Stars rock the city
Ranbir Kapoor, Imtiaz Ali and Nargis Fakhri talk about the making of Rockstar 
Ashima Sehajpal

A switch to the past shows college friends strumming a guitar, when all of them have one goal in life—to become a rock star. Switch to the present, the same trivial instances are rummaged from the memory and used to render the real effect to the reel story. This constant oscillation between ‘now and then’, three years, innumerable drafts and a lot of improvisation took director Imtiaz Ali to create and make a Rockstar. “Even the idea that broken heart brings out the music in a person was discovered ‘then’,” says Imtiaz, who was in Chandigarh on Sunday along with Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri to promote his latest Bollywood venture Rockstar. ‘Now’, the same makes for the dialogue in the film, “Music comes out of broken heart,” and shapes up the character of Ranbir Kapoor, a glimpse of which one can get in the posters of the film as well.

He isn’t sporting a leather jacket or even for that matter a guitar, symbols so typical of a Rockstar, rather the posters of the film has him with intense look, planned by Imtiaz and his team. “We didn’t want any western influence on the posters. It’s about the journey of life of a rockstar, what life does to him and how negative he becomes,” and how Janardan Jakhar then becomes Jordan. The costumes also change, from jeans to salwars and shirts to kurtas, add to that the Che Guevara cap and a closed fist, the symbol of a communist’s rebellion and the slogan Sadda Haq. The transformation certainly wasn’t easy for Ranbir Kapoor also, “It became even tough once the shooting was done. I started feeling empty. The impact of playing the character of Jordan was so strong that it became difficult for me to detach from the character and the movie. But it did help me grow up as a person,” shares Ranbir.

Unlearning was as challenging as learning, for which Ranbir and Imtiaz stayed with a Jat family. Ranbir learnt their diction, dance and drinking habits.

A bit of learning to play the rejected in love hero and rockstar also came from the personal experiences. As the actor candidly admits, “The emotions, angst, happiness, sorrow that I experienced in my life, I tried to use them for the role.” He then goes on to say that his favourite rockstar will always be Shammi Kapoor.

Close to the release date, the director and actors are busy promoting the film across India. The promotions however take place at the college campuses, universities and even a dhabas at Sahnewal instead of the usual choice of multiplexes, “All in a bid to connect with people,” says Imtiaz. Another connecting factor is certainly the music of the film by AR Rahman. About working with him, Imtiaz says, “He is like an ocean of music; he can produce any genre.” Imtiaz is happy adding to the list of new age cinema, when audiences are readily accepting new ideas and concepts. “It’s an open market ‘now’, you make anything, if it’s well made, people will like it. There’s a difference between cinema of now and cinema of then.” Do not forget, there’s also lies a difference between audience of ‘now and then’.

The madness and frenzy
Vasudha Gupta
Guest appearance: Nargis Fakhri and Ranbir Kapoor
Guest appearance: Nargis Fakhri and Ranbir Kapoor

Celebes have an innate capacity to turn an average crowd into a frenzy. That is exactly what happened today at Panjab University. Amidst all the dance and drama at the university regarding the PU Youth fest, it was only the moment that the crowd was waiting for. “Ranbir Kapoor will be in Stu C,” the microphone said and the audience emptied the hall.

At Stu C, the mood is different. Anxiety grips the excitement and envelops the crowd. The photographers ready their camera time and again, focusing on the bridge. “He will be here is another five minutes,” we are informed. The crowd starts hooting at each passing vehicle at the roundabout. The bouncers, in black, look meaner trying to clear out the spaces on the steps. They gather at the divider and start moving towards the library parking.

“I have been waiting here from the past one hour,” smiles Radikha Kapoor. Here, for attending the youth fest, she can’t hold her excitement as she speaks, “I just hope to get a picture with him,” and the smile turns into a laughter. Speaking of which, the craze spills over to the boys as well. Kamaljeet Gill, a student shares his side of the story. “I was out of town when I found out about this and ran from there at around 11:00 to be here by 12:30. Hungry and tired, I just want to catch a glimpse.” Just then a crowd of young girls, wearing the best make up and outfits break into a giggle, “I am just here for Ranbir,” a girl chuckles.

