Punjabi hits
From the latest technology to ringing box office results, Punjabi film industry is getting bigger and better
Jasmine Singh

Neeru Bajwa & Gavie Chahal star in Punjabi movie Pinky Mogey Wali
Neeru Bajwa & Gavie Chahal star in Punjabi movie Pinky Mogey Wali

Director Navaniat Singh with producer actor Jimmy Sheirgill
Director Navaniat Singh with producer actor Jimmy Sheirgill

Gippy Grewal in Mirza
Gippy Grewal in Mirza

It is no longer surprising to see a fairly good number of people standing outside the auditorium screening a Punjabi movie. And it isn’t surprising, to see box office ringing with a a sizeable profit return. Punjabi movie Dharti recorded a collection of Rs 35 Lakhs on the first day of its release in Punjab. And if numbers make a difference, Punjabi cinema is definitely on the fast moving track. So, what has changed here, are we bored of the regular wind swept hair of the Hindi actresses or is it the changing character of the regional cinema? We dig in.

Starting from Jimmy Sheirgill Production House, which churns out the maximum number of movies in a year? The latest to hit the screen is Taur Mitran Di starring Amrinder Gill and Rannvijay. Director Navaniat Singh has some clean cut observations about the growing popularity of Punjabi cinema. “We have received better response than Ishakzaade at many centres. Taur Mitran Di recorded a collection of Rs 21-22 Lakh, lesser than Dharti but still good for an ensemble star cast. I wouldn’t say we are going ahead of any Shah Rukh Khan movie, but the number of audiences appreciating our cinema has also risen at the same time.” People like to be entertained in their native language, a reason enough for the increasing Punjabi movie fan base. For Navaniat Punjabi cinema has a good control over the overseas market as well as East Punjab. “This explains that we are doing as good as Hindi cinema. Our stars are equally popular at foreign shores like any other Hindi actor.”

Overseas is the word for cinema, especially for Bollywood and Punjabi movies. Either there is a bit of Punjab in Bollywood or Bollywood style in Punjabi cinema, overseas is the biggest market for a filmmaker in these genres. Does this explain the success of jat-turned-modern- avtar movies back home? Adds actor Gavie Chahal, who has finished shooting for Pinky Mogey Wali slated for a July 20 release. “Punjabi cinema has finally been able to capture the pulse of the audiences. They have realised that this genre has a dedicated following from the youngsters who like to see something they can relate to.” Off late youth based movies is the latest trend in Punjabi cinema, and you bet it is has clicked off really well.

Did we miss out on the technical growth in all this? Better camera equipment, good action sequences and production techniques, this genre is leaving no stone unturned to polish itself. Mirza, The Untold Story starring Gippy Grewal has been appreciated for its Hollywood like action sequences. “We had roped in the best technical team from abroad,” shares actor Gippy Grewal adding, “The idea was to give it a high end feel. We did not want regular fights with sound effects; the idea was to make them look believable and stylish at the same time.”

Making all this possible are the new gadgets that Punjabi films have moved on to. Taur Mitran Di is digitally shot on Elexsa format. Jitan Harmeet Singh, the cinematographer of the movie uses the format as it promises a good resolution. “The entire movie has a strong speed to it, in terms of action and also style. Digitally shooting it gives the picture a better picture quality.”

Lastly, a recognisable mention of the producers throwing molaah in Punjabi films. The budgets of the movies have gone up from a few lakhs to good crores! Swaran Singh has produced two movies Tere Ishq Nachaya and Pinky Mogey Wali, and he has decided to produce at least 2-3 Punjabi movies in a year. “Punjabi films are giving a good return these days in Punjab as well as overseas market. The picture quality has also improved, so it is just the right time to back them,” he says. Indeed it is the right time and right place for Punjabi cinema as for now.


Painting nature
Landscape art is cinematography on canvas. Artists talk of what makes for a beautiful picture…
Manpriya Singh

Sikander Singh’s Live At Leisure Valley
Sikander Singh’s Live At Leisure Valley

Bheem Malhotra’s Snow at Rohtang Pass
Bheem Malhotra’s Snow at Rohtang Pass

Thomas Cole’s series on The Last of the Mohicans brought about not just the American Wilderness but the power of Landscape Art. It’s a war of the mountains, valleys, trees, rivers and forests all on the same canvas. Each element powerful than the previous, pulling in the viewer towards its direction while distracting from the other. Ever since the sixteen hundreds to the present times, landscape art remains as elusive as the nature it depicts. Ever since the garden scene in drawing lessons to the doing the aesthetical juggling of birds, brooks and the meadows as a professional artist. A canvas that appeals to the eye remains a challenge.

