The Haryanvi show
Jasmine Singh

Most of the young actors from Haryana perceive Chandrawal 2 as a turning point for cinema in the state

Hit Mix: Malika Sherawat

Surprise package: Satyender Malik

Actor Mallika Sherawat sizzling on screen leaves you wondering; amidst all the 'what is she doing in Bollywood, what is she wearing, can she act…have you ever wondered where the star comes from?

And the answer is Haryana, a simple agriculturists' state that has given Bollywood some good talent — Randeep Hooda, Mohit Alawat (Ram Gopal Verma's Sholay), Satish Kaushik, Sonu Nigam, Subash Ghai et al. The Haryanavi world of glamour isn't that pompous, but with the making of Chandrawal 2 the focus has shifted back to the small state and what it has to offer to the world of entertainment. Take it from the actors and models from the state, who see Chandrawal 2 as a turning point as far as Haryanavi cinema is concerned.

Sonali Kalyer, 24, is an upcoming actor from Jind. Making it to Bollywood is every young actor's dream but her loyalty for regional cinema is too strong to let her shift to Mumbai. "There is no dearth of acting talent in Haryana, but we don't have the opportunities and the right exposure. With film festivals happening and opening up of acting institutes in the state, I see some hope," says Sonali, who is plays Champa in Chandrawal 2. "I am glad Usha Sharma, the producer, is making an effort to revive cinema in Haryana. With industrial development, I am hopeful that people will invest money in movie-making."
Fresh face: Deepak Mor Redhuwas
Well begun: Mohit Alawat

If Mallika Sherawat is the only example of a Haryanavi girl from Rohtak making it to Bollywood, you can't really complain — the actor moved to Mumbai and struggled a lot to carve a niche! This leaves us with the word struggle. Movies have always been about struggle and if you are from a place like Haryana, which hasn't exposed itself to cinema, struggle is just the beginning.

Satyender Malik, who is pursuing an acting course from Indian Theatre, wants to make a mark in Bollywood. "Rigidity and lack of ideas is the reason why entertainment is not a popular medium with people here. We have enough talent; actors like Randeep Hooda, Parveen Dabbas, Yashpal Sharma and Satish Kaushik have made a name in the film industry. We need more talent hunt shows, more participation and someone to guide youngsters in this field. First, we need to make a mark in regional cinema and then move on," he says.

Efforts are on to put Haryana on the Bollywood map. Ram Gopal Varma's protégés, Randeep Hooda and Mohit Ahlawat, have already done it and now it is for the upcoming lot to give it a shot. Deepak Mor Redhuwas from Jhajjar is a student of State Institute of Film and TV. He worked in a documentary movie The Rock Show.

"For quiet sometime we did not see anything happening in Haryanvi cinema, but now things seem to be moving. Directors like Satish Kaushik have shown interest in regional cinema. Punjabi cinema is still popular due to big budget movies and NRI audiences. We don't have the same in Haryana; people don't invest money in movies. What the state needs is exposure and infrastructure for movie-making," he adds.

In the legend’s footsteps

Legendary singer Kishore Kumar's sons, Amit and Sumeet, here to take part in the Chandigarh Carnival, share some sweet memories

He's been there, done it all! The singer behind hits Laila o Laila, Yeh Bombay Shehar Haadsoon Ka Sheher Hai, Deewana Dil Deewana, Zubi Zubi, Bole Choodiyan, Amit Kumar has rocked the Bollywood for more than three decades!

In Chandigarh for the Carnival on Saturday, Amit Kumar, son of legendary singer Kishore Kumar, shares some excerpts from his life. "Baba used to say that if you want to work in the industry, you have to wear a mask. I have enjoyed my stint in films (still do if someone calls with love), but now it's time that I make my own compositions and music that I love," says Amit.

The singer has recently launched his website that he intends to use as a platform to showcase his music as well as to connect to his fans. "Technology is the way to go now. Though, I am not very tech-savvy, Sumeet (his brother) helps me with that," says Amit. Starting this December, Amit intends to put his compositions on his website. "And if the response is good, let's see where we can take it."

Resembling his father in looks, Amit has gotten over the towering personality that his father was and created his own niche. On being compared, he answers, completely at ease, "There was just one Kishore Kumar! Not each one of us is supposed to be as successful, I am glad that I have my own share of admirers."

The influence of his gifted father and the deep connection that the father-son shared is for everyone to see. "I learnt a lot from Baba," he says humbly. If each one of us has one or the other Kishore number as favourite, for Amit it's Husna Bhi Hai Udaas Udaas from Mad Bhare Nain, probably because there is a story that his father shared behind it. "It was 1951 and my father was playing hero in the movie. Anil Biswas was a tough task-master. When in the first attempt, he didn't get the lilt right in the song, Anil ji asked him to go home. The song was tried by Manna Dey (Anil ji's favourite), Mukesh and many more but nothing pleased Anil ji. Finally, it was my father only who did the song with the lilt right," recalls Amit with a dash of pride.

Amit with his brother Sumeet has lots planned to keep their father's rich legacy alive. One of the many projects at hand is Do Kishore, a special audio-visual show in which the two sons commemorate their father and celebrities share their side of story.

Also, they intend to bring out many compositions by their father that never came out. "Javed Saheb has agreed to give lyrics that I will sing," says Amit who is also looking forward to more script sessions on Kishore's upcoming biopic with Anurag Basu.

