Multiplier effect
From multiple images to multiple mediums to multiple narratives, acclaimed artist Jitish Kallat has a bagful to offer
Nonika Singh

This isn’t a linear narrative….” quipped globetrotting and internationally acclaimed artist Jitish Kallat soon after his lecture-cum-slide-show organised by Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi that began at the Government Museum auditorium in Sector 10. But then there is nothing linear about the young artist who in his short journey, has gone places. From multiple images to multiple mediums to multiple narratives, “if something can mean many things”, it automatically finds space in Kallat’s oeuvre. An oeuvre that is as exciting as it is unique, both in the choice of mediums and their representation. So one moment as in 365 Lives; 365 images of dented vehicles chronicle the tale of Mumbai, the city this Keralite was born and brought up in.

Without doubt, Mumbai and its teeming millions remain his fountainhead of inspiration. So his portraits have images of people “almost as if the city is sitting on the head of the people”. In any other city, he agrees that perhaps his imagery would have been different. “For though one doesn’t set out to document one’s city, one does engage with one’s neighbourhood.”

And yes, to some extent the Cry of the Gland, photographs of 108 pockets bulging out with things of necessity, couldn’t probably have happened anywhere else. Yet that is not to say that he is impervious to the influences of the rest of the country or even the world. Thus images of burnt vehicles so typical to Indian urbanscape metamorphose into skeletal-like vehicles in mammoth sizes made out of raisin. US Homeland Security’s colour coding of threat perception becomes his colour palette to finally freeze as Public Notice 3 on display at the Art Institute of Chicago, in which he has used the speech of Swami Vivekananda at World Parliament of Religions in a refracted spectrum of the same colours.

Past, present, histories interweave in his works as effortlessly as the fusion of mediums. Paintings, photographs, sculptures all melt and mould together to find a common meeting ground in his exhibitions like the one that he especially created for Haunch of Venison, London. He doesn’t think dovetailing one’s work to a museum space or specific sites presents any different kind of challenge. “When you encounter a particular space you can “see” your art work. But the test is — can you realise your vision with your labour?”

No artwork, however, he feels can be measured on the barometer of effort. Medium - painting, sculpture or photograph - too is incidental for “it’s the work that dictates the medium, not the other way around.” Having trained in painting at JJ School of Art, Mumbai, on his alma mater he says, “It prepares you for everything.” Of course, there are many lessons to be learnt from changing times of chaos and transformation from which culture and art emerge and of which he undeniably is a product. “Put a pen to a paper in a moving train and you will have a painting. Nothing will happen in a static train.” But at the end of the day - is an artist a storyteller or a chronicler of his times? “When I create my art I am thinking of stories but ultimately an artist is only pointing out at things and asking questions. And the only answers an artist can provide are by asking more questions.” As his works - be it Public Notice or Public Notice 2 (using bone shaped alphabets to recount Gandhi’s historic speech before Dandi march)—allude to the violent times we are witnessing, he says, “It is the stimuli from the world I live in.” Those who can only sense a certain despondency or melancholy in his works, and fail to see the play of the absurdity and hence the drama of life or the life-affirming forces, all he says is, “Every response is valid for it comes from a subjective individual vantage point.” About the response of the world where he has been exhibiting time and again at prestigious venues like Tate Modern, London, Martin Gorpius Bau, Berlin, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Serpentine Gallery, London, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, etc, he says, “It’s not possible to summarise it or the place of Indian art on the global scene. We are all living under the robust historical canopy, though post 2,000 it is hard to situate Indian art within the framework of national logic or model.” To place Kallat’s art within known definitions of art would be defying the purpose of his art whose legitimate quest seems to be moving beyond and defining new frontiers.

Voice within
In the city, actor Vasundhara Das shares how music
remains her first love
Jasmine Singh

The answer was simple. She would follow her heart, and it didn’t take her time to find out what it longed for—music, music and more music. Each time she moved a little away from the heart’s calling, it got her back with more zest and longing.

