Despite all the link-up rumours, Amrita Rao is insistent - she has never had a boyfriend. Not now, not before, not ever!
“I don’t want a relationship just for the heck of it. I’m the kind of girl who would get married to her first boyfriend. I believe that is the luckiest,” she says.
What she can’t fathom is why people find it so hard to believe. “I have friends, some of them are even living abroad, who are attractive little things but haven’t been in a relationship ever. They are my age and don’t have boyfriends. We’re young, attractive and don’t have boyfriends and it is okay!” she says.
Are her Bollywood innings also the result of such a thought out approach? “My journey in Bollywood has been an easy ride and I’ve been picked up for the best roles of my career miraculously. For Vivah, Sooraj Barjatya chose me based on my short performance in The Legend of Bhagat Singh.
Farah Khan took me in Main Hoon Na in a tearing hurry. I was the last girl she auditioned, and she was running out of time and asked me to join the team. Ishq Vishq was because of a commercial and all this good work led to only better work!” says Amrita, adding, “I’m appearing in Shortcut with Akshaye Khanna and Arshad Warsi, in which I’m glamming it up, Victory - a cricket-based film with Harman Baweja and Shyam Benegal’s Mahadev Ka Sujanpur this year.
And bagging the Benegal film has added to my CV as an actor. Just working with him makes me feel a part of the group that comprised Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil and Rekha.” And just what was it that made her journey a smooth ride? “That I have no godfathers and superstar boyfriends! I’ll do it alone. Slowly and steadily, I’ll make my way to being the number one heroine,” she answers.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Despite all the link-up rumours, Amrita Rao is insistent - she has never had a boyfriend. Not now, not before, not ever!
And all this, we heard, is for wearing a bikini! No, it’s not for any film but for a magazine cover. What’s more? It’s a teenie-weenie bikini. So, if Kareena can be the cover girl of a magazine and get applauded for her haute look in Tashan, Amu is following suit in the swimsuit!
Though Dia Mirza’s career is not really going through the best of its phase, there is no denying the fact that she is one of those rare Bollywood beauties who have a perfect face, perfect complexion and a perfect figure. This month Dia exudes her beauty on the covers of two magazines.
One is the cover of Jade Magazine - Run way to life for the month of July 2009 and the other one is for Marie Clarie where she appears wearing a green Roberto Cavalli on the cover. Dia tells Marie Claire that she’s doing some half a dozen movies with a plethora of offbeat roles. She reveals that that there’s Kaun Bola with Arshad Warsi, Acid Factory, Kisaan, Johnny Mastana with Rensil D’Silva, Alibaug and Fruit & Nut with Cyrus Brocha & Boman Irani.
Dia has all her hopes pinned on her upcoming releases and we wish too that the gal gets what she deserves!
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Best Feature: Her glowing, honeyed skin
Ash’s secret: “I drink hot water with lemon and honey to clear my skin every morning. But that’s not all! To ensure radiance I also use cucumbers to relieve the skin. And yes I firmly believe that eight glasses of water must be consumed so that all toxins leave the body and keep you feeling energetic.”
We think: Ash has slightly ratty hair, but the reason she models for Lux is clear: She looks fresh and beautiful any time of the day.
Best feature: Easy, her 10/10 body
Shilpa’s secret: “I eat a lot! But I also make sure I work out for two hours a day in my personal home gym to tone my body, which is my best feature. I don’t have any tea, coffee or cold drinks; instead I drink lots of slightly warm water.”
We think: To look the way she does at her age is magnificent. Few Bollywood bodies have the tone that Shilpa does. Her washboard stomach is to die for.
Best feature: Her international uber-slim look Kareena’s secret: “My current look is thanks to Bharat Thakur’s yoga classes. I’ve not gone on any big diet and haven’t stopped eating. Being vegetarian helps me have healthy and clear skin.”
We think: Kareena is easily the actress easiest on the eye. She could get a major Hollywood role and not need to change a thing to fit in. She’s the kind of long, lean beauty that most actresses want to be.
Best feature: Celine herself says it’s “my glowing skin and long, shining hair” Koena Mitra Best feature: What may politely be called oomph.
Celina’s secret: “Eat lots of papaya, drink lots of water, keep a healthy state of mind. And no smoking or drinking! Lastly, the most important beauty tip is… yoga.”
We think: Yes, Celina has super hair but, as Ghalib told the man who asked him to quit drinking and love if he wanted heaven: “If I HAD drink and love I wouldn’t WANT heaven”.
