No woman, no party
Jasmine Singh

The man at the door assesses you from head to toe. After he is through with the scanning, he looks to your left and right. Then comes the question that can nip your excitement in the bud. "Are you all by yourself? No partner. Sorry, no stags allowed at this party." End of the story… Didn't you read that before--Club Rules Apply, Couples Only!

Welcome to the party scene in Chandigarh, where your ticket to the blast depends on one world 'couple.' Here we wish to elaborate, couple strictly means, a man and a woman coming together. What a criteria for partying, not fair. What say?

Let them go in

Vaibhav (R) with his gang
Vaibhav (R) with his gang

Some city discotheques have free entry for girls, but no single male is allowed. "Freaking cruel," says a city-based Deejay, who wants to do away with such strictness. "How will you explain this--four guys from Australia denied entry to a discotheque because they are not accompanied by four girls. How do you expect the boys to find companions when they barely know anybody in the city?"

Security check

Stags are synonymous with nuisance factor. Debatable? Manish Goyal, director, S Lounge, says, "It is not apparent from the first look whether the stag entry will create nuisance or not. Nevertheless, we allow stags, the number is restricted to five per cent of the couple crowd." Single or a small group still finds entry as stag, but a bigger group is a big no."

Not fair

Ajay (L) with his friend
Ajay (L) with his friend

When rules are being relaxed for girls, what about boys? Ajay Arora, a student, seeks an answer. "Is it mentioned in the Constitution that someone cannot enjoy by himself or herself? What if I want to party with all male friends, same holds true for a girl who wants to party with all her female friends." Vaibhav Madaan, an engineering student calls himself a lucky stag. "Probably, I look one of those who will not create a ruckus. I am always allowed as a stag entry," he says adding that most of his other friends do not enjoy this privilege. "First, they have to scout for a girl. So, they are always on the look out for a girl, someone who is going to the same party with her friends. It is so embarrassing."

Are we voicing a popular opinion? Well, it looks like. Well, guess this is where the major money comes from- the stags!

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What is a stag?

A person who attends a social gathering unaccompanied by a partner, especially a man who is unaccompanied by a woman.

So, you wanna sing? …let KJ Subz help you
Jasmine Singh

Who does not enjoy a few minutes of limelight? And, if it comes from making your bathroom singing talent public, it's an achievement. "It isn't, trust me," says KJ Subz, popular Karaoke Jockey. Before we get the ball rolling, for those of you who are doing their permutations and combinations trying to decipher the whole karaoke jockey business, KJ Subz in the city for Lounge nites at Tao is more than glad to share it all.

Up, close & personal

One, if you were trying to rhyme KJ with a DJ or RJ, you are pretty close, as Subz puts it. "Like a disc jockey or a radio jockey, I am a karaoke jockey. My work is to facilitate the audience to sing. I engage them and make sure they feel part of the show." This is how it happens. "Lyrics of a song roll out in bold font, and the audience sings along. This is called karaoke and someone who manages to coax the audience to shun their inhibition and take the mike to sing along is a KJ. Fairly simple," adds Subz.

And by the way the name is Subramaniam. From the look of him, Subz looks like hmmm….any other IITian. Sure, we are bang on. This computer engineer from IIT- Kanpur stayed in the US for 12 years before he came back and took up this fascinating business. "I like to call myself a software turned heartware engineer," he is quick to add.

Strategic move

Goading people to sing in public (especially those who can't sing without making dogs bark) in front of others is not an easy job. Subz holds a different view. "People love to sing, every bathroom singer sure wants to heard. Also, those who don't get a chance to fine tune their vocal chords die to be heard. I just help them get over their inhibition," Subz shares and how does he do it? "I plant a very bad singer at the party. This inspires the rest to join in," he laughs.

Who wants American idols?

Subz who literally lives out of his bag clears the notion about singing. "In karaoke we don't expect a person to sing like an American Idol. We just expect them to sing, feel like a rockstar for a while and de-stress themselves." The biggest challenge is to break the ice. "I sing along with them, sometimes even initiate the singing," quips Subz. 

