Actor Neeru Bajwa, Arjan Bajwa, brand ambassador for the Blenders Pride Punjab International Fashion Week, and designer Sanjana Jon talk about Punjab becoming trendy
Jasmine Singh

We have it all, well almost - cinema, which is graduating from better to the best, food with unmatched taste, which is famous across the globe, flourishing businesses in every district… Punjab has it all.

The only thing we are probably trailing in is fashion. Although there is no match to the elegant Patiala salwar kameez, Punjab needs a trendy dope on fashion. And bringing it to the state is the second season of Blenders Pride Punjab International Fashion Week, which is to be held soon. Actor Neeru Bajwa, Arjan Bajwa, brand ambassador for the event, and designer Sanjana Jon talk about Punjab getting fashionable.

Hi- Fashion

Arjan Bajwa,

Okay, we agree, Arjan, the name reminds you of link-ups, gossip or something 'spicy.' Meet Arjan, the shy, introvert, supportive guy from Bollywood movie Fashion opposite Priyanka Chopra.

He made his debut with a negative role in Guru, and now the actor is all set to star as a lead opposite Esha Deol in Tell Me Oh Khuda. But we are more interested in his role as a brand ambassador in Punjab International Fashion Week. "I have a connection with Punjab, and as a brand ambassador I will try to highlight the culture as well as fashion of Punjab," says Arjan. We thought you wanted to change the fashion! "This is something I can't," he smiles bringing in the reference of his movie 'Fashion'. "After the movie, I am present wherever there is fashion," adds Arjan, an architect who wanted to be a pilot. He shrugs his shoulders, "I was destined to be in this industry. I have found my comfort level here. It is next to impossible to create a place in Bollywood with a non-filmi background. But I am glad I am surviving pretty strong."

Fashion for a cause

Sanjana Jon

If there is someone grabbing more eyeballs at the conference of Punjab International Fashion Week, it is Sanjana Jon. New York-based fashion designer, more in news for her brother Anand Jon being acquitted by court after charges of rape were levelled against him. The designer makes her debut in Punjab with her collection, which is going to be a blend of traditional and contemporary designs. Her participation in this event is associated with a cause - 'Save girl Child'. "For me it is combining fashion with a cause, and Punjab has a potential for both," shares Sanjana. The conversation moves towards her brother Anand unassumingly. "I had to go through a lot, but I am trying to fight darkness with whatever means I can. Hopefully, whatever causes I am taking up will be counted as a blessing for him." There was news of converting Anand's story into a Bollywood movie. "It would happen, as of now I would want things to be clear. I am hoping that dark nights will soon fade away," says the designer.

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stylish star
Neeru Bajwa

The cliché goes, she needs no introduction - actor Neeru Bajwa actually doesn't need one. One Punjabi movie after the other, Neeru is all set to take up the role of a fashionista for this event. "Punjab is already fashionable, with Blenders Pride Punjab International Fashion Week, we are set to redefine fashion," says the beauty dressed in a short brown dress. Lessons in fashion begin here! 

Rap chick
Jasmine Singh

A rowdy kid, a hard nut to crack — nothing could intimidate her, nothing could make her nip her passion, nothing could ever stop her from dreaming because nothing could affect her…Hard Kaur has everything today. A sensational rap star, she has not only taken the music scene in Punjab but also in Bollywood by storm. She carries the 'I-give-a-damn-attitude' in the right proportion and is now all set to rock with new projects. In Chandigarh en route to Ambala for Tuborg Strong Fungama Nights, the rap star is as candid as ever.

My mother is bloated with pride…

My relatives would always criticise my mother for giving me freedom and allowing me to pursue my passion for singing. Today, all those who said nasty things about me are eating their words and I love it! Who would be happier than my mother.

Akki bhaji jaisa koi nahin

It was great working with Akshay Kumar in Patiala House. He is like an elder brother.

I will & might act in movies

If there is some interesting role I might want to give it a shot, but singing remains my priority.

Amrish Puri…Oh, I wish

I would have loved to work with Amrish Puri.

Are you ready?

All-new Glassy in making!

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Make a splash!
Just drive for 45 minutes from Chandigarh and you land yourself at Fun City, a place that offers various slides and water sports

How about some thrill, adventure and entertainment this weekend? Soak in the falls or showers or take a 50-feet slide to land in a whirlpool. Before the winter sets in, and the season is closer than it seems, we suggest a day of water adventure.