The present music scene does worry Amit, "I am not for meaningless item numbers like the trend is today. Melody and harmony is increasingly missing from music. Poetry is another casualty." And he intends to bring all three back in his own composition that he plans to share on his website,

Lasting fun…

Fun, frolic and festivity were rife on the second day of Chandigarh Carnival on Saturday. There were as many dancers on stage as off it as hits from Shammi Kapoor's era as well as the recent movie Rockstar filled the air.

If girls dressed as Kashmirans performed on Yeh chand sa roshan chehra in shikaras, school boys rocked on to Sadha Haq. Photography, painting, singing, dancing — youngsters were happy indulging in their pursuits.

Plenty of rides to choose from for kids, as well as grown ups, were a huge hit. Shouts, shrieks and laughter mingled with the loud music. An uninhibited crowd made merry, dancing to the music, shooting balloons or even riding the camel. Interesting floats (although one must admit that they are not as grand as last year) also ferried cheerful crowd around the carnival.

Amongst the others, it was the Vintage Car Show that was a crowd-puller. Beetal, Austins, Mercs made for a perfect picture backdrop as did the rural scene set at CITCO Da Vehra. Despite the warning 'Beautiful car is like another man's wife, don't touch it', pasted on the cars, not many could resist getting clicked next to them. To give these four wheelers company, there are some vintage lambrettas and motorbikes as well.

CITCO Da Vehra was full with people enjoying warm saag with makki ki roti on a sunny afternoon on a charpayi, savouring a village feel.

Artistes' corner had painters busy with their brush and colours. Curious onlookers enjoyed potter's wheel, as artists shaped mud into interesting pottery.

Interestingly, traffic wasn't as chaotic as imagined (though we give no guaranty for Sunday). Make the most of the winter carnival till it lasts!

(On till today)

Younger take

Many parallels are drawn between Kishore Kumar and his younger son Sumeet Kumar, labelling them moody or even eccentric.

Sumeet, in Chandigarh as part of Carnival, shares his take, "I believe pressure kills creativity. I don't want to live a life in which I cannot spend the evening the way I want to."

Sumeet has sung some numbers, including hit Bachna Ae Haseeno, but it's the compositions that give him more pleasure.

He has given the background track for many commercials and finds a mentor in his brother Amit Kumar. A pianist ("Baba wanted him to be," says Amit Kumar), Sumeet is happy taking a day at a time. The traveller in him wants to explore more, though he is with his brother, mentor in different ventures.

ETCHED to perfection
Vasudha Gupta

Few would go back to the history and conclude that all forms of art have taken shape from the oldest concept of printing. That was exactly when art took shape. With the idea to ensure that the finest of the fine arts; printmaking, does not miss on the expertise, Government College of Art-10 is organising a workshop on etching.

Among the ten, there is RB Bhaskaran, who is ready to be a part of the 14-member jury for the Florence Biannale. One interaction with this stalwart and the only thought that crosses the mind is how profound and polished the industry of art in India is. Born in 1942 at Chennai, Bhaskaran studied Advanced Painting at Government College of Art, Chennai, went on to become a teacher and then the principal of the institute. After his retirement, he was appointed by the President of India as the chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi.

One concept that stands out in his fine works of art cats. "Cats came to me as an exercise in the classroom. I just wanted to show how to use the cat as an element," he says, between meeting and greeting students. "It is possible not only to exploit the body of the cat; but also its movements, postures, eating habits. It is basically the whole process of looking and interpreting them," he adds. Just like all forms of art are busy changing and donning a new look, so is the case in fine arts. "Yes, if one goes back in time, cinema banner painters had a huge role to play. Today, thanks to flex painting and digitalisation, it is dead. No one wants it," he says with an air of sympathy in his voice. Having witnessed the time of partition and of course an active part of art scene during the post independence state in India, for him, watching the changes in the art scene came in as a surprise package. "In the pre-independence times, artists were constantly struggling for tools, recognition and platforms to display works," he says, getting nostalgic. Among his various illustrious works, Bhaskaran was an active part of the modern art movement. "Artists were under identity crises. It was after the struggle of 30-40 years that government established museums, art galleries and organisations for the benefit of the artists," he says. Additionally, there were several independent bodies that constantly helped, supported and guided artists. "It was because of them that today India is a popular seat for art," he adds.

About India's image in the art scene, he says, "We are one of the countries that regularly organises international art exhibitions and promote artists."

On the other side of the room, busy guiding a student is KS Viswambhara. One look at him and his Gandhi glasses, and one doesn't need to ask whether he is from Santiniketan. After playing an instrumental role in setting up the Modi Foundation for art and culture, he is currently based in Mumbai as a freelancer. Talking about how the printmaking industry was set up in India, he goes down the memory lane. "During 1960s many stalwarts came to India and revived the art form. Workshops played an important role," he says looking up form the metal plate. With paining becoming a more popular form of art, the artist feels that printmaking suffers the lacunae of promotion. "Even students are introduced to colours, but no one really pays attention to printmaking," he says.

Tip time

The workshop is being organised by the Government College of Art and experts from the field of printmaking, including Nirmalindu Das, Yusuf, Vilas Shinde, Walter Dsouza, Shaul Choyal, Ajit Dubey, Hanuman Kambli and Nirmal Parkash are sharing valuable tips with students of the field.

