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The singer is demanding his dues from Gajendra Singh of Music Ka Maha Muqabla
Singer Rahul Vaidya has filed a complaint of harassment and non-payment against TV producer Gajendra Singh at Versova police station yesterday morning.
When contacted, an irate Vaidya said, “We shot for the show with him Music Ka Maha Muqabla in November last year. My contract said that I will be paid seven days after the shoot of each episode. However it will be a year now and I am yet to receive the money.
The show got over in March and now we are at the end of October. When finally I sent an irritated message to one of Gajendra’s assistants saying that they have to pay me my money or I will have to take some action, that’s when Gajendra Singh messaged me saying that I can do whatever I wish and that I should not mess with them,.
All I want to say is that I am demanding the money which I have earned rightfully through my sincerity and hard work.
When I am right, I can mess with anyone in this world. My amount is not even huge (3.25 lakhs).
However it is the non-responsive behavior ever since the show got over which has irked me. I had no option but to file a complaint against him.
I filed a complaint at Versova Police Station yesterday morning.” When contacted Gajendra Singh said, “I had a word with my office and they said it has been cleared.” However, Rahul Vaidya said, “I am yet to get any payments.” They are not singing off the same hymn sheet.
Madhur Bhandarkar on coming a long way from being a video delivery boy, on testing new genres and believing that Kareena will eventually come around to act in Heroine
• Comedy is not your forte. Why are making one, Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji ?
It was not an easy decision to make. While some have been saying that I shouldn’t get into other genres of cinema, others say that it’s time for a change. I have always considered myself as an experimental filmmaker and this is another one of my experiments. Actors who have worked with me will vouch for my sense of humour. More often than not, I have them in splits on my sets. In fact, Tabu (who starred in Chandni Bar) used to always ask me why I hadn’t directed a comedy yet.
• After dropping out from school you even worked as a delivery boy for a video library. Did you ever think that you’ll get this far?
Honestly, no. God has given me more than I asked for. I guess it has been a mixture of hard work and luck. I think I am God’s blessed child. And I am not going to get carried away.
• Your male-oriented films, Traffic Signal and Jail, don’t do particularly well. Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji too is male-oriented. Are you nervous?
I am nervous. But that happens with me before the release of any of my films. Think of it, isn’t it early days to say that Madhur Bhandarkar makes only good female-oriented films? I don’t jump into making films just for the heck of it. Recently I had offers to remake some top South films but I didn’t see any creativity in that.
Tell me one good reason why shouldn’t I attempt to make a comedy, or say, even a romcom or a thriller, as long as the characters in my film are well fleshed out? Sooner or later, I’ll touch upon all genres.
• Will you cast Neil Nitin Mukesh (Jail) and Kunal Khemu (Traffic Signal), who seem to have lost the plot?
If I have a script for them, why not? I don’t cast actors as per their market status. Didn’t I cast Samir Soni, Arjan Bajwa and Arbaaz Khan in Fashion despite people’s apprehensions? Again if you see, I have three newcomers in Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji : Shruti Haasan, Shazahn Padamsee and Shraddha Das, whose debut films have flopped.
• Perhaps budgetary constraints might have resulted in this benevolence in casting.
Yes, I do make films within a stipulated budget. I never spend too much, I don’t overshoot. My homework is very strong. Even Jail broke even.
• Your next female-oriented film Heroine is stuck. Kareena Kapoor is latkofying you…
Kareena and I have not been in touch. She has been very busy with RA.One and Agent Vinod. But we are going to meet soon.
• She’s ditched you with Page 3 and Fashion as well…
I think Kareena is a remarkable actress with a great screen presence. From the minute I saw her in Refugee, I knew she will go a long way. I think I will be third time lucky. She deserves a lot more from this industry. I believe that Heroine will give that to her, it’s a dream role for any actress.
• What happened to that biopic on Lalit Modi called Commissioner ?
Things didn’t work out. Besides, the Lalit Modi controversy would have been too hot to handle.
• You have always been a ladies’ man. We’re disappointed to not have heard of any link-ups. Have you really changed or are you a smoother operator now?
(Laughs) Today, I am very happy the way I am living my life. Do I really need to answer this question?
