Posts tagged Mona Singh
Amrita Mulchandani (BOMBAY TIMES; May 20, 2013)
Rakshanda Khan sounded as refreshingly cool as an ice gola on a summer parched afternoon when we caught up with her recently. Rakshanda, who’s currently doing a fine balancing act by canning shots for Bade Achhe Laggte Hai (where she’s just stepped in) and devoting her time to her event management company, in high spirits. The actress, who’s playing an important role in BALH, says that she was happy doing “cameos” as her business takes most of her time. “We are doing our first award function in South Africa. I have a lot of respect for event managers now,” she says. Excerpts from an interview:
It’s been sometime since you did a full-fledged role in a TV soap… I have believed that it’s the character that makes an impact. See, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan does a 30-second TVC and people remember her. I am not comparing myself to her, but that’s the kind of impact one needs to make. If I am offered a two month role, which changes the story line completely, and a two year role where I have to wait for my screen time, I’d rather work for two months. I want the audiences to remember me for the good work I’m doing. Even today people talk about my character Mallika from Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahi. I am done playing the wall flower in a show. I want the director to utilise my talent to the core and even if I get physically exhausted, I’ll be happy because I’ll be a satisfied actor.
Most actors eventually diversify when they are at their More >
Mumbai Mirror Bureau (April 20, 2013)
It was about a fortnight ago that Mona Singh’s allegedly doctored MMS surfaced. Now according to sources, her relationship with Vidyut Jammwal has hit a rough patch because of the scandal. What gave wings to the rumours was Mona’s conspicuous absence from the private screening of Vidyut’s big film, Commando, which released last week.
According to a source, Mona and Vidyut were absolutely smitten with each other and were even seriously considering of tying the knot. Post the scandal, it seems the relationship is not the same anymore and it looks like Vidyut might be doing a bit of re-thinking. However, a friend of the couple said: “The scandal has obviously affected the couple, but Vidyut is too much of a gentleman to let her go at this juncture of time. It could be that Mona herself has decided to give it a break for a while, considering that she is going through tremendous emotional turmoil.”
Although, both Mona and Vidyut were unavailable to comment, a source insists that all’s well between the two and said that the rumours are being spread with malicious intent. “Looks like people are envious of the fact that both Mona and Vidyut are doing so well in their respective fields,” he said.
V Narayan | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; March 31, 2013)
Mumbai: Experts feel that the city’s cyber police will find it difficult to track down the main accused who reportedly created the morphed MMS clip of actress Mona Singh and circulated it. Investigators should find out the person who first uploaded/circulated the MMS clip instead of trying to get the IP address of the computer used to upload the objectionable content, said cyber experts.
On Thursday night, Singh had lodged a complaint with the Versova police about the objectionable MMS clip that has gone viral.
Additional commissioner of police (west region) Vishwas Nangre-Patil said that the case has been transferred to the cyber crime police for further investigation.
BKC cyber crime police senior inspector Nandkishore More said that they have received the case and are investigating the matter. He refused to divulge updates in the case and information about the sources from where the objectionable MMS with actress’ reportedly morphed face was uploaded.
IT expert Vijay Mukhi said that the police will find it difficult to track down the culprit if they try to track down the IP address. “The investigators should get help from the actress and through her they should try to find out the main source, the person and origin of the MMS. This will be the first step towards tracking down the main accused,” said Mukhi.
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A scandalous MMS clip allegedly with Mona Singh in it has gone viral. The actress says her face has been morphed onto somebody else’s body
Neha Maheshwri Bhagat (BOMBAY TIMES; March 30, 2013)
TV actress Mona Singh has filed a case with the Cyber Crime Cell regarding an MMS clip that has gone viral, which allegedly shows the actress in the nude. “It is completely appalling and disgraceful that someone on the web can go to the extent of morphing my face onto someone else’s body to create a sensational video. We have filed a severe complaint at the Cyber Crime Cell and are hoping to find the culprit,” said Mona. “People need to realise that before being actors, we’re respectable women and have family and friends who we are answerable to and who get affected by negativity that is thrown in our direction. Thankfully, my family and friends are standing by me like they always have, supporting me to see this through. If today, this can happen to me, it can happen to any innocent girl and things like this can ruin lives and careers forever. This is a very serious issue and it needs to stop!”
The popular TV actress is the latest victim of a hurtful MMS clip that she says is morphed
Shubha Shetty (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 30, 2013)
Best remembered for her stellar debut on TV in Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin, Mona Singh, who enjoys considerable fan following for her modest, girlnext-door sensibilities, was caught unawares by a MMS clip that went viral on Thursday night.
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Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; March 18, 2013)
Vidyut Jamwal, 32, has been trained in Kalaripayattu, ‘the mother of all martial arts’, from the age of three. By the age of 11, he had done martial art shows in over 30 countries. At 14, he read the Vedas. He is happy to be typecast an action hero as that is what he was born to do. Ahead of his action-based love story Commando, he talks to Bombay Times about his unique action skills, why he does not miss his father and the false rumour of his secret marriage to girlfriend Mona Singh. Excerpts:
How did you get into martial arts? I am a Rajput, was born in Kanpur and my dad was in the army. When I was a year and a half, I was taken away to my mother’s ashram in Palakkad, Kerala, that she started and is the head of. She does Kathakali in Kalari and is a master in Reiki. I am still associated with the ashram where, at the age of three, I started learning Kalaripayattu, the mother of all martial arts in the world. It is an amazing art but is dead as it has not been marketed well like Kung Fu and other Chinese martial arts. All other martial arts come from this one that was started by an Indian Bodhi Dharma. He moved from India to China and started the Shaolin temple. He was in the space of spirituality and awareness of the human body. I was fortunate to learn it without even realising it. It involves a lot of Yoga, meditation and Kalari. I used to do these small shows from the age of five with a lot of weapons. Later, I studied in More >
Seema Sinha (BOMBAY TIMES; November 8, 2012)
Years may have passed since they last appeared on screen, but some television characters are still fresh in public memory. They have become iconic and we remember them only by their screen names. Here are some examples: Khopdi (Nukkad), Basesar, Nanhe and Chhutki (Hum Log) and Lajoji (Buniyaad) in the 80s’; Mihir and Tulsi Virani (Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi), Parvati (Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii) and Prerna and Rishabh Bajaj (Kasautii Zindagii Kay) in the recent past.
