Real take on reel
From The Dirty Picture to ‘yet to be released’ Bhaag Milkha Bhaag to one in the pipeline on RD Burman, biopics are fast catching the fancy of film-makers
Ashima Batish

Vidya Balan One dialogue — ‘entertainment, entertainment, entertainment’ — underlines what The Dirty Picture was all about. It wasn’t very different in the case of Paan Singh Tomar, which was less blatant though. The moral lessons attached with both movies — corruption, nepotism, gender bias come much later, only as sub-contexts. Indeed, biopics, the right mix of facts and fiction (as defined by lexicographers), got quite a transformation with The Dirty Picture and Paan Singh Tomar. Their earlier versions — docudramas — never promised so much entertainment.

Taking a cue from the same, biographies of RD Burman and Milkha Singh are being translated into films. Says Ayushman Khurrana, who in all probability will play the role of RD Burman, “Biopic is like a journey into the past, into the lives of people; whose stories are stranger than fantasy. When it’s about taking a story to the big screen, introducing a few ‘larger-than-life’ instances is just about fine. Of course, for that prior permission from Asha Bhonsle will be taken.” Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, who directed Rang De Basanti, a semi-biopic with references to the life of freedom fighters, is now making a movie on the Flying Sikh, Milkha Singh, with Farhan Akhtar in the lead role.

For the makers of the film, box-office returns might be a major concern, but for Milkha Singh it is something different. “The film should be made in such a way that it inspires youngsters to achieve their goals in life. I gave them my story of life in one rupee; all I want in return is a true account of my life on the silver screen,” shares Milkha Singh. There are ample examples when facts become more interesting that fiction, when real-life heroes are the true-blue superheroes without any ‘save-the-world’ superpowers.

All said and done, the all-time favourite historical figure of Bollywood has been Bhagat Singh. As many as seven biopics have been made on the life of the freedom-fighter. Beginning with Shammi Kapoor, Manoj Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Sunny Deol, Sonu Sood to Siddharth, many actors have played Bhagat Singh on screen. Says Sonu Sood, “The onus to do justice to the part of a real-life character completely rests with the actor in question. A director can merely go with the script, but it’s an actor who has to deliver the dialogues convincingly, learn the mannerisms and body language properly.”

Sonu will be playing Dawood Ibrahim in the film Shootout at Wadala and post that, he is likely to be seen in the role of an encounter specialist cop.

It’s the curiosity about behind-the-curtain life of celebrities that makes this genre of films popular amid the audience. Politicians and leaders have always been the preferred subjects. Making of the Mahatma, based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi and the very recent The Iron Lady, inspired by Margaret Thatcher’s rise and fall in politics, were huge hits and were awarded as well.

While film-makers continue to pick stories 0f real-life characters, what’s important is that the entertainment factor should not compromised; after all, the box-office collection is directly proportional to ‘entertainment’ in the movie!

Declared hit

Paan Singh Tomar: Based on athlete-turned-dacoit Paan Singh Tomar

The Dirty Picture: Based on Silk Smitha, a South-Indian heroine

The Iron Lady: Based on Margaret Thatcher, former UK Prime Minister

Bhagat Singh-inspired films

  • Shaheed-e-Azad Bhagat Singh (1954)
  • Shaheed Bhagat Singh (1963)
  • Shaheed (1965)
  • Shaheed-E-Azam (2002)
  • 23rd March 1931: Shaheed (2002)
  • The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)

In the pipeline

  • Bhaag Milkha Bhaag: Milkha Singh, athlete
  • And an untitled film on the life of RD Burman.

Take two

Controversy’s favourites Veena Malik and Rakhi Sawant are all set to slug it out on the big screen. While Veena Malik will be seen playing Silk Smitha in the Kannada version of The Dirty Picture, Rakhi Sawant will be doing the same in the Bengali re-make of the film. While makers of the film say that they have the rights and it can’t be reproduced in other languages, both actors are going ahead declaring news about the remakes.

Don’t sulk, move on
Rejection in any form is harsh, especially in love. Dealing with it is difficult but you have to make that first move...