Weaves from UP on display
Deepali Sagar

Here is your chance to take your pick from chikan work, zari borders and patchwork embroidery. “Our motive is to promote the work of artisans and weavers,” says Javed Aalam, secretary of the Awadh Hathkarga Hastshilp Evam Gramodyog Samiti, at the UP Handloom Exhibition at Panchayat Bhawan-18. He feels that handloom workers are still not getting their due because of many reasons. “Our corporation aims at establishing a direct link between artisans and potential customers so that the former can get a fair deal for their work,” he adds. The exhibition offers a huge collection of clothes for the city residents.

Famous chikan work

You think of Lucknow and chikan work is the first thing that comes to your mind. “Till now people saw chikan work mainly on cotton. However, this time we have experimented with the cloth. We have tried to create the same magic on georgette, chifaun and south cotton. To make the designs more attractive, we have used vibrant colours like red, green, blue and yellow,” says Javed.

Zari saris

A sari is incomplete if it doesn’t have a zari border. “We have designed saris in a contemporary style. We complemented the modern look with zari work that gives it a very chic look,” he says. The best thing is that they are very economical. One can get a sari from Rs 280- 2400.

Stylish kurtis

Even the young have not been left out. “We have come up with the entire range of kurtis which can be worn casually and also for formal occasions. Besides, our endeavor was to provide youngsters with something that defines their style. Moreover, it won’t strain your pocket as you can get them from Rs 180- 600,” says Javed.

On till 14 March

A recipe for perfection

Stylish, functional and timeless designs always exemplify the beauty of a home and when these aesthetics are incorporated in designing the heart of your house—your kitchen, there’s not much left to ask for. To lend your kitchen a striking new look along with the style and comfort, Johnson Kitchens has launched a new range of modular kitchens, `Small is Wow!’.  

The new range of modular kitchens is made to suit every taste, meet every need and fit into any space. From the tiny, functional kitchen floor plan to the larger, average architectural kitchens, these modular kitchens surely captivate you with pure emotion, design highlights and colour trends. These functions oriented and timelessly beautiful kitchens are available in varying sizes and in a spectrum of colours that leave ample room for the individuality of owner to come through. From bold to subtle, trend setting to natural colours, Johnson Kitchens are available in plain/solid colours or combinations. The kitchens give you the freedom of design that will not only surprise you but also satisfy your personal taste! 

Available from Rs 70,000 onwards. — TNS

The bird race

Imagine a complete day of watching the birds as they race! The amateur bird watchers of Chandigarh and North India are organising the Chandigarh Bird Race on Sunday at Sukhna Lake.

A large gathering of experienced and budding birdwatchers will spend an entire day spotting and identifying birds. Sunjoy Monga, organiser and naturalist says, "Indian Bird Races have ushered in an eagerly awaited, entirely new dimension to bird watching experience with enthusiastic participation everywhere."

The event would constitute Teams from Chandigarh, Dehradun, New Delhi, and the UT Wildlife Conservation Department. "The aim of these Bird Races is to promote an interest in birds among people, and awaken them about the regional fauna and flora, in addition to other environment issues," says Rima Dhillon, coordinator. — TNS

A BRUNCH worth bragging about
Jigyasa Kapoor Chimra

You’ve waited for this day all week. No alarms ringing, no early morning meetings and no rushing through breakfast and zipping across city lanes to reach office on time. It’s a Sunday. And the day is about relaxing and having a sumptuous meal. Little wonder that the brunch scenario in the city is heating up. But like everything else, brunch too has moved on from allo puri and lassi to a lavish spread of five-course meal.


At Hometel, in Industrial Area, Chandigarh, the experience starts with complimentary alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages. Then follow the starters and main course that includes a buffet spread of Indian, Chinese, Thai, Continental and Mexican delicacies, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian.

For kids there are specially designed mini-meals that include chowmien, spring rolls, and finger chips. For people who like tangy surprises one can relish chat-papri and besan chilla.

On offer: Right from bhel puri to besan chilla, seekh kebab, honey chilly potato to a variety of salads and soups, you can have a five-course meal here.

Take your pick: Though there’s a variety on offer, to start with try macaroni or salami salad. Their dahi and rice salad topped with pomegranate is a must-try. For the soup, try sweet corn or kidney bean soup. For the main course there’s a mix on offer. You can have Chinese, Mexican and Indian. Their Shanghai noodles and pepper chicken are must haves. For desserts try their strawberry soufflé, mud cake, sewian, coconut ladoo and chocolate tart.

