70 mm of colour…
We take a look at how Bollywood has forever celebrated the festival of Holi
Vasudha Gupta

The charm of watching Amitabh sway to the tune of Rang Barse has been eternal. The Anu Maliks and the Sunidhi Chauhans can keep making their earnest efforts, but the invincible Holi and Bollywood combination that came out in the 1970’s still rules the pool-side parties.

Sholey, where Big B admires the coy Jaya Bhaduri, and Hema Malini and Dharmendra go berserk dancing around has made its mark in the minds of the audiences.

Come Holi and the correlation of a real-life story with an equally appealing reel-life story steps forward. Women take on the undying urge to squeeze themselves into body-hugging white outfits and the men don’t mind taking a cue to blame it on the flavour of the festival.

Everyone recalls Aishwarya’s ‘beautiful’ ghost in Mohabbatein who dreamily steps up and colours our not-so-beautiful SRK. Hmmm…Holi has had its relevance in not only very romantic sequences, but also a few serious movies. It is only during Holi that the entire plot of Damini was set. The four men, high on bhang and all the dirty business leads to Minkashi Shishadari fighting for her rights. Moving back to romantic accolades and the festival of colours; an angry SRK, a pitiable, widowed, Divya Bharti and the splash of colours as his love for her. Yes, rings several colours — Deewana. She may have had an unfortunate experience but the fear on her face is something all young Radhikas can relate to!

When holi is all about fun and colours, there have been instances of coming face-to-face with an obsessive-compulsive lover. Again (seriously), an SRK flick! As Sunny Deol tries to protect his lady love Juhi Chawla, it’s the bad boy SRK, who musters his guts with the dhol and has Juhi dancing to his beats till, behold, his identity is revealed! Moving on to yet another SRK flick — a humble, bespectacled SRK, with no hope of ever telling his lady love that he loves her dances around a plate full of colour. Yes, you guessed it right—Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.

There is really no doubt that holi is one of the most celebrated festivals in Indian cinema. The second oldest song, which recently completed 50 years from Navrang is the eternal Aare ja re hat natkhat — a commendable performance in terms of the song and dance routine. Going back to the 70s and no one can forget the very suave Rajesh Khanna crooning Khelenge hum holi in Kati Patang. Alas! The days when women wore the very humble suits and sari compared to the tiny white skirts worn today. Considering that colours and fun go hand-in-hand, all the notorious fun made by the bad boys of Bollywood has mostly been forgiven.

And there are complete movies, which have been plotted around holi. Although no one really remembers but hottie Sushmita Sen and Randeep Hooda’s Karma aur Holi, no matter how explicit, did revolve around the festival of colours.

Of course, if the number of Krishan kanhiyyas are only growing, why should the Radhas stay away from having fun! Keeping the colour-coded concept in mind, we hope Indian cinema never really loses its zest for the festival.


The fair game
It is not only about sexy costumes, tons of make-up or dancing around the trees, women certainly have started getting their due in cinema at last
Jasmine Singh

Award functions, reality shows, print and electronic interviews, her inviting plunging necklines, heavy bosom, over-the-top sultry acts, the new Khan and new Kapoor… Vidya Balan is all over Bollywood.

This beauty, with her dirty acts in the Hindi movie The Dirty Picture, has proved that you don’t need to be part of Karan Johar gang or fight and tell Salman Khan’s entourage to be the most-talked about actor in the industry. It is the spirit, the never give up attitude, the readiness to face the world head-on; to invest trust and faith, to explore her sensuality…that makes the pretty actress Vidya Balan a hit today.
Rekha stars in Lajja
Rekha stars in Lajja
Ayesha Takia in Dor
Ayesha Takia in Dor

And it definitely stands true for any other woman of this country, who makes a difference to so many lives. From real to reel again, The Dirty Picture is not the only movie that revolves around a woman who kept the audiences hooked to their seats. Movies like Mother India showed to what extent a woman can go to maintain her sanctity and stand for her family. Says actor Yami Gautam while talking about the goose bumps she gets when she sees Nargis Dutt, “Every woman has a mother India in her, at the same time this is Bollywood’s best movie so far when it comes to women-dominated roles. This is a movie that shows that an actress can single-handedly carry a movie on her shoulders like Nargis Dutt did.”

