Punjabi cinema has taken up the cause of freeing Punjab from the clutches of drug abuse
Ashima Sehajpal

Jonita Doda Jatt, zameen and zamindari, NRIs and their love stories combined with love for their motherland….then comes the surprise, female foeticide followed by drug abuse. Punjabi cinema has gone beyond its trademark subjects-land and love. Not that we mind watching the same old stories packaged differently and shot in different locales, but issue-based films are definitely making more sense. Even if these movies can put a full stop to the social maladies, but at least some difference can be made.

It all began five years back with Mangal Dhillon's Sarvanash. "I came across a news report that over 70 per cent of youth in Punjab is caught in the vicious circle of drugs," says Mangal. It wasn't as if he was reading about drug menace for the first time, but the statistics was an eye-opener. "If serious measures aren't taken in time, the percentage would soar further," Mangal explains. Three months later, Sarvanash, first movie on the now popular subject, drug abuse was made.

On the same subject came Babbu Mann's Hashar in 2008. The trend strengthened with Babbu Mann's next project, Ekam-Son of Soil and the very recent films, Gurdas Mann- starrer Chak Jawana, Iqbal Dhillon's Channa Sachi Muchi and Lakhwinder Wadali's Chhevan Dariya.

Mangal DhillonShifting the focus from the popular NRI theme to a social problem such as drug abuse wasn't easy for the industry that enjoys a huge NRI audience. "Especially when the struggling film industry recovered after hits like Jee Aayan Nu and Asan Nu Mann Watna Da, experimenting was a little risky," Dhillon adds.

The latest film, Chhevan Dariya, has tried to convey the message that Punjab, known for its five rivers, now has a sixth one-drugs. Says Lakhwinder Wadali, who played the main lead, "Several films have been made on the subject, but we thought the topic was relevant considering the gravity of the problem." The film was released in multiplexes and won critical acclaim as well. He feels films on such issues have greater impact than lectures and seminars. "What's important is spreading the word the right way, without affecting the seriousness of the issue," he adds.

Lakhwinder WadaliEntertainment is making space for infotainment. Iqbal Dhillon, producer of Channa Sachi Muchi, doesn't mind if people find it too serious. "I didn't want to make popcorn cinema, which is already available in abundance. One must go to the interiors of Punjab to know the real situation. More than the addict, it's their mothers, wives, sisters and daughters who suffer."

He found that problem of drug abuse is impotency and though a number of films have been made on the subject, there was room for more. Adds Iqbal, "We also need to ensure that the movies see the light of the day in multiplexes and single screen halls across the state. Also, after a few months, the movies should be premiered on TV channels to take the matter to the masses."

Sarvanash, though was a hit, was not released on big screen. Mangal tells us the reason, "The concept was new and getting someone to produce the film was not easy. And even if we found one, we couldn't have guaranteed returns." The film was shown in villages and small towns of Punjab on projectors. "We almost covered 150 schools and colleges in the state. The product was thus directly taken to the consumers.”

The release of Gurdas Maan's Chak Jawana, which partially addressed the issue, in multiplexes indicates the trend is here to stay. Says Jonita Doda, who played the female lead, "Besides being a topical subject, it's also a commercially viable option for filmmakers. But everything's fine as long as entertainment is helping out educating people." So, all reel crusaders are welcome.

Spa-cial moments
In the city to kick off a spa fest, actor Surinder Pal recollects those days of playing Dronacharya in Mahabharta
Manpriya Khurana

He debuted by playing a130-year-old. The role of the most iconic teacher Indian history has ever acknowledged. Twenty years down the line, he's a fifty-year-old actor, who's played almost every conceivable character on television; a king, a saint, a father…With actor Surendra Pal, the conversations inevitably steer towards the role Dronacharya in Mahabharata. In Chandigarh to kick off the one-month spa fest at Cleopatra, he revisits his career graph over a lavender spa.

