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On the sets of Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, the actress and her sister vamoosed to explore the mountains of Spain
Last Sunday was quite a dark one for the unit of Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. They were all shooting in Andalucia, south of Spain, when Katrina and her sister suddenly went missing.
On Sunday morning, when the unit gathered for breakfast, Katrina didn’t turn up. Presuming she was sleeping till late, Farhan Akhtar and others started joking about her laziness. But people began panicking when Katrina and her sister Isabelle (who had joined the crew some time ago) were nowhere to be found.
When the sisters did not surface by evening, some people thought about informing the police. The unit decided against it and chose to send out a search party to find the two women. But just then, Katrina and her sister emerged from nowhere.
|Katrina Kaif with sister Isabelle|
Says a source from the unit, “This was late in the evening. We were all wondering what to do when Katrina suddenly showed up with her sister. The girls had lost their way in the mountain.”
When contacted, Katrina confirmed the incident with a nervous giggle, “Yeah, Isabelle and I did get lost in Andalucia. It was the day off from shooting. We both love the mountains. We took off early in the morning, on our own, thinking we would be back by breakfast. But while exploring the enchanting little town, we were hooked on its beauty.”
Both the girls were mistaken for locals because they didn’t speak at all with people on the way. Katrina continues, “Somewhere during the day we lost our way on a deserted stretch. We had no map, no water, no food. On this stretch, there was not a single soul in sight. It was scary but fun.”
Reminiscing the incident, Katrina is far from looking distressed; she longs to go back to Andalucia. “Not for work, just to have fun. Me and my sisters,” she says. Sure Katrina, just carry a map next time.
It is hard to decipher Lucky Ali. Simply because the man has so many layers to him. By the time you unravel and demystify one, a newer, more fascinating aspect emerges
Singer, part-time actor, part-time environmentalist and full-time philosopher…call him what you may, but his beliefs and comments, laced with his typically reflective observations, make for a fascinating study.
Be it his neatly balanced relationships with his two wives, his music, his caustic views on the media or his deep concern for the environment, Lucky dances to his own tunes.
|Lucky says he had a premonition that he would be married twice. (Below left) With second wife Inaya|
We are in his farm, a one-hour drive from Bangalore city, surrounded by acres of green when he walks in dressed in pyjamas and an orange sweat shirt over a grey tee, those famous curls, now all salt and pepper. His hazel eyes are hidden behind dark aviators. “I have puffy eyes,” he says. He reluctantly removes the aviators and settles down on a stone bench.
Over some kadak chai and toast, his “comfort food”, he ponders on a life less ordinary.
Once again, it’s music that has brought Lucky out of near seclusion. After a five-year hiatus, he’s released ‘Xsuie’. “It means ‘at your own pace’,” he explains. He is excited about the online distribution of his album. “I wanted to do away with physical distribution. Imagine the plastic that you will be using, the paper that you will waste for making CDs. Moreover, an online release frees me up from numerous hassles associated with tying up with music companies. Also, it helps me interact with my fans directly,” he tells us.
A quick glance at his career reveals that the album couldn’t have been more aptly named. “My brother once said, ‘In life you should paddle slowly.’ I didn’t understand it at that time. But it stuck with me. And I have been living life at my own pace. The point is you should paddle slowly but never miss the bus,” he smiles.
It’s not hard to see why. He’s been an actor (debuted at 44), a singer, a carpet-cleaner, oil-rigger, horse-breeder, organic farmer, playback singer and a father of four children and the husband of two women… the many identities which bring us then to the point of his relationships.
Lucky says he met Meaghan Jane McCleary, a native of New Zealand and a pastor’s daughter, when he went to YMCA in Delhi along with his brother “Macky.” He was helping him with the door when he saw a pretty girl smile at him. “My brother says `hi’ to everyone. Soon he got talking to Meaghan. Then I joined them.
We began meeting regularly and became friends. She went back to New Zealand. That’s when my brother said, ‘She is a good girl.
You should marry her.’ When Meaghan returned to India I felt she liked me too. She came to India on a Wednesday, I proposed on a Thursday and we married on a Friday,” he narrates the love story. Today they have two children, Ta’awwuz, 14, and Tasmia, 13.
Lucky says he did have a strange intuition about his marital life. “I always knew I’d have more than one wife. In fact I did tell Meaghan about it when we got married. She thought I was joking.” But he was not. Four years after his first marriage, he married again.
This time to a Parsi girl called Anahita. Today, known as Inaya, a filmmaker and photographer, she’s lives in Mumbai with Lucky’s other two children Sara and Raiyan.
An SMS interrupts the conversation. He checks it stealthily, but can’t hide his smile. “Inaya is such a funny girl,” he says. The SMS is from her.