Time: 12 noon to 4 pm

Price: Rs 475 per person plus taxes, includes a complimentary drink. You can choose from wine, beer or a mocktail. For unlimited drinks you can opt for a package that costs Rs 775.


Tao in Sector 26 is another place to have lunch on a Sunday. Though the menu here too changes every week the restaurant offers a viable multi-cuisine option. Here you can have a variety from Indian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese and Mediterranean cuisine.

On offer: From an assortment of dishes that includes six salads, two soups, two starters, two sushi dishes (one veg and other non-veg); for the main course you can try from three veg and three non-veg dishes. As far as the desserts are concerned there are five things to choose from.

Take your pick: Japanese is a rage these days. You can try their sushi. Other than that try methi chicken, Thai curry, or rogan josh. For desserts Tiramisu and Phirni is a must try.

Time: 11.30 am to 4.30 pm

Price: Rs 495 including taxes.


At Kava in Sector 26 there’s a variety waiting to be explored. Calm and serene the ambience spells sheer elegance.

On offer: The Sunday brunch here includes almost 13 assorted salads (non-veg and veg), 12 dishes in the main course; that would include Indian, Lebanese, Lucknavi, a pasta and an Oriental counter. For desserts there are 13 varities to choose from. For people who love to drink there is unlimited mocktails, cocktail and liquor on offer.

Take your pick: From a variety on offer you can try their special Rosemary balsimico and pomegranate molasses salad. In soups try their mushroom cappuccino with truffle oil. For the main course in Italian you can try the grilled polenta with sweet bell peppers coulis, pan seared fillet of sole with fresh garden veggies and pink pepper sauce. If you are fond of Chinese then exotic veggies in schezwan sauce is a must have and if you can’t do without Indian try their Goan fish curry. In desserts their chocolate lava cake is a sinful delight.

Time: 11 am to 5pm.

Price: Rs 899 plus taxes. For corporates there is a special price of Rs 699 plus taxes.

An apple a day adds to your life

An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ is an old proverb. Now, researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong have reported the first evidence that the antioxidants abundant in the fruit could help extend the average lifespan by at least 10 per cent.

The new results, obtained with fruit flies - stand-ins for humans in hundreds of research projects each year - bolster similar findings on apple antioxidants in other animal tests. Zhen-Yu Chen and colleagues said that damaging substances generated in the body, termed free radicals, cause undesirable changes believed to be involved in the aging process and some diseases. Substances known as antioxidants can combat this damage.

Fruits and vegetables in the diet, especially brightly coloured foods like tomatoes, broccoli, blueberries, and apples are excellent sources of antioxidants.

A previous study with other test animals hinted that an apple antioxidant could extend average lifespan.

In the current report, the researchers studied whether different apple antioxidants, known as polyphenols, could do the same thing in fruit flies.

They found that apple polyphenols not only prolonged the average lifespan of fruit flies but also helped preserve their ability to walk, climb and move about.

In addition, apple polyphenols reversed the levels of various biochemical substances found in older fruit flies and used as markers for age-related deterioration and approaching death.

The researchers said that the results support those from other studies, including one in which women who often ate apples had a 13-22 per cent decrease in the risk of heart disease.

The study appears in ACS’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. — ANI

Check out Cheesecake!

Rich, decadent, over the top, ultra creamy....when you dig into a wedge of cheesecake, it will never fail to delight you, provided it’s a true-blue cheesecake, made with the best ingredients, perfectly balanced and rounded in flavour. I, being totally gaga over it, could extol its virtues till the cows came home! I’m afraid I don’t have good things to say about the regular cheesecake available in the market.

They are simply sweetened cream, set with gelatin and poured onto a bed of a waiting crumb-crust! Try making your own and you will be a captor to cheesecake forever !

