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There is more than just an age difference of 21 years that’s come between the couple
Soumyadipta Banerjee (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 30, 2013)
For more than four years, Milind Soman and Shahana Goswami cocked a snook to naysayers who had frowned at their 21-year age gap. They even graced the cover of a magazine in February this year, looking and sounding every bit in love. Not any longer. Mirror has learnt that the good-looking and talented duo has decided to give their relationship a break. And the age difference has little or nothing to do with it.
According to sources, the problem between the couple is a rather delicate one. Shahana is keen to get married. Milind, who has been through a long-distance relationship, marriage (to his French co-star Mylene Jampanoi) and a divorce (2009), was not ready to commit himself all over again.
Always guarded about their personal lives, the two never washed their dirty linen in public. But those in their social circuit were aware that everything was not quite all right. Speaking to this newspaper from Kolkata, a friend of Shahana’s pointed out: “Shahana practically lived with Milind at his apartment. Towards the end of last year, her visits trickled down to a complete stop. We sensed something was wrong.”
The rift became more apparent when Heroine was being promoted. Shahana, who had an important role in the film, graced all the photo calls and red carpet events alone. Milind was nowhere by her side.
“An emotional Shahana admitted to More >
Shahana Goswami talks about her role in an upcoming film based on Salman Rushdie’s book
Kaushani Banerjee (DNA; January 29, 2013)
Actress Shahana Goswami, who made her mark with a memorable performance as Debbie Mascarenhas in Rock On!! is gearing up for her international debut in Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children. The budding actress hopes to further her commercial success with a significant role in the adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Booker prize-winning book.
Shahana plays the role of Amina, mother of the protagonist Saleem Sinai, in the movie. She says, “It was quite a challenge playing Amina, the mother of Jamila (Soha Ali Khan) and Saleem (Satya Baba), especially since we did not use prosthetic makeup.” The character goes through many experiences and it requires Shahana to subtly express awareness. “I had to grow emotionally with the character to portray her age,” adds Shahana. The 26-year-old actress says she could relate to the love and affection in Amina’s character. “I am welcoming, affectionate and unapologetic about displaying affection and this common quality of love is what I found in Amina,” explains the actress.
The talented star, who ages from 19 to 45 in the film, says the character came with quite a few challenges. “The toughest scene was when Saleem, who was sent away by his father, returns when he is 17, and his father kicks him out again. I first find out that Saleem is not my son, then I stand up for my son, against my husband. I had to react to all More >
Director Deepa Mehta reveals costumes played a big part in getting the actors into character for her upcoming film
Sanaya Chavda (DNA; January 26, 2013)
Deepa Mehta’s film, Midnight’s Children, which is based on Salman Rushdie’s novel by the same name and stars actors Shabana Azmi, Rahul Bose, Anupam Kher, Soha Ali Khan, Shahana Goswami and Shriya Saran, has costumes created by fashion designer Ritu Kumar and costume designer Dolly Ahluwalia. The director feels that the two played an integral part in the film by helping the actors get into their characters. Deepa says, “For the wedding costumes, I wanted a colour palette that resembled the feathers of a peacock — rich jewel tones. The intricacy and detail of each piece that Ritu created is breathtaking.” In order to make the outfits authentic, the designer did much research on the royal costumes of the Muslim families of pre-Independence India. The ensembles, worn by the Begums for their weddings consisted of a three piece ensemble — a kurta, a farshi pyjama and a dupatta or veil. Actress Anita Majumdar sports a bridal poshaak consisting of a kurta in emerald green, with a yoke in an angarkha style, which is embellished with butis, while Shahana Goswami’s ensemble has elaborate embroidered borders in strips of gota and kiran to give it a metallic sheen, which Ritu said was typical of the Rampur and Avadh courts. Soha Ali Khan’s outfit was hand-embroidered with natural silk cotton to give a look of jaali work.
