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Actor Randeep Hooda shares a special memory of his mother visiting him on his birthday
Baishali Chatterjee (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 31, 2011)
Much of my childhood was spent in Rohtak, Haryana. This is a picture of my mother feeding me cake on my seventh birthday. I had probably just returned from school as I’m still wearing my school uniform.
The birthday is being celebrated at my grandmother’s house. I used to live with her while my parents were temporarily based in Libya.
This was the last birthday I spent in this house because soon afterwards I was sent off to boarding school where I stayed till I finished my schooling. My mom was visiting from Libya, had come down specially for my birthday.
Even here it’s clear I was a poser. I’ve always been easy in from of the camera but I never smiled for it. In fact, come to think of it, I didn’t smile much as a child. I guess I’ve always been the intense sort.
The man sitting behind me was my tutor, Ranvir Singh. He was very strict and I was always running away from his tuition’s, which was generally at during play hours, between four or five in the evening.
I would go outside to play and my grandma would come chasing after me and make me sit with him.
I remember I had a few friends in the background as well who aren’t visible in the photograph. There must have been three or four of my friends at this party, but then again, I didn’t have too many as a child.
Though I am more social now, I still don’t have More >
Mirror reader Nayomi Modi talks about the unforgettable experience of meeting Shaan, one of her all-time favourite singers
Ankit Ajmera (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 31, 2011)
Second year BA student from Jai Hind College, Nayomi Modi, is a self confessed Bollywood freak. She doesn’t ever miss a chance to walk up to a celebrity and get a photograph shot with them. Because our celebrities are so difficult to catch hold of, Nayomi has had to wait for hours at a hotel or a restaurant to get a picture taken with the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar and action hero Akshay Kumar. But she doesn’t always get lucky, “I am always too late or too early to arrive at a spot where a celebrity is visiting,” she says.
A big fan of singer Shaan, the collegian has been to numerous concerts of his but has never had the opportunity to talk to him. When Mumbai Mirror got her to meet her favourite singer, he was busy rehearsing for a Mohammed Rafi musical evening organized by the Mohammed Rafi Academy.
Nayomi waited nervously in a neighbouring room. He strolled in taking time out from his schedule in a comfortable pair of jeans and T-shirt and plonked himself on a chair. He was calm and cheerful in spite of his ongoing rehersal. Nayomi was worried initially.
“He was busy with a song… I thought meeting me would be an interruption for him,” she says, but as the conversation began, she started to relax and engage with him. Shaan tried to pronounce her name a few times, unsuccessfully. “Lots of More >
While granting bail to the accused, Judicial Magistrate observed that the driver’s relationship with the actress was of intimate nature. She then added that it prima facie seems to be an attempt to gain media attention for better TV ratings
Ram Parmar (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 31, 2011)
A TV actress’ bid to get better TRP ratings for her show and get rid of her driver cum boyfriend by claiming that he molested her fell flat on Saturday when Thane Sessions Court granted bail to the accused and held that prima facie there is no evidence to support her claims.
On Thursday night, Ekta Tiwari, 28, who plays the lead, Radha, in TV show Tere Mere Sapne filed a sexual assault complaint against her driver Sajid Syed, 25, with the Navghar (Bhayander E) Police Station. Next day, Syed surrendered before the police and was then presented before Judicial Magistrate A G Das at Thane Sessions Court on Saturday.
During the Saturday’s bail hearing, defense counsel Edgar Braganza contended before the magistrate that Tiwari and Syed were in a relationship and both had even recently visited Tiwari’s native place in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh to meet her parents, for a possible wedding. He presented a record of 518 text messages exchanged between the two as proof.
He contended that when Tiwari was admitted in the Riddhi Siddhi Hospital, Mira Road from June 19 to June 22 for treatment of a throat infection, it was Syed who signed all the consent documents during her stay in the hospital. The defense More >
He wont dance to the Bollywood tune. Abhay Deol disses the formula and still proves to be commercially viable
Divashri Sinha (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 31, 2011)
Is he shy? Mostly not. Wary of the press? Yes. Bored answering the same ‘Are you trying to be different’ question? Positively. Of the many adjectives used to describe the actor, unconventional, quirky, contemporary, arrogant and cagey are staples. Which of these has he adopted by design and which are inherent to him? As dimpled Deol, riding high on his latest hit Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, cheerfully settles in for a conversation at the palatial Deol bungalow, Juhu, nothing about him seems laboured.