This time, singer, actor Vasundhara Das returns with a tribute to John Lennon. On the 30th anniversary of John Lennon, Ballantine’s partners with Mont Blanc to launch John Lennon limited edition writing instruments and roped in the singer to do the honours. You bet, Vasundhara jumped on the opportunity. “John Lennon, the musician, has a great impact on me. He is great musician for sure, but he also has the ability to say his mind, and pour everything in the songs,” she holds the pen to be photographed.

Pretty picture she makes, with the pen of course and also with passion—yes it hasn’t changed, it still but strums from music. “This is what I like doing the most, this is what makes my world. Off late, I have been performing with my band on different forms of music and at various places. In fact, I am glad to be playing with a band that can perform on Bollywood music one day and sing to John Lennon the other day,” she smiles.

A musician finally gives some stage to the actor. How about we telling you Vasundhara started her career with Kamal Hassan’s Hey Ram. Not to miss, (you certainly wouldn’t miss it) the song and dance in Moonsoon Wedding. “There comes a stage in life when one has to decide what would give satisfaction. I acted for a while, which was fun and eventually returned to myself. I am not closed to the idea of acting as long as I get to do something nice,” she says.

Any prizes for guessing we return to music? Sukhwinder Singh is his favourite Indian singer, and she loves to perform in a band. Band breaking left right and centre? “Well this again depends on the dedication with which one joins the band, the openness with how one sees things. Last but not the least, it also depends on the attitude with which one approaches something.”

Singing, singing and then someone asks her about writing songs. She sparkles at the query. “I don’t shut myself in a room. It is a natural process; something unexplainable just triggers it. John Lennon would write a song by evening, record it and the dics would be out too, with people listening to it. Writing songs is all about saying your heart, what one feels.” Vasundhara is doing a project called Speak Up, wherein she would pour into songs whatever she feels about. “Whatever bugs me or makes me happy will find place in these songs,” provides the singer who doesn’t mind rinsing her throat for Bollywood numbers.

PEN drive

The John Lennon Edition is based on John Lennon’s genius, reflecting his iconic status through the creation of a fountain pen, ballpoint pen and a roller ball; and a record of Lennon’s most famous single ‘Imagine.’ The gentle grooves are chiselled into black precious resin of the barrel evoking vinyl groove texture. The Special Edition incorporates design elements of the musical genre of the 50s and 60s: the platinum-plated clip, takes its inspiration from a guitar neck, with tuning pegs and finely etched strings on the neck, while platinum plated plaque is engraved with Lennon's famous self portrait.

Matter of choice
Career is one significant part of life. But in this rush of ambition are we undermining the importance of relationships?

Waity Katie' is finally marrying her Prince. To be the future queen, Kate Middleton has given up her career aspirations to be a merchandiser (she hoped to be a photographer too). Being a member of Wales' royal family will have its own set of duties and obligations in which pursuing an independent career might not be an option. And then being a photographer or a merchandiser is probably not that appropriate a career for a 'royal'.

Would city lasses give up their career to fulfill the 'family role'? Priyanka Bhatia, a B Tech student, gives an emphatic 'no' for an answer. "Women have as much right to have a career as men. I don't see how can my leaving a career for family would help." And, then, Priyanka is not ready to let go 25 years of hardwork that she and her parents have put in her education. "My education has taken time, money and effort of my whole family. I am not letting that go waste at any cost," says Priyanka. But then she is ready to make her future family see her point of view. "I can reason my case. I am sure that any rational family will come around," she says.

For the very same reason, Nikharika Rao wouldn't give her dream to make it 'big' in the world. "My parents have always given me the best in life. Treated me equal to my brother. When it comes to fulfilling their dream to have a successful career, why should I let it go?" she questions.

Just like Nikharika, today's women have their own aspirations, dreams and choices. "I don't see myself sitting at home," says Nikharika, a final-year architecture student who wants to pursue masters from the US and have a high paying job.