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The silent protest led by Shabana Azmi resonated with angry sentiments against the administration and judiciary. With hundreds in attendance, the gathering urged the political class to take swift action
Garima Sharma (BOMBAY TIMES; December 31, 2012)
The city that saw nurse Aruna Shanbaug turn into a vegetable 40 years ago after being sexually assaulted by a ward boy and more recently, 25-year-old Pallavi Purkayastha being murdered by a watchman for spurning his sexual advances, erupted in anger once again to the news of Nirbhaya’s death. The 23-year-old Delhi girl, brutally gangraped a fortnight ago, was christened Nirbhaya by The Times Of India for her will to live.
Now, her death seems to have awakened our society, which has been fighting passiveness for a long time. Simultaneous protests erupted in various parts of the country after news of her death spread. In Mumbai, Shabana Azmi called for a silent protest. The march, from Juhu Beach to Kaifi Azmi park, saw many Bollywood and theatre personalities, including Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Nadira Babbar and Om Puri show up. The unanimous sentiment at the march was that cities need to become safer for women and parents shouldn’t feel scared when daughters step out. Jaya Bachchan broke down as she spoke about the “horror” Nirbhaya had faced. Javed Akhtar suggested a few changes, including holding senior police officials accountable for such crimes. Others like Hema Malini, Ritesh Sidhwani, Goldie Behl, Sonali More >
Shahana Goswami had a rather amusing time while shooting for a lovemaking scene for Deepa Mehta’s film
Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; November 27, 2012)
After her drug-induced one-night lesbian stand in Heroine, Shahana Goswami has done an elaborate lovemaking scene in Deepa Mehta’s upcoming film based on Salman Rushdie’s book Midnight’s Children.
For the Rock On!!! actress, however, it was an amusing experience while shooting the scene.
Says a unit source, “This was the first time Shahana was meeting her Canadian co-star Zaib Shaikh. She was taken aback when Deepa decided to shoot the scene at the very beginning. Shahana was worried as it was not only the first time she had met Zaib, but also the first scene she was shooting with him! She was hoping she would have been able to spend some time shooting some other scenes with him before they got between the sheets.” Adds the source, “Deepa asked the crew to leave the location and only a few unit hands were allowed to stay on the sets. The director kept talking to them throughout the entire scene, telling them about their characters’ histories! This resulted in all three giggling through the entire scene as it was the perfect ice- breaker.”
Nandita Das and Subodh Maskara may come from different planets, but this actor-couple clicks
Reema Gehi (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 14, 2012)
Nandita Das and husband Subodh Maskara can switch roles in an instant; always a good sign among actors.
When we meet them days before the premiere of their first theatrical production, Between the Lines, their Worli home is caught in a storm. Das, who is wrapped up in discussion with her set designer throws a look at Maskara, her producer, who is sorting out tickets for an upcoming performance in Ahmedabad with a production assistant.
Minutes later, they are back to being husband-wife. And that’s faintly reminiscent of the script Das co-wrote with Divya Jagdale, where Maya (Das) and Shekhar (Maskara) slip effortlessly from being loving parents of a nine-year-old to rival criminal lawyers in a high-profile domestic violence and shooting case.
The play that opened last week, and marks the debut of their film and theatre company Choti Productions, has revealed a thing or two about their personal dynamics. Although, they say, as co-actors they shared an equal relationship, as director and producer, they were constantly at loggerheads. “Neither of us would want to compromise. We have argued, disagreed and reworked several drafts before eventually settling for the one audiences see. What kept our sanity going was his humour, and my patience,” says 42 year-old Das.
Maskara and Das come from vastly different backgrounds. While he spent 20 years More >
MUMBAI MIRROR (May 27, 2012)
This picture was shot on the sets of Midnight’s Children, a film adaption of Salman Rushdie’s novel by director Deepa Mehta, in Sri Lanka last year. It was clicked by one of our unit members, Terry Banting, who was heading the electrical department. It was early morning and my day’s work was already over. Our sound recordist Sylvain Arseneault was getting the equipment ready for the next scene, which was a shot of kids playing cricket. I showed some interest in how the recording system worked. I was discussing the nitty-gritty with him when he suggested I try my hand at it.