Some 45 minutes on the Barwala road from Chandigarh is Funcity, one of the first and the largest theme parks of the region. This park has six landing pools, one activity pool, one wave pool and 18 water slides of different sizes and shapes, including a few small ones for children.

The water park offers an array of adventurous activities for different age groups. What comes as a relief is that you can take a plunge even if you don’t know swimming! There are a variety of slides and pools that let you have some risk- free fun or you can simply bask in the sun on water floats.

The most popular ones are the ones that pump one’s adrenaline. Wunder Water gives many options. Move along with the water on a short slide with your partner to land in water or climb up some 40 feet to take a plunge down. New water slides have also been introduced. Crazy Fall makes one fall in a pool six feet deep with a thud. No onlookers here, for one is guaranteed to be soaked in the intermittent showers produced by enthusiastic divers!

Though lifeguards man all the rides, we still suggest pay attention to your safety and follow the guidelines.

Bowl Speed Slide has a ‘viewers’ gallery’ as one takes on 50 feet slide to land in a whirlpool. Runway River lets four people ride a small water float that takes one through tall, long-winding slide that lands in a shallow pool.

What’s most popular here is the Rain Dance arena. The music plays loud and clear; the moment the DJ plays a recent hit, enthusiastic youngsters leave their rides to run to the wooden floor dance arena to shake a leg.

Not a water person? No problem. There are other rides, though not as many. With its speed, Razzle Dazzle is sure to be fun. Dream Boat, though a common, popular one remains a favourite. Then there are others like Big Apple and newly introduced Octopus Ride. There are a few eateries to refuel. For more adventure spend a night at cottages.

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Bride & beautiful
Sabia Talwar

Sonu Gandhi, the fashion designer from Ludhiana, is giving a new definition to Punjabi designs by showcasing her works at the Punjab International Fashion Week. And that's what brought her to Chandigarh on Thursday at Tao-26 for the model hunt auditions.

The wedding season is round the corner, how can we let her go without talking about bridal designs! "The modern brides want to look elegant and traditional at the same time, so there is a kind of fusion in their attire," shares Sonu. She adds, "There are more of embellishments and rich fabrics such as shimmers, brocades and velvets are being used."

She dips into the treasure trove of intricate embroideries, dabka, zardosi, Kashmiri, Pakistani and crystal work. "For the D-day the bride must wear something with a heavy look to stand apart from the rest of her family members. The colours for the season are reds, oranges, magentas, purples; basically all the bright hues."

What about the trousseau? "Anarkalis are ruling the season, but traditional sarees and suits must not be ignored. Patiala salwars and dhoti salwars with short shirts are in." There are a whole lot of options such as the palazzo suits, lehengas, velvet capes, anarkalis with long jackets, tojas and ponchos with neck pieces.

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From China to Chandigarh!
Yunnan Acrobatic Troupe brings with them the ethnic colours of China

A glimpse of the rich and colourful culture of China is the mainstay of Yunnan Acrobatic Troupe, which is touring India as part of China-India Cultural Exchange Programme.

In Chandigarh for a performance at Tagore Theatre-18 on Friday, Yunnan is a professional group of talented performers, choreographers and coaches. Music and stage designers are a significant part of the troupe as well.

Their performance is a mix that draws from the cultural diversity of 26 ethnic groups. Traditional lion dance, plate spinning, foot juggling, rolling with lights, rope skipping and acrobatics bring in the traditional forms. "Over the years, we have upgraded the traditional acts to suit the times," says Qin Lin, deputy director, Yunnan.

This troupe has given prize-winning performances at international festivals around the world, contributing positively to cultural exchange. Hand-to-hand balancing displays not only the physical stamina but also the 'soul-mate connection', as the act is done on a love story from Dianchi Lake in Kunming, Yunnan. Butterfly Spring and Dream draws from the story of Butterfly Spring in plates; spin bearing a resemblance to flying butterflies.

Sadly, the best theatre in Chandigarh doesn't support their best shows — Juggling with Water Meteors and Aerial Silk. A team of as many as 20 is on their first trip to India, which they find 'better than expected'. "We have been floored by the hospitality as well as the warmth of Indians," says Shu Yanjia. Chandigarh doesn't find much favour with this troupe that they find typical - modern and green-but are pretty much enthusiastic about Indian culture.

