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…but the Indian ‘angel’ of a popular international lingerie brand is without a visa
Nimisha Tiwari | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; January 23, 2011)
Supermodel Monikangana Dutta, who by joining the league of international supermodels like Heidi Klum, Giselle Bundchen, Jessica Stam and Alessandra Ambrosio as brand ambassadress for a coveted lingerie brand, is mighty upset. This Indian “angel” — that’s what these lingerie models are known as — who was to take off for the US and be a part of the brand’s 2011 campaign this month, has been stranded for an O-1 visa. The delay may keep her back till April.
Monikangana, who played Hrithik Roshan’s love interest in Guzaarish, is unhappy but hopeful that things will work out.
A trained Kathak dancer, the supermodel also has her eyes on Bollywood as she received appreciation for her acting skills in her debut role, but says, “While films is where I would like to head, my passion remains modelling.” Having walked for many celebrated designers in Mumbai and Delhi including Manish Malhotra, Wendell Rodricks and Neeta Lulla, Monikangana has the entire fashion fraternity in India rooting for her to make it big abroad. If the visa works out, she will be the first Asian angel of the brand.
Guess what? Apparently, Sonam Kapoor is not the only girl who will romance Shahid Kapoor in Pankaj Kapoor’s directorial debut Mausam.
The film stars a newcomer Aditi Sharma who also plays Shahid’s love interest. The girl whose identity was being kept under wraps, was last seen in Subhash Ghai’s Black And White.Sonam Kapoor Aditi Sharma
A source said, “Aditi plays Shahid’s love interest in the first half of the film. She has two songs and quite a few romantic scenes with him. But eventually Shahid leaves her for Sonam. Aditi is currently in Chandigarh shooting for the film.”
Apparently, the role she plays is a little bitchy. The source continued, “The makers of the film wanted a girl with a vamp-like face. Pankaj Kapoor was very keen on casting Monikangana Dutta but she has signed a contract with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. So it didn’t work out.”
The producer Sheetal Talwar didn’t deny that there is another girl besides Sonam but emphasised, “Aditi is playing a role in the film but it’s not a parallel lead or second lead.”
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, December 21, 2010 – 14:08 IST
One look at the FHM December 2010 cover page and you can’t resist picking it up and taking a very good look at the face staring back at you. A face you are sure to remember for long time. A figure in black sheer top and short black skirt, seducing you till you relent is none other than Monikangana Dutta’s. The lady, who is a supermodel and now has acquired the brand new status of a Bollywood actress after her debut in Sanjay Leela Bansali’s last Guzaarish, is also the very first Indian to be a Victoria Secret Angel.
Speaking to FHM she made no bones about the fact that she worked hard to be where she is. “It happened because I’m talented and I made an effort. People have been very nasty from day 1 because I know I’m really talented. I have a gut feeling that I will make it big.” And if you thought this glam chick doesn’t know any home chores, she did clarify as she said “I can make maggie and salad and veg food, Indian food is a hassle- the roti belna and all. I can do dal sabzi and chicken; yet to learn mutton though.” Can’t wait to read more? Grab your copy soon, this girl is something else.
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 Taran Adarsh, November 16, 2010 – 20:25 IST
Bollywood appears to be inclined towards exploring rare illnesses/disorders/disabilities, with directors casting megastars in characters to raise awareness about the lesser-known ailments. In GHAJINI, Aamir Khan had short-term memory loss [Anterograde Amnesia]. In PAA, Amitabh Bachchan played a child afflicted with Progeria. In MY NAME IS KHAN, SRK was shown suffering from Asperger Syndrome. In TAARE ZAMEEN PAR, Aamir Khan portrayed problems of Dyslexic children. In BLACK, Amitabh Bachchan was shown succumbing to Alzheimer’s. In KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK, Farhan Akhtar portrayed a Schizophrenic.
