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Shabana Azmi reflects upon her journey as she turns 60 on September 18
Deepali Dhingra (BOMBAY TIMES; September 14, 2010)
If you’d thought Shabana Azmi would slow down once she reaches the official retirement age, think again. The lady is here, there, everywhere! BT managed to pin her down at her Juhu residence where she opened up about the ups and downs of life…
At 60, how do you look back on your life?
• There have been ups and downs, but I do not regret anything because in order to become more than the sum total of your past, you need to also embrace the bad along with the good and take it chin up. I think I have grown everytime I have stumbled and succeeded. So I really embrace the 60 years I’ve spent with deep satisfaction.
Is life going to change or slow down now?
• Looking at how my life has been and how it’s going to be in the next couple of months, I don’t see anything changing. It’s just as frenzied and crazy and hectic as ever! My fingers are always in every single pie. I’ve just finished some shows of my play Broken Images. I’m going to open a new play called Seven. It’s like a documentary play as there are narratives by real life women whose lives are being collated together into a play. Then immediately after that, there’s Kaifi Aur Main for the Delhi government as a run up to the Commonwealth Games, followed by a month-long tour of Broken Images. In fact, I’ve had to let a very important international film go as my dates are clashing, but a commitment is a commitment. After that, I come back and start on Midnight’s Children. Javed tells me that’s it’s genetically impossible for me to slow down!
Looking at the amount of theatre you’re doing, have films taken a backseat?
• I am doing films as well. I’ve got a lot of scripts to look at but at this stage, only these many roles that come my way are good roles. I’m at a very comfortable stage where I don’t need to do anything unless I want to do it.
What would you consider your important milestones?
• In films, the milestone would be that I decided to join the film institute, that shaped my future. Then I always feel it’s about being at the right place at the right time. I have been really fortunate as Ankur happened, parallel cinema happened. I got wonderful roles and parts. Again in 88-89, I started doing films abroad because the Indians and Asians started becoming so much a part of the fabric abroad that roles started becoming available. Becoming the Member of Parliament was the biggest learning curve in my life. I took it very seriously and I think I benefited very deeply.
Professionally, life has been very good to you, personally did you ever regret not having kids of your own?
• Regret is too big a word, I don’t regret anything in my life. Yes, my life would have been different if I had kids. For a long time, I didn’t believe that I couldn’t have kids, I thought I’m God’s loved child, I’ll have everything. But when I came to terms with it, I really came to terms with it. I didn’t create an ache in my heart, because I really enjoy Zoya and Farhan, and for that I really thank Honey from my heart. They came to me when they had had their measles and chicken pox and I didn’t have to deal with any of that! (laughs) Of course, it would have been wonderful if I had kids, life would have been different.
Shilpa Shetty Kundra gets Lalbaugcha Raja replica home
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 13, 2010)
This has been a special Ganeshotsav for Shilpa Shetty Kundra. The Bollywood hottie has brought Lord Ganesh home for the first time. And, the idol is a tiny replica of the Lalbaugcha Raja — Mumbai’s most popular Ganpati, which is said to possess divine powers and attract millions of people of all faiths from far and wide during the 10-day festival.
Shilpa herself has kept the doors of her Juhu home open to everybody who wants a darshan of her adorable Ganpati. Dressed up in a traditional Indian saree and supervising the lavish puja with support from husband Raj Kundra, sister Shamita and mother Sunanda, the gorgeous actress told BT, “This is an emotional moment for me. I had thought that once I’m married, I will bring Ganpati home. It wasn’t a mannat or anything but simply a strong desire. I got in touch with the people who worked on the Lalbaugcha Raja and they agreed to make a replica for me.”
She’s been to the original mandal at Lalbaug down the years to pay obeisance to Lord Ganesh. And she’s walked from home to Prabhadevi on Tuesdays to seek His blessings at the Siddhivinayak Temple there. “I was going through a lean phase and I don’t know how many Tuesdays I walked. It must be over 21. But I could see the difference it made to my life. I believe in all Gods. And Ganpati is the lord of success and removes obstacles. Big Brother happened for me, a whole lot of opportunities opened up for me, and I also met Raj. I was going to Lalbaug this time, too. Somehow, Ganpati has always looked after me,” she said.
Meanwhile, husband Raj who is camera-shy, preferred to let Shilpa do the talking. He is actually the more religious of the two. “We are both karma believers,” revealed Shilpa. “His belief in God is beautiful. For someone who was born and brought up abroad, it is amazing that he knows more about mythology than I do. He keeps telling me stories about how Ganpati lost his head and how he got his elephant head. It’s beautiful that he shares the same faith as I do.”