“Unrequited love does not die; it’s only beaten down to a secret place where it hides, curled and wounded. For some unfortunates, it turns bitter and mean, and those who come after pay the price for the hurt done by the one who came before.”

— Elle Newmark, ‘The Book of Unholy Mischief’

Love leads people on to strange paths; some that end in a happy future together, others on a lonely unending journey and yet others on a path of vengeance. Rejection comes hard, be it a college you badly wanted to get in or the job that your co-worker bagged. The latest buzz is that online refusal is as hard as real one.

According to Joshua Smyth, professor of Biobehavioral health and medicine at Penn State, “Most people would probably expect that being ignored or rejected via a remote source like the Internet would not hurt as much. Yet, our studies show that people may experience similar psychological reactions to online exclusion as they do with face-to-face exclusion.”

For Ritika, an undergraduate at an all girls’ college in Chandigarh, not being included on a Facebook group remained a matter of dejection as well as vengeance for as long as six months. “It couldn’t have been worse. I was away from my parents, then my ‘friends’ chose to ignore me on Facebook for everyone to see,” says the girl. It took her sometime, but now she is the one with more ‘friends’ both online and off line.

For Ritu Sandhu, rejection was much real though it came with a ‘compliment’. She goes years down the lane to the first ‘denial’ that hurts her still. “This was right after I did my Masters and B Ed in first class and landed at the first interview. Impressed with my profile, the principal said, ‘You are an excellent person for the post but sorry we can’t make an offer because you look younger than our students’. I was aghast,” says Ritu, transmission executive at All-India Radio now. It was her mother who helped Ritu overcome the distress.” It’s again parental support that Cheena Nirmal, a model from the city, favours, “Rejection is a part of life. One just can’t have everything one aspires for. What makes it less painful is to have parents by your side.”

For these two friends in class IX, the world came crashing down when they both fell for the same guy. As the guy picked up one, the other couldn’t take it. Sharing with parents was not the option here. When things went out of control, she headed towards their school counsellor. “I guess ‘rejection’ is the most difficult emotion to deal with, especially in case of young teens,” says Punita Singh, who has to handle many relationship issues as a psychologist. “Letting go of the issue is what I advise. It’s more difficult for youngsters, but they spring back to life eventually. However, it’s the adults, sometimes in their 40s, who are stuck with loneliness forever when marriages break down.” Well, there is help, if only you are ready to look for it!

Getting over

Usually the first reaction over rejection is that of numbness or withdrawal. Then follows the blame-game; victim holding the other party responsible. “It is how you see it,” says Kiranpreet Kaur, Chandigarh-based sociologist. “One theory goes that in today’s world, where everything is short term, refusal leads to depression. But, I would rather go with Hegel’s thesis that says ‘Those who face derogation turn out to be more enterprising and do wonders in life’. But for this we have to build strong personalities. Rejection is part of life, so better be prepared for it. And, like everything else it starts from home. Values that are increasingly missing have to be inculcated right from the start.”

Cutting edge
Artist Tanya Hastings Gill creates interesting silhouettes of children using paper-cutting technique
Vasudha Gupta

The world of an artist does not end with just a paper and brush, it moves to scissors and blades. For American artist Tanya Hastings Gill, trained in drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, began experimenting by cutting into her paintings. But that was just the beginning of her passion, which has spiralled into Ever After, the collection of paper cuttings made on the children who she has come across in her travel adventures.

Between landscapes and portraits, children as a subject, is something offbeat. “Children have a sense of universality attached with them,” she says. “There may be several cultural differences which come to the fore when you travel but the fact remains that the nature of children is the same,” she adds as she guides us through the light and the shadow show she has created. Titled Underskin, the first part of the exhibition, portrays the little ones she has come across. “Sohpia is my favourite,” she says. The image of the girl has teardrop flowers on her dress and the impact of the subject comes out from what lies behind. “There are still many children who continue to be affected by apartheid,” she says. The underside shows the cut out of a tree with ‘remember’ written on the waist band of Sophia’s dress.