The ‘different’ tag has stuck. The 35-year-old retorts, “I wish I could set the record straight. What can I say? If you ask me the same questions, you are bound to get the same answers. No one asks me about politics, religion, land-grabbing.Some of his best works: Dev D, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
There is a lot more to me than just my ‘different’ choice of movies. My opinions on other subjects don’t make for good enough copy. So we stick to jaded questions on my relationship with Preeti. Originality drives me. I am an individualist, my work reflects that.”
Not the conventional hero, even though he has the dancing skills of the Deol family, Abhay’s niche repertoire of movies range from a mildly-successful start with Socha Na tha, to a dramatic Dev D, frilly Aisha, clever Honeymoon More >
BOMBAY TIMES (July 31, 2011)
Literacy and education is a cause that is very close to newbie actress Namrata Dixit’s heart. She makes a debut in I Am Kalam. Namrata says, “l have been supporting NGOs furthering this cause and have been dealing with Smile Foundation for the promotion and advocacy of child literacy for quite sometime, so when Nila Madhab Panda, the director of I Am Kalam, produced by Smile Foundation, explained the concept of the movie I was blown away by the script.
The script is a subtle and beautiful way is highlighting, entertaining and propagating the cause of education and child literacy. “It’s a subject very dear to me so I instinctively decided to be part of this project. It’s definitely a great privilege and honour to be part of a film that has received international acclaim and rave reviews.”
I Am Kalam has bagged 12 international awards and a National Award for the cast. It recently premiered at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. Says Nila Madhab Panda, “Namrata is a very talented girl and a natural actor. She is looking gorgeous in the film. Her innocence and versatile looks are her strength and will surely make a mark in Bollywood.”
I Am Kalam has been nominated for awards at more than 25 film festivals and is generating lots of interest among all sections of society.
Child star Harsh Mayar can’t help but feel empowered after he won the prestigious National Award for his performance in the award-winning film. It is a culmination of the personal More >
She may even start her own line after the release
Upala KBR (BOMBAY TIMES; July 31, 2011)
It’s a string of firsts for Preity Zinta, who is turning designer by co-creating a signature black dress for her maiden production Ishq in Paris, directed by Prem Soni. The dress will be along the lines of Audrey Hepburn’s classic look in the iconic film Breakfast At Tiffany’s. Says a source close to Preity, “Her film, based on the Parisienne fashion industry, will see her sport the best international fashion from local designers and across the world. Though all her other outfits have been designed by Surily Goel, Preity wants to sport one specific trademark outfit that she will design along with Surily. Depending on the response to her outfit, she might decide to come out with her own signature collection after her film releases.” Preity plays a very important part in the film and is also experimenting with her look. “PZ wants a completely different look. The dress will be sleek, chic and elegant complete with a hat, jewellery and shoes a la Audrey Hepburn’s look in Breakfast At Tiffany’s.” Preity, on her part, says, “It’s too early to comment on the dress I am designing, but yes, I am excited to be working on the outfit for Ishq In Paris. The look is going to be on the lines of something you’d see on ruinways in Paris and Milan and it’s the signature dress I sport in the film.” When quizzed about the launch of a fashion line she confirms, “Yes! I am thinking of launching a fashion More >
Kunal Kapoor loves controlling his mini model car wirelessly
Simi Kuriakose (BOMBAY TIMES; July 31, 2011)
With innovative apps being introduced everyday, the possibility of controlling your car wirelessly from your phone is now a reality.
Nokia has launched a campaign called ‘What can you control with the N8?’ that tells you how to do just that. The campaign will be rolled out as a road show in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai, and will showcase the potential of smartphones and what one can hope to do and control in the future. The concept by Nokia will let consumers control their car through an app called Roadshow created for Nokia by the Bangalore-based developers Divum.
