Get, set, vroom
Year after year, what makes these men behind the wheel speed ‘stars’. They share their road diaries…
Jasmine Singh

Sunny Sidhu (left) with co driver
FINE START: Sunny Sidhu (left) with co driver

Once at a musical concert, the host asked AR Rahman what was so special about him. The musician took the mike and in his hardly audible voice answered - "There is something special in each one of us!" A good group of guys probably heard this interview somewhere. Out with their roaring engines, a 'bring-it-on' attitude, and a heady mix of passion, they are getting ready for the upcoming Mughal Rally organised by Himalayan Motorsport Club.

This is how some people spin the tales of adventure, they don't sit and wait for life to bring them a bungee jumping holiday package; they create their own. If you want to be someone special in the rally circuit take it from the boys in the tri-city, ready to raise dust and storm!

Skill matters

Sunny Sidhu, a rallyist with Team Mahindra will be driving a Thar for therally. He is a six time winner of the Desert Storm and the number one driver for the Indian National Rally Champion.

"Skill is the key word to begin with," shares Sunny. It comes with experience and time. "Motorsports is not about slipping in the seat and revving up the engine. It is a test where you judge yourself and your machine."

Way to success

This young lad heads the Team Thunderbolt. Winner of Desert Storm 2006, Harpreet Bawa has been shifting gears for almost 11 years now. "Rally is about machine and speed, at the same time it is also about knowing the terrain," says Harpreet. He adds that a rally driver must know his or her positives and negatives on the road. "Recee before the event really helps. I know drivers don't have time for it, but trust me it helps in the long run."

Know thy machine

A rally driver who believes in learning through his mistakes, Samrat Yadav from Panchkula is the winner of The Australian Gascoyne Dash 2011 in Australia.

"A rally driver should know the machine inside out. If the vehicle breaks down in any leg, the driver should be able to understand the problem," says Samrat, who hasn't compromised on the speed but he has been working on the technique. "A rally driver should change his driving and maneuvering technique with each rally," he adds.

To finish, finish first

This biker from Chandigarh has been raising dust for ten years now. Riding a Yamaha WR 450, Yogesh Lakhani has been here, but still there is a long road to be covered. "All rally drivers want to win but this shouldn't mean you will be accelerating like crazy. Don't forget the machine. Ensure you carry your vehicle till the end."

Be focused

Jagmeet Gill won the Mughal Rally in 2011 striking the winning slot in the Enduro category. After rallying for three years consecutively, he feels every time is the first time, "Patience, passion and skill make for a good rally driver. One has to concentrate and know how to restrict the wandering thoughts."


The Mughal Rally has two categories - Xtreme and Enduro. The Xtreme is about outright speed, while the Enduro follows the TSD (Time-Speed-Distance) format. Motorcylists participate in the tough Rally Xtreme category, in an all-out 'speed and skill' contest. The Mughal rally starts June 30 to July 1. The battleground is the motorsport arena, and the track used by the legendary Akbar and later Mughal emperors through the sylvan Pir Panjal range of the Western Himalayas in Jammu and Kashmir

Another chance
Debutant director Gaurav Panjwani's first film, Second Marriage Dot Com addresses the sensitive issue of remarriage

It’s never too late to restart a life. One needs a partner at every stage. My film explores finding love and companionship all over again. I know it’s not a very easy change to make in life but fortunately people today are open to the idea. They realise that the challenges of life can’t be met alone.
Gaurav Panjwani,

Life imitates art, or art life - the debate goes on! Director Gaurav Panjwani has picked up the idea for his debut movie from life itself.

Second Marriage Dot Com that hits the screens next month, addresses the issue of second marriage. Not before long, marriage was just one time event in a person's life, at least in India. Now that we see around, lots of people start afresh again. Gaurav hit upon the idea in his spam mail first. "I met and consulted a lot of people who were living alone before giving final shape to the idea," he says.

A theatre enthusiast from his school days, Gaurav thought of turning a film-maker when his first movie got rave reviews, "Bindiya Chamkegi was produced by my school and addressed the theme of girl child education. It charted the journey a girl who goes to IIT and gets to work at NASA. Since then I have produced over 15 short films, which have been awarded at various levels."

