Salman sizzles
Salman Khan…the word gets the crowd going. Sometimes, the going gets tough as happened at the Elante Mall in Chandigarh…
Jasmine Singh

Being inhuman… this is how the story of the man starts. People in hordes, bouncers only a handful, policeman pretty much countable, unlimited guests and enthusiasm touching the sky. This is how Bollywood 'dare-to-take-panga-with' actor Salman Khan launched his flagship store 'Being Human' at the Elante Mall in Chandigarh on Thursday.
Salman Khan fans click pictures in Chandigarh
Salman Khan fans click pictures in Chandigarh 

If you were the 'standing since early afternoon all dolled holding your smartphones and i-phones' types, you can well relate to the word frenzy! Okay, neither we nor Dabangg Khan fans mind standing on one leg for hours! Many of them actually braved a stampede with their acrobats! Amid all the chaos and glittering shine of the diamonds and gold that the special guests wore to meet their favourite Sallu Bhai, the man walked in a blue tee with a dead-pan expression. Unbeatable deafening applause, hooting; the fans could not hold on to their enthusiasm.

Nothing seemed to affect the doe-eyed actor who is making waves at the box-office. He walked in with his real-life bodyguard Shera in tow. No smiles, no pleasantries exchanged, the actor got down to business. You can't blame him for the super crazy fans that he has managed to create through his successful films. "I like being in Chandigarh, it is a good city. I hope you all like the Being Human clothes that we have got for you," he said in a very Sallu style — no smiles, no frills. This was the first and the last that we saw of Salman Khan at the event.

Cordoned from the crazy crowd, the actor was ushered in the store and in the same manner whisked away. Cameras clicked, everywhere, fans yelled, those who could hold fort managed to get a peek-a-boo of the actor; those who couldn't cursed everything and everyone that came along their way, especially the bouncers. Do we blame them for doing their job by manhandling people? Or do we blame people for not Being Human!

Knowing Salman Khan's temperament no one dared to get 'pushy', you never know when the volcano bursts. Thankfully, it didn't; he didn't react to the madness, to the craze, to the mayhem. !!

Launch pad
After the successful launch of the flagship 'Being Human' store in Mumbai this year, Salman Khan and Manish Mandhana, managing director, Mandhana Industries Limited, announced the launch of two 'Being Human' stores. The stores are located at Silver Arc Mall, Ludhiana and Elante Mall, Chandigarh. Talking on the launch in Ludhiana, Salman Khan, said, "From a t-shirt, Being Human has now grown into a full clothing line with its own stores. I'm touched by the love people have shown for this brand and I invite them to buy original Being Human clothing from our stores or from select Shoppers Stop, Lifestyle, Splash and Jade Blue outlets."

Dance, by chance!
Terence Lewis always wanted to be a doctor, but destiny had other plans. Today, he is a well-known Bollywood choreographer 

Gagan K. Teja

Renowned Bollywood choreographer Terence Lewis would have been sitting in an air-conditioned room, donning a lab coat, and attending patients had his father been able to pay the donation money for admission to a doctorate course long time back. Destiny indeed had separate plans for him — he was meant to dance his. way through life!
Terence Lewis
STEP UP: Terence Lewis

Born in Mumbai in 1975 in a Catholic family, Lewis is the youngest of eight siblings. Like lakhs of people in the country, he has gone through the worst of days when he could not buy what he wanted and had to mostly compromise in various situations. So much so that he could not even fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor due to shortage of funds. What he did not know or probably could never have dreamt of is that it would become a blessing in disguise for him.

In Patiala to judge the finale of Dancing Star-Season 2, which has been directed by the local dancing diva Isha Dang, Terence says despite his deep interest in studies, his father Xavier Lewis could not afford it. "He always wanted his kids to receive good education. Watching my interest in studies, he always motivated me. I scored 88 per cent marks in the science stream, but the cut off for admission was 90 per cent. So, I was asked to arrange the donation money, but since my father could not make the necessary arrangements, my dream had an abrupt end. But like everyone says, whatever happens, happens for good and here I am standing in front of you," he shares.

Terence never thought of a career in dance, but he was always very passionate about this particular form of art. So, when he actually chose it as his career, he injected all the passion he had into the field of choreography. Terence, who shot to fame with dance reality show Dance India Dance, has choreographed many Bollywood movies, including Lagaan and Naach, and is currently keeping busy with various other projects. His dance institute — Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company — also keeps him occupied. As for his future plans, Terence has a lot of stage performances lined up both in India as well as abroad. "I wish to work in Hollywood and talks are on, but it might take some more time," he adds. 