What makes China a growing superpower? "It is hardwork," says Huang after brief consultation with her group. "But, it's not like we have achieved our full potential yet. There are other areas where we need to work, some provinces that need to promoted," pitches in Qin.

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Friendly touch
Upcoming Punjabi movie Yaar Annmulle is about six friends, the bonding they share and the problems they face in their college life
Ashima Sehajpal

Punjabi cinema has come a long, long way. From showcasing the jatt, his zameen and badla; owning up the responsibility of highlighting social evils to making pure commercial films, Punjabi cinema has graduated to the next level.

The level at which, films that target the youth are made. Examples are ample, Mel Karade Rabba, Jihne Mera Dil Luteya, Dharti and now the next venture to be released on the big screen, Yaar Annmulle, promises the same. "This is the first multi-starrer film in Punjabi. It's about six friends, the bonding they share and the problems they face in their college life," says Yuvraj Hans, son of famous Punjabi singer, Hans Raj Hans, who is playing one of the lead roles in the film. A tried and tested formula of Bollywood!

Other actors include Aarya Babbar, Harish Verma, Jividha Ashta, Kajal Jain and Jenny. Since the subject of the film is very youth-oriented, the producer Rohit Chowdary expects a decent collection from the overseas market as well. "The Punjabi audience in Western countries forms the backbone of our industry. They prefer Punjabi films to Bollywood, the reason our films do well abroad than back home." Playing one of the female leads, Jenny is an NRI who elaborates on people's love for Punjabi films abroad. "Watching Punjabi films is a sure-shot way of connecting with Punjab. As the subjects taken up are modern, it helps to better understand the changing culture of the state." The actors claim that each of them has got a meaty role and enough screen space in the film. "The priority is to come up with a final product that will be appreciated by people."

As the title of the film suggests, Yaar Annmulle, the popular song by Sharry Mann has been picked up for the film. Rohit adds, "Music is another highpoint of the film. There are songs by Master Saleem, Mika and Kaler Kanth." The movie is slated for release on October 7.

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On your HEELS!
Jigyasa Kapoor Chimra

Although it's still hot, the fashion-conscious have already started planning their wardrobes for the coming winter. And one of the key ingredients to make a wardrobe complete is footwear. Most of the fashion designers have already created and presented their footwear collections for fall/winter 2011/2012 and the trends are quite diverse.

From pike to round toes, you can stick to your favourite style and look voguish in boots too, but the trend for the fall is definitely lacy, velvety and furry. Speaking about the colour scheme, bright hues have given way to darker ones, since all of us prefer wearing dark hues during the cold season. But the trendiest colours for the fall are black, white, stone, metallic, beige, burgundy, dark blue, chocolate, deep violet, khaki and red. "For the materials used, the hottest ones are leather, patent and reptile skins, suede and satin. Lace and fur too will be in this season," says Swati Mehrotra, footwear designer. She adds, "Though patent leather isn't as practical and looks ordinary, still this season it will be the trend. And women boots in patent leather with bright colour combination, like red and black, with white, blue and burgundy will be a hit. Colour blocking too will be a style statement this season."

As every year, this year too suede comes in various eye-popping shades and so does satin. Designed for special occasions, satin shoes look extremely stylish and chic, but mind you they are not an everyday wear. "Satin shoes are a hit with girls. Embellished with stones and beads they even come in plain pleated designs," says an employee of Shoe Tree-17. He adds, "Reptile designs too are a hot pick this season. Other than that, we have lace and fur as embellishments on shoes for the fall season."

For the heels, we already know that this year wedges and platforms made a real revolution hitting the floor in infinite designs and colours. The power of wedges still continues to reign in the fall/winter 2011/2012, though in a more modest and elegant manner.

"Chunky heels are more popular in the cold season, as they are

practical and comfortable," says an employee of Drish-17. He adds, "In fall/winter 2011/2012 we will see plenty of shoes with chunky heels - from classy pumps to rocker women boots." Well, though chunky heels are very comfortable, still they will never be as sexy and elegant as spike ones.

Last but not the least, socks with shoes is going to be a big hit this season. Remember Rihanna wearing pumps with a pair of socks!

Dress to die for

Some 400 dresses and accessories that belonged to the late US film star Elizabeth Taylor will be auctioned in December, as well as more than 200 pieces of her jewellery. Christie's auction house said yesterday that the December event will include dresses, shoes and handbags that span 50 years in the life of the Hollywood star, including items by Chanel, Christian Dior and Versace.

