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Katrina Kaif talks to BT about her most memorable trip at 17
BOMBAY TIMES (October 8, 2011)
At 17, I made the sudden decision to come to India in search of a career. I was studying engineering in London at that time, but my heart wasn’t in it. I wanted to give modelling and the glamour industry a shot.
Once I’d made up my mind, everything was a blur till I landed in Mumbai. I wasn’t anxious or apprehensive about being in a new country as it was like an adventure to me, plus I arrived with my eldest sister Christine. Initially, I did feel slightly overwhelmed — Mumbai is a bustling city, full of energy. We rented a small apartment in Bandra and I met photographer Farrokh Chothia. There was no pressure to succeed at that point, so I’d go for auditions and find myself auditioning with 50 other models. That year shaped what happened in my life.
I met many wonderful people then, like designers Rocky S and Ana Singh, some of whom I still call friends today. It was an important year of discovery in my life – my 17th year. I was in love with Mumbai and felt a sense of belonging here. I thought maybe it was because of my Indian heritage (my father being Indian). Till then, I hadn’t been in touch with him much as my father wasn’t around too much when I was living in London.
My mom never advised me against modelling or joining the film industry. She just wanted me to be happy. Of course, she was concerned about my safety when I was living alone in Mumbai, so often she would fly More >
BT catches up with model Angela Jonsson, who was in the city over the weekend
Anjali Muthanna (BOMBAY TIMES; May 10, 2011) Angela Jonsson — a swimsuit model is interested in a career in Bollywood. When Angela was in Bangalore on Friday — a city that she spent a few years in before she headed to Mumbai to pursue a career in modelling — she said that she’s working on making the transition from model to actress. “I’m not rushing into anything and I’ll take the plunge into films when the time is right. I’m meeting producers and directors and I’m taking Hindi classes and lessons in diction,” said Angela in her American twang, which can be attributed to the fact that she studied in an American school in Kodaikanal.
Bollywood has seen several modelturned-actresses like Deepika, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Lara Dutta flourish in the industry. Does that bolster Angela’s confidence? “Well, I haven’t been modelling for very long, but I admit that it goes a long way in making you more confident in front of the camera,” she said, adding that she would prefer not to take the item girl route to success just yet. What about a career in the south, seeing that she spent her childhood here? “I’m open to doing south films. In fact, I’ve even met with some south filmmakers,” she said.
When asked about whether she would like to have a career graph like Kalki Koechlin, who has made a successful career of doing offbeat, small-budget films that would give her more More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, April 29, 2011 – 11:22 IST
She has enthralled the audience with her rhythmic gyrations to the hit track ‘Sheila Ki Jawani‘, and now she is setting the temperature gauges ringing this summer with her latest magazine cover. She is none other than Katrina Kaif.
The damsel sizzles in the latest edition of Vogue, draped in shorts with a long Givenchy chiffon skirt by Riccardo Tisci and a bodice Bordelle wrap bra, accessorised with Vionette plain gold bracelets and hiding treasure ring by Gisele Ganne, Katrina simply sets the mag on fire.
With an article that talks about the Katrina’s reinvention into the Bollywood bombshell, she gets chatty about what she was and her eventual rise to the pinnacle of acting. “I was never the next big thing. It was more a sort of okay she was good in this film, danced better in this one and showed her range in this”, says Kat about initial days in Bollywood.
Further she even talks about her modelling career before her big break with Kaizad Gustad’s Boom, “I would go to the ad agencies and get called for auditions. I got most of the ads, except for one where I had to play kabbadi,” quips the leggy damsel. Later she even talks about her becoming the hottest thing in Bollywood, so catch all this and much more in the latest issue of Vogue.
Rockstar actress Nargis Fakhri was actually shown the door on the reality show America’s Top Model when she put her pretty foot in her mouth
Mumbai Mirror Bureau (March 29, 2011)
The team behind Ranbir Kapoor’s Rockstar may be trying hard to keep their ‘find’ Nargis Fakhri under wraps.
But the half-Pakistani, half-Czechoslovakian 5’7 ½” beauty has already had her run in with reality TV after she was dumped twice.