The southern temptation

If you haven't heard 'Why this Kolaveri, Kolaveri, Kolaveri Di?' from the upcoming Tamil movie '3' you probably don't belong to this world. Kolaveri Di has become a rage amongst the youth and is spreading like a virus after Sadda Haq from Rockstar, and is being declared as the youth anthem. Staggering 8 million hits on Facebook within 10 days of its release and Dhanush, Rajnikant's son-in-law who has sung the song, is completely elated that the song with nonsensical lyrics is doing so well. The song definitely has a catchy tune and one wants to listen it over and over again. The lyrics are quite simple and are in English with a Tamil touch. The video of the song is literally having so many viewings per minute slowing the buffering of the Youtube site and it is fun to watch Dhanush record the song.

Dancing beat

I heard the song pretty late, when people around me were already in love with it. When I heard it, I got to know why. It is such a fun song with its Tanglish effect. It makes you laugh and dance at the same time. You can't just hear it once.

Mallika Jolly, student, PU

Catchy lyrics

This is the first time I have heard a South Indian song. The tone is very catchy and the lyrics are so hilarious that you thoroughly enjoy the song. Though the lyrics don't make sense at all but it is a totally different and entertaining song. One can hardly ignore it.

Devina Soni, brand manger in a private company

Addictive song

I have just heard the song, and I'm listening to it back-to-back as I'm addicted to it. It is an awesome song with funny lyrics, especially the mix of English and Tamil. It is being enjoyed by everyone and is popular among the youth. The music is superb and complements the lyrics.

Vidur Varma, law student, PU

(As told to Sabia Talwar)

Lyrical magic

Yo boys I am singing song

Soup song

Flop song

Why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di (2)

Rhythm correct

Why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di

Maintain this

Why this kolaveri….aadi

Distance la moon-u moon-u

Moon-u colour-u white-u

White background night-u nigth-u

Night-u colour-u black-u

Why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di(2)

White skin-u girl-u girl-u

Girl-u heart-u black-u

Eyes-u eyes-u meet-u meet-u

My future dark

Why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di (2)


Maama notes eduthuko

Apdiye kaila snacks eduthuko

Pa pa paan pa pa paan pa pa paa pa pa paan

Sariya vaasi

Super maama ready

Ready 1 2 3 4

Whaa wat a change over maama

Ok maama now tune change-u

Kaila glass

Only english..

Hand la glass

Glass la scotch

Eyes-u full-aa tear-u

Empty life-u

Girl-u come-u

Life reverse gear-u

Lovvu lovvu

Oh my lovvu

You showed me bouv-u

Cow-u cow-u holy cow-u

I want u hear now-u

God I'm dying now-u

She is happy how-u


This song for soup boys-u

We don't have choice-u

Why this kolaveri kolaveri kolaveri di(4)

Flop song

(Kolaveri - killer or murderous rage, Soup Song - love failure song, Soup Boys - boys who have failed in love)

The foodies
It's café time folks!
Jigyasa Kapoor Chimra

Winter is at the doorstep and it's time for hot brews, warm soups, grilled sandwiches, pastas and much more. Well, in search of a perfect winter treat, we check out Café Amor in Page 3, Panchkula.

Now this is a European cafe that stands out for its thin crust pizzas, wonderful choice of soups, hearty breakfast items and more. Though food is the high point of the café, the décor too deserves applause, especially the check floor and casual ambience. With perfect lighting (neither dim nor too bright), the seating arrangement is relaxed with a low lying sofa and comfortable chairs.

Talking palate pleasure, the café menu deserves special attention as every course has a catchy name; Flaming Desires is for sizzlers, the Frog Prince and the Starters stands for soups and starters, Puppy Love for accompaniments, Twist in the Tale for a selection of sandwiches and so on. The food here is appetising, but not for those who like Indian flavours and Punjabi tadka; it's more for the young crowd and those who love continental food.

For a hearty breakfast, the choice starts with pancake stack or the Barnyard cuddle that includes choice of three farm fresh eggs cooked the way you like; served with toast, hash brown, ham/ bacon/ chicken sausage. Then there is bangers and mash, which includes four grilled chicken frankfurters on a bed of buttery mashed potatoes with caramelized onion, jalapeno and gravy. Well, here we won't suggest anything as the choice is personalized!

Although like any other eating joint, the menu has a lot of choice but we pick and suggest the best. As far as soups are concerned, if you like the flavour of mushroom their thyme scented mushroom soup is good. Other than that, for the non-vegetarians try the Burmese Prawn and Fish Mahami soup. A light seafood soup flavoured with Burmese curry powder and bean sprouts, it is a very healthy choice for a cold winter supper.

Well, if you are in for a evening snack , you can try their pasta salad with pesto and roast vegetable, Nicoise. Looking for appetisers, an assortment of chips in a large bowl with pepper-garlic dip, Ranch and Thai Chilly dip is a good choice. For the main course, they have thin crust pizza. Must-tries are Pizza Gamberi (prawns, tomato and mozzarella) or the spinach pizza. They even have a breakfast pizza.

For desserts, try their brandied fruit trifle or sizzling brownie with ice-cream. A meal for two would cost around Rs 600.

Don't sleep over it

Scientists have identified the gene responsible for controlling the length of time for which an individual sleeps and why some have their own internal alarm clock.