Koena’s secret: “I work-out in the gym every day for an hour and a half. I ONLY make an exception if I’m shooting outdoors. Fitness is extremely important for me and I make sure I take time out to exercise. Fruits and salads are my favourite snack and I prefer to munch on a fruit whenever I’m hungry. Water is something that I don’t miss during the day. I drink lots of water to keep my fluid level high. Besides, it’s great for glowing skin.”
We think: Koena has a super body and one that she has had to work really hard for, not having the leanness of Kareena or the height of Shilpa. Now if only she could get her nose-job right. In the words of the immortal Rakhi Sawant: “Jo Bhagwan nahin deta, woh doctor deta hai.”
Best feature: Celine herself says it’s “my glowing skin and long, shining hair”
Best feature: What may politely be called oomph.
Tanushree Dutta and her parents are unlikely to forget March 26, 2007.
"We’ve been through hell, and back. My car is smashed to pieces due to mob fury. But what has happened to my dignity and selfrespect and my identity as a woman are irreparable," the shaken actress said on Thursday afternoon.
It all started when Tanushree was approached to do an item song for Rakesh Sarang’s Horn Ok Please.
"I made it clear to the producer director and choreographer Ganesh Acharya that I’m not a run-of-the-mill item girl. I was very particular about my clothes and movements. We rehearsed for nearly a week for the song. And now they’re saying I was uncooperative and not ready to rehearse."
What awaited Tanushree on the set was four days of horror. "From the start I wasn’t comfortable with Nana Patekar’s presence. In fact after the first day of shooting I told my mother something didn’t feel right there.
Nana had just three words O yara re in the song. Still he insisted on being around throughout. That was fine. He’s the film’s hero and it’s his prerogative. But then he started acting hugely aggressive.
Instead of the choreographer Nana started showing me the steps. I don’t know since we has become an expert dancer."
Tanushree made her displeasure at the actor’s intervention very clear. "A couple of times I pushed his hands away when he got too close for comfort. But it didn’t seem to make a difference to him.
He continued to direct my steps roughly and aggressively. Things got really out of hand when Ganesh incorporated steps where Nana could get physically close to me."
That’s when the actress chose to walk off the set and locked herself up in her van. "Not for three hours, as they reported on the tv channels. But for 90 minutes.
They called up Mr Pehlaj Nihalani to intervene and he told them to change the steps if being a girl they made me uncomfortable. I finally came out of my van…only to be told they won’t change the steps. Why? Was it Valmiki’s Ramayan that every word had to be faithful?
I think the poroducer, director and choreographer had decided to teach me a lesson. They threatened to call the media on the sets and proclaim I was uncooperative. I didn’t know how serious they were. Nana apparently had left by then."
Tanushree decided to leave too. "But my car with my parents in it was surrounded by hordes of tv journalists. When they couldn’t get a sound bite from me they pushed themselves into the front seat of my car.
When that didn’t work they began banging on the windshield with their cameras. My parents and I were trapped inside my car.
Anything could’ve happened. We frantically tried to call the producer and director. They had both switched off their mobiles."
Finally someone had the presence of mind to inform the cops. That’s when Tanushree and her parent’s nightmare ended.
The Duttas have lodged an FIR against those who allegedly attacked them in her car at the Goregaon police station.
"What I want to know is, where was the security at Filmistan studio when I was attacked? Where was the producer and director?
They’ve wasted no time in replacing me with Rakhi Sawant for the song and labeling me uncooperative. But why did they realize how unprofessional I was on the fourth day?
Can they get others in the film industry to accuse me of undisciplined behaviour? Or did they think they could mess with me and manhandle me just because I’m a girl?"
Arpana: If the men are doing it so are the women. From opening restaurants to starting hotels, actresses are also blurring the lines between the worlds of Bollywood and business.
While actors like Mithun Chakraborty, Shah Rukh Khan and Suniel Shetty are thriving in the business world, their counterparts Sushmita Sen, Aishwarya Rai and Preity Zinta are also giving them tough competition.
Sushmita was probably the first to turn entrepreneur when she set up her company Sensazione in 2006. Through her company, she plans to open a chain of hotels, lounges and spas. Besides, she has acquired 12,000 sq ft of space in Kolkata for a ‘lifestyle zone’, which apart from a huge open space will house a nightclub, a restaurant and a cigar lounge.
She says frankly that she was tired of being an actor and business had always been a second career option.