• All the more…
Un dino, meri shaadi nahin hui thi. And people just perceived me that way. (laughs again).
By Devansh Patel, October 7, 2010 – 14:02 IST
The best of East and West will meet in the UK by the end of this month as one of India’s hottest talents addresses the Oxford Union, the world’s most prestigious debating society.
One of Indian cinema’s leading ladies and the star of over 30 films, Preity Zinta will answer questions from Oxford students on her experience of being a part of the world’s largest film industry and an iconic figure in a male-dominated business.
Preity Zinta is considered as a role model to many who aspire to achieve success through hard work and honesty. Zinta is the latest in a long list of prominent speakers to have visited the Oxford Union, which has also hosted former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, as well as current Prime Minister David Cameron, US Presidents Reagan and Nixon, the Dalai Lama, Stephen Hawking and Mother Teresa. The Union is no stranger to the world of entertainment either, claiming Michael Jackson, Natalie Portman, Pierce Brosnan, Clint Eastwood and Martin Sheen as past speakers.
When asked about the upcoming visit, Zinta said that she is very excited at the prospect of speaking at such a prestigious debating society.
Ash Sangha, Vice President of the Oxford Union, who was responsible for inviting Preity Zinta, commented, “I am very excited to be welcoming Preity Zinta to speak here at the Oxford Union Society this coming October. She is quite simply a global superstar. Throughout nearly 200 years of history, the Oxford Union has heard from high profile figures who are the leading lights in their field, and Preity’s film roles, and her deep commitment to causes beyond cinema, such as cricket, journalism and philanthropy have captured the imagination of the watching world. Her charity work for the Loomba Foundation is very close to her heart as well her determination to stop Human Trafficking especially of children and young women. “As much loved for her un-moderated honesty as her career high points, I know that our members here in Oxford cannot wait to have the chance to meet her and hear from her,” said Sangha.
Though Aamir Khan tried to play peacemaker, Resul Pookutty is at war with a multiplex for botching up the screening of Rajni’s hit
It’s ironic that at a screening of Robot, of all things, the machines failed to work. Rajnikanth’s power show for his film at a suburban multiplex was full of glitches. And the sound editor of the film, Resul Pookutty, was certainly not amused.
Dissatisfied with the sound quality three hours prior to the show, Resul had voiced his discomfort too. But apparently, the theatre officials paid no heed and started the show. Sure enough, the sound crashed in the second half of the film, which had to be stalled as a result for over 30 minutes. Pookutty was livid with the organisers and only on Aamir Khan’s insistence was he pacified.
He felt that what happened on Monday night was unfortunate and symptomatic of how theatre owners are lackadaisical about the technical finesse involved in screening films. Said Pookutty, “We had a show for the biggest people in the industry but the sound quality was so inferior. I spent 45 days to design the sound of the film and this is the result we got. If this happens in the presence of the cream of the industry what must the common man be going through? This is like Husain making a classic painting and somebody throwing ink all over it.”
Pookutty feels that theatre owners are only interested in making their money and nothing else. “All our hard work goes down the drain. I hope that the government makes certain guidelines for the exhibition sector of our film industry, or else their licenses should be cancelled. I believe that every viewer who spends money to watch a film should get the best and nothing less than that. The Robot show was a blatant example of the entire system and the problems in it.”
Aamir Khan played truce-maker and the film was thus screened after this forced interval. Pookutty added, “I had predicated that something would go wrong. The sound was blown up and then we had to do a lot of damage control. We apologised to the invitees.”
For justice in the wake of this humiliation, Pookutty has drafted a letter to the Indian Motion Pictures and Producers’ Association. “I hope that the association, which is also aware of this, does something about it. I feel angry and humiliated at what is happening and I will continue my struggle to get these things sorted out,” he concluded.
Resul Pookutty to file RTI against multiplexes for poor sound & picture quality
By Subhash K. Jha, October 6, 2010 – 10:59 IST
On Monday evening, Rajinikanth’s warm and unparalleled gesture of bringing Robot to Mumbai personally for a special screening before his Bollywood friends, culminated in a horrendous mess with the sound being completely disrupted in the 7th reel, leading to a long and embarrassing and unscheduled break just before the crucial climax of the film.