Abhay Deol’s girlfriend Preeti Desai has moved in with him
Abhay Deol and his girlfriend, Preeti Desai (British model and Miss Great Britain 2006), are inseparable. The 20 March 2009 issue of Mumbai Mirror was the first to report that they were dating. On 9 July 2010 we further informed you that Preeti had flown to Spain to accompany Abhay, who was shooting for Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. The latest grapevine is that the two are now in a live-in relationship.
Preeti has moved into Abhay’s flat at Juhu. Earlier, Abhay was living with the Deols in their palatial bunglow in Juhu. However, he moved out in 2007 and is now living in a separate house in the same locality, one that Preeti could well be sharing with the actor. Says a source, “The two are very happy. Their relationship, which did have its fair share of ups and downs, is now rock-steady.”
Preeti and Abhay’s relationship ran into turbulent waters when Abhay went to America in mid-2009 for a few months; the long distance started telling on their relationship.
But once Abhay returned to India, the two not only sorted out their problems but also cemented their union.
This is not the first time that Abhay is in a live-in relationship. In a recent interview to a magazine, he said, “I’ve had a live-in relationship before, and I’m most likely to have one again.
If I was serious with a girl, things would automatically move towards living together.”
Preeti is the first woman of Indian origin to win the Miss Great Britain title. Born and brought up in London, she is settled in Mumbai since 2008 and done quite a few modelling assignments.
Abhay and Preeti first met in February 2009 at the success party of the Abhay starrer Dev D. It was love at first sight.
Both Preeti and Abhay are quite settled in their respective careers. While Abhay has almost moved into a quasi-A bracket post Dev D, Preeti has a lot of modelling work, aside from Ekta Kapoor’s film Shor opposite American TV actor Sendhil Ramamurthy.
Neither Abhay nor Preeti responded to our text messages.
Producers of We are Family were allegedly insisting on a minimum two-week slot from single screens in the city. But some single screen owners were unwilling to compromise on Dabangg
With two major films scheduled for release from two separate camps — We Are Family (September 2) and Dabangg (Sept 10) — a scramble for single theatres is ensuing between Dharma Productions and Arbaaz Khan Productions. Dharma, which is releasing We are Family a week before Dabangg wants a two-week commitment from some single theatres. However, not all are complying with the demand.
A source from the industry told Mumbai Mirror, “The makers of We Are Family want a commitment of two weeks from single screens. But the single screens are not game. They surely can’t ignore Dabangg. They have told Karan and UTV that this won’t be possible.”
Manoj Desai, owner of Maratha Mandir, said, ‘Stepmom ki maa hai ya baap hai woh to baad mein pata chalega. I have a Marathi film for two shows in the same week as We Are Family. I can’t take up We Are Family for just two shows. If Karan is confident about We Are Family, he should not be asking for two weeks’ commitment. He should let the film speak for itself, and let the single screen owners then decide.”
Santosh Bhatia, exhibitor, Premiere (Dadar) and Premier Gold (Dongri), said, “I am not ready to release We Are Family for two weeks. Dabangg is very hot. I don’t want to lose out on that. If Dabangg was not coming a week after We Are Family, I would have thought of signing We Are Family for two weeks.”
Contesting this conjecture, Gaurav Verma, VP, India Distribution of UTV Motion Pictures, said, “This is completely untrue. We have already locked all our cinemas, theatre listings are out, and advance bookings open on Monday.” Yet contradicting this claim, Sameer Joshi, owner of Chandan Cinema (Juhu), said, “We have locked Dabangg, but are still negotiating on We are Family.”
Karan Johar did not respond to our calls.
Ravi Tandon’s neighbours are livid about an allegedly illegal extension that he carried out inside Tandon House five years ago. It’s proving to be quite an irritant now that Mr Tandon wants to sell his property
Tandon House in Juhu is up for sale. Its owner, Raveena Tandon’s father, Ravi Tandon, is sending out feelers to potential buyers. But Nippon Society, the compound of which houses the sprawling Tandon House, is not permitting Ravi Tandon to carry out any deal, alleging that five years Tandon illegally extended the premises of Tandon House to enjoy a larger area.
Nippon Society went to the BMC then, but nothing came of it. But later, when Ravi Tandon tried to register Tandon House in his daughter’s name, Nippon Society filed a court case challenging the illegal construction. Chairman of the society, M S Luthra, confirmed this by saying, “Whenever we asked Mr Tandon what work was going on inside his house, he kept telling us that some repair job is in progress. Eventually, we filed a case.”
