Behind the scene
Ashima Sehajpal

When Bollywood comes calling, we are always ready with our Punjabi settings — blooming mustard fields, railway tracks, rugged havelis with sprawling verandas, tractors, cattle…we customise the backdrop each time. And with more films being shot in Punjab, local production houses are actively assisting B-town crews. Here’s briefly knowing some of them.

The Unit: The Theatre Army

Projects: Teen Thay Bhai, West is West, Mausam

in support: Gaurav Sharma aka gabbar(extreme left)

The journey: The feeling is yet to sink in and Gaurav Sharma aka Gabbar (as he is better known) says it will take some time. Handling a Hollywood project after being in business for only a couple of years was a huge challenge. On the list of West is West was a village with narrow lanes, lots of open space, a huge haveli and a gurdwara placed strategically in the mustard fields. “The next important condition was that the location should be near an airport, so that no inconvenience was caused to actors and production crew,” he says.“It also helps in saving travelling time.”

Stumbling blocks: Legal hassles are a big challenge for local production houses. Even in this case, The Theatre Army had to get clearance from the forest department and animal welfare societies. “Getting no-objection certificates from government departments is tougher than finding apt locations.”

The Unit: Happy Productions

Projects: Train to Pakistan, Mummy Ji, Let Us Enjoy, TV series Desi Girl

good going: Ravinder Happy 

The journey: The first step to finding an apt location is reading the script. “It’s through the script that we make out what exactly the backdrop requires; if it calls for a tubewell, a bungalow, cattle, crowd etc,” says Ravinder Happy, who got his first project in 1998 — Train to Pakistan. While the rest is still manageable, he says, gathering a crowd is the most challenging part. “The real problem is when the director demands an urban crowd. It’s difficult to convince people to stay back for long shooting hours.” Train to Pakistan was shot in ten different locations in Punjab and then the crew shifted base to Manali. “Imagine the kind of homework my team had to do to ensure that the locations complement the script.” Since the script demanded a railway track and a train, even that was arranged. So, they got the legal clearances, booked a railway track and train for Rs 9,000!

Stumbling Blocks: One of the crew members died after he fell from a train. “It was such a huge shock for us that the film couldn’t be shot for the next three days.” Then there was a demand for horses and camels, which couldn’t be found in Punjab. “I got them transported from Baddi.” For a certain scene, the field that was finalised couldn’t be used as the owner refused at the last moment. But all’s well that ends well; the film was well-appreciated by critics! 

The unit: Darshan Aulakh Production House

Projects: Veer Zara, Namaste London, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Jab We Met, Singh is Kingg, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Bachna Ae Haseeno et al

The journey: For Veer Zaara, the instructions from Yash Chopra head office in Mumbai were very clear. They wanted a village location that had a narrow path dividing the fields from the houses. “The idea was very appealing and we knew we had a tough task at hand,” says Darshan Aulakh. So, began a recee of entire Punjab. A village near Chandigarh was finalised due to its proximity to hotels and the airport. It was followed by many more movies shot in the vicinity of Chandigarh, Ludhiana and Amritsar.

Stumbling blocks: Each time they choose a location, they take the owner into confidence. It got a tad difficult while shooting for Singh is Kingg. “We needed open space for a song sequence and had a lot of convincing to do before a farmer agreed to lend us his field. Once everything was ready, it started raining heavily,” shares Aulakh. They had to wait for two days for the ground to dry up. 

First day, college show!
Manpriya Khurana


Stocking up dresses of every conceivable colour is fine, but imagine drawing up a dress chart for the next sixty days so that there is no repetition of clothes! Getting introduced to the college is no mean thing. If the Chinese whispers are to be believed, someone has even been saving pocket money for the past four months to be able to trot with a certain brand of bag on the first day of college!