The screening, it might be mentioned was, was leading man Rajinikanth and director Shankar’s belated but critical attempt to familiarize Bollywood’s who’s-who with Robot which had already swept the nation. Its disruption has hurt the film’s crew in both emotional and more practical ways.
And now heads will roll. The team behind Robot plans to sue the chain of theatres and also approach the government to specify quality-control methods to check sound systems in the multiplexes of Mumbai.
Speaking about the evening’s nightmarish, fiasco Robot’s bitterly disappointed enraged and now redressal-seeking sound designer Resul Pookutty says, “From the start of the screening I knew there was something seriously wrong. Then I came to know three sets of speakers were not working. I was so upset that I immediately wanted to stop the screening. But Aamir Khan pacified me, explaining it would look very improper in front of all these stalwarts to stop the show.”
Then Resul’s worst fears came true. “After seven reels with 40 minutes of playing-time to go, the sound collapsed completely. It was a nightmare. When finally the screening was restored the sound was worst than before. It was one of the most humiliating evenings of my life. I haven’t slept the whole night. And now I won’t sleep until I receive justice on behalf of all the technicians of Indian cinema, not to mention the average patron who is not aware of the deplorable standards of sound and projection provided by almost all the multiplex chains in Mumbai.”
The disappointment and sense of betrayal is so enormous that Resul chokes with emotion while talking. “We (the Robot core crew) had decided on the show after seeing the impact it had made in the South. Down there I have fought a relentless battle to change the sound quality in theatres. And now patrons in the South are so conscious of their rights to get optimum-quality sound and visual value that in Kerala, audiences broke seats and disrupted screenings at theatres with sub-standard technical value.”
Resul wants to create the same value-awareness among audiences in Mumbai, and a critical step ahead in his fight against sub-standard projection and sound in Mumbai’s multiplexes is an RTI being filed before the government.
Says Resul, “After that evening’s experience I have already approached the IMPPA (Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association) on behalf of the sound association of the Indian film industry. I’m next filing an RTI (Right To Information) with the government seeking to know what are the yardsticks applied before multiplexes are granted licences for operation. Are sound and projection quality a part of the licensing checks?”
Resul won’t sit easy until the matter is resolved. “After Slumdog Millionaire and the national and international awards, I at least have voice about sound in our movie theatres. While in South India the sound-quality in theatres has been drastically upgraded, in the North I am sorry to say theatres continue to use an inferior technical infrastructure. Sometimes smuggled machines are employed. I’ve often bribed projectionists to do their jobs better. During Black, Sanjay Bhansali and I went personally from theatre to theatre to check the sound. What we discovered was shocking. Does the average patron who pays Rs.150 for a ticket know how he’s being cheated? This is why I’m filing an RTI with the government.”
Legal action against the multiplex chain that was behind the Robot team’s shame on Monday evening is also being taken.
Says Resul, “We were already fighting an intense battle against the quality of visuals and sound provided by the multiplexes. After being so humiliated and shamed in front of the film industry on Monday evening, it’s an all-out battle for our rights and the rights of the cinema-going audience. Actually what happened on Monday evening was a shame not just for the Robot team but the entire Indian movie industry.”
King Khan pours his heart out in a stirring interview about his relationship with his father, what he learnt from his parents and how he approaches life
“I’m honest but I’m not defensive about winning and living well,” says Shah Rukh Khan, as he looks back at life 30 years after his dad died of cancer in Delhi.
You’ve been posting messages about your dad today (Sep 19) … nostalgia?
Haan yaar… I just suddenly realized today, I woke up and I’d forgotten what date it was, I just looked at the newspaper and then realized it… Actually, before that, at night, strangely, my son came to me – my wife is at the hospital, she’s staying there – and he came to me and said, ‘papa, I want to give a hug.’ So I asked, ‘why?’ And he said, ‘just like that, papa… I think, I love you’. I found it very touching.