The 27-year-old swimwear model had participated in America’s Next Top Model in Cycles 2 and 3, hosted by supermodel Tyra Banks.
The show, which pits several aspiring models against each other in a hunt for the hottest thing on the ramp, had invited Nargis for her fab body and exotic looks.
A resident of Queens, New York, Nargis was the first Pakistani girl to be on the hugely popular show, but her catwalk was cut short by her Quixotic honesty.
Fakhri, who looked and sounded confident before the camera, reportedly put off the judges with the air of familiarity with which she greeted them.
Worse, Nargis told a stunned Tyra, that she was not really “interested in fashion or modelling” -duh? While eliminating her, Tyra said she did not really have the drive for modelling.Screenshots of Nargis in America’s Top Model
Maybe Tyra had not seen Nargis’s scorching bikini shots for Atul Kasbekar. Or had the smoky-eyed girl already trained her sights on Bollywood by then?
Brazilian model-turned-actress Giselli Monteiro tells BT she’s pleased to finally have some dialogues in her forthcoming film
Prathibha Joy (BOMBAY TIMES; March 24, 2011) Giselli Monteiro is thrilled. From a debut opposite Saif Ali Khan to a second film produced by the Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan, this Brazilian import’s career in B-town seems to be headed in the right direction. She’s excited that her new Hindi film will release this summer, but she does regret that she didn’t get to meet SRK himself. “There have been questions about whether I got any lessons from Shah Rukh. Forget lessons, I didn’t even get to meet him,” she says. Giselli knows, though, that even a mention of a remote association with SRK is good enough. “Being a part of his production is a big step for me. I would have loved to have worked with Shah Rukh himself, though. He’s like a lucky charm for young actresses. See what debuting opposite him has done for actresses like Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma,” adds Giselli. With the promos of her next, Always Kabhi Kabhi, slated to start airing in April, Giselli is glad that she will be seen on-screen again. After all, her debut film, Love Aaj Kal in which she played Harleen Kaur, released two years ago. “Always Kabhi Kabhi took longer to make than we expected, but the end result is very exciting. It traces the life of four youngsters as they grow from adolescence to adulthood. Much of this is about school and More >
Small time starlet Mink allegedly got a call from a pimp for a one night deal. Despite all the details, which she was rather forthcoming with, why was Mink willing to have coffee with him?
Vivek Kar (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 05, 2011)
Everyone knows that there is a sordid side to Bollywood. No one talks about it, but there are unconfirmed stories of many leading actresses being available for a price for celeb-crazy rich businessmen.
Shady modelling deals and events in foreign lands are often a cover up for these dirty games, people claim.
One actress who is being very vocal about her experience with one such ‘coordinator’ is the small-time starlet Mink. She participated in Zor Ka Jhatka most recently.
A jhatka she wasn’t expecting though was a call, allegedly from a pimp, a man who she claims was rather vocal about his offer.
In an exclusive to Mumbai Mirror, Mink revealed, “I had been getting calls from a pimp for a one night stand with some businessman. I got the first call when I was out of town. The person called me and introduced himself as a coordinator.
He asked me if I was interested in modelling for a brand of saris and asked me if I had modelled for any sari brand earlier. I replied saying that I had not. Later he called me and said that he would give me Rs 10 lakh for the ad.
I was shocked at hearing that and became slightly suspicious because I know that no one gets paid 10 lakhs to model for a saree ad.”
“But I didn’t follow my suspicious More >
Garima Sharma | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; February 6, 2011)
Anchal Joseph would have been like any 24-year-old Indian girl, had she not been spotted holding hands with Hollywood star Jim Carrey a fortnight ago in New York. Since then, she’s made it to the headlines of every major Indian daily. But she maintains a stoic “no comments” stand on Carrey.
The last time Anchal visited India was 12 years ago, when she was 12. She’s not been back since, but says she’s planning to visit soon. She says, “A lot of my friends do mention working in India and I’m not against working there.” India remains an integral part of her life. “I’ve managed to preserve my heritage through my very hard working and amazing parents. My sister and I were raised with values and discipline. We speak Hindi at home, we cook Indian food and watch Bollywood movies, which always gives me a sense of being back home in India. Besides that, we go about life like everyone else,” says Anchal.