Before we settle down to reliving the grand old Mahabharata days, here's first throwing a couple of beginners' queries…Him and Cleopatra spa fest? "We actors are leading a very stressfull life. Just like yoga is very important for mind, body and soul, spa too has its own benefits that nourish you from within. I have been associated with the for the past one year now and have been taking spas too."

Of all the television soaps Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki, Chhoti Bahu, Vishnu Puran…currently there are 12 on air, Dronacharya is what he has always been, will be. "I feel my identity is still attached to Dronacharya, I even stopped smoking and drinking because I feel my identity and how people look up to me doesn't match." He adds, "I still remember they had cast almost everyone for the role, I was still doing my graduation from Delhi when I got the offer. They wanted someone with a good voice, dominating personality and expressive eyes. I initially said no because I didn't want to play an oldie, I wanted to be a hero. But Gufi Paintal, who also played Shakuni, along with his team of nine, convinced me on the significance of character and importance of the role."

There might have been half a dozen attempts at the mythology, but none with the similar popularity. He says, "The casting of Mahabharata was one of the most powerful aspects of it. I think it's been made four times after that, but none with the same impact." Given a chance to rewind, cut and replay, it's the Arjun what he'd like to play again. "Because it's the main role and who wouldn't like to play a hero."

Even after a string of movies Jodhaa Akbar, Khuda Gawah, Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo, Jo Bole So Nihal…it's television where the free flowing veins of acting lie.

"Television has given me everything, as cinema actors you have a lot of limitations, shelf life. But on small screen I've played almost every role possible." Currently, "The title's not final yet but you'll soon see me in serial based on the movie Jab We Met, for which we shoot in Nabha and I play a sardar. It's going to go on air prime time."

The fine line
Nishant Saxena teaches one how to have the right attitude and finesse
Jasmine Singh

Nishant Saxena If 'bookish' knowledge were the ends and means, we wouldn't have the problem of unemployment. Agreed? Well, then the question is how to solve this problem. Of course by preparing the students to meet the professional requirements of the industry. Something like an engineer or an MBA equipped to crack the professional demands, create a good space and touch heights in their career.

Nishant Saxena, CEO, Elements Akademia, feels there is a gap between what the industry is looking for and what academic institutions offer. To bridge this gap Nishant comes up with his chain of finishing schools for engineers and MBA professionals. In the city as a keynote reader at 3rd Gyan Jyoti HR Summit 2010, Nishant identifies nine missing elements in a management graduate.

"After conducting a research involving 40 companies, I have come up with nine missing elements that plays a significant role in an individuals effective and successful participation at workplace," offers this entrepreneur with eight years of experience in corporate finance, planning with Procter & Gamble. He dishes out the nine elements in a chronological manner, the way they need to be taken up, one after the other. "Attitude, business ethics, grooming, communication skills, general awareness, basic managerial skills, basic sales and customer service, practical domain knowledge and work experience."

It is good if you are armed with a degree, but there are more that a management professional needs. Nishant's finishing school does just that. "In an interactive manner we share with the 'bright' students who some experience of work on how they can develop the right attitude, honesty in their character, look smart and intelligent too. This does not mean we make them look pretty, on the contrary we make them look pretty inside and outside with what we call 'the inside outside approach," he adds. A finishing school teaching a management student how to manage work! He laughs, "I understand attitude and ethics are most difficult to correct. We at the finishing school refine it and give tips which would equip the management people to perform better."

Fill up the gap

There are ample new techniques as far as the treatment of skin disorders is concerned. Says Dr Vikas Sharma, chief consultant dermatologist and dermato-laser surgeon at the National Skin Hospital, "Though the latest developments of dermal fillers are in demand, these should be used with extreme caution." He feels that people know about botulinum toxin but the awareness about dermal fillers is still lacking.

"Dermal fillers are materials that we use to replace and augment skin tissue. The majority of our skin is made up of collagen bundles and a hydrating material in-between. These create the shape and fullness that we see. But skin tissue can be lost or atrophied because of hereditary factors, sun exposure, muscle action, pressure, sleep positions, smoking, weight loss or age. As this tissue is lost and there is less natural filler underneath, the skin loses its tautness. This can leave wrinkles, folds, depressions, grooves and sagging skin. Refilling these areas restores normal contours and rejuvenates the area and the face," he says.