And then I woke up and realized that it was my dad’s death anniversary when I saw the newspapers. And I’m glad I’m in Delhi today. I’ll go and pray in a while. When good things happen in my life – and I think every day a good thing happens in my life – I feel, I wish, that my parents were here, as my kids are growing up. For example, we had to bring the kids here, we couldn’t leave the kids in Mumbai; sometimes you suddenly feel, arre, if I had my parents, you could always leave the kids with their grandparents, but that’s not to be. We don’t have any elder at home. I miss that, I miss them…
It’s been a long, long time since my father died. I calculated it in the morning itself; its been 30 years. I feel happy to be in the town where he lived and died today. Ek ajeeb sa… isme kuch supernatural nahin hai, but I feel nice to be in the vicinity of where your family has lived and breathed.
Do you ever manage to go the house where he lived, relive memories?
The Gautam Nagar one? You see, my father died when we were in Green Park. My mother expired in the house we lived in, in Gautam Nagar. Yeah, I go in the night sometimes… I take the kids for a drive, go past the area, but I haven’t specifically gone into the house, no.
You don’t have the luxury of walking into the house where your father lived his last days without cameras and people around, do you?
No, I’m sure I can walk in and they won’t say anything! I remember when my sister was joining university – I must have been 14 and she must have been 18 or 19 – my father took us to Delhi University. He took us into Miranda College. He had lived in a room there. I think perhaps it wasn’t an all-girls college in those years; anyways, the principal had allowed him to stay in a room there. So he took us to the room, and he opened the door, and there were some girls there, and he said to them, ‘beta, bura mat manna, main yahan pe rehta thaa.’
So I’m sure I can also walk into somebody’s house and say, listen, I stayed here, and they won’t mind. But no, I’ve never tried, I’ve just seen them from outside. I normally do take the kids out for a drive at night, tell them this is where I used to stay, this is my old house… they kind of feel nice. But yes, I’ve never gone inside.
You don’t miss not stepping in and taking a look and saying, this is where his chair used to be, this is where he lived, this is where you had those childhood memories…?
Na… nahin, I feel I don’t think I’d like to do that. I’d feel too sad. I’ve seen it from the outside at night but I probably wouldn’t want to go in. I don’t know. Maybe I don’t want to go inside, which is why I never have. I haven’t thought about it. Now that you’re telling me, is when I’m thinking about it.
Maybe you wouldn’t want to go with anyone around.
Yes, if I do, it’ll be by myself, because there are things I don’t share with the world, and I’m very clear about that… But I don’t think it’ll be right for the people who are living there for me to knock and walk in and say, ‘hi, I’m here because my dad’s memories are here for me.’ They must be having a happy life in that house and they should just have their own memories in that house, not mine. My memories should move with me. So, no, I don’t wish to go inside either of the houses where my parents died. If it was my house still, then of course I would go – but it’s not. And I don’t think I associate the space with my father and mother. A material space isn’t something that I need to go to think of them… of course I’ll go to my father’s grave and pray at night sometimes.
That’s a luxury you have?
Yes, yes… I’ll go quietly and at night. It’ll be scary, but I’ll go (laughs)! If I can’t go there, I’ll go to the vicinity and pray.
And the kids?
I’ve taken them, yes, I’ve taken my kids to my parents’ graves a few years back. Not my daughter, she was too small, but my son, yes. I like to take them sometimes. My wife gets a little worried sometimes, she says, ‘don’t. Take them in the daytime if you must.’ So maybe I’ll send them in the daytime with the family, and I’ll go later at night.
When they are a little grown up, maybe, I’ll take them along. You need to know your roots… like I, unfortunately – my father’s family, I have hardly met. I’ve known them, and known of them, they’re in Peshawar, but not much.
Sometimes I think – arre, what did my father’s father look like? I’d like my son to know more than I do – to know how his father’s father looked like, to pray a little for all the goodness that has come his way in life…
How unreal does all this look today? When you lost him, you were a fatherless 14-year-old in a small house in Delhi. Today, all of Delhi would line up to spend a few minutes with you.
I was speaking to my brother-in-law on this a little while back… I come here, even if I go to the hospital, the Escorts people, Dr Seth and all the other doctors are very kind… People stand in lines to see me, wave out to me. There’s so much riding on me all the time…
This is as much a distance someone could have covered in 30 years, isn’t it?