It will include the wedding dresses she wore when she married Richard Burton, in 1964 and again in 1975, and the gown she wore to the 1992 Oscars, when she was given a special award for her support for the fight against AIDS. The most expensive dress — the one from her first marriage -- is expected to go for $ 40,000 to $ 60,000.

"Many pieces in this lifetime collection were couture, custom made for Ms Taylor by designers who became her close friends," said Meredith Etherington-Smith of Christie's.

The auction of the dresses on December 14-15 will follow a jewelry auction on December 13-14, which will bring together 269 necklaces, diamond rings, brooches and earrings valued at more than $ 30 million. A necklace designed by Taylor and incorporating a 16th-century pearl that once belonged to Spanish royalty is expected to go for $ 2-3 million. — AFP

High Spirits
Blue Lassi
Vineet Mishra

If you're feeling blue, jumpstart your mood with the ‘blue lassi’ cocktail.

45 ml Fuel vodka
15 ml Manama blueberry crush
120 ml whole milk yogurt
30 ml whole milk
3 tbsp castor sugar
1 tsp rose water
1 green cardamom pod
Garnish: Mint sprig

Blend all ingredients with blender in a mixing bowl until smooth. Serve cold in a short glass without ice as an aperitif. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Cocktail joke - (Ghajini version) An amnesiac walks into a bar and asks the bartender, "Do I come here often?"

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In the same league

In a not-so-smart move, the makers of Tell Me Oh Khuda starring Esha Deol and others are releasing the movie alongside Shah Rukh Khan's Ra.One this Diwali. Even Himesh Reshammiya is releasing his film on that day. Hema Malini, who is directing the film, feels people tend to watch more movies in Diwali than on regular days.

Diwali dhamaka: Hema Malini

Family man

Russell Peters is in Mumbai to promote his movie Speedy Singhs. He says he is bored of the same old racist jokes and will take inspiration from his wife and daughter to do something new and funny. He does not want to sing and dance in a Bollywood movie.


Chitrangda Singh shot a scene in freezing temperatures. She shot for Desi Boyz and it was very cold but she wore only a short skirt with a sleeveless top. She was chattering as she delivered her dialogues and didn't even wear a jacket on her director's insistence.

Walking that extra mile

Singer-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham, who recently gave birth to her fourth child Harper Seven is walking seven miles a day to shed her baby weight.

"Her exercise regime would put us all to shame. She's walking seven miles a day on the treadmill," a source as saying.

"She's had to take it easy, but her definition of easy is different," he added.

The 37-year-old is believed to rise at 7 am and then walk three miles with hubby David. Later in the afternoon, it is yoga followed by another treadmill session. — IANS

Learning the ropes

She has been in Bollywood for almost a decade and has done over 30 films but Dia Mirza says she is yet to do a movie that proves her as an actress.

The 29-year-old, who started her career with Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein opposite Madhavan, says she hasn't had success as an actress but doesn't regret the choices she made.

"I have hardly been part of the cinema that could get me my due in Bollywood. I haven't done any film that proves me as an actress. Although, I am happy to have been part of all the films I have done because they have taught me a lot.

"Luck plays an important role. I have worked with some filmmakers who are very honest and had good stories to tell but unfortunately they didn't click at the box office," Dia said.

The actress who later starred in Dus, Cash and Dum, says there was a time when it got frustrating sitting at home and not getting any calls for new projects.

"It gets frustrating when your film flops and you are not getting any calls for work and just sitting at home. I have been through that phase and it breaks your heart. There comes a point where you don't know what to do next and that's the reason I always kept my options open and wanted to learn everything," she added. — PTI

Cheryl's new venture

Singer Cheryl Cole is considering to start her own fashion line.

Cole recently launched a shoe collection with website and says she enjoyed it so much that she would be happy to create her own range of clothes.

When asked if she would like a launch a fashion range, the 28-year-old told Britain's Guardian newspaper: "Do you know what? I wouldn't rule it out, actually. I have loved designing these shoes. I haven't enjoyed a project so much in a long time. So, yes, it might be the start of something." — IANS

Cupid strikes again!

Kangna Ranaut has admitted that she has been in a long distance relationship with an English scientist for 18 months now. He is also a musician and is very romantic. They met through common friends in India and were friends before they started dating. She is in love and is very happy.