New York Chocolate Cheesecake

1½ cup chocolate chips

½- ¾ cup powdered sugar

500 gm full cream yoghurt

¾ cup butter, softened

1 tsp vanilla

2 tsp gelatin powder

2 cups whipped cream

150 gm Marie biscuits, crushed finely

3 tbsp sugar

Extra whipped cream for topping

Chocolate shavings for decoration


Hang the curds in a square of muslin for 6-8 hours to obtain 275-300 gm of hung yoghurt. Mix 4-5 tbsp butter and 3 tbsp powdered sugar into the biscuit crumbs and combine thoroughly. Scatter onto the bottom of a pie dish and press firmly to form a base. Chill for 15-20 minutes. Scatter gelatin over 2 tbsp of water, then dissolve it when the grains have blossomed into a spongy consistency. Melt chocolate chips in a saucepan held over hot water, stirring frequently until smooth and melted. Set aside to cool. Use a large mixer bowl and beat the hung yoghurt, half a cup of sugar and remaining butter until smooth. On low speed, blend in the melted chocolate. Fold in whipped cream until blended. Taste and stir in the additional sugar if required. This may occur if the hung curds retained more tartness than needed. Spoon this filling mixture into the prepared crust base. Cover and chill until firm. Garnish with whipped cream and shaved chocolate, if desired.

Baked Blueberry Cheesecake

275-300 gm hung yoghurt

(Prepared as in the previous recipe)
1 ½ cups grated paneer
1½ cups powdered sugar
4 eggs,lightly beaten
1½ tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla essence
½ cup butter, melted
2 cups thick cream
1 chilled crumb-crust

(Prepared as in the previous recipe)


Beat the hung yoghurt and paneer together until smooth. Gradually beat in the sugar and then the eggs until the mixture is well blended. Stir in the lemon juice and vanilla. Mix in the melted butter, then beat in the cream until the mixture is smooth. Pour this filling into the ready crumb-crust. Preheat the oven at 150C/300F. Fill a shallow baking pan with about an inch of hot water and place it on the bottom rack of the oven. Place the cheesecake in this pan and bake it for about 70 minutes or until firm around the edges. Turn off the oven and let the cheesecake cool in the oven for 2 hours. Remove and let it cool completely. Refrigerate until well chilled. Thin the blueberry preserve with some warm water if needed and pour it when cooled, over the cheesecake. Spread evenly with a spatula and cut into wedges.

$1,380 bill for one meal gives man the shock of life

A man in Australia met with a rude shock after he walked into a cafe for a $60 meal but walked out with a $1,380 bill and a sour taste in his mouth.Grant King, a Merrimac resident, had dined at the popular Surfers Paradise Attraction. He paid for the $60 experience using a direct debit card. By Monday, he had been billed 23 times.

King said he felt sick after checking his bank account.

“I thought ‘what the hell’, I’m going on a holiday to Canada in 12 days to see my three-year-old son who lives there,” Courier Mail. quoted King telling The Gold Coast Bulletin.

The Hard Rock Cafe will be forced to pay back this week thousands of dollars after a glitch with software left some diners with multiple charges. One woman said she had been charged $3,500.

A spokesperson for the Hard Rock Cafe, meanwhile, confirmed the glitch and said patrons would be reimbursed.


Hurley lands a cameo in Wonder Woman

Elizabeth Hurley is all set to play a negative role in NBC's Wonder Woman pilot.The actor is starring in a guest role in David E Kelley's reboot of the comic book character. Hurley, who recently separated from her husband Arun Nayar following rumours that she is dating cricketer Shane Warne, tweeted about her new assignment.

"Thrilled to be doing the NBC pilot Wonder Woman. I'll be playing the evil villain. Can't wait," Hurley tweeted. The network declined to confirm the casting, but a source said there is a deal contingent on Hurley, who is British, obtaining a visa. The role will be as a guest star in the pilot.

Former Friday Night Lights star Adrianne Palicki plays the new Wonder Woman, which is a retelling of the DC Comics title in which Wonder Woman (Palicki), aka Diana Prince, tries to balance her life as a vigilante crime fighter, a successful corporate executive and a modern woman. — PTI

Kate has a body double

Prince William's bride Kate Middleton has a body double who has shot scenes for a new movie on the British royal couple.Camilla Luddington, 27, has shot scenes for a boat race, near St. Andrews University, where the royal bride-to-be, Kate, met Prince William.