Yes, I just realized, if somebody were to ask me what I did to become successful in this distance – people do ask me that – and I swear I don’t know. I think about fathers telling their kids what they should try and be. I never knew what I will be. I just studied, went from one place to another, went to Mumbai and acted a little – and before I have realized it, I have a son who is 12 years old, a daughter who is 10 years old, I am sort of famous, I am respected a lot, I am loved a lot.
And I find love in all the writings on how successful I am and on how unsuccessful I am going to be. He’s the biggest star. He’s not the biggest star. All the discussions I read about myself, I find love in all of them, they’re concerned, that’s why they talk about me.
And I just remember roaming about the streets here, as a nobody… I’ve come here (Gurgaon) when this was a desolated space, once, twice maybe.
I just don’t know how all this happened. And I don’t know – absolutely from the bottom of my heart I don’t know how I became successful. There are better looking people than me, more talented than me, as hard working as me – or maybe more. But why did it all come to me? Why has it sustained for so long?
I’ve thought about this. And I came to the conclusion that it has happened because I never doubted what I am doing. I never doubted the fact that there wouldn’t be somebody to look after me after my parents died – even though there was no one. I never doubted that I would be able to make ends meet for myself. I never doubted whether the work that I do would be a failure. And in fact I feel that as we have it all, we begin doubting – so I need to go back to that basic.
I was just telling a lady here that I have the heart of an entertainer. From the food I serve at my home to the cold drink I serve you, I want you to smile. The heart that I have – the heart of an entertainer – a part of it has always been sensible enough to do the business part of it. But a large part of it, a large part of my heart, still believes in magic. Because I believe in magic, magic happens to me
Also it happens, I believe, because my parents have given me that prayer – that listen, don’t worry, you are magic. I don’t have any other reason to believe in my success. I can’t duplicate it. I can’t tell my kids to become the same. There’s no way – and I know it. But I think I am surrounded by the magic of my parents’ soul. I believe that. I truly believe that. And I don’t do anything special – I think of them, I pray to them, I pray to Allah and say, keep them nicely. But I am surrounded by the magic of their souls. So if God takes away from you something – if Allah takes away from you the most important aspect of your life, he fulfills other aspects. And today with my kids, I feel even the vacancy of my parents is fulfilled. I have got a son and a daughter – and I always think of them like my father and my mother, in the sense that chalo yaar, woh they, agar woh hote to main hota, biwi hoti, behen hoti – abhi bhi wohi team hai.
I am alone in what I do – I have a very small family – but I am never lonely. I don’t need so much. I just need these 3-4 people to keep me away from loneliness, and I think that’s the gift my parents have given me. I’m all alone, I am an outsider in Mumbai, but I do things with a lot of belief. I screw up also, I go wrong, I take pangaas, but I’ve always stuck to – agar isne galat bola hai, toh take a stand; agar yeh sahi bol raha hai, support; abhi yeh ulta bol raha hai, toh chup ho jao yaar, keep dignity.
It’s my belief that so long as I am doing that, I will never be lonely. I will be alone, but I am happy – that’s what life has given me, that I will walk alone. My loneliness has always been fulfilled by 3-4 people; earlier, my parents and my sister, now, my sister, my wife and kids. So it’s a great gift. On good days, especially in Delhi, I miss my parents, and I do today, because it’s a coincidence that I’m here today.
Coincidences happen… two, three years ago, on this day, somebody called me to release some medicines for them in Bangalore. Kiran Shaw. I didn’t know her. I said, mujhe Bangalore nahi jaana yaar… and again, I looked at the papers, and realized it was 19th September, dad’s death anniversary. So I asked my EA, what medicine? He said, cancer medicine. I said, listen, just fix up a plane quickly, I’m going. They’d even changed their programme in the meantime, and asked why I was coming now – and I was like, I don’t know you, but somehow this is connecting – this is about a cancer medicine, and my dad died of cancer, and today is the day he died – so here I am. You have to believe in these things – whether faith, love, magic. The ‘non-existent’ things for human beings. We have to believe in them. I do.