Karla Allebrandt and her team from the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich identified a gene called ABCC9 that can reduce the length of time we sleep.

The discovery is expected to explain why light sleepers, such as Margaret Thatcher, are able to get by on just four hours shut-eye a night.


Vasudha Gupta

Keeping the upcoming winter in mind, JW Marriott launches the Grill and Griddle food festival

The arrival of winter marks the profound need to sit out in the sun, pull over a warm jacket and bite into something right out of the grill. Focusing on Punjabi love for the grill, JW Marriott launches exquisite menu for battling the winter chill through the Grill and Griddle festival. The seven-day cyclic menu offers an interesting mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarian delights.

Speaking about brining the skewered preparations out for Chandigarh city residents, Pallav Singhal, executive chef, JW Marriot, speaks about the fan-following for everything that comes out of the grill. "Plus, this season brings in the right kind of produce to open the house for the festival," he says. The elaborate menu consists of non-vegetarian food in fish varieties, lamb, pork, prawns and will soon include the local turkey. "We also have some fine Himalayan Trout. Since it's a fresh water fish, there is more probability of a clean fish," Pallav adds. Considering that trout has one bone and smaller bones on the side, it is the typical fish one sketches. "Also, since it comes from fresh waters, it does not have the typical aversive smell to it," he says. If you are a vegetarian, there is a lot of variety for your taste buds.

"We have tried to add a dash of variety in our vegetarian food as well, instead of a regular grilled tomato, we have it with a khus khus filling, making it more delicious," Pallav says.

Chef Anikt Sharma, Chef De Cuisine of Café @JW and Saffron along with a team will prepare customised treats for food connoisseurs of the city. So, how about a grilled raw banana tonight?

(On till December 10)

Musical beat

Music knows no boundaries, we know…but a music examination that covers over 90 countries registered its first presence in the region recently!

Paul Arnell, an ardent music lover, teacher and examiner, representing The Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) was in Chandigarh on his first official visit (he has holidayed in India thrice before). As an examiner with ABRSM, Paul covers much of the globe and an examination with Bridge Music Academy at The British School-44, Chandigarh, has impressed him.

"The students here are well-trained," says Paul, after finishing examining the students in piano, violin as well as singing. The Bridge Music Academy trains students in various musical instruments as well as vocals.

"Since the students have shown a keen interest in music, we wanted to measure their progress," says Ritesh Khochar, director, Bridge Music Pvt Limited.

Based in London, Paul's work has taken him across USA, Canada, Taiwan and India so far (he is awaiting his 2013 itinerary). "Music appeals to different people at different levels. One needn't take lessons to enjoy music," says Paul, adding that western music is way different from Hindustani classical.

On his fourth visit to India, Paul sees India as 'a happy clash of colour and culture'. Having travelled the length and breath of the country, Paul calls his India experience as 'generally happy'. "Delhi has changed a lot since I visited last. The metro has made such positive difference," says Paul.

On the live stage

Director Rohan Sippy, who hit the big time with Bluffmaster, is taking a short detour from cinema to make a live musical for the stage and says he is finding it more fun than making a movie.

The three-film old Bollywood director is helming a fifties-themed jazz musical called Fashion Broadway and is excited about his maiden stage venture.

"I have never done anything for the stage before and this project deals with a part of Mumbai's history, an era where there was a lot of jazz music in Mumbai. It's fascinating to dive into that.

"When you make a film you have to think about huge budgets and audience. But a play caters to a limited audience so you can have fun with it," said Rohan.

The musical, starring Shahana Goswami, Ali Fazal and Rahul Dev, has music by composer Ranjit Barot and will be staged on today in Delhi as part of this year's Chivas Studio.

"Shahana, Ali Fazal, Rahul Dev are going to sing live and Ranjit will play a five-piece band," said Rohan.

Admitting that directing for the stage is tough, Rohan said that it is also a learning experience.

"If I had known how tough it is going to be, I wouldn't have taken it up in the first place. But the flip side is that you get to learn so much, start thinking about so many elements when you are dealing with a play. It is fun to change gears, set aside pre-conceptions and make a play come alive. I would love to do more work on the stage." Rohan, who made his directorial debut with Kuch Na Kaho in 2003, said he is working on a couple of scripts. — PTI

Katy in Marilyn's shoes

Oscar-Winning Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein wants Katy Perry to play Marilyn Monroe in a Broadway musical based on his latest movie. The film My Week with Marilyn starring Michelle Williams as the screen icon is based on the memoirs of Colin Clark.

Clark had spent a week with Monroe in the year 1957 when she was in the UK filming The Prince and the Showgirl with Sir Laurence Olivier.

However, Weinstein wishes pop star Perry to play Marilyn Monroe in the stage adaptation.

"If My Week with Marilyn is successful, at some point, five years, ten years from now, I think Katy would be perfect to play Marilyn Monroe ... on Broadway, sing those songs, do the dances," he said.

While Weinstein believes that Williams had performed brilliantly in the movie yet for musical he proffered I Kissed A Girl singer to play the iconic beauty. "I mean Michelle could do it. Michelle is so good she could do it live,”he says. —ANI

Inspired PLAN
Heidi Klum and her husband Seal are keen on adoption

Inspired by Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock, German supermodel Heidi Klum and her husband, singer Seal, are also keen to adopt a child.