“You see, the thing about landscape art is that you have to get out and get going,” artist Sikander Singh, speaks of the spirit that goes behind a canvas worth framing. He adds, “Chandigarh, by its very architectural nature is more about geometrical shapes. You have to be outdoors and search for the right location. It requires a little bit of adventure, you can’t do it sitting from your studio.” And he speaks of the travels as far and as wide as Mcleodganj and New Zealand captured is his collections.

Like someone said, it’s not painting wilderness that calls for a challenge but getting lost in the wilderness that calls for a challenge. Echoes Bheem Malhotra, professor, Chandigarh College of Architecture, landscape artist, “Capturing the mood in landscape art is the most difficult part. The canvas has to speak what time of the day it is.” If it’s snow on the canvas, the viewer better be cold. If it’s sunshine, it better feel like a day.

There’s cityscapes, seascapes, landscape, hillscapes... or be it havellis of Jaisalmer or bazaars of Patiala. A beautiful canvas is what everyone wants to hang in their homes. Shares Bheem, “Nature lovers are a class of their own. Those who prefer this kind of art will never understand and value the abstract shapes and art.” Those who value the obvious beautiful surroundings would never want to believe in the symbolic and figurative genre.

Nods Sikander Singh, “It’s about an artist’s interest too. Any artist who’s a nature lover will definitely come up with a series on some element of nature.” He adds, “Abroad landscape art is really valued.” While here, the scene is a little different. Shares Ravinder Singh, faculty, fine arts, Kurukshetra University, “It’s considered out and out copywork, this is not where you can depict human emotions. On that count it’s neither considered creative nor valued much.” He adds, “But at the same time, even most experienced artists struggle with this genre. There are a thousand units that are a part of the landscape. From birds, grass, trees…” It’s like the cinematography on canvas. Whispers yet another artist, “I’m not saying figurative is easy but a lot of beginners use it as a garb to paint whatever shapes they want.” It could be just Water Lillies, but when Claude Monet paints it, it becomes one of the most reproduced images of the landscape art in history.


Around the world

There is never a unanimous list but the following hands down make it to five of the evergreen landscape paintings in art history.

  • Thomas Cole’s The Last of the Mohicans (1826)
  • Claude Lorrain, The Return of Odysseus (1644)
  • Claude Monet, Water Lillies (1914-1926)
  • Paul Cézanne, Mount Sainte-Victoire (1894-1900)
  • JMW Turner, The Slave Ship (1840)

Fabulous crafts of India

Weavers weave in not only fabrics but the traditions of their culture across India. Fab of India organised by Rashtriya Sanskriti Samaj Avom Sabhayata, New Delhi on at Kisan Bhawan-35 brings traditional crafts to Chandigarh.

Old traditions weaved in new designs, this exhibition brings loads and loads of clothes — saris, stitched kurtas for women and men, suits, ethnic wear for kids and running fabric in Saganeri, Bagru, Dabu, Gamthi, Gujari, Bagh, Kalamkari, Batik, Ajarks, Chicken, Kantha, Gujarati, Phulkari.

If you are looking for yet another handloom sari, do check out Gadwal saris from Andhra Pradesh. Starting from Rs 2300, each piece takes minimum a week to be weaved!

Then there are Kalamkari rugs, Punja durries, table cloths, printed and weaved bed covers and curtains as well if you want to pick up something for your home. The weavers are here with their best ware.

On at Kisan Bhawan-35, till May 22. — TNS

pet passion
Three for joy
Manpriya Singh

(From Left to Right) Amreen with , Casper, Spike and Steffy Photo: S. Chandan
(From Left to Right) Amreen with , Casper, Spike and Steffy Photo: S. Chandan

If your pet is your bundle of joy, then Amreen Sekhon, an MCM student, has literally three bags full. And there’s a story behind each one. “There’s one five and a half year old white female toy pom Steffy. Then there’s two-year- old black labrador Spike and then there’s four month-old-black and grayish white lhasa apso called Casper,” she gushes, breathless with the details. It all seems like ‘had one and then got greedy and got two more’ story till she cuts. “No, earlier we had five or six but they couldn’t be saved. So now, we are left with three.”

“The kids have always had a labrador for pets. Especially when they were very small. Now since they are home-birds, it’s good if they have the company of pets,” chips in the mother.