The shadows play a vital role in Tanya’s work. Working with reference pictures from her library, Tanya first makes a two-scale drawing and then converts it into a template. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen, Ever After is Tanya’s third series after one on Tenus landscapes and Fluttering Fairytales. “Children are an assessable image,” she adds. Then we meet Christi Anne. “Oh, well, she is a strong reflection of me,” she smiles. Coming from the Mid-West and the flowers and birds on her outfit sure point in that direction. It is Maria’s journey to the church, which takes us by surprise. “The Underside, as you can see, has the image of a bull and a two-headed snake,” she shares.

Moving to the second part of the exhibition, Tanya showcases her miniature paintings. “I will be taking specialised training in Jaipur in miniature art,” she smiles. Her love for children spills out in the small versions. Cautiously created, complete with show straps and polka dots, the creations are a delight to watch. The next part of the exhibition, Panorama, is a hologram paper cutting all along the wall of the hall. “The concept of Panorama grew in the United States where special buildings were made which could not be captured in one round,” she shares. The paper creates perfect images. “This is almost like being reflective of the past,” she shares.

Only if there was a ticket into the mind of an artist, it would be the best journey to take.

On at Government Museum and Art Gallery-10 till May 6

celeb point
A dabba full of awards!
Divya Dutta

It’s great to be nominated for the awards. This year it is Stanley ka Dabba. Feel blessed and grateful. I’ve realised the nicest things happen to you suddenly, out of the blue and unplanned. And when you really say I am planning this, it never happens. At least in my case, it is like saying when you want god to laugh, tell him your plans!

I’ve learnt to do my bit and let god do the planning. It makes for a better understanding between me and god. So, coming back to Stanley ka Dabba, I had gone for a premiere of a children’s film and

I happened to bump into Amol Gupte, the creative director of Taare Zameen Par. We were meeting for the first time.

As we spoke, he suddenly asked me, will you please come and meet me in my office tomorrow?

The next day in his office, he said he was doing a children’s workshop and he wanted to shoot it too and make a film out of it. He told me your co-stars will be all children and him. Then he added, “The warmth in your smile which reaches your eyes is what I want in my heroine and you exude the warmth and pleasantness to play the children’s favourite English teacher.

I said I’d love to work with a director like him. Amol warned me though, “It is not your sterotypical film, so no comforts of your staff vanity van. It’s going to be the classroom with the kids.”

I was a bit taken aback but this was something I’d never done before. I asked him for the script at least. And he gave me an English text book and said ‘just read it’.

This was just getting too different. As I started to shoot, he would tell me a situation and push me into the classroom and say, “Go do how it comes naturally reacting to the kids. Phew! Those kids? Natural performers! To react to them was tough but slowly I got used to their unpredictability.

We all got dabbas from home, ate together in the classroom like good old school days.

As I saw the film, I could see the magic unfold in front of me!

As I get nominated for all the popular awards for Staley ka Dabba, I thank Amol for a beautiful film of course, but more so for making me unlearn a lot of things and learn something new. A simple way of making a soulful film and my dabba is full of awards and appreciation. But I am still hungry for more.

(Dutta is a Bollywood actor)

Master Chef
A glassful of health
Vishvesh Khanna

Salad is the current rage with us all. When we combine cereals with veggies it becomes the ideal salad tastewise and nutritionwise. This unique salad is served in small servings and sometimes even individually in small glasses.


Soak bulghur wheat in lukewarm water without making it soggy. Mix all the ingredients together and keep in refrigerator. Present it cold with the olive on top in a chilled champagne saucer or martini glass.

(Khanna is a Ludhiana-based chef)

As told to Poonam Bindra

Tabbouleh salad


Bulghur wheat 60gm

Parsley finely chopped 100 gm

Mint chopped 50 gm

Spring onion chopped 5gm

Tomatoes chopped 50 gm

Onions finely chopped 5 gm

Black pepper crushed

Salt to taste

Olive oil(extra virgin) 20 ml

Lemon juice 20 ml

Sweet temptation

JW Marriott-Chandigarh takes you on a delightful chocolate journey. Indulge in these delicious treats as the hotel’s Deli and Patisserie, showcases a widely assorted variety of chocolate flavours all day long. Savour a variety of delectable single origin chocolates from six different origins.