“Had I not been an actor, I would have been an entrepreneur. The lounge bar in Kolkata and my dream project, the spa, are all part of my effort to touch people’s lives,” the actress has been quoted as saying. Sushmita has other plans too.
Under the banner of her production house Tantra Entertainment Pvt. Ltd, the ex-Miss Universe also wants to make meaningful films. Her first venture is “Rani Lakshmi Bai - The Warrior Queen”. The actress, who is directing as well as acting in the film, is currently busy with the pre-production work of the historical epic.
Her colleague Preity Zinta has become co-owner of the Mohali cricket team of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with partner Ness Wadia and two others. She is determined to make a go of it and says: “When I do anything in life for the first time, I want to succeed.”
“It’s 2008! Women should get more active in business. It’s very different from working on a film where you’re on your own when ‘action’ is called on camera. In a boardroom, there’s constant conference and multi-tasking. The creative process is different in both the spheres.”
And Aishwarya Rai, according to reports, has stepped in to resurrect father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan’s company AB Corp and is negotiating with filmmakers to restart production work.
Then there is Ayesha Takia who with restaurateur boyfriend Farhan Azmi is set to launch their first boutique hotel in Goa.
“It’s a dream come true for Farhan and I. We have been planning to do something together for the past year,” Ayesha said in a press announcement.
The couple has acquired a 200-year-old Portuguese bungalow in Candolim, which is just 10 minutes away from the beach. They plan to build a luxurious swimming pool, a lounge area and are working out details on how to entertain guests with good music and superb cuisine.
“Each of our boutique hotels will have 20 rooms,” Ayesha has said.
Her appreciative boyfriend adds: “Ayesha is interested in doing other things rather than just acting which is so great.”
There are others too - for instance, Raveena Tandon is contributing significantly to the running of her husband Anil Thadani’s film distribution business.
Former actress Twinkle Khanna is a successful interior designer and won the Elle Décor International Design Award. She floated a company called Mock-Ups that specialises in interior decoration, designing and executing spaces. Besides designing homes and offices, she also owns an interior designing store - the White Window - in Mumbai.
In 1940, legendary actress Devika Rani tried her hand at business by taking the charge of Bombay Talkies after her husband’s death, but she had to face failure.
The film will be shot in New York with Shilpa playing the lead role of Charu. With all praises for Shilpa Shukla, Kotohora said that he was taken aback by the actress’ performance in Khamosh Pani and Chak De India. Hence, she was his natural choice for the film.
Kotohora’s another project titled When Kiran Met Karen, which is based on the issue of lesbianism, is in under post production. Extrospection is expected to go on the floors this year.
Miss India 2004 and well-known model Mugdha Godse is sure to set temperatures soaring this season. She has posed for a strip poker act for the April issue of Filmfare.
The sizzling lady gives out a personal invitation to all you guys to play a game of strip poker with her. Seems that the guys prove to be lucky at the game since we have Mugdha going beyond the bare minimum with each of the moves.
With this photoshoot, Mugdha is sure to be eagerly awaited for her big screen debut in
Madhur Bhandarkar’s movie ‘Fashion’ which also stars Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut and Arbaaz Khan.
Television actress Shveta Salve says her bikini photo shoot for lifestyle magazine Maxim’s cover page highlights her real self.
"If you have followed me, I have not been one of those typical sari clad ’bahus’ (daughters-in-law). The shoot done for Maxim is nothing new. Wearing a bikini is not new for me. I am like that in real life also," Shveta told IANS on phone from Mumbai.
The actress was touted as the Madhuri Dixit of Indian television as she serenaded a million hearts with her perfect moves in Sony TV’s reality dance show "Jhalak Dikhla Jaa".Now Shveta is all set to play the lead in Dharmesh Darshan’s "Bhanvraa" and says her career has just started.
"It is a romantic film about the youth of today who are rebellious in nature. Though I cannot divulge any details about the kind of role I am doing, I would just say that it is a typical Dharmesh Darshan movie."
In the film, she is starring opposite television actors Ejaz Khan, Manav Gohil and Sangeeta Ghosh.At the moment, Shveta is not looking forward to doing any specific roles."Being an actor, I will do all kinds of roles. There is no specific genre I am looking at, but the role should be challenging and should interest my creative talent," she said.
The actress hasn’t worked in any TV soaps for the past two years, but was off and on seen in dance shows like "Ustaadon Ke Ustaad" and "Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan".She says: "Reality shows give you a chance to portray your actual self on television, unlike in a serial where you are fixed to a particular role, and are a lot more fun besides lasting only a short while."