Macho men with six, eight and twelve packs, chocolate faces that can make women go weak in their knees, Mr Perfectionists or the ones that can dance like a rubber-band running the show…Bollywood has given a fair chance to women here and there as well. Tabu-starrer Chandani Bar, Gul Panag and Ayesha Takia’s Dor, or the hi-end fashionable movie Fashion, Hindi film actresses are getting something they can call their own — a film!

Sneha Thakur, a student of medicine, is happy to see the winds of change. “I liked Raj Kumar Santoshi’s Lajja, a movie that rebukes the hypocrite attitude of the men in society. Other than that, once in a while someone makes a movie to celebrate the spirit of womanhood. The upcoming movie Talaash starring the much-talked about Vidya Balan shows the strength of a woman.” It is not only about Kanjeevarams, sexy costumes, tons of make-up, dancing around the trees…women certainly have started getting their due in cinema at last. From reel to real, it wouldn’t take much time!


Splash of memories

Colour and chaos are two sides of the festival of colours - Holi. The day that brings people together, briefly diminishing the boundaries of caste and class, is also full on mischief and misbehaviour in the name of fun. Here are some known faces from the region sharing their bitter-sweet Holi memories.

Colourful culture

Holi is not my favourite festival for sure. When I was in class fourth, someone rubbed colour mixed with some allergic substance on my face. It impaired my eyesight. I missed a week of school and also my exam. After that I was too scared to play Holi, but Holla Mahalla at Anandpur Sahib made me change my mind. It’s so culturally rich that it makes you proud of your heritage instantly.

Aman Dhaliwal, Actor

Ideal connect

Most of the Holis have been bad for me, as I would play with rotten eggs and tomatoes with my friends. Later, invariably, I would get a good scolding from my dad. Last year was my favourite Holi till date. While hosting a television show my idol Dharmendra Ji said, ‘Kapil, Mainu tera show bahut pasand hai.’ That for sure made my day.

— Kapil Sharma, Comedian-singer

Family fun

I have lovely memories of my family from Batala. My youngest ‘masi’ would visit our home with her crazy tribe and we would have a lot of fun. Dad would say in artificial anger — ‘she will never grow up.” While playing Holi with masi was fun, my brother’s friends were a nightmare. On one Holi when I was sitting on the roof and studying, they appeared from nowhere and drenched me in not only colours but a range of slimy things. I got very angry and cried for hours. I haven’t ever sat on the terrace to enjoy the sun.

— Satinder Satti, Singer

Celebrating life

Holi brought cheer to my otherwise listless life sometime back in the 70s. I was going through a very low phase when this festival of colours knocked along and I felt all the darkness being lifted from my life. My worst Holi was in college when a boy said, ‘you look pretty’ just before throwing some hideous substance (guess mobile oil) that took days to wear off. I still wish that people could celebrate the happy spirit of Holi in cleaner ways.

Rani Balbir, Theatre person


Starry night
Six celebs walk the ramp for Malini Agarwal’s show

Six women personalities walked the ramp for accessory designer Malini Agarwal, on the last day of Lakme Fashion Week.

Bollywood actress Vidya Malvade, Madhoo Shah, Maria Gorretti, TV anchor Mini Mathur and socialites Shaheen Abbas and Sharmila Khanna, walked the ramp for Malini.

Wearing black outfits, all the six women donned copper and gold color jewellery.

The collection titled ‘KwaZulu’ was inspired by contemporary African tribes. It had bead and metal work, giving it a contemporary look of African jewelry.

“The collection is inspired by KwaZulu-Natal, a province in South Africa. With six women on ramp, we wanted to show that people of different size and shape can sport the jewelry and look fabulous,” Malini said.