For those who don’t have a sweet tooth, there are also available chocolates with a spicy twist with cinnamon and nutmeg. Other chocolates on display include hazelnut and pecan nut, fruit flavours from strawberries, orange, raspberry and banana to name a few.

Enjoy these indulgent flavours in your drinks as well as you enjoy mini hot chocolate, choco-licious frappe, choco-chill shake and rich-choco shake.

On till May 10.

What's cooking between Ranbir and Katrina?

Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone are having a great time shooting Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani but they are just friends. When Ranbir returns to Mumbai from his schedules, he calls up Katrina, according to a source.

Our source says, “Ranbir and Deepika have maintained their friendship and they enjoy working together. That is about it. They all had a blast during the 20-day shooting schedule in Manali. But when Ranbir comes to Mumbai he meets Katrina. They spent a decent amount of time together in Bandra (where they both stay) recently. Now, Ranbir and Deepika will take off to Udaipur for another schedule and Katrina will go to Bangkok for Ek Tha Tiger with Salman Khan. When they are back in Mumbai, they will meet up.'

The source says, 'Ranbir has stopped talking about his personal life. He used to talk earlier but has learnt his lesson. He has been linked with everyone- Nargis, Angela, Katrina, and some more. So now he keeps mum on the subject and will only talk when he gets married. Katrina has always kept quiet about her relationship status. She does not answer questions about Ranbir. She had given up on her love life but maybe something is there to stay between Ranbir and her. We shall know soon. Neetu Singh is quite fond of her too. Let us see where this story goes.'

The D-day planner!

Gala affair: Anushka Sharma Anushka Sharma played a wedding planner with aplomb in Band Baajaa Baarat. The romantic comedy was a huge hit and acclaimed too. It is wedding season again. Here are some tips to plan a grand and memorable wedding.

Wedding buff

To become a wedding planner, you have to love weddings and everything about them. My character Shruti is passionate about weddings and always knew she would become a wedding planner. Her parents supported her even though it is an unconventional career choice.

Creativity counts

The wedding planner has to be very creative, meticulous, and spontaneous. You have to be able to make decisions on the spot and you should have a back-up for everything. You must keep a cool and calm head at all times. You need good leadership qualities and confidence.

Right lessons

You have to be a good manager and be able to supervise several things and events simultaneously. You have to be organised and have everything under control. You have to be able to talk fast, think fast, and speak in a language that people around you understand. For my character Shruti, I had to learn to talk like a Delhi girl.

Family choice

You have to plan the wedding in accordance with the wishes of the families involved. Arguments must be resolved calmly. You must remember that you are a mediator for somebody else. Do what they like because it is their wedding. Give suggestions but let them decide.

Be into it

Lastly, weddings are fun and memorable times so remember to be passionate about your job and have fun. Get into this field only if you really like weddings and people and want to be part of somebody else's happy moments.

Ranveer's ideal woman

Marriage blues: Ranveer Singh Ranveer Singh has been linked with Anushka Sharma and Sonakshi Sinha, but remains one of Bollywood's most eligible bachelors. He will be seen next in Lootera. We grill him about his take on marriage.

When should a guy get married?

I am not sold on this idea of marriage. I believe people should get married because they want to, not because of societal or parental pressure. We should accept that not everyone is made for marriage.

How long should one date before getting married?

Dating is so much more fun. It's cool and it has all the good parts about being in a relationship without any pressures of taking the relationship forward.

What kind of wedding do you want for yourself?

If I decide to get married, I will want a beach wedding. I am not that much into rituals. I will get the rituals done in 10 to 15 minutes then the party will begin. And the party will go on for days!

What qualities do you look for in your partner?

She should be intelligent, kind, compassionate, comfortable with who she is, good with personal hygiene, have exemplary organisational skills and she should love music for sure. I want the perfect woman. — HRM

Some privacy please!

Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson says she hates rude fans who take pictures of her without asking. The 27-year-old says the bad habit reminds her of the "worst in humanity". The Avengersbeauty, who has been in the spotlight since she was a child, said she will never get used to passers-by pushing camera phones in her face when she is out in public, reported a website.