On the trail of peri peri
Afro-Portuguese food outlet Nando’s has a new address in Chandigarh 

World over, Nando's restaurants are known as Casa's. Casa means home in Portuguese. And after a sumptuous existence at Sector 35, Nando's now has a new home, city's new hotspot—Elante mall.

The new Nando's restaurant comes with its unique characteristics and design-the handmade paintings and tales about peri peri chicken from across the world bring a relaxed, home-like feel to your dining out. And yes, it does bring you the world famous Afro-Portuguese style peri peri chicken.

"The international peri peri trail has made Nando's chicken the first and the only South African restaurant brand to go international and capture the high streets from London in Europe to Kuala Lumpur in Asia from Dubai in Middle East to Cape Town in Africa to mention a few! Nando's has been highlighted as one of the top five most exciting food concepts in London and been awarded restaurant of the year in the UK," said Brad Byrne, learning & development manager of Nando's Worldwide, who was in Chandigarh for the launch of new restaurant. Peri-peri sauces lie at the heart of Nando's and the secret ingredient behind Nando's restaurants worldwide. They combine flavour with varying degrees of heat that will satisfy the flavour profile of both a first timer at Nando's and a fiery heat seeker. —TNS

Raj Laxmi riding high

Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki and Phir Subah Hogi fame television actress Raj Laxmi is riding high these days. Reason: it was none other than production house Rajshri that chose her for the role of Bandini, an important character in Sooraj Barjatya's family show Jhilmil Sitaaron Ka Aangan Hoga. Raj Laxmi is playing lead protagonist Angana's aunt. She is excited about her role and has a lot to share.

How did the show happen?

Sooraj Barjatya and Kavita Karjatya were in search of an important character and wanted me to play Bandini. I heard the fresh storyline and immediately signed this show.

What is Jhilmil Sitaaron Ka Aangan Hoga all about?

Jhilmil Sitaaron … has totally fresh storyline. Aamir Ali and Aleeza Khan have recently entered this show. One thing I can tell you is that this show highlights family values.

Do you think viewers will accept you as Bandini?

This is a positive character. I am playing a teacher. My character will bring a positive turning point in the lead protagonist Angana's life. It is very strong, encouraging and interesting character to play.

The buzz is that it is a homecoming for you?

Yes. It is a homecoming for me because I have earlier done Rajshri's famous show Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki. It is great to back under the Rajshri banner.

Are you feeling any pressure working in this family show?

No. I am not feeling any pressure. Working in this show with renowned TV stars is a nice experience for me. I am working with the top production house. Jhilmil … is a show that I was eagerly waiting to do. The show has a good TRP.

How would you describe yourself as an actor?

I like it when the viewers see me on television and call me for my performance. Acting should not be visible; it should be like special effect.

What are your expectations from this show?

I hope my hardwork pays off and entertains the viewers.

New releases

Shootout At Wadala
Producer: Sanjay Gupta, Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor
Director: Sanjay Gupta

Shootout At Wadala is prequel to 2007 film Shootout At Lokhandwala and is based on the book Dongri to Dubai written by Hussain Zaidi, which revolves around the Mumbai mafia world during the 1980's. However, both the stories are completely different. Shootout At Lokhandwala chronicles an event that took placed in 1992 while Shootout At Wadala goes back to the period between 1978 to 1982, and is based on another gritty criminal encounter.

The film features John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Kangna Ranaut, Tusshar Kapoor, Sonu Sood and Manoj Bajpai. John Abraham plays slain Gangster Manya Surve, around whom the story revolves. Anil Kapoor's character in the film is based on the life of sub-inspector Ishaq Bagwan, who shot gangster Manya Surve. The film, which shows the nexus between the Mumbai underworld and cops, has been shot at authentic locations like Mumbai's Dongri, Versova, Madh Island and Madh Creek, which have retained the old-world look.

Chhota Bheem And The Throne Of Bali
Producer: Green Gold Pictures
Director: Rajiv Chilaka

Experience the never-told-before story with lots of fun gags, amazing visuals and soothing music. This animated flick will have Chhota Bheem coming to the rescue of the King of Bali and the crown prince. The film has been directed by Rajiv Chilaka. This one is the second theatrical release of Choota Bheem.

Bombay Talkies
Producer: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Ashi Dua
Director: Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar

Bombay Talkies is a compilation of short stories by filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar. The buzz is that it is an endeavour to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema. It is set to have a gala opening at the 66th Cannes Film Festival. Dibakar Banerjee has attempted to mix Rabindra Sangeet with Chopin's classic compositions, in his short story film, Star in Bombay Talkies.