Having their own identity, free will and a say in family life, is what today's girl believes in. And, a career is a major part of it. "I have my life and certainly career is going to be a major part of it," says Nisha Sharma, a final-year mass communication student. "I believe in being independent. No sacrifices here," says this confident girl.

Isha Gulati, 19-year-old studying to be an engineer, is fiercely protective of her independence. She is ready to adapt provided others do that as well. "See as long as it comes to adjusting timings, locations or even profile of the job, probably I would make adjustments. But giving up is not an option," says Isha.

All in all, it seems career is one significant part of life, man or woman, notwithstanding. But in this rush of ambition are we undermining the importance of relationships? 'Sacrifice' is a term almost alien to us today. The repercussions - relationships have taken a back seat.

"That's true of any relationship today, why single out girls," questions Sheery Sabbarwal, professor, department of sociology, Panjab University. "Times are different. Today even parents are not making sacrifices like a few years back. In turn, children not taking care of their parents either," she says.

Girls today give a lot of importance to themselves as well as their career. "I agree that it's not a healthy trend for relationships. But then one needs to pay a price for everything. Since girls are ready to make adjustments, as long as men do in their turn, it seems out of place to judge them," says Sabbarwal.

And, then, being a 'future queen' is way different. Katie has her privileges that come with added responsibilities!

Renee Writes
Life is evolution
at or Life Style, The Tribune, Sector 29-C, Chd

I am 29 years old and bored with my life. It is strange that when most people are looking forward to making their life more exciting, I just feel like retiring and not doing anything. I have been working for five years now, but nothing seems to be of particular interest to me. I have qualified as an MBA but since I always enjoyed writing, I am bored working in an architect's firm for a long time. I also feel I should get married. On the other hand, it would be nice to have some time to my own self. I can go on a spiritual retreat, may be just stay in an ashram for some time and discover myself. It is a very confusing this state of mind. Can you guide me?

Anihita Pandit Shimla

Dear girl, don't sound so confused, we are all creatures of change, and if it is happening within you just allow it to happen and enjoy it. Do not feel guilty on burdened by your thoughts as they perhaps scare you. In the process of our own evolution, some times new concepts and ideas almost frighten us as they make us move from our comfort zone. But once we have adapted ourselves, we develop a new level of comfort within ourselves. You are not losing interest in life, you are just afraid to adapt to the change. Getting married is also a good option provided you are ready to commit to a relationship. Marriage is serious business, be very sure you are ready for that commitment. A spiritual retreat can be satisfying provided you go with an open mind and no expectations. I think you should just take a few days off from work, give yourself time and space and then follow your heart. The gods will surely bless you.

Heart's calling

I am a 27-year-old artist from South India who has come to live in the hills due to an inner calling. I have enjoyed every moment of the past three years that I have been here. Now I am wondering if I should be going back to my native place to settle there or just continue with life here. My family is pressurising me to get married to a girl from my hometown and settle down. I feel my best work has come to me only in these mountains. I really don't feel like going back, but then I feel I will be disappointing my parents. If my mind is not at peace, my work also suffers. Please suggest what would be the correct path to follow in my case.

Subramaniam Swamy, Rishikesh

I admire you because you have had the strength and courage to answer your inner calling. How many of us can afford the luxury of doing this? It is not only in terms of money but also in terms of attitude that we should be able to afford our passions. You are extremely blessed that you have had the good fortune in terms of both the things. If you are convinced that the mountains of the North is where your heart lies, you can always find a way of convincing your family to go along with your decision. Life is about focus and conviction. If you are convinced that you want something and you focus adequately on getting it, you surely will. So don't worry, be clear about your desire.

Moving on

I am a 32-year-old Army officer. I was in a steady relationship in my teens, but could not marry the girl. Now she is married and settled, but I don't seem to be able to get her away from my mind and heart. I feel we were made for each other and I can't imagine myself with any other woman. But she refuses to give up on her marriage. Now I am wondering how I can convince her to change her mind. Earlier I could not marry her due to financial reasons, but now that I am well settled things are different. Can you please advice?