As Sadda Haq plays in the background, the crowd gets restless and a few start leaving. To keep the calm, a few students decide on stand up acts and take up the job to keep everyone engaged. The watch becomes a new best friend and is looked at time and again. “Another three minutes,” we are updated. “He has left for this place,” we have enough information but no Ranbir Kapoor.

Ritika Dhingra is looking for something. “Can I borrow a paper for his autograph,” she blushes. Police security cars move in one after the other and the hustle bustle points to the rage on his way. Hold your breath, the black car parks and then, finally, we find out, he is here. The crowd swells and repositions into the Stu C pond.

Wearing a blue muffler over his head, a red kurta and black jeans, he ignites a fire in the crowd. Besides this heartthrob is a lovely lady dressed in pink. Nargis Fakhri, smiling and making a picture perfect shot. Along side, the director himself, Imtiaz Ali. Between the pushes, pulls and the nudging, he starts screaming Sadda Haq, and crowds follow who scream back ‘Aithe Rakh’. The hysteria for the song ends and the new way to create a bond with the audience is visible. The crowd goes crazy as Ranbir stars throwing T-shirts among them. Last but not the least his wrist band is thrown and the crowd looses it again. Sigh!, several dreams come true.

Novel stand

Daredevil star Ben Affleck is to direct the big screen adaptation of Stephen King's post-apocalyptic mammoth novel, The Stand. The 39-year-old actor will helm this Warner Bros project, which was previously reported to be directed by Harry Potter filmmaker David Yates, a publicationsaid.

However, it is unclear why Yates exited the project and whether Kloves is still in.

Set in a time after a virus wipes out most of American population, The Stand is a story about good versus evil. It focuses on a group of survivors fighting the Antichrist-like Randall Flagg.

Affleck has directed two movies, Gone Baby Gone in 2007 and The Town in 2010. His latest directorial work was Argo, an upcoming drama about Iranian hostage. Last year, he was named Warner's top choice for Man of Steel before he turned it down. — PTI

Too wild to handle

Issues galore: A still from We Bought a Zoo 

We Bought a Zoo, the upcoming 20th Century Fox drama starring Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon, has been targeted by the animal rights group PETA. The film is an uplifting story about a father (Damon), who, with little to no experience, revitalises a struggling zoo but PETA has issued a warning about the dangers of exotic pet ownership to Fox Films, reported a website.

"We Bought a Zoo conveys the misleading and downright dangerous message that no special knowledge - just a lot of heart - is needed to run a zoo," says PETA vice president Lisa Lange. PETA released a statement asking filmmaker Cameron Crowe and the studio to add a warning at the end of the film about the dangers of owning wildlife.

"As the tragedy in Ohio gruesomely illustrates, wild animals aren't Disney characters. They have very special needs that all too often aren't met by people who buy them on a whim because they think it would be 'cool' to own a tiger," said Lange.

Lange refers to the shooting of dozens of animals in Zanesville, Ohio, after the animals were freed by their owner, who then committed suicide. Of the 56 animals that the man released, only a grizzly bear, two monkeys and three leopards were taken alive. The shocking event has caused the public and activists to demand stricter laws on the ownership of exotic animals. PETA's statement says that experts estimate that there could be up to 15,000 captive big cats in the US, the vast majority of whom are in private hands. The organisation asks that all accompanying promotional materials for We Bought a Zoo also contain a warning about the dangers of wild animal ownership.


Depp still struggling with limelight

Almost famous: Johnny Depp 

Hollywood heartthrob Johnny Depp thinks there is something wrong with stars who get used to being famous, and admits he is still dealing with his celebrity lifestyle. "I'm still sort of dealing with it.

