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Vivek Oberoi finally breaks his silence about wife-to-be Priyanka Alva
• You have really surprised people by deciding to go for an arranged marriage…
Yes, I know (laughs). But trust me, I was always open to the concept of an arranged match. We will get married in Bangalore on October 29.
• Had you decided that you would get married in 2010?
There were no such plans. It was all my parents’ choice and it happened very suddenly. I saw her picture and learnt that she comes from a very good, educated family. Besides, being the Education minister of Karnataka, her father did a lot of humanitarian work. I met Priyanka and realised she is exactly the girl I was waiting and praying for. We connected instantly.
• Tell us more about Priyanka
She is very similar to my mom. She is a very private person, she is very real, she loves me for what I am and not what I do. Right from the word go, she looked at me as a person and not a Bollywood actor. She is a beautiful mix of traditional values and modern, independent thinking.
• What does she do?
She has completed a course in Financial Management from New York University. She does fundraising for non-profit organisations. She wants to help me in my work for the Cancer Patients Aid Association and our school in Vrindavan. She is even interested in our Project Devi. We are on the same page.
• Now that you are about to be married, how does it feel?
I’m loving it. I don’t see marriage as being a loss of bachelorhood and getting tied down. I have always been a responsible guy and I am still learning. Life has taught me many lessons.
• Any plans to set up a new house with Priyanka?
Fortunately, we have a spacious house. And I am definitely not moving out. I would always like to stay with my parents. I always want their support and blessings in my life.
• Has she seen your films?
Of course she has. But honestly, we hardly talk about films.
• Have you warned Priyanka that she might read articles linking you with your female colleagues?
I hope there won’t be anymore, especially if I am a happily married man.
• Would you like to start a family right away?
(Laughs) That’s a very personal question.
Vidya Balan answers 10 questions to BT
Garima Sharma | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; July 27, 2010)
Vidya Balan has a lot happening in her life right now. She’s the latest muse of M F Husain and has also been voted as the most appropriate bride for Rahul Gandhi. But it’s the romantic SRK and lover boy Salman Khan, Vidya hopes will woo her someday…
Last year’s been a joyride professionally. How was it personally?
I can’t draw a line between my personal and professional lives. My profession gives me great joy in my personal life.
Is it time now for a break?
I’ve been on a break past few weeks, since I came back from Delhi after the shoot of No One Killed Jessica. I’ve been helping decorate my new house, reading, watching films, meeting friends and going on dates.
No, I’m kidding. I just wish, I just said aise hi. Honestly, there’s nothing.
Okay, so how many boys do you reject every day?
I wish I had such good fortune. But, where are the boys, really?
A recent survey said that you are the most appropriate bride for Rahul Gandhi, provided he buys you a lifetime’s supply of Sabyasachi sarees…
If that happens, I won’t wave at people. I’ll just raise The Hand. But I’m not thinking of marriage right now. It’s not even on the agenda because I haven’t met anyone who has inspired that in me. First, I need to be with someone for a while and have to romance without the bindings of marriage.
What kind of romance?
Long drives with music that I enjoy in the rains, and maybe buy ourselves cups of chai from a thela.
You don’t discuss your relationships…
A relationship is between two people and should remain like that. The problem is that today, everyone is discussing relationships so openly. Anyway, I think I should become a writer besides being an actor. A romantic novel, perhaps, or actually a romantic film. Maybe I’ll start the film in five years when I have more experience with romance in my life.
And the hero would be?
Salman Khan. He’s a chhata badmaash, he’s the quintessential lover. Perhaps, Shah Rukh. He’s the ultimate romantic. Ufff ! I’m a clichéd romantic!
I’d love for him to look into the mirror when I ask him, ‘Chand dekha?’ and he’d say, ‘Haan, aaine mein dekho….’ I know, it’s corny!
You’ve got an ardent fan in MF Husain…
I know that Husainsaab wants to narrate a script to me, but it depends on when we meet. I’ve spoken to him on the phone, though. He was extremely generous. I was very flattered. He’s probably the best judge of sensuality.