Anmol Rehaja, Panchkula

Dear young man please move on in life. I feel you are just nursing a romantic notion in your life since your girlfriend has already made a new life for herself. I feel that you also need to step onto a new stage. Life cannot be stagnant and since she is not willing to change, what is the use of your hanging on to an illusion? Every moment of life is precious and relationships also mean growth. I feel you are living a fantasy of your mind. Your teenage infatuation was beautiful while it lasted, also perhaps it gave you an emotional anchor and a meaning for that time but now you must let go and make a new life for yourself with a new partner.

Mark your success

Good grades do make you teachers' favourite whereas parents shower excessive love if you are their 'A' grader child. And now a new research has revealed that they also make students healthier adults. Studies have long shown that education is linked to better health showed that higher academic performance in high school plays a critical role in better health throughout life.

Pamela Herd, an associate professor of public affairs and sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, conducted the research along with colleagues.

"How well you do in school matters. We already know it matters for things like your work and your earnings, but this proves it also matters for your health," said Herd.

For those who are still in school, there's every reason to believe the link between academic performance and health exists for younger people, too, Herd said.

The conclusion relies on data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, a groundbreaking survey that has involved more than 10,000 graduates of Wisconsin's high school class of 1957 during the last 53 years.

UW-Madison researchers went back to the class members six times since they graduated, asking questions about work, life, family and now, as the class ages, health.

The report on academic performance and health looked at links between educational attainment, high school academic performance, personality and psychological characteristics, and late-life health among high school graduates.

The findings showed that the higher a study participant's high school rank was, the lower the probability that participant experienced worsening health between 1992 and 2003, when the class members neared retirement age.

Researchers are still working to learn more about why academic performance leads to better health outcomes.

Herd noted that she thought that conscientiousness would help explain the finding. Those who are more conscientious might both do better in school and also take better care of their health.

The study is published in the December issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. — ANI

Bond wagon
Together we can

Naresh Jacob & Paramjeet
Naresh Jacob & Paramjeet

Relationship: Husband-wife
Time together: Seven years
Same to same: Always ready to help poor; religious, family-oriented, enjoy cooking and entertaining guests; both are loving, caring and kindhearted.

Yet different: Jacob enjoys singing; is friendly, fun- loving, emotional, vibrant, loves eating and cooking, easily see the good in others.

Paramjeet is shy, god-fearing, reserved, serious, emotional, practical, very simple, humble and hardworking. She loves writing.

Unforgettable moment: When our lovely daughter Harman (Gennise) came into our life.

Funny takes: "When our two-and-a-half year daughter said, "Dekho na papa wo aadmi mujhe kaise dekh raha hai". - Jacob

Special something: Each and every moment spent with each other is special. — Paramjeet

Wishful thinking: I pray that all his dreams come true and he succeeds in whatever he does. — Paramjeet

I pray all the happiness for her. — Jacob

(Naresh Jacob is a renowned singer of the region and Paramjeet working in Indian Air Force. They have a two-and-a-half-year old daughter Harman (Gennise).

Lifestyle invites responses on the following issue: What purpose do New Year resolutions serve?

Please e-mail the responses in around 200 words to or post along with your photo and contact number to 'Relatively Speaking', Lifestyle, The Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh. The best responses will be published


Sick teens are more isolated than other kids, but they do not necessarily realize it and often think their friendships are stronger than they actually are, a new study has revealed. The study is based on the surveys conducted long ago but it offers insight into the role that health plays in the relationships between people, said lead author and sociologist Steven Haas.

"Health is both a cause and a consequence of how many friends you have and how many people you have to support you," noted Haas, an assistant professor at Arizona State University.