Several kinds of dermal fillers have been developed to replace such tissues. Different fillers suit different skin types and problems. Temporary and permanent dermal fillers have been approved for plumping up soft tissue, filling in facial wrinkles and smoothing the skin. They are made from natural substances (such as highly purified human or bovine cow - collagen) or synthetic ones such as juvéderm, restylane, perlane, artefill and radiesse. Many patients require more than one injection to achieve the desired effect, with results typically lasting only six months or so as the body gradually absorbs fillers.

Dr Sharma further highlights the adverse effects, which can occur from fillers. These include minor infections (most common at the injection site), temporary bleeding, lumps, bump and in rare cases permanent disfigurement.

Exercise caution

If you choose to have this type of cosmetic procedure, then Dr Vikas recommends extreme caution, "Get dermal filler injections only under the supervision of a licensed dermatologist or a cosmetic surgeon who is skilled in their use and trained to handle unexpected problems." He also explain the dangers of usage of dermal fillers for people who have a history of severe allergies or allergic reactions. "Those allergic to collagen, eggs or lidocaine, have a bleeding disorder or are prone to scarring or whose skin is infected or inflamed, need to be more careful." — TNS

So natural!
SD Sharma

Lalita Puri Certainly there is no age limit for making a literary creation or contribution, at least not for Lalita Puri Raj Manohar who came out with her maiden Hindi poetry book Keekar ka Paed after her retirement from government job. "In fact, I have been writing poetry since my childhood, compiling and embellishing these raw and refined collections from time to time with the expertise I gained from the experiences in life and tryst with the times," claims Lalita. "The ambience of Shivalik hills of Kasauli and Shimla where I was born and educated had left a mark on my mind. I had been attempting to translate those moments into a suitable words and hence took to writing poetry," she adds.

Lalita feels that writers are endowed with a vision and flair for expression. "My frequent visits to California exposed my mind to many more concerns ailing the society. However, besides nature, the defeat and exploitation of woman concerns me. Any situation or incident even a fallen tree on the road fires my imagination. A word of encouragement and guidance from DS Gupt helped a lot," she said.

The fact that her poems are replete with the rich content and rhythmic flow of melody came alive during live vocal rendition by noted poet Gargi, Balbir Tanha, Kamlesh Kumar and Manjeet Meera. The book was released by chief guest Naresh Kaushal, editor Dainik Tribune, at a function held under the aegis of Srijan-An Institute for Creativity at Chandigarh Press Club.

Happy feet

Valentino has launched fashionable leather shoes for men's category emphasising on the comfort and quality. The collection will enthrall you with its variety, which caters to the taste of young and old alike. The range of leather footwear strikes to have a hit in the market with its finest collection, thus keeping in mind the other effects of synthetic made shoes which cause condensation on the surroundings of the foot giving you the feeling of wet feet. Valentino shoes are made from processed leather, which prevents the foot from sweating.

According to Chandra Daultani, director, "Valentino business shoes are creating its own corporate line to keep up the curve. We always see scope in our creativity and with the help of this gradually we are removing the remedies and constantly improving upon our footwear and become perfect at some extent in every step of improving. The Designers at Valentino have combined latest styles and premium materials to create this exclusive collection. Our exquisite range of footwear made with the state of art technology combined with our dedicated work force leave and indelible mark on the customers around the country." — TNS

Ultimate fun

It was a treat for Ben 10 lovers Cartoon Network hosted a party at McDonald's in Mani Majra to celebrate the launch of BEN 10: Ultimate Alien Series. Ben 10 gave Chandigarh kids an unforgettable experience as he performed to the theme song and played fun games with them.

