Putting up a wedding album has graduated from a mere collection of the D-Day photos to a work of art narrating a complete tale

Wedding is one special day that leaves memories of a lifetime. No wonder when it comes to wedding albums, people want only the best. Italian wooden covers, black and white portraits and a magazine look - not only the budget but also the span of wedding photography has increased manifold.

The drastic change is the look of the album. "Nowadays people are inclined towards Karishma or Convera kinds which give this glossy magazine look," says Avinash Sharma from Avinash Studio-35. "There is enough options for paper - glossy or matte and in various thickness," offers Avinash. "The pictures spread over the whole page, rather than the traditional way of pasting a few in a single leaf. It makes the couple look like stars," he adds.

While earlier people preferred heavy weights albums, now the trend is of lightweight ones. With people moving base every so often now, they want something they can carry along. "It's not the number of pictures but quality of pictures that matters today," point out Kirpal Singh, from Shri Gurdev Studio-17. "People want exclusivity. Each photograph that goes in the album needs to be worked on," he adds, which is so visible in their new albums. A bride with a bouquet in colour while her friends are in black-and- white makes for a pretty picture. "Clients demands exclusivity and we are constantly working on to give that special effect to each picture," adds Singh.

Fading, masking, zooming, blurring, bouncing or sparkling, amongst the various effects, it's black-and- white that gaining popularity. "People today want a few portraits in black and white. The beauty of such photographs is unparallel and also gives that vintage look," avers Sharma.

Another new thing that is catching the fancy of couples is story-albums. "Our professional team sits with the couple and narrates their story through pictures and captions," says Singh whose teams now make trips to England and the US to cover weddings.

What's more, now it's not one album, but for each of the events. Each ceremony is special that not only gets a theme, dress code and special invite, but, an album too. Some couples even go for pre-wedding shoots.

When it comes to album covers, the choice is unlimited. Though gold and silver rule, the market offers much more. "Mostly it's the couple's portrait that makes for the cover in magazine albums. For others, one can choose from velvet, glitters or metallic patterns," says Amarjit Singh, Capital Digital Photo Store-22 whose clientele base is spread over Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and UP. "The new albums not only have a great finish but also are better quality that wouldn't fade and last a lifetime," he adds.

For Suman Sekhon, a homemaker from Sector 18, wedding photography was as much a priority as the venue, invitee list or her daughter's wedding dress. "Not only we booked the dates for photos well in advance, I took long hours to select the photos to go in the album," shares Sekhon. "Gurudev gave us DVDs to select and I sat with family to zero in the pictures we wanted," she adds. "Online photos are okay but I like the feel of pictures. They are going to last forever," she shares.

In the process of selecting, she got not one but two different sets of albums, one for her daughter and son-in-law and one for herself!

Eye Eye Captain!
Neha Walia

EYE CATCHER: Dr Ashok Sharma with Neelam Man Singh Chowdhry
EYE CATCHER: Dr Ashok Sharma with Neelam Man Singh Chowdhry.

Youngsters seem to be taking charge where social responsibility is concerned. Don't go by their branded attire, give-a-damn attitude, frills and thrills in life. When it comes to doing their bit, they are up to it. "They rise above conventions and stereotypes and are taking up social issues that need action, not just words," says Dr Ashok Sharma, director, Cornea Centre, Chandigarh.

Launching a website for online pledge service for eye donation in the city, Ashok Sharma spells out the need for more young people to join the campaign. "Our sole purpose is to target the youth, who spends most of the time online. It's an easy platform for them to encourage the cause and be active participants as well. It is also for those who don't want travel to the donation centres, buy the form and sign in. Just a click and you have done your bit."

He shares an experience when a young guy came to the centre requesting that his deceased father's eyes be donated. "Young people don't lack in spirit but just need awareness."

Neelam Man Singh, eminent theatre personality from the city, who is the brand ambassador for the campaign, too emphasises the point. "Coming from a family of eye surgeons (her father was one and her brother too is practicing), I know the need of eye donation. It's not just a social commitment but a humanitarian too." The fact that the rate of eye donation is really less in North India prompted the online campaign. "This facility will help enhance eye donation and more people will be able to pledge donation at one click," says Neelam.