Haas and colleagues examined the results of a 1994-1996 survey of teenagers that asked them to name their friends. The study authors focused on 2,060 teens and explored the connections between them and their classmates. — ANI

Lure of B-town
Actor Vivek Oberoi's cousin Akshay Oberoi makes a Bollywood debut with Is Life Mein
Jasmine Singh

There is no better place in this world than Bollywood. Being associated with it is a cool thing. Besides, every bit of me belongs here
Akshay Oberoi, actor

Is it survival of the fittest or survival through the fittest? Apply this funda to Bollywood, and expect it to yield results. To put it in simple words, Bollywood is one place where one can go long riding on someone's shoulders or just holding hands that make or break the industry. (This is a universal law). How else can you explain Abhisekh's Bachchan's innings or for that matter Barbie girl Katrina Kaif's? Standing on the podium, a good-looking boy chooses to take up things differently.

Akshay Oberoi definitely wants to survive in this cut-throat competitive place, but without any crutches. The actor makes his debut with Suraj Barjatiya’s Is Life Mein and was promoting it in the city on Wednesday. Before we could get down to mapping the genealogy of the new kid on the block, whispering voices tell us he is 'phone call away' actor Vivek Oberoi's cousin.

Comes another one, we assume only to get a new perspective by the end of the conversation. "It might sound strange, but I haven't taken Vivek's advice on acting. He is a great actor, who has been in the industry for a long time. I want to make it in the industry on my own. You might call it immaturity, but this is the way I want to go about it. Create my own experiences, and follow my gut feeling," he clarifies in one go, lest we come up with more doubts. So, it is the gut feeling that has brought Akshay back to Mumbai doing what he likes the most? The glint in his eyes tell us he is coming up with something exhilarating. "There is no better place in this world than Bollywood. Being associated with it is a cool thing. Besides, every bit of me belongs here," says Akshay who moved abroad to learn the nuances of acting and theatre. "I did plays, loads of them, got training in acting, and then decided to return." Oh! That would have been a no big deal, with that surname 'Oberoi'! "What makes you think so," Akshay looks straight in the eye. "I had to struggle like anyone else who comes to Mumbai to be an actor. I would approach people for auditions. I met Rajshri people during the struggle. They auditioned me for the role, rest is a story."

We quickly move to the reel story called Is Life Mein, with which Akshay makes his debut along with Sandeepa . "I was enticed by the story with a fresh feel. The story is about following dreams, being passionate about it," he says. Coming back to where it started, does the tag Vivek's cousin haunt or sell? Akshay almost jumps from his seat. "None of the two. I don't tell people about my connection with Vivek because I want to be known and accepted as an individual. Suraj Barjatiya’s too believe in this. Having said this, I add Vivek is a good actor," he adds. For once you want to trust every word of what he says. Conviction and faith in your abilities means much more than having a Godfather!

Online mall

Arun Srinivasan
We are a Fortune 500 company and on e-Bay, every minute a product is sold. It's a yearly sample that we do, is in its third year now, the first one being out in 2008.
Arun Srinivasan, head retention, 
marketing, e-Bay India

Isn't a survey as good as its findings? e-Commerce in India is mainstream, rural Indians are active online shoppers; as for the city, Chandigarh residents are history lovers, prefer technology, have bought the most shades and sold the most chess boards. e-Bay India Census 2010, the annual survey by eBay, India's e-commerce marketplace, bends a couple of stereotypes while breaks a couple of myths.

"We are a fortune 500 company and on e-Bay, every minute a product is sold. It's a yearly sample that we do, is in its third year now, the first one being out in 2008. Moreover, the census is based on all the transactions that have actually happened on e-Bay," Arun Srinivasan, head retention, marketing, e-Bay India, builds the initial credentials and moves on the details. Cutting across the lengthy details of the methodology, the sample, the survey, the rationale, here's sifting the interesting tit bits from the study.

"Our census guide documents the key findings and trends in online buying and selling among Indians in the top 20 e-commerce hubs, 28 states and seven union territories," he adds. Promising as it may sound, online shopping is active in 1,054 rural towns in India while all the states and union territories witnessed e-commerce transactions.