"I'm constantly surprised by how rude people are. You'll be having an intimate dinner with a friend and there's somebody on the table behind with a camera phone pointing at your face. I think, 'I would never take a photo of someone without asking'.

"I'm not traumatised by it but I find it can bring out the worst in humanity sometimes," Johansson said. — PTI

Rihanna to star in Fast and Furious 6

We Found Love hitmaker Rihanna has reportedly landed herself a villainous role in the next Fast and Furious movie to be directed by Justin Lin. The 24-year-old, who made her Hollywood debut in the sci-fi thriller Battleship, is said to star in the sixth installment of the hit action franchise, reported a website.

Rihanna will play the role of a femme fatale alongside the regular cast- Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.

"Rihanna impressed with her acting debut in Battleship. Writers think she'll be perfect for the role. Her character has plenty of bite and doesn't take any prisoners — just like her in real life. It's a step up the ladder for her and could lead to bigger action roles," a source said. The film will be shot in London. — PTI

Charilze's fond of Kristen

Hollywood beauty Charlize Theron says she loves her Snow White and the Huntsman co-star Kristen Stewart so much that she would even jump off a building for her. The 36-year-old actress stars alongside the "Twilight" star in the new movie and Theron said she loved working with her, reported a publication. "I really, I really really love that girl. I love that girl, like, I would jump off a building for that girl.

She's amazing. She's the real deal and she gives a really good back rub. Kristen is the kind of actor that I like to be around because there's nothing she'd really stop at in order to do the job. She's got a tremendous amount of talent," Theron said.

Theron, who plays the evil queen in the new fairy tale adaptation, recently said she liked to go to work with a sense of fear.

"I do have a sense of fear every day going to work, but I think it's something that I like. I do like the feeling of waking up on my own, having this moment which makes you realise that you're working with material or you're working with a team. — PTI

Not easy to be a star

Twilight actress Kristen Stewart says being a superstar can "really get you down" and she often feels lonely. The 22-year-old, who is dating her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson, said that she feels as if she is pushing people out of her life, reported a publication.

"I don't say I'm not magnetic to try and sound self-deprecating. I'm just not. Actually I love people. I would like to meet more people. I know no one," Stewart said. The actress has previously also said that her profession doesn't allow her to make friends easily and she misses doing the normal 22-year-old girl stuff. — PTI

Rucha’s fashion guide

Rucha Harbans Rucha Harbans aka Rashi of Saath Nibhaana Saathiya on Star Plus gives us a peek into her wardrobe as she speaks about her favourite outfits and accessories. She also discusses her character Rashi’s look which she designed herself. Read on as the talented actress shares her views on fashion and style.

Which are the top five favourite outfits in your closet and why do you love them?

I love my little black dress the most, because I can wear it for any occasion. It fits me well and looks good. I love teaming up halter neck tops with jeans. I have two from Flying Machine in black and red. I also love wearing white shirts which I pair up with either skirts or jeans. Next on my list are black leggings, which I team up with dresses or tunics. I love teaming it up with my parrot green top the most. Last but not the least, are shorts and divider skirts which are my summer staple.

Which are the accessories that you love teaming up with your outfits and why?

My favourite accessory is diamond studs but I also like to wear dangling earrings occasionally. If I am wearing a traditional outfit, I go for chandelier earrings and leave my neck bare or maybe just wear a thin silver chain with a small R-shaped locket.

Which has been your most expensive purchase till date?

I recently bought these branded sexy black stilettos that were really expensive but they look good so it was worth the money.

Which are the five outfits or accessories that every woman should have in her wardrobe?

Every woman should own a nice comfortable plain white kurti and a pair of denims that fits well. A little black dress is a must because you can wear it to a party or for casual wear too. Next is a plain silver or gold chain to jazz up a simple outfit and it also looks classy. A pair of good black stilettos is also necessary to make you feel hot and sexy and a pair of ballerinas to make you look cute.

Which look/outfit in the show did you love the most?

I really like the net saris that Rashi wears, they look nice. I like wearing saris in real life too. There was this red sari with a big green velvet border that I had worn for a scene recently, in which I was annoyed with Jigar. I had not worn any jewellery in that scene, so the beautiful sari stood out.