The conversation continues, only to be interrupted by a long-distance phone call. It’s Meaghan. Lucky is making travel plans. He will be flying out to New Zealand to bring his wife and two children back to India. “We have decided to home-school our children,” he says.
Duality of love
What does love mean to him? “Oh, love…it’s everything. The Creator loved us so much, he made this world for us…plants, animals….” Okay, let’s get specific.
What about love between man and woman (or women)? Without missing a beat he says, “Marriage.” Huh? “Marriage, that’s it,” he reiterates. “Nothing beyond that.
In my space, in the faith I follow, I have the permission to marry four times. But Allah also says if you feel you cannot deal with them equitably then marry one.”
Does that mean you can love more than one woman at the same time?
“Yes. I think I can love more than two people with the same intensity. My strength comes from the women I am married to. They are a part of my spiritual make-up.” Does his wives understand that? “I think they do.
A woman does not really have a problem if her husband marries again as long as she knows that he loves her.
And I love my wives.” He explains further, “It is not physical. It is something spiritual. It’s about children, growth, making a world, a life, something about…..” he grapples for the right words.
Then he cuts it short with a.. “It’s not about what you irresponsible journalists think it is. I’m sorry,” he apologises. “Would you like your husband to come back home and lie to you?” he asks.
No. But few women would want their husbands to come back and say they’re marrying again.
He ignores and continues, “What would be harder? Your trust would break and you would do something wrong. For what? Some men are built a particular way.
Some are suited for one marriage. I don’t think I am suited for one marriage. I move around a lot. I am a free spirit. I get lonely. I cannot cheat. What happens when you are faced with temptations? It’s better to marry. Be honest to your wife and love your wives.”
But how did Meaghan take it when she was told about his second marriage? “Like a martyr. It’s such a hard hit for a woman,” he says.
“I never knew I was going to get married to Inaya. I was spending a lot of time in India. I was lonely and needed to be with someone. It happened over a period of time.
Inaya spoke to Meaghan. And she said, ‘Go with Allah’s steps’. I have learnt so many things about life from my wives,” he says. How does he manage the balancing act? “They taught me about love and relationships. I am such a Jahil. And I have all these beautiful people in my life.”
Does your entire family live under the same roof? “The children connect with each other. But for women…it is sensitive na? Yes, we celebrate festivals together.
Earlier we all lived in the farm. Inaya and the children lived with my dad in his house, while Meghan and the children lived here with me. This is Meghan’s house,” he points out to a squat structure in front. The farm has many individual houses occupied by members of the Ali family.
Apparently, Mehmood had warned Inaya about him. “He said to her, be careful. He might just take a third wife.”
Life on the straight lane
Lucky Ali’s life, in his own words is “Out-of-the-box”. He just wants to live his life - truthfully. Truth as he knows it. “All my life I have lived in a family where two marriages was the norm. My father had two wives and so did my uncles. There was my mom and Tracy mom.
There was badi chachi and chotti chachi. And there was love. All the children grew up together with lots of love.” Then he asks pointedly, “Why do you journalists have to write about all this? There are more important issues you need to write instead of a jerk singing O Sanam and marrying twice.”
|With wife Inaya and kids Sara and Raiyan|
Agreed, but this facet of his life is intriguing to say the least. “I am not going to apologize for who I am,” he says. “Talk about the issues that worry the world. You are not thinking about deforestation; our ground water is depleting; I am worried about how this Earth is going to be for our children.”
He is not kite-flying. Lucky has spent time with farmers as part of a project with OXFAM. He is also passionate about education of children and works towards educating the underprivileged.
Currently, what is consuming him is M-Spot, a 24/7 music room that will be streamed live, online. The studio is being set up in his house. “Here those who are interested in music, can jam.
There will be artists from our own Lucky Ali Enterprise, and artists from abroad who will come and jam here.
Fans can see what we are up to and interact with us live. There’s going to be a radio station, on line space and live music room. The future is exciting,” he says.
As we mentioned, for Lucky Ali life is just a journey that paddles slowly and surely.
That he is a gay icon, even Imran Khan is willing to admit and accept. His poster from I Hate Luv Storys, shirtless and with the jeans riding perilously low, excited the gays as much as it sent the girls in a tizzy. And so Karan Johar, master at the game of publicity, went one step beyond this poster by organising a small and special screening of his film on Thursday for members of the gay fraternity. The private theatre in Bandra had people sitting in the aisles, Imran among them. Youngsters like Praful Baweja and Samir Sheth, who caught the screening, were overjoyed to spend time with their icon. They said Imran is a “sensitive, gayfriendly person” unlike a lot of abrasive actors. The actor himself was modest about the attention and said, “I have always believed in gay rights. I don’t think there are gay love stories and straight love stories. I think all love stories are beautiful because ‘love’ is that kind of an emotion.” However, he didn’t think he deserved the title of ‘gay icon’ because he hadn’t done anything significant for the cause of the community. On the contrary, his film had a few innuendos about being gay. “And humour does stand a risk of annoying someone somewhere. However, I can say that none of the jokes or jibes are meant to hurt anyone,” the actor said. He posed for photographs and signed autographs. But when asked for his phone number, Imran shyly declined to share it!