Reel reunion

Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor are coming together for Ayan Mukerji's romantic film for Dharma Production. The film is titled Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani and will go on the floors next year.

Deepika gets her wish

Farah Khan is making her next film with Salman Khan and Deepika Padukone. Farah and Deepika have mended their relationship and Deepika gets her wish of working with Salman Khan.

Mujra gets hotter

Kareena Kapoor has a hot-and-happening mujra song in Agent Vinod. Saroj Khan has choreographed it. Initially, Kareena had a problem doing the Indian dance but later she did it perfectly. We are looking forward to it.

Great moves

Saroj Khan recently worked with Priyanka Chopra for a song in Agneepath. PC did not have time to rehearse for the peppy song but picked up the moves very fast. Saroj was impressed.

Bodyguard roars

The star power of Salman Khan just doesn't cease to amaze. As if the stupendous opening and success of Wanted, Dabangg and Ready was not enough to rave about, the actor's latest blockbuster Bodyguard just set another record of a different kind.

Thanks to an innovative contest, with lucky winners getting free Bodyguard T-shirts, ticket sales at a chain of theatres belonging to the Rathi Group of Cinemas peaked again, with shows starting to run houseful once more in its third week.

Nobody wants Paris

Neither Karan Johar nor Simi Garewal wants to have America's notorious celebrity Paris Hilton on their chat shows. She will be in India soon. It is heard that Gauri Khan is hosting a grand bash for her.

Pammy likes confident men

Actress Pamela Anderson admits she had a crush on Michael Jackson when she was growing up and even dreamt of marrying the King of Pop.

"I was star-struck by Michael Jackson. I dreamt of marrying him when I was little, and when he met me he didn't ask me, I was crushed," Anderson told a magazine.

Pamela, who has two sons, Brandon, 15, and 12-year-old Dylan, with ex-husband Tommy Lee, no longer has a celebrity crush and likes men who are confident within themselves and their career.

"I'm attracted to people who are confident. They are who they are and don't bed for the media. They have added an element of caring to their careers. A handful of solid spirits in this industry," she said. — IANS

The true Heroine

Kareena Kapoor's recent release Bodyguard has shattered all box office records to become the biggest hit of all time. She is working with the Khans consecutively. Here are her upcoming films.

Ra.One: The biggest family film of the year will see the light of day on Diwali. Kareena is only too pleased to play the female lead opposite SRK. She is paired with SRK and plays a glamourous mother. Chammak Challo and her desi look in it have become a rage.

Agent Vinod: We know that Kareena looks spectacularly gorgeous in the film and she plays a spy opposite Saif Ali Khan. Their characters are almost rivals. She has done some slick stunts in the stylish movie. Aki Narula has styled the movie which has been shot in exotic locales in Eastern Europe. The action thriller releases on December 9.

Ek Main Eur Ekk Tu: Shakun Batra's directorial debut for Dharma Productions brings Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor together for the first time. It is a romantic comedy, slice-of-life film in which Kareena plays a spirited hairstylist and Imran plays an uptight businessman. Kareena changes his life and he falls in love with her. The movie shot in Las Vegas, will release in February.

Reema Kagti's untitled film with Aamir Khan: This film has been kept under wraps. We know that Aamir Khan plays a cop, Rani is the mother of his child, and Kareena plays a gorgeous streetwalker or escort. Of course, there is a romantic angle between them. The film is a romantic thriller and will release in January.

Heroine: Madhur Bhandarkar had envisioned her as his Heroine but she turned down the film due to the script and date issues. After Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's departure due to her pregnancy, UTV managed to convince Kareena to do the film for an astronomical price. Bebo had agreed to do the snorting and smoking scenes and has asked the sexual content to be toned down. The film also stars Shahana Goswami, Arjun Rampal and Arunoday Singh. We know she will be spectacular in the film that just might be her ticket to the National Awards.

He is into Scarlett

Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper was reportedly flirting with Scarlett Johansson at a party. The 36-year-old Hangover star, who was recently spotted on a dinner date with newly single Jenifer Lopez, was seen getting close to Johansson when they partied together in New York.

"Scarlett and Bradley arrived with a small group of friends, including model Cheyenne Tozzi, around 2 am. While Bradley was flirty with Cheyenne initially, after some drinks he turned his attention to Scarlett. The duo was hand in hand and more than flirty by the end of the night," a source said.