As for the city, the top five imports included wrist watches, cellphone accessories, smart phones, computer sound cards and I-pods. And aren't we a bunch of history lovers too? The city bought the most World War I memorabilia from international eBayers, apart from the most sunglasses. The rest of the cities can revisit their traits, ahem the trends, while for city beautiful it's sunny side up!

— Manpriya Khurran

Look no further

Patience and Experience always pays and hard work never fails. This is the motto by which New Look Salon blends with Leaps & Bounds, an education academy, and announces its opening at Kharar. Brainchild of Sharmita Bhinder, personality and grooming coach, this venture aims to ensure that beauty and personality grooming are brought under one common roof at New Look.

It offers all the latest beauty groomings, including day spa, hair and beauty enhancement and treatment. "Total transformation of your beauty is what we aim at," says Bhinder. The venture targets not only the regular niche cliental but also the people from the vicinity of Chandigarh and offers unique opportunity to get the taste of ultimate luxury at budget prices.

The exclusivity of New Look ranges from hi-end products like O3, dermalogica, phytomer, and thalgo to renowned Indian brands. The beauticians spell magic on the beauty of the clients with specialised facials and treatments like Dead Sea minerals, sea bed minerals, wine chocolate volcanic ash etc. The imported original products like fresh chocolate, wine fruits ensure ultimate results for the patrons.

New Look is a one-stop shop for the brides and offers pre-bridal, bridal and trousseau under-one roof. It will be mentally relaxing for the bride to know that all is taken care of by the experts of the beauty industry. A special personality and grooming course offered for brides, including trousseau management, home care and personality development. — TNS

Taste that differs

The idea was to offer authentic food. We have thus used a lot of galangal, kafur lime and lemon grass 
Ramanpreet Ahluwalia, executive chef, The Lobby

Two important things that Thailand is known for are reasonable shopping outlets and curries. To experience the first, one needs to visit the country; the second, however, is not that big a deal. Now, city folks can enjoy Thai cuisine at the Lobby-26 during the ongoing Thai food festival.

Besides the signature dish of Thai curries-red, green, yellow and massaman, the menu has a lot to offer. Says Ramanpreet Ahluwalia, Executive Chef, The Lobby, "We have introduced a complete a la carte menu that comprises the usual appetisers, soups, main course and dessert. Every category has a minimum of seven dishes."

The yellow curry justifies its popularity. Served with fresh vegetables, the dish is made with fresh turmeric. The Thai style fried rice has a strong flavour of Thai herbs and spices. "The idea was to offer authentic food. We have thus used a lot of galangal, kafur lime and lemon grass."

Geographically speaking, since Thailand lies between China and India, it acquires flavours from both the countries. Informs Ramanpreet, "It offers taste of spices found in India. Also the food is tangy, which is a characteristic feature of Chinese cuisine." In an effort to offer more, Thai curries and flavours have been mixed and matched with dishes of other cuisines. There is a Thai vegetable lasagna, pasta in red and green curry. In the desserts, try sticky rice pudding. Served with litchis, it's one of the best authentic Thai dishes on the menu. For those who don't know what to choose from the menu, there is a lavish buffet that offers the best dishes from every category. But the food might not be much appreciated by those who taste it for the first time. Strong flavour of kafir lime and galangal makes it a little difficult to adapt to the distinct taste. A subtle flavour in rice and chilli pad thai noodles will be accepted well though.

— Ashima Sehajpal

On till December 19

We love you Sheila

Katrina Kaif
Katrina Kaif

Bollywood actor Katrina Kaif might have expected a thunderous welcome at a mall in New Delhi on Tuesday afternoon, but much to her surprise, she was greeted with "We love you Sheila" shout by young Delhi boys, leaving her a little embarrassed.

"How stunning", "She is beautiful", "Wah! Kya ladki hai (Wow! What a girl)" were just some of the reactions from young guys mesmerised by her beauty. Katrina has become a rage ever since her sexy dance number Sheila ki jawaani from Tees Maar Khan has hit the screens.