I had a choice of costumes today; I chose to wear a sherwani, I said to myself, my dad would like it.
You often speak about your dad as a reference point – waqt ki chhoti, dad’s eyeglasses…
Also my mom. My dad was very gentle, very honest – and his honesty killed him. My mom was also very honest, but she was a woman of the world. She knew how to fight the world, while retaining her integrity.
Why do you say his honesty killed him?
I think he was, you know… he was very successful, then became unsuccessful… he was a lawyer, he did not practice… he had a lot of options to take favours from people, which he did not. He went to Peshawar with a lot of dreams, took me also there… but I think somewhere he felt let down, he worried a lot, and I think worries cause cancer. And today it’s proven also, in some ways, worries cause ulcers, and other things, and cancers. I think those worries just took his life – otherwise he was very strong, was just 51, no heart disease, never drank, nothing… I think just sticking to impractical honesty and beliefs took him away early.
My mother, on the other hand – though she also died at 50 – she was a go-getter. The training I got from the both of them was – from my dad, be gentle, be religious, be kind, be honest. He taught me shayari, poems.
What I learnt from my mom was – let me put it this way. There are three development stages of a kid – I’ve been giving lectures so I remember this. The first development should be of the heart – love, art, music, nature, all good things. The second part is development of the head – how to use it, how to develop the intellect. And the third part is, development of the hand – how to put that intellect to use. These three – but in that order. I truly believe that my father taught me the heart, and my mother taught me the intellect.
That’s why when I meet people, youngsters, I tell them – please go out, and win your material goals as much as you want – honestly. Don’t be like, how a lot of people think, yeh nahi hona chahiye, woh nahi hona chahiye, chhoro, aur bhi gham hai zamane mein. You should fulfill your material desires. Fulfill them honestly, straightforwardly, without owing it to anyone. Don’t ask. Go and work for it.
The mixture that I got from them – I think that is the person I am. And so I miss both of them, perhaps differently. When I’m going wrong at work, I’m thinking of my mom, that I need to go out and DO IT, even if it all looks to be going wrong, go and give it my best shot. And when I’m going wrong in life, in my thoughts, that’s when I think of dad. Then I’m like, isko maaf kar do yaar. Galti ho gayi toh chhoro na yaar. Yeh ulta bol raha hai, lekin jaane do… You have to overcome a lot of latent and spontaneous anger and disturbance. My dad was like that. Mom would have slapped. So I learnt how to slap from my mom, and how to hold it back from my dad (laughs).
I don’t know if I can teach it all to my children, you know, because I’m a watered down version of their goodness.
When you’re 50 yourself, you’ll tend to do that comparison more frequently, perhaps?
I don’t know, but my sister has been telling me that I have begun to look more and more like my dad – and I take that as a compliment. Because he was a gentle soul. I don’t think I can ever be like my dad. I am a little too material, and a little too worldly intellectual. I wish I could say it right now, but I’d be lying if I said that I can be as simple as my dad. That’s an inner calling. If it happens, well and good, because then I’d be a well-off honest man. I’d like that, yes! If at the age of 50, if I can pass on the education that my dad gave me, it would be great, but I honestly don’t think I’d be able to reach that calibre. I think I am always going to be a mix of what my parents taught me.
Is that a bad thing?
It’s a fantastic thing. I think my mix is the best mix. You’re straightforward, honest, and you’re living well – I think that’s the best way. I tell my kids what I tell all youngsters – work hard, play harder, and don’t forget to pray. To that I’ve now added – pay your taxes also. Don’t owe anything to anybody. Always a giver be, if you can afford to. And just lead your life in the way that, at the end, it shouldn’t be, arre yaar, mujhe aise nahi karna thaa – no regrets at the end of your life.
The P.S. I Love You star was bowled over by Bollywood hunk’s professionalism
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 2, 2010)
When Scottish hunk Gerard Butler visits Mumbai in future, he will meet one more person apart from his usual friends Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra. Sources indicate that Gerard has become friends with Ranbir Kapoor and has quite liked Ranbir as a person as well as an actor. The two met up for the first time when the 300 star visited the sets of Sajid Nadiadwala’s forthcoming film in the meat packing district of the US to meet Priyanka.