“There are no real life fears, but of course you are apprehensive picturing yourself in college on the first day. How you’ll walk a certain way, talk a certain way, whether you’d be able to pull it all through. It’s natural to be a little jittery,” shrugs Manika Chanana, who’s all set to join a fashion design institute. Boarding onto the college bandwagon doesn’t come easy. Reasons Jappreet Singh, passout of Vivek High School, “Not just the atmosphere, everything is new - the people, the environment, the setting. In school you are way too overprotected.” He laughs, “Those of us who’ve already been through their round of counselling and know where they are headed are ready to start a new life. A lot of our seniors and mutual friends are trying to spread the scare by narrating ragging stories etc.”

Apprehensions are a part of the package, so is the excitement. Shares Janhavi Malhotra, all set for her graduation days, “I’m nervous, excited, scared, happy; it’s a mish-mash of feelings.” The thought of going to a new place leaves anyone jittery; we’ll all be stepping out into the big bad world.” Then of course the thoughts of first day come back to haunt, nudge. She laughs, “Whenever I think of the first day, it’s like ‘Would I know anybody, there would be no familiar faces from the school, but at the same time it’s exciting. Shopping will happen too but gradually since I’ll be in the same city.” Did she mention shopping? Whoever thought preparations were restricted to entrances. A jumpsuit, a floral dress, palazzo pants, even night suit. Many are hopping cities to bag the best dressed tag, perhaps.

Shares Jasleen Matharu, hoping to join Delhi University’s Miranda House, “More than the day-time clothes, I’m out hoarding on party pieces and night dresses; I want to look like the queen of my dorm when in hostel!”

Manika already has I-Phone 4, Apple laptop; is learning driving and of course expanding her wardrobe big time. Talk of starting in advance, Imranjot Singh Sekhon, Class 12th student at Lawrence School, Sanawar, will ensure that he has a car, a laptop, a new handset before stepping into college. Whoever thought shopping was restricted to girls? He says, “Armani t-shirts and Louis Vuitton shoes from the US are a must have too.” He adds, “You can’t just walk into any new institute just like that. Since everything in your life will be new, so you yourself as a person better be new too! Well prepared and armed.” As the saying goes, whatever you learn in college, would have otherwise taken you 10 years of life to learn. Clothes, dresses, attitude, makeover, survival tips…do we even know of someone who’s saving everything bought! To be opened only once you join the college. Is it too much to handle or is it too much to pack? Once you join the college…

Laugh and let laugh

Funny side up: Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut has made it big on her own. She started her career and within few films she became everyone’s favourite. Her style statement, her acting (in sad roles) made everyone offer her a film.

Currently she is in a happy mood as she is doing comedies. She started her career with Gangster and somehow got stereotyped in neurotic characters. The Pahadi beauty has now switched to comedies. Double Dhamaal has got mixed reviews and her upcoming films are Rascals which is again a comedy film, Tezz which is an action film and then Department is an action film. Miss Ranaut talks about her fondness for happiness and laughter.

Let’s get funny

I prefer comedy over serious cinema. It’s so nice to work in comedy films where you make people laugh. I believe today people live such stressful lives that they enjoy watching a good comedy film and I have seen that Indians love comedy films, so do I.

Cult comedy

I just can’t stop watching Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron. The scene when the coffin is mistaken for a car has me in splits every time I watch it. The beauty of the film is that a murder scene that’s supposed to be serious is so enjoyable to watch. There is a message here, whether we want to take it or not — life is how you choose to view it.

Flops and hits

I know many people say that I fit into serious roles but I don’t want to stick only to them. Let me try comedy and after a few films you tell me whether I make people laugh or not. While shooting for Double Dhamaal I learnt so many things because I worked with some actors who are great with comedy like my favourites Arshad Warsi and Sanjay Dutt. They have great timing with comedy. It was so funny while shooting with them as they used to crack jokes every minute.