The boat scenes are based on events that happened in 2007 when Kate rowed with an all-girl dragon boat crew called The Sisterhood.

In the film that would air on American TV in April, Kate and her team race a male crew. But in reality, Kate pulled out of the English Channel event for security reasons. Kiwi actor Nico Evers-Swindell, plays Prince William in the movie. — IANS

Lindsay not welcome

Lindsay Lohan was reportedly turned away by the doormen when she arrived to attend a private post-Oscars party hosted by Madonna and Demi Moore at the weekend. According to US reports, even with a well-meaning Josh Brolin vouching for her, the troubled actor was told there was no way she would be allowed in.

Lohan was not allowed in to the party thrown at the Beverly Hills home of talent agent Gus Oseary after turning up with her brother and security team. Lohan was confident she would be allowed inside, as he works for Untitled Entertainment, which represents her as well as Madonna and Moore. But she was turned away at around 11pm.

She then spotted Brolin arriving and after the True Grit actor greeted her with a kiss on the cheek, she asked him to get her inside.

They refused and Brolin asked party organizers: "Don't you know who this is?" The doormen replied they did but that she was still not getting in, leaving Lohan reportedly muttering: "This is so humiliating." After trying his best to help out, Brolin continued into the party alone, leaving Lohan to make other plans. After her rejection Lohan and her group moved onto Oscar host James Franco's party at the Supperclub on Hollywood Boulevard. But 127 Hours star Franco himself didn't even attend the bash, which attracted a few D-list stars.

Lohan was heard overtelling other part-goers that Franco had invited her personally, when they took part in a Terry Richardson photoshoot over the weekend. — ANI

Kruger's fear of

unknownGerman beauty Daine Kruger feels that the negative portrayal of European countries in Hollywood movies may discourage American tourists from visiting these places.

The 34-year-old actor’s latest film Unknown alongside actor Liam Neeson, shows the kidnapping of an American and Kruger admits such portrayals may make US visitors wary of visiting Europe.

"There does seem to be a pattern emerging - and it's not just in Liam's film—that Europe is a dangerous place to take a holiday in. If you're not being cut up in a basement dungeon somewhere, you're having your identity, and your loved ones, taken away. Scary place, Europe," said Kruger.

Kruger, however, found her Irish co-star almost mythical and was thrilled to work with him because his reputation precedes him. "There's something almost mythical about a man like Liam Neeson. It's like he's been chiselled out of granite.

"I was thrilled to get a chance to work with him, and he proved to be just as sweet and centred and towering as I had imagined. There is something special about the Irish."


INIFD students gear up for the Lakme Fashion Week 
Get ready for fashion extravaganza
Manpriya Khurana

Anybody who's somebody in the fashion industry or in the style fraternity would be there, every designer's collection is going to be 'inspired' and they would be working on a theme "they are so passionate about." Obviously, everybody else around is going to be "equally thrilled." Sponsors, designers, media people and buyers are all eagerly awaiting the five-day fashion extravaganza — The Lakme Fashion Week.

This time the Summer/ Resort 2011 action happens around March 11. While going through the schedule and looking at the invites, the city connect is a little hard to find; at most stacked in the Gennext category. From the city, the ones headed this year can't stop raving about it, while the rest back from last year are yet to stop talking about it!

"Right from being assigned duty in the green room to how to handle the media to carrying clothes for the designer, everything would be a learning experience," Arushi Jain, fresher, INIFD, is looking forward to her visit in more ways than one. Like we said, those back from the place have stories more than one.

Shares Sukhwant of the duo, Sukhwant and Aastha, who showcased their collections last year in the Gennext category, "We were still students, hardly out of the batch, we didn't know what trials were till some of the models themselves made us feel comfortable and told us how things worked. I think almost all the models there know their jobs. They know they are supposed to carry our garments." Apart from the fashion wisdom, the Bollywood connect is hard to miss. "I can't even count the celebrities that we met." He adds, "Then finally when our collections were being showcased, stylist Gautam Kalra shouts from behind, 'Look your garments are walking the ramp.' The experience was surreal."