A mass communication graduate, Gaurav moved to Mumbai to work in advertising industry. "Association with Vinod Mehta got me the opportunity to direct my first feature film (it's produced by Vinmehta Films)," he adds.

It is shot in and around Delhi and Jaipur. The film's shooting was completed in flat 29 days. Charu Rohtangi plays a single mother, Mohit Chauhan a single father. Vishal and Siyoni Gupta are the other cast members. Gaurav realises that pulling audience to screen with a non-star cast isn't going to be easy. "But, I am certain that once they start seeing the film, they will love it."

Inspired by the likes of Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Imtiaz Ali, Vishal Bhardwaj and Rakesh Omprakash Mehra, Gaurav insists that today is the time not only to find newer subjects, also give a film different treatment. "A different subject, detailing and treatment make for a good film today. Of course, anything works if it's a 'Khan' film."

Ways of Mumbai are certainly strange. The challenge that Gaurav finds is to find typical North Indian food. “Born and bred in Jaipur, I am yet to get used to Mumbai food. I really miss home food.”

Second Marriage Dot Com explores the idea of finding happiness, and the need for companionship. Also, how the younger generation is more than willing to assist their single parents in starting their second innings. “Remarriage has been a social stigma in the society but now the mindset of younger generation is changing and they understand the emotional needs of their parents. Thus they are not hesitant if their single parents give themselves a second chance at love and marriage,” says Gaurav.

He is waiting for his first film's response. If all goes well, he would like to chart his own journey in filmdom. "There are scores of great actors that I would like to work with. Boman Irani, Shabana Azmi and Naseeruddin Shah are some of very inspiring figures with whom I would like to direct someday!"

Touch of health
Jigyasa Kapoor Chimra

It takes five minutes of hunting and asking around to get to the two shelves of organic stuff at a grocery store. Though not many still know about the health benefits of the organic food, the selection now offers more than cereals and pulses. But for the people who swear by organic stuff, it’s the way of healthy living. Switching to organic food is a lifestyle trend which is catching up faster than ever. “There are pesticides in almost everything we consume. Thanks to organic stuff, now we have something to bank on,” says Ruchi Bhardwaj, teacher at a school in Sector 21, Panchkula. Sticking to an organic diet for the past one year she says, “The reason to switch to organic food is that they are devoid of synthetic inputs such as pesticides and chemical fertilisers. They contain 50 per cent more nutrients, minerals, vitamins and calcium and help protect against heart diseases and even cancer. For me, this was the best decision I could make for my family.”

The number of people switching over to organic stuff is increasing gradually. People prefer to buy pulses. Jams, health cookies, rusks and vegetables are other options available. An employee of Fabindia says, “Pulses and jams available here are organic. And they are better because no chemicals or preservatives are used to cultivate these products.” You should be ready to shell a little more to buy these products because all good things come at a price.

Empire store-17, Peshawari-19 and the food bazaar at Big Bazaar have organic products available with them.

“Treading on the path of diet-consciousness, the residents are fast going in for stuff that’s guaranteed to be pure,” says Rohit Gawari from Peshawari-19. “That’s why the store is actively involved in the revival of the, till-recently-forgotten, concept of consuming food in its whole, natural and unrefined form. The range is assured to be organic, chemical-free and adulteration-free. Every product here is prepared using pure and nutritious ingredients.”

Moving rather a step ahead (from only buying organic) people are also growing their own vegetables to by-pass the high cost of organic produce in stores. “We switched to organic vegetables and pulses some five years back. And we have definitely found a difference in taste between organic and the normal pulses and also vegetables in the market. The shelf life of organic veggies is more and they don’t wear off easily when put outside the refrigerator for a few hours,” says Manorma Sood, homemaker from Sector 28, Chandigarh. That’s not all, more than vigilant about the quality of the produce, she says, “After reading so much about genetically modified food products, lately we have started growing vegetables in our backyard for a healthier living as we know what we produce is devoid of anything harmful.”