"I was really inspired by Sandra Bullock. She came around with her adopted son and she's raising a little boy by herself. She's giving him a chance, but he doesn't know it yet, which is just awesome," a website quoted Seal as saying.

"We've talked about adopting. I've no idea where to adopt from but I think we will one day - just not yet," he added.

They have three biological children and in 2009 Seal adopted Klum's daughter from her previous relationship. — IANS

Loving parenthood: Seal and Heidi Klum

Dream wedding

Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, who were thrown together as husband and wife in Dream House, fell in love with each other on the sets of the movie despite both of them being in long-term relationships before they started work. Despite the pin-up status of the leading stars, off-screen romance seemed like the last thing on the cards when they arrived in Brampton, Ontario, but by the time the film wrapped two months later, they were already making plans for a life together.

The couple's wedding last summer in a typically private New York ceremony, with just four gusts including Craig's 22-year-old daughter Ella and Weisz's five-year-old son Henry, shot them straight into the top bracket of Hollywood's power couples alongside Brangelina and TomKat.

When asked how she was finding married life with the 'James Bond' star, Weisz declined to comment.

"I'm sorry - I'm a newlywed. I'm still a blushing bride and it's really private. I can't tell you anything - come back to me later," the Mirror quoted her as saying.

The 41-year-old actress had been married for nine years to American director Darren Aronofsky, while the 43-year-old actor, who had been married and divorced, was engaged earlier.


For the love of art
Vasudha Gupta

Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Unwritten Thoughts, an exhibition by young artists, showcases their inherent creativity

Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.

— Oscar Wilde

Behind every piece of art is a strong reflection of the artist behind it. As part of the exhibition Unwritten Thoughts, the works of prolific painters and sculptors found life. Recently organised at Government Museum and Art Gallery, the creative sensibilities were revealed.

The first sight that struck was that of the CDs put up to bring out the vibrant colours of a model's outfit. Anu Dhiman, the creator of this work, speaks at length about the inspiration. "Fashion is what continues to bring out the best in me," she says. After completing her Masters in Fine Arts in 2007 with a specialisation in sculptures, this young artist is currently freelancing in Delhi. Also into sculpting, her creations have a consistent theme. "All my work have lines like this," she says pointing to her work; A faceless man. Aptly captioned Blind trust, the work has no eyes, and ears. "When you trust someone, everything stops functioning," she says.

On another wall, the life of a woman found colour. Rajni Bist, a painter by passion and a graphic designer by profession, only got into the field post her wedding to an Army officer. "It was in 2009 that I got into painting and just expressed my love, anger, emotion and passion in my work," she says, pointing to her creations. Using a novel technique of scroll, her works entail putting together various aspects of a woman's life. These are inspired by Ritusanhar, Kalidasa's dohas, where love is shown according to seasons. An ardent fan of vermillion, her passion flows in her work. "I have also been inspired by tribal art in my life," she adds, with a glint in her eyes.

From woman to the gods, an artist can just look around and get inspired. Mallika Chabba, a young prolific painter, has her collection of Shiva. "I primarily use bright colours," she says with a smile. Obvious to the kaleidoscope of colours in her outfit, we could not have doubted her thoughts. An expert in the field, she has also done art restoration at INTACH for the paintings of the Nizam of Hyderabad at the Chumala Palace. Mostly in a hurry, she ensures to wrap up her work overnight. "Lot of suggestions come by that I should take it easy and work accordingly; for me it's just about my feelings at the moment, which I want colours to talk," she says.

Apart from the spectrum adorning the walls, there are a host of sculptures lining the gallery. Inspired by animals and balloons, Pankaj Verma's works are based on form play.

Rockstar is everyone's favourite

What would Bollywood be without its glorious music? Bollywood stars talk about their favourite songs and albums of the year

Going Ooh la la!

Shah Rukh Khan: The other day I heard Ohh La La from The Dirty Picture on TV and really loved the tune. It's like a comeback of Bappi da's voice. The song makes you dance and laugh at the same time. So, currently I like that song. I think Chhammak Chhalo sounds good too.

Changing tune

Kareena Kapoor: I am a Rahman fan and I really like all Rockstar songs from Sadda Haq to Kun Faaya. Each and every song is so well made and Mohit's voice is just so good. And my favourites keep changing all the time.

Kolaveri di fan

Priyanka Chopra: Currently I am listening to Why this kolaveri, kolaveri di. I loved the tune as it just keeps playing in your head even if you heard it once. Apart from that I loved Chhammak Chhalo; the lyrics and tunes are very catchy. And then I also loved Ready's song Kudiyo ka nasha pyaara, apart from these songs I am a romantic person and Rockstar's songs are very romantic.

Senorita's choice

Sonakshi Sinha: Currently on my iPod it's Tum Ho from Rockstar. I love the song and after a long time I am listening to Kavita Krishnamurthy's voice in Tum ho and it's one of my favourite songs. F.A.L.T.U film song Chaar baj gaye is one party song which I love. Ik Junoon from Zindagi Na Milegi Doobara is another favourite song and Senorita too. I like the songs of Murder 2 as well.

Rocking confession

Ranveer Singh: I am still not out of Band Baaja Baaraat (laughs) Songs matter so much to our films. And 2011's best music album according to me is Rockstar. The album has so many songs and each one is so different and nice to hear. I also like Ooh La La from The Dirty Picture as it gives you a 70's feel.