I don't think it's anything you ever get used to. For many years, I could never sort of put my name in the same sort of category as the world famous or anything like that," a website quoted Depp as saying. "And I just found it very uncomfortable...if you get used to it, then something must be wrong. There's got to be still a part of you that somewhere in there that pines for anonymity," he added. —IANS

Marrying big screen

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian will move to the big screen for a role in Tyler Perry's upcoming film, The Marriage Counselor. The film is adapted from Perry's 10th play, which began touring in 2008. The story centers around a married couple, an accountant and an Ivy League-educated marriage counselor, whose relationship begins to fall apart after his displaced parents move in, the Hollywood Reporter said. The Marriage Counselor, Judith, stops practicing what she preaches when she rekindles a relationship with an old college flame. Kardashian, 30, will play Judith's co-worker in the film.

The production on Perry's film will begin in late October. This role will be one of the biggest for Kardashian, who is most well-known for her reality show, Keeping Up with Kardashians.

Her past feature film roles include Deep in the Valley and Disaster Movie. — PTI

Aamir gets going

With Bollywood bigwigs like Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan already weaving magic on the small screen through various shows, actor Aamir Khan feels that his entry into television is not late and he is not running behind the rat-race of TRP.

Aamir will be hosting a television chat show, which will be based on real life stories and real people.

"I don’t think my entry into television is late. I feel everything has a right time. My venture on television is not calculative. There is nervousness, but I am excited about the show. I was sure that if I am doing something on television then it has to be different. It has to be something that will connect with the audience," said Aamir.

"This began as a dream three-four years ago and I am fulfilling it by doing this kind of a show. This idea came to me sometime back, but it took time for me to decide on whether I want to do it or not. I just hope it will be successful," he said.

When asked if he is in for TRP game, Aamir said, "I can't put something extra to increase the TRP. I would focus on the subject.

PRESENT season
Buying Diwali gifts is a given, but is not so easy either…we list out some options…

Diwali is synonymous with sparkling lights, tempting sweets, pleasant memories with loved ones and loads of gifts! If you are still brainstorming on what to get for your family and friends, here are some pointers:

Vantage point

Well, most of us have a surplus of sweets, chocolates and crockery around Diwali! If you know the person well, give some thought to the person's tastes and needs. Know a friend who rides a two wheeler to college or work? How about a swanky helmet in hot red or bright yellow? SteelBird has recently introduced designer series of helmets, some of them especially for women bikers!

Heart for art

For those with an artistic eye, how about a piece of art? A happy, bright painting (be sure if the receiver has a taste and space for it) can make for a wonderful Diwali gift. Inspired by the rich 'coin collection' in her father-in law's treasury, Shuchi Garga from Panchkula has rendered them on canvas. Her bright, vibrant paintings are rich in detail. Coins are considered lucky, which makes them a befitting Diwali gift. Be ready to shell out Rs 10,000 if you want a piece from Shuchi's coin collection.

Steel deal

Bet you hadn't imagined steel to be so alluring, pay a visit to the recently opened Magpie store-17. Well stocked for the festive season, one is charmed by the beauty that steel has been rendered into - designer clocks, candle stands, puja thalis and brilliant bar accessories. Products designed by creative minds across the world (including famous Karim Rashid), it offers an extensive range. Stirrers with crystals for the bar or the elegant flower holders for a living room, if you are ready to pay the price these stainless beauties are worth a buy!

Go green

Have a friend with a green thumb? Make his or her home greener and the world a healthier and a more beautiful place to be in! Indoor plants, bamboos (considered fortunate if gifted), hanging baskets - choose out of the wide range available. Beautiful bonsais, delicate ferns, valuable herbs, city nurseries are brimming with these gifts that live and breathe.