For people who have gone organic there are many reasons to switch to an organic lifestyle and the most important is to take maximum benefits from food with less or no harmful chemicals. “It was after reading that organic food has more and higher levels of phyto-chemicals, which are associated with a lower risk of developing a degenerative disease that we switched to organic pulses and vegetables,” says Dr Pooja Karol, a dentist from Sector 20, Panchkula. She adds, “But don’t confuse products with a natural label with products with an organic label. They are not the same! Natural products do contain (GMO) ingredients, and might have been subjected to the use of inorganic fertilisers and pesticides. Products ‘made with organic ingredients’ are at least 70 per cent organic, and with no genetically modified ingredients.”

stress buster
Happy holidays

Renee Singh

“Where are you going this holiday season, any plans,’’ a clichéd enough question. In order to avoid a clichéd response, I never plan a vacation during holiday times. It also helps me avoid crowd and the long queues everywhere worth a visit.

But frankly when you are planning a holiday with the family, you do need to coordinate. So just stop worrying and creating unnecessary stress. Most people don’t take vacations enough and build up stress and many people who have a habit of avoiding holidays do occasionally take one but to get rid of the guilt they actually carry their work with them.

The idea of a vacation is to escape the work mindset and allow yourself to unwind totally from the day to day grind in a completely stress free zone. Vacationing is one of the best ways to enjoy life and stay relaxed and effective in one’s job. It needn’t be that it has to be grand and expensive, but just getting away from the nitty-gritty of life.

If you over plan and stress over each detail you could actually come back needing a vacation just after having taken one, so be easy on yourself and just chill.

It’s always great to take short breaks from the everyday stresses of life, boost your energy, work hard and smart. Most likely you need a vacation more than you think you do. So just pack your bags and say the word GO!

Why vacations are so good for you:

Vacations promote creativity

A good vacation helps us to reconnect with ourselves, rediscover ourselves and get back to feeling on top of the world.

Keep burnout away

Workers who take time to relax are less likely to experience a lack luster stage. They become more productive and creative than their other counterparts.

Vacations keep us healthy

Taking regular time off recharges your batteries thereby keeping stress levels lower and even at bay.

Vacations promote wellbeing

Research has shown that three days after a vacation the subject’s physical complaints, their quality of sleep and moods improved as compared to before vacation time. Even when checked after five weeks they were maintaining this positive attitude.

Strengthening bonds

Spending time with loved ones strengthens the relationship. This can help you enjoy the good times and skim you through the hard time.

Marriage stabiliser

A study at in the Arizona Department of Health and Human Services found that women who took vacations were more satisfied with their marriages.

Vacations help with job performance

There is an increased level of productivity due to a relaxed level of the mind. This in turn improves the quality of life of the person.

Relieve stress in lasting ways

Vacations that include plenty of free time bring stress relief. Vacations are a gift you need to keep giving yourself time and again. One comes back from a vacation feeling totally charged and rejuvenated and ready to take the world on again.

(Singh is a Chandigarh based psychotherapist)

Get going with Yoga

Feeling stressed? You’re not alone. Now a days, stress is an inherent aspect of life. It is a common condition, a response to a physical threat or psychological distress that generates a host of chemical and hormonal reactions in the body. State of accumulated stress can increase the risk of both acute and chronic psychosomatic illnesses and weaken the immune system.

Stress can cause muscle tension, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, digestive disorders, ulcer, allergies, insomnia, backaches, frequent cold and fatigue, hypertension, asthma, diabetes, heart ailments and even cancer. In fact, stress when persists over a period of time become the most dangerous factor behind most of the diseases. In essence, Stress is a silent killer and affects almost all the spheres of our life.

In the state of stress, our body activates resources to protect us - to either get away as fast as we can or fight, pumping more blood to the heart and muscles and shutting down all non-essential functions. As a temporary state, this reaction serves the body well to defend itself. However when the stress reaction is attenuated, the normal physical functions that have been either exaggerated or shut down in response become dysfunctional in this extreme state. This state of stress response can be diminished by the benefits of yoga.

Yoga practice is world’s oldest healing technique which provides us a holistic approach to manage stress without taking harmful prescription drugs. Modern medicine can’t provide effective treatment to the stress because stress is not a physical disease. It originates from the mind, and then disturbs our energy level and finally appears on our physical level in the form of a disease. The benefits of yoga postures, breathing and meditation include better respiration, release of muscular tension and increased coordination between mind and body. All of this will contribute to reducing stress. Yoga builds greater inner calm, enabling you to deal with pressures and tension in a more constructive way. The art of breathing in yoga is a promising approach for dealing with the stress response.