Music mania

Anushka Sharma: I am a music lover and my iPod is my close friend because it gives me company when I am on my own. I spend a lot of time with myself: reading, writing, listening to music, and chilling. One of my friends made me hear Kolaveri Di and since then I am humming that song. The lyrics just get stuck in your mind. Apart from that I think this year's best album is Rockstar, Rahman rocks!

Don of hearts

Shah Rukh Khan is the media's darling. He is back doing the promotional rounds for Don 2, thought it has only been a month since the release of Ra. One. The superstar talks about the film and his teammates.

Don 2

It's a nice film and I really enjoyed shooting it. Because it's different from the first one as it's not a remake and we have to keep in mind that it should be different and not look like a rip-off. So we have really worked hard for Don 2.

Working with PC

She is a sweetheart. You get to work very rarely with such people from whom you can learn many things and PC is one of them. She is a junior to me but I have learnt a lot from her. She has a camera mania; I mean the moment camera starts rolling she gives her best. I really enjoyed working with her, because she loves me a lot, you know, she keeps going gaga over me so it feels like I am really someone special (laughs). But yes it's really nice working with her.

Original stuff

Don 2 is totally original. I don't know why people spread such rumours close to the release of the film. Even when Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar made Don they asked for all the permission during the remake. Farhan and his team have worked hard on the script and it's an original script. One should comment after they watch the film.

Farhan Akhtar

Farhan is one of my closest friends in the industry. One in whom I can believe with closed eyes also (laughs). He is a talented chap who knows what to make. After all, it's their in his blood he is really talented. And I am very jealous of him because he acts well, he directs well, and he is a good producer as well as a singer too. I have worked with him and as a producer he looks at what the audience wants as well as to his stars' comfort level. I loved him in ZNMD and he is a great actor.

Ra.One response

Frankly speaking, I don't sit and calculate all these things. I only calculate Sachin Tendulkar's records. Anyway, after Ra.One now I am busy with Don 2. And I want the film to do well. Because when you make a film it's just not the lead actors' film because thousands of people have worked on it behind the scenes.

Chatter box
Shilpa finds love

Post her sudden breakup with actor Romit Raj when they called off their marriage due to some personal differences, actress Shilpa Shinde has returned to television with Sab's new show Chidiya Ghar. Moreover, she has found love too. She is dating someone but is unwilling to reveal his name yet. Clearly, she has moved on and started afresh. Good going girl.

New love: Shilpa Shinde

Mouni out of Nachle Ve

Gorgeous Mouni Roy was signed to host Imagine's Nachle Ve with boyfriend Gaurav Chopra, but now things are different. Due to some legal issues, she was ousted and leggy lass Karishma Tanna has been roped in. Dance master Saroj Khan will teach dance moves on various hit songs. Of course, we would have loved to see Mouni Roy shake it with her beau Gaurav but his dance performance with Karishma will be equally fabulous too.

Lady luck

Abhishek Rawat who is seen in Sony TV's Dekha Ek Khwaab is impressed by his costar Priyal Gor who plays Moniya in the show. He feels he is lucky when it comes to co-actors as he gets talented and fantastic female leads. Earlier, Abhishek has worked with Ratan Rajput in Agle Janam Mohe Bitya Hi Kijo and now Priyal Gor who he finds spontaneous and natural. Abhishek is looking forward to shooting with Aroona Irani in the show.

Break ke baad

Pracheen Chauhan, who was last seen in Maat Pitaah Ke Charnon Mein Swarg, a year and a half ago recently returned in Havan on Colors. He was on a break of 17 months as he didn't want to do unsuitable roles. He utilised his break by fulfilling two dreams. One was a vacation to South Africa and the other was buying a house in Mumbai. After searching for a bit, he bought a two and a half bedroom apartment in Malad.

Back to work: Pracheen

Mahima replaces Raveena

Mahima Chaudhary will soon be seen on television judging the third season of Chhote Miyan with Sachin Pilgaonkar. The show features kids doing stand-up comedy. Mahima replaces earlier judge Raveena Tandon who now is busy with films. Mahima has judged a show Jalwa Four 2 Ka 1 with Satish Kaushik in 2008. With Manasi Parekh Gohil as host, the show will air next month on Colors.

Tannaz returns

Actress Tannaz Irani who recently became mom for the third time is back to shooting. She will be seen in Sab TV's mini movies. She will play the role of a talkative, funny and OTT sister-in-law with Mahesh Thakur and Muskan Mehani playing her brother-in-law and sister-in-law. Excited to be working again, she also misses being a full-time mom and is glad that her eldest daughter baby-sits while she is away.

Astro Turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: Try to reduce the amount of cash you spend on groceries. New attractions are likely to be serious. Do not hold back anything from your boss. Talk to your counselor before confronting your partner. Tarot message: Don't waste an opportunity by being rash or impulsive. Lucky colour: Turquoise. Magic number: 44.

TAURUS: Check all figures related to jointly held funds. Women, do not go in for idle gossips A new project will get the go-ahead and engage your attention single-mindedly. A female colleague could push your buttons. Tarot message: Keep your eyes on the future. Lucky colour: Fiery red.

Magic number: 28.

GEMINI: Take some time out for meditation to disengage from the thoughts. You will find that many of your negative emotions are coming from external sources. So, the more you limit them, the better. Tarot message: Don't do anything at the cost of health. Time will heal all pains and wounds. Lucky colour: Lotus Pink. Magic number: 33.