Another reason of getting the youth in the picture is the traditional, social and religious stigmas attached to it. "Our tradition-bound society should take the decision consciously. The actual donation procedure suffers due to emotional pressures from the family and religious notions. That's why family donation should be encouraged rather than individual," he says.

What if you attach more star value to it? "Nothing better," says Neelam. "The kind of awareness and idea available needs somebody who has a face value for catching the eye. Aishwarya Rai did the required endorsement and anybody who is in a position to support the cause should come forward," she adds.

Well, going by statistics, from the total number of deaths that occur in India annually, if even two per cent donate their eyes, the problem of corneal blindness will be completely cured. Enough to motivate now!

Long shot
Documentary maker Narinder Pal Singh's latest offering Guru Nanak highlights some interesting takes culled from Gurbani and research works carried out by Turkish scholars
Jasmine Singh

Revival of Punjabi cinema is one topic that we love to discuss. This holds true for the Punjabi moviemakers as well. Punjabi cinema is evolving, moving in the right direction. Everything is well, but has someone spared a thought for a parallel stream of art — documentaries?

Narinder Pal Singh is one documentary maker with a mission-to make, market and popoluarise Punjabi documentaries. His latest work on Guru Nanak is based on new research on Guru Nanak's Gurbani. Narinder will be taking the documentary to Sikh Lens Festival to be held in New York, Spinning Wheel Film Festival, Torontto and Anglo-Sikh Heritage Festival, UK. "I had done theatre and got interested in documentaries. I wanted to show people, issues, incidents which we have forgotten about," says Narinder, who has 11 documentaries to his credit already.

The word documentary is synonymous with extensive research work. Says Narinder, "People perceive documentaries as digging the past, I highlight the person and the situation in yesteryear and present-day context." For the new documentary Guru Nanak, Narinder had to visit Turkey. "I found traces of extensive research done on Guru Nanak in Istanbul. I have included the traveling maps and stories shared by people. I have been able to make this documentary with assistance of Sikh scholars, Janamsakhis and consulted various books over a period of three years," he adds.

Despite the hard work, Narinder is doubtful about the life of documentary makers. "Sourcing funds is a big problem with me. Marketing it well is another problem. I want to make documentaries based on Punjab," provides Narinder. We have a rich heritage, a strong history that needs to be showcased, and documentaries is one way of doing it." Narinder makes a conscious effort to give a lighter touch to the documentaries. "The idea is to find more viewership. If I make serious stuff, the chances of it going down well with the viewers might not be possible." After Guru Nanak, Narinder Pal Singh is now working on the subject of Kartar Singh Sarabha.

Strictly for dummies
If you think ‘Apple’ is only a fruit and ‘mouse’ is just a rodent, then you can benefit from websites like
Jasmine Singh

If we were to tell you that there are people who do not know the ABC of technology, would you want to dismiss it as rubbish or get startled? We bet both! While on one hand technoratis are coming up with amazing gadgets and technologies, on the other some ‘innocent souls’ wonder what on earth is happening! Everything is Greek to them. However, this does not deter them and guess who comes to their rescue - technology itself!

Websites like help people connect and step-by-step understand the fast-paced technology. Right from learning database, programming and web design, the site gives information on other related aspects like how to create PC network workbook, understanding windows and a lot more. So, now when you are short on time and are enticed by technology, websites like this bail you out by providing in-depth knowledge on many subjects.

Sumit Khurana, a city-based blogger, credits the technology for giving him an upper hand. “I learnt computer language C through online tutorials. I made projects accordingly and this is how I learnt the whole stuff.” Adds Sumit, “With technology changing so fast, how are we expected to keep pace with everything? Also, who has the time to attend classes? There too one can only learn the basics. On the other hand, on the computer one can learn and practice simultaneously.”

Make everything easy with a few clicks. From picking tips on basic computers to graduating to higher levels, being up, close and personal to technology is no big deal now. Forget everything else, you can even learn to make a nuclear bomb through computers. No takers for this, we are sure!