                                         Go green: Gifts that breathe

Liberty to choose:


Art's sake: Shuchi Garga's Coin Collection

hey say giving gifts is the best way to impose one's wish on people. If you want to play safe, gift cards are a good option. They give you as well as the receiver the liberty to choose (you can pick the amount, the receiver, the gift). Many stores like Empire Store-17, Kapsons and Westside with a wide range offer gift coupons starting Rs 500. Take one from the store that you think would have something the receiver likes stocked!

Precious jewels

Jewellery would always be close to women's heart. Though the prices of gold and silver are skyrocketing, the clever companies have made designs that anyone can afford. CaratLane has come up with three distinct collections to suit everyone's desire to buy something special this season. Dainty Delights is a collection of rings, earrings and pendants in white and yellow gold studded with diamonds. The Faith Collection has Om, Shree, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh pendants. Rings Collection offers something for men as well. Prices here start at Rs. 2,795 only, plus it gives you the freedom from over crowded markets to be able to shop online.

All set for presenting the present then? 

A sweet affair
Come Diwali and the cops get busy in rubbishing the sweets in the market. So, any idea what you will do to combat the possibility of no sweets this Diwali? If it's been bothering you, here is a roundup of what all you can get.
Vasudha Gupta

Sweet tooth: Surbhi Mittal from Sweet Fantasy with her chocolate assortments and the diwali hampers by JW Marriot

Exotic packages

When it comes to the very exotic form of gifting options, it does not get better than JW Marriot. Looking into customisation, they are offering various options according to specified budgets. If nothing below suits your taste, make your own hamper and choose from candles, diyas, leather gift packs, textile pouch, cakes, pastries and baklava


l Honey and nuts, sweet assortment, variety of chocolates, candle/diya/incense sticks, cookies and organic honey for Rs 4000/-

l Pepper cashews, candle, sweet assortment, chocolates and two bakery items for Rs 1, 750/-

Sugar and spice

Ruling the bakery scene in Chandigarh for over a decade, Monica's has tastefully created 35-40 varieties of cakes and continuously innovated to bring the best. This Diwali, apart from her sinful cakes, she garnishes the assortments with a touch of personalisation


Available on order, the varieties include just what you like and what you would want to gift in the festive season. Get them packed in fancy wrapping to add the touch of élan as you make a statement.


Let your imagination run wild and choose from her range of muffins, cakes, pastries, chocolates and get them wrapped in baskets and boxes to match your hearts delight. Between the range of Rs 500-Rs 1,700/-, there is always a possibility of raising the budget and giving a bigger wish.


She had very tastefully brought the concept of chocolate truffles to town and totally wiped out the humble chocolate forest from the bakeries in Chandigarh. If the festive cheer still relates to cakes, take your pick from the varieties she has and get them decorated to taste.


Sweet Fantasy, a recent venture by Surbhi Mittal ensures the quality checks are stringent to avoid any adulteration. Offering a huge variety of homemade chocolates, she uses the best quality of dry fruits and makes the melt-in-your-mouth chocolates. Already under an overload, she is offering her best six flavours for the Diwali this season.

Handmade chocolates

A variety of exotic chocolates in dry fruit, roasted almonds, fruit and nuts, walnut waltz, butterscotch, rum and resin. Pick your best from any and all to order from the choice of decorative packings in 24, six or loose order pieces. If it is for a special someone, choose your favourite flavour and take the heart shaped packing. Or just grab the loose order and put them in a bowl for the guests.

Designer delight

Nikhil Mittal through his brand Nik Baker’s brought the Australian bakery basics and took Chandigarh by storm. There is no doubt that the charm of his bakery has gripped residents and the magic of his aromatic items continues. So if you have set your mind on what Nik has to offer, the bakery too has a lot to offer.


Choose from the never-ending variety, designer boxes and grab the chocolates with a different feeling. From hazelnut, to truffle to liquor-filled, just name it and they will pick it up for your tantalising taste buds. If not, just choose the Belgian rocks and get your favourite in a rock shape.

Price varies from Rs 500-Rs 3,000


Go mid-eastern with special baklava packing and mix and match pastries, cakes, biscotti's and anything else you like.