Fun ain’t easy

It’s easy to make others cry. I know people and even I get emotional very easily. If I see someone crying, I too cry and I have seen other people doing that too. It’s very hard to make people laugh. People are so busy individually that they don’t even have time to smile at each other. When I am shooting, when I am entering the sets or leaving the sets I smile at everyone. Because when you see a person and give a smile he smiles back at you and you get a positive response. Smile from your heart. My mantra of life is live it, enjoy it.

The best medicine

Laughter is the best medicine. I so love to laugh. You will always find me smiling because I think when you smile there is a good aura around you. How you behave, what you think is what reflects on your face so it’s important that you stay happy and make your friends happy too. Like even on a bad day I hang around with friends who make me laugh. In my school also I used to make everyone laugh. Laughing is a positive mantra.—HRM 

Al Pacino can’t do what we actors do: Anupam Kher

Anupam Kher has drawn comparisons between Indian actors and international veterans Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, saying Bollywood stars are far more talented than these big names of Hollywood.“An Indian actor can do whatever Al Pacino or Robert De Niro does, but they cannot do what Indian actors do. They can’t sing like us, they can’t dance like us,” Anupam said here.

“Ask them to sing Chandni chandni on top of a hill, and they will ask ‘What’s the motivation?’ We don’t do that...” he added.

The veteran actor, who was here for the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards, says Indian actors go out of their way to do things sometimes they aren’t convinced of.

“So many times we aren’t convinced about certain scenes...but the beautiful thing is that when we do them, there are a million people who believe in it. And that’s the magic of Indian cinema,” he said.—IANS

This is it!

Musical elegy: Sonu Nigam with Jermaine Jackson

Bollywood’s biggest music sensation Sonu Nigam has done it once again! Apart from judging reality shows on television, performing at award ceremonies with the regular recordings all of which clearly doesn’t seem to be enough for Sonu Nigam, his versatility and passion for music has now got him to collaborate with none other than Jermaine Jackson. He is the brother of the one and only King of Pop - Michael Jackson. It is a tribute to the man who redefined music in his era.

Sonu confirms this, saying, “I had written and composed this song when MJ died. But when I recorded it, I never thought I’d be singing with his brother. The song is called This Is It. I am humbled that Jermaine and I will perform together; it is one of the most treasured moments of my life.” While Sonu does seem to have a lot on the platter, we are sure there is more to come and this is just not it, for him.

I don’t need promotion

Murder 2 is releasing on July 8. The Bhatts and Emraan Hashmi are promoting the film via events and interviews.

Jacqueline Fernandez is in London shooting for Housefull 2 while the Bhatts are getting anxious and angry over her absence from the promotional activities for the film.

Borrowed dance number

Sonakshi Sinha finally got her chance to get close to Ranveer Singh. IIFA organisers replaced Anushka Sharma with her for a stage performance. But how could they let Sonakshi dance to the songs of BBB and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi? They rightfully belong to Anushka.

You’re beautiful

Neil Nitin Mukesh has said that Deepika Padukone, his co-star in Lafangey Parindey is the sexiest woman in India.

 He thinks she is beautiful and carries herself gracefully.

He is also fond of Kim Kardashian for obvious reasons!

Running breathless!

John Abraham and Akshay Kumar’s fight scene for Housefull 2 in London left them breathless.

They were strangling each other and got suffocated. All is well now, though. They have previously worked together in Garam Masala.

Leading lady

Minissha Lamba has been signed on to play the female lead in Anand Kumar’s next film titled Zilla Ghaziabad. Arshad Warsi and Sanjay Dutt are the male actors. It is a hard-hitting drama set in the interiors of India.

No dhoom for Katrina

Katrina Kaif is not part of Dhoom 3, as reported. YRF is still hunting for a fresh face with an equally hot body. Katrina is part of Yash Chopra’s directorial venture and EK Tha Tiger, though.