Apart from reality shows, she has exhibited her acting prowess in serials like "Hip Hip Hurray", "Kitty Party", "Left Right Left" and "Lipstick".
Mona has been exclusive in selecting work thereafter. She has appeared only in reality shows and shunned TV Soaps. She has also grown in stature by hosting a number of Awards functions and Bollywood events. She will now be hosting a reality show on makeovers.
Mona Singh is waiting for the perfect launch in Bollywood. On being asked about acting in movies this is what she had to say “I’ve got some good scripts. Let’s see. Movies is unknown territory, I want to be very careful and make the right decision. I’m not a star kid who’ll get a second chance!”.
Mugdha Godse is not a new name in the scene of ramps, but the debut movie of this hot model is yet to hit the screens. Talking about sexy Mugdha Godse, the gal is making a debut with Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Fashion’ and even before the movie hits the screens, Mugdha bags in a three-film deal with Percept Pictures Company.
The best part of this deal is that Mugdha is free to work outside the deal. Giving in more details about the contract, Godse said, “The films that I am doing with PPC would have me in a lead-lead kind of a role. Also, since the production house has 10-15 films in the pipeline, the role that I would eventually end up doing would be by mutual consent between me and the director. I should like the film and the director should also find me suitable enough for the part.”
Where other newcomers make their presence felt in Bollywood with their romances and controversies, not much has been said about Mugdha in the gossip columns. Explaining the reason, Mugdha says, “Don’t be surprised because that’s the way I function. That’s not my style. For some it may be a way to keep making headlines but I would rather have everything firmly in place before I let people know about it.”
So, here we have one lady who prefers to let her work speak for her. Hope her debut reveals the best of her hidden talents!!
So they are looking out for- Varun Saini the participants of MTV Roadies 5.0 and Vishal Karwal of MTV Roadies 4.0 are looking out for love among 20 sexy girls who not even competing for love but also for fame and glamour to become first MTV’s couple VJ!
The show hosted by Rannvijay Singh is “Where Love is War”. Watch MTV Splitsvilla hotties Bianca Mendonca, Hannah Sim, Heena Pardasani, Minakshi Khanduri, Ritu Kochhar, Shraddha Haribhai and Yamini Batra in a bikini photoshoot at Goa Beach.
The latest item songs craze of Bollywood Shama Sikandar is a renowned television star, however still struggling to make a big name in Bollywood industry.
She was at the epitome of her career on the small screen as the hot favourite bahu ‘Bani’ in ‘Kasam Se’ when she said adieu to the smaller screen and took a jump to the bigger screen. And it was not a wrong decision for Prachi Desai after all. Her performance in ‘Rock On’ has received rave reviews and Prachi has already signed her next with Vishesh Films for their next project titled ‘Jashn’, where she is paired opposite Adhyayan Suman.
Chirpy as ever, Prachi confirmed this news saying, “Yes, I am doing Jashn with the Bhatts. I have Adhyayan as my co-star. The film is directed by Raksha and Hasain (who earlier directed The Train).I was signed for this film before Rock On released. I can’t disclose much at this point of time about the film or my role. All I can say is that I am excited to do the film.”
Seems this newbie is here to stay!
Bollywood actresses Rani Mukerji and Vidya Balan have pulled off a new feat in front of media cameras. The normally quiet girls got naughty at a promotional event in the recent past. Well, we know that both Rani and Vidya do not shy away from playing bold roles onscreen, but that the two women could pull off such a stunt for the television camera is something that their fans were not prepared for. According to reports, Rani Mukerji and Vidya Balan engaged in a passionate lip-lock at a stage event held in the recent past.
The videos doing the rounds on the net are evidence of the fact that the earlier warring actresses Rani Mukerji and Vidya Balan have kissed and made up, literally! Ever since the promotional clips of their upcoming film together No One Killed Jessica was released on television, people started praising Rani Mukerji, considering that her character of a journalist is a more powerful role compared to Vidya Balan’s role of Jessica’s real life sister Sabrina Lal. And it was this fact that was apparently giving Vidya Balan sleepless nights, also the root cause of her catfight with costar Rani Mukerji.
However, the fight is a thing of the past now. Both actresses are professionals in real life and thus they agreed to take that extra step to promote No One Killed Jessica well. So is the lip-lock only a promotional gimmick? Though many will be thinking so, Rani Mukerji and Vidya Balan looked really happy and enjoyed each other’s company while performing the lip-lock on stage!