The collection had giant oval pendants, exotic bags with geometric embroidery and beadwork, dangling baubles, multi strands of wooden beads, beaded neckpieces, clutches, footwear in wedges or club heels style.— PTI

Finding the mystery girl

The mystery around the girl in the poster of Vikram Bhatt’s production Hate Story has been solved. She is Bengali actress Paoli Dam, who created a stir with a nude scene in a movie last year.

She stirred up a buzz with the poster of Hate Story, showing a tattooed bare back and a gun placed strategically to titillate the viewers.

Paoli, who received flak for her bold scene in Bengali film Chatrak in 2011, is making her foray into Bollywood with Hate Story.

Directed by Vivek Agnihotri, the movie, which also features Nikhil Dwivedi and Gulshan Devaiah, is based on a woman’s vengeance and how she uses her sexuality as a weapon.

It will release on April 20.

Paoli made her acting debut with Bengali film Agnipariksha in 2006 and hogged the limelight in 2009 when she won accolades for director Gautam Ghose’s Kaalbela. She also shared screen space with Bipasha Basu in Shob Charitro Kalponik. —IANS

Ranbir’s concert on the rocks

Ranbir Kapoor’s much hyped world tour may not happen this year or it may not happen at all. The tour is co-produced by Rishi Kapoor.

The tour was supposed to happen in August-September this year but it has been postponed. The Moranis are organising it and the organisers say that it is not likely to happen this year and they don’t want to talk much about it. Rishi Kapoor refuses to comment while Ranbir has a diplomatic stand on the tour.

Here is the reason why it is not happening. Ranbir has swept the awards for Rockstar and producers are queuing up outside his house. He wants to concentrate on films at the moment and make the most of the opportunities and projects coming his way. His endorsements are likely to increase too. He is choosy about his films. If he takes up the tour, he will have to commit rehearsal dates and around the same time he will be busy shooting for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and also promoting Barfee which releases in June.

The dates of all the participants will have to be co-ordinated. Ranbir wants to concentrate only on films at the moment and try different genres. His projects are becoming bigger and better. Earlier, Katrina was supposed to do it but she has opted out. Shahid has also opted out. Deepika is part of the tour. Whenever the tour will happen, it will be grand!

In the right company

Bollywood actor Tusshar Kapoor, who has been part of hits like Golmaal and the latest The Dirty Picture, says multistarrers have helped him more than his solo films. The 35-year-old actor’s multistarring ventures like critically acclaimed film Shor in the City, comic caper Kyaa Kool Hai Hum, gangster film Shootout at Lokhandwala, have earned accolades for him. “For me as an actor it is my work, be it in solo films or films with an ensemble cast. I need to get into the skin of the character. But somehow multistarrers have helped me a lot more than solo films. Be it the Golmaal series or The Dirty Picture. Working on such films have been a very rewarding experience for me,” Tusshar said. When asked if he wants to stick to multistarrers or do more solo films, he said, “I definitely want to do solo films. I enjoy doing solo roles because it gives me ample scope, whereas in a multistarrer the credit is shared,” he added. The actor will be seen next in Samir Karnik’s Char Din Ki Chandni, a solo film opposite Kulraj Randhawa of Yamla Pagla Deewana fame.

“It is an out-an-out comedy I am positive about the film. The script is entertaining and is backed by good production house. It is full of fun, colour, romance and music and is apt for Holi,” Tusshar said. The film will hit the theatres this Friday. — PTI

Katrina Kaif to get Rs 1 crore for 10 minute show

Katrina Kaif, one of the most sought after actresses in Bollywood, has reportedly been offered 1 crore rupees for making a 10-minute appearance in Kochi.

The 27-year-old will walk the ramp at an upcoming fashion event, on March 25 and take home the hefty amount. Southern stars reportedly don’t even fetch half of what their Bollywood counterparts manage to get for ramp shows and other promotions and endorsements.


Nargis’ new film

Nargis Fakhri finally has a new film in her kitty. It is being produced by Nikhil Advani and Arjun Rampal will be her co-star. She has signed it and Arjun was keen on her starring in the film.

Nargis is learning the ropes of Bollywood. The rumours are getting to her. She attended an event recently and was shocked by the way people spoke about her and the stories they asked her to clarify. She will get used to it if she wants to stay her.