Making it big: Karan Wahi Karan the saviour

Before Karan Wahi did Sony’s Kuch Toh Log Kahenge, he was working on his big TV show Yeh Pyaar Nibhayenge Hum for Star Plus. But after a long wait, nothing happened. Now rumours are that the show has been shelved, which explains why Karan’s role in Kuch Toh Log Kahenge has been increased and turned negative to give more footage. We say good going Karan, your talent is welcome.

Making it big: Karan Wahi

All izz well

While other TV actors have a hard time getting rented homes, actress Sargun Mehta doesn’t. She has lived in Mumbai for almost two years and never had a problem. She wonders what the hoopla is all about? Guess sweet girls never have issues.

Play time: Manasi Parekh A musical debut

Actress Manasi Parekh is gearing up to being part of an upcoming musical based on William Shakespeare’s renowned play, All’s Well That Ends Well. Directed by Sunil Shanbaugh, the play will have Manasi in an important role similar to Helena. They will perform at least two shows at the Globe Theater London in May this year.

Play time: Manasi Parekh

No more mythology

Mukesh Khanna, who made a name with mythological serials and his most famous role Bheeshma Pitamah from Mahabharat, isn’t willing to do them anymore. He feels nowadays mythology is tampered with and elements are added which is wrong.

Here & now: Sucheeta Trivedi Happy to be back

TV actress Sucheeta Trivedi returned to TV as a mom-in-law in Star plus’ Ek Doosre Se Karte Hain Pyaar Hum. As she didn’t want to get typecast as her famous character Meenakshi, she stayed away from TV and now is glad to return.

Here & now: Sucheeta Trivedi

Not confirmed: Meghna MalikIs it real?

Buzz is that Ammaji of Colors aka Meghna Malik has been approached for the dance reality show Colors’ Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. Meghna admitted to being approached but claims nothing is confirmed yet.

Not confirmed: Meghna Malik

Rock on: Sushant Singh RajputSushant going places

Sushant Singh Rajput aka ex-Manav in Pavitra Rishta now has signed Abhishek Kapoor’s film Kai Po Che which is based on Chetan Bhagat’s book The 3 Mistakes Of My Life. Sushant quit his hit TV show as he wanted to pursue direction course in the US, but guess it was mumbo jumbo as he has landed a role in a film. But he isn’t the solo lead as the film has three other TV actors as heroes.

Rock on: Sushant Singh Rajput

Holiday mood: Malaika Arora KhanBehind the scenes

According to the latest buzz, actor Nana Patekar will be ghost-directing the sequel of Ab Tak Chhappan but wants action-director Javed-Aejaz to take the credit. Also, the second schedule of the film is said to be now postponed. But Ram Gopal Varma cleared the air and said, "Contrary to the report, Ab Tak Chappan 2 last schedule is on and to be completed by May. Both me and Nana are extremely happy with director Aejaz."

Summer getaway

Malaika Arora Khan, Arbaaz Khan and son Arhaan are going to Hong Kong and Singapore for their summer vacations. There are a lot of activities for children in both the cities so they are going there instead of their usual holiday spot, Dubai.
Holiday mood: Malaika Arora Khan

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ARIES: Home and family affairs will be most enjoyable. You will not be able to get teamwork going. Short trips could cause minor annoyances. Personal plans will be opposed by friends and will be much harder to carry out. Tarot message: A shopping spree can spoil your budget. Lucky colour: Purple. Magic number: 36

TAURUS: You are on the crest of a lucky wave. The married will be able to see more of each other. Do not sign new agreements. A hectic day for businessmen. Sit back and enjoy the day as it unfolds. Tarot message: Make the best of a bad situation by being polite. Lucky colour: Deep red Magic number: 59

GEMINI: Use your own judgment while taking up important issues. Your family members may not like your association. Do not demonstrate your anger to anybody. A restless attitude is likely to prevail. Tarot message: Spend time on fitness routines Lucky colour: Yellow Magic number: 29

CANCER: Family politics or power struggles in shared living quarters can intensify. Talking about the issues with friends may be a distraction, but if won’t make any differences to your situation. Tarot message: Take your partner out to dinner and renew energy in the relationship. Lucky colour: Forest green. Magic number: 47