The Nokia N8 communicates with mini model cars through Wi-Fi for now. Nokia will also be playing videos of a larger project controlling an all terrain vehicle (ATV) with the N8 during the roadshow. In addition to this, there’s a contest inviting consumers to say what they’d like to control with their Nokia smartphone. Send your ideas by logging on to www.inventfuturewithnokia.com and the winner’s idea will be made into a workable model. The winner will also get to work with the developers on this app. So if you’ve been craving to get a hold on that one gadget that can combine both your gaming and networking needs, Nokia N8 is the one for you!
Payal Rohatgi on the abuse, physical and mental, she endured while in a relationship with Rahul Mahajan
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 31, 2010)
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• Are you surprised that Rahul’s marriage has hit the rocks so soon?
Knowing Rahul, I am not surprised. He loves to change partners. For him, swayamvar was a gimmick. He offered me big money to participate in the show (pauses).
• Go on… Rahul has been harassing me since the past two months. He has been sending me very odd messages at odd hours. Initially, I ignored his calls and messages, but eventually, I told him to lay off. But he continued.
• What exactly has he been telling you?
He said, ‘I am sorry. We should work out things between us again.’ It all smacked of desperation. But Rahul is not a man of his word.
• How long were you in a relationship with him?
Eight months. I was very serious about him and made a fool of myself.
• Is Rahul aggressive?
Men have that in them if they are under the influence of something.
• Drinks? Drugs?
No comments. Don’t drag me there.
• What do you have to say about the company he keeps?
He is surrounded by people who don’t advise him well.
• You haven’t answered my question. Is Rahul aggressive?
Yes, he is aggressive if and when he loses it.
• How often does he lose it?
(Laughs) I didn’t count. But if he loses it, he is vindictive too.
• Did he hit you?
Yes. It happened just before we went for Bigg Boss 3. I was late by only More >
The actor mouths a dialogue in Dabangg inspired by Asrani in Sholay, which was co-written by his father Salim Khan
Mauli Singh (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 31, 2010)
Salman Khan, who plays a cop in Arbaaz Khan’s maiden production Dabangg, will be seen mouthing Asrani’s memorable lines from Sholay in one scene.
Abhinav Kashyap, who is a great fan of the seventies era of Bollywood and Salim Khan films, has incorporated Asrani’s famous dialogue from Sholay, “Aadhe idhar jao, aadhe udhar jao, baaki mere peeche aao” in Dabangg, but with a twist.
The director says he used the dialogue as it suited to the situation in his film. “We haven’t lifted the dialogue from Sholay but it has the same flavour. It’s very situational. In Sholay, Asrani who plays a jailor tells his sepoys to follow him.
In our film there is a scene in which Salman goes for an investigation and he gets off his jeep and tells his sepoys to follow him.
He instructs them, ‘Mote wale iss taraf, patle vale uss taraf, aur jo fit hain wo mere peeche.’ Then he looks back and sees no one behind him and adds sarcastically, ‘Kya ho gaya hai police force ko?’ We have taken the dialogue a step forward and related it with the current situation. It’s a comment on the fitness level of the police force today.”
Kalki Koechlin, an Indian actress of French descent, sure has a taste for danger. After showing her acting skills in Dev D, the actress is seen doing some daredevil stunts.
The actress jumped off a 45-ft high bridge without using a body double in her next thriller Emotional Atyachar directed by debutant Akshay Shere.
The movie is set on the deserted highway between Mumbai to Goa and revolves around incidents that take place in one night between four sets of travellers. During one such incident Kalki is supposed to jump off a bridge around 45-ft high. A source from the unit reveals, “The director arranged a body double as it was a difficult task to be performed in the night.Kalki Koechlin makes the jump from a bridge
As soon as Kalki arrived on the sets she saw a body double wearing her costume. She immediately went to the director and told him that she will do the stunt by herself and did not need a body double. The director was skeptical and gave her all the possible protection by making her wear a harness.”
Director Akshay says, “I was shocked when Kalki told me that she would jump off the cliff by herself. I was scared but she was courageous enough and performed the daredevil stunt really well.”