Thrill pill
Manmeet Kaur

Members of Team Addicted 2 Bikes or Team A2B say, "Biking is our religion. It is an addiction for us. It's all about riding a motorcycle which takes you to a different world. The more you ride, the more you want to do it again," says Rahul Malhotra, a 22-year-old student of Panjab University. Rahul has another name too; he is also called 'Speedster'.

dare devils: (L-R) Saksham, Manmeet (Jaz), Deepak (Dee Jay), Rahul (Speedster), Abhishek; balancing act: Rahul Malhotra (half old wheelie) 

Malhotra founded the biking club Team A2B (Addicted to Bikes) for bike lovers in January, 2009, as he wanted the youth to have the opportunity to appreciate biking. The team gets together to practise and learn various biking stunts.

A2B is a team of free-style stunt riders. They have a reputation for being the best drag racers in the region. The team has 13 members. Each stunt performer has a biking name: there's Speedster, Smoke, Jaz, Dee Jay, Ashu and Javed.

"A2B is life for me, and so is biking . It's not just a piece of metal that I drive; it has a soul," says Manmeet Singh, better known as 'Jaz'. “We have performed stunts in college and university festivals. We get paid between Rs 8,000 and 10,000 per rider. It takes care of wear and tears of bikes and also adds to our income" says Malhotra, team leader of A2B.

mean machine: (Right) Ankush Thakur (wheelie stunt)

Last year, the team was awarded with a Certificate of Excellence in Stunt Biking at SOCH, a media festival organized by the Mass Communications Department at Punjab University. Team A2B was also honoured for a project undertaken by two of its members, Gaurav Gupta and Deepak Sharma. The project 'Let's End Polio' involved the pair travelling across the nation on a mission to generate awareness and engage people in the fight against polio.

For passionate bike lovers, Team A2B also organised a summer camp, involving three programmes. The first had basic stunt riding instruction course. The organisers also provide the students with safety gear for this course. Just fill a form for a small fee. The club has enrolled 11 students for this programme. They have another programme on bike instruction for girls with eight students, including activities such as rock climbing, trekking, and hiking.

You can also join a community They will be seen in upcoming Punjabi movies.

Eat belly fat away

Are you tired of having belly fat? Now, eat two small apples, one cup of green peas and one-half cup of pinto beans and exercise vigorously for 30 minutes, two to four times a week. According to the researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre, vegetables, fruit and beans contain more soluble fibre and will help reduce visceral fat, or belly fat, around the midsection.

They found that for every 10-gram increase in soluble fibre eaten per day, visceral fat was reduced by 3.7 per cent over five years. In addition, increased moderate activity resulted in a 7.4 per cent decrease in the rate of visceral fat accumulation over the same time period.

"We know that a higher rate of visceral fat is associated with high blood pressure, diabetes and fatty liver disease," said Kristen Hairston, assistant professor of internal medicine at Wake Forest Baptist and lead researcher.

“Our study found that making a few simple changes can have a big health impact," he added.

The researchers examined whether lifestyle factors, such as diet and frequency of exercise, were associated with a five-year change in abdominal fat of African Americans and Hispanic Americans.

At the beginning of the study, which involved 1,114 people, the participants were given a physical exam, an extensive questionnaire on lifestyle issues, and a CT scan. Five years later, the exact same process was repeated.

The researchers found that increased soluble fibre intake was associated with a decreased rate of accumulated visceral fat, but not subcutaneous fat. “There is mounting evidence that eating more soluble fibre and increasing exercise reduces visceral or belly fat, although we still don't know how it works," said Hairston. The results are published in the June 16 online issue of the journal Obesity. — ANI

Celeb Point
Meeting an enigma
Divya dutta

I had a lovely meeting with Shyam Benegal recently. He is one of my favourite filmmakers and I have been extremely fortunate to have worked in three of his films.