Websites like home and learn, gcf learn free, india child etc offer easy ways to get familiar with the latest in the tech world. If learning computer is no big deal, then knowing the in and out of a mobile phone is far more easier. “Lovely is a strange yet interesting website that tells you all the things that you can do with a cell phone and about various features,” shares Harsimran Kaler, who is designing a portal on latest cars. “I was an absolute layman when it came to technology, but at the same time I wanted to know everything about it. Thanks to the search engine and various other mediums, I find myself well-equipped to even start a portal now. Can you imagine,” she smiles talking nineteen to dozen about how anyone be a computer wizard by logging on to some simple sites.

Whatever you want to know on technology is provided by technology. Interesting? “I haven’t checked, I bet though there would be websites that would teach us how to assemble a mobile phone or a computer,” says Anju Sharma, homemaker from Mohali, who relies on ehow, wherein she learns how to use a refrigerator, tips and warnings. Kitchen gadgets, and other information on how to technically use certain things, I depend on different websites for every little information.”

Scribble for success
Google announces the launch of second Doodle 4 Google competition in India to celebrate the Children’s Day on November 14, 2010.

Children in India to participate in this exciting 'doodling' competition and get a chance to feature their ‘doodle’ on November 14 on The competition is open for all children from 5 to 16 years across India. This year, our chosen theme is ‘My dream for India’ encouraging young doodlers to imagine what India would be like in two decades from now and capture those images in color and paper.

In addition to the winner's doodle appearing on on Nov 14, 2010, the star Doodler will receive a technology starter package including a laptop, a year’s Internet connection and a Rs 2,000,00 technology grant for the school that he or she will represent.

According to Nikhil Rungta, country marketing head, Google India, “Google is all about innovation. The D4G contest aims to unleash the creativity of young kids of India and inspire them to innovate.Last year’s winning Doodle, titled ‘My India full of life’ was one such example of creativity by a 4th Standard student. It’s exciting to see how innovative kids can be while doodling and we are all excited to see what’s in store for us this year.”

The participants will be clubbed in three different categories- 1st to 3rd Standard, 4th to 6th Standard and 7th to 10th Standard. JJ School of Arts will select the top 200 entries from each category which will be reviewed by a panel of judges. The judges will then shortlist 15 doodles from each category, bringing it down to a total of 45 final doodles. 

 All the final entries will be exhibited for public voting and based on the number of votes, one winner from each category will be selected. Each of these winners will receive a laptop. Dennis Hwang, the original Google Doodler, will then choose the final winning Doodle from the total 45 finalists. — TNS

Game on

Tata Sky Ltd., in association with Hungama, South Asia’s leading digital entertainment company, launches Actve Games – truly taking the gaming experience on TV to a whole new level. Currently, the games available on most DTH services are quite basic, Actve Games revolutionizes the entertainment experience for all Tata Sky subscribers by making home the new playground with a host of high-end games across specialized genres including action, arcade, puzzles, sports, cards and strategy.

Tata Sky has always endeavored to add value to the life of its customers by providing cutting edge, innovative new-age interactive services under the brand name, ‘Active’. It was the first direct-to-home company to introduce interactive services that cater to interests of viewers across age groups with special focus of education. Besides Education, Games has been an integral part of its interactive service offering and is extremely popular among the subscribers.

Catching on its growing prominence, Tata Sky will offer a total of 50 different games which will be available throughout the year, with at least 6 of them for the customers to enjoy daily. These games are refreshed periodically so that the excitement levels never wane.

With an extensive customer base of over 5.5 million connections, Tata Sky for the first time across the globe is introducing a completely new breed of TV gaming on the DTH platform. Actve Games illustrates our strategy to offer unique services and reinforces our commitment to deliver the best entertainment experience to our customers.

Amitpal Singh Grewal

DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera, which is a digital version of the SLR cameras, is too big, bulky, and complex to use as compared to a compact point-and-shoot camera. But the latter is not powerful enough, which necessitated the need for hybrid digital camera.

A hybrid camera takes the best features from compacts as well as DSLRs and packages them in a smaller, lighter, and easier-to-use camera. A much larger imaging sensor is used in a hybrid camera, so there is no denying the fact that they do have the ability to match the quality of a DSLR camera. Here is how hybrid cameras differ from the other two versions.


Getting rid of the DSLR reflex mirror means you can't use the fast autofocus technology any more. Instead, you have to use the same AF method of compact cameras, called contrast detect, which is slower. This means hybrids, first generation ones at least, are not suited to high-speed action photography where fast AF responses are called for.