The movie stars Rani Mukherjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Randeep Hooda, Saqib Salim, Naman Jain.

— Dharam Pal

All things beautiful
Actress and model Reeth Mazumder believes in keeping make-up to a bare minimum and the skin hydrated 

Actress and model Reeth Mazumder prefers keeping makeup to a minimum. She admits that it was during her modelling days when she started using makeup. Here, Reeth reveals her beauty secrets, makeup shortcuts and more.

How do you keep your skin glowing?

I drink a lot of water, at least 4 lt a day. I also have lemon water to purify my blood. Apart from that, I cleanse my skin and tone it. It's important for the skin to be hydrated during the summer. The water in your body dries up faster.

What are your top three can't-live-without beauty products?

I can't live without my Mac box, skin cleanser, sunscreen, kohl and a light-shade lipstick.

What's the biggest make-up mistake that women usually make?

I think they use dark shades a lot. Avoid dark makeup during the summer. I think it looks bad. Maybe for an evening function, you can use a few dark shades. But overall, I think one should use the bright more.

Who would you like to go out on a date with and why?

In Bollywood, it will be Aamir Khan because I've grown up watching his film. It will be mind-boggling to go on a date with him. In Hollywood, it will be Hugh Jackman because I think he is extremely hot.

What's your favourite make-up style?

I like to put little bit of eye-makeup which gives a definite shape to the eye. I love to put kohl and a nude-shade lipstick for my lips.

What's the last beauty item you bought?

There is this one small make-up kit by Yves Saint Laurent that I bought in Germany.

What's on your bedside table?

A night cream, vitamin E face mist and a body lotion.

Who's your beauty icon and why?

Kajol because I consider eyes as an important feature of the face and I like her eyes. They are well defined.

One beauty tip that you would like to give?

Avoid makeup as much as you can. Drink enough water. Have fresh juices during the summer because they give you nutrition as well as keep your body hydrated. Watermelons are really good during the summer. Use vitamin E face mist, it's good.

Romance it is!
Actor Aditya Roy Kapur would like to be part of another romantic film and he is happy with the success of Aashiqui 2 

Bollywood actor Aditya Roy Kapur, whose film Aashiqui 2, has done well at the box office, says that he would like to be a part of another romantic film, but nothing has been finalised at the moment. "Nothing has been planned as of now. But I would love to do another romantic film," Kapur said.

On how he has been feeling since the release of the film, the actor said that initially he was tense but then relaxed as the film did well.

"It all started on Friday with tension and anxiety and wondering how it will turn out. From then, it went to being more relaxed on Saturday and euphoric on Sunday. It's been quite a journey, but a good one," he said.

The actor is the youngest in his family with producer Siddharth Roy Kapur and actor-director Kunaal Roy Kapur being his older brothers. He is still treated as the baby of the family.

"My family is reacting very well. They all really liked the film. They were all feeling very happy. They find it funny that I am part of such a successful film...I am still the kid in the house, so it is a special feeling," he said.

Kapur is convinced that the film's success will mark a change in his career.

"Once you do a film and it does well, people's perception of you changes. I am sure it would change a lot for me in my career," said the actor who has been a part of films like London Dreams and Guzaarish.

He said that he has been celebrating his success since the release of the film.

"I have celebrated these past few nights. I guess I will continue to do so today as well," he said.

Apart from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Kapur doesn't have anything else on his plate as of now and is waiting for the right script.

"I am waiting for filmmakers to come up with some interesting scripts," he said.

Directed by Mohit Suri, Aashiqui 2 starred Kapur and Sharaddha Kapoor.


Dibakar all for anthologies

Director Dibakar Banerjee wonders why a lot of filmmakers aren't attempting anthologies like Bombay Talkies. He feels that the concept is beneficial for filmmakers as well as for audiences. In 2006, Ram Gopal Varma's Darna Zaroori Hai featured six stories by six different directors—JD Chakravarthy, Manish Gupta, Prawal Raman, Sajid Khan, Jijy Philip and Vivek Shah. In 2007, Dus Kahaniyaan was a similar sort of project.

Now comes Bombay Talkies, an amalgamation of four short films by Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap and Banerjee. It releases on Friday. "I am very surprised that more ventures like this didn't happen... I am feeling very lucky to be a part of the four (in Bombay Talkies)," said the National Award-winning director at the special screening of the film.