In action: Nargis Fakhri

Not so tweet

Chitrangada Singh, who had supposedly made a nasty comment about model Poonam Pandey on Twitter, has claimed that she doesn’t even have an account on the micro-blogging site.

The comment read, “How do you compete with Poonam Pandey, when she is ready strip for kabbadi matches?” Pandey had reacted to the comment, albeit indirectly. Now Singh has said that the controversial tweet was sent from a fake account set up in her name. She did, however, respond to Pandey’s comment. “I have seen her pictures in newspapers and on TV channels. What angers me is that it’s all happening due to a fake Twitter account,” she said. —ANI

Ameesha gets experimental
Ameesha Patel is all set to play the role of a commercial sex worker

Buzz is that in the David Dhawan film, Ameesha would be enacting the role of a prostitute. For someone who is aiming at making a comeback, isn’t that a risk to be seen in an unconventional role for a leading lady? “But then I have not quite followed the rule book right through my career. In my early years as well I had no qualms playing a mother in Ankahee. Then I also went grey in Humraaz. Also, how many actresses would have willingly got into the kind of mode as I did in Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic or Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd.? “I believe in being an actor and really get bored if someone asks me to step into a film for just three songs and two scenes,” said Ameesha.

The actress isn’t too pleased with the way many of her contemporaries have gone ahead and tried building a career in Bollywood.

“I don’t see any reason why one should go ahead and wear a bikini just for the sake of it. I didn’t want to do that but I see that today it has become a trend. It seems that many out there are just going to gym and then coming in front of the camera. But my question is - Where is acting here? You know, these are the kind of things that make you feel dejected.” Meanwhile, Ameesha has pretty much managed to strike a balance in life. While she is happy to forge a business partnership with her friend Kunal Goomer, she has also left behind her break up with Kanav Puri.

“It has been a couple of years since we moved on. I guess some things work out and some don’t. Most of the times we were not together since he was overseas. I have realised that long distance relationships aren’t easy to maintain,” she said. —PTI

Gone with the wind
Elizabeth Hurley struggled with her hair on the sets of Gossip Girl

Elizabeth Hurley, who is known to turn out dressed to the nine for every outing, wasn’t able to battle Mother Nature. The fiancee of Australian cricketer, Shane Warne, struggled to contain her long locks as they flapped wildly in the wind while a huge gust swept over her on the set of hit TV series Gossip Girl. However, the 46-year-old actress still looked every inch the fashionista beneath her giant shades and managed to keep out the chill in a long padded black jacket.

Her feet were tucked inside a pair of comfortable Ugg boots, and despite the slightly electrified look, the Bedazzled star’s make-up was perfectly in place. She had tweeted during filming on her second season.


Fashion funda
The ethnic silhouette
Ashima Batish

His most significant contribution to the fashion industry is the revamped look of bandgalas and Nehru jackets. And even after all these years, Raghavendra Rathore continues to experiment with his favourite subjects, only adding another muse lately—beautifully embellished sarees. This time too, his creativity doesn’t fail to impress. So, when the fashion forecast comes from couturier himself, it’s something you shouldn’t miss at all.

What’S in: Definitely intelligent fabrics which allow you to breathe and denims. Also, silhouettes that show the contours of the body. When it comes to accessories, keep it to the minimum and for jewellery, women should go for silver and junk.

What’s out: Being a fashion victim certainly is out! A big no-no is wearing what doesn’t suit your body type. Go for what complements your personality instead.

Colour count: Earthy colours such as cinnamon and beige will dominate the men’s wear, whereas women should go in for shocking pink and stylised floral prints. Large strokes will be in fashion. Experimenting with bright colours is the right thing to do.

Party couture: Jodhpuri bandgala or Jodhpuri waistcoat paired with crisp jeans and a fresh cologne. It’s formal and chic at the same time. You won’t be able to make the same style statement with anything else.