Shutter lag

As the shutter has to be open in order to enable the real time live view on the screen, the delay caused by having to close the shutter before opening it again to make the exposure adds to the shutter lag you experience when pressing the shutter release. In practice it's not that critical and you tend to get used to it, anticipating the action.


Without a reflex mirror, you either have to use the LCD screen on the back of the camera or an electronic eye-level viewfinder. One thing good is a marked improvement in EVF display quality of hybrid cameras. You can compose and inspect status information in a way not possible with DSLRs, without removing your eye from the viewfinder.

Image quality

Hybrids cameras use the same size sensors as a DSLR, so the image quality is very comparable. And this means hybrid camera image quality is a lot better than even the best compacts, which have much smaller image sensors. Noise and dynamic range performance is in a different league to compacts, especially at medium to high ISO settings. With larger sensors, hybrids enable you to limit the depth of field creatively with much more ease and flexibility than a compact camera. 

System capability

Hybrid cameras are system cameras that are gifted with a range of interchangeable lenses and dedicated system accessories like flash units. A lot of interest has been generated regarding the use of rangefinder lenses through adapters. In fact, adapters are appearing that let you attach almost any popular DSLR lens to hybrids, although most of these don't provide autofocus or auto exposure functionality.


This is perhaps the toughest for those who may be interested in using a hybrid, especially if they are downsizing from a DSLR. By definition a hybrid is small, which means the controls will be more closely packed and buttons smaller. If you have large hands and fingers, you might find hybrids fall at this hurdle. Fortunately, for most this won't be an issue!

If you can't live without a power/portrait mode grip, wireless remote flash, exotic flash systems like ring flash and other more esoteric accessories, hybrids are not for you. But it is just a matter time before all these items will be there on hybrid cameras. It has to be emphasised that hybrid cameras are in a nascent stage and will take time before they become a hit with buyers. But hybrids are, for sure, the future of digital cameras.

Head start

The Philips SHQ3000 & SHQ4000 are part of Philips new line of 'waterproof' and sweat proof sports headphones in rubberized black and bright orange design; and comes with three sizes of extra soft anti-bacterial silicon ear caps. SHQ3000 are customizable ear hooks whereas SHQ4000 are extremely flexible neckband based earphones. Both the headphones are form-fitting and capable of staying put during physical activity, and may be washed under the tap for clean and safe keeping. Snug-fitting ear caps ensure minimal sound leaking with powerful bass response. Cable clip and protective sports pouch are included for storage and travel. Great for sports enthusiasts as these are weightless, secure, comfortable, sweat proof and safe for outdoor use. 

SHQ3000 Rs 1,999

SHQ4000  Rs 2,499 


The Philips SPF5010 is a 10.4’’ digital photoframe with touch controls on the border and with 4:3 aspect ratio for optimal distortion-free display. The frame accepts USB or memory card. It adds new glow to old memories with RadiantColor. With its simple intuitive operation, it is energy efficient too as it saves power via auto dimming by detecting ambient lighting. 

Price Rs 11,990

Home front
In her own space
Punita Vadhera has blended creativity with comfort to evolve her signature style

— Photo: Vinay Malik A home is a dream come true. And for sure it's Punita Vadhera's. Her nature, interests and skills find expression in her one-kanal house in phase 3, Mohali.

"I have lived in a duplex, though they look great I for sure did not want one," says Punita, counsellor with Carmel Convent-9.

"With kids to keep an eye on or even in old age, I would rather have one level that has all my rooms and kitchen," she adds. And she absolutely has.

The beauty is how she has created a home that is open yet gives independence; all at one level.

A small yet elegant lobby with a Ganesha, decorative mirror and an Egyptian painting welcomes one in. "This place has a small seating for visitors that you really don't want to interrupt, especially when kids are home," leads Punita in.

The living room has an eclectic collection of charming and comfortable seating, all designed by the lady of the house. "Lets just say, I am an interior decorator not by profession but passion," she laughs.