I grew up seeing his films like Mandi, Junoon, Kalyug, Bhoomika. I have always loved his kind of cinema. He was one of the first people I wanted to meet when I came to Mumbai! He has always been very nice and encouraging with newcomers. So my first meeting with Shyam Benegal and I dressed up as serious as I could to impress him!

I was a bundle of nerves trying to look confident sitting in front of the man I so wanted to meet. He started with, "Young lady, what brings you here." I heard myself utter some words, "I am very keen to be directed by you." He smiled and casually chatted with me for a while. I felt better now and much at ease. Are you feeling better now? He asked. Oh my god! So he was observing me all this while! Gosh, he knew I was nervous! I thought he is never going to take me in any of his films, I thought as. I thought I was about to leave he said, "Would you like to play an item girl in my film? If yes! You are on!" My happiness knew no bounds! My first film with Shyam Benegal called Samar and I was shooting in Sagar in Madhya Pradesh. On my first day I was sent to the local dancers of MP to watch how they danced! Three days later he asked me to choreograph a folk song myself.

I was tense but somewhere very surprised with the confidence Shyam Benegal who we all fondly call Shyam Babu had in me! I along with t local dancers, prepared the dance! In the nite, the entire village where we were shooting had gathered to see the nautanki dance! To top it, all my senior co-actors had landed to see how this newcomer performed!

"Do the song continuously like on a stage young lady! You have four cameras capturing you from different angles," said Shyam Babu. Chalo, now no cut too!"

No scope to make a mistake! All the more scope for lots of nervousness!

The song began, the dancers began and then I started! All I remember was I was enjoying it thoroughly because I had choreographed it!

The dance finished and everyone cheered but me. I was only looking for Shyam Babu's reaction! Now I knew why he had asked me to do it all by myself! As I went to him, he said, "Weren't u great. Confident now that's all you needed," that was Shyam Babu and his way to make an actor explore his best.

Shooting with him has always been so different and fun, be it singing and dancing, listening to the anecdotes. I feel really happy to know this enigma called Shyam Benegal. My Shyam Babu..

(Divya is a well-known Bollywood actor)

Love your back
ROOPA pahwa

One of the most common medical problems found in the workplace is back pain and whether it's dull and annoying or screaming for attention, back pain can make it hard to concentrate on your job. The cause is often poor posture and body mechanics in the workplace. A supervised program of back protection and exercise may be the key to alleviating and even preventing such problems.

Sitting in a wrong posture is often the greatest cause of back pain. When sitting either in a relaxed position, driving, or while at work, support your lower back. Use a rolled towel, small pillow, or a specially designed seat support. Remove this low back support every half hour for five minutes to give your lower back a change of position. Your head should be positioned so that your ear is in line with your shoulder and your chin is parallel with the floor.

Avoid leaning to one side when you are sitting, and avoid overstuffed furniture as it does not offer adequate support. When working at a desk, your chair should be pulled close to the desk. An office chair with short arm rests will allow this. Office chairs should also have adjustable height, back rests and seats. The back rest spring should be adjusted so that the back rest moves with you. A seat that tilts forward is a particularly useful feature.

Use a swivel chair to enable you to work without twisting your back. Place objects such as fax machines, phones and computers as close to you as possible to minimize the amount of twisting and turning you need to do.

When you lean forward at your desk, bend forward at the hips instead of rounding your lower back. This will allow you to keep your back straight and in good alignment. If you stand for long periods, rest one foot on a stool or small box from time to time. While you stand, hold reading material at eye level. Don't bend forward to do desk work or handwork.

Holding the phone between your ear and shoulder is a common cause of neck pain. Use a clipboard to hold your papers down so that your hands are free. Special phone adapters like the hands free etc are also available.

After sitting for a prolonged period, it is helpful to straighten your back to an upright position and, if possible, stand and walk for awhile.

Even if you move around a lot on your job or your job requires physical exertion, you still need to exercise. Prevention is always better than cure. Here are some exercises to strengthen your back, hip and leg muscles. Before exercising you should warm up with slow, rhythmic exercises; if you haven't exercised in some time, you can warm up by walking.