Cooper and Johansson appeared together as lovers in the 2009 film He's Just Not That Into You, and are thought to be reuniting on screen in new film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

They were also previously spotted with singer turned actor Justin Timberlake at a bar, in New York.

He recently split from Renee Zellweger. — PTI

New tune

Exploring different moods of a musician is the theme for upcoming movie Soundtrack. And, the band Midival Punditz are glad playing its music director. "The music is electronica - based and we are fortunate to have had chance to create for a mainstream film with much liberty," says Tapan.

Midival Punditz members Gaurav Raina, Tapan Raj and Karsh Kale made their Bolywood debut with Karthik Calling Karthik as background music composers. Their second Bollywood venture, Dum Maaro Dum got phenomenal success. "We aim to bring cutting edge production and composition to the world of film and music in the years to come," says Tapan who is basking in the glory of great music reviews for Soundtrack so far!

In the auto mode

Some commuters hailing an auto were in for a surprise when the driver ferrying them to their destination was Bollywood actor Prateik Babbar. In order to protest against the auto strike in Mumbai that had been creating problems for the residents of the city, the actor turned an auto driver and ferried few customers from Bandra station to different locations in the Bandra area.

"Prateik decided to do this to show his protest against the auto strike that has been creating problems for the people," a source said.

The 24-year-old actor called his move as "Auto ride with Pinto" on the lines of his upcoming film My Friend Pinto. Few of Prateik's friends joined his act too. — IANS

On the road to showbiz

Singer Britney Spears thinks her sons will definitely be performers when they are older.

The Hold It Against Me hitmaker—who has sons Sean Preston, six, and five-year-old Jayden James with ex-husband Kevin Federline—feels both her boys love to show off what they have learned from her dancers while they accompany her on road trips.

"When I'm on the road they come with me and they love being on the road. When I was younger I was always on the road and it's always exciting," she said.

"They are in awe, they come home and copy the dancers and try to get on their heads and do spins and do all these things. They'll definitely, probably be, in the entertainment businesses," she added. — IANS

Going Gaga over Formula One

Pop diva Lady Gaga is all set to make her India debut on October 30 when she will perform during the closing ceremony of the country’s first Formula One race in Greater Noida.

“It’s a very big thing that Lady Gaga has agreed to perform in India. She’s in the peak of her career now and I am thrilled to announce that she will come to India for the first time,” said LAP restobar co-owner Arjun Rampal.

The Bollywood actor said that Gaga will come here to attend the Formula 1 event and perform at the LAP Buddh Circuit on its concluding day. “Even Lady Gaga is keen to perform here. — PTI

first-day-first show
A season of love

A still from Mausam
A still from Mausam

Mausam, a love story, revolves around a Punjabi boy Harry and a Kashmiri girl Aayat and their adolescent crush. The backdrop is a small village in Punjab. It later blossoms into mature love. Their love realises its own depth in the hours of separation which finally culminates into togetherness. But not before going through their share of pain and learning the truth about universal love. It is a passionate story which captures various shades of life, questioning us and yet restraining itself from becoming judgmental.

Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Aditi sharma, Supriya Pathak and Mano Pahwa.

Shahid shines

Shahid has managed a standout performance that would overshadow the one he delivered in Jab We Met. His acting ability has really grown.

— Nitin Katuria, student, SD College

Romance is in the air

Purely romantic movie for all die-hard romantics. The movie can be seen over and over again.

— Atula Shrama, teacher

So much for Sonam

Sonam Kapoor looks amazingly gorgeous and decent but she must learn acting. Overall a good movie.

— Divya Doad, student.

Speedy Singhs

Speedy Singhs is an action packed, dhamakedar Punjabi movie, set amongst the Indo - Canadian community in suburban Toronto, Canada.

Rajveer Singh, raised in an orthodox Sikh family, has only one goal — to succeed in the traditional white man's sport of Ice Hockey. Conflict arises when his strict Punjabi father pushes him to be a true Punjab da puttar and devote his life to Waheguru and their family business.

Starring: Vinay Virmani, Camilla Belle, Anupam Kher, Russell Peters, Rob Lowe.

Light humour

It is a surprise package. A cheerful film that will make you smile with its subtle humour.

— Shreya Vermani, student,

MCM DAV College

Comedy man

An entertaining watch especially the performance of Russell Peters. It could have been more adventure packed.