Future collection: The Rathore atelier has an eclectic palette this summer. The predominant feature of this collection is that each capsule has been methodically designed to give a complete wardrobe solution to the individual with the right mix of colours and silhouettes. There is a wide array of bandgala jackets and waistcoat designs that have been reinvented structurally to evoke a fresh appeal. The kurtas and shirts are hand-crafted to perfection. Pants are detailed and have been inspired from the breeches pattern. The fabrics are airy cotton and linen combinations, best suited for summers.

Leading in style: Balenciaga and inspirations of Schiaparelli

Your take on the Indian fashion fraternity: The obsession with fashion shows and fashion weeks need to translate into better business opportunities and promote the interface with the artisans and the heritage of India. However, fashion weeks will eventually play the role of a more stable platform, which will only benefit the industry in the long run.

Dressed to kill
Kriti Chawla
hi fashion: Kriti Chawla

Kriti Chawla, all of eighteen, is a trendsetter in the true sense of the word. From keeping herself up-to-date with the latest fashion and everything else about fashion, she has successfully evolved her own style statement. This is how she feels…

Your sense of style is…

I dress exactly the way I want to and even if it means committing a million fashion crimes, I don’t really care.

Latest addition in your wardrobe...

A couple of summer dresses for the upcoming crazy summer.

Brand freak or street junkie?

A little bit of both. The choice depends on my mood and the occasion.

Choose a look—sporty, glamorous or chic

Glamorous. With glamour, charm comes naturally.

Your style icon would be…

My mom, her style was born much before I was.

Who’s the worst dressed celebrity around?

Lady Gaga. Primarily due to her bizarre sense of styling.

One fashion trend you just don’t understand…

Nail Art. Something I just don’t and won’t ever understand.

Your take on accessories

For me, a nice bag or a pair of sunglasses completes my look.

One thing that boosts your confidence

The one thing that boosts my confidence is the way I carry myself. It includes what I wear, the way I talk and my posture.

(As told to Vasudha Gupta)

Go for mom-made food

A new study has confirmed that the nutritional status of children strongly relies on the person who prepares their meal. University of Granada researchers found that children who eat at home present a better nutritional status and are at a lower risk of suffering obesity than children whose meal is prepared by a person other than their mother.

At present, “the mother is the family member who best knows the nutritional needs of children and has the strongest nutritional knowledge for the preparation of children’s meals,” the researchers stated.

For the study, the researchers sampled 718 school children aged between 9-17 years from 13 public and private schools located in the province of Granada, Spain. By using anthropometric measurements, the researchers assessed children’s weight, size and body mass index (BMI) by age and sex. Skinfold measurements were performed at six sites: biceps, triceps, subscapular, supraspinale, calf and thigh, in other words: waist, hips, arms and thighs.

In addition, the University of Granada researchers designed a questionnaire to assess the children’s family environment, consumption frequency of specific foods, and physical exercise habits. Their aim was to examine the relationship between family environment and obesity and overweight in childhood.

Researches found that there is a relationship between sedentary leisure habits and BMI. Statistically significant differences were found in BMI between children with sedentary habits and children with good physical exercise habits. Thus, the more time devoted to watching TV, playing video games and Internet surfing, the higher the BMI.

The researchers concluded that, “it is extremely important” that healthy habits are promoted and encouraged within the family; children should play “traditional games”, which usually involve physical exercise. Healthy habits and physical exercise are essential for achieving healthy children.


Doc Talk
Multivitamins: helpful or harmful?
Dr Ashit Syngle

For many of us a daily multivitamin is an inexpensive nutrition insurance policy. But not all doctors agree on multivitamins.

Why take a multivitamin?

Most people believe taking a multivitamin makes them feel healthier or will prevent chronic diseases, or colds and flu. For those, who eat a healthy diet, a multivitamin may have little benefit. But not everyone manages to eat a good diet. Multivitamins can be vital for those with dietary imbalances or different nutritional needs. Folate is important for women with childbearing potential to prevent certain malformations in the baby especially in the first few weeks of conception, often before a woman knows she is pregnant. Half of all pregnancies are unplanned. A standard multivitamin that contains the Recommended Dietary Allowance for folic acid for all women of childbearing age offers a convenient way to do that. Dietary guidelines from Harvard School of Public Health very appropriately state multivitamins should not replace healthy eating, or make up for unhealthy eating”.