Stand with your back against a wall and feet shoulder-width apart. Slide down into a crouch with knees bent to 90 degrees. Count to 5 and slide back up the wall. Repeat 5 times.

Leg raises to strengthen back and hip muscles- Lie on your stomach. Tighten the muscles in one leg and raise it from the floor. Hold your leg up for a count of 10 and return it to the floor. Do the same with the other leg. Repeat five times with each leg.

Exercise your legs to strengthen stomach and hip muscles- Lie on your back with your arms at your sides. Lift one leg off the floor. Hold your leg up for a count of 10 and return it to the floor. Do the same with the other leg. Repeat 5 times with each leg. If that is too difficult, keep one knee bent and the foot flat on the ground while raising the leg. You can also sit upright in a chair with legs straight and extended at an angle to the floor. Lift one leg waist high. Slowly return your leg to the floor. Do the same with the other leg. Repeat five times with each leg.

Back leg swing to strengthen hip and back muscles- Stand behind a chair with your hands on the back of the chair. Lift one leg back and up while keeping the knee straight. Return slowly. Raise other leg and return. Repeat 5 times with each leg.

Exercise to decrease the strain on your back-Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Raise knees towards your chest.

Place both hands under your knees and gently pull your knees as close to your chest as possible. Do not raise your head. Do not straighten your legs as you lower them.

Start with five repetitions several times a day. Stand with your feet slightly apart. Place your hands in the small of your back. Keep your knees straight. Bend backwards at the waist as far as possible and hold the position for 1 or 2 seconds. Repeat 5 times.

(Roopa Pahwa is a fitness expert)

Master Chef
Tangy delight
Poonam aggarwal

Pasta salad with roast tomato and garlic vinaigrette


1/2 packet pasta boiled (any pasta)

1 capsicum chopped

1 bell pepper chopped

2 spring onions chopped

4-5 baby corn blanched and chopped

1/2 cup whole corn

Few basil leaves


2 large ridged tomatoes

4 garlic cloves unpeeled

2 tsp vinegar

6 tsp virgin olive oil

Salt and fresh ground black pepper


Pre-heat the grill. Grill tomato and garlic till softened, charred and blistered. Leave to cool and peel them. De-seed and chop the tomato. Put the garlic tomato in the blender and blend till smooth. Add vinegar with the motor running. Slowly pour oil till well mixed and add seasonings and herbs.

Boil and leave to cool. Add all the vegetables and pour dressing on top. Serve chilled.

(As told to Poonam Bindra)

Chatter box
Anchors in demand

We've seen them act, but off late these stars have proved their skills as anchors. We take a look at some who have made a name as hosts of various shows.

Jennifer Winget

We know her from days of Kasauti Zindagi Kay in which she played the cute and adorable daughter of Anurag and Prerna. She proved her acting skills in this show. She then anchored a few shows and was a hit because of her ability to connect with the audience. She has anchored Laughter Ke Phatke, Zara Nach Ke Dikha 2, Perfect Bride, and Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala.

She is loved for her style and also the way she presents herself in front of the audiences which is most important for any anchor. For the season 2 of Zara Nachke Dikha, she replaced Sanaya Irani and Mohit Sehgal.

Ronit Roy

He is a well-known television actor, who has done versatile roles. He has numerous fans and showcased his anchoring skills while hosting Kitchen Champion. He is best suited for this cookery based show as he himself has knowledge about different dishes which is very important to carry forward the show.

champion Cook: Ronit Roy;adventure man: Ranvijay and step up: Soumya Tandon

Ranvijay Singh

Ludhiana's Rannvijay Singh won the first season of MTV's reality show Roadies in 2003 and went on to become a popular host. He has anchored MTV Roadies season 2 to Season 8.He is perfect host for two reasons, he being the first winner of Roadies and he knows how to handle the contestants and represents youth well.

