’’ The funds will go to Apnalaya, an NGO endorsed by him.
Tendulkar also auctioned off the first theatre ticket for the matches. From a base price of Rs 5 lakh it went for Rs 11 lakh. The money will also go to Apnalaya. Tendulkar said, “This is a very good initiative and if high-content cricket reaches the remotest areas of the country more and more youngsters will be encouraged to play the game.’’
In Mumbai, about 50 cinema halls will screen matches, including Cinemax, New Excelsior, Roxy, Meghraj (Vashi), Gem (Bandra), Inox, Fame, PVR, Big and Broadway (Kandivli).
While the cinemas are geared up for the games, there is a small hitch in opening the advance bookings. Inox cinemas’ vice-president (marketing) Harshvardhan Gangurde said, “We are all set, but await a formal notification from the state government on taxes. Otherwise, things are in place.’’ There will be no entertainment tax exemption on IPL tickets. Gaikwad added, “The government will be charging about 20 to 34%, which is the same for any film ticket.’’ Sources said tickets would cost Rs 250 to Rs 300, the cost of an average movie ticket on weekends.
Some cinemas will offer alcohol. Devang Sampat, vice president, Cinemax Cinemas, said, “Corporate bookings have started and we are offering alcohol with them.’’
Most team sponsors have already done block bookings for the entire IPL season. A source said, “There is a lot of demand for Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians, who probably have the maximum sponsors on board. Last season, KKR matches got the maximum eyeballs. With Tendulkar in tremendous form, there will definitely be a mad rush for his matches too.’’ Cinemas will offer cricketing merchandise and have cheerleaders, celebrities and live bands. Gaikwad said, “We are trying to bring the stadium into the theatre. There are lot of small towns where bookings are full and we have to add screens. In Nagpur it’s house-full even before the tournament begins.’’ In some states, including Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, cinema halls will not be able to screen the matches as film producers have objected because there would be fewer screens to show local movies. Gangurde, of INOX, said, “We hope to resolve the issue in Bangalore, but no live telecasts will happen in cinemas in TN and AP.’’
Vijay Singh | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; February 13, 2010)
Navi Mumbai: SRK fans in Navi Mumbai, who had booked tickets in advance to watch My Name Is Khan, were in for disappointment when the screening of the film was cancelled in all multiplexes there. In fact, none of the theatres in the satellite city ran the show.
Deciding to play it safe, organisers of Palm Beach Galleria Mall and Multiplex in Vashi cancelled all the film shows for Friday and refunded the viewers the price of the tickets. “We provided maximum police security to the theatres in Navi Mumbai so that the screening could go off safely, but the managements took a cautious approach. Hopefully things would return to normalcy by Saturday,’’ said deputy commissioner of police (crime) Dattatray Shinde. The City Centre multiplex and Fame at Raghuleela Mall also cancelled the screening.
When asked why Navi Mumbai was not holding shows despite being provided with police cover, a senior manager at Galleria said, “Most parts of our ground floor have a glass facade. So, instead of risking vanadlism, we thought of holding on till things were normal.’’
REDIFF.COM (February 12, 2010) 14:40 IST
Sending a stern message to troublemakers protesting against the release of My Name is Khan, Mumbai [ Images ] police on Friday said it would apply provisions of a law against them which stipulates that those inflicting damage will have to compensate the victims.
“In case of any damage caused by protestors, we will ensure that the victim gets the compensation. Section 51 and others of the Bombay Police Act, which will pave way for the victims to seek compensation, will be applied against the agitators,” Joint Police Commissioner (Law and Order) Himanshu Roy told PTI.
“Our utmost priority is to ensure everything goes fine and apply stern sections of the IPC, the Bombay Police Act and others against the troublemakers,” he said.
Against the backdrop of the decision by multiplex chains owners in Mumbai to have a limited release of Shah Rukh [ Images ] Khan-starrer MNIK post-noon on Friday, no untoward incident was reported, Roy claimed.
Meanwhile, police have arrested 665 more Shiv Sainiks on Friday morning as a preventive measure, taking the total number of the outfit’s workers put behind the bars to 2,665 since Tuesday.
Fourteen Shiv Sainiks including a corporator were Friday arrested from outside cinemas screening My Name is Khan after the activists indulged in stone pelting.
Eight Shiv Sainiks were arrested from outside Fun Republic cinema in suburban Andheri while six others were arrested from K-Star Mall.
“We have arrested Shiv Sainiks who tried to disrupt the screening of the movie at the Fun Republic by resorting to violence,” Deputy Police Commissioner, K Prasanna told PTI.
A group of Sena activists including corporator Rajul Patel gathered outside the theatre in Andheri protesting against the release of the movie following which police swiftly acted and took some of them into custody, police said.
As some of the protestors started pelting stones, police resorted to lathicharge to bring the situation under control, police added.
At K-star mall the activists were moving about suspiciously gathering people, Additional Police Commissioner Ritesh Kumar said.
‘People should boycott My Name is Khan‘
Meanwhile, VHP leader Praveen Togadia Friday asked people to boycott the movie all over country.
“To mark protest against SRK [ Images ] for his advocating cause of Pakistan the movie should be boycotted by the every true Indian,” Togadia told reporters in Jalandar.
Togaria said that SRK earned the fame and money in India [ Images ] but supports Pakistan and to teach him a lesson not only his latest movie but other upcoming movies should also be boycotted. Asked his comments on the Shiv Sena’s [ Images ] protest against non-marathis, Togria termed it as “political hype of Shiv Sena” and said VHP never supported Shiv Sena on the issue.