"It could have been any director from Hindi cinema. First of all, I am feeling very privileged and excited. It will only happen once in 100 years," he added. Banerjee said it is a huge benefit for him as he will get the audiences of the other three directors as well. "For the audiences, it's a great benefit as when they will come to see my film, they will see a Karan Johar film, an Anurag Kashyap and a Zoya Akhtar film. I feel greatly supported as every time I will get my audience to see the film, I will also get the audience of other three directors."

"That's a huge benefit and I have never got such a big audience for my film ever before," said the director. — IANS

the ‘in’ side
A greener option

Home-made cleaners work as well as the chemical ones available in the market and what’s more, these are cheaper too...

Thinking of cleaning up your house? Ditch the chemical cleaners this year and make some equally effective homemade cleaners. Studies show that the chemicals in the conventional cleaning supplies are bad for your health, your children's health as well as the planet's health. Homemade cleaners work just as well and are a cheaper option too. This is the first step you can take in your homes to going green. Use homemade cleaners for a cleaner indoor air quality and a healthier you.

A few things you need to make homemade cleansers - table salt, white vinegar, baking soda, fresh lemons, organic essential oils like eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender etc.

Windows/Glass: Mix 3 tbl spoons of vinegar in 2 cups of water and watch the glass sparkle. If you don't like the smell of vinegar, then use fresh lemon juice, baking soda or club soda instead.

All-purpose disinfectant: Mix 2 cups water, a few drops of natural soap and 15 drops each of tea tree and lavender organic essential oil. You can spray this on all kinds of home surfaces.

Air freshener: Baking soda or vinegar with lemon juice in small dishes absorbs odors around the house. Having houseplants helps reduce odors as well. Place bowls of fragrant dried herbs and flowers in room or simmer cinnamon or essential oils on small burners around the house.

Mold: Mold in bathroom tile grouts is a common problem and can be a health concern. Mix one part hydrogen peroxide (3 per cent) with two parts water in a spray bottle and spray on areas with mold. Wait at least one hour before rinsing. Once a week, spray your walls with a mixture of two cups of water and three drops of pure organic tea tree essential oil.

Marks on walls: Spots on walls and pencil/crayon marks can be removed by applying baking soda on a wet sponge. Rub gently and then wipe or rinse.

Mothballs: Replace using mothballs with dried neem leaves, dried lemon peels, cedar chips or cedar oil in an absorbent cloth.

Rust: Sprinkle a little salt on the rust, squeeze a lime over the salt until it is well soaked. Leave the mixture on for 2 - 3 hours. Use leftover rind to scrub residue.

Toilets: Drizzle your toilet bowl with vinegar, lemon juice, or spray on some all-purpose disinfectant. Sprinkle with baking soda. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Scrub with a toilet brush. This mix will also clean sinks perfectly.

Drain cleaner: Pour ½ cup baking soda down the drain, followed by ½ cup vinegar. Let it stand for a few minutes, and then flush the pipes with 
hot water.

(Sukhmani is a Chandigarh-based

interior and landscape designer)

Master Chef
Amazing maize
manju dewan

The golden colour and its crunchiness make maize a versatile ingredient for any dish. Our own 'roti' with makki ka atta is a dish relished by all North Indians and has become a delicacy for special occasions too. This innovative dish with maize flour is a sure winner. 


1 cup makki ka atta

1½ cup boiling water

¼ tsp soda bi carb

2 tsp oil

Salt to taste

Black pepper powder to taste

1 cheese cube (grated)

For topping

2 tbsp olive oil

3 tomatoes (chopped)

2 onions (chopped)

1 tbsp ginger garlic paste

½ tsp black pepper powder

½ tsp oregano

½ tbsp basil

Polenta concia


* Mix boiled water, salt, black pepper powder, oil and soda bi-carb.

* Mix makki ka atta with little water and mix it in the boiling water. Cook it until it starts to thicken.

* For the tomato topping, heat oil in a pan and sauté onions and tomato for 2-3 minutes. Then add remaining ingredients and cook for 3-4 minutes.

* Pour makki mixture in a greased baking dish.

* Pour the tomato mixture over it. Spread the grated cheese over it and bake in a preheated oven for ½ hour.

(Dewan is a Ludhiana-based culinary chef)

—As told to Poonam Bindra

Icy cold

Factual entertainment network, Discovery Channel will soon launch Frozen Planet, a series that will take viewers through the Earth's Polar Regions.

The show is a co-production between Discovery and UK pubcaster The BBC. The series will air every Monday at 8 pm from May 6. Narrated by naturalist Sir David Attenborough and featuring wildlife cinematography, the show has taken new technology to the most extreme and remote parts of the planet, capturing imagery above and below the ice.

chatter box
Pet fetish

The makers of TV shows have found a brand new way to spice things up by getting the pets onboard to add that extra element, which boosts up the storyline. Here's a list of some popular pets on television.