When contacted, Mr Tandon said, “Leave me alone. This is a minor thing. And I don’t want to discuss it.”
Secretary of Nippon Society, R C Sharma, did not deny the story, “The matter is under subjudice. The property has not been transferred to Raveena’s name. The bills are still being issued in Ravi Tandon’s name. We have appealed in the court against the registrar. We did not accept his order.”
Chairman of Nippon Society, M S Luthra, continued to be frank and forthcoming. “The BMC is dillydallying. But Mr Tandon cannot sell off his bungalow. If at all he sells, it will have to be at the price before this extension was carried out. They have built an extra 1000 sq feet that we never approved of.”
When contacted, the BMC confirmed the conflict. “We had received a complaint from Nippon Society five years ago, following which we had carried out an inspection. We also issued a notice to Tandon House reacting to the complaint.
However the demolition action could not be taken since the bungalow was closed every time we went. Even the society has not followed up the matter ever since,” said Ramesh Pawar, Assistant Commi -ssioner, K-West Ward.Advocate RR Khosla, who represents Nippon Society, said, “The matter is in city civil court.
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Serious and major FSI violations have been made. If the Tandons want to sell off the bungalow, the society may not give an NOC in this regard.”
Advocate D’Souza, who represents the Tandons, said, “How can Nippon Society decide that FSI violations have been made? Tandons can sell the bungalow today. The property is in Raveena’s name. The court will decide.”
Raveena remained unavailable for comment.
About ravi tandon
Ravi Tandon directed a number of hit movies, such as Khel Khel Mein (1975), Majboor (1974) and Khuddar (1982). He also produced Anhonee (1973), Apne Rang Hazaar (1975) and Ek Main Aur Ek Tu (1986).
The actor, who was travelling with his girlfriend Shradha Sharma in the wee hours of the night, was stopped by the cops at a Juhu signal for the offence
You need to be moderately familiar with the city to know that a traffic signal which drunken drivers are known to avoid is the Juhu one next to Hotel Marriott.
Despite his past encounters with the Mumbai police, Raja Chaudhary was not aware of this. Or alcohol might have clouded his judgment.
The actor was caught driving under the influence of a lot of alcohol at the Juhu signal on Saturday night at 12.50 am. A rather skimpily-clad Shradha Sharma had accompanied Raja on this drive.
An eyewitness, who happened to see the commotion on the road, says, “A lot of cops just crowded around Raja.
All of them were obviously familiar with him and his past drunken driving cases. While they were all asking him questions, Raja was busy on his phone calling several numbers, one after the other.”
In the meantime, damsel Shradha was seen getting back into Raja’s car. She was seen dialling a few numbers on her phone and some friends arrived in time to take her away.
Raja tried to negotiate with the cops but to no avail; they took him away in the police van.
|Raja Chaudhary (in black shirt) (Viral Bhayani)|
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, August 7, 2010 – 15:09 IST
Veteran producer Nitin Manmohan, who has produced films such as Baaghi, Bol Radha Bol, Shool, Chal Mere Bhai and Dus, found himself in a soup when his wife Dolly Panchamia assaulted him for cheating on her.
According to a report published in Mid-Day, Nitin Manmohan was having an extra-marital affair and his wife got to know of this. She even hired the services of a detective to verify the same and when it was verified her anger knew no bounds. She confronted Nitin and began assaulting him physically, even dragging him 11 floors down their apartment in Juhu. In a fit of anger, Dolly even hurled a brick at his Mercedes car thereby damaging it.
The incident happened in full public view in their building. Nitin Manmohan has now moved out of his place and is apparently staying in a rented apartment at Versova.
Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra dined together in a 5-star hotel earlier this week. And guess who accompanied them? Mubina Rattonsey!
Wonders never cease in Bollywood. But this one is likely to blow you away. It seems actor Shahid Kapoor has not only patched up with his ex-girlfriend Priyanka Chopra, but even Mubina Rattonsey, the executive producer of Kaminey, whose closeness to the actor was supposedly one of the reasons that caused the Shahid-Priyanka split.
On Thursday night, as the three walked in together in a 5-star hotel in Juhu, heads turned and many knowing glances were exchanged by diners. A few minutes later, the three settled down for a cosy meal. “Priyanka hardly ate much as she had damaged her vocal cords and lost her voice (Mumbai Mirror, Aug 5), but she quite seemed to enjoy Shahid’s company. Shahid was equally engaging,” says a source.