The actor’s house was ransacked and the robbers fled with Rs1 lakh cash and jewellery worth Rs 75,000. Police are investigating…
Unidentified robbers broke into the residence of Om Puri’s flat in Nalanda building, Andheri, on Thursday night, and fled with Rs 1 lakh cash and jewellery worth Rs 75,000.
The incident came to light on Wednesday when Om’s son Ishaan visited the flat to play with his toys. Om’s wife, Nandita told Mumbai Mirror, “We have two houses in Andheri. We use the one in Nalanda for Ishaan’s toys and library. Ishaan went to play there and realised what had happened.
|Om Puri with wife Nandita|
The entire house had been ransacked. Ishaan called up Om, and then we filed a complaint at the Versova police station.”
“The neighbours say that they heard the door close twice around 11.30 pm on Thursday. They thought that Om and I had come there on one of our regular visits,” Nandita added.
A police team rushed to Om’s residence on Friday morning to investigate the matter. “They suspect three Nepali watchmen of the building. They were appointed five days ago and they haven’t been seen around after the incident. The police have taken all the fingerprints at the site. They are checking on all the trains leaving for Gorakhpur,” said Nandita.
Kunal Kapoor was caught climbing into someone’s house using a pipeline
Though Hindi films, Dharmendra in particular, make it seem like cakewalk, climbing vertical sewage pipelines isn’t all that easy. As for the upwardly mobile actor (pun intended) Kunal Kapoor, the stint turned out to be rather ugly. Last week, Kunal was caught climbing the water pipeline of a building in his neighbourhood, in the wee hours of the night.
Says an eyewitness, “Kunal wanted to jump into his neighbour Nimesh’s house through a window. Nimesh stays on the third floor. But before Kunal could reach there, the building’s watchman spotted him climbing the pipe and ordered him to come down immediately.”
Apparently, Kunal and Nimesh are friends. On the fated night, Kunal had decided to play a prank on Nimesh. The plan was that Kunal would climb into Nimesh’s house and would then let the rest of his friends in. They would then rearrange all the furniture in the living room and leave, so Nimesh would get the shock of his life on waking up the next morning.
Clearly, planning isn’t Kunal’s forte. Kunal and his friends got easy access into the building. Nimesh was apparently fast asleep when Kunal started climbing the building, with a few other friends muttering occasional words of support. Destiny had other plans though. “The watchman happened to pass by and spotted Kunal climbing the pipe.
The watchman did not recognise him (Kunal, try a clean-shaven look the next time) as the light was very dim and immediately raised an alarm. Kunal came down as fast as he could, but by then; a few residents from the building were already witnessing the commotion,” said the witness.
Despite a text message, Kunal did not revert with any comment. However, his spokesperson did confirm the incident.
Salman took good pal Aamir’s advice to buy property for a house in Panchgani. Aamir’s help has now borne fruit
Salman and Aamir Khan are taking their friendship to the next level. Salman has wanted to buy property in Panchgani for a long time now, but it’s never materialised. He wants to build a house there. Recently, he decided to ask Aamir Khan for help who gladly obliged and all it took was a phone call.
Panchgani is like second home to Aamir, who has a spacious cottage tucked away in the midst of old oak trees.
A source confirms, “Aamir had short-listed a few potential plots and had been guiding Salman all this while. Last week, Salman finally zeroed down on one of the plots.”
A friend in need is a friend indeed.
Actor Emraan Hashmi has bought a house for himself in Goa, his favourite place in the world. No, he is not shifting his base from Mumbai, but is making sure that his leisure time is well spent.
The actor has bought himself a four storey, fully furnished penthouse in Goa. The house has all the luxuries like a gym, a swimming pool, a private garden and a terrace.
The best part of the place is the unrestricted view of the sea.
Ready to party Emraan said, “Yes I have purchased a house in Goa. Whenever I get a week or more off from shoot, I’ll fly down to Goa and unwind there. I will get the possession of the property by the end of this year.
So I guess New Year’s celebration will be with family and friends in Goa.”
|Emraan’s house in Goa|
Jiah Khan is finally seeing her fortunes turn in Bollywood.