(Juneja is a fitness and yoga expert)

Fashion funda
Draped to perfection
Ashima Batish

Hot-steppers: Creations by the designer duo

It’s the fashion designer duo of Shantanu-Nikhil, who made the concept of drapes so popular in India. Not that it was a novel concept, but it was them who took it forward from sarees to western wear. It adds volume to the plain dresses and upped the fashion quotient of India’s glitterati. They foretell the fashion for the season.

What’s in: Flared jackets. Volume will add feminine touch to these. Experiment with colours to make a style statement.

What’s out: Sequins are a thing of past. Bling is here forever but sequins are certainly not the only way to stick to fashion. Golden and silver threads can provide some change from the usual.

Party couture: Lace dresses with corseted bodices. They accentuate curves and look very sexy. Well-structured, they make one look slimmer.

Colour count: Reds are universal, so are corals, rose and teal. Bright colours always win hands down.

Shantanu & Nikhil
HAND-IN-GLOVE: Shantanu & Nikhil

Style smart: Sameera Reddy and Neha Dhupia. The fact that they experiment a lot with their looks and dresses makes them score on our fashion radar.

Fashion forward: Jackets, contemporary lehngas, contemporary anarkalis, couture dresses since winter is all about spoiling yourself with extravagance.

About the Indian fashion industry: The time has come when the international designers have started looking up to the Indian designers for inspiration and that in itself speaks volumes about the Indian fashion industry having transformed into a trend setter from being a trend follower.

star track
Bebo’s basic fashion

Kareena Kapoor is one of the most stylish superstars in the country. She always turns out perfectly and it is very difficult, if not impossible to not to gaze at her.

She has been a muse for Aki Narula and Manish Malhotra. Bebo surely turns heads no matter what she wears. She always has different looks for different movies and has set trends with Jab We Met, Kurbaan, and other films. We therefore take some stylish tips from the trendy diva.

Quintessential outfit

The most basic wardrobe essential is a crisp white shirt and fitted blue jeans. It looks smart, sensuous and sexy. It can work on for formal and as well as casual occasions. And this statement never goes out of fashion.

Women in black

Kareena KapoorBlack looks great on all women, irrespective of complexion and size. A black cocktail dress, whether long or short, is a wardrobe must-have. It makes you feel sexy and confident too.

Colour world

Assorted, fitted t-shirts in various colours are required too. I prefer plain tees and my favourite colours are pink and blue. DKNY and Junk Food (British) are among my favourite tee brands. The logos on them should be subtle.

Goodnight wear

I love sleeping in cotton pyjamas that are long and comfortable. Soothing colours such as off-white, cream, and white ensure eight hours of good sleep. Keep your night clothes fuss free. Exercise outfits in which you feel comfortable are essential too. Use bright colours here to feel energetic.

Foot fall

Shoes in different colours and types of heels are the most important wardrobe essential! Stilettos turn men on and how! Go all out when you have to buy shoes and buy colours and funky styles. Imagine which dress or outfits will match with the shoes when you are buying them. I love buying YSL, Gina, and Valentino shoes. — HRM

You’re beautiful: Kareena Kapoor

AB deals with flops, the right way

His last few releases have not done well at box office, but Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan says one has to deal with failures and move on as no one wants to make an unsuccessful film.

His last release (in January) was Abbas-Mustan’s Players, an official remake of Hollywood crime thriller The Italian Job. Despite heavy promotion and an ensemble star cast, Players, one of the most anticipated films of 2012, failed at the box office.

“I think you have to deal with it (flops). Thankfully, you carry on working. It is never nice to talk about is never a pleasant experience. Nobody wants to make an unsuccessful film. Everybody works hard to make a film successful,” said Abhishek.

“As an actor I made a conscious decision that I don’t want any excuses (for films not doing well). I don’t want to say the editor did not do his job properly or this or that person did not do their work properly. I don’t want to point fingers at anybody. I want complete responsibility by saying that I did everything that I could do,” he maintained.

Abhishek BachchanThe Junior Bachchan has delivered quite a few flops in the recent past, including Farhan Akhtar’s home production Game, Ashutosh Gowariker’s Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, Mani Ratnam’s Raavan, Goldie Behl’s Drona, Aditya Chopra’s Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, among others.