“As everyone knows, Gerard and Priyanka are thick friends and so when he learnt that she was in the US, he paid a visit to her on the sets of Anjaana Anjaani. This is where he was introduced to Ranbir. Gerard hadn’t met the Raajneeti star before even, when he had visited Mumbai some time back and Shah Rukh had thrown a party to welcome him to the city,” reveals an eyewitness who was present on the sets.
The source adds, “Ranbir was very cordial to him and Gerard instantly liked Ranbir. He was informed about Ranbir’s work and during his short stay on the sets he noticed the professionalism with which Ranbir was approaching his acting. Gerard really appreciates hard work and so he was quite happy to meet the young actor. We hear they have discussed the prospect of meeting up again when he is in Mumbai or when Ranbir travels to the US.” Ranbir, when sent an SMS asking for his comment on the news, chose to remain mum.
The young starlet, who is being mentored by Salman Khan, reveals how she used to be chubby once upon a time
Sweet and effervescent Sonakshi Sinha, the latest star kid on the B-town block, who makes her big screen splash with Dabangg, has found a surprise mentor in her hero Salman Khan.
Salman is taking a keen interest in shaping her career, is known to be monitoring her gym routine, teaching her to paint and even tutoring her on the kind of films she should pick!
All the effort has paid off as Sonakshi confirms that except for a film from Arbaaz Khan’s production house, she isn’t on a signing spree. There’s buzz that she’s teaming up again with Salman in her next film. She diplomatically says, “I know who I am going to be paired with next, but I can’t talk about it now. And if ever I am going to sign a film it should at least be as good as or better than Dabangg.
Sonakshi, who’s done a course in fashion designing, says films happened to her “by accident. I never thought about getting into films though I did have an interest in modelling. Actually, Arbaaz and Salman saw me walk the ramp and approached me for their film. Now I’m hooked to films. I enjoy acting.”
What did papa dearest have to say about her career choice? “He didn’t say much, but I know he’s proud of me.” Her father is essaying the role of NTR in Ram Gopal Varma’s Rakta Charitra. How much does she know about southern cinema ? “Almost nil. Maybe with time, I’ll get to know more about the southern film industry,” she says.
We hear Sallu’s teaching her to paint. “I was good at sketching (that’s part of my fashion designer training) but Salman taught me how to raise that art to a new level by introducing me to painting. Painting has a calming effect on me. For now I stick to forms and faces,” she says.
Talking of forms, the now svelte Sonakshi was once chubby young girl. How did the turnaround happen? “It took me a good two and half years to lose that excess 30 kilos. It was all about hard work and determination. I was gymming two hours per session twice a day and was also on a diet. I don’t think I can do it now. I tend to be lazy, but I do make it a point to go to the gym four to five times a week to maintain my weight and I avoid eating carbs at night. I eat healthy, that perhaps explains the glow on my skin!”
On a parting note, which younger co-actor would she like to romance in her next films. Her reply is prompt and predictable: “I’d want (to work with) Ranbir, Imran and Neil.”
Nikhil Dwivedi talks about his equation with the two Khans of Bollywood
Deepali Dhingra | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; July 20, 2010)
Raavan wasn’t favourably received at the Box Office. Was that disappointing for you?
Obviously, because every actor has expectations from his film. But at least I got some good reviews for my performance and that is heartening. I’ve seen the hard work put in by all, right from the director to all the actors, including Aishwarya and Abhishek. Somewhere, I don’t feel disappointed for myself but for the entire cast and crew. For me, this film was a step forward in every way.
What’s in the pipeline now?
I want to concentrate on the remake of Arjun, I’m quite excited about that. We have changed the entire script and made it contemporary as unemployment is not an issue so much now. But again, it’s about the main protagonist being against the system. Then there’s a film with Shashank Shah, who made Dasvadaniya. A film with Tushar Kapoor would be releasing sometime in September. It’s a very edgy film.
What’s happening with Basra?
Basra was delayed for some reasons. But I’ve been told by director Navdeep Singh that the project is on. I believe they are looking forward to shooting it sometime in October. They’ve taken my dates for it.