“Even after a decade, people still call me Mihir Virani,” says Amar Upadhyay, who played the role. But how many telly characters today have made such an impact? Well, not many.
Samir Soni may be a popular face, particularly after his appearance on Bigg Boss last season, but his character, Kunal, in Parichay Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka, hasn’t established an identity even after a year. “These days, we have more drama-driven shows rather than character-driven ones. One fine day, there is a 20-year time leap, but even the clothes do not change. Anything happens. The mother looks younger than the daughter. The audience can’t relate to such characters and forget their names,” says Samir.
Agrees producer Rajan Shahi, “In most cases, the characters, their looks, acting style and costumes are similar. When you cannot differentiate, there is no recall value. Today, we don’t discuss characters.” Anas Rashid, who plays Sooraj in Diya Aur Baati Hum, says, “We are killing More >
Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; May 20, 2012)
Mumbai: Contrary to the world of films, television is a medium where disparity between men and women does not exist and women are treated on an even keel. An actor like Sakshi Tanwar commands the same remuneration as her counterpart Ram Kapoor in the hugely popular television show Bade Acche Lagte Hain. The Queen Bee of Indian television Ekta Kapoor said, “There is no gender bias and the two actors are paid the same amount.”
Though Vidya Balan is trying to bring about a change in the world of cinema by making films with women work at the box office, the film industry is still a male dominated space. Kareena Kapoor and Katrina Kaif may be very popular, but they don’t really get credit for their contribution to a successful movie. Scriptwriter Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi, who has been the creative head of a television channel in the late 90s, said, “During my time, the content used to be male dominated but when it came to remuneration, everybody was equal. Rajendra Gupta and Neena Gupta drew the same salary.”
Television is all about the popularity of the show and the character one plays in a particular show. There have been characters like Ammaji, Daya, Tulsi, Prerna, Anandi and Mihir who have become immortal on television. An industry insider said, “When Smriti Irani quit Kyunki Saas…, she drew Rs 60,000 an episode, which was probably the highest remuneration at that time.” Avika Gor, who played the young Anandi in More >
A reluctant Vidyut Jamwal finally opens up about his relationship with TV actor Mona Singh
Upala KBR (BOMBAY TIMES; February 28, 2012)
Vidyut Jamwal, who made his film debut as the negative lead in Force, has been dating TV actor Mona Singh for a while now. The couple met through common friends over a year ago and have been inseparable since. After much prodding, the model-turned-actor opens up to BT about Mona and his personal life.
Are you single? No. I haven’t spoken about my personal life so far, but I have never hidden the fact that I am dating Mona for two reasons. I am not shy about talking about my personal life, but I have waited for nine years to enter Bollywood. I want to focus on my career, be known as Vidyut Jamval and have my own identity. I don’t want a headline saying “Vidyut is X’s boyfriend”. I don’t want Mona’s parents to feel uncomfortable reading such things.
So you’re in love? Yes, I am in love. It’s impossible for someone like me to not be in love. I love being in love. This is the first time I am publicly revealing that Mona and I are dating. I tell everybody that she is the person I am with, but I don’t want people to gossip about it. When I go out for dinner or a movie, I go with her. I don’t hide in a corner around her.
People think you are hiding the relationship because you don’t want it going public. Let people think whatever they want. My friends and family know about it and that’s all that matters.
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Neha Maheshwri (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 3, 2011) Shifting loyalties can often land you into trouble, more so if it involves big players and Mona Singh should’ve realised that. She became the face of the channel post-Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin. After her victory in the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, the channel signed her on to host almost all their reality shows including the following seasons of Jhalak. Her co-hosts changed, but Mona was a constant.
Now she has committed to hosting a wedding reality show on a rival channel, and this has infuriated the former. Its officials have apparently voiced their displeasure and if things don’t get sorted out, they might even slap a legal notice on her. “Mona has been a loyalist, so her decision to host a show on another channel shocked them. Probably, they have something in store for her. We are hoping that the channel and the actress iron out their differences and things stop right here,” states our khabroo. Mona remained unavailable for comment.
Akshay Kumar to launch the most-awaited sequel at Ekta Kapoor’s awards ceremony tonight
Nimisha Tiwari | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; February 12, 2011)
The suspense will be unveiled tonight. After being tight-lipped on whether he will or will not play the dreaded Don in the sequel of Balaji Motion Pictures’ Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, Akshay Kumar will get on stage tonight to make the grand announcement. Bollywood has been waiting with bated breath for Milan Luthria’s OUATIM sequel to take off and what better platform than the first edition of Balaji’s Global Indian Film & Television Honours (GIFTH). “The first GIFTH will be a high glamour event to award the best of film and television. We are delighted to receive such terrific support from the industry,” said Ekta Kapoor.
Interestingly, tonight, there will also be an element of audience interaction with Akshay, who will make a stylised entry in a slick jacket and cool white shoes. The entry act has been especially choreographed by Milan himself. What will define the evening are high-octane performances by Kareena Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha and Prachi Desai. A tribute act to film veterans is on the cards too. Sajid Khan, Boman Irani and Mona Singh will compere the show that is strictly for invitees.