Fashion photographers from Chandigarh share what a typical portfolio should look like...
Manpriya Khurana

White space, focus, camera, zoom, balance, lighting, face, expressions, the look, angles, postures, props, huh! There’s just too much happening in any photograph; in a portfolio, it is all the more.

Want to be the brand new face of a French Fashion House? The most commercial of faces need to get started somewhere. Enter the modelling portfolios. The fashion photographers from the city share what a typical one entails and also what all you need to get that folio right.

That’s where it all begins. Shares Jass Buttar, fashion photographer from the region, “It’s like your first impression - that’s the starting point of anyone’s dreams of a modeling career.” And why you should get a folio done is not hard to figure out? He adds, “There are two reasons why it’s indispensable. First, there is too much of competition out there. For every single advertisement that is going to be shot, rest assured already fifty youngsters have taken several rounds of the agency. Secondly, if those people have your portfolios, they can always zero in on you.” Needless to add, it’s the ground zero, the base from where it all takes off!

What aspects should an ideal one highlight is more like a case-sensitive subject. “First of all, it depends on your requirement. But a good one should invariably bring out the models’ best features; whether it’s height, expressions, looks or even your dressing sense for that matter,” shares Naresh Dhaiya, portfolio professional from city-based Gurudev Photo Studio.

Almost every day, lot many queue up to have a decent shot at their share of the limelight. He adds, “Most of the youngsters who come to us are college-goers, who have had some stint in local ads, shoots and videos. Many a times they are not perfect, then that much more goes into touching and finishing…till they look perfect.”

Do we have a lot of aspiring kids on the block? “Some begin as young as 16-17 and many look like children. In that case, I suggest them what should they go for, acting portfolios or modelling portfolios,” nods Jass.

He adds, “At times, a lot many do not first appear to have it in them. I suggest the look and fields they should go for accordingly, but I do their pictures nevertheless. You never know - some are really hardworking, while others may get plain lucky.” A standard collection of pictures for starters might cost anywhere between Rs 15,000 to 30,000. Nods Jass, “In Rs 30,000, you get six to seven changes with a lot of variations. Rest it can be varied according to the budget and requirements.”

For those who’ve decided to step up and step out in front of the lens, pearls of wisdom galore. “Whenever youngsters decide to get it done, there are several factors that one should keep in mind. A good portfolio has to have good styling. The photographer should bring out the best in you, moreover the pictures should reflect your attitude and personality,” city-based fashion photograoher Deepika Sharma, throws a word of caution in the air. Most of her clients contact her through word-of-mouth, Facebook and local networking.

Chips in Sunny Sheoran, freelance photographer-cum-production manager, “Another very important thing is whether you want an outdoor shoot or an indoor shoot. Since I run a production company, many a times, directors tell me they prefer outdoor shoots when scouting for talent. But for aspiring models, who want to get into modelling rather than acting, an indoor portfolio is recommended.”

No one’s going to pick you up for endorsing their product on the basis of an attention position shot at a local studio; no matter how good the face is. Just as much of thought should get into who clicks you and how! He doesn’t stop at that. There’s a lot more that goes into the research. “You should also know what camera your photographer is using. Don’t hesitate to question about the quantity and quality of the lens?” Freeze that!



Monsoon revelry in the hills
For those looking for some forest adventure, Pine Hills Eco Camp, Barog, offers a range of activities and also the option of being one with nature

Greenery is at its best during monsoon, so we introduce you to another green retreat close to Chandigarh. Pine Hills Eco Camp, Barog, not only offers a natural haven away from the traffic and humdrum of the urban world, but also an exciting time in soft adventures.

Trekking along forest trails, negotiating obstacles, primitive archery, pony rides, rappelling, rock-climbing, mountain-biking, flying fox, valley crossing or the survival techniques in wilderness Pine Hills Eco Camp offer all this and much more!

Around 60 kilometres from Chandigarh, at the altitude of 6,020 feet, this camp is nestled in a beautiful pine forest. This Himachal Government’s eco-tourism enterprise is managed by senior military veterans - Maj Gen Harwant Krishan and Brig HS Nagra. And in their prim and proper Army ways, this duo ensures a nature refuge with the spirit of adventure in a peaceful ambience.