For the ones whose names might not figure anywhere near the established designers club, there's sense of belonging nevertheless. "We'll be going there as part of the implementation team, which means we'll help organise the event. It's going to be exciting," shares Manveet Raheja, first-year student. She adds, "Apart from meeting all these designers, one thing that I'm really curious about is how such a big event is organised."

As for the fashion carnival, Anamika Khanna, Manish Malhotra, Satya Paul, Gauri and Nainika, which by the way happen to be grand finale designers, will all be there. 

Who blabbers more?
Ashima Sehajpal

The women populace needs to thank Prof Geoffrey Beattie, head of psychological science at Manchester University, who has busted the biggest myth of all times. In a study conducted by him, he concluded, "Chaps are bigger chatterboxes. It's men who are more likely to talk for the sake of talking." While women are celebrating the 'ultimate truth', men are just not ready to buy the fact stated in the study. This is what couples have to say:

Chahat and Harsh Walia

Chahat: History proves it all. Men led most of the major revolutions and rebellions only because they know how to convince people by talking a lot. They are as talkative as women, the only difference being they are manipulative as well. They just put the blame on us. Men have to prove that they are more knowledgeable and intelligent and the easiest way to do it is by talking.

Harsh: Men are more successful than women because they talk less and preserve energy for constructive work. Women can gossip for hours. Men on the other hand talk sense and sensible talk doesn't last for more than half an hour. It's a compulsion for women to know what's happening in the neighbourhood, which isn't possible without indulging in frivolous talk.

Dr Bela and Sanjay Sharma

Bela: Men have always been opinion makers, which I think would not have been possible if they hadn't opened their mouth to talk. Most controversies break out because men say the wrong things and then try to make up by saying the right things. So, in a nutshell, men talk more and have always been chatterboxes. In fact, the rumour that women are gossipmongers was spread by men, which again happened because they talked at length about it.

Sanjay: Men talk but only when women stop talking. The rare opportunity of talking as and when men get it, they try to utilise. It's during such few intervals I think the researcher conducted this study. Men can't beat women when it comes to talking. The wars in Indian mythology are a result of women talking and gossiping. What better example could be than the gossip sessions between Manthra and Kakeye. Their gift to talk non-stop is many centuries old.

Riyaa and Soli Sethi

Riyaa: I hold a very neutral view. How much one talks varies from person to person. It is, however, wrong to call women chatterboxes. Men too speak as much when they have to prove a point. Gender shouldn't determine the blabbering capacity of a person.

Soli: Men hardly get time to talk because they are always pre-occupied with work. For women, talking is the best recreation. They can talk about anything for hours together, from topics of national importance to problems in the neighbourhood. The result of the study is likely to be contested since I am sure women must have already started holding discussions and debates on it.

Aditi and Simrat Mann

Aditi: The notion that women are chatterboxes massages men's egos. I don't deny that women talk a lot but men score no less. They are rather more eager to speak their mind than women who always let them avail the opportunity to speak first. In fact, male ego makes it a compulsion for them to have the last word. So, it becomes necessary for them to speak more then women. Since they also don't know how to express themselves well in lesser words, the word limit might exceed to dangerous levels. So beware!

Simrat: The art of blabbering is inherent to women. Even behavioural studies by psychologists assert that women score better than men at semantics. So, if women are chatterboxes, it's not even their fault. All we want from them is acceptance of the fact. The debate should bet settled once for all. I do believe that this study must have given women enough matter to talk about for the next few days.

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Mariah feels embarrassed

Pop singer Mariah Carey has revealed that she's feeling 'horrible and embarrassed' after being paid one million dollars to sing for the son of Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi. The pregnant singer gave a private performance for members of the dictator's family at a party in the Caribbean in 2006.

"I was naive and unaware of who I was booked to perform for. I feel horrible and embarrassed to have participated in this mess," she said."Ultimately we as artists are to be held accountable. Going forward, this is a lesson for all artists to learn from. We need to be aware and take responsibility regardless of who books our shows," she said.

However, the 40-year-old soon-to-be mum is not the only high profile singer to perform for the Libyan leader's family.Beyonce Knowles and Nelly Furtado have revealed that they had performed for Gaddafi. — ANI

Arbaaz will direct Dabangg sequel

Bollywood actor-producer Arbaaz Khan, who has been on a high ever since his debut production Dabangg turned out to be a blockbuster, will now take the reigns as the director for the sequel of the masala action movie.