Love me, love my dog

Goes without saying, with three dogs, it’s hands full. She adds, “They all also have their typical characteristics and mood swings. For instance, Steffy is the pampered lot. Also, a little insecure at times. She can’t tolerate Casper at all. And she doesn’t let anybody enter my room.” That’s not the end of it. “Steffy also loves to eat polo, stays indoors only and one of the reasons she’s everyone’s darling is because she’s been through four surgeries and got saved by a whisker each time.” She adds, “While Spike loves being out all the time.” As for the latest addition on the block. “Lhasa apso is a breed that is found in Tibet. They say, this dog is supposed to be lucky and is never bought or sold. They used to guard the monastries.” As for the owners, he’s a teeny weenie thing. “Casper is very loving, childish, can’t sit alone, is really good at lone jump and keeps jumping from sofa to bed and vice-versa and needs company all the time.”

With a pet, you can neither be alone, nor be lonely. “Wherever we sit, they sit with us. They are so stress free.”

Yours faithfully

The best things about a pet are also the most obvious one. “It’s a wonderful feeling when you get back home. Someone there to welcome you so loudly and cheerfully.” Who doesn’t want a hero’s welcome each time? She adds, “In fact, they recognise who’s come with the car horn itself and turn restless and excited.” Never mind the flipsides here and there and every now and then. “Casper doesn’t let me sleep at night since he’s a baby. He wakes me up in the morning till I show him the outside door to take a quick nap.” Then comes the role of pace-maker, of a mediator. “I also have to make truce between Steffy and Casper all the time. They can’t stand each other. Also I have to guard Steffy and Spike’s food since Casper is capable of eating all of their food too.” At the end of the day, there is nothing regretted. “They all are my babies and I love to have them around, fuss over me and pay attention.” That’s a true dog lover’s story.


In vogue
Sheer bliss
After Kate Middleton made it popular, with her wedding dress, lace has suddenly become every designer’s muse
Jigyasa Kapoor Chimra

The summer season presents many new exciting trends. From bright hues to mix prints and retro fashion, now there is lace for us to get excited about! Though lace is a trend that made a comeback last year, this season it is more of an added trimming rather than a complete ensemble like Kate Middleton’s wedding dress that only accentuated the trend of lace last year.

And, as this piece of fabric makes its presence felt on almost all things, including bags and shoes, let’s talk about lace as it is the muse of almost every designer.

“Lace is being used in all sorts of medium and style. We saw 70?s bohemian lace in Just Cavalli collection and tablecloth lace in international brands and coloured lace made its presence felt at the red carpet for People’s Choice Awards,” says Divya Kapoor from Samsara. She adds, “Our designers have been using lace, both in full looks and as trims and embellishments.”

Making a global presence, designer Christopher Kane designed fabrics such as leather and ‘pleather’ to replicate lace but on the other hand we now have lace in special techniques such as laser cut-outs and appliqués in shoes and handbags.

“Delicate lace has been in fashion for a long time but now it is being seen with beaded embellishments and in combination with other fabrics such as chiffon,” says Rashmi Bindra, designer and entrepreneur.

Using bows and floral embellishments in combination with sheer lace ruffles and satin details, definitely goes in making lace more glamourous. “The white lace that lends a romantic feeling is quite a rage and from baby doll dresses to peasant tops, maxi dresses and frilly blouses, it is seen everywhere,” says Rajneesh Jain from Meena Bazaar. He adds, “In Indian wear, the lace is more exaggerated and we can see the use of antique style lace or the crochet and white eyelet details into trims and patchwork layers.”

Last but not the least, let’s not forget to mention the coloured lace. It has the essence of the 50s. Neon and bright candy colours is the trend to look out for. Expect to see coloured lace dresses and feminine skirts mostly paired with spring’s bouquet of floral fabrics and trims.


  • Just Cavalli collection saw the use of 70?s bohemian lace.
  • Coloured lace made its presence felt at the red carpet for the People’s Choice Aawards.
  • Lace is being used in special techniques such as laser cut-outs and appliqués within shoes and handbags.
  • In Indian wear the lace is more exaggerated.

stress buster
Nip the evil in the bud
Renee Singh

Renee Singh ‘I have turned into a rebel, I am going to do nothing, I need to unwind from all the work.’’ These were her words as she walked in the other day. I could hardly believe my sensible friend saying all this.

Sitting over our daily caffeine shot, we discussed the issue at length. From the moment we get up in the morning to the time we hit the bed, a host of minor irritations and frustrations bother us. They could be very small like getting stuck in a traffic jam, a colleague’s nasty remark, unnecessary gossip or just a cluttered and disorganised environment. Although these frustrations are minor, they trigger a small release of stress hormones into our bodies, making our lives more stressful. This is called Background Stress. Many of these stressors can be controlled quite easily. The need of the hour is to identify our stressors and manage them.