— Photo: Vinay MalikA cosy fireplace, tall, majestic chairs along the walls and low back for the middle, this room offers seating in several ways to suit the size of company. Needless to say, the rocking chair belongs to the one who has designed it. "These triangular chairs in low height make sure they don't block the view," she points out.

The tables are a mix and match of wood with granite and glass, Punita's favourite. "Granite tops are easy to maintain, whatever you spill, they can be cleaned with a wipe. So, I have them over my fireplace, dressing table and bar trolleys," she shares.

— Photo: Vinay MalikLovely candle stands in all shapes, sizes, carvings and colours — off white, dark brown and burnt wood decorate this room. There is one as tall as six feet and the shortest a few inches, all Oriental and in woodcarvings.

Punita has designed the house according to Vaastu principles. It's the master bedroom that's the control room from where both the inside and the outside are visible. One of the walls that open to the outside lawn is collapsible, all glass. Punita's love for windows finds favour here, as this one looks like wooden pane windows. This is here that the family - Punita, kids Akshay, Aashita and pet Champ like to spend their time.

The home has no curtains. Its chiks that provide cover as well colour. In bright yellow, they lend brightness to master bedroom. "Not only chiks look great but are easy to use as well, one doesn't need rods or supports and one can easily customise them," offers Punita.

The lobby that leads to kitchen has a mobile trolley that acts as a bar and beautiful wooden frames that has family's pictures. Family's lounge is dressed in rugs. Wooden flooring, a TV and an open space uncluttered by furniture prove to be a good place for exercise or unwinding. Bay windows add space and style, opening to the green lawn outside. Kids' room has a keyboard, on which Aashita loves to play piano, a small dressing table and cabinets to store school supplies. Family's love for books is evident with well-stocked cabinets in almost all the rooms.

Just like everything else, the kitchen is workable too. With washing area stashed in a corner, it has small L shape table where family loves to eat. "We spend lots of time here. It also gives a good view of outside," says Punita.

Spade work
Like a prayer
Satish Narula

Satish Narula The pleasure of gardening is unending. However, there are times in the year when gardeners are over delighted and the fruits of their labour are borne and harvested. Rainy season is one such time when gardens are at their best. This is also the time when one should make the best use to time to rear and enjoy certain type of plants.

No doubt a wise gardener keeps his plants and the garden at its best all the year round, but certain plants give their best in this season and this is also the time to multiply them. Take for example maranta, the prayer plant. The leaves open and spread in the morning with folded 'hands', and position itself upwards in a prayer mode. The climate in Chandigarh is good for such plants but this the time when none of the foliage is scarred with summer heat or dying due to the winter harshness.

In contrast, the new leaves appear and put forth their best colour. The plants also give a few flowers every day that may wither by the evening. The plant grows and spreads due to the underground rhizomes that run in all directions. The leaves emerge from these rhizomes. In some of the species they emerge as a spirally round pipe and unfold to spread their eternal beauty of pattern and colour. There is a wide range of species in this class and now you can also get a miniature maranta where the leaf size is almost one third. This kind is very pretty too.

As the plants are rhizomatous, the underground rhizomes could be extracted and cut to divide for independent plants. Do not worry; there will not be even a single mortality. Keep such plants under the shade as the exposure to sun may cause injury to the foliage like burning of leaf tips and margin. The other similar kinds of plants in this series are calatheas. The foliage of this beauty is like the plumage of birds. One thing that is common is that both are of static nature. They like be kept at the same place for long as movement does not match their temperament.

Graphic details

Rajeev Nagar Whoever found animation exciting, creative, challenging, fascinating, imaginative, has something to rejoice.

Animators can now draw, write, erase, zoom, scroll and rotate their creation directly on their screens. What's left is perhaps, doodling! Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics-33 in association with Wacom organises a seminar for its students to familiarise them with the technical revolution. What is demonstrated before the students are the advantages of using Wacom graphics tablets in their day-to-day work and how they would benefit from it in their career development.

Shares Rajeev Nagar, country manager, Wacom, "Animators and students can articulate their thoughts, logics, concepts creatively in using pen to input drawing, handwriting, free hand illustration and complicated sketches."