“Not only north Indians specially Bihari in Mumbai, but every Indian has a right to earn money for the survival in any part of the country even any Indian can stay anywhere in the country,” he said.
Image: Shiv Sena activists shout slogans in Mumbai on Friday. Photograph: Reuters
Udit Prasanna Mukherji | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; February 9, 2010)
Kolkata: Inox, which has bought the promoters’ stake in Fame, may phase out the acquired brand in future.
Inox director Deepak Asher indicated the group is unlikely to retain two multiplex brands in the long run. “We will evaluate the situation. There could be one brand and in that case, it is likely to be Inox,’’ Asher, who was in the city on Monday, told TOI.
Inox had earlier rebranded 89 Cinemas in Kolkata — after buying it in 2006 — as Inox Swabhumi. Asher said the company will continue to look at inorganic opportunities. “We have done acquisition earlier and will also look to do in future,’’ he said.
After buying 43.28% stake owned by the promoter family of Fame for an all-cash consideration of Rs 66.48 crore, Inox has already come out with an open offer for acquiring additional stake.
Asher said that after the acquisition, Inox group will have 55 properties and 205 screens. “Inox will set up 10 new properties and Fame will add five properties in Kolkata by December 2010. There will be a total of 55 new screens. The investment per screen is Rs 2-3 crore,’’ he added.
Asher claimed that after the acquisition, Inox will become the undisputed leader in most regions. The other national players in the multiplex business are Big Cinemas, PVR, Cinemax and Fun Republic.
Elaborating on future plans, he added that film distribution and production will be other areas Inox will actively look into. “The distribution business will comprise 10% of our turnover in future,’’ he added. Incidentally, Fame has a subsidiary for film distribution called Shringar Films. It has distribution rights for 100 films.
Fame ignored higher bid from us: ADAG co
New Delhi: The decision of Fame India’s promoters to sell their stake, with the management control, to Inox Liesure at around Rs 48 per share has led to loss of money for its minority shareholders as the company ignored a much higher offer from Reliance MediaWorks (RMW), an Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group company.
In a letter to promoter Shravan Shroff, RMW CEO Anil Arjun claimed that his company had offered to acquire the entire promoters’ stake of 43.28% in Fame India at Rs 80 per share. But, the promoters Shyam and Shravan Shroff sold their holdings to Inox Leisure at around Rs 48 per share in two block deals on February 3 and 5.
Several attempts to contact Shravan Shroff and Fame India spokesperson to obtain their views on why the promoters sold their holdings at lower prices failed. Neither of them took calls or replied to SMSes. They did not answer to an e-mail sent to them.
An ADAG spokesperson admitted that the company has written to Shravan Shroff about the issue. However, he refused to give details.
“Over the past nearly two weeks, we have confirmed our definite intention, in several meetings with you and your family, to buy the above (promoters) stake at an aggregate price of Rs 80 per share, representing an almost 100% premium to the prevailing market price,” Arjun wrote in the letter dated February 4. TOI has a copy of the letter.
After buying 43.28% stake in Fame India, Inox has already given an open offer to acquire additional 20% stake from public at Rs 51 per share. The offer opens on April 1, 2010. As Inox had already acquired around 7% stake in Fame through open market transaction, its total holding stands at 50.48%. So even if the open offer fails, Inox will get the management control of Fame India.
So, a senior ADAG official said, it would not like to give an open offer to acquire shares from public at Rs 80 per share.
“I am unable to understand that in this background, how the controlling stake has been sold by you, at a price which is nearly 50% lower than the firm price we had indicated in a very firm and credible offer,” Arjun said in the letter. Fame India’s stock closed at Rs 55.95 on Monday.
|Helmut Zwerger with a painting of Rajnikant in the background|
His larger claim to fame is that he is the only artist whose works have shown in space, the galactic yonder beyond Planet Earth. On October 18, 2003, paintings by Helmut Zwerger titled Oil@All were brought with a Sojus TMA-3 carrier rocket from the aerospace basis in Bajkonur to the ISS space shuttle under the control of Russian cosmonaut and “space-gallerist” Alexander Kaleri.
Portraits of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, star tenor Luciano Pavarotti, and American senator and astronaut John Glenn literally ‘hung out’ in outer space for 200 days. Closer home, Zwerger has developed a fascination with smaller, more tangible stars: Bollywood actors. Thus, Dr Helmut Zwerger from Austria will be showcasing his paintings in his patented pop-art flourishes, featuring the likes of Hema Malini, Hrithik Roshan, Madhubala, Priyanka Chopra, Vijay Mallya even.
In the suite of paintings that will open on February 9, three of the works will be from the ones that were shown to extra-terrestrial audiences in space.
When contacted about what sparked this inspiration, the artist said, “Somehow for me, it is very clear and logical that I would meet the stars of Bollywood. In my home country, Austria, Bollywood is a rage.
People are fascinated by Bollywood and its stars. Theoretically, I could have hosted this exhibition in Austria as well.” Has he met any of the stars he has painted? “No, I’ve only met Amitabh Bachchan in his office last year in February. This was at Juhu in his office! The others I’ve grabbed through the internet for references.” That’s the best way to make sure that the stars he paints get ‘space’, we presume!
|From (L): Priyanka Chopra, Hrithik Roshan, Madhubala|