However, his performance in films like Paa, Dhoom series, Guru, Sarkar and ‘Dostana’ have been appreciated.

Asked if he has got his due as an actor, the 36-year-old, who made his Bollywood debut in 2000, said, “I think I was given too much due. I think people think I am a much better actor than actually I am. I think I have lot more to do and improve. I think people are too kind to me.” —PTI
Accepting reality: Abhishek Bachchan

Prachi Desai’s struggle to stardom

Ruing that outsiders are never taken seriously in Bollywood, actress Prachi Desai has said it is only now that the industry is opening up to her despite she being working for last five years since her debut film Rock On.

“I think the industry is opening up to me. And it is high time it does. I am truly not the person I have been made up to be. I feel that industry can be unfair sometimes. When you are an outsider, people don’t take you seriously,” said Prachi.

“I personally think you need an extreme push for people to promote you and bring you to a certain level,” Prachi said. Prior to Rock On in 2008, Prachi had a successful stint on television with her debut soap Kasam Se being a big hit. Later, a dance reality show catapulted her to stardom which landed her a few offers in Bollywood.

“For the kind of roles I was offered, I was not interested in them. When anybody starts of, you don’t want to be doing roles twice your age,” the actress said.

Prachi Desai“The reason for being offered roles much older than me was because these are the kind of characters I have done before in television as well. I got it from Rock On...I played a young wife but nobody saw me as funky or the real me. The way I am,” Prachi said.

Prachi, a teenager then, played the role of a wife of business tycoon, played by actor Ram Kapoor, in TV serial Kasam Se. In Rock On, she essayed the role of Farhan Akhtar’s wife. In Milan Luthria’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbai’, she played muse to Emraan Hashmi. — PTI
Rising high: Prachi Desai

Marilyn Monroe my style icon: Eva Longoria

Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria says she is a huge fan of late Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe because of her beauty and sex appeal.

Longoria, 37, also said that Monroe’s trademark blonde locks and red lips, makes her the ultimate style icon, reported a website. “Marilyn Monroe had that certain something. She never changed her look, and even after her death, that blonde hair with the red lips is still glamorous and beautiful,” said Longoria.

Eva Longoria“But it is also what she exuded, she was electrifying and you couldn’t wait to see what she did next and who she was with. She just had this essence about her that was beautiful,” she added.

Longoria said she personally hates sweating it out in the gym, but she tries her best to maintain her figure.

“I hate working out. I hate cardio, I hate running, I hate the treadmill. I like weights, but the rest of it just has to be done. That is why I have a trainer to make me do it. And I like to get out and about as much as possible, which is easier in Los Angeles, as the sun shines,” she said. — PTI
Fan mail: Eva Longoria

Angelina Jolie’s brave shots

Angelina Jolie Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie shot with some fearsome-looking bulls for her latest movie Maleficent.

Jolie filmed scenes in the Buckinghamshire countryside alongside a number of bulls but the animals were professionally behaved reported a publication.

The bull’s trainers stood out of shot, barking out orders for them to stand still as Jolie strolled around them.

The 37-year-old was recently pictured sporting a pair of bull horns, fake cheekbones and a creepy cloak for her role as a sorceress in the film. — PTI

Bull ride:
Angelina Jolie

Blake Lively’s fragrance

Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively has become the new face of Italian fashion house Gucci’s upcoming female perfume, Premiere.

The 24-year-old will appear in a short movie directed by Drive helmer Nicolas Winding Refn, and pose for print commercials shot by famous photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, reported a publication. “In conceiving this fragrance I was Blake Lively inspired by timeless Hollywood glamour and the iconic leading ladies of Hollywood’s golden era. Blake’s unique style and charisma brings that allure to life in a very contemporary way,” said Gucci creative director Frida Giannini.

Lively, who is currently dating actor Ryan Reynolds, is happy to collaborate with Giannini. “I admire the qualities of the Gucci Premiere woman and feel honoured to represent the fragrance,” she said. The actress joins the likes of Evan Rachel Wood, Chris Evans and James Franco, who are all faces of various Gucci scents. Her movie commercial will premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 1. — PTI
Scent star: Blake Lively

Vampire overdose

Robert Pattinson, who was looking to break away from the film franchise Twilight and graduate from being a boy vampire to a leading man, is being called RIP-Patz as both his movies post-Twilight have flopped badly. The Beekman Theatre on Manhattan’s Upper East Side was completely empty for a screening of the film Bel Ami in which the 26-year-old actor stars as a manipulative journalist who sleeps his way up the social ladder.