Recently, there have been rumours about your falling out and patching up with Shah Rukh Khan as well as your proximity with Salman Khan. What’s the true picture?
I’ve known Shah Rukh Khan a fairly long time, have always looked upto him and regard him as a mentor. Usually, I refrain from talking about our friendship because the position that I’m in, it looks I’m piggybacking on him, and I don’t want him or anyone else to get that impression. Just for that reason, I’m reluctant to talk about the friendship I share with him. Having said that, I have also known Salman for quite some time. Very recently, I joined him for his charity show in Dubai. Salman was extremely encouraging and very affectionate towards a novice like me. He was so affectionate towards me without ever wondering if Shah Rukh’s close to me. Shah Rukh has never ever told me who to be friends with or who to interact with. They’re two adults and they disagree, we should respect that. That doesn’t mean we can interact with one and can’t with the other. Each of them are doing their work and doing their best. One should interact with them and learn as much as one can from them.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, July 8, 2010 – 11:01 IST
He is all of twenty seven and already touted as the next big thing. Some jealous lot credit it to his lineage while others accept that it is sheer hard work and performance skills that has made Ranbir Kapoor a star.
In the July issue of Hi! Blitz magazine Ranbir stands confident in his demeanour looking absolutely breathtaking; someone who has every thing to make a girl swoon. Go through the issue, and in the lengthy interview that the star gave one would realise what Ranbir is really all about. He is in fact an introvert and a shy guy. To quote him “I have had only three relationships in the 27 years of my life. I have never cheated or two-timed a woman. People have this image that I am a ladies man, but it’s not true.” The young Kapoor discloses his love for cinema, his take on relationships and more making this issue a spicy one for Ranbir fans.
The bohemian Manisha Koirala ties the knot in Kathmandu on June 19
DEBARATI S SEN Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; May 11, 2010)
The bohemian Manisha Koirala is getting married. Yes, finally! At 40, and after a string of broken relationships and two near marriages — in 2001, to the Australian ambassador to Nepal, Crispin Conroy, and last year, to American inspirational author Christopher Dorris. The Koirala family, which is the Gandhis and Kennedys of Nepal, have found a suitable groom for the on-and-off Bollywood actress in local businessman Samrat Dahal. He has a leather business in Kathmandu with offices in Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Agra and Kanpur. They have fixed June 19 as the wedding date. And everybody is happy, especially Manisha. “You could say it was a semiarranged marriage,” she smiles, still beautiful despite the age lines and crows feet that mark her years. The couple met through friends a few months back and realised that they both wanted the same things — to settle down in life and get married. They got their parents involved and it all worked out. “So ours is a semi-love, semiarranged marriage,” explains the actress who has three films releasing this year in Do Paise Ki Dhoop — Char Ane Ki Barish, Chehere, and Ek Second — Jo Zindagi Badal De. She’s also doing a Telugu film and will return to Nepali cinema after two decades with a film called Dharma later this year. Beau Samrat, however, is a non-filmi person. “He is a nice person, simple, endearing, an intellectual and a workaholic,” says Manisha. She thinks he may have seen her in 1942 — A Love Story, but to give Samrat an idea that
Bollywood was not just fun and glamour, she invited him onto the sets. “He saw me act and realised that there is a lot of hard work involved,” says Manisha. Work apart, what was also important to the Nepali actress who has been away from family and home, was that Samrat got to know and like her friends in Mumbai. So she brought him down. “My friends loved him. Once he met them, all his apprehensions disappeared. We all bonded very well,” she says happily.
She’s a bundle of nerves as the wedding date draws near. “I am super excited but a little nervous as well,” admits Manisha despite the many relationships she has had in the past. “I have had my phases. But now it has to be family,” she states when asked about her past. At this point, the actress does not know whether they will settle in Mumbai, Kathmandu or even New York, but she is sure that she will continue working for Bollywood. “I have had a very fulfiling career and have worked with the best talents in the industry… and I want to continue my work. Samrat is not the interfering kind. He has encouraged me to continue. After the wedding, I will return to Mumbai in August. I am working on a few interesting films one of which is based on Mayawati,” she adds. (Contributed by Meena Iyer and Rachel Fernandes)