What's on screen are the unbelievable yet realistic animated characters, thoughts converted into virtual reality. The technology that can be used to create some of the exciting end concepts in the field of digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs round the world. — TNS

French connection

It was Festival France at The British School. The weeklong celebrations of La Francophonic Week, held in collaboration with Alliance Francaise, a body propagating French culture and language, culminated at the school.

Dedicated to the French language and culture, the entire week had the students taking a voyage to France, introducing them to pictures and videos associated with the place.

Students watched Eiffel tower and world-renowned French museum Louvre, while still being at Chandigarh and also learned the traditional dances and songs of France.

Students presented skits Le Corbeau et Le Renard and La Cigale et La Fourmi songs and a French Polka dance. All the programmes were presented in French language. Monsieur Nicolas on his clarinet and the band, Combo 3 kept the audience's feet tapping to French numbers. Alliance Francaise students too rendered some French songs and dance items.

Harkuvar, a student of Class VI delivered a power point presentation about France, its past and present, that made the audience take a flight of fancy to the famous place.

Principal Mona Shree Sethi said, "During the week long celebrations students enjoyed learning about France and its people. This was to brush up their knowledge of French Revolution, importance of French language and its culture." — TNS

Fine show

— Photo: Pradeep Tewari To feel the pulse of the city and know their tastes, Shweta Chadha has put up an exhibition of suits, jewellery and gift items at Panchayat Bhavan.

"The suits are mine and my sister's creation, jewellery by my mom," shares Shweta attending to each visitor herself.

New to the city (she moved after her wedding) Shweta wants to introduce her stuff to people here.

"I have brought some of fine pieces from my collection," says Shweta.

Also, on display are antique finish photo frames, serving trays and napkin holders. — TNS

Wedding vows

Ranvir & Konkana Bollywood actor Konkona Sen Sharma has confirmed that she has tied the knot with her long-time boyfriend Ranvir Shorey at a private ceremony in Mumbai.

"Hey guys. Ranvir and I got married on the 3rd (September). Thanks for all the good wishes! Goodnight," Konkona, 30, posted on her microblogging page Twitter.

The couple, who got engaged in 2008, reportedly exchanged wedding vows in an intimate ceremony at their Goregoan residence. Only a small number of friends, including Fardeen Khan and Shilpa Shetty, attended.

While Ranvir, 38, was dressed as a Punjabi groom, Konkona wore a Bengali sari and her grandmother's jewels.

"We wanted you to read it here first but... we got married! Yay," wrote Ranvir on his Twitter page. "The best wish/advice I've received on marriage so far: 'Congratulations! Don't do it again."

Konkona, daughter of Bengali filmmaker and actor Aparna Sen, is known for her roles in Mr & Mrs Iyer, Page 3, Life... In A Metro and Wake Up Sid.

While Ranvir made his mark with films like Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Pyaar Ke Side Effects and Mixed Doubles.

As soon as the National Award winning actor confirmed her marriage, congratulatory messages have started coming in on the microblogging site:

Genelia D'Souza: "Congratulations Konkona, lots of love and happiness to a new life." Shabana Azmi: "Congratulations both of you - bahut saara pyar (lots of love)." Karan Johar: "...huge congratulations!!! The best years ahead!!" — IANS

Hisssing away to glory

Mallika Sherawat is all set to make her singing debut in her Hollywood project Hisss, which will be composed by Julian Lennon, son of Beatles legend John Lennon. The actor, who landed in Mumbai recently after spending almost a year in Los Angeles, recorded the song in a studio in Los Angeles, which will be released as part of the Hisss soundtrack and promotions.

According to an insider, Mallika has recorded her voice singing on two different songs. The first of the songs is composed and arranged by Julian Lennon. Upon mixing of the track, the song will be sent to Lennon for approval. The second track that Mallika recorded is arranged by German composer Alexander Von Bubenheim who is behind the background score of Hisss. Directed by Jennifer Lynch, the film is based on the legend of Naga and revolves around a snake woman whose mate is captured by an American hunter. She then decides to take revenge. — PTI

Emotional quotient

Aamir Khan Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, who played the lead in the Hindi remake of Tamil hit Ghajini, says it's difficult to retain the emotion of an original film in its remake."It's difficult to remake because the original things are made with such emotion that it becomes difficult to recreate the same emotion.