Soumya Tandon

She came into the limelight when she played the role of Roop, Geet's sister in the hit movie Jab We Met and offers have been flowing in ever since. She loves anchoring and she has anchored Zor Ka Jhatka, Total Wipeout, Dance India Dance and Comedy Circus ke Tansen. She has the talent of hosting all types of shows whether it's a dance based or comedy show.

Rajeev Khandelwal

Rajeev Khandelwal was cool and dynamic while anchoring Sach ka Saamna. He is a hit with fans and is looking forward to the second season of the show. He is known for his anchoring skills and he is very fluent in Hindi. He can connect with the audiences.

Personal Touch:Mona Singh

Mona Singh

She made her TV debut by playing Jassi in Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi in 2003. She is a very happy go lucky and vivacious person.

That comes across when she hosts a show and she is truly an entertainer. Audiences love her personality and they feel as if it's their Jassi only who is interacting with them.

reality star: Hussain


He knows his work well and connects well with the audience, which is more important. Hussain has the charisma to host shows. He is well-versed in Hindi and that connect him and audience. In his career he has hosted 9 reality shows which shows how much fans have loved him.

Not only this he has also replaced Aman Verma in Khulja Sim Sim and he also replaced Eijaz Khan in Dance Premier League.

Shake a leg 

Delly Belly stars Imran Khan, Vir Das and Kunaal Roy Kapoor will be the special guests to join judges Farah Khan and Anu Malik in Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega on Sony. Imran who is all set to change his boy next door image with this film, will show everyone his daring side on the show. He will join two contestants as they perform dangerous stunts.

TWO TO TANGO: Imran Khan & Vir Das perform on Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega

A source reveals "In the first stunt, a magician will cover Imran's head with a headgear and then will rotate his head thrice. In the next stunt Imran will be made to sit on a platform, which a contestant will pull with the strength of his hair. Both these acts left the judges and audiences equally astonished."

This is not all Imran will also entertain viewers by shaking a leg to the hit number Switty Switty. The most entertaining part is sure to be Imran's attempt at belly dancing, which he will try to learn from a participant on the show.

Catch Imran at his entertaining best in Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega in the next episode.

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is June 29...

Your birthday, June 29 reflects idealism in your nature. You are imaginative and creative. Ruled by the Moon, the number 2 makes you peace-lover, gentle, considerate, and sensitive. Business: Reschedule the day-to-day tasks. Don't overlook the casual options. Career: You'll have loads of imagination and by developing new projects, you will gain respect and trust of your superiors. Education: Students may do well and the ability to concentrate and grasp knowledge will increase. You do not need to be out in the playing field in order to score big points. Family: Apathy can cost you if you are feeling rebellious or defiant. Clashes with spouse are possible, especially if you are paired to Leo, Virgo or Libra. Finance: In career, you'll however gain some reputation. Friendship: Find balance from Scorpio, Taurus, Aquarius and Sagittarius. Health: You'll feel weak. Health may slightly trouble you. Slight headaches, distaste for foods etc. could make you suffer. Love: August and September increase your chances of connecting with someone new. Travel: Chances of theft in travels. Be careful and insured. State of Mind: Emotional. Compatible Signs: Sagittarius, Aquarius. Lucky Colors: Hot Pink, Lemon. Lucky Days: Wednesday and Sunday. Lucky Numbers: 4, 9, 16, 22, 24.

Shenaz Treasurywala (June 29 ,1981) - model, travel writer and actress. Started acting debut in the 2003 in film Ishq Vishk, which earned Shenaz a nomination for the best supporting actress award by the Filmfare Film Awards. With her love for travel, she has written travel articles for various fashion magazines. Shenaz currently resides in Mumbai and is the host of Culture Shock on the Travel Channel. One of her ambitions is to host a travel show. Having prime number 2 in her date of birth which represents fast moving Moon, known to travel from one sign to other in 24 hours, Shenaz's stars too indicate that her career is related to travel rather than in films in future.