Multivitamins and mortality

Over the past few years there has been increasing evidence that multivitamins may not provide the health benefit sought by the consumer. In some cases the opposite or no beneficial effects have been reported.

It is alarming to think that vitamin or mineral supplements could actually cause more harm than good. An example of this is the use of beta carotene by smokers actually increased the incidence of lung cancer.

Some studies in recent years have shown that people who took multivitamins were at higher risk for dying than those who did not or that multivitamins did not positively impact health. However, the studies showing increased mortality have several flaws.

In reality, there is little evidence to support the idea that multivitamins increase the risk for major diseases or early death. And many studies show just the opposite—that multivitamins may protect us from major illnesses such as heart disease, and colon and breast cancer.

The bottom line is a daily multivitamin is still good nutrition insurance but not a substitute for healthy lifestyle.

Some scientists believe there is not enough evidence to recommend for or against taking a daily multivitamin. That’s a reasonable but short-sighted point of view since it may never be possible to conduct such research. Looking at all the evidence, the potential health benefits of taking a standard daily multivitamin appear to outweigh the potential risks for most people.

Severe vitamin deficiencies require medical treatment and are difficult to treat with multivitamins. In such situations, special vitamin forms are required.

Knowledge about vitamins is not profound as these are influenced by changing lifestyles and scientific advancements. So, it will be important to research and establish the relationships between vitamins and chronic diseases. This may mean more confusing news headlines along the way, as the science develops.

(Dr Syngle is director, Healing Touch City Clinic, Chandigarh)

Street choice
Kitchens from across the globe come under one roof at JW Marriott

Gear up to indulge in some gastronomic delights as the Street Food Festival kicks off at JW Marriott Chandigarh.

The festival offers seven different cuisines and food enthusiasts can pick delicacies of their choice from Oriental, Arabic, Thai, Malaysian, European, Coastal, North and South Indian cuisines.

The menu includes Mumbai chaat, pav bhaji, Delhi chaat, galouti kebab, Malabari parantha, fish fry (Indian), panzella, hot dogs, burgers (European), gado gado, murtabak (Thai/ Malaysian), mezze and shawarma (Arabic). Apart from these, the buffet will also feature various street food options and live counters.

The street food experience is complete with an assortment of non-alcoholic beverages, including naariyal paani, chaat ka paani and aam panna.

On till March 20.



Memoir of lost love

Lady Gaga’s former boyfriend Luc Carl has spoken up about his failed romance with the pop superstar in a new memoir. Carl admitted in his book The Drunk Diet: How I Lost 40 Pounds... Wasted: A Memoir that his former love was right to dump him before her career took off and he struggled. —ANI

Kareena Kapoor Commercial hit

Kareena Kapoor shot for a commercial in Bangkok. It was shot by top international photographers and directors for a make-up brand she is endorsing. She will also walk the ramp for the same.

Getting branded: Kareena Kapoor

Blame game

Bipasha Basu is apparently blaming R Madhavan for the failure of Jodi Breakers. Before the release she was all praise for him! Hmm!

Good business

London Paris New York was made on a budget of Rs 7 crore and has impressed its target audience. Paan Singh Tomar has picked up business after a slow start because of good reviews.

HAT-TRICK: Govinda Govinda gets busy

For people who thought Govinda was out of work, think again. He is busy with three different movies and has refused television work for the same reason.

                                                          HAT-TRICK: Govinda

Amy becomes a judge

Amy Jackson was crowned Miss Teen World and that helped to shape her career. She has now been called to judge the same pageant in America and is excited about it.