Director Abhinav Kashyap, who helmed Dabangg, has decided against directing the sequel, for reasons unknown. "Hey guys it true, I will be directing the sequel of Dabangg. Abhinav for some personal n professional reasons opted out (sic)," Arbaaz posted on his Twitter page Thursday.

Arbaaz, who couldn't make it big as an actor thanks to flops like Daraar and Hello Brother, hit the gold with his first production venture. "Scripting has already started, the filming starts by early january. Start sound, camera, action. Inshallah Dabangg 2 will live up to all the expectations and be a huge blockbuster because of you all. God bless . Allah hafiz. Dabangg ho!" added the 43-year-old. Rumours that Kashyap won't direct the Dabangg sequel began doing the rounds in November last year itself.

At that time, Kashyap had denied the news : "This is just a rumour. I want to know if I am not making it, then who is making it? I even spoke to Arbaaz (Khan)...even he doesn't know from where these rumours are coming."

It was speculated that either Arbaaz or his brother Sohail would be directing the movie, and the news has now turned out to be true. Dabangg, starring Salman Khan and debutant Sonakshi Sinha, was the highest Bollywood grosser of 2010.


Sheen forced to surrender kids' custody

Charlie Sheen has been forced to surrender the custody of his kids after the actor's estranged wife Brooke Mueller obtained a restraining order against him.A Los Angeles Superior Court judge granted Mueller restraining order based on recent allegations that Sheen was physically and verbally abusive to Mueller. "I am very concerned that (Sheen) is currently insane.

I am in great fear that he will find me and attack me and I am in great fear for the children's safety while in his care," Mueller said in her court documents.

Judge Hank M. Goldberg stripped Sheen of custody of his boys - for now - and refrained him from communicating with Mueller or getting within 100 yards of her or the kids. In the papers, Mueller alleges that Sheen took their twins, Bob and Max, 23 months, from her residence without her permission February 26 and had withheld them from her since then. "Sheen rarely saw our children (since our December 25 domestic incident) and only recently began to show any interest in them," Mueller stated.

When she tried to get the twins back, Sheen allegedly threatened, "I will cut your head off, put it in a box and send it to your mom," she said.

Mueller also alleged that while on vacation in the Bahamas last week with his two girlfriends, Sheen launched into a tirade against Mueller, punched her in the arm, spat on her feet and "threatened to stab my eye with a pen knife".

A hearing is set for March 22 to determine whether to extend the restraining order. Both Sheen and Mueller are required to attend. — IANS

Vir Das in Delhi Belly

Stand-up comedian and Badmaash Company actor Vir Das has shot a special music-video with choreographer Farah Khan for Delhi Belly.The film is being produced by Aamir Khan and it stars Imran Khan in the lead role.

Farah, who left for Chandigarh for a month-long schedule of her husband Shirish Kunder's directorial venture Joker, wrapped up the Delhi Belly song and then headed for the cool climate of Chandigarh where her better half shoots in the open fields. "Aamir's song is in Mumbai. Then I leave with my babies and their maids for Chandigarh for a month for the Joker outdoors. I'm looking forward to taking my three babies to Chandigarh in pollution-free outdoors, not to mention the great food," said Farah.

As for the song why is it not being shot with Imran?

According to a source, "When Aamir decided to do a music video for 'Delhi Belly' he was very clear it would be filmed on Vir Das and not on Imran. When it comes to doing what is right by a project, Aamir is unflappable."

Delhi Belly is directed by Abhinay Deo who has also directed Abhishek Bachchan starrer Game.


Saif puts Sudhir‘s next film on hold

Sudhir Mishra's period film The Nawab The Nautch Girl & The John's Company, starring Saif Ali Khan in the lead, is indefinitely on hold. he actor, who turned producer with Love Aaj Kal had not only given is nod to play the Nawab in the 19th century period drama but had also expressed an interest in producing it but as things stand today, the film may take a while to go on floors.

The Nawab The Nautch Girl & The John's Company isn't happening as of now. It is a bigger film when compared to the other films that I have made and required a certain amount of budget, commitment and concentration," said Mishra.