Background stress

Managing small stresses reduces the impact of the major stresses when they occur. Awareness of small stresses is very important so that we can manage and control them. Here are a few ways to help you identify the stressors in your environment.

Stress of commuting

Congestion is a big source of frustration. It raises your blood pressure and releases stress hormones. Just the honking of cars sometimes can drive you crazy. Overcrowding is also very irritating.

Stress from work environment

The way in which your work environment is arranged is a major contributor to your stress levels.

Furniture and ergonomics

A constant source of tension and pain can be bad furniture. People get bad backaches, sometimes due to badly designed chairs, wrong sitting postures etc. It is very important that we take time to arrange our work environment, make it comfortable.

Stress from bad lighting

Lighting causes strain and increases fatigue. The quality of light we have around us is very important. Most people are happy in bright daylight. This is because it triggers a release of chemicals that bring a sense of emotional wellness. Artificial light does not have the same effect.

Combat noise stress

Noise can cause a lot of stress. It impairs our capacity to concentrate. Research shows that excessive intermittent noise can raise blood pressure and reduce performance levels.

Stress from pollution

Long term studies show that in polluted cities Psychiatric illnesses increase due to high levels of Carbon mono-oxide and Nitrogen di-oxide in the air. High pollution levels also damage people’s ability to concentrate. Smoking, air conditioning, overcrowding, heating, solvents etc all add to the pollution levels.

Maintenance and tidiness

If environment at home or work is dirty, dingy or uncomfortable, it can cause major stress. Untidy and chaotic conditions are distracting and make it difficult for us to achieve our goals.

While you work through your stressors make sure you do not stress yourself with negative thinking as you recognise the imperfections in your environment.

Sometimes it is not the situation rather our reaction to the circumstances that contributes to stress. Sometimes we are overly harsh, unjust and critical of our own selves. Treat yourself with gentle care and allow the stressors to fade away.

(Singh is a Chandigarh based psychotherapist)

Doc Talk
Say bye to fat arms
Dr Suruchi Gupta

Dr Suruchi Gupta Do you shy away from wearing sleeveless shirts and tank tops because you have stubborn arm and armpit fat, which is not going despite your regular exercise and healthy diet schedule? There is no need to worry anymore as the recent advances in cosmetic sciences bring you a big ray of hope to get rid of this ghastly fat.

Of course nothing can belittle the role of regular exercises and a balanced low-calorie diet, but many a times, one fails to achieve the desired results with exercise and diet alone. And that is where the modern day science comes to your rescue. Surgical liposuction is already a well established technique for spot fat removal, but with the advent of many newer techniques in today’s world, it is getting replaced by non-invasive procedures which give equally effective results, with much less downtime and without any scar.

Laser lipo is one such technique which is less invasive, requires no stitches, has significantly less post-operative bruising and leaves no scars. Rather than using a thick cannula that sucks the fat out of the body in conventional surgical liposuction, laser lipo uses a tiny microprobe inserted into the skin layers, which serves as a channel through which laser thermal energy emulsifies and dissolves the fat. The laser energy also stimulates collagen and elastin production for better post-operative skin quality. The common side effects of laser lipo are blisters and bruises. However, due to high precision of the technology and technique, there is minimal tissue damage, and patients can return to work in two to three days.

Another new kid on the blocks is Vaser Liposuction which uses ultrasound energy to break up and dissolve the fat, thereby making the suction process much easier requiring a cannula with a smaller diameter. It has much less risk of side effects, like skin ripples and unevenness, however it needs to be done under anaesthesia and is very expensive. Another body sculpting and skin tightening technique which uses a combination of ultrasound and radiofrequency is also currently being used for armpit fat reduction.

Lipolytic mesotherapy is the latest, non-invasive technique, does not require any anaesthesia, and is a lunch-time procedure, wherein one can join work immediately after the procedure. In this technique multiple injections of fat-dissolving medication are instilled into small pockets of fatty tissue in the arm and armpits. The procedure should be done only by an expert.

(Dr Gupta is a Chandigarh based dermatologist)

Keep it simple!
We get the fashionable Tanushree Dutta to spill the beans on her beauty and style secrets

Fashion fever: Tanushree Dutta Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta is gorgeous, hot and trendy. After all, she’s a former Miss India! But, fashion according to her means one thing — comfort. We quiz this pretty actress about her fashion quotient and here’s what she has to say...

Define your style for us.

I prefer casual outfits and I seek comfort before anything else. Casual outfits are very comfy. However, my style varies from occasion to occasion. You’ll find me wearing kurtas and jeans, t-shirts, saris and gowns.