— Digvijay Singh, Client support specialist, Samsung

Cliché packed

The story leads nowhere. If you are in a mood for charity then only go for it. A lot of clichés are used.

— Saurabh Bajaj, bank employee

(As told to Sabia Talwar)

chatter box
New show on the block

Gaurav Chopra, seen as Raghavendra Rathore in Colors’ Uttaran, has now bagged an important role with the production house Filmfarm that makes Uttaran. In the new show based on lives of doctors, Gaurav will play a neurologist. He will be the lead on the show which is supposedly based on the show Lifeline. The production house shot a pilot for the show and is awaiting approval from the channel. Gaurav is thrilled to bag a lead in the show but is keeping mum for now.

In doc’s shoes: Gaurav Chopra

All is not well

Roshni Chopra is the latest victim of medical maladies. The actress suffered a bad case of food poisoning yet bravely kept shooting for Comedy Circus which she hosts. Apparently, she took two injections and even went to a nearby hospital for a saline drip during her shooting break.

Medical problems:
Roshni Chopra

The good sister

In Zee’s Yahaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli, Abha’s sister Lata aka Namrata Thapa, is a divorcee in the show who will now try to stand on her feet. In the show, Lata will find a job and become more confident than before. The show hopes to showcase divorcees in a good light and motivate them to look forward in life. Of course, Abha will help her find her goal.

A still from Yahaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli

New timing

Colors’ Laagi Tujhse Lagan hasn’t been able to maintain its TRPs once Mishal Raheja quit. Even after Shabbir Ahluwalia entered as Datta, the show could drum up decent numbers so now the channel has decided to shift it to the afternoon slot. Laagi will be replaced by the newly launched Veer Shivaji which airs Friday -Saturday currently will now air on 8.30 pm five days a week starting October 3.

From reel to real

Television actor Sanjeev Seth, who plays Vishambhar Nath Maheshwari in Star Plus’ Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, is all set to blend reel and real life. Sanjeev’s character in the show is that of a resort owner and now the actor has decided to open up a beach resort cum restaurant and lounge in the real life as well.

A still from Laagi Tujhse Lagan

De-stress with Barun

Barun Sobti may be the strict and serious Arnav Raizada in Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon but off screen he likes having fun. Here, is Barun’s list of fun activities that help him beat stress.

Game for it

I am a huge sports fan and the first thing that I love doing after returning home from the shoot of my show is watching sports on television. Although, I can watch any kind of sports, cricket and football matches are my favourite. Watching them helps me to relax and get de-stressed.

Having a ball

I, not only love watching football, but enjoy playing the game as well. I shoot for Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon from 9 am to 9 pm and after the shoot ends the real fun begins. I along with some members from the cast and crew enjoy a good game of football before we leave for home.

Movie buff

Watching movies is another stress buster that works for me. The most recent movie that I liked was Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaraa. I watched the movie twice which is an exception because I don’t normally repeat movies. I am not one of those who can watch a movie repeatedly, even if I liked it.

Table for two

I enjoy quiet dinners with my wife. Here again, we have made a pact to never visit the same restaurant twice. We try out different food at different places. Looking out for new restaurants and then going for a long walk together after the meal is fun.

Wife’s chef

Besides dining out with my wife sometimes, I also cook for her, which I admit is on rare occasions but yes it is fun. The only dish that I can cook well is pasta in white sauce. The last time I cooked the dish for my wife she said that it is the best pasta she had ever had, though I know she was lying.

Astro turf 
P Khurrana

ARIES: Trust your feelings and look for the silver lining and hidden values. Good evening ahead to see a new movie. A solid appreciation brings rewards. Do everything possible on your own before calling on assistance. Tarot message: You are facing adversity and challenge and still holding your ground. Lucky colour: White. Magic number: 46. 

TAURUS: Get cracking early. Must push yourself harder. Use imagination to make your surroundings more pleasant and attractive. Dealing with in-laws will not be much fun. Tarot message: You will need to learn how to cope better with success; its demand and its limitations. Lucky colour: Royal blue. Magic number: 63.

GEMINI: An ever better day than yesterday. A problem with an older relative can be sorted out. Romance wakes up and startles you into an understanding of your own emotional fabric. Relaxation and cruising are what suits you the best. Tarot message: Spend time meeting experienced people. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic number: 32.