Not one person had paid to see the movie, which is set up against the backdrop of 19th century Paris, with cinema staff confirming this was not an uncommon occurrence for the film.

“Increasingly Rob is being referred to as RIP-Patz instead of his nickname R-Patz,” a publication reported a source as saying.

The actor is apparently unfazed by the hiccup as he is currently soaking up the party lifestyle in LA with girlfriend Kristen Stewart, claiming that they were edgy films that were never going to attract large audiences.

“But his agents at William Morris Endeavor are not so carefree about the situation. Rob has not been terrible in the films but apart from Twilight, he keeps misjudging material,” the source said.

“Bel Ami didn’t suit him, Cosmopolis doesn’t appeal to anyone who is not interested in sprawling examinations of time and nobody remembers Remember Me,” the source Robert Pattinson added. The source said that Pattinson’s career post-Twilight does not inspire confidence in the tinseltown.

“But both these projects have been thrown into jeopardy as a result of his underwhelming time at the box office.”

“Robert needs to emulate Andrew Garfield and Daniel Radcliffe [who Pattinson starred with in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire] who are examples of young British actors that crossed over to become leading men or risk being out of the game by the time he’s 30,” the source said. —ANI
Fixed image:
Robert Pattinson

Stacy Keibler is not preggers

George Clooney’s girlfriend Stacy Keibler has denied reports that she is pregnant with the Hollywood superstar’s child. The former professional wrestler has been the subject of speculation since pictures emerged that seemed to show a baby bump, reported a publication.Stacy Keibler

But the 32-year-old beauty insisted the rumours were “100 per cent false” and posted a picture on Twitter to show she is completely bump free.

The blonde star showed off her six-pack as she posed in white crop-top and big shades. Keibler and Clooney are currently on a romantic break to celebrate their one-year anniversary in Italy.—PTI
False alarm:
Stacy Keibler

Talat Azizchatter box
Talat’s at work!

Celebrating a 100 years of cinema this week on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, ghazal maestro Talat Aziz has chosen to pay a tribute to Bollywood's shahenshah - Amitabh Bachchan. Grooving to songs like Khaike Paan Banaraswala and Ye Mera Dil, Talat and his partner Ankita are all set to prove to the world that he clearly is the Don. Bringing elements of romance, comedy and fun to the stage, we hope this duo will be able to garner the judges praises and more importantly, their marks. Hats off to the shahenshah!

Tribute to the superstar: Talat Aziz

Chilling out

Kkusum star Nausheen Ali Sardar who was last seen in Beendh Banuga Ghodi Chadhunga on Imagine, reveals her secrets and tips for chilling out.


I feel if you spend some quality time with yourself it goes a long way. Find time to get some peace and quiet and relax. I meditate daily. I also enjoy listening to soothing music and enjoy talking to friends, laughing with them. Playing with my dogs also puts me in a good mood. They are super fun to be with and give you unconditional love.


Music is an essential part of my life. Various kinds of music evoke different responses. Music is a mood enhancer, soothes and energises the mind. I like all kinds of music and can listen to peppy to soft tunes. I also love to sing which totally de stresses me.


Food is another stress buster. Cooking or eating both. I can cook well and I do so when the mood strikes. I enjoy spicy food Punjabi dishes, international fare and cuisines from Gujarat and Bengal. I specially love seafood.

Nausheen Ali SardarPainting

Picking up a hobby is also a great way to chill. I paint, sketch in my free time. I also enjoy photography. I have clicked thousands of snaps on my professional camera as I enjoy experimenting with pictures.