Sanaya IraniChhanchhan: Sanaya Irani plays the role of a dog trainer in Chhanchhan that is telecast on Sony and this is perhaps the first time that this profession has been depicted on TV. She even celebrated her dog, Puchpuch's, birthday, during the show. Also, her other pets Dhyanchand, Anarkali and Jahapana also add a certain amount of cuteness to the storyline of this show as they initiate Manav and her in a romantic liaison.
loving act: Sanaya Irani

Disha Vakhani
Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah: Sheru of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah infuses much laughter and comedy in the show. Over time, he has become as important as any other cast member of the show and the makers are also writing special tracks for him.

Important role: Disha Vakhani

A still from Saath Nibhana SaathiyaSaath Nibhana Saathiya: While all the characters of the show are always up to something, Champ is indeed very cute. Also, his presence spiced up the show as he warned Rashi and saved baby Meera from the prevailing danger.

Raising alarm: A still from Saath Nibhana Saathiya

A still from Anamika

Anamika: It would not be wrong to say that Chiku is the super dog with detective skills in the show as he senses the witch, Anamika and has been prominently featured in the show at times more than the humans.

Sense & sensibility: A still from Anamika

A still from Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata HaiYeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai: Naksh wanted a pet dog though his family had issues with it, they got him a gold fish which died recently. Yet, the entry of Goldy for few episodes sure was a good change from the usual fare.


Unusual affair: A still from Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai

astro turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: The card The Devil suggests that your relationship will be shaken. Stay positive and focused. Finance for the purchase or home renovation is likely to be approved. 

Tarot message: Don't forsake a new learning opportunity because of pride.

Lucky colour: Turquoise.

Magic number: 56

TAURUS: Follow a good routine of exercise and diet to make sure you're keeping up to the mark. Focus on the little thing, which you have been postponing for a while now. 

Tarot message: Plan your life to avoid delays.

Lucky colour: Peach.

Magic number: 27

GEMINI: This is the perfect time to indulge in physical labour. However, do not try to overdo things. Be wary of your financial situation. 

Tarot message: Ignore the minor difficulties at work in order to succeed.

Lucky colour: Rainbow-pastles.

Magic number: 30

CANCER: Flattery, charm and a willingness to be bold will bring success. An evening event will test your nerves. New people are moving into your sphere of relationships.

Tarot message: Your determination to succeed will pay dividends.

Lucky colour: Saffron.

Magic number: 50

LEO: Single? You are about to meet that someone special. Don't leave your dreams behind. This is a great day for socialising. Be at your best behaviour and you will be drawing much attention.

Tarot message: You must learn to accept responsibility.

Lucky colour: Silver.

Magic number: 44

VIRGO: The card Ten of Pentacles promises self-confidence, so trust your instincts today. Opportunities to socialise will put many choices in your path. You have the capability to cope with every situation. 

Tarot message: Move on and stay happy.

Lucky colour: Green.

Magic number: 35

LIBRA: Be on the lookout for more opportunities. An intimate connection with that special someone is worth pursuing no matter how difficult it is. New people will be rather exciting.

Tarot message: Use your instinct to get into the top circle of power.

Lucky colour: Deep-red.

Magic number: 46

SCORPIO: A restless and irritable atmosphere will pervade in the morning. Avoid getting sidetracked. Follow through all the unfinished projects and enjoy the creative energy that is enhanced.

Tarot message: Don't be dismissive of advice from youngsters.

Lucky colour: Pink.

Magic number: 25

SAGITTARIUS: Stick to your work and avoid new territory because this is not a good day for making decisions. An imminent journey will put you in an emotional turmoil.

Tarot message: Stay positive to achieve the best results.

Lucky colour: Yellow.

Magic number: 39

CAPRICORN: An enthusiastic mood is encouraged by your card "The World". Your loved ones will not be as enthusiastic about your busy plans. Try to get your work in order. 

Tarot message: Do not transact in uncertain matters.

Lucky colour: Sky-blue.

Magic number: 48

AQUARIUS: Thoroughness will be the key to your success. Students will be preparing for an exam. Try to avoid getting caught up in conversations that divert you from your course.

Tarot message: Balance in all aspects is recommended.

Lucky colour: Green.

Magic number: 63

PISCES: Conflict between your private and professional life will test your abilities. Strong views on politics or the environment will compel you to speak at a public forum.

Tarot message: Emphasise on your spiritual needs.

Lucky color: Grey.

Magic number: 28

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