Ben 10 fans jumped to the challenges of styling their hair just like their cool hero, identifying the Ultimate Aliens from shadow sketches and solving the McDonald's Happy Meal Ben 10 puzzle in record time. The enthusiasm was taken a notch higher as all the kids posed for a memorable picture with Ben 10 and his new Ultimatrix.

Powering up kids to go Ultimate, Cartoon Network is celebrating the launch of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien series with an action packed campaign that encompasses online, on-air and on-ground ultimate initiatives including 101010 Toon Football, ultimate party kits and show marathons.

Joining Ben in his adventures are his partners, Gwen and Kevin. Ben and Gwen are 16 years old so Ben can drive the Ben mobile (the new muscle car from the live action movie, Ben 10: Alien Swarm). For Ben 10, it is not easy being the world's only famous superhero, but the perks are awesome! — TNS

Art & craft
SD Sharma

Courtesy and the concerted efforts of Theatre for Theatre group and Oscar Institute of Performing Arts, the Panchkula theatre buffs will be treated to a grandiose entertainment in the First four day TFT-Oscar theatre fest-2010 commencing today at the Indradhanush auditorium. The organiser VK Sood and director Sudesh Sharma maintained that a good theatre should not only provide engrossing entertainment but it should have a meaning for the life and for the society we live in. All the four plays to be staged in the fest had been chosen meticulously to bring forth evils ailing our society with suggestive measures," adds VK Sood. Here is the brief of presentations.

October 25: Shree Krishna Leela

Directed by versatile actor Mukesh Sharma, founder director of Samvaad, Shree Krishna Leela is a mythological epic in the shape of 'Light, Sound & Sight Show'. The show Krishna starts from Devki Vivah and culiminates at Kansa Vadh. This show is replete with Bhajans, melodious songs and hymns, depicting the various colourful aspects of Lord Krishna

October 26: Loha Kut

Directed by acclaimed thespian Sudesh Sharma the play is written by legendary Balwant Gargi, written in the pre-partition days holds relevance even today. In this male dominated society woman has always been subjugated and given a secondary status despite their commendable contribution in all spheres of life.

However the women revolts against these age old traditions and bindings in the play structured in the rural background of Punjab.

October 27: Qatra Qatra Zindagi

Written and Directed by Davinder Daman the play is an absorbing And continuing lively interaction between a husband and wife which evolves many explosive truths about life, its elemental experiments, joys and sorrows. Life is process of constant move and change; nothing is ever static. What ever becomes obsolete has to give way to the new and the appropriate. It will be indeed a memorable experience to watch the husband wife duo, best-known theatre couple of the region.

October 28: Station

Writen by Hari Mohan Jha and directed by NSD alumnus Vandana Vashisht the play is a collection of four interwoven stories, Shashtrath, Chikitsa, Chanchala ki kartoot and Saraswati ki Parajay.

Station is a comic story full of Maithili proverbs and idioms

On at Indradhanush Auditorium, Sector 5 Panchkula from 7 pm.

Spice up
Get the GLOW
Shahnaz Husain

Shahnaz Husain The festive season is here. It is time to get a low down on some make-up and grooming tips. Festivals mean bright lights, so for night make-up, go for brighter colours and extra touches. Cleanse the skin first. Apply moisturiser for dry skin and astringent if the skin is oily.

Then, apply foundation on the entire face. Don't forget the neck. Using a moist sponge spread it evenly and blend well. Gold tinted foundation can be used for special occasions, to add a golden glow to the skin. Then apply loose powder and using cotton wool dust off the excess. A golden tinted face powder would be good for the evening. Or, you can apply compact powder. It helps the make-up last longer and reduces oiliness.

Then apply blusher on cheeks, going slightly upwards and outwards. Apply highlighter on the cheekbones. Highlighters should not be white. Choose from ivory, light beige or pale pink. Blend well, so that there are no lines or demarcation.