LEO: You will feel irritated at work. A new deal may bring monetary gains. Women: control your diet and focus on exercise. Good friends will be a source of entertainment. Don’t hesitate to fall back on them if you are finding life hard. Tarot message: Adopt a diplomatic approach. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic number: 61

VIRGO: Stock brokers: think before investing. Youngsters may feel a bit lethargic. You can safely delegate responsibility of work to others. A chance encounter with a stranger may leave your heart beating wildly. Tarot message: Don’t take personal decisions when angry or upset Lucky colour: Saffron. Magic number: 30

LIBRA: Business can be carried out successfully. You are unlikely to have any difficulty while concentrating. Your card “The Lovers” is shining its loving light on your house of fun, lovers and children. Tarot message: Keep your eyes and ears open for new opportunities. Lucky colour: Peach Magic number: 42

SCORPIO: Keep business activities open. Parental health needs attention. Spend the morning reading the newspapers, then stroll down to your favourite café for breakfast. Tarot message: Try to be as charming as possible in all situations. Lucky colour: Mauve Magic number: 25

SAGITTARIUS: Get into work early because as the day unfolds, everything can become disjointed. An influential person may acknowledge your work. Tarot message: Stop thinking about yourself and see what you can do for others. Lucky colour: Silver grey Magic number: 40

CAPRICORN: No matter what problems might arise, you will achieve success. Job seekers could have a couple of interviews and grab both offers. A business deal is likely to go through and give you a more secure income. Tarot message: Take life the way it comes. Lucky colour: White Magic number: 52

AQUARIUS: Cater to people who may need your help. A neighbour would be cause of worry. A disagreement with your partner won’t be resolved for a few days so don’t try to push your point. Tarot message: Try to avoid serious discussions with loved ones Lucky colour: Aqua blue Magic number: 39

PISCES: Early hours could see you encountering some difficulties. Keep your mind at work. You may give some of your time to work in the hospitals or institutions and talk to those less fortunate than yourself. Tarot message: Seek advice but don’t feel you have to stick to it. Lucky colour: Crimson Magic number: 48

Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is May 2...

This is a lucky phase where you’ll make useful acquaintances and be able to learn something new. You’ll have an excellent opportunity to go out with new people. Be careful to not lie to your loved ones, as he or she will check every step you take. You’ll be freed from a situation that has caused distress. A really small fight with your loved one, caused by something insignificant, will make you feel blue. Try not to raise your voice. You’ll be very determined, overcome all difficulties and make changes, which will lead to increased earnings. You could bicker with your beloved who doesn’t agree with you and claims you are superficial, so try to meet his or her needs. In this year, try not to waste energy in fighting. If you learn how to adapt yourself to the situation in hand, you are assured of success.

Big ideas and bold pushes won’t go far if you don’t gain a micro-level understanding of the current situation prior to moving forward. Examine the status quo and then turn towards innovation later - the stars favour the future. The stars may not be particularly positive causing chaos financially, maybe due to rash purchases for the home or car. An unexpected hitch will slow things down for those of the first decade. They must stay calm and try not to put the blame on anyone. Students will get motivated to do well and excel in their studies. A challenge must be handled carefully, especially if it unfolds in the early morning and involves money issues. More patience ‘over delays’ may be required in what may be ‘two similar or linked’ situations; either of which can involve health issues, money and travel.

A friend who is ‘psychologically challenged’ and needs some ‘hand holding’ may dominate your ‘talk time’. Make sure it does not cut too deeply into personal or family plans before you ‘run to rescue’. Otherwise, it’s good time to spend with your friends and buddies.

Stephanie Kay PanabakerMood: ‘Spent’ often. Compatible signs: Cancer, Leo

Lucky colours: Red and fast pink

Lucky days: Saturday and Sunday. Lucky numbers: 6, 8, 11, 15, 55. Lucky gem: Rose quartz

Lucky flower: Peony

Kay Panabaker (Stephanie Kay Panabaker) was born on May 2, 1990, and she is a famous actress. Her birth name is Stephanie Kay Panabaker. She started her career with guest roles in several TV dramas and soap operas.

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