“Shahid, Priyanka and Mubina looked very happy in each other’s company. They came and left together. They were in the hotel for nearly two hours,” adds the source. In the course of the evening, when the actor spotted actress Tabu seated a few tables away, he walked up to her and the two exchanged pleasantries.
Shahid and Mubina became close during the making of Kaminey, which also starred Priyanka. When the two actors broke up subsequently, it was reported that Priyanka had discovered that certain comments about Shahid that she had shared with Mubina were reaching him.
The actress is said to have confronted Mubina soon after, but the latter denied that she had any role to play in the matter. But when this continued, Priyanka simply decided to put a distance between her and Mubina.
Today, however, it all seems a thing of the past.
Rescuing a 20-year-old earthquake victim trapped under debris for 108 hours taught Resul Pookutty his own worth
On reading an email from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, inviting him on board, Resul Pookutty screamed out loud. “I didn’t react like this when I won the Oscar,” he says, laughing, “This moment of pure elation and gratitude however, took me back to January 2001- the only time in my life when I truly thanked the lord for what he had given me.”
Resul recounts a perfectly peaceful lunch on January 26, 2001, with some BBC crewmembers at a restaurant in Juhu, when he suddenly felt earthquake tremours. He ran out with the others. Though the tremours subsided in a while, news of a massive earthquake in Bhuj, Gujarat, started trickling in. Resul says, “Amongst the BBC crewmembers, the cameraman was called by The International Rescue Committee (IRC) to cover the rescue operations in Bhuj. He needed help with sound, so I joined him.”
What followed was a two-day road journey, along with other people, to Bhuj. “The sight was unbelievable,” recalls Resul, “Wide roads cracked open in half, buildings crumbled to dust.” After meeting with the IRC members, he began helping them with rescue operations. In all, they rescued eight people. Among them, the most special one for Resul was a 20-year-old boy.
The unforgettable face
“Using sound-sensor technology, I was able to locate the exact position of a boy who had been trapped under debris for 108 hours,” says Resul. “The boy was studying abroad and had come home the night before for a vacation with his family. He was the sole survivor.” Apparently, this boy had managed to move off to a safer area just when the earthquake started. Though he got trapped under light debris, there were several layers.
The occasional sound of bulldozers outside told him days were changing to nights. Says Resul, “When brought out of the rubble, he refused to go to the hospital without his family, until an IRC member convinced him to do so. That boy’s face is still imprinted on my mind.”
Three days in Bhuj taught Resul the insignificance of human life. He says, “I realised I was nothing in comparison to nature; that my material accomplishments meant nothing. I knew why rescuing that boy meant more to me, it is still the only moment when I realised I was worth something.”
Not wanting to take any chances with Hrithik’s Krrish 2, the filmmaker is now monitoring all that his writer is scribbling in the script
Rakesh Roshan has been very worried for long. At a personal level, he has taken it upon himself to protect his family from harm and has installed nine CCTV cameras in his house.
Professionally, after the Kites debacle, he has sworn not to take a second chance in future; especially if his son Hrithik’s career is at stake. Papa Roshan wants his next film Krrish 2 to bring his company Filmkraft back on track, and to ensure this, he is monitoring what his writer Robin Bhatt is penning at the moment.
Believe it or not, Rakesh Roshan, who always allowed his writers the freedom to express their creativity, be it Khoon Bhari Maang, Koi Mil Gaya or Krrish, has now decided to lock himself in a room with his writer Robin Bhatt to pen the script of Krrish 2.
A source informs, “Rakesh sits with Robin every day from 10 am to 5.30 pm and supervises everything that is being written.”
In fact, Rakesh doesn’t even go out for lunch from his Andheri office. “He even keeps his mobile switched off most of the time during the day. “His social life begins now only after 6 pm, which includes meeting his friends like Prem Chopra and Jeetendra at a 5-star hotel in Juhu, which has been their regular adda since long. He has never been rattled so much before.”
The source says, “Rakesh and Hrithik have been quite shocked by the fate of Kites at the box-office. They are putting up a brave front, but they just can’t forget how much the audience hated Kites. Both father and son want to fight back and keep the flag of their company flying.
They decided that while Hrithik is in Spain for Zoya Akhtar’s film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Rakesh should be hands on with the writing.”
“Pehle aisa nahin tha. The writer used to show him what he had written and if Rakesh felt, he asked for changes. Rakesh used to be involved more with the screenplay but never with the dialogue,” adds our source.
Robin Bhatt says, “I know Rakesh since Koi Mil Gaya days. He has always been actiively involved in all his films.” Rakesh Roshan remained unavailable for comment.