Night time make-up for the eyes can also do with some shine or gloss. Deepen the shadowing in the crease of the eyelid. This adds more depth to the eyes. Use browns, bronze and gold. Apply the lighter brown on the upper eyelid and dark brown eye shadow can be applied in the crease. Highlight under the brows with gold or ivory. Gold eye shadow can also be applied to shape the eyes and along the bone line too. Outline the eyes with dark eye pencil or eyeliner. Apply eyeliner on the upper lid, close to the lashes and smooth out with cotton bud. Gently blend a line of kajal or eye pencil on the lower lid. If you want a lighter look, just apply some eye shadow below the lashes on the lower lid. Apply mascara in two or three coats, but remember to brush the lashes after each coat dries.

A glossy look on the lips is very much in. So are red and shades of red. Try cherry, rose, plum or red itself. Or try coral, burgundy (dark wine), dark mauve, bronze, along with shimmer. Avoid very dark colours, like dark brown or dark maroon. They have an ageing effect on the face.

Wear a decorative bindi, studded with small sparkling stones and combined with gold, silver, or colour to match your clothes.

During festivals, traditional Indian attire seems just right. You can wear saris, with rich borders. Or, try a plain crepe or chiffon sari with a brocade blouse. Or wear blouses adorned with mirror work, sequins, or crystals. A churidar-kurta ensemble with a heavy sequined "dupatta" may look glamorous. One-colour outfits allow you to experiment with accessories. The same outfit looks different with different accessories. For the night, wear warm and richer colours, like shades of red, magenta, orange, maroon, or dark pink. Purple can look really rich. During the day, you can go for lighter colours like yellow, light pink, lime green, pista green, mauve, light blue and so on.

I feel traditional jewelry, especially in India, will never die out. Festivals are a good time to wear our traditional jewelry, like "jhumkas." When you go shopping, keep a lookout for unusual pieces of jewelry and relate them to the outfits you possess. Good accessorising does not always need a big bank balance. Costume jewellery can be safely worn, without detracting from style, provided you can select good pieces. You can choose jewellery made from metals like copper or bronze. You can get traditional or antique looking pieces. An old earring for instance, can be made into a brooch, pendant, or attached to a hair clip. It can even be pinned on to an evening purse. There are no limits when you use your imagination and creative ideas.

For formal night wear, set off your outfit with one piece of heavy jewelry, like long earrings or an exotic choker. In fact, it is the accessories, which add more meaning and style to your entire look. A single, dramatic piece of jewelry should be worn by itself. Heavy long earrings may just need a bracelet or bangles.

Jewellery is one of the most important accessories and goes a long way in enhancing beauty and also sets off our outfits. Jewelry can make even a plain outfit look dramatic.

Wo(e)man ZONE
Sachin Kalra

Sachin Kalra What were earlier considered the ‘middle years’ are now rapidly becoming the best years of a woman's life, as she settles into her career and life. However, health care in most cases takes a back seat because of the multiple tasks she has to undertake. Health care for women means extra nutrition and care, especially when they cross the age of 35. Let us take a look at the health disorders being reported among women.

Heart diseases: Although many people think of heart diseases as a man's problem, women can suffer from them too. In fact, heart disease is the number one cause of disability among women these days. Older a woman gets, the more likely she is to get a heart disease. If a women really want to keep cardiac diseases at bay, it is critical to understand hereditary as well as lifestyle factors in detail. Having a good control over blood pressure and cholesterol, avoiding or limiting alcoholic beverages can be helpful. Basically, all women can reduce their risk of heart disease by modifying lifestyle to include a well-balanced diet and exercise. To be on the safer side have regular medical checkups and look for signs that could be problems - like shortness of breath, fatigue and dizziness, sweating and nausea.

Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis is a condition characterised by decrease in the density of bone that reduces its strength, resulting in fragile bones. It occurs both in men and women but is more of a major health concern for women. Estrogen, a hormone in women is important in maintaining bone density. When estrogen levels drop after menopause, loss of bone density accelerates. The major cause of osteoporosis constitute early menopause, lack of exercise, improper dietary plans, smoking, irregular menstruation and weight gain. Intake of prescribed dietary supplements and consumption of calcium rich food can really help you in keeping this disease at bay.