Though she’s known for her stint in the TV show America’s Next Top Model, education is high on her agenda. “I plan on continuing my education. Education is vital, especially if you’re Indian. Modelling’s a great opportunity and is a stepping stone to other things. I truly don’t know what the future holds.”
However, she’s unhappy about being judged based only on her TV appearance and the popularity that came through it. Says Anchal, “I have to address one issue. Apparently, being More >
Turned away from Delhi airport for visa irregularities in June, Vida Samadzai was seen at Mallya’s high-profile event and Sohail Khan’s birthday bash
Saumit Singh (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 20, 2010) Vida at Sohail Khan’s birthday party on Saturday night Pic: Yogen Shah
Every winter the city plays host to myriad migratory creatures. This year is no different. Nearly six months after she was deported for her alleged links to the nation’s enemies, party animal and Afghan beauty Vida Samadzai is back. But this time she isn’t alone. In the city for a ‘holiday’ the former Miss Afghanistan is accompanied by her parents and younger sister from the US.
Thirty-two-year-old Vida had been sent back from the Indira Gandhi International Airport at New Delhi when she landed on a Delta flight from the US in June this year for an alleged visa irregularity, which was reported by Mumbai Mirror.
According to intelligence sources, the authorities had invoked The Foreigners Act to deport her following information that she had “links with people who were unfriendly to India.”
However, we had also reported on November 27 that Vida had appealed against the order and it was likely to be revoked, allowing her to return to pursue her career in Bollywood and modelling.
On Saturday, Vida attended two high profile events. During the day she was spotted at a glitzy calendar launch with her sister in tow, hosted by Vijay Mallya and attended, amongst More >
When it comes to keeping her hot body in shape, Monikangana Dutta relies heavily on the dance form
Sayoni Sinha (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 28, 2010)
Monikangana Dutta’s love affair with dancing started as soon as she could stand on her feet. What started as grooving to Bollywood music, soon evolved into the more classical form of Kathak.
But given her demanding modelling schedule, she was left with no time. Now after a gap of a couple of years, she has taken up the art form again to keep herself fit.
Her earliest memory of dancing takes her back to the days when Disco Dancer was a chart buster. “I was a baby when I grooved to the tune of I am a disco dancer. That is the only song I knew,” she laughs. When she was a teenager, her favourite song was Is this Love by Whitesnake. “I wish I could dance like the girl in the video. I fancied everything in that song,” she admitted.
As she grew up, she started copying Saira Banu’s dance steps, graduating to Sridevi and then Madhuri Dixit. “I was quite fascinated by Saira Banu as she looked like a doll. Her tight churidars impressed me so much that I nagged my mother to get me a copy of those dresses.
I remember this science teacher in my school called Monika who used to wear those churidars. I kept wondering how she moved around in those figure hugging dresses. My fascination still continues,” she laughs.
Dance pe chance
Like all children her age, Monikangana took up dancing as an extracurricular More >
By Chandni Dev, November 16, 2010 – 17:03 IST
Almost everyone has seen her confident walk on the ramp and those stunning pictures that take everyone’s breathe away in Kingfisher calendar. After being selected as one of the six Victoria’s Secret angels for their upcoming line, Monikangana Dutta is now all set to make her entry into the Bollywood with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film Guzaarish starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. In conversation with Chandni Dev, Monikangana speaks about her past, present and reveals how future is something that she never plans for.
Monikangana, what does it mean? (Laughs) Everyone’s so curious to know that, my name Mon means “moti” pearl in Assamese and Kangana is kangan so it means a pearl bracelet.
Interesting, so a lot is happening for you, considering a Bollywood debut and you also have been selected as one of the six Victoria secret angels. How does it feel with so much buzz about you going around? I have been in this buzz two years back, it’s like a de ja vu, it’s like wow it’s happening again but trust me I have worked my a$$ off to be here and I have a long way to go. I am still not satisfied but for the moment my plate is full.
For the role that you play in Guzaarish, Sanjay Leela Bhansali did ask you to act out something on your whim; kind of an audition wasn’t it? There was no audition; I don’t know why everyone is asking me this. There was no camera with people and audition. It was just that More >