One should ensure to spend time with friends and family catching up with them and chit chatting. Lot of stress is relieved due to this. I party with friends and ensure I take care of my health. — HRM

Cucumber cool: Nausheen Ali Sardar

Celebrating old times of Bollywood

Geeta Kapur This Sunday, the Top 10 kids on Dance India Dance Lil Masters will be seen going fully filmy on the Bollywood special episode of the show. Paying a tribute to the most iconic dancing stars of Indian Cinema, the super-talented little dancers will be seen shaking a leg to dance hits that have lived on in the hearts of most Indians over the last three decades. Whether it is the innocent magic of Sunil Dutt, the wild fever of Shammi Kapoor, the impeccable charm of Rishi Kapoor or the effortless flamboyance of Govinda, be it the beauty and grace of Asha Parekh, the sensational style of Helen or the chic step-work of Karisma Kapoor, these dhamakedar, chota packet contestants will capture the essence of each movie star with elan! Whether it is Saumya and Rohan performing Jai Jai Shiv Shankar as Mumtaz and Rajesh Khanna, using a trampoline as a prop, or Faisal and Shalini as the evergreen couple in love - Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, it was a retro Bollywood night on the sets of DID L'il Masters.

Also in filmy avatars were Masters Geeta and Marzi dressed up as Sridevi and Anil Kapoor from Mr India, complete with the iconic blue sari.

inspired: Geeta Kapur


Anu Malik and Asha Bhonsle A little birdie straight from the sets of Indian Idol 6 reveals that while shooting for the Theater Rounds, Anu Malik, Sunidhi Chauhan and Salim Merchant were to be introduced first and then Anu Malik was required to introduce Asha on the show. It so happened that Anu Malik went into a non - stop Asha praising frenzy and kept on talking about the addition of such a special judge on the show this season. Asha who was stationed backstage could not wait any longer and called out to Anu Malik saying "Anu agar tumhara bolke ho gaya toh mein aa jau". Anu Malik had no choice but to allow Asha to join him and other judges on stage. When the legendary singer is in question, praises will certainly pour galore!

admiration society:
Anu Malik and Asha Bhonsle

Finding true love

In Sahara One's show Jhilmil Sitaaron Ka Aangan Hoga true love has developed between lead couple Aakash and Angana. A still from Jhilmil Sitaaron Ka Aangan Hoga After their marriage Aakash and Angana have been through several trials and tribulations. It started after Aakash revolts against staying in as ghar jamai in Kalyanidevi's palatial abode. So much so that they have refused to even eat food cooked in the Raichand's kitchen. In this fight for pride, Angana, like a true Indian wife has all along backed Aakash against her mother's autocratic wishes. Angana's sacrifice and respect for their relationship further cements Aakash's love for his wife.
A still from Jhilmil Sitaaron Ka Aangan Hoga

Sour dreams

Ojaswi Oberoi aka Meenakshi in Aashmaan Se Aagey is a dreamer who loves every bit of it. However, there is a particular dream that haunts her. "It is something that I have been dreaming from my childhood days. It haunts me even today. Every time I dream this dream I wake up all scared and sweating," says Ojaswi. But what is this scary dream? "I dream that I am all alone in a lonely old building surrounded with valleys. And I am trapped in that place without any escape route,” she says. Well, Ojaswi there is a God up there and He will take care of you.

Astro turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: Improve the interiors at home. A discussion with your partner early on can play on your mind. Difficulties with a woman can arise, especially if they have been talking behind your back. Tarot message: You have well-wishers around at the time who will give you sound advice. Lucky colour: Pink. Magic number: 30.

TAURUS: Children will be a source of happiness. A partnership in the pipeline will bring in success. If you are applying for a loan, get your application in now. Don't procrastinate with any new ventures. Tarot message: Take limited risks and don't jeopardise your long term capitals. Lucky color: Forest green. Magic number: 57.

GEMINI: Domestic issues come up for urgent consideration. Your work is under control. Unrealistic ideals can lead to confrontation. Make an effort to understand and accept your relationships. Tarot message: Health of elderly member at home will need looking after. Lucky colour: Deep crimson. Magic number: 54.

CANCER: Romantic life takes an upswing. The employed will be burdened with additional responsibilities without incentive. With so many things on the go, you may get sidetracked. Just make sure you don't leave anybody out. Tarot message: Leave things open ended for best results. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic number: 33.

LEO: Housewives should stick to routine activities. Those looking for job will receive suitable offers. You may experience selflessness of love. There is also a suggestion of indiscretion in love. Tarot message: You need to be creative if you want to retain your grip over your business. Lucky colour: Red. Magic number: 59.