New Releases


The first look of Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahani is stunning. Vidya Balan will be seen as a pregnant woman in the role she will play. She is kicked about her look in the film. Vidya, as the pregnant Vidya Bagchi, in search of her husband. Scanning the crowded streets of Kolkata and whichever she thinks her husband could be in. Vidya Balan has conveyed her trauma and distraught expressively. She observed the body language of several pregnant women for her role. Big B has sung Rabindranath Tagore’s eponymous song Ekla Chalo re has already created curiosity among the viewers. The song, which is played in parts throughout the film, depicts the protagonist Vidya Balan’s hunt for her missing husband. It is a highly inspiring song that gives out the message that you should face your own battles without any fear. The Sujoy Ghosh directed Kahani has a great performance by Vidya Balan.

Chaar Din Ki Chandni

A still from Chaar Din Ki ChandniChaar Din Ki Chandni, directed by Samir Karnik is the first film to be shot at the stunning Khimsar Fort Palace in Rajasthan which is about 90 kilometres from Jodhpur. The entertainer, Chaar Din Ki Chandni is touted as a great fun film which stars Tusshar Kapoor. Kulraj Randhawa plays Tusshar’s romantic interest in the film. The 15-member starcast includs co-stars Anupam Kher, Mukul Dev, Om Puri and Sushant Singh and many others.
                               A still from Chaar Din Ki Chandni

Dharam Pal

chatter box
All about women and colours
It is the clash of two significant days in India. As Holi colours go wild and women stand up in honour, we speak to our stars regarding the two occasions which dominate today

Eva Grover aka Niharika of Bade Acche Laggte Hain

I always celebrate Holi at my home by worshipping god. Usually I don’t play Holi, but since my daughter loves it, we play with plain water. I don’t like playing Holi with colours.

I just want to tell all the women in India to become independent. We alone are good enough and can do everything by ourselves. So don’t feel weak and be stronger both emotionally and physically.— Eva Grover

Vishal Malhotra aka Dr Rangnath of Kuch To Log Kahenge

I will play Holi this year with my wife, family and friends at my residence. It will be Dry Holi because of scarcity of water in some parts of our country.

I adore womanhood. I think they are superior than men. I want to thank all the women in my life. Women are very special and they don’t deserve only one day dedicated to them, every day is theirs. — Vishal Malhotra

Vivek Mushran aka Lucky of Parvarrish

I will play Holi with my friends, with colours and it will be a dry Holi, I don’t want to waste water. And will surely enjoy with delicious lunch. Here is hoping the festival brings colours in all our lives.

I appreciate and salute women as they are always multitasking; they hold a family’s knot. I just want to say thank you for everything.— Vivek Mushran

Rupaly Ganguly aka Pinky of Parvarrish

I love Holi, it’s my favourite festival. I’ve always played very wild holi with my friends and family using tomatoes, eggs and colours. I still remember once I had fever but still I played Holi with water and not only that I also ate laddu which were full of bhang. That was the best Holi, ever.

}I think we cannot define a day for women, for me every day is a Women’s Day. And I am proud of being a woman. We have extraordinary life and every housewife should celebrate that they are women. And to all Indian woman I just want to say help at least one woman who need help. And that would be the greatest achievement for a woman by a woman.— Rupaly Ganguly

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is March 8...

Incidentally this year, your birthday falls on Holi. 2012-13 will be satisfactory for professionals. Businessmen will succeed in their endeavours. Politicians may have to face opposition from all sides. Influenced by number eight and the planet Saturn you will remain ambitious, authoritative, systematic, sober and commanding personality. You are always interested in a steady romantic relationship and the thought of being alone can cause unhappiness.

Financial sphere is protected by strong oscillations. The Saturn advises, to reflect well before acting and to be lucid.  Financially, it will be a good time to invest in stocks and property, but all investments should be made for a long-term basis.

Don’t forget to set aside time for close friends. Do not give up the ship if your first plan fails.  Set up a new schedule before you try it again.  Before you take off on a trip, you should get rid of anything that might be holding you down. A distant journey seems likely later in the year, most probably for attending some auspicious occasion. Domestic harmony will prevail. Relationship between couples will blossom. Children will excel in academics and make you proud. Singles will try hard to find a partner.