The actor, who was accompanied by Tees Maar Khan director Farah Khan, made the crowd wait for over an hour before she made a sudden entry on the stage, looking simple yet stunning in a white top and a sleeveless black shrug teamed with black jeans. She was wearing minimalistic make-up.

The actor said she loves being in the Capital. "It's always wonderful to come to Delhi. I love coming here and I think it is one of the best places in the world," said Katrina, who was at the DLF Promenade mall here to inaugurate their Christmas Cheers celebration.

She even blew a flying kiss as a cue to light up a 40 feet tall Christmas tree that stands right in the middle of the mall. A few lucky men and women from the crowd got a chance to groove with Farah and Katrina on Sheila ki Jawaani, after which the two celebrities randomly threw music CDs of Tees Maar Khan to the crowd.

A boy, who managed to catch one CD, was exhilarated and said: "I am not going to even open this CD. It will always remain special...after all Katrina touched it!"

Now everyone is looking forward to Tees Maar Khan, scheduled for a December 24 release. Katrina has teamed up with her lucky mascot Akshay Kumar in it. — IANS

Buy a date

Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron

Hollywood actor Charlize Theron has auctioned off a date with her for charity. The 35-year-old actor, who is enjoying her single status ever since splitting from boyfriend Stuart Townsend earlier this year, auctioned off a day with her to attend a Los Angeles Lakers basketball game, at a fundraiser for her charitable organisation in New York.

"All the men in the room were doubling the bids on the courtside Lakers tickets if Charlize attended the game with them. She agreed to attend for $20,000," quoted a source, who attended the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project dinner and auction, as saying.

The Monster actor's charity aims to create safer and healthier lives for at-risk children and communities in South Africa, especially those affected by HIV/AIDS. — IANS

Oprah Ruined!

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey

Chat show queen Oprah Winfrey, who has done select roles in Hollywood, is planning to star in a feature adaptation of Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer-award-winning play Ruined. HBO is developing the project as a potential TV movie and a starring vehicle for Winfrey with her Harpo Films production. Nottage is developing the screenplay Loosely inspired from by Bertold Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children, the story centres on an independent businesswoman, Mama Nadi, and the women she employs in a canteen-brothel surrounded by the ongoing civil war in the Congo.

The 55-year-old TV icon has done very few films in Hollywood that include The Color Purple, Beloved, a cameo in Ocean's Thirteen and Throw Mama From the Train. — PTI

Sweat success

Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson

Hollywood star Kate Hudson is a disciplinarian when it comes to health and sweats it out for two hours every day to maintain her figure.

The Bride Wars star admitted she is quite active by nature and even includes dancing in her workout regime.

"I am, by nature, active and I have to work out. I usually do two hours each day when I'm at home. I dance, I like to spin," said Hudson.

Talking about her exercise regime, Hudson's personal trainer Ashley Conrad said, "The workouts are comprised of bodyweight training, V02 max training, stretching, yoga and Pilates. My system keeps the body guessing. It boosts metabolism, and burns fat while bringing in those gorgeous lines of definition. We do things like boxing, explosive jumps, weights, push-ups, treadmill intervals and abs." While she is dedicated to exercise, the 31-year-old actor admits to having a sweet tooth although Conrad tries to encourage her to have something reasonably healthy.

"It's better to eat things like apple with a tablespoon of almond butter, or dark chocolate if you have a sweet tooth," he said. — PTI

Out of Depp

Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp does not own a mobile phone because the actor does not like being "reachable all the time". The 47-year-old actor, known for playing quirky characters like Captain Jack Sparrow and Madhatter, likes to keep a low profile and has banned mobile phones from his life.

Depp, who has two kids -- Lily, 11 and Jack, eight with French singer-and-actress Vanessa Paradis, however, likes to communicate through internet.

"We have Internet and stuff like that because I think that's the safest form, well, most interesting form of communication. "I just don't like phones, I just don't like them. Being reachable all the timem," Depp said.

"You'd have to know how to just buzz me on the internet or something," Depp said. — PTI

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