She is still celebrating the success of Housefull, her second film after Ghajini which worked at the box office. She has a third reason to celebrate for the actress just bought herself a house in Chelsea, London.
Talking about her new acquisition, Jiah tell us, “I am so happy today. I bought an apartment in London. For last six months I have been juggling between India and London, where I will be shooting for an English production.
And I thought this was a good time to buy a house here. It’s a two bedroom apartment in Chelsea. It feels great to own a house, that too where I grew up,” says the actress.
For a 22-year old, this would be quite an achievement. But Jiah is aiming higher. Now she aspires for a villa in France and of course, one in Mumbai too.
|Jiah’s new house in London|
Of late we have had several cases where writers have accused producers of stealing their scripts. In a strange case of reversal, Manish Goswami producer of TV shows Parampara, Aashirwad, Swabhimaan and Kittie Party had accused writer Raakesh Paswan of directly lifting an important plot of his show Shraddha and introducing it in the show Bhagyavidhata. Incidentally, Paswan is the scriptwriter for both the serials.
The producer, who had filed a case against Paswan in the Film Writers’ Association, won the case on Tuesday. As per the verdict, Paswan has been barred from writing for any show for a year and has also been asked to pay a fine of Rs 1 lakh. If he is found violating the punishment, his suspension will be extended to six years.
An incensed Goswami said, “A few months ago, I paid Rs 20 lakh to Paswan while his outstanding amount was not more than Rs 8 lakh as he said he needed money for a house and I trusted him. He betrayed my trust. I knew he was writing for Bhagyavidhata but I didn’t expect that he would end up giving them the same story. He was responsible for Shraddha going off air. What I had planned to show in 250 episodes in Shraddha, Paswan put it in a concise form in 25 episodes for Bhagyavidhata.”
Confirming the verdict of the FWA against him, Paswan said, “Haan, aisa kucch hua hai but I don’t want to say anything more.”
Imtiaz Hussain, Vice President of FWA, did not deny the story, “I am not supposed to talk about this.
By Vishwas Kulkarni (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 31, 2010)
He is currently the toast of Marathi cinema for his critically-acclaimed role in Natrang, a smash Marathi indie about the trials and tribulations of a tamasha nachya.
An impoverished day labourer, who doubles up as an amateur wrestler, transforms from being the village pehelwan to a nachya, the stock effeminate comedian in a tamasha troupe.
The film chronicles the artiste’s anguished journey from prejudice to popular acclaim. The success of Natrang has suddenly created a buzz around the world of Marathi cinema. Competing with biggies such as Avatar and 3 Idiots, both monstrous blockbusters, Natrang has become a case study for a successful Marathi flick.
From one screening a day on Day One to two screenings a day on Day Two, to three screenings a day on Day Three at Eros, the film has reached a far wider audience than anticipated; in fact after almost a month’s run it is even coming out with subtitled prints. And its lead actor Atul Kulkarni has been happy to host trails for the latest feather in his cap.
Excerpts from an interview:
How did you accept this role?
I have a simple rule. I usually respond to the script. When I initially received the bound screenplay (an entire entourage starring Nikhil Sane from Zee Talkies, director Ravi Jadhav, the producer, the cinematographer, landed up at my house to convince me, something I found very touching). But I still had to get into the idea. On reading the screenplay, I took it on.
Wasn’t the sheer physicality of being a village pehelwan and then transforming into a lithe nachya in a tamasha troupe overwhelming?
The idea of an actor gaining weight and then losing it for the same character has not been done, at least as far I know. So that excited me tremendously. I actually put on 15 kgs and then lost 17 kgs – all in a matter of seven months. While gaining weight I was still completing two other films on hand. But after the initial two months, I was exclusively working on the role of Guna in Natrang. There was no option to ration out time to anything else but this role.
What about the emotionality of the role?
I came to the internal journey only after I had become the role physically. The largest challenge was physical. That said, the internal journey of Guha is an anguished one; from an amateur wrestler to wanting to become a king in a play to eventually becoming a nachya in a tamasha troupe is a wide arc. Then there is the spectrum of relationships and social environment that keeps shifting dramatically.