This is not the first time that master film-maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has attempted a movie that has the protagonist suffering from a serious disability. In GUZAARISH, Hrithik Roshan suffers from Paraplegia, a complete paralysis of the lower half of the body, including both legs, usually caused by damage/injury to the spinal cord.Write your own movie review of Guzaarish
Bhansali has always been known for two things. The first thing is, of course, the visual splendour in his films [which was quite evident in HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM, DEVDAS and SAAWARIYA] and the second thing that he takes inspiration from various stories. The critically acclaimed BLACK was inspired from THE MIRACLE WORKER [a 1962 film] and SAAWARIYA from ‘White Nights’, a Russian short story.
There’s talk that GUZAARISH is a remake of Christopher More >
First, Hrithik Roshan and now, Aditya Roy Kapoor. Monikangana Dutta is surprised she hasn’t been linked to Sanjay Leela Bhansali yet
Prathibha Joy (BOMBAY TIMES; November 10, 2010)
She’s contractually bound to not talk about her debut film before its release. But with teaser trailers doing the rounds, reports of her steamy scenes with co-star Hrithik Roshan are abound. While she won’t admit or deny these reports, what model-turned-actress
Monikangana Dutta will say is that shooting for some of her scenes was far from comfortable. “I was shooting for the first time, and in front of the entire crew. I wasn’t comfortable at all. But Hrithik got me to relax. Most importantly, this is a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film and everything is shot aesthetically,” says Moni.
The nature of her scenes with Hrithik may also be why Moni was linked to the actor during the shoot of the film. “Once people figured there was no truth to that, they set about to find another link-up. Now I’m supposedly seeing Aditya Roy Kapoor, who’s also in the film. While he’s told the media we’re good friends, the truth is that I barely even know him. And definitely not on a personal level. I’m surprised that I haven’t yet been linked to Sanjay Leela Bhansali,” she laughs.
Though Moni is excited about the release of her debut film, what has her jumping for joy is her selection as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. She is, after all, the first Indian girl to make it to that More >
By Subhash K. Jha, November 6, 2010 – 12:16 ISTClick above for more movie stills
From one Kapoor to another. Debutant Aditya Roy Kapur who has made such a positive impact in Action Replayy has Ranbir to thank for the part. Post-Saawariya Aditya’s role was first offered to Ranbir who had reservations about sharing screen space with Aishwarya and Akshay.
Veejay-turned-actor Aditya Roy Kapur who also plays a major role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish, has found unexpected support in Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who stars with him in both his post-debut films.
While Aishwarya plays Aditya’s mother in Vipul Shah’s Action Replay, she stars as his confidante and sympathetic shoulder in Guzaarish, two contrasting roles with the same actress that could create a confusion of perception, though it may be recalled Jaya Bhaduri played Sanjeev Kumar’s daughter and wife in Parichay and Koshish, respectively.
Aditya is totally unfazed and far from confused about his diametrically opposed parts with Aishwarya in the two films he’s doing with her.
“Sanjay Bhansali Sir’s and Vipul Sir’s film approach and treatment to the characters are so different, my response to the scenes is decided the minute I reach the sets for the two films. So I’m not confused by differing roles with Aishwarya in the two films,” says the young actor who made his debut last year in London Dreams as Zoheb, the Pakistani member of Ajay Devgan’s rock band.
“I had no burning ambition to become an actor,” More >
MUMBAI MIRROR; September 15, 2010
Vanity and Hrithik Roshan are made for one another. The vain actor has been known to be extremely cautious of how he appears, what he wears, when he shaves.
Also, of late, directors have become equally paranoid about the ‘look’ of their films, the pastel of their sets, the get-up of their cast.
Only recently Farah Khan had some miscreants hauled up for attempting to photograph an ‘item number’ in her forthcoming film. This therefore is quite a treat, and nobody got arrested either.
It is known that Hrithik Roshan plays a magician in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next Guzaarish. The actor was shooting for a song with Monikangana Dutta on February 26 at Yash Raj Studio.
While Hrithik was in a magician get-up with a three-piece-suit, a hat and an earring, Monikangana was in a black gown with a huge silver choker on her neck.
The shooting went on for three days and Bhansali’s guards were on high alert for any Peeping Toms with mobile phones and cameras. But we couldn’t resist the urge. So here’s a sneak peek…
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