CANCER: This is not a time for delegating responsibility. Problems can be resolved without any major stress. Take up studies in a subject that inspires your personal and spiritual growth. Tarot message: Be positive; you can make things happen out of the most unlikely circumstances. Lucky colour: Peacock blue. Magic number: 36.

LEO: Good day for negotiating contracts. Seek publicity for business plans. You are unlikely to get much chance to relax this evening. As the day progresses, things will be sorted out if you are honest. Tarot message: Do not be in the rush to spend extravagantly. Be Lucky colour: Silver grey. Magic number: 54.

VIRGO: Useful day for discussing long-term plans. A telephone call or a friend gives pleasure in the evening. Your energy levels are at a peak. Some might be busy packing for a journey, so be prepared for well-wishers. Tarot message: Spend time meeting experienced people. Lucky colour: Crimson. Magic number: 37.

LIBRA: The Queen of Swords reveals that new love attractions are likely to be serious. Businessmen, spend your spare time with loved ones. If you are shopping stick to your budget. Tarot message: Be positive; you can make things happen out of the most unlikely circumstances. Lucky colour: Brown. Magic number: 56.

SCORPIO: Lovers, avoid meeting today. Today's new Moon is in solar ninth house. Any projects connected with study and travel will be satisfying. You have the ability to work hard and overcome the obstacles in your path. Tarot message: Don't try to end all the deadlocks at one go. Lucky colour: Ebony. Magic number: 25

SAGITTARIUS: Businessmen, avoid making any important move. A new romance is on the offing. Do not rely on anybody to help you achieve your goals. Legal matters could take an expected turn and surprise you with a positive twist. Tarot message: Do not trivial problems haunt you. Lucky colour: Deep red. Magic number: 28

CAPRICORN: Early morning surprises can turn into afternoon achievements. Take a break and forget the million and one things you have to do. Just enjoy the food, the company and your environment for a while. Tarot message: Capitalise on your strength and do not trust others. Lucky colour: Forest green. Magic number: 32.

AQUARIUS: Your health could be worrying you a little, so it would be wise to see a health professional. An interest in alternative lifestyles may give you the impetus to attend a festival in personal development. Tarot message: Don't do anything at the cost of health. Time will heal all pains and wounds. Lucky colour: Cherry red. Magic number: 43.

PISCES: A sudden improvement in your fortune is indicated. Emotionally you could be easily disturbed. This could be a time of sweeping changes. This is also a positive time for business partnerships. Tarot message: Lack of persistence can be disastrous in business matters. Lucky colour: White. Magic number: 47.

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is November 27...

If a sportsman and born today, and indulging in adventurous pursuits, you are prone to accidents between December and March. Trust your instincts about a troublesome colleague. Their secretive behaviour is the result of personal pain. By offering a helping hand, your work environment will become much more relaxed. By making friendly overtures at this vulnerable juncture you'll see a dramatic transformation.

Everybody deserves a second chance. You're about to witness the power of redemption. Quietly moving forward with a new idea or project is great but avoid pushing someone's buttons or pushing boundaries. Don't justify yourself for an error you've made; probably, nobody even noticed and it's neither relevant nor important anyway. Have more faith in yourself.

Those born after 1980 should cast aside stubbornness and listen to the opinions of others before rejecting them. Otherwise, they will regret their actions. Cooperation is low but not 'all that bad'. There could be some financial pressure. However, you would be able to take control over the situation if you choose to be frugal for the time being. Sudden travel plans may take some of you to the south or the southeast on a special assignment. Financially it will be a fruitful trip. Be careful before making investments and think twice before consenting for agreements.

Gastric, digestive problems and other similar diseases are in the store for you. Those who have heart diseases or diabetic should be careful about their in take. Avoid bright lights and busy places. Take a walk to relax your senses. Think positive to get rid of any thoughts thats bothering you. Mood: Emotional. Compatible signs: Taurus, Virgo. Lucky colours: Orange, purple. Lucky days: Monday and Wednesday. Lucky numbers: 2, 10, 19, 21, 100. Lucky gem: Aventurine - the gemstone of luck. Lucky flower: Cornflower.

Mahie Gill (originally Rimpi Gill, November 27, 1975, Chandigarh) played the lead actress in Anurag Kashyap's Dev D. She started her career in Punjabi films before making a debut in Bollywood.

She completed her master's in theater from Panjab University in 1998. Mahie got her first break with the Punjabi film Havaayen and has done a couple of Punjabi films along with theatre. Mars and Venus in her birth chart though ensure success in films but do not promise marital bliss.

Kangana’s mystery man

Kangana Ranaut is in the news with or without movies. Her roles make news, so does her fashion sense, and her relationship status. People hate her or they love her. The powerhouse performer who has an air of mystery around her talks about her movies and more.

There is a lot of news about her invisible boyfriend in the UK. She laughs and says, "I am dating an invisible man who is a mysterious man. He gets invisible and doesn't want to come in front of camera (laughs). Because if an actor is dating or even having a small time affair media gets so deep into it that I have decided I don't want to talk about my personal life at all."

Kangana clarifies, "I refuse to talk about my personal life because things are blown out of proportion. Ask me about my roles, films, and career."