All this makes the character extremely dynamic. The spine of the character though is about achieving one’s dreams in the modern context. And I think that was the constant strain emotionally throughout the many transformations of the character.
Did you look at any stock nachyas from popular culture like Ganpat Patil, someone who made his entire filmic career out of being a pansy on the tamasha stage.
I saw many of Ganpat Patil’s films, but I see Guna in a far different light. Ganpat Patil was a stock character; he was a nachya on stage and off the stage in all his films. Guna has a wider spectrum, emotionally and physically to play with. There are many more nuances to his persona.
The second half of the film is replete with how viciously society responds to Guna’s feminine side. There is even a homosexual rape sequence that is rather disturbing.
Natrang invokes many gender politics. How a man should be, how a woman should be, when these definitions are not conformed to, society can respond extremely problematically. Natrang challenges stock perceptions.
What has led to the spate of intelligent, out-of-the-box Marathi cinema of late?
There are three reasons: the multiplex has created a milieu where an average middle class man or woman can take his or her family to watch a film. This was not the case earlier, because the theatres that showed Marathi films were not the sort of places you’d take your family to on a day out.
The Marathi middle class, both lower and upper, today has the capacity to spend; education levels have gone up. So watching good cinema in your mother tongue has begun to constitute a valid recreational possibility.
|Pic: Sachin Haralkar|
Secondly, a new generation of filmmakers such as Umesh Kulkarni and Sachin Kundalkar, who have actually been trained in the craft, has emerged. In my time, it was a big deal for someone from a middle class family in Sholapur to announce that he is not going to be an engineer or a doctor.
My family was shattered to learn that I was going to enter theatre. Today a family is not shattered if they learn that their child is going to invest his career in something other than engineering or medicine. Thirdly, corporates such as Zee Talkies are taking on regional cinema with an entrepreneurial spirit that is genuine. They have not only brought in audiences, they have actually created them, perhaps because they have had the vision to foresee this trend.
So is it a viable industry today?
No, I’d wait and watch before making such a sweeping statement. We are still a far cry from being an independent industry. The number of films that are doing well are still rather limited. But that said, the trend has caught on. It’s the thing these days, they say, for a builder to shell out some loose cash to make a quick regional film! However, quality is going to be a crucial indicator.
Marathi films will have to deliver; only comedies cannot be the stock-in-trade. The over-emphasis on comedies of the Ashok Saraf-Laxmikant Berde genre, merged with the negative impact of television in the early ’90s, proved to be the death knell for the Marathi film industry then. Then again, filmmaking remains a gamble. You’re only assuming that an audience will like what you’re creating.
But what we have in our favour this time round is a bunch of good writers, better creativity. So with a budget of 60-70 lakhs, you’re in good hands. With 1.5 crore you’d still pull through with some luck. Anything above that is like the Bollywood game!
Speaking of Bollywood, you’ve pretty much anchored yourself in it. Have you ever considered television offers when the going gets tough?
No, thankfully, my plate is full with acting roles. Television is not an option because I am not the sort of person who enjoys working 365 days of the year. Work is a small part of my life; it is not my life. And I have a life!
So Bollywood and Marathi films it is.
By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 25, 2010)
Minissha Lamba is on cloud nine – last month, she finally bought her first house, a three-bedroom flat at Raj Classique in Andheri, where Bollywood celebrities Priyanka Chopra, Shahid Kapoor, Abbas Tyrewala and Satish Kaushik will be her neighbours. Says an excited Minissha, “I have been house hunting for the last six months. I had scanned the whole of Yari Road, Four Bungalows and the Versova stretch, but couldn’t find what I wanted. I was so tired by the exertion that at one point I thought of just giving up. However, I never thought of looking in this building because I never thought it would have a flat for sale. It was sheer chance that I happened to see this flat. The moment I saw it, I fell in love with it. Being single in the city, it is very important to have your own place. I am planning to do the interior design myself.