He taught me how to operate it and egged me on to doing more. Before I knew it, I had doubled up as a sound person. From that point on, whenever I was not shooting, I would help out.
It was most interesting to sit away from the scene that was being shot. Rather than watching it on a monitor, I got a perspective based completely on sounds and speech alone.
This shot was taken on the first day when I operated the additional boom — the mic attached to a fish pole and used for live sound recording. I had to be very careful to place it overhead of the person speaking in the frame. It needed to be far enough to be out of the shot but close enough to pick up the sound.
Not an easy job in the least as the pole is quite heavy. That was perhaps the only time I actually held the boom. It was a funny sight and everyone on the set seemed amused because I was still in costume and make More >
The Canada-based filmmaker talks on why Imran Khan, Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor didn’t make the cut for her upcoming film based on Salman Rushdie’s novel
By Hiren Kotwani (MID-DAY; May 18, 2012)
With September just a few months away, Deepa Mehta is gearing up to debut her screen adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Deepa who had apparently offered the role of the protagonist to Imran Khan, Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor before she cast British actor, Satya Bhabha, speaks on the challenges of making this epic film.
Many Bollywood artistes like Shabana Azmi, Anupam Kher, Seema Biswas, Rahul Bose, Shahana Goswami and Darsheel Safary feature in your film. Any particular reason? Indian cinema has fabulous actors. There are many actors in the film from the National School of Drama and for a few it was their debut performance. It would be really dumb not to take advantage of this and dip into the Bollywood pool of talent.
How much did it have to do with the fee? Reportedly, Imran Khan was quoting a high price? What fee? Though Imran Khan had crossed my mind briefly, it was just that I have never spoken to him, nor Shahid Kapoor, nor Ranbir Kapoor for Midnight’s Children. All fabulous actors, but Saleem Sinai, the unlikely protagonist, is hardly their cup of tea.
Rani Mukerji and Kangna Ranaut were to initially be part of your film. Irrfan opted out due to Life Of Pi and Nandita Das left the film for motherhood. That More >
Deepa Mehta’s adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children has actor Rahul Bose playing General Zulfikar
Garima Sharma (BOMBAY TIMES; November 23, 2011)
Deepa Mehta’s casting for the film Midnight’s Children, based on Salman Rushdie’s book by the same name, has certainly generated a lot of speculation. Earlier in the year, many reports claimed that Rahul Bose had been signed on to play the character of Saleem Sinai. However, the actor is now portraying the role of General Zulfikar. In his first look from the movie, which was released recently, Bose and actress Anita Majumdar (who plays the role of Emerald), are shown on their marriage day. Shahana Goswami plays Mumtaz’s role. The movie, which is reportedly slated for a 2012 release, also has actors Siddharth, Shriya Saran, Soha Ali Khan, child actor Darsheel Safary, Shabana Azmi and Seema Biswas. Furthermore, UK-based musician Nitin Sawhney has given the music for it, and British composer and sarod player Soumilk Datta is also said to be a part of the project’s music.
After exploring the dark side of Goa in his film Dum Maro Dum, director Rohan Sippy is ready to delve into something new. Ramesh Sippy’s son has decided to take a break from the silver screen and move to the stage with a musical starring Shahana Goswami, Rahul Dev and Ali Fazal (the actor who played the character of Joy Lobo in Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots).
A source close to Rohan informed Mumbai Mirror, “Rohan will direct this musical fashioned on Broadway productions. He is very excited about this new idea. The rehearsals will take place in Mehboob Studios, Bandra.”
“Considering it’s a musical, the play will have very high production value. It will be done on a huge scale. There will be live singers also. However, the singers are still to be finalised. The entire Sippy household is buzzing with activity these days. Everybody is keyed up about this play,” added the source.
Terence Lewis will choreograph the entire production while Ranjit Barot will compose the music. Abraham and Thakore have been signed on for designing the costumes.
The musical will open in Delhi, next year.