When you come to compare it, a remake can never meet the level of its original version. But there is always an excitement of an artiste," said Aamir. The 45-year-old actor said his 1991 hit Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin was an adaptation of a Hollywood film It Happened One Night (1934). "I worked in a remake of Ghajini. It was originally made in Tamil, which we remade in Hindi, but it was not an old film. In 1934, Hollywood director Frank Capra had made It Happened One Night. I read the script from collections of screenplays and I liked it so much that we adapted it and remade Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin," said the actor. Aamir was speaking to reporters Saturday night at PVR Phoenix Mill, where he attended the screening of Shammi Kapoor starrer Teesri Manzil as part of the Purani Jeans Film Festival organised by Radio Mirchi.

The actor maintains if he ever go for a remake again, it will be for the sake of re-living moments of the film that excite him."Every one has their own reasons to remake a film, but if I ever make a remake then the reason would the material, the story, the characters, the moments of that film excite me so much that I want to experience them personally as a creative person and if possible then would interpret in my own way. "Like Shakespeare plays if you see, it's still performed. Different groups make their independent adaptation of his plays. I think when we try to remake one, we pay respect to that creation like a tribute," said Aamir. — IANS


Salman Khan has been plagued by questions about the status of his relationship with actor Katrina Kaif recently and the Bollywood superstar is perturbed as to why the media is making big news out of the issue.

"There are so many other problems affecting people in the country, why is Salman-Katrina relationship national news? I am not giving any clarifications, the media can write whatever it wants. It is my personal life, if people want to know, they will have to wait and watch," said Salman. The controversy was triggered after Katrina, who is reportedly in a relationship with the actor for quite sometime, said she was 'single'.

Salman also spoke about other controversies in his life, including his brush with the law twice and his relationship with Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwariya Rai. The 45-year-old actor, who is facing trial for killing black bucks in Rajasthan said that the case does not stand against him.

"There is no case against me. The first post-mortem report of the animals did not show that they were killed by bullets. It is only said in the second report. I have been fighting the case for 11 years. and till date have to take Jodhpur Court's permission before travelling anywhere," said Salman.

He had another brush with the law in a hit and run case in 2002, when his car crashed near American Express bakery in Bandra, killing one man and injuring others. "Each time I pass that spot, it hurts me. Its the worst thing that could have ever happened. My driver Ashok was at the wheel when the car skidded while taking a turn," added Salman.

The actor, who is famously at logger-heads with superstar Shah Rukh Khan ever since a brawl at Katrina's birthday party, said that he respects the latter as an actor still remembers the good times he shared with him. "I have a lot of respect for Shah Rukh as an actor. We shared some good times playing brothers in Karan Arjun. There is no clash between us, but some misunderstandings crop up time and again," he said.

Salman, who was in a relationship with actress Aishwariya Rai for a few years, said he is glad that she has settled into a happy married life. — PTI

Blissfully busy

Jennifer Lopez Hollywood actor Jennifer Lopez has confessed she rarely gets any time to herself because she is always worrying about her family. The singer-and-actor, who has two-year-old twins Max and Emme with husband Marc Anthony admits she is constantly worrying about her family and rarely gets time to indulge her own interests.

"I don't really believe mothers have time for themselves. It's always on your mind, even when you are trying to relax and get away — it's just one of the absolute facts of being a mother," she said. The 41-year-old, however, admits she does get some time to be alone when she is working on a music or film project. "That's when I have time to concentrate on what I'm doing, but as far as leisure time, mothers don't get that - it's just part of the deal," she said. — IANS

Agony unmasked

Welsh actor Catherine Zeta Jones has opened about her agony over husband Michael Douglas's throat cancer. The beauty refuses to accompany Oscar-winner Douglas to the hospital for chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

"I know maybe I should be stronger but emotionally I just don't want to see the man I love hooked to a chemo IV or lying motionless on a radiation table under a positioning mask," the Daily Express quoted Jones.

Zeta-Jones feared for Douglas, a heavy smoker, before his condition was diagnosed. "It wasn't a huge shock, I knew something was up but the one thing that struck me first was: 'This doesn't happen to Michael Douglas'. The hardest part is seeing his fatigue because Michael is never tired. I'm 25 years younger than him and he wears me out," she added. — ANI

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