Price varies from Rs 1,900-Rs 8,000


Only for Diwali, the bakery has made the honey-almond cake, dry fruit cake, English fruit cake and rich plum cakes.

Price varies from Rs 600/kg to Rs 900/kg

Six yard wonder

Auckland Libraries in New Zealand will teach you how to wrap a sari. As a part of Diwali celebrations, Auckland Libraries are organising "Sari wrapping workshop" and "Sari-wrapping demonstrations", where library staff will show how to wear a sari using models from the audience. "Come and learn how to drape the most iconic of Indian garments - the sari", an announcement says.

These celebrations also include Diwali fashion show, Bollyrobics, BollyworX demonstrations, Bollywood performances and dance, Diwali displays, family history talk, Diwali ukulele, henna painting and demonstration, Indian food, cultural performances, Indian art, sweet making, Diwali stories, Diwali experiences, lantern making, Diwali colouring sessions, "Ask me in Hindi" sessions, rhymes, etc.

Rajan Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, commended Auckland Libraries for providing opportunity to the area residents to further explore Hindu festivals and concepts through Diwali celebrations. Zed urged libraries all over the world to celebrate Hindu festivals to bring together the communities where they can learn and play together.

Annually about 12 million people visit and borrow about 16 million items from Auckland Libraries, largest library, which has 55 libraries and about 3.5 million items in collections. Allison Dobbie is libraries manager while Len Brown is mayor of New Zealand's largest city Auckland. Diwali, the festival of lights which falls on October 26 this year, is the most popular Hindu festival and aims at dispelling the darkness and lighting up the lives and symbolises the victory of good over evil. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. —ANI

Green Thumb
Greenery, the scientific way!
Satish Narula

When all the technology and expert advice is available now, why then there is gap in use of available technology. Gardeners, please wake up to this call and do the gardening the scientific way so as to derive the best pleasure out of your gardening pursuits.

Very small things in the garden may make a very big difference. Since this is the time to prune roses and add fertilisers let us talk about this queen of flowers. At the time of pruning, normally the gardeners expose the plant roots. This practice leads to tremendous damage to the plant. We have always been advocating against it. The roots that are confined to the upper layer of the soil are amply damaged at the time of exposing.

There is no need to expose the roots to spoon-feed the plants as the fertiliser nutrients are all available when added to the soil followed by a little hoeing and watering. Also, the roots being photonegative in nature do not need exposure to sun. The roots damaged while exposing are subjected to the attack of soil born fungi and suffer. Also, those cut and left in the soil get infested with soil borne fungi and become a perpetual source of disease pathogen. The life of the plant is shortened and they start drying one by one over a period of time. The repeated dying and replacement leads to presence of plants of different age and height in the same bed. There is no uniformity in the bed.

Now when the plant is pruned and is denuded of the branches and the leaves, this is the time for a close examination. The colour of the branches should be green. If you find them dull or reddish brown, with pox like postules, just scrap a little with your fingernail. If the upper pox like crust comes off, your plants definitely have the red rose scales, the deadly insects. These are not mobile and keep sticking at a place with their piercing mouthparts stuck in the stem sucking the juice. They appear in lacks and may even kill the plant. They have a protective waxy covering on their body and thus can not be controlled with ordinary contact insecticides.

There are, however, effective ways to control this insect. If you have a few plants in the bed or pot you can rub these off the stem with the help of a hard brush dipped in rogor solution made by mixing one milliliter to a liter of water. You can also spray the 
plant with roger, nuvacron, metasystox or metacid. You can also clean the stem with a swab dipped with methylated spirit. Wash the 
stem thereafter.

The above said operations can be supplemented with soil application of thimet granules (Phorate), added at 10 gram per bush. These are added around the main stem and hoed in the upper layer of soil. The sprays and the soil application of the insecticides can be repeated after 10 to 15 days.