Are you an impulsive shopper? Also, which are your favourite shopping destinations?

I’m quite an impulsive shopper. Whenever I plan to go shopping, I never find good things or what I am looking for. But, when I go unplanned, I always find the nicest stuff. That’s how I do my shopping. I buy clothes from various places and designers. My favourite destinations are Bangkok and the US. Bangkok has some really affordable stuff whereas the US has a really good collection of casual outfits.

Five things you must have in your wardrobe:

  • A pair of comfortable track pants. It’s a must for me.
  • A good white t-shirt.
  • A nice pair of denims.
  • A little black dress.
  • Kurtas and patiala salwars.

Five essential beauty items:

  • I use a Mac Studio foundation, so whenever I don’t want to slather on a lot of makeup, I use it.
  • Lipstick, every girl needs that one shade that is perfect for any occasion.
  • Hand cream, my hands often feel dry so I always keep a moisturiser handy.
  • Kohl as it makes your eyes look bigger and gives them a defined shape.
  • A nice perfume.

Fashion forecast:

Fashion shouldn’t be troublesome. Many people’s idea is to look good regardless of the fact that their outfit is comfortable or not. Wear what makes you comfortable and do not stress too much about fashion.

Fashion should blend with your personality. What looks good on others may not necessarily look good on you and what looks bad on others may look good on you. So, trust your personality. Always pick the right colour. Often, colours that don’t look good on you can spoil the entire outfit. Watch your makeup. If the outfit is heavy, keep your makeup minimal. From makeup to accessories, strike a balance. Just have a look in the mirror before you step out. You will clearly be able to see if there’s a balance or not.

My favourite style icons are:

Malaika Arora Khan for the way she carries herself and Cate Blanchett because she always looks comfortable in whatever she’s wearing. She has a confidence in her style that makes her look stylish in anything.

My favourite designers are:

I wear various designer outfits and it’s really hard to pick a favourite. Every designer has a different style of designing and I like having a variety. However, I like Juicy Couture. But, it’s a little expensive. If you want affordable clothes, Forever 21 is the best. It’s one of my favourite brands. They sell really affordable and trendy clothes.


Wear comfortable clothes to look comfortable. You can’t fake it.

  • Wear clothes according to the climate or you end up looking like a clown.
  • Create your own style. Don’t be scared of being judged. Experiment, as it’s a lot of fun.
  • Ask for help if needed. If you don’t know much about fashion, ask your family members or friends for tips. You can even hire a stylist but I wouldn’t advise it unless looking good is your profession.
  • Be innovative. For instance, sometimes a bindi with western clothes looks really good. Do not forget your traditional fashion.


  • Never buy clothes that look really good but aren’t comfortable.
  • Always try on the outfits you want to buy before buying them so that you know they look as good on you as you’d imagine them to.
  • Makeup is important but it can ruin your skin. So, do not buy cheap cosmetics. When it comes to your face, always pick the best items.
  • Don’t overdo anything. From makeup to accessories, keep it simple.

The rhythm and blues

When there’s a film starring Emraan Hashmi there’s bound to be a special promotional song with Sufiana overtones. And if the film doesn’t have one if it doesn’t go with the story of the film, the record companies insist on adding one for promotional purposes.

In the case of Shanghai, the record company insisted that Dibakar Banerjee add at least another song to appeal to Emraan’s core audience who expects one rocking number from the actor star.

While Dibakar is aware of Emraan’s mass appeal, he obviously did not want a new choreographer to come and create a video which would be completely alien to the film. And then stand out like a sore thumb in the film. Hence Dibakar consulted Emraan and they decided that Dibakar would shoot the song himself and in true maverick Dibakar style he has conceptualised the song as a sequel to the film which will be part of the film’s rolling end credits. The song has been completed and will soon be seen on television as a part of its promotions. — HRM

Will Emraan rise above the Khans?

Trade mark: Emraan Hashmi The young and enterprising Emraan Hashmi has been riding high post the success of his latest movies! Though Emraan is a new comer as compared to the Khan’s, he has a number of big hits to his credit. In fact, the “steamy” scenes that he has done have helped him grab eyeballs! Also, he is one of the very few stars other than the Khans who delivers solo hits consistently.

But has this fame and recognition shot to Emraan Hashmi’s head? He is all set to make the Hashmi name an icon few years down the line. The talented actor has claimed that he doesn’t get overwhelmed by the “Khan”daan, and that a Hashmi can carve his own niche!

Trade mark: Emraan Hashmi

Independent candidate: Priyanka Chopra Self made woman

Priyanka Chopra loves clarifying that she has made it in the industry without any godfather or film family support because she comes from a non-filmy background.