Jiah Khan, the youngest – and junior most – actor on the sets of Sajid Khan’s Houseful, was understandably bullied the most. Even when the actress was genuinely trying to help the cast with her knowledge of London city, she wasn’t spared. Incidentally, a major portion of the film has been shot in London, where Jiah has grown up.
A source from the unit reveals, “It was the first week in London, and the cast and crew were assembling below the hotel to head for the location. In the lobby, director Sajid Khan was waiting with Jiah for the rest of the crew. Just then, Jiah started chatting with Sajid and giving him some gyaan about London – details of buses, trains, cabs, locations. She was basically trying play local guide. Sajid heard her out for a few minutes, but started to lose interest soon enough.”
Apparently Sajid is quite very fond of Jiah and so was putting up with it, but when Arjun arrived some minutes later and heard her rattling off her London-nama, he just took out a scarf and tied it around her mouth.
“Jiah was stunned. She looked at Arjun who just burst out laughing. Even Sajid couldn’t control his laughter, but he played the gentleman, helping an embarrassed Jiah untie the scarf. This incident became a joke on the sets that day. Every time anyone said anything that concerned London, they would suddenly turn around to ask Jiah whether they were right or not.”
Laughs Sajid, “We were one mad family and did a lot of fun stuff on the sets. Jiah was explaining things about London very innocently but Arjun just gagged her mouth. She took it very sportingly though.”
Trust Shah Rukh Khan to joke about everything, even his own big one — his home co-production with KJo, My Name Is Khan. He was doing a rather explosive interview for ZOOM when he was asked if there was any ‘sex(y)’ scene in the film since he had just mentioned that it was a ‘mature love story’. With a straight face he quipped, “Oh, you’re asking about sex? Be more specific. Yes of course, there’s plenty of sex in the movie. My character does it everywhere. In the kitchen, the hall, the drawing room — everywhere. That’s what the movie is all about.” Obviously SRK was joking (though we were tempted to believe him at that point); because when we spoke to Karan about it he got a mini attack, “No way. I clarify right here that there is no such thing happening in the movie. It’s a love story with a twist, that’s all.” Sure KJo, we know SRK. But you say ‘twist’? SRK just ‘twisted’ it a bit more. That’s so cool, right dudes?
BOMBAY TIMES (January 29, 2010)
By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 30, 2009)
While the whole world believes that Katrina is recuperating in London with her family, a reliable London source tells us that she is actually in New York. Incidentally, Ranbir Kapoor is also in New York shooting for Sajid Nadiadwala’s Anjaana Anjaani. Coincidence? We don’t think so.
Post her surgery in Mumbai, Katrina flew off to London claiming to spend New Year’s Eve with her family. Katrina, who ushers in the New Year with her mother and siblings each year, was particularly thrilled about the family reunion this time round, because she was looking forward to playing with her sister’s little son. But apparently, family has been sidelined in favor of some companionship.
One can’t help but wonder how she planned to keep her jaunt to New York a secret. It’s a small, small world after all. When we called her grandmother’s place in London, a relative said, “Oh, but Katrina is in New York.”
However Katrina said, “I’m very much in London. It’s a joke in my family about me being in New York because I’m harassed by many calls.”
Kaif also skipped beau (or is it seriously ex-beau now) Salman Khan’s birthday in favour of New York. Ranbir and Katrina met on the sets of Raajneeti but their friendship really took off when they shot Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. For the last few months, Ranbir has been in an on-off relationship with Deepika Padukone while Katrina’s relationship with Salman Khan has slowly ground to a halt.
The actor apologised to Shah Rukh and his family on a talk show on Saturday night. When he was told that Shah Rukh’s children, who were his fans, were upset with him because of his blog, Aamir said, “I really respect Shah Rukh, especially because he is a family man. He takes care of his family. If I have hurt their sentiments, I offer my unconditional apology to Shah Rukh and his family.’’
Aamir denied that he called Shah Rukh the number 2 star. “I had said I consider Sachin Tendulkar as the numero uno, but he does not say that himself.’’
On the remark about calling his dog SRK, Aamir said it was said as a joke. He no longer calls the dog Shah Rukh, but calls him Shaaki.