Depression: Statistics testify that women experience depression twice as often as men. Over the course of a lifetime, depression occurs in approximately 20 per cent of women as compared to10 per cent of men. Although the exact reason for this difference is not known, biological, life cycle, hormonal and psychosocial factors unique to women may be linked to women's higher depression rate. Depression is a serious condition that can impact every area of your life. It can affect social life, family relationships, career and sense of self-worth and purpose. Symptoms of depression include depressed mood, feelings of guilt, hopelessness, sleep disturbance, suicidal thoughts or recurrent thoughts of death, difficulty in concentrating and lack of energy and fatigue. Psychotherapy combined with proper medications can aid you in getting your depression treated quickly.

Weight gain: Weight gain is one of the major challenges faced by women. While there are numerous root causes for this health problem, the major reason continues to be hormonal imbalance. Also, poor dietary habits and decreased levels of physical activity cause this problem. Genetics can also be a factor in weight gain. Plus body's metabolism slows down as one gets older and the body just doesn't need as many calories to function as it did before. The strategies for preventing weight gain are essentially the same for all age groups. To prevent weight gain, one must get plenty of physical exercise and eat a healthy diet.

Stroke: A stroke is an interruption of the blood supply to any part of the brain. The rising number of reported cases of strokes has made it one of the primary health problems in women today. Diabetes, hypertension and obesity are the most common causes of stroke. In women, birth control pills can increase the chances, especially if they smoke and are older than 35. The main symptoms of stroke are: sudden difficulty speaking, understanding speech, or confusion, sudden numbness or weakness in the limbs and face, particularly on one side; balance problems, dizziness or trouble walking and difficulty seeing with one or both eyes.

Breast cancer: Breast cancer is definitely one of the most common problems with women today. The main reason is the marked shift in lifestyle. Things like early onset of menstruation, late marriage, delay in having the first child, less breast feeding, drinking alcohol, problems of over-weight and genetic factors, all make for a variety of reasons that heighten the risk of breast cancer in women. But there are some breast cancer prevention steps you can always take on your own. Among the easiest things to control are what you eat and drink and how active you are. Having regular medical check-ups is a must. It can help detect the cancer early and timely treatment can be taken.

How to prevent

  • Eat the right kinds of foods. Limit intake of foods laden with saturated and trans fats. Instead, feed on fresh and organic fruits and vegetables.
  • Quit smoking. Cigarette smoking has been shown as one of the common causes of major health problems in women.
  • Minimize intake of alcoholic beverages. Heart and respiratory problems trigger because of drinking too much.
  • Stay fit. Exercise regularly to keep your body fit and stay healthy at all times.

Natural progression

She made heads turn with her chirpy girl-next door image in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and later set the screen on fire with her glam avatar in Badmaash Company but Anushka Sharma is totally unperturbed by her transformation from a demure to oomph image.

"I do a film when I like a character or a script. As an actor I would not confine myself to limited roles and become a monopolist. I am not trying to sell any image," Anushka said.

"I want to do roles which I and other girls can relate to," said Anuoshka, who was in Delhi with her co-star Ranveer and film director Maneesh Sharma to promote the upcoming Yash Raj film Band Baaja Baarat. The model-turned actor came Bollywood through Yash Raj films and since then destiny has been favouring her.

With all her three films being produced and directed under the banner, ask the pretty damsel where she stands minus Yash Raj and she quips in, "Well I am a very honest actor. I do roles because they excite me. I don't make a biased judgement based on a banner. Before signing Baand Baaja Baarat, I ventured to act in the film Patiala House outside Yash Raj banner." From sharing screen space with Bollywood king Shah Rukh Khan in her very first debut to romancing chocolate boy Shahid Kapoor, Anushka will be seen opposite newcomer Ranveer in her upcoming romantic comedy slated for a December 10 release.

However, the 22-year-old actor says she is in no hurry to rate herself.