When asked about her future projects she says, "I have been lucky to get such various kinds of roles from comedy to serious and drama and I am very excited to be part of such franchises. In 2012 I have Ishqiya, Tanu Weds Manu 2, and Krrish's sequel. And Tezzz directed by Priyadarshan. Ishqiya is a totally different character I will be doing. I am very excited to work with Vishal Bharadwaj. He is a marvelous director and one gets polished in terms of work after working with him. Dedh Ishqiya will be a turning point for me. Then I have Tanu Weds Manu 2 and am so happy that people loved the movie. I was accepted by the audience, as was my pair with Madhavan, and especially the comedy. And then Krrish where I will play the glam girl, I will get into a sporty look. It's my childhood dream to become a super power woman and finally I got a chance. Then I have Tezzz which is an action film I always wanted to work with Priyan sir and finally I got a chance so 2012 will be totally cool for me!"

When asked about her marriage she says, "I am just 24 so I will wait for another 4-5 years before thinking of settling down. I don't know whether I will have an arranged marriage or love marriage but right now I am concentrating on my career."

When asked about her dream role or one actor she wants to work with she said, "Every role is a dream role for me because I have to establish myself with the character but yes I want to work with Aamir Khan."

Tang twister
Vasudha Gupta

Are you one of those who squeeze a lemon into each dish on the dining table? If you belong to the clan, Lemon 35 is one restaurant for you to visit. The restaurant recently opened its doors for the foodies. Apart from the comprehensive multi-cuisine menu, the restaurant will also be offering Lebanese food, with a Punjabi twist.

Talking about its USP, MD Rakesh Sachdeva says, "The point is to have a fusion restaurant in Chandigarh." The highlight of the Lebanese menu is the use of cashews, sesame seeds and olives.

But, why Lebanese food? "See, Lebanese food is popular in the Middle- East and all over Europe," he says. "That's why there is no doubt that it will find a niche segment here as well," he quickly adds. The head chef, Dharam Singh Negi joins Lemon to bring the best on the counter. "He was the man behind the Barbeque Nations in the country," Sachdeva says.

There are very few instances, where the owners' passion for a particular food will make him launch an eating joint. "I have always loved lemon in my drinks and food. This is the prime reason, why I decided to go for the name and ensure all my dishes have it as an ingredient," he says.

Apart from the food, the restaurant boasts of an array of fine international and national drinks.

Everlasting friendship

Composers Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani are known for their 12-year successful partnership and foot-tapping numbers. In an industry where friendships are fragile, Vishal says his partner's patience and kindness have kept them going.

"Even if we fight, argue or discuss over a song, it is for its betterment," Vishal said at the Dosti concert her. He also thanked Shekhar for his patience.

"If this friendship is there, if this success is there and if all of you have liked our work, the credit for all this goes to Shekhar who has patience and kindness towards me that makes this relationship work for us," said Vishal.

Vishal-Shekhar are known for their music in Bluffmaster, Golmaal, Bachna Ae Haseeno , Dostana, Ra. One and forthcoming film The Dirty Picture.

The duo has not just composed music but also crooned many hit songs. They are currently working on Arjun-The Warrior Prince, Student of the Year, Kahaani and Shanghai. — IANS

Ryan mesmerised by Denzel

Actor Ryan Reynolds says he loved working with Denzel Washington in the new movie Safe House and found him adorable.

The 35-year-old said he found Washington's method approach to acting in the film endearing.

"He's very Method. He's living, eating, breathing and sleeping his character. I have to always call him Frost and he calls me Matt. It's adorable," Reynolds said.

The film is an action thriller and Reynolds said he enjoyed working on the movie and thinks audiences will find it both unusual and engaging.

"The movie has an unusual feel to it; it's very real,” he said. — PTI

High Spirits
French mimosa
Vineet Mishra

A blend of three of the finest spirits with the hint of orange.


  • 30 ml fuel orange vodka
  • 45 ml orange juice
  • 15 ml Monin orange curacao
  • Top with GH Mumm Champagne

Garnish: Orange spiral

Instructions: Pour fuel orange vodka, Monin orange curacao and orange juice into a champagne flute and top with champagne.

Cocktail joke: A drunk walks into a drugstore and asks for a bottle of mouthwash. "I'm not selling you that," says the chemist. "You'll drink it for the alcohol.

The drunk, "I have my first date in over a year, and I want to make a good impression."

"Oh, ok." The druggist gives him a bottle of mouthwash.

The drunk, "Got one that's been refrigerated?"

Mishra is the director of

Hewitt’s holiday diet

Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt says she won't be indulging over thanksgiving this holiday because she needs to keep fit for shooting raunchy scenes for TV movie The Client List.

The 32-year-old is set to shoot for TV movie The Client List in January and said she will have to watch what she eats over the next few weeks, reported a publication.

"I will be in lingerie a lot, so I'll be working out. I will not be eating for the holidays. This year will be loads of fun for me," Hewitt said.

The actress says she hasn't always been so worried about her figure and previously urged women to throw out their bathroom scales.

"I don't have scales any more and I don't weigh myself. I would urge women everywhere to throw out their scales. Even when I go to the doctor's office I'm like don't tell me. Just write it on your chart and don't tell me. It does you no good to know." — PTI

Lucky at Goa

On the final day of the Goa shoot, the cast and crewof Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl decided wrap up by organising a fun raffle. The raffle proved profitable for crew driver Edwin, who won a cash prize of Rs 5,000 which was gifted to him by Ranveer and Anushka.


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