Khan is busy with his next home production Agent Vinod and Mishra too moved on with other projects but the director denies that the movie has been shelved.

"I will definitely make the film but not in near future. Before that I would be making another film with Prakash Jha. Then my next would be Dhruv with Kareena Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar and Chitrangda Singh." This film with Prakash Jha as a producer would be starring Arjun Rampal and Chitrangda Singh in main roles.

Based on the issue of sexual exploitation at workplace, the film would go on floors this summer. ishra says he is happy with the fact that audience is willing to listen stories in a different format as long as they are entertainingly told, as evidenced in Yeh Saali Zindagi.

"I am enjoying the phase that I am going through. I make films which are human stories and aspire to connect to the audience. My upcoming films would be following the same mode as well, including The Nawab The Nautch Girl & The John's Company." The director says he will be changing the approach towards story-telling in his upcoming movies.

"The challenge is not just from films being made by the peers but also from television. In the age of TV growing so huge and the biggest of stars addressing you right in your living room, what does a film maker do to attract audience attention to the big screen? One has to be cognizant about this fact." "I have to make cinema which grapples you, influences you and creates an imagery which is interesting enough for you to step into theaters. I don't shy away from admitting that I am still learning. It is necessary to survive," adds Mishra who is best known for movies like Hazaron Khwaishen Aisi and Dharavi. — IANS 

Sienna to play belly dancer

Actor Sienna Miller is all set to star as a comedic belly dancing housewife in Oscar-winning director Rachid Bouchareb's new movie Just Like a Woman. The 29-year-old actress, who is about to start a stint in London's West End in Flare Path, signed on the project even before reading the script as she was keen to work with Bouchareb.

"Rachid is one of the most exciting directors working today. He's one of those people who understand the medium of film in a way that's not manipulative but that's honest and raw. As a director he's capable of anything. —PTI 

One-stop décor solution
Deepali Sagar

The four-day Inside Outside Mega Show, inaugurated by Praveen Kumar Saini, (IAS), DC Mohali, brings impeccable designs in home décor. "It's for the 14th consecutive year that we have organised this exhibition. It can be called a complete show of the design and décor industry. This year we have introduced an award ceremony for builders and architects. People put in a lot of efforts to make this exhibition a success. So this time they would be awarded by prominent architects," says Mahesh Thakur, general manager (North). This is what the exhibition offers.

Art abode

'Creating magic through art and bringing it to your home' is the motive of the exhibitors at the show. "There are endless techniques and ideas which can be implemented to get a master piece for your home. All items ranging from paintings to side tables are hand crafted. My specialty is 'Tree of life' which brings peace and prosperity to the family," says Kamalpreet Honey, owner of Amazing Arts. Apart from this Sarahh Art Gallery promotes and exhibits works of young talent.

Glass and door palace

'Open your doors to a new world' is what Masonite Doors and Medieval Glass India Ltd believe in. "The major attraction is blinds in between the glasses. The whole system is inside the glass so they cannot be tampered with," says Paramjeet Singh, Marketing Head of Medieval Glass. Besides they offer moulded doors that add exemplary style and finish to one's home. Flush doors were also the attraction as they are ready to use doors with single specie, kiln dried hardwood core.

Going the stone way

Circling back to the Stone Age, the exhibition showcased sculptures and artifacts made of stone. "We are manufacturers of all kinds of stone products like lattices, wall panels, artifacts and sculptures. We do residential buildings with marble, sandstone and granite," says Sambhav Papriwal, owner of Sanbhav Natural Stones Pvt Ltd. However, the show stealer was an oxystone chessboard.

Furniture stop

Let your furniture talk about your unique style. "We deal with high quality furniture. To make the furniture more contemporary in style we complement it with gold and silver leafing. Our aim is to provide customers with something stylish yet simple," says Ashok Jindal, partner of Vinod Furniture.

Steel statement

'Break the rules and make your own statement', is what Surbhi Singhvi thinks. "I have created partitions, space divisions, wall curtains out of stainless steel and glass. The steel is imported from Spain and Turkey. I deal primarily in furnishing fabrics and internal accessories," she says. 

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