"I am not a brand that I should rate myself. In fact I hate to rate myself even if I have done quite a number of films. I am an actor and I want to do good work," said Anuoshka. From spending eight years on the ramp to foraying into Bollywood, Anushka said she was never sold on glamour stories. "From walking the ramp to acting in films life has been a roller coaster ride but honestly speaking frills of glamour industry do not excite me at all," said the actor. — PTI

Lips 'locked'

Hollywood actor Emma Watson felt uncomfortable while filming romantic scenes with her co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint in the new Harry Potter film. Watson who rose to prominence playing wizard kid Hermione Granger, is currently filming the next installment of the wizard franchise Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

The star says she gritted her teeth when she was called on to kiss her co-stars. The film is set to hit cinemas next month and features romantic scenes between Watson and both her co-stars.

"Getting into character to kiss Dan and Rupert was tough. Forgetting all of our history, and our relationship. Putting all that aside and being in character was pretty hard, it really was. That required a huge amount of professionalism. "I really had to grit my teeth and be like, 'I am Hermione, this is Harry - stop thinking that it's Emma kissing Dan. It's not. It's all good," said the 20-year-old actor who struggled to separate Grint and Radcliffe from their onscreen roles. — PTI

Standing up for Paa

Bollywood mega star Amitabh Bachchan says his eyes were moist as the audience stood up to give him a standing ovation when he received the best actor award at the national awards. The actor was honoured for his performance in Paa, where he played a 13-year-old child suffering from progeria.

"A sense of great pride. The President of India presenting award for Best Actor for Paa. Eyes moist as the audience gives a standing ovation. Which in formal functions is an abnormality. The president whispers to me, "I have seen your film and loved it". I give an embarrassed laugh," the 68-year-old star wrote on his blog.

But the most proud moment for Bachchan came when his son Abhishek went to recieve the award for Paa as the producer. "Felt a sense of pride and happiness to see Abhishek walk up to the President for his award as producer for Paa. But really... a wonderful moment for the family — Jaya, Aishwarya, Niky and Shweta all in the audience, cheering and applauding and feeling pride and passion for the moment," the actor added. — PTI

Dance? No Problem!

Kangana Ranaut International celebrities make way. Director Anees Bazmi says he's more than happy to have Bollywood's own sizzling stars, Sushmita Sen and Kangana Ranaut, to scorch the dance floor for a song in his forthcoming film No Problem.

"There was no time to get any international celebrity. Our film is complete. Our first trailer was out with Anjaana Anjaani. We just decided to add an extra title song. And we felt we don't really need outside contributions. Sushmita and Kangna are fabulous dancers," Bazmi said.

There were reports earlier that No Problem might see Waka Waka girl Shakira shake a leg. The number featuring Sushmita, the former Miss Universe, and Kangana, who isn't seen in many dance numbers, will be choreographed by Ahmed Khan. And the buzz is that the two divas will pull out all stops in front of the camera to outdo each other.

Apparently the role models given to Ahmed Khan go back to Vyjanthimala and Helen in the sizzling dance combat in the 1960s Prince and Hema Malini and Parveen Babi in the 1970s' The Burning Train.

Both Sushmita and Kanagana enjoy dancing and the idea would be to make their moves as casual and cool as possible. The actors in the film- Sanjay Dutt, Anil Kapoor and Sunil Shetty - are also expected to join the two ladies on the dance floor in No Problem, which is set to release in December. — IANS

Happiness for Kristin

Sex And The City star Kristin Davis is planning to make a return to the small screen with TV drama Happiness Project. The actress, best known for her role of Charlotte York in SATC, will play a women in quest of true happiness on the NBC show.

The drama is based on the best-selling memoir by Gretchen Rubin. The single-camera, half-hour project will be produced by Universal Media Studios and Mosaic, the Hollywood Reporter said.

Kristin Newman of How Met Your Mother is in negotiations to write the pilot and executive produce. Jimmy Miller and Dave Fleming will also executive produce. — PTI

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