VIRGO: Your card "The Chariot" brings a busy day ahead. You should be careful about your own health and the well being of your parents. An adventurous mind might entice you to try something new. Tarot message: Wait a while everything will get sorted out on its own. Lucky colour: Saffron. Magic number: 47.

LIBRA: Consolidate your gains and do not run after new money spinning schemes. Set aside time to get in touch with your thoughts. It will allow you to align your consciousness with your highest potential. Tarot message: You will get the help you need if you ask for it. Lucky color: Black. Magic number: 37.

SCORPIO: Today most of your time and attention should be centered on your personal life. If you want change, you'll have to get out there and make it happen. Wishing for change will only leave you depressed and frustrated. Tarot message: Do not overspend just to impress others. Lucky colour: Golden. Magic number: 25.

SAGITTARIUS: Real estate deals should be left alone. You will find new opportunities opening up for you. Maintain a low profile in the party. An attraction for a coworker can throw you out of sync. Take care of your health. message: Over optimism could lead to mistakes. Lucky colour: Royal blue. Magic number: 27.

CAPRICORN: Your personal plans will meet with opposition. You reputation could be on the line. Act impartially and avoid the pitfalls of guilt. A child may suffer from behavioural problems. Tarot message: You can stabilise your financial situation if you make property investments. Lucky color: Purple. Magic number: 63.

AQUARIUS: Money wise the day is slow. Friends may not trust you. Let your energy be turned towards artistic work. Your beloved may be in a lively mood. Women should avoid impulse buying. Mercury starts to move forward again today. Tarot message: Avoid gossip sessions at work place. Lucky colour: Silver. Magic number: 26.

PISCES: Go all out to improve your position at work. If you are relaxing at home, visit a local market and enjoy the sights and sounds. Spend time with your family. Tarot message: This is not a bad time to open up new doors that could lead you in a more lucrative direction. Lucky colour: Golden brown. Magic number: 54.

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is June 25...

To win, you must not use aggression or arrogance. Indeed, you can obtain great things by being calm. Your weak attitude is your strength and nobody can oppose you. Ruled by Neptune (Ketu), seven is a spiritual vibration. These people are not very attached to materialistic things, are introspective and generally very quiet. Your birth on the 25th day of June modifies your life path by giving you some special interest in technical, scientific or other complex and often difficult subjects. Your impressive creative powers hold even more potential than usual this year; don't waste it.

You may not find it a smooth year at work. Personal life may give you trouble. You'll ask your lover sensible questions and try to be delicate towards him or her to not cause any unease.

Uncertainty regarding finances will create tension. You will feel disgusted when you discover that someone you have always trusted is not very honest with you. You have a tendency to set your objectives much higher than you generally do. Do not get disappointed if results don't come as per your expectations. Take care of your actions and words as a senior person will be less understanding if you do something deceitful.

You should feel confident about a money matter of a more serious nature than usual. Get your nose to the grindstone at work and get as much done as possible. It would be an advantage to finish well ahead of schedule. People in power are impressed by your work and you'll be well rewarded.

Everything evolves and events run continuously towards their final goal. This movement is positive; live it with self-awareness and you will face all difficulties with ease.

Discomfort may disturb your mental peace. Don't spend too much on entertainment. Family members or spouse will cause some tensions. Try to be realistic in your affairs. Work at office will gain momentum as colleagues and seniors will extend full cooperation. Travel plans might get postponed due to last minute changes in your schedule.

Mood: A bit 'over the top' at times. Compatible signs: Libra, Aquarius. Lucky colours: Dark green, Lemon. Lucky days: Monday and Tuesday. Lucky numbers: 17, 19, 21, 55, 60. Lucky gem: Aventurine. Lucky flower: Easter lily.

Karisma Kapoor (June 25, 1974, Mumbai) made her debut in the film industry in 1991 and became the most popular actress of her generation. Raja Hindustani being the most notable of them got her the first Filmfare Best Actress Award. She surprised with her performances in art films like Fiza and Zubeidaa for which she earned a Best Actress and Best Actress (Critics) awards at the. Granddaughter of Raj Kapoor, daughter of Randhir Kapoor and actress Babita and sister of Kareena she married industrialist Sanjay Kapur.

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