The time is very crucial, as the pruning cuts are too prone to die back. Don't keep them exposed and cover with some disinfectant. Bordeaux paint would be the best. It is easy to make too. The ingredients required are one part of monohydrated copper sulphate (Neela thotha), two parts of hydrated lime dust (choona) and three parts of boiled linseed oil. Heating the crystals on a sheet of iron or the frying pan can make the monohydrated copper sulphate. The water evaporates and what is left back is the white powder. The lime dust and the powder thus prepared are then mixed thoroughly and linseed oil is added. The constituents are then homogenised. The paint thus made can be stored in glass bottle for a year. It can be applied at the cut end of any plant to protect it from the wood rotting fungi. Keep a watch that if there is blackening of the stem that advances backwards, then cut again with a little healthy portion and apply Bordeaux paint. If you do not have the paint handy, use blitox slurry. This can be made by adding a little water to the blitox powder.

This column appears weekly. The author is the Senior PAU Horticuluturist at Chandigarh and can be reached at

Star track
Mommy darling

Good move: Raveena Tandon

Raveena Tandon, who was last seen in an item-number in Bbuddah...Hoga Tera Baap, is making a full-fledged comeback with Gin Liya Aasman and that too in a meaty role.

Directed by Rishi Deshpande and produced by Mudassar Aziz and Anil Bohra, the film is a story of a six-year-old boy whose father, a naval officer, has been missing since a plane crash. He is told that his father lives in the sky and the kid believes it. What follows is an interesting and emotional tale of love, sorrow and happiness.

The 36-year-old is playing the boy's mother in the film and is upbeat about the fact that she has grabbed a performance-oriented role.



new address: Sameera Reddy

Sameera Reddy's Bollywood career might have taken a dip, but the actress is going great on the personal front.

She is shifting to her new house and is excited about it.

"Monday 24th Dhanteras!! Big day for me!! Moving into my new place! Excited nervous thrilled!! New beginnings!!," she posted on Twitter. For the 29-year-old actress her next big release will be Don 2: The Chase Continues.

We are family

doting father: Akshay Kumar

For Akshay Kumar, Diwali means having a great time with family, playing with his son and decorating the house.

"My son has finally broken for his Diwali holidays. We cycled and played volleyball all morning before I came for shooting.

Tomorrow we are decorating our house," posted Akshay on Twitter.

The 44-year-old is presently working on three interesting projects Joker, Housefull 2 and Rowdy Rathore. — IANS

Future plans

awaiting success: Uday Chopra

It seems Uday Chopra is quite superstitious as the actor blames his stars for a lousy Saturday.

"Don't like Saturdays... I have a problem with Saturn, ya the planet! We've been enemies since childhood... too gangsta 4 me with all its rings," posted Uday on Twitter page on Saturday.

Uday has just one movie in hand Dhoom 3 and has plans to retire from acting after its release.

Duet dreams

Teen star: Justin Bieber

Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole's manager says Justin Bieber is desperate to duet with her. The 17-year-old Baby hit-maker has called Cole beautiful and flirted with her when he performed on British TV show The X Factor, on which she was a judge, in 2010, and her manager, is hoping they will soon appear on record together, reported a magazine.

"I am very tight with Justin's mentor, Usher, and Cheryl has met him as well. We are like one tight little family and there is a lot of potentially exciting stuff in the pipeline."

"Justin is a big fan of Cheryl and has been asking Usher if he can set something up with her for over a year now," said the Black Eyed Peas star. also described how Cole is working with top producers and stars for her third album, which he believes will make her a huge star in the US.

"This album is going to be the best material she has ever released. Some of the biggest names in the industry are working with her. When Cheryl is happiest she is infectious, and this is the happiest she has been in a long time," he added.


Turning the tide

Sleeping beauty: Gwyneth Paltrow

Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow says that the secret to her beauty is getting adequate amount of sleep. The 39-year-old, who has two children with husband Chris Martin said if she doesn't get a lot of rest, it shows on her face, reported a magazine.