An elderly citizen may lend a helping hand. Ancestral property settlements will give you liquidity. You may receive monetary gifts from influential persons or relatives. Utilise your wealth for the benefit of the needy. The youngsters might decide to go a health binge. Writing in your diary is a great stress relief.

You are very sincere to the person you love but you need to control your tendency to behave stubborn at times.

Mood: A bit too pushy at times. Compatible signs: Taurus, Libra, Sagittarius. Lucky colours: Maroon, White. Lucky days: Friday. Lucky numbers: 5, 10, 11, 15, 25. Lucky gem: Sapphire, Diamond and Emerald. Lucky flower: Nargis. Suggestion on birthday: Donate religious or text books, stationery etc to poor students.

Fardeen Khan (March 8, 1974, Mumbai) is the son of Sundri and late actor/director Feroz Khan. Khan made his debut in Prem Aggan which was directed by his father.

The number eight in his case is not lucky and due to adverse Saturn, scandals and court cases will follow him. Career-wise he will be slower.

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ARIES: An emotional mood can interfere with your judgments and decisions, so make sure you have all the facts first. Go on outings to places where you can get peace of mind. Tarot message: Health of elderly member at home will need to be looked after. Lucky colour: Deep red. Magic number: 26

TAURUS: New attractions will catch your attention. Don’t make money the easy way. Romance is highlighted. The second half day favours social work. As the day progresses, your energy can desert you. Tarot message: This is not a bad time to open up new doors. Lucky colour: Turquoise. Magic number: 62

GEMINI: Venus lady of love brings happy news tonight. Mutually held funds must not be disturbed without consent. The demands of your ego will not be so strong. Be careful, when it comes to lending money to a distant friend. Tarot message: Avoid gossip session at work place. Lucky colour: Aqua. Magic number: 44

CANCER: You may be under stress this morning. Do not attempt to get new plans going. Take the help of a Gemini person. Stock brokers take a back seat. Work behind the scenes. Tarot message: You can stabilise your financial situation if you make property investments. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic number: 60

LEO: Argument with your spouse is possible in the afternoon. You will have to watch your temper. Give a little more attention to the creative and spiritual side of your life now. Go over your business accounts. Tarot message: Over optimism could lead to mistakes. Lucky colour: Crimson. Magic number: 30

VIRGO: Take full advantage of the good opportunities that come your way. No arguments with elders please. You will get what you expect. Your moods could be up and down. There may Levels of anxiety may be high. Tarot message: Do not overspend just to impress others. Lucky colour: Purple. Magic number: 36

LIBRA: Keep your spirits up putting forward a cheerful face. Creativity shines. Students will enjoy cheerful moments on the campus. You are likely to attract happy and positive people. Tarot message: Don’t waste an opportunity by being rash or impulsive. Lucky colour: Black. Magic number: 55

SCORPIO: Your card promises many opportunities on financial fronts. If working on a contractual basis, you will be able to increase your earnings. Old people will have a comfortable night. Overall day ends very nicely. Tarot message: You will get the help you need if you ask for it. Lucky colour: Brown. Magic number: 32.

SAGITTARIUS: Tricky day if you are hoping for spectacular results. It would be best to keep new ideas under wraps. Make use of the early harmonious vibes to reach agreement and compromise if necessary. Tarot message: Wait a while everything will get sorted out on its own. Lucky colour: Pink. Magic number: 40

CAPRICORN: Secret meeting with influential people will go off particularly well. This bodes well for financial matters and makes it a good day to seek a loan or other financial support. Tarot message: You need to be creative if you want to retain your grip over your business. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic number: 52

AQUARIUS: Avoid making partnership deals. A good day for introducing your beloved to your parents. Act on your insight, and then write down what has become apparent. Work out your next moves logically and rationally. Tarot message: Leave things open ended for best results. Lucky colour: White. Magic number: 58

PISCES: A fine day for starting something new. Businessmen can make a secret deal or alliance that could be very lucrative. Discussion behind closed could work out very well. Go for a nice outing. Tarot message: Feel good about yourself & prepare yourself for a mental battle. Lucky colour: Sea green. Magic number: 42

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