Beat it

Dj Bhanu

Track : Edge Of Glory

Artist : Lady GAGA

Genre: Club

The Edge of Glory is an upbeat song of dance-pop and electro-pop tendencies. It is notable for the use of synthesizers executed in a manner highly influenced by smooth jazz, as well as the inclusion of a saxophone solo by Clarence Clemons. This is a track that one must listen to, and dance to.

(As told to Jasmine Singh) 

Astro turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: A financial matter that has been delayed should be forwarded now. Social activities will not be worth attending. You could be discontent in love. If at logger-heads with your parents over your life's direction, still listen to what they have to say. Tarot Message: Don't take hasty decisions. Lucky colour: Deep Red. Magic Number: 41

TAURUS: This day will be marked only by the lack of activity. Business will tick over smoothly enough. You should finally feel your self esteem rising. Use this day to consider the pros and cons, perhaps with family input.

Tarot Message: lack of caution can leave you in losses. Lucky colour: Forest Green. Magic Number: 43

GEMINI: Discussion and debates can be very interesting. You will actually enjoy having your ideas tested by an intelligent person. If an old friend needs your support, get together for coffee or lunch and listen to their doubts and worries. Tarot Message: Do not expect too much from others. Lucky colour: White. Magic Number: 52.

CANCER: Your mate may feel that you have been devoting more time to outside interests. Spiritual issues can lead to deep thinking. You might run into a friend who sparks your interest in the area of life. Tarot Message: Do not swing away from the course you have charted so far. Lucky colour: Sea Green. Magic Number: 26.

LEO: You might have some difficulty controlling your emotions. Memories from your childhood may surface. Learn how to deal with these memories and emotions in a positive fashion. You will then sleep well tonight. Tarot Message: Take one step at a time and avoid being hurried and over anxious. Lucky colour: Purple. Magic Number: 55.

VIRGO: This is not time for grabbing centre stage. Try to improve your overall financial situation. An argument with a friend can leave you high and dry. Consider your situation before you go off on your own. Tarot Message: Make compromises outside and come to terms within yourself. Lucky colour: Golden Yellow. Magic Number: 46

LIBRA: Improvement will continue in general financial picture. Business matters are fairly well under control. Social affairs will be exciting. A former friend might turn up on your doorstep and have some exciting stories to tell. Tarot Message: Don't do anything at the cost of health.Lucky colour: Jade. Magic Number: 29

SCORPIO: No need to make any important move. Conditions are too weak at the moment to contemplate fresh operations. Relationship with your family members should be good even if strained earlier in the year. Your efforts will produce a positive move. Tarot Message: Don't reveal your plan of action to anyone. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic Number: 27

SAGITTARIUS: The affairs of close companion are favoured today. An accident could occur if you don't keep your mind on the job. Be careful when using electricalmachinery. A change of home or job is possible. Tarot Message: Avoids trouble by taking timely action. Lucky colour: Deep Red. Magic Number: 35.

CAPRICORN: Do not give into lethargy. Emotional people may change their mind. Deception from opposite sex is on the cards. Monitor your credit card debt. You may already be having trouble making your monthly payments! Tarot Message: Don't reveal your plans to your competitors. Lucky colour: Ebony. Magic Number: 27.

AQUARIUS: An early morning disturbance could get up a lot sooner than usual, which will give you a chance to catch up some housework. Love life suffers because of your hectic schedule. Tarot Message: You will receive a useful tip at the stock exchange. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic Number: 44

PISCES: The day is going to be rather slow. Take advantage of other people's experience. Family will be much better company than friends. If you prefer to hide away indoors, travel to escape the commonplace. Tarot Message: Dare to accomplish tasks which take up a lot of time. Lucky colour: Bottle Green. Magic Number: 32

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