"For me, sleep is a major thing. I don't always get it, and when I don't, I look like I've been hit by a truck," Paltrow said.

The actress also credits drinking lots of water, taking vitamins religiously and having at least one cup of coffee - with almond milk - each morning to help maintain her youthful looks.

Paltrow also said she doesn't like to diet and eats what she likes because she exercises so much.

"I had to work hard to get it like this, but now I'm here it's so great because I don't have to think about it. I can just enjoy life. What a relief is that," she added.


Shooting spree

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt is in pain but is shooting with a wounded hand for Ram Gopal Varma’s Department.

Actor Rana Daggubati's dates are apparently delaying the completion of the film.

"Sanjay Dutt is waiting for Rana to shoot their combination shots. I've almost competed my shooting with Sanjay Dutt. His part is incomplete because of Rana who doesn't have time," says Ramu.

"Sanjay is shooting with me in spite of a wounded hand. He has an infection on his right hand. The hand is bandaged and he is shooting keeping the hand out of camera range," he adds.

Director Karan Johar is so impressed by Dutt's villainous act in Dharma Production's Agneepath that he wants more of him.

"The success of Dutt's look and presence in the Agneepath trailer has prompted some quick re-thinking at Dharma Productions. They've asked Dutt for extra dates for a song that they want to shoot," says a source. 

tweetie pie

Shah Rukh Khan


Watching the first copy of Ra.One...Damn! realised yet again I have made a love story...a lov story between me and my dreams...

— Instead of tweeting about the movie, we suggest, SRK, you should ensure that the movie is a success

Shreya Ghoshal


I am experiencing bliss.. I hv earned it:)

— Yes, Sherya, with the amazing songs you have been singing through childhood, bliss is the best thing you can have Neha Dhupia


Everywhere u look, all delhi is talking about is #F1!

— Neha, just in case you were not aware, F1 has all the reason to be the biggest thing for a long time. It does make its grand entry in India.

Neil Nitin Mukesh


Bobby Deol and @juniorbachchan are elder brothers I never had. Thank you! @sonamakapoor is truly a doll. @bipsluvurself is a super costar.

— We understand, with not much happening in the movie front, the best thing you can do right now is bonding.

(Complied by Vasudha Gupta)

Astro turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: Minor pinpricks will provoke you. Workers in the factories will cause a number of delays. Home life will cause some interference. Newly married will find home atmosphere tense. Tarot message: Empty promises are certain, therefore try to put your terms and conditions in writing. Lucky colour: Pomegranate red. Magic number: 32. 

TAURUS: An excellent day. Do not feel guilty about taking time out to look after your well-being. Preventing health problem is better than treating them. Focus on meditation yoga & exercise. Group activities should be highly successful. Tarot message: Delays are the only obstacle in your way to success. Lucky colour: Ebony. Magic number: 42.

GEMINI: Charm, diplomacy, respect and cooperation are far better attributes to employ in dealing with people if you want positive results. Tendencies for manipulation should be controlled and contained. Job applications yield good results. Tarot message: Do what is right and watch your interests. Lucky colour: Pink. Magic number: 65.

CANCER: Pleasant day for everything. Be prepared for multiple invitations to social events and gatherings. Turn your attention to jobs that gives you an opportunity to make the best use of your intellect. Tarot message: Don't be dismissive of advice from youthful origin. Lucky colour: Royal Blue. Magic number: 36. 

LEO: Doing a spell of overtime or catching up with work at home would help pay the bills. Now is the time to distinguish clearly between wants and needs. You can look forward to hear from a friend. Tarot message: Beware of depleting your energy or resources on others. Lucky colour: Cream. Magic number: 33.

VIRGO: A healthy competition can be harnessed for greater accomplishment. Stick to what you know and do best and you won't go wrong. Do not let too many people know what you are planning. Tarot message: Versatility and a quicksilver mind will bail you out of a situation. Lucky colour: Turquoise. Magic number: 64.