If traffic obliges, this 90-minute drive (one side) can make for a lovely day adventure; better still if you spend a night, as the jungle comes alive during after-hours. Waking up at a bugle call, tea at machan, morning yoga amongst the chirping birds, big breakfast; knowing nature followed by working lunch, evening cuppa and adventure activities followed by the feel of the forest at night along with dinner, wrapping up the day by falling asleep to a flute lullaby – there is a whole lot to savour here.

The designer tents with attached toilets offer a relaxing stay with comfortable beds and adequate furniture. Kitchen offers camp food laid out at a machan; the very setting gives a robust camp feel. However, the place gives one liberty to choose from sheer indulgence to rugged a forest experience.

Since this camp is a favourite with schools and corporate houses alike, we advice you make a prior booking through its website. Also, be mindful of regulations, for its keepers are firm believers in the jungle lore. So respect nature, pay heed to you guide; take back nothing but pictures and memories.


First-day-first show
Relatively yours
Mummy Punjabi

Mummy Punjabi is the ‘New Age Mother India’, with today’s grandeur, intensity, humour and emotions. A complete family entertainer, wherein a Punjabi urban mother balances tradition with her own value system. The movie brings to life her realistic vision of life, the joys, pleasures, as well as the social forces experienced by her and the family. It plays upon the uniqueness of her relationships with her husband and children, and her special relationship with a neighbor who admires her ‘completeness’. With the story rooted in Chandigarh, there are several foot tapping Punjabi songs and dances. Over the course of the film, her life comes a full circle as she reflects on her relationships, connecting with the hearts of all mothers, sons, daughters.

Starring: Kirron Kher, Jackie Shroff, Divya Dutta and Kanwaljeet Singh

Perfect lead

“No one could be better than Kirron Kher for the lead role. No one can match her comic timing, at the same time she is brilliant with emotional roles.”

Deeptesh Naval, bank employee

On confused lines

“It is a family entertainer but it is neither a comedy and nor a serious movie. I expected a better screenplay. The direction is also weak at some places.”

Rahul Gupta, DAV College student

Chaotic story

“The plot is extremely chaotic and the movie lacks a basic storyline. The music often looks displaced.”

Rajeev Mathur, trader


Rivaaz is a film against exploitation, a film about dignity, about hope of women who are traded in the name of tradition. Family-based prostitution exists in many districts but unfortunately our law and order system does not consider this as a major issue. The system which started as a community tradition (rivaaz), now operates as a money-making trade within the knowledge of the lawmakers and protectors.

Starring: Deepti Naval, Reema Lagoo, Meghna Naidu and Alok Nath

Not starry

“It lacks a good star cast and it looks as if the producer was trying to save money at wrong places.”

Deepti Bhandari, housewife

Serious note

“The movie consists of a light social drama. It has a serious story line.”

Jhanvi Dua, student

Guiding light

“It is an educating movie and must be taken seriously. Worth the watch”

Anil Verma, IT employee

(As told to Sabia Talwar)

Kick in life!

Martial arts is a comprehensive way to physical, emotional as well as mental health, and Ekjot Kaur, 20-year-old Taekwondo black belt, wants it to be as popular in India as in its country of origin, Korea.

Just back from the Korea with a diploma in Sports Science and a Major in Taekwondo from Taekyeng University, Deagu, Ekjot is fascinated by the fitness levels of Koreans. “I am amazed by the fitness and flexibility of Korean women, and, as I perceive it, it has a lot to do with their martial arts regimen,” shares Ekjot.

With 11 golds, two silvers and two bronze medals under her belt, Ekjot aims to win an Olympic medal. She has chosen Taekwondo as her career and is already training under Extreme Martial Arts.

Self-defense is a must, especially for women, in today’s world. And according to Ekjot, it’s not that difficult to learn. “We can use our body as arms in martial arts. And there are techniques that can save one from a tricky situation,” says Ekjot. “Martial Arts also make one alert and wise, not only in a tricky situation but also in life in general,” she adds.

Two years rigorous regimen in Korea has changed Ekjot as a person. “I was a lazy teenager, too busy with friends to workout, but seeing Korean culture has changed me as a person,” she shares. The negative impression of Indians on university teachers’ minds made Ekjot prove her mettle. Almost six hours workout daily not only made Ekjot get 80 per cent in her course, but also admiration and regard from fellow students as well as teachers alike.

And she recommends Taekwondo to one and all. “The flexibility, endurance and concentration that one develops while learning any martial art helps in studies, work as well as life,” says Ekjot.

And the best is that martial arts give you the confidence to protect yourself!


Dance away

Everything needs to be packaged for appeal. These days, it is Dance Taekwondo called Taekwondo Jejo, which is making waves. Tuned in to popular cartoons (to appeal to the younger lot) and Hollywood hits like ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, moves and kicks based around music give a rigorous workout and builds endurance. 

Gyan Zone
Cook your own stuff
Sabia Talwar

With the exotic touch of Europe and appetizing cuisines from Asia, the new chapter of Bella Vista at Panchkula — Bella Asia — opens a fusion journey for tricity foodies. Shares Duddi Reny Manohar, executive chef, "Chandigarh is saturated with so many eating joints that serve regular dishes but here we serve you Mongolian cuisine, which is totally new to this region." When you are visiting this place you cannot afford to miss the European ambience, which includes galleries with flower pots and huge shade umbrellas.

Bella Asia also boasts of being the first eating joint serving Mongolian cuisine in Punjab. Says Jaskirat Singh Nagra, vice-president, "Bella Asia aims to serve pan-Asian cuisines according to the demand of our customers." He adds, "At Bella Asia we focus on creating authentic tastes and the sanctity of vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian food is maintained by preparing them on separate grills."

Bella Asia tries to recreate and restore the freshness and simplicity of cooking through their Mongolian set meal at Rs 499. This set meal starts with a choice of soup and any one out of the six vegetarian or non-vegetarian appetizers. For the main course, Mongolian hot pot, wherein you fill up a bowl with whatever you want from thirty-two ingredients available at the cold counter, is a treat for the palate.

The ingredients include veggies, corns, cheese, shredded raw chicken, shredded raw lamb, fish, tofu and a lot more. You can top up your bowl with peanuts, chillies, ginger, coriander and even an egg.

For the flavouring there are 12 kinds of different sauces, including thai curries, ginger chilly, ginger coriander oyster and black bean sauces. The real fun begins when the chef cooks it upon a Teppanyaki grill plate and you take a pick from the selections.

A meal is incomplete without desserts, which are milk-based, water-based and yogurt-based gelatos in different flavours.


Strings attached!
Artiste Subhash Ghosh creates a new musical instrument — Swar Ragini 
SD Sharma

"Any genre of classical art may be rooted in tradition, but it survives only through innovation; this applies to musical instruments as well. These have to be enriched through the latest available knowledge and technology." says Subhash Ghosh, the designer-creator of the new musical instrument Swar Ragini.

A disciple of the sarod wizard Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Subhash Ghosh had earlier introduced a musical instrument Sarasvani by modifying the conventional Hawaiin guitar, with most of the salient features of sitar sarod and veena incorporated.

Sharing his views on the necessity of such improvisations, Subhash Ghosh says that the original Hawaiin guitar had a Western instrument look. "I added a set of sympathetic strings (tarbs) and the Sarasvani with extended base; additional chikari sympathetic strings and juari. These were much appreciated during my performances in Iran and the US. Now, I am keen to see the audience reaction to my new innovation, Swar Ragini, which I am taking for my concerts in UK and France," says Ghosh.

"It is just like the South-Indian Veena with four main strings, special tuning pegs and toomba - all designed to produce the best tonal quality and magical melodic sound," claims Ghosh. "Supported by my wife, Dr Saroj Ghosh I have put my three decades of experience and knowledge to make Swar Ragini. I dedicate my instrument to the soaring spirit of city beautiful."

Pre-birth humour

Babies in the womb develop a range of facial movements which can be identified as laughing and crying, research shows.

Study author Nadja Reissland from Durham University said: "We have found so much more than we expected. We knew that the baby blinks before birth and that some research has identified scowling before birth."

The research group examined video-taped feotal facial movements obtained by ultrasound machines in the later stages of pregnancy, according to a Durham statement. — IANS

Astro Turf
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ARIES: Partners may not agree with your plans. No need to put your hard earned money on the stake. Acceptance into an educational institution of your choice can lift your spirit and enthusiasm. Tarot message: Take care of interests and portfolios of your work. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic number: 42 

TAURUS: Concentrate on your career path. Be flexible in your thinking. Look at a problem from different angles and you can find a simple solution. Ensure that you do not neglect your home and family. Tarot message: Dare to accomplish those tasks which take up a lot of time. Lucky colour: Rainbow Pestles. Magic number: 39.

GEMINI: Money rolls after lunch. You will have to modify your plans. Friends’ company stimulates you. Your determination will ensure success. Lend only as much as you can afford. Take care of your stomach. Tarot message: You will be happier if you retain the fruit of your hard work. Lucky colour: Black. Magic number: 27.

CANCER: Be prepared for unusual invitations. An unexpected surprise could change your plans. Socializing can be fun, if you and your partner haven’t been spending a lot of time together lately. Tarot message: Try to relax in the middle of the week and put your cares to one side. Lucky colour: Purple. Magic number: 61.

LEO: Surprising events can lead to a major rethink on what you are doing with your life. Love and romance are highlighted. Speak to your partner about using joint finances to cover an extra loan. Tarot message: Be sure involving yourself as much as possible in new project. Lucky colour: Burgundy. Magic number: 58.

VIRGO: Enjoy a quiet morning and get into artistic projects you have around the home. Let your imagination run free. Good day for planning. Luck will be with you. Cash crisis resolves after 3.00 p.m. Tarot Message: Yet work could pose certain minor difficulties but don’t worry. Lucky colour: Green. Magic number: 33.

LIBRA: Today you will find people generally hard to pin down. Joint finances belong to you and your partner, so agreement over your budget has to be reached for it to work successfully. Tarot message: Balance your energy before making important decisions. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic number: 51

SCORPIO: Stick to your regular job as the best way of boosting your reserves. There is a promise of pay raise or improvement in working conditions in the cosmos for you. Be happy for the things you do have. Tarot message: Stay away from shrewd colleagues. Lucky colour: White. Magic number: 34

SAGITTARIUS: Hobbies will give you much satisfaction. Discuss investment. Real estate matters may suffer. Confidence and self-esteem are on the rise. Romance is high on your agenda and a loving encounter is likely. Tarot message: Remember it is the thought that counts and not the price tag. Lucky colour: Saffron. Magic number: 45.

CAPRICORN: Avoid gossiping; because it can spoil your chance of success. Sportsmen: get more exercise to keep yourself fit. It could be easy for you to overextend on a loan. Be realistic before applying for credit. Tarot message: Try to be active in catching financial opportunities. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic number: 47.

AQUARIUS: Go along with the wishes of your family members. A more comfortable lifestyle will result from a pay raise, boosting your confidence. An evening invitation might line you up with an attractive stranger. Tarot Message: Do not leave things up to chance. Lucky color: Deep Red. Magic Number: 32.

PISCES: The day will become rather sensitive for marital relationship. Check occasionally so you don’t miss any important calls. Romance can call via poetic text messages, but monitor how much time you spend on such dalliance. Tarot message: Use your judgments and be firm in extracting a commitment. Lucky colour: Crimson. Magic number: 29.

The Year Ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is September 17...

There will be sudden new developments at work that could necessitate change in strategy. You are still able to follow your goal though it is postponed or revised. An overseas business is also predicted for some of you. Several opportunists will try to jump on to your bandwagon for personal gains. Ignore them. In fact, it would be wiser for you to work independently to safeguard your position. Creativity is rampant throughout your world; you aren’t the only one who is coming up with some great suggestions. If you happen to be operating in a market driven by choice you need to react rapidly or lose out to competitors. With new incentives cropping up every day, don’t spend too long thinking about how, why or when to put your own ideas into practice.

As Virgo, the 17th day of September suggests that you are very fortune financially, because this date is very good for business interest and a solid business sense. Although you are probably very honest and ethical, this birthday enables you to be shrewd and successful in the world of business and commercial enterprise. A sensitivity in your nature often repressed below the surface of awareness, makes it hard to give or receive affection.

Extra cash and possible winnings are foreseen. As an employee, accept the duties which have been given to you; avoid doing things your way as this could irritate a superior. Students may not be very happy with their grades. Do not let this chance of fortune slip through your fingers.  You might be unaware of the importance of current events; but your future is at stake.  You must carefully consider the next step and start taking notes. Money may feel like it is running out of your pocket. Cooperation from members wanes, especially with spouse, parents. Caution with elder members is advised. Mood: Vulnerable and slightly gullible. Compatible signs: Virgo, Libra. Lucky colours: Grey, Off-White. Lucky days: Saturday and Sunday. Lucky Numbers: 4, 8, 13, 14, 48. Lucky flower: Gladiolus. Lucky gem: Neeli, a substitute of Blue sapphire.

Sanjay Kapoor (September 17, 1965 Mumbai) brother of actor Anil Kapoor and producer Boney Kapoor and brother-in-law of Sridevi also celebrates the great event of life. He has in the past been romantically linked to Tabu with whom he starred in a movie with as well as Sushmita Sen. It was Raja opposite Madhuri Dixit that brought him box office success and he became a star overnight. He was applauded by critics for his roles in Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe and Qayamat: City Under Threat.  Sanjay’s stars do not promise him to be successful as his brother. He can be more successful if he opts for direction in 2012.

Chatter Box

Kavita Kaushik Kavita Kaushik who enjoys playing cop Chandramukhi Chautala in SAB TV’s FIR recently was in the US and got a fabulous tattoo done.

Fearless Kavita, got a big tattoo of Lord Shiva on her back. 

She surprised everyone with her new tattoo the next day on the shoot.

Though she found the process tiresome and now will have to take care of the same, she is relishing all compliments coming her way.

Divine presence: Kavita Kaushik

Brand ambassador

Sparsh Khanchandani Child actor Sparsh Khanchandani famous for her role as young Ichcha in Uttaran, will now be the brand ambassador of the children’s edition of a leading newspaper. She will promote the paper in various cities via magic tricks she has learnt.

Paper promotion: Sparsh Khanchandani

Fresh celeb singing show

Taking a leaf from Zee Marathi’s hit celeb singing reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, now Zee TV will soon launch the same in hindi. After grownups and kids, celebrities will show off their singing prowess in this competition. Zee has approached Varun Badola, Rajshri Thakur, Suchitra Krishnamurthy, Vikas Bhalla, Manish Paul, Kapil Sharma, Manasi Parekh and Chhavi Mittal.

Funny bone

Ami Trivedi Ami Trivedi is busy with two serials-Papad Pol and Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo on SAB TV. But as her show Papad Pol will end soon, she claims, “I love doing comedies as they are fun. I don’t mind working in two comedies. There is more to do in a comedy serial. They really excite me.”

Comedy Queen: Ami Trivedi

Angry Baba

Baba Ramdev who shot for Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs enjoyed listening to final five contestants sing spiritual songs Post the show, when he was questioned on was Rakhi Sawant he said, “She should not garner publicity using my name.”

Superstar goes social activist

As reported earlier, superstar Aamir Khan will debut on television with his chat show, now more details have come forth regarding the same. The show will air on a popular channel and will be produced by Sidharth Basu’s Big Synergy. The show will be based on creating awareness regarding social causes though the channel and Basu’s office are mum on the same. Aamir is currently shooting for Reema Kagti’s Dhaun with Rani Mukherji and Kareena Kapoor.

Name Game

Well-known writer Kamlesh Pandey who has given numerous hits on television has for the first time adapted a famous Pakistani show Dhoop Kinare for his Sony TV show Kuch Toh Log Kahenge. Starring Mohnish Behl and Kritika Kamra the show will launch on 3rd October at 8 pm. During the press conference, Kamlesh revealed a secret. He said his Javed Akhtar was so impressed with the female lead in Dhoop Kinare called Dr. Zoya that he named his daughter Zoya too!! 

Movie Buff

Karan Singh Grover, who is known as television’s Salman Khan for his physique, loves to watch film. He loves to rent DVDs and watch movies endlessly. Here is a list of his top favourite films.

The Shawshank Redemption

I think it’s one of the most intelligently made movies of all time and what a performance by Tim Robbins! The direction is awesome, the performance of every character however small is amazing and above all, the script is brilliant!

The Dark Knight

Christopher Nolan’s Batman saga is a complete edge of the seat thriller. The script is a total roller coaster ride and the special effects, the background score, the cinematography, everything comes together to create a masterpiece. And what acting man! Christian Bale, Heath Ledger and Aaron Eckhart are all brilliant in there roles. “Why so serious?” said in true blue Joker style haunts you long after the movie is over. That is the power of the film.

Dev D

Anurag Kashyap’s modern day adaptation of Devdas is an all time favorite of mine. The strongest point of the film is the way the story has been adapted to the present times. And not to mention the performances! Abhay Deol is superb and the background score, cinematography and the soundtrack of this movie also are all extremely well made. And the movie can boast of excellent dialogues like “Tumhe tumhari aukat dikha rahi hoon.” and many more.

Sleepless in Seattle

This is a timeless romantic classic starring Tom Hanks and the ever charming Meg Ryan. It’s a beautiful story told even more beautifully and to top it all, the performances by Hanks and Ryan are so touching! And the movie has some great romantic scenes with a lovely background score to add to the whole feel.

Don (starring Amitabh Bachchan)

“Don ke pichhe gyara mulkon ki police padi hai par Don ko pakad na mushkil hi nahin, namumkin hai.” sums it all! This movie is a complete potboiler and a total masala entertainer and is an important part of my collection. And what a performance by Amitji and what songs! This movie personifies what an out an out Bollywood flick is.

Star Track
It's the time to disco

John Abraham
FUN WORK: John Abraham

Single, sexy and a superstar John Abraham is well known for his riot-inducing hotness factor, demi-god looks and a chiseled body and now his single status making him the most-desired hunk in Bollywood.

The star that was recently voted 'India's Sexiest Bachelor' by Big CBS Prime was seen partying hard and hanging out with a bevy of beauties at a nightclub in South Africa.

The star was shooting for a commercial for Van Heusen's clubwear- VDot.

The commercial features John turning on his charm and enjoying all attention.

When asked about the female attention surrounding him, John was all praises for them - "It's so exciting to shoot with such beautiful women, because they're nice, they're simple and they have so much energy"

Talking about the shoot he also said, "The script demands that you be at your best. More than that I think it accentuates what the product is about".

Daddy's girl

Sonakshi is a daddy's girl and that's what she said when she was launched. She comes from a strict family background where late night hangouts are not allowed and the maximum night out time is one am. As she has suddenly become a big star with one film, dad Shot Gun is unhappy with her for late night shoots for Shirish Kunder's Joker. He has apparently given her a deadline of one am to be home.

A look at the bigger picture

The Dirty Picture will release in December but the first-look promo have won rave reviews and many hits! Producer Ekta Kapoor and director Milan Luthria say that Vidya Balan was their one and only choice and that she has done a fantastic job in the biopic on Silk Smitha.

On Vidya as the ultimate choice

Milan Lutharia: We were looking for a strong performer and not someone who could merely look sexy. We wanted voluptuous as well as a great actor and then only Vidya came to our minds as she is a great actress and she has the body of classic voluptuous Indian beauty which somehow matches with Silk Smitha.

Ekta Kapoor: When we were filing the character, it was only Vidya who came to our minds! I can't think of any other voluptuous lady with such classic beauty in Bollywood. And from her very first film she has proved her acting talent.

Silk Smitha's grace

Milan: Silk was never pencil thin and she was happy to have such a figure. To get that grace we needed someone with such beauty and Vidya herself is a South Indian so it was easy for her to get into the character.

Ekta: Silk has a kind of grace and attitude in her, which I have always seen in Vidya, she is voluptuous but at the time looks sexy. People misinterpret that as fat but she has the actual Indian woman's figure which even Silk Smita had."

Softer side

Milan: Vidya is a great actress and that will be proved again with this film. It is a very versatile and complicated character. Silk has many layers. She is vulnerable and soft. We have tried to explore that in the film and Vidya has done a great job.

True professional: When we started Vidya was not comfortable but then being a true professional she made herself comfortable. You need to be mentally ready before stepping out on the sets in those shocking costumes. But when I saw the first trailor I was shocked because she has done such a great job. — HRM

Three Musketeers in Hindi?

Author Alexandre Dumas' popular novel Three Musketeers is likely to be turned into a film in Hindi.

PVR Pictures is said to be in talks with Summit Entertainment, the distributors of Hollywood film The Three Musketeers, for the Hindi remake and reportedly they are considering Aamir Khan and Priyanka Chopra to play prominent roles.

"They are considering casting Aamir as the Duke of Buckingham and Priyanka as Milady de Winter, who is one of the antagonists in the film. But the actors to play three musketeers are still not known," the source said.

Three Musketeers talks about Porthos, Athos and Aramis who served the king of France as his best musketeers. After discovering an evil conspiracy to overthrow the king, the musketeers come across a young, aspiring hero, D'Artagnan, and take him under their wing.

Together, the four embark on a mission to bust the plot that not only threatens the crown, but the future of Europe itself. — IANS

Screen test

From Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha to Hrithik Roshan and Jacqueline Fernandez. These are a new pairs that Bollywood will see in the coming year.


Ali Zafar is the charismatic new actor in Bollywood. He charmed us in Tere Bin Laden and Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. Aditi Rao Hydari is the pretty and fascinating damsel from Yeh Saali Zindagi. Together, they are a fresh and good-looking pair in London, Paris, New York.


Sonakshi admitted she had a crush on Ranveer and the latter is flattered by the attention. They have already performed together on stage. Both of them have unbeatable screen presence and charisma and will come together for a romantic-comedy produced by YRF.


Hrithik RoshanHrithik looks like a Greek God and Jacqueline is a temptress beyond compare. Hrithik is a superhero and we can completely imagine Jacqueline in a catsuit. She plays the bad girl in Krishh 2.

KILLER LOOKS: Hrithik Roshan


He is hot, single, and sexy. She is a mother, smouldering, and stunning. The sex symbols are paired with each other in Desi Boyz and also in another romantic film where they have to be pretty intimate with each other. Let's see how it all turns out!


This is a very interesting pair. Farhan is stepping out of his comfort zone and doing a film with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. He is also playing a character based on a real-life person, Milkha Singh, in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Sonam plays a village damsel and they make a good-looking pair. The film is yet to go on the floors.


She is gorgeous and he is good-looking and cute. She is vivacious and he is silent and sober. The hotties come together in Shakun Batra's Ek Main Aur Ek Tu which will release next year. — HRM

Waxed honour

Bollywood star Kareena Kapoor is the latest Bollywood celebrity to be waxed at Madame Tussauds. However, the 30-year-old actress will be the lone Bollywood figure at the museum in Blackpool, as the other five stars- Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai have their statues at Madame Tussauds, London.

Kareena will also flag off a global exhibition where the Bollywood wax figures will travel to six cities including London, Hong Kong and Bangkok, reflecting a growing global interest in Bollywood. "It is an honour for me," said Kareena. — PTI 

Net profit

Reliance Entertainment's action extravaganza Singham has crossed a collection of Rs 100 crores net in India - making it the seventh film to have crossed the mark of Rs 100 crores net!

The movie recently completed 50 days of theatrical release and continues to run in cinemas across the country.

Style quotient

Fashion scene is changing in Bollywood. Nowadays actors are not dressed to look good on screen, but are styled to make the common people connect with their characters, says a young designer whose work in movies like Dev D, Gulal and That Girl In Yellow Boots has been much appreciated.

"I believe fashion is changing in Bollywood. Earlier in movies, the aim was to make actors wear the best possible and most fashionable clothes to make them look nice on screen. Not enough care was taken to go into their characters," sai Shubhra Gupta.

"But I guess over time clothes have got some reality to go with it.

"With cinema changing its course, the need to connect with people has become much more prominent than to make them look glamourous. I guess the realistic approach has come in now where a layman can feel or identify with the character through clothes," she added.

Her projects vary from Luv Ranjan's youngster drama Pyaar Ka Punchnama to Ram Gopal Varma's gory real life story Rakthcharitra to Abhishek Pathak's national award-winning short film Boondh to Rahul Dholakia's social satire Society. — IANS

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