CANCER: The day is likely to be important. Leave stress, worries and cares behind and gently enjoy yourself. A good round of physical exercise will help you to vent out any pent-up frustrations. Tarot message: Do not refuse offers without seeking the advice from someone else. Lucky colour: Metallic Grey. Magic number: 27.

LEO: A small bout of home sickness may creep in, but do not let it spoil the fun. Be positive in approach. Excellent day for journeys. Expect a few calls or e-mails from afar. Tarot message: You will need to learn how to cope better with success; its demand and its limitations. Lucky colour: Black. Magic number: 61.

VIRGO: Romance will be particularly exciting. Keep on the course that you have already set for yourself. You are sure to learn plenty from such occasions. Tarot message: It is no longer necessary to take risks. You concentrate on projects only with reliable outcome. Lucky colour: Aqua. Magic number: 60.

LIBRA: “Ten of Pentacles: reveals that fortune can be made or lost in a fleeting moment so keep your wits about you. Do not gamble or speculate today. Romance may be emotionally upsetting for you. Tarot message: Do not divest assets or transact in uncertain matters. Lucky colour: Rust. Magic number: 65.

SCORPIO: The temptation to keep spending money has not abated. Try to give a small treat. Know your worth. An Aquarian friend may create a problem for you. Tarot message: Resolve conflicts through discussion, meditation and understanding. Lucky colour: Forest Green. Magic number: 56.

SAGITTARIUS: Take care of your details or mistakes may prove costly. Mental and physical energy can be successfully combined today. You should be in a good form. Routine travel is advisable and should be reasonably smooth. Tarot message: Beware of judging people too harshly. Lucky colour: Ebony. Magic number: 45.

CAPRICORN: Worry is likely due to child’s health. Creative work must not be allowed to put additional expenses. The lure of alcohol may appeal to some but try not to overdo it. Tarot message: Make a deciding choice and then live with the outcome of your decision. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic number: 29.

AQUARIUS: An upswing in your earnings keep you in high spirit. Sportsmen should focus on exercise. Do not bite off more than you can chew. Your pet will be a source of happiness. Tarot message: Don’t be judgmental with people who have made up their mind. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic number: 30.

PISCES: Contacts and networks should be a rich source of opportunity for financial ventures and educational growth. Expect a guest in the evening. Have a big celebration. Tarot message: Don’t be judgmental with people who have made up their mind. Lucky colour: Crimson. Magic number: 52.

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is September 24...

Born on the 24, you will be able to reap the benefits of an operation, which you have set up. You will be happy with the results. Venus in 2012  will stimulate you, improving your communication skills. If you are in a relationship, avoid criticism as these could lead to separation. You have a capacity to help others. You may also become the mediator and peacemaker in difficult situations. You are devoted to family and friends. Your birth date 24 adds to the emotional nature and perhaps to your sensitivity. You believe in being affectionate, both giving and receiving warmth is important to you.

Where confidence has been distinctly lacking, you are now ready to take a deep breath and go for it. You need to be mentally tough, if you are competing against a talented opponent. Prepare yourself well. Even if you don’t make it to the top, you can still enter the elite list of people who have achieved something in life. Getting involved in an environmental project to promote wildlife will be great.

Unresolved matters can irritate people who are born after 1970. Your stars advice you to avoid arguments — everything will work out best for you. Students may get admissions to universities in abroad. Colleagues and associates will be helpful. Self-employed people will expand their enterprise. You must prepare for the best and expect the worst. You must take your last chance before you are distracted by temptations.  An easy inflow of money in 2012 is expected. However, those of you awaiting news of promotion or an important posting may have to be patient. Those who are pursuing loan from bank will get their loan sanctioned. You will be busy in social gatherings. Your health will be fine. However, a family member’s health may be the cause of worry. Follow your routine exercise to keep your body fit and fine. A new affair may go side by side in March. It is time to purchase gold for marriage. Mood : Emotional and impatient. Compatible Signs: Taurus, Sagittarius. Lucky colours: Cream, mauve. Lucky days: Monday and Wednesday. Lucky numbers: 9, 16, 22, 29, 40. Lucky flower: Madonna Lily. Lucky gem: Zircon

Jessica Lucas, born on September 24, 1985 in Vancouver, Canada is a famous actor. Jessica is probably best known for the awards she won and the movies that she worked in. The most representative of them are: Cloverfield, Amusement, Nights in Rodanthe, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Edgemont, The L Word and Life as We Know It among many others.

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