LIBRA: Doing overtime, an urgent job or dealing with a crisis are all possible reasons for being dragged back to the workplace. A chance encounter with an ex-flame may revive old memories. Do not lose your temper. Tarot message: You find within yourself a fountainhead of a will power. Lucky colour: Saffron. Magic number: 24.

SCORPIO: You should give a serious thought to your business. Decisions that need to be made should not be put off. You have the courage to bite the bullet. Chances of suffering from minor injuries are there. Tarot message: Focus on the better to mitigate the bitter. Lucky colour: Silver Grey. Magic number: 54.

SAGITTARIUS: A major domestic purchase can be made with confidence but may not be available until next week. Be patient, though you want it immediately. Love life suffers due to family problems. Be assured of abundance of fine food and drink. Tarot message: Take limited risks with you capital. Lucky colour: Sea Green. Magic number: 60.

CAPRICORN: Put knowledge into practice. Working women: be careful while dealing with the clients. Children may enjoy the company of their parents. Businessmen find the day quite hectic. Tarot message: Plan your life to avoid the in build delays that comes your way. Lucky colour: Peacock green. Magic number: 29.

AQUARIUS: A good day on the financial front. Try your luck at a range of speculative possibilities. Women between the age group of 40-45, take care of your health. Hostellers may enjoy in the campus. Sportsmen may win the game. Tarot message: Use careful judgment in handling property issues. Lucky colour: White. Magic number: 61.

PISCES: Relations with fellow workers are on a high. Schedule group meeting today. They can be both productive and enjoyable. Selling big goals may seem unrealistic. Businessmen: think twice before signing a new deal. Tarot message: Yet work could pose certain minor difficulties but don't worry. Lucky colour: Rainbow Pastels. Magic number: 55.

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is October 24...

Your birthday this year falls on a very auspicious day of Dantryodshi popularly known as Dhanteras. Today, it will be better to invest in silver. It's important for you to adopt a belief system, religion or philosophy. Asking the bigger questions in life helps you take meaningful decisions. You're tired of feeling as if you're going from one activity to another without any rhyme or reason.

Fortunately, you have a good teacher to introduce you to unfamiliar ideas, practices, and traditions. Be willing to do some extensive reading. In 2012, problems are on the cards as someone is trying to hinder your progress; this could be an envious co-worker who wants to harm you. There is a combination of planets in your sign; this will make you more objective and you'll find the right words to soothe your partner's heated opinions. The stars favor intuition and suggest the right ways to increase earnings. Employees could have some issues with a superior and feel like a change. First of all, try to temper your rage.

You still have plenty of time left to change things around. Sometimes you need to take a few steps back before you can take that great leap forward. You are standing too close to the big picture to see the whole thing all at once. Good financial news in 2012 would start a trend, which would continue for sometime. Personal problems seem to be engaging your attention, leaving you with little time to devote to the family affairs.

Some of you may suffer headache. Smiling and offering help does your soul a world of good and helps your stressed-out seatmate to boot. Take that attitude of kindness and compassion with you throughout your journey. Mood: A big overworked at times. Compatible signs: Scorpio, Taurus. Lucky colours: Beige, Chocolate. Lucky days: Monday and Wednesday. Lucky numbers: 5, 9, 14, 18, 19 Lucky Flower: Black Rose. Lucky Gem: Diamond / Zircon.

Mallika Sherawat (October 24, 1981, Rohtak) first appeared in some TV Commercials with Amitabh and Shahrukh Khan for Santro. She also came in some music video of Nirmal Pandey and Surjit Bindrakhia. She debuted in film Jeena Sirf Merre Liye. Then Mallika starred in films Khwahish, Murder, The Myth with Jackie Chan, Pyaar Ke Side Effects. Welcome, Ugly aur Pagli and Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam. Then later, she also did another Hollywood comedy film Politics of Love. Mallika's Venus (number 6) is very strong and that will help her stay in the limelight. 

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