She is very happy for her sister Parineeti Chopra who has got a lucky break in movies and she is there to guide and help her, if needed.

Isn’t that something really to be proud of, especially in an era when every second star or starlet has a film background.

Independent candidate: Priyanka Chopra



Shayaris remind me of Aamir: Shahid Kapur

Cold feet: Shahid Kapur Shahid Kapur’s character as Javed in Kunal Kohli’s Teri Meri Kahaani is that of a shayar. The brief Kunal had given him was to say shayaris at the drop of a hat. Shahid was apprehensive in the beginning when Kunal briefed him. “When Kunal told me the first time that we will have lots of shayaris in the film, I recalled that Kunal had a lot of shayari in Fanaa as well.

And Aamir had done the role brilliantly.  I told him I don’t want to make a fool of myself as he is one of the finest actors of the country.  I don’t want to mess it up because it was done so well,” says Shahid.

Cold feet: Shahid Kapur


This Eid Salman Khan is Tiger!

Watch out: Salman Khan In the dark world of intelligence and espionage… there are shadows without faces… and faces without names. Governments fight shadow battles through these soldiers of the unknown… battles have no rules… no limits.

Nobody on the outside knows what goes on in these secret organizations. All the information is guarded in the name of National security. But some stories escape the fiercely guarded classified files. Salman Khan’s next movie is about an agent named Tiger. Directed by Kabir Khan and produced by Aditya Chopra, Yash Raj Films’ romantic-thriller Ek Tha Tiger, starring Salman Khan & Katrina Kaif, is slated for an Eid 2012 release.

Watch out: Salman Khan

Calling the shots

Raking moolah: Kavita Barjatya The young television hands-on-producer Kavita Barjatya is riding high these days. Her new show Jhilmil Sitaron Ka Aangan Hoga which premiered recently on Sahara One Television has been well received by the audiences. The trademark Rajshri style and flavour in the depiction of love stories continues with a twist in the tale.

Like Woh Rehne Wali Mehlon Ki and Yahaan Mein Ghar Ghar Kheli, Jhilmil Sitaaron… is also a love story in the back drop of a joint family. She is working hard on this family show and talks to Lifestyle about her journey in the world of televsion.

What is the show all about?

This feel-good drama is the story of a son-in-law who comes home and how the entire household revolves around him. He is treated like a prince. The story is about how the equation changes when he becomes a ghar-jamai.

Is this show based on film Jamai Raja?

No, it is an original concept and not based on Jamai Raja. It is a beautiful love story of Akash and Angana and how this story takes a new turn after their marriage is something that the viewers should look forward to.

Tell us about your journey in the world of television?

My first show as a producer on Sahara One Television Woh Rehne Wali Mehlon Ki ran for six years. It was a super-duper show. My next show Yahaan Mein Ghar Ghar Kheli has completed more than 650 episodes. I hope Jhilmil Sitaron Ka Angan Hoga will also be a successful show. I always try to focus on family values and relationships.

How is your rapport with the team?

I share a good relationship with cast and crew of the show. I like transparency that is why I do not repeat my actors. In this show, I have brought Shreya Jha, a reputed actor in South films, in the television industry.

What is Kavita Barjatya’s speciality?

I like fresh concept and story telling in my shows. My show has a powerful storyline with sentiments and we have this time laced it with humour. The viewers have become extremely demanding. So I have put up my 100 per cent to this family show.

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

I will continue to make family based serials. The subject will be family traditions but my sensibilities will be different then.

— Dharam Pal


Creating history

Terence Lewis along with the team of Dance India Dance
Terence Lewis along with the team of Dance India Dance

King of Contemporary Dance – Terence Lewis broke the largest Indo-Contemporary Dance record recently with an enthusiastic swarm of 567 people danced together on the tunes of sufi song Teri Deewani by Kailash Kher with fervour and joy in Mumbai. Earlier the record was of 249 people. The ground-breaking feat was open to everyone and the swarms of enthusiastic dancers were first trained by the dance experts of his troop and after the one hour of rigorous training, the dance aficionados present were primed up to create history. Bollywood Celeb Shubi Mehta was present as an official witness to the Guinness World Record by adding the glam quotient to the event. She was caught munching burgers, chips and posing for the paparazzi and fans present at the venue.

Young Mentor: Genelia Deshmukh From films to television

The Riteish – Genelia wedding had given rise to several speculations…will Genelia stop acting completely? Will she take a break from work? Surprise, Surprise! The bubbly actress will be back in action sooner than expected. But it’s not a film that she has signed; instead it is the idiot box that has caught her fancy! Yes, you heard that right! The newly married actress will soon be seen on TV on UTV Stars’ soon to be launched Show Lux the Chosen One! The lass will be an integral part of the show and is expected to play ‘mentor’ to young guns on the show. Well, looks like television is a favorite in B-Town these days! What with all of them exploring the medium one after another!

Young Mentor: Genelia Deshmukh

Tech freak: Pooja Gor Finding the unknown...

Pooja Gor, aka Star Plus’ Pratigya, seems to have caught a huge interest in UFOs.  A huge technology freak, Pooja usually catches up on films on her laptop and loves surfing the web on her mobile phone when she gets a break in her shoot. However, these days Pooja is fascinated and keen to find more about UFOs.  Pooja admits, “Yes UFOs seem to have caught my interest lately. Few of my friends were talking about it and I told them that it was rubbish. They asked me to read up and later I saw the documentary I Know What I Saw, which is based on an unidentified object flying into Arizona and people’s testimonials about the incident. It’s been mindboggling which is why I have so curious.”

Tech freak: Pooja Gor

Flying high

Shaleen Bhanot is on a professional high these days as his character in the show Sajda has been appreciated a lot and he gets along well with his co-actors too. We hear his leading lady Deblina in the show looks upto him as he is her senior, Shaleen apparently shies away from this and requests her to consider him her equal. Deblina respects him and also takes lessons on emoting and acting from Shaleen. He is generous enough to help.

Playing pivotal role

Vaishnavi McDonald has been roped in to play a pivotal role in an upcoming primetime show, Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke. The channel’s new offering is a light-hearted family drama revolving around the lives of two teenagers who have been brought up in diametrically opposite environments. One girl hails from the cosmopolitan city, Mumbai whereas the other is from the religious town of Varanasi. The story is about their adventures, fears and hopes, relationships and experiences. The story also focuses on issues pertinent to the younger generation like dating, careers, health, exams amongst others.

Temper issues

Competition has no boundaries. This statement comes true when we talk about Star Plus’ reality show, Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar Season 2. The singers are constantly facing new challenges that defy their genre. Recently the competition set the theme as Raag ka Rang where the Champions team had to sing Bollywood songs keeping in mind the various raags. All was going smooth until the out spoken, bad boy Sharib, once again lost his temper and raised remarks against his competitor Aneek Dhar.

Value addition: Rani Mukerji Room for improvement

Rani Mukerji is giving her inputs on the styling of Aiyaa and has called in her designer friends to help with the movie. She has also given her inputs regarding a couple of important songs, and she gives her ideas to enhance the portrayal of her middle-class Maharashtrian character.

Value addition: Rani Mukerji

Dancing diva: Scarlett Wilson Magic on the floor

British model Scarlett Wilson burned the dance floor at the music launch of Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai  with her item number  Imported Kamariya.  Sporting a thigh-slit red ghagra and a purple-gold shimmering choli with traditional Indian jewellery, Scarlett won the hearts of the crowd with her Imported Kamariya, literally. She lip-synced perfectly and her moves were perfect.

Dancing diva: Scarlett Wilson

Bond with the Bong

Esha Gupta bonded with Bipasha Basu while shooting for Raaz 3, directed by Vikram Bhatt. She has been a fan of her since Jism and was excited to work with her in the film. She finds Bipasha as someone very secure and friendly and is excited about her first three-dimensional film. Let’s see if this new B-town friendship lasts or is just a phase.

Sun, sand and sea

Bipasha Basu is in Greece shooting for Race 2. She is on a work-cum-pleasure trip. She is having fun because people do not know her over there and she can relax and be herself. She is quite a beach bum and loves seafood.

P Khurrana

ARIES: You may be under some stress this morning. Working in seclusion from your own house is possible. Seek help from a Gemini. You and your co-workers are on different wavelengths. Give yourself some breathing space. Tarot message: You can stabilise your financial situation. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic number: 60

TAURUS: You will have to watch your temper if you want harmony. Give a little more attention to the creative side of your life. Go over your business accounts and loan repayments. Consider updating your budget. Tarot message: Over optimism could lead to mistakes. Lucky colour: Crimson. Magic number: 30.

GEMINI: Be sure to take full advantage of the good opportunities that come your way. Perhaps you have had a quarrel with your lover. Whatever it is that is looming over you, the fear is far greater than what will actually happen. Tarot message: Do not overspend to impress others. Lucky colour: Purple. Magic number: 36.

CANCER: Keep your spirits up putting forward a cheerful face. Creativity shines. Generous and giving vibes are a big influence today. You are likely to attract basically happy and positive people with whom you can have fun. Tarot message: Don’t waste an opportunity by being rash. Lucky colour: Black. Magic number: 55.

LEO: The card Two of Cups promises many opportunities on financial fronts. If working on a commission basis you will be able to increase your earnings. Breeze through your chores before any interruptions. Tarot message: You will get the help you need if you ask for it. Lucky colour: Brown. Magic number: 32.

VIRGO: Tricky day if you are hoping for spectacular results. It would be best to keep new ideas under wraps. Talk to your partner and children, if you have them, about the plans for the day. Tarot message: Wait a while everything will get sorted out on its own. Lucky colour: Pink. Magic number: 40.

LIBRA: Secret meeting with influential people will go off particularly well. Your boss may promise a salary increase. Venus and Mars together can also stimulate the romantic side of a relationship. Tarot message: You need to be creative if you want to retain your grip. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic number: 52.

SCORPIO: The queen of cups opens the door for a new job offer. Do-not become excitable. Avoid making partnership deals. Lovers: a good day for introducing your beloved to your parents. Work out your next moves logically. Tarot message: Leave things open ended for best results. Lucky colour: White. Magic number: 58.

SAGITTARIUS: Discussions behind closed doors could work out well. Get outside if you can. You might be able to take a walk during your lunch break, which will clear your head and bring peace to your heart. Tarot message: Prepare yourself for a mental battle. Lucky colour: Sea green. Magic number: 42.

CAPRICORN: Your card Ten of Pentacles revels that you plans that you have for saving are likely to meet with approval. An emotional mood can interfere with your judgments and decisions. Tarot message: Health of elderly member at home will need looking after. Lucky colour: Deep red. Magic number: 26.

AQUARIUS: You drawn The Lovers as such new attractions are likely to be serious. Do not try to make money the easy way. Romance is highlighted. Tarot message: This is not a bad time to open up new doors that could lead you in a more lucrative direction. Lucky colour: Turquoise. Magic number: 62.

PISCES: Venus lady of love may bring happy emotions news tonight. Do not make snap decisions. The demands of your ego are not likely to be so strong, giving you more sensitivity to the world around you. Tarot message: Avoid gossip session at work place. Lucky colour: Aqua. Magic number: 44.

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If your birthday is May 14...

Older people need to take care of their health. You can easily raise capital, collect outstanding debts or ask for funds to work on new projects. It is a good period to revive old contacts and relations. The absence of your loved ones may make your heart tender. You will reach your goals through hard work and patience. Dormant problems will surface bringing mental pressures.

You will be in the mood to travel and spend money. Your dominating attitude towards your family members will only start useless arguments and can bring criticism. Erratic behaviour of your lover may ruin romance today. You may be quite upset with your subordinates for not working as expected. Someone at work will try to engage in an argument with you. Make it a conscious decision to not get into any arguments.

You’ll be original and this will prove to be effective at work. Try to avoid inciting the jealousy from others. If you were born in the third decade, someone will try to capture your attention using flattery; don’t trust this person and be careful.

The current year is not good for students. Students may lose interest in studies. Some of them are likely to give up their education for a career. They should decide their priorities after deliberating all pros and cons.

Needs for effort, time and energy may escalate quickly and just throwing money at it to fix or provide may not be enough. Children and insecure spouses may need strong guidance, examples or if nothing else, boundaries, to feel more secure in the end. Since demands in your career appear important you will have to ensure that family is supportive.

Good financial progress due to gains from rent and other fixed sources of income. Income will be good but be erratic. Investment should be avoided, unless it is for property.

Waheeda RehmanMajor investment decisions should be left to others. Liquidity will be good mostly. Friends may ask a lot of favours or seem to have hefty needs as long as money isn’t one of them, it may be your call or chance to feel good about being supportive. Mood: Expansive. Compatible signs: Libra, Aries. Lucky colours: Pale green, Sky blue. Lucky days: Tuesday and Thursday. Lucky numbers: 3, 5, 12, 55, 100. Lucky gem: Carnelian - The Healing Gemstone. Lucky flower: Lotus

Waheeda Rehman (May 14, 1936 Hyderabad) shares her great day with you. Her career continued throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. C.I.D. Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool, Chaudhvin Ka Chand, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam are some beautiful films where she made a mark. She won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for her roles in Guide and Neel Kamal. Kamaljeet who starred opposite to her in Shagun proposed marriage. She accepted the proposal and they were married on April 27, 1974. In recent years she made a comeback to films playing elderly mother and grandmother roles in Om